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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

* UE's United Way Campaign Is Underway!

UE’s United Way Campaign Is underway! So far over 100 employees have Partnered UP!

Congratulations to Earl Kirk who won the Early Bird prize of a $50 Visa gift card.

Don’t forget to take a moment this week and fill out your United Way pledge form. Turn in your pledge form at any time this week and be eligible to win more prizes - a day off of work (3), men’s basketball tickets, theatre tickets, gift certificates to 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. You have the option to pay with cash, a check, credit card or through payroll deduction. 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!

“In the early morning hours of November 6, 2005, a tornado ripped through my home in Newburgh and turned it into an unrecognizable pile of debris. After the shock and horror started to wear off the reality of what my family was facing was overwhelming. We had the loving support and assistance of family and friends, but it was obvious that we were going to need some immediate financial help to assist us with the demands of this crisis.

I sought the help of the Red Cross of Southwestern Indiana and attended an initial meeting where other victims were present. It was comforting to be with other families who had also gone through this terrible event and talk with them about their situation.

Many of the Red Cross volunteers rushed back to Evansville from working in hurricane ravaged areas to serve our community and they were so patient and caring throughout the long process of assessing each family situation. They had volunteers to provide food, snacks and drinks and also had volunteers who roamed around the room listening to anyone who needed to talk about their stories of the event.

At the end of the session, they provided a MasterCard that could be used for immediate clothing, food and other items that might be needed. They gave out information for other agencies that could provide assistance and emphasized that they would be there in the coming weeks to serve in whatever capacity was needed.

The Red Cross was there for us in many ways. While we were sifting through the rubble of our home, several volunteers visited just to talk; they fed us and made sure that we were drinking water and taking breaks. We had an immediate need and the Red Cross helped fill it and my family is so grateful for the care that they gave us.
Since that time, I have volunteered every year in some capacity with the UE United Way Campaign. Seeing firsthand the benefits of the United Way and their service to the community, I believe that it is right to support them in their efforts.”

Lisa Cresci
Support Services Specialist

“Young Leaders United (YLU) was created by the United Way to inspire young professionals, ages 40 and under, to engage in philanthropy, volunteerism, and community leadership. Being a part of YLU has given me the opportunity to attend lunch and leadership learning sessions once a month. At the lunches I’ve been given the opportunity to listen to community speakers talk about successful business practices, the importance of serving on a not-for-profit board and how to effectively network. Once a month YLU spends a Saturday morning volunteering at partner agencies for a couple hours. In the fall we helped Ark Crisis Center, located on Lincoln Avenue, with a family clothing drive. It was a wonderful opportunity to walk hand-in-hand with families selecting clothes for their children. The smiles on the kids faces warmed your heart as they received new clothing items and warm jackets heading into the cooler months. I would strongly urge anyone at UE who is under the age of 40 to get involved with Young Leaders United and become hands-on with the United Way partner agencies.”

Liz Riffert
Director, External Affairs (Department of Athletics)

“With the help of Echo Community Healthcare, our physical therapy students were able to open Ace CARE, a physical therapy clinic run by students. Now, each week students have the opportunity to treat patients who are uninsured or homeless at Echo’s clinic in downtown Evansville. Over 70 people have benefitted from the expansion of physical therapy services provided by our student-run clinic.”

Tim James
Student, Co-founder of Ace CARE Clinic


What's Happening Today

* 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.


* 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 .


Upcoming Events

* Student Organization Training Sessions

Student Organization Training Sessions have been set for:

Sept. 21 - 7-8 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170), Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building

Sept. 27 - 7-8 p.m. in Harkness Hall (Room 162), Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building

Sept. 29 - 7-8 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170), Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building

* Family Weekend 2011!

There are just 10 DAYS LEFT before Family Weekend 2011!  Tell your family to register for Family Weekend!  It is from Friday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Sept. 25.  To see a detailed schedule of events or to register online, go to

Questions?  Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, by calling  812-488-2586 and asking for Donna or e-mail us at There will be tons of fun for you and everyone in your family!

* 1st Lunch & Learn Fall Session – Sponsored by Center for Adult Education

You still have time - UE faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a Free Lunch & Learn session on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from Noon–12:50 p.m. in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center.  The session will be presented by Centennial Wealth Advisory on "Savings & Investments in This Up-and-Down Market." You must register through the Center for Adult Education to receive a free lunch voucher to be used in the Sodexo Café Court. Please contact Judy Caldwell at

* Student Organization Deadlines

Sept. 23 is the deadline for registration  and roster updates for all student organizations.  Last semester rosters may be picked up in the Center for Student Engagement and organizations may be registered by filling out the Organization Registration Form at .

* Sigma Alpha Iota Recruitment

Are you a woman with a love for music? If so, you are invited to the recruitment events for Sigma Alpha Iota, the women’s music fraternity. Informal recruitment will take place Monday, Sept. 19 through Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. in Room 110, Fine Arts Building. Both music majors and non-majors are welcome, as well as those affiliated with social Greek organizations. For questions or more information please contact Elizabeth Stone at

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

There are two days left until you can no longer register for Team UE. At 12 p.m. Wednesday night, online registration for teams will end. If you register between now and 5 p.m. TODAY using the discount code "twodays", you can save $5 on your registration! Hurry, as only 100 are available! Register now for Team UE at Go Aces! Questions?  Please contact Jen at x2021 or

* College Democrats Meeting

Interested in joining UE's College Democrats? Come to the first meeting of the semester Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. in Room 72, Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building. Here you can meet others with similar ideas, run for a position on our Executive board and meet a campaign coordinator for Rick Davis for mayor of Evansville. By coming to this meeting you will have the opportunity to learn more about what we will doing this year and how you can get involved. Email Danielle Kegley at for more information.


* Pre-Law Fraternity Meeting

Interested in going to law school? Want to meet others who want to go to law school as well? Come to Phi Alpha Delta: Pre-Law Fraternity's first meeting of the semester on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. in Room 72, Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building. Here you will learn what benefits are available to you if you join as well as what we will be doing for the rest of the semester. Email Danielle Kegley at for more information.

* Interested in Planning Homecoming 2011?

Are you interested in helping plan Homecoming 2011? There will be a meeting for all interested students on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. in Room 75, Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building.


* 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.

* 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.

* Writing Workshop on Strong Thesis Statements

You know how to write a strong thesis statement. Or do you? You know how to vary your thesis depending on the type of essay (analytical, argumentative, or expository) you're writing. Or do you? To find out, come to the Student Writing Workshop on this topic from 6:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Writing Center. In just 30 minutes, tutor Samantha Urban will help you improve your ability to stake your claim clearly and succinctly. Mark your calendar now!


Info You Should Know

* CSE Temporarily Out of Student Activity Stickers

The Center for Student Engagement is currently out of student activity stickers due to a shortage from the provider. We will send an AceNotes announcement when stickers are in stock, which should be Thursday, Sept. 22

* 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.

* 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.

* Volunteers Needed for Angel Mounds Native American Days

Angel Mounds will be hosting its annual Native American Days on Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25. UE volunteers are needed to assist with event activities. There are various shifts available for volunteers over all 3 days. Please feel free to stop by the Office of Community Service Initiatives (previously Volunteer Services Office) or email for more information.



* Rob Griffith

Rob Griffith, associate professor of creative writing, recently published a new book "The Moon from Every Window." 

Poet and critic Samuel Maio writes of the book, "Here is deeply moving poetry, mature and memorable, of a kind we have not seen since Auden. Rob Griffith must now be included in any discussion of the elite number of our best poets at work today." 

Copies of the book are available from Barnes & Noble,, Powell's Books, and the UE Bookstore.




* Women's Basketball Releases 2011-12 Conference Slate

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team has released its 18-game Missouri Valley Conference schedule for the 2011-12 season. First-year head coach Oties Epps will get his first conference test of the season at in-state rival Indiana State University Dec. 30.

The Purple Aces will hit the road to Terre Haute to take on the Sycamores, who have been invited to play in the 2011 Preseason WNIT Tournament, and then will continue on to Normal, Illinois New Year’s Day to take on Illinois State, 2011 WNIT semifinalists.

The Aces will play their first conference contest in the new downtown Ford Center Jan. 5, hosting the defending MVC regular and tournament champions, Northern Iowa. UE will also host Bradley on Sunday, Jan. 8.

Evansville will make the long trek west to Omaha, Neb. and Des Moines, Iowa, facing Creighton Thursday, Jan. 12 and Drake on Saturday, Jan. 14, then will return to Evansville for a three-game home stand. Participants in the 2011 WNIT Tournament, Wichita State and Missouri State will come to the Ford Center Jan. 19 and 21, respectively.

After a full week off from competition, the Aces host Southern Illinois Sunday, Jan. 29. Last season, Evansville topped the Salukis in both meetings.

February will mark the start of the second half of the schedule as Evansville will get its second look at the league foes, starting with Bradley in Peoria, Ill. Feb. 2 and UNI in Cedar Falls, on Feb. 4.

Creighton and Drake come to town Thursday,  Feb. 9 and Sunday,  Feb. 12, respectively, before the Purple Aces take off for Springfield, Mo. and Wichita, Kansas. UE will face Missouri State on Feb. 17 and Wichita State on Feb. 19.
The Aces will close their road conference schedule at Southern Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 26.

UE will get a chance to beef up their conference record with home-court advantage in the final weekend of MVC play, hosting Illinois State March 1st and Indiana State March 3rd before heading to St. Charles, Mo. for the State Farm MVC Tournament, March 8-11 at the Family Arena.

The Aces return 11 letterwinners from last season, including four starters in senior Briyana Blair (9.5 ppg), junior Samantha Heck (9.3 ppg), junior Meagan Collins (8.5 ppg), and senior Chelsea Falkenstein (6.1 ppg). Senior Jordan Lewis will also make a comeback after a knee injury knocked her out of commission last December. Also returning: senior point guard Staci Gillum, junior Taylor Ware, and sophomores Katie Ellerson, Khristian Hart, Miranda Liles, and Hannah Weedman. Evansville also has three freshmen joining the program in Kat Taylor, LeiLoni Smith and Juliann Miller.

For season ticket information, visit or call (812) 488-ACES.


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