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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

* Help us welcome future Aces during Road Trip 2018!

The Office of Admission will host more than 200 admitted high school seniors this weekend at our annual Road Trip event, February 16-18.

You’re invited to help us greet the future Aces as they arrive on campus today from 4:30-7:00 p.m. in the Carson Center Lobby. High school students from across the country will either drive in, fly in, or ride a bus to campus for a fun filled weekend preview of life as a UE student. Come join in on the fun!

Learn more about Road Trip online here.

* UE's Graduating Class of 2017 Sees Higher Salary, Higher Employment Rate

The University of Evansville’s 2017 graduating class has found success after graduation, with 94 percent currently employed or enrolled in graduate school—up from 93 percent last year. The median salary of those employed full-time is $47,750, also an increase from the previous year’s salary of $47,500.

The survey was a collaborative effort between UE’s Center for Career Development, the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, and academic departments.

“The active role we take in our students’ success and career development is strongly reflected in this survey,” said Dr. Thomas Kazee, UE president. “We offer a unique career planning process that begins before they even enroll here, and it continues well after they graduate.”

UE’s rate stands in contrast to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Career Services Benchmark Survey, which shows 81 percent placement rate nationally for 2016 graduates.

Employers for the 2017 class include Amazon, Rolls-Royce North America, USAA, Berry Global, Honda Motor Manufacturing, KMPG, and more than 230 other employers across the globe.

Other results reported in the survey included:
• 51 percent of employed graduates were working in Indiana.
• 57 percent of those in graduate school were studying in Indiana.
• 28 percent of those not currently enrolled in further education intend to pursue graduate school within three years.

“It’s important to note that we received a response from 97 percent of the class of 2017, said Gene Wells, senior director for UE’s Center for Career Development. “That participation rate is unheard of at most schools, who are lucky to receive a 65 percent response. This report truly is representative of virtually the entire 2017 graduating class.”

UE’s Center for Career Development provides comprehensive services to students throughout their collegiate journey and even before they enroll. Through the Career Advantage Program, prospective students have the opportunity to evaluate and test career options by taking a career assessment, meeting with a career advising professional, and developing a career action plan. Prospective students can begin this Career Advantage Program during their very first visit to UE—even before committing to attend the University.

Graduating seniors and new alumni can sign up for the UE Connect program, which is designed to assist students and alumni with career-related needs and connect them with engaged alumni who will support and champion their professional goals. All Center for Career Development services, ranging from resume and cover letter assistance, to mock interviews, to UE JobLink database access, are free to students and alumni. 

* UE to Celebrate its 164th Founders Day on Sunday, February 18

The University of Evansville will observe its 164th Founders Day on Sunday, February 18. The celebration, which is free and open to the public, includes a worship service and convocation and a Founders Day Luncheon.

Founders Day is observed each year at UE to mark the incorporation of Moores Hill College, the move to Evansville, the charter as Evansville College, and the University’s officially becoming the University of Evansville.

The worship service and convocation is at 11:00 a.m. in Neu Chapel. The service will feature the Edgar M. McKown Lecture. This year's speaker will be Rev. Mitchell Gieselman, UE graduate and superintendent of the southwest district, Indiana conference, United Methodist Church. His topic will be “Still Founding after all These Years.”

Immediately following the worship service and convocation, the celebration will conclude with the Founders Day Luncheon in Eykamp Hall of Ridgway University Center. Alumni Awards will be given to UE alumni who have achieved personal success and contributed exceptional services to their community and the University.

This year’s award recipients are: Jennifer and David Pollock, Distinguished Alumni Award; Angela Stocklin, Young Alumna Award; Sharon and Thomas Kazee, Samuel Orr Honorary Alumni Award; and Richard Werking, Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award.

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 812 488-2586 or 


What's Happening Today

* RecycleMania 2018 is underway!

The 2018 RecycleMania tournament is underway! The competition goes until March 31, and encourages waste reduction and recycling on campuses nationwide.

UE is one of 297 schools participating in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. UE will compete in several weight-based categories that measure recycling and waste reduction per capita, as well as overall campus recycling weights as a percentage of total waste generated.

RecycleMania is about more than simply winning. It is a time to engage the entire campus community in awareness and action to reduce waste, recycle more and protect the environment. More information can be found at

So start recycling! Check upcoming AceNotes for more information on UE’s results, competition activities and more. For questions, call ext. 2697 or e-mail

Submitted by Amber Elkins

* Ash Wednesday Mass and spaghetti dinner

Join us today at 5:00 p.m. for Mass with the bishop followed immediately by a spaghetti dinner downstairs in Grabill Lounge!

Submitted by Gabrielle VanBuskirk

* Neu Chapel Outreach Efforts Continue!

The Neu Chapel community is continuing its monthly outreach efforts by partnering with Newman Catholic Campus Ministry in collecting plastic grocery/shopping bags so that they can be made into mats to give to persons in the Evansville community without homes.

These mats ensure body temperatures are kept at a safe level in the cold winter months and Neu Chapel is honored to partner with Newman Center in this important mission. If you would like to contribute to this outreach effort, baskets will be placed on the front steps of the Neu Chapel stage. Simply leave your contribution in the baskets.

For questions and more information, please email Keith Turner, John Wesley Minister and assistant chaplain, at

Submitted by Keith Turner

* Ash Wednesday Service in Neu Chapel

The campus community is invited to Neu Chapel for our annual Ash Wednesday service today - Wednesday, February 14 - at 12:15 p.m.

There will also be "Ashes to Go" available Wednesday afternoon in Ridgway University Center and Carson Center for those unable to attend the service.

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* Support for International Projects - Info Session for Faculty/Staff

Are you interested in support for developing an international project or class to help make an impact in the world? Come to an information session today - Wednesday, February 14 - from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Room 203 in the Bower-Suhrheinrich Library to learn how the Global Scholars program, ChangeLab (formerly GAP), and other resources might help. We can also assist you in identifying other faculty/staff collaborators.  Brown bags are welcome

Submitted by Cindy Kelley

* UE Bookstore Under Armour Sale

The UE Bookstore is offering 25% OFF all remaining Under Armour items in the store February 12-17. Discount is off the original price of the item. Items include tee shirt, shorts, quarter zips and more. Sale ends February 17.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* I-Ballroom Valentine's Day Dance Party

Please join us today - Valentine's Day - for a joint event with I-House and Ballroom Dance Club. The event will be in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center, and will begin at 7:00 p.m. We will learn to dance the Tango and there will be snacks provided. We hope you can join us for a night of fun and international dancing!

Submitted by Alexis Whitacre 

* Health advising workshop: Tips for Writing a Strong Personal Essay for Medical School

Planning to apply to medical school this summer? Come to the health advising workshop, "Tips for Writing a Strong Personal Essay for Medical School," today - Wednesday, February 14. The workshop will begin at 2:30 p.m., in Room 203 (J. Henry Schroeder Boardroom) in the library. We will discuss how to get started, where to find accurate resources for assistance, and the best ways to use UE services to streamline this process.

Please contact the pre-professional health advisor Francie Renschler with any questions.

Submitted by Francie Renschler 


Upcoming Events

* Reminder of forensic accounting information session

Reminder - an information session about a new upper-level forensic accounting course will be held on Thursday, February 15 in Room 173 in the Schroeder School of Business Building at 12:15 p.m. The course will be offered for the first time this fall and will be taught by Rania Mousa, associate professor of accounting.

Submitted by Rania Mousa 

* SAB pancake artist rescheduled for Saturday

Join SAB Saturday, February 17 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. by the information desk on the first floor of the Ridgway University Center as they welcome pancake artist Dancakes.

Dancakes has been called the first name in professional pancake art. These talented and charismatic artists create portraits and designs out of 100% edible pancake batter for events around the world, bringing joy and laughter wherever they go.

Submitted by Megan King

* SIAM Math Club introductory meeting today

The UE Chapter for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) will be having an introductory meeting today - Thursday, February 15 - from 12:30-1:00 p.m. in Room 101 in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science.

Come learn about the club and its benefits for students majoring in math, science, engineering, and computer science ... or for anyone interested in math and its applications in the world!

Additionally, there will be FREE pizza and a presentation by senior math major Keenen Cates about his senior seminar research project.

Any questions? E-mail Sam Sheth at

Submitted by Samarth Sheth

* Neu Chapel begins New Worship Service!

The campus community is invited to join the Neu Chapel community for a new worship service during the season of Lent. Beginning next Sunday, February 18, University Vespers will be offered every Sunday at 9:00 p.m. while the university is in session. These brief 20-minute candlelight services will be filled with beautiful music, spoken prayers, readings, and time for silent reflection and prayer. What better way to prepare for the upcoming week than by praying together as a community? All are invited and welcome!

Submitted by Keith Turner

* Fireside Chats discusses peaceful protesting as a spiritual practice

All are welcome to join this week's Fireside Chat as we discuss "God's Presence and the Peaceful Protest." We will revisit two familiar biblical stories, and consider how peaceful protesting and resistance are important components to spiritual formation and putting out faith into practice. Warm beverages and cookies are provided! The Fireside Chat will be held in Grabill Lounge (downstairs in Neu Chapel) on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

Submitted by Keith Turner

* Happy 164th Birthday to the University of Evansville!

Ace Purple Birthday Cake TopperEveryone is invited to celebrate Founder's Day and UE's birthday by having purple cake (while it lasts) with Student Alumni Ambassadors and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations on Friday, February 16. The event will be from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Ridgway University Center lobby, across from Rademacher's Cafe by the information desk.

Don't forget to wear your purple in support of Purple Fridays at UE!

Submitted by Nichole Coffey

* UE Connect Lunch and Learn - complimentary lunch

Join UE Connect's Lunch and Learn with JoDee Curtis '85, SHRM-SCP, CPA, presenting: JoyPowered; Intentionally creating YOUR JoyPowered. The event is set for Thursday, February 15 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 254, Ridgway University Center. Free boxed lunch for all students!

To register for the event, go to the UE Connect Lunch and Learn page. The registration deadline is February 13.

JoDee is the founder of Purple Ink and author of JoyPowered: Intentionally Creating an Inspired Workspace. JoyPowered helps organizations and individuals understand how to structure their relationships and environments to focus on their strengths, bringing out the best in others and themselves. Most people settle for a tolerable workplace, but JoDee challenges you to help make yourself and your workspace JoyPowered! It starts with you, and with understanding your strengths!

Prior to founding Purple Ink in 2010, JoDee spent 21 years in public accounting as a practicing CPA and as a director of HR. She also has experience as a CFO and controller thereby bringing a unique financial and overall business approach.

Submitted by Nichole Coffey

* March 20 Snyder Lecture Series to feature Senator Lugar and President Kazee

The University of Evansville will present a keynote conversation between former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar and UE President Thomas A. Kazee for the Spring 2018 Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series on March 20 at 7:00 p.m.

The conversation, titled “State of our Union: Making Sense of Current Affairs,” will be held in Eykamp Hall within Ridgway University Center on the UE campus and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public and guests will be seated on a first-come first-served basis. Reserve your seat online here. 

This event is presented in partnership with the University of Evansville Department of Law, Politics, and Society as part of an all-day series of current events and political science events and discussions, in honor of the retirement of Dr. Thomas Kazee and his academic career as a political scientist.

The Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series was made possible in 1997 through an endowment from the late Patricia H. Snyder, trustee and longtime friend of University, to bring speakers or performers of renown to Evansville at no cost to the public.

Find this event on Facebook for updates and reminders. 

For event questions, please contact

* Rosary Prayer at 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays

The Newman Club will be offering a 20-minute rosary prayer every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in the Center for Academic Advising in the Clifford Memorial Library. Students and faculty are welcome. For more information, contact Olivia at

Submitted by Carly Walker

* Reception for Emily Fiedler planned for today

Please join us to wish Emily Fiedler best wishes as she leaves UE for her new adventure. The Center for Career Development invites the UE community to stop by the Student Life lobby in Ridgway University Center (second floor), between 2:00-3:30 p.m. today - Thursday, February 15. Refreshments will be served.

Submitted by Donna Schmitt 

* Need help filing the FAFSA?

Do you need help filing the FAFSA? If so, attend College Goal Sunday on February 25 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. The event will be at Ivy Tech Community College, located at 3501 N. First Avenue in Evansville. Bring your 2016 taxes and W-2’s for parent and student!

Submitted by Trisha Hawkes

* UELA Magnifying Mental Health

UELA Tier III is hosting a Magnifying Mental Health event on March 22 at 6:00 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center. This event provides students with the opportunity to discuss their mental health through stories, poetry, and music. UELA wants to create a safe, welcoming environment where students can share their experiences. We are looking for volunteers who want to share their story. You can read your own story in front of peers. Also, you can send in your story anonymously and someone will read it for you. You can submit your story here.

Submitted by Katlyn Keele

* UE Health and Fitness Fair

The 2018 Health and Fitness Fair will be held in the Fitness Center gym on Thursday, February 15, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Win prizes, free giveaways and visit local businesses (Body Works Massage, Core Chiropractic, Ultimate Fit, etc.).

Submitted by Lori Adams 

* Attention UE Students: Join in on the Road Trip Fun!

The Office of Admission will be hosting Road Trip today - Friday, February 16 - through Sunday, February 18. Thank you to everyone that has volunteered to assist with the events and hosting this weekend. We have many activities scheduled for the Road Trippers and would like to invite current UE students to take part in the fun. The following activities are open to both Road Trippers and current students:

Friday, February 16:
• 7:30-9:00- Ultimate Trivia - Café Court
• 7:30-11:30- Game Station - 1959 Gallery, second floor of Ridgway University Center
• 9:45-Midnight- Karaoke - Café Court

Saturday, February 17:
• 12:00-5:00 p.m. - Habitat for Humanity Barn Blitz, Small Gym, Carson Center
• 2:30-4:30 p.m. - Historical WWII Tour of Evansville - Dr. James MacLeod (buses will leave at 2:15)*
• 2:15-5:00 p.m. - Mesker Park Zoo and Botanical Gardens (buses will leave at 2:00) *
• 3:30-5:30 p.m. - Bowling at River City Recreation (buses will leave at 3:10) *
• 7:00-9:00 p.m. - WIRED Coffee House and Music Venue (buses will leave at 6:45 p.m. *
• 10:00-Midnight - Hypnotist- Carson Center- Meeks Family Court- Large Gym (Sponsored by the Admission Ambassadors and the Student Government Association)

*Indicated the activity is off campus.  Buses will leave from Walnut Street outside Ridgway University Center.

Enjoy the weekend and “Go Road Trip!”

* UE Theatre presents "Sense and Sensibility"

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre presents its third production of the season, Kate Hamill’s Sense and Sensibility, based on the novel by Jane Austen. This production opened February 16, in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. tonight - February 23 - and February 24, and at 2:00 p.m. on February 25.

Reputation, redemption, and romance - this feisty new play is a fresh and witty take on the Jane Austen story audiences know and love. When the Dashwood sisters suddenly find themselves at the bottom of the social food chain, the quest to claw their way back to the top consumes them. High society and wicked gossip collide in a whirlwind of scandal and passion and betrayal. Oh, my!

Professor of theatre Diane Brewer directs Sense and Sensibility. Elizabeth Tredinnick, a senior from Madison, Wisconsin, serves as scenic designer; assistant professor of theatre Sarah J. Smith is the costume designer; Baxter Pitt, a senior from Dallas, Texas, is the lighting designer; Austin Kuhn, a sophomore from Evansville, serves as sound designer; Jesse Robkin, a senior from Duvall, Washington, is the dramaturg; Jalyn Kowalski, a junior from Lanesville, Indiana, is the stage manager; and assistant technical director Adam Rager serves as technical director.

The cast features junior Alexi Lewis, from Seattle, Washington, as Elinor Dashwood; junior Alexandra Curren, from McKinney, Texas, as Marianne Dashwood; freshman Emma Tolleson, from Temple, Texas, as Margaret Dashwood; freshman Jordan Williams, from Edmonds, Washington, as Mrs. Dashwood; freshman Luke Moran, from Mount Vernon, Iowa, as John Dashwood; junior Matthew McDonald, from Carmel, Indiana, as Edward Ferrars; junior Kathleen Finch, from College Station, Texas, as Fanny Dashwood; junior Marshall Hopkins, from Baldwin City, Kansas, as Colonel Brandon; freshman Jackson Burnham, from Houston, Texas, as John Willoughby; sophomore Luke Lowrance, from Arlington, Texas, as Sir John Middleton; junior Meredith Ham, from Castle Rock, Colorado, as Mrs. Jennings; sophomore Alexis Seay, from Louisville, Kentucky, as Lady Middleton; senior Paige Ward, from Round Rock, Texas, as Lucy Steele; freshman Grace Maddux, from Dubuque, Iowa, as Anne Steele; freshman Evan Lawson, from Arvada, Colorado, as Robert Ferrars; and junior Amanda Suggs, from Cedar Park, Texas, as Lead Gossip/Mrs. Ferrars.

Ticket prices are $18 for adults and $16 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff.

UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend.

Following Sense and Sensibility, the 2017-18 Shanklin Theatre Season closes with Frank Galati’s Grapes of Wrath, based on the novel by John Steinbeck, April 13-22, which concludes the 50th anniversary of Shanklin Theatre.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 812-488–2031, Monday through Friday, noon to 5:00 p.m.

* Federal loan repayment counseling session for students graduating or transferring

Students who have used federal direct (sub/unsub) loans and plan to graduate in the spring or summer (or transfer after the spring semester) are required to attend a Loan Repayment Counseling Session.

The Office of Financial Aid will hold the first session of the semester on Wednesday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center.

Additional sessions will be held on April 26 at 2:00 p.m. and on May 4 at 11:30 a.m.

Submitted by Amy Sowders 

* Friday is deadline to register for Collegiate Career Expo

Friday is the deadline to register for Collegiate Career Expo. A total of 130 employers are expected at this free career fair. The event is planned for Thursday, February 22 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) at the Indianapolis Westin.
The University of Evansville will provide bus transportation. There is a $10 deposit required that will be refundable upon attendance. Reserve your seat now

Register for this event by Friday, February 16. Fair registration is through UE JobLink ( Click the Jobs Tab -> CSM Jobs -> Posting #722253.

Find a list of registered employers here:

Event sponsored by:

  • Celadon
  • FitzMark, Inc.
  • Freedom Mortgage
  • GEICO Insurance Company
  • University of Southern Indiana - Graduate Studies

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald

* Collegiate Career Expo - Indianapolis

A total of 130 employers are expected at a free career fair in Indianapolis on Thursday, February 22. Collegiate Career Expo - Indianapolis is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) at the Indianapolis Westin.

The University of Evansville will provide bus transportation. There is a $10 deposit required that will be refundable upon attendance. Reserve your seat now

Register for this event by Friday, February 16. Fair registration is through UE JobLink ( Click the Jobs Tab -> CSM Jobs -> Posting #722253.

Find a list of registered employers here:

Event sponsored by:

  • Celadon
  • FitzMark, Inc.
  • Freedom Mortgage
  • GEICO Insurance Company
  • University of Southern Indiana - Graduate Studies

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald


Info You Should Know

* Deadline today to sign up for BSU trip to visit Freedom Center and see Black Panther movie

The deadline to sign up for the Black Student Union trip to Cincinnati, Ohio, is today - Friday, February 16. The trip is planned for Saturday, February 24. 

BSU is hosting the trip in celebration of Black History Month. The group is going to Cincinnati to visit the Underground Railroad Freedom Center and see the Black Panther movie which premieres February 16.

The trip is free for all UE students except for meals and keepsakes, with a $20 deposit returned the day of the trip. Campus members are invited to participate as well but only transportation is provided.

Seating is limited, which is why there is a deadline of February 16 to register for the event. Registration forms can be picked up at the Office of Diversity Initiatives in Olmsted room 234 or from any BSU executive member.

All interested students/campus members should stop by the Office of Diversity Initiatives in Room 234 in Olmsted Administration Hall, to register and pay the deposit.

Submitted by LaNeeca Williams 

* Dion interviewed by Courier & Press about 8th District candidates

Robert Dion, chair for law, politics, and society, was interviewed by the Evansville Courier & Press about the sudden exit of two 8th District Democratic congressional candidates this week. You can read the article on the Courier website.

* Media coverage of Career Day

Below is an overview of media coverage from yesterday’s Career Day. A version of these TV stories ran on all evening newscasts last night.



* Kopta awarded patent for assessment system in medicine

Professor of psychology Mark Kopta has been awarded a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the CelestHealth System-MD, an electronic system that assesses the effects of medications across medical visits.

The system allows the physician to understand the treatment outcomes for an individual patient, all patients in the physician’s practice, and patients being treated by all medical practices using the system. It can assess medication effectiveness related to, for example, mental health, pain, tumor size, blood chemistry.

Kopta’s CelestHealth Research Group continues to test the system at Johns Hopkins University.

* Nursing students participate in mission trip to Jamaica

UE Nursing students with patients in JamaicaChair of the nursing department and associate professor of nursing Jerrilee LaMar and junior nursing students Traci Burch, Bailey Rankin and Ally Reagan recently traveled to Jamaica on a one-week medical mission trip with an interprofessional team of health care providers. While there they provided medical care to people in four remote clinics. They helped meet the medical needs of over 250 patients who would have otherwise been untreated.

The nursing program partnered with Deaconess Health System to make this opportunity available.

Submitted by Theresa Price

* Remodeling Kallipolis apps deadline is this Friday!

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, computer engineering, criminal justice, economics, education, ethics and social change, international studies, mathematics, neuroscience, philosophy, political science, 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

* Position transitions announced in development and alumni relations

Abigail Werling, vice president of development and alumni relations, announces the following personnel changes and congratulates Liz Riffert and Sylvia DeVault. Effective February 19, Sylvia DeVault ‘85, current direct of alumni and parent relations, will begin transitioning to the corporate and foundation relations officer position, formerly held by Jamie Purcell. Liz Riffert ’07, current assistant director of alumni and parent relations, is being promoted to director of alumni and parent relations.

* Still need a textbook for spring?

The UE Bookstore will be starting the return process of all unsold books from the spring semester soon. Used books on the shelf will be the first to be returned. If you still need a textbook you are advised to purchase it soon. If you need one but can't purchase it now, the bookstore staff will be happy to hold one for you until you can purchase the book. Please let us know if this is the case. If you have questions please contact the UE Bookstore.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* Proposal Deadline FEBRUARY 20 for UE's Environmental Sustainability Challenge

Want to make an impact on environmental sustainability, but need funds to get your ideas off the ground? Submit a proposal for UE’s Environmental Sustainability Challenge to have your projects considered for funding from the Green Fund.

Submission Deadline: February 20, 2018

The Green Fund began with a $25,000 environmental sustainability grant from Siemens, and additional funds may be generated through fundraising or savings gained through successful Environmental Sustainability Challenge projects.

Learn more about the challenge and submit a proposal online here.

Submitted by: UE's Environmental Sustainability Committee

* UE Men's Basketball Ticket Requests

UE faculty/staff/administration may now begin requesting their two complimentary tickets for the next men's basketball against Loyola. This game will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, at the Ford Center. Please bring your valid UE ID in order to claim your tickets.

Submitted by Scott Peace

* Call for papers for Andiron Lecture Series 2018-19

UE faculty and administrators as well as members of the Evansville community are invited to submit an abstract for papers on any aspect of their research or expertise for the 2018-19 Andiron Lectures in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. All disciplines and fields of study are welcome to submit proposals.

Please send the following by e-mail:

A 50-word abstract with name, academic affiliation/ occupation, paper title, and contact information to Annette Parks at (with a Cc to Cheryl Emmons at Emmons will forward these to the Andiron Lecture Committee for consideration.

Nominations for off-campus speakers can be sent by e-mail to Parks at with a Cc to Emmons at; Emmons will forward them to the Andiron Lecture committee for consideration.



* UE Ballroom Club hosts successful workshop

The UE Ballroom Club hosted a successful workshop with champion coach Sean Michael Gehlhausen on Saturday, February 10. Congrats to UE Ballroom Club president Audrey Cook. Sean will back in March for another lesson, so stay tuned for that opportunity!

Ballroom Club Workshop members


Harlaxton Happenings

* Nicola Boyle to deliver paper at 3rd Academic Archers Conference

Nicola Boyle, teaching fellow at Harlaxton, will be delivering a short paper at the 3rd Academic Archers Conference to be held at the British Library on Saturday, February 17. The Academic Archers Conference is a cross-disciplinary conference that brings together a group of fans of The Archers - the world's longest-running radio soap opera - with an academic interest in the show.

Boyle’s paper 'Unique Borsetshire Climate or Exemplary Sun Protection' is a joint paper with Dr. Tanya Bleiker, a clinical vice president of the British Association of Dermatologists. A preview of the paper was in the Sunday Telegraph this last weekend and Harlaxton gets a mention!



* Late rally comes up short for men's basketball

University of Evansville junior Ryan Taylor scored a game-high 26 points on 11-of-23 shooting, but it was not enough for the Purple Aces men’s basketball team as they dropped a 47-41 decision against UNI on Tuesday at the McLeod Center.

Taylor paced Evansville (16-12, 6-9 MVC) with his 26 tallies. Evan Kuhlman was next with five. Two weeks after having the top rebounding effort of his career, senior Blake Simmons was at it again, hauling in a game-high 12 caroms. UE trailed the Panthers by as many as 15 points midway through the second half, but fought back to get within a pair in the final minutes.

Two Panthers (13-14, 5-10 MVC) hit double figures as Hunter Rhodes had 12 and Bennett Koch had 10.  Tywhon Pickford led the way with 10 boards.

“I am disappointed in the loss, we had a rough finish to the first half that gave UNI some momentum,” Aces head coach Marty Simmons said following the game. “One positive we can take is the way that we never gave up. We continued to battle and give ourselves a chance and I give our guys credit for that.”

Rhodes gave UNI a lead on their opening possession, hitting a triple, but the Aces quickly found their groove, scoring five in a row to take their first lead at 5-3. Ryan Taylor’s first bucket of the day, also a triple, gave Evansville the edge.

UNI retook a 6-5 advantage and pushed that to five points (16-11) on a Wyatt Lohaus trey at the 9:12 mark. Taylor struck again with his second long ball as part of a 5-0 run that tied it back up before the Panthers notched four in a row to earn a 20-16 lead with six minutes left in the half. 

A defensive struggle saw both teams endure scoring droughts, but John Hall helped UE take advantage as his shot with five minutes remaining in the period gave his squad a 21-20 lead before Taylor, who finished the half with 15 of the Aces’ 23 points, hit a jumper to extend the lead to 23-20. From that point on, UNI took control, scoring the final 10 points on their way to a 30-23 halftime advantage. At the buzzer, Klint Carlson hit a short jumper that gave them a 7-point lead at the break.

The seventh field goal of the game by Ryan Taylor ended the Aces’ scoring drought, but the Panthers were able to push their lead to double figures when Austin Phyfe connected on a bucket with 13 minutes remaining to give UNI a 37-27 lead forcing an Evansville time out. The Panthers added five more tallies to their edge as the score stood at 42-27 midway through the second half.

Limited to just four points in the opening 10 minutes of the period, Evansville regrouped on both ends.  A 9-0 run was capped off by an Evan Kuhlman three as UE made it a 43-36 game. Bennett Koch ended a 5-minute drought with a free throw, but Taylor kept UE rolling with his 10th field goal to get the Aces within five with four minutes on the clock.

Following a UNI miss, Taylor made them pay again. His fourth trey of the game cut the Panther lead to just a pair – 43-41 – with two minutes left. The Panthers were able to regain their grasp from the line to make it a final of 47-41. The Panthers were held without a field goal for the final 10 minutes of the game.

Evansville shot 36.7% on the day, but was unable to get to the free throw line. The Aces defense was stellar, holding the Panthers to just 27.8% shooting.

UE is home Sunday to take on MVC leader Loyola. Game time is 3:00 p.m. at the Ford Center.


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