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Thursday, January 19, 2017

* Scholar Day events!

The Office of Admission will be hosting Davidson Scholar Day and Engineering Scholar Day on Saturday, January 21. We will be welcoming approximately 175 families for these events. The Scholar Day families will join the UE community for lunch in Café Court between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. We would like to thank everyone involved with these events. Please give our visitors a warm welcome! 


What's Happening Today

* Ghostlight Project event tonight

Join the University of Evansville Department of Theatre for a gathering to reconfirm our shared commitment to greater inclusion, participation, and compassion in our theatre and our community. All members of the Evansville community are welcome!

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Shanklin Theatre.

For more information contact Jake Sellers at

* Uber info session today

Uber will host one-on-one office hours from noon-4:00 p.m., today, in the Harlaxton Room in the Schroeder School of Business Building for potential drivers to ask questions. Also today, a presentation will be hosted from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Harkness Hall in the Schroeder School of Business Building. That presentation will be open to the public.

Additional information may be found on the Growth Alliance website.

Please contact Kari Hughes,, with any questions.

* SAB movie time this semester on Thursdays

The Student Activities Board will still be doing bi-weekly movies this semester! In order to accommodate schedules and avoid the movies running too late, movies will be shown at 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays. The movies will start this week with the showing of Magnificent 7.

* Last chance to learn about the resident assistant position!

The last information session about the resident assistant position is being held tonight in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Residence life staff encourages you to attend if you are curious about what the position entails and how you can get involved!


Upcoming Events

* No Hate In Our State panel discussion today

Senator Greg Taylor will be on campus today to take part in a panel discussion on the Bias Motivated Hate Crime Bill that he has written. The event is from noon-1:00 p.m. in the Vectren Lecture Hall, Room 100, Koch Center of Engineering and Science.

Other panelists include Maggie Stevenson, UE associate professor of psychology, Wally Paynter from Tri-State Alliance, Gary May, who will be speaking on behalf of disabled veterans, Rev. Gerald Arnold, president of the local NAACP, Dave Wedding, sheriff of Vanderburgh County, and Todd Shellenbarger from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Southern District of Indiana. The panel will be moderated by Diane Clements-Boyd, executive director of the Evansville/Vanderburgh Human Relations Commission.

Indiana is one of only five states that do not have a hate crimes bill in place.

During the event, there will also be an opportunity to sign the No Hate In Our State Banner as part of the annual celebration of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, and this year’s theme, "Championing Peace and Justice."

For more information contact, LaNeeca Williams at or 812-488-2413.

* Beauty of Engineering scheduled for March 4

The College of Engineering and Computer Science and TwiSTEM (Tri-State Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) will host the 2017 Beauty of Engineering event on Saturday, March 4.

The event begins at 8:00 a.m. with doors opening at 7:30 a.m. The event will be in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science. The morning event will introduce girls in grades 4 through 8 to engineering and computer science. The activities are executed in a rotation through various STEM related stations staffed by professional women and college students in the fields of engineering and computing science.

The cost is $10 per participant and is non-refundable except in the event of cancellation or full capacity. Enrollment is limited to the first 200 girls, and registration is open until February 24. Individuals and organizations are welcome.

More information and the reservation form can be found on the event flyer or by e-mailing

* Venturing Crew winter campout

Join Venturing Crew for its annual winter campout on January 28-29! This will be a great weekend at Garden of the Gods. The group will hike and have the usual campfire, and, of course, have amazing food. Plan to leave Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. and return on Sunday around 1:00 p.m. Since the group will be sleeping in tents, please keep in mind the weather and dress warmly. The cost of this trip is $20.

The deadline to sign up for this trip is next Thursday, January 26, by 4:00 p.m.

If you would like to sign up, bring $20 to the tables in Ridgway University Center lobby from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., or 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24, or Wednesday, January 25. Space is limited on this trip, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible!

You must be a member to attend this trip. If you are not joined Venturing Crew and would like to join, please contact Michael Mannchen at

* University Worship this Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

Join us at Neu Chapel this Sunday at 11:00 a.m. for the university Worship service. This week we'll begin a series on the Sermon on the Mount.

* Calling all brainiacs! UE Honors to host Nerd Wars


The Honors Program is hosting Nerd Wars trivia night on Tuesday, February 28, at 7:00 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Teams of five, consisting of students, faculty, administrators, and staff, will battle in a competition of wits while enjoying pizza, popcorn, and soda.

Prizes will be awarded including gift cards to area restaurants, Blue Tooth speakers, Blue Tooth headsets, universal portable keyboard, portable chargers, fitness/sleep monitors, and more.

You can register online.

The entry fee is $5 per person.

Pay your $5 per person entry fee to Jayme Williams in Room 238, Koch Center for Engineering and Science. Those who are unable to compose a team of five may still register and will be matched to make a team. The deadline to enter is February 1.

Questions can be e-mailed to Paige at

* Sarah Lee Bivin's retirement reception is this aftermoon!

Sarah Lee Bivin will be retiring after 18 plus years of dedicated service to the University of Evansville in the advancement services department. A reception will be held in her honor TODAY from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Igleheart Building lobby. Please stop by and wish Sarah Lee well in her retirement!

* 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.

* Collegiate Career Expo - Indianapolis

A total of 130 employers are expected at Collegiate Career Expo - Indianapolis on Thursday, February 23. This free event is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) at the Downtown Indianapolis Marriott. The University of Evansville will provide bus transportation. There is a $10 deposit required that will be refundable upon attendance. Reserve your seat now by filling out the bus reservation form on the career center’s current students and alumni webpage.

Fair registration is through UE JobLink. Click the Jobs Tab > CSM Jobs > Posting #722253.

You can find a list of registered employers on the College Career Center Consortium website.

Need assistance with your job, internship, co-op or graduate school search? Please contact the Center for Career Development: or 812-488-1083.


Info You Should Know

* Library afterhours start Sunday

Library afterhours will start on Sunday, January 22. The first floor will be open until 4:00 a.m. with limited library services. The upper floors will close at midnight and will not be accessible after that time. The current after hours schedule is Monday-Friday, midnight-4:00 a.m. Access to the libraries after 11:50 p.m. Sunday-Thursday is through the Ridgway door only.

This service is dependent on student staffing. Interruptions to the afterhours schedule will be posted to the UE app.

* Writing Center opening today for the spring semester

Today - Monday, January 23 - the Writing Center will reopen for business for the spring semester. 

The Writing Center will be open from Monday, January 23-Tuesday, April 25. Hours will be Monday-Thursday, from noon–5:00 p.m. and 7:00– 9:00 p.m., and Friday from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

The Writing Center is located in Room 153 in the Clifford Library, on the circle next to the Koch Center for Engineering and Science.

The center’s web page has many valuable resources including linked documents on writing and grammar. Its Facebook page - UE Writing Center - has writing links, vocabulary help, and other general writing support.

It is really easy to make an appointment at the Writing Center. Go to Acelink > Areas > Writing Center > Appointments > Create an Appointment. Register for an account - or sign in if you have used the Writing Center before - and you can then access the center from any mobile device to schedule or cancel a session. The site manages appointments, cancellations, and reports on the content of the session. You will receive an e-mail or text reminder before your appointment and your professor will receive feedback afterward from the tutor who worked with you.

When you go to your appointment, bring the assignment sheet (writing prompt) or draft of your paper. Prepare specific questions for your tutor to get the most out of a session. For example, “Can you help me to see if my thesis statement is clear?”

Plan to visit the Writing Center well in advance of an assignment due date. If you come in the day before or the day an assignment is due, you may not have enough time to make the revisions discussed during a session. You should arrive a few minutes early for appointments and don’t be late. If another student is waiting, that student will be helped if you are over five minutes late. Put your cell phone on silent during the session so you may benefit from the tutor’s full attention to your writing needs.

* Study creative writing at Harlaxton!

Interested in studying short fiction, poetry, and drama at Harlaxton College this summer? Want to take interesting field trips to London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Lincoln, York, and other places of literary interest? Want to satisfy Outcome 5 of your General Education requirements while also earning a Writing-Across-the-Curriculum overlay? Then please consider taking Writing 205: Introduction to Creative Writing, during the Harlaxton Summer Session this year. For more information, please contact Professor Rob Griffith at or contact the study abroad Office!

* Sing, sing, sing!

There is still time to sing in the UE choirs. Singing not only feels good but is good for you. Studies show that singing is healthful, energizing and relieves stress. Sing with us and see your attitude and studies improve! To get more information on how to take part in the UE choirs, e-mail

* Engineering Career Forum registration open

Registration for the Engineering Career Forum sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers is now open! The event is on Wednesday, January 25, from 6:15-8:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. The event features job search strategy sessions, and a networking reception. Registration closes on Friday, January 20. E-mail with any questions.

* Eykamp Prize nominations are due March 15

Nominations for the second annual Eykamp Prize are due by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15.Nominations can be submitted to Michael Austin, executive vice president for academic affairs, in writing or by e-mail at

The Eykamp Prize was established by Richard and Rita Eykamp in 2015 to honor faculty achievement at the University of Evansville. Recipients of the prize will receive an award of $10,000 in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the University of Evansville as University Citizens. Examples of such contributions include deep and successful involvement in recruiting students; expanding the number, scope, and competitiveness of grant funding for their department; and bringing positive public awareness to the University through scholarship, knowledge, and understanding of their discipline. Up to two prizes a year may be awarded.

Nominations for the award may come from any member of the University of Evansville Community.

Nominees should be tenured or tenure-track faculty members at the University of Evansville who have not received the award in the previous five years.

Nominations should include the name of the faculty member and a brief statement of the reasons that he or she are being nominated.

Recipients of the Eykamp Award will be selected by an awards committee, appointed by the EVPAA, which includes members of the faculty and staff, academic administrators, and at least one member of the Board of Trustees. Awards will be announced and presented at the May Commencement ceremony.

* Supplemental instruction starts this week

Free tutoring is offered each week in many classes. To see a list of dates, times, and locations for tutoring, go to AceLink and click on Areas, and then select Academic Advising. The information can be found under Resources on that page. Take advantage of support services for all UE students. For more information, contact Stacey Shanks, director of student success services, at 812-488-2606.

* Study world history at Harlaxton this summer!

It's not too late to sign up to study world history at Harlaxton this summer. Professor of history James MacLeod, who spent five years at Harlaxton, will be teaching History 112, World History from 1500, during the Harlaxton Summer Session. His course will include field trips to explore the wonders of such places as Lincoln, Cambridge, and London. The course fulfills two of the requirements of the Enduring Foundations Gen Ed program - Outcome 3 and Overlay A. This is a fascinating time in British and European history, so take advantage of this opportunity to study history in a place where history is being made. The deadline for applications is January 25, and the course runs from May 13 to June 1.

* International orientation leader applications available

Apply to be an International Orientation Leader for the 2017-2018 school year! The IOLs are a dynamic group of students who work to welcome new international students to UE in August and throughout the year. Develop your leadership skills, share your UE experiences, and meet new UE students from all over the world. We welcome both international students and students from the United States to apply.

Applications are available online.

Please visit the Office of Cultural Engagement and International Services in the Student Life Center on the second floor of Ridgway University Center in the Student Life Center for more information, and direct any questions to

* 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

* Applications for 21+ Status available

For students 21 years of age or older living in Village properties or fraternities, the process to apply for 21+ Status for Spring 2017 is under way.

All residents of the Village unit or fraternity room must:

  • Submit an application and successfully complete the 21+ education program
  • Be 21 years of age at the start of the Spring 2017 semester (students turning 21 during Spring semester will be considered upon successful completion of the program and one’s birthday).

Application materials and workshop dates on the alcohol policy are located on the alcohol policy 21 + webpage.

* 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

* Harlaxton application deadline next week

The deadline to submit an application for Harlaxton Summer 2017 or Harlaxton Fall 2017 is next week on Wednesday, January 25. You will need to create an online application and pay your deposit to guarantee your space on the program by this deadline.

The application only takes a few minutes to complete and can be filled in online on the study abroad webpage.

If you have any questions about studying at Harlaxton please e-mail for more information or visit the education abroad office on the second floor of the Schroeder School of Business Building.



* Maass discusses Trump foreign policy on 44News

Richard W. Maass, assistant professor of political science, discussed the foreign policy of the incoming Trump administration on 44News with Tommy Mason Thursday morning. The discussion focused on relations with Russia and China, and whether the changes Trump has advocated offer better opportunities to the United States or its rivals. Watch the full interview here.

* DPT students recognized by Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy

Second-year DPT students Laura Finch and Sarah Nungester have received honorable mention in the Student Consumer Brochure contest from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. The brochure titled "Weathering Dementia: Loving your partner through all walks of life" was a course assignment for Physical Therapy 523: Patient Management III-Multiple Systems, taught by Tzurei Chen, assistant professor of physical therapy. Their brochures will be displayed at the Academy Booth at APTA Combined Section Meeting in February.

Congratulations Danyelle, Kristen, Libby, and Sarah!



* UE announces extension for director of athletics Mark Spencer

University of Evansville president Thomas A. Kazee has announced a contract extension for Purple Aces director of athletics Mark Spencer.

“The University of Evansville is excited that Mark Spencer will continue in his leadership role,” Kazee said.  “Since coming to Evansville in 2014, Mark has established a strong foundation, and we look forward to what the future holds.”

Spencer began his tenure as the fifth Division I athletics director at UE in September of 2014 after working for eight years at Oregon State University where he served as the associate and senior associate athletic director for business operations.

“I would like to thank Dr. Kazee and the University of Evansville for their commitment to our department and the direction that we are leading it,” Spencer said.  “We are only beginning to scratch the surface of what Purple Aces athletics can become.  I am very excited about the future and look forward to working with Dr. Kazee, the University, and the athletics department for years to come.”

In just over two years of work in Evansville, Spencer has directed the department to great success on and off the playing field. One of his first priorities was to focus on a unified branding campaign within the athletic department. The new branding became a reality when Spencer inked a deal with Nike to be the exclusive apparel provider for each of the Aces sports programs. This was the first such deal in program history.

He has also directed several impactful projects within the department. Most recently, his efforts have resulted in a renovation of the Armory building on campus. This project featured new netting, turf and signage for a facility that impacts over half of the Aces’ 14 sports programs. Other projects he has directly worked with include: a new scoreboard for soccer and softball, windscreens at soccer, baseball, and softball, an updated sound system and press box renovation at soccer and an updated ticketing plan for Men’s Basketball.

Other projects are on tap, including renovating Meeks Family Court in the Carson Center in preparation for hosting Women’s Basketball beginning next season.

On the playing field, Spencer’s first season featured the Men’s Basketball team winning the 2015 CIT Championship before winning 25 games last season. The women’s soccer team defended its home field to win the 2015 MVC Tournament and advance to play Florida State in the NCAA Tournament. 

His first coaching hire at UE – head Men’s Soccer coach Marshall Ray – led the Aces to the second-largest single-season turnaround in school history, pacing the squad to a 10-8-3 mark in 2016.  On the Women’s Basketball side, he recently announced the hiring of Matt Ruffing as the permanent head coach.  Ruffing has already doubled the UE win total from last season.

Another hire under his tenure – Women’s Tennis coach Jayson Wiseman – has already made a huge impact. His 2016 recruiting class was in the top 35 in the nation. Spencer extended the contracts for head Baseball coach Wes Carroll and head Softball coach Mat Mundell since his arrival. Carroll led the Aces to 29 wins last year while Mundell and his staff were named the 2016 MVC Coaching Staff of the Year after engineering a 14-game turnaround.

As part of the Carson Center renovation, the UE Volleyball team will play on a new floor beginning next season and will benefit from the major additions to their facility. The swimming and diving and golf teams have each enjoyed unparalleled success during Spencer’s tenure while the future of the cross country program has never been brighter. In 2016, Spencer and head coach Don Walters announced the addition of Men’s and Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field. 

“When I started here, it was my goal to make this a better place for all of our student-athletes,” Spencer continued.  “I feel we have moved towards that goal and am very excited about the direction of the department.”


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