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Tuesday, September 26, 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.


What's Happening Today

* 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

* 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

* Attention students: The United Way Coin Wars has begun!

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 began 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!

• 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.


Upcoming Events

* United for Peace - UNICEF Campus Initiative community gathering

Come enjoy a peaceful environment today on the East Terrace lawn and donate to the UNICEF Campus Initiative. All collected funds will go to UNICEF's emergency relief programs. We will have speakers share peaceful insights and a free yoga class afterwards.

Submitted by Hussam Taj

* Fireside Chat in Grabill Lounge

Looking for a great way to end a busy day?

The Fireside Chats in Grabill Lounge (basement of Neu Chapel) have been a meaningful time of conversation and reflection thus far! And we want you to come and join in the conversation, discussing how we see God at work in our lives. All are welcome to attend the Fireside Chat on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* Joel Beardmore is presenting I-House England!

Please join us tonight at 7:00 p.m., upstairs in Ridgway University Center. Joel Beardmore will be making a presentation on England. We hope to see you there!

Submitted by Alexis Whitacre

* Interest meeting today concerning spring break Cuba trip

Want to learn more about traveling to Cuba over Spring Break? Join our interest meeting today - Thursday, September 28 - at 4:00 p.m. in Graves Hall 302.

Spend your spring break in Cuba working with Cuba Skate, a non-profit organization engaging in skate diplomacy and fostering a constructive environment for Cuban youth. Projects may entail work in art, sports, social media, business, education, and more. This is a unique opportunity to learn about a fascinating and beautiful country that few Americans have been able to visit. See the sights, meet families, taste the cuisine, learn to dance the salsa, and most importantly make a difference for youth in Cuba.

You will enroll in GAP 320 in the spring semester and travel to Cuba during spring break with the class. For more information and cost of the program, contact Amara Stuehling at or 812-488-1085.

You can apply for the program on the study abroad page:

Amara Stuehling

* Great Smokey Mountains trip!

The Venturing Crew will travel to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park over Fall Break. We will leave Friday afternoon and return Tuesday. We will do fun activities such as explore Gatlinburg, zip-lining, alpine slide, hiking, and backpacking! This is your chance to explore nature like never before. The cost is $110 and that includes transportation, food, housing, gear, and all activities. Questions? Please email us at

Submitted by Sydney Winstead

* Purple Aces track and field interest meeting

The Purple Aces will be conducting an interest meeting for those who would like to try-out for the track and field team. The meeting is today at 6:00 p.m. in Room 100 in Graves Hall. Please contact director of athletics compliance Krystal Collins at for more info.

Submitted by Krystal Collins

* International Club planning go-kart trip

International Club is going to French Lick, Indiana, on Saturday, September 30, to ride go-karts. The cost is $10, non-refundable. Sign up for the trip at a table in Ridgway University Center on Tuesday, September 26 from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. There are limited spots so you MUST arrive early to get a spot. Questions? Email Sydney Winstead at

Submitted by Sydney Winstead

* Dinner and Discussion with Daughters of Charity

The Newman Center welcomes the Daughters of Charity today at 5:00 p.m. for their talk on St. Vincent on his feast day! All are welcome and dinner will be provided.

Submitted by Gabrielle VanBuskirk

* 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 

* Thursday Night Mass tonight in Neu Chapel

Catholic Mass will be held tonight – September 28 - in Neu Chapel with Adoration beginning at 7:00 p.m. and Mass from 8:00-8:30 p.m. All students are welcome to come relax and celebrate with us!

Submitted by Gabrielle VanBuskirk

* Hoopfest to take place on October 25

The annual Hoopfest event presented by Heritage Federal Credit Union, which serves as the kickoff of basketball season at the University of Evansville, will take place on Wednesday, October 25.

Meeks Family Fieldhouse on the UE campus will be the site of the 2017 event in conjunction with the inaugural season inside the renovated facility. It will return to the Ford Center in 2018.  Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with the festivities set to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Limited seating is available inside the fieldhouse and seating for this event will be first come, first serve general admission. Season ticket holders for the 2017-18 season will have the first opportunity to reserve their seats at the free event. They can request a number of tickets for Hoopfest that are equal or less than the number of seats they have season tickets for at the Ford Center. A link will be sent out to season ticket holders via email this week to register.

Season ticket holders have until Friday, October 6 to reserve their seats online before the leftover seats will be distributed to the general public on a first come, first serve basis. They can also reserve their seats by calling 812-488-4073 or by visiting the Carson Center ticket office.

Hoopfest will be your first chance to see the Purple Aces Men’s and Women’s Basketball team in action. It consists of intra-squad scrimmages for each team as well as special contests between players and selected fans. It is also the first chance for season ticket holders to pick up their ticket boxes for the 2017-18 season.

Following the festivities, autograph sessions will take place for both teams. T-shirts will be given out at the event, which is sponsored by Heritage Federal Credit Union.

* 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.

* Faculty regalia sale at the UE Bookstore

The UE Bookstore is having a faculty regalia sale today from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. All custom orders placed on this day will receive 20 percent OFF the original price. The Oak Hall rep will be on hand to take all required measurements so that your attire fits perfectly. The rep will be able to answer all your questions and give you pricing on various garment options. Stop by and get information if you're not sure. There's no obligation to purchase, but this will be the best opportunity to purchase.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* 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

* Register now to participate in Homecoming's Ace Race

The Ace Race, a 5K run benefiting Ace CARE, UE's pro bono physical therapy clinic, is planned for Saturday, October 14, 9:00 a.m., on campus. This event is part of UE's Homecoming. The participation fee for students is $15. The fee for the general 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

For more information, contact Michaela Bortle at

* Yazdanparast to speak at Andiron Lecture today

Atefeh Yazdanparast, assistant professor of marketing and Mead Johnson Endowed Chair in Business, will be the speaker for today's Andiron Lecture. The lecture is planned for 4:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. Her topic will be "Advertising and Pseudo-Culture: An Analysis of Changing Women’s Portrayal as Reflected in Magazine Advertisements."

Yazdanparast earned her PhD in marketing with a minor in business anthropology from the University of North Texas. She also holds a master of science in marketing and a Bachelor of Science in food science and engineering. She is the chair of the American Marketing Association’s Marketing for Higher Education Special Interest Group. She has been the recipient of the University of Evansville Class of 1961 Faculty Fellowship Award (2017), Global Scholar Award (2015), and Schroeder School of Business Dean’s Research Award (2016 and 2014).

Yazdanparast’s research is focused on consumer decision making and value co-creation. To date, her research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Consumer Psychology, Psychology & Marketing, Journal of Marketing Management, Journal of Consumer Behavior, Journal of Consumer Marketing, and International Journal of Logistics Management.

The dynamic interplay between marketing systems and political systems has been a substantial macromarketing issue investigated by academic researchers over the past few decades. The present research is inspired by Adorno’s theory of pseudo-culture and aims to investigate how political and socio-cultural ideas are extensively manifested and promoted in mass media by political systems in an attempt to force cultural transformation through consumption. Following a content analysis and a semiotic analysis of print advertisements during important historical eras of Iran, the sharp contrast between the orientations of the Pahlavi and Islamic Republic regimes and its resultant impact on the status and role of women in the society are investigated. The research identifies five major themes underlying pseudo-culture formation and discusses the advertising strategies implemented to support these themes. This work also identifies four major tools utilized in pseudo-culture formation and demonstrates how pseudo-cultures may be formed, promoted, and abolished.

For further information, call Annette Parks at 812-488-1070 or the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589


Changemaker Corner

* Change...It's what we do

Did you know that UE organizes and participates in five days of service annually?

The Freshman Service Project, Make a Difference Day (now also called UE Gives Back), and UE Gives Back are three days for students to participate in various projects throughout Evansville and neighboring communities.
United Day of Caring and UE Gives Back ON CAMPUS are days coordinated for our faculty and staff to contribute time and energy to helping local organizations and beautifying the UE campus.

Overall, UE students report contributing over 20,000 hours of community service.

Submitted by Geoff Edwards


Info You Should Know

* Illinois State wins MVC home opener over UE Volleyball

Jaelyn Keene had 17 kills and three services aces to lead Illinois State to a 3-0 win over the University of Evansville volleyball team on Monday evening.

Keene was the only player for either team to hit double figures in kills.  Fellow Redbird (9-7, 2-1 MVC) Stef Jankiewicz led everyone with 30 kills. Evansville (6-8, 0-2 MVC) saw Cathy Schreiber lead the way with seven kills with Rocio Fortuny completing the match with six. Allana McInnis posted 18 kills on the night while Mildrelis Rodriguez led the defense with 14 digs.

A fast start to game one saw Illinois State take a 5-0 lead. They extended it to 11-3 before the Aces posted three in a row to get back within five. From there it was all Redbirds as they pulled away for the 25-12 victory.

Rocio Fortuny helped UE take a 3-1 lead in set number two as she had back-to-back kills. The Aces continued to lead at 6-5 before the Redbirds came back with six in a row to go up 11-6. They added to it on their way to a win in the set by a 25-15 final.

Another run helped ISU take a 4-1 lead in the third frame. Evansville fought back to tie it up at 4-4 on a kill from Erlicia Griffith. The Redbirds had the response once again, scoring five in a row as they never looked back, finishing the match with a 25-12 decision.

A road trip this weekend will see the Aces head to Southern Illinois on Friday before trekking to Springfield, Missouri, a day later to take on Missouri State.

* Aces finish up tournament

Cameron Weyer was the big mover of the day for the University of Evansville men’s golf team as his 1-over 72 on Monday saw him tie for 29th at the NKU Fall Collegiate Classic at Elks Run Golf Club.

Weyer’s round, coupled with Sunday’s rounds of 77 and 76, saw him tie for 29th at the tournament with a 12-over 225. He was the low shooter of the day for the Purple Aces. Noah Reese matched Weyer’s finish. Reese carded his third score of 75 of the tournament to notch a 225 as an individual. 

Jessie Brumley was next for UE. He posted an 81 in round three to finish with a 3-round total of 240. His score was tied for 72nd. Next up was Gabe Rohleder. The freshman recorded an 82 to complete play with a 241. Two strokes behind him was Spencer Wagner. He had his best round of the weekend, posting a 75 on his way to a final tally of 243. 

Robert Waggoner rounded out the UE contingent as his final day score of 85 put him with a total of 251 strokes in 54 holes of play.

Evansville completed the tourney in 14th place with a score of 939. UE made a run against Green Bay, falling two short of 13th.  Butler held off a furious rally by Oakland in the team standings. The Bulldogs finished four shots ahead of Oakland, 868-872.

Nick Wilkins of Morehead State rallied in the final day to earn medalist honors. He had a 2-under 69 on Monday to defeat the competition by one shot.

Fall competition continues for the Aces next week as the head to the Butler Invitational in Indianapolis on October 2-3.

* GLACURH application deadline extended to September 29!

If you are interested in attending the Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (GLACURH) leadership conference planned for November 17-19, you have until September 29 to apply! Applications can be found on the organization’s website at

GLACURH is a regional leadership conference where selected delegates have the opportunity to network, present campus programs, and learn about initiatives other universities have in practice that could benefit the University of Evansville.
For more information please email Josh Baty at

Submitted by Josh Baty

* Harlaxton Fall and Summer 2018 application deadlines

Harlaxton application deadlines for Fall and Summer 2018 are already coming up! The priority deadline for applications is December 17 for fall and January 24 for summer. Make sure to start filling out your applications now!

Course descriptions are currently available on the Harlaxton website for Fall 2018 and for Summer 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Kaylynn Carver at or 812-488-2039.

Submitted by Greta Becker

* Nominations for the Employee Excellence Award

The University of Evansville, in pursuit of excellence in service, wishes to recognize a non-faculty employee displaying records of achievement as a leader. Leadership may be demonstrated in any of the following areas: service to the University, service to students, job performance and attitude towards fellow employees.  To be eligible, an employee must be a full-time member of administration or staff. Nominations for the October 2017 Employee of the Month are due no later than Wednesday, September 27.  To nominate someone, please go to

* UE Stories Abroad: Melinda Hopf in Trinidad and Tobago

You can now read all about UE student Melinda Hopf's experiences studying abroad in Trinidad and Tobago! Melinda is an elementary education major and took part in our two-week faculty-led trip over the summer. She had a chance to immerse herself in the local culture, work in a school with first years, and make countless life-long memories.

Head on over to the UE Stories Abroad website to learn more about her trip.

Submitted by Greta Becker

* UE Webelos Engineering Day Set for October 28

The University of Evansville’s College of Engineering and Computer Science 2017 Webelos Engineering Pin Day is planned for Saturday, October 28, in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The event will be from 8:00-11:15 a.m.

Activities include a workshop with activity stations that will provide some of the experience required for a Webelos Scout to qualify for an engineering pin. Participants will be divided into four groups. Each group will have at least one host who will guide them through the station rotation. The participation fee is $6 per Webelos Scout, with registration limited to 200 scouts. Registrations will be taken until the event is full or until October 19, whichever comes first.

For further information, contact Kimberly Higgins, assistant to the dean, UE College of Engineering and Computer Science, at or 812-488-2651.

Submitted by Kimberly Higgins



* UE Recognized for Affordability and Student Benefits on Several Top College Lists

The University of Evansville has been named to several top college lists, including rankings by Princeton Review, Forbes and Money. These commendations are in addition to those from U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly earlier this month. 

Forbes magazine named UE to its Top College list again this year and named the University to its Grateful Grads list. The Forbes Top Colleges ranking focuses on direct benefits a college provides students. Student experience is an important criteria and is based on freshman-to-sophomore retention rate and data from Niche, a comprehensive ranking site.

Niche uses survey information from approximately 93,000 current students and recent alumni reviewing over 1,300 colleges to rate schools and give them a letter grade. Overall, Niche named UE a Top Private University, a Best College in America, and a Best College in Indiana. UE was also rated by Niche as a College with Best Academics, Best Professors, and Best Value in America, and as a Most Diverse College and a College with the Best Student Life in America.

This year the Princeton Review listed UE as a Best Midwestern school in its Best Colleges: Region by Region category. Only 158 colleges were on this list of premier colleges. Schools chosen are considered “academically outstanding and well worth consideration.” Rankings are based on what students attending the reviewed colleges say about their experiences at their institutions.

UE has been named a 2017/18-Best Colleges by Money. Money used research and advice from the nation’s top experts on education quality, financing, and value to create a new and practical analysis of the nation’s best-performing colleges. Schools were ranked in quality of education, affordability, and outcomes - including graduate earnings.

College Factual recently listed UE in eight awards categories, including: Best Nationwide Colleges, Best Indiana Colleges, and Best Nationwide Colleges for Your Money, ranking in the top ten percent of more than 1300 colleges and universities. College Factual compares the quality of education at a given college, compared to all others on the list. Factors include student body caliber, educational resources, degree completion, and post-graduation earnings.

Earlier this month, U.S. News and World Report named UE a Best Midwest Value in its annual Best Colleges rankings and as one of the Best Regional Universities: Midwest. Washington Monthly also ranked UE number 7 in the nation among Baccalaureate Colleges and a “Best Bang for the Buck” school.

UE President Thomas A. Kazee said the University was extremely pleased with the accolades from these ranking organizations.

“At UE we are committed to providing students with a high quality education that is affordable.  These rankings make one thing crystal clear:  UE is a terrific value.” 

* UE Named Number 7 Baccalaureate College in the Nation and a "Best Bang for the Buck" school by Washington Monthly

The University of Evansville is ranked number 7 in the nation among Baccalaureate Colleges on the 2017 Washington Monthly College Rankings. UE was also named a “Best Bang for the Buck” school by the publication.

Social mobility and research are considered in these rankings, along with the university’s commitment to service. Also examined were federal data on student outcomes, such as salary earned by graduates, and how quickly graduates are able to pay down the principal on their student loans.

Washington Monthly describes the Best Bang for the Buck list as their “exclusive list of schools that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”

According to UE president Thomas Kazee, the Washington Monthly ranking is particularly meaningful as its criteria directly reflect the mission of the University, especially as it relates to the quality and value of a UE education

“At the University of Evansville, our core purpose is to provide students with an academic experience that is not only of remarkably high quality, but is affordable.  This “Best Bank for the Buck” ranking – combined with our recent ranking as the third Best Value in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report – is a powerful indication of the value of a UE education. 

Washington Monthly is a bimonthly magazine based in Washington, D.C., that covers politics, government, culture, and the media. The complete 2017 College Rankings and methodology are available on the organization’s website.


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