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Monday, April 18, 2016

Upcoming Events

* I-House: Tea Ceremony

For the last week of I-House, we plan to do things a little differently. This week, six countries (Oman, China, Argentina, Japan, Kazakhstan, and Morocco) will provide a brief explanation about their teas before providing samples to everyone - there might even be some snacks there as well! So be sure to stop by this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. on the second floor of Ridgway University Center to try all kinds of teas from all around the world! 

* This Week in Music: Concerts and Operas

The University Choir, the chamber choir Kantorei, and the UE Wind Ensemble will offer a joint concert in Neu Chapel on Tuesday evening, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. The choirs and a chamber ensemble consisting of faculty members and local musicians will present a performance of J. S. Bach’s cantata, Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150, with associate professor and director of choral activities Dennis Malfatti conducting the performance. The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of associate professor and director of bands Kenneth Steinsultz, will then perform a number of twentieth-century works, including pieces by Paul Hindemith, Percy Grainger, and Leonard Bernstein. The concert will conclude with the Wind Ensemble’s performance of American composer Eric Whitacre’s Godzilla Eats Las Vegas.

Visiting assistant professor and director of orchestral activities Jessica Morel will conduct the UE String Ensemble in its Spring Concert in Wheeler Concert Hall on Thursday, April 21, at 6:00 p.m. The program will begin with a performance of Joseph Haydn’s Divertimento in G Major by the UE String Trio, a student ensemble consisting of violinist Sarah Lee, violist Gefei Chai, and cellist Kaitlyn Lowe. The full String Ensemble will then follow with performances of works by Mozart and twentieth-century British composer Benjamin Britten. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

The UE Schmidt Family Opera Series will present an evening of one-act operas in Wheeler Concert Hall this Friday and Saturday evening, April 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m. The program, subtitled “Three for the Night,” will begin with American composer Seymour Barab’s Little Red Riding Hood (1962), followed by Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna (Susanna’s Secret, 1909). The evening will conclude with a performance of Mozart’s The Impresario, K. 486 (1786). Assistant professor of voice Alanna Keenan will direct the performances, while assistant professor of voice Gregory Rike will conduct. Accompaniment will be provided by a small chamber ensemble consisting of faculty members and local musicians. The performances are made possible by the Schmidt Family Opera Series. Admission is $10 for adults (free for students, faculty and staff with UE ID).

* Relaxation Station

The Office of Counseling Services is hosting a stress management program consisting of multiple stations for students to learn ways to manage and decrease stress. The program will be on Tuesday, April 19 in Eykamp Hall, Rooms 253, 254, and 255, Ridgway University Center and will be open from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Stop in and RELAX!

* Eat Pizza, Help Kids!

College Mentors for Kids is a campus organization 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.

View the voucher.

* Final Physical Therapy Club Meeting of the Semester

Tuesday, April 19 at noon in Room 100, Graves Hall is the last Physical Therapy Club meeting of the semester, so if you haven't been to two meetings yet, this is your last chance. There will be pizza, a guest speaker, and an ice cream social afterward! If you ordered a water bottle, you can also pick it up at the meeting.

* Documentary Where to Invade Next to be shown on campus on April 20

There will be a screening of the new documentary Where to Invade Next at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, April 20 in Room 126, Hyde Hall. This event, which is presented by the UE Library and the UE College Democrats, is free and open to public. Invite your friends, neighbors, and coworkers to attend!

This documentary by filmmaker Michael Moore is a satirical and comedic exploration of contemporary social issues in the United States. The film shows Moore going to other countries to "invade" and "steal" their ideas for creatively solving issues such as health care, education, work, and equality.

Questions? E-mail or go here to find out more.

* NSLS Spring 2016 induction ceremony

The NSLS Spring 2016 induction ceremony is planned for Monday, April 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. This is a celebration for those members who have completed the steps of the program. A reception will follow the ceremony.


Info You Should Know

* Applications for TEDxEvansville Now Open

The application is now open for speakers at the next TEDxEvansville event on Saturday, October 1. The application deadline is Friday, April 29.

TED is a venue for “exceptional, out-of-the-box thinkers who have ideas that they can’t help but share." Presentations range from 3-18 minutes. Click here to view topics and watch recordings of all 2015 TEDxEvansville talks.

The application can be viewed here.

The Office of Marketing and Communications will gladly assist anyone wishing to apply or brainstorm topic ideas. Please contact Michael Saalman at ext. 5004 or to arrange a meeting.

* Lesley Pleasant, PhD, publishes article

"Dogeared Hate: Yilmaz Arslan’s Brudermord/Fratricide (2005), a new type of Heimatfilm,” an article by Lesley Pleasant, associate professor of German, has been published in the April/May 2016 volume of the German Studies journal, Pandaemonium Germanicum. This paper focuses on the Heimat (home) metaphor of the Pit Bull in Yilmaz Arslan’s Brudermord/Fratricide (2005), a film about Turkish migrants in Germany. Updating the genre for a world of fluid boundaries, Arslan’s film self-reflexively posits transnational Heimatfilm as a possible bridge between “Others," as a means to facilitate conversations that might decrease the violence of the present dog-eat-dog world of the margin the film portrays.

* Venturing Crew Executive Board Applications: DUE TOMORROW!

Apply to be part of Venturing Crew’s executive board! Elected positions include president, vice president of administration, vice president of outings, vice president of activities, treasurer, and quartermaster. Applications can be found here.

This is a great way to be more involved with the Crew, increase leadership skills, and meet interesting people! Please submit applications or questions to Alex Schmitt at

All applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19! An informal interview process will be conducted between the date of application and April 21. Please consider becoming a part of the Venturing Crew executive team! 

Download the application.

* Join UE's UNICEF Campus Initiative Executive Board

Are you interested in becoming more active on campus? Do you wish to make an impact in the world? Join the UNICEF Executive Board at UE! The deadline to apply is this Friday, April 22. If you have any questions please contact Marcela Pineda ( or Cesar Herculano (

You can find the positions available as well as the application in the link bellow! 

* Summer housing

Are you staying in Evansville over the summer? If so, Residence Life is offering summer housing in Powell Residence Hall. You can find more information about summer housing online here.

Stop by the Office of Residence Life to pick up your summer housing application. Applications are due April 22

* 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.


* UE's Phonathon is hiring student callers!

The Office of Annual Giving is hiring student callers for Phonathon. This is a paid position starting at $8.25 an hour with incentive pay. Calling takes place on nights and weekends. Please apply by e-mailing Jennifer Jacobs at

* Housing extended stay requests

UE Housing facilities will close at noon on Thursday, May 5; however, all students are asked to depart from housing within 24 hours of their last exam. Those students needing to stay past the posted closing date, including graduating seniors, should submit an extended stay request. The extended stay requests will be accepted up until 5:00 p.m. on Reading and Study Day, Wednesday, April 27.

* Purchasing procedures announced for May 2016

As the end of the University’s fiscal year approaches on May 31, Administrative Services and Accounting and Audit announce the following procedures related to purchases of goods and services during May.

Pcard Purchases

  • Pcard purchases posting on the May statement (cycle end date is May 23) will be paid from FY 2015-2016 funds. Most shipments post on your Pcard within three to four business days. However, vendors have up to nine business days to post transactions.
  • Pcard purchases posting from May 24 through May 31 will be paid from FY 2016-2017 (new year) funds, unless the item purchased exceeds $500. Purchases exceeding $500 will be paid from FY 2015-2016 funds.

Office Depot Orders

  • Normally, Office Depot orders placed online by 3:00 p.m. for items in stock are delivered the next business day. Upon delivery, the transaction should post on your Pcard within three to four business days.
  • Office Depot orders received by May 15 will likely post on the May 23 Pcard cycle and be paid from FY 2015-2016 funds.
  • Office Depot orders placed and received but posting to the Pcard between May 24 and May 31 will be paid from FY 2016-2017 funds, unless the items purchased exceed $500. Purchases exceeding $500 will be paid from FY 2015-2016 funds.

Purchase Orders

  • Approved requisitions converted into purchase orders and delivered by May 31 will be paid from FY 2015-2016 funds.
  • Approved Requisitions indicating FY 2016-2017 written on them in red ink will be processed with a delivery date of June 1 or later.
  • Backordered Purchase Orders not delivered by May 31 will be paid from FY 2016-2017 funds.

Blanket Orders

  • All FY 2015-2016 Blanket Orders expire on May 31.
  • Approved Requisitions for FY 2016-2017 (new year) Blanket Orders may now be submitted with June 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017, effective dates.
  • Backordered Blanket Order items not delivered by May 31, 2016, will be paid from FY 2016-2017 funds.

Requisitions for Check Request

  • All services completed and items purchased (and on campus) by May 31 must be submitted on a WebAdvisor voucher to Accounting and Audit by Monday, June 20, to be paid from FY 2015-2016 funds. Any pre-May 31 purchases submitted for payment after this date will be charged to FY 2016-17.


* UE African American Alumni Association raises $6,885 over the weekend at the UEAAA Annual Luncheon

Congratulations to the UE African American Alumni Association for raising $6,885 for the Zerah Priestly Carter Scholarship over the weekend at the UEAAA Annual Luncheon! Sixty alumni, students, and friends were present to see the scholarship awarded to two UE students, to witness the pinning of six graduating seniors, to welcome back five young alumni, and to hear the success story of Brittany Finch, a 2015 nursing major.

* Mathematics article published

Clark Kimberling, prrofessor of mathematics, has a research article in the current issue of the INTEGERS: The Electronic Journal of Combinatorial Number Theory. Entitled "Beatty Sequences and Trigonometric Functions," the article proves some newly discovered relations between complementary integer sequences on one hand and the sine and tangent functions on the other. To access the journal and scroll to the article, click here.

* Department of English selects Grabill and Klinger writing award winners

At its annual literary conference Chutney, the Department of English presented the 2016 Virginia Lowell Grabill and George Klinger Writing Awards.

  • The third-place Grabill Award went to Sydney Blessinger for her paper, “A Dynamic Eve: Milton’s Female Perception in Paradise Lost.”
  • The second-place Grabill Award went to Alex Gallo for her paper, “The Role of Nature in King Lear.”
  • The first-place Grabill Award went to Danielle Gillespie for her paper, “The Mabinogion in Modern Literary Fantasy.”
  • The George Klinger Award for an outstanding academic research paper went to Peter Orkiszewski for his essay, “A Feminist Account of Caryll Churchill’s Vinegar Tom.”

Sympathy to...

* Sympathy to Don Jones and Family

Condolences to Don Jones, vice president of marketing and communications, and family after the passing of his father, Donald “Ray” Jones. Services will be held at Alexander Funeral Home in Newburgh. The visitation will be held on Monday, April 18, from 4:00-8:00 p.m., and the funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19.

Gifts can be made to Autism Speaks at or the VFW at or flowers may be sent from Zeidler's in Newburgh at



* Aces shutout Bradley to clinch series

Another strong outing from starting pitcher Alex Weigand and opportunistic base-running from Boomer Synek proved the difference for the University of Evansville baseball team on Sunday afternoon as the Aces sealed a second consecutive Missouri Valley Conference series victory with a 2-0 decision over Bradley at Charles H. Braun Stadium.

Weigand, a freshman left-hander, looked every bit an experienced arm on the mound for the second straight week as the Bourbonnais, Ill., native struck out five over six scoreless innings to help the Aces (20-14, 4-2 MVC) to their fourth shutout victory of the season.

“Weigand isn’t throwing like a freshman anymore,” explained Synek, who is UE’s every day starter behind the plate. “He’s a great competitor, and he’s not scared of any of the teams that he’s going up against. He did a really good job of letting the game come to him today, and he was commanding his off-speed pitches today better than he has all year.”

“That’s back-to-back weekends that Alex has answered the call for us in a series-deciding game,” UE head coach Wes Carroll said. “He put the team on his back again, and gave us a chance to win the series. That’s just a fantastic outing and a gutsy performance from him.”

Weigand was hardly the lone standout for the Aces on the mound as both Brent Jurceka and Ryan Brady proved effective as well, holding the Braves (16-13, 2-3 MVC) to just one hit over the final three innings.

“I think our bullpen was really locked in this entire weekend,” Carroll said. “They did a tremendous job for us, and I think they’re the reason we won this series. Our relievers have been putting up a lot of goose eggs on the scoreboard recently, and it’s a great thing to see.”

For the weekend, the UE bullpen allowed just three hits over 11 innings of work.

While Weigand and BU starter Brent Stong battled for much of the contest, the Aces were unable to cash in on a number of scoring opportunities over the game’s first seven innings. That would all change in the bottom of the eighth. Ben Olson took to the mound for the Braves and gave up a one-out single to Synek to put a runner on, and the Braves hurler would throw a wild pitch moments later to move him into scoring position. From there, another BU reliever, Eric Scheuermann tossed two more errant pitches to allow the run to score.

“I was definitely keeping an eye on the pitchers with the situation that we were in,” Synek said. “I was just trying to make good reads on the ball. Coach Carroll told me to be prepared for them if they bounced a couple or got a little bit wild, and it just ended up happening that way.”

Later in the frame, the Aces tacked on another as Nathan Stong issued a bases-loaded walk to Shain Showers to make it 2-0.

From there, Jurceka, who struck out three during the seventh and eighth innings, gave up a single and a walk in the ninth, paving the way for Brady to take the mound. The sophomore out of St. Louis allowed a walk to load the bases, but he bounced back emphatically by striking out both Andy Shadid and Carson Weber to end the game.

“Brady is just a different animal when he gets into the game,” Synek explained. “You see him in the dugout, and he seems like a happy-go-lucky kind of guy, but when he steps in between the lines and gets that ball, he means business and operates like he’s the best guy on the field in that moment. It’s really cool to see him dig deep and make that kind of progress.”

Jurceka picked up the win to move to 4-2 on the season, and Brady earned his second save.

The Aces will return to action on Wednesday with another home contest at Braun Stadium. UE will welcome in Western Kentucky before setting out for another MVC series at Missouri State. Tuesday’s previously scheduled game against UT Martin has been canceled.

The four shutouts are the most for the Aces since the 2013 season. The last time UE won its first two conference series was 2014. Since 1978, UE is 51-38 against Bradley. The Aces are also 223-198 vs. Illinois schools over that time span, including 6-2 this season. Last season, the Braves picked up the first two wins in Peoria before the Aces left town with a 10-0 seven inning win on the final day. In 2014, the last time BU paid a visit to Evansville, the Aces won all three games by a combined 22-8 score.

* Parr's two home runs lead Aces to 7-4 win at ISU

A day after a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate, Chandra Parr was 3-4 with a pair of home runs to lead the University of Evansville softball team to a 7-4 win at Illinois State on Sunday afternoon at Marian Kneer Stadium.

With the win, the Purple Aces (18-20, 6-9 MVC) clinched their second-consecutive Missouri Valley Conference series win after splitting Saturday’s doubleheader against the Redbirds (13-26, 5-8 MVC).

“This team just continues to amaze me with their fight and will to win,” Aces head coach Mat Mundell said. “We made some great adjustments in pregame and they really paid off for is with some huge hits. This team is fun to watch!”

Parr and Morgan Lambert each had three hits on the day. Lambert hit a solo home run of her own, her third of the season. Morgan Florey once again did it all for UE. She went the distance in the circle, striking out seven batters en route to her 11th win over the year. At the plate, she was 1-1 with a home run, three walks, two RBIs and two runs scored.

After a scoreless two innings, Evansville was first on the board in the top of the third. A 1-out single by Parr brought Florey to the plate, who homered to left giving the Aces a 2-0 lead.

Illinois State got the two runs back and plated two more in the third to take a 4-2 lead. A Riley Strandgard 2-run homer capped off the four run inning. Evansville made its move in the top of the fifth as Parr lead the frame off with a solo shot to right. One out later, Lambert did the same as her homer to center tied it up at 4-4.

Florey clamped down at that point, giving up just one ISU hit over the final four frames. Her work paid off as the offense was able to take the lead for good in the top of the seventh. Another leadoff home run for Parr gave UE a 5-4 lead before RBI singles from Michal Luckett and Susan Norris gave the Aces some insurance. In the bottom of the seventh, Florey sat the Redbirds down in order to seal the win.

Evansville remains on the road as they travel to Carbondale, Ill. for a Wednesday doubleheader at Southern Illinois. Next weekend, the Aces are in Terre Haute for a 3-game set at Indiana State.

* UE Men's Basketball to open 2016-17 season at Louisville

A road contest at national powerhouse Louisville will mark the season opener for the University of Evansville Men’s Basketball team as the program is formulating its non-conference slate for the 2016-17 season.

Louisville, who went 23-8 last season and finished 16th in the NCAA RPI, will be the first contest for the Purple Aces on November 11.  It will mark the first time the Aces and Cardinals have met on the hardwood since December 2, 1957, a game that saw the Aces take a 92-90 decision in Evansville.

The non-conference home slate is also shaping up to be a memorable one.  Teams set to make the trip to the Ford Center in November and December include: Murray State, Boise State, Bowling Green, and Norfolk State.

“Our staff has worked very hard to add some great games to our schedule next year.  Louisville is always a great team and will be a good road test for our team,” Aces head coach Marty Simmons said.  “Having home non-conference games that include Murray State, Boise State, Bowling Green and Norfolk State will be some great games that will get our fans excited for the season.”

Murray State comes to the Ford Center on Saturday, Nov. 19.  The afternoon game begins a huge day of basketball action that will see USI host three games of the Hall of Fame Classic later in the day.  The MVC/Mountain West Challenge makes its way back to Evansville on December 3 as the Aces welcome Boise State.  UE opened the renewed series in 2015-16 with a bigtime 85-77 win at Fresno State.  The Broncos were 20-12 last year.

Evansville is set to take on Bowling Green in a December 6 home game.  The Aces and Falcons have not met since 2001.  Another home game set for later in December will be Norfolk State.  The Spartans are a strong team out of the MEAC who have finished at .500 or above in each of the last five seasons while making the postseason in each of those years.

“We are really excited about how our schedule is shaping up for next season,” director of athletics Mark Spencer said.  “Our coaching staff and administration have been working together to develop a non-conference schedule with a regional and national focus.  We will continue to add to our schedule in the coming weeks, and we hope to announce some exciting opponents in the near future.”

During Thanksgiving weekend, UE will be playing their in-season tournament in Nashville, making for a convenient holiday trip for Aces fans.  The second “Challenge in Music City” will feature three games against mid-major opponents at Nashville Municipal Auditorium.

New season ticket deposits will be accepted beginning on June 6 while renewals for existing season ticket holders will be sent out on June 13.  On September 1, season tickets go on sale to the general public without a deposit.


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