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Thursday, February 16, 2017

* Memorial service for Phil Gerhart today, 5:30 p.m., Neu Chapel

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

* Passing of Angela Williams, Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Dear Campus Community,

It is with great regret that I inform the UE family of the unexpected passing of Angela Williams, Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, this morning. Information regarding funeral arrangements will be posted as soon as it is available. Please keep Angela, her daughter Cherice, and her whole family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


President Kazee


Upcoming Events

* UE celebrates its founding and 163 years this Sunday

The campus community is invited to the University of Evansville’s 163rd Founders Day celebration this Sunday, February 19, at 11:00 a.m. in Neu Chapel. Philip Amerson, professor emeritus, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, will offer the Edgar M. McKown address entitled: “Truth on the Scaffold: Living Toward an Ecology of Hope”. Emeriti faculty will be honored during the ceremony for their years of service to the University and full professors will be honored during the Purple Tam Ceremony.

Founders Day ceremonies are held in observance of four important events in the history of the University of Evansville:

  • On February 8, 1810, John C. Moore, founder of Moores Hill College, was born. In addition to contributing $3,000 and 12 acres to the school, Moore personally paid the school’s deficits until his death in 1871.
  • The story of the University of Evansville began 162 years ago on February 10, 1854, when Moores Hill Male and Female Collegiate Institute was incorporated. This fledgling institution was located in Moores Hill in Dearborn County, about 40 miles west of Cincinnati.
  • On February 17, 1919, the school was relocated and Evansville College was incorporated. The College achieved its first major academic goal in 1931 by winning accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
  • Rapid growth and years of dedication to meeting the area’s higher education requirements were recognized by the state legislature’s action in renaming the school. On February 17, 1967, the University of Evansville was incorporated.
* It's Changemaker Week at UE

Changemaker Challenge LogoJoin us February 20-22 to watch teams of talented young Changemakers propose ideas to make a difference in the world!

Collegiate Changemaker Challenge is set for February 20 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center. Come see which of nine UE teams will win a free trip to Germany, $1000, or $500.

The High School Changemaker Challenge Preliminary Round is February 21 from 9:00 a.m.-1:45 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center. Come see teams from 12 regional high schools compete for a place in the final round.

The High School Changemaker Challenge Final Round is February 22 from 10:00 a.m.-noon Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center. Come see the final six teams compete to win 4-year full-tuition scholarships and other partial scholarships to UE.

All events are free and open to the public.

Thanks to Toyota Motor North America and all our sponsors for their generous donations making these events possible.

Need more info? Contact Erin Lewis at

Submitted by Cindy Kelley

* UE Road Trip!

The Office of Admission will be hosting Road Trip this Friday, February 17 through Sunday, February 19. Thank you to everyone that has volunteered to assist with the events and hosting this weekend. We have many activities scheduled for the Road Trippers and would like to invite current UE students to take part in the fun. The following activities are open to both Road Trippers and current students:

Friday, February 17:
• 7:30-9:00 p.m. - Ultimate Trivia in Café Court on the first floor of Ridgway University Center
• 7:30-11:30 p.m. - Game Station in the Class of 1959 Gallery on the second floor of Ridgway University Center
• 9:45 p.m.-midnight- Karaoke in Café Court on the first floor of Ridgway University Center

Saturday, February 18:
• 1:45-4:30 p.m. - Evansville Museum of Arts and Science*
• 1:45-4:30 p.m. - Eastland Mall*
• 4:45-8:00 p.m. - Children’s Museum of Evansville*
• 4:45-9:00 p.m. - Walther’s Golf and Fun* (Sponsored by the Office of Student Retention)
• 10:00 p.m.-midnight - Hypnotist in Carson Center - Meeks Family Court - Large Gym (Sponsored by Admission Ambassadors and Student Government Association)

*Indicates the activity is off campus.  Buses will leave from Walnut Street outside Ridgway University Center.

Enjoy the weekend and Go Road Trip!

* Come see the intellectual battle of the year at Nerd Wars!

Nerd Wars is a trivia-style contest consisting of multi-categorized questions answered by teams of UE students, faculty members, administrators, and staff members. Come see your friends and professors duke it out! The contest, held on February 28, begins at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center!

Spectators and participants may also enter in the ELFFAR (this is NOT a raffle, it’s a game) for the chance to win gift cards to area restaurants, Bluetooth speakers, Bluetooth headsets, universal portable keyboard, portable chargers, fitness/sleep monitors, and more! ELFFAR tickets are 50 cents or three for $1. FREE Papa John's pizza, popcorn, and soda will be provided for everyone!

Submitted by Luke Steffe

* UE Bookstore Road Trip sale

The UE Bookstore will have special offerings in the store for Road Trip weekend on February 18-19 that will be available to everyone. Selected T-shirts will be $6.50. There will also be merchandise on clearance at greatly reduced rates. Any other clothing or gift item will be 10 percent off. The sale starts Friday and ends on Saturday. Special bookstore hours of 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. are planned for Saturday, February 18.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* Purple Birthday Cake - Happy Birthday UE

Celebrate UE's 163rd birthday with FREE purple birthday cake at noon on Friday, February 17 on the first floor of Ridgway University Center, next to the Bill Ridgway portrait. This event is sponsored by the Student Alumni Ambassadors.

Submitted by Liz Riffert

* Sunday Mass at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel

All are welcome to join us for mass this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Fr. Christian Raab will be our celebrant. Hope to see you there! For more information contact Olivia Voegerl at

Submitted by Lilee Robinson

* PRIDE drag show performers wanted!

This year, the PRIDE's drag show theme is Gays in Space! The event is planned for April 1, at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center.

Volunteer to perform a solo or group lip-sync act for this annual philanthropy event, benefiting Matt 25 and AIDS Resource Group. Please send your stage name(s), a short bio of your persona(s)/group, and an mp3 or YouTube link of your music by March 25. Please keep acts PG-13.

Acts will be judged, and the person(s) with most points wins a prize, as does the person(s) who get the most tips from audience members.

Submitted by Jaysa Hoeg

* UE Health and Fitness Fair is February 23

The 2017 Health and Fitness Fair will be held in the Fitness Center gym on Thursday, February 23, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Win prizes and visit local businesses (Body Works Massage, Core Chiropractic, Ultimate Fit, etc).

Submitted by Lori Adams

* Spring break mission trip

The Newman Club will be going with USI to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, over spring break. Students will leave on March 6 and return on March 11. Transportation will be provided. Free lodging and scholarship money will be available. Please contact Jenny Koch at if interested.

Submitted by Emily Rodgers

* 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.

* Career Day set for February 28

We expect over 100 employers for Career Day 2017! Looking for a full-time professional position? Cooperative education opportunity? Internship? Summer job? Make plans to attend Career Day on Tuesday, February 28, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Meeks Family Court in Carson Center. See registered employers in JobLink. Also, pre-register for the event in JobLink to allow employers to view your resume early!

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald


Info You Should Know

* College Mentors for Kids T-shirt sale

Support your local College Mentors for Kids chapter by ordering a specialty light weight, long-sleeved T-shirt! E-mail to pre-order one, or order one from a member of College Mentors for Kids. The cost for the shirt is $20 and payment is due March 1. Shirts will arrive n within two weeks after spring break.

Submitted by Hannah Nilsen

* Tell us about your UE campus traditions and rituals!

Campus traditions, be they academic, social, or somewhere in between, speak to the distinctive personality and character of a university. We are gathering information about rituals and traditions across the UE campus to better celebrate who we are and better welcome those who want to be a part of our community. Would you share with us the most important rituals/traditions your department, program, or organization hosts/sponsors each year?

For example, a popular tradition at UE, hosted by the art department and the Clay Club, is the annual Chili Bowl sale in the fall. Student Life is well-known for hosting the springtime Bike Race. And we all know about those bright orange luggage tags that take us to our beloved Harlaxton Manor.

You are invited to take this survey and list/name the rituals/traditions/events/activities that your program or department sponsors.

Submitted by Tamara Gieselman

* Propose your own GAP project!

GAP is now accepting proposals from both faculty members and students. If you have an idea to make a difference in your community, we encourage you to apply. Class credit and financial support is available, and your idea can help nonprofits, for profit businesses, or civic projects.

Faculty member proposals and student proposals must be submitted no later than noon on February 22. Spots are limited, apply early!

For more information, call 812-488-5002 or visit the GAP program web page.

Submitted by Cindy Kelley

* Compost on campus petition in Ridgway University Center

ECO will have a compost on campus petition in Ridgway University Center on February 16-17, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The petition is the result of a semester's worth of research done by the Fall 2016 Environmental Ethics Class, and will allow ECO to gauge student interest and support for a composting program on campus.

Submitted by Tyler Wintermute

* Intramurals registration

Registration for floor hockey, inner tube basketball, and singles racquetball is now open. Register a team at by February 17 at 2:00 p.m.

Submitted by Dana Owens

* Join the Kazees - pledge to recycle!

President Tom and Sharon KazeeJoin President Tom and Dr. Sharon Kazee in pledging to recycle. Fill out a Recyclemania pledge by Feb. 28 and have your name entered in a drawing for one of three beverage coupons from Jazzman’s.

Recyclemania pledges and pledge boxes are located in the following buildings:

• Bower-Suhrheinrich Library
• Carson Ticket Office
• General Services Mail Room
• Graves Hall Nursing and Physical Therapy office
• Hyde Hall by the second floor copier
• Koch Center by the second floor copier
• Krannert second floor Room 126
• Olmsted Admissions office
• Ridgway second floor
• Schroeder School of Business Building, first floor

The drawing will be held on Friday, March 3. 

Please email with questions.

Submitted by Jan Schrader


* 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.



* Elizabeth Coons represents UE at Federal Advocacy Forum

PTA ’17 student Elizabeth Coons will be one of four student delegates, selected by APTA, at the 2017 Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC, from March 26-28. She will network with other physical therapy advocates and meet with congress to discuss issues that impact physical therapy and its patients at both the state and national levels.

Submitted by Jennifer Simon

* Parks's essay published in book on hostageship

Chair of the Department of History Annette Parks's article, "‘Thy Father's Valiancy Has Proved No Boon’: The Fates of Helena Angelina Doukaina and Her Children,” has been published in Medieval Hostageship c 700-c1500 Hostage, Captive, Prisoner of War, Guarantee, Peacemaker. The volume is published as part of the Routledge Research in Medieval Studies series. It is co-edited by UE alumna Katherine Weikert, lecturer in early medieval European history at the University of Winchester 

Submitted by Annette Parks

* Rawski has paper published in international journal

Greg Rawski, Schroeder Family dean in the School of Business Administration, and Don Hudson have published their paper “Antecedents and Consequences of IPPD Effectiveness” in the International Journal of Innovation Management.

Submitted by Greg Rawski


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