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Friday, February 7, 2020

* TIAA Individual Counseling Appointments

Please welcome Tim Stout as the new TIAA-CREF representative for our employees and retirees.  Tim will be on the UE campus for individual counseling sessions on Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20.  Lori Matthews served UE for several years as our TIAA representative, but she has recently resigned. We are confident that our employees and retirees will find that Tim will provide the same high level of service that they have become accustomed to with Lori.

To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353.

Tim will hold appointments in SOBA room 153, Eades Music Room.

* Deadline to Sign up to be a Road Trip Host is February 7

The Office of Admission needs current UE students who live in the residence halls to host prospective high school seniors for Road Trip February 21-23. If you are available, you can apply to host online or by emailing Ashley Jackson ( or Jordan Hall (, or stopping by the Office of Admission (OH 104).

Jordan Hall


Upcoming Events

* Diversity Coffee Break featuring Dr. Parks

Diversity Coffee Break is here, but we've changed the meeting day and time! We now meet on Mondays at 3 at the Diversity House. We've got coffee, tea, and friendly conversations about diversity around campus. Feel free to come and hang out with us for an hour! Our guest for Monday, Feb. 10 is Dr. Annette Parks from the History and Gender/Women's Studies departments. We'll be talking about Black History Month and Women's History Month, so this is a two-for-one! Hope to see you there!

If you would like to represent your group/organization on campus, please email HarMonee Baltzell at for more info!

HarMonee Baltzell

* TKE Towers

TKE towers is a competition to see which team can build the tallest tower of pasta and marshmallows. Teams are able to purchase additional supplies or even purchase hinders for the other teams. Teams consist of 2-4 people each.

This event is Saturday, Feb 8 at 6 pm in Rademacher's and supports Saint Jude's children's research hospital.

Brett Jenkins

* Barn Blitz Volunteers Needed this Saturday

Volunteers are needed for component building for Barn Blitz this Saturday at the Community Gardens (underneath the UE sign on the Lloyd Expressway). To sign up, go to  To fill out a waiver to be eligible to work, go to  Thanks for your help!

Timmy Miller

* Pulling Back the Curtain on Campus Diversity - Lecture and Breakout Sessions

On Monday, February 10th, join the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for a keynote lecture with featured guest for Black History Month, Dr. Derrick Brooms. The lecture, "Pulling Back the Curtain on Campus Diversity," will be Monday, February 10 at 6:00 p.m. in SOBA 170.

Additional opportunities to meet Dr. Brooms and discuss the culture around diversity at UE will be offered Tuesday, February 11th.

8:00-9:00 a.m. – Breakfast Open Chat with Derrick in Café Court (use meal plan or pay your own way)
9:30-10:30 a.m. – Workshop Session I: Staff and Administrators – Eykamp 252
1:15-2:15 p.m. – Workshop Session II: Faculty – Eykamp 252
2:30-4:00 p.m. – Student Wrap Session – Eykamp 253-254

Dr. Brooms serves as faculty in sociology and Africana studies and also serves as a youth worker. Dr. Brooms specializes in the sociology of African Americans in urban environments, particularly Black males, with research and activism that focus on educational equity, race and racism, diversity and inequality, and identity. His education research primarily centers on Black male schooling experiences in both secondary and postsecondary institutions. At the secondary level, his work examines the impact of school culture on academic aspirations, resilience, motivation, and sense of self. At the collegiate levels, he investigates the impact of campus climate, mentoring, and involvement on the academic performances and educational experiences of African American men. Additionally, his education research examines Black males’ identity development and expression. In his museum research, developed under the guidance of Ayana Karanja of Loyola University Chicago, he explores racial representation and how museum exhibits and sites play a role in maintaining narratives and counter-narratives.???

Dr. Brooms is the author of?Being Black, Being Male on Campus: Understanding and Confronting Black Male Collegiate Experiences?(SUNY Press, 2017).

The Mosaic Speaker Series is a program of the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and aims to recognize and celebrate the many representations of diversity found within and around the University of Evansville community.

Megan Sicard

* Open Mic Night

Students of Color and Empowerment will be hosting a Black History Month Open Mic Night February 17, 2020. This event will take place in Rademacher’s Lounge at 7 pm. If anyone is interested in participating email The deadline to sign up is February 10th. Students and Faculty may say a poem, a speech, a monologue, sing, or act, but it has to be related to Black History Month.

Lindsay Sullivan

* Paoli Peaks Ski Trip

Come join Venturing Crew and International Club for our annual ski trip to Paoli Peaks! Cost is $10 per person and includes gear rental, transportation, and classes if you need them. Choose to learn to ski or snowboard with all your friends! There is no requirement to be a part of either club beforehand, so bring all your snow-loving pals.

The trip will last from ~5:00pm on February 7th to ~2:00am on February 8th.

Sign up in Ridgway Monday - Wednesday, 11-1 and 5-7, or email if you can't make it to any of those times.

See you soon!

Madelyn Reinagel

* TKE Towers

Come support St. Jude Children's research hospital with TKE's philanthropy. It costs $10 for a team of 4 before the event or $15 at the door.

The goal for the participants is to build the tallest structure made of dry pasta and marshmallows. Hindrances can be purchased for other teams.

From Saturday, February 8, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST at Rademacher's Lounge, Ridgway.

Brett Jenkins


Info You Should Know

* Harlaxton Story Slam

Share your love for Harlaxton on Valentine's Day! In Rademacher's Lounge, across from Chick-Fil-A, from 3-4pm on Friday, February 14, there will be an open-mic style event to give you the opportunity to share your most memorable, funny, or moving 3-minute story from our favorite manor house. The Harlaxton office will have drawings and prizes of exclusive Harlaxton merchandise as well!

Kaylynn McCalister

* Sunday Night Worship

Neu Chapel hosts an informal worship on Sunday night at 7:30PM. This semester, we're learning from the example of great moral leaders. On February 9, we'll begin celebrating Black History Month by reflecting on the life of Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

JillAnn Knonenborg

* Submit your Abstracts for Student Research and Honors Symposium

All UE students are invited to participate in the second annual UE Student Research and Honors Symposium, 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 the Honors Program. If you would like to participate, please submit an abstract for your presentation or poster by March 2 by visiting this link:

Contact Jayme Williams at with any questions.

Jayme Williams

* Joe Atkinson Directs Play for Evansville Civic Theatre Underground Series

Evansville Civic Theatre's Underground series will open "Circle Mirror Transformation," by Annie Baker, on Thursday, February 13, at 7:30 p.m. The production, which run four days at Studio 321 (321 N. Congress), is directed by Assistant Professor of Communication Joe Atkinson.

"Circle Mirror Transformation" follows four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty's six-week-long community-center drama class. When the class begins to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. The play is a beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on February 13, 14, and 15, with a 2:00 matinee on Sunday, February 16.

Joe Atkinson

* Employee Excellence Nominations

Nominate Individuals for Employee Excellence!

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 March!

To nominate someone, or to find out more information about the Employee Excellence Award, go to

* Decades Fashion Show Call-out Meetings

Students of Color and Empowerment along with The Epsilon Iota Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., are having a Decades Fashion Show on April 4, 2020. Fashion trends from the 1950s- 2000s will be highlighted. If anyone is interested in being in the Decades Fashion show, please make sure to attend one of our call-out meetings. The call-out meetings will be.
•February 4, 2020 from 5-6:30 pm in SOBA 170.
•February 6,2020 from 5-7 pm in Koch 100
•February 7, 2020 from 5-7 pm in SOBA 162.

Lindsay Sullivan

* Catholic Mass

Join us for Catholic Mass with Fr. Christian Raab. Mass will be held in Neu Chapel at 1pm.

Kathryn Williams

* Habitat for Humanity Global Village Build in Guatemala

Are you interested in traveling and working to make the world a better place? If so, please consider applying to our May trip to Guatemala to build homes, smokeless stoves, and latrines. Students do not have to have any special skills or tools, but a heart for hard work and meeting new people. Over the week of May 10-17th, a group will travel and build with time to experience local culture and food. It is a wonderful way to contribute to a better world and to learn a lot about yourself.

You can apply for this opportunity at

Please contact hc110 for more information.

Holly Carter

* Alternative Spring Break Habitat for Humanity Trip to Ohio

Interested in making a difference this spring break? Travel with a team of UE students to Athens, Ohio to build homes with Habitat for Humanity. There is no experience required or special skills, just a willingness to learn and work hard. This adventure will allow you to see a new part of the country, meet local volunteers, and spend time with others over the spring break week. And the best part- it's free and all meals are included!

You can apply on UEngage or contact HC110 for more information.

Holly Carter

* Ally Training

Come learn about how to be a better ally with this training! Everyone is welcome to come! We have faculty training Thursday, Jan. 30th from 4-6pm in SOBA 173, and student training Friday, Feb. 7th from 5-7pm in SOBA 172!

Paige Kirkey

* Off-Campus Access to Library Databases

Did you know that you can access the library’s databases (like JSTOR and Taylor & Francis) from anywhere in the world? All you need is a library barcode. Staff at the Information Desk can easily add a barcode to your UE ID and library account. Once you have a barcode, simply go to and log in.

Questions? Ask A Librarian!

Meg Atwater-Singer

* Apply to be a Resident Assistant for Fall 2020

Applications are open on under "Forms" or click here:
Applications are due Monday, February 10th at 8:00am.

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. Individual interviews are between February 17th and February 19th. We will have one group interview on February 20th. Interviews are mandatory, unless you have an emergency, class, or prior conflict. Please let us know ASAP if that is the case so we can schedule a different time for your interview.
Dress is business casual for all interviews.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Megan King at or Karyssa Vasquez at

Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Residence Life team!

Karyssa L Vasquez



* Dr Edward Bujak Becomes Senior Fellow

Dr Edward Bujak has been appointed as a Senior Fellow of the United Kingdom's Higher Education Academy in recognition of his contribution to teaching and learning support in Higher Education. Dr Bujak is Chair of the Department of British Studies at Harlaxton College.

Edward Bujak

* Wandel Receives Second Grant This Year

Tamara L. Wandel, associate professor in the Department of Communication, recently received her second grant of the academic year for continued work with the First Amendment on college campuses. The grant is funded through 1 For All, a nonprofit educational effort to build understanding and respect for the five freedoms of the First Amendment. Dr. Wandel is one of only three professors in the U.S. to receive multiple campaign grants from the nonpartisan organization in 2019-2020.

Mark Shifflet

* Professor Azarian Speaks at National Conference and Serves as a Judge for Undergraduate Research

Mohammad K. Azarian, Professor of Mathematics, presented a paper, entitled, "On Convergence of Some Infinite Series Involving Fibonacci Numbers and Identities" at the joint annual meetings of the American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America in Denver, Colorado, January 15-18, 2020. Also, at this conference he served as a judge for undergraduate poster sessions, sponsored by Mathematical Association of America and funded by the National Science Foundation.

Mohammad K. Azarian


Sympathy to...

* Sympathy for Kevin Smith and Family

We extend our condolences to Kevin Smith, the Director of Housekeeping (WFF), on the loss his mother, Charlene Smith, on Friday, February 7 following a lengthy illness. Please keep Kevin and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.



* Softball Opens Season on Friday

The season is here for the University of Evansville softball team with the Purple Aces traveling to the Chicago area for the Total Control Sports Invitational.  The Dome at Rosemont, Ill. will be the host with each game being indoors.

UE opens the season against Miami Ohio at 12:30 p.m. on Friday before completing the day with a 5:30 p.m. contest versus Butler.  Saturday pits the Aces against Western Illinois at 10 a.m. and IUPUI at 3 p.m. before the weekend will be completed with a 10 a.m. matchup versus Green Bay.  Live stats will not be available this weekend, but follow @UEAthletics_SB for in-game updates as well as for recaps and stats after each game.

“We are excited to be able to go up to Chicago as we have several players from Illinois on our roster.  We know that we will get the games in, which is a benefit of playing in a dome,” Aces head coach Mat Mundell said.  “There is some really good competition this weekend.  We open with Miami Ohio who won MAC regular season last year.  We’ll face a good Butler team that we played twice last season.  WIU, IUPUI and Green Bay each have really good mid-major talent that will challenge us to open the season.  Looking forward to seeing what these girls can do when we put them together on the field.”

Leading the Aces returners is junior Eryn Gould, who was UE's top hitter last year, finishing at .306 with team highs in home runs (10), RBI (31), runs (30), hits (41) and walks (35).  She earned her second nod on the All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team. 

In her debut season in 2019, Katie McLean batted .305 and recorded 34 walks while reaching base 45.4% of the time.  Just behind that duo were Allison Daggett and Mea Adams, who finished the year hitting .260 and .257, respectively.

Emily Lockhart was UE’s top pitcher last season and returns for her final season.  She won nine contests while throwing 10 complete games.  She notched a 4.03 ERA.  As a freshman in 2019, Izzy Vetter picked up nine victories and led the way with 106 strikeouts. 

Miami Ohio is the first opponent for UE and finished last year with a 35-16 record.  Their 16-4 finish in the Mid-American Conference gave them the regular season title.  Butler won 16 games last year, but is a squad the Aces are familiar with.  They squared off twice last season including a game in last year’s Total Control Sports Invitational and a contest at Cooper Stadium with the Bulldogs winning both times.

Western Illinois had an even 20-20 mark a season ago, but excelled in Summit League action, going 12-6.  IUPUI won 18 games in 2019 while Green Bay finished with 12.


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