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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

* UE Winter Commencement is today in Carson Center

Approximately 60 University of Evansville students will receive degrees during the Winter Commencement ceremony at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 14, in Carson Center on UE’s campus. After the event, there will be a reception sponsored by the UE Alumni Association in the Class of 1959 Gallery and Lounge in Ridgway University Center.

The ceremony will include the announcement of the recipient of the 2016 Exemplary Teacher Award, presented by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.

During the event, an honorary degree will be bestowed upon Donald (Donnie) J. Dunville.

For 42 years, Dunville has served the University as a maintenance technician, providing routine and emergency upkeep and repairs across all campus facilities. He goes above and beyond to ensure that UE facilities are safe and secure, attractive, and functionally satisfactory. The student experience is of the utmost importance to him.

Dunville interacts with and supports students in numerous ways. He has been involved in the TKE fraternity, and participated in the Jingle Bell Run to support UE’s AOII chapter. He has supported UE student runners at the Kentucky Derby Half-Marathon, and served as UE’s lead rower in the Midwest Dragon Boat Race. Dunville has worked as a United Way Day of Caring volunteer and as a Neu Chapel wedding attendant.

In addition, Dunville has selflessly provided leadership to a state-wide educational initiative – Indiana Outreach to Teach – hosted by Indiana Student Education Association impacting education in the state of Indiana. His understanding, insightfulness, and sound judgment created the foundation for this transformative program throughout the state.

His goal is always the betterment of the University and the world beyond. Dunville lives and breathes UE’s mission of learning. He is an altruistic thread in the fabric of the institution.

This year’s winter commencement speaker is Kevin Gray, UE associate professor of sociology in the Department of Law, Politics, and Society. Gray received the 2016 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award at May’s commencement ceremony. The University of Evansville Alumni Association presents this award annually to a faculty member who is nominated by students, faculty, or administrators for his or her exemplary teaching abilities.

Gray earned his undergraduate degree from Spring Hill College in sociology, his MS in criminal justice from the University of Alabama, and his PhD in criminal justice from Michigan State University. He was nominated for the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award not only by students but also alumni, faculty members, and administrators. Those nominating him described him as a brilliant and witty teacher who has a genuine interest in his students. His teaching style was described as both entertaining and challenging.

For those who cannot attend winter commencement in person, a video of the ceremony will stream live at

* Winter baccalaureate in Neu Chapel this afternoon

UE's winter baccalaureate ceremony will be Wednesday, December 14 at 1:15 p.m., in Neu Chapel. This interfaith religious service will serve as a time to reflect, give thanks, and offer prayers for graduates and the world's future hope. Degree candidates who plan to participate in the baccalaureate processional are asked to gather with faculty members and administrators in the lower level of Neu Chapel by 1:00 p.m.; please bring your cap and gown. There will be open seating for friends and family who plan to attend the service. All are welcome.


What's Happening Today

* Alumni association plans reception to congratulate new grads

The UE Alumni Association invites new graduates, their family and friends, plus faculty and staff to an informal reception following today's commencement ceremony. Held in the Class of 1959 Gallery and Lounge in Ridgway University Center, the reception begins at 4:00 p.m. Congratulations and welcome winter graduates!

* UE Bookstore Buyback and sale

Just a reminder that the semester ending Book Buyback runs from now until December 14. If you're selling books please bring your student ID with you. You'll get cash on the spot for anything you sell regardless of where you purchased it. Also during Buyback, the Bookstore is offering 20 percent off all clothing and gift purchases. Stop in and get some cash and save some money during Buyback.


Info You Should Know

* METS new Sunday routes, expanded night service, new rate structure

The Metropolitan Evansville Transit System is preparing to implement new bus fares, Sunday bus service and expanded night service on select routes effective January 2. The changes were recommended as part of the METS Comprehensive Operational Analysis conducted in 2015.

Bus fares for all passengers will decrease and bus transfers will be eliminated. Adult fares will change from $1 to $0.75 per ride, student fares will change from 75 cents to 50 cents per ride, elderly and disabled fares will change from 50 cents to 35 cents per ride, and Mobility fares will change from $2 to $1.50 per ride.

Sunday bus service will be available on five routes from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting January 8. The Sunday routes are Howell/Mary, First Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, Covert Avenue, and East Connection.

Expanded night service will be available on the Lynch/Walnut route Monday through Saturday from 6:15 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.

The Mary A Route will be combined with the Howell Route to create the new Howell/Mary Route and allow for restructuring of additional bus routes.

To accommodate the new routes, A buses on the Lincoln, Riverside, Covert, and Washington routes will not run between 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 a.m. each day.

METS riders are encouraged to use the new DoubleMap bus tracking system, which allows riders to use smartphones to track the exact location of any bus in real time.

Riders with questions about the new bus service, rate structure or DoubleMap tracking system should call METS at 812-435-6166. For TDD/Hearing Impaired, please use Relay Indiana 1-800-743-3333. Information is also available online at

* UPS drop boxes have arrived!

Two new UPS drop boxes have now been installed on the UE campus. Their locations are:

  • Outside of the library mailroom entrance door to the left of the service lane
  • Outside of the UE Bookstore delivery door to the left of the service lane.

General Information

  • UPS drop boxes allow you to drop off your shipment 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the nearest self-service UE campus location. (Note - dimension, high value, and hazardous material shipment restrictions apply.)
  • Overall dimensions of an outside UPS drop box is 55”H x 25”W x 22”D. The box that holds shipment ready parcels is 20” x 20” x 18”. 
  • The drop box scheduled pick up time is likely to be 6:00 p.m. and the pick-up time will be posted by UPS on the exterior of each drop box.
  • UE and UPS are not responsible for parcels left OUTSIDE of a drop box at any time.
  • UPS will attempt to contact senders directly, if parcels are placed in the drop box that are not shipment ready.
  • When opening the drop box to leave a parcel, senders (UE students, departments, or employees) will be able to tell if the UPS pickup has been made for the day by viewing the inside of the drop in door. A red inside door indicates that the pickup has taken place. A green inside door indicates that the pickup has NOT taken place
  • Senders are responsible for preparing their parcels for shipment including appropriately taping, addressing parcels, attaching shipping labels and/or documentation, as appropriate.
  • Pre-paid return labeled parcels too large for a campus drop box with no return date/time sensitivity may be taken to the UE Bookstore. The UE Bookstore does not have daily UPS pickup.
  • Senders who have pre-paid return labeled parcels too large for a campus drop box that are date/time sensitive may call UPS 1-800-PICK-UPS for a site pickup or take the parcel to an alternate local UPS drop-off site (Office Depot, The UPS Store, etc.) or directly to UPS.

For additional information, visit the Mail Services website on AceLink.

For questions, contact administrative services at 812-488-2940.

* Employee of the Month nominations

The University of Evansville, in pursuit of excellence in service, wishes to recognize a non-faculty employee displaying records of achievement as a leader.  Leadership may be demonstrated in any of the following areas: service to the University, service to students, job performance, and attitude towards fellow employees.  To be eligible, an employee must be a full-time member of administration or staff. 

Nominations for the January 2017 Employee of the Month are due no later than TODAY - Wednesday, December 14.

To nominate someone, please go to AceLink and click on Areas, and then select Human Resources. The nomination form can be found under Forms on that page.

* SOC 105 available this winter session

Would you like to get ahead in credit hours, take a general education course, finish missing requirements, or complete electives? SOC 105- Introduction to Sociology is available this winter session!

This is an introductory course designed to increase your knowledge of sociology and its concepts and theories. We will explore the basic social institutions, systems of inequality, and social forces that shape our world. There are no prerequisites for SOC 105 and it fulfills Outcome 9 and Overlay B in general education.

For more information, contact associate professor of sociology Mari Plikuhn at

* Spring rush help needed in UE Bookstore

The UE Bookstore is looking for a person to help during spring rush, which is the first two weeks of January. Duties would include register help and store stocking, as well as other duties. Ideally the person would work eight hours a day. Please contact the UE Bookstore if interested at ext. 2679.

* Phi Beta Delta student nominations

Students! Have you recently received an e-mail regarding your nomination for Phi Beta Delta?

If you are a current senior, have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA, and have studied abroad for one consecutive month or longer, or are an international student, you should have received an e-mail stating your eligibility for the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. Please check your e-mail and respond indicating whether or not you are accepting your nomination. The deadline is quickly approaching, so make sure to act now!

If you have any questions, please contact Greta Becker at  

* Rental books due back today

This is a reminder that books rented through the UE Bookstore are due back in the bookstore no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14 - the last day of Buyback. If you have any questions please contact the UE Bookstore. Late fees are applied after the due date.

* 2017 TIAA-CREF counseling appointments

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus for individual counseling sessions in the coming months. To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353 or 317-706-6200. The sessions are held in Room 208 in the University Libraries.

Sessions are planned for:

  • January 10
  • February 15 and 16
  • March 21
  • April 12 and 13
  • May 16
  • June 14 and 15
  • July 11
  • August 16 and 17
  • September 12
  • October 11 and 12
  • November 14
  • December 13 and 14
* Additional section opened for WRTG 205 for spring 2017

If you are in need of a general education course that satisfies Outcome 5 and a Writing across the Curriculum overlay (E), be aware that the Department of Creative Writing has opened an additional section of WRTG 205, Introduction to Creative Writing (section 03) for spring 2017. This course will give students a chance to write and revise poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in a class of 15 participants. First come, first served!

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Bone, associate professor of creative writing, at

* Attention employees: payrolls during holiday break

The bi-weekly payroll for Friday, December 30 will be direct deposited on the morning of December 30. The monthly payroll for December 31 will be also be direct deposited on Friday, December 30. As all employees have direct deposit, you will be able to view your online pay advice through WebAdvisor on the morning your pay is direct deposited.

Since the Office of Accounting/Payroll will be closed during the holiday break at the time of the bi-weekly and monthly payrolls on December 30, you will not receive a courtesy e-mail notification that your pay advice is available. However, you may log on to WebAdvisor and view/print your pay advice or contact your bank to confirm the deposit into your bank account.

If you have any questions, please contact Gloria Spencer at ext. 2159.



* WUEV's Rated G nominated for award

WUEV's Saturday morning children's program, Rated G, has been nominated for Best Morning Show at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awards! Congrats to producers Elisa Hoover and Mason Wilhite as well as all the students on the show for their hard work.

* Jill Griffin named finalist for 2017 ATHENA award

Congratulations to Jill Griffin, executive director of the Institute for Global Enterprise at UE, who has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2017 ATHENA Award in Evansville.

The recipient will be named during a luncheon February 24 at Old National Events Plaza.

Founded in 1982, ATHENA International is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that supports, develops and honors female leaders. This international award program recognizes women for leadership and mentoring. Winners are selected based on both their own accomplishments and on their efforts to support other women.

* Williams publishes article on color defining

Krista Williams, assistant professor of French, has had an article published in Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America 37 (2016), 1-35. Her article, entitled “A New Typology of Color Term Defining Strategies,” treats defining methods used for color terms in dictionaries of French and English.

In addition to its descriptive nature, this typology serves as a model for other semantic domains. As the words in one domain are typically assigned to a single editor (or group of editors), this method of cataloging strategies can be useful to lexicographers working in many areas.

* Baines publishes article in Dublin James Joyce Journal

Robert Baines, assistant professor of English, published an article in the most recent edition of the Dublin James Joyce Journal. This edition of the journal was a special edition devoted entirely to Joyce's last novel, Finnegans Wake. Baines's article was titled "Time and Space: The Opposition of Professor Jones in Finnegans Wake I.6."

* Young Kim publishes paper in International Area Studies Review

Young Kim, Igleheart Chair in Political Science and director of international studies, recently published a paper titled “Anti-Americanism in East Asia: Analyses of college students’ attitudes in China, Japan, and South Korea” in the peer-reviewed academic journal, International Area Studies Review.

He has conducted a cross-national survey in China, Japan, and South Korea. The research was able to be done thanks to the financial support of the Austin S. Igleheart Family Endowment and the Global Scholars Program of the Institute for Global Enterprise at the University of Evansville.

Read the paper to see the details of his research.



* Midweek matchup against Norfolk State up next for UE men

The Purple Aces Men’s Basketball team looks to make it seven in a row at the Ford Center on Wednesday evening when the University of Evansville plays host to Norfolk State in a 7:00 p.m. home matchup.

A dominating effort on Saturday saw the Aces take down Murray State by a final of 78-46. Jaylon Brown was the top scorer in the contest, notching 24 points as he hit eight shots along with all four 3-pointers and all four free throws. Up 21-17 with 7:34 left in the first half, UE finished the opening period on a 25-4 run and never looked back, leading by as many as 34 in the final minute of the game.

The top scorer in the MVC added to his numbers in the last week of action as Jaylon Brown posted an average of 26.5 points per game over the last two contests. Brown began the week by scoring 29 points in the win over the Falcons, hitting 14 out of 15 free throws before totaling a game-high 24 points against Murray State. An unbelievable week has seen Brown hit five out of 6 3-pointers and 18-of-19 free throws. Those efforts have vaulted Brown to the top of the MVC in scoring with 20.4 PPG. His 24 points versus the Racers saw him reach the 20-point plateau for the 5th time in the last eight games.

Redshirt junior Duane Gibson was limited to just four games last season due to injury, but he is starting to find his groove once again. Through the first six games, Gibson averaged just 3.8 points per game and had six steals and 20 helpers. Since then, he has helped UE to a perfect 4-0 mark while notching 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds while notching a total of 10 steals and 18 assists. Included in that total is a 10-point outing against Boise State, his first double digit outing since the 2015 CIT.

For the season, the Aces are allowing the opposition to shoot just 39.1% overall and 28.2% from outside. Their 3-point defense is tops in the league while the overall defense is second. Evansville has not held an opponent to under 40% shooting in a season since 1994-95 when the defense allowed 39.5% of opposing shots to fall. The 3-point defense is on pace to be the best in program history; prior to this year, the lowest percentage allowed by the Aces was 31.6%, also in 1994-95. Through ten games, the top effort a team has had against UE was Middle Tennessee State, who shot 48.1%.

Norfolk State makes their way to the Ford Center for the second season in a row and is currently 2-8 through their first 10 games. The Spartans’ victories have come over Shenandoah and Elizabeth City State, each in November. Jonathan Wade leads the way for NSU, posting an average of 20.4 points per game while also notching 5.8 rebounds per contest. Zaynah Robinson and Jordan Butler average 9.4 and 8.6 points, respectively while their leading rebounder is Alex Long, who checks in with 6.5 boards per contest.

* UE faculty and staff complimentary ticket requests

UE faculty and staff may now begin requesting their two complimentary tickets for all home Men's and Women's Basketball games through January 4. Please remember your UE ID when coming to the Carson Center. 


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