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Friday, March 16, 2018

What's Happening Today

* Admission Purple Visit Day Today!

The Office of Admission will be hosting a Purple Visit Day today - Friday, March 16. We will be welcoming over 70 families during this event. The Purple Visit Day guests will join the UE community for lunch in Café Court between 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Please give our visitors a warm welcome!


Upcoming Events

* This Week in Music: Erickson and Student Recitals

Faculty Recital: Ross Erickson
Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall

For complete program information, visit the music department concert calendar.

Student Recitals

March 17, 2:30 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall – David Poindexter (voice)
March 18, 1:00 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall – Annie Cloud (clarinet)
March 18, 2:30 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall – Sarah Lee (violin)

Submitted by James Sullivan

* Save the Date: Day-Long Political Science Mini-Conference on Tuesday, March 20

A partnership between the University of Evansville’s Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series and UE’s Department of Law, Politics, and Society will bring to the community a series of stimulating conversations about the contemporary political scene and the challenges it presents. Scheduled events highlighted below will culminate in an evening conversation with Former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar and President Thomas A. Kazee. The day-long series of events are in recognition of Kazee’s career as both president and political scientist.

The following events are free and open to the public on Tuesday, March 20:

State of our Union: Insights from Political ScienceAn American Politics Panel Discussion
2:00 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center, University of Evansville

  • Robert Dion, PhD, Chair, Department of Law, Politics and Society, University of Evansville
  • Marvin Overby, PhD, Professor, American Politics, University of Missouri
  • Patrick Sellers, PhD, Professor, Political Science, Davidson College

Kazee will moderate the panel discussion and contribute his own personal insights as a political scientist. Professors Overby and Sellers are well-regarded scholars of American politics as well as former students of Kazee.

State of our Union: Making Sense of Current Affairs
7:00 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center, University of Evansville

A keynote conversation between Senator Lugar and President Kazee for the Spring 2018 Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series. Seats may be reserved online. 

While on campus, Senator Lugar will also engage UE students in an invitation-only session titled, “State of our Union: Leaders of Tomorrow – A Student Conversation with Senator Lugar.”

Other events include a conversation between President Kazee and University of Southern Indiana President Linda Bennett at the Rotary Club of Evansville’s noon luncheon.  The focus will be “The Changing Landscape in Higher Education.” Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will moderate the conversation. Information on obtaining seats can be found on Rotary's website.

The Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series was made possible in 1997 through an endowment from the late Patricia H. Snyder, trustee and longtime friend of University, to bring speakers or performers of renown to Evansville at no cost to the public.

For event questions, please contact

* Additional Barn Blitz Build Day

There will be another Barn Blitz build day this Sunday, March 18. The build will take place at 531 Rotherwood Avenue (next to the Center for Adult Education) from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Anyone who is interested in building is welcome to come out and participate! 

* 20-minute night church service in Neu Chapel

The campus community is invited to attend a brief 20-minute candlelight night church service in Neu Chapel this Sunday at 9:00 p.m. These ecumenical services feature beautiful music, rich readings, and times for personal prayer, meditation, and reflection. All are welcome!

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* SAB present Dallas Indie Pop duo D and Chi this Friday

Join SAB this Friday as they welcome D and Chi in Rademacher's Lounge from noon-1:00 p.m. D and Chi are a Dallas Indie pop duo that's taking what they learned on the streets of the Bishop Arts District to the world.

Submitted by Megan King

* Staff and Administrator Information Session for 2018-19 Changes

We have scheduled an informational session TODAY - Monday, March 19 - at 2:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center, to provide information on changes to our health insurance plan for 2018-19, prior to open enrollment meetings, which are scheduled for the last week of March. In addition, updates regarding salary increases and other fringe benefits for 2018-19 will be discussed. Donna Teague, vice president of fiscal affairs and administration, will be presenting the information in this session.

This meeting is for UE staff and administrators only.

For more information, please contact Emily Wilderman, UE Staff and Administrator Assembly president, at

* Mother Courage and Her Children in UE's May Studio Theatre

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre opens Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, adapted by Tony Kushner, Monday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m., in the May Studio Theatre. The show continues with performances at 7:30 p.m. on March 20-24, as well as at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 25.

Through the ruins of war, the indomitable Mother Courage carries her family and her wagon full of goods, incessantly struggling to compromise the roles of both mother and businesswoman. Brilliant frustration, black comedy, and tragic loss ensue. Widely considered to be Brecht’s best work, Mother Courage and her Children tells the story of a woman fighting for life in a world dependent on death.

UE student Jake Sellers serves as director of the production. The cast includes UE students Davis Cowart; Ethan A. Davenport, Trevor Guyton, Liam Johnson, Hannah Mattingly, Fiona Peterson-Quinn, Jack Russel, Hannah Stevens, Claire Tumey, Blake Ware, and Braden Wilkerson. The creative team includes UE students Cassy Spaduzzi, scenic design; Becca Updyke, costume design; Baxter Pitt, projection design; Sidney McCarty, sound design; Renée Voteau, dramaturg; and Melia Schnefke, stage manager. Lighting design is by UE assistant professor of theatre Stephen Boulmetis.

Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may pick up their free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Seating is limited and patrons are encouraged to make reservations by calling 812-488-2031, Monday through Friday, noon-5:00 p.m.

* UE Ethics Lecture to discuss "Islam and Challenge of E Pluribus Unum"

The University of Evansville’s ninth annual William R. Connolly Ethics Lecture is Monday, March 19. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 7:00 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170), Schroeder School of Business Building. William Rory Dickson, assistant professor of Islamic religion and culture at the University of Winnipeg, is the guest lecturer. His topic will be “Islam and the Challenge of E Pluribus Unum.”

The Latin phrase E Pluribus Unum, or “Out of many, One,” was the de facto American motto from 1782 until 1956. Rooted in ancient Greek philosophy, the motto is based upon the Pythagorean ideal of friendship, wherein the love of the other unifies the friends as one. The motto’s profound social meaning is the possibility of a genuine unity forged across the borders of identity. Many observers argue that drawing together peoples of diverse religious, cultural, racial, economic, and ideological identities into a common solidarity remains the great challenge of America. This talk is premised on the question: what might Islam have to contribute to this perpetual and timely challenge? How might Islam’s rich intellectual tradition provide us with conceptual tools to navigate the contemporary social issue of making one out of many?

Dickson completed a joint-PhD in religious studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, with a specialization in Islamic Studies. As a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow, he attended the University of Toronto and the University of Copenhagen’s Graduate Research School in Damascus, Syria. His research focuses on contemporary Islam in general, and Islamic mysticism (Sufism) in particular. His first book, Living Sufism in North America: Between Tradition and Transformation, explores the ways in which Sufi leaders in North America negotiate Sufisms to Islam, authority, and gender. Dickson is currently preparing a manuscript with Meena Sharify-Funk for an innovative introductory text on Sufism, while continuing a number of research projects on contemporary Islam. He has traveled throughout the Middle East, including Syria, Egypt, and Morocco.

This lecture series is sponsored by UE’s ethics program, Department of Philosophy and Religion.

For more information, contact Lisa Kretz, director of the ethics program at UE, at

* St. Patrick's Day Ballroom Lesson and Party!

On Saturday, March 17, the UE Ballroom Dance and Tri-State Athletic Club are once again co-hosting champion instructor Sean Michael Gehlhausen for a St. Patrick's Day West Coast Swing Lesson and Party. The lesson portion of the event will be from 5:30-7:00 p.m., and the party from 7:00-9:00 p.m. There will be student and professional demonstrations, no experience or partner will be necessary, and light hors d'oeuvres will be provided! Only $10 per session or $15 for both for UE students, staff, and faculty. Register by emailing Erin Lewis at

Submitted by Erin Lewis

* Mark your calendars - UE Gives Back Spring is March 24!

UE Gives Back Spring, a campus wide day of volunteering, will take place on Saturday, March 24. If you want to give back to the Evansville community, you can sign up for a volunteer activity on Get Connected. You can sign up as a team or individual, and the deadline to sign up is March 20. And you get a free T-shirt!

Any questions can be directed to Jackie Luedtke at or 812-488-1115.

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke

* March 20 Snyder Lecture Series to feature Senator Lugar and President Kazee

The University of Evansville will present a keynote conversation between former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar and UE President Thomas A. Kazee for the Spring 2018 Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series on March 20 at 7:00 p.m.

The conversation, titled “State of our Union: Making Sense of Current Affairs,” will be held in Eykamp Hall within Ridgway University Center on the UE campus and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public and guests will be seated on a first-come first-served basis. Reserve your seat online here. 

This event is presented in partnership with the University of Evansville Department of Law, Politics, and Society as part of an all-day series of current events and political science events and discussions, in honor of the retirement of Dr. Thomas Kazee and his academic career as a political scientist.

The Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series was made possible in 1997 through an endowment from the late Patricia H. Snyder, trustee and longtime friend of University, to bring speakers or performers of renown to Evansville at no cost to the public.

Find this event on Facebook for updates and reminders. 

For event questions, please contact


Info You Should Know

* Robert Dion attends hearing on voting rights in Indiana

Robert Dion, department chair for Law, Politics, and Society, was in Indianapolis recently to attend a public meeting examining the status of voting rights in Indiana. 

The meeting was convened by the Indiana State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, of which Dion is a member. 

Over the course of a full day, the committee heard testimony from government officials, policy advocates, legal experts, and academics regarding the civil rights implications of the current electoral process in the Hoosier state. A complete report of their findings will be submitted later this year, along with policy recommendations. 

Professor Dion was recently elected to another term as the chairperson of the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission, which is the local agency that investigates and resolves claims of discrimination. He is the longest-serving chair of any local human rights commission in Indiana.

People sitting at a long table

* EXSS Career Forum

The EXSS Club and Career Development are putting on the annual EXSS Career Forum Wednesday, March 21.

The forum will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall), Schroeder Family School of Business Building.

There will be panelists from different organizations in our area who will come to share their experiences. This event will be a great opportunity for everyone who would like to make acquaintances with the local health care professionals.

Students are expected to RSVP as soon as possible here.

Attendees are asked to dress business-casual. All EXSS students are advised to attend.

Submitted by: Aimee Savoie

* Hygiene items needed for area shelters

Senior Kate Hannon has recently been selected as a 2018 500 Festival Princess and is hoping to collect 500 hygiene items to donate to area shelters. She will be in Ridgway University Center from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16, Monday, March 19, and Friday, March 23, at a table to provide information on the 500 Festival Princess Program. She will also have a bin to collect hygiene items. Please stop by if you have any questions or would like to make a donation or contact!

Submitted by Kathryn R Hannon kh299@evansville

* Maternal age survey: extra credit opportunity

Anyone willing is invited to participate in a maternal age survey. The survey is for a project titled “Familial Background Impacting Millennials’ Perception of Ideal Maternal Age.” Extra credit is available for those with psychology classes that offer extra credit. The survey will run from March 15-30.

If you have any questions, e-mail

Submitted by Tenshi Nakamura

* University of Evansville Theatre announces auditions for child actors

The University of Evansville Theatre will hold auditions at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, for child actors. The available role is for a small boy, aged 7 to 10 years, in the Theatre’s upcoming production of The Grapes of Wrath, by Frank Galati, based on the novel by John Steinbeck, and directed by Professor John David Lutz.

Auditions will be held in Shanklin Theatre. The child actor should be available to begin evening rehearsals March 22 through performances ending April 22.

Questions should be directed to Sharla Cowden, managing director, at 812-488-2747 or by e-mail at

* Voter registration table next week in Ridgway!

The League of Women Voters will be tabling in Ridgway University Center next Monday - Thursday from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to stop by and make sure they are prepared and informed for the upcoming primary and mid-term elections for 2018. This non-partisan group can help you get registered and ready!

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke

* Outstanding Senior Service Award nominations

Do you know a senior deserving of the highest award given by UE? Ten finalists will be honored at a luncheon in May and one male and one female will be given this award at commencement. Selection is based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and potential for future contribution to society.

The Guthrie May and Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Outstanding Senior Service Awards nominations will be accepted March 12-April 3. 

You can nominate deserving seniors by sending an e-mail to the student or students you wish to nominate using the following format:

TO: _______________________ 
Subject: You have been nominated for the Outstanding Senior Service Award

Dear ________________
I have nominated you for the Guthrie May and Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Outstanding Senior Service Award. This is one of the highest awards given to students by the University of Evansville. Ten finalists will be honored at a luncheon in May and one male and one female will be given this award at commencement. Selection is based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and potential for future contribution to society.

To accept this nomination please go to this link:

You will be asked to provide a personal statement and upload a current copy of your resume.

Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Dean of Students by April 3.

Questions can be referred to Dana Clayton at  812-488-2500. 


Please copy on all forms that you forward to your nominees.

Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Dean of Students by April 3.

Submitted by Carleen Barnes

* Call for Nominations: Dean of Students Leadership Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for consideration of The Howard S. Rosenblatt “Dean of Students Leadership Awards.” These awards will be presented at the 25th Annual Leadership Awards Reception scheduled for April 19 at 7:00 p.m. Invitations will be prepared by the Center for Student Engagement. 

Awards are presented in the following categories:

• Student Organization Advisor of the Year
• Student Organization of the Year
• Student Leader of the Year

Over 80 percent of UE students participate in at least one student organization or program. These organizations are successful because of the commitment of the student leaders and the advisors who give freely of their time and support. The recipients of these awards are selected based on their commitment to the University of Evansville as well as the development and success of their efforts within their chosen student organization.

The deadline for nominations is March 23.  

Click on this link to submit your nomination.

If you have any questions, please contact the vice president for student affairs/dean of students office at 812-488-2500 or by e-mail via

Thank you in advance for celebrating our student leaders’ achievements!

Submitted by Carleen Barnes

* 2018 baseball team caps in bookstore

The UE Bookstore now has available the cap styles that the baseball team is wearing this spring. There are three colors available - orange w/purple bill, purple w/orange bill, and grey w/purple bill. Get them while they last.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* SUZANNE FARNEY: Abstract Paintings Held Over!

The lush, abstract landscapes Suzanne Farney creates with alcohol inks will be held over through May 7. 

* Attention students and advisors: GAP has a new name!

Students registering for fall GAP classes should look for CHNG when searching for courses in the registration system or when talking with advisors.  GAP is now called ChangeLab. Courses available for the fall can be found at

Questions? Contact Erin Lewis at

Submitted by Cindy Kelley

* New discount purchase program for UE employees

Office Depot® and University of Evansville have partnered to provide exclusive benefits and savings. There is no attachment to your business account, this is strictly for UE employee personal use.

Employee Purchase Program benefits include:

  • Customized pricing to fit the specific needs of your business
  • Curated assortment of products and services
  • The flexibility to shop online at and at any of its retail locations with your store purchasing card
  • FREE, next-business-day delivery on qualifying orders of $50 or more within our local delivery areas. See our terms and conditions for details.
  • World class customer service for quick problem resolution
  • Experienced account managers to help improve productivity and uncover cost savings
  • Convenient payment options including single account billing or consolidated billing for multiple locations

Log in today!

Go here to set up your UE employee purchase account.

Follow the instructions for adding your information for home delivery and/or store pickup and personal payment information. There is also a link at the bottom of the page under “Important Downloads” for a printable store purchasing card that employees can carry. 

Submitted by Kim Winsett

* Moore Residence Hall suite room requests

Interested in living in a Moore Residence Hall four-person suite for 2018-19? Then get a group together and fill out a Moore Hall suite request card in the residence life office this week. There are three suites in the basement of Moore Hall. Suites will be awarded based on the group’s combined earned credit hours as of the end of the fall 2017 semester. Requests for the Moore Hall suites are due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 16.

Submitted by Brian Conner

* Reserve a room in a different residence hall

The process for students to select a room in any residence hall for next year takes place Monday, March 19, 9:00-10:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. If you are interested in reserving a room for next year in a residence hall different than the one you currently live in, go to Eykamp Hall at that day and time. The building staff will be ready to assist you.

Submitted by Brian Conner

* UE offers British studies minor and British studies certificate

UE is excited to announce that a British Studies Minor and a British Studies Certificate will be offered beginning the fall of 2018.

The British studies minor requires 18 credit hours. The course (ID H282/H382/H382H – The British Experience from the Celts to the Present Day) is a required six credit hour course. The course will be listed as BRIT H282/H382/H382H in the fall. This course is taken at Harlaxton. The remaining 12 credit hours are from elective courses taken at Harlaxton or UE.

The British Studies Certificate requires 12 credit hours. The course (ID H282/H382/H382H – The British Experience from the Celts to the Present Day) is a required six credit hour course. The course will be listed as BRIT H282/H382/H382H in the fall. This course is taken at Harlaxton. The remaining six credit hours are from elective courses taken at Harlaxton or UE.

For questions concerning the minor or certificate, contact Edward Bujak at

British studies minor and certificate currently approved courses:

  • Required BRIT H282/H382/H382H  The British Experience from the Celts to the Present Day
  • Elective ARTH H378    British Romantic Art
  • Elective ARTH H379    Art & Architecture in Victorian Britain
  • Elective ARTH H383    Medieval Art
  • Elective ARTH H387    English Art & Architecture
  • Elective ARTH H388    English Art & Architecture
  • Elective EDUC H498    Field Experience in English Schools
  • Elective ENGL 231       Masterpieces of British Literature I
  • Elective ENGL 232       Masterpieces of British Literature II
  • Elective ENGL 233       Masterpieces of British Literature III
  • Elective ENGL 300       Early English Writers
  • Elective ENGL 350       Shakespeare
  • Elective ENGL 351       The British Novel
  • Elective ENGL 370       The Age of Enlightenment
  • Elective ENGL 375       The Romantic Movement
  • Elective ENGL 380       The Victorian Period
  • Elective ENGL 385       The Twentieth Century
  • Elective HIST 318         The First World War
  • Elective HIST 319         The Second World War
  • Elective HIST 381         Modern Britain
  • Elective HIST 383         Modern Scotland
  • Elective HIST 385         Ireland and the Irish Diaspora
  • Elective HIST H491      Independent Study - Medieval History
  • Elective ID 235             Sacred Architecture and its Liturgy
  • Elective ID H280          Cultural Capitals
  • Elective ID H290          Britain and Europe
  • Elective PSCI H385     Modern British Politics
  • Elective REL 250        John Wesley and … Methodists

Submitted by Paula Heldt



* Catie Taylor Recognized by IACAC President for Contributions to 2018 Conference

Catie Taylor, associate director of admission, serves as the program chair for the Indiana Association for College Admission Counseling. Among her many contributions to the organization, Catie most recently created the schedule for the entire IACAC Congress event held in February. She planned sessions and scheduled panelists and speakers for this gathering of higher education leadership from across the state of Indiana.

“It’s wonderful to have prominent leadership from the UE campus in such an influential position on the IACAC board,” said Kenton Hargis, director of Admission. “Catie’s hard work within the organization is a direct reflection of the outstanding work ethic she brings with her on a daily basis to our team and to this institution.”

Catie was specially recognized by the IACAC president, Christopher Gage, in the March edition of his President’s Corner newsletter. “I also need to take this opportunity to once again thank all the volunteers who worked to ensure the membership had a great professional development experience,” he said. “As soon as we closed the annual conference, Catie was fast at work preparing for Conference 2019.”

Great work, Catie!

* UE's Greek-Speaking Dog performs at conference

Greek-Speaking DogIn an academic first, the University of Evansville’s own “Greek-Speaking Dog,” well-known for her visits to Professor James Ware’s ancient Greek classes, has performed at a scholarly conference. In a private gathering of scholars attending the Central States meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, the linguistically precocious pet demonstrated her knowledge of ancient Greek language, history, and science. In her most well-received exhibition, she revealed her knowledge of the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes’ famous formula when, at the mention of “pi r squared,” she promptly executed a rapid and complete circle. In return for her performance, the Greek-Speaking Dog received general applause, a biscuit, and an invitation to next year’s conference.

* Iber presenting at ASEAN-ELT on March 17

Associate professor of education George Iber will presenting a paper about "Translanguaging" at ASEAN-ELT, in Malaka, Malaysia, on March 17. 


Thank You

* Thanks to the Campus Community for making Nerd Wars a success!

Thank you for making our Honors Program Nerd Wars event a success! Attendees and spectators enjoyed fun and food sponsored by funds from the Student Government Association.

Prizes were awarded to the winning student team, We Have The High Ground, and the winning faculty/administrator/staff team, Army Ants.

The Nerd Wars trophy grand prize went to Army Ants, the team with the most total points. The $650 generated from the event will be used for Honors Program community service initiatives.

Nerd Wars Winning Teams

Submitted by Aditi Sood


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