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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

* UE welcomes President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz

Christopher PietruszkiewiczThe University of Evansville welcomes President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz as the institution's 24th president. President Pietruszkiewicz officially begins his new duties on Monday, July 2.

“I am delighted to join the University of Evansville community and look forward to working together with an exceptional faculty and outstanding staff to provide an education of distinction,” Pietruszkiewicz said. “From an international experience ranked number 1 in the country, to 96 percent of students participating in real-world externship experiences, to 94 percent graduating with meaningful jobs or graduate school awaiting them, I am eager to build on the tremendous success of UE. There is so much more we will do together.”

He was chosen for the position of UE president after an exhaustive nationwide search. The presidential search committee was led by UE trustee Sally Rideout, and the Board of Trustees elected Pietruszkiewicz in a formal vote on March 28. Former UE president Thomas A. Kazee retired in May after eight years of service to the University.

Rideout noted that “Pietruszkiewicz’s comprehensive understanding of the overall institutional operation and his successful leadership of taking Stetson’s independently operating College of Law through a time of great change made him stand out. The committee believes his vision and leadership style are a strong match for the University of Evansville and our entire community.”

Pietruszkiewicz served as dean and professor of law at Stetson University College of Law for six years. The College of Law is located three hours from Stetson’s undergraduate campus and is autonomous in managing its $40 million annual budget. As dean, Pietruszkiewicz was closely involved with all faculty, administration, and operations. Under his leadership, Stetson’s College of Law contributed more than 30,000 hours of service to the community, and alumni support has increased by 39 percent.

During his time at Stetson, Pietruszkiewicz established an enrollment management model to strengthen entering student credentials, increased diversity of student body, improved a nationally recognized academic success program ranked top 30 in the US out of 202 law schools, and enhanced employment opportunities for graduating students.

Pietruszkiewicz created the first public-private 3+3 program in the United States at Stetson. In this program, undergraduate students attend law school after just three years and first year credits in law school are applied to the fourth year of undergraduate studies. Pietruszkiewicz was also instrumental in creating the first medical-legal program in the United States, a program in which Stetson’s law school and the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine collaborate to assist veterans in obtaining benefits based on their service.

During Pietruszkiewicz’s tenure at Stetson, the annual fund increased substantially and the number of donors grew significantly last year. Additionally, 13 alumni chapters were launched for broadened engagement among graduates. He has also produced a surplus in capital and operational budgets each year as dean.

“We look forward to seeing what exciting developments lie ahead as President Pietruszkiewicz leads our University,” said Linda White, chairman of University of Evansville’s Board of Trustees.

Pietruszkiewicz began his academic career at George Mason University School of Law, where he was an adjunct professor of law. He joined the faculty of the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2001 and became vice chancellor for business and financial affairs in 2007.

Prior to entering academia, Pietruszkiewicz served as a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice from 1997 to 2001, receiving the Outstanding Attorney Award in 2000. He also served as an attorney/adviser in the United States Department of Education from 1992 to 1997, receiving the Assistant Secretary’s Award for Team Distinction and the Deputy Secretary’s Award for Service

Pietruszkiewicz was an NCAA and high school basketball official and worked with Special Olympics Virginia and Special Olympics Louisiana. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Scranton, a J.D. at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in taxation at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Pietruszkiewicz is married to Siobhan Pietruszkiewicz, a licensed clinical worker with over a decade of experience writing and implementing grants for state agencies and local nonprofits. She has taught social work courses at Louisiana State University for undergraduate and graduate students as well as law students. The Pietruszkiewiczs have two children: Ryan, age 12; and John, age 8. 


Upcoming Events

* Re-Thinking Diversity Summer Series: Dialogue on Race

The next session in the Re-Thinking Diversity Summer Series: Dialogue on Race is titled," Structural Racism and Privilege." The discussion will be facilitated by Valerie Stein, department chair in philosophy and religion. Stein will lead dialogue on unearned and unrecognized advantages, benefits, or rights conferred on people in a dominant group.

The Office of Diversity Initiatives is offering these one-hour sessions that provide an opportunity for interactive dialogue and allow campus participants to think and discuss opportunities to re-think everything you thought you ever knew about race related issues. The sessions will provide solution-oriented steps and strategies as well as resources for participants.

Participants must RSVP to by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday of the week of the session.

Upcoming sessions are planned for July 18, August 1, and August 8 in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center.

Sessions are intended for any campus members and friends (i.e., faculty, staff, students, alumni or administrators). Anyone attending all of the sessions will be given a certificate of completion of diversity and inclusion at UE at the end of the summer sessions.

Submitted by LaNeeca Williams

* TIAA individual counseling sessions for July

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus for individual counseling sessions on Tuesday, July 17.  To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353.

Please note that the meeting location has been changed to Room 153 (Eades Music Room) in the Schroeder School of Business Building.

* UE Summer Yoga Series

FREE Summer Yoga will be offered this summer on Mondays from noon-1:00 p.m. in Carson Center

  • July 9: Yoga for Healthy Backs
  • July 23: How to do Yoga at Home
  • August 6: BIKYASA for Beginners (Bikram + Ashtanga Sequences)
  • August 13: Yoga for Stress Management

RSVP to Stacey Shanks,


Info You Should Know

* President Pietruszkiewicz interviewed by WEHT

President Pietruszkiewicz was interviewed yesterday afternoon by WEHT. He talked about plans for the future and the legacy left by Dr. Kazee. He also discussed the Ashoka Changemaker designation, the bond between UE and the community, the warm welcome he has received, and much more.  A video of the entire interview has been posted on WEHT's website.

* New UE Bookstore website

The UE Bookstore has a new website and web address (effective immediately.) The link to the new site is Please change any information you have to the new site. The old site will be gone and will be inactive. If you have any questions, please contact the UE Bookstore.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* Bone, Griffith, and Pleasant attend faculty development conference at Barnard College

Professors Paul Bone (Creative Writing), Tiffany Griffith (English), and Lesley Pleasant (Foreign Languages) attended the Reacting to the Past Summer Institute at Barnard College, June 14-17.

The conference is specifically designed for faculty development and trains instructors who wish to use the curriculum. Faculty new to the Reacting to the Past method participate in "reacting games" under the guidance of experienced faculty. This curriculum, which uses elaborate and highly structured reenactments of critical historical moments, assigns roles to students, who act, speak, and write from the historical perspective of their assigned characters.

Bone, Griffith, and Pleasant participated in two games: The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C. and Greenwich Village 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman. They also attended concurrent sessions on instituting curricular change, inclusivity in reacting games, and a panel featuring student perspectives on their experience with reacting games.

* Thursday afternoon golf outings

The employees at the University of Evansville are again invited to play golf on Thursday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. at Fendrich golf course. Please make a tee time by contacting Debbie Kassenbrock in the Center for Academic Advising by 11:00 a.m. on Thursdays at or 812-488-2605. 

Submitted by Debbie Kassenbrock 

* Summer Pcard Cardholder Training Schedule

The 2018 summer Pcard cardholder training session calendar is now available on the AceLink Pcard website under Training Materials/Dates to Remember. For questions or to reserve a training spot, contact the Office of Administrative Services at ext. 2941. 

Submitted by Kim Winsett 



* Azarian publishes research paper

Mohammad K. Azarian, professor of mathematics, published a paper entitled, Risala al-watar wa'l jaib ("The Treatise on the Chord and Sine")-Revisited, in Forum Geometricorum. The purpose of this paper was three-fold. First, Azarian used Jamshid al-Kashi's [Kashani's] famous cubic equation and a mathematica program to calculate sine of one degree to over 11,200,000 decimal digits of accuracy; an amazing improvement over the 17 digits of accuracy that Kashani found by pencil and paper in 1426. Then, Azarian conjectured that Kashani's cubic equation can be used to calculate sine of one degree to any desired accuracy. Second, Azarian set the record straight about the number of correct digits obtained by Kashani that were reported in many previous studies. Third, Azarian commented on some statements that he made in his previous paper on this topic.



* Bailey George Memorial 5k Run/Walk set for July 7

University of Evansville head cross country coach Don Walters announced that the Bailey George Memorial 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, July 7 to honor the memory of former Purple Aces runner Bailey George, who passed away from cancer in 2016.

Registration for the event is just $20.00 with all proceeds going directly into the Bailey George Scholarship Fund at the University of Evansville.

For the first time, the event will take place on the campus of the University of Evansville with the start/finish line located at the old National Guard Armory. The course will showcase the university's scenic campus.

The race begins at 9 a.m. and is an untimed event. There will be a clock at the finish line. A 400-meter children's race will also take place. Medals will be given out for the 400-meter children's race.

"This event is a great way to celebrate Bailey and what was important to her. Being outside, physical fitness, and cross country were important things to her, and I'm glad that we are able to celebrate her, and what was important to her," says Coach Don Walters.

Last year saw another successful turnout in the event's second running. In the inaugural year in 2016, 300 runners and walkers took part in the run and walk.

Pre-registration is encouraged at Day-of registration will also be accepted. If you cannot attend this event but would like to contribute to the Bailey George Memorial Scholarship Fund, please visit

For more information, please contact UE head cross country coach Don Walters at 812-457-4103.

* Aces Men's Soccer releases 2018 schedule

The University of Evansville men's soccer team and head coach Marshall Ray have announced their 2018 schedule including 21 dates with a trio of exhibitions.

The Purple Aces are coming off a 2017 campaign that saw Evansville finish with an 11-8-2 overall record, marking back-to-back seasons in which Evansville won double-digit matches; the first time UE had done so since the 1995 and 1996 seasons. In the postseason, the Aces advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament for the second-straight year, also marking the first time Evansville has accomplished the feat since 1995 and 1996.

"We are excited for the start of training camp in August," said Ray. "I am anxious to see the additions to our coaching staff and roster at work on the field.  We lost several key contributors from our 2017 roster and it will be an important two weeks for us as we find our way with 13 new additions to the team.  I am certain our returning players understand the groundwork that has been laid the past three seasons. It is important for us to transition our new players as quickly as possible into the culture that is demanded by the tradition of our program." 

To open the season, UE takes part in a pair of exhibitions as well as an alumni match beginning on August 11th with the Purple Aces alumni match. Following the alumni match, the Aces face Louisville on the road on August 18 in an exhibition contest against a Cardinals side that reached the quarterfinals of the 2017 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship. UE closes out regular season competition on August 19 back at Arad McCutchan Stadium against Bellarmine in the Aces' final tune-up before regular season play begins.

Evansville opens the regular season on the road on August 24 and 26 when the Aces face Western Athletic Conference members UNLV and Utah Valley in Orem, Utah. The three-game road trip to open the season continues for UE with a trip to Eastern Illinois on August 31. On September 2, the Aces host IUPUI at Arad McCutchan Stadium for Evansville's home-opener.

A string of four premier home games highlights the early portion of the schedule. The Aces open this stretch on September 7 against Grand Canyon. 2017 national runner-up Indiana comes to Arad McCutchan Stadium on September 21 to renew the rivalry for the 37th time.

The second half of the stretch of premier matches continues with UE's MVC opener against Missouri State on September 29 and concludes with a matchup with in-state foe Butler, who were 2017 Big East regular season champions, on October 2.

UE returns to conference play on October 6 on the road at reigning MVC Tournament Champion Central Arkansas before returning home to face Lipscomb in a non-conference contest on October 9.

Hitting the midway point in the month of October, the Aces play host to Drake on October 13 and challenge SIU Edwardsville on October 16 in McCutchan Stadium.

After taking two of three matchups last season, Evansville travels to Chicago, Ill. to take on Loyola on October 20. In the Aces' final non-conference test of the season, UE heads to face Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. on October 23.

To close out the regular season, the Aces host Valparaiso on Homecoming and Senior Day on October 27 in Evansville's home finale before heading to Peoria, Ill. to complete the regular season ar Bradley on November 3.  

For the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, the Aces would play in a familiar venue if they would qualify as Evansville was selected to host the 2018 edition of the tournament at Arad McCutchan Stadium.

"Our 2018 non-conference schedule is going to prepare us for the battles faced during Missouri Valley Conference play," said Ray. "We are bringing some of the best players and programs in the country to our campus this fall as well as traveling out west again to test our skills against two of the best programs in the WAC.  We have to stay focused on who we are and continue to put the work in on a daily basis as we maneuver through the non-conference schedule in preparation for each conference match.  It is vital, we take the 2018 schedule one match at a time."


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