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Monday, February 6, 2017

What's Happening Today

* Kids' Clothing Sale at UE Bookstore

The UE Bookstore is offering 20 percent off of all kids’ clothing purchases from February 6-10. This includes infant, toddler, and youth sized clothing. The discount will be taken off the original price of items.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller


Upcoming Events

* UE to host memorial service for Phil Gerhart

The University of Evansville will host a memorial service honoring Phil Gerhart, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, on Thursday, February 16, at 5:30 p.m. in Neu Chapel.

* I-House: France

This week’s I-House presentation will be about France. The presenter will be Geoffrey Riffard. He is majoring in finance and loves to play rugby. He plans on singing for you all. So make sure to come to I-House tonight at 7:00 p.m., upstairs in Ridgway University Center, for some music and fun as we learn about France!

* Meet Your Legislators this Saturday

Make your voice heard at Meet Your Legislators this Saturday, February 11, from 9:15-11:30 a.m. Carpool with us down to the Central Branch of the Evansville Public Library. This event is open to the public and happens the second Saturday of each month.

Check out the event details on the Meet Your Legislators’s Facebook page.

* This Week in Music: A Night at the Opera with Artist in Residence Jami Rhodes

UE music faculty, along with artist in residence Jami Rhodes, will present “A Night at the Opera,” this evening, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall. Rhodes is a voice professor at East Carolina University and is a nationally recognized performer and adjudicator. The program will feature several highlights from operas by Rossini, Handel, Verdi, Mozart, Bernstein, and others. The concert is free and open to the public. 

* Volunteer with the Newman Club at Ronald McDonald House

The members of the Newman Club are welcoming all of campus to join them in volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House today from 6:00-8:00 p.m. If you are interested in coming, please arrive at the Newman Center at 5:40 p.m. and contact Paige Hignite ( for more information.

* Don't miss out on Nerd Wars 2017

Only a few more team spaces are open, so act fast! 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. T-shirts will be given to all team participants and $25 gift cards to the winning team.

Other prizes given throughout the evening include gift cards to area restaurants, Bluetooth speakers, Bluetooth headsets, universal portable keyboard, portable chargers, and fitness/sleep monitors.

Gather your team and register online, TODAY!

Pay your $5 per person entry fee to Jayme Williams in Room 238 in the 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 has been extended to February 6.

Questions can be e-mailed to Paige at

* NY Times representatives on campus today

Representatives from the New York Times will be available in the library today. They will be available in the afternoon and evening to offer assistance signing up for access. They've promised gifts to people who stop by! Hope to see you there.

* Ski and snowboard with Venturing Crew and International Club!

Join Venturing Crew and the International Club for a night of skiing and snowboarding at Paoli Peaks! This trip is open to all current UE students.

The bus will leave for Paoli at 6:00 p.m. on February 10, and the group will arrive back at campus at 3:00 a.m.

The cost is $15. You can sign up for the trip at Ridgway University Center lobby tables on Thursday, February 2, Friday, February 3 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., and Monday-Friday, February 6-10, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m. Bring your cash or check and student ID to reserve a place.

Snow bibs, pants, and helmets are optional, but if you would like to rent them, bibs and pants will be $12 each and helmets will be $10 each. Lockers will also be available to rent, and boots will be included.

Lessons are free and will be available if requested before February 10!

* February Speaker Series Luncheon Series

Please join us on Thursday, February 16, from 12:15-1:15 p.m., for the Student-Alumni Mentoring Program Speaker Series Luncheon. It will be held in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center.

Our speaker is Olivia Robinson, an attorney with Kahn, Dees, Donovan, and Kahn. The title of her presentation will be “Life After UE: What’s it like being a Young Professional.”

Please join us. This event is open to the campus community. If you wish to reserve a free lunch, please e-mail by February 10.

* Lunch and Lead - Sustainability: More than just a Buzzword

Want to learn how to be an environmentally friendly leader? What does that even mean? Go green with us on February 7 for Lunch and Lead in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center, at 12:30 p.m. Learn how to be sustainable in your personal life and with your organization!

This Lunch and Lead will be presented by the Moore Hall sustainability committee. This event is free and open to all students, faculty, and staff, and UE community members. We encourage attendees to bring their lunch with them to these events.

* Rosary group

The Newman Club will be praying the rosary every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in Room 209 in the library. All students and faculty are welcome! For more information, contact Olivia Voegerl at

* Graduating? Transferring? Federal loan repayment counseling session required

Students who have received federal direct loans (subsidized/unsubsidized) and plan to graduate in the spring or summer (or transfer after the spring semester) are required to attend a loan repayment counseling session.

The Office of Financial Aid will hold the first session of the semester on Wednesday, February 22, at 6:00 p.m. in Room 126, Hyde Hall. Sessions will also be held on April 26 at 2:00 p.m. and May 5 at 11:30 a.m.

Submitted by Amy Sowders

* Sculptor Chet Geiselman exhibits work

The work of sculptor Chet Geiselman is on display in an exhibit at the Krannert Gallery in the Krannert Hall of Fine Arts until March 28. A reception will be held for Geiselman at 6:30 p.m. on March 16.

Geiselman earned a BS in Art from the University of Southern Indiana and an MFA in metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

He creates works that combine the familiar materials of wood and steel with re-contextualized found objects. In his works, the interplay of form and content generates a tension that is meditative, awkward, humorous, playful, and ultimately open-ended.

Geiselman grew up in a small German farming community in southern Indiana. His grandfather was a blacksmith, and his father and uncle were welders. Chet learned to weld and build things with his hands at a very early age. Geiselman has taught sculpture and metalsmithing at several colleges and universities over the years. He has shown his sculptures both nationally and internationally including six one-person exhibitions at Vale Craft Gallery in Chicago as well as numerous juried exhibitions. Currently Geiselman is the 3D studio manager and instructor of art – 3D foundations at Ball State University.

* 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


Info You Should Know

* Fall 2016 dean's list on display

The Fall 2016 dean's list is currently on display in the University Libraries. It's an amazing testament to UE's students’ hard work. Come see for yourself who made the list!

* Brian Swenty appointed interim dean of CECS

Following the passing of Phil Gerhart, who led the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences for more than 20 years, Professor of mechanical and civil engineering Brian Swenty has been appointed interim dean of the CECS. We are very grateful that Brian has agreed to provide leadership to the college and the University at this crucial time. 

* Stephanie Marcotte memorial gift

Friends of Stephanie Marcotte are raising money to purchase a memorial picnic table to be placed on campus in Stephanie’s memory. If you would like to make a donation for this project, you may direct your gift as follows:

  • Access the online UE Giving page or click “give” on the main page.
  • Select “other designation” from the drop down menu.
  • Enter “Stephanie Marcotte memorial gift” in the Other Designation Blank.

Any funds raised in excess of the cost of the picnic table will go to the Harlaxton Society Endowed Scholarship Fund.

* Recyclemania pledge contest for residence halls

UE will hold a Recyclemania pledge contest between residence halls from February 6-28. Students can sign a pledge stating that they will learn about the Recycling Program here at UE and act to recycle more in the next month. The residence hall with the highest percentage of pledges wins, and students who signed a pledge from the winning hall will have their names entered into a drawing for a smart strip energy saving surge protector. Pledge forms will be available in each residence hall. There is one entry allowed per resident. The contest ends at 4:00 p.m. on February 28. Go to the UE Department of Environmental Management Facebook page for more information.

* Master of Science in Athletic Training

The MSAT program is accepting applications for the May 2017 start date. The MSAT program is a two year program for those interested in becoming a certified athletic trainer. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics project a 21 percent job growth for ATCs. Please contact Kathy Liu ( or Jeff Tilly ( if you are interested.

* Vote for your favorite food couple!

Vote for your favorite food combination to be served on Valentine’s Day at Café Court’s Fusion station! Go to to select one of five choices of food combinations. Voting ends February 9.

* Scam alert - copiers/printers

Campus is again receiving scam calls from unknown caller ID phone numbers. For example, a recent scam caller said he was calling from Business Technologies and that his boss was requesting departmental copier/printer information (model numbers, serial numbers, cartridge numbers, etc.

Do NOT share any information with a scam caller. UE copier/printer vendors already have access to UE equipment and supply information and will NEVER contact individual departments requesting this information.

A scam caller’s intent is to obtain information to bill the University. Please DO NOT give them any information. Feel free to tell the scam caller that you are not authorized to provide information or order copier supplies and refer the caller to the Office of Administrative Services. Usually this quickly ends the conversation.

If you receive a scam call, please report it to Kim Winsett, Office of Administrative Services, at ext. 2940 or e-mail

Submitted by Kim Winsett

* Interested in living in Village housing for 2017-18?

Students wishing to reside in a Village housing unit (Townhouse, North Hall, house, or apartment) for 2017-18 should plan to attend an information session about the Village selection process. Sessions will be at 4:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center, on February 8.

You can find more information online about the housing selection process.

* TIAA-CREF counseling appointments

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Wednesday, February 15, and Thursday, February 16, for individual counseling sessions. To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353 or 317-706-6200. The sessions are held in the Clifford Rare Books Room (Room 158) of the University Libraries.

If you have any questions, call Lori LeDuc at 812-488-2943.

* Now accepting Global Scholar applications for 2017-18

The Global Scholars Program is designed to offer support for faculty engaged in scholarship or curriculum development that helps prepare our students and community (public, private, and civic sector partners) for global leadership, citizenry, and success. It is expected that the Global Scholars’ activities will have a positive impact on the global mindset of some of our constituencies, including students, faculty, and the greater Evansville community.

The Global Scholars program is supported and administered by the Institute for Global Enterprise and is made possible in part by the John H. Schroeder Global Scholar Endowed Fund.

Current funding will support 3-5 awards per year. Awards include a stipend of $1,000 and up to $3,000 for travel, research materials, conference fees, and other related expenses.

The deadline for full consideration is February 28.

More information can be found on the Institute for Global Enterprise’s web page.

* UE admission ambassador applications now available

UE admission ambassador applications are now available. Please go to this link to fill out the application. Once you fill out the application, you will need to send the recommendation form to the UE faculty or staff member serving as your reference. Hard copies will be available in the admissions office located on the first floor of Olmsted Administration Hall. The deadline for applications is midnight on February 12. If you have any questions, please e-mail Sarah Harness at

* Deadline extended to win a free trip to Germany!

The Collegiate Changemaker Challenge Team registration deadline has been extended to Monday, February 13 at midnight. You can register online and find more information on the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana’s Changemaker Challenge web page.

Need help forming a team? Contact Erin Lewis at

Submitted by Cindy Kelley 


* Outstanding Teacher award

The UE Alumni Association recognizes an outstanding teacher for his or her exemplary instruction and student support at spring commencement. UE administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni may nominate a faculty member who exemplifies the award’s criteria for outstanding teaching effectiveness that inspires the intellectual development of students. The nomination form is located on the Office of Alumni’s Outstanding Teacher webpage.

Full-time faculty who have taught in the classroom at UE for two years or more and hold the rank of lecturer, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor are eligible for nomination.

Past award recipients are as follows:

  • Associate professor of anthropology James Berry 2011
  • Associate professor of sociology Mari Plikuhn 2012
  • Associate professor of mechanical and civil engineering Mark Valenzuela 2013
  • Associate professor of archaeology Jennie Ebeling 2014
  • Associate professor of psychology Margaret Stevenson 2015
  • Associate professor of sociology and criminal justice M. Kevin Gray 2016

The deadline to submit nominations is February 6, at 5:00 p.m. For questions, contact Tracey Folden at



* Baines gives paper at Rome conference

Robert Baines, assistant professor of English, gave a paper at the 10th James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference. The conference took place at the University of Roma Tre in Rome on February 2 and 3. Baines's paper was titled "The Doublin Bruno: Reuniting the Nolan in Finnegans Wake I.6."

* Maass publishes correspondence in International Security

Richard Maass, assistant professor of political science, has a correspondence on "NATO Non-expansion and German Reunification" published in the newest issue of International Security. The correspondence, with Joshua Shifrinson, concerns Shifrinson's recent article "Deal or No Deal? The End of the Cold War and the US Offer to Limit NATO Expansion." In it, Maass discusses interrelated historical, causal, and moral questions surrounding potential links between the 1990 US pledge not to expand NATO and recent Russian foreign policy.


Sympathy to...

* Patrick Ritsch and family

The University community extends sympathy to Neu Chapel organist Patrick Ritsch, on the occasion of his grandfather's death. Morris Edwin Knight, 93, of Crossville, Illinois, died Wednesday, February 1, at New Harmonie Healthcare Center in New Harmony, Indiana. He was one of Patrick's biggest fans and lived the gospel. We grieve with Patrick.



* UE Men's Basketball halts streak with 74-66 win over Bears

A trio of University of Evansville Men's Basketball players registered double figures as the Purple Aces halted a 9-game losing streak as they defeated Missouri State by a final of 74-66 on Saturday at the Ford Center.

Jaylon Brown led the way for UE (11-14, 2-10 MVC) with 25 points. He was 9-of-12 from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line. David Howard set his career mark with 17 points on a 7-for-10 shooting effort.  Duane Gibson was next with 16 points while leading the team with six assists.

"We are happy that we had a different outcome. We played a very good game throughout and we just have to keep that going and continue to get better," Brown said.

Missouri State (15-10, 6-6 MVC) was paced by Jarred Dixon's 16-point effort while Obediah Church finished the day with 13.

"As coaches, it certainly is a relief. Our guys have had good attitudes and have dealt with adversity, but never used it as an excuse," Aces head coach Marty Simmons said. "They have stayed with it and I am happy for the guys in the locker room. We had contributions from everybody. It was a true team effort."

Duane Gibson notched nine opening-half points as the Aces took a 30-26 lead into the break. Ryan Taylor opened the game with a triple before the Bears came back to tie it up at 7-7 before taking a 10-9 lead on a trey from Alize Johnson.

Evansville was able to retake the lead and open up their biggest edge of the half at 21-13 in a stretch that saw Jaylon Brown register four points. MSU cut the gap to one at 25-24 with 3:20 left before the Aces got three more Gibson points to make it a 30-26 game at halftime. 

Austin Ruder hit from downtown to get the Bears within one before an Obediah Church bucket tied it up at 34-34 just over two minutes in. On the ensuing trip down the floor, Brown responded to give the lead right back to UE. After Evansville scored six in a row, the Bears roared back with a stretch of their own as a Jarred Dixon and-one knotted the score at 44-44 with 11 minutes remaining.

Midway through the half, Ryan Kreklow gave MSU its first second-half lead as his trey put the Bears up 47-46. After MSU took its largest lead to that point at 59-57, UE rallied back with seven in a row to go up 64-59 with three minutes on the clock.

The lead reached six with a minute left as Jaylon Brown's 23rd point gave UE a 70-64 advantage. From there, the Aces added to the lead to finish the day with a 74-66 triumph.

UE did a stellar job of taking care of the ball, turning it over just five times. It was the first time the squad turned it over five times or less since February 10, 2015, coincidentally, in a home contest against the Bears.

For the game, the Aces outshot MSU, 55.8%-44.2% while also outrebounding them by a 32-28 tally.  Howard was the top rebounder for UE, totaling seven.

A quick 2-game home stand concludes on Wednesday as the Aces welcome Loyola to the Ford Center for a 7:00 p.m. game

* UE Women's Tennis gives IU its best effort

Playing against some of the best competition that the Big 10 Conference has to offer, the University of Evansville Women’s Tennis team put its best foot forward, falling just short by a final of 4-3 to Indiana University on Sunday.

"I am very pleased with our effort today, even though we didn't get the win, we played some outstanding tennis. We still have some work to do to clean up our doubles, but our singles play has been excellent all weekend,” Aces head coach Jayson Wiseman said.

"Diana, Andjela, and Andrea were exceptional this weekend with only one loss between them. If we can continue to play singles at this level and improve our doubles performance we will be on the right track,” Wiseman added.  “We are a young team, so constant improvement is our #1 goal and I feel like we achieved that this weekend."

Despite a tough start in doubles, the women were able to get it together in singles play, earning victories in flights 2, 4, and 6.  Leading the way in the second flight was freshman Diana Tkachenko.  She defeated the Hoosiers’ Caitlin Bernard, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4). 

In the fourth flight, Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga defeated Alicia Robinson, 6-2, 6-3.  Andjela Brguljan helped the Aces earn the split in singles play with an exciting matchup in #6 singles. She earned the win over Emma Love, 4-7, 7-4 (10-8), 1-0 (10-8).

The Aces are off until February 18 when they take on Valparaiso (Niles, Michigan) and Ball State in Muncie.

Indiana 4, Evansville 3
Singles competition
1. Paula Gutierrez (IND) def. Chieko Yamada (UE) 6-2, 6-4
2. Diana Tkachenko (UE) def. Caitlin Bernard (IND) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
3. Kim Schmider (IND) def. Daria Pentsova (UE) 6-3, 6-3
4. A. Pascual-Larrinaga (UE) def. Alicia Robinson (IND) 6-2, 6-3
5. Pauline Jahren (IND) def. Theodora Soldatou (UE) 6-3, 7-5
6. Andjela Brguljan (UE) def. Emma Love (IND) 4-6, 7-6 (10-8), 1-0 (10-8)

Doubles competition
1. Caitlin Bernard/Kim Schmider (IND) def. Andjela Brguljan/Daria Pentsova (UE) 6-3
2. Paula Gutierrez/Pauline Jahren (IND) def. Chieko Yamada/Theodora Soldatou (UE) 6-2
3. Emma Love/Alicia Robinson (IND) vs. Nicoli Pereira/Diana Tkachenko (UE) 4-3, unfinished


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