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Thursday, November 10, 2011

* Show Your UE Spirit at Saturday's Aces Fan Fest

Celebrate the Aces’ new home at the Ford Center, enjoy food from local restaurants, and get a sneak peek at Ace Purple’s new look! The community is invited to the Aces Fan Fest before the men’s basketball game against Butler on Saturday, November 12.

The Aces Fan Fest will take place from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at D-Patrick Ford (corner of Fifth and Locust streets). For suggested parking locations, please visit

Food and drinks will be available for purchase (cash only) from Kanpai, La Sombra Coffee Roasting Co., the River City Roller/Zesto truck, UE Strength and Conditioning coaches, the UE Venturing Crew, and AcesTV. Among the choices will be pulled pork, hot dogs, hot and cold drinks, and UE-themed candy.

Also at the Aces Fan Fest, teams of UE students will compete in a chili cook-off and the UE’s Best Dance Crew contest. Fans can have their pictures taken with Ace Purple, UE’s newly redesigned mascot whose new look will be officially unveiled inside the Ford Center at approximately 1:55 p.m. The game begins at 2:05 p.m.

* Book Signing to be Held as Part of Homecoming

A book signing will be held Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12:30 p.m. in the University Bookstore.  Works by members of the creative writing faculty, Margaret McMullan, Paul Bone and Rob Griffith will be available for purchase and the authors on hand to sign. In addition, works by members of the Department of Archaeology and Art History - including Alan Kaiser, Jennie Ebeling, and Heidi Strobel, will be available for purchase, and those faculty members will be on hand to sign.


* Homecoming 2012 - Chi Omega and Alpha Omicron Pi Celebrate Anniversaries|

As a part of Homecoming 2011 Reunion Weekend, Chi Omega and Alpha Omicron Pi will celebrate the 60th anniversaries of their colonizations at then Evansville College.  Congratulations to the alumnae and collegiate members of these fine organizations!

* Homecoming Alumni Speaker Series Features Bill Hadley '69 Speaking on Arab Spring

Homecoming Alumni Speaker Series Features Bill Hadley ’69 Speaking on Arab Spring
History Alumnus Bill Hadley PhD, will speak as part of Homecoming 2011 on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m. in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center.  His topic is “The Arab Spring: Why Now and Where is it headed?”  A full bio on Dr. Hadley can be found at   This event is free and open to the public. 

* Homecoming 2011 Reunion Weekend This Week

Over 500 UE alumni from across the country will be on campus this weekend to celebrate Homecoming 2011.  Please join the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations in welcoming them back. The full schedule of events can be viewed at  Online registration is still live through Wednesday, Nov. 9. Homecoming Headquarters will be set up in the Ridgway University Center Friday from 2–5 p.m. and then again Saturday from 8 a.m.–1:30 p.m.  Any Homecoming questions should be directed to or extension 2586.  



What's Happening Today

* Athletic Department Cookbook Sale - Proceeds Go to Toys for Tots

The University of Evansville Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be selling Athletic Department Cookbooks this winter to raise money for the U.S. Marine Toys For Tots Foundation. Cookbooks include over 70 recipes submitted by student-athletes, coaches and the athletic administration.

The cost of the cookbook is $10 and all proceeds go towards SAAC's annual participation in the Toys For Tots program. For the past six years, UE student-athletes have donated over $6,000 and purchased toys for children in the greater Evansville area.

SAAC representatives will be selling cookbooks near the main entrance at the Ford Center this Saturday at the UE/Butler, and again on Nov. 16 for the UE/IU game. Cookbooks will be available for purchase during the two hours leading up to tip-off both days.

Fans can preorder the books to be picked up at the Ford Center on the day of the games. Arrangements can also be made to pick up the cookbooks at Carson Center at a later date. For long distance fans, cookbooks can be shipped with a $5 shipping and handling fee added to the total cost.

For more information or to preorder a cookbook, contact women's tennis player Kelsey Costales at

* Adventist Campus Ministries Bible Study

Adventist Campus Ministries will be having Bible study on Thursday night from 7-8: p.m. in Room153 (Eades Music Room) in the McCurdy Wing of Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building.

The topic of Bible study will be on the subject of "Hell". Questions such as, "Is the devil in charge of hell?" "Is hell fire eternal?" and "Does hell exist now?" will be answered from the Bible. Anyone is welcome to attend and you can contact: Guy Goodness ( 812-827-1789 for more details.  


There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, Nov. 10 from noon–1:15 p.m. in Room 240, Graves Hall, for any student interested in attending the summer health institute at Harlaxton this summer and for nursing and HSA students interested in completing a clinical/internship experience in a hospital in China.  Please RSVP to Kelly Epps at if you will be attending. Pizza will be provided during the meeting and we need to know how many students will be attending so we have enough for everyone to eat. Please bring your own drinks.

The 5-week summer institute at Harlaxton runs from May 11–June 14, 2012 and includes the following courses:

  • The British and US Health Care Systems
  • Nursing and Health Professions
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Ethics and Jurisprudence in Health Care

There is also a 10-day option at Harlaxton that runs from June 1–June 10, 2012

Additionally, we will be discussing potential clinical and/or internship experiences for nursing and HSA students in China. This experience would run for approximately 5 weeks from Mid June through the end of July.

* Mittens and Hats and Gloves, Oh My!

Once again, Graves Hall is collecting NEW mittens, hats, gloves and scarves for needy children in local schools in and around Evansville.  Please hang your donations on the Christmas tree in the lobby of Graves Hall beginning Thursday, Nov. 10.  Monetary donations are being accepted also by Tana Chapman (GH 233), Pam Young (GH 219), Karen Doss (GH 301) or Lisa Toelle (GH 304).   Thank you in advance for your generosity!

* Phi Alpha Theta Calendar Sale

Phi Alpha Theta is selling calendars to raise money for the Phi Alpha Theta National Biennial Conference in January. The group is sending 9 of 16 members to the conference. Calendars will be available for pre-order until Nov.18.  Be on the lookout during lunch hours for tables in Hyde Hall on Nov. 7, 9, 10, 14, 16 and 17, and in Ridgway University Center on Nov. 10 and 17. Calendars will feature professors and administrators from across the University dressed as Henry VIII, George Washington, Christopher Columbus, and more.

* Jane Austen to be Topic of the Creative Writing Coffee Hour-Melvin M. Peterson Literary Hour

The Creative Writing Coffee Hour-Melvin M. Peterson Literary Hour is planned for Thursday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. The topic will be "Concerning Jane Austen."

Each year, during this special hour in honor of the Department of Creative Writing’s longtime supporter, Mel Peterson, several professors and students discuss various aspects of the work of an important literary figure. This year the focus will be on the great eighteenth-century novelist Jane Austen.


* Creating Your Global Career Path: Careers in Government & International Relations

On Nov. 10 from 7-8 p.m., in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170), in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building, Dr. Bill Hadley, '69 will have a question and answer session for students interested in careers with a global focus.  A reception will follow from 8-8:30 p.m. in the Atrium outside of Smythe Lecture Hall.

Hadley is a retired officer of the CIA with tours of duty in the Middle East, Africa and the United Kingdom.  He currently works for Global Analysis, a U.S. subsidiary of the U.K. defense firm, BAE Systems as a Technical Director. He is a published author, noted expert on the Middle East and has taught at the Royal College of Defence Studies in the UK.

As a part of Homecoming activities, Hadley will be the Alumni Homecoming Speaker Saturday at 10 a.m. and has also generously offered to interact with students regarding government and international career paths.

Please direct all inquiries to Career Services and Cooperative Education at or 812-488-1083.

* Fact or Fiction? An Examination of the Bible

On Thursday, Nov. 10, UE's own Associate Professor of Religion James Ware will examine the historical reliability of the Bible. Is it an ancient, mistranslated relic?  Is it accurate? Trustworthy? What are its claims?  InterVarsity Christian Fellowship invites you to the basement of Neu Chapel at 8 p.m. to ask questions about a topic that could have enormous implications for everyone.


* Notice to UE Community Artists and Crafters

Notice to UE Community artists and crafters - EXCITING NEWS!  This year, the Department of Art and the UE Friends of Art, in conjunction with Kappa Pi Art Fraternity, are planning a Christmas Exhibition as well as the annual Art and Craft Sale.  Both events will be held in the new Melvin Peterson Gallery, on the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach Avenues – across from campus.

The Christmas Exhibition, will open on Nov .16, and run through Dec. 8.  All categories of art are eligible and all work in the Exhibition will be offered for sale.  Work will be accepted on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 in either the Peterson Gallery during normal hours of 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or in the Art Office, FA 212, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Annual Art and Craft Sale is planned for 2 days this year:
Thursday, Dec. 1 from noon-6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 2 from 7:00 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sale items should be delivered on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 to the Peterson Gallery during normal hours of 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Anyone in the UE community who makes art or does crafts is invited to participate in these events. This includes spouses, children, relatives and friends. 

Members of the UE Friends of Art and students in Kappa Pi Art Fraternity will be manning the sale so it is not necessary for sale participants to spend both days in the Peterson Gallery with their work.

To enter work in the Christmas Exhibition, to register as a participant for the Art and Craft Sale or for more information, please phone the Department of Art Office at 488-2043. (A sample of work may be requested prior to inclusion as a participant in either event.)



Upcoming Events

* International Club: Bazaar Business on Friday

ISC is meeting this Friday at 5 p.m. in Moore Hall lobby to go over International Bazaar preparations. Cooking, booths and entertainment will be explained in detail. You will also have the opportunity to get a head start on your booth decorations after the meeting. See you there!

* Revised Schedule for Midwest Festival of Young Preachers - Homecoming Weekend, Neu Chapel

The Midwest Campus Festival of Young Preachers is now scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, 8:30 a.m.–noon. Throughout the morning, students will preach sermons in Neu Chapel; following each sermon, a panel of experienced preachers will offer feedback, recognize our young preachers for their interest and ability, and encourage them to continue seeking God's guidance in their call to preach the Gospel. The preaching theme for the Festival is The Sermon on the Mount. UE students participating this year include: senior, Nick Joyner; junior, Lanette Urbin, and freshman, Tyler Best. Also preaching this year, Washington High School senior, Evan Sherar.

The Festival begins with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in Grabill Lounge and plenary worship at 9:15 a.m. in Neu Chapel; keynote preacher Saturday morning is United Methodist General Board of Discipleship Executive Safiyah Fosua.

Founder and Executive Director of the Academy of Preachers, Dwight Moody will preach at University Worship on Homecoming Sunday, Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m.

The Midwest Campus Festival will enable us to promote preaching among our current students, stay in touch with recent graduates, and build important relationships with prospective students. It will also help prepare young preachers in their call to ministry, possibly ordained ministry.

The Festival is hosted by the Neu Chapel Society whose mission it is to support religious life at UE. The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church and the Academy of Preachers are co-sponsoring the event. The community is invited and encouraged to attend.

For more information, please contact University Chaplain Rev. Dr. Tamara K. Gieselman,

* This Week in Music

Assistant Professor of Low Brass and Director of Bands Ken Steinsultz will be conducting the Indiana Bandmasters Association Southwest District High School Honor Band this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13.  The event is held on the Vincennes University campus and will culminate on Sunday in a concert by the ensemble in the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center at 4 p.m. EST.  The concert is open to the public.

* Senior and Young Alumni Night at RiRa

All UE Seniors are invited to the Young Alumni Gathering at RiRa Irish Pub this Friday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m.  It is free to all seniors and appetizers will be available.  It should be great night to network with fellow students as well as recent young alumni.

* UE Bookstore Homecoming Activities

Starting Friday,Nov. 11, and running through Saturday all UE Clothing in the Bookstore will be 15% off the original price as part of the Homecoming celebration.  Items already on sale or clearance are excluded from this offer.  ALSO  - On Saturday, Nov. 12 starting at 12:30 we will have six UE professors signing their books in the Bookstore.  Professors signing their books will be Alan Kaiser, Heidi Strobel, Jennie Ebeling, Robert Griffith, Paul Bone, and Margaret McMullan.  The event will end approximately at 1:30 p.m. so be early.  Hours in the Bookstore during Homecoming weekend are:  Friday from 8 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m.  Come join the celebration!!

* To all Science & Mathematics Majors - from Your Survey Questions - Experts Answer!

On Friday, Nov. 11 in the Eykamp Family Chemistry Lecture Hall, room 101, The Science Advisory Council invites you to come and hear a panel discussion with three experts in the field of science.  They will discuss your concerns expressed in the "What are you interested in?" survey.

A poster display and refreshments will follow.

Come hear their comments on post-baccalaureate education, CV/resume, extracurricular activities, and how to understand the emerging areas and trends in Science and Math Technology. Dr. Guy Banta, Dr. Nick Manicke and Matt Riehle will join Director of Career Services and Cooperative Education Gene Wells.

Contact Assistant Director of Gift Planning and Capital Support Cathy Renner at ex 2519 with any questions.

* Veterans Day Service Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

The campus community, alumni and friends are invited to celebrate Veterans Day at a special service on Friday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m.-noon in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center. UE alumnus and Marine veteran John MacCauley will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.  The key note speaker will be Professor of History James MacLeod.  His presentation is titled, “That Their Names Be Not Forgotten: The Role of Remembrance in the 21st Century.” Music selections will be performed by UE's Trebles Without A Cause and the Evansville Firefighter’s Pipe and Drum Corps.

A luncheon reception will immediately follow on the second floor of Ridgway University Center.  All are invited.

Then from 1-2 p.m. in Eykamp 253, senior archaeology major Elizabeth Bostelman will present her research titled, “UE’s Military History Project – An historical account of the UE campus community from the Civil War through the Afghanistan & Iraq Wars”.

For more UE Veterans Day celebration details go to:

* T. Lloyd Benson to Speak at Fiddick Lecture

T. Lloyd Benson will be the speaker at the Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture on Friday, Nov. 11. The event begins at 7 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, in the Ridgway University Center. Benson's topic will be "Blood and Ballots: The Midwestern Politics of the Army of the Cumberland."

Benson is the Walter Kenneth Mattison Professor of History at Furman University. He received the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Teacher of the Year Award for Furman in 2009. He was awarded Furman's Alester G. and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Teaching in 1998 and the Faculty Member of the Year award in 1994 from the Association of Furman Students.

He has an A.A. degree from the State University of New York's Empire State College, and B.A., M.A., and PhD degrees in history from the University of Virginia.

He is the author of several publications including The Caning of Senator Sumner and many articles about pre-Civil War America history, applications of digital technology in the liberal arts and the use of geographic information systems for teaching and research.  Currently he is developing a research project on the political rhetoric and geography of gender, family and household in six mid-nineteenth century Atlantic World cities.


Info You Should Know

* Rademacher's Cafe Open Homecoming

Rademacher’s Café is holding special Homecoming hours this Saturday.  Stop by between 8 a.m. and noon.  Get a warm beverage for the Homecoming parade.  

* What UEL Can Do 4U: Britannica

Do you want to use even though your professor said that you cannot?  Are you trying to get background on information on a topic with which you are unfamiliar?  Try Britannica Online.

Britannica is an electronic encyclopedia provided through University of Evansville Libraries.  Over 75,000 interconnected articles, including well over 23,000 biographies of people from all walks of life throughout history.  Entries are linked in a similar fashion to Wikipedia, allowing navigation from one topic to another through connected names and links.  Each entry also provides further reading, bibliographies, and additional media, e.g. interviews, film clips, and pictures.

Britannica Online: Academic Edition features include:

  • Over 75 thousand entries
  • Interconnected entries for easy navigation;
  • Additional links and information to help the research process;
  • Academic alternative to Wikipedia with very similar functionality,

Britannica is available here if you are the campus server. Contact Kathy Bartelt (kb4) or Shane White (sw69) with questions or comments. 

* Last Day to Drop Fall Classes – Friday, November 11

Don’t forget that Friday, Nov. 11, is the last day to drop a fall class.  Drops will be posted with a ‘W’ grade.  If you need to drop a class, fill out a yellow Add/Drop Form (available in the Registrar’s Office in Olmsted Hall, Room 106), get signatures from your advisor and class instructor, and return the completed form to the Registrar’s Office no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11.




* ACM Programming Team

Congratulations to UE computer science majors Mason Blankenship, Kyle Singer, and Jesse Squires, who competed in the Association for Computing Machinery regional programming contest on Saturday, November 5. UE’s team placed second of 14 collegiate teams that competed at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. 

The annual programming contest pits teams of three university students against eight complex problems with a five-hour deadline. Huddled around a single computer, competitors race against the clock to rank the difficulty of the problems, deduce the requirements, design test beds, and build software systems that solve the problems.




* UE Women's Basketball Signs Two In Early Signing Period

University of Evansville women's basketball coach Oties Epps announced today the signing of two high school standouts to National Letters of Intent.

Guard Laura Friday (Marion, Ind./Marion) and forward Michaela Prough (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) will make up the Lady Aces freshman class for the 2012-13 season.

Laura Friday: A three-year basketball letterwinner heading into her senior season, Friday has been a regular starter since her freshman year. As a junior, she averaged 13.6 points per game, and led the team with 121 assists on the year.  She led her team in scoring as a sophomore with 13.2 points per game and also added 130 assists. She has totaled 692 points, 329 assists, and 164 steals in her career so far and is a three-time first team all-conference selection. A three-sport athlete, Friday is also a standout soccer player, serving as Marion's all-time leading goal-scorer, earning four letters as well as three letters in softball.

Coach Epps said, "We are extremely excited to have Laura Friday join our women's basketball program. Laura has a high basketball I.Q. and she has an uncanny ability to read defenses and deliver the ball to open players. Her maturity level and ability to score the ball in her position will be an added benefit to our system. Laura is a passionate, self-motivated and relentless leader. We look forward to having the opportunity to coach her."?

Michaela Prough: A three-time letterwinner in basketball, Prough averaged 7.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game as a junior, shooting 61 percent from the floor. As a sophomore, she averaged 5.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Last season, Prough led her team to a second place finish in the Duneland Conference with a 14-8 overall record In 2010, she helped her AAU Elite 8 basketball team to a AYBT National Championship.  Prough is also a standout track athlete, lettering four years, and setting her school's 4x100 record her freshman year. She was named her track team's MVP as a junior.

Coach Epps said  "We are proud to welcome Michaela Prough to our women's basketball program. Michaela brings us much needed size and athleticism to our wing forward position. She has strong similarities to Chelsea Falkenstein, a current senior forward for us. Michaela has a strong work ethic and her strength is her ability to play on the perimeter and on the low block. Her athleticism and ability to run the floor will be an added benefit. Defensively, she allows us to be more versatile given her ability to defend the 2-4 positions. We are excited and eager to coach Michaela!"


* Men's Basketball Inks Two For 2012-13

University of Evansville men’s basketball coach Marty Simmons has announced the signing of two players to National Letters of Intent to begin play for the Purple Aces in 2012.

Post player David Howard and guard DJ Balentine will join the Aces as freshmen next season.

“We are extremely pleased to add David and DJ, they are both talented basketball players who personify everything that Evansville basketball is all about.” Simmons said.  “They both will fit into our system very well, but just as important, they are high character individuals who will succeed in the classroom as well as on the court.”

Balentine, a 6-2 guard, is a native of Kokomo, Ind.  Last season, he led Kokomo to the Class 4A State Championship game.  In the summer of 2011, he was named to the Indiana Junior All-Stars Core 6 and is regarded as one of the best players in the class of 2012 in the state of Indiana.

His last-second three-pointer sent his team to the championship with a win over undefeated Munster.  As a junior, Balentine helped his team to a 17-2 regular season mark before making their run to the championship.  During that season, he averaged 15.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.

“DJ is one of the best guards in the state of Indiana,” Simmons commented.  “He is a versatile guard who makes everyone around him better.  We are very excited to bring DJ into our program.”

Howard comes to Evansville from Nashville, Tenn.  The 6-9, 225 lb. center played at Montgomery Bell Academy where he averaged 12 points and over eight rebounds per game last season.

As a junior, Howard led Montgomery Bell to the state semifinals going 19-10.  For his efforts, he was named a 1st Team All-Region player.  More impressively, he helped lead his school to the Tennessee State Championship as a sophomore where he was named an All-Tournament Player.

“David is an outstanding inside player with a great feel for the game and an outstanding basketball mind,” Simmons said.  “He has the ability to score with either hand in the post and has a very high skill set for a player of his size.”


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