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Thursday, February 9, 2017

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What's Happening Today

* Study abroad in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, and Costa Rica

Meet Stephanie Pina from SOL Education Abroad today to learn about study abroad programs in Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, and Spain and find out how to apply. She will be in Eykamp Hall, Room 254, Ridgway University Center, at 3:00 p.m.

Submitted by Amara Stuehling

* Study abroad session with ISEP program representative

Come meet Jacob from ISEP and learn about all of the amazing study abroad programs they offer! He will be able to answer questions about various program locations and explain the application process. This session will be held after the Study Abroad Fair today. If you are planning to study abroad in the next few semesters, this session is for you!

Submitted by Amara Stuehling

* Study Abroad Fair is today

Don’t forget! The study abroad office is hosting its spring study abroad fair TODAY from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center. There will be several study abroad program providers in attendance, and this would be the perfect opportunity to ask them any study abroad questions you might have. There will also be information about scholarships and opportunities to intern and volunteer abroad. Come grab some free food and see if study abroad will work for you!

Submitted by Greta Becker

* 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

* 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

* Women's Tennis fundraiser set for Saturday

On the evening of Saturday, February 11, the University of Evansville Women’s Tennis team will hold its spring fundraiser at Tri-State Athletic Club. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the team will host an evening of tennis that includes a clinic taught by the Purple Aces, a round robin tournament, silent auction and a catered meal.

Entry into the tournament is $100.  To sign up, contact Don Martin at 812-479-3111 or stop by the Tri-State Athletic Club front desk to drop off your registration. 

Submitted by Bob Pristash

* Music group Steady Rush will play this Friday at noon!

The Student Activities Board will be hosting music group Steady Rush this Friday at noon next to Jazzman's in Ridgway University Center. Steady Rush has a unique pop-rock sound. We hope to see you all there. If you can't stay for the whole show just stop by for a few minutes before lunch!

Submitted by Justin Coffey

* Lunch and Lead- Give a Little Love: How to be a Recognition Rock Star

There are a million ways to say “I love you” and a million more to say “thank you.” Discover how to be a recognition rock star this Valentine’s Day at Lunch and Lead. The session begins at 12:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center.

This Lunch and Lead will be presented by Amber Stull, leadership development intern. 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.

Submitted by Amber Stull

* 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

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

Join us at Neu Chapel this Sunday at 11:00 a.m. for University Worship, as we conclude our series on the Sermon on the Mount.

Submitted by Dallas Gingles

* 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


Info You Should Know

* Development department announces staff promotion

The Office of Development has announced a promotion within the Office of Advancement Services. Katherine Taylor has been promoted to the positon of gifts record coordinator Taylor replaces Sarah Lee Bivin who recently retired after holding the position for 18 years.

Taylor came to UE in 2014 as administrative assistant and research clerk in the Office of Advancement Services. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Evansville in 1997 and is currently working toward an M.S. in Public Service Administration at UE.

Before coming to work at UE, Taylor served as support staff at Ivy Tech Community College in the Academic Advising Center.

Submitted by Katherine Taylor

* ECO Club petition

The ECO Club will be at a table in Ridgway University Center lobby on Thursday and Friday from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The group will be gauging student interest in a composting program on campus. 

Submitted by Beth Andrew

* Still need a textbook for spring?

The UE Bookstore is beginning the return process for all unsold textbooks from the spring term. Used books will be the first to go, so if you still need a textbook for the spring term visit the bookstore now to purchase it. If you need a textbook but can't purchase it now ask store staff and they will be happy to hold one for you so that it will be available later. If you have any questions please contact the bookstore.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* 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 

* 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. 

* Carpool drivers needed for Meet Your Legislators event

Drivers are needed to carpool to the Meet Your Legislators event this Saturday, February 11, from 9:15 - 11:30 a.m. The event is in the Browning Room at 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.

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke

* 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

* 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 




* Aces win second-straight on home floor

Ryan Taylor led a trio of double figure scorers as the University of Evansville Men's Basketball team earned a 60-58 win over Loyola on Wednesday evening at the Ford Center.

Taylor paced the Purple Aces (12-14, 3-10 MVC) with 16 points, nine of them coming via the outside shot. Jaylon Brown registered 11 points, five assists and five rebounds while Dru Smith knocked down four shots on his way to 10 points as Evansville won its second game in a row.

"Overall, for our team to hang in there and still make plays at the end to win is huge," Aces head coach Marty Simmons said. "We really gutted it out and made some huge stops and got some big baskets in the final stretch."

Leading the Ramblers (16-10, 6-7 MVC) was Clayton Custer, who notched 17 points and seven rebounds. He went 5-7 from the floor and 4-5 from outside. Ben Richardson notched 11 points while Milton Doyle and Donte Ingram finished with 10 points each.

In the first half, Loyola took a pair of early leads, but a David Howard bucket three minutes in gave UE a 6-5 lead and they would add to that advantage over the remainder of the half. After the Ramblers tied it up at 10-10, Evansville reeled off 11 in a row to take a 21-10 lead midway through the half.

Willie Wiley had four points in the run before Smith capped it off with a three. Loyola got within five points at 23-18 inside of the 7-minute mark before another bucket by Smith in the final minute sent UE to the locker room with a 36-24 lead.

Ryan Taylor scored a team-best eight points in the first half and added to it in the first possession of the second with a 3-pointer to give the Aces a 15-point lead. The Aces continued to lead by double figures at 42-29 before the Ramblers made their run. A 7-0 stretch by the Ramblers saw Milton Doyle wrap it up with a dunk with 14:36 remaining.

Loyola kept the pressure on as a triple from Clayton Custer got them within two at 47-45. After tying it up at 50-50, Donte Ingram gave LUC its first second-half lead at 52-50 with 6:05 on the clock. That wrapped up a 23-8 stretch over the course of ten minutes. Evansville refused to give up as a field goal from David Howard put UE back in front at 54-52 two minutes later.

Inside the final three minutes, the Ramblers tied it back up twice before Jaylon Brown gave UE a lead of 58-56. Smith added one more basket in the final seconds as the Aces clinched the 60-58 triumph. Loyola hit a basket at the buzzer, its first one since the 6:05 mark.

Loyola finished with a 31-25 rebounding edge and outshot the Aces, 46-2%-40.8%, but the Aces forced 17 turnovers while recording seven steals. 

On Saturday, the Aces make the short trip to Carbondale, Illinois, for a game against Southern Illinois.  Game time is at 3:00 p.m. inside SIU Arena.

Submitted by Bob Pristash

* UE Syrian student at Harlaxton talks travel ban with 14 News

Ahmad Ismaiel, a UE student from Syria who is currently studying at Harlaxton, discussed the travel ban with Brandon Bartlett from 14 News last night. Visit 14WFIE’s website to watch the clip.

* School of Education graduate earns honor

Central High School teacher Shelby Phelps, a 2014 graduate of UE’s School of Education, was recently named the teacher of the week in the Evansville Courier and Press.

Phelps, who teaches both English and journalism at Central High School, says “Central is a wonderful community of teachers, parents and students. I couldn't imagine working anywhere else”.

In an interview with the Courier and Press, Phelps said when asked her favorite teaching tactic, “When teaching a lesson, I try to be the perfect mix of goofy and serious. Sometimes I do weird voices, sometimes I sing, sometimes I just stand with my hands on my hips until they sense the ‘pay attention’ vibe.”

This honor exemplifies the collaborative work among the English, creative writing, communication, and education departments at the University of Evansville. We are proud to produce quality classroom teachers for our P-12 school partners.

Submitted by Lisa Toelle 

* 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


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