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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

What's Happening Today

* Promotion and Tenure Committee open forum with candidates

The Promotion and Tenure Committee will hold an open forum this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in Room 209 of the Library. Committee members will answer questions about the promotion/tenure process and offer suggestions to those applying in the 2019-20 academic year. Candidates, their chairs, and all interested faculty are invited to attend.

Submitted by James Berry

* NO Tuesday Night Mass - join us at the Chrism Mass!

There will be NO Tuesday Night Mass in Neu Chapel this week. Instead, join us at the Chrism Mass this Tuesday, April 16. Mass will start at 5:30 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Parish (918 W Mill Rd, Evansville, IN 47710). This is a great way to celebrate Holy Week and spend time with the Newman Community! Contact Annie ( if you're interested or need a ride.

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler

* This Week in Music: Wind Ensemble at Old National Events Plaza

The University of Evansville Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Kenneth Steinsultz, will present its spring concert on Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be held downtown at the Old National Events Plaza. The program features an exciting mix of pieces by Clifton Williams, Joaquin Turina, Eric Whitacre, Normal Dello Joio, and David Holsinger. The performance is free and open to the public. Full program and concert information can be accessed at:

Submitted by James Sullivan


Upcoming Events

* PA class giveback night

Come and support the UE PA program at the Green River Chipotle on April 23 from 5:00-9:00 p.m.! Present this flyer or tell the cashier to make sure 33 percent of the proceeds of your purchase is donated to the UE PA program.

Submitted by Katelyn Sandell

* Save the Date: Health Literacy Panel!

Join us on Wednesday, April 24, from 7:30- 9:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center for a Health Literacy Panel!

The Honors Activity Board is sponsoring this event to spark conversation about the lack of widespread health literacy in numerous different communities. The panel will consist of local experts who will share their experience and research regarding these issues. We will be joined by Mark Shifflet, UE professor of communication, Diana Rodriguez Quevedo, UE associate professor of Spanish, and Cindy Schaefer, UE assistant professor of nursing, as well as Dr. Tom Stratton, family medicine doctor for the Evansville community.

This is a fabulous opportunity for any students considering a career that involves patient care or any individual interested in tackling this topic! We hope to see you there!

Submitted by Blake Elliott

* Newman Club Migration Simulation

Please join us in Eykamp Hall, Rooms 251/252, Ridgway University Center on Monday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m. for our migration simulation! This event will simulate what refugees go through when fleeing their homes and the way refugees are treated at the border. There will be FREE PIZZA, and a discussion will follow the simulation. The first 25 people will receive a free water bottle. In addition, there will be materials available for anyone who wants to write to Congress in support of refugees. Please contact Kristen Sportiello at for more information or if you'd like to get more involved in the Newman Club's migration initiative.

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler


Info You Should Know

* Bio 107 Summer filling up fast

If you are planning on taking Bio 107 this summer, please note it is filling up fast. Register now, before it's too late! 

Submitted by Noah Gordon

* Library hours - Easter break

Here are the libraries' hours for the upcoming break:

Wednesday, April 17: 7:45 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.  (No After-Hours)
Thursday, April 18: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 19: Closed
Saturday, April 20: Closed
Sunday, April 21: Closed

Regular hours (and After-Hours) resume on Monday, April 22.

Submitted by Meg Atwater-Singer

* Study break with DOZ today

Want to take a break from studying? Final projects and papers getting you down? Come join Delta Omega Zeta in Room 204 in the Krannert Hall of Art and Music on April 16, at 7:00 p.m., and relax with some arts and crafts. We will have supplies for finger painting and scrunchie making. Everyone is welcome!

Submitted by Jessica Elmore

* Kerr's paper accepted for publication in Labour Economics

Amanda Kerr, assistant professor of economics in the Schroeder School of Business, has had a paper accepted for publication in Labour Economics.

Her paper determines if ownership of time-saving household appliances has a positive impact on children's outcomes. She uses micro-level data from the China Health and Nutrition Survey from 1989 through 2011 to infer that ownership of time-saving household appliances results in a decrease in time allocated to household work, increase in school enrollment rates, and decrease in labor force participation rates for children aged 12 to 18.

When the sample is partitioned on the basis of gender, these outcomes are more pronounced among females. To deal with endogeneity of household durable goods, she instrument household ownership of time-saving appliances by average ownership rate among households with no children living in the same community and two family-specific time-using household assets.

With gender equality and women's empowerment being a top priority among developing countries according to the United Nations, the results presented in this paper suggest one effective way to increase girls' school enrollment is to reduce their household obligations. Time-saving appliances are tools that can provide the requisite decrease in time dedicated to household work.

* UE Bookstore Easter closing

The UE Bookstore will be closing on Thursday, April 18, at 5:00 p.m. and remain closed until Monday, April 22 for the Easter holiday. Please plan your visit accordingly. 

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* Baines gives paper at Dublin Joyce Conference

Robert Baines, assistant professor of English, gave a paper at the "Finnegans Wake at 80" conference at Trinity College Dublin on April 11. The conference marked the anniversary of the publication of James Joyce's final novel. Baines' paper was titled "A Portrait of the Ondt as a Young Man."

* Employee Health Clinic will remain open on Thursday, April 18

The Employee Health Clinic will remain open with normal business hours on Thursday, April 18, from 7:00-11:00 a.m. Call 888-492-8722 if you need an appointment. 

Submitted by Tara Ulrich

* Student Health Center closed for Easter Break

The Student Health Center will be closed on Thursday and Friday (April 18-19) this week for Easter Break. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, April 22, at 8:00 a.m. Should you require medical attention, please locate the nearest hospital or urgent care. For on-campus emergencies, dial 488-6911.

Submitted by Tara Ulrich

* Help refugees at advocacy table today!

Please stop by the Catholic Relief Services table in Ridgway University Center on Tuesday, April 16 (11:00 a.m.-noon or 5:00-5:45 p.m.) or on Wednesday, April 17 (12:45-2:15 p.m.) to learn about migration issues and write letters to representatives. We'll have supplies and information ready, so it should only take a few minutes. Studies have shown that writing letters to your representatives by hand is the most effective way to communicate with them -- writing letters can make a huge difference! There will also be a raffle at the table. Please email if you'd like to get more involved in the Newman Club's migration initiative.

Submitted by Sam Wallisch

* 2019-20 Letterhead and Envelope Orders due April 22

The 2019-20 letterhead and envelope orders are due April 22. If your department uses letterhead or envelopes during the fiscal year, this is the time to order it. We are able to get a substantial price break on boxes of envelopes (500 quantity) and reams of letterhead (500 quantity) due to the size of the order. Smaller orders placed later in the year will be more expensive.

Check your email inbox for a message from the Office of Publications with ordering instructions, or email or call ext. 2561 for more information.

Remember - orders are due April 22!

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* Music department hosts EVSC professional development workshops

The Department of Music was honored to be asked by EVSC Fine Arts leaders to host two professional development workshops for their teachers. On March 6 and again on April 10, middle school and high school music teachers from EVSC worked with UE choral students and received coaching on conducting and rehearsal technique from director of choral activities and professor of music Dennis Malfatti. UE choral students served as the laboratory choir for each of the EVSC teachers. Each teacher conducted the laboratory choir followed by coaching from Malfatti with input and constructive comments from our students. These two events were excellent outreach opportunities for the university and gave EVSC teachers a window into instruction at UE.

* Ebeling lectures at UCLA

Associate professor of archaeology Jennie Ebeling presented "Feeding the Gods in Ancient Israel" at UCLA on April 11, as part of the Archaeology of Ancient Israel lecture series in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Her talk focused on the archaeological evidence for family rituals in ancient Israelite houses and the biblical references to baking bread for Yahweh and the Queen of Heaven.

* Timely adoption returns save students money

This is a reminder that summer and fall textbook adoptions from faculty or departments are now past due. Buyback is quickly approaching and your timely return of textbook adoptions affect students and the money they get for their books. Your adoption return also creates more used book inventory for the UE Bookstore for students to purchase. If you haven't returned your textbook adoption forms, please do so as soon as you can. Contact the UE Bookstore if you have any questions.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* PT Club Meeting

The PT Club is having a meeting at 5:00 p.m. at the Stone Center. If you need a ride, please contact a board member. We will be having a speaker and talking about the rest of the semesters events. 

Submitted by Stephanie Snodgrass

* Fitness Center Easter break hours

The Fitness Center will be open on Wednesday (April 17) from 6:30am- 7:00 p.m., and Thursday (April 18) from 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. The Fitness Center will be closed Friday (April 19)-Sunday (April 21).

Submitted by Lori Adams

* NO Newman Dinner and Discussion this Week!

There will be NO weekly dinner and discussion this week. Take time to celebrate Holy Week and have very Happy Easter! "Jesus died for you, but never forget that Jesus rose for you!" - Leah Darrow.

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler

* Earth Day Birthday Recycling Competition

The Earth Day Birthday committee is hosting a recycling competition among all student organizations. The competing organizations are to collect clean, glass jars, and old T-shirts to use at Earth Day Birthday on April 22, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The competition will last from April 1-17. There will be a table in Ridgway University Center from April 15-17 between 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for recycled items to be deposited. The winning organization receives free food as a reward! 

Submitted by Paige Johnson

* ECO collecting recycled goods

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

Submitted by Paige Johnson

* 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



* Accounting student presents at a national research conference

The Accounting Program likes to congratulate Emily Schmitt, a senior accounting student, for presenting her research at the National Council Undergraduate Research Conference in Kennesaw State University (Georgia) on Thursday, April 11. Emily's research was chosen among 4,000 submissions. The research titled, the Conundrum of the Singaporean Banking System, examines the high ranking of Singapore on two opposite financial indices: The Financial Secrecy and Transparency Indices. The research also investigates the role of the Monetary Authority and Banking Act to reveal the reason(s) for the contradictory ranking figures. As an honors student, Emily has also presented her paper at UE Student Research and Honors Symposium on April 3. Emily's research is supervised by associate professor of accounting Rania Mousa and was inspired by topics covered in forensic accounting course. 

* Peters-Margedant House wins a 2019 Preservation Award

Last week, the Peters-Margedant House won a 2019 Preservation Award from the Preservation Alliance of Evansville “for the efforts of preserving and celebrating the region’s irreplaceable history and historic places.” It was a big week for the little house, which was also one of the field sites for the 2019 Indiana’s Statewide Preservation Conference, Preserving Historic Places. The April 9-12 conference was jointly sponsored by Indiana Landmarks, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, and Indiana University. Our small house is having a big impact on local and Midwestern preservation.

* Environmental Studies Program students present at Society for Ecological Restoration!

Anna Jean Stratman (environmental administration major) presented a poster at the Eleventh Annual Chapter Meeting of the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration. The presentation, entitled, “Oviposition preference of monarch butterflies among milkweed species in Southern Indiana” included both Stratman and Julie Rabe (environmental science major), under the guidance of professor of biology Cris Hochwender.

These two undergraduate researchers carried out research supported by UExplore during the summer of 2018. As a platform to promote the use of native plants in gardens of Southwest Indiana, these two students evaluated monarch egg laying preference among milkweed species, with a plan to share the preferred milkweed species with gardeners who would be interested in rearing monarch butterflies. While monarchs exhibited significant differences in milkweed preference, with egg laying occurring on more than 90% of swamp milkweed, well above 50% of plants for every milkweed species were used for oviposition. These results suggest that monarchs value all four species for rearing caterpillars during the monarch’s Summer residency in Indiana.

In an extension of their research, Stratman has established a Monarch and Milkweed changelab this semester; while disappointed not to participate in the changelab, Rabe has been able to endure the disappointment by engaging in the living/learning community at Harlaxton College this semester. The Monarch and Milkweed team has grown over a thousand common, butterfly, swamp, and thin-leaf milkweed plants to give to the public. Milkweed giveaway events have been hosted, and more will be held, including one at the University of Evansville for Earthday Birthday. Students also provided native seed packets for the public, encouraging the local gardening community to become inspired to invest in a variety of native plants for pollinators.

The conference at which n Stratman and Rabe presented was the Eleventh Annual Chapter Meeting of the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration. This conference was held at Central College in Pella, Iowa, from April 12 to April 14. This year’s meeting theme was Cultivating Innovative Restoration Connections in the Midwest. The meeting goal was to explore how to foster the development of innovative restoration connections ecologically, culturally, and professionally to enable the field of ecological restoration to meet future challenges.

The Society for Ecological Restoration advances the science, practice and policy of ecological restoration to sustain biodiversity, improve resilience in a changing climate, and re-establish an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture. Ecological restoration becomes a fundamental component of conservation and sustainable development programs throughout the world by virtue of its inherent capacity to provide people with the opportunity to not only repair ecological damage, but also improve the human condition.

* UE education students recognized at IACTE recognition ceremony

Three School of Education students at the University of Evansville were recognized recently at the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE) luncheon. They were Sara Cannaday, special education, Leesa Jing, math education, and Shelby Preston, elementary education. These individuals received awards during the organization’s Outstanding Future Educators banquet at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, Indiana.

Students holding plaques

* Department of Art 57th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition 2019 People's Choice Award

The votes have been tallied for the People’s Choice Award at the 57th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition 2019!

The award goes to ... Stella Rodenberg for “Viscera.”

Congratulations, Stella!

Submitted by Brooksie Smith

* Azarian publishes research paper reviews in Mathematical Reviews of the American Mathematical Society

Mohammad K. Azarian, professor of mathematics, published reviews of two research papers in the Mathematical Reviews of the American Mathematical Society (MathSciNet), the most prestigious and the authoritative gateway to the scholarly literature of mathematics in the world.

The first paper, by Fan Ge, entitled "On the index conjecture in zero-sum theory: singular case," was published in the International Journal of Number Theory 14 (2018).   In this paper the author's goal was to make a contribution to the index conjecture by proving that if is a singular sequence, then the index of S is 1.

The second paper, by Dmitriy Shtefan and Irina Dobrovolska, entitled "The sums of the consecutive Fibonacci numbers," appeared in the Fibonacci Quarterly 56 (2018). The authors investigate all integers d>1 such that the sum of any d consecutive Fibonacci numbers is divisible by d. Also, they show that all d-numbers are multiples of their own Pisano period.


Thank You

* UE Penny Wars - total count and winners!

Thank you to all who participated in the inaugural UE Penny Wars. The event was a huge success, and we couldn't have done it without you! The Penny Wars helped to promote philanthropy on UE's campus, plus, it was a lot of fun to see the competition grow throughout the week among the four colleges and staff. And now, the results are in! In total, UE raised $383.08. All proceeds collected will go towards a student scholarship sponsored by UE Staff and Administrator Assembly. Thank you to everyone who donated and participated!

As a reminder, pennies and any bills gave the jar points, while silver coins resulted in negative points. The winner of the first annual UE Penny Wars, and recipient of the Golden Squirrel Trophy, is: William L Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 3,537 points!

• 2nd Place: College of Education and Health Sciences, 2,171 points
• 3rd Place: College of Engineering and Computer Science, -260 points
• 4th Place: Schroeder School of Business, -373 points
• 5th Place: UE Staff and Administrator Assembly, -2,185 points

Submitted by Nichole Coffey



* UE Baseball looks to get back on track against Murray State

The University of Evansville baseball team heads down to the Bluegrass State Tuesday night looking to turn their recent struggles around in a midweek matchup with non-conference opponent Murray State.

The Aces have dropped six straight, including suffering a four-game sweep at the hands of Indiana this past weekend. Despite the recent downturn in their fortunes, head coach Wes Carroll's squad has five more victories than all of last season, with 17.

Meanwhile, the Racers are on a tear of late, winning five of their last seven games, including Ohio Valley Conference series victories over both Tennessee Tech and Southeast Missouri. Murray comes into Tuesday's game with an overall record of 16-17, but an impressive 10-5 mark in league play.

The Aces will send out freshman right-hander A.J. Fritz to make his first start of his collegiate career. Last week, Fritz looked strong in his first pitching appearance of the year, going 2.2 IP, allowing one run on four hits, while striking out three in a relief role in Evansville's 10-2 loss to Austin Peay.

The Racers will counter with junior right-hander Justin Thomas, who comes into Tuesday night with a 2-0 record and a 5.25 ERA. The Tuscaloosa, Alabama, native has made 13 appearances in 2019, however this will be his first start of the season. 

The all-time series record between these two squads favors UE, who holds a 19-8 mark over the Racers. However, Murray State did walk away the winner the last time these two teams crossed paths, taking an 8-3 last season.

First pitch from Reagan Field in Murray is set for 5:00 p.m. tonight.

Submitted by Joseph Downs


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