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Thursday, November 15, 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


Upcoming Events

* Happy Purple Friday! Free Hot Chocolate with Student Alumni Ambassadors

Happy Purple Friday from Student Alumni Ambassadors!

On Friday, we wear purple at UE! Wear your favorite purple on Friday, November 16, and stop by Ridgway University Center from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Student Alumni Ambassadors will be handing out free hot chocolate to anyone wearing purple (while supplies last). UE gifts will also be given away to those with extra school spirit! 

* Simon Waever to present Danish Language and Culture Capsule

Simon Waever will present a Danish Language & Culture Capsule as part of International Education Week today - Thursday November 15 from 2:00-2:30 p.m. in Room 172 in the Schroeder School of Business Building.

Submitted by Lesley Pleasant

* 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

* 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

* 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

* Times Higher Education Survey of US College Students

Each year the Wall Street Journal and the Times Higher Education of London (THE) conduct a survey of student engagement at colleges and universities around the world. Results from the survey are trusted by governments and universities to help identify areas of success and areas that need improvement in teaching and learning.

Undergraduate students over 18 years old at UE are invited to complete the Times Higher Education U.S. Student Survey and enter to win one of four $5,000 cash prizes, courtesy of THE. The answers students give on this survey are anonymous, and participation is completely voluntary. The University of Evansville will not have access to your identity but we will get a summary of student responses which will be helpful as we examine ways to make the student experience even better.

Thanks in advance for taking ten minutes to complete this short survey. The survey is now open. Click on the link to begin the survey:

* Participate in Adopt-a-Family!

UE has partnered with Aurora to give back to families in need with the Adopt-a-Family event. You can sign up as a group or as an individual. There are individuals and families still left to be sponsored. Families consist anywhere between 2-5 people. Each individual asks for 3 items with prices generally ranging from $20-$60 dollars total. Some items may cost over $60 and others may be well under $20. The deadline to sign up is November 26. There are only a small number of families who still need to be adopted, so if you want to participate you need to sign up fast! To sign up or for more information, you can email Karyssa Vasquez at This is a great cause and a good way to help give back to the community!

* 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

* 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 

* 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



* 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.



* Aces volleyball set for Senior Weekend

The regular season comes to a close for the University of Evansville volleyball team this weekend when the Purple Aces take on UNI and Drake inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.  UE welcomes the Panthers on Friday before taking on the Bulldogs on Senior Night on Saturday; both matches begin at 7 p.m.

Prior to Saturday’s contest versus Drake, the Aces will honor seniors Mildrelis Rodriguez, Rocio Fortuny, Elizabeth Giller, Gabriela dos Santos, Olivia Goldstein and Joselyn Coronel.

Evansville found itself in an 0-2 hole at Indiana State, but rallied back to force a fifth game before the Sycamores clinched the match with a 15-11 win.  Rachel Tam had one of her best all-around matches, posting 21 kills, 16 digs and 3 block assists.  Alondra Vazquez added 14 kills and a career-high 21 digs while Mildrelis Rodriguez recorded 13 kills and 14 digs.  Five Aces finished the match with 14 or more digs.  Allana McInnis added 49 assists and Kerra Cornist anchored the defense with five block assists.

It was just another day at the office for Rachel Tam as she recorded 21 kills and 16 digs at Indiana State on Friday.  Her 16 digs marked a season high and was just three off of her career mark of 19, set at Jacksonville State in 2016.  She also added three block assists, her top mark since recording four against Loyola in September.  She remains second in the MVC with 4.28 kills per set; her tally is 26th in the nation.  Tam’s 458 total kills is 13th in the country while her 497.0 total points is 16th.

Senior Mildrelis Rodriguez continues to impact her team on the offensive and defensive sides of the net.  For the season, she is second on the team in kills (3.10/set) and third in digs (2.78/set).  She recorded 13 kills and 14 digs at Indiana State.

UNI comes to Meeks Family Fieldhouse with a 21-8 mark while going 15-1 through 16 MVC contests.  Karlie Taylor paces the MVC with 4.69 kills per set while Rachel Koop leads the league with 11.76 assists.  Koop’s assist average is 5th in the NCAA while her total of 1,235 helpers is also fifth.  Taylor’s kill average ranks 10th in the nation while her total of 455 kills is 15th.

Drake is battling for a spot in the MVC Tournament coming into the last weekend of the regular season.  The Bulldogs begin play with an 18-13 overall mark and stand at 6-10 in the Valley.  Cathryn Cheek is fourth in the league and leads the Bulldogs with 3.75 kills per set.  Elle Tubbs has notched 0.29 service aces per set, tops in the conference.


* Men's basketball home opener set for Thursday at 6 p.m.

After two games on the road, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team opens up the 2018-19 home slate on Thursday evening against Kentucky Wesleyan.  Tip is at 6 p.m. inside the Ford Center.

UE gave it everything it had on Saturday, falling by a 91-85 final at Xavier.  Six players finished in double figures, led by 20-point efforts from Shea Feehan and K.J. Riley.  The Aces trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half, but rallied to take the lead in the second half, but the Musketeers were able to hang on.  Evansville converted 17 3-point attempts, tying the school record, which was set against Southern Illinois in 1997.

“Our guys feel good about what we were able to do and will look to strike first on Thursday,” Aces Head Coach Walter McCarty said.  “With our offense, we have five guys out there who can be a playmaker.  If guys are open, take the shot.  Play with confidence and shoot the ball.  To be able to make that many 3’s was great, I wish we would have made 3 or 4 more!”

Takeaways from Xavier  
- Evansville’s 17 3-pointers tied the single-game school mark
- The Aces had six players finish in double figures for the first time since November of 2014 against Earlham
- All eight players that saw the floor for UE grabbed a rebound and took at least one 3-pointer
- John Hall played 39 minutes while Shea Feehan and K.J. Riley played 38 apiece
- Hall set career marks in points, minutes, triples and assists while tying his mark with nine rebounds
- After turning the ball over 26 times in the opener, the Aces did much better, finishing with nine turnovers at XU
- Evan Kuhlman, playing 20 minutes from home, scored a career-high 12 points
- UE was credited with an assist on 20 out of 27 makes

One of the top scorers at the Division III level during his career, Shea Feehan showed that he can do it at any level as he completed the opening weekend with 16 points per game.  He had a solid opener against the Fighting Illini, recording 12 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals while going 4-8 from the floor.  He upped his game at Xavier, setting his career mark with 20 points while shooting 6-of-15, 4-for-9 from outside and 4-5 from the line; he posted three assists and three rebounds.  Feehan is the first UE player to average 16 PPG in his first two games with the program since Parrish Casebier averaged 18 PPG in his first two games in 1990; Casebier had 21 points at Miami Ohio before registering 15 at Ohio U.

Injury limited Marty Hill to just nine games last year, but he is healthy and playing at a high level in his senior campaign.  Hill began the year with a career-high 13 points at Illinois and followed that up with 11 at Xavier.  His top game last year was a 12-point outing against Oakland City.

Evansville attempted a total of 57 3-pointers in the first two games of the season, an average of 28.5 per game.  In the game at Xavier, the Aces tied a school record with 17 made triples.  Since 3-pointer was adopted by the NCAA in 1986, the most UE has averaged in a season was 21.5 in the 2004-05 campaign.  Between 2003 and 2007, the Aces averaged at least 18.5 triples per game in each of those four season.  In the other 28 seasons of playing with the 3-point line, the Aces never took more than 17.1 per game.

“They (KWC) shoot the long ball very well and have a lot of talent over there.  It is most important that it is about us,” McCarty added.  “We have to make them adapt to the way we want to play and make sure that we take care of our end – getting back in transition and controlling the tempo of the game.”

* 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


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