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AceNotes Today

Monday, October 16, 2017

* EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: Turn in your United Way pledge form today to win!

Early Bird deadline: Today - October 16 - at 5:00 p.m.

Regular deadline: October 23 at 5:00 p.m.

Fair Share Giving: Please check your packet for a NEW incentive for giving at the Fair Share level.

Take a moment today to fill out your United Way pledge form. The Early Bird Grand Prize is a $250 gift card to Amazon!

Turn in your pledge form at any time this week and be eligible to win more prizes:
• (5) free meals from Chartwells
• Season pass from the theatre department
• (4) passes for UE Men’s and Women’s Basketball games
• Tailgating blanket from UE’s bookstore
• Gift bag from Basket Kases
• Gift bag from Penny John’s
• $10 gift card from Honey Moon Coffee Shop

Please read the information in your packet and if you have any questions, feel free to contact Office of Human Resources at ext. 2943. Join UE today in helping make the Evansville community a better place for everyone!

* Active shooter drill scheduled

In cooperation with the Evansville Police Department, the University of Evansville is planning an Active Shooter Drill. In order to maintain the integrity of the drill exercise, the exact date and time will not be published in advance. Note: the drill is scheduled for some time between 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11 and 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31. When the drill begins, all members of the campus community are expected to respond as if reacting to a real emergency situation. Participants are asked not to call 9-1-1 during the drill so that there is no disruption to the delivery of emergency services in the city. Also, please do not move your vehicle during a drill.

Things to know:

The drill will be announced to the campus community via an Ace Alert message. The alert will clearly state “THIS IS A DRILL” and will provide specific information relative to the location of a fictitious shooter. Only the Ace Alert message will activate the drill. 

The drill will not involve simulated gunshots or an individual(s) posing as a shooter. The Evansville Police Department will be present to provide constructive input during the drill and will provide direct feedback to those who are in the selected area(s). 

Whether or not you are in the direct area of the fictitious emergency, you should respond as you would if this were a real campus emergency. 

You should consider the possibility that a second “fictitious shooting event” may be part of the drill. 

The drill will conclude approximately 15 minutes after it begins with another Ace Alert message indicating the drill is over. 

At the conclusion of the drill, classes and/or activities will resume as normal. 

A Post Active Shooter Drill Survey will be emailed to all faculty, administrators, staff, and students on or before November 3. We ask that everyone respond to the survey as soon as possible after the drill.

How to respond during the drill:

Assess the situation! What do I know about the circumstances? What is the best response for me personally to ensure my safety? Then choose…

  • RUNIf the best way to keep yourself away from the fictitious danger is to flee the building, do so immediately. (For the drill, there is no reason to drive off-campus.)

    NOTE: In a real situation, if you hear gunshots on the other side of the building and you are close to an exit, law enforcement recommends running from the building. If you are outside, get as far away from the threat area as possible.  In some situations, you might decide that you can safely run away from the campus if the reported gunman is a good distance away from your campus location. 
  • HIDE: If you are in a position to lock a building door and can do so safely, do so. In addition, seek shelter inside of the building (classroom, closet, office, etc.)  If there is a lock on an interior door, lock yourself in the space. Go to a location in the room where you cannot be seen and stay in place until you are notified that the threat (drill) is over. Turn ringers and other tones off of cell phones and turn off lights if possible.
  • FIGHT: Note: There will be no need to FIGHT during this drill. In a real situation - If you are confronted with a gunman, you (and those with you) stand a better chance of surviving if you do something rather than nothing. Look around you. What would you use to help defend yourself?  

Remember: All exterior doors to buildings may be locked if the occupants within the building can do so safely. Electronic Card access may also be shut off. Use your best judgment in determining the safest course of action to protect yourself. Seconds count!

Watch the Video – Run, Hide, Fight.

As a reminder, you can find information about “Emergency Situations and Procedures” on the Safety and Security Website ( including a video on the Run, Hide, Fight response ( and additional information such as sheltering in place, outside and inside threats, and so forth. 


What's Happening Today

* New dates for chances to win $100 Visa Gift Card

Julius KingFrom October 24-27, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars will be selling raffle tickets to raise money for Julius King, a two-year-old battling leukemia for the second time.

Ticket prices are $1 for one raffle ticket and $5 for seven raffle tickets. The grand prize will be a $100 Visa gift card with an NSCS travel mug.

Tickets will be sold in Ridgway University Center from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. On Thursday, tickets will also be sold from 4:30-7:00 p.m. 

Submitted by Brené Williams

* MVC Fall Preview set for today and tomorrow

In a battle of 10 Missouri Valley Conference teams, along with former member Wichita State, the University of Evansville women’s golf team is heading to the MVC Fall Preview today and Tuesday.

Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kansas, will host the event. A grand total of 54 holes will be played with 36 taking place today. The final 18 are slated for Tuesday. Action starts with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on both days. Par is set for 72.

Taking part in the tournament will be: Bradley, Drake, Evansville, Illinois State, Indiana State, Loyola, Missouri State, UNI, Southern Illinois, Wichita State, and Valparaiso.

Madison Chaney had the low score of the day as the Purple Aces took ninth place in the final day of the Butler Invitational on October 3. Chaney carded a 77 in the final round as she improved by five strokes from Monday's score to finish the 2-round event with a 159. Her 77 was the lowest round of the weekend for the Aces.

Three behind Chaney was Maria Pickens. She registered identical rounds of 81 to finish with 162. That put her in a tie for 36th on the final leaderboard. Third for the squad was Carly Waggoner. After notching an 87 in the opening round, she lowered her score by three to an 84 on her way to a 171. She tied for 54th.

Sophia Rohleder was next for UE.  She made the largest lead on the team, scoring an 82 on Tuesday. That is 12 better than Monday's round of 94. She tied for 59th.  Minka Gill did not compete on Tuesday after posting an 80 in round one. Individual Giulia Mallmann notched an 85 in the last round, posting a 169 for the event.

UE took ninth place in the tournament with a 654.

* Panel discussion on racial prejudice in criminal justice system

Psych Club will be hosting its first panel discussion of the year today at 6:30 p.m. in Room 170 in the Schroeder School of Business building. The topic will be racial prejudice in the criminal justice system. The panel of faculty and students will speak about their relevant experiences.

Submitted by Jordan Buechler


Upcoming Events

* French conversation table on Wednesdays

Are you feeling a bit rusty with your French? Do you want to improve your French accent? Do you want to meet with other Francophiles and Francophones in an informal setting? If so, then come and meet with us at the French conversation table! It takes place every Wednesday, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Room 124, Hyde Hall. Everyone is welcome!

Submitted by Severine Bates 

* This Week in Music: Faculty Recital

Eykamp String Quartet cellist Kirsten Jermé will present a faculty recital tonight - Tuesday, October 17 - at 7:30 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall. The program includes works by Bach, Webern, Beethoven, and Huré and will feature Thomas Drury on piano and harpsichord. For complete program information, please visit the music department concert calendar.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Submitted by James Sullivan 

* C.L. Lindsay to discuss "Sex and The Law" today

C.L. Lindsay, a nationally recognized expert and leader in the field of student rights and academic freedom, will be featured as the speaker for our fall program addressing consent and bystander intervention. The presentation is today at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center.

Lindsay has been well received by students in past years, as he uses humor to address these serious topics. His presentation will include topics such as sexual assault prevention, types of sexual misconduct, and other areas directly impacting students related to sex and the law.

Submitted by Jennifer Hargus

* Dinner and Discussion with Kristen Brokaw

The Newman Center welcomes. Kristen Brokaw today at 5:00 p.m. for her talk on “Faith and Fellowships.” All are welcome and dinner will be provided!

Submitted by Lilee Robinson

* Disaster relief ASB interest forms due October 25!

New this year is the alternative spring break program heading to the Houston, Texas, area to complete disaster relief. An optional info form is due on October 25 and you are encouraged to turn one in, even if you aren't sure you can participate.
Information sessions on the trip are planned for Thursday, October 19 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 24 from 12:15-12:45 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center.

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke

* Alternative spring break trip info session on Thursday, Oct.19

Come find out about the new disaster relief alternative spring break trip to the Houston area at an informational meeting on Thursday, October 19 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center. Details such as dates, cost, and timeline will be covered. Optional interest forms are due October 25.

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke

* Thinking about grad school or a career in health care?

The University of Evansville invites you to attend Health Sciences Preview Day for prospective undergraduate and graduate students on Saturday, October 21 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in Graves Hall.

This special event is your chance to meet current students and faculty in your programs of interest; attend an interactive session on diagnosing, treating, and managing concussions; tour our learning and research labs; and enjoy refreshments with the dean, department chairs, faculty, staff, and current students.

We hope you will join us to learn about our health sciences programs and explore careers in the areas of: physician assistant, physical therapy, nursing, public health, health services administration, athletic training, and exercise science.

Register online at

Submitted by Jennifer Simon 

* Mt. Dew Spiked (non-alcoholic) beverage sampling today!

Pepsi is sponsoring a Mountain Dew Spiked beverage promotional sampling event for students on UE campus TODAY - Friday, October 20 - from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will take place inside Ridgway University Center outside the secure dining area under the TV monitor. This is an opportunity to try a free sample of the new Mt. Dew Spiked Lemonade with cactus juice or Mt. Dew Spiked Raspberry Lemonade with cactus juice.

Submitted by Kim Winsett

* 2017 faculty scholarship display

The Libraries are hosting a faculty scholarship display from January 22-February 2. Faculty are encouraged to contribute scholarship to the display, such as articles, books, book chapters, essays, creative works, etc. Works produced or published or grants received from August 2016 until July 2017 are eligible for inclusion in the display. Please send items to my attention by November 20.

A reception to honor all faculty scholars will be held at January's Fridays @ 5 in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. (The date has not be finalized yet.)

Call or email Meg Atwater-Singer (ext. 2487 or with questions.

Submitted by Meg Atwater-Singer

* UE's Annual Chili Bowl Sale planned for October 26

The University of Evansville’s annual Chili Bowl Sale is planned for October 26 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The event, which is sponsored by the UE Clay Club, will be set up in the area between Hyde and Sampson Halls on UE’s campus. The rain location for the event is Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center.

Chartwells, the new food service provider at UE, will provide the chili this year.

For $10, customers can buy a one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl and fill it with chili. Styrofoam containers will be available for those who prefer not to put chili in their newly purchased bowls.

Smaller bowls priced at $5 and larger bowls ranging from $15-$50 will also be for sale at the event. There will be a few bowls sold at a Silent Auction as well, ranging in value from $60-$100.

The bowls are being made this year by members of the Clay Club and other UE students, faculty members, alumni, and members of the community.

Part of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to a local food pantry/kitchen. The rest will go to the Clay Club to be used to fund attendance at conferences, visiting artists, and studio/gallery visits.

* UE Theatre May Studio production of

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre proudly presents the Tony Award-nominated In The Next Room (or the Vibrator Play). The play opened October 20 in the May Studio Theatre. The last performance is at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Playwright Sarah Ruhl’s imaginative script was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and she introduces us to the home and office of Dr. and Mrs. Givings, a seemingly ordinary Victorian couple. As the good doctor experiments treating hysteria with his new invention (the vibrator), his wife wrangles their newborn child, a reluctant wet nurse, and vies for attention from her work obsessed husband. This comedic gem of a play deftly examines the awakening of women’s sexuality and the one-sided relationship between doctor and patient in the late 19th century.

The play is directed by Kira Vuolo, a senior from Westminster, Colorado, Hilary Rubio, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, serves as the costume designer; John Fujisawa, a junior from Los Alamitos, California, is the scenic designer; Renee Voteau, a senior from St. Louis, Missouri, is the lighting designer; Kenny Impastato, a sophomore from Darien, Illinois, serves as the sound designer; Bailey Brandvold, a junior from Great Falls, Montana, is the dramaturg; Mary Claire Smalley, a senior from Nashville, Tennessee, is the stage manager; and Professor Chuck Meacham is the technical director.

The cast features Briggs Woolley, a senior from Mill Valley, California, as Doctor Givings; Alexi Lewis, a junior from Seattle, Washington, as Mrs. Catherine Givings; Grace Maddux, a freshman from Dubuque, Iowa; Madeline Easley, a junior from Overland Park, Kansas; Justin Pappas, a freshman from Boulder, Colorado; Amanda Cowan, a freshman from Mansfield, Texas; and Beau Wilcox, a freshman from Broomfield, Colorado.

Ticket prices are $11 for adults and $9 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff.

UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling 812-488–2031, Monday through Friday, noon-5:00 p.m.

* Students: UE Gives Back registration deadline is tomorrow

UE Gives Back – Fall is this Saturday, October 21. The registration deadline has been extended to tomorrow - Tuesday, October 17!

Students, join your fellow Aces for this campus-wide day of service, either as an individual or as a group. Non-profits across Evansville are counting on you to get out in the community. Free T-shirt, donuts, and coffee provided starting at 8:00 a.m.

With over 200 spots available, we have needs doing advocacy work for a local peace center, helping with Halloween and other great events, working at Audubon State Park, some demolition work, and much more. Most opportunities range from 9:00 a.m.-noon, but we have afternoon and evening opportunities as well.

To register go to Get Connected or Look for the Students Only: UE Gives Back – Fall purple banner and search for opportunities now!

Questions? Contact Jackie Luedtke at or 812-488-1115.

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke

* Register today - Engineering Speed Networking

Today is the deadline to register in JobLink ( for Engineering Speed Networking. Register in Events --> Workshops. The event is this Wednesday, October 18.

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald

* Health Careers Fair tomorrow

Over 60 employers are registered for the Health Careers Fair planned on Tuesday, October 17, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Student Fitness Center.

If you are considering a health-related career, you should attend. Pre-register in UE JobLink so employers can view your resume early!

Download our new app, Career Fair Plus, to view employer details and event layout. Search for Career Fair Plus on the App Store and Google Play Store.

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald

* Free lunch! UE Connect Lunch and Learn Thursday, October 19

"What I've found over time is who you know matters just as much as what you know," said Steven Stump, Evansville Business Journal 20 Under 40 Rising Leader.

Informal and formal networking are a part of nearly every successful career today. Join members of the Young Professional Alliance for lunch on Thursday, October 19. Steven and other members from the Young Professional Alliance steering committee will discuss the power of networking, and share best practices for preparation, introductions, presenting yourself professionally, and more.

The event is planned from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. The admission fee is complimentary for all students and professionals.

Register online by Tuesday, October 17, at

Panelist include:

  • Brooke Fisher, Old National Bank
  • Ashley Murray, Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce
  • Josey Roth, Evansville Christian Life Center
  • Steven Stump, University of Southern Indiana

Submitted by Liz Riffert 

* Donations of food and hygiene products for local food pantry

The UE nursing seniors are sponsoring a food drive for Catalyst Church Food Pantry until November 1. A table will be set up in Ridgway University Center for food or monetary donations today from 8:00 a.m.-noon. (There may be an additional table set up in Carson Center during the Career Fair today.) In addition, donation boxes will be set up around campus.

In addition to taking donations at the Ridgway table, the group will also be taking orders for T-shirts at $15 each. The shirts will be available in four different colors. Proceeds from the T-shirt sale will be used to buy needed materials and food and hygiene items to donate to the pantry. 

Donations of peanut butter and jelly and canned fruit in 100 percent juice are especially needed. The students are also gathering donations of new or gently used socks and hygiene products such as baby wipes, bar soap, deodorant, mouthwash, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.

Each year, the UE senior nursing class takes on a project that promotes good health in the community. This year, they are partnering with the food pantry to address the problem of food insecurity, an inadequate amount of resources to provide basic needs, including medical care and food.

“People have to decide between food or utilities, food or transportation, medical care, housing, and bills,” explained UE nursing student Megan Dunn. “We are teaming up with the Catalyst Church Food Pantry due to their commitment to serving the food insecure of Evansville. They will serve anyone who comes through the door and they provide three meals a week per family.”

For more information, contact

* Free HIV screening

Free, confidential HIV testing will be offered two days this month at the Health Center, located in the back of Sampson Hall. Matthew 25 will be onsite Tuesday, October 17 from 9:00 a.m.-noon. On Wednesday, October 18, the Aids Resource Group will provide free testing as well from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to call (812-488-2033) or stop by the Health Center to make an appointment, but appointments aren't necessary. Learn about another status ... one more important than Facebook!

Submitted by Ashley Craig 

* Blood Drive Tuesday, Oct. 17 - volunteer or donate

The Newman Club is hosting a blood drive with the Red Cross on Tuesday, October 17 in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center from noon-5:00 p.m.

To donate, email

Sign up to be a volunteer here:

Volunteers will be needed to help recruit donors at tables in Ridgway University Center on Wednesday, October 11, Thursday, October 12, and Friday, October 13 for one hour over lunch and dinner hours

On the day of the blood drive, volunteers will help check in donors and pass out refreshments after donation in one hour shifts.

Submitted by Gabrielle VanBuskirk

* Federal loan repayment counseling session for graduating or transferring students

Students who have received federal direct (sub/unsub) Loans and plan to graduate in the fall (or transfer after the fall semester) are required to attend a loan repayment counseling session. The Office of Financial Aid will hold the first session of the semester TODAY - Thursday, October 26 - at 2:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center. The last session will be held on December 7 at 2:00 pm.

Submitted by Amy Sowders

* Senior Reading - April 11

Robert Griffith, chair of the creative writing program at UE, will be the speaker for the Coffee Hour Lecture on Thursday, October 26, 4:00 p.m., in the Vectren Lecture Hall (Room 100), Koch Center for Engineering and Science. These lectures are free and open to the public.

His most recent book is The Devil in the Milk. Griffith’s book, The Moon from Every Window, was nominated for the 2013 Poets’ Prize, and his book A Matinee in Plato's Cave won the 2009 Best Book of Indiana Award. His work has appeared in PN Review, Poetry, The North American Review, Poems & Plays, The Oxford American, and other publications. He is editor of the journal Measure and director of the University of Evansville Press.

Other lectures in the series include:

Senior Reading
4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11

Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center
Graduating creative writing majors read their poetry and prose.

For more information, call 812-488-2963.


Changemaker Corner

* UE Changemaker - Social Innovation Club

The Social Innovators Collaborative strives to empower and engage the University of Evansville community at the highest level of positive changemaking and social innovation. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemaker - College Mentors for Kids

College Mentors for Kids in an innovative organization that pairs first through sixth grade students with college student mentors in one-on-one mentoring relationships. These kids visit campus weekly, and together with their mentors, participate in group activities which focus on higher education and careers, culture and diversity, and community service. UE’s chapter of College Mentors for Kids serves 35 kids from Evansville’s Joshua Academy. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemaker - Community Garden

The UE community garden is located on UE’s campus near the old armory. It's a farmer's market and its produce helps feed people in the community. The garden is mostly tended to by UE students and faculty.  Last year the garden was able to provide about $600 and hundreds of pounds of food to Tri-State Food Bank. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers - Habitat for Humanity Guatemala

In May 2018, UE engineering students will travel to Guatemala to help Habitat for Humanity build homes for families in need of safe, decent and affordable shelter. This program offers a unique opportunity for these students to take skills and techniques learned in the classroom to better the lives of those in need. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers - Habitat for Humanity Nicaragua

In the summer of 2017, UE engineering students took a trip to Nicaragua to help Habitat Humanity build a house for a family of five. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers – Institute for Banking and Finance: Microloans for diverse populations

UE’s Microfinance with Old National Bank: Access to Capital and Expertise for Emerging Entrepreneurs (ACE3) is sponsored, funded, and co-managed by Old National Bank. Students in the program manage a $100,000 portfolio which offers microloans to women and minority owned businesses. Students interface with clients, review business plans, and serve as underwriters for loans. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers – Institute for Banking and Finance: Financial literacy for expectant parents

The St. Vincent Financial Preparedness Program Leadership Team is part of UE’s Institute for Banking and Finance’s program to provide financial literacy for expectant parents. The team educates expecting parents on the impact their new baby will have on their financial lives. Launched in 2014, students have already trained over 100 parents. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers – Ace Care pro-bono PT clinic

Ace CARE is a pro bono physical therapy clinic run by UE Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students. Uninsured, underinsured or homeless patients can receive physical therapy on campus at no cost. Ace CARE has expanded its services to include a group exercise program for those who have had a stroke. Ace CARE is an opportunity for DPT students to expand their social awareness and professional skills. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers – Change Fest

On Friday, September 15, UE sponsored its first ever ChangeFest to support programs that are bringing positive change to the world - Mission Guatemala, Cuba Skate, the upcoming Habitat for Humanity build in Guatemala, and more. The main attraction was an official attempt to break the Guinness world record for the highest stack of tortillas. Several UE ChangeFest Interactive Stations were also set up at the event. Activities at these stations included a photo booth where students submitted stories about the positive changes they’ve made on campus and/or in the world as well as the changes they’d like to see happen. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers – Anti-bias team

An anti-bias team of UE students has been prepared by the Office of Diversity Initiatives to present anti-bias education to 7-12 graders. The team teaches anti-bias to these younger students through discussions of culture, racial identity, fairness, gender equity, family structures, differences in ability, and the celebration of holidays and cultural traditions. These efforts help local youth become part of the Anti-Bias Education Initiative through the University of Evansville. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers – Annual Days of Service

UE students are encouraged to participate in two flagship days of service each semester called UE Gives Back. Students choose from dozens of opportunities that fit their availability and comfort level. During the 2013-14 academic year, UE students reported more than 19,000 hours of service to the community. Students took part in service activities that included: tutoring, building homes and assisting and visiting the elderly. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers – UE Gap alternative energy project

The UE Gap alternative energy project is an alternative energy and energy efficiency consulting firm run by UE students. Under the guidance of a professor and professionals, the students analyze, inform, and connect individuals and businesses with alternative energy and energy efficiency possibilities. They also recommend energy providers in the area. To learn more, go to

* So who is a Changemaker? YOU ARE!

By now, you’ve heard a lot about changemaking at UE, but you still may have questions about just what that means. Chances are, you’re a changemaker yourself!

Here’s a list of changemaking activity already happening on campus:

  • Collegiate Changemaker Challenge
  • High School Changemaker Challenge
  • Ethics and Social Change Major
  • Catalysts for Change
  • Related Courses: Social Entrepreneurship, Introduction to Ethics, Social Justice Movements, Complex Systems and Social Change, Social Change Field Experience, Ethics and Social Change, and FYS: Transformative Action
  • Upgrade Bike Share
  • Changemaker Incubator
  • GAP projects such as:  Sustainable art therapy in Guatemala, Cuba Skate, Alternative Energy, Infant Mortality, and Greenbelt connectivity
  • Annual Days of Service
  • Anti-bias team
  • Change Fest
  • Ace Care pro-bono PT clinic
  • Institute for Banking and Finance - financial literacy for expectant parents
  • Institute for Banking and Finance - microloans for diverse populations
  • Habitat for Humanity Nicaragua
  • Habitat for Humanity Guatemala
  • College Mentors for Kids
  • Community Garden
  • Social Innovation Club
  • Diversity House
  • Sustainability Task Force
  • Scholars for Syria
  • Rally for Love
  • Rally for Refugees
  • Eco-Action Initiative
  • Community Health Projects in Nursing
  • Aces into Evansville
  • Alternative Spring Break
  • PSA student grant writing
  • Work on issues such as: human trafficking, childhood aids, and homelessness
  • And more!

Info You Should Know

* Kaufman invested as G. Richard and Rita Eykamp Endowed Chair in Chemistry

The University of Evansville’s William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences Department of Chemistry has announced the investiture of UE professor Arlen Kaufman as the G. Richard and Rita Eykamp Endowed Chair in Chemistry. The investiture ceremony was Saturday, October 14.

The G. Richard and Rita Eykamp Endowed Chair in Chemistry was established by the Eykamps to assist in promoting undergraduate teaching excellence in chemistry. This endowed chair is awarded to a faculty member in the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences who has demonstrated an understanding of the importance of teaching excellence in undergraduate chemistry, and demonstrated teaching excellence in her or his own classroom.

Kaufman, a professor of chemistry, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Kansas and his Doctorate of Philosophy in analytical chemistry from Purdue University, one of the top institutions in the field.

Arlen Kaufman at Neu Chapel

Since arriving at UE, Kaufman has demonstrated his commitment to actively engaging undergraduate students in novel research. The main areas of study in the Kaufman research group include developing analytical techniques for detecting biologically relevant molecules and monitoring chemical pollutants in the local environment. These efforts have resulted in collaborations with colleagues in chemistry and biology at UE and other institutions, and projects have been funded by Naval Surface Warfare and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Research students in the Kaufman group are exploring the use of ambient ionization techniques coupled with tandem mass spectrometry to increase speed and reliability of the analysis of secondary plant metabolites. The first stage of this work was published in Analytical Methods and was selected by the editors to be featured in their “Hot” article in Analytical Methods 2015.

Kaufman has taught a variety of courses in chemistry, environmental studies, and general education. His current teaching responsibilities include Principles of Chemistry, Quantitative Analysis, Instrumental Analysis, and Chemistry Senior Seminar. He is a dedicated teacher who has worked tirelessly to engage students in active learning through the use of research projects in his lab-based courses. Kaufman has received the College of Liberal Arts and Science Dean’s Teaching Award and in 2010 was voted “Best College Professor” in Evansville by the readers of Evansville Living Magazine.

* UE cross country wraps up annual home meet

It was an unseasonably warm morning at Angel Mounds as the University of Evansville cross country teams held the annual UE Cross Country Invitational on Saturday morning.

Both teams battled a very warm morning to post solid times across the board. 

“Some of our runners have been hurting, but we will be okay for conference in two weeks,” UE head coach Don Walters said. “It is very important to have a meet like this at home.  With every meet, there are more and more nerves and it was good to shake those out today.”

UE’s women notched four top-18 finishes on the day, led by Sienna Crews. The junior, who sang the National Anthem to kick the meet off, took 7th place with a 5K time of 19:54.5. Following her was Anna Lowry. Lowry finished the race in 12th out of 56 runners on the strength of a 20:25.8.

Taking 15th place was Ashton Bosler. Her time finished at 20:41.8.  Izzy Dawson registered an 18th-place outing with a time of 21:11.9. After her was Lauren Meyer, who took 23rd with a race of 21:42.4.

Lexi Sutherland and Hayley Elliott finished up the times for the ladies. Sutherland recorded a 30th with her 22:58.5 while Elliott was 37th after running a 24:22.1.

For the men, Stanley Chepchieng was the top performer, coming home in 16th place out of 72 runners. Chepchieng set a new PR with an 8K time of 27:33.0, besting his previous best of 27:35.6, which was set at the John McNichols Invite earlier this season. All three of his 8K races in 2017 have been under 27:40.

Next up was Ethan Price, who checked in with a time of 27:52.8 to take 20th. Next up with another PR was Kalen Ochs. Coming home in 23rd, Ochs ran a 28:13.4. That was over 15 seconds under his previous top time, which came last time out at the Greater Louisville Classic.

Fourth for UE was Dawson Hood.  He ran a 28:28.9 to take 27th. Following him was Ricky Hendrix, whose 28:29.9 was good for 28th. Tucker Dawson ran his best collegiate time. A 29:30.0 was good for 36th as he was 10 seconds under his previous best. Rounding out the contingent were Timmy Miller (31:12.2) and Aaron Cochran (31:58.0).

* Aces fall to Drake on homecoming, 4-1

The University of Evansville women's soccer team took an early lead, but eventually fell to Drake, 4-1, on homecoming on Saturday afternoon at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville, Indiana.

"Anytime we can score first, the girls get excited," said Aces head coach Krista McKendree. "I thought that would really be an energizer for us to come out and compete for the rest of the game, but that wasn't the case."

For the Aces, senior midfielder Montana Portenier led the way with a goal on two shots. Rachel Wanninger led the Bulldogs with a pair of goals on four shots.

Portenier got the scoring started in the 28th minute as junior forward Sara Osinski launched a shot that deflected off the crossbar and Portenier gathered the rebound and found the back of the net.

Just before the half, Drake found its equalizer as Hannah Wilder scored in the box off assists by Olivia Bruce and Abby Stephenson.

In the 52nd minute, the Bulldogs gained their first lead of the match on a goal by Wanninger from 15 yards out off an assist by Rebecca Rodgers. Wanninger added a second goal on the afternoon in the 61st minute, assisted by Alyssa Brand. Drake added a fourth goal in the waning moments of the match as Rodgers was once again involved, assisting Hannah Bormann on a goal in the 89th minute.

The Aces were out-shot by Drake, 18-5, with corner kicks also going in the Bulldogs favor by a narrow 3-2 margin.

Up next, Evansville heads to Terre Haute to take on Indiana State on Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. (CT).

* Aces fall in second half of road trip

With a long 5-set match victory on Friday evening, the University of Evansville volleyball team was unable to make it 2-for-2 on the trip as the Purple Aces dropped a 3-0 match to Valparaiso on Saturday.

Mildrelis Rodriguez led the Aces (8-13, 2-7 MVC) with seven kills while Erlicia Griffith finished the night with five.  Rodriguez also led the squad with 12 digs. Valparaiso (10-10, 3-5 MVC) saw Taylor Graboski finish with 12 kills while Allison Ketcham had 11.

The Purple Aces had a great start on the night as Allana McInnis notched a service ace in a 4-0 run to start the match. After the Crusaders got within one at 6-5, UE opened up a 3-point lead once again thanks to a Mildrelis Rodriguez kill. Valparaiso continued to fight back, tying it up for the first time at 10-10 before taking the lead on the next point. They continued to roll, going on a 10-2 run to go up 20-12.  Evansville fought back late, but Valpo took game one, 23-17.

Just as they did in the opening frame, UE got off to a nice start in game two, posting the first three tallies in a row as Gabriela Dos Santos opened it up with a kill. The Crusaders responded with a 5-1 run as they took a 5-4 lead on an Allison Ketcham ace. After the Aces tied it up, Valpo started to extend its lead, winning by a 25-12 final.

In the third set, it was Valpo who got off to a 3-0 start and pushed their lead to five points at 10-5. The Aces were able to get within a pair at 13-11 in a run that was keyed by an Erlicia Griffith kill. Following that rally, the Crusaders clamped down and pulled away to finish the match off on a 25-18 decision and a 3-0 victory.

On Friday, the Aces are back home for a 7:00 p.m. matchup versus Indiana State at Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

* Men's soccer drops homecoming match to Loyola, 3-0

On homecoming night, the University of Evansville men's soccer team dropped a 3-0 match to Loyola on Saturday evening at Arad McCutchan Stadium.

"We were a little loose in the second half and gave up those two goals and that kind of killed the game off for us, but it was a competitive match up until that point," said Aces head coach Marshall Ray. "Our guys still fought and battled, but we have to re-evaluate ourselves and look in the mirror and see what we did well and see what we did wrong and try and get that sorted out."

Senior midfielder Ian McGrath led the Aces with four shots, two on-goal, in the loss. For the Ramblers, Elliot Collier scored twice and Alec Lasinski added a goal to power Loyola.

The Ramblers opened the scoring with a 26th-minute goal by Collier as he settled the ball and scored from the top of the box to give Loyola a 1-0 lead.

Defensively, the Aces held off the Ramblers for a 36-minute stretch until Loyola scored its second goal of the night as Lasinski received a pass in the box from Collier and finished it into the back of the net in the 62nd minute. Just a minute and a half later, Loyola recorded its third goal as Collier scored his second of the night as the Ramblers would hold that advantage, earning a 3-0 victory.

In the match, Evansville was out-shot by the Ramblers, 10-6, with Loyola also earning a slim advantage in corner kicks, 4-3.

It’s back to non-conference play for the Aces as they travel to Nashville, Tennessee, to take on Lipscomb at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

* Important changes in event setup requests

An important change has been made in event setup requests. All event setups are now being handled by the housekeeping department. Housekeeping can be contacted at 812-488-2045 or

* Now accepting faculty/staff Phi Beta Delta nominations

Phi Beta Delta is an honor society “dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education.” The University of Evansville has recently been designated as the Theta Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Delta, which honors both students and faculty/staff for their involvement in international activities.

You are now welcome to nominate fellow faculty/staff members to be inducted into Phi Beta Delta. For more information regarding how to nominate a faculty/staff member, you can visit the study abroad website

The nomination form can be found on the right side of the screen.

All questions and completed forms may be e-mailed to Greta Becker at Please have all forms turned in by October 27.

Submitted by Greta Becker

* IM volleyball registration now open

Intramural volleyball is now open! Grab a group of friends and sign up on today! If you have any questions please email

Submitted by Dana Owens

* Honorary Degree Committee invites your suggestions

The University of Evansville Honorary Degree Committee is now soliciting your recommendations for honorary degrees to be conferred at the May 2018 Commencement.  According to the UE Faculty and Administrator Manual, the committee is charged with requesting and reviewing honorary degree nominations made on the basis of individual service to the University and individual achievement.  An honorary degree may also be awarded to individuals who exemplify the University’s mission. Selected persons have excelled in a variety of areas--law, medicine, education, business, literature, politics, and entertainment.

The committee will forward nominations to President Kazee so he can make his recommendations to the faculty.  The faculty will vote on the final list of nominees.

Please email the following information to Robert Dion, committee chairperson, at, by Friday, November 3:

1. Nomination by (include name, phone and email address)
2. Name of person nominated
3. Title and/or profession of nominee
4. Rationale for the nomination (see criteria above)
5. Any biographical or background information on the nominee
6. Address information for contacting the nominee

Submitted by Robert Dion



* Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga wins B draw singles

University of Evansville sophomore Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga wrapped up a perfect weekend of singles play with a B flight singles championship on Sunday at the ITA Ohio Valley Regionals.

Pascual-Larrinaga finished off a perfect 6-0 outing in the tournament with a win over Mia Schmidt-Jorgens of Louisville, 6-0, 3-6, 6-1.

Her road to the championship saw her pick up victories over Xavier, UT Martin, Lipscomb, Purdue, Austin Peay, and Louisville.

Sunday’s win wraps up a great week for Pascual-Larrinaga as she was the Missouri Valley Conference Champion in flight four singles on Monday at the MVC Individual Championships in Normal, Illinois.

* Assistant professor Todd Matteson exhibits two artworks

PotTodd A. Matteson, assistant professor of art, had two pieces accepted into the Arts Council and the Evansville museum's juried 2017 Working Together exhibit!

The opening reception and awards ceremony is Thursday, October 19, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The exhibit will be up through December 3.

* MacLeod gives lecture at Evansville museum

UE professor of history James MacLeod recently delivered a lecture to a packed house at the Evansville museum on “The Impact of World War One.” The lecture marked the opening of the museum’s exhibit "Over There" on the impact of WWI on Evansville. MacLeod is chair of the museum's history committee and also serves on the museum’s board of trustees.

* UE student Josh Franklin offered position at Dream Car Museum

Josh Franklin is a UE student majoring in history. His passion for cars and museum work earned him an internship position at the Dream Car Museum in Evansville. In this position, he helped set up some exhibits in the museum and learned about each item within the museum. Following the end of his internship, the museum offered Josh a part time job. This allowed him to continue with his passion for cars and museum work. After about a year working for the Dream Car Museum, Josh has been offered a full-time position taking care of the exhibits, and helping maintain the entirety of the museum. He enjoys what he does, and is looking forward to a future with the Dream Car Museum.

* Niedbala wins history department's Orville Jaebker Student Research Prize

Senior Elizabeth Niedbala has won the Department of History's Orville Jaebker Student Research Prize for her outstanding senior thesis research proposal. She received a check at the most recent history department general meeting and will use the money to facilitate her research into the origins and influence of film noir.

According to history department chair Annette Parks, "Dr. Jaebker was an outstanding Chair of the History Department who served as a professor at UE for many years. We’re delighted that his name can be honored with this endowed Prize to encourage student research."

* Schroeder team publishes in top journal

Sethlyn Morgan, Atefeh Yazdanparast, and Greg Rawski published their article "Creating a Distinctive Business Career Outcome Program" in the Journal of Vocational Education and Training. The article describes the Schroeder Office of Career Success and its customized career placement strategy which has achieved a five year 98% placement rate, raised starting salaries by 18%, and increased the quality of placements in the school. The Schroeder School was recently nationally ranked by US News & World Report as the #4 small private business school. 


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