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Tuesday, November 13, 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

* SAA Soupapalooza today!

Soupapalooza 2018 is here! Please join the SAA (Staff and Administrators Assembly) TODAY - 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.

Plan to play a photo guessing game – “Match your UE Colleague to Their Younger Self.” The winner has the opportunity to win an iPad Pro! Also, the chef voted as having the best soup will receive an iPad Pro!

Submitted by Sandy Sitzman

* Today - Azzip Giveback for NSLS

Today - 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

* Promoting health care autonomy panel set for today

A panel discussion, “Promoting Autonomy in Healthcare through Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Bridging the Theory Practice Gap,” is planned for today - 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 

* 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


Upcoming Events

* International Bazaar is Friday! Check out booths representing cultures from all around the world!

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.

You have a great opportunity to meet students from Saudi Arabia, Oman, UK, Peru, China, Uruguay, Italy, Ivory Coast, India, Egypt, Nepal, South Korea, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Pakistan, Vietnam and many more. Have a short visit to all these countries by checking their amazing booths.

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.

* PA Club meeting this Thursday at Stone Family Center

The PA Club will meet this Thursday at Stone Family Center. Hear from current didactic and clinical PA students with a student panel, followed by mentor meetings and building tours! A PA student will meet you at 6:00 p.m. to let you in at either entrance at the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences. The Stone Family Center is located at 515 Walnut Street. Any questions, email

Submitted by Haley Vos 

* Great American Smokeout 2018

The GREAT American Smokeout 2018 is here! Please join Smoke Free Communities on November 15 from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. in Ridgway University Center to celebrate this national event. Come learn about resources to help you quit smoking, information about JUUL, as well as information on how you can help with tobacco legislation for 2019.

Submitted by Courtney Lee Horning

* I-House Music and Poetry Night

I-House has collaborated with the foreign languages department to host I-House Music and Poetry Night today -  Wednesday, November 14 - at 7:00 p.m. on the second floor of Ridgway University Center. Students from all around the world will be presenting songs and poems in more than 10 languages. Tortilla chips and salsa, churros, and coffee will be provided.

Submitted by Megan Sicard

* 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


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

* Spots still available to volunteer at International Bazaar!

There are still spots available to volunteer at the 32nd International Bazaar, and International Club needs your help to make it a success! If you would like to volunteer, click on this SignUpGenius link. There will be a mandatory meeting for volunteers on Wednesday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 162 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. There will also be a short meeting following I-House at 8:00 p.m., in case volunteers cannot attend the original meeting. If you would like to volunteer but cannot make the meeting, email Chelsea Gaddis at

Submitted by Megan Sicard 

* 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

* 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.

* Volunteers needed for the Turkey Day 5K

Evansville Goodwill Industries, Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with their 5K on November 22, Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers are needed to do jobs such as:

  • Set-up
  • Registration Help/Line Control
  • Water Table Attendants on the race course
  • Corner Watchers during the race
  • Food and Drink Set-up at the conclusion of the race
  • Awards after the race

As many people as possible are needed to help out. The more the merrier! Bring your family and friends.

If interested, you can register online by November 21 at and any questions can be sent to Robyn Oglesby at:

Submitted by Karyssa Vasquez

* 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 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."



* Faculty tickets available for Nov. 15 and 18 men's basketball games

Faculty tickets are now available for the men's basketball game on Thursday, November 15 against Kentucky Wesleyan at 6:05 p.m. as well as Sunday, November 18 at noon. Come to the Carson Center ticket office to pick up your tickets. University ID is required! The ticket office will be open during normal business hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Submitted by Jake Hill


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.


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