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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

* 50th anniversary of Neu Chapel celebration this weekend

The campus community is invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the dedication of Neu Chapel (March 1966) this Sunday, April 3 at 11:00 a.m. in Neu Chapel. Neu Chapel was completed in December 1965, the inaugural service was held on January 6, 1966, and later that spring on March 15, 1966, Methodist bishop Richard C. Raines dedicated Neu Chapel. We’re celebrating 50 years of history and an exciting future, unafraid, and invite you to participate in the ceremony.

The 11:00 a.m. service will include the inaugural R. Wayne Perkins Lecture Series: Theology, Ministry, and Interfaith Initiatives and the rededication of Neu Chapel

The R. Wayne Perkins Lecture Series: Theology, Ministry, and Interfaith Initiatives, sponsored by the Office of Religious Life, will bring together theology scholars and church leaders to explore questions about theology in the public square, interfaith initiatives, and ministry in the 21st century.

The lectures will explore theological questions about being human, the function of theology and the responsibility of the theologian in the public square, and the church's role in forming the next generation of theologians.

The lectures are intended to promote responsible theological acumen, compassionate social values, and peace with justice. The series has been developed to generate greater attention to theological practice, interfaith engagement, and ministry as vocation among our students, alumni, clergy, and the larger community.

Other weekend activities have been scheduled to commemorate the Neu Chapel anniversary:

Ministry and Clergy Reunion - Saturday, April 2, 10:00 a.m., in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center.
Alumni who are serving in a ministry setting are invited to attend the reunion weekend.

Panel Discussion: “Ministry in the 21st Century” begins at 2:00 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. The public is invited to the panel discussion.

Love at UE: Marriage Vows Renewal Ceremony and Celebration
Saturday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel
Marriage Vows Renewal Ceremony and Celebration for UE alumni and guests will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. A reception will follow for all couples and their guests in the Ridgway University Center.

The public is invited to the Saturday, 2:00 p.m. panel discussion and University Worship on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Pre-registration required for other events. For more information contact: Sylvia DeVault '85, director for alumni and parent relations, at, or university chaplain Tammy Gieselman ’95, at

* 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

* Wednesday night Mass

Don't forget to join the Newman Club every Wednesday evening as we participate in the 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Mass at St. Benedict Cathedral. The weekly 5:30 p.m. Mass will be taking the place of our regular 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night Masses. We will meet each Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. at the Newman Center before making our way to the cathedral.

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

* 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!

* 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


Upcoming Events

* This Week in Music: Music Therapy Open House set for today

The Department of Music will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Music Therapy Program by hosting an Open House in Krannert Hall of Fine Arts today from 4:00-6:00 p.m. The community is welcome to come and visit with faculty members and to browse displays of the program’s history and its ongoing activities. Guests may also observe (or join in) as music therapy students demonstrate various music therapy interventions. Stationed in classrooms and rehearsal spaces, students will also be demonstrating drumming, singing, movement, and improvisation processes used in the discipline. Light refreshments will also be served.

For questions, contact professor of music Mary Ellen Wylie at 812-488-2875. 

* FREE bowling!

UEVETS, the University's student veterans organization, has room for six more teams (up to five people per team) for its annual Spare Change for Warriors Bowling Tournament. There is no charge for bowling, so gather your friends and join us. The event will be held at River City Recreation on Weinbach Avenue just south of Washington Avenue on April 2 at 1:00 p.m. The first six teams to respond will get the spots! Contact Joel Kaiser at or call 210-792-6504 by Friday, April 1.

* A Human Story, Voices of Hope from Refugees

Join Scholars for Syria in hosting Road to Mafraq today at 6:00 p.m., in Room 162, Schroeder School of Business Building.

Ellen Small Billard founded Road to Mafraq in 2013. She is a global development professional and Evansville native focused on the Middle East. Road to Mafraq is an organization working to increase access to education for Syrian and Iraqi refugees, with a focus on empowerment of grassroots, locally-run organizations in Jordan.

In addition to her work with Road to Mafraq, Billard has consulted for NGOs throughout Southeast Asia, serving under-resourced and disenfranchised communities, including orphans, refugees, and victims of human trafficking. She also spent five years working to reform public benefits programs in the state of Connecticut.

Billard earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut with a focus in public policy and International Social Work and a BA in English Literature from the University of Southern Indiana. She has lived, worked, and traveled in over 35 countries.

"Road to Mafraq identifies, empowers, and equips local grassroots organizations serving those affected by political and sectarian conflict in the Middle East,” said Billard. “We believe the programs on the ground in the region are the experts in how to best serve those in need. They have the language and cultural knowledge that allows them to develop strong personal relationships with the people impacted by crisis.”

Many of these programs could have a tremendous impact,” she added, “if only they had more financial and technical support to achieve their full potential. That’s why we walk alongside them to help strengthen their programs and expand their reach."

* Delta Sigma Pi Business Leaders of the Year

The students of Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity invite the UE community to the Business Leaders of the Year awards ceremony on Friday, April 1, at noon in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. This year's winners are John C. Schroeder H'00, Business Leader of the Year; Tri-State Orthopaedics, Business of the Year; and Kendra Lankford '12, Young Business Leader of the Year.

Tickets to the event are $40 each and can be purchased online during registration. Faculty and staff may do a department charge during registration.

Register online here.

Contact Alli Frazier at with questions.


* Lunch and Learn with Alan Vandagriff '14

Students and faculty are invited to the Math and Science Career Colloquium Lunch and Learn with 2014 alumnus Alan Vandagriff on Tuesday, April 5, from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 254, Ridgway University Center.

Alan will discuss his career as an actuarial analyst and will have tips for students regarding job/internship searches. Complimentary boxed lunches will be provided for those who RSVP to by Monday, April 4.

Alan is currently an actuarial analyst with Milliman in Chicago, Illinois, and completed internships with ING and Walgreens. He looks forward to sharing his experience with current students and seeing faculty members during his visit to campus.

* Milkshakes for Miracles

Phi Mu would like to invite you to attend its new philanthropy event, Milkshakes for Miracles, a 1950s themed sock-hop dance tonight from 7:00-10:00 p.m., in Carson Center's small gym. Milkshakes, rootbeer floats, and popcorn will be served. Tickets are $5 and includes cost of admission, a milkshake or rootbeer float, and popcorn. If you don’t feel like dancing the night away, you can order a milkshake to go for $2. All proceeds go toward Children Miracle Network Hospitals. 

* 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.

* 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.

* 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.

* 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

* Opportunity to pray the Rosary!

Looking for simple new ways to come closer to your faith? Join Newman Club members Nathan Kabat and Nicolette Fonseca for 20 minutes every Friday at 11:00 a.m. in Neu Chapel as they lead us in the Rosary! We hope to see you there! Please e-mail Nicolette ( or Nathan ( for more information! 

* Coffee time with the seminarians!

Come to Jazzman's every Wednesday from 4:30-5:00 p.m., and meet the Newman Club's seminarians! Ambrose and Tam, our international seminarians, are currently studying at St. Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, Indiana, and they would love to meet you! Please feel free to come by, say hi, and ask them anything you want!

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

* 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!

* 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

* 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 Financial Aid and Work Study Information

Financial Aid:
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 aplication 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 and SEOG 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.

Also - 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 here, and 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.



* Organist presents recital at Oberlin

Helen Skuggedal Reed, adjunct instructor of organ and harpsichord, presented a recital, “Keyboard Arrangements of Polyphonic Music, ca. 1550-1650,”on March 23 at the fifth annual meeting of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America. Reed has served as board member and treasurer of this organization since 2012. She played the remarkable Brombaugh mean-tone organ in Fairchild Chapel on the campus of Oberlin College and Conservatory, Oberlin, Ohio.

* Edwards receives Academy Fellow award

Dale Edwards, professor and chair of biology, recently received the Academy Fellow Award during the 131st Annual Meeting of the Indiana Academy of Science held in Indianapolis. The Fellow is the Academy’s most prestigious honor awarded to those who exemplify the highest standards of professional performance demonstrated through service to the Academy and to the advancement of science in Indiana, service to education in science, and achievements in scientific research consistent with the ideals and mission of the Indiana Academy of Science. 

* 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. 



* Parr's walk-off home run gives softball 6-5 win

Trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh, Chandra Parr hit a walk-off 2-run home run to give the University of Evansville softball team a 6-5 win over UT Martin on Tuesday afternoon at Cooper Stadium.

“I am so proud of how the girls battled back. Our offense was able to get some timely hits for us today,” UE head coach Mat Mundell said. “This is a huge win for us as we get ready to head to Bradley this weekend.”

Evansville (13-16) tallied seven hits. The biggest two were 2-run shots off the bats of Parr and Morgan Florey. Katie Warrick was the top performer for the Skyhawks (18-15) as she went 2-4 with 3 RBI.

UT Martin got on the board with a pair of runs in the top of the third as both scored on a Katie Warrick single. The Skyhawks added to their lead on an Aeron Smith infield single in the fourth.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Aces offense was able to get on the board as Kristin Koepke led it off with a single to right-center for UE’s first hit of the game. Following a Morgan Lambert walk, Olivia Cheatham bunted the runs over to second and third. Michal Luckett came through with a single to left to plate the first run of the game. Lambert would later score on a UTM error.

Evansville kept the pressure on in the bottom of the sixth as Morgan Florey hit the first home run of her career to give the Aces a 4-3 advantage. Down to their last strike, the Skyhawks were able to retake the lead on a 2-run single off the bat of Katie Warrick.

Facing the late deficit, the Aces refused to give up. Courtney Land led the inning off with a single to bring up Parr, who belted her third home run of the season to left-center to finish off the game. Florey picked up the win for UE, her seventh of the season.

UE takes to the road this weekend with its first conference trip of the season. The Aces head to Peoria, Ill. for a 3-game set against Bradley on Friday and Saturday.

* 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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