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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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* PHSA meeting today

Come join the Public Health Student Association to learn more about public health and ways to get involved today at 4:00 p.m. in Graves 240!

Submitted by Sarah Harness

* This Week in Music: Jazz Society and Student Recital

Sunday, February 25, 4:00 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall

Wade Baker, trumpeter and flugelhornist, will lead his jazz quintet in the next concert of the Jazz Guest Artist Concert Series, co-sponsored by the University of Evansville and the Evansville Jazz Society. The concert will take place on Sunday, February 25 at 4:00 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall.

Baker has established himself as one of the busiest and most in-demand jazz musicians in the region. He holds the master of music degree in jazz studies from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Baker frequently performs on bass, drums, guitar, trumpet and flugelhorn in such ensembles as the Wade Baker Jazz Collaboration, Big Joe Duskin Jazz Orchestra, On the One, Desperado Country Band, the River Brass, and the Bokeh Big Band, which he founded and continues to lead.

Baker has performed and recorded with a wide variety of artists. As a leader, he has recorded four albums with his jazz group and two albums with his guitar driven blues and rock band. In three consecutive years, he was voted a finalist for Musician of the Year by Cincy Groove Magazine. Baker is currently the director of bands at Olney Central College in Olney, Illinois, and Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Illinois. Other members of his jazz quintet are drummer Chris Parker, bassist Monte Skelton, guitarist Brandon Scott Coleman, and vocalist Jamie Taylor.

Admission to the concert is $15 for adults, $10 for Jazz Society members and $5 for students. Tickets will be available at the door, or can be obtained by contacting the UE Department of Music at 812-488-2754.

For more information, contact UE professor emeritus Edwin Lacy at or 812-488-2227.

Student Recitals
Saturday, February 24, 4:00 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall

Ivy Benson (voice)

Submitted by James Sullivan 

* Free HIV screening today

Matthew 25 will be at the Health Center today - Tuesday, February 20 - from 9:00 a.m.-noon for free HIV testing. As always the testing is free, confidential, and painless. Call the Health Center at 812-488-2033 or e-mail to schedule your appointment.

Submitted by Ashley Craig 


Upcoming Events

* SIAM speakers to discuss data science and medicine

Tobias Guennel and Yubing Wan, the first SIAM speakers, will be here this Friday, February 23 from noon-1:00 p.m. in Room 100 in Koch Center for Engineering and Science. It'll be a great way to learn more about math and its applications in the world. Be sure to come and bring a friend! Science majors will definitely like this presentation as well. Oh, and there's free pizza, too :)

Guennel is a director, translational informatics and biometrics team, lead QuartzBio developer at Precision for Medicine. Wan is a senior data scientist, translational informatics and biometrics team, at Precision for Medicine.

Here is the abstract of their talk:

Drug Development in the Era of Precision Medicine: Case Studies with NGS and Flow Cytometry Data

Omics + big data + biomarker-guided drug developments is a new reality, bringing unprecedented abilities to interrogate and translate biological information, and unprecedented opportunities for life sciences companies to achieve their goals faster and more cost-effectively. This fundamental shift requires a new approach to drug development. Precision for Medicine is leading the way.

Back to 5th century BC, Hippocrates stated “It’s far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.” Advancements in modern medical and biological data generation techniques bring tremendously complex and information rich data every day that may help us to make significant improvements in patient care, if we find effective and powerful strategies to utilize this data. In this talk, we will briefly introduce how our Translational Informatics & Biometrics (TIB) team at Precision for Medicine meets the challenges of managing, analyzing, and synthesizing high-throughput genomic data and high-content immunomic data to accelerate new discoveries, identify drug targets, characterize mechanism of actions (MoAs), and develop biomarkers for patient selection. Two real case studies will be introduced to illustrate how we deploy novel algorithms and strategies including GWAS, Machine Learning, Signaling Pathway Impact Analysis and Structural Equation Modeling to uncover hidden insights, to maximize the ability of visualizing high content data and to accelerate decision making for new drug development. We’ll also introduce our self-developed translational informatics platform, QuartzBioSM, leveraged to provide instant access to data and insights that can help inform decision making.

Submitted by Samarth Sheth

* Spanish informal conversation this afternoon

Spanish students of all levels are welcome to practice with Fulbright Spanish TA Ignacio Benítez. The next session will be this afternoon at 1:00 p.m., in Room 400 in Olmsted Administration Hall. It’s a wonderful opportunity to interact informally in Spanish with a native speaker and to meet other students of Spanish. Please contact Ignacio at if you have any questions. ¡Nos vemos!

Submitted by Ignacio Benitez 

* Reception for Harlaxton planned for this afternoon

Today - Wednesday, February 21 - at 4:00 p.m., there will be a reception in the Harlaxton Room in the Schroeder School of Business Building for Charlotte Powell. She is the new Harlaxton conference and events manager who is visiting from the UK this week. If you are a friend of Harlaxton or if you have an interest in how conferences, events, or weddings at Harlaxton work, come meet and chat with Charlotte on Wednesday afternoon!

Submitted by Kaylynn Carver

* Conversation on Sexual Harassment: Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

The Offices of Religious Life and Title IX and the Centers for Student Engagement and Career Services will be hosting a special conversation on sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the second-floor gallery in Ridgway University Center. Both the plethora of news stories on harassment and the significant impact of the #MeToo movement have prompted the need to have a conversation over this important social, ethical, and moral issue. All are invited and welcome to join in this conversation. Refreshments will be provided.

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* Tristan De Leon presents I-House Philippines

Please join us tonight at 7:00 p.m., upstairs in Ridgway University Center, to see a presentation on the Philippines by Tristan De Leon. We hope to see you there!

Submitted by Alexis Whitacre 

* Dinner and Discussion welcomes Linh Vu

The Newman Center will welcome Linh Vu today at 5:00 p.m. for his talk on the artistic and spiritual components of learning and creating calligraphy. All are welcome and dinner will be provided! 

Submitted by Breanne Buerster

* PA Program Panera Night

Visit Panera Bread today - Wednesday, February 21 - from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and present this flyer and 20 percent of your purchase will be donated to the PA Class of 2019 and 2020!

Submitted by Haley Vos

* 20th anniversary performance: Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues

UE4SHE and the Office of Diversity are sponsoring a 20th anniversary production of The Vagina Monologues. The performance is scheduled for Thursday March 15 at 7:00 p.m. in Hyde 126. Auditions and the first rehearsal will be held in Hyde 126 on Tuesday February 20 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and are open to all who identify as women. In addition to performers, volunteers are also needed to work with lighting, music, video, ticket sales, set design, and other jobs. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Albion Fellows Bacon Center in Evansville. Questions? Please contact Anne Brunache at or Annette Parks, chair of the history department, at Join us as to help end violence against women and girls!

Submitted by Annette Parks

* Turpin to lecture on "A Journey: Monocytes, HIV Prevention, and UE"

The University of Evansville will welcome Jim A. Turpin, PhD, from the National Institutes of Health for a free public lecture today - Thursday, February 22 - at 4:00 p.m. in Vectren Lecture Hall, room 100 of the Koch Center for Engineering and Science on UE’s campus.

Find this event on Facebook for the latest information and updates.

Turpin’s lecture, titled "A Journey: Monocytes, HIV Prevention, and UE," will be part of a three-day campus visit hosted by the departments of biology and public health at UE. Turpin is a 1980 alumnus of UE’s biology department.

As a program officer and branch chief at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Turpin conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand and ultimately prevent a HIV/AIDS infection. Turpin conducts and supports basic and applied research focused on developing new and better methods for prevention of HIV/AIDS transmission in healthy uninfected adolescents, men and women.

Turpin’s responsibilities at the NIAID include oversight and management of the preclinical non-vaccine biomedical prevention preclinical program.  He is the program officer and contact for the following grant programs: Integrated Preclinical/Clinical Program for HIV Topical Microbicides (IPCP-HTM), Prevention Innovation Program (PIP), Mucosal Environment and HIV Prevention Program (MEHP), Sustained Release Antiretrovirals for HIV Treatment and Prevention (SRATP), and Risk of Adolescence and Injury in HIV Susceptibility (RAIS). He is the lead for the DAIDS Non-vaccine Biomedical Prevention Sustained Release and Multipurpose Prevention Technologies programs.  His branch also oversees the Comprehensive Resources for HIV Topical Microbicide and Biomedical Prevention (CRMP) contract, which supports provision of gap-filling resources for topical microbicide and prevention development for product sponsors and best practice working groups.

For more information, contact Dale Edwards, Department of Biology,

* VC spring break sign-ups today through Wednesday

Venturing Crew will be having sign-ups Feb 19-21 in Ridgway University Center during lunch and dinner for the group's spring break trip to Red River Gorge from March 3-6. Price is a nonrefundable $130. Questions? 

Questions? E-mail

Submitted by Sydney Winstead

* 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

* 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.


Info You Should Know

* Put in a prayer request!

If you or anyone you know is in need of prayer, students in Student Christian Fellowship would love to pray for you! There will be tables set up on Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Ridgway University Center where you can write down prayer requests. You can also anonymously submit prayer requests at

These prayer requests will then be prayed for at the following week's prayer groups!

Submitted by Stephanie Scholz

* UE Alumni Association Awards presented at Founders Day Luncheon

The University of Evansville Alumni Association recently presented the annual Alumni Awards at UE’s annual Founders Day luncheon. The awards are given to alumni who have achieved personal success and contributed exceptional services to their community and to the University. This year’s recipients are David and Jennifer Pollock, Angela Easterday Stocklin, Sharon and Tom Kazee, and Richard Werking.

David and Jennifer Pollock received the UE’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The Pollocks are award winning scientists, medical researchers, and endowed chairs at the University of Alabama Birmingham. They have provided over 20 UE undergraduate students opportunities to explore biomedical research through summer internships and full-time employment. Jennifer earned a BS in biology from UE, a MS in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati, and a PhD from the department of chemistry, biological division of the University of North Carolina. David majored in biology at UE and earned his PhD in physiology from the University of Cincinnati. 

Angela Easterday Stocklin received the Young Alumna Award. She studied psychology at UE and earned a masters from Indiana State University in school psychology. She and her husband, Randy, started One Click - an online eyewear business - and her commitment to One Click, its values, and customers has resulted in a number of awards, including TechPoint’s MIRA Award for Excellence in New Media, Indiana Companies to Watch, and Indianapolis Business Journal’s list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Indiana. She served as an alumni mentor for the UE Connect Program and is a director on the Harlaxton Society Board. 

UE president Tom Kazee and his wife Sharon were recipients of the Samuel Orr Honorary Award. Under President Kazee’s leadership, UE implemented a facilities master plan including new student townhouses and renovations of academic buildings and added new academic programs, including a Physician Assistant Master’s program. During his tenure, UE expanded the Center for Career Development.

Sharon earned her PhD in educational administration from the University of South Carolina and was dean and vice president for arts and academics at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities before coming to UE. She advocates for the arts and education through her involvement with Signature School, Evansville Philharmonic, and Evansville Public Art Commission. She serves on the University’s Art Collection Committee, Theatre Society Board, and executive committee of the President’s Club.   

Richard Werking received the Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award. Werking is library director and emeritus professor of history at the US Naval Academy, He was the driving force behind establishing funds honoring three former professors at UE (then Evansville College). He established a scholarship at UE in memory of his parents, both of whom were EC faculty members. Under his leadership, the class of 1966 had one of the most successful reunions in recent UE history in terms of attendance and funds raised toward a class gift. He spearheaded efforts to have decades’ worth of UE yearbooks and student newspapers digitized and made available to all alumni.   

* UE Men's Basketball Ticket Requests

UE faculty, staff, and administrators may now begin picking up their two complimentary men's basketball tickets for the final home game on February 24 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ford Center). Please bring your valid UE ID to the Carson Center in order to claim your tickets. Go Aces!

Submitted by Scott Peace 

* Interested in living in the Villages for 2018-19?

Students interested in living next year in Village housing (townhouses, Jones Hall, apartments, or houses) should plan to attend an information meeting.

Information meetings will be Tuesday, February 20 at 4:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center. During the information meetings, we will discuss how you can apply for Village housing for 2018-19.

If you have questions, please contact Residence Life or view our housing assignments flowchart –

Submitted by Brian Conner

* Proposal Deadline TODAY 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 - TODAY!

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 Jazz Ensemble I to compete at prestigious festival

UE Jazz LogoThe UE Jazz Ensemble I, under the direction of Timothy Zifer, will perform and compete at the 51st Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival on February 24. UE is one of 32 college bands performing and competing at this prestigious event. Each college band had to apply and be accepted to participate. UE Jazz Ensemble I has won past awards for student improvised solos, and a student composition. In addition to performing at the festival, the ensemble will also be performing at two high schools on their way up to the Chicago area festival.

Submitted by Tim Zifer



* Indianapolis Star interviews Robert Dion

The Indianapolis Star recently interviewed Robert Dion, chair for law, politics, and society, about Mike Pence, conversion therapy, and Adam Rippon. You can read the entire article on the Indianapolis Star website.

* David Unger publishes fracture mechanics paper

David J. Unger, professor of mechanical and civil engineering, recently published a journal article titled, "A theoretical resistance-curve based on nonproportional plastic strain," in the International Journal of Fracture, Volume 210, pp. 207-211, (2018).

* Dion interviewed by IBJ about upcoming Indiana senate race

Robert Dion, chair for law, politics, and society, was recently interviewed by the Indianapolis Business Journal. The topic was the upcoming Republican primary that will decide who will challenge Democratic US Sen. Joe Donnelly in the fall. You can read the entire article on the IBJ website.

* Baines gives lecture in New York

Robert Baines, assistant professor of English, gave a lecture to the James Joyce Society on Friday, February 16 at Glucksman Ireland House on the NYU campus. The lecture was titled "'Vico Influenced Joyce': Reappraising an Ideal History."


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