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Tuesday, May 1, 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.


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

* 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


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 - Kendra Mehling

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.

Kendra Mehling, Public Health
Kendra has served as the president of Scholars for Syria and developed an extensive outreach program to educate high school and middle school students on the conflict in Syria. This program helps people American students to get to know Syrians on a personal level to reduce stereotypes and biases.


Nominated by Dr. Jill Griffin

* 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

* Watch found in Koch Center

A men's watch was found in the second floor men's room in Koch Center, if you lost it, come by the main biology department office in Koch 231. 

* COMM 380 offered ONLINE Summer II

Would one class that fulfills several general education requirements and teaches you valuable life skills interest you? Do you want to reduce your course load during the regular fall or spring semesters? How would you like to take such a course NO MATTER WHERE you plan to be this summer?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider enrolling in COMM 380 ONLINE (Intercultural Communication) offered in Summer Session II.

COMM 380 meets criteria for General Education Outcome 9 (Understanding of Core Concepts of Society, Human Behavior, and Civic Knowledge) and Overlay Component A (Global Diversity: International Component).

For more information, contact professor emeritus of communication Dean Thomlison at

Submitted by Dean Thomlison

* Habitat for Humanity Evansville and UE announce Purple Crew Signature Program!

Did you enjoy building those yard barns for Barn Blitz?

To continue this collaboration between Habitat and UE, we are pleased to announce the Purple Crew Signature Program!

Purple Crew is a program for all UE students, alumni, faculty and staff to help build houses and earn hours. The goal of Purple Crew is to make UE a visible force for good in the community as Habitat reaches for its goal of 500 homes this year.

How do you get involved?

Simply go to the Habitat website at and click on the Volunteer Now banner. Register with Habitat as a volunteer and then select days that you can build. You can also register as a team, so bring your friends, office mates, and colleagues out for a day! It will be a super friendly environment when people know that you are UE Purple Crew! After 15 hours, you get your Purple Crew T-shirt. Another recognizable sign of UE out in the community building houses!

The program is active currently so you can volunteer all summer. We will also have lots of information in the new school year if you are not in Evansville in the summer but want to get involved.

For more information, please contact Holly Carter at Remember that you can volunteer with no knowledge of building, we need willing spirits and open minds! Come and learn something new this summer and help others in our community!

P.S - Want to get started? There will be a women’s build right here in Evansville on May 9. If 50 women come out to volunteer, Habitat gets a $5000 grant! Grab those hammers!

Submitted by Holly Carter

* 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

* 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.

* 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

* 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

* 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



* 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.

* 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.

* 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.


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