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Friday, October 7, 2016

* United Way campaign is under way – today is your day!

Deadline: October 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Don’t miss out on your chance to WIN! Turn in your pledge form at any time this week and be eligible to win prizes including:

• Day off of work (3)
• Men’s and Women’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 ext. 2943.

* Winter intersession courses

The University of Evansville offers winter intersession courses from December 15 to January 6. Registration will begin October 31. Students may register for one winter intersession course.

For more information go here.

These accelerated courses offer students the opportunity to:

  • Take a course online to earn credits toward graduation
  • Lighten your spring course schedule
  • Complete missing requirements

Class offerings:

  • FIN 280 Personal Finance (Alhenawi)
  • PSYC 416 Human Sexuality (Becker)
  • EDUC 321  Teaching Social Studies (Gieselmann)
  • PSYC 121  Introduction to Psychology (Hennon-Peters)
  • PSCI 100  World Politics (Kim)
  • HS 101  Adult Health and Wellness (LaMar)
  • ART 105 Introduction to the Visual Arts (Larmann)
  • PH 190  Introduction to Public Health (Patel-Dovlatabadi)
  • SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology (Plikuhn)
  • EXSS 320  Nutrition for Performance and Health (Rodd)
  • PSYC 229 Social Psychology (Stevenson)
  • ES 103  Fundamental of Environmental Science (Thananatthanachon)
  • COMM 380 Intercultural Communication (Thomlison)

Upcoming Events

* Blood Drive on October 18

The Newman Club is hosting a fall blood drive on Tuesday, October 18, from noon-6:00 p.m. If you are interested in either giving blood or donating your time through volunteer work, contact Paige Hignite at

* Senior nursing class presentation on homelessness

The University of Evansville senior nursing class will host a homeless awareness presentation today at 6:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. The goal is to increase awareness of and empathy for the homeless population.

Evansville has a significant homeless population whose basic needs are not being met. Because of this, the UE senior nursing class has devised a community outreach program to help raise awareness regarding the homeless problem within the Evansville community. This presentation is part of that program.

* Phi Mu presents Rock for Riley

Phi Mu's annual fall philanthropy, Rock for Riley, is Friday, October 21, at 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Tickets will be on sale October 17-20 in Ridgway University Center lobby for $5, and at the door on the night of the event for $5.

All proceeds from the event go toward Phi Mu's national philanthropy, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

* Blood drive on October 18

The Newman Club is hosting a fall blood drive on Tuesday, October 18, from noon-6:00 p.m. If you are interested in either giving blood or donating your time through volunteer work, contact Paige Hignite at

* Learn about American University graduate programs in public affairs

Jennifer Forney, assistant dean of graduate enrollment for the School of Public Affairs at American University, will be on campus to discussgraduate programs at SPA. She will have an information booth today in Ridgway University Center from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The School of Public Affairs offers an array of graduate degrees in public administration, public policy, justice, law and criminology, terrorism, homeland security policy, and political science.

* Bishop Thompson to celebrate Mass with UE on October 16

Next Sunday, October 16, Bishop Charles Thompson will be our celebrant for the Newman Catholic Mass at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. All are invited to attend! We hope that you are able to attend the service in honor of our special guest. For more information, contact Olivia Voegerl at

* Homecoming 2016 Reunion Weekend - October 14-16

Many alumni will return to campus October 14-16, as many anniversaries are celebrated during Homecoming Reunion Weekend. The class of 1966 is 50, Chi Omega celebrates 65 years at UE, Lambda Chi Alpha - 60 years, Harlaxton is 45 years, and neuroscience is 40. 

The full schedule of events is online here.

Questions? Contact or ext. 2586. Join us in welcoming alumni back to campus and join in the fun!

* Gregory Gregory Night and Harlaxton presentations planned for Harlaxton College at 45

A variety of events are planned from October 14-15 to celebrate Harlaxton College's 45th anniversary. Students, faculty members, and other Harlaxton fans are invited to join the celebration.

Gregory Gregory Night will kick off the activities on Friday, October 14, at 7:00 p.m. at Ri Ra Irish Pub.

On Saturday, Harlaxton headquarters with British sweets, Harlaxton T-shirts and posters, will open in the Krannert Gallery from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Presentations will be held in Wheeler Concert Hall.

  • 10:00 a.m. - Mark Valenzuela, associate professor of mechanical and civil engineering
  • 1:00 a.m. - Kristina Arnold of WKU and her Harlaxton spring 2016 students
  • 1:30 p.m. - Harlaxton principal Jerry Seaman

Find out more details and register online here.

Questions? Contact or ext. 2586.

* Poet George David Clark appearing at Coffee Hour today

George David ClarkYou are invited to join us at the Creative Writing Coffee Hour today  to welcome poet George David Clark. All the lectures in the Creative Coffee Hour series begin at 4:00 p.m. in UE’s Melvin Peterson Gallery, and are free and open to the public.

Clark's current book, Reveille (Arkansas, 2015), won the Miller Williams Prize, and his more recent poems can be found in Agni, The Cincinnati Review, The Gettysburg Review, Image, The New Criterion, University of Evansville's Measure, and others.

He edits the journal 32 Poems and lives with his wife and their three young children in Western Pennsylvania where he teaches creative writing at Washington & Jefferson College.


Info You Should Know

* Spring and intersession adoptions due

The UE Bookstore is now requesting textbook adoptions for the intersession and spring 2017 terms. Faculty members and departments are encouraged to return their adoptions as soon as possible as per the information that was sent to them in an e-mail. Thanks in advance for your help.

* Men's Soccer looking for managers for next season

The Purple Aces Men's Soccer team is looking for new athletic equipment managers. It is a paid job that can be renewed until your graduation. It requires 10 to 20 hours a week and includes the possibility of traveling with the team. Send an e-mail to Arthur at if you are interested.

* Student employment positions available!

The Center for Student Engagement is looking for motivated students to fill their community project coordinator positions! Community project coordinators provide assistance on special projects at local nonprofit community partner organizations. Agencies include local elementary and middle schools, after-school programs homeless agencies, and other community organizations.

Please contact Catherine Carver at if you are interested in one of these positions.

* Fitness Center fall break hours

The Fitness Center will be open during fall break on:

  • Friday, October 7:  6:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 8: closed
  • Sunday, October 9: closed
  • Monday, October 10: 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 11:  8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
* Physician assistant program granted accreditation - provisional status

The ARC-PA has granted accreditation - provisional status to the University of Evansville physician assistant program sponsored by the University of Evansville. Accreditation-provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation.

Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status.

It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

The inaugural class of 20 PA students will begin the program in January 2017.

* Volunteer opportunity with Multiple Sclerosis Autumn Walk

The Tri-State Multiple Sclerosis Association needs the help of the University of Evansville community at its upcoming Autumn Walk, planned for Sunday, November 6, at Harrison High School. Tri-State Multiple Sclerosis Association enhances the quality of life for individuals living with multiple sclerosis and their families in southern Indiana, western Kentucky, and Southern Illinois. Take this opportunity to be a part of the change and offer support in the community!

Volunteer Time Slots
· 11:00am-12:30 pm: Set-up before the event – unloading table and chairs and setting them up
· 2:30-4:00 pm: Clean up after the walk – loading tables and chairs, trash pick-up
· 1:30-3:30 pm: Cheering on walkers
· 1:30-3:30 pm: Traffic control at the walk
· Making signs for the walk route

If you are interested in volunteering fill out this survey or contact Myka Goode at or Lauren Clowers at

* Become a resident assistant for spring 2017!

Impact lives, build community, and be a leader - become a UE resident assistant. Applications are now available for spring 2017.

For more information, including position details and expectations, visit the Residence Life website.

* Lost - black Ray-Ban glasses

A pair of black Ray-Ban glasses has been lost on campus. The glasses were last seen in the downstairs bathroom in Koch Center for Engineering and Science. If found, please e-mail

* Fall break hours for the library

The library will observe the following hours for fall break:

Friday, October 7 - 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 8 - closed
Sunday, October 9 - closed
Monday, October 10 - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 11 - 8:00 a.m. to midnight

After hours will resume at midnight on Wednesday.

Please contact Meg Atwater-Singer with questions at ext. 2487 or

* TIAA-CREF counseling appointments

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus for individual counseling sessions on Wednesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 20.  To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353 or 317-706-6200.

Please note that the meeting location has been changed to room 208 of the University Libraries.

* UE Bookstore fall break hours

The UE Bookstore will have revised hours for fall break, which is October 8-11. The bookstore will be closed on Saturday, October 8. On Monday, October 10, store hours will be 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, October 11, store hours will be 10:00 a.m.-6:15 p.m. for a special event. Normal hours will resume on October 12. If you have questions please contact the UE Bookstore.

* USPS closed Monday, October 10 for Columbus Day

The United States Postal Service will be closed for Columbus Day on Monday, October 10. Please note that because of that, UE will not be able to pick up mail from the USPS. Any mail picked up from UE areas by distribution services/mail services that day will be metered and mailed on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 11. For mail related questions, please contact Mail Services at ext. 2197 or

* Federal loan repayment counseling session required for students graduating or transferring

Students who have received federal direct (subsidized/unsubsidized) loans and plan to graduate in the fall (or transfer after the fall semester) are required to attend a loan repayment counseling session. The Office of Financial Aid will hold the first session of the semester on Thursday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center. The last session will be held December 7 at 2:00 p.m.



* Dion discusses VP debate and Governor Pence with media

Robert Dion, department chair of Law, Politics, and Society, appeared on an “In Depth with Brad Byrd” segment on WEHT Eyewitness News Tuesday night. The topic was the vice presidential debate, featuring Indiana governor Mike Pence. The story can be found here.

Dion was also featured yesterday in a statewide story about Governor Mike Pence by Indiana Public Media. 

* Denning-Smith receives scholarship to attend international leadership symposium

Johnna Denning-Smith, director of grants and sponsored programs, is one of four doctoral students to receive a scholarship from Western Kentucky University to attend the International Leadership Seminar at IAE Lyon in Lyon, France. This seminar attracts leaders in industry and education from around the world. Seminar professors in past years have hailed from all over Europe, Asia, the Middle East, North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand. Denning-Smith will participate in a series of several day seminars that cover a broad range of management and leadership topics.



* UE to host MVC Individual Tennis Championships this weekend

Eight teams will make their way to Wesselman Park beginning Saturday as the Missouri Valley Conference Individual Women’s Tennis Championships will be hosted by the University of Evansville.

Admission is free all three days and play will begin at 9:00 a.m. each morning. The action begins on Saturday with #1-3 doubles and #1-7 singles. Doubles winners advance to the semifinals on Sunday while singles winners will also move on to the semis. First round losers will play their first round backdraw on the first day. Sunday doubles features backdraw and semifinals while singles will consists of semis and the fifth place match.

“We are very excited to host the MVC Individual Tournament this year. With all eight MVC teams competing in individual flights of Singles and Doubles and no team scoring, this event has a little different feel than the spring team championships; it’s a rare chance for all the teams to see the new players on each roster and to gain a measure of where they stack up with the rest of the conference at this early stage of the season,” UE head coach Jayson Wiseman said.

On Monday, the championship doubles matches will commence the action before singles championship and third place matches will be held. Aside from the Purple Aces, other MVC teams participating include: Bradley, Drake, Illinois State, Missouri State, UNI, Southern Illinois, and Wichita State.

“It is a special opportunity for us, especially with such a young team, to get to play this event on our home courts and in front of our fans. Hosting our own invitational this past weekend hopefully allowed our players to work out any jitters they may have had so that now we can focus on putting together some successful performances against our conference opponents,” Wiseman continued. “It’s going to be a great weekend of tennis and we are hopeful that large number of tennis enthusiast from around the Evansville area as well as Aces Tennis fans can make it out and support our team and the event.”

Over the weekend, the Aces co-hosted the Evansville Metro Collegiate Invitational. Highlighting the weekend was a singles championship at #2 singles for Diana Tkachenko. After opening with the win over Bellarmine's Jennifer Skonieczny (6-1, 6-2), Tkachenko defeated UT Martin's Asel Jumamukhambetova, 6-4, 6-0. In the finals, Tkachenko took down Adreanna Christopoulou of Western Kentucky, 6-4, 6-3.

In #4 singles, Andrea Pascual Larrinaga came home in third place. She opened up with the win over Ana Albertson of Austin Peay, 3-6, 7-5, 10-8. After falling to Jemima Potter (UTM), she faced Donna Haycock of North Alabama, taking the win, 7-5, 6-3.

Chieko Yamada played in the top flight and defeated Lindsay Whitehead of Belmont, 6-4, 6-1, to open up play. After falling to Sarah Candeloro of UT Martin, Yamada came in fourth place after dropping her match against WKU's Elpide Malamou, 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles action saw Tkachenko and Nicoli Pereira earn a 7-6 (3) win over North Alabama in the opening round before falling to Belmont (7-5). In the third place match, Austin Peay defeated them by a 6-3 final. In the second flight, Theodora Soldatou teamed up with Yamada, falling to Belmont by a 6-2 final in the opening round. They defeated Austin Peay by a 6-2 final before falling to Western Kentucky in the consolation final.

* Volleyball set for three MVC matches in four days

Missouri Valley Conference play continues for the University of Evansville Volleyball team as they take on Illinois State and Indiana State at Carson Center today and tomorrow. Monday evening will see Evansville head west for a match at Missouri State.

All three matches will begin at 7:00 p.m. and each will be carried live by The Valley on ESPN3. Starting this weekend, there will be a new feature utilized during ESPN3 broadcasts at UE. A net cam will be used for the first time, giving fans a brand new and unique angle during the game.

Mildrelis Rodriguez has been Evansville’s top offensive player over the last week of action. She led UE in all three matches with 3.00 kills per set, a total of 27 for the week. Rodriguez was also second on the team with 23 digs over that stretch. She leads the team with an average of 2.94 kills per frame overall. Earlier this season against Jacksonville State, she set career marks with 20 kills in 61 attempts.

The improvement for setter Jelena Merseli has continued. Through her first 15 sets of the season, she notched an average of 4.3 assists per set. Over the last 50 sets, she has notched an average of 7.48 assists and ranks 7th in the MVC at 6.83. She has posted a total of 430 assists this year.

Erlicia Griffith continues to be one of the top blockers in the MVC. Her season average checks in at 1.16 per frame. Her total is on pace to be the highest for the Purple Aces since Meaghan Holmes averaged 1.17 per set in 2012. Griffith had a career-best five solo blocks against Jacksonville State. Her top match came against SEMO where she had two solo blocks, nine block assists and a total of 11 for the match. She also set her mark with seven kills in that match.

Illinois State is the first opponent of the weekend. The Redbirds are 11-6 overall and 4-1 in Valley play. They began the conference season winning their first four matches before falling at Drake on Monday by a final of 3-0. Jaelyn Keene is the top hitter in the league, sitting a .473. She has also averaged a league-best 0.40 service aces per frame.

Sitting at 7-9 overall and 1-3 in the MVC is Indiana State. The Sycamores defeated Bradley by a 3-1 final in their conference opener before falling in their last three contests. Demadj Johnson ranks third in the Valley with 1.02 blocks per set while Kynedi Nalls is fifth in the conference with 3.96 points/set.

In another Monday road match, UE will travel to Missouri State. The Bears come into the weekend sitting at 11-7 and an even 2-2 in the league. They are coming off of a pair of solid road wins at UNI and Drake, both finishing in five sets. Lily Johnson comes in as one of the top offensive players in the country. Her 4.40 kills per frame is 0.71 more than anyone else in the conference.


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