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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

* Holiday season hours

The University of Evansville will be closed during the holidays to allow our employees to enjoy this special time with their families. The following November-December-January holiday schedule will be observed:

Wednesday, November 23 – close at noon
Thursday, November 24
Friday, November 25

Christmas/New Year’s           
Friday, December 23, through Monday, January 2 – returning on Tuesday, January 3


What's Happening Today

* Azzip Pizza Giveback is today!

The Newman Club is having a giveback at Azzip Pizza on Green River Road TODAY to help with funds for a trip to Washington D.C. in January. The trip will include learning more about our country's history by touring the monuments in D.C. and participating in the Pilgrimage for Life march. Please support your classmates so they can afford this wonderful experience by presenting this voucher at Azzip Pizza, and eating yummy food! 

Contact Olivia Voegerl at or Jenny Koch at for more information.

* I-House: Nepal

Students from Nepal will be presenting at this week’s I-House. Be sure to come to I-House today at 7:00 p.m., upstairs in Ridgway University Center.

* Charlas: Chatting and Cooking this afternoon

Students of all levels of Spanish are invited to meet at Jazzman's in Ridgway University Center at 4:50 p.m., this afternoon to practice Spanish with Belén Alemán Mansilla, a Fulbright FLTA, and to cook Argentinian "tortillas fritas" and try some "mate cocido" (Argentinian tea). Meet at Jazzman's and then walk over to Moore Hall to cook and chat in Spanish. ¡Allá nos vemos!

* Newman Club Community Prayer - Vocations Awareness Week

Next week is Vocations Awareness Week, and the members of Newman Club invite you to pray with them! Today they will be having dinner, discussion, and a Holy Hour.

Special guests from around the religious community will be joining the group for an evening of fun and prayer

Join them as they pray to support young men and women discerning vocations in their life - holy orders, marriage, single life, missionary work, and MORE! All are welcome - you do NOT have to be discerning a vocation.

If you have never been to adoration, you need to check out this unique and awe-inspiring way to pray. The Holy Hour will include music, prayer, and silence. Dinner begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Newman Center. Discussion and Holy Hour will follow. The program concludes at 7:00 p.m.

Contact Director Jenny Koch at or Olivia Voegerl at for more details.


Upcoming Events

* Charlas: Dinner & Conversation - Monday, November 14

Join Belén Alemán Mansilla, Fulbright FLTA, at Jazzman's in Ridgway University Center at 5:00 p.m. next Monday, November 14, to go enjoy dinner at Los Bravos and practice informal conversation in Spanish. Please RSVP Belén at by noon Monday. ¡Nos vemos el lunes!

* Music for your iPod

Leonard Bernstein, composer of West Side Story, provided music in American styles for the grand opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, in a theater piece of huge proportion called Mass. The music includes rock, jazz, blues, folk music, marches (one with kazoos), scat singing, and hand clapping.

This Saturday, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra will host a mammoth presentation of Mass, which includes a rock band, blues band, street chorus of ’60s protesters, the EPO chorus, a children’s choir, and eight UE student soloists all performing with the orchestra.

The performance is Saturday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m., at the Victory Theatre. Tickets for students with UE IDs are $10 for the best remaining seats after 6:00 p.m. Non-student tickets are $25-$49.

* The Chili Bowl Sale is here! First come, first served!

TODAY from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., or until the chili or bowls run out, the Clay Club and art department will be selling ceramic bowls and chili under the tent next to Hyde Hall. 

Customers can select one-of-a-kind, hand thrown ceramic bowls created by UE faculty, staff, students, and community members. The ceramic bowls cost $10 each, but that also gets you a bowl of chili. There are some small bowls for $5 and some larger bowls ranging in price from $15 to $50.  A silent auction will also be held for a few unique and more valued bowls.

For this year’s event, assistant professor of art Todd Matteson chose to partner with a local business as a way to get the Evansville community more involved with this project, while helping raise proceeds to fight local hunger. He is excited to announce that Lic’s Deli and Ice Cream will be providing the chili this year. Not only are you getting a ceramic bowl worth more than $10, you are getting a bowl of chili from one of Evansville’s best restaurants.

The funds from this year’s event will not only support the Clay Club, but part of the proceeds will be going to Patchwork Central’s food pantry. Cash and checks only. Checks can be made out to UE Clay Club. 

* Vertical eXcape trip: open to campus!

Join Venturing Crew for a trip Vertical eXcape on Saturday, November 19, from 7:30 p.m.-midnight! You do not need to be a Venturing Crew member to participate. This adventure will include bus transportation, climbing gear, a short climbing lesson, hours of climbing, pizza, and drinks. To add to the fun, this is a FREE TRIP! We will ask that you pay a $10 deposit when you sign up, but this will be refunded as you get on the bus.

Venturing Crew officers will be hosting table registration in Ridgway University Center lobby from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., and 5:00-7:00 p.m. today.

There is limited space on this trip, and since it is open to anyone on campus, slots will go quickly! To reserve your place, you must sign up at the Ridgway University Center table, pay a $10 deposit (that will be returned to you on November 19), and sign waivers for both UE and Vertical eXcape. Since you must sign waivers to sign up, you will not be able to reserve places for your friends. We recommend signing up early to be sure you get a spot.

If you have any questions, e-mail

* Thank you, veterans! Enjoy a free Cafe Court lunch!

UE faculty/staff/student veterans are invited to enjoy a free Cafe Court lunch TODAY. Please show your past/current military ID and UE ID to the cashier to redeem your free lunch.

* Nationally known suicide researcher to present on campus tomorrow

"Helping Others Hold On: Understanding the warning signs of suicide, interventions, and what we can do to help" will be presented by Craig Bryan, executive director of the National Center for Veterans Studies, Air Force veteran, and 2001 UE graduate on Thursday, November 10 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 170, Schroeder School of Business Building.

The presentation is open to the public and especially for family members and friends of individuals at risk for suicide.

Bryan is a board-certified clinical psychologist in cognitive behavioral psychology. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Evansville, and his PsyD in clinical psychology from Baylor University. He completed his clinical psychology residency at the Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

He was retained as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Wilford Hall Medical Center, where he was chief of the Primary Care Psychology Service, as well as the Suicide Prevention Program manager for Lackland AFB.

Bryan deployed to Balad, Iraq, in 2009, where he served as the director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at the Air Force Theater Hospital. He separated from Air Force active duty shortly after his deployment and currently researches suicidal behaviors and suicide prevention strategies, and psychological health and resiliency.

He manages numerous federally funded projects related to treatments for suicide prevention and has published more than 120 scientific articles and written several books on the subject. Bryan has served on the board of directors of the American Association for Suicidology and is considered a leading national expert on military and veteran suicide.

* UE Theatre presents Oklahoma!

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre proudly presents its second production of the season, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! in Shanklin Theatre.  Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on November 18 and 19, and at 2:00 p.m. on November 20.

This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical has the distinction of being the first collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, thus ushering in the Golden Age of American musical theatre. Set against the hardscrabble life in 1906 Indian Territory, the endearing story of a rocky romance between a lovesick cowboy and headstrong farm girl still garners wide appeal and is sure to have audiences tapping their toes to the catchy lyrics, buoyant melodies, and soaring score.

Oklahoma! is directed and choreographed by Seattle-based guest artist Ruben Van Kempen, with additional choreography by Ricki Smith Newman, and features a 16-person student orchestra led by musical director Patrick Ritsch. 

Grace Guarniere, a senior from Katy, Texas, is the scenic designer; professor of theatre Patti McCrory is the costume designer; Avery Reagan, a senior from Conyers, Georgia, is the lighting designer; Richard Ingraham, a guest designer from Euclid, Ohio, is the sound designer; professor of theatre Chuck Meacham is the technical director; professor of theatre Diane Brewer is the dramaturg; and Mary Claire Smalley, a junior from Nashville, Tennessee, is the stage manager.

The cast features Davis Brinker, a junior from Minneapolis, Minnesota, as Curly; and Braden Wilkerson, a junior from Fort Worth, Texas, as Laurey. The 24-person cast also features David Aaron Evans, a senior from The Woodlands, Texas, as Will Parker; Demi Davis, a senior from Leesburg, Georgia, as Ado Annie; and Nate DeCook, a senior from Holland, Michigan, as Jud.

Ticket prices are $18 for adults and $15 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 812-488-2031, Monday through Friday, noon to 5:00 p.m.

* Pre-game event planned for Louisville game

Alumni relations and Aces athletics are holding a pre-game gathering when the Men's Basketball team opens their season at the KFC YUM! Center on Friday, November 11. All Aces fans are invited to help send off the team. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. EASTERN time at the Holiday Inn Express, 800 W. Market Street in Louisville, and goes until game time at 7:00 p.m. EASTERN.

* All UE employees invited to workshops for retirement health

UE employees are invited to attend one of the informational workshops presented by Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions on Monday, November 14, in the J. Henry Schroeder Boardroom (Room 203) in the University Libraries.

The workshops are scheduled for:

• 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. – primarily geared to those already retired or close to retirement
• 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – for active employees considering retirement

The Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions program provides important benefits such as:
• A tax-advantaged way for you to invest and accumulate assets for your future retiree medical expenses.
• A retiree health insurance program for you and your eligible dependents that builds on the foundation of Medicare.
• A tax-free way for you to pay for other qualified out-of-pocket medical expenses in retirement.

A representative from Emeriti and Aetna health insurance will be on campus to provide information about Emeriti and what you need to do to take full advantage of the program. The meetings will cover such topics as why you need to save for retiree health care, the unique tax advantages of the program, and your options available under it. 

For more information about the program, please visit the Emeriti retirement health website.

* Scholars for Syria to host screening of "The White Helmets"

On November 10, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., in Room 272 in the Schroeder School of Business Building, Scholars for Syria and the University of Evansville Honors Program will host a screening of the Netflix documentary "The White Helmets." This short film tells the story of the first responders who risk their lives to rescue victims of the daily airstrikes taking place in Syria.

Following the viewing, there will be an academic discussion panel focusing on the Syrian Crisis. Members of this panel will include Hisham Alababidi, a local Syrian doctor; Lisa Kretz, a UE professor; and Syrian students Walid Hasanato, Hassan Taki Eddin, and Abdulhasib Aljandali.

While this event is worth .25 Honors Program points, all UE students and Evansville community members are invited to partake in this educational opportunity.


Info You Should Know

* UE winter housing

The residence halls will be closed for winter break from noon on December 15 to 3:00 p.m. on January 6. Students participating in official University functions or other approved activities have the opportunity to apply for winter housing. Simply submit an online winter request form by noon on Reading Study Day to be considered. For more information about winter housing, contact the Office of Residence Life or see the winter housing website.

* Winter intersession courses

UE winter intersession courses are held December 15-January 6. Students may register for one online course. Read the Office of the Registrar’s webpage for more information.

* Last Day to withdraw with a W

A reminder- the last day to withdraw from a class and receive a W is November 11. You must have your completed add/drop slip with all required signatures turned into the Office of the Registrar by Friday at 5:00 p.m. Slips turned in after this date will not be processed. No exceptions.

* Overnight hosts needed for Sunday, November 13

Are you interested in hosting a prospective student? The Office of Admission is looking for current students to help host prospective students on Sunday, November 13, starting at 5:00 p.m., for Purple Visit Day. Dinner will be provided. The students staying overnight will be doing their campus visit the following day.

If you are interested in being a host, please e-mail Catie Taylor at with your name, roommate’s name, hall, room number, and cell phone number.

* Interested in traveling to Cuba over spring break?

The Cuba Skate GAP Program is open for registration. In this course, students will enroll in the GAP program course for the spring semester and then travel to Cuba during spring break. This course will provide opportunities to better understand and to engage in issues of business practices, and social and civic responsibility in an international context. The course will focus on addressing the needs of Cuba Skate, a non-profit initiative designed to foster a constructive environment for Cuban youth. 

Apply for program by going to the Cuba Skate GAP Project website.

Questions? Contact Amara Stuehling in education abroad at

* Interested in traveling to Guatemala over spring break?

The Mission Guatemala GAP program is open for registration. Mission Guatemala is a non-profit organization founded by Tom Heaton of Evansville, Indiana. This organization is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Based on the needs of Mission Guatemala and the interest and skills of the UE faculty and students involved, the projects for the program will focus on:

•Training educators in rural Guatemala on how to incorporate art and health topics into their classes.
•Developing a strategic communications plan for Mission Guatemala.

Apply for this program by going to the Mission Guatemala website.

Questions? Contact Amara Stuehling in education abroad at

* UE's environmental policy

UE’s environmental policy, which was approved by President Thomas Kazee, is the foundation for UE’s environmental management system. The policy can be summarized by the acronym CREST:
C = Continuous improvement
R = Reduce, reuse, recycle
E = Environmental compliance
S = Sustainability
T = Training and education

For additional information, or if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact Jan Schrader, manager for risk and environmental management, at or ext. 2697.

You can find additional information in AceLink/Areas/Environmental Management, or check out UE’s Department of Environmental Management Facebook page.

* Master of Science in Athletic Training program accepting applications

The Master of Science in Athletic Training program at UE is now accepting applications for classes starting in Summer 2017. The only prerequisite courses for the MSAT program is Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II.

If you are still looking for the next step after graduation and have an interest in athletic training, please contact professor of athletic training and exercise and sport science Kathy Liu at for more information.

In addition, juniors may have the opportunity to start the MSAT program and finish both an undergraduate and master's program in five years. Please set up a meeting with Professor Liu to see if you qualify.

For more information on the program, visit the program's website for more information.

* Do you know a future Purple Ace?

The Office of Admission needs your help. Do you know students that would be a great fit at UE? They could be a son, daughter, niece, nephew, or neighbor, and we would love to share the exciting UE tradition with them.

To ensure ease of the referral process, fill out this prospective student referral form and submit it to the Office of Admission. After you submit the form, we will take it from there. If you need any assistance, please stop by the Office of Admission located in Room 104 in Olmsted Administration Hall, or call 812-488-2468.

If the referred student is a senior, please encourage an application (free online) and a campus visit. 

* Deaconess Trauma Conference

Deaconess will host the 2016 Trauma Conference on November 11 in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. The event will take place 7:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and conference guests have been directed to park in lot H.

Please contact Kari Hughes at with any questions. 

* Honorary Degree Committee invites your suggestions

The University of Evansville Honorary Degree Committee is now soliciting your recommendations for honorary degrees to be conferred at the May 2017 Commencement.  According to the UE Faculty and Administrator Manual, the committee is charged with requesting and reviewing honorary degree nominations made on the basis of individual service to the University and individual achievement.  An honorary degree may also be awarded to individuals who exemplify the University’s mission. Selected persons have excelled in a variety of areas--law, medicine, education, business, literature, politics, and entertainment.

The committee will forward nominations to President Kazee so he can make his recommendations to the faculty.  The faculty will vote on the final list of nominees.

Please e-mail the following information to Robert Dion, committee chair, at, by Friday, November 11:

1. Nomination by (include name, phone and e-mail address)
2. Name of person nominated
3. Title and/or profession of nominee
4. Rationale for the nomination (see criteria above)
5. Any biographical or background information on the nominee
6. Address information for contacting the nominee



* Andueza and Wheeler present research results at conference

Professor Lorena Andueza and Jamelyn Wheeler presented the results of their research project on the pragmatic strategies to express refusals in American English and three varieties of Spanish (Peninsular, Venezuelan, and Argentinian) at AMPRA. Andueza is an assistant professor of Spanish at UE. Wheeler, a 2016 UE graduate, was an education and English major.

The conference took place at Indiana University, Bloomington, on November 4-6.

* Angela Williams makes presentation at CASE Indiana Conference

Angela Williams, assistant director of alumni and parent relations, presented at the CASE Indiana Conference on Friday, November 4, at the University of Indianapolis. Her presentation was titled "Parent Engagement and Events Result in Giving." Read more about the conference at the CASE website.

* Maass presents research at international security conference

Richard Maass, assistant professor of political science, presented two research papers this past weekend at the annual ISAC-ISSS conference, co-hosted by the international security sections of the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association. One of the papers - "Salami Tactics and the Future of US-Russian Relations" - is familiar to the UE community from Maass' November 2015 Andiron lecture. The other uses his dataset of great power annexation attempts to test hypotheses regarding when states pursue annexation.


Thank You

* To the UE Community

I wanted to express my sincere gratitude for your outpouring of love, prayers, and concerns on the recent passing of my beloved son Jesse Thomas Lechner. He passed away on his birthday after being hit from behind by a drunk driver.

He leaves behind a loving family, Tom and I, sisters Carime Ann and Rachel Elizabeth, and his only son Andrew Thomas Lechner, age eight.

I miss you all and am sincerely touched.

Christine Lechner



* Aces FanFest set for November 19

FanFest, an annual event that has taken place every year since the opening of the Ford Center in 2011, will be held Saturday, November 19.

Beginning at 10:00 a.m., FanFest will be go until the Men’s Basketball game against Morehead State begins at noon. It will be held at Freedom Plaza, which is directly in front of the Ford Center main entrance.

Several great activities will be on hand for Purple Aces fans of all ages. The fun includes bounce houses, cornhole, a photo booth, rally towels, live music, and much more.

Food vendors and a beer garden will also be on hand for the attendees at FanFest. Admission to the festivities is free. Russ Grieger will be on hand signing copies of his new book - “The Perfect Season: A Memoir of the 1964-1965 Evansville College Purple Aces.”


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