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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

* Fall Conference concurrent sessions 2017

Fall Conference concurrent sessions are Wednesday, August 16, in the Schroeder School of Business Building. All UE employees are encouraged to attend beginning at 9:00 a.m. A light continental breakfast will be available in the lobby.

You can find out more details about the individual sessions by signing into AceLink. The information is listed under Areas on the Academic Affairs page.

Submitted by Tracey Folden

* Fall Conference 2017

The University of Evansville Fall Conference is today, Tuesday, August 15. A dessert reception will welcome everyone back to campus in the Bernhardt Atrium in the Schroeder School of Business Building at 12:30 p.m. The Fall Conference begins 1:30 p.m. in Shanklin Theatre.

Submitted by Tracey Folden


Upcoming Events

* Fall health screenings

Fall wellness screenings will take place September 5, 6, and 7 from 7:00-11:00 a.m. in the Maikranz Gym in Carson Center. Earn HRA credits! Schedule your appointment on AceLink. Screenings require 8-12 hours of fasting. Water and black coffee can be consumed while fasting. Please contact if you have questions.

Submitted by Ashley Chipps

* Farmers' Market in Ridgway

The final UE Garden Farmers' Market will be held Wednesday morning, August 16, in Ridgway University Center. We are harvesting tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, greens, and lots of squash - both summer and winter. Local honey will be for sale as well; the market opens at 8:00 a.m.

Submitted by William Hemminger

* Hochwender to speak at Science with a Twist today

Professor of biology Cris Hochwender will be speaking at Bokeh Lounge today - Wednesday. August 16 - at 6:30 p.m. His talk on loss of habitat and the survival of native species is part of a series called Science with a Twist, a novel forum to learn about cutting-edge topics in science and technology from leading experts.

Mitch Luman from Evansville Museum has created this forum to provide an interactive, informal atmosphere where there’s no such thing as a dumb question.

Everyone has fun at Science with a Twist, from those completely unfamiliar with science to self-identified “science geeks.”

Science with a Twist is open to anyone and everyone. Join us at the Bokeh Lounge, have a beverage, and feed your mind. The night will include science trivia, a time to socialize, and an opportunity to talk about what we can all do to help the survival of native species.

* First Catholic Mass of school year - 1:00 p.m., Sunday at Neu Chapel

Come celebrate! The Newman Center is hosting the first Catholic Mass of the school year at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel on Sunday, August 20. Fr. Godfrey Mullen from St. Benedict Cathedral will be the celebrant. All are welcome to join! For more info, contact Olivia at

Submitted by Olivia Voegerl


Info You Should Know

* 2017-18 parking permits now on sale

The 2017-18 parking permits are on sale in the Office of Safety and Security. Permits may be purchased between the hours of 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. The cost of permits remain at $50 for the school year. Cash and checks are accepted. Employees may use payroll deduction as a means of payment.

* DEADLINE: United Way Day of Caring Sign Up

This year’s United Way Day of Caring is September 8. The deadline to register to participate in the event is Friday, August 18. Register today!

The UE Day of Caring crew will be going to Seton Harvest and the Henderson Humane Society. At Seton Harvest, volunteers will harvest, weed, and plant. At the Henderson Humane Society, our volunteers will help with socializing and walking animals as well as general landscaping.

The Day of Caring will begin with a kick-off breakfast at 7:00 a.m. followed by an inspirational program to engage volunteers. You don’t want to miss out on this great day in the community!

You do not need to use vacation time to participate, but you will need to get permission from your supervisor before you register.

To register:

Download the registration form.
• Print and complete the form.
• Give completed form to Brian Conner, Student Life, Ridgway University Center (or scan and e-mail to

If you have any questions, please contact Brian Conner at

* SDG2 Pcard news

MasterCard has announced Pcard report processing changes in SDG2 (Smart Data Generation 2). These changes are scheduled to be released on Sunday, August 20. They will impact the process of running future reports beginning with the UE August cycle reports. The report changes are expected to be positive and consolidate the steps involved with running monthly cycle reports. As information is released, it will be shared immediately via PcardNews (e-mail) to cardholders and will be available on the AceLink Pcard website. Stay tuned.

Submitted by Kim Winsett

* University Symphony Orchestra and String Chamber Ensemble 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

* QUILL - your new interlibrary loan portal

QUILL LogoThe Libraries are pleased to introduce QUILL, a portal where interlibrary loan (ILL) requests can be created, tracked, and accessed. The new service shows all of your requests on a single page, links to articles, and details about the status of your requests and item due dates. You can submit new requests from this interface using fill-in-the-blank forms. You will also choose how you want to receive notifications: email, text or both. Please do not opt out of receiving notifications!

Due to a library system migration, the Find It @ UE button will not pre-populate ILL forms with citation information from any database. It does send users to QUILL where you can select the appropriate form and copy/paste the citation. Updates to QUILL and other library systems later this month should restore this functionality.

I hope that these changes will improve your ILL experience. If you have any questions, please contact Meg Atwater-Singer at or 488-2487.

Submitted by Meg Atwater-Singer

* 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

* UE Stories Abroad: Shaun in Italy

Shaun Sizemore, who is majoring in physical therapy, recently studied abroad in Italy.

He said that “the best part about the Italian culture was the pride they have for not only their work, but for their towns and their countries. They were truly amazing hosts and were always trying to make us feel welcome by inviting us to their houses or exchanging gifts for every occasion.”

You can now visit the UE study abroad website to read all about Shaun’s experiences during his time in Italy!

Submitted by Greta Becker 

* Faculty and staff photo exhibit - submissions wanted

All active and retired UE faculty and staff are invited to submit work for a photography exhibition that will be on display from September 15-October 15 in the Krannert Gallery.

Please bring the work to Hanns Pieper, emeritus professor of sociology and gerontology, in the Department of Law, Politics, and Society located in Room 60 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Work will be accepted from August 14-25. 

Photographs should be matted, framed, and suitable for hanging in the Krannert Gallery. Items will be returned in the form that they were submitted.

If you have further questions, please e-mail Pieper at

Submitted by Carol McCraney

* Make your annual gift through payroll deduction

It is not too late to set up payroll deduction to make your annual gift to UE! Last fiscal year there was an amazing number of our co-workers who supported UE in a variety of ways. Payroll deduction is an easy way to continue you support, plus it can be set up as a recurring deduction so you do not have to remember or be asked every year to renew your support. For more information, please contact Jennifer Jacobs at or ext. 2021.

* You're invited to join the President’s Club

President’s Club members share a special connection and help to continue a rich tradition of annual support of the University of Evansville. This giving ensures that current and future UE students will benefit from quality education, facilities, and programs. You also can be a part of this amazing group of donors with an annual gift of $1,000 or more. PC membership includes an all-access campus parking pass as well as special events and invitations through the year. It’s not too late to set up payroll deduction to join PC.  If you are interested in joining the President’s Club, please contact Jennifer Jacobs at or ext. 2021.

* 2017-18 President's Club for graduating seniors

Giving back to UE often begins with a senior gift. As an introduction to the President’s Club, seniors can become a member of this premier leadership giving society with a gift of $100 which includes one all-access campus parking pass (normal qualifications for PC membership is an annual donation of $1,000 or more).  If you are interested in joining the President’s Club as a graduating senior, please contact Jennifer Jacobs at or ext. 2021. 

* Community outreach through Native Plant Garden in Koch Center

Milkweed And MonarchExtra plants from native plant garden in Koch Center of Engineering and Science will be sold at a local Native Plant Sale held by Southwest Indiana Native Plant and Wildlife Society (SWINPAWS).

The plant sale is Saturday, October 14, from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at SWIMGA Display Garden, located at 3501 E. Lloyd Expressway in Evansville.

Members of SWINPAWS recently collected plants to help establish them in pots before the sale.

SWINPAWS promotes native plants as an essential part of Southwest Indiana’s ecological communities. Unfortunately, habitat destruction and introduction of non-native plant species has led to the loss and degradation of wetlands, prairies, and forests, resulting in reduced numbers of native plant species.

The plants offered in the sale will help support our native pollinators and herbivores by providing food, shelter, and a place to raise their young. Native birds, insects, and other wildlife depend on native plants to thrive.

Everyone is welcome to visit the Koch Center’s native plant garden, which was established seven years ago with the support of President Kazee. This native plant garden represents one effort to restore native plants in Southwest Indiana, and it is encouraging to have SWINPAWS acting to promote the use of natives in Evansville’s back yards. The native plant garden in the Koch Center courtyard contains over 100 plant species native to Southwest Indiana.

Contact Cris Hochwender ( if you have any questions about the native plant garden or restoration efforts at UE.



* UE grad receives awards at state and international print competitions

Photo of DogJoan H. Walker, a 1986 graduate of UE, received the top award for her photo, Portrait of a Woman, at the prestigious Professional Photographers of North Carolina’s 89th annual print competition award ceremony in Durham, North Carolina, on August 7. Walker also received eight additional placements and 15 Court of Honors for her body of work submitted to the competition.

She is the owner of Joan H Walker Photography and Woof Tracks Photography Equine and Dog Imagery studios located in downtown Morehead City,

Walker also had images selected in 2014 and 2016 to represent the United States in World Cup Competition by the Professional Photographers of America, as well as an image that received a Grand Imaging Award in 2016.

She was awarded the degree of Master Photographer (M. Photog.) by PPA in 2016 having earned the necessary 13 competition merit points in only three years. She achieved the title of Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) in 2015. Walker’s work was recognized in February 2017 by the Virginia Professional Photographers Association and was awarded: Best of Show, ASP State Elite Award, National CPP Award, Best in Category: Bride, Top 10 Photographer, and Court of Honor: Photojournalism.

* Von Der Heide, '15, accepts position with national symphony

Von Der Heide HeadshotUE graduate Katy Von Der Heide has accepted a position as Production Coordinator with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. She will be part of a team that works on production for NSO concerts, especially the Pops and NSO: Declassified series. Her duties will include advancing technical riders, serving as a liaison with guest artists and managers, working backstage, training an NSO Operations Intern, and assisting with televised concert broadcasts at the Capitol. Previously Von Der Heide was assistant production manager with the Sarasota Orchestra. She graduated from UE in 2015 with a degree in music management.

* Women's Soccer tabbed fourth in MVC preseason poll

The Missouri Valley Conference announced Monday that the University of Evansville Women's Soccer team has been picked fourth in a vote by the league's coaches.

Following a second-place finish in conference regular season play last season, the Purple Aces return six starters and 14 letter winners for the 2017 campaign. UE received 40 points in the preseason poll, just three behind third-place Loyola. Illinois State was selected as the conference favorite, receiving 63 points and seven first-place votes.

The Aces open the regular season on Friday against Southeast Missouri State at 7:00 p.m. at Arad McCutchan Stadium before wrapping-up the weekend with a home match against UT Martin on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

* Pouliot presents paper on Bronte biographical fiction and drama

Amber Pouliot, teaching fellow in British Studies at Harlaxton College, presented a paper on Bronte biographical fiction and drama at The Coarseness of the Brontës: A Reappraisal, a conference recently held in Durham, England. You can learn more about the conference at the event’s website.

* Rachel Brown has journal article published

Rachel Brown, visiting assistant professor of religion, has had an article published in the current issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 46(2). Brown was invited to contribute an article to this special edition of the Bulletin on theorizing and teaching food and religion. Her paper, entitled “Bread Beyond Borders: Food as a Lens into Tweed’s Theory of Religion,” addresses how food plays an essential role in the religious lives of immigrants and how food is an important tool that individuals use to find their place and move through space.

* Physician assistant program featured in PAEA networker publication

The physician assistant program at the University of Evansville has been featured in a profile on the PAEA website. PA program director and chair Michael Roscoe was interviewed for the article. You can read the article at

* Students to present at Society of Neuroscience meeting

University of Evansville neuroscience students Sarah DuFresne and Brianna Nichols have been selected to present at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, DC, this November. The two will be presenting the results of their study comparing neuromarketing methodologies.

DuFresne, the lead on the project, was awarded a travel grant by the Faculty for Undergraduate Research. The national competition for grant is very challenging. There are over 200 applicants for 25 grants, and in order to be accepted, students need to show excellence in both quality of science and devotion to their project.
Equipment for the study was purchased with funds from a UE Innovation and Reinvestment grant and a Ball Brothers Venture grant.

Students with laptop

As part of their study, DuFresne and Nichols used an eye tracker that reads pupil diameter and a devise that reads galvanic skin response (electrical changes in skin conductance) caused by the sympathetic nervous system responding to alarming or alerting stimuli. The students compared responses to the same stimuli and ran a mathematical analysis that allows them to graph one physiological measure against the other.

“This analysis allows researchers to compare results across the measurement technique,” explained Lora Becker, UE neuroscience program director and associate professor of psychology. “Our results are like a comparison of GRE to MCAT scores.”


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