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Friday, March 8, 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.

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 km399@evansville.edu.

Submitted by Katie Mearns km399@evansville.edu 

* Delta Omega Zeta's Break the Floor

Delta Omega Zeta will be hosting Break the Floor: A 2000's Remix on March 29, at 6:00 p.m. in Room 162 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Everyone is invited to come partake in a friendly karaoke competition. No skills required! Not comfortable singing in front of a crowd? You can be part of the audience and participate in various mini-games and win prizes that way as well! Come visit our tables in Ridgway University Center on March 25, 27, and 29 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. to learn more, or contact Delta Omega Zeta's philanthropy chair, Jessica Elmore, at je146@evansville.edu with any questions.

Submitted by Jessica Elmore je146@evansville.edu

* Creating a Culture of Empathy workshop

A workshop, "Creating a Culture of Empathy," is set for Wednesday, April 10, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences, Downtown Evansville

Empathy is the ability to understand and communicate the feelings of another. On a daily basis we have interactions with colleagues, clients, patients, employees, cashiers, friends, and family, but do we truly have an understanding of their feelings? Understanding and modeling empathy is vital to making us better leaders and human beings. This workshop introduces the theory through interactive design activities that will enhance the empathy in adults.

To register, please visit www.evansville.edu/centerforlearning/professional-development.cfm.

Submitted by Lindsay Roberts lr155@evansville.edu

Info You Should Know

* Patel-Dovlatabadi discusses measles and flu with Brad Byrd

Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, associate professor and director of public health, appeared on Eyewitness News In-Depth with Brad Byrd to discuss the measles and flu. Watch the segment here on the Eyewitness News website.

* Free copies of Evansville Living's City View magazines

Free copies of Evansville Living's 2019 City View magazine are available in the University Relations office in Sampson Hall. There is a limited supply. First come, first served!

* Success Lab re-opens Sunday, March 17

The Success Lab will be closed over Spring Break, but will re-open 4:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 17. Academic coaches are available to help with study skills and time management strategies on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00-8:00 p.m. in Library 462. No appointment necessary!

Submitted by Francie Renschler fr25@evansville.edu

* 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 www.evansville.edu/data-science-academy.

“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: 

Faculty 

Students 

Spots are limited, apply early!

For more info on ChangeLab, visit www.evansville.edu/changelab.

Submitted by Cindy Kelley ck116@evansville.edu

* 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 cl175@evansville.edu

* 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 dg57@evansville.edu

* UE Bookstore Spring Break Hours

The UE Bookstore hours of operation during Spring Break (March 9-17) are:

  • Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • The UE Bookstore will be closed on the Saturdays of March 9 and 16.

Have a restful Spring Break.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller dg57@evansville.edu

* 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 la87@evansville.edu

* 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 dc199@evansville.edu 

* 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 uepride@gmail.com 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.

Submitted by uepride@gmail.com

* 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 uepride@gmail.com 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. 

Submitted by uepride@gmail.com

* 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 kh209@evansville.edu 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 th187@evansville.edu or 812-488-2364

Submitted by Trisha Hawkes th187@evansville.edu

* 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 ac375@evansville.edu 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. 

Rules:
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 ac375@evansville.edu by May 19.
5. HRA credit will be submitted to Meritain by May 19. 

Submitted by Ashley Chipps ac375@evansville.edu

* 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 mk225@evansville.edu to reserve your spot today.

Submitted by Megan King mk252@evansville.edu

* 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: www.evansville.edu/alumni/outstandingteacher.cfm.

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 tf91@evansville.edu.

Submitted by Tracey Folden tf91@evansville.edu

* 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 th187@evansville.edu.

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

Submitted by Trisha Hawkes th187@evansville.edu

* 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: http://signup.com/go/odygOXP.

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 kv54@evansville.edu. If claiming a barn for your team, please include a team name for your barn in your email.

Submitted by Karyssa Vasquez kv54@evansville.edu

Congratulations

* Harmon presents at APS March Meeting

Nicholas Harmon, assistant professor of physics, authored a talk "Theory of Hyperfine Interactions and Electrically Detected Magnetic Resonance (EDMR) for Phosphorus-Doped Silicon" at the annual American Physical Society meeting in Boston on March 5. The research involved theoretical calculations of a magnetic resonance technique that may be used to identify defects or impurities in materials. Harmon coauthored two other presentations during the week entitled "Probing Coherent Spin Dynamics of Isolated Exchange Coupled Defects in III-V Semiconductors" and "Electrical and magnetic characterization of doped conjugated polymers with pendent stable radicals" which were projects conducted in collaboration with the University of Iowa and Cornell University.

* 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 ggarrett@wesselmannaturesociety.org.

* 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. 

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 kb396@evansville.edu

Athletics

* Aces give ISU all it could handle at Arch Madness

Entering Arch Madness as the #10 seed, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team gave #7 Illinois State everything it had, but the Redbirds were able to hang on for a 65-60 win at the Enterprise Center on Thursday night.

“I thought we played a very hard-fought game.  We played about as good as we could have; we had opportunities to win this game,” Aces head coach Walter McCarty said after the game.  “I thought our game plan was very good and our guys did a nice job of following it.  We had a few unlucky bounces that Illinois State was able to take advantage of.”

Marty Hill, one of four finalists in the Dark Horse Dunker competition, led the way with 16 points.  He knocked down three triples.  K.J. Riley finished with 15 points and added six more free throws to his season tally. 

“We missed a lot of threes and ISU made a lot of tough shots,” Riley said.  “We played well tonight, but it just did not go our way.  I really wanted to win it for our seniors.”

Evansville missed its first 11 shots from the field, but the defense did a strong job as Illinois State took just a 7-1 lead.  Just past the 5-minute mark, John Hall and Evan Kuhlman hit back-to-back buckets to get the Aces within two.  The Redbirds continued to lead throughout the first half until the Aces made a run in the final four minutes.

Trailing 22-17 inside of the 4-minute mark, Evan Kuhlman and K.J. Riley hit consecutive 3-pointers to give Evansville its first lead at 23-22.  An and-one by Riley on the next trip down the floor pushed the lead to 26-22, capping off a 9-0 run.  Illinois State closed back in, but it was the Aces taking a 28-27 lead into the break.  Riley led UE with nine points in the period while the team notched a total of 10 offensive boards in the first 20 minutes.

Illinois State rebounded in the opening moments of the second half as they opened up on an 11-2 stretch to go up 38-30 five minutes into the half.  Evan Kuhlman made a big play to get UE back in it, knocking down all three free throws to cut the deficit to five, but ISU bounced back with six in a row to push their lead to double figures for the first time.

The Aces never gave up and closed back in.  After trailing 44-33, Evansville rallied with 12 in a row while keeping ISU scoreless for five minutes.  John Hall knocked down a pair of free throws, Hill had an and-one and Kuhlman capped it off with a bucket to put the Aces back in front by a 45-44 score with eight minutes on the clock.

ISU came back once again with a 9-2 stretch that pushed their lead to six points at the 5-minute mark.  The Aces got back within three tallies on a Noah Frederking trey before ISU went back up by six in the final minute.  Evansville never relented, showing the fight they have had all season.  With 21 ticks left, Hall was true from outside to make it a one-possession game (63-60) once again, but ISU hung on for the 65-60 win.

Kuhlman and Hall each finished the game with ten points.  ISU shot 36.2% for the game while UE shot 29.5%.  The rebounded edge went to Illinois State by a 43-42 tally.

UE wraps up the season with a mark of 11-21, but has bigger things ahead with its returning core as well as newcomers Sam Cunliffe, Artur Labinowicz, DeAndre Williams, Peace Ilegomah and Marcus Henderson. 

“I appreciate the efforts of our team, we got better each and every game of the season,” McCarty said when reflecting on the season.  “Despite our record, it was fun to come to work every single day.  It was a fun year and I have a great time coaching these guys.  They were all very fun to be around.”

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