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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Upcoming Events

* 2012 UE Staff and Administrator Engagement and Inclusion Survey

Calling all staff and administrators… On Monday you should have received an e-mail from La Toya Smith, Diversity & Equity Officer, inviting you to take the 2012 UE Staff and Administrator Engagement and Inclusion Survey.

Created by members of the UE Institutional Diversity Council and approved by President Kazee, this survey assesses your experiences at work, level of job satisfaction, level of engagement at work, experiences with different others, and level of cultural competence. In addition, this survey will assess your perceptions of the institutional practices and the campus climate regarding diversity.

Each respondent who completes the survey before Wednesdsay, May 16 will be entered into a drawing for one of the following items:
• iPad3 ($650 value)
• $100 Wal-Mart gift card
• $75 Thorton’s gift card
• And other prizes

All prizes will be disseminated to the winners on Friday, May 18.  Your participation is critical to the enhancement of the staff and administrator experience at UE.  Please contact La Toya (x2413 or if you have any questions.


* Bookstore Book Buyback April 25 - May 2

Book Buyback at the UE Bookstore starts at noon on April 25 and runs through Wednesday, May 2. Promotions during the week include an IPAD giveaway and daily ITune drawings. You can register each time you sell books. Promotions also include merchandise discounts, Sweet Poppins and other items.

You may sell books back as many times during the week as you wish and you do NOT need your original receipt. You will need your student ID. We freely offer quotes on books whether used on this campus or not. You'll always get cash on spot. A majority of the books we buy stay on campus to benefit the campus community.  In addition to regular pricing on books we have over 200 titles that offer special bonus pricing well above any others.

Please remember to bring all components, including CDs, that came with your textbooks as that may result in better pricing.  Any workbooks or texts that require answers be written in them should be clean for value.  Also always keep an eye on your books and report any missing textbooks to the Bookstore as soon as possible. 

If you have any questions about Buyback be sure to ask or contact the Bookstore. Buyback ends promptly at 5 p.m. on May 2 so make sure you get in before that time.  

* Clothing Drive

The PTA Club is having an end of the semester clothing drive from April 26 until May 5. There will be a donation box in Ridgway University Center by the information desk between those dates. AThis event is open to students and faculty. Any old clothes donated will be greatly appreciated and all contributions will be donated to Aurora.


* Retirement Reception for Walt Lewis Planned for April 26

Please join us for a retirement reception in honor of Director of Student Teaching and Assistant Professor of Education Walt Lewis. The reception will be held on Thursday, April 26, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in Graves Hall, Room 240.

Walt Lewis began teaching at UE in 2000. He has been a strong supporter of the School of Education and has done a marvelous job holding several positions and teaching. He has been acting chairperson of the department, director of student teaching, lead trainer for cooperating teachers and supervisors, and director of the Transition to Teaching Program. Walt and Leanne Nayden have co-taught the education senior seminar and the student teaching seminar for 12 years. He has been a strong supporter of UE and SOE and has been a loyal member of the faculty, offering his wisdom and experience to us all. He will be missed!


* Help Cure Diabetes!

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes is May 19 at Holiday World. To learn more about walking or donating, stop by the team members’ table in Ridgway University Center outside Café Court on April 26 and 27 from 11 a.m.– 1:30 p.m. or go online at and search for the UE Health Sciences team.


* Make a Donation to March for Babies Walk!

Even if you cannot join our UE team at the March of Dimes, March for Babies walk on April 28, please consider making a donation in support of our UE team. To make a donation online, go to and click “join this team.” If you prefer, you can drop off your cash or check donations in the Office of Student Accounts.

Remember, your participation and support will save babies.

* Free Paper Shredding

Once again the University is underwriting document shredding at no cost to you. This free event is offered by Piranha Mobile Shredding, and will take place on Friday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Parking Lot C. This event allows you to safely and in an environmental-friendly manner dispose of old documents, confidential or not, that are cluttering your space at home or office. All documents will be shredded and the resulting paper stream will be re-used. Piranha cannot assure that their mobile shredder will be available that day for use at the university site. Mobile shredder availability depends on other business demands that day. For any questions contact Janice Walker at ext. 2941 or


Info You Should Know

* Before You Leave, Check Campus & Local mail for Important Financial Aid Documents

The Office of Financial Aid has recently sent letters and/or forms to students whose FAFSAs were selected for review in a process called “Verification.” Please check your mailbox before leaving campus. Financial Aid awards for 2012-13 cannot be prepared for students whose FAFSAs have an incomplete verification status. Furthermore, please continue to check your UE email all summer for important messages from the Office of Financial Aid. For students with complete files and satisfactory academic progress, Financial Aid Notification letters will be mailed in late June to your preferred address on file with UE

* Found Cell Phone

A cell phone was found in the Multimedia Center in Graves Hall in the last week.  See Jeannette Oakley in GH 243 to claim it.

* UrEntal Book Rental Returns

This is a reminder that spring books rented through the UrEntal program in the  UE Bookstore need to be returned to the Bookstore no later than Wednesday, May 2 at 6 p.m.  If you return your rental during Buyback (April 25-May 2) make sure you return it to the station marked as "UrEntal Book Return".  Any rentals returned after the deadline of May 2 will be subject to a $10 late fee.  Please make a note of this date and if you have any questions please contact the Bookstore. Thanks for your cooperation.

* Fitness Center Hours

Fitness Center Hours are as follows:
Wednesday April 25 - Reading and Study Day  6:30 a.m. -7:00 p.m.
Thursday April 26  - 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday April 27 - 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday April 28 - 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday April 29 – 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Monday April 30 – 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday May 1 – 8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday May  2 -8:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.
Thursday May  3 – 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday May 4 - 8:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.
Saturday May 5 - Closed
Sunday May 6 – Closed
Monday – May 7- Summer Hours Begin

* Financial Aid Information For 2012-13

Please respond immediately to any requests you may receive from the Office of Financial Aid to correct your FAFSA or provide verification documents. Students may still file the 2012-13 FAFSA to be considered for need-based aid, including federal student loans.

Checking Grades and Credit Hours Earned in May:
After the completion of the spring semester, we will review students' academic records to determine if they have met the requirements known as Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students who are deficient in meeting these standards are notified immediately via mail and are ineligible for any form of aid (including loans) until the deficiencies are corrected.

Financial Aid Notification Letters are mailed in late June to your preferred address on file. Please make sure that your preferred address is accurate in UE's system. Only students with complete files will receive awards.

* Final Exam Week Library Hours

• Wednesday, April 25:  7:45  a.m.   -    1:00 a.m.
• Thursday, April 26:       7:45 a.m.    -    1:00 a.m.
• Friday, April 27:             7:45 a.m.    -    8:00 p.m.
• Saturday, April 28:      10:00 a.m.   -    8:00 p.m.  
• Sunday, April 29:                   Noon   -    1:00 a.m.
• Monday, April 30:          7:45 a.m.   -    1:00 a.m.     
• Tuesday, May 1:              7:45 a.m.   -    Midnight
• Wednesday, May 2:       7:45 a.m.   -    5:00 p.m.
• Thursday, May 3:            7:45 a.m.   -    5:00 p.m.
• Friday, May 4:                  7:45 a.m.   -    5:00 p.m.
• Saturday, May 5:             CLOSED
• Sunday, May 6:                CLOSED



* Lora Becker

Lora Becker, Associate Professor of Psychology gave the invited Keynote Address at the 31st Annual Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference (MAUPRC) Saturday, April 21. Her talk titled “Esto Quid Esse Videri: Become What You Seem to Be” presented a view of a research career path as one with twists, turns, and great opportunity. The conference was attended by undergraduate students from 17 Colleges and Universities giving 67 presentations with over 150 students in attendance.

* Drew Reisinger, Taylor Martin, Mason Blankenship, Christopher Harrison, Jesse Squires and Anthony Beavers

Drew Reisinger, Taylor Martin, Mason Blankenship, Christopher Harrison, Jesse Squires and Anthony Beavers are soon to publish their study, "Exploring Wolfram's Notion of Computational Irreducibility with a Two-Dimensional Cellular Automaton" in Irreducibility and Computational Equivalence: Wolfram Science 10 Years After the Publication of A New Kind of Science, edited by Hector Zenil. The interdisciplinary team, made up of students from cognitive science, computer science, and mathematics, has been working on the paper for most of the semester as part of COGS 498 and as part of their work in UE's Digital Humanities Laboratory (DHLab). The project was supervised by Dr. Beavers, director of the cognitive science program and the DHLab.


* UE Theatre Student Award Winners

On Tuesday, Apr. 24, 170 members of the UE Theatre Society, theatre faculty and students gathered at the Log Inn for the annual University of Evansville Theatre Society’s Student Awards Dinner.

The Buddy Barnes Award for the outstanding freshman, as voted on by the sophomore, junior, and senior classes, was Aaron Johnson, a performance major from Salem, Indiana.

The theatre faculty selected students for the following awards:

  • The Mary Lou Muth Wooley Award for the outstanding sophomore was a tie between Taylor Ely, a design and technology major from San Antonio, Texas, and Dylan Frederick, a performance major from Edina, Minnesota
  • The Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Award for the outstanding junior was Samuel Brown, a stage management major from Marietta, Georgia.
  • The Jeanne Suhrheinrich Award for outstanding senior was Ben Quinn, a performance major from Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • The William A. Gumberts Award for Artistic Achievement was Patti Miller, a theatre education major from Arlington, Texas, for the direction of THE RIMERS OF ELDRITCH in the May Studio Theatre.

In addition, this was the inaugural year for the John Streetman Artist of the Year Award, selected by the faculty, for a freshman, sophomore, or junior who exhibits the attitude and spirit of collaboration, commitment, and courage in the classroom and production.  The winner was Rosa Palmeri, a junior performance major, from Putney, Vermont.

* Biology Award Winners

On Wednesday, April 25th, the Department of Biology recognized students at their annual senior reception and awards ceremony.  The awards are named in honor of distinguished donors and emeritus faculty.  The James A. Brenneman Student Service Award was given to junior Bethany Bonifield, and the Patricia L. Akrabawi Teaching Assistant Award was given to junior Zuzana Kocsis.  Kelly Lamarche received the Jerry T. Seng Freshman Biology Award.  The Sophomore Biology Award was given to James Kohler, and Ashley Rich was awarded the P. “Louie” Winternheimer Junior Biology Award.  The most outstanding senior award, the Charles and Patricia Robertson Senior Award, was given to Allison Throm.  Following graduation, Allison will be entering the Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. program at Washington University in St. Louis.

* 2012 Zerah Priestly Carter Scholarship Recipients

Of the seven applicants, UE students Chloe Sharp, Lauren Thomas, Danielle Cotton, and Ariel Campbell were selected by the University of Evansville African American Alumni Association (UEAAA) to be awarded scholarships on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Zerah Priestly Carter Scholarship Luncheon.

Zerah Priestly Carter ’38 was the first African American to graduate from Evansville College.  The UEAAA wishes to recognize her by naming the Zerah Priestly Carter University of Evansville African American Scholarship in her honor.  Twenty-Eight hundred dollars, from this endowed scholarship, was divided among the recipients to be awarded in their financial aid package next semester.  Photographs from the luncheon can be viewed by going to the “UEAAA” Facebook page.  A special thanks goes to Sondra Matthews’77, the Alumna Keynote Speaker, Chloe L. Stanfield for saying a few words as a former scholarship recipient, and John C. White for his wonderful performance of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”

* Concrete Canoe Team

For the third time in the past four years, the University of Evansville’s Concrete Canoe team has qualified for the American Society of Civil Engineers National Concrete Canoe Competition, held this year at the University of Nevada, Reno from June 14-16.

UE’s team of civil engineering students earned a bid to nationals by placing second in the Concrete Canoe competition at the ASCE Great Lakes Student Conference, held April 19-21 at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Out of 14 Concrete Canoe teams, UE finished second behind the University of Wisconsin-Madison, narrowly edging out perennial powerhouse the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to advance to nationals.

UE Concrete Canoe team members are Christina Bernauer, Silas Bohlen, Abigail Browder, James Gabe, Luc Heidenreich, Josh Hood, Amanda Hopf, Jamie Johnson, Chris Kuester, John D. Look, Zach Neukam, Hannah Okray, Shannon Osiecki, Heather Passey, Ricardo Paredes Aronsohn, Matt Schutte, Alex Schwinghamer, Katelyn Spainhour (project manager), Ryan Sisk, Susan Smith, Trevor Weaver, and David Wichman. Mark Valenzuela is the team’s faculty advisor, and Immanuel Selvaraj and James Allen are the UE ASCE student chapter’s co-faculty advisors.

* Brian St. John

Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Activities Brian St. John will attend the production of his original ballet, “Through the Looking Glass” in Dallas, Texas, on May 5. The ballet will be fully staged by the Flower Mound Symphony Orchestra with dancers from Footlights Dance Studio. “Through the Looking Glass” is the sixth of seven ballets that St. John has composed. While in Texas, St. John will be visiting the orchestras at Flower Mound High School, Guyer High School and Marcus High School.


Sympathy to...

* Linda and Doug Chambliss

Sympathy goes out to Linda Chambliss from the Office of the Registrar and her husband Doug, on the loss of Doug’s father, James Ronald Chambliss. James passed away, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. He was 81 years old. Visitation will be 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday, April 26, 2012 at Maddux Funeral Home in Pembroke, KY. Services will be 10:00 AM Friday, April 27, 2012 at Pembroke Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Rosedale Cemetery. 



* Softball Splits with Lady Govs

The University of Evansville softball team split in today’s home doubleheader against Austin Peay, dropping a 1-0 extra inning decision in eight innings to start the day before notching a 4-1 win over the Lady Govs in the night cap.

The Aces put up 11 hits against Austin Peay, led by sophomore Katie Sears and senior Maggie Little who each chipped in a pair of hits on the night. Senior Amy Gaertner notched her fifth home run of the season with a solo shot in game two.

Defensively, Evansville was flawless in both halves of the doubleheader, marking the third consecutive game that the Aces have been perfect in the field.

The win improves Evansville to 15-32 on the season. UE will resume Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend, hosting a three-game series against Drake.

* Baseball Races Past Breds, 13-2

Scoring 13 runs on 13 hits Wednesday evening at Braun Stadium, the University of Evansville baseball team raced past the Murray State University Thoroughbreds, 13-2. The win improves the Aces’ record to 25-16 on the season, while the Breds fall to 19-23.

Sophomore Ryan Billo (7-1) earned his seventh win of the year, scattering two runs, four hits, two walks, striking out one in seven innings of work. Combining to allow just five hits, Sam Johns came out of the bullpen to toss a scoreless eighth and ninth with two strikeouts.

Offensively, five Purple Aces recorded multi-hit games, led by Eric Stamets’ 3-for-4 performance with three runs, two RBI, and two stolen bases. Kevin Kaczmarski was also stellar at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, while Trentt Copeland went 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored, and three RBI. Sophomore Jake Mahon (2-for-3, 3 RBI) and junior Jason Hockemeyer (2-for-4, 2 RBI) were also offensive sparks for UE.


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