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Monday, March 28, 2016

* 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

* Newman Club Easter party!

All are welcome to come join the Newman Club members attheir annual Easter party tonight from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Newman Center. Come dye some eggs, play games, watch Easter movies, and, of course, eat candy with friends!

We hope to see you there! Please call/text Kristel at 812- 760-8610 for more information!


Upcoming Events

* This Week in Music

Professor of trumpet and director of jazz studies Timothy J. Zifer will present a faculty recital in Wheeler Concert Hall this evening at 7:30 p.m. The recital will feature a single work, Claude Bolling’s Toot Suite. A French-born pianist, composer, and bandleader, Bolling’s primary field was jazz, but he also composed for films and became particularly well-known for his semi-classical works. Toot Suite is such a work, originally recorded by Bolling with the classically-trained trumpeter Maurice André. For his performance, Zifer will be joined by professor of music Anne Fiedler on piano, assistant professor Renato Butturi on electric bass, and consortium instructor Ross Erickson on drums. The recital is free and open to the public.

* Not on Our Campus: Monologues on Micro-aggressions

The men of Sigma Phi Epsilon invite the Evansville campus community to a special presentation on Thursday, April 7, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center. This presentation will highlight the role micro-aggressions play in today's world.

Tables will be set up in Ridgway University Center this week to collect monologues from students and encourage participation in the event.

The presentation will take into account monologues from students at the University of Evansville who have experienced a micro-aggression firsthand, and will include ways we may rid our campus and community of micro-aggressions in everyday life.

Micro-aggressions are the reality of slights, insults, invalidations, and indignities visited upon marginalized groups.

The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity Initiatives. and all are welcome to attend and participate.

There will be free pizza and drinks at the event as well as door prizes.

* I-House: Indonesia

This week's I-House presentation will be on Indonesia! Gilang Andika will be presenting. His major is accounting, and he loves to play guitar and travel. His favorite part about UE is how helpful the professors are and how close knit the community is. So make sure to stop by today at 7:00 p.m. upstairs in Ridgway University Center for I-House!

* UNICEF presents Blue Gold: World Water Wars today

Today at 6:30 p.m. in Room 100 in Graves Hall, join UNICEF Campus Initiative in viewing the documentary Blue Gold: World Water Wars. This film illustrates how big corporations force developing countries to privatize their water supply for profit, along with corrupt governments that use water for economic and political gain.

If you want more information about the screening of this documentary or the TAP PROJECT, check out UNICEF Campus Initiative’s Facebook page.

* School of Education accreditation interview sessions

On April 4, as part of the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation's (CAEP) site visit to review the School of Education's educator preparation programs, there will be two vital interview sessions for the campus community. Both interview sessions will be held from 3:00-3:45 p.m.

1) Session M in Room 302 in Graves Hall, will provide an open forum for UE students and graduates.

2) Session N in Room 306 in Graves Hall, will provide an open forum for University faculty and staff.

All are encouraged to attend and provide input to the site visit team. The School of Education appreciates your willingness to assist with this important process by coming to one of these meetings.

* Safety and Security Silent Auction planned for March 30

The Office of Safety and Security will hold its annual Lost and Found Auction on Wednesday, March 30. You will be able to view the items in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on that day. This is a silent auction, and all bids are confidential.  

* Info session on new Master of Public Health degree – pizza provided!

There will be an information session concerning UE's new Master of Public Health degree on Wednesday, March 30 in Room 240, Graves Hall, from noon-12:50 p.m. If you are interested in graduate education in public health or would like to learn more about the program, please join us. Pizza will be provided. If you plan on attending, RSVP to

* UE Swing Dance Fundraiser planned for April 8

The UE Swing Dance Fundraiser will take place on Friday April 8, at the downtown Evansville Tropicana Ballroom beginning at 8:00 p.m. Activities will include dancing, a silent auction, and free dessert reception. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by contacting Timothy Zifer, professor of music, at or calling ext. 2878. All proceeds benefit UE Jazz, University of Evansville Music Management Association, and the Friends of UE Music. Come swing with us! 

* Melvin M. Peterson Literary Forum set for Friday, April 8

Please join us for the Melvin M. Peterson Literary Forum on Friday, April 8, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Room 162 (Harkness Hall), Schroeder School of Business Building. Our guest speaker will be Matthew J. Bolton, and his lecture is titled "Eliot's iPhone: Reading The Waste Land in the Information Age."

Bolton will discuss T.S. Eliot’s seminal 1922 poem The Waste Land through the lens of today’s wired society. 

As it approaches its centennial year, the poem seems only to have gained relevance, and may offer a key for better understanding a new, information-driven era.  In our way of selecting and sharing what we read and experience, our building of playlists and curating of new media, and our everyday immersion in the stream of words and images that is the internet, we are somehow catching up with Eliot’s method in The Waste Land.  Making a study of The Waste Land’s disparate voices and broken images can therefore tell us much about the condition of living in the Information Age.

Bolton earned his PhD in English from the City University of New York-Graduate Center. He received the T.S. Eliot Society’s Fathman Young Scholar Award for research related to his dissertation.

His many publications include chapters in the books Ernest Hemingway and the Geography of Memory and The Waste Land at 90, as well as chapters in 25 books in the Critical Insights series. Bolton has published articles and reviews in journals including the Yeats Eliot Review, Dickens Quarterly, and Victorian Studies.

Bolton has taught at the City University of New York, the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and Loyola School, and is currently the head of the Upper School at the Seven Hills School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

* Summer and Part-Time Job Fair today

Need a part-time job for the summer or beyond? Drop by and meet with area employers at the Summer and Part-Time Job Fair today! The event is planned from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., on the East Terrace outside of Ridgway University Center.

Professional attire is not required - just stop by. Bring many copies of your resume!

Schedule an appointment with the Center for Career Development to prepare for the fair and perfect your resume! Call 812-488-1083 or e-mail

* 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

* May we pray for you?

"When people talk, listen completely" - Ernest Hemingway

The UE Newman Catholic Campus Ministry Team would like to listen to you, be it your thoughts, questions, prayer requests, or whatever else that may be on your mind. Please stop by Jazzman's Cafe and look for a Ministry Team member in bright blue and let us listen to you. We will be present:

Monday 11:00 a.m.-noon
Tuesday 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Wednesday 4:00-4:30 p.m.
Thursday 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00-9:00 a.m.

We look forward to spending this time with you!

* Newman Club volunteer opportunities!

Come join the Newman Club during one of its many upcoming volunteering events to help bring Christ to the community:

On Tuesday, March 29, join the members of the Newman Club as they volunteer at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and assist in sorting donations, organizing displays, and helping with some basic cleaning! The group will meet at Newman at 2:45 p.m. and return around 5:15 p.m.

Also, join the Newman Club members on Saturday, April 2, from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. as they travel to the Monastery of the Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Indiana, to help move furniture, finish some paint work, assist in its garage sale, and other tasks. Lunch will be provided!

We hope that you will join us for these wonderful opportunities! Please call/text Kristel at 812-760-8610 for more information!

* Summer/Fall textbook adoptions now due

This is a reminder to faculty that textbook adoptions for the Summer and Fall terms are now due in the UE Bookstore. If you have questions or need assistance please contact the Bookstore at ext. 2679. 

* GAP Info Sessions and Pizza Cancelled

The dates for the GAP informational sessions and pizza originally scheduled for March 28 and 29 were moved due to the change in advising/registration dates. Contact Erin Lewis at el131 or visit to apply or learn more.

* Graduation announcements ready to be picked up at Bookstore

Graduates who ordered graduation announcements before March 23, may pick up their orders in the UE Bookstore. Orders that were to be shipped to a home address will arrive shortly.  If you have any questions please contact the UE Bookstore. 

* Sign up for Family Weekend 2016 events now!

The event form’s glitch has now been fixed, so you can now sign up for Family Weekend 2016 student organization and department events! Family Weekend is set for September 23-25, but all events must be received by March 31. Click here to sign-up.

If you would like to volunteer assistance or if you have ideas, please e-mail or call 812-488-2586. 

Student organizations and departments that have already signed up include:
• Student Engagement – Breakfast with Geoffrey Edwards
• Career Development – Presentation at Parents’ Opening Event
• Cultural Engagement and International Services - Friends and Families Picnic
• Harlaxton College and the Office of Education Abroad – Parent Session
• Parents Council – Family Ice Cream Social and Parent Social
• Office of Alumni and Parent Relations – Graduation and Beyond
• Forever Purple Weekend Concert, Sponsored by the Department of Music
• ZTA’s Stand against Breast Cancer
• Kid ACE, an illusionist and musician Sponsored by Student Activities Board

* Drag Show Call for performers for Gearshift: A Steampunk Soiree

UE PRIDE is soliciting student performers for its annual drag show! This year's event is Saturday, April 9, at 7:00 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Proceeds benefit Aids Resource Group and Matthew 25 Aids Services. This year UE PRIDE has planned a steampunk soiree and is looking for student drag kings and drag queens interested in lip-syncing to their favorite song! No previous experience is required, and there will be prizes for the best group number and best solo number, so come as you are or bring along your friends! If you're interested in performing, or have questions, please e-mail or get in touch through UE PRIDE's Facebook page. 

* Faculty working on World War II documentary for WNIN

Joe Atkinson of the Department of Communication and James MacLeod of the Department of History have been chosen by WNIN Public Television to make a 2-part documentary on Evansville in World War II to be broadcast on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor in December 2016.

The two are currently interviewing people who have memories of that time period and would very much like to hear from you if you know a friend or a family member who was in Evansville during the war.

"It is a truly amazing story," said Atkinson, "And we feel privileged to have the chance to tell it for a large TV audience." MacLeod added, "Every additional interview adds something to the story, so we'd love to make sure that we get to talk to as many men and women as possible who have memories of Evansville at that remarkable time."

Atkinson recently completed a documentary on the 1977 Aces plane crash - From the Ashes - and MacLeod is the author of Evansville in World War II published in 2015 by the History Press.

If you have a friend or relative who would like to be interviewed, please contact MacLeod at ext. 2599. 

* Summer work-study information

On-campus jobs are available for continuing UE students during the summer. You do not need to be eligible for need-based federal/state work-study during the academic year in order to apply. You may also apply regardless of your enrollment in summer courses. Applications are available in the Office of Financial Aid. Direct questions to Catherine Carver at

* 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.



* Mohammad K. Azarian has been invited to contribute to the Encyclopedia of Islam

Mohammad K. Azarian, professor of mathematics, has been invited to write an article about Nizam al-Din Abd al-Ali ibn Muhammad ibn Husain al-Birjandi (known as Abd al-Ali Birjandi) and his contributions to the advancement of medieval mathematics and astronomy. The article will be published in the third edition of the Encyclopedia of Islam. Birjandi was a renowned 16th century Persian astronomer, mathematician, physicist, and logician: a polymath genius. At a special session (by invitation) of the joint annual meetings of the American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of American in January, Azarian presented a paper about Birjandi and his legacy. The editor of Azarian’s article will be Emilie Savage-Smith, professor of the history of Islamic sciences at University of Oxford, and like the previous two editions, this third edition will be published by Brill Academic Publishers.

* History majors shine at Phi Alpha Theta conference

The Department of History recently hosted a very successful regional conference of the national history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta. Students and faculty from several Midwestern schools gathered to listen to many excellent paper sessions, and two of the four prizes for outstanding paper went to UE history majors.

"We are so proud of all our history students who presented at the conference," said Robin Sager, co-director of UE's PAT Chapter, "And we are especially proud of the fact that two of them, Jessica Newell and Patrick Heaston, won outstanding paper prizes."

The conference featured a fascinating keynote address by Chris Cooke, the City of Evansville's superintendent of cemeteries, as well as papers on topics ranging from the Ottoman Empire to Victorian policing. 

* PT students present Ace CARE at Pro Bono Clinic Conference

Six physical therapy students and members of the Ace CARE board recently attended Widener University’s fourth Annual Physical Therapy Pro Bono Clinic Networking Conference. Twenty-five universities were in attendance and Ace CARE was one of 15 universities selected to present at the conference.

Students Molly Holthus and Liz Graper presented on ACErcise, the group exercise program for individuals with neurologic conditions. This new program allows DPT and PTA students to utilize skills they have acquired in the classroom to empower, educate, and help individuals with a neurologic condition make functional gains. Additionally, Jessica Stoens provided a poster presentation to reflect on the successes Ace CARE has had in the past five years.  

Ace CARE is a volunteer, pro bono physical therapy clinic run by student physical therapists who reach out to the Evansville community to provide necessary therapy services for those who are uninsured, underinsured, or homeless. This organization enhances the health and wellness of the Evansville community, furthers the learning of the student participants, and promotes the University. Ace CARE operates on the campus of the University of Evansville and includes an outpatient clinic as well as a group exercise program for those with neurologic disorders.

* University Choir and Wind Ensemble receive historic distinctions

The University Choir and Wind Ensemble both received historic distinctions last month. The University Choir, conducted by associate professor of music Dennis Malfatti performed by invitation at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Central Division Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

ACDA is a non-profit professional organization composed of nearly 20,000 choral musicians representing schools, colleges, and universities, industry and institutional organizations, houses of worship, and community and professional choirs. An invited performance at an ACDA conference is among the highest honors a choir in the United States can receive. Selection to perform at an ACDA conference requires undergoing a rigorous vetting process, especially among college/university choirs, entailing the submission of three years-worth of recordings and programs among other documentation.

The same week as the choir’s performance at ACDA, the UE Wind Ensemble performed at the College Band Directors National Association, North Central Conference on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The North Central Conference featured eight university bands from a 10-state region, chosen by audition. The UE Wind Ensemble is conducted by associate professor of music and director of bands Kenneth Steinsultz. Professor of music Timothy Zifer was a guest conductor on the program. Assistant professor of music Shawn Teichmer was featured as saxophone soloist, and consortium faculty member Ross Erickson was also featured on the vibraphone.

These two invitations mark the highest achievements both ensembles have received in the University’s history.



* Balentine and Mockevicius earn All-District honors

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) has announced the 2015-16 NABC Division I All-District teams and coaches. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, these student-athletes and coaches represent the finest basketball players and coaches across America.

Representing District 16 on the First Team were University of Evansville seniors D.J. Balentine and Egidijus Mockevicius. The duo joins Wichita State’s Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker along with Anthony Beane of Southern Illinois.

Evansville’s duo finished their careers as two of the top players in program history. Balentine leaves the program as the top scorer in its history while Mockevicius finished with the records for career rebounds and blocked shots.

District 16
First Team
Fred VanVleet, Wichita State
Egidijus Mockevicius, Evansville
D.J. Balentine, Evansville
Ron Baker, Wichita State
Anthony Beane, Southern Illinois

Second Team
DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell, Illinois State
Wes Washpun, Northern Iowa
Devonte Brown, Indiana State
Mikyle McIntosh, Illinois State
Brenton Scott, Indiana State

* UE Tennis falls to Western Kentucky

The University of Evansville Women’s Tennis team (7-12, 0-0) played host to Western Kentucky on Friday. The Aces played a player short which forced them to forfeit both flight six singles and flight three doubles. This contributed to the Aces 7-0 loss to the Hilltoppers.

The high point of the afternoon came when Katie Delgado and Kennedy Craig were able to win at flight two doubles against Tereza Hejlova and Violetta Shatalova of Western Kentucky by a score of 6-2. However, due to forfeiting flight three and losing at flight one, the Aces were unable to secure the doubles point.

Coach Jayson Wiseman said about the match, “Western Kentucky is a very tough team with a lot of depth; they were just better than us today. Playing a team like WKU would have been a tough battle with all of our player healthy and on the court. To play them short-handed was just a little too much for us today.”

“Despite the loss I am very proud of the way our team played today, we put forth maximum effort and as a coach that is all I can ask. We did get a nice win at number 2 doubles by Katie and Kennedy as they have proven to be a very formidable pair in that second position.”

Singles Competition
1. Andrea Christopoulou (WKU) def. Andjela Brguljan (UE) 6-2, 6-0
2. Tereza Hejlova (WKU) def. Katie Delgado (UE) 6-2, 6-1
3. Cynthia Melita (WKU) def. Marina Darzyan (UE) 7-5, 6-1
4. Elpida Malamou (WKU) def. Kennedy Craig (UE) 6-0, 6-2
5. Cassie Pennington (WKU) def. Leah Helpingstine (UE) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles Competition
1. Andrea Christopoulou/Cynthia Melita (WKU)def. Andjela Brguljan/Marina Darzyan (UE) 6-4
2. Katie Delgado/Kennedy Craig (UE) def. Tereza Hejlova/Violetta Shatalova (WKU) 6-2

The Aces will be in action again on April 2 when they begin conference play at Southern Illinois. The Aces next home match will come on April 8 when they play host to Indiana Wesleyan.

* Florey throws gem, but Aces fall to UNI, 2-1

Freshman Morgan Florey threw another gem, going the distance while giving up just one earned run, but Chelsea Ross matched her as UNI clinched the conference series with a 2-1 win over the University of Evansville softball team.

Florey struck out eight batters for the Aces (12-16, 1-5 MVC) while Ross helped the Panthers (24-9, 4-2 MVC) to the win as she went seven innings giving up just three hits while striking out 12.

Danielle Freeman paced the UE offense with a home run in the top of the first inning. Courtney Land and Morgan Lambert also recorded hits for the Aces.

Evansville picked up an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Danielle Freeman belted a home run to left field. UNI came back with two runs in the top of the second including an Alyssa Buchanan RBI single to right.

Both pitchers were able to settle in after the first two frames as the final five ½ innings were scoreless. Both got into a strong groove while keeping the opposing offense off the board.

UT Martin is the next opponent for the Purple Aces. A single game between the Skyhawks and Aces is set for Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at Cooper Stadium. The Aces will play their first MVC road series next weekend, heading to Bradley for three games on Saturday and Sunday.

* Purple Aces Club Golf Classic set for May 16

Oak Meadow Country Club will serve as host to the 2016 Purple Aces Club Golf Classic on Monday, May 16. One of the most important and entertaining fundraisers of the year, the golf classic is open to all. Individuals can sign up to play for $150 while foursomes are available for $600. The entry fee includes your golf, a boxed lunch, drinks, a polo shirt, and post-golf hors d’oeuvres.

On-site registration and lunch begin at 11:00 a.m. with a shotgun start commencing the action at noon. A post-golf reception will begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. with the awards ceremony taking place 30 minutes later.

A registration link will be posted very soon, but to reserve your spot immediately, contact Amy Davidson at 812-488-2199 or

The format is a four person scramble where everyone hits off the tee. Teams start on the regular tee and move back after a birdie, up for a bogie and up after two consecutive pars. All players putt and there is a maximum of two putts on each green. Mulligans will not be available. In their place, a length of string will be provided to make a putt without an additional stroke being added. Once a length is used, it cannot be reused. Additional lengths may be purchased.

This format should allow for normal pace of play as it adds no additional strokes and actually eliminates strokes as a team from the fairway.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available and include a hole sponsor, longest drive, closest to the pin, carts, reception, and event title.

For more information on those opportunities, please contact John Rodgers at 812-488-2488.


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