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Monday, September 18, 2017

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* LCMS U now at UE!

LCMS U is now at UE! LCMS U is the national campus outreach of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Join other students for our first Bible study TODAY - Monday, September 18 - from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Room 173, in the Schroeder School of Business Building.

Submitted by Emma Simonson es182@evansville.edu

Upcoming Events

* #readingseries is back today

Please join the folks in creative writing today - Friday, September 22 - at 4:00 p.m. in the back room of The Slice for the fall semester’s first reading in our student series.

The #readingseries was designed to create a greater sense of community not only among the creative writers on campus, but with students across departments, so please: come one, come all! Faculty are welcome, too!

This reading will feature creative work by students Victoria Martin, Caitlin Kaleri, and Elizabeth Niedbala. The reading will start promptly at 4:00 p.m. (and be over by 5:00 p.m.), so if you’re looking to enjoy some delicious pizza while you’re there, please arrive early as The Slice can be charmingly slow. And as a reminder: it’s a cash-only establishment.

Hope to see you all there!

Submitted by Lisa Nikolidakis ln43@evansville.edu 

* Phi Mus in Paradise - continuous open bidding event

Interested in joining a sorority? Phi Mu will be hosting an informal recruitment event in the Phi Mu suite today - Wednesday, September 20 - from 6:00-7:00 p.m. The theme for this event will be Phi Mus in Paradise. This is a great time for you to meet our sisters, have a good time, and to see what our Phi Mu sisterhood is all about.

If you have any questions or unable to make the event but are still interested to the informal recruitment process, please contact Katelyn Hedinger at kh327@evansville.edu.

Submitted by Katelyn Hedinger kh327@evansville.edu

* This Week in Music: Family Weekend concert and jazz concert

Family Weekend Concert

September 23, 2:00 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall

During this year’s Family Weekend, the music department will present a special concert featuring University Choir, UE Symphony Orchestra, and UE Wind Ensemble. The concert will take place this Saturday, September 23, at 2:00 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall. Weather permitting, the second half of the concert will take place on the Krannert Lawn.

Directed by Dennis Malfatti, University Choir will kick off the concert with works by Busto and Rheinberger. Chun-Ming Chen will then direct the UE Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Dvorak’s The Noon Witch. The UE Wind Ensemble, directed by Kenneth Steinsultz, will conclude the program with works by Texidor and Zdechlik. The concert is free and open to the public. For complete program information, please visit the music department concert calendar.

Evansville Jazz Society Concert Featuring Tony Monaco
September 24, 4:00 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall

One of the world’s leading artists of the Hammond B-3 Jazz Organ, Tony Monaco and his Trio will open this year’s Jazz Guest Artist Concert Series. They will appear in Wheeler Concert Hall on Sunday, September 24, at 4:00 p.m.

Performances by this group are always enthusiastically received, and they are returning to the local series for the third time, at the request of many of their local fans. Monaco has been elected to both the Downbeat Magazine critics’ polls and readers’ polls every year since 2003, and has also been voted into the JazzTimes Readers' Poll.

Monaco is the undisputed master in the world of the Hammond B-3 jazz organ. When he was 12, he first heard the legendary Jimmy Smith, who later would become his mentor. An enthusiastic student, Monaco began working in Jazz clubs as a teenager in his native Columbus, Ohio. When he was 20, Smith invited him to come and play with him at his club in California - a peak lifetime experience for Monaco.

Monaco and his group have recorded six highly acclaimed CD’s which have been successful nationally and internationally.

Admission to the concert is $15 for adults, $10 for Evansville Jazz Society members and $5 for students with I.D. Tickets can be obtained by contacting the UE Department of Music at 812-479-2754, or may be obtained at the door.

For further information, contact Edwin Lacy, professor of music, at 812-488-2227 or EL2@evansville.edu.

Submitted by James Sullivan js820@evansville.edu

* Catholic Mass Thursday

Weeknight Mass this week will be held on Thursday, October 26. Mass will start at 8:00 p.m.  

All are welcome - for questions, contact Jenny at je46@evansville.edu.

Submitted by Gabrielle VanBuskirk gv19@evansville.edu

* Dinner and Discussion today with Fr. Godfrey

The Newman Center welcomes Fr. Godfrey Mullens today at 5:00 p.m. for his talk "Paths to Holiness." All are welcome and dinner will be provided.

Submitted by Gabrielle VanBuskirk gv19@evansville.edu

* Fantastic Fall Healthy Behavior Challenge

Earn HRA credits! Sign up today for the Fall Healthy Behavior Challenge by emailing ac375@evansville.edu. Challenge begins September 24 and ends November 18.

Submitted by Ashley Chipps ac375@evansville.edu

* Employees - UE Gives Back On Campus

UE Gives Back on Campus will take place Friday, October 27 (rain date: Monday, October 30).

Please consider volunteering to help make our beautiful campus even better. Last year’s successful event, volunteers helped paint parking lots, did work in UE’s community gardens, and helped clean up in the Native Plant Garden. Stay tuned for more information about this great event! This event is intended for employees only.

* STEM Career Day

Employers are seeking you for careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields! A STEM Career Day is planned for Tuesday, September 19 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. View registered employers and valuable information using our new app, Career Fair Plus. Just search for Career Fair Plus in the App Store or Google Play Store.

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald am268@evansville.edu

* Stewardship and healthcare lecture

Dr. Jeffrey Balser will be speaking on “Issues of Stewardship and Conscience in Healthcare” at Trinity United Methodist Church on Sunday, October 15, at 2:00 p.m. Balser will be focusing on stewardship of healthcare in the United States from various perspectives, highlighting liturgical, economic, political and clinical elements. The entire UE community is invited to attend this lecture, especially those students pursuing majors in the fields of health care and religion.

Balser, a native of Evansville, earned his M.D. and PhD. From Vanderbilt University, and his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Tulane University. He is president and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and dean of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 216 SE Third Street (corner of Walnut and Third Streets) in Evansville. For more information, contact Kathy Bartelt at kb4@evansville.edu or 812-853-6136.

Submitted by Kathy Bartelt kb4@evansville.edu

* Brain Olympics is this week!

AXONs will present its first annual Brain Olympics on September 22 from 7:00-9:00 pm on the Morton/Neu Chapel lawn. Participation is free and open to all UE students and their families. Come participate with your team in this event that tests your skills. Sign up for the event in Koch Center for Engineering and Science from noon-2:00 p.m. and in Ridgway University Center from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on September 20 and 21.

Submitted by Maegen Kincanon mk266@evansville.edu

* Students: The United Way Coin War begins soon!

Students will have noticed the Coin Wars buckets in their residence halls and a strategically located table in Ridgway University Center. Take part in this friendly competition between residence halls.

The competition begins on September 25 and ends on September 29. Get your change ready!

How to Play
Put coins in your hall's bucket:
• Pennies = +1 point (Put these in your hall’s bucket)
• Silver coins = -1 point (Put these in other halls’ buckets)
The residence hall with the most points on September 29 is the winner!

Prizes
• Pizza party with President Kazee.
• Eternal glory all across campus.

All proceeds will be donated to the United Way of Southwestern Indiana as part of UE’s United Way Campaign. United Way serves the community by funding programs focusing on education, income, and health.

* Volunteer Fair Thursday in Eykamp Hall!

Join us for the Volunteer Fair this Thursday, September 21, from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Make connections with nonprofits and agencies from across the Evansville community and find out where you can make an impact. This is a perfect opportunity to make connections for any required hours or on behalf of your student organization. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke jl295@evansville.edu

* Robert Griffith to speak at Coffee Hour on Oct. 26

Robert Griffith, chair of the creative writing program at UE, will be the speaker for the Coffee Hour Lecture on Thursday, October 26, 4:00 p.m., in the Vectren Lecture Hall (Room 100), Koch Center for Engineering and Science. These lectures are free and open to the public.

His most recent book is The Devil in the Milk. Griffith’s book, The Moon from Every Window, was nominated for the 2013 Poets’ Prize, and his book A Matinee in Plato's Cave won the 2009 Best Book of Indiana Award. His work has appeared in PN Review, Poetry, The North American Review, Poems & Plays, The Oxford American, and other publications. He is editor of the journal Measure and director of the University of Evansville Press.

Other lectures in the series include:

Senior Reading
4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11

Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center
Graduating creative writing majors read their poetry and prose.

For more information, call 812-488-2963.

Info You Should Know

* Rally falls short as UE volleyball drops 5-set match

Trailing the match by a 2-1 score, the University of Evansville Volleyball team fought back to force a fifth game, but Duquesne was able to hang on for a 15-10 win in the deciding set to earn a 3-2 match win on Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Rachel Tam was the leader for the Aces, posting 18 kills, nine digs and six service aces for the Purple Aces (6-6). Adeline Payne continued her stellar weekend, posting 15 kills. She was named to the All-Tournament Team. Allana McInnis finished the day with 33 assists and Cassie Brooks recorded 17 digs. Cathy Schreiber tied her career mark with nine block assists. Duquesne (5-9) was led by Maddie Bazelak, who had 18 kills.

Four ties in the opening frame led to a 7-7 score. The big run for the Purple Aces saw them score nine of the next ten points to open up a 16-8 advantage. Cathy Schreiber paced the offense with three kills in the run. A Taylor Jones service aces saw the lead grow to a game-high 10 points at 20-10 before the Dukes got closer, making it a 24-20 game before Adeline Payne had the deciding kill to give UE a 25-20 win and a 1-0 lead.

Duquesne had its best performance of the day in the second game, jumping out to a 9-3 advantage before winning by a 25-14 final. The Dukes also led for the duration of game three, hanging on to win, 25-21.

In one of their best efforts of the season, the Aces put together a great set in the fourth, tying the match at 2-2 on the strength of a 25-10 victory. Evansville jumped out to a 10-3 lead on a Payne kill and kept rolling from there as Tam took over with two aces and two kills to force a deciding set.

After the Dukes scooted out to a 5-2 advantage, UE fought back as a Tam kill knotted the score at 8-8.  Duquesne responded with five tallies in a row

Missouri Valley Conference action gets started next week as the Aces head north to Terre Haute to face Indiana State on Friday. The home conference opener will take place on Monday, September 25 versus Illinois State.

* Aces comeback bid falls short in overtime

The University of Evansville Women's Soccer team battled back from one-goal deficits twice, but could not hold off Middle Tennessee in overtime as the Aces fell to the Blue Raiders, 2-1, on Sunday evening in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Sophomore Mikayla Harvey and freshman Jayme-Lee Hunter each scored for the Aces (4-6), while junior Sara Osinski led with a match-high three shots. The Blue Raiders (3-4) were led by Peyton DePriest, who scored twice for Middle Tennessee, and Amber Hoot who provided the game-winning goal.

In the 14th minute, Middle Tennessee struck first as DePriest scored her first of the evening to provide the Raiders with a 1-0 advantage.

The Aces responded just six minutes later as Harvey scored off a corner kick by Osinski to tie the match at a goal apiece.

Just two minutes into the second half, Middle Tennessee went back in front on DePriest's second goal. The lead lasted until the 83rd minute when Hunter received a pass from fellow freshman Katie Schroeder and scored from distance from the top left corner of the box to send the match to overtime.

In the first overtime, Middle Tennessee found the game-winner off the foot of Hoot, who scored from the top of the box for the 3-2 win for the Blue Raiders.

The Aces were narrowly out-shot, 17-15, while Middle Tennessee earned nine corner kicks to Evansville's three.

Missouri Valley Conference play begins for the Aces this weekend as UE heads back home to face Loyola on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at Arad McCutchan Stadium.

* Student planners on sale

The UE Bookstore has a limited number of 2017-18 Student Planners still left for sale. They are being offered at $2 off the regular price of $7.95 - for a total of $5.95. The planners go through July 30, 2018 and have a lot of useful information in them. Get them while they last.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller dg57@evansville.edu

* Calling faculty to lead short-term programs abroad!

The Office of Study Abroad has worked to simplify the process of proposing faculty led programs in the hopes of receiving an increased number of ideas, destinations, and new opportunities for our students. Our new application does not ask you to make any arrangements or budgets, but to tell us your ideas for the program so that we can then assist with these details. We will review all proposals and those that are accepted will receive assistance from the office to make budgets, program materials, marketing, and reservations for the program.

The call is for the 2018 academic year (for any program occurring in fall 2018, spring 2019, or summer 2019.) This includes programming in the summer, spring break, tied to semester courses, or any other possible options for travel. It is imperative that we plan early so our students will get excited, plan their academic schedules, and save money for their study abroad experiences with you!

Please find the application here: https://www.evansville.edu/studyabroad/downloads/FacultyLedProposal2018.pdf.

We are accepting applications through November 1.

We hope our new process and straightforward and easy. Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if you would just like to talk through an idea for a program. We appreciate your willingness to think ahead and to get these proposals in at a busy time of the year.

If you have any questions, please contact Amara Stuehling at as760@evansville.edu

Submitted by Greta Becker gb91@evansville.edu

* Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House Tuesday

The Newman Center is hosting a volunteer event this Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House. Meet at Newman Center on Lincoln Avenue at 5:45 p.m. to carpool.

For questions, contact Paige at ph89@evansville.edu.

Submitted by Gabrielle VanBuskirk gv19@evansville.edu

* UExplore engineering program

The University of Evansville College of Engineering and Computer Science is offering a UExplore engineering program for high school students. The program is designed to give participants a better understanding of the fields of civil, mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering and computer science through activities, hands-on projects, and tours of local industry.

The sessions in the program are October 16, November 6, November 27, January 22, February 19, March 12, April 2, and April 23. All sessions will be from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Room 100 in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science on UE’s campus.

James Allen, UE associate professor of mechanical and civil engineering, is the advisor for the program. A registered professional engineer in the states of Indiana and Ohio, Allen has extensive work experience in industry. Allen will be assisted with the program by UE engineering students.

The registration fee for the program is $50. Register online at www.evansville.edu/uexploreengineering or contact Kimberly Higgins for more information at 812-488-2661 or kh209@evansville.edu.

Submitted by Kimberly Higgins kh209@evansville.edu

* New UE Magazine available

The Fall 2017 issue of the UE Magazine highlighting the fine arts at UE is out! Each department will receive five copies through campus mail. If employees would like a copy and didn't receive one, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at alumni@evansville.edu.

Submitted by Sylvia DeVault sy5@evansville.edu

* Rent to purchase option available at UE Bookstore

Those students who rented books in the UE Bookstore for the fall term still have the option to purchase them if so desired. If you'd to purchase your rental book the UE Bookstore will apply your rental fee to the purchase price of the textbook. This must be done by September 30. If you have any questions please contact the UE Bookstore.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller dg57@evansville.edu

* Lambda Chi Alpha's Watermelon Bust is Friday

The date of the Lambda Chi Alpha’s Annual Watermelon Bust Philanthropy is being moved from this Friday, September 15 to Friday, September 22. They apologize for this inconvenience and hope to see everyone next Friday. Sign-ups will continue all next week, so please come by their table in Ridgway University Center.

Submitted by Samuel Wells sw247@evansville.edu

* 2017 Webelos Engineering Pin Day

The College of Engineering and Computer Science will host Webelos Engineering Pin Day on Saturday, October 28. Workshops with activity stations will provide some of the experience required for a Webelos Scout to qualify for an engineering pin. Registration is limited to 200 scouts. Registrations will be taken until the event is full or October 19.

Registration details are available at https://www.evansville.edu/schools/downloads/WebelosEngineeringPinDay2017.pdf.

For further information, contact Kimberly Higgins at kh209@evansville.edu or 812-488-2651.

Submitted by Kimberly Higgins kh209@evansville.edu

* UExplore engineering program

The College of Engineering and Computer Science is offering a UExplore engineering program for high school students. The program is designed to give participants a better understanding of the fields of civil, mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering and computer science through activities, hands-on projects, and tours of local industry.

The sessions in the program are October 16, November 6, November 27, January 22, February 19, March 12, April 2, and April 23. All sessions will be from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Room 100 in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science on UE’s campus.

James Allen, UE associate professor of mechanical and civil engineering, is the advisor for the program. A registered professional engineer in the states of Indiana and Ohio, Allen has extensive work experience in industry. Allen will be assisted with the program by UE engineering students.

The registration fee for the program is $50. Register online at www.evansville.edu/uexploreengineering or contact Kimberly Higgins for more information at 812-488-2661 or kh209@evansville.edu.

* 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 one to two 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, go here: https://studyabroad.evansville.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=11522.

Contact Kaylynn Carver at 812-488-2039 or kc205@evansville.edu with any questions.

Submitted by Kaylynn Carver kc205@evansville.edu

* Environmental Sustainability Task Force asks for revisions

Dear UE Community,

The UE Environmental Sustainability Task Force would like to share the draft of the Executive Summary Task Force Report, as well as relevant appendices, for campus feedback.

The documents may be viewed on AceLink here and all comments are welcome.

Please either give a verbal description in an e-mail with page numbers included as a reference, or download the document(s), highlight the changes you suggest, and send them to lk102@evansville.edu. Please use "Suggested Revisions to Task Force Recommendations" as the title in your e-mail.

Recommendations will be accepted at this address until Tuesday, September 19 at 5:00 p.m.

We very much look forward to your important input.

Warmest Regards,

The Environmental Sustainability Task Force

* Interested in traveling to Mexico this summer?

Are you interested in traveling to Mexico this summer? Join our interest meeting on September 21 at 4:00 p.m. in Graves Hall 302 (or come to the Study Abroad Fair to learn more)!

Spend 10 days in Mexico learning about that country’s school systems by visiting local schools and visiting the University of the Yucatan in Mérida, Mexico. Furthermore, have the opportunity to step out of the classroom and put your Spanish speaking skills to the test by immersing yourself in the rich Mayan and colonial Mexican heritage in the vibrant capital of the Mexican state Yucatán, Mérida. Also, see firsthand the beauty that the vast history of the Yucatecan Peninsula has to offer by visiting local museums, swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico, hiking through ancient Mayan ruins, or exploring some of the world’s most pristine cave systems!

Apply here: https://www.evansville.edu/studyabroad/facultyLed.cfm.

Interested? Contact George Iber about the exciting itinerary he is planning!

Questions? Contact Amara Stuehling at as760@evansville.edu about how to apply.

Submitted by Amara Stuehling as760@evansville.edu

* Free HIV screening

Matthew 25 AIDS service will be on site at the Health Center on Tuesday, September 19 from 9:00 a.m.-noon, to provide free HIV screenings. The testing is completely confidential with results in 20 minutes. Matthew 25 will be on site the third Tuesday of each month including September 19, October 17, November 21 and December 19. Call the Health Center at 812-488-2033 to schedule your confidential appointment today.

Submitted by Ashley Craig ac408@evansville.edu

* Part-time job opportunity to work with Aces Softball!

We are looking for individuals who are interested in a part-time job within our athletic department working directly with our softball program. We have multiple positions available that will assist the program with field maintenance, video for games, laundry services, and/or possibly on the field duties working directly with the team assisting with practice. If you are interested please contact Coach Heather Tarter for more information at ht77@evansville.edu.

Submitted by Heather Tarter ht77@evansville.edu

Congratulations

* Tyler Gray ties for fourth place at EKU

For the second time in three rounds this weekend, University of Evansville golfer Tyler Gray finished with a sub-70 round as the Purple Aces wrapped up the EKU Intercollegiate at the University Club at Arlington.

Gray opened the weekend with a 68 and finished with a 69 on Sunday. His final total of 208 was good for a tie for fourth place.

Cameron Weyer kept up his solid weekend, notching his best score of the three rounds. He notched a 72 in the final 18 to finish with a 221, tying for 58th. Third for the Aces was Matthew Ladd. His final day score checked in at a 75 as he posted a 225 for the three rounds.

Spencer Wagner had his best showing of the tournament. After carding a 79 in Saturday’s opening round, Wagner lowered that to a 74 in round two before completing the final 18 with a 73. He came home with a total score of 226. Noah Reese was next up. Reese totaled 76 strokes on Sunday, finishing the event with a 229.

As a team, UE remained in 15th place. Sunday’s round was the best of the weekend for the squad as they registered a 289. It was tied for the 6th-best team showing of the day. Eastern Kentucky dominated play on Sunday, posting the best team score off the weekend – a 275 – to finish the event a -3 with an 837. The Colonels were 12 ahead of second-place Longwood with Dayton taking third.

Jordan Boulton of Longwood was the medalist. He toured the course in a tournament-low 65 shots in the final round to card a 204. That was one ahead of EKU’s Noah Combs, who took second place.

UE’s next action will take place on September 24 and 25 at the Northern Kentucky Fall Classic.

* Aces have another good day on the courts

A perfect showing in flight two doubles by Diana Tkachenko and Daria Penstova highlighted the final day of the Greater Cincinnati Invitational at Lindner Family Tennis Center.

The duo started the day with a win over NKU’s Culbertson and Watton by a final of 7-5. In the finals, they hung on for a 7-6 victory to take the crown. Flight one doubles saw Chieko Yamada and Theodora Soldatou fall to Eastern Kentucky’s Viktorija Demcenkova and Kristina Lagoda.

Main draw singles saw the Aces go 1-1. Marie Kepelevich picked up the win at flight four, defeating Kelly Pleiman of Dayton, 6-1, 6-4, but fell in the finals Rakasha Bode of St. Francis, 7-5, 4-6, 1-0. Daria Pentsova was victorious in flight two on Friday, but on Saturday, she fell to EKU’s Lagoda, 7-5, 6-4, 1-0 (7).

In the third flight, Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga fell in her matchup to the Colonel’s Dwinta, 6-2, 6-2. 

Consolation singles saw the Purple Aces go 3-0 as Diana Tkachenko, Nicoli Pereira, and Leah Helpingstine each won at their respective flights.

UE returns to the court on September 30 and October 1 for the Evansville Metro Collegiate Invite at Wesselman Park.

* Sari Baum receives 2017 Gumbert Award in Creative Writing

The Department of Creative Writing is proud to announce that senior Sari Baum is this year’s recipient of the Gumbert Award in Creative Writing. The award was established at the University of Evansville to “recognize outstanding artistic excellence or achievement” in the arts. It is based on merit alone, and the Department of Creative Writing as a whole chooses each year’s winner. This process of nominating recipients - based on the quality of their creative work itself - means that her writing has made a strong impression on her professors. Congratulations, Sari!

In her sophomore year, Sari placed first in The Virginia Lowell Grabill Awards for Creative Nonfiction, and in 2016 she was named runner-up of the prestigious Norton Writer’s Prize for her essay Bánat is Hungarian for Grief. Sari is one of the editors in chief of The Evansville Review, and after graduation she hopes to continue her studies in graduate school.

* Dallinger serves as clinician at MTSA

UE violin professor Carol Dallinger was in Nashville last week serving as guest clinician at the 10th Annual Violin Workshop of the Middle Tennessee Suzuki Association.

* UE receives $113,000 grant for teacher recruitment & retention

The University of Evansville has received a $113,551 grant from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education to support programs that recruit teachers in high-need subjects and schools.

“These grants are enhancing our efforts to prepare the next generation of Hoosiers for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “Rewarding and scaling effective programs throughout the state will help attract and retain STEM teachers who will make a difference in high-need areas.”

The University of Evansville School of Education has identified recruitment and retention of teachers as a priority and has already implemented new initiatives addressing these areas through the Teaching Aces Program. This STEM grant will allow the School of Education to expand the Teaching Aces program and license additional teachers in the math and science fields for public schools in Indiana.  This grant will also offset the costs of teacher preparation for Transition to Teaching students through full tuition scholarships.

Additionally, the grant will enable UE to train current, licensed elementary education teachers and undergraduate elementary education majors at the University of Evansville and enhance their knowledge of STEM education areas leading to more effective instruction in the elementary school classroom. 

Finally, this grant will provide funds to develop a formal orientation program for new Transition to Teaching students in the math and science fields as well as a mentoring program for math and science Transition to Teaching students and recent graduates.

“These funds will allow us to positively impact our entire region,” said Sharon Gieselmann, associate professor and chair of UE’s School of Education. “By increasing the quantity and preparedness of our teachers, we’re able to directly impact the quality of education offered in our schools.”

* Lisa Kretz and Matt Knoester have article published

UE assistant professor of philosophy Lisa Kretz and former UE professor Matt Knoester recently published "Why do young adults vote at low rates? Implications for education" in the journal Social Studies Research and Practice.

* Ebeling presents at conference in Mainz

Associate professor of archaeology Jennie Ebeling is in Mainz, Germany, for the second Association for Ground Stone Tools Research. She will be presenting a paper on rotary querns in the Levant based in part on her research while a Global Scholar in 2010. In addition, Ebeling is chairing an academic session and is a member of the association's international scientific committee.

Sympathy to...

* Mary Lombardo-Graves and family

Condolences to Mary Lombardo-Graves, assistant professor of education, for the passing of her beloved mother, Mary Lou McCan, on Friday night.

Submitted by Amy McBride am85@evansville.edu

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