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Friday, January 19, 2018

* Please do not park at Lutheran Church today

The campus community is asked NOT to park at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer across the street from UE today - Friday, January 18. The visitation and funeral for Davis Collier, the young lady tragically killed in a sledding accident, is being held at the church. A large crowd is expected to attend and all parking space at the church will be needed.

* President Kazee awarded the William G. and Rose M. Mays Legacy Award

Although the Martin Luther King Jr. Day campus events were postponed due to inclement weather, UE's President Thomas Kazee was presented with the William G. and Rose M. Mays Legacy Award on Monday. LaNeeça Williams, UE's chief diversity officer, presented the award to President Kazee in his office.

The award is presented annually at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lectureship to a UE Alumni or other campus member selected by the University of Evansville’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee. This is the fifth year for the award.

The purpose of the award is to recognize and affirm those who have made significant contributions in the areas of race relations, justice, and/or human rights. The nominees have been personally or corporately involved in making tangible, visible, and meaningful contributions to the advancement of race relations, justice, and/or human rights.

One of those who nominated Dr. Kazee for this award said:

“It is with great pleasure that I nominate President Thomas Kazee for consideration for the May Legacy Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership and tireless efforts in addressing and raising awareness about issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion both across campus and in our community. He has been a part of rally’s and calls to action on our campus to stop hate and help to better foster an inclusive, accepting environment, where students from diverse backgrounds freely exchange customs and culture. President Kazee has represented UE well and has led several efforts to create a more inclusive campus environment for all.”


What's Happening Today

* Appointment times still available - start this semester on top of your game!

Need to get organized, stay focused, study more effectively, and lower your stress? Need to raise your grades?

What:  “Kick Off the Semester” Workshop
When:  TODAY - Friday, January 19 – Sessions begin every 30 minutes from 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Where:  The Writing Center in Clifford Memorial Library

• Schedule time with a personal academic coach
• Bring syllabi for all classes
• Bring your planner
• Plan out projects, assignments and tests for the semester
• Learn about spring semester academic support services

Reservations: Kiersten Hasenour

Submitted by Angie Dawson

* STEEL TOE art SHOW on display in UE's Melvin Peterson Gallery

“STEEL TOE art SHOW,” an exhibit by ceramic artists and University of Evansville graduates Matthew Gaddie and Brian Somerville, will be on display at UE’s Melvin Peterson Gallery until February 24. On Friday, February 23, there will be a reception at 6:30 p.m., and a lecture by the artists at 7:00 p.m. These events, which are free and open to the public, are part of the Efroymson Family Fund Emerging Contemporary Artist Lecture Series.

Gaddie earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from the University of Evansville, and his Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramic arts from Hood College. His studio is located in Bardstown, Kentucky. Somerville earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UE and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University. He lives and creates his art in Nashville.

The Melvin Peterson Gallery is located at 1935 Lincoln Avenue on the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach Avenues in Evansville. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from noon-3:00 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from noon-6:00 p.m.

For more information, contact 207-650-6073.


Upcoming Events

* Women's March set for Sunday at noon

This Sunday, January 21, at noon, members of the University of Evansville and the wider community are invited to meet on the front oval and march in solidarity with the Women's March across the country.

The Women's March is focused on the following unifying principles: "We believe that Women's Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women's Rights. We must create a society in which women - including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian, queer, and trans women - are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments." 

We will march around the periphery of the campus - please bring your homemade signs to voice your views. This is a group of interested folks meeting to hold a solidarity march as opposed to a formal University of Evansville event.

Submitted by Lisa Kretz 

* Sign up for the Engineering Career Forum!

Engineering majors of all years are encouraged to attend the Engineering Career Forum on Wednesday, January 24 from 6:15-8:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center.

Register by following this link.

If there are any questions or issues, please email Elizabeth Collier at

Submitted by Elizabeth Collier

* University Worship in Neu Chapel

The campus community is invited to our University Worship service on Sunday, January 21 at 11:00 a.m. in Neu Chapel. We are excited to welcome a group of students who will be traveling to Guatemala in May with Habitat for Humanity Global Village as they share with us the good work they will be doing there. We will also consider how God calls all of us to "cast our nets" of love and to make a difference in our world.

There will also be donuts and coffee served before and after the service. We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a meaningful time of worship!

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* Information session on new forensic accounting course

Associate professor of accounting Rania Mousa will offer an information session on Thursday, February 15 about a new upper-level forensic accounting course that will be offered this fall. The session will be from 12:15-1:00 p.m. in Room 173, Schroeder School of Business Building. Lunch will be provided.

If you are an accounting major and have completed ACCT 211, you are encouraged to attend. Other majors are also welcome. The course will discuss contemporary topics including fraudulent financial reporting, money laundering, evidence management, and litigation services offered by accountants. A review of real white-collar crimes will be incorporated in the course. Technical skills and knowledge acquired in this course will be crucial for students pursuing forensic accounting careers in the FBI, IRS, and public and corporate accounting areas.

Submitted by Rania Mousa

* Volunteer crew leaders for UE Habitat Barn Blitz needed!

Get ready for the UE Habitat Barn Blitz on Saturday, April 7! This semester, UE has made a commitment to help Habitat for Humanity build 30 barns or toolsheds during this semester-long initiative.

This is a call out for volunteer crew leaders! Each team needs two crew leaders who will be taught how to build a barn, agree to assemble a team (4-5 more folks), and support their team during all building times throughout the semester.

Crew leaders must attend two training sessions:
• Kick-Off Crew Leader Meeting: Today - Tuesday, January 23 - at noon in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center
• Component Building Training: Saturday, January 27 from 9:00–11:00 am

Attendance at the January 23 meeting is confirmation and agreement to be a crew leader. More details, including specific responsibilities and build times, will be covered at the kick-off meeting.

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke

* WUEV call-out meeting today

Attend the WUEV Call-out Meeting TODAY - Monday, January 22 - at 4:00 p.m. at the WUEV studios. DJ and sports broadcaster positions available. If you can't attend and would like to learn more, contact Alice Daum, student station manager, at

* Memorial service for Kate Slater planned for Saturday

A memorial service for UE alumna Kate Slater will be held this Saturday, January 20 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. 

Submitted by Brooke Wininger

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

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

Submitted by Gabrielle VanBuskirk


Info You Should Know

* Eykamp Prize

The Eykamp Prize was established by Richard and Rita Eykamp in 2015 to honor Faculty Achievement at the University of Evansville. Recipients of the prize will receive an award of $10,000 in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the University of Evansville as University Citizens. Examples of such contributions include deep and successful involvement in recruiting students; expanding the number, scope, and competitiveness of grant funding for their department; bringing positive public awareness to the University through scholarship, knowledge, and understanding of their discipline. Up to two prizes a year may be awarded.

Nominations for the Eykamp Award may come from any member of the University of Evansville Community. Nominees should be tenured or tenure-track faculty members at the University of Evansville who have not received the award in the previous five years. Nominations can be submitted in writing or via e-mail to Michael Austin, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, by March 16, 2018. Nominations should include the name of the faculty member and a brief statement of the reasons that he or she are being nominated.

Recipients of the Eykamp Award will be selected by an Awards Committee, appointed by the EVPAA, that includes members of the faculty and staff, academic administrators, and at least one member of the Board of Trustees. Awards will be announced and presented at the May Commencement Ceremony.

* Library After Hours starts January 21

Library After Hours will start on Sunday, January 21. The first floor will be open until 4:00 a.m. most mornings with limited library services. The upper floors will close at midnight and will not be accessible after that. The current After Hours schedule is Monday-Friday from 12:00-4:00 a.m. Access to the libraries after 11:50 p.m. Sunday-Thursday is through the Ridgway door only.

This service is dependent on student staffing. Interruptions to the afterhours schedule will be posted to the UE app.

For more information, contact Meg Atwater-Singer at or ext. 2487.

Submitted by Meg Atwater-Singer

* Be a resident assistant!

Residence life is still looking for interested students to apply for the resident assistant position. We are looking for students who want to be leaders and build communities in various residential areas across campus. To apply, go online to Our deadline to apply is January 24. We look forward to reviewing your application!

Submitted by Greg O'Connor

* Donations and prayers requested for baby with critical heart condition

Fundraisers have been organized to help with medical expenses for Kingdon, infant son of Hilary and Heroshi Milan. Heroshi is a corporal in the Office of Safety and Security.

Kingdon was born December 4 with a critical heart condition and had open heart surgery on January 15 at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Kingdon is currently stable and remains a patient at Riley while he recovers from surgery. Donations to help his parents with expenses and prayers for Kingdon’s recovery would be very much appreciated.

You can help by either buying T-shirts at this website or by going to this go fund me page.

Submitted by the Office of Safety and Security

* Previous RAs welcome to apply for the position again!

Have you been an RA during a past semester and want to be an RA again for the 2018-19 semesters? If so, e-mail Jackie Luedtke at for a link to either a new application or a re-application. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24.

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke

* Today is deadline to sign up for Catalysts for Change!

The deadline to sign up for Catalysts for Change has been extended to today - Monday, January 29 at 11:59 p.m.! 

Catalysts for Change is a free eight week program consisting of weekly sessions focused on various topics of leadership and service. The meetings are once a week on Tuesday evenings, and there is also a mandatory day-long retreat on February 24. It is a great opportunity to strengthen your leadership skills and build a support system along the way. 

Here is the link to reply.

Please contact Melinda Daniels at, Jalyn Kowalski at, or Jackie Luedtke at with questions or concerns. 

Submitted by Jalyn Kowalski 

* Great on-campus job!

The Office of Annual Giving is looking for student callers for the spring Phonathon campaign. This is a paid position with flexible hours, mostly evening, from January 29–February 25. Hourly pay starts at $8.25. If you are interested, please email Erika Johnson at

Submitted by Erika Johnson

* Nerd Wars registration deadline extended to Jan. 31

The Honors Program is hosting Nerd Wars trivia night on Tuesday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m., in Eykamp Hall! Students, faculty, administrators, and staff can all form teams of up to five people to battle in a competition of wits while enjoying pizza, popcorn, and soda. Winners will receive $25 Master Card/VISA gift cards. Other prizes include Bluetooth speakers, Bluetooth headsets, A Fitbit-flex 2, a streaming video DRONE1, and more!

You can register your team online NOW.

Pay your $5 per person entry fee to Jayme Williams in Room 238, Koch Center for Engineering and Science. Those who are unable to compose a team of five may still register and will be matched to make a team. The deadline to enter has been extended to January 31.

Questions can be e-mailed to Aditi at

Submitted by Aditi Sood

* Call for students to work on CSML Computer Simulation Project

Remodeling Kallipolis: Call for Applications

Kallipolis is a conceptual model of a city/state in Plato’s Republic that tests intuitions on the relationship between the individual and the state and develops strategies for transforming a social order from systemic injustice to one that promotes justice for all.

The Remodeling Kallipolis Project seeks to re-model portions of Plato’s conceptual model in an agent-based computer system in order to explore the consistency and viability of Plato’s ideas. While there are good reasons to think that Plato’s idealized city cannot be modeled perfectly in a computer simulation, there is little doubt that the attempt to do so will help students 1) gain a better understanding of Plato’s Republic, 2) appreciate the complexity of interacting social forces insofar as they affect both individual and collective life, and 3) become sensitive to some of the regulatory factors that govern social change.

The Cognitive Science Modeling Lab (CSML) at the University of Evansville is currently seeking six students to work as a team on the first phases of this project during this coming Fall (2018). While any UE student is eligible to apply, students in the following areas are particularly suited to work on this project: cognitive science, computer science, criminal justice, economics, education, ethics and social change, international studies, mathematics, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and statistics and data science.

Work on this project will carry three hours of COGS 492 internship credit. While a computer programming background is not required, it is essential that at least three of the team members have some programming experience, preferably with NetLogo or another agent-based programming language. Familiarity with Plato’s Republic is a plus.

Selection of team members will be made by way of an application process. If you are interested in working on this project, please send a cover letter outlining any particular qualifications and motivations you have, a resume or CV, and the name of two UE professors who can comment on the quality of your work to professor of philosophy Anthony Beavers at The deadline for applications is March 16.

Submitted by Anthony Beavers

* Supplemental instruction available

Need extra help in some classes? If you do, supplemental instruction is the way to go! Each week a peer student will review class topics and leave plenty of time for Q&A. See the schedule for times and locations. Attendance is optional, but always recommended!

For more questions, contact Stacey Shanks, director of student success services, at

Submitted by Stacey Shanks

* Do you want to be an Orientation Leader (OL)?

Orientation Leader (OL) applications are now available!  Visit our website at to complete an electronic application before the deadline of 4:00 p.m. on January 29. 

Information on “What it takes to be an Orientation Leader” can be found on the website along with the application and required reference forms.
Our current Orientation Leaders are glad to answer any questions so feel free to send them an email or find them at the Ridgway information tables. You can also contact the VPSA/Dean of Students office at 812-488-2500 or stop by Ridgway University Center, room 230, during business hours. 

Submitted by Karen Martin

* Today is deadline to submit nominations for Outstanding Teacher Award

The UE Alumni Association recognizes an outstanding teacher for exemplary instruction and student support at spring commencement. UE administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni may nominate a faculty member who exemplifies the award’s criteria for outstanding teaching effectiveness that inspires the intellectual development of students.

Please use this link to nominate a faculty member for the auspicious occasion:

Full-time faculty who have taught in the classroom at UE for two years or more and held the rank of lecturer, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor are eligible for nomination.

Past award recipients are as follows: James Berry in 2011; Mari Plikuhn in 2012; Mark Valenzuela in 2013; Jennie Ebeling in 2014; Margaret Stevenson in 2015, M. Kevin Gray in 2016, and Mary Ellen Wylie in 2017.

The deadline to submit nominations is January 31, at 5:00 p.m.

For questions, contact Tracey Folden at



* Weber publishes paper on mathematical research

Darrin Weber, assistant professor of mathematics, has published a paper in the International Electronic Journal of Algebra. The paper is titled "The Zero-Divisor Graph of a Commutative Ring without Identity" and can be found at It is a joint work with David F. Anderson (University of Tennessee).

A ring is a mathematical structure where you can add, subtract, and multiply, but not necessarily divide (think of the integers). A zero-divisor is an element in a ring that multiplies to another element to give you 0. Zero-divisors do not have a lot of structure, so we place them in a graph and see what the graphical structure can tell us about the ring structure. This paper furthers that endeavor by looking at a new class of rings.

* Professors publish articles

University of Evansville professor Angela Wooton and University of Southern Indiana professors Lorinda Coan, Lynne Melchior, and Amanda Reddington have published three intraprofessional articles:

  • Periodontal disease in children with type 2 diabetes Mellitus in The Nurse Practitioner Journal
  • Incorporating screening for undiagnosed diabetes in dental practices in Decisions in Dentistry
  • Early detection of type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents in Dimensions in Dental Hygiene

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