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Monday, April 11, 2011

What's Happening Today

* Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Movie Tonight!

Come watch The Passion of the Christ tonight, 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 and his lasting impact on our lives today. Admission is free. Honors students will be given .5 points for attending both the movie and the discussion. There will also be a drawing for prizes at the end.

* Student Congress Debate

Student Congress will be holding a debate for the presidential candidates tonight in Room 170,Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building, at 9 p.m. All are encouraged to come and ask questions of the candidates.

* "Stump the Priest" at the Newman Center Tonight

Dinner & Discussion at the Newman Center tonight will feature an informal Q&A with Fr. Chris Forler, associate pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church southeast of campus and a 2002 graduate of UE in mechanical engineering. Everyone is welcome to attend; dinner is at 5:30 p.m. and the discussion will begin shortly after 6 p.m. Any questions? Contact Newman director Mike Roesch at mr201.

* UE PRIDE Hosts Religion & Sexuality Panel

PRIDE has planned a religion and sexuality panel discussion for Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center.  It will bring together leaders of Christian, Jewish, and other faiths to create a diverse panel discussion about the relationship between religion and sexuality.

Local religious leaders such as Rev. Dr. Tammy Gieselman (UE Chaplain) and Dr. Dianne Oliver (UE Associate Professor of Religion) will be part of the panel, along with Rabbi Helen Bar-Yaacov (Temple Adath B'nai Israel) and Rev. Phil Hoy (Zion UCC).  They will discuss what they, their church, and their religion says about GLBTQ issues. Panelists will detail both opinion and policy within their organization. After each speaker, the audience is invited to ask questions.

In past years, this event has been a huge success, with attendance of some very prominent and supportive leaders. If you want to know more about how GLBTQ people stand in church, at Mass, at synagogue or even in our own UE chapel, you should come to this event.



Upcoming Events

* Homecoming Meeting

There will be a Homecoming meeting this Wednesday, April 13 at 4 p.m. in Room 272 in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building. Any UE student who will be on campus in the fall is welcome to come and share ideas.

* This Week in Music - University Choir, UE Jazz Ensembles and Much More!

The University Choir will offer a concert titled “Symphonies of Psalms” in Neu Chapel on Tuesday , April 12, at 7:30 p.m.  Under the baton of Director of Choral Activities Dennis Malfatti, the choir will perform J. S. Bach’s Cantata 131, “Aus der Tiefen rufe ich zu dir” (based on Psalm 130), with Assistant Professor of Voice Gregory Rike and Associate Professor of Voice Jon Truitt as soloists.  Select singers from North and Harrison High Schools will then join the choir for a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms.”  The orchestra will feature UE faculty, students, and members of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and the concert is free and open to the public.

It will be a very busy weekend in the Department of Music.  On Saturday, UE students Michael Salazar (organ) and Kayla Ryan (soprano) will present their Senior Recitals at 1 p.m.and 4 p.m., respectively, and the UE Percussion Ensemble will perform Saturday at 7 p.m. under the direction of Consortium Instructor of Percussion William Shaltis.  The highlight will be a performance of American minimalist composer Steve Reich’s “Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ,” with a number of UE voice students and Professor Emeritus of Organ Douglas Reed joining the ensemble for the work. 

On Sunday, students David Riedford (violin) and Andrew Riederer (trombone) will present a joint Senior Recital at 1 p.m.  At 4 p.m., the UE Jazz Ensembles will present a concert under the direction of Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies Timothy Zifer and Assistant Professor of Guitar and Jazz Studies Renato Butturi.  The ensembles will perform works ranging from W. C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues” to works by UE students and Jazz Ensemble members Nick Seibert and Ian Lynch.  All these events will occur in Wheeler Concert Hall and are free and open to the public.

The weekend’s final event will be a concert presented by the UE Men’s and Women’s Choruses in Neu Chapel on Sunday evening at 6 p.m.  Also appearing will be the University chamber choir, Kantorei. Director of Choral Activities Dennis Malfatti will conduct all three ensembles in performances of works ranging from the Renaissance to the modern era.  Associate Professor of Voice Jon Truitt will join the Women’s Chorus for the concert’s finale, the famous “Choruses of the Cigarette Girls” from Georges Bizet’s “Carmen.”  The concert is free and open to the public.

* 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.

* 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. 



Info You Should Know

* Welcome Home to New Director of News Services

Kristen (Woszczynksi) Lund, a 2008 graduate of UE, has joined the Office of University Relations as the chief liaison between UE and all external media outlets. She will replace Joe Atkinson in that role, after Atkinson was named UE’s Associate Director of University Relations and Director of Digital Media.

“As a University of Evansville student, I gained a firsthand perspective on the life-transforming educational experiences UE offers,” Lund said. “Now, as Director of News Services, I look forward to helping my alma mater advance its outstanding reputation.”

Lund, a native of Columbus, Ind., enrolled at the University of Evansville in 2004 after earning a full-tuition academic scholarship as a National Merit Scholarship winner. She double-majored in writing and international studies and minored in literature. Lund graduated summa cum laude in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Prior to graduation, she studied abroad for two semesters at Harlaxton College and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She also completed an editorial internship with Tucker Publishing Group in Evansville.

Lund joined Tucker Publishing Group full-time in May 2008 as Staff Writer and was promoted to Senior Writer in July 2009. During her time at TPG, Lund’s responsibilities included writing and editing for the bimonthly Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines, which have a readership of over 75,000 and have won national awards from the City and Regional Magazine Association. She also produced content for the company’s annual publications such as Evansville City View, as well as custom publishing projects and digital media outlets such as and the weekly E Living e-newsletter.

Lund’s husband Eric graduated from UE in 2007 and works as a music therapist with Integrative Music Therapy, LLC.

* UE Dedicates Meeks Family Court

The University of Evansville on Friday acknowledged the support of longtime fans and supporters Larry and Rita Meeks by naming the large gymnasium inside Carson Center the Meeks Family Court.  A display both inside and outside the facility will signify the University?s appreciation.  The gymnasium is used for men's and women's basketball practice, and as the homecourt for University of Evansville volleyball.

"We are extremely pleased and delighted with this dedication and are very grateful for the years of support from Larry and Rita," said Jack Barner, vice president of institutional advancement.

Added Lance Wilkerson, director of development for athletics: "The Aces have some of the most loyal fans in the country, and Larry, Rita and their children are among the very best.  It is impossible to measure how important the Meeks family is to the University of Evansville."

More than 75 people attended the dedication ceremony Friday afternoon, and University of Evansville President Dr. Thomas Kazee presented the Meeks family with a proclamation from the UE Board of Trustees that permanently  names the gymnasium the Meeks Family Court.

"The Meeks family has been very good to our basketball program and to the University as a whole," said UE men's basketball coach Marty Simmons.  "Their loyalty and support have meant a great deal to our staff, our players and me personally."

* UE Team Needs You for March of Dimes Event!

Please mark your calendars for the 2011 March for Babies event on April 30, at Sunset Park. Registration is at 9 a.m. with the walk through downtown Evansville starting at 10 a.m. There will be a UE Team walking in the event.

"Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick," explains UE Team Captain Becky Hamilton, "There will be a UE team walking in this March for Babies event because we want to do something about this. I know you care, too. That's why I'm asking you and your family to join us. It's easy: just click here to sign up for our University of Evansville team."

"If you can't walk with us," adds Becky, "please help by donating to our team. You can do so by clicking on “Donate to this team” from the team registration page above. Thank you in advance for helping us give all babies a healthy start!"

If you have questions, call Becky at ext 2163

* Sunset Concert

Sunset Concert will be held on Friday, April 15. The only dinner service that day will be at the concert. This year the menu will be a taco bar with beef, chicken and beans and all the toppings. You can purchase your meal ticket between now and the day of the concert. Tickets can be purchased with a  meal, flex dollars, cash or credit. If purchasing without using a meal the cost is $8.35.


* Holy Week Services

Save the dates!!  Holy Week Services in Neu Chapel are: Holy Thursday, "Service of Darkness," in Neu Chapel, April 21 at 9 p.m., and Easter Sunday, "Festival of the Resurrection," in Neu Chapel, April 24 at 10:30 a.m

* Housing Extended Stay Requests

The Residence Halls officially close for Summer Break at noon on Thursday, May 5. All Students are required to check out of their University housing 24 after their last final examination.  If you require additional time please fill out the Extended Stay Request form online at .  Students may be charged up to $35/night depending on the reason for staying.  Requests for Extended Stay must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Reading and Study Day (April 27).


* 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.


* 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.

* Attention UE Students: Financial Aid Calendar for 2011-12

FAFSA: Please respond immediately to any requests you receive from the Office of Financial Aid to correct your FAFSA or provide verification documents. Students may still file the 2011-12 FAFSA to be considered for need-based aid, including federal student loans.

Need financial aid for summer courses? If you are seeking financial aid to help pay for summer courses at UE, please make an appointment in the Office of Financial Aid to meet with a counselor. We will help you examine your options. You may stop by to schedule an appointment (Olmsted Hall, room 116), or set up a time though the financial aid receptionist at

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 (see Financial Aid FAQs page for details). 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.

June: 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.  




* Margaret McMullen Was Guest Speaker at Southern Literary Festival

Professor of English Margaret McMullan was the guest speaker at The Southern Literary Festival April 7-9 at Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain Mississippi. Tthe festival began in 1937 with Robert Penn Warren as the first guest speaker. McMullan visited Contemporary Literature students reading her novels, conducted a writing workshop, and read from her newest work. 



* Aces Wins Game, Series

Coming back from a 2-0 deficit, the University of Evansville softball team put up 11 hits to turn what started as a close game into a 14-4 blowout over Indiana State. The five inning victory gave the Aces the series win in the rubber match. With the victory, the Aces improve to 9-28 overall and 4-10 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Three Aces had a multi-hit game, as sophomore Alicia Betancur and freshman Kacey Rogers both ended the game 2-for-3 at the plate and freshman Katie Sears was 2-for-4. Rogers also led the team with five RBI on the day with a three-run home run in the top of the fifth. Senior Kelci Alsip extended her hitting streak to six games with a single in the third inning.

The Sycamores snagged a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Bailey Wittenauer drove a single to right field to score Alex Baumgart. Shelby Wilson then gave Indiana State its second run of the game with a two-out single to right center that plated Steviee Grove in the bottom of the second.

A two-out rally in the top of the third gave UE its first lead of the game. Junior Amy Gaertner sparked the comeback as she was put on board with a hit by pitch. Betancur singled up the middle to put runners on second and first before Indiana State starter Kristen Felker issued three consecutive walks to bring in the tying two runs for UE. Alsip then scored from third on a wild pitch to put UE ahead 3-2. Felker loaded the bases with her fourth walk of the inning before Sara Evans entered the game in relief to face pinch hitter Allison Aguilera. Aguilera roped a line drive to left field to drive in two more runs for the Aces, giving UE a 5-2 lead before the inning ended.

Gaertner belted a double off the centerfield wall to spur another rally for the Aces in the top of the fourth. Betancur walked behind Gaertner before Alsip singled up the middle to bring home Gaertner, rounding Evansville’s lead to 6-2. Rogers later singled up the middle to plate two more runs as Evansville padded its lead at 8-2.
The Sycamores loaded the bases in bottom of the fourth before Wittenauer singled to left field to score two runs as Indiana State cut the Aces’ lead to 8-4 going into the top of the fifth.

Two walks and a Sycamore error loaded the bases for the Aces in the top of the fifth inning before Betancur singled to bring home two more runs for UE. Freshman Niki Rahming followed with a singled to shallow right field to plate Betancur and put UE ahead 11-4. Chelsea Wallace took Evans’ place on the mound, but Rogers immediately blasted a three-run shot over the left field fence to increase the Aces’ lead to 14-4.

The Sycamores were unable to answer in the bottom of the frame, giving UE the 14-4 mercy rule win.
Freshman starter Taylor Perry (1-4) picked up her first collegiate win in the circle, scattering four hits in three innings of work. Freshman Emily Morris secured the win in her relief appearance, allowing just  two unearned runs over the final two innings.

The Aces will return to action Wednesday, traveling to Saint Louis for a midweek doubleheader against the Billikens.

* Aces Suffer Sweep to SIU

The weekend did not end up the way the University of Evansville baseball team would have hoped, as the Aces fell, 6-3, Sunday afternoon to Southern Illinois at Braun Stadium, ending up on the wrong side of a three-game sweep. UE is now 17-12 on the season and 0-3 in Missouri Valley Conference play, while the Salukis improved to 11-19 overall and 3-0 in the MVC, holding sole possession of first place.

Sophomore Eric Stamets led the Aces with a 3-for-5 effort at the plate and a run batted in. Seniors Greg Wallace and Nate Smith also recorded multi-hit games with two apiece.

The Salukis’ bats exploded on day three, forcing senior Cody Fick (5-1) to take the loss on the mound, who threw six innings, allowing five runs on nine hits, three walks, while striking out four. Southern recorded five doubles and three home runs on the day with some help from the strong breeze blowing out of Braun.

SIU took the lead for good in the top of the third when a single, walk, and hit batter loaded the bases for Blake Pinnon. Pinnon lined a bases clearing double to give the Salukis a 3-0 lead.

The Aces answered in the fourth with two runs when Wallace doubled to reach base and junior Trentt Copleland’s walk set up a two RBI double for senior Jared Baehl, making it a one-run ball game.

However, SIU took advantage of Fick’s fatigue in the seventh, as Jordan Siversten and Nick Johnson belted back-to-back home runs to open in the inning. Sophomore Jake Naumann came out of the bullpen to wrap up the side and the remainder of the game.

The Salukis’ Chris Murphy mimicked his teammates in the eighth with a leadoff homer just over the right field wall to put SIU up 6-2.

Senior Shawn Kuester tried to get things going for the Aces in the ninth with a one-out single to right field. Smith walked and Stamets lined a single down the left field line to bring home Kuester from second. However, that was all the Aces would get as reliever Tyler Dray recorded the final outs of the series.

Brad Drust (1-2) earned the win, hurling eight full innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out five. Naumann threw three innings for the Aces, giving up a run on three hits and two walks and struck out three.

The Aces are back in action Tueday when they host Saint Louis University Tuesday in a non-conference game starting at 6p.m. UE heads to Wichita next weekend to continue MVC play.


* Woods, Sainz Finish in Top 10 at IU

Fourth place Griffin Wood and ninth place Michael Sainz led the University of Evansville men's golf team to its highest finish of the spring season today at the Indiana University Invitational, where the Purple Aces finished third in a field of 15 teams.

Wood finished the second round this morning with a 3-under-par 68, then shot 73 in the afternoon to finish at 1-under-par 212 for the tournament.  Sainz was the only player in the 78-man tournament to shoot in the 60s in each of the final two rounds.  He fired a 69 in the second round, and finished with a 68 this afternoon to climb into the top 10 at 2-over-par 213.

Indiana University won the tourney, played at the par-71, 6,823-yard IU Golf Course. Ball State's Tyler Merkel was the individual champion with rounds of 71, 68 and 70 to finish at 4-under-par 209.

1. Indiana Red 852; 2. Cleveland State 867; 3. Evansville 870; 4. IUPUI 871; 5. Indiana White 873; 6. Oakland 875; 7. Ball State 876; 8. Iowa State 877; 9. George Washington 882; 10. Butler 883; 11. Marquette 893; 12. Youngstown State 900; 13. Wright State 902; 14. IPFW 904; 15. Detroit Mercy 912.

T4. Griffin Wood 71-68-73=212; T9. Michael Sainz 76-69-68=213; T18. Andrew Luo 70-72-76=218; *T48. Parker Hensley 78-75-73=226; T66. Tim Simmons 73-74-84=231; 77. Sam Cobb 85-83-80=248
*played as individual
Medalist: Tyler Merkel, Ball State, 71-68-70=209 (-4)

* Aces Split Tennis Matches

The University of Evansville tennis team split a pair of 6-1 matches over the weekend, defeating Creighton on Friday and losing to two-time defending Missouri Valley Conference champion Wichita State on Sunday.  Coach Nick Mueller's team is now 9-5 overall and 2-1 in the MVC.  After playing three consecutive home matches to begin MVC play, UE hits the road next weekend to play at Drake on Saturday and Northern Iowa on Sunday.


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