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Monday, March 6, 2017

* Vice president for fiscal affairs and administration candidate to visit campus

The Vice President for Fiscal Affairs and Administration Search Committee is pleased to announce finalists that will interview on campus over the next several weeks. 

Information related to the job description and candidates can be viewed at:

The first candidate, Mark Titzer, will interview on campus March 6-7. A reception for the campus community will be held on Monday, March 6, 4:00-5:15 p.m. in Dunigan Lounge (Room 160), Schroeder School of Business Building.  

Please join me and members of the Search Committee in welcoming these individuals to campus.

Dana Clayton
Chair, VPFAA Search Committee
University of Evansville


What's Happening Today

* Aces golf teams head to Florida to open spring

Both the Men’s and Women’s Golf teams at the University of Evansville are set to begin play in the spring this week as each will play two tournaments in Florida.

Action for both begins today with the Don Benbow Invitational, which will be held at Jacksonville Beach Golf Club in Jacksonville, Florida. It will take place today and Tuesday. On Wednesday, it will be right back to the course for UE as they take part in the Bulldog Invitational at Windsor Park Golf Club, which is also in Jacksonville.

Both events are being hosted by Butler University.

Tyler Gray had the low average of the fall for UE as he finished with a 71.64. He was the medalist at the Butler Fall Invitational while leading the team to a second place finish.  Gray also tied for fourth place at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate. Just behind him was Wil Pahud, who finished the fall averaging 72.79 strokes per round.

Kayla Katterhenry won two events in the fall as she had the low mark for the ladies at 75.00 strokes per round. She took top honors in the season-opening Redbird Invitational and also was victorious at the Charles Braun Intercollegiate in October. It was her second-consecutive victory in each tournament.

Maggie Camp was next for UE in the fall, posting a mark of 81.31 while Madison Chaney finished with an 81.85.


Upcoming Events

* Lunch and Lead - LDRSHIP: The Seven Values of the Army

Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. Join us for Lunch and Lead at 12:30 p.m. TODAY - March 14 - in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center, to learn how the Army incorporates these values and how you can too.

This Lunch and Lead will be presented by Michael Roscoe, founding director and chair of UE’s Department of Physician Assistant Science and associate professor of physician assistant science.

Roscoe earned a PhD in international health science from Trident University International. He has two master’s degrees, one in physician assistant studies with a concentration in emergency medicine from the University of Nebraska, and one in biology from Purdue University. Roscoe has bachelor’s degrees from Butler University in biology and in health science.

In 2000, Roscoe joined the Indiana National Guard and was deployed with the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to Afghanistan in 2004-05 for an 18 month deployment. He had a second combat tour in Iraq in 2008-09.  He has been decorated by the military with numerous awards including the Bronze Star Medal.

Submitted by Amber Stull

* Lisa Kretz presents Scholars for Syria Lecture today

University of Evansville assistant professor of philosophy Lisa Kretz will be the speaker for today's Scholars for Syria Spring Speaker Series. She will be discussing “How to Be Ethical: Seeding Moral Action.”

All lectures in this series are at 6:00 p.m. in Room 162 (Harkness Hall), Schroeder School of Business Building, and are followed by a panel discussion with UE Syrian students and discussion with the audience. This series is sponsored by Scholars for Syria.

"The Syrian crisis, coupled with the political climate of the US, leaves heartbreaking questions of moral failure,” Kretz said. “How can this happen? How can this continue to happen? I contend that part of such moral failing rests in an approach to ethics and action that encourages us to leave our hearts at the door. I venture the ‘radical’ thesis that we are thinking and feeling creatures, that reason and emotion working in tandem is necessary for action, and that we cannot be our ideal moral selves without nurturing both constituents of human being.”

She added that “emotional wisdom is an underdeveloped skill. This means we have to get in touch with the power of emotion for motivating large scale positive change. Moral emotions such as empathy, sympathy, compassion, hope, and even anger can be harnessed so that we approach the Syrian crisis with our full selves, and see what whole-hearted living can accomplish."

Other lectures in this series include:

Thursday, March 23
Lora Becker, UE associate professor of psychology and neuroscience and director of Neuroscience Program and Neuromarketing Research Center – “Neural Development in a War Zone”

Thursday, March 30
Wes Milner, executive director of international programs at UE - “The Emerging Political Dynamics of the Syrian Crisis”

Thursday, April 6
UE Syrian Stories: Humanizing the Syrian conflict with local families

* L2L Conference: SPARK - register today!

Every spring, the University of Evansville Leadership Academy sponsors the L2L Leadership Conference. (L2L stands for Learn to Lead. Love to Lead. Live to Lead.) This year's L2L conference is set for Saturday, March 25, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center. Check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m.

Early registration for the conference ends March 3, and final registration is March 14. There is a $10 registration fee that will be refunded to UE students at the event. Use this registration form to sign up to attend the event.

The theme of this year’s conference is “SPARK: Using Leadership to Ignite a Change in the World.” Speakers at the conference will include Mari Plikuhn, UE associate professor sociology, Kevin Snyder from Campuspeak, and Kristina Arnold from WKU. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kendall Turner at 

Submitted by Kendall Turner

* 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.


Info You Should Know

* Travel policy reminder

As we move toward the time of year that many of you travel for various University related purposes, please note that there is an approved travel policy posted on Acelink in the Travel area. This document provides clarification as to what types of expenses will be reimbursed by the University for business travel. Questions may be forwarded to the director of accounting at

Submitted by Samantha Fulkerson

* Aces Tennis drops match at Cincinnati

Freshman Diana Tkachenko was victorious in singles and doubles once again as the University of Evansville Women’s Tennis team fell to the University of Cincinnati by a 6-1 final on Friday at the Western Tennis & Fitness Club.

"We played good tennis again today unfortunately just didn't get the results we're looking for,” head coach Jayson Wiseman said. “As a coach I have to do a better job of getting them prepared for the level competition that we are playing and hopefully we will do a better job this week of converting hard work into positive results for our spring break matches."

Tkachenko had another great day for UE as she topped Kelly Poggensee-Wei at #2 singles, 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5). She also teamed up with Nicoli Pereira to defeat Harley Hutchison and Ali Miller in #2 doubles, 4-3. 

Daria Pentsova and Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga put up nice fights at #4 and 5 singles, respectively.  Pentsova fell to Caroline Morton, 6-2, 6-3 while Pascual-Larrinaga lost in fifth-flight singles, 6-3, 6-3.

Over the next few days, the Aces will play six matches in Orlando, Florida.

* UE falls by a final of 80-69

Facing the top seed of Arch Madness in Illinois State, the University of Evansville Men’s Basketball team battled to the finish but came up just short in an 80-69 game on Friday at the Scottrade Center.

Evansville (16-17, 6-12 MVC) cut what was a 14-point Redbird (26-5, 17-1 MVC) lead to just four in the final minute, but some late free throws clinched the game. Jaylon Brown was the leader once again for UE, recording 24 points. It marked his sixth game in a row with 20 or more points. 

David Howard totaled 14 points and seven rebounds while Christian Benzon had another stellar game. Benzon notched the first double-double of his career, posting 11 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Taylor notched 10 points.

ISU had four double-figure scorers led by Deontae Hawkins, who had 19. Keyshawn Evans had 16 while Paris Lee and DJ Clayton notched 13 and 12, respectively.

Taylor recorded the opening five points of the game for UE as they jumped out to a 9-4 edge. The Aces continued to hold that advantage over the opening 10 minutes of the game as a Jaylon Brown free throw gave UE a 17-12 advantage. That is when Illinois State made its run.

A triple by Keyshawn Evans with 8:35 left in the half gave ISU a 20-19 lead. After Evansville tied it up at 20-20, the Redbirds reeled off eight in a row to go up 28-20 and took their largest lead of 10 points in the final minute as they went into halftime up 43-33. The Redbirds finished the half on a 31-16 run to open up the double figure lead.

ISU added to the lead in the first five minutes of the final stanza as they took a 51-37 advantage before two buckets by Sergej Vucetic saw the Aces register eight out of nine points to get within seven at 52-45. The Redbirds were able to extend the lead back up to 11 points with 4 minutes left, but the Aces kept fighting. 

With 1:07 on the clock, a Brown layup got UE within six once again at 73-67. After forcing a steal on the inbound, Christian Benzon hit a layup as the gap was cut to four just 15 seconds later. That was as close as the Aces got as the Redbirds regrouped to finish with the 11-point win.

UE outrebounded ISU by a 37-29 tally, but it was the Redbirds who shot 50.9% while the defense held UE to 42.2%.

* Maintenance announcement

Physical plant will be conducting maintenance and cleaning on the chill water system starting Monday, March 6. The work should be completed by Friday, March 10. There may be reduced cooling capability during this time. Contact the physical plant at ext. 2775 with questions or concerns.

Submitted by Jayne Schnacke

* UE Bookstore spring break hours

The UE Bookstore will have revised hours for spring break, March 4-11. The bookstore will be closed on Saturdays. The hours on Monday-Thursday will be 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and on Friday from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Normal hours resume March 13.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* Need Ace Bucks? Cyber Monday is coming up!

Buy $100 in Ace Bucks, and get $25 free by visiting or the dining services office on March 13. This promotion is valid for one day—don’t miss it!

Submitted by Katie Nowlan

* 2017 TIAA-CREF counseling appointments

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus for individual counseling sessions on the dates listed below. To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353 or 317-706-6200. The sessions are held in Room 208 in the University Libraries

  • March 21
  • April 12 and 13
  • May 16
  • June 14 and 15
  • July 11
  • August 16 and 17
  • September 12
  • October 11 and 12
  • November 14
  • December 13 and 14

Submitted by Lori LeDuc

* ARSAF grants for faculty applications due April 3

The UE Alumni Association is once again offering Alumni Research and Scholarly Activity Fellowships (ARSAF) to faculty. The application deadline for 2017-18 academic year grants is Monday, April 3. Find the online application and more details by going to AceLink and clicking on Areas, and selecting Academic Affairs. The application form can be found on that page under the category of Online Forms.

Questions? Contact or ext. 2586.

Submitted by Sylvia DeVault



* Hay's walk-off home run give UE 8-7 win

After a furious rally saw Northwestern State overcome a 6-run deficit to tie it up in the top of the seventh, Brittany Hay came through in the bottom, hitting a walk-off home run to give the University of Evansville Softball team an 8-7 win over the Demons on Sunday.

“This was a great way to end the weekend,” UE head coach Mat Mundell said. “This team showed a lot of grit and fight this weekend. This tournament was meant to challenge us and get us ready for MVC play and it certainly did that.”

Hay went 2-3 with two runs scored and the homer in the game. Catcher Hayli Scott also had a pair of hits as the Purple Aces (5-9) outhit NSU, 10-9. Emily Lockhart made the start, going 5 1/3 while Ashleigh Downing (1.0) and Samantha Fleming (2/3) finished up the contest. Fleming was credited with the win.

Evansville got off to a nice start, scoring a run in each of the first four innings. Mackenzie Johnson opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first. Two more runs crossed the plate in the second as Chandra Parr and Morgan Florey each had RBI knocks. 

After a pair of unearned runs scored for the Aces in the third, Susan Norris continued the offensive onslaught with a 2-RBI double in the fourth. Just when it looked like the Aces would run away with the win, Northwestern State saw five runs scored in the sixth before tying it up in the top of the seventh.

Brittany Hay and the Aces did not let the adversity impact them as she led off the seventh with the walk-off shot.

The Aces remain in the state of Oklahoma until Tuesday when the face Oklahoma State at 5:30 p.m.

* New baby!

Congratulations to Su Jin Jeong and her husband Tae, and big sister Lillia on the birth of baby girl, Elenora, on February 25. Su Jin is an assistant professor in the School of Health Sciences.

Submitted by Pam Young


Thank You

* Thank you from Levi's twin sister, Allysa

This picture was laying on my work bag when I woke up yesterday for work. Levi's twin sister, Allysa, genuinely thanks everyone for their prayers and blessings. She created this picture to show her gratitude towards our UE and WFF family. I want to share this to give everyone a glimpse of the impact that my work family has had on my immediate family. Including Levi's 9 year twin sister, my youngest daughter. I would like to thank everyone as well. I do not have words to express how full my heart is. Levi is on the long road to normalcy, and I have all the faith in the world that he will make a full recovery, except the scars.

Drawing by Allysa

Destiny Hesson, Levi and Allysa's mother


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