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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

* Bookstore to Reopen Under Barnes & Noble College Management on Friday, December 6

The University bookstore is currently closed in preparation for the transition to Barnes & Noble College management. The bookstore will reopen on Friday, December 6 and will be open late for Christmastime on Campus. A 20 percent discount will be offered to everyone who visits the store during the event. 

Under our new contract with Barnes & Noble College, employees will receive a 15 percent discount (up from 10 percent!) and departments will receive a 20 percent discount on all items in the store.

Students can take advantage of the Barnes & Noble Price Match Program, which matches the advertised price on textbooks offered from local brick-and-mortar stores or online retailers. This program excludes online marketplace prices.

Student Financial Services will have a link for student funds for books, as we had previously. This will be available before the spring semester and details are forthcoming.

The bookstore will be open regular hours on December 20, the last day that UE is open before the winter break. In addition, the bookstore will be open Saturday, December 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for holiday shopping needs.

Book buybacks will take place in the Student Media Center in Ridgway University Center, Room 274. Students should bring their UE ID during buybacks:

• Friday, December 6, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
• Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
• Monday – Thursday, December 9-12, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Friday, December 13, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please join us in welcoming Barnes & Noble College to our UE family!

* The 3rd Day of Harlaxton Christmas-guess the Harlaxton facts and win a prize!

It's the 10 days of Harlaxton Christmas! Each day we will give you a chance to guess at the gifts the UE Harlaxton team has gotten this year in our work with Harlaxton to win a prize. We will present a question each day, and the person who emails the closest answer first to will get some Harlaxton swag! We will post answers the following day, so check back here each day for the 10 days of Harlaxton Christmas final facts.

Yesterday's answer was 35,502 miles flown by Director Holly Carter on her travels across the world for Harlaxton!

On the 3rd day of Harlaxton Christmas my true love gave to me applications! Guess how many student applications total we took for Spring, Fall, and Summer 2019.

Submitted by Kaylynn McCalister


What's Happening Today

* Medical Spanish Practice

Medical Spanish practice is designed to help students practice communication skills in Spanish for medical settings. Students may arrive and leave at any time. The last session of the semester is this Wednesday, December 4, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Room 64 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Please contact associate professor of Spanish Diana Rodríguez Quevedo at for more details. ¡Nos vemos el miércoles!

Submitted by Diana Rodriguez Quevedo

* RSA Holiday Bingo

Joins RSA for our holiday Bingo in Rademacher's Lounge at 8pm on Dec. 4 and get the chance to win a Disney+ year long subscription!

Submitted by Lily Renfro


Upcoming Events

* UE Theatre Presents A Performance By Their Traveling Shakespeare Troupe, The Rogue and Peasant Aces

The University of Evansville Theatre’s traveling Shakespeare troupe, The ROGUE & PEASANT ACES will perform at 11 am, on Saturday, Dec. 7, in Shanklin Theatre. The event is free and open to the general public. The performance is family-friendly and geared toward middle and high school students.

Reviving a tradition that began in 1962, with a high school touring production of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, the University of Evansville Department of Theatre has reached beyond the walls of Shanklin to present free Shakespeare for the broader Evansville community. The ROGUE & PEASANT ACES is a mobile Shakespeare company that toured to eight schools in the Tri-State performing Shakespeare for over 1500 students this semester.

The performance includes scenes and speeches from William Shakespeare’s most beloved plays and directed by Assistant Professor of Voice and Speech Janel Miley. “It has been a privilege for me to work with UE Theatre students on creating this project and taking it out to area schools.

From contacting organizations to designing costumes to working on the text and devising the narrative, the students have been committed and dedicated to realizing the idea of the piece and achieving our mission.”

Nate Viscaino is a first-year theatre performance major from Redmond, Ore., and he says this of his experience in the troupe, “As an incoming student, I think this production was a great way for me to become more immersed in the department and to learn the different process styles of creating a play. Touring the final product around to schools was such a joy, and the laughter and engagement everyone showed was incredible. Overall, through working with such amazing people and seeing the kids’ reactions, I have learned so much and have enjoyed this experience

* TIAA Individual Counseling Appointments Available

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus for individual counseling sessions on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353.

Please note that the meeting location has been changed to SOBA room 153, Eades Music Room.

Submitted by Lori LeDuc

* I-House: De-stressing and Dancing

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving break and you're ready for the finals and ready to finish this semester strong! But, if you're feeling stressed about your finals, this Wednesday we will be De-stressing by having different cultural dances at I-House. We will be having more than 5 different group dances lead by International students. There will dances from Greece, Lebanon, Honduras, and Brazil. We hope to see you at 2nd Floor Ridgway on December 3rd at 7pm!

Submitted by Hussam Taj

* Pancakes Are Coming!

Take a break from studying for finals to join some of your favorite Aces at the Pancake Study Break! This event is free of charge for UE students. A UE ID is required. Pancakes and more will be available on Thursday, December 5 from 9:00-11:00 p.m. in Cafe Court. Door prizes will be given out throughout the event.

Submitted by Chad Hart

* Volunteers needed for Christmastime on Campus!

Hello Campus community!

We are gearing up for Christmastime on Campus which is THIS Friday, December 6, and we need your help.

We need volunteers and we have lots of spots to fill. Please take a look and help if you can!

Sign up online.

Submitted by Jennifer Whitaker

* THIS Saturday, December 7th! - Holiday Art and Craft Sale

Holiday Arts and Craft Sale
Saturday, December 7, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Melvin Peterson Gallery

The perfect opportunity to find unusual holiday gifts made by local artists, crafts people, and our very own UE family!

From the Department of Art and the Friends of Art.

* Free paper shredding

Free off-site paper shredding by Piranha Mobile Shredding will return to campus once again on Thursday, December 5 (Reading Study Day) from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. All UE students, faculty, staff, and alumni can take advantage of this free service by bringing paper to the Piranha truck in Koch Center for Engineering and Science parking lot. Paper will be shredded off-site.

So, if mounds of paper are taking over your office, home, or room, this is the time to gather those old files, receipts, cancelled checks, tax forms, etc. No need to take out the staples or paper clips. Avoid identity theft by having confidential information permanently destroyed.

Please - no telephone books, magazines, or newspapers. Also, please note that there is a 100-pound paper limit per visit (number of visits is not limited).

Submitted by Amber Elkins

* This Week in Music (December 2-8)

First Tuesday Concert Series, December 3
Holiday Pops
7:30pm, Victory Theatre

Celebrate the final First Tuesday concert series of the semester with Holiday Pops at the Victory Theatre! Hear the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, University Choir, Choral Society, and Women’s Chorus perform a variety of holiday music from beautiful choral works to pop favorites. The concert is free and open to the public.

Vespers, December 6
7:30pm, Neu Chapel

Join us for this beautiful holiday tradition of choral music, hymns, and readings held in Neu Chapel.

* Harold Matthews Retirement Reception

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Mark your calendars!

It's a retirement reception to honor Harold Matthews for his 34 years of dedicated service to the University of Evansville.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Class of 1959 Gallery and Lounge
Ridgway University Center

* Newman Night: Christmas Party

Join us for some fellowship and fun as we head into finals and Christmas! As always there will be FREE home-cooked food and plenty of friends!

Submitted by Savannah Leigh Cyr

* Relaxation Event

Finals got you stressed and need a break from studying??? Counseling Services, with the help of SAB and RSA, is having our bi-annual relaxation event before finals! We'll have 3 chair massage stations from Bodyworks Massage, aromatherapy, yoga, coloring, puzzles, and other relaxing activities. Come and go as you like and move at your own pace. We always have a great time and hope you'll join us!

Thursday, December 5, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eykamp 253-255

New this year: Who likes line dancing??? (Think electric slide, cupid shuffle, etc.) Join us in Eykamp 251 at 1pm and 3:30pm to get your groove on!

Submitted by Jennifer Hargus

* Reading Study Day Relaxation Event

Finals got you stressed and need a break form studying??? Counseling Services, with the help of SAB and RSA, is having our bi-annual relaxation event before finals on Reading Study Day! We'll have 3 chair massage stations from Bodyworks Massage, aromatherapy, yoga, coloring, puzzles, and other relaxing activities. Come and go as you like and move at your own pace. We always have a great time and hope you'll join us!

Submitted by Jennifer Hargus


Info You Should Know

* Do You Have a Problem? Need Help with Next Semester? Come to the Solution Station!

Do you feel stuck? Unsure about what you next steps are? Waitlisted in your classes? Still only part-time? Need a new plan (or a new major) for next semester? Confused about what you should do? Come to the Solution Station table in Ridgway! You'll be able talk with someone about what your next steps should be. We’ll direct you where you need to go!

Wednesday: 11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m
Thursday: 11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m

Don’t leave campus with your spring semester plans still up in the air!

Submitted by Chad Hart

* UE Theatre Holding Auditions for Child Role in Upcoming Musical, VIOLET

The University of Evansville Theatre will be holding auditions for young actors on Monday, Dec. 9, in Shanklin Theatre, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. They are looking for a female actor, between the ages of ten to fourteen, to play the role of Young Violet in the musical VIOLET, music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics & book by Brian Crawley, directed by Wes Grantom ’03, and music direction by Dana Taylor.

The role description is as follows:

  • A young, female born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
  • Having been raised by her father, she has a wild curiosity and is tough and stubborn.
  • She has a deep emotional well and longs for a connection to her mother.
  • Range: Mezzo soprano

Young actors should prepare 16 bars of a country song or a selection from a musical of a similar style and bring a headshot and resume to the audition. Actors email for an audition confirmation and to receive sides to be read at the audition. Rehearsals begin on Jan. 16 and the musical opens on Feb. 21 and runs through Mar. 1. If you have any questions contact the University of Evansville Theatre at 812-488-2744.

* Early Start Education Certificate Program

We are excited to announce that UE’s Center for the Advancement of Learning (CAL) has partnered with the UE School of Education to offer an Early Start Education Certificate Program for high school students.  Eligible high school students can take online courses and earn up to 13 credit hours towards an Education degree at UE!

High school students may begin classes in the summer following their sophomore year and continue through the last semester of their senior year.  Courses cost just $125 per credit hour, plus book fees for some courses; this is a great value financially, as well as, a great way for students to lighten their load while attending UE.  Please help us spread the work about this awesome opportunity as we are launching the program in the Spring 2020!

Eligibility criteria and a FAQ link can be found online or please don’t hesitate to reach out to or (812) 488-5021 with any questions you have about this exciting new program. 

* Employee Excellence Nominations are now being accepted for January 2020

The University of Evansville, in pursuit of excellence in service, wishes to recognize monthly a non-faculty employee displaying records of achievement as a leader. Leadership may be demonstrated in any of the following categories:

  • Service to the University community
  • Service to students
  • Job performance and attitude to fellow employees

One award is presented each month.  To be eligible, an employee must be a full-time member of the administration or staff.  Nominations are due before the 15th of each month.  Nominations are now being accepted for the month of January!

Nominate someone or find out more information about the Employee Excellence Award.

Submitted by Lori LeDuc

* Fitness Center Winter Break Hours

The Fitness Center Winter Hours:

Thursday, December 5 and Friday, December 6 from 8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 from 11:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Monday, December 9- Wednesday, December 11 from 8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 12- Friday, December 13 from 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15
Monday, December 16- Thursday, December 19 from 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Friday, December 20 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday, December 21-Wednesday, January 1
Thursday, January 2- Friday, January 3 from 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Submitted by Lori Adams

* New Crescent is out now!

The Crescent, University of Evansville's student magazine, is available for FREE right now to all students at magazine stands across the campus! This issue we put free speech on center stage. Pick up an issue on magazine racks across campus. The Crescent is a student magazine - by and for the students of the University of Evansville - that is published six times during the academic year. The Crescent serves as an open forum for the UE community. Copies are free to students and the goal is to present relevant content in a fair, accurate, and unbiased manner.

Also, be sure to cast your vote for the Best of UE online. The Crescent would like to highlight these little things that make students and UE tick by honoring the Best of UE! Look out for our Feb. issue to see if your #1 made it to the top!

Submitted by Tim Young

* Catholic Theology courses offered at Newman Center

A new series of classes – Catholic Thought and Culture – is now being offered at the Newman Catholic Student Center. The first of these one-hour, for-credit courses will be offered during the Spring 2020 semester, on Mondays from 10:00-10:50 am. All participants can receive a 1 hr credit from Marian University, transferrable to the University of Evansville. Cost is $250 for a 12 week course. Participants can also choose to pay $150 if you do not wish to receive credit. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Instructor and Catholic Campus Minister Jenny Koch at 812-454-0062.

Submitted by Savannah Leigh Cyr

* Winter Window Competition

Come vote for your favorite winter window in the Center for Student Engagement on the second floor of Ridgway! Windows have been decorated with a winter or holiday theme with a touch of UE pride!

To vote, stop by the Residence Life desk to pick up a ballot and may the best window win!

Submitted by Kaitlyn Luczak

* Study space in Chapel

From Tuesday, December 3, through Tuesday, December 10, the Neu Chapel offices will be open during the day to use as a quiet study space. Cookies provided and the coffee machine is available for use.

Submitted by JillAnn Knonenborg

* Vote on the Best of UE!

Help the Crescent magazine with our Feb. 2020 cover story — the Best of UE! We live, eat and go to school here everyday and inevitably form patterns and preferences. Whether its what bathroom we use or the printer we scramble to in-between classes, these small decisions affect us everyday. The Crescent would like to highlight these little things that make students and UE tick by honoring the Best of UE! Cast your votes online, and look out for our Feb. issue to see if your #1 made it to the top!

Submitted by Dallas Carter

* Bookstore Buyback

Book buybacks will take place in the Student Media Center, Room 274, Ridgway University Center. Bring your ID

  • Fri, Dec 6, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Sat, Dec 7, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Mon – Thur, Dec 9-12, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Fri, Dec 13, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
* Tree Decorations/Donations for Children K-12 - Graves Hall Lobby

Please consider donating new gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, and socks for community children grades K-12 this season. These items can be placed on the tree in the lobby of Graves Hall from now until Friday, December 13. The Center for Family, School and Community Partnerships will then distribute the items to EVSC schools. Thank you so much for your support!

Submitted by Karen Doss

* Winter Housing

Residence Hall Students - do you need a place to stay this winter? The residence life office has limited winter housing available. Only students participating in official University functions or with approved reasons will be considered for winter housing.

Winter housing is located on the fourth floor of Morton Residence Hall. Students will not have access to their permanent rooms during winter break. Approvals are subject to room availability. Students are charged a flat fee of $400 for winter housing.

Students seeking winter housing must submit a Winter Housing Request Form by noon on Reading and Study Day, available through this link -

Students who live in Village housing can stay in their apartment or house at no additional cost but we do ask that you let us know when you will be on campus by filling out this form -

Submitted by Brian Conner



* Scholars Chosen for the Institute for Public Health

The Institute for Public Health Scholar Program aims to provide support to promote collaborative work in the field of public health. This year's scholars have been chosen and they are:

Kelsey Preocanin (Student Scholar) - Kelsey, a Public Health major, will develop and implement effective strategies to reduce the prevalence of viral infections while at Harlaxton.

Abraham Dalen Traore (Community Scholar) - Dalen, a current MPH student and Deaconess employee, will strive to implement a lactation program at UE to show support to the health of its employees and students who are nursing mothers.

Diana Rodriguez Quevdeo (Faculty Scholar) - Diana, Associate Professor of Spanish, will examine medical/therapy services and barriers to accessing these services for Hispanic Latinx families of children with special needs especially relating to autism spectrum disorder.

Congratulations to this year's Institute for Public Health Scholars!

Submitted by Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi

* Xyan Adkisson from OTS Receives December 2019 Employee Excellence Award!

Xyan is deeply knowledgeable about the various technology systems and has been crafting brilliant tools for use by the campus community.  Xyan always strives for the best possible experience for every user.  His dedication and skills clearly show in the tools that he has delivered.  Xyan is most recently credited with developing the online parking permit system that we were able to use this past fall for employees and students.  He took feedback meeting after meeting, test after test, never once exhausting his “can do” approach, never once cringing, never once hesitating to make the system exactly what multiple departments needed it to be.  His willingness to dive into projects and ability to automate the vision from start to vision is commended.  Please help us congratulate Xyan on his recognition of excellence!

Submitted by Lori LeDuc

* Rania Mousa has paper accepted at Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management Journal

Rania Mousa, Associate Professor of Accounting, has a paper accepted for publication in the Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management, which is one of the top journals specialized in qualitative accounting research.

The paper is titled, A Case Study of XBRL Implementation and Development at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Using data collected from the FDIC and representatives of the software development and banking industries, the research examines the Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) technology implementation process at the FDIC as part of the larger Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s Central Data Repository modernization project. The research incorporates the well-established Diffusion of Innovation Theory and gauges the impact on the FDIC’s stakeholders’ internal organizational processes. It also presents an empirical assessment of the agency’s recent development of Inline XBRL to support the bank examination process, which was never reported in accounting, information systems or public administration literature.


Sympathy to...

* Sympathy for Family and Friends of Former Colleague Earl Kirk

It is with great sadness we announce that friend and former colleague Earl D. Kirk Jr, 70, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 in Naperville, Illinois after a lengthy illness. Earl served as UE’s Director of Study Abroad/Harlaxton College Programs from 2003-2015 and worked tirelessly promoting Harlaxton and the University of Evansville even after his retirement.

Originally from Aurora, Illinois, he earned his BA in French, magna cum laude, from Illinois Wesleyan University as well as his MA and ABD in French from Indiana University. Before coming to Evansville, Earl served as a professor and held various administrative positions for 25 years at Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas.

He was a world traveler and had a love of people, languages, history and cultures. One of his most recent adventures was in 2017, when he took the challenge of the Camino de Santiago (the Way of Saint James), walking 500 miles in 35 days to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in north-western Spain.

Earl was an inspirational and passionate educator, administrator, and mentor dedicating his life and career encouraging and inspiring thousands of students to achieve their goals in education, studying and traveling abroad.

He is survived by his sister, Dale (Robert) Seidelman, of Big Rock, Il., sister Doris (Robert) Field of Idaho, and brother, Edward Kirk of Aurora, Il, as well as many nieces, nephews, friends and former students and colleagues from around the world.

A visitation will be held on Saturday December 7, 2019, from 9:30 to 11:00 AM at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. The funeral service will immediately follow the visitation at 11:00 AM.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Robert Dunham Scholarship Fund at Baker University or to Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in memory of Earl.

Submitted by Wes Milner



* Men's Basketball vs Western Illinois *Ticket Office Hours*

Men's basketball will play WIU at 6pm tonight at the Ford Center. In preparation of that game the Carson Center Ticket Office will close at 1PM. Any additional $5 Faculty and Staff tickets must be claimed in advance, however complimentary tickets can still be claimed at tonight's game at the interior box office beginning at 5pm. *UE ID Required* 

* Aces play host to Western Illinois on Wednesday at Ford Center

With its second road win of the season secured, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team returns to the Ford Center on Wednesday evening for a 6 p.m. game against Western Illinois.  ESPN3 and the Purple Aces Radio Network will have the coverage.

Setting the Scene
- Following a season-long stretch of four games away from home, the Purple Aces host a pair of games this week, facing the Leathernecks on Wednesday before welcoming Miami Ohio for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday
- The Aces completed the recent stretch with an even 2-2 mark and have come out on the winning side in its last two games
- In its finale in the Bahamas against Morgan State, Evansville played just the second triple overtime game in program history
- The other 3OT game came on the road at St. Joseph’s (Ind.) with the Aces earning a 78-70 victory

Last Time Out
- Evansville improved to a perfect 2-0 in true road games this season with a 70-64 win against IUPUI on Saturday in Indianapolis
- Facing a 10-point halftime deficit, the Aces rallied in the second half and used a late 11-0 run to take the lead for good in the final minutes
- DeAndre Williams led all players with 20 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
- Artur Labinowicz tallied nine points while Noah Frederking and K.J. Riley posted eight points apiece; Riley did all of his scoring in the second half
- In his first action since the Kentucky game, Evan Kuhlman added six pivotal points while registering an assist and a steal

Leftovers from IUPUI
- With 20 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists, DeAndre Williams became the first UE player since Reed Jackson in 1994 to post those numbers in a game
- After missing five games, Evan Kuhlman made his return against the Jags; he scored six points and had a pivotal basket in the final minutes that saw the UE lead reach multiple possessions for the remainder of the game
- Evansville outscored IUPUI by a 43-27 margin in the second half; it was the fourth time in eight games that UE has outscored the opposition in the second half

Doing what he does best
- Aces senior K.J. Riley ranks 8th in the nation with 8.2 fouls drawn per 40 minutes
- He is tied for 4th in the NCAA with 48 free throw makes and is tied for 6th with 59 attempts
- Artur Labinowicz has drawn an average of 7.2 fouls per 40 minutes and is 28th in the country

1992 Indiana All-Stars
- The relationship between UE head coach Walter McCarty and Western Illinois coach Billy Wright goes way back to 1992
- McCarty and Wright were teammates on the Indiana Senior All-Star Team
- Wright attended Richmond HS while McCarty was from Harrison HS in Evansville

Doing it all
- In Evansville’s only game of the week, sophomore DeAndre Williams had one of the most complete games in recent years for the Purple Aces
- The Houston native recorded 20 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists in a 70-64 road win over IUPUI; he hit 8 of his 13 attempts in the game while posting two blocks and a steal
- He drew five fouls in the contest and turned that into six trips to the line
- His effort was the first 20-15-5 performance for the Evansville program since Reed Jackson had 21 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists against South Alabama on December 14, 1994

Scouting the Opponent
- Western Illinois comes to the Ford Center with a 2-5 record with wins over Central Christian College of the Bible and Ball State
- Last time out, they came up just short against Kansas City, 68-67
- Kobe Webster and Zion Young are the top two scorers for WIU, averaging 16.3 and 15.4 points per game, respectively
- Ben Pyle (12.7 PPG) and C.J. Duff (10.8 PPG) also average double figures
- James Claar is their top rebounder with 6.7 per game
- Pyle was their top player against the Kangaroos, scoring a career-high of 21 points


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