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Friday, October 13, 2017

* Turn in your United Way pledge form today to win!

Early Bird deadline: October 16 at 5:00 p.m.

Regular deadline: October 23 at 5:00 p.m.

Fair Share Giving: Please check your packet for a NEW incentive for giving at the Fair Share level.

Take a moment today to fill out your United Way pledge form. The Early Bird Grand Prize is a $250 gift card to Amazon!

Turn in your pledge form at any time this week and be eligible to win more prizes:
• (5) free meals from Chartwells
• Season pass from the theatre department
• (4) passes for UE Men’s and Women’s Basketball games
• Tailgating blanket from UE’s bookstore
• Gift bag from Basket Kases
• Gift bag from Penny John’s
• $10 gift card from Honey Moon Coffee Shop

Please read the information in your packet and if you have any questions, feel free to contact Office of Human Resources at ext. 2943. Join UE today in helping make the Evansville community a better place for everyone!

* Active shooter drill scheduled

In cooperation with the Evansville Police Department, the University of Evansville is planning an Active Shooter Drill. In order to maintain the integrity of the drill exercise, the exact date and time will not be published in advance. Note: the drill is scheduled for some time between 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11 and 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31. When the drill begins, all members of the campus community are expected to respond as if reacting to a real emergency situation. Participants are asked not to call 9-1-1 during the drill so that there is no disruption to the delivery of emergency services in the city. Also, please do not move your vehicle during a drill.

Things to know:

The drill will be announced to the campus community via an Ace Alert message. The alert will clearly state “THIS IS A DRILL” and will provide specific information relative to the location of a fictitious shooter. Only the Ace Alert message will activate the drill. 

The drill will not involve simulated gunshots or an individual(s) posing as a shooter. The Evansville Police Department will be present to provide constructive input during the drill and will provide direct feedback to those who are in the selected area(s). 

Whether or not you are in the direct area of the fictitious emergency, you should respond as you would if this were a real campus emergency. 

You should consider the possibility that a second “fictitious shooting event” may be part of the drill. 

The drill will conclude approximately 15 minutes after it begins with another Ace Alert message indicating the drill is over. 

At the conclusion of the drill, classes and/or activities will resume as normal. 

A Post Active Shooter Drill Survey will be emailed to all faculty, administrators, staff, and students on or before November 3. We ask that everyone respond to the survey as soon as possible after the drill.

How to respond during the drill:

Assess the situation! What do I know about the circumstances? What is the best response for me personally to ensure my safety? Then choose…

  • RUNIf the best way to keep yourself away from the fictitious danger is to flee the building, do so immediately. (For the drill, there is no reason to drive off-campus.)

    NOTE: In a real situation, 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. If you are outside, get as far away from the threat area as possible.  In some situations, you might decide that you can safely run away from the campus if the reported gunman is a good distance away from your campus location. 
  • HIDE: If you are in a position to lock a building door and can do so safely, do so. In addition, seek shelter inside of the building (classroom, closet, office, etc.)  If there is a lock on an interior door, lock yourself in the space. Go to a location in the room where you cannot be seen and stay in place until you are notified that the threat (drill) is over. Turn ringers and other tones off of cell phones and turn off lights if possible.
  • FIGHT: Note: There will be no need to FIGHT during this drill. In a real situation - If you are confronted with a gunman, you (and those with you) stand a better chance of surviving if you do something rather than nothing. Look around you. What would you use to help defend yourself?  

Remember: All exterior doors to buildings may be locked if the occupants within the building can do so safely. Electronic Card access may also be shut off. Use your best judgment in determining the safest course of action to protect yourself. Seconds count!

Watch the Video – Run, Hide, Fight.

As a reminder, you can find information about “Emergency Situations and Procedures” on the Safety and Security Website ( including a video on the Run, Hide, Fight response ( and additional information such as sheltering in place, outside and inside threats, and so forth. 

* Front Oval parking restricted on Friday, October 13

On Friday, October 13, parking on the front oval will be restricted due to meetings of the UE Board of Trustees. In addition, please be aware that setups for a President’s Club Homecoming Harvest Party will occur throughout the day on the front oval.  


What's Happening Today

* 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. 

* Aces to play today and Saturday

Fresh off of an exciting 3-2 win over Bradley on Monday evening, the University of Evansville volleyball team takes to the road this evening for a match at Loyola before a Saturday contest at Valparaiso.

Both matches begin at 7:00 p.m. Saturday’s tilt against the Ramblers will be carried on The Valley on ESPN3.

Career highs fell across the board for many of UE’s players as they earned their first MVC win of the season, defeating Bradley on Monday evening in five sets. Mildrelis Rodriguez had a season-high 21 kills and also posted 22 digs to lead the way in the victory.

In three matches last weekend, Gabriela dos Santos played well in the starting line-up. Over the course of the 12 sets in three matches, dos Santos notched 41 digs, an average of 3.42 per set. That is a nice increase over her season average of 2.15. She had a career outing versus the Braves, notching a career-high 15 kills.

Evansville notched a total of 28 block assists, translating to 15.0 total team blocks against Bradley on Monday. It was the most this season.  In 2016, UE eclipsed that mark on three occasions.

Mildrelis Rodriguez returned to form in three home matches last week, registering 42 kills in 12 sets, an average of 3.5. In the 21 sets prior to the home weekend, she had just 23 total kills.  Rodriguez accomplished a rare 20-20 feat as she added 22 digs, matching her career high from 2015.

Rachel Tam set career highs in kills (27) and attempts (79) in the Aces road tilt at Southern Illinois. Her kill total was the most for a UE player since Oct. 24, 2015. Her 79 attempts was second-most for an MVC player this year, just behind Lily Johnson’s 88 against Illinois earlier this season. It was also a program record. Tam is tenth in the MVC with 3.01 kills per set.

Loyola has struggled this season and stands at a 1-16 overall record and is 0-6 in conference outings. Gabi Maciagowski paces the Ramblers with 2.77 kills per set while Alex Nunez leads the defense with 3.54 digs per game.

On Saturday, the Aces head to Valparaiso for their first meeting as league rivals. The Crusaders are 9-9 overall and 2-4 in the MVC so far. They are 2-1 in their last three outings, defeating Bradley and Loyola on the road. Taylor Graboski has a team-best 2.95 kills per set while Brittany Anderson has notched a total of 684 assists on the season, an average of 10.36 per frame.

* Several athletics events to be featured in Homecoming 2017

Homecoming 2017 is set for this weekend on the University of Evansville campus. Purple Aces athletics will be playing a large part in the schedule of events.

Starting at 8:00 p.m. this evening, the Aces Pep Rally will take place at the Ridgway University Center. At that time, the Mr. and Miss UE finalists will be announced.

Saturday is the highlight of the athletics portion of the weekend. The day starts out at Angel Mounds as the Aces cross country team will host the annual UE Invitational. It starts at 10:00 a.m. At 11:00 a.m., the Alumni Swim Meet will be held at the Wyttenbach Pool inside the Carson Center.

The Homecoming Tailgate welcomes all alumni and fans from 2:00-5:00 p.m. It will take place at the north end of the H Lot directly next to Arad McCutchan Stadium. Live music will be provided by Breakdown Shakedown – an exciting cover band out of St. Louis. 

Food trucks will be on hand selling food while student booths and other games will provide fun for all ages. This is open to students, alumni, their families, and guests along with all Aces fans at no charge!  It is sponsored by the SAB (Student Activities Board), UE Alumni Association and the Department of Athletics.

T-shirts to benefit Mick Lyon and his fight against Multiple Sclerosis will be on sale at the north entrance gate to Arad McCutchan Stadium. They cost just $15 and will be sold prior to the matches up until halftime of the men’s contest. Both UE teams are planning to wear orange for MS awareness.

Also at the tailgate, a raffle drawing will take place for a Yeti Cooler, Beats Pill, custom Aces cornhole boards, and other Aces gear. Everyone who enters the tailgate gets a raffle ticket and winners will be announced near the end, which is at 5:00 p.m.

A big Missouri Valley Conference soccer doubleheader will take place on Saturday afternoon starting at 2:30 p.m. as the women’s squad welcomes Drake to McCutchan Stadium. The men take their turn on the field at 5:00 p.m. to face Loyola.

Following the men’s contest, fireworks will take place over the stadium. These will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. or 15 minutes following the completion of the match. 

* Homecoming Pep Rally tonight at 8:00 p.m.

Join SAB, the Dance Team, the Cheer Team, and the Men's Soccer Team today - Friday, October 13 - at 8:00 p.m. on the East Terrace Lawn for the Homecoming Pep Rally. Mr. and Miss UE finalists will be announced and free T-shirts will be passed out!

Submitted by Megan King

* UE Bookstore Homecoming Sale and hours

The UE Bookstore will be offering 15 percent OFF all clothing and gifts purchases during Homecoming, October 13-15. Store hours are expanded to Friday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-2:00 p.m. Stop in and save all weekend long.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* This Week in Music: Opera guest artist

The UE music department welcomes guest artist Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek in recital tonight - Friday, October 13 - at 7:30 p.m. in Wheeler. Horner-Kwiatek is a former vocalist of Anonymous 4, with whom she recorded twelve award-winning CDs. She is a versatile and accomplished musician and is a highly sought after performer of new music. She has premiered several operatic roles by composers as varied as Harrison Birtwistle and Phil Kline, and she has appeared as guest soloist with several of the world’s leading new music ensembles.

Horner-Kwiatek also regularly performs early music, and has performed throughout Europe and the United States. She is voice teacher in New York, where she maintains a private studio and is an Adjunct Professor of Voice at Colombia University Teachers College, Fordham University, and the Dalton School.

Horner-Kwiatek’s recital will feature works by Butterworth, Ferguson, Britten, and Copland, as well as series of anonymous works from the 13th century.

For complete program information, please visit the music department’s concert calendar at:

The concert is free and open to the public. It is made possible by the generosity of the William E. Schmidt Foundation and an anonymous donor.

Submitted by James Sullivan

* Homecoming Week activities

Lots of activities are planned for Homecoming Week (October 11-14):

Friday, October 13
The Homecoming Pep Rally is at 8:00 p.m. on the East Terrace Lawn with the Cheer Team, Dance Team, and Soccer Team, free T-shirts, and announcement of the finalists for Mr. and Miss UE.

Saturday, October 14
The Homecoming Tailgate is at 2:00-5:00 p.m. in H Lot with organization booths, live music, food trucks, raffle prizes, and more! The women’s soccer game is at 2:30 p.m. and the men’s soccer game at 5:00 p.m. The crowning of Mr. and Miss UE will take place during halftime of the men's game. There will be a fireworks show after the men's soccer game

Submitted by Megan King

* Donations of food and hygiene products for local food pantry

The UE nursing seniors are sponsoring a food drive for Catalyst Church Food Pantry until November 1. A table will be set up in Ridgway University Center for food or monetary donations today from 8:00 a.m.-noon. (There may be an additional table set up in Carson Center during the Career Fair today.) In addition, donation boxes will be set up around campus.

In addition to taking donations at the Ridgway table, the group will also be taking orders for T-shirts at $15 each. The shirts will be available in four different colors. Proceeds from the T-shirt sale will be used to buy needed materials and food and hygiene items to donate to the pantry. 

Donations of peanut butter and jelly and canned fruit in 100 percent juice are especially needed. The students are also gathering donations of new or gently used socks and hygiene products such as baby wipes, bar soap, deodorant, mouthwash, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.

Each year, the UE senior nursing class takes on a project that promotes good health in the community. This year, they are partnering with the food pantry to address the problem of food insecurity, an inadequate amount of resources to provide basic needs, including medical care and food.

“People have to decide between food or utilities, food or transportation, medical care, housing, and bills,” explained UE nursing student Megan Dunn. “We are teaming up with the Catalyst Church Food Pantry due to their commitment to serving the food insecure of Evansville. They will serve anyone who comes through the door and they provide three meals a week per family.”

For more information, contact


Upcoming Events

* Alternative spring break trip info session on Thursday, Oct.19

Come find out about the new disaster relief alternative spring break trip to the Houston area at an informational meeting on Thursday, October 19 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center. Details such as dates, cost, and timeline will be covered. Optional interest forms are due October 25.

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke

* Thinking about grad school or a career in health care?

The University of Evansville invites you to attend Health Sciences Preview Day for prospective undergraduate and graduate students on Saturday, October 21 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in Graves Hall.

This special event is your chance to meet current students and faculty in your programs of interest; attend an interactive session on diagnosing, treating, and managing concussions; tour our learning and research labs; and enjoy refreshments with the dean, department chairs, faculty, staff, and current students.

We hope you will join us to learn about our health sciences programs and explore careers in the areas of: physician assistant, physical therapy, nursing, public health, health services administration, athletic training, and exercise science.

Register online at

Submitted by Jennifer Simon 

* Mt. Dew Spiked (non-alcoholic) beverage sampling today!

Pepsi is sponsoring a Mountain Dew Spiked beverage promotional sampling event for students on UE campus TODAY - Friday, October 20 - from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will take place inside Ridgway University Center outside the secure dining area under the TV monitor. This is an opportunity to try a free sample of the new Mt. Dew Spiked Lemonade with cactus juice or Mt. Dew Spiked Raspberry Lemonade with cactus juice.

Submitted by Kim Winsett

* 2017 faculty scholarship display

The Libraries are hosting a faculty scholarship display from January 22-February 2. Faculty are encouraged to contribute scholarship to the display, such as articles, books, book chapters, essays, creative works, etc. Works produced or published or grants received from August 2016 until July 2017 are eligible for inclusion in the display. Please send items to my attention by November 20.

A reception to honor all faculty scholars will be held at January's Fridays @ 5 in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. (The date has not be finalized yet.)

Call or email Meg Atwater-Singer (ext. 2487 or with questions.

Submitted by Meg Atwater-Singer

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

UE welcomes Fr. Godfrey Mullin, OSB, this Sunday for Mass at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Everyone is welcome!

Submitted by Lily Renfro

* Panel discussion on racial prejudice in criminal justice system

Psych Club will be hosting its first panel discussion of the year today at 6:30 p.m. in Room 170 in the Schroeder School of Business building. The topic will be racial prejudice in the criminal justice system. The panel of faculty and students will speak about their relevant experiences.

Submitted by Jordan Buechler

* UE's Annual Chili Bowl Sale planned for October 26

The University of Evansville’s annual Chili Bowl Sale is planned for October 26 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The event, which is sponsored by the UE Clay Club, will be set up in the area between Hyde and Sampson Halls on UE’s campus. The rain location for the event is Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center.

Chartwells, the new food service provider at UE, will provide the chili this year.

For $10, customers can buy a one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl and fill it with chili. Styrofoam containers will be available for those who prefer not to put chili in their newly purchased bowls.

Smaller bowls priced at $5 and larger bowls ranging from $15-$50 will also be for sale at the event. There will be a few bowls sold at a Silent Auction as well, ranging in value from $60-$100.

The bowls are being made this year by members of the Clay Club and other UE students, faculty members, alumni, and members of the community.

Part of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to a local food pantry/kitchen. The rest will go to the Clay Club to be used to fund attendance at conferences, visiting artists, and studio/gallery visits.

* Homecoming Worship in Neu Chapel

The campus community is invited to join us for University Worship during Homecoming Weekend. We are very excited to welcome all visiting alumni and friends of UE to our congregation on this special Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Together we will sing; we will pray; we will be fed. As always, donuts and coffee will be served before and after the service. We hope to see you there!

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* UE Gives Back registration deadline extended to Tuesday, Oct. 17!

UE Gives Back – Fall is this Saturday, October 21. The registration deadline has been extended to next Tuesday, October 17!

Students, join your fellow Aces for this campus-wide day of service, either as an individual or as a group. Non-profits across Evansville are counting on you to get out in the community. Free T-shirt, donuts, and coffee provided starting at 8:00 a.m.

With over 200 spots available, we have needs doing advocacy work for a local peace center, helping with Halloween and other great events, working at Audubon State Park, some demolition work, and much more. Most opportunities range from 9:00 a.m.-noon, but we have afternoon and evening opportunities as well.

To register go to Get Connected or Look for the Students Only: UE Gives Back – Fall purple banner and search for opportunities now!

Questions? Contact Jackie Luedtke at or 812-488-1115.

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke

* Speaker Series/Lunch & Learn

Please plan to join us for our first Mentor Speaker Series Luncheon/Lunch and Learn, on Thursday, October 19 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. We will have a panel of the Young Professional Alliance from Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce discussing and answering your questions on networking and career-related issues. If you wish to reserve a free lunch, please RSVP here: by October 13. This event is open to the campus community.

Submitted by Linda Wulf 

* Fiddick Lecture: Long struggle for racial equality in Indiana

James H. Madison, Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University, Bloomington, will be the speaker for this year’s University of Evansville Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture. The event is planned for TODAY - Friday, November 3 - at 7:00 p.m. in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall) in the Schroeder School of Business Building. This is the 16th year for the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

Madison will be delivering an illustrated lecture on “Hoosiers and the Long Struggle for Racial Equality.”

For over two centuries the people of Indiana have struggled with challenges of race. There were times when African American Hoosiers could not vote, when the danger of lynching was real, when the Ku Klux Klan seemed right and necessary, when segregationists created schools, restaurants, and basketball tournaments for whites only. Beginning in the1950s, Indiana reformers began a push toward equality that we know as the great civil rights movement. Madison’s lecture will focus on several flash points of challenge and change to spark thinking about race and about where we have been, where we are, and where we want to go as citizens in a changing world.

Madison is without doubt one of the most distinguished scholars to work in the field of Indiana history. An award winning teacher for over four decades at IU, he is the author of several books, including Eli Lilly: A Life; A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America; and Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II. He has taught as a Fulbright professor in Japan and England and has served on the boards of Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Historical Society, as well as being a member of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. Madison’s most recent book is the highly acclaimed bicentennial history, Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana; it is the basis for an Emmy-awarded PBS documentary on Indiana’s history.

“Professor Jim Madison is an extremely eminent scholar of Indiana History and we are absolutely thrilled to bring him to the University of Evansville to deliver the Fiddick Lecture and interact with students in class,” said James MacLeod, UE professor of history and director of the Fiddick Memorial Lecture Series.

“As recent events have catapulted race relations back into the center of public discourse,” MacLeod added, “this is a perfect time to educate ourselves about the history of racial equality in our home state. There can be few better-qualified people to tell this story than Professor Madison. It is especially appropriate given Tom Fiddick’s lifelong passion for many of the key issues discussed by Jim Madison, especially Civil Rights.”

Thomas C. Fiddick, for whom the Fiddick Memorial Lecture is named, served as professor of history at the University of Evansville from 1963 to 2002. In his 39 years at the University, he was a dedicated teacher, a productive scholar, and a tireless fighter in the cause of justice. His untimely death on the day of his retirement in 2002 stunned the UE community, especially his many former students. It was from the former students’ efforts in particular, with the support of Fiddick’s friends and the University, that the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture was established.

“The Fiddick Lecture is one of the best events of the year, as we get to celebrate the career of a truly outstanding faculty member here at UE,” MacLeod said. “Tom Fiddick was a brilliant scholar and an incredible teacher who made a life-transforming impact on generations of students.”

For more information, please contact the UE Department of History at 812-488-2963.

* Deadline Monday for Engineering Speed Networking

Engineering Speed Networking is set for the evening of October 18. You must pre-register by Monday, October 16, in order to attend. RSVP today under JobLink’s Events tab (Workshops).

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald

* Free lunch! UE Connect Lunch and Learn Thursday, October 19

"What I've found over time is who you know matters just as much as what you know," said Steven Stump, Evansville Business Journal 20 Under 40 Rising Leader.

Informal and formal networking are a part of nearly every successful career today. Join members of the Young Professional Alliance for lunch on Thursday, October 19. Steven and other members from the Young Professional Alliance steering committee will discuss the power of networking, and share best practices for preparation, introductions, presenting yourself professionally, and more.

The event is planned from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. The admission fee is complimentary for all students and professionals.

Register online by Tuesday, October 17, at

Panelist include:

  • Brooke Fisher, Old National Bank
  • Ashley Murray, Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce
  • Josey Roth, Evansville Christian Life Center
  • Steven Stump, University of Southern Indiana

Submitted by Liz Riffert 

* Native plant sale benefits SW Indiana ecological communities

Extra plants from the native plant garden in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science will be sold at a local native plant sale held by the Southwest Indiana Native Plant and Wildlife Society (SWINPAWS). The plant sale will occur Saturday, October 14 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the SWIMGA Display Garden, located at 3501 E. Lloyd Expressway, in Evansville. The UE community is invited to this native plant sale!

SWINPAWS promotes native plants as an essential part of Southwest Indiana’s ecological communities. Unfortunately, habitat destruction and introduction of non-native plant species has led to the loss and degradation of wetlands, prairies, and forests, resulting in reduced numbers of native plant species. The plants offered in the sale will help support our native pollinators and herbivores by providing food, shelter and a place to raise their young. Native birds, insects and other wildlife depend on native plants to thrive.

Submitted by Cris Hochwender

* Arlen Kaufman investiture ceremony planned for Oct. 14

UE professor of chemistry Arlen Kaufman will be inducted as the G. Richard and Rita Eykamp Endowed Chair in Chemistry at an investiture ceremony Saturday, October 14, at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. A reception will immediately follow in Neu Chapel.

Submitted by Lisa Wiesjahn 

* Free transportation to graduate school fair

Thinking about going to grad school? If you are searching for a nationally recognized professional degree program in business, law, medicine, and pharmacy, or a graduate program in education, fine arts, liberal arts, public affairs, religious studies, and related fields, you will find the perfect school for you at the Midwest Graduate and Professional School Summit. All the details may be found at:

At a glance information:

  • The event is Saturday, November 11 at Purdue University
  • Free accommodations and transportation provided by UE
  • Registration deadline is October 30 – so ACT NOW!

Submitted by Gene Wells

* Free HIV screening

Free, confidential HIV testing will be offered two days this month at the Health Center, located in the back of Sampson Hall. Matthew 25 will be onsite Tuesday, October 17 from 9:00 a.m.-noon. On Wednesday, October 18, the Aids Resource Group will provide free testing as well from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to call (812-488-2033) or stop by the Health Center to make an appointment, but appointments aren't necessary. Learn about another status ... one more important than Facebook!

Submitted by Ashley Craig 

* Blood Drive Tuesday, Oct. 17 - volunteer or donate

The Newman Club is hosting a blood drive with the Red Cross on Tuesday, October 17 in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center from noon-5:00 p.m.

To donate, email

Sign up to be a volunteer here:

Volunteers will be needed to help recruit donors at tables in Ridgway University Center on Wednesday, October 11, Thursday, October 12, and Friday, October 13 for one hour over lunch and dinner hours

On the day of the blood drive, volunteers will help check in donors and pass out refreshments after donation in one hour shifts.

Submitted by Gabrielle VanBuskirk

* Federal loan repayment counseling session for graduating or transferring students

Students who have received federal direct (sub/unsub) Loans and plan to graduate in the fall (or transfer after the fall semester) are required to attend a loan repayment counseling session. The Office of Financial Aid will hold the first session of the semester TODAY - Thursday, October 26 - at 2:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center. The last session will be held on December 7 at 2:00 pm.

Submitted by Amy Sowders

* 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


Changemaker Corner

* UE Changemakers - Habitat for Humanity Guatemala

In May 2018, UE engineering students will travel to Guatemala to help Habitat for Humanity build homes for families in need of safe, decent and affordable shelter. This program offers a unique opportunity for these students to take skills and techniques learned in the classroom to better the lives of those in need. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers - Habitat for Humanity Nicaragua

In the summer of 2017, UE engineering students took a trip to Nicaragua to help Habitat Humanity build a house for a family of five. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers – Institute for Banking and Finance: Microloans for diverse populations

UE’s Microfinance with Old National Bank: Access to Capital and Expertise for Emerging Entrepreneurs (ACE3) is sponsored, funded, and co-managed by Old National Bank. Students in the program manage a $100,000 portfolio which offers microloans to women and minority owned businesses. Students interface with clients, review business plans, and serve as underwriters for loans. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers – Institute for Banking and Finance: Financial literacy for expectant parents

The St. Vincent Financial Preparedness Program Leadership Team is part of UE’s Institute for Banking and Finance’s program to provide financial literacy for expectant parents. The team educates expecting parents on the impact their new baby will have on their financial lives. Launched in 2014, students have already trained over 100 parents. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers – Ace Care pro-bono PT clinic

Ace CARE is a pro bono physical therapy clinic run by UE Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students. Uninsured, underinsured or homeless patients can receive physical therapy on campus at no cost. Ace CARE has expanded its services to include a group exercise program for those who have had a stroke. Ace CARE is an opportunity for DPT students to expand their social awareness and professional skills. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers – Change Fest

On Friday, September 15, UE sponsored its first ever ChangeFest to support programs that are bringing positive change to the world - Mission Guatemala, Cuba Skate, the upcoming Habitat for Humanity build in Guatemala, and more. The main attraction was an official attempt to break the Guinness world record for the highest stack of tortillas. Several UE ChangeFest Interactive Stations were also set up at the event. Activities at these stations included a photo booth where students submitted stories about the positive changes they’ve made on campus and/or in the world as well as the changes they’d like to see happen. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers – Anti-bias team

An anti-bias team of UE students has been prepared by the Office of Diversity Initiatives to present anti-bias education to 7-12 graders. The team teaches anti-bias to these younger students through discussions of culture, racial identity, fairness, gender equity, family structures, differences in ability, and the celebration of holidays and cultural traditions. These efforts help local youth become part of the Anti-Bias Education Initiative through the University of Evansville. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers – Annual Days of Service

UE students are encouraged to participate in two flagship days of service each semester called UE Gives Back. Students choose from dozens of opportunities that fit their availability and comfort level. During the 2013-14 academic year, UE students reported more than 19,000 hours of service to the community. Students took part in service activities that included: tutoring, building homes and assisting and visiting the elderly. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers – UE Gap alternative energy project

The UE Gap alternative energy project is an alternative energy and energy efficiency consulting firm run by UE students. Under the guidance of a professor and professionals, the students analyze, inform, and connect individuals and businesses with alternative energy and energy efficiency possibilities. They also recommend energy providers in the area. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers – Changemaker Incubator

In June 2016, UE’s Evansville’s Institute for Global Enterprise received a $20,000 Ball Venture Fund award to build a Changemaker Incubator on campus. The Changemaker Incubator provides space for social entrepreneurs to exchange ideas, connect with mentors, collaborate, pitch ideas, and develop skills to get their ideas off the ground. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers – Upgrade Bikeshare

Two UE Changemaker Challenge teams each proposed a bike sharing project and afterward worked together on that project. UE is now one of several Evansville area organizations that is participating in a city-wide bike sharing program called Upgrade Bike Share. Seventy cruiser bikes are available at seven stations across Evansville for members to use on demand. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers – Leadership groups

UE students can join one of two leadership groups on campus in order to enhance leadership skills. UE Leadership Academy is a two-year commitment during which members graduate from the Personal Leadership Tier, the Peer Leadership Tier, or the Community Leadership Tier. UE Catalysts for Change is a free program consisting of sessions focused on various topics of leadership and service. For more information, go to

* So who is a Changemaker? YOU ARE!

By now, you’ve heard a lot about changemaking at UE, but you still may have questions about just what that means. Chances are, you’re a changemaker yourself!

Here’s a list of changemaking activity already happening on campus:

  • Collegiate Changemaker Challenge
  • High School Changemaker Challenge
  • Ethics and Social Change Major
  • Catalysts for Change
  • Related Courses: Social Entrepreneurship, Introduction to Ethics, Social Justice Movements, Complex Systems and Social Change, Social Change Field Experience, Ethics and Social Change, and FYS: Transformative Action
  • Upgrade Bike Share
  • Changemaker Incubator
  • GAP projects such as:  Sustainable art therapy in Guatemala, Cuba Skate, Alternative Energy, Infant Mortality, and Greenbelt connectivity
  • Annual Days of Service
  • Anti-bias team
  • Change Fest
  • Ace Care pro-bono PT clinic
  • Institute for Banking and Finance - financial literacy for expectant parents
  • Institute for Banking and Finance - microloans for diverse populations
  • Habitat for Humanity Nicaragua
  • Habitat for Humanity Guatemala
  • College Mentors for Kids
  • Community Garden
  • Social Innovation Club
  • Diversity House
  • Sustainability Task Force
  • Scholars for Syria
  • Rally for Love
  • Rally for Refugees
  • Eco-Action Initiative
  • Community Health Projects in Nursing
  • Aces into Evansville
  • Alternative Spring Break
  • PSA student grant writing
  • Work on issues such as: human trafficking, childhood aids, and homelessness
  • And more!

Info You Should Know

* Spring/Intersession textbook adoptions due

This is a reminder to all academic departments that textbook adoptions for the Intersession and Spring 2018 are now due in the UE Bookstore. Prompt submission helps obtain cheaper books for students. If you have any questions please contact the bookstore.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* Cast your vote for Mr. and Miss UE on AceLink

Cast your vote for Mr. and Miss UE on AceLink today! Voting closes Friday, October 13 at noon. Top four men and top four women will be announced at the Pep Rally on Friday, October 13 at 8:00 p.m. on the East Terrace Lawn. Mr. and Miss will be crowned during halftime of the men's soccer game on Saturday, October 14 at 5:00 p.m.

Submitted by Megan King 

* Important changes in event setup requests

An important change has been made in event setup requests. All event setups are now being handled by the housekeeping department. Housekeeping can be contacted at 812-488-2045 or

* Now accepting faculty/staff Phi Beta Delta nominations

Phi Beta Delta is an honor society “dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education.” The University of Evansville has recently been designated as the Theta Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Delta, which honors both students and faculty/staff for their involvement in international activities.

You are now welcome to nominate fellow faculty/staff members to be inducted into Phi Beta Delta. For more information regarding how to nominate a faculty/staff member, you can visit the study abroad website

The nomination form can be found on the right side of the screen.

All questions and completed forms may be e-mailed to Greta Becker at Please have all forms turned in by October 27.

Submitted by Greta Becker

* HoopFest tickets now available to general public

Fans of the University of Evansville men’s and women’s basketball teams are invited to sign up for their seats to the 2017 HoopFest event, which is set for October 25 at Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

Tickets are free, but seating is limited. You can guarantee your ticket is by registering here or by calling or texting 812-488-ACES or by visiting the Carson Center ticket office. Approximately 500 seats remain and are going fast. Fans are limited to four tickets apiece.

HoopFest, which is presented by Heritage Federal Credit Union, will take place starting at 7:00 p.m. on the 25th with the doors opening an hour prior.  Both the men’s and women’s squads will be on hand for scrimmages, contests and much more.

Schedule posters for both teams will be available with a team autograph session following the event.  For more information, call 812-488-ACES.

This will also be the first opportunity for season ticket holders to pick up their ticket boxes.

* Updates from Chartwells: New general manager, Chick-fil-A opening, alcohol permit application, social media connections

Chartwells Hires New General Manager
Chris Clay has been hired as the new general manager for Chartwells at the University of Evansville. He comes to UE after serving as the director of dining services for Chartwells at the University of West Florida. Learn more about Clay and the rest of the Chartwells staff here: 

Chick-fil-A is scheduled to open on Wednesday, November 1
Chick-fil-A serves chicken sandwiches, nuggets, spicy chicken sandwiches, and legendary waffle potato fries. Hours of operation for the Ridgway University Center location will be as follows:

Monday - Thursday:          10:30 a.m. – midnight
Friday:                                10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday:                            2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday:                              Closed

Chartwell’s Applying for Alcohol Permit
Chartwells is applying for an alcohol permit. As part of the process, they are required to post a sign announcing intent to acquire a license and to communicate details of the application process. The neon orange sign will remain posted for 10 days from October 14-24. Chartwells will appear before the board on October 24 for permit approval.

Connect with Chartwells on Social Media
Chartwells takes suggestions and posts menu updates on social media. Check them out at the links below:

* Winter Intersession courses

The University of Evansville offers Winter Intersession courses between the fall and spring semester from December 15, 2017 to January 5, 2018. Registration begins October 30. Students may register for one Winter Intersession course.

For more information visit:

These accelerated courses offer students the opportunity to:

  • Take a course on-line to earn credits toward graduation
  • Lighten your spring course schedule
  • Complete missing requirements

Class offerings:

  • ART 105: Introduction to the Visual Arts (Professor Larmann)
  • COMM 380: Intercultural Communication (Professor Thomlison)
  • ES 103: Fundamentals of Environmental Science (Professor Thananatthanachon)
  • EXSS 320: Nutrition for Performance and Health (Professor Rodd)
  • FIN 280: Introduction to Personal Finance (Professor Alhenawa)
  • PH 190 Introduction to Public Health (Professor Patel-Dovlatabadi)
  • PSCI 100: World Politics (Professor Kim)
  • PSYC 416: Human Sexuality (Professor Becker)
  • PSYC 121: Introduction to Psychology (Professor Hennon-Peters)
  • PSYC 229: Social Psychology (Professor Stevenson)
  • SOC 105: Introduction to Sociology (Professor Plikuhn)

Submitted by Paula Heldt 

* Euchre registration now open

Registration for Euchre is now open on! The competition will be held on October 21. Grab a partner and get ready to play!

Submitted by Dana Owens 

* Honorary Degree Committee invites your suggestions

The University of Evansville Honorary Degree Committee is now soliciting your recommendations for honorary degrees to be conferred at the May 2018 Commencement.  According to the UE Faculty and Administrator Manual, the committee is charged with requesting and reviewing honorary degree nominations made on the basis of individual service to the University and individual achievement.  An honorary degree may also be awarded to individuals who exemplify the University’s mission. Selected persons have excelled in a variety of areas--law, medicine, education, business, literature, politics, and entertainment.

The committee will forward nominations to President Kazee so he can make his recommendations to the faculty.  The faculty will vote on the final list of nominees.

Please email the following information to Robert Dion, committee chairperson, at, by Friday, November 3:

1. Nomination by (include name, phone and email address)
2. Name of person nominated
3. Title and/or profession of nominee
4. Rationale for the nomination (see criteria above)
5. Any biographical or background information on the nominee
6. Address information for contacting the nominee

Submitted by Robert Dion



* MacLeod gives lecture at Evansville museum

UE professor of history James MacLeod recently delivered a lecture to a packed house at the Evansville museum on “The Impact of World War One.” The lecture marked the opening of the museum’s exhibit "Over There" on the impact of WWI on Evansville. MacLeod is chair of the museum's history committee and also serves on the museum’s board of trustees.

* UE student Josh Franklin offered position at Dream Car Museum

Josh Franklin is a UE student majoring in history. His passion for cars and museum work earned him an internship position at the Dream Car Museum in Evansville. In this position, he helped set up some exhibits in the museum and learned about each item within the museum. Following the end of his internship, the museum offered Josh a part time job. This allowed him to continue with his passion for cars and museum work. After about a year working for the Dream Car Museum, Josh has been offered a full-time position taking care of the exhibits, and helping maintain the entirety of the museum. He enjoys what he does, and is looking forward to a future with the Dream Car Museum.

* Niedbala wins history department's Orville Jaebker Student Research Prize

Senior Elizabeth Niedbala has won the Department of History's Orville Jaebker Student Research Prize for her outstanding senior thesis research proposal. She received a check at the most recent history department general meeting and will use the money to facilitate her research into the origins and influence of film noir.

According to history department chair Annette Parks, "Dr. Jaebker was an outstanding Chair of the History Department who served as a professor at UE for many years. We’re delighted that his name can be honored with this endowed Prize to encourage student research."

* Opening day complete for UE tennis at ITA's

Picking up right where they left off at the Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championships, the University of Evansville women’s tennis team had a strong opening day of the ITA Ohio Valley Regional.

In the main draw, Diana Tkachenko opened play against Olha Burak of UT Martin and earned the win, 6-3, 6-1. Next up for her today is Sadie Hammond from the University of Tennessee. Chieko Yamada fell in her main draw contest against Claudia Yanes Garcia of Austin Peay, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Evansville went 4-1 in B Draw singles. Theodora Soldatou had an impressive win as she defeated Vanderbilt’s Payton Robinette, 6-1, 6-2. She faces Purdue’s Rafaela Baquerizo next. Daria Pentsova got past Annie Tarwater of Chattanooga, 6-2, 7-6 (0). Next up for her is Suzanna Stapler of Belmont. 

Nicoli Pereira defeated Sarah Beth Crowe of Belmont, 6-2, 6-2, and advances to play Margaux Lacroix of Eastern Kentucky in the second round on Friday. Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga was also victorious in her opening match-up, earning the win over Zoe Manion of Xavier, 6-2, 6-2. Up for her on Friday will be Mizuki Sakurai from UT Martin.

Marie Kapelevich dropped her contest against Kristina Tinsley from IUPUI, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.

Main draw doubles saw Yamada and Soldatou earn an 8-4 win over Fitz-Randolph and Manion of Xavier.  In the second round, they fell to the duo of Riley and Sawyer from Tennessee, 8-5.

Tkachenko and Pentsova went 2-0 in B Draw doubles. They opened up with an 8-3 win over Northern Kentucky before getting past Albertson and Kuppig of Austin Peay, 8-3. Their next opponents will be Dovnik of Purdue and Tarwater of Chattanooga. Pascual-Larrinaga and Pereira also went a perfect 2-0 on the day. They opened up with an 8-3 win over Lipscomb before getting past Schmidt-Jorgensen and Collins of Louisville, 8-1.  

* Schroeder team publishes in top journal

Sethlyn Morgan, Atefeh Yazdanparast, and Greg Rawski published their article "Creating a Distinctive Business Career Outcome Program" in the Journal of Vocational Education and Training. The article describes the Schroeder Office of Career Success and its customized career placement strategy which has achieved a five year 98% placement rate, raised starting salaries by 18%, and increased the quality of placements in the school. The Schroeder School was recently nationally ranked by US News & World Report as the #4 small private business school. 

* Robert Dion featured in Indiana Historical Society exhibition

The Indiana Historical Society recently unveiled its newest exhibition, Be Heard: LGBT Experiences in Indiana. The display is the culmination of years of work done by Indianapolis photographer Mark Lee in gathering oral histories from a wide variety of people across the state, including Robert Dion, chairperson of the Department of Law, Politics, and Society. The exhibition chronicles the many challenges faced by LGBT Hoosiers and their allies over the years, along with some of their signature triumphs. It will be on display at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in Indianapolis until November 4. Professor Dion will be teaching a course on Gay and Lesbian Politics (PSCI 390) next spring.

More information on the exhibition can be found here:


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