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Thursday, February 23, 2012

* Campus Update by President Tom Kazee

Please join President Kazee TODAY at 2:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall. He will share the latest information on the strategic plan, the budget, and other topics of University-wide interest. The meeting will include a presentation regarding the University Facilities Master Plan.

* Flush Flash Corrections

Flush Flash Correction:  In our great anticipation of these events, we have listed Phi Mu’s Pancake Breakfast and Black Student Union Open Mic Night both a month early in the Flush Flash.  The actual date of the Pancake Breakfast is March 24, while the BSU Open Mic Night will be held March 27.


Upcoming Events

* This Week in Music

Ron Jones Quartet in Concert

The Jazz Guest Artist Concert Series, co-sponsored by the University of Evansville and the Evansville Jazz Society, will present the Ron Jones Quartet from Louisville, Kentucky, in Wheeler Concert Hall on Sunday afternoon, February 26, at 4:00 p.m.  The leader of the group, Ron Jones, is one of the most highly regarded saxophonists in the mid-west. From his home base in Louisville, Ron leads his quartet in concerts around the area, teaches, lectures, and produces and markets his own CDs.  Ron’s playing has often been compared to that of such jazz superstars as Cannonball Adderly and Jackie McLean.  The group also includes pianist Todd Hildreth, bassist Sonny Stephens, and drummer Jim Leslie. Ron and his group have played in Evansville numerous times and have become favorites with local jazz audiences.  Admission to the concert is $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for Jazz Society members, and $5.00 for students with I.D.  Tickets will be available at the door or can be obtained by contacting the UE Department of Music at 488-2754.  For more information, contact:  Dr. Edwin Lacy, University of Evansville, (812) 488-2227 or

* Spudz N Stuff Fundraiser for Easter Seals

Come to Spudz-N-Stuff on the East side on Thursday, February 23, to help raise money for Easter Seals and the Rehabilitation Center! $1 of of every potato, pita or sandwich sold that day will be donated to Easter Seals. Spudz Day starts at 10:30 a.m. and continues until 9:00 p.m. at 815 S. Green River Road. This event is sponsored by Phi Gamma Delta. Easter Seals is their local philanthropy. For more information please contact Bryan Hamann at


* Book Discussion Kick Off Set for February 29

The UE campus community (students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni) are invited to participate in our book discussion kick-off event set for Wednesday, February 29 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center. Join us for refreshments, an overview of the book, meet others reading the book, and learn about events across the city associated with the book discussion. Those who pre-registered for a complimentary book may pick them up at the kick-off. Honors students participating in the book discussion will receive .5 points (must attend UE events too).

Spring break is around the corner and a perfect time to read with us!  Questions, contact Cherie Leonhardt at

About Community Read
The University of Evansville Office of Veterans Affairs has joined forces with the University of Southern Indiana to participate in a Community Read conversation about “War and Our Community.” This semester long project will involve readings, discussions, and reflections on the issues facing returning veterans and their community. As part of the project, the Community Read has chosen Tim O’Brien’s collection of short stories titled “The Things They Carried.” This award winning book reflects on the experiences of the Vietnam War and the challenges that veterans face upon their return. The Community Read hopes that this collection will span discussions across the community and open up a wide ranging response to the concerns of returning veterans in our community.

Discussions, lectures, and community events are planned throughout the city of Evansville including discussion groups organized through the UE Office of Veterans Affairs. Further information about upcoming events is available at


* Get Ready for Spring Break with Sodexo's Sand Castle Competition!

Get your friends together and join campus dining for a Sand Castle Building Competition on Tuesday, February 28!The competition is open to the first 5 individuals or teams to sign up. Teams may include from 1-3 people. Castles will be built in kiddie pools and sand and forms will be provided. Winning castles will be voted on in the dining hall and prizes will be awarded to the winning team. To participate, sign up at the dine-in register by Monday, February 27. For questions or more information, email Lindsey Mitchell at


* Deadline to Enter Undergraduate Math Competition Is Thursday, February 23

The University of Evansville Undergraduate Mathematics Competition is scheduled for Saturday Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m.-noon in Room 307, Koch Center.  The event will begin with refreshments at 9:30 a.m., followed by orientation for the competition at 10:00 a.m. This event is sponsored by Kappa Mu Epsilon, the National Mathematics Honor Society, and is open to all undergraduate students at UE.

Solutions will be graded on the basis of correctness, completeness, and clarity of exposition.  Questions must be answered without using any computer, calculator, or table. The first, second, and third place winners will receive monetary awards, and will be guests of KME at the annual initiation and banquet on Thursday, March 22, at 6 p. m.  Every participant will receive a certificate and is invited to be a guest of Kappa Mu Epsilon for an off-campus lunch after the competition.

If you would like to participate in this competition please contact  Professor of Mathematics Mohammad K. Azarian at by 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 23.

* Farewell Reception for Mary Wahl

Please join us for a Farewell Reception in honor of Mary Wahl, as we wish her well in her future endeavors. She has worked in the Office of the Registrar since June 2003. The reception will be held on Friday, February 24 from 1-3 p.m. in the Office of the Registrar (Room 106 in Olmsted).

* Family Weekend 2012 Set for September 28, 29 and 30

The dates for Family Weekend 2012 have been set for September 28, 29, and 30.  Put Family Weekend on your calendar!  More information will follow soon. Questions or suggestions?  Please contact

* Caves, Chocolate, and Christianity: Maya Archaeology in Belize

On Thursday, February 23, visiting archaeologist Ben Thomas will present "Caves, Chocolate, and Christianity: Maya Archaeology in Belize," based on his field experience in Central American jungles and swamps.

Thomas will speak at 7:00 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170), Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building. His free, public presentation is sponsored by UE’s Department of Archaeology and Art History.

Thomas holds a PhD in Mesoamerican archaeology from Boston University — a degree he received after several years of fieldwork in Belize and Guatemala. Currently, he is the director of programs for the Archaeological Institute of America and an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he teaches archaeology courses in the liberal arts program.

For more information, please contact the Department of Archaeology and Art History at 812-488-2165.

* Housing Information Meetings

The time to sign up for housing for 2012-2013 is fast approaching Information meetings will be held at 4:00 pm, 8:30 pm, and 9:30 pm on the following dates.

Tuesday February 21 in Koch 100
Wednesday February 22 in Koch 100
Thursday February 23 in Graves 100

Students who will be living on campus next year should plan to attend one of the meetings. The housing selection process will be discussed in detail. Students who will be studying abroad or not on campus for the fall semester do not need to attend a housing meeting. Information about the upcoming housing selection process can be found on the Residence Life website.  Students with questions can email or stop by the Office of Residence Life. 

* Homecoming 2012 Reunion Weekend Date Set: November 2–4

The dates for Homecoming 2012 Reunion Weekend have been set for November 2–4. Plans for several reunions are getting underway. Any department or organization interested in holding an event during Homecoming 2012 Reunion Weekend should contact


Info You Should Know

* Campus-Wide Power Outage Scheduled

A campus-wide electrical power outage is scheduled for Sunday, March 4, 2012 from 7:00AM to 4:00PM.  This outage is required in order for Vectren to make repairs to the high-voltage distribution system serving UE.  All buildings on campus will be affected.  Please call Physical Plant at extension 2775, or e-mail if you have questions or need assistance to accommodate the outage.

* Announcing the Public Health Major at UE

From more than 80 areas of study, University of Evansville students now have a new major to choose: Public Health. UE’s Board of Trustees approved the public health program, which will begin in Fall 2012, during its meeting on February 17-18.

UE’s Bachelor of Science in public health will train students in multidisciplinary approaches to public health practices. Students will learn about a range of issues that impact population health, global health, environmental health, disease prevention, health communication and informatics, healthcare systems, and health behavior.

Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, assistant professor of public health, will serve as director of the public health program. She joined the University of Evansville faculty in 2011 to teach public health courses in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, where the public health program will be housed.

Patel-Dovlatabadi holds a DrPH in public health management, an MPH in health care organization and policy, an MBA in health care management, and a BS in psychology, all from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research interests include health policy, lifestyle factors and chronic disease prevention, mental health, and disaster preparedness on both the national and international levels.

“From disaster relief to air quality to disease prevention, public health professionals ensure a healthy, safe, and productive society,” said Patel-Dovlatabadi. “Furthermore, the Association of Schools of Public Health estimates that 250,000 more public health workers will be needed by 2020. To replenish the workforce and avert a serious shortage of qualified workers, schools of public health will have to train three times the current number of graduates over the next 11 years.”

“I’m proud that the University of Evansville has recognized this critical need and stepped up to meet the challenge of preparing graduates for careers in the dynamic field of public health,” she added.

Graduates with a B.S. in Public Health who wish to enter the job market will find opportunities for employment by state and local health departments, hospital systems, government agencies, health insurance companies, wellness centers, and consulting firms, to name a few.

The program will also prepare students who wish to pursue graduate education. Students across the country who completed an undergraduate degree in public health have successfully pursued advanced degrees in fields including public health, health services administration, physical therapy, law, medicine, and business administration.

For more information on the public health program, please contact program director Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi at 812-488-2210 or visit


* Call for Alumni Research and Scholarly Activity Fellowship (ARSAF) Applications

The UE Alumni Association is accepting applications for ARSAF grants now through April 2.  The Alumni Association awards up to $15,000 in grants each year.  The April 2 deadline is for funds which would be granted June 1, 2012 – May 31, 2013.  ARSAF grants are awarded only once a year.  More details and an application form can be found on AceLink.  Questions?  Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at or extension 2586.

* Mortar Board Applications Due March 1

Are you a Junior in the top 35 percent of your class? Do you exemplify the ideas of scholarship, leadership, and service? Then you're perfect for Mortar Board, a prominent national honor society for college seniors, selecting the best and the brightest in their class. Mortar Board is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 class. Apply today by filling out the attached  link and turning applications into the information desk at the Ridgway University Center by March 1. If you have any questions contact Kourtney Steen at

* What UE Libraries Can Do For You: Europa World Online

Are you looking for background information and statistics about Iran?  What about the recent economic situation in Greece?  Infant mortality in an African country?  Answers to these questions can be found in Europa World Online. 
Europa provides updated coverage of world facts and figures.  Easily navigated, Europa has a range of choices from simply selecting a country from the drop-down menu to an advanced search option that allows textual search among others.  It also allows researchers to perform side-by-side comparisons of nations’ statistics.  Users can find information on organizations ranging from newspapers to government agencies around the globe.  Along with each entry are citation guides for Europa and. More importantly, links to other resources where available, sometimes references to specific government reports or contact and email links to government agencies or persons of note.

Content of Europa World Online includes:
* Statistical and background information on countries around the world.
* Information on individuals and organizations in world and national governments
* Easy to use and search
* ability to create custom reports on countries

UE libraries subscription to Hoover’s supplies more detailed information than the free site.
Contact Kathy Bartelt ( or Shane White ( with questions about Europa World Online.

* Lost Phone

If anyone has seen a BlackBerry Curve with a transparent phone cover, please email

* File the 2012-13 FAFSA by March 10 – Watch new video

Have questions about the FAFSA? Check out this video message from Director of Financial Aid JoAnn Laugel. She answers some commonly-asked questions, and explains the IRS Data Retrieval feature, which allows you to load tax information into the FAFSA with just a few clicks.

File the 2012-13 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at to be considered for federal, state and University financial aid, including federal student loans and federal work-study for next year.

Students from Indiana must ensure that their 2012-13 FAFSA is received by the federal processor no later than March 10, 2012; however, filing by March 10 is beneficial for all students. Questions regarding the FAFSA should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid at 812-488-2364, 800-424-8634 or .

* Call for Nominations/Applications for Global Scholars

This is a call for nominations/applications of UE faculty to serve as a UE Global Scholar for the 2012-13 academic year.  It is anticipated that up to five appointments will be made.  Global Scholars will engage in scholarship, travel and/or research activities related to the impact of globalization on our learning environment.  Global Scholars will receive a $2,000 stipend and a professional development budget of $3,000 for expenses, e.g., materials, books, travel, workshop registration, etc.  In addition, funds will be available to the Global Scholar’s department to provide a one-course release during the academic year.  It is expected that Global Scholar activities will have an impact on the global awareness and understanding of our learning community through curriculum or co-curricular activities.  We will value both research and pedagogical advancement in the proposed projects.  Projects that impact both of these elements will be given stronger consideration.  An evaluation form and narrative report detailing activities will be required on or before June 29, 2013.

Nominations/Applications should be made to the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana, Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building, Room 260.  Deadline for full consideration is March 19, 2012.  Electronic submissions may be sent to Dan Miller, Executive Director, Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana at  Materials in support of the candidate should include information that supports the candidate’s appointment and a description of activities proposed by the nominee/applicant, not to exceed one page.  Materials will be reviewed by the Institute and Dr. Steve Standifird, Dean of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration, in collaboration with the Council of Deans. Please provide your dean a copy of your submission.  Appointments will be announced by March 30, 2012.


* Attention UE Cardholders

The February Pcard Cycle began on January 24 and ends on February 21. Pcards statements must  be reconciled and printed from SDG2 as of February 23 and submitted along with your receipts in a Pcard Envelope. GL will upload on February 28.



* Miranda Stinson, Danielle Weeks, and Lacey Conley

Creative writing majors Miranda Stinson, Danielle Weeks, and Lacey Conley will have their creative work recognized at the 2012 Southern Literary Festival Student Writing Contest. Danielle's poem "The Fire Dancers" won honorable mention, Miranda's poem "Renovation" won first place, and Lacey's essay "The Way the Catwalks" won first place in the creative nonfiction category.  All the students have been invited to participate in a public reading at the festival with the other winners. 

* Peter Rosen

Congratulations to Peter Rosen, UE associate professor of management information systems, whose recent research was featured in Tuesday's edition of The Wall Street Journal! 

Rosen's study, co-authored with colleagues at Northern Illinois University and Auburn University, examines the use of Facebook as a tool to predict academic success and job performance. It was published this month in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 

Read The Wall Street Journal's article here:



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