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Thursday, September 1, 2011

What's Happening Today

* Everyone Invited to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Meeting

What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus Christ?  The members of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship invite everyone to the basement of Neu Chapel (Grabill Lounge) at 8 p.m. this Thursday night. Join them to learn what the Bible says about the cost of discipleship and what being a Christian looks like. Bring your friends and your questions! For more information, please contact Kayla Brenton at

* All You Need to Know…

Join us for a game show geared primarily toward new students, but open to the entire campus on Thursday, Sept. 1 in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center at 7:30 p.m.  In this survey style game show, you answer questions about what you have learned about UE so far and college lifestyles! There will be prizes! This event is sponsored by the Office of Counseling Services, Student Activities Board and the Hughes Hall Staff.


Upcoming Events

* InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Game Night

Join InterVarsity Christian Fellowship this Friday night from 9-11 p.m. in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center. Bring your friends and come play your favorite board games, card games and more to kick off the weekend! 

* Delta Omega Zeta Fall Recruitment

Delta Omega Zeta's Fall Recruitment is set for Sept. 4-7! All unaffiliated women are welcome.

Recruitment BBQ
Sept. 4 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
DOZ House

Craft Night
Sept. 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Room 272 - Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building

Game Night
Sept. 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Morton-Brentano Pit

Spaghetti Dinner
Business Casual Dress
Sept. 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
DOZ House

* Student Organization Fair

Want to get involved?  Come to the Center for Student Engagement’s Student Organization Fair.  The Organization Fair will be held on Sept. 5 from 4-7 p.m. There will be a wide variety of student groups showcasing their organizations.  Stop by during the Labor Day Picnic which is being held on the Ridgway University Center’s East Terrace and Lawn.


* Crick Lecture Planned for September 7

Associate Professor of Psychology Lora Becker will be the speaker at the Crick Lecture in Cognitive and Neural Sciences on Sept. 7. Her topic will be "Phytoestrogen effect on neonatal rat development."  The lecture is set for 4-4:50 pm. in the Vectren Lecture Hall (Room 100), Koch Center.

"Our laboratory has been studying the effect of specific phytoestrogens  (genistein and diadzein ) on development of the neonatal rat by examining several age-specific behaviors," explains Becker. "This talk will review our work and address future directions for our model.  Phytoestrogens, the most common of which are isoflavones, are present in a variety of plant products such as alfalfa, red clover and fodder crops, as well as in soybeans and plants used in fermenting (Price & Fenwick, 1985; Gehm, McAndrews, Chien & Jameson, 1997; Rosenblum, Stauber, Van Thiel, Campbell & Gavaler, 1993; Davis, Dalais, Simpson, & Murkies, 1999)."

"Isoflavones, such as genistein and diadzein, are heterocyclic phenols that are very similar in structure to human steroidal estrogen (Messina, Persky, Setchell, & Barnes, 1994).  These estrogen-like compounds are found in many foods consumed by mammals, including humans," adds Becker. "We examined behaviors that are important at particular ages of the developing rat. Ultrasonic vocalizations can be seen in infant rats as a maternal stress call when coupled with separation from the home cage (Hofer & Shair, 1991). An unfamiliar open field scenario can elicit differing amounts of anxious behaviors in pre-pubescent rats (Arakawa, 2003). It has also been shown that anxious behaviors can be tested in adult rats through the novel object recognition task (Ennaceur, Michalikova, Bradford, & Ahmed, 2005).  We will present findings from these behavioral measures and further delineate the results by controlling for maternal influence through the application of both cross-fostering and latent cross-fostering paradigms." 

* TIAA-CREF Counseling Sessions Dates

The TIAA CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 9 for individual counseling sessions. To schedule an appointment, call TIAA CREF at 1-800-732-8353 or 317-706-6200.  The sessions will be held in the Clifford Rare Books Room in the Library (Room 158).  If you have any questions, call Carol McCraney at extension 2943.


Info You Should Know

* Search for Young Girl to Play Baby June in Musical "Gypsy"

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre and Department of Music will hold auditions at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, for a female, aged 8 to 13, for the role of “Baby June” in the upcoming musical “Gypsy.”  This role demands a young actor be able to sing very well, tap dance, do cart-wheels, splits, high kicks, and turns.

Interested females should prepare a short song and be prepared to learn a dance routine.  It is preferred, but not required, that the song is from a Broadway musical.  An accompanist will be provided.

“Gypsy” is written by Arthur Laurents, with music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Working with Lank is Gregory Rike as musical director and Ricki Newman as choreographer.  The classic musical features the theatrical antics of Mama Rose—the ultimate stage mother.  As vaudeville is dying and burlesque is sweeping the United States, Mama Rose embarks upon a whirlwind tour seeking stardom for her two young daughters—Louise and June.  UE Theatre students will play both Louise and June, and the role of Baby Louise has been cast. 

Rehearsals will begin in Sept., and children must be available for all performances, Nov. 11 through 13 and 17 through 20.  The auditions will be held in Wheeler Concert Hall in the Krannert Hall of Fine Arts on the UE campus.  To register for the audition or for more information, please contact Sharla Cowden at 812–488–2747 or

* Walk This Way!

Are you an early riser who likes to start your day with exercise?  Then grab a friend and walk and talk your way to fitness with Walk This Way, a walking group sponsored by the Fitness Center! The group will meet every Monday and Wednesday at 7 a.m. begining Monday, Sept. 5.  Routes vary from 1 to 3 miles. The group will walk outside unless the weather is bad, in which case it will be moved indoors. This is open to everyone! For more information, call ext 2622 or email

* Mystery Contest: Book It and Bag It!

The Writing Center opened its doors at 10 a.m. today! For an appointment with a tutor who can help you with a writing assignment, just call ext. 2391. Be the first to book time with a tutor at the "mystery hour" and you'll walk away from your session with a Bag o' the Purple (chocolates). You must say the code word "MYSTERY" when you call. Book your appointment, ask for the right day/hour, say the word, and bag your prize!

* Juniors and Seniors - Register in the Student-Alumni Mentoring Program

Attention UE juniors and seniors! Get connected to a professional in your field –  register to participate in the 2011-2012 Student-Alumni Mentoring Program TODAY! As a junior or senior of the University of Evansville, you have the opportunity to participate in the Student-Alumni Mentoring Program.  The goal is to directly connect current juniors and seniors with alumni and friends of UE, in order to establish a variety of professional support.  Mentors will work with students on developing their professional network, job shadowing, resume development and much more! 

For more information or to register visit

The deadline to register is Monday, Sept. 5.

* New Safe Ride Number and Program

The Student Government Association will now be hosting their SAFE RIDE program through Unity Taxi. From now on the SAFE RIDE number will be 812-421-9999. Students should begin using the new number and company immediately, as River City - Yellow Cab will stop providing services Aug. 30.

* New Platform for Publicizing Student Success

The University of Evansville wants to make sure that you're recognized for your achievements. The University has started using a platform called to publicize your accomplishments, like making the dean's list, studying at Harlaxton, or winning an award. This platform allows us to send news items about your achievements back to your hometown newspapers, and also publishes them on the Web.

Your online reputation is important – most employers Google an applicant's name during the hiring process for jobs and internships. By using, UE will help you create a positive online profile.

When UE issues news stories about your accomplishments, you'll receive an e-mail with a link to view your story online. You can log in via Facebook to add your photo and share your achievement with friends and family.

If you have any questions about this platform, please contact UE's Office of University Relations at x2241. We look forward to celebrating your achievements with your local hometown media and online at Keep up the good work, and be on the lookout for e-mails about your accomplishments!

* Important Information from Financial Aid and Student Accounts

Please view your Financial Aid for 2011-12 on WebAdvisor under the link “Financial Aid by Year.”  Your WebAdvisor record will indicate the status of each type of aid you have received and indicate if further action is required on your part to finalize the aid. Please return all required documents and/or take the necessary action steps indicated as soon as possible, so that your aid will be applied to your UE Student Account. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid at
(812) 488-2364 or come see us in Olmsted Hall, room 116 if you have questions about finalizing your financial aid.

When viewing your Student Account information on WebAdvisor, remember that the “View Bills” link is a snapshot of your account on the first of each month. To view your current account balance, which reflects activity between billing statements (such as payments you have made or new aid that has been deducted), you should view the link called “My Account Summary by Term.” Please contact the UE Office of Student Accounts at (812) 488-2565 or come see us in Olmsted Hall, room 105 if you have questions about your Student Account.




* Heidi Strobel

Heidi A. Strobel, associate professor of art history, has just published "The Artistic Matronage of Queen Charlotte (1744-1818): How a Queen Promoted Both Art and Female Artists in English Society" (Edwin Mellen Press).  There will be an Archaeology and Art History Department book signing in October to celebrate the recent publication of four books by department faculty.  On Nov. 12, the Archaeology and Art History Department will join the Creative Writing Department at the bookstore for a book signing as part of Homecoming events.


Sympathy to...

* Family and Friends of Virginia Grabill

University of Evansville Professor Emerita Virginia Lowell Grabill passed away Monday, Aug. 29, at her home in Evansville. She was 92.

Dr. Grabill is best remembered for her 32 year teaching career at the University of Evansville. At some point she taught Grammar and Linguistics, History of the English Language and Advanced Composition. She oversaw the production of the yearbook and newspaper, served as University Ombudsman, Dean of Women, Chairman of the University Senate and started and directed the Creative Writing Program. She wrote so many comments on student papers that they remarked that their papers bled.

She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wheaton College where she took Latin with Ruth Bell Graham. She previously taught at the University of Illinois, Western Illinois University, Taylor University and Bethel College. Many of her students became Christians because she crossed their paths. 

She was married to Dr. Paul Grabill, another UE English Department favorite, who preceded her in death in 1980. Surviving are her daughter, Cindy, of Evansville; four sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews; and three grand-cats.

Services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 2300 Washington Avenue, with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Alexander East Chapel, 2115 Lincoln Avenue, and Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Paul and Virginia Grabill Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Evansville or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be made online at



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