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Monday, April 9, 2018

* Weinbach and Lincoln intersection to close from May 14-2

The planned closing of Weinbach and Lincoln Avenue has been delayed and will now begin May 14. The intersection should reopen on May 21. The closure is part of the Weinbach Avenue water main project.

* Today - True and Loyal Trivia at 5:30 in Cafe Court

The first 50 students to participate in True and Loyal Trivia will get a free T-shirt! Winner gets a free Papa John's pizza delivered anytime anywhere. You do not have to have a meal plan to participate: tell the cashier you are there to play trivia. #uepepandvim #trueandloyal 

Submitted by Cameron Cool

* Collaboration between PW and GW: Chapters have chance to earn GW points by helping with PW activities

1. Each chapter has 30 thank you cards that they can either sign as an entire chapter or have individual members sign their name, major and expected grad year. These letters will be mailed to all alumni who make a gift on Pep and Vim UE’s Annual Day of Giving April 13.

One point for each signed card returned to the alumni office by April 11.

2. PW week is kicking off with Purple Flags in the Front Oval. Each flag represents a donor who gave to UE during last year’s 2016-17 academic year. We had 7095 donors!

Purple flags will be placed in the Front Oval on Sunday, April 6, starting at 1:00 p.m. Each chapter can send volunteers to sign in on Sunday and help place purple flags.

One point earned for every Greek who helps place flags on Sunday.

3. On Monday, April 9, the theme for PW is time. To show what can be accomplished in giving just a minute of your time, we are hosting Minute to Win It Games at PW Headquarters from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Two volunteers are needed at each Minute to Win It Game.

One point earned for each shift a Greek signs up to help with.

4. On Wednesday, April 11 the theme for PW is Treasure and Fact Snacks will be distributed in Ridgway University Center from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Greeks may check-in/sign-in at the PW table in Ridgway from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and pick-up some fact snacks to be distributed throughout Ridgway and campus.

One point earned for every five “Fact Snack” bags distributed.

5. Wednesday is also Donuts for Donors Day! In appreciation of all University of Evansville faculty, staff, and administrators who not only support UE with their time but also make financial gifts supporting UE. Beloved Donut Bank donuts will be delivered around campus as a special thank you. Donuts delivery will take place from 7:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Donuts will be available for pick-up with assigned delivery location from the Matt Williams Lobby in Hyde Hall. Please sign up for one of the shifts to pick up donuts at 7:45 a.m., 7:55 a.m., 8:05 a.m., 8:15 a.m., and 8:25 a.m. At least 10 people needed for each shift.

One point for every donut bag a Greek delivers.

6. Friday, April 13 is UE’s Pep and Vim Annual Day of Giving. We will have PW headquarters open all day in Ridgway. Greeks can check in for an hour shift at headquarters. Volunteers will be tweeting a live thank you to donors, checking student Twitter Bingo cards, and helping with prize give aways. Shifts start at 8:00 a.m. The last shift ends at 4:00 p.m.

One point earned for each Greek hour shift covered.

Submitted by Cameron Cool

* Purple Flags On Campus

Why are there so many purple flags in the Sesquicentennial Oval? There are 7,905 flags and each one represents someone who believes in the mission of UE and supported UE by making a financial gift to UE. Tag @UEAlumni in your Instagram post or Tweet at @UEAlumni by the purple flags and tell us why you are thankful for the 7,905 donors that gave to UE during last year’s 2016-17 academic year. Use #TrueandLoyal and #UEPepandVim

Submitted by Cameron Cool


What's Happening Today

* R. Wayne Perkins Lecture set for tonight, 7:00 p.m., Eykamp 251

The third annual R. Wayne Perkins Theology Lecture is this evening, Monday, April 9, at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Amy-Jill Levine will be discussing “Of Pearls and Prodigals: Hearing Jesus’ Parables as Jewish Stories.”

Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies, and Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science. She is also Affiliated Professor, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge UK.

Her books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus; The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (co-authored with Douglas Knight); The New Testament, Methods and Meanings (co-authored with Warren Carter), and the thirteen-volume edited Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Writing. Levine’s most recent volume is Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi. She has also just written, with noted children’s book author Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Who Counts? 100 Sheep, Ten Coins, and Two Sons (a volume on the parables of Luke 15, designed for children). Levine is also the co-editor, with Marc Z. Brettler, of the Jewish Annotated New Testament, now in a second edition.

Holding a B.A. from Smith College, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, Levine has honorary doctorates from the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, the University of South Carolina-Upstate, Drury University, Christian Theological Seminary, and Franklin College. A self-described Yankee Jewish feminist, Levine is a member of Congregation Sherith Israel, an Orthodox Synagogue in Nashville, although she is often quite unorthodox.

The annual R. Wayne Perkins Lectures, sponsored by the Office of Religious Life of the University of Evansville, bring together religion scholars, theologians, and church leaders to explore biblical and theological questions relevant to our common life together. The lectures are intended to be public in nature, engage a broad gathering of world views, and help inform the complexities of theological understanding within contemporary life.

The Perkins Lectures are made possible by the generosity of private donors and the Lilly Endowment, Inc., and are designed to generate and foster sustained theological reflection among University of Evansville students and alumni, clergy, and the larger community.

Wayne Perkins, professor emeritus of religion and ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, earned his undergraduate degree at Asbury College, magna cum laude, and an STB, summa cum laude, and PhD at Boston University. He came to the University of Evansville in 1966 as a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and Religion. During his tenure at UE, Wayne served as director of religious life, University chaplain, and chair of the department. He also taught World Religions and Religious Perspectives for many years in the Adult Education program at UE. Wayne is married to Sally Perkins ’77 who earned a master’s degree at the University of Evansville. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Perkins was professor and mentor to thousands of UE students for over five decades. He advised countless students in their academic achievements, but more than that, he directed students in their ministry and vocational goals, too. Perkins’s criticism of Rudolf Bultmann moved students to develop their own Christology. He introduced college students to theologians like Karl Barth, the systematic theologian who actively opposed Adolf Hitler, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whose work, “The Cost of Discipleship” gave students the courage to embrace the call God had placed on their lives to be a prophet. Perkins initiated conversations with students about liberation theology, which stirred the souls of young people to speak truth to power, to stand up for the oppressed, and to be voices of courage.

The annual R. Wayne Perkins Lecture Series names Perkins’ teaching and advising legacy, and honors his contribution to scholarship, the University of Evansville, The United Methodist Church, and the lives of students for over 50 years.

Submitted by Tammy Gieselman 

* Today's Honors Program project presentations

The Honors Program invites you to attend the Honors Program project presentations on April 9-13. The honors project represents the culmination of the honors experience and provides an opportunity for students to explore an area about which they are passionate. The honors project may consist of a research project, thesis, or creative work.

Special thanks are extended to all faculty, advisors, and others who have supported the honors students in their educational achievements.

Presentations will be held in Koch Center 101. Please see below the schedule of today’s presenters.

Monday, April 9
3:00–4:00 p.m.

• Payton Charlton, Neuroscience / Cognitive Science
“The Musical Mind: An Embodied Approach to Music Cognition”
• Alice Daum, Psychology
“Factors Inhibiting Political Expression”
• Mary Claire Smalley, Stage Management / Applied Mathematics
“Choreography for Fun Home and a Choreographic Analysis”

4:00–4:45 p.m.
• Baxter Pitt, Theatre Design and Technology
“Projection Design for Mother Courage and Her Children”
• Jacob Sellers, Theatre Studies
“Eminently Practical: Accepting the Brechtian Challenge in the Twentieth Century”

Submitted by Jayme Williams 


Upcoming Events

* Upcoming Events for UE Alumni Association: Philanthropy Week April 9-13

Like and follow UE Alumni Association on Facebook and Twitter at @UEalumni. Watch daily for information on Philanthropy Week activities and prizes, April 9-13!

#UEPepandVim #TrueandLoyal 

* I-House/BSU collaboration - My House: Exploring Diversity and Culture within the US

Please join us tonight at 7:00 p.m., upstairs in Ridgway University Center, for a collaboration event with I-House and the Black Student Union! This special I-House presentation is titled "My House: Exploring Diversity and Culture within the U.S." DaLisa McCallum, Deja Johnson, and Lindsay Sullivan from the Black Student Union will present on growing up black in America.

Submitted by Megan Sicard 

* Shanklin Theatre season closes with The Grapes of Wrath

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre’s final production of the season, The Grapes of Wrath, by Frank Galati, based on the novel by John Steinbeck, opens Friday, Apr. 13, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on April 14, 19, 20, 21, and at 2:00 p.m. on April 15 and 22.

This Tony Award-winning play is an expansive retelling of John Steinbeck’s brilliant Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The riveting tale follows the impoverished Joad family’s flight from the Dust Bowl and into the promised land found out West. Full of loss, triumph, and endless struggle, this timeless epic is a celebration of the soaring tenacity of the human spirit.

Professor John David Lutz directs The Grapes of Wrath. Department Chair Eric Renschler serves as the scenic designer; Hilary Rubio, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, is the costume designer; Renée Voteau, a senior from St. Louis, Mo., is the lighting designer; Serenity Rowland, a sophomore from Durham, N.C., is the sound designer; Bailey Brandvold, a junior from Great Falls, Mont., is the dramaturg; Emma Blevins, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, is the stage manager; and Professor Chuck Meacham serves as the technical director.

The cast features senior Joseph W. Schwalb, from Milwaukee, Wis., as Tom Joad; senior Aaron Gonner, from Dubuque, Iowa, as Jim Casy; sophomore Shannon White, from Rockwall, Texas, as Ma Joad; junior Isaac Baker, from Bowling Green, Ky., as Pa Joad; junior Gina DeLise, from Woodstock, Ga., as Rose of Sharon, senior Davis Brinker, from Minneapolis, Minn., as Uncle John, and freshman Jackson Pitt, from McKinney, Texas, as Al Joad.

Ticket prices are $18 for adults and $16 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. Made possible by a generous grant from the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, all high school, students can obtain free tickets by going to the University of Evansville Theatre Ticket Office. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend.

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

* Informal Spanish conversation today!

Spanish students of all levels are welcome to practice with Fulbright Spanish TA Ignacio Benítez. The next session will be today - April 10 - at 3:00 p.m., at Starbucks in Ridgway University Center. 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

* This Week in Music: Choir Concert, Ensemble Fest, faculty recital, Rite of Spring, and student recitals

University Choir, Mixed Choir and Kantorei
Today - Tuesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m., Neu Chapel

The University of Evansville University Choir, Mixed Choir, and Kantorei, under the direction of Dennis Malfatti, will present a performance of Haydn’s Theresienmesse and selections from Mendelssohn’s Sechs Lieder, Op. 59 today -Tuesday, April 10 - at 7:30 pm in Neu Chapel. The concert will feature Andrea Drury, Alanna Keenan, Benjamin Smith, and Eric McCluskey as soloists, as well as several faculty playing in the chamber orchestra. The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the music department concert calendar.

Tri-State Ensemble Fest
Thursday, April 12, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Old National Events Plaza

The Department of Music will host the first ever Tri-State Ensemble Festival at the Old National Events Plaza on Thursday, April 12. Local high school bands and choirs will come in for the day and perform for University of Evansville music faculty. After each performance the UE faculty will rehearse with each ensemble. Performances begin at 9:15am and will last until approximately 5:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Faculty Recital: Ion-Alexandru Malaimare
Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall

University of Evansville music faculty and Eykamp String Quartet violinist Ion-Alexandru Malaimare will present a faculty recital on Friday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall. The program will feature works by Beethoven, Bartok, Enescu, Ravel, Dinicu, and Hisaishi. He will be joined by pianist Catalin Dima. The recital is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the music department concert calendar.

Rite of Spring
Saturday, April 14, 6:00 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center

The Friends of UE Music invite you to join us for this year's Rite of Spring on Saturday, April 14 in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. The evening will feature drinks, dinner, student performances, a silent auction, swing music, and dancing!

For more information and reservations, visit Book your tickets by April 12 at noon!
6:00 p.m. - Cocktails
6:45 p.m. - Dinner
7:30 p.m. - Musical Program
8:00 p.m. - Jazz and dancing with the UE Jazz ensemble

You may also purchase tickets for only the swing dance portion of the evening for $10 at the door or by contacting Timothy J. Zifer(

Student Recitals
April 14, 1:00 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall – Melanie Baker (piano)
April 14, 2:30 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall – Kaitlyn Lowe (cello) and Abbie Jasper-Brown (clarinet)
April 14, 4:0 0 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall – Adam Smith (voice)
April 15, 1:00 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall – Samantha Waddell (piano)
April 15, 2:30 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall – Alexis Howey (voice)

Submitted by James Sullivan

* Dinner and Discussion welcomes Dr. Rosario today

The Newman Center welcomes Dr. Rosario today at 5:00 p.m. Dr. Rosario is a local doctor who has specialized in end-of-life issues, transgender issues, and much more. His talk is about his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. All are welcome and dinner will be provided!

Submitted by Breanne Buerster 

* Swing Dance Fundraiser Tickets

The University of Evansville Jazz Ensemble will be performing traditional swing dance music on Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. You may come to listen or get on the dance floor and swing the night away. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or by contacting Timothy Zifer at All ticket proceeds will benefit the Department of Music fund raising efforts. A silent auction and cash bar will be available. Come SWING with us! 

* Paper Recycling & Free Document Shredding

Need papers shredded? Bring them to the free Piranha Mobile Shredding Event on campus on Thursday, April 26 (Reading Study Day) between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the parking lot behind Koch Center.

Remember: Paper that contains personal information such as names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. cannot be placed directly into a recycling bin or trash container. It must be properly disposed of by one of the following methods:

1) Shredding the papers with personal information into a bag and then placing the bag of shredded paper in the recycling container.

2) Placing the papers with personal information in a secure (locked) Piranha shredding container in your area.

Thank you for recycling and helping us prevent identity theft by properly disposing of personal information!

During the free shredding event, you can bring paper from home! The limit is 100 lbs. per visit. Visits are unlimited during the event.

* Bowling fun and win proceeds for your favorite charity!

Sign-up your team for UEVETS’ Spare Change for Warriors charity bowling tournament benefiting Soldier Dogs for Independence, plus win money for YOUR team’s favorite charity!

• Saturday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m. at River City Recreation
• 5 people per team
• Winning team decides half of charity proceeds
• FUN!

To sign up your team, contact Jacob Chandler at or call 812-568-6548.

* Graduating? Transferring? Federal loan repayment counseling session required

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 a session this Friday, May 4 at 11:30 a.m. 

* Tuition exchange/tuition remission info sessions

Want to know more about tuition exchange and tuition remission? Come to an information session in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center, on Thursday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m.

Kenton Hargis will talk about the admission process, Paula Heldt will explain how tuition exchange works, and Cathleen Wright will talk about the new tuition remission policies and forms.

Submitted by Cathleen Wright

* Visit the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial!

On Saturday, April 21, students will be visiting the nearby Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. This event is completely free, and transportation will be included. We will leave at 8:00 a.m. and arrive back to campus by noon. Please RSVP if you would like to attend this awesome field trip!

Submitted by Alex Russo

* Beekeeping in Medieval Europe to be topic of today's UE History Lecture

The annual Spring Lecture hosted by the Department of History at the University of Evansville is today - Wednesday, April 11 - at 4:00 p.m. in Harkness Hall (room 162), in the Schroeder School of Business Building. The event is free and open to the public.

The topic of this year’s lecture is “Beekeeping in Medieval Europe.” Jason Hardgrave, associate professor and the history department chair at the University of Southern Indiana, will be the speaker.

Hardgrave earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of Wyoming and his PhD from the University of Kansas. He is a Phi Alpha Theta faculty mentor and regional coordinator for Indiana History Day.

Hardgrave’s initial research interests were focused on the late medieval legal system in Venice, Italy. His more recent areas of research have been beekeeping and the wax trade in medieval Europe. Hardgrave has been a beekeeper for seven years.

For further information, contact the event coordinator Annette Parks at or 812-488-1070.

Submitted by Katherine Martyn

* Senior Reading planned for today

Our graduating creative writing majors will read from their poetry and prose, at the Coffee Hour Senior Reading event held in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center at 4:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 11.

The faculty will announce the winners of the Virginia Grabill Writing Awards and one selected senior will receive the George Klinger Memorial Prize for the creative writing department. Please join us for a delightful and often moving send-off to our graduating seniors.

* 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


Info You Should Know

* Update Facebook Profile with UE Pep and Vim filter

Update your Facebook Profile with our UE Pep and Vim filter

Access through computer:

  1. Click on ‘Update Profile Picture’
  2. Click Add Frame
  3. Select UE Pep and Vim Filter

Access through phone:

  1. Click on ‘Edit’ on Profile Picture
  2. Select ‘Add Frame’
  3. Either search ‘UE Pep and Vim Filter’ or scroll down and it will pop up
* Graduating seniors wanted for brief radio interview

WUEV is looking for graduating seniors to give a 1-2 minute interview about their time at UE. Whether you have an interesting memory from Harlaxton, want to recognize a professor for inspiring you, or have just been looking for an opportunity to talk about the cool job you landed, we want to hear from you! Interviews will be scheduled at the interviewees' convenience and will air on April 29 between 9:00-11:00 p.m. Please contact if you are interested in being interviewed.

Submitted by Alice Daum

* Removal of vehicles for Bike Race

All vehicles must be removed from Lot H by 5:00 p.m. on April 11. Vehicles remaining in the lot after this time may be towed. The removal of vehicles is necessary so that the lot can be prepared for the bike race, which will be on Saturday, April 14. Vehicles must be moved so the lot can be re-striped and time trials can be held.

The lot will be reopened for parking by Sunday morning at the latest. Vehicles must be moved to legal parking places for the permit category held by the driver. The use of Lot O, by the armory, and Lot Q, by the general services building, is recommended.

* Attention May 2018 graduates!

If you are graduating in May and have earned a military honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions, are on active duty, in active drilling status, or are an ROTC cadet, please notify Cherie Leonhardt in the Office of Veterans Affairs at or call 488-2141 ASAP. The Office of Veterans Affairs and UE VETS have a special graduation gift for you!

* Photographer on Campus April 9-11

The Office of Marketing and Communications will have a photographer on campus for a photo shoot Monday, April 9, through Wednesday, April 11. UE students and faculty have always been very cooperative and accommodating during previous shoots. As a result, many great photos have been taken for the University’s website and publications. Kim McDonald will try to notify faculty in advance if photos will be taken in a particular class; however, weather may force the shoot inside, and it is possible that last minute requests will be made. If faculty members know that they will be giving a test or do not wish to have their class photographed any of these days, please inform Kim McDonald at ext. 2683 or and the classroom will be avoided.

* Take CHEM 118 online summer session I

Principles of Chemistry (CHEM 118) with lab will be offered online this summer session I, starting May 14. Lecture videos can be accessed anywhere and anytime. Labs will meet on campus only one day per week. This course satisfies the General Education outcome 8.

Please contact Dr. Tod at with any questions.

Submitted by Todsapon Thananatthanachon

* 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. 

* 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

* 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



* UE Designated as Ashoka U Changemaker Campus

The University of Evansville has been designated as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U for its role as a leader in social innovation and changemaking in higher education.

UE will join the Changemaker Campus Network—a dynamic, global community of students, staff, administrators, faculty and community partners who share inspiration, connections and a commitment to broaden the reach and impact of social innovation and changemaking around the world. The recognition is the outcome of a rigorous 18-month selection process which included a full campus ecosystem scan, detailed planning and reporting for a three day site visit in October 2017, and a final panel presentation in April 2018.

According to Ashoka U officials, students need interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial and solutions-oriented skillsets to succeed in today’s complex world that is changing at an accelerating pace.

The Ashoka U site visit team noted initiatives such as ChangeLab (formerly GAP), the Changemaker Challenge, cross-campus commitment to social innovation, and the city’s intense involvement in as prime examples of a campus that exhibits the very essence of changemaking. 

Ashoka U is an initiative of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs and changemakers. The program recognizes colleges and universities globally that have embedded social innovation and changemaking into their culture, programming and operations and are committed to partnering in the network to make social innovation and changemaking the new norm across higher education. Since 2008, over 40 universities around the world have received this designation.

“This is a tremendous honor for the University and a reinforcement of the kind of value that our students and programs add to the community,” said Michael Austin, executive vice president for academic affairs at UE. “this is something we have been working on for years, under the leadership of Dr. Jill Griffin and the cross-disciplinary Change Team that she directs.”

The Ashoka U Changemaker Campus Network is a dynamic, global network of leading colleges and universities who commit to advancing social innovation and changemaking across their institution and beyond. From admissions and the curriculum, to career services and alumni engagement, these colleges and universities set the bar for social innovation and changemaking in higher education. The Changemaker Campus Network includes over 40 colleges and universities from around the world including Brown, UC San Diego, Arizona State University, Miami Dade College, University of Northampton, Ryerson University, Simon Fraser University, and Tecnológico de Monterrey – Campus Guadalajara.

Learn more on Ashoka U’s website here:

* Robert Dion interviewed about Martin Luther King, 1968, and upcoming elections

Robert Dion, chair of the Department of Law, Politics, and Society, was interviewed by the Associated Press and by the Indianapolis Star this week regarding the upcoming Indiana primary election.

He also appeared on Channel 25 this week to discuss the ways that the tumultuous year of 1968 affected American politics. 

As one of the cosponsors of the University of Evansville’s observance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Professor Dion also was part of the news coverage of that event on Wednesday.

* Education students recognized at IACTE recognition ceremony

Three School of Education students were recognized at the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE) luncheon on Friday, April 6. The recipients were Mackenzie McClarney, special education, Jennifer Riedford, Spanish education, and Bailey Smith, elementary education. These individuals received awards during the organization’s Outstanding Future Educators banquet at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, Indiana. The School of Education is proud of these outstanding students!

Three girls holding awards

* Chelsea Gaddis awarded SOL Education Abroad Scholarship

Chelsea Gaddis has received the SOL Education Abroad scholarship! Chelsea is an international studies and Spanish major and will be studying abroad in Costa Rica this summer. She also studied abroad at Harlaxton during the Spring 2017 semester. She says her semester at Harlaxton was a big help to her international studies major and influenced her decision to continue traveling and to go somewhere warmer next time!

When it comes to her trip to Costa Rica, Chelsea is “most excited about advancing my Spanish skills and being immersed in a new culture. Costa Rica will be my first experience with Latin America and will give me a glimpse of the rich cultures it has to offer.”

This trip will definitely relate to her Spanish major and hopefully her future career!

“After graduation, my goal is to become a certified Spanish interpreter and to use my skills working with an international non-profit organization or in political relations.”

If you’d like to learn more about the program Chelsea is going abroad on, you can read about it on the SOL Education Abroad website. If you’re interested in studying on a similar program, you can contact the study abroad office at 812-488-1085 or e-mail

Submitted by Greta Becker

* Dennis Malfatti publishes featured article in the Choral Journal

Magazine CoverAn article by associate professor of music and director of choral activities Dennis Malfatti was the featured cover article in the April 2018 edition of the Choral Journal.

The article is titled "Handel's Saul: The Apotheosis of Baroque Music-Theater."

The Choral Journal is the peer reviewed journal of the American Choral Directors Association. With over 22,000 members, the American Choral Directors Association is the primary professional organization for choral musicians and scholars.

* Mechanical engineering professor and student have paper accepted for publication

UE associate professor/mechanical and civil engineering Peter L. Schmidt, PE, and his co-author Philip Lax, a UE student, have had their paper accepted for presentation at the 125th annual conference of the American Society for Engineering Education.

The paper is titled:  "Use of computer coding to teach design in a mechanics course, resulting in an implementation of a kinematic mechanism design tool using PYTHON."

The conference will be held in Salt Lake City in June of this year. The paper documents the implementation of a new assignment structure in a mechanics’ course, highlighting an exemplary submission by the co-author. The peer reviewed paper will also be published in the conference proceedings.



* Aces capture two individual victories at KWC Twilight Invitational

The University of Evansville men's and women's track and field teams earned a pair of individual victories at the Kentucky Wesleyan Twilight Invitational on Friday evening in Owensboro, Ky.

As a team, the Purple Aces' men earned a podium finish as Evansville finished in third-place in the nine team invitational while Evansville's women captured a fourth-place finish among 10 teams.

Evansville's outing was highlighted by two individual victories, both coming from the Aces' women's squad. The first victory came from Samantha Bittner who set her second outdoor program record with a time of 1:16.15 in the 400 meter hurdles. UE earned its second win of the night in the women's 4x400 meter relay where the Aces earned the event victory in a time of 4:28.10.

Aside from the two individuals wins, the Aces found success throughout the invitational. In the women's 100 meter dash, Monica Watkins paced the Aces' contingent with a fifth-place finish in a time of 13.35. Following Watkins were Nikki Hutchcraft (13.70), Crimson Jones (14.35), and Holli Buretta (15.65) who finished in seventh, ninth, and 12th, respectively. On the men's side, Aaron Straight was the lone Ace to compete in the men's 100 meter dash, earning a ninth-place finish in a time of 11.80.

In the women's 200 meter dash, Watkins once again led the way, earning a fifth-place finish in a time of 28.10, while Buretta (33.66) and Taylor Williams (47.87) finished in 10th and 11th. Straight represented Evansville in the men's 200 meter, finishing in 10th and crossing the line in a time of 24.06.

Lizzy Walston captured a podium finish in the women's 400 meter dash, crossing the line in second in a time of 1:04.92. Finishing in eighth in the 400 meters was Kylie Hasenour with a time of 1:10.59. On the men's side, Everett Plocek finished the men's 400 meter dash in seventh-place with a time of 55.61.

Three Purple Aces women competed in the women's 800 meters, led by Izzy Dawson. Dawson earned a seventh-place finish in a time of 2:36.69, while her teammates Sarah Poltrack (2:41.56) and Lexi Sutherland (3:09.89) finishing in ninth and 15th, respectively. The Aces' men showcased their might in the 800 meters as both Ricky Hendrix and Stanley Chepchieng finished in the top 10. Hendrix led the way for the Aces with a time of 2:02.48, earning Hendrix a fifth-place finish. Finishing in eighth, Chepchieng crossed the line in a time of 2:04.21 in the 30-runner field.

In the women's 1500 meter run, Sienna Crews broke the program record by more than six seconds with a time of 4:59.10, earning Crews a fourth-place finish. Lauren Meyer followed Crews with an 11th-place finish with a time of 5:19.39. On the men's side, Ethan Price paced Evansville with a seventh-place finish in a time of 4:10.91, while Jonathan Newby (4:48.83) and Grant Mangan (4:59.13) finished in 29th and 32nd, respectively.

The records continued to be set, this time on the men's side. In the men's 3,000 meter run, Timmy Miller set an Aces' program record with a time of 9:56.04, earning Miller a 20th-place finish.

In the women's 3000 meter steeplechase, Anna Lowry set the Aces third program record of the night. Lowry recorded a time of 12:22.80, finishing in fourth-place. For Evansville's men, Kalen Ochs was the lone Ace in the men's 3000 meter steeplechase with a fourth-place finish in a time of 11:08.13.

Breaking her own record, Samantha Bittner continued to impress for the Aces in the women's 100-meter hurdles. Bittner improved on her program record by nearly a second with a time of 16.53, earning her a second-place finish in the race.

In the men's 4x100 meter relay, Evansville finished in fourth with a time of 47.09 just a second-and-a-half off third place. For the Aces' women, Evansville earned a second-place finish in the women's 4x100 meter relay with a time of 53.04.

Following the women's team's victory in the 4x400 meter relay, the Aces' men captured a third-place finish in the men's 4x400 meter relay. Evansville earned the podium finish with a time of 3:40.88 in the six-team field.

The Aces' success continued in the field events, beginning with the women's high jump. Crimson Jones led Evansville with a third-place finish with a height of 4'5".

Following a one-two finish at the Stan Lyons Invitational, Ian Alberts and Kevin Yeung continued to find success in the men's pole vault competition. Alberts led the Aces' contingent with a second-place finish with a final height of 3.80 meters, while Yeung finished fourth with a height of 3.50 meters.

In the women's long jump, Kylie Hasenour improved on her program record with an eighth-place finish. Hasenour bested her program mark of 3.40 meters by .21 meters with a jump of 3.61 meters at the invitational. On the men's side, Stanley Chepchieng captured a third-place finish with a distance of 6.10 meters, just .18 meters off first place. Kevin Yeung grabbed an 11th-place finish with a jump of 5.27 meters.

Lizzy Walston recorded the second-best triple jump mark in women's track and field program history on Friday evening. In the women's triple jump, Walston earned a sixth-place finish with a distance of 9.08 meters.

Continuing her record-breaking campaign, Brittany Corley shattered her own program record in the women's shot put. Corley captured a seventh-place finish in the shot put with a distance of 9.29 meters, breaking her own program-best mark by .61 meters. For the Aces' men, Ryan Freeman paced Evansville with a second-place finish. Freeman earned the podium finish with a distance of 13.21 meters, a personal best throw and the best throw by a Purple Ace since 1981. Following Freeman were Clay Doty (10.99 meters) and Chris Zapata (10.83 meters) who finished in 10th and 11th, respectively.

Corley's strong evening continued in the women's discus where she set her second program record of the invitational. The first Ace to compete in the women's discus, Corley finished in fourth with a distance of 31.31 meters, giving Corley her third program record on the season. For the second time on the night, Freeman recorded the best distance by a Purple Ace since 1981, this time in the men's discus. Freeman earned a third-place finish with a distance of 39.34 meters. Chris Zapata finished less than a meter behind Freeman with a throw of 38.39 meters, earning him a fourth-place finish. Also for the Aces in the men's discus, Clay Doty (25.17 meters) and Alton Hoops (18.04 meters) finished in 12th and 14th, respectively.

In all, seven program records were set for the Aces in the invitational.

Evansville is back in action at the Austin Peay Invitational on April 13 and 14 in Clarksville, Tenn.

* Evansville 4, Missouri State 11

Despite matching Missouri State hit for hit, the University of Evansville baseball team came out on the wrong end of an 11-4 decision in their series finale on a frosty Sunday afternoon at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo.

"The hits-to-runs ratio was a problem all game for us", said University of Evansville head coach Wes Carroll. "Eleven runs on eleven hits is a tough stat for our offense to come back from."

With a shortage of starting pitching, the Purple Aces pressed senior right hand reliever Dalton Horstmeier into service. Horstmeier got himself in and out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of first inning unscathed. However, the second inning was another matter, as a lead-off walk, followed by a hit batter, then a sacrifice put runner in scoring position with one out. Then, MSU's Jeremy Eierman snuck a single through the left side of the infield, plating a pair, putting the Bears up 2-0 in the second.

Horstmeier would escape the inning without any more damage. However, in the fourth inning, Missouri State would erupt again, putting the first two runners aboard on a single and a walk to open the frame. That would end Horstmeier's day, as Evansville turned to sophomore left hand reliever Nathan Croner to put out the fire. Instead, Jeremy Eierman would bring in one run on a fielder's choice. Then, John Privitera would steal home, pushing the MSU lead to 4-0. Matt Brown capped the three-run frame for the Bears with an RBI single to the gap in left-center, putting the Aces in a 5-0 hole.

Senior right hander Ryan Brady would take over for Croner in the fifth inning, and he managed to strike out the side. However, in between Missouri State loaded up the bases on him, and Drew Millas unloaded them on a bases-clearing double down the left field line. The Bears would go onto build a 9-0 lead.

The Aces staged a late inning rally, first breaking through on the scoreboard on back to back RBI singles from sophomore shortstop Craig Shepherd and senior third baseman Stewart Nelson, cutting the Missouri State lead to seven.

The Bears would get those two tallies back, but Evansville continued to battle in the final frame, as a slow chopper to shortstop by junior pinch hitter Jordan McDonough resulted in a run-scoring error on an errant throw to first, plating freshman outfielder Evan Aders. Then, sophomore outfielder Troy Beilsmith lifted a sacrifice fly to left, bringing in Craig Shepherd, cutting the deficit to seven. However, the Aces could draw no closer, falling 11-4.

The loss drops UE to 6-19 on the season and 0-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference, while Missouri State improves to 22-7 and 5-1 in the MVC.

The Aces are back in action Tuesday night at home against out-of-conference Murray State.

"We're looking forward to getting back home to the Braun", said Carroll. "We always play well there and after nearly a month on the road, we can't wait to be back to familiar surroundings."

First pitch Tuesday night from Charles A. Braun Stadium is at 6:00 p.m.

* Morgan Florey notches 600th strikeout as Aces face Bears

Junior Morgan Florey racked up the 600th strikeout of her career in the first inning when the University of Evansville softball team finished up its 3-game set against Missouri State at Cooper Stadium.

MSU (23-14, 8-4 MVC) earned the series sweep, defeating Evansville (11-22, 4-7 MVC) by a 4-3 final. UE rallied to take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth before the Bears fought back with a pair in the top of the seventh to take the win.

Morgan Florey entered the game just three strikeouts shy of 600 in her career. The Peoria, Ill. native did not need too long to reach the mark as she struck out the side in the first inning. Florey became just the second in program history to reach the mark. The only other one was Katie Markle, who holds the program mark with 734.

The teams combined for three hits through the first five innings. Brittany Hay posted the hit for UE and also had a steal in the second inning. Hailee Vigneaux of the Bears was the first runner to get to third base, doing so in the sixth inning. Daphne Plummer sent her home with a triple to plate the first run of the day. Plummer made it a 2-0 game, scoring on a Darian Frost sacrifice fly.

Limited to just one infield hit through five innings, the Purple Aces came to life in the sixth. Bailee Porter reached on a 1-out single and advanced to third on an MSU error. She came home when Eryn Gould reached base on an error. Mea Adams followed with a single before Lindsay Renneisen notched one of her own, scoring Gould to tie the game up at 2-2.

Elyse Hickey later walked with the bases loaded to give UE its first lead of the game at 3-2.

Just as fast as UE took the lead, Missouri State rallied back in the seventh as the Bears led off with a home run to tie it right back up before a single from Madison Jones gave them a 4-3 advantage.

In the bottom half of the seventh, the Aces went down in order to finish off the game. UE finished the game with three runs on four hits. The Bears notched seven hits against Florey, who fanned ten batters in the game.

Following a doubleheader on Wednesday at UT Martin, the Aces travel to Illinois State for three games next weekend.


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