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Monday, March 4, 2019

What's Happening Today

* This Week in Music: University Choir performs with Southridge High School Concert Choir

Today - Tuesday, March 5 - at 7:30 pm, the UE University Choir, under the direction of Dennis Malfatti, will give a concert in Neu Chapel featuring Southridge High School Concert Choir. The program is wide ranging, including works by Palestrina, Brahms, and Bruckner, as well as familiar spirituals like “I’ll Fly Away.” UE music students Hannah Hunt and Darwi Sandleben will be featured as soloist, and Kristin Jones will accompany the choirs.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For complete program information, visit the music department concert calendar.


Upcoming Events

* "Ashes to Go" available Wednesday afternoon

Is your Wednesday schedule slammed? Don't have time to attend an Ash Wednesday service? Then "Ashes to Go" is the ideal way to begin the season of Lent in a way that fits your schedule. John Wesley Minister and assistant chaplain, Keith Turner, will be in Ridgway University Center Wednesday afternoon between 1:30-2:30 p.m. for the imposition of ashes. Feel free to drop by for this meaningful and quick way to kick off the season of Lent. 

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* Ash Wednesday Service in Neu Chapel: Wednesday at 12:15 p.m.

The campus community is invited to begin the season of Lent in Neu Chapel at our Ash Wednesday service at 12:15 p.m. This meaningful, 30-minute service will contain beautiful music, inspiring readings and prayers, a brief reflection, and the imposition of ashes. All are welcome to begin this holy season in community as we gather to worship and pray together. 

Submitted by Keith Turner

* Medical Spanish Practice

Medical Spanish practice is designed to help students practice communication skills in Spanish for medical settings. Students may arrive and leave at any time. The next session is this Wednesday, March 6, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Room 73 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Please contact associate professor of Spanish Diana Rodríguez Quevedo at for more details. ¡Nos vemos el miércoles!

Submitted by Diana Rodríguez Quevedo 

* Catholic Ash Wednesday Mass

Join the Newman Club this Wednesday, March 6, at 5:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel to celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass! Bishop Siegel will be the celebrant. We will have dinner following Mass. Help us kick off the Lenten season!

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler

* I-House: Inner Peace this Wednesday in Eykamp Hall

Purple Aces! At this week's I-House, you will have the opportunity to relax and find your inner peace, so that you can start Spring Break in the right mindset! There will be yoga and meditation sessions, followed by an origami lesson! We will also be providing tea! We hope to see you on Wednesday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, on the second floor of Ridgway University Center. If you bring a friend who has not been to I-House before, you have the chance of winning a prize! 

Submitted by Megan Sicard

* Disability Awareness Movie Event: Wonder

In recognition of Disability Awareness Month, Disability Services will be showing the movie, Wonder, on Thursday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. This is a heartwarming film that addresses the importance of acceptance, diversity, and inclusivity. Please join us for the movie, short discussion, and lots of popcorn!

Submitted by Sarah O'Leary

* Professor Byrne to speak at March Andiron Lecture

University of Evansville associate professor of history Daniel Byrne will be the speaker for the Andiron Lecture on Wednesday, March 6, in Eykamp Hall, room 252, Ridgway University Center. The lecture starts at 4:00 p.m. A social gathering with beverages begins at 3:45 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Byrne’s topic will be “Cautiously Confronting Colonialism: The United States and Decolonizing Africa, 1962-1990."

Byrne focuses his teaching on United States history since the American Civil War, with a focus on the United States in the world. Additionally, he teaches a seminar on African decolonization, which combines his research in United States foreign policy with the nationalist perspectives on the end of European empires in Africa. His original research focused on the United States response to the Algerian war of independence and has expanded to cover the decolonization of French West Africa.

With the conclusion of the Algerian war of independence and the decolonization of much of British and French Africa, the United States sought to reshape its response to the remainder of decolonizing Africa and to confront the white-ruled states of Rhodesia, Namibia, and South Africa. As the American Civil Rights movement scored significant victories at home, it began to place increased pressures on US policy abroad. However, Cold War considerations limited America’s willingness to directly confront colonialism or to support nationalist independence movements. Consequently, the United States became slowly drawn into conflicts that placed its foreign policy at odds with its publicly declared support for democracy, self-determination, and racial equality.

For more information, call Annette Parks at 812-488-1070 or the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589.


Info You Should Know

* TIAA individual counseling sessions

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus for individual counseling sessions on Thursday, March 7 and Tuesday, March 19. 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

* The Writing on the Wall: A Salute to Women History

The Office of Diversity Initiatives would like to invite all student and staff to celebrate Women’s History Month with a new initiative at the Diversity Resource Center. We invite you to bring bios or profiles of events that highlight accomplishments of women to be displayed on the walls in the Diversity House.

Women have made countless contributions to history and we would like everyone to have an opportunity to share their favorite moments.

This project will begin March 4 and posting will be available for display until March 27. The display will stay up until April 1. The Diversity Resource Centers hours are from 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, and 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Fridays. A volunteer will be there to assist you in your posting. Feel free to come to the house and view any time during business hours.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Darrion Culler, assistant director of diversity initiatives.

Submitted by Darrion Culler 

* Residence Life summer assistants application now available!

Are you interested in a summer job on-campus? Apply to be a Residence Life summer assistant! We are looking for students who are interested in customer service, event planning, and community building. To apply, go to UEngage under Forms and fill out our application. Our deadline to apply is March 22!

Submitted by Greg O'Connor

* Call out for drag show performers!

P.R.I.D.E. is still looking for performers for its annual drag show on April 6! Please email if you are interested or have any questions!

As always, UE P.R.I.D.E. meets weekly meeting on Mondays in Room 271 in the Schroeder School of Business Building at 9:00 pm.

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* Commencement Central for spring grads

This is a reminder to ALL SPRING GRADUATES to attend either of the two Commencement Central event dates. It only takes a few minutes to complete your graduation plans and to ensure that everything is ready for the big day. Graduates can attend either Monday, March 4 from 4:00-6:00 p.m., upstairs in Ridgway University Center on the north end, OR Tuesday, March 5 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Ridgway University Center starting near the Information Desk and concluding in the UE Bookstore. During this time, you'll meet with the Alumni Office, Career Planning Services, and the Registrar's Office. You can also purchase your cap and gown and/or order graduation announcements. A representative from Josten's Rings will also be present for those interested in purchasing a class ring. On Monday night, there will be food and chance to win a door prize!

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* MC needed for Drag Show!

P.R.I.D.E. is still looking for at least two people to MC/host its annual drag show on April 6! Please email if you are interested or have any questions!

As always, P.R.I.D.E. meets weekly on Mondays at 9:00 p.m. in Room 271 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. 

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* 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.

* Hiring summer counselors for Engineering OPTIONS Camps

What is OPTIONS?
• Every summer UE offers camps that introduce middle school boys and girls and high school girls to disciplines within engineering and computer science via hands-on activities and field trips.

WHO can be a counselor?
• Current College of Engineering and Computer Science students (or other STEM majors) who want to participate in an outreach program that supports diversity in STEM, allows you to demonstrate your motivation to hold a leadership position, and encourages people to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.

WHEN and WHERE are the camps?
• High School Girls - June 9-14 (residential camp)
• Middle School Girls - June 16-19 (residential camp)
• Middle School Boys - June 24-28 (day camp)
• All camps are held on the UE campus

Other Information
• The counselor position is a paid position for all camps.
• All counselors will be helping lead various activities, assisting faculty-led workshops, and inspiring young people.
• The residential camps for girls will include room and board during the duration of the camp.  Counselors will be staying in a dorm with the campers.

HOW to apply?
• If you are interested in being a counselor, please apply in person in Koch Center 250 or email by no later than Friday, March 8. 

* UE Bookstore closing early on Monday, March 4

The UE Bookstore will be closing early at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4, due to the Commencement Central event scheduled for that day from 4:00-6:00 p.m., upstairs in the Ridgway University Center. Please keep in mind this special closing in case you need to purchase anything from the bookstore on that date. Graduates are reminded to attend one of the Commencement Central events to finalize their graduation plans.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* Federal loan repayment counseling session required for students graduating or transferring

Students who have used federal direct (sub/unsub) loans and plan to graduate in the spring or summer (or transfer after the spring semester) are required to attend a loan repayment counseling session. The Office of Student Financial Services will hold the first session of the semester on Monday, March 4 at 6:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. Additional sessions will be held on May 2 at 2:00 p.m. and May 10 at 11:30 a.m.

Submitted by Amy Sowders

* Newman Club: Last chance to register for Source and Summit

Registration to go to Source and Summit with the Newman Club is now open! Source and Summit is a three-day retreat on April 5-7 at Memorial High School (down the road). Newman is going to send a big group, and you are invited! Talk to Jenny ( or any of the Ministry Team members to get information to sign up for this amazing and formative retreat! Registration ends March 5, so act now!

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler

* Free lunch! Have suggestions for Chartwells?

Have feedback for Chartwells? Join the Food Advisory Board! The Food Advisory Board is a student/staff/faculty board who meets a couple of times a semester to discuss any improvements they would like to see Chartwells make to ensure their best dining experience. We will meet March 26 at 1:00 p.m. in Ridgway University Center and FREE LUNCH will be provided to all participants. If you are interested in signing up, please email Megan King at to reserve your spot today.

Submitted by Megan King

* Opportunities available

Embrace Marketing & Communications, the student-run marketing/communications agency, is now accepting applications for Fall '19/Spring '20.

For more information, e mail

Submitted by Joe Ellsworth

* 2019-20 Margery Florence Kahn Scholarship

2019-20 Margery Florence Kahn Scholarship applications are now available.

It was the desire of the donor, Margery Florence Kahn, that her scholarship be awarded to "dedicated and conscientious students who exhibit a true passion for their chosen fields of study, and who, in the opinion of the members of the University of Evansville faculty, are likely to bring the same enthusiasm into the performance of their jobs or the practice of the professions which they will pursue following graduation."

All University of Evansville full-time undergraduate students who will be juniors or seniors in 2019-20 may apply. An essay of about 300 words must accompany the application, along with two to five faculty recommendation letters.

Applications and recommendation letters are available from the Student Financial Services in Room 106 in Olmsted Hall and should be returned by APRIL 15.

You may also request application materials by emailing

Questions may be sent via email or call 812-488-2364.

Submitted by Trisha Hawkes

* No Tuesday night Mass!

There will be no Tuesday night Mass this week or next week. The next Tuesday night Mass will be March 19. Have a safe spring break!

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler

* 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



* Several recognized at University of Evansville Purple Tam Ceremony

The 2019 Purple Tam Ceremony was held in Neu Chapel at University of Evansville on February 28. The event recognizes those who have achieved full professorship.

Honored during the event were Margaret Atwater-Singer, Lora Becker, Young Choul Kim, Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, Gerald Seaman, Ying Shang, Joyce Stamm, Garnet Ungar, and Patricia Vilches. Heidi Strobel and Dennis Malfatti were unable to attend the February 28 ceremony and received their tams at an earlier date. 

Historians of academic regalia trace the widespread use of “caps” to Oxford University in England, where the conferring of a cap on a graduate was likened to the Roman practice of using a cap to grant freedom to servants. Academic headwear signified freedom for scholarship and inquiry, and the velvet tam came to be associated particularly with doctoral degrees. The purple velvet tams given to UE’s full professors recognize the unique contributions of these individuals to the University’s mission.

Professor Margaret Atwater-Singer, University Library, received her master’s from Rutgers University and her bachelor’s degree from Kean College of New Jersey. Professor Atwater-Singer joined the University in 1997 and came to us from Condé Nast Publications, Inc. where she worked as an assistant librarian. Professor Atwater-Singer has reviewed a multitude of publications, made dozens of presentations, and has also been awarded various scholarships including but not limited to Wheeler Fund Awards, a Faculty Innovation Instruction Grant, and several Alumni Research and Scholarly Activity Fellowship grants. Overshadowing all that she has undertaken is the Libraries’ massive renovation project. She contributed to its success at every level, from initial planning in the project Working Group, through logistical planning for stacks management and provision of service before, during, and after renovation, staff training and supervision, and coordination with a host of constituencies who had an interest in the success of the project. In addition to all of the endeavors relating directly to the Libraries’ renovation project, Professor Atwater-Singer continues her engagement in other fundamental services of the University Libraries, including her contribution to the Research Assistance Program, and offering on-demand research assistance.

Lora Becker, Department of Psychology, earned her PhD and master’s degrees from the State University of New York (Binghamton), and the bachelor’s from Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio). Becker joined the UE faculty in 1999 coming from Binghamton University where she was an instructor of psychology. Since joining the University, Becker has written numerous research articles and posters and has won many grants including but not limited to the Ball Brothers Venture Grant the Mead Johnson Nutritional Grant, Global Scholar, numerous UExplore Research Grants, ARSAF grants and ADVANTAGE Undergraduate Research grants. She has also taken on several director positions at UE including the Neuroscience Program, the Summer Reading Program, the Major Discovery Program and the Academic Assessment Committee. She is currently on the Pre-Professional Advisors Committee, the Institutional Care and Use Committee, the Berger Award Committee, and is co-coordinator for the Crick Lecture series for Cognitive and Neural Science. She has also served on the General Education Steering Committee, the Faculty Senate Executive Board, Institutional Diversity Council, and the Strategic Plan Oversight Committee to name just a few. The second recipient of the Eykamp Prize for extraordinary contributions by UE faculty to the University, she was also awarded the Mentor of the Year award from Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (or FUN). Nationally she served as president of Nu Rho Psi, the honor society for neuroscience, overseeing the first Indiana chapter of the organization established at UE and is now treasurer of FUN and serves on the Board of Phi Kappa Phi, the largest interdisciplinary honors society.

Young Choul Kim, Department of Law, Politics, and Society, received his PhD from Texas Tech University (Lubbock), and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul. Kim joined the UE faculty in 2004 and came to us from Texas Tech where he was a graduate instructor of political science. Since 2013, Kim has served as the director of the International Studies Program and also holds the distinction of being the Austin S. Igleheart Endowed Chair in Political Science. Kim has won numerous grants and awards, including but not limited to the Ridgway Faculty Excellence Award, the Global Scholar Award, the Research Grant Award of the ASIANetwork Student-Faculty Fellows Program provided by the ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation and the TriState Global Enterprise in Asia Project Grant. Kim has numerous publications and a multitude of conference presentations and professional activities. Kim serves or has served the University in many areas including the International Programs Committee, the External Study Abroad committee, the Faculty Senate and the Academic Services Committee to name just a few. Kim is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Indiana Political Science Association, the Korean Political Science Association, and the Indiana Academy of the Social Science to name a few.

Dennis Malfatti, Department of Music, received his DMA from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, his master’s from Pennsylvania State University and his bachelor’s (summa cum laude) from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Malfatti joined the UE faculty in 2007 and came to us from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, where he was director of choral activities and assistant professor of music. Malfatti has been the conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus, is the founder/conductor of the Evansville Bach Singers, and is currently serving as the president of the Indiana Choral Directors Association. Under Malfatti’s direction, the UE University Choir has been recognized through invitations to perform for the American Choral Directors Association Central Division Conference in 2016 and for the Indiana Music Education Association Conventions in both 2010 and 2013. Also under his leadership, University of Evansville was the only college/university in Indiana chosen to send choral singers to participate in the 2017 National Collegiate Honor Choir. In both 2011 and 2016, Malfatti led concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City with a conglomerate of choirs from around the country and professional orchestra. Twice he was chosen from an international pool of candidates as a participant in the conducting master class at the Oregon Bach Festival led by renowned conductor Helmut Rilling. In 2018 his article on the music of Handel was a featured cover article in the Choral Journal, and, in 2013 he was the recipient of the “Educator of the Year Award” from the Arts Council of Southwest Indiana.

Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz is the 24th president of the University of Evansville and professor in the Department of Law, Politics, and Society. Pietruszkiewicz began his academic career at George Mason University School of Law as an adjunct professor of law. Later, he joined the faculty of the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he served as the J.Y. Sanders Professor of Law and vice chancellor for Business and Financial Affairs. For the last six years, he served as dean and professor of law at Stetson University College of Law. Prior to entering academia, Pietruszkiewicz served as a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice where he received the Outstanding Attorney Award. He was an attorney/adviser for the United States Department of Education where he received the Assistant Secretary’s Award for Team Distinction and the Deputy Secretary’s Award for Service. Pietruszkiewicz was a member of the Standards Reviews Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and previously served as a member of the ABA’s Data Policy and Collection Committee, including a term as chair. He served as president of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, as deputy corporate compliance officer/secretary, and as a member of the Board of Trustees. Pietruszkiewicz was also a member of the Audit Committee of the Law School Admission Council, a member of the Nominating Committee, chair of the Investment Committee, a liaison to the Finance and Legal Affairs Committees, and a member of the Board of Trustees. In addition, he served on the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, the Legal Education Committee of the Florida Bar Vision 2016 Commission, the Florida Bar Special Committee on Legal Education, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. An expert in tax law, Pietruszkiewicz co-authored treatises – Mastering Income Tax and Corporate Reorganizations, published numerous law review articles, presented widely on the subject, and held various leadership positions with the ABA’s Section of Taxation, including vice chair of the Individual Income Tax Committee and Special Features Editor of ABA’s News Quarterly. Pietruszkiewicz was an NCAA and high school basketball official and worked with Special Olympics Virginia and Special Olympics Louisiana. He earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at the University of Scranton, a Juris Doctor (JD) at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and a Master of Laws (LLM) in taxation at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.

Gerald Seaman, Principal at Harlaxton, earned his PhD in French at Stanford University in 1992. He joined the University of Evansville faculty the next fall and was granted tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1999. He was named Mortar Board Professor of the Year in 2000 and was a Fellow in the Center for Teaching Excellence. He was chair of the Department of Foreign Languages from 1997-2000 and program coordinator for World Cultures 101 in 1996-1997. He served on several committees, including Admissions and Standards and the Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture series. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Sigma Iota, and Phi Beta Delta, and taught at Harlaxton in the summers of 1998-2000. After UE, he was associate dean of faculty and associate professor of French at Lawrence University, in Appleton, Wisconsin, where his portfolio included off-campus programs, faculty mentoring, teaching development, and undergraduate research. Next, in 2006, he became vice president and dean of faculty and was promoted to the rank of professor of romance and classical languages, with tenure, at Ripon College, Wisconsin, where he also served as interim president in 2011-12. At Ripon, he was PI or co-PI on grants totaling nearly $3 million and, as interim president, raised $13 million in 9 months during the silent phase of the Imagine Tomorrow capital campaign. He is co-editor (with Patricia Vilches) of Seeking Real Truths: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Machiavelli (Brill, 2006) and author of nearly 30 scholarly articles, chapters, and book reviews. He has presented, led roundtables and chaired sessions at the American Conference of Academic Deans, AAC&U and the National Institute for Chief Academic Officers (Council of Independent Colleges) where he has also served as mentor to new CAOs. He has been principal, chief executive, and Scholar in Residence at Harlaxton College since 2014.

Ying Shang is the first female dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. She earned her PhD and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and her bachelor’s in control engineering from Shangdong University. Her research areas include discrete-event systems, max-plus linear systems, and hybrid systems with applications in queueing networks, manufacturing systems, and transportation networks. She was the department chair of electrical and computer engineering at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville from 2015-2018. During Shang’s term as the department chair, she fostered faculty growth in teaching and research, improved communication, secured ABET accreditation, established industrial partnerships, and created a process of launching entrepreneurial incubator/accelerator for startups to help Southern Illinois. Shang also served as faculty advisor for the Society of Women Engineers Student Chapter at Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville and initiated the first annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering event at the university.

Joyce Stamm, Department of Biology, earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and bachelor’s with honor from Caltech. Stamm joined the UE faculty in 2005 coming to us from the Claremont Colleges where she was a visiting professor. Stamm has made meaningful contributions to both the biology department and the University during her tenure. Most notably, she has served as president of the Faculty Senate and obtained a $610K grant from the National Science Foundation with Adam Salminen PhD, Department of Mathematics, to co-direct the Science and Mathematics Scholarship Program. Stamm has been awarded numerous UE grants, including UExplore Undergraduate Research Program grants, Alumni Research and Scholarly Activity Fellowship grants, and Arts, Research, and Teaching Projects grants. She has engaged numerous students in undergraduate research, both in the classroom and during the summer, and has published 10 reviewed articles during her time at UE, two with student co-authors. She has also served on many committees and working groups, including the Faculty Senate, the Curriculum Committee, the Fiscal Affairs Committee, the Academic Services Committee, the Institutional Review board and the Connections Strategic Planning Working Group.

Heidi Strobel, Department of Archaeology and Art History, earned her master’s from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her bachelor’s from Kalamazoo College. Strobel joined the faculty at UE in 2004 after serving as assistant professor of art history at Baker College. In addition to her teaching load, Strobel is also the associate dean of the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences. She serves as department advisor for internships and is faculty advisor to art history majors and minors. Strobel is the author of several books including The Artistic Matronage of Queen Charlotte (1744-1818): How a Queen Promoted Both Art and Female Artists in English Society and has also written numerous journals, encyclopedia, and dictionary articles. Strobel has also won a number of awards and grants that include the John H. Schroeder Faculty Development Fund award, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art/Yale University Research Support Grant, and the Indiana Landmarks Historic Preservation Education Grant (Wes Peters/Margedant House) and is also the director of the Wes Peters/Margedant House.

Garnet Ungar earned his DMA from the University of Houston, his master’s from the University of Calgary, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto. In addition to performing regularly in Evansville, Ungar appears throughout the world as piano soloist with orchestra, in recitals and masterclasses at major universities, and on radio broadcasts. Highlights of recent seasons were concerts and lectures at Xinghai Conservatory in China, Kwassui University in Japan, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the University of British Columbia, the Tanglewood Festival in Massachusetts, the American Liszt Society in New York City, and the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. His regular visits to Hong Kong include three terms as festival judge, a recital at Hong Kong Baptist University, and a broadcast on Hong Kong Public Radio. He has performed in Switzerland, Sweden, England, Bulgaria, and this spring will tour South America playing eight concerts in five countries. He has released two CDs to glowing reviews, and recently completed a book chronicling the life of American pianist Abbey Simon. Recent service contributions include chairing the department’s Assessment and Recording Studio Committees, serving on the Faculty Senate, and coordinating the piano portion of the Summer Music Camp. Ungar is a member of the American Liszt Society, the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and the Indiana Music Teachers Association.

Patricia Vilches earned her PhD in romance languages and literatures from the University of Chicago in 1992. The next fall, she became assistant professor of Spanish and Italian at the University of Evansville. In 1998, she was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor. While at UE, she received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998-1999. She served as director of World Cultures, chair of the Faculty Senate (both in 1999-2000) and taught at Harlaxton College (summers 1998-2000). Later, she became associate professor and received tenure at Lawrence University where she was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2014. Since 2014, she has served at Harlaxton College as professor of Spanish and Italian and Scholar in Residence. Her main research subjects include Violeta Parra, the Nueva Canción Movement in Chile, and Salvador Allende. She also studies the transatlantic impact of Machiavelli and Cervantes and the intersections of Machiavelli and Cervantes with nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American cultural studies, with a particular focus on the Chilean author Alberto Blest-Gana (1830-1920). She is the author of five books, including Mapping Violeta Parra’s Cultural Landscapes (Palgrave McMillan, 2018), editor and contributor; Blest Gana via Machiavelli and Cervantes: National Identity and Social Order in Chile (Cambridge Scholars, 2017) and Seeking Real Truths: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Machiavelli (Brill, 2006), editor and contributor (with Gerald Seaman). Another book, Negotiating Space in Latin America, is currently under review. In addition, she has published more than 30 scholarly articles, notably: “Cervantes, Lizardi, and the Literary Construction of the Mexican Rogue in Don Catrín de la fachenda.” Open Cultural Studies 1 (2017):  428-441; “Andrés Wood’s Machuca and Violeta Went to Heaven: The Geographical Spaces of Conflict in Chile.” Latin American Perspectives. 43.5 (2016): 45-61; “Monumental Italians: Machiavelli, Giuseppe Rondizzoni and Chilean Independence.” Forum Italicum 47 (2013): 346-363. She is widely recognized in her field and regularly reviews essays under consideration at scholarly journals such as Hispanófila and Revue Romane and book manuscripts for academic publishers such as Palgrave MacMillan. In 2015, she was invited by Professor Javier Guerrero of Princeton University to be a guest lecturer on Violeta Parra in his seminar on “Images in Transition, Poetics and Politics of Contemporaneity” which took place in Santiago, Chile.

* Aces capture tournament victory at ASU Spring Kickoff

Holding a lead after the first day, the University of Evansville held on in the final round to capture the tournament championship at the Alabama State University Spring Golf Kickoff at Lagoon Park Golf Course in Montgomery, Ala.

After recording a 312 and 314 in the first two rounds on Monday, the Aces turned in a final-round 317 to earn its second victory of the season.

Evansville tallied a pair of podium finishes at the tournament. Sophomore Sophia Rohleder remained consistent throughout the tournament, finishing with a 76 in Tuesday's third round for a second-place finish with a three-round total of 226 (74 - 76 - 76). Just one spot behind Rohleder, senior Sydney Anderson finished in third with a three-day total of 232 (77 - 77 - 78).

Finishing in a tie for seventh, senior Madison Chaney opened the tournament with a 77, followed by a pair of 82s to record a total of 241. Barely missing a top-10 finish, junior Lexie Sollman tallied a two-day total of 245 (84 - 79 - 82), rebounding from an 84 in the first round.

A pair of freshman finished one-after-another in the final standings as Alyssa McMinn (90 - 84 - 81) and Caitlin O'Donnel (89 - 85 - 84) finished in 15th and 16th, respectively.

The Aces look to continue their strong start to the spring season at the Benbow Invitational on March 24 and 25 in Jacksonville, Fla.



* Aces softball splits Saturday games in Birmingham

In its second day in Birmingham, the Purple Aces softball team split a pair of games on the diamond. UE fell by a 6-2 final to Houston Baptist before rallying for a 4-3 victory over Samford on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday’s game against Jackson State has been cancelled due to the impending weather.

Katie McLean was the star of game two, going a perfect 3-3 while scoring twice. She had three of the Aces’ seven hits.  Izzy Vetter threw the first three frames before Emily Lockhart went four scoreless frames allowing just two hits while striking out four. She earned the victory.

Samford recorded the first two runs of the game on a Madison Couch home run in the second. The Bulldogs added a third run in the third before Eryn Gould hit her team-best fourth home run of the season, a solo shot, to get the Aces on the board in the top half of the fourth.

In the fifth, Evansville roared back with two more runs to tie the score at 3-3. Allison Daggett led off with a single before moving to third on a Katie McLean hit. She would cross the plate on a Bulldog error as McLean stole second. After Eryn Gould reached via a walk, McLean stole home as Gould stole second to pull off a successful double steal that tied the game.

Evansville kept fighting in the seventh as McLean and Mea Adams led off with a pair of singles. Both would advance on a wild pitch before Gould walked to load the bases. Morgan Florey grounded out to bring McLean home for what would be the winning run. 

UE opened the day with a 6-2 loss to Houston Baptist. The Huskies scored the first four runs of the game. After scoring twice in the second, they added a single run in the third and fifth frames. Evansville got on the board in the top of the sixth with some 2-out magic.

McLean hit a double to right and came home when Morgan Florey singled to right. HBU countered with two more runs in the sixth before the Aces added a single run in the seventh off of a Lindsay Renneisen solo shot to make it the final of 6-2. The Aces picked up five hits in the game with McLean posting two. Florey was back in the circle for the Aces; she threw all six innings and gave up six earned runs. She struck out nine batters.

Another tournament is on tap for the Aces next weekend at East Tennessee State. UE will take on Tennessee Tech, Rutgers, Siena and ETSU in five games running Saturday through Monday.

* Men's basketball defeats Valpo in regular season finale

Marty Hill recorded 21 points and K.J. Riley scored 16 to help the University of Evansville men’s basketball team take a 65-63 win at Valparaiso in the regular-season finale inside the ARC.

“It feels great, our guys never wavered and our hard work paid off today,” UE head coach Walter McCarty said. “It is good for our guys to get the win and feel good heading to St. Louis.”

Hill went 7-of-13 from the field and hit four 3-pointers in the victory for UE (11-20, 5-13 MVC). Riley notched 16 points while Noah Frederking had 12 and John Hall added 11. Riley added a team-best seven rebounds and four assists.  Pacing the Crusaders (14-17, 7-11 MVC) was Derrik Smits, who scored 15. 

A back-and-forth first half saw the Crusaders get on the board first before a Marty Hill trey gave UE an early 3-2 lead. Valpo retook the lead at 6-5 and a 1-for-8 stretch from the floor by the Aces saw the Crusaders take a 16-12 edge just past the midway point.

Evansville made a nice run to take its largest lead, outscoring Valpo by a 12-2 margin to go up by a 24-18 score inside of three minutes left in the half. K.J. Riley had six of the points while Noah Frederking added a 3-pointer and John Hall capped it off with a free throw. Over the final portion of the period, the Crusaders rallied back to take a 28-27 halftime lead when Derrik Smits knocked down a pair of free throws in the final seconds. Hill led UE with 11 in the half while Riley scored 10.

John Hall notched eight quick points to open the second half as UE took a 39-34 lead in the opening four minutes.  Hall drained a pair of 3-pointers while Hill added his third of the game.  Valpo came back in a big way, going on a 14-3 run to open up a 48-42 lead with the half reaching its midway point.  They connected on six out of eight attempts over the run.

The lead for the Crusaders reached 52-43 at the 7-minute mark as the total run was 18-4. Dainius Chatkevicius ended the stretch with a layup before Noah Frederking hit a three to cut the Valpo lead to four – 52-48. UE continued its fight as another trey from Hill knotted the game at 55-55 with just over four minutes on the clock. 

After Valpo retook a 60-57 lead, Noah Frederking connected from long range to cap off a 5-0 stretch that gave the Aces a 62-60 lead in the final minute. Derrik Smits hit two free throws to tie the game back up, but John Hall drove one to the basket with 17 ticks on the clock that gave the Aces a 64-62 lead. From there, the Aces were able to hang on for the 65-63 triumph.

The Aces shot 40.9% for the game, but a total of nine triples helped to push them over the top as Valpo was 2-for-10 from outside. Valpo finished with a slight 34-33 lead on the boards.

Arch Madness awaits the Aces as they open up on Thursday at 8:30 p.m.  The opponent will be determined following today’s league games.


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