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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

* It's your turn – turn in your UW form today!

Deadline: October 23 at 5:00 p.m.

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• Men’s and Women’s Basketball tickets
• Theatre tickets
• Gift certificate to Honey Moon Coffee Shop
• And MORE!

Please read the information in your packet and if you have any questions, feel free to contact Office of Human Resources at ext. 2943.

* 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 In order to maintain the integrity of the drill exercise, the exact date and time will not be published in advance.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. 


What's Happening Today

* This Week in Music: Faculty Recital

Eykamp String Quartet cellist Kirsten Jermé will present a faculty recital tonight - Tuesday, October 17 - at 7:30 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall. The program includes works by Bach, Webern, Beethoven, and Huré and will feature Thomas Drury on piano and harpsichord. For complete program information, please visit the music department concert calendar.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Submitted by James Sullivan 

* Students: UE Gives Back registration deadline is TODAY!

UE Gives Back – Fall is this Saturday, October 21. The registration deadline has been extended to TODAY 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

* Health Careers Fair today

Come to the Student Fitness Center today for the Health Careers Fair! Anyone considering a health-related career should attend. The event is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald

* 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

* Blood Drive today

The Newman Club is hosting a blood drive today in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center from noon-5:00 p.m.

If spots are still available to donate, you may sign up by emailing Paige at

Submitted by Gabrielle VanBuskirk


Upcoming Events

* UE presidential search - student forum

As you know, Dr. Kazee announced his retirement as president of the University of Evansville, effective May 31, 2018. As part of the effort to gather student input on the search for the 24th president of the University of Evansville, the Presidential Search Committee and SGA are hosting an open forum with the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer today - Thursday, October 19 - at 6:00 p.m. in Room 170, Schroeder School of Business Building.

It is important that all constituents on campus are heard. Student commentary is vital to the Presidential Search Committee as they begin recruiting candidates to be the next leader of the University of Evansville. Students, please make plans to attend this important forum.

All students are also invited to attend Student Congress before the forum today, at 5:00 p.m., in Room 170 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. University administrators will be reporting on the state of the University and how it affects students. They will also be giving important updates about UE and answering questions that students may have.

* Tonight - Fireside Chat: Confronting Our Weaknesses

Everyone has weaknesses. It's a part of being human. But God desires to use us in the world - weaknesses and all! This week's Fireside Chat will focus on how our weaknesses do not hinder us for service. Rather God chooses to use them as strengths for the betterment of the world. Come join in the conversation! We will meet this evening at 7:30 p.m. in Grabill Lounge, located in the lower level of Neu Chapel.

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* #readingseries today!

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

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

This reading will feature creative work by students Victoria Phillips, Amanda Alexander, and Case Farney. The reading will start promptly at 4:00 p.m., so if you’re looking to enjoy some delicious pizza while you’re there, please arrive early as The Slice can be charmingly slow. And as a reminder: it’s a cash-only establishment. Hope to see you all there!

Submitted by Lisa Nikolidakis

* SAB British comedian tonight (FREE POPCORN)

Join the Student Activities Board tonight at 9:00 p.m. in Cafe Court for British comedian Chris James. Free popcorn and soft drinks provided!

Submitted by Megan King 

* French conversation table on Wednesdays

Are you feeling a bit rusty with your French? Do you want to improve your French accent? Do you want to meet with other Francophiles and Francophones in an informal setting? If so, then come and meet with us at the French conversation table! It takes place every Wednesday, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Room 124, Hyde Hall. Everyone is welcome!

Submitted by Severine Bates 

* C.L. Lindsay to discuss "Sex and The Law" today

C.L. Lindsay, a nationally recognized expert and leader in the field of student rights and academic freedom, will be featured as the speaker for our fall program addressing consent and bystander intervention. The presentation is today at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center.

Lindsay has been well received by students in past years, as he uses humor to address these serious topics. His presentation will include topics such as sexual assault prevention, types of sexual misconduct, and other areas directly impacting students related to sex and the law.

Submitted by Jennifer Hargus

* Dinner and Discussion with Kristen Brokaw

The Newman Center welcomes. Kristen Brokaw today at 5:00 p.m. for her talk on “Faith and Fellowships.” All are welcome and dinner will be provided!

Submitted by Lilee Robinson

* Disaster relief ASB interest forms due October 25!

New this year is the alternative spring break program heading to the Houston, Texas, area to complete disaster relief. An optional info form is due on October 25 and you are encouraged to turn one in, even if you aren't sure you can participate.
Information sessions on the trip are planned for Thursday, October 19 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 24 from 12:15-12:45 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center.

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke

* 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

* 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.

* Register today for Indiana Means Business

The deadline is coming up to register for this exciting career fair for business-related disciplines! Register by Tuesday, October 24.

The event is October 31 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Eastern) at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott.

Students in all class levels encouraged to attend.

Bus transportation provided from UE. Reserve a seat online at

Register for the fair by Tuesday, October 24, through UE JobLink (Jobs tab --> search for posting 901450)

Need assistance with your job, internship, co-op or graduate school search? Please contact the Center for Career Development: or 812-488-1083.

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald

* Rosary prayer at 10:00 a.m. every Wednesday

The Newman Club will be offering a 20 minute rosary prayer every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in Room 209 in the library. Students and faculty are welcome. For more information, contact Olivia at

Submitted by Gabrielle VanBuskirk


Changemaker Corner

* UE Changemaker - Rally for Love

On August 13, the campus community gathered for an Interfaith Rally for Love to support people of color and people of all faiths. The intention was to embody the mission of the University, which is to create and sustain an environment in which people from all nations, cultures, and religions feel safe and supported as they pursue an education. The event was held in opposition to acts of hate in Charlottesville, Virginia. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemaker - Scholars for Syria

Scholars for Syria has members from both UE and the surrounding community. It was created to help support UE’s large number of Syrian students. The University is part of a consortium of colleges and universities dedicated to providing scholarship and other aid to Syrian students. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemaker - Diversity House

The University of Evansville is committed to inclusion and the broadened commitment to promoting a more integral understanding of differences. The school’s Diversity Resource Center is a physical reminder that UE stands behind this commitment. It is a safe space for students to gather and is equipped with technology and materials to facilitate collaboration and inclusion. There are work spaces and game spaces as well as a fully functioning kitchen for social gatherings and more. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemaker - Social Innovation Club

The Social Innovators Collaborative strives to empower and engage the University of Evansville community at the highest level of positive changemaking and social innovation. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemaker - College Mentors for Kids

College Mentors for Kids in an innovative organization that pairs first through sixth grade students with college student mentors in one-on-one mentoring relationships. These kids visit campus weekly, and together with their mentors, participate in group activities which focus on higher education and careers, culture and diversity, and community service. UE’s chapter of College Mentors for Kids serves 35 kids from Evansville’s Joshua Academy. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemaker - Community Garden

The UE community garden is located on UE’s campus near the old armory. It's a farmer's market and its produce helps feed people in the community. The garden is mostly tended to by UE students and faculty.  Last year the garden was able to provide about $600 and hundreds of pounds of food to Tri-State Food Bank. To learn more, go to

* 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


Info You Should Know

* United Way Early Bird winner announced!

Gina Niemeier with AwardCongratulations to Gina Niemeier, assistant professor of physician assistant science, has won the Early Bird prize for this year’s United Way Campaign!

A big thanks to everyone who has turned in their pledge cards. So far we have raised $15,753.53, which is a record for UE this early in the campaign.

* Mallmann leads women's golf at MVC Preview

Giulia Mallmann led the way as the University of Evansville women’s golf team wrapped up day one of the MVC Fall Preview at Sand Creek Station Golf Course.

Mallmann started the day off with an 82, but improved by four shots in the second round as she notched a 6-over 78. Her 160 is 39th on the individual leaderboard.

Next up for the Purple Aces was freshman Sophia Rohleder. After an 83 in round one, the Evansville native lowered her score by two strokes to an 81. Her 164 is tied for 54th.

Third for Evansville was Minka Gill. The other freshman for UE checked in with scores of 86 and 87. Madison Chaney scored an 86 in the opening round of play before recording a 90 in the second to sit with a 176. Lexie Sollman did not see action on Monday.

Leading the individuals in day one was Wichita State’s Taryn Torgerson. A stellar day on the course saw her follow up a 73 with a 2-under 70 to finish the two rounds with a 1-under 143. She is three ahead of SIU’s Hanna Netisingha.

The Shockers also enjoy a lead in the team standings. With scores of 304 and 294, WSU enters Tuesday with a 598, nine ahead of Indiana State. UNI is third, 11 behind the Shockers. Evansville ranks 11th.

Today, the teams play one more round to complete the event.

* Kaufman invested as G. Richard and Rita Eykamp Endowed Chair in Chemistry

The University of Evansville’s William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences Department of Chemistry has announced the investiture of UE professor Arlen Kaufman as the G. Richard and Rita Eykamp Endowed Chair in Chemistry. The investiture ceremony was Saturday, October 14.

The G. Richard and Rita Eykamp Endowed Chair in Chemistry was established by the Eykamps to assist in promoting undergraduate teaching excellence in chemistry. This endowed chair is awarded to a faculty member in the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences who has demonstrated an understanding of the importance of teaching excellence in undergraduate chemistry, and demonstrated teaching excellence in her or his own classroom.

Kaufman, a professor of chemistry, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Kansas and his Doctorate of Philosophy in analytical chemistry from Purdue University, one of the top institutions in the field.

Arlen Kaufman at Neu Chapel

Since arriving at UE, Kaufman has demonstrated his commitment to actively engaging undergraduate students in novel research. The main areas of study in the Kaufman research group include developing analytical techniques for detecting biologically relevant molecules and monitoring chemical pollutants in the local environment. These efforts have resulted in collaborations with colleagues in chemistry and biology at UE and other institutions, and projects have been funded by Naval Surface Warfare and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Research students in the Kaufman group are exploring the use of ambient ionization techniques coupled with tandem mass spectrometry to increase speed and reliability of the analysis of secondary plant metabolites. The first stage of this work was published in Analytical Methods and was selected by the editors to be featured in their “Hot” article in Analytical Methods 2015.

Kaufman has taught a variety of courses in chemistry, environmental studies, and general education. His current teaching responsibilities include Principles of Chemistry, Quantitative Analysis, Instrumental Analysis, and Chemistry Senior Seminar. He is a dedicated teacher who has worked tirelessly to engage students in active learning through the use of research projects in his lab-based courses. Kaufman has received the College of Liberal Arts and Science Dean’s Teaching Award and in 2010 was voted “Best College Professor” in Evansville by the readers of Evansville Living Magazine.



* Mr. UE Caleb Chesnut and Miss UE Sam Mackey

Every year the University of Evansville student body votes on a senior who represents what it means to be a UE student. The winners of the contest are named Mr. and Miss UE 2017. This year's winners are Caleb Chesnut for Mr. UE 2017 and Sam Mackey for Miss UE 2017! Congrats!

Submitted by Megan King

* Assistant professor Todd Matteson exhibits two artworks

PotTodd A. Matteson, assistant professor of art, had two pieces accepted into the Arts Council and the Evansville museum's juried 2017 Working Together exhibit!

The opening reception and awards ceremony is Thursday, October 19, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The exhibit will be up through December 3.

* 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 serving as Vanderburgh Co. Historical Society board student representative

Senior Elizabeth Niedbala is serving as a student representative on the board of the Vanderburgh County Historical Society. She is the second UE history major to fill this position, following Jessica Newell '16.

UE professor of history James MacLeod, who also serves on the board, said that "Elizabeth has been a wonderful addition to the board, adding insights and opinions that have helped us decide programs and approaches for the society."

* 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. 


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