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Monday, April 24, 2017

* Summer hours start today

The University will begin a modified summer schedule today - Monday, May 8 - through Monday, August 7. Business hours for the campus will be adjusted during this period to 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. As always, the area supervisor is responsible for the scheduling decisions that will best meet the University’s and their respective department’s service requirements. We will return to regular hours on Tuesday, August 8.

The modified summer work schedule is incumbent on ensuring coverage to service our many constituencies. It is important to maintain our commitment and communication with students and their parents during the summer months. Your assistance in this regard is greatly appreciated.


What's Happening Today

* This Week in Music

The UE Department of Music will present the 39th Annual Gumberts Award Competition recital tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall. Three outstanding music majors will be performing: Hannah Nilsen (soprano), Cynthia White (mezzo-soprano), and Natsumi Yamada (violin). The recital is free and open to the public.

The three performers are all seniors in UE’s music therapy program.

Nilsen is a dean’s list student who has played multiple lead roles in UE Opera productions and serves executive positions for several campus organizations. On Tuesday evening, she will be performing a selection of songs and arias by Handel, Duparc, Rossini, Wolf, and Gounod.

White is involved in a variety of national and UE organizations, including the Honors Program, Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society (vice president), Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, and Chi Omega (orientation leader). After graduation, she will complete a 6-month music therapy internship at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. During Tuesday’s concert, she will be performing songs and arias by Thomas, Wolf, Britten, and Gounod.

Yamada has served as concertmaster of the University Symphony Orchestra for three years, during which time she soloed with the orchestra and won the Vukovich Concerto Competition. She serves as vice president for the UE Music Therapy Association and vice president for ritual for Sigma Alpha Iota. On Tuesday, she will perform works by Stravinsky, Ysaye, and Wieniawski.

W.A. Gumberts made a gift to the University of Evansville which established a trust fund in perpetuity to be distributed annually to individual students in each of the four specified areas of the fine arts at the University: art, music, drama, and creative writing. The award is given based on merit in an activity to be determined by each department. The three performers were selected by vote of the music faculty based on their academic and performing achievements demonstrated during their careers as students. The music award is given based on the quality of performances given by the students at the recital, and the winner is selected by a panel of judges.

James Sullivan

* Men's Golf to play today and Tuesday

With the regular season complete, the University of Evansville Men’s Golf team has its sights set on a Missouri Valley Conference Championship starting today.

Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Illinois, is the scene of the championship with play starting today with 36 holes before Tuesday’s action features the final 18. Wichita State is the favorite going in, earning 79 points in the pre-championship poll.

The Aces are coming off of a nice showing at the Tennessee State Big Blue Invitational. After finishing the first day in a tie for the lead, Tyler Gray came home in second place as the Purple Aces took sixth at the event.

Gray totaled a 141 in day one with scores of 71 and 70 before finishing the event with a 74 in the last trip around the course. His 215 was two off of the pace of 213, set by UT Martin's Hunter Richardson.  Richardson carded a 69 in the final round.

Joining Gray in the top ten was Wil Pahud. A 78 in the last trip around gave Pahud a 223 for the tournament, tying for 10th place. Matthew Ladd was third on the team. He had his best round of the event, notching a 76 to tie for 53rd with a 236.

Jon Pick also registered a 236. His final round tally checked in with a 77, also his lowest score of the weekend. Finishing five behind Pick and Ladd was Zac Turi with a 241.

One of UE's top round of the day came from Noah Reese. He was the top individual finisher with a 225.  Reese shot an even 72 in the last round of play. Robert Waggoner also played as an individual, totaling a 3-round final of 257.

* Mission Guatemala GAP team opens presentation to campus

Wondering what the Mission Guatemala GAP class is all about? Everyone is invited to come watch the Mission Guatemala GAP team as they give their final presentation TODAY at 1:00 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery.

Submitted by Cindy Kelley


Upcoming Events

* Mass at 9:30 p.m. tonight

Mass will be celebrated tonight at 9:30 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Confession and adoration will begin at 9:00 p.m. For more information, contact Olivia Voegerl at

Submitted by Emily Rodgers

* Last rosary group

The Newman Club will be praying the rosary for the last time this semester on Tuesday 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

* Retirement reception for Tink Martin today

Tink Martin, PhD, physical therapy professor and associate department chair, will retire at the end of this academic year after 35 years of service to the University. A reception to honor Tink is planned for this afternoon from 3:00-5:00 p.m., in the Class of '59 Gallery, located on the second floor of Ridgway University Center 

Submitted by Jennifer Simon 

* Reception for Vicki Custer, Janet Turner, and Becky Ziliak

Please join us TODAY for a retirement reception in honor of Vickie Custer, Becky Ziliak, and Janet Turner from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Class of ’59 Gallery, Ridgway University Center. Over the last 20 years, these ladies have faithfully served UE students in the health center. Please stop by to thank them and wish them well! Light refreshments will be served. 

Submitted by Karen Martin

* Take A Stand With YWCA at UE

Take A Stand With YWCA for peace, justice, freedom, and dignity all day today outside of Ridgway University Center. Rain location will be inside Ridgway University Center.

Activities are planned for this event include:

  • 1:00-2:00 p.m. – Special announcement by President Kazee, a mayoral announcement, and student remarks
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m. - Tours of Diversity House, located at 434 Weinbach Avenue
  • 3:00-6:00 p.m. – Visit information tables
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m. – Open mic at the free speech podium
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m. – Panel discussion on race
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m. – Open mic at the free speech podium
  • 6:00 p.m. – Screening of the film 13th, followed by a discussion

Submitted by LaNeeca Williams

* Diversity House Dedication on Tuesday, April 25

The Diversity House is scheduled for a dedication on Tuesday, April 25, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in Ridgway University Center. The dedication will be a part of the YWCA's Stand Against Racism events scheduled on campus that day. There will be tours of the house from 2:00-3:00 p.m., and all are welcome to attend.

The Diversity House is currently open for limited hours. Please stop by 436 Weinbach Avenue to study or just hang-out. The house is the only one on the block with a purple door.

The hours are as follows:

  • Monday: 9:00 a.m. -12:50 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Submitted by LaNeeca Williams

* UE celebrates Melvin Peterson's 95th birthday

An open house for the University of Evansville’s Melvin Peterson Gallery is planned for today from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The celebration will mark the 95th birthday of Melvin M. Peterson, the man who made possible this elegant showcase for student and professional artwork. Hosted by the University’s Friends of Art, the event is free and open to the public.

Peterson has been a long-time supporter and friend to the University of Evansville. He was president of UE’s Samuel Johnson Society, Harlaxton Society, and Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been an honorary trustee of the University since 1999.

In 1991, the UE Alumni Association recognized Peterson with a Samuel Orr Honorary Alumnus; in 2014, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Through generous gifts to UE, he established the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing and the Melvin Peterson Gallery.

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Peterson served four years in the United States Navy and earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Arts in English literature from the California State University, and a Master of Arts in history from Indiana State University. In 1972, he retired from Chevron Oil Corporation, San Francisco, California, where he was a financial advisor.

Located at 1935 Lincoln Avenue, the Melvin Peterson Gallery was dedicated in 2010. It features changing exhibits of artwork by local and regional artists, alumni, and students.

* PAC Golf Outing set for Monday, May 22

On Monday, May 22, the annual Purple Aces Club Golf Outing will again take place at Oak Meadow Country Club in Evansville.

Foursomes are available for $600 while individuals may register for $150.  Your fee includes a boxed lunch, drinks, Aces NIKE polo shirt, and post-golf hors d’oeuvres. 

Registration on the day of the tournament starts at 11:00 a.m. before a shotgun start commences the action at noon. Following your round of play, a reception will take place from 5:00-6:00 p.m. with the awards ceremony taking place at 5:30 p.m., inside the clubhouse.

The fun and fast-paced format is a 4-person scramble where everyone hits off the tee, but only three players play into the green, with the person whose tee shot is utilized sitting the next shot out. Multiple tee boxes will be used where you start on the regular tee, move back after a birdie, eagle or double eagle, up for a bogie or worse, or for two consecutive pars. All players will putt with a 2-putt maximum on the green. Mulligans will not be utilized; instead a length of string will be provided to each team to make the putt without an additional stroke. Once a length is used, it cannot be reused. Additional lengths may be purchased.

Several great sponsorship opportunities are available and start out at just $150. Hole sponsors cost just $150 and include a sign on a tee or green. Three $250 opportunities are available: longest drive sponsor, closest to the pin sponsor, and cart sponsor. The chance to sponsor the reception is available for $1,000 while an event title sponsorship can be purchased for $2,500.

To register for the event, visit the Purple Aces Golf Classic web page.

For more sponsorship information, contact John Rodgers at or 812-488-4288.

* Pancakes are coming tonight!

Enjoy pancakes with some of your favorite Aces at the Pancake Study Break tonight from 9:00-11:00 p.m. in the dining hall in Ridgway University Center. There will also be door prizes, music, and fun! This event is free of charge to UE students. A UE ID is required.

Submitted by Emily Wilderman

* Ladies in Pink and Trebles Without a Cause A Capella concert

UE's A Capella groups, Ladies in Pink and Trebles Without a Cause, will join together for their end of the semester concert. Come join us on April 29 at 3:00 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall!

Submitted by McKenna Ceci

* Wesley Shepard Summer Music Camp

The University of Evansville Department of Music is currently accepting registrations for this year’s Wesley Shepard Summer Music Camp which will run June 11-17.

During this comprehensive week of music making, students will rehearse and perform in their specialty area, receive instruction in like-instrument/voice groups, learn music theory, and have a choice of music-related electives. The week will culminate with final performances by all student musicians.

Pianists who have had two years of private piano lessons are eligible to attend.

All middle and high school aged student instrumentalists and vocalists who have completed one year with their school ensemble (or similar experience) are encouraged to attend.

You can find out more about the camp or register to attend by going to the Wesley Shepard Summer Music Camp web page.

Submitted by Barbara Josenhans

* Graduating? Transferring? Federal loan repayment counseling session required

Students who have received federal direct loans (subsidized/unsubsidized) and plan to graduate in the spring or summer (or transfer after the spring semester) are required to attend a loan repayment counseling session. The Office of Financial Aid will hold the last session on May 5 at 11:30 a.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center.

Submitted by Amy Sowders

* Obsolete electronics recycling event on April 26

There will be an obsolete electronics recycling event on reading/study day, April 26, from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on the drive that loops around Hale Hall.

Students and employees (faculty, administrators, and staff) can bring the following personal, obsolete electronic equipment to be recycled at no cost:

LCD displays, LCD TVs and LCD monitors, computers, printers, fax machines, laptops, cell phones, PDAs, cables, circuit boards, connectors, electrical equipment, audio video equipment, DVD players, stereos, radios, calculators, speakers, and VCRs. Small quantities of batteries will be accepted.

The following items will NOT be accepted:

• CRT TVs and CRT computer monitors
• Fluorescent light bulbs (including compact bulbs), refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, stoves, vacuum cleaners, dehumidifiers, leaking batteries, and any other items.
• Electronics owned by the University.

The cost of processing CRT TVs and CRT computer monitors has increased significantly, and the University is no longer able to cover these items. However, these items may be brought to C&I Electronics, located at 1700 North Lafayette Avenue in Evansville, Monday–Friday, from 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The cost will be 35 cents per pound.

Submitted by Jan Schrader 


Info You Should Know

* Areas in Fitness Center closed today

The Fitness Center weight room and upstairs workout area will be closed today. The track, bikes and aerobics room will remain open. Old equipment is being taken out and new equipment is being set up!

Submitted by Lori Adams

* Aces drop series to Northern Illinois

After a postponement of more than 40 hours, the University of Evansville Baseball team fell in a pair of contests to visiting Northern Illinois on Sunday at Charles H. Braun Stadium.

The first contest, which began on Friday evening, picked up in the bottom of the seventh with the Aces (13-25) trailing 2-1. However, a three-run top of the eighth proved UE’s undoing as the team went on to fall 5-2 to the visitors from the Mid-American Conference. In the second game, a single run in second was all the Huskies (12-26) would need as UE fell 1-0.

Both Aces starters were pegged with hard-luck losses in the series, beginning with Patrick Schnieders, who tossed seven innings and struck out six on Friday night. Connor Strain earned the nod on Sunday, giving up just five hits and a single run through 6.1 frames. The senior out of Shelburn, Indiana, fanned five in the contest and saw his scoreless streak snapped at 15 innings.

“To go 0-2 on a weekend where you get that kind of effort from Patrick Schnieders and Connor Strain is very difficult to accept,” UE head coach Wes Carroll said. “Our offense wasn’t competitive enough to win today. We’re going to have to pick ourselves up and climb out of this hole. I think this next week is going to be pivotal for us.”

A Joe Jumonville single got things started for NIU in the second, and another single from Mike Roberson moved him into scoring position. A Roderick Bynum sacrifice bunt put both in scoring position before Brad Wood brought in the run with a groundout to short.

Jumonville was the only batter on either team to record multiple hits, finishing 2-for-4 at the plate.

Meanwhile, Strain’s counterpart also enjoyed an impressive outing as Donovin Sims earned the win for the Huskies. He surrendered just four hits over 7.2 innings before Andrew Frankenreider came in to pick up the final four outs.

UE will return to action this with a two-game set against Murray State, beginning with a game in Paducah, Kentucky, on Tuesday before returning to Charles H. Braun Stadium on Wednesday.

* Need a box?

The UE Bookstore has a limited number of boxes available to students who may need them for moving. Initial limit is two and they are free while they last. Stop by the UE Bookstore if you're interested.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* Important UE campus mail reminder

When preparing and bundling UE intra-campus mail for UE distribution services courier pick-up, please DO NOT attach a UE Data Mail account barcode card. Mail bundled with that card is transported to Data Mail for postage processing. Using the card on bundled intra-campus mail will result in delivery delays. These cards are designed to provide required information for properly processing (USPS, UPS) mail and parcels to be delivered off campus.

Please contact Kim Winsett or Distribution Services if you have any questions. For additional information, visit the mail services website

Submitted by Kim Winsett

* Call for proposals for Continued Learning @ UE Program

The Center for Adult Education invites proposals for Continued Learning @ UE for fall of 2017. The courses run for five weeks meeting for 90 minute sessions.

Continued Learning @UE programmatically connects the campus and community consisting of alumni, emeriti faculty, and community members to encourage lifelong learning. Providing personal enrichment (non-credit) offerings on UE’s campus each fall and spring semester advances personal growth and enhances rooted knowledge.

Those interested should please e-mail Lindsay Roberts at

Submitted by Lindsay Roberts

* Last call for official transcripts

Any current student needing their official transcript must submit an order no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25. Orders placed after this time will not be processed until Tuesday, May 9. No exceptions!

You can place your order through

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at

Submitted by Alexandria Lattner

* Summer books are ready!

Students that are taking summer classes are reminded that summer books are now available in the UE Bookstore. This includes all online and regular classes. We have special rental prices and eBooks for some classes. Any book rented for summer can be kept until August 23. Stop in the UE Bookstore today and get your book before you leave for the summer.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* Commencement senior video: photos needed

Hey seniors! We are now collecting photos from our last few years to be included in Commencement's senior slideshow. The video will be presented prior to the ceremony on Saturday, May 6, and available to view online afterward, as well. Any and all photos that you would like to be featured - seniors only if possible! - should be uploaded by Wednesday, April 26.

Submitted by Alanna Payne

* Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship applications

Family, friends, and loved ones of the late Marvin E. Hartig are pleased to announce the application process for the Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is dedicated to the loving memory of Hartig, dean of Evansville College’s Evening College in 1967, and administrator for the Center for Advanced Study, director of the Evansville chapter of the American Institute of Banking (AIB), and the international student advisor. In 1974, Hartig was appointed dean of academic services. He retired in 1984 after serving his alma mater for 35 years and passed away in 2007.

This scholarship will be awarded each year to a deserving sophomore student with demonstrated financial need as shown by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Preference will be given to a student working while being enrolled as a full-time student.

International students are encouraged to apply. Please include in your essay your particular financial need, since international students do not have FAFSA forms on file.

Applicants must submit the following to be considered:

  1. Completed application
  2. In a one page, single spaced, 12 point Verdana font essay, please answer all of these questions:
  • What have you learned about yourself as a UE student?
  • What do you do for fun when not studying or working?
  • Name a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart.
  • You have done a lot in your short life.  In what areas do you think you can improve?
  • What are your scholastic and career goals?
  • How did you finance your freshman year and how will you finance your sophomore year? 
  • Why are you a good candidate to receive this scholarship?
  • What have you learned about Dr. Hartig, how does he influence or inspire you, and how will you preserve his legacy as recipient of this scholarship?

Please return all materials to the Office of Financial Aid by June 1. Decision will be announced by August 1.

If you have questions, contact Trisha Hawkes, administrative assistant to the Office of Financial Aid, at or 812-488-2364.

Submitted by Trisha Hawkes



* Religion professor contributes to international volume

The book Paul and Seneca in Dialogue, recently published by Brill, assembles an international group of scholars to consider the connections and contrasts between the thought of the apostle Paul and that of the ancient Roman philosopher Seneca. Religion professor Jim Ware’s contribution to the volume is entitled “The Salvation of Creation: Seneca and Paul on the Cosmos, Human Beings, and their Future.” More information on the volume is available on Brill’s website

* Softball rallies for 4-2 win over Indiana State

Trailing 2-0 entering the sixth inning, the University of Evansville Softball team rallied for four runs in that frame on their way to a 4-2 victory over Indiana State on Sunday afternoon at Cooper Stadium.

“This was huge for us to find a way to get the win. Our bats have been a little quiet this weekend and I feel like we were pressing just a little bit,” Purple Aces head coach Mat Mundell said. “When Deja came to the plate and got that hit, it really gave us some life. Morgan’s home run was obviously huge too, she has evolved a real clutch hitter for us.”

Evansville (20-26, 11-9 MVC) registered two hits on the day, but they came at the biggest time. Indiana State (20-25, 5-15 MVC) picked up nine hits while Kenzie Ihle heled UE hitless through five innings.

The top of the third inning featured great defense by the Purple Aces. After the Sycamores put a runner on third with one out, Morgan Florey connected with Hayli Scott for the out at the plate. After the next ISU batter singled to shallow center, Michal Luckett threw out another Sycamore runner at home to end the inning.

Indiana State threatened in each inning and finally came through in the fourth as Gabi Carter laced a 2-run single to center field for the first scoring of the contest.

Evansville was held hitless until the bottom of the sixth inning when Deja Shelton doubled to left field to lead off the inning. She advanced to third on a Brittany Hay sacrifice before coming home on a sac fly by Florey.

Two hit batters put a pair of runners on for Morgan Lambert, who responded with her seventh home run of the year, a 3-run shot, to give UE a 4-2 lead. That proved to be the difference as Florey finished it off in the top of the seventh for UE.

A trip to Carbondale, Illinois, awaits UE on Tuesday as they finish their season series with Southern Illinois. The final home games of the year are on tap next weekend as the Aces welcome Illinois State.

* Choir program receives national distinction

The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) chose the University of Evansville to represent the state of Indiana in the National Collegiate Honor Choir which took place last month in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as part of the 2017 American Choral Directors Association National Conference. The ACDA National Collegiate Choir featured one quartet from each of the 50 states for a total of 200 singers.

Dennis Malfatti, director of choral activities, was asked by ACDA to prepare and bring four singers from UE for this event.

Senior vocal performance and music therapy major Rebecca Laskey, senior music therapy major Cynthia White, junior vocal performance major Adam Smith, and freshman music education major Griffin Devoy were selected as the quartet to represent UE and the state of Indiana as a whole.

The students were rehearsed and prepared by Malfatti in the weeks leading up to their trip to Minneapolis.

Even though only four students from each state could attend, this distinction was the result of recent achievements by all the members of UE’s choral program and the increasing recognition of UE’s choral program from ACDA, the nation’s largest and primary professional organization for choral music.

* Sari Baum places In Norton Writer's Prize

University of Evansville junior Sari Baum was the recent runner-up in the competitive 2016 Norton Writer's Prize, a national competition that is awarded annually for an outstanding essay written by an undergraduate.

Baum’s essay “Bánat is Hungarian for Grief” skillfully weaves scenes about her Hungarian roots with the familial curse of dementia. Baum uses beautiful scenes to render heartbreak and show us her great-grandmother’s struggle, resulting in a narratively complex essay. 

* Winners of the Virginia Lowell Grabill Award announced

Each year, the University of Evansville’s Department of Creative Writing has the pleasure of announcing the student winners of The Virginia Lowell Grabill Award for excellence in undergraduate creative writing. 
The winners and finalists for 2016 and recipients of a cash prize are as follows:

First place: “Steel” by Sarah Butler
Second place: “Tornadoes” by Taylor Gates
Third place: “Sister, Sister’ by Brittney Kaleri

First place: “How to Pray in St Kinga’s Salt Cathedral” by Rachel Moore
Second Place: “Uncovered” by Sarah Butler
Third Place: “Lavender” by Sarah Butler

First place: “Neighbors” by Neil Brookhouse
Second Place: “A Good Friend” by Lea Arnold
Third Place: “What Witches Want” by Brittney Kaleri

* Recent graduate headed to MFA

The Department of Creative Writing would like to congratulate 2016 graduate Joy Grace Chen on her acceptance to The Ohio State University's MFA program. She will begin her studies in creative nonfiction in Fall 2017. Way to go, Joy Grace!

* Nikolidakis signs with literary agent

Assistant professor of creative writing Lisa Nikolidakis has signed with literary agent Rayhané Sanders of Massie & McQuilkin for representation of her book projects in fiction and nonfiction. Massie & McQuilkin represents some of the finest names in literature today, such as Roxane Gay, Lidia Yuknavitch, Annie Dillard, Dan Chaon, and many others. Lisa is thrilled to be in such good company and eager to bring her books to shelves near you.


Sympathy to...

* Don Riggs and his family

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Don Riggs and his family on the death of his wife Diane. Services were today at 10:00 a.m. at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.


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