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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

* Share Your UE Story!

What makes UE special? Yes, we have award-winning programs and a beautiful campus. But it’s the people - the members of the UE family - who make the University of Evansville the special place that it is.

Fill out this simple questionnaire to share your UE story or the story of an outstanding student or faculty member you know. Then, we’ll feature it on the UE website, social media, and maybe even select print publications to tell the world about all the great things our Aces are doing!

Don’t forget to submit a photo, too. We’re looking for pics of you in Aces gear, at your favorite spot on campus, or doing anything else that illustrates your UE experience.


Upcoming Events

* Stephen Crowley to speak at UE's Crick Lecture on March 20

Stephen Crowley, associate professor of philosophy at Boise State University, will be the guest speaker for the University of Evansville’s annual Crick Lecture in the Cognitive and Neural Sciences. The lecture is Wednesday, March 20 at 4:00 p.m. in the Vectren Lecture Hall, Room 100, in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science. This event is free and open to the public.

The topic of Crowley’s lecture will be “Is There a Virtue in Honesty? Personality Psychology Meets Virtue Ethics.”

Crowley’s areas of academic interest include epistemology, philosophy of science, history and sociology of science, philosophy of mind/psychology, philosophy of logic, early modern philosophy.

Crowley earned his PhD in Philosophy from Indiana University. He grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, and graduated from the University of Adelaide where he focused on the study of logic. He moved to the United States to pursue graduate studies. His areas of academic interest and study include epistemology, philosophy of science, history and sociology of science, philosophy of mind/psychology, philosophy of logic, early modern philosophy.

* 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

Submitted by Lindsay Roberts


Info You Should Know

* A Salute to Women's History: Maria Sklodowska Curie

Born Maria Sklodowska on November 7, 1867, Marie Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person—man or woman—to win the award twice.

Curie discovered radioactivity, and, together with her husband Pierre, the radioactive elements polonium and radium, while working with the mineral pitchblende.

Fascinated with the work of Henri Becquerel, a French physicist who discovered that uranium casts off rays weaker than the X-rays found by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, Curie took his work a few steps further.

Curie conducted her own experiments on uranium rays and discovered that they remained constant, no matter the condition or form of the uranium. The rays, she theorized, came from the element's atomic structure. This revolutionary idea created the field of atomic physics. Curie herself coined the word "radioactivity" to describe the phenomena.

Following Curie's discovery of radioactivity, she continued her research with her husband. Working with the mineral pitchblende, the pair discovered a new radioactive element in 1898. They named the element polonium, after Marie's native country of Poland. They also detected the presence of another radioactive material in the pitchblende, and called that radium. In 1902, the Curies announced that they had produced a decigram of pure radium, demonstrating its existence as a unique chemical element.

Despite being a top student in her secondary school, Curie could not attend the men's-only University of Warsaw. She instead continued her education in Warsaw's "floating university," a set of underground, informal classes held in secret.

Both Curie and her sister Bronya dreamed of going abroad to earn an official degree, but they lacked the financial resources to pay for more schooling. Undeterred, Curie worked out a deal with her sister: she would work to support Bronya while she was in school and Bronya would return the favor after she completed her studies.

For roughly five years, Curie worked as a tutor and a governess. She used her spare time to study, reading about physics, chemistry and math.

In 1891, Curie finally made her way to Paris and enrolled at the Sorbonne. She threw herself into her studies, but this dedication had a personal cost: with little money, Curie survived on buttered bread and tea, and her health sometimes suffered because of her poor diet.

Curie completed her master's degree in physics in 1893 and earned another degree in mathematics the following year.

In 1903, Curie received the Nobel Prize in Physics, along with her husband and Henri Becquerel, for their work on radioactivity. With their win, the Curies developed an international reputation for their scientific efforts, and they used their prize money to continue their research.

In 1911, Curie won her second Nobel Prize, this time in chemistry, for her discovery of radium and polonium. While she received the prize alone, she shared the honor jointly with her late husband in her acceptance lecture.

In 1897 Marie and Pierre Curie welcomed a daughter, Irène. The couple had a second daughter, Ève, in 1904. Irène Joliot-Curie followed in her mother's footsteps, winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935. Joliot-Curie shared the honor with her husband, Frédéric Joliot, for their work on the synthesis of new radioactive elements.

Submitted by Darrion Culler

* Student Health Center closed for Spring Break

The Student Health Clinic will be closed for Spring Break on March 11-15. The Student Health Center will reopen Monday, March 18 at 8:00 am. In case of emergency, call UE Security at 812-488-6911 or dial 911. 

Submitted by Tara Ulrich

* New office locations for Student Financial Services and Registrar

In January, we announced the consolidation of the Offices of Financial Aid and Student Accounts into the new Student Financial Services division. You’ll notice some rearranging of office space on the first floor of Olmsted this week during Spring Break in order to provide a one-stop shop for student needs and give this new division access and functionality as a team.

The Office of the Registrar will move into the space previously occupied by the Office of Financial Aid at the west end of the first floor of Olmsted. Those in the new Student Financial Services division will now be housed together in the space at the east end to improve cross training and customer service to our students. 

* 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!

* 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

* 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

* 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 

* 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.

* 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

* 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

* Sign Up for Barn Blitz (BB2)

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

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

Please sign up to participate here:

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

Submitted by Karyssa Vasquez



* 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.

* Baer publishes "Formal Salutations: New & Selected Poems"

William Baer, University of Evansville creative writing professor emeritus, has published a new collection, Formal Salutations: New & Selected Poems. The book has been published by Measure Press and is available on Amazon.

Formal Salutations is Baer’s twenty-fifth book, and includes work praised by Richard Wilbur, Anthony Hecht, Maxine Kumin, X.J. Kennedy, and others.



* Renneisen's home run helps softball take series at ETSU

Sophomore Lindsay Renneisen hit what would be the game-winning 2-run home run in the top of the sixth inning to lead the University of Evansville softball team to a 6-5 series-clinching victory over East Tennessee State on Monday afternoon.

“I am so proud of this team to battling and winning the series.  ETSU is a solid team, so for us to play a 3-game series against these guys before beginning conference was huge,” Purple Aces head coach Mat Mundell said. “I really like how our pitching staff is coming together and our offense is finding their momentum.”

Seven different players recorded a hit as they Aces (10-10) posted six runs. Renneisen and Jessica Fehr notched two RBIs apiece.

UE wasted no time getting on the board as Eryn Gould led the game off with her team-leading sixth home run of the season. Evansville utilized its speed on the bases to push another run across the plate in the second. Mackenzie McFeron drew a leadoff walk before stealing second. Allison Daggett reached on a bunt single to advance McFeron to third before Toni Galas brought her home on a single to left.

East Tennessee State responded with four runs in the bottom half of the second to take a 4-2 lead, but the Aces did not relent. A leadoff single by Haley Woolf to begin the 5th frame set the stage for Jessica Fehr’s 2-run shot with one out that would tie the game. Olivia Cheatham scored the run after pinch running for Woolf. In the next inning, it was Bailee Bostic reaching on a leadoff single with Ashleigh Downing coming in to pinch run. Lindsay Renneisen was next up and hit her fourth long ball of the year to give UE the lead for good at 6-4.

The Buccaneers added a single run in the seventh, but would get no closer as the Aces hung on for the 6-5 win. Izzy Vetter made the start for UE, throwing the first three innings while allowing four runs. Emily Lockhart went the final four innings in relief and earned her fifth win of the year.  She gave up one run on three hits.

Evansville will look to continue its success on the trip, which comes to a close today with road game at Tennessee Tech. First pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m. in Cookeville, Tenn.


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