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Friday, October 18, 2019

What's Happening Today

* Diversity Coffee Hour!

Diversity Coffee Hour is a new event hosted by the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Every Friday afternoon from 4-5 we'll meet at the Diversity Resource Center (located on Weinbach across from Hughes. The house with the purple door!) We'll have coffee, tea, and conversations about diversity and inclusion with a special guest from different groups represented on campus. This week's special guests are Tracey Folden and the brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi. Join us for coffee, tea, and conversations!

If you have any questions or would like to represent a group on campus as a special guest, email me for more info!

* UE Theatre Opens Shanklin Theatre Season with the classic tale "The Three Musketeers"

The University of Evansville Theatre proudly presents THE THREE MUSKETEERS, by Megan Monaghan Rivas, inspired by the novel of Alexandre Dumas. A bold, new version of this beloved classic tale is set in 17th-century France but reimagined in a world where men and women are equally empowered. In the true fashion of “musketeering,” these familiar characters engage in daring and romantic adventures with bravado, flamboyance, and valiant ideals. This theatrical re-telling mixes witty wordplay with swashbuckling sword fighting and fast-paced action culminating in a sensational story sure to leave audiences believing in the heroic motto, “One for all, and all for one!” This production opens Friday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m., in the Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 19, 24, 25, 26 and at 2:00 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 27.

THE THREE MUSKETEERS is guest directed by Tlaloc Rivas. Department Chair Eric Renschler serves as the scenic designer; Assistant Professor Sarah J. Smith is the costume designer; Associate Professor Stephen Boulmetis serves as the lighting designer; Sidney McCarty, a senior from Clarksville, Tenn., is the sound designer; Professor Diane Brewer serves as the dramaturg; Olivia Bast, a junior from Austin, Texas, is the stage manager; Professor Chuck Meacham serves as the technical director, and Assistant Professor Janel Miley is the vocal/dialect coach.

The cast features Kate Milazzo, from Carmel, Ind., as Aramis; Alexander James Hunter, from Conifer, Colo., as Rochefort; Amanda Cowan, from Mansfield, Texas, as Queen Anne; Grace Maddux, from Dubuque, Iowa, as Milady; Jackson Burnham, from Houston, Texas, as Cardinal-Duke Richelieu; Ethan Davenport, from Minneapolis, Minn., as Athos; Madeline Malinowski, from Pocatello, Idaho, as Planchet; Liam Johnson, from Wardsboro, Vt.., as Bonacieux; Evan Lawson, from Arvada, Colo., as Porthos; Jordan Williams, from, Edmonds, Wash., as D’Artagnan; Bailey Lomax, from Sellersburg, Ind., as Captain Treville; Lillie Kolich, from Albuquerque, N.M., as Constance; David Akinwande, from Houston, Texas, as King Louis XIII; McAllister Stowell, from Lakewood, Colo., as Lord Buckingham. Players include Justin Pappas, from Boulder, Colo.; Luke Moran, from Mount Vernon, Iowa; Kelly Walsh, from Hollywood, Fla.; Connor DeWolfe, from Overland Park, Kan.; Rebecca Alley, from Temple, Texas; and Jake Conrad, from Olympia, Wash.

Ticket prices are $18 for an adult and $16 for a senior adult, child/student, and UE employee. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12 noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. The UE Theatre Society hosts a Pre-Play Chat 30 minutes prior to the show on Thursday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 19. All are welcome to attend the presentation and discussion with a student designer about their process on the production.

Season subscriptions are on sale now and include the three Shanklin Theatre productions: THE THREE MUSKETEERS, plus, the heart-stirring musical VIOLET, with music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics and book by Brian Crawley, and THE SEAGULL, by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Tom Stoppard. Subscription prices for the three-play package are $46 for an adult and $40 for a senior adult, child/student, and UE employee. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488–2031, Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

* Publishing Talk With Dr. Nik Friday 10/18

Each Fall and Spring, Dr. Nik gives a talk on a subject of interest to CRW majors and minors. This Fall's talk will be on publishing short stories, essays, and poetry. We can also dive into the world of book publishing if there is time and it is of interest. There will be time allotted for Q&A as well.

The talk will take place on October 18th at 5pm in SOBA 73. All are welcome. 

* Research in Gerontology Symposium- Friday, October 18

The 2nd Annual Research in Gerontology Symposium is Friday, October 18 at 3:00pm in Harkness Hall (Room 162) in the Schroeder Building of Business Administration. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Mari Plikuhn, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Gerontology Center at the University of Evansville, and she will be presenting a talk titled: "Weaving Threads across Time: Using Story to Understand Aging and Ourselves." In addition, 25 students enrolled in Sociology of Aging and Society will be presenting research posters on a variety of topics in aging. A reception celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Sociology Program at UE will follow.

This event is free and open to the campus community and public, and is supported in conjunction with the Institute for Public Health at the University of Evansville.

Submitted by Sociology

* Summer and Gap-Year Opportunities with the Pollocks at UAB

Jennifer & David Pollock will give a Q & A session about two opportunities available in their labs
Friday, October 18, 2019, noon to 12:50 PM in KC 100. Pizza will be served.

Jennifer and David Pollock have sponsored over 20 UE students/graduates over the last 15 years in research related activities. Come learn about their paid summer and paid Gap-Year opportunities. If qualified, the Pollocks can accommodate approximately four UE students in their NIH funded summer undergraduate research program. If you have any questions, contact Gene Wells at the career center.; 812-488-1083. All sciences, mathematics and quantitative-focused majors along with those interested in biomedical careers are warmly encouraged to attend.

Applications for the Summer program will be available beginning October 31, 2019; all applicants must apply through Handshake. Activate your account today: Handshake:

Do not miss this opportunity to engage with two premier nationally known biomedical researchers who are so supportive of the University of Evansville. 

Submitted by Donna Schmitt

* Reception for Samantha Scott

Please stop by Fiscal Affairs and Accounting on Friday, October 18, 2019, from 2 to 3:30 to say goodbye to Samantha Scott, the UE Controller and wish her good luck on her next big adventure. There will be cake!

Submitted by Michele Adams

* Jumma' Prayer Today!

Jumma' Prayer will be held today in the basement of Neu Chapel at 3:00 P.M. today and will be held every Friday.

Submitted by Abdul Ashraf


Upcoming Events

* Save the Date - Second Annual UE Student Research and Honors Symposium

he second annual UE Student Research and Honors Symposium is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1 from 9:00am-5:00pm. This event will showcase the scholarly activities of students of diverse disciplines across UE’s campus, including the graduating seniors of UE’s Honors Program. Students are invited to apply to participate by submitting an abstract for their papers or posters. For more information or to submit an abstract, please visit the website:

* Come to the Diversity Resource Center for Nigerian food and community

I-House presents the second Flavor of the Month event at the Diversity Resource Center (or "Diversity House," on Weinbach with the purple door) this Sunday from 5-7pm. Anazuo Ohieku-Ajanaku and Aniekan Ekanem will be making coconut rice and shuku shuku. Coconut rice is a spicy dish (they will tone it down for us!) that contains shrimp.

Flavor of the Month is first come, first served and open to all students. Please come at 5:00 to be part of this community-building event. See you Sunday!

* United Way Campaign - Make Your Donation by Friday

The University of Evansville’s United Way campaign began Monday, October 14 and ends on Friday, October 18.  We will continue to make our personal donations through ePledge, an easy and convenient online pledge system.  You should have received a couple of emails from Keith Gehlhausen that contain the link and detailed instructions on how you can make your pledge online.  This may have gone to your clutter folder, so please check there as well as your inbox.  If you are having difficulty logging in, please do not use any leading zeros of your UE Colleague ID for the password.  Thanks again for your support of United Way’s fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community.  United we fight, and United we win!

Submitted by Lori LeDuc

* Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author Eli Saslow to Speak on Campus

The Honors Program invites the campus community to join us for our common read speaking event, a presentation by Pulitzer-prize winning author Eli Saslow, on Thursday, November 7 at 7:00pm in Eykamp Hall. Mr. Saslow will be discussing his book, Rising Out of Hatred, which was the common read for Honors Program freshmen this year. The book tells the powerful story of former white supremacist Derek Black, son of Don Black, who founded the white supremacist website Stormfront, and godson of former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke. Derek was poised to become a leader in the white supremacist movement until his experiences at a small liberal arts college forced him to confront his beliefs. Rising Out of Hatred traces Derek’s story from his foundations in white supremacy to his life-changing college friendships to the ultimate transformation in his belief system that led him to denounce white nationalism publicly in 2013.

The Honors Program invites you to read the book, Rising Out of Hatred, in advance and join us for the presentation. This event is free and open to the public.

Please contact Jayme Williams ( for questions or more information.

* Cate's Farm Hayride and Corn Maze!

Come join venturing crew for our annual retreat to Cate's farm! We'll get to explore a corn maze, take hayrides, make our famous extreme s'mores, and much more! Sign-ups are in Ridgway, the 16th and 17th, 11am-1pm and 5pm-7pm.

Submitted by Madelyn Reinagel

* Violence, passivity, or a third way?

Society today presents us with a false choice: resist violently or let yourself be a doormat for oppression. This Sunday at University Worship, we'll explore Jesus' alternative path of nonviolent resistance through song, prayer, and meditation. 7:30PM in Neu Chapel. All are welcome.

Submitted by JillAnn Knonenborg

* Archaeology and Art History Homecoming Weekend Tours

The Peters-Margedant House and Tin City will be giving quick 15 minute tours on Saturday, 10/19 between 11am and 1pm. If you are interested in seeing what our creative department is up to, meet at the Peters-Margedant House or Neu Chapel and we will show you!

Submitted by Heidi Strobel

* Catholic Mass at 1 p.m. this Sunday!

Newman will be celebrating a Catholic Mass at 1 p.m. in Neu Chapel this Sunday, October 20. Fr. Zach will be the celebrant. All are welcome!

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler

* MOD Give-Back Night

On October 23, the UE Senior Nursing class is hosting an give-back night at MOD pizza, located in the Target plaza, to help benefit Borrowed Hearts Foundation. Borrowed Hearts is a foundation that was started to help foster children and foster families with basic necessities that may be needed.

Show the following flyer at the register to donate 20% of your purchase.

Submitted by Tracy Miles

* Founder and CEO of the Empowerment Plan to Speak at UE'S FREE Snyder Lecture on October 29

Founder and CEO of the Empowerment Plan, Veronika Scott, will be the guest speaker for the University of Evansville’s Patricia H. Snyder Lecture in October. The lecture is planned for Tuesday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center, on UE’s campus. The event is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of the Snyder family.

Empowerment Plan is an organization centered around the idea of a specialized coat being made for homeless people. The multipurpose coat is waterproof and self-heated, and can be transformed into a sleeping bag. In addition to the coat initiative, the organization provides jobs for homeless women, allowing them to get back on their feet and find a place to live. These efforts have garnered Scott some recognition, and she was named a “CNN Hero” by the network in 2016.

“Changemaking is engrained in the culture at the University of Evansville, and Veronika Scott’s work directly fits into that mindset,” said Abigail Werling, UE’s vice president for university advancement. “We encourage and empower our students here to make powerful and enduring change, and this story will be an inspiration toward those efforts.”

The Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series was made possible in 1997 through an endowment from the late Patricia H. Snyder, trustee and longtime friend of the University, to bring speakers or performers of renown to Evansville at no cost to the public.

Reservations are encouraged, but a ticket is not required to enter. Save your seat online today! 

* 2019-20 CrWrtg Coffee Hour/ Wahnita DeLong Reading Featuring Margaret McMullan

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Start: 5:30pm
Location: Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center

Margaret McMullan is the author of eight award-winning books including the novel In My Mother’s House and the anthology Every Father’s Daughter. Her work has appeared in USA Today, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, among others. She received a NEA Fellowship and a Fulbright in Hungary to research her new book, Where The Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Loss, Exile, and Return.

Historical, authentic and family-oriented, WHERE THE ANGELS LIVED tells the tale of a somewhat parallel universe that exists even in the 21st century—dealings with Soviet-style bureaucracy; skepticism; anti-Semitism; and ironically the same sort of isolation and rejection Margaret McMullan’s Jewish Hungarian family experienced in 1944 before they were forced into concentration camps. Straddling memoir and reportage, past and present, this story reminds us all that we can escape a country, but we can never escape history. She taught at the University of Evansville for 25 years, serving as chair of the Department of English, and she helped form the Department of Creative Writing. She was formerly the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Creative Writing until she retired in 2015 to write full time.

Submitted by Michelle Lehman


Info You Should Know

* Honorary Degree Committee Welcomes Your Suggestions

The Honorary Degree Committee looks forward to receiving your recommendations for honorary degrees to be conferred next spring at commencement.  We need your help in selecting accomplished individuals to receive one of our university’s highest honors.  Nominations may be made on the basis of individual service to the University or individual achievement that exemplifies the University’s mission. Recently selected persons have excelled in a variety of areas -- law, medicine, education, business, literature, politics, and entertainment.  The committee will forward nominations to President Pietruszkiewicz so he can make his recommendations to the faculty for their approval. Please email the following information to Robert Dion, committee chairperson, at, by Monday, November 11:  Your name, the name of your nominee, the rationale for your nomination, biographical information on the nominee, and contact information for the nominee.   Thank you in advance for your ideas.

* Homecoming Tailgate H Lot Closing

The northern part (closest to security) will be closed Saturday, Oct. 19 for the Homecoming Tailgate. Security will be clearing the lot starting at 5:00 p.m. today.  Please be sure to move your car by Friday evening in order to avoid being contacted by the Office of Safety and Security.

Submitted by Megan King

* Sociology Celebrates 100th Anniversary!

The Sociology Program is celebrating its 100th anniversary at the University of Evansville! As one of the original programs brought from Moores Hill to the newly-opened Evansville College in 1919, Sociology has offered a firm foundation in the social sciences and outstanding preparation for a changing world for over a century.
Sociology Alumni and the campus community are invited to join us for the Sociology 100th Anniversary Celebration TODAY, Friday, October 18 from 4:00pm-6:00pm in the SoBA Atrium.

Fun Facts from Sociology History:
Though Introduction to Sociology has been offered since 1919 (originally called Principles of Sociology), there have been many interesting courses that have come and gone over the last century, including: Rural Sociology (1919-1930); Play and Social Utilization of Leisure Time (1928-1930); Contemporary Civilization (1933-1969); and Effective Living (1954-1968).

* Have you had an experience with the unusual or unexplained?

If you've had a strange or unusual experience of any kind, let us add it to our map! Strange experiences involve ghosts, UFO's, cryptids, strange dreams, anything odd at all. We take your information and add it to our online mapping system to create a database of these experiences. Submissions can be kept anonymous at your request. We just need a general location of the experience for placement. If it happened years ago, or anywhere in the world, we want to know that too. You can email your submission to or you can fill out the online form.

Submitted by Holly Smith

* Winter Intersession Financial Aid

If you are seeking financial aid to help pay for Winter Intersession courses at UE, please submit the Winter Intersession Application (pdf) to the Office of Student Financial Services by November 22, 2019. Our office will help you examine your options for aid, which in most cases is limited to loans.

Submitted by Amy Sowders

* Faculty and Students: Apply to Become an Institute for Public Health Scholar

The Scholar program at UE’s Institute for Public Health provides a supportive infrastructure for meaningful physical and virtual collaborative exchanges. A critical part of the program’s success is not relying on a one-size-fits-all approach. We are committed to a portfolio of strategies to suit scholars from across the university and community in various disciplines, at different stages in their careers, and with distinctive pathways toward success. We want to work with scholars to spark productive collaborations, remove barriers to collaboration, and make it easier for scholars to broaden their networks for their public health research, practice, advocacy, and teaching activities. Scholars should be interested in collaborating with other disciplines to help expand their own areas, refine research questions, enhance development of public health interventions, improve practice delivery, enrich teaching, etc. Scholars will be awarded $750 to support their proposed project and will be required to present their work at the Fall 2020 Institute for Public Health Board Meeting. Faculty and students are encouraged to apply. One faculty and one student will be chosen.

If you would like to apply or would like more information, please contact Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi at The deadline to apply is November 15.

If you are interested in becoming a scholar, please contact Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi at for more information.

Benefits of Being a Scholar
• Help connecting to one another, or to useful resources and networks, to solve public health challenges
• Assistance planning and implementing unique scholar-driven activities related to public health practice, research, education, and advocacy
• Support from the Institute’s communication infrastructure to disseminate news about scholars’ public health work through multiple channels including website, email newsletter, social media, or other tailored approaches
• Comprehensive communications about public health events and opportunities

* UE Senior Nursing Project T-shirts

The senior nursing class is selling T-shirts to help fund their community project. This years community project will benefit Borrowed Hearts Foundation. This foundation was created to provide basic necessities to children in foster care and the foster families. The order form and payment can either be dropped off in the Nursing Office at Graves Hall or you can contact Emily Sullender via email at es249. Please help us out and order a T-shirt today!

Submitted by Tracy Miles

* Balance Assessments: DPT students looking for volunteers

The second year DPT students are looking for volunteers (ages 50 or older) to join us on Oct 22nd at the Stone Center to participate in a free balance assessment with plans to target findings with individualized interventions to help improve function. Faculty is invited as well as students or faculty that have family members that would benefit from this. Please sign up at this website.

Contact Jordana Lockwich ( if you have any questions.

* Apply to be a Resident Assistant

Apply to be a Resident Assistant for the Spring 2020 Academic Semester!

Applications are open on UEngage.
Applications are due October 22nd at midnight.

Please fill out the application to the best of your ability and answer all questions with as much detail as possible. You will be required to submit a résumé as well as two references. Interview times should be chosen through the link at the end of the application. Interviews are between October 28th and October 30th and interviews are mandatory, unless you have an emergency, class, or prior conflict. Dress is business casual for interviews. Please let us know ASAP if that is the case so we can schedule a different time for your interview.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Megan King at or Karyssa Vasquez at

Submitted by Karyssa Vasquez



* Neuroscience students present/win at mGluRs

Several Neuroscience Majors traveled to mGluRs, the regional neuroscience conference for undergraduates. Piper Rennerfeldt gave an invited talk on "The effect of daily intake of high fat/high sugar food on fear extinction retention in adult rats". Work supported by Dr. Campese, Assistant Professor of Psychology. Katherine English won the Nu Rho Psi Best Poster award for her work "HIV-Tat induced cellular dysfunction in glial cells is related to increased levels of Translocator protein (TSPO). Work that she did this summer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Saurav Gupta presented work supported by Dr. Campese titled "Chemogenetic inhibition reveals that processing relative but not absolute threat requires basal amygdala".

Submitted by Lora Becker

* Clark Kimberling publishes mathematical research article

Clark Kimberling, professor of mathematics, has a research article in the Journal of Integer Sequences. The article is entitled "A Combinatorial Classification of Triangle Centers on the Line at Infinity." The classification is based on barycentric coordinates that are polynomials, especially when the polynomials represent points on a special line in the extended plane of a general triangle, known as the line at infinity. The article, downloadable as a pdf, shows how several sequences in the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences surprisingly occur in connection with points indexed in the University of Evansville-based Encyclopedia of Triangle Centers.



* Full day of Homecoming activities on tap for UE athletics

A full slate of events and festivities highlight Homecoming for the University of Evansville athletic department on Saturday.

The day begins when the Purple Aces cross country teams host the UE Invitational at 10 a.m. at the Angel Mounds Cross Country Course.  A field of over 10 teams includes Evansville, Marshall and Western Kentucky.  The men’s teams run their 8K race first before the women take to the course for a 5K event.

Following the meet, the UE campus will play host to the rest of the day’s events.  Running from 2:30-4:30 p.m. is the UE Athletics Garage Sale.  It will be held in Maikranz Gym inside the Carson Center.  Over 1,000 items will be on sale including jerseys, shirts, jackets and much more.

At 5 p.m., the men’s soccer teams welcomes Drake to Arad McCutchan Stadium for a conference match.  Prior to the match, the Homecoming Tailgate will be held right next to the stadium at the H-Lot.  Food trucks, music and games will be there making for a great time for the entire family.

* Faculty & Staff MBB Men's Basketball Ticket Process. *Important Updates*

Basketball season is officially here! Beginning Monday October 21st UE Faculty and Staff are able to request their "2" complimentary tickets for the 10/28/2019 exhibition game against USI at 6pm.

*Staff must present THEIR OWN ID upon requesting their tickets at Carson Center Ticket Office between the hours of 8:30am and 5pm.
**Location of seats is at the sole discretion of UE Athletics

Submitted by Jake Hill


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