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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Upcoming Events

* Trebles Without a Cause Auditions

Open auditions for Trebles Without a Cause, UE's Male A Cappella Group, will take place on Wednesday, September 5th at 5:00pm in Krannert 127. Any male interesting in singing is welcome to audition. All you need is to prepare 30 seconds of a song of your choice (preferably one that shows off your range and voice). We hope to see you there! T's UP!

* I-House Mexico

Join us this week for I-House: Mexico with Jessica Foster and Hilda Torres. Bring your friends to enjoy a presentation about this beautiful country, Wednesday at 7:00 the second floor of Ridgway University Center in the Class of 1959 Gallery. See you there!


* This Week in Music: Fall Faculty Gala

The Department of Music kicks off the academic year and this year’s First Tuesday Concert Series with the annual Fall Faculty Gala in Wheeler Concert Hall in the Krannert Fine Arts building on Tuesday, September 4, at 7:30 p.m.  The concert will feature selections from several works, ranging from the early eighteenth century to the modern era, performed by Department of Music faculty members.  The concert is free and open to the public, as are all Tuesday night faculty recitals.  For future events, consult the Department of Music’s Concert Calendar.

* TIAA-CREF Counseling

The TIAA CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Tuesday, September 11 and Thursday, September 13 for individual counseling sessions.  To schedule an appointment, call TIAA CREF at 1-800-732-8353 or 317-706-6200.   The sessions are held in the Clifford Rare Books Room of the University Libraries (Room 158).  If you have any questions, call Carol McCraney at extension 2943.

* "Jerry Baum: A British Experience" Opens September 10 in Melvin Peterson Gallery

The University of Evansville Friends of Art are proud to present “Jerry Baum: A British Experience,” featuring original watercolors by a popular Southwest Indiana artist. The exhibit will run from September 10-November 9 in the Melvin Peterson Gallery, located on the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach avenues.

From London landmarks to countryside scenes, “Jerry Baum: A British Experience” will feature large watercolor paintings Baum produced from visits to England. The paintings, which have been on exhibit throughout the United States and Europe, are on loan to the Peterson Gallery from the Barning family’s private collection.

Baum has been a professional watercolor artist for over 55 years. He has held shows nationwide and in countries such as Bolivia and Germany, donating the proceeds from much of his work to religious, educational, and humanitarian causes. His work is featured in embassies around the world as well as notable private and corporate collections.

Baum was one of the founding members of the Watercolor U.S.A. juried exhibition and has taught workshops and master classes for the last 45 years in venues around the United States, including the University of Evansville.

The Melvin Peterson Gallery is open from noon-3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday or by appointment. All exhibits are free, open to the public, and handicap accessible. For more information, please contact the University of Evansville Department of Art at 812-488-2043.

* Women's Awareness Meeting Set for Wednesday

Members of Women's Awareness will be having their first meeting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5 in Hyde 118. Join them to find out what kind of events Women's Awareness puts on and get to know everyone. Food will be provided and they hope to see you all there!

* Register for Family Weekend!

Register now for Family Weekend 2012 (Sept 28-30)! There are several ways to register:

(1) Families can now see a detailed schedule of events and register online by visiting  and clicking on the Family Weekend registration button.

(2) A Parents Connections Newsletter was recently mailed to all UE families.  Encourage your family to complete the registration form inside and mail it back to us.

(3) Parents can also register by calling the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 812-488-2586 or (4) by e-mailing us at  

Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, at 812-488-2586 or 800-423-8633 x 2586.


* Donate Your Used Books to United Way Book Sale

Mark your calendars! The 3rd annual Used Book Sale to benefit United Way will be October 17 and 18 in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center.  Donation boxes will soon appear around campus – details to follow.  If you desperately need to donate now, please contact Meg Atwater-Singer at x2487 or

Thank you for your support!

* Diana Rodriguez Quevedo to Speak at Andiron Lecture on September 5

Assistant Professor of Spanish Diana Rodriguez Quevedo will be the speaker for the Andiron Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 4 p.m. in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center. A social gathering will precede the lecture at 3:45 p.m. The topic of the lecture will be “Skipping Beats: The Impact of the Illegal Drug Trade on Columbian Music.”

Rodríguez Quevedo holds a PhD from the University of Toronto. She teaches a wide variety of courses that include Spanish language, Spanish conversation, business Spanish, Latin American culture and civilization, and Latin American literature. Her research focuses on non-canonical texts of Latin America, such as testimonio narratives and songs. Colombia’s music has undergone some transformations due to the influence of the illegal drug trade over the past four decades. Cumbia, once known as the emblematic rhythm of the nation, was replaced by vallenato, which itself faced competition from the production and commercialization of narcocorridos or prohibited corridos. This lecture will offer an overview of the main impacts the illicit drug trade has had on Colombian music.

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.


Info You Should Know

* Meet Your Library Team Display Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Kevin O’Reilly who correctly guessed each library team members’ upside down portrait and whose name was drawn for a Jazzman’s gift card.

To see the correct names of each librarian and support staff, visit the libraries’ website under “Staff Directory” where each library team members’ profile is always on display for easy access.

Thank you to all the students who participated in this last installment of the display contest series, and to all the staff who participated in earlier installments over the summer.  It’s been a fun run, and best wishes for the new academic year!

* UE Race for the Cure

Join the University of Evansville's Race for the Cure Team! Paper registrations are due by Sept 7, register online until midnight on Sept 12. The Race occurs in downtown Evansville on Sat Sept 22. Paper registrations can be found at the Fitness Center and follow this link to register online. GO ACES!

* Enrollment Announcements Sent to Hometown Newspapers

To recognize new students who have enrolled at the University of Evansville, announcements were sent Tuesday to students' hometown newspapers and are posted online at

You should receive an e-mail notification with a link to view your story online and share it with friends and family through e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also log in to via Facebook to customize your profile by adding a photo, activities, and other biographical information.

UE uses to recognize students for their achievements and activities, such as making the Dean's List, studying abroad, and participating in community service. Your online reputation is important – most employers Google an applicant's name during the hiring process for jobs and internships. UE is dedicated to helping students create a positive online profile by providing as a free service.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at x2241 or KL147. We look forward to celebrating your achievements with your local hometown media and online at Keep up the good work, and be on the lookout for more stories about your accomplishments! 



* Jon Truitt

Associate Professor of Music Jon Truitt had an active summer of performing and directing opera in the Midwest, debuting in two venues.  Truitt directed “The Merry Widow” with the Muddy River Opera Company in Quincy, Illinois in May and then directed “La Boheme” with the Soo Theatre Project in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan in August.  Adjunct Instructor of Voice Elizabeth Truitt appeared as Musetta in the production of “La Boheme”, while Dr. Truitt played the role of Marcello in addition to his directing duties.  While in residence, the Truitts also led the Soo Theatre Project’s Young Artist Program that ran alongside the production.  In October, Dr. Truitt will also be directing “La Traviata” with the Asheville Lyric Opera in Asheville, NC.

* Dave Dwyer and Mark Gruenwald

Professors of Mathematics Dave Dwyer and Mark Gruenwald have been awarded a 3-year, $600,000 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their project Resequencing Calculus – Phase 2.  This grant is one of only two awarded in mathematics and one of only 30 awarded out of over 400 proposals submitted to the TUES (Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM) Type 2 program for extending and broadening the work of successful pilot projects in STEM education.

Resequencing Calculus – Phase 2 builds on work that was funded by a $150,000 NSF grant awarded to Dwyer and Gruenwald in 2009.  Under the first grant, Dwyer and Gruenwald revised the standard 3-semester calculus sequence to better meet the emerging needs of students in a variety of STEM disciplines, wrote a 700-page text to support the first two semesters of this sequence, piloted the sequence at UE, and identified supporters of the redesigned sequence at other institutions. Their current project entails completing the 3-semester textbook, beta-testing and assessing the textbook and the sequence at four other sites (Valparaiso, Millikin, Central Missouri, and the University of St. Thomas), and campaigning for broad and sustained adoption of the revised sequence.

Dwyer and Gruenwald will be assisted by collaborators at each of the pilot institutions, including former UE Associate Professor of Mathematics Joe Stickles, now at Millikin University.  A number of UE faculty members will serve in an advisory capacity;  including Mohammad Azarian, Erin Davis, Clark Kimberling, and Adam Salminen in Mathematics;  Jeff Braun in Physics; and David Unger in Mechanical and Civil Engineering.  Brian Ernsting, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will serve as an internal assessment advisor.   Additional assistance will be provided by an external professional assessment team and an advisory board consisting of national leaders in various STEM professional organizations.

* Joni McFelea, Sherri Chambliss and Tink Martin

Congratulations to Joni McFelea, assistant professor of physical therapy, Sherri Chambliss, physical therapy operations administrator and Tink Martin, professor of physical therapy, for having their abstract titled “Selection Criteria for Entry into the University of Evansville Doctor of Physical Therapy Program” accepted for presentation as a poster at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting 2013 in San Diego, California.


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