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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

What's Happening Today

* 4-week study on sexuality and the church continues today

The Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church is sponsoring intentional discussions throughout the state of Indiana centered around sexuality and the art of listening to better understand differing perspectives. These guided discussions will use the book, “Is It Time? Helping Laity and Clergy Discuss Homosexuality One Question at a Time,” by Adolf Hansen, theologian-in-residence at St. Luke’s UMC in Indianapolis. The book offers case studies and questions that explore human sexuality as participants engage in open dialogue in an atmosphere of mutual respect. The conversations are set to address the importance of compassion and empathy as we engage in conversation about human sexuality and the Church.

The discussions continue today at noon in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center, with University chaplain Tammy Gieselman and conference superintendent Mitch Gieselman, co-hosting the series. The campus community is invited to attend. We hope it will be a time of rich dialogue for everyone. Students who participate will be given a copy of the Hansen book at no charge. Complimentary food and beverages will also be available during the discussion time. The series is scheduled for three more consecutive Wednesdays, March 14, 21, and 28. For more information, e-mail

Submitted by Tamara Gieselman

* Chris Padgett Concert today!

The Newman Center is traveling to USI to attend the Chris Padgett concert. Padgett is a Catholic comedian. Meet at the Newman Center today- Wednesday, March 14 - at 5:00 p.m. to carpool to this free concert and Taco Bar!

Submitted by Breanne Buerster

* SIAM speaker to discuss "Linear Algebra Behind Google"

The next SIAM lecture is planned today - Wednesday, March 14 - from noon-1:00 p.m. in Room 100 in Koch Center for Engineering and Science. There will be FREE pizza!

The speaker will be Rose-Hulman professor of mathematics Kurt Bryan (MAA). His topic will be "The $25,000,000,000 Eigenvector: The Linear Algebra Behind Google." 

When Google went online in the late 1990's, one thing that set it apart from other search engines was that its search result listings always seemed to deliver the "good stuff" up front. With other search engines, you often had to wade through screen after screen of links to irrelevant web pages that just happened to match the search text. Part of the magic behind Google is its PageRank algorithm, which quantitatively rates the importance of each page on the web, allowing Google to rank the pages and thereby present to the user the more important (and typically most relevant and helpful) pages first. Bryan will show you how the classic PageRank algorithm works. It involves nothing more than elementary linear algebra, on a system of a few billion equations!


Upcoming Events

* 20-minute night church service in Neu Chapel

The campus community is invited to attend a brief 20-minute candlelight night church service in Neu Chapel this Sunday at 9:00 p.m. These ecumenical services feature beautiful music, rich readings, and times for personal prayer, meditation, and reflection. All are welcome!

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* SAB present Dallas Indie Pop duo D and Chi this Friday

Join SAB this Friday as they welcome D and Chi in Rademacher's Lounge from noon-1:00 p.m. D and Chi are a Dallas Indie pop duo that's taking what they learned on the streets of the Bishop Arts District to the world.

Submitted by Megan King

* Free coffee with Career Development

Come for free coffee and an informal career chat with alumni and friends of the University. Learn about their journey to their current job and the skills needed for career success. This week's focus will be on careers in non-clinical healthcare.

The event is planned for Thursday, March 15 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on the second floor of Ridgway University Center, across from WUEV.

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald

* Residence life summer assistant info sessions

Are you staying in Evansville over the summer? Are you interested in a summer job that includes a stipend and housing? You should apply to be a residence life summer assistant! The position description and application can be found at

Residence Life will hold two optional info sessions. One is planned for today - March 14 - at 9:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center, and the other will be March 15 at 9:00 p.m. in Room 173, Schroeder School of Business Building.

The deadline to apply is March 22 at 5:00 p.m. We look forward to reading your application.

Submitted by Greg O'Connor 

* College Mentors Panda Express Give BACK

Come to Panda Express from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 to support College Mentors for kids! Show this flyer or tell them you are there for the giveback! 

Submitted by Kaitlin Kittelson

* Mother Courage and Her Children in UE's May Studio Theatre

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre opens Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, adapted by Tony Kushner, Monday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m., in the May Studio Theatre. The show continues with performances at 7:30 p.m. on March 20-24, as well as at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 25.

Through the ruins of war, the indomitable Mother Courage carries her family and her wagon full of goods, incessantly struggling to compromise the roles of both mother and businesswoman. Brilliant frustration, black comedy, and tragic loss ensue. Widely considered to be Brecht’s best work, Mother Courage and her Children tells the story of a woman fighting for life in a world dependent on death.

UE student Jake Sellers serves as director of the production. The cast includes UE students Davis Cowart; Ethan A. Davenport, Trevor Guyton, Liam Johnson, Hannah Mattingly, Fiona Peterson-Quinn, Jack Russel, Hannah Stevens, Claire Tumey, Blake Ware, and Braden Wilkerson. The creative team includes UE students Cassy Spaduzzi, scenic design; Becca Updyke, costume design; Baxter Pitt, projection design; Sidney McCarty, sound design; Renée Voteau, dramaturg; and Melia Schnefke, stage manager. Lighting design is by UE assistant professor of theatre Stephen Boulmetis.

Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may pick up their free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Seating is limited and patrons are encouraged to make reservations by calling 812-488-2031, Monday through Friday, noon-5:00 p.m.

* University Worship in Neu Chapel

The campus community is invited to worship with the Neu Chapel community this Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in Neu Chapel. We will continue our Lenten observance and converse together about how God's grace is radically inclusive and all-embracing. As always, hot beverages and donuts will be available before and after the service!

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* Evansville NAACP president to speak on race tomorrow

The campus community is invited to attend a conversation on racial issues in America tomorrow - Thursday, March 15- at 7:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Our special guest for this event is the Rev. Gerald Arnold, the chapter president of the Evansville NAACP. All are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* Chipotle Giveback 3/18 for DPT Class of 2021

Please join us for a Chipotle Giveback on Sunday, March 18 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on North Green River Road. All proceeds will go toward the White Coat Ceremony for the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Class of 2021. Please mention the giveback upon checking out. 

Submitted by Kendall Turner

* UE plans benefit reading of Vagina Monologues

A benefit reading of The Vagina Monologues is set for Thursday, March 15, at the University of Evansville. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. in room 126 in Hyde Hall, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for the general public and $7 for students.

Proceeds will be donated to the Albion Fellows Bacon Center in Evansville and the V-Day Rise 2018 campaign. The Albion Fellows Bacon Center works to prevent domestic and sexual violence in the community and offers services to empower victims. V-Day is a global activist movement working for an end to violence against women and girls.

The event is being sponsored by UE4SHE, the Office of Diversity, and the Black Student Union at the University of Evansville.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, please contact Annette Parks at

For more information on the event, go to

* UE Ethics Lecture to discuss "Islam and Challenge of E Pluribus Unum"

The University of Evansville’s ninth annual William R. Connolly Ethics Lecture is Monday, March 19. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 7:00 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170), Schroeder School of Business Building. William Rory Dickson, assistant professor of Islamic religion and culture at the University of Winnipeg, is the guest lecturer. His topic will be “Islam and the Challenge of E Pluribus Unum.”

The Latin phrase E Pluribus Unum, or “Out of many, One,” was the de facto American motto from 1782 until 1956. Rooted in ancient Greek philosophy, the motto is based upon the Pythagorean ideal of friendship, wherein the love of the other unifies the friends as one. The motto’s profound social meaning is the possibility of a genuine unity forged across the borders of identity. Many observers argue that drawing together peoples of diverse religious, cultural, racial, economic, and ideological identities into a common solidarity remains the great challenge of America. This talk is premised on the question: what might Islam have to contribute to this perpetual and timely challenge? How might Islam’s rich intellectual tradition provide us with conceptual tools to navigate the contemporary social issue of making one out of many?

Dickson completed a joint-PhD in religious studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, with a specialization in Islamic Studies. As a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow, he attended the University of Toronto and the University of Copenhagen’s Graduate Research School in Damascus, Syria. His research focuses on contemporary Islam in general, and Islamic mysticism (Sufism) in particular. His first book, Living Sufism in North America: Between Tradition and Transformation, explores the ways in which Sufi leaders in North America negotiate Sufisms to Islam, authority, and gender. Dickson is currently preparing a manuscript with Meena Sharify-Funk for an innovative introductory text on Sufism, while continuing a number of research projects on contemporary Islam. He has traveled throughout the Middle East, including Syria, Egypt, and Morocco.

This lecture series is sponsored by UE’s ethics program, Department of Philosophy and Religion.

For more information, contact Lisa Kretz, director of the ethics program at UE, at

* St. Patrick's Day Ballroom Lesson and Party!

On Saturday, March 17, the UE Ballroom Dance and Tri-State Athletic Club are once again co-hosting champion instructor Sean Michael Gehlhausen for a St. Patrick's Day West Coast Swing Lesson and Party. The lesson portion of the event will be from 5:30-7:00 p.m., and the party from 7:00-9:00 p.m. There will be student and professional demonstrations, no experience or partner will be necessary, and light hors d'oeuvres will be provided! Only $10 per session or $15 for both for UE students, staff, and faculty. Register by emailing Erin Lewis at

Submitted by Erin Lewis

* Mark your calendars - UE Gives Back Spring is March 24!

UE Gives Back Spring, a campus wide day of volunteering, will take place on Saturday, March 24. If you want to give back to the Evansville community, you can sign up for a volunteer activity on Get Connected. You can sign up as a team or individual, and the deadline to sign up is March 20. And you get a free T-shirt!

Any questions can be directed to Jackie Luedtke at or 812-488-1115.

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke

* UE hosting day-long political science mini-conference - March 20

A partnership between the University of Evansville’s Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series and UE’s Department of Law, Politics, and Society will bring to the community a series of stimulating conversations about the contemporary political scene and the challenges it presents. Scheduled events highlighted below will culminate in an evening conversation with Former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar and President Thomas A. Kazee. The day-long series of events are in recognition of Kazee’s career as both president and political scientist.

The following events are free and open to the public on Tuesday, March 20:

State of our Union: Insights from Political Science – An American Politics Panel Discussion
2:00 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center, University of Evansville

• Dr. Robert Dion, Chair, Department of Law, Politics and Society, University of Evansville
• Dr. Marvin Overby, Professor, American Politics, University of Missouri
• Dr. Patrick Sellers, Professor, Political Science, Davidson College

Kazee will moderate the panel discussion and contribute his own personal insights as a political scientist. Professors Overby and Sellers are well-regarded scholars of American politics as well as former students of Kazee.

State of our Union: Making Sense of Current Affairs
7:00 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center, University of Evansville

A keynote conversation between Senator Lugar and President Kazee for the Spring 2018 Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series. Seats may be reserved online

While on campus, Senator Lugar will also engage UE students in an invitation-only session titled, “State of our Union: Leaders of Tomorrow – A Student Conversation with Senator Lugar.”

Other events include a conversation between President Kazee and University of Southern Indiana President Linda Bennett at the Rotary Club of Evansville’s noon luncheon.  The focus will be “The Changing Landscape in Higher Education.” Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will moderate the conversation. Information on obtaining seats can be found online at

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.

For event questions, please contact

* Delta Omega Zeta's Break the Floor: Karaoke

Come join ladies of Delta Omega Zeta in their Karaoke night Philanthropy event. This fun night of singing and dancing takes place March 23 in Room 162 in the Schroeder School of Business Building from 6:00- 8:00 p.m.

Stop by Delta Omega Zeta's table in Ridgway to order your tickets ahead of time: $5 to attend or to preform solo, $15 for a group of four or less people, and $20 for a group of five or more people. All proceeds will benefit Youth First.

Submitted by Eileen Rasmussen

* Scholars for Syria's 2018 Spring Speaker Series

The topic of the Scholars for Syria's 2018 Spring Speaker Series lecture today - Thursday, April 5 - will be "Immigration and Syria: Foundations and Consequences of the American Ethnic Hierarchy." The lecture begins at 6:00 p.m. in Room 162 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. The event is free and open to the public. The speaker will be UE assistant professor of sociology Rob Shelby.

Shelby will present the idea that Syrian refugees, like many minority groups before, encounter prejudice and discrimination as widespread negative perceptions persist in American social consciousness. Shelby earned his PhD from the University of Louisville in applied sociology, his graduate degrees in sociology from Western Illinois University and communications from Trinity International University. He earned his undergraduate degree in youth ministry and biblical studies from Trinity International University.

The audience will be invited to engage in conversation with Shelby and UE Syrian students in attendance at the lecture.

For more information on the speaker series, contact 812-488-2218.

* 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


Info You Should Know

* UE makes leadership change with Men's Basketball

Director of Athletics Mark Spencer has announced that Marty Simmons has been relieved of his duties as men’s basketball head coach for the University of Evansville. 

“After evaluating our Men’s Basketball program, I have determined that a change in leadership is necessary at this time,” Spencer said. “Today is particularly difficult because Coach Simmons has been a part of the University of Evansville basketball history for more than three decades as a player and coach.”

“Under his leadership we have not achieved the level of competitive excellence that we expect at the University of Evansville,” Spencer continued. “That should not detract from the substantial contributions Marty has made on behalf of Evansville Basketball during his tenure.  We wish him and his family nothing but the best, and we thank his staff and their families, as well, for their many contributions to our program.”

“Evansville’s goal is to be a highly-valued member of the Missouri Valley Conference and to regularly compete on a national stage,” said Spencer. “Success in men’s basketball is central to our strategy, so over the past decade we have increased our investment in the basketball program, including building a practice facility and increasing operational support.”

“Starting today, we will begin a national search enlisting a small group of past players and longtime UE supporters for their ideas, opinions and suggestions,” Spencer said. “Until the process is complete, we will not comment further on the search.”

* Voter registration table next week in Ridgway!

The League of Women Voters will be tabling in Ridgway University Center next Monday - Thursday from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to stop by and make sure they are prepared and informed for the upcoming primary and mid-term elections for 2018. This non-partisan group can help you get registered and ready!

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke

* Call for Nominations: Dean of Students Leadership Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for consideration of The Howard S. Rosenblatt “Dean of Students Leadership Awards.” These awards will be presented at the 25th Annual Leadership Awards Reception scheduled for April 19 at 7:00 p.m. Invitations will be prepared by the Center for Student Engagement. 

Awards are presented in the following categories:

• Student Organization Advisor of the Year
• Student Organization of the Year
• Student Leader of the Year

Over 80 percent of UE students participate in at least one student organization or program. These organizations are successful because of the commitment of the student leaders and the advisors who give freely of their time and support. The recipients of these awards are selected based on their commitment to the University of Evansville as well as the development and success of their efforts within their chosen student organization.

The deadline for nominations is March 23.  

Click on this link to submit your nomination.

If you have any questions, please contact the vice president for student affairs/dean of students office at 812-488-2500 or by e-mail via

Thank you in advance for celebrating our student leaders’ achievements!

Submitted by Carleen Barnes

* Summer & fall textbook adoptions are due

This is a reminder to all faculty and departments that textbook adoptions should not be submitted to the UE Bookstore as soon as possible for the Summer session and Fall 2018 term. If you have any questions, please contact the Bookstore. 

* Moore Residence Hall suite room requests

Interested in living in a Moore Residence Hall four-person suite for 2018-19? Then get a group together and fill out a Moore Hall suite request card in the residence life office this week. There are three suites in the basement of Moore Hall. Suites will be awarded based on the group’s combined earned credit hours as of the end of the fall 2017 semester. Requests for the Moore Hall suites are due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 16.

Submitted by Brian Conner

* UE offers British studies minor and British studies certificate

UE is excited to announce that a British Studies Minor and a British Studies Certificate will be offered beginning the fall of 2018.

The British studies minor requires 18 credit hours. The course (ID H282/H382/H382H – The British Experience from the Celts to the Present Day) is a required six credit hour course. The course will be listed as BRIT H282/H382/H382H in the fall. This course is taken at Harlaxton. The remaining 12 credit hours are from elective courses taken at Harlaxton or UE.

The British Studies Certificate requires 12 credit hours. The course (ID H282/H382/H382H – The British Experience from the Celts to the Present Day) is a required six credit hour course. The course will be listed as BRIT H282/H382/H382H in the fall. This course is taken at Harlaxton. The remaining six credit hours are from elective courses taken at Harlaxton or UE.

For questions concerning the minor or certificate, contact Edward Bujak at

British studies minor and certificate currently approved courses:

  • Required BRIT H282/H382/H382H  The British Experience from the Celts to the Present Day
  • Elective ARTH H378    British Romantic Art
  • Elective ARTH H379    Art & Architecture in Victorian Britain
  • Elective ARTH H383    Medieval Art
  • Elective ARTH H387    English Art & Architecture
  • Elective ARTH H388    English Art & Architecture
  • Elective EDUC H498    Field Experience in English Schools
  • Elective ENGL 231       Masterpieces of British Literature I
  • Elective ENGL 232       Masterpieces of British Literature II
  • Elective ENGL 233       Masterpieces of British Literature III
  • Elective ENGL 300       Early English Writers
  • Elective ENGL 350       Shakespeare
  • Elective ENGL 351       The British Novel
  • Elective ENGL 370       The Age of Enlightenment
  • Elective ENGL 375       The Romantic Movement
  • Elective ENGL 380       The Victorian Period
  • Elective ENGL 385       The Twentieth Century
  • Elective HIST 318         The First World War
  • Elective HIST 319         The Second World War
  • Elective HIST 381         Modern Britain
  • Elective HIST 383         Modern Scotland
  • Elective HIST 385         Ireland and the Irish Diaspora
  • Elective HIST H491      Independent Study - Medieval History
  • Elective ID 235             Sacred Architecture and its Liturgy
  • Elective ID H280          Cultural Capitals
  • Elective ID H290          Britain and Europe
  • Elective PSCI H385     Modern British Politics
  • Elective REL 250        John Wesley and … Methodists

Submitted by Paula Heldt



* UE's Greek-Speaking Dog performs at conference

Greek-Speaking DogIn an academic first, the University of Evansville’s own “Greek-Speaking Dog,” well-known for her visits to Professor James Ware’s ancient Greek classes, has performed at a scholarly conference. In a private gathering of scholars attending the Central States meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, the linguistically precocious pet demonstrated her knowledge of ancient Greek language, history, and science. In her most well-received exhibition, she revealed her knowledge of the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes’ famous formula when, at the mention of “pi r squared,” she promptly executed a rapid and complete circle. In return for her performance, the Greek-Speaking Dog received general applause, a biscuit, and an invitation to next year’s conference.

* Spring 2018 Honors Program Undergraduate Research Grants Awarded

The Honors Program is pleased to announce the recipients of the Spring 2018 Honors Program Undergraduate Research Grants: Josh Baty and Alice Daum. Both Josh and Alice will receive funding support from the Honors Program to complete their honors projects.

Josh, a senior biology major, will use his grant funding to conduct research for his honors project entitled “Restriction on Bacterial Diversity Demonstrated by Community Level Physiologic Profiling (CLPP) Using Biolog EcoPlatesTM After Carbon Tetrachloride Exposure and with the Introduction of Bioremedial Nutrients.”

Alice, a senior psychology major, will use her grant funding to conduct a study exploring her honors project topic, “Factors Inhibiting Political Expression.”

Josh and Alice will present the results of their research, along with other Honors Program graduates, in April during the Honors Program Project Presentations. Congratulations, Josh and Alice!

* Azarian publishes reviews of research papers

Mohammad K. Azarian, professor of mathematics, published reviews of two research papers in the American Mathematical Society's Mathematical Reviews (MathSciNet), the authoritative gateway to the scholarly literature of mathematics.

The first paper, by Tamás Lengyel and Diego Marques, entitled " The 2-Order of Some Generalized Fibonacci Numbers," was published in Integers 17 (2017). In this paper the authors fully characterize the 2-adic valuations of the generalized Fibonacci sequence of order 4. They also partially characterize the 2-adic valuations of the generalized Fibonacci sequence of order 5.

The second paper, by Yildiz Aydin and Ali Pancar, entitled "Frattini Supplements and Frat Series", appeared in the Bulletin of the Iranian Mathematical Society 43 (2017). The authors have shown that finite abelian groups are Frattini supplemented, and every conjugate of a Frattini supplement of a subgroup is also a Frattini supplement. Also, they have obtained new characterization of primitivity of groups in terms of Frattini supplemented groups.

Moreover, Azarian accepted the invitation to serve on the editorial board of The Iranian Journal of Mathematical Sciences and Informatics.

* Iber presenting at ASEAN-ELT on March 17

Associate professor of education George Iber will presenting a paper about "Translanguaging" at ASEAN-ELT, in Malaka, Malaysia, on March 17. 


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