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Friday, November 3, 2017

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* 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.

* Pixley presenting exhibit in UE's Melvin Peterson Gallery

“Putting on Airs,” an exhibit of prints by artist Lisa Pixley, will be displayed at the University of Evansville’s Melvin Peterson Gallery from October 30-December 9.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and is part of the Efroymson Family Fund Emerging Contemporary Artist Lecture Series.

An artist printmaker located in Portland, Maine, Pixley earned her BFA with a concentration in painting from the Maine College of Art. After graduation, she began a commercial and artistic practice focusing on the craft of print. Pixley studied as an apprentice with David Wolfe of Wolfe Editions, where she worked closely with artists such as Charlie Hewitt and Allison Hildreth.

In 2009 Pixley founded Pickwick Independent Press in Portland, a for profit shared access print studio where she worked as director, master printer, and events coordinator, while also maintaining an active art practice in the medium of printmaking.

Pixley is currently developing a new venture: WIP Editions. WIP Editions will function as a storefront studio entity as well as an online presence. Under the imprint of WIP Editions, she will be developing a body of work showcasing suites of prints of her work as well as the work of invited artists.

The Melvin Peterson Gallery is located at 1935 Lincoln Avenue on the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach Avenues in Evansville.

For more information, contact 207-650-6073.


Upcoming Events

* Environmental Awareness Week -- November 6-10

Environmental Awareness Week is November 6-10. The Alternative Energy GAP and the Environmental Concerns Organization (ECO) will be hosting events to increase awareness about local environmental initiatives within our local community. Today at 6:00 p.m., upstairs in Ridgway University Center, James Mosley, president of EnviroKinetics, Inc., will address environmental action initiatives and what his company has been doing locally. EnviroKinetics, Inc. is a public involvement, environmental, and transportation consulting firm.

Submitted by Michael Mannchen

* UE alumnus Maj Gen. (Ret.) Mark Pillar to present at Veterans Day Service on Friday, Nov. 10

Mark Pillar standing in front of flagsMaj. Gen. (Ret.) Mark A. Pillar will present at the UE Veterans Day Service set for Friday, November 10 at 11:00 a.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall. Pillar graduated from the University of Evansville with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1971. The general began his Air Force career while at UE through the University’s Air Force ROTC program. His first active duty Air Force assignment was at Da Nang Air Base, Republic of South Vietnam, where he served as an EC-47 pilot and flew more than 90 combat missions logging more than 600 combat hours.

General Pillar flew missions in support of operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and in the Bosnia no-fly zone. During Operation Joint Forge, he was vice commander of the 60th Air Expeditionary Wing, Rhein-Main AB, Germany. He is a command pilot with more than 5,300 hours in the C/EC-47, KC-135A/E/R, EC-135, and the E-8 aircraft.

He transitioned to the Air Force Reserves after eight years of active duty service. At the time of his military retirement in 2008, he was the mobilization assistant to the Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

As a civilian, Pillar was an airline pilot for Delta Air Lines and retired as an International 767-ER Captain. With nearly 23,000 hours of flying time, he has flown all over the world (except for Australia) in various types of aircraft.

Pillar is a very active alumnus of the University of Evansville having served two terms on UE’s Alumni Association Board of Directors, president of the Alumni Board, and just completed a term as alumni-elected trustee. He is also an active alumnus with his fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE).

A light luncheon reception will be served immediately following in the lobby of Krannert Hall of Fine Arts.

* 2017 FanFest to feature Aces star Reed Jackson

UE Hall of Famer and fan favorite Reed Jackson will speak at one of the most popular Aces events of the season. FanFest is back for the seventh year in a row and will take place prior to the University of Evansville men’s basketball season opener against Arkansas State on Friday, November 10.

Festivities get underway at 4:30 p.m. and run through 6:30 p.m. at Freedom Plaza, which is located directly outside the main entrance of the Ford Center. The game will begin at 7:00 p.m., giving fans plenty of time to make it inside the arena to their seats. This is the first time FanFest is on a Friday night.

Live music, a photo booth, bounce house and several more great activities will be at the event, which has taken place each year since 2011.

There will also be activities for fans of all ages with vendors selling food also on hand. Those selling food include: Dapper Pig, Marx BBQ, and Backstage.

Admission to FanFest is free to everyone.

* UE's 31st Annual International Bazaar

The University of Evansville’s 31st annual International Bazaar is planned today - Friday, November 17 - from 5:00-7:00 p.m., in Ridgway University Center on UE’s campus. Visitors to the bazaar will “travel the world” by experiencing the food, customs and cultures of UE’s international students, a diverse group that represents 61 countries.

The event is open to the public. General admission is $10, or $7 in advance. UE students and children five and under will be admitted for free. Pre-sale discounts are available through Thursday, November 16. Purchase your $7 pre-sale ticket at the Office of Cultural Engagement and International Services during regular business hours or at 

Proceeds from the event will benefit the International Rescue Committee. This organization responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well-being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.

The bazaar is part of the University’s celebration of International Education Week.

To learn more about the bazaar, visit the UE International Education Week web page or contact the Office of Cultural Engagement and International Services at 812-488-2279.

* UE employees invited to Emeriti retirement health care workshops

UE employees are invited to attend one of the informational workshops presented by Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions on Tuesday, November 14 in Eykamp Hall, room 263, Ridgway University Center.

The workshops are scheduled for:
• 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.: This session is for active employees considering retirement
• 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: This is primarily geared to those already retired or close to retirement

The Emeriti program provides important benefits such as:
• A tax-advantaged way for you to invest and accumulate assets for your future retiree medical expenses.
• A retiree health insurance program for you and your eligible dependents that builds on the foundation of Medicare.
• A tax-free way for you to pay for other qualified out-of-pocket medical expenses in retirement.

A representative from Emeriti and Aetna health insurance will be on campus to provide information about Emeriti and what you need to do to take full advantage of the program. The meetings will cover such topics as why you need to save for retiree health care, the unique tax advantages of the Emeriti Program, and your options available under the program.  For more information about the Emeriti program, please visit:

Submitted by Lori LeDuc

* University Worship: Giving Thanks for All Saints

The campus community is invited to University Worship in Neu Chapel on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. On this All Saints Sunday, we will be giving thanks for the saints in our lives who have impacted us and helped us draw closer to God. We will also be considering how we are all "saints under construction." As always, Donut Bank donut balls, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will be available before and after the service. All are welcome!

Submitted by Keith Turner

* JDRF Type One Nation Summit on November 4th

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will host a free event for all those affected by Type One Diabetes with special keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and a kid's camp on November 4, in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center, from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

For more information, please visit: or contact Kari Hughes at

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

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

Submitted by Lily Renfro

* "Pop" into Phi Mu - Informal Recruitment Event today

Interested in joining a sorority? Come to the Phi Mu suite TODAY - 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

* TIAA-CREF counseling appointments

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus for individual counseling sessions on Tuesday, November 14. To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353.

Please note that the meeting location has been changed to room 208 of the University Libraries.

Submitted by Lori LeDuc 


Info You Should Know

* Spanish 321: Intro to Hispanic Studies - offered Spring 2018

Spanish 321: Intro to Hispanic Studies will be offered in Spring 2018. In addition to looking at film, photography and other visual and social media, students will explore thematic topics related to literary production. Students will develop interpretative and conversational skills, and deepen understanding of Hispanic culture and society. This class will be taught in Spanish.      

Submitted by Edward Curran

* Spanish Seminar students host Evansville Day School Spanish Club

On Thursday, October 27, the students in the Spanish Seminar course with UE associate professor of Spanish Diana Rodríguez Quevedo hosted Silmary Echeverría and Anna Newton along with members of the Evansville Day School Spanish Club. The session took place at the UE Diversity Resource Center where students made chocolate skulls, decorated sugar skulls, hung decorations, set up an altar, and shared stories in Spanish to honor the Day of the Dead, a Mexican tradition, which is celebrated from October 31-November 2 in the U.S. this year. 

* Giving thanks for all Saints!

This Sunday in Neu Chapel, we will be reading a list of names of the saints who have impacted our lives and drawn us closer to God. If you have a saint, you would like mentioned by name, please e-mail their name to Keith Turner, John Wesley Minister and assistant chaplain, at

Submitted by Keith Turner

* Best wishes to Michelle Hahn

Please join the Department of Art in wishing Michelle Hahn all the best as she moves on to a new opportunity. Michelle has been a very valuable and well respected team member in the Department of Art. She became acclimated to the position with an amazing speed and provided many improvements to the efficiency of the art office. Thank you, Michelle, for your years of service and dedication to the UE community!

Submitted by Stephanie Frasier

* Please return the Tin City banners

Over Fall Break two banners disappeared from the Tin City excavation site. If you took them, feel free to leave them in the hallway outside of Hyde Hall 14 at any time; we won't ask any questions. The banners helped the University recruit new students, thereby controlling tuition increases for everyone, and to teach people about archaeology. Unfortunately, because of deep departmental budget cuts this year, it will be difficult to replace them. So we would really appreciate it if you could help us out by returning them. Thanks!

Submitted by Alan Kaiser

* 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 

* Evansville Day School offering scholarship opportunity to UE families

Evansville Day School has announced a scholarship opportunity for students whose families are employed full-time by the University of Evansville. Any student admitted to Evansville Day School will automatically receive a 50 percent (25 percent for Junior Pre-K and Pre-K) tuition reduction. Once awarded, the scholarships will be automatically renewed annually.

Evansville Day School is offering this scholarship because it understands that educators have chosen a profession with immeasurable societal impact, but with lower salary benefits than other fields requiring similar degrees and work demands. As the leading college prep school in the region, the Evansville Day School wants to partner with educators by making the school affordable to families who value the school’s mission and brand of education.

More information on the scholarship is available in the Office of Human Resources at UE. Also, Evansville Day School invites those interested to Discover Why Day, an admission event scheduled for November 10 at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. More information on Discover Why Day can be found on the Day School’s event page:

For additional information on the scholarship, or Evansville Day School’s educational experience, contact the Day School’s director of enrollment management, Tiki Thompson at

* 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



* Strobel presents two papers in the UK

Heidi Strobel, associate professor of art history, presented a paper at the Tower of London on October 31. Her paper was chosen to be part of the Enlightened Princesses symposium, which was co-sponsored by the Royal Collection and the Yale Center for British Art. Strobel's paper was on the relationship between Queen Charlotte (1744-1818) and Leicester textile artist and gallery owner Mary Linwood (1755-1845). While in England, Strobel gave a paper on Linwood at the Melton Carnegie Museum in Melton Mowbray, which is very close to the Harlaxton community.

* Gieselman invited to serve as Faith Fest keynote in Owensboro

University chaplain Tamara Gieselman has been invited to serve as one of several keynote speakers during Owensboro's Faith Fest 2017. Her lecture, "The Power of an Idea," will be on Saturday, November 4, 10:30 a.m. For more information, go to:

* Pleasant has article published in Animal Narratology, special issue of Humanities journal

Lesley Pleasant, associate professor of German, has had an article published in Animal Narratology, a special issue of the Humanities journal. Her article, 'Seeing Beings: “Dog” Looks Back at “God”: Unfixing Canis familiaris in Kornél Mundruczó’s Film Fehér isten/White God (2014)', discusses how White God models the empathetic gaze between species as a potential way out of the dead end of indifference and the impasse of anthropocentric sympathy toward less hierarchical, co-created urban animal publics.


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