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Friday, April 27, 2018

* Summer Hours begin May 7

The University will begin a modified summer schedule on Monday, May 7 through Friday, August 3. Business hours for the campus will be adjusted during this period to 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. As always, the area supervisor is responsible for the scheduling decisions that will best meet the University’s and their respective department’s service requirements. A return to regular business hours will begin on Monday, August 6.

The modified summer work schedule is incumbent on ensuring coverage to service our many constituencies. It is important to maintain our commitment and communication with students and their parents during the summer months. Your assistance in this regard is greatly appreciated.


What's Happening Today

* End of the Year Sale in UE Bookstore

The UE Bookstore is offering 20% OFF all clothing and gift purchases April 27-May 4 in conjunction with Book Buyback. Discount is off the original price of all items. Get some gear before you go home for the summer.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* Reception for Gail Vignola set for today

Please join us in thanking Gail Vignola, Writing Center director and assistant professor of IEC, for her dedicated service to UE as we wish her well in her new endeavors. A reception will be held today - April 27 - from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Writing Center, Room 253 in the Clifford Library. All are welcome.

Submitted by Paula Heldt

* Semester End Book Buyback at the UE Bookstore

The semester end book buyback is scheduled for April 27-May 3 at the UE Bookstore. A student ID is required to sell books but your original receipt is NOT required. Get cash for books and free quotes for any books, regardless of where purchased or if used on this campus. Books reused on campus next term get special pricing.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* Enjoy a coffee courtesy of SAB today

To celebrate the end of a great year and gear up for the first full day of finals, enjoy a free cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate courtesy of SAB today - Friday, April 27. Stop by Rademacher's Lounge in Ridgway University Center to pick up your free cup anytime between 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Happy finals!

Submitted by Megan King 


Upcoming Events

* Harlaxton Welcome Back Reception is today

The study abroad office welcomes back all students who were at Harlaxton this spring! There will be an official welcome back reception today from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Krannert Lobby. Any and all Harlaxton participants are welcome to stop by for some snacks and the chance to talk about your Harlaxton experiences. We hope to see you there!

Submitted by Greta Becker

* Lunch and Panel Discussion - Transitions from Military to College

Faculty, administrators, and staff are invited to a luncheon and discussion on the topic of student veterans' transitions from military to college set for Monday, May 7 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Room 162 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Please attend to share your knowledge and bring your questions to the discussion. RSVP for your lunch to Cherie Leonhardt by Tuesday, May 1 at or 812-488-2141.

Submitted by Cherie Leonhardt

* Walter McCarty Basketball Camp

Walter McCarty Basketball Camp for grades 2-8 is planned for June 11-14. The cost is $250. There is a UE staff discount of 10 percent with the promo code uembbemp. Register online at

* Tune in for Graduating Senior Spotlight this Sunday!

Be sure to listen to WUEV this Sunday, April 29, from 9:00-11:00 p.m. for Graduating Senior Spotlight! The show will feature four interviews with graduating seniors, along with alternative and classic rock music. WUEV's frequency is 91.5, or you can listen to the show by searching for WUEV within the TuneIn app for mobile devices (works anywhere in the world with a Wi-Fi/data connection).

Submitted by Alice Daum


Info You Should Know

* Requests for official excused absences during finals

Please note that the Dean of Students office will not grant official excused absences during finals except for extreme circumstances (i.e.: death of an immediate family member, emergency surgery, etc.).  Students who feel they are unable to take a scheduled final exam should work directly with their professors to discuss other possible options.

* Need a box?

The UE Bookstore has a limited number of boxes available for students on a first come basis. We will limit two per student until the end of next week if we have a large stock remaining. Just come to the bookstore if you're interested in some moving boxes.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* Summer swim lessons!

Swimming lessons will be offered this summer. The first session will be May 8-May 31 and the second session will be June 5-June 28. The sessions will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:00 p.m. They will be in 30 minute slots. We offer lessons for any age from 3 and up. (Must be potty-trained)

If anyone has problems with these posted times and days, please contact Emma Forbes at If we have any older kids (level 4 & up) interested in potential club training, we can offer extra days. We are finding out numbers, so please email Emma Forbes if you are interested with your preferred time (4:30, 5:00 or 5:30 p.m.) as well as the age and level of your swimmers!

The lessons will be taught by our very own coaches, Rickey Perkins, Delores Perkins, Andy Brown, and Emma Forbes, along with additional UE swimmers! 

We also have a Facebook page called ‘Aquatic Aces’ where all information is added!

Emma Forbes-Milne

* Call for papers for Andiron Lecture Series 2018-19

UE faculty and administrators as well as members of the Evansville community are invited to submit an abstract for papers on any aspect of their research or expertise for the 2018-19 Andiron Lectures in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. All disciplines and fields of study are welcome to submit proposals.

Please send the following by e-mail:

A 50-word abstract with name, academic affiliation/ occupation, paper title, and contact information to Annette Parks at (with a Cc to Cheryl Emmons at Emmons will forward these to the Andiron Lecture Committee for consideration.

Nominations for off-campus speakers can be sent by e-mail to Parks at with a Cc to Emmons at; Emmons will forward them to the Andiron Lecture committee for consideration.

* Student Health Center announces reduced summer hours

The Student Health Center will begin reduced summer hours on Monday, May 7. Hours throughout the summer semester will be Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-noon. There WILL NOT be a nurse practitioner on site throughout the summer semester for students. Please plan accordingly for prescription refills. The Health Center staff want to wish everyone a safe and healthy summer!

Submitted by Ashley Craig

* University of Evansville Announces Institute for Public Health

The University of Evansville has announced a new Institute for Public Health, which will facilitate partnerships that provide hands-on experiences to students while addressing community needs in the area of public health. 

The mission of the institute is to “cultivate multidisciplinary partnerships among faculty, students, and community members in ways that support the planning and development of evidence-based programs and sound policy.”

“The community is where we work,” said William McConnell, PhD, JD, MPH, director of the Institute for Public Health at UE. “The institute will provide UE students and faculty a platform to come together with the community to solve real public health issues.”

William McConnell, PhD, JD, MPH

William McConnell, PhD, JD, MPH, director of the Institute for Public Health at UE, was interviewed following the April 24 press conference at the University of Evansville.

The institute’s first major project has been leading and collaborating with 11 hospital systems around the state of Indiana to conduct a 39-county Community Health Needs Assessment. Projects like this not only connect the University with communities and leaders in health but also provide a range of opportunities for student and faculty collaboration and research.

In addition to serving area needs, McConnell says this is a great opportunity for collaboration across the university and community.

“The Institute for Public Health will be genuinely interdisciplinary, involving students and faculty members from across the institution,” McConnell said. “It is an area that intersects with many of our disciplines - sociology, political science, management, marketing, data science, civil engineering, ethics and social change, and all of our health fields, just to name a few.”

“The services offered by the Institute for Public Health are a great addition to the already remarkable collaborative efforts happening at the downtown health science center,” said UE president Tom Kazee. “UE’s physician assistant and physical therapy programs will be located at the downtown facility, offering numerous opportunities for the institute’s involvement in interprofessional education and collaboration.”

For more information or to request consultation on a public health issue, please visit the institute's website.

* Work study positions available for summer

There are available jobs through UE work-study offered by the Office of Financial Aid for UE students. The student employment application may be obtained on WebAdvisor through the Student tab, under the Student Employment section. A listing of all available positions (Student Employment Positions Listing All Positions/All Departments) may also be found there. Applications should be directed to the department for which the student is applying. Questions regarding eligibility should be directed to Sean Riley at

Submitted by Sean Riley

* Fitness Finals Week Hours

The Fitness Center hours during finals week will be:

  • Thursday, April 26-Friday, April 27: 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 28-Sunday, April 29: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 30-Friday, May 4: 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 5-Sunday, May 6: Closed

Submitted by Lori Adams

* Official transcripts not available April 27-May 10

Official transcripts will not be available from Friday, April 27 until Thursday May 10.

Orders must be placed through

If you have questions, please contact the registrar’s office for assistance.

Submitted by Teresa Haller 

* Improve your UE residential experience - apply for UE Think Tank

If you'd like to improve your residential experience at UE, you should apply for the UE Think Tank!

The Think Tank is a FREE opportunity to have your voice heard. This conference will occur June 22-24 on UE’s campus. Residence Life is covering the cost of housing, and RSA is covering the costs for meals and assorted snacks and breakfast items throughout. The only costs on your end are travel to and from campus.

This weekend long conference’s goals are to

A) To get student input on different topics related to the residential student experience.

B) To start planning for the 2018-19 school year for Resident Students Association, and ensure a successful kickoff.

C) To allow like-minded students the opportunity to work together on residence life initiatives they deem important between academic years.

D) To provide an opportunity for leadership development, networking, and learning. Applications are due Monday, May 28 with acceptance emails being sent out on June 1. To apply, visit:

* Rental books due back to UE Bookstore by May 3

Rental books from the Spring semester rented through the UE Bookstore are due back by 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 3. Avoid the late fee and return on time before you leave for the summer. Mark your calendars for this reminder.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship applications

Applications are now being accepted for this year’s Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is dedicated to the loving memory of Hartig, dean of Evansville College’s Evening College in 1967, and administrator for the Center for Advanced Study, director of the Evansville chapter of the American Institute of Banking (AIB), and the international student advisor. In 1974, Hartig was appointed dean of academic services. He retired in 1984 after serving his alma mater for 35 years and passed away in 2007.

This scholarship is awarded each year to a deserving sophomore. Preference will be given to a student working while being enrolled as a full-time student.

International students are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit the following to be considered:

1. Completed application
2. In a one page, single spaced, 12 point Verdana font essay, please answer all of these questions:
•What have you learned about yourself as a UE student?
•What do you do for fun when not studying or working?
•Name a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart.
•You have done a lot in your short life.  In what areas do you think you can improve?
•What are your scholastic and career goals?
•How did you finance your freshman year and how will you finance your sophomore year?
•Why are you a good candidate to receive this scholarship?
•What have you learned about Dr. Hartig, how does he influence or inspire you, and how will you preserve his legacy as recipient of this scholarship?

Please return all materials to the Office of Financial Aid by May 1. Decision will be announced by July 2.

If you have questions, contact Trisha Hawkes, administrative assistant to the Office of Financial Aid, at or 812-488-2364.

Submitted by Trisha Hawkes



* UE student Mehran Safizadeh presents research at annual conference

Computer engineering student Mehran Safizadeh presented research focusing on the uses of “Virtual Reality” at the 47th Western Decision Sciences Institute (WDSI) Conference. The conference was held in Kauai, Hawaii, on April 3-6. The Decision Sciences Institute is an interdisciplinary, international organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of education and research.


* Jessica Huff named to MVC Softball 25-Year Team

The 2017-18 season is a landmark one for the Missouri Valley Conference and for women’s sports.  To help celebrate the 45th anniversary of Title IX and the 25th anniversary of women’s sports, the Valley is naming 25-Year Anniversary Teams for each of the Valley’s sponsored women’s sports. 

Earning a spot on the list was University of Evansville legend Jessica Huff, who played for the Purple Aces from 1998 through 2001.  The 2-time Easton All-American was also the conference Most Valuable Player on two occasions.  Huff was named an All-MVC First Team player each year between 1999 and 2001 while garnering two spots on the MVC All-Tournament Team.

The top hitter in program history continues to pace the program history in several categories including career hits (254), runs scored (134), runs batted in (145), doubles (56) and total bases (405). 

Team composition for each sport has been determined by a 25-person committee (two representatives from each MVC institution and a panel of five voters from the Conference office).  The team composition includes years in which league teams competed under the MVC umbrella during the past 25 years (1992-2017) and does not include competition from the current season.

The Missouri Valley Conference was founded in 1907 and is the nation’s second oldest Division I athletics conference.   Women’s sports were incorporated into the MVC in 1992, having previously competed under the Gateway Conference banner from 1982-92.   In August 2017, the Conference announced its 2018 Hall of Fame Class, which featured three women (in the six-person class).  A total of 22 women’s athletes, coaches and pioneers have been honored by the MVC as part of the Hall.

For softball, a total of 38 student-athletes were nominated, and the voting panel determined a ‘Top 10’ from a list of 25 finalists. The top 10 honorees are listed below, and the top vote-getter is denoted.

Women’s Softball (sponsorship from 1992-2018): 12 different institutions have sponsored women’s softball in the Conference during the past 25 years, including: Bradley; Creighton; Drake; Evansville; Illinois State; Indiana State; Loyola; Missouri State; Northern Iowa; Southern Illinois; Tulsa and Wichita State. Valparaiso also competes in women’s softball. Valpo joined the Conference for the 2017-18 season.

* Khan receives the 2018 Research Award

Walayet A. Khan, professor of finance, was awarded “2018 Dean’s Research Award” of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration. Khan has an extensive ongoing research agenda in the area of the emerging markets.

* Engineering faculty have paper accepted for publication

Engineering professors Jessie Lofton, Jared Fulcher, and Dick Blandford have had their paper "Course and Standardized Exam Statistics in Mechanical Engineering,” accepted for presentation at the 125th annual conference of the American Society for Engineering Education. The conference will be held in Salt Lake City in June of this year. The paper documents the correlations between standardize exams scores, course grades, and success in the mechanical engineering program. The peer reviewed paper will also be published in the conference proceedings.

* Public health and health administration students present in Chicago

Faculty and students from health services administration and public health presented research at the MBAA International Conference in Chicago, April 18-20. Faculty included Su Jin Jeong, Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, and Bill Stroube. Students included Hassan Arekemase, Emily Baggett, Nehchal Bedi, Anthony Chastain, Sarah Harness, Sadaf Jawad, Kendra Mehling, and Kanza Shamin. Emily Baggett’s paper co-authored with Bill Stroube received the overall best paper award from the Business and Health Administration Association.

Public Health and Health Admin students in Chicago

* Grabill and Klinger Awards for Academic Writing

The Department of English is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Virginia Lowell Grabill and George Klinger academic writing awards.

The Third-place Grabill Award went to Kathryn Wolfinger for her essay “How Does King Lear Explore the Relationship Between Madness and Language?”

The Second-Place Grabill Award went to Ian (Charlie) Ericson for his essay “How Does Becket Depict Consciousness in Malone Dies?"

The First-place Grabill Award went to Andrew Harper for his essay “Milton and an Undetermined God.”

The George Klinger Award for Best Academic Essay went to Jade Shelby for her essay “Race Relations in Hope Leslie: How to Crush 19th Century Prejudice.”

All awards were made possible by generous legacies from Professor George Klinger and Professor Virginia Grabill and were presented at the English Department’s annual student literary conference, affectionately nicknamed “Chutney.”

* Mike Zimmer Journal Publication

Mike Zimmer, Professor Emeritus of Economics, has a paper published in Labour Economics (Volume 52: June 2018). The paper, entitled "Youth-Age Characteristics as Precursors of Power Couple Formation and Location Choice", is coauthored with Robert Nakosteen of the University of Massachusetts and Sofia Tano and Olle Westerlund, both of Umea University in Sweden.

Mike thanks the University for granting him a sabbatical in 2014, which made it possible for him complete the foundational work for this research.

* UE Music Students Win Service and Presser Awards

Rico Martinez is this year's winner of the Music Service Award, and Bailee Bostic is this year's winner of the Presser Award. Martinez is a sophomore majoring in music education, and Bostic is a junior majoring in music therapy.

Music Service Award Winners holding their awards

The Music Service Award was established by a supporter of our department in 2014, and is designed to recognize and provide a financial award to a student who has participated in at least three ensembles each semester during an academic year, who has exhibited a positive attitude, and who has been inspiring to others. The student selected for this award must demonstrate dedication, consistent motivation, a high standard of performance and a positive attitude. 

The Presser Foundation was formally established in 1939 under various deeds of trust of the late Theodore Presser, who was a respected music teacher and publisher. In the charter of incorporation, The Foundation’s purposes are set forth to promote primarily the cause of musical education and musical philanthropy as follows: to provide scholarships for promising students; to increase the value of music education by erecting suitable buildings; and to administer aid to worthy teachers of music in distress.

The student is selected by a vote of the faculty of the department. The winner of the award is selected based on the following requirements:

The award is intended to be a prestigious one recognizing excellence. The student selected should be identified by the music faculty with the choice of the recipient guided solely by consideration of excellence and merit.

The winner receives a scholarship from the Presser Foundation, and is designated as the Music Department’s Presser Scholar for the coming year.


Sympathy to...

* Family of Sarah Lee Bivin

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our friend and previous co-worker, Sarah Lee Bivin. She passed away on Monday April 23.

Sarah Lee retired from UE in January 2017 after 18 years of service most recently as the gift records coordinator in the Office of Advancement Services under the development office.

She is survived by her husband, Charlie; daughter, Jenny; and beloved grand-daughter, Jasmine.

Friends may visit the family on Friday, April 27 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Alexander North Chapel, 4200 Stringtown Road. A Celebration of Sarah Lee’s life will be Saturday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Blue Grass United Methodist Church - Chapel Campus, 14240 Petersburg Road. Friends may visit Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to service time at the church.

Sarah requested no flowers or plants please. If you wish to express your love for her, she requested instead memorial gifts that will help those in need. She deeply loved Blue Grass Church Helping Hands, Loving Hearts Ministry at 14200 Petersburg Rd., Evansville, IN 47725 and United Caring Services at PO Box 1071, Evansville, IN 47706 or a charity of your choosing.

Condolences may be made online at

Submitted by Katherine Taylor


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