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Friday, September 21, 2018

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* UE to recognize International Day of Peace today at 12:15 p.m.

The University of Evansville will observe International Day of Peace with a brief ritual and ringing of the Interfaith Peace Bell today - Friday, September 21 - at 12:15 p.m. The bells which normally ring out from the Olmsted tower will be silent throughout the day on Friday. The Interfaith Peace Bell will be rung by UE's Interfaith Peace Bell stewards Macy Dimmett and Hayley Elliott. People of all religious traditions and worldviews are encouraged to attend as we come together to yearn for peace in the world.

The United Nations General Assembly has declared September 21 to be the International Day of Peace; it is to be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence. The United Nations has invited all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, regional and non-governmental organizations and individuals to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner, including through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in establishing a global ceasefire.

To inaugurate the day, the Peace Bell is rung at UN Headquarters in New York City. The Peace Bell was presented to the United Nations on June 8, 1954, by the United Nations Association of Japan, in the name of the People of Nippon.

The bell was cast from coins donated by the delegates of sixty nations, participating in the Thirteenth General Conference of United Nation Associations held in Paris in 1951, and from individual contributions of coins and metals. It is a gift and serves as "a reminder of the human cost of war"; the inscription on its side reads, "Long live absolute world peace."

Submitted by Tamara Gieselman

* ECTE Lecture on teaching and learning today!

Join the Eykamp Center for Teaching Excellence today at 3:00 p.m. in Room 162 in the Schroeder School of Business Building for our September Lecture on Teaching and Learning.

This month’s topic is: “Improving Learning Outcomes with Student Engagement Strategies,” presented by Lisa Marie Hale, assistant professor of education, and Theresa Price, assistant professor of nursing. They will be sharing engagement approaches they learned at this year’s Teaching Professor Conference in Atlanta, as well as leading a discussion on how to integrate these techniques into our classes.

We look forward to seeing you there for good conversations about good teaching!

Submitted by Mari Plikuhn

* Security Awareness Week: September 17-21

Security Awareness Week is September 17-21. Activities planned include:

Today - Friday, September 21
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Lobby of Ridgway University Center

  • Equipment and Services provided by the Office of Safety & Security
  • Students can register for FREE prizes

The drawing for free prizes for students is today, Friday, September 21, at 3:00 p.m. Prizes will include:

  • UE Coffee Mug
  • UE LED Flashlight Folding Umbrella
  • UE Ball Cap
  • UE Tumbler
  • UE Fleece Throw    
* UE Theatre begins 2018–19 season with "Iphigenia and Other Daughters"

The University of Evansville Theatre proudly presents its first production of the season, Ellen McLaughlin’s Iphigenia and Other Daughters, adapted from the plays Iphigenia in Aulis and Iphigenia in Tauris, by Euripides, and the play Electra, by Sophocles. Iphigenia and Other Daughters is a provocative and daring tale about the roles women assume in the vicious cycle of vengeance and violence. This production opened Friday, September 21 in the May Studio Theatre. There is one more performance - today, September 27 -  at 7:30 p.m.

Professor of Theatre Diane Brewer directs Iphigenia and Other Daughters. Department Chair Eric Renschler serves as the scenic designer; Assistant Professor of Theatre Sarah J. Smith is the costume designer; Meaghan Stanley, a junior from Middlebury, Vt., is the lighting designer; Matt McDonald, a senior from Carmel, Ind., serves as the sound designer; Cassy Spaduzzi, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, is the dramaturg, Assistant Professor Janel Miley serves as the Vocal Coach; Lauren Ward, a sophomore from Fort Worth, Texas, is the stage manager; and Mason Wilhite, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, serves as the technical director.

The cast features first-year student Kayleigh Doyle from McKinney, Texas, as Iphigenia; senior Madeline Easley from Overland Park, Kan., as Clytemnestra; senior Amanda Suggs from Cedar Park, Texas, as Chrysothemis; sophomore Fiona Peterson-Quinn from Lincoln, Ind., as Electra; junior Alexander James Hunter from Conifer, Colo., as Orestes; and Chorus members include first-year students Liv Campbell from Kingwood, Texas, Cassandra Dunn from Brattleboro, Vt., Bailey Lomax from Sellersburg, Ind., Stephanie Voteau from St. Louis, Mo., and Kelly Walsh from Hollywood, Fla.

Ticket prices are $11 for adults and $9 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend.


Upcoming Events

* UE Theatre guest artist presents Intimacy & Consent for Classroom & Performance Workshop

UE Theatre guest artist Alexis Black will present an Intimacy & Consent for Classroom & Performance Workshop to theatre students on Saturday, September 22 in the May Studio Theatre from 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Black received her BFA in Performance from Ohio University and her MFA in Theatre Performance Pedagogy with an emphasis in Movement from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an educator, fight, movement and intimacy director, performer, and director.

Responsible partnering is integral to the acting world, especially when working with physical touch or intimate moments for the stage. Exploring techniques pioneered by Theatrical Intimacy Education and Intimacy Directors International, this workshop will be comprised of two sections: the first focusing on vocabulary, the distinction between permission and consent, and the support of consent work in the classroom, rehearsal and performance. The second half will be a practical exploration of tools utilized to choreograph moments of intimacy for the stage, through observation, discussion, and the use of low-stakes touch such as handshakes or a hug. No touch will be required for this workshop. Additional discussion topics will include: boundaries, psychological safety and best practices and working conditions.

Submitted by Sharla Cowden

* Mindfulness Service in Neu Chapel: Sunday at 9:00 p.m.

As the first wave of papers, exams, and assignments continue to come due, taking time for our own well-being is crucial. This Sunday's #StillWokeUE service (9:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel) will feature meditative music and time for initial, guided meditation. The service lasts about 25 minutes. All are welcome for this beautiful time of preparation for the busy week ahead.

Submitted by Keith Turner

* University Worship begins new sermon series: #MixedMessages

Beginning this Sunday, University Worship in Neu Chapel will begin a new sermon series called #MixedMessages. Oftentimes, the Bible has been used as a weapon to clobber and condemn people. We will be taking a closer look at some of the "controversial texts" of the Bible and consider how they might apply to our lives today. This Sunday, at 9:00 a.m., we will be taking a closer look at Jesus's statement, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." All are welcome and invited to attend!

Submitted by Keith Turner Keith Turner

* Campus-wide scavenger hunt now set for this Saturday

Join Student Christian Fellowship for a team photo-scavenger hunt all around campus this Saturday, September 22! Hopefully the weather will cooperate better this time. Come with a team of four or find one when you arrive. We will be meeting in Rademacher's Lounge in Ridgway University Center at 7:00 p.m. to start the scavenger hunt. There will be $10 Amazon gift cards for the winning team. All are welcome. Bring some friends!

Submitted by Natalie Schisler 

* Want to know how to be a good LGBTQ+ ally?

On Monday, September 24, PRIDE will be putting on a presentation about how to be a good ally to the LGBTQ+ community. If you would like to learn more about the topic, are just interested in the organization, or have questions you need answered please come out! See you at 9:00 p.m. in Room 271 in the Schroeder School of Business Building (The room is handicap accessible!)

Submitted by Katie Brown

* Memoirist Kelly Sundberg speaking at today's Creative Writing Coffee Hour

Author Kelly Sundberg will read from her work at the University of Evansville Creative Writing Department’s Coffee Hour today - September 28. The reading will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery at UE. Sundberg will be reading from her memoir, Goodbye, Sweet Girl, which was published in June 2018. This event is free and open to the public.

Sundburg’s essays have appeared in Guernica, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, Denver Quarterly, Slice Magazine, and others.

Her essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset" was selected for inclusion in Best American Essays 2015, and more of her essays have been listed as notables in the same series.

Sundberg has a PhD in Creative Nonfiction from Ohio University. She has been the recipient of fellowships or grants from Vermont Studio Center, A Room of Her Own Foundation, Dickinson House, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, contact Paul Bone at

* Azzip Giveback for National Society of Leadership and Success

On November 13, the National Society of Leadership and Success will be hosting an Azzip giveback on Green River Road. This flyer or the name of the organization must be presented at the time of check out. Please come support a great cause!

Submitted by Summer El-Khodary

* Trailblazing Astronaut Eileen Collins to Speak at UE's Snyder Lecture on October 17

Trailblazing astronaut Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot and command an American spacecraft, will be the guest speaker for the University of Evansville’s Patricia H. Snyder Lecture in October. The lecture is planned for Wednesday, October 17, at 7:00 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center, on UE’s campus. The event is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of the Snyder family.

One of America’s most admired women, Col. Collins became the first female to pilot a US spacecraft with the Discovery shuttle flight in 1995, and the first female commander on the 1999 Columbia shuttle flight. In 2005, NASA tapped her to command the space shuttle Discovery’s historic “Return to Flight” mission, NASA’s first manned flight following the loss of space shuttle Columbia in 2003. While logging 872 hours in space, Collins earned a reputation for coolness under pressure.

Collins will discuss how her career as an astronaut took shape, from her early years in the US Air Force to her ground-breaking experience with NASA. Drawing from her career experiences, she will share valuable insights learned from both her successes and her failures. She will also provide insight into the future of space travel as the world turns to exciting new space frontiers.

The Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series was made possible in 1997 through an endowment from the late Patricia H. Snyder, trustee and longtime friend of the University, to bring speakers or performers of renown to Evansville at no cost to the public.

Reservations are encouraged, but a ticket is not required to enter. Save your seat online here.

* Reception for Harlaxton faculty visitor today

The Harlaxton office will be hosting a reception for David Green, senior lecturer in British studies and history at Harlaxton College, today - Monday, September 24 - from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Dunigan Lounge in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Come meet and visit with David Green at this event!

Submitted by Kaylynn Carver

* Webelos Engineering Pin Day 2018

The College of Engineering and Computer Science will host Webelos Engineering Pin Day on Saturday, October 27. Workshops with activity stations will provide some of the experience required for a Webelos Scout to qualify for an engineering pin. Registration is limited to 200 scouts. Registrations will be taken until the event is full or October 18.

Registration details are available at

For further information, contact Kimberly Higgins at, telephone: 812-488-2651.

Submitted by Kimberly Higgins

* Catholic Mass on campus

There will be a Catholic Mass this Sunday, September 23, at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Father Ambrose will be the celebrant. All are welcome!

Submitted by Sam Wallisch


Info You Should Know

* Change your rental to a purchase

Students who rented a textbook from the UE Bookstore this fall still have the option to change the rental to a purchase of the book. The rental fee that you paid will be applied to the purchase price if you so choose. Just bring your book and the receipt, if you have it, and we'll charge the difference and the book will be yours. Stop in the UE Bookstore.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* UE Homecoming Royalty 2018 nominations

During Homecoming Weekend, we plan to recognize our UE Homecoming Royalty 2018. To be eligible, students must be a full time student and member of the senior class. Nominations may be made by anyone on campus, either a student organization, group of friends, team, roommates, etc.

Please complete this nomination form by Monday, October 1. 

UE Homecoming Royalty finalists will be announced at the Pep Rally on Friday, October 26 at 4:30 p.m. on the East Terrace Lawn. The top eight individuals with the most votes will be announced and asked to join us at the Men’s Soccer game on Saturday, October 27 at 5:00 p.m. at Arad McCutchan Stadium.

At halftime, the finalists will be announced to the crowd and the two individuals with the most votes will be named our UE Homecoming Royalty 2018.

Following the game, Homecoming Royalty will then lead the crowd in counting down to the Homecoming Firework Show.

Submitted by Megan King 

* DPT students to conduct balance screenings on October 30

The second year DPT students are looking for volunteers to participate in free balance assessments with follow up training sessions and recommendations. Assessments will be offered at 1:00 p.m. and at 3:00 p.m. on October 30 at the Stone Family Center of Health Sciences, on the third floor in the physical therapy main lab.  Each session will last 1.5 hours.

Please wear your exercise shoes and clothing as we will ask you to perform some light exercises. Rest breaks will be provided as needed throughout the session.

The Stone Center is located at 515 Walnut Street in Evansville. Parking is available in the lot next to the Stone Center directly behind the Ford Center. No permit is needed.

To sign up, please go to We look forward to meeting you in person. 

For more information, contact Jordana Lockwich, PT, DPT, at or 812-488-2582

Submitted by Jennifer Simon

* Aces Media Group project application now open!!

Are you or your organization in need of marketing content? Aces Media Group is now accepting project applications! We have a group of incredibly talented and creative UE students who specialize in photography, videography, and graphic design that can create the perfect visual for your marketing campaign.

To fill out the short application, simply search “Aces Media Group” on UEngage, click on the form on our homepage, and submit your information there.

After submitting, a member will contact you to begin work on your project. We are looking forward to working with you! Submit your project needs today!

Submitted by Brea-Anna Mullen

* Fall Healthy Behavior Challenge

Earn additional HRA credits by participating in the Fall Healthy Behavior Challenge beginning September 23! To Sign up for the challenge please e-mail Those who successfully complete the 8-week challenge will receive $150 in HRA credits.

Submitted by Ashley Chipps

* Vanderburgh Electronics Recycling on September 20-22

The Environmental Sustainability Committee would like to remind folks that on September 20-21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and September 22, 8 a.m.-noon, the Vanderburgh County Solid Waste Management District will hold its 2018 Electronics Recycling Days. The event will be at C&I Electronics, located at 1700 Lafayette Avenue in Evansville. The phone number is812-423-9166.

Submitted by Lisa Kretz

* STD facts and information

Recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that STD rates in the US are at an all-time high!

The facts:
•15-24 year olds account for half of all new STD infections.
•Chlamydia is the most common STD with almost half of cases reported by women ages 15-24.
• The US has the highest STD rates in the world
•Did you know that condoms are the only birth control that reduces your risk of both pregnancy and STDs, including HIV???
•Did you know that sharing sex toys is another method of STD transmission???

If sexually active, wear a condom ALWAYS, even if you or your partner is using another type of birth control (pill, IUD, etc.), and get tested ANNUALLY!

For testing and treatment:
•See your primary care doctor
•Vanderburgh County Health Department offers confidential testing and treatment (812-435-5683)
•UE Counseling Center offers confidential mental health support
o 812-488-2663

For more information on STDs in young adults, please see the CDC website.

Submitted by Jennifer Hargus 

* CECS to offer UExplore Engineering Program

The College of Engineering and Computer Science is offering a UExplore Engineering Program for high school students. The program is designed to give participants a better understanding of the fields of civil, mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering and computer science through activities, hands-on projects, and tours of local industry.

The sessions in the program are October 15, November 5, November 26, January 21, February 18, March 11, April 1, and April 22. All sessions will be from 6:00-7:15 p.m. in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science on UE’s campus.

James Allen, UE associate professor of mechanical and civil engineering, is the advisor for the program. A registered professional engineer in the states of Indiana and Ohio, Allen has extensive work experience in industry. Allen will be assisted with the program by UE engineering students.

The registration fee for the program is $50. Register online at or contact Kimberly Higgins for more information at 812-488-2661 or

Submitted by Kim Higgins

* Apply to be an Admission Ambassador!

Interested in getting involved on campus? As an Admission Ambassador you have the opportunity to assist with Road Trip, Open House, weekly tours, and meeting many perspective students!

If you are interested, applications will be available from September 4-21 at

Feel free to e-mail Taylor Williams at with any question!

Submitted by Taylor Williams

* Review course for Fundamentals of Engineering Exam offered

The University of Evansville College of Engineering and Computer Science has announced dates for the annual review and preparation course for those planning to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.

All classes will be held Thursday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science building on the UE campus. Classes are divided into relevance per discipline. Fees are adjusted accordingly.

  • Civil engineering candidates will attend from September 27 through January 24. 
  • Mechanical engineering and other disciplines candidates will attend from September 27 through November 15. 
  • Electrical and computer engineering candidates will attend October 25 through November 15.

Registration forms and payment must be returned by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26.

On campus registrations should be returned to Room 250 in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science.

Community members may obtain registration information by contacting Kimberly Higgins via e-mail at or phone at 812-488-2651.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited. 

Submitted by Kimberly Higgins 

* September Pcard Cycle ending

The September Pcard Cycle which began on August 22 ends at midnight on September 21. As of September 23, cardholders may schedule and run the September Cycle report. September transactions may be reconciled in SDG2 until September 28. On September 28, the general ledger Pcard file will be uploaded and cardholders will be locked out of (unable to make changes) posted transactions for the September Cycle.

Submitted by Kim Winsett 



* Gieselman appointed director of schools, colleges and universities at United Methodist Church's GBHEM

In her tenth year as the University Chaplain at the University of Evansville, Tamara Gieselman has been appointed the Director of Schools, Colleges, and Universities at the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM). In this capacity, she will work with United Methodist colleges and universities worldwide to affirm and accredit them and to coordinate their efforts with those of the Methodist Church. Tammy will bring an extraordinary passion for education, diversity, justice, and interfaith leadership to this new calling, and we are excited for the opportunities she will have. Tammy’s last day with us will be Monday, October 15. She leaves behind a rich legacy at UE as a pastor, an educator, and a friend to students and faculty—as well as an important leader in the Evansville interfaith community, where she has been transformative. She will be deeply missed and always remembered, and we will ensure that the work that she has started continues. Congratulations, Tammy!

Submitted by Paula Heldt



* Valley play opens today for UE volleyball

Missouri Valley Conference play is set to begin this weekend for the University of Evansville volleyball team as the Purple Aces welcome Loyola and Valparaiso to Meeks Family Fieldhouse this weekend before traveling to Drake today.

UE faces the Ramblers today before the Crusaders come to town on Saturday; the Aces then take to the road for a Monday evening match in Des Moines; all three matches are set to begin at 7:00 p.m. Last weekend, the Aces finished up the non-conference slate at the Flyer Invitational in Dayton, Ohio. Rachel Tam was named to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts, which included 15 kills against the Flyers.

With a total of 229 kills in non-conference play, Tam ranks fourth in the nation and paces the MVC. She is 9th in the nation in total points with 244.5 on the season. Tam was named to the All-Tournament Team last weekend at Dayton, posting a total of 36 kills in the three matches; her effort in Dayton came on the heels of a 25-kill match against Tennessee State.

Mildrelis Rodriguez had a nice weekend in Dayton, posting 2.60 kills per set and 1.40 digs per game. Elizabeth Giller was third on the team with 1.33 kills/set and was followed by the duo of Alondra Vazquez and Kerra Cornist. Vazquez paced the team at the Flyer Invitational with 2.90 digs.

Loyola comes into the conference opener with a record of 8-4 after picking up a win over DePaul last weekend. Elle Van Grinsven and Heather Kocken are in the top ten in the league in hitting, ranking 7th and 10th, respectively. Quinn Spieker leads the Ramblers with 2.79 kills per set.

Valparaiso has gotten off to a strong 13-2 start in its first 14 matches with its only losses coming to Fresno State and #20 Michigan. Last weekend, they won the Crusader Classic, defeating Cornell, Western Illinois and Wright State. Brittany Anderson is second in the MVC with 10.95 assists per game while Sydney Bronner is second in the league, hitting .358.

Drake is off to a solid 11-3 start heading into the weekend and are coming off of a hard-fought 3-1 loss at Kansas on Tuesday. They open conference play on Friday against UNI before welcoming UE on Monday. Cathryn Cheek is tops on the team with 3.05 kills per game while Elle Tubbs ranks third in the league hitting .322.


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