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Thursday, October 19, 2017

* Employees: UE Gives Back on Campus 2017

UE Gives Back on Campus will take place on Friday, October 27, and the deadline to sign up is Tuesday, October 24, and spaces are limited – so sign up today!

With the approval of immediate supervisors or as your schedule permits, employees may choose to volunteer on UE’s campus – without scheduling a day of vacation.

Volunteers may choose from projects in the following areas:

• Armory
• Community Gardens
• Diversity Resource Center
• Native Plant Garden
• Neu Chapel
• Re-striping Parking Lots
• Theatre Costume Storage

Each volunteer will receive a confirmation e-mail with specifics for the day prior to UE Gives Back on Campus.

* Presidential search forums

Dennis Barton and Charlene Aguilar, consultants from Witt/Kieffer, will be on campus Thursday, October 19, and Friday, October 20, to meet with campus constituencies and receive input related to establishing criteria for our next leader.  Your comments are vital to the Presidential Search Committee as they begin recruiting candidates. Forums are scheduled as follows:

Faculty Forums:

Thursday, October 19, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Koch Center for Engineering and Science, Room 101

Friday, October 20, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Krannert Hall of Fine Arts, Wheeler Concert Hall, Room 116

Campus Open Forums:

Thursday, October 19, 2:45-3:45 p.m.
Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Room 251

Friday, October 20, 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Hyde Hall, Room 126

Student Open Forum:

Thursday, October 19, 6:00-6:45 p.m.
Schroeder School of Business Building, Smythe Lecture Hall, Room 170

* United Way Campaign ends soon!

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.

Even though the Early Bird deadline has passed, you still have a chance to WIN! Turn in your pledge form at any time this week and be eligible to win prizes including:

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 In order to maintain the integrity of the drill exercise, the exact date and time will not be published in advance.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

* 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.

* 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

* Alternative spring break info session tonight at 8:00 p.m.!

Come find out about the new alternative spring break program that is heading to the Houston area to volunteer in disaster relief. An informational meeting is tonight in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center from 8:00-9:00 p.m. Drop in or stay a while! Optional interest forms are due October 25.

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke


Upcoming Events

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

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

Submitted by Lily Renfro 

* 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

* 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

* 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

* 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


Changemaker Corner

* UE Changemakers – Alternative Spring Break

The Alternative Spring Break program is planning a trip to the Houston, Texas, area to provide long-term disaster response work. The group will be working with Community Collaborations International. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers – Aces into Evansville

The Aces into Evansville initiative connects students with the greater Evansville community by giving back and volunteering at local nonprofits and community agencies and UE’s Annual Days of Service, Catalysts for Change, and Alternative Spring Break programs. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers - Community Health Projects in Nursing

While in school, UE nursing students build their knowledge of how to support and enhance the health of a community. The students work closely with nursing and inter-professional personnel and faculty at locations near the University. At UE, they practice with nurses at the Vanderburgh County Health Department and the school system. Each senior class also develops and implements a community service project. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers - Eco-Action Initiative

The Eco-Action Initiative is a UE student group working on an interdisciplinary project to retrofit an older building to be environmentally green. They plan on participating in a nationwide contest to find the most innovative way to reduce energy consumption in a fictitious 6-story building in Phoenix, Arizona. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers - Rally for Refugees

In January, Evansville religious leaders, along with people from myriad faiths, gathered together on UE’s campus to declare their support for refugees and others affected by the president's executive order barring refugees and residents of seven countries from entering the U.S. To learn more, go to

* 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


Info You Should Know

* Presidential Search Committee Members Named

The nationwide search for the 24th president of the University of Evansville is under way.  The new president will replace Thomas A. Kazee, PhD, who announced in July that he would step down effective May 31, 2018.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Linda E. White, has announced the appointment of trustee Sally Rideout to lead the Presidential Search Committee. 

“I am honored to lead the recruitment efforts for the 24th president of the University of Evansville,” said Rideout. “It is a time of tremendous change in higher education and we look forward to finding a leader who will push UE toward an even stronger academic reputation.”

Additional members of the committee represent the University’s wide variety of constituencies including the Board of Trustees, faculty, alumni, students, and administrators.

The members of the Presidential Search Committee include:

Board of Trustees:
Sally Rideout, Chair
C. Edward Brown
Kevin R. Koch
Barbara J. Price
Steven W. Worthington

Life Trustee:
Rita P. Eykamp

Honorary Trustee:
Melvin Peterson

David Dwyer
Daniel J. Gahan
Mark Valenzuela

Alumni Association:
Al Baity

Student Body:
Jacob Lutz

University Administrator:
Wesley Milner

University Staff:
Billie Chandler

Chairman of the Board of Trustees:
Linda E. White

United Methodist:
M. Stephen Harkness
John C. Schroeder

Harlaxton College:
Ian Welsh

Staff Liaison:
Rebecca L. Simpson

“Our committee brings together a diverse group of alumni, faculty, staff, and friends dedicated to a very bright future at our University,” said Rideout. “We’re looking for someone who will further strengthen academic programming, enhance our meaningful and valuable student experience, and increase our presence in the local community in addition to expanding our worldwide footprint.”

Witt/Kieffer, a preeminent executive search firm serving the not-for-profit community – higher education, health care, cultural organizations, and community service institutions – nationwide, has been hired to assist with the search.  Dennis M. Barden, senior partner in the firm, will lead the effort with the assistance of Charlene Aguilar and senior associate Elizabeth K. Bohan. Witt/Kieffer conducts senior academic and administrative search engagements, including presidents, chancellors, vice presidents, deans, directors, and other leadership positions all across the country.  The Board of Trustees will have the responsibility for the final choice and appointment of the next president.

More information is available at which will be updated regularly as the search process unfolds.

In July, UE president Thomas A. Kazee announced his plans to step down at the end of the 2017-18 academic year after an eight-year tenure at the institution. Since his inauguration in 2010, Kazee has led UE as it has developed new programs, enhanced and expanded physical facilities, and extended its reach as an international institution. 

* IM Euchre sign ups

Friday is the last day to sign up for Euchre on Get some friends together and create a team.

Submitted by Kaitlin Kittelson

* Winter intersession financial aid

If you are seeking financial aid to help pay for winter intersession courses at UE, please submit the winter intersession application to the Office of Financial Aid by November 22. The financial aid office will help you examine your options for aid, which in most cases is limited to loans.

Submitted by Amy Sowders

* October Pcard cycle ending!

The October Pcard cycle - which began on September 22 - ends at midnight on October 23. As of October 25, cardholders may schedule and run the October Cycle report. October transactions may be reconciled in SDG2 until October 30. On October 30, the general ledger Pcard file will be uploaded and cardholders will be locked out of (unable to make changes) posted transactions for the October cycle.

Submitted by Kim Winsett



* Harvey's late goal pushes Aces past Indiana State

Searching for a road conference win, the University of Evansville women's soccer team snapped its skid with a 2-1 victory over Indiana State in an MVC match in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Wednesday night

"I thought the girls showed the fight and drive we were missing on Saturday," said Aces head coach Krista McKendree.  "It's always hard to win on the road, especially when our backs are against the wall as they are currently and I was happy for them to get a result. Overall we competed for the full 90 (minutes) and that is what we have been focusing on."

Freshman midfielder Jayme-Lee Hunter and sophomore midfielder Mikayla Harvey each scored for the Aces. Between the posts, sophomore Julie Rabe made her first collegiate start in goal, earning the victory, making eight saves and allowing one goal. The Sycamores were led by Tessa Leong who recorded Indiana State's lone goal.

In the seventh minute, Hunter opened the scoring as she curled a corner kick far post past the keeper to score off the set piece for the Wellington, New Zealand native's fourth goal of the season.

Indiana State tied the match at one in the 19th minute as Tessa Leong scored on a shot from 40 yards out.

Much of the second half passed without many scoring chances for either side as possession was primarily controlled in the midfield.

The Aces found what would prove to be the game-winner in the 75th minute as Harvey unleashed a rocket from 30 yards out that flashed past the keeper for the Waterloo, Illinois native's third goal of the season.

UE was out-shot by Indiana State, 17-5, but Evansville capitalized on both of its two shots on-goal, while the Sycamores scored just one of their nine shots on-frame.

The Aces return to Arad McCutchan Stadium for Senior Day on Saturday when Evansville takes on Missouri State at 3:00 p.m.

* Edwards lectures at Colgate University

Dale Edwards, UE professor and chair of biology, was recently invited to give a lecture at Colgate University about his research on the evolutionary ecology of parasitic water mites. Edwards is coauthor of a book about water mites titled "Mites of Freshwater Mollusks." 

* 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

* MacLeod lectures on editorial cartoons and leads workshop on political cartooning

UE professor of history James MacLeod recently delivered a lecture on the “History of Editorial Cartoons” as part of the highly successful, first-ever comic con at the Evansville museum. He also led a workshop that looked at the art of political cartooning. MacLeod is chair of the museum's history committee and also serves on the museum’s board of trustees.

* 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."


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