University of Evansville

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

* Nominate your co-worker for January 2018 Employee of the Month!

The University of Evansville, in pursuit of excellence in service, wishes to recognize monthly a non-faculty employee displaying records of achievement as a leader.  Leadership may be demonstrated in any of the following categories:

• Service to the University community
• Service to students
• Job performance and attitude to fellow employees

One award is presented each month.  To be eligible, an employee must be a full-time member of the administration or staff.  Nominations are due before the 15th of each month.

To nominate someone, or to find out more information about the Employee Excellence Award, go to Award/

Submitted by Lori LeDuc,

* UE Plans 40th Anniversary Commemoration of 1977 Plane Crash

The University of Evansville will hold a 40th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1977 Plane Crash on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held at Memorial Plaza on the UE campus.

The Air Indiana Flight 216 crashed at 7:22 p.m. on the evening of December 13, 1977 carrying the University of Evansville basketball team along with coaches, administrators, and fans. Those gathered will observe a moment of silence at that time during the candlelight vigil.

The order of service will include candle lighting, a reading of the names of those who perished in the plane crash, and a bell ringing during each interval. University of Evansville President Thomas A. Kazee will provide a statement, followed by the singing of the UE alma mater, prayers, and bagpipes.

An opportunity for informal gathering and fellowship will be offered in Ridgway University Center’s 1959 Gallery and Lounge immediately following the ceremony. Neu Chapel will also be open for personal prayer and meditation throughout the evening.

The public is invited to attend this commemoration and the University of Evansville is working to personally reach families of those who perished. A Facebook event has also been created for interested guests to stay up to date with information. Visit to find the event. 

Additionally, a memorial service to honor the first responders involved in this tragedy will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on the same day.


Upcoming Events

* Blessing of the Brains Thursday at 8

Come for a special half hour vigil mass this reading/study day to celebrate this holy day of obligation. A special blessing will be offered over all student's brains and all are welcome. Begins at 8 pm. 

Submitted by: Gabrielle VanBuskirk,

* I-House Holiday Night

Please take a study break and join us Wednesday night at 7m in upstairs Ridgway for I-House Holiday Night! We will have a few different presenters talking about some different holidays from all over the world. We hope you can make it! 

Requested by: Alexis Whitacre, 

* Reception for Arthur Aarstad on Friday, December 8

The Department of Law, Politics, and Society will be inaugurating the Arthur B. Aarstad Scholar Award for the Outstanding Senior in Political Science on Friday, December 8, at 2 p.m. in Dunigan Lounge.  The award’s namesake, Arthur Aaarstad, will be in attendance for the occasion.  Aarstad joined the faculty of Evansville College in 1958 as a member of the Department of History and Political Science, and he worked here until he retired in 1995.  In addition to his teaching and administrative duties, Arthur served on the EVSC school board and was elected to the Vanderburgh County Council.  He won the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award in 1971.

A reception will be held to launch this new award, and there will be a brief program.  Arthur Aarstad will offer some observations on his long career at UE, and some of his former colleagues and students will say a few words in praise of his service to our campus community.   There will be light refreshments offered, and the first-ever Aarstad Scholar award recipient will be announced.  All members of the UE campus community are welcome to join us in honoring this former colleague and this outstanding student.

* Phi Mu's "Good Luck on Finals" Dum Dum Pops Passouts

Wednesday December 6th from 12pm to 2pm in Ridgway, the women of Phi Mu will be passing out suckers to help brighten your day and wish everyone good luck on all of your finals! 

Submitted by: Jessica Bechman,

* Trebles without a Cause/Ladies in Pink concert

Take a break from finals week to laugh and enjoy music performed by your fellow students! Come see Trebles without a Cause and Ladies in Pink perform their end of semester concert. Both are acapella groups each putting on their own program, so you get two shows in one! The event is planned for Saturday, December 8, at 8:00 p.m. in Shanklin Theatre. Admission is free!

Submitted by Ryan DeHoff 

* Inter-Greek Council hosts Pet Day with humane society on Dec. 6

On Wednesday, December 6 from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Inter-Greek Council will be hosting a Pet Day with the Vanderburgh Humane Society in the small gym of Carson Center. This will be a time in which the campus community (students and faculty) can come play with pets that Humane Society brings.

Inter-Greek Council asks that those attending bring any of the following items for admittance:


  • Clay or scoopable cat litter (any brand)
  • Friskies pate canned cat food (any flavor)
  • Purina kitten chow (yellow bag)
  • Small cat toys (any variety)
  • Shoe Boxes (any size)
  • Gently used or new towels or linens.


  • Soft, smelly treats (i.e. Purina Moist ‘N Meaty, Snausages, etc.)
  • Greenies Pill Pockets
  • Medium and large nylon collars
  • Rabbits and Guinea Pigs:
  • Timothy Hay
  • Rabbit pellets (any brand)

Please avoid buying dog food! The Humane Society only feeds one brand to keep diets consistent.

Monetary donations will also be accepted

Come out, take a break from classes and studying, and have fun with the pets! Hope to see you there!

Submitted by Toni Calderaro 

* Aces to host Teddy Bear Toss on December 10th

The University of Evansville women's basketball team will hold the Teddy Bear Toss on December 10 when the Purple Aces host Morehead State at 7:00 p.m. in Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

Benefiting the Arc of Evansville Child Life Center, fans are encouraged to bring a new and unused teddy bear or stuffed animal to toss during halftime of the contest. Each stuffed animal will be given to a child at the Child Life Center. The fan who tosses their teddy bear closest to center court will win a Purple Aces prize pack including vouchers to a future basketball game.

Fans who bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal to the game will receive $3 tickets to the game for everyone in their party.

The Child Life Center (CLC) provides high-quality programs in an inclusive environment for children ages six weeks to six years, both with and without disabilities, by nurturing their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth. The state-licensed facility is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and rated Level 4 on the Paths to Quality program. Last year, 59% of the children who exited the CLC and entered kindergarten reduced or eliminated their need for special education services.

* Pancakes are coming!!

The Pancake Study Break is back for the fall semester! Take this opportunity to relax a bit before finals start. Join us for pancakes and fun on Thursday, December 7 from 9:00-11:00 p.m. in the dining hall in Ridgway University Center. Door prizes will be awarded. The event is free of charge for UE students. A UE ID will be required.

Submitted by Emily Wilderman

* Federal loan repayment counseling session for students graduating or transferring

Students who have used federal direct (subsidized/unsubsidized) 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 last session of the semester on Thursday, December 7 (Reading/Study Day) at 2:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center.

Submitted by Amy Sowders 

* Chipotle!

Support the PTA department by going to Chipotle between 4:00-8:00 p.m. on December 6 and presenting this flyer (either by printing it out or showing in on your smartphone) or just tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause. If you do, 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to UE Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

Submitted by Amber Miller

* Relaxation event on Reading/Study Day

Finals got you stressed? Counseling Services - with help from RSA and SAB - is hosting a relaxation event on Thursday, December 7 (Reading/Study Day). The event will be from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Rooms 253-255, Ridgway University Center.

The event will offer:

  • Multiple areas with various activities to aid in stress management
  • Yoga mats, aromatherapy, chair massage, and other mindfulness activities

Come and leave at your convenience and move at your own pace.

Submitted by Jennifer Hargus


Info You Should Know

* UE Bookstore Help Needed

The UE Bookstore is looking for some extra help during spring rush (Jan 2-12). The person should be available during regular store hours during this time - eight hours a day. The position requires some lifting. This is a temporary position perfect for anyone looking for a little more cash. Students may be interested IF they can work all these days. Contact the UE Bookstore if interested.

Submitted by: Doug Gustwiller, 

* Fitness Center Finals Hours

Wed (12/6)   8:00am-8:00pm
Thurs & Fri(12/7&12/8)   8:00am-7:00pm
Sat & Sun (12/9 & 12/10)   11:30am-5:30pm
Mon - Thurs (12/11-12/14)   8:00am-7:00pm
Friday (12/15)   8:00am-6:00pm


Submitted by: Lori Adams:

* GAP 310 Anti-Bias Education and Training Presents Session to Campus

The GAP 310 course, Anti-Bias Education and Training will present an open session to interested attendees on campus.

Prejudices such as racism, sexism, ableism, and heterosexism unfortunately still exist. This training is an activist approach to challenge those and other prejudices by raising awareness about bias and how to reduce it on campus.

The students will present interactive activities that will get participants discussing and thinking about how they can see the world through a different lens. All are invited to attend.

The session will be Friday, December 8th from 2:00-3:00 pm in SOBA room 272. If you have time please come and support these students.

Submitted by: Laneeça Williams,

* COMMUNICATION 380 Offered ONLINE in Winter Intersession

Would a class that fulfills several general education requirements and teaches you valuable life skills interest you? Do you want to reduce your course load during the regular fall or spring semesters? How would you like to take such a course NO MATTER WHERE you plan to be?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider enrolling in COMM 380 ONLINE (Intercultural Communication) offered in Winter Intersession.

COMM 380 meets criteria for General Education Outcome 9 (Understanding of Core Concepts of Society, Human Behavior, and Civic Knowledge) and Overlay Component A (Global Diversity: International Component).

For more information contact Dr. Thomlison at

Submitted by Dean Thomlison

* Psychology Extra Credit Opportunity

Looking for an extra credit opportunity for a participating Psychology class? Take the survey below and follow the instructions it provides.

Submitted by: Ann Miranda Nelson,

* Employee Men's Basketball Ticket Requests

All UE faculty, staff, and administrators may now begin picking up their two complimentary tickets for the men's basketball game against Canisius this Saturday, December 9, at the Ford Center at 1:00 p.m. - valid UE ID required. As a reminder, you simply need to show your UE ID day of game for women's basketball games at Meeks Family Fieldhouse for your two complimentary tickets (employee and guest). The UE women's basketball team takes on Morehead State this Sunday, December 10 at 1:00 p.m.

Submitted by Scott Peace

* Official transcripts not available Dec. 7-20

Official transcripts for current students will not be available from December 7-20.

Submitted by Teresa Haller 

* Requests for official excused absences during finals

Please note that the dean of students’ office will not grant official excused absences during finals except for extreme circumstances (i.e.: death of an immediate family member, emergency surgery, etc.). Students who feel they are unable to take a scheduled final exam should work directly with their professors to discuss other possible options.

Submitted by Karen Martin

* Timecard entry for December 29 payroll

In order to process the payroll before the holiday break for the December 29th bi-weekly payroll, the Office of Accounting/Payroll is asking all staff to enter their time on WebAdvisor for the pay period December 10 to 23 by Wednesday, December 13. Supervisors are asked to approve timecards by Thursday, December 14.

If you have any questions, please contact Gloria Spencer at ext.2159 for e-mail

* Harlaxton Fall 2018 applications due December 6

Are you interested in studying abroad at Harlaxton during the Fall 2018 semester? There’s still time to apply! Priority applications for fall are due December 6, so make sure to get your applications in. 

To view classes that are being offered during this semester, you can visit

To apply to Harlaxton, visit and click on “Apply Now.”

Submitted by Greta Becker

* Sweet Gifts for Holiday Giving

The bees in the UE Garden have been active all summer, and our beekeeper Carla Lemar has jars of local, raw, and unprocessed honey for sale. She will be in Ridgway University Center from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12 and again on December 19. Give someone a sweet gift from the UE Garden this holiday season. 

Submitted by: William Hemminger,

* Rosary prayer Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. in Library 209

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

Submitted by Carly Walker 



* Congratulations to the psychology and neuroscience seniors

University of Evansville seniors majoring in psychology and neuroscience scored at the 98th percentile rank on ETS's Major Field Test in Psychology! Congratulations!

Psychology and Neuroscience class of 2018



* Aces drop road contest at No. 20 Kentucky

The University of Evansville women's basketball fell to No. 20 Kentucky, 100-62, on the road inside Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky. on Tuesday night.

"We got off to a bit of a bad start there and spotted them some points and a lot of that came from us turning the ball over," said Aces head coach Matt Ruffing. "I felt like when we realized that was the case our toughness level went up. We lost the second quarter by five and won the third quarter by two because of that little stuff. From here on that's something we can build off of. We hit some shots and they tried to go to a zone and we shot them out of the zone, which is always a good thing. This is a great atmosphere against the 20th-ranked team in America. I'm really proud of the way we fought coming out of halftime."

For the third-time this season, graduate guard Hannah Noe led the Aces, scoring 23 points and knocking-down six three-pointers. Junior guard Kerri Gasper added nine points, four rebounds, and four assists, while redshirt sophomore guard Marley Miller contributed eight points and three boards. The Wildcats were led by Maci Morris and Tatyana Wyatt who each finished with 20 points with Wyatt recording a double-double with 10 rebounds.

Kentucky opened the contest on a 19-0 run before Noe drained a three from the top of the arc with 5:06 left in the first quarter to put the Aces on the board. Junior center Kelsi Scott backed down her defender and laid it off the glass for her first points of the night with 3:01 remaining in the opening period as the Aces trailed 33-5 after the first 10 minutes of action.

The Aces responded in the second quarter, putting together a 6-2 run midway through as Evansville's deficit was 32 at 55-23 at the halftime break.

In the third frame, Evansville continued to show its resilience opening the quarter with a 12-7 advantage over the Wildcats in the first three minutes out of the break. The Aces intensity paid off in the third stanza as UE outscored the Wildcats, 22-20, in the quarter.

Noe poured-in her fifth three of the contest to open the fourth quarter and trim Kentucky's lead to 27, but the Wildcats responded with a 9-0 run as Kentucky earned a 100-62 win.

Kentucky out-shot the Aces from the floor, 57.1% to 46.8%, and narrowly edged Evansville in three-point shooting, 47.1% to 42.1%.

Evansville returns to Meeks Family Fieldhouse for the first time in nearly three weeks when the Aces face Morehead State at 1 p.m. on Sunday. 

* Dru Smith's career game leads UE to road win

Sophomore Dru Smith registered a career-high of 25 points to lead the University of Evansville men’s basketball team to a 91-76 win over Bowling Green on Tuesday night at the Stroh Center. 

Smith connected on 11 out of 13 attempts en route to his career mark.  He also had seven assists and five rebounds for the Purple Aces (7-2).  Blake Simmons knocked down four triples on his way to a 16-point evening while Noah Frederking had his best college game with 14 points. 

“To go on the road like this and have so many guys contribute tonight was big for us,” UE head coach Marty Simmons said.  “We have a lot of respect for Bowling Green.  They are a good team and for us to come up here and win is a good night for the team.

Pacing the Falcons (7-3) was Justin Turner with 21 points.  Dylan Frye finished the night with 14 points while Nelly Cummings had 11.  Demajeo Wiggins led the way on the boards with 11 caroms.

Dainius Chatkevicius got the Aces on the board in the opening possession before Blake Simmons hit the first of his three first-half triples in a game-opening 7-2 run in the first three minutes of play.  Bowling Green took its first lead thanks to a 6-0 run.  Trailing 9-4, the Falcons grabbed their first advantage of the evening thanks to a Daeqwon Plowden bucket. 

Evansville grabbed the lead right back on a Dru Smith layup before Simmons notched another from outside to make it a 14-10 game at the 12:30 mark.  BGSU cut the gap to just a point on three occasions in the final eight minutes of the half, but the Aces responded each time.  With 1:08 remaining, Smith’s 12th point of the game gave UE its biggest lead at 44-35.

At the first half buzzer, Justin Turner made the difference with his 10th tally of the game as his 3-pointer cut the UE lead to six points, 46-40, at halftime.  Smith led all players with 12 points in the period.

Bowling Green got right back within a possession to open up the second half when Derek Koch hit a triple before cutting the deficit to one at 46-45.  That is when the defense took over, keying a 6-0 run that saw three buckets scored on the fast break to push the lead back up to seven points at 52-45.

After BGSU cut the gap to five at 56-51, the Aces broke the game open with ten points in a row.  Smith connected on two more 3’s before Noah Frederking added another to give UE a 65-51 lead.  The advantage remained in double figures, reaching 18 with under four minutes remaining as the score was 85-67.

UE held strong in the final minutes, clinching their seventh win of the year by a final of 91-76.

Duane Gibson led UE on the glass with eight rebounds as UE won that battle by a final of 35-22.  Evansville entered the night as the #3 team in the nation in 3-point shooting and added to that number on Tuesday, hitting 12 out of 15 (80%) tries.  It fell just short of the program record of 83.3% in a game, which was set against Butler (1990-91) and Southern Illinois (1995-96) when the team hit 10 out of 12 attempts from outside.

Shots were falling from all over the floor for the Aces as they shot 60.7% on the night, the second contest in a row where UE finished above 60%.

UE is back at the Ford Center for its next three contests.  Canisius visits Evansville on Saturday in a 1 p.m. game before the Aces welcome Austin Peay and Midway next weekend.


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