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Friday, October 25, 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! 


What's Happening Today

* Weekly Diversity Coffee Hour featuring UE Religious Life

Today's Diversity Coffee Hour special guest is JillAnn Knonenborg, UE's new Director of Religious Life. Join us in the Diversity Resource Center (436 S. Weinbach, across from Hughes Hall) from 4-5pm to learn about religious diversity and UE's commitment to interfaith work. The entire campus community is invited to relax before the weekend with free coffee and tea!

Submitted by Megan Sicard

* 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

* Student Nurses Association of Peers Haunted House

The Student Nurses Association of Peers invites you to their Haunted House on Wednesday, Oct 30, from 7-10pm in Graves Nursing Lab, Room 105.

Submitted by Alexa Hopf

* 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

* 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

* 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

* 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

* Making plans for Halloween? Avoid the trick of stigma, and stop by for a treat!

Are you making plans for Halloween? Avoid the trick of mental health stigma, and stop by for a treat! The Office of Counseling Services will be downstairs in Ridgway University Center on Tuesday, October 29th from 11-12pm with candy treats. Educational materials on mental health will also be available. Join us in taking a step toward eliminating stigma by being mindful of those around us this Halloween!

Submitted by Elizabeth McCormick


Info You Should Know

* Get Class Credit and Make a Difference NOW!

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 about ChangeLab, visit

Submitted by Cindy Kelley

* 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 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



* Dr. Stein's work appears in new book from OSU Press

Dr. Valerie Stein, Associated Professor of Religion, has had a chapter published in an edited volume from Ohio State University Press. Her chapter, " Privileging God the Father: The Neoliberal Theology of the Evangelical Orphan Care Movement" appears in The Politics of Reproduction: Adoption, Abortion, and Surrogacy in the Age of Neoliberalism, edited by Modhumita Roy and Mary Thompson.

* 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



* Volleyball back home to host Drake and UNI

Sitting at 14-5 overall and 5-3 in Missouri Valley Conference play, the University of Evansville volleyball team looks to continue building with a huge home weekend.  Evansville opens it on Friday at 6 p.m. against Drake before welcoming UNI to Meeks Family Fieldhouse on Saturday for a 5 p.m. match.

Weekend Recap                                  
- For the first time since 2000, the Purple Aces earned a conference road weekend sweep, earning victories against Southern Illinois and Missouri State
- UE picked up a 3-0 win against the Salukis on Friday with Rachel Tam tallying 16 kills
- The Aces edged SIU in the opening two frames (27-25, 29-27) before putting it all together for a 25-18 win in the third set
- On Saturday, it was Alondra Vazquez recording 14 kills and 21 digs in a 3-1 win over the Bears
- With the match tied at 1-1, the Aces put together two solid sets (25-18, 25-22) to clinch the win

Let’s Get It Started                   
- Winning five of its first eight MVC matches in 2019, the Aces are off to their best start since 2010
- Evansville was 5-3 to begin Valley play that season
- The 14-5 record is also the best start since 2010; UE was 16-3 to start that year

Top Rankings                           
- UE is not only near the top of the conference rankings in several categories, but is also impressive on a national scale
- With 39.79 attacks per set, the Aces offense ranks fourth in the nation
- Led by Gabriela Macedo’s 5.79 digs per set, the Aces average 17.93 per game
- That total is 10th in the NCAA and third in the Valley
- Macedo’s tally paces the MVC and is 6th in the country
- Evansville is second in the league and 41st in the NCAA with 12.56 assists per set while the teams kill total of 13.44/game is 45th nationally and second in the conference
- Individually, Melanie Feliciano is second in the Valley with 4.43 kills per set; she ranks 17th in the nation in that stat and is the #2 freshman
- Feliciano’s season total of 361.5 points is 17th in the country
- UE’s freshman is 16th in the NCAA in total kills with 332 while Rachel Tam is 23rd with a total of 309
- Allana McInnis is second in the conference with 10.75 assists per set; her average is 30th in the NCAA while her total of 806 helpers in 2019 is the 14th-highest tally in the NCAA
- Hannah Watkins paces UE with 1.03 blocks per game; that is third in the MVC

Digging into the Record Book   
- Gabriela Macedo picked up her second MVC Defensive Player of the Week award on Monday after averaging 6.86 digs per set at SIU and MSU
- She had 16 digs in three frames against the Salukis before recording 32 at MSU
- For the season, Macedo is averaging 5.79 per set; her total leads the MVC and is 6th in the country

Scouting the Opposition                                           
- Drake comes into Friday’s meeting with a 7-14 overall mark while standing at 1-7 in Valley action
- Haley Bush leads the way for the Bulldogs with 4.04 kills per set while Emily Plock checks in with 3.27
- Gillian Gergen is second in the MVC in blocks with 1.08 per game

- UNI sits atop the Valley with an 8-1 league mark while going 14-9 overall
- Karlie Taylor is one of the top offensive forces in the conference, leading the league with 4.65 kills per set
- Rachel Koop has established herself as one of the top setters in the conference, leading it with 11.12 assists per game


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