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Thursday, September 28, 2017

* Do you know what to do in an active shooter situation?

What does it mean if there is a shelter-in-place order?

Shelter-in-place is a term used to encourage individuals to seek shelter during certain types of emergencies/catastrophic events that may pose a threat to the safety of a small part of the campus or the overall safety of the entire campus community. Because of the nature of university and college campuses (open atmosphere, multiple buildings, pathways, shared thoroughfares with the city, etc.), the ability of campus authorities to “shelter-in-place” an entire campus and restrict the movement of people is difficult, if not impossible.

To maximize safety during a shelter-in-place order, the following recommendations should be considered by each individual:

Run, Hide, Fight

  • Run: Flee the building if you can do so safely based on what you know is taking place within the building. (i.e., if you hear gunshots on the other side of the building and you are close to an exit, law enforcement recommends running from the building)
  • Hide: Consider the above recommendations; additionally, turn ringers and other tones off on cellphones and turn off lights.
  • Fight: You (and those with you) stand a better chance of surviving if you do something rather than nothing.  Look around you. What can you use as a weapon? If you are with a group of people, what can you do collectively to fight the offender?

Remember: All exterior doors to buildings may be locked as a result of the shelter-in-place order. Card access will be shut off on electronic doors in the event of a shelter-in-place order. Use your best judgment in determining the safest course of action to protect yourself.

You can view the “run, hide, fight” video at the following link:


What's Happening Today

* Shelby speaking tonight at USI Student Christian Fellowship meeting

Rob Shelby, assistant professor of sociology, will present a talk titled, "Christians Facing Fear in Socially Uncertain Times" at USI's Student Christian Fellowship FOCUS meeting at 7:00 p.m. tonight. The presentation and discussion will take place in USI's Rice Library in Room RL 0017.

* BUY ONE TICKET, GET ONE FREE for tonight's performance of Fun Home

Buy one ticket and get one free for tonight's performance of Fun Home. Visit or call the Shanklin Theatre Ticket Office at 812-488-2031 to take advantage of this discount offer for tonight's 7:30 p.m. production of Fun Home, music by Jeanine Tesoro, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, and based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel.  Don’t miss UE Theatre’s production of this 2015 Tony Award-winning musical.

Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $20 adult, $18 senior adult, student, and UE faculty/staff. UE students can pick up FREE tickets after 12 p.m. from the Shanklin Theatre ticket office each day of the show.

Submitted by Sharla Cowden 

* 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

* 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

* 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


Upcoming Events

* University Worship in Neu Chapel

The campus community is invited to University Worship this Sunday in Neu Chapel. We will consider together the question, "Thirsty?" not only as it relates to physical thirst but spiritual thirst also. As always, your physical hunger and thirst can be satisfied with coffee and donuts before and after the service. All are welcome!

Submitted Keith Turner

* Shelby to speak to UE's Student Christian Fellowship

Rob Shelby, assistant professor of sociology, will present a talk titled, "Christians Facing Fear in Socially Uncertain Times" at UE's Student Christian Fellowship FOCUS meeting today - Friday, September 29 - at 5:30 p.m. The presentation and discussion will take place in Room 126 in Hyde Hall.

* 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

* Catholic Mass on Sunday in Neu Chapel - everyone welcome!

UE welcomes Fr. Ambrose Wanyanyi this Sunday for Mass at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Everyone is welcome!

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.

* Lincolnshire Front Porch Festival

Lincolnshire Festival PosterCome out to hear UE music faculty and students perform at the 2017 Lincolnshire Front Porch Festival on Sunday, October 1, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The neighborhood is located between Lincoln and Chandler Avenues featuring homes on College Highway and South Willow Road. Many UE alumni and faculty live in this neighborhood.

Stroll through this historic neighborhood and listen to some fantastic music. Flying Pig Barbecue and St. Ben's will be offering food for purchase.

Contact professor of music Timothy Zifer ( for questions or more information.

* 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

* 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: Tuesday, October 10 in Room 203 (J. Henry Schroeder Boardroom) in the Bower-Suhrheinrich Library.

Submitted by Cindy Kelley

* Energy efficiency

Did you know that in 2015, UE students in the Alternative Energy Class taught by professor Angela Reisetter were awarded a grant worth over $90,000 from the Indiana Office of Energy Development to assist the Carver Community Organization? The grant was used to fund LED lighting and 90 solar panels on the roof of the Carver Center, reducing their energy use and costs.

Submitted by Geoff Edwards


Info You Should Know

* Aces battle to 2-2 draw with Bradley

The University of Evansville men's soccer team battled and overcame a pair of deficits to earn a 2-2 draw with Bradley on Wednesday night at Arad McCutchan Stadium.

"It's a Valley game and I know Bradley's teams are always going to fight and battle and compete," said Aces head coach Marshall Ray. "Anytime you get on the field against a team like that you have to be able to do the same and I felt like we matched that."

Senior midfielder Ian McGrath scored both of the Aces' (5-3-1, 0-1-1 MVC) goals while firing a career-high 10 shots with six on-goal to lead Evansville. For the Braves (6-3-1, 1-0-1 MVC), Clark Emerson and Younes Dayekh each scored. In goal for Evansville, sophomore Frederik Reimer made a pair of saves, allowing two goals, to move to 1-3-1 on the season.

The Braves struck first in the 14th minute of the midweek showdown as Clark powered his way through a pair of defenders and finished from inside the six yard box to put Bradley in front, 1-0.

In the 61st minute, Evansville equalized the match at a goal apiece after redshirt sophomore Hunter DeWeese was taken down in the box, earning a penalty kick. McGrath stepped to the spot and scored his sixth goal and second penalty kick goal of the year.

Not long after, Bradley pushed back in front again in the 70th minute as Jha'Lon Johnson slipped a through ball to Dayekh who drilled the ball off the far post and in to give the Braves a 2-1 lead.

With just 11 minutes left in regulation, junior midfielder Zac Blaydes soared a ball over the top of the defense that found McGrath striding into the box. McGrath took a dribble and smashed the ball past the keeper and into the back of the net to knot the match at two.

Despite plenty of action in the 20 minutes of the two overtimes, neither side could find the game-winner in the 2-2 draw.

Evansville out-shot the Braves, 26-10, with a 13-4 advantage on shots on-goal.

"We had some opportunities. I think Weber had one off the crossbar and Simon, there at the end of regulation, hit one off the post," said Ray. "Eventually those are going to start going in for us. We're pleased with the point with the situation we were put in going a man down and fighting through overtime and coming back twice to tie the game up. We just have to do a better job of not putting ourselves in those situations."

Next up for the Aces is a trip north to take on the top-ranked Indiana Hoosiers on Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. (CDT) in Bloomington, Indiana.

* UE Volleyball to assist in Hurricane Maria relief

Head coach Manolo Concepcion, graduate assistant Melissa Rabell, and student-athletes Joselyn Coronel and Mildrelis Rodriguez all have ties to Puerto Rico, which was severely impacted last week by Hurricane Maria.

The hurricane struck the island with winds in excess of 150 miles per hour and has had a devastating effect on the island. Necessities such as food and supplies are in dire need in the island. As a way of helping those who are so close to them, the Purple Aces volleyball team is holding a supply drive to assist those in need in Puerto Rico.

Collection boxes will be placed in the hallway of the Carson Center with supplies also being collected at the Aces’ matches next week. Everything collected will be sent to the affected areas of the island.

Next week, the Aces are home to face Drake on October 6 and UNI on the 7th.  The Panthers are 22nd in the latest NCAA national rankings. Fans who bring a donation to the match will receive $2 off of their ticket.

Items in need include: cans of food, water, batteries, battery-operated items (i.e. fans and radios), solar lamps, hand sanitizers, and sanitizing wipes. 

Those who are unable to donate directly to the Aces efforts can also do so through the Red Cross, which has a Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund.

* TIAA summary plan description

An updated summary plan description for the TIAA retirement plan is available at: 

* Nominate Mr. and Miss UE for Homecoming 2017

During Homecoming Weekend we plan to recognize and crown Mr. and Miss UE. To be eligible, students must be full time students and members of the senior class. Nominations may be made by anyone on campus, either a student organization, group of friends, team, roommates, etc. Please complete the nomination form by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4. Nominations can be made based on the student’s preferred gender.

You can find nomination forms for Mr. and Miss UE 2017 at

Submitted by Megan King

* Have you applied for graduation?

Juniors and seniors - don’t forget to apply for graduation through self-service on MyUE! Questions? Contact Ashley Nels in the registrar’s office.

Submitted by Ashley Nels

* 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

* 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

* 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

* 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

* 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 or contact Kimberly Higgins for more information at 812-488-2661 or



* Crews named MVC Female Cross Country Athlete of the Week

Following a sixth-place finish at the Austin Peay Cross-Country Festival on Saturday, University of Evansville junior Sienna Crews was named the Missouri Valley Conference Female Cross Country Athlete of the Week on Tuesday.

Crews, who has battled her way back from an injury, helped lead the Aces to a second-place team finish with her time of 18:52.8.

The honor is the second of Crews' collegiate career and first since the Lincoln City, Ind. native earned the honor on September 29, 2015.

Crews and the Aces are back in action this weekend as they travel to compete in the Greater Louisville Classic at Tom Sawyer State Park on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.

* 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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