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Monday, September 16, 2019

* Front Oval Closed Tuesday, September 17

The front oval will be closed the morning of Tuesday, September 17, until approximately 8:00 a.m. in order to obtain video footage of the Sesquicentennial Oval and Olmsted Hall. Thank you for understanding.

Submitted by Kim McDonald

* 2019 Holiday Schedule

The University of Evansville will be closed during the holidays to allow our employees to enjoy this special time with their families.

The following November – December – January holiday schedule will be observed:

Closed Wednesday, November 27
Closed Thursday, November 28
Closed Friday, November 29

Last day to work before break – Friday, December 20
Closed Monday, December 23 through Wednesday, January 1
Reopen Thursday, January 2

The complete listing of holidays observed by the University of Evansville can be found online.

Submitted by Lori LeDuc


Upcoming Events

* Poet Ernest Hilbert to Read at Coffee Hour

The Department of Creative Writing will host poet Ernest Hilbert for a Coffee Hour reading on September 19 at 4:00 in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. Hilbert is the author of Sixty Sonnets, All of You on the Good Earth, and Caligulan, which was selected as winner of the 2017 Poets’ Prize. His fourth collection, Last One Out, appeared in March 2019. He lives in Philadelphia where he works as a rare book dealer and book reviewer for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. His poem “Mars Ultor” appears in Best American Poetry 2018.

Submitted by Paul Bone

* Callout for all students interested in Masters in Physician Assistant

Undergrads interested in the Pre-Physician Assistant Pathway are invited to attend an advising session with UEPA Faculty, Dr. Andy Lampkins and UEPA Program Administrator, Mrs. Billie Chandler. The meeting will be held in SOBA162 on Thursday, September 19 from 5:00-5:30. If you need additional information, please contact Mrs. Chandler at or 812-488-3400.

Submitted by Billie Chandler

* Physical Therapy Club Meeting

The first PT Club meeting will be Wednesday, September 18th @ 4:30 at the Stone Center. We will be talking about the club, events, etc. Dues are $5 and will be due by the second meeting! Any questions, feel free to contact us!

Submitted by Stephanie Snodgrass

* This Week in Music (Sept. 16-22)

Department of Music LogoFaculty Recital, Tuesday, September 17
Eric McCluskey, Baritone
7:30pm, Neu Chapel

Eric McCluskey, baritone, will perform a recital on Tuesday, September 17 at 7:30pm in Neu Chapel. The program consists of Franz Schubert’s classic song cycle, Die schöne Müllerin. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this fantastic work, also featuring Anne Fiedler on piano.

Family Weekend Concert, Saturday, September 21
5:00pm, Ridgeway East Terrace Lawn

Hear the University Choir, University Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble in the annual Family Weekend Concert on September 21 at 5:00pm on the Ridgeway East Terrace Lawn. Each ensemble will perform a few works in an uplifting and widely varying program.

Submitted by Kristen Strandberg

* Register for AceRace 5K!

Register to participate in AceRace to help benefit AceCare, a student-run pro-bono clinic that provides free physical therapy services to those in need around the Evansville community! Ace Race is October 19th starting at 9:30 am, arrive by 9 am, at the East Terrace Lawn. Students cost $15 to register and will receive a free t-shirt if you sign up prior by September 30th.

Register online.

Submitted by Mary Whelan

* Engineering and Technology Career Fair Tomorrow

Engineering and Technology Career Fair will be held on Tuesday, September 17 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in Eykamp Hall. Network with employers in your major-specific areas. Bring resumes, dress professionally and research organizations on your target list. A complete list of companies and their recruitment needs may be found at

Submitted by Donna Schmitt

* October 2 Andiron Lecture by Sara Petrosillo - Weaponizing Mary: How Sexism Met Racism in a Pre-modern World

Sara Petrosillo is an assistant professor of English at the University of Evansville. She holds a PhD in medieval literature from the University of California, Davis and a BA in English and Italian literature from Colby College. Her research and teaching interests include: medieval and early modern literature, feminist theories, medieval manuscript studies, poetics, and critical animal studies. She is currently working on a book, Hawking Women: Falconry, Gender, and the Poetics of Control in Medieval Literary Culture, and she has published essays in medieval, early modern, and theory journals and in a book on animals in medieval literature. Her Andiron lecture on medieval antisemitism and the literary genre, “Miracles of the Virgin,” derives from her interest in examining racial and gender biases in discourses from premodern to modern culture.

The most iconic woman in the Middle Ages graced love poems, the stage, stained glass windows, and even personal wax seals. Medieval depictions of the Virgin Mary offer an extraordinary picture of female power. Women from every social class viewed Mary as an exceptional saint but also—and crucially— as someone who shared something with all of them: she was a woman. Yet, at the height of her popularity in devotional literature, Mary became a violent tool in the hands of authors and audience: the persecutor of non-Christians in the literary genre “The Miracles of the Virgin.” How did a figure of motherhood and female power become such a dangerously powerful weapon? This widely popular genre demonstrates how sexism met racism in a premodern world. Tracing the racist weaponization of a female icon sheds light on our own society’s trouble with detecting the roots of oppression, especially when those roots are entangled in popular culture.

The lecture begins at 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Eykamp Hall (Room 252), Ridgway University Center
A social gathering with beverages begins at 3:45 p.m.

For further information, call Annette Parks at 812-488-1070
or the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589

Submitted by Cheryl Emmons


Info You Should Know


The Writing Center will be opening at 10 AM Monday, September 16th. Due to some technical difficulties, for the first week, you will have to come to the writing center itself if you want to sign up for an appointment, but there will also likely be space for drop-in clients.

Submitted by Katie Mullins

* Planning to Graduate in Fall/2019 or Spring/2020?

If you are planning to graduate in Fall/2019 or Spring/2020, then don't forget to APPLY FOR GRADUATION at MyUE Self Service. Any questions, please contact the Office of Registrar.

Submitted by Meg Wilson

* Aces Pep Band

The Aces Pep Band is kicking off their season with rehearsals on Mondays, from 4:00pm-4:50pm in FA110. Any student with former band experience is eligible to attend and participate. For more information, contact Prof. Greg Keith at

Submitted by Greg Keith

* River Kitty Survey and Free Student Event

Lori Smith's COMM 322 Strategic Public Relations class is working with River Kitty Cat Cafe to develop a PR campaign. In order to develop the best campaign for River Kitty, students have developed an interest survey in order to complete their market research. All are encouraged to participate in this 3 minute survey.

Students are also encouraged to attend River Kitty's Study Buddy event from 6-9 p.m. every Wednesday. Students with a valid college ID will receive free entry to the cat lounge. We hope to see you there and thank you in advance for taking our survey!

Submitted by Dallas Carter

* Writing Center to Open

The UE Writing Center will be open for business starting at 1 PM on Monday, September 16th, with a full roster of hours starting on Tuesday. There are slightly different hours and days this year:
Monday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 1 PM
(*New DAY and hours) SUNDAY: 12 PM - 4 PM
Remember that you can schedule appointments online but you can also always drop in! We’re looking forward to working with you on your writing projects. Don’t forget to bring your prompt so that student tutors can work with you to achieve the best possible paper.

Submitted by Katie Mullins

* Tickets on Sale for TEDxEvansville on November 8 in Shanklin Theatre

Tickets are now on sale for TEDxEvansville's November 8th event, "Change," presented by the Community Foundation Alliance. UE's own Lisa Kretz, associate professor of philosophy, will speak at the event on the topic, “Bridging Theory to Action: Hope and Climate Change”.

Tickets are available for purchase online on Eventbrite and

  • Early bird general admission tickets (available until Sept. 28): $25
  • General admission tickets: $35
  • Student tickets: $10

"We are excited to announce tickets are now available for the public, and at a price that will make the event accessible to more people in our community, especially students,” says Heather McNabb, Executive Director of TEDxEvansville. “Our partnership with the Community Foundation Alliance and the move to a larger venue will enable us to reach more of our community than ever before, and really fulfill our mission of sharing ideas worth spreading.”

The event will feature nine speakers presenting at Shanklin Theatre on the University of Evansville campus from 6-9pm on Friday evening, Nov. 8, 2019, with an opening reception starting at 5pm.

The speakers include:

 Lisa Barnett – Founder/ Executive Director, Southside Stars Youth Zone
“The Heart of Lasting Change is Youth”

 Lewis Chaney – Business Storytelling Consultant, Public Speaking Coach
“You Won’t Die From Public Speaking but Your Deal Might”

 Dr. Angela Graves – Audiologist, Hearing Healthcare Center
“Breaking Down Communication Barriers”

 Ashley Sides Johnson – Author
“The Elephant in Your Office has a Mental Illness”

Dr. Ashley Jordan, Executive Director, Evansville African American Museum
“It’s Not My Story…Why Should I Care?”

Jason Koger - Motivational Speaker, Actor
“Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive?”

Dr. Lisa Kretz – Associate Professor, University of Evansville
“Bridging Theory to Action: Hope and Climate Change”

Cindy Petrov Alfaro – Founder, Lawtina LLC
“Why Engaging Your Community in Your Struggle Story Can Change the World”

Josey Roth – Non-Profit Management & Freelance Researcher
“What if Businesses Treated Employees like People?”

Learn more about each speaker at

Tickets are available for purchase on Eventbrite. Those interested in learning more about the event and getting involved in the TEDxEvansville community can follow TEDxEvansville on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

* UE Employee Photo Exhibit Now On Display

The 2019 UE Employee Photo Exhibit opened on Monday, September 9 in the Krannert Gallery. Please come by the gallery to view the interesting and thoughtful photography created by your co-workers and UE retirees.

Participants include:

Corliss Chastain, Department of Art
Katrina Seibert-Costeur, Foreign Languages
Rob Shelby, Office of Diversity Initiatives
Mari Plikuhn, Law, Politics, and Society
Keith Gehlhausen, Human Resources & Institutional Equity
Hanns G. Pieper, Emeritus Faculty
Lynn R. Penland, Dean Emerita
John Metelko, Track and Field/Cross Country
Carol McCraney, Law, Politics, and Society
Holly Carter, Education Abroad/Harlaxton College Programs
Amy McBride, School of Education

Submitted by Carol McCraney

* Subjects Needed for Psychology Research

I am conducting research for my individual study and looking to recruit subjects. This survey is about academic pressure and test performance. Participation includes two sessions (one per week over a two week period) which will occur in Hyde 15. Each session should only take about 10-15 minutes. Students may get an extra credit if they are taking a psychology class. Interested students should visit this site to sign their dates, name, and email.

If you have questions, prior to participation, you may email the researchers at

Thank you so much for participating in my study.

Sumbitted by Jialin Xiang

* All NEW, incoming students must be compliant with the submission of the required health documents by September 16, 2019.

Please stop by the Student Health Center to verify your compliance status, discuss missing documents, or obtain any services you are missing for compliance. All health requirements must be submitted to your MED+PROCTOR account by Monday, September 16th or you will risk your eligibility to attend classes. (With the exception of the second dose of Meningitis B) Please call 812-488-2033 or stop by the Health Center if you have any questions or concerns about the health requirements.

Submitted by Tara Ulrich

* GLACURH Regional Conference Applications

If you are interested in attending the Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (GLACURH) leadership conference planned for November 15-17, you have until September 20 to apply! Applications can be found online.

GLACURH is a regional leadership conference where selected delegates have the opportunity to network, present campus programs, and learn about initiatives other universities have in practice that could benefit the University of Evansville.

For more information please email Jared Bailey,

* Join P.R.I.D.E.

PRIDE starts September 9th in SOBA 271 at 9pm every Monday!

Anyone is welcome to attend, everyone is welcome!

Submitted by Paige Kirkey



* Wooton Publishes Article

Dr. Angie Wooton, assistant professor of nursing in the Dunigan Family School of Nursing, has coauthored an article with Dr. Charlotte Connerton titled: "Building Community Resilience to Mitigate Mental Health Effects of Climate Change." This article was published in Creative Nursing Journal (Volume 25, Issue 3, 2019) a national peer reviewed magazine published by the Springer Publishing Company.



* Feliciano lifts Aces volleyball past Purdue Fort Wayne

In the first home match of her career, University of Evansville freshman Melanie Feliciano finished three kills shy of the program record as the Purple Aces volleyball team took down Purdue Fort Wayne by a 3-1 final on Friday night inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse in the Dunn Hospitality Tournament.


“Tonight was a great win for us, I am so happy for the girls,” Aces coach Fernando Morales said.  “They were excited and anxious to play at home in front of our crowd.  We were definitely able to feed off the energy in the gym.”


“Our team was really good at adjusting to what we were telling them on the bench.  All of the hustle plays went our way and really helped us to get the win.”


Feliciano tallied 29 kills in 59 tries, hitting .424.  She added 16 digs in the winning effort.  Rachel Tam and Alondra Vazquez posted 14 kills apiece.  Four Aces (3-2) notched double digit digs, led by Feliciano’s total.  Gabriela Macedo had 15, Vazquez notched 14 and Tam finished the night with ten.  Allana McInnis anchored the offense with 56 assists while Hannah Watkins had five block assists and one solo.

“Melanie keeps getting better every game, she amazes me,” Morales added.  “I was interested to see how she would react to the home pressure and she did very well.”

Evansville got off to a quick start in game one, taking a 5-1 lead on the strength of a pair of Melanie Feliciano kills.  Purdue Fort Wayne fought back to take their first lead at 11-10, but the Aces rallied back with three in a row to go up 13-11.  The lead pushed back out to four points (17-13) before PFW made another run, tying it back up at 23-23.  With the scored tied at 24-all, Hannah Watkins and Feliciano posted a block before Alondra Vazquez had the clinching kill in a 26-24 win.

Vazquez posted a kill early in the second set to push UE out to a 5-2 advantage.  Gabriela Macedo added a service ace to extend the lead to 9-3 before Feliciano’s 10th kill of the night gave Evansville the 14-7 lead.  Purdue Fort Wayne got within four tallies at 17-13, but UE proved to be too much.  A Tam kill ended the PFW streak before Macedo’s second ace of the set helped UE clinch the second set by a 25-15 final.

Purdue Fort Wayne had an early 7-6 lead before the Aces found their groove.  Consecutive Vazquez kills turned the deficit into an 8-7 advantage.  Laura Ruiz added an ace that pushed UE’s lead to 12-9.  The Mastodons never gave up and fought back to tie it at 19-19 before retaking a 22-20 lead.  Feliciano got UE back on the board with her 19th kill, but PFW grabbed the set with a 25-22 decision.

Feliciano registered UE’s first three points, but it was the Mastodons gaining an 8-5 lead.  The Aces used another Feliciano kill to grab an 11-10 advantage, but PFW took advantage of a pair of Evansville errors to go up 15-13.  UE showed its fight and used a timely ace by Cecilia Thon to go back on top at 20-18.  A block assist from Watkins and Allana McInnis extended the lead to three and from there, the Aces clinched the match on the strength of a 25-22 victory.

In Friday’s opening match, Middle Tennessee State rallied for a 3-1 win over Eastern Illinois.  Tomorrow, there are four matches on tap.  Purdue Fort Wayne and Eastern Illinois open up at 10 a.m. before UE faces Middle Tennessee State at 12:30 p.m.  At 3:30, PFW and MTSU square off before Evansville and EIU complete the tournament at 6 p.m.

* Goals by Leazer, Wolak Power Aces to Victory

Scoring twice in the first 20-minuites of action, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team earns a, 2-0, victory over Tennessee Tech, Friday night.

In minute 13, the Purple Aces got a solid attacking offensive play started with back-to-back shots by Emily Ormson and Maggie Leazer. On her second attempt in the sequence Leazer would find the back of the net, for the first time this season.

Emily Wolak would follow that up with her second goal of the year, that would end up putting the match out of reach for Tennessee Tech. Wolak came down the middle of the field, off a serve from Ormson, slipped the ball past the Golden Eagles defenders.

The two goals would be all the Aces would need to earn the shutout, bolstered by eight saves by Michaela Till in goal. Till’s 40 saves this season puts her just nine away from fifth place all time on the UE career saves list.

The Aces will close out its three game road trip in the state of Tennessee on Sunday as they take on Austin Peay.

* Macedo and Feliciano set program records in winning effort

University of Evansville volleyball players Gabriela Macedo and Melanie Feliciano set program records on Saturday evening when the University of Evansville volleyball team capped off the Dunn Hospitality Tournament with a thrilling 3-2 win over Eastern Illinois.  UE began the day with a 3-1 win over Middle Tennessee State.

Macedo tallied 41 digs for UE (5-2), passing the previous program mark of 40 set by Kim Deprez in 2015.  Feliciano came away from the match with two program marks.  With 36 kills, she bested Jessica Kiefer’s Aces record of 32 while her 95 attempts surpassed the previous record by 27.  Kiefer set the single match kill record with 32 against Western Kentucky in 2001 while the old attempt mark of 68 was set by Mandy Goldman in 1988 versus Dayton.

“Gabriela is the heart of the team; she keeps her composure and does a great job of keeping everyone focused,” UE coach Fernando Morales said.  “She does so many things without you even knowing; great players do that.  I say it all the time, but Melanie keeps getting better every day.  She is such a hard worker and finds a way to get it done.”

The Aces duo not only made program history but also etched their way into the Missouri Valley Conference record book.  Feliciano’s kill tally is tied for the second-most in league history.  Bobbi Becker of UNI holds the record of 40 while Feliciano’s final is tied with Tracy Stroyan (Illinois State), Michelle Witzke (Missouri State) and Lindsay Stalzer (Bradley).  The 95 attempts by the freshman are the new conference record.  It passed Stalzer’s tally of 94, which interestingly enough, came against Evansville in 2005.  Macedo’s total of 41 digs is tied for the 6th-highest tally in conference history.  She is one of just 16 players to notch 41 or more in a single match.

Trailing 14-10 in game five against Eastern Illinois, the Aces reeled off five in a row before clinching the match and tournament with a 17-15 win.  Feliciano had 36 kills in 95 attempts, both UE records.  Alondra Vazquez added 17 kills while Rachel Tam had 14.  Allana McInnis posted 65 assists while the defense was led by Macedo’s 41 digs.  Feliciano and Vazquez recorded 20 apiece.  Hannah Watkins added eight block assists while Feliciano had six of her own.

“We did not play our best against Eastern Illinois, but we found a way to win,” Morales explained.  “The best teams do that and it’s a great time for us to do that with conference coming up soon.”

Despite falling into an 8-4 hole in the first game versus the Panthers, the Aces rallied back.  Feliciano’s fourth kill knotted the set at 12-12 before UE took its first lead at 15-14.  Evansville was on the cusp of the win, leading 24-22, but EIU rallied with a pair.  Feliciano ended the stretch with a kill, but EIU kept fighting and was able to take a 28-27 edge.  It was Feliciano and Tam adding another kill apiece as UE took a 31-29 win and a 1-0 lead in the match.

A Patricia Joseph kill helped Evansville reel off the first four points of game two and the Aces lead held strong at 10-6.  That is when the Panthers made their first big run, scoring the next four tallies before taking their first advantage at 12-11.  UE pushed right back when a Laura Ruiz ace gave the Aces a 13-12 lead. Three errors in a row by the Aces helped the Panther retake a 21-19 edge.  Trailing 24-21, the Aces scored two in a row before Eastern Illinois had the clinching point, taking game two by a 25-23 final.

Evansville once again had the momentum out of the gate, scoring three of the first four points before jumping out to a 7-2 lead in the third frame.  UE continued to hold strong, up 15-9, but the Panthers had other ideas.  Four in a row cut the deficit to just a pair before they got within one.  A timely block by Patricia Joseph and Alondra Vazquez saw the lead go back up to three at 19-16 and UE went on to take a 25-19 win from there to grab a 2-1 match lead.

Cecilia Thon had a service ace to push the Aces out to a 5-3 lead in the fourth set.  EIU cut the deficit to a pair at 11-9 but the Aces rallied once again with consecutive Feliciano kills that extended the lead to 14-9.  EIU responded with a run that tied it up at 15-15 and battled again to make it 21-21.  They eventually went back into the lead at 24-23.  Kills from Feliciano and Vazquez put the Aces back in front before the teams battled to the finish.  Neither team relented until EIU posted the final two, taking the set by a 31-29 score.

EIU took charge to begin the fifth set, opening up an 8-3 advantage.  Evansville managed to cut its deficit to just one at 9-8 but Eastern Illinois looked to have the match in their grasp when they took a 14-10 edge.  The Aces refused to give in as Feliciano started a miraculous comeback.  Her kill helped put serving duties into Cecilia Thon’s hands.  The sophomore responded with an ace that cut the deficit to just two.  UE kept rolling from there as two EIU errors and another Feliciano tally gave UE a 15-14 lead.  Following a point from EIU that tied it, the Aces scored the final two and clinched the match.

“I told our girls in the last time out that I know we can make rallies against this team,” Morales said.  “Melanie breaking the record got the girls pumped; wanted to win it for her and that is what they did.”

Saturday’s opener saw Melanie Feliciano tally 27 kills while hitting .371 to lead UE to a 3-1 win over Middle Tennessee State.  Rachel Tam posted 14 kills while Alondra Vazquez registered seven.  Gabriela Macedo had 19 digs with Vazquez and Allana McInnis contributing 11.  Hannah Watkins added six of UE’s 16 blocks in the match.

Middle Tennessee State opened up a 7-4 lead in the opening set before Gabriela Macedo helped the Aces take an 8-7 lead with a service ace.  The Blue Raiders opened another lead at 11-8, but Evansville rallied again to tie it at 12-12 before a Laura Ruiz ace gave UE the lead for good.  With the score tied at 20-20, Alondra Vazquez posted consecutive kills that gave the Aces the lead for good.  Two late kills from Tam put the finishing touches on the 25-22 triumph.

An ace by Rachel Tam got UE off to a 3-1 start before a double block by Hannah Watkins and Feliciano extended the edge to 5-1.  The Blue Raiders tied the game at 6-6 before taking their first lead at 11-10.  MTSU grabbed a 3-point edge at 14-11 before back-to-back UE blocks helped them get back within one.  Just as fast as Evansville cut into the deficit, Middle Tennessee State extended it out to four at 22-18.  Watkins played a pivotal role in the Aces making a comeback.  A kill and two block assists helped UE turn the deficit into a 23-22 lead while she assisted on the clinching block as the Aces took a 2-0 match lead with a 25-23 win in the second set.

A quick start by the Blue Raiders saw them score the first five points of the third stanza before pushing that lead to 7-1.  Their advantage reached as many as eight points at 17-9 before the Aces made a rally.  UE got within four at 21-17, but MTSU overcame the stretch

Evansville did not let the third set deter them as they opened up a 5-2 edge to start game four.  Three Feliciano kills saw that lead reach four points at 13-9 and the Aces were able to pull away for a 25-17 win that clinched the 3-1 match victory.


Feliciano was the tournament MVP while Macedo, McInnis and Vazquez earned spots on the All-Tournament Team.


Meeks Family Fieldhouse will be the site of the next match for UE when they welcome Tennessee Tech on Tuesday at 6 p.m.


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