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Monday, September 12, 2011

* UE United Way Campaign Starts Today - Turn in Pledge Form by 5 p.m. and Be Eligible for Drawing!

UE’s weeklong United Way campaign kicks off today, Monday, Sept.12, and runs through Friday, Sept. 16. Turn in your pledge card by 5 p.m. today and you will be eligible to win an Early Bird prize of a $50 Visa gift card. Turn in your pledge form at any time this week and be eligible to win additional prizes - a day off of work, men’s basketball tickets, theatre tickets, gift certificates to the UE bookstore and Jazzman’s and MORE!

Please read the information in your packet and if you have any questions, feel free to contact Office of Human Resources at 2943. Take a minute to view Dr. Kazee’s special United Way podcast and also read the following testimonials of how the United Way has impacted the lives of our own faculty, staff, administrators and students. Lastly, Partner Up and give to the United Way campaign!

“As a former United Way campaign chairman and current president of United Way of SW Indiana, I have observed firsthand the needs of so many of people in the Tri-State area. The many stories I hear and observe motivate me to give time and resources to help the United Way agencies and members of our community. I believe it is part of my responsibility to do so and find it emotionally rewarding when I can contribute in ways to make the lives of others better. I am also confident that anyone who would have the time to visit the agencies and see the work being done would know their contributions are going to a great cause.”

John Stanley
Director, Athletics

“The premise behind the United Way’s Literacy Program was a no-brainer: read with your child every day and start as soon as you can. In this way, your child will learn how to read. To that end, United Way and the Literacy Coalition of Southwestern Indiana invited me to write a series of books for children.

I had just read a National Endowment of the Arts report about the decline of literacy in America. The report found that Americans were spending less time reading, that reading comprehension skills were eroding, and that these declines had serious civic, social, cultural, and economic implications. According to this report, as Americans read less they encountered fewer job opportunities and poor reading skills were especially characteristic of high school dropouts, Americans without work, and those serving time in jail.

When United Way published the first Napoleon Peacock book, the illustrator and I went to Washington Square Mall to meet young readers and sign their books for National Literacy Day. A shy young mother and her little girl waited patiently in line to ask for a book. When it was her turn, the mother said the book was for her, not her daughter. Then she asked her daughter to spell out her name for us so we could sign it to her. After we signed the book, the two of them went over to a bench, sat down, and then the daughter began to read to her mother, tracing the words with her finger. This mother and daughter were learning to read together.

It can be a slow process but books can train people to think. And I think we all know by now that the world depends on both books and thinking people.

When I saw that little girl and her mother learning to read, I realized there was more to this literacy program. This goes beyond getting books into every home. This program is about having parents and their children read together, and starting lifelong habits of reading, thinking, and even discussing books and ideas, together. In short, United Way is helping our community to read and to write so that we know how to live our lives in the best possible way.”

Margaret McMullan
Professor, Department of Creative Writing

“All three of our children have benefited from the services provided through the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center. From our oldest who participated in the therapy and educational programs to the next two who engaged as community members, each has grown in abilities and character. None of this would have happened with the dedicated professionals who all took personal interests in each of our children. The rehab center is a wonderful asset for Evansville and the nature in which programs and services are delivered makes this a true treasure for our community.”

Tom Bear
Vice President, Enrollment Services


What's Happening Today

* Aces for Liberty Meeting Today!

Ellyn Washburne, a member of Aces for Liberty, asks "Are you a radical? Once upon a time, hippie liberals were the outcasts on the college campus... today, it's the freedom lovers who are labeled as the radicals! Aces for Liberty (AFL) is a non-partisan student organization for promoting and defending the principles of individual liberty, limited government, and the free market. We host speakers, organize events, and vent to each other about current affairs."

Ellyn invites you to come to AFL's call-out meeting TODAY at 3 p.m. to get a taste of what AFL is about! Find them on Facebook or email for the meeting location or any other questions.


Upcoming Events

* UE VETS Meeting

The Veterans Education Transition Support (UE VETS) will be Tuesday, Sept. 13, 4:30-5:30 p.m.  They will meet in the lobby area in front of WUEV on the second floor of Ridgway University Center. Members and other students interested in learning more are invited to attend. If you have questions, contact Cody Land at or Bridget Soucy at .

* This Week in Music

This week’s Faculty Recital will feature a trio of players from the Department of Music’s brass faculty performing a quartet of twentieth-century works for brass instruments with keyboard accompaniment. Professor Timothy Zifer (trumpet), Assistant Professor Kenneth Steinsultz (euphonium/trombone) and Consortium Instructor Jonas Thoms (French horn) will each perform solo sonatas for their particular instruments.  They will then unite for a performance of Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Horn, Trumpet, and Trombone.  The brass faculty members will be accompanied by Professor Anne Fiedler on piano and Helen Skuggedal Reed on organ.  The recital will occur in Wheeler Concert Hall on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The UE Jazz Ensemble I, under the direction of Professor Timothy Zifer, will perform this Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Kenny Kent Lexus Jazz and Wine Festival in downtown Evansville.  The band will perform on the event’s Stage Two at 4:30 p.m., and the performance will feature Dr. Zifer on trumpet and Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Alfred Savia on clarinet. Tickets can be purchased online at the event’s website ( or at the event gate located on Fifth Street. The festival is produced by the Evansville Philharmonic Guild.


* Passport to Retirement Series

The University of Evansville Center For Adult Education is sponsoring a three-evening course in October to assist with retirement planning for individuals and couples.

The Passport to Retirement course is available three consecutive Thursdays (Oct. 6, 13, and 20) or three consecutive Wednesdays (Oct. 12, 19, and 26) at the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building on the UE campus. Each class meets from 6:30-9 p.m. Topics include investments, taxes, insurance, retirement account regulations, and estate planning as they relate to preparation for retirement. 

Leading the course will be Nelson Rivers, CEO and president of Centennial Wealth Educators, and Bob Boxell, financial advisor at Centennial Wealth and author of the “Your Money” column for Evansville Business magazine.

Cost is $49, with no additional cost for a spouse or guest. To learn more or register, please visit  or call 812-488-2981.

* I-House: Bahamas

In need of a Caribbean getaway? Then come to I-House: Bahamas, where senior Ashley Whylly will share information on the lively culture and traditions of her home country. Refreshments will be served after the presentation, this Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the second floor of Ridgway University Center in the Class of 1959 Gallery.

* Team UE Race for the Cure – It's Not Too Late

Team deadline for paper entry forms for the 2011 Evansville Race for the Cure is Friday at 5 p.m.! Don't worry though, if you miss the deadline you can still register online for Team UE through midnight on Sept. 14 at . Go ACES!  Questions?  Please contact Jen at ext. 2021 or


* Tri-State AIDS Walk

Matthew 25 AIDS Services, Inc. and the AIDS Resource Group in Evansville are hosting a walk on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Ellis Park. The event begins at noon, with the walk at 1:30 pm. They are requesting student volunteers to assist with the process. Please contact the Office for Community Service Initiatives for more information or email .

* Dick Connolly to Speak at Andiron Lecture

Professor of Philosophy Dick Connolly will be the speaker at the Andiron Lecture on Sept. 14. His topic will be “Are Corporations Moral Agents? The lecture will be at 4 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170), Schroeder Family School of Business Administration. A social gathering with beverages will begin at 3:45 p.m. in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building Atrium.

Connolly earned a PhD from Michigan State University. Before coming to the University of Evansville in 1971, he taught at the University of Pittsburgh. He has published papers on David Hume in Hume Studies, and recently published an article on the new atheism of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens in a special issue of The Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences. In addition, he has written and presented papers on a variety of topics ranging from ethics and social philosophy to epistemology.

“Several decades ago,” Connolly explains, “a debate raged among theorists of business and economics about whether corporations have or should assume moral or social responsibilities beyond obeying the law and serving the interests of their shareholders. Conservative thinkers, such as Milton Friedman and Theodore Levitt, argued that they do not have such moral responsibilities beyond those stipulated by law. Curiously, conservative jurists, especially on the Supreme Court, have recently argued in the Citizens United case that corporations are persons under the Constitution and have constitutional rights, such as freedom of speech. This lecture will argue that the philosophical presuppositions of the Citizens United case are deeply flawed and that corporations are not persons and do not have rights beyond those stipulated by legal statute; in particular, corporations cannot have constitutional rights.”

For further information, call the series coordinator M. Christine Mohn at 812-488-2585 or the College of Arts and Sciences College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589.

* Books Needed for United Way Book Sale

The Annual United Way Used Book Sale will be Sept. 21-22.  If you would like to donate books, call/email Meg Atwater-Singer at ext. 2487 or or locate one of the donation boxes on campus.  Boxes can be found at:

Biology Department Office in Room 231 in Koch Center
Human Resources in Room 118 in Olmsted Hall
President's Office in Room 201 in Olmsted Hall
Study Abroad/Institute for Global Enterprise Offices in Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building
Accounting & Business Administration Office in Room 130 in Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building
Theatre Department Office in Room 106 in Hyde Hall
Music Department Office in Room 133 in the Fine Arts Building
Multimedia Center - Room 243 in Graves Hall
Athletic Administration Office in Room 101 in Carson Center
Publications -in Sampson Hall
General Services Building outside Security's window
Igleheart Building
Career Services in Room 233 in Ridgway University Center

Thank you for making this sale a success in advance.


Info You Should Know

* Prizes for Photos

Attention freshman, we are collecting photos for the "Month in Review" slideshow for Family Weekend.  Submit photos of your campus experiences to the University of Evansville Class of 2015 Facebook group's album "New Beginnings" and be entered into a drawing for a prize. If you have any questions, please contact for more info. 

* UE Senior Finalist in National Anthem Competition

University of Evansville senior Brett Enneking is one of five finalists in a competition to sing the national anthem at Evansville's Race for the Cure to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research and Awareness on Sept. 24. Vote for her now through Sept. 16  at .


* New Vending Area Opens at Libraries

Libraries has opened a new Vending Area. Vending choices include a wide variety of snacks as well as drinks both hot and cold.  Location of vending area is on Second Floor landing of the Bower-Suhrheinrich Library. Enjoy!

* Writing Center Appointments Now Online!

In the middle of that big paper and realize you need someone to look it over? Is it too late to call the Writing Center to schedule an appointment? No problem! You can now schedule your Writing Center appointment online! All you have to do is go to AceLink, click on Areas, click on Writing Center, and schedule your appointment! You'll be done in no time! As always, you can still call or walk-in to schedule an appointment.

* Are You Good at Walking Backwards?

Are you good at walking backwards? You could have a future as a professional tour guide!! For now, get some practice by joining  Admission Ambassadors. We give tours and host prospective students to share our experiences of UE life and help them decide if UE is the school for them.

If you are interested in joining Admission Ambassadors, please pick up an application in the Admission Office. Applications are due back to Catie Taylor in the Admission's Office by 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19. Along with the written application, there will be a mandatory interview for all applicants which will be scheduled individually. If you have any questions, please contact Catie Taylor at or Bryan Hamann at

* Volunteer Opportunity

The Evansville Association for the Blind has asked the University of Evansville for volunteers to help with an event to educate the community about people with visual impairments.  Twenty-four volunteers are needed to host different activities at tables, no education about the visually impaired is required.  The 11th Annual White Cane Day will take place at Mesker Park Zoo on Sept. 24.  Those interested in volunteering should contact Karla Horrell at (812) 422-1181 by Sept. 2t with name, phone number, and which shift they would like to volunteer for.  The shifts run 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.  If you have any questions, call Krysti Hughes at (812) 430-4320.  You can also contact the Community Service Initiatives on the second floor of Ridgeway, or email us at

* Changes for the Evansville Downtown United States Post Office

The Evansville downtown Federal Building which houses the main headquarters of the Evansville United States Post Office has been sold.  As a result, the downtown Post Office is in the process of reorganizing, losing dock access and downsizing station operations.  To date, we have been notified that the Evansville Bulk Mail Unit currently located at the Main Post Office, downtown, will be relocating to the Diamond Valley Station at 600 Cross Valley Circle, Evansville, Indiana effective Sept. 26. 

Based on current information provided by USPS, UE Mail Services and Contract Mailing Services will continue to utilize current pickup and delivery schedules.  However, UE mail schedules are subject to change as the operational impact of this USPS transition and future changes are not fully known.  We will keep you posted as this transition progresses.

Feel free to contact Kim Winsett at extension 2940 or email at, if you have questions.

* Dean's List Students Recognized at UE Libraries

Students who earned Dean’s List status for Spring Semester 2011 are recognized in an exhibit at UE Libraries on level one.  Students merit the honor of being named to the Dean’s List at the conclusion of each semester by earning a semester grade point average of 3.5 on a four point scale while carrying a full academic course load of at least 12 hours excluding Pass/Fail courses. Exhibit continues through Sept.18.



* New Phi Sigma Iota Officers

The new officers for Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society are President Sarah Williams, Vice President Erica Marburger,  Secretary Ashley Majewski,  Treasurer Sam Stevens, and Social Director Jenna Rice.

* Birth Announcement

Vicky Hughes, instructor of software application and Internet, has announced the birth of a granddaughter. Ansley Grace Hughes weighed in at eight pounds and nine ounces, and was 22 ½ inches long. She was born Aug. 21.



* Sympathy to Family and Friends of Karel Byers

Karel L. Byers, 71, of Evansville, passed away Friday, Sept. 9, at St. Mary's Medical Center. She was the wife of retired UE Athletic Director Jim Byers. They had been married 48 years.

Karel was a graduate of Central High School, Class of 1957. She received her Bachelor's degree at Indiana State in 1960 and her Master's degree from Indiana State in 1963. She began her 40 year teaching career at Fairlawn Elementary School in 1960. She then taught at Washington and then Oak Hill, where she became a counselor. She finished her career at Bosse High School as a counselor.

Karel was a member of Bethlehem United Church of Christ where she was very active. She also was a member of the McCutchanville Garden Club.

Besides her husband, Jim, she is survived by a daughter, Alison Byers Tyler, and husband Phil Tyler of Lantana, TX; granddaughter, Kathryn; mother, Maxine Stults; and brother-in-laws, George Byers (Joyce) and Phil Byers (Joan); nieces and nephews.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 6400 Oak Hill Road, officiated by Rev. Karen Knodt, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may visit Tuesday, from 3-8 p.m. at Alexander North Chapel, and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem United Church of Christ. Condolences may be made online at


* Sharp Pilot's Men’s Soccer Past EIU, 3-2, With Golden Goal

Junior Jesse Sharp played hero Sunday afternoon at Arad McCutchan Stadium, scoring the tying goal in the 83rd minute to force overtime, then netted the game-winning goal with 56 seconds remaining in the first extra period over Eastern Illinois. The Purple Aces finished the ProRehab Aces Classic with 1-1 mark and a 2-2-0 record on the season. Sharp and senior Jarrett Robbins were named to the all-tournament team, as the Aces placed third overall. SIU Edwardsville took the title, topping EIU Friday, 3-1, and tying Marist, 2-2, on day two.

Evansville took a 1-0 lead in the first half when freshman Dylan Terry knocked in a pass from classmate Ryan Stallings who had stolen the ball away from the Panthers just outside the top of the box. However, Eastern Illinois responded with two consecutive second half goals, taking the lead. Graham Lynch and Garet Christianson recorded the scores for EIU.

With time running low, Sharp worked his magic in the 83rd minute when he fired a line drive from nearly 30 yards out past EIU goalkeeper Tyler Kelley. Holding the Panthers shotless in overtime, Sharp ended the match with a shot from the right side of the goal. Sharp and Terry led UE with two shots apiece. The Aces made the most of their opportunities as EIU held a 13-8 shot and 7-3 shot on goal advantage. Junior keeper Robert Randant played all 100:00 minutes in goal, recording five saves.

The Aces take to the road for the next month, stopping first at the Bradley Invitational next weekend. Evansville faces Loyola Friday at 5 p.m. and Memphis Sunday at noon.  


* Women's Soccer Ties Northern Arizona In Scoreless Match

Junior goalkeeper Chaviel Harrison kept the hosting Northern Arizona Lumberjacks off the board Sunday afternoon at the Hilton Garden Inn High Altitude Tournament, as the University of Evansville women’s soccer team ended in a 0-0 tie. Harrison recorded 11 saves in the match. With the draw, the Purple Aces now own a 1-5-3 record. The Evansville defense faced a barrage of balls on the afternoon as the Lumberjacks oushot UE, 28-4 and 11-3 on goal. NAU was also awarded 10 corner kicks compared to UE’s one. It did not matter, however, as Evansville was able to fend off the attacks to force two overtime periods. Sophomore Stephanie Thompson led the Aces with two shots, including one on goal. Evansville finished the tournament with a 0-0-2 record after tying Lamar Friday, 2-2. Returning home for four straight contests, the Aces take on Miami (Ohio) Friday at 7 p.m. and UT-Martin Sunday at 1 p.m.


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