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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

From the President

* New Office of Enrollment and Marketing

To the University Community,

Effective immediately, the Office of Enrollment Services and the Office of Marketing and Communications will be consolidated under the leadership of Vice President Shane Davidson in a new Office of Enrollment and Marketing. Vice President Don Jones has concluded his service to the University, and I am deeply appreciative of the energy and commitment that Don demonstrated throughout his time here. I know that you’ll join me in wishing him the best of luck in his future endeavors. I am confident as well that you’re ready to offer your enthusiastic support to Shane as he fulfills his new responsibilities.



Thomas A. Kazee
University of Evansville


Upcoming Events

* AmeriCorps VISTA Virtual Information Session

Are you ready for the next step in your career?

Are you passionate about making a difference and working alongside communities to fight poverty?

Want to learn valuable non-profit management and sustainable community development skills?

Consider joining AmeriCorps VISTA! To learn more about the program, and hear from some currently serving members, tune in to our Virtual Information Session on Wednesday, May 24, at 3:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. PT).

To register or search for other virtual webinars, click here

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke 

* FREE Honoring Women Veterans Conference to be held at UE

The eighth annual Honoring Women Veterans Conference will be hosted at UE on Saturday, June 17. The conference is FREE and open to women veterans and current service members. Registration is required by June 1 at or by calling 812-488-2141.

Attendees will receive valuable veteran benefit information, enjoy a complimentary luncheon, and an afternoon of being pampered with massages, manicures, facials, prizes, and more.

This year's special guest speaker will be Marylyn Harris, MSN, MBA. Harris is a US Army veteran and founder and executive director of the country’s first Women Veterans Business Center located in Houston, Texas. She is committed to improving the health status (mental and physical), education, and economic opportunities of women and girls. The mission of the Women Veterans Business Center is to connect, educate, and empower women veterans and military families to start and grow wealth-generating veteran-owned businesses.

Harris has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work including the prestigious White House Champion of Change Award presented to her by President Barack Obama in 2013.

Join us as we hear how Harris overcame obstacles including PSTD to lead a fulfilling personal and professional life. She has lessons to share and is an inspiration to all.

Submitted by Cherie Leonhardt

* Re-Think Diversity Through Advocacy and Dialogue

The Office of Diversity is offering re-thinking diversity sessions again this summer to help campus members with discussion and dialogue around diversity and inclusion. The theme will be “Re-Think Diversity Through Advocacy and Dialogue.” They will be on Tuesdays beginning June 6 through August 1 (excluding July 4) from noon-1:00 p.m., in Room 273 in the Schroeder School of Business Building.

Mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Each session allows participants to think and dialogue about how to re-think everything they ever knew about diversity topics by providing solution-oriented steps and strategies. There will be resources for participants on how to engage in diversity opportunities for encouraged inclusion on campus.

Sessions are intended for any campus member (faculty, staff, administrators, or students workers).

Please note that anyone attending at least six sessions will be given a certificate of completion from the Office of Diversity Initiatives at UE at the end of the summer.

Information on the sessions is below:

June 6
“What you need to know about Evansville’s LGBTQ community and how to offer support,” presented by Wally Paynter, Tri-State Alliance

June 13
“Evansville’s Black History and the mission of the Evansville African American Museum,” presented by Lu Porter, executive director, Evansville African American Museum

June 20
“Why affinity groups are important and the steps to increase retention within a diverse workforce,” presented by Danyelle Granger, vice president, diversity and inclusion director at Old National Bank

June 27
“What is the Evansville Chamber of Commerce doing to increase diversity?” presented by Megan Alvarez, inclusion coordinator, Chamber of Commerce

July 11
“More than accommodations: Understanding the needs of people with different abilities,” presented by Gary May, retired professor of social work, president of Veterans for Peace

July 18
“True inclusivity: Building and strengthening important diversity community initiatives,” presented by Alex Burton, banker, Old National Bank

July 25
“Women in the workforce: How can we make it better?” presented by Jennifer Briggs, university registrar, University of Evansville

August 1
“Celebrating and exploring the Hindu temple and culture,” presented by Tri-State Hindu Temple and Cultural Center

For more information contact LaNeeca Williams at or by phone at ext. 2413.


Info You Should Know

* Health screening sign-ups

Wellness screenings are scheduled to take place June 6, 7, and 8 in the Employee Health Clinic. Earn HRA credits! You can schedule up to two appointments when you sign in to AceLink. There is a recommendation for a 12 hour fast because triglycerides are included with the blood fat/cholesterol testing. However, please arrive with no less than an 8-hour fast. Hydration is important when fasting - water and black coffee are allowed prior to testing.

Contact Ashley Chipps at with questions.

* Highland Elementary campus visit

Highland Elementary School will host a campus visit for fifth grade students on Tuesday, May 16, from 9:00- noon. Please contact Kari Hughes at with any questions. 

* COMM 380 ONLINE in Summer I

Would one class that fulfills several general education requirements and teaches you valuable life skills interest you? Do you want to reduce your course load during the regular fall or spring semesters? How would you like to take such a course NO MATTER WHERE you plan to be this summer?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider enrolling in COMM 380 ONLINE (Intercultural Communication) offered in Summer Session I.

COMM 380 meets criteria for General Education Outcome 9 (Understanding of Core Concepts of Society, Human Behavior, and Civic Knowledge) and Overlay Component A (Global Diversity: International Component).

For more information contact professor emeritus of communication Dean Thomlison at

Submitted by Dean Thomlison

* Peace Corps now accepting applications!

The Peace Corps is now accepting applications for hundreds of positions in 47 countries with departures in next winter and spring 2018. Find an opening that fits your skills and interests, or choose to serve where you are needed most.

Departures in January, February, and March 2018:
Apply by July 1 | Know by September 1

Departures in April, May, and June 2018:
Apply by October 1 | Know by December 1

Apply early for the best chance to serve in the country and program of your choice.

More information, click here.  

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke 

* Aces softball completes 2017 season

In the opening game of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship, Loyola scored three runs in the first inning on their way to a 6-1 victory over the University of Evansville softball team on Thursday afternoon at Marian Kneer Stadium.

With the loss, the Purple Aces season comes to an end with a 20-33 mark.  League Newcomer of the Year Brittany Hay finished the season with a team-best .309 batting average while senior Hayli Scott finished at .302.  Morgan Florey wrapped up the campaign with 14 victories in the circle along with a 1.99 ERA and an MVC-best 194 strikeouts. 

Florey also provided the power in the lineup, pacing the team with nine home runs and 32 RBI.  She was responsible for UE’s run on Thursday, going 1-3 while bringing home the Aces’ run in the contest. 

Loyola wasted little time getting on the board as Katie Kasubke hit a home run to center field to give the Ramblers a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the inning, the Aces showed that they were ready to fight back.  Brittany Hay hit a leadoff double before moving to third base on a Michal Luckett groundout.  Up next was Morgan Florey, who singled down the right field line to score Hay and get UE on the board.  Morgan Lambert also added a hit in the frame.

The score remained 3-1 until the top of the fifth when the Ramblers plated three more runs.  They loaded up the bases with one out and Kasubke drew a walk to add their fourth run of the game.  Jamie O’Brien also notched an RBI.

Evansville looked to rally in the bottom of the seventh as a pair of runners reached with two outs, but a groundout ended the game as the Ramblers took the 6-1 win.

Florey tossed all seven frames, allowing six runs, three earned, on six hits.  She fanned six Rambler batters.  Kiley Jones was the victor for Loyola, scattering six hits over her seven innings of work.

* Summer publication schedule for AceNotes

As there are fewer submissions to AceNotes during the summer, AceNotes will only be published on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting the week of Monday, May 15. AceNotes Extras will still be published whenever needed. The regular AceNotes publication schedule of every Monday through Friday will resume when school begins again in August.

* Thursday afternoon golf outings

The employees of the University of Evansville are again invited to play golf with other UE employees on Thursday afternoons during the summer months. The UE golf outings will be on Thursday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. at Fendrich golf course. You can reserve your tee time by contacting Debbie Kassenbrock in the Center for Academic Advising at or 488-2605 by 4:30 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the outing.

Submitted by Deborah Kassenbrock

* Accounting and audit procedures for summer travel expenses and membership dues

Traveling this summer on UE business with a return date after May 31? Paying membership dues for next fiscal year prior to May 31? If you pay for any of these expenses before May 31, you will need to contact Lori Harriss ( in accounting and audit.

If you use WebAdvisor to create a web voucher, you will need to ask for the prepaid account number to be added to your choices.

If you use your Pcard prior to May 31 to pay for next year’s travel or membership dues, you will need to email the following information:

  • Vendor name
  • Date of purchase on Pcard
  • Dollar amount charged to Pcard
  • Description and purpose of purchase
  • Account number charged for purchase

These expenses will be charged to your 2017-18 budget funds.

Submitted by: Michele Adams 

* 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



* Cirino's article appears in Huffington Post

Ernest Hemingway's SignatureIn honor of the 100th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway's high school graduation, Mark Cirino has co-written an article that appeared in the Huffington Post.

Cirino, associate professor of English and Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in English Literature, co-wrote the article to accompany rare and evocative images from Hemingway's high school years. Many of these photographs appeared in Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park, a book Cirino co-wrote.

Read the article, Hemingway’s High School Graduation: 100 Years Later, on the Huffington Post website.

* Best wishes to Justin Coffey and Betsy Whited

Please join residence life and the Center for Student Engagement in wishing Betsy Whited and Justin Coffey all the best as they move on to new opportunities.

Betsy is moving to Tempe, Arizona, to be a community director at Arizona State University. Her last day will be this Friday, May 19. Betsy has served as the residential coordinator for Morton and Brentano Halls for three years and the assistant director of community development this past year.

Justin is moving to Medora, Indiana, to teach social studies at Medora Junior/Senior High School. His last day will be Wednesday, May 31. Justin has served as a residential coordinator here at UE for two years, first in Moore Hall before moving to Hale Hall last year. He also served as the assistant director of campus programs this past year.

Thank you both for your years of service and dedication to the UE community!

* UE wins Rookie of Year Award at NASA Student Launch

UE's Project Ace, a team of mechanical engineering students led by seven seniors, was awarded Rookie of the Year for their performance in the NASA Student Launch competition. The team built and tested a rocket that was designed to reach an altitude of exactly one mile and protect fragile material throughout the flight. Students competed at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in April against other colleges and universities from across the US. Scoring for the award included various aspects of the 9-month project, such as reporting, presentations, design analysis, actual flight performance, and safety. The rocket will be on display on the second floor of Koch Center for Engineering and Science later this summer. Please join us in the congratulating the team on their success!

UE Rocket Team Members

* Mechanical engineering senior Austin Kraus wins ASME Arthur L. Williston Medal

Mechanical engineering senior Austin Kraus was selected as the most recent winner of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Arthur L. Williston Medal national writing competition.

ASME presents the award “annually to the student engineer or recent graduate who authors the best paper in the area of civic service.” Austin’s paper was titled “Safe Growth of Autonomous Systems through International Regulations.”

In the past 16 years, nine UE mechanical engineering students have placed: five winners, three placed second, and one placed third. Austin will receive a bronze medal in November at the 2017 ASME Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Tampa, Florida, along with a certificate and a $1000 honorarium.

Austin Kraus Senior Photo

* Heidi Strobel gives lecture at Kalamazoo College

Heidi Strobel, associate professor of art history and Curator of the Peters-Margedant House, gave a public lecture about the Peters-Margedant House move on Wednesday, May 10. Strobel gave the lecture at her alma mater, Kalamazoo College, which is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. 

Submitted by the Department of Archaeology and Art History


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