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AceNotes Today

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

* Farewell reception for Jeff Wolf today

A farewell reception has been scheduled for vice president for fiscal affairs and administration Jeff Wolf this afternoon from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in Dunigan Hall in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building. Jeff accepted the presidency at Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators in Chicago, and his last day at the University is tomorrow - Friday, December 9.


What's Happening Today

* This Week in Music: the annual Holiday Pops Concert

The Department of Music invites the greater Evansville community to its annual Holiday Pops concert tonight at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place in the Victory Theatre in downtown Evansville, and the concert program will feature the Department of Music’s Jazz Ensemble I, University Choir, Mixed Choir, Women’s Chorus, the Symphony Orchestra, and the Wind Ensemble.

Director of jazz studies Timothy Zifer, director of choral activities Dennis Malfatti, director of bands Kenneth Steinsultz, and director of orchestral activities Chun-Ming Chen will lead the ensembles in a program of traditional and popular holiday favorites. Also performing will be the Grammy Award-winning vocal quartet New York Voices.

The concert is free and open to the public.


Upcoming Events

* Free UE Day at Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve

TODAY from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve is offering a free UE Day to anyone with a valid UE ID. The preserve is the oldest old growth forest in Indiana. It is located at 551 North Boeke Road in Evansville. 

This event is being held in conjunction with a marketing campaign through the Marketing 325 class taught by professor of marketing Rob Montgomery.

As a way to increase awareness for this organization, we invite you to share your location during your visit to Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve with a photo on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and/or Snapchat! There will be a snapchat geofilter at the preserve on Wednesday as well. 

More information can be found online at Wesselman Nature Society's website.

Thank you for your help promoting this wonderful organization and their continued success.

Come out and enjoy the outdoors!

* Mass at Neu Chapel tonight

Come celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception tonight! Mass will begin at 9:30 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Father Godfrey Mullen will be our celebrant. Hope to see you there. More information can be found on this flyer, or by contacting Olivia Voegerl at

* Relaxation Station on Reading Study Day

Finals have you stressed? Come learn some ways to de-stress and relax before final exams start. The Relaxation Station will offer relaxing music, coloring, and other techniques that encourage stress management and relaxation. Join us on Reading Study Day from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Rooms 253-255, Ridgway University Center.

* Pancakes are coming tonight!

Enjoy pancakes with some of your favorite Aces at the Pancake Study Break tonight - Wednesday, December 7 - from 9:00-11:00 p.m. in the dining hall in Ridgway University Center. There will also be door prizes, music, and fun! This event is free of charge to UE students. A UE ID is required.


Info You Should Know

* Volunteers needed for Winter Commencement

Volunteers are needed to assist with program distribution and greeting of guests at UE's Winter Commencement on Wednesday, December 14, in Carson Center. Volunteers will be needed starting at 2:15 p.m.

Please contact Geoff Edwards at if you are interested in helping.

* Flush Flash correction

This week's Flush Flash incorrectly states that the Vigil Mass is today. It is actually on Wednesday, December 7. Hope to see you there!

* Free paper shredding day cancelled

We will not be having the free shred day with Piranha planned for this semester. Piranha had a fire at its facility in late October and is still in the process of getting back up and running. We plan on having the free paper shredding day in the spring semester.

* Online access to Chronicle of Higher Education

The Office of Academic Affairs and University Libraries are pleased to announce that a site license to the Chronicle of Higher Education is available to all students, faculty, and staff. Read the detailed instructions to find out how to access the Chronicle. Contact Robb M. Waltner at if you have any questions.

* Campus tobacco-free reminder

In August 2015, the University went tobacco-free In support of the health and well-being of the campus community.

The use of all tobacco products and electronic smoking devices (e-cigarettes) are prohibited in the following areas:

• All University buildings including academic, administrative, and residential properties

• All University grounds, athletic facilities, and parking lots

• In all University-owned or leased vehicles as well as privately owned vehicles on University grounds

• At all school sanctioned and/or sponsored activities or functions on campus

Ways to address the violation of this policy:

• Members of the campus community who see individuals using tobacco on the UE campus are asked to politely inform these individuals that UE policy prohibits tobacco use anywhere on campus grounds. Here are some sample approaches. Communication should be polite, brief, educational, and non-confrontational.

• Courtesy cards with UE’s tobacco-free campus messaging are available to hand out to anyone observed using tobacco products on the campus. Cards are available in the Office of Human Resources, the Crayton E. and Ellen Mann Health Center, and the Health Education Office on the second floor of Ridgway University Center.

• Community members who do not feel comfortable approaching someone violating the policy should contact the administrator in charge of the nearest building or a security officer. This should also be done in the case of non-compliance.

• Community members who wish to report abuse of this policy in an online format or in a confidential, anonymous manner can use the Report a Concern Form on the safety and security website.

A full description on this policy and available resources can be found on our tobacco-free Web pages.

Resources for community members who would like assistance in stopping their use of tobacco products are available on our resources page.

* TIAA counseling appointments

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus for individual counseling sessions on Wednesday, December 7 and Thursday, December 8.  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.

* Earn money as Ace Purple mascot

The athletics department is looking for new students or staff members to act as the Ace Purple mascot during select home games and other events during the school year. You can earn $20 per game/appearance and scheduling is very flexible. Please contact Adam Friedman at with any questions or to express interest. Help us continue the tradition of Ace Purple!

* What to do if you see a chemical spill on campus

If you see an oil, antifreeze, or other chemical spill on campus, report it to the UE Department of Safety and Security at 812-471-6911. Spills can enter storm drains and end up polluting the river. To prevent spills from a vehicle, keep it well-maintained. Fix any fluid leaks promptly and make sure to clean up any spills from your vehicle.

* Communication 380 offered online in winter intersession

COMM 380 (Intercultural Communication) will be taught online during the winter intersession over Christmas break. The course meets criteria for General Education Outcome 9 (Understanding of Core Concepts of Society, Human Behavior, and Civic Knowledge) and Overlay Component A (Global Diversity: International Components). For any questions, e-mail

* Attention: mandatory CITI training for IRB proposal submission

Effective January 1, the University is requiring any faculty, students, or faculty sponsors planning on submitting IRB proposals to complete CITI programs in research education prior to submission.

The online modules provide training in ethical and professional conduct within research, and researchers will receive both a certificate and a CITI number upon completion.

Researchers will be required to submit their number and certificate when submitting their IRB proposals. Once completed, the training requirement remains good for four years. Those who may have already completed CITI training at another university can visit CITI’s webpage to re-affiliate with UE.

For information on registering for CITI training, please visit UE’s IRB page.

If you have any questions, contact Johnna Denning-Smith at or 812-488-2551. 

* Priority Application Deadline

The student priority application deadline for the Fall 2017 Harlaxton Semester Program is coming up on Wednesday, December 7. Get your applications in before this deadline to guarantee your space in the program. Applications may still be submitted after this date, but will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis until all spaces are filled.

You can submit your application online through the Education Abroad and Harlaxton College Programs welcome webpage.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Scott at or visit the Office of Education Abroad in the Schroeder School of Business Building.



* Cui is winner in Harlaxton category of study abroad photo contest

The results from the Study Abroad photo contest are in! The winner of the Harlaxton category in the study abroad photo contest is Michael Cui. Michael studied at Harlaxton in the spring of 2015.

"The sunsets at Harlaxton in spring are always amazing,” said Cui. “There is a small hill in Harlaxton that is the best spot to enjoy the sunset at the manor. There are always students sitting on the hill having fun and enjoying the sunset. That is my favorite spot too, and sometimes I would bring my camera to capture this because it holds some of my best memories in my life and I don't want it to fade away. So I captured this sunset and I can always look back when I miss my time in Harlaxton."

See Cui’s winning photo on the UE study abroad Facebook page.

* Sanders wins Your University category of study abroad photo contest

The results from the study abroad photo contest, Your University, are in! The winner is Holly Sanders. She studied at the University of Salamanca, Spain, during the spring of 2015.

"One weekend, my program director arranged for a local professor to give my cohort a guided tour of the historical buildings of the University of Salamanca, which was established in 1218,’ said Sanders. “It is the oldest university in Spain and the third oldest university in Europe.”

She noted that on the tour “we walked the same halls as important historical figures such as Christopher Columbus and Miguel de Cervantes.

“The Historical Library is usually viewed through a locked glass door,” Sanders said, “as it contains many important documents that date back as far as the 15th century, and proper preservation is essential. The professor who was guiding our tour was able to get access to the library, and my cohort got to go inside. Standing in a room full of history and looking at a hand-written document that had been preserved from the late 1400s was an incredible experience and very humbling.”

“Coming from a young country like the US, it's hard to fathom the rich history of the world until you see it for yourself."

You can see Sanders's winning photo on the UE study abroad Facebook page.


Thank You

* A very merry thank you for Christmas on Campus!

Thank YouA heart-felt thank you goes out to everyone who helped make Christmas on Campus a warm and wonderful, collaborative success this year! Good tidings of great joy echoed across the campus and for the second year in a row the evening served as a testament to that which is good and positive at UE.

Special thanks to accounting, administrative services, development and alumni relations, marketing and communications, music, Neu Chapel Society, Newman Club, Office of the President, physical plant/building and grounds, publications, religious life, safety and security, student engagement, student government, Student Christian Fellowship, University Libraries, and Sodexo.

Thank you to all the students, faculty, administrators, staff, trustees, and Evansville community members who participated in the festivities and helped make the evening one to remember.


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