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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

* Catering information: Chartwells service begins June 23

As you know, the University has signed an agreement with Chartwells, a new food service provider. In addition to general dining options beginning this fall, Chartwells will also be the catering services provider to the campus community beginning Friday, June 23.

On this date, please direct all catering requests to the new catering e-mail address at Sodexo’s service to the University ends on Thursday, June 22. After this date, any requests sent to the existing address will automatically be forwarded to the new address.

Chartwells Catering Contact Information
Kellie Short
Director of Dining Services

Read more about Chartwells’ services, including menu favorites from Starbucks and Chick-fil-A, on our website here.


What's Happening Today

* Evansville Black history and African American Museum session

Lu Porter, executive director of the Evansville African American Museum, will present a session today – Tuesday, June 13 - on Evansville's Black History and the mission of the Evansville African American Museum (EAAM). As part of the session, participants will be able to visit the EAAM at no charge until Tuesday, June 20, during the open hours of the museum.

The session is from noon-1:00 p.m. in Room 273 in the Schroeder School of Business Building and is part of the Re-Thinking Diversity Through Advocacy and Dialogue Summer Series.

The session is sponsored by the Schroeder School of Business and the Office of Diversity Initiatives.

For more information contact, LaNeeca Williams at 812-488-2413 or by e-mail at


Upcoming Events

* Purple Aces to play at New Mexico

The Missouri Valley Conference/Mountain West Challenge is back in 2016-17 as the University of Evansville Men’s Basketball team will travel to New Mexico for a contest on Wednesday, November 29. It will mark the first-ever meeting on the hardwood between the two programs.

All 10 games in the series will take place within a six-day span in late November/early December. The agreement between the Mountain West and Missouri Valley conferences is in the third year of a four-year term.

This past year, the Mountain West Conference and Missouri Valley Conference split the 10-game series, 5-5. The MW has an all-time series edge of 3-1-2 in six previous Challenge seasons, which includes an overall advantage of 33-22 in games played in association with the series.

Evansville has a 2-3 record in the Challenge Series, but has won the last two games. In 2015, the Aces pulled off an impressive 85-77 victory at Fresno State before defeating Boise State by a final of 72-67 last season.

“The MVC/Mountain West Challenge is a great opportunity for schools from both leagues,” UE head coach Marty Simmons said. “It gives our fans the chance to watch us face teams that we would not usually have the chance to play while giving our student-athletes and program a non-conference game against great competition.”
New Mexico is coming off of a 17-14 campaign in 2016-17 while going 10-8 in conference play. The Lobos boast one of the top home atmospheres in the nation at WisePies Arena aka The Pit. The venue has been rated as one of the top in college basketball by, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, and

The Challenge Series features head-to-head competition between 10 Mountain West and 10 Missouri Valley teams annually, with each conference hosting five games apiece each season.

Annual matchups for teams in the Challenge Series will be based upon factors including the previous year’s achievements, records and RPI rankings, as well as projected rankings/strength of teams in the upcoming season, based on composite sources. Each season will be considered separately in terms of matchups, therefore, games from the previous year’s Challenge Series may not be returned.

Television rights for each Challenge Series contest will be controlled by the home team’s conference television agreement, which will dictate the distribution of the game and all related matters, including tip times.

2017 Challenge Schedule

  • Tuesday, N28 Loyola at Boise State Boise, ID
  • Tuesday, N28 Utah State at Valparaiso Valparaiso, IN
  • Tuesday, N28 Colorado State at Missouri State Springfield, MO
  • Wednesday, N29 UNLV at Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
  • Wednesday, N29 Air Force at Indiana State Terre Haute, IN
  • Wednesday, N29 Illinois State at Nevada Reno, NV
  • Wednesday, N29 Evansville at New Mexico Albuquerque, NM
  • Saturday, D2 San Jose State at Southern Illinois Carbondale, IL
  • Saturday, D2 Drake at Wyoming Laramie, WY
  • Sunday, D3 Bradley at San Diego State San Diego, CA
* Dragon Boat Race set for June 17 – join the UE team!

The Midwest Dragon Boat Race will be held on Saturday, June 17, at Deaconess Sports Park Lake. Join the UE team! No skills necessary and anyone can participate. Lunch and a team shirt will be provided. Contact Maria Tonry at for more information or to sign up.

Submitted by Lori Adams


Info You Should Know

* Welcome the DPT Class of 2020 to the UE community

We are proud to welcome an impressive group of 44 students to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Selected from a highly competitive applicant pool, the students come from seven states including Illinois, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, and Indiana.

UE's DPT program has built a reputation for excellence. This year marks the 36th year of physical therapy education and continuous accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE).

Class of 2020 on UE front lawn

Submitted by Jennifer Simon

* Instructional technology open office hours

Teaching an online course or interested in flipping a class? Visit the Center for Adult Education during instructional technology open office hours for support in using lecture capturing tools or online learning strategies and best practices. Office hours are Tuesdays, 9:00-11:00 a.m. and Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m. For more information, contact Leslie Barton at

Submitted by Leslie Barton

* Pool open Friday only

There will be no open swim today, Wednesday, and Thursday. The pool will be open Friday.

Submitted by Lori Adams

* Survey participants needed

Participants are needed to complete a short, 5-minute survey assessing perceptions of an attorney. Your participation will help a student complete her honors senior thesis project. If you have any questions regarding the survey or your participation, please contact Jordan Buechler at

Submitted by Jordan Buechler

* UE Stories Abroad: Haley in Jamaica

There's a new UE Stories Abroad submission on the study abroad website! You can read all about senior nursing student Haley English and her overseas clinical experience in Jamaica. In her story, Haley talks about her passion for mission work, her bonds with her patients, and the gift she received that almost had her in tears.

You can read Haley's story by visiting the study abroad website.

Submitted by Greta Becker



* UE professors among nation's top professors at conference

Kyle Matsel and Bethany Huebner at ConferenceUE professors recently attended the Teaching Professor Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The conference focused on the latest research of teaching in higher education, and was a collaboration of the nation's top professors. Among the topics covered were course creation, student engagement, outcome improvement, classroom technology, improving outcomes, and closing the skills gap.

UE professors who attended were Kyle Matsel, Bethany Huebner, Manahari Adhikari, Pengcheng Xiao, Yolanda Obaze, Kristina Hochwender, Lisa Kretz, Cris Hochwender, Annette Parks, and Wendy Thomas.

Submitted by Jennifer Simon

* Biol 119 and Biol 299 research presented at HHMI symposium

UE students Humza Khan and Lauren Roberts attended the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's ninth annual SEA-PHAGES symposium at the HHMI Janelia Research Campus, where they presented a poster titled "Craff-ting our phage: isolation and annotation of Craff."

Humza Khan and Lauren Roberts

This poster summarized research performed by the students in Biol 119H and Biol 299 during the 2016-17 school year.

Students in Biol 119H isolated, purified, and characterized bacteriophages that infect soil bacteria, and students in Biol 299 examined and annotated the genome sequence of one of these bacteriophages.

In addition to Humza and Lauren, the poster was also co-authored by Shane Bentsen, Makayla Claiborne, Skip Maas, Anna McGriff, Émile Moura Coelho da Silva, Sanjana Sai, and Brett Weinzapfel. This course-based research project was led by associate professors of biology Ann Powell and Joyce Stamm.

* UE star Sara Dickey set to play in Portugal

The leading scorer in University of Evansville Women’s Basketball history will play at the next level as Sara Dickey has inked a deal to play in Portugal in the upcoming season.

“I am really thankful for the opportunities that basketball has given me,” Dickey said. “I am extremely excited to be going to Portugal. It will be a culture shock, but an eye-opening experience at the same time. I have been in a lot of contact with the coaches and team already, which makes me excited to get started.”

Dickey will be playing for Clube Juvenil Boa Viagem. The club is located in Angra do Heroismo, Portugal, in the Azores region of the country. Founded in 1976, her team plays in the Liga Feminina in Portugal. The team has enjoyed success over the years and has won several tournament championships.

“I am extremely happy for her; it has been a pleasure to see her develop and grow on and off the floor over the last few years,” Purple Aces head women’s basketball coach Matt Ruffing said. “She has earned this opportunity and I am excited to see what she will do with it. This is big for our program to have her play professionally.”

“She has set the bar high for what future Aces will aspire to be,” Ruffing added. “For her to be in Portugal, it will be a new life experience and a new country that will allow her to grow even more. Sara is self-motivated and self-driven and will do well on her own and mold her game. She is ready go and I look forward to following her.”

With 2,099 points in her illustrious career, Dickey left the program as its all-time leading scorer and the 10th-best point total in Indiana Division I women’s basketball history. That tally was also sixth in the Missouri Valley Conference record books. 

* Biology and ES students publish in PIAS

Research by Andrew Nunn, Michelle Sonnenberger, and Matt Roberts – under the direction of professor of biology Cris Hochwender - was published in the most recent volume of the Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science. Nunn and Sonnenberger are graduating senior biology majors and Roberts graduated from UE with a degree in environmental science in 2016.

Their study suggests that deer may prevent tree species from transitioning above browse-level and into the mid-story strata. Given time, these changes could lead to a loss of diversity in the canopy, as replacement will consist of only those few species which escape deer browse. In addition, their research suggests that pawpaws may limit access of many tree species into the overstory. The loss of diversity in the forest community could cause wide-ranging alterations in the forest community. The study has helped to launch a long-term, manipulative experiment examining the importance of both deer browsing and pawpaw on forest regeneration at WWNP.

* Maass talks Russian hacking with WNIN

Richard W. Maass, assistant professor of political science, was recently interviewed by 88.3 WNIN FM about reports that Russian hackers targeted US election systems. Check out the interview on WNIN’s website.

* Cirino's "Hidden Hemingway" wins second gold medal

Eric Hoffer Award SealThe Eric Hoffer Book Award has announced that Mark Cirino’s Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park has won the 2017 gold medal in the reference category.

Cirino, an associate professor of English and the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in English, co-wrote Hidden Hemingway with Robert K. Elder and Aaron Vetch.

Earlier this year, Hidden Hemingway won the gold medal in the reference category by the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

* Robert Dion appears on Canadian national radio program

Robert Dion, chair of the Department of Law, Politics, and Society, was interviewed last weekend on Radio-Canada, regarding the first months of the Trump presidency. The live interview, which lasted about 10 minutes, was conducted entirely in French and aired on the Sunday morning news program hosted by Michel Desautels. You can listen to the broadcast on Radio-Canada’s website.

* Institute for Global Enterprise co-hosts global social innovation workshop in Germany

Six UE students and Jill Griffin, executive director for the Institute of Global Enterprise, attended a 3-day global social innovation workshop in Konstanz, Germany. The workshop was co-hosted by UE's Institute for Global Enterprise and the Konstanz University of the Applied Sciences in conjunction with the University of Konstanz. Students attending the workshop were from the US, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, France, and Ukraine.

Submitted by Cindy Kelley 


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