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Friday, August 31, 2018

* Campus visitor parking

The Office of Admission continues to enhance the visit experience for our prospective students in order to make them feel welcome and at home on our campus.  We will be continuing to use the special parking signs and purple parking spaces in front of Olmsted Administration Hall that will be personalized to welcome each arriving guest by name. In order to ensure that each visiting guest has a place to park, we’re asking for your help to keep the purple spaces open at all times.  Please help us communicate this change to all students, faculty, staff, outside guests, and others so that we may make a positive first impression on our visitors.

Thank you for continuing to be an important part of the campus visit experience. We truly appreciate the enthusiasm and cooperation from the entire campus community in making the experience special for each of our visitors.

Dr. Shane Davidson
VP for Enrollment and Marketing


What's Happening Today

* FIJI Hot-tub-a-thon set for today

Phi Gamma Delta will be hosting its annual Hot-tub-a-thon today - Friday, August 31 - from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. All proceeds benefit the United Services Organization (USO). Come enjoy some relaxing hot-tubbing, burgers, and cornhole. Please contact Corbin Neu at to register a group for a one-hour time slot at $50 per group.

Submitted by Corbin Neu


Upcoming Events

* Cold Stone Give Back Night for Society of Women Engineers

Cold Stone Give Back Night for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is set for Tuesday, September 4 from 4:00 p.m. to closing. Enjoy some ice cream and present this voucher to help out SWE by raising funds to send members to the National SWE Conference.

For more information, e-mail

Submitted by Kaylee Gubricky

* SAB Black Panther showing Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

Join SAB on the East Terrace Lawn on Saturday, September 1 at 8:00 p.m. for Black Panther and free popcorn! Feel free to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on the grass.

Submitted by Megan King

* Join us on Wednesday, September 5 for our fall study abroad fair!

Stop by Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center, between 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on September 5 to find out about all of the different study abroad options available to students! Whether you’re interested in a semester, summer, or even a 10-day program, we can help you find the best program for your interests. Both Harlaxton and non-Harlaxton programs will be represented.

Recent Harlaxton returnees can stop by to pick up a small gift and fill out a postcard full of tips and tricks for our outgoing Harlaxton students. This is a great way to impart your best advice! It’s also a great opportunity to see how you can go abroad again

And don’t forget to enter our raffles! We will have a Harlaxton and non-Harlaxton raffle basket full of treats, so make sure you stop by to enter your name.

If you have any questions, you can e-mail Greta Becker

Submitted by Greta Becker

* "Life of Brian" interfaith viewing and discussion tonight

The study series "The Gospel of the Tenth Rate" begins tonight - September 5 - at 7:00 p.m. in the downstairs lounge of Neu Chapel. The first installment will be a viewing and discussion of the themes found in the film Monty Python's Life of Brian. This series will be open to people of any and all faiths as well as those without faiths. Hope to see you there!

Submitted by Jordan McQuiston

* September 5 - Andiron Lecture at 4:00 p.m. in Eykamp 252

The University of Evansville’s annual Andiron Lecture Series for 2018-19 begins at 4:00 p.m., on September 5 in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, in Ridgway University Center. Rachael McGill will be discussing “Poisoned Candy and Peace on Earth: How History Shapes American Holiday Culture.” These lectures are free and open to the public.

McGill’s lecture will explore how momentous events in American and world history from the 19th century onward have shaped our understanding of holiday culture in the United States. Focusing on Halloween and Christmas. She will trace the historical development behind key sentiments underlying each holiday.

McGill earned her MA in comparative religion from Western Michigan University and her BA degrees in religion and writing from UE. Her primary research interests examine the ongoing development of Western religious adherents’ understandings of religious themes, symbols, figures, and history in the face of modernity. She is interested in the complex relationship between religion and popular culture in the US, particularly in the role, portrayal, and influence of religious elements upon mass media.

Other lectures in this series include:

October 3, 4:00 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center
“Romans 13:1-10 in Ancient Context: Interpretation and Integration in the Public Square” – Keith Turner, UE John Wesley Minister and assistant chaplain for the Lilly-funded summer youth theology institute, Open Table.

A licensed pastor in the United Methodist Church, Turner earned his BA in bible and theology from Asbury University and his MDiv degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. The School of Practical Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary awarded him the Stanger Preaching Award for excellence in preaching, both in the crafting and in the delivery of sermons. He is a member of the Wesleyan Theological Society.

November 28, 4:00 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center
“Co-creation of Value Using Logistics and Supply Chain Relationships” – Yolanda Obaze, UE assistant professor of supply chain management.

Obaze earned her BA from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna Nigeria, and her MBA (strategic management and marketing) and PhD degrees from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. Her research interests include service systems, complexities and marketing theories, operations and supply chain management, logistics systems, and humanitarian logistics and supply chain management. She is an active member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, Production and Operations Management, South West Decision Sciences Institute, Decision Sciences Institute, and Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators.

February 6, 4:00 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center
“Composing Queer Music: Samuel Barber’s Despite and Still” - James Sullivan, UE assistant professor of music theory and double bass.

Sullivan earned his PhD in music theory and DMA and MM in double bass performance from the Eastman School of Music, as well as a BM in double bass performance and a BS in mathematics from Indiana University. His research focuses on rhythm and meter perception in post-tonal music. Sullivan’s Andiron Lecture brings together his interest in rhythm and meter with secondary interests in the music of Samuel Barber, queer music theory, and performance and analysis.

March 6, 4:00 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center
“Cautiously Confronting Colonialism: The United States and Decolonizing Africa, 1962-1990” -  Daniel Byrne, UE associate professor of history.

Byrne focuses his teaching on United States history since the American Civil War with an emphasis on the United States in the world. He also teaches a seminar on African decolonization, which combines his research in United States foreign policy with the nationalist perspectives on the end of European empires in Africa. His original research focused on the United States response to the Algerian war of independence and has expanded to cover the decolonization of French West Africa.

April 3, 4:00 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center
“War Victim to Gay Hero: Commemorating Lorca in the Absence of His Body” – Edward Curran, UE assistant professor of Spanish.

Curran earned his PhD in Hispanic literature from Cornell University, his MA in Spanish (Language, Literature, and Culture) from UNC Charlotte, and his BA in modern languages from Winthrop University. His teaching and research interests include: twentieth-century Spanish literature, photography, film, monuments, material culture, photography theory and visual studies. His Andiron Lecture examines categories of human remains germane to the Peninsula’s mass grave exhumation phenomenon and their representation in photography, monuments, and the plastic arts.

The Andiron Lectures in Liberal Arts and Sciences series is sponsored by the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences and supported by a generous gift from Donald B. Korb. For more information, call 812-488-1070 or 812-488-2589.

* Exhibit featuring local artists on display in Peterson Gallery

“Complementary Colors,” an exhibit by Evansville, Indiana, artists Connie Bell, Nikki Pritchett, and Jan Rhea Unfried will be on display at the University of Evansville’s Melvin Peterson Gallery from September 4-October 20. On Thursday, September 6, there will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. for the artists, whose work can be found in homes and businesses across the US and beyond. These events are free and open to the public.

The work of this trio of artists – a mother and two daughters – contrast in style and subject. Similarities lie in the vibrant color they all consistently infuse throughout their many paintings, and when displayed with one another, become “Complementary Colors.”

The Melvin Peterson Gallery is located at 1935 Lincoln Avenue on the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach Avenues in Evansville. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from noon-3:00 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from noon-6:00 p.m.

For more information, contact 207-650-6073.

* Catholic Mass on campus

There will be a Catholic Mass this Sunday, September 2, at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Father Alex Zenthoefer will be the celebrant. All are welcome!

Submitted by Sam Wallisch

* Part-time job fair next week

Need a part-time job? Drop by and meet with area employers at the Part-Time Job Fair! The event is planned for Wednesday, September 5, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., on the first floor of Ridgway University Center

- Business casual attire recommended
- Bring many copies of your résumé

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald

* Native Plant Sale planned for September 8

The University of Evansville's Native Plant Garden in Koch Courtyard was used as a plant source for species for the Native Plant Sale set for Saturday, September 8 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Eykamp Scout Shelter. The sale is hosted by the Southwest Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society.

UE’s Native Plant Garden provides a venue where over 100 species of native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees can be viewed. This native plant diversity has great value for several reasons, including beneficial ecosystem services through improved ecosystem function, support for native insects (including insect herbivores and pollinators), and the food resources to other animals (e.g., birds via seeds and/or prey items). Unfortunately, habitat destruction has led to the loss of wetlands, prairies, and forests, resulting in reduced numbers of native plant species. As one would expect, the loss of floral diversity has caused a reduction in the number of herbivores and pollinators, and a reduction in ecosystem services. The University of Evansville’s native plant garden represents one effort to restore native plants.

Come visit the native plant garden throughout the fall. But also, go to the Native Plant Sale on Saturday, September 8, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Eykamp Scout Shelter. The native plants you grow will be valuable as host plants for butterfly larvae, as well as beneficial to native bee pollinators. Bees are of special note because native bees are in critical need of help because of habitat loss and pesticides. Moreover, bees are wonderfully diverse, partitioning their niche space based on nesting habit, tongue length, and body size/color. Just in Indiana, 416 species of bees occur, including species from 6 different families.

Contact Cris Hochwender ( if you have any questions about the native plant garden or restoration efforts at UE.

Submitted by Cris Hochwender


Changemaker Corner

* Erin Lewis and Hannah Jaramillo discuss High School Changemaker Challenge on Local Lifestyles

Erin Lewis, UE associate director for the Center for Innovation & Change, and UE student Hannah Jaramillo joined Ange Humphrey on Local Lifestyles recently to talk about UE’s annual High School Changemaker Challenge. When Jaramillo was a senior in high school, she took part in UE’s first High School Challenge and her team won the competition. Their winning idea was a CommuniTree, a steel tree powered by solar energy. It will soon be installed at Evansville’s new downtown playground, Mickey’s Kingdom. You can watch the interview here on the Tristatehompage website.

The deadline to register for this year's High School Changemaker Challenge is Tuesday, September 4.

* Come one, come all to today's #UEChangefest2018

Join us for #UEChangefest2018 TODAY- Friday, September 7 - from 2:00-4:00 p.m., outside Ridgeway University Center. Come and support Professor Mark Valenzuela as he makes an official attempt to break the world record for the tallest stack of tortillas. There will also be live salsa dance lessons and many more activities to support Changemaker activities and classes. UE will be building home 499 for Habitat for Humanity (purple door and all)! Come sign the 2X4s and put love into the house. We all need some love!

Submitted by Stacey Shanks


Info You Should Know

* Dion interviewed by NBC about President Trump's visit to Evansville

Robert Dion, chair of the Department of Law, Politics, and Society, was interviewed by the NBC News bureau in Washington, DC., about President Trump’s visit to Evansville. They used a quote from Dion in their online coverage of the event. You can read the article here on the NBC website.

* Aces participate in Jimmy & Rosalyn #CarterWorkProject with #HabitatforHumanity.

A group of Aces traveled to South Bend, Indiana, this week for the Jimmy & Rosalyn #CarterWorkProject with #HabitatforHumanity.

Jimmy Carter and House Builders

They were at the work site at 6:00 a.m. yesterday, prayed with Jimmy Carter, worked with partner mom Laura, worked on the lot next to David Letterman and had a great first day!

Beth Folz, Mark Valenzuela, Chuck Meacham, and Holly Carter by Habitat House sign

The #changemakers pictured here - Habitat for Humanity of Evansville Director Beth Folz, UE’s Mark Valenzuela, Chuck Meacham, and Holly Carter— are at it again this morning!

* Computer monitors available for $15

The UE Bookstore has a limited quantity of 15-inch adjustable computer monitors available for $15. These are made available through the Office of Technology Services. Monitors were formerly used in campus computer labs and were replaced recently. These are AS IS models and are available to anyone from the campus community on a first come, first served basis. Check them out in the Bookstore or view this photo.

Computer Monitor for Sale

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* A good time had by all at Honors Program Freshman Retreat

The Honors Program is excited to welcome 56 new freshmen this fall. On Sunday, August 26, these students took part in the annual honors freshman retreat at Audubon State Park. While at Audubon, the freshmen completed a team-building challenge course and played a mini-version of the popular Nerd Wars. Nerd Wars, which takes place every February, is the Honors Program’s philanthropic event, pitting student and faculty teams against each other in an exciting battle of knowledge.

The retreat also featured a discussion of the honors freshman common read book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

Honors students on steps posing for photo

Special thanks to the faculty who shared their expertise during the discussion – associate professor of history Dan Byrne, professor emeritus Dick Connolly, associate professor of philosophy Lisa Kretz, professor of biology Joyce Stamm, and associate professor of psychology Maggie Stevenson.

The Honors Program invites the campus community to join in reading the book in advance of other events taking place this semester, including a campus visit and presentation by members of the Lacks family on October 29.

Submitted by Jayme Williams

* Writing Center schedule

The Writing Center will be open from Monday, September 10, to Wednesday, December 5.

The center’s hours are Monday - Thursday: 10 – 9, and Friday: 10 – 1.

We are finalizing the tutors' schedules, and students should be able to make appointments after Labor Day.

Our staff of peer tutors come from a range of different majors, and all of them love helping students develop as writers. As skilled writers themselves, they are able to assist students with all areas of the writing process, from narrowing a topic to making final revisions.

Professors - please encourage your students to utilize the UE Writing Center for their papers. If you would like to have a representative of the Writing Center visit your class to give a brief presentation of our services, or if you would like to plan a group visit to the center, please e-mail

Submitted by Ian McDonald

* College Mentors for Kids is recruiting

College Mentors for Kids is a national organization that connects kids to college students through weekly on-campus activities that inspire growth, confidence, and brighter futures. The chapter here at UE brings kids to campus every week from Joshua Academy that range from 1st to 5th grade. Mentors are paired one-on-one with a student and will go through many activities with each other that focus on community, diversity, and higher education. Mentors participate each Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Classes that last until 3:50 p.m. or start at 5:00 p.m. can be worked around!

If you are interested in applying, then you can do so here:

The deadline for applications is September 14 and interviews follow the next week! If you have any questions, then please reach out to Joe Cook ( or Paige Hignite (

Submitted by Joe Cook

* Call for UExplore research proposals

Students, please consider participating in the UExplore undergraduate research program this semester. The deadline for the Fall Semester student-generated proposals is Thursday, September 13. A digital copy (Word or PDF format) and ten (10) paper copies of your proposal are due in the Office of Academic Affairs to Paula Heldt before the end of the business day of the proposal deadline.

Information about the UExplore program and the proposal template can be found from the UExplore website:

You can request up to $1000 for hardware and services to support your proposed research project. Proposals from nearly every department on campus have been funded.

Submitted by Doug Stamps 

* Check out "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" from UE library before the Lacks family visits UE

Copies of the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, are available at the UE Library for all to check out. Grab one before Labor Day weekend!

Members of the Lacks family will visit UE on Monday, October 29 and the campus community is invited. You won’t want to miss this.

The Honors Program freshmen read the book for their summer common read and now the Honors Program extends an invitation to everyone on campus to read it. Watch for more events and activities related to themes brought forth in the book to be sponsored this year.

Below is background information on Henrietta Lacks from this website:

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells - taken without her knowledge in 1951 - became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.

The book was made into an HBO movie by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball; this New York Times bestseller takes readers on an extraordinary journey, from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers filled with HeLa cells, from Henrietta’s small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia, to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. It’s a story inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we’re made of.

Winner of several awards, including the 2010 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, the 2010 Wellcome Trust Book Prize, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Award for Excellence in Science Writing, the 2011 Audie Award for Best Non-Fiction Audiobook, and a Medical Journalists’ Association Open Book Award, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was featured on over 60 critics’ best of the year lists.

Submitted by Cherie Leonhardt 

* Fitness Center Labor Day Hours

The Fitness Center will be open this weekend and on Labor Day with the following hours:

  • Saturday: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Monday: 2:00-10:00 p.m.

Submitted by Lori Adams 

* University Worship to follow Labor Day holiday schedule

University Worship will break for the Labor Day holiday weekend this Sunday, September 2. Please be safe if you are traveling to enjoy the last slice of summer!

Submitted by Keith Turner

* Dining hours for Labor Day weekend

Campus dining hours will operate on a modified schedule for Labor Day weekend. Below are the operation times for each location.


  • Café Court: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Rademacher’s Café: Closed
  • Chick-fil-A: Noon-8:00 p.m.
  • ACE’s Place: (Self-serve) 6:00-10:30 a.m.; (staffed) 10:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; (self-serve) 10:00 p.m.-midnight
  • Koch Market: (Self-serve) when building is open


  • Café Court: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Rademacher’s Café: Closed
  • Chick-fil-=A: Closed
  • ACE’s Place: (Self-serve) 6:00-10:30 a.m.; (staffed) 10:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; (self-serve) 10:00 p.m.-midnight
  • Koch Market: (Self-serve) when building is open


  • Café Court: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Rademacher’s Café: Closed
  • Chick-fil-=A: Closed
  • ACE’s Place: (Self-serve) 6:00 a.m.-midnight
  • Koch Market: (Self-serve) When building is open

Submitted by Brian Conner

* 2018-19 President's Club parking decals

Please adhere and proudly display your new 2018-19 President's Club parking decal to your vehicle’s front windshield.

Be respectful of our campus visitors; please do not park in labeled Visitor Parking spots throughout campus and Admission’s purple-curbed parking spaces in front of Olmsted Admiration Hall on the front oval.

President’s Club parking decals are nontransferable. UE's Safety and Security has a list of valid President's Club donors.

The President’s Club recognizes alumni, parents, and friends of UE who contribute $1,000 or more annually to any area of the University. The support of these donors provides scholarships for students, enriches our academic programs, supports faculty research, and so much more. The outstanding generosity and loyalty reflect a strong commitment to the University of Evansville.

If you would like more information on the President’s Club, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at 812-488-2021 or

Submitted by Jennifer Calderone

* Seniors!

Seniors - this is an exciting time in our lives. We’ve made it through excruciating tests, long assignments, and killer deadlines. As we close out this chapter, let's leave a great legacy. The Senior Class Committee (SCC) is about making our last moments at the University count.

If you would like more information about joining SCC, then please e-mail me, Cherice Williams, at or text 812-205-3953. I'm looking forward to working with you to make our last year at UE one to remember.

Submitted by Cherice Williams

* UE Bookstore Labor Day weekend hours

The UE Bookstore will be closed for the Labor Day Holiday Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3. We will resume normal store hours on Tuesday, September 4.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* Scholarship opportunity!

The Balanced Man Scholarship is presented to an outstanding male freshman. Prizes include $1,000, $500, and $250 to the top three applicants. Scholarship winners are men that exemplify Sigma Phi Epsilon's values of Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love. Apply online at our website, or at our table in Ridgway University Center from August 22-24!

Submitted by Joshua Isaacs

* UE & USPS closed – Labor Day

This is a reminder that UE and the United States Postal Service will be closed in observance of Labor Day, Monday, September 3. Outgoing mail picked up by UE distribution services/mail services from UE areas on Friday, August 31, will be transported to Data Mail to be metered and processed that evening. For mailing questions, contact mail services at ext. 2197.

Submitted by Kim Winsett

* Health screening sign-ups

Earn HRA credits! Sign-up for your health screening today. Screenings will be held in the Employee Health Center on Sept. 11-14 from 7:00-11:00 am. Please fast for 8-12 hours. Sign-ups are posted on the main page of AceLink. Please do not schedule your screening through the health clinic. Please contact with questions.

Submitted by Ashley Chipps

* New York Times available online

Students and staff now have full complimentary access to and NYT mobile apps, thanks to our school-wide subscription.*

We encourage you to take advantage of the world-class journalism of The New York Times to enrich your educational experience. covers a variety of topics with unsurpassed quality and depth through breaking news articles, blogs, videos and interactive features. In addition, you will be able to share content on social networks, save articles of interest, subscribe to email newsletters and set up personalized alerts. Your access to is available from any location, on or off campus.

Activate your pass for free access to as follows:

From any location, visit

Follow the simple instructions. Once activated, your Pass will provide access to from any location.

Download your free NYT apps: visit

Submitted by Danielle Williams



* UE's ACE³ Program named finalist in national competition

The University of Evansville’s Access to Capital and Expertise for Emerging Entrepreneurs (ACE³) program has been selected as a Pioneer (finalist) in the Unlocking ¢hange Challenge: Innovations for Financial Wellbeing, Resilience, and Freedom. This nationwide competition seeks to find and support leading social entrepreneurs and innovators across the country.

The ACE³ program was one of 10 finalists chosen out a group of 140 entries. The four Champions (winners) of the challenge will be announced on Oct 3. Each winner will receive $50,000 to support their programs.

Representatives of ACE³ will soon be going to New York to attend the Unlocking ¢hange Challenge event. While there, they will have the opportunity to network, participate in workshops, and discuss the Ace³ program, sponsored by Old National Bank.

The challenge is a collaboration between BNY Mellon, an American worldwide banking and financial services holding company, and Ashoka, the world’s largest group of social entrepreneurs and changemakers.

The University of Evansville was recently named a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, an Ashoka initiative. UE received the recognition due to its leadership in social innovation and changemaking in higher education. It’s one of 50 universities world-wide with this distinction and the first in Indiana.

The ACE³ program is sponsored, funded, and co-managed by Old National Bank and is located in the Schroeder School of Business’s Institute for Banking and Finance under the direction of Yasser Alhenawi, UE associate professor of finance. ACE³ manages a $100,000 portfolio, which offers microloans to women, minority, and disadvantaged owned businesses. Students interface with clients, review business plans, and serve as underwriters for loans.

“ACE³ gives students the opportunity to gain invaluable skills and real-world experience while making a positive impact in the community,” said Greg Rawski, Schroeder Family Dean,

The Schroeder School of Business is the nation’s fastest riser (+38 places) in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Undergraduate Business Programs and is ranked Number 4 among small private business schools nationally.

Ace3 Finalists standing in front of the Old National Bank logo

* Asher Trockman receives top undergraduate prize in the Student Research Competition

Asher Trockman, an undergraduate in computer science at the University of Evansville and a 2017 member of Carnegie Mellon's Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Software Engineering (REUSE) program, received this year’s top undergraduate prize in the Student Research Competition at the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The award, part of the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) sponsored by Microsoft Research, affords undergraduate and graduate students a unique opportunity to present their original research before a panel of judges and experts. Winners of the competition are invited to participate in the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals.

The research was conducted while Trockman was a student in the REUSE program during the summer of 2017, along with Shurui Zhou, Christian Kästner, and Bogdan Vasilescu at the Institute for Software Research and the Socio-Technical Research Using Data Excavation Lab (STRUDEL). The resulting paper, "Adding Sparkle to Social Coding: An Empirical Study of Repository Badges in the npm Ecosystem", was published in the technical track at ICSE and was also presented as part of the ICSE Student Research Competition.

The research examined the reliability of GitHub repository badges for inferring various qualities of open source projects.

* Shelby presents megachurch research at the annual ASR meeting

Rob Shelby, assistant professor of sociology, presented a paper titled Isomorphic Effects among Modern Megachurches in the U.S. at the annual meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion in Philadelphia.  Shelby also convened a session on “Clergy Exit and Work.”



* Phoenix Classic up next for Aces volleyball

With the home opener in the books, the Purple Aces volleyball team takes to the road this weekend as they head to Elon, N.C. for the Phoenix Classic on Friday and Saturday. UE takes on Elon, Gardner-Webb and North Carolina Central in the tournament.

After a 3-0 start to the season in the Leatherneck Invitational, the University of Evansville volleyball team got tripped up by a 3-0 final in Tuesday’s home opener against SEMO. Rachel Tam added 14 kills while Cecilia Thon posted 15 assists; Lauren Murray led all players with 12 digs. Last weekend, the Aces were 3-0 in Macomb, Ill.; UE opened with a 3-2 win over Tennessee Tech before earning a 3-1 win over Fairleigh Dickinson; in the finale, the Aces topped Western Illinois in five sets.

Rachel Tam had one of the best weekends in program history in leading the Purple Aces to a perfect 3-0 mark and the Leatherneck Invitational Championship. Tam recorded 79 kills over the weekend before adding 14 against the Redhawks; she continues to pace the MVC with 5.47 kills per set. Entering the 2018 season, Tam’s career kills mark was 27, which she broke twice in the opening three matches. 

Two freshmen had stellar debuts in the trip to Macomb and played well in Tuesday’s contest against Southeast Missouri State. Kerra Cornist garnered All-Tournament Team accolades as she averaged 1.71 kills per set while ranking second on the team with 10 block assists. Cecilia Thon was UE’s top setter in the 3-0 start, posting at least 24 in all three games including her career mark of 32 against Fairleigh Dickinson. Thon added 15 assists in the home opener and has led UE in that stat in all four matches so far.

Elon comes into its home tournament with a perfect 4-0 mark. The Phoenix took top honors in last weekend’s Charlotte Invitational with wins over Presbyterian, Charlotte and USC Upstate. Kam Terry leads the way with 3.33 kills per set while Kodi Garcia checks in with 8.94 assists per frame.

Gardner-Webb brings its 2-1 record to Elon as they defeated Jackson State and Alabama A&M in the season-opening SWAC/MEAC Tournament. Nichole Ford paces the Runnin’ Bulldogs with a total of 17 kills while Hannah Donaldson has recorded 13 total blocks.

The Eagles of North Carolina Central recorded a 1-2 mark as they also opened the season at the SWAC/MEAC Tournament. Their win came over Jackson State. Morgan Goodwin has notched a team-best 24 kills this year while Isis Mitchel currently has 95 assists, a total of 7.31 per set. Current UE graduate assistant Melissa Rabell was a player for the program from 2011 through 2014.


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