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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

* University of Evansville Twenty-five Year Awards

Congratulations to those who were recognized at the Fall Conference for their twenty-five years of dedicated service to UE.

Meg Atwater-Singer – Professor, Access Services Librarian

Meg Atwater-Singer joined the UE Libraries on March 1, 1997, as the Reference and Instruction Librarian. She received her bachelor’s degree from Kean (pronounced cane) College in 1992 and her master's in library science from Rutgers University in 1995. Before joining UE, she worked at Brookdale Community College’s Learning Center in New Jersey and at Condé Nast Publications Library in New York City.

In 2008, Meg became the Collection Management Librarian, renamed Access Services Librarian in 2015. In this capacity, she oversees the Information Desk, circulation, reserves, interlibrary loan, the physical collections, security, social media, and the website.

In 2003, she was granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor. She was promoted again in 2009 to Associate Professor and in 2018 to Full Professor.

Meg has served on every Faculty Senate committee except Fiscal Affairs, which as Senate Chair she can attend ex officio this year.

Meg is active in Indiana's statewide resource sharing initiatives and has presented conference sessions on assessing interlibrary loan usage, comparing interlibrary loan systems, and recently authored a paper on the copyright practices of Indiana academic libraries. She has written over 100 book reviews, given 37 conference presentations, authored, or co-authored 6 articles, and received 10 grants.

Leland Dierks, Graphic Designer, Office of Publications

Leland Dierks is a Graphic Designer working in the Office of Publications. Leland is responsible for creating visual text and imagery. He designs creative content for campaigns, print ads, web graphics, brochures, flyers, and billboards. Leland is always willing to help with a quick question or explain how to perform a process in the different digital formats.

He was born and raised in Chester, Illinois, and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Art.

Leland moved to Evansville in 1989. He and his wife Angie are proud parents of three University of Evansville graduates: sons Jordan, Lincoln, and Parker. Their daughter, Claire, will be a senior at Reitz this fall.

Leland says one of things he likes most about working at UE is the people and the family atmosphere. In his spare time, Leland likes running and has logged many, many miles over his lunch break. He also enjoys fishing and spending time with his family.

Barbara Kerner – Accounts Payable Clerk, Accounting and Audit

Barbara Kerner has worked in the Accounting and Audit department for 25 years. She started at UE as the Accounting Clerk in 1997. Five years later, she became the Accounts Payable Clerk. In 2007, she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies. If you have worked at UE for very long, there is a great chance that you’ve worked with Barb. She has a wealth of knowledge that just can’t be replaced. While we are not sure of the exact count, she has processed thousands of payments for students and vendors over these last 25 years. In the last fiscal year alone, she helped process over 1300 vouchers. She is a quick-witted, wonderful co-worker and loved and appreciated by everyone in the department.

Barb was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana and graduated from Bosse High School. She has been married to Tom Kerner for 40 years. Her sons, TJ and Chris both graduated from UE and work and live in Evansville. She has four grandsons that keep her busy when she is not at work processing your check requests. They range in age from an infant to 12 years old. In her spare time, she enjoys days at Lake Barkley on the boat with her family. She also enjoys riding her bike around town and the occasional game of pickle ball with her UE friends.

Cherie Leonhardt – Manager of Transfer Admission, Office of Admission

Cherie graduated from the University of Evansville in 1988 and majored in advertising and public relations. During her time at UE, she attended Harlaxton College and worked for the UE Crescent newspaper. Her first job was in advertising sales at the Evansville Courier and Press which largely came because of experience gained by working at the Crescent.

On a whim one day, she stopped by to see a friend, Elizabeth Lyon, who was working in Admissions at the time. An impromptu interview ensued, and the next thing Cherie knew she was a new admission counselor; that was in the summer of 1989. If we do the math, this takes us to 33 years. However, after working for six years in Admissions, Cherie left UE. She worked for two years in hospital marketing and returned to the UE Office of Admission exclaiming, “The grass is NOT greener on the other side!”

This 25-year award encompasses time spent at UE since returning in 1997. Since then, she’s served the University in various positions including Director of Transfer Admission, Assistant Director of the Honors Program, Coordinator of the Office of Veterans Affairs, and an Academic Advisor. In 2020, she rejoined the Office of Admission as Manager of Transfer Admission. Things have come full circle.

Cherie says she feels blessed to have had a career that she enjoys and always looks forward to coming to work every day. Cherie says, “UE is a special place full of awesome colleagues and students. I’m honored to work for my alma mater that I love so much.”

Susan Salee, Director of Advancement Services, Office of University Advancement

Susan Salee began her career with the University of Evansville as the Administrative Assistant for Development prior to promotions to Data Researcher, and Assistant Director of Annual Giving. Under the leadership of Jack Barner, she eventually moved into the role of Associate Director of Advancement Services. In this position, she led the comprehensive implementation of a new data base system for advancement that houses all alumni student information, which provides information such as their history and volunteer work for all UE graduates, parents, and friends of the University.

Most recently she was promoted to Director of Advancement Services and during the first world-wide pandemic in 100 years, she led her team through the successful conversion and implementation of a cloud-based CRM platform for advancement.

While Susan’s work is often behind the scenes, her expertise in donor engagement systems and her university pride and knowledge is second to none. She is a helpful collaborator and problem solver who is recognized as a resource to many around campus.

Susan also managed to raise four children throughout her tenure with the University and has remained an active member of her church and her community.

Submitted by Paula Heldt
* University of Evansville Announces Berger Awards for 2022

Congratulations to the newest recipients of the Sadelle and Sydney Berger Awards for Service and Scholarly Activity presented by Mr. Charlie Berger at the Fall Conference.

Service Award – Dr. Kristina Hochwender

It is with great pleasure the University of Evansville Berger Award Committee bestows the 2022 Berger Service Award to Dr. Kristina Hochwender for her long-term service contribution to faculty engagement, student success, and pedagogy at the University of Evansville. As a UE faculty member, Dr. Hochwender has been a member of many service activities, and committees, both elected and appointed. However, her more noteworthy contributions are for her roles as Director of General Education and Director of the Eykamp Center of Teaching Excellence, both of which are arduous and time-consuming endeavors. One of the nominations submitted on behalf of Dr. Hochwender provides a succinct synopsis of Dr. Hochwender’s role as Director of General Education: “The Director of General Education is often a thankless job, tasked with managing a program disliked by some and misunderstood by many, but that ultimately effects every major and student. It is a rare person who has the temperament to listen patiently as Dr. Hochwender did to the competing and contradictory needs of the overall program, to find common ground, and make forward progress. Dr. Hochwender inherited a program at a crossroads and reconnected the program to realistic goals and assessment plans. Her thoughtful but thorough attention to the work on these committees benefitted all of its members.”

As Director of the Eykamp Center for Teaching Excellence (ECTE), Dr. Hochwender was also tasked with many responsibilities including, but not limited to: coordinating UE New Faculty Orientation including the provision of mentors for the new faculty, directing weekly conferences for new faculty, providing regular campus-wide programs for faculty professional development, managing two different grant opportunities for UE faculty, managing UE faculty book clubs, providing portfolio review sessions, and directing the ECTE advisory council.

Therefore, based on her long-term service contribution to the greater UE community, the Berger Committee confers the Berger Award for Service to Dr. Kristina Hochwender.

Scholarship Award – Dr. Katie Aldred-Craig

It is with great pleasure the University of Evansville Berger Award Committee confers the 2022 Berger Award for Scholarship to Dr. Katie Aldred-Craig. Dr. Aldred-Craig has been an active participant in research starting very early in her career, in fact she was first published in 2009 as an undergraduate student at UE. The incorporation of research into the undergraduate experience is very important to Dr. Aldred-Craig and since her arrival to the UE Biology Department, she has mentored about two students each year for some type of research project. During her professional career, Dr. Aldred-Craig has published articles across a range of journals using various cellular, molecular, and organismal experimental protocols and some of her articles have been cited over one thousand times. As a faculty member in the Biology Department at UE, Dr. Aldred-Craig has established a strong research program and has collaborated with her colleagues in the Department of Biology. In fact, one of Dr. Aldred-Craig’s nominators provided the following narrative, “Dr. Aldred-Craig has co-authored a publication with UE professors Dale Edwards and Brian Ernsting (simultaneously) which should earn her some sort of extra meritorious service award”. Most would agree with that statement!

As a result of her exemplary research endeavors, Dr. Aldred-Craig and her students have presented their results at several regional and national conferences including the prestigious Gordon Research Seminars. At that conference in 2018, Dr. Aldred-Craig, along with three UE students, presented her research on DNA Topoisomerases in Biology and Medicine. The inclusion of students at a prominent conference is one example of Dr. Aldred-Craig’s commitment to undergraduate research opportunities and the overall mission of the university.

Therefore, based on her scholarly activities, the Berger Committee confers the Berger Award for Scholarship to Dr. Katie Aldred-Craig.

Below are some examples of Dr. Aldred-Craig’s publications:

K.J. Aldred, E.J. Breland, V. Vl?ková, S.A. McPherson, C.L. Turnbough, Jr., K.C. Neuman, R.J. Kerns, and N. Osheroff. (2014) Role of the Water-Metal Ion Bridge in Mediating Interactions between Quinolones and Escherichia coli Topoisomerase IV. Biochemistry, in press.

A.C. Ketron, K.J. Aldred, R.H. Lindsey, and N. Osheroff. (2014) “Gyrase and Topoisomerase IV as Targets for Antibacterial Drugs.” In The Encyclopedia of the Molecular Life Sciences (L. Kaguni, ed.) Springer, New York, in press.

Aldred KJ, Payne A, Voegerl O. A RADAR-Based Assay to Isolate Covalent DNA Complexes in Bacteria. Antibiotics. 2019; 8(1):17.

Katie J. Aldreda,1, Tim R. Blowerb,2, Robert J. Kernsc, James M. Bergerb,3, and Neil Osheroffa. Fluoroquinolone interactions with Mycobacterium tuberculosis gyrase: Enhancing drug activity against wild-type and resistant gyrase. PNAS, 113 (7) 2016.

Activity of quinolone CP-115,955 against bacterial and human type II topoisomerases is mediated by different interactions (2015). KJ Aldred, HA Schwanz, G Li, BH Williamson, SA McPherson, ...
Biochemistry 54 (5), 1278-1286

Gyrase and topoisomerase IV as targets for antibacterial drugs
AC Ketron, KJ Aldred, RH Lindsey, N Osheroff
Molecular Life Sciences: An Encyclopedic Reference, 1-5

Bacillus anthracis GrlAV96A Topoisomerase IV, a Quinolone Resistance Mutation That Does Not Affect the Water-Metal Ion Bridge
KJ Aldred, EJ Breland, SA McPherson, CL Turnbough Jr, RJ Kerns, ...
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 58 (12), 7182-7187

Role of the Water–Metal Ion Bridge in Mediating Interactions between Quinolones and Escherichia coli Topoisomerase IV
KJ Aldred, EJ Breland, V Vlc?kova?, MP Strub, KC Neuman, RJ Kerns, ...
Biochemistry 53 (34), 5558-5567

K.J. Aldred, R.J. Kerns, and N. Osheroff. (2014) Mechanism of Quinolone Action and Resistance. Invited Current Topics review article in Biochemistry, 53, 1565-1574.

K.J. Aldred, H.A. Schwanz, G. Li, S.A. McPherson, C.L. Turnbough, Jr., R.J. Kerns, and N. Osheroff. (2013) Overcoming Target-Mediated Quinolone Resistance in Topoisomerase IV by Introducing Metal-Ion-Independent Drug-Enzyme Interactions. ACS Chemical Biology, 8, 2660-2668.

K.J. Aldred, S.A. McPherson, C.L. Turnbough, Jr., R.J. Kerns, and N. Osheroff. (2013) Topoisomerase IV-quinolone interactions are mediated through a water-metal ion bridge: mechanistic basis of quinolone resistance. Nucleic Acids Research, 41, 4628-4639.

K.J. Aldred, S.A. McPherson, P. Wang, R.J. Kerns, D.E. Graves, C.L. Turnbough, Jr., and N. Osheroff. (2012) Drug Interactions with Bacillus anthracis Topoisomerase IV: Biochemical Basis for Quinolone Action and Resistance. Biochemistry, 51, 370-381.

BR Ernsting, DD Edwards, KJ Aldred, JS Fites, CR Neff (2009 Mitochondrial genome sequence of Unionicola foili (Acari: Unionicolidae): a unique gene order with implications for phylogenetic inference
Experimental and Applied Acarology 49 (4), 305-316

N Byars, A Rohde, K Aldred, H Kalb ., Effects of Incubation Temperature on Incubation Duration and Hatchling Fitness in Malayan Box Turtles (Cuora amboinensis)

Submitted by Paula Heldt

Upcoming Events

* Choir Auditions This Week

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 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

Info You Should Know

* UE Men's Basketball Manager Sign Up

Interested in doing a work study for the Men’s Basketball Team?! Job description and pay will all be on the website. Please follow the directions below to sign up and be a member of the Aces!

Scroll down to “Applying for Student Employment” and Click “WebAdvisor”

Login using your UE username and password

Click “Students” on the right-hand side

Under “Student Employment” click “Student Employment Positions Listing”

Click “Men’s Basketball Student Manager”

Click “Submit”

Submitted by Roosevelt Jones
* Andiron Lecture Series 2022-2023 (Call for Papers)

UE faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to submit an abstract for papers on any aspect of their research or expertise for the 2022-2023 Andiron Lectures Series. All disciplines and fields of study are welcome to submit proposals.

Please send the following by email:

A 50-word abstract with Name, Academic Affiliation/ Occupation, Paper title, and Contact Information to: Mohammad Azarian and/or Ray Lutgring at with a Cc to Cheryl Emmons at These will be forwarded to the Andiron Lecture Committee for consideration. Those considering abstract submissions may contact Mohammad Azarian at 2945 if they have questions.

Nominations for off-campus speakers can be sent by email to Ray Lutgring at with a Cc to Cheryl Emmons at; she will forward them to the Andiron Lecture committee for consideration.

Submitted by Cheryl Emmons
* 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
* UE Jazz Auditions

Auditions for the UE Jazz Band will be on Wednesday August 24 beginning at 7:00 PM in Fine Arts room 144. If you play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drums, piano, guitar, or bass please consider auditioning. The Jazz Band will be touring to New Orleans Louisiana this fall! Contact Dr. Zifer at for audition excerpt information and the audition sign-up sheet.

Submitted by Timothy Zifer
* Only 4 Spots Left for Purple Patrol!

Purple Patrol is once again returning this fall! We now need your help filling up the 15 Fridays throughout the semester!

You can sign up for Purple Patrol through SignUpGenius. Join your coworkers, department, or team and volunteer for the Friday of your choosing. Please sign up for one week only so everyone has a chance to participate. Those who sign up will travel around campus on Fridays (preferably morning or lunchtime) and hand out giveaways to Aces showing their purple pride! 

If you have questions, please contact Julie Beer, university relations coordinator, at

Submitted by Julie Beer /


* Kevin Smith Retirement

After 7 years with HES (WFF) at University of Evansville, Kevin Smith will be retiring on 8/26/22.

If you happen to see Kevin this week, please pass along your well wishes and congratulations!

Submitted by Bob Dale

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