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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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* This Week in Music: Wind Ensemble and Orchestra kick off Victory Series with Halloween Bash

The University of Evansville will present the first concert of its Victory Series in downtown Evansville tonight - October 31, Halloween night. The Halloween Bash will include performances by two of the department of music’s premier ensembles, the University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.

The Halloween theme will add a spooky flavor the evening’s event. Works to be performed by the Wind Ensemble will include pieces like Eric Whitacre’s Ghost Train and Daniel Bukvich’s Voodoo. Though its title invokes thoughts of magic or religion, Voodoo was composed with an educational objective – get performers to listen to each other more carefully. It achieves that goal by requiring the piece to be performed from memory, without a conductor, in complete darkness. It is both a theatrical and musical work, including use of flashlights, arm waving, singing, and performing in unusual ways. The piece calls to mind ‘sounds of the jungle’, and should contribute to the evening’s Halloween atmosphere.

The Wind Ensemble is led by UE’s director of bands, Kenneth Steinsultz.

Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain will be among the selections performed by the orchestra. The work, which gained prominence in the Disney movie classic Fantasia, is an eerie depiction of the celebration of the witches’ Sabbath. The UE Orchestra will also be performing Dvorak’s The Noon Witch. Based on a Czech legend, The Noon Witch is a cautionary warning for children who choose not to behave.

Chun-Ming (Jimmy) Chen conducts the UE Orchestra.

In addition to performances by the ensembles, the evening will include an Old Hallows Eve flavor, including students performing in costume and a costume contest for audience members.

Audience members interested in the costume contests should plan to arrive at the Victory by 7:15 p.m. for judging. Winners will be recognized during the concert and receive an award.

And of course, what would October 31 be without some candy for trick-or-treaters.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Victory Theatre downtown and is free and open to the public.

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

Submitted by James Sullivan

* TONIGHT! Thrills and Chills in Neu!

Neu Chapel is transforming into a haunting place for our truly haunting Thrills and Chills musical experience tonight! At 9:00 p.m., we will have spooks and frights of our own. Come dressed up or not! Bring your pillows, blankets, and sleeping bags! Candy will be provided! All are welcome to attend this spooktacular event! 

Submitted by Keith Turner 


Upcoming Events

* All Saints Fireside Chat at Honey Moon Coffee Co.!

This week's Fireside Chat will meet at 7:30 p.m. this evening in Grabill Lounge in Neu Chapel. From there, we will walk over to Honey Moon Coffee Co. for a wonderful time of reflection and conversation, particularly about All Saints Day and what it means to be a saint in our day. Everyone is invited to attend!

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* Informal Spanish conversation

Spanish students of all levels are welcome to practice with Fulbright Spanish TA Ignacio Benítez. The next session will be today - November 1 - at 5:00 p.m., at Ridgway University Center’s Starbucks. It’s a wonderful opportunity to interact informally in Spanish with a native speaker and to meet other students of Spanish. You can stay as little or as long as you want. Please contact Ignacio at if you have any questions. ¡Nos vemos!

Submitted by Ignacio Benitez

* "Pop" into Phi Mu - Continuous Open Bidding Event

Interested in joining a sorority? Come to the Phi Mu suite on November 6 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. to enjoy popcorn, meet our sisters, and learn more about our sisterhood.

If you have any questions contact Katelyn Hedinger at

Submitted by Katelyn Hedinger

* Chick-fil-A opening today!

Chick-fil-A will officially open at 10:30 a.m. today - Wednesday, November 1 - in Ridgway University Center. 

Chick-fil-A serves chicken sandwiches, nuggets, spicy chicken sandwiches, and the legendary waffle potato fries. Breakfast items will not be available at the Ridgway University Center location. A full menu may be viewed here. 

Hours of operation 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

Visit for more information about Chick-fil-A and all Chartwells dining locations on campus. 

* I-House Japan!

Please join us for I-House tonight - Wednesday, November 1 - at 7:00 p.m., upstairs in Ridgway University Center. There will be a presentation about Japan. We hope you can make it!

Submitted by Alexis Whitacre

* Recycling 101 - today

A recycling talk will be presented by the Philosophy 316 Action group in Koch Room 100 in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science at 7:00 p.m. today. The talk will cover the dos and don’ts of recycling and why YOU should recycle.

Submitted by Samantha Morgan

* Today - Study Abroad: A View from the Other Side

In this presentation, Norma Franklin (co-director of the Jezreel Expedition) will talk about the value of student study abroad experiences from her perspective as an Israeli archaeologist. Before co-directing the Jezreel Expedition with UE’s Jennie Ebeling, Franklin supervised hundreds of American college students as a senior staff member of the Megiddo (biblical Armageddon) excavations and is thus very familiar with the challenges and rewards of the student study abroad experience. This presentation will be a great resource for students who have studied abroad or who are interested in a study abroad experience.

The presentation will be held today - Monday, November 13 - in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Submitted by Greta Becker 

* SIAM Student Chapter Talk Series - Shouhong Wang

Shouhong Wang, professor of mathematics at Indiana University, will give a talk to Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) chapter today. The lecture will begin at 3:00 p.m. in Room 100, Koch Center for Engineering and Science. The title of Wang's lecture is "Interplay between Mathematics and Physics".

In recent years, Wang has made a serious attempt to derive experimentally verifiable laws of nature based only on a few fundamental principles, aiming to answer challenging questions concerning the dark matter and dark energy phenomena, and the structure of black hole and the Universe. In this talk, Wang will use theories of gravity and black holes (Galileo, Newton, Einstein, as well as recent developments) to describe the symbiotic interplay between mathematics and physics.

Professor Wang received his Ph.D. from Lanzhou University in 1988 and joined Indiana University in 1989. Wang is an elected fellow of American Mathematical Society for his contributions to geophysical fluid mechanics, and his work has been supported by grants from the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation.

Submitted by Pengcheng Xiao

* 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.

* Hemminger to discuss morality and distribution of wealth at Andiron Lecture

UE professor emeritus Bill Hemminger will be the speaker for the Andiron Lecture on November 1. The lecture is set for 4:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. Hemminger will be discussing “Morality and the Distribution of Wealth.”

A well-known 1972 essay by Peter Singer makes the extraordinary point that affluent people (and nations) should be morally constrained to provide for the well-being of impoverished people elsewhere. Hemminger's talk offers an update on Singer's thought.

Hemminger served for a number of years as chair of UE’s Department of English. He also taught in the Department of Foreign Languages. He was a recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award, the Dean’s Teaching Award, and the Sadelle and Sydney Berger Award for Service.

In addition to writing a number of books, scholarly articles, fiction, and poetry, he is a practicing musician and composer. His book African Son was named Peace Corps Writers’ 2013 Best Travel Book.

Hemminger has worked in Madagascar and Cameroon under the auspices of the Fulbright Program. A life-long believer in the importance of public service, Hemminger has been a Peace Corps volunteer, has worked in rural development in El Salvador, and since retirement has been involved in a number of service projects in Evansville. It is this local experience that has most greatly influenced the substance of his lecture.

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


Info You Should Know

* Need to salvage the semester? It's not too late...

Need to get organized, stay focused, study more effectively, and lower your stress? Need to raise your grades? You should attend the Salvage the Semester Workshop on Friday, November 3. Sessions begin every 30 minutes from 2:00 -4:30 p.m.  The workshop will be in the Writing Center in Clifford Memorial Library.

To make reservations for the workshop, contact Stacey Shanks at

• Schedule time with your personal academic coach
• Bring syllabus for each class
• Bring your planner
• Plan out projects and assignments for the rest of the semester

Submitted by Angie Dawson

* Spring housing cancellation deadline

Students, the deadline to cancel your UE housing contract for the spring semester is November 1. Stop by the residence life office to cancel your housing contract without penalty for the spring semester if you will be:

  • Attending Harlaxton or studying abroad
  • In an internship, co-op, or clinical outside of the Evansville area
  • Moving into a fraternity house
  • Transferring, withdrawing, or graduating

Requests not falling in the above categories are typically not granted. Requests to move off campus to live with friends or move into an apartment are not sufficient reasons to cancel a UE housing contract. Entering into any other housing agreement or lease with a private landlord will have no effect upon the conditions of your contract with the University of Evansville.

For more information, contact the residence life staff or visit our website -

Submitted by Brian Conner

* Participants wanted for whodunit research

Students in NEUR 358 are looking for participants for their whodunit style research. Participation will take approximately 10-15 minutes and will need to be done in person. Those currently enrolled in select psychology courses have the opportunity to receive extra credit for their participation.

Use the following link to provide times available for participation. Please read the instructions carefully:

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Submitted by Cally Roberts

* 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 

* Study Sacred Spaces at Harlaxton this summer - ID235

Interested in sacred spaces and what happens inside religious architecture? Do you have a desire to engage with people who spend their time in holy places? Would you like to experience face-to-face conversations with Imams, priests, and rabbis who work together in community? If you are looking for a unique interfaith experience with fieldwork at mosques, cathedrals, and temples, ID235 "Sacred Architecture and Its Liturgy" at Harlaxton this summer is for you!

This satisfies General Education Outcome 5.

For more information about the course contact Tammy Gieselman,, or click the link below to register.

Submitted by Tamara Gieselman

* Don't miss the study abroad deadlines!

If you are interested in studying abroad anywhere in the world other than Harlaxton, please see the deadlines below.

*To study abroad in Fall 2018, apply by December 6, 2017.
*To study abroad in Summer 2018, apply by January 24, 2018.
*To study abroad in Spring 2019, apply by March 2, 2018.

We have locations all over the world for you to explore! Please set up a meeting with the study abroad office to learn how to apply for Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019. You can e-mail to make an appointment.

Submitted by Amara Stuehling 

* Check your Halloween costume

There is nothing wrong with dressing up as a favorite movie character or a fictional or non-fictional character from your favorite book for Halloween. However, cultural appropriation is the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of a different culture. Cultural appropriation is when elements of a minority culture are used by members of the cultural majority and seen as wrongfully oppressing the minority culture or stripping it of its group identity and intellectual property rights. Before you go out, please check your Halloween costume.

Ask yourself and your friends …

• Does my costume mock cultural or religious symbols?
• Am I attempting to represent an ethnicity that is not my own?
• Would my costume trivialize historical events of human suffering?
• Does it marginalize a person with a disability?
• Does is over-sexualize a person?

Still unsure if your costume is offensive or not? Don’t be SCARED to ask questions!

You can ask:

Center of Student Engagement:
Disability/Counseling Services:
Office of Diversity Initiatives/Chief Diversity Officer:
Religious Life/University Chaplain:
Residence Life:

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* December graduate reminder

For those December graduates that missed Commencement Central last week you can still buy your cap/gown and/or graduation announcements in the UE Bookstore. You should also check with the registrar's office to make sure everything is in order for your graduation. This will ensure that your graduation occurs without any obstacles.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* NY Times available to UE

Have you been keeping up with the news? UE has access to the New York Times for anyone with a UE e-mail address. Go to and sign up using your UE e-mail address, verify your e-mail address from the NYT e-mail, and keep up with the daily news from the New York Times. Need help? Contact Danielle at

Submitted by Danielle Williams

* 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



* Cassie Brooks named MVC Freshman of the Week

University of Evansville libero Cassie Brooks averaged 6.83 digs per set over the weekend on the way to being named the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday.

“Her improvement throughout these past weeks, along with her discipline and understanding of our system have helped her be more comfortable with her role and responsibilities,” Purple Aces head coach Manolo Concepcion said. “The biggest evolution of her game have been on developing good/effective habits that have impacted her consistency on the plays that happen the most in a game. The most exciting part is that we know she will continue to get better!”

Brooks was on fire this weekend as she posted an unbelievable 6.83 digs per set in leading the Purple Aces to a 3-0 win over Southern Illinois and a great effort against Missouri State on Friday. 

The first match of the weekend against MSU saw Brooks notch 21 digs against the undefeated Bears.  She also had four assists in just three frames of work. Brooks was back at it against the Salukis as she tallied 20 more digs and six assists in another 3-set match.

With her strong play, Brooks improved her season dig average up to 4.66 per set, which ranks 8th in the MVC.

UE is back on the road this weekend with a pair of road contests in the state of Iowa at UNI on Friday and Drake on Saturday evening.

* Cheryl Shafer presented with November 2017 Employee Excellence Award.

Cheryl Shafer and Keith Gehlhausen

Cheryl Shafer, administrative assistant for the public health programs, was presented with the November 2017 Employee Excellence Award. Cheryl was nominated for her positive attitude and welcoming demeanor. She has let her contagious spirit lift those around her, even while tackling demanding tasks. Cheryl is known to be highly organized and efficient. Those skills have kept the departments of foreign languages, philosophy and religion, and archaeology and art history running smoothly during her service as their administrative assistant. More recently, Cheryl has gone above and beyond to ensure a smooth transition for her replacement in those departments after she transferred to her new role in the public health programs. She is a worthy recipient of the Employee of the Month!

* UE Trumpet Ensemble travels to Iowa State

Jim Bovinett, professor of trumpet, will be hosting the Trumpet Summit on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames Iowa on Saturday November 4. The UE Trumpet Ensemble has been invited to be guest performers and participants at the event. Timothy Zifer, UE professor of music, will direct the trumpet ensemble, serve as a guest clinician, and also perform on the faculty recital.

* Kiesel is guest speaker at medical conference

Kyle Kiesel, professor and chair of physical therapy, was a special guest speaker recently at the medical continuing education conference, Emerging Concepts in Orthopedic Surgery in Annapolis, Maryland. He conducted the lecture "Are you optimizing human movement in your practice? The Functional Movement System’s approach to movement Screening, Testing and Assessment."

* Dion quoted in Indianapolis Star article

University of Evansville political science professor Robert Dion was quoted in a recent article in the Indianapolis Star. The article is about a new campaign ad for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner that stars Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb. You can read the article at:


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