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Monday, April 30, 2018

What's Happening Today

* End of the Year Sale in UE Bookstore

The UE Bookstore is offering 20% OFF all clothing and gift purchases April 27-May 4 in conjunction with Book Buyback. Discount is off the original price of all items. Get some gear before you go home for the summer.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* 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


Upcoming Events

* Honoring Women Veterans Conference at UE

The ninth annual Honoring Women Veterans Conference is set for Saturday, June 16 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Ridgway University Center.

  • Special guest presentation by Stacy Pearsall, US Air Force Veteran and founder Veterans Portrait Project.
  • Get the most current information about military benefits.
  • Complimentary lunch and an afternoon of pampering with facials, manicures, massages, prizes, and more.
  • Meet fellow women veterans of all ages and branches of service.

Registration by June 1 is required for this FREE event for women veterans and current service members. Go to to register.

Call Cherie Leonhardt at 812-488-2141 with questions.

Submitted by Cherie Leonhardt

* RSVP for Transitions from Military to College Luncheon and Discussion

UE faculty, administrators, and staff are cordially invited to a luncheon and discussion on the topic of “Transitions from Military to College” sponsored by the UE Office of Veterans Affairs set for Monday, May 7 from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Room 162 of the Schroeder School of Business Building.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 1 to Cherie Leonhardt at along with your meal preference:

1. Muffuletta vegetarian sandwich, house-made chips, side salad, chocolate chip cookie, water.
2. Mediterranean grilled chicken sandwich, house-made chips, side salad, chocolate chip cookie, water.
3. Roasted turkey with spinach and roasted pepper aioli sandwich, side salad, house-made chips, chocolate chip cookie, water.

UE has been an Institution of Higher Learning partner with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs since 2009 to provide education benefits through the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Since then, we have seen an increase in student veterans and current service member students. These students bring varied experiences with them to UE. This discussion is for everyone – the experienced working with student veterans, to the not so experienced. Please plan to attend to share your knowledge and bring your questions to the discussion. We hope you will plan to join us for this special opportunity to learn from each other.

Panelist include:

• Jacob Chandler – Current UE graduate student in Health Services Administration, UE VETS student veteran organization president, Army veteran

• Martha Brown - Transition and care management social worker Evansville VA Healthcare Center, licensed clinical social worker

• Mike Roscoe - director/chair/associate professor of physician assistant science at UE, Lieutenant Colonel in the Army National Guard

• Hilary Hillenbrand – Assistant director of financial aid and VA certifying official at UE

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

* 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. 


Changemaker Corner

* App created by UE student nominated in Best Social Impact category for 2018 Google Play Awards

An app created by University of Evansville student Willian Mallmann has been nominated in the Best Social Impact category for the 2018 Google Play Awards.

Mallmann’s TODXS App is a free mobile application that compiles more than 800 LGBTI+ friendly laws, translated into more accessible language and now made available to the public.

The Google Play Awards celebrate the achievements of the developer community over the past year, by recognizing the best apps and games across nine categories. Each category includes five nominees. Nominees were selected by a panel of experts across the Google Play and product teams based on a criteria set emphasizing app quality, technical performance, innovation, and having a launch or major update in the last 12 months. The winner will be announced during an award ceremony on Monday, May 7.

Mallmann, who is from Brazil, is majoring in communications and business administration at UE.

* Senior Changemaker Spotlight - Clayton Meranda

The Senior Changemakers Recognition is to recognize graduating Senior Changemakers. Those students being recognized are May graduates who freely and effectively innovate for the good of all.

Clayton Meranda, Mechanical Engineering
Clayton participated in the Alternative Energy GAP class as a sophomore, and afterwards continued to participate in the GAP program, working to professionalize the program as a whole and especially alternative energy. He has worked to get us clients and has served as an excellent ambassador for UE and the GAP/changemaking community. Due to Clayton's work, the GAP program as a whole and the Alternative Energy class have been more successful. This allows us to bring environmental and energy efficiency changes to the Evansville community.


Nominated by Dr. Angela Reisetter


Info You Should Know

* Necklace found

A necklace was found recently in the street on Norman Avenue. The chain is silver and it has an initial pendant on it. Please stop by the Office of Publications, Sampson Hall, to claim.

* Requests for official excused absences during finals

Please note that the Dean of Students office will not grant official excused absences during finals except for extreme circumstances (i.e.: death of an immediate family member, emergency surgery, etc.).  Students who feel they are unable to take a scheduled final exam should work directly with their professors to discuss other possible options.

* Need a box?

The UE Bookstore has a limited number of boxes available for students on a first come basis. We will limit two per student until the end of next week if we have a large stock remaining. Just come to the bookstore if you're interested in some moving boxes.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* 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

* 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

* 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

* Official transcripts not available April 27-May 10

Official transcripts will not be available from Friday, April 27 until Thursday May 10.

Orders must be placed through

If you have questions, please contact the registrar’s office for assistance.

Submitted by Teresa Haller 

* 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:

* Accounting procedures for summer travel and membership dues

Traveling this summer on UE business with a return date after May 31? Paying membership dues for next fiscal year prior to May 31?

If you pay for any of these expenses before May 31, you will need to contact Lori Harriss ( in Fiscal Affairs.

If you use WebAdvisor to create a web voucher, you will need to ask for the prepaid account number to be added to your choices.

If you use your Pcard prior to May 31 to pay for next year’s travel or membership dues, you will need to email the following information:
1. Vendor name
2. Date of purchase on Pcard
3. Dollar amount charged to Pcard
4. Description and purpose of purchase
5. Account number charged for purchase

These expenses will be charged to your 2018-19 budget funds.

Submitted by Sam Fulkerson

* Rental books due back to UE Bookstore by May 3

Rental books from the Spring semester rented through the UE Bookstore are due back by 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 3. Avoid the late fee and return on time before you leave for the summer. Mark your calendars for this reminder.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* 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 Theatre Society hosts annual student awards dinner

On Thursday, April 26, the University of Evansville Theatre Society hosted its annual student awards dinner. A total of 136 students, faculty, administrators, staff, Theatre Society board members, and adopt-a-parents were in attendance.

The Buddy Barnes Award for Outstanding Freshman went to Lauren Ward, a stage management major from Ft. Worth, Texas.

The Mary Lou Muth Wooley Award for Outstanding Sophomore went to Sidney McCarty, a theatre studies major from Clarksville, Tennessee.

The Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Award for Outstanding Junior went to Bailey Brandvold, a theatre studies major from Great Falls, Montana.

The Jeannie Suhrheinrich Outstanding Senior Award is given to the person who has made the greatest overall contribution to the department over their four-year tenure. This year’s award was given to Elizabeth Tredinnick, a design and technology major from Madison, Wisconsin.

The John W. Streetman Young Artist Award is given to an underclassman who exhibits the spirit and attitude of collaboration, commitment, and courage in the classroom and production. This year’s award recipient is Alexandra Curren, a junior performance major from McKinney, Texas.

The William A. Gumberts Award honors the single most artistic accomplishment of the year and was awarded to Jacob Sellers, a senior theatre studies major from Fort Branch, Indiana, for his direction of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, a May Studio Theatre production.

Ray Lutgring, Dean of the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences, recognized Christia Ward, retiring associate professor of acting, voice and speech. Eric Renschler, chair of the Department of Theatre, recognized John David Lutz, professor of acting and directing, who, after 53 years, is retiring as the longest-serving faculty member in the history of the University of Evansville.

UE Theatre Society Board President Lori Smith thanked her committee for their work in making the Theatre Society’s Golden Anniversary Gala a huge success and noted that the 50-year-old organization is looking forward to continuing their mission to aid the progress of the University of Evansville Theatre by serving as an advocating society in support of all functions of the department, its faculty, and its students.

* UE student Mehran Safizadeh presents research at annual conference

Computer engineering student Mehran Safizadeh presented research focusing on the uses of “Virtual Reality” at the 47th Western Decision Sciences Institute (WDSI) Conference. The conference was held in Kauai, Hawaii, on April 3-6. The Decision Sciences Institute is an interdisciplinary, international organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of education and research.


* Khan receives the 2018 Research Award

Walayet A. Khan, professor of finance, was awarded “2018 Dean’s Research Award” of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration. Khan has an extensive ongoing research agenda in the area of the emerging markets.

* Engineering faculty have paper accepted for publication

Engineering professors Jessie Lofton, Jared Fulcher, and Dick Blandford have had their paper "Course and Standardized Exam Statistics in Mechanical Engineering,” accepted for presentation at the 125th annual conference of the American Society for Engineering Education. The conference will be held in Salt Lake City in June of this year. The paper documents the correlations between standardize exams scores, course grades, and success in the mechanical engineering program. The peer reviewed paper will also be published in the conference proceedings.

* 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.”

* Dean's Teaching Awards

The academic deans have awarded the Dean’s Teaching Awards for 2018-19. The faculty members being honored are:

Andrew Lampkins, associate professor of physician assistant science from the College of Education and Health Sciences;

Suresh Immanuel Selvaraj, associate professor civil engineering from the College of Engineering and Computer Science;

Atefeh Yazdanparast Ardestani, assistant professor of marketing from the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration;

Mark Shifflet, professor of communication from the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences; and

Adam Salminen, associate professor of mathematics also from the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences.

Congratulations to our deserving faculty members.



* Track and Field closes successful regular season in Louisville

The University of Evansville men's and women's track and field teams finished the outdoor regular season with a pair of program record-breaking performances at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational in Louisville, Ky.

Both program records on the day were set by the Purple Aces' women's team while multiple other records came within seconds of being set.

In the women's 100 meter dash, Nikki Hutchcraft paced the way for Evansville with a 36th-place finish in a time of 12.97, followed by teammates Monica Watkins (13.16) and Taylor Williams (15.69), who finished in 38th and 40th, respectively. Aaron Straight represented the Aces men in the men's 100 meter dash, finishing in 33rd in a time of 11.73.

For the Aces in the women's 200 meter dash, Holli Buretta finished in 43rd in a time of 32.99. Straight continued to represent the Aces men in the sprint events as the freshman crossed the line in 30th with a time of 24.62.

Lizzy Walston nearly took down a 34-year old record as the freshman crossed the line less than three seconds shy of the program mark in a time of 1:02.97, earning her a 33rd-place finish. Just behind Walston was Tess Hupe, who finished in 35th in a time of 1:08.84.

Continuing his strong spring for Evansville, Stanley Chepchieng finished just over two seconds off a program record that has stood since 1983. The freshman finished the men's 800 meters in 17th in a time of 1:56.61, just 2.11 seconds off David Denny's time set in 1983. Also for UE's men in the men's 800 meters were Ricky Hendrix (2:12.24) and Grant Mangan (2:21.00) who finished in 42nd and 43rd. The women's 800 meters featured three Aces, led by Sienna Crews, who finished the race in 2:22.64 in 21st place, while Sarah Poltrack (2:37.67) and Lexi Sutherland (2:54.62) crossed the line in 41st and 43rd, respectively.

Freshman Anna Lowry captured her second program record of the outdoor season in the women's 1500 meters as Lowry topped teammate Sienna Crews' record by over two seconds with a time of 4:56.71, finishing in 31st. Also in the women's 1500 meters for the Aces were Lauren Meyer, who finished 44th in 5:19.42, and Izzy Dawson just behind 45th in a time of 5:21.91. For the Aces men, Jonathan Newby crossed the line in a time of 4:43.98 in 38th-place.

In the men's 5,000 meters, Ethan Price led the way for the Aces, finishing in 21st in a time of 16:23.23, while Timmy Miller came home in 28th with a time of 17:42.96.

Kalen Ochs took part in the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase for Evansville as the freshman finished in 17th, recording a time of 10:47.54.

On the women's side, Samantha Bittner crossed the finish line in a time of 17.20 in 34th place.

Bittner improved on her program record in the women's 400 meter hurdles as the freshman recorded a time of 1:13.08, finishing in 19th place.

Evansville's women finished in 12th in the women's 4x100 meter relay, finishing the race in a time of 52.86.

Nikki Hutchcraft upped her own program record by more than two meters in the women's javelin with a throw of 25.59 meters, earning her a 23rd-place finish. Fellow Ace Brittany Corley also competed in the women's javelin, finishing in 26th with a throw of 18.53 meters. On the men's side, Clay Doty paced Evansville with a throw of 35.38 meters, finishing in 11th, while Ryan Freeman finished in 13th with a throw of 33.55 meters.

In the women's discus, Corley finished in 21st as the freshman recorded a distance of 30.75 meters.

Freshman Ian Alberts set a new personal best in the men's pole vault competition as Alberts finished in eighth with a height of 3.87 meters.

Evansville returns to action at the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 11 through 13 in Terre Haute, Ind.

* Aces softball drops home finale to Salukis

Southern Illinois plated four runs in the first inning and never trailed from there, earning an 8-5 win over the University of Evansville softball team in Sunday’s home finale at Cooper Stadium.

UE (14-32, 7-16 MVC) recorded six hits on the day with Eryn Gould going 2-3 to lead the way. Lindsay Renneisen and McKenzie Johnson posted two RBI apiece. Leading the Salukis (27-20, 10-11 MVC) were Maris Boelens and Maddy Vermejan with two hits apiece. Sydney Jones had three runs batted in.

Back-to-back hits led the game off for the Salukis before they loaded the bases with one out. Sydney Jones got SIU on the board with a 2-RBI double before another big hit by SIU extended their lead to 4-0.

Evansville came to the plate in the bottom of the frame and posted a run on three hits with Brittany Hay hitting a single to left field to score Morgan Florey, who also singled earlier in the inning.

Southern Illinois roared right back with a run in the second and two more in the third thanks to a 2-run home run by Kyleigh Decker and pushed their lead to seven runs at 8-1 heading to the bottom of the sixth.

In the bottom half of the frame, the Aces put runners on second and third with no outs. McKenzie Johnson came to the plate with two outs and delivered a hit to left that plated Olivia Cheatham and Elyse Hickey to make it an 8-3 game.

Renneisen got the Aces closer in the bottom half of the seventh, launching her seventh homer of the season to score two runs, but that would be as close as the Aces would get with SIU clinching the 8-5 victory. Jaime Nurrenbern made the start for UE before Ashleigh Downing threw the final 5 2/3 frames. Each struck out one batter. Brianna Jones went the distance for SIU, earning her 22nd win of the season.

The regular season comes to an end next weekend when the Aces travel to Peoria, Ill. for a 3-game set against Bradley.

* Southern Illinois 5, Evansville 4

The University of Evansville baseball team got the jump on Southern Illinois early, but a Saluki rally sent the Purple Aces to the wrong end of a 9-4 loss in the finale of their Missouri Valley Conference weekend series Sunday afternoon at Braun Stadium.

"Another unfortunate loss, here at home in Valley play," said University of Evansville head coach Wes Carroll. "It seems like every walk and every error really hurts us and we can't overcome all the little mistakes that we make. Offensively, we're just not getting enough of it to apply pressure to get the runs necessary.

Carroll sent out Jace Burke, who pitched in the ninth inning of Saturday's 5-4 loss, to start against the Salukis. The freshman right hander got touched up for a run in the opening frame, but struck Hunter Anderson to prevent anymore damage.

In the bottom of the frame, the Evansville bats responded. Senior third baseman Stewart Nelson led off the inning with a single, then senior right fielder Dalton Horstmeier delivered a one out double down the left field line, putting a pair in scoring position. Sophomore center fielder Kenton Crews would drive in Nelson with a ground out to the shortstop, knotting the game up. Senior catcher Andrew Tanous delivered a clutch two out RBI single to right-center, bringing in Horstmeier for the go-ahead tally, making it 2-1 Aces.

That's the way the game would stay for the next three innings, as Burke and SIU starter Bradley Harrison traded goose eggs. However, in the fifth, the Salukis got to Burke. Alex Lyon drilled a bases loaded bases-clearing 3-run double, ending Burke's day. Sophomore David Ellis came in in relief, and Logan Blackfan tagged him for a solo home run to left, and when the smoke cleared Southern Illinois led 6-2.

"What's hurt us all year has been ratios," said Carroll. "If you look at hits to runs scored from our opponents and our's, it's vastly different ratios."

Down 8-2 in the eighth inning, UE attempted a late rally. After putting a pair in scoring position, Evansville's Andrew Tanous hit a sharp shot to the shortstop, and the ensuing throwing error allowed Dalton Horstmeier to score. Later in the inning, t???he Aces would load up the bases, then junior left fielder Nate Reeder drew a walk, bringing in Kenton Crews to cross home plate, cutting the deficit to 8-4.

However, that's as close as the Aces would get, as SIU would tack on one more in the finale frame, and goes onto win 9-4.

The loss drops Evansville to 7-30 on the season and 1-11 in the Missouri Valley Conference, while Southern Illinois improves to 24-20 and 7-5 in the MVC.

The Aces will be back in action Wednesday night against Belmont. First pitch from Charles H. Braun Stadium is at 6:00 p.m.


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