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Monday, November 12, 2018

* UE's Christmas on Campus set for Friday, November 30

The University of Evansville will celebrate the holidays with Christmas on Campus on Friday, November 30. The celebration will include photos with Purple Santa, reindeer games, carriage rides, trackless train rides, cookies and hot chocolate, Candlelight Advent Vespers, and the ceremonial lighting of the University’s Christmas tree.

Candlelight Advent Vespers is free and open to the public. The public is welcome to any and all of the other events for only $5 per family. Visit UE's Christmas on Campus webpage at to fill out the online registration form and save time during the event.

The complete schedule for Christmas on Campus is as follows:

5:00 p.m.

Lobby, Olmsted Administration Hall

5:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Photos with Purple Santa

Ridgway University Center

Christmas Crafts
Ridgway University Center

5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Reindeer Games and Trackless Train Rides

East Terrace Lawn

Christmas Shopping at UE Bookstore
Stop in for giveaways and 20 percent off the original price of all clothing and gift items to all shoppers during the night!

7:00 p.m.
Candlelight Advent Vespers

Neu Chapel

8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Carriage Rides

Sesquicentennial Oval

Cookies and Hot Chocolate
Lobby, Olmsted Administration Hall

Roasted Nuts and Kettle Corn
East Terrace Lawn

8:05 p.m.
Lighting of the Christmas Tree and Caroling

Outside Graves Hall


What's Happening Today

* Strandberg to present for International Education Week

Assistant professor of music Kristen Strandberg will give a talk entitled “Sound and Spectacle: Musical Performance in 19th-Century Paris” TODAY - Monday, November 12. The lecture begins at 4:00 p.m. in the Class of '59 Gallery and Lounge, located on the second floor of Ridgway University Center. This event is part of International Education Week, hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures. 

Submitted by James Michael Sullivan 

* Nikolidakis to give talk on applying to MFA programs

On Monday, November 12, assistant professor of creative writing Lisa Nikolidakis will give a talk on applying to MFA programs in creative writing. The talk will be held in Room 172 in the Schroeder School of Business Building at 4:00 p.m. and will leave time for student questions.

Submitted by Lisa Nikolidakis

* Guest lecture on "The African Geographies of Angelo Soliman"

On Monday, November 12, Michael Yonan, professor of art history at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will give a lecture titled "The African Geographies of Angelo Soliman," which details the fascinating life of this former African slave (c. 1721–1796) from the Kanuri ethnic group. The lecture will last approximately one hour and will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Room e 162 in the Schroeder School of Business Building.

As a child, Soliman was kidnapped, sold into slavery, and transported through Tunisia and Sicily before being purchased by the Liechtenstein family and transferred to Vienna. There he became a scholar and freemason, eventually rising to become Grand Master of his lodge. Yonan will address questions of identity, slavery, and colonialism by analyzing a portrait print of Soliman by the Austrian printmaker Johann Gottfried Haid (1710–1776).

The event, organized by the archaeology and art history department, is being held in cooperation with International Education Week with thanks to the Office of Study Abroad and the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences.

Submitted by Heidi Strobel

* Last day for the University of Evansville ISEA Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings kids the books they want to read. This book fair is being hosted by the Indiana Student Education Association which is a group of future educators. We'll receive a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level, and all purchases benefit our school!

Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. Please come to our book fair and help shape your child's reading habits. The Book Fair will be at Ridgway University Center Monday, November 12 through Friday, November 16.


  • Monday: Noon-6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Noon-6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Noon-6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 4:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Friday:  4:00-8:00 p.m.

See you at the book fair!

Submitted by Abbey Duncan

* UE International Education Week - November 12-16

Please join the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures and celebrate International Education with students, faculty, and staff on November 12-16!

Listen to students talk about their study abroad experiences around the world and to professors from across campus share their research. Learn some Portuguese, Thai, Persian, Russian, and German during the language and culture sessions. Join I-House for the Poetry and Music event. Attend the International Bazaar. Come listen to activist Mary Olson discuss a global nuclear treaty and Christoph Schwegmann, senior defense advisor in the policy planning staff of the German Federal Foreign Office, discuss the roles of the US and Germany in a changing world order.

You can learn more about the events of the week on the International Education Week web page.

Questions? Please email

Submitted by Lesley Pleasant

* University of Evansville Theatre presents Year of the Rooster

The University of Evansville Theatre presents Olivia Dufault’s Year of the Rooster. This exciting new script, an amazingly entertaining romp of a tale about cockfighting, opened Monday, November 12 in the May Studio Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on November 16 and 17, and at 2:00 p.m. on November 18. 

Meredith Ham, a senior from Castle Rock, Colo., directs Year of the Rooster; Cassy Spaduzzi, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, serves as the scenic designer; Morgan Severeid, a senior from Westfield, Ind., is the costume designer; Maggie Ste.Marie, a senior from Littleton, Colo., is the lighting designer; Austin Kuhn, a junior from Evansville, Ind., serves as the sound designer; Julia Toney, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, is the dramaturg; Micah Ammons, a senior from McKinney, Texas, is the stage manager, and UE professor Chuck Meacham serves as the technical director.

The cast features junior Luke Lowrance from Fort Worth, Texas, as Gil Pepper; senior Matthew McDonald from Carmel, Ind., as Dickie Thimble; senior Kathleen Finch from College Station, Texas, as Lou Pepper; senior Daniel Stewart from Fort Worth, Texas, as Odysseus Rex, and first-year student Delanie Kitzman from Tomball, Texas, as Philipa Long.

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.

The UE Theatre Society will host a pre-play chat 30 minutes prior to the show on Saturday, November 17. All are welcome to attend the presentation and discussion with a student designer about their process on the production.

Tickets are available by calling 812-488-2031.

* 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


Upcoming Events

* Lunch Charlas

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 this Wednesday, November 14.

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

Submitted by Diana Rodríguez Quevedo

* 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 this Wednesday, November 14 from 5:30-6:30 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

* This Week in Music: University Ensembles perform on and off campus

Orchestra and Wind Ensembles in Henderson
Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m., Preston Arts Center, Henderson, KY

The University of Evansville Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Chun-Ming Chen and Kenneth Steinsultz, will present a joint concert at the Preston Arts Center in Henderson, Kentucky, on November 13 at 7:30 p.m. The orchestra will perform Libby Larsen’s Deep Summer Music, selections from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Beethoven’s Romance in F Major, with UE violin professor Carol Dallinger as soloist, and selections from Smetana’s The Bartered Bride. The wind ensemble will present works by Joseph Willcox Jenkins, Darius Milhaud, Percy Grainger, and Alberto Ginastera.

The performance is free and open to the public. For complete program information, visit the music department concert calendar.

University String Ensemble
Thursday, November 15, 6:00 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall

The University of Evansville String Ensemble, under the direction of Chun-Ming Chen, will present a short concert on Thursday November 15 at 6:00 p.m. in Wheeler. The program will feature two Sinfonia by Vivaldo and Dusk on Dansui River by Yi-Fong Hong.

The performance is free and open to the public. For complete program information, visit the music department concert calendar.

Woodwind Ensembles
Sunday, November 18, 2:30 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall

The University of Evansville Woodwind Ensembles will present a concert on Sunday, November 18 at 2:30 p.m. in Wheeler. The Clarinet Ensemble, under the direction of Thomas Josenhans, will perform works by Louis Mayeur and Beatriz Lockhart. The Saxophone Ensemble, under the direction of Shawn Teichmer, will perform works by F&M JeanJean and Gordon Goodwin.

The performance is free and open to the public. For complete program information, visit the music department concert calendar.

Mixed Choir and Women’s Chorus
Sunday, November 18, 6:00 p.m., Neu Chapel

The University of Evansville Women’s Chorus and Mixed Choir, under the direction of Dennis Malfatti, will present a combined concert on Sunday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. The Women’s Chorus will open the program with works by John Rutter, Pablo Casals, Meredith Wilson, and Hoagy Carmichael. The Mixed Choir will close the program with works by Holst, Mendelssohn, Rutter, and Copland.

The performance is free and open to the public. For complete program information, visit the music department concert calendar.

Brass and Percussion Ensembles
Sunday, November 18, 7:30 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall

The University of Evansville Brass and Percussion Ensembles will present a combined concert on Sunday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Wheeler. The Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of Tim Zifer, will perform works by Uber, Rossini, de Abreu, and Anderson. The Low Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Kenneth Steinsultz, will present works by Werden, Monaco, and an arrangement of Deck the Halls. The Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Ross Erickson will present a piece by David Eyler and an arrangement by Erickson and fellow UE music professor Shawn Teichmer.

The performance is free and open to the public. For complete program information, visit the music department concert calendar.

Submitted by James Sullivan

* Promoting health care autonomy panel set for November 13

A panel discussion, “Promoting Autonomy in Healthcare through Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Bridging the Theory Practice Gap,” is planned for November 13 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 100 in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science.

This panel discussion will address the challenges of recognizing and respecting patient choice in modern day healthcare. Please join us for this discussion about the factors that contribute to this theory-practice gap, and how that gap can be bridged by promoting interdisciplinary collaboration. Our distinguished panelists represent a cross section of professionals from both healthcare and academic backgrounds, both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Recognizing an individual’s right to make healthcare decisions based on their own worldview, free from coercion, and have those decisions respected is a generally recognized ethical obligation that is acknowledged in both secular and sectarian traditions. Yet, despite this general commitment to help promote patient autonomy, it is often the case that patient’s wishes go unrecognized in the healthcare decision making process, reflecting a gap between what healthcare providers know we should do, and what they actually do.

Submitted by Lisa Kretz 

* 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

* Tuesday Night Recharge Mass

Join the Newman Club this Tuesday, November 13, at 8:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel to celebrate a Catholic Mass! Fr. Peduru Fonseka OSB will be the celebrant. All are welcome! 

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler

* 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


Info You Should Know

* Honorary Degree Committee welcomes your suggestions

The Honorary Degree Committee looks forward to receiving your recommendations for honorary degrees to be conferred at the May 2019 Commencement. We need your help in selecting accomplished individuals to receive one of our university’s highest honors. Nominations may be made on the basis of individual service to the University or individual achievement that exemplifies the University’s mission. Recently selected persons have excelled in a variety of areas - law, medicine, education, business, literature, politics, and entertainment. The committee will forward nominations to President Pietruszkiewicz so he can make his recommendations to the faculty for their approval. Please email the following information to Robert Dion, committee chairperson, at, by Monday, November 26: Your name, the name of your nominee, the rationale for your nomination, biographical information on the nominee, and contact information for the nominee. Thank you in advance for your ideas.

Submitted by Robert Dion

* This week from the Harlaxton office

Things have slowed down in the Harlaxton office as far as travel goes, but this is another update to close out our travel season and the semester to let the campus community know what we have been up to and will be staying busy with in the coming weeks!

Though recruitment travel has slowed down, conference season has kept the Harlaxton office still on the road the last few weeks. NAFSA Association of International Educators, the professional community for international education, runs regional conferences throughout the end of the fall semester, and Harlaxton will be represented at 3 regions this year!

Two weeks ago, Anna Beth Gillon, Harlaxton programs intern, and Kaylynn Carver, Harlaxton advisor, traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas for the NASFSA Region III Conference, which included attendees from schools across Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. They ran a Harlaxton booth in the exhibit hall at the conference and talked to many people about our favorite manor!

Last week, Holly Carter, director of Harlaxton College Programs, Greta Becker, Study Abroad advisor, and Kaylynn Carver attended the NAFSA Region VI Conference in Columbus, Ohio. This is our home region, as it includes Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. Holly presented a session with Kerry Geffert, product evangelist with Terra Dotta, entitled “What's Next: Transitioning from Conference to Action.” Greta and Kaylynn also presented a session at this conference, with Kristin Magyari from Miami University and Ellie Koewler from IEP at Ohio University, titled “Marketing Made Simple”. The team also maintained a Harlaxton booth in the exhibit hall, where they were able to connect with many Harlaxton partner schools in the region and meet potential new partners as well!

Then this week, Holly will travel to the NAFSA Region VII Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, a region which includes Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. After running another booth in the exhibit hall at this region, she will then travel to Kansas, where she will assist with a Harlaxton recruitment event put on by Baker University, a longtime Harlaxton partner.

As the holiday season starts and these final travels wrap up, the Harlaxton office is looking forward to the opportunity to take some of the learnings from these conferences and put them into action in some exciting projects once the semester dies down. Getting all the Harlaxton Spring 2019 class registered, finalized, and ready for their upcoming adventure will keep the team busy as well until the conclusion of this semester!

Submitted by Kaylynn Carver 

* Coat Drive for United Caring Shelter

Public Health Student Associations is hosting a coat drive for United Caring Shelter, located in downtown Evansville! We will have a table set up by the dining court in Ridgway University Center on November 15 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. There will also be big donation box outside of Graves 219 where you can drop off your coats starting Monday, November 12! Coats of any size and condition would be greatly appreciated. Show some support in helping us better the community around us.

Submitted by Sarah Harness 

* Online Master of Public Health Program

UE now offers its Master of Public Health (MPH) in a fully online format. It is one of the few MPH programs in Indiana to be offered fully online.

Distance learning provides location and day-to-day flexibility in scheduling “class” for students who have work, family, and/or other responsibilities. The master's degree requires 42 credit hours and is divided into three categories: public health core courses; health policy core courses; and a capstone course and internship. If interested in applying or have any questions, contact Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi at

Submitted by Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi

* Study abroad application deadlines are coming up!

Are you interested in studying abroad in a location other than Harlaxton? Did you know that UE offers study abroad programs at over 200 different Universities in more than 50 countries around the world? Programs are available for both semester and summer terms and have a wide variety of course offerings. Have you always wanted to study Spanish in Latin America? Or learn about Morocco’s history while actually in Morocco? Or maybe even take a traditional Italian cooking course in Italy? The possibilities are endless with our study abroad program options! UE students have recently studied in a wide variety of locations, including Finland, Japan, Argentina, Hong Kong, Cameroon, Bulgaria, and many more.

If you’re interested in studying abroad at a non-Harlaxton location, just e-mail or stop by Room 261 in the Schroeder School of Business Building.

Application deadlines are quickly approaching, so the sooner you reach out the better! Study abroad application deadlines are:

  • Fall 2019: December 14
  • Summer 2019: February 15
  • Spring 2020: April 1

Submitted by Greta Becker 

* Distribution services/copy services downtime anticipated

Distribution services/copy services is scheduled for delivery and installation of production copiers on Thursday, November 15. While installation is expected to go smoothly with minimal downtime (3 hours), please plan your production copy job requirements accordingly. For questions or concerns, please contact copy services at ext. 1067 or email

Submitted by Kim Winsett 

* Summer sessions payment options

Payment plans for summer session courses including Early Summer, Harlaxton Summer, Summer I, and Summer II are available now. Contact the Office of Student Accounts to set-up a payment plan. Payments can be arranged from the point of set-up to the due date of the session. There is no fee for the payment plan.

Students should complete a summer financial aid application and return to the Office of Financial Aid (Olmsted 116) no later than Reading-Study Day, May 2, to determine if financial aid is available for their summer courses.

* 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

* UE distribution services - Thanksgiving week

Please note the following distribution services (mail services, central receiving and copy services) adjustments and plan accordingly. These adjustments will help to ensure there is sufficient time to transport mail for processing, complete campus deliveries and copy service requests before campus is closed for Thanksgiving at noon on Wednesday, November 21.

Departments have been sent a Campus Distribution Services Delivery Reminder/Notification via campus mail. Please complete and return it to distribution services, if someone will be available at the routine department mail/receiving delivery locations to receive mail or shipments on Wednesday morning, November 21. Departments accepting deliveries on Wednesday morning, November 21 are asked to respond no later than Friday, November 16.
Mail services adjustments:

Mail will be delivered to offices that have responded to the Campus Distribution Services Delivery Reminder/Notification stating they will have someone available at the designated dept. mail delivery location to receive mail on Wednesday morning, November 21. The daily mail run will begin at 8:30 a.m.

All outgoing USPS mail/parcels must be in UE mail services ready for transport to Data Mail on November 21, no later than 10:30 a.m.

USPS will be closed on Thursday, November 22, Thanksgiving Day.

Those needing to mail a letter, etc. later in the day may do so by taking their mail to the Post Office and paying for the postage via a UE Pcard.

United Parcel Services (UPS) Information:

  • UPS is closed on Thanksgiving Day for pickup and deliveries.
  • UPS provides delivery and pickup services of air and international packages only on Friday, November 23.
  • Pickups are available, if you have made pre-arrangements with UPS by Wednesday, November 21, or via UPS On-Call Pickup service and at all UPS Drop Boxes. Please note that guaranteed delivery confirmation times will be extended 90 minutes on Friday.
  • For urgent shipments, UPS Express Critical is available 365 days a year. For more information on this services go to

Copy services adjustments:

  • Please plan your copy job requirements ahead of time to provide sufficient turn-around time as copy services will be closed over the Thanksgiving break.

Central receiving adjustments:

  • Receiving will deliver to offices that have responded to the “Campus Distribution Services Delivery Reminder/Notification” stating they will have someone available at the designated dept. mail delivery location to receive deliveries on Wednesday morning, November 21. The receiving run will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 21,
  • UE central receiving will close at noon on Wednesday, November 21, and will resume afternoon deliveries on Monday, November 26.

For distribution services questions, contact the following:

Mail services at

Copy services at

Central receiving at

Submitted by Kim Winsett

* 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



* UE students do well at Model UN Conference

The University of Evansville performed well at the recent Indiana Consortium of International Programs (ICIP) Model UN Conference at the Indiana University Southeast.

Muhammad Hassan Dajana, a UE international exchange student from Pakistan, was declared best delegate for Council #1. The delegation of Muhammad Hassan Dajana and UE student Carl Minnette was declared the second best delegation in Council #1. (They were delegates of the United Kingdom.)

Ynys Barnard Masterson, a UE international exchange student from the UK, and Félix De Morais Filho, UE international exchange student, were the third best delegation in Council #2, representing Ethiopia.

UE student Anna Bradley and Davide Galbusera, a UE international exchange student from Italy, put up a wonderful fight in council #1, representing Kuwait.

The students participated in the conference through the DISC 300 which is taught by Wesley Milner.

Dajana noted that Milner “provided his vast knowledge and expertise in international relations to the students and this enabled them to perform so wonderful well.”

* Chen Appears as guest conductor for Indiana ASTA

UE music professor Chun-Ming Chen was invited to guest conduct the Indiana American String Teacher’s Association Central All-Region Honor Orchestra on November 3 at Hamilton Southeast High School.

* Michael Roscoe elected to PAEA Board of Directors

Michael Roscoe, PhD, PA-C, department chair and founding director of the Physician Assistant Science program at the University of Evansville, was recently elected to serve as director at large of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Board.

Board membership represents the highest level of service to PAEA. Responsibility for all Association activities lies with the PAEA Board of Directors. The Board administers the Association’s financial affairs, appoints standing and ad hoc committees, and conducts all Association business between membership meetings. Board members are elected by the PAEA member programs. 

* UE professor of physician assistant science Sean Harper trains combat medics

University of Evansville assistant professor of physician assistant science Sean Harper spent 21 days in Hawaii this summer, training combat medics. Harper is a battalion physician assistant for 1st battalion, 151st INF Regiment in the Indiana National Guard. His unit is attached to the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii through an associated unit program.

Harper has clinical experience in occupational medicine, emergency medicine, and neurology. Prior to becoming a physician assistant and before he came to UE, he spent 13 years as a firefighter and paramedic. Harper earned both his bachelor’s degree in health science and his master's from Butler University in Indianapolis. He continues to practice in the occupational and urgent care setting.

* Murphy speaks at Economic Outlook Luncheon presented by Fifth Third Bank

David Murphy, assistant professor of economics, spoke at the annual Economic Outlook Luncheon presented by Fifth Third Bank at the Tropicana Convention Center on Wednesday, November 7. His remarks focused on the divergent trends in growth between the United States and China, and implications for the global economy. Along with Murphy, speakers included Tom Jalics (Fifth Third Bank and lead event sponsor), Jerry Conover (Indiana University), and Sudesh Mujumdar (USI). 

* Maass presents research at international security conference

Richard Maass, assistant professor of political science, participated in the annual joint conference of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association and the International Security Section of the American Political Science Association, held this weekend at Purdue University. Maass chaired a panel on "Global Order and US Hegemony under President Trump," participated in a roundtable discussion of the recent book "Twilight of the Titans: Great Power Decline and Retrenchment" by Paul MacDonald and Joseph Parent, and presented research emerging from his own forthcoming book "Annexation: How Democracy and Xenophobia Limited US Territorial Expansion."

* Article Published

Clark Kimberling, professor of mathematics, and co-authors Takao Komatsu (Wuhan University, China), Kálmán Liptai (Eszterházy Károly University, Hungary), and László Szalay (West Hungary University) have published an article entitled "A Connection between Hyper-Fibonacci Numbers and Fissions of Polynomial Sequences." The article appears in the current issue of The Fibonacci Quarterly.


Sympathy to...

* Liz Wannemuehler and Family

Heartfelt condolences to Liz Wannemuehler, administrative assistant in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, on the death of her grandson, Spc. Drew Watters, on Sunday, November 4, during training maneuvers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Drew was a specialist in the U.S. Army and a graduate of North High School in Evansville. Funeral arrangements are pending. 



* Volleyball rallies, but falls short in Terre Haute

Trailing 2-0, the University of Evansville volleyball team made a furious rally, forcing a fifth set, but Indiana State took the deciding game by a 15-11 final to defeat the Purple Aces, 3-2, on Friday evening.

Rachel Tam paced the Aces (9-20, 3-13 MVC) with a game-high 21 kills. Alondra Vazquez recorded 14 while Mildrelis Rodriguez had 13. Five players had double figure digs, led by 21 from Vazquez and 17 by Allana McInnis. McInnis totaled 49 assists.

Leading the Sycamores (10-18, 3-13 MVC) was the duo of Cassie Kawa and Laura Gross, who had 13 kills apiece. Jade York had a game-high 25 digs.

Indiana State played a solid first set, picking up a 25-21 win.  ISU took a 3-1 lead before the Aces battled back to tie it up at 7-7 as Rachel Tam picked up a kill. The Sycamores were able to retake the lead, going up 14-9 and held strong from there to clinch the first set of the night.

Evansville got off to a much better start in the second frame as kills by Tam and Kerra Cornist sent the team out of the gate with a 7-4 lead. Mildrelis Rodriguez found a groove, recording two kills to extend the lead to 11-6. The lead moved up to six points when Alondra Vazuez posted a kill to give the Aces an 18-12 advantage. That is when the Sycamores made their run. A 13-3 rally saw them finish off a 25-21 win.

Down 2-0 in the match, UE got back on track in game three. Evansville took a 12-8 lead with Rodriguez and Rocio Fortuny notching kills. The lead remained at 16-13 before ISU rallied once again, scoring four in a row to go up 17-16.  Evansville wrestled the lead back, going up 19-17 on a bad set by the Sycamores. Indiana State got within one, but a kill by Joselyn Coronel capped off a 25-21 win.

Taking advantage of the momentum from their game three win, the Aces kicked it into high gear in the fourth frame, jumping out to an 8-3 lead. The defense forced three consecutive ISU errors. The Sycamores got within two at 8-6, but the Aces kept the pressure on with an 8-1 stretch that put them up 16-9. From there, UE pulled away for a 25-14 win to force the deciding set.

The Aces got off to a nice start, taking a 7-4 lead.  ISU responded with a 5-2 run that tied it at 9-9. With the score still tied at 11-11, the Sycamores scored the final four points of the match to win by a 15-11 score to take the match, 3-2.

Two more contests remain for the Aces as they welcome Drake and UNI to Meeks Family Fieldhouse next weekend.

* Men's Basketball gives it their all in close loss to Xavier

Six players scored in double figures in an unbelievable effort, but Xavier was able to fend off several challenges from the University of Evansville men’s basketball team, taking a 91-85 win inside the Cintas Center on Saturday afternoon.

Shea Feehan and K.J. Riley led the way for the Purple Aces (0-2) with 20 points apiece. John Hall and Evan Kuhlman posted 12 each while Marty Hill scored 11 and Noah Frederking added 10. The totals for Feehan, Hall and Kuhlman were all career marks. Hall and Riley added five assists each.

As a team, the Aces hit 17 3-pointers. That mark tied the school record, which was set against Southern Illinois in the 1996-97 campaign.

Paul Scruggs led Xavier (2-0) with 24 points. yrique Jones added 19 points and 20 caroms.

“I’m proud of our guys, they really bounced back after the Illinois game. We played together and almost got the win,” Aces head coach Walter McCarty said. “We had guys get in foul trouble, which had an impact in the end, but I am just really proud of everyone. We will be fine offensively. I am proud of our effort, we played our tails off. This team has a bright future.”

Marty Hill got off to a nice start, registering eight points in the early points. After Shea Feehan opened the scoring with a layup, Evan Kuhlman drained a triple to put the Aces up 5-2. After Xavier tied it up at 5-5, Hill’s first bucket of the day – a three – gave UE an 8-7 lead.

Xavier took its first lead of the day at 13-12 before extending it to four points. Hill’s second 3-pointer of the afternoon made it a 1-point game once again, cutting the XU lead to 18-17 at the 11:45 mark. The difference in the opening frame came on a 12-0 run that saw the Musketeers connect on 7 out of 9 shots to open up at 35-20 advantage 7:20 on the clock.

K.J. Riley ended the stretch with an and-one before Kuhlman added a triple to cut the deficit to 37-26. After Xavier pushed its lead back out to at (43-28), Feehan scored on a nice floater before Riley stole the inbound pass and converted to cut the deficit to 11 points. Great defense forced a Musketeer turnover that led to another UE possession and the Aces added another tally on a Riley free throw to make it a 10-point game.

Evansville continued to fight back as Kuhlman matched his career-high with his third triple of the game, cutting the gap to 43-36. Following a dunk by Xavier, Feehan struck again. A 4-point play marked his 8th point of the game and saw the Aces claw back within five with two minutes left in the half. Noah Frederking added the team’s eighth triple of the game in the final minute as UE went into the break down four, 49-45.

Out of the half, the momentum for the Aces continued. Shea Feehan nailed another triple on the first possession to make it a 1-point game. The Musketeers were able to push their lead back out to eight at 59-51 at the 17:37 mark, but UE countered with an 8-0 run. Riley hit a pair of buckets before Feehan connected from downtown before adding a free throw to tie it up at 59-59 five minutes into the second frame.

With 13:46 remaining in the game, the Aces were able to take their first lead since the opening minute when Noah Frederking was true from outside. It gave UE a 65-64 edge. Xavier retook the lead with under ten minutes left and pushed it out to 78-71 on an and-one. A 5-0 run got the Aces back within a pair with six minutes remaining, but a triple by the Musketeers, pushed it back out to a 2-possession lead.

That basket was the first of nine in a row that gave the Musketeers an 87-76 lead with four minutes remaining. Feehan ended the stretch with two free throws. Evansville continued to fight back. In the final minute, UE turned a Xavier turnover into a Frederking triple that made it a 90-85 game.  The Aces were not done there.  Stout UE defense forced a Musketeer turnover on ensuing possession as the Aces never gave up, but Xavier held off the challenges and took the 91-85 win in the end.

“Today, we did a better job of understanding the intensity we have to play with.  If we do what we are capable of, we can win these games,” McCarty said after the game.

Evansville finished the game shooting 45.8% from the floor and 51.5% (17/33) from outside. Xavier finished the game at 51.6%. The finished with a 51-22 rebounding advantage.  

Following the 2-game road swing to open the year, the Aces open the home slate this week, welcoming Kentucky Wesleyan on Thursday before playing host to Texas Southern on Sunday.


In The News

* Robert Dion makes the news discussing the midterm elections

Robert Dion, chair of the Department of Law, Politics, and Society, was featured prominently in news coverage of the recent midterm elections. In addition to providing election night commentary in the studio for Channel 25, he was interviewed by Channel 44, the Indianapolis Business Journal, the Evansville Courier and Press, and several times by the Indianapolis Star. He also appeared on the national news in Canada several times last week, including a television interview and a pair of lengthy radio interviews in French.

* President Pietruszkiewicz Talks with 14 News About First Generation College Students and Being One Himself

On November 8, UE recognized first generation college students as part of a national celebration.

President Pietruszkiewicz was the first in his family to go to college. He talked with 14 News about his experience and the services offered at UE to ensure success among first gen students who are part of the UE family.  

View the interview online here.

* UE students Jon Hoernschemeyer and Kurt Kurman interviewed by WNIN

UE students Jon Hoernschemeyer and Kurt Kurman were interviewed recently by WNIN reporter Isaiah Siebert for a story on what might be motivating Republican college students to vote in Tuesday’s election. You can listen to the interview on WNIN's website.


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