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Friday, January 13, 2017

* Venturing Crew Spring Open House

Outdoor enthusiasts, come to the Venturing Crew Spring Open House on Monday, January 16, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 162 in the Schroeder School of Business Building! You will learn about all of the upcoming activities this semester, including extended outings and non-overnight events. Also, if you have not already done so, you will have the opportunity to become a member of Venturing Crew. You will also be able to start signing up for trips! There will also be more opportunities to sign up for events in the future.

Please note that all payments for trips must be paid in full and are non-refundable.

The cost is $25 to become a new member, and a membership and T-shirt bundle is $30. Without the purchase of a new membership, T-shirts will be for sale for $8. Nalgene water bottles will also be for sale for $9. If you are a Venturing Crew member or anyone who loves the outdoors, we look forward to seeing you at the open house.

* UE to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

University of Evansville has planned several events in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The theme this year’s event is “Championing Peace and Justice.” Several activities are scheduled, including a re-enactment of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, DC, a rally, a panel discussion, and the William G. and the Rose M. Mays Martin Luther King Jr. Lectureship.

The schedule of events is as follows. All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, January 16
11:30 a.m.: UE’s reenactment of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, leaves from the Meeks Large Gym in Carson Center on the University’s campus.

12:30-2:00 p.m.: The march returns to campus for the No Hate in Our State Rally. Those attending can sign a banner and letters.

7:00 p.m.: William G. and Rose M. Mays Martin Luther King Jr. Lectureship, Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center. The keynote speaker will be Dorothy Simpson-Taylor. Her topic will be “The Epitome of Sacred and Secular Servant Leadership: Dr. Martin Luther King’s advocacy and activism.”

Simpson-Taylor earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Denver. Her career path has included high school counselor, faculty and administrator in higher education, mental health counselor and psychotherapist, community organizer, and capacity building consultant. Specializing in special populations, she has been an advocate, coach, and facilitator for individuals, businesses, communities, organizations, and systems seeking to enhance equity and inclusion practices. A Vietnam era Air Force veteran with a history of service to support military women and men, her faith experiences and commitment to veterans has encouraged a focus on collaborating with governmental, community, and faith-based institutions to provide more support for military members and families.

The generosity of William G. and Rose M. Mays funds the keynote speaker during UE’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

8:00 p.m.: The lecture will be followed by a reception in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center.

Friday, January 20
Noon-1:00 p.m.: No Hate in Our State panel discussion featuring Senator Greg Taylor in Vectren Lecture Hall (Room 100), Koch Center for Engineering and Science. A panel moderated by Diane Clements-Boyd, executive director of the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission, will discuss the bias motivated hate crime bill written by Senator Taylor.

For more information on these events, please call 812-488-2413.

* Are you featured on a UE banner?

Is your photo featured on one of the UE banners hanging up around campus? Would you like to have the banner? If your photo is on a banner, and you would like to have it, e-mail with a description of the banner and its location. The banners will be available in early August.


Upcoming Events

* Admission Open House Monday!

The Office of Admission will be hosting an Open House on Monday, January 16. We will be welcoming approximately 90 families during this event. The Open House guests will join the UE community for lunch in Café Court between 11:00 a.m. and 12:40 p.m. Please give our visitors a warm welcome! 

* Showcase your talent at Spotlight

Do you have a musical talent? You can showcase your talent at UEMTA's Spotlight. Groups and solo acts are welcome to perform. Students and faculty are welcome to participate. The performance fee is $5, and registration ends on January 23. Tickets are $5, and the ticket sales start on January 19. If you have any questions, e-mail Hannah Nilsen at or Kelsey Fields at

* Buy books and coffee and help Syrians!

This Saturday - January 14 - from 1:00-5:00 p.m., Scholars for Syria will have a table at Barnes and Noble where you can learn about the group’s advocacy program, meet Syrian students, and write your name in Arabic. A percentage of anything you buy that day or all week (books, music, coffee, cards) will go to the Scholars for Syria fund. You can shop online, too, with the code 11945292. This expires January 20, so don't wait to use those holiday gift cards! Please join us there and thanks in advance for your support.

* All are welcome to celebrate Mass on January 15

Join us for our first Catholic mass of the new semester on Sunday, January 15, at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Father Chris Forler will be our celebrant. All are welcome! For more information or questions on how to become involved in Mass, contact UE Newman Center director Jenny Koch at

* Student Christian Fellowship's Focus meetings on Fridays

Student Christian Fellowship’s Focus will now be meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday nights, in Grabill Lounge, downstairs in Neu Chapel. All are welcome to come!

* Curious about the resident assistant position?

Information sessions are being held regarding the resident assistant position for any students who are interested in applying for the 2017-18 school year. Sessions will be held in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center, today from 7:30-8:30 p.m., and Thursday, January 19, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Residence life staff encourages you to attend if you are curious about what the position entails and how you can get involved!

* First worship service of the semester

Join us at Neu Chapel on Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. for the first worship service of the semester. On a week that begins with a celebration of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and ends with the Presidential Inauguration, we will pause to reflect on - and pray for - God's peace.

* Volunteer at ACA's Paws for a Cause pet fashion show!

Another Chance for Animals will be holding an event, Paws for a Cause, on Saturday, March 11, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Tropicana. It's a pet fashion show! The organization is in need of volunteers. Volunteer duties will include changing the pets' outfits and walking them down the runway. If you think you'll be in town during spring break and are interested in this, please sign up ASAP! Money from the event supports animals that ACA rescues and cares for and for finding placement for homeless animals in the area.

Help volunteers who are working diligently to find forever homes and loving families for these animals.

You can volunteer by signing up on the ACA'S Paws For A Cause website.

* Family Weekend 2017

Family Weekend 2017 is set for September 22-24! The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations has started working on plans for the event. If your student organization or department would like to have an event for families or parents during this weekend, please complete the Family Weekend event participation form by March 3.

Like past years' successful events, we would like to have a lot of student and department participation. If you would like to volunteer assistance or if you have ideas, please contact us at or call 812-488-2900.


Info You Should Know

* Honoring faculty scholars

The Libraries are hosting the 7th Annual Faculty Scholarship Display from January 13-29, featuring works produced from August 2015-July 2016. Participating faculty include:

Katie Aldred
Patricia Andueza
Meg Atwater-Singer
Michael Austin
Mohammad Azarian
Lora Becker
Cara Dailey
Phil Gerhart
Tammy Gieselman
Noah Gordon
David Green
Derek Jones
Mary Kessler
Lisa Kretz
Ralph Larmann
Richard Maass
James MacLeod
Tink Martin
Joni McFelea
Rania Mousa
Lesley Pleasant
Diana Rodridguez Quevedo
Peter Schmidt
Immanuel Selvaraj
Maggie Stevenson
Heidi Strobel
David Unger
Jim Ware
Atefeh Yazdanparast

A reception to honor all faculty scholars will be held on Friday, January 20, at Fridays in the Melvin Peterson Gallery from 4:30- 7:00 p.m. 

Please stop by to peruse the depth and breadth of our colleagues’ contributions to their fields.

* International orientation leader applications available

Apply to be an International Orientation Leader for the 2017-2018 school year! The IOLs are a dynamic group of students who work to welcome new international students to UE in August and throughout the year. Develop your leadership skills, share your UE experiences, and meet new UE students from all over the world. We welcome both international students and students from the United States to apply.

Applications are available online.

Please visit the Office of Cultural Engagement and International Services in the Student Life Center on the second floor of Ridgway University Center in the Student Life Center for more information, and direct any questions to

* New honors program director named

Michael Austin, executive vice president of academic affairs, is pleased to announce that Maggie Stevenson, associate professor of psychology, has been appointed the director of the UE Honors Program, replacing professor of history Daniel Gahan, who has served with great distinction for three and a half years. Gahan will continue to direct the program during this semester and will help facilitate the transition. Stevenson will officially begin her term at the end of the Spring 2017 semester.

Austin would like to express his deep appreciation to Danny, who stayed on an extra year past the end of his term while Austin got up to speed on both UE and the Honors Program, and to Maggie, who brings a wide swath of talent, enthusiasm, and general awesomeness to this important position.

* W-2 notice for 2016

The Office of Accounting/Payroll will be issuing W-2s for 2016 no later than January 31.  We are pleased to announce that you can choose one of two options to receive your W-2:

•Electronic W-2 – If you provide your consent, you will receive an e-mail notification via AceNotes Extra that your W-2 is ready to view/print on WebAdvisor.
•Paper W-2 – If you prefer, you can continue to receive a paper W-2 in the mail, as you have in the past.
Among the advantages of electronic W-2s.

(1) You will have access to your W-2 a couple of days earlier than a paper copy that is mailed to hour home
(2) You can print as many copies of the W-2 as you need.  The electronic W-2 is IRS compliant and can be submitted with your tax return.

To take advantage of the electronic W-2 option, you must log onto Web Advisor and select the option Employee Self Service.  Click the option W-2 Information.

Click the Change Preferences button and then click the first radio button to give your consent. 

Then click Save. 

You will not receive a paper W-2 in the mail if you select the electronic W-2 option.

Again this year, employees that are eligible to participate in the University’s health plans, will receive a 1095-C form.  This form will be used to complete questions regarding health insurance offers and coverage on your 2016 tax return. Like the W-2 consent, the 1095-C form will need a consent as well.

This is done by clicking on the 1095-C Information tab (on the same screen as the W-2 Information option) and giving your consent.

If you choose to withhold your consent to view/print your online W-2 and 1095-C, a paper copy will be prepared and mailed to you at your home address.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gloria Spencer at ext. 2159.

* Intramural basketball

Registration for intramural basketball and the 3-point contest is now open on IMLeagues. Be sure to sign up before January 20. If you are interested in a flexible campus job, we are also looking for basketball officials and score keepers. E-mail Maria Tonry at No experience necessary! Training will be from January 17-19 at 7:00 p.m. in Carson Center.

* Do you want to be an orientation leader (OL)?

Orientation leader (OL) applications are now available!  To complete an electronic application before the deadline of January 23, visit the Welcome Week website.

Information on “What it takes to be an Orientation Leader” and the “OL Code of Conduct” can be found on the Welcome Week website along with the application and reference forms.
Current orientation leaders will be available in the Ridgway University Center from January 18-20 if you have any questions.  You can also contact the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students at 812-488-2500 or stop by Room 230 in Ridgway University Center during business hours.  

* Resident assistant application deadline is approaching!

Don't forget! Your chance to apply to become a resident assistant for the Fall 2017-18 academic year is almost up! Applications are due by Wednesday, January 25, at 5:00 p.m. Application material is available on the residence life webpage. Visit residence life’s office on the second Floor of Ridgway University Center in the student life suite for any in-person questions.

* Ronald McDonald House volunteer events

The UE and USI Newman Clubs are teaming up to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Evansville. The events will take place on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, starting January 17. Volunteers will meet at the Newman Center at 5:40 p.m. and then carpool to the Ronald McDonald House. From 6:00-8:00 p.m., volunteers will help with general housekeeping and organization. Your help will be much appreciated by both the Ronald McDonald House staff as well as the families that this wonderful charity supports. If you plan on attending, please contact Paige Hignite at

* Chronicle of Higher Education available across campus

The UE libraries, in cooperation with the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, is happy to announce that the Chronicle of Higher Education is now available online to all students, staff, and faculty. Access is available by going to Off-campus access requires you to create an account using your UE e-mail address. Conduct searches, search archives and current news, and sign up for newsletters. Questions can be directed to Danielle at

* College Mentors for Kids - become a mentor!

College Mentors for Kids has been a campus organization for the past 10 years. It allows college students to give back to the community and mentor an elementary student. Activities are held on campus every Wednesday to teach elementary students about higher education, cultural diversity, and community service. If you are interested, apply online on the College Mentors for Kids application webpage.

The application due date is January 24 and our first activity is January 25.

If you have any questions, please contact the organization's president, Myka Goode, at

* USPS Closed – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

This is a reminder that the United States Postal Service (USPS) will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 16. Please note that UE will not be able to pick up mail from the USPS on Monday, since the Post Office will be completely closed. Any mail picked up from UE areas by Mail Services on that Monday will be picked up on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 17, for transport to Data Mail Inc. for metering and mailing.

For mailing questions, contact mail services at ext. 2197.

* Deadline to change Meal Plan is Today

Meal plans for the Spring semester can be adjusted until Friday, January 13, at 5:00 p.m. The link to request a meal plan change is here:  .

* Outstanding Teacher award

The UE Alumni Association recognizes an outstanding teacher for his or her exemplary instruction and student support at spring commencement. UE administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni may nominate a faculty member who exemplifies the award’s criteria for outstanding teaching effectiveness that inspires the intellectual development of students. The nomination form is located on the Office of Alumni’s Outstanding Teacher webpage.

Full-time faculty who have taught in the classroom at UE for two years or more and hold the rank of lecturer, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor are eligible for nomination.

Past award recipients are as follows:

  • Associate professor of anthropology James Berry 2011
  • Associate professor of sociology Mari Plikuhn 2012
  • Associate professor of mechanical and civil engineering Mark Valenzuela 2013
  • Associate professor of archaeology Jennie Ebeling 2014
  • Associate professor of psychology Margaret Stevenson 2015
  • Associate professor of sociology and criminal justice M. Kevin Gray 2016

The deadline to submit nominations is February 6, at 5:00 p.m. For questions, contact Tracey Folden at

* Build a house with Habitat in Nicaragua this summer!

Travel to Nicaragua this summer and help Habitat for Humanity build homes for families in need of safe, decent and affordable shelter.

As you build with the family, you’ll be welcomed into the community. Eat traditional gallo pinto and other typical foods, meet the neighbors whose community you’re helping to improve, and explore local sites. Learn about the innovative and holistic approach Habitat Nicaragua takes to serve families in need of decent shelter. This trip is a unique opportunity to experience life inside this culture. No experience is required! This build is your next step with Habitat to make the world a better place.

This summer program is accepting applications now. Find more information and cost of the program on the study abroad webpage. (Search for “Nicaragua” under Programs.)

Questions? Contact Amara Stuehling at

* Last chance to apply for Harlaxton Summer or Fall 2017!

There are still a few spaces left in Harlaxton's Summer and Fall 2017 programs. Applications must be submitted and deposits paid by January 25 to secure your space. Create your application on the study abroad webpage or e-mail for more information.

We are also accepting applications for Harlaxton Spring 2018.

* 2017 spring semester Pcard cardholder training calendar

The 2017 spring Pcard cardholder training session calendar is now available on the AceLink Pcard website under Training Materials/Dates to Remember.



* Heidi Strobel receives a Pasold Research Fund grant

Heidi Strobel, associate professor of art history, received a Pasold Research Fund grant from the University of Edinburgh's School of History, Classics, and Archaeology. She will use this for a research trip pertaining to Leicester textile artist Mary Linwood (1755-1845).

* Stratman wins third place in German heritage essay contest

UE student Anna Jean Stratman, who is minoring in German, has won the $150 third prize in the Indiana German Heritage Society's essay contest.


Harlaxton Happenings

* Zyggy retires

Rarely has the cliché “mixed emotions” been more apt for describing the feeling of saying farewell and good luck to everyone’s favorite Harlaxton transport coordinator, Zyggy Dekanski. After 16 years at the wheel, and some time spent behind reception on security, Zyggy has decided to turn over his keys. He will indeed be missed massively by his many adoring fans from around the globe. If you wish to join us in congratulating Zyggy, you may leave a comment on the Harlaxton Facebook page or send him a personal note care of Harlaxton. (We’ll make sure the cards and letters all reach him).

Congratulations and thank you, Zyggy!



* Aces set to welcome Missouri State and Wichita State to the Ford Center

After a difficult road swing in Iowa last weekend, the University of Evansville Women’s Basketball team will be looking to get back on track this weekend at the Ford Center as the Aces are set to play host to Missouri State and Wichita State today and Sunday.

The Aces, who enter the weekend with a 7-8 record and a 2-2 mark in Missouri Valley Conference play, will be looking to extend their five-game home winning streak. It’s also a matter of early conference positioning as well, as UE will be looking to create some breathing room with the Missouri State, which sits just a half game back of the Aces at 1-2 in the league and 5-9 overall. Wichita State, meanwhile, is also 5-9, but 0-3 in the MVC.

All three teams fell to league leaders Drake and Northern Iowa earlier this season.

UE, the second-best scoring team in the Valley at 65.4 points per game, will be looking to bounce back offensively after scoring just 40 points last time out at UNI. Sara Dickey and Camary Williams, who represent the only two teammates in the top five in the MVC in scoring, were held to a combined nine points against the Panthers, due in part to some early foul trouble. The 1-2 punch has been hard to handle for much of the year, and the duo enters the weekend averaging over 30 points per game.

Williams, who leads the Aces in rebounds at nearly eight per game, also leads the nation in steals, claiming 4.80 takeaways each time out.

Brooke Dossett, who averages over 10 points on her own, is the only other Ace in double figures on the season. Kerri Gasper, who has started at forward for much of the last two seasons, will be looking to replicate her success against MSU from a year ago. The sophomore out of Olmsted Township, Ohio, dropped 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting at JQH Arena last January as a late UE comeback attempt fell short 77-70.

Tipoff at the Ford Center on Friday is slated for 7:00 p.m., and Sunday’s game is slated to get under way at 1:00 p.m.


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