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AceNotes Today

Friday, April 28, 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.


Upcoming Events

* Purple Aces Club Ballpark Cookout rescheduled for May 29

Due to uncertain weather conditions, Saturday’s previously scheduled Purple Aces Club Ballpark Cookout has been rescheduled for May 20, when UE will play host to Dallas Baptist at Charles H. Braun Stadium.

* Women's Tennis opens MVC Championship on Friday

In a rebound season, the University of Evansville Women’s Tennis team tied for second place in the Missouri Valley Conference and is ready for the league Team Tennis Championship this weekend in Normal, Illinois.

Evansville is the #4 seed in the event and opens play versus Drake at 11:00 a.m. today at the Gregory Street Tennis Courts as Illinois State will be hosting the event.

UE finished in a tie for second place in the conference, posting a 5-2 league mark. The Aces finished conference play on a high note last weekend, defeating the Bulldogs on Saturday before earning a 4-3 win at UNI on Sunday.

UNI started the day by taking the doubles points, but the Aces rallied to take four singles matches to finish off the win. Chieko Yamada defeated Jieke Stroobant in flight one, 6-4, 6-1. Diana Tkachenko got the job done at #2 singles, winning in three sets, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Daria Pentsova picked up another win, topping Sydney Wolfe in the fourth flight, 6-3, 6-2. Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga was the fourth to pick up a win, beating Savanna Hunt at #6, 6-0, 6-1.

Should the Purple Aces advance, they would take on the winner of the Wichita State match as the Shockers will face either Stony Brook or UNI this afternoon.

* Exam treats!

Exam treats are right around the corner! Go to the Snack Bar in Café Court today from 8:00-9:00 p.m. this event is free to UE students. You must present UE ID to enter.

Submitted by Katie Nowlan 

* Discover your inner artist!

The University of Evansville Friends of Art invites you to Painting with a Twist on Thursday, May 4, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. Come paint a one-of-a-kind creation and learn about the style of artist Van Gogh. The cost is $35 for UE Friends of Art or $45 for non-members. Sign up to become a member of UE Friends of Art and pay the reduced member fee for the event. 

Contact Michelle at to register by May 2.  

Submitted by Michelle Hahn

* Transitions from Military to College panel discussion

UE faculty, administrators, and staff are cordially invited to a luncheon and discussion on the topic of “Transitions…From Military to College,” sponsored by the UE Office of Veterans Affairs. The event is planned for Monday, May 8, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170), Schroeder School of Business Building.

Please RSVP by Monday, May 1, to Cherie Leonhardt at or call 812-488-2141 along with your meal preference:

1. Tarragon chicken salad wrap (spinach wrap), lettuce, tomato, pretzels, chocolate chip cookie, water.
2. Club wrap (tomato wrap), chipotle mayo, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheese, pretzels, chocolate chip cookie, water.
3. Roasted veggie wrap (garlic wrap), hummus, balsamic vinegar, eggplant, yellow squash, zucchini, red peppers, pretzels, chocolate chip cookie, water.

UE has been an institution of higher learning partner with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs since 2009 to provide education benefits through the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Since then, we have seen an increase in student veterans and current service member students. These students bring varied experiences with them to UE. This discussion is for everyone – from those experienced working with student veterans, to those not so experienced. Please plan to attend to share your knowledge and bring your questions to the discussion. We hope you will plan to join us for this special opportunity to learn from each other.

Panelists include:
• Mike Roscoe - Director/chair/associate professor of physician assistant science at UE, lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard.
• Hilary Morales – UE assistant director of financial aid and VA certifying official.
• Erik Goodge – Current student veteran, junior, economics and cognitive science major, UE VETS student veterans organization president, Marine veteran.
• Matt Brown – Current student veteran, freshman, mechanical engineering major, Army National Guard veteran.
• Trudy Buckman - adjustment counselor from the Evansville Vet Center, Air Force veteran.

Submitted by Cherie Leonhardt 

* This Week in Music: Jazz Band Invitational

Join the UE Jazz Ensemble and many of the area’s outstanding jazz bands for the Third Annual UE Jazz Band Invitational. The event takes place throughout the day on Sunday, April 30, in the Krannert Hall of Fine Arts. It will include a concert at 4:00 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall, that is free and open to the public, as well as a clinic on improvisation led by Jamey Aebersold.

Submitted by James Sullivan

* Book Buyback at the UE Bookstore

Image of book asking to be recycled

Semester ending Book Buyback at the UE Bookstore runs during finals week, April 27-May 3. We freely quote prices on any books you might want to sell regardless of where purchased or if used on this campus or not. You'll get cash on the spot! Please bring your student ID with you, you do not need your original receipt. We've got loads of books we're buying at special prices so just stop in and check pricing.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* Final Days Sale at UE Bookstore

The UE Bookstore is offering 20 percent OFF all clothing and gift purchases during Buyback Week, April 27-May 3. NIKE and Under Armour merchandise is 25 percent OFF during the same time. Clearance items are exempted from additional discounts. Stop in the bookstore and save before the year is over.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* Reception for Principal Seaman and Harlaxton faculty on May 5

The Harlaxton Society and Office of Education Abroad are sponsoring a reception on Friday, May 5, from 2:00- 4:00 p.m. to welcome Harlaxton Principal Gerald Seaman and Harlaxton faculty members David Green and Amber Pouliot, to campus. The event will be in Dunigan Lounge in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Students, alumni, faculty and staff are all welcome to attend!

Submitted by Sylvia DeVault 

* 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.

* 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


Info You Should Know

* GAP 310-08 counts toward fieldwork requirement in ethics and social change major

Considering GAP or the new major where you can have a real world impact? Tackle both by taking the Changemaker Training GAP class this fall (just look for the GAP prefix). Students learn about transformative action in their own lives, and then apply that to a real world issue of their choosing! Course also counts for PSYC 205 – Special Topics in Psychology. (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-4:00 p.m.)

Questions? E-mail Erin Lewis at 

Submitted by Cindy Kelley 

* Harlaxton Welcome Back Reception

On Friday, May 5, join the study abroad team and your fellow Harlaxton alumni for a welcome back reception! The reception will be in Dunigan Lounge on the first floor of the Schroeder School of Business Building from 2:00- 4:00 p.m. Grab some free food, talk to other Harlaxton alumni, and reflect on your experiences abroad. The reception is open to all Harlaxton alumni.

Submitted by Greta Becker

* Aces Place has new hours until summer closing

Ace's Place will have new hours of operation from now until it closes for the summer. Ace’s Place will be open:

  • Monday-Thursday: 10:30 A.m.-11:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 2:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday:  3:00-11:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 2: 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Submitted by Mary Nowlan

* Ace's Place, Jazzman's, and Cafe Court summer closing info

Ace’s Place will close for the summer at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2.

Café Court will close for the summer at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3.

Jazzman’s will close for the summer at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2.

Submitted by Katie Nowlan

* Rental books due back by May 3

This is a reminder to all UE students who rented books from the UE Bookstore for the Spring 2017 term that those rentals are due back in the store no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3. Avoid late charges and return on time. If you have questions please contact the UE Bookstore.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* 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



* DeSilva begins teaching assistantship at Vanderbilt

James DeSilva has received a teaching assistantship in the German studies graduate program at Vanderbilt University. He will begin in the fall of 2017. 

Submitted by Cheryl Shafer 

* Tkachenko and Yamada earn MVC awards Duo honored at league banquet

Diana Tkachenko was named the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year while Chieko Yamada earned a spot on the league’s All-Select Team as the MVC announced its women’s tennis postseason awards on Thursday.

Tkachenko completed a spectacular freshman campaign at UE as she went 31-8 overall and 6-1 in conference play.  She also had a nice fall season, highlighted by a 2nd place finish at #2 singles in the MVC Individual Tournament.  Her impressive run through the MVC included wins over SIU, UNI, Missouri State, Drake, Bradley and Illinois State.

"I knew that we had something very special in this freshman class and none more so than Diana. She has exceeded my expectations this season at every turn. Diana has put together not only one of the best seasons for a freshman, but the best season by an Aces women's tennis player, ever,” Purple Aces head coach Jayson Wiseman said.  “She already has 44 combined wins and 31 singles victories which is nothing short of amazing. I know that she feels very honored to have been chosen Freshman of the Year especially considering the stiff competition she was up against for the award."

Slotted at #1 singles for the Purple Aces in 2016-16, Chieko Yamada won 18 matches while going an impressive 4-3 in conference matches in the top spot.  She defeated UNI, SIU, Bradley and Missouri State.  Yamada also picked up 14 doubles victories this year.

"Chieko has been such a phenomenal edition to our team this year. After a slow start, she has really nailed down the #1 singles position and has been absolutely on fire over the last couple months of the season,” Wiseman added.  “Being named to the All Select team is a well-deserved honor that she has worked very hard for."

* History department grads accepted to law school

The History Department of the University of Evansville would like to congratulate Mitch Rick and William Glasscock on their acceptance to law school. Rick received a full tuition scholarship to attend the John Marshall Law School. Glasscock received over $50,000 in scholarship support to attend the Southern Illinois University School of Law. The history department is proud of Mitch and Bill and our many alumni who graduated to pursue the law.

* Johnson and Serafino receive Senior Research Award

Senior sociology major Logan Johnson and senior international studies and criminal justice major Hayley Serafino have been awarded the 2006-17 Hanns G. Pieper Sociology and Criminal Justice Senior Research Award.

The honor is awarded annually to the outstanding independent research project conducted, written, and presented by a major in sociology, anthropology, gerontology, and criminal justice.

Johnson’s senior research project was entitled “Influences on Perception of Authenticity in Sports Fandom;” this fall, he will be pursuing a graduate degree in film and media arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Serafino’s senior research project was entitled “Views on Criminals and the Criminal Justice System: The Differential Treatment of Terrorists and Traditional Offenders;” this fall, she will be pursuing a graduate degree in security studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

The award is named for emeritus professor of sociology Hanns G. Pieper in honor of his foundational work in the program’s research sequence and for his dedication in promoting independent student research in sociology and criminal justice at UE for over two decades.

Senior Research Award Winners 2017

Pictured (from left to right): Kevin Gray (interim chair, Department of Law, Politics, & Society), Logan Johnson, Hayley Serafino, and James Berry (director of Sociology Programs)

* Dean's Teaching Awards announced

Congratulations to the commendable faculty members who received Dean's Teaching Awards from the Academic Deans for 2016-17.

The faculty members being honored are:

Heather Fenton, assistant professor of management from the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration;

Stephanie Frasier, associate professor of art from the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences;

Kristina Hochwender, associate professor of English from the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences;

Christina Howe, associate professor of electrical engineering from the College of Engineering and Computer Science;

Kathy Liu, assistant professor of exercise science and athletic training from the College of Education and Health Sciences.

* Rania Mousa is the recipient of the Dean's Research Award 2017

Rania Mousa, associate professor of accounting, has received her second 2017 Dean's Research Award. The award was given in recognition of Mousa's latest paper, "The evolution of electronic filing process at the UK's HM Revenue and Customs: The case of XBRL adoption."

The paper has been published in the Journal of Tax Research, one of the top five journals in taxation in the world.

The paper chronicles and analyzes the history of legacy electronic reporting systems at the British tax authority over the last 50 years, which culminated in adopting XBRL, the latest technology used by US federal agencies, SEC and FDIC, to process corporate data in regulatory filings.

* Katterhenry named to MVC Scholar-Athlete Team

Kayla Katterhenry was named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team on Wednesday in an announcement by the league. A total of 13 student-athletes were recognized

The 2017 Golfer of the Year is one of five repeat first-team picks on the team, which was voted on by the league’s golf sports information directors. Those who earned first-team honors this year and last include  Brooke Cusumano (SIU), Katterhenry, Madison Glennie of Drake, Taryn Torgerson of Wichita State, and Kiley Walsh of Illinois State. Those five were joined on the first-team unit by Wichita State's Gavrilla Arya, Missouri State's Caroline Boone and Bradley's Ally Scaccia.

The 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Individual Champion and Golfer of the Year has done a stellar job on the course and in the classroom. She finished her senior campaign with a 75.11 stroke average while picking up four victories on the season, setting the MVC career tournament win record with 11. She earned wins at the Redbird Invitational and Braun Intercollegiate in the fall before winning the Indiana State Spring Invite and MVC Championship in the spring. The management major has a 3.662 GPA.

The criteria for the MVC scholar-athlete team parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) standards for the Academic All-America® program. Nominees must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale), while the student-athletes must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institutions and must have participated in at least 50 percent of her team’s rounds or played at the MVC Championship.

* Klinger and Grabill writing awards announced

The English department has announced the winners of the Virginia Lowell Grabill Awards for academic writing and the George Klinger Prize for best academic essay.

The Third-Place Grabill Award went to Samantha Petitjean. The Second-place Grabill Award went to Taylor Gates. The First-place Grabill Award went to Sydney Blessinger. The George Klinger Prize was presented to Lydia Crain.

Submitted by Larry Caldwell

* Gordon publishes research study

Noah Gordon, associate professor of biology, recently published a paper in collaboration with biologists from Washington University and the University of Minnesota on the information female frogs use to orient toward desirable noise. The paper, titled “The signal in noise: acoustic information for soundscape orientation in two North American treefrogs,” was published in the peer-reviewed journal Behavioral Ecology.


Sympathy to...

* Catie Taylor and family

Our deepest sympathy for Catie Taylor, Office of Admission, on the passing of her aunt, JoAnn Schmidt. 

Submitted by the Office of Admission 

* Family of UE emeritus professor Bung-Chung "B.C." Lee

University of Evansville emeritus professor of civil engineering Bung-Chung “B.C.” Lee passed away on March 29, at Bickford Independent Living in Springfield, Illinois. He was a professor of mechanical and civil engineering at UE from 1960-1996

He is survived by his children, Rev. Lonna Chang-Ren Lee (husband, Rev. Chuck Goodman) and Rev. John Chang Yee Lee (wife, J. Evelyn Orr); grandchildren, Ruby Da-Ai Goodman Lee, Solveig Da-Qi Lee and Soren Da-De Lee; siblings, Bung-Fung (Dr. H.C.) Torng, Peng-Hwa (K.S.) Yang, and Bung-Yuan Lee; brother-in-law, Dr. Jason C. (Janet) Shih; sister-in-law, Mimi Ping-Yung Chiang Lee; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Evelyn; step-mother, Helen Hsieh-Ching Yeh Lee; and brother, Michael Pen-Tung Lee.

Lee was born in Beijing, China, on October 19, 1927. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Taiwan University in Taipei, and served in the Taiwan National Guard before immigrating to the United States. Lee earned his Masters of Science degree from Georgia Tech and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.

His complete obituary can be viewed on the Vancil-Murphy Funeral Home website.

A memorial service will be held in Evansville, on Sunday, May 28, at 1:30 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church with burial at Park Lawn Cemetery followed by a dinner at Yen Ching Restaurant.


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