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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Upcoming Events

* Last session in UE Summer Yoga Series set for Aug. 13

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

A session is planned for August 13: Yoga for Stress Management.

RSVP to Stacey Shanks,

Submitted by Stacey Shanks

* Photography Exhibition

The 2018 faculty and staff photography exhibition will be held September 4-October 20 in the UE Krannert Gallery. All active and retired UE faculty and staff are invited to present their work.

Items should be matted, framed and suitable to hanging in the Krannert Gallery. Pictures up to 16” x 20” in size may be submitted.

Check out your picture files or take some great photographs while you’re on vacation this summer.

More details will follow in August as we get closer to the exhibition date.

Please contact UE professor emeritus Hanns Piper ( if you have any questions.

Submitted by Carol McCraney

* 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


Info You Should Know

* Hiring for UE AmeriCorps campus position

Applicants are now being sought for the positon of a ScholarCorps AmeriCorps member at UE. The ScholarCorps AmeriCorps member will be required to complete a minimum 1,700 hours of service from August 6, 2018-July 31, 2019.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s ScholarCorps AmeriCorps program engages volunteers in full-time AmeriCorps service. AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that engage more than 75,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Members who successfully complete a minimum 1,700 hours of AmeriCorps service will receive a modest living allowance and are eligible to receive a $5,920 AmeriCorps Education Award. AmeriCorps Education Awards can be used to repay qualified student loans, or pay the cost of attending a qualified institution of higher education.

ScholarCorps AmeriCorps members are placed at select colleges and universities across Indiana and serve as an on-campus resource to freshman and sophomore 21st Century Scholar students enrolled at that institution. The program aims to increase 21st Century Scholar retention and success by providing on-campus programming, direct support and connecting students to various on-campus resources, information and services needed to be successful in college.
Each ScholarCorps AmeriCorps member will be charged with providing Scholars with resources in alignment with four programmatic goal areas including:

  • Academic performance and persistence
  • Student engagement and enrichment
  • Career exploration and preparation
  • Financial literacy and debt management.

ScholarCorps AmeriCorps members also receive training and professional development and participate in National Days of Service as a member of the statewide AmeriCorps program.

Primary service activities and related tasks:

  • Increase student retention and success by providing on-campus programming and direct support to 21st Century Scholars
  • Track and monitor the academic performance of Scholars (mid-term and end of semester) and refer at-risk Scholars to on-campus tutoring, advising and academic support services
  • Connect Scholars with ongoing job-and career-related exploration resources, including career interest inventories, assessments, career services, job-shadowing and internships through EARN Indiana
  • Enhance the overall collegiate experience for 21st Century Scholars by providing meaningful networking and social opportunities, leadership development programing and civic engagement activities
  • Monitor and support Scholar progress toward meeting scholarship eligibility requirements (e.g., 30 credit hour completion, state FAFSA filing deadline, satisfactory academic progress, etc.)
  • Plan and organize a minimum of two (2) all-Scholar volunteer service projects (e.g., Make a Difference Day, MLK Day of Service, Earth Day, etc.)
  • Assist in data collection related to volunteer mobilization and Scholar participation for semi-annual progress reports
  • Participate in ScholarCorps Member trainings, orientation and professional development opportunities (e.g., statewide conferences, trainings, events, etc.)

Please share this information with anyone that might be interested in being an AmeriCorps paid member on the UE Campus. Position starts August 6!

Send inquires to Stacey Shanks or Angie Dawson at

Submitted by Stacey Shanks,

* Last day to withdraw from Summer II

Friday July 13 is the last day to withdraw from Summer II classes with a "W". 

* 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 



* UE student Tyra Baker earns Gold Badge in coding

Tyra Baker holding Award CertificateUniversity of Evansville student Tyra Baker of Dillsboro, Indiana, has earned a Gold Badge in coding through a partnership between the Independent Colleges of Indiana and Eleven Fifty Academy. Baker is majoring in economics at UE.

This was the second summer for Smart Launch Tech, a coding program designed for liberal arts students. One hundred percent of the 19 students from 14 private colleges around the state completed the month-long program on June 29, each earning the industry- and state-recognized Gold Badge Certification from Eleven Fifty, headquartered at Launch Fishers. 

The students learned the basics of HTML, CSS and Java Script in a four-week boot camp held on the campus of Franklin College during the month of June. They completed assignments demonstrating badge competencies and compiled an e-portfolio, presented at the end of the program. Featured speaker at the Gold Badge award ceremony was Scott Jones, founder of Eleven Fifty and veteran early-stage entrepreneur, inventor, strategist, and venture capitalist.

In addition to coding, students were exposed to the wide range of career possibilities within the tech field, including project and marketing management, data analysis, compliance, security, and design. Students also traveled to Indianapolis tech businesses including High Alpha, Pattern89, Kinney Group, and One Click.  During these visits, they had the chance to speak with company leaders and employees and gain exposure to tech working environments and protocols.

Smart Tech Launch was created to marry the technical skills of coding with the problem-solving approach of a liberal arts education.

“Technology alone is not enough,” Apple founder Steve Jobs said. “It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields results that makes our hearts sing.”

Funders for this summer’s program, made available to students free-of-charge, included ICI, a nonprofit association representing the 30 private, nonprofit colleges and universities in the Hoosier state; Eleven Fifty Academy, a nonprofit dedicated to producing technology and talent; and the Council of Independent Colleges through a venture fund grant.  Sustainability planning is now underway.

* Kerstein receives ACEC 2018 Young Engineer of Year Award

UE alumna Mary (Dial) Kerstein recently received the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Indiana 2018 Young Engineer of the Year Award. ACEC Indiana annually recognizes several individuals for their contributions to the consulting engineering professions. Kerstein received the award for her well-rounded involvement that parallels ACEC Indiana’s mission and objectives.

Kerstein is an active member of Women’s Transportation Seminar of Greater Indianapolis for four years and currently serves as vice president. Her passion for encouraging young women to go into STEM related fields is why she is a very active member of a number of young professional/education committees in professional and industry organizations, including the Young Professionals Committee for Aviation Indiana and the Education Committees of ACEC Indiana.

* Morgan Perry wins research award at NATA

Morgan Perry holding AwardMorgan Perry, recent 2018 graduate of the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT), won the research presentation award at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Convention last week.

Morgan’s abstract titled “The Risk of Ankle Sprains Based on Arthrometer Measurements: A Longitudinal Study” was selected by NATA’s Research and Education Foundation as one of the top four abstracts submitted by a Masters student for this year’s meeting. These four students gave their presentation in a special session at NATA in New Orleans, LA and was judged for scientific content and presentation style. '

Being a finalist was a high distinction in itself, but Morgan represented UE impressively by winning the Master’s Research Presentation Award.

Morgan’s abstract was a part of her graduate research work co-authored by research advisor Kathy Liu, UE professor and director of Masters of Science in Athletic Training Program; biostatistician William McConnell; and Dr. Geoff Gustavsen and professor Thomas Kaminski (both of the University of Delaware).

Morgan has accepted a job as an athletic training intern at Alabama A&M and will be working with their football and track and field programs.

* Kretz and Knoester's research receives award

Professor Lisa Kretz and Professor Matthew Knoester's article “Why do young adults vote at low rates? Implications for education” published in Social Studies Research and Practice has been selected by the editorial team as Highly Commended in the 2018 Emerald Literati Awards.



* Women's golf finishes with one of top 15 GPA's in the nation

In an impressive showing in the classroom, the University of Evansville women’s golf team was recognized by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association in an announcement by the organization on Wednesday.

As a team, the Purple Aces completed the school year with a team GPA of 3.715. That was tied for the 13th-best in the nation and tops in the Missouri Valley Conference.

“This is such a great achievement for our team,” UE head golf coach Jim Hamilton said. “It shows just how hard our girls have been working. They put so much effort into their performance in the classroom and on the course and it is great to see their work pay off.”

“I am very proud of each member of this team for contributing to this honor.”

Team members Madison Chaney, Giulia Mallmann, Minka Gill, Sophia Rohleder and Lexie Sollman all finished with GPA’s above 3.3 for the school year while two completed the year above 3.89.

The award caps off an exciting summer that saw Gill, Sollman and Mallmann earn WGCA All-America Scholar recognition. The top 25 Division I program GPA’s are listed below.

Division I
Place University Team GPA 

1 University of Nebraska Omaha  3.949 
2 Arkansas State University  3.866 
3 Rutgers University  3.812 
4 East Carolina University  3.806 
5 Arizona State University  3.790 
6 Seattle University  3.759 
7 University of Cincinnati  3.751 
8 University of South Carolina  3.747 
9 University of Denver  3.739 
10 Stanford University  3.734 
11 Seton Hall University  3.721 
12 Yale University  3.719 
T-13 Jacksonville University  3.715 
T-13 University of Evansville  3.715 
T-13 Quinnipiac University  3.715 
16 University of North Carolina at Greensboro  3.714 
17 University of Central Arkansas  3.713 
18 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga  3.707 
19 Jacksonville State University  3.704 
T-20 Houston Baptist University  3.695 
T-20 University of Arkansas-Little Rock  3.695 
22 University of Alabama  3.692 
23 Weber State University  3.691 
24 Coastal Carolina University  3.690 
25 University of Oregon  3.689  

* Three UE women's golfers earn All-America Scholar award

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American awards were announced recently with a total of 1,011 women’s collegiate golfers recognized with this prestigious honor. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.

Three representatives from the University of Evansville were named to the list as Minka Gill, Giulia Mallmann, and Lexie Sollman earned the honor.

“I am very proud to have three players on this prestigious team,” Purple Aces head golf coach Jim Hamilton said. “It shows the outstanding commitment they have on the course and in the classroom.  We plan on continuing this excellence in the future!”

As a freshman, Minka Gill had an excellent showing. Majoring in neuroscience, the Kokomo, Indiana, native finished the school year with a 3.971 GPA. She played in 25 rounds while finishing with a stroke average of 82.88.

Senior Giulia Mallmann completed her time at UE with a GPA of 3.715 while majoring in Sport Management. She has also been building up her resume off the course, spending time working as an intern at the 2016 Olympics and with the PGA Tour. During the 2017-18 season, Mallmann played in all 26 rounds with her top finish coming at the Alabama State Spring Kickoff as she came home in 14th place.

Lexie Sollman finished her sophomore campaign with the Aces and stands with a GPA of 3.632 as a public health major with an emphasis in nutrition. She took part in 18 rounds this season, earning a top 20 finish at Alabama State.


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