University of Evansville

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

* Summer Hours begin May 7

The University will begin a modified summer schedule on Monday, May 7 through Friday, August 3. Business hours for the campus will be adjusted during this period to 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. As always, the area supervisor is responsible for the scheduling decisions that will best meet the University’s and their respective department’s service requirements. A return to regular business hours will begin on Monday, August 6.

The modified summer work schedule is incumbent on ensuring coverage to service our many constituencies. It is important to maintain our commitment and communication with students and their parents during the summer months. Your assistance in this regard is greatly appreciated.


What's Happening Today

* Blessing of the Brains tonight at 8:00 p.m.

Come to Neu Chapel tonight at 8:00 p.m. for a 25-minute mass and a special blessing of the brains before finals by Fr. Christian Raab! All are welcome!

Submitted by Gabrielle VanBuskirk

* Free paper shredding today

Free off-site paper shredding by Piranha Mobile Shredding will return to campus once again today (Reading Study Day) from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. All UE students, faculty, staff, and alumni can take advantage of this free service by bringing paper to the Piranha truck in Koch Center for Engineering and Science parking lot. Paper will be shredded off-site.

So, if mounds of paper are taking over your office, home, or room, this is the time to gather those old files, receipts, cancelled checks, tax forms, etc. No need to take out the staples or paper clips. Avoid identity theft by having confidential information permanently destroyed.

Please - no telephone books, magazines, or newspapers. Also, please note that there is a 100-pound paper limit per visit (number of visits is not limited).

Submitted by Amber Elkins

* Reading/Study Day relaxation event

Finals got you stressed?

Counseling and health education, with the help of SAB and SGA, are planning the bi-annual relaxation event on Reading/Study Day. This is a great way for students to de-stress and learn positive coping strategies prior to the start of finals. The event is set for today from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Rooms 253-255, Ridgway University Center.

Participants can enjoy a chair massage, aromatherapy, yoga mats, and other mindfulness activities.

Submitted by Jennifer Hargus 

* Pancakes are coming tonight!

Pancake holding a plate of pancakes

* Farewell gathering for counselors Sylvia Buck and Liz McCormick

Please join the office of student life as we say goodbye to two of our counselors. Counseling director Sylvia Buck will be retiring after many years at the University and Liz McCormick will be moving to Georgia. Eat cake and give them well wishes in the Class of 59 Gallery and Lounge upstairs in Ridgway University Center this afternoon from 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Submitted by Jennifer Hargus


Upcoming Events

* Harlaxton Welcome Back Reception is today

The study abroad office welcomes back all students who were at Harlaxton this spring! There will be an official welcome back reception today from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Krannert Lobby. Any and all Harlaxton participants are welcome to stop by for some snacks and the chance to talk about your Harlaxton experiences. We hope to see you there!

Submitted by Greta Becker

* Lunch and Panel Discussion - Transitions from Military to College

Faculty, administrators, and staff are invited to a luncheon and discussion on the topic of student veterans' transitions from military to college set for Monday, May 7 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Room 162 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Please attend to share your knowledge and bring your questions to the discussion. RSVP for your lunch to Cherie Leonhardt by Tuesday, May 1 at or 812-488-2141.

Submitted by Cherie Leonhardt

* Walter McCarty Basketball Camp

Walter McCarty Basketball Camp for grades 2-8 is planned for June 11-14. The cost is $250. There is a UE staff discount of 10 percent with the promo code uembbemp. Register online at

* Tune in for Graduating Senior Spotlight this Sunday!

Be sure to listen to WUEV this Sunday, April 29, from 9:00-11:00 p.m. for Graduating Senior Spotlight! The show will feature four interviews with graduating seniors, along with alternative and classic rock music. WUEV's frequency is 91.5, or you can listen to the show by searching for WUEV within the TuneIn app for mobile devices (works anywhere in the world with a Wi-Fi/data connection).

Submitted by Alice Daum

* This Week in Music: Jazz Band Invitational

On Sunday, April 29, at 4:00 p.m. in Wheeler, the UE Music Department will host several area jazz bands in their 5th Annual Jazz Band Invitational. The concert is free and open to the public.

The featured ensembles are:

  • University of Evansville Jazz Ensemble I
  • University of Evansville Jazz Ensemble II
  • Harrisburg High School Jazz Band
  • Owen Valley Community High School Jazz Ensemble
  • Lincoln Trail College Big Band
  • Olney Central College Jazz Ensemble
  • Vincennes University Jazz Ensemble
  • Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Honors Jazz Band
  • University of Southern Indiana Jazz Band
  • Castle High School 12 O'Clock Jazz Ensemble
  • Castle High School Wednesday Jazz Band
  • Castle High School Jazz Bones
  • Foundry Big Band

Jazz T-shirts, snacks and drinks will be for sale in the lobby to support the UE Jazz Ensembles.

Submitted by James Sullivan

* Reception for Gail Vignola set for today

Please join us in thanking Gail Vignola, Writing Center director and assistant professor of IEC, for her dedicated service to UE as we wish her well in her new endeavors. A reception will be held today - April 27 - from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Writing Center, Room 253 in the Clifford Library. All are welcome.

Submitted by Paula Heldt

* Semester End Book Buyback at the UE Bookstore

The semester end book buyback is scheduled for April 27-May 3 at the UE Bookstore. A student ID is required to sell books but your original receipt is NOT required. Get cash for books and free quotes for any books, regardless of where purchased or if used on this campus. Books reused on campus next term get special pricing.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* 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. 

* Enjoy a coffee courtesy of SAB today

To celebrate the end of a great year and gear up for the first full day of finals, enjoy a free cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate courtesy of SAB today - Friday, April 27. Stop by Rademacher's Lounge in Ridgway University Center to pick up your free cup anytime between 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Happy finals!

Submitted by Megan King 


Info You Should Know

* Summer swim lessons!

Swimming lessons will be offered this summer. The first session will be May 8-May 31 and the second session will be June 5-June 28. The sessions will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:00 p.m. They will be in 30 minute slots. We offer lessons for any age from 3 and up. (Must be potty-trained)

If anyone has problems with these posted times and days, please contact Emma Forbes at If we have any older kids (level 4 & up) interested in potential club training, we can offer extra days. We are finding out numbers, so please email Emma Forbes if you are interested with your preferred time (4:30, 5:00 or 5:30 p.m.) as well as the age and level of your swimmers!

The lessons will be taught by our very own coaches, Rickey Perkins, Delores Perkins, Andy Brown, and Emma Forbes, along with additional UE swimmers! 

We also have a Facebook page called ‘Aquatic Aces’ where all information is added!

Emma Forbes-Milne

* Donate to St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store TODAY from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

A truck from St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store will be on campus today from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. to accept donations. The donation truck will be parked near the basketball courts near Hale and Hughes Halls along with the electronics recycling initiative.
They will be accepting household donations such as clothing, furniture, kitchen, toiletries, and other personal items. They will not be accepting food or partially used personal/toiletry items.
E-mail Jackie Luedtke at for questions.

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke

* Call for papers for Andiron Lecture Series 2018-19

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

Please send the following by e-mail:

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

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

* Student Health Center announces reduced summer hours

The Student Health Center will begin reduced summer hours on Monday, May 7. Hours throughout the summer semester will be Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-noon. There WILL NOT be a nurse practitioner on site throughout the summer semester for students. Please plan accordingly for prescription refills. The Health Center staff want to wish everyone a safe and healthy summer!

Submitted by Ashley Craig

* University of Evansville Announces Institute for Public Health

The University of Evansville has announced a new Institute for Public Health, which will facilitate partnerships that provide hands-on experiences to students while addressing community needs in the area of public health. 

The mission of the institute is to “cultivate multidisciplinary partnerships among faculty, students, and community members in ways that support the planning and development of evidence-based programs and sound policy.”

“The community is where we work,” said William McConnell, PhD, JD, MPH, director of the Institute for Public Health at UE. “The institute will provide UE students and faculty a platform to come together with the community to solve real public health issues.”

William McConnell, PhD, JD, MPH

William McConnell, PhD, JD, MPH, director of the Institute for Public Health at UE, was interviewed following the April 24 press conference at the University of Evansville.

The institute’s first major project has been leading and collaborating with 11 hospital systems around the state of Indiana to conduct a 39-county Community Health Needs Assessment. Projects like this not only connect the University with communities and leaders in health but also provide a range of opportunities for student and faculty collaboration and research.

In addition to serving area needs, McConnell says this is a great opportunity for collaboration across the university and community.

“The Institute for Public Health will be genuinely interdisciplinary, involving students and faculty members from across the institution,” McConnell said. “It is an area that intersects with many of our disciplines - sociology, political science, management, marketing, data science, civil engineering, ethics and social change, and all of our health fields, just to name a few.”

“The services offered by the Institute for Public Health are a great addition to the already remarkable collaborative efforts happening at the downtown health science center,” said UE president Tom Kazee. “UE’s physician assistant and physical therapy programs will be located at the downtown facility, offering numerous opportunities for the institute’s involvement in interprofessional education and collaboration.”

For more information or to request consultation on a public health issue, please visit the institute's website.

* Work study positions available for summer

There are available jobs through UE work-study offered by the Office of Financial Aid for UE students. The student employment application may be obtained on WebAdvisor through the Student tab, under the Student Employment section. A listing of all available positions (Student Employment Positions Listing All Positions/All Departments) may also be found there. Applications should be directed to the department for which the student is applying. Questions regarding eligibility should be directed to Sean Riley at

Submitted by Sean Riley

* Fitness Finals Week Hours

The Fitness Center hours during finals week will be:

  • Thursday, April 26-Friday, April 27: 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 28-Sunday, April 29: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 30-Friday, May 4: 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 5-Sunday, May 6: Closed

Submitted by Lori Adams

* Improve your UE residential experience - apply for UE Think Tank

If you'd like to improve your residential experience at UE, you should apply for the UE Think Tank!

The Think Tank is a FREE opportunity to have your voice heard. This conference will occur June 22-24 on UE’s campus. Residence Life is covering the cost of housing, and RSA is covering the costs for meals and assorted snacks and breakfast items throughout. The only costs on your end are travel to and from campus.

This weekend long conference’s goals are to

A) To get student input on different topics related to the residential student experience.

B) To start planning for the 2018-19 school year for Resident Students Association, and ensure a successful kickoff.

C) To allow like-minded students the opportunity to work together on residence life initiatives they deem important between academic years.

D) To provide an opportunity for leadership development, networking, and learning. Applications are due Monday, May 28 with acceptance emails being sent out on June 1. To apply, visit:

* 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

* Reminder - purchasing procedures for May 2018

As the end of the University’s fiscal year approaches on May 31, administrative services and accounting and audit announce the following procedures related to purchases of goods and services during May.

Pcard purchases

  • Pcard purchases posting on the May statement (cycle end date is May 21) will be paid from FY 2017-18 funds. Most shipments post on your Pcard within three to four business days. However, vendors have up to nine business days to post transactions.
  • Pcard purchases posting from May 22 through May 31 will be paid from FY 2018-19 (new year) funds, unless the item purchased exceeds $500. Purchases exceeding $500 will be paid from FY 2017-18 funds.

Office Depot orders

  • Normally, Office Depot orders placed online by 3:00 p.m. for items in stock are delivered the next business day. Upon delivery, the transaction should post on your Pcard within three to four business days.
  • Office Depot orders received by May 15 will likely post on the May 21 Pcard Cycle and be paid from FY 2017-18 funds.
  • Office Depot orders placed and received but posting to the Pcard between May 22 and May 31 will be paid from FY 2018-19 funds, unless the items purchased exceed $500. Purchases exceeding $500 will be paid from FY 2017-18 funds.

Purchase Orders

  • Approved requisitions converted into purchase orders and delivered by May 31 will be paid from FY 2017-18 funds.
  • Approved requisitions indicating FY 2018-19 written on them in red ink will be processed with a delivery date of June 1 or later.
  • Backordered purchase orders not delivered by May 31 will be paid from FY 2018-19 funds.

Blanket Orders

  • All FY 2017-18 blanket orders expire on May 31.
  • Approved requisitions for FY 2018-19 (new year) blanket orders may now be submitted with June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019 effective dates.
  • Backordered blanket purchase order items not delivered by May 31 will be paid from FY 2018-19 funds.

Requisitions for check request

  • All services completed and items purchased (and on campus) by May 31 must be submitted on a WebAdvisor voucher to accounting and audit by Monday, June 18 to be paid from FY 2017-18 funds. Any pre-May 31st purchases submitted for payment after this date will be charged to FY 2018-19.

Submitted by Kim Winsett 



* Public health and health administration students present in Chicago

Faculty and students from health services administration and public health presented research at the MBAA International Conference in Chicago, April 18-20. Faculty included Su Jin Jeong, Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, and Bill Stroube. Students included Hassan Arekemase, Emily Baggett, Nehchal Bedi, Anthony Chastain, Sarah Harness, Sadaf Jawad, Kendra Mehling, and Kanza Shamin. Emily Baggett’s paper co-authored with Bill Stroube received the overall best paper award from the Business and Health Administration Association.

Public Health and Health Admin students in Chicago

* Grabill and Klinger Awards for Academic Writing

The Department of English is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Virginia Lowell Grabill and George Klinger academic writing awards.

The Third-place Grabill Award went to Kathryn Wolfinger for her essay “How Does King Lear Explore the Relationship Between Madness and Language?”

The Second-Place Grabill Award went to Ian (Charlie) Ericson for his essay “How Does Becket Depict Consciousness in Malone Dies?"

The First-place Grabill Award went to Andrew Harper for his essay “Milton and an Undetermined God.”

The George Klinger Award for Best Academic Essay went to Jade Shelby for her essay “Race Relations in Hope Leslie: How to Crush 19th Century Prejudice.”

All awards were made possible by generous legacies from Professor George Klinger and Professor Virginia Grabill and were presented at the English Department’s annual student literary conference, affectionately nicknamed “Chutney.”

* Mike Zimmer Journal Publication

Mike Zimmer, Professor Emeritus of Economics, has a paper published in Labour Economics (Volume 52: June 2018). The paper, entitled "Youth-Age Characteristics as Precursors of Power Couple Formation and Location Choice", is coauthored with Robert Nakosteen of the University of Massachusetts and Sofia Tano and Olle Westerlund, both of Umea University in Sweden.

Mike thanks the University for granting him a sabbatical in 2014, which made it possible for him complete the foundational work for this research.

* UE Music Students Win Service and Presser Awards

Rico Martinez is this year's winner of the Music Service Award, and Bailee Bostic is this year's winner of the Presser Award. Martinez is a sophomore majoring in music education, and Bostic is a junior majoring in music therapy.

Music Service Award Winners holding their awards

The Music Service Award was established by a supporter of our department in 2014, and is designed to recognize and provide a financial award to a student who has participated in at least three ensembles each semester during an academic year, who has exhibited a positive attitude, and who has been inspiring to others. The student selected for this award must demonstrate dedication, consistent motivation, a high standard of performance and a positive attitude. 

The Presser Foundation was formally established in 1939 under various deeds of trust of the late Theodore Presser, who was a respected music teacher and publisher. In the charter of incorporation, The Foundation’s purposes are set forth to promote primarily the cause of musical education and musical philanthropy as follows: to provide scholarships for promising students; to increase the value of music education by erecting suitable buildings; and to administer aid to worthy teachers of music in distress.

The student is selected by a vote of the faculty of the department. The winner of the award is selected based on the following requirements:

The award is intended to be a prestigious one recognizing excellence. The student selected should be identified by the music faculty with the choice of the recipient guided solely by consideration of excellence and merit.

The winner receives a scholarship from the Presser Foundation, and is designated as the Music Department’s Presser Scholar for the coming year.

* Outstanding Foreign Languages & Cultures Student Awards

The Department of Foreign Languages & Cultures wants to congratulate Michaela Kunkler, Olivia Goldstein, Emily Schuster, and Haley Patterson for their excellent work this year in their Foreign Languages & Cultures courses.

  • Michaela Kunkler wins the Outstanding Student Award in German
  • Olivia Goldstein wins the Outstanding Student Award in Spanish
  • Emily Schuster wins the Outstanding Student Award in French
  • Haley Patterson wins the Outstanding Student Award in Russian

Sympathy to...

* Family of Sarah Lee Bivin

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our friend and previous co-worker, Sarah Lee Bivin. She passed away on Monday April 23.

Sarah Lee retired from UE in January 2017 after 18 years of service most recently as the gift records coordinator in the Office of Advancement Services under the development office.

She is survived by her husband, Charlie; daughter, Jenny; and beloved grand-daughter, Jasmine.

Friends may visit the family on Friday, April 27 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Alexander North Chapel, 4200 Stringtown Road. A Celebration of Sarah Lee’s life will be Saturday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Blue Grass United Methodist Church - Chapel Campus, 14240 Petersburg Road. Friends may visit Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to service time at the church.

Sarah requested no flowers or plants please. If you wish to express your love for her, she requested instead memorial gifts that will help those in need. She deeply loved Blue Grass Church Helping Hands, Loving Hearts Ministry at 14200 Petersburg Rd., Evansville, IN 47725 and United Caring Services at PO Box 1071, Evansville, IN 47706 or a charity of your choosing.

Condolences may be made online at

Submitted by Katherine Taylor



* Southern Indiana 5, Evansville 3

Despite falling behind to their crosstown rivals from Southern Indiana, the University of Evansville baseball team fought back to knot the game up late, only to fall in the final frame, in the annual "Battle at the Braun" Wednesday night.

The Screaming Eagles struck quickly, as Nick Gobert put a run across in the top of the first with an RBI single against Purple Aces starting pitcher Alex Weigand. However, that would be junior southpaw's lone blemish in two innings of work.

Sophomore right hand reliever David Ellis would replace Weigand, and got in trouble with a walk and a sacrifice bunt, putting a runner in scoring position. Drake McNamara would drive in that tally with a single to left, making it 2-0 USI. Junior right hander Austin Allinger would come in to put down the uprising, but he would uncork a wild pitch, allowing McNamara to race home with the second run of the inning, putting UE in a 3-0 hole.

However, the Aces responded in the sixth, as freshman pinch hitter Pete Vaccaro came off the bench and grooved a one out single up the middle, driving in Dalton Horstmeier, cutting the deficit to 3-1. Freshman designated hitter Tanner Craig would follow that up by sending a grounder to third, bringing in Kenton Crews, drawing Evansville within one run.

Head up base running would be the story in the bottom of the seventh, as senior third baseman Stewart Nelson, who singled to right, stone second, then took third on a wild pitch. That would set the table for sophomore shortstop Craig Shepherd, who hit into a fielder's choice, bringing Nelson home with the equalizer.

Knotted at 3 headed to the ninth, back-to-back singles, compounded by throwing errors allowed the Screaming Eagles to put two across, as USI built a 5-3 lead. In the bottom of the frame, Craig Shepherd would get aboard with a single, putting the tying run at the plate. However, the Aces couldn't cash in, as they fall 5-3.

The loss drops the University of Evansville to 7-27 on the season, while Southern Indiana improves to 22-17. The Purple Aces are back at home this weekend to play host to their Missouri Valley Conference rivals from Southern Illinois. Friday night's game one is set for a 6:00 p.m. first pitch.

* Aces fall to Indiana State by 6-1 final

Indiana State scored two runs in the second and went on to defeat the University of Evansville softball team by a final of 6-1 on Wednesday night at Cooper Stadium.

The Purple Aces (14-29, 7-13 MVC) notched a run on eight hits in the game. Three came off the bat of Eryn Gould, who pushed her season average to .380.

Each team with a hit in first inning, but ISU (23-22, 10-10 MVC) was the first on the board in the second as two runs scored. Both crossed home on a fielder’s choice including Shaye Barton coming home on one from pitcher Kylie Stober. A single by Stober in the third added the Sycamores third run of the game.

Evansville had two hits in the first three innings, both coming off the bat of Eryn Gould.  In the fourth, Morgan Florey notched one to left field to lead off the inning. Her hit was the first big threat of the day for the Aces as Elyse Hickey followed up with her 24th walk of the season. Mea Adams moved Allison Daggett, who pinch ran for Florey, and Hickey to second and third on a sac bunt. Bailee Bostic walked to load the bases, but ISU got out of the jam.

ISU added three more runs in the 7th to extend its lead to 6-0. The Aces made a rally in the seventh with consecutive hits by Gould, Brittany Hay and Lindsay Renneisen to lead it off. Renneisen would score on a groundout by Hickey for UE’s first run of the night, but that was all of the scoring as the Sycamores finished off the 6-1 triumph.

UE welcomes Southern Illinois this weekend for its final home series of the year. Saturday will mark Senior Day as Brittany Hay will be recognized.  It is also Alumni Weekend. The first 250 fans on Saturday will receive a special Purple Aces cup and a T-shirt. Saturday’s doubleheader starts at noon while Sunday’s finale begins at 11:00 a.m. at Cooper Stadium.


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