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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

* UE Christmas on Campus Planned for today

The University of Evansville will mark the holidays with Christmas on Campus today - Friday, December 2. The celebration will include photos with Purple Santa, reindeer games, ice skating, carriage rides, Candlelight Advent Vespers and the lighting of the University’s Christmas tree. The celebration will include photos with Purple Santa, reindeer games, ice skating, carriage rides, Candlelight Advent Vespers and the lighting of the University’s Christmas tree.

Also - go Christmas shopping at the UE Bookstore. There will be giveaways and 15 percent off the original price of all clothing and gift items for all shoppers during the night! UE faculty and staff get 20 percent off as part of the annual faculty/staff discount.

The public is welcome to any and all events for only $5 per family! 

Visit for the complete schedule of events, or to fill out the online registration form to save time during the event.


What's Happening Today

* Eat to help kids today!

College Mentors for Kids is a nationally recognized non-profit organization. The UE chapter brings 30 students from Joshua Academy on campus every Wednesday to help bring together college kids with the most to give with young children who need help the most. Our mentors work to provide encouragement and support to these young, impressionable minds. Help support our chapter by presenting this flyer and eating at Chipotle North Green River Road TODAY from 5:00-9:00 p.m. 

* UEMTA cookie jar sale today

UEMTA is selling cookie jar mixes in the Lobby of Krannert Fine Arts Building  from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. today. They are selling chocolate chip cookie mix, double fudge brownie mix, M&M cookie mix, and oatmeal raisin cookie mix. Each jar is $8 or two jars for $12. They make awesome holiday gifts for the baker in your family.

* I-House: holidays

This week's I-House will be about holidays around the world! Be sure to come tonight at 7:00 p.m., upstairs in Ridgway University Center, to learn about some holidays that UE students celebrate!


Upcoming Events

* Newman Christmas Night on December 3

As the semester comes to an end, finals, packing, and the thought of leaving your friends for a whole month can be a lot to take in. Relax. Take a breather. Come hang out with us at the Newman Center and enjoy some delicious snacks, Christmas activities, and the company of some wonderful people! Bring your friends! The event will be held on December 3 at 7:00 p.m. Hope to see you there. If you have any questions, contact Olivia Voegerl at

* Honors Program senior presentations set for today

The Honors Program invites you to attend its project presentations today from 4:00-5:00 p.m., in Room 101 in Koch Center for Engineering and Science. Two Honors Program students are graduating in December and will be presenting their Honors projects at this event.

Danielle Gillespie (creative writing and literature) will be making a presentation on “Ballads, a Novella: Research, Writing and Revision.”

Kerilynn Pitocco (business management) will be making a presentation on “Tesla Motors - An Examination of its Emergence, Strategic Decisions and Impact on the Electric Vehicle Industry.”

A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

The Honors project is an opportunity for students to explore an area about which they are passionate. The Honors project may consist of a research project, thesis, or creative work. Students may use the Honors project to launch areas of interest for graduate study or to expand résumés for employment.

* Final university worship service of the semester

Join us at Neu Chapel this Sunday, December 4, at 11:00 a.m. for a special Christmas service. Together we'll mark the end of the semester, and celebrate the holiday season. This will be the final university worship service of the semester.

* UE Bookstore Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day Sale

The UE Bookstore will have its annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day TODAY, with a special sale and giveaways. Also the bookstore will be offering 15 percent off all clothing and gifts purchases to any customer that comes to the store. Special hours in conjunction with Christmas on Campus will be 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. today.

* Holiday a capella concert

Ladies in Pink and Trebles Without a Cause will join together for their end of the semester concert. The concert will feature popular contemporary tunes along with a few familiar Christmas jingles. Come join them for the fun on December 3 at 3:00 p.m. in Shanklin Theatre!

* UEMTA Relaxation Night

Take a break from studying and join UEMTA for a relaxation night at 8:15 p.m. in Grabill Lounge in Neu Chapel on Wednesday, November 30. Feel free to bring a pillow or blanket and show up in your PJs!

* 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.


Info You Should Know

* "Evansville at War" documentary series to air December 7 and 8

A documentary series for WNIN public television made by two UE professors will have its broadcast premiere on December 7 at 8:00 p.m. on WNIN channel 9. The second episode will air December 8 at 8:00 p.m. The series was directed by Joe Atkinson of the department of communication and written by James MacLeod of the department of history.

The series features interviews with over 40 people, most of whom were living in Evansville during World War II.

"It was a quite incredible experience to speak to these people," said Atkinson. "We were not sure how many we would manage to find, but my phone was ringing every day and we met some marvelous individuals."

Each episode lasts for one hour and covers the wide range of manufacturing in the city during the war as well as entertainment, rationing, fundraising, housing, and many other topics.

"What really struck us was how much the war affected your everyday life," MacLeod said."85,000 people were employed in war industry, but every man, woman and child in Evansville was aware that there was a war going on, every single day. It was, in a very real sense, total war."

The series will also be shown as a movie at the Showplace East on December 1 and 4.

You can view the documentary's trailer on YouTube.

* Cuba GAP info session

Into skateboarding? Know about marketing? Speak Spanish? Interested in Cuba? If you answered yes to any of these questions, come learn about the Cuba Skate GAP Project on Friday, December 2, from noon-12:50 p.m. in Room 172 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Students will travel to Cuba over spring break and work throughout the semester here on campus. Three credit hours offered in the spring.

* Overnight hosts needed for Thursday, December 1

Are you interested in hosting a prospective student? The Office of Admission is looking for current students to help host prospective students on Thursday, December 1, starting at 5:40 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.

* Christmas donations for children

Graves Hall is collecting new gloves, mittens, socks, hats, and scarves for needy community children grades K-8 this Christmas season. The items can be placed on the Christmas tree in Graves Hall lobby. If you have any questions, please call Pam Young at ext. 2848. Thank you!

* 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 4 volunteers per shift.

Deadline to register is TODAY!

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.

* 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.



* Sorrell wins in Great Outdoors category of study abroad photo contest

The results from the study abroad photo contest are in! The winner of the Great Outdoors category is Alexis Sorrell. She took her picture in Copenhagen, Denmark, during the fall of 2015.

“I took this picture when a group of my friends and I were walking to downtown Copenhagen,” explained Sorrell. “On our way there we saw a trail that led to a bridge that led to a wooded area. Being a young student in a new and exciting place, I was all caught up in the moment with the beautiful fall colors and the lake with the swans. I took hundreds of pictures of this area, including this one."

Sorrell added that “Copenhagen in the fall was absolutely beautiful; the architecture, landscape, and environment in the city was breathtaking. The picture reminds me of Harlaxton and all of the new and exciting places I visited. It also reminds me of how much I grew and changed as a person, and the experience I will never forget.”

To view Sorrell’s photo, go to the UE study abroad Facebook page.

* Miles wins Live Like a Local category in study abroad photo contest

The results from the study abroad photo contest are in! The winner of the Live Like A Local category is Abigail Miles. She went to the Armenian Quarter in Jerusalem, Israel, in the summer of 2016.

"The Armenian Quarter is a section of Jerusalem identified with having a large population with an Armenian background,” explained Miles. “The woman pictured on the right of my photo was desperate to visit this part of Jerusalem because she is part Armenian and has a strong connection to the Armenian Genocide. Her ancestors lived in Van, one of the cities that suffered significantly from the genocide, and most of them were killed. The remaining managed to escape and immigrate to America.”

“Unfortunately, many have forgotten this genocide,” added Miles, “and it has been overshadowed by the other genocides in history. These people suffered greatly and my friend's family was one of them. Walking through this quarter meant she was walking through her past. Many of those living there welcomed her like a long-lost cousin. They welcomed me – an outsider - as well.”

Miles went on to say that the “picture also represents entirely different cultures and backgrounds meeting. They are both shading themselves from the same sun and walking the same streets. These two important things, the Armenian Genocide and every human's importance and equality need to be remembered."

View Miles’s photo on the UE study abroad Facebook page.


Thank You

* Timely and reassuring statement a benefit to UE community

Dr. Kazee, thank you for your timely and reassuring statement for the benefit of the entire UE community. Administrative support, such as this, is vital in maintaining our strong sense of community at UE even as we strive to live up to our core values.

Mohammad K. Azarian
Professor of Mathematics



* Aces back home tonight to face Wabash

Tonight the University of Evansville Men’s Basketball team returns home for the first of a 5-game home stand as the Purple Aces welcome Wabash College to the Ford Center for a 7:00 p.m. tilt.

Jaylon Brown and Ryan Taylor averaged double figures as the Purple Aces played in the Challenge in Music City in Nashville over the weekend. Against some of the top mid-major competition in the country, the Aces played extremely well, coming within seconds of winning the opening two contests in the event.

Brown had the best game in almost three years for the Purple Aces against Toledo. He scored 39 points on a 14-of-28 shooting to tally 39 points, the highest UE point total since D.J. Balentine had 43 points at UNI in 2014. His 14 makes was also the most since Colt Ryan hit 17 shots on his way to 43 points at Creighton in 2012. In three games at the Challenge in Music City, Brown averaged 18.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game on his way to a berth on the All-Tournament Team.

Taylor is the No. 2 scorer for the Purple Aces, sitting at 14.5 points per game. Taylor has connected on a team-best 11 3-pointers on the season and checks in shooting 40.7% from outside. In the game against Middle Tennessee State, Taylor knocked down his first seven attempts on his way to a career-best 22 points.

In the game against Middle Tennessee State in Nashville, Sergej Vucetic made the first start of his career and finished with six rebounds and four points. He had the best game of his career in the double overtime match-up against Toledo, finishing with 13 points and 8 rebounds in 32 minutes of work, all career highs. The 7-1 center has been steady at the free throw line, hitting 13 of his 17 attempts, 76.5%.

For the first time since 1976, the University of Evansville and Wabash College will meet in a regular season game. The Little Giants come to Evansville with a 2-2 record, earning wins over Rust College and Birmingham-Southern. Pacing the squad is Evan Frank, who has notched 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest. Defensively, Logan White has been a beast on the boards, hauling in an average of 10.3 caroms per game.

* UE faculty/staff basketball tickets

UE faculty and staff may begin picking up their two complimentary tickets for the Men's Basketball games on Wednesday, November 30, against Wabash at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 3 against Boise State at 1:00 p.m. Please remember your UE ID when coming to the Carson Center ticket office to claim your tickets.


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