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Thursday, June 15, 2017

* UE open Monday, July 3, closed Tuesday, July 4

The University will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday on Tuesday, July 4. However, the University will be open as usual on Monday, July 3.

* 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.


Upcoming Events

* Men's basketball to play at Duke on December 20

On December 20, the University of Evansville Men’s Basketball team will play in one of the top atmospheres in college basketball, making the trip to Durham, North Carolina, to take on Duke University at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

“This is such a great opportunity for our program to play on this stage,” Purple Aces head coach Marty Simmons said. “Duke is one of the top programs in the country and it is going to be a great experience for our team to play at Cameron Indoor Stadium.”

Duke has won five NCAA Championships while making 11 championship games and 16 Final Fours. The Blue Devils also have the top NCAA Tournament winning percentage at 75.5%.

“We have a ton of respect for Mike Krzyzewski and their program. This is another great contest to add to our schedule for 2017-18,” Simmons added.

December’s game will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools. 

The program will be offering its fans the unique chance to join the team for the game. For information on how you can make the trip with the Aces, click here:

* Summer Healthy Behavior Challenge 2017

Sign up for the Summer Healthy Behavior Challenge. Track daily water consumption and physical activity to earn points. Earn bonus points by completing the weekly challenge. Those who successfully complete the challenge will earn additional HRA credits. E-mail to sign up. Challenge runs June 18-August 12.


  • Sign up by e-mailing Ashley at
  • Complete a weekly tally sheet. These are in AceLink under the Wellness tab. The tally sheet includes your fluid consumption, exercise, and whether the weekly challenge was met.
  • Return weekly sheets via e-mail or by dropping sheets into the collection boxes in the Medical Clinic.  Please tally your points weekly.


  • Top four point-earning participants will each receive a $50 gift card.
  • HRA participants will receive $150 credit for their account for any total point accumulation of 450 points (about 75 percent of the ideal number to earn). Points must be earned from a combination of all activities.

How to Score Your Weekly Sheets    

  • Receive one point for every 15 minutes of aerobic/cardiovascular exercise (e.g. 30 minutes = two points, 60 minutes = four points).  Ideally, you will earn at least 10 points weekly.
  • The current recommendation for cardiovascular health is 150 minutes of aerobic activity weekly. Thirty minutes of walking, biking, swimming, etc., for five days each week is a good way to accomplish this.
  • Besides cardiovascular activity, strength training is recommended at least twice a week. Stretching and balance exercises are also good. 
  • Receive one point for every eight ounces of water consumed (e.g., 40 ounces = five points, 64 ounces = eight points).  Ideally, you will earn at least 56 points weekly. You may use enhancers to water like Crystal Light or just squeeze something like lemon into the water. Sodas don’t count. 
  • If you are replacing fluids because of heavy sweating/exercising, you may use replacement electrolyte drinks like Gatorade as long as every other drink is plain water (e.g. eight ounces water, then eight ounces sports drink, then more water). Most of us don’t need an electrolyte replacement on a routine basis.
  • Award yourself 10 points for weekly challenges met. Ideally, you will earn 10 points every week.

Submitted by Ashley Chipps

* Try Meditation 101 on Friday, June 16

Have you ever wanted to try meditation but have no idea where to start? Then you might be interested in Meditation 101 on Friday, June 16, from noon-1:00 p.m., in the Aerobics Room in Carson Center. This will be a beginner's guide to learning and experiencing a variety of techniques to reduce stress, improve focus and relieve anxiety. NO previous experience is required. If you have questions, contact Stacey Shanks, E-RYT and Rebbeca Ramsey, E-RYT at ext. 2606.

Submitted by Stacey Shanks


Info You Should Know

* 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

* Join the UE Orchestras!

University Symphony Orchestra/String Chamber Ensembles are calling for musicians! Students, staff, faculty, and administrators are invited to play in the University Symphony Orchestra and String Chamber Ensemble. The University Symphony Orchestra meets on Monday at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. The String Chamber Ensemble meets on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in the Krannert Hall of Fine Arts. Come join us!

E-mail Chun-Ming Chen, director of orchestral activities, at for more information.

Submitted by Chun-Ming Chen

* 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

* Thursday afternoon golf outing

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. 



* Trey Hair drafted by Tampa Bay Rays in MLB Draft

The second member of the 2017 University of Evansville Baseball team has been taken in the Major League Baseball Draft as Trey Hair was taken by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 34th round on Wednesday.

“Great to see Trey Hair get picked up in the 34th round by the Rays,” Purple Aces head coach Wes Carroll said. “He is an elite hitter that is ready for the next level.  We are very proud of him and know that Trey will represent our program very well.”

A native of Firth, Nebraska, Hair was a 2-time All-Missouri Valley Conference Second Team selection in his two seasons with the Aces. As a senior in 2017, Hair batted .297 while leading the team in runs (37), RBI (43), walks (37) and doubles (21). His 21 doubles ranked third in the MVC.

Hair burst onto the scene in his first season at UE in 2016. He led the teams in several categories as a junior including hits, runs, doubles, home runs, total bases, and RBI.

He is the second player to be drafted from UE in the 2017 draft joining Connor Strain, who was picked up by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth round on Tuesday.

* UE senior Connor Strain drafted by Los Angeles Dodgers

University of Evansville senior right-handed pitcher Connor Strain was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday afternoon.

Strain was the 280th overall pick in the draft. The fifth-year senior recorded a 2-5 record in 2017, but put up stellar numbers. He posted an impressive 2.62 ERA in 14 starts. Strain fanned 68 batters in just over 68 innings of work.

“We are thrilled as a program to see Connor get drafted in the 9th round by the Dodgers,” UE head baseball coach Wes Carroll said. “He has had a great career in an Aces uniform and he is ready for the next step.”

The 2.62 ERA accumulated by Strain in 2017 was second-best in the Missouri Valley Conference and tops among all full-time starting pitchers. He was recognized for his efforts with a berth on the All-Conference First Team. Over the course of his senior campaign, the Shelburn, Indiana, product had a scoreless streak of 15 innings while allowing just two runs over five starts in the month of April.

“It is great to see another developed player out of our program get the chance to play at the next level,” Carroll added. “We hope to see him up with Kyle Freeland very soon.”

* 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.


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