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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

What's Happening Today

* 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. 

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

Channel your inner Captain Planet and join us at Lunch and Lead today at 12:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center! 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


Upcoming Events

* Sig Ep presents Sig Ep-A-Hip-Hop tonight

It's that time of year for the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon to host their annual philanthropy, Sig Ep-A-Go-Go tonight - Friday, February 10 - at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. This year's theme is Sig Ep-A-Hip-Hop, bringing back all the old school hip-hop jams of the 20th century. For those of you unfamiliar with A-Go-Go, it is the largest dance competition on campus between the sororities, and all proceeds benefit Sig Ep's charity Big Brothers Big Sisters. Tickets are $7 presale, and $10 at the door, so don't wait and claim your ticket online at or find the table set up in Ridgway University Center! For any questions or donations, e-mail

Submitted by Jake Gould

* 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.

* Build bridges not walls

Hispanic Advocates for Campus and Community Activities will be hosting a fundraiser in the Ridgway University Center lobby on February 10, from10 a.m.-noon and 3:00-5:00 p.m. Paper brick will be on sale for 50 cents, which can then be cut down by the purchaser. Funds raised will go toward the club's Hispanic Festival in April.

Submitted by Jessica Morris

* Harlaxton welcome back reception

The study abroad department invites all students who have returned from Harlaxton to a welcome back reception! Join us today from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center. This will be a great chance to reconnect with some of your classmates, pick up a gift bag, and grab some refreshments. We are hoping you will also fill out a postcard full of helpful tips, tricks, and advice to send to our outgoing students! In addition, you can check out our study abroad fair and see if you might be able to go abroad again, and talk to a variety of study abroad program providers to find the perfect match for you!

Submitted by Greta Becker

* 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.

* 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.


Info You Should Know

* Check your e-mail for NSSE survey!

The University of Evansville wants to improve your educational experience, and you can help by completing the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). NSSE helps us understand how students are spending time in and out of the classroom, which guides decisions that will benefit UE students. Please check your UE e-mail for the survey. 

* Get involved with Family Weekend 2017 - September 22-24!

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is working on event planning for Family Weekend 2017. 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.

As in 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 812-488-2586.

* Donations needed for Symposium on Homelessness

The University of Southern Indiana annually hosts a Symposium on Homelessness. This year’s symposium will be a collaboration between USI, University of Evansville, Indiana University School of Medicine - Evansville, and Ivy Tech Community College Southwest, as well as representatives from a host of local agencies that work with the homeless.

UE’s College of Education and Health Sciences is supporting the Symposium on Homelessness by asking for donations for the homeless in the area.

Items needed include:

  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, Kleenex, shampoo, body soap, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, combs/brushes
  • General house items: measuring cups, utensils, silverware, dishes
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Paper products: plates, bowls, napkins
  • Laundry supplies: detergent, dryer sheets
  • Containers: Ziploc bags, 13 gallon tall kitchen trash bags

Collection boxes are available in the lobbies of Graves Hall and Olmsted Administration Hall until February 17.

For more information, contact PT students Hannah LaMar at or Charlotte Lechner at

Submitted by Jennifer Simon 

* In solidarity with refugees

The Newman Club will be collecting money for and distributing information about helping refugees in Indiana and around the world. Please feel free to stop by a table at Ridgway University Center today and tomorrow to learn more. The United States Council of Catholic Bishops has also issued a statement about the recent executive order. 

* 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. 

* 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.

* 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.

* 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 




* Ranganathan has focus issue accepted

Bharat Ranganathan, UE visiting assistant professor of religion, and David Clairmont, University of Notre Dame associate professor of theology, have had a focus issue accepted by the Journal of Religious Ethics.

The focus issue, "Ethnography, Moral Theory, and Comparative Religious Ethics," brings together junior and senior scholars to examine the methodological shift in comparative religious ethics, focusing especially on the move away from a model rooted in prescription toward one that privileges description.

Bharat Ranganathan

* 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.


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