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Friday, February 8, 2019

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* This Week in Music: Dalcroze Workshops

Dalcroze Workshops with Jeremy Dittus
Friday, February 8 and Saturday February 9
(Times vary, see below)

Join us for a Dalcorze Eurythmics Workshop with Jeremy Dittus on Friday, February 8, and Saturday, February 9. The workshop will be held in Eykamp Hall in the Ridgway Student Center. Sessions take place between 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, and between 9:00 a.m.-noon and 1:00-3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Jeremy Dittus enjoys a career as a pianist, theorist, and Dalcroze Education specialist. Dittus is the founder and director of the Dalcroze School of the Rockies in Denver, Colorado, one of the few authorized Dalcroze training centers in the United States.

If you are interested in more information about Jeremy Dittus and Dalcorze Eurythmics, visit

UE Choir on Composer Website
Congratulations to University Choir and director Dennis Malfatti for having their performance of Dominick DiOrio's "You Do Not Walk Alone" appear on the composer's website.


Upcoming Events

* UE Health and Fitness Fair

The 2019 Health and Fitness Fair will be held in the Fitness Center gym on Thursday, February 14, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Win prizes, free giveaways and visit local businesses (Body Works Massage, Vertical Excape, Club Pilates, Ultimate Fit, etc.).

Submitted by Lori Adams

* Volunteer Opportunity at St. Vincent DePaul

Volunteer at St. Vincent DePaul on Monday, February 11, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Help is needed in organizing and cleaning its store. You can sign up to volunteer at

A carpool will leave from the Newman house at 4:50 p.m., but if you're getting out of class and want the group to wait for you, email

All are welcome!  

Submitted by Sa, Wallisch

* Musical Madness: Love Story

Musical Madness performances are planned for February 15 and February 16 at 8:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Admission is $5. This year’s show features five musical love stories produced by our very own Greek Life! Each musical is full of goofing UE humor and portrays a love story that is familiar to us all. They are all based on movies like High School Musical, Shrek, and Mamma Mia! All of the funds raised will go to the Evansville Rescue Mission and I promise the shows and the cause are much worth the entry fee of $5!

Submitted by Jess Rollins 

* Oscar watch party - Rooting for Rami

The UE Community is invited to an Oscar watch party - “Rooting for Rami” – on Sunday, February 24. The event is a celebration of the Academy Award nomination received by UE alumnus Rami Malek ’03 for his leading role of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. The party will be at the Sunset Ballroom, CityView at Sterling Square, located at 210 North Fulton Avenue in Evansville. Walk the carpet is at 6:00 p.m., with the live broadcast beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Admission is $100 per person and there are only 100 tickets available. All proceeds go to the John David Lutz Theatre Lab opening in Fall of 2019.

Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members will be in attendance and it’s open to the public.

Black-tie optional. There will be a cash bar.

You can register for the event online and you can learn more about the event on Facebook.

* Medieval Valentines

Falcon inside of a heart shapeOn February 14, professors Annette Parks, Sara Petrosillo, and Tiffany Griffith will present “Medieval Valentines,” a discussion of the medieval origins of Valentine’s Day, an Old Norse take on love, and the female eagle’s choice of suitor. The presentations will be from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Room 250 in the Schroeder School of Business Building and from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Room 203 in the library.

Submitted by Marisa Knox

* Moore Hall Committees present: Val(anti)ne's Day!

Join us for free snacks and drinks celebrating an Anti-Valentine's event on Sunday, February 10, in Eykamp Hall, Rooms 251/252, Ridgway University Center from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.! Both couples and singles can take part in speed friending, Trivia and a movie celebrating love and friendship! 

Submitted by Pema C. Sherpa

* Bowling Night for the Kids!

College Mentors for Kids is hosting a Bowling Night for the Kids! Bowling will commence Saturday, February 9, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in Ridgway University Center on February 4, 6, or 8. Tickets are $15 per person and include three games and shoes!

Contact with questions.

Submitted by Chadi Kharouta

* Sunday Mass in Neu Chapel

There will be a Catholic Mass celebrated this Sunday at 1:00 pm in Neu Chapel on campus. Father Godfrey will be the celebrant. All are welcome!

Submitted by Sam Wallisch


Info You Should Know

* A Moment in Black History: John H. Johnson

Born in January 1918, African-American publisher and businessman John H. Johnson spent his early years in Arkansas City, Arkansas. His father died in a sawmill accident when John was a young boy. His mother, Gertrude, encouraged her son to excel and even moved the family to Chicago to advance his education. At the time, there was no public high school for black students in Arkansas City.

In Chicago, Johnson attended DuSable High School. He proved himself to be a leader, serving as class president in both his junior and senior years. Johnson also showed an interest in journalism and became editor of the school’s newspaper. After graduating in 1936, Johnson went to work for the Supreme Liberty Life Insurance Company.

At Supreme Liberty, Johnson found a mentor in company president Harry H. Pace. Pace soon gave Johnson the job of editing the company newspaper and later had him collect news stories related to African Americans from media reports. This news gathering task became the inspiration for Johnson’s first publishing venture. Unable to secure a loan from a bank due to his skin color, Johnson used his mother’s furniture as collateral to raise $500 to launch the Johnson Publishing Company, and printed his first issue of Negro Digest in November 1942. Three years later, Johnson debuted Ebony, a general interest magazine for African Americans. The first issue sold 50,000 copies, making Johnson the owner of the nation’s most widely circulated black publication. He soon convinced major companies to advertise in his publication, and he has been credited with creating the black consumer market. Johnson added to his successful publishing company in 1951 with Jet, a newsweekly magazine.

Johnson expanded in new directions with the creation of the Ebony Fashion Fair in 1958, a venture overseen by his wife, Eunice. He and Eunice had married in 1941 and adopted two children, son John Jr. and daughter Linda. The success of the fashion fair inspired them to launch their makeup company, Fashion Fair Cosmetics, in 1973. Johnson Publishing also branched into other forms of media, eventually operating multiple radio stations. By the early 1980s, Johnson had become one of the country’s richest business leaders with an estimated net worth of $100 million.

Throughout his career, Johnson was a strong supporter of the civil rights movement. In 1955, he helped raise awareness about racial injustice by publishing photographs of Emmett Till. Jet was one of the first media outlets to print these images of brutality, which put a spotlight on the horrific racial conditions in the South.

Johnson also had Martin Luther King Jr. write an advice column for Ebony in the late 1950s. This column gave King a national platform to garner support for the civil rights movement. Johnson helped Harold Washington become the first African American to win election as Chicago’s mayor. He was involved in international diplomacy as well, serving as a special ambassador to the Ivory Coast and Kenya independence ceremonies in the 1960s.

Over the years, Johnson received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to society. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton in 1996. At the time, Clinton credited Johnson with giving "African Americans a voice and a face, in his words, 'a new sense of somebody-ness, of who they were and what they could do.' "

Johnson remained its chairman and publisher until his death from heart failure on August 8, 2005. Johnson was given a send-off fit for a world leader. At his funeral, more than 1,000 people gathered to say goodbye, including activist Al Sharpton, politician Carol Moseley Braun and future U.S. President Barack Obama. Poet and author Maya Angelou also offered a touching tribute, recalling Johnson as having “the vision of a William Randolph Hearst and the perseverance of the legendary hero, John Henry. With his gifts, he introduced an entire race to the beauty and the brilliance they already had.”

Submitted by Darrion Culler

* Saturday auditions for Vagina Monologues production

Women’s Rights Awareness (WRA) will be hosting a presentation of The Vagina Monologues at the end of February, and auditions are Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  in Room 142 in the Krannert Hall of Art and Music. Any student and faculty member are welcome to audition and experience is not necessary. The Vagina Monologues is a series of monologues, written by Eve Ensler, that is performed globally every February to raise awareness of domestic abuse towards women. WRA will be donating profits from their production to Albion Fellows Bacon Center of Evansville. 

Submitted by Alyssa Lueken

* Graduation notice correction

All graduating seniors are reminded that Commencement Central will take place on Monday, March 4 upstairs in Ridgway University Center from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Tuesday, March 5 downstairs in Ridgway University Center near the information desk from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May graduates should plan on attending either of the events. It only takes a few minutes to finalize your graduation and meet with career planning, the registrar's Office, and the alumni office. You can also purchase your cap/gown and/or order graduation announcements. If you have not filed for graduation you can do that under self-service on the registrar's website.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* Honors Program students volunteer in the community

Honors students volunteered their time at Ronald McDonald House and United Caring Services through their community service initiative that they call HACER (to do). Thanks to the following honors students for their time and care: Cecilia Thon, Pranav Haran, Zach Eaglin, Lauren Stevenson, Samarth Sheth, Samantha Wallisch, Michaela Kunkler, Jared Bailey, Connor Lubbenhusen, and Meghana Bhaskara.

HACER Group photo

Cherie Leonhardt

* Candy Grams

Women of Color and Empowerment is selling Candy Grams for Valentine's Day. Tables will be set up in Ridgway University Center for students and faculty to purchase. Candy grams will be delivered on February 14.

Candy Grams Poster (text appears in article).

Submitted by Lindsay Sullivan

* Nerd Wars 2019: New registration deadline extension

Nerd Wars LogoThe Honors Program is hosting Nerd Wars trivia night on Tuesday, February 26, at 7:00 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Students, faculty, administrators, and staff can all form teams of up to five people to battle in a competition of wits while enjoying pizza, popcorn, and soda. Winners will receive some incredible prizes!

You can register your team online NOW. The deadline to enter has now been extended to February 11.

Honors students' registration is FREE! If you are not an honors student, you must pay your $5 per person entry fee to Jayme Williams in Room 238 in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science. Those who are unable to compose a team of five may still register and be matched to make a team.

Submitted by Blake Elliott

* twiSTEM and UE hosting 7th Annual Beauty of Engineering

twiSTEM and UE are hosting the 7th annual Beauty of Engineering on March 9, from 7:45-11:15 a.m. This is an exploration opportunity for girls in grades 4 through 8.

The goal of the workshop is to help girls understand engineering and computer science. The workshop is executed in a rotation of activity stations staffed by professional women and college students in the fields of engineering and computer science.

The cost is $10 per participant and registration deadline is March 4, and is limited to the first 120 applicants.

To register your child, please visit our Eventbrite event:

If you have a group of girls that you want in the same class rotation, please register them on line together, as you can purchase multiple tickets at one time or if each parent is registering online individually, you can email us the list of the girls names and we'll group them together.

If you have questions, please email us at

Submitted by Kimberly Higgins 

* TIAA-CREF individual counseling appointments

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus for individual counseling sessions on Wednesday, February 20. To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353.

Please note that the meeting location has been changed to Room 153 (Eades Music Room) in the Schroeder School of Business Building.

Submitted by Lori LeDuc

* UE is a charitable organization choice on AmazonSmile

If you shop on AmazonSmile and select the University of Evansville as the charitable organization of your choice, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of any eligible products that you buy to UE! AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon and every item available for purchase on is also available on AmazonSmile ( at the same price. You will see eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages. You can find out more about AmazonSmile and its charitable giving program here.

* UE Engineering OPTIONS Camps accepting applications

The College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Evansville announces open registration for its 2019 Engineering OPTIONS summer camps.

High School Girls summer career exploration program is a week-long residential opportunity at UE for high school girls currently in grades 9, 10, or 11 who have completed geometry. The program begins Sunday, June 9 and concludes Friday, June 14. Registration deadline is April 1.

Middle School Girls summer career exploration program is a 3 ½ day residential opportunity at UE for middle school girls currently in grades 6, 7, or 8. The program begins Sunday, June 16 and concludes Wednesday, June 19. Registration deadline is April 1.

Middle School Boys summer career exploration program is a week-long day camp opportunity at UE for middle school boys currently in grades 6, 7, or 8 and elementary school boys currently in grade 5. It will be held daily from Monday, June 24-Friday, June 28. Registration deadline is May 1.

Program participants will gain a better understanding of the opportunities available in fields closely related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 

Dependent children of University of Evansville employees are eligible for a $125 discount toward the cost of registration.

For more information, to obtain an application, or apply online, see

* RecycleMania & Recycling at UE

UE is once again participating in RecycleMania, a recycling tournament for universities. The tournament runs from February 4 through the end of March.
At UE, the following items can be placed in an appropriate recycling bin:
• Empty aluminum and steel cans
• Empty plastic containers and drink bottles
• Paper products such as newspapers, office paper, magazines, and empty cereal boxes
• Note: Please place books and used toner cartridges and cardboard next to the recycle bins

Please do NOT put the following items in UE’s recycling bins:
• Glass
• Pizza boxes – these can contain food or grease
• Trash such as leftover food and candy wrappers
• Styrofoam
• Full or partially full plastic or aluminum drink containers
• Plastic bags or bubble wrap
• Used tissues and paper towels

To find out where to drop off recyclables at UE, why it’s important to recycle and more, check out the UE Recycling Guide at AceLink/Areas/Recycling. Call ext. 2697 or email with questions.

Submitted by Amber Elkins

* Eykamp Prize: Call for Nominations

The Eykamp Prize was established by Richard and Rita Eykamp in 2015 to honor Faculty Achievement at the University of Evansville. Recipients of the prize will receive a one-time award of $10,000 in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the University of Evansville as University Citizens. Examples of such contributions include deep and successful involvement in recruiting students; expanding the number, scope, and competitiveness of grant funding for their department; bringing positive public awareness to the University through scholarship, knowledge, and understanding of their discipline. Up to two prizes a year may be awarded.

Nominations for the Eykamp Award may come from any member of the University of Evansville Community. Nominees should be tenured or tenure-track faculty members at the University of Evansville who have not received the award in the previous five years. Nominations can be submitted in writing or via e-mail to Michael Austin, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost, by March 15, 2019. Nominations should include the name of the faculty member and a brief statement of the reasons that he or she is being nominated.

Recipients of the Eykamp Award will be selected by an Awards Committee, appointed by the EVPAA/Provost that includes members of the faculty and staff, academic administrators, and at least one member of the Board of Trustees. Awards will be announced and presented at the May Commencement Ceremony.

Previous Recipients: 2016 – Dr. Mark Valenzuela; 2017 – Dr. Lora Becker; 2018 – Dr. David Dwyer.

* College Mentors for Kids applications

If you are looking for a good way to interact and help your community, apply to be a mentor for a student that is in need. We are looking for well-rounded individuals that love to give back and help make a difference in someone's life. If you have any questions, contact Joe Cook at You can apply at

Submitted by Madi Elpers

* Reminder to register for UE Connect Lunch and Learn by Feb. 11

Campus is invited to attend UE Connect Lunch and Learn - February 2019 on Wednesday, February 13, from noon-1:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Rooms 253-255, Ridgway University Center. A complimentary lunch is provided to those who pre-register. Register online by Monday, February 11, at:

UE Connect Lunch & Learn

Are you starting to think about your future, post UE? Maybe you're eager to embark on your career journey or maybe you're nervous about navigating the job market. Regardless of the bucket you fall under, it's important to define your professional values and work towards finding your ideal culture so that you can build a career where you thrive. Beth Hochgesang Kincaid and Lauren Brown Howard are excited to discuss how our experiences and social networking skills helped them land opportunities that they are passionate about at one of the nation’s Best Places to Work. 

Have a suggestion for future Lunch & Learns? Email a lunch and learn topic to!

Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 812-488-2586 or

Submitted by Nichole Coffey 

* Sign Up for Barn Blitz (BB2)

Barn Blitz BadgeBarn Blitz 2 is happening! We are building backyard barns for Habitat for Humanity! There are several build dates.

  • February 2: Cutting components (ONLY)
  • February 9: Cutting components and building components
  • February 16: Cutting components and building components
  • February 23: Cutting components and building components
  • March 2: Cutting components and building components
  • March 23: Building components (ONLY)
  • March 30: Building components (ONLY)
  • April 6: Barn Blitz Day!

Please sign up to participate here:

If you would like to claim a barn for your team or if you would like to be placed on a team for April 6, e-mail Karyssa Vasquez at If claiming a barn for your team, please include a team name for your barn in your email.

Submitted by Karyssa Vasquez

* Apply to be an RA!

It is with great excitement that the Office of Residence Life announces that its RA application for Fall 2019 is now available on UEngage!

The Resident Assistant position provides opportunities for growth and leadership for both the Resident Assistants and the students on their floors.

Serving in the residence halls or campus “villages,” the Resident Assistant is a full-time undergraduate student whose responsibility it is to serve as a student advisor to 15–60 undergraduate students, depending on their placement. The RA is a para-professional staff member of the Residence Life Office and the Division of Student Affairs. In this capacity, the overall responsibility is to provide leadership, assistance, and support to the students living in their area. Each Resident Assistant serves in diverse roles with many different responsibilities. Working in cooperation with the professional staff, the Resident Assistant strives to facilitate and maximize the residential experience.

If you are interested in speaking with a current RA about his or her position, please join us for our Open House on January 28 from 9-9:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center.

You can access the online application by logging on UEngage and finding it under "Forms" or following this link:

Applications are due by February 10 at 11:59 p.m. Interviews will be scheduled on an individual basis on February 21 and 22.

If you have any questions, please contact Megan King at or Karyssa Vasquez at

Submitted by Megan King

* 2019 scholarships for United Methodist students

United Methodist students attending UE can apply for the 2019 United Methodist Scholarships at

United Methodist students attending United Methodist-related institutions can apply for 2019 United Methodist Scholarships from January 3-March 7 at for 2019 scholarships.

Applying for individual scholarships now also makes you eligible for the United Methodist Allocation. You must apply now to be considered for both. Late applications will not be accepted. Scholarships range in value from $500 to $5,000. The average amount awarded is about $1,000.

Scholarship eligibility requirements:

•Incoming or current freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate students at one of the United Methodist-related colleges or universities
•Member of any United Methodist Church for at least one year
•Minimum GPA of 2.5

Submitted by Trisha Hawkes



* Dean Shang speaks at Vincennes University on Chinese New Year

Ying Shang, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, was the keynote speaker at the Chinese New Year celebration dinner hosted by the Vincennes University Office of International Affairs on February 5 at the Green Activities Center. Shang gave a presentation titled, “Women/Minorities Leadership:  Cracking the Glass Ceiling and Bamboo Ceiling.”  The event was open to the public and was also attended by Michael Austin, UE executive vice president of academic affairs and provost.

Collage of photos of Ying Shang speaking on stage.

* Professor Roslyn Lampkins awarded grant

Roslyn Lampkins, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the PCMNCG (Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grants) Program. This is a very competitive program in which grants are awarded to small college science departments for the purchase of scientific equipment, audio-visual or other teaching aids, and/or library materials for use in the teaching of science at the undergraduate level.

* Lori LeDuc named February 2019 Employee of the Month

Human resources specialist Lori LeDuc has been named the February 2019 Employee of the Month!

Lori LeDuc and Keith Gelhausen holding award plaque.

Lori was nominated for her extraordinary efforts over the last several months to ensure the Office of Human Resources continues to meet the needs of employees while the office has taken on a significant number of new projects and responsibilities. During her two years in the HR department, Lori has gained the trust of employees and retirees by not only being knowledgeable and efficient, but most importantly, helping those who sometimes are dealing with significant problems in their professional or personal lives. Known for her professionalism and positive, upbeat personality, Lori is truly a pleasure to work with. 

Please drop by the HR office in Olmsted Administration Hall to help us congratulate Lori on this well-deserved recognition! 

* Birth Announcement - Gilbert Phineas Stevenson

Baby Gilbert SleepingCongratulations to Maggie Stevenson, associate professor of psychology, and her family on the birth of Gilbert Phineas Stevenson!

Gilbert was born on January 28 and weighed 8 pounds, 4.2 ounces.

Mom and baby are happy and healthy! 

Submitted by Jill Griffith 



* UE softball opens 2019 season today

The 2019 season starts today for the University of Evansville softball team as they open up the year at the Total Control Sports Invitational in Rosemont, Illinois.

The Dome at the Ballpark in Rosemont will be the host this weekend. It is located just minutes from downtown Chicago and is located close to O’Hare International Airport. The dome contains two fields, which will each host games simultaneously throughout the weekend.

“Our team is excited to get the season started,” Purple Aces head softball coach Mat Mundell said. “We have several girls on the team who are from Illinois, so this will give them a chance to play close to home. It will also be unique for us to play in a dome where we are guaranteed to get all of our games in. It will be an exciting tournament with a pair of Big East schools and a full weekend of great competition.”

Evansville plays a pair of games on Friday (Purdue Fort Wayne and DePaul) and Saturday (Detroit and Butler) before a single game against Green Bay on Sunday. Live stats will be available for Friday’s game against the Mastodons and Saturday’s contests versus Detroit.

Pacing the 2019 squad are a pair of Preseason All-Conference players in Morgan Florey and Eryn Gould. Florey – a senior pitcher from Peoria, Ill. – was one of the top pitchers in the NCAA last season. She struck out a program record 303 batters last season and finished third in the nation with 10.6 strikeouts per seven innings.

Gould is the reigning Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year and earned spots on the All-MVC First Team and NFCA All-Region squad. Gould led the team with a .377 batting average along with 13 doubles and a pair of triples.

The Aces lost just one player from last year’s team as they return most of their lineup. The top power hitter from last season was Lindsay Renneisen. As a freshman in 2018, she led the team with eight home runs on her way to 21 RBI.  Fellow freshman Elyse Hickey paced the team with 27 walks on the season.

Florey was the top performer in the circle last year, finishing with 11 wins and a 2.00 ERA. Jaime Nurrenbern picked up a pair of wins and had a solid 2.98 ERA in her first college season. Ashleigh Downing also picked up a pair of wins while completing the year with a 3.90 ERA.

UE opens up with games against Purdue Fort Wayne and DePaul on Friday. The Mastodons went 19-35 last season while the Blue Demons are the defending Big East Tournament Champions. They played in the Fayetteville, Ark. regional in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Saturday’s first opponent – Detroit – was 14-30 last season while Butler posted a 20-28 mark. On Sunday, the Aces take on Green Bay, who is coming off of an 11-35 campaign.


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