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Thursday, March 7, 2019

* Important Weinbach Road Diet Schedule Changes

Important Weinbach Road Diet Schedule changes have been announced:

Spring Break - March 11-15
The entrances to the Hale Hall/Powell Hall and Koch Center parking lots will be closed during Spring Break as they are removed and replaced. The exit to the Hale Hall drive is not a part of this work and will be used temporarily to access the Hale Hall parking lot. As such, parking along the drive will not be allowed during this time.

Summer - June 3 - 28 
The west and east sidewalks along Weinbach from Lincoln to Walnut will both be replaced and the intersection of Lincoln and Weinbach will be completely closed during this time.


What's Happening Today

* 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


Upcoming Events

* Venturing Crew Spring Break

it's almost time for spring break time and the members of the Venturing Crew would like to invite you on their spring break trip! This year, the group will be going to Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee, where a lot of fun adventures are planned for you. The cost of this trip will be $135 and sign up tables will be in Ridgway University Center on March 6 (Wednesday) - March 8 (Friday) from 10:00 a.m.-noon and 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Any questions pertaining to this trip should be directed towards Katie Mearns at

Submitted by Katie Mearns 


Info You Should Know

* UE Math Partners with EdjAnalytics to Launch Data Science Academy for High School Students

The University of Evansville’s Department of Mathematics is partnering with EdjAnalytics, a Louisville-based data science firm, to launch the UE Data Science Academy Powered by EdjAnalytics, a week-long program for high school students. The program will run from July 7 - 13, 2019, and will take place on UE’s campus.

“We are proud to support this important initiative with the University of Evansville. At EdjAnalytics, we use data science to improve the world through better decision making. We can’t think of a more valuable way to honor our mission than to support the data science industry’s next generation,” said Susan Olson, PhD, EdjAnalytics COO and UE alumna.

In the Academy, students will learn the basics of data science through a variety of activities. Participants will work with UE mathematics professors and undergraduate students and connect with peers who share an interest in mathematics. Students will attend classes, engage in hands-on projects, and learn to present material and develop interactive apps.

“The digital revolution has created vast quantities of data,” said Darrin Weber, PhD, UE assistant professor of mathematics. “Extracting insights from this avalanche of information is the goal of data science. It has applications to internet search, advanced image recognition, video game development, actuarial science, medicine, sports, recommender systems, genomics, neuroscience, particle physics, and so much more.”            

Students currently in grades 9, 10, or 11 who have completed algebra are invited to apply to the academy. The fee is $600 for the overnight, residential option or $350 for the day option. Registration ends May 1, 2019. Space is limited, so early application is encouraged. For more information or to apply, visit

“The Data Science Academy is a great way for high school students to become familiar with the field of statistics and data science and with its methods and requirements. This preparation is important, because data science plays a critical role in a broad range of academic disciplines, from the natural and social sciences to medicine and marketing. Participants will be especially well-prepared for UE’s Statistics and Data Science degree program,” said David Dwyer, PhD, UE department chair for mathematics. “The University greatly appreciates the generosity of EdjAnalytics, and we are excited to join with them to offer this experience to high school students.”

* Want to change the world? Start now!

Want to make a difference in your community - or even the world? Start now by proposing your own ChangeLab project. Class credit and financial support is available, and your idea can help nonprofits, for-profit businesses, or civic projects.

Submit your idea for the Spring 2020 semester here by noon on Monday, April 1: 



Spots are limited, apply early!

For more info on ChangeLab, visit

Submitted by Cindy Kelley

* AT Club clothing drive

The members of AT Club are collecting T-shirts, shorts, and sweatpants from April 2-4 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in Ridgway University Center. The T-shirts, shorts, and sweatpants will be donated to Uncharted International and YWCA. Each person who donates gets to guess the amount of clothes donated and whoever guesses the closest number will receive a gift card of their choice. Please donate your clothes to help out the clothing drive!

Submitted by Carli Leavitt

* University of Evansville Animal Policy

The University strives to provide a safe, non-threatening (as well as a healthy and welcoming) environment for all students, faculty, and staff, as well as visitors to campus. Animals on campus pose a special set of challenges for a campus that has residential, instructional, and recreational spaces used by a variety of people.

The guidelines for bringing animals onto campus have been designed to balance the interests of animal owners with those of other members of our community. These guidelines are intended to continue providing an educational and residential environment that respects the needs and concerns of all members of our community with respect to animals on campus.

Read the full animal policy online. 

* Graduate - did you miss Commencement Central?

If you're a Spring graduate and missed both the Commencement Central events, you still can pick up your cap and gown in the UE Bookstore during store hours. You may also still order graduation announcements for the special day as well. HOWEVER, if you are a MASTERS or DOCTORAL grad, you need to come to the UE Bookstore as soon as possible and get those garments ordered. Masters and Doctoral garments are custom made and require additional time to come in. Don't delay if making sure you have everything ready to go for graduation!

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* Fitness Center Spring Break hours

The Fitness Center Spring Break hours are:

  • Friday, March 8: 6:30 a.m. -7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10: Closed
  • Monday through Friday, March 11-15: 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17: Closed

Submitted by Lori Adams

* 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. 

* 2019-20 Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship

Family, friends and loved ones of the late Dr. Marvin E. Hartig are pleased to announce the application process for the Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is dedicated to the loving memory of Dr. Hartig, Dean of Evansville College’s Evening College in 1967, and administrator for the Center for Advanced Study, director of the Evansville chapter of the American Institute of Banking (AIB), and the international student advisor. In 1974, Dr. Hartig was appointed Dean of Academic Services. He retired in 1984 after serving his alma mater for thirty-five years and passed away in 2007.

This scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving sophomore student. Preference will be given to a student working while being enrolled as a full-time student. International students are encouraged to apply.

The application can be found here.

Deadline: Please return all materials to the Office of Student Financial Services by April 26.

The decision will be announced by July 1.

Questions: Trisha Hawkes, administrative assistant to the Office of Student Financial Services, at or 812-488-2364

Submitted by Trisha Hawkes

* Spring Healthy Behavior Challenge

Sign up today for the Spring Healthy Behavior Challenge! Earn additional HRA's credits by successfully completing the challenge. Participants will be tracking exercise and fruits/vegetables consumed. To sign-up, email directly or visit the Employee Health Clinic AceLink page. The challenge is March 18-May19. 

This is an 8-week competition to support a healthy lifestyle.

HRA credits will be issued upon successful fulfillment of some basic healthy behaviors. Employees and insured spouses enrolled in the HRA health insurance program will earn $150 credit. If a credit was earned previously (Summer 2018, or Fall 2018), no additional credit will be issued. Anyone who finishes in the top 4 will receive a $50 gift card regardless of previous gift-card winning status. The challenge begins March 18 and ends May 19. You must submit 8 weeks of data. You can pick up additional pocket-sized logs from the UE Health and Wellness Center. 

1. Eat a combination of 5 fruits and vegetables at least 4 days a week and exercise an average of 120 minutes weekly (your log needs at least 160 fruit/veggie boxes checked and 64 exercise boxes checked).  
2. Check off boxes daily to avoid “guesstimation” later.
3. Additional logs can be picked up from the UE Health and Wellness Center or on AceLink.
4. Return logs to the collection box at the UE Health and Wellness Clinic or email to by May 19.
5. HRA credit will be submitted to Meritain by May 19. 

Submitted by Ashley Chipps

* 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

* Accepting nominations for Outstanding Teacher Alumni Association Award 2019

The UE Alumni Association recognizes an Outstanding Teacher for exemplary instruction and student support at Spring Commencement. UE administrators, faculty, staff, student and alumni may nominate a faculty member who exemplifies the award’s criteria for outstanding teaching effectiveness that inspires the intellectual development of students.

Please use this link to nominate a faculty member for the auspicious occasion:

Full-time faculty who have taught in the classroom at UE for two years or more and hold the rank of lecturer, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor are eligible for nomination.

Past award recipients are as follows: Dr. James Berry 2011; Dr. Mari Plikuhn 2012; Dr. Mark Valenzuela 2013; Dr. Jennie Ebeling 2014; Dr. Margaret Stevenson 2015; Dr. M. Kevin Gray 2016; Dr. Mary Ellen Wylie 2017, and Dr. Tony Beavers 2018.

The deadline to submit nominations is March 8, at 5:00 p.m. For questions, contact Tracey Folden, assistant vice president of academic affairs-faculty relations, at

Submitted by Tracey Folden



* Biology professors teach for Master Naturalists!

UE biology professors Dale Edwards and Cris Hochwender have reached out to the Evansville community by teaching courses for the Indiana Master Naturalist program. This program brings together natural resource specialists with adult learners to foster an understanding of Indiana's plants, waters, soils and wildlife and to promote volunteer service in local communities. People with a passion for the natural world can take this opportunity to build their knowledge and skills.

Topics of Edwards’ and Hochwender’s classes included the ecological framework for the program and the negative impacts of human activity on natural resources.

Jim Brenneman, emeritus faculty member from the biology department, will teach a class on fungi for the Master Naturalist Program. Hochwender will teach a second class in the program - one on tree identification.

For more information on next year’s Master Naturalist Program, contact Gena Garrett at

* McBride and Lombardo-Graves present at ATE

Assistant professors of education Amy McBride and Mary Lombardo-Graves presented at the 2019 Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on February 18. Their presentation was entitled, "From Trinidad with Love: Two educators' journey for cultural competence." It discussed the need for educators to participate in professional development to examine their own intercultural sensitivity in order to increase inclusivity for diverse students in the schools. Cultural immersion provides a powerful method of developing the appreciation of cultural differences necessary to teach and model cultural competency for pre-service teachers. McBride and Lombardo-Graves shared how their attempts to build their own cultural competence through immersion in Trinidad and Tobago, affected the teaching of the pre-service teachers with which they work. 

* Daryl Buente is March 2019 Employee of the Month!

Daryl Buente has been named the University's March 2019 Employee of the Month!

After over 40 years of service to athletics as the equipment manager, Daryl continues to impact the lives of all student athletes.

His passion for the Aces is evident everyday with his willingness to assist anyone on campus and share his pride for UE! Daryl works mostly behind the scenes, but plays a vital role within the athletics department. He also contributes his time and efforts to support the members of Pi Gamma Mu, the social science honor society of which he was a member when he was a student. He truly inspires everyone to think of the greater good of the university. It would be difficult to find a humbler or more hard-working employee who is so full of purple pride than Daryl Buente.

Please stop by to offer him congratulations of receiving the honor of March 2019 Employee of the Month.

Keith Gehlhausen presenting an award to Daryl Buente

* Maass signs with University of Michigan Press

Richard Maass, assistant professor of political science, has signed a contract with the University of Michigan Press for his second book, titled The United States and International Law: Paradoxes of Support across Contemporary Issues. Co-edited with Lucrecia Garcia Iommi of Fairfield University, this volume will examine why the United States leads the creation and enforcement of international law in some areas while refusing to ratify major conventions on others. 


Sympathy to...

* Megan King and family

Our hearts go out to Megan King, assistant director of campus programs/residential coordinator for Morton and Brentano Halls, on the loss of her father, Michael King, on March 2. Love and prayers to Megan and her family during this time.

Visitation is Thursday, March 7 from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Friday, March 8 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at Ratterman's Funeral Home in Louisville, KY. Mass is Friday, March 8, at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany in Louisville, KY.

Submitted by Kelly Bargeloh



* Chatkevicius and Riley recognized as Aces prep for Arch Madness

With the regular season complete, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team has its sights set on St. Louis where the Purple Aces will open up Arch Madness against Illinois State on Thursday evening at 8:30 p.m. The MVC TV Network, ESPN3 and the Purple Aces Radio Network presented by Learfield will have live coverage

On Wednesday, Aces players Dainius Chatkevicius and K.J. Riley were honored by the MVC. Chatkevicius was named to the All-Bench Team. The native of Lithuania played in 28 games, with 22 of those coming off the bench. He averaged 6.8 points per game and shot over 50% on the season. Chatkevicius is riding the top streak of his career into St. Louis. 

Riley, a junior out of the Bronx, N.Y., led the Aces with 13.5 points per game in the regular season. Even more impressive – Riley ranks in the top 15 in the NCAA in free throw attempts and makes. He started all 31 games during the season and averaged 32.8 minutes per game.

Setting the Scene    
- For the fifth time, the Aces head to St. Louis as the #10 seed and are pitted against the #7 seed Redbirds; UE has lost its first four games as the tenth seed
- Evansville has faced Illinois State five times at Arch Madness and has gone 0-4; the win for the Aces came in 2006 when they topped the 10-seed Redbirds as the no. 7 seed by a final of 52-45
- The Aces are 2-1 in their last three Thursday games in St. Louis

Last Time Out     
- Evansville wrapped up the regular season with a win at Valparaiso on Saturday, defeating the Crusaders by a final of 65-63
- Four Aces finished in double figures, led by 21 from Marty Hill and 16 by K.J. Riley while Noah Frederking and John Hall posted 12 and 11 points, respectively
- Hill had a strong outing, going 4-7 from outside while hauling in five rebounds
- Riley reached double figures for the 23rd time in the last 26 games
- Frederking has notched 10+ points in consecutive games for the first time since December while Hall hit four field goals for the second time in the last ten games
- The Aces overcame a halftime deficit for the fifth time this season en route to their second road win of the year

Takeaways from Valparaiso   
- UE halted a seven-game skid on Saturday, its longest losing streak since nine in a row in 2017
- The Aces have been extremely competitive in the second half as of late, outscoring the opposition by 2.4 points in the final 20 minutes in its last eight games; UE has tied or outscored the opponent in six of those games
- In the seven games before Valpo, the Aces averaged a 13.1-point deficit at the end of the first half; on Saturday, the Aces trailed by just one

Send Marty to Minneapolis      
- Senior Marty Hill is one of 16 finalists for the Dark Horse Dunker Competition
- Four rounds of voting will take place with the winner participating in the dunk contest at the Final Four
- This year’s Final Four is in Hill’s home town of Minneapolis

Putting it together    
- Marty Hill has recorded at least nine points in 16 out of the last 18 games and finished the regular season with 21 points while knocking down four triples at Valpo
- Hill is 6-for-13 from outside in the last two games and ranks 6th in the MVC shooting 41.4% from long range
- He has connected on at least one 3-pointer in 19 of the last 21 contests

King of the Hill     
- Aces sophomore Noah Frederking had a solid week to finish up the regular season, posting 11 points against SIU and 12 at Valpo
- It was the first time he had back-to-back double figure games in the MVC this year; the last time he did so this season came against Wyoming and Albion in non-conference action this season

Scouting the Opponent
- Illinois State completed the regular season with a 16-15 mark overall and a 9-9 Valley record
- The Redbirds are the #7 seed at Arch Madness after finishing the season dropping six of their last eight games including a 72-63 loss at SIU on Saturday
- Milik Yarbrough and Phil Fayne pace the Redbirds with 16.8 and 15.8 points per game, respectively
- Yarborugh is their top rebounder with 7.0 per game while Fayne is shooting 54.7% on the season


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