University of Evansville

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Friday, August 23, 2019

What's Happening Today

* International Club Meet and Greet

The International Club would like to invite you to our IC Meet & Greet this Friday August 23rd in the Hale Volleyball Courts and Game Room from 4-6 PM! It will be a great time to catch up with the friends you haven’t seen all summer and to get to know the new students who just got here this Fall.

We will have several volleyball matches, board games, ping-pong and pool! Don’t pass up on all the fun activities and free snacks!

You do not need to be athletic to attend this event, just have fun! :)

P.S. The location of the event might be changed if it rains, look out for an email from Pamela Oliva if that happens! Rain location: Rademacher’s Lounge.

Hope to see you there!

Submitted by Pamela Oliva


Upcoming Events

* Tacos and Tie-Dye This Saturday!

Join RSA from 11am-1pm for free t-shirts to tie-dye, delicious tacos, and fun outdoor games!

Submitted by Lily Renfroe

* Campus Community Cookout August 29, 4:30 - 7

President Pietruszkiewicz and First Lady Siobhan invite you to join them at the Campus Community Cookout on Thursday, August 29 on Neu Chapel Lawn. Please take this opportunity to enjoy food, friends, and fun as well as explore Student and Volunteer Organizations.

Submitted by Sarah Brock

* NATIVE PLANT SALE uses extra plants from UE's Native Plant Garden in Koch Courtyard

The University of Evansville's Native Plant Garden in Koch Courtyard was used as a plant source for species for the NATIVE PLANT SALE Saturday, September 14 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Eykamp Scout Shelter. The sale is hosted by the Southwest Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society.

UE’s Native Plant Garden provides a venue where over 100 species of native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees can be viewed. This 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. The University of Evansville’s native plant garden represents one effort to restore native plants.

Come visit the native plant garden throughout the fall. But also, go to the NATIVE PLANT SALE Saturday, September 14 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Eykamp Scout Shelter. The native plants you grow will be valuable as host plants for butterfly larvae, as well as beneficial to native bee pollinators. Bees are of special note because native bees are in critical need of help because of habitat loss and pesticides. Moreover, bees are wonderfully diverse, partitioning their niche space based on nesting habit, tongue length, and body size/color. Just in Indiana, 416 species of bees occur, including species from 6 different families.

Contact Cris Hochwender ( if you have any questions about the native plant garden or restoration efforts at UE.

* Rock Star Beverage Sampling is Coming!

Check it out! Pepsi Bottling Company is sponsoring a “Rockstar” beverage promotional sampling event on Wednesday, August 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for UE students on campus. This sampling event will take place inside the Ridgway University Center, outside the secure dining area under the wall mounted TV monitor. This is an opportunity to try a FREE sample of “Rockstar”. Watch for the Pepsi setup and be sure to stop by.

Submitted by Kim Winsett


Info You Should Know

* Last Day to Drop without a "W"

Tuesday August 27th at 5:00 is the last day to drop a class without a "W".

Submitted by Teresa Haller

* Men's Basketball Student Managers Needed. Qualifies as work-study position

We are looking to hire two managers for the upcoming season. If you have any interest at all, please reach out to Isaac McGlone at

* 2019 Employee Photography Exhibition

Entries for the 2019 Employee Photo Exhibit will be accepted through Friday, September 6. All employees, as well as retired employees, are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Please take entries to Carol McCraney or Hanns Pieper in the Department of Law, Politics, and Society in the Schroeder School of Business Building (room 50).

Entries should be matted, framed, and suitable for hanging in Krannert Gallery. Color or black/white images are acceptable. Images in frames up to 20” by 16” in size may be submitted.

Please provide the following information for each entry on the back of the image frame:

Your name
Job title/Department
A title for your image (and/or details of the photo)
An estimated $ value for your image (Usually $25)
Photo (including frame) dimensions
Optional: Note if digital or negative
Optional: Note camera type

Presentation cards will be printed with the above information to display on the front of each image.

Entries will be returned in the form that they were submitted at the close of the exhibition.

Please contact Carol McCraney ( or Hanns Pieper ( if you have any questions.

Submitted by Carol McCraney

* Opportunity: Basic Production Copier Training Session

For those who were off campus during the summer months and have returned to campus, there is an additional basic production copier training session scheduled for the D125 black/white and the C70 color copiers. This session will begin at the C70 color production copier located on the 2nd floor of Koch and continue over to the D125 b/w production copier location in OH231. Please email Terry Voges (TV35), if you plan to attend.

Training Dates                      
Monday, September 16

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Will start in Koch 2nd floor (C70) and walk over to OH231 (D125)

For copier information, visit the Copy/Print website on AceLink.

Submitted by Kim Winsett

* UE Orchestras seeking new members

Students, staffs, faculties, and administrators are invited to play in the University Symphony Orchestra and String Chamber Ensemble. The University Symphony Orchestra meets on Monday at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The String Chamber Ensemble meets on Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Krannert Hall of Fine Arts. Join us!

Please E-mail Chun-Ming Chen, director of orchestral activities at for more information.

* UE Beverage Provider Announcement

Pepsi Beverages Company is the exclusive beverage provider for the University of Evansville and will continue to offer its well-known variety of products that include Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, Orange Crush, Sierra Mist, Gatorade, and RockStar along with other beverage products via vending machines, C-store, catering, concessions, and secure dining fountains. While there is a moderate vending price increase, it has been over five years since the last price increase.

In addition, there are some Pepsi beverage equipment changes/improvements including new beverage fountains in Ridgway, more glass front vending machines and all campus vending machines have been updated with digital credit card readers for added convenience.

Last but not least, keep a watch on announcements about future Pepsi sampling events in AceNotes.

Submitted by Kim Winsett

* Student Health Center

Student Health Center will resume normal business hours starting Monday, August 19th: Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm
Please stop by or call 812-488-2033 to schedule an appointment. Provider and Nurse appointments available.

Submitted by Tara Ulrich

* Production Copier Instructions Available on AceLink

Production Copier basic instructions are available and posted on the New AceLink Copy/Print website. Instructions include Copy a Document from the Glass or Document Feeder; Print a File from a Computer to a Copier; Secure Print a File from a Computer to Copier; Print Documents from USB; and Scan to Email. In addition General Information for both the D125 and C70 is posted. Check it out!

If you plan to use the production copiers and didn't sign up for the installation of necessary print drivers. Please submit an OTS Helpdesk ticket.

For questions, please contact



* UE Department of Art Prof Todd Matteson accepted into Strictly Functional Pottery National

Congratulations! Prof Todd Matteson's "The Scales" piece has been accepted into the 27th annual Strictly Functional Pottery National in Lancaster, PA. Juror, Malcolm Mobutu Smith, selected about 102 pieces for the show from 98 entrants.

The Scales

Submitted by Brooksie Smith

* School of Education Receives $110,000 Grant from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education

The School of Education has received a $110,000 grant from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) to support programs that recruit, train, and mentor teachers in the STEM fields.

This STEM grant will allow the School of Education to provide full tuition scholarships for Transition to Teaching students enrolled in STEM content areas. The grant will also enable the School of Education to train licensed teachers as well as undergraduate education majors at the University of Evansville to enhance their knowledge of STEM education.

The School of Education will also continue a formal orientation program for new Transition to Teaching students in the math and science fields as well as a mentoring program for math and science graduates with grant funds. The School of Education is proud to positively impact STEM education in our region by increasing the quantity and preparedness of our teachers.

Submitted by Sharon Gieselmann

* Atefeh Yazdanparast publishes in Journal of Business Ethics, a Top 50 Financial Times Business Journal

Atefeh Yazdanparast, Associate Professor of Marketing, has a paper accepted for publication in Journal of Business Ethics, a highly ranked journal and one of the top 50 business journals used by Financial Times for research ranking.

The research, titled "Consequences of Moral Transgressions: How Regulatory Focus Orientation Motivates or Hinders Moral Decoupling," follows an experimental design approach and contributes to the moral reasoning literature on how brands can mitigate the impact of moral violations on consumer evaluations.

* University of Evansville Announces Berger Awards for 2019

University of Evansville professors Mohammad K. Azarian and Thomas Josenhans were honored recently with the 2019 Sydney and Sadelle Berger Awards for Scholarly Activity and Service. They were presented with the awards by Charlie Berger during UE’s Fall Conference.

UE professor of mathematics Mohammad K. Azarian was given the Berger Award for Scholarly Activity. Azarian is a well-published professional who has significantly contributed to the research community and has worked at UE for 34 years.

He has published 42 peer-reviewed journal articles in four different areas of mathematics including group theory, number theory, combinatorics, and the history of mathematics.

He presented his research at 54 international, national, and regional conferences. In addition, he has published 82 problems in peer reviewed general mathematics journals in the United States and made over 1600 contributions to the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, including over 1000 new sequences.

Azarian has earned the respect of mathematics organizations and publications, who value his expertise and trust his judgment. He serves as a referee for the following journals:

  • Missouri Journal of Mathematical Sciences
  • Houston Journal of Mathematics
  • College Mathematics Journal
  • Jounral of Integer Sequences 
  • Ars Combinatoria
  • International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences

He has served on the editorial boards of many prestigious journals and newsletters, and is a reviewer for the Mathematical Reviews of the American Mathematical Society (MathSciNet), the most prestigious and the authoritative gateway to the scholarly literature of mathematics in the world.

His remarkable research portfolio of 136 publications in the Google Scholar’s Citations system, and he was named a University of Evansville Global Scholar in 2007-2008.

From 2001 to 2007, he served on the Executive Board of the Mathematical Association of America- Indiana, where he was solely responsible for the Indiana College Mathematics Competition for all 40 colleges and universities in the state of Indiana.

In 2015, Azarian was one of only seven mathematicians in the United States who was selected to serve as a discipline peer reviewer for the Fulbright Scholar Program, sponsored by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, a position that he is still holding.

He is the recipient of the 2017 Mathematical Association of America-Indiana Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes a member for "extraordinary contributions and outstanding efforts" to mathematical sciences in America.

UE professor of music Thomas Josenhans was the recipient of the Berger Award for Service. Josenhans is fully committed to serving both UE and the greater community. One nominator says that he embodies the definition of a servant leader and truly has a servant’s heart.

During his nine years as chair of one of the largest and most diverse groups of faculty on campus, he has worked tirelessly to create opportunities to enhance the faculty and student experience. He has gone above and beyond to create a department that serves as a community resource and a showcase of arts in the community.

As part of this effort, he has cultivated positive relationships with area educators, providing financial and personal support of the Wesley Shepard Summer Music Camp which he has transformed into an annual high-quality experience for local and regional middle and high school students that serves as an invaluable recruiting tool.

Josenhans is an integral part of the Tri-State Community Ensemble Festival regional music educators' conferences, and weekend events such as Brass Day, Woodwind Day, Percussion Day and UE Opera events. He has provided support and found funding for campus appearances of world-class guest artists such as Doc Severinsen, Diane Shur, and Andre Watts. He has worked closely with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra to consistently evaluate and improve the interwoven relationship of shared faculty and artists.

In addition, Josenhans has gone beyond his already heavy responsibilities as chair, to represent the University as chair of the Music Director Search Committee for the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, a committee charged with selecting from over 200 applicants to find the 5 finalists who will guest conduct during the 2019-2020 season.

Two recent grants have specifically enhanced recruiting and current student opportunities. He wrote the request for a three-year grant to fund the new position of Music Outreach Director, with responsibilities to coordinate camp recruiting school visits. A second grant awarded during his leadership is from the Schmidt Foundation for the UE Opera Series. This grant has been renewed annually and has allowed UE Opera to mount larger productions and schedule outreach visits to area schools.

This year’s recipient has also been a dynamic influence in a steady period of growth, positivity, and tangible financial support from the Friends of UE Music. This organization includes a growing membership of alumni, faculty, UE student families, and members of the greater Evansville community.

Nominators also want to specifically recognize this year’s recipient for his work in creating and developing the UE Music Strategic Plan. He guided and mentored those working on this collaborative effort for more than a year.

Through all of this, he gives selflessly of his time and energy because of his genuine love and devotion to his department and University. His door is always open to faculty and students where each one is heard compassionately, validated and supported with kindness and integrity. 

* Green publishes articles and collection of essays

As part of his sabbatical Dr. David Green (Harlaxton College) has published two articles: ‘The Secular Orders: Chivalry in the Service of the State’, in A Companion to Chivalry, ed. R. Jones and P. Coss (Boydell Press, 2019), pp. 57-68; and ‘Edward the Black Prince: Lordship and Administration in the Plantagenet Empire’, in Ruling Fourteenth-Century England: Essays in Honour of Christopher Given-Wilson, ed. R. Ambuhl et al. (Boydell Press, 2019), pp. 185-204. He has also co-edited a collection of essays with C. Given-Wilson, Fourteenth Century England XI (Boydell Press, 2019).


Thank You

* Harlaxton 2070 Open Discussion Meeting

A big thanks to everyone who was able to attend the Fall conference session on Harlaxton. It was an informative, lively conversation that truly shows the love on campus for the Harlaxton program.

We heard from many participants that they would like more time to discuss and understand the work of the Harlaxton 2070 group. We would like to offer this on August 23rd at 3pm in the Vectren Board Room. The team will be available to review the fall conference update for those who weren’t able to attend and to continue discussions.

We value your input and thoughts as we work through the projects for the Harlaxton 2070 group. 

Submitted by Holly Carter


Harlaxton Happenings

* Now Recruiting Harlaxton Ambassadors

Are you a recent Harlaxton alumni who loves to share your experience with others? Or do you know a student who fits that description?

The Harlaxton office is currently taking applications for students who want to volunteer as Harlaxton Ambassadors to recruit, prepare, and encourage Harlaxton applicants and to represent Harlaxton at various recruitment events and other campus activities. Harlaxton Ambassadors have the opportunity to develop professional skills, stay connected with Harlaxton, and receive exclusive Harlaxton apparel.

More information and applications are available on myHarlaxton.

Submitted by Kaylynn McCalister



* UE Softball Announces Fall Schedule

As the school year wraps up its first week, University of Evansville head softball coach Mat Mundell has announced a 7-game fall schedule for the Purple Aces.

UE will play a total of seven games, five of which will be held inside Cooper Stadium.  On Friday, September 13, Evansville welcomes Wabash Valley Community College for a single game at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, Sept. 15, Evansville travels to Grand Park, which is located in Westfield, Ind.  The Aces take on Ball State in a 1:15 p.m. ET game before facing the University of Indianapolis at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Two home weekends follow for UE, beginning on Saturday, Sept. 21 when Parkland Community College comes to Cooper Stadium for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.  Fall play will finish on the 28th with a doubleheader against Olney Central Community College. Game one will begin at 10 a.m.

Submitted by Bob Pristash

* Women's Basketball announces formation of Buckets Club

University of Evansville head women’s basketball coach Matt Ruffing has announced the formation of the “Buckets Club”, which will be the official booster club of the Purple Aces women’s basketball program.

“This is an exciting time for our program and what better way to get things jump started than to start a booster club that can help to enhance our program,” Ruffing said.  “There is a lot of excitement around UE and we are hoping to build on it.”

Ruffing explained how the club will work with the program to give his student-athletes the best experience possible both on and off the court as well as preparing them for life after college.

“We are in the process of renovating our practice area and looking into a foreign trip in the near future and this club will help us to achieve those goals,” he added.  “Our goal is for our student-athletes to excel in the classroom, on the basketball court and in the real world when they graduate.  The support that this club provides will be pivotal in making that happen.”

There are three giving levels for those who are interested in supporting the program.  The Layup Level is for donations ranging from $100-299.  The benefits of that point include a Buckets Club newsletter, scoreboard recognition, autographed poster, Buckets Club wristband and a club t-shirt.

Next up is the Free Throw Level and includes donations from $300-999.  Free Throw members receive all Layup Level benefits as well as an invitational for two people to a minimum of three team practices each year as well as a Buckets Club branded pullover.

The final giving point is the Three Point Level and is for donations of $1,000 and above.  These members receive all Layup and Free Throw benefits.  Along with that, they will have the opportunity to take a photo with the UE women’s basketball team and staff, a Buckets Club branded jacket and membership in the University of Evansville President’s Club.

Three Point members will also have an All-Access opportunity to travel with the team to Southern Illinois, Indiana State or a select non-conference game.  This opportunity includes transportation, lodging (if applicable), meals with the team and access to shootaround, practice and team meetings.  All travel will be on a first come, first served basis and availability is limited.

For more information or to secure spot in the club, contact the women’s basketball office at 812-488-2289.

Submitted by Bob Pristash

* Bennie Seltzer joins UE men's basketball as assistant coach

With one more spot to fill on his coaching staff, University of Evansville head men’s basketball coach Walter McCarty has announced the addition of Bennie Seltzer as an assistant coach with the Purple Aces program.

Seltzer spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater – Washington State.  The native of Birmingham, Ala. brings extensive regional and national experience to the UE program.

“We are excited to welcome Bennie to the Aces family.  He brings a wealth of experience as a player, assistant coach and head coach to our program,” McCarty said.  “Bennie’s pedigree is exactly what we were looking for in filling the final coaching spot on our staff.  He has many ties to the Midwest and will be a huge asset to our program.”

Prior to his time at WSU, Seltzer spent two seasons on the staff at Loyola with head coach Porter Moser.  In 2016-17, the Ramblers defeated Washington State in the Paradise Jam.

Seltzer had two stints at Indiana University with Coach Tom Crean.  He was an assistant coach with the Hoosiers from 2008 through 2012 before rejoining the IU staff as the Director of Player Performance in 2014.  In his time in Bloomington, Seltzer helped the Hoosiers recruit some of the top talent in the country including Victor Oladipo and Christian Watford.  The Hoosiers spent 10 weeks ranked atop the polls in 2012-13 and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

In 2012, Seltzer was named the head coach of Samford University in his home town of Birmingham.  In just two seasons, Seltzer recruited two Southern Conference Freshmen of the Year in Tim Williams and Isaiah Williams.

His coaching career began in in 1997 as an assistant at the University of Oklahoma.  He worked with the Sooners until 2006 when he joined Coach Crean’s staff at Marquette.  He remained with the Golden Eagles until 2008 when he joined the Hoosiers.

As a player at Washington State, Seltzer made a lasting impact on the Cougar program.  Playing from 1990 through 1993, Seltzer accumulated 473 assists, a total that continues to sit atop the program record book.  At the time of his graduation, he ranked second with 1,423 points and third in career steals and minutes played.  As a senior, he was named a First Team All-Pac 10 player while averaging 17.9 points per game.  He was inducted into the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Hall of Honor in 2015.

Submitted by Bob Pristash


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