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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

What's Happening Today

* 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 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, November 14.

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

Submitted by Diana Rodríguez Quevedo

* Medical Spanish Group meeting today

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, 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

* 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.


Upcoming Events

* Women's self-defense class

The Fitness Center will be hosting a women's self-defense class on Saturday, November 17 from noon-2:00 p.m. This free class is open to all female students, staff, and faculty. Please email or to reserve your spot.

Submitted by Lori Adams

* 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.

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

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

* Chipotle Giveback: Scholars for Syria

Join us on Sunday, November 18, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at the Chipotle on North Green River Road to help raise money for Scholars for Syria. Be sure to bring in this flyer, show it on your phone, or tell the cashier at checkout! We hope to see you there!

Submitted by Kendall Turner

* ECTE Mid-Semester Thoughts on FYS & Reacting to the Past Friday!

Join us today - Friday, November 16 - at 3:00 p.m. in Room 162 in the Schroeder School of Business Building for our November ECTE Lecture on Teaching and Learning. This month’s topic is: “Mid-Semester Thoughts on FYS and ‘Reacting to the Past’” presented by Paul Bone, associate professor of creative writing and director of First Year Seminar. As we near the end of the first semester using the “Reacting to the Past” pedagogy, Paul will share the progress experienced using it in FYS courses to date, and include student perspectives on the course. There also will be discussion of the future of FYS and/or innovative, successful pedagogies moving forward. If you're tired of hearing how you should be a guide on the side, come and learn how to be an impresario with a scenario.

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

Submitted by Mari Plikuhn

* Debbie Kassenbrock Retirement Party

Please join us in celebrating Debbie Kassenbrock's 25 years of service to UE and our students! The event is planned for November 30 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery.

For questions, contact Stacey Shanks at ext. 2606.

Submitted by Stacey Shanks

* 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

* Pray the Rosary this Thursday!

Austin Hopf and Sister Catherine will be leading a Rosary Prayer Group this Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in Room 264 in the Center for Academic Success in Clifford Memorial Library. All are welcome to join!

Submitted by Sam Wallisch

* Catholic Mass on campus

There will be a Catholic Mass this Sunday, November 18, at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Father Alex Zenthoefer will be the celebrant. All are welcome!

Submitted by Sam Wallisch


Info You Should Know

* Armistice Day T-Shirts: $5 while supplies last!

A limited number of dark gray T-shirts from the Armistice Day Centenary 5K are available for $5, with all proceeds benefitting UE VETS! Available in sizes small, medium, large, and XL. Help support a great student organization!

Stop by the Department of Law, Politics, and Society (Room 50 in the Schroeder School of Business Building) to pick up your shirts while supplies last.

Submitted by Mari Plikuhn

* 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 

* 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 

* 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.

* 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



* Zifer guest conducts All Region Honor Band

Professor of music Timothy J. Zifer guest conducted the Indiana Band Masters Association All Region Honor Band in Spencer, Indiana, this past weekend. The band was made up of 100 students from 12 different school districts. The students had rehearsals and sectionals all day Saturday. A Sunday rehearsal followed by a concert. Zifer had the opportunity to interact with students, parents, and regional music educators during the event.

* 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. 

* 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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