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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

* Refer a Student to UE!

As the Office of Admission continues our recruitment efforts for the Fall 2019 class, we would like to ask you to get involved in the excitement! If you know a high school student or potential transfer student who may be a good fit at UE (this can include your son or daughter!), please fill out this referral form. Your input matters because students referred to UE commit at 3x the rate of students who are not referred to us. The UE community is a great one, and we want to thank you for your support of our recruitment efforts!

Kenton Hargis
Director of Admission


What's Happening Today

* Lunch Charlas today

Wanting to practice your Spanish? Join assistant professor of Spanish Edward Curran and associate professor of Spanish Diana Rodríguez Quevedo for lunch, and chat about different topics in Spanish on Wednesdays from noon-1:00 p.m. in the Starbuck’s café area in Ridgway University Center. All levels of Spanish welcome. The next Lunch Charlas is today, Wednesday, October 17.

Please contact Professor Rodríguez Quevedo at if you have any questions. ¡Ahí nos vemos!

Submitted by Diana Rodríguez Quevedo

* I-House Peru

Ariana Paredes, Alysson Cerne, and Brandon Sanchez are freshmen from Peru. They will be presenting about their country, culture, and their life back home at I-House Peru happening tonight - October 17 - on the second floor of Ridgway University Center at 7:00 p.m. We hope to see you there. Let's explore Peru this week.

Submitted by Megan Sicard

* Puppy therapy today!

Come relieve the stress of school by playing with puppies on the Grassy Knoll from 3:30-5:30 p.m. today - October 17!! Donations will be accepted to help with Physical Therapy Club funds.

Submitted by McKenzie Hayes

* Medical Spanish Group

The Medical Spanish Group meets twice a month to practice communication skills in Spanish. These sessions are open to anyone wanting to practice Spanish for medical settings. The next practice session is today - Wednesday, October 17 - from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Room 315 in Graves Hall. Please contact associate professor of Spanish Diana Rodríguez Quevedo at if you have any questions. ¡Nos vemos el miércoles!

Submitted by Diana Rodríguez Quevedo

* Guest speaker: Tax managers from H&R Block

Rania Mousa, associate professor of accounting, has invited Tamara Tarnow and Celeste Newman to speak on campus today - Wednesday, October 17 - from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170) in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Tarnow and Newman are tax managers with H&R Block, a global consumer tax services provider. They will talk about tax fraud and Earned Income Due Diligence by discussing real-life tax cases. They will also talk about available job opportunities and internships. All accounting and business students are encouraged to attend.

This is the first time this company is invited by UE’s accounting program to establish career connections with students. H&R Block has approximately 12,000 locations in all 50 states, and has prepared 720 million tax returns on behalf of its clients since 1955.

Submitted by Rania Mousa 

* Newman Dinner and Discussion: Rebuilding the Church in Russia

Join us at the Newman House at 5:00 p.m. today for Dinner and Discussion! This week, Fr. Myron Effing, a Russian missionary, will be talking to us about rebuilding the church in Russia after Communism. All are welcome!

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler

* Trailblazing Astronaut Eileen Collins to Speak at UE's Snyder Lecture TONIGHT!

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 TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. 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.


Upcoming Events

* This Week in Music: Holcomb to Perform in Recital

Guest Guitarist Alec Holcomb in Recital

Friday, October 19, 7:30 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall

Guest artist Alec Holcomb (guitar) will give a solo recital on Friday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall. The program features a variety of works by Legnani, Albeniz, Gerhard, and Jose. The recital is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the music department concert calendar.

Submitted by James Sullivan 

* PA Club meeting on Thursday

Interested in being a PA? Want a PA mentor? Come check out the PA Club at a meeting on Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 100 I Graves Hall! We will be discussing the mentorship program and answering questions! 6PM in 100 Graves

Submitted by Haley Vos

* Phi Kappa Tau Holiday Festival

Join us this Saturday from 1:00-5:00 p.m. on the grassy knoll for Phi Kappa Tau’s Holiday Festival. It will include games, activities, and concessions that incorporate the three main fall holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Tickets for games can be purchased at the event, as well as separate ticket sheets for concessions and activities. Rain location will be in the small gym of Carson Center. All proceeds will benefit SeriousFun Children’s Network.

Submitted by Chris Rogers

* Neu Chapel Forum discusses "Taking the Bible Seriously"

This week's Neu Chapel Forum will discuss how Christians are supposed to take the Bible seriously but not literally. This exciting conversation is for anyone who is interested in how the Bible should be read and interpreted in our day and context. All are welcome! The Neu Chapel Forum will meet in the Class of '59 Gallery in Ridgway University Center tonight at 8:00 p.m.

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* Come to Goebel Farms with Newman on Saturday!

Join the Newman Club in going to Goebel Farms on Saturday, October 20! There will be pumpkins, hay rides, corn mazes, a petting zoo, and an indoor barn park. Each participant gets a small pumpkin that we will carve at the Newman house after our visit to Goebel Farms.

We will meet at the Newman house to carpool at 2:45 p.m.!

Submitted by Sam Wallisch

* Oak Hill Cemetery Twilight Tour

Join the History Club at Evansville's Oak Hill Cemetery for the annual Twilight Tour on Saturday, October 20 at 5:00 p.m. and walk through the cemetery at night and listen to live re-enactors. These re-enactors will feature real people who were buried in the same cemetery! Please RSVP on UEngage by Friday morning!

Submitted by Alex Russo

* ECTE October Lecture- "Strategies for Strengthening Your Academic Advising Toolkit"

Join the Eykamp Center for Teaching Excellence this Friday, October 19 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 162 in the Schroeder School of Business Building for our October Lecture on Teaching and Learning. This month’s topic is: “Strategies for Strengthening Your Academic Advising Toolkit” presented by Stacey Shanks, director of student success services. Just in time for advising, she will be sharing their expertise in academic advising, providing us with tips on avoiding common advising mistakes, and leading a discussion on how to integrate these techniques into our academic advising toolkits to help us better help our students.

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

Submitted by Mari Plikuhn

* Health Sciences Preview Day

Thinking about graduate school or a career in health care? Join us for Health Sciences Preview Day for prospective undergraduate and graduate students. Saturday, October 20 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in Graves Hall.

This special event is your chance to meet current students and faculty in your programs of interest; attend an interactive session on diagnosing, treating, and managing concussions; tour our learning and research labs; and enjoy refreshments with the department chairs, faculty, staff, and current students.

We hope you will join us to learn about our health sciences programs and explore careers in the areas of: physician assistant, physical therapy, pre-med, nursing, public health, health services administration, athletic training, neuroscience, and exercise science.

A tour of the newly opened Stone Family Center for Health Sciences will also be available.

Please register at We look forward to seeing you on October 20!

Submitted by Jennifer Simon 

* UE Theatre opens Shanklin Theatre Season with rock musical "Spring Awakening"

The University of Evansville Theatre presents Spring Awakening, book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik. This 2007 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, book and lyrics by Evansville native Steven Sater, is based on Frank Wedekind’s play by the same name.

Featuring a soaring rock musical score, all generations will identify with the age-old tale about young people and the misguided adults who lend a deaf ear to what they are feeling in their hearts. This production opened Friday, October 19 in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on October 25, 26, and 27 and at 2:00 p.m. on October 28.

UET alumnus Wes Grantom directs Spring Awakening, and theatre department chair Eric Renschler serves as scenic designer. UE student Becca Updyke is the costume designer; UE associate professor Stephen Boulmetis is the lighting designer; guest artist Richard Ingraham serves as sound designer; UE student Bailey Brandvold is the dramaturg; UE student Blake Elliot is the stage manager; and UE professor Chuck Meacham serves as technical director. The cast features UE students Claire Tumey as Wendla; Ethan Davenport as Melchior; Alexandra Curren as Ilse; and Justin Pappas as Moritz. Chorus members include UE students Gina DeLise, Alexi Lewis, Marshall Hopkins, Isaac Baker, Shannon White, Hannah Mattingly, Brock McCullough, Amanda Cowan, Cole Lannert, Theodore Esten, Kyla Clift, and Obi Roberts.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $18 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. The UE Theatre Society hosts a pre-play chat 30 minutes prior to the show on Thursday, October 25 and Saturday, October 22. All are welcome to attend the presentation and discussion with a student designer about their process on the production.

Season subscriptions are on sale now and include the three Shanklin Theatre productions: Spring Awakening by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, Colony Collapse by Stefanie Zadravec, and Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, as well as one of the remaining May Studio Theatre productions: Year of the Rooster by Olivia Dufault or The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe. Subscriptions for the four-play package are $50 for adults and $45 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty/staff.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 812-488–2031, Monday through Friday, noon-5:00 p.m.

* Scherer to speak at Dr. Guy Banta Distinguished Lecture Series

The University of Evansville’s annual Dr. Guy Banta Distinguished Lecture Series is set for today - Friday, October 26 - at 3:00 p.m. in Room 100 (Vectren Lecture Hall) in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science. This event is free and open to the public.

This year’s speaker will be Randy Scherer, chief scientific officer and managing member for Kirkwood Scherer Capital Ventures, LLC. His topic will be “When Opportunity Knocks.”

Scherer earned his undergraduate degree in biology/chemistry from UE in 2004 and his PhD from Vanderbilt Medical University in 2010. 

Established in 2018, KSCV is a boutique biotech fund focused in emerging technologies. KSCV’s unique expertise across the total product lifecycle resides in evidence identification and data interpretation to mitigate risk and arbitrage catalytic events in the biotechnology sector. KSCV turns science into investing.

* The Last Picture Show: The John Streetman Collection Exhibition/Sale

Friends of Art Logo

The University of Evansville Department of Art and the University of Evansville Friends of Art Board of Directors cordially invite you to The Last Picture Show: The John Streetman Collection Exhibition/Sale. This event is planned for today - Tuesday, October 23 - from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. John Streetman will give a Gallery Talk at 7:00 p.m. The exhibition and sale continues through Friday, October 26.

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 38 years, John Streetman served as executive director of the Evansville Museum of Art, History, and Science, leading the institution to international recognition. A 2012 article in PleinAir Magazine noted that his commitment to living realist painters "changed the status of contemporary Realism in America."

He is offering for sale the bulk of his collection with a generous portion of the proceeds benefiting the UE Art Galleries Student Assistantship.

Submitted by Brooksie Smith

* Today - IPF organizational meeting

The first organization meeting of the year of the Independent Political Forum (IPF) is set for today - October 18 - from 4:15-5:15 p.m. in Room 162 in the Schroeder School of Business Building.

IPF is a way for students to find interest in elections and politics. Students do not have to choose a political party or focus on particular candidates. We want students to have the ability to discuss politics freely with facts to support them. This is a platform to seek new perspectives, understand values and ideas, and gain more interests surrounding politics. During this event, students can discuss what they will be interested in learning and talking about this semester. The group is an open discussion without any repercussions. We hope to see many students from many different majors. Also, we will be conducting elections on executive board positions. Feel free to bring someone with you!

Submitted by KeYanla Cleckley 

* Location of Ian Manuel lecture changed to Eykamp 251

The Psychology Club will present a guest speaker - Ian Manuel - on October 22 at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251 in Ridgway University Center. (Due to increased interest in this lecture, the location was changed to Eykamp 251 to accommodate a larger crowd.)

Manuel was just 13-years-old when he was sentenced to life for shooting Debbie Baigre, a young, white woman. After serving 26 years in prison (much in solitary confinement), he was released after Baigre recognized the complex burden both Ian and society bore for the crime, and became his supporter. Ian’s case paved the way for other groundbreaking legislation prohibiting life sentences for juveniles convicted of non-homicide offenses (Graham v. Florida, 2010). All juveniles sentenced to life in prison at that time in the U.S. for non-homicide cases were children of color.

Submitted by Aaron M Cochran

* Federal loan repayment counseling session for students graduating or transferring

Students who have received federal direct (sub/unsub) loans and plan to graduate in the fall (or transfer after the fall semester) are required to attend a loan repayment counseling session. The Office of Financial Aid will hold the first session of the semester on Thursday, October 25 at 4:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. The last session will be held on December 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Submitted by Amy Sowders

* UE's Annual Chili Bowl Sale Planned for today

The University of Evansville’s Clay Club will present its annual Chili Bowl Sale TODAY - Thursday, October 25 - from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The event will be outside Hughes Hall, near the East Terrace Lawn across from Ridgway University Center. The rain location is Eykamp Hall, Room 253, and the Class of 1959 Gallery and Lounge in Ridgway University Center.

Chartwells, the food service provider at UE, is co-sponsoring the event and providing chili made by chef Don Brown under the direction of Chris Clay.

For $10, customers can buy a one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl and fill it with chili. Paper containers will be available for those who prefer not to put chili in their newly purchased bowls. Larger bowls from $15-$50 will also be for sale. Some more artistic larger bowls will be sold at a silent auction as well, ranging in price from $60-$100.

The bowls are being made by members of the Clay Club and other UE students, faculty members, staff, alumni, and members of the community.

Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Potter's Wheel, Inner City Mission. The Clay Club officers chose this organization for their work with educating and feeding the less fortunate in the Evansville Community. The rest of the proceeds will be used by the Clay Club to attend conferences, visit museums and galleries, and host visiting artists.

Todd A. Matteson, Clay Club advisor and UE associate professor of art, noted that “a lot of hard work and long hours go into making the bowls. They are all hand crafted on the potter's wheel from a ball of clay. The artist has to center, form, alter, trim, dry, and then fire them, not once, but twice. The entire process is lengthy, but the outcome is a tremendous success. Most of the bowls have been glazed different from one another, but some of the bowls are glazed similarly, so patrons can have matching sets. Each bowl has its own uniqueness." 

* Pray the Rosary this Thursday!

Austin Hopf and Sister Catherine will be leading a Rosary Prayer Group this Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in Room 264 in the Center for Academic Success in Clifford Memorial Library. All are welcome to join!

Submitted by Sam Wallisch

* Yale University historian to deliver Fiddick Lecture on Second Great War, 1917-1923

Jay Winter, the Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University, will be the speaker for the University of Evansville’s 17th annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture today - Friday, October 26. The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall in Ridgway University Center. The event, hosted by UE’s Department of History, is free and open to the public.

Winter’s lecture marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War. His topic will be “The Second Great War, 1917-1923.”

The Fiddick Memorial Lecture is named for Thomas C. Fiddick, a professor of history at UE from 1963 to 2002. A dedicated teacher, productive scholar, and a tireless fighter in the cause of justice, his untimely death on the day of his retirement stunned the UE community. It was his former students’ efforts, with support of Fiddick’s friends and the University, that led to the establishment of the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture.

“The Fiddick Lecture is one of the best events of the year, as we celebrate the career of a truly outstanding University of Evansville faculty member,” said James MacLeod, UE professor of history and director of the Fiddick Memorial Lecture Series. “Tom Fiddick was a brilliant scholar and an incredible teacher who made a life-transforming impact on generations of students.”

During Winter’s lecture, he will argue that a crisis in 1917 separates the first three years of the war from the years that followed, largely the result of powerful economic and demographic pressures which destabilized all the combatants, but more so the Central powers than the Allies. The critical event of this rupture was the 1917 Russian revolution. Hatred, hunger, and class conflict were radicalizing elements in the post-Imperial world. Winter suggests that the passage from wartime crisis to post-war and post-imperial violence was seamless, and part of one complex, distinctive phase of European history, starting in 1917 and ending more or less in 1923.

Fiddick’s book, Russia's Retreat from Poland, 1920: From Permanent Revolution to Peaceful Coexistence, deals with one of the conflicts to be discussed during Winter’s lecture.

Winter is one of the world’s leading scholars of World War I and its impact on the 20th century. He was educated at Columbia University and the University of Cambridge. In 2001 he joined the faculty of Yale. Winter is the author or co-author of 25 books, including Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History; The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century; Rene Cassin and the Rights of Man, and most recently, War beyond Words: Languages of Remembrance from the Great War to the Present. In addition, he has edited or co-edited 30 books and contributed 130 book chapters to edited volumes.

Winter was also co-producer, co-writer, and chief historian for the PBS/BBC series The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century, which won an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award and a Producers Guild of America Award for best television documentary in 1997.

MacLeod noted that Winter “is as distinguished a scholar on World War I as there is anywhere in the world. It is an enormous privilege to bring him to the University of Evansville to deliver the 2018 Fiddick Lecture and interact with students in class,”

MacLeod added that on the 100th anniversary of “what we think of as the end of the First World War, it is important to reflect on the significant ways in which that war did not really end in 1918. Some conflicts that emerged between 1917 and 1923 we are still dealing with today. It is especially appropriate given Tom Fiddick’s lifelong passion for many of the issues discussed by Jay Winter, and the fact that one of Tom’s most important scholarly legacies is a book that deals with this very subject.”

For more information, please contact the Department of History at 812-488-2963.

* 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

* Graduate School Summit at Purdue

The Midwest Graduate School Summit at Purdue University is October 27. The group attending the event from UE will leave Evansville on October 26 at 3:00 p.m. Free transportation/registration fee and overnight stay. A refundable deposit of $20 is required. Restrictions apply - see Center for Career Development website.

Sixty programs are expected to be at this year’s event: i.e. Purdue, Notre Dame, The Ohio State, University of Illinois, and Yale.

For more information about the fair and mandatory registration:

To sign up for van, hotel and register with CCD:

UE registration deadline is: October 20.

Please contact the Center for Career Development with any questions. The office is located in the student life area in Ridgway University Center or you can reach them by calling 812 488 1083 or e-emailing

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald

* Catholic Mass on campus

There will be a Catholic Mass this Sunday, October 21, at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Father Tyler Tenbarge will be the celebrant. All are welcome!

Submitted by Sam Wallisch


Info You Should Know

* Monitors for $15

The UE Bookstore has a few computer monitors still available for $15. These were provided by OTS when new monitors were installed in the computer labs on campus. The monitors are 15 inches wide and are adjustable. View this photo or stop in the UE Bookstore to view them in person.


Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* Spots still available for SEEK 2019 conference on January 3-7

Join the Newman Club for SEEK, the annual conference of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). The conference will be held in Indianapolis from January 3-7. Father Mike Schmitz, Matt Maher, Scott Hahn, and NEEDTOBREATHE will be there! Scholarships are available! Contact Jenny at for more information.

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler 

* Volunteer for Value Every Child at Lutheran church across the street on Saturday!

The Lutheran church across the street needs help with its Value Every Child project, which fills backpacks for foster children when they receive placements. These placements are often made at short notice or in the middle of the night when children are suddenly relocated for their safety. Value Every Child puts a backpack filled with essentials into their hands so they can feel more at home in their new placements!

Volunteer from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20. Lunch will be provided.

E-mail Victoria Martin at with questions.

Submitted by Sam Wallisch

* Intersession and Spring 2019 textbook adoptions due in UE Bookstore

This is a reminder to all departments and faculty that textbook adoptions for Intersession and Spring 2019 are due in the UE Bookstore. The early return of adoptions helps keep the cost of textbooks down by allowing the UE Bookstore to search for cheaper used editions. Please submit your adoptions through the bookstore website.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* An important reminder from local law enforcement

The Evansville Vanderburgh County Drug Task Force and Federal Drug Enforcement Agency have asked that we remind our campus community of the dangers of buying prescription drugs from someone other than a licensed pharmacist. Some counterfeit drugs, specifically Xanax, OxyContin and Adderall, are being sold by individuals in the Evansville area and have been found to be laced with fentanyl - a highly deadly drug. Please share this information with your friends and loved ones before a tragedy occurs with those we love. For more information, contact or the Office of Safety and Security at 812-488-2051.

* The Habitat House that UE Built! - Week 5 Update

Unfortunately, due to weather, this weekend’s build at the Habitat house that UE is building was canceled. However, plenty of Aces are still working hard to help Habitat reach their local goals! Seven members of the baseball team went to the Habitat headquarters over fall break to help build a bunch of needed backyard barns (can you believe that Habitat is already needing more after last semester’s successful barn blitz, where we built 30?). They completed all of the backs, sides, and floors for the seven barns. All that is missing is the seven fronts, which should be completed by the end of the month!

Building for House 499 is still going strong! If you would like to volunteer, or if you have any questions, please contact Holly Carter at

Submitted by Greta Becker 

* Office of Marketing: Team and Services

The Office of Marketing and Communications is available to assist your department with University marketing projects both on campus and off. Whether you need help promoting an event, want a change to the website, or have social media needs, UE’s marketing and communications department has you covered.

Meet our team and submit a marketing request to get started!

* Senior nursing class collecting donations at Ridgway tables

UE senior nursing students will be at tables in Ridgway University Center lobby on October 15, 16, and 17 to collect donations for the Boys and girls Club. Items needed include: toothpaste, soap, deodorant, socks, children’s underwear (boys and girls), hats, gloves, scarves, gently used toys, and monetary donations.

These items can also be dropped off at donation boxes in the Dunigan Family School of Nursing office, located on the second floor of Graves, until October 24.

The seniors will be hosting a project called Holding Your Hand Today, Leading you to a Better Tomorrow at the Boys and Girls Club to promote healthy behaviors of at risk school age children on November 7.

Submitted by Traci Burch

* Needed: Volunteer to be Ace Purple

I am in need of an Ace Purple volunteer for October 23 to help out a great cause. There’s a kickoff event for a fundraiser from 9:00-10:00 a.m. I would love to go into more detail about it with anyone interested!

Submitted by Jessica O’Shaughnessy

* Proposal Deadline OCTOBER 20 for UE's Environmental Sustainability Challenge

Want to make an impact on environmental sustainability, but need funds to get your ideas off the ground? Submit a proposal for UE’s Environmental Sustainability Challenge to have your projects considered for funding from the Green Fund.

Submission Deadline: October 20.
The Green Fund began with a $25,000 environmental sustainability grant from Siemens, and additional funds may be generated through fundraising or savings gained through successful Environmental Sustainability Challenge projects.

Learn more about the challenge and submit a proposal online here.

Inaugural Challenge Winner: 
The battery operated golf cart proposed as the winning submission to the inaugural Environmental Sustainability Challenge in Spring 2018 is now on campus and in use by UE Recycling. Learn more and see photos on the UE website

Submitted by: UE's Environmental Sustainability Committee

* This Week from the Harlaxton Office …

This is a continuation of the new weekly AceNotes updates from the Harlaxton office to keep the UE community informed about what we are up to, where we are traveling to promote Harlaxton, and what is going on with our favorite British manor house, so continue to check with us here each week to see what the US Harlaxton team is up to!

Study abroad fair travel season is starting to wrap up; this week we will just be at one fair! Kaylynn Carver will travel to Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, for their study abroad fair this week on Tuesday, October 16.

Conference season is just beginning for international education and Harlaxton, however! Holly Carter, director of Harlaxton College programs, will be in Prague this week presenting at the Forum on Education Abroad’s 4th European Conference. She will present with Kerry Geffert from Terra Dotta (a study abroad CRM used by the UE study abroad office) and Loren Ringer from Parsons Paris (an art and design school in Paris that is a branch of Parsons School of Design, part of The New School in NYC). The presentation title is “Moving beyond a diversity of views on risk,” and they will discuss American and European views on managing risk for American students abroad.

Other Harlaxton events happening this week include the Advisory Council meeting at Harlaxton and another week of orientation class on campus for the Harlaxton Spring 2019 class!

Submitted by Kaylynn Carver

* Join Venturing Crew for UE Gives Back!

Join Venturing Crew for UE Gives Back!

The group will be spending that day outdoors in Howell Wetlands hiking and picking up trash to help keep this area beautiful.

This is a free event, and transportation will be provided! Sign up at Ridgway tables on Tuesday, October 16, Wednesday, October 17, and Thursday, October 18 OR RSVP to

Venturing Crew Group with Yellow Hard Hats

Submitted by Margaret Wolf

* Sign up for Corn Maze, Hayride and Extreme S'mores!

Join Venturing Crew for day of fun-filled fall activities at Cate's Farm!

We will be navigating a corn maze, going for a hayride, and sitting around the campfire to construct some EXTREME s'mores. You will also get to pick out and bring home your own pumpkin if you join us on this trip!

This trip is ONLY $10!

Sign up at Ridgway tables on Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 18.

Submitted by Margaret Wolf

* Conservatives versus Liberals: A Look into Political Tolerance

Research Methods in Psychology 246 is conducting a brief survey regarding political tolerance and are seeking UE staff and faculty to voluntarily participate. We would greatly appreciate your participation! If you wish to participate, fill out the survey here.

Submitted by Danielle Wunderlich 

* Deadline to sign up for UE Gives Back Fall is TOMORROW

The last day to sign up for UE Gives Back Fall is TOMORROW, October 18. Students can sign up as a team or as an individual through Get Connected. And, you get a free T-shirt!

Any questions can be directed to Karyssa Vasquez at or 812.488.2214.

Submitted by Karyssa Vasquez

* Are you an LGBT+ ally?

A UE grassroots organization called Rainbow Connection is hosting a table in Ridgway University Center today, Thursday, and Friday to hand out stickers. If you want to pledge yourself as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community, please stop by the table to receive your free sticker and sign the pledge.

Submitted by Katie Brown

* Voice to Vision survey

Chartwells dining services is looking for your feedback. Take their Voice to Vision survey and tell them how you feel. To take the survey, text YGHG to 99299. Survey participants will be entered in a drawing to win $100 Ace Bucks!

Submitted by Brian Conner

* Alcohol Awareness Week

This week, October 15-19, is National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

The facts:
•Did you know that a “standard drink” varies depending on the type of alcohol you’re drinking? 12 oz. beer = 5 oz. wine = 1.5 oz. liquor

•Each one of these “standard drinks” will raise the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of a 160lb person by approximately .02 percent. A lighter person’s BAC will rise even higher.

•Things that influence BAC include weight, gender, body mass, how much and how fast you drink, and the amount of food in the stomach.

•Binge drinking is common among 18-24 year olds and happens when men consume 5 or more drinks and women 4 or more drinks in 2 hours.

•Alcohol leaves your body at a rate of .015 percent per hour (less than one drink per hour) regardless of gender, body type, and size. The only thing that will sober you up is time.

Click here to take a quick 10 question alcohol screening assessment:

Another great tool is E-CHUG, right on the UE Counseling Services webpage. It will provide you with accurate and personalized feedback about your individual drinking pattern, your risk patterns, your aspirations and goals, and helpful resources at UE and in the community. 

If you are a student and think you may have a problem with alcohol, counseling services can be a resource for you and can assist you in getting the best help. Call 812-488-2663 for an appointment or come to the office on the second floor of Ridgway University Center, inside the student life suite.

Submitted by Jennifer Hargus 



* Wooton's article featured on cover of "The Nurse Practitioner"

Angie Wooton's recently published article, Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy Resulting in Sexual Dysfunction, was featured on the cover of The Nurse Practitioner, Vol. 43, No. 11, November 2018. Wooton is an assistant professor in the Dunigan Family School of Nursing.

* Wehr presents at Indiana Academy of Social Sciences

Hannah Wehr, a junior majoring in sociology, presented a research paper co-authored with associate professor of sociology Mari Plikuhn titled: "Attractive Traits in Potential Mates: Similarity and Gendered Preferences in Social, Physical, and Personality Characteristics" at the recent Annual Meeting of the Indiana Academy of Social Sciences.

Collaborators for research design and data collection were: Bre Engle (CJ/SOC '18), Mackenzie Kochell (CJ/SOC), Oli Ross-Musick (creative writing '18), Melia Schnefke (theatre management '18), and Katherine Williams (business '18).

Research construction and data collection for this project were completed as a course project in SOC 371: Love and Attraction during Fall 2017.

* Petrosillo publishes journal article

Sara Petrosillo, assistant professor of English, recently published the article, "Flying, Hunting, Reading: Rethinking Falcon-Woman Comparisons" in a special issue on "Species and Gender" in the peer-reviewed journal Medieval Feminist Forum, vol. 54, no. 1, 2018, pp. 9-33.

* Senior computer engineering students present at MIT Conference

Senior computer engineering students Braden Elliot and Kunal Mukherjee recently presented lightning talks about their senior projects at the 2018 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference (URTC) held October 5-7, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA.

Mukjerhee and Elliott in front of MIT sign

Elliot presented "Player 1 Human, Player 2 Machine," a project about training a recurrent neural network through reinforced learning to optimize the output of a positional derivative controller. The network observes nonlinearity in the system which the controller is unable to account for, resulting in a smoother output.

Mukherjee's project "Location Dependent Cryptography" is an investigation into connecting the location of a receiver as part of a packet encryption method by computing a transmission specific key using the time difference of the intended packet reception time. The goal is to provide greater protection and security of intellectual property.

URTC brings together undergraduates around the world to present, discuss, and develop solutions to advance technology for humanity. Elliot and Mukherjee "had the opportunity to interact with undergraduate students and learn about the cutting edge as well as innovative research."



* 2018 HoopFest presented by Heritage Federal Credit Union

Don't miss HoopFest presented by Heritage Federal Credit Union tomorrow - Wednesday, October 17 - at the Ford Center. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the event begins at 6:00 p.m.

This your first chance to check out the 2018-19 men's and women's basketball teams as they compete in special contests, challenges and intrasquad scrimmages.

The first 350 fans will receive a FREE HoopFest T-shirt and this is the first opportunity for season ticket holders to pick up their season tickets.

Please call or text 812-488-2237 with any questions. Go Aces!


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