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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

* SAVE THE DATE: Brand & Identity Platform Overview & Guidelines Open to Campus May 13 & 14

As you know, we launched new University of Evansville institutional and athletic logos on April 12. Now, the campus community is invited to see the next phase of the project—the branding framework and platform that will facilitate how we share the UE story with the world and differentiate ourselves in the marketplace.

Ologie, our branding partner, will offer two opportunities to see the Brand & Identity Platform Overview & Guidelines. Please join us for one of the following sessions:
• Monday, May 13 at 1:00 p.m.
• Tuesday, May 14 at 8:00 a.m.

Each 60-minute session will take place in Eykamp 251 and all University employees are welcome to attend.

Contact Amanda Campbell for more information.


What's Happening Today

* Andre Watts to perform at UE's Snyder Concert and Lecture Series

The University of Evansville's Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series will present world renowned pianist André Watts in concert on Tuesday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m., at the Victory Theatre in downtown Evansville. The concert is free and open to the public. You can register for the event on UE's website.

Watts was only 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic in one of the orchestra's Young People's Concerts. It was broadcast nationwide. Two weeks later, Bernstein asked Watts to substitute for the ailing Glenn Gould in performances of Liszt's E-flat Concerto with the New York Philharmonic. More than half a century later, Watts remains one of America's most distinguished and celebrated performing artists.

Watts is a regular guest at major summer music festivals, and has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, and the St. Louis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, Indianapolis, and Nashville symphonies, among others. International engagements have included concerto and recital appearances in Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, and Spain. Watts has appeared on programs produced by PBS, the BBC and the Arts and Entertainment Network. His 1976 New York recital for Live from Lincoln Center was the first full length recital broadcast in the history of television. His performance at the 38th Casals Festival in Puerto Rico was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cultural Programming.

Watts's extensive discography includes recordings of works by Gershwin, Chopin, Liszt and Tchaikovsky; recital CD's of works by Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt and Chopin; and recordings featuring the concertos of Liszt, MacDowell, Tchaikovsky, and Saint-Saens. He is included in the Great Pianists of the 20th Century series for Philips. In 2016, SONY Classical released André Watts - The Complete Columbia Album Collection.

Watts received a 2011 National Medal of Arts, given by the President of the United States to individuals who are deserving of special recognition for their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States. In June 2006, he was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl of Fame to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his debut. He is the recipient of the 1988 Avery Fisher Prize.

At age 26, Watts was the youngest person ever to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Yale University and has since received numerous honors from highly respected schools including the University of Pennsylvania, Brandeis University, The Juilliard School of Music and his alma mater, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Watts was appointed to the Jack I. and Dora B. Hamlin Endowed Chair in Music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 2004 and in 2017 was named a Distinguished Professor, the highest academic rank the university bestows upon its faculty.

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.

* Join Newman today for our last Catholic Mass!

Join the Newman Club today - Tuesday, April 30 - at 8:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel to celebrate our last Catholic Mass of the semester! Fr. Raab will be the celebrant. All are welcome!

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler

* UE Bookstore Clearance Sale 35% OFF

The UE Bookstore is offering 35% OFF the original price of all UE imprinted clothing and gift items through Thursday, May 2. Items include T-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, mugs, pennants and on and on. However - Harlaxton and graduation related items are NOT ON SALE during this event.

If you have questions, ask store personnel. Come early while size and selections are still in stock.

Sale ends on Thursday, May 2 at 6:00 p.m.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* In Service of Mercy: Evansville Nurses Serving in WWI

Amber D. Gowen, UE alumna and archivist for Vanderburgh County, will present her research on the service of nurses from Evansville during WWI both on the home front and on the frontlines in France. This presentation, sponsored by Gender and Women’s Studies, will be held in Koch 100 at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, and is open to the campus and interested members of the public. Please contact Dr. Annette Parks with any questions. 

Submitted by Annette Parks 


Upcoming Events

* Reception for Marc Mitchell and Kathy Chandler

Please join us in Koch Center 255 on Wednesday, May 1 from 2:00-3:30 to say farewell to Drs. Marc Mitchell and Kathy Chandler. Both are professors in the electrical engineering and computer science department. 

Submitted by Vicky Hasenour

* Newman Senior Night at Turoni's

Come join Newman to help us celebrate our seniors and end the year on a high note! We will be eating dinner at the Turoni’s on Weinbach at 5:00 p.m., May 1. All are welcome! This will be a great break before finals!

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler

* Relaxation Night with UE Music Therapy Association

Love music and need a moment to breath before finals? The UE Music Therapy Association is hosting a Relaxation Night in Grabill Lounge (basement of Neu Chapel) on Wednesday, May 1, at 8:00 p.m.! Bring your own blankets and pillows to get comfy while music therapist Professor Montgomery leads us through multiple relaxation techniques. 

Submitted by Jessica Smith

* Last session of medical Spanish practice

Medical Spanish practice is designed to help students practice communication skills in Spanish for medical settings. Students may arrive and leave at any time. The last session of the semester is today, Wednesday, May 1, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Room 73 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Please contact associate professor of Spanish Diana Rodríguez Quevedo at for more details. ¡Nos vemos esta tarde!

Submitted by Diana Rodriguez Quevedo

* Reception for Kathy Chandler, Angie Reisetter, and Pengcheng Xiao

Please join us in the Koch Center Atrium on Thursday, May 2 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. to say farewell and wish the best to Kathy Chandler, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science; Angie Reisetter, associate professor of physics; and Pengcheng Xiao, assistant professor of mathematics. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend.

Submitted by Jayme Williams

* Reception for Daryl Buente

Please join us in Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Carson Center from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, to say farewell to Daryl Buente after 38 years of service to the University as the athletic equipment room manager. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. 

Submitted by Andrea Wallace

* Pancakes are coming!!

The Pancake Study Break is back! Join some of your favorite Aces for FREE pancakes and other goodies. The event will be held on Thursday, May 2, from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Take a break from studying and enjoy some free food with friends! Music, door prizes, and excitement are all part of this event. 

Submitted by Emily Wilderman 


Info You Should Know

* Federal loan repayment counseling session required for students graduating or transferring

Students who have used Federal Direct (sub/unsub) Loans and plan to graduate in the spring or summer (or transfer after the spring semester) are required to attend a loan repayment counseling session. The Office of Student Financial Services will hold the next session of the semester on Thursday, May 2, at 2:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center. The last session will be Friday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. in Neu Chapel's Grabill Lounge. 

Submitted by Amy Sowders

* Fitness Center - Finals Week Hours

The Fitness Center hours during Finals Week will be:

  • Thursday, May 2-Friday, May 3: 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 4-Sunday, May 5: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 6-Friday, May 10: 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11-Sunday, May 12: Closed

Submitted by Lori Adams 

* May 2 - Obsolete Electronics Recycling

Obsolete Electronics Recycling is set for May 2 at Hale loop drive from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Students and employees (faculty, administrators and staff) can bring the following personal, obsolete electronic equipment to be recycled at no cost:

• LCD displays, LCD TV’s and LCD monitors, computers, printers, fax machines, laptops, cell phones, PDAs, cables, circuit boards, connectors, electrical equipment, audio video equipment, DVD players, stereos, radios, calculators, speakers, VCRs. Small quantities of batteries will be accepted.

The following items will NOT be accepted:

• CRT TV’s and CRT computer monitors
• Fluorescent light bulbs (including compact bulbs), refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, stoves, vacuum cleaners, dehumidifiers, leaking batteries and any other items C&I deems unallowable
• Electronics owned by the University.

NOTE: The cost of processing CRT TV’s and CRT computer monitors has increased significantly, and the University is no longer able to cover these items. However, these items may be brought to the following location: C&I Electronics located at 1700 N Lafayette Ave, Evansville, IN 47711, Monday-Friday, from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

For more information or questions contact Amber Elkins at or ext. 2697.

Submitted by Amber Elkins

* Free Paper Shredding on Thursday, May 2

Free off-site paper shredding by Piranha Mobile Shredding will return to campus once again May 2 (Reading Study Day) from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. All UE students, faculty, staff, and alumni can take advantage of this free service by bringing paper to the Piranha truck in Koch Center for Engineering and Science parking lot. Paper will be shredded off-site.

So, if mounds of paper are taking over your office, home, or room, this is the time to gather those old files, receipts, cancelled checks, tax forms, etc. No need to take out the staples or paper clips. Avoid identity theft by having confidential information permanently destroyed.

Please - no telephone books, magazines, or newspapers. Also, please note that there is a 100-pound paper limit per visit (number of visits is not limited).

Submitted by Amber Elkins

* Library Hours during Finals

The Libraries hours for the remainder of the semester are:

  • Sunday, April 28: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Monday, April 29:  7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Tuesday, April 30:  7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Wednesday, May 1:  7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Thursday, May 2: 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Friday, May 3: 7:45 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.**
  • Saturday, May 4: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 5: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Monday, May 6: 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Tuesday, May 7: 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Wednesday, May 8: 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Thursday, May 9: 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Friday, May 10: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

* Upper floors close at 11:00 p.m.
** Upper floors close at 6:00 p.m.

Direct any questions to Meg Atwater-Singer at ext. 2487 or

Submitted by Meg Atwater-Singer

* Attention seniors: Commencement Video submissions due May 3

Calling all seniors! Send your favorite memories from your years at UE to by Friday, May 3 to be included in the senior video which will play at commencement on May 11 at the Ford Center. 

Photos should be as high-resolution as possible. Videos should be no longer than 30 seconds and horizontal videos are preferred, but not required. 

The senior video will also be posted to the UE YouTube channel following the commencement ceremony. 

Submitted by Monica Watkins

* Request 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.

Submitted by Carleen Barnes



* Mike Zimmer has article published

Mike Zimmer, Professor Emeritus of Economics, has a paper published in the current issue of Cogent Economics and Finance. The paper, coauthored with Robert Nakosteen of the University of Massachusetts, is entitled "Latent Earning Capacity and the Race Marriage Gap". Mike thanks the University of Evansville for a research sabbatical in 2014 that allowed him to complete the foundation work for this research.

* Yazdanparast has paper accepted at International Journal of Innovation Management

Atefeh Yazdanparast, associate professor of marketing, has a paper accepted for publication at the International Journal of Innovation Management. The paper titled “Comparing Service, Product, and Process Innovations: Insights from the Internal Supply Chain Network of a European Steel Manufacturing Firm” investigates and compares managerial perceptions of the three types of innovation (service, product, and process innovations) within the context of cross-functional network of a European steel manufacturing firm. The insights result in the development of a typology of innovation projects based on origin, context, scope, benefits, and degree of complexity. The findings embedded in Resource Based View and Service Dominant Logic, reveal divergent aspects of the three types of innovation such as disparate reasons for undertaking each type of innovation and distinct internal and external success factors, as well as convergent aspects of the innovation types such as similar challenges. 

* Chelsea Gaddis receives the Distinguished Senior Award of the International Studies Program

Chelsea Gaddis has been awarded the 2018-19 Wesley T. Milner Distinguished Senior Award of the International Studies Program. The honor was established in 2016 and is awarded annually to the outstanding senior of the International Studies major. The award is named for the former director of the International Studies Program, Dr. Milner, in honor of his dedication in the IS program at UE for over two decades.

people standing in front of a restaurant

Pictured (from left to right): Young Kim (Professor of Political Science), Diana Rodriguez Quevedo (Associate Professor of Spanish), Chelsea Gaddis (IS & Spanish majors-2019), Hayley Elliot (IS & Sociology majors-2019), and Wesley Milner (Executive Director of the International Programs)

* Monarch and Milkweed Changelab Shares Knowledge and Milkweed Plants at Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve

Congratulations to the Monarchs and Milkweed Changelab team, who finished their last event - a milkweed give-away at Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve. While at nature center of WWNP, the team gifted the attendees with native milkweed plants and played a monarch game with kids who attended. In addition, the team shared seeds of native plants that can be grown in people’s backyards. The seeds given away came from UE’s Native Plant Garden, which provides a venue where over 100 species of native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees.

The team hopes that you have found at least one opportunity to plant milkweeds for monarchs. Moreover, we hope you have expanded your perspective, and start to plant natives in your garden. Native plant diversity has great value for several reasons, including beneficial ecosystem services through improved ecosystem function, support for native insects (including insect herbivores and pollinators), and the food resources to other animals (e.g., birds via seeds and/or prey items). Unfortunately, habitat destruction has led to the loss of wetlands, prairies, and forests, resulting in reduced numbers of native plant species. As one would expect, the loss of floral diversity has caused a reduction in the number of herbivores and pollinators, and a reduction in ecosystem services. Every action you take to grow your own native plants will help butterflies, bees, and birds.

To see a video story on this subject, please visit:

Submitted by Cris Hochwender

* UE student Samarth Sheth receives SIAM recognition

University of Evansville student Samarth Sheth recently received a 2019 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Student Chapter Certificate of Recognition. Sheth is majoring in actuarial science at UE.

The certificate is given in recognition of the recipient’s hard work and outstanding service and contributions to his or her SIAM student chapter. The names of students receiving the certificates of recognition will be announced in SIAM News and will be posted on the SIAM web site.

Two students holding an award

* Associate Professor Todd A. Matteson exhibits artwork

Associate Professor Todd A. Matteson has had two pieces accepted into the juried Art Noir exhibition at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. The exhibition theme is "Black, White, and Grayscale." Professor Matteson's two wall platters are landscape silhouettes of mountains created in his masking off technique. Each piece was hand painted with glazes. The exhibition opens April 27 and runs through May 24.

* Congratulations to our 2018-19 Leadership Award Winners!

Be sure to congratulate these award winners for their accomplishments in leadership at UE this year!

Golden Heart Award: Student Charles "Rocky" Alderman
Golden Heart Award: Staff Catie Taylor
Student Publications Director's Award Becca Clark
Crescent Magazine Staffer of the Year Olivia Shoup
Crescent Magazine Achievement Award Dallas Carter
Diversity at Work Award Black Student Union
Diversity at Work Award Civic Dramaturgy, Spring 2019
Champion of Diversity Derresha Webb
Champion of Diversity Summer El-Khodary
President’s Diversity and Inclusion Senior Award Katie Brown
Resident Assistant of the Year Hannah Soellner
Donnie Dunville Award Orion Meier
Outstanding International Senior Danyang Liu
Outstanding International Leadership Shangshang Yao
SGA Vision Award Theda Soldatou
Mark R. Simpson Award Mary Whelan
Neu Chapel Liturgy Scholar Award Maegan Scheib
Neu Chapel Liturgy Scholar Award Oti Oritsejafor
Admission Ambassador Leadership Award Kenlea Meeker
Admission Ambassador Service Award Kelly Nixon
Lois D. Patton Award Olivia Goldstein (Volleyball)
Ralph H. Coleman Scholar Student Athlete Award Nathan Reeder (Baseball)
Changemaker of the Year Joseph Shoup
Outstanding Intramural Supervisor Mary Whelan
Howard S. Rosenblatt Dean of Students Leadership Award - Student Leader of the Year Anna Jean Stratman
Howard S. Rosenblatt Dean of Students Leadership Award - Advisor of the Year Megan King
Howard S. Rosenblatt Dean of Organization of the Year Habitat for Humanity
Senior Keynote Address Finalist Ayrlia Welch
Senior Keynote Address Finalist Chace Avery
Senior Keynote Address Finalist Cherise Williams
Senior Keynote Address Finalist Kelly Nixon
Senior Keynote Address Finalist Sierra Miller
Senior Keynote Address Speaker Kianna Wong

Submitted by Kelly Bargeloh

* Rania Mousa invited to an education summit

Associate professor of accounting Rania Mousa has been invited to participate in a “Course Hero Education Summit,” which will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area on July 19. This is an invite-only summit, where a selective group of educators seeking to advance innovation in education and celebrate excellence in teaching are invited from universities around the country. Mousa will deliver a presentation on the Monopoly™ board game as an innovative learning strategy that has been used in Mousa’s Introduction to Financial Accounting course (ACCT 210) at UE for nine years. 

* Foreign Languages and Cultures Outstanding Students of the Year!

The Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures would like to congratulate the following students for their excellent work in German, Russian, French, and Spanish courses this year:

  • Emily Vasquez wins the Outstanding German Student of the Year award.
  • Meagan Scheib wins the Outstanding Russian Student of the Year award.
  • Tyla Rasche wins the Outstanding French Student of the Year award.
  • Megan Smith wins the Outstanding Spanish Student of the Year award.

Submitted by Marisa Knox


Sympathy to...

* Sympathy to the Friends and Family of Kelsey Hipp

Dear Campus Community,

We are deeply sorrowed by the passing of one of our physician assistant students, Kelsey Hipp. Kelsey also earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in health services administration from UE and was set to graduate from the PA program this year.

Information regarding arrangements will be announced when details are available. 

Please join us in keeping Kelsey's family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.


Thank You

* Shout 0ut to the Development Office and Alumni Relations

The generous people in the Development Office and Alumni Relations will plant over 100 milkweeds in their own gardens across the tri-state area. The Monarch and Milkweed ChangeLab thanks this generous commitment, recognizing the dedication the group has previously had toward caring for UE’s native plant garden. Your team makes all of us a success! Thanks!

Submitted by Cris Hochwender



* Walter McCarty Basketball Camp

Walter McCarty Basketball Camp will once again take place this summer at the Carson Center. The dates are June 10-13, from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. for Grades 2-8. Faculty and staff - please reach out to Logan Baumann ( for more details on a UE discount. For more information and registration, see

Submitted by Logan Baumann


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