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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

* Condolences

The University of Evansville is saddened by the news that John H. Schroeder, a life member of the UE Board of Trustees and lifelong friend to the University, passed away yesterday. He was 90. His funeral service will be held at the University of Evansville’s Neu Chapel at 10:00 a.m. on Friday in Neu Chapel.

Over the last six decades, the life and legacy of John H. Schroeder has played an increasingly central role in shaping the University of Evansville; today, it is impossible to overlook the contributions he has made to our campus. From his work in championing UE’s relationship with Harlaxton College, to his role in comforting and steering a campus devastated by the tragic loss if its basketball team, all the way up through his support of the business school that now bears his name, John H. Schroeder was among the greatest champions the University of Evansville has ever seen.

A pioneer in many aspects, Mr. Schroeder’s professional career included a leadership role in establishing Evansville as the plastics capital of the country; but while doing so, he never lost sight of the philanthropic spirit instilled in him by his father at a young age. 

The businessman and civic leader received his A.B. from Wabash College in 1942, and his M.B.A. from the Harvard School of Business Administration in 1947.  After graduation he became the founder of three companies: Crescent Plastics, Inc., Cresline Plastic Pipe Co. Inc. and Wabash Plastic Inc.

Mr. Schroeder’s successful business career eventually led him to be the director of Old National Bancorp, and to take on leadership roles with Old National Bank, Evansville Federal Savings Bank, Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Company, Welborn Hospital, and the Society of Plastics Industry.

Mr. Schroeder’s relationship with the University of Evansville began in 1955, when he joined the building committee for the University Clifford Memorial Library at Evansville College.  The construction of the library was the primary indication of the University’s shift from a smaller, commuter-based college to the fully residential and internationally diverse campus that it is today.  In 1964, Mr. Schroeder joined the UE Board of Trustees.  While serving on the Board, he was one of the first trustees interested in pursuing the acquisition of Harlaxton College, UE’s campus in Grantham, England.  Mr. Schroeder fully supported then-president Wallace B. Graves attempting to acquire the 100- room Victorian manor and the 100 acres of land surrounding the college.  Mr. Schroeder’s leadership was also displayed after the UE plane crash in December 1977 when, as chairman of the Board of Trustees he helped the school and community to remain strong and rebuild after such a devastating loss.  

As one of the top five benefactors in the history of the University of Evansville, it came as no surprise that Mr. Schroeder agreed to lead UE’s the Widening the Circle Capital Campaign – a campaign that went on to be one of the University’s most successful fundraising campaigns to date, which has provided the framework for campaigns since.  His personal solicitation of gifts and the philanthropic example which he set for other community leaders to follow is still evident at the University today. 

Mr. Schroeder’s most recent gift to the university was the Schroeder Family School of Business building, a state-of-the-art facility that has received national attention and will be instrumental in attracting world- class talent and scholarship to Evansville.

Perhaps most notable, however, was Mr. Schroeder’s preference to remain “behind the scenes” with all the projects he was involved with (including those he led).  Often escaping the recognition he deserved, it seems that he was never concerned with fame or the applause of others.  In spite of that, few in the Evansville area are better known for their community service.  Over the years, Mr. Schroeder served as president of United Fund of Southwestern Indiana Inc., The Vanderburgh County Society for Crippled Children, Goodwill Industries, Evansville Rotary Club, and director for the Evansville Chamber of Commerce and the Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences. 

John H. Schroeder and the legacy he has left behind will forever be a part of both the city and the University of Evansville. 


What's Happening Today

* See You Today in the Writing Center for Thunder from a Clear Sky!

See you today (in the Writing Center) for Thunder from a Clear Sky!

On July 18, 1862, an Indiana town of nearly 1,300 citizens, including almost 100 convalescing Union soldiers, was captured by a bold Confederate icon commanding only 27 Kentucky rebels. So begins Ray Mulesky’s website on his first book that shares the website’s title. The town is Newburgh, Ind. And the book, according to Mulesky, “is about the high watermark of partisan warfare, the first Confederate military operation to cross the Mason-Dixon line during the Civil War. As reported in the Evansville Daily Journal, the raid was like ‘thunder from a clear sky.’ It was a bold, unexpected stroke by a bold, unexpected soldier.”

Whether your interest lies in learning more about Newburgh’s involvement in the Civil War or in becoming a published writer on any topic, come to the Writers Forum at the Writing Center at 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 5. You'll meet local author Ray Mulesky, who has also written "Kentuckians in Gray" and is currently writing a third book about a Civil War soldier from Posey County whose letters to family members allow the author to tell the story of the war as this young soldier witnessed it. Bring your questions and enjoy this engaging writer's wonderful stories.


* First Tuesday Finale to Feature the UE Symphony Orchestra

The Department of Music concludes its First Tuesday Concert Series for the academic year with a performance by the UE Symphony Orchestra in Neu Chapel this evening at 7:30 p.m.  The concert is part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Harlaxton College being a part of UE, and the program will feature works by two well-known English composers.  Assistant Professor of Voice Gregory B. Rike will join the orchestra for a performance of Benjamin Britten's haunting Nocturne for Tenor, Seven Obbligato Instruments, and Strings, with several Department of Music faculty members participating in the ensemble.  The highlight of the evening (and of the 2010-2011 Orchestra season) will be the always-popular Enigma Variations by Sir Edward Elgar.  The concert is free and open to the public.

* Bible Study Tonight

Adventist Campus Ministries will be having a Bible Study at 7 p.m. in the Eades Music Room (Room153) in the McCurdy Wing of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building.  The topic will be Christian Standards of Living.  For more information, contact Guy Goodnes or Chris French

* Attention Education Majors!

How to Survive Junior Block by ISEA is being held April 5 in Room 334 in Graves Hall at 5 p.m.! Come learn about Junior Block. This is for all education majors whether you are going to start Junior Block next semester, already in Junior Block or looking to participate in future years!


* SAB Poetry Night

If you have any poems - here is your chance to show 'em! Come on out and read us your poetry! The Student Activities Board is having an open mic Poetry Night in Rademacher Lounge on Tuesday, April 5 from 8:30-10 p.m (Self-censorship please!)



Upcoming Events

* OSA Salad for Scholarships Sale

OSA Salad for Scholarships Sale will be on Wednesday, April 6, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the East Plaza in front of Ridgway University Center.  (Rain location will be the lobby of Olmsted Hall).  You can purchase a Salad Trio, dessert and drink for $5.  Proceeds are used for scholarships awarded to UE students by the Office Staff Association each year.

* Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Movie: The Passion of the Christ

One man. One world. One Passion. Come watch The Passion of the Christ on Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center. Intervarsity invites you to get a glimpse of the life of Jesus Christ through this film and discuss his lasting impact on our lives today. Admission is free and door prizes will be given. Honors students will be given .5 points for attending both the movie and the discussion.

* Field Day

SAB Field Day will be held on April 8 from 5-9 p.m.! Come out to the IM fields and check it out or form teams of 5 to 8 people and compete in a money walk, HOTT wing eating contest, balloon toss, potato sack race, three legged race, pie eating contest, dunk tank and more! There will be FREE food, cotton candy, music and friends!

* Come to Car Talk!

On Saturday, April 9, from 2-4 p.m., at the Hale basketball court, the Hale and Morton/Brentano staff will host Car Talk; a Define Your Life event designed to give you everything you ever wanted to know about cars!  Car salesmen and other knowledgeable professionals will be there passing out knowledge like candy at a parade!  Car Talk is free and is sure to be fun and informative for everyone!  Participants will learn about changing, inflating, and caring for tires, measuring air pressure, and when and why to rotate tires. They will find out about changing oil and oil filters, changing batteries, how to jump start a car,and  head lights, spark plugs,and fuses. There will be information on antifreeze, and replacing wiper blades and fluid. Learn about insurance, buying/selling/financing/leasing a car and related expenses, how to not get swindled, emergency preparedness kits, campus services for drivers, local car shops/dealers and more!!

* UE Theatre Presents The Farnsworth Invention

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre announces a powerful closing to its 2010-2011 season - The Farnsworth Invention, by Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin, opening Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Shanklin Theatre.  The Farnsworth Invention is directed by R. Scott Lank, professor of theatre.  Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on April 9, 14, 15 and 16, and at 2 p.m. on April 10 and 17.  The University of Evansville’s production marks the play’s debut by a university theatre department.
The Farnsworth Invention is a theatrical and compelling story revolving around the genesis of television.  Tension abounds between a visionary farm boy from Idaho and a Russian-born broadcasting tycoon, as they become unlikely adversaries in their pursuit of technological innovation.  Both men had big dreams for small screens, and their efforts changed the future of America and its bedfellow of corporate greed.
Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $11 for seniors, students and UE faculty. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon the day of the performance they wish to attend. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (812) 488-2031, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.

* Mark Kopta to Speak at Andiron Lecture

The next Andiron Lecture takes place on Wednesday, April 6, in Eykamp 254, Ridgway University Center. The lecture begins at 4 p.m. with a social gathering with beverages at 3:45 p.m. The speaker will be Professor of Psychology Mark Kopta. His topic will be "A New Horizon for Psychotherapy."

Kopta earned a PhD in psychology from Northwestern University. He is founder and executive director of the CelestHealth Research Group (CHRG), which has research centers at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Minnesota, Marquette University, and University of Trier, Germany. Relating to psychotherapy and psychiatry, Kopta has written numerous journal publications, chapters in books, a book, and a video. His research and comments are often featured in such media as USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Vogue, Der Spiegel, and Encyclopaedia Britannica. He serves as a mental health consultant and contributor to ABC News.

This lecture will review the history of psychotherapy including the evolution of personality theory and psychotherapeutic treatments. This evolution is characterized by the theoretical movement from the unconscious mind as the determinant of personality to conscious cognitive influences. The three major psychotherapies used today – psychodynamic, cognitive, and eclectic – will be described and discussed in the context of managed health care.

Kopta will also introduce the CelestHealth System (CHS), an electronic computer-based system that (a) assesses complete mental health, (b) reliably and validly assesses suicide risk, (c) predicts the course of psychotherapeutic improvement for a patient at the first treatment session, and (d) monitors the patient’s treatment progress across sessions. Kopta will present recent research using the CHS with over 7,000 patients and will discuss the implications of the CHS for the future of psychotherapy.

For further information, call the series coordinator M. Christine Mohn at 812-488-2585 or the College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589.


* Harlaxton 40th Anniversary Reunion Weekend to be Celebrated at UE April 15 and 16

All former and future Harlaxton students, faculty and staff are invited to take part in activities planned for the Harlaxton 40th Anniversary Reunion weekend.   Check out the full schedule of events at  As you’ll note, Dr. Bujak will be at UE for the weekend and making a few presentations.  These events have no charge and do not require registration. 

Other interest/educational sessions scheduled include:

Friday, April 15 at 3 p.m. – The Gardens of Harlaxton by Dr. Mark Valenzuela, Eykamp Hall
Friday, April 15 at 4 p.m. – Life in the Grand Manor by Dr. Edward Bujak, Eykamp
Saturday, April 16 at 9:30 a.m. – Up the Naked Mile and Down Memory Lane led by Dr. James MacLeod and Dr. Michael Carson, Eykamp Hall
Saturday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. – Harlaxton Then and Now Panel Discussion, Eykamp Hall

Over 100 alumni from a variety of schools have already registered – including many members of the original class.  Some Harlaxton alums are coming from as far away as Turkey.  There will be many opportunities to meet new people and share Harlaxton stories.  Everyone’s invited to share in the celebration.  Questions?  Contact or extension 2586. 


* EXSS Forum

The spring EXSS Forum will be held next Wednesday, April 6 at 6 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170), Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building.  A panel of professionals will provide information about the many professional options available in exercise science, and answer students' questions.  It will provide one-on-one opportunities for students and the professionals to interact, and will appeal to freshmen through seniors.  A signup sheet is available in Pam Young’s office, Graves Hall, Room 219.  If you have any questions, please contact Career Services at or 488-1083.

* Legal Career Info Night!

On Thursday, April 7 at 6 p.m. in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center, members of the Evansville Bar Association will be here to talk with students.  Interested in a legal career?  Curious about what jobs are available in the legal field?  Ever wondered what a day in the life of a lawyer, judge, or paralegal is like?  Come to this event and learn more.  Food will be provided.  In partnership with the Office of Diversity Initiatives.  Please RSVP with La Toya Smith at


Info You Should Know

* Reminder: Great Colleges to Work For Survey Deadline

The University of Evansville is once again participating in The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2011 Great Colleges to Work For program.  This particular survey is designed to obtain feedback from faculty and administrators. If you have been selected to participate in the confidential survey, please do before the deadline: Friday, April 15.

The Chronicle will be publishing a special issue this summer detailing the program findings and recognizing those institutions that are leading the way in their commitment to creating great workplaces.  Afterward, President Kazee and the cabinet will receive a "Topline" report that summarizes overall responses to fifteen survey themes. The results of this survey play an important role in the assessment process, so your honest feedback is critical to the assessment.

This link will take you to the survey page where you will enter your unique user name and password provided in an e-mail invitation to participate: .

If you need assistance or have lost your password, please call the toll-free Help Desk at 888-684-4658 or e-mail and cc to If you do not receive timely assistance, please e-mail Lucy Himstedt in University Relations at LH133.


* Insight Cable Switching to Digital Soon!

Insight Cable is starting to convert their service to digital cable starting sometime this week.  Over the course of the next 4-6 weeks, all stations will be converted to a digital signal. (Estimated: 2-6 stations per week)

This means a stronger signal and the opportunity to add digital features and services that are presently not available in student rooms for next year.

If you have a digital TV:
With a digital tuner you should experience a significant boost in quality! 

If you do not have a digital TV:
People who do not have a digital TV will begin to experience a drop in channel offerings starting this week.

For students who need a cable converter through the end of the year, Insight is providing converters and remotes. 

So, if you have a non-digital TV and absolutely gotta have a signal for the next few weeks, stop by the Residence Life Office between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. starting this Wednesday. Converter mini-boxes will be available for use for rest of the semester but must be returned to the Office of Residence Life by 5 p.m. on Reading & Study Day in the box provided. Unreturned converters and remotes will result in a $50 fee applied to your student account.

Next Year:
Digital cable will become standard throughout campus.  Access will only be available through digital TVs with built-in digital tuners.  Please be sure to come with a compatible TV!

* Phi Gamma Delta Hot-Tub-A-Thon

Phi Gamma Delta members will be selling t-shirts for their annual Hot-Tub-A-Thon philanthropy benefitting Easter Seals on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The shirts are $10 and allow the wearer to receive unlimited hot-tub time at the event. There will also be bracelets available for $1 and serve as free admission. Hot-Tub-A-Thon is Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. to 3 p.m. More information, please contact David Riedford at

* Participants for Psychology Study Needed

UE psychology students are looking for participants for a study looking at ratings of attraction!  If interested, please email .  Students completing the survey will be able to receive extra credit in 100 and 200 level psychology courses or candy if extra credit is not desired or is not applicable!  Your help would be greatly appreciated!!

* Harlaxton Art Exhibit in Krannert Gallery April 2011

To coincide with the UE Harlaxton 40th Anniversary Reunion Weekend, an exhibit of Harlaxton inspired art work is on display in Krannert Gallery during April 2011. A variety of former faculty members and students from UE, Western Kentucky, and USI have submitted works. They include: Gretchen Bies, William Brown, Kim Pazuk Butcher, Alaina Clingman, Joe Flauto, Brelyn Holmes, Ella Combs-Larmann, Katrina Layer, Leslie Nichols, Michael Nichols, Carolyn Roth, Dana Samson, Amanda Topper, Kayla Troutman, Kathryn Waters and Julie Wilson.

* Student Congress Meeting Location Changed

Just a reminder that this week's Student Congress meeting will be held at Methodist Temple at 5 p.m. for the annual banquet and elections. Please remind organization representatives of this change.

* Executive Board Members Needed for Colleges Against Cancer

Colleges Against Cancer is accepting applications for executive board positions for next school year.  The positions available are Relay Vice Chair, Mission/Advocacy Chair, Online Chair, and Entertainment Chair.  These chairs will be involved in planning and preparation of the four main activities the group hosts each year which include Breast Cancer Week, Protect Your Balls Dodgeball Tournament to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancers, Relay for Life, and Sun Safety Week.  If you would like more information about what these positions entail or would like an application email  or .  Also - they need to be contacted about your interest in any of these positions by Thursday April, 7. 

* Friends of WUEV

In conjunction with celebrating its 60th anniversary on the airwaves, 91.5 F.M.-WUEV, the campus radio station of the University of Evansville, is proud to announce the formation of the “Friends of WUEV.”  To kick-off the “Friends of WUEV” program, WUEV will be conducting a week-long fund drive at the station from 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 11 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, with WUEV staff members being in studio for all 24 hours of all seven days of the drive.

“As a non-commercial, educational radio station, WUEV relies heavily on support from both public and private donors to remain a viable learning experience for UE students,” said WUEV general manager Tom Benson.  “With the ‘Friends of WUEV’ program, we hope to not only help ensure the future of the station as a learning experience for future UE students, but we hope to also develop a better relationship with our listeners and alumni. 

“WUEV has a strong tradition of having a loyal listener fan base and alumni group.  We hope that with this fund drive and the ‘Friends of WUEV’ program that we will get to better know our listeners and alumni and help them feel better connected with our radio station and the students who form the WUEV staff.” 

All funds raised from the “Friends of WUEV” group will go directly to benefit the radio station and assist with the operating budget for the station.  The “Friends of WUEV” program will feature various levels of giving for both individuals and corporations.  For more information on the “Friends of WUEV” program, please visit WUEV’s website,

WUEV is the only home for jazz music in the Tri-State area, but WUEV also features top 40 music in the evenings with “Today’s Best Music” from 6-9 p.m., rap and hip-hop with “Party Lights” on the weekends from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. and alternative and rock music with “The Other Side” from 9 p.m. through 1 a.m. on Sundays through Wednesdays.  WUEV also features shows for such music genres as blues (A Case of the Blues, Saturdays from 12-6 p.m.), Christian rock (The Light, Sundays from 12-4 p.m.), world music (World Safari, Sundays from 4-9 p.m.) and children’s music (Rated G, Saturdays from 8-11 a.m.), while also being the home for University of Evansville athletics.  WUEV began serving the Tri-State area on April 1, 1951, and has won numerous awards for outstanding radio service and production over its 60-year existence.

* Biological Sciences Club Plant Sale

The Biological Sciences Club will be selling plants grown by the Biology Department in Ridgway University Center Terrace on Tuesday, April 5, and Wednesday, April 6, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  

* SAA Spring Recruitment Table

The Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA) will have a Spring recruitment table set up on April 4, 5 and 6 in Ridgway University Center  from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Root beer floats and prizes will be given away! SAA is a student organization whose members work hand-in-hand with the Alumni Department and volunteer at Homecoming and Parents Weekend activities. They hold events such as the Chili Cook-off and Purple Fridays. If you are interested, please feel free to stop by their table or e-mail Katie Litmer a or Alicia Neaves at

* TIAA CREF Counseling Sessioins

The TIAA CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Thursday, April 14, for individual counseling sessions. The sessions will be held in the Clifford Rare Books Room in the Library (Room 158). To schedule an appointment, call TIAA CREF at 1-800-732-8353 or 812-349-4443.  If you have any questions, call Carol McCraney at extension 2943.

* Cheer Team Clinic and Tryouts

The UE Cheer Team is holding open tryouts for males and females on April 8th and 9th in Carson Center.  The clinic will be held Friday, April 8 from 5-9 p.m. in the Fitness Center gym, and tryouts will be April 9 from 8-11 a.m.  Go to for all of the information that you will need.  Please contact the coach at for more information or if you have questions.  

* Need Campus Envelopes?

Need campus envelopes? Central Receiving has a limited supply of the following envelopes available for “Campus Mail” use only.  These envelopes are $1 per bundle of 100 envelopes.  Since the available supply of these envelopes is small and in an attempt to evenly distribute these envelopes to as many areas as possible, we will be limiting orders to one bundle of each size for the next several weeks.  To request a bundle of each size, send an email with your account number to

6”x9”               100/bundle    $1/bundle
9”x12”             100/bundle    $1/bundle

* Volunteers Needed for Southern Indiana Classic Marathon

Volunteers are needed for the Southern Indiana Classic Marathon in April!

The Southern Indiana Classic Marathon and Half Marathon takes place on Sunday, April 10 in Evansville at the Vanderburgh County 4H center. There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available, both that weekend and the week leading up to it. Volunteers receive free t-shirts, entrance to the SIC Celebration Party (going on all day at the 4H center for the community and race participants) and are invited to a volunteer appreciation party the week following the event.

To see jobs and sign up, visit the website, and click "learn more" under volunteer information.  This is perfect for your student organization, sorority or fraternity to all work together and help our community. If you have a group that is interested in volunteering please contact SIC intern Lauren Schaftlein at  For all other questions, contact Andrea Klotz at or



* UE Baseball

The University of Evansville baseball team will play two midweek non-conference games before opening the Missouri Valley Conference season Friday versus Southern Illinois. The Aces travel to Austin Peay Tuesday and host SIU-Edwardsville Wednesday at Braun Stadium. Both games start at 6 p.m.


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