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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Upcoming Events

* UE Choir Auditions

Auditions for the UE Choir program will be held Tuesday, August 23, Wednesday August 24, and Thursday August 25. Anyone with a love of singing is welcome to audition.

For current UE students, to schedule an audition:

• First, sign-up for a day/time at this link:

• Second, complete the online information form:

For UE Faculty or Staff, please email the Director of Choral Activities directly to schedule an audition:

Submitted by Dennis Malfatti
* UE Symphony Orchestra Auditions

Auditions for the UE Symphony Orchestra will be August 22-23.

The audition requirements can be found at:

Audition Schedule

Monday, August 22, 2022 10:00am - 1:00pm

Tuesday, August 23, 2022 10:00am - 1:00pm

Auditions are held in Krannert Hall of Fine Arts, Room 106. Please sign up for an audition at Audition Sign up Fall 2022.xlsx

For further information, please contact Dr. Chun-Ming Chen (

Please note: Students are encouraged to sign up early, as the later dates tend to fill up first.

The first rehearsal will be Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at 6:30 PM

Submitted by Chun-Ming Chen
* UE Wind Ensemble Auditions

Auditions for the UE Wind Ensemble will be August 23-25. The UE Wind Ensemble audition will consist of prepared excerpts, 2 major scales (one in a flat key, one in a sharp key), chromatic scale (practical range of instrument), and sight reading. Excerpts can be found at:

Audition Schedule
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 2:00 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 7:00 - 9:00pm
Thursday, August 25, 2022 3:00 - 5:30pm

Auditions are held in Krannert Hall of Fine Arts, Room 103. Please sign up for an audition on the UE Bands bulletin board, across from FA 103.
For further information, please contact Dr. Kenneth Steinsultz (
Please note: Wind Ensemble will not meet on Thursday, August 25, due to auditions. Students are encouraged to sign up early, as the later dates tend to fill up first.
First rehearsal will be Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Submitted by Kenneth Steinsultz
* Academic Convocation - August 23, 2022

The University of Evansville (UE) will hold Academic Convocation for first-year students on Tuesday, August 23, at 8:50 a.m. in Meeks Family Fieldhouse. Academic Convocation is a formal event that marks the beginning of an academic year. The keynote speaker this year is Mike Slade, PhD, associate professor of chemistry.

Students will gather in Neu Chapel for prologue, which begins at 8:15 a.m. and will be led by Rev. Andy Payton, university chaplain. At 8:30 a.m., students will process from Neu Chapel to Meeks Family Fieldhouse. Walnut Street will be closed at this time so everyone can safely travel to Carson Center.

Staff and administrators are welcome to attend Academic Convocation. This year, you are also invited to meet at the sidewalk between Ridgway University Center and the East Terrace Lawn to welcome students as they process to Academic Convocation! Please arrive by 8:30 a.m. to form two lines, and we encourage you to wear purple too!

Submitted by Julie Beer /

Info You Should Know

* Facilities Management and Planning Welcomes Karen McDonald

Karen joined the Facilities Management team and is the Administrative Assistant for the office. You can reach Karen at 812-488-2775 or email

Submitted by LISA M CRESCI
* Welcome New Faculty

The University of Evansville is proud to welcome the newest members of our team! New full-time and adjunct faculty spent the day learning about all the great people and resources available at the university during ECTE orientation on 8/12. We are so excited to have you as part of the UE family! Jenna McClary (adjunct, PT), Matt Powless (Faculty, PsyD), Kevin Jordan (Faculty, PsyD), Megan Voss-Wagner (Faculty, Civ Eng), Amy Walker (Faculty, Nursing), Joanie Moyer (Faculty, Nursing), William Miller (Faculty, Health Sci), Joseph Grazaitis (Faculty, CRNA), Stephanie Underhill (Faculty, Math), Bridge Kick (Adjunct, Nursing), Watez Phelps (Adjunct, Change lab), ECTE co-director Diana Rodriguez Quevedo (ECTE co-director). Not pictured: Kyle Matsel (ECTE director), Ming Yang (Faculty, Math), Charles du Preez (Faculty, Music), Hannah Lamar (Faculty, PT)

Submitted by Kyle Matsel
* Welcome new faculty members 2022-2023

Charles du Preez, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music-Clarinet.
Dr. du Preez earned his B.A. in English in 2008 from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and his M.F.A. in Clarinet performance in 2011 from the California Institute of the Arts. He also received his D.M.A. from the University of Arizona in 2022.

Joseph Grazaitis, Assistant Professor of Nurse Anesthesia and Director of Clinical Education.
Dr. Grazaitis received a B.S.N. degree graduating summa cum laude in 2010 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He also graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with an M.S.N. degree in Nurse Anesthesia in 2015 and a D.N.P. degree in 2019.

Kevin Jordan, Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Jordan graduated summa cum laude in 2004 with a B.A. in History in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He also holds an M.S. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Utah in which he respectively earned in 2009 and 2014.

William Miller, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences.
Dr. Miller graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education (emphasis in Exercise Science). He earned a Master of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Science in 2015 from Southeast Missouri State University. His Doctor of Philosophy degree (Health and Kinesiology) from the University of Mississippi was awarded in 2022.

Joanie Moyer, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing.
Professor Moyer completed her Associate of Science in Nursing degree from Lock Haven University in 2016. She also earned from Western Governor’s University a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2019) and a Master of Science in Nursing (2022).

Matthew Powless, Assistant Professor of Psychology.
All from Indiana University, Dr. Powless earned a B.S. degree in Psychology in 2011, his M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Counselor Education in 2013, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2019. His research interests are Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Sport and Performance Psychology, Scholarship of teaching and learning, adverse childhood experiences, and deliberate practice.

Stephanie Underhill, Assistant Professor of Mathematics.
Dr. Underhill is a U.E. graduate who received a B.S. degree in Sociology/Anthropology (summa cum laude). From Indiana University, she received her M.S. degree in Applied Statistics and a Ph.D. degree in Inquiry Methodology.

Megan Voss-Warner, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering.
Dr. Voss-Warner earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 2017 from Valparaiso University. From the University of Florida, she holds both M.S. (2019) and Ph.D. degrees (2022) in Civil Engineering.

Amy Walker, Assistant Professor of Nursing.
Dr. Walker completed an Associate of Science in Nursing degree from Indiana University-Purdue University. From U.S.I., she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Master of Science in Nursing (Acute Care Nurse Practitioner), Doctor of Nursing Practice (Primary Investigator: H.I.V. stigma in the Health Care Provider with Associated Healthcare Disparity research project). She also studied Liberal Arts at U.E.

Ming Yang, Assistant Professor of Mathematics.
Dr. Yang earned his B.S. degree in Pure and Applied Mathematics from Jilin University, Changchun, China, and a Ph.D. degree in Pure and Applied Mathematics from Texas A&M University. His areas of teaching include machine learning, statistics, data science, and numerical methods.

Submitted by Tobi Audas
* Chick-Fil-A Open for Early Move-In

What better way to welcome you back then with Chick-Fil-A being open! Chick-Fil-A will be ready to serve you for early move-in, on August 20th, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Submitted by Ka'Bria Carr


* Professor Rania Mousa Awarded Best Teaching Innovation Prize at the American Accounting Association Annual Conference

Associate Professor of Accounting and Mead Johnson Nutrition Endowed Chair Rania Mousa has received the Best Teaching Innovation Award for 2022 at this year’s American Accounting Association Annual Conference held in San Diego. It was given in recognition of Dr. Mousa’s instructional case, “Fraud at the Public Park Community School District,” published in the AIS Educator Journal. The award is given based on the case originality, impact, and availability of external evidence of quality. The Journal metrics indicate that the case has been downloaded 147 times since February 2021. Efficacy of the case has been tested by professors of forensic accounting, auditing, and accounting information systems courses in three different universities, teaching 118 students in total. The case has been successfully integrated into Dr. Mousa’s forensic accounting course since Fall 2018.

The instructional case study examines potentially fraudulent activities that took place in the Public Park Community School District. Students analyze potentially fraudulent incidents, identify red flags, calculate potential losses, examine deficiencies in internal controls, and suggest effective internal controls. Student feedback indicates the case increased their understanding of fraudulent activities, internal control weaknesses, and effective internal controls in the specific context of public-school districts. The findings also highlight the importance of cultivating a strong internal control environment in not-for-profit organizations engaging in fundraising activities.

The picture features the President of the Forensic Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association, Professor Chih-Chen Lee at Northern Illinois University, and Associate Professor Rania Mousa.

Submitted by Rania Mousa
* UE Jazz Band Receives International Recognition

The UE Jazz Band was recognized by the International Jazz Day (IDJ), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz for their participation in the International Jazz Day 2022. The UE Jazz Band registered their performance with Diane Schuur last spring semester and it was promoted as part of the International Jazz Day events for 2022. Attached is a signed letter from Herbie Hancock.

Submitted by Timothy Zifer

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