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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

* Deadline for removal of vehicles for Bike Race extended

Due to events on campus, the deadline to move all vehicles from Lot H has been extended to 7:00 p.m. tonight. (The original deadline was 5:00 p.m.) All vehicles remaining in the lot after 7:00 p.m. tonight may be towed. The removal of vehicles is necessary so that the lot can be prepared for the bike race, which will be on Saturday, April 16. Vehicles must be moved by Wednesday evening so the lot can be restriped and time trials can be held on Thursday, April 14. The lot will be reopened for parking by Sunday morning at the latest. Vehicles must be moved to legal parking places for the permit category held by the driver. The use of Lot O by the Armory, and Lot Q by the General Services Building is recommended. 

* Photographer on campus

Office of Marketing and Communication will have a photographer on campus for a photo shoot Wednesday, April 13, through Friday, April 15. UE students and faculty have always been very cooperative and accommodating during previous shoots. As a result, many great photos have been taken for UE publications. Kim McDonald will try to notify faculty in advance if photos will be taken in a particular class; however, weather often can force the shoot inside, and it is possible that last minute requests will be made. If faculty members know that they will be giving a test or do not wish to have their class photographed any of these days, please inform Kim McDonald at ext. 2683 and the classroom will be avoided. 


What's Happening Today

* Women's leadership and networking event today!

Women 4 Women: Lessons for Launching Your Career, a women's leadership and professional development seminar, will be held today from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in Room 162, Schroeder School of Business Building. Organized by the 2016 Athena nominee finalists, these local leaders will discuss personal development, career identification, resume building and interviewing, developing a personal brand, and volunteering and networking. Students who attend the free seminar may sign up to shadow a businesswoman and past Athena finalist in their fields of interest. 

Go here to register for the event.

Please contact Emily Fiedler at with questions. 

* This Week in Music: University Symphony Orchestra concert

The University Symphony Orchestra will present its Spring Concert in Neu Chapel tonight at 7:30 p.m. Visiting assistant professor and director of orchestral activities Jessica Morel will lead the ensemble in a program that will include works by French composers Gabriel Fauré and Camille Saint-Saëns, and by American composer Frank Witherspoon. The concert is free and open to the public. 

* Crick Lecture on learning and memory planned for today

The final Crick Lecture in Cognitive Science and Neuroscience is planned for today at 4:00 p.m. in Room 100, Koch Center for Engineering and Science. The guest speaker will be Michael Jones, professor of psychology and informatics at Indiana University. Jones's lecture, "Scaling Models of Knowledge Representation," will both discuss and demonstrate the use of machine learning models to understand human learning and memory. The talk is intended for a non-specialist audience. 

* Coffee time with the seminarians today!

Come to Jazzman's today from 4:00-5:00 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!

* Honors Program project presentations continue on April 11-14

The Honors Program invites you to attend the Honors Program project presentations on April 11-14.  The Honors project is an opportunity for students to explore an area about which they are passionate. The Honors project may consist of a research project, thesis, or creative work.  Students may use the Honors project to launch areas of interest for graduate study or to expand résumés for employment.

We hope you will join us to hear the fascinating work that this year’s Honors students have completed.  Special thanks are extended to all faculty, advisors, and others who have supported the Honors students in their educational achievements. 

Please see below a schedule of the presentations, which will take place in Room 101, Koch Center for Engineering and Science.

Today from 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Nicolette Juncker, public health/pre-physical therapy - “Nutrigenetics and its Effect on the American Population”
Michaela Kent, exercise science/pre-physical therapy - “Differences in Body Image of Females Participating in Lean, Non-lean, or No Sports”
Cynthia Medina, exercise science/pre-physical therapy - “Benefits of Strength and Balance Training in Elderly Individuals: A Literature Review”

Today from 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Claire Kunz, archaeology/mathematics - “Roman Cyst Tombs and the Ancient Road at Jezreel”
Emily Stewart, archaeology/history - “More than Pottery Shards: Understanding Evidence for Modern Conflict in Jezreel”
Tim Smith, archaeology/art history - “Archaeology or Treasure Hunting?”

Thursday, April 14 from 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Eugene Hoffman, mechanical engineering - “Thermosiphon Research Project”
Cameron Roberts, electrical engineering - “GPS Guided Drone”
Lilia Mast, computer science - “PANDA: Patterns of Arbitrary Nature Difference Applier”

Thursday, April 14 from 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Korey Brock, mathematics - “The Effectiveness of Neuromarketing with Traditional Marketing Techniques”
Cameron Wickes, biology - “Identification of novel caspofungin resistance genes in the pathogenic fungus, Candida glabrata, by next generation sequencing of induced mutants”
Kaitlin Koenig, global business - “Women in Business”


Upcoming Events

* French Club to host guest speakers today

The French Club will host guest speakers Hubert Mussat and Katy Groves-Mussat from The Farmer and the Frenchman today at 7:00 p.m. in Room 173, Schroeder School of Business Building, They will discuss their French roots as well as their new winery and event venue in Henderson, Kentucky. Please join us to hear about their beautiful facility and their plans to host events for area Francophiles. 

* Benefit open enrollment meetings

During the period of April 11 through April 22, benefit-eligible employees may enroll or make changes in the University’s health, voluntary term life, dental, and ACES flexible spending account benefit plans. It is the only chance for benefit-eligible employees to enroll or make changes until the next open enrollment period unless you have a qualifying change in status. You may also consider enrolling in the University’s group life and long term disability insurance plans, if you haven’t done so already, subject to evidence of insurability.

Please review the documents in the open enrollment section beginning with the open enrollment memo, for important announcements, reminders, and changes which will occur June 1 to the University’s benefits. 

Beginning this year, we will be moving to an online enrollment process, eliminating all paper enrollment forms for health, life, dental, and long term disability insurance, as well as the ACES flexible spending account. This will ensure the accuracy of your enrollment elections and maintain records electronically regarding your current and future participation.

Enrollment/changes to your TIAA retirement plan salary deferral will continue to be processed on paper forms available in the Office of Human Resources. Therefore, you do not need to re-enroll in the TIAA retirement plan.

In order for UE to move to this new system, ALL benefit eligible employees (including those who do not want to make any changes to their current coverage) must enter their elections by April 22.

Please review the open enrollment memo and on-line benefit enrollment documents on the HR Area of AceLink, which should answer many of the questions you might have about this new system.   

To learn more about these benefit changes, see a demo of on-line benefit enrollment, or to speak with a plan representative, employees are encouraged to attend one of the following open enrollment meetings in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center:

• Thursday, April 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
• Thursday, April 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
• Thursday, April 14 from 11:00 a.m. to Noon
• Thursday, April 14 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at ext. 2943 with any questions. 

* Writing Center Boot Camp - APA and CMS Style

Writing Center Boot Camp - APA and CMS Style is planned for at 5:00 p.m. today at the Writing Center. This workshop will cover how to format and cite papers according to the APA and CMS style manuals, including the cover page and reference page, internal citations, running heads, footnotes, and endnotes. Join us in the Writing Center on Wednesday for this useful session! 

* 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. 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!

* Newman Club cookout with the seminarians!

The Newman Club would like to invite everyone to join us today at 6:00 p.m. as we host a cookout for our seminarians! Come help us thank Tam and Ambrose for all that they have done for us this semester while we enjoy food, music, magic, and more! We hope to see you there!!

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

* I-House: Costa Rica

Hello everyone! This week's I-House presentation will be on Costa Rica! Mariela León Thomas is so excited to tell you all about her country. Her major is physical therapy, and she does aerial dance in silk. She loves how culturally diverse UE is. Be sure to stop by today at 7:00 p.m. upstairs in Ridgway University Center! 

* Campus Community invited to Pep and Vim celebration

Students, faculty members, employees, and alumni are invited to Ri Ra Irish Pub next Thursday, April 14, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. to celebrate Pep and Vim and the wrap of UE's annual day of giving. Light appetizers will be served. Door prizes and good company! Questions? E-mail or call ext. 2586. 

* UE Andiron Lecture planned for April 13

Mitch Gieselman '78, University of Evansville alumnus and pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, will be the guest speaker for UE’s Andiron Lectures in Liberal Arts and Sciences on Wednesday, April 13. The lecture will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center, with a social hour at 3:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Gieselman’s topic will be “The Prophets of Penzance: The Wesleys Take Cornwall and Bristol (and They’re Probably Way Cooler than You Thought).”

Gieselman has lived in southwestern Indiana nearly all of his life. After earning his BS degree in psychology at UE, Mitch obtained his MDiv from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Following his ordination in the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, he has served six congregations including his current appointment at nearby Aldersgate UMC, where he has been lead pastor for more than 12 years.

Gieselman is involved in a number of community endeavors particularly as they pertain to interfaith ministries and justice ministries. Alongside his considerable international travel, he has led tour groups to Israel and Rome. He is also a familiar face on the UE campus, as he is the chapter counselor of his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and he has been involved with the Neu Chapel Society, the President’s Club, and numerous volunteer opportunities.

“That the students at UE are enrolled in a United Methodist-related institution is not a secret to most,” said Gieselman, “but that fact will scarcely inspire so much as a yawn, even among those of a Methodist background. This presentation probably won’t do much to alter that, but a trip through southwestern England might help someone understand why John and Charles Wesley, the founding brothers of Methodism, were the ‘rock stars’ of their time.”

Gieselman added that the “Wesleys certainly didn’t limit themselves to that part of England, or even to that part of the world, but the footprints they left, particularly in Cornwall and Bristol, reveal them to be culture-changing mavericks - not only in the religious realm, but in society as a whole, taking on social responsibility efforts in health care and education among the poor and marginalized, as well as serving as staunch abolitionists, risking their lives to give voice to those who had none. They also knew a cool place when they saw it.”

For more information, please call 812-488-1070 or 812-488-2589.

* Life as a Syrian in America: Humanizing the conflict with local Syrians

Our final Scholars for Syria event of the semester aspires to humanize the conflict and refugee crisis with the voices of UE's Syrians. Join us today at 6:00 p.m. in Room 162, Schroeder School of Business Building for a lecture by Yasser Alhenawi, a Syrian professor of finance at UE, and an open discussion with a few of Evansville's Syrian students.

Directly following the session will be a reception in Dunigan Lounge in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Scholars for Syria welcomes all to attend the reception for a celebration of the semester!

Alhenawi is the founding director of the Institute for Banking and Finance. He earned both his PhD and his Master of Science degree in financial economics from the University of New Orleans. He earned his master’s degree in business administration and his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Damascus University.

He has been the recipient of several academic awards including the Doctoral Crescent City Scholarship from the University of New Orleans and Toussaint Hocevar Outstanding Doctoral Student Award from the Business School at University of New Orleans. Alhenawi was the recipient of the 2013 Dean’s Teaching Award from the Schroeder School of Business, and received a Summer Research Grant from UE in 2014.

Alhenawi has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in finance since 2005. He has also been active in academic research and professional consulting activities. His current research interests are mergers and acquisitions, asset pricing models, and personal finance. He has presented his research in major finance conferences and his papers have been published in distinguished finance journals like the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, the Journal of Investing, the Review of Financial Services, and the Review of Financial Economies.


Info You Should Know

* Ellen Ott Marshall to speak at Trinity UM Church

Ellen Ott Marshall will be speaking at Trinity United Methodist Church in Evansville, at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, A reception will follow in Trinity's Craig Hall. Marshall grew up in Evansville, and is the daughter of Phil and Karen Ott, who taught at UE several years ago. They will be attending her lecture.

During her talk, Marshall will discuss the topic of her book, Christians in the Public Square: Faith that Transforms Politics. This book describes how faith can transform politics when Christian believers refuse to engage in typical political argument. 

Marshall is an associate professor of Christian ethics and conflict transformation at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. She is particularly interested in issues of violence and peace building, theologies of conflict transformation and nonviolence, and the dynamic relationship among faith, history, and ethics.


* 2016-2017 letterhead and envelope orders due April 19

The Office of Publications has distributed letterhead and envelope ordering information. If your department uses letterhead or envelopes during the fiscal year, this is the time to order it. We are able to get a substantial price break on boxes of envelopes (500 quantity) and reams of letterhead (500 quantity) due to the size of the order. Smaller orders placed later in the year will be more expensive.

If you did not receive the ordering information from the Office of Publications, please e-mail or call ext. 2561.

Orders are due April 19.

* Fitness Center closed on April 16

The Fitness Center will be closed this Saturday, April 16, for the 53rd Annual Bike Race. 

* Give Back Night for the Kids!

College Mentors for Kids is an organization on campus that pairs college students with the most to give with young children who need it the most. We meet every Wednesday with 40 students in grades 1-5 at Joshua Academy, providing them with a role model and education on college, diversity, and community service. These students come from very low-income households and are in need of the assistance and friendship they receive through our nationally recognized program. College Mentors For Kids runs purely on donations.

Help us keep the UE chapter thriving by using this voucher at Azzip Pizza on Green River Road on Wednesday, April 20. Get some grub and help the kids. They will greatly appreciate it.



* Seeking two camp residence directors

This summer the Office of International Admission is hosting 16 high school students from China on July 16 through August 6. We are looking for two students, preferably one male and one female, who will be available to live in the residence halls, go on weekend trips, and actively participate with these students. These are paid position that requires overnight stays on and off campus. The ideal candidate likes to work with students from different cultures. Daytime involvement might be necessary, but most of the responsibilities will be in the afternoon to night. Anyone interested should contact Kiersten Saltwick, international admission counselor, for more details at or 812-488-2434. Inquiries should be received by April 30.

* Attention May 2016 graduates

If you will be a May 2016 graduate and have earned a military honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions, are on active duty, or in active drilling status, please notify Cherie Leonhardt in the Office of Veterans Affairs at or call 812-488-2141, ASAP. The Office of Veterans Affairs and UE VETS has a special graduation gift for you! 

* Do you know all 164 named spaces on campus?

It takes an entire community of people to provide UE’s impactful experience – the full range of events, activities, and everyday occurrences that help transform the lives of students here at UE. On day two of Philanthropy Week we celebrate the 164 spaces on campus named in honor, memory, and recognition of the faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends of the University who ensure that UE's campus is a vibrant, leading edge liberal arts institution. Today as you walk past a purple ribbon outside a classroom, plaza, practice space, or study area, pause and take a moment to see who made that space possible.

Students – stop by the Philanthropy Week table and sign a thank you card for a donor. The goal is to receive 500 signed cards in one day!

* 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! 



* UE senior serves on Habitat for Humanity project in Guatemala

Tessa McLinden, a senior political science, international studies, and Spanish major at UE, traveled to Guatemala in February on a Global Village Project as the family services intern at Habitat for Humanity of Evansville. While there, she helped translate between work crews and families, began a build on a home, and constructed smokeless stoves for local families.  

* Maass publishes book review on US rise to power

UE political science professor Richard Maass had a book review published in the Spring 2016 issue of Political Science Quarterly. In it, he reviewed Power and Restraint: The Rise of the United States, 1898-1941 by Jeffrey Meiser. In it, Meiser explains how institutional characteristics and anti-imperialist norms limited the ability of expansionists within the US government to pursue their goals during the early twentieth century. 

* Research published in American Mathematical Monthly

Clark Kimberling, professor of mathematics at UE, and Kenneth Stolarsky, professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Illinois, have an article in the American Mathematical Monthly. Entitled "Slow Beatty Sequences, Devious Convergence, and Partitional Divergence," the article introduces the term "devious convergence" for any sequence (x_n) that converges to a number L so slowly that for every huge number B, there is some L' other than L such that x_n = L' for more than B numbers n. The article then introduces the term "partitional divergence." Examples of limiting behavior for both types are drawn from Beatty sequences. By courtesy of the Mathematical Association of America, the article can be downloaded to viewers of AceNotes.



* Men's golf tied for fourth at Big Blue Invitational

Voyvodic’s efforts have him tied for seventh place overall, just one stroke away from moving into the top five. A crowded top of the leaderboard has Wil Pahud checking in with a round of 74. That has him in a tie for seventeenth.

Tyler Gray and Will Knights posted rounds of 75, just three over par. They are tied for twenty-first. Austin Carmack finished the day with a 96. Noah Reese posted an 81 on Monday, while Jon Pick carded an 82. Reese and Pick played as individuals.

Belmont leads the way on the team side as they finished Monday with a 292. They are three ahead of Tennessee State and four in front of third place Murray State. Evansville ranks tied for fourth place with a 297, just five off the lead.

Ashton Van Horne had the best day among the individuals. A 5-under 67 has the Belmont player two in front of the pack going into the final 18.

* Big Blue Invitational up next for Men's Golf

The President’s Reserve Course at Hermitage Golf Club will be the venue as the University of Evansville Men’s Golf team heads to Nashville, Tennesse, for the Big Blue Invitational on Monday and Tuesday.

Tennessee State is the host for the 54-hole event, which will see 36 holes of play on Monday and 18 more on Tuesday.  Action commences with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start on both days. 

The tournament field will consist of 14 teams plus individuals from Jacksonville State University. Teams participating are: Belmont, Detroit, Evansville, Murray State, SIUE, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, UT Martin, Wisconsin-Green Bay, John A. Logan, North Greenville, Walters State, West Alabama, and West Georgia.

A great all-around team effort saw the University of Evansville Men's Golf team jump into fifth place in the final round of the Hoosier Invitational on Sunday afternoon.  All five Purple Aces golfers finished with rounds of 76 or lower to make the jump into the top five.

Leading the way once again was Rick Voyvodic, who notched another 73 to finish in a tie for eleventh with a final score of 146.  Tyler Gray matched Voyvodic's effort, recording a 73 of his own.  He tied for sixteenth with a 148.

Wil Pahud carded the low round of the day for the squad, notching a 72.  He tied for 21st with a 149.  Will Knights finished the second round with a 75 and tied for thirty-sixth place while Joseph Addante notched a 76 and finished the event with a 160.


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