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Thursday, January 12, 2017

* UE to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

University of Evansville has planned several events in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The theme this year’s event is “Championing Peace and Justice.” Several activities are scheduled, including a re-enactment of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, DC, a rally, a panel discussion, and the William G. and the Rose M. Mays Martin Luther King Jr. Lectureship.

The schedule of events is as follows. All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, January 16
11:30 a.m.: UE’s reenactment of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, leaves from the Meeks Large Gym in Carson Center on the University’s campus.

12:30-2:00 p.m.: The march returns to campus for the No Hate in Our State Rally. Those attending can sign a banner and letters.

7:00 p.m.: William G. and Rose M. Mays Martin Luther King Jr. Lectureship, Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center. The keynote speaker will be Dorothy Simpson-Taylor. Her topic will be “The Epitome of Sacred and Secular Servant Leadership: Dr. Martin Luther King’s advocacy and activism.”

Simpson-Taylor earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Denver. Her career path has included high school counselor, faculty and administrator in higher education, mental health counselor and psychotherapist, community organizer, and capacity building consultant. Specializing in special populations, she has been an advocate, coach, and facilitator for individuals, businesses, communities, organizations, and systems seeking to enhance equity and inclusion practices. A Vietnam era Air Force veteran with a history of service to support military women and men, her faith experiences and commitment to veterans has encouraged a focus on collaborating with governmental, community, and faith-based institutions to provide more support for military members and families.

The generosity of William G. and Rose M. Mays funds the keynote speaker during UE’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

8:00 p.m.: The lecture will be followed by a reception in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center.

Friday, January 20
Noon-1:00 p.m.: No Hate in Our State panel discussion featuring Senator Greg Taylor in Vectren Lecture Hall (Room 100), Koch Center for Engineering and Science. A panel moderated by Diane Clements-Boyd, executive director of the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission, will discuss the bias motivated hate crime bill written by Senator Taylor.

For more information on these events, please call 812-488-2413.

* Are you featured on a UE banner?

Is your photo featured on one of the UE banners hanging up around campus? Would you like to have the banner? If your photo is on a banner, and you would like to have it, e-mail with a description of the banner and its location. The banners will be available in early August.


Upcoming Events

* Volunteer at ACA's Paws for a Cause pet fashion show!

Another Chance for Animals will be holding an event, Paws for a Cause, on Saturday, March 11, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Tropicana. It's a pet fashion show! The organization is in need of volunteers. Volunteer duties will include changing the pets' outfits and walking them down the runway. If you think you'll be in town during spring break and are interested in this, please sign up ASAP! Money from the event supports animals that ACA rescues and cares for and for finding placement for homeless animals in the area.

Help volunteers who are working diligently to find forever homes and loving families for these animals.

You can volunteer by signing up on the ACA'S Paws For A Cause website.

* Venturing Crew spring open house set for Monday

Outdoor enthusiasts, come to the Venturing Crew Spring Open House on Monday, January 16, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 162 in the Schroeder School of Business Building! You will learn about all of the upcoming activities this semester, including extended outings and non-overnight events. Also, if you have not already done so, you will have the opportunity to sign up for trips as well as to become a member of Venturing Crew. There will also be more opportunities to sign up for events in the future.

Please note that all payments for trips must be paid in full and are non-refundable.

The cost is $25 to become a new member, and a membership and T-shirt bundle is $30. Without the purchase of a new membership, T-shirts will be for sale for $8. Nalgene water bottles will also be for sale for $9. If you are a Venturing Crew member or anyone who loves the outdoors, we look forward to seeing you at the open house.

* Buy books and coffee and help Syrians!

This Saturday - January 14 - from 1:00-5:00 p.m., Scholars for Syria will have a table at Barnes and Noble where you can learn about the group’s advocacy program, meet Syrian students, and write your name in Arabic. A percentage of anything you buy that day or all week (books, music, coffee, cards) will go to the Scholars for Syria fund. You can shop online, too, with the code 11945292. This expires January 20, so don't wait to use those holiday gift cards! Please join us there and thanks in advance for your support.

* All are welcome to celebrate Mass on January 15

Join us for our first Catholic mass of the new semester on Sunday, January 15, at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Father Chris Forler will be our celebrant. All are welcome! For more information or questions on how to become involved in Mass, contact UE Newman Center director Jenny Koch at

* Student Christian Fellowship's Focus meetings on Fridays

Student Christian Fellowship’s Focus will now be meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday nights, in Grabill Lounge, downstairs in Neu Chapel. All are welcome to come!

* First worship service of the semester

Join us at Neu Chapel on Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. for the first worship service of the semester. On a week that begins with a celebration of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and ends with the Presidential Inauguration, we will pause to reflect on - and pray for - God's peace.

* Family Weekend 2017

Family Weekend 2017 is set for September 22-24! The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations has started working on plans for the event. If your student organization or department would like to have an event for families or parents during this weekend, please complete the Family Weekend event participation form by March 3.

Like past years' successful events, we would like to have a lot of student and department participation. If you would like to volunteer assistance or if you have ideas, please contact us at or call 812-488-2900.


Info You Should Know

* New honors program director named

Michael Austin, executive vice president of academic affairs, is pleased to announce that Maggie Stevenson, associate professor of psychology, has been appointed the director of the UE Honors Program, replacing professor of history Daniel Gahan, who has served with great distinction for three and a half years. Gahan will continue to direct the program during this semester and will help facilitate the transition. Stevenson will officially begin her term at the end of the Spring 2017 semester.

Austin would like to express his deep appreciation to Danny, who stayed on an extra year past the end of his term while Austin got up to speed on both UE and the Honors Program, and to Maggie, who brings a wide swath of talent, enthusiasm, and general awesomeness to this important position.

* Intramural basketball

Registration for intramural basketball and the 3-point contest is now open on IMLeagues. Be sure to sign up before January 20. If you are interested in a flexible campus job, we are also looking for basketball officials and score keepers. E-mail Maria Tonry at No experience necessary! Training will be from January 17-19 at 7:00 p.m. in Carson Center.

* Do you want to be an orientation leader (OL)?

Orientation leader (OL) applications are now available!  To complete an electronic application before the deadline of January 23, visit the Welcome Week website.

Information on “What it takes to be an Orientation Leader” and the “OL Code of Conduct” can be found on the Welcome Week website along with the application and reference forms.
Current orientation leaders will be available in the Ridgway University Center from January 18-20 if you have any questions.  You can also contact the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students at 812-488-2500 or stop by Room 230 in Ridgway University Center during business hours.  

* Interested in becoming a resident assistant?

Applications for the Fall 2017-18 resident assistant positions are now available! Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25. Information sessions will be held in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center, on Wednesday, January 18, from 7:30-8:30 p.m., and Thursday, January 19, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. For more information, including application and reference material, visit the residence life website.

* Ronald McDonald House volunteer events

The UE and USI Newman Clubs are teaming up to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Evansville. The events will take place on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, starting January 17. Volunteers will meet at the Newman Center at 5:40 p.m. and then carpool to the Ronald McDonald House. From 6:00-8:00 p.m., volunteers will help with general housekeeping and organization. Your help will be much appreciated by both the Ronald McDonald House staff as well as the families that this wonderful charity supports. If you plan on attending, please contact Paige Hignite at

* Chronicle of Higher Education available across campus

The UE libraries, in cooperation with the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, is happy to announce that the Chronicle of Higher Education is now available online to all students, staff, and faculty. Access is available by going to Off-campus access requires you to create an account using your UE e-mail address. Conduct searches, search archives and current news, and sign up for newsletters. Questions can be directed to Danielle at

* College Mentors for Kids - become a mentor!

College Mentors for Kids has been a campus organization for the past 10 years. It allows college students to give back to the community and mentor an elementary student. Activities are held on campus every Wednesday to teach elementary students about higher education, cultural diversity, and community service. If you are interested, apply online on the College Mentors for Kids application webpage.

The application due date is January 24 and our first activity is January 25.

If you have any questions, please contact the organization's president, Myka Goode, at

* USPS Closed – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

This is a reminder that the United States Postal Service (USPS) will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 16. Please note that UE will not be able to pick up mail from the USPS on Monday, since the Post Office will be completely closed. Any mail picked up from UE areas by Mail Services on that Monday will be picked up on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 17, for transport to Data Mail Inc. for metering and mailing.

For mailing questions, contact mail services at ext. 2197.

* Spring meal plan changes

Students are able to adjust their meal plans for the Spring semester until Friday, January 13, at 5:00 p.m. You can request to change your meal plan on the meal plan webpage.

* 2017 Pcard Cycle Dates

The 2017 Pcard Cycle Dates are now available and posted on the Pcard AceLink website under Training Materials, Dates to Remember. This information is also loaded in SDG2. Be sure to check them out and keep this information handy. 

* Travel to Trinidad and Tobago this summer

Spend three weeks immersed in the culture of a rural community in Trinidad while receiving credit for EDUC 385.

The goal of this program is to provide an intensive cross-cultural immersion experience that will help students develop the multicultural competencies necessary to work effectively with individuals of different races, cultures, and ethnicities. To achieve this goal, students will stay with host families, participate in cultural activities, and work together with a Trinidadian mentor.

This summer study abroad program to Trinidad and Tobago is accepting applications now. For more information and cost of the program, go to the study abroad webpage. (Search for “Trinidad” under Programs.)

Questions? Contact Amara Stuehling at



* Heidi Strobel receives a Pasold Research Fund grant

Heidi Strobel, associate professor of art history, received a Pasold Research Fund grant from the University of Edinburgh's School of History, Classics, and Archaeology. She will use this for a research trip pertaining to Leicester textile artist Mary Linwood (1755-1845).

* Stratman wins third place in German heritage essay contest

UE student Anna Jean Stratman, who is minoring in German, has won the $150 third prize in the Indiana German Heritage Society's essay contest.


Harlaxton Happenings

* Zyggy retires

Rarely has the cliché “mixed emotions” been more apt for describing the feeling of saying farewell and good luck to everyone’s favorite Harlaxton transport coordinator, Zyggy Dekanski. After 16 years at the wheel, and some time spent behind reception on security, Zyggy has decided to turn over his keys. He will indeed be missed massively by his many adoring fans from around the globe. If you wish to join us in congratulating Zyggy, you may leave a comment on the Harlaxton Facebook page or send him a personal note care of Harlaxton. (We’ll make sure the cards and letters all reach him).

Congratulations and thank you, Zyggy!



* UE Men's Basketball drops road contest at Missouri State

Jaylon Brown and Ryan Taylor each tallied 19 points as the University of Evansville Men’s Basketball team fell by a final of 55-51 to Missouri State on Wednesday night at JQH Arena.

Taylor knocked down eight shots for UE (10-8, 1-4 MVC) while Brown saw seven buckets find the bottom of the net. David Howard had one of his best games at UE, setting a career mark with 10 rebounds while scoring eight points. The Bears (12-6, 3-2 MVC) were led by a 14-point effort from Jarrid Rhodes.

“Our execution down the stretch was really good when we were able to come back,” UE head coach Marty Simmons said. “We had some good looks and got what we strived for, but the shots did not fall the way we hoped. I am very proud of our guys and our competitive spirit. That is exactly what we wanted it to be.”

A defensive struggle took place in the opening half as the Aces outshot Missouri State by a 33.3%-23.5% margin, but it was the Bears who took a 22-16 halftime lead into the locker room. After MSU scored the opening bucket of the night, a Taylor jumper at the 14:42 mark gave the Aces their first lead of the game at 6-4.

Evansville continued to lead at 10-7 before the Bears made a big push, going on a 13-2 run to take a 20-12 lead. Seven Bears scored in the opening half as they took a 22-16 lead at the break. On the boards, the Bears had a 25-15 first-half edge and 10-0 on the offensive glass.

Taylor notched his third bucket of the game in the opening possession of the second half to cut the gap to four, but the Bears had the answer once again. Rhodes hit a triple as MSU scored nine in a row to take their largest edge of the night at 33-20. Dru Smith found Solomon Hainna open under the basket for a bucket that ended the stretch.

Their lead reached as many as 15 at 39-24 before the Aces made a push back. Taylor connected from downtown to finish off a 9-0 stretch as UE got back within two possessions. On the ensuing shot, Rhodes countered Taylor’s triple to get the Bears back on track.

The Aces countered the setback with a huge rally of their own. A 20-8 stretch got the Aces within three points with a score of 47-44 with just over five minutes left. Brown and Taylor combined to score 18 of those tallies, with Brown scoring 11 of those tallies. After UE got within three, Dequon Miller countered with a triple to make it a two possession game.

MSU’s advantage remained at six until a pivotal moments with four minutes remaining. Missouri State looked to regain possession up by six points, but a flagrant foul on the Bears resulted in UE hitting a free throw and a jumper to make it a 3-point game. The game remained at three points until Brown struck again. A layup with 10.9 ticks on the clock made it just a 1-point game (52-51). On the other end, Miller drained both free throws. That proved to be the difference as MSU finished off the win.

UE’s defense held the Bears to just 33% shooting on the night while the Aces offense finished at 42%. Missouri State owned the rebounding edge by a final of 39-30.

Jim Crews Day will take place on Saturday as the Aces welcome back the legendary head coach. Crews will be honored when UE faces Southern Illinois at 1:00 p.m. at the Ford Center.


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