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Thursday, August 18, 2016

* New SAT exam

In March 2016, the College Board began administering the new SAT, or the SAT-R, in place of the old SAT (SAT-1). In this switch of tests, the SAT again became a 2-part exam (CR and M), with a top score of 1600, and has departed from the 3-section 2400 scale. These scores were delivered to students AND colleges in May 2016, leaving no time for colleges to be ready for student's immediate questions surrounding "what does this score mean and how does it compare?"
In light of this timing, the higher education world is now starting to deliver more specific answers to students after being able to work with the 15 page concordance chart provided by College Board (SAT).

While still being called SAT, the new SAT is very different from the old SAT. Student's scores are trending higher, leading students to believe they've improved, while the concordance charts may indicate similar performance. It is for this reason that the UE Office of Admission will utilize three different exams to evaluate student applications for the Fall 2017 cycle and beyond. From these three exams, we will concord the scores into one testing value for the purpose of attempting a common data point and administration of scholarships. As the three exams - ACT, SAT-R (new), and SAT-1 (old) - are very different, concordances are not a simple evaluation. In short, these are three different exams. 

What does this mean for me or my program?  First, we will only superscore within exams and not mix exams.  Next, if you have a direct entry program, you will need to develop direct entry requirements for all three exams (ACT, SAT-R, and SAT-1). 

While questions may exist, the questions are definitely industry wide and not isolated to the University of Evansville. Feel free to check out our test policy page on the website, which is meant to offer guidance to students in the current moment. Another tool you may like to check out is the College Board website, which provides multiple points of information including concordance tables.

While test scores can offer value and demonstrate a common evaluation point, the University of Evansville student is much more than a test score. We will continue to work with students holistically and not just based on their composite test score. If you have any questions, please reach out to Shane Davidson at sd10@evansville.edu.  

* Re-investment and Innovation Fund proposal date approaching

The fourth and final round of proposals for funding from the Re-investment and Innovation Fund are due September 1. Please go here for submission forms and details.  

Upcoming Events

* Welcome Week University Worship this Sunday, Neu Chapel, at 11:00 a.m.

God may be calling you! Welcome Week University Worship kicks off the academic year in Neu Chapel this Sunday at 11:00 a.m. The campus community is invited to attend as we celebrate the beginning of a new year and welcome students to UE. Join us for a time of worship in the midst of Christian community as we try to make sense of "Gathered Together in One Place." All are welcome! As always, Donut Bank donut balls and coffee are available before and after the service.

* Fall health screenings

HRA screenings will be held September 6, 7, and 8 in the basement of Neu Chapel. Sign up for your screening through AceLink. Each employee can reserve two appointment slots to include their spouse. A 12-hour fast is encouraged for your screening. Water and black coffee are permitted during your fast. Please contact Ashley Chipps with any questions at 812-306-8885.

* Everyone welcome to attend first Mass of the semester

All are welcome to join UE’s Newman Catholic Campus Ministry this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel for the first Mass of the semester. Get a great start on the new school year!

For more information, or if you want to get involved with this beautiful community, please contact Fran Prexl at fp21@evansville.edu or Olivia Voegerl at ov4@evansville.edu.

The entire campus community, especially incoming freshmen, is invited to attend. Look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

* United Way Day of Caring - September 9

Register today to volunteer with UE during United Way Day of Caring on September 9! The deadline to sign up is Friday, August 26.

Register online here.

When you register, be sure to put University of Evansville in the company line and select either Salvation Army or Seton Harvest in the Special Skills section.

We have space for about 35 volunteers between the two locations.

The Salvation Army address is 1040 N. Fulton Ave., Evansville, 47710. At this location, the volunteers will scrub and paint soup kitchen hallway, scrub down soup kitchen (cooking area) and equipment, clean walk-in refrigerator/freezer (walls, racks, and floor), and organize the garage.

The Seton Harvest address is 9400 New Harmony Road, Evansville, 47720. At this location, volunteers will harvest, weed, and plant.

The Day of Caring will begin with a kick-off breakfast at 7:00 a.m. followed by an inspirational program to engage volunteers. You don’t want to miss out on this great day in the community!

You do not need to use vacation time to participate, but you will need to get permission from your supervisor before you register.

If you have any questions, please contact Brian Conner at bc32@evansville.edu.

Info You Should Know

* Calling for musicians

Are you an instrumentalist? Do you like playing in an orchestra? Don’t miss this opportunity to join the excellent orchestras at the University of Evansville! Students with experience in string orchestras or symphony orchestras are invited to audition and participate in UE orchestras. Membership in all orchestras is open to any student, regardless or major, classification, and experience level. Auditions will be held during the first week of classes (August 24-26).

The University Symphony Orchestra plays symphonic music (woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings) and meets twice a week: Mondays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Two formal concerts per semester are scheduled, along with a few smaller performances.

The String Ensemble rehearses and performs an eclectic mix of string orchestra music. Along with one formal concert per semester, the String Ensemble performs in the community as an outreach to persons who are not able to attend orchestra concerts (those in hospitals, nursing homes, etc.). The String Ensemble meets once a week, Thursdays from 4:00-4:50 p.m.

For more information about the orchestras or the auditions, please visit the University of Evansville orchestra website or e-mail cc319@evansville.edu.
 

* Intramural registration open

Registration is now open for the intramural flag football and sand volleyball season! You can register here. The season starts on Monday, August 29.

* Parking permits now on sale

The 2016-17 parking permits are now available for purchase in the Office of Safety and Security. Current permits have expired. The new permits will be sold between 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The price remains $50 for the academic year. Employees will once more be able to use payroll deduction to pay for their permits.

* Welcome new employee Jamie Purcell to Office of Development and Alumni Relations

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations is pleased to welcome Jamie Purcell to the University as the new corporate and foundation relations officer. Jamie formerly served as the director of the Office of National Fellowships at Florida State University.

She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Western Kentucky University, a master of science from Florida State University, and a master of business administration from the University of Southern Indiana.

Jamie is responsible for coordinating University relationships with corporations and foundations to secure both restricted and unrestricted gifts. Her office is located in the Igleheart Building. Please join us in giving Jamie a warm UE welcome!

* President's Club car parking decals

The President’s Club car parking decals for 2016-17 are in! The Office of Development will be hand-delivering decals to those who qualify at the President’s Club level on campus this week. Thank you for your continued support of our University. If you are interested in joining the President’s Club, please contact Jennifer Jacobs at jj130@evansville.edu or ext. 2021.

* Bookstore rush hours

The UE Bookstore will be open on Saturday, August 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Sunday, August 21 from noon to 3:00 p.m. for those students wishing to purchase books or merchandise.

* Reminder - August 2016 Pcard cycle ending

The August Pcard cycle that began on July 22 will end on August 22. Transactions may be reconciled through the month and reports printed starting August 24 until the GL lockout on August 29.

Congratulations

* Dailey wins NFA Piccolo competition

DaileyConsortium professor of flute Cara Dailey won first prize in the biennial Piccolo Artist Competition at the 2016 National Flute Association Convention in San Diego, California. As a competitor, Dailey performed two recitals at the convention - first as one of six semifinalists, and then as one of three finalists. Each recital consisted of different repertoire, including works by Antonio Vivaldi and Robert Beaser, as well as Stephen Hough’s Paradise, a new work commissioned for the 2016 Piccolo Artist Competition.

The National Flute Association is the largest flute organization in the world, with 5,000 members from more than 50 countries.

Dailey has been a member of UE’s music faculty since 2013 and is also principal flutist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

* Beavers among authors receiving 2017 Donald E. Osterbrock Book Prize for Historical Astronomy

The prize committee of the Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society has awarded the 2017 Donald E. Osterbrock Book Prize for Historical Astronomy to the editor and all authors of individual entries in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers. Anthony Beavers, UE professor of philosophy and director of the Cognitive Science Modeling Lab,was one of the authors who received the prize. Beavers was the author of two short contributions, Anaximander of Melitus and Heraclitus of Ephesus.

This marks the second book award given to compilations that include works by Beavers. The other was Alan Turing: His Work and Impact, edited by S. Barry Cooper and Jan van Leeuwin, which won the 2013 R. R. Hawkins Award from the Association of American Publishers for Best Text in the Arts and Sciences. It also received the 2013 AAP PROSE Awards for Best Text in the Physical Sciences & Mathematics. Beavers' contribution to this latter volume is the prefatory article. Alan Turing: Mathematical Mechanist, that introduces Turing's 1947 Address to the London Mathematical Society.

* Kretz has paper accepted at International Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum

Lisa Kretz, assistant professor of philosophy, has had her paper accepted for presentation at the annual International Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum. The title of the paper is Teaching Meditation, Teaching Ethics. It focuses on the dual process theory of mind and the associated automaticity of ethical judgment, as well as the positive role meditation can offer for intentional ethical behavior.

* UE professor publishes poems

Paul Bone, associate professor of creative writing, recently published three poems in the online newspaper The San Diego Reader. His poems - APGAR, Daughter, and Present Infinitive - can be found here

* Anne Hastings Fiedler and Eykamp String Quartet to be honored at 2016 Mayor's Arts Awards

Anne Hastings Fiedler, professor of music, and the Eykamp String Quartet, resident artists of the University of Evansville and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, will be honored at the 2016 Mayor's Arts Awards Ceremony on Thursday, August 18, at the Victory Theatre. The Arts Council of Southwest Indiana's annual Arts Awards honor individuals, groups, and institutions that have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts in Evansville and the surrounding counties. Fiedler will receive the Artist Award, and the Eykamp String Quartet will be recognized with the Ensemble Award.

* Young Kim publishes article

A research article by Young Kim, associate professor of political science, was recently published in the Journal of Peace Studies. The title of his article is "Causes of Gender Inequality in the Muslim World.”

* Atefeh Yazdanparast has paper accepted at the American Marketing Association

Atefeh Yazdanparast, assistant professor of marketing, has had a paper accepted for presentation and publication in the proceedings of the 2016 American Marketing Association conference. The research focuses on the role of providing congruent/in-congruent haptic referencing on increased processing ease while making online purchase decisions of products with salient material properties.

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