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Friday, November 2, 2018

* Active Shooter Drill – Practice "Run" Only!

In response to the Active Shooter Drill, all campus community members are asked to focus solely on the RUN aspect of “Run, Hide, Fight.” regardless of whether the fictitious event affects your specific location.

This means that everyone should vacate their building (simulating the RUN aspect).  

Members of the Evansville Police Department will be stationed throughout the campus to gauge individual responses to the drill, as well as determine how quickly individuals were able to make a decision as to which door to exit based on the information given about the fictional shooter. Once individuals leave a building, they should move away from the building and toward the outer perimeter of the campus but should not leave the campus, move vehicles or travel beyond the Weinbach/Lincoln/Rotherwood/Walnut square. 

Once the drill is over, another AceAlert will be sent with the announcement to resume normal duties. 

The drill will take place sometime between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., between November 5-9. The drill will be announced to the campus via Ace Alerts and the new active shooter audio siren will sound through all computers and video monitors signaling there is a threatening event.   

In the spring, we will conduct another active shooter drill - focusing on the HIDE aspect of “Run, Hide, Fight.”

Any questions, please contact the Office of Safety and Security at 812-488-2051.

* Photographer on Campus October 31 - November 2

The Office of Marketing and Communications will have a photographer on campus for a photo shoot Wednesday, October 31, through Friday, November 2. UE students and faculty have always been very cooperative and accommodating during previous shoots. As a result, many great photos have been taken for the University’s website and publications. Kim McDonald will try to notify faculty in advance if photos will be taken in a particular class; however, weather may force the shoot inside, and it is possible that last minute requests will be made. If faculty members know that they will be giving a test or do not wish to have their class photographed any of these days, please inform Kim McDonald at ext. 2683 or and the classroom will be avoided.

* Annual Veterans Day service

The University of Evansville’s annual Veterans Day service is set for Friday, November 9 from 11:00-noon in Wheeler Concert Hall in the Krannert Hall of Art and Music. The campus community, alumni, and friends are invited to this celebration.

This year’s speaker will be Colonel Michael Roscoe, U.S. Army National Guard. Roscoe is the chair and founding director of the Physician Assistant Science program at the University of Evansville.

Roscoe began his military career in 2000 by commissioning to the Indiana National Guard. Currently, he is a senior PA for the state of Indiana working with the Surgeon General. He deployed to Afghanistan for his first combat tour in 2004-05 where he served as a physician assistant at a forward operating base in Kabul and on several medical “jump teams” all across Afghanistan. He had a second combat tour in Balad, Iraq in 2008-09 where he was the officer-in-charge of the busiest troop medical clinic (TMC) in Iraq at the time.

Roscoe earned a PhD in international health science in 2009 from Touro University International (military sponsored) with his specialization in risk mapping of Leishmaniosis in Afghanistan. He has a Master of Science from Purdue University, a second Master in Physician Assistant Studies from University of Nebraska specializing in emergency medicine. Finally, he has two bachelor’s degrees from Butler University.

Roscoe has received many military awards and achievements, but most notable was a Bronze Star for his work with the international medical community, leishmaniosis research, and assisting with getting four Afghan children back to the United States for life saving surgeries. Roscoe also received the Combat Medical Badge for his time with the medical jump teams and a Combat Patch for War-time Service (3).


What's Happening Today

* UEMTA presents Spotlight tonight!

UEMTA is presenting Spotlight TONIGHT - Friday November 2 - at 7:30 in Wheeler Concert Hall. Spotlight is a talent competition that raises money for the Isaac Miller Music Matters Foundation. Tickets are $5 at the door or at a table. UEMTA is having ticket sales in Ridgway University Center Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Come out Friday to see fellow students and faculty members show their amazing talents!

For more information, contact Megan Gemmel at or Jessica Smith at

Submitted by Megan Gemmel

* Jonathan Hittner: Efroymson Artist in Residence & Exhibition: "History Lessons from the Future"

The work of Efroymson Artist in Residence Jonathan Hittner will be on display from October 29-December 8 in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. The exhibit is titled "History Lessons from the Future."

There will also be a student workshop with the artist at 9:30 a.m., an artist’s reception at 6:30 p.m., and a public gallery lecture at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 8. A student gallery lecture is planned for Friday, November 9 at 10:00 a.m.

Jon Hittner Painting of sky and ground with abstract shapes

These events are free and open to the public. They are part of the Efroymson Family Fund Emerging Contemporary Artist Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the Efroymson Family Fund and the UE Department of Art.

Submitted by Corliss Chastain


Upcoming Events

* Arts & Sciences Internship Showcase

The Arts & Sciences Internship Showcase is set for Tuesday, November 6 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center.

Join fellow students for the internship showcase, where selected arts and sciences students will present their internship experiences to classmates, faculty, staff, and a panel of judges. Food will be available and prizes will be awarded.

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald

* UE's 32nd International Bazaar on Friday: Performances from 8 different countries!

The University of Evansville’s 32nd annual International Bazaar is set for Friday, November 16, from 5:00- 8:00 p.m., in Ridgway University Center. The event is open to the public, and there will be no charge for admission. Those attending can browse an international marketplace and enjoy interactive booths and performances representative of countries from around the world.

Visitors can purchase an international meal for $10.25 (UE students can use a meal swipe) from 4:30-7:00 p.m. in the Café Court. The menu features several international dishes that were popular at past bazaars including shepherd’s pie, Guinness stew, chicken curry, bulgogi, kabsa, and feijoada.

Handmade items, desserts, and snacks will be for sale at the marketplace on the second floor. At the interactive booths, guests can chat with UE international students, see items from the students’ home countries, and participate in such activities as learning how to write one’s name in another language. There will also be a kids’ booth and a photo booth.

Proceeds will be donated to various globally focused charities including Scholars for Syria, Catholic Relief Services, and the Antares Foundation for Kazakhstan orphans.

The bazaar is sponsored by the UE International Club.

To learn more about the bazaar, visit UE’s International Club’s web page at or contact the Office of Cultural Engagement and International Services at 812-488-2279.

* SAA Soupapalooza is set for November 13 - save the date!

Soupapalooza 2018 is here! Please join the SAA, (Staff and Administrators Assembly) on November 13 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Soup, dessert, and a water for $5! Proceeds help fund the SAA Scholarship Fund!

Submitted by Sandy Sitzman

* Express Yourself

The Lilly Scholars Network Chapter is hosting Express Yourself today - Thursday, November 8 - from 6:45-8:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center. Express Yourself is open to any student at UE to learn more about professional communication and presence in a variety of fields. Local employers will be present to participate in a panel. Unlike previous panel events that may only apply to a specific major, our event is open to all students on UE's campus. We feel that it is necessary for students to have professional communication skills and know how to effectively market themselves to potential employers. Following the panel, the employers will stay for a 30-minute networking session to talk to students one-on-one.

Submitted by Megan Hawkins

* UELA Magnifying Mental Health is November 7

UELA alumni are hosting a Magnifying Mental Health event. This event provides students with the opportunity to discuss their mental health through stories, poetry, and music. UELA wants to create a safe, welcoming environment where students can share their experiences. We ask that students that attend or are participating to be respectful of their peers. Food will be provided at this event. It is November 7 in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Submitted by Megan Hawkins

* Roundtable on Climate Change

Interested in joining the discussion during International Education Week on most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change? You can read the report on the organization’s website. Please email associate professor of German Lesley Pleasant at This event is free and open to the public. It will take place on November 12 in Room 203 in the library.

Submitted by Lesley Pleasant

* Racism and Sexism Unpacked

Today - Monday, November 5 - in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center at 7:00 p.m., faculty panelists will lead an interactive campus forum designed to promote campus-wide dialogue about issues of racism and sexism, providing the audience with tools for dealing with both. This event is free and open to all. Bring your questions, concerns, and ideas. Refreshments will be provided. The faculty panelists include professors Dan Byrne, Mari Plikuhn, Rob Shelby, Valerie Stein, and Margaret Stevenson, and chief diversity officer LaNeeca Williams.

This event is co-sponsored by Race and Ethnicity Studies, the Office of Diversity Initiatives, and Gender and Women’s Studies.

Submitted by Margaret Stevenson 

* Rock for Riley: British Invasion

You are invited to join Phi Mu Delta Lambda on November 3 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center as we "Hop the Pond to Help the Kids" by raising money for Riley Hospital for Children! Come out to Rock for Riley 2018: British Invasion for a night of amazing lip-synching and dance performances!

Submitted by Kelly Nixon 

* Activist Mary Olson to speak at UE

Activist Mary Olson will be speaking at UE on November 12 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 203 in the library. Her topic will be “A New Global Treaty for Nuclear-Free Nations: How One Woman Made a Difference.”

Olson is acting director of gender and radiation, director of Southeast office, NIRS. She holds an undergraduate degree in evolutionary biology and history of science and has worked for 27 years on radioactive waste policy with the non-government organization, Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS, based in the Washington DC area; Olson herself is based in a satellite office in Asheville, North Carolina, where she founded the new Gender and Radiation Impact Project in 2017.

She has written and organized on radioactive waste and from 2004-1999, she was a registered lobbyist in the US Congress, working to stop bad legislative proposals for changes in radioactive waste law. Olson leads the successful Stop Mobile Chernobyl Campaign which prevented legislation that would have mandated the shipment of highly radioactive waste to the disputed Yucca Mountain site when it was under study (not yet approved). For many years Olson worked with the No Dumps on Native Lands project to keep nuclear waste off the lands of Indigenous Peoples, including Yucca Mountain which is on traditional lands of the Shoshone Nation.

Olson has been a student of radiation’s impact on living cells and organisms since her own contamination while working in a research lab. She has been privileged to know Dr. Steve Wing and to be mentored by Dr. Rosalie Bertell. Bertell encouraged Olson to do her own analysis of A-Bomb survivor data published by the US National Academy of Sciences (BEIR VII, 2006) in order to answer questions from the public about gender differences in radiation harm. Olson’s paper “Atomic Radiation is More Harmful to Women,” published in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns helped the diplomats working at the UN to bring nuclear weapons under humanitarian law, embodied by the new Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Submitted by Lesley Pleasant 

* Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity sponsoring 5K Run/Walk

Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity will sponsor a 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, November 10 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the University of Evansville.

All runners and walkers must complete the 5K with a backpack. This is representative of our US troops who have to run with gear on every day. All proceeds will go to an organization that sponsors veteran’s suffering from PTSD and other mental illnesses.

Please click the following link to register for the race:

Submitted by Chace Avery

* Catholic Mass on campus

There will be a Catholic Mass this Sunday, November 4, at 1:00 pm in Neu Chapel. Father Alex Zenthoefer will be the celebrant. All are welcome!

Submitted by Sam Wallisch


Changemaker Corner

* Change the world and get class credit!

Don’t wait until you graduate – make a difference now! Check out the list of ChangeLab courses available for the Spring semester. For more information, visit

Submitted by Cindy Kelley 


Info You Should Know

* Help us thank donors during the UE Thank-a-thon!

During the week of November 5-9, students can take part in the UE Thank-a-thon and write a note of thanks to a generous UE donor. Student recipients of donor-funded scholarships should have received emails from the Offices of Financial Aid and Development asking them to write thank you notes online. ANY student can visit the Thank-a-thon table in Ridgway University Center during lunch November 5-9 and write a thank you to receive a prize.

Submitted by Molli Duckworth

* Textbook adoptions past due

Textbook adoptions for Spring 2019 are now past due. If you have not submitted your adoptions, please do so to the UE Bookstore as soon as possible. This will ensure better buyback prices for students and also more used/rental options for the Spring term. The later we receive adoptions in the bookstore this less likely we can get these cheaper editions. Contact the UE Bookstore at ext. 2679 if needed.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* Free HIV testing at SHC

Matthew 25 will be hosting HIV testing at the Student Health Center FREE of charge on Tuesday, November 13 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. No appointment necessary!

Submitted by Tara Ulrich

* Sing in 500-person choir at UE men's basketball game

In celebration of Habitat for Humanity Evansville's 500th home, there will be a 500-person choir performing at the Ace's men's basketball game on December 9. We would love to have all voices from UE join in with members of the Evansville community to sign in celebration and fill the Ford Center with music!

If you would like to sing, please go to and register to be a part of the event. If you have a group or choir that would like to join, please call/ text Emily Baxter at 812-760-0564.

Submitted by Holly Carter 

* December graduates - please read!

ALL December graduates need to pick up their graduation packets in the UE Bookstore as soon as possible starting October 29. The packet will have your name and degree on it (you will need to verify this information is correct.) Also in the packet is information from the alumni office, career planning office and the bookstore in regard to graduation announcements and diploma frames. When you pick up your packet you can also pick up your cap and gown.

Masters graduates need to come to the UE Bookstore as soon as possible to ORDER their cap, gown and hood as your garments are custom made and require additional time. Bachelor cap and gowns are in stock in the store but don't wait until the last minute to get one to make sure you have the correct color and size.

If you have any questions, please contact the UE Bookstore. Congratulation, grads!

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* Winter Intersession financial aid

If you are seeking financial aid to help pay for Winter Intersession courses at UE, please submit the Winter Intersession Application to the Office of Financial Aid by November 21. Our office will help you examine your options for aid, which in most cases is limited to loans.

Submitted by Amy Sowders



* Sociology seniors achieve top scores on Major Field Test

The sociology seniors, as part of their senior seminar course, completed their Major Field Tests and scored in the 97th percentile among comparable institutions. Congratulations on this accomplishment.

* Erin Lewis selected as November 2018 Employee of the Month

Erin Lewis holding award.

Erin Lewis, associate director of the Center for Innovation and Change, has been selected at the November 2018 Employee of the Month!

The positive impact the Erin makes on student’s lives cannot be measured. She is committed to the students that she works with and to the University as a whole. 

Erin works to inspire students in finding new ways to make a difference not only in the classroom, but in our community. 

She has been instrumental for her work with the UE certification for ASHOKA and ChangeLab. 

Please help us congratulate Erin on her well-deserved honor as November’s Employee of the Month.

* Carter appointed dean of NAFSA CEP

Holly Carter, director of education abroad and director of Harlaxton College Programs, has been appointed as dean of the CEP workshop risk assessment and crisis management by NAFSA (Association of International Educators). This workshop is described by NAFSA as exploring ways to assess risk, reduce risk potential, and respond to crises more effectively. Carter will be dean until 2021 and will work to trainers from around the nation to deliver the curriculum for international education professionals.



* FanFest to take place on Saturday outside Ford Center

The annual FanFest event is set for this Saturday, November 3 prior to the University of Evansville men’s basketball exhibition game against New Mexico Highlands.

FanFest will take place from 10:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. with the Purple Aces game beginning at 1 p.m. inside the Ford Center.  Highlighting the festivities is a visit by UE head coach Walter McCarty and Craig Snow, who is the current head coach of the Cowboys and was a star player for the Aces.  Snow remains 10th in program history in scoring and was a starter on the 1999 NCAA Tournament Team.  The duo will be at FanFest at 11:45 a.m. to address the fans.

Admission is free and it will take place at Freedom Plaza, which is directly across from the main entrance of the Ford Center.

Food vendors that will be present include Backstage, The Rooftop, Keylee’s Pizza and Marx BBQ.  There will also be a beer garden.

Live music will take place at the event along with a photo booth, corn hole and more.

* Volleyball set for weekend trip to MSU and SIU

The University of Evansville volleyball team begins the month of November on the road, heading to Missouri State for a showdown on Friday night before making their way to Carbondale, Ill. to take on Southern Illinois on Saturday. Both matches will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Taking on two of the top teams in the MVC, the Aces took both Bradley and Illinois State to five sets in a pair of home matches last weekend. Mildrelis Rodriguez set her career mark with 29 kills in 85 attempts against the Braves while Alondra Vazquez was the difference-maker on Saturday, notching 20 kills against the Redbirds.

UE’s top player over the weekend was senior Mildrelis Rodriguez, who finished with 4.60 kills and 3.60 digs per set. Rodriguez was honored on Friday for recording the 1,000th kill and dig of her career and she responded with her top collegiate performance. She set her career mark with 29 kills while also tallying 21 digs, two service aces, two block assists and a solo block; Rodriguez had another nice outing on Saturday against Illinois State, totaling 17 kills, 15 digs and three aces.

In the home match against Bradley, Olivia Goldstein set her career mark with 30 digs; she leads the Purple Aces with 3.29 digs per set and has had 10 or more in six of the last eight outings. Goldstein has posted 20 or more digs in four matches in 2018.

Senior Rocio Fortuny looks to finish her career on a high note and took a big step towards doing that in the last two matches. She had her best 2-game stretch since the second weekend of the season as she recorded 19 kills in matches against Bradley and Illinois State. Fortuny finished with 9 kills against the Braves before notching 10 on Saturday.

Missouri State starts this weekend with a 13-12 record while going 6-6 in their first 12 league contests. Defensively, Makina Wratten leads the Valley with 1.19 blocks per set. The offense for the Bears is paced by Amelia Flynn, who checks in with 3.20 kills per game.

Southern Illinois stands with a 4-21 mark and have lost their opening 12 MVC matches. Maggie Nedoma leads the Salukis with 3.41 kills per set while Alayna Martin currently averages 7.39 assists per game.


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