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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

* Environmental sustainability survey

In March, President Kazee appointed an Environmental Sustainability Task Force charged with developing concrete plans to guide the University’s actions in the coming years. Formation of the Task Force was grounded in UE’s affirmation of its desire to become more sustainable that is stated in our strategic plan, “Transforming Tomorrow: Our Students, Our University, Our World.” 

The Environmental Sustainability Task Force would like your input to help ensure student, faculty, staff and administration's voices are heard. To that end, members of the Task Force invite you to complete a short survey.

The survey will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13.

* Photographer on campus

The Office of Marketing and Communication will have a photographer on campus for a photo shoot Monday, April 10, through Wednesday, April 12. UE students and faculty have always been very cooperative and accommodating during previous shoots. As a result, many great photos have been taken for UE publications. Alex Amick will try to notify faculty in advance if photos will be taken in a particular class; however, weather often can force the shoot inside, and it is possible that last minute requests will be made. If faculty members know that they will be giving a test or do not wish to have their class photographed any of these days, please inform Alex Amick at ext. 5004 and the classroom will be avoided.

Submitted by Theresa Hoffherr


What's Happening Today

* Rosary group today

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

Submitted by Emily Rodgers

* Softball set to face UT Martin

Another non-conference doubleheader is on tap for the University of Evansville Softball team welcomes UT Martin to Cooper Stadium today with game one set for 3:00 p.m.

For the second time this season, the Purple Aces earned a conference series sweep, taking all three on the road against Drake. Evansville batted .402 in the series while slugging .691 and reaching base 47.3% of the time. Two UE players were recognized by the MVC for their stellar efforts as Morgan Lambert was named the MVC Player of the Week while Brittany Hay garnered Newcomer of the Week accolades. In the series at Drake, Hay batted .750 with nine hits in 12 at-bats while scoring nine times; Lambert hit .545 in Des Moines.

On Sunday, Chandra Parr officially set the UE program home run record. Her 31st career home run came in the fourth inning at Drake and was also the game winner. Parr recorded the tying homer against Austin Peay on Wednesday before moving ahead of Krista Price on Sunday.

A nice streak for senior Morgan Lambert continued as she hit .545 with six hits in 11 at-bats at Drake while pushing her season average to .300. Lambert has notched at least one hit in 11 out of the last 12 games. An amazing week of play saw her bat .500, going 9-18 with two home runs, 9 RBI and four runs scored versus Drake and Austin Peay.  She reached base 52.6% of the time while slugging .944. 

Newcomer of the Week Brittany Hay had one of the best MVC series in recent memory for the Aces. Over the weekend in Des Moines, Hay went 9-12 from the plate (.750) while scoring an unbelievable nine runs. Her season tally of 31 runs scored is now tied for second in the Valley and her conference batting average now stands at .500.

UT Martin comes to town with a 28-12 mark and are 7-3 in Ohio Valley Conference play. Carly Gonzalez has batted .388 for the Skyhawks while seven players check in at .300 or above. Rachel Williams paces UTM with 34 RBI. Sara Hooten is their leader in the circle, notching a 2.72 ERA, which is just ahead of Brooke Kennedy’s tally of 2.77. Kennedy also paces UTM with 14 victories on the season.

* Tonight - Honors Conversation Night with Lisa Kretz and Derek Jones!

All Honors students are welcome to join us for our final Honors Night: A Conversation with Lisa Kretz and Derek Jones from the Departments of Philosophy and Religion.

Drop in or stay a while between 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Powell Hall lobby.

Snacks and coffee/tea will be provided.

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke

* University Wind Ensemble to perform tonight

The University Wind Ensemble, directed by Kenneth Steinsultz, associate professor of music and director of bands, will present a concert in Neu Chapel this Tuesday evening, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. The program includes Stephen Shewan’s King David’s Dance, Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, Juraj Filas’s Concerto for Horn and Wind Orchestra, featuring faculty member Emily Britton as soloist, and an arrangement of William Walton’s Crown Imperial. The concert is free and open to the public.

James Sullivan

* Info session on Orr Fellowship-post grad opportunities

An information session on Orr Fellowship-post grad opportunities is planned for today at 12:15 p.m. in Room 162 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to

The Orr Fellowship is the ultimate post-grad experience. Fellows are recruited from the top seniors at universities in Indiana and Ohio (but candidates from any school are welcome), with an average acceptance rate of six percent. Converging in Indianapolis, these talented graduates join vibrant companies in positions that create a foundation for career success. In addition to full time employment, Orr Fellows participate in a unique curriculum designed to challenge, develop, and propel them toward a career of excellence. With two years that are jam-packed with executive mentorship, growing a strong network, and acquiring new skills, each Fellow stars in his or her own success story.

For more information visit the Orr Fellowship website.

Submitted by Rebecca Oates

* Honors Program project presentations

The Honors Program invites you to attend the Honors Program Project Presentations. The Honors project is an opportunity for students to explore an area about which they are passionate, and may consist of a research project, thesis, or creative work.

We hope you will join us to hear the fascinating work that this year’s Honors students have completed.  Special thanks are extended to all faculty, advisors, and others who have supported the Honors students in their educational achievements. 

Below is this week’s presentation schedule.  All presentations will take place in Room 101 in Koch Center for Engineering and Science.

Wednesday, April 12
3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Emily Westing, theatre design and technology
“It's Not About Television: Dramaturgy for The Ruby Sunrise”

Ben Phillips, theatre studies
“An In-Depth Study of the Relationship Between Technology and Theatrical Design with Respect to Sound”

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Hayley Serafino, political science/criminal justice
“Content Analysis of Media Coverage Concerning Domestic, Homegrown, and International Terrorism in the United States Since 9/11”

Jacob Trotter, political science/philosophy
“The German-Turkish Response to the Balfour Declaration”

Cindy White, music therapy
“The Perception and Importance of Feminism and Feminist Issues to UE Students”

Submitted by Jayme Williams


Upcoming Events

* I-House: Japan

At this week’s I-House, Madoko, Kyoko and Megumi will be presenting on Japan! Their majors are communications and political science. They like watching movies, reading, hiking, shopping, and traveling. They love classes, people here at UE, and all the friends they have made. Make sure to come see them today at 7:00 p.m. upstairs in Ridgway University Center!

Submitted by Cassie Peterson

* Baseball analytics to be topic of lecture today

Tuan Nguyen, assistant professor of mathematics, will give a talk today to the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) student chapter at 4:00 p.m. in Room 304, Koch Center for Engineering and Science.

The title of Nguyen’s lecture is "Basketball Analytics 101-A starting point for analyzing basketball statistics"

While statistics in sports have been around for a long time, it’s recently reached a new level of popularity with Michael Lewis's book Moneyball, which features the use of advanced statistics to assembling a competitive team despite a disadvantaged payroll. The success the book has changed the way professional teams value and use analytics to do business.

In this talk, Nguyen will survey the current state of basketball statistics and provide a common starting point for analyzing statistics. He will also discuss basic concepts and methods, including per-possession and per-minute statistics, four factors, and offensive and defensive ratings.

Submitted by Pengcheng Xiao

* Creative Writing Senior Reading set for today

Please join us today for the farewell reading by creative writing's graduating seniors. The students will read short excerpts of their work, and the CRW department will announce the winners of The Virginia Lowell Grabill Writing Awards in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. The reading will be held at the Melvin Peterson Gallery at 4:00 p.m.

Submitted by Lisa Nikolidakis

* Austin delivers final Crick Lecture of the year

Michael Austin, executive vice president for academic affairs, will deliver the final Crick Lecture of the 2016-17 school year. His topic will be “A Certain Convocation of Politic Worms: Literature and the Fear of Being Eaten.”  The lecture will be today at 4:00 p.m., in Room 100 in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science.

All Crick Lectures are open to the public and aimed at a general audience. The series is jointly sponsored by the Cognitive Science and Neuroscience programs.

A short abstract of Austin's talk follows:

In this presentation, Austin will draw on his book Useful Fictions: Evolution, Anxiety, and the Origins of Literature to try to answer the question "why does a species whose survival depends on the ability to collect and use accurate information have a universal predilection for fictional narratives?"

The answer takes us far back into humanity’s evolutionary past and deep into a cognitive structure that evolved to help organisms compete for resources in an environment full of dangerous predators and perilous situations.

Derek Jones

* Annual plant sale today in Ridgway University Center

Plants in a greenhouse

BiSci Club will have a variety of plants for sale in Ridgway University Center today - April13 - from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Plants for sale will include succulents, marigolds, columbines, basil, cilantro, century plants, spider plants, banana plants, mother-in-laws tongue, purple cone flowers, butterfly weed, and ferns. In addition, wind chimes, greeting cards, gift bags, and artwork by professors and students from the biology department will also be for sale. 

Submitted by Brooke Michelle Wininger 


Info You Should Know

* Distribution services reminder – Easter break

Since UE campus will be closed Good Friday, April 14, please note the following Distribution Services adjustments and plan accordingly. These adjustments will help to ensure there is sufficient time to complete deliveries before Easter Break.

• UE central receiving will close at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 and re-open at 7:30 a.m. on Monday morning, April 17.

• UE mail services will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, and re-open at 7:30 a.m. on Monday morning, April 17.

• Offices that plan to be unstaffed earlier than Friday, April 14, are asked to notify distribution services in advance to avoid unnecessary delivery stops.

For questions, contact distribution services at ext. 1067 or e-mail

Submitted by Kim Winsett 

* Reminder: Purchasing procedures for May 2017

As the end of the University’s fiscal year approaches on May 31, administrative services and accounting and audit announce the following procedures related to purchases of goods and services during May.

Pcard purchases
Pcard purchases posting on the May statement (cycle end date is May 22) will be paid from FY 2016-17 funds. Most shipments post on your Pcard within three to four business days. However, vendors have up to nine business days to post transactions.

Pcard purchases posting from May 23 through May 31 will be paid from FY 2017-18 (the new year) funds, unless the item purchased exceeds $500. Purchases exceeding $500 will be paid from FY 2016-17 funds.

Office Depot orders
Normally, Office Depot orders placed online by 3:00 p.m. for items in stock are delivered the next business day. Upon delivery, the transaction should post on your Pcard within three to four business days.

Office Depot orders received by May 15 will likely post on the May 22 Pcard cycle and be paid from FY 2016-17 funds.

Office Depot orders placed and received - but posting to the Pcard from May 23-31 - will be paid from FY 2017-18 funds, unless the items purchased exceed $500. Purchases exceeding $500 will be paid from FY 2016-17 funds.

Purchase orders
Approved requisitions converted into purchase orders and delivered by May 31 will be paid from FY 2016-17 funds.

Approved requisitions indicating FY 2017-18 written on them in red ink will be processed with a delivery date of June 1 or later.

Backordered purchase orders not delivered by May 31 will be paid from FY 2017-18 funds.

Blanket orders
All FY 2016-17 blanket orders expire on May 31.

Approved requisitions for FY 2017-18 (new year) blanket orders may now be submitted with June 1 through May 31 effective dates.

Backordered blanket purchase order items not delivered by May 31 will be paid from FY 2017-18 funds.

Requisitions for check request
All services completed and items purchased (and on campus) by May 31 must be submitted on a WebAdvisor voucher to accounting and audit by Monday, June 19 to be paid from FY 2016-17 funds. Any pre-May 31 purchases submitted for payment after this date will be charged to FY 2017-18.

* Fitness Center Easter Break hours

The Fitness Center will be open Thursday, April 13, from 6:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. It will be closed Friday, April 14, through Sunday, April 16. 

Submitted by Lori Adams 

* Interested in studying abroad in Mexico?

A new study abroad program will be running in Mexico during the summer of 2018! Earn Spanish or education credits through this trip. Activities may include trips to Mérida, visits to local schools, museum visits, visits to local beaches/ports, local shopping, and much more!

Contact Amara Stuehling at before the end of the semester if you're interested.

Submitted by Greta Becker

* Benefit open enrollment until April 19

During the period of April 3-19, benefit-eligible employees may enroll or make changes in the University’s health, voluntary term life, dental, and ACES flexible spending account benefit plans.

It is the only chance for benefit-eligible employees to enroll or make changes until the next open enrollment period unless you have a qualifying change in status. You may also consider enrolling in the University’s group life and long term disability insurance plans, if you haven’t done so already.

Please review the documents in the Open Enrollment section on the HR area of AceLink - beginning with the open enrollment memo - for important announcements, reminders, and changes to the University’s benefits which will occur June 1. 

We will once again utilize an on-line enrollment process, eliminating all paper enrollment forms for health, life, dental, and long term disability insurance, as well as the ACES flexible spending account. This will ensure the accuracy of your enrollment elections and maintain records electronically regarding your current and future participation.

Enrollment/changes to your TIAA and Emeriti VEBA Trust retirement plan salary deferrals will continue to be processed on paper forms available in the Office of Human Resources. Therefore, you do not need to re-enroll in the TIAA or Emeriti retirement plans. 

ALL benefit eligible employees (including those who do not want to make any changes to their current coverage) must enter their elections by April 19. 

Please review the open enrollment memo and on-line benefit enrollment documents on the HR area of AceLink, which should answer many of the questions you might have about this system.   

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at ext. 2943 with any questions. 

Submitted by Lori LeDuc

* Margery Florence Kahn Scholarship applications

Applications for the Margery Florence Kahn Scholarship for 2017-18 are now available. It was the desire of the donor, Margery Florence Kahn, that her scholarship be awarded to "dedicated and conscientious students who exhibit a true passion for their chosen fields of study, and who, in the opinion of the members of the University of Evansville faculty, are likely to bring the same enthusiasm into the performance of their jobs or the practice of the professions which they will pursue following graduation."

All University of Evansville full-time undergraduate students who will be juniors or seniors in 2017-18 may apply. An essay of about 300 words must accompany the application, along with two to five faculty recommendation letters.

Applications are available from the Office of Financial Aid, located in Room 116 in Olmsted Administration Hall.

Completed applications and recommendation letters should be returned to the Office of Financial Aid by April 15.

You may also request application materials by e-mailing

Questions may be directed to the Office of Financial Aid via e-mail or by phone at 812-488-2364 or 800-424-8634.

Submitted by Trisha Hawkes



* Gray tied for the lead at Tennessee State

Tyler Gray is tied for the individual lead as the University of Evansville Men’s Golf team stands in sixth place following the first two rounds of the Tennessee State Big Blue Intercollegiate at Hermitage Golf Club.

Gray finished the day with two rounds under par, circling the course in 71 strokes to open the day before carding a 2-under 70 in round two to sit in a tie atop the leaderboard with a 141.

Wil Pahud also had a stellar day on the course. He started the day with a 1-under 71 before finishing with a 74 in round two. He is tied for seventh place with a score of 145. Third on the squad is Jon Pick. Rounds of 79 and 80 have him tied for 49th entering the final day.

Matthew Ladd posted identical rounds of 80.  Ladd is tied for 52nd with a 160 while Zac Turi is two behind him with a 162. He notched a 79 to start the day before recording an 83. Playing as an individual, Noah Reese had a solid day. Scores of 77 and 76 gave him a 153 for the day - good for a standing of 27th. Robert Waggoner started play with an 89, but improved by seven strokes in the second round, notching an 82.  He has a 171.

UT Martin has the team lead with a 2-round total of 587. They are three ahead of Detroit Mercy and 11 in front of Murray State. Evansville is in sixth place with a 604, just one behind a 4th place tie between West Georgia and Tennessee State. Jeremy Fultz of TSU is tied atop the leaderboard with Tyler Gray. He shot the low round of the day in the second trip around the course – a 6-under 66.

Eighteen holes remain this morning.

* School of Education recognizes outstanding future educators

The School of Education recognized three seniors, class of 2016-17, with the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Outstanding Future Educators Award. These students were recognized at a ceremony in Indianapolis on Friday, April 7, with others from across Indiana. Congratulations to Anna Loef (special education major), Michelle Huff (secondary education major-math), and Brittney Sullivan (elementary education).

Submitted by Sharon Gieselmann

* International Honor Society of Nursing induction ceremony

UE Students

The University of Evansville's School of Nursing inducted new members into the Eta Lambda Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing on April 9. Nursing students inducted included Kayla Cantrell, Courtney Coverdale, Ryan Lane, Kasey Rein, Nicole Simmons, Mikayla Sullivan, Olivia Williams, and Sarah Vanderhoff.

Sigma Theta Tau International recognizes superior academic achievement and leadership qualities.

Kristen Nussel and Annalise Moll, graduating seniors and current members of the Honor Society, assisted with the ceremony.

Jerrilee LaMar, chair and associate professor of nursing, delivered the keynote address, sharing her experiences with medical mission trips to Jamaica. 

* Kayla Katterhenry wins at Indiana State

In her regular-season finale as a member of the University of Evansville Women’s Golf team, senior Kayla Katterhenry took top honors at the Indiana State Spring Invitational at the Country Club of Terre Haute on Monday.

Katterhenry shot a 2-under 70 in Monday’s final round to finish with a score of 145, four ahead of her nearest competition. The victory came in a competitive field that featured four other Missouri Valley Conference programs. It is also a nice finish to the spring regular season slate as the conference championship is up next from Sunday through next Tuesday.

Second on the squad was Maggie Camp. She made a nice jump from her opening round tally, improving by eight strokes. After notching an 82 on Sunday, Camp carded a 74 on Monday to tally a 156 for the event, tying for 13th. 

Next up was Giulia Mallmann. Her final-round score of 85 gave her a score of 165, tying her for 43rd.  Madison Chaney was two behind Mallmann, finishing with a 167. She carded an 86 in the last round. Maria Pickens saw a 5-stroke improvement in day two, posting an 84 on her way to a 173.

Lexie Sollmann posted a 2-round total of 162 as an individual, coming home in a tie for 33rd. Her rounds checked in at 82 and 80. Carly Waggoner was UE’s other individual, posting a 181.

Evansville took sixth place in the tournament with a tally of 631, just three behind 5th-place Drake.  Indiana State took top team honors in a dominating way, registering a 286 in the last round. It was the only team score in either day to check in under a 307. They won by eight shots over Western Illinois.

* Lambert and Hay earn weekly MVC honors

Morgan Lambert and Brittany Hay earned weekly Missouri Valley Conference awards on Monday in an announcement by the league.

Lambert was named the league’s Player of the Week while Hay garnered Newcomer of the Week accolades.

“Morgan had some clutch hits for us this week driving in runs; she has been one of our best hitters over the last three seasons and this is a great honor for her,” UE head coach Mat Mundell said. “Brittany had one of the best conference offensive series that I have ever seen. When she goes, our offense goes.”

An amazing week of play saw UE senior Morgan Lambert bat .500, going 9-18 with two home runs, 9 RBI and four runs scored. She reached base 52.6% of the time while slugging .944. She got off to a quick start against Austin Peay on Wednesday, going 2-4 with a home run and four RBI. She also scored two runs in a 10-7 victory. 

In the doubleheader finale, she went 1-3. Lambert went 1-4 in the first game at Drake before registering a perfect 3-3 performance from the plate in game two. That effort included a double and home run. On Sunday, she helped the Aces pick up the sweep with a 2-4 offensive day with three RBI, a walk and a run scored. She notched her second double of the week.

Aces junior Brittany Hay batted .474 as she went 9-19 with a home run, three RBI and four doubles against Austin Peay and Drake. One of the top run producers in the MVC got the job done once again, scoring nine times over the last week of play. All of her damage came against the Bulldogs in an unbelievable performance that saw UE pick up the road sweep. In game one versus the Bulldogs, she went 3-4 with three runs scored and a walk as UE picked up an 8-2 victory. 

Hay came right back in game two with a 2-3 day at the plate with three RBI and three runs scored as she belted a home run and a double. Sunday’s 13-5 win saw Hay erupt for a career-high four hits in five plate appearances. She crossed the plate three more times.

* Students present research at national conference

UE Students

Thirteen University of Evansville students were among over 3000 students who presented their research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, on April 6-8. Posters and oral presentations were given of their research in the areas of biology, women studies, physiology, archeology, kinesiology and exercise science, history, and mechanical engineering.

Those who presented included (front row from left) Lydia Crain, Megan Owens, Maggie Sullivan, Paul Schwartz, Patrick Heaston, Baylee Wildman, Hanna Carter, (back row from left) Stacey Chen, Mandy Feagans, Austin Cibulka, Nasib Al-Haffar, Josh Baty, and Jelena Merseli.

* Strobel receives Franklin Research Grant

Heidi Strobel, associate professor of art history, has received an American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant. She will use this grant to complete her research on Mary Linwood, about whom she is writing a book.

* Powell Hall wins Recyclemania recycling weight contest

Powell Residence Hall has won the Recyclemania recycling weight contest! Here are the total pounds per resident for each residence hall for the three week contest period of March 13 - 31:

  • Powell 1.3
  • North 1.0
  • Hughes 0.8
  • Schroeder 0.8
  • Moore 0.4
  • Morton/Brentano 0.4
  • Hale 0.4

President Thomas and Dr. Sharon Kazee will award the Recyclemania trophy to representatives of Powell on Tuesday, April 11. There will also be a drawing for residents of Powell for two Smart Strip Energy Saving Surge Protectors.

Thanks to all for recycling!

Submitted by Jan Schrader

* DPT student performing clinical in Taiwan

Medical students

Adam Barga, DPT ’17, is performing his final clinical at Cheng-Hsin General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan. Cheng-Hsin General Hospital is the first rehabilitation hospital in Taiwan and currently has more than 33 physical therapists on staff. This clinical experience is made possible through collaboration with National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan. Professor Tzurei Chen recently visited Adam during his clinical and gave a presentation regarding UE’s physical therapy program and physical therapy as a career in the United States.

Submitted by Jennifer Simon


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