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Friday, June 29, 2012

Upcoming Events

* Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Administrators: "Let Us Take You on a Cruise!"

Would you like to go on one of the UE Alumni Cruises scheduled for 2013?  To join your fellow UE alumni on a cruise to the Western Caribbean or Alaska in 2013, simply make a $25 deposit per person to reserve your spot.  It is fully refundable should you need to change your plans.  The Western Caribbean cruise is set for March 31-April 7, 2013 and the Alaska cruise is planed for July 19-26, 2013

The deadline for reservations is July 16!

Cabin prices for the 7-Day Western Caribbean Cruise are: $484 for interior cabins; $594 for oceanview; and $784 for balcony cabins. (Non-commissionable fee per guest is $175 and government taxes are $93.85)
Cabin prices for the Alaska Sawyer Glacier Cruise are: $714 for interior cabins and $914 for oceanview. (Non-commissionable fee per guest is $235 and government taxes are $146.40)

To make a deposit or for more information, call JM Custom Cruises LLC at (toll free) 866-868-0403 or (local) 812-867-7762. Or email or visit




Info You Should Know

* Health Tip: Drink to Your Health

Decreased energy, headaches, and dizziness are all early symptoms of dehydration. Drinking an adequate amount of water can help you lose weight, improve the appearance of your skin, re-energize you, reduce the risk of serious health problems, and keep you performing at your best!  Water is nature’s perfect gift, so drink some often during this heat wave.

The nurse will in Ridgway lobby on Monday, July 2, 9–11 a.m., with general health care advice and blood pressure, blood sugar, or weight assessment. 

* Libraries Announces Independence Day Hours

UE Libraries will be closed on Independence Day.  Hours schedule follows. Contact William Louden, University Librarian, with questions at 488.2376 or .

          ~  Tuesday, July 3:         7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
          ~  Wednesday, July 4:   CLOSED
          ~  Thursday, July 5:       Resume Regular Hours



* UE Graduate Has Third Book Published

Creative writing major Sarah Elle Emm '01 (formerly Sarah Standring) has her third book Opalescent coming out in February from Winter Goose Publishing of Sacramento, CA. Sarah’s previous novel, Prismatic, was released in May and is Book One of the young-adult fantasy Harmony Run Series published by Winter Goose Publishing. Sarah’s books are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Sarah lives with her husband, a chef, and two children on Sanibel Island and writes a blog:

* Arts Award Winners

On Wednesday, several members of the University of Evansville family received recognition for their significant contributions to the arts in a seven-county region of Indiana.

Winners of the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana’s annual Arts Awards were announced at a news conference at the council’s Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery. The recipients will be honored at an awards banquet at Casino Aztar on September 6.

Those with UE ties who won awards are:

Melvin M. Peterson H’91, Mayor’s Arts Award. Peterson received the year’s most prestigious award, which recognizes long-standing support and a lifelong interest in the arts in and around Evansville. Since moving here from San Francisco 23 years ago, Peterson has been named an honorary trustee at UE for his significant impact at the University. UE’s newest art gallery, the Melvin Peterson Gallery, bears his name, and in 2002 the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing was established. Peterson has also served as a docent at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science and been a supporter of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and the EVSC Foundation. One of Peterson’s nominators called him “an acknowledged, inspiring, and resourceful leader, a friend of students and a model for others in our community.”

R. Scott Lank, Educator of the Year. Lank, professor of acting and director of playwriting in UE’s Department of Theatre, may be best known in the Evansville community for the many UE theatre productions he has directed. However, his students recognize and praise his work inside the classroom, too, which has helped them launch careers in playwriting and acting. A 2012 graduate writes: “He has a truly significant impact on his students’ lives.  At the end of each of his classes, we leave wanting to keep working, desiring to grow more, aching for a chance to apply what we have learned in class to our work onstage.” 

William Baer, Artist of the Year (two recipients chosen). Nominator Margaret McMullan, UE professor of creative writing, has worked with Baer for 23 years and says she knows no other writer who is quite so fearless in crossing into new writing genres. Baer has written plays, screenplays, novels, essays, poems, and musicals — all while teaching in UE’s Department of Creative Writing, mentoring students outside of class, and running the University of Evansville Press.

Elizabeth Robertson, Artist of the Year (two recipients chosen). Robertson, UE consortium instructor of music for oboe and English horn, has served as principal oboe of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra since 1995 and is also a member of the Harlaxton Woodwind Quintet. Nominators call her a performing artist of the highest caliber who shows superb technique and musical expressiveness with every passage she plays. Also a disciplined and focused teacher, Robertson lays out clear expectations for her students and works tirelessly to help them achieve their goals. 

Jo Frohbieter-Mueller ’56, Arts Advocate of the Year. As a lifelong resident of Vanderburgh County, most of Frohbieter-Mueller’s activities have revolved around the arts: She is an artist, collector of art, published writer, musician, and research biologist. She plays fife in the Civil War Band and can often be found at classes and recitals, art exhibits, and board meetings. Truly a Renaissance woman, Frohbieter-Mueller says that art makes her happy. Her nominators say that those around her are made happy, too, by her support and enthusiasm.



* Dean Torgerson Named Assistant Volleyball Coach at UE

UE Volleyball Coach Mike Swan has announced the hiring of Dean Torgerson as an assistant coach with the Aces.   

“I’m looking forward to working with Dean.  He brings a lot of experience to our staff, having coached at several levels,” Swan said.  “His skills as a setter and hitter will be very beneficial to our players. I know they will really enjoy his personality and his desire to make us better on the court.”

Torgerson comes to Evansville from Arkansas State where he spent last season as a volunteer assistant coach.  In his one season with the team, he led the Red Wolves to a 21-win season while claiming the Sun Belt Conference’s Western Division title while having three players named to the All-Conference squad.

Prior to his time at Arkansas State, Torgerson did all of his work in the Midwest.  He spent two seasons working with the Northshore Assault Volleyball Club in Evanston, Ill., serving as the head coach for the 15-1s team and the 14-1s team for a season apiece.

During his work in Evanston, he also spent time in nearby Racine, Wis. at William Horlick High School, working as an assistant coach for both the boy’s and girl’s teams.

A 2010 graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, Torgerson was a player/coach on the men’s club volleyball team in all four of his years there while spending two seasons working as a coach on the women’s volleyball club team.

Torgerson earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Sports Management from Loyola before working towards his Master’s from Arkansas State.  His graduation from ASU is set for August where he has accumulated a perfect 4.0 GPA thus far.  In 2005, he was named to the Fab 50 list by Volleyball Magazine as one of the top senior players in the country.


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