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Thursday, September 21, 2017

* Fall 2017 Open Forums

President Kazee has been hosting open forums to update the campus community on Fall 2017 enrollment, the current fiscal situation, and strategies under consideration to address this year’s budget deficit. Open forums will be moderated by President Kazee with members of the President’s Cabinet in attendance to present and/or answer questions specific to their areas. The sessions have been scheduled to provide an opportunity for all faculty, staff, and administrators to attend.

The next session is planned for Wednesday, September 27: 3:00-4:00 pm, Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center.

* Student success promoted on personalized Merit page

One of the ways that the University of Evansville recognizes and publicizes student success is through Merit, a social media and hometown news service. Merit automatically creates a personal web page for each student where badges and stories about his or her achievements are displayed. Examples of achievements that might be highlighted in this way include being named to the Dean’s List, joining an organization, presenting at a conference, or receiving an award.

Whenever a student achieves something notable, the University adds a badge and information about that accomplishment to the student’s Merit page. The information is also sent it to the student’s hometown newspaper. Each time a badge and information is added to a student’s page, a notification email is sent to the student’s UE email address.

Each student can “claim” his or her page and then personalize it with photos and information on activities, jobs, volunteer work and more. (Those who would rather opt out of having a Merit page can do so, as well.)

These personal Merit pages can be shared easily by students with family, friends and potential and current employers through email or social media networks like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Building a Merit page is, in a sense, like building a resume about one’s college career, and is a very useful asset when applying for jobs and internships.

The Merit program and its UE-related pages are managed by UE’s Office of University Relations. Students with questions about Merit should call University Relations at 812-488-2236 or 812-488-2241 or email For more information about Merit, visit


What's Happening Today

* Information session today for Mexico summer course!

Are you interested in traveling to Mexico this summer? Join our interest meeting on September 21 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 302 in Graves Hall.

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:

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

Questions? Contact Amara Stuehling at about how to apply.

Submitted by Amera Stuehling

* Volunteer Fair TODAY in Eykamp Hall!

Join us for the Volunteer Fair TODAY 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


Upcoming Events

* Family Weekend Worship in Neu Chapel

Family coming into town?

Why not round off Family Weekend by worshiping together as a family? The campus community and their families are invited to worship in Neu Chapel this Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Join us for a meaningful service as we celebrate God's goodness in our lives. Doughnuts and coffee will be served before and after the service! All are welcome!

Submitted by Keith Turner

* Ethics and social change session and cookies - today

Do you want to make a positive difference in the world and want to learn how to do that? Interested in hearing more about all the exciting opportunities available through majoring or minoring in ethics and social change? Do you want to hear about the ways in which it is a perfect double major? Are you just curious and want to learn more? If so, please come join us at noon in Room 100 in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science today. Delicious cookies from Chartwells will be served!

Submitted by Lisa Kretz 

* Honey Moon Coffee Co. Giveback for Scholars for Syria

Scholars for Syria will be holding a giveback event at Honey Moon Coffee Co. today - Tuesday, September 26 - from noon-9:00 p.m. Mention Scholars for Syria at the register and 10 percent of your payment will be donated back to Scholars for Syria. We appreciate your continued support!

Submitted by Kendra Mehling

* Volunteer opportunity Thursday at Seton Harvest

This Thursday, September 21, ALL students are invited to volunteer with Seton Harvest. The event runs from 5:30-7:00 pm. Volunteers can meet at the Newman Center at 5:10 p.m. to carpool.

For any questions, contact Olivia at

* BiSci Club meeting is today

BiSci Club will be holding its second meeting today - Monday, September 25 - at 5:00 p.m. in Koch Center 101. All majors are welcome to come and participate! 

* Fantastic Fall Healthy Behavior Challenge

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

Submitted by Ashley Chipps

* Graduate School Fair today!

A Graduate School Fair is planned for today - Tuesday, September 26 - 1:00-3:00 p.m. in Ridgway University Center. Schools that have registered for the event include:

  • Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • Indiana University School of Law
  • Indiana University School of Social Work
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus,
  • MBA program & MA in Mental Health Counseling
  • IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
  • Kelley School of Business Graduate Accounting
  • Manchester University
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Southern Illinois University
  • SUNY Binghampton School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • University of Evansville College of Education and Health Sciences
  • University of Indianapolis, MBA program
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • Valparaiso University Law School
  • Western Kentucky University

Stop by on September 26 from1:00-3:00 p.m. and meet with representatives from these schools! 

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald

* 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 or 812-853-6136.

Submitted by Kathy Bartelt

* 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

* Catholic Mass this Sunday at 9 a.m. in Neu Chapel

UE welcomes Fr. Godfrey Mullen this Sunday for the Parents Weekend Mass at 9:00 a.m. in Neu Chapel. Everyone is welcome!

Submitted by Gabrielle VanBuskirk

* Homecoming 2017 Reunion Weekend set for Oct. 13-15

The University of Evansville Homecoming 2017 Reunion Weekend is October 13-15. Special events are planned for parents and alumni, many of which will be open to the public.

Dr. Guy Banta Distinguished Lecture Series – Speaker Zach Cheviron ’00, Environmental and Wildlife Biology
Friday, October 13, 3:00 p.m. Vectren Lecture Hall, Room 100, Koch Center for Engineering and Science.

Reunion Celebrations
Anniversaries to be celebrated at homecoming include the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1967, 65th anniversary of Phi Mu sorority, 60th anniversary of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and the 60th anniversary of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

Homecoming Tailgate
Saturday, October 14, 2:00-5:00 p.m., H-Lot, South Frederick Street
Food, games, live music, and fun. Open to public.

The Ace Race
Saturday, October 14, 9:00 a.m., UE campus.  Open to public.
This 5K run benefits Ace CARE, UE’s pro bono physical therapy clinic run by doctor of physical therapy and physical therapy assistant students for the uninsured, underinsured, and homeless. Participation fee for the public is $25 before October 1 or $30 after October 1. Those registering before October 1 will receive a long sleeve T-shirt. To register, go to

UE Women’s Soccer versus Drake
Saturday, October 14, 2:00 p.m., Arad McCutchan Stadium. Open to public.

UE Men’s Soccer versus Loyola (followed by fireworks display)
Saturday, October 14, 5:00 p.m., Arad McCutchan Stadium. Open to public.

For the full schedule of events or more information, visit or contact or 812-488-2586. 


Changemaker Corner

* Changing for our health

Did you know that in the fall of 2014, four senior nursing students traveled to China to research how Chinese college students feel about tobacco-free campus initiatives? Their work provided an international perspective for a proposed tobacco-free plan for the University of Evansville, which was successfully implemented on campus.

Submitted by Geoff Edwards 


Info You Should Know

* Still need a textbook?

This is a reminder that the UE Bookstore will be starting the return process of all unsold books very soon, beginning with used stock first. If you still need a textbook for the fall term please stop in the UE Bookstore and secure your copy. If you're unable to purchase your book, please see store staff and they will be happy to hold a copy of you for a period of time so that it is available. If you have any questions please ask store staff.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* September Pcard cycle ending!

The September Pcard cycle - which began August 22 - ended on September 21. As of September 23, cardholders may schedule and run the September cycle report. September transactions may be reconciled in SDG2 until September 28. On September 28, the general ledger Pcard file will be uploaded and cardholders will be locked out of (unable to make changes) posted transactions for the September cycle.

Submitted by Kim Winsett

* No open swim Sept. 22 (7:00-9:00 p.m.) and Sept. 23

There will be no open swim this Friday evening, September 22 (7:00-9:00 p.m. only) and Saturday, September 23 (3:00-5:00 p.m.) due to the UE swim meet. Open swim hours resume on Sunday.

Submitted by Lori Adams

* Men's Basketball student manager needed (paid position)

Men's Basketball is looking for a manager to help with practice, games, and behind the scene duties. It is now a paid work study position with up to 20 hours per week. This job is for the fall and spring semesters! Please contact Chad Harmon at to inquire.

Submitted by Chad Harmon

* Correction - Catholic Mass in Memorial Plaza on Oct. 26

Earlier this week, it was announced that Mass would be held in Memorial Plaza this Thursday evening. This outdoor Mass will actually occur on Thursday, October 26. 

Outdoor Mass
Thursday, October 26
8:00 p.m.
Memorial Plaza
In case of rain, Mass will be held at the Newman Center. 

All are welcome - for questions, contact Jenny at

* Flu shots available

For those covered on the Meritain Health Plan: Free Flu Shot Blitz will be offered in the Employee Health Clinic on October 3 from 7:00-11:00 a.m. and October 4 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Those not insured can still receive the vaccine for $20. Please sign up though AceLink.

Submitted by Ashley Chipps

* Group from Harlaxton featured in photo in The Telegraph

Harlaxton British studies professor Amber Pouliot, members of her Brontë class (English 348), and other Harlaxton students and visiting faculty were recently photographed by The Telegraph while visiting the home of the Brontes (now a café called Emily’s). The article and accompanying photograph are featured in a current article in The Telegraph.

* 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

Submitted by Sylvia DeVault

* 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

For further information, contact Kimberly Higgins at or 812-488-2651.

Submitted by Kimberly Higgins

* Review course for fundamentals of engineering exam

The University of Evansville College of Engineering and Computer Science has announced dates for the annual review and preparation course for those planning to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.

All classes will be held Thursday evenings, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science building on the UE campus. Classes are divided into relevance per discipline. Fees are adjusted accordingly.

- Civil engineering candidates will attend from October 5 through February 1. 
- Mechanical engineering and other disciplines candidates will attend from October 5 through November 30. 
- Electrical and computer engineering candidates will attend October 26 through November 30.

Registration forms and payment must be returned by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 2. On campus registrations should be returned to KC 250.

Community members may obtain registration information by contacting Kimberly Higgins via e-mail at or phone at 812-488-2651. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.



* Professor Katie Mullins has story picked up at Iron Horse

Assistant professor of creative writing Katie Mullins' story "Bring Eliza Home" was recently selected for publication by Iron Horse Literary Review. The story will be out for Christmas, and is based on a true story out of Evansville.

* Xiao organizes special session for AMS Fall Central Sectional Meeting

Pengcheng Xiao, assistant professor of mathematics, organized a special session titled "Special Session on Differential Equation Modeling and Analysis for Complex Bio-systems" for the recent AMS Fall Central Sectional Meeting at University of North Texas.

Fourteen researchers presented their research work in the special session. Jonathan Rubin, professor and chair of mathematics at University of Pittsburgh and a world class researcher in computational neuroscience, delivered the 45 minutes survey talk in this special session.


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