University of Evansville

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

* Celebrating Student Successes with Merit

The University of Evansville uses Merit, an online service that helps us celebrate and share your accomplishments. From research and academic awards to study abroad, volunteer work and co-curricular activities, our students’ Merit page is a verified professional profile that we build for you, and that you can share with prospective employers, graduate schools and others. We’ll also use the system to notify your hometown newspaper, high schools, and families about your accomplishments. More than 300 colleges and universities around the country now use Merit.

You don’t have to do anything to maintain your Merit page. If you wish, you can enhance it with a photo, bio, other activities or work experience.

You’ll get an email each time we update your Merit page. Follow the link in the email to sign into your page and see what you’ve been recognized for. You can also search for your Merit page at

If you prefer not to participate, you can opt out at any time by responding to the email you receive from Merit. Questions can be directed to Amanda Campbell in University Relations. We’re excited to promote your success on your Merit page!

* Maximize Your Buzz Alcohol Speaker

This is a seminar about personal values. “Don’t Drink” is not a part of the strategy. Rather, they encourage students to understand who they are and what’s most important to them. If you HATE lectures, you’ll LOVE this!

“Alcohol Is Not About Drinking; It’s About Who You Are.”

  • It’s about knowing who you are to make better choices
  • Know why you are drinking so you’re not forced into it.
  • When does a lot become too much?
  • Design a drinking plan…your five-step plan for maximizing your buzz.

When: Wednesday October 23 from 7-8pm
Where: Eykamp 251

Submitted by Jennifer Hargus



What's Happening Today

* High School Changemaker Challenge

Today, we are hosting the 5th High School Changemaker Challenge. The championship round of the top six teams will be held from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Eykamp 251, and the Awards Ceremony will begin at 4:20 p.m. We would like to ask any members of the campus community who are able to support our high school changemaker participants to stop in to watch the presentations or to be present during the awards.

With 52 students competing for scholarships to attend UE, this is a great way for our campus community to support enrollment and learn more about changemaking initiatives. Hopefully, you will also find it inspiring to hear the ideas that young people care about and the ways they are working to create meaningful change.

* I-House: Journey of a Palestinian American

This week's presenter is Farrah Beidas! She is a Palestinian American senior Neuroscience and Psychology major at University of Evansville. Her hobbies include reading, watching baseball or football on TV and hanging out with her friends and her favorite part of UE is the International community. She will be sharing more about her culture and her life as a Palestinian American living in Kuwait and what it means to her identity at this week's I-House happening on October 23rd (Wednesday), on the 2nd floor of Ridgway University Center at 7pm! We hope to see you there!

Submitted by Hussam Taj

* China Spring Course with Summer Travel to China - Informational Meeting Wednesday at 5 PM in GH 240

HSA 499: Chinese Health Care System. Enroll during the spring semester and travel to China July 1 – 16. This course examines health care, business and culture in China. The course is open to all majors and includes travel to Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Beijing.

Informational meeting Wednesday, Oct. 23, 5:00 pm, Graves Hall, Room 240. Pizza will be provided.

Contact Prof. Bill Stroube or Prof. Jerrilee LaMar
More information online

* Holy Communion for All

A brief service of Holy Community (also called Eucharist or the Lord's Supper) will be celebrated in Neu Chapel at 3:15PM. All are truly welcome to receive.

Submitted by JillAnn Knonenborg

* Medical Spanish

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 next session is this Wednesday, October 23, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Room 64 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Please contact associate professor of Spanish Diana Rodríguez Quevedo at for more details. ¡Nos vemos el miércoles!

Submitted by Diana Rodriguez Quevedo

* MOD Give-Back Night

On October 23, the UE Senior Nursing class is hosting an give-back night at MOD pizza, located in the Target plaza, to help benefit Borrowed Hearts Foundation. Borrowed Hearts is a foundation that was started to help foster children and foster families with basic necessities that may be needed.

Show the following flyer at the register to donate 20% of your purchase.

Submitted by Tracy Miles


Upcoming Events

* Indiana Means Business! Career Fair

Indiana Means Business Career Fair
10:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Indianapolis Downtown Marriott

All majors are welcome to attend this huge career fair, providing you access to recruiters from top companies!

Fair registration is through Handshake.
Click Jobs tab-> Enter the postings number (1890642) in the search bar.
Students must register by Thursday, October 24.

The University of Evansville will provide transportation. There is a $10.00 deposit required that will be refundable upon attendance.

* Catholic Mass at 1 p.m. this Sunday!

Newman Center will be celebrating a Catholic Mass at 1 p.m. in Neu Chapel this Sunday, October 27. Fr. Godfrey Mullen OSB will be the celebrant. All are welcome!

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler

* Good book or sacred text?

Join the Office of Religious Life at Honeymoon Cafe for informal conversation around the question, What's the difference between a good book and a sacred text? The first eight students to arrive will receive a free coffee or tea. Thursday, October 24, 6:15-7:00PM.

Submitted by JillAnn Knonenborg

* UE Theatre Opens Shanklin Theatre Season with the classic tale "The Three Musketeers"

The University of Evansville Theatre proudly presents THE THREE MUSKETEERS, by Megan Monaghan Rivas, inspired by the novel of Alexandre Dumas. A bold, new version of this beloved classic tale is set in 17th-century France but reimagined in a world where men and women are equally empowered. In the true fashion of “musketeering,” these familiar characters engage in daring and romantic adventures with bravado, flamboyance, and valiant ideals. This theatrical re-telling mixes witty wordplay with swashbuckling sword fighting and fast-paced action culminating in a sensational story sure to leave audiences believing in the heroic motto, “One for all, and all for one!” This production opens Friday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m., in the Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 19, 24, 25, 26 and at 2:00 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 27.

THE THREE MUSKETEERS is guest directed by Tlaloc Rivas. Department Chair Eric Renschler serves as the scenic designer; Assistant Professor Sarah J. Smith is the costume designer; Associate Professor Stephen Boulmetis serves as the lighting designer; Sidney McCarty, a senior from Clarksville, Tenn., is the sound designer; Professor Diane Brewer serves as the dramaturg; Olivia Bast, a junior from Austin, Texas, is the stage manager; Professor Chuck Meacham serves as the technical director, and Assistant Professor Janel Miley is the vocal/dialect coach.

The cast features Kate Milazzo, from Carmel, Ind., as Aramis; Alexander James Hunter, from Conifer, Colo., as Rochefort; Amanda Cowan, from Mansfield, Texas, as Queen Anne; Grace Maddux, from Dubuque, Iowa, as Milady; Jackson Burnham, from Houston, Texas, as Cardinal-Duke Richelieu; Ethan Davenport, from Minneapolis, Minn., as Athos; Madeline Malinowski, from Pocatello, Idaho, as Planchet; Liam Johnson, from Wardsboro, Vt.., as Bonacieux; Evan Lawson, from Arvada, Colo., as Porthos; Jordan Williams, from, Edmonds, Wash., as D’Artagnan; Bailey Lomax, from Sellersburg, Ind., as Captain Treville; Lillie Kolich, from Albuquerque, N.M., as Constance; David Akinwande, from Houston, Texas, as King Louis XIII; McAllister Stowell, from Lakewood, Colo., as Lord Buckingham. Players include Justin Pappas, from Boulder, Colo.; Luke Moran, from Mount Vernon, Iowa; Kelly Walsh, from Hollywood, Fla.; Connor DeWolfe, from Overland Park, Kan.; Rebecca Alley, from Temple, Texas; and Jake Conrad, from Olympia, Wash.

Ticket prices are $18 for an adult and $16 for a senior adult, child/student, and UE employee. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12 noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. The UE Theatre Society hosts a Pre-Play Chat 30 minutes prior to the show on Thursday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 19. All are welcome to attend the presentation and discussion with a student designer about their process on the production.

Season subscriptions are on sale now and include the three Shanklin Theatre productions: THE THREE MUSKETEERS, plus, the heart-stirring musical VIOLET, with music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics and book by Brian Crawley, and THE SEAGULL, by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Tom Stoppard. Subscription prices for the three-play package are $46 for an adult and $40 for a senior adult, child/student, and UE employee. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488–2031, Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

* Annual Fall Campout

Come join Venturing Crew on our annual fall campout! Explore Lincoln's boyhood home, hiking through the surrounding area, see the fall colors from a fire tower, and camp out under the stars! Sign-ups are in Ridgway, the 22nd-24th, 11am-1pm and 5pm-7pm.

Submitted by Madelyn Reinagel

* Championship Ballroom Dance Teacher Back on 10/25!

Back by popular demand! The UE Ballroom Club is proud to once again present Jonah Schneider - 2016 Top Latin Teacher at the Fred Astaire World Championships and Rising Star American Rhythm Champion at Ohio Star Ball. He will be in town on 10/25 to offer private and group lessons. If you are interested, email Erin Lewis ( for more information on available time slots. Don't miss out!

Submitted by Erin Lewis

* Federal loan repayment counseling session for graduating students

Students who have received Federal Direct (sub/unsub) Loans and plan to graduate in the fall (or transfer after the fall semester) are required to attend a loan repayment counseling session. The Office of Student Financial Services will hold the first session of the semester on Wed., November 13th at 11:30 a.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center.

Submitted by Amy Sowders

* Founder and CEO of the Empowerment Plan to Speak at UE'S FREE Snyder Lecture on October 29

Founder and CEO of the Empowerment Plan, Veronika Scott, will be the guest speaker for the University of Evansville’s Patricia H. Snyder Lecture in October. The lecture is planned for Tuesday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center, on UE’s campus. The event is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of the Snyder family.

Empowerment Plan is an organization centered around the idea of a specialized coat being made for homeless people. The multipurpose coat is waterproof and self-heated, and can be transformed into a sleeping bag. In addition to the coat initiative, the organization provides jobs for homeless women, allowing them to get back on their feet and find a place to live. These efforts have garnered Scott some recognition, and she was named a “CNN Hero” by the network in 2016.

“Changemaking is engrained in the culture at the University of Evansville, and Veronika Scott’s work directly fits into that mindset,” said Abigail Werling, UE’s vice president for university advancement. “We encourage and empower our students here to make powerful and enduring change, and this story will be an inspiration toward those efforts.”

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 the University, to bring speakers or performers of renown to Evansville at no cost to the public.

Reservations are encouraged, but a ticket is not required to enter. Save your seat online today! 

* 2019-20 CrWrtg Coffee Hour/ Wahnita DeLong Reading Featuring Margaret McMullan

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Start: 5:30pm
Location: Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center

Margaret McMullan is the author of eight award-winning books including the novel In My Mother’s House and the anthology Every Father’s Daughter. Her work has appeared in USA Today, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, among others. She received a NEA Fellowship and a Fulbright in Hungary to research her new book, Where The Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Loss, Exile, and Return.

Historical, authentic and family-oriented, WHERE THE ANGELS LIVED tells the tale of a somewhat parallel universe that exists even in the 21st century—dealings with Soviet-style bureaucracy; skepticism; anti-Semitism; and ironically the same sort of isolation and rejection Margaret McMullan’s Jewish Hungarian family experienced in 1944 before they were forced into concentration camps. Straddling memoir and reportage, past and present, this story reminds us all that we can escape a country, but we can never escape history. She taught at the University of Evansville for 25 years, serving as chair of the Department of English, and she helped form the Department of Creative Writing. She was formerly the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Creative Writing until she retired in 2015 to write full time.

Submitted by Michelle Lehman


Info You Should Know

* Flu Vaccines available at Student Health Center!

Protect yourself from the flu this season and get vaccinated! Flu vaccines are available at Student Health Center.
$20 Cash/Card payment options. No appointment necessary.
SHC Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Other ways to protect yourself from the flu this season: use good hand hygiene, drink plenty of water, increase rest, take a daily multivitamin along with eating a well balanced diet, quit smoking and disinfect common surface areas daily.

Submitted by Tara Ulrich

* Intramural Volleyball Registration Open!

Registration for Intramural Volleyball is open on through Thursday, October 31st. Men's, Women's and Co-Rec leagues are available, make sure to sign-up before the deadline!

* Masquerade Ball Charity Event

SU is hosting their very own Masquerade Ball Charity Event. All Proceeds will go to charity. If your organization has a charity or philanthropy that they would like to enter in the charity contest, email dm254 to fill out a form to register your charity for the Ball.

Submitted by Julia Shirley

* Change the world and get class credit!

Don’t wait until you graduate – make a difference now! Check out the list of ChangeLab courses available for the Spring semester. For more information, visit the ChangleLab web page.

Submitted by Cindy Kelley

* Alcohol Awareness Week

This week, October 21-25, is National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

The facts:
•Did you know that a “standard drink” varies depending on the type of alcohol you’re drinking?
12oz beer = 5oz wine = 1.5oz liquor

•Each one of these “standard drinks” will raise the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of a 160lb person by approximately .02 percent. A lighter person’s BAC will rise even higher.

•Things that influence BAC include weight, gender, body mass, how much and how fast you drink, and the amount of food in the stomach.

•Binge drinking is common among 18-24 year olds and happens when men consume 5 or more drinks and women 4 or more drinks in 2 hours.

•Alcohol leaves your body at a rate of .015 percent per hour (less than one drink per hour) regardless of gender, body type, and size. The only thing that will sober you up is time.

Take a quick 10 question alcohol screening assessment.

If you are a student and think you may have a problem with alcohol, Counseling Services can be a resource for you and can assist you in getting the best help. Call 812-488-2663 for an appointment or come to the office on the 2nd floor of Ridgway inside the Student Life suite. 

* Photographer on campus October 22-24

The Office of Marketing and Communications will have a photographer on campus for a photo shoot Tuesday, October 22, through Thursday, October 24. UE students and faculty have always been very cooperative and accommodating during previous shoots. As a result, many great photos have been taken for the University’s website and publications. We will try to notify faculty in advance if photos will be taken in a particular class; however, weather may force the shoot inside, and it is possible that last minute requests will be made. If faculty members know that they will be giving a test or do not wish to have their class photographed any of these days, please inform Emily Wilderman at ext. 2829 and the classroom will be avoided.

Submitted by Kim McDonald

* Honorary Degree Committee Welcomes Your Suggestions

The Honorary Degree Committee looks forward to receiving your recommendations for honorary degrees to be conferred next spring at commencement.  We need your help in selecting accomplished individuals to receive one of our university’s highest honors.  Nominations may be made on the basis of individual service to the University or individual achievement that exemplifies the University’s mission. Recently selected persons have excelled in a variety of areas -- law, medicine, education, business, literature, politics, and entertainment.  The committee will forward nominations to President Pietruszkiewicz so he can make his recommendations to the faculty for their approval. Please email the following information to Robert Dion, committee chairperson, at, by Monday, November 11:  Your name, the name of your nominee, the rationale for your nomination, biographical information on the nominee, and contact information for the nominee.   Thank you in advance for your ideas.

* Winter Intersession Financial Aid

If you are seeking financial aid to help pay for Winter Intersession courses at UE, please submit the Winter Intersession Application (pdf) to the Office of Student Financial Services by November 22, 2019. Our office will help you examine your options for aid, which in most cases is limited to loans.

Submitted by Amy Sowders



* Dr. Pleasant gives paper at Women in German Annual Conference

Associate Professor of German, Dr. Lesley C. Pleasant, presented her paper "Raging against Proscriptive Pigeonholes by Playing Paragons: Hartmann von Aue's Mädchen and Kleist's Kunigunde (and Kätchen)" at the Coalition of Women in German's annual conference in Sewanee, TN. 

* Pi Gamma Mu Welcomes New Members

The Indiana Alpha Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society in Social Sciences welcomed its newest members and inaugurated its officers at its annual induction ceremony on October 21, 2019.

Pi Gamma Mu members

Newly inaugurated officers:
President Molly Setzekorn
Vice President Aspen Luther
Program Chair Maegan Scheib

New members:
Ariel Allen
Olivia Ault
Allison Daggett
Erin Kidwell
Jacqi Reichel
Theda Soldatou

Congratulations to these exceptional scholars in earning this recognition!

* Sociology Students Present Posters at Research in Gerontology Symposium

Students in the SOC 460- Aging and Society course presented research posters on various topics on aging at the Research in Gerontology Symposium at the University of Evansville on October 18, 2019. This Symposium is hosted by the UE Gerontology Center in conjunction with the UE Institute for Public Health.

Sociology students holding posters

Poster topics and presenters were:
“Feminization of Poverty in Older Adults”
Ariel Allen '20 (Sociology)

“Older Adults and Nursing Care Debt”
Olivia Ault '21 (Public Health) and Rebecca Olson ‘20 (Sociology and Ethics & Social Change)

“Older Adults Perceptions of Continuing Care Retirement Centers”
Samantha Brown '20 (Criminal Justice and Sociology) and Kelsey Sapp ‘20 (Criminal Justice and Sociology)

“Financial and Physical Abuse in Healthcare”
Anthony Chastain ‘20 (Public Health) and Kaylyn Martin '22 (Public Health)

“Why Elders Care about Climate Change”
Audrey Leigh Cuellar '21 (International Studies and Ethics & Social Change)

“Effects of Loss of a Spouse on Older Adults”
Garret W. Curtis ’20 (Psychology) and Hannah J. Nicholson ‘21 (Sociology)

“Treatment of Older People by Family Members in Nursing Homes”
Starr Franklin ‘20 (Criminal Justice and Sociology)

“Ageism in the Workplace”
Grace Fuller ‘21 (Ethics & Social Change) and Shabria Martin ‘20 (Criminal Justice)

“Aging and Mental Health”
Lanna Harmon ‘20 (Sociology) and Jesse McEuen ‘22 (Sociology and Ethics & Social Change)

“Mental Illness and Older Adults”
Erin Kidwell '20 (Psychology)

“Elder Abuse: An Ongoing Problem in Nursing Homes”
Matthew Ladd ‘20 (Criminal Justice and Sociology) and Adison Young ‘20 (Pre-Doctoral Mathematics)

“Furthering Education and Employment Opportunities for Older Adults”
Madi Liggett ‘21 (Nursing) and Molly Setzekorn ‘20 (Sociology)

“Civic Engagement and Volunteerism in Older Adults”
Hailey Lindman ‘20 (Psychology and Sociology) and Lydia Skaggs ‘20 (Psychology and Ethics & Social Change)

“Transgender Women and the Availability of Reliable Research”
Lydia Maxwell ‘20 (Literature)

“Issues for LGBTQ+ Older Adults in Healthcare”
Connor Prow ‘20 (Ethics & Social Change and Philosophy)

Student Symposium participation was made possible by a Sociology Programs Undergraduate Research Grant.

* Professor Kretz invited to be the Book Review Editor for Teaching Ethics

Professor Kretz has accepted a position as the Book Review Editor for the journal Teaching Ethics, which is the journal of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum.

* Professor Kretz presented conference paper on "The Psychology of Successful Activism"

This past weekend Professor Kretz presented a conference paper on the topic of "The Psychology of Successful Activism" at the Public Philosophy Network Conference.

* Baines attends Modernism conference

Robert Baines, assistant professor of English, attended the 2019 Modernist Studies Association conference in Toronto. The conference took place between October 17th and October 20th. Baines gave a paper titled "'A handcaughtscheaf of synthetic shammyrag’: Balkelly, Paddrock, and the Synthesis of Finnegans Wake.” He also participated in the "Modernism and Theory" seminar, for which he wrote a paper titled, "'Theory' and Textual Scholarship in Joyce Studies and Beyond."



* Faculty & Staff MBB Men's Basketball Ticket Process. *Important Updates*

Basketball season is officially here! Beginning Monday October 21st UE Faculty and Staff are able to request their "2" complimentary tickets for the 10/28/2019 exhibition game against USI at 6pm.

*Staff must present THEIR OWN ID upon requesting their tickets at Carson Center Ticket Office between the hours of 8:30am and 5pm.
**Location of seats is at the sole discretion of UE Athletics

Submitted by Jake Hill


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