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Monday, January 23, 2012

* President Kazee Discusses Think Outside the Lunch Box Series in Chronicle of Higher Education

President Tom Kazee recently shared details of UE's popular Think Outside the Lunch Box faculty speaker series with the Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicle is the #1 source of news and information for those in higher education. You can read Dr. Kazee's piece here:







What's Happening Today

* Dr. Jerry Seng to Speak at Newman Center Tonight

For tonight's Dinner & Discussion at the Newman Center, UE Professor Emeritus of Biology Jerry Seng will be the featured presenter. His topic will be the Catholic Church and stem cell research. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., with discussion beginning shortly after 6:00 p.m.

* Sights and Sounds on display in Krannert Gallery

This is to let you know about a new, colorful and exciting two-artist exhibit, titled "Sights and Sounds," currently on display at the Krannert Gallery located in the lobby of the Krannert Fine Arts Building. The artists are Cedric Hustace and Jeffrey Smith -two businessmen - a retired lawyer and a regional store manger, respectively. Their works are in oils, acrylic and watercolor. The exhibit runs through February 20. The gallery is open from 8:00 am to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday;and 11:00 am to 9:00 p.m., Sunday.

Smith has a number of very colorful thought provoking abstract images , some mysterious landscapes and realistic animal and floral images. His subject matter is intriguing and varied inspired by life experiences.

Hustace is exhibiting acrylic impressionistic paintings from his Music Series. Hustace's paintings include the Eykamp String Quartet, the UE Jazz Ensemble, the Philharmonic's Kettledrums and other musical scenes from around the world.


* Sigma Alpha Iota Recruitment

Are you a woman with a love for music? If so, you are invited to the recruitment events for Sigma Alpha Iota, the women’s music fraternity. Informal recruitment events will take place Monday, January 23 and Tuesday, January 24 at 9:00 p.m. in Room 110, Fine Arts Building. Both music majors and non-majors are welcome, as well as those affiliated with social Greek organizations. For questions or more information please contact Elizabeth Stone at

* Delta Sigma Pi Recruitment Events

Attention all UE business majors! Delta Sigma Pi - the international professional business fraternity - is having its recruitment events January 23, 24, and 25. On Monday, January 23 at 9 p.m. in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall) in Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building, come to the Meet-the-Chapter meeting. There you'll receive more information about the fraternity as well as more information about recruitment week. So if you're interested in developing both your professional and personal skills, come to Meet-the-Chapter! Email Catherine at with any questions.

* Sign up for Nerd Wars Trivia Night Hosted by Honors Program!

Nerd Wars is back but with a new twist! Instead of two teams at a time competing on stage, all teams will compete in each round making it more fun for everyone the entire evening. Teams consist of up to 5 people who work together to answer questions. Teams can be comprised of students, faculty, staff, or administrators. Some of the topics covered will be science, history, sports, art, and even UE trivia!  Like always, there will be complimentary snacks and giveaways throughout the evening.  The entry fee will help cover t-shirt costs and donations will be accepted benefiting Albion Fellows Bacon Center (so please bring money!). To sign up, email Lesa Hofferth at with your team name, first and last name of each team member, and their t-shirt sizes. The entry fee is $5 per person. Do this by January 24 to guarantee your t-shirt. The event, held Wednesday February 8 at 7 p.m. in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center, will include giveaways and prizes for the winning team!



Upcoming Events

* This Week in Music: Concert for Violin and Piano

This week’s Tuesday evening recital will feature Oramay Cluthe Eades Distinguished Professor of Music and Violin Carol Dallinger and Professor of Music and Piano Anne Hastings Fiedler in a program of works from the Baroque to the modern era.  The concert will open with the Violin Sonata in A Major, TWV 41:A4, by Georg Philipp Telemann, with harpsichordist Helen Skuggedal Reed and Consortium Instructor of Cello Jennifer Wingert accompanying Professor Dallinger.  Highlights of the evening will include Dallinger’s and Fiedler’s performance of Schubert’s Sonata in D Major for Violin and Piano, D. 384, and Fiedler’s performance of the fourth movement of Charles Ives’s Piano Sonata No. 2, “Concord, Mass., 1840-60.”  Other works on the program include Asako Hirabayashi’s Vocalise for Violin and Harpsichord, a portion of David Del Tredici’s Gotham Glory for solo piano, and Thomas Wermuth’s arrangement of Jacob Gade’s Jealousy.  For the Gade, the final work on the program, Dallinger will be joined by UE alumni and violinists Elizabeth Heiger, Lisa Lance, and Karen Renner.  The recital will take place in Wheeler Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening and is free and open to the public.


* I-House: Tajikistan

Join us this week for I-House: Tajikistan, hosted by student Suhrob Muratov. Bring your friends to enjoy the presentation and complimentary cookies, this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. on the second floor of Ridgway University Center in the Class of 1959 Gallery.


* Team UE Forming for Kentucky Derby Festival Marathons

Are you a runner or interested in starting to run? Are you interested in training for a mini marathon(13.1 miles)? If so, tie up your running shoes and join TEAM UE for the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and Mini -Marathon. No matter your level of running - novice, intermediate, or advanced – there is a training schedule for you! A number of UE students, faculty  and staff are interested in training for the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and Mini-Marathon in Louisville Ky., on Saturday, April 28. The Fitness Center is formalizing a program for interested runners. Take the challenge and become a part of Team UE at the Kentucky Derby Mini–Marathon! Join Team UE for an informational meeting on January 26  at 5:00 p.m. in the Fitness Center lobby. For more information you can visit the following link or contact Jeff Chestnut or Angie Stauber at ext 2622


* Student Writing Workshop on Chicago Manual of Style on January 24

The Writing Center will conduct a 30-minute student workshop on the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24. If your professor requests you use the CMS style guide for research papers, you will learn the importance of citing your sources to avoid plagiarism and how to cite them using this format (instead of MLA or APA).  Your professor will receive a list of students who attend.


* Lunch & Learn Spring Session – When is the Right Time for Long-Term Care Insurance?

UE faculty, staff, students, and community are invited to attend the free (bring your lunch) Lunch & Learn session on Wednesday, February 8, from noon–12:50 p.m. in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center. The session will be presented by Centennial Wealth Advisory. The discussion will cover benefits and drawbacks of long-term care insurance, and cover the Indiana Long-Term Care Partnership, which allows people to keep more of their assets. Please contact Judy Caldwell at if you have questions. This event is sponsored by the Center for Adult Education.

* Damani Bryant to Speak at February Crick Lecture

The next in the series of Crick Lectures in Cognitive and Neural Sciences is set for February 8 from 4-5 p.m. in Room 100 (Vectren Lecture Hall) in Koch Center. The speaker will be Dr. Damani N. Bryant, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology at Oregon Health & Science University. He will be discussing "Mechanisms of Sexually Dimorphic Estradiol Neuroprotection." The lecture is free and open to the public.

Biological sex has historically been one of the most overlooked aspects of Neuroscience. It has become clear in recent years that sex profoundly alters the way the brain responds to its environment. For example, the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Stroke varies as a function of sex and estrogen status. Pre-menopausal women enjoy better protection from AD and Stroke than men, implying that estrogen is neuroprotective.

The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) was designed to determine whether hormone replacement was beneficial to women. Surprisingly, WHI found no benefit to estrogen replacement. However, there are several caveats associated with the design of WHI that preclude the broad generalization of its findings. Misinterpretation of the WHI findings thus represents a critical barrier to advancing our understanding of estradiol’s effects in the brain, which are very complex and are not completely understood. Given the documented impact of sex on vulnerability to insult, it is reasonable to postulate that sex also modifies the brain’s response to other stimuli, such as the neuroprotective steroid 17β-estradiol (E2).

To address this issue, male and female rat neurons are cultured separately and used as an experimental model system to examine biochemical responses to E2. Male neurons show a less robust response to estradiol than female neurons. The most important question is “Why is E2 signaling sexually dimorphic?” This sex difference may be a consequence of the perinatal Testosterone surge, which “Organizes” the male brain or it may be a consequence of genetic sex (XX vs XY). Future studies will address this issue.

* Study Abroad in China

There will be a meeting on Tuesday, January 24, at 5:30 p.m. in Hyde Hall 103 for all students who may be interested in studying abroad in China this summer.  This includes anyone who did not attend the initial meeting for this program that took place in December.  It should be emphasized that there is still an opportunity for any student who has not expressed an interest in this program before now from participating.  If you have any questions, please contact either Roger Pieroni ( in Foreign Languages or Mark Shifflet ( in Communication.

* Physical Therapy Club Meeting

The first Physical Therapy Club Meeting for the spring semester is set for Jan 24 at 12 p.m. in Room 104, Graves Hall. All students welcome- undergraduates and graduates.

The group will be discussing club requirements, events, and opportunities for the semester. Benefits for participating in PT club include:
• The opportunity to express ideas and concerns about topics of interest to PT students
• Opportunities to hear guest lecturers
• Community service opportunities
• Information about upcoming APTA and Indiana APTA events
• Fellowship and Mentoring from upperclassmen who have "been there, done that" in the DPT and PTA curriculum

If you have any questions, or would like to be involved  but cannot attend the meeting, please email Club President Jennifer Murphy at



Info You Should Know

* Attention UE Cardholders:

The January Pcard Cycle began on Dec. 22 and ends on Jan 23.  Pcards statements must  be reconciled and printed from SDG2 as of Jan. 25 and submitted along with your receipts in a Pcard Envelope.  GL will upload on Jan. 27.

* Reminder: MESCON 2012 Deadlines Approaching

A reminder - the MESCON 2012 deadlines are approaching! The abstract deadline is January 27, and the paper deadline is March 2. The conference is set for Saturday,  March 24.

Registration for the conference on line at  


* The Major George Cowgill and Mrs. Mary Cowgill Award in Creative Writing

The Department of Creative Writing announces the Major George Cowgill and Mrs. Mary Cowgill Award in Creative Writing.

George and Mary Cowgill believed in the power of a good education and the potential freedom and opportunity higher education could provide. Though he achieved much in his life, often through determination and a knack for being in the right place at the right time, Mr. Cowgill felt he could have achieved more if he had earned a college degree and instilled this belief in his sons. Mrs. Cowgill taught English for many years and continued her own education, eventually becoming a high school guidance counselor, where she helped many students in their search for the right college. A number of those students attended the University of Evansville, including her son Michael (BFA, creative writing, ’95). In her retirement, she volunteered at St. Gerard, a high school for pregnant teenagers in St. Augustine, Fla.

Mr. and Mrs. Cowgill both worked hard and made sacrifices so their sons could attend college. Though creative writing wasn’t their first choice of major, they supported Michael’s choice both at UE and later at the graduate level at George Mason University. They were lifelong readers and considered writing an honorable profession. Michael honors their spirit and memories with this gift to the Department of Creative Writing.

DEADLINE: Entries MUST BE RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, AT 4:00 P.M.  No late manuscripts will be accepted.

One $1000 prize will be awarded for the best story

ELIGIBILITY:  Any UE writing major or minor.

ENTRIES:  Maximum 15 pages of short fiction.

FORMAT:  All entries are to be typed on one side of 8 ½ x 11 sheets, double-spaced.  Each is to have a title, and pages are to be numbered.  The writer’s name is not to appear on the work, but each submission is to have an attached (stapled) cover page (8 ½ x 11) listing: the name of the award (“The Cowgill Award), the genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, academic essay), the title, author, and the UE ID number.  PLEASE NOTE: NO SUBMISSIONS WILL BE RETURNED.

Michael Cowgill will award the prize at the Creative Writing Coffee Hour on April 19 at 4 p.m. in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center.  All are welcome to attend.


* UE Student Writing Contest

The deadline to enter the UE Student Writing Contest for the Virginia Lowell Grabill Writing Awards and the George Klinger Memorial Prize for Excellence in Writing is February 17. Entries must be submitted to Kathy Martyn, administrative assistant for Departments of English and Creative Writing, in Room 320, Olmsted Hall. THEY MUST BE RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2012, AT 4:00 P.M.  No late manuscripts will be accepted.

Grabill Awards
Four $100 first prizes will be awarded for the best (1) Poem; (2) Short Story; (3) Creative Non-Fiction Essay; and (4) Academic Essay.  Second and third prizes of $75 and $50 respectively will be awarded in each category.  In each category a student will receive only the highest prize for which he or she is eligible.

Anyone who is or has been a University of Evansville student at any time between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011 is eligible to submit a work in any category.

For the Poetry Category:  a poem of at least 10 lines.  Three may be entered separately.  For the Short Story Category:  a short story of at least 5 pages.  Two may be entered separately.  For the Creative Non-Fiction Essay category: a creative essay of at least 5 pages.  Two may be entered separately.  For the Academic Essay:  an expository research paper of at least 8 pages. Two may be entered separately. 

Klinger Prize
Two prizes will be awarded in the amount of $500 each, one for creative writing (poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction) and one for academic writing.

Any senior University of Evansville student is eligible for this prize.

Entries in the Poetry category should be a poem of at least 10 lines. Three may be entered separately. For Short Stories:  a short story of at least 5 pages.  Two may be entered separately. For Creative Non-Fiction: a creative essay of at least 5 pages. Two may be entered separately. For Academic Essays: an expository research or analysis paper of at least 8 pages. Two may be entered separately.

All entries are to be typed on one side of 8 ½ x 11 sheets, double-spaced. Each is to have a title, and pages are to be numbered. The writer’s name is not to appear on the work, but each submission is to have an attached (stapled) cover page (8 ½ x 11) listing: the genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, academic essay), the title, author, the UE ID number, class rank, and the name of any teacher who has read or heard the work. PLEASE NOTE: NO SUBMISSIONS WILL BE RETURNED.

Prizes for Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction will be awarded at the Creative Writing Coffee Hour on April 19 at 4 p.m. in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center.  All are welcome to attend.  Prizes for academic writing will be given at an English Department event to be announced at a later date.

Seniors will be entered automatically in both the Grabill and Klinger contests.

If in the opinion of the judges, entries in one or more categories are too few or not of satisfactory quality to merit recognition, one or more prizes may not be awarded.  All entries are judged “blindly” (i.e. anonymously.) Please note that all entries in the Poetry, Short Story, and Creative Non-Fiction categories will be judged by the Department of Creative Writing Faculty and may be considered for publication in The Evansville Review and/or The Ohio River Review.  All entries for the Academic Essay Category will be judged by the Department of English Faculty.

* Road Trip Hosts Needed!

The Office of Admission needs current UE students who live in the residence halls to host prospective high school seniors for Road Trip February 17-19. If you are available, you can volunteer by either clicking this link, emailing Ashley Jackson ( or Jess Sandlin (, or stopping by the Office of Admission (OH 104). Also, Admission Ambassadors will be stationed outside Café Court from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on January 23-27 for sign-ups. We are planning to have a great turnout so the more volunteers, the better!

* Dean's List Students Recognized at UE Libraries

Students who earned Dean’s List status for Autumn Semester 2011 are recognized in an exhibit at UE Libraries in entry lobby.  Students merit the honor of being named to the Dean’s List at the conclusion of each semester by earning a semester grade point average of 3.5 on a four point scale while carrying a full academic course load of at least 12 hours excluding Pass/Fail courses.  Exhibit continues through February 3.

* Fitness Center News

Due to popular demand,  the Fitness Center is adding a daily 11:00 a.m. Insanity class. 

Also - come try the latest Hollywood fitness craze! PILOXING uniquely blends the power, speed and agility of boxing with the beautiful sculpting and flexibility of Pilates.  It is a fat torching, muscle sculpting, core-centric interval workout,  guaranteed to whip you into shape. PILOXING is the brainchild of a Swedish dancer and celebrity trainer Viveca Jensen, used by Glee’s Heather Morris, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale and Hillary Duff. PILOXING  incorporates barefoot training as the preferred option over wearing conventional footwear as it’s important to strengthen your feet as a necessary foundation and support for the skeletal structure, muscle function and quality movement. Come join us on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

* Resident Assistant Applications Available

RA applications are available in all residence hall offices as well as the Office of Residence Life until Wednesday, January 25. Applications and recommendation forms are due back to the Office of Residence Life by Thursday January 26 at 5 p.m. If you have questions, please contact Mika Eubank at



* UE Chemistry Students and Professor Have Articles Published

Division I research by UE chemistry students Brandi Warren and Ashley Neuman, and Associate Professor of Biology Cris Hochwender and Associate Professor of Chemistry Arlen Kaufman have led to an upcoming article "Protein storage and root:shoot reallocation strategies provide tolerance to damage in a hybrid willow system.” Their research will be published in the international, peer-reviewed publication Oecologia, a première ecological journal.

Also, recent UE environmental science and biology students Jordon Lachowecki, Kristen Nolting, Elizabeth Maurer, and Abby Aldridge, as well as Hochwender, will have an article, "Evaluating the quality of a disturbed wetland habitat in southwestern Indiana: a survey of native and exotic flora,” published in the Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science. This research was carried out at Vectren Conservation Park, an 1100 acre research site provided by Vectren Corporation.

* Jesse Squires

Senior Jesse Squires, whose major is computer science, recently had his first iOS app titled "iPaint uPaint" accepted to Apple's AppStore. It's a finger-painting app featuring wireless collaborative painting between users. It works with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. You can find it here:



Sympathy to...

* Mary Kay Purcell and Family

Sympathy and condolences to Mary Kay Purcell, director of the Intensive English Center, on the death of her brother, Patrick T. Quinlan.  Pat passed away Thursday, January 19, at his residence in Jeffersonville, Ind.  Funeral services will be held Monday, January 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in New Albany, Ind.  Seabrook, Dieckmann & Naville Funeral Homes in New Albany are handling the arrangements.



* Women's Basketball Downed By Missouri State, 74-49

The visiting Missouri State Lady Bears scored the first basket of the game and kept the lead for the remainder of the game, overcoming the University of Evansville women’s basketball team, 74-49, Saturday afternoon at the Ford Center. With the loss, the Purple Aces fall to 4-15 on the season and 1-7 in the Missouri Valley Conference, while the Bears improve to 11-6 overall and 4-3 in the MVC.

Off the bench, sophomore Miranda Liles had a career game, co-leading Evansville with 11 points and four rebounds. Senior Briyana Blair also logged 11 points, while grabbing six boards, and adding five assists. Juniors Taylor Ware (8 pts), Meagan Collins (7 pts, 5 rebs), and Jordan Lewis (6 pts, 5 rebs) also contributed offensively. The Bears held UE’s leading scorer Samantha Heck to four points, but the junior co-led the Aces on the glass with six rebounds.

In the opening half, Evansville remained within two points, 11-9, following Blair’s three at the 15:45 mark, but MSU widened the gap with a 9-0 run to take a double-digit lead for good. Lacey Boshe’s layup with 8:42 to go gave the Lady Bears a 15-point advantage, 28-13, but the Aces responded with five unanswered points. Liles hit a jumper and Lewis drained a three, cutting the deficit to 10 with 6:18 remaining in the period.

However, that would be as close as the Aces would get the rest of the game as MSU outscored UE 10-4 in the remaining minutes of the stanza to take a 38-22 lead into halftime.

Out of the break, Missouri State steadily built stretched the margin into the 20-point range. After the Lady Bears led by 27 three times, Evansville made it a 22-point game following Collins’ three and Blair’s fastbreak layup with 9:23 remaining. Unfortunately, a slew of turnovers allowed MSU to continue to build on its lead and the Bears led by 30, 74-44, with two minutes to go.

Evansville held Missouri State scoreless in the remaining time, as Liles knocked down two free throws and Lewis hit her second three of the game in the waning minutes.

MSU forced the Aces into 26 turnovers, scoring 27 points off the miscues. The Bears also won the battle of the boards, 50-39. Evansville shot 30.9 percent (17-55) from the field, 23.8 percent (5-21) from three, and 66.7 percent (10-15) from the free throw line, while Missouri State shot 38.6 percent (27-70) from the floor, 31.3 percent (5-16) from the behind the arc, and 65.2 percent (15-23) from the stripe.

The Lady Bears used a balanced scoring attack with 10 players logging points, led by Casey Garrison’s 15 and Hannah Wilkerson’s 12.

The Aces are back in action next Sunday, hosting Southern Illinois at the Ford Center. Tipoff is set for 2:00 p.m.

* Five Players Hit Double Figures As Aces Cruise Past Redbirds, 79-71

Five University of Evansville players reached double figures as the Purple Aces made it three-straight MVC wins with a 79-71 triumph over Illinois State at the Ford Center on Saturday evening.

Colt Ryan notched his seventh 20-point outing in nine MVC games with 20 while Ned Cox chipped in 16.  Kenneth Harris and Denver Holmes notched 14 apiece while Troy Taylor continued his recent streak with 11 points and nine boards.  Taylor has recorded 11 or more points in three of the last five games and has hauled in nine or more rebounds in four of his last five outings.

A barrage of three-pointers dominated the early part of the game as the two squads combined to hit four three pointers in the first five minutes to make it a 10-10 game at that point.  Five points in a row from Denver Holmes helped UE take a 15-14 advantage midway through the first half before a 10-0 run helped UE take the take its first double figure lead at 25-14.

A three-point play by Troy Taylor began the run before an alley-oop by Kenneth Harris got the crowd on its feet.  Colt Ryan hit a trey to keep the stretch going before a pair of Harris free throws capped off the run.  Illinois State fought its way back into the game, scoring eight of the next ten points to get within five, 27-22, with 4:37 remaining in the half.  Nic Moore recorded a three and a layup in the run.

Evansville fought right back, going on an 11-2 run to take its largest lead of the game of 38-24 with just over two minutes left in the period.  Five different Aces found their way onto the scoresheet over that two-minute stretch.  Two Ryan free throws with 16 seconds left gave UE a 15-point lead (42-27) heading into the locker room. 

After wrapping up the first half on a 15-5 run, the Purple Aces came out firing in the second half, outscoring the Redbirds by an 8-2 margin in the opening two minutes of the period to extend its lead to 21 points.  Ryan, along with Ned Cox, hit threes in the run.  Just minutes later, Cox tied his career-high with his fourth trey to put UE up 55-32. 

Illinois State continued to fight back despite the deficit as five players scored in what would turn out to be a 14-5 run.  Anthony Cousin had five points as ISU cut UE’s lead down to 14 points at 60-46, at the midway mark of the second stanza.  The Redbirds kept chipping away in the final minutes, but the deficit proved to be too much to overcome as Evansville came away with the 8-point win.  ISU did not get any closer than the final deficit.

Free throw shooting played a role once again for UE.  The 12th-best free throw shooting team in the nation recorded its seventh 80% effort or better, hitting 21-of-23, a 91.3%.  Evansville also grabbed 36 rebounds while holding ISU to 31.  Over the recent three-game win streak, the Aces have outrebounded the opposition by an average of 3.3 per game.  In the four losses prior to last weekend, UE was outrebounded by an average of 9.5 per contest.  Freshman Ryan Sawvell led the way with a career-high 11 boards.

A pair of Redbirds reached double figures as Nic Moore had 17 and Tyler Brown finished the night with 14.

On Wednesday, the Aces will take a trip to Wichita, Kan. for its second meeting of the season against Wichita State.  On Sunday, January 29, UE will be back at the Ford Center to face in-state rival Indiana State in front of a national audience at 7:05 p.m. on ESPNU.


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