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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

* Don't miss UE’S Annual Day of Giving

Last year the UE community came together to surpass the original one-day fundraising goal of 750 gifts in 24 hours by 4:00 p.m. The final result was a significant fundraising accomplishment that benefitted many students and areas of campus.  Show your UE Pep and Vim this year on Friday, April 12, by making a gift online at #TrueandLoyal #UEPepandVim #ForeverAces.

Submitted by JC Campbell

* Removal of vehicles for Bike Race

All vehicles must be removed from Lot H by 5:00 p.m. on April 10. Vehicles remaining in the lot after this time may be towed. The removal of vehicles is necessary so that the lot can be prepared for the bike race, which will be on Saturday, April 13. Vehicles must be moved so the lot can be prepared and time trials can be held.

The lot will be reopened for parking by Sunday morning at the latest. Vehicles must be moved to legal parking places for the permit category held by the driver. The use of Lot O, by the Armory, and Lot Q, by the general services building, is recommended.

Submitted by Doug Cook

* Employee Benefit Open Enrollment

During the period of March 18 through April 12, benefit-eligible employees may enroll or make changes in the University’s health, life, long term disability, and dental insurance, and ACES flexible spending account benefit plans. It is the only chance for benefit-eligible employees to enroll or make changes until the next open enrollment period unless you have a qualifying change in status.

Please review the documents in the Open Enrollment section of the MyUE portal at:, beginning with the open enrollment memo, for important announcements, reminders, and changes which will occur June 1 to the University’s benefits. 

We will once again utilize an on-line enrollment process, eliminating all paper enrollment forms for health, life, dental, and long term disability insurance, as well as the ACES flexible spending account. This will ensure the accuracy of your enrollment elections and maintain records electronically regarding your current and future participation. Enrollment/changes to your TIAA and Emeriti VEBA Trust retirement plan salary deferrals will continue to be processed on paper forms available in the Office of Human Resources. Therefore, you do not need to re-enroll in the TIAA or Emeriti retirement plans.

ALL benefit eligible employees (including those who do not want to make any changes to their current coverage) must enter their elections by April 12.

Please review the open enrollment memo and On-Line Benefit Enrollment Documents on the HR Area of the MyUE portal, which should answer many of the questions you might have about this system.   

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at ext. 2943 with any questions. 

Submitted by Lori LeDuc


What's Happening Today

* This Week in Music: Harlaxton Quintet, String and Woodwind Ensembles, and Rite of Spring

Harlaxton Quintet
Tuesday, April 9
7:30 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall

On Tuesday, April 9, at 7:30 pm in Wheeler Concert Hall, the Harlaxton Quintet will present a wide-reaching program featuring works by Lecuona, Blumer, Rameau, and Ligeti. Quintet members include Leanne Hampton (flute), Elizabeth Robertson (oboe), Thomas Josenhans (clarinet), Ed Lacy (bassoon), and Emily Britton (horn).

The concert is free and open to the public. For complete program information, visit the music department concert calendar:

UE String Ensemble
Thursday, April 11
6:00 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall

On Thursday, April 11, at 6:00 pm in Wheeler Concert Hall, the University String Ensemble, under the direction of Chun-Ming Chen, will present their spring concert. The program will feature Leo Weiner’s Divertimento No. 2 and Kirt Mosier’s Blue Rhythmico.

The concert is free and open to the public. For complete program information, visit the music department concert calendar:

Rite of Spring
Saturday, April 13
5:45 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center

Friends of UE Music invite you to join us for this year's Rite of Spring. The event will be held on Saturday, April 13 in Eykamp Hall in the Ridgway University Center on UE's campus. This year's event celebrates the contributions of Kim and Mary Fillingim.

The event includes cocktails, dinner, musical performances, and dancing accompanied by UE's Jazz Ensemble!

For more information and reservations visit: or cut and paste into your browser window.

Submitted by James Sullivan 

* Dinner and Mass on campus with the bishop - April 9!

Join Newman Club for dinner and Mass with the bishop on Tuesday, April 9! The Newman Campus Community invites you to a special dinner with Most Reverend Joseph M. Siegel, DD, STL. We will be having a dinner at 6:00 p.m. at the Newman house and then hang out until mass at 8 p.m. at Neu Chapel. All are welcome to come join us for the free dinner and discussion and/or Mass with the bishop!

Submitted by Sam Wallisch

* Tuesday Night Recharge Mass with the Bishop

Join the Newman Club this Tuesday, April 9, at 8:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel to celebrate a Catholic Mass. Bishop Siegel will be joining us! All are welcome!

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler


Upcoming Events

* I-House: Saudi Arabia

At this week's I-House, we will be traveling to the Middle East! Abdulmajeed Nasib will be presenting I-House: Saudi Arabia. He is a senior from Saudi Arabia, and he is majoring in political science. He loves the international community here at UE especially the group of friends he has made over the years. His hobbies include traveling, playing soccer, and Fortnite. He will be sharing more about himself and his culture at this week's I-House happening on Wednesday (April 10) on the second floor of Ridgway University Center at 7:00 p.m.

Saudi Arabia

Submitted by Hussam Taj

* Newman Dinner and Discussion: Social Media and How It Affects Our Perception of the World

Join the Newman Club this Wednesday, April 10, at 5:00 p.m. for our weekly dinner and discussion. This week's topic is "Social Media and How It Affects Our Perception of the World," hosted by Connor Cleary, a member of the Newman Club. He will be talking about social media's influence on our lives and society. One of our seminarians, Joseph, will be making dinner for us. All are welcome!

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler

* BiSci Plant Sale

Mark your calendars! BiSci Plant Sale will kick off on April 15 and end on April 22 - Earth Day Birthday! Plants for sale will include butterfly milkweed and other flowers, succulents, tomatoes, and herbs, including basil and cilantro, and many more. Prices will range from $1 for cups of seedlings to $15-25 for larger plants and “design-your-own” succulent bowls.

Submitted by Kelly Nixon

* PurplePalooza is back! Join SAB on April 12, 6-10 p.m.

SAB's annual PURPLEPALOOZA is set for Friday, April 12, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. on the East Terrace Lawn. This event immediately follows the International Food Festival.

PurplePalooza is free and open to the UE Community.

Attractions include:

  • Live music
  • American Ninja Warrior Course
  • Inflatables
  • Food trucks
  • Caricature artists
  • Giveaways
  • And much more!

All activities and food are free for students with a valid UE ID. Community members can purchase food truck tickets for a small fee. 

Submitted by Megan King

* Scholars for Syria Final Lecture: Reconstruction Starts Here: Building a Future for Syrian Youth

Syrian-American architect, writer, and founder and CEO of the Karam Foundation Lina Serge Attar will be the speaker for the final presentation of the Scholars for Syria Lecture series in Evansville. The lecture is set for April 11, at 6:00 p.m. in Room 162 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Also during the event, we will be additionally proud and excited to celebrate the graduation of Syrian seniors Walid Hasanato and Aya Aljandali as they tell of their journeys from Syria to Indiana. This is a celebration of all that Syrians have contributed to the UE and Evansville community, so we hope to see you there!

The event is free and open to the public, but donations to the Karam Foundation will be accepted at the event to help support the exemplary and inspiring work the foundation is doing on behalf of Syrian youth. UE has welcomed and supported Syrian students since 2012. Let's continue this support to include more future leaders of a free Syria.

How do we imagine a vibrant future for Syrians after the mass devastation and trauma they have endured? How can we rebuild agency and confidence for marginalized refugee communities? What if there was a space created for the most vulnerable of refugees - the youth - where cutting-edge technology, social camaraderie, and expert mentors were available? 

Attar is a Syrian-American architect, writer and founder and CEO of the Karam Foundation. During her lecture, Attar will map out an alternative vision for Syrian refugee youth, one that is a world away from war and despair. At her team's Karam Houses in Turkey, hundreds of Syrian teens are building their ideas while gaining world-class critical and creative thinking skills.

“They are on pathways of future success and leadership for their communities and beyond,” said Attar. “Within their inspiring stories of resilience and determination, another Syrian narrative emerges about the limitless potential and possibilities for a better future we can create together."

In 2007, Attar developed the vision of Karam (which means generosity in Arabic). Since 2011, she has directed Karam in its focus on the Syrian humanitarian crisis: developing an innovative education program for Syrian refugee youth, distributing aid to Syrian refugee families, and funding projects initiated by Syrians for Syrians. Her articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, and she has appeared on CNN, NBC News, the BBC News, NPR and other media outlets. Attar is a graduate of the University of Aleppo, Rhode Island School of Design, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

More information on the Karam Foundation can be found at

Submitted by Megan King

* Nursing department presents program on "Sex on Campus"

UE nursing students will be presenting the "Sex on Campus" program on sexual health - Wednesday, April 10 - from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. This program, which is sponsored by the office of health education and wellness, will highlight an important issue on college campuses. The program focuses on education about STIs and HIV and the very real risk that this presents for students.

Submitted by Jennifer Hargus


Info You Should Know

* Happy Hours at the UE Bookstore

Weather permitting the UE Bookstore will have un-advertised Happy Hours on unannounced days. The events will be outside the UE Bookstore on the west side of Ridgway University Center. There will be special markdowns on different items when the events occur. The event will usually occur for a couple of hours around noon. Keep your eyes out for some great deals.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* Fitness Center closed on Saturday, April 13

The Fitness Center will be closed this Saturday (April 13) for Bike Race. It will reopen on Sunday (April 14).

Submitted by Lori Adams

* Penny Wars

Money will be accepted Monday - Thursday at the Philanthropy Table in Ridgway University Center from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and all day Friday at Pep & Vim Headquarters outside of Ridgway University Center.

Submitted by Megan McCombs

* Swing Dance Fundraiser Tickets

The UE Jazz Ensemble I will present a Swing Dance Fundraiser at 8:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall in Ridgway University Center on Saturday April 13. Tickets are $10 each and all proceeds go towards the UE jazz program. Tickets are available for purchase by contacting professor of music Timothy Zifer at ext. 2878 or emailing, or you may purchase tickets at the door. Come swing and dance with us!

Submitted by Timothy J Zifer

* Announcing: New Graduate Program in Engineering

The University of Evansville has announced plans to implement a new Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.) graduate program. Students will be able to enroll in the program beginning in the Fall of 2019. The professional degree program will offer three options: Master of Engineering - Electrical Engineering, Master of Engineering - Computer Engineering, and Master of Engineering - Computer Science. This 12-month graduate program is designed for those with a bachelor's degree in engineering who wish to gain advanced knowledge and experience in their field.

The program's one-year time frame is especially beneficial for undergraduate engineering students as they can extend their studies by one more year and obtain both a bachelor's and a M.Eng. degree.

"Earning a Master of Engineering degree enables students to begin their career at an advanced level," explained Ying Shang, UE dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. "Most engineers only have a bachelor's degree, so those who have a M.Eng. stand out in the job market and in their work place. In fact, the salary for an engineer with a M.Eng. degree is typically $20,000 higher than for an engineer who just has a bachelor's degree."

The curriculum of all three degree options in the program follow a similar format but differ in specific course requirements and content. Students take advanced courses in their engineering area option and in related fields.

Admission into the Master of Engineering degree program requires an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science. The cost of the program is $525 per hour.

For more information, please contact Professor Dick Blandford at

* UE's Monarchs and Milkweed Changelab class reaches out to New Tech High School

UE's Monarchs and Milkweed Changelab class visited New Tech High School to educate an environmental science class about declining monarch and milkweed populations. The New Tech students are hoping to create a native plant garden behind the school over the next few years. The UE Changelab team helped them begin the process by planting milkweed with the students, and by consulting with them on management strategies for the garden.

If you are interested in having an opportunity to plant milkweeds for monarchs or if you are interested in having native seeds to grow other plants, look for the two events that the Milkweed and Monarch team will host in the community during April.

Submitted by Cris Hochwender

* Earth Day Birthday volunteers needed

ECO invites you and your student-organization to volunteer at Earth Day Birthday 2019 happening on Monday April 22 from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. on the East Terrace Lawn. At this event, there will be environmentally themed activity booths in which we need your help overseeing. Some examples of activities include decorating recycling bins, up-cycling T-shirts into reusable bags, and recycling toss (AKA corn hole). Every volunteer will receive a FREE T-shirt in return for their help at the event.

If you or your organization are interested in volunteering, please sign up on the Earth Day Birthday 2019 SignUpGenius accessed through the following link: Please sign up on behalf of your organization and split the volunteer time among your members.

For more information, please contact Olivia Blasdel at

Submitted by Olivia Blasdel

* ECO collecting recycled goods

ECO is collecting clean, glass jars, and old T-shirts for Earth Day Birthday. 

Submitted by Paige Johnson

* File the 2019-20 FAFSA by April 15th

File the 2019-20 FAFSA by April 15 at

Continuing students should file the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal, state and University need-based financial aid, including all federal student loans. UE's FAFSA code is 001795.

Filing by April 15 is essential for Indiana residents to receive state aid, and highly recommended for all.

Questions regarding the FAFSA should be directed to the Student Financial Services (Olmsted Administration Hall, Room 106) at 812-488-2364.

Submitted by Trisha Hawkes

* 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



* Professor Kretz one of 20 nationally invited to inclusivity workshop

Professor Lisa Kretz is one of 20 nationally selected participants for the upcoming Workshop in Inclusive Pedagogy facilitated by the American Association of Philosophy Teachers.

* Yazdanparast named recipient of 2019 Marketing Management Association Master Scholar Award

Atefeh Yazdanparast, associate professor of marketing, was named the 2019 Marketing Management Association (MMA) Master Scholar award recipient at the MMA International Conference in Chicago. The MMA Master Scholar competition recognizes and honors outstanding marketing scholars that have engaged in innovative and impactful practices in research. The engagement of other faculty, students, and/or community in accomplishing research, and a history of effective scholarship with an innovative approach to conducting research are considered by the panel of judges in identifying the recipient of the award.


In The News

* Kenton Hargis speaks with 14 News about FAFSA Importance

UE admission director Kenton Hargis talked with 14 News about the importance of filing the FAFSA this week.

Watch the full interview on 14 WFIE's website. 

If you or a college student you know hasn't filled it out yet, you still have time! The deadline is April 15 at


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