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Thursday, October 24, 2019

* Dance Lesson Tonight only $5 w/UE ID! No experience or partner needed.

UE Ballroom Club is pleased to bring back Champion Ballroom Dancer Jonah Schneider, to teach a dance clinic tonight from 7:30 - 9:00pm in Tri-State Athletic Club's beautiful ballroom (555 Tennis Lane, just past Acropolis on Virginia St.)! Jonah was the 2016 Top Latin Teacher at the Fred Astaire World Championships and a professional candidate for Dancing with the Stars! If you don't have plans tomorrow night, do not miss out on this opportunity. No partner or experience necessary. Only $5 with UE ID, but RSVP is REQUIRED as light refreshments will be provided. Reserve your spot via text to 812-449-1044 or email

Our very own Erin Lewis, Director of the Center for Innovation & Change and UE Ballroom Club Advisor, who has been a student of Jonah's for 15 years (Jonah and Erin pictured below at competitions), will also perform several showcases with him for your entertainment! So get off the phones and couches, do something different, and come have a joyful experience with the UE Ballroom Club!

* October 2019 Risk Management Tip!

Travelers Indemnity Company states that Slips, Trips, and Falls are a major cause of injury that occurs to both visitors and employees. The National Safety Council estimates that 25,000 slip, trip, and fall accidents occur daily in the USA. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), slips, trips and falls on the same level are the second leading cause of injury in the workplace. Falls on the same level are estimated by the BLS to cost $6.9 billion annually. Slips, trips and falls can occur in any business, but are of particular concern to businesses with considerable public and employee foot traffic such as those in retail, medical and service industries, such as higher education. In fact, approximately 40% of UE’s worker’s compensation incidents are due to slips, trips and falls.

So, what can you do to make a positive impact?

1) Be aware of your immediate surroundings
2) Wear comfortable, properly fitting non-slip shoes
3) Be aware to the type of surface you are walking on and its condition
4) Adjust to environmental and walking surface conditions
5) Pay attention to displayed “Wet Floor” warning signs to warn of known hazards
6) Practice Good Housekeeping
7) Keep walkways and hallways free of debris, clutter and obstacles
8) Only carry items that allow you to see clearly where you are going
9) Use handrails when going up or down stairs and not skip steps
10) Eliminate or minimize distractions while walking, such as looking at your cell phone

Report unsafe conditions to the Office of Safety & Security at 812-488-2051.

Be Safe With Each Step! 


Upcoming Events

* Diversity Coffee Hour featuring Religious Life!

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 guest is JillAnn Knonenborg, the new Director of Religious Life. 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!

Submitted by HarMonee Baltzell

* Free HIV testing at Health Center November 5th 9-11am

Free, confidential HIV testing hosted by Mathew 25 at the Student Health Center on November 5th 9-11am. No appointment necessary.

Submitted by Tara Ulrich

* Indiana Means Business! Career Fair

Indiana Means Business Career Fair
10:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Indianapolis Downtown Marriott

All majors are welcome to attend this huge career fair, providing you access to recruiters from top companies!

Fair registration is through Handshake.
Click Jobs tab-> Enter the postings number (1890642) in the search bar.
Students must register by Thursday, October 24.

The University of Evansville will provide transportation. There is a $10.00 deposit required that will be refundable upon attendance.

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

Newman Center will be celebrating a Catholic Mass at 1 p.m. in Neu Chapel this Sunday, October 27. Fr. Godfrey Mullen OSB will be the celebrant. All are welcome!

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler

* Good book or sacred text?

Join the Office of Religious Life at Honeymoon Cafe for informal conversation around the question, What's the difference between a good book and a sacred text? The first eight students to arrive will receive a free coffee or tea. Thursday, October 24, 6:15-7:00PM.

Submitted by JillAnn Knonenborg

* Jesus and Mental Health

It's time to end the stigma around mental health and mental illness, especially in our churches. Join us at Neu Chapel for singing, prayer, and reflection on theme "Jesus and Mental Health." Sunday, October 27, 7:30PM.

Submitted by JillAnn Knonenborg

* 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.

* Annual Fall Campout

Come join Venturing Crew on our annual fall campout! Explore Lincoln's boyhood home, hiking through the surrounding area, see the fall colors from a fire tower, and camp out under the stars! Sign-ups are in Ridgway, the 22nd-24th, 11am-1pm and 5pm-7pm.

Submitted by Madelyn Reinagel

* Championship Ballroom Dance Teacher Back on 10/25!

Back by popular demand! The UE Ballroom Club is proud to once again present Jonah Schneider - 2016 Top Latin Teacher at the Fred Astaire World Championships and Rising Star American Rhythm Champion at Ohio Star Ball. He will be in town on 10/25 to offer private and group lessons. If you are interested, email Erin Lewis ( for more information on available time slots. Don't miss out!

Submitted by Erin Lewis

* Azzip Give-Back Night

On November 7, the UE Senior Nursing class is hosting an give-back night at Azzip pizza on North Green River Road 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:

Azzip Flyer


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

* Indiana Teacher of the Year Visits School of Education

The School of Education welcomed the Indiana Teacher of the Year, Tamara Markey, to the University of Evansville on October 17 and 18. Tamara Markey is an innovative, passionate, and dynamic educator who draws from and applies to her classroom nearly a decade of real-world experience as an Engineer with Amoco Oil and BP Pipelines. Mrs. Markey is a Woodrow Wilson STEM Teaching Fellow and a certified Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Instructor. She taught Pre-engineering at McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology in MSD of Lawrence Township, Indianapolis, IN and is currently working as a STEM/PLTW coach and consultant across the school district.

While at UE, Mrs. Markey’s presentations to education majors, faculty, and high school students from the region included “Lessons Learned from the Classroom”, which emphasized the importance of recognizing “our stories”, deliberately creating classroom culture, building relationships with students, recognizing personal biases, and having an educational responsibility outside the classroom.

Her messages encouraged educators to commit to continuous improvement and positively impact the lives of the children in our classrooms.

Submitted by Sharon Gieselmann

* Flu Vaccines available at Student Health Center!

Protect yourself from the flu this season and get vaccinated! Flu vaccines are available at Student Health Center.
$20 Cash/Card payment options. No appointment necessary.
SHC Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Other ways to protect yourself from the flu this season: use good hand hygiene, drink plenty of water, increase rest, take a daily multivitamin along with eating a well balanced diet, quit smoking and disinfect common surface areas daily.

Submitted by Tara Ulrich

* Intramural Volleyball Registration Open!

Registration for Intramural Volleyball is open on through Thursday, October 31st. Men's, Women's and Co-Rec leagues are available, make sure to sign-up before the deadline!

* Masquerade Ball Charity Event

SU is hosting their very own Masquerade Ball Charity Event. All Proceeds will go to charity. If your organization has a charity or philanthropy that they would like to enter in the charity contest, email dm254 to fill out a form to register your charity for the Ball.

Submitted by Julia Shirley

* Change the world and get class credit!

Don’t wait until you graduate – make a difference now! Check out the list of ChangeLab courses available for the Spring semester. For more information, visit the ChangleLab web page.

Submitted by Cindy Kelley

* Alcohol Awareness Week

This week, October 21-25, is National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

The facts:
•Did you know that a “standard drink” varies depending on the type of alcohol you’re drinking?
12oz beer = 5oz wine = 1.5oz liquor

•Each one of these “standard drinks” will raise the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of a 160lb person by approximately .02 percent. A lighter person’s BAC will rise even higher.

•Things that influence BAC include weight, gender, body mass, how much and how fast you drink, and the amount of food in the stomach.

•Binge drinking is common among 18-24 year olds and happens when men consume 5 or more drinks and women 4 or more drinks in 2 hours.

•Alcohol leaves your body at a rate of .015 percent per hour (less than one drink per hour) regardless of gender, body type, and size. The only thing that will sober you up is time.

Take a quick 10 question alcohol screening assessment.

If you are a student and think you may have a problem with alcohol, Counseling Services can be a resource for you and can assist you in getting the best help. Call 812-488-2663 for an appointment or come to the office on the 2nd floor of Ridgway inside the Student Life suite. 

* Winter Intersession Courses

Winter Intersession courses are held between the fall and spring semester from December 13, 2019 to January 3, 2020. Registration begins October 28. Students may register for one Winter Intersession course. For more information visit:

Class Offerings:

  • ART 105 Introduction to the Visual Arts - Larmann
  • CHEM 103 The Chemistry of Adult Beverages - Miller
  • COMM 130 Introduction to Communication - Wandel
  • COMM 333 News Copyediting - Wandel
  • COMM 380 Intercultural Communication - Thomlison
  • COMM 395 Internship - Wandel
  • ES 103 Fundamentals of Environmental Science - Thananatthanachon
  • EXSS 320 Nutrition for Performance and Health - Rodd
  • EXSS 488 Internship - Rodd
  • EXSS 488 Internship - Wilson
  • HIST 112 World History Since 1500 - Gahan
  • HSA 406-506 Ethics in Health Care -  Stroube
  • PH 190 Introduction to Public Health - Patel-Dovlatabadi
  • PSCI 100 World Politics - Kim
  • PSYC 121 Introduction to Psychology - Hennon
  • PSYC 229 Social Psychology - Stevenson
  • PSYC 416 Human Sexuality - Becker
  • SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology - Plikuhn


* Education Majors Attend INspiring Educators Conference

The School of Education sent a delegation of students to the annual INspiring Educators Conference in Noblesville, IN, on October 18-19. This conference is sponsored by the Indiana Student Education Association and the Indiana State Teachers Association and supports the classroom preparedness and professional development needs of college students entering the profession as well as new teachers in the first five years of their careers. While at the conference, UE students heard from Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Dr. McCormick is a nationally-recognized educator and innovator, who has served at every level of the K - 12 education system. She has been a secondary special education and language arts teacher, elementary principal, assistant superintendent, and school superintendent. Students also heard a presentation by Lisa Colleen, a former physical education and health teacher, who encouraged them to find their “groove” (gratitude, respect, optimism, ownership, voice, and empathy). While at the conference, students also networked with other professionals from across the state.

Teacher of the Year with UE students

UE Students at conference

Teacher speaking

Submitted by Sharon Gieselmann

* Dr. Pleasant gives paper at Women in German Annual Conference

Associate Professor of German, Dr. Lesley C. Pleasant, presented her paper "Raging against Proscriptive Pigeonholes by Playing Paragons: Hartmann von Aue's Mädchen and Kleist's Kunigunde (and Kätchen)" at the Coalition of Women in German's annual conference in Sewanee, TN. 

* Pi Gamma Mu Welcomes New Members

The Indiana Alpha Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society in Social Sciences welcomed its newest members and inaugurated its officers at its annual induction ceremony on October 21, 2019.

Pi Gamma Mu members

Newly inaugurated officers:
President Molly Setzekorn
Vice President Aspen Luther
Program Chair Maegan Scheib

New members:
Ariel Allen
Olivia Ault
Allison Daggett
Erin Kidwell
Jacqi Reichel
Theda Soldatou

Congratulations to these exceptional scholars in earning this recognition!

* Sociology Students Present Posters at Research in Gerontology Symposium

Students in the SOC 460- Aging and Society course presented research posters on various topics on aging at the Research in Gerontology Symposium at the University of Evansville on October 18, 2019. This Symposium is hosted by the UE Gerontology Center in conjunction with the UE Institute for Public Health.

Sociology students holding posters

Poster topics and presenters were:
“Feminization of Poverty in Older Adults”
Ariel Allen '20 (Sociology)

“Older Adults and Nursing Care Debt”
Olivia Ault '21 (Public Health) and Rebecca Olson ‘20 (Sociology and Ethics & Social Change)

“Older Adults Perceptions of Continuing Care Retirement Centers”
Samantha Brown '20 (Criminal Justice and Sociology) and Kelsey Sapp ‘20 (Criminal Justice and Sociology)

“Financial and Physical Abuse in Healthcare”
Anthony Chastain ‘20 (Public Health) and Kaylyn Martin '22 (Public Health)

“Why Elders Care about Climate Change”
Audrey Leigh Cuellar '21 (International Studies and Ethics & Social Change)

“Effects of Loss of a Spouse on Older Adults”
Garret W. Curtis ’20 (Psychology) and Hannah J. Nicholson ‘21 (Sociology)

“Treatment of Older People by Family Members in Nursing Homes”
Starr Franklin ‘20 (Criminal Justice and Sociology)

“Ageism in the Workplace”
Grace Fuller ‘21 (Ethics & Social Change) and Shabria Martin ‘20 (Criminal Justice)

“Aging and Mental Health”
Lanna Harmon ‘20 (Sociology) and Jesse McEuen ‘22 (Sociology and Ethics & Social Change)

“Mental Illness and Older Adults”
Erin Kidwell '20 (Psychology)

“Elder Abuse: An Ongoing Problem in Nursing Homes”
Matthew Ladd ‘20 (Criminal Justice and Sociology) and Adison Young ‘20 (Pre-Doctoral Mathematics)

“Furthering Education and Employment Opportunities for Older Adults”
Madi Liggett ‘21 (Nursing) and Molly Setzekorn ‘20 (Sociology)

“Civic Engagement and Volunteerism in Older Adults”
Hailey Lindman ‘20 (Psychology and Sociology) and Lydia Skaggs ‘20 (Psychology and Ethics & Social Change)

“Transgender Women and the Availability of Reliable Research”
Lydia Maxwell ‘20 (Literature)

“Issues for LGBTQ+ Older Adults in Healthcare”
Connor Prow ‘20 (Ethics & Social Change and Philosophy)

Student Symposium participation was made possible by a Sociology Programs Undergraduate Research Grant.

* Professor Kretz invited to be the Book Review Editor for Teaching Ethics

Professor Kretz has accepted a position as the Book Review Editor for the journal Teaching Ethics, which is the journal of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum.

* Professor Kretz presented conference paper on "The Psychology of Successful Activism"

This past weekend Professor Kretz presented a conference paper on the topic of "The Psychology of Successful Activism" at the Public Philosophy Network Conference.

* Baines attends Modernism conference

Robert Baines, assistant professor of English, attended the 2019 Modernist Studies Association conference in Toronto. The conference took place between October 17th and October 20th. Baines gave a paper titled "'A handcaughtscheaf of synthetic shammyrag’: Balkelly, Paddrock, and the Synthesis of Finnegans Wake.” He also participated in the "Modernism and Theory" seminar, for which he wrote a paper titled, "'Theory' and Textual Scholarship in Joyce Studies and Beyond."


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