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Friday, April 22, 2016

* Summer Hours begin May 9

The University will begin a modified summer schedule on May 9 through August 8. Business hours for the campus will be adjusted during this period to 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. As always, the area supervisor is responsible for the scheduling decisions that will best meet the University’s and their respective department’s service requirements. We will return to regular hours on Monday, August 8.

The modified summer work schedule is incumbent on ensuring coverage to service our many constituencies. It is important to maintain our commitment and communication with students and their parents during the summer months. Your assistance in this regard is greatly appreciated. 


Upcoming Events

* Newman Club end-of-year Cookout planed for today!

All are invited to join the Newman Club for its end-of-year cookout today from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Come over to the Newman Center and enjoy some time with friends and food before we start finals! We hope to see you there!

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

* This Weekend in Music: operas and ensemble music

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 or free with a valid UE ID.

Three small wind ensembles will join together for a Woodwind Chamber Ensembles concert in Wheeler Concert Hall this Sunday afternoon, April 24, at 2:30 p.m. The Clarinet Ensemble, under the direction of associate professor of clarinet and department chair Thomas Josenhans; the Flute Ensemble, under the direction of consortium flute instructor Cara Dailey; and the Saxophone Ensemble, under the direction of assistant professor of music education Shawn Teichmer, will perform a variety of works and arrangements from Bach and Mozart to the modern era.

The UE Mixed Choir and Women’s Chorus will present a concert in Neu Chapel on Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. Associate professor and director of choral activities Dennis Malfatti will lead the choirs in a program that will include works by Bach, Mozart, Fauré, and Sir David Willcocks, just to name a few. Pianists Melanie Baker and Kristin Jones will accompany the ensembles.

The department’s small brass and percussion ensembles will then offer a concert in Neu Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Professor of trumpet Timothy Zifer will conduct the Trumpet Ensemble, while assistant professor of low brass Ken Steinsultz will lead the Low Brass Ensemble, and consortium percussion instructor Ross Erickson will lead the Percussion Ensemble. Musical selections will range from the early Baroque to the present, including works by Samuel Scheidt, Puccini, Debussy, and Erik Satie.

All three ensemble concerts are free and open to the public.

* Reception for Anna Jessen and Calvin Wertman

Please join us for a reception for Anna Jessen and Calvin Wertman on Tuesday, April 26, between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., in the Student Life Lobby on the second floor of Ridgway University Center. Refreshments will be provided

Anna and Calvin will be leaving the University after numerous years of service as residential coordinators in the Office of Residence Life. Anna started work there in 2006 and served as a residential coordinator in Hughes Hall. Calvin started work here in 2009 and served as a residential coordinator in Hale Hall. Refreshments will be provided

* Holly Carter to speak at today's Social Science Scholars Lecture

Join Pi Gamma Mu in welcoming Holly Carter, director of Harlaxton College programs, as guest speaker at the Annual Social Science Scholars Lecture today. The lecture will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Room 273, Schroeder School of Business Building.

Her topic will be "From Theory to Practice: Making a Game of Teaching Medical Sociology."

Carter earned a PhD in sociology/ health services research from the University of North Texas. She earned an MPhil from the University of Glasgow in sociology, studying philosophy, and sociology of the body. She also holds an MPH, MSSW, BA, and BSW, as well as a post graduate certificate in teaching and learning from the UK. As director of Harlaxton College programs, she maintains the US operational side for Harlaxton College in the UK.

* HLC tree planting

The HLC Steering Committee invites you to join with the UE campus community to take part in a celebration of the hard work that went into preparing for the recent visit from the HLC peer review team.

The tree planting will take place on Friday, April 22 at 4:00 p.m. in the lawn area between Hyde Hall and Krannert Hall of Fine Arts.

The tree planting will be followed by Fridays @ Five in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. 

* Musicians' conference for handbells, chorus, organ, and chapel choir workshops

The Association of Disciples Musicians will hold its 55th annual conference at the University of Evansville, on July 17-22. This year's theme is "Weave Us Together." There will be classes each day on handbells, chorus, organ, and chapel choir, and a daily worship service in Neu Chapel. Other class options include movement in worship, creative worship, meditative weaving, growing in grace for children's choirs and more. The conference is for clergy, musicians, laity, and anyone who loves church music and worship opportunities. All denominations and faiths are invited. For more information and to register, visit

* Lambda Chi Alpha Teeter-Totter-a-thon

On April 22-24, members of Lambda Chi Alpha will be hosting their annual spring philanthropy, Teeter-Totter-a-thon. For 40 hours straight they will be running their 40 foot teeter totter on Hale Hall's basketball court, off campus, and at their house. All proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. If you are interested in buying a $7 wrist band, good for riding anytime during the 40 hours, or would like to find out more information, visit Ridgway University Center from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, Thursday, April 21, or anytime during the event. Hope to see you all there!

* Tree-planting/retirement reception this weekend

Please join us as we honor M. Gale Blalock and Michael Cullen at the annual Tree-Planting and Retirement Reception this Sunday, April 24, at 1:00 p.m. (William Bootz is also retiring but unable to attend this event). The tree will be planted on the lawn area on the northeast side of Neu Chapel and the reception follows immediately afterward in Dunigan Lounge, Schroeder School of Business. All are invited.

* UE Theatre presents Richard III

The University of Evansville’s Department of Theatre proudly presents its final production of the season, William Shakespeare’s Richard III in Shanklin Theatre. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on April 21, 22, 23 and at 2:00 p.m. on April 24.

In The Tragedy of King Richard III, the title character is such a cunning royal reprobate so deformed in body and spirit that even his mother rues the day he was born. In chilling psychopathic fashion, Richard III horrifyingly explains and executes his plans to kill his way to the English throne. Even though he rules with a tyrant’s vengeance that is both backstabbing and bloody, he is such a mesmerizing villain that one dare not turn away.

Artistic director R. Scott Lank directs Richard III. department chair Eric Renschler serves as the scenic designer; Alison Clifton, a senior from Temple, Texas, is the costume designer; associate professor Stephen Boulmetis is the lighting designer; William Koch, a senior from Santa Claus, Indiana, serves as the sound designer; and professor Diane Brewer is the dramaturg.

The extensive 21-member cast features junior Kit Bulla as Richard; junior Sam Schanwald as Buckingham; junior David Aaron Evans as Lord Grey/Richmond; junior Rachel Woods as Queen Elizabeth; and senior Devin Fluker as Old Queen Margaret.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling 812-488-2031, Monday through Friday, noon - 5:00 p.m.

Thanks to a grant from the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, any high school student may receive a free ticket to any of the performances, by simply showing their high school ID card at the ticket office.

* Engineering Excellence Day

Observe greatness at the second annual Engineering Excellence Day!! View the concrete canoe, robotics, electronics, thermosiphon, handicap bicycle, Baja buggy, and the formula car on Friday, April 22, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on the grassy knoll (lawn area east of Ridgway University Center). Visit with the teams and individuals that designed and built the projects in order to learn more about what inspired them. Help thank our special guests and the sponsors who made it possible to achieve these goals. This event is open to the general public, tours of the Department of Engineering and campus will be provided. Be sure and wear your purple!! 

* Pancake Study Break is tonight!

Enjoy pancakes with some of your favorite Aces at today's Pancake Study Break, from 10:00 p.m.-midnight in the dining hall in Ridgway University Center. There will also be door prizes, music, and fun! This event is free of charge to UE students. A UE ID is required. 

* Free paper shredding on Wednesday, April 27

Free off-site paper shredding by Piranha Mobile Shredding will return to campus once again on Wednesday, April 27 (Reading Study Day) from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. All UE students, faculty, staff, and alumni can take advantage of this free service by bringing paper to the Piranha truck in Koch Center for Engineering and Science parking lot. Paper will be shredded off-site.

So, if mounds of paper are taking over your office, home, or room, this is the time to gather those old files, receipts, cancelled checks, tax forms, etc. No need to take out the staples or paper clips. Avoid identity theft by having confidential information permanently destroyed.

Please - no telephone books, magazines, or newspapers. Also, please note that there is a 100 pound paper limit per visit (number of visits is not limited).


Info You Should Know

* Online Open Enrollment Deadline Today

Today is the last day for employees to enroll in benefits for 2016-17.  You must re-enroll for 2016-17 even if you currently have benefits. This is a change from past years. Benefits requiring re-enrollment include medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, as well as the ACES flexible spending account.

Benefit open enrollment is online through WebAdvisor. You must log into WebAdvisor and select "Benefits Enrollment" under the Employee Profile section of the Employees Menu. Select each benefit type and either "Opt out" or make your benefit selections to ensure continuation of your benefits for 2016-17. 

If you have questions or need assistance about the enrollment process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at ext. 2943 or the Office of Payroll at ext. 2159. 

* 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! 

* Summer textbooks

Summer textbooks are now available in the UE Bookstore for both summer sessions. Rental or e-books options are available on most required books. If you rent a book for the summer you have the option to choose your return rental due date as long as it's before August 21. Be sure to get your textbook before you leave for the summer.

* Moving boxes available from UE Bookstore

The UE Bookstore has a limited stock of cardboard boxes available for free on a first come, first served basis. Stop by the Bookstore now or during buyback. Please limit quantity to two as this time.

* CHEM 100 is offered in Summer 2

CHEM 100 (Fundamentals of Chemistry) will be offered in summer session 2 (June 20-July 22). The class satisfies a science general education requirement. Please contact assistant professor of chemistry Todsapon Thananatthanachon at for more information. 

* BIOL 107 to be offered Summer I online

Exercise science majors, pre-Doctor of Physical Therapy students, and other science majors may be interested in taking BIOL 107 D01 – General Biology online during Summer I (May 16 to June 17). Please contact Noah Gordon ( for more details.

* Certified lifeguards for summer open swim needed

The Student Fitness Center is looking for certified lifeguards for open swim Hours 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday this summer. E-mail or stop by the Fitness Center office.

* 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.


* 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.

* Reminder - April Pcard cycle ending

The April Pcard cycle which began on March 22 ends on April 21. As of April 23, cardholders may schedule and run the April Cycle report. April transactions may be reconciled in SDG2 until April 28. On April 28, the general ledger Pcard file will be uploaded and cardholders will be locked out of (unable to make changes) posted transactions for the April cycle. 



* Browning-Miller Award winners

The Department of Archaeology and Art History is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Browning-Miller Advancement of Archaeology Awards to support student participation in archaeological excavations. They are: Emily Corrigan (Sanisera Field School, Menorca, Spain), Abigail Miles (Jezreel Expedition, Israel), Isaac Rainey (Jezreel Expedition, Israel), Joshua Schuster (Jezreel Expedition, Israel), and Becca Webb (Center for American Archaeology, Kampsville, Illinois). The Browning-Miller Endowment was established in 2012 in order to raise the profile and the prestige of the University of Evansville's archaeology program and to increase public awareness; the department is grateful to the Browning-Miller family of Evansville for its generous support.

* Senior Joy Grace Chen wins prestigious writing award

Please join the creative writing faculty in congratulating senior Joy Grace Chen on winning the Norton Writer's Prize, a national competition that is awarded annually for an outstanding essay written by an undergraduate. Chen's essay Fermentation took first place, and the judges admired her "use of form, tone, attention to sensory language, dialogue, and pacing." One judge wrote, “Each vignette adds to the author’s ability to finally see the truth of her parents’ world—and her own truth—for what they are.” This is an incredibly competitive award, which comes with a cash prize, publication, and serious bragging rights. Way to go, Joy Grace!

* Faculty member receives national recognition

Lisa Kretz, assistant professor of philosophy has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 23 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

* 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.”


* Aces to open MVC road slate at Missouri State this weekend

After grabbing a pair of series victories at Charles H. Braun Stadium the last two weekends, the University of Evansville baseball team will look to see if it can duplicate its Missouri Valley Conference success on the road when the Purple Aces set out to Springfield to square off against Missouri State for a three-game series.

The Aces (21-14, 4-2 MVC) sit just one-half game out of first place in the conference, and this weekend could prove one of the biggest tests of the season as the Bears (27-8, 2-3 MVC) boast of the league’s top offense and have been ranked as high as 15th in the national baseball polls.

A big reason for their success is the power slugging duo of Jake Burger and Spencer Johnson, who have combined for 27 home runs this season. The Bears hold conference-best totals in batting average (.305), runs (277), doubles (79), triples (15), home runs (44), slugging (.502), on-base percentage (.401), and stolen bases (33).

However, the Bears have yet to win a conference series this year. MSU opened up with a series split against Bradley before dropping two out of three to Wichita State last season.

Faced with the task of halting the MSU offense, the Aces will be looking to continue their prowess on the mound. Patrick Schnieders and the freshman duo of Brandon Gomer and Alex Weigand will get the starting nods for the Aces, and it’s been the bullpen that has really impressed the most. Prior to reliever Brian Jestice giving up two runs in Wednesday’s 6-2 win over Western Kentucky, the Aces relief staff had gone 26.2 consecutive frames without allowing an earned run.

Overall, the Aces own a 3.90 earned run average.

UE also boasts of a number of impressive offensive statistics, highlighted by a lineup that has produced 38 home runs on the season, which is already the most in a single season for a UE squad since 2010. Eleven different players have left the park this season, led by the duo of Jonathan Ramon and Korbin Williams, who have racked up nine and eight round-trippers, respectively.

The Aces are hitting .283 this season, and five different players this season currently own a better than .300 batting average.

First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m. tonight, and the series will continue Saturday at 2:05 p.m. before wrapping up on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.


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