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Friday, March 18, 2016

* Robb Waltner named new University of Evansville librarian

The University of Evansville has named Robb Waltner as the new university librarian. He will begin his new duties on June 1.

Waltner has 22 years of experience in academic libraries. He comes to UE from the University of North Florida, where he was head of acquisitions and collection development for that university’s Thomas G. Carpenter Library. Following the completion of his MA degree he spent four years as UE’s Periodicals Librarian.

He earned both his Master of Arts degree in library, media, and information science, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of South Florida.

“We are very happy that Robb has accepted the position of university librarian,” said UE president Thomas A. Kazee. “Robb has an impressive and extensive record of experience in academic libraries, and will foster a culture of innovation and collaborative interaction with faculty, staff, and students.”

At UE, Waltner will be providing leadership and working with five professional librarians and seven paraprofessionals to meet the information needs of the University community. The University’s newly renovated library serves the University faculty, nearly 2,500 students from 43 states and 51 countries, and the general public. 

“The library at UE is an important campus intellectual and informational resource center,” said Michael Cullen, UE senior vice president for academic affairs. “Robb’s expertise, vision and leadership will be invaluable as we continue that tradition.”

* Innovation and Re-Investment Fund proposal deadline is today

Please be reminded that the due date for the next round of proposals to the Innovation and Re-Investment Fund is today, Friday, April 1. 

Application material can be found in AceLink by clicking “Areas” and then “Programs Task Force.”

Also, those proposals awarded in the first and second round are available to view. You will find the awarded proposals in the same “Programs Task Force” area on AceLink.

Should you have questions about the next round submissions, please contact Programs Task Force chair Shane Davidson, at or ext. 2477.


What's Happening Today

* #readingseries today!

Please join the fun folks from the Department of Creative Writing today for the second #readingseries event of the spring term. This event will feature readers Brittney Kaleri, Toby Kuhnke, and Erin Willer, and they are sure to be great. We'll be in the back room of The Slice at 4:00 p.m. Hope to see you there! 

* GAP info session and free pizza!

Join us to learn about the GAP Program and have lunch while you're there. All majors are encouraged to attend!

The GAP info session is planned for:

Tuesday, March 22
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
Room 250, Schroeder School of Business Building

Real World, Real Results!

* UE Theatre Presents Shadow Hour in May Studio Theatre

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre proudly presents Ralph Tropf’s Shadow Hour, opening tonight at 7:30 p.m., in the May Studio Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on March 19, 21, 23, and 24, and at 2:00 p.m. on March 20.

Shadow Hour is Tropf’s gripping drama surrounding the trial and conviction of a United States senator, Adam Martin. After a moment of passion, what was intended to be a platonic date between two colleagues soon becomes the center of a nationally disputed court case. The country watches as the trial attempts to discover the truth from both a defendant and plaintiff who aren’t certain of it themselves. Through intricately woven scenes of juror deliberation and suspenseful cross-examination, Tropf’s tale becomes a provocative discussion of agency, responsibility, and guilt.

Brogan Lozano, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, directs the student-led production of Shadow Hour. Tucker Steinlage, a junior from Buford, Georgia, serves as the scenic designer; Eva Porras from Kingwood, Texas, is the costume designer; Avery Reagan, a junior from Conyers, Georgia, is the lighting designer; Matt McDonald, a freshman from Indianapolis, Indiana, serves the sound designer; and Peter Orkiszewski, a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, is the dramaturg.

Junior Chris Brumley from Louisville, Kentucky, portrays the defendant Senator Martin, while junior Hannah Connally from Arlington, Texas, plays the plaintiff Christy Connelly. Rounding out the ensemble are freshmen Kristopher Adams from Houston, Texas, Jennifer Baker from Vernon Hills, Illinois, Alexandra Curren from McKinney, Texas, Kathleen Finch from College Station, Texas, and Luke Kelly from Dubuque, Iowa; juniors Robbie Love from St. Louis, Missouri, and Kendall Reasons from Spring Hill, Tennessee; and seniors Amelya Hensley from Lexington, Kentucky, Glyne Pease from Las Vegas, Nevada, Tara Sorg from Haubstadt, Indiana, and Grace Theobald from Louisville, Kentucky.

Ticket prices are $11 for adults and $9 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling 812-488-2031, Monday through Friday, noon to 5:00 p.m.

* UE for She to present Vagina Monologues today and tomorrow

UE for She will present The Vagina Monologues today and tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall. The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play about women performed by women. Tickets are $5 and can be bought during lunch and dinner hours in Ridgway University Center or at the door. 


Upcoming Events

* Women's HERstory Month events at UE

Several events are planned at UE for Women’s HERstory Month.

6:00-8:00 p.m.
Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center

Women in... Professional Positions
Annette Parks, professor of history, will be the moderator for this panel discussion. Panelists will include several local professional women, including the executive director from the Evansville African American Museum, the CEO and director of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, an immigration attorney, and a morning news anchor from 44 News. After the panel discussion, there will be a question and answer session with the panelists and the audience. This event is sponsored by the UE Office of Diversity Initiatives and UE Gender and Women's Studies.

Wednesday, March 23
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center

Film and Discussion: The Mask You Live In
The film The Mask You Live In is an exploration of American masculinity. It was created by the team that made the movie Miss Representation. This event is sponsored by the UE Office of Diversity Initiatives and UE Gender and Women's Studies

Thursday, March 24
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center

HerStory: Evansville Women in the 20th Century (Monologues)
This event commemorates the accomplishments of historic Evansville women from th 19th and 20th centuries. This event is sponsored by the Stepping Up Committee and the UE Office of Diversity Initiatives.


* The Holiest Week of the Year

All are welcome to join the Newman Club for our weekly Monday Night Dinner and Discussion today from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Newman Center! Father Christian Raab, OSB, will be here to lead a discussion on "Holy Week: The Holiest Week of the Year."

Build your own pasta is on the menu. We hope to see you there!

Please call/text Kristel at 812-760-8610 for more information.

* Palm Sunday Catholic Mass

All are welcome to join us on Sunday, March 20, at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel for our Palm Sunday Mass. Father Tony Ernst, as well as our seminarians, will be here to celebrate the beginning of Holy Week with us, and will lead us in a Palm Sunday procession from Rotherwood Avenue at the beginning of the service. We hope to see you there! 

* This Weekend in Music: senior recitals and a jazz concert

This Saturday, the Department of Music will present three student recitals in Wheeler Concert Hall. At 1:00 p.m., soprano Alexandra Billhartz, a student of assistant professor Eric McCluskey, will present her senior recital. Pianist Elizabeth Long, a student of professor Anne Fiedler, will follow with her senior recital at 2:30 p.m., and baritone Ian Murrell, another student of McCluskey, will conclude the afternoon’s offerings with his senior recital at 4:00 p.m. All three students will present the recitals in partial fulfillment of their respective degree requirements. The recitals are free and open to the public.

On Sunday at 4:00 p.m., the Jazz Guest Artist Series will continue in Wheeler Concert Hall with “A Women's History Month Celebration in Jazz.” A group of exemplary instrumentalists under the direction of pianist Monika Herzig will gather to celebrate the contributions of women to the history of jazz with music by Marian McPartland, Carla Bley, and many more.

In addition to pianist Monika Herzig, the group will include Jess Henry, trumpet; Amanda Gardier, saxophone; Hannah Marks, bass; and Hannah Johnson, drums. This event is co-sponsored by the Evansville Jazz Society and the University of Evansville Department of Music.

Admission to the concert is $15 for adults, $10 for Evansville Jazz Society members and $5 for students with ID. Tickets can be obtained in advance by contacting the UE Department of Music at 812-488-2754, or they may be purchased at the door.

For more information, contact emeritus professor Edwin Lacy at or 812-488-2227.

* Exciting Lunch with the Aces set for April 15

A new and exciting format will be in place for the annual Lunch with the Aces event, which is set for Friday, April 15.

For the first time, the event will be held on campus and will feature a full program. The event will be in the Maikranz Gym in Carson Center from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Colt Ryan will be the keynote speaker for the program. Ryan, one of the top players in Purple Aces Men’s Basketball history, graduated in 2013 as the leading scorer in University of Evansville history.

Attendees will be able to eat lunch at any point from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., with the program beginning at 12:30 p.m. This allows people who are on a strict lunch period to come and go as they need.

The cost of the lunch is $25 for those who register before April 11. Tickets will also be available at the door for $30.

Marx Barbecue is catering the event and will serve a whole roasted pig. UE student-athletes will be sitting at each table while coaches of the Aces programs will be serving food and drinks.

Corporate tables may be purchased for $350 and contain several great benefits, including a full table of eight seats, tables in the front of the room, logo in the program and on the video screen as well as mentions by the emcee.

Another great part of the day is that those who attend can purchase baseball tickets for the 6:00 p.m. game versus Bradley that night for just $3. Tickets normally cost $7 for home baseball games.

For more information, please contact Amy Davidson at 812-488-2338 or

Those who would like to attend can register here:
or by filling out the registration form and sending it to Amy Davidson in Carson Center.

* Relay for Life

Relay for Life takes place starting at 7:00 p.m. on April 1, and ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 2.

Zumba, 3-on-3 basketball, free popcorn, and more will be offered! Relay for Life supports a really great cause, and we would like to have as many people as possible participate!

To register go to:

Questions? Contact:

* Family Weekend 2016 is set for September 23-25!

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations has started working on event planning for Family Weekend 2016. If your student organization or department would like to have an event for families or parents during this weekend, please complete the Family Weekend 2016 Event Participation Form by March 29, by clicking here.

Like past years' successful events, we would like to have a lot of student and department participation! If you would like to volunteer your assistance or if you have ideas, please contact us at or call 812-488-2586. 

* Chemistry Day: calling all 4th and 5th graders!

The University of Evansville Chemistry Club is inviting all 4th and 5th graders to participate in Chemistry Day on April 2, in Koch Center for Engineering and Science from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.! During the event, young scientists will be exposed to a variety of interesting demonstrations and will also have fun with hands-on experiments.

The cost to participate in Chemistry Day is $25. This includes a pizza lunch, demonstrations, and hands-on science experiments and activities. To find out more about the event, and to download the application form, go here. Applications must be turned in by March 25.

Feel free to contact Ethan Lehmann ( with any questions.

We hope that your child will join us for an exciting and educational day! 

* Financial preparedness class for new parents

The University of Evansville and St. Mary’s Hospital for Women & Children are offering a class on financial preparedness for new and expectant parents on Thursday, April 7, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The class will be in the St. Mary's Gift Conference Room.

While the class is free, registration is required. To register, go to and click the "Class or Event" tab, or call Terry Cooper at 812-485-6016.

This class is for those having their first child and for those who are welcoming another baby to the family.

Topics to be addressed in the class include household financial planning, taxes and insurance, and resources available for those needing assistance.


Info You Should Know

* Vote for people's choice award in student art exhibition

Stop by the Melvin Peterson Gallery to view the 54th annual Student Art Exhibition and cast your vote for the People's Choice Award. Each visitor may cast one vote for his or her favorite piece of artwork.  The student whose piece earns the most votes by the end of the exhibition on Friday, April 2, will be declared the winner and receive a $150 cash award.

The Melvin Peterson Gallery is open noon-3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, and noon-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

For more information, please contact the Department of Art at 812-488-2043.

* Seniors invited to submit speech for Spring Commencement by March 20

All graduating seniors in good standing are eligible to be considered for the Senior Keynote Address to be given at spring commencement. Please submit a 1,000-1,500 word speech to the selection committee by March 20. More information can be found here.


* Recyclemania: Evie visit and more

We loved having Evie, the Keep Evansville Beautiful mascot, visit our campus last month! Seventy-two people signed pledges to recycle, and Evie made a lot of new friends! Many thanks to Amanda Green from KEB and to Evie’s owners Steve and Susan Harp for sharing their amazing, litter retrieving lab with UE. You can see pictures from Evie’s visit on the UE Facebook page or the UE Environmental Management Facebook page.

Recyclemania continues until April 2, so please recycle all you can! You can check out results on the Recyclemania webpage.

As a reminder, please keep food items out of the recycle bins – contamination can cause the entire bag to be thrown in the trash.

Thank you for recycling, and please email or call ext. 2697 if you have any questions or suggestions to improve UE’s Recycling program, or notice recycling bins that need to be emptied.

For more information, check out AceLink/Areas/Recycling, visit

* Central Receiving reminder - Good Friday

Since UE campus will be closed Good Friday, March 25, please note the following adjustments and plan accordingly. These adjustments will help to ensure there is sufficient time to complete deliveries before campus closes for Easter Break.

• UE Central Receiving will close at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, and re-open at 7:30 a.m. on Monday morning, March 28.
• Offices that plan to be unstaffed earlier than Friday, March 25, are asked to notify Central Receiving in advance to avoid unnecessary delivery stops.

For delivery questions, contact Central Receiving at ext. 2181.

* UE Mail Services reminder - Good Friday

Since UE campus will be closed Good Friday, March 25, pease note the following adjustments and plan accordingly. These adjustments will help to ensure there is sufficient time to complete deliveries before Easter Break.

• UE Mail Services will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, and re-open at 7:30 a.m. on Monday morning, March 28.
• Offices that plan to be unstaffed earlier than Friday, March 25, are asked to notify Mail Services in advance to avoid unnecessary morning delivery stops.

For mail questions, contact Mail Services at ext. 2197.

* Master of Public Health to begin at UE in the fall

The School of Public Health will offer a Master of Public Health degree beginning Fall 2016. UE’s Master of Public Health in health policy is a great opportunity for those who want to study public health issues and learn about health policy. Students may enroll on either a full-time or part-time basis, with a full-time student taking two years to complete the program. More information can be found here.

Please contact Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi at with any questions or additional information. 


* Free HIV testing

The Health Center will have free HIV testing on March 18 from 9:00 a.m.-noon. Please call 812-488-2033 to make your confidential appointment. 

* BIOL 100 online

Are you interested in taking a non-major biology course with a lab over the summer to fulfill one of your scientific literacy, general education requirements? Then take BIOL 100 D01 – Fundamentals of Biology online during Summer I (May 16 to June 17). Please contact Dale Edwards ( for more details. 

* Nominations due tomorrow for Dean of Students Leadership Awards

Nominations for consideration of the Howard S. Rosenblatt Dean of Students Leadership Awards are due tomorrow, Wednesday, March 30.

These awards will be presented at the 21st Annual Leadership Awards Reception scheduled for April 21 at 7:00 p.m.  Awards are presented in the following categories:

  • Student Organization Advisor of the Year
  • Student Organization of the Year
  • Student Leader of the Year

More than 80 percent of UE students participate in at least one student organization or program. These organizations are successful because of the commitment of the student leaders and the advisors who give freely of their time and support. The recipients of these awards are selected based on their commitment to the University of Evansville as well as the development and success of their efforts within their chosen student organization.

The deadline for nominations is March 30. Please click here to download a nomination form or stop by Room 230 in Ridgway University Center to pick up a nomination form from the Office of the Dean of Students. 

If you have any questions, please contact the vice president for student affairs/dean of students at ext. 2500 or by e-mail at

Thank you in advance for celebrating our student leaders’ achievements.  

* Need financial aid for summer courses?

If you are seeking financial aid to help pay for summer courses at UE, please complete a summer financial aid application, which you can find here. The form is also available in the Office of Financial Aid.

We will help you examine your options for aid, which in most cases during the summer term is limited to: direct loans, PLUS loans, private student loans, federal Pell grants, tuition remission (employees and dependents), and student employment.

Refer to the summer form to determine the types of aid for which you may be eligible based on your anticipated enrollment status. 



* Maass wins Best Post of 2016 award

An article by UE political science professor Richard Maass - titled "Want to help the Islamic State recruit? Treat all Muslims as potential terrorists" - has won the Best Post of 2016 award from the International Studies Association's Online Media Caucus. The article was written during the aftermath of the Paris attacks and was originally published at the Monkey Cage blog at the Washington Post  on November 30, 2015.

The article can be read here.

The full list of winners can be seen here.


* New members inducted into Phi Sigma Iota

The Epsilon Beta chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society, held its annual initiation ceremony on Sunday afternoon, February 28, in the Ridgway University Center. Six students representing four languages were inducted into membership.

New members include Amanda Alexander, Megan King, Clarissa Eckert, Stephanie Marcotte, Haley Grubbs, and Jennifer Riedford. 

PSI president Hannah Mitchell and vice president Alex Schmitt conducted the ceremony along with members Jamelyn Wheeler, Holly Sanders, Lauren Littlepage, Sara Gensler, Tessa McLinden, and Kaylynn Carver.   

Shengwei Fei, director of transportation, logistics and supply chain at Owens Corning Composites in Hangzhou, China, served as guest speaker for the event.

A dessert reception for members, initiates, faculty, and friends followed the ceremony. 

Phi Sigma Iota members are elected from among outstanding advanced undergraduate students and faculty in foreign languages. Chapters are distributed throughout the US and the world. Election to Phi Sigma Iota is considered the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages and literatures. The UE Epsilon Beta chapter has initiated 174 members since it was installed here in April 2000.  


Sympathy to...

* Tony Holt and Family

Condolences are extended to Tony Holt, campus maintenance supervisor, on the death of his wife, Shannon French Holt. She passed away on Friday, March 11, at her home.

A celebration of Shannon's life will be held on Thursday, March 17, from 4:00-8:00 p.m., at Olivet Evangelical Presbyterian Church, located at 5600 Oak Hill Road, in Evansville.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the One Cancer Day Fund. You can donate online here.



* Aces tennis set for two weekend matches

The University of Evansville Women’s Tennis team (6-10, 0-0) will be in action twice this coming weekend. The Aces will start things off on Friday when they head to Nashville, Tennesse, to take on Lipscomb. They will follow that up with a home match on Sunday when they play host to Kentucky Wesleyan. Sunday’s match against Kentucky Wesleyan is scheduled to take place at Wessleman’s Park. Both matches are slated for 4:00 p.m. CST start times.

The Aces are coming off a solid win this past Sunday when they were able to defeat Southeast Missouri State by a score of 5-2. After winning two of three doubles matches to secure the doubles point, the Aces were able to take four out of six singles matches to secure the win. The Aces only dropped points at flight one and flight six singles.

Coach Jayson Wiseman said on the match, "It's nice to get a home win against a quality opponent. SEMO had a variety of different styles of players that were difficult to adjust to, which is why at one point we faced a deficit in every match except number 1 doubles. From top to bottom I'm very pleased with our effort, and this was a terrific result for our team still playing without one of our top two singles players and our number one doubles team. These ladies did a great job of seizing the momentum early and taking the doubles point, and then caring the momentum over to singles."

The Bisons from Lipscomb come into their match with the Aces with an overall record of 8-3. They were riding a seven match winning streak until having it snapped last Friday with a 4-3 loss to Murray State.

Following this weekend the Aces will start conference play. They are slated for two away matches against Southern Illinois on April 2, and Illinois State on April 9. Their next home match will come on April 10, when they play host to Brescia. Evansville’s first home conference match will come on April 16, when they host Drake.

* UE Volleyball announces 2016 Summer Camps

University of Evansville head volleyball coach Manolo Concepcion has announced information for the 2016 Volleyball Summer Camps.

Three camps will take place in July including two skills camps and a position-specific camp. To register, please visit

The first skills camp will take place from July 11-15 with the second being from July 18-22. The first camp is focused on students entering kindergarten through the eighth grade. It will focus on the essential volleyball skills in order to become mechanically efficient by emphasizing on technical training. The main goal is to give individual attention to each camper.

Skills camp no. 2 will be focused on teaching players entering 9th to 12th grade the essential volleyball skills in order to become mechanically efficient by emphasizing on technical training. The main goal is to give individual attention to each camper.

A Position-Specific Camp will be held on July 23-24. Participants will choose one position that they will focus on for the duration of the camp. Each camper will receive specific training toward the skills and techniques associated with that position, and will develop in accordance to age and experience.

For each camp, participants will be placed into groups of similar experience and skill, making sure that all campers are able to maximize their potential in accordance to their development phase and age.

* Aces softball splits doubleheader against Racers

In one final tune-up before Missouri Valley Conference play begins on Saturday, the University of Evansville softball team split a doubleheader on Thursday at Murray State. The Purple Aces fell by a 3-1 final in the first game before rebounding for a 5-4 win in the second.

“We finally were able to make some good adjustments offensively to get some runs on the board,” Aces head coach Mat Mundell said. “Our pitching staff did a tremendous job. We are excited to take this momentum into conference play.”

Game one was a pitcher’s duel as the game was scoreless over the first four innings. Amanda Blankenship did the work in the first three innings, striking out four while not allowing a hit. Murray State was able to break through with three runs in the bottom of the fifth and that would be enough for the win. Evansville came back with a run in the top of the sixth as Chandra Parr hit a solo shot, but MSU hung on for the 3-1 win.

The second game looked like it would be another duel in the circle as the game was scoreless over the first three frames. That changed in the top of the fourth in a big way as the Aces saw five runs cross the plate.

Danielle Freeman got it started with a single to right field. She moved to second as Hayli Scott reached on an error to bring Susan Norris to the plate. Norris delivered as her single brought Freeman home. Samantha Fleming grounded out to third to plate the second run of the inning before the final three score with some two-out magic.

With the bases loaded, Chandra Parr recorded yet another big hit. A bases-clearing triple by Parr saw the Aces reel off five runs to take a 5-0 advantage. Murray State got on the board with an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth. Making the start once again, Blankenship gave the Aces four strong innings with that unearned run being the only blemish.

The Racers got close in the bottom of the 5th with three runs off of Emily Lockhart. That brought Morgan Florey into the game as she pitched the final two 1/3 innings to seal Evansville’s eleventh victory of the season. Scott and Freeman each notched a pair of hits in the game while Parr led the way with three RBIs. Blankenship was credited with the win, her third of the season.

On Saturday, the Purple Aces will play at home for the first time this season, opening conference play on Saturday with a noon doubleheader against Drake.


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