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Friday, September 9, 2016

* UE sees increases in enrollment and retention for 2016-17

The University of Evansville has seen increases in incoming freshmen, retention rates, full-time head count, and doctor of physical therapy students for the 2016-17 academic year.

“UE is growing and students are staying,” said Shane Davidson, vice president for enrollment services at the University of Evansville. “Not only are we adding new programs and initiatives to attract new students, those already here say they’ve found their home at UE.”

The number of full-time entering freshmen has increased by four percent from 515 last year to 537 this year; the full-time head count and number of doctor of physical therapy students has increased by two percent from 2097 to 2140; and fall-to-fall freshmen student retention has increased eight percent for a total of 89 percent retention of the fall 2015 cohort.

“Our core purpose is to provide students with life-transforming educational experiences that prepare them to engage the world as informed, ethical, and productive citizens. We’re committed to supporting students so they can afford a quality education that will lead to a quality life,” said Tom Kazee, UE president.  “To back this commitment, we created the UE Guarantee. This semester, we welcomed the first freshmen eligible for it.”

The UE Guarantee makes five assurances. It promises that students will graduate in four years or the fifth year is free; 100 percent of full-time incoming freshmen will receive a scholarship; every student will have access to at least one internship and the opportunity for more; every student will have the opportunity to study abroad; and every student will be mentored by faculty fully committed to their success.   


Upcoming Events

* Student Activities Board call-out meeting on Monday

The Student Activities Board will have a call-out meeting on Monday, September 12, at 5:00 p.m. in Room 172 in Schroeder School of Business Building. If you are interested in helping plan Homecoming, in bringing comedians and musicians to campus, or helping organize movies on campus, come to the meeting. If you are interested, but cannot make the meeting, please contact Justin Coffey at for more information.

* First PT Club meeting is today

The first PT Club meeting of the year will be today - Tuesday, September 13 - at noon in Room 100 in Graves Hall. Please bring your dues to the meeting, either $5 for the semester or $10 for the entire year. If you cannot make the meeting and want to join PT Club, contact Katlyn Baker at or Michaela Bortle at

* Family interest meeting for UE Global Friends and Families Program

The UE Global Friends snf Families Program, coordinated by the Office of Cultural Engagement and International Services, matches families with international students for intercultural communication and understanding for all participants. International students spend long periods of time away from their homes and families, and the Global Friends and Families Program is designed to provide them with an additional support system in which they can also experience another facet of American culture. In this way, this program aims to assist with retention of international students.

Families who participate can expect to acquire knowledge of another country and culture and to build a meaningful relationship with a student. It is estimated that approximately 75 percent of international students never enter an American family home while visiting the United States; therefore, they never get to experience true American culture. The Global Friends and Families Program is not a home-stay program, and matches will vary in length due to differing academic programs offered for international students.

If this program interests you and your family, please join us today for a short interest meeting, at 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in Room 72 in the Schroeder School of Business Building.

If you are unable to attend, questions can be directed to Megan at or ext. 2280.

* NSLS orientation today

The members of the National Society of Leadership and Success will be having their first orientation today - Tuesday, September 13 - from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Room 162 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. A second orientation will be announced at a later date.

* Family Weekend 2016 is set for September 23-25!

The University of Evansville will have over 200 families on campus during Family Weekend, September 23-25! Students who have family coming in from out of town may win a free hotel night stay by registering for Family Weekend before September 16.

Hotels that give special UE family Weekend rates include:

  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Drury Inn & Suites Evansville East
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites

When you check in at the Family Weekend Headquarters, you will receive:

  • A free UE purple cloth bag.
  • A free University of Evansville Parent bumper sticker.
  • An athletics wristband for free admission to athletic events
  • Pre-ordered theatre tickets to Failure: A Love Story
  • A Family Weekend Passport that will give you a chance to get credit for attending certain events for the chance to win a passport prize at the Parent Social.
  • An updated Family Weekend Schedule of Events.
  • The opportunity to purchase a UE T-shirt for $10

Good news - students can check in for their families! Check in at the Class of 1957 Atrium and Grand Lobby in Ridgway University Center on Friday from 4:30-7:30 p.m., and Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

There is something for everyone this year. Some new events include:

  • A new family game room
  • Opening session with a welcome by President Kazee and a presentation by Gene Wells
  • New parent information sessions: Self-Service and Student Planning Session and The Balancing Act: Helping Your Student Successfully Manage Academic Responsibilities and Co-curricular Opportunities
  • ZTA’s Stand Against Breast Cancer and ZTA’s Dad’s Day Dinner
  • Self-defense for moms and UE daughters – be prepared
  • Family ice-cream social
  • The Kid ACE illusionist and musician show, sponsored by Student Activities Board

If you would like to register for Family Weekend events, go here or call the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at ext. 2586. 

The full detailed schedule of events can be found here.

* 15th anniversary of 9/11 Interfaith Service for Peace, Hope, and Service

The University of Evansville will host an interfaith community prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel on Sunday, September 11, commemorating the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Everyone is invited.

“September 11, 2001 and its aftermath demonstrated the importance of open, respectful dialogue among practitioners of the world’s many faiths,” said Tamara Gieselman, University chaplain. “Fifteen years after the attacks, we can look back and assess great progress in terms of interfaith collaboration, but the need for unity and understanding is still great. The interfaith worship service will focus on peace, hope, and service in the community, which echoes the national theme, “9/11 Day of Service.”

Following the prayer service, local agencies (Aurora, Habitat for Humanity, United Caring Services, World Changers, Scholars for Syria) will be on site to talk with people about volunteering beyond a “one and done” effort. The goal is to inspire people to make outreach part of their family culture, to live lives of service.

Students and representatives from the local interfaith community will participate in the worship service. Global music begins at 7:00 p.m. and the bagpipe processional starts at 7:15 p.m.

For more information, please contact the Office of the Chaplain at

* University Worship this Sunday in Neu Chapel at 11:00 a.m.

Love, love, love the grace! Student preacher Dominic Bolt will focus on Luke 15: 1-10 this week with his homiletical work, "Love Songs, Religion, and Lost Sheep." Join us at 11:00 a.m. this Sunday! All are welcome. As always, Donut Bank donut balls and coffee are available before and after the service.

Mark your calendars for the September 18 Tailgate Party immediately following worship! All are welcome to come and enjoy home-cooked food, sponsored by the Neu Chapel Society.

* Student Interfaith Alliance call out for this Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

Students interested in interfaith dialogue, engagement, and travel should plan to attend the Student Interfaith Alliance meeting this week, which precedes the Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace, Hope, and Service. Plan to meet in Grabill Lounge (lower level of Neu Chapel) at 5:00 p.m. Interfaith food served at 5:30 p.m. For more information e-mail

* SAAC and Buffalo Wild Wings team up for Bailey George fundraiser

Today the University of Evansville Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is teaming up with Buffalo Wild Wings in a Give Back Night.

From 11:00 a.m. until close that day, 10 percent of proceeds raised at the restaurant will benefit the Bailey George Memorial Scholarship in memory of the UE runner.

All you have to do is mention the cause during your visit and 10 percent of your purchase will go to her scholarship. This offer is only good at the Buffalo Wild Wings location on North Green River Road in Evansville.

This is a great opportunity to come out as it will be the first Monday Night Football game of the 2016 NFL season.

* Venturing Crew canoe trip and fall campout

Kick off the year with UE Venturing Crew as we begin the semester with our annual canoe trip and cookout at Blue Grass Fish and Wildlife Area this Sunday, September 11, from 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. The event is free and includes food. All participants need to be a Venturing Crew member. That means you must complete a registration form and pay your annual dues ($25) to take part in this event. To sign up, RSVP via e-mail to or visit tables in Ridgway University Center lobby on Thursday from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 5:00- 7:00 p.m., or on Friday from noon- 2:00 p.m.

Next weekend, join Venturing Crew for our Fall Campout in New Harmony, Indiana. Come have a blast with activities including camping, cooking outdoors, visiting a labyrinth and a roofless church, and experiencing the annual Indiana Kunstfest! We will depart at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning and return around noon on Sunday. The cost of the trip is $17, and participants are encouraged to bring $20 cash for lunch at the Kunstfest, which will include vendors, crafts, food, and music. You may sign up for this trip at the Ridgway University Center lobby tables above or in Ridgway on Monday from noon-2:00 p.m.

If you were unable to sign up for the crew at the open house, our officers will be available at the following times and locations this week to get you registered: 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Tuesday or noon-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the Office of Human Resources, located in Room 118 in Olmsted Administration Hall.

If you are unavailable during these times and still want to sign up for the crew, please contact

* Love volunteering? Join College Mentors for Kids!

College Mentors for Kids is an organization that connects college students who have the most to give with kids who need it most. Through weekly after-school activities on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m., mentors show kids the importance of trying harder in school and help them understand higher education opportunities.

The group's call-out meeting will be September 14 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 126 in Hyde Hall.

Apply to be a mentor today by going to

If you have any additional questions, contact chapter president Myka Goode by e-mail at

* Sunday Mass at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel

All are welcome to join us for Mass this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Hope to see you there! For more information contact Olivia Voegerl at

* Newman Club Dinner and Discussion today

Join the members of the Newman Club today at 5:00 p.m. for great conversation with Kim Baker, a professor at St. Meinrad. She will be speaking about her wonderful experiences in India. We will be having homemade creamy chicken and rice for dinner. All are welcome! You can find us at the house on Lincoln Avenue, right across from campus with the purple banner. For more information, please contact Olivia Voegerl at


Info You Should Know

* Library offering trial of Global Road Warrior database

The UE Library has set up a trial of the Global Road Warrior database. You can access the database here.  

Global Road Warrior features country statistics for 175 countries offering global perspectives, maps, cultural reports, business and travel statistics, and information about society and culture. If you're planning travel in the near future or creating a report for class, Global Road Warrior has what you need.

Please send comments and questions to Danielle at

* Student employment jobs still available!

Need a job?  On campus jobs are still available for both international and domestic students. Job postings are available on the student menu of WebAdvisor under student employment.  

The student employment application should be completed and sent to the supervisor as show in the job posting.

Not awarded work-study?  Check with the Office of Financial Aid to see if you are eligible.  International students who are eligible may be awarded UE work-study. 

Financial aid staff are available to answer questions you may have about the process.

* Illustrated London News Historical Archive trial

The library has set up a trial for Illustrated London News Historical Archive, Gale NewsVault Historical Newspaper Collection, and Artemis Primary Sources Database. Access is available here.

The trial allows access to all content in each of the databases and will run until October 5. Please send feedback or questions to Danielle at

The Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003 is a full-color online archive that contains every issue of the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper providing perspective on British life.

The Gale NewsVault is the definitive cross-searching experience for exploring more than 10 million digitized facsimile pages from Gale’s historical newspaper collections.

Gale (formerly Artemis) Primary Sources is a groundbreaking research platform that integrates formerly disparate digital collections to enable innovative research. This trial includes dozens of primary sources to give you an example of how you can build up your research collection.

* A few seats left for Friday's trip to historical Lyles Station

On this Friday, September 9, the University of Evansville’s Office of Diversity Initiatives and the Center for Student Engagement is planning a trip to visit historical Lyles Station. The bus will arrive on campus at 5:45 p.m. and depart by 6:00 p.m. The trip will conclude at 8:00 p.m. and the bus will arrive back on campus at 8:45 p.m.

Lyles Station, a small community located 4.5 miles west of Princeton, Indiana, began in the 1840s as a settlement of freed slaves. In 1886, the settlement was named Lyles Station in honor of one of the early settlers Joshua Lyles. There is a rich history there which features the Lyles Consolidated School Building, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and a grain elevator.

The trip to Lyles Station is an opportunity for campus members to see why the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, scheduled for a grand opening on September 24, has chosen Lyles Station as a prominent settlement that will cover one entire floor in the new museum.

Seating is limited. If interested, contact LaNeeca Williams at or 812-488-2413.

There is no cost for students. Faculty members, staff, and friends pay $5. All participants will receive a box sandwich meal with drink for the trip.

* In-house office supply form has been revised

Effective immediately - central receiving is now accepting the newest version of the in-house office supply order form (dated 9/2016) which includes updated pricing. The revised in-house office supply order form is available on the central receiving and purchasing websites in AceLink. Please note that previous versions of the in-house form will no longer be accepted as of October 12. Please e-mail your questions to or call ext. 2197.

* Library after-hours start on September 11

After-hours will start at the UE library on Sunday, September 11. The first floor will be open until 4:00 a.m. with limited library services. The upper floors will close at midnight and will not be accessible after that. The current after-hours schedule is Monday-Friday from midnight-4:00 a.m. Access to the libraries after 11:50 p.m. from Sunday-Thursday is through the Ridgway door only.

This service is dependent on student staffing. Interruptions to the after-hours schedule will be posted to the UE app.

For more information, contact Meg Atwater-Singer at or ext. 2487.

* Fall cheerleading tryouts

Cheerleading tryouts for the 2016-17 basketball season will be held on September 18 at 10:00 a.m. in Carson Center. More information and tryout waivers can be found on or by contacting Brent Coach at We are looking to build a team of women and men to cheer on our Aces. Go ACES!

* Office of Education Abroad welcomes new members

The Office of Education Abroad would like to welcome new colleagues to campus this month as our international programs continue to evolve. Amara Stuehling will serve as the senior study abroad advisor, responsible for external providers and faculty-led programs. Greta Becker takes the role of office coordinator and will be involved in student and faculty outreach as well as logistical processes surrounding all education abroad programs. Laura Scott will serve as our new Harlaxton College intern, working in the UE office this academic year and then moving to student development at Harlaxton the following year. Additionally, Molli Keller will serve as a part-time intern working on Harlaxton student preparation. Finally, Holly Carter will assume the role of director of education abroad and Harlaxton College Programs. Please come by the office, located in Room 260 in the Schroeder School of Business Building, to introduce yourselves and start or renew the conversations about study abroad.

* University of Evansville Leadership Academy application deadline extended

The University of Evansville Leadership Academy invites students to submit an application by Sunday, September 11 at 11:59 p.m. Use this link to access the application.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Kendra Mehling at

* Book bags are 20 percent off

During the week of September 5-10, all book bags at the UE Bookstore will be 20 percent off their regular price. This includes Columbia, Everest, Ogio, and Under Armour brands. Stop in and look around.

* Discounted parking permits for UE license plate holders

Students, faculty, administrators, and staff who sport the UE State of Indiana license plate in 2016 (new and renewal plates) will receive a $25 discount off the UE parking permit fee for 2016-17. The registration process for the plates is now handled through the state.

If you want to purchase or renew a UE plate, go here.

If you already have your 2016 UE plate, bring your State of Indiana vehicle registration to the Office of Safety and Security when you purchase your parking permit for the new academic year.

If you have not registered your vehicle yet, you will need to pay the full parking permit fee and then bring your registration to the Office of Safety and Security to get a credit for $25.

If you have any questions, contact



* Ranganathan publishes paper in Soundings

Bharat Ranganathan, visiting assistant professor of religion, has published an article, "Mahmood, Liberalism, and Agency," in the journal Soundings.

In addition to explicating an account of liberal agency, Ranganathan's article further argues that religious practices that override one’s status in moral and political communities cannot be defended on the grounds that they are necessary for particular forms of human flourishing.

* Baby Announcement - Arthur Calvin Lattner

Alex Lattner, student services specialist in the Office of the Registrar, and her husband Joe announce the arrival of their bouncing baby boy. Arthur Calvin Lattner was born on Sunday, September 4. Mom and baby are both doing great.

* Mark Cirino writes article for Huffington Post

Mark Cirino, associate professor of English and Melvin M. Peterson Chair in English, co-authored an article that has been published by The Huffington Post.

Cirino’s article, written with Robert K. Elder, is titled “Was Ernest Hemingway the Original American Sniper?” and explores Hemingway’s assertion that he killed 122 German soldiers during World War II. Cirino and Elder co-wrote Hidden Hemingway, a book about Hemingway’s Oak Park, Illinois, roots, which was published this summer.

Cirino will appear at Barnes & Noble in Evansville this Saturday, September 10, at 7:00 p.m. to present images from Hidden Hemingway, answer questions, and sign books.

You can read Cirino’s article by going here.

For more information about the Barnes & Noble appearance, go here.


Sympathy to...

* Bob Szurgot and family

Condolences to Bob Szurgot, manager/ of business systems in the Office of Technology Services, who lost his sister Zot Lynn Szurgot in a sudden accident in Georgia where she was working on a large solar power installation. Services will be in Gainesville, Florida, on Saturday. Those that wish, may send donations to the Alachua County Conservation Society.



* Dunn Hospitality Tournament to be held today and Saturday

The sixth version of the Dunn Hospitality Tournament will be held today and Saturday as the University of Evansville Volleyball team welcomes Austin Peay, Dayton, and Kent State to Carson Center for a total of six matches.

Action begins today at 4:30 p.m. when Dayton and Kent State face off. Evansville takes on Austin Peay at 7:00 p.m. The Golden Flashes and the Governors tangle on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. before the Aces face the Flyers at 12:30 p.m. The final two matches feature Austin Peay/Dayton at 4:00 p.m. and Evansville/Kent State at 6:30 p.m.

Both of the Aces’ matches on Saturday will be carried live on The Valley on ESPN3.

Evansville picked up its first victory of the season on Monday evening against Southeast Missouri State. After dropping the first set, the Aces grabbed a 2-1 lead. The Redhawks tied the match up with a 4th-set victory before the Aces were able to take control in the fifth, clinching the match with a 15-9 triumph.

This weekend marks the sixth Dunn Hospitality Tournament. The first one took place in 2010 and has been played each year since except for 2012. The Aces are 11-4 in the event and went a perfect 3-0 in the 2010 tournament. Interestingly enough, the first-ever match in the history of the tournament took place against Western Carolina which, at the time, was led by current UE head coach Manolo Concepcion.

Sophomore Mildrelis Rodriguez matched her career-high with 18 kills on Monday. She also notched 15 digs to lead the way for the Purple Aces. For the season, she leads the way with 2.80 kills per set and is knocking on the door of the top ten in the MVC. On the defensive side, Rodriguez led the team with 15 digs against SEMO and ranks second for UE with 2.40 digs per set.

The amazing start to the season continued for junior Erlicia Griffith as she notched two solo blocks and nine block assists in the win over SEMO. She pushed her average for the season to 1.65 per set, which is tops in the MVC and began the week in the top ten in the country. That effort came off of a weekend that saw her finish with eight block assists versus Green Bay.

Austin Peay will be the first opponent of the weekend for the Purple Aces. The Governors come to Evansville with a 3-4 mark after dropping two out of three matches at the Trojan Invitational in Troy, Alabama. They earned a win over Southern before falling to Valparaiso and New Mexico State. Offensively, they are a balanced squad with four players averaging 2.27 kills or more, led by Ashley Slay’s 2.81 per set.

Dayton comes to the Dunn Hospitality Tournament with a perfect 7-0 record. They earned wins over Xavier, Northwestern and Chattanooga in their home tournament last weekend. Jessica Sloan is their top offensive weapon, notching an average of 3.77 kills per frame.

Rounding out the weekend will be Kent State. The Golden Flashes begin the weekend with a 4-3 record, splitting their home tournament last weekend. They earned wins over Robert Morris and Wright State and fell to Boise State and Tennessee. Kelsey Bittinger leads KSU with 3.91 kills per set.

* 2016 UE Athletics Hall of Fame Class announced

The third-ever team along with four student-athletes will comprise the newest addition to the University of Evansville Athletics Hall of Fame.

Included in the class is the 1958-59 Purple Aces Men’s Basketball team, who won the first-ever national championship in program history. Kate Chybowski (women’s tennis), Jamie Davison (softball), Willie Glen (baseball), and Terra May (women’s soccer) will also be inducted along with women’s soccer player Kayla Lambert, who was officially part of last year’s class, but will be in attendance for this year’s induction.

The induction ceremony is set to take place on Saturday, January 28, at Ridgway University Center. The evening event will feature a full dinner and ceremony. The inductees will also be recognized on January 29 at the men’s basketball game versus Illinois State.

Evansville’s first National Championship Men’s Basketball Team will be the third team inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining the 1964-65 undefeated men’s basketball team and the 1985 men’s soccer Final Four squad. The team went 21-6 over the course of the season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third year of what would be 10-straight trips to the tournament.

Coached by Arad McCutchan, team members included: Hugh Ahlering, Harold Cox, Walter Deal, Larry Erwin, Harold Halbrook, Tom Hamilton, Mel Lurker, Harold Malicoat, Tom Mulherin, Jim Nossett, Ken Reising, Bob Reisinger, P.M. Sanders, Ed Smallwood, Bill Thurneck, and Dale Wise.

Kate Chybowski graduated from UE in 2011 with the most singles wins and combined victories in program history. She picked up 99 singles and 179 overall match triumphs. The recipient of the 2010 Ida Stieler Award as the department’s top female student-athlete was an All-MVC player on three occasions. Chybowski earned COSIDA Academic All-District recognition in 2010 while being named the recipient of the MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award on two occasions. She also earned ITA All-America Scholar-Athlete accolades in 2010.

Softball start Jamie Davison is one of just two players in program history to earn three 1st Team All-Conference honors, doing so in 2001, 2003 and 2004. The 2001 MVC Rookie of the Year finished her Evansville career ranked second in program history with 245 hits, and second with 124 runs scored. She also ranks in the top five in RBIs (99), batting average (.350), slugging (.516) and total bases (362). Her 72 hits in 2001 was the second-most in a single season for UE.

Evansville’s career leader with 22 saves makes his way into the Hall of Fame as Willie Glen made his mark on the program. Glen also finished with a school record 97 appearances. He became the first player in MVC history to record at least 20 wins and 20 saves in his career and earned a spot on the MVC All-Centennial Team for his efforts. A 3-time MVC Scholar-Athlete was named an ABCA All-Region player in 2000 while also garnering All-MVC First Team accolades. He had an extensive professional career, which saw his jersey retired by the Gary RailCats in 2014.

One of the pioneers of the women’s soccer program was Terra May. The 2-time MVC Defensive Player of the Year (1996, 1997) led the team to the conference championship in both of those seasons. The 3rd Team All-Region player in 1997 won the Ida Stieler Award in 1998. She was named to the MVC All-Centennial Team.

Kayla Lambert, who was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2015, will officially be inducted this year. She led the women’s soccer program and the Missouri Valley Conference as the leading scorer in the history of both. She holds the UE records for points (132), goals (50) and assists (30). The 2008 MVC Player of the Year was the first in program history to earn Academic All-American accolades. Lambert was also the first Freshman All-American in UE women’s soccer history, earning a spot on the 3rd Team in 2005.


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