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Thursday, November 17, 2016

What's Happening Today

* 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.

* UEMTA Chipotle Give Back Night is tonight

Come out to Chipotle tonight from 5:00-9:00 p.m. to help the University of Evansville Music Therapy Association raise money to send seniors to national conference. Just show this flyer or mention the fundraiser and UEMTA will get 50 percent back. We hope to see you there!

* Great American Smokeout information table

Smokefree Communities and UE’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer will have an information table in the lobby of Ridgway University Center today from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. They will be celebrating the Great American Smokeout.

Today is the Great American Smokeout, a day set aside by the American Cancer Society to encourage smokers to give up tobacco, at least for one day, and to think about quitting for good. These days, most people have a good understanding of the harms caused by cigarette smoking, but nearly 25 percent of Vanderburgh County adults still smoke.  Come visit to learn more!

* Post-election roundtable: national and international effects of presidential election

The UE community is invited to join a post-election roundtable discussion about the meaning of a Trump presidency both nationally and internationally with faculty members from political science, international studies, history, psychology, sociology, foreign languages and cultures, and religion, as well as the Office of Diversity and Equity. All are welcome to join and participate in the discussion today from 5:00-6:00 p.m., in Room 203 (J. Henry Schroeder Board Room), in the library.

* Foreign language speed-dating planned for today

A foreign language speed-dating event is planned for today from 4:00-5:00 p.m., on the second floor of Ridgway University Center. At this event, you’ll have the chance to learn some key phrases from multiple different languages in a speed dating style. Spend a few minutes at one booth learning a language from our international students and then quickly move on to the next!


Upcoming Events

* This Weekend in Music: small ensemble and choral concerts

Two small wind ensembles will join together for a Woodwind Chamber Ensembles concert in Wheeler Concert Hall this Sunday afternoon, November 20, at 1:00 p.m. The Flute Ensemble, under the direction of consortium flute instructor Cara Dailey, and the Saxophone Ensemble, under the direction of assistant professor of music education Shawn Teichmer, will perform works from the early nineteenth century to the modern era.

The UE Mixed Choir and Women’s Chorus will present a concert in Neu Chapel on Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. Associate professor and director of choral activities Dennis Malfatti will lead the choirs in a program that will include works by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Dvo?ák, just to name a few. Pianist Kristin Jones will accompany the ensembles.

The Department’s small brass and percussion ensembles will then offer a concert in Neu Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Professor of trumpet Timothy Zifer will conduct the Trumpet Ensemble, while associate professor of low brass Ken Steinsultz will lead the Low Brass Ensemble, consortium horn instructor Emily Britton will conduct the Evansville Horn Choir, and consortium percussion instructor Ross Erickson will lead the Percussion Ensemble. Musical selections will range from the Renaissance to the Modern era, including works by Jacob Arcadelt, Handel, and Mahler.

All three concerts are free and open to the public.

* Guatemala GAP Project info session and exhibition today

Interested in visiting Guatemala over spring break to improve the lives of rural Guatemalans? GAP projects will include:

  • Training Guatemalan teachers to incorporate art and health topics into their classes
  • Developing a strategic communications plan for Mission Guatemala

All majors are welcome! Come to the Krannert Gallery in the Krannert Hall of Fine Arts Building today from noon-12:50 to learn more and to hear from students who have been there. A light lunch will be available, and you are encouraged to enjoy the Guatemalan textiles and artifacts on display.

For more information, visit GAP’s website or e-mail

* Holiday Art and Crafts Sale is today!

The Department of Art’s annual Holiday Art and Crafts Sale is planned for today in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. Doors open at 7:00 a.m. and the sale will continue until 6:00 p.m.

Items for sale may include paintings, pottery, jewelry, soaps, knitted items, greeting cards, purses, bags, and wooden items. All items in the sale are handmade and designed by the artist or craftsman.

This sale is an excellent opportunity to find unique gifts for the holiday.

For more information, please contact the Department of Art at or 812-488-2043.

* Newman Club Dinner and Discussion

All are welcome to join the Newman Club on Monday, November 21, at 5:00 p.m. for a very special Dinner and Discussion. We will be enjoying a homemade Thanksgiving Dinner with a discussion led by the Most Reverend Bishop Thompson. You can find us at the house on Lincoln Avenue with the purple banner. For more information, please contact Olivia Voegerl at

* Final #readingseries of 2016 is today!

Please join the folks in the Department of Creative Writing today at The Slice for the Fall semester’s final #readingseries. This reading will feature original work by students Sarah Pfleiderer, Sari Baum, and Brittney Kaleri. The reading will start promptly at 4:00 p.m., so if you’re looking to enjoy some delicious pizza while you’re there, please arrive early as The Slice can be charmingly slow. Hope to see you all there!

* 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. Fr. Christian Raab will be our celebrant. Hope to see you there! For more information contact Olivia Voegerl at

* Vertical eXcape trip: FINAL CHANCE

Join Venturing Crew at Vertical eXcape on Saturday, November 19, from 7:30 p.m.-midnight. You do not need to be a member for this trip. This adventure will include bus transportation, climbing gear, a short climbing lesson, hours of climbing, pizza, and soft 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 at registration tables from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m., TODAY in Ridgway University Center lobby. 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, don't hesitate to email Tell your friends!

* Hanging of the Green

In preparation for the holiday season, there will be a hanging of the green at Neu Chapel on Monday, November 28, beginning at 4:00 p.m. We will decorate the chapel and eat free pizza, and afterward sing carols. All are welcome!

* Sunday University worship

Come to Neu Chapel this Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. for a service of Thanksgiving. The final Sunday worship service of the semester will be December 4.

* Panel for education abroad updates (non-Harlaxton programs)

On Tuesday, November 22, there will be a meeting to share and discuss what is currently going on with all of our non-Harlaxton programs. The education abroad office has been hard at work restructuring program offerings to make the student experience as helpful and efficient as possible, and this is your chance to find out what has been happening! This meeting will cover summer, semester, and year-long academic programs, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The meeting will be from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Beck Conference Room (Room 219), in the Ridgway University Center. We would love to have you there! If you have any questions, please contact Greta Becker at


Info You Should Know

* "The Perfect Season" now available at UE Bookstore

The UE Bookstore now has available UE alumnus and '65 basketball player Russell Grieger's book The Perfect Season. This paperback book is a memoir of the 1964-65 basketball season. It's available for $28. The author will also be autographing copies of his book at the UE Bookstore fan stand on Saturday, November 19 before the game and during halftime.

* Fitness Center Thanksgiving break hours

The Fitness Center’s hours during Thanksgiving break will be:

Monday and Tuesday: 6:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m.-noon
Thursday – Sunday: Closed

* Attention December 2016 graduates

If you have earned a military honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions, are on active duty, or in active drilling status, notify Cherie Leonhardt in the Office of Veterans Affairs at or call 812-488-2141 ASAP. The Office of Veterans Affairs and UE VETS have a special graduation gift for you!

* Act fast! Adopt-A-Family this holiday season!

Give to a family in need this holiday season! In partnership with Aurora, the Center for Student Engagement is coordinating a University-wide effort for departments and organizations to adopt a family in need this holiday season by providing gifts for both parents/guardians and children.

Families range in size from 1-4 children and 1-2 adults. Sponsoring groups should plan to spend at least $20-$30 per person. All donations must be delivered to the CSE office by December 5.

Please contact Jackie Luedtke at by Monday, November 21, to confirm that your organization is able to sponsor a family. Please provide the highest number of family members for each family you are able to support.

* Volunteer as a Salvation Army bell ringer!

We are proud to announce that the University of Evansville is partnering with the Salvation Army during this holiday season and supporting their bell ringing efforts! We are looking for volunteers to help for two-hour shifts on Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. at Schunck’s on Washington Avenue in Evansville. Tell your friends as we can host up to four volunteers per shift!

Deadline to register is Wednesday, November 30.

You can view availability of shifts on the Salvation Army’s bell ringer registration page. Enter the Group Code “VolunteerUE” and click on “See Shifts” near the red arrow.

To sign up for shifts, please e-mail Jackie Luedtke at with your full name, phone number, and shift preferences.

* Watch for the Purple Patrol this Friday – you might get a Turoni's gift certificate!

Be on the lookout for the Student Alumni Ambassador Purple Patrol on Purple Friday, November 18. If they catch you wearing purple on Friday you may receive a $10 gift certificate to Turoni's.

The Purple Patrol will be looking for winners around campus from noon-1:00 p.m.

* BRASA now accepting applications for executive board spring 2017

The Brazilian Student Association (BRASA) is looking for candidates for its executive board for Spring 2017. People interested in learning more about Brazil, Brazilian culture, Latin America, and the Portuguese language are encouraged to apply. Members have access to a large network of people and companies both in the US and in Brazil.

The following positions are available:

- Director of finance
- Director of recruitment
- Director of marketing

Positions require commitment of about four hours per week.

Applications are available at the organization's Facebook page.

Further questions can be addressed by e-mailing Arthur Lorente at

* Wear a safety pin to show solidarity with oppressed groups

Following the Brexit vote many people in the UK began wearing safety pins to show solidarity with refugees and immigrants. The idea was that without a word being spoken, people could see that you would provide safety. It is important to flag to our students and the world at large that all are welcome here and that we will defend the safety of all. Wearing a safety pin means that you will intervene if someone is being oppressed, verbally or otherwise.

It is to say: “I am safe. If you are a Muslim, LGBTQ, a person of color, Latino, an immigrant, disabled, a woman, afraid… I am here. I will listen. I will stand up for you.”

Please feel free to stop by assistant professor of philosophy Lisa Kretz’s office in Room 342 in Olmsted Administration Hall, to pick up a safety pin.

* Reminder - outsourcing of USPS meter mailing services

As previously announced in AceNotes, UE distribution services/mail services has begun outsourcing metering of United States Postal Service domestic and international mail (letters, flats, etc.) and USPS domestic parcels to Data Mail Inc., a local third party vendor. UE distribution services/mail services no longer has equipment to meter mail and/or process parcels for shipment in-house.

What changed?
• UE mail services no longer has a USPS meter or mailing equipment. UE mail services no longer has a UPS account or UPS shipping equipment.

• The UE USPS mail/parcel processing request online form has replaced the paper UE mail processing form. The UE USPS mail/parcel processing request online form and Instructions titled UE USPS mail/parcel processing request form instructions are available on the mail services website on AceLink Areas under forms and instructions. Note:  Effective October 17, 2017, paper UE mail processing forms should be recycled and no longer used. These forms are no longer available as an In-house office supply item.

• New white/laminated UE account barcode cards were provided by Data Mail Inc. and distributed to UE areas to be used in lieu of the yellow UE account barcode cards.  A sample of the new barcode card and instructions are available on the mail services website on AceLink Areas under forms and instructions. Note: Departments are asked to turn in the yellow UE account barcode cards via campus mail to mail services.

• UE mail services no longer provides UPS services. Departments desiring UPS services may contact UPS directly, set up a department account, request a site pickup, and pay UPS directly with a UE Pcard.

• Departments desiring to ship USPS International parcels may go directly to a local post office, complete the required USPS documentation (customs forms, etc.), and pay USPS directly with a UE Pcard. The same can be accomplished with UPS but typically at a much higher cost.

UE Distribution Services/Mail Services continues to:
• Pickup UE incoming mail and parcels from the USPS, Monday through Friday, except for UE holidays

• Process incoming business reply and short paid UE mail

• Sort mail by UE campus department in the mail service’s area

• Make a campus mail run Monday-Friday to deliver and/or pick up department mail that is pickup ready and includes USPS domestic and international letter mail, USPS domestic parcels, pre-stamped and sealed mail, and campus mail.

• Deliver to residence halls as is currently performed.

• Distribute newspapers received.

• Deliver UE mail and contract mailings to Data Mail, Monday through Friday, for processing.

Departments continue to be responsible for existing processes that include:
• Preparing USPS mail parcels for distribution services/mail services pickup by completing a UE USPS mail/parcel processing form to provide the required department name, account number, and mail/parcel requirements/instructions selected by the department. USPS parcels are to be packed and ready for shipping with an attached UE USPS mail/parcel processing form.

• Sorting, separating, and bundling (rubber bands or binder clips) USPS letter mail by account number, mail class, special services, domestic, international, etc., and securely attaching the appropriate new/white UE account barcode card to each mail bundle being picked up on the mail run by the UE mail courier. Specific mailing information continues to be available on the mail services website located on AceLink under Areas. New UE account barcode cards were distributed on October 17. (Note: To request additional UE account barcode cards contact, distribution services/mail services with the name of the account, account number and department name via email at

• Following existing campus mail guidelines to prepare campus mail bundled separately for UE mail services courier mail run pickup.

• Sealing envelope flaps with department affixed stamps for USPS domestic and/or international letter mail sorted by account number, domestic, international, etc., with a securely attached UE account barcode card to each bundle being picked up on the mail run by the UE mail courier.

• Placing FLAPS UP on unsealed envelopes to be metered.

• Taking USPS international and non-USPS mail/parcels requiring express services or international parcel services directly to the local post office for processing and payment via a UE Pcard.

• Following current contract mailing (large mailings of 200 mail pieces or weighing a total of 50 pounds) processes and procedures. Specific contract mailing information continues to be available on the contract mailing website located on AceLink under Areas. Purple contract mailing cards and other contract mailing requirements have not changed.  Purple contract mailing cards are still being used and should accompany a contract mailing.

Additional information is available on the Mail Services website located on AceLink under Areas.  If you have questions regarding this information, please contact Kim Winsett at or ext. 2940 or Shannon Richardson at

* Friday and Saturday night after-hours in library

The library is expanding its after-hours study space and will open on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 until 10:00 p.m.

An after-hours schedule for Friday and Saturday nights in December will be announced after Thanksgiving.

As always only the first floor will be open with limited library services. The upper floors will close at 6:00 p.m., and will not be accessible after that time. Access to the libraries after 5:50 p.m. on November 18 and November 19 will be 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.



* Becker, UE alumnus, and UE students present research at SfN

Associate professor of psychology Lora Becker and B. J. Miller '16 (currently in graduate school at St. Louis College of Pharmacy), Victor Deere '16, Kay Sheets, '17, Nehchal Bedi '17, and Keeton Mays '18 presented "The Addictive Potential of Artificial Sweeteners" at the Society for Neuroscience, which boasted over 30,000 attendees this year.

This work was supported by the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.

* Becker wins mentor award

Associate professor of psychology Lora Becker has been awarded the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) Distinguished Mentor Award for 2016. The award was given at this year's FUN meeting during the 2016 Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego.

* Biology alumnus publishes research article

Mackenzie Powell '15 is the coauthor of a paper titled "Activation of Neuronal Endothelin B Receptors Mediates Pressor Response through Alpha-1 Adrenergic Receptors" that was recently accepted for publication in the journal Physiological Reports. This paper is based on Powell's summer undergraduate research experience in David Pollock's '78 lab in the Division of Nephrology in the Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

* Birth announcement – Charlotte Olivia Hogan

Kate and Michael Hogan announce the birth of their granddaughter, Charlotte Olivia Hogan. She was born November 14, weighing six pounds, 10 ounces, and measuring 19.5 inches. Her parents, David and Trisha (Beck) Hogan, are both UE alumni who graduated in December 2006. Kate Hogan is UE’s director of cultural engagement and international services.

* Birth announcement - Everett Allen Ziliak

Becky Ziliak, director of the Health Center, proudly announces the birth of her grandson, Everett Allen Ziliak. He was born November 4 in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents are UE alumni Jacob and Shannon (Rieger) Ziliak. Everett is welcomed home by his sisters, Amelia, Charlotte, and Hattie.


Sympathy to...

* Katherine Martyn and family

Katherine Martyn’s father, Richard Hicks, passed away on Monday, November 14. His funeral is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., on Friday, November 18, at the Browning Funeral Home on Diamond Avenue in Evansville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in honor of his late wife, Bonnie. Condolences may be made online at the Browning Funeral Home’s website.

Please keep Kathy and her family in your thoughts.



* Purple Aces team up with Deaconess for No Shave November

Deaconess and the Purple Aces are partnering to raise awareness of men’s cancers in conjunction with No Shave November, an initiative that encourages men to stop shaving to evoke conversation and raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. As part of the partnership, a special giveaway is on tap on Saturday when the University of Evansville Men’s Basketball team takes on Morehead State at the Ford Center.

Prior to Saturday’s noon contest, 1,000 purple mustaches will be given out to Aces fans to raise awareness of No Shave November.

“No Shave November helps raise awareness for men’s cancers, specifically prostate and testicular cancers,” said Debra Wilson, director of Deaconess cancer services. “Awareness and early detection most often leads to better outcomes. By sponsoring the Deaconess No Shave November game with the Evansville Aces, we are able to both recognize our No Shave November participants, and also share the message about early detection with all the fans attending the game.”

UE director of athletics Mark Spencer echoed those sentiments and is excited for the Aces to help in promoting a great cause.

“The Aces are deeply honored to partner with Deaconess to raise awareness of men’s cancers in such a creative and high profile way,” Spencer said. “Our fans will wear the purple mustaches with pride knowing that they are doing their part to help in the early detection of prostate and testicular cancer. The Deaconess ceremony that awards prizes to men for winning photo submissions in No Shave November is a marvelous stage to highlight this life-saving campaign.”

At halftime of Saturday’s contest, Deaconess will award prizes in several categories including: Most Creative, Best Group Theme, Best Celebrity Lookalike, and Most Unique Beard and/or Mustache.

* UE faculty/staff basketball ticket requests

Beginning Wednesday, November 16, UE faculty/staff can begin picking up their two complimentary tickets to the Men's Basketball game against Morehead State on Saturday, November 19 at noon and the Women's Basketball game against SEMO on Sunday, November 20 at 1:00 p.m. You must show your UE ID in order to receive the tickets.

The Carson Center ticket office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

We hope to see everyone at the games this weekend!


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