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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Upcoming Events

* I-House: Black History Month - Today

Dear Aces!
For this week's I-House, our topic is Black History Month. It is a nationally recognized holiday that takes place the month of February, every year. During February, U.S. citizens are encouraged to take a journey through time and acknowledge the many, and often unheard of, historical Black figures in U.S. history. African Americans have often been overlooked or written out of history books, even though many have made crucial achievements that are important to the history of the U.S. From abolitionists to civil rights advocates, writers to filmmakers, and everything in between, African Americans have made, and continue to make, great contributions to American society and deserve to be recognized for their work, which is why we celebrate Black History Month. We will be celebrating it by playing a game of Jeopardy lead by HarMonee Baltzell. This event will be taking place this Wednesday (February 26th) on 2nd Floor Ridgway at 7 pm. We hope to see you there.

Hussam Taj

* BSU Indy Trip This Weekend - Now only $5.00!

We’re going to Indy! Come with us to serve the community and enjoy some of the sights in Indianapolis! We’re serving in the morning and ending the trip with a museum. Only $5! We’re taking 25 people (there are spots available!)

Contact or for more info or to register!

DaLisa McCallum

* Hiring Summer Counselors

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• Every summer UE offers camps that introduce middle school boys and girls and high school girls to disciplines within engineering and computer science via hands-on activities and field trips.

WHO can be a counselor?
• Current College of Engineering and Computer Science students (or other STEM majors) who want to participate in an outreach program that supports diversity in STEM, allows you to demonstrate your motivation to hold a leadership position, and encourages people to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.

WHEN and WHERE are the camps?
• High School Girls - June 14-19 (residential camp) • Middle School Girls - June 21-24 (residential camp) • Middle School Boys - June 22-26 (day camp) • All camps are held on the UE campus

Other Information
• The counselor position is a paid position for all camps. • All counselors will be helping lead various activities, assisting faculty-led workshops, and inspiring young people. • The residential camps for girls will include room and board during the duration of the camp. Counselors will be staying in a dorm with the campers.

HOW to apply?
• If you are interested in being a counselor, please apply in person in Koch Center 250 or email by no later than FEB. 28. Interviews and selections will take place before Spring Break.

For more information about the camps, go to:

Kimberly Higgins

* Building Resilience Lecture

Please join us for an exclusive presentation designed for university and college students featuring National Resiliency expert Dr. Ken Ginsburg. Dr. Ginsburg is known around the world for his work on fostering resilience in young people by building on their strengths. Dr. Ginsburg's presentation will help you look differently at your profession as you learn about stress and trauma. You will leave with the knowledge and skills you need to nurture strength in others and in yourself.

What: Why Resilience Matters in Your World: A Strengths-Informed Approach to Medicine and Youth Development
Where: University of Evansville, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall
When: March 3, 2020
Time: 8:00-9:30
Who: Open to All Students, Pre-Professionals, and Faculty from IU, Ivy Tech, UE, and USI

Details: Free Admission and Free Parking on UE’s Campus

Can't make it to this event? You have other opportunities to hear Dr. Ginburg. For more information on those, or more information on Dr. Ginsburg, please visit

Sharon Selby

* RecyceMania and Recycling at UE

UE is once again participating in RecycleMania, a recycling tournament for universities. The tournament runs from February through the end of March.
At UE, the following items can be placed in an appropriate recycling bin:
• Empty aluminum and steel cans
• Empty plastic containers and drink bottles
• Paper products such as newspapers, office paper, magazines and empty cereal boxes
• Note: Please place books and used toner cartridges and cardboard next to the recycle bins

Please do NOT put the following items in UE’s recycling bins:
• Glass
• Pizza boxes – these can contain food or grease
• Trash such as leftover food and candy wrappers
• Styrofoam
• Full or partially full plastic or aluminum drink containers
• Plastic bags or bubble wrap
• Used tissues and paper towels
To find out where to drop off recyclables at UE, why it’s important to recycle and more, check out the UE Recycling Guide at Call 2697 or email with questions.

Amber Elkins

* Newman Club Events (February 24-March 1)

Newman Night
Come to our weekly Newman Night for dinner and discussion! Fr. Christian will be talking about Sin. Discussion starts at 5pm at Newman Center with a delicious dinner to follow!

Rosary Group
Come and pray the Rosary with us! Every Wednesday at noon in Library Room 208. No experience needed!

Small Group
Join or try out a small group this Wednesday or Thursday at Newman Center! Wednesdays are with Annie at 7pm discussing the topic of Cultivating Fruits of the Spirit. Thursdays are with Michaela and Lesley at 8:30pm discussing How To Build Your Spiritual Armor.

Men's Group
Join or try out the Men's Group! Wednesdays at 7pm at Newman Center.

Ash Wednesday
There will be an Ash Wednesday mass offered on February 26 in Neu Chapel at 5pm. Following mass, there will be dinner in Grabil Lounge (basement of Neu Chapel). Join us so you too can get a nice ash!

Catholic Mass
All are welcome! Join us for Catholic Mass this Sunday! Mass will be held in Neu Chapel at 1pm.

Spiritual Pilgrimage
The Harlaxton Office is offering a unique spiritual pilgrimage to England and Rome. This summer, you can journey to England and Rome, following in the footsteps of St. John Henry Newman. Author of 'The Idea of the University' and numerous other spiritual classics, this recently canonized Catholic saint has a lot to teach us about conversion, forgiveness, friendship, the modern world, faith and reason and MORE! Students will read about these topics, with the potential to earn a 3hr credit while traveling. Dates are May 30-June 7th. Email Kaiylnn McCallister (kc205) for more information on travel or Jenny Koch (je46) for information on the class.

View the event flyer.

Kathryn Williams

* UE Theatre Presents VIOLET

The University of Evansville opens the 2020 semester with the Tony-nominated musical VIOLET, lyrics and book by Brian Crawley, and music by Jeanine Tesori. Based on Doris Betts’ short story THE UGLIEST PILGRIM, it is the story of a young, disfigured woman who journeys on a bus from her farm in North Carolina, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in order to be healed. This production opens Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., on Feb. 22, 27, 28, 29 and at 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 23, and Mar. 1.

Resident Director Wes Grantom directs VIOLET. Austin C. Kuhn, a senior from Evansville, Ind., serves as the scenic designer; Hannah Mattingly, a senior from Shelbyville, Ky., serves as the costume designer; Nicholas McCulloch, a junior from Seattle, Wash., serves as the lighting designer; Guest Artist Richard Ingraham serves as the sound designer; Brock McCullough, a senior from Omaha, Neb., serves as the dramaturg; Megan Sizemore, a junior from Cypress, Texas, serves as the stage manager, and Professor Chuck Meacham serves as the technical director.

The cast features first-year Elizabeth Dye from Frisco, Texas, as Violet; first-year David Akinwande from Houston, Texas, as Flick; junior Ethan Davenport from Minneapolis, Minn., as Monty; junior Jack Russell from Montgomery, Texas, as Father; junior Cole Lannert from Evansville, Ind., as Preacher; first-year Allie Forte from New Albany, Ind., as Ameta/Lula; guest actor Colleen Meacham, age 14, from Evansville, Ind., as Young Violet; junior Hannah Stevens, from Arlington, Texas, as Old Lady; junior Amanda Cowan from Mansfield, Texas, as Music Hall Singer; first-year Gabriel Smothers from Casper, Wyo., as Billy Dean; first-year Jimmy Guest from Bettendorf, Iowa, as Leroy Evans; junior Theodore J. Esten from Cedarburg, Wis., as Radio Singer; sophomore Kayleigh Doyle from McKinney, Texas, as Hotel Singer. The ensemble includes sophomore Claire Himstedt from St. Louis, Mo.; first-years Jake Conrad from Olympia, Wash.; Marie Reilly from Spring Hill, Fla.; Amelia Overholt from Fort Collins, Colo.; Brevan Crawford from Houston, Texas; and Nathan Viscaino from Redmond, Ore.

The UE Theatre Society hosts a Pre-Play Chat 30 minutes prior to the show on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Thursday, Feb. 27. All are welcome to attend the presentation and discussion with a student designer about their process on the production. Ticket prices for VIOLET are $20 for adults and $18 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12 noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488–2031, Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

* UE Theatre Presents Post-Show Discussions on "Race and Representation in the Arts"

The University of Evansville Theatre will hold post-show discussions following the Saturday, Feb. 22 and Thursday, Feb. 27, performances of the musical VIOLET, in Shanklin Theatre. Dr. Rob Shelby, UE’s Chief Diversity Officer, will moderate these discussions on the topic of “Race and Representation in the Arts.”

All are welcome and a ticket to that evening’s performance is not required for admission to the post-show discussion, which will commence at approximately 9:15 pm.

VIOLET, music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, opens this Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., on Feb. 22, 27, 28, 29 and at 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 23, and Mar. 1. Call 812.488.2031 for tickets to the production.

Sharla Cowden

* Andiron Lecture March 4, 2020 by Roberta Heiman (Votes for Women - and Then What)

Roberta Heiman’s career in journalism spanned 42 years, most of it in Evansville. Her work as an investigative reporter won state and national awards for shedding light on community issues as varied as air pollution and jail overcrowding, the failed child welfare system and medical malpractice.   In retirement she has tackled another issue – the fact that women’s contributions to our community have been left out of local history books, which of course, were written by men.  She was instrumental in creating “Herstory,” a play about women in 20th Century Evansville, and she has written extensively about Albion Fellows Bacon, Dr. Stella Boyd and other local heroines in history (including women in UE’s history.) In addition, she resurrected the Southwestern Indiana League of Women Voters, which had disbanded in the 1990s, and she was among the founders of Women Stepping Up, which encourages and helps prepare women to seek elective office and be active civically. In 2013 she was a recipient of the Torchbearer Award by the Indiana Commission for Women.  She attended Purdue University. 

Much has been written about the beginning and end of the women’s suffrage movement – the historic Seneca Falls convention in 1848 and the dramatic ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.  But we know little about the seven decades in between, when the battle for the right to vote was fought by women across the country, in hometowns like Evansville and Newburgh where the idea was radical, indeed. Who were the local suffragists?  What did they do, and how did the community respond?  Local history books make almost no mention of them.   To find the answers, retired journalist Roberta Heiman searched through 150 years of Evansville newspapers to uncover the story in time for 2020, the 100th anniversary of “the biggest expansion of democracy in United States history.” 

The lecture begins at 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Eykamp Hall (Room 252), Ridgway University Center
A social gathering with beverages begins at 3:45 p.m.

For further information, call Annette Parks at 812-488-1070
or the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589


Info You Should Know

* This Week in Religious Life

Theological Thursdays
On Thursday at 5:30PM, meet at Honeymoon Cafe to discuss big philosophical and ethical questions. The first seven students to arrive will receive a free coffee or tea.

Ashes to Go
In honor of Ash Wednesday, ashes will be offered by the Office of Religious Life on the first floor of Ridgeway, 4-5PM.

Sunday Worship
Join us on Sundays, 7:30PM, in Neu Chapel for a time of prayer, singing, and meditation. Dress is casual. All are welcome.

JillAnn Knonenborg

* 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 next session is Sunday, March 1st from 4:30-6:00 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 domingo!

Diana Rodriguez Quevedo

* Plisky Presents Research at APTA Meeting

Dr. Phil Plisky, associate professor and sports residency program director, gave two research presentations this month at the 2020 APTA Combined Sections meeting in Denver. The presentations included the extensive research that Dr. Kyle Kiesel and he have conducted in a multi-year, prospective injury prediction study with the military. Dr. Plisky presented the findings that 44% of soldiers who returned to full duty have pain with the simple top tier movement patterns of the SFMA and 70% of the soldiers had 5 or more risk factors for future injury (making them 2-10 times at greater risk of injury). The clinical bottom line is that physical therapists need to not only treat the condition, but check and attempt to correct other musculoskeletal risk factors regardless if they relate to the original injury.


Jennifer Simon

* IM Inner Tube Bball Registration Deadline

Registration for Intramural Inner Tube Basketball closes this Thursday, 2/27 at 2pm. All equipment will be provided, all skill levels welcome. Make sure to get your teams signed up before the deadline so you can participate and compete to win a Champion's shirt!

Drew Hawkins

* IM Floor Hockey Registration Deadline

Registration for Intramural Floor Hockey closes this Thursday, 2/27 at 2pm. All equipment will be provided, all skill levels welcome. Make sure to get your teams signed up before the deadline so you can participate and compete to win a Champion's shirt!

Drew Hawkins

* NATE and Tower Family Foundation Announce the 2020 Recipient of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship

University of Evansville Civil Engineering Scholarship is Funded Annually by NATE; Honors Jones’ Legacy as a Structural Engineer, Industry Icon

(Raleigh, North Carolina) - NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association and Tower Family Foundation today jointly announced that Elijah Sullivan, a junior civil engineering student from Evansville, Indiana has been named as the 2020 recipient of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. The official announcement was made at the NATE Awards & Sponsor Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, February 19 during the annual NATE UNITE 2020 Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Elijah is at the top of his class academically but especially excels in his major courses related to construction and UE’s structural analysis and design sequences. In addition to his civil engineering major, Elijah is now pursuing minors in both Mathematics and Engineering Management with an anticipated graduation date of May 2021. Ever curious about the way things work, Elijah has participated in the University of Evansville’s steel bridge project, and has been involved with the Aces Concrete Canoe team since his sophomore year. Most recently, he interned with the Indiana Department of Transportation's (INDOT) bridge inspection unit in the summer of 2019. For the summer of 2020, Elijah is actively seeking to obtain a structural design internship.

“Elijah is a dedicated student who demonstrates an eagerness to learn as much as possible about structural design and construction,” stated Dr. James Allen, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Evansville. “In my structural analysis and design classes I can always count on Elijah to ask insightful questions that lead to an increased understanding by not only himself, but also his classmates. He has a unique ability to frame his questions in a way that leads to deeper discussions of practical design and construction issues. We think this diligence and continuous pursuit for deeper understanding of the behavior of his designs embodies the spirit of Ernie Jones as the recipient of his named memorial scholarship,” added Dr. Allen.

Ernie Jones was a structural engineer who worked in the broadcast tower industry for 30 years. During his career, Mr. Jones served as a Professional Engineer and President of Consolidated Engineering, Inc. and as Vice-President of Structural Engineering at Electronics Research, Inc. Ernie was also a participating member of the TR-14.7 Committee of the Telecommunications Industry Association and Electronics Industry Association since 1986 where he assisted with writing and approving the ANSI-TIA/EIA 222 Standard which is the American National Standard for Steel Antenna Towers and Antenna Supporting Structures.

The Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship awards a $2,500 NATE-funded scholarship annually to a junior or senior level civil engineering student at the University of Evansville’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.

For more information on NATE, visit Visit to learn more about the Tower Family Foundation.

* UE Students FREE with ID! Beginner Flamenco Dance Workshop by UE Ballroom Dance

Beginner Flamenco Dance Workshop by UE Ballroom Dance- UE Students FREE with ID! Eykamp Hall Friday, March 6 7pm - 9pm And Saturday, March 7 10am - 12pm. No Experience Necessary!! RSVP via text to 812-449-1044. Community Members may attend for $20.00.


Brooksie Smith

* Village Request Cards Available

Students interested in living in the Villages for 2020-21 should pick up Village request cards in the Office of Residence Life.

The Villages are reserved primarily for students with 60 plus credit hours. In order to apply to live in the Villages, each person in your group must have at least 44 credit hours on file with the University by the end of the Fall 2019 semester.

Village request cards are due back to the Office of Residence Life by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 28.

More information on the housing assignments process can be found on the residence life section of the University website at

Brian Russell Conner

* Solution Station Wednesday: Housing Selection

Thinking about where to live next year?

Finding a place to live or a roommate can be challenging. Stop by the Solution Station table in Ridgway this Wednesday to discover all of the options available to make UE your home away from home.

Brian Conner, Associate Director of Residence Life, will available to hand out Village housing request cards, review the residence hall selection process, and answer any questions you have about living on campus.

Don’t live on campus currently? Stop by to talk about the benefits of living on campus.

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

Chad Hart

* Catholic Mass

All are welcome! Join us for Catholic Mass this Sunday! Mass will be held in Neu Chapel at 1pm.

Kathryn Williams

* Championship Ballroom Dancer Teacher is Back

Thur. 2/27 Champion Ballroom Dancer Back! UE Ballroom is happy to bring back World Champion* ballroom dancer Jonah Schneider on Thursday, 2/27. He’s in town for a performance and is once again available for private lessons prior to it.

Lessons are in 45 minute blocks, and the first lesson starts at 12:00pm, with the last one at 3:45pm. $85 a lesson and it can be a private lesson, or split with partners, spouses, significant others, friends or a group! Take advantage of this opportunity – no experience necessary! He teaches all levels and all styles.

To book a slot, text 812-449-1044. *2016 Top Latin Teacher, Fred Astaire World Championships

dance flyer.

Erin Lewis

* Submit Abstracts for UE Student Research and Honors Symposium by March 2

The 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 the Honors Program. All 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 deadline for submitting abstracts is Monday, March 2.

Contact Jayme Williams at with any questions.

Jayme Williams

* Spring Healthy Behavior Challenge

Earn Additional HRA Credits for the 2019-2020 Benefit year! Successfully complete the 8 week challenge and earn an extra $150 in HRA credits. The challenge consists of tracking fruit and vegetable consumption and tracking minutes of weekly exercise. Please email to sign-up!

All are welcome to participate in this challenge! Only those enrolled in the UE HRA Medical Benefit Plan are eligible to earn HRA credits. If you have previously earned HRA credits for the Summer or Fall Healthy Behavior Challenge in the 2019-2020 benefit year, you are ineligible to earn this credit again.

Ashley Chipps

* Village Housing Request Cards Available

Students interested in living in the Villages for 2020-21 should pick up Village request cards in the Office of Residence Life.

Students can apply to live in a single apartment or with up to 5 friends in the Villages. Village units consist of on-campus houses, apartments, Jones Hall apartments, and Townhouses. The Villages are reserved primarily for students with 60 plus credit hours. In order to apply to live in the Villages, each person in your group must have at least 44 credit hours on file with the University by the end of the Fall 2019 semester.

Village request cards are due back to the Office of Residence Life by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 28.

More information on the housing assignments process can be found on the residence life section of the University website.

Brian Conner


* Summer Sessions Payment Plan

Payment plans for summer session courses including Early Summer, Harlaxton Summer, Summer I, and Summer II are available now. Contact the cashiers in the Office of Student Financial Services (Olmsted rm. 105G) to set-up a payment plan. Payments can be arranged from the point of set-up to the due date of the session. There is no fee for the payment plan.

Students should contact the Office of Student Financial Services no later than Reading-Study Day, May 7, 2020 to determine if financial aid is available for their summer courses.

Submitted by Amy Sowders


Sympathy to...

* Sympathy to Mark Valenzuela

We share our deepest sympathy with Dr. Mark Valenzuela, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, and his family for the loss of Mark’s father, Mario Piscasio Valenzuela. Mario, also a civil engineer, lived in Lilburn, Georgia with his wife of 57 years, Linda who survives.

Visitation will be from 5:00 - 8:00 PM on Wednesday, February 26th, at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, Tucker, GA 30084.The Funeral Liturgy will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn, GA 30047.

Online condolences may be left at Lift up Mark and his family in your thoughts and prayers.



* Evansville Puts Up Fight Against No. 2 Vanderbilt

Battling the second-ranked Commodores, the University of Evansville baseball team put forth a good showing, falling to Vanderbilt, 6-0, on Tuesday evening in Nashville.

After Evansville went down in order to start the first, Vanderbilt got on the board quickly, scoring a run on an RBI groundout by Ty Duvall with one out in the inning.

Evansville did a good job of executing defensively, getting a pair of shutout innings from Tyler Denu and Drew Dominik that held Vandy's advantage to 1-0 through three.

Following a second Vanderbilt run in the bottom of the fourth, the Aces threatened in the top of the fifth. Troy Beilsmith walked to lead-off the inning, and after a pop up, Brent Widder became the second Ace to walk in the inning. With two runners on and just one out, Vanderbilt starter Jack Leiter shut down Evansville, striking out a batter and inducing a foul out.

Vanderbilt scored another run in the fifth, boosting its advantage to 4-0, but Evansville again looked to chip away at the Commodores' lead. In the top of the sixth, the Aces were dealt two quick outs, but battled back, loading the bases after Indiana Stanley singled to the shortstop and Mark Shallenberger and Beilsmith were each hit by a pitch. With the bases juiced, Vanderbilt closed the inning, striking out an Ace.

The Commodores would go on to add a fourth run in the fifth and two more in the sixth, securing the 6-0 win.

Evansville hosts its first series in the River City this weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday when the Aces host Butler at Bosse Field.


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