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Friday, August 25, 2017

What's Happening Today

* Volleyball opens 2017 season today

A new season is here as the Purple Aces open up the 2017 campaign with a trip to Macomb, Illinois, for the Leatherneck Invitational. Evansville will take on Chicago State, Manhattan, and Western Illinois to begin the season.

The season opens against the Cougars of CSU today at 3:00 p.m., before two matches slated for Saturday. UE faces Manhattan at 10:00 a.m. before wrapping up against the host Leathernecks at 7:00 p.m.

"It is definitely exciting to work with this mix of young and veteran players. They have been all-in since day one, and I can see the hunger for program's betterment in their deliberate and effective repetitions throughout pre-season camp,” Aces head coach Manolo Concepcion said. “We see these next 12 matches as an opportunity to use our depth in our favor, by moving pieces around and giving us a chance to find the right combination of people that would provide us with the most added value to conference play.”

After playing the opening two tournaments on the road, UE will return home on September 8 to officially open up Lois D. Patton Court at Meeks Family Fieldhouse. The Aces kick off their remodeled facility against Indiana University before taking on UAB and UT Martin a day later.

Evansville returns all six starters from last season and 10 letterwinners overall. Six newcomers also join the mix.

Junior Mildrelis Rodriguez has established herself as one of the top players in the Missouri Valley Conference. She led the way for UE in kills, attempts and total digs. She ranked in the top 20 in the league in three categories last year including kills (18th-2.73 per set), digs (17th-2.88 per set) and points (20th-2.95 per set).

Jelena Merseli is coming off of a solid campaign in 2016. As a junior last season, Merseli ranked sixth in the Valley with an average of 6.60 assists per frame.

Establishing herself at the libero position in 2016 was Olivia Goldstein. She paced Evansville with 3.15 digs per set, finishing 15th in the conference.

Another solid offensive weapon for the Aces has been Rocio Fortuny. The junior registered 232 kills last year, second on the squad. Her average checked in at 2.25 per game. Fortuny posted a career mark of 19 last season against Bradley.

Chicago State posted a 3-26 record in 2016 but look to rebound in 2017 as they welcome eight newcomers and five JUCO transfers. The Cougars lost their top two offensive weapons from last season - Juma Armando and Dzeni Hadzisehovic - but Paige Eyring looks to take that spot as she notched 1.49 kills per set last year.

Manhattan went 12-20 last year, but have a recent history of success. From 2013-2015, the Jaspers won 20 games each season. They will also be undergoing a transition this season after losing their top two offensive players from last year while also welcoming a new coach - Lora Sarich. Olyvia Chaltas looks to up her kill tally of 242 from 2016, which translated to an average of 2.28 per frame.

Hosting this weekend’s tournament is Western Illinois. The Leathernecks finished the 2016 campaign with a 4-28 mark while going 1-15 in Summit League play. They return 12 players from last year, including five starters. Leading the way is Shalyn Greenhaw, who posted 291 kills last year, 2.97 per set.

“We feel that our ball control has improved, and that it will have a long term impact in our offensive phase,” Concepcion added. “That, combined with the strong leadership that we have in the locker room, will help us achieve the individual and team benchmarks that we have in place."

* Call out meeting for PEACE today

A call-out meeting for the group People Engaged in Action for Compassion for Everyone (PEACE) is planned for today - Friday, August 25 - at 3:00 p.m. in Room 170, Schroeder School of Business Building.

“There has been an escalation of overt acts of oppression in the United States this year,” says ethics director Lisa Kretz, “and for a lot of us, it feels overwhelming, scary, and depressing. One of the best ways to counter those disempowering feelings is to build communities of hope through action for positive change. We want to create a safe space for all of us - students, professors, staff, administration, and our wider local UE community - to discuss ways in which we can work together to create positive change in PEACE."

If you are interested, please come to the call-out meeting where the group will begin discussion. If you are interested but can't make the meeting, just e-mail and say you want to be in the google group and they will keep you informed of opportunities. 

If you have any questions, please contact: LaNeeça R. Williams (chief diversity officer) or Lisa Kretz (ethics director) at

Submitted by Lisa Kretz


Upcoming Events

* Crescent Magazine information meeting today

Find out how you can become a member of the Crescent Magazine staff by attending an information meeting at 4:30 p.m., TODAY - Tuesday, August 29 - in the student publications office, second floor of the Ridgway University Center. The magazine is looking for writers, a copy editor, photographers, social media coordinators, and an event planner. No experience necessary. Academic credit experiences. Can't make the meeting — e-mail for more information.

Submitted by Tracy Maurer

* Health Professions Club to meet today

The mission of Health Professions Club is to provide insight into the interdisciplinary nature of the medical field to better prepare students to work collaboratively as a part of a health care team. The first informational meeting will be held today - August 28 - at 5:00 p.m. in Graves 100. At that time, we will have official sign-ups and make you aware of upcoming events and club expectations. If you have any questions, concerns, or cannot make it to the meeting, you can e-mail Alyssa Koberstein at

Submitted by Alyssa Koberstein

* University Worship plus Tailgate Party

University worship will be held in Neu Chapel this Sunday (August 27) at 11:00 a.m. We will be considering how our faith communities are important to our lives and how traveling our faith journeys together makes us better persons of faith. After worship, we will have a tailgate party in Grabill Lounge with FREE Mediterranean food! All are welcome! Hope to see you there!

Submitted by Keith Turner

* Art exhibit to feature work of fiber artists

The work of six fiber artists will be featured in an exhibit at the University of Evansville in September and October. The exhibit titled "Fibervisions" will be on display in UE’s Melvin Peterson Gallery from September 11-October 22. There will be a reception for the artists on Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The artists whose work will be on display are Martha Aguilera, Erin Bowen, Teresa Greer, Karen Hampton, Dawn Murtaugh, and Laura Foster Nicholson.

The exhibit is supported in part by the UE Friends of Art.

For more information, please call the UE Department of Art at 812-488-2043.

* 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

* Catholic Mass - 1:00 p.m. Sunday at Neu Chapel

All are welcome to join in the Catholic mass to be held on Sunday, August 27, at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Fr. Godfrey Mullen will be our celebrant. For more information, contact Olivia at

Submitted by Olivia Voegerl


Changemaker Corner

* Change Team Meetings Scheduled: ALL ARE WELCOME!

We have put together a Change Team consisting of faculty, staff, students, administrators, community members, and friends of the university who are passionate about promoting and supporting changemaking on campus, in our community, and in the world. The Change Team is open to anyone with the desire to participate. Meetings are scheduled for:

• The second Tuesday of each month from 11:00 to12:00 in LI 203
• The fourth Friday of each month from 12:00 to 12:55 in SB 170 

Our next meeting is today - Friday, August 25 - at Noon in SB 170. We hope to see you there!   

Stay tuned for more information about Changemaking in the Changemaker Corner of AceNotes. 

* What Exactly is a Changemaker?

Changemakers are people who see opportunities to improve the world around us and are motivated to act. They come from all ages, political orientations, ethnicities, nationalities, walks of life, majors, professions, etc. In fact, anyone can be a Changemaker, and at UE we are intent upon our role of being Changemaker makers! Changemakers at UE have initiated a bike share program in Evansville, offered financial planning to new parents, built houses in Nicaragua, developed composting programs at UE, worked with disillusioned youth in Cuba, offered support to recovering drug addicts in Guatemala, obtained grant funding for solar power in Evansville, developed community gardens, created “green infrastructures” to address environmental concerns in Evansville, offered pro-bono physical therapy services, developed anti-bullying games, tutored at-risk youth, offered countless hours of community service, and much more.    

Come to our next Change Team Meeting: Friday, August 25 at Noon in SB 170.


Info You Should Know

* President's Club parking decals are non-transferable

President’s Club parking decals are provided only to members of our President’s Club. President’s Club parking decals are non-transferable. A list of President’s Club members is provided to Safety and Security on a monthly basis. If you would like to join the President’s Club with a gift to UE of $1,000 or more or join the Senior Class President’s Club with a gift of $100, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at ext. 2021 or

Submitted by Jennifer Jacobs

* Spanish proficiency exam

The alternate Spanish proficiency exam will be held today - Monday, August 28 - in Room 68 in the Schroeder School of Business Building and Room 201 in Hyde Hall from 5:00-6:30 p.m. If you placed into Spanish 211 or higher and do not wish to continue with Spanish at UE, please e-mail to sign up for the exam.

We will also be offering the exam on Tuesday, August 29, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Room 68 in the Schroeder School of Business Building and Room 201 in Hyde Hall. Please e-mail to sign up for this exam.

Submitted by Lesley Pleasant

* Meal plan changes

Students are able to adjust their meal plans for the fall semester until Friday, September 1, at 5:00 p.m. Meal plans can be adjusted on WebAdvisor by selecting Meal Plan Selection in the students’ menu. Changes will be reflected the next business day.

Submitted by Brian Conner

* Welcome from Chartwells

Please visit the link below to view “Welcome” information from Chartwells, your new campus food service provider. 

Chartwells Welcome Information

Thank you.

The Chartwells Team

* Drop and add online until midnight on Monday

Students may add and drop courses via self-service until midnight on Monday, August 28 (closed courses require instructor’s signature). Schedule changes can be made on Tuesday, August 29 until 5:00 p.m. in the registrar’s office. Any drops made after Tuesday will result in a W grade on the transcript.

Submitted by Lori Johnson

* Library tours

The Libraries are offering tours to introduce new and returning students to our awesome facility and services. Tours start at the Information Desk. Dates and times are below. And don't worry - reservations aren't necessary.

Friday, August 25 @ 2 pm
Saturday, August 26 @ 2 pm
Sunday, August 27 @ 4 & 8 pm
Monday, August 28 @ 4 & 8 pm
Tuesday, August 29 @ 4 & 8 pm

Submitted by Meg Atwater-Singer

* Parking information for UE commuter students and employees

The University has designated parking available for commuter students and employees throughout the campus. Parking passes are now available in the Office of Safety and Security for $50.

Designated parking lots are available in close proximity to campus buildings and are regulated by the Office of Safety and Security.

The parking guide, including the map of permitted lots, can be found at the following link:

Parking at Redeemer Lutheran Church

The Redeemer Lutheran Church which is located on the south side of Lincoln Avenue, has graciously made available its back parking lot for our campus community. Parking permits are not required to park in the Redeemer Lutheran Church lot.  

Parking in the adjacent neighborhoods

The University of Evansville is surrounded by residential neighborhoods and city parking is available on some of the adjacent streets next to the UE campus. Additional parking has been added by the city on Rotherwood Avenue.

Please be good citizens when parking in these residential areas and be mindful of the following:

- Watch your speed!  There is a lot of pedestrian traffic surrounding the campus

- Observe time limits for street parking

- Do not block driveways

- Parallel park appropriately so as not to block passing traffic

- Be mindful of littering

- Watch for children

All city parking is managed by the Evansville Police Department. Failure to abide by city laws and regulations may result in fines, towing, etc.  

* Discounted parking permits for UE license plate holders

Students, faculty, administrators, and staff who purchase the State of Indiana UE specialty license plate will receive a $25 discount off the UE parking permit fee for 2017-18.

If the vehicle registration is good through 2018, you pay $25 for a permit. Bring the vehicle registration form with you to the Office of Safety and Security. If the vehicle registration expires later in 2017, you pay $50. Once it is renewed, bring the vehicle registration form to Safety and Security for a credit of $25.

Permits are on sale in the Office of Safety and Security, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Vehicle registration and specialty plate purchase are handled through the state. Visit the BMV or purchase or renew a UE plate online at the BMV website.

If you have any questions, contact

* Fitness Center new hours and fitness class schedule

The Fitness Center will start new hours of operation on Wednesday, August 23:

  • Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Fall fitness classes start Tuesday, September 5. These are FREE for all enrolled students, faculty, and staff. All fitness levels are welcome!

Planned classes include:
Body Blast (Activities Room) – This is a total body workout in a short amount of time, using bodyweight and dumbbells.

Bootcamp (Activities Room) - This is a combination of strength, cardio, muscle endurance, flexibility, core, and functional movement patterns. You get everything you need in one class.

Line Dancing (Activities Room) - Learn some of the latest line dances for your next party or special event. We’re line dancing to the “Wobble”, “Blurred Lines,” “Uptown Funk,” and of course we can’t leave out my favorite country line dance, “Good Time.”

Pickleball League (Court 2) - A fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. All levels welcome!  Please sign up at the Fitness Center front desk

Yoga (Court 1) – This will help transform both your mind and body, ultimately helping you find an inner calmness/peace, enhance your balance and stability, and leave you feeling stronger and more centered.

Zumba (Court 1) - This fun and easy to follow cardio dance class combines high-energy and motivating Latin music with unique moves and combinations.

The fall fitness class schedule is:
Body Blast – Tuesday and Thursday from noon-1:00 p.m.

Bootcamp – Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Line Dancing – Monday from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Open swim - Monday-Friday from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Pickleball – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from noon-1:00 p.m.

Rockin’ Body DVD with Shaun T. - Mondays-Fridays from 7:00-8:00 a.m.

Yoga – Monday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Wednesday from noon-1:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Zumba – Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Insanity and T25 are available for checkout

* Great on-campus job!

The Office of Annual Giving is looking for student callers for the fall Phonathon campaign. This is a paid position with flexible hours, mostly evening. Hourly pay starts at $8.25. Freshmen are encouraged to apply! If you are interested, please e-mail Erika Johnson at

Submitted by Erika Johnson

* Now recruiting: Harlaxton Ambassadors

Are you a recent Harlaxton alumni who loves to share your experience with others? Or do you know a student who fits that description? The study abroad office is currently taking applications on its website for students who want to volunteer as Harlaxton Ambassadors to recruit, inform, and encourage Harlaxton applicants from partner schools.

As official representatives of Harlaxton, ambassadors will gain skills in recruitment, marketing, international education, and cross-cultural communication as well as the chance to share their experience and receive exclusive Harlaxton apparel. The time commitment is only around 1-2 hours per week, but the service you will provide Harlaxton and these new applicants will be invaluable.

To see more of the position description and apply, contact Kaylynn Carver at 812-488-2039 or

Submitted by Kaylynn Carver



* Pouliot presents paper on contemporary arts and Bronte biography

Amber Pouliot, British Studies professor at Harlaxton, recently presented a paper on contemporary arts and Bronte biography at the British Association for Victorian Studies annual conference at Bishop Grosseteste.

* Diane Brewer Named 2017 Arts Educator of the Year

Diane Brewer, professor of theatre and resident dramaturg at the University of Evansville, was recently named the 2017 Arts Educator of the Year at the annual Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony. The event was held Thursday, August 17.

Brewer, who teaches theatre history and dramatic criticism at UE, is a past recipient of the University’s Dean’s Teaching Awards. She admits that she requires a great deal from her students, both on stage and in the classroom. She finds that they more than meet her expectations.

“We hold our students to a high standard,” says Brewer, “and they love it. In fact, they want more.”

Brewer earned her BA from Tufts University and her PhD from UCLA. She has received a Certificate of Merit for Dramaturgy from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Brewer is a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and the Network of Ensemble Theatres.

She directs text-based as well as ensemble-generated productions. An avid supporter of new plays, she has developed new work not only at UE, but also at venues such as Primary Stages, the Tofte Lake Center, The New Harmony Project, the Utah Shakespearean Company Plays in Progress, and the Mark Taper Forum’s P.L.A.Y.

Her dramaturgy has earned published credits in Arlene Hutton’s See Rock City and Gulf View Drive. She regularly dramaturgs for award- winning playwright Mark Rigney, whose plays, including Acts of God and Bears, have been produced in 19 states and Canada.

She is a founding ensemble member and performer with In the Mix, an Evansville-based company dedicated to the collaborative development of new work. Her work as a director is a featured subject in Deaf Side Story: Deaf Sharks, Hearing Jets and a Classic American Musical.

Her developmental initiative has generated grants for playwriting, dramaturgy, and directing from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, UE, and the Illinois Arts Council. Her published articles have appeared in The Dramaturgy Protocol, The Dramaturgy Sourcebook (vol. 4), Theatre Topics, PAJ: Performing Arts Journal, and HowlRound at the Center for Theater Commons.

* Shelby presents paper

On Monday, August 14, Rob Shelby, assistant professor of sociology, convened a session on religious change at micro, meso, and macro level at the Annual Meetings of the Association for the Sociology of Religion in Montreal, Canada. Shelby also presented his paper, "The Spread of Modern Megachurches in the U.S. from 2005 to 2013."


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