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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

* UE offices open on Thursday

Although no classes are scheduled for Thursday, March 29, UE offices will remain open. Unless specifically noted by the University as a holiday where the campus is closed, offices will continue to operate and should remain staffed.  


What's Happening Today

* Today - Psi Chi Azzip Pizza Giveback!

Come to Azzip Pizza today to support UE's Psi Chi chapter! Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology. Your support will help us continue achieving these goals on campus!

Submitted by Luci Hulsman

* SIAM speaker to discuss applying statistics to ecology

UE biology professor Cris Hochwender will be the SIAM speaker today - March 28 - from noon-1:00 p.m. in room 100, Koch Center for Engineering and Science. The topic will be "Applying Statistics to Ecology." There will be FREE pizza.

Hochwender's abstract:

"Applying Statistical Tools to Ecological Data Sets: Fundamental Strategies to Avoid Mistakes"

Research scientists often have excellent credentials in their subject area, but they often have limited experience with experimental design and statistical analyses. Hochwender will discuss a few fundamental principles used when making decisions regarding appropriate statistical analysis (within a general linear model framework and given the design of the experiment). Using published examples where incorrect analyses were used, as well as other published examples where experimental questions were correctly analyzed, he will demonstrate the need for statistical competency, at least in the realm of ecology.

Submitted by Samarth Sheth


Upcoming Events

* Holy Thursday Communion Service in Neu Chapel

The campus community is invited to worship with the Neu Chapel community today - Holy Thursday - for a 30-minute service with Holy Communion. The service will be at noon in Neu Chapel. All are welcome to share in this meaningful service as we enter into this sacred weekend.

Submitted by Keith Turner

* Teke Towers takes place today

Can you build the biggest and best tower? Come find out at TKE's newest philanthropy, Teke Towers! Compete solo or with a team of friends against the whole University to see who can create the strongest and tallest tower out of the provided materials. All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Teke Towers will take place from 5:00-8:00 p.m. TODAY - April 4 - just across from Chick-fil-A.

Submitted by Kenneth Rusk

* UE Alumni Spotlight Artist Event to feature Janice Greene

The University of Evansville is planning an Alumni Spotlight Artist event for Janice Greene on March 29 in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. A reception for Greene is set for 6:30 p.m., followed by a presentation at 7:00 p.m. Some of her work will also be on display. This event, which is free and open to the public, is being sponsored by UE Friends of Art.

Greene attended the Louisville School of Art and received her BFA and MAA from UE. She retired from the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library in 2013 after 41 years as a graphic designer and exhibits coordinator. She taught figure drawing and printmaking at UE and is past-president of the Artist Collaborative, Henderson Society of Art, and the American Association of University Women, Evansville Branch.

Her art includes prints, drawings, mixed media, and artist-made books. The images she creates are related to landscape and nature: representational or abstract. Her surroundings are a constant influence: nature, and the urban and natural landscape. She is interested in textures, layers, reflective surfaces and their relationship with each other. Often she combines printmaking with other materials. Her recent works consist of watercolor, ceramic and handmade paper. Greene’s work has been exhibited in competitive, invitational and group shows in New York City, Seattle, New Hampshire, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Australia and New Zealand.

She has received many awards including the Evansville Artist Guild Brian Daves Award, Best of Show in the 94 Artist Collaborative Exhibition, the 2007 Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana “Artist of the Year” Award and the Phenomenal Women of USI & the Community Award: Women Inspiring Hope & Possibility in 2004. In 1983, along with four other artists, she received an Indiana Arts Commission Grant for the “Handmade Book Project.”

Greene’s work is represented in private and corporate collections, including UE, Old National Bank, Solarbron Pointe, Deaconess Hospital, and the Swope Museum. She is represented by the Begley Art Source, New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, and The Rumjahn Gallery and Framery.

For more information, please call 812-488-2043.

* Mark Your Calendars - PurplePalooza April 13

PurplePalooza is back again! Join SAB on Friday, April 13 from 7:00-11:00 p.m. for an evening full of inflatables, rock climbing, food trucks, a professional beatboxer, UE student musicians, raffle prizes, customizable license plates, and so much more. Free for all UE students and Evansville community members. Come help celebrate UE’s Annual Day of Giving and Greek Week as well as kick off Bike Race weekend with SAB at this event.

Submitted by Megan King

* 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

* Senior Reading - April 11

Robert Griffith, chair of the creative writing program at UE, will be the speaker for the Coffee Hour Lecture on Thursday, October 26, 4:00 p.m., in the Vectren Lecture Hall (Room 100), Koch Center for Engineering and Science. These lectures are free and open to the public.

His most recent book is The Devil in the Milk. Griffith’s book, The Moon from Every Window, was nominated for the 2013 Poets’ Prize, and his book A Matinee in Plato's Cave won the 2009 Best Book of Indiana Award. His work has appeared in PN Review, Poetry, The North American Review, Poems & Plays, The Oxford American, and other publications. He is editor of the journal Measure and director of the University of Evansville Press.

Other lectures in the series include:

Senior Reading
4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11

Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center
Graduating creative writing majors read their poetry and prose.

For more information, call 812-488-2963.


Info You Should Know

* Benefit Open Enrollment

During the period of March 28 through April 11, benefit-eligible employees may enroll or make changes in the University’s health, life, long term disability, and dental insurance, and ACES flexible spending account benefit plans. It is the only chance for benefit-eligible employees to enroll or make changes until the next open enrollment period unless you have a qualifying change in status.

Please review the documents in the Open Enrollment section of the MyUE portal at:, beginning with the open enrollment memo, for important announcements, reminders, and changes which will occur June 1 to the University’s benefits. 

We will once again utilize an on-line enrollment process, eliminating all paper enrollment forms for health, life, dental, and long term disability insurance, as well as the ACES flexible spending account. This will ensure the accuracy of your enrollment elections and maintain records electronically regarding your current and future participation.

Enrollment/changes to your TIAA and Emeriti VEBA Trust retirement plan salary deferrals will continue to be processed on paper forms available in the Office of Human Resources. Therefore, you do not need to re-enroll in the TIAA or Emeriti retirement plans.  ALL benefit eligible employees (including those who do not want to make any changes to their current coverage) must enter their elections by April 11. 

Please review the open enrollment memo and On-Line Benefit Enrollment Documents on the HR Area of the MyUE portal, which should answer many of the questions you might have about this system.   

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at ext. 2943 with any questions. 

* Faculty, staff, and administrators – consider Men's Basketball season tickets

Thank you to the many UE faculty, staff, and administrators that have placed their deposit for new men’s basketball season tickets – your support is greatly appreciated! We have more than QUADRUPLED the number of new season tickets that we sold during the 2017-18 season (in March, no less!).

Although you will continue receiving your two complimentary tickets each game, I want to encourage each of you to consider purchasing season tickets for the 2018-19 season. In addition to showing support for the university and our new head coach, Walter McCarty, you would receive the same seats each game (chosen by you), a season-long parking pass, commemorative season ticket box, and other coupons, incentives, and perks.

As we celebrate the 100th season of Aces basketball, new season ticket holders can get seats starting at just $100 for the whole season.

You can find more information regarding season tickets here:

Please note that faculty, staff, and administrators receive 50% of the listed ticket price (PAC contribution must still be paid in full) – this does not apply to the Century Club (102), Family Section (103), or Young Adult (108) sections.

You can call the ticket office at 812-488-2237 or simply place your deposit online by visiting

This $50 non-refundable deposit secures your spot in line to select your seats in August after the season ticket renewal deadline and goes toward your end ticket balance.

Submitted by Scott Peace 

* NACURH application is open!

The University of Evansville will be sending a delegation to the National Affiliation of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) Conference at the University of Arizona, Tempe. This conference will have thousands of delegates from all over the country and the world in attendance. Needless to say, this conference would allow for unique experiences to learn, travel, network, grow as a person, and bring back new and exciting information that could be used to improve our own university.

The conference will be held from May 25-28. The cost of attending the conference is free.

You can find the application here. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on March 30. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Josh Baty at

Submitted by Josh Baty

* ARSAF grants for faculty - application deadline is April 2

The UE Alumni Association supports faculty scholarship by offering research grants for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The deadline to apply is by 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 2. Find out more and complete the online applications at

Questions? Contact Sylvia DeVault at

Submitted by Sylvia DeVault

* Library hours over Easter Break

Library's hours over Easter Break:

  • Tuesday, March 27: 7:45 a.m.-12:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 28: 7:45 a.m.-12:00 a.m.*
  • Thursday, March 29: 7:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 30: Closed
  • Saturday, March 31: Closed
  • Sunday, April 1: Closed

Submitted by Meg Atwater-Singer 

* Building Your Professional Image – EXED 090 fall 2018

Are you career/internship ready? Do you have your professional documents in order -  résumé, cover letter? Can you present yourself effectively in your 30-second oral résumé? Are you ready for the all-important interview? EXED 090: Building Your Professional Image will help you be prepared and feel confident in your new professional role. EXED 090 offers six sections for fall 2018; two sections each on Monday through Wednesday evening. Need an extra credit? EXED 090 now has the option of one credit or zero credit. Register today for this informative and all-important course taught by UE alumni professionals.

Submitted by Linda Wulf 

* UE Bookstore Easter hours

The UE Bookstore will be closing Thursday, March 29 at 5:00 p.m. and will not reopen again until Monday, April 2 at 8:00 a.m. for the Easter holiday. Have a Happy Easter!

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* Award offered for return of lost rings

Two ladies’ rings have been lost, probably in the second floor restroom in Olmsted Administration Building. If found, please contact Annette Parks at or ext. 1070. A reward is offered for their return.

Submitted by Annette Parks

* Upcoming Student Health Center holiday hours

Due to the Easter holiday, the University of Evansville's Student Health Center will be closed Thursday, March, 29 and Friday, March, 30. The Student Health Center will resume normal hours of operation on Monday, April 2.

Submitted by Ashley Craig 

* Quick Evansville Public Surveys–Close March 28th

Are you an Evansville or Downtown Third Street resident or worker? Help make positive changes on future road improvements by taking a survey below. 

The two survey options take less than 10 minutes, and close on March 28. Please share with friends and family! Responses will be analyzed by ChangeLab students for final presentation.

Third Street Resident or Worker

Evansville resident or Worker

Submitted by: Rebecca Clark,

* GAP has a new name - Look for ChangeLab to register

Students registering for Fall GAP classes should look for CHNG in the registration system or when talking with advisors. GAP is now ChangeLab. Courses available for fall can be found on the webpage at Questions? Contact Erin Lewis at EL131. 

* Fitness Center Easter Break Hours

The hours for the Fitness Center during Easter Break are:

  • Wednesday, March 28:  6:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 29:  8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • No Open Swim in the evening
  • Friday, March 30, Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1: Closed

Submitted by Lori Adams 

* Drag show tickets

UE PRIDE's annual drag show will be taking place next Saturday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center.  PRIDE is still looking for performers so if you’re interested, please e-mail PRIDE will also be selling tickets in Ridgeway University Center on April 4, 5, and 6 for $5. If you don’t buy a ticket then, they will be sold at the door for $7. All proceeds go to support AIDS support and research.

Submitted by Katie Brown

* 2018-19 Margery Florence Kahn Scholarship application available

Applications for the 2018-19 Margery Florence Kahn Scholarship are now available.

It was the desire of the donor, Margery Florence Kahn, that her scholarship be awarded to "dedicated and conscientious students who exhibit a true passion for their chosen fields of study, and who, in the opinion of the members of the University of Evansville faculty, are likely to bring the same enthusiasm into the performance of their jobs or the practice of the professions which they will pursue following graduation."

All University of Evansville full-time undergraduate students who will be juniors or seniors in 2018-19 may apply. An essay of about 300 words must accompany the application, along with two to five faculty recommendation letters.

Applications are available from the Office of Financial Aid (Olmsted Hall 116).

Completed applications and recommendation letters should be returned to the Office of Financial Aid by April 15.

You may also request application materials by e-mailing

Questions may be directed to the Office of Financial Aid via e-mail or by phone at 812-488-2364.

Submitted by Trisha Hawkes

* Financial aid for summer courses

If you are seeking financial aid for summer courses at UE, please complete a summer financial aid application and return to the Office of Financial Aid (Olmsted 116). The application will allow our office to determine the types of aid for which you may be eligible.

On-campus jobs are available for continuing UE students during the summer. You do not need to be eligible for need-based Federal Work-Study during the academic year in order to apply. You may also apply regardless of your enrollment in summer courses. Applications are available within the Student Employment area of WebAdvisor.

Submitted by Amy Sowders

* Maternal age survey: extra credit opportunity

Anyone willing is invited to participate in a maternal age survey. The survey is for a project titled “Familial Background Impacting Millennials’ Perception of Ideal Maternal Age.” Extra credit is available for those with psychology classes that offer extra credit. The survey will run from March 15-30.

If you have any questions, e-mail

Submitted by Tenshi Nakamura

* Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship applications

Applications are now being accepted for this year’s Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is dedicated to the loving memory of Hartig, dean of Evansville College’s Evening College in 1967, and administrator for the Center for Advanced Study, director of the Evansville chapter of the American Institute of Banking (AIB), and the international student advisor. In 1974, Hartig was appointed dean of academic services. He retired in 1984 after serving his alma mater for 35 years and passed away in 2007.

This scholarship is awarded each year to a deserving sophomore. Preference will be given to a student working while being enrolled as a full-time student.

International students are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit the following to be considered:

1. Completed application
2. In a one page, single spaced, 12 point Verdana font essay, please answer all of these questions:
•What have you learned about yourself as a UE student?
•What do you do for fun when not studying or working?
•Name a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart.
•You have done a lot in your short life.  In what areas do you think you can improve?
•What are your scholastic and career goals?
•How did you finance your freshman year and how will you finance your sophomore year?
•Why are you a good candidate to receive this scholarship?
•What have you learned about Dr. Hartig, how does he influence or inspire you, and how will you preserve his legacy as recipient of this scholarship?

Please return all materials to the Office of Financial Aid by May 1. Decision will be announced by July 2.

If you have questions, contact Trisha Hawkes, administrative assistant to the Office of Financial Aid, at or 812-488-2364.

Submitted by Trisha Hawkes



* Math seniors and professor have paper accepted for publication

Math seniors Keenen Cates, Zeyu Zhang, and Calvin Dailey, and Pengcheng Xiao, assistant professor of mathematics, have had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Data Science. This study is an extension work based on math senior seminar project under the supervision of Xiao.

The paper is titled" Can Emoticons be used to predict sentiment? " Getting a machine to understand the meaning of language is a largely important goal to a wide variety of fields, from advertising to entertainment. This work focuses on YouTube comments from the top two hundred trending videos as a source of user text data. Previous Sentiment Analysis Models focus on using hand-labelled data or predetermined lexicons. The goal is to train a model to label comment sentiment with emoticons by training on other user-generated comments containing emoticons. Naive Bayes and Recurrent Neural Network models are both investigated and implemented in this study, and the validation accuracies for Naive Bayes model and Recurrent Neural Network model are found to be .548 and .812.

Congratulations and best wishes to our wonderful math seniors!

* Andueza edits book on Spanish pragmatics

Lorena Andueza, associate professor of Spanish, is the co-editor of L2 Spanish Pragmatics, published by Routledge. The book is divided in two parts. Part I provides some theoretical grounding and recent research contributions to the field of Spanish pragmatics, and part II focuses on classroom practice and offers various hands-on activities to teach the pragmatic features of irony, humor, non-verbal communication, speech acts, as well as colloquial conversations.

* Selvaraj selected as an ASCE 2017 Outstanding Reviewer

The Journal of Transportation Engineering, published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), recently selected Immanuel Selvaraj, associate professor of civil engineering, as an ASCE 2017 Outstanding Reviewer. The journal contains technical and professional articles on the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation of air, highway, rail, and urban transportation, as well as pipeline facilities for water, oil, and gas.

* Cirino hired as consultant on film

Mark Cirino has been hired as literature consultant on the forthcoming cinematic adaptation of Across the River and into the Trees, starring Pierce Brosnan and Isabella Rossellini. This film, directed by Martin Campbell, is a dramatization of Ernest Hemingway's 1950 novel. Cirino will assist the cast and crew in their attempts to film the only Hemingway novel that has never been made into a movie. Filming begins in Venice, Italy, on April 23. Cirino is an associate professor of English and the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in English.

* Strobel presents research at conference

Heidi Strobel, associate professor of art history, recently attended the 49th annual American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference. While at the conference, Strobel presented on her current research on British textile artist Mary Linwood (1755-1845) and chaired a session on women, portraiture, and place.

* ACE3 Student Success

Students in the Access to Capital and Expertise for Emerging Entrepreneurs (ACE3) program have closed on a $10,000 loan extended to a local entrepreneur who is launching her own salon. This program is an experiential learning program through the Institute for Banking and Finance (IBF) with funding provided by Old National Bank. Students participating in the program this year are Hadi Dahhas, Elizabeth Day, Jake Gould, Chris Hartzell, Gabriel James and Jordan Voges. These students have gained academic and professional training from Jeff Bone, vice president at Old National Bank and Yasser Alhenawi, associate professor of finance and director of the IBF. 



* Evansville finishes ninth as freshman Sophia Rohleder paces Aces

For the second-straight week, freshman Sophia Rohleder paced the University of Evansville women's golf team as the Purple Aces earned a ninth-place finish at the Little Rock/Arkansas State Invitational at Maumelle Country Club in Maumelle, Ark.

Evansville opened the tournament with a team score of 332 on Monday before improving on the second day with team scores of 320 and 316 in the final two rounds as the Aces finished ninth. Capturing the team championship was UTEP, who finished the invitational with a three-round total of 878 (284 - 300 - 294), earning the Miners a 13-stroke advantage over second-place finishing Northern Illinois.

Rohleder led Evansville after rebounding from an opening-round 82, carding a 78 and 75 on the final day of competition to place her in a tie for 36th with a three-round total of 235. This marks the second-straight week in which Rohleder has finished as the highest-finishing Ace after finishing in a tie for 16th with a three-round total of 232 at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate last week.

Two Purple Aces finished within a stroke of one another as Madison Chaney and Minka Gill finished with two-day totals of 241 and 242, respectively. Chaney opened the invitational with an 82 on Monday before beginning the final day with an 82 and improving with a 77 in the final round to finish in a tie for 45th. Gill remained consistent for the Aces throughout the tournament, opening the invitational with an 81 in the first round and recording an 81 and 80 in the final two rounds on Tuesday as Gill earned a 48th-place finish.

After opening the tournament with an 87, Giulia Mallmann rebounded with her second sub-80 round of the spring season with a 79 in the second round. Mallmann closed out the invitational with an 85 in the final round for a three-round total of 251 as she finished in 54th. Just a spot behind Mallmann was Lexie Sollman who tallied 90s in the first two rounds of the invitational before recording an 84 in the final round for a total of 264 as Sollman finished in 55th.

The Aces take a week off from action before heading back to competition at the Indiana State Intercollegiate on April 8 and 9 at Terre Haute Country Club in Terre Haute, Ind.


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