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UE Named a 2022-2023 College of Distinction

The University of Evansville has been recognized for its commitment to helping undergraduate students learn, grow, and succeed by Colleges of Distinction, a unique guide for college-bound students. UE has been named a 2022-2023 College of Distinction and an Indiana College of Distinction, and it also received recognition for a multitude of academic programs and campus departments. 

Colleges of Distinction uses a selection process not only of in-depth research but also detailed interviews with the schools, accepting only those that adhere to the “Four Distinctions.” This includes criteria of engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. Combined, these principles ensure that students have a fulfilling and individualized college experience both inside and outside the classroom. 

“At our university, we are deeply committed to providing a well-rounded, transformative education that has a lasting impact on our students for years to come,” said Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, president of UE. “This recognition from Colleges of Distinction speaks to our mission and the individual experiences of each of our students.” 

Aside from overall undergraduate recognitions, Colleges of Distinction also awards recognition in individual areas. UE earned recognition in the academic areas of business, education, engineering, and nursing. Colleges of Distinction also recognized the University’s career development, equity and inclusion, and military support

“The success of our academic programs and campus departments speaks to the endless efforts of our staff, faculty, and administration,” said Michael Austin, PhD, provost and executive vice president of academic affairs. “We are proud to deliver high-quality courses for our students while also providing academic quality, personal support, and career counseling  throughout their journey at this university.” 

About Colleges of Distinction 

Since 2000, Colleges of Distinction has been committed to honoring schools throughout the U.S. for true excellence in higher education. The member schools within the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their dedicated focus on the undergraduate experience. Its website provides dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit CollegesofDistinction.com

UE Recognized by Phi Theta Kappa for Exemplary Transfer-Friendliness

The University of Evansville was recently named to the 2022 Transfer Honor Roll by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) for its commitment to dynamic pathways and support for transfer students. Of the 700 colleges and universities across the nation that were considered, UE was one of just 171 that made the Transfer Honor Roll. 

The Transfer Honor Roll recognizes the importance of creating strong, successful transfer pathways for community college transfer students. It is determined by 40 key metrics related to transfer student support and success, including: college cost and financial aid; campus life; admission practices; and bachelor’s degree completion. Analyses and data came from the National Student Clearinghouse as well as PTK Connect, Phi Theta Kappa’s online tool designed to help students find their best-fit colleges and career pathways. 

“At our University, we have always strived to foster a welcoming environment for transfer students and to make the process as seamless as possible,” said Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, president of UE. “This recognition speaks to the excellence of our staff, administrators, and faculty who help transfer students every step of the way towards a degree.” 

UE was included in the Transfer Honor Roll because of its exceptional transfer student outcomes. For those who transfer, UE accepts an average of 95 percent of credits from other institutions, and 100 percent of transfer students receive financial aid consisting of scholarships and/or need-based grants. The averages among the Honor Roll for merit-based financial aid and need-based financial aid were just 68 percent and 59 percent, respectively. 

Enrollment for transfer students is expected to grow in the coming semesters. Fall 2022 applications are up more than 100 percent compared to last year, and the number of students choosing to enroll is up significantly, too. This is due to not only student support but also the financial aid awarded to transfer students. Academic scholarships, which are based on cumulative college GPA, range from $15,000 to $21,000 per year. Members of PTK are eligible for additional scholarships. 

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at ptk.org

UE Receives $1.7 Million Gift from Zane and Frances Todd

The University of Evansville has been provided a $1.7 million gift from the Zane and Frances Todd Trust. With this generous support, the University will now establish the Zane and Frances Todd Merit Scholarship Fund. 

Born in 1924, Zane Todd was a native of Evansville and a graduate of Central High School. He attended Evansville College for one year before transferring and eventually being drafted into the Army during World War II. He led a remarkable life and had a career with Indianapolis Power & Light Company that spanned four decades. He later retired in Florida with his wife, Frances, until his passing in 2013. Together, they shared a vision for establishing a scholarship fund to support nontraditional students – as Zane was one himself.  

While there is no precise definition, a “nontraditional student” is one who falls outside of the traditional undergraduate student mold by virtue of age, marital or family status, financial independence, full-time work status, military service, or other characteristics less common among typical college-age students. 

This gift will fund scholarships for nontraditional students majoring in engineering, computer science, the sciences, and nursing.  

“Zane Todd led such an impressive life through his military service, career, and beyond,” said Abigail Werling, vice president for advancement at UE. “Both he and Frances understood the powerful change that scholarships can make for nontraditional students seeking a transformational education from the University of Evansville. We are very honored to receive this legacy gift from the Zane and Frances Todd Trust and thank them for their vision to make higher education accessible for all."

Students who want to pursue a degree in engineering, computer science, nursing, or science can apply for admission to the University for free by visiting evansville.edu/apply.   

UE Receives $1.7 Million Gift from Zane and Frances Todd

David Ragland named head men’s basketball coach at UE

David Ragland has been named the 16th head men’s basketball coach in University of Evansville history. The announcement of the 8th Division I head coach in Purple Aces history was made by director of athletics Dr. Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried.

As we moved through the search process for our new head men’s basketball coach, David Ragland separated himself from the other candidates and established himself as the clear choice to lead our program,” Siegfried said. “David brings a wealth of experience that will help our program in every way, while his familiarity with the Evansville community will help to reengage our supporters.”

In a coaching career that has spanned nearly two decades, Ragland’s experience has contributed to an impressive group of programs that includes Butler, Utah State, Valparaiso, Vincennes, Northern Kentucky, Bowling Green, Indiana State, and Frank Phillips College. He joins the Evansville program following a 1-year stint as an assistant coach at Butler University.

Prior to his time with the Bulldogs, Ragland enjoyed a successful tenure at Utah State where his squads achieved at least 20 wins in each of his three seasons while finishing with an overall mark of 74-24. The Aggies made two NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure, while the 2019-20 squad posted a 26-8 mark before the postseason was canceled due to COVID-19.

“I want to thank Dr. Siegfried and President Pietruszkiewicz for putting their trust in me to lead this program. It is a dream come true to return home. Evansville is such a special place for my family and myself and the opportunity to come back to where it all started means the world,” Ragland exclaimed. “Growing up in the city, I understand what the Purple Aces program means to the community. From day one, I will work to establish a program that the entire University of Evansville campus community and the city of Evansville will be proud of. My family and I are excited to be home.”

Ragland has worked at two current Missouri Valley Conference institutions, including a 2-year term at Valparaiso. During his first season with the program, the team accumulated 24 victories in 2016-17 while finishing with a Horizon League regular season championship and a spot in the postseason NIT. Highlighting the roster for VU was Horizon League Player of the Year Alec Peters, who was the 54th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

From 2010 through 2014, Ragland was an assistant coach at Indiana State where the Sycamores put forth one of the top stretches by a mid-major program in recent memory. ISU recorded 80 victories along with four postseason appearances, including a spot in the NCAA

Tournament in 2010-11. Ragland was an assistant at Northern Kentucky (2015-16) and Bowling Green (2014-15) following his stint with the Sycamores. He contributed to a 24-11 mark at NKU, which included an NCAA Tournament berth.

His first head coaching opportunity came at Vincennes University where he led the Trailblazers to a 44-19 record in his two years at the helm. The 2009-10 campaign saw them post a 22-10 mark and a run that took the program to the NJCAA District Tournament Finals. Ragland opened his coaching career at Frank Phillips College where he was part of a squad that went 25-5 in 2004-05.

Graduating from Harrison High School, Ragland was named an All-State Honorable Mention basketball player. He began his collegiate career at Missouri Southern State College in Joplin, where his team went on to the NCAA Division II Final Four during his freshman year. Following his sophomore year, he transferred to the University of Southern Indiana where he played for two seasons, propelling the Screaming Eagles to a total of 47 victories and leading the team in assists in both years.

Ragland and his wife, Annie, have two children: Ava and Joshua.

At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, a community introduction will take place at Meeks Family Fieldhouse. The event will be open to the public. Media is invited to cover the event; however, interviews with Ragland and Siegfried must be conducted at the earlier media opportunity.

Over 650 Students Named to Spring 2022 Dean's List

The University of Evansville named more than 650 students to the Dean's List for the Spring 2022 semester. Congratulations to these Aces for their outstanding academic achievement!

Students are named to the Dean's List every fall and spring semester. To merit the honor of being placed on the Dean's List, a student must have carried a full academic load of 12 hours or more and have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

Center for Adult Education

  • Kari Korschgen
  • Lauren Hart
  • Andrew Hartmann
  • Jason Kinder
  • Jana Williams

William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences

  • Ever Gowins
  • Katcha Papesh
  • Evan Barr
  • Kelsey Berner
  • Audrey Chambers
  • Makayla Gomperts
  • Madelynn Jacobs
  • Carlie Schultheis
  • Jordan Bradley
  • Abigail Wight
  • Elias Gray
  • Elizabeth Recker
  • Fadwa Al-Rawahi
  • Lily Waddell
  • Nathanael Kuechenberg
  • Alexa Davis
  • Jalyn Davis
  • Emily Ormson
  • Claire Franzman
  • Abbigail Kaup
  • Antoine Smith
  • Alejandra Aguilar
  • Sarah Curtin
  • Sarah Vreeland
  • Madeline Schneider
  • Nicole Tucker
  • Savannah Wheeler-Bigge
  • Kent Biehle
  • Savannah Cook
  • Mariah Schaefer
  • Malia Metelues
  • Casey Winters
  • Haley Worland
  • Beverley Buchanan
  • Garrett Hale
  • Spencer Marfy
  • Zoe Paraskevopoulos
  • Almale Wheeless
  • Isaac Bates
  • Rachel Neupert
  • Ryan Schneider
  • Megan Adkins
  • Lauren Lovingood
  • Elyse Talley
  • Quentin Yoder
  • Rafay Karim
  • Emma Ault
  • Devon Langley
  • Iryna Tsesiul
  • Caroline Gorman
  • Hannah Garrity
  • Sarah Andresen
  • Jeremiah Sagers
  • Megan Montgomery
  • Brooklynn Moody
  • Liliana Inderstrodt
  • Conner Killian
  • Kaitlyn Wilhite
  • Brandi Borchers
  • James Guest
  • Aivelyn Karsten
  • Charles Shald
  • Madison Wilson
  • Rebecca Bailey
  • Nicholas Buechlein
  • Danielle Monroe
  • Josephine Pagano
  • Devyn Schaetzle
  • Bradley Schulte
  • Amanda Shields
  • Jenna Zirkelbach
  • Abby Feit
  • Garrett Barthel
  • Kira Johnson
  • Keegan Leek
  • Carly Scheu
  • Ali Scott
  • Madelyn Jesop
  • Daniel Hackney
  • Martha Wolf
  • Benjamin Patterson
  • McKenzie White
  • Charles Harad
  • Jaden Hayes
  • Kelsey Breneman
  • Maya Barry
  • Ashly Chalico
  • Elizabeth Dye
  • Marie Reilly
  • Bradley Baumhover
  • Sarah Diaz-Garcia
  • Yumna Al-Hasni
  • Ivy Clark
  • Iljana Krajacich
  • Shauna Mihalyo
  • Andrew Norrington
  • Jacob Overstreet
  • Samuel Ports
  • Julia Ribblett
  • Anna Robbins
  • Sara Wilkens
  • Rachel Fisher
  • Hannah Halbrook
  • Baylee Minton
  • Hope Hartmann
  • Dev Patel
  • Callum Appel
  • Emily Langston
  • Aman Patel
  • Lincoln Smith
  • Abigail Watters
  • Elizabeth Geittmann
  • Carmen Worthington
  • Jackson Caudill
  • Cecilia Odenbaugh
  • Elaine Vazquez
  • Donovan Schultz
  • Hailey Chrapek
  • Trix-Nico Gebele
  • Danielle Parisi
  • Madeline Folz
  • Jordan McKinney
  • Caleb Sellers
  • Chloe Campbell
  • Michael Ikejiani
  • Elizabeth McCook
  • Mitchell Matthews
  • Cynthia Spaetti
  • Sean Froidcoeur
  • Evan Waggoner
  • Cecilia Barmes
  • Koby Durbin
  • Tad Specht
  • Cassidy Hood
  • Madeline Adamson
  • Daniela Castillo Daura
  • Dalton Lampert
  • Alexa Markl
  • Chloe Bontrager
  • Hannah Bryan
  • Katherine Doty
  • Delaney Ross
  • Hannah Tarr
  • Hailey Autenrieb
  • Haley Curtis
  • Olivia Barclay
  • Sally Steffens
  • Anya Arora
  • Hayley Laidlaw
  • Reagan Nowaskie
  • Rachel Shultz
  • Abigail Daniel
  • Sophie Lindner
  • Austin Hernandez
  • Corwin Krippel
  • Nora Ruotolo
  • John Smith
  • Samantha Fowler
  • Brandon Gibson
  • Emily Palmisano
  • Jarett Osborne
  • Savanah Summerfield
  • John Sutter
  • Sydney Wilbur
  • Grant Kay
  • Nicole Benati
  • Daniel Griffaton
  • Allison Enchelmayer
  • Rachel Taylor
  • Allyse Hardy
  • Kaitlyn Collins
  • Brian Woodard
  • Abigail Batdorf
  • Macy Beard
  • Micah Johnson
  • Kylee Peck
  • Isabella Ehrick
  • May Anderson
  • Chloe Brzozowski
  • Jonathan Finn
  • Evelyn Hipp
  • Sara Mathew
  • Gabriel Smothers
  • Sarah Tuma
  • Abigail Marlin
  • Amanda Ward
  • John Erickson
  • Abbigail Lenk
  • Samantha Schmidt
  • Charlie Watts
  • Mayray Sung
  • Alexis Carpenter
  • Samantha Anderson
  • Austin Faulkner
  • Olivia Doyle
  • Claire Stout
  • Joseph Gardner
  • Sadie Scovern
  • Zorah Mehrzad
  • Olivia Wilson
  • Emily Burlison
  • Rebecca Conaway
  • McAllister Stowell
  • Alexys Bolin
  • Chloe Burns
  • Mary Butler
  • Olivia Oswald
  • Noah Stabler
  • Mikayla Duffy
  • Annie Kim
  • Kynzie Combs
  • Chasity Carner
  • Samuel Tarter
  • Annabelle Faith
  • Delaney Rasche
  • Laura Dunlap
  • Benton Simpson
  • Elizabeth Stainback
  • Logan Lampert
  • Natalie Wolf
  • Elnora Stewart
  • Katelyn Thomason
  • Blake Froedge
  • Haley Dreyer
  • Jared Bailey
  • Trenton Barbee
  • Ashley Barnett
  • Xinyue Bi
  • Rachel Black
  • Evan Book
  • Olivia Brames
  • Corinna Cagle
  • Olivia Campbell
  • Kate Clarke
  • Kienan Corcoran
  • Alyssa DeCorrevont
  • Cassandra Dunn
  • Carissa Eckroth
  • Merris Egloff
  • Baylee Geng
  • Hannah Girten
  • Ashley Gray
  • Hannah Hall
  • Keri Hammers
  • Rebecca Harwood
  • Lauren Hill
  • Claire Himstedt
  • Alfred Ijeomah
  • Angela Jansen
  • Fae-Siri Keighley
  • Samantha Kinnevan
  • Paige Kirkey
  • Dallas Koth
  • Bailey Lomax
  • Kirkland Long
  • Gabriela Mancuso
  • Katherine Maue
  • Hannah McAlister
  • Elise Moeller
  • Austin Nickens
  • Olivia Pedersen
  • Herbert Perlman
  • Lindsey Phillips
  • Brynn Radak
  • Tyla Rasche
  • Kylee Rathgeber
  • Rebecca Riggs
  • Benjamin Roberts
  • Erin Rowlett
  • Margaret Scarberry
  • Grace Sinclair
  • Bryan Stevens
  • Makayla Stewart
  • Sophia Toth
  • Kira Ulrich
  • Isabell Vetter
  • Loretta Wachter
  • Paige Webster
  • Macy Wilson
  • McKenzie Young

College of Education and Health Sciences

  • Luke Robertson
  • Alyssa McMinn
  • Laney Olson
  • Abigail Repking
  • Geordan Blades
  • Madison Donofrio
  • Alexandra Eyler
  • Abigail Faltus
  • Jillian Happe
  • Marah Wood
  • Peyton Beller
  • Emily Burleson
  • Khalesia Lange
  • Hannah Gourley
  • Blake Johnson
  • Chloe Carlin
  • Laura Hart
  • Meghan Hillenbrand
  • Jacy Hughes
  • Julia Libby
  • Michaela Nurrenbern
  • Adeline O'Brian
  • Ianglen Sung
  • Phoebe August
  • Brandi Dore
  • Allison Roach
  • Rachael Walker
  • Kameron Graber
  • Austin Yoder
  • Laura Crouch
  • Caitlin O'Donnell
  • Megan Brenton
  • Sveva Brugnoli
  • MacGuire Butterfield
  • Kristen Harvey
  • Jossie Hudson
  • Elise O'Risky
  • Jeremy Pennington
  • Kimberly Zamora
  • Grace Reisinger
  • Madeleine Vinson
  • Anna Bury
  • Nolan Hobgood
  • Emily McMonigle
  • Savannah Watson
  • Alexa Wheeler
  • Kara Yunker
  • Alayna Acree
  • Zoe Dennis
  • Noah Wolf
  • Hayden Folz
  • Elizabeth Siverly
  • Claire Griffy
  • Elise Payne
  • Meredith Rielly
  • Nishita Trivedi
  • Tressa Hodge
  • Haydn Johnston
  • Georgia Katsonouri
  • Carina Kessens
  • Carson Kline
  • Monique Landrum
  • Elijah Rohleder
  • Tyler Strantz
  • Jerryn Swingle
  • Emily Bonenberger
  • Ava Bourn
  • Megan Criss
  • Kayla Hughes
  • Mallory Singer
  • Chelsie Edwards
  • Zoe Frossard
  • Sierra Knapp
  • Kelsey Miller
  • Hannah Rhodes
  • Carissa Ward
  • Sydney Weatherford
  • Margo Wittmer
  • Lindsey Field
  • Grace Frasier
  • Alon Baer
  • Annelise Brown
  • Elise Deeg
  • Ross Knepp
  • Kyle Billhartz
  • Cassandra Bykowicz
  • Zachary Dove
  • Madeline Ebbott
  • Gwyneth Gorley
  • Abigail Groenewold
  • Joshua Heuck
  • Brianna Kelly
  • Isabel Lynch
  • Sadie Obenauer
  • Lillieann Oelker
  • Kathryn Williams
  • Ellie Cassidy
  • Amberly Jacob
  • Luciano Albanese
  • Rebecca Crow
  • Caroline Laird
  • Hannah Stocks
  • Emily Fortune
  • Mary Franklin
  • Makayla Healy
  • Olivia McIntire
  • Madison O'Daniel
  • Joey Shreve
  • Lyndsay Deal
  • Dyrena Darrett
  • Danielle Henderson
  • Ellen Messer
  • Tiffany Weisman
  • Jodi Willenbrink
  • Emily Vasquez
  • Sarah Dottavio
  • Megan Fulhorst
  • Allyson Jordens
  • Olivia Ommen
  • Shelby Zins
  • Apryl Stahl
  • Carmen Alford
  • Hannah Barger
  • Brady Boring
  • Sara Budd
  • Mackenzie Carter
  • Makenna DeCapua
  • Evan Dekker
  • Haley Elpers
  • Paige Gehl
  • Cara Hand
  • Brooke Lasher
  • Kyleigh Mayer
  • Eli Minar
  • Justin Nichols
  • Adam Oulgout
  • Claire Reiman
  • River Remble
  • Maria Roshel
  • Emma Slavkin
  • Brian Tong
  • Alexandria Treadway
  • Mallory Weber
  • Tasha Wiseman
  • Joshua Wong
  • Keri Zumbahlen
  • Emma McConnell
  • Taylor Rapp
  • Sophia Rodil
  • Delaney Herrmann
  • Sydney Koplinski
  • Faith Macy
  • Kalee Muth
  • Dylan Saint-Pre
  • Isabelle Stapp
  • Tarakate Thompson
  • Luke Watts
  • Allison McDonald
  • Ashton Wilson
  • Dawson Beers
  • Cassandra Gilmore
  • Griffin Hammett
  • Hannah Rawhoof
  • Olivia Frayer
  • Emily Bickel
  • Hannah Conley
  • Neeley Correll
  • Kathryn Heiny
  • Kennah Keller
  • Matthew Lee
  • Hannah Seibert
  • Bailee Speicher
  • Emily Spiller
  • Caleb Stevenson
  • Grace Trefren
  • Imelda Salgado
  • Alyssa Howell
  • Xia Stafford
  • Akane Suzuki
  • Jessica Steele
  • Jara Braunecker
  • Emily Munday
  • Rachel Rosborough
  • Olivia Spencer
  • Francesco Komyatte
  • Karissa Dowd
  • Lyndie Foster
  • Erin Marx
  • Emily Brown
  • Katharine Frerichs
  • Abigail Hatcher
  • Krista Kellar
  • Jenna Littlejohn
  • Giovanni Purser
  • Alexia Recinella
  • Catherine Shafer
  • Justin Zumbahlen
  • Fatimah Albahrani
  • Breah Bailey
  • Ryan Melvin
  • Mallory Russell
  • Caleb Wassmer
  • Sarah Felts
  • Emilee Scheumann
  • Noah Blake
  • Sydney Bachman
  • Elizabeth Bell
  • Katheryn Bell
  • Dakota Blankenship
  • Emma Boebinger
  • Alexandria Brothers
  • Claire Brown
  • Corinne Buchanan
  • Abbey Chapman
  • Raphaello Colasito
  • Madeline Craig
  • Andrew Cvelbar
  • Emily Duckworth
  • Lauren Fischer
  • Nathan Fischer
  • Savannah Freels
  • Janson Garman
  • Nicholas Gerber
  • Brady Gogel
  • Katherine Goslak
  • Joshua Graves
  • Ethan Gray
  • Katlyn Hands
  • Alexa Hopf
  • Jasmine Jones
  • Rachel Jones
  • Sarah Kelley
  • Alan Kerstiens
  • Quinn Kidd
  • Amy Lannan
  • Erin Linscott
  • Karnesha March
  • Hadley Martin
  • Samuel McNichols
  • Julia Meadows
  • Kyli Miles
  • Elizabeth Miller
  • Savanna Mills
  • Kaitlynn Moffatt
  • Gaven Moore
  • Schyler Motz
  • Erin Nixon
  • Jami Nobbe
  • Ashton Padgett
  • Simon Paez Abedanck
  • Brooke Pentecost
  • Marlana Pleak
  • Dasha Pottgiesser
  • Kortney Quinn
  • Lauren Rech
  • Katherine Reed
  • Morgan Ribaudo
  • Sydney Richter
  • Olivia Rodd
  • Kelly Roth
  • Katelyn Sander
  • McKenna Sapp
  • Madelyn Schroeder
  • Kylie Shourds
  • Maggie Southwood
  • Abigail Thomason
  • Sydney Thurwalker
  • Lauren Tomich
  • Emma Vassy
  • Paige Weintraut
  • Nicolette Wickes
  • Emily Wolak
  • Audrey Wuertz

College of Business and Engineering

  • Jeffery Coulter
  • Luke Leffert
  • Eric Harpenau
  • Darian Kuhn
  • Dalton Clark
  • Owen Bryant
  • Wesley Fleischmann
  • Nicholas Gushrowski
  • Henry Hall
  • Sarah Lambright
  • Kaleb Werner
  • Ethan Abney
  • Alejandro Malla
  • Riccardo Di Domenico
  • Justin Fritch
  • Gabriel Gries
  • Brendon Herrin
  • Alexander Sagers
  • Caleb Peters
  • Emily Wiebe
  • Trevor Seufert
  • Bradan Bruce
  • Elayna Walters
  • Ellora Daily
  • Jackson Maurer
  • Kyaw Kyaw Htun
  • Dylan Mofield
  • Auberi Grubb
  • Ashlyn Thompson
  • Ethan Garvey
  • Kourtney Hauk
  • Samer Nassif
  • Macy Campbell
  • Tyler Denu
  • Soomin Ko
  • Alexis Speitel
  • Garrett Wood
  • Carlos Souto Vilas
  • Ethan Ziegler
  • Porter Pomykal
  • Jonathan Scott
  • Benjamin Stuart
  • Henry Kiel
  • Warda Alaisari
  • Sara Albalushi
  • Oliver Hald
  • Abigail Johnson
  • Preston Thornton
  • McKenna Tutt
  • Kaylen Beard
  • Carly Frazier
  • John Gerth
  • David Martin
  • Magdalen Newcomb
  • Jenna Nink
  • Marissa Shook
  • Hannah Watkins
  • Ashtyn Baxter
  • Magdalena Borisova
  • Max Dehen
  • Crispin Ewen
  • Jasmine Hauser
  • Erin Kleffman
  • Carson Parker
  • Katherine Boots
  • Logan Replogle
  • Laura Ruiz
  • Landon Stoll
  • Anna Watson
  • Steven Burkhart
  • Jobe Miller
  • Vidit Patel
  • Pratikchhaya Adhikari
  • Ethan Brawley
  • Emilie Hill
  • Michael Whitehead
  • Zocoyotzin Galindo-Ortiz
  • Sonsoles Aguayo Munoz
  • Dylan Arthur
  • Mark Bauer
  • Elisa Cardona
  • Hunter Davis
  • Parker Dierks
  • Alex Dodson
  • Alek Dunkelberger
  • Edward Friesel
  • Connor Fritch
  • Gage Gossman
  • John Helmerich
  • Connor Luebbehusen
  • Trey Riggs
  • Jackson Smith
  • Ahmed Solaiman
  • Lauren Stevenson
  • Alex Bauer
  • Benjamin Becher
  • James Buchanan
  • Julie Burkholder
  • Crayton Chesnut
  • Adam Dahou
  • Kendyl Guzman
  • Jakub Hall
  • Jacob Madden
  • Kristin Norris
  • Ellen Rohr
  • Joseph Rucinski
  • Daniel Setton
  • Pema Sherpa
  • Spencer Thompson
  • Katherine Tielking
  • Nicholas Tyring
  • Ifechi Umeh
  • Benjamin Welp
  • Megan Yoder

UE Offering Lineup of Summer Camps

Throughout the summer of 2022, the University of Evansville (UE) will offer several youth camps. Registration is now open for each camp, and parents can learn more and sign up their child by visiting evansville.edu/camps. The deadline to register for most camps is Friday, June 10, 2022.

Springboard 

In partnership with Black Lemonade, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to turning sour conflict into sweet and powerful solutions,” Springboard will give students the opportunity to learn about stereotypes throughout the world and identify ways to educate the masses on the truth using media outlets. Participants will learn from UE faculty and staff, engage with their peers, and volunteer with several organizations in the Evansville community.  

Springboard is open to high school students and will be held Monday through Friday, June 6 through July 22, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The cost is $120, and the deadline to register is Friday, June 3. 

Wesley Shepard Music Camp 

The UE Music Conservatory will host a weeklong camp for students entering grades 6-12 from Sunday, June 19, through Saturday, June 25. Those who have completed at least one year of band, orchestra, piano, private lessons, or similar experience are eligible to attend. 

The music camp will include experiences in band, orchestra, and piano. Students will rehearse and perform, receive specialized instruction, learn musicianship skills, and participate in other music-related activities. Lunch will be provided each day in Ridgway University Center. The cost to attend is $250. 

STEM Camp 

The UE Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics will jointly host an inaugural STEM camp for high school students. STEM education includes science, technology, engineering, and math. 

Rising students for grades 9-12 are invited to participate in hands-on exploration from June 20-25. The weeklong camp will cover several STEM topics, including energy in molecules, ecological interactions, DNA barcoding, data science, and more. Participants will also learn about STEM-based career discovery and undergraduate research. The cost of the camp is $250 and will last each day from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 

Exploring Art at UE 

The UE Department of Art is inviting the local youth to make all types of art in the studios on campus. Participants will get to draw, paint, dye, marbleize, and create jewelry alongside art faculty and students. At the end of the camp, students will take home a 106-piece art kit with a built-in easel for future creations. 

Exploring Art at UE will be offered the week of June 20-25, and the cost is $100. The camp will be split into two groups: students entering grades 2-5 will meet from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., and those entering grades 5-8 will meet from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. 

Dance Camp 

The inaugural Dance Camp will be held from June 22-25, and students will have the opportunity to learn ballroom, hip hop, modern dance, and more. Ballroom dances will include swing, rumba, foxtrot, and waltz. On the last day, a performance will be held. Campers will also receive in-depth dance lessons, a T-shirt, and breakfast and lunch. The cost of the camp is $200. 

Journey to Justice 

UE is also leading an 8-day Journey to Justice bus tour through cities of the South to explore the history of the civil rights movement. The trip is scheduled for July 16-23 and open to rising high school juniors and seniors. More information is available at evansville.edu/journeytojustice

The University strives to make summer camps accessible to all students regardless of their ability to pay. Thanks to generous funding from Lilly Endowment Inc., financial assistance could cover up to 90% of costs for those in need. Funds are limited, so parents and guardians are encouraged to apply early. Visit evansville.edu/camps to register for all camps, and the pre-registration will include financial assistance questions. 

Embrace's Jacobsville Advantage Receives $15K Investment from Fifth Third

Embrace, the University of Evansville (UE) student-run marketing and communications agency, will continue offering discounted services to local businesses through the Jacobsville Advantage. Fifth Third Bank provided an initial $25,000 grant to kickstart the endeavor, and they have recently invested an additional $15,000 to support ongoing services. 

The Jacobsville Advantage was launched in October 2021 to help fuel growth and development for businesses in the Jacobsville community. Since that time, Embrace has taken on six clients, some of which include Foster Care in the US, Gayla Cake, Jacobsville Community Cooperative, The Jacobsville Fine Arts Association, and Zesto. Projects with these businesses have included website creation and redesign, flyers, video advertisements, social media, and more. 

“Working with the Jacobsville community has been one of the best opportunities for Embrace,” said Ellen Rohr, CEO of the agency. “We were able to help a variety of businesses with diverse marketing needs. My hope is that this will be a program that can help small businesses grow for many years to come.” 

Any business owner in the Jacobsville community can apply to receive marketing services at discounted rates. Embrace uses a stairstep approach for pricing, with the initial five hours beginning at $10 per hour. Rates increase up to and max out at $50 after 35 hours of service. To learn more or schedule an appointment with the team, owners should visit jacobsvilleadvantage.org

Although senior students of Embrace will graduate on May 7, the agency wants to continue serving the Jacobsville community and finding innovative solutions for business owners. Seven new members will be added to Embrace, and each bring unique capabilities to the dynamic team. With Fifth Third Bank’s $15,000 investment, the incoming team is eager to continue creating positive change and supporting local businesses. 

"Fifth Third Bank is thrilled to continue supporting the Jacobsville Advantage Program in partnership with Embrace,” shared Neely Pierce, city president of Fifth Third Bank. “This community is extremely deserving of these much-needed marketing and business resources, and we look forward to being a part of their continued success.” 

Eyewitness News covered the story and included interviews from business owners, which you can view here.

About Embrace 

Embrace Marketing and Communications was founded in October 2018 at the University of Evansville to provide students with real-world business experience. Its mission is to provide its clients with innovative, high-quality marketing and communications services. For more information, please visit embracemarcomm.com

UE Men’s Basketball parts ways with Lickliter

Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried, EdD, director of athletics at the University of Evansville (UE), has announced the departure of head men’s basketball coach Todd Lickliter, effective immediately.

“I have had the opportunity to meet with Coach Lickliter and it is obvious that he is an outstanding individual who cares greatly for this University and our student-athletes,” said Siegfried. “Todd and his staff have exemplified the true meaning and purpose of a Purple Ace. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

Lickliter assumed the head coaching position on January 21, 2020 and directed the program through the COVID-19 pandemic. The highlight of his tenure came during the 2020-21 season when he orchestrated a 7-game Missouri Valley Conference turnaround while leading the Aces to a top five finish in the league standings.

A national search for Lickliter’s replacement will begin immediately.

Thananatthanachon, Lampkins Invested as Wargel Endowed Chairs of Academic Programs

On May 2, 2022, the University of Evansville held an investiture ceremony for two faculty members: Todsapon Thananatthanachon, PhD; and Andrew Lampkins, PharmD, PhD. Both individuals were invested as the Wargel Endowed Chair of their respective programs, which was made possible due to a generous gift from Bob and Judy Wargel. 

Thananatthanachon, or known by his colleagues and students as “Dr. Tod,” will now serve as the Wargel Endowed Chair in Chemistry for the Wargel Department of Chemistry in the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences. As an associate professor, he teaches a variety of courses and maintains an active research group in the area of organometallic chemistry, green chemistry, and catalysis. Dr. Tod also serves as a faculty research advisor for the Chemistry Club, and he established an annual Chemistry Club Lecture Series that invites distinguished researchers in all areas of chemistry to present on campus. 

Lampkins was invested as the Wargel Endowed Chair in Physician Assistant Science for the Master of Physician Assistant Science program in the College of Education and Health Sciences. After earning his PhD in organic and medical chemistry, he completed a Walther Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame. Before he became an associate professor for the physician assistant program, he was an assistant professor and inaugural G. Richard and Rita ’59 Eykamp Endowed Chair in Chemistry.  

Following the formal ceremony, which was held in UE’s Neu Chapel, guests were invited to a reception where UE unveiled the Robert and Judy Decker Wargel Department of Chemistry. The department and its new signage are located on the third floor of Koch Center for Engineering and Science. 

Bob and Judy Wargel are two alumni and friends of the University whose generosity has supported remarkable student experiences, cutting edge faculty research, and continuously enhanced academics. They met one another at UE, and both earned degrees in chemistry. After successful careers, the Wargels followed their love of volunteering and passion for improving health and wellness in third-world countries. They also gave countless hours to the Department of Chemistry by sponsoring summer internships for students and establishing a planned gift to the department. 

Thananatthanachon, Lampkins Invested as Wargel Endowed Chairs of Academic Programs

Dr. Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried named UE Director of Athletics

Turning the page into a new era of Purple Aces athletics, University of Evansville President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz announced the hiring of Dr. Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried as the new Director of Athletics. Siegfried will officially be introduced today at a 2:00 p.m. press conference inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

“I have been delighted with our partnership with Turnkey. They listened to our campus community and especially our student athletes, attracting a world class pool of candidates,” said Pietruszkiewicz. “We hired a leader with a proven track record of success for our athletic department, our University, and our community. We said we would hire the right person for UE — and we did.” 

Siegfried joins the University of Evansville from California State University Bakersfield (CSUB) where he has served as the Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs since August of 2015. In his role at CSUB, Siegfried has successfully led an athletic program that is comprised of 16 varsity sports programs with over 300 student-athletes and 90 employees. One of the highlights of his tenure at CSUB was when he succeeded in securing an invitation for CSUB to join the Big West Conference. 

“It is an honor to join the University of Evansville, the athletic department, and the Evansville community. This is a special place with a great deal of potential,” Siegfried said. “I would like to thank President Pietruszkiewicz for presenting me with this opportunity. My appreciation also goes out to the advisory committee and TurnkeyZRG.” 

Siegfried transformed the athletic department during his tenure at CSUB through the development of a new strategic plan, the creation of a comprehensive master facilities plan, and the commencement of a variety of major construction projects. Under his direction, CSUB generated the largest amount of revenue in the history of the department while achieving high ticket sales and securing significant donations and corporate sponsorships.  

Putting an emphasis on academics is a pivotal part of Siegfried’s blueprint. During his tenure, CSUB set records in Graduation Success Rates (GSR), departmental GPAs, and Academic Progress Rates (APR). Siegfried has also been active at the university, conference, and national level throughout his career. On a national level, he serves on the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) Board and is in his third year serving on the NCAA Accelerating Academic Success Program Committee. 

At the conference level, he serves on the Big West Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, the D1-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team Committee and has served on the conference championships committee for both the Western Athletic Conference and the Big West Conference. 

“I am excited to lead a talented group of student-athletes, coaches, and staff members as we strive to be the best at what we do in the classroom, in competition, and in the community. Together, we will strive to give our student-athletes an experience that is second to none,” Siegfried added. “The Purple Aces are Evansville’s team, and we are going to actively engage our community from day one. My wife, my children, and I are excited to call Evansville home.” 

Prior to his arrival in Bakersfield, Siegfried worked at the University of Memphis for eight years on the Senior Staff within the Athletics Department while serving on the University fundraising leadership team during a successful $250 million campaign. During his time at U of M, Siegfried helped to raise $16 million that went into the transformation of the athletic facilities.  

Siegfried attended the University of Memphis where he earned a bachelor’s degree in education and sports management in 2003. He earned his Master of Science in sports administration from Middle Tennessee State University in 2004 and completed his Doctor of Education from the University of Memphis in 2019. A native of Memphis, Siegfried and his wife, Karen, have five children: William, Samuel, Caroline, Miriam, and their late sister Delilah.

Dr. Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried named UE Director of Athletics

UE Leading 8-Day Civil Rights Bus Tour in July 2022

For the second year in a row, the University of Evansville will lead an eight-day civil rights bus tour in July that will explore historical sites and landmarks in cities of the South. Students on this trip will learn important, valuable lessons at each stop for an impactful experience of personal reflection and application within their own communities. Journey to Justice is open to rising high school juniors and seniors and current students of UE, and registration is open through June 10, 2022. Scholarships are available for students in need. 

From July 16-23, 2022, travelers will visit museums, churches, and other culturally rich destinations across the cities of Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma, Alabama; Memphis, Tennessee; and Louisville, Kentucky. Sites will include the Rosa Parks Museum, Edmund Pettus Bridge, National Civil Rights Institute, Beale Street, and the Muhammad Ali Center. Before departing UE for the trip, students will also visit the Evansville African American Museum.  

Through Journey to Justice, students can earn three college credits that are applied toward general education requirements or the ethics and social change major. Some assignments, such as journal entries and film viewings, will be completed on the trip, while others will be completed after returning home. 

The cost of the trip is $1575 for high school students and includes tuition and travel. For questions about scholarships, please email vs9@evansville.edu.  

Journey to Justice is made possible through the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc. To register, or for more information, visit the Journey to Justice page. 

UE Offering Archaeology Field School at Harlaxton

This June, the University of Evansville (UE) will lead the first archaeological excavation on the grounds of its overseas study abroad center, Harlaxton College. The 30-day Archaeology Field School is open to both beginning and experienced archaeologists. Learners of all ages from anywhere in the United States and United Kingdom can join. The deadline to register is May 2, 2022.

Harlaxton College is housed in an exquisite, 19th-century Victorian manor located in the countryside of Lincolnshire, England, near the town of Grantham. Every semester, the manor welcomes students from UE and other partner institutions across the nation, and they complete general education and program-specific courses while immersed in British culture. 

The Archaeology Field School will focus on the Walled Garden Project, a carbon-negative initiative that will allow greater access and engagement opportunities to the Harlaxton community and visitors. The dig will begin in the “Thunder House” of the long-abandoned gardener’s cottage. Participants will look to uncover the forgotten lives of those who helped run the manor, reveal traces of the site’s prehistoric past, and investigate WWI training trenches. The Archaeology Field School is offered in partnership with the Enabled Archaeology Foundation and a range of local community history and archaeology societies. 

Regardless of participants’ skill sets, the field-based learning will cover excavation and survey techniques, understanding mapping and recording, and how to correctly trowel. Participants will also attend a British Studies seminar with a leading professor and expert in the field. College students are eligible to earn course credit through the experience and can choose from archaeology or British studies options. 

“The opportunity to have a field school this summer at Harlaxton makes me beyond grateful,” said Emily Stammitti, PhD, program coordinator and director of the Archaeology Field School at Harlaxton. “The support we have received from both the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as the county of Lincolnshire, has been inspiring. Our hope is to report findings after the conclusion of the dig and to continue this good work into the future.” 

Space is limited, so interested individuals are encouraged to register soon. Visit evansville.edu/fieldschool

UE Presents Vanderburgh County Educators of the Year

On Wednesday, April 6, the University of Evansville (UE) presented four individuals in Vanderburgh County with Outstanding Educator Awards. Each educator received a surprise announcement within their school as part of UE’s 31st annual presentation of awards. 

The competition, which is specific to Vanderburgh County, recognizes current classroom teachers and building principals in grades K-12 with at least three years of experience. The Outstanding Educator Awards for Vanderburgh County are sponsored by UE, Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union, and the Evansville Courier & Press. 

The following awards were presented on Wednesday: 

Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year: Kenneth “Kennan” Barnett, sixth grade teacher at Vogel Elementary                                     

Kennan has been teaching for five years, all of which have been spent at Vogel Elementary. This year, he began teaching English and language arts, math, science, and social studies at the fifth-grade level. 

As a teacher, his goal is to ensure each student leaves his classroom having grown academically, emotionally, and socially. By creating a safe learning environment where students respect one another and value hard work and positivity, he hopes students will thrive outside of the school walls.   

“On a daily basis, I remind my students that they have control over very few things in their life, but they will always have full control over their work ethic and attitude,” said Kennan. “Anything they may lack in skill, they will always make up for with these two traits.” 

The pandemic has taught Kennan a lot about adaptability. He was a physical education teacher before COVID-19 arrived. While he planned to continue this path, a large influx of students returning from Virtual Academy required additional teachers in the classroom. Kennan saw this as an opportunity to grow and expand upon his experience. “I went from locomotor movements and manipulative skills in PE to explaining the area of parallelograms and how to write a first-person narrative essay,” he said. “I never saw myself outside of the gym, but now I have built strong relationships with my team and my amazing students, and I can’t imagine leaving the classroom.” 

Last year, Kennan had the opportunity to pilot a program, titled “Gentleman’s Academy,” for sixth grade boys at Vogel. Being the only male teacher in the school, he wanted to ensure the boys had a positive male mentor in life that they could always rely on. The program specifically helps those with a low sense of belonging or high frequency of behavior issues. The boys are paired with a staff member that they trust and meet with daily. The staff members build trust with the students as they support them academically, socially, and behaviorally. Bi-monthly meetings also incorporate helpful lessons, such as budgeting, tipping at restaurants, and spending quality time with family members. 

Outstanding Middle School Teacher of the Year: Lori Kassel-Reed, special education teacher for grades 6-8 at Washington Middle School 

Lori Kassel-Reed teaches English and language arts, social studies, social skills, and resource skills for students in grades 6-8 with emotional disabilities. Some of her additional roles at Washington include being a spelling bee sponsor, coach for girls’ track, and an enrichment teacher for summer school. 

With 16 years of teaching experience, Lori believes that every child can learn and reach their potential when teachers tailor their approaches to student strengths and weaknesses.  

Of those years, she has spent the last eight working with students who have experienced and are working through some type of trauma. This can include abuse, homelessness, incarceration, or self-harm.  

“In this classroom, you will see some amazingly strong and resilient children who are doing their best to better themselves so they can move to general education classrooms,” Lori said. “There is a lot of love, laughter, and healing in this room.”  

Because the goal is to move students out of the room, Lori runs a tightly scheduled class with clearly defined expectations and a focus on behavior. She teaches self-regulation and coping skills; she encourages them to face challenges in life and overcome them. 

“I let my students see my mistakes and share with them my own personal challenges,” she said. “I have a very strong track record of getting my students back into the general education classrooms, and I feel that’s due to building that trust and honesty with them.” 

In nominating Lori for an Outstanding Educator Award, an individual said that “she is the most selfless person [they] have ever met. She deserves the award because she is a genuinely good, caring person and teacher.”  

Outstanding High School Teacher of the Year: Brian Bobbitt, Master Teacher for Project Lead the Way at North High School 

At North High School, Brian Bobbitt teaches engineering and robotics. It’s part of Project Lead the Way (PLTW), which develops STEM curricula for K-12 teachers. For the 2019-2020 school year, he was named the National Project Lead the Way Outstanding Teacher. 

As the Master Teacher of this program, Brian has had the opportunity to train other teachers across the nation to use PLTW curricula for engineering classes. It has proven to be beneficial to him, too, as he is always learning from those he is fortunate enough to teach. 

“Simply put, I love what I do,” he said. “My dad always said, ‘pick something you love to do, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.’” Brian has always enjoyed teaching, and he especially likes the subject area of engineering. However, his favorite part of the job is watching students develop ideas and come up with their own solutions. In his career, he has seen students grow a love for learning and stretch their expectations to do even better.  

“For all students who make their way to the engineering labs, my goal is to ensure they leave with the ability to solve problems as well as a lifelong passion for learning more,” he said. 

Brian implemented a robotics team at North just a few years ago, and now the students compete at district, regional, and state events. Students not only get a chance to grow beyond the normal scope of the curriculum, but they always have a chance to meet and work with engineers from Toyota, Berry Global, Mead-Johnson, and Sabic. Brian is thrilled to see these students make career connections before graduating high school, several of which have led to summer internships. 

A nomination for Brian noted his enthusiasm for engineering, as well as the confidence he instills in his students. “His passion for STEM projects is contagious, and he helps students see how they can use their skills to give back to their community,” the form said. 

Outstanding Building Principal of the Year: Aaron Huff, Principal of Bosse High School 

Aaron Huff has been in the education field for 19 years, and this is his fourth year as the principal for Bosse High School. He is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, in which he serves as the advocacy chair, governance chair, and executive director of the search committee. He is also part of the steering committee and board of directors. In December, Aaron expects to earn his doctoral degree. 

Since becoming the principal of Bosse, Aaron has been focused on leading the instructional leadership team to improve employee performance and student outcomes. The school has also been working to improve chronic absenteeism among students. He noted that COVID-19 has created additional challenges in navigating this, but he and the teachers have created an environment of seeking continual improvement. 

Aaron firmly believes kids must learn no matter what, and some students will need very little support while others may need coaching or encouragement. “Our ability to create change in students’ lives depends on developing a meaningful relationship with them,” he said. “We are responsible for creating conditions that promote academic and personal success for all students.” 

To unlock students’ success and realization of their own gifts, Aaron says the same must be done with teachers. As an administrator, he is focused on removing barriers to improvement and dismantling systems that maintain the status quo. He thinks it is important to “find ways to get to yes and then get out of the way.” 

Most recently, Aaron struck a collaborative partnership with Toyota Indiana. Course offerings and instruction will align with Toyota’s qualities in entry-level employees, and students will be offered a position with the manufacturer immediately after graduation. The “Toyota 4T” program will launch this fall, and Aaron is confident it will significantly impact the landscape of education and student outcomes at Bosse. 

Holly Carter Appointed Executive Director and Dean of Harlaxton College

On the unanimous recommendation of a search committee consisting of faculty, staff, and members of the University of Evansville Board of Trustees, UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz announces that Holly Carter, PhD, will be the new executive director and dean of Harlaxton College, the University’s study abroad center. She has been serving in an interim role as principal for the past two years. 

Harlaxton College is housed in an exquisite, 200-room Victorian manor built in the 1850s and located in the countryside of Lincolnshire, England, near the town of Grantham. The first students to study abroad at the manor were welcomed in 1971, and over the last five decades, it has been a second home to thousands of students. Immersed in the culture of British life, students can spend a semester overseas completing both general education and program-specific courses while touring other popular European destinations. Harlaxton provides study abroad opportunities for UE students and for students at the University's partner institutions across the nation. 

Dr Holly Carter

Carter will supervise both the academic services of Harlaxton College as well as its business operations. As the dean, she will join the UE academic affairs leadership team and will be responsible for Harlaxton’s curriculum, assessment, course scheduling, and ongoing partnerships with other universities. As the executive director, she will manage filming opportunities as well as bookings for weddings and conferences. 

"Holly has been an exemplary leader at Harlaxton for the past two years, especially in the midst of challenges brought on by the pandemic,” said Pietruszkiewicz. “She brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and innovation to this new role, and we are confident she will lead Harlaxton to new levels of outreach and success for the next generations of study abroad students.” 

Prior to taking on the role of interim principal, Carter served as the director of programs for Harlaxton College as well as the director of education abroad. 

“I am humbled and honored to be placed in this position of trust,” said Carter.  “Harlaxton means so much to me and to so many people in Evansville and beyond. In my new role, I will endeavor to keep the manor and the college thriving for generations to come.” 

Holly Carter Appointed Executive Director and Dean of Harlaxton College

Lilly Endowment Inc. Awards UE $1 Million for Youth Programs

The University of Evansville (UE) has received a grant of $1 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support the establishment of camps and afterschool programs for youth outreach in the Evansville community and beyond.  

With the grant, UE will also establish a new Office of Youth Programs. This department will develop and oversee PathFinder programs, which are designed to create a spark youth to consider and obtain a college education. With PathFinder, middle and high school students will explore various disciplines and engage in activities to help them intentionally design the future they want for themselves, their families, and their communities. Some of the initial PathFinder programs will include Springboard, STEM, Wesley Shepherd Music, UE Dance Company, and UE Explorers.  

Lilly Endowment made the grant through its initiative, Indiana Youth Programs on Campus, which is helping colleges and universities across Indiana develop new and strengthen existing efforts to provide enriching campus-based programs for students, ages 5 to 18. 

“At UE, we know that education transforms lives and communities,” said Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, president of UE. “Our PathFinder initiative will help youth to envision a future for themselves that begins with a college education. We are very grateful to Lilly Endowment for sharing this vision and always striving to support education for all.”  

Springboard  

In partnership with Black Lemonade, a non-profit organization, Springboard is designed to prepare and empower high school students of color and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds for life beyond grade 12. Guided by UE faculty, staff, and students, youth in this summer program will create positive change through the studying of various cultures and creation of podcasts, news stories, articles, and social media posts.    

Wesley Shepherd Music  

This week-long summer music camp, hosted by the UE Music Conservatory, will be designed for grades 6-12. It will include performances, instrument and vocal lessons, music theory, and more. Wesley Shepherd Music will be led by full-time faculty from the Conservatory, and current music students will also assist and mentor the youth.    

STEM Camp  

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is comprised of growing academic fields, and this camp is designed to increase youth interest in them. Heavy emphasis will be given to natural sciences and mathematics, and career options will be discussed for each field. Students entering grades 9-11 will engage in hands-on activities, experiments, and data analyses across chemistry, biology, and mathematics. Camp students will also shadow current UE students conducting undergraduate research projects.    

UE Dance Company  

Modeled after the nationally acclaimed Mad Hot Ballroom program, this five-day summer camp will be available for students entering grades 8-10. Each day, students will learn a new dance, such as the Rumba and Tango, and they will prepare for a showcase at the end of the week. Selected dancers at the camp will be invited to join a newly established Junior Aces Performance team, which performs at UE basketball games and other campus events.     

UE Explorers  

UE Explorers is an afterschool program that will debut in the fall of 2022. Each month, a rotating UE faculty member will lead middle school students in the exploration of a new academic area. This program will be delivered in partnership with local youth-serving agencies Dream Center Evansville, Potter’s Wheel, and the YCMA.    

About Lilly Endowment Inc.  

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders' wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education, and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana. 

Lilly Endowment Inc. Awards UE $1 Million for Youth Programs

UE Hires Search Firm for new Director of Athletics

In an effort to conduct a thorough national search for the next director of athletics, the University of Evansville has hired TurnkeyZRG to assist in the search process. TurnkeyZRG is universally known as one of the top search firms in the sports industry.  

UE has formed a diverse, nine-person advisory committee that includes current and former student-athletes, faculty, coaches, administrators, and trustees. The advisory committee, along with UE President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, will work collaboratively with TurnkeyZRG, led by managing director Chad Chatlos, in a national search for the next director of athletics. Chatlos specializes in senior executive searches across the sports industry with a focus on senior leadership roles in the ever-changing landscape of intercollegiate athletics. 

"I am confident that this advisory committee will assist in attracting an impressive pool of candidates who will focus on the student-athlete experience in competition and in the classroom, who will engage our campus, our friends, our fan base, and our community, who will build strong competitive programs, and who will support our coaches and athletics staff who build competitive skills and serve as mentors for future leaders,” said Pietruszkiewicz. 

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Mark Spencer steps down as UE Director of Athletics, University to conduct national search for replacement

University of Evansville Director of Athletics Mark D. Spencer announced on Friday that he is stepping down to pursue other opportunities after eight years of leading the Purple Aces. Spencer has served as athletic director at UE since September 2014.

“I am very proud of what I was able to accomplish during my tenure at the University of Evansville,” Spencer said. “The commitment, dedication and collaboration of the entire athletic department led to incredible growth and numerous memorable accomplishments during my tenure. With that said, it is time for a new voice to lead UE Athletics, and time for a new opportunity for my family and me. I look forward to being a fan and supporting Purple Aces Athletics as they are poised for great success.”

While at the University of Evansville, Spencer’s accomplishments included:

  • The women’s golf team winning its’ first ever Missouri Valley Conference championship and advancing to the NCAA tournament for the first time, the women’s volleyball program advancing to the 2021 NIVC Quarterfinals, marking the programs first post-season appearance ever, the men’s basketball team winning at Rupp Arena against #1 UK and the 2015 Collegeinsider.com post-season tournament, which is the first men’s basketball post-season tournament championship since the 1971 NCAA College Division National Championship, and adding the men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field programs.
  • An unwavering commitment for Purple Aces student-athletes to fulfill the University’s academic mission. During the 2020-21 academic year, 55% of all student athletes made the Dean’s List and all seventeen of UE’s Division I sports teams earning a GPA over 3.0. UE was recognized for having the highest Graduation Success Rate of any school in the Missouri Valley Conference.
  • Facility and rebranding of athletic and University marks, transforming the Meek’s Family Fieldhouse for women’s basketball and volleyball, including an Olympic grade TaraFlex volleyball competition floor. The installation of new scoreboards and sound systems for the baseball, softball and soccer facilities as well as a state-of-the-art Field Turf on German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun stadium.
  • Negotiating the University’s beverage provider agreement with Pepsi, as well as the multi-year Learfield IMG College and Nike/BSN Sports athletic department contracts generating significant revenues and cost savings across the University and athletic department.

“I greatly appreciate Mark’s contributions to the University of Evansville and UE Athletics, especially as colleges navigate all of the changes to higher education and collegiate athletics,” UE President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz said. “The department has seen a tremendous transformation during his tenure, and we are enormously grateful for his dedication, hard work, and teamwork. I wish Mark well in his future endeavors and am eager to watch his success.”

A national search for the next director of athletics will begin immediately.

Strong Outcomes Reported for 2021 Graduates

After surveying class of 2021 graduates, the University of Evansville (UE) is pleased to report that 95 percent of graduates were employed or pursuing further education within six months of graduation. The median salary of those employed full-time was $50,000.  

The survey, conducted annually, is a collaborative effort between the University’s Center for Career Development, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, and Office of Alumni and Parent Relations. Data was gathered from surveys at the time of graduation, as well as alumni surveys, academic department chairs, the National Student Clearinghouse, and other methods. Approximately 93 percent of 2021 graduates provided career information. 

Outcomes improved from the previous year, which saw slightly lower rates due to the pandemic’s effect on the economy. Those outcomes included 91 percent of graduates employed or in graduate school within six months of graduating, as well as a median salary of $47,500.  

“We are very committed at the University to provide an outstanding educational experience which includes essential career planning,” said Gene Wells, senior director of the Center for Career Development. “In addition to the hands-on training and internships students receive within their program, our office assists them with every step preparing for their future endeavors.” 

For nearly a decade, the Center for Career Development has implemented an “end to end” approach to career success. When a prospective student visits campus, they meet with the Center to review career interests, take a free career assessment, and explore future job opportunities. As a student, the Center offers appointments to assist with resumes and cover letters, mock interviews, and career advising. Job fairs are held throughout the year to connect students with local and regional employers. After graduation, the Center continues its outreach to alums to ensure each individual’s success. 

"It Started with a Moose" Exhibit on Display in Krannert Gallery

The University of Evansville presents "It Started with a Moose," a watercolor exhibit by Diane Ubelhor-Wunderlich, on display at the Krannert Gallery now through March 27, 2022. The gallery is located inside the Krannert Hall of Art and Music. The gallery is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. each day. 

A public reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2022, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The reception will be held in the Krannert Gallery. The exhibit and reception are part of the Emerging Contemporary Artist Lecture Series, sponsored by the Efroymson Family Fund and the UE Department of Art. 

Diane Ubelhor-Wunderlich studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where she developed a love for watercolor. In 2001 she attended a workshop in Montana by renowned wildlife artist, Robert Bateman, which advanced her interest in painting wildlife and the nature surrounding it. Ubelhor-Wunderlich has won several awards, and her work has been featured in multiple publications.  

"I have a variety of subjects that I enjoy painting, but wildlife has been one of my favorites," said Ubelhor-Wunderlich. "As I paint, I try to bring out those same emotions that were evoked in me when I took the photo. One of the most rewarding parts of my work is getting out in nature. Photography has recently taken a new place near to my heart - as I’ve gotten out in the field, I’ve learned so much about the birds and wildlife. God‘s beautiful creation indeed has no boundaries!"

For more information, contact the UE Art Department of Art at 812-488-2043, email art@evansville.edu, or visit the gallery's Facebook page

Theatre Presents "The Caucasian Chalk Circle"

The University of Evansville (UE) Theatre continues their spring 2022 season with Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, English version by Eric Bentley. Teeming with political overtones and a sharp look at human nature, this play, written at the end of World War II, retells the story of an innocent child claimed and fought over by two mothers, resulting in one of the most riveting trials ever staged. This production opens on Thursday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the May Studio Theatre. Additional performances are 7:30 p.m. on February 25 and 26, and at 2:00 p.m. on February 26 and 27.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle is directed by Obi Roberts, a senior theatre performance major from Arvada, Colorado. Angus Creech, a senior theatre studies major from Brooklyn, New York, serves as the scenic designer; Sara Mathew, a junior design and technology major from Union, Kentucky, is the costume designer; Stephen Boulmetis, associate professor of lighting design, serves as the lighting designer; guest artist Araceli Ramirez serves as the sound designer; Rebecca Conaway, a junior theatre studies major from Wellsburg, West Virginia, is the dramaturg; Madison Wilson, a junior stage management major from Fort Worth, Texas, is the stage manager, and Blake Cooper, assistant technical director and scene shop manager, serves as the technical director.

The cast features Jake Conrad, a junior performance major from Olympia, Washington, as the singer; Kayleigh Doyle, a senior performance major from McKinney, Texas, as Grusha; Aivelyn Karsten, a junior performance major from Clackamas, Oregon, as Simon; Josh Gelman, a senior performance major from Denver, Colorado, as Azdak; Ben Bravard, a junior performance major from Batavia, Ohio, as Governor and others; Liv Campbell, a senior performance major from Kingwood, Texas, as Delegate and others; Jack Cory, a junior performance major from Southlake, Texas, as Fat Prince and others; and Bryce Galvan, a junior performance major from West Carrollton, Ohio, as Adjutant and others; Lillie Kolich, a senior performance major from Albuquerque, New Mexico, as Governor’s wife and others; Kirkland Long, a senior performance major from Canal Winchester, Ohio, as Corporal and others; Jeff Parkinson, a junior performance major from Mercer Island, Washington, as Lavrenti and others; Lindsay Perr, a first-year performance major from Medford, New Jersey, as Sister-in-law and others; and Brynna Waters, a first-year performance major from Brownsburg, Indiana, as Shauwa and others.

In following industry standards, as established by the Broadway League, all audience members must show proof of COVID–19 vaccination or a negative test result taken within 48 hours of the date on their ticket. Upon arrival at the theatre, proof of vaccination/negative test result and an ID will be checked before each performance. In compliance with the UE Coronavirus Task Force guidelines, all audience members must remain masked when indoors on campus. Additionally, both Shanklin Theatre and the May Studio Theatre will be seated at no more than 50% capacity. The restrictions are in place to allow student actors to safely perform unmasked in both spaces.

Ticket prices are $12. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12 p.m. on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Seating is limited and tickets are available by calling 812-488-2031.

Three Civil Engineering Alums, Student Awarded Scholarships by APAI

The Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana (APAI) has named Alex Marie Dodson '21, Seth Mendel '21, and Samantha Weldon as 2021 APAI Scholars. The Civil Engineering graduates and student were recognized as award winners during the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Scholarship Awards Banquet, held in conjunction with the 2021 APAI Winter Conference and Expo on December 16th, 2021 at the Marriott East Hotel in Indianapolis.

Scholarships are awarded by the APAI Scholarship Committee to students studying construction management, civil engineering, and construction engineering and management at six nationally accredited Indiana universities, including the University of Evansville. Students must complete an in-person interview with members of the Scholarship Committee to receive an award. The total amount of scholarships awarded in 2021 by the association totaled $50,000 to deserving scholars, in anticipation that many recipients will remain in Indiana and seek employment opportunities with APAI's member contractors.

$1.9 Million Estate Gift to Support Music Conservatory

The University of Evansville (UE) has received a $1.9 million gift from the Nancy Shepard Estate, with designation to three separate areas within the UE Music Conservatory.  

Nancy Shepard, who hailed from southern Illinois, attended Evansville College for elementary education. Halfway through college, she decided to change her major. In 1968, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education. After marrying her husband, Wesley, she earned a Master of Arts in 1971. She would spend the next three decades of her career as a band director for schools, instilling a love of music in thousands of students. 

The gift will fund three areas: the Nancy L. Shepard Endowed Scholarship for Wind and Percussion Students, the O. Wesley Shepard Memorial Scholarship, and the Nancy L. and O. Wesley Shepard Endowed Guest Artist Series. 

The Nancy L. Shepard Endowed Scholarship for Wind and Percussion Students will provide financial assistance for music education majors who wish to pursue a career as a band director. The O. Wesley Shepard Memorial Scholarship was established by his friends and former students upon his retirement in 1972. The scholarship supports students who are clarinet or music education majors and are part of the University band. 

As husband and wife, Nancy and Wesley were deeply involved in music and saw its purpose in expanding the minds and talents of students. They believed guest artists could have a positive impact on college music programs. The Nancy L. and O. Wesley Shepard Endowed Guest Artist Series will be utilized annually to welcome guest artists of significant stature to UE. The artist will work with students in the classroom or through master classes, and they will hold a music performance available for the enjoyment of the local community. 

“Our Music Conservatory is tremendously grateful for the generosity of Nancy Shepard and her passion for music that will benefit our students for years to come,” said Ken Steinsultz, co-director of the UE Music Conservatory and director of bands. “We are equipping music educators of the future who will carry on Nancy’s legacy and help generations of students, just as she did in her own career.” 

The UE Music Conservatory is a community of students and artist-teachers working together to achieve artistic excellence and professional results. Curriculum combined with active learning gives students the extensive experience needed for any degree offered, including music education, music therapy, and more. The Community Conservatory provides creative outlets for locals, including private lessons, the Suzuki method, summer camps, community ensembles, and classes. Become a member today at evansville.edu/community-conservatory

$1.9 Million Estate Gift to Support Music Conservatory

Alums Join Executive Leadership at NSWC Crane

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), a Navy federal laboratory located in the Southern Indiana, is pleased to announce the selection of new members of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT). The ELT is a group of 10 senior-level executives responsible for directing departments and leading NSWC Crane’s strategic vision. Two University of Evansville (UE) alums are part of the four new members of the team.

Dr. Kyle Werner

Dr. Kyle Werner has been selected to serve as NSWC Crane’s Deputy Technical Director (DTD). Dr. Werner’s brings more than 23 years of diverse and extensive leadership experience to this unique role.

“Dr. Werner is well versed in the strategic direction of NSWC Crane and provides valuable executive leadership across the organization,” said Dr. Angie Lewis (SES), NSWC Crane Technical Director. “Kyle has served on our ELT for the past eight years and I am confident we will succeed with his leadership as Deputy Technical Director.”

Dr. Werner’s previous assignments on the ELT include having served as the Director of the Applied Science & Demand Management Department, Director of Innovation, Director of Engagement, and most recently acting Director of the Global Deterrence and Defense Department.

Dr. Werner received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Evansville. He received his master’s degree in Engineering Management from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Sullivan University. Dr. Werner received a certificate in Public Management from Indiana University and a certificate in Executive Leadership & Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.   

Mr. James R. (JR) Ross

Mr. James R (JR) Ross has been selected as the Director for the Global Deterrence and Defense Department. Mr. Ross has more than 23 years of experience at NSWC Crane, 11 of which have been in Nuclear Deterrence, Hypersonics, and Missile Defense.

“JR has a proven track record of providing executive leadership in support of Strategic Missions, including Nuclear Deterrence, Missile Defense Agency, and Office of Secretary of Defense to support Hypersonics and Microelectronics,” said Dr. Angie Lewis (SES), NSWC Crane Technical Director. “He has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and the ability to conceive, plan, and manage complex and innovative technical programs.”

He previously served as the Deputy Director for the Global Deterrence and Defense Department, Division Manager of the Platform and Launch Systems Division, Division Manager of Irregular Warfare Technologies Division, and Deputy Division Director/Chief Engineer of the Expeditionary Systems Engineering Division.

Mr. Ross received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Evansville. He received his master’s degree in Engineering Management from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and his Masters of Public Administration from Indiana University.

NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) with mission areas in Expeditionary Warfare, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare. The warfare center is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today's Warfighter.

Theatre Announces Spring 2022 Season

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre proudly presents the Spring 2022 season with two student-directed productions in the May Studio Theatre and one guest-directed production in Shanklin Theatre. Tickets are now on sale for all performances.

The semester kicks off with Mac Beth by Erica Schmidt, based on the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, in the May Studio Theatre. Directed by senior theatre studies major Claire Himstedt from St. Louis, Missouri, this new take on Shakespeare's classic tale of bloody violence explores a symmetry with rebellious teenage girls meeting to stage the play in a parochial school's parking lot. Mac Beth begins at 7:30 p.m. on February 10, 11, and 12; and at 2:00 p.m. on February 12 and 13.

Next up is Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle with an English version by Eric Bentley, in the May Studio Theatre. Originally written at the end of WWII, it retells the story of a child claimed and fought over by two mothers, resulting in one of the most riveting trials ever staged. Teeming with political overtones and a sharp look at human nature, it is directed by senior performance major Obi Roberts of Arvada, Colardo. The Caucasian Chalk Circle runs at 7:30 p.m. on February 24, 25, 26; and at 2:00 p.m. on February 26 and 27.

The finale is Heroes of the Fourth Turning by Will Arbery in Shanklin Theatre. Guest-directed by Dylan Frederick, a 2014 alum, this 2020 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Drama is a meticulously fashioned story centering on four alumni of a conservative college. Their reunion spirals into chaos over spirituality, politics, and a nearly fanatical desire to be understood. This haunting and brilliant play begins at 7:30 p.m. on April 8, 9, 21, 22, 23; and at 2:00 p.m. on April 24.

After graduating from UE, Frederick attended the Yale School of Drama and ultimately made his Broadway debut in the 2021 Tony Award-winning production of The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez. Frederick will likely be remembered by UE audiences for playing the role of Master Harold in the 2011 smash-hit production of Master Harold...and the Boys by Athol Fugard, directed by John David Lutz. A native of Minnesota, Frederick returns to his alma mater to make his directing debut.

In following industry standards, as established by the Broadway League, all audience members must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result taken within 48 hours of the date on their ticket. Upon arrival at the theatre, proof of vaccination/negative test result and an ID will be checked before each performance. In compliance with the UE Coronavirus Task Force guidelines, all audience members must remain masked while indoors on campus. Additionally, both Shanklin Theatre and the May Studio Theatre will be seated at no more than 50% capacity.

Single ticket prices for Mac Beth and The Caucasian Chalk Circle are $12 for all patrons. Heroes of the Fourth Turning tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for senior adults, students, and UE employees. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488-2031, Monday through Friday, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Changemaker Challenge Winners Receive Full Tuition to UE

High school students throughout the tri-state were awarded significant scholarships yesterday at the University of Evansville's seventh annual High School Changemaker Challenge, sponsored by Toyota Indiana.

The challenge, which is supported by the UE Center for Innovation and Change, is designed to motivate young people to take a leading role in identifying and solving challenges in the world around them through innovation and creativity.

UE has committed more than $1 million in scholarships to winners of this competition since its inception. Those who choose UE as their college destination will each receive 4-year scholarships as listed below:

Kerry Ah and Naina Muvva

1st place team: Full tuition
Kerry Ao and Naina Muvva
Signature School (Evansville, IN)
Intertwined Financial Literacy - An online, interactive simulator used in schools to enhance students' understanding of finance through portfolios, stocks, and more

Neva Verbik

2nd place team: $23,000 per year
Neva Verbik
Avon High School (Avon, IN)
Uptown Gardens - Addresses solutions to the constant issues of pollution, increasingly less space for plants to grow, and global warming

Jack Deig

3rd place team: $18,000 per year
Jack Deig
Castle High School (Newburgh, IN)
The Hydration Station - Easily accessible water dispensing units placed throughout Evansville for a healthier, more hydrated community

The January 25 event included pitches from the top 20 teams or individuals who were invited to the in-person competition. Six ideas were then chosen for the championship round, from which judges awarded first, second, and third place. The remaining students who placed in the top six included:

Tyler Myers
Evansville Day School (Evansville, IN)
Driving for Change, Sensory Inclusion - helping individuals with special needs by partnering with local agencies and offering sensory-friendly locations and items

Faith Field
Edgewood High School (Ellettsville, IN)
Restore and Rebuild - a nonprofit organization which would provide housing for the homeless population of Indiana and inspire them to find work they enjoy

Zeke Grant
Perry Central High School (Leopold, IN)
Additive Affordable Prosthetics - prosthetics and biological augmentations that have full range of motion and are truly affordable

Projects from previous competitions can be found throughout the city of Evansville, including the Upgrade Bike Share stations and the solar-powered CommuniTree at Mickey's Kingdom Park downtown. The Toyota Trinity Stormwater Park, which will be developed in 2022, also stemmed from a previous competitor.

Nursing Students Make Donation to Dream Center

Senior-level students in the University of Evansville Dunigan Family School of Nursing recently made a donation to Dream Center Evansville. Funds were raised during the fall semester, and the $1,400 check was presented on January 12, 2022.  

The donation was made possible through a scrub jacket sale offered to Nursing students, as well as the generous support of locally- based Kim’s Scrub Connection. Owner Kim Tenhumberg and her husband, Keith, donated several jackets to the sale in honor of her mother-in-law, Delores Tenhumberg.  

“We chose to donate to Dream Center because it is a local, faith-based organization that strives to teach children how to be self-sufficient, serve those around them, and live a healthy life,” said Rachel Jones, a senior Nursing student and representative for her class. “The goal for our senior project was to promote healthy living and decrease the rate of childhood obesity in the local community. We partnered with Dream Center to make this possible, because they support these initiatives through education and empowerment.” 

In addition to the monetary donation, the students provided healthy snacks and educational materials for Dream Center’s after-school program. Jones and other students in her group also volunteered for a few days with the organization by leading activities, teaching children the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. 

“I didn’t know much about Dream Center’s mission and operations before volunteering, but I’m so glad I had the opportunity to visit,” said Jones. “I quickly learned just how much they do to shape the youth of our community.” 

Dream Center Evansville is a collective impact backbone organization dedicated to helping every child in Jacobsville win by curating the neighborhood’s cradle-to-career continuum. 

Jeremy Evans, executive director of Dream Center Evansville, was pleased with the partnership. “By exposing our next generation of healthcare providers to the challenges facing families in poverty,” he said, “we help to ensure equitable treatment and cast a light on the real difficulties people in poverty face every day.” 

Nursing Students Make Donation to Dream Center

Art Exhibit "David Unsupervised" on Display at UE

The University of Evansville (UE) presents "David Unsupervised," an exhibit by David Gamble, on display at the Melvin Peterson Gallery through Saturday, February 26, 2022. The Melvin Peterson Gallery is located on Lincoln Avenue across the street from the UE campus.

The gallery is open to the public from noon until 3:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; and from noon until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

A public reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, February 3, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The reception will be held in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. Gamble will also conduct multiple workshops for art students while visiting.

The exhibit and reception are part of the Emerging Contemporary Artist Lecture Series, sponsored by the Efroymson Family Fund and the UE Department of Art.

David Gamble has over four decades of balancing art and business in the ceramics industry. While making clay art and teaching, he also developed products and designed marketing campaigns. Gamble has conducted hundreds of workshops in North America, and he has participated in five clay symposiums in Eastern Europe. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and contributes an educational focus to the kilns and pottery wheels for Skutt Ceramic Products.

"The glaze surface has always interested me more than the sculptural possibilities in clay," said Gamble. "I layer and multi-fire glaze combinations as if I were using oil paints. I have found I am able to produce what many might consider glaze defects, with some control. This allows me to achieve interesting surfaces, depth, and imagery like I were painting."

For more information, contact the UE Art Department of Art at 812-488-2043, email art@evansville.edu, or visit the gallery's Facebook page.

Art Exhibit

Wes Grantom Directs World Premiere at Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City

Wes Grantom, assistant professor of theatre at University of Evansville (UE), is in Salt Lake City, Utah, directing the world premiere production of The Messenger at the Pioneer Theatre Company (PTC). Written by Jeff Talbott, The Messenger is an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. The production opens January 14 and runs through January 29.

This timely new play deals with the consequences of speaking out about a public health threat. The Messenger is a dramatic roller-coaster ride that examines the relationship between the press and the community and challenges beliefs about when and where to draw the line when public safety and economics clash.

“I have been recently fascinated by classic pieces of theatre containing social and political themes that closely mirror our current climate,” says Karen Azenberg, artistic director at PTC. “Ibsen’s whistleblower story has always been intriguing and even more so in the last year.” This production was part of a new play reading series at PTC, when it was interrupted by the pandemic in March of 2020.

Grantom, a 2003 alum, isn't the only UE connection to the production. The scenic and costume designer is Yoon Bae, who was in residence at the University last fall and designed the set for Three Sisters. 

Grantom has been a UE faculty member since 2018, and he teaches directing, stage management, and a senior capstone in performance. His directing credits at UE include Once in a Lifetime, Spring Awakening, Violet, and this season’s Gone Missing.

In addition to his work at UE, Grantom continues to direct professionally, including Beep Boop by Richard Saudek, at Ars Nova and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland; A Comedy of Tenors by Ken Ludwig, at Pioneer Theatre Company; Older Brother's Almanac by Richard Thieriot, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Toxic Avenger: The Musical by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera; Lone Star Spirits by Josh Tobiessen, at NYC’s Crowded Outlet; Eager to Lose by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, at Ars Nova; The Steadfast by Mat Smart; and Mine by Bekah Brunstetter, for Slant Theatre Project.

He also has several Broadway credits as resident and associate director, working alongside James Lapine, Emma Rice, John Rando, Anthony Page and Rufus Norris. Grantom is also a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a recipient of multiple Drama League Fellowships, and a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

Wes Grantom Directs World Premiere at Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City

UE Announces Dean's List for Fall 2021 Semester

The University of Evansville is pleased to announce that over 630 students were named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2021 semester. To merit the honor of being placed on the Dean's List each semester, a student must have carried a full academic load of 12 hours or more and have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

Those named to the Dean's List are:

  • Jason Kinder
  • Kari Korschgen
  • Jana Williams
  • Olivia Barclay
  • Isaac Bates
  • Alexys Bolin
  • Chloe Burns
  • Mary Butler
  • Sophia Caci
  • Ivy Clark
  • Carissa Eckroth
  • Avy Henrikson
  • Lauren Hill
  • Shauna Mihalyo
  • Rachel Neupert
  • Andrew Norrington
  • Olivia Oswald
  • Jacob Overstreet
  • Katcha Papesh
  • Julia Ribblett
  • Anna Robbins
  • Noah Stabler
  • Loretta Wachter
  • Sara Wilkens
  • Dakota Woodard
  • Lilly Boring
  • Hannah Girten
  • Ashley Gray
  • Mari Mueller
  • Shami Sorrells
  • Makayla Stewart
  • Rachel Fisher
  • Hannah Halbrook
  • Ryan Schneider
  • Sally Steffens
  • Hayley Tran
  • Anya Arora
  • Xinyue Bi
  • Nick Buechlein
  • Logan Chanley
  • John Erickson
  • Makayla Gomperts
  • Madelynn Jacobs
  • Joe Jakubaitis
  • Sarah Kempf
  • Annie Kim
  • Anthony Kluemper
  • Abbi Lenk
  • Danielle Monroe
  • Reagan Nowaskie
  • Josie Pagano
  • Dev Patel
  • Elizabeth Recker
  • Samantha Schmidt
  • Brad Schulte
  • Carlie Schultheis
  • Rachel Shultz
  • Darcie Smith
  • Elyse Talley
  • Emily Vasquez
  • Charlie Watts
  • Kenzie Young
  • Jenna Zirkelbach
  • Jordan Bradley
  • Kynzie Combs
  • Abbey Daniel
  • Abby Feit
  • Aman Patel
  • Lincoln Smith
  • Forrest Wade
  • Abigail Watters
  • Quentin Yoder
  • Garrett Barthel
  • Giulia Cardona
  • Ellie Geittmann
  • Pranav Haran
  • Kira Johnson
  • Rafay Karim
  • Keegan Leek
  • Noah McMurtry
  • Carly Scheu
  • Fadwa Al-Rawahi
  • Evan Book
  • Caitlin Caldwell
  • Fae-Siri Keighley
  • Lily Waddell
  • Nathanael Kuechenberg
  • Alexa Davis
  • Jalyn Davis
  • Tiva Frushour
  • Kieren Hall
  • Devon Langley
  • Sophie Lindner
  • Emily Ormson
  • Shamar Samuels-Givance
  • Nataya Partee
  • Austin Hernandez
  • Dallas Koth
  • Dan Murphy
  • Nora Ruotolo
  • Donovan Schultz
  • John Smith
  • Alexis Carpenter
  • Samantha Fowler
  • Trix-Nico Gebele
  • Rebecca Harwood
  • Hollie Hoffman
  • Willow Kruggel
  • Gabriela Mancuso
  • Dani Parisi
  • Sam Tarter
  • Olivia Brames
  • Annabelle Faith
  • Madde Folz
  • Blake Froedge
  • Brandon Gibson
  • Gabrielle Hardoin
  • Jordan McKinney
  • Delaney Rasche
  • Emily Schwartz
  • Caleb Sellers
  • Audrey Theriac
  • Chloe Campbell
  • Michael Ikejiani
  • Elizabeth McCook
  • Emily Palmisano
  • Hailey Chrapek
  • Mitchell Matthews
  • Tyla Rasche
  • Cynthia Spaetti
  • Claire Franzman
  • Keri Hammers
  • Keri Hammers
  • Brynn Radak
  • Laura Dunlap
  • Katherine Fox
  • Abbi Kaup
  • Josie Martinez
  • Megan Montgomery
  • Jarett Osborne
  • Shane Ranschaert
  • Erin Rowlett
  • Antoine Smith
  • Sarah Andresen
  • Payton Boyd
  • Benton Simpson
  • John Sutter
  • Evan Turner
  • Sydney Wilbur
  • Carmen Worthington
  • Sarah Curtin
  • Katie Boots
  • Sean Froidcoeur
  • Grant Kay
  • Sarah Vreeland
  • Evan Waggoner
  • Martha Wolf
  • Cecilia Barmes
  • Kylee Rathgeber
  • Jeremiah Sagers
  • Madeline Schneider
  • Nicole Tucker
  • Savannah Wheeler-Bigge
  • Rachel Basinski
  • Alex Chandler
  • Zeke Metz
  • Ben Patterson
  • Daniel Griffaton
  • Austin Nickens
  • Olivia Doyle
  • Haley Dreyer
  • Koby Durbin
  • Allison Enchelmayer
  • Will McDonner
  • Luke Robertson
  • Claire Stout
  • Haley Curtis
  • Alyssa DeCorrevont
  • Joseph Gardner
  • Allyse Hardy
  • Lizzy Stainback
  • Rachel Taylor
  • Kate Thomason
  • Tad Specht
  • Kienan Corcoran
  • Andrew Garvin
  • Angela Jansen
  • Collin Jones
  • Sadie Scovern
  • Kaitlyn Collins
  • Hannah Hall
  • Logan Lampert
  • Becky Riggs
  • Kira Ulrich
  • McKenzie White
  • Natasha Wolf
  • Madeline Adamson
  • Kent Biehle
  • Rachel Black
  • Nathan Bradford
  • Savannah Cook
  • Max Harad
  • Jaden Hayes
  • Dalton Lampert
  • Grace McGuire
  • Zorah Mehrzad
  • Mariah Schaefer
  • Ellie Stewart
  • Sophie Toth
  • Paige Webster
  • Brian Woodard
  • Macy Beard
  • Kelsey Breneman
  • Emily Clark
  • Katherine Doty
  • Merris Egloff
  • Micah Johnson
  • Conner Killian
  • Elise Moeller
  • Kylee Peck
  • Sue Prasad
  • Chloe Prince
  • Emma Royer
  • Mark Shallenberger
  • Amanda Ward
  • Kate Wilhite
  • Casey Winters
  • Bella Ehrick
  • Jesse McEuen
  • May Anderson
  • Morgan Bailey
  • Maya Barry
  • Chloe Brzozowski
  • Emily Burlison
  • Corey Cagle
  • Olivia Campbell
  • Lilli Carlson
  • Erin Casey
  • Ashly Chalico
  • Chea Coats
  • Rebecca Conaway
  • Kayleigh Doyle
  • Cassie Dunn
  • Elizabeth Dye
  • Avery Finn
  • Allie Forte
  • Jimmy Guest
  • Garrett Hale
  • Claire Himstedt
  • Lillie Kolich
  • Spencer Marfy
  • Sara Mathew
  • Amelia Overholt
  • Zoe Paraskevopoulos
  • Olivia Pedersen
  • Herbie Perlman
  • Lily Rehberg
  • Marie Reilly
  • Benjamin Roberts
  • Laney Ross
  • Becky Rusch
  • Zack Scalzitti
  • Charles Shald
  • Lauren Shinoski
  • Chloe Shrieves
  • Gabriel Smothers
  • McAllister Stowell
  • Drake Susuras
  • Hannah Tarr
  • Joy Weidenhamer
  • Bradley Baumhover
  • Abbie Marlin
  • Samantha Anderson
  • Hailey Autenrieb
  • Ceci Odenbaugh
  • Aaron Tucker
  • Alayna Acree
  • Zoe Dennis
  • Phoebe August
  • Jara Braunecker
  • Abbey Chapman
  • Brandi Dore
  • Emily Duckworth
  • Sarah Felts
  • Lauren Fischer
  • Zoe Frossard
  • Kyla Jaworski
  • Sierra Knapp
  • Allison McDonald
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  • Emily Munday
  • Kortney Quinn
  • Katie Reed
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  • Allison Roach
  • Olivia Rodd
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  • Jodi Willenbrink
  • Ashton Wilson
  • Noah Wolf
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  • Claire Griffy
  • Griffin Hammett
  • Christian Johnson
  • Alan Kerstiens
  • Ross Knepp
  • Gabby Lacour
  • Erin Linscott
  • Erin Marx
  • Laney Olson
  • Hannah Rawhoof
  • Abby Repking
  • Sydney Richter
  • Austin Yoder
  • Kelsey Berner
  • Olivia Frayer
  • Nishita Trivedi
  • Carmen Alford
  • Hannah Barger
  • Kyle Barton
  • Libby Bell
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  • Emily Bickel
  • Kyle Billhartz
  • Noah Blake
  • Emma Boebinger
  • Brady Boring
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  • Sara Budd
  • Mac Butterfield
  • Cassie Bykowicz
  • Kenzie Carter
  • Sean Cody
  • Hannah Conley
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  • Laura Crouch
  • Drew Cvelbar
  • Je'naiya Davis
  • Lyndsay Deal
  • Makenna DeCapua
  • Maddy Donofrio
  • Sarah Dottavio
  • Madeline Ebbott
  • Haley Elpers
  • Alex Eyler
  • Lydia Fenley
  • Hayden Folz
  • Maggie Franz
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  • Paige Gehl
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  • Cara Hand
  • Jillian Happe
  • Kristen Harvey
  • Abigail Hatcher
  • Kathryn Heiny
  • Jossie Hudson
  • Haydn Johnston
  • Ally Jordens
  • Georgia Katsonouri
  • Krista Kellar
  • Kennah Keller
  • Brianna Kelly
  • Carina Kessens
  • Carson Kline
  • Franco Komyatte
  • Monique Landrum
  • Denzel Lasam
  • Matthew Lee
  • Austin Liston
  • Jenna Littlejohn
  • Isabel Lynch
  • Kaitlyn Martlage
  • Brenna McCormack
  • Alyssa McMinn
  • Samuel McNichols
  • Edward Mendy
  • Wesley Messick
  • Eli Minar
  • Gaven Moore
  • Justin Nichols
  • Jami Nobbe
  • Clay Nosko
  • Caitlin O'Donnell
  • Elise O'Risky
  • Sadie Obenauer
  • Lillie Oelker
  • Olivia Ommen
  • Adam Oulgout
  • Alexia Recinella
  • Claire Reiman
  • River Remble
  • Maria Roshel
  • Andrew Saltzmann
  • Kaitlyn Sansone
  • Hannah Seibert
  • Catherine Shafer
  • Emma Slavkin
  • Bailee Speicher
  • Emily Spiller
  • Caleb Stevenson
  • Peter Sullivan
  • Cheyenne Summerfield
  • Sydney Thurwalker
  • Ally Treadway
  • Skylar Tucker
  • Molly Watson
  • Luke Watts
  • Mallory Weber
  • Nicolette Wickes
  • Kathryn Williams
  • Tasha Wiseman
  • Emily Wolak
  • Josh Wong
  • Kimberly Zamora
  • Shelby Zins
  • Justin Zumbahlen
  • Keri Zumbahlen
  • Fatimah Albahrani
  • Peyton Beller
  • Emily Burleson
  • Ellie Cassidy
  • Abbie Lee
  • Emma McConnell
  • Jaren Pfoff
  • Mallory Russell
  • Jacob Soderlund
  • Caleb Wassmer
  • Luciano Albanese
  • Sydney Bachman
  • Emily Bonenberger
  • Corinne Buchanan
  • Megan Buechler
  • Raph Colasito
  • Hannah Gourley
  • Blake Johnson
  • Shelby Jones
  • Kiki Laird
  • Elizabeth Miller
  • Alexandra Pulling
  • Sevannah Ramsey
  • Taylor Rapp
  • Grace Reisinger
  • Link Smith
  • Hannah Stocks
  • Grace Vinson
  • Marysa Bernard
  • Ava Bourn
  • Allie Brothers
  • Hope Brothers
  • Chloe Carlin
  • Megan Criss
  • Kenzie Edwards
  • Emily Fortune
  • Mary Franklin
  • Brady Gogel
  • Katie Goslak
  • Shelby Groves
  • Delaney Herrmann
  • Meghan Hillenbrand
  • Alexa Hopf
  • Alyssa Howell
  • Kayla Hughes
  • Jasmine Jones
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  • Caitlin Kehler
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  • Julia Libby
  • Faith Macy
  • Hadley Martin
  • Olivia McIntire
  • Emily McMonigle
  • Julia Meadows
  • Kyli Miles
  • Johnna Mitchell
  • Schyler Motz
  • Jemimah Napoles
  • Elspeth Nelson
  • Erin Nixon
  • Adeline O'Brian
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  • Lauren Rech
  • Morgan Ribaudo
  • Kelly Roth
  • Kylie Shourds
  • Joey Shreve
  • Mallory Singer
  • Lane Smith
  • Xia Stafford
  • Izzy Stapp
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  • Emma Vassy
  • Savannah Watson
  • Alexa Wheeler
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  • Lacey Fulcher
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  • Ethan Brawley
  • James Buchanan
  • Macy Campbell
  • Tyler Denu
  • Martin Everett
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  • Emmalee Gladding
  • Kyana Griffith
  • Kourtney Hauk
  • Emilie Hill
  • Ryan Neumann
  • Joseph Parnin
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  • Alisha Rhea
  • Laura Ruiz
  • Andrew Schuler
  • Pema Sherpa
  • Alexis Speitel
  • Elayna Walters
  • Ben Welp
  • Jordan Wible
  • Megan Yoder
  • Troy Boynton
  • Mackenzie Folk
  • Masatoyo Kato
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  • Cody Mobley
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  • Marissa Shook
  • Ethan Ziegler
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  • Ellora Daily
  • Kendyl Guzman
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  • Owen Butcher
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  • Jakob Meyer
  • Porter Pomykal
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  • Landon Stoll
  • Ben Stuart
  • Brent Widder
  • Pablo Candal
  • Ben Becher
  • Justus Donaldson
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  • Dylan Mofield
  • Eric Roberts
  • Will Simon
  • McKenna Tutt
  • Cole Tyring
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  • Julie Burkholder
  • Carly Frazier
  • Jakub Hall
  • Evan Hassler
  • Jacob Madden
  • David Martin
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  • Sonsoles Aguayo Munoz
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UE will Premiere The College Tour Episode on January 12, 2022

The campus community of the University of Evansville (UE) will soon star in their very own episode of The College Tour, a new TV series that provides in-depth looks into universities across the nation. The 30-minute special will premiere at a watch party on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. UE is inviting students, employees, alumni, and prospective students and families to the party, and those in attendance will be the first to see the final cut. 

The watch party will be held inside UE’s Ridgway University Center, with the pre-show beginning at 8:30 p.m. The pre-show will include free snacks from Café Court, music, giveaways, and photos on the purple carpet. At 9:00 p.m., the episode will premiere in Eykamp Hall, located on the second floor of Ridgway.  

A wide variety of footage and ten student interviews will give extensive looks of the UE campus, as well as the academic programs, student life, Division I athletics, changemaking culture, and more. The City of Evansville is also featured throughout the show, with views including Main Street, the Ford Center, and the riverfront. This 30-minute episode provides an inside view of UE for those who are unable to tour in person due to distance or finances, or for those who are simply unfamiliar with the name and want to learn more. 

"We are absolutely thrilled to share our episode on a national stage and bring to light what UE is all about,” said Jill Griffin, PhD, vice president for enrollment and marketing. “Each student shared their own personal story, but together they paint an authentic picture of our tight-knit community, the exciting academic opportunities we provide, and the empowering experiences that are a unique part of a UE education. Watching our episode will make people feel like they’re standing on our campus and experiencing it for themselves.” 

The College Tour was created by Emmy-nominated and multi-award-winning producers. Hosted by Alex Boylan, each episode of The College Tour tells the unique story of a college through the lens of its very own students. The UE episode will be part of season four, which will be released on Amazon Prime Video in May. All episodes can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video and through the show’s channel on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, and more. 

UE will Premiere The College Tour Episode on January 12, 2022

UE Hosting 2022 MLK Celebration

The University of Evansville (UE) will host a celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 17, 2022. The event will include activities throughout the day for the campus community as well as the public. Two events in particular will have live streaming availability for those unable to attend in-person. The 2022 theme is “Unrelenting Faith” and highlights one of King’s famous quotes, “Faith is taking the first step even when you cannot see the whole staircase.” 

The schedule of events is available below. For full details, please visit evansville.edu/MLK

Symbolic March – January 1-17, 2022 

During the Civil Rights March of 1965, activists gathered in Selma, Alabama, to complete a 54-mile trek to the state capital in Montgomery. In recognition of this historical event, UE invites everyone to participate in 54 Miles to Social Change, a virtual march that raises awareness for social injustice in the United States. Join from anywhere in the world by logging miles spent walking, running, biking, or swimming. Miles 1-53 will be completed virtually, and the 54th mile will be completed together on the day of the celebration. 

The virtual march has a $15 registration fee, and all proceeds will go directly towards Journey to Justice scholarships for students expressing financial need. Participants will also receive a T-shirt to celebrate the march. To register, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/IN/Evansville/54MilestoSocialChange

Grand Opening of the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – 10:30 a.m. 

To begin the celebration, UE will hold a ribbon cutting for the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, as well as the Multicultural Student Commons. This will take place on the second floor of Ridgway University Center. 

Rally – 11:15 a.m. 

The rally will be held in Meeks Family Fieldhouse, located inside Carson Center off Walnut Street. It will recap the significance of the celebration and include remarks from Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, president of UE; Rob Shelby, PhD, chief diversity officer; Abagail Catania, assistant director of diversity recruitment and programming; and the president of the Black Student Union. 

Symbolic March – 11:45 a.m. 

After the rally, UE invites everyone to complete the 54th Mile to Social Change together. The march will begin at Meeks Family Fieldhouse and down nearby streets before returning to campus at Ridgway University Center. 

Local Leaders Panel Discussion – 1:00 p.m. 

This insightful discussion will include leaders from the Evansville community. The panel will be led by Melissa Moore, a UE alumna and member of the Legal Aid Society Board of Vanderburgh County. If you are unable to attend in-person, you can stream the discussion live on the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s Facebook page at facebook.com/uecenterdei

Community Service – 2:00 p.m. 

UE will provide the opportunity to participate in one of several community service projects, and the impact will last long beyond the celebration. Several departments and student organizations will be spearheading or supporting the projects, which will be announced on the day of the event. 

Lectureship – 6:00 p.m. 

Each year, the Martin Luther King Lectureship is made possible by the generous support of William G. and Rose M. Mays. The lectureship will be held in Eykamp Hall, located on the second floor of Ridgway University Center. You may also live-stream it at evansville.edu/live

The 2022 lectureship will feature keynote speaker Dr. Lerone A. Martin. Beginning in 2022, Martin will become the faculty director for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. The King Institute supports a broad range of educational activities illuminating Dr. King’s life and the movements he inspired. 

Martin is also the author of the award-winning Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Making of Modern African American Religion, which tracks the role of the phonograph in the shaping of African American religion, culture, and politics during the first half of the twentieth century. 

After the lectureship, UE will present the 2022 Mays Legacy Award as well as the inaugural Rising Star Award.

7:00 p.m. - Reception 

Following the lectureship, a reception with light refreshments will be held outside Eykamp Hall in the Class of 1959 Gallery. 

UE Hosting 2022 MLK Celebration

Toyota Donates $350,000 to Changemaker's Stormwater Project

Robert Lopez, an Ethics and Social Change major, competed in the UE High School Changemaker Challenge during his junior year at Bosse High School. He and his friend came up with an idea for a wetland education park that collects rainwater and cleans it through the park's plants.

After claiming third place, Robert decided to attend UE and continue working on this project for the Evansville community. Through several ChangeLabs focused on the park, he has worked alongside local organizations to bring his idea to life.

On December 13, community partners met in downtown Evansville to announce the next phase of Robert's project. Community partners include the City of Evansville, Evansville Water and Sewer Utility, Toyota Indiana, and Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. Now, thanks to a generous $350,000 donation from Toyota Indiana, the Toyota Trinity Stormwater Park will eventually be fully accessible to the public while creating a better, more environmentally-friendly community.

"This is a testament to our community’s collaborative spirit," said Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. "Our schools, water utility, businesses, architects and designers came together to provide a unique, sustainable solution to improve our city’s infrastructure and quality of life.”

"Working on this park has been nothing short of a life-changing experience," said Robert. "Starting as a junior in high school, I’ve been able to take this idea from sketches on a whiteboard, to presenting a virtual 3D walk through to the Mayor, and UE’s Center has been there the whole way. Without this project and the amazing team at the Center, I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am today. I only hope that someday I can inspire someone the way they inspired me and help them change their community too.”

Mike Labitzke, former lead Project Director for Evansville Water & Sewer Utility, served as one of Lopez’s ChangeLab coaches for several semesters. His initial concept for a park on top of water filtration was shared with the Center, who then pitched the idea to Robert's AP Biology class at Bosse High School. The team never stopped working on the project.

“We are excited about our partnership with the University of Evansville on what will become the city’s largest green infrastructure,” said EWSU Executive Director Lane Young. “This project allows us to be good stewards of our environment by diverting millions of gallons of sewage overflow away from the Ohio River while preserving historic relics from the former Trinity Catholic Church and incorporating them into an urban garden for our community to enjoy.”

"The collaboration with so many different parts of the community elevates the impact,” said UE President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “UE is so pleased to do our part in advancing our community, and reinforce that our students, like Robert, demonstrate how we bring academics to life to solve real world issues.”

The Toyota Trinity Stormwater Park will divert approximately 25 acres of downtown storm water runoff from the combined sewer system to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSO) to the Ohio River as part of the City’s CSO Long Term Control Plan. The first phase of the project involved demolition of the buildings on the former Holy Trinity Church property, located at 3rd Street and Court Street in Downtown Evansville, with materials salvaged including the plinth, some limestone and stained-glass. These materials will be incorporated into the design of the park.

The next phase involves storm sewer and storage facility construction below ground to collect storm water runoff and promote infiltration into the sand and gravel layers below grade at the church site. This next phase will also involve finalizing design and construction of the top side amenities, and designing some of the wellness programs to be offered.

Toyota has been named the title sponsor and will work with Lopez and the UE Center for Innovation & Change to identify additional green space funding opportunities from corporations and individuals. Toyota has sponsored each High School Changemaker Challenge at UE, including the 2022 challenge that is currently underway.

“We are extremely honored to be the lead supporter on such a transformative project,” said Ted Brown, vice president of administration at Toyota Indiana. “Robert’s vision for an innovative solution—to what many may have considered a standard infrastructure project—shows leadership, vision and pride for his community. That’s why programs like UE’s Changemaker Challenge are so vital to the evolution and growth of our region, and why we at Toyota Indiana continue to support those efforts. We want to challenge those in our communities to seek out opportunities to pioneer ideas for our future like Robert did, so that together we can build a better future.”

Toyota Donates $350,000 to Changemaker's Stormwater Project

McClain Receives National Recognition for Excellence in Undergraduate Training in Acting

Amelia McClain, assistant professor of theatre at the University of Evansville, has been announced as the recipient of the University Resident Theatre Association (URTA)'s 2021 Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Training in Acting. McClain is currently on leave from UE this year as a member of the Broadway cast in Aaron Sorkin's "To Kill a Mockingbird" at Shubert Theatre.

McClain has been a faculty member at UE since 2018. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UE before earning her Master of Fine Arts from the graduate acting program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. McClain is a member of the Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.

Before returning to her alma mater, she completed a year-long run on Broadway as Sandra in the smash-hit production of "The Play That Goes Wrong". Also on Broadway, she worked on "Foor for Love", "Noises Off", "The Heidi Chronicles", "The House of Blue Leaves", and the Tony Award-winning "Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike". McClain has been in over 20 productions off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the country.

"When I was a student at UE, Amelia encouraged us to take our insecurities as actors and reframe them as strengths," said Madeline Easley, a 2019 UE alumna. "Her ability to perceive beyond the mask of stressed-out college students and cast us as professionals, fully capable of advocating for ourselves, our unique stories, and our natural talents, was the push I needed to pursue every opportunity to carve out a fulfilling and sustainable artistic career after graduation."

"Amelia McClain taught me and my peers with strength, heart, and specificity to each of our needs," added Jack Russell, a 2021 UE alumnus. "Amelia impacted me so much as a student because she led by example. The tools that she was giving to us were the very tools that she uses to book jobs on Broadway. She taught us to be selfless, aware, and precise with our work. She didn't care about creating actors with talent. Rather, she cared about creating actors that knew how to work hard and care about the process. Truly, Amelia gave me the education I've always dreamed of. I am eternally grateful for her impact on my life. Without it, I don't think I could pursue this career path."

Founded in 1969, the University Resident Theatre Association works to ensure the continued renewal of the American theatre by supporting excellence in the professional training of new artists. The 2021 Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Training will be formally presented at the URTAs, an audition event attended by over 1,200 candidates who are pursuing graduate training in theatre.

McClain Receives National Recognition for Excellence in Undergraduate Training in Acting

UE Announces New Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs

After a national search, Rachel Carpenter has been selected as the new vice president for student affairs and dean of students at the University of Evansville (UE) in Evansville, Indiana. She will begin her duties with an anticipated start date of June 1, 2022. 

In her new role, Carpenter will serve the UE student body and help create a safe, welcoming, and supportive campus community. She will not only work one-on-one with students but also student organizations across campus. Carpenter will also oversee areas that support students outside of the classroom, including residence life, student engagement, international student services, counseling services, career development, the student health center, public safety, and the fitness center. 

“As someone who grew up in the military, I have rarely experienced the feeling of returning home," said Carpenter. “I am very excited to return to the UE campus, a place I once called home for several years, and work alongside talented faculty and staff. Together, I know we will move the University forward and prepare students to live meaningful lives in a changing world.” 

Carpenter brings nearly two decades of experience in student affairs. Currently, she is the interim university dean for students at Pace University, which has two campuses in Pleasantville and New York City, New York. Prior to serving in this role, she was interim associate vice president for student affairs and dean for students, interim dean, and director of the Center for Student Development. While at Pace, she has been working toward her Doctor of Professional Studies in business and is expected to graduate this month. 

The UE campus will be familiar to Carpenter, who graduated with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 2003 and 2009, respectively. From 2003-10, she served in various student-oriented roles on campus. Two of those years were spent as dean of students at Harlaxton College, the University’s study abroad center located in Grantham, England and the #1 ranked study abroad program in the United States. 

 “We are thrilled to welcome Dean Carpenter back to the University of Evansville, and I am confident our students and our entire campus will benefit from her compassion and enthusiasm,” said UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “She brings a wealth of experience, and I know that she will make a positive impact on our campus community.” 

Carpenter will succeed Dana Clayton, EdD, who has been an exemplary leader for thousands of students who are making a difference in the world. Clayton is retiring in February 2022 after 32 years of service to the University. Until Carpenter’s arrival, Rob Shelby, PhD, chief diversity officer at UE, will be the interim vice president for student affairs. Michael Tessier, assistant vice president of student affairs and director of residence life, will serve as the interim dean of students.

UE Announces New Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs

Music Conservatory Hosting Holiday Pops Concert on December 7

The University of Evansville Music Conservatory will host the Holiday Pops concert on Tuesday, December 7. The event will be held at Old National Events Plaza beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is invited to enjoy the sounds of the season.

Holiday Pops will feature music from the UE Symphony Orchestra, University Choir and Choral Society, and Wind Ensemble. Musical selections will include "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Christmas at the Movies," "Christmas and Sousa Forever," and more. Holiday Pops is made possible by the George L. Mesker Music Trust, Anna Bosse Trust, and Raymond B. Preston Family Foundation.

UE Hosting 7th Annual High School Changemaker Challenge

The University of Evansville is pleased to announce the upcoming High School Changemaker Challenge, sponsored by Toyota. Any high school junior or senior is invited to participate for a chance to win a four-year scholarship, with the top prize offering full tuition. 

UE believes everyone can be a changemaker, and positive change doesn’t have to wait until college. The Changemaker Challenge, created by the University’s Center for Innovation and Change, encourages the younger generation to identify and solve challenges in the world through innovation and creativity. Students will share their unique ideas (products, services, or programs) in the form of a 2-minute video, and scholarships will be awarded to first through third place. Once they enroll at UE to continue their education, students can continue designing and implementing their ideas to make a lasting difference.  

Interested participants can attend an online information session on Thursday, November 18. Video recordings describing students’ ideas must be submitted by December 8, and the top 20 finalists will be announced on the UE website on December 15. The final round will be held on UE’s campus on January 25, 2022, where winners will be selected. To register for the information session and competition, please visit evansville.edu/cc-hs

The competition is open to any high school junior or senior, and they may compete individually or in teams of up to three. Home school and club entries (e.g. Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, 4-H) will also be eligible. To qualify for a scholarship, competitors must also attend the in-person final round on campus in Evansville, Indiana.  A separate Changemaker Challenge, beginning at a later date, will be virtual and geared towards a national and global audience that cannot compete in-person.  

Competitors may be eligible to receive special prizes for forming ideas that: 

  • Increase girls’ access and exposure to science fields (e.g. a summer camp for girls interested in physics) 
  • Address or mitigate climate change (e.g. decreasing air pollution, rooftop gardens) 
  • Increase access to physical activity or health options (e.g. more dance classes or recess in schools, fitness trails, creative outdoor play options) 
  • Provide creative ideas to improve quality of life in Evansville’s Promise Zone 

Winning students who choose UE as their college destination will receive four-year scholarships to attend UE as listed below: 

  • 1st place: Full tuition 
  • 2nd place: $23,000 tuition 
  • 3rd place: $18,000 tuition 

Students that participate will receive ongoing support from the UE Center for Innovation and Change, including online training and connections to faculty experts. To submit your video or learn more about the High School Changemaker Challenge, visit evansville.edu/cc-hs or email Brooksie Smith, the Center’s associate director, at bs267@evansville.edu

UE Hosting 35th Annual International Bazaar

The University of Evansville will host the 35th annual International Bazaar on Friday, November 12. The public is invited to attend and experience the diverse cultures, history, and traditions of represented countries. The event, sponsored by the University’s International Club, will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, located on the second floor of Ridgway University Center off Walnut Street.  

From 5:00-6:00 p.m., there will be live performances highlighting each country’s cultural traditions. From 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., there will be interactive booths representing students’ native countries. A total of 10 countries and 4 student organizations will be featured. 

The International Club is dedicated to preserving, sharing, and understanding cultural relationships around the world. The organization holds activities and events throughout the year to bring together UE students of all backgrounds and nationalities. 

To RSVP for the International Bazaar, please select a time slot through SignUpGenius. The link may be found through the UE social media channels. The event is free to students, and the public may attend by purchasing tickets for $8. Tickets may purchased at the door, but guests must choose a time slot in advance. Cash payment will be accepted (please pay with exact change). 

UE Hosting 35th Annual International Bazaar

UE Awarded Grant for Summer Camp to Support ALICE Families

The University of Evansville's Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was recently awarded a $90,000 grant to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. The grant was part of the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region, which provided $1 million to a total of six organizations in September. The purpose of these funds is to support non-profits that are reconceptualizing systems, environments, and pathways to create a more resilient region.

UE has created "Springboard,” a summer day program that seeks to address the preparation gap for under-resourced high school students before graduation. The program will include STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) curriculum, character development, and leadership training. Intracultural appreciation will also be fostered to improve intercultural competency. Through these efforts, Springboard will improve high school graduation rates as well as college readiness and admission for students from Black and African American ALICE families (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed).

“This grant is going to help us serve the underrepresented in our local community in a manner that is both effective and entertaining,” said Rob Shelby, PhD, chief diversity officer at UE. “By empowering each student who attends Springboard, we are paving the way for a successful future.”

Springboard is a collaborative project between UE and Black Lemonade, Inc., which is a non-profit organization “dedicated to turning sour conflict into sweet and powerful solutions.” Black Lemonade originally created a summer camp for grades K-8, but the grant will expand its reach to support students up to 12th grade.

"I'm so glad to share this vision of helping my community advance in ways that oftentimes weren’t discussed growing up,” said Kaymi Butler, who serves as founder and chief executive officer of Black Lemonade. “This vision, and more importantly its execution, is more than preparing a student for a future career. It's about instilling in them how to avoid the hate that is often associated with indifference. It's about teaching and showing love, letting go of the stereotypes, and purposefully meeting a person where they are."

The Springboard program will be spearheaded by both UE and Black Lemonade, but current students are developing the curriculum through a ChangeLab titled “Community Race Project.” ChangeLabs are semester-long courses in which students work in teams to tackle a local or regional issue and create positive change in the community. The Community Race Project will continue into the spring semester to further prepare for the camp.

Additional details for Springboard will be added to the UE website at a later date and can be found at evansville.edu/cdei.

UE Recognizes the 4th Annual First-Generation College Celebration

On Monday, November 8, 2021, the University of Evansville will join colleges and universities across the nation in recognizing the fourth-annual First-Generation College Celebration. The awareness day was created in 2017 by the Council for Opportunity for Education (COE) and Center for First-Generation Student Success. The date also coincides with the anniversary of the signing of the 1965 Higher Education Act, which has helped millions of low-income, first-generation students earn college degrees.  

Since its founding 167 years ago, UE has strived to create an atmosphere for success as well as a home away from home for first-generation, or "first-gen", college students. This particular group of students may have faced challenges in the college search, balancing academic coursework, and navigating everyday life in higher education. With personal constant support from faculty and staff, as well as various initiatives instituted by the University, students can successfully earn a college degree and develop lasting skills and talents for the future. For the 2021-22 academic year, approximately 14 percent of UE's full-time undergraduates are first-gen. Of the full-time faculty, staff, and administration, more than 30 individuals are also first-gen. 

At UE, all first-generation college students are encouraged to take a special course designed for them. The class covers a variety of beneficial topics, including career and major exploration, time management, study skills, stress management, and financial aid opportunities. A Student Success Lab is also available, which provides access to supplemental instruction, academic coaches, library services, and more. 

In the spring semester, several students came together to form an organization for their first-gen peers. Ace Scholars, as it was named, formed an executive board that meets weekly to plan and strategize methods of fostering success and extra support. Together, the group meets on an as-needed basis and hopes to see growth in the coming semesters. 

“Looking ahead, we would like to create a mentoring program for Ace Scholars,” said Ty Meadors, president of the organization and biology/pre-medicine senior. “Current students would be paired with an incoming first-gen student, and from the beginning of their freshman year they will have someone to go to for extra support.” 

Chad Hart, manager of retention at UE, serves as the advisor for Ace Scholars. He is excited about helping the organization grow, and he wants to create a safe place for asking questions and feeling understood.  

“Being a first-generation student myself and working in higher education, I always find myself saying, ‘I wish I would’ve known that when I was in college,’” Chad said. “I’m really inspired by what I am learning from the students and the impact they have had on me.” 

You can read several success stories from first-generation students and employees at UE by visiting evansville.edu/first-gen.

UE Theatre Presents GONE MISSING

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre announces the third installment of the 2021–2022 season with GONE MISSING, created by The Civilians, written by Steven Cosson, from interviews by the company, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. The show opens on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Running in repertory style with THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekov, in a new version by Sarah Ruhl, additional performances of GONE MISSING are at 7:30 p.m. on November 18 and December 3 and 4; and at 2:00 p.m. on November 20 and 21.

This charming show combines real-life interviews about the nature of memory with a scintillating score that effortlessly swings between salsa, ballads, jazzy numbers, and tuneful pop songs. An ensemble of eccentric characters seamlessly intertwines tales of lost objects with fascinating stories of seekers and finders and examines our tendency to place heightened
significance on everyday items. While a global pandemic may be the most opportune time to
explore this “cabaret of loss,” it is the communal experience of shared joy that is sure to resonate and linger in hearts and minds long after the show ends.

Wes Grantom '03, resident director and adjunct instructor of directing, directs GONE MISSING. Tyler Simpson, guest artist, serves as the music director; E. Casey, a junior design and technology major from Kingsland, Ga., serves as the scenic designer; Cole McCarty '10, guest artist, serves as the costume designer; Herbie Perlman, a senior design and technology major from Bethel, Conn., serves as the lighting designer; Richard B. Ingraham, guest artist, serves as the sound designer; Drake Susuras, a sophomore performance major from Broomfield, Colo., serves as the dramaturg; Damian Thompson '03, visiting assistant professor of theatre, serves as the choreographer; Mitch L. Critel, assistant professor of theatre, serves as the technical director; and Hannah Tarr, a junior theatre studies major from Floyds Knobs, Ind., serves as the stage manager.

The ensemble includes Lillian Grace Carlson, a sophomore performance major from
Minneapolis, Minn.; Ashly Chalico, a first-year performance major from Magnolia, Texas; Allie
Forté, a senior performance major from New Albany, Ind.; Davis Jolgren, a sophomore
performance major from Louisville, Ky.; Lillie Kolich, a senior performance major from
Albuquerque, N.M.; Kirkland Long, a senior performance major from Canal Winchester, Ohio;
Riley Katherine Miller, a junior performance major from Crown Point, Ind.; Amelia Overholt, a
junior performance major from Fort Collins, Colo.; Jeff Parkinson, a junior performance major
from Mercer Island, Wash.; and Chloe Shrieves, a senior performance major from St. Cloud, Fla.

The safety of students and patrons is of top priority to UE Theatre. The program boasts a
100% vaccination rate against COVID-19 among the faculty and students. In addition to
compliance with guidelines established by the University's Coronavirus Task Force, UE Theatre continues regular weekly COVID-19 testing of students involved with productions in order to maintain a healthy, safe environment for the coalition of theatre artists working on campus.

In following industry standards, as established by the Broadway League, all audience
members must show proof of COVID–19 vaccination or a negative test result taken within
72-hours of the date on their ticket. Upon arrival at Shanklin Theatre, proof of vaccination/negative test result and an ID will be checked before each performance. All audience members must remain masked while indoors, and Shanklin Theatre will be seated at no more than 50% capacity.

Single ticket prices for GONE MISSING are $20 for adults and $18 for senior adults,
students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488-2031, Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

UE Theatre Presents THREE SISTERS

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre is excited to continue the fall season of the 2021–2022 school year with Anton Chekov’s THREE SISTERS, in a new version by Sarah Ruhl, based on a literal translation by Elise Thoron with Natasha Paramonova and Kristin Johnsen-Neshati. The show opens on Friday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. In repertory style with GONE MISSING, created by The Civilians, additional performances of THREE SISTERS are at 7:30 p.m. on November 19 and 20 and December 2; and at 2:00 p.m. on November 13 and December 5.

Sarah Ruhl’s modern voice has garnered her a Tony Award nomination, a MacArthur Fellowship, and she was twice named a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Her version of one of Chekhov’s most famous plays exposes the timely struggles of a family living in a small town in Russia and facing gambling debts, a house in foreclosure, and fears of a war on the horizon. These sisters defy despair, celebrate milestones, fall hopelessly in love, and rival as only siblings can. With unyielding resilience and acerbic humor, these women throw themselves into the distance between their dreams and reality and inspire us all to brave our own “new normal.”

Diane Brewer, PhD, professor of theatre history and criticism, directs THREE SISTERS. Yoon Bae, guest artist, serves as the scenic designer; Sara Mathew, a junior design and technology major, from Union, Ky., serves as the costume designer; Stephen Boulmetis, associate professor of lighting design, serves as the lighting designer; Richard B. Ingraham, guest artist, serves as the sound designer; Joy Weidenhamer, a senior theatre studies major from Omaha, Neb., serves as the dramaturg; Mitchell L. Critel, assistant professor of theatre, serves as the technical director; and Corey Cagle, a senior stage management major, from Nashville, Ind., serves as the stage manager.

The cast features Cassidy Rogers, a senior performance major from College Station, Texas, as Olga; Marie Reilly, a junior performance major from Spring Hill, Fla., as Masha; Cass Dunn, a senior performance major from Brattleboro, Vt., as Irina; McAllister Stowell, a junior performance major from Lakewood, Colo., as Andrei; Tatiana Robledo, a sophomore performance major from Houston, Texas, as Natasha; Nathan Viscaino, a junior performance major from Redmond, Ore., as Kulygin; Zachary Scalzitti, a senior performance major from Saint John, Ind., as Vershinin; Brody Ray, a sophomore performance major from Owensboro, Ky., as Tuzenbach; Benjamin Bravard, a junior performance major from Batavia, Ohio, as Solyony; Josh Gelman, a senior performance major from Denver, Colo., as Chebutykin; Caden Sevier, a sophomore performance major from Humble, Texas, as Fedotik; Beverley Buchanan, a sophomore performance major from Tomball, Texas, as Rodé; Jack Cory, a junior performance major from Southlake, Texas, as Ferapont; and Elizabeth Dye a junior performance major, from Frisco, Texas, as Anfisa.

The safety of students and patrons is of top priority to UE Theatre. The program boasts a 100% vaccination rate against COVID-19 among the faculty and students. In addition to compliance with the guidelines established by the University's Coronavirus Task Force, UE Theatre continues regular weekly COVID-19 testing of students involved with productions in order to maintain a healthy, safe environment for the coalition of theatre artists working on campus.

In following industry standards, as established by the Broadway League, all audience members must show proof of COVID–19 vaccination or a negative test result taken within 72 hours of the date on their ticket. Upon arrival at Shanklin Theatre, proof of vaccination/negative test result and an ID will be checked before each performance. All audience members must remain masked when indoors on campus, and Shanklin Theatre will be seated at no more than 50% capacity.

Single ticket prices for THREE SISTERS are $20 for adults and $18 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488-2031, Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Dr. James MacLeod Receives Indiana Historical Society's Hubert Hawkins History Award

James MacLeod, PhD, chair of the UE Department of History, Politics, and Social Change, has been presented with one of the 2021 Founders Day Awards by the Indiana Historical Society (IHS). Each year, the IHS presents the Founders Day Awards, which recognize outstanding individuals and organizations whose efforts have enriched the lives of others by conveying awareness and appreciation of Indiana's history on local, regional, and statewide levels. 

The IHS awarded MacLeod with the Hubert Hawkins History Award, which is made annually to a local historian for his or her distinguished service and career in local history. MacLeod is an active local historian, serving on the Boards of the Vanderburgh County Historical Society; the Southwestern Indiana Historical Society; and the Evansville Museum of Art, History and Science.

“I am extremely honored to receive this award from the IHS," said MacLeod. "While it is an individual award, it is a reflection of the hard work being done by numerous people in the field of local history here in Evansville. The work that I have done over the last few years has all been built on the foundation of research produced by others, and it has been done with the help of a group of wonderful people who welcomed me - as a foreigner and an outsider - incredibly warmly into the local history community.”

MacLeod was educated at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, receiving a Master of Arts in 1988 and a PhD in 1993. He taught history and British studies at Harlaxton College in England from 1994-1999. Since 1999, he has been teaching at UE. Currently, MacLeod chairs the Department of History, Politics, and Social Change, and he teaches courses in European History and the two World Wars. In 2009, he received the Outstanding Teacher Award at the UE commencement.

MacLeod is the author of Evansville in World War Two, which was published in 2015, and The Cartoons of Evansville’s Karl Kae Knecht, published in 2017. In 2016, he wrote and co-produced a 2-part documentary on Evansville in World War II for WNIN PBS, titled Evansville at War. In 2000, he published a book on 19th-century British religion titled The Second Disruption. MacLeod has written over 30 other scholarly publications, delivered hundreds of public lectures, and won many awards for teaching and scholarship. In 2009, he was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award during the UE Commencement.

“Dr. James MacLeod is the heir apparent for local academic history studies in Vanderburgh County,” said Terry Hughes, president of the Vanderburgh County Historical Association. “His books on World War II and cartoonist Karl Kae Knecht fill voids in local history research, and his documentary film on WWII in Evansville will be a lasting treasure for the community.”

“His original research into Evansville’s history is a significant addition to the body of knowledge documenting our community’s development," said Tom Lonnberg, chief curator and curator of history at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science. "His leadership in this area and ready willingness to share his findings are an invaluable resource.”

Jennifer Greene, chief archivist at the University of Southern Indiana, added, “Dr. James MacLeod has made the old new again through his books and projects about local history. He brings a sense of humor in his editorial cartoons that highlights the issue of the day in much the same way Karl K. Knecht did, a history he brought to life in his recent book about the cartoon editorialist. He supports the community in his work with organizations like Southwestern Indiana Historical Society, of which he has been a long-standing board member, but also in his involvement in civic projects.”

“Founders Day Awards honor the people and organizations who toil in the fields of history to create resources that benefit our state and its many communities,” said Susan Jones-Huffine, chair of the board of trustees of the Indiana Historical Society. “Our history proves that in times like these, we have reason to be hopeful.”

The IHS will honor Founders Day Award recipients during a virtual celebration on November 1, 2021. It will be streamed on Facebook Live beginning at 6 p.m.

Dr. James MacLeod Receives Indiana Historical Society's Hubert Hawkins History Award

UE Clay Club to Host Annual Chili Bowl Sale on October 29

The UE Department of Art and Clay Club will host the annual Chili Bowl Sale on Friday, October 29, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will be held in Eykamp Hall, located inside Ridgway University Center off Walnut Street.

For $10, customers can buy one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls with the option of filling it with chili. To-go containers will also be available. Chartwells, the food service provider of UE, is co-sponsoring the event and providing chili. Chef Brown will be serving his own unique recipe. Larger bowls will be for sale from $15 to $50, and a silent auction will have artistic bowls on display, with price ranges from $75 to $125. Customers may purchase up to eight chili bowls, and cash or check (made out to UE Clay Club) will be accepted.

"A lot of hours went into creating these unique ceramic bowls," said Todd Matteson, chair of the Department of Art and Clay Club advisor. "The artists dedicated a lot of energy and hard work. I feel blessed to have such a wonderful group to work with on supporting such a great cause."

The bowls are made by members of the Clay Club as well as UE students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the Evansville community. This year one hundred precent of the sales will go to St. Vincent de Paul's Food Pantry. The Clay Club chose this organization to assist in fighting hunger in the local area.

The Clay Club was established to further the knowledge of ceramic arts at UE and provide activities, both social and educational, to all interested students. Members raise funds to attend conferences, visit museums and galleries, and host visiting artists.

Embrace, Fifth Third Partner for Jacobsville Advantage to Support Local Businesses

The University of Evansville, with the support of Fifth Third Bank, is launching the Jacobsville Advantage, a collaborative effort that assists small businesses in the community with the resources necessary for growth. The overall project was created by Embrace Marketing, a marketing and communications agency managed by UE students. Members of the team hope the innovative program will strengthen Jacobsville businesses and bring strategic growth to the area.

For some time, Fifth Third has been partnering with UE and the Small Business Development Corporation to find innovative solutions and initiatives for the Jacobsville community, in which approximately 460 businesses are located. After conducting research to identify the best ways to support small businesses in the community, Embrace found that marketing assistance was a significant need. Because small businesses often do not have the funds to strategically market their goods or services, they may struggle to be profitable. With a grant from Fifth Third to launch their efforts, Embrace will work one-on-one with business owners to create marketing campaigns and increase brand awareness and reach.

“Fifth Third is dedicated to continuing in our shared vision of creating a Tri-State region where small businesses can truly thrive with exceptional community partners like the University of Evansville and their Center for Innovation & Change,” said Neely Pierce, city president of Fifth Third Bank. “That’s why we have been a proud supporter of this meaningful work and will continue in our philanthropy and resource sharing as the next phase of this program sparks growth and change in the Jacobsville business district.”

Any business owner in the Jacobsville community can receive these services at a very low cost, thanks to the grant from Fifth Third. A stairstep approach will set the initial 5 hours at $10 per hour, with increasing rates up to $50 after 35 hours of service. To learn more or schedule an appointment with the team, businesses can apply on the Jacobsville Advantage website.

“Our team is very excited to bring this project to the Jacobsville area and create real change that will support these business owners and their families,” said Brock Wandel, a UE junior and account executive for Embrace. “While we may not be able to help every single business, we’re confident that those who reach out to us will be impacted for the better.”

Embrace was founded in 2018 by UE alumnus Joe Ellsworth as well as the University’s Center for Innovation & Change. This unique program, now guided by alums Keith Leonhardt and Emily Schuster, is entirely student-run and provides experiential, hands-on learning for students. Clients of Embrace receive affordable marketing and communication services, including graphic design, rebranding, advertising, and consulting.

The Jacobsville Advantage is one of several improvements UE has brought to the community. ChangeLabs, or semester-long courses that seek to create positive change, helped implement Bike Share for the city. Three UE students created the CommuniTree at Mickey’s Kingdom, a solar-powered structure that provides wi-fi and charging ports for mobile devices. The University also obtained $90,000 in solar panels for the Carver Community Organization. Additionally, UE teamed up with Glenwood Leadership Academy to launch the mad hot ballroom program to enhance art education and performance opportunities.

Art Exhibit by Mark Pease on Display

The UE Department of Art presents “You Can’t Call Clouds Clouds Because They’re Always Moving,” an exhibit by Mark Pease that will soon be on display at the Krannert Gallery. The exhibit will be available for public viewing from October 25 through December 11. The Krannert Gallery is located in the Krannert Hall of Art and Music on the UE campus.

The gallery is open from noon until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, it is open from noon until 6:00 p.m. Masks are required while indoors.

A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, November 11, at 6:30 p.m. A lecture will follow at 7:00 p.m. Both events are free to the public and will be held in the Peterson Gallery, located on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Weinbach Avenue.

Mark Pease creates work in a variety of media, including printmaking, animation, 3D visualizations, painting, and photography. Through his work, he explores visual ideas inspired by consumer nostalgia, simulacra, suburban landscapes, and modernist architecture.

Currently, Mark is an associate professor of digital media at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. His courses incorporate the use of computer graphics, digital animation, video art, and 3D modeling. Mark’s work has been on display in national exhibitions such as Los Angeles, New York, and St. Louis.

For more information, contact the UE Art Department of Art at 812-488-2043, email art@evansville.edu, or visit the gallery's Facebook page.

UE Receives $3.6 Million Gift for Lucy Kelly Nursing Scholarship

The University of Evansville (UE) has been provided a $3.6 million gift from the John B. and Lucille S. Kelly Trust. The funds will support and grow the Lucy Kelly Nursing Scholarship, which assists Dunigan Family School of Nursing students who demonstrate financial need and strong academic abilities. 

After her marriage to Dr. John B. Kelly, Lucy relocated from St. Louis to Evansville. At age 42 she decided to enroll at UE for a nursing degree. In 1970, she graduated at 46. Looking back on her time at the University, she considered her four years of studies some of the most fulfilling and happiest of her life. Lucy worked as a nurse at Welborn Baptist Hospital for many years, while her husband was a urologist for Welborn Clinic. She eventually moved to a retirement community in Sun City, Arizona, where she lived until her passing at the age of 97. 

“We are tremendously grateful for the Kellys’ generosity and foresight in developing a philanthropic plan that will both make the UE Nursing degree more accessible to students and expand the pipeline of professionals in this critical need field,” said Abigail Werling, vice president for university advancement at UE.  “Mrs. Kelly was very proud of her UE degree, and today, we are proud of the Kellys’ decision to invest in the University of Evansville’s future with such a beautiful gift of scholarship.” 

Concerned about the nursing shortage and accessibility to education, Lucy established the Lucy Kelly Nursing Scholarship at UE. It was her hope that students in need could pursue their passion for nursing and join the field after graduation. Applicants for the scholarship must be in the top twenty percent of their class and hold a B grade average. 

UE was the first institution in the state of Indiana to receive accreditation for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Now celebrating over 60 years of continuous accreditation, the program offers a scientific and creative learning environment in which students work closely with talented, experienced faculty. UE offers direct entry into the program for eligible freshmen, meaning those who meet required standards are guaranteed a spot in the program once they deposit. Direct entry students also receive a nursing scholarship valued at $20,000 per year. 

“Nursing careers, especially in the tri-state region, are currently in high demand,” said Jerrilee Lamar, PhD, RN, CNE, the Dunigan Family School of Nursing chair. “We are incredibly grateful for this generous gift from the John B. and Lucille S. Kelly Trust, which will support nursing students for years to come.” 

Students interested in pursuing a nursing degree can apply for free at evansville.edu/apply. 

Distinguished Historian Sally Roesch Wagner to Deliver Fiddick Lecture on November 5

The UE Department of History, Politics, and Social Change will welcome Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner for the 19th annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture on Friday, November 5. The lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, located on the second floor of Ridgway University Center on the UE campus. The event is free and open to the public with a book-signing afterwards. For those who are unable to attend in person, the lecture will be live streamed. 

The 19th annual Fiddick Lecture is a centennial celebration (delayed by one year due to COVID-19) of the passing of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. Focusing on the women's rights movement over three centuries, Dr. Wagner’s lecture examines the movement's changing agenda, why it has happened, and how we can move forward today with United States democracy and the very existence of life on the planet hanging in the balance. 

Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner was awarded one of the first doctorates in the country for work in women’s studies (UC Santa Cruz), and she is a founder of one the first college-level women’s studies programs in the United States (CSU Sacramento). Dr. Wagner has taught women’s studies courses for 50 years, and she currently teaches for Syracuse University’s Honors Program. 

A major historian of the suffrage movement, Dr. Wagner has been active on the national scene. She appeared in and wrote the faculty guide for the Ken Burns documentary Not for Ourselves Alone. A prolific author, Dr. Wagner’s anthology The Women's Suffrage Movement, with a foreword by Gloria Steinem (Penguin Classics, 2019), unfolds a new intersectional look at the 19th century women’s rights movement. Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists (Native Voices, 2001) documents the surprisingly unrecognized authority of Native women who inspired the suffrage movement. It was followed by her young reader’s book, We Want Equal Rights: How Suffragists Were Influenced by Native American Women (Native Voices, 2020). Among her awards, Dr. Wagner was selected as a 2020 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction, one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s E-News in 2015, and she received the Katherine Coffey Award for outstanding service to museology from the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums in 2012. 

“Professor Wagner is one of the leading historians of Women’s Suffrage in the country, and it is an enormous privilege to bring her to the University of Evansville to deliver the 2021 Fiddick Lecture and interact with students in class,” said Dr. James MacLeod, professor of history and director of the Fiddick Memorial Lecture Series for UE. “On the hundredth anniversary of one of the greatest steps forward in American history, it is important that we reflect and learn some of the lessons of the passing of Women’s Suffrage. Gaining the vote was a hugely important moment for American women, but the women’s rights movement has evolved significantly over the years, and there can be few better-qualified people to tell us this fascinating story than Sally Roesch Wagner.”  

Thomas C. Fiddick, for whom the Fiddick Memorial Lecture is named, served as professor of history at UE from 1963 to 2002. In his 39 years at the University, he was a dedicated teacher, a productive scholar, and a tireless fighter in the cause of justice. His book, Russia's Retreat from Poland, 1920: From Permanent Revolution to Peaceful Coexistence, is still considered to be the best book on this topic. Tom’s untimely death on the day of his retirement in 2002 stunned the entire UE community, especially his many former students. It was from the former students’ efforts in particular, with the support of Dr. Fiddick’s friends and the University, that the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture was established. 

“The Fiddick Lecture is one of the best events of the year, as we get to celebrate the career of a truly outstanding faculty member here at UE,” MacLeod added. “Tom Fiddick was a brilliant scholar and an incredible teacher who made a life-transforming impact on generations of students.” 

Masks will be required while indoors on the UE campus. To stream the lecture live, visit evansville.edu/live

Rami Malek, Theatre Alumnus, Stars in New Bond Film "No Time to Die"

University of Evansville alumnus Rami Malek is starring in the upcoming film No Time To Die, the 25th film in the James Bond franchise. Playing the role of Lyutsifer Safin, the nemesis of Bond, Malek is the latest villain in the storied series.

The film is set to be released in the United States on Friday, October 8, 2021. The world premiere was September 28, 2021, in London.

Malek will also be an opening host for the 47th season of Saturday Night Live. He is slated to appear on the show October 16.

A 2003 graduate of the theatre program, Malek's roles at UE included Death and the King's HorsemanThe Kentucky CycleBook of DaysMuch Ado About NothingOthello, and The Real Thing.

Malek has won many awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, which was released in 2018.

Theatre Alums, Assistant Professor Open on Broadway in To Kill a Mockingbird

As part of Broadway’s historic reopening, two University of Evansville Theatre alumnae have roles in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, by Aaron Sorkin, at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway, opening on Tuesday, October 5.

Amelia McClain (left) and Erin Wilhelmi (right)

Amelia McClain has been on the faculty at UE since 2018 and serves as an Assistant Professor of Acting. She teaches all levels of acting, as well as senior-level audition techniques and directs one production each year. Before returning to her alma mater, she completed a year-long tenure on Broadway as Sandra in the smash-hit production of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Also on Broadway, she worked on FOOL FOR LOVE, NOISES OFF, THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, and the Tony Award-winning VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE. Amelia has been in over 20 productions off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the country. Her favorites include OCTOBER/ NOVEMBER at Ensemble Stage Theatre in New York, Brooke in NOISES OFF at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, and Juliet in ROMEO AND JULIET at the Pioneer Theatre Company in Utah. If you don’t blink, you can catch Amelia in the film INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. A Texas native, she received her BFA from the University of Evansville, in 2003, and MFA from the graduate acting program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is a member of Actors Equity Association. In TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Amelia plays the roles of Ms. Stephanie and Dill’s mom.

Erin Wilhelmi, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, made her Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated revival of Arthur Miller’s THE CRUCIBLE. Her other Broadway credits include TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (original cast), and A DOLL’S HOUSE PART 2. She has played several roles in Off-Broadway productions, including, GNIT (Theatre for a New Audience), AMERICAN HERO (Second Stage/Williamstown Theatre Festival), THE GREAT IMMENSITY (The Public Theater), CORE VALUES (Ars Nova), and THE GREAT GOD PAN (Playwrights Horizions). In addition to her roles on stage, she is most notably known for her role as Alice in the hit film, THE PERKS OF BENG A WALLFLOWER. Her other Film/TV credits include THE GILDED AGE, BABY RUBY, SWEET, SWEET LONELY GIRL, BETTER CALL SAUL, THE KNICK, TAXI BROOKLYN, MONSTERLAND, LAW & ORDER: SVU, GOSSIP GIRL, and THE ACCIDENTAL WOLF. Erin received her BFA from the University of Evansville in 2008. She is a member of the Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) organization.

Music Conservatory Announces Full Funding for Wheeler Concert Hall Renovations

On October 5, 2021, the University of Evansville (UE) announced the full funding of Wheeler Concert Hall and the Krannert Hall of Art and Music gallery. Members of the UE Music Conservatory delivered the exciting news to the audience of the Ensemble Showcase and through a live stream on the University’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.  

In February 2021, UE announced the creation of the UE Music Conservatory (formerly the Department of Music) as well as plans to renovate Wheeler Concert Hall and the Krannert Hall of Art and Music gallery. The entire project was funded through philanthropy, and a total of $3 million was raised in less than six months. 

Wheeler Hall Renovations Interior

"We are excited about the future of the UE Music Conservatory, and this major renovation to Wheeler Concert will enrich the lives of UE students for many years,” said Tad Dickel, PhD, president of the Friends of UE Music. “Many people have generously supported this project, and we are extremely grateful. The renovated hall will be a place that the campus and community will be proud of." 

Wheeler Concert Hall experienced a water line break in the fall of 2019, causing the space to be unavailable for concerts and recitals. With this fully funded project, the Music Conservatory will now have a first-class concert hall that includes acoustical improvements and arrangeable seating. UE will also add a handicap-accessible entrance to Wheeler Concert Hall. Additionally, improvements to the Krannert Hall of Art and Music gallery will create a more welcoming and open space to visitors and future gallery events. 

The University would like to thank all the donors and Friends of UE Music for their ongoing support and making the renovation project possible. Interested individuals can still name a seat in Wheeler Concert Hall for $2,500 if the donation is made before October 31. To make a gift, please visit uealumnionline.com/HaveASeat

Music Conservatory Announces Full Funding for Wheeler Concert Hall Renovations

Baines Publishes Essay in Collection

Robert Baines, associate professor of English, has an essay in the new collection "Modernism, Theory, and Responsible Reading," edited by Stephen Ross and published by Bloomsbury. Baines' essay is titled "The Positive of the Negative: Joycean Post-Structuralism as Felskian Critique."

Book Cover

UE ChangeLab Brings Vaccine Awareness to Latino Community

Holy Rosary Catholic Church, located on south Green River Road in Evansville, will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic this Sunday, September 26, 2021, from 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The clinic is targeted toward the youth of the local Latino community.  

The first dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered on that Sunday, and the second dose will be administered at another clinic on Sunday, October 17, 2021, from 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Anyone age 12 and older can receive the vaccine for free. No identification cards or insurance will be required, and registration will be walk-in only. Individuals must wear a mask while at the clinic. 

Any Latino high school student who receives both doses of the vaccine will be entered to win a four-year, full-tuition scholarship from the University of Evansville. If the student is already fully vaccinated but would still like to be entered for the scholarship, they must bring proof of full vaccination and a friend, family member, or neighbor to the clinic. This individual must receive both doses of the vaccine for the student to be eligible for the scholarship. The drawing will be held after the second vaccine clinic.  

In partnership with Holy Rosary and Ascension St. Vincent, a professor and group of students from UE have worked diligently to increase COVID-19 vaccine awareness in the local Latino community. The idea arose from a ChangeLab – a semester-long UE course in which student teams develop innovative solutions to challenges either locally, nationally, or globally. The ChangeLab was held throughout the Spring 2021 semester and titled “Latinx Community Health.” 

Although vaccination awareness and encouragement has been strong in Evansville, the majority of information has been in English – whether it be online or printed in schools, healthcare facilities, or stores. Coached by Cindy Crowe, assistant professor emeritus of Spanish, the students used medical Spanish knowledge to transcribe English materials to Spanish. In particular, they created a pamphlet completely in Spanish that shared CDC guidelines as well as vaccination locations in Evansville.  

After producing the materials, Crowe and her students looked for a way to provide a comfortable, easily accessible vaccination site for Latinos where no ID was required. This was accomplished by forming a partnership with Ascension St. Vincent and Holy Rosary. Holy Rosary offers Catholic mass services in Spanish on Wednesdays and Sundays, so they knew it would be an ideal location for reaching the community and hosting the clinic. The team of students also translated the registration forms for the clinic, which led to more than 100 full vaccinations.  

“Since our clinic in the spring, the vaccine is now available for high school students, so we wanted the next clinic to focus on supporting them,” said Crowe. “As the coach of this class, it has been extremely rewarding to see these students take their ideas and goals and create a real difference in the community.” 

UE Theatre Announces Fall 2021 Season

The University of Evansville (UE) Department of Theatre proudly presents the Fall 2021 Shanklin Theatre season. After more than a year’s absence from live performances on campus, UE Theatre is ready to welcome patrons back with an extraordinary line-up of plays which includes a humorous interpretation of everyday life, a dashing story of self-willed sisters, and a fascinating cabaret about life and the way people interact with possessions.

The season kicks off with EVERYBODY, written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Visiting Assistant Professor Stacey Yen. EVERYBODY opens on Fri., Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., on Sept. 2–5, 30, Oct. 1, 2, and at 2:00 p.m., on Oct. 3.

A finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, this innovative play is an immersive and inclusive experience for the cast and audience—as actors draw lots onstage to discover which role they will play at each performance. This brilliant, award-winning playwright gives us a modern take on EVERYMAN, a 15th-century morality play. His inventive interpretation is a provocative and joyful romp about love and death, a whimsical look into the unknown, and, ultimately, an exploration of the ties that bind us on this wondrous journey called life. Who knew that death could be so fun? And absurdly funny!

Next in the repertory line-up is THREE SISTERS from the iconic playwright Anton Chekhov, written in a new version, by Sarah Ruhl. The production is directed by Professor Diane Brewer and opens Fri., Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., on Nov. 19, 20, Dec. 2, and at 2:00 p.m., on Nov. 13 and Dec. 5.

This playwright’s modern voice has garnered her a Tony Award nomination, a MacArthur Fellowship, and she was twice named a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Her version of one of Chekhov’s most famous plays exposes the timely struggles of a family living in a small town in Russia and facing gambling debts, a house in foreclosure, and fears of a war on the horizon. These sisters defy despair, celebrate milestones, fall hopelessly in love, and rival as only siblings can. With unyielding resilience and acerbic humor, these women throw themselves into the distance between their dreams and reality and inspire us all to brave our own “new normal.”

The inventive play GONE MISSING, devised by the groundbreaking theatre troupe, The Civilians, is directed by Wes Grantom ’03 and opens Sat., Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., on Nov. 18, Dec. 3, 4, and at 2:00 p.m., on Nov. 20, 21.

This charming show combines real-life interviews about the nature of memory with a scintillating score that effortlessly swings between salsa, ballads, jazzy numbers, and tuneful pop songs. An ensemble of eccentric characters seamlessly intertwines tales of lost objects with fascinating stories of seekers and finders and examines our tendency to place heightened significance on everyday items. While a global pandemic may be the most opportune time to explore this “cabaret of loss,” it is the communal experience of shared joy that is sure to resonate and linger in hearts and minds long after the show ends.

In following industry standards, as established by the Broadway League, all audience members must show proof of COVID–19 vaccination or a negative test result
taken within 72-hours of the date on their ticket. Upon arrival at Shanklin Theatre, proof of vaccination/negative test result and an ID will be checked before each performance. In compliance with the UE Coronavirus Task Force guidelines, all audience members must remain masked when indoors on campus. Additionally, Shanklin Theatre will be seated at no more than 50% capacity.

Season tickets are available now at $45 for adults and $40 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. Single ticket prices for EVERYBODY, THREE SISTERS, and GONE MISSING are $20 for adults and $18 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488–2031, Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may also visit the Ticket Office on campus, located within Shanklin Theatre in Hyde Hall.

UE Theatre Announces Fall 2021 Season

UE Holds Ribbon Cutting for Ace CARE Transportation Van

On September 8, 2021, the University of Evansville held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new transportation van for the Ace CARE program. The event was held at 3:00 p.m. and included attendance from staff, faculty, alumni, and members of Evansville Regional Economic Partnership (E-REP). 

Ace CARE (Community Action through Rehabilitation and Exercise) was founded 10 years ago by several students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UE. The organization has three branches of service: Ace+ PT, an outpatient physical therapy clinic for the underinsured, uninsured, and those experiencing homelessness; ACErcise, which serves adults who have sustained a neurologic injury; and AceBuddies, geared toward children and young adults with special needs. 

All Ace CARE services are completely student-run, held on campus, and offered at no cost to patients and participants. In previous years, those in need of Ace CARE services were responsible for their own transportation. For the vulnerable in the local community, however, finding transportation can many times be difficult or unreliable and can result in inconsistent service delivery.

Ace CARE van ribbon cutting attendees

“I have had participants share with me the various obstacles they must work through to make it to our Ace CARE services,” said Christin Donahoe, a Doctor of Physical Therapy student who serves with the program. “With this van, we can solve these problems and enthusiastically assure our patients that they are our priority. For many who may be experiencing an unstable season of life, this van opens doors – literally – and provides them reliability and stability.” 

Early in 2020, discussions were held regarding the need for a transportation van for the Ace CARE program. The idea was launched into reality by March, when University of Evansville parents Mike and Julie Mangan initiated fundraising efforts and provided lead gift money. The Mangans challenged others to support the cause, which prompted others to contribute. In total, 155 donors allowed UE to add the van to Ace CARE’s services. 

“This program was created because our students saw a gap in healthcare services for the vulnerable in our community,” said Mary Kessler, who serves as dean of UE’s College of Education and Health Sciences and oversees Ace CARE. “Ten years later, our students continue to address this growing need and give back to the community. Adding the van to our services is just another way we can help our participants achieve a better quality of life.” 

Ace CARE services have begun for the fall and will continue through the end of the semester. For more information, visit evansville.edu/pt or call 812-431-4832. 

“I hope everyone will see that this van truly moves into all corners of our local community and tells those in need, ‘you and your health are valued here,’” said Donahoe. 

UE Holds Ribbon Cutting for Ace CARE Transportation Van

UE School of Education Reaches $1 Million in Grants Since 2017

The University of Evansville (UE) School of Education was recently awarded a $110,000 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) grant from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE). This is the third STEM grant the School of Education has received from the CHE. With these funds, UE has now received over $1 million in grants for the School of Education since 2017.

The recent $110,000 grant will be used to fund full-tuition scholarships for students in the Transition to Teaching program who are entering STEM fields, such as math, science, and computer science. Transition to Teaching is an accelerated, 17-credit education program that prepares students to pursue licensure in teaching. During their time in the program, students will receive teaching placements in local schools and are paired with a mentor teacher and University supervisor for constant support. 

The grant will also provide STEM professional development opportunities for current students in elementary and secondary education majors, as well as UE alums and teachers within the region. Additionally, a mentoring program for graduates teaching in STEM fields will be continued and funded.  

The School of Education will continue to implement a Project Lead the Way program for undergraduate elementary education majors. Project Lead the Way is an American organization that develops and provides STEM curricula to create engaging classroom environments. Through this program, students will be equipped with the knowledge, training, and support to incorporate these in-demand skills into their future classrooms. 

“We are thrilled that this grant will bring even more STEM training and opportunities to our students,” said Sharon Gieselmann, PhD, who serves as chair for the UE School of Education. “The teaching shortage in these fields continues to rise as the demand for these skills continues to grow. This grant is going to have a dual purpose. It will equip our students for teaching STEM in the classroom, but it will also give K-12 students a greater understanding of these areas as they think about their own future aspirations.” 

In addition to the three STEM grants from the CHE, the School of Education also received a $735,000 grant in 2020 from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund. The initiative of this grant was to improve distance learning techniques in the classroom. Since receiving the funds, the School of Education has been offering a free community tutoring program as well as professional development opportunities for current students and local teachers to improve student outcomes.

UE School of Education Reaches $1 Million in Grants Since 2017

UE, WNIN Receive National Edward R. Murrow Award

On Tuesday, August 17, the Radio Television Digital News Association announced the University of Evansville (UE) and WNIN as a national winner for the 2021 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

In 2020, WNIN, the Center for Innovation and Change at the University of Evansville, and ¿Qué Pasa, Midwest? collaborated on a seven-month research and reporting project to find stories of the coronavirus pandemic in seven Midwestern states. COVID Between the Coasts (CBC) is ongoing, adding data-driven reporting on the pandemic for the historical record.

CBC Lead Reporter Sarah Kuper said, “The students' hard work and valuable points of view, combined with the expertise of Dr. Tamara Wandel and Dr. Darrin Weber, made COVID Between the Coasts a historic time capsule of Midwestern life during the pandemic. It was their contribution that put us in the position to win one of the highest honors in the field of journalism. I know I personally learned a lot by working with them.”

WNIN Vice President of Radio Steve Burger said, “Because of the UE data and research, we were able to focus our coverage within a large survey area and break new ground. For example, our ¿Qué Pasa, Midwest? team on the ground in Chicago did valuable reporting on inconsistencies in the national data regarding essential workers. We reported on rural Midwestern communities that previously were not part of the national discussion of the pandemic. We showed the differences in the pandemic’s impact across our survey area.”

“UE is proud to have been part of telling the story of our Midwestern region in the first pandemic in 100 years and highlights the significant contributions that our faculty, staff, and students make every day in our ever-changing world,” said UE President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “With UE and WNIN working together, we were able to make a difference in a way that we would not have been able to do individually and are delighted by the collaboration. 

Since 1971, the Radio Television Digital News Association has honored outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the annual Edward R. Murrow Awards. These awards are among the most prestigious in broadcast news, and recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism. Winners will be honored at the Murrow Awards Gala in New York City on October 27, 2021.

UE, WNIN Receive National Edward R. Murrow Award

UE Awarded $50K Elevate Nexus Grant

The University of Evansville was awarded a $50,000 grant from Elevate Ventures to support entrepreneurship programming and curriculum. The funding, which is channeled through the Elevate Nexus program, is designed to strengthen bonds among higher education institutions, community partners, and entrepreneurs. UE was one of four recipients, which also included Ball State University, Indiana Institute of Technology (Indiana Tech), and Indiana University School of Medicine.

UE will use the grant to create MakerspACE, a three-pronged entrepreneurial program that provides access to innovation training and support for K-16 students. The program will address cultural challenges in the region, provide support to teachers, and build an innovative ecosystem on and off the UE campus.

The Center for Innovation & Change (CIC) at UE will create an on-campus summer institute for K-16 teachers and University professors in 2022. This institute will train individuals to utilize design thinking and infuse problem-solving activities into existing curricula. The CIC plans to offer this summer workshop for educators at no cost to them.

The MakerspACE will be housed inside the CIC office on the campus of UE. Here, students will have access to design thinking, 3D printing, light prototyping, business canvas assistance, and graphic design. This will allow students to visualize ideas and bring projects to life, particularly through prototypes. CIC staff can also connect students with a wider range of more advanced resources, for those who want to continue their pursuit of innovation and product development.

“We are so excited to generate innovation support for the educators in this region,” said Erin Lewis, executive director of the Center for Innovation & Change. “Southern Indiana has many talented individuals who want to improve the quality of life for everyone. UE can now be an even bigger part of the process to support them and bring their ideas to life.”

Elevate Nexus Higher Education Grants are made possible through a partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration. A total of $600,000 has been awarded. The funding enables higher education institutions to launch and improve programming to support growth of Indiana startups.

“In the last three years, we have seen some exceptional proposals—all of which foster entrepreneurship and innovation across the campus and in the communities they serve,” said Landon Young, executive director of the Elevate Nexus program. “We are seeing the successful execution of programs, the building of cross-campus ecosystems, and high-potential companies starting and growing. I look forward to the future success these universities see from the programming they were able to launch and expand.”

To stay appraised of additional and future programs provided by Elevate Nexus, visit elevateventures.com.

UE Awarded $50K Elevate Nexus Grant

Efroymson Family Fund Supports UE Art, Creates New Endeavors

The University of Evansville is grateful to receive support for the Department of Art from the Efroymson Family Fund. The generous gift from the family, which is in place for the 2021-22 academic year, will not only fund existing traditions within the department but also create new opportunities for art students. 

“We are really excited to create a more impactful learning experience for our art students, thanks to the Efroymson Family Fund,” said Todd Matteson, chair of the Department of Art. “Their contributions help us in preparing our students to be successful not just at UE, but beyond the classroom.” 

With the support from the fund, the department will continue to welcome an artist to Evansville each semester as part of the Efroymson Family Emerging Contemporary Artists Lecture Series. The artist’s pieces will be on display in the Melvin Peterson Gallery as well as the Krannert Gallery. Art students are able to interact with professional artists through lectures and workshops, and the public is invited to view the galleries. 

Each year, the fund supports a marketing internship for a current art student. One intern is selected each semester, and the student works closely with the department chair. The paid internship provides beneficial, hands-on experience, as the student will design print and digital materials that assist with recruitment, exhibitions and receptions, and departmental advertising. 

The Efroymson Family Fund will, for the first time, provide a Bridge Fellowship Program for the upcoming academic year. This new program will deliver invaluable experience for a recent graduate for the Department of Art who wishes to pursue further education. They will work on research and assist with studio management and teaching. The fellow will also receive a studio space and exhibit their research. The assistance performed by the Bridge Year Fellow will allow current art faculty to dedicate more time to classrooms, student mentorship, and artwork. 

“The University is tremendously grateful for the ongoing support from the Efroymson family,” said Sylvia DeVault, corporate and foundation relations officer for UE. “For ten years now, they have been supporters of the arts, which has created a lasting impact on our campus and in the Evansville community.” 

University of Evansville Launches Music Community Conservatory

Earlier this year, the University of Evansville (UE) announced the creation of the UE Music Conservatory to better serve students and the local community. Beginning this fall, the Conservatory will expand its offerings to provide musical opportunities and lifelong learning for all ages through the new Community Conservatory. Lessons and classes will begin in August. 

Community Conservatory membership will allow students to take private instrument or voice lessons from UE music faculty. Lessons are available to all ages and abilities. In addition to one-on-one lessons, students will have opportunities for masterclasses and coaching, recitals with a provided pianist, reduced class rates, a discount toward the UE Summer Music Camp, and a guaranteed talent-based scholarship toward a UE music degree. 

A variety of classes will also be available to the community, accommodating many age groups and skill levels. Course offerings will include chamber music, group piano, audition preparation, drumming, ensembles, and more. Registration for classes is now open. 

UE will continue to offer existing services through the Conservatory, including community ensembles such as UE Choral Society, UE Symphony Orchestra, and the UE Community Band. Rehearsals are held on a weekly basis and performances are presented each semester. The long-running Suzuki Program will also continue as part of the Community Conservatory. Founded in 1972, the program teaches more than 100 students aged 4-17 in the tri-state region. 

“Recognizing UE’s commitment to the community, the faculty are excited to offer and develop new musical opportunities in the area,” said Kenneth Steinsultz, co-director of the UE Music Conservatory. “Music can be a lifelong talent and passion no matter your path in life, and the Community Conservatory will allow anyone to accomplish that.” 

Find more information and register any time by visiting the Community Conservatory webpage.

University of Evansville Launches Music Community Conservatory

University of Evansville Students Earn Prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards

A group of University of Evansville (UE) students have been recognized for their work on a community journalism initiative that examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Midwest.

The UE ChangeLab project, “COVID Between the Coasts,” is a collaboration between two University courses and National Public Radio member station WNIN.

The project, presented in a podcast format, examined seven Midwestern states through the lens of underrepresented populations grappling with the ongoing pandemic.

Over seven months, Aces led by Drs. Tamara Wandel (communications) and Darrin Weber (mathematics) carried out research, conducted interviews, and compiled data to tell localized and human stories.

“The research and reporting for our podcast is broader and richer as a result of the ChangeLab students’ award-winning work,” said WNIN reporter and producer Sarah Kuper.

“COVID Between the Coasts” earned the Excellence and Innovation and Excellence in Writing in the Region 7 group at the 2021 Edward R. Murrow Awards. Since 1971, the Radio Television Digital News Association has honored outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with annual ceremonies.

 “These are some of the most prestigious journalism awards out there, and I’m so proud of our students for their work on this project,” Wandel said.

“My classmates and I were able to do everything from research to interviewing and script writing,” UE student Nicole Tucker. “These were all things that we didn’t have a lot of experience in but with the help of our professors and WNIN, we were able to create a successful podcast series.”

A compilation of “COVID Between the Coasts” is available online.

ChangeLabs at the University of Evansville are semester-long courses in which students create positive change for businesses, nonprofits, and the community. Guided by expert coaches, multidisciplinary student teams provide services or develop innovative solutions to challenges. In addition to the award-winning “COVID Between the Coasts” collaboration, other ChangeLab projects include a city-wide bike sharing program and a $90,000 solar panel grant for a local community center.

For more information, visit the ChangeLab webpage.

UE Ranked a Top 100 Best College for Veterans

The University of Evansville has been ranked among the top 100 best colleges for veterans by College Consensus. The complete list of schools was published to the organization's website for 2021. 

To establish the rankings, College Consensus used a method that combined ratings from internationally recognized publishers (publisher rating) as well as student reviews (student review rating). To qualify for the report, a college must be a Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges member, have a recognized student veteran organization, be a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, employ dedicated support contact for veterans, and offer credit for military training. 

"Our student veterans are a valuable asset to our campus community," said Tracey Y. Folden, PhD, assistant vice president for academic affairs. "Their unique work and life experience as prior service members enriches the academic culture." 

In addition to free tuition through the Yellow Ribbon Program, UE offers constant support to student veterans for an engaging college experience. Throughout their college careers, student veterans can receive one-on-one assistance with advising, tutoring, and résumé and interview preparation. The student organization UE VETS (Veterans Education Transition Support) connects veterans and ROTC cadets for a smooth transition to campus life. 

"The resources that UE has made available to veterans have been exemplary,” said Jordan Wright, a student veteran majoring in finance. Wright served in the Navy from 2007-2011. "My experience at the University has been everything I hoped it would be." 

U.S. News & World Report recognized UE as the #2 Best College for Veterans in the Midwest for 2021. The University has also been previously recognized by U.S. Veterans Magazine and Military Times as a top college for veterans. 

"For many transitioning veterans, the process can be a very overwhelming and scary experience," said Neal Quick, a class of 2022 student veteran. "UE has shown me that they genuinely care about veterans, and they have made becoming an Ace one of the easiest processes to accomplish while going through so many changes."

College Consensus is an online organization that highlights the best college programs and degrees offered in traditional and online formats. Studies recognize both public and private institutions at the undergraduate and graduate levels. You can read the complete report about the best colleges for veterans on their website. 

UE Receives Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Program

The University of Evansville (UE) has received accreditation for the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice program from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. UE earned accreditation for five years, which is the maximum amount awarded to new nurse anesthesia programs.

"Achieving this accreditation status is extremely rewarding and exciting for our program," said Melissa Fitch, DNP, CRNA, who serves as program director. "We look forward to welcoming future students to the University and preparing them for successful careers in the field of nurse anesthesia."

The Nurse Anesthesia program at UE is a nine-semester graduate program. Students receive a blend of classroom lecture and lab exercises from faculty members who possess many years of experience as certified registered nurse anesthetists, or CRNAs. During the second and third years of the program, students work directly with licensed practitioners in the tri-state region and obtain over 2,000 clinical hours providing anesthesia for many types of procedures, including general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, sedation, and invasive monitoring line placement.

Students in the first cohort of the program began their classes in January. The application for the second cohort with January 2022 entry will be open June 1 through August 31. For more information, visit evansville.edu/crna.

The demand for CRNAs is growing across the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is projected to grow by 31 percent through 2026, which is much faster than the average for other occupations. In 2020, the average salary for a CRNA was $189,190.

UE Receives Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Program

UE Leading Eight-Day Civil Rights Bus Tour for Local High School Students

The University of Evansville will lead an eight-day civil rights bus tour in July 2021 that will explore historical sites and events in cities of the South. Students on this trip will learn important, valuable lessons at each stop for an impactful experience of personal reflection and application within their own communities. Journey to Justice is open to local high school juniors and seniors, and registration is open through June 30. Scholarships are available for students in need. 

From July 24-31, participants will visit museums, churches, and more across the cities of Montgomery, Alabama; Birmingham, Alabama; Selma, Alabama; Memphis, Tennessee; and Louisville, Kentucky. Sites will include the Rosa Parks Museum, Edmund Pettus Bridge, National Civil Rights Institute, Beale Street, and the Breonna Taylor Memorial. Before departing UE for the trip, students will also visit the Evansville African-American Museum.  

“Journey to Justice will be a transformational experience for young people seeking to make a difference,” said Rob Shelby, PhD, chief diversity officer at UE. “While there are opportunities for high school students to learn about historical watershed moments, this trip will allow them to learn firsthand from the field.” 

Through Journey to Justice, students can earn three college credits. The interactive experience will be part of Social Justice Movements, an ethics course that can fulfill a general education requirement or be applied towards the ethics and social change major. Some assignments, such as journal entries and film viewings, will be completed on the trip, while others will be given after returning to Evansville. 

The base cost of the trip is $800. The tuition cost will be $350 for students as part of the Bridge/Dual Credit Program through UE.  

Journey to Justice is made possible through the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc. To register, or for more information, visit evansville.edu/journeytojustice.  

ChangeLab Projects Receive Honorable Mentions at Civvys

Two ChangeLab projects of the University of Evansville (UE) Center for Innovation & Change received honorable mentions at the fourth annual American Civic Collaboration Awards, or Civvys. The event was hosted live from Washington, D.C. on Monday, April 19. 

“We are thrilled to see the positive impact of our student and faculty-led ChangeLab projects recognized not just in our local community, but also at the national level,” said Erin Lewis, director of the Center for Innovation & Change. “Both teams that participated in these award-winning projects worked diligently across disciplines to create powerful change through innovation and inclusion.” 

As an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, UE gives students the opportunity to create a lasting impact in the community through ChangeLabs, which are courses that connect the classroom with the world. Students work together in teams to turn an idea into reality, bringing positive change to businesses, nonprofits, and communities throughout the world. 

The first honorable mention was for “COVID Between the Coasts,” a collaborative ChangeLab project between UE, ¿Qué Pasa, Midwest?, and WNIN. Hypothesizing that news media largely reported on the pandemic from the east and west coasts, this team conducted research to assess COVID-19 exclusively in the Midwest. The project was led by Darrin Weber, PhD, assistant professor of mathematics; and Tamara Wandel, PhD, associate professor of communications. 

Evansville Adaptive Watersports also received an honorable mention at the 2020 Civvys. At UE’s first Community Changemaker Challenge, Philip Jacobs presented a winning idea that would support local residents with disabilities by providing accessibility to watersports. After the event, the ChangeLab project was guided by a team of four undergraduate and graduate UE students: Jamie Born, Jalyn Davis, Brooksie Smith, and Ashlyn Thompson. Evansville Adaptive Watersports successfully launched last fall, and the disabilities served include autism, spina bifida, paraplegic, brain injuries, and more. 

The Civvys highlight best practices in civic collaboration in America, and awards are given at the national, youth, and local levels. The 2020 awards brought a record-setting number of entries, and finalists were selected by the Civvys Review Committee. 

Support for our UE BIPOC Community

The University of Evansville wants to shed light on recent expressions of hate, bias, and discrimination. Less than a month ago, the University sent out a statement to students and employees condemning acts of racism in our country after the tragic deaths in Atlanta. Sadly, times have continued to weigh heavily on our hearts and in our minds as we endure an international pandemic in addition to an emotionally taxing trial. Yet, lives continue to be taken at only 13 and 20 years of age.

The University of Evansville recognizes the systemically discriminate acts taking place in our country and condemns those who uphold those systems of oppression by acting with racism, hatred, violence, and ignorance. The loss of a life cannot and should not be reduced to an “accident.” Throughout our country, around the world, and in our backyard, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals face a daily charge of images, videos, and experiences clearly depicting the disparities their communities face. It is our responsibility as individuals to learn about these inequities and utilize our spaces and privileges to support and uplift BIPOC community members.

Today, we reach out to our entire University community, focusing on our BIPOC students and employees, to acknowledge the continued pain and frustration they are experiencing as a result of seeking “justice for all.” As an institution, we are dedicated to creating and fostering a space not only for diversity and inclusion, but also for belonging. We are committed to providing support and advocating for our community members affected by acts of hate.

Those outside of the BIPOC community should recognize the immense pain BIPOC community members are facing right now and how that may be affecting them in all aspects of life. It is imperative that we acknowledge and support others different from ourselves and strive to become a more empathic and compassionate community. It is not enough to not be racist. We need to stand up for our community members and be anti-racist. We want to encourage everyone to take care and, in a time fueled by hate, spread love. Love yourself and love each other.

We understand these times are extremely difficult and confusing. The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will offer campus community members an opportunity to process recent events in a safe and collaborative space during the week of April 19-23. Please look for a posting in AceNotes, UEngage, and on our social media sites for further information regarding this intentional safe space.

If you or any University community member has experienced harassment or bias, we want to know. As part of our continued commitment to creating and maintaining a safe, welcoming, and inclusive community, we encourage you to stand up against hate and contact the Office of Institutional Equity to file a report. Reports can also be made anonymously through the Office of Public Safety online reporting system.

The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Office of Institutional Equity welcome suggestions on ways to better support our community. We encourage you to reach out to us at center4dei@evansville.edu or titleix@evansville.edu.

Say their Names:
Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, Anthony Alvarez, Sun Cha Kim, Yong A. Yue, Hyun J. Grant, Soon Chung Park, Delaina Ashley Yuan, Paula Andre Michels, Xiajie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Lieutenant Nazario, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Ahmaud Arbery, Elijah McClain, Michael Brown, Aura Rosser, Botham Jean, Andres Guardando, Eric Garner, Anthony McClain, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Janisha Fonville, Freddie Gray, Alton Sterling, Atatiana Jefferson, and so many more that have gone unnamed and unpublicized.

Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz
President
University of Evansville

University of Evansville alumna uncovers ancient fingerprints on Roman oil lamps

A University of Evansville (UE) alumna has unearthed historic fingerprints embedded in a series of ancient Roman oil lamps, helping to build a greater profile of the potters that created them.

Dr. Megan Hagseth, ’12, a graduate of the UE archaeology program, had been collaborating with colleague Rachel Matheny to create three-dimensional digital models of four lamps owned by the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science. The pair both currently work for Texas A&M University as part of its Uluburun Shipwreck Project.

Utilizing the UE archaeology lab on campus, Hagseth and Matheny set out to create digital models using photogrammetry; each lamp was captured using a DSLR camera at different angles with proper placement and lighting, with each photo then combined using a special computer program to create a detailed virtual 3D model.

Fellow UE archaeology graduate and Evansville Museum Collections Manager Kamen Hillenburg, ’08, said the project originally intended to virtualize a portion of the museum’s collection to make it more accessible amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The lamps are roughly 2,000 years old and arrived at the museum in the late 1950s and early 60s.

“Digital documentation and modeling with photogrammetry allow us to put the objects in the hands of specialists all over the world instantaneously,” Matheny said. “We can model an object in Indiana, and someone in Turkey can put on a virtual reality headset and hold it in their hands.”

While taking photographs and modeling the lamps, Hagseth and Matheny noticed about half a dozen fingerprints impressed in the clay dating back to when the ancient potter originally cast them.

“These fingerprints help connect us to the past in ways you’d never believe,” Hagseth said. “Specialists can measure the distance between fingerprint ridges and their depth, determining the age and sex of the potter. We have the technology to essentially shake the hands of someone who lived thousands of years ago and that’s remarkable.

“Even small, seemingly unimportant objects can not only connect us to humanity's shared past but also provide insight into the everyday, ordinary person. People like you and me."

While on campus, Hagseth and Matheny held workshops for UE archaeology majors to teach them the basics of photogrammetry and share their work.

“This helps to show them what the possibilities are so when they go to graduate school and they see a problem, here’s a potential solution they have in their back pocket to solving that particular problem,” said UE archaeology professor Dr. Alan Kaiser. “It’s very much a hands-on oriented program. We teach students computer skills to get started and equip them to uncover more on their own in their careers. There are fewer than 20 departments of archaeology in the nation, and ours is definitely one of the best because of stuff like this.”

Hagseth said the lamps will soon be sent to a specialist to inspect the finger and palm prints and establish a profile of the potter that made them.

University of Evansville alumna uncovers ancient fingerprints on Roman oil lamps

UE Receives Gift from Koch Foundation for Doctorate of Psychology Program

The University of Evansville announced on April 12 a $1.5 million gift from the Koch Foundation that will support the development of a new Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program. This new opportunity will allow for providers in the region to diagnose and treat conditions associated with the brain, behaviors, and mental health.  

“We feel privileged to invest in the mental health of our region alongside the University of Evansville,” said Robert L. Koch II, chairman of Koch Enterprises. "There is a tremendous need for quality providers, and the establishment of this program is part of a larger vision to create a better quality of life for those in our community.” 

"The Koch Foundation has long been a leader in our community for inspiring change through philanthropy,” said Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, president of UE. “The University of Evansville is tremendously appreciative of the Koch family’s spirit of philanthropy, commitment to excellence in higher education, and support of our future through this transformational gift.”  

Mental health was identified as a top priority for Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties in the most recent Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA). The study was conducted for both counties by Deaconess Health System and Ascension St. Vincent, along with ECHO Community Healthcare, the United Way of Southwest Indiana, the Vanderburgh County Health Department, and the Welborn Baptist Foundation. The demand is high for mental health services in the Evansville community, but there are simply not enough providers to adequately serve the area. 

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, studies estimated that one out of five people will be diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point in life. Recent data now suggests that a third of COVID-19 survivors are suffering with mental health issues, including anxiety and mood disorders, which directly impacts the individuals surrounding them. Through the PsyD program at UE, trained and licensed mental health providers can be placed in the community to provide care and treatment in a timely manner. 

“The PsyD program is a fantastic addition to UE’s academic offerings, and it will benefit our Counseling Services department on campus,” said Karen Stenstrom, LCSW (licensed clinical social worker), who serves as the University’s director of counseling and ADA coordinator for students. “This is a critical piece for increasing much-needed mental healthcare and improving the availability of services for our community.” 

“I am very excited about this doctoral program because of the impact it will have in our community,” said Elizabeth Hennon Peters, PhD, department chair and associate professor of psychology. “Society has known for over 50 years that individuals with the fewest mental health resources are the most likely to be impacted by stress and develop mental health challenges. Through the program, we will be available to offer valuable resources to those who need it most.” 

“The University of Evansville developing a Doctorate of Psychology degree is of particular interest,” said James F. Schroeder, PhD, HSPP, vice president of psychology and wellness at Easter Seals Rehabilitation. “There is a strong need for more highly trained clinical professionals in Evansville; more specifically, this region is undersaturated when it comes to practicing psychologists and thus waitlists, especially services for child providers, are very long. Beyond serving as a recruiting tool for psychologists in the area, the services provided by the graduate student interns will be invaluable to the community. For those who pursue the PsyD program at UE, they will be part of a rich, collaborative, dynamic learning environment that trains students at all levels to pursue a career of service and meaning.”  

The Koch Foundation was established in 1945 to fulfill a philanthropic mission to improve the quality of life within communities where Koch Enterprises conducts operations. 

UE Granted Accreditation-Continued Status for Physician Assistant Program

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the University of Evansville Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of Evansville. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. 

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2031. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy. 

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-university-of-evansville/

“Since the program’s establishment in 2016, our department faculty, administration, and staff have worked tirelessly to earn this accreditation,” said Andy Lampkins, PhD, associate chair of the Physician Assistant program. “It has been very rewarding to achieve this status, and we look forward to welcoming future generations of students to this program.” 

The Physician Assistant Program at UE is a seven-semester graduate program. Students receive a blend of classroom lecture and hands-on learning from faculty members who provide a wealth of knowledge as medical professionals and educators. During the final three semesters, students complete 12 months of supervised clinical experiences in a variety of medical specialties. The program is nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the ARC-PA. 

UE Granted Accreditation-Continued Status for Physician Assistant Program

UE Presents 2021 Outstanding Educator Awards 

On Wednesday, April 7, the University of Evansville presented four individuals in Vanderburgh County with Outstanding Educator Awards. Each educator received a surprise announcement within their school as part of UE’s 30th annual presentation of awards. 

The competition, which is specific to Vanderburgh County, recognizes current classroom teachers and building principals in grades K-12 with at least three years of experience. The Outstanding Educator Awards are sponsored by UE, Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union, and the Evansville Courier & Press. 

The following awards were presented on Wednesday:

Cathy Hoffman

Outstanding Elementary Educator of the Year: Cathy Hoffman, fifth grade teacher at Delaware Elementary School

Cathy has been an educator for 16 years, nine of which have been in her current role.

As a teacher, Cathy believes building relationships with students and their families is essential to the profession. She always strives to make her students feel “safe and secure” in the knowledge that she is there to support them in every situation.

“My motto in the classroom is, ‘We don’t do easy. We make easy happen through hard work,’” says Cathy. “Many students want to give up if something is hard. But the relationships I have built with them allow me to show them they can achieve these things.”

When schools suddenly closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) asked many teachers to create lessons that could be aired on WNIN for local students without cable or internet access. Cathy carried out this strategy the rest of the semester for her fifth graders so they could feel like they were still part of the classroom.

When summer arrived, she created new lessons for third grade summer school sessions. Cathy knew that her work created a lasting impact when students throughout the community would approach her in public, sharing that they recognized her from the educational lessons on WNIN. “During a time when there were many unknowns about the upcoming school year, this experience gave me the extra push I needed to mentally prepare for my classes,” she said.

Cathy says one of her main goals is to be in tune with her students each day, which allows her to build trust and encourage them.

“In my classroom, I make it a priority to have a conversation with each student, each day,” she said. “Whether it’s about their family, sports, or even favorite foods, I listen to anything they want to share. In return, I tell them about my own life outside of teaching. This reminds students that I’m not just their teacher, but I am also someone who is in their corner and cheering them on.”

Gayle Mooney

Outstanding Middle School Educator of the Year: Gayle Mooney, sixth grade teacher at Scott School

Gayle Mooney has been a teacher for 28 years, and for the last nine, she has taught sixth grade math and science.

Over the last two decades, Gayle has served as a sponsor and coordinator for several organizations, including student council, cheerleading, technology, and book fairs.

Gayle’s teaching philosophy is based upon building relationships with each of her students. “I want my students to know that I care about them, respect them, and want the best for them,” she said. “Students want to feel respected and valued, and I believe my success depends on the success of my students.”

On top of their personal success, Gayle also strives to make learning enjoyable for her classes. She encourages her students to always ask for help when it is needed so they will learn to enjoy coming to school each day.

“I feel like I am fortunate to be in the classroom and learn with my students as they learn from me,” Gayle said.

Peter Barringer

Outstanding High School Educator of the Year: Peter Barringer, English teacher at Harrison High School

Peter Barringer has been a teacher for seven years, and he has been teaching English at Harrison High School for the last five years.

Teaching the full spectrum of English classes, Peter says that each class demands a different skill set and unique approach. He also teaches in the Shepard Leadership and Law Academy, a rigorous four-year program that combine social studies and English. “This program has stretched my abilities as a teacher, and it has provided an additional opportunity for growth in my skill set,” he said.

Peter says his educational philosophy is very simple: “I believe all students are capable of learning and succeeding.” This principle guides his daily instruction, although he says that is just one aspect of his job. “I relish the opportunity to talk with my students on a personal level, because students often apply themselves in class more regularly when I engage with them about hobbies or extracurricular activities,” Peter said.

To put his philosophy into practice, Peter uses three strategies: 1) build both academic and personal relationships with students, especially those who have not experienced much academic success in the past; 2) respond quickly to student struggles through constant feedback and conversations; and 3) provide quality instruction that reaches the needs of all students.

In addition to teaching English, Peter serves as a coach for the speech team and recorder for the Harrison Social-Emotional Learning Team. He also established the Harrison Board Game Club to further engage with students.

Susie Masterson

Outstanding Building Principal of the Year: Susie Masterson, Principal of Evansville Christian School

Susie Masterson has been an educator for 44 years. This is her 34th year as principal for Evansville Christian School, where she oversees pre-kindergarten through sixth grade.

Throughout her career, Susie has been an elementary school teacher, principal, adjunct faculty member at the graduate level, and a professional development trainer. She has also served overseas in Afghanistan and Uganda, training teachers and planting schools.

“In every situation, I have been challenged and equipped for the next opportunity,” said Susie, “And that’s what it means to be a lifelong learner.”

Since 1988, Susie has served in various roles with ECS. This year is a bittersweet one for her, as the elementary school campus prepares to say goodbye to its Bethel Church location and move to a new, freestanding location in Warrick County (near Crossroads Christian Church). “I have loved working on the design and building of this new space as well as planning for new procedures and programming,” said Susie. “This will create a positive school culture for our K-6 students, where our school’s mission will thrive.”

Susie wrote a life mission statement to guide her both professionally and personally. It reads, “Commit to serving God by continuing a spiritual legacy to my children and grandchildren; using my God-gifts of teaching and leading; and pursuing connections that serve as an outreach for the Gospel.” Susie has always aspired to be the leader that she needed at various seasons in her life. Today, she invests in teachers so they can invest in their students.

In nominating Susie for an Outstanding Educator Award, an individual said that she is “the epitome of a selfless leader who is teacher-focused and believes in partnering with parents to positively impact each student’s learning.”

UE Presents 2021 Outstanding Educator Awards 

UE Receives Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

The University of Evansville (UE) has received a grant of $5 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. through the competitive Phase 3 of its initiative, Charting the Future of Indiana’s Colleges and Universities. The grant will support the establishment of a shared, cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system with a single set of standardized business practices.

UE is one of 16 Indiana colleges and universities that will be supported by funding in the final phase of Charting the Future, an initiative designed to help colleges and universities in Indiana assess and prioritize the most significant challenges and opportunities they face as higher education institutions and develop strategies to address them.

Over the span of several months, UE collaborated with three other institutions to request the grant. Those institutions included Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa; North Central College in Naperville, Illinois; and Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. Valparaiso also received a $5 million from Lilly Endowment through the Charting the Future initiative. That grant will fund Valparaiso’s participation in the collaboration.

Through the collaboration, the four institutions will form an independent, non-profit organization called the College and University Sustainability Project (CUSP) to house the collaborative effort toward providing efficient and effective non-academic services. Once significant progress has been achieved, the intention is to enable additional institutions to join CUSP and achieve similar efficiency and effectiveness.

Concepts and initiatives for the grant were established by a steering committee of members from each of the four institutions. In addition to the four presidents, it was comprised of chief financial officers, chief information officers, and other key administrators.

“The University of Evansville is very grateful to Lilly Endowment for its generous grant and commitment to supporting higher education,” said Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, president of UE. “Technology is an ever-evolving industry that directly impacts our University, and this grant will provide remarkable opportunities and expand our capabilities for modernization among core information systems.”

“Indiana’s colleges and universities face myriad challenges as they work to fulfill their educational missions while adapting to growing financial pressures, rapid demographic and technological changes, and evolving needs and demands of students,” said Ted Maple, the Endowment’s vice president for education. “We are pleased with the creative and collaborative approaches the colleges and universities are taking to address these challenges and seize opportunities to better serve their students, institutions, communities and the state of Indiana.” 

Lilly Endowment launched the three-phased Charting the Future initiative in 2019 to help leaders of the state’s 38 colleges and universities engage in thoughtful discernment about the future of their institutions and to advance strategic planning and implementation efforts to address key challenges and opportunities. Collaboration was encouraged, especially in the third phase of Charting the Future, and several schools proposed collaborative programs and strategies. Through three phases of grantmaking, Lilly Endowment awarded more than $138 million to the schools.

Through earlier rounds of the initiative, all 38 schools received planning grants, which were approved in December 2019, and implementation grants approved in June and September 2020. The implementation grants funded strategies to improve efforts to prepare students for successful futures and strengthen the schools’ long-term institutional vitality.

About Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

UE Announces Return to Regular Operations for Fall 2021 Semester

The University of Evansville will return to normal operations and offer most courses in-person for the Fall 2021 semester, offering online and hybrid courses when appropriate. The plans were developed in accordance with COVID-19 trends at the local, state, and national levels, and recognize the increasing availability of vaccines and reduced rates of transmission.  

“Since the pandemic arrived last year, we have been looking forward to the day when we can safely return to normal,” said Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, University of Evansville president. “Even if there are precautions in place in the fall, we have every intention of providing the complete in-person college experience that is the foundation of our education at UE.” 

Pietruszkiewicz also noted UE’s success in preventing the spread of COVID-19 on campus. For the 2020-2021 academic year, UE’s Coronavirus Task Force implemented several measures to protect the campus community. This included moving select classes to an online or hybrid format and reducing classroom density. As the task force continues to navigate the pandemic and adjust plans accordingly, the University expects a full return to regular in-person course offerings and activities for the fall. 

“Our entire campus community has been very dedicated to protecting those around them by following the protocols in place,” Pietruszkiewicz said. “It is thanks to the support of each member that we have made it this far and can confidently look ahead to the fall.” 

As safety remains a top priority, UE will continue to follow guidelines at the local, state, and national levels. Following direction from the CDC, some health and safety precautions may be in place for the campus, and it is certainly possible that external conditions could alter these plans. 

The fall semester will follow a normal class schedule and is slated to begin Wednesday, August 25. 

UE Announces Return to Regular Operations for Fall 2021 Semester

UE Announces Career Outcomes for 2020 Graduates

A recent survey of the 2020 graduating class of the University of Evansville revealed that 91 percent of graduates were employed or pursuing further education within six months of graduation. This is remarkable given there was a 45% drop in position openings for recent graduates nationwide. The median salary of those employed full-time was reported to be $47,500.

The survey was a collaborative effort between UE’s Center for Career Development, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, academic departments, and more. Career information was identified from 86 percent of the 518 members of the class of 2020. 

“Given the struggling economy and unemployment trends we saw in 2020, the career outcomes of our graduates are particularly impressive,” said Michael Austin, PhD, executive vice president of academic affairs and provost at UE. “These results can be attributed to the University’s commitment to offering students not only an outstanding educational experience, but also a unique and individualized career planning process.” 

UE takes an active role to ensure the success of each student every step of the way, from their first visit on campus to several years after graduation. For over eight years, the Center for Career Development has taken this “end to end” approach and provided a multitude of services that are free to all students and alumni. 

When a prospective student first visits campus, they can meet with the Center to review career interests, take a free career assessment, and explore future job opportunities. While at UE, students can make appointments with the Center to receive help with resume and cover letter preparation, mock interviews, career advising, job fairs, and more. The department also has a mentorship program that pairs students with alumni to enhance connections and develop professional relationships. After graduation, the Center conducts ongoing outreach and communication to help ensure each alum’s success.  

UE Announces Career Outcomes for 2020 Graduates

Winners of 6th Annual Changemaker Challenge Announced

Several high school students were awarded significant scholarships on Monday during a virtual awards ceremony for the University of Evansville’s sixth annual High School Changemaker Challenge. The competition was sponsored by Toyota. 

In previous years, the High School Changemaker Challenge has been held in person and open to local students who compete in teams. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s competition was hosted in a virtual format and accepted individual entries from students around the world. 

The High School Changemaker Challenge, supported by the UE Center for Innovation and Change, is designed to motivate young people to take a leading role in identifying and solving challenges in the world around them through innovation and creativity. 

UE awarded first, second, and third place to individuals from each of the two categories: social & environmental justice and health. The scholarship amounts, renewable for a total of four years, are: 

  • 1st place: full tuition  
  • 2nd place: $18,000 tuition and $5,000 housing 
  • 3rd place: $13,000 tuition and $5,000 housing 

Below is a list of the winners of the 2021 High School Changemaker Challenge: 

Social & Environmental Justice 

  • 1st place: Grace Davidson; North High School, Evansville, Indiana; Helping victims of sexual assault receive compassionate care 
  • 2nd place: Ilya Budd; Arcola High School, Arcola, Illinois; Rethinking recycling 
  • 3rd place: Barak Hall; Evansville Christian School, Evansville, Indiana; Sustainable housing 

Additional finalists who competed in this category include: 

  • Evelyn Hipp; Nolensville High School, Nolensville, Tennessee; Helping LGBTQ students feel supported 
  • Mosad Kamal Mohammed; El Sheikh STEM School, El Hamoul City, Egypt; Multifunctional Proteins Classification Model 
  • Blayre Walters; Friends’ Central High School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Improving mental health for children 
  • Aneesh Alapati; Castle High School, Newburgh, Indiana; Working to end gun violence in Evansville 

Health 

  • 1st place: Patricia Solliday; White River Valley High School, Switz City, Indiana; Portable health care for the elderly 
  • 2nd place: Ali Scott; Northeastern High School, Richmond, Indiana; Basic healthcare for K-12 kids in need 
  • 3rd place: Omaima Khan; Signature School, Newburgh, Indiana; Clean needle exchange 

Additional finalists who competed in this category include: 

  • Amanda Deutsch; North High School, Haubstadt, Indiana; Food insecurity 
  • Madison Lucas; Evansville Christian School, Evansville, Indiana; Developing a virtual blood bank 
  • Lydia Preske; Signature School, Evansville, Indiana; Infant formula temperature control 
  • Anish Patel; Woodbridge High School, Irvine, California; The Empowerment Gym 

University of Evansville Announces New Plans for Department of Music

The University of Evansville announced today that it will retain the Department of Music and create enhancements to better serve students and the greater Evansville community. The announcement was made in conjunction with UE administration, Department of Music co-chairs, Friends of UE Music, the UE Student Government Association (SGA), and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra (EPO).  

“We are delighted that our faculty and the community came together to preserve our rich tradition of music at UE,’’ said University President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “They not only have made the department financially viable, but also have reimagined our program in a way that will benefit our campus and local community.”  

Pietruszkiewicz said the plan was a collaboration between Department of Music co-chairs, faculty, Friends of UE Music, community partnerships, private donors, trustees, and the administration. 

The department’s new initiatives include: 

  • Retention of all five music degrees: Music Education, Music Therapy, Music Management, Music Performance, and Music – General  
  • Creation of the University of Evansville Music Conservatory, which will benefit UE students, provide private lessons to preschool through 12th grade students and adults, continue to offer Suzuki violin instruction, begin to offer dual enrollment courses in music, and strengthen the University’s enrollment pipeline  
  • Implementation of new offerings, including a music therapy clinic and a redesigned summer music camp which will increase revenue, enhance community engagement, and strengthen recruiting opportunities 
  • Full renovation of Wheeler Concert Hall and the Krannert Hall of Art and Music lobby 
  • Increased fundraising from Friends of UE Music  

“We are grateful for the support of Friends of UE Music, collaboration with administration, and encouragement from the Evansville community to create a solution that retains the UE Department of Music,” said department co-chair Ken Steinsultz. “This plan solidifies our commitment to the community as well as the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.” 

Kimberly Bredemeier, executive director of the EPO, said she is thrilled about the department’s new direction. 

“The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra maintains a strong and important relationship with the UE Department of Music and our community,” she said. “This will ensure continued collaboration for many years to come.” 

The plan will make the Department of Music financially sustainable by reducing operating costs through planned retirements, establishing new revenue streams, increasing fundraising commitments, and focusing on recruiting and retaining new students. 

“Because this department is a cultural hub for music in our region, our plan is the result of input from many stakeholders, alumni, and arts organizations.” said Timothy A. Dickel, president of Friends of UE Music. “With financial support from Friends of UE Music and members of the UE Board of Trustees, we will be able to execute this plan immediately.” 

Fundraising is well underway to transform Wheeler Hall and the lobby of Krannert through leadership gifts from G. Richard and Rita Eykamp, Sharon McCarthy (Mrs. Burkley McCarthy), and John C. and Diane Schroeder. The University is incredibly grateful for the generosity of these longtime friends and trustees. UE will soon begin next steps in the renovation.  

This significant development is part of the current draft academic realignment process to resolve a financial operating deficit and bolster the University’s strengths. Michael Austin, PhD, executive vice president of academic affairs and provost, noted this proposal was “one of many” that the administration has seen since the process began in December.  

“We continue to receive proposals from faculty and engage in earnest dialogue to revise programs and make the University financially sustainable well into the future,” he said. 

University of Evansville Announces New Plans for Department of Music

UE School of Business Maintains Accreditation by AACSB International

The University of Evansville Schroeder Family School of Business Administration has maintained its accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. 

AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. The AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education. Less than 5% of the world's business programs have earned this distinction. 

Achieving accreditation is a rigorous process in which the school focuses on developing and implementing a plan to align with AACSB’s accreditation standards. After accreditation is achieved, the school takes part in a five-year continuous improvement peer review to maintain high quality and extend accreditation. 

“AACSB congratulates the University of Evansville and Dean Beverly Brockman on extending accreditation,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “The intense peer-review process confirms a school’s continued focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curriculum development, and student learning. UE’s dedication to delivering high quality business education will create the next generation of great leaders.” 

The peer review team from AACSB concluded that Schroeder School faculty are deeply engaged in student learning and advising, research, service to community nonprofit boards, and professional consulting. The team also commended the robust program of student engagement within the School. Examples of student engagement include LEAD Forward, a leadership training program for students; the ACES Passport career development program; numerous business-focused student clubs; study abroad opportunities at Harlaxton College in the United Kingdom; and the 100% internship completion rate prior to graduation. 

“It’s a wonderful feeling to maintain our AACSB accreditation and continue the work of preparing business leaders of the future,” said Beverly Brockman, dean of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration. “Our ongoing goal is to not only provide an exceptional learning environment, but also equip students with the skills and experience to achieve long-term professional success.”  

Brockman also noted the excellent outcomes for Schroeder School graduates. For the graduating classes of 2019 and 2020, an average of 96% were employed or in graduate school within 3 months. Additionally, the starting salary for graduates was over $49,000.

UE School of Business Maintains Accreditation by AACSB International

UE Nursing Graduates Achieve 100 Percent First-Time Pass Rate on NCLEX-RN

The class of 2020 graduates of the University of Evansville’s Dunigan Family School of Nursing achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). The national average for the first-time pass rate was 87.5 percent in 2020. 

Senior-level nursing students were halfway through their final semester when the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to the United States. Despite the sudden change in learning formats and clinical rotations, the students adapted quickly. 

“I was very impressed to see them maintain a resilient focus and push through adversity,” said Jerrilee LaMar, PhD, RN, CNE, chair of the Dunigan Family School of Nursing. “While they didn’t get to finish their studies in the classroom together or have a pinning ceremony, they did receive a high-quality education that prepared them for success.” LaMar also recognized the compassionate faculty that were instrumental in helping students along the way. 

The Dunigan Family School of Nursing incorporates several strategies into the program to prepare students for the NCLEX-RN. Several years ago, the faculty developed a review course for seniors. In the course, students take practice exams that identify strengths and weaknesses in specific areas. The faculty, who serve as mentors, help students write individualized study strategies that prepare them for the NCLEX exam. 

To prepare students earlier on in the curriculum to think like a nurse, the faculty also developed a course to strengthen students’ understanding of complex issues and decision-making to answer questions seen on the NCLEX exam. This course was piloted with the junior-level students, and the results were so successful that it became part of the required curriculum. Additionally, underclassmen are paired with a senior nursing student as an additional resource for help along the way. 

“All of our 2020 graduates are now working as nurses in the healthcare field, and many of them are working with COVID-19 patients,” said LaMar. “We are immensely proud to see them applying their skills and passion to help those struggling most during the pandemic.” 

UE Nursing Graduates Achieve 100 Percent First-Time Pass Rate on NCLEX-RN

Virtual High School Changemaker Challenge Offers Full Tuition Scholarships

The University of Evansville is pleased to announce the upcoming sixth annual High School Changemaker Challenge, sponsored by Toyota, will be held virtually this year. Any high school junior or senior in America and around the world is invited to participate for a chance to win one of several four-year, full tuition scholarships.

In previous years, teams of students have submitted projects for the High School Changemaker Competition. This year, due to the difficulties of gathering amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenge will seek online entries from individual students and judging will be conducted virtually.

"As an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, we wanted to adapt and find creative ways to make this event possible for high school students," said Erin Lewis, interim director for UE's Center for Innovation & Change. "We believe everyone can be a changemaker, and offering the competition virtually allows anyone in the world to share their idea to create positive change."

A virtual session will launch the event and is scheduled for Friday, November 20, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. The Zoom meeting will be led by Lewis; Zac Parsons, local entrepreneur; and Robert Lopez, a former competitor and current UE student. To register, visit evansville.edu/cc-hs.

Students can submit an idea spanning several categories, from health and social justice to environmental and regional issues (ideas tackling something Evansville-specific).

Winning students in each category who choose UE as their college destination will receive four-year scholarships to attend UE as listed below:

  • 1st place: Full tuition
  • 2nd place: $18,000 tuition and $5,000 housing per year
  • 3rd place: $13,000 tuition and $5,000 housing per year

"The High School Changemaker Challenge gives students the opportunity to make their dream a reality," said Jill Griffin, interim vice president for enrollment and marketing. "Our hope is that this competition inspires a generation of youth to think big and positively impact the world around them."

Detailed information is available here. You may contact uechangemaker@evansville.edu for questions.

UE Professor Awarded $300,000 NSF Grant for Genetics Research

Joyce Stamm, PhD, professor of biology at the University of Evansville (UE), was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant, in which Stamm is a co-principal investigator, will be applied over three years to an ongoing genetics-focused research initiative. 

The collaborative project, titled “A Multi-Institutional Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience in Genetics,” is led by Jacob Kagey, PhD, at the University of Detroit Mercy and has co-principal investigators from a total of four institutions, including UE. The grant funds plan to expand the research project to a total of 20 institutions. The overall goal is to make research experiences more accessible for students historically underrepresented in biomedical research. This includes programs at community colleges and universities with large minority populations. 

The grant is part of NSF’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education program, which seeks to enhance STEM education for undergraduate students by utilizing alternative methods to teaching and learning. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in jobs related to STEM – or science, technology, engineering, and math – continues to be a rapidly growing, in-demand field.  

Stamm, who has worked with Kagey on the project since 2016, incorporates a semester-long research project into her genetics course. Participating students map genetic mutations that cause tumor formation in fruit flies. These mutations can offer clues as to what goes wrong in similar diseases among humans. To date, two papers have been published describing the results of this work.  

Over the last five years, nearly 100 students have benefitted from the research experience in genetics courses taught by Stamm and Julie Merkle, PhD, assistant professor of biology. Stamm said she is excited to continue this initiative and provide impactful opportunities for future biology students. 

“I have a passion for developing college courses with opportunities for conducting original research because it increases student interest and retention in STEM majors and careers,” said Stamm. “Collaborative projects like this grant project are highly beneficial in higher education because they provide important infrastructure and support for professors. We can then turn around and pass on these opportunities to our students.” 

In the past, Stamm has taken advantage of large national projects in genomics and microbiology to incorporate research projects into introductory and advanced courses. Now, she is excited to “pay it forward” through her direct involvement in this project, which will expand research opportunities for future students. 

UE Receives $1 Million Lilly Endowment Grant

The University of Evansville recently received a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to enhance its online education and learning efforts. The grant was awarded through Lilly Endowment’s initiative, Charting the Future of Indiana’s Colleges and Universities, which was launched in 2019. Lilly Endowment invited all of Indiana’s accredited colleges and universities to examine how they could not only educate students and prepare them for successful futures but also maintain long-term financial sustainability as an institution. The organization announced the Phase 2 recipients on Monday, with a total of approximately $62 million awarded.  

After the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, UE successfully transitioned to an online learning platform for the Spring 2020 semester due to the dedication of faculty and staff. The pandemic helped UE to realize the substantial benefits of robust, technology-based educational capabilities. 

“This generous gift we have received from Lilly Endowment will help us transform the educational experience of our students at the University of Evansville,” said UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “As the world of technology continues to evolve and shape education, we are committed to investing and developing our technological capabilities as a growing sector for the future.”  

With the grant funds, UE plans to implement major initiatives that will enhance the campus as well as the online learning environment. As the University plans for a future after the pandemic, online education will undoubtedly play a larger role in academics. Supporting online education will allow UE to serve traditional, on-campus students in addition to adult and international students.   

UE will create an Office of Strategic Technology and Online Learning within the Office of Academic Affairs. The office will include a director and two full-time assistant directors to lead the University’s efforts in developing online education that ensures the same high-quality experience offered through the in-person experience. Through this office, faculty will have access to training opportunities and one-on-one support as they develop online courses.  

Classrooms will also be renovated on campus to be capable of broadcasting to regional businesses, adult learners working remotely, and international locations, including China and India. The pandemic may create permanent changes to international travel, but specially designed ‘telepresence’ classrooms will allow UE to meet the demand for American programs in overseas settings.  

The grant will provide license software solutions for issues that are caused by technical difficulties discovered in an online environment, such as greater exam security, video capturing, and synchronous course delivery. Moving forward, UE will increase efforts towards program and curricular development for online learning.  

Lastly, UE will develop programs to offer undergraduate and graduate certificates, badges, non-credit professional development programs, and new degree programs for adult learners. This initiative will reach out to displaced workers, help local employers meet the demands of skills needed in their changing workforce, and encourage non-traditional students to enhance their career skill sets.  

“The worldwide pandemic has changed higher education profoundly, and many of these changes will be permanent,” said Michael Austin, PhD, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at UE. “This generous grant from Lilly Endowment will help prepare us for the world that will exist long after COVID-19 has faded into the background.” 

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana. Visit lillyendowment.org.

UE Recognized for Student Engagement by Wall Street Journal

The University of Evansville (UE) was recently named to The Wall Street Journal’s annual U.S. College Rankings for student engagement, placing 16th in the nation among over 4,000 four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The complete report was published to The Wall Street Journal’s website on Thursday, September 17. 

Now in its fifth year, the U.S. College Rankings focuses most on student success and learning outcomes. Insights for the report were gathered through the Times Higher Education U.S. Student Survey, which included questions about interactions with faculty and other students, whether a student felt involved and welcome, and whether the student would recommend the school. 

“At the University of Evansville, we strive to offer a welcoming and active campus environment that serves as a home for our students,” said president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “Here, they can find a supportive network of faculty, administrators, and fellow students that shapes their college experience and prepares them for future success.” 

While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused UE to implement health and safety guidelines for its campus, students can still be involved and obtain an engaging college experience. The University offers over 130 student organizations and clubs, and the Center for Student Engagement can help students participate in community service opportunities, Greek Life, leadership development, and more. 

Earlier this week, UE was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the #4 Best College in the Midwest, moving up two spots from the previous year. The University also received rankings for school value, veteran support, and international student representation. 

UE Accepting Entries for Second Annual Tri-State Essay Competition

The University of Evansville (UE) Department of Philosophy and Religion is currently accepting entries for the second annual Tri-State Truth, Meaning, and Value Essay Competition. The University first launched this competition in the spring of 2020 to encourage regional high school students to think about the challenges facing humanity today and in the future.

"We want to encourage young adults to think clearly and to think big," said Tony Beavers, professor of philosophy at UE.

For this competition, the department is asking students to answer the question, "How can we be happy and live meaningfully in the Internet age?"

Each essay will be judged by a panel of UE faculty members. The department will award cash prizes for first place ($500), second place ($250), and third place ($100). Two additional entries will also receive honorable mention.

Essays should be around 1500 words in length, and they will be judged based on academic merit, creativity, and expression of practical wisdom. Proper use of grammar and form will also be considered. Entries may be submitted on the UE website at evansville.edu/TMVessay. More information and a complete list of rules are also available on the website. The deadline to submit an essay is October 15.

Aces Opportunity Grant Makes UE Tuition-Free for Qualified Indiana Freshmen

The University of Evansville has launched the Aces Opportunity Grant to make its transformative education accessible to students who display the greatest financial need.

Through the Aces Opportunity Grant, qualified freshmen entering in the fall of 2021 whose families earn less than $50,000 will pay no tuition out of pocket. Eligible Indiana students who submit a UE application for admission will automatically be considered for this grant.

"The Aces Opportunity Grant makes UE accessible to all Indiana students so that a financial barrier is not an obstacle to high impact, private education," said president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. "The grant program is a strong statement that all students should have choices about how to plan for a successful future in a small classroom environment and, at the same time, to make a positive impact on our communities by joining our commitment to service in a changing world."

The Aces Opportunity Grant works by bridging the gap between the scholarships and grants students receive and UE's tuition costs.

"We know quality higher education is expensive," said Kenton Hargis, UE's director of admission. "But we want to help more students find a way to say yes to UE."

For more information about the University of Evansville and the Aces Opportunity Grant, visit the University's website at evansville.edu/AcesOpportunityGrant.

UE Named #4 Best College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report

The University of Evansville (UE) has been named the #4 Best College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Rankings for 2021. UE climbed two spots on the list from the previous year and has appeared in the top 10 for over a decade.

The Best Colleges Rankings is published annually by U.S. News & World Report and recognizes public and private higher education institutions across the nation. The list is compiled by analyzing college data, including student retention, graduation rates, class sizes, acceptance rates, and more. 

“The recognition we have received is a true testament to the quality of education at UE and a tribute to our outstanding and dedicated faculty,” said president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “We are committed to providing a transformative higher education experience and a foundation that prepares each student for a changing world.”  

The complete ranking of the Best Colleges in the Midwest can be found at usnews.com/colleges. In the comprehensive report, UE was also recognized for school value, veteran support, and international student representation. 

UE was also ranked the #8 Best Value School in the Midwest. To determine which colleges and universities offer the best value for students, U.S. News & World Report factored academic quality and cost after accounting for total expenses and financial aid. 

Climbing three spots from last year’s report, the University was also recognized as the #2 Best College for Veterans in the Midwest. UE is not only an affordable option for veterans but also provides a variety of supportive services, including academic advising, tutoring, and career development. 

UE is committed to international representation on campus, as it provides personal and professional benefits. Once again, the University was named a Top Midwest School for International Students. For the 2019-20 academic year, 11 percent of the student population was composed of international students. 

“The University’s rise up the national rankings, especially in the category of academic reputation, confirms what our students have always known: the University of Evansville is deeply committed to excellence in all aspects of education,” said Michael Austin, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. 

School of Education Receives $735,000 Grant

The School of Education at the University of Evansville (UE) recently received a grant totaling $735,247 from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, which was created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). GEER Funds were created to provide support to local educational agencies and higher education institutions to develop and improve distance learning techniques and technologies throughout the state of Indiana.

With the grant funds, the UE School of Education will focus on implementing two main initiatives: 1) a free community tutoring program for students, and 2) professional development for teachers and UE students to improve student outcomes. While working toward these goals, UE will be partnering with seven school corporations throughout Southern Indiana, including the Diocese of Evansville, Warrick County Schools, Loogootee Community Schools, North Lawrence Community Schools, Orleans Community Schools, Shoals Community Schools, and Tell City Schools. While first preference will be given to partner schools, the grant activities will also be open to in-service teachers and students in K-12 corporations throughout Southern Indiana.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused major disruption to schools across the nation, and education systems are working diligently and creatively to meet the needs of students and families during unprecedented times. Many educators fear that the extended delay in classroom instruction could impact learning outcomes and student achievement. Using the grant, the UE School of Education will offer a free tutoring program geared toward community K-12 students. UE students and current educators will be connected with students in partner schools and other K-12 school corporations, and they will provide targeted interventions to assist in closing learning gaps. Tutoring sessions will take place via Zoom or in-person using social distancing guidelines.

Monies from the grant will also be utilized to boost in-service and UE pre-service teachers' capacity to efficiently and effectively provide remote and virtual instruction. The UE School of Education will utilize Zoom sessions to introduce participants to the G Suite for Education, which is a suite of tools designed by Google to empower educators and students and promote innovative learning. Training sessions will focus on teaching in a Google-infused classroom, as well as instructional best practices for online and hybrid learning. After completion, participants will receive Google for Education Fundamentals Training certification.

"We are so honored to provide this support to our students and teachers, which is heavily needed after the last several months," said Lisa Hale, assistant professor of education at UE. "The training this grant provides will not only enhance the technology-based remote learning, but also improve in-person methodology once schools return to full-time classroom instruction."

Hale commented that the grant will enhance the learning experience for students in the School of Education. Additionally, the Google for Education certification will further prepare students for the classroom and provide a competitive edge when entering the workforce.

The grant-writing team was composed of several staff and faculty at the University of Evansville, including Sylvia DeVault, Sharon Gieselmann, Lisa Hale, Alison Jones, Mary Kessler, Shari Millikan, and Leanne Nayden. UE also worked with alumni Rick Roll and Joe Lannon for a united team effort.

Across the state, over $61 million in GEER funding was distributed to educational agencies and institutions. The needs-based, competitive grant program was a collaborative effort among the Indiana Department of Education, the Commission for Higher Education, the Indiana State Board of Education, and the Governor's office. Through their efforts, the grant was created to support the unique challenges associated with distance and remote learning, including device access, internet connectivity, and educator training/development.

School of Education Receives $735,000 Grant

UE Professor Named President-Elect of Phi Kappa Phi

Lora Becker, PhD, was recently elected to serve as president-elect for Phi Kappa Phi (PKP), a collegiate honor society that recognizes scholarship among all academic disciplines. Becker is a professor of psychology and director of the neuroscience program at the University of Evansville. 

In her role, Becker will serve on Phi Kappa Phi’s 12-person board of directors. While her term lasts through 2022, her election is a six-year commitment including the successive terms as president and past-president. Voting for the title took place electronically at the beginning of the month, as the in-person convention was cancelled due to COVID-19. 

Although meetings and activities will look different during the pandemic, Becker is looking forward to working with other PKP leaders and scholars. “Serving in this society has given me a deep understanding of how Phi Kappa Phi promotes academic excellence and provides service to others,” said Becker. “Because of the diversity of fields represented within the organization, Phi Kappa Phi is well positioned to help find solutions to questions we face during these uncertain and challenging times in higher education.” 

Becker has been an active member of PKP not only within the University but also at the national level. After gaining membership in 2014, she became the president of the UE chapter just one year later. Becker has also served as chair of the biennial convention credentials committee (2016) and chair of the national bylaws committee (2016-18).  

Under Becker’s leadership, the local chapter at UE has provided several opportunities for students. One such opportunity includes the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship, in which nominees across the nation are awarded scholarship at the post-graduate level. This year, graduate Émile Moura Coelho da Silva was selected as a fellow. 

“Moving forward, we need to determine how we can encourage members to show their love of learning through service to others with a goal of engaging their communities and removing barriers to education,” said Becker. She believes these initiatives will improve the narrative surrounding the value of education, support current discussions on social justice, and facilitate future conversations about higher education. 

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society, with chapters at over 300 colleges and universities in the United States and the Philippines. Inducting approximately 30,000 new members each year, membership is awarded to college juniors, seniors, and graduate students. More information about Phi Kappa Phi is available on their website

UE Physician Assistant Graduates Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rate on Licensure Exam

The Class of 2020 graduates of the Master of Physician Assistant Science (MPAS) Program at the University of Evansville have achieved a first-time pass rate of 100 percent on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). This is the second consecutive year MPAS graduates have achieved this level of excellence.

“We are very proud of the hard work and commitment our students have exhibited, including this great achievement,” said Dr. Mike Roscoe, program chair and director. “Our graduates will make excellent medical providers and continue to represent UE and this program admirably.”

Established in 2016, the Physician Assistant Program at UE is a seven-semester graduate program. Students receive a blend of classroom lecture and hands-on learning from faculty members who provide a wealth of knowledge as medical professionals and educators. During the final 3 semesters, students complete 12 months of supervised clinical experiences in a variety of medical specialties. The program is nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

Classes for the Physician Assistant Program are held at the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences, located in downtown Evansville. This state-of-the-art facility is equipped with modern technology and offers the unique opportunities for interprofessional and real-world experiences while preparing for a medical career. The Stone Family Center, which was opened in 2018 thanks to a generous gift from Bill and Mary Stone, serves as a collaborative effort for health science education alongside University of Southern Indiana and Indiana University.

In 2019, the program’s first graduating class of 20 students achieved a 100 percent first-time PANCE pass rate. With the second cohort also achieving the same pass rate, UE is confident that current and incoming students will continue the trend. “Learning about the pass rates of our graduates was very exciting, because it is difficult to achieve such a rating,” said Roscoe. “To do this with new faculty and curriculum in the initial years of the program is even more impressive.” The national first-time PANCE pass rate is 93 percent.

The application period for the fifth cohort of students is open until August 1. Virtual interviews will be conducted in September to fill the 40 seats, and in-person classes are slated to begin January 2021. Roscoe reports that the application process has become more competitive as the program has seen exponential growth in applications since 2016. Interested individuals may apply for the program through graduate admission, or they may pursue the Baccalaureate to Physician Assistant pathway, in which students earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees through UE.

Physician assistants, or PAs, are nationally certified and state-licensed health care professionals who provide direct patient care across a broad range of medical services. PAs work in a wide variety of health care settings and specialties. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of PAs is projected to grow 31 percent from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. In 2019, the profession provided a median salary of $112,260. To learn more about the Physician Assistant Program at UE, visit evansville.edu.

UE Physician Assistant Graduates Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rate on Licensure Exam

University of Evansville Ranked Among the Top 100 Best Colleges for Veterans

The University of Evansville has been ranked among the top 100 best colleges for veterans by College Consensus. The complete list of schools was published to the organization's website in April.

To establish the order of ranking, College Consensus used a method that combined ratings from internationally recognized publishers (publisher rating) as well as student reviews (student review rating). Both ratings were averaged to form a complete list of 100 public and private college institutions across the nation. To qualify for the report, a college had to be a Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges member, have a recognized student veteran organization, be a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, employ dedicated support contact for veterans, and offer credit for military training.

"Our student veterans are a valuable asset to our campus culture," said Dr. Tracey Y. Folden, assistant vice president for academic affairs. "Their unique work as prior Servicemembers enriches the academic experience for all UE students."

UE offers a variety of services to support incoming and current students, including academic advising, tutoring, and career development. The student club, UE VETS (Veterans Education Transition Support), serves students, families, and active service members across the globe as they transition to college life, coordinating events and activities to provide additional support. For more information about services for veterans, visit evansville.edu/veteransaffairs.

"UE has been invaluable with the resources it provides for students with military backgrounds," said Jordan Wright, a disabled veteran and Class of 2023 student majoring in finance. "The University really makes every effort to set us up for success."

In 2019, UE was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the fifth best college for veterans in the Midwest. The University has also been previously recognized by U.S. Veterans Magazine and Military Times as a top college for veterans.

College Consensus is an online organization that highlights the best college programs and degrees offered in traditional and online formats. Studies recognize both public and private institutions at the undergraduate and graduate levels. You can read the complete report about the best colleges for veterans on their website.

University of Evansville Ranked Among the Top 100 Best Colleges for Veterans

University of Evansville Ranked Among the Top 50 Best Affordable Colleges for Music Therapy

The University of Evansville has been ranked among the top 50 best affordable colleges for music therapy degree programs. The ranking comes from Affordable Schools and was published on the organization's website in January.

The compilation and ranking of schools was created by using the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database. Affordable Schools considered programs based on tuition costs, student-to-faculty ratio, and educational outcomes. Points were assigned for each of the categories to build the final list of 50 schools from across the nation.

"This recognition for our music therapy program demonstrates the University's commitment to both academic excellence and affordability," said Kenneth Steinsultz, co-chair of the Department of Music at UE. "This program provides great value to students, as they can experience small class sizes, hands-on learning, and a high-quality education, all while maintaining affordability."

The Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree at the University of Evansville trains students to use music therapy methodology and interventions to address an individual's physical, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive needs. This profession is a growing field in the healthcare industry that has been proven to help patients regain speech, improve motor function, develop communication capabilities, and more.

Students in UE's music therapy program will prepare for a career through behavioral and music courses, as well as music therapy-specific classes that include Psychology of Music and Introduction to Improvisational Methods. Before graduating, students will complete a six-month internship to apply classroom knowledge to real-life scenarios. A music therapy and music education double major is also available, and this route is for students interested in combining their skills and talents to be a therapist and teacher. Visit evansville.edu/majors/music to learn more.

"Becoming a music therapist is a transformative experience for students," said Demian Kogutek, director of music therapy at UE. "Music therapy majors not only learn about the music therapy process, but also about the clients with whom we work and the overall importance of music in the community."

Affordable Schools is an online resource guide that highlights the best, high quality, affordable online and traditional colleges and degree programs. As a leading higher education resource, Affordable Schools provides profiles of a large number of public and private institutions with solid academic reputations. You can read the full article about music therapy programs online.

Holly Carter Appointed Interim Principal for Harlaxton College

Beginning June 1, Dr. Holly Carter, director of study abroad and Harlaxton College Programs at the University of Evansville, has been appointed interim principal for Harlaxton College, UE's study abroad center in Grantham, England.

Beginning June 1, Dr. Holly Carter, director of study abroad and Harlaxton College Programs at the University of Evansville, has been appointed interim principal for Harlaxton College, UE's study abroad center in Grantham, England.

Carter has been with the University since 2015 as director of the Office of Study Abroad and Harlaxton College Programs. During this time, Carter has expanded partnerships around the world and has significantly grown the Harlaxton custom program enterprise.

Carter serves as an Ashoka Change Leader for UE and will also bring those skills to the UK, including an incredible passion for the values of the University. She was recognized for this commitment with a Changee Award as well as Student Organization Advisor of the Year and Club of the Year for her efforts with UE's Barn Blitz Program. Her work in these areas led to UE winning the prestigious Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA: the Society of International Educators.

Carter brings over 20 years of experience in academia to the role. She holds a PhD in sociology focusing on the National Health Service (NHS), providing healthcare for all UK citizens, as well as a Master of Public Health focusing on global community health. She also earned a Master of Philosophy in sociology from the University of Glasgow where she completed her doctoral research into service inequalities in the NHS system. Carter's broad education also includes bachelor's and master's degrees in social work and a bachelor's degree in French language and literature. Carter recently completed an executive program in leadership at the Owen School at Vanderbilt University.

Carter has deep expertise in education abroad. She has managed multiple overseas study sites, including the Paris program for the University System of Georgia, a medical site in Cusco, Peru, and a campus site in Angers, France. Carter serves on multiple national education abroad committees is currently the dean of NAFSA's Risk Assessment and Crisis Management Continuing Education Program, the chair elect of NAFSA's Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Knowledge Community, and author in NAFSA's Guide to Education Abroad.

Carter's past roles in academic administration include assistant vice president for international affairs at Georgia Regents University and assistant provost at Queens University of Charlotte. She is also a dedicated volunteer for Habitat for Humanity International both locally and globally, having led 35 teams around the world to build houses. She serves as a board member for Habitat for Humanity of Evansville.

Carter is excited about this opportunity to lead Harlaxton through key times and notes:

"Harlaxton and UE have a 50-year relationship that we will celebrate in 2021. It's an exciting time to see what the next 50 years will hold for us. With the Changemaking opportunities that are now upon us locally and globally, I look forward to the Manor becoming a hub for good in the world."

UE President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz noted, "With nearly half of UE students studying abroad at Harlaxton during their time at UE, it is a crown jewel of the University, and we have never been more invested in, or dedicated to its future. We are thrilled to have Dr. Carter step into this role during a time of transition for Harlaxton College. Her leadership will inspire innovation and position Harlaxton for success in the changing landscape of study abroad."

Dr. Carter's appointment comes as Dr. Gerald Seaman ends his tenure as principal.

"Throughout Dr. Seaman's six years as principal, he and his wife Patti welcomed hundreds of students to Harlaxton, ushering them through the life-changing experience at the Manor," said President Pietruszkiewicz. "We wish the Seaman family the very best and extend our sincere gratitude to Dr. Seaman for his dedication to Harlaxton College."

University of Evansville Ranked Among the Top 20 Most Affordable Bachelor's in Data Science

The University of Evansville has been ranked among the top 20 most affordable bachelor's in data science for 2020 by Data Science Degree Programs Guide. The ranking was published on the organization's website in January.

This ranking was created using the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database. The top 20 most affordable bachelor's in data science programs were selected based on the program's net price.

“The University of Evansville is deeply committed to both academic excellence and affordability,” said Dave Dwyer, chair of the Department of Mathematics at UE. “I’m proud of the extraordinary work of our faculty, students, and alumni in building an elite program in statistics and data science while maintaining affordability. Our inclusion in this ranking is a testament to their efforts.” 

The bachelor's in statistics and data science from the University of Evansville combines cutting-edge data science techniques with statistics. Students get a top-notch liberal arts education that prepares them to frame questions, work as part of a team, make decisions, and communicate results.

Emphasis is placed on analyzing real-world data using statistical methods with software like R, Python, and SQL. Courses include Machine Learning, Techniques for Large Data Sets, and Statistical Modeling, as well as a data consultancy.

“Our students have an opportunity to work as data consultants for local businesses and organizations that give them on-the-job experience you can’t get anywhere else,” said Darrin Weber, assistant professor and director of the Statistics and Data Science program. “This gives them the type of experience employers are looking for from experienced professionals, and our students have it before they graduate.”

Most students complete their data science degree along with minor or even a second major in four years. Visit the program’s web page to learn more.

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University of Evansville Issues a Statement Addressing Current Events

Our UE community and our nation mourns the recent tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. I am deeply saddened by the increase in acts of violence and hate rather than understanding and compassion. Many African Americans in our community are experiencing a sense of deep personal loss as a result of these events, and we want you to know that we stand with you during this difficult time. At the University of Evansville, we must prepare our students for an increasingly complex world, and that is not an easy task. It is imperative that we learn from experiences, history, cultures, values, beliefs, and views different from our own and that we strive to become more empathic and more compassionate every day. At UE, we respect and value differences of all kinds, and we depend on the contributions of a diverse community as we face the challenges around us. We recognize that inclusion leads to personal growth and collective clarity. Our commitment to foster a diverse range of cultures and perspectives reflects the characteristics required to thrive in an increasingly diverse global society. Accordingly, we deplore any actions that silence or threaten members of our campus and the local community. We strongly condemn prejudice and discrimination expressed in racial violence wherever it occurs.  

Now, perhaps more than ever before, we must endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission:  

“To empower each student to think critically, act bravely, serve responsibly, and live meaningfully in a changing world.” 

These eighteen simple words carry extraordinary meaning during this difficult time. In a world that has seen far too much inequality, injustice, and racism, now is the time to bravely enact changes necessary to bring about a future where equity and inclusion are the norm and where hatred and violence are not tolerated. 

Christopher M. Pietruskiewicz 
President 
University of Evansville 

University of Evansville Announces Competition Winners

The University of Evansville today announced the winners of the 2020 Tri-State Truth, Meaning, and Value Essay Competition. Sponsored by the University’s Department of Philosophy and Religion, the annual competition asks area high school students to address fundamental human questions of immediate and pressing concern. This year, students were asked to consider the question, “What lessons should humanity learn from the 2020 coronavirus pandemic?” Essays were evaluated by a panel of faculty authors selected from the department and judged based on academic merit, creativity, and the expression of practical wisdom.

This year’s first place winner was Skylar Young (10th Grade – South Spencer High School) for an essay on understanding and appreciating the value of meaningful human interaction both in crisis situations and in the general course of life.

The second place winner was Aidan Kunst (12th Grade – Evansville Day School), who wrote on the value of kindness and the importance of understanding our true relationship with “mother nature.”

Third place went to Natalie Page (10th Grade – North High School) for her essay on the value of collaboration and being prepared for the kinds of contingencies that come with something like a coronavirus pandemic.

Two honorable mentions were awarded to Ally Barnett (10th Grade – Reitz High School), who wrote on the need for equity in education, and Jalyn Smith (10th Grade – Edwards County High School), who noted that though normal may be defined differently by different groups, it may nonetheless be interrupted at any time across all groups.

Cash prizes were awarded to the top three essays along with the offer of a UE scholarship. The offer of a scholarship was also extended to those who received honorable mentions. The University congratulates these fine young students and expresses its gratitude to all the contestants for putting their minds to issues that affect us all.

The Annual Tri-State Truth, Meaning, and Value Essay Competition was conceived to promote local attention to matters requiring critical thinking in times of change and uncertainty and to engage in community outreach as part of the educational mission of the University of Evansville.

University of Evansville to Welcome Students to Campus for its Fall Term

The University of Evansville announced that it intends to return to campus for in-person instruction for the Fall 2020 term no later than August 26.

“Based on feedback from our faculty, staff, and students, we are committed to in-person classes this fall,” said UE President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “Reopening campus is a monumental task, but we have been working for months on plans to reopen safely. Throughout this pandemic, our guiding principles have included supporting the safety and well-being of our entire campus community, continuing to provide a transformative educational experience, and considering the public health implications of our actions.” 

Based on these principles, the University has been proactive and intentional in its response to the Coronavirus pandemic. A Coronavirus Healthcare Taskforce, consisting of faculty, staff, administrators, and public health experts, has developed robust plans and made recommendations relating to all aspects of the University’s response, culminating in a phased approach to reopening campus and preparing for the fall semester.

Following the guidelines of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and in consultation with public health experts and the University’s Coronavirus Healthcare Taskforce, the University has planned a gradual reopening of offices, labs, and other campus spaces. These plans include preparations for in-person campus visits as well as procedures and protocols for students’ return to campus for the fall semester.

Instruction in the fall will be designed for in-person experiences and will include some hybrid and online classes to maintain recommended social distancing and ensure public health protocols are met while providing a high-quality learning experience for students. Other preparations include adjustments in classroom spaces, residence halls, dining facilities, and healthcare protocols regarding testing, masks, temperature checks, and other safety measures.

“We will continue to monitor the health of our community closely and provide updates frequently,” said President Pietruszkiewicz. “We look forward to welcoming our returning students back to campus and extending a warm welcome – at a safe social distance – to the new members of our UE family.”

Stevenson published Oxford University Press edited book

Associate Professor of Psychology, Margaret Stevenson, and her colleagues, Bette Bottoms and Kelly Burke, published an Oxford University Press edited volume available for pre-order and in print July 1, 2020: "The Legacy of Racism for Children: Psychology, Law, and Public Policy."

This volume examines issues that arise when minority children's lives are directly or indirectly influenced by law and public policy. Uniquely comprehensive in scope, this trailblazing volume offers cutting-edge chapters on the intersections of race/ethnicity within the context of child maltreatment, child dependency court, custody and adoption, familial incarceration, school discipline and the "school-to-prison pipeline," juvenile justice, police/youth interactions, and jurors' perceptions of child and adolescent victims and defendants. The book also includes chapters focused on troubling situations that are less commonly researched, but growing in importance, including the role of race and racism in child sex trafficking and US immigration law and policy. Thus, individual chapters explore myriad ways in which law and policy shape the lives of marginalized children and adolescents - racial and ethnic minorities - who historically and presently are at heightened risk for experiencing disadvantageous consequences of law and policy. In so doing, The Legacy of Racism for Children can help social scientists to understand and work to prevent the perpetuation of racial discrimination in American laws and public policies.

Stevenson published Oxford University Press edited book

UE Theatre Welcomes Two New Faculty Members

The University of Evansville Theatre is thrilled to announce the appointment of two new faculty members, Mitchell Critel and Stacey Yen.

MITCHELL L. CRITEL has accepted the appointment of Assistant Professor of Theatre/Technical Director and Production Manager. Since 2014, Mitchell has been an Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he was named this year's Hixson–Lied Junior Faculty Teaching Award-winner. Prior to joining the faculty at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, Mitchell served as the Technical Director at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, from 2010–2014, and as the Assistant Technical Director at the University of Evansville from 2008–2010. He received his MFA from the University of Missouri–Kansas City and a BFA in Technical Theatre Production from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Mitchell’s current research includes the "Integration of Computer Numeric Controlled Routers into Theatre Curriculum," as well as "Adapting Professional Theatre Technical Management Strategies into the College Setting." He is a frequent presenter at the United States Institute of Theatre Technology’s annual conference and is a member of USITT's Technical Production Commission.

STACEY YEN has accepted the appointment of Visiting Assistant Professor of Acting/Guest Artist for the 2020–21 academic year. Stacey received her MFA in Acting from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a BA in American History from Brown University. She has previously been a guest artist at Princeton, Fordham, and New York University, and has extensive performance experience both in theatre and television. Her acting credits include roles at several prestigious theatres including: The Public Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, American Conservatory Theatre, The Goodman, Berkley Rep, Arena Stage, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her television guest star appearances include: THE BLACKLIST, THE GOOD WIFE, INSTINCT, ELEMENTARY, MADAM SECRETARY, and TREME. She is a member of the Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.

UE Business School Listed as one of 10 Undergraduate Schools to Watch in 2020

The Schroeder Family School of Business Administration at the University of Evansville was included in Poets&Quants’s annual list of the top 10 undergraduate schools to watch. The Schroeder School joins other schools of business such as the Wharton School, Ross School, and Stern School in this prestigious list of programs that are “setting the standard for what students can expect and schools can achieve.”

The Schroeder School’s 100 percent job placement rate was a major factor in achieving this recognition. According to P&Q, the school’s impressive success beat out all “97 undergraduate business programs ranked by Poets&Quants.”

The article notes that Schroeder graduates get jobs, and “These aren’t just any jobs either. … Schroeder ranked #1 for their business degree helping them land their ‘dream career’ – topping highly-decorated programs like the Wharton School and Indiana University’s Kelley School. In the same survey, Schroeder alumni placed their alma mater among the ten-best business programs for alumni help in job hunting.”

Ben Johnson, Schroeder School’s interim dean, touts the school’s Office for Career Success for helping ensure students’ success. Students gain high level job experiences and a build a professional network that sees most students graduating with a job offer already in hand.

The Schroeder Family School of Business Administration currently educates 250 students in seven programs of study, including accounting, finance, global business, logistics and supply chain management, marketing, management, and economics. The AACSB-accredited business school is ranked #4 among small, private schools by U.S. News & World Report with the Finance and Accounting programs ranked #2 and #3, respectively.

Read the Schroeder School’s full profile at Poets&Quants, and learn more about the University of Evansville on our website.

Professor Kretz Invited to International Workshop on Climate Change

Professor Kretz was invited to attend an international workshop focused on creating "An Existential Toolkit for Climate Educators" at the Rachel Carson Center in Germany this summer.

AACSB International Recognizes Schroeder School of Business for Microlending Program

Today, AACSB International (AACSB)—the world’s largest business education network—recognized the University of Evansville’s Schroeder School of Business among 25 business schools as highlights of its Innovations That Inspire member challenge. An annual initiative, the challenge recognizes institutions from around the world that serve as champions of change in the business education landscape. This year’s theme, “Catalysts for Innovation,” emphasizes business education’s efforts to elevate entrepreneurial thinking and new business creation.

The Schroeder School is recognized for its Access to Capital and Expertise for Emerging Entrepreneurs (ACE3) program, which is sponsored, funded, and co-managed by Old National Bank. Students in the program manage a $100,000 portfolio, which offers microloans to women and minority owned businesses. Students interface with clients, review business plans, and serve as underwriters for loans.

“The demand for innovation that engages experts across disciplines and addresses the needs of both local and global communities has never been more apparent than in these unprecedented times,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and CEO of AACSB. "We are honored to feature the Schroeder School for its valuable role in elevating entrepreneurship through research, teaching, and community engagement.”

Now in its fifth year, the Innovations That Inspire challenge has highlighted more than 120 business school efforts that exemplify forward-looking approaches to education, research, community engagement or outreach, and leadership. To date, members of AACSB’s Business Education Alliance have shared nearly 1,000 innovations, creating a robust repository in AACSB’s DataDirect system to inform and inspire fellow members and the industry.

For an overview of all featured innovations, visit aacsb.edu/innovations-that-inspire.

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About Schroeder School of Business

The Schroeder School of Business currently educates 250 students in seven programs of study, including accounting, finance, global business, logistics and supply chain management, marketing, management, and economics. The AACSB-accredited business school is ranked #4 among small, private schools by U.S. News & World Report with the Finance and Accounting programs ranked #2 and #3, respectively. The Class of 2019 achieved 100% placement in graduate school or full-time employment by September 30, 2019 and earned an average starting salary of $49,720.  To learn more about the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration at UE, visit www.evansville.edu/majors/business.

UE Launches Tri-State Truth, Meaning, and Value Essay Competition

The University of Evansville Department of Philosophy and Religion has launched the inaugural Tri-State Truth, Meaning, and Value Essay Competition in an effort to encourage regional high school students to think about the challenges facing humanity today and in the future.

“We want to encourage young adults to think clearly and to think big,” said Tony Beavers, UE professor of philosophy. “That’s why at UE, we help students to develop their intellectual competence and confidence and find the courage to face the future unafraid.”

The department plans to sponsor the essay competition annually, establishing a new concept each year for students to develop their essays around. This year, the department is asking students to answer the question, “What lessons should humanity learn from the 2020 coronavirus pandemic?”

Each essay will be judged by a panel of UE faculty members. Top three winners will be awarded a cash prize of up to $500, and two honorable mentions will also be awarded.

Essays should be around 1500 words in length, and they will be judged based on academic merit, creativity, and expression of practical wisdom. Proper use of grammar and form will also be considered.

Koth, Ladd, and Wagner Earn MVC Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete Honors

University of Evansville golfers Dallas Koth, Matthew Ladd and Spencer Wagner earned spots on the 2020 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete First Team.  The Purple Aces had three of the ten student-athletes named to the first team.

"I am so proud of those three for receiving the honor," UE head golf coach Jim Hamilton said.  "Having three of the ten players on the First Team is something that is a first for our program.  It is a credit to those guys and our entire team for their hard work in the classroom and on the course."

Matthew Ladd finished up his senior season with the Purple Aces and will leave with a career stroke average of 75.88, ninth in school history.  His senior season saw him shoot the lowest round of the year (66) while recording a 73.18 average.  Ladd is a Criminal Justice major with a 3.54 GPA.

The sophomore, Koth is a Sports Communications major with a 3.65 GPA, while junior Wagner is majoring in Management with a 3.50 GPA.

Koth, posted results in all seven events this year for the Purple Aces, earning a 73.13 stroke average in the fall with a season low 69 round at the EKU Raising Canes Invitational. Koth highlighted the spring with a second-place finish at the ASU Spring Kickoff at 5-under par 211, while posting a 72.2 stroke averaged in the two spring meets.

Wagner, also competed in all seven tournaments for the Purple Aces, posting an 73.87 stroke average in the fall, including a fall season low of 68 in the final round of the APSU Intercollegiate. Posted a 74.8 average in the two meets during the spring, including a seventh-place finish at 8-over par at the Benbow Invitational.

University of Evansville Libraries wins “Arch Madness 2020”

The University of Evansville Libraries silk tapestry has won Arch Madness 2020, an artifact competition hosted by the David L. Rice Library at the University of Southern Indiana.

The silk tapestry, a part of the University’s archival collection, defeated USI’s University Archives and Special Collections "Marijuana and the Bible" booklet by a vote of 231 to 156, in the championship round. The silk tapestry automatically receives a bid to defend our title during next year’s Arch Madness competition.

Other participants in the competition included:

  • USI’s University Archives and Special Collections
  • Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science
  • John James Audubon Museum
  • John M. Lawrence ’73 Library
  • Newburgh Museum
  • USI’s Archaeology Lab
  • New Harmony’s Working Men’s Institute

About the silk tapestry:
The origins of this tapestry trace back to the missionary trips of the City United Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana. The image on the tapestry is known as Azure Dragon, which is one of the mythical creatures in Asian cultures. This item is believed to be a flag from the Chinese Qing dynasty, 1890-1912.

More information about the competition can be found at amusingartifacts.org.

University of Evansville Libraries wins “Arch Madness 2020”

UE Education Students Recognized by IACTE

Each year the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE) recognizes outstanding future teachers from universities across the state.

This year, recipients from the University of Evansville are Louis Kersh, special education major from Indianapolis, IN, Brett Weinzapfel, biology education major from Mt. Vernon, IN, and Megan Hawkins, elementary education major from Shoals, IN. These individuals were selected by the School of Education faculty for their accomplishments throughout their education programs and for their exceptional promise as future classroom teachers.

Photo: Megan Hawkins, Louis Kersh, Brett Weinzapfel

UE Education Students Recognized by IACTE

Kimberling and Moses Publish Research Paper

Professor of Mathematics Clark Kimberling and British engineer Peter Moses have a research article on "Self-inverse Gemini triangles" in the April issue of the International Journal of Geometry. The article investigates special properties of a large family of triangles known as Gemini triangles.

Using methods of linear algebra applied to barycentric coordinates, the conclusions involve several conic curves and cubic curves that are new to the literature. Several recently discovered special points in the plane of a triangle are introduced, having first appeared during 2019 in the UE-based Encyclopedia of Triangle Centers (https://faculty.evansville.edu/ck6/encyclopedia/ETC.html).

A pdf of the paper can be accessed from https://ijgeometry.com/product/clark-kimberling-and-peter-moses-self-inverse-gemini-triangles/.

Richard Maass Publishes Book

UE associate professor of political science Richard Maass, PhD, has written a book titled The Picky Eagle that is being published by Cornell University Press.

In The Picky Eagle, Maass explains why the United States expanded westward to the Pacific but not north into Canada, south into Mexico, or overseas more than it did, focusing on the roles of democracy and xenophobia in limiting U.S. leaders' ambitions. It contains 23 historical case studies of U.S. foreign policy decision-making between 1775 and 1898.

Maass joined the UE Department of Law, Politics, and Society in 2014 after earning his PhD at Notre Dame and teaching as a visiting professor at Cornell. He studies international relations and political theory and is one of the University of Evansville’s 2016-17 Global Scholars. He has published research on annexation, US foreign policy, terrorism, and Cicero’s political thought. The Picky Eagle is Maass’s first book.

The book will be released on May 15 and can be preordered online from all major booksellers. Use code 09FLYER to save 30% when ordering directly from Cornell University Press or by calling 800-848-6224.

More information about The Picky Eagle can be found on the Cornell University Press website.

Richard Maass Publishes Book

Nicholas Harmon Publishes in IEEE Journal

Dr. Harmon's article "Modeling of Near Zero-Field Magnetoresistance and Electrically Detected Magnetic Resonance in Irradiated Si/SiO2 MOSFETs" appeared in the recent edition of the IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science.
 

This research, in collaboration with the University of Iowa and Pennsylvania State University, introduces a model of a new magnetoresistance phenomena that arises due to electrons in semiconductors recombining through defects. The magnetoresistance originates from the spin-dependence (essentially the Pauli exclusion principle) of recombination (and is a variation of the Shockley Read Hall mechanism). This article has applications for electronic devices aboard spacecraft as the defects examined are produced by radiation similar to which is seen in space.

The abstract can be found at https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/9039723.

UE Appoints Beverly Brockman as New Schroeder Family Dean of Business

Beverly Brockman, PhD, has been appointed Schroeder Family Dean of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration (Schroeder School) at the University of Evansville. 

The appointment comes at the end of a nationwide search conducted by WittKieffer, an internationally prominent search firm, and a committee chaired by Martha Stilwell, Interim Associate Dean of the Schroeder School. The search committee included faculty, administrator, student, and trustee representatives.

“We are very happy to welcome Dr. Beverly Brockman as our next Schroeder Family Dean,” said Stilwell. “Dr. Brockman has an impressive academic record in both teaching and research, as well as administrative experience at an AACSB-accredited school. In addition, she has the visionary and leadership capabilities necessary to continue moving the Schroeder School forward in fulfilling our mission of preparing globally aware business professionals. We believe her passion for experiential learning and interdisciplinary collaboration are a great fit for UE, and we look forward to working with Dr. Brockman to continue providing a top-ranked business education at a small, private university.”

Brockman comes to UE with more than 20 years of experience in higher education. Most recently, she has served at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) as the George Lester Nation Centennial Professor of Entrepreneurship. In addition, for the past nine years, she has served as Department Head for the Marketing & Entrepreneurship Department in the Rollins College of Business at UTC.

Brockman earned her PhD in marketing from the University of Alabama and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Kentucky.

Coming to UE, Brockman brings with her experience in innovation and entrepreneurship, including establishing Solution Scholars, a self-sustaining interdisciplinary business research student consulting venture. While at UTC, she also oversaw the establishment of UTC Research Services and worked with a team to establish the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, helping to develop the center into a stand-alone, self-sustaining unit.

Throughout her years of experience, Brockman has been nominated or received many awards, including the Carolyn Thompson and Roger Brown UTC Community Engagement Award, Deans Merit Award, Max Finley Merit Award, and Faculty Development Grant.

“I am very excited about my upcoming move to UE! It presents a tremendous opportunity for personal growth, as well as a chance to contribute to higher education in a different way than I have in the past,” said Brockman. “There are some wonderful opportunities to build on the strong programs already in place in the Schroeder Family School of Business. For example, I think there are opportunities for distinct program development in entrepreneurship, connecting with UE’s Center for Innovation and Change, and leveraging its ‘Ashoka Changemaker Campus’ designation.”

The Schroeder Family School of Business Administration currently educates 250 students in seven programs of study, including accounting, finance, global business, logistics and supply chain management, marketing, management, and economics. The AACSB-accredited business school is ranked #4 among small, private schools by U.S. News & World Report with the Finance and Accounting programs ranked #2 and #3, respectively. The Class of 2019 achieved 100% placement in graduate school or full-time employment by September 30, 2019, and earned an average starting salary of $49,720.

To learn more about the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration at UE, visit www.evansville.edu/majors/business.

UE Appoints Beverly Brockman as New Schroeder Family Dean of Business

John David Lutz Endowed Professor Chuck Meacham Named Chair of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University

The University of Evansville Theatre sends congratulations to Professor Chuck Meacham on his being named as the new Chair of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University, in Marietta, Georgia.

Chuck joined the UE faculty in 1998 as the Technical Director, and, over the past 22 years, he has taught a wide array of classes in scenic production techniques (carpentry, welding, rigging, drafting), production and stage management, senior seminar, portfolios, and sound. In 2010, he helped established the degree in Stage Management at the University of Evansville, a program which he heads and also serves as the Production Manager for the Department of Theatre. In 2018, Chuck was invested as the John David Lutz Endowed Professor of Theatre.

Mr. Meacham has been highly active with the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, serving on the leadership team of the Technical Production Commission since 2012. In the summer of 2019, he finished a three-year term as the USITT Commissioner for Technical Production. In addition, he has also been heavily involved on a local, national, and international level with Habitat for Humanity.

UE Department Chair Eric Renschler said, “Chuck has been a valued friend and colleague from the moment I stepped onto campus. His kind manner and generous spirit made him a constant joy to work with. Our great loss is Kennesaw’s indescribable gain. I look forward to watching the great things they do together in the years to come.”

The University of Evansville faculty, students, and alumni have enjoyed the privilege of having Chuck and his wife Karen, as well as their children (Kate, Conor, and Colleen), as part of the UE Theatre family for the past 22 years, and we wish him the greatest success in this exciting new chapter of his career.

Guatemala Project Advances to Final Round

A University of Evansville student-produced documentary, The Guatemala Project: A Habitat for Humanity Mission, was selected for Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival, an international online film festival. After an initial round of audience voting, the film advanced to the final round at #4.

The documentary was made by Brea Mullen and Amanda Ackerman, junior multimedia communication majors at the University of Evansville. The film was previously awarded a Student Emmy by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

“This project has been such a blessing from the very beginning,” said Mullen. “From its planning phases to now, it has been such a wonderful journey of growth both personally and in terms of beginning a career in filmmaking.”

Each year, students travel the globe with UE’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. In May 2018, Mullen and Ackerman traveled to Guatemala with the group to document the experience and came out with a moving testimonial of life-changing aid that UE Changemakers are providing all over the world.

“This was a life-changing trip for me because I got to experience a new culture and people I had never met before,” Ackerman said. “I stand firmly behind Habitat for Humanity’s mission of changing the world in a positive way, which is something I would like to continue to be a part of for trips to come.”

“In times like these when everyone is so isolated, we can lean on film as a universal connector,” Mullen added. “Habitat for Humanity's mission is all about creating positive change and helping it expand and flourish throughout the world. This project is infused with hope, gratitude, and growth, and our hope is that everyone who has been so generous enough to watch the film is filled with these positive emotions when the end credits roll."

The Guatemala Project has advanced to a final round of judging along with nine other films. Network members and Lift-Off's Official Judges will score the films based on multiple aspects. The film with the highest overall score wins and will be selected to form part of one of the live screenings at an upcoming Lift-Off Film Festival.

The Guatemala Project: A Habitat for Humanity Mission can be viewed on YouTube.

Guatemala Project Advances to Final Round

University of Evansville Department of Music Presents Concerts Online

The University of Evansville’s Department of Music will be presenting recorded concerts online for community members to enjoy free of charge.

During the semester, UE’s Department of Music hosts more than 90 concerts on campus and around the community. These concerts feature students, faculty, alumni, guests, and friends of the University. Under the current shelter-in-place guidelines and during the month of April, the department will release a UE concert recorded during a recent academic year.

“The power of music can help us cope with difficult times and bring us some peace,” said Dennis Malfatti, professor of music, director of choral activities, and department co-chair. “Although UE cannot host concerts for the time being, the Department of Music is pleased to share with the UE community recordings of recent concerts.”

Listen online to the first in this series: A University Choir concert from October 30, 2018.

Check the department’s Facebook page or visit the concert series web page each week for a new concert.

Guatemala Project Selected for Festival

A University of Evansville student-produced documentary, The Guatemala Project: A Habitat for Humanity Mission, was selected for Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival, an international online film festival, which is open for an audience choice vote. Voting ends Sunday, April 5.

The documentary was made in 2018 by Brea Mullen and Amanda Ackerman, junior communication majors at the University of Evansville. The film was awarded a Student Emmy.

The top 10 films resulting from the initial round of voting will be promoted to a final round, during which network members and Lift-Off's Official Judges will score the films based on multiple aspects. The film with the highest overall score wins and will be selected to form part of one of the live screenings at an upcoming Lift-Off Film Festival.

Each year, students travel the globe with UE’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. In May 2018, Mullen and Ackerman traveled to Guatemala to document the experience and came out with a moving testimonial of life changing aid that UE Changemakers are providing all over the world.

Guatemala Project Selected for Festival

UE Health Sciences Programs Donate Equipment

The University of Evansville’s Health Science programs have donated personal protection equipment (PPE) to support the efforts of healthcare workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

“Local hospitals, Ascension St. Vincent and Deaconess locations including Encompass Health, Gateway, and Midtown reached out to us to see if we had some extra equipment we could donate, and of course we responded as quickly as possible to share what we have to help keep those front-line healthcare workers safe,” said Jerrilee LaMar, chair and White Family Endowed Professor of UE’s Dunigan Family School of Nursing.

Departments that donated equipment include the School of Nursing, Physician Assistant Science, and the Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. Donated equipment includes six boxes of face masks, 100 isolation gowns, more than 100 boxes of exam and surgical gloves.

 

These items are typically used by University of Evansville’s health science students as they learn and practice skills in laboratories like the Dunigan Family Nursing Lab on UE’s campus or the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences in downtown Evansville.  During their course of study, students engage in real-life simulations and use actual healthcare equipment. Like other institutions, the University’s in-person classes have been cancelled for the remainder of the spring semester, although students are still actively engaged in online coursework. This donation allows our health education programs the opportunity to assist their community partners in their time of need.

“We are proud to partner with our local hospitals to give our health science students high level experience in their respective fields,” said Mary Kessler, dean of UE’s College of Education and Health Sciences. “In times of need, we are honored to be able to help their efforts in any way we can.”

IndianaComputes! Awarded a $600,000 State Contract

The University of Southern Indiana and the University of Evansville are excited to announce that IndianaComputes!, a collaboration of universities across the state of Indiana has been awarded a state contract of more than $600,000 to accelerate and deepen computer science capacity in Indiana.

The contract identifies IndianaComputes! as one of only five organizations approved by the Indiana Department of Education to deliver computer science teacher training, and one of only two organizations approved to train educators across the entire K-12 grade range. USI and UE are teaming up to assist educators in Southwest Indiana, which includes Dubois, Gibson, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Warrick, and Vanderburgh counties.

The contract will fund services such as workshops, coursework, and resource development. To optimize teacher convenience, the services will be offered online as well as supported by more than a dozen collaborating universities and colleges located around the state. All services will be provided free of charge to Indiana educators. Training launches this coming summer and continues into next year. Three hours of graduate course credit through Indiana University is also available.

To find out more about the IndianaComputes! Program in southwest Indiana, please visit the webpage at www.indianacomputes.net.

For more information, contact:

Deborah Hwang, Director & Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Evansville: hwang@evansville.edu

Scott Anderson, Program Coordinator of Computer Science at the University of Southern Indiana: rsanderson@usi.edu

University of Evansville Reschedules Spring Commencement

After much discussion and input from students, faculty, and staff, the University of Evansville is rescheduling its Spring Commencement ceremony to take place during Homecoming weekend on the morning of September 19, 2020, at the Ford Center.

“This semester has taken an unanticipated turn for all of us, and the University of Evansville recognizes the importance of celebrating the educational achievements of our Class of 2020,” said UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “Each one of our students has had a life-changing experience at UE – whether studying at home or abroad, through hours of classroom and out-of-classroom experiences, our students have made lifelong connections. We want to celebrate those moments, in person, at a rescheduled Commencement ceremony.”

This does not affect the timing or award of UE degrees. More details for graduates and graduation attendees will be determined in the upcoming months.

Stay at Home Directive from Governor Holcomb

The University of Evansville has put into place policies following the Governor of Indiana's order for Stay at Home announced on March 23, that is effective at 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020 and will continue through at least 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020. The University of Evansville instituted a policy limiting staff on campus as identified in the Governor's order as specifically defined in Executive Order 20-08. Personnel designated to be on campus will be notified by their supervisors. In compliance with this order, the University closed all access to campus buildings to visitors. This policy follows the announcement to move to online instruction on March 18.

Murphy Publishes in Top Economics Journal

Dr. David Murphy's paper, entitled "Underground Knowledge: Estimating the Impacts of Soil Information Transfers through Experimental Auctions" has been accepted for publication at the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, an A* rated economics journal.

The paper explores the topic of soil degradation, a serious problem in many developing countries, which often necessitates the use of fertilizers to improve crop yields. However, smallholder farmers usually do not have sufficient information about their soil nutrient levels to make profit-maximizing decisions about fertilizer usage.

In this paper, Murphy conducted two-round experimental auctions to determine whether providing information and fertilizer recommendations from inexpensive soil testing kits to farmers in western Kenya affected their behavior and ability to optimize their input choices.

We auctioned organic and inorganic agricultural inputs, dividing farmers into information treatments. We find that providing soil information has significant effects on farmers’ willingness to pay for inputs. We then use Monte Carlo simulations to show that there is potential for high net benefits to farmers from individualized soil tests. These results suggest that soil testing can be a cost-effective method to increase food security in the region.

The University of Evansville Extends Online Instruction for the Remainder of the Spring Semester

In a press conference today, the University of Evansville announced its decision to extend online instruction and cancel all University events for the remainder of the spring semester. The decision was made public at a joint press conference with the City of Evansville, the University of Southern Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College, and the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation.

"This is the right time to work together as a broader Evansville community and ensure we do our part to promote public health," said University of Evansville President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. "We understand these are extraordinary times that require us to be extraordinarily vigilant to protect our campus and local community. We look forward to delivering the same level of personal attention that is the hallmark of the University of Evansville from our faculty members to our academic and support services. While the delivery will be different, this will be a time for UE to shine."

For more information about the University of Evansville's response to the coronavirus pandemic, and resources available to our students, faculty, and staff, please visit www.evansville.edu/coronavirus.

Richard Gerst and Nicholas Harmon "Present" at Conference

Dr. Harmon, assistant professor of physics, and Richard Gerst, senior physics/math major, were scheduled to give talks at the American Physical Society's (APS) March Meeting in Denver, CO during the first week of March. Unfortunately the conference was cancelled. Their presentations were made public on the APS abstract in lieu of live presentation.

The work by Richard was conducted last summer and over the course of the last two semesters thanks to UExplore. Richard studied how electrons move through organic semiconductors and focused on how their spin (internal magnetism of an electron) changed while they moved. A large portion of the work was to develop and improve simulations of the phenomena. Richard's contributed presentation slides, "Simulating Spin Relaxation in Organic Semiconductors", can be found at http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/MAR20/Session/A11.3.

The presentation by Dr. Harmon, "Magnetoresistance Measurements as an Alternative to Magnetic Resonance Methods for Studying Paramagnetic Defects", dealt with a new technique to explore defects in materials. The technique is an alternative to magnetic resonance (e.g. MRI or EPR) that offers several advantages when studying defects in electronic devices (like transistors). Dr. Harmon's invited presentation slides and talk can be found at http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/MAR20/Session/S19.3.

UE Announces Proactive Measures Regarding Coronavirus

In response to the rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and with the safety and well-being of students, the campus community, and our Evansville community in mind, the University of Evansville has decided to extend spring break through Tuesday, March 17, and move all courses to online instruction effective Wednesday, March 18. Online instruction will continue at least through Friday, March 27.

President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz issued a university-wide message including updated guidelines that are effective immediately pertaining to travel and campus events.

Additionally, the University has suspended the spring semester in-person instruction at Harlaxton College, the University’s study abroad center in the UK, and will move all courses to online platforms.

UE’s Placement Rate for Graduates Soars to 96 Percent

A survey of the University of Evansville's 2019 graduating class revealed that 96 percent of graduates were employed or pursuing further education within six months of graduation with median salary of $51,250.

This rate far outpaces the national placement rate of 86 percent, according to the 2018 National Association of Colleges and Employers Career Services Benchmark Survey. Students at the University also engage in a variety of experiential education opportunities such as internships and practicums that help them to develop professional skills and experience. In fact, 96 percent of the 2019 graduating class engaged in at least one form of experiential education.

Data from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) also indicates that the University of Evansville’s 4-year graduation rate is more than double the average rate at Indiana’s state institutions – 61.7 percent vs. 27.6 percent.

“The University is committed to offering students not only an outstanding educational experience but also a unique and individualized career planning process,” said Michael Austin, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at UE. “UE takes an active role to help ensure the future success of our students from their first connection with the University to long after graduation.”

The University’s Center for Career Development provides comprehensive services to students throughout their collegiate journey beginning when they are in high school. Through the Career Advantage Program, prospective students have the opportunity to actively evaluate and test career options by taking a career assessment, meeting with a career advising professional, and developing a career action plan. They can begin this program during their first visit to UE even before they enroll. UE helps students and alumni at every stage by providing comprehensive services to facilitate their career development. These include programs for career exploration and professional development, career advocates, job fairs, career travel funds, job search support, and more.

The graduate outcomes survey, a collaborative effort between UE's Center for Career Development, Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, academic departments, and others, produced career information on 94 percent of the 529 members of the class of 2019.

UE Electrical Engineering Students Participated in the Indiana Autonomous Day 2020

A team of electrical engineers showcased their senior design, D.E.L.T.A. Scooter, at the annual Indiana Autonomous Day on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Odon, Indiana.

The team consists of seniors, Darren Reuter, Donnie Croxton, and Kevin Yeung. University of Evansville’s electrical engineering students presented their project through videos of the scooter in action impressing many attendees at the show.

The D.E.L.T.A. scooter is a semi-autonomous scooter designed to help people with disabilities.

The Indiana Autonomous Day 2020 showcases the future of autonomous technologies in displays, workshops and live demonstrations.

UE Electrical Engineering Students Participated in the Indiana Autonomous Day 2020

Women Stepping Up Features Dr. Jessica Lofton

Women Stepping Up features Dr. Jessica Lofton in its WEDnesday Woman article. Dr. Lofton is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Stepping Up is a non-partisan, non-profit effort that celebrates women in the Tri-State of every race, class and ethnic background who have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of the Evansville community.

http://steppingupevv.com/dr-jessica-lofton/

University of Evansville Hires Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

The University of Evansville has hired Holly Smith as the new senior director of marketing and communications. As senior director, Smith will oversee the strategic direction of the University’s marketing efforts.

“Holly brings a wealth of experience and dynamic leadership to this position,” noted interim vice president for enrollment and marketing, Jill Griffin. “She is no stranger to UE, having experienced the University from the vantage point of an undergraduate, a graduate student, and an adjunct professor. She knows us well and is passionate about the kind of education UE provides.”

Smith’s extensive experience in marketing and strategic planning spans many years and multiple industries. She joins us from her most recent role as vice president of marketing at Heritage Federal Credit Union. Prior to her role in the banking industry, she worked for nearly 20 years in healthcare marketing and was previously employed at St. Vincent Health at the director of marketing, strategic planning and printing services; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as a marketing coordinator and strategic planning analyst; and St. Elizabeth Healthcare as a market analyst. She has the unique perspective of working directly in a marketing team at organizations, but also within an advertising agency. She was a senior account executive at Ten Adams. Smith is currently an adjunct professor at the University teaching marketing in the Public Service Administration program.

“I am truly excited about the opportunity to lead the marketing strategy at the University. I have a breadth of experience including digital marketing, market research, and analytics,” Smith said. “I welcome the opportunity to represent the jewel of the community and share its unique value proposition.”

She is very active in the community and serves on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Museum of Evansville and the Evansville Police Foundation and their respective Marketing Committees. She also serves as a member of the St. Vincent Ziemer’s Society, Vanderburgh County Women’s Fund, and A Network of Evansville Women.

UE Faculty, Alumni, & Sports Residents Lead Performance Testing at MLB Spring Training

University of Evansville and ProRehab sports physical therapy residents and faculty members recently performed the preseason screening of the St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball team in Jupiter, Florida.

The team was led by Dr. Phil Plisky ’98, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, and Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Dr. Kyle Matsel ‘11, as well as current sports residents Drs. Risa Ricard UE '19, Ace Adamson , and Jonathan Kirsch. The team also included Logan Blair (UE '17, Sports Residency '18) and Danielle Honnette (Sports Residency '16). They were invited by UE alum and former PT faculty member Dr. Robert Butler ’09 who is the Director of Performance and Thomas Knox (‘ 09, Sports Residency '10), Assistant Director of Performance.

UE Faculty, Alumni, & Sports Residents Lead Performance Testing at MLB Spring Training

Nikolidakis Wins Short Story Contest

Congratulations to Creative Writing's Dr. Nik... whose short story, "With Mercy to the Stars," took first place in the Lamar York Prize at The Chattahoochee Review.

Judge Anthony Varallo had this to say about the story: "A wonderful and surprising coming-of-age story about two Greek teenage girls, an unwanted pregnancy, and a dancing bear named Callisto. I was totally drawn in from the first page, happy to be in the company of a young narrator who is just starting to glimpse the limitations of the adulthood that awaits her, as confining as the cage that houses her father’s prized bear. The story forces the narrator to make a choice that will have ramifications for her, her best friend, and her family—and fully initiate her into the world of choice and consequence. A powerful story that is a pleasure to read from the opening sentence to the harrowing last line."

Art Exhibit “SOMEWHERE ELSE” on display at UE

SOMEWHERE ELSE: Paintings by Erika Navarrete will be on display at the University of Evansville’s Krannert Gallery from March 1 – April 5, 2020. On Thursday, March 5, there will be a reception at 6:30 p.m.

Navarrete is an Evansville artist and adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern Indiana. About her art, she has said “My work centers on a long-term investigation into the relationships between people, particularly women, and their own self-awareness. Through painting, drawing and printmaking I attempt to visually create moments that cannot be clearly articulated in words. I am interested in the sensation of an awkward silence, an expressive gesture, a pensive moment, the moments that are neither before, nor after, but somewhere in between.”

The Krannert Gallery is located in the University’s Krannert Hall of Art and Music. The gallery’s hours are Monday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Sunday Noon – 8:00 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. It is part of the Efroymson Family Fund Emerging Contemporary Artist Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the Efroymson Family Fund and the UE Department of Art.

For more information, contact the UE Art Department of Art at 812-488-2043, email art@evansville.edu or visit the department’s Facebook page.

NATE and Tower Family Foundation Announce the 2020 Recipient of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship

University of Evansville Civil Engineering Scholarship is Funded Annually by NATE; Honors Jones’ Legacy as a Structural Engineer, Industry Icon

(Raleigh, North Carolina) - NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association and Tower Family Foundation today jointly announced that Elijah Sullivan, a junior civil engineering student from Evansville, Indiana has been named as the 2020 recipient of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. The official announcement was made at the NATE Awards & Sponsor Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, February 19 during the annual NATE UNITE 2020 Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Elijah is at the top of his class academically but especially excels in his major courses related to construction and UE’s structural analysis and design sequences. In addition to his civil engineering major, Elijah is now pursuing minors in both Mathematics and Engineering Management with an anticipated graduation date of May 2021. Ever curious about the way things work, Elijah has participated in the University of Evansville’s steel bridge project, and has been involved with the Aces Concrete Canoe team since his sophomore year. Most recently, he interned with the Indiana Department of Transportation's (INDOT) bridge inspection unit in the summer of 2019. For the summer of 2020, Elijah is actively seeking to obtain a structural design internship.

“Elijah is a dedicated student who demonstrates an eagerness to learn as much as possible about structural design and construction,” stated Dr. James Allen, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Evansville. “In my structural analysis and design classes I can always count on Elijah to ask insightful questions that lead to an increased understanding by not only himself, but also his classmates. He has a unique ability to frame his questions in a way that leads to deeper discussions of practical design and construction issues. We think this diligence and continuous pursuit for deeper understanding of the behavior of his designs embodies the spirit of Ernie Jones as the recipient of his named memorial scholarship,” added Dr. Allen.

Ernie Jones was a structural engineer who worked in the broadcast tower industry for 30 years. During his career, Mr. Jones served as a Professional Engineer and President of Consolidated Engineering, Inc. and as Vice-President of Structural Engineering at Electronics Research, Inc. Ernie was also a participating member of the TR-14.7 Committee of the Telecommunications Industry Association and Electronics Industry Association since 1986 where he assisted with writing and approving the ANSI-TIA/EIA 222 Standard which is the American National Standard for Steel Antenna Towers and Antenna Supporting Structures.

The Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship awards a $2,500 NATE-funded scholarship annually to a junior or senior level civil engineering student at the University of Evansville’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.

For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com. Visit www.towerfamilyfoundation.org to learn more about the Tower Family Foundation.

Annual Engineers Week Celebration and Awards

The College of Engineering and Computer Science held its annual celebration for Engineers Week at a reception in Eykamp Hall on February 19, 2020.  Several engineering majors were announced as new inductees in the Tau Delta Kappa engineering honor society by Dr. Jared Fulcher, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.  Other engineering students were recognized by the college and the Office of Development. 

Linh Trinh, a junior computer engineering major received the Paul “PR” Brown Spirit Award.  This award is presented annually to an engineering major who has been nominated by the faculty and has completed at least four semesters in good academic standing, who is an encouragement and help to his/her fellow students, and who demonstrates leadership in fostering cooperation and camaraderie among the engineering students.

Jesse Batronis, a junior mechanical engineering major received the James M. Hall, Jr. Memorial Award.  This award is presented annually to a student of the junior engineering class who is considered by the faculty to be the most outstanding based on scholastic achievement, extra-curricular activities, character, responsibility, attitude, and potential for professional growth. 

The Engineers Week Reception was hosted by the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Engineering and Computer Science.  The College is appreciative of generous donations supporting the banquet by Lead Sponsor ALCOA and Table Sponsors, Control Specialists, Inc., Embry Automation & Controls, IEEE, Lochmueller Group, PCI Skanska, and the UE Student Government Association.

Annual Engineers Week Celebration and Awards

Kiesel Presents Research at International Conference

Dr. Kyle Kiesel, PT professor and program director, was recently part of an international panel presentation on injury prevention at the 5th International Congress on Soldiers' Physical Performance held in Quebec City, Canada.

Dr. Kiesel presented work related to injury prevention in soldiers "Screening for Musculoskeletal Risk Factors: The Evolution of Individualized Risk Categories and Self-Screening." He highlighted research on a self-screening process performed with UE DPT students.

Kiesel Presents Research at International Conference

University of Evansville Ranked Among the Top 30 Best Colleges in the Nation for Financial Aid

The University of Evansville has been named among the top 30 best colleges for financial aid in the US college rankings, according to LendEDU.

The rankings take into consideration need-based financial aid, non-need-based financial aid, and financial aid for international students at 829 colleges and universities across the country. The study is based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and Peterson’s Undergraduate Financial Aid Database.

“We are proud to be recognized for the way we make life-changing educational experiences attainable for students of all income levels,” said Dr. Jill Griffin, interim vice president for enrollment and marketing. “The median student loan debt for our graduates is just under $27,000. Our generous financial aid along with a stellar four-year graduation rate, high starting salaries, and job placement rates above 95% all combine to make the University a tremendous value to students. Perhaps most exciting is that students can carry over their financial aid to study abroad at Harlaxton, the University’s study abroad center in the UK. This makes international travel a real possibility for students who have never dreamed of this.”

For more information visit, lendedu.com/blog/best-colleges-for-financial-aid.

Rania Mousa Publishes a Chapter in the Encyclopedia of Organizational Knowledge, Administration, and Technology

Rania Mousa, an associate professor of accounting has a peer-reviewed Chapter accepted for publication in a 5-Volume Encyclopedia of Organizational Knowledge, Administration and Technology.

The Chapter is titled “The Risk Assessment Enhancement Process at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation." The Chapter examines how the FDIC developed a bank examination tool application to support its risk assessment process. The Chapter explains the challenges, benefits and development stages through the application of the "Rational Unified Process" which is founded in the System Development Life Cycle methodology. The study is of particular importance to Chief Information Officers and Data Strategists involved in implementing and developing technology solutions in regulatory banking authorities. Publisher: IGI Global. The release date is July 2020.

Robert Dion Interviewed About the 2016 Presidential Election

Robert Dion has been in the news recently both locally and internationally in response to increased attention to the presidential election. Just before the Iowa Caucus voting, he was featured in an in-depth segment with Brad Byrd on Eyewitness News.

He was also interviewed by the French business publication, Les Echos, regarding the candidacy of Hoosier politician, Pete Buttigieg. Professor Dion has been teaching about American Politics at the University of Evansville since 2001 as a faculty member of the Department of Law, Politics, and Society.

Todd Matteson Piece Selected to be Included in the National Ceramic Exhibition

Prof Todd Matteson’s piece, Mountain Pass (wall bowl), was selected by Juror, Eric Knoche, to be included in the National Ceramic Exhibition titled ‘Off the Table: Clay for the Wall’ sponsored by the Missouri Western State University Clay Guild. The Exhibition opens February 21, 2020 in the Potter Fine Arts Gallery located on the Missouri Western State University Campus in St. Joseph, Missouri.

UE Faculty, Students Team for Addiction-Themed Documentary on Channel 9

“Epidemic: Addiction in Middle America,” a five-part documentary series produced and directed by Assistant Professor of Communication Joe Atkinson and narrated by Assistant Professor of Acting Amelia McClain, will premiere on WNIN Tri-State Public Media this Thursday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m.

The series also features work by Visual Communication student Michaela Kunkler ’21, who served as Visual Effects Supervisor. Department of Communication students Amanda Ackerman ’21 and Brea Mullen ’21 contributed cinematography to the film, while Ackerman and fellow Communication student Connor Cleary ’21 worked as production assistants.

The series’ first two episodes will air this week; Episodes 3 & 4 will begin at 7:00 p.m. on February 20, and the series will conclude February 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Funding for the project was provided by UE Arts & Sciences' “See the Reaching” Fund, the UE Alumni Research and Scholarly Activity Fellowship, and the UE Art, Research and Teaching Fund.

Joe Atkinson Directs Play for Evansville Civic Theatre Underground Series

Evansville Civic Theatre's Underground series will open "Circle Mirror Transformation," by Annie Baker, on Thursday, February 13, at 7:30 p.m. The production, which run four days at Studio 321 (321 N. Congress), is directed by Assistant Professor of Communication Joe Atkinson.

"Circle Mirror Transformation" follows four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty's six-week-long community-center drama class. When the class begins to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. The play is a beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on February 13, 14, and 15, with a 2:00 matinee on Sunday, February 16.

Dr Edward Bujak Becomes Senior Fellow

Dr Edward Bujak has been appointed as a Senior Fellow of the United Kingdom's Higher Education Academy in recognition of his contribution to teaching and learning support in Higher Education. Dr Bujak is Chair of the Department of British Studies at Harlaxton College.

DPT Faculty, Alumni, and Students Publish Research

UE Doctor of Physical Therapy faculty, students and alumni recently published a study “Exercise Intervention for Individuals with Dysfunctional Breathing: A Matched Controlled Trial” in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. This study was supported by the UE Ridgway grant.

The research team included Dr. Kyle Kiesel, professor and program director of physical therapy and students Gabby Stubblefield and Daniel Waskiewicz along with DPT alumni Madison Burklow, Mary Beth Garner, Josh Hayden, AJ Hermann, Elizabeth Kingshott, Greg McCullough, Risa Ricard, Jessika Volz, and Alyssa Englert.

Wandel Receives Second Grant This Year

Tamara L. Wandel, associate professor in the Department of Communication, recently received her second grant of the academic year for continued work with the First Amendment on college campuses. The grant is funded through 1 For All, a nonprofit educational effort to build understanding and respect for the five freedoms of the First Amendment. Dr. Wandel is one of only three professors in the U.S. to receive multiple campaign grants from the nonpartisan organization in 2019-2020.

Congratulations to Todd Matteson

Prof Todd Matteson’s piece, The Archer, was selected by Juror, Liz Publika, to be included in the 2020 Working Together exhibit.

The 27th Annual Working Together Exhbition is a collaborative exhibit presented by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana and the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science. The artwork is displayed at the Evansville Museum from Sunday, January 19th thru Sunday, April 12th.

Congratulations to Todd Matteson

Professor Azarian Speaks at National Conference and Serves as a Judge for Undergraduate Research

Mohammad K. Azarian, Professor of Mathematics, presented a paper, entitled, "On Convergence of Some Infinite Series Involving Fibonacci Numbers and Identities" at the joint annual meetings of the American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America in Denver, Colorado, January 15-18, 2020. Also, at this conference he served as a judge for undergraduate poster sessions, sponsored by Mathematical Association of America and funded by the National Science Foundation.

Brooksie Smith Receives February 2020 Employee Excellence Award

The campus community may know Brooksie as the Administrative Assistant in the Department of Art or as the Program Coordinator for the Center for Innovation and Change.  Brooksie is a valued and deeply appreciated employee for both departments.

Brooksie also simultaneously serves the UE Board of Trustee Spouses as Liaison, UE Friends of Art Board of Directors, UE Parents Council, UE Welcome Committee, UE Social Committee, UE Secret Ace Originator, and UE Book Club Originator, UE Gives Back Day and UE United Way Gives Back Day. Brooksie has also supported 10 of our incoming students through the ‘Connect An Ace’ retention program.  Brooksie is known as an encourager to everyone around her and is a very worthy recipient of the February 2020 Employee Excellence Award!

Brooksie Smith Receives February 2020 Employee Excellence Award

Nicholas Harmon Publishes Research

Nicholas Harmon, assistant professor of physics, published a paper entitled "Observation of Radiation Induced Leakage Current in MOS Oxides with Multi-Frequency Electrically Detected Magnetic Resonance and Near Zero Field Magnetoresistance" in the IEEE journal "Transactions on Nuclear Science".

The work, collaboration with Penn State, U of Iowa, and Intel, studied leakage currents in essentially transistors that had been damaged with radiation. Radiation produces defects which allows electrons to hop across a barrier and reduces the quality of the device. The research used a magnetic resonance technique (kind of like MRI) to study the defects. It also used a new technique called Near Zero Field Magnetoresistance.

Publication Featured in The Nurse Practitioner for Dr. Angie Wooton

Dr. Angie Wooton and coauthor, Lynne Melchior, Diabetes Educator have just published an article, Diabetes-associated cardiac autonomic neuropathy or CAN featured in The Nurse Practitioner. 45(2):24-31, February 2020. Cardiac autonomic neuropathy (CAN) is an under diagnosed cardiovascular complication associated with diabetes. This is the third publication in a series focused on diabetic neuropathy.

Professor Kimberling Publishes Research Article

Clark Kimberling, Professor of Mathematics, has a research article in the current issue of Journal of Geometry, viewable at https://rdcu.be/b0HTu.

Entitled "Polynomial triangle centers on the line at infinity," the article presents newly discovered points in the extended plane of an abstract triangle and their relationships, using homogeneous barycentric coordinates that are polynomial functions of the variable sidelengths of the triangle. The final section of the paper, entitled "Historical comments," cites a prophetic article in the American Mathematical Monthly on "The rise, fall, and possible transfiguration of triangle geometry: a mini-history." Now, 25 years later, Dr. Kimberling's article discusses the actual transfiguration that has taken place, including the development of the UE-based Encyclopedia of Triangle Centers - ETC, https://faculty.evansville.edu/ck6/encyclopedia/ETC.html. The number of triangle centers presented in ETC has grown considerably during the past year with contributions from around the world. Last semester, the number of entries passed 36,000.

Huebner named Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy

University of Evansville’s Department of Physical Therapy announces the appointment of Bethany Huebner, PT, DPT as chair of the department.

Huebner has been a dedicated member of the UE DPT faculty since 2014 and served as the director of clinical education in 2017-19. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Indiana University in 2009 and her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2006. Huebner graduated from the ProRehab and University of Evansville’s Sports Residency program in 2010 and is currently pursuing her PhD in health professions education at Bellarmine University.

A board-certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, Huebner also received her Manual Therapy Certification through Evidence in Motion’s program in 2014. In addition, she is actively engaged in patient care at ProRehab, PC in Evansville, Indiana, and is the residency program coordinator for ProRehab and University of Evansville’s Sports Residency Program. Huebner teaches within the area of musculoskeletal and foundational science in the DPT program. Her research interest is in teaching effectiveness and the use of feedback in health professions education.

“We appreciate Dr. Huebner’s willingness to assume responsibility and leadership for the physical therapy department,” said Mary Kessler, dean of the college of education and health sciences. “She is an extremely passionate educator who is committed to professional excellence and to her students, faculty and staff. She is a valuable member of the college’s leadership team and an engaged and dedicated University citizen. I am looking forward to continuing to work with this gifted colleague in her new role.”

Huebner will carry on the leadership and vision of Kyle Kiesel, who has served the department for 20 years as a professor, program director, and chair, and led the program through significant growth and transition to the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences.
The UE Physical Therapy Program has been continually accredited since 1981 and is internationally recognized for providing excellence in physical therapy education and clinical training.

Huebner named Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy

Strandberg to Speak at February Andiron Lecture

Kristen Strandberg, PhD, University of Evansville assistant professor of music, will be the speaker for the Andiron Lecture on February 5. The lecture will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Strandberg will be discussing “Constructing Otherness: Critical Representation of Musicians in the Press.” Nineteenth-century French critics frequently asserted the superiority of French musicians, often discussing marginalized performers in language that implied their inferiority. Critics especially targeted foreign and female performers by pointing out their “mechanical” playing style to demonstrate a performer’s lack of artistry and nuance. In this lecture, Strandberg will demonstrate the range of cultural meaning behind assertions of “mechanical” playing. Critical and philosophical writings of the period reveal anxieties about the increased mechanization of culture following the Industrial Revolution and the ways those anxieties affected the arts. Meanwhile, the popularity of automata in stage shows and contemporary literature demonstrates a new and widespread fascination with technology as entertainment. In exploring the cultural assumptions and meanings of mechanized performance, we see these simultaneous anxieties and fascinations.

Strandberg holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Musicology from Indiana University. Her research focuses on the reception of violin virtuosity in mid-nineteenth-century Paris, examining concert reviews in the press to explore how critics and listeners perceived and discussed these performers. Her recent publications include articles in the Journal of Musicological Research and the Journal of Music History Pedagogy. She has presented at conferences throughout the U.S. and Europe, recently appearing as an invited speaker at the annual conference of the National Chopin Institute in Poland.

For further information, call the series coordinator Annette Parks at 812-488-1070 or the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589.

Strobel Awarded Grant

Heidi Strobel, Professor of Art History, has been awarded a Council of Independent Colleges Art History Faculty Development Grant. She will use half of the funds to take a group of art history and archaeology majors to research objects in the Ringling Museum of Art in the spring of 2020. The other half of the funds will be used for Strobel's research on textile artist Mary Linwood (1755-1845).

Two University of Evansville Civil Engineering Students Awarded Scholarships by the Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana

The Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana (APAI) has named Dalton Selvidge (BSCE ’21) and Holli Buretta (BSCE ’21) as 2019 APAI Scholars. The two Civil Engineering students were awarded with scholarships at the APAI Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Scholarship Awards Banquet on Dec. 12th, 2019 in Indianapolis.

Scholarships are awarded by the APAI Scholarship Committee to students studying construction management, civil engineering, and construction engineering and management at six nationally accredited Indiana universities, including University of Evansville. Students must complete an in-person interview with members of the Scholarship Committee to receive an award. The total amount of scholarships awarded in 2019 by the association totaled more than $52,000 to deserving scholars, in anticipation that many recipients will remain in Indiana and seek employment opportunities with APAI's member contractors.

Two University of Evansville Civil Engineering Students Awarded Scholarships by the Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana

University of Evansville to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The University of Evansville will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020 on January 20. This year’s theme is “2020: King’s Vision and Legacy in Modern America.” The schedule of events follows. All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, January 20
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Meeks Family Fieldhouse
Symbolic March: Civil Rights March on Washington and Pre-March Rally

Speakers include Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, UE president; Rob Shelby, UE chief diversity officer; JillAnn Knonenborg, UE director of religious life; and members of the Black Student Union.

7:00 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center
William G. and Rose M. Mays Martin Luther King Jr. Lectureship and Reception

Keynote speaker is Theo Wilson, executive director of Shop Talk Live, Inc., and founding member of the Denver Slam Nuba team, winners of the National Poetry Slam in 2011.

Wilson began his speaking career in the NAACP at the age of 15 and has always had a passion for social justice.  He attended Florida A&M University, where he earned his BA in theater performance. He returned to Denver and is now the Executive Director of Shop Talk Live, Inc. The organization uses the barber shop as a staging ground for community dialogue and healing.  Due to audience demand, he published his first book in 2017, The Law of Action. In 2017, his TED Talk entitled “A Black Man Goes Undercover in the Alt Right” was seen worldwide, amassing a total of over 12 million views.

The generosity of William G. and Rose M. Mays funds the keynote speaker during UE’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

Atefeh Yazdanparast Served as Judge for the American Marketing Association Collegiate Case Competition

Atefeh Yazdanparast, Associate Professor of Marketing, was recently invited to serve as a judge for the American Marketing Association (AMA) Collegiate Case Competition. This nationally recognized competition is a year-long event that brings together top marketing students to work on a business challenge submitted by a sponsoring organization.

Missy Holzmeyer Awarded January 2020 Employee Excellence Award

Missy played a crucial role in not only the transition of UE's key payroll personnel, but also the payroll conversion that took place last summer. Missy can be counted on to step up to offer support to the other positions in her area when needed. She can always be found with an enthusiastic attitude and is credited for being resourceful in any situation and ready to help both employees and students with the large range of questions that come to that office.  Her positivity is appreciated in even the busiest moments of her job.  Thank you for your hard work, Missy!

Missy Holzmeyer Awarded January 2020 Employee Excellence Award

UE Archaeology Alumni Study at University of Cambridge in the UK

Two UE archaeology alumni, Kevin Kay (class of 2013) and Maggie Sullivan (class of 2019) are working toward advanced degrees at the University of Cambridge in England.

“Everyone in the Department of Archaeology and Art History is immensely proud of Kevin and Maggie,” said Alan Kaiser, PhD, chair of the Department of Archaeology and Art History. “While they were at UE, both proved themselves to be outstanding students. Kevin pursued his interest in archaeological theory in class projects and papers, raising questions and offering ideas that made even us professors stop and think. Maggie took advantage her time both with the Jezreel Expedition and at Harlaxton to explore and travel in order to gain first-hand knowledge about the Black Death. Each got the most out of the opportunities UE has to offer.”

Kay earned a BA in archaeology and classical studies and a minor in literature at UE in 2013 and an MPhil in archaeological research at the University of Cambridge in 2014. After a stint in CRM and potato delivery in the US, he was admitted into the PhD program at the University of Cambridge and will submit his doctoral thesis in early 2020. Kevin's research focuses on the role of houses and intimate communities in politics in the Neolithic, especially at the site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey, where he has excavated since 2014.

Sullivan earned her BA in archaeology and gender and women's studies from UE in 2019 and is currently studying for her MPhil in medieval archaeology at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include everything archaeological about the Black Death, the foundation of military orders during the Crusades, and questions of identity in medieval and Renaissance Italy. Maggie spent one season at UE’s Jezreel Expedition in Israel and surveyed multiple sites around and on Lough Key in Co. Roscommon, Ireland.

The UE Department of Archaeology and Art History is one of the few stand-alone archaeology departments in the nation, and one of only a few to offer a BA in archaeology. Students in the department have countless hands-on opportunities to learn excavation and lab techniques, including at the only ongoing on-campus excavation in the nation called Tin City.

“Having one student admitted to a graduate program at University of Cambridge is something for an undergraduate university to celebrate,” said Kaiser. “Having two students studying there at the same time both from just one department within a university is quite exceptional. UE has one of the top archaeology programs in the nation, attracting students from around the country and even the world. The program provides them with both the practical and theoretical grounding they need to succeed in the field while simultaneously nurturing each student’s own specific passions. As Maggie and Kevin prove, UE archaeology majors can do anything!

UE Archaeology Alumni Study at University of Cambridge in the UK

Schroeder School of Business Rises in National Rankings

The University of Evansville’s Schroeder Family School of Business Administration has risen 19 spots from #71 to #52 in the 2020 Poets & Quants for Undergrads Best Undergraduate B-School rankings, the leading online publication for undergraduate business education news.  The Schroeder School is ranked #3 among small private schools.

This year’s upward movement can be attributed to feedback from the Class of 2017, whose graduates can now reflect on their time at the university and its impact on their post-graduate lives. The Schroeder School is ranked #28 in “Academic Experience” as rated by UE alumni this year, up from #64 last year. The School ranked second among all participants with a score of 9.43/10 regarding whether the alum’s business school experience was life-changing.

“These high alumni rating scores are indicative of the life-transforming student experience provided by the University of Evansville and the Schroeder School,” said Ben Johnson, UE’s interim Schroeder Family Dean. “It is a testament to our faculty, staff, and administrators across campus.”

The Schroeder School received the only perfect score (10/10) on any of the 17 scaled questions, among all schools on this year’s survey. This “A+” question related to business school faculty availability for informal discussions about the course outside of class. The Schroeder School also received an “A” ranking in the following categories based on alumni responses:

  • Business faculty available for mentoring and non-academic topics
  • Extracurricular opportunities which improved business skills
  • Contact with practicing professionals in the business community
  • Effectiveness of business program’s academic advising
  • Accessible alumni willing to help connect with potential employers
  • Business degree will be instrumental in reaching dream career

The Schroeder School’s “Employment Outcomes” are also very strong, coming in at #41 this year. As noted in Forbes as the highest among all schools, 100% of the Class of 2019 graduates were employed or in graduate school by September 30, 2019.

The rankings are based on a representative survey of over 49,000 recent graduates (5,958 respondents) and school-reported data across 97 schools focusing on admissions standards, academic experience, and employment outcomes, each of which accounts for one-third of the final ranking.

UE Professor Awarded Best Theoretical Paper of the Year

Yolanda Obaze, PhD, assistant professor of supply chain management and director of the UE Center for Supply Chain Management, was awarded Best Theoretical Paper of the Year at the 50th annual Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) Conference, November 23 – 25, 2019.

The Decision Sciences Institute is a global society of more than 2,700 academics and practitioners dedicated to creating, developing, fostering, and disseminating knowledge to improve managerial decisions and decision-making involving systems and people. The Institute, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary this year, hosts an annual conference to achieve its mission. The conference, held in New Orleans, Louisiana, was themed on “Transforming Decision Sciences Through Emergent Technologies.”

Obaze’s paper, titled “The Social innovation of community-based logistics and supply chain management,” was one of more than 200 submitted, and was the winner of the Theoretical Paper Category.

The abstract for the paper reads: “The application of logistics and supply chain management (LSCM) into community-based initiatives allows for the collaboration of mixed social and economic networks and the innovative and improved movement of value-added resources to end-consumers in underserved communities. The literature review paper introduces a conceptual framework, accessible to scholars and practitioners that describe how the existing, dynamic and innovative capabilities of using LSCM supports social innovation and further creates social value in the community-based context. The proposed framework offers a basis for further empirical studies.

Sharon Gieselmann Receives UE Exemplary Teacher Award

Sharon Gieselmann, PhD, associate professor and department chair of the School of Education, received the University of Evansville’s Exemplary Teacher Award during UE’s winter commencement exercise on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

The Exemplary Teacher Award is given by the University to an exceptional member of the faculty in acknowledgment of his or her teaching excellence.

Prior to coming to the University of Evansville, Gieselmann served as an elementary school principal, elementary school teacher, and staff developer. She also provided professional development to schools in the south and midwest as a literacy coach and area manager for The McGraw-Hill Companies. Her research interests include social justice issues in public schools. Her work has been shared at conferences in Moscow, Russia, Paris, France; and Brighton, United Kingdom. Dr. Gieselmann’s most recent work is included in two books for aspiring administrators in university preparation programs, Quandaries of the Small-District Superintendency and Snapshots of School Leadership in the 21st Century; Perils and Promises of Leading for Social Justice, School Improvement, and Democratic Community.

She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Southern Indiana, a master's degree in education with an emphasis in elementary education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a PhD in educational leadership from the University of Louisville. Dr. Gieselmann also has a teaching endorsement in gifted education and school administrative credentials from Western Kentucky University.

Dr. Gieselmann was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and is listed on the School of Education’s Honor Wall for exemplary contributions to the field of education.

Sharon Gieselmann Receives UE Exemplary Teacher Award

The University of Evansville Will Host Musician Bobby McFerrin at Old National Events Plaza on January 14

The “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” singer will perform, at no cost to the public, with members of the UE Department of Music Choral Program as part of the Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series.

The University of Evansville will host musician Bobby McFerrin at the Old National Events Plaza on Tuesday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m. The Don’t Worry, Be Happy singer will perform with members of the UE Department of Music Choral Program as part of the Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged, but not required, and is available online at www.evansville.edu/speakers/snyder.cfm.

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.

The University of Evansville Will Host Musician Bobby McFerrin at Old National Events Plaza on January 14

UE Now Guarantees $24,000 Scholarship for Students Who Complete the EVSC Medical Professions Academy

The University of Evansville and the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s Medical Professions Academy (MPA) have enhanced their partnership to provide scholarships to MPA students, as well as integrate UE faculty and resources into the MPA program. The partnership also will also help increase the pool of qualified medical professionals in the area.

Through the partnership, students who successfully complete the MPA program and who are admitted to UE will be offered a minimum of $24,000 in annual scholarships with the possibility of more depending on academic credentials. In addition, UE will provide faculty and resources that will help enhance the learning opportunities students receive through the program.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with the University of Evansville with this increased scholarship,” said Dr. Andrew Freeman, MPA and Central High School principal. “This is such an exciting opportunity for us and our students, who will greatly benefit by not only gaining valuable knowledge, skills, and experiences, but also through securing a way to help pay for their post-secondary education. With this partnership, we have the opportunity to make MPA an even better program, and provide more options for our graduates.”

The EVSC created the Medical Professions Academy, housed at Central High School, for high school students interested in pursuing careers in science, health care, and medicine. An integrated science, English, and technology curriculum, paired with hands-on learning and relevant internships and shadowing experiences, prepares students for post-secondary science, medical, and health profession majors. They take courses at both their home high school and also at Central where the MPA courses are offered. Students complete AP courses in the sciences, English language, and psychology and also participate in experiential opportunities at St. Vincent and Deaconess. There are currently 254 students in the 4-year program.

“Students who have completed the EVSC’s MPA program are a step ahead,” said Kenton Hargis, director of admission at UE. “We are excited to partner with such outstanding students and start them on the journey down one of our many health profession career paths.”

Health profession programs at UE include athletic training, clinical laboratory science, exercise science, health service administration, music therapy, neuroscience, nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, and public health. Additionally, UE offers a baccalaureate to doctor of medicine program for Indiana residents and beginning in 2021 will offer the Nurse Anesthesia Program (pending accreditation approval).

Direct entry programs are also available for high school seniors in the athletic training, nursing, physical therapy, and physician assistant programs. Pre-professional programs at UE include science, pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant science, pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary studies.

“Many of our undergraduate programs can be used as a pre-professional foundation to apply to University of Evansville graduate health programs or those offered elsewhere,” said Mary Kessler, UE’s dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences. “In fact, many students who graduate with an undergraduate degree from UE go on to professional health programs and are now working as physical therapists, physician assistants, physicians, optometrists, podiatrists, athletic trainers, or physical therapist assistants.”

Additionally, the state-of-the-art Stone Family Center for Health Sciences in downtown Evansville is now home to UE’s Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs.

For more information about health professions offered at the University of Evansville, visit www.evansville.edu/healthprofessions.

More information on the Medical Professions Academy can be found at www.evscschools.com/mpa.

David Unger publishes open access paper on fracture mechanics

David Unger, professor of mechanical and civil engineering, published the article "Visualizing the Crack Driving Force through Fluid Analogy" in the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Materials 2019; 28:89–94. A PDF of the article can be accessed online for free.

Professor Katie Darby Mullins has Pushcart nominated essay come out at Barrelhouse

Professor Katie Darby Mullins had an essay, “Unboxing,” come out in the latest issue of Barrelhouse. It has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the editors.

Wylie wins prestigious award

At the recent conference of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), Professor of Music Mary Ellen Wylie received the prestigious Service Award from the American Music Therapy Association. Recipients of the Service Award are recognized for their work at the national, regional, and state levels. Wylie served 12 years on the AMTA Board of Directors. She earned a seat on the National Board because of her roles as Assistant Speaker and Speaker of the Assembly of Delegates, and as National President Elect, President, and Past President of AMTA. She also served the Great Lakes Region as Editor of the regional journal, and as Regional Vice President, President Elect, President, and Past President. Finally, Wylie’s committee work was also recognized (including the position of Chair of the Master’s Level Entry Subcommittee).

Wylie wins prestigious award

UE Theatre Presents a Performance By Traveling Shakespeare Troupe, The Rogue and Peasant Aces

The University of Evansville Theatre's traveling Shakespeare troupe, The ROGUE & PEASANT ACES will perform at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, December 7, in Shanklin Theatre. The event is free and open to the general public. The performance is family-friendly and geared toward middle and high school students.

Reviving a tradition that began in 1962, with a high school touring production of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, the University of Evansville Department of Theatre has reached beyond the walls of Shanklin to present free Shakespeare for the broader Evansville community. The ROGUE & PEASANT ACES is a mobile Shakespeare company that toured to eight schools in the Tri-State performing Shakespeare for over 1500 students this semester.

The performance includes scenes and speeches from William Shakespeare's most beloved plays and directed by Assistant Professor of Voice and Speech Janel Miley. "It has been a privilege for me to work with UE Theatre students on creating this project and taking it out to area schools. From contacting organizations to designing costumes to working on the text and devising the narrative, the students have been committed and dedicated to realizing the idea of the piece and achieving our mission."

Nate Viscaino is a first-year theatre performance major from Redmond, Ore., and he says this of his experience in the troupe, "As an incoming student, I think this production was a great way for me to become more immersed in the department and to learn the different process styles of creating a play. Touring the final product around to schools was such a joy, and the laughter and engagement everyone showed was incredible. Overall, through working with such amazing people and seeing the kids' reactions, I have learned so much and have enjoyed this experience tremendously."

UE Theatre Presents a Performance By Traveling Shakespeare Troupe, The Rogue and Peasant Aces

University of Evansville to host Art and Craft Sale on December 7

The University of Evansville Holiday and Art and Craft sale is set to be held on Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will take place at the Melvin Peterson Gallery, located at 1935 Lincoln Avenue on the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach Avenues.

The annual event will be sponsored by the University of Evansville Department of Art and the University of Evansville Friends of Art. The event is free and open to the public.

"This is the perfect opportunity to find unusual holiday gifts made by local artists and crafts people," said Brooksie Smith of the art department. "Many were made by members of the UE community!"

All new UE friends of Art Memberships received during the Holiday Arts and Craft Sale will receive a $3.00 Honeymoon Coffee coupon, good for a discount on any item.

For more information contact the Department of Art at 812-488-2043.

University of Evansville Announces the Nancy McFadin Mueller Chair in Nursing Fund

The University of Evansville announced the Nancy McFadin Mueller Chair in Nursing Fund at an event on the UE campus today. Edward J. Mueller M.D. established the fund with a $1 million gift to honor his wife and 1970 UE nursing alumna, Nancy McFadin Mueller.

The fund will provide support for UE's Dunigan Family School of Nursing through a stipend for an endowed chair and funding for programming that will further support a rich educational experience for UE nursing students. The Nancy McFadin Mueller Chair in Nursing will be the chair of the Dunigan Family School of Nursing, and will demonstrate the values of hard work and caring that Nancy brought to the nursing profession.

"My wife provided outstanding care to so many throughout her remarkable nursing career, it is only fitting to give back to the place that provided her professional foundation," said Edward J. Mueller. "Nancy has always had a special place in her heart for the University of Evansville, and it is our hope that this fund will make a significant impact in the education of future nurses."

Nancy grew up on a farm outside of Mt. Vernon, Ind. Her passion growing up was to become a nurse, and she accepted a scholarship through the Army student nurse program in order to pay for her education at the University of Evansville. In exchange for tuition, she committed to serving four years as a nurse in the U.S. Army, and after graduation, she was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Nurse Corps.

"Nancy is the epitome of the words we use to indicate sustained outstanding performance in a profession," said her husband. "She was a role model and a mentor throughout her long career in Army Nursing, and when she retired in 1994 at the rank of Colonel, she then joined me in my urology practice."

Though urology was a new area for her, Nancy embraced the challenge, passed the urology nurse certification exam (the first board-certified urology nurse in all of San Antonio), and became involved in the Society of Urology Nurses Association (SUNA), eventually accepting national president of the association. She published articles on urologic care of patients and was an editor and author for Telephone Nursing Practice in Adult Urology - A Manual for Urology Nurses, published in 2000.

In 2008, after practicing nursing for 38 years, Nancy retired from nursing.

"We are so proud of Nancy's incredible career in nursing," said Mary Kessler, dean of UE's College of Education and Health Science. "She is an example for all current nursing students on how we can make a difference in the world around us through this profession. We are also grateful to Dr. Mueller for choosing to honor Nancy in this way, and we are privileged to be able to carry on her legacy through this endowed chair."

University of Evansville Announces the Nancy McFadin Mueller Chair in Nursing Fund

Rania Mousa has paper accepted at Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management Journal

Rania Mousa, Associate Professor of Accounting, has a paper accepted for publication in the Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management, which is one of the top journals specialized in qualitative accounting research. 

The paper is titled, A Case Study of XBRL Implementation and Development at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Using data collected from the FDIC and representatives of the software development and banking industries, the research examines the Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) technology implementation process at the FDIC as part of the larger Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s Central Data Repository modernization project. The research incorporates the well-established Diffusion of Innovation Theory and gauges the impact on the FDIC’s stakeholders’ internal organizational processes. It also presents an empirical assessment of the agency’s recent development of Inline XBRL to support the bank examination process, which was never reported in accounting, information systems or public administration literature.

Ebeling presents two papers in San Diego

Associate Professor of Archaeology Jennie Ebeling gave presentations in San Diego last weekend at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research and for the Biblical Archaeology for Society. At ASOR, she co-presented a paper on late prehistoric stone artifacts from Jezreel with Jezreel Field Director Ian Cipin of the University of Haifa, and for BAS she presented her research on nineteenth century western travelers' experiences of the village of Zer'in (on the ancient site of Jezreel) for a public audience.

Ebeling gives lecture in Tucson

Associate Professor of Archaeology Jennie Ebeling presented 'Drink Your Wine With a Merry Heart: Wine in the Hebrew Bible and Archaeology' as part of the Pozez Memorial Lecture Series at the University of Arizona on November 18. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Dr Ebeling spoke about the results of recent excavations at Jezreel, the excavation project in Israel sponsored by UE.

University of Evansville Partners with Barnes & Noble College to Manage Campus Bookstore

The University of Evansville has partnered with Barnes & Noble College to manage its campus bookstore operations. The transition process will begin during the week of November 25, and the bookstore will reopen under Barnes & Noble College management on Friday, December 6.

The Barnes & Noble College bookstore will provide a social and academic hub to drive success for the campus community. Through an extensive offering of affordable learning materials, including new, used and digital books, a robust textbook rental program and a Price Match program, Barnes & Noble College will drive significant cost savings for UE students. Barnes & Noble College will also offer an enhanced assortment of school merchandise including apparel, gifts, school supplies, and more, which students, faculty and alumni can browse both in-store and online.

"We're thrilled about the Barnes & Noble College partnership," said Donna Teague, Vice President for Fiscal Affairs and Administration. "Perhaps most exciting are the new access tools for students and faculty, along with cost saving opportunities for our entire campus community."

The bookstore will further drive access and affordability on campus through its offering of open educational resources (OER) and OER-based digital courseware.

Additionally, faculty will gain access to Barnes & Noble College's new Adoption & Insights Portal (AIP). The adoption portal was developed by Barnes & Noble College to solve challenges faced by higher education administrators and faculty in the areas of discovering, selecting, and managing course material adoptions. With AIP, faculty and staff can easily manage and submit course material adoptions each term, and academic leadership can view real-time adoption rates and submission progress at the school or departmental level and communicate directly with faculty from within the portal.

"At Barnes & Noble College, our mission is to act as a complete support system for the schools we serve. We are incredibly excited to join the University of Evansville campus community, driving affordability, access and achievement for UE students and faculty," said Barry Brover, Executive Vice President, Barnes & Noble College.

Barnes & Noble College currently operates more than 770 campus stores nationwide. For more information about Barnes & Noble College's services and locations, visit www.bncollege.com.

Kiesel Presents PT Research at Belgium Conference

Dr. Kyle Kiesel, professor and program director of Physical Therapy, recently attended the 10th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Girdle Pain held in Antwerp, Belgium.

Kiesel presented research "Exercise and breath holding intervention for individuals with dysfunctional breathing; a matched controlled trial." The research was supported by the Ridgway Fund and has involved 21 DPT students over the last 4 years. Held every three years, this congress welcomes health care professionals, practitioners, academics, researchers and policymakers from all continents.

UE Introduces Mosaic Speaker Series with Special Guest Lynn Long on November 21

The University of Evansville's inaugural lecture in the Mosaic Speaker Series is set for Thursday, November 21, at 7:00 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall, room 170 within the Schroeder School of Business on UE's campus. The event is open to the public, and there will be no charge for admission.

This new lecture series aims to recognize and celebrate the many representations of diversity found within and around the University of Evansville community.

The lecture will be given by Lynn Long and will be titled, "Kill the Indian, Save the Man": A Journey of Redemption.

Lynn Long is an enrolled member of the Lac Du Flambeau Indian reservation in northern Wisconsin and the first Native American to earn an undergraduate degree in Visual Arts at Judson University in 1984. As a first-generation college student, she is a current doctoral student at National Louis University where she also received her Master's in Curriculum & Instruction in 2016. Her Middle School endorsements here include Language Arts and Social Studies and a K-9 endorsement in English as a Second Language. She also earned her Elementary Teaching Certification at Trinity International University in 2012.

In addition to her educational experiences, she also has professional experience as a Graphic Designer in the publishing industry.

She traveled nationwide for 7 years and visited 50 reservations and 2 Canadian Reserves, where she did volunteer work with a nationwide youth organization, On Eagles Wings. Currently, she is proposing Higher Education Native recruitment initiatives to her alma mater and coalition schools. For the past 4 years, she is providing tribal initiatives for her own reservation's public school, while facilitating a Native student group at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Long has 2 sons and lives in Elgin, Illinois.

The lecture will be held in honor of Native American heritage month and is sponsored by The Center for Diversity Equity and Inclusion. For any inquiries, contact Megan Sicard at 812.488.2279.

UE Introduces Mosaic Speaker Series with Special Guest Lynn Long on November 21

UE Operating on a Two Hour Delay Today, November 12

Due to inclement weather, the University of Evansville will operate on a two hour delay today, Tuesday, November 12.

University employees will report to work at 10:00 a.m. Essential personnel are still required to report for normal duty unless otherwise arranged with your supervisor.

Classes will begin at 11:00 a.m. The regular Tuesday/Thursday morning class schedule calls for classes to begin at 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. Therefore, any classes before 11:00 a.m. are cancelled.

Café Court will be open on a reduced basis as there may be limited staff able to travel to campus this morning. Aces Place will be open for self checkout. Other dining venues will be closed until later in the day.  Details regarding adjusted schedules will be posted on the Residence Life Facebook Page and follow-up messages will be communicated through digital media and/or printed signs on the first floor of Ridgway.  

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors should use personal discretion when deciding to travel in inclement weather and should contact the appropriate persons in case of an anticipated delay or absence from work, class, or event.

UE's 33rd International Bazaar Set for Friday, November 15

The University of Evansville's 33rd annual International Bazaar is set for Friday, November 15, from 5:00- 8:00 p.m., in Ridgway University Center on UE's campus. The event is open to the public, and there will be no charge for admission.

Those attending can browse an international marketplace and enjoy interactive booths and performances representative of countries from around the world. Additionally, for the first time, the event will feature a fashion show showcasing the traditional dress from different countries.

Handmade items and desserts will be for sale at the marketplace. At the interactive booths, guests can chat with UE international students, see items from the students' home countries, and participate in such activities as learning how to write one's name in another language. There will also be a kids' booth and a photo booth.

"This year's event is intended to raise awareness of important issues that impact us regardless of our country of origin. I'm very excited to impart the importance of conservation and protecting endangered wildlife," said Megan Sicard, the Assistant Director of Cultural Engagement and International Services

The bazaar is sponsored by the UE International Club and The Center for Diversity Equity and Inclusion. For any inquiries, feel free to contact Megan Sicard at 812.488.2279.

UE's 33rd International Bazaar Set for Friday, November 15

UE Trustee Reverend Larry Rascoe Receives Mayor's Celebration of Diversity Award

UE Trustee and Joshua Academy founder Rev. Larry A. Rascoe was awarded the Willie Effie Thomas Development Award at the 2019 Mayor's Celebration of Diversity Awards last week.

Rascoe was awarded the Willie Effie Thomas Development Award. This award goes to an individual who has implemented a successful program that includes a diversity of people in the community, effective diversity training programs, or special programs that celebrate diversity.

Rascoe says he was given a vision by God to create an educational institution that recognizes all children as born achievers no matter where they come from or what they look like.

Founded in 1998 by Rascoe, Joshua Academy started as a private faith-based school with 65 students. Today, the school is comprised of three not-for profit entities: a private faith-based preschool, a public K-6 charter school, and a 7th and 8th public charter school-teaching farm, with a total enrollment of 335 students. Stemming from the outcome of a commissioned study, the goal of the establishment is to provide a creative, quality educational model that is sensitive to the unique needs of students deemed to be “at-risk” residing in the central city of Evansville, Indiana. Inspired by Marva Collins’ methodology, the educational philosophy of Joshua Academy Preschool is based on the assumption that every child can learn if given high expectations and the tools needed to be successful.

"We are so delighted that Rev. Roscoe is the recipient of the Willie Effie Thomas Development Award," said UE President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. "His collaborative spirit and dedication to our community is second to none."

Rascoe has a long history with the University of Evansville through his service on the UE Board of Trustees. Most recently, he and Joshua Academy Principal Arveneda McDonald partnered with the UE Music Department to highlight the arts and reestablish a vibrant music program at Joshua Academy.

UE Trustee Reverend Larry Rascoe Receives Mayor's Celebration of Diversity Award

Dr. Kopta’s CelestHealth Research Group Publishes Two Research Studies and Presents Three Papers Regarding Psychotherapy Outcomes

Dr. Mark Kopta, Department of Psychology, and colleagues from other universities have had psychotherapy research studies published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and Journal of College Student Psychotherapy. Also three other studies were recently presented at the American Psychological Association conference in Chicago. Dr. Kopta is Founder and Executive Director of the CelestHealth Research Group.

UE Nursing Students Plan Seizure and Choking Safety Class for Local Foster Families

Senior nursing students at the University of Evansville will host a seizure and choking safety class for area foster families on Thursday, November 14. The event is in partnership with Borrowed Hearts, a resource and support network for foster families, and will be held from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

UE nursing student Katie Morguson explains that, "Some families may not wish to take in a child or may fear to take in a child if they have certain medical conditions, which they may not know how to manage. By teaching seizure safety and choking prevention, we are bridging this gap."

Students are also gathering items to be donated to Borrowed Hearts for foster families. Items being collected are children's clothing, hygiene products, and lice treatment kits.

Each year, the Senior Nursing Class at UE develops a projects that will target a health need in the community, focusing on a vulnerable population. This year, the class wanted to focus on foster children and developed a plan with Borrowed Hearts to identify the need of managing medical conditions.

Aldersgate United Methodist Church is located at 5130 Lincoln Avenue in Evansville. For more information on the project or how to donate, email lh226@evansville.edu.

Clark Kimberling publishes Research and Proposals

Clark Kimberling, professor of mathematics, and Peter Moses, an engineer in England, have an article in the Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Conference on Fibonacci Numbers and Their Applications, held at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 2018. The article can be downloaded online, pages 96-110. Entitled "Linear Complementary Equations and Systems," the article introduces a formal definition of "linear complementary equation", along with classifications for such equations and methods for solving them. Dr. Kimberling is also the compiler of Problem Proposals, downloadable at the same URL, pages 170-183. These proposals were presented by participants at the Conference as new unsolved problems, to which have been added notes and a few solutions received during 2018-2019.

University of Evansville Celebrates First Generation College Students

The University of Evansville will participate in the third annual First Generation College Student Celebration on Friday, November 8. This event, hosted by the Council for Opportunity for Education (COE) in partnership with the Center for First-generation Student Success, is celebrated by institutions nation-wide.

UE welcomes first generation college students to its campus and strives to create an atmosphere where they can succeed and develop their talents. This fall, approximately 25% of the school’s full-time undergraduates are first-generation college students.

Jeffrey Braun

Dana Clayton

All UE first generation college students are invited to participate in a special course that covers such topics as exploration of careers and majors, time management, study skills, stress management, internships and study abroad, and financial aid opportunities.

Troy Coppus

Lisa Hale

The University has also established a Student Success Lab designed to help students achieve academic success. While open to all students, the lab’s resources are particularly useful to those who are the first in their family to attend a university. Students who utilize the lab have access to supplemental instruction, academic coaches, library services, career development, and assistance in discovering the right academic path.

Cris Hochwender

Eric McCluskey

November 8 marks the 54th anniversary of the signing of the 1965 Higher Education Act, which has helped millions of poor students become the first members of their families to earn college degrees.

Mari Plikuhn

Elizabeth Powell

In addition to the services above, UE students have the support of the following faculty and administrators (and more!) who serve as examples of individuals who were once in their shoes as first generation college students: 

University of Evansville Celebrates First Generation College Students

University of Evansville Theatre Presents Lone Star Spirits

The University of Evansville Theatre opens Josh Tobiessen's LONE STAR SPIRITS, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov.18, in the May Studio Theatre. At times hilarious and at times heartbreaking, this family drama is a poignant story about a small-town life, the haunting feeling one experiences by returning to their childhood hometown, and the spooky surprises life always seems to have in store. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and at 2:00 p.m. on Nov. 24.

Blake Ware, a senior from Evansville, Ind., directs LONE STAR SPIRITS; Theodora Soldatou, a senior from Athens, Greece, serves as the scenic designer; Gillian Herold, a senior from Spokane, Wash., is the costume designer; Meaghan Stanley, a senior from Middlebury, Vt., is the lighting designer; Jackson Pitt, a junior from McKinney, Texas, serves as the sound designer; Brock McCullough, a senior from Omaha, Neb., is the dramaturg; Lauren Ward, a junior from Fort Worth, Texas, is the stage manager, and UE Assistant Technical Director Adam Rager serves as the technical director.

The cast features junior Cole Lannert, from Evansville, Ind., as Drew; senior Luke Lowrance, from Arlington, Texas, as Walter; sophomore Kyla Clift, from Arlington, Texas, as Jessica; sophomore Delanie Kitzman, from Tomball, Texas, as Marley, and junior Beau Wilcox, from Broomfield, Colo., as Ben.

The UE Theatre Society hosts a Pre-Play Chat 30 minutes prior to the show on Saturday, Nov. 23. All are welcome to attend the presentation and discussion with a student designer about their process on the production. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $9 for senior adults, students, and UE employees. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12 noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Seating is limited, and tickets are available by calling 812.488.2031.

University of Evansville Theatre Presents Lone Star Spirits

Editorial Article on Building Essential CPA Skills with a Modified Monopoly Game in Rania Mousa's Accounting class

Associate Professor of Accounting Rania Mousa has been featured on an editorial article titled, "Build Essential CPA Skills with a Modified Monopoly Game." The article has been posted on Course Hero website as part of the Faculty Club's Best Lessons initiative.

Course Hero is an online learning platform where over 30 million course-specific study resources are contributed by a community of students and educators. Last July, Mousa was invited by the organizers of Course Hero Summit in San Francisco to deliver an academic presentation on her research paper that has empirically tested the alignment of the game's self-reported learning outcomes with the AICPA Core Competency Framework over the course of five years. The research paper has been published in Accounting Research Journal.

UE Hosting "We The People" on November 4

More than 180 middle and high school students will be on the University of Evansville campus on Monday, November 4 to take part in the annual We the People competition. The We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution program aims to promote civic competence and responsibility among Indiana's elementary, middle and high school students.

This year marks the first time UE has hosted this competition, which runs from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m., followed by a 1:00 awards ceremony in Eykamp Hall within Ridgway University Center. The competitors have been busy studying the U.S. Constitution throughout the semester, and Monday's winners will advance to the state finals in December.

Participating schools include Castle, North, Jasper, Christ the King, Helfrich Park, Thompkins, and St. Philips.

For more information about We The People, visit the Indiana Bar Foundation.

UE to Host 18th Annual Fiddick Memorial Lecture on November 8

The University of Evansville will host its 18th annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture on Friday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. Susan Kent, arts and sciences professor of distinction from the University of Colorado will be the guest speaker. Kent's presentation, titled The Traumatic Effects of the 1918-19 Influenza Epidemic, will be held in  Smythe Lecture Hall, Room 170 within the Schroeder School of Business and is free and open to the public. 

Between 1918 and 1919, an influenza pandemic – often called the “Spanish Flu” – ravaged the world, killing at least 30 million people, and perhaps as many as 100 million. Kent has said that “it proved more deadly than any other disease since the Black Death in the fourteenth century, and it killed more people than any other single event of the twentieth century except World War II.” Her lecture will examine the worldwide impact of the flu on a variety of people and events and consider how the pandemic had the effect of influencing and even determining some of the most important issues of the interwar period.

Kent is a prolific scholar and an acknowledged expert in several fields, including British History, Imperialism, and Gender History, as well as the history of the Spanish Flu. She is the author of The Global Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 (2012).

Thomas Fiddick served as professor of history at the University of Evansville from the fall quarter of 1963 to the spring semester of 2002. In the 39 years he spent at the University, he was a dedicated teacher, a productive scholar, and a tireless fighter in the cause of justice. His untimely death on the day of his retirement in 2002 stunned the entire University of Evansville community, especially his many former students. It was from the former students' efforts in particular, with the support of Tom Fiddick's friends and the University, that the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture was established.

UE to Host 18th Annual Fiddick Memorial Lecture on November 8

Professor Katie Mullins has two essays and a poem come out this week

Outside of having nearly weekly articles coming out at UnderwaterSunshine.com, where she is the executive writer, Katie Mullins had two personal essays picked up— one at “Entropy” contrasting her disorder with Art Alexakis of Everclear’s recent record about his MS and one about her stroke at “Hobart”— and a poem about Dr. Phil driving her to the back doctor.

Strandberg presents at College Music Society

Kristen Strandberg, Assistant Professor of Music History and Associate Director of Eykamp Center for Teaching Excellence, gave a talk at the annual College Music Society conference on October 24. She discussed the advantages and feasibility of community engagement projects with music students. As a case study, Dr. Strandberg outlined the activities and outcomes of her spring 2019 class "Music in Evansville from the Civil War to WWII."

Eli Saslow to Speak About his Book "Rising Out of Hatred" at UE on November 7

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Eli Saslow will speak at the University of Evansville on November 7, at 7:00 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway Center. Saslow will discuss his book Rising Out of Hatred, the story of how former white nationalist leader Derek Black changed his heart, mind, and political viewpoints.

The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the University of Evansville Honors Program, Student Government Association, and the Office of Academic Affairs. The book, Rising Out of Hatred, was the common read for UE's Honors Program freshmen this year. No RSVP is required for this event.

Derek Black might be termed white nationalist royalty. His father, Don Black, launched Stormfront, the first major white supremacist website; his mother was once married to former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, who was Derek's godfather and mentor from birth. Derek was an elected politician at 19, with his own daily radio show on which he urged white nationalists to "infiltrate" the American political system to prevent what he termed "white genocide." But when Derek chose to attend a tiny liberal arts college,
his ideological foundations began to crack.

A testament to the power of education to broaden minds and spark conversations, Rising Out of Hatred immerses us in Derek's world-as challenging, even uncomfortable, as we might find that-and creates, in the words of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, "a relationship between reader and story." At once political and intensely personal, Rising explains how our nation arrived at this polarizing moment and suggests that outspoken communication and active listening have the power to change lives. Yale law professor Amy Chua called Rising Out of Hatred "a must-read for anyone interested in understanding and overcoming hate."

Salslow is a longtime staff writer for The Washington Post, where he was initially a sportswriter. He has reported for 42 states and six countries. He covered the 2008 presidential campaign as well as President Obama's life in the White House. Four of his stories have been anthologized in Best American Sports Writing and he is an occasional contributor to ESPN The Magazine.

Saslow won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for a series of stories about food stamps and food insecurity in the United States. Collected into the book American Hunger, his stories were praised as "unsettling and nuanced...forcing readers to grapple with issues of poverty and dependency." Saslow was also named one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing in 2013, 2016 and 2017. His stories in The Washington Post have been recognized with George Pol Award, a PEN Literary Award, a James Beard Award, and other honors.

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UE Launches Early Start Education Program for High School Juniors and Seniors

The University of Evansville has launched an Early Start Education Program that will enable high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit. Prior to their graduation from high school, students in the program will be able to complete up to five required courses for an education degree at UE and receive the Early Start Education Program Certificate.

Coursework will include classes in education, psychology, and the health sciences. Students who decide not to pursue an education degree after enrolling at UE can choose another major while still retaining the credits. Several of these courses are required for other majors at UE.

"The program has many benefits to participating students," said Sharon Gieselmann, chair of UE's School of Education. "It will reduce heavy class loads, allow students in the program to potentially complete their education degree at UE in just three and a half years, and enable study abroad."

Beginning in the Spring of 2020, classes will be available at $125 per credit hour. All classes are offered in a convenient online format, making it easy for high school students to get an early start on their college education.

"This is a smart investment for students and their families," said Gieselman.

UE also has a number of other programs in place to address the need for well-prepared, motivated professional teachers. These programs include the Teaching Fellows Scholarship, Transition to Teaching licensure program, Accelerated Elementary Education Degree program, Ivy Tech articulation agreement, and reduced tuition for transfer students in education.

For more information, contact the School of Education at education@evansville.edu or by phone at 812-488-2368.

Winners of the Fifth Annual High School Changemaker Challenge Get Full Tuition to UE

High school students from across the Tri-state were awarded significant scholarships today at UE's fifth annual High School Changemaker Challenge, presented by Toyota Indiana.

The challenge, which is supported by the Center for Innovation and Change, is designed to motivate young people to take a leading role in identifying and solving challenges in the world around them through innovation and creativity.

The University has committed more than $1 million in scholarships to winners of this competition. Members from the top six winning teams who choose UE as their college destination will each receive 4-year scholarships to attend UE as listed below:

1st place team: Full tuition
Project Oasis
Team Idea: Social grocery store in food desert areas
Team Members: Graham Griffin, Ranny Badreddine, Futallah Hamed
Coach: Jose Mota

2nd place team: $26,000 per year
E.D.E
Team Idea: Device to prevent children from being left in hot cars
Team Members: Lydia Johnson, Isaac Martin, Elijah Jorgensen
Coach: Donna Lefler

3rd place team: $22,000 per year
Working out for a Change
Team Idea: Gyms with equipment that produce and store energy for sustainable use
Team Members: Vivian Valadares, Paxton Mosby, Madeline Erdell
Coach: Jose Mota

Three runner-up teams: $18,000 per year
Food Recovery
Team Idea: Utilizing un-served food to address food insecurity among children
Team Members: Ben Burson, Mary Franklin, Isabella Meier
Coach: Kacey Strange

Power of Composting
Team Idea: Educating to reduct food waste from school lunches
Team Members: Helaena Pfeiffer, Mary Gardner, Chloe Julian
Coach: Brooke Haldeman

Watt-a-Bike
Team Idea: Exercise bikes that generate energy to address climate change
Team Members: Krish Gupta, Kaden Merrill
Coach: Jenna Bunner, Haleigh Bennett

18 teams participated in the 2019 High School Changemaker Challenge. Projects from previous competitions can be seen in the city of Evansville, including the Upgrade Bike Share stations and the solar-powered CommuniTree at Mickey's Kingdom Park downtown. Projects still in the development stages include a musical swing set, an emergency response app, an anti-bullying board game, and many more.

Winners of the Fifth Annual High School Changemaker Challenge Get Full Tuition to UE

Dr. Stein's work appears in new book from OSU Press

Valerie A. Stein, Associate Professor of Religion, has had a chapter published in an edited volume from Ohio State University Press. Her chapter, “Privileging God the Father: The Neoliberal Theology of the Evangelical Orphan Care Movement” appears in The Politics of Reproduction: Adoption, Abortion, and Surrogacy in the Age of Neoliberalism, edited by Modhumita Roy and Mary Thompson.

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."

UE to Host Annual High School Changemaker Challenge on October 23

The annual High School Changemaker Challenge, presented by Toyota Indiana, will be held on Wednesday, October 23 in Eykamp Hall within Ridgway University Center at the University of Evansville. 

The challenge, which is supported by the Center for Innovation and Change, is designed to motivate young people to take a leading role in identifying and solving challenges in the world around them through innovation and creativity. 

Projects from previous competitions can be seen in the city of Evansville, including the Upgrade Bike Share stations and the solar-powered CommuniTree at Mickey's Kingdom Park downtown. Projects still in the development stages include a musical swing set, an emergency response app, an anti-bullying board game, and many more.

The University has committed more than $1 million in scholarships to winners of this competition. Members from the top six winning teams who choose UE as their college destination will each receive 4-year scholarships to attend UE as listed below:

  • 1st place team: Full tuition
  • 2nd place team: $26,000 per year
  • 3rd place team: $22,000 per year
  • Three runner-up teams: $18,000 per year

There are 18 teams participating in the 2019 High School Changemaker Challenge and project descriptions are as follows:

Community Orchard
Team Idea: A way to provide access to fresh food to community for healthier lifestyle
Team Members: Madison O’Daniel, Kenzie Paul, Emma Yarber
Coach: Kevin Krizan

E.D.E.
Team Idea: Device to prevent children being left in cars.
Team Members: Lydia Johnston, Isaac Martin, Elijah Jorgensen
Coach: Donna Lefler

Finding Y.O.U.
Team Idea: Helping students find their career pathway.
Team Members: Skylar Young, Samuel Stone
Coach: Jerrilee LaMar

Food Recovery
Team Idea: Utilizing un-served food to address food insecurity among children
Team Members: Ben Burson, Mary Franklin, Isabella Meier
Coach: Kacey Strange

Grow a Garden
Team Idea: Program to teach young kids how to grow their own garden to access healthy food.
Team Members: Bailey Bush, Alyssa Goebel
Coach: Donna Lefler

Holy Fit
Team Idea: Free gym on riverfront to address healthy living.
Team Members: Adam Barnes, Jered Blanton, Henry Duncan
Coach: Donna Lefler

International Food Court
Team Idea: A Food Court serving international cuisines in Evansville
Team Members: Haley Worland and Annemarie Smith
Coach: Linda Schaffer

Move! Evansville
Team Idea: App that incentives exercising throughout city.
Team Members: David Schultz, Stephen Custer
Coach: Kendra Schultz

Porta Wet
Team Idea: Portable shower house for homeless.
Team Members: Jacob Merkley, Noah Beard
Coach: Donna Lefler

Positivity
Team Idea: Digital wall with inspirational resources to promote positivity among individuals
Team Members: Aubrey Wheeler, Vidit Patel, Amanda Compton
Coach: Linda Schaffer

Power of Composting
Team Idea: Educating to reduce food waste from school lunches.
Team Members: Helaena Pfeiffer, Mary Gardner, Chloe Julian
Coach: Brooke Haldeman

Project Oasis
Team Idea: Social grocery store in food desert areas.
Team Members: Graham Griffin, Ranny Badreddine, Futhallah Hamed
Coach: José Mota

Study Shack Squad
Team Idea: Gazebos for outdoor study locations
Team Members: Carter Ahlstedt, Tyler Orr, Owen Minton
Coach: Jenna Bunner, Haleigh Bennett

Team Save Tomorrow
Team Idea: Composting with local restaurants.
Team Members: Elijah Randolph, Austin Whitledge, Morgan McDonald
Coach: Linda Schaffer

Trash to Treasure
Team Idea: Solar-powered water wheels to clean pollution from water ways.
Team Members: Madison Lucas, Ella Hubbard, Sinclair Sheffer
Coach: Kim Allen, Jeremy Vilines

Virtual Job Fairs
Team Idea: Lower-cost job fairs to provide more exposure to students looking to enter the workforce.
Team Members: Eric Nelson, Michael Niemeier, Grace Blondin
Coach: Lucas Swinford

Watt-a-Bike
Team Idea: Exercise bikes that generate energy to address climate change
Team Members: Krish Gupta, Kaden Merrill
Coach: Jenna Bunner, Haleigh Bennett

Working Out for a Change
Team Idea: Gyms with equipment that produce and store energy for sustainable use.
Team Members: Vivian Valadares, Paxton Mosby, Madeline Erdell
Coach: José Mota

Clark Kimberling Publishes Mathematical Research Article

Clark Kimberling, professor of mathematics, has a research article in the Journal of Integer Sequences. The article is entitled "A Combinatorial Classification of Triangle Centers on the Line at Infinity." The classification is based on barycentric coordinates that are polynomials, especially when the polynomials represent points on a special line in the extended plane of a general triangle, known as the line at infinity. The article, downloadable as a pdf, shows how several sequences in the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences surprisingly occur in connection with points indexed in the University of Evansville-based Encyclopedia of Triangle Centers.

UE 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.

UE Opens Shanklin Theatre Season with the Classic Tale

UE's Annual Chili Bowl Sale to be Held October 17 at 11:30 a.m.

The University of Evansville’s Clay Club is set to present the annual Chili Bowl sale on Thursday October 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will be held outside at the Hyde Hall Lawn. The rain location will be inside Eykamp hall on the second floor of Ridgway.

Chartwells, the food service provider at UE, is co-sponsoring the event and providing chili.

For $10, customers can buy a one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl and fill it will chili. Paper containers will be available for those who prefer not to put chili in their newly purchased bowls. Larger bowls from $15-$50 will also be for sale. Some more artistic larger bowls will be sold at a silent auction as well ranging in price from $60-$100.

The bowls are being made by members of the Clay Club and other UE students, faculty members, staff, alumni, and members of the community.

Half of the proceeds will be donated to Bread of Life Ministry INC. The Clay Club officers chose this organization for their work with education and feeding the less fortunate in the Evansville Community. The rest of the proceeds will be used by the Clay Club to attend conferences, visit museums and galleries, and host visiting artists.

UE's Annual Chili Bowl Sale to be Held October 17 at 11:30 a.m.

University of Evansville to Host Webelos Engineering Pin Day

The University of Evansville College of Engineering and Computer Science is hosting a 2019 Webelos Engineering Pin Day on Saturday, October 26, in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science on UE's campus. Registration is at 7:30 a.m., with the event starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 11:15 a.m.

This event is a workshop with activity stations designed to provide some of the experience required for a Webelos scout to qualify for an engineering pin.

A registration fee of $6 per Webelos scout is required. Registration for the event is limited to 200. Registrations will be taken until the event is full or until Thursday, October 17 - whichever comes first.

In order to register, a registration packet must be filled out and submitted. The packet can be found online here

For more information, contact 812-488-2651 or kh209@evansville.edu.

UE Announces Mark Marchino, PT, DPT, MHS, as Director of Clinical Education

The University of Evansville announced Mark Marchino, PT, DPT, MHS, as director of clinical education in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Marchino will coordinate and supervise clinical course work in the DPT program. In addition to his director of clinical education duties, Marchino will also serve as assistant professor and will teach in the areas of physical interventions, community health, professional ethics, tests and measures, and other musculoskeletal and health care leadership related content. 

“The University and the Department of Physical Therapy are very excited to welcome Dr. Mark Marchino to their team,” said Mary Kessler, dean of UE’s College of Education and Health Science. “Dr. Marchino brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience to the director of clinical education position. His compassion for people and dedication to the physical therapy profession will benefit our students in significant ways.”

Marchino earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Montana, Master of Health Science degree from University of Indianapolis, Bachelor of Science in physical therapy degree from University of Evansville, and an Associate of Science degree from Olney Central College. He brings with him experience in health care executive leadership roles as well as management expertise in hospital and health care operations.

“As a UE graduate myself, I know firsthand the high quality education provided by this institution,” said Marchino. “I’m honored to be able to come back and be a part of that legacy as director of clinical education.”

Marchino achieved Board Certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (1995-2015). He is actively involved in orthopaedic patient care at ProgressiveHealth and has served on the Board of Directors for several school-, church-, and community-based nonprofit organizations.

As an alumnus, Marchino has been active in the UE PT community, serving as a member of the University of Evansville Physical Therapy Advisory and Selection Committees, and he was the 2014 University of Evansville’s Friend of PT Award recipient.

The University of Evansville’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program is a six- or seven-year curriculum involves three or four years of prerequisite and undergraduate course work followed by three years of professional study. The DPT curriculum enhances the graduate's ability to work in a complex and challenging health care environment. Through the careful integration of the liberal arts, a meaningful undergraduate degree and professional studies, students acquire the necessary technical and critical thinking skills to promote optimal human health and patient function.

The DPT program is housed at the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences in downtown Evansville. This state-of-the-art facility provides unique opportunities for interprofessional education and collaboration.

UE Announces Mark Marchino, PT, DPT, MHS, as Director of Clinical Education

Founder and CEO of the Empowerment Plan to Speak at UE’S 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! 

UE Offers Review Course for Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

The University of Evansville College of Engineering and Computer Science has announced 2019-20 dates for the annual review and preparation course for those planning to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.

All classes will be held Thursday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science on the UE campus. Classes are divided into relevance per discipline. Fees are adjusted accordingly.

  • Candidates for civil engineering will attend from October 3 - January 23.
  • Candidates for mechanical engineering and other disciplines will attend from October 3 - November 21.
  • Electrical and computer engineering candidates will attend October 31-November 21.

Registration forms and payment must be returned by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 3, 2019. Contact Kimberly Higgins at kh209@evansville.edu or at 812-488-2651 for more information on registration. Early registration is encouraged as space as limited.

UE to Offer UExplore Engineering Program

The College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Evansville is offering a UExplore Engineering Program for high school students. The program is designed to give participants a better understanding of the fields of civil, mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering and computer science through activities, hands-on projects, and tours of local industry.

The sessions in the program are October 14, November 4, November 25, January 20, February 10, March 2, March 30, and April 20.  All sessions will be from 6:00-7:15 p.m. in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science on UE’s campus.

James Allen, UE associate professor of mechanical and civil engineering, is the advisor for the program. A registered professional engineer in the states of Indiana and Ohio, Allen has extensive work experience in industry. Allen will be assisted with the program by UE engineering students.

The registration fee for the program is $50.

Register online or contact Kimberly Higgins for more information at 812-488-2661 or kh209@evansville.edu.

UE Announces New Nurse Anesthesia Program Slated to Begin January 2021

The University of Evansville's new Nurse Anesthesia program is slated to begin in January 2021 pending accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The program joins the rich collection of strong health professions programs already offered at UE.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, or CRNAs, have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States for more than 150 years. CRNAs are anesthesia professionals who safely administer more than 49 million anesthetics to patients each year in the U.S., according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) 2019 Member Profile Survey.

CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in these medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, pain management, and trauma stabilization services.

As advanced practice registered nurses, CRNAs practice with a high degree of autonomy and professional respect. They carry a heavy load of responsibility and are compensated accordingly. In addition, the cost efficiency of CRNAs helps control escalating healthcare costs.

The University of Evansville has applied for accreditation for its Nurse Anesthesia program from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). UE anticipates matriculating its first nurse anesthesia class in January 2021, pending a favorable accreditation decision in October 2020.

In September 2019, Melissa Fitch, CRNA, DNP, was hired as the founding administrator for the program. Fitch earned her associate's degree in nursing in 1997 from Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky. She earned her BSN, MSN-Anesthesia, and DNP from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. She serves on the Programs Committee for the Kentucky Association of Nurse Anesthetists (KyANA) and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).

"I'm excited to share my knowledge and love for this practice with the next generation of nurse anesthetists," said Fitch. "Numerous healthcare facilities in Evansville and the surrounding communities have already signed clinical agreements with us and are ready to welcome CRNA students into their practices."

Melissa Fitch headshot

The first cohort of 16 students will begin in January of 2021, pending accreditation from the COA. The program lasts three years, and graduates will leave the University with more than 2,200 hours of clinical experience.

Applications are slated to open in Fall of 2020, and interested individuals can begin preparing for program entry now. Admission requirements include the following:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited nursing program
  • One full year of intensive care experience in the ICU or CCU
  • CCRN not required, but strongly preferred
  • 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
  • 3.0 undergraduate GPA in science-specific areas of study
  • Have at least two separate anesthetist shadow experiences

The Nurse Anesthesia Program will be housed on the UE campus; however, students will also take courses at The Stone Family Center for Health Sciences in downtown Evansville. This state-of-the-art multi-institutional campus provides unique opportunities for interprofessional experiences among various health professional students, collaborative learning, and research opportunities.

The Bureau of Labor projects that the job outlook for CRNAs is very strong. It is estimated that employment of nurse anesthetists will grow 31 percent from 2016 to 2026 - much faster than the average for all occupations.

For more information, call or email Melissa Fitch at 812-488-5650 or mf245@evansville.edu.

UE Announces New Nurse Anesthesia Program Slated to Begin January 2021

University of Evansville Announces new Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

The University of Evansville's Office of University Advancement has announced Jennifer Whitaker as the new Director of Alumni and Parent Relations. Whitaker is a 1999 UE alumna who earned her bachelor's degree in mass communication with an emphasis in journalism and public relations and a minor in business. She spent the last 14 years of her career with the Buffalo Trace Council in Evansville as the district director overseeing a five-county area. She also teaches an experiential education class through the UE Center for Career Development.

"It is a pleasure to welcome Jennifer back home to the University of Evansville," said Abigail Werling, vice president for university advancement. "Her professional experiences, leadership qualities, and passion for UE make her the ideal person to work with our alumni and friends to shape powerful and enduring change for our University."

As the director of alumni and parent relations, Jennifer will work with the university advancement team to promote programming, volunteerism, and philanthropy to 33,000 plus UE alumni and parents around the world. She will work closely with the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Harlaxton Society Board of Directors, and Parents Council in addition to working with our UE Connect Program, regional alumni chapters, and alumni affinity groups.

"I'm looking forward to getting to know the UE alumni community, and working on inviting everyone back to campus - not only once a year for homecoming, but for other events and volunteer opportunities," said Whitaker. "There are so many ways for alumni to get involved. I can't wait to build new relationships and show them how they can make a difference. Once you are here, it's impossible not to feel the energy!"

The University is currently finalizing plans for Homecoming 2019 Reunion Weekend, on October 18-20. Plans include special events for certain affinity groups and the inaugural Alumni Awards Celebration, as well as annual favorites such as a tailgate party, theatre productions, and the John Collins Moore Society Brunch.

University of Evansville Announces new Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

UE Invites Community to Majors and Minors Fair on October 16

The University of Evansville will host a Majors and Minors Fair for high school students, families, guidance counselors, and others interested in exploring UE's programs. This free event will be held on Wednesday, October 16 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall within Ridgway University Center.

Students and faculty members from UE's 80+ majors will be on hand to talk about how each major or minor can help lead a student reach individual goals for their ultimate career path. Campus support teams will also be available to talk about various student services. Current UE students are also invited and encouraged to attend.

Register online here. 

UE's Schroeder School of Business Ranked Number 4 in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report

The University of Evansville’s Schroeder School of Business has been ranked as number four nationally among small private universities by the 2019 U.S. News & World Report.

Additionally, the publication recognized Schroeder School as having the number 37 accounting program and the number 36 finance program in the nation among all business schools. This is the first time that the school has been ranked on the accounting and finance lists nationally. Among small private business school peers, Schroeder’s accounting program is number three and its finance program is number two in the ranking.

“We are proud to be ranked as one of the best small private business schools in the nation,” said Schroeder Family Dean Ben Johnson. “The Schroeder School’s strong career placement outcomes and distinctive experiential learning programs provides our students an outstanding educational experience.”

Ebeling presents paper at conference in Copenhagen, Denmark

Associate Professor of Archaeology Jennie Ebeling presented a paper and chaired an academic session at the third meeting of the Association of Ground Stone Tools Research at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark September 12-15. This biannual conference is attended by stone artifact specialists from around the world working on archaeological material dating from the Paleolithic period through the 21st century.

UE's Olmsted Administration Hall Goes Orange in Observance of World Patient Safety Day

The University of Evansville will light Olmsted Administration Hall in the color orange in observance of the first World Patient Safety Day, organized by the World Health Organization. 

According to the World Health Organization's website, the first World Patient Safety Day prioritizes patient safety as a global health priority and urges patients, healthcare workers, policy makers and health care industry to “Speak up for patient safety!”. Cities around the world will light up monuments in orange color to show their commitment to safety of patients on September 17. These include the Jet d’Eau in Geneva, the Pyramids in Cairo, the Kuala Lumpur Tower, The Royal Opera House in Muscat,  and the Zakim bridge in Boston among others.

"At the University of Evansville, we train health care professionals to be competent, caring and compassionate providers who value the patient as the most important member of the health care team," said Mary Kessler, dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences at the University of Evansville. "We are committed to ensuring through rigorous coursework and experiential opportunities that our students and graduates are prepared to meet the demands of patient care and safety."

UE trains health professionals in the areas of nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant science, athletic training, clinical laboratory science, exercise science, health services administration, and public health

September 17 was established as World Patient Safety Day by the 72nd World Health Assembly in May 2019. More information about WHO’s campaign can be accessed online

UE's Olmsted Administration Hall Goes Orange in Observance of World Patient Safety Day

Department of Art Associate Professor Todd A. Matteson Received Award of Recognition

Department of Art Associate Professor Todd A. Matteson was recognized for his Artwork, Many Paths on a Journey, at the 75th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition. He was awarded the Candy and Rick Shagley Award of Recognition. Professor Matteson’s artwork was the only ceramic piece juried into the exhibition.

UE Graduate and Professor Publish Research on Predictors of Teachers' Intentions to Report Suspected Child Abuse

UE graduate Tess Hupe, Class of 2018, and Dr. Margaret Stevenson, UE associate professor of psychology, recently published research in the Journal of Child Custody titled "Teachers’ Intentions to Report Suspected Child Abuse: The Influence of Compassion Fatigue." This research was previously awarded an Outstanding Student Paper Award from Division 41 of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychology and Law Society (AP-LS), and was ranked in the top 20 papers presented at the 2018 AP-LS conference.

Their research reflects one of the few studies to explore teachers’ and school administrators’ (N = 299) knowledge of abuse reporting policy and their self-reported intentions to report hypothetical instances of suspected child abuse – research questions with relevance to policy given that teachers are legally mandated to report suspected child abuse. Moreover, the authors also explored the relationship between compassion fatigue (i.e., job burnout and secondary traumatic stress stemming from vicarious exposure to client trauma) and teachers’ attitudes toward reporting suspected child abuse. They found that a significant minority of teachers indicated that they would not report suspected child abuse – a finding that held even after eliminating the 10.3% of teachers who were unaware of policy requiring teachers to report suspected child abuse. Supporting hypotheses, as compassion fatigue increased, negative attitudes toward child abuse reporting significantly increased. Additionally, increased compassion fatigue was significantly associated with increased job efficacy cynicism, psychological detachment from students, and diminished knowledge about reporting child abuse – all factors that statistically explained the relationship between compassion fatigue and negative attitudes toward reporting suspected abuse. As the results of their research suggest, teacher compassion fatigue not only reflects the suffering of teachers, but it can also indirectly contribute to lack of intervention for child victims of abuse, in turn, perpetuating child suffering.
The full paper is available online.

Peters Margedant House at the University of Evansville Awarded the 2019 Servaas Memorial Award for Serving Youth Through Preservation and History

On September 14, 2019 the Friends of the Peters-Margedant House received Indiana Landmarks' 2019 Servaas Memorial Award in the youth-serving category for its work to engage the next generation in preservation and history, recruiting students in its efforts to promote Evansville's Peters-Margedant House.

According to the Indiana Landmarks website, the Servaas Award recognizes outstanding achievements in historic preservation, and is awarded to programs that engage young people in preservation or elevate their appreciation of landmarks, especially programs that have ongoing impact.

In 2014, the Peters-Margedant House was listed on Indiana Landmarks' 10 Most Endangered list, which led to the formation of the Friends and a plan to move the tiny home for use as a learning lab at the University of Evansville. Now restored, the house hosts regular guided tours. This year, a semester-long course will challenge college students to figure out how to equip the house with self-guiding tour technology.

"It's really the type of architecture that appeals to children of all ages," noted Dr. Heidi Strobel, curator at the house. "For the elementary students, it's on their scale. For students heading to college who are environmentally engaged and like the idea of leaving a small footprint, it resonates with them as well."

The 552-square-foot Peters-Margedant House was designed and built in 1934 by William Wesley Peters, a one-time student at Evansville College and MIT. Peters went on to be the first apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright and became the great architect's right hand man, working on such structures as Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

Wes Peters and the Peters-Margedant House are the subjects of an exhibit called "William Wesley Peters: Evansville's Connection to the World of Frank Lloyd Wright," which is running at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science through October 27, 2019. Images, drawings, and models will illustrate Peters' career while he was in Evansville, as well as his work with Wright and post-Wright.

Those interested in the Peters-Margedant House are welcome to visit campus for a tour. Upcoming open house dates include September 21 and 28, and October 19 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Peters Margedant House at the University of Evansville Awarded the 2019 Servaas Memorial Award for Serving Youth Through Preservation and History

University of Evansville Theatre Presents Small Mouth Sounds

University of Evansville Theatre opens their 2019-2020 season with Bess Wohl's SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS. Yearning for authentic connection in a digital world, six disparate people seek solace at a silent retreat.

This production opens on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the May Studio Theatre. Additional performances are 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 21, 23, 24, 25, 26 and at 2:00 p.m. on Sept. 22.

Assistant Professor Amelia McClain makes her debut as a director at UE Theatre with SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS. Department Chair Eric Renschler serves as the scenic designer; Dinah Ferguson, a junior from Brownsburg, Ind., is the costume designer; Nicholas McCulloch, a junior from Seattle, Wash., is the lighting designer; Austin C. Kuhn, a senior from Evansville, Ind., serves as the sound designer; Serenity Rowland, a senior from Durham, N.C., is the dramaturg; Megan Sizemore, a junior from Cypress, Texas., is the stage manager, and Professor Chuck Meacham serves as the technical director.

The cast features first-year student Gabriel Smothers, from Casper, Wyo., as Teacher; junior Fiona Peterson-Quinn, from Lincoln, Ill., as Joan; senior Shannon White, from Rockwall, Texas, as Judy; sophomore Cassandra Dunn, from Brattleboro, Vt., as Alicia; senior JR Scott, from Austin, Texas, as Ned; junior Andrew Flynn, from Libum, Ga, as Rodney; and junior Jack Russell, from Montgomery, Texas, as Jan.

The UE Theatre Society hosts a Pre-Play Chat thirty minutes prior to the show on Saturday, Sept. 21. All are welcome to attend the presentation and discussion with a student designer about their process on the production. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $9 for senior adults, students,and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12 p.m. on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Seating is limited and tickets are available by calling 812.488.2031.

University of Evansville Theatre Presents Small Mouth Sounds

UE Music Partners with Joshua Academy to Reinstate Band Program

University of Evansville junior and senior music education students have partnered with Joshua Academy to reinstate the school's band program.

“This is why I came to college," said UE music education major Devyn Haas. "So I can get these hands on experiences.” 

Joshua Academy students meet twice per week to receive one-on-one and small ensemble instruction from UE students under the advisement of professor Greg Keith.

 

UE Recognized for Student Engagement, Faculty Dedication, and Overall Value on Top Rankings Lists

The University of Evansville was recently named to several top university rankings, including those by Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger, and Money. These commendations are in addition to those from U.S. News & World Report earlier this month.

UE moved up 18 spots in the The Wall Street Journal’s annual U.S. College Rankings for student engagement and now sits at #16 in the nation among more than 4,000 four-year colleges and universities in the United States. Insights for this ranking are gathered through the Times Higher Education US Student Survey and include questions about interactions with faculty and other students, whether a student felt involved and welcome, and whether the student would recommend the school.

“We often refer to our campus community as the UE family,” said UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “Students feel at home with us, with a built-in network of support preparing them for future success.”

UE has also been named one of the Best Colleges for Your Money for 2019 by Money magazine. Money uses research and advice from the nation’s top experts on education quality, financing, and value to create a practical analysis of the nation’s best-performing colleges. Schools were ranked in quality of education, affordability, and outcomes, including graduate earnings.

Kiplinger also recognized UE for its outstanding value. This year, the University moved up 19 spots over the 2018 rankings for the Best Private College Values for 2019.

Forbes magazine again named UE to its Top College list. The Forbes Top Colleges ranking focuses on direct benefits a college provides students. Student experience is a top consideration for this ranking and is based on freshman-to-sophomore retention rate and data.

UE was also highly rated by Niche, which uses survey information from current students and recent alumni to rate schools and give them a letter grade. UE received an A grade in both diversity and value, and was given a grade of A minus in the areas of academics, professors, and student life.

Niche also named UE as one of the Top Private Universities in America list and one of Best Colleges in America, Best Small Colleges in Indiana, and Best Value Colleges in America.

College Factual listed UE in 11 awards categories, including Best for Your Money, ranking in the top 15 percent of that category. College Factual compares the quality of education at a given college, compared to all others on the list. Factors include student body caliber, educational resources, degree completion, and post-graduation earnings.

UE moved up on the overall U.S. News & World Report rankings to #6, and for the first time this year, UE was recognized as one of the best schools for undergraduate teaching. Schools ranked in this category are chosen for having “faculty with an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.”

“The outstanding dedication of our faculty is no secret to our students,” said UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “UE professors are exceptionally devoted to student success, so it is particularly exciting to be recognized nationally for this commitment.”

UE Recognized for Student Engagement, Faculty Dedication, and Overall Value on Top Rankings Lists

Wooton Publishes Article

Dr. Angie Wooton, assistant professor of nursing in the Dunigan Family School of Nursing, has coauthored an article with Dr. Charlotte Connerton titled: "Building Community Resilience to Mitigate Mental Health Effects of Climate Change." This article was published in Creative Nursing Journal (Volume 25, Issue 3, 2019) a national peer reviewed magazine published by the Springer Publishing Company.

University of Evansville Named #6 Best College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report

The University of Evansville has been named the sixth best college in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges Rankings. UE rose one spot overall this year and has appeared in the top 10 for more than a decade.  

UE was also recognized for success in its engineering and business programs, commitment to undergraduate teaching, its work with veterans and international students, and for study abroad and social mobility.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science at UE has moved up six spots over last year and was recognized as the #19 best engineering school among small private institutions in the country.

The Schroeder School of Business was named the #4 best undergraduate business school in the country among small private institutions. UE’s accounting program was ranked #3, and finance was ranked #2 among small private colleges.

For the first time this year, UE was recognized as one of the best schools for undergraduate teaching. Schools ranked in this category are chosen for having “faculty with an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.”

“The outstanding dedication of our faculty is no secret to our students,” said UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “UE professors are exceptionally devoted to student success, so it is particularly exciting to be recognized nationally for this commitment.”

The University was also recognized as the #5 Best College for Veterans in the Midwest and a Top Midwest school for International Students.

Additionally, UE was highlighted in the category, Best Study Abroad Programs to Look For. The methodology for this category states that “study abroad programs at these schools involve substantial academic work abroad for credit - a year, a semester, or an intensive experience equal to a course - and considerable interaction with the local culture.

“To be recognized on a national level in so many categories directly speaks to the caliber of the UE education and experience,” said Shane Davidson, vice president for enrollment and marketing. “We are particularly proud of the study abroad ranking, as our program at Harlaxton College is a cornerstone of the UE experience for so many of our students.”

When studying abroad at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England, UE students live alongside faculty members in a unique learning environment and are immersed in the local culture through the Meet-a-Family program. Financial aid packages also travel along with students to Harlaxton, making a semester abroad within reach for UE students of any major.

UE was also recognized as a top performing Midwest school for social mobility. This category “measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants.” Pell Grant recipients typically come from households whose family incomes are less than $50,000 annually, though most Pell Grant money goes to students with a total family income below $20,000.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are designed to help prospective students and their families evaluate college choices. The Best Colleges rankings are available online at www.usnews.com/colleges and will be published in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2019 guidebook, on newsstands later this month.

University of Evansville Named #6 Best College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report

Wandel Publishes Article

Dr. Tamara Wandel, associate professor of communication in the Department of Communication, has an article titled “Pedagogical Strategies for the 49th Parallel” published in the Canadian Teacher Magazine, an independent national magazine published by Pacific Edge Publishing, Ltd.

UE Invites Community to Constitution Day Lecture on September 12

Making Sense of the Current Crisis in Reproductive Rights

The University of Evansville invites the community to its annual Constitution Day Lecture on Thursday, September 12 at 4:00 p.m. Dawn Johnsen, professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, will speak on the topic, "Making Sense of the Current Crisis in Reproductive Rights" in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170) in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public.

"We are thrilled to have a speaker of Dawn Johnsen's caliber coming to campus to share her deep insights about the Constitution," said Robert Dion, political science professor and chairperson of the Constitution Day Committee. "Her message could not be more timely."

Johnsen has taught at IU Bloomington for over 20 years. Prior to teaching at IU Bloomington, Johnsen served as the acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice under President Bill Clinton, and she played a role in the transition teams for both President Clinton and President Barack Obama. From 1988-1993, she was the legal director of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (now NARAL Pro-Choice America), and prior to that, she was staff counsel fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union Reproductive Freedom Project.

Johnsen serves as director and secretary of the board of directors of the Guttmacher Institute, a leading sexual and reproductive health research and policy organization. She also serves on the academic advisory board of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

Johnsen's research interests include issues of separation of powers (especially presidential power) and civil liberties (especially reproductive rights. She teaches Constitutional Law, the First Amendment, and Seminars in the Separation of Powers and Sexuality, Reproduction and the Constitution. Johnsen is a graduate of Yale Law School and received her B.A. summa cum laude in economics and political science from Yale.

For more information, contact the Department of Law, Politics, and Society at 812-488-2687 or by email at cm177@evansville.edu.

UE Invites Community to Constitution Day Lecture on September 12

UE Signs Collaboration Agreements with Chinese Universities

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Michael Austin, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science Ying Shang, and Dean of the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences Ray Lutgring have been working with the Northeast Electric Power University in Jilin, China, on a cooperative educational program in civil engineering and have signed a formal agreement to begin allowing civil engineering students from NEU to receive a dual degree from both universities through a 3+1 agreement.

Students in the cohort will take courses from UE in China over two summers and will then come to UE's campus for their senior year. Students may also come to UE for two years and receive a degree from us, or come for three years and transfer back credit to NEU and receive a degree from them.

The goal is to bring between 15-20 students in each year’s cohort and expand a successful agreement to other majors. 

Austin, Shang, and Lutgring also traveled to Changchun, the capital of Jilin Province, where and met with the president and students of the Northeast Normal University, a teacher preparation college. They will also visit Shenyang, the capital of the Liaoning province on the Northeastern Coast, to meet with officials from Shenyang Jianzhu University. The purpose of these meetings is to begin discussions about collaboration agreements, as well as to sign an articulation agreement with SJZU.

Austin at Northeast Normal University

This agreement permits Master's of Engineering students to transfer 9 credits from SJZU into that program as part of a dual master's degree. Students will complete the degree at UE and receive a master's degree from both institutions. 

UE Signs Collaboration Agreements with Chinese Universities

UE Department of Art Announces Les Miley Artist’s Exhibition to run September 3 to October 19

The University of Evansville’s Department of Art will host an exhibition of selected works by UE professor emeritus, Les Miley, a nationally and internationally recognized artist and art educator. The exhibition will open on Tuesday, September 3 and runs until Sunday, October 19.

On Thursday, September 5, the public is invited to a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by an artist’s talk Miley at 7:00 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery at 1935 Lincoln Avenue in Evansville, Indiana.

Les Miley: salt-fired stoneware

Les Miley: BOUND

Miley joined the UE art faculty in 1961 and retired as chair of the Department of Art in 2001. He served as the director and instructor of the Ceramics Workshop in New Harmony, Ind. From 1966 to 2009 and feature articles and photographs of his work have been included in nine prestigious publications.

The exhibition has been curated from several collections and will also include works by a selection Miley’s previous students.

 “My works in clay are a celebration of life with an emphasis on the joyful, positive aspects of living in this world, said Miley. Fundamental to my work in clay, and in my living experience, is a sense of order combined with an element of chance.”

For more information, including gallery hours or to make a special appointment, please contact UE’s Department of Art at 812-488-2043 or art@evansville.edu.

UE Department of Art Announces Les Miley Artist’s Exhibition to run September 3 to October 19

Professor Clark Kimberling Publishes Article

Clark Kimberling, professor of mathematics, has an article in Games of No Chance 5, a book recently published by Cambridge University Press. The article is entitled "The Wythoff Array and Associated Arrays and Sequences." The book, fifth in a series sponsored by Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Publications, surveys the state of the art in the theory of combinatorial games, that is, games not involving chance or hidden information.

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

Associate Professor of Art 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.

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.

Learn more about the UE Transition to Teaching program.

UE’s Master of Science in Athletic Training Program Announces New Clinical Partner

The University of Evansville’s Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program has added the University of Florida as a new site for immersive clinical education beginning in the fall of 2020.

UE students can already gain clinical experience by working with Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University, Western Kentucky University, F.C. Dallas major league soccer team, as well as local high schools, universities, professional teams, and medical facilities.

Immersive clinical experiences are vital for MSAT students, said Troy Coppus, UE’s MSAT program director.

“Our students get to do everything the athletic trainer does,” said Coppus. “Working with these high-level athletes, paired with one-on-one attention in the UE classroom, prepares our graduates to step right onto the field after graduation.”

All MSAT students participate in an immersive clinical rotation. Classes taken during a student’s immersive semester are online, so there are no geographic restrictions on the immersive rotations.

For more information about MSAT at UE, visit the program website or email uemsat@evansville.edu

UE’s Master of Science in Athletic Training Program Announces New Clinical Partner

UE Alumnus and Trustee, General Ondra Berry, Appointed Adjutant General for the State of Nevada

On August 19, Brigadier General Ondra L. Berry ’86 was appointed adjutant general for the state of Nevada by governor Steve Sisolak.

In a press release, Governor Sisolak said, “Beyond his exemplary military experience, Brig. Gen. Berry’s diverse background in senior leadership roles in local law enforcement and business gives him an invaluable perspective on the qualities and skills necessary to succeed at the highest levels.”

Brig. Gen. Berry previously served as the assistant adjutant general for the Nevada Air National Guard (NVANG) since 2015, and served as senior vice president for organizational culture and employee management at MGM Resorts International.

Brig Gen. Berry has received numerous military and civilian awards, including the Defense Meritorious Medal, Officer of the Year at the Reno Police Department, and the NAACP Community Award (Las Vegas Chapter).

Brig Gen. Berry grew up in Evansville, Indiana, and earned his BA from the University of Evansville and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno. He also has completed the U.S. Air Force Command and Staff College and Air War College. Brig. Gen. Berry lives in Sparks, NV with his wife, Margo, and has three children and three grandchildren.

UE Alumnus and Trustee, General Ondra Berry, Appointed Adjutant General for the State of Nevada

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.

Music Department Chair Nominated for Arts Award

Dr. Kenneth Steinsultz has been nominated for the Arts Educator of the Year award. The award will be presented at the Arts Council's Art Awards celebration on Thursday, August 15.

This annual event recognizes individuals who have made meaningful and significant contributions to arts and culture in Southwestern Indiana, and features the prestigious Mayor's Art Award. Dr. Steinsultz is the Director of Bands and the Low Brass instructor at UE. He was recently appointed chair of the Department of Music.

University of Evansville and Methodist Temple Partner for Expanded Religious Life Offerings

The University of Evansville has partnered with Methodist Temple to provide expanded religious life offerings that are further integrated into the student experience. The partnership includes shared clergy and a newly created organizational structure that is integrated into both the Center for Student Engagement and the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

“This new organizational structure allows us to uphold our longstanding commitment to inclusivity and rich interfaith dialogues while determining the best opportunities of spiritual growth for all of our students,” said UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz.

Shared clergy include JillAnn Knonenborg, Methodist Temple’s Associate Pastor, as well as Lead Pastor, Andy Payton.

Knonenborg will serve as UE’s Director of Religious Life beginning this fall. She will work collaboratively with the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Center for Innovation and Change, and campus service organizations such as UE Habitat for Humanity. She will also develop programming to promote an inclusive environment, coordinate UE’s Alternative Spring Break, advocate for social justice issues, and identify alternative worship experiences that best align with student needs. Knonenborg graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., with a Master of Divinity and recently moved to Evansville.

Payton will serve as the University Chaplain to preside at official ceremonies such as convocation, baccalaureate, and commencement and will serve as the liaison with the United Methodist Church. He will also coordinate the annual Vespers and Christmas worship services, as well as the Edgar M. McKown Lecture and associated worship service. Payton graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Communications and went on to seminary at Christian Theological in Indianapolis where he obtained a Master of Divinity.

“Both JillAnn and Andy bring a fresh perspective to our campus community,” said Pietruszkiewicz. “I look forward to watching our students grow under their leadership.”  

The Newman Center will continue to offer Catholic masses in Neu Chapel, and a newly created campus worship experience will be announced in the fall semester. Students are encouraged to consider opportunities within the community to participate in worship services. Neu Chapel will continue to be available to the community for weddings and other outside rentals.

University of Evansville and Methodist Temple Partner for Expanded Religious Life Offerings

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

Journal 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. 

UE Announces New Director of the Center for the Advancement of Learning

The University of Evansville has appointed Cindy Felts as the new director of the Center for the Advancement of Learning. As director, Felts will oversee graduate and adult degree programs including Accelerated Elementary Education, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership, Master of Sciences in Public Service Administration, and the Master of Science in Leadership which is now fully online.

"Cindy brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the position,” said Mary Kessler, dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences. "She has a passion for working with students as they pursue professional development opportunities and their degrees.”

Felts has been with the University of Evansville since January 2013, specializing in recruitment and admissions for the graduate programs in the School of Health Sciences.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in management from the University of Southern Indiana and brings over 15 years of experience in the areas of human resource management and recruiting, working for companies such as Federated Department Stores, Whirlpool Corporation, and Keller, Schroeder & Associates. 

In addition to helping individuals develop professionally, Felts says she looks forward to making an impact on the local community as more and more adults further their education.

“Local industries like healthcare and education need skilled leaders,” said Felts. “UE graduates change the world, and I’m excited to have a hand in supplying the workforce with skilled professionals equipped with an exceptional education.”

For more information on adult programs at UE, visit the Center for Advancement of Learning website, call 812-488-2981, or email cal@evansville.edu.

UE Announces New Director of the Center for the Advancement of Learning

UE Communication Students Win Student Emmy

UE communication students Brea Mullen and Amanda Ackerman won a Student Emmy for their documentary, The Guatemala Project: A Habitat for Humanity Mission.

Each year, students travel the globe with UE’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. In May 2018, Mullen and Ackerman traveled to Guatemala to document the experience and came out with a moving testimonial of life changing aid that UE Changemakers are providing all over the world. The trailer for the documentary can be viewed on the UE YouTube channel. The full documentary will air on WNIN-PBS on October 3 at 8:00 p.m. and on October 5 at 9:00 p.m.

The Student Emmys are presented each year by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. This year's Student Production Award competition received a record number of entries from colleges, universities, and high schools across a four state region.

UE Communication Students Win Student Emmy

Associate Professor Todd A. Matteson Exhibits Artwork

Associate Professor of Art Todd A. Matteson, will be exhibiting work in the 75th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition at the SWOPE Museum in Terre Haute. The exhibition runs from September 6 - October 20. The exhibition was juried by David Butler. There were 470 entries submitted by 165 artists! The juror selected a variety of styles and media, choosing 57 works by 45 artists. The piece chosen from Professor Matteson is "Many Paths on a Journey", 2018, clay, stoneware.

Associate Professor Todd A. Matteson nominated for Art Educator Award

Associate Professor Todd A. Matteson is up for the Art Educator Award through the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. He was nominated by students and made the list of finalists for this prestigious award. The Arts Council Awards ceremony, Bringing Art into the Fold, recognizing individuals who made meaningful and significant contributions to arts and culture in Southwest Indiana, is Thursday, Aug. 15 at DoubleTree by Hilton in Downtown Evansville. Professor Matteson is also the artist commissioned to create the awards for event.

Professor Kretz Published in Prestigious Journal

Professor Kretz published their article "The Oppression of Nonhuman Life" in the leading environmental ethics journal Environmental Ethics, an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to the philosophical aspects of environmental problems.

Her article can be found online.

UE’s Department of Music Welcomes Community Members To Join Band, Choir, and Orchestra Ensembles

The University of Evansville Department of Music is proud to announce three new music ensembles open to Tri-State community members. Individuals with an interest in participating in band, choir, or orchestra are encouraged to join.

“We’re delighted to offer this opportunity to the community,” said Dennis Malfatti, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at UE. “We can’t wait to work with the talented people in our community through these new groups.”

The cost to join is $30 per semester and rehearsals begin in late August. Each ensemble will perform a public concert at the end of each semester.

Learn more and register on the UE website or call 812-488-2754.

UE Music students

University of Evansville Names New Chief Diversity Officer

The University of Evansville has named Robert Shelby, PhD, as its new Chief Diversity Officer. Beginning August 1, Shelby will lead and coordinate the University's efforts in all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

As the Chief Diversity Officer, Shelby will report directly to the president of the University, will serve as part of the president's leadership team, and will lead the newly created Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Shelby will work closely with the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Human Resources with responsibilities in multicultural affairs, institutional equity/Title IX, and university religious life.

"This new organizational structure strengthens our ability to coordinate and enhance efforts of diversity, equity, and inclusion across campus," said UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz.

Shelby earned his Ph.D. from the University of Louisville in 2016 in applied sociology. He earned graduate degrees in sociology from Western Illinois University and communications from Trinity International University, and an undergraduate degree in youth ministry and biblical studies from Trinity International University. In addition to his higher education experience, Shelby worked as an engineering technician and served in the U.S. Army.

Additionally, Shelby has been teaching sociology courses at the University of Evansville since 2015 as an assistant professor.

"Dr. Shelby is already part of the UE family," said Pietruszkiewicz. "He knows our culture and is well-respected among the student body. I cannot think of a better person to lead our diversity initiatives."

During his time at UE, Shelby has served as a student and faculty mentor, as a member of the taskforce on race, and as a Title IX investigator.

"I'm most excited to work with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni in this more actionable capacity," said Shelby. "Being entrusted to educate our students in the classroom has been my honor and privilege. Now, I hope to extend my concern for diversity, equity, and inclusion to our entire learning community."

Among his many duties, Shelby will manage the Diversity Resource Center, develop the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, coordinate the Let's Talk Diversity at UE events, serve as a mentor and advisor for multicultural and diversity-related student organizations, and work closely with internal and external constituencies to advance overall diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.

"I am deeply humbled by the show of support from the UE community as I become the next Chief Diversity Officer," Shelby said. "I firmly believe that if we can agree that every human being has inherent value, we owe it to one another to think deeply, plan effectively, and act empathetically about matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion at UE."

Shelby has been married to Tricia for 26 years, and they have three adult daughters and one grandson.

Learn more about UE's diversity initiatives on the University's website

University of Evansville Names New Chief Diversity Officer

University of Evansville Theatre Announces 2019-2020 Season

The University of Evansville Theatre announces six productions for the 2019-2020 season. Newly hired as an Assistant Professor of Acting, Amelia McClain makes her directing debut at the University of Evansville with SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, in the May Studio Theatre, Sept. 20 through 26. SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, by Drama Desk Award-winning writer Bess Wohl, was a 2016 off-Broadway hit and New York Times Critic's Pick.

Tlaloc Rivas, a New York City-based theatre artist, guest directs THE THREE MUSKETEERS, in Shanklin Theatre, Oct. 18 through 27. Inspired by the novel of Alexandre Dumas, this new play by Megan Monaghan Rivas is set in 17th century France, but reimagined in a
world where women and men are equally empowered.

Blake Ware, a senior theatre performance major from Evansville, Ind., directs LONE STAR SPIRITS, in the May Studio Theatre, Nov. 18 through 24. The New York Times called it, "Another spunky, funny work by Josh Tobiessen."

The spring season begins with the musical VIOLET, music by the Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori, lyrics and book by Brian Crawley, and based on "The Ugliest Pilgrim," by Doris Betts. Slated to be directed by Resident Director Wes Grantom and music directed by Adjunct Instructor Dana Taylor, this musical originally premiered Off-Broadway in 1997 and won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical and the revised version made its Broadway debut in 2014 and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Revival of a Musical. VIOLET runs in Shanklin Theatre, Feb. 21 through Mar. 1.

Blake Elliott, a senior stage management major from Cypress, Texas, directs COLUMBINUS, created by the United States Theatre Project and written by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli, in the May Studio Theatre, Mar. 23 through 29. Peter Marks of The Washington Post called this play, "An ambitious examination of the suburbanization of evil."

McClain takes helm of the final production of the season, Anton Chekhov's THE SEAGULL, in Shanklin Theatre, April 17 through 26. Adapted by Tom Stoppard, the Academy Award winning writer of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, his version of THE SEAGULL remains faithful to the humor Chekhov intended to convey amid all the pathos.

Subscription tickets for the three-play Shanklin Theatre series are available for $46 adult and $40 for senior adults, UE employees, and any student. Patrons can also purchase a three-play May Studio Theatre subscription for $25. Subscriptions may be purchased by calling 812.488.2747.

University of Evansville Welcomes Nursing Transfer Students with $20,000 Scholarships

Nursing students who transfer to the University of Evansville's direct entry nursing program are eligible to receive a $20,000 per year scholarship.

Requirements and deadlines vary based on each individual's situation, and faculty advisors are available to meet one-on-one to create a custom transfer plan. Admitted students are placed at either the first or second year of the nursing program based on the number and types of courses completed and accepted for transfer credit.

"UE faculty have gone way beyond what I ever expected to make my transfer to UE smooth and successful," said Emma Vassey, a recent UE nursing transfer. "After learning I had not been accepted to a different nursing school, UE opened up that roadblock and helped me get enrolled right away."

Students in the Dunigan Family School of Nursing work closely with expert faculty in and out of the classroom. Through clinical simulations, six semesters of clinical experience at local facilities, study abroad, and personalized learning with small class sizes, UE students graduate with the experience they need to succeed in the nursing profession.

"Our faculty work very hard to ensure that all of our students receive a high-quality personalized educational experience," said Jerrilee LaMar, chair of the Dunigan Family School of Nursing. "We work individually with our transfer students for a seamless transition that enables them to achieve their dream of completing their nursing degree."

Scholarships are available for individuals transferring to UE from other institutions for fall of 2019. Students interested in transferring to UE can contact LaMar at JL117@evansville.edu for more information.

UE's Master of Science in Leadership Now Fully Online

The University of Evansville's Master of Science in Leadership (MSL) program will now be offered fully online.

The MSL program is a two-year online program that will assist working professionals in their acquisition of the skillsets and mindsets necessary to lead in a variety of settings. The degree is a 36-credit-hour program that integrates a core leadership curriculum with elective options in areas such as higher education, nonprofit leadership, and innovation. Cohorts will meet for an on-campus orientation and complete their course work through interactive and engaging online courses.

"We've heard from numerous individuals who want to advance professionally but do not have time to make it to campus," said Shane Davidson, vice president for enrollment and marketing. "Now, the entirely online program is not only convenient for more people, but the cost to attend is affordable as well."

Tuition for 2019-2020 is $525 per credit hour and applications are now being accepted for a fall 2019 start.

Students in the Master of Science in Leadership program will work with a dedicated advisor and program faculty throughout the program and take advantage of a customized and integrated approach for aspiring leaders to identify relevant leadership challenges and utilize cutting-edge tools in innovation, design thinking, and change management.

Graduates of the program will emerge with the knowledge and confidence to thrive in today's dynamic environments and be prepared for tomorrow's opportunities and challenges.

To learn more and register for the online Master of Science in Leadership, visit the Center for Advancement of Learning website or call 812-488-2981, or email cal@evansville.edu.

Robert Dion Appears in National News Media

Robert Dion of the Department of Law, Politics, and Society was interviewed recently about the challenges faced by the presidential campaign of South Bend mayor, Pete Buttigieg. His analysis of the campaign was featured in a long article that first appeared in the Indianapolis Star and then was picked up by USA Today. That article can be found here.

He was also a guest on the SiriusXM political broadcast, “The Big Picture,” last week discussing the same subject. “The Big Picture” appears on the non-partisan political analysis channel called POTUS, and it is hosted by Olivier Knox, who is the chief Washington correspondent for SiriusXM and is also the president of the White House Correspondents Association.

Atefeh Yazdanparast has a paper accepted for publication in Psychology & Marketing

Atefeh Yazdanparast, Associate Professor of Marketing, has a paper accepted for publication in Psychology & Marketing.


The paper titled "Investigating the Marketing Impact of Consumers’ Connectedness to Celebrity Endorsers" is grounded in parasocial relationship and social connectedness theories and tests a model of connectedness to the celebrity, attitude towards the celebrity, receptivity towards the celebrity-endorsed message, and purchase intention of the celebrity-endorsed market offering using a structural equation modeling approach.

University of Evansville Theatre Announces the Hiring of Two New Theatre Faculty Members

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre announces the hiring of Amelia McClain as an Assistant Professor of Acting and Wes Grantom as Resident Director. McClain and Grantom, both members of the 2003 UE Theatre class, were in residence as visiting guest artists during the 2019–20 academic year.

Amelia McClainA 2006 graduate of New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, McClain has an MFA in Acting and will teach all levels of acting at UE, including senior-level audition techniques, as well as direct two productions in the 2019–2020 performance season. McClain was in residence this past year after a year-long run as Sandra in Broadway’s smash-hit production of The Play That Goes Wrong. On Broadway, she also worked on Fool for Love, Noises Off, The Heidi Chronicles, The House of Blue Leaves, and the Tony Award-winning Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike. She has also been in over 20 productions off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the country, including Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, San Diego’s The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Her favorite regional theatre productions include October/November at Ensemble Stage Theatre in New York, Brooke in Noises Off at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Pioneer Theatre Company in Utah. McClain is a member of the Actors Equity Association.

Wes GrantomGrantom will teach beginning and advanced directing classes and direct the musical next season. This past year at UE, he directed Spring Awakening, and, in 2011, he guest-directed Once In A Lifetime in Shanklin Theatre. His professional credits include the world premiere of Civics and Humanities for Non-Majors, The Lion in Winter and A Comedy of Tenors at Pioneer Theatre Company; Toxic Avenger: The Musical at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera; Lone Star Spirits with Crowded Outlet; Eager to Lose, by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, at Ars Nova; The Steadfast, by Mat Smart, and Mine, by Bekah Brunstetter, for Slant Theatre Project. Grantom’s upcoming professional projects include beep boop in Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Lifespan of a Fact at Utah’s Pioneer Theatre Company. Grantom has also worked at Roundabout Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Atlantic, Asolo Rep, the New Harmony Project, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Alley Theatre, Premiere Stages, and TheatreSquared. He has a number of Broadway credits as resident and associate director, working alongside theatre luminaries, such as James Lapine, Emma Rice, John Rando, Anthony Page, and Rufus Norris. He is a recipient of multiple Drama League Fellowships, a member of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and the Artistic Director of Crowded Outlet based in Queens, NY. Grantom is a member of the theatrical union Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

UE Department of Theatre Chair Eric Renschler says, “We are very excited to welcome Amelia and Wes back to Evansville. Their extensive professional experience will be invaluable to the success of our students both on campus and as they begin their own professional careers upon graduation.” He also notes that the couple joins other Broadway veterans on the faculty and will continue UE Theatre’s core mission of educating future professionals.

For over fifty years, UE Theatre has garnered a national reputation for the education and training of theatre artists who have gone on to have success in all fields of the entertainment industry. Notable performance alumni of the program include: Academy Award-winning actor Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), Carrie Preston (Claws), Rutina Wesley (Queen Sugar), Nathan Darrow (Gotham), Deirdre Lovejoy (The Wire), Bill Heck (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Shane McRae (Sneaky Pete), Toby Onwumere (Empire), and Kelli Giddish (Law & Order SVU). To learn more about UE Theatre, go to www.evansville.edu, follow them on Facebook @uetheatre, or to be added to the season production mailing list, call the office at 812-488-2744.

UE Communication Students Nominated for Student Emmy

UE communication students Brea Mullen and Amanda Ackerman have been nominated for a Student Emmy for their documentary, The Guatemala Project: A Habitat for Humanity Mission. 

Each year, UE students travel the globe with Habitat for Humanity. In May 2018, Mullen and Ackerman traveled to Guatemala to document the experience and came out with a moving testimonial of lifechanging aid that #UEChangemakers are providing all over the world. The trailer for the documentary can be viewed on the UE YouTube channel.

The Student Emmys are presented each year by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. This year's Student Production Award competition received a record number of entries from colleges, universities, and high schools across a four state region. 

“Our professional judges are not an easy group to impress. However, the students from our region continue to raise the bar. It’s not unusual to get comments from the judges about high quality of work being produced. so it says a lot about this year’s Student Production Award entrants that they had some of the highest overall scores ever,” said Echo Gamel, co-chair of the Student Production Awards for the Ohio Valley Chapter. “It is exciting to see the NATAS standard of excellence demonstrated in so many student submissions. Congratulations to all of those honored this year."

Award recipients will be announced during the Student Production Awards ceremony on August 10, 2019.

UE Announces the Frank J. and Karolyn Folz Family Scholarship for Engineering

The University of Evansville announces the Frank J. and Karolyn Folz Family Scholarship for Engineering to provide financial assistance to UE engineering students.

The scholarship was established by their children in memory of the late Frank J. and Karolyn Folz.

The scholarship will provide financial assistance to an undergraduate engineering student with first preference going to those majoring in civil engineering and second preference to students majoring in mechanical engineering.

“The kindness of the Folz family will benefit engineering students for years to come at the University of Evansville,” said Abigail Werling, vice president for development and alumni relations. “We thank them for this generous gift.” 

UE Announces the Frank J. and Karolyn Folz Family Scholarship for Engineering

Green Elected Fellowship of Higher Education Academy

David Green (Senior Lecturer in British Studies) has been elected a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. This is a UK organisation which recognises good practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning in Higher Education.

Honorary Degrees Bestowed During UE's 161st Commencement Ceremony

Three honorary degrees were bestowed during the University of Evansville's 161st commencement ceremony on May 11. 

Alan W. Braun: Doctor of Humane Letters
The University of Evansville celebrates Alan W. Braun's many contributions to the life of UE's campus and the Evansville community. Braun enjoyed an esteemed career at Industrial Contractors, Inc., growing his family-owned business into a nationally recognized contracting business that, through the years, has contributed to the development of Evansville and the Tri-State region by constructing buildings that define the Evansville landscape.

A member of the UE Board of Trustees since 1989, Braun served as the Chairman of the Board, Vice Chairman of the Board, and Chair of the Audit Committee.

A true philanthropist, Braun and his wife, Sharon, established the Alan W. and Sharon A. Braun Family Foundation. In addition, Braun chaired the University’s National Steering Committee for the UEnvision Capital Campaign which exceeded its fundraising goals. Braun has also been instrumental in assisting Habitat for Humanity reach its goal to build 500 houses in Evansville.

Larry E. Dunigan: Doctor of Humane Letters
The University of Evansville pays tribute  Larry E. Dunigan's many contributions and accomplishments in the life of the UE campus and the Evansville community.

Dunigan served as president and chief executive officer of Holiday Management and Development, providing health services to meet the needs of the elderly in the Evansville community. For 34 years, Dunigan was a director at Old National Bank.

A member of the UE Board of Trustees since 1986, Dunigan has served as a member of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Finance and Audit Committees as well as Secretary of the Board.

Dunigan exemplifies a servant leader, always putting the needs of his employees and customers first, thereby strengthening his organization and building a positive and welcoming environment. Dunigan is steady, thoughtful, and balanced; and when he speaks, people listen, because they realize the wisdom of his council. He is trustworthy, honest, and generously assists colleagues with professional and personal challenges all while offering encouragement along the way.

Most notably, Dunigan acts with humility and sets an example of service.

Sister Jane Michele McClure: Doctor of Human Letters
The University of Evansville acknowledges Sister Jane Michele McClure's many accomplishments to the Evansville Community and at the University of Evansville.

A lifelong resident of southern Indiana, McClure is the major gifts officer for Habitat for Humanity. In this role, she has established relationships with community members who share a common mission of helping the poor.  McClure partnered with the University of Evansville to secure funds to send 15 students to Guatemala for nine days to build smokeless stoves, sanitary latrines, and an earthquake-resistant house. McClure was instrumental in Habitat’s effort to build 500 homes in Evansville – only 25 other cities in the country have reached this milestone – and through her leadership, their goal was achieved.

University of Evansville Celebrates 161st Commencement Ceremony on May 11

The University of Evansville bestowed 497 degrees upon 475 graduates during the 161st commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11. President Christopher Pietruszkiewicz presided. 

Several awards were given at the ceremony including the Mabel Dillingham Nenneker and Guthrie May Outstanding Senior Award, the Alumni Association's Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Eykamp Prize. Additionally, three honorary degrees were given during the celebration. 

Full information on the award recipients is as follows: 

2019 Mabel Dillingham Nenneker and Guthrie May Outstanding Senior Award
Each year, a committee of students and faculty selects an award recipient for the most outstanding senior. The selection is based on high academic performance, a commitment to service, outstanding leadership, and involvement in diverse campus activities. The award is named for two of the University’s most respected alumni, Mabel Dillingham Nenneker and Guthrie May. 

This year’s recipient is Chace Avery. He truly embodies the spirit of philanthropy, innovation, and changemaking that are at the heart of the University of Evansville experience.

As a biochemistry student, research led Avery to an internship with the National Institutes of Health where he performed data analysis on a clinical trial focused on patients with severe insulin resistance.

While president of his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Avery created a new philanthropy event called the Patriot’s Run to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project where participants ran a 5k wearing backpacks, mirroring our US troops who wear heavy backpacks every day.

Avery says the pride and joy of his UE experience has been his involvement in Habitat for Humanity. He served as the President for Habitat for Humanity for two years, during which time he planned and executed the nation’s first Habitat for Humanity Barn Blitz. This event brought 200 UE students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members together to build 30 yard barns to accompany Habitat for Humanity Homes in Evansville. He also worked on the 499th Habitat for Humanity House in Evansville and was part of the inaugural Evansville team to build a Habitat for Humanity House while abroad in Portugal. To bring his involvement full circle, he will be building another home with UE students in Chacala, Mexico after graduation.

Avery also took a ChangeLab class focused on the development of Tiny Homes for the homeless in Evansville and was able to serve at a women’s shelter called Ruth’s House. He was a part of Student Christian Fellowship, an active Orientation Leader, and was a co-founder for the University’s Ballroom Dancing Club.

Avery has done all of the above while still maintaining an outstanding academic record, appearing on the Dean’s list every single semester of his UE career.

In August, Avery will attend Indiana University School of Medicine to pursue a medical specialty in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He says he plans to continue making a difference in the world of medicine through innovative philanthropy, just as he has at UE.

UE Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award
Professor Atefeh Yazdanparast was awarded the 2019 UE Alumni Association's Outstanding Teacher Award. Yazdanparast is highly revered by students and colleagues alike. Many say she is the best professor they’ve ever had and others think the best instructor at UE!

Dean Rawski says she is an exceptional teacher and scholar, and connects well with her students.

Yazdanparast received her Ph.D. in Marketing with a minor in Business Anthropology from the University of North Texas in 2012. Since joining the UE faculty in 2012, she has been the recipient of the 2018 Dean’s Teaching Award, the 2018 National Society of Leadership and Success Excellence in Teaching Award, Class of 1961 Faculty Fellowship Award in 2017, Global Scholar Award in 2015, and the Dean’s Research Award in both 2014 and 2016. 

Recently, Yazdanparast was named the 2019 Master Scholar award recipient by Marketing Management Association as part of an international competition to recognize marketing scholars who have engaged in innovative and impactful research. Following a multi-disciplinary and multi-method approach, Yazdanparast conducts qualitative and quantitative research and collaborates with researchers in other disciplines. Focusing on decision making, a majority of her intellectual contributions fall within the areas of social psychology of consumer behavior and the interplay of consumers and technology and her work has been published in many journals.

Yazdanparast teaches several marketing courses including digital marketing, marketing research, principles of marketing, and consumer behavior. She is committed to providing experiential learning opportunities for her students, and they have incorporated more than 20 marketing projects for local and global businesses.

Eykamp Prize
The 2019 recipient of the Eykamp Prize is professor Kristy Miller.

Since arriving at UE, she received the Sadelle and Sydney Berger Service Award for her involvement with student recruitment; and her efforts have been successful as her department has seen increased enrollments. She was also selected as one of the Evansville Business Journal’s 20 under 40, an honor that recognizes young leaders who make a difference in their community.

Miller is chair of the Department of Chemistry and instrumental to recruiting and retaining the best and brightest students to her department. In addition to mentoring Chemistry majors, she maintains contact with alumni and supports them throughout their professional careers. To keep alumni engaged in the life of the University, Dr. Miller hosts engaging events on campus, giving them a reason to return to Evansville.

Miller has also played a key role in fundraising to support her department. Most recently, she received funds to support undergraduate research and a distinguished lecture series from the Jean Dreyfus Lectureship.

UE Dedicates the Newly Renovated Hyde Hall at May 9 Ceremony

The University of Evansville held a dedication ceremony for the newly renovated Hyde Hall on Thursday, May 9. UE President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz led the dedication and Abigail Werling, vice president for development and alumni relations, also spoke.

Renovations to Hyde Hall have provided academic space upgrades including interactive learning centers equipped with technology allowing for collaborative, project-based work and group learning. Along with upgraded learning spaces, Hyde Hall received an advanced energy efficient heating and cooling system, illustrating UE's commitment to providing a sustainable, healthy learning environment.

Hyde Hall is located in the heart of the UE campus and houses Shanklin Theatre, home of the University of Evansville's nationally renowned undergraduate theatre program. Hyde Hall is also home to the administrative offices for the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences and other faculty offices, classrooms, and core learning spaces.

"Virtually every student who studies at the University will take a class in Hyde Hall," said Pietruszkiewicz. Now, our accomplished faculty have a state-of-the-art facility to transform the lives of those students through scholarship and research."

The project was led by ARC Construction with the design created by architect, Hafer. Renovations began in May of 2018 after a two-year fundraising period.

"None of this would be possible without the dedication of our donors," said Werling. "Their contributions will provide the next generation with an enhanced college experience grounded in the liberal arts, and we are truly grateful for their support."

There are 24 spaces within Hyde Hall named for donors who supported the project:

  • Steve and Susan Worthington Department of Theatre Chair's Office
  • Rausch Study Alcove
  • Bradley E. Coomer '93 Classroom
  • Kathy '72 & M '79 and Stephen Briscoe Classroom
  • F. C. Tucker Emge Realtors Classroom
  • Niel and Karen Ellerbrook Theatre Conference Room
  • Josh '01 and Shelley Goode Classroom
  • Dr. James '67 and Kathleen Pickrell Classroom
  • J. Richard '60 and Nancy Lukens '64 Morgan Classroom in Memory of Matthew K. Morgan
  • Brad '92 and Jill '92 Seitzinger Classroom
  • Art and Anne '80 Wilmes Classroom
  • Barbara Kolb Price Classroom
  • Dr. Delbert Sampson Psychology Research Lab
  • Vectren, a CenterPoint Energy Company Computer Lab
  • Melvin M. Peterson Video Production Lab
  • Dave Young '95 and Cheryl Cahill Theatre Rehearsal Studio
  • James and Karen Hyde Classroom
  • ARC Construction Ticket Office
  • Toyota Lounge
  • Nick '70 and Jo Anne '71 Rutigliano Dean's Suite
  • G. Richard and Rita Eykamp Theatre Suite
  • John C. and Diane Schroeder Corridor
  • In grateful recognition of Bob and Lisa Jones (inside John David Lutz Theatre Lab)
  • In grateful recognition of Paul '71 and Patricia Jones (seating cove on first floor)
  • John David Lutz Theatre Lab

Faculty Honored at Celebration of Teaching Excellence

The First Annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence was held on Monday, May 6, and honored faculty teaching accomplishments and activities in pedagogical development during the academic year. This was the first year that the Eykamp Center for Teaching Excellence offered two certificates for faculty members who met requirements of engagement and participation in ECTE sponsored events.

Faculty members earning the 2018-2019 New Faculty Engagement Certificate were:
Alison Jones, Lecturer/Transition to Teaching Coordinator, School of Education
Julie Merkle, Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology
Sara Petrosillo, Assistant Professor of English, Department of English

Faculty members earning the 2018-2019 Teaching Development Certificate were:
Heather Fenton, Assistant Professor of Management, Schroeder School of Business Administration
Lisa Marie Hale, Assistant Professor of Education, School of Education
Jessie Lofton, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Mary Lombardo-Graves, Assistant Professor of Special Education, School of Education
Diana Rodríguez Quevedo, Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures

Finally, the inaugural Leadership in Teaching Excellence Award was presented to Diana Rodríguez Quevedo, Associate Professor of Spanish, for her commitment to her personal teaching development, supporting the growth of others, and strengthening teaching excellence across the campus community.

Congratulations and thank you to all of our faculty colleagues for their commitment to teaching excellence at the University of Evansville!

The Celebration of Teaching Excellence was hosted by the Eykamp Center for Teaching Excellence and made possible with the generous support of Rita and Richard Eykamp.

Congratulations 2019-20 Global Scholars

The Center for Innovation & Change is pleased to announce the Global Scholars for the 2019-20 academic year. Congratulations to Dr. Amanda Kerr, Assistant Professor of Economics; Dr. David Murphy, Assistant Professor of Economics; Ms. Johnna Denning-Smith, Assistant Visiting Professor and Faculty Director of the MS in Leadership Program; and Dr. Lorena Andueza, Associate Professor, Spanish and TESL.

Amanda Kerr
Assistant Professor, Economics
Dr. Kerr will be studying the impact of time-saving appliances on gender equality, education, and health outcomes in China and India.

David Murphy
Assistant Professor, Economics
Dr. Murphy will study whether accurate plot size information and fertilizer optimization can increase crop yields among small-scale farmers in Kenya.

Johnna Denning-Smith
Assistant Visiting Professor and Faculty Director of the MS in Leadership Program
Ms. Denning-Smith will expand her knowledge of Design Thinking, discover ways to promote that process throughout campus, and make UE the go-to place for Design-Thinking and innovation training in our community and beyond.

P. Lorena Andueza
Associate Professor, Spanish and TESL
Dr. Andueza will study real conversations between doctors and patients in different Spanish speaking countries, compare their socio-pragmatic strategies, and apply the results of this research to the teaching of Medical Spanish in the U.S.

As Global Scholars, the recipients of this award will engage in scholarship, curriculum development, and activities related to preparing our students and community for global leadership, citizenry, and success. The Global Scholars program is supported by the John H. Schroeder Global Scholar Endowed Fund and the Lilly Endowment.

Music Alumnus Receives Performance Award

Ian Murrell, a 2016 UE Department of Music graduate in vocal performance, was recently awarded the American Prize in Vocal Performance (men/opera/collegiate division) for 2018-2019.  This is a national award recognizing achievement in the arts. 

Read more about this prestigious award at The American Prize website.

Dean's Teaching Awards

The Academic Deans have awarded the Dean’s Teaching Awards for 2018-2019.

The faculty members being honored are:

  • Kate Schwartzkopf-Phifer, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy from the College of Education and Health Sciences
  • Jessica Lofton, Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Rania Mousa, Associate Professor of Accounting from the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration
  • Derek Jones, Assistant Professor of Philosophy from the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences
  • Thomas Josenhans, Professor of Music from the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences

Congratulations to our deserving faculty members!

Sullivan Receives Dissertation Award

UE assistant professor of music James Sullivan was recently a co-recipient of the Alfred Mann Dissertation Award from the Eastman School of Music for his dissertation, "Meter, Melodic Parallelism, and Metric Manipulation in Post-Tonal Music." The award is given once every two years for an outstanding dissertation in music theory.

Paige Hignite Receives Honors Program Outstanding Senior Award

Congratulations to Paige Hignite for receiving the 2019 Honors Program Outstanding Senior Award! Paige was presented with the award at last week’s Honors Program senior banquet. In addition to completing all the academic requirements of the Honors Program, Paige has served as a representative on the Honors Activity Board (HAB) since her freshman year. In this role, Paige has helped shape the Honors Program community through her work on various projects, such as Nerd Wars and the common read. The Honors Program is grateful for her enthusiasm, leadership, and commitment to improving the program, and we wish her all the best in her graduate studies at the University of Virginia.

Paige Hignite Receives Honors Program Outstanding Senior Award

University of Evansville Department of Art Visual Communication Design Majors' Final Presentations to Berry Global Representatives

The University of Evansville Department of Art Visual Communication Design Majors’ gave their Final Presentations to Berry Global Representatives in the Melvin Peterson Gallery on Tuesday, April 30th. Students completed a rigorous packaging challenge involving conceptual, marketing, branding and design skills with a 3D printed prototype as the end result.

University of Evansville Department of Art Visual Communication Design Majors' Final Presentations to Berry Global Representatives

2018-19 Leadership Award Winners

The winners of the 2018-19 Leadership Awards have been announced.

They are: 

Golden Heart Award: Student: Charles "Rocky" Alderman

Golden Heart Award: StaffCatie 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

Gaddis receives Distinguished Senior Award of the International Studies Program

University of Evansville student 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.

 

UE Students Receive Class of 1927 Awards

Six University of Evansville students recently received the University’s Class of 1927 Golden Anniversary Award. The awards recognize graduating seniors who display “outstanding academic achievement and exemplary conduct and attitude.”

These are cash awards, perpetuated by an endowed trust given by the Class of 1927. There are six of these awards given to seniors across UE’s different academic disciplines.

On Tuesday, April 23, the awards were presented to:

Margaret Sullivan - William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences

Bailee Bostic - William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences

Sarah Gehres - College of Education and Health Sciences

Haley Vos - College of Education and Health Sciences

Braden Elliott - College of Engineering and Computer Science

Jessica Rollins - Schroeder Family School of Business Administration

UE Affirms Commitment to Changemaking with Increased Scholarships for High School Changemaker Challenge

The University of Evansville reaffirmed its commitment to a culture of changemaking at a press conference today as UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz announced more than $1 million in scholarships for winners of the annual High School Changemaker Challenge starting in 2019.

Members from the top six winning teams who choose UE as their college destination will each receive 4-year scholarships to attend UE as listed below:

  • 1st place team: Full tuition
  • 2nd place team: $26,000 per year
  • 3rd place team: $22,000 per year
  • Three runner-up teams: $18,000 per year

Students who are eligible for more than one UE scholarship will receive the one of highest value.

In years past, members of the first place team received full tuition while second place received $5,000, third place received $2,500, and fourth place received $1,000 toward UE tuition.

"Changemaking is engrained in the UE culture and we provide the support to take ideas from concept to reality," said Pietruszkiewicz. "Our Ace Care pro-bono physical therapy clinic and our record breaking Habitat for Humanity Barn Blitz are just two ways that Aces are positively impacting our community."

UE's High School Changemaker Challenge is designed to motivate young people to take a leading role in identifying and solving challenges in the world around them through innovation and creativity. Projects from previous competitions can be seen in the city of Evansville, including the Upgrade Bike Share stations and the solar-powered CommuniTree at Mickey's Kingdom Park downtown. Projects still in the development stages include a musical swing set, an emergency response app, an anti-bullying board game, and many more.

"The increased scholarships will allow more students access to UE's incredible network of support in order to make lasting change in our community and the world," said Shane Davidson, UE's vice president for enrollment and marketing.

Also new this year, teams can be made up of any combination of high school-aged students from any school-public, private, homeschooled, etc. Coaches are no longer required to be faculty members, and teams will be identified based on their project, not their high school. Teams can also come from anywhere in the country or the world as long as they can be physically present for the on-campus competition.

"As an Ashoka U campus, we believe in the 'everyone a changemaker' philosophy and want as many students as possible to have the means to make positive change," said Pietruszkiewicz.

Registration is now open, and more information can be found on the Changemaker Challenge website. Video submissions are due by Monday, September 9. The top 20 finalists will be notified by Friday, September 13 of their advancement to the final on-campus pitch to be held on Wednesday, October 23 on the UE campus.

Contact centerforinnovation@evansville.edu for more information.

UE Affirms Commitment to Changemaking with Increased Scholarships for High School Changemaker Challenge

In Service of Mercy: Evansville Nurses Serving in WWI

Amber D. Gowen, University of Evansville 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 event is Tuesday, April 30, in Room 100 in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science. It is free and open to the public.

The presentation is sponsored by Gender and Women’s Studies at UE.

For more information, please contact UE professor of history Annette Parks at ap3@evansville.edu.

UE Plans Earth Day Birthday Celebration on April 22

The University of Evansville’s Environmental Concerns Organization (ECO) will host Earth Day Birthday, a celebration of the earth’s 4.6 billionth year of existence, on April 22. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the event, which is scheduled from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on the East Terrace Lawn on UE’s campus.

The celebration features Earth Day themed food, merchandise, and activities, including:

  • Build-a-Bin - decorating free recycling bins
  • Up-cycling T-shirts into reusable shopping bags
  • Decorating and planting flower pots
  • Contest for the best chalk drawing of the Earth
  • Blankets provided to lie on the grass and watch the clouds
  • Birthday Cake (dirt-cake, cookies, and brownies), Snow cones, and popcorn
  • Relay game of sorting recycling materials, recycling-themed corn hole game, and water consumption guessing game.
  • Bi-Sci Club's plant sale
  • Sale of Earth Day themed T-shirts, water bottles and other items.

Community organizations at the event will include: Wesselman Woods Nature Center, Urban Seeds, Audubon Nature Society, Project Acorn, Norwex, and the Southwestern Indiana Citizens for Quality of Life.

For more information, please contact ob28@evansville.edu.

UE music department hosts EVSC professional development workshops

The University of Evansville's Department of Music was honored to be asked by EVSC Fine Arts leaders to host professional development workshops for their teachers. On March 6 and again on April 10, middle school and high school music teachers from EVSC worked with UE choral students and received coaching on conducting and rehearsal technique from UE director of choral activities and professor of music Dennis Malfatti.

UE choral students served as the laboratory choir for each of the EVSC teachers. Each teacher conducted the laboratory choir followed by coaching from Malfatti with input and constructive comments from our students. These two events were excellent outreach opportunities for the university and gave EVSC teachers a window into instruction at UE.

University of Evansville Unveils Unified Logo and Branding on Pep and Vim Day of Giving

Evansville, Ind. – The University of Evansville unveiled its refreshed institutional marks including logos, updated mascot, and branding platform during an on-campus press conference on Friday. The event was led by president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz who was joined by Shane Davidson, vice president for enrollment and marketing; Mark Spencer, athletic director; and Walter McCarty, head men’s basketball coach. 

“When I began my tenure as president of the University of Evansville just ten months ago, we set into motion several strategic initiatives, including this rebrand,” said Pietruszkiewicz. “It was obvious from the beginning that members of the UE family share a deep pride in the history of this place, but we were not all speaking with the same voice. Now, we’re equipped with the tools to strategically connect the institution and athletics into one single brand to attract the next generation of Aces.”

After a nationwide search that began in August of 2018, the University partnered with Ologie, a marketing and branding firm based in Columbus, OH, for the project.

“So often, an identity project tries to chase the notion of trend, rather than authenticity,” said Paul Davis, executive creative director at Ologie. “We were inspired by the university’s rich history of previous logos, which led us to this approach that is rooted in legacy, and rallies today’s UE community under one strong, simple logo that links together every generation of Aces.”

The press conference was held as part of the kick off for the University’s annual day of giving.

“As our fight song says, we ‘cheer with pep and vim for white and purple’,” said Pietruszkiewicz. Today just happens to be our annual Pep and Vim day of giving—a day when Aces across the country and the world come together to give gifts of support that provide future Aces with the opportunity to have a transformative future. We could not think of a better day to unveil our new, unified look that will only strengthen the message we send to the world about this life-changing place.”

Visit www.evansville.edu/give to make a gift of support during Pep and Vim Day.

University of Evansville Institutional and Athletics Marks

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHY WAS A REBRAND NECESSARY?
The University of Evansville and its athletics department each had logos and branding that did not resonate in the Evansville community and across the country.  There was a lack of a strong and unified brand that did not portray the desired message. An updated, cohesive rebranding initiative was necessary in order to bring the institution and athletics together for one cohesive, modern look that will give the University of Evansville and the athletics department a unified message.

Ologie also created an extensive brand framework that will set the University of Evansville apart in the marketplace by highlighting its transformative education and the unique positioning of the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus designation and the changemaking culture that empowers students to improve the world around them.

WHO DESIGNED THE NEW LOOK?
Ologie is a branding and marketing agency based in Columbus, OH.  The mission of the company is to work “with clients who advance the greater good. We’re a team of strategic thinkers, creative problem solvers, and bold storytellers. Together, we help organizations define their purpose, convey their story, and achieve their goals through a full range of media, including print, digital, environmental, social, and video.”

WHAT WAS THE PROCESS AND TIMELINE FOR THE REDESIGN?
In August of 2018, the rebranding committee, co-chaired by vice president for enrollment and marketing Shane Davidson, and athletic director Mark Spencer, was formed. After a nationwide search, the rebranding committee chose to partner with Ologie and their work began in September 2018.

Before they could define UE’s brand story and design logos that accurately depict the University’s current momentum, Ologie first needed to develop a deep understanding of the University of Evansville. They took a well-rounded research approach that included:

  • 6 campus visits
  • Review of 131 communications pieces, research documents, and other student surveys
  • More than 100 stakeholder interviews
  • 2 student discussion groups
  • A collaborative working session with staff
  • 697 survey respondents
  • 314 students
  • 29 board members
  • 354 faculty/staff

WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR USE OF THE NEW LOGOS?
Today’s press conference signified a local launch of the branding and logos.  Certain digital platforms including University and athletic websites and social media will adopt the new logos immediately.  Signage and publications on the UE campus will utilize the updated logo over the coming months.  Athletic uniforms and apparel will reflect the updates as teams enter the next purchase cycle. Fully rebranding the campus and athletic facilities is a time-consuming and expensive endeavor.  This process will be completed giving priority to highly visible locations and only as funding is identified.

UE presents Outstanding Educator of the Year awards for 2019

On Wednesday, April 10, four educators in Vanderburgh County were recognized by surprise announcements as Outstanding Educators of the Year during the University of Evansville’s 28th annual presentation in the Vanderburgh County schools. The competition recognizes current classroom teachers and building principals in grades K-12 with at least three years of experience.

The winners will be formally recognized during the University’s annual banquet on May 3. This recognition program is sponsored by UE and the Evansville Courier & Press.

Presented with awards at their schools were:

Outstanding Elementary Educator of the Year: Jane Elgin, first grade teacher at McCutchanville Elementary

Jane Elgin has been an educator for 21 years. For the past four years, she has served as a first grade teacher at McCutchanville Elementary.

Throughout her academic career, Elgin has participated in countless hours of professional development and education. In 2018, she received National Board Teacher Certification/Early Childhood. Elgin is a response to intervention (RTI) committee representative. She was invited to join the governing board at Wesselman Woods Nature Society as an education representative.

Elgin’s teaching philosophy is based on a belief that each child deserves respect and empowerment. She acts on that philosophy in her classroom through planning, conversing, facilitating, and sharing learning.

“As a teacher, I try to keep education authentic and purposeful for children to bloom into proud and active citizens,” said Elgin. “My classroom offers students learning activities that align with required Indiana standards, but exceed standards and delve deeper into community possibilities.”

One of Elgin’s classes studied dog breeds and canine needs. That led to the topic of canine rescue, and her class partnered with academic intervention services students to make and donate dog treats to a canine rescue group. Another class studied migratory birds, and then partnered with Wesselman Woods Nature Center to build and plant pollinator/migratory beds on the school’s campus.

Outstanding Middle School Educator of the Year: Jennifer L. Stoll, special education teacher at Washington Middle School

Jennifer L. Stoll has taught for a total of 30 years, and has also served as a school counselor. Currently she is a special education teacher at Washington Middle School.

Stoll is a member of her school’s leadership team, a Social Studies Academic Team coach, and she is a tutor for Penny Lane, her school’s afterschool tutoring program. Stoll is also an RTI teacher for students who have fallen below testing guidelines in reading, and is a homebound teacher for several students. She has been nominated by the Washington Middle School PTSA as an educator of the year, and has been recognized as a school trainer for the school’s staff.

“All students learn differently,” Stoll explained when describing her teaching philosophy. “Every child has a story and a background, and that’s something teachers should keep in mind. I've always believed you can get more from your students if you have a relationship with them.”

Stoll said that her main goal as a teacher is to make sure her students have what they need to be successful in life. Some need clothes, while others need attention from an adult, and still others need structure.

“Whatever that need is,” said Stoll, “I will do my best to provide it.”

Outstanding High School Educator of the Year: Andrea Gordon, life skills teacher at North High School

Andrea Gordon has been a teacher for 19 years, and is currently a life skills teacher at North High School. She teaches grade levels 9-12, and beyond. Students can stay in her class until they are 22.

Gordon has worked with a group of teachers across Indiana and attended training sessions for the new I AM test. This test is the summative accountability assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3-8 and 10.

Gordon believes that the classroom should be a safe, loving environment where all are welcome and included, and successes, no matter how big or small, are celebrated.

“My job as a teacher is to create an individual lesson for each student that enhances their specific learning style,” said Gordon. “This gives them the opportunity to be successful and more independent.”

Her overall goal is to get her students ready for life after high school and the working world.

In order to do that, her lessons that are geared toward functional skills that they will need in order to be successful and more independent adults.

Gordon’s classroom is set up so that her students can practice practical skills such as doing laundry, making beds, and cooking, along with academic work.

Outstanding Building Principal of the Year: John D. Skinner, principal at North High School

John D. Skinner has been an educator for 25 years, and is currently in his tenth year as principal of North High School.

Skinner has been named Indiana State Principal of the Year twice, and was named the Indiana Association of School Principals District 11 Principal of the Year in 2013.

Skinner said that he is just the lead learner as principal and that he and his staff are a team. Their common goal is to help all students reach their fullest potential.

“Not every student may earn a four-year college degree,” said Skinner, “but each of them should be ready for the next step, be it the workplace, a 2-year program, apprenticeship training, or a traditional four-year program.”

Skinner talks to students about the importance of getting their academic credits. He goes to summer school to cheer students on as they finish their classes.

“Showing up for kids is important. It's how you earn their respect and prove you care,” Skinner explained.

Skinner tries to be supportive of the teachers on his staff as well. As the school’s leader he encourages them to find success as a group and as individuals.

“My number one job is to make North High School and its students the greatest success story of our community.”

UE Coffee Hour Senior Reading Planned for Friday, April 12

The University of Evansville’s Coffee Hour Senior Reading is Friday, April 12, at 4:00 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. This is free and open to the public. During this event, UE seniors majoring in creative writing will read from their poetry and prose. Faculty members will announce the winners of the Virginia Grabill Writing Awards.

UE Plans Inaugural International Food Festival for Friday, April 12

The University of Evansville’s inaugural International Food Festival is Friday, April 12, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the Café Court in Ridgway University Center. This celebration of the home cuisine of UE’s international students is open to the public.

Tickets for adults are $7 until April 11, and can be purchased at UE’s Office of Cultural Engagement and International Services, located on the second floor of Ridgway University Center. If purchased at the event, tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. UE students are admitted free.

The festival food will be prepared by UE international students with the assistance of Chartwells, the University’s food service. The menu will include such dishes as poutine, grape leaves, kabsa, biryani, feijoada, matar paneer, and baklava. Entertainment for the event will be provided by the local folk music group, Redwood Preservation Society.

For more information, please contact UE’s Office of Cultural Engagement and International Services at 812-488-2279 or internationalstudent@evansville.edu.

UE Announces New Graduate Program in Engineering

The University of Evansville has announced plans to implement a new Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.) graduate program. Students will be able to enroll in the program beginning in the Fall of 2019. The professional degree program will offer three options: Master of Engineering - Electrical Engineering, Master of Engineering - Computer Engineering, and Master of Engineering - Computer Science. This 12-month graduate program is designed for those with a bachelor's degree in engineering who wish to gain advanced knowledge and experience in their field.

The program's one-year time frame is especially beneficial for undergraduate engineering students as they can extend their studies by one more year and obtain both a bachelor's and a M.Eng. degree.

"Earning a Master of Engineering degree enables students to begin their career at an advanced level," explained Ying Shang, UE dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. "Most engineers only have a bachelor's degree, so those who have a M.Eng. stand out in the job market and in their work place. In fact, the salary for an engineer with a M.Eng. degree is typically $20,000 higher than for an engineer who just has a bachelor's degree."

The curriculum of all three degree options in the program follow a similar format but differ in specific course requirements and content. Students take advanced courses in their engineering area option and in related fields.

Admission into the Master of Engineering degree program requires an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science. The cost of the program is $525 per hour.

For more information, please contact Professor Dick Blandford at db64@evansville.edu.

University of Evansville Theatre Closes the 2018-19 Shanklin Theatre Season with TWELFTH NIGHT

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre proudly presents its final production of the season, TWELFTH NIGHT, by William Shakespeare, opening Friday, Apr. 19, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Apr. 20, 25, 26, 27, and at 2:00 p.m. on Apr. 27 and 28.

Teaming with an infectious sense of romantic exuberance, Shakespeare's fascination with mistaken identity is played out in a delightfully complex comedy of love and loss, and more than a little mischief and mayhem.

UE Theatre alumna, Amy Attaway '01 guest-directs Twelfth Night. Department Chair Eric Renschler serves as the scenic designer; Morgan Severeid, a senior from Westfield, Ind., and Assistant Professor Sarah J. Smith are the costume designers; Maggie Ste.Marie, a senior from Littleton, Colo., is the lighting designer; Matt McDonald, a senior from Carmel, Ind., is the sound designer; Professor of Theatre Diane Brewer is the dramaturg; Gia Gleason, a sophomore from Sellersburg, Ind., is the stage manager; and Professor Chuck Meacham serves as the technical director.

The cast features senior Alexandra Curren, from McKinney, Texas, as Viola; senior Daniel Stewart, from Fort Worth, Texas, as Orsino; senior Madeline Easley, from Overland Park, Kan., as Olivia; senior Marshall Hopkins, from Baldwin City, Kan., as Sebastian; junior Luke Lowrance, from Arlington, Texas, as Malvolio; senior Kathleen

Finch, from College Station, Texas, as Feste; junior JR Scott, from Austin, Texas, as Sir Toby Belch; senior Meredith Ham, from Castle Rock, Colo., as Maria; junior Alexander James Hunter, from Conifer, Colo., as Sir Andrew; senior Isaac Baker, from Bowling Green, Ky, as Antonio; first-year Stephanie Voteau, from St. Louis, Mo., as Fabian; sophomore Liam Johnson, from Wardsboro, Vt., as Curio/Officer; sophomore Luke Moran, from Mount Vernon, Iowa, as Valentine/Officer; sophomore Andrew Flynn, from Lilburn, Ga., as Sea Captain/Priest; and senior Will Esty, from Franklin, Wis., as Musician/Officer.

Ticket prices are $18 for adults and $16 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty/staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12 noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling 812-488-2031, Monday through Friday, noon to 5:00 p.m.

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. Watts will also be conducting a masterclass on Monday, April 29, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall on UE's campus. Both events are free and open to the public.

Register for the event on the UE 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.

UE Students Plan Cardboard City event to Highlight Homelessness

University of Evansville students in ChangeLab (Tiny Homes) and the UE chapter of UNICEF will host Cardboard City, an event to highlight homelessness, on Friday, April 5, on campus.

Students will construct cardboard shelters and compete to see how long they are able to stay in them outside of Ridgway University Center. They will also collect monetary and material donations for local agencies that work to provide services for the homelessness. A prize will be given to the student team that collects the most donations.

Event Schedule
5:30 p.m. - Team registration in Ridgway University Center

6:00 p.m. – Speakers and activities featuring Aurora, Inc., local nonprofit that works to prevent homelessness. Poverty simulations will also be provided for participants, courtesy of the Evansville Christian Life Center and UNICEF

7:00 p.m. – Teams of students begin constructing cardboard shelters on the East Terrace Lawn and will compete to see how long they are able to stay outside.7:00 p.m. – Teams of students begin constructing cardboard shelters on the East Terrace Lawn and will compete to see how long they are able to stay outside.

 

Screening of Habitat Guatemala Documentary Scheduled for April 4

Every year, UE students travel the globe with Habitat for Humanity. Last May, two students - Brea Mullen and Amanda Ackerman - documented their experience.

Watch the trailer for Habitat Guatemala: a Habitat for Humanity Mission here and join us for the on-campus premiere on Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall in Ridgway University Center.

UE Professor Tamara Wandel receives 1 for All First Amendment PR grant

University of Evansville associate professor of communications Tamara Wandel has received a 1 for All First Amendment public relations grant. She was one of 10 professors from across the country who received this grant from 1 for All, a nonpartisan educational program based at Middle Tennessee State University’s Free Speech Center.

These $2,000 grants are used to build awareness and increase understanding of the First Amendment. The grants support college public relations and strategic communications professors in giving their students hands-on PR campaign experience while building awareness and understanding of the First Amendment.

Wandel will use her grant in the fall to work with students on a PR campaign concerning the first amendment, sports, and politics.

“We’re very pleased to recognize some of the most creative professors in public relations and strategic media education, all with a commitment to ensuring that today’s college students have a clear understanding of the importance of the First Amendment to our democracy,” said Ken Paulson, director of the Free Speech Center and founder of the 1 for All educational program.

The campus PR effort is a project of 1 for All and the Free Speech Center at MTSU. The effort is completely nonpartisan and educational.

Ashley Jordan to speak at UE’s Annual History Spring Lecture

Ashley Jordan, the new executive director of the Evansville African American Museum, will be the speaker for the University of Evansville Department of History’s annual History Spring Lecture on March 28. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 3:00 p.m. in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall), in the Schroeder School of Business Building.

Jordan’s lecture will be based on this quote from Winston Churchill: “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” She will also discuss the Underground Railroad in the Midwest and the migration of African Americans to Ohio. Both topics are Jordan’s research areas and specialties. 

Prior to taking on the role of executive director of the Evansville African American Museum, Jordan served as the curator for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio. In addition to her professional experiences in public history, she has served as an adjunct professor for North Central State College in Mansfield, Ohio.

In May 2017, Jordan graduated with her doctorate in United States History from Howard University. She completed her undergraduate degree at Kent State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in political science in 2008.

Jordan is also the proud recipient of numerous professional, academic and civic awards including the Pace Setter Award from the Association of African American Museums, a multiple doctoral fellowship recipient for the Filson and the Kentucky Historical Societies and the Black Excellence Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

James MacLeod, chair of UE’s Department of History, said that UE is “very excited to have Dr. Jordan come and deliver this lecture. She is an outstanding scholar and a wonderful communicator, and we are hoping this event will resonate with students of all majors, not just those who study history.”

UE alumnus Josh Woods to read from his new books at Coffee Hour

University of Evansville alumnus Josh Woods will be reading from his new books at the Department of Creative Writing Coffee Hour on Friday, March 22, at 4:00 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

Woods is author of the short-story collection O Monstrous World! and the novel The Black Palace. He has edited three anthologies of fiction and has published genre and literary short stories in numerous journals, magazines, and collections, in addition to having published creative nonfiction and craft essays. He is the host of The Monster Professor, a podcast that explores the role of monsters in literature, myth, film, folklore, history, and culture (on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and YouTube).

His awards include Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member of the Year, Press 53 Open Awards for Genre Fiction, and multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize, among others. He is currently an associate professor of English in Illinois.

For more information, email pb28@evansville.edu.

UE students to make presentation on decline of monarch butterflies and milkweed

Students from the University of Evansville will be discussing the “Decline of the Monarch Butterfly and Milkweed Populations” on Saturday, March 30, at John James Audubon State Park. The presentation begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Audubon Museum Theatre. The students will focus on the impact that the decline of native plants, specifically milkweed, has on the environment, and the importance of maintaining native pollinator gardens

Free milkweed plants will be given out to attendees of the presentation.

Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. To reserve your spot, call 270-826-2247, ext. 228, or email lisa.hoffman@ky.gov.

This lecture is part of the Nature Notes Lecture Series presented by Friends of Audubon.

John James Audubon State Park is located at 3100 US Hwy 41 North, in Henderson, Kentucky.

Kurt Vonnegut and Hoosier Quality of Place to be topic of UE Lecture

The University of Evansville’s annual Chutney Literary Conference is set for April 5-6 on UE’s campus. UE students will be presenting critical papers, and will have the opportunity to win awards for their efforts.

The conference starts with the Melvin M. Peterson Literary Forum’s Hemminger-Brown Lecture on Friday, April 5. The lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Room 162 (Harkness Hall), Schroeder School of Business Building. The guest speaker will be Edward P. Comentale, professor of English, associate vice provost for arts and humanities, and director of the Arts and Humanities Council at Indiana University Bloomington. His topic will be “Kurt Vonnegut and Hoosier ‘Quality of Place.’”

Comentale is the author of Modernism, Cultural Production, and the British Avant-Garde and Sweet Air: Modernism, Regionalism, and American Popular Song. He co-edits a scholarly book series on fan cultures for Indiana University Press, through which he has published The Year’s Work in Lebowski Studies and The Year’s Work at the Zombie Research Center.

The conference ends on Saturday, April 6, with student panels planned for 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and noon in Rooms 271 and 272 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. The Grabill and Klinger Writing Prizes will also be awarded at this time.

For more information on UE’s annual Chutney Literary Conference, call 812-488-2963.

Jamey Aebersold Quartet in concert at the University of Evansville

The Jamey Aebersold Jazz Quartet will perform in concert as part of the Jazz Guest Artist Concert Series on Sunday, March 24, at 4:00 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall on UE’s campus.

In addition to Aebersold on alto and tenor saxophones, pianist Gabe Evens, bassist Tyrone Wheeler, and drummer Jonathan Higgins will perform. All are among the most sought-after jazz artists in the Midwest.

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for Evansville Jazz Society members and $5 for students with ID. Tickets can be obtained by contacting the UE Department of Music at 812-488-2754 or may be obtained at the door.

The Jazz Guest Artist Concert Series is co-sponsored by the University of Evansville and the Evansville Jazz Society.

Aebersold is one of the world’s best known jazz educators, in addition to having established an outstanding reputation as a saxophonist. The National Endowment for the Arts has honored Aebersold by naming him a “Jazz Master” in a ceremony at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Among his many endeavors are the renowned Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camps, held annually at various locations around the US and in other countries, and the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Play-along Records, now numbering over 130 volumes, which are widely used in jazz education all over the world.

UE Music Professors Plan Joint Recital

On Tuesday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m., University of Evansville music professors Timothy Zifer (trumpet) and Kenneth Steinsultz (euphonium) will give a joint recital. The program will feature works by Mahler, Reger, Rachmaninoff, Jacob, Turrin, Ewazen, and Arutiunian. Anne Fiedler (piano) and the Shepard Brass will be joining them on several pieces.

The concert is free and open to the public. For complete program information, visit the music department concert calendar.

Edwards to speak at Science with a Twist

Dale Edwards, University of Evansville professor of biology, will be the guest speaker at the March Science with a Twist lecture. Science with a Twist is a science outreach program that invites local scientists to speak about a topic in science of interest to them.

The lecture is Wednesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Bokeh Lounge, 1007 Parrett Street at Haynie’s Corner.

The topic of Edwards' lecture will be "Freshwater Mussels of North America: Stories of Pearls, Peril, and Providence."

The event is free and open to the public.

UE's Mad Hot Ballroom wins Celebration of Leadership Award

The University of Evansville's Mad Hot Ballroom program won the Sam Featherstone Award for Projects and Programs at the annual Celebration of Leadership Awards hosted recently  by Leadership Evansville. 

Erin Lewis, associate director for the Center for Innovation and Change at UE, is the club's advisor and Joseph Shoup is president.

Civil Rights Activist Isra Chaker to speak at the University of Evansville

Isra Chaker, civil right activist, campaigning expert, and public speaker, will be at the University of Evansville on Thursday, April 4, to present “College Students Rise Up: Advocation in the Trump Era, Dismantling the Misconceptions of Refugees, the Muslim Ban, and Breaking down Stereotypes on National Television.” The event, which is free and open to the public, is from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall in Ridgway University Center.

Chaker serves as the refugee campaign lead at Oxfam, one of the leading international NGOs in the world. In this position, she uses her campaign expertise to manage Oxfam’s campaign, that advocates for vulnerable people such as refugees, asylees, and temporary protected status (TPS) holders. The campaign also opposes discriminatory policies such as the Muslim bans.

Being personally impacted by the Muslim ban, and not being able to reunite with her extended family in Syria, Chaker is passionate in her work in reuniting families and advocating for vulnerable people. Recently, she was a featured speaker at the national #FamiliesBelongTogether March in Washington, DC, an event which drew over 40,000 people.

One of Chaker’s infamous projects that went viral in 2017 was bringing refugees to President Trump’s childhood home in Queens, New York, to share their experiences and their “American Dream.”

Chaker has been interviewed and featured on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, NowThis, AJ+, ABC News, Al Jazeera, CNN, the Associated Press, VICE News, the Washington Post, and more.

Chaker was appointed Global Ambassador for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency USA (UNRWA) for her invaluable contributions in raising awareness and funds for their projects supporting refugee assistance.

In addition, Chaker was recently chosen as an ICON for the "We The Future" campaign by Amplifier, which recognizes 10 young activists from across the country in their leading work on current social justice issues affecting humanity. Chakra was chosen to represent the refugee and immigration justice theme, known as "We the Future, will not be Banned." She is the only Muslim in the campaign, and her art work, as well as a curriculum she designed to break down the stereotypes and misconceptions of Muslims, refugees and immigrants, will be taught in over 20,000 schools across the United States this academic year.

Mary Stewart Adams to Speak at UE’s R. Wayne Perkins Lecture

The University of Evansville’s fourth annual R. Wayne Perkins Lecture Series is planned for Friday, March 29 through Monday, April 1. This year’s speaker is Mary Stewart Adams, star lore historian, storyteller, author, and global advocate for starry skies.

Adams lectures using a humanities-based approach to understanding the celestial world and the cultural influence of astronomy. She speaks about our relationship to the night sky and why it matters that we are losing direct access to the natural dark. Adams led the team that established the 9th international dark sky park in the world in 2011. She has received numerous honors including Dark Sky Advocate of the Year, Environmentalist of the Year, and Dark Sky Defender.

All of the events listed below are free and open to the public.

Friday, March 29
Room 73, Schroeder School of Business Building, University of Evansville
3:00 p.m.
History 290 class

Saturday, March 30
Koch Planetarium, Evansville Museum of Art, History, and Science
2:00 p.m.
Mary Stewart Adams to speak

Sunday, March 31
Trinity United Methodist Church, 213 SE 3rd Street, Evansville, Indiana
9:30 a.m., Sunday Service and 10:45 a.m., Wesley Advocates Class Session

Monday, April 1
Room 100, Koch Center for Engineering and Science, University of Evansville
Astronomy 101 class

The annual R. Wayne Perkins Lectures, sponsored by UE’s Office of Religious Life, bring together religion scholars, theologians, and church leaders to explore biblical and theological questions relevant to our common life together. The lectures are intended to be public in nature, engage a broad gathering of world views, and help inform the complexities of theological understanding within contemporary life. The Perkins Lectures are made possible by the generosity of private donors and the Lilly Endowment Inc., and are designed to generate and foster sustained theological reflection among UE students and alumni, clergy, and the larger community.

UE Schmidt Opera Series, March 29 and 30

On March 29 and March 30, at 7:30 p.m., the University of Evansville Schmidt Opera Series comes to the Preston Arts Center in Henderson, Kentucky with Mozart's comedy Così fan tutte: A School for Lovers.  In this opera, the cynical Don Alfonso goads his two young friends into making a not-so-friendly wager. Its outcome will either defend the virtue of the women they love or expose an infidelity present in women everywhere. The battle lines have been drawn as the two men set out to test the faithfulness of their unwitting fiancées.

In this production we find our characters in a college town in southern Indiana with visiting guests from a rival Kentucky school. As we wonder who will ultimately prevail in this battle of the sexes, the musical genius of Mozart pervades the arias, ensembles, and choruses of Cosi fan tutte.

Mozart's opera is brought to life by University of Evansville students directed by Alanna Keenan, associate professor of music, with a professional orchestra under the baton of Dennis Malfatti, professor of music. Henderson native, Adam Smith, takes on the role of the scheming Don Alfonso.  He efforts are aided by his confidant, Despina, played by Madeline Cox of Gibson County.  Rounding out the cast are the four lovers Darwi Sandleben, Kathryn Lee, Isaac Cooper, and Clay Steenbergen all of Evansville, Indiana.

All are welcome to attend.  Admission is a suggested donation of $10.00  The Henderson Arts Center is located at 2660 South Green Street, Henderson, KY  42420

UE to Host Research in Gerontology Symposium on March 26

The University of Evansville Gerontology Center will hold a Research in Gerontology Symposium on Tuesday, March 26. The symposium will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center on UE’s campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The keynote speaker will be Katherine Im, program chair, sociology, behavioral sciences, and gerontology, and collegiate associate professor at the University of Maryland University University College. Her lecture is at 12:30 p.m. Her topic will be “The Good Death: Definitions, Perspectives, an Implications for Public Health.”

At 1:30 p.m., a poster session begins with the presentation of undergraduate research on death and dying.

This symposium is made possible with the support of the UE Institute for Public Health.

UE Builds: Local to Global Program Receives Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award

The University of Evansville has been selected to receive a 2019 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award in recognition of the University’s UE Builds: Local and Global, a program that partners with Habitat for Humanity.

Named after the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, the Simon Awards recognize outstanding innovation and accomplishment in campus internationalization. The Spotlight Award recognizes specific international programs or initiatives that contribute to internationalization on campus. UE was one of three schools to be given this award.

“Housing is one of the most important things that an individual or family needs,” said Holly Carter, UE director of education abroad and director of Harlaxton College programs. “It promotes health, independence, safety, and belonging. Habitat homes allow children safe places to grow, study, and achieve a better life. Habitat homes improve communities and help those who own them to move forward in life. A house is an important part of our lives, and UE loves to build them!”

The UE Builds: Local to Global program has featured builds in Evansville, Indiana, and such countries as Portugal, Romania, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. The program also held its inaugural Barn Blitz to build 30 backyard barns in one day for Habitat for Humanity. Barn Blitz II is scheduled for later this spring. The UE Builds team is currently working on a project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as part of UE’s Collegiate Challenge Alternative Spring Break. An upcoming build is also planned in Mexico this summer.

The UE community is very involved with UE Builds. The University’s Office of Education Abroad, Center for Innovation and Change, and Student Engagement help operate the program. Participants have included the Habitat for Humanity student club, the Student Government Association, faculty members, staff, vice presidents, trustees, and the UE president.

The Simon Awards are given annually by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Stephen Crowley to speak at UE’s Crick Lecture on March 20

Stephen Crowley, associate professor of philosophy at Boise State University, will be the speaker for the University of Evansville’s annual Crick Lecture in the Cognitive and Neural Sciences. The lecture is Wednesday, March 20 at 4:00 p.m. in the Vectren Lecture Hall, Room 100, in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science. This event is free and open to the public.

The topic of Crowley’s lecture will be “Is There a Virtue in Honesty? Personality Psychology Meets Virtue Ethics.”

Crowley’s areas of academic interest include epistemology, philosophy of science, history and sociology of science, philosophy of mind/psychology, philosophy of logic, early modern philosophy.

Crowley earned his PhD in Philosophy from Indiana University. He grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, and graduated from the University of Adelaide where he focused on the study of logic. He moved to the United States to pursue graduate studies. His areas of academic interest and study include epistemology, philosophy of science, history and sociology of science, philosophy of mind/psychology, philosophy of logic, early modern philosophy.

University of Evansville Theatre presents “The Wolves”

The University of Evansville Theatre presents Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves. A 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, this whip-smart play is a scarily exhilarating look into a soccer team and the rawness of girl power and opens Monday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the May Studio Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on March 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30, and at 2:00 p.m. on March 31. 

Bailey Brandvold, a senior theatre studies major from Great Falls, Mont., directs The Wolves; Austin Kuhn, a junior from Evansville, Ind., serves as the scenic designer; Hannah Mattingly, a junior from Louisville, Ky., is the costume designer; Luke Kelly, a  senior from Dubuque, Iowa, is the lighting designer; Jamey Rowland, a junior from Durham, N.C., serves as the sound designer; Shannon White, a junior from Rockwall, Texas, is the dramaturg; Michael Chaves, a sophomore from Senoia, Ga., is the stage manager, and Adam Rager serves as the technical director.

The cast features junior Blake Ware, from Evansville, Ind.; sophomore Jordan Williams, from Edmonds, Wash.; first-year student Kelly Walsh, from Hollywood, Fla.; sophomore Emma Tolleson, from Temple, Texas; first-year student Delanie Kitzman, from Tomball, Texas; junior Kate Milazzo, from Carmel, Ind.; sophomore Hannah Stevens, from Arlington, Texas; sophomore Grace Maddux, from Dubuque, Iowa; firstyear student Liv Campbell, from Kingwood, Texas, and sophomore Julia Veiga, from Flowery Branch, Ga. 

The UE Theatre Society hosts a Pre-Play Chat 30 minutes prior to the show on Saturday, March 30. All are welcome to attend the presentation and discussion with a student designer about their process on the production.

Ticket prices are $11 for adults and $9 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Seating is limited and tickets are available by calling 812-488-2031.

UE Schroeder School of Business Ranked #1 for Getting Students Targeted Jobs

The University of Evansville’s Schroeder School of Business has earned two impressive career outcome rankings from Poets & Quants (P&Q). UE was ranked #1 among small business schools (#64 overall) for helping their students land a job with a specific targeted company. The University was also listed at #3 among small business schools (#86 overall) for immediate career placement within three months of graduation. Average starting salaries in the Schroeder School of Business are $50,700. The rankings are featured in P&Q’s article "Schools That Get You the Job You Really Want".

P&Q determined the rankings by surveying alumni regarding careers within three months after graduation in the industries they desired and for the companies that they targeted.

“Schroeder students have bright futures,” said Greg Rawski, Schroeder Family Dean. “This ranking is another affirmation of our efforts to provide our students a high quality education aligned with an exceptional career placement experience.”

UE Math Partners with EdjAnalytics to Launch Data Science Academy for High School Students

The University of Evansville’s Department of Mathematics is partnering with EdjAnalytics, a Louisville-based data science firm, to launch the UE Data Science Academy Powered by EdjAnalytics, a week-long program for high school students. The program will run from July 7 - 13, 2019, and will take place on UE’s campus.

“We are proud to support this important initiative with the University of Evansville. At EdjAnalytics, we use data science to improve the world through better decision making. We can’t think of a more valuable way to honor our mission than to support the data science industry’s next generation,” said Susan Olson, PhD, EdjAnalytics COO and UE alumna.

In the Academy, students will learn the basics of data science through a variety of activities. Participants will work with UE mathematics professors and undergraduate students and connect with peers who share an interest in mathematics. Students will attend classes, engage in hands-on projects, and learn to present material and develop interactive apps.

“The digital revolution has created vast quantities of data,” said Darrin Weber, PhD, UE assistant professor of mathematics. “Extracting insights from this avalanche of information is the goal of data science. It has applications to internet search, advanced image recognition, video game development, actuarial science, medicine, sports, recommender systems, genomics, neuroscience, particle physics, and so much more.”             

Students currently in grades 9, 10, or 11 who have completed algebra are invited to apply to the academy. The fee is $600 for the overnight, residential option or $350 for the day option. Registration ends May 1, 2019. Space is limited, so early application is encouraged. For more information or to apply, visit www.evansville.edu/data-science-academy.

“The Data Science Academy is a great way for high school students to become familiar with the field of statistics and data science and with its methods and requirements. This preparation is important, because data science plays a critical role in a broad range of academic disciplines, from the natural and social sciences to medicine and marketing. Participants will be especially well-prepared for UE’s Statistics and Data Science degree program,” said David Dwyer, PhD, UE department chair for mathematics. “The University greatly appreciates the generosity of EdjAnalytics, and we are excited to join with them to offer this experience to high school students.”

UE Math Partners with EdjAnalytics to Launch Data Science Academy for High School Students

Maass signs with University of Michigan Press

Richard Maass, University of Evansville assistant professor of political science, has signed a contract with the University of Michigan Press for his second book, titled The United States and International Law: Paradoxes of Support across Contemporary Issues.

Co-edited with Lucrecia Garcia Iommi of Fairfield University, this volume will examine why the United States leads the creation and enforcement of international law in some areas while refusing to ratify major conventions on others. 

University Choir performs with Southridge High School Concert Choir

The UE University Choir, under the direction of Dennis Malfatti, will give a concert in Neu Chapel on Tuesday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m., featuring Southridge High School Concert Choir. The program is wide ranging, including works by Palestrina, Brahms, and Bruckner, as well as familiar spirituals like “I’ll Fly Away.”

UE music students Hannah Hunt and Darwi Sandleben will be featured as soloist, and Kristin Jones will accompany the choirs.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For complete program information, visit the music department concert calendar.

Several Recognized at University of Evansville Purple Tam Ceremony

The 2019 Purple Tam Ceremony was held in Neu Chapel at University of Evansville on February 28. The event recognizes those who have achieved full professorship.

Honored during the event were Margaret Atwater-Singer, Lora Becker, Young Choul Kim, Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, Gerald Seaman, Ying Shang, Joyce Stamm, Garnet Ungar, and Patricia Vilches. Heidi Strobel and Dennis Malfatti were unable to attend the February 28 ceremony and received their tams at an earlier date. 

Historians of academic regalia trace the widespread use of “caps” to Oxford University in England, where the conferring of a cap on a graduate was likened to the Roman practice of using a cap to grant freedom to servants. Academic headwear signified freedom for scholarship and inquiry, and the velvet tam came to be associated particularly with doctoral degrees. The purple velvet tams given to UE’s full professors recognize the unique contributions of these individuals to the University’s mission.

Professor Margaret Atwater-Singer, University Library, received her master’s from Rutgers University and her bachelor’s degree from Kean College of New Jersey. Professor Atwater-Singer joined the University in 1997 and came to us from Condé Nast Publications, Inc. where she worked as an assistant librarian. Professor Atwater-Singer has reviewed a multitude of publications, made dozens of presentations, and has also been awarded various scholarships including but not limited to Wheeler Fund Awards, a Faculty Innovation Instruction Grant, and several Alumni Research and Scholarly Activity Fellowship grants. Overshadowing all that she has undertaken is the Libraries’ massive renovation project. She contributed to its success at every level, from initial planning in the project Working Group, through logistical planning for stacks management and provision of service before, during, and after renovation, staff training and supervision, and coordination with a host of constituencies who had an interest in the success of the project. In addition to all of the endeavors relating directly to the Libraries’ renovation project, Professor Atwater-Singer continues her engagement in other fundamental services of the University Libraries, including her contribution to the Research Assistance Program, and offering on-demand research assistance.

Lora Becker, Department of Psychology, earned her PhD and master’s degrees from the State University of New York (Binghamton), and the bachelor’s from Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio). Becker joined the UE faculty in 1999 coming from Binghamton University where she was an instructor of psychology. Since joining the University, Becker has written numerous research articles and posters and has won many grants including but not limited to the Ball Brothers Venture Grant the Mead Johnson Nutritional Grant, Global Scholar, numerous UExplore Research Grants, ARSAF grants and ADVANTAGE Undergraduate Research grants. She has also taken on several director positions at UE including the Neuroscience Program, the Summer Reading Program, the Major Discovery Program and the Academic Assessment Committee. She is currently on the Pre-Professional Advisors Committee, the Institutional Care and Use Committee, the Berger Award Committee, and is co-coordinator for the Crick Lecture series for Cognitive and Neural Science. She has also served on the General Education Steering Committee, the Faculty Senate Executive Board, Institutional Diversity Council, and the Strategic Plan Oversight Committee to name just a few. The second recipient of the Eykamp Prize for extraordinary contributions by UE faculty to the University, she was also awarded the Mentor of the Year award from Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (or FUN). Nationally she served as president of Nu Rho Psi, the honor society for neuroscience, overseeing the first Indiana chapter of the organization established at UE and is now treasurer of FUN and serves on the Board of Phi Kappa Phi, the largest interdisciplinary honors society.

Young Choul Kim, Department of Law, Politics, and Society, received his PhD from Texas Tech University (Lubbock), and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul. Kim joined the UE faculty in 2004 and came to us from Texas Tech where he was a graduate instructor of political science. Since 2013, Kim has served as the director of the International Studies Program and also holds the distinction of being the Austin S. Igleheart Endowed Chair in Political Science. Kim has won numerous grants and awards, including but not limited to the Ridgway Faculty Excellence Award, the Global Scholar Award, the Research Grant Award of the ASIANetwork Student-Faculty Fellows Program provided by the ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation and the TriState Global Enterprise in Asia Project Grant. Kim has numerous publications and a multitude of conference presentations and professional activities. Kim serves or has served the University in many areas including the International Programs Committee, the External Study Abroad committee, the Faculty Senate and the Academic Services Committee to name just a few. Kim is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Indiana Political Science Association, the Korean Political Science Association, and the Indiana Academy of the Social Science to name a few.

Dennis Malfatti, Department of Music, received his DMA from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, his master’s from Pennsylvania State University and his bachelor’s (summa cum laude) from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Malfatti joined the UE faculty in 2007 and came to us from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, where he was director of choral activities and assistant professor of music. Malfatti has been the conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus, is the founder/conductor of the Evansville Bach Singers, and is currently serving as the president of the Indiana Choral Directors Association. Under Malfatti’s direction, the UE University Choir has been recognized through invitations to perform for the American Choral Directors Association Central Division Conference in 2016 and for the Indiana Music Education Association Conventions in both 2010 and 2013. Also under his leadership, University of Evansville was the only college/university in Indiana chosen to send choral singers to participate in the 2017 National Collegiate Honor Choir. In both 2011 and 2016, Malfatti led concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City with a conglomerate of choirs from around the country and professional orchestra. Twice he was chosen from an international pool of candidates as a participant in the conducting master class at the Oregon Bach Festival led by renowned conductor Helmut Rilling. In 2018 his article on the music of Handel was a featured cover article in the Choral Journal, and, in 2013 he was the recipient of the “Educator of the Year Award” from the Arts Council of Southwest Indiana.

Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz is the 24th president of the University of Evansville and professor in the Department of Law, Politics, and Society. Pietruszkiewicz began his academic career at George Mason University School of Law as an adjunct professor of law. Later, he joined the faculty of the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he served as the J.Y. Sanders Professor of Law and vice chancellor for Business and Financial Affairs. For the last six years, he served as dean and professor of law at Stetson University College of Law. Prior to entering academia, Pietruszkiewicz served as a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice where he received the Outstanding Attorney Award. He was an attorney/adviser for the United States Department of Education where he received the Assistant Secretary’s Award for Team Distinction and the Deputy Secretary’s Award for Service. Pietruszkiewicz was a member of the Standards Reviews Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and previously served as a member of the ABA’s Data Policy and Collection Committee, including a term as chair. He served as president of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, as deputy corporate compliance officer/secretary, and as a member of the Board of Trustees. Pietruszkiewicz was also a member of the Audit Committee of the Law School Admission Council, a member of the Nominating Committee, chair of the Investment Committee, a liaison to the Finance and Legal Affairs Committees, and a member of the Board of Trustees. In addition, he served on the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, the Legal Education Committee of the Florida Bar Vision 2016 Commission, the Florida Bar Special Committee on Legal Education, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. An expert in tax law, Pietruszkiewicz co-authored treatises – Mastering Income Tax and Corporate Reorganizations, published numerous law review articles, presented widely on the subject, and held various leadership positions with the ABA’s Section of Taxation, including vice chair of the Individual Income Tax Committee and Special Features Editor of ABA’s News Quarterly. Pietruszkiewicz was an NCAA and high school basketball official and worked with Special Olympics Virginia and Special Olympics Louisiana. He earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at the University of Scranton, a Juris Doctor (JD) at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and a Master of Laws (LLM) in taxation at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.

Gerald Seaman, Principal at Harlaxton, earned his PhD in French at Stanford University in 1992. He joined the University of Evansville faculty the next fall and was granted tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1999. He was named Mortar Board Professor of the Year in 2000 and was a Fellow in the Center for Teaching Excellence. He was chair of the Department of Foreign Languages from 1997-2000 and program coordinator for World Cultures 101 in 1996-1997. He served on several committees, including Admissions and Standards and the Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture series. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Sigma Iota, and Phi Beta Delta, and taught at Harlaxton in the summers of 1998-2000. After UE, he was associate dean of faculty and associate professor of French at Lawrence University, in Appleton, Wisconsin, where his portfolio included off-campus programs, faculty mentoring, teaching development, and undergraduate research. Next, in 2006, he became vice president and dean of faculty and was promoted to the rank of professor of romance and classical languages, with tenure, at Ripon College, Wisconsin, where he also served as interim president in 2011-12. At Ripon, he was PI or co-PI on grants totaling nearly $3 million and, as interim president, raised $13 million in 9 months during the silent phase of the Imagine Tomorrow capital campaign. He is co-editor (with Patricia Vilches) of Seeking Real Truths: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Machiavelli (Brill, 2006) and author of nearly 30 scholarly articles, chapters, and book reviews. He has presented, led roundtables and chaired sessions at the American Conference of Academic Deans, AAC&U and the National Institute for Chief Academic Officers (Council of Independent Colleges) where he has also served as mentor to new CAOs. He has been principal, chief executive, and Scholar in Residence at Harlaxton College since 2014.

Ying Shang is the first female dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. She earned her PhD and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and her bachelor’s in control engineering from Shangdong University. Her research areas include discrete-event systems, max-plus linear systems, and hybrid systems with applications in queueing networks, manufacturing systems, and transportation networks. She was the department chair of electrical and computer engineering at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville from 2015-2018. During Shang’s term as the department chair, she fostered faculty growth in teaching and research, improved communication, secured ABET accreditation, established industrial partnerships, and created a process of launching entrepreneurial incubator/accelerator for startups to help Southern Illinois. Shang also served as faculty advisor for the Society of Women Engineers Student Chapter at Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville and initiated the first annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering event at the university.

Joyce Stamm, Department of Biology, earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and bachelor’s with honor from Caltech. Stamm joined the UE faculty in 2005 coming to us from the Claremont Colleges where she was a visiting professor. Stamm has made meaningful contributions to both the biology department and the University during her tenure. Most notably, she has served as president of the Faculty Senate and obtained a $610K grant from the National Science Foundation with Adam Salminen PhD, Department of Mathematics, to co-direct the Science and Mathematics Scholarship Program. Stamm has been awarded numerous UE grants, including UExplore Undergraduate Research Program grants, Alumni Research and Scholarly Activity Fellowship grants, and Arts, Research, and Teaching Projects grants. She has engaged numerous students in undergraduate research, both in the classroom and during the summer, and has published 10 reviewed articles during her time at UE, two with student co-authors. She has also served on many committees and working groups, including the Faculty Senate, the Curriculum Committee, the Fiscal Affairs Committee, the Academic Services Committee, the Institutional Review board and the Connections Strategic Planning Working Group.

Heidi Strobel, Department of Archaeology and Art History, earned her master’s from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her bachelor’s from Kalamazoo College. Strobel joined the faculty at UE in 2004 after serving as assistant professor of art history at Baker College. In addition to her teaching load, Strobel is also the associate dean of the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences. She serves as department advisor for internships and is faculty advisor to art history majors and minors. Strobel is the author of several books including The Artistic Matronage of Queen Charlotte (1744-1818): How a Queen Promoted Both Art and Female Artists in English Society and has also written numerous journals, encyclopedia, and dictionary articles. Strobel has also won a number of awards and grants that include the John H. Schroeder Faculty Development Fund award, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art/Yale University Research Support Grant, and the Indiana Landmarks Historic Preservation Education Grant (Wes Peters/Margedant House) and is also the director of the Wes Peters/Margedant House.

Garnet Ungar earned his DMA from the University of Houston, his master’s from the University of Calgary, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto. In addition to performing regularly in Evansville, Ungar appears throughout the world as piano soloist with orchestra, in recitals and masterclasses at major universities, and on radio broadcasts. Highlights of recent seasons were concerts and lectures at Xinghai Conservatory in China, Kwassui University in Japan, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the University of British Columbia, the Tanglewood Festival in Massachusetts, the American Liszt Society in New York City, and the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. His regular visits to Hong Kong include three terms as festival judge, a recital at Hong Kong Baptist University, and a broadcast on Hong Kong Public Radio. He has performed in Switzerland, Sweden, England, Bulgaria, and this spring will tour South America playing eight concerts in five countries. He has released two CDs to glowing reviews, and recently completed a book chronicling the life of American pianist Abbey Simon. Recent service contributions include chairing the department’s Assessment and Recording Studio Committees, serving on the Faculty Senate, and coordinating the piano portion of the Summer Music Camp. Ungar is a member of the American Liszt Society, the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and the Indiana Music Teachers Association.

Patricia Vilches earned her PhD in romance languages and literatures from the University of Chicago in 1992. The next fall, she became assistant professor of Spanish and Italian at the University of Evansville. In 1998, she was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor. While at UE, she received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998-1999. She served as director of World Cultures, chair of the Faculty Senate (both in 1999-2000) and taught at Harlaxton College (summers 1998-2000). Later, she became associate professor and received tenure at Lawrence University where she was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2014. Since 2014, she has served at Harlaxton College as professor of Spanish and Italian and Scholar in Residence. Her main research subjects include Violeta Parra, the Nueva Canción Movement in Chile, and Salvador Allende. She also studies the transatlantic impact of Machiavelli and Cervantes and the intersections of Machiavelli and Cervantes with nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American cultural studies, with a particular focus on the Chilean author Alberto Blest-Gana (1830-1920). She is the author of five books, including Mapping Violeta Parra’s Cultural Landscapes (Palgrave McMillan, 2018), editor and contributor; Blest Gana via Machiavelli and Cervantes: National Identity and Social Order in Chile (Cambridge Scholars, 2017) and Seeking Real Truths: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Machiavelli (Brill, 2006), editor and contributor (with Gerald Seaman). Another book, Negotiating Space in Latin America, is currently under review. In addition, she has published more than thirty scholarly articles, notably: “Cervantes, Lizardi, and the Literary Construction of the Mexican Rogue in Don Catrín de la fachenda.” Open Cultural Studies 1 (2017):  428-441; “Andrés Wood’s Machuca and Violeta Went to Heaven: The Geographical Spaces of Conflict in Chile.” Latin American Perspectives. 43.5 (2016): 45-61; “Monumental Italians: Machiavelli, Giuseppe Rondizzoni and Chilean Independence.” Forum Italicum 47 (2013): 346-363. She is widely recognized in her field and regularly reviews essays under consideration at scholarly journals such as Hispanófila and Revue Romane and book manuscripts for academic publishers such as Palgrave MacMillan. In 2015, she was invited by Professor Javier Guerrero of Princeton University to be a guest lecturer on Violeta Parra in his seminar on “Images in Transition, Poetics and Politics of Contemporaneity” which took place in Santiago, Chile.

Message to the Campus Community Regarding Recent United Methodist Church Vote

University of Evansville President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz released the following statement to the campus community on Thursday morning: 

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"Dear Campus Community,

As you may have read, the United Methodist General Conference voted Tuesday to retain its restrictions on performing marriages and ordaining LGBTQ individuals. Given the University of Evansville’s affiliation with the United Methodist Church, I want to reaffirm our commitment to creating an inclusive environment in which all members of the campus community, whatever their backgrounds or beliefs, feel safe, valued and welcome.

Although we are historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church, we operate independently of its governing bodies, and our policies and procedures are not affected by the decisions of the General Conference.  We remain unequivocally committed to our policy of inclusiveness, which prohibits harassment or discrimination on the grounds of race, color, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, creed or religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

Thank you for your contributions to the University of Evansville family, where all are welcomed and embraced.

President Pietruszkiewicz"

Karam Foundation Founder Lina Serge Attar to Speak at UE Scholars for Syria Lecture

Lina Serge Attar will be the speaker for the Scholars for Syria Lecture on April 11 at the University of Evansville. The lecture will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Room 162 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. It is free and open to the public, but donations to the Karam Foundation will be accepted at the event.

Attar is a Syrian-American architect, writer and founder and CEO of the Karam Foundation. During her lecture, Attar will map out an alternative vision for Syrian refugee youth, one that is a world away from war and despair. At her team's Karam Houses in Turkey, hundreds of Syrian teens are building their ideas while gaining world-class critical and creative thinking skills.

“They are on pathways of future success and leadership for their communities and beyond,” said Attar. “Within their inspiring stories of resilience and determination, another Syrian narrative emerges about the limitless potential and possibilities for a better future we can create together."

In 2007, Attar developed the vision of Karam (which means generosity in Arabic). Since 2011, she has directed Karam in its focus on the Syrian humanitarian crisis: developing an innovative education program for Syrian refugee youth, distributing aid to Syrian refugee families, and funding projects initiated by Syrians for Syrians. Her articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, and she has appeared on CNN, NBC News, the BBC News, NPR and other media outlets. Attar is a graduate of the University of Aleppo, Rhode Island School of Design, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

More information on the Karam Foundation can be found at www.karamfoundation.org.

For more information on the lecture, contact mk225@evansville.edu.

UE Engineers Week Features Student Inductions and Awards

The University of Evansville’s College of Engineering and Computer Science recently held its annual celebration for Engineers Week. Several engineering students were announced as new inductees in the Tau Delta Kappa engineering honor society by Jared Fulcher, UE assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Other engineering students were recognized by the college and the Office of Development.

UE civil engineering student Marcus Gahagen received the Paul “PR” Brown Spirit Award. This award is presented annually to an engineering major who has been nominated by the faculty and has completed at least four semesters in good academic standing, who is an encouragement and help to his/her fellow students, and who demonstrates leadership in fostering cooperation and camaraderie among the engineering students.

UE computer science student Justin Banks received the James M. Hall, Jr. Memorial Award. This award is presented annually to a student of the junior engineering class who is considered by the faculty to be the most outstanding based on scholastic achievement, extra-curricular activities, character, responsibility, attitude, and potential for professional growth.

The Engineers Week Reception was hosted by the UE student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. It was sponsored in part by the Evansville-Owensboro Section of IEEE, the College Career Center Consortium, and the UE Center for Career Development.

10 Fun Facts about President Pietruszkiewicz

It's presidential inauguration week!

On Sunday, March 3 we will officially welcome Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz as the University of Evansville's 24th president. Here are the top 10 fun facts about Prez P:

1. Score: 44
There are 15 letters in Pietruszkiewicz and the sum total of those letters in Scrabble tiles equals 44.

2. Dean P
Before his appointment as president of the University of Evansville, Prez P was just as positive and enthusiastic in his role as Dean and Professor of Law at Stetson University’s College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.

3. Cow Flop
Prez P grew up in Throop, Penn., home of the annual Cow Flop and a small town where his parents “knew what he did before he got home from school”.

4. Michael Scott was his neighbor:  
The town of Throop is just outside of Scranton, Penn., home of the popular TV show The Office

5. Where in the World is Prez P's Office?
Students can expect to see Prez P in Café Court during lunch, on the sidewalk between classes, and on the basketball court as a referee. Though his “office” is the heart of campus and the student experience, the official home of the Office of the President is located in Room 201 on the second floor of Olmsted Administration Hall.

6. Spirit Animal: Otter
In Fall 2018, Prez P met with Orientation Leaders and International Orientation Leaders during an orientation session. When they asked about his spirit animal, Prez P challenged student leaders to connect him with his spirit animal. They determined Prez P’s spirit animal is an otter because it presents positive energy; focuses on the future; and uses tools available to achieve bold goals and objectives.

7. Best Supporting Role
The weekly campus video update, Friday Wrap with President Pietruszkiewicz, often features appearances by a special celebrity co-star - the one and only John Pietruszkiewicz, Prez P's youngest son.

8. Refreshing
Prez P’s favorite soda or carbonated drink is Diet Coke.

9. Love on the Court
 
President Pietruszkiewicz and his wife, Siobhan, met in a chance encounter where both were individually committed to referring a high school basketball game.

10. Smores and Nora
Prez P moved to Evansville, Indiana, with his wife, Siobhan; sons, Ryan and John; Nora, the family dog; and Smores, John’s pet hamster.

Join us for the inauguration ceremony on March 3 at 2:00 p.m. and view a full schedule of events online. 

University Orchestra and Wind Ensemble Concert planned for February 26

The University of Evansville’s University Symphony Orchestra and University Wind Ensemble will give a combined concert at the Preston Arts Center in Henderson, Kentucky, on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The University Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of Chun-Ming Chen,
UE assistant professor of music and director of orchestral activities. The University Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Kenneth Steinsultz, UE associate professor of music and director of bands.

The Wind Ensemble will open the program with works by Karl King, Clifton Williams, Gustav Holst, and David Gillingham. The orchestra will close program with selections by Marcus Maroney, Gustav Mahler, and Georges Bizet. Adam Smith, the 2018 Vukovich Concerto Competition Winner, will perform with the orchestra in Bizet’s Carmen Suite. 

For more information, call 812-488-2754.

Khan publishes and mentors research

Walayet A. Khan, University of Evansville professor of finance, published a paper titled, “Interrelations of U.S. market fears and emerging markets returns: global evidence’ in the first edition of 2019 of the International Journal of Finance & Economics.

The results of the study underscore the importance of capturing interactions between US stock market uncertainty changes (VIX) and emerging markets (EM) returns through their variance-covariance matrix and have important implications for global diversification, flight- to-safety choices, and hedging the cross market risks.

Professor Khan is also serving as faculty mentor for the UE Purple Aces investment analysts team which will participate in 2018/2019 CFA investment challenge competition in Nashville Tennessee. This experience, as per the CFA Institute, “provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis.”

UE Congratulates Graduate Rami Malek on Big Awards Season in Campus-wide Video

Rami Malek graduated from the University of Evansville’s Theatre department in 2003 and the entire campus community has joined together in a congratulatory video (no longer online) honoring his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the award winning film, Bohemian Rhapsody.

Set to the familiar “stomp, stomp, clap” rhythm of We Will Rock You by Queen, the video celebrates Malek’s successes in a montage of people he knew and places he frequented in his undergraduate years. Video highlights include the stage of Shanklin Theatre where Malek performed in numerous productions all the way to Harlaxton College, the school’s living learning center in Grantham, England where he spent a semester abroad. 

The video was produced by current UE students, senior Gina DeLise and junior Jules Iradukunda. The effort was spearheaded by two of Malek’s closest friends, Amelia McClain and Wes Grantom. The pair also graduated from UE in 2003 and are currently serving as guest artists in the UE Theatre department.

While at the University of Evansville, Malek performed in Death and the King’s Horseman, The Kentucky Cycle, Book of Days, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, and The Real Thing.

Malek has won big this awards season for his role in Bohemian Rhapsody, taking home a Golden Globe, SAG Award, BAFTA Award, and an Academy Award in 2019.

Permission was granted to the University of Evansville to use We Will Rock You by Queen for this video by the song’s publisher and owner of the master recording.

UE Announces Increased Salaries and Outcomes for 2018 Graduates

A recent survey of the University of Evansville's 2018 graduating class revealed that 95 percent of graduates were employed or pursuing further education within six months of graduation and the median salary of those employed full time is $52,500.

In comparison, UE's class of 2017 saw a 94 percent career outcome rate and a $47,750 median salary among those employed.

"This increase can be attributed to the University's commitment to offering students not only an outstanding educational experience, but also a unique and individualized career planning process," said Michael Austin, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at UE. "UE takes an active role to help ensure the future success of our students from their first connection with the University to long after graduation."

UE's Center for Career Development provides comprehensive services to students throughout their collegiate journey. Through the Career Advantage Program, prospective students have the opportunity to actively evaluate and test career options by taking a career assessment, meeting with a career advising professional, and developing a career action plan. Prospective students can begin the Career Advantage Program during their first visit to UE before even committing to attend.

The survey, a collaborative effort between UE's Center for Career Development, Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, academic departments, and others, produced career information on 96 percent of the 501 members of the class of 2018.

UE's career outcome rate of 95 percent stands in contrast to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Career Services Benchmark Survey, which shows an 81.2 percent placement rate nationally for 2017 graduates.

UE Announces Increased Salaries and Outcomes for 2018 Graduates

UE Ethics Lecture to Discuss Ethics, Environmental Advocacy and Community Organizing

The University of Evansville’s 10th annual William R. Connolly Ethics Lecture is planned for Monday, March 25. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:00 p.m. in Room 170 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Rikki Parker, south coast project manager and legal analyst for the Coastal Conservation League, is the speaker.

Parker's topic will be “Boots on the Ground: Ethics, Environmental Advocacy and Community Organizing.”

During her lecture, Parker will tell the story of her road to environmental advocacy, making stops in the worlds of toxic tort litigation and political campaigns (and yoga). She will highlight two campaigns that she led, first describing her ongoing work with the Gullah community on Hilton Head Island to push back against a highway-widening project. This community is concerned that roadway expansion will displace them from their generational homes and businesses. Hilton Head Island’s history is one of rampant development and explosive growth in the tourism industry at the expense of Gullah families and the natural environment. This pattern can only change through citizen engagement, political bravery and creative policy solutions. Parker will close by sharing how a citizen-driven campaign to reduce plastic pollution culminated in implementation of South Carolina’s first ban on single use plastic bags. 

Parker earned her BS in cognitive science from the University of Evansville. She earned her JD from Louisiana State University, where she served as president of the Trial Advocacy Board. After graduation, Parker practiced in the areas of employment discrimination and environmental law. In 2015, she served as policy director to Scott Angelle’s campaign for Governor of Louisiana. In 2016, Parker joined the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, an environmental advocacy nonprofit where she works to protect local farms, prevent pollution from reaching South Carolina’s pristine waterways, and ensure all citizen have a say in how their communities look and feel.

UE Music Department to Present Lecture and Recital on Diversity and Musical Performance

The University of Evansville’s Department of Music is planning a lecture and recital on diversity and musical performance at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, in Wheeler Concert Hall in the Krannert Hall of Art and Music on UE's campus.

Douglas Shadle, assistant professor of musicality at Vanderbilt University will present the lecture, titled “Finding a Home on the Concert Stage.” A short recital will follow Shadle’s talk, featuring the works of Florence Price, a black female composer of the early 20th century.

Author Brooks Rexroat to speak at UE’s Coffee Hour

The University of Evansville’s Department of Creative Writing welcomes author Brooks Rexroat as the featured speaker for the UE Coffee Hour on Friday, February 22. The lecture will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

After earning an MFA in Creative Prose from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Rexroat embarked on a journey in higher education that has included teaching opportunities at open enrollment community colleges, regional public universities, and rigorous private liberal arts colleges. He is now based at Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Rexroat was a 2016-17 Fulbright US Teaching and Research Scholar at Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University in Siberia, Russia, and a 2014 Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Fellow in Cassis, France. In 2010, he was named a Southern Illinois University Department of Irish and Irish Immigration Studies Research Fellow in Galway, Ireland.

For more information, please email pb28@evansville.edu.

Timothy Zifer to be invested as holder of UE’s Oramay Cluthe Eades Distinguished Professorship in Music

The University of Evansville’s William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences Department of Music has announced the upcoming investiture of Timothy Zifer, DMA, as the holder of the University’s Oramay Cluthe Eades Distinguished Professorship in Music. The ceremony is planned for Saturday, March 2, at 1:30 p.m. in Neu Chapel.

The Oramay Cluthe Eades Distinguished Professorship in Music was established through a generous gift to UE from the Eades Foundation. Oramay Cluthe Eades and her husband, Alvin Q. Eades, were longtime supporters of the University of Evansville and benefactors of its Department of Music.

Cluthe Eades was a graduate of Combs Conservatory in Philadelphia with majors in harp and piano. She was the originator of the Cluthe School of Music in Cluthe Hall in 1924. The Cluthe School became affiliated with Evansville College in 1940. All advanced students matriculated into Evansville College and the young students remained at Cluthe Hall, which later became known as the EC Preparatory School of Music. The Cluthe School was donated to Evansville College by Cluthe Eades in 1942. The prep school moved onto campus in 1962 when Krannert Hall of Art and Music was completed.

Cluthe Eades presented a memo to the Evansville College Board of Trustees with the recommendation to create an Evansville School of Music. She offered to serve as director of the school free of charge for three years until the school was self-sufficient. Her reasoning for transitioning her private school into a civic one was that a civic school would be more permanent; it would gain the support of more people and make possible a larger, more complete school; and that by making the school known as a nonprofit educational institution, public-spirited citizens would make bequests to the school.

Cluthe Eades wanted the new school to have membership in the National Association of Schools of Music. The present faculty has been selected with that end in view and is acceptable to the National Association.

Zifer, a UE professor of music, earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Ohio University, his master’s degree in trumpet performance from Louisiana State University, and his doctorate in trumpet performance with a minor in wind conducting from Louisiana State University.

Zifer teaches courses in applied trumpet, UE Jazz Ensembles, UE Trumpet Ensemble, jazz studies, and music management courses. He received the Dean’s Teaching Award in 2010. Zifer is the principal trumpet of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and is an active soloist and recitalist. He also serves as the principal trumpet and founding member of the Shepard Brass (UE faculty brass quintet). Most recently, Zifer recorded Robert Russell Bennett’s Rose Variations with the UE Wind Ensemble on their CD recording project.

Prior to taking over the jazz studies program, Zifer served as director of bands (1996-2008). During this time the University of Evansville wind ensemble toured over 20 states and appeared at the 2001 International Trumpet Guild Conference, competed in the 2002 International Hawaiian Music Festival, and performed at the 2006 and 2008 Indiana Music Educators Association conventions.

The UE Jazz Ensemble I has performed and competed at the prestigious Elmhurst College Jazz Festival from 2008 to the present, having received two honorable mentions, outstanding soloist award, and recognition for an original composition by a student. The UE Jazz Ensemble I has hosted numerous internationally acclaimed musicians during the past few years, including trumpeters Doc Severinsen and Allen Vizzutti, vocalists Diane Schuur and The New York Voices, and drummer Max Weinberg. The UE Jazz Ensemble also hosts an annual Jazz Band Invitational bringing in over 13 high school and college jazz bands from across the tri-state area.

The UE Trumpet Ensemble has performed at the 2001 and 2004 International Trumpet Guild Conferences, the 2011 University of Kentucky TrumpetFest, and the 2015 Orvieto TrumpetFest in Orvieto Italy. In 2001, Zifer served as the conference host for the International Trumpet Guild Conference on the campus of UE. The conference brought in over 800 attendees from around the world and featured recitals, lectures, exhibits, and clinics by some of the world’s leading trumpet professionals.

Jerrilee LaMar to be invested as holder of UE's White Family Endowed Professorship of Nursing

The University of Evansville’s College of Education and Health Sciences has announced the upcoming investiture of Jerrilee LaMar as the holder of the University’s White Family Endowed Professorship of Nursing. The ceremony is planned for Saturday, March 2, at 1:30 p.m. in Neu Chapel.

The White Family Endowed Professorship in Nursing was established to promote undergraduate teaching excellence in nursing. The professorship is awarded to a faculty member who has demonstrated a commitment to the education of nursing students at UE, as well as to advancing the University of Evansville Department of Nursing and the practice of nursing education.

The professorship was named for Linda E. White, who completed the Deaconess School of Nursing diploma program earning a Bachelor of Science in nursing from UE in 1976. In addition, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Indiana State University. She earned her Master in Business Administration from UE in 1983. White is the current chair of the University of Evansville Board of Trustees. She retired as president and CEO of Deaconess Health System in 2017 and took on the position of director of Deaconess Foundation. She joined Deaconess in 1974 and held numerous positions during her tenure. White’s civic and community involvement includes an extensive list of local organizations. She is a director for Old National Bancorp and has served as a board member of Leadership Evansville, Operation City Beautiful, Ark Crisis Nursery, and Junior League. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 2001, White was recognized as Evansville’s Athena Award recipient, and in 2004, was named UE’s Delta Sigma Pi Business Leader of the Year. In 2014, she was inducted into the Evansville Business Hall of Fame. She also serves on the Indiana Economic Development Committee.

LaMar joined UE’s faculty in 2007 after leaving Deaconess Hospital. She had worked for more than 17 years at Deaconess, beginning her career there as a staff nurse on the Pediatric Unit. As assistant head nurse of the unit, she found her passion for teaching and developed a cross-training program for nurses between pediatrics and the nurseries. She became manager of the Employee Education and Development Department, and while working full-time, earned her master’s in nursing from UE and her PhD in curriculum and instruction from ISU, Terre Haute. Her doctoral research centered on clinical nursing education.

LaMar helped to develop the nursing intern and extern programs at Deaconess Hospital and eventually left her position as interim vice president and chief nursing officer at Deaconess to teach nursing full-time at the University of Evansville.

LaMar is passionate about access to health care on a global scale and has been active in leading medical mission trips with Deaconess Hospital to impoverished St. Mary’s Parrish in northwest Jamaica for almost 25 years. She continues to take nursing students with her on these mission trips in order to provide them with life-transforming experiences. LaMar has taught nursing at UE’s Harlaxton College and has had the opportunity to spend four fall semesters there, as well as visit between semesters to build relationships with healthcare organizations and British Schools of Nursing and secure clinical sites for UE nursing students.

UE Receives IIE Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education

The University of Evansville has received one of this year’s Institute for International Education (IIE) Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. UE received its award in the Higher Education in Emergencies category for its Scholars for Syria initiative.

The awards were presented during the IIE Summit held in New York City from February 17-19.

The Higher Education in Emergencies award is given in recognition of successful approaches and strategies for supporting students and scholars who have been displaced from their home country due to violence, political persecution, or other emergent circumstances. UE has provided scholarships for 25 displaced Syrian students since 2016 and engages the larger community in dialogue around the Syrian crisis to change perceptions about the region.

“This is such an enormous validation for everyone at the University of Evansville who has worked tirelessly to welcome so many displaced students,” said Wesley Milner, executive director of international programs. “While the students have received a superlative education, the campus community has been the real beneficiary. Our international students enrich the entire Evansville region both in and out of the classroom and help us to achieve greater understanding and a global perspective.” 

The IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards honor outstanding international education initiatives conducted by universities and colleges from among the 1,300 member institutions of the IIE Network. As a premier international organization celebrating its 100th anniversary, IIE is known for administering the Fulbright Student and Scholar Programs, Open Doors annual survey of international educational exchange, the Gilman Scholarships, Humphrey Fellowships, and Boren Scholarships for Critical Regions. 

“To thrive in the global economy, students need access to international experiences during their college career,” said Clare Overmann, head of IIE’s Higher Education Initiatives. “We congratulate this year’s Heiskell Award winners for their outstanding success in providing new and innovative international education opportunities to their students.”

Since 2002, IIE has given the awards to ground-breaking institutions pursuing the most innovative and impactful models for internationalization of campuses, study abroad, and international partnership programs with these ultimate goals:

•          To foster innovative ideas that will help international education professionals create and sustain new opportunities for students and faculty

•          To bring international education to the forefront of education policy

•          To stimulate public awareness of the benefits of study abroad and international educational exchange

Robert Dion to be Invested as UE’s Igleheart Chair in Political Science

The University of Evansville has announced the upcoming investiture of Robert Dion as the newest holder of the Igleheart Chair in Political Science. The ceremony is planned for Saturday, March 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Neu Chapel on the UE campus. It will be part of a weekend of academic celebrations that will also include the inauguration of the University’s new president, Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz.

Dion is the chair of the Department of Law, Politics, and Society in the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences. He has taught American politics at the University since 2001. Before coming to UE, Dion held full-time teaching positions at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and at Wabash College. He earned his doctorate from Indiana University-Bloomington, for a dissertation focused on techniques of persuasive political communication. He also holds a master’s degree in American politics from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in French and political science from Wabash College.

At the University of Evansville, Dion has received the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award and the Sydney and Sadelle Berger Award for Service, and he has been named a Global Scholar by the Institute for Global Enterprise. He serves as an associate researcher for the Observatoire sur les Etats-Unis at the University of Quebec in Montreal.

Outside the classroom, Dion serves as the longtime chair of the Evansville Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission and is a member of the Indiana State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He is quoted regularly in news stories about political developments in Indiana or in the United States, and he has appeared frequently on radio and television news programs, including several French-language broadcast outlets.  

The Austin Igleheart Chair in Political Science is the culmination of a long relationship between the Igleheart family and the University of Evansville. John L. Igleheart supported bringing Moore’s Hill College to Evansville in 1919. In the late 1950s, the Igleheart’s son, Austin S. Igleheart, approached President Melvin Hyde about establishing a chair in government at Evansville College. The result was the establishment of the Igleheart Chair in Political Science, which was created to promote the study of government, particularly local government and political science. The chair is awarded to a faculty member who has demonstrated an understanding of the importance of teaching excellence in the field of political science. The chair is also responsible for promoting student internships and forums of interest to political science majors and the wider community.

Robert Dion to be Invested as UE’s Igleheart Chair in Political Science

UE to Participate in CIC’s Annual Diversity, Civility, and Liberal Arts Institute

The University of Evansville was one of 25 member institutions of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) selected to participate in CIC’s second annual Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 2–5. The event is designed to help faculty members and administrators address issues of diversity, civility, inclusion, and student unrest on campus more effectively.

Each institution will send a team of two faculty leaders and two senior administrators. Representing UE will be the University’s chief diversity officer LaNeeca Williams, dean of the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Science Ray Lutgring, department chair for philosophy and religion Valerie Stein, and associate professor of psychology Maggie Stevenson. Johnna Denning-Smith, UE director of grants and sponsored programs, facilitated the grant-writing process.

The institute is directed by Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College and a leading scholar of race and higher education. During the institute, prominent humanities and social science scholars will present key research and recent developments in their fields and apply these concepts to understanding student concerns and deepening the educational experience. The goal is to encourage thoughtful campus discussions that engage students’ minds as well as their emotions.

Each participating college will develop plans to incorporate the institute content into specific courses, advising and counseling services, and co-curricular activities at their institutions.

Participants for the 2019 Institute were selected through a highly competitive application process.

According to CIC president Richard Ekman, “the volume, quality, and urgency of the proposals reflect the commitment of independent colleges and universities to promoting diversity and civility, not just on their campuses but across the nation.” 

The institute is supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

For more information, visit www.cic.edu/2019DiversityInstitute.

UE Theatre 2018-19 Season Continues with "Colony Collapse"

The University of Evansville Theatre proudly presents Stefanie Zadravec's Colony Collapse. Set against the present-day plagues of meth addiction, missing children, and a failing ecology, this edgy new play explores the complex dynamics of a highly dysfunctional family and their attempts to unearth a second chance in a wounded America.

This production opens at 7:30 p.m., Friday, February 22, in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on February 23 and 28 and March 1 and 2 and at 2:00 p.m. on February 24 and March 3.

Evansville native and UE Theatre alumna Lori Wolter Hudson '05 guest-directs Colony Collapse. Wolter Hudson is the artistic director of the New Harmony Project. John Fujisawa, a senior from Los Alamitos, Calif., is the scenic designer; Gillian Herold, a junior from Spokane, Wash., is the costume designer; Professor Stephen Boulmetis serves as the lighting designer; Sidney McCarty, a junior from Clarksville, Tenn., is the sound designer; professor of theatre Diane Brewer serves as the dramaturg; assistant professor Janel Miley serves as the vocal coach; Blake Elliott, a junior from Cypress, Texas, is the stage manager; and Mason Wilhite, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, is the technical director.

The cast features first-year student Zachary Scalzitti, from Saint John, Ind., as Jason; senior Alexi Lewis, from Seattle, Wash., as Julia; sophomore Jackson Burnham, from Houston, Texas, as Mark; first-year student Kyla Clift, from Arlington, Texas, as Nicky; first-year student Lillie Kolich, from Albuquerque, NM., as The Girl; sophomore Evan Lawson, from Arvada, Colo., as Randy Martin; first-year student Josh Gelman, from Denver, Colo., as Bill Mitchell, and ensemble members include senior Amanda Suggs, from Cedar Park, Texas, sophomore Jack Russell, from Montgomery, Texas, first-year student Cassidy Rogers, from College Station, Texas, first-year student Bailey Lomax, from Great Falls, Mont., and senior Matt McDonald, from Carmel, Ind.

Ticket prices are $18 for adults and $16 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. The UE Theatre Society will host a Pre-Play Chat at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 23. All are welcome to attend the presentation and discussion with a student designer about their process on the production.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 812-488-2031, Monday through Friday, noon to 5:00 p.m.

UE’s Environmental Sustainability Challenge Accepting Proposals from Public

The University of Evansville is inviting the public to submit proposals to the University’s Environmental Sustainability Challenge. If you would like to make an impact on environmental sustainability, but need funds to get your ideas off the ground, submit a proposal to have your project considered for funding from The Green Fund.

The deadline for submissions is February 20. Proposals can be submitted by going to: www.evansville.edu/sustainableUE.

The Green Fund began with a $25,000 environmental sustainability grant from Siemens, and additional funds may be generated through fundraising or savings gained through successful Environmental Sustainability Challenge projects.

For more information, email LK102@evansville.edu or call 812-488-2079.

Jazz pianist Stephanie Trick featured in Guest Artist Series

Pianist Stephanie Trick, internationally-recognized master of traditional jazz piano styles, will be featured in the next Jazz Guest Artist Series concert. Co-sponsored by the University of Evansville Department of Music and the Evansville Jazz Society, the concert will take place in Wheeler Concert Hall on Sunday, February 17, at 4:00 p.m.

Trick is widely recognized as today’s most outstanding proponent of the jazz piano styles known as Harlem stride and boogie-woogie. A classically trained pianist, she discovered piano jazz while still in high school. Trick has thoroughly incorporated the swinging piano styles of James P. Johnson, Willie “The Lion” Smith, Fats Waller and Meade Lux Lewis.

Trick has performed throughout the USA and Europe, and her exciting performances entertain and engage her audiences with prodigious and amazingly accurate technique.

Trick has recorded seven albums and one DVD. Her “Live” CD was awarded the “New Talent Prize of 2011” by the Hot Club of France.

Admission to the concert is $15 for adults, $10 for Jazz Society members and $5 for students with I.D. Tickets can be obtained by contacting the UE Department of Music at 812-488-2754, or at the door.

For more information, contact Edwin Lacy at 812-488-2227 or EL2@evansville.edu.

UE Ballroom Club Partners with Academy of Flamenco Arts, Dapper Pig, and Lamasco Bar to Present Valentine’s Day Flamenco Show

A Flamenco Show at Lamasco is planned for Friday, February 15 from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. All ages welcome. The University of Evansville’s Ballroom Club has partnered with Dapper Pig, Lamasco Bar, and the Academy of Flamenco Arts to present UE trained Flamenco guitarist Gareth Jones, along with live dancing, and a meal in Lamasco’s family music room.

Tickets are $50 per person and $90 per couple and includes a meal and the show. Tickets are available on www.EventBright.com by searching “Lamasco Bar”.

UE CiSM Project Receives $1 Million Grant for Scholarships from the NSF S-STEM Program

The University of Evansville’s Computers in Science and Math (CiSM) project has been awarded a grant totaling $999,934 to fund scholarships for academically talented students with financial need majoring in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, physics, or statistics and data science.

The project, funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, is led by UE faculty members Joyce Stamm, professor of biology; Angela Reisetter, associate professor of physics; Adam Salminen, associate professor of mathematics; and Sarah Wilson, assistant professor of chemistry.

The CiSM scholarships will be available beginning in the fall 2020 semester and will provide up to $10,000 per year for four years to two cohorts of seven or eight students. These students will be part of an interdisciplinary learning community established through an all-expenses paid bridge course during the summer before the freshman year, and maintained as the students live together in UE’s honors residence hall and enroll together in computational problem-solving courses. CiSM students will also receive summer research and conference attendance funds, and CiSM-specific academic advising, career preparation, and mentoring.

 “This interdisciplinary cohort approach will prepare our students for a real work setting, where biologists and mathematicians may work alongside chemists and physicists toward a common goal,” said Stamm. “The interpersonal skills developed from living and working together are just as, if not more, important than the technical skills gained through coursework. It allows them to learn to speak the same language.” 

Reisetter added, “Computational problem-solving skills are not currently emphasized in UE’s math and science curriculum, so we’re particularly excited to develop additional talents in our students, which will translate into broader career opportunities and workplace success upon graduation.”

To develop these skills, the project will introduce a scaffolded curriculum with four interdisciplinary computational problem-solving courses. The first three courses will focus on the power of computational and data visualization skills in the sciences, and introduce students to interesting data-centric scientific projects. The fourth course will be part of the UE ChangeLab program and will pair student and faculty teams with local business or nonprofit clients. Students will work with the clients to solve a problem involving experimental design, data collection, and/or data analysis. Because these courses will be open to all math and science majors at UE, the CiSM project will have impact beyond the scholarship recipients.

“The digital revolution has allowed scientists and businesses to collect vast quantities of data,” said Salminen. “Marketing firms, educators, and sports teams have gleaned knowledge and insights from this data for application to business techniques for many years. Of particular importance here is the growing need of these skills in the sciences.”

Data scientists and statisticians work to develop new statistical approaches and develop new software and techniques of analysis. However, scientist in other areas such as genomics, particle physics, and neuroscience need to use these techniques to unravel the massive amounts of data that they collect. Moving forward, scientists will need to have a better understanding of working with large data, and statisticians and mathematicians, with proper training and interest, can help tackle difficult problems throughout the sciences.

In line with the NSF’s mission to improve STEM undergraduate education, another important goal of the project is to determine the impacts of the learning community on CiSM scholars.

“We will assess each of the project’s activities using a mixed-methods approach, to examine how involvement in the CiSM community affects students’ science and mathematics self-efficacy, sense of community, retention, success, and progression to STEM careers,” said Wilson. “We hope that the CiSM project will serve as a model for interdisciplinary STEM education at institutions similar to UE.”

UE CiSM Project Receives $1 Million Grant for Scholarships from the NSF S-STEM Program

Wells gives expert advice to Building Indiana magazine

Gene Wells, senior director of the University of Evansville's Center for Career Development, was recently asked for his expert advice by Building Indiana, the largest statewide business-to-business magazine in Indiana.

The magazine wanted to know how employers can develop the types of employees they need by working with a university. You can read the entire article on the Building Indiana website.

UE Professor of History Daniel Byrne to speak at March Andiron Lecture

University of Evansville associate professor of history Daniel Byrne will be the speaker for the Andiron Lecture on Wednesday, March 6, in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center on UE’s campus. The lecture starts at 4:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Byrne’s topic will be “Cautiously Confronting Colonialism: The United States and Decolonizing Africa, 1962-1990."

Byrne focuses his teaching on United States history since the American Civil War, with a focus on the United States in the world. Additionally, he teaches a seminar on African decolonization, which combines his research in United States foreign policy with the nationalist perspectives on the end of European empires in Africa. His original research focused on the United States response to the Algerian war of independence and has expanded to cover the decolonization of French West Africa.

With the conclusion of the Algerian war of independence and the decolonization of much of British and French Africa, the United States sought to reshape its response to the remainder of decolonizing Africa and to confront the white-ruled states of Rhodesia, Namibia, and South Africa. As the American Civil Rights movement scored significant victories at home, it began to place increased pressures on US policy abroad. However, Cold War considerations limited America’s willingness to directly confront colonialism or to support nationalist independence movements. Consequently, the United States became slowly drawn into conflicts that placed its foreign policy at odds with its publicly declared support for democracy, self-determination, and racial equality.

For more information, call Annette Parks at 812-488-1070 or the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589.

James Sullivan to speak at February Andiron Lecture

James Sullivan, University of Evansville assistant professor of music theory and double bass, will be the speaker for the Andiron Lecture on Wednesday, February 6, in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. The lecture starts at 4:00 p.m. Sullivan's topic will be "Composing Queer Music: Samuel Barber's Despite and Still."

In addition to the lecture, there will be an evening recital of works discussed in the lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall, Krannert Hall of Art and Music. The recital will feature guest tenor Matthew Valverde (Adams State University), guest pianist Allan Armstrong (Indiana University, Bloomington), and UE voice faculty Alanna Keenan.

Sullivan earned a PhD in music theory and a DMA and MM in double bass performance from the Eastman School of Music, as well as a BM in double bass performance and a BS in mathematics from Indiana University. Sullivan presents regularly at conferences, including those of the Society for Music Theory, the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Music Theory Midwest, and the International Society of Bassists. His research focuses on rhythm and meter perception in post-tonal music.

Sullivan’s Andiron Lecture brings together his interest in rhythm and meter with secondary interests in the music of Samuel Barber, queer music theory, and performance and analysis. What does it mean to compose queer music? Can a piece of music sound gay? In what ways does a composer’s, listener’s, or performer’s sexuality influence the way one composes, listens to, or makes music? This talk will survey some answers to these questions from the fields of musicology and music theory and will show, as a case study, the impact that Samuel Barber’s sexuality had on the composition of his late song cycle, Despite and Still

For more information, call Annette Parks at 812-488-1070 or the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589.

Dion reelected chairperson for Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission

Robert Dion, University of Evansville department chair for Law, Politics, and Society, was recently reelected as the chairperson for the Evansville - Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission, the local civil rights agency.

Professor Dion has held this position since 2004, making him the longest-serving chair of any city or county civil rights commission in the state of Indiana. During that time, he has served as an appointee of the city government and of the county government and has been named to his post by officeholders of both political parties.

The Human Relations Commission has been in Evansville since 1948, and it became part of county government in the 1980s. Among its duties are the investigation and resolution of discrimination complaints and the promotion of harmonious community relations.

UE Engineering OPTIONS Camps Accepting Applications

The College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Evansville announces open registration for its 2019 Engineering OPTIONS summer camps.

High School Girls summer career exploration program is a week-long residential opportunity at UE for high school girls currently in grades 9, 10, or 11 who have completed geometry. The program begins Sunday, June 9 and concludes Friday, June 14. Registration deadline is April 1.

Middle School Girls summer career exploration program is a 3 ½ day residential opportunity at UE for middle school girls currently in grades 6, 7, or 8. The program begins Sunday, June 16 and concludes Wednesday, June 19. Registration deadline is April 1.

Middle School Boys summer career exploration program is a week-long day camp opportunity at UE for middle school boys currently in grades 6, 7, or 8 and elementary school boys currently in grade 5. It will be held daily from Monday, June 24-Friday, June 28. Registration deadline is May 1.

Program participants will gain a better understanding of the opportunities available in fields closely related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 

For more information, to obtain an application, or apply online, see www.evansville.edu/options.

UE’s Clay Club and Art Department to Present Artist and Ceramist Gail Russell

The University of Evansville Clay Club and Department of Art will welcome artist and ceramist Gail Russell to the University from February 5-6.

Russell will give demonstrations of throwing on a potter’s wheel on Tuesday, February 5, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., and Wednesday, February 6, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in the UE Ceramics Studio. She will also present a lecture on Tuesday, February 5, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 255, Ridgway University Center. All of these events are free and open to the public.

Russell earned her MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, and her BFA from UE. She has been owner, operator, and full-time artist potter at Peachblow Pottery in Lewis Center, Ohio, since 1986.

Russell has participated in approximately 125 exhibitions, taught numerous workshops, and executed many commissions. She has appeared in several books, including Introduction to Ceramics by Graham Flight, The Ceramic Surface by Mathias Osterman, and Contemporary Studio Porcelain by Peter Lane.

Russell was honored to be one of the workshop presenters for the inaugural Zanesville Prize Conference in October 2014.  The highlight of this event is an international exhibition of contemporary ceramic art, with a top prize of $20,000. 

For more information, contact the UE Department of Art at 812-488-2043 or email art@evansville.edu.

Art Exhibit “Celebrating Life” on Display at UE

“Celebrating Life,” an exhibit by Cynthia Watson, visiting artist, will be on display at the University of Evansville’s Krannert Gallery in the Krannert Hall of Art and Music from February 18-March 31. On Thursday, February 21, there will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. at the gallery. These events are free and open to the public.

Watson attended the John Herron School of Art and Design from 1980-1982, and has studied under several nationally well-known artists during her career as an artist. An award-winning artist, her work has been displayed in many locations, including the Evansville Museum, the Women’s Institute, Deaconess Gateway, and the Audubon Museum. Watson lives in Evansville, Indiana, and teaches art to children and adults.

Watson’s expertise is mixed media, oil, watercolor, and acrylics, focusing on portraits, landscapes, wildlife, and abstracts. Her inspiration comes from within, evoking emotion, and further capturing interest through her choice of color. She is included in public and private collections, nationally and internationally, has won numerous awards for her art, and continues to exhibit locally. Watson’s studio is located at 401 SE Sixth Street, Suite 211, in Evansville, Indiana. She is available by appointment. Her art can also be viewed at Inman’s Frame Shop, Stac Gallery, and Facebook.

For more information, contact the UE Art Department of Art at 812-488-2043, email art@evansville.edu or visit the gallery’s Facebook page.

Campus Closed Wednesday, January 30

The University of Evansville is closed Wednesday, January 30, due to extreme cold and sustained wind chill below zero. All classes and on-campus functions are cancelled and offices are closed. 

Essential personnel are still required to report for normal duty unless otherwise arranged with your supervisor. 

The wind chill is expected to be between 15 and 20 degrees below zero throughout the day. Please dress accordingly and stay indoors if possible.

Café Court will be open on a reduced basis as there may be limited staff able to travel to campus. Aces Place will be open for Self Service. Other dining venues will be closed. Details regarding adjusted schedules will be posted on the Residence Life Facebook Page and any follow-up messages will be communicated through digital media and/or printed signs on the first floor of Ridgway.

Tip off for the Aces men’s basketball game at the Ford Center versus Bradley is still scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

We fully expect to resume normal operations on Thursday, January 31; an update will be sent to the campus community by 6:00 p.m. tomorrow evening. 

University of Evansville Announces Details for the Community Changemaker Challenge

The University of Evansville launched its inaugural Community Changemaker Challenge today during a press conference on the UE campus. This competition’s theme is to Make Evansville More Fun and Exciting, and community members of all ages and backgrounds are invited to form a team.

After a series of initial rounds, the top four teams will each receive $1000 in prize money. Teams will then hone their presentations for the final round—a “Shark-Tank”- style competition to be aired on WNIN. During the televised event, each team will have the opportunity to make a pitch to real community investors for funding up to $10,000.

“We are looking for fun, creative, or interesting new ways to increase the fun factor in our city,” said Jill Griffin, executive director of the Center for Innovation and Change at UE. “Ideas could include events, activities, businesses, art installations, or anything else you can imagine.”

UE has hosted the annual High School Changemaker Challenge since 2015, awarding full-tuition scholarships to members of the winning teams and the Collegiate Changemaker Challenge since 2013, awarding prize money and other incentives to UE students. Both of these programs are designed to motivate young people to take a leading role in identifying and solving challenges in the world around them through innovation and creativity.

“UE believes strongly that everyone can be a Changemaker,” said UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “To that end, we’re opening the challenge to the entire community this time and inviting people of all ages and walks of life to share their ideas.”

Many Changemaker Challenge projects have already been implemented throughout the Evansville community. The Upgrade Bike Share hubs around the city, solar panels at Carver Community Center, and the CommuniTree at Mickey’s Kingdom all stemmed from these competitions.

“At WNIN, our mission is to deliver engaging public media content that informs, entertains, and inspires,” said Brad Kimmel, president and CEO at WNIN Tri-State Public Media. “A Changemaker Challenge, where everyone in the public has a chance to make their community a little better, directly aligns with this mission, and we’re excited to partner with the University of Evansville.”

In addition to WNIN, other community partners involved in the challenge include the Rotary Club of Evansville, Leadership Evansville, the Evansville African American Museum, and the Growth Alliance of Greater Evansville.

Interested teams are invited to two information sessions in February, and video submissions are due April 8. The top 12 teams will each present at a pitch event on April 30. The top four teams from this event will each receive a prize of $1,000 and will be invited to the WNIN studios on June 7 for the recording of the final televised round where they will pitch their ideas to local community investors for further funding assistance, suggestions, and advice for implementation.

“The Center of Innovation and Change at UE is thrilled to provide another opportunity to get the community working on quality of place initiatives,” said Griffin. “We all have a stake in our community, and we believe that everyone can be a changemaker.”

For more information on the Community Changemaker Challenge, visit www.evansville.edu/cc

 

Important information and Community Changemaker Challenge competition dates are as follows:

Tuesday, February 12: Leadership Evansville Kickoff
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Join Leadership Evansville for a VOICE session at the Evansville African American Museum. They will help you come up with ideas or hone an idea if you already have one! Refreshments provided and all are welcome.

Tuesday, February 26: Information Session at the University of Evansville
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Come to the information session to learn details and discuss strategy for the competition.

Monday, April 8: 60-Second Video Submission Deadline
Email a YouTube link to your team’s 60-second video pitch to centerforinnovation@evansville.edu by midnight.

Friday, April 12: Top 12 Teams Notified that they’ll be moving forward.

Tuesday, April 30: Top 12 Pitch Event at Innovation Point: Each team will deliver a one-minute pitch and then be available to discuss their ideas further.

Friday, June 7: Final Round and Recording for Televised Show
The top 4 teams will be invited to the WNIN studio to receive their $1,000 prize and to pitch their idea to investors for further funding assistance, suggestions, and advice for implementation.

For more information visit www.evansville.edu/cc.

 

University of Evansville Announces Location and Details on New Wellness and Recreation Center

The University of Evansville announced plans today for a new on-campus wellness and recreation center. The facility will be located on the corner of Weinbach Avenue and Walnut Street and will incorporate spaces for academic programming and community services in addition to traditional fitness center amenities.

The University is working with Hastings­+Chivetta, a St. Louis architectural firm that specializes in designing wellness and recreation centers, as well as Evansville-based architects, Hafer.

Hughes Hall is currently located on the site. The 60-year-old residence hall housed its last students during the Fall 2017 semester and is currently being used as faculty office space while Hyde Hall, UE’s main classroom building, undergoes extensive renovations. Hughes Hall will be razed following the completion of those renovations. 

Two locations were considered for the new facility: the current Hughes Hall site as well as the newly cleared space along Walnut Street where the tennis courts formerly stood.  After conducting surveys, focus groups, and on-site evaluations, the Hughes Hall location was the clear choice for a variety of reasons. 

“This location will create a ‘sense of arrival’ on campus,” said UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “The concept, advocated by the UE community, includes a wall of glass, largely with cardio features that would overlook the East Terrace Lawn and Ridgway University Center.”

Additionally, the size of the facility would not fit well on the tennis court location. Based on preliminary estimates, the size of the building will be two stories and over 70,000 gross square feet. The size is consistent with a peer review of facilities at other universities including Butler, Xavier, Valparaiso, Drake, Bradley, John Carroll, Truman State, and the University of Indianapolis. It is also considered relative in size compared to Indiana University, Purdue, and Ball State.

Fitness Center Concept Floorpan in relation to landscape.

The chosen location also creates proximity to Graves Hall, home of UE’s athletic training and exercise science programs, as well as the Ace CARE pro bono physical therapy clinic, making for convenient use of the space by those programs.

“This facility will benefit more than just those who work or learn at UE,” said Pietruszkiewicz. “For example, Ace CARE not only provides educational benefits for our physical therapy students, but it brings critical care to the uninsured, underinsured, or homeless members of our community. The space in the new facility will allow us to double the number of lives impacted by this valuable service.” 

Funding for the new recreation and wellness center will be raised through philanthropy. “We’re incredibly grateful for our university supporters,” said Abigail Werling, vice president for development and alumni relations. “As a private university, philanthropy is at the foundation of institutional advancement. Just like the renovations of Hyde Hall, the Bower-Suhrheinrich Library, and other recent enhancements to our campus, this long-awaited facility will be realized through the generosity of our benefactors.”

Additionally, the University announced earlier this week that it will explore the sale of 42 acres on Division Street that was obtained decades ago in a land swap with the State Hospital. UE’s soccer teams currently utilize practice space there, but will move onto the UE campus following a sale. For decades, UE has also provided land on the Division Street property for the Lakeview Optimist Club to conduct their youth football program.  UE has been actively working with the Lakeview leadership and the City of Evansville, and is committed to ensuring the continued operation of their program.  UE currently has a request in the Indiana Legislature to remove the restriction of deed on that property.

“The chosen location fits nicely into the overall campus facilities puzzle,” said Pietruszkiewicz. “By locating the recreation and wellness center on the Hughes Hall site, it opens up the possibility of moving the intramural fields from their current position near the Armory to the tennis court site, thus freeing up space near the Armory for our soccer programs. The space near the Armory could also potentially accommodate new track and field practice spaces, which do not currently exist.”

Fitness Center Concept First and Second Floor plans

This arrangement creates one easily accessible geographic location for all student fitness, recreation, and intramural activities.

 “Overall, we are excited to continue to provide our students, student-athletes, faculty, and staff with expanding top tier education and quality wellness, athletic, and intramural facilities conveniently located on campus,” said Pietruszkiewicz. “We believe the expansion of wellness and green-space will make UE an even more beautiful campus and continue to add aesthetic value to our surrounding neighborhood.”

University of Evansville Announces Location and Details on New Wellness and Recreation Center

UE team to participate at 2019 Diversity, Civility, and Liberal Arts Institute

An Institute for Faculty and Administrators at Independent Colleges and Universities has selected the University of Evansville to participate in the Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts Institute to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 2–5. The institute is made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

CIC received many more proposals than the number of spaces available in the Institute. The volume, quality, and urgency of the proposals reflect the commitment of independent colleges and universities to promoting diversity and civility, not just on their campuses but across the nation. The selection committee was especially impressed by the high quality of the proposal written by UE.

Team members are as follows: Ray Lutgring, LaNeeca Williams, Valerie Stein, and Maggie Stevenson Special thanks to Johnna Denning-Smith for helping the team submit the proposal.

University of Evansville to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The University of Evansville will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019 on January 21. This year’s theme is a “Labor of Love.” The schedule of events follows. All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, January 21
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Student Fitness Center

Symbolic March: Civil Rights March on Washington and Pre-March Rally

Speakers include Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, UE president; LaNeeca Williams, UE chief diversity officer; Aaron Cochran, Black Student Union outreach liaison; and Keith Turner, UE John Wesley Minister and assistant chaplain. Note: due to the cold and hazardous sidewalk conditions, the symbolic march will no longer leave campus but instead will now take place on the track inside the fitness center immediately following the pre-march rally in the same location.

1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Student Fitness Center
Labor of Love: UE Gives Back

UE students and community members, including students from Evansville Day School, will stuff care bags for foster children as part of the Value Every Child program from the Lutheran Church of our Redeemer. 

1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., Student Fitness Center
Labor of Love: Panel Discussion hosted by UE’s Black Student Union

Local black professionals discuss why they chose their field, professional advice, and how they manage work-life balance at two 30-minute sessions. The audience will be encouraged to ask questions of the panelists.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center
William G. and Rose M. Mays Martin Luther King Jr. Lectureship and Reception

Keynote speaker is Cynthia E. Nance, dean emeritus and Nathan G. Gordon Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Nance serves as the law school’s director of pro bono and community engagement. She teaches labor law, employment law, workplace legislation and poverty law. Nance’s articles appear in journals including the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, Iowa Law Review, Rutgers Law Review, and Brandeis Law Review.

The generosity of William G. and Rose M. Mays funds the keynote speaker during UE’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

UE Theatre Alumnus Rami Malek Wins Golden Globe

University of Evansville alumnus, Rami Malek '03, won his first Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the film, Bohemian Rhapsody. 

Watch his behind-the-scenes Winner Cam interview on the Golden Globes website. 

The film was also awarded a Golden Globe for the Best Motion Picture in the drama category during the 76th annual awards ceremony on Sunday, January 6. 

This year marks Malek's first Golden Globe win. He was nominated twice before in 2016 and 2017, both for his role as Elliot in the series, Mr. Robot. In 2016, he won an Emmy Award for the same role.  

Malek studied theatre at the University of Evansville and graduated in 2003. 

University of Evansville Programs Nominated for Leadership Evansville Honors

The University of Evansville’s Changemaker Challenge and Mad Hot Ballroom programs have been nominated for this year’s Leadership Evansville’s Celebration of Leadership honors. UE’s Changemaker Challenge has been nominated in the education category and the University’s Mad Hot Ballroom has been nominated in the arts category.

Celebration of Leadership recognizes individuals and groups who have positively impacted the Evansville community in the categories of the arts, community and neighborhood, education, environment, government and public services, and/or health and social service.

The goal of the University of Evansville’s annual Changemaker Challenges for UE students and for members of the local community is to encourage the next wave of social entrepreneurs and innovators. It encourages people to work together to solve the community – and the world’s - biggest challenges with innovative ideas for sustainable solutions and enterprises.

UE’s Ballroom Dance Club launched the pilot Mad Hot Ballroom program last year with a partnership between UE associate director for the Center of Innovation & Change Erin Lewis and Glenwood Leadership Academy dance instructor Angela Paul. The club members taught teaching ballroom dancing to Glenwood Leadership Academy students, culminating with the students performing a Cuban salsa routine in costume at UE. The University’s Mad Hot Ballroom program came about as the result of a Global Scholar partnership between Lewis and UE assistant professor of music Shawn Teichmer.

Leadership Evansville will be honoring nominees during its Celebration of Leadership event at the Old National Events Plaza in downtown Evansville on Thursday, March 14. Doors open at 4:00 p.m., with a reception from 4:15–5:15 p.m. The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m.

UE Schroeder School of Business Ranked as a Best Undergraduate Business School

The University of Evansville’s Schroeder School of Business has been ranked 71 (#3 among small private business schools) in the third annual Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2018 rankings by Poets & Quants for Undergrads, the leading online publication for undergraduate business education news.

“It’s great to have the Schroeder School of Business recognized by Poets & Quants as one of the best business schools,” said Greg Rawski, Schroeder Family Dean. “It is particularly heartening to know that our alumni highly value our faculty for their teaching excellence and mentorship, and receive a signature experience in career outcome support.”

The rankings are based on a representative survey of more than 13,000 recent graduates and school-reported data across 88 schools focusing on admissions standards, academic experience, and employment placement. Recent graduates were also asked about the ability of faculty to connect with students. The Schroeder School did well in this area, receiving an A+ for mentoring students and an A for faculty’s availability outside of the classroom. The Schroeder School was ranked 34 (#3 among small private schools) for quality of teaching.

The Schroeder School was ranked at 42 (#3 among small private universities) in the career outcome category. Poets & Quants stated that the school performed well in this category by “doing something that might seem simple on the surface but is not always that easy. It got its students jobs. Nearly 96% of the graduating Class of 2018 that were seeking jobs were employed full-time within three months of graduation.”

The Schroeder School has recently placed graduates at leading companies like Cisco Systems, Fiat Chrysler, Deloitte, Disney, and a slew of other blue chip firms and companies.

UE Center for the Advancement of Learning Offering New Options

The University of Evansville’s Center for the Advancement of Learning, formerly known as the Center for Adult Education, is now offering new programs to begin Spring 2019.

“We are very excited about our new offerings and the name change,” said Lindsay Roberts, director of the Center for the Advancement of Learning. “It reflects the wide array of programs and opportunities we offer not only to those seeking degrees but also to those interested in professional development opportunities at every level.”

New graduate certificate programs will be offered starting Fall 2019. Applications will open up January 11. The graduate certificate programs in Innovation and Nonprofit Leadership allow for individuals to enhance self-development. These can be completed in one semester and consist of nine credit hours. The credits earned in these two certificate programs may be transferred into the MS in Leadership program.

Options offered by UE’s Center for the Advancement of Learning include:

New graduate certification programs (New in 2019)

  • Graduate Certificate in Innovation
  • Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health

Professional development workshops (New in 2019)

  • Enhancing Creativity and Building Collaborative Teams to Solve Complex Problems on February 13
  • Creating a Culture of Empathy on April 10

Graduate degree programs:

  • Master of Public Health in Health Policy (Now fully online)
  • Master of Science in Health Services Administration
  • Master of Science in Public Service Administration
  • Master of Science in Leadership

Adult degree programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in University Studies
  • Transition to Teaching
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated Elementary Education

Continued Learning @ UE (A continued learning program designed for individuals approaching or at retirement age.)

For more information, go to www.evansville.edu/centerforlearning.

Tony Richardson receives UE Exemplary Teacher Award

Tony Richardson, associate professor and director of the electrical engineering program at the University of Evansville, received the University’s Exemplary Teacher Award during UE’s winter commencement exercise on Thursday, December 13.

The Exemplary Teacher Award is given by the University to an exceptional member of the faculty in acknowledgment of his or her teaching excellence.

Richardson became a member of UE’s faculty in 2000. His specialty areas are digital signal processing and electronic communication. Richardson has developed courses in his discipline that are required by all of UE’s electrical engineering and computer engineering majors. He is highly sought after as a senior project advisor, and he understands the curriculum so well that he advises students with the most challenging schedules. Richardson is extremely popular among students and consistently scores near the top of his department in teaching evaluations.

Richardson earned his PhD in electrical engineering from Duke University, his MS in electrical engineering from Syracuse University, and his BS in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky.

University of Evansville and Ivy Tech Community College Announce Dual Admission Partnership

Beginning in January 2019, the University of Evansville and Ivy Tech Community College will partner to offer a dual admission program, which will offer students a structured, guaranteed pathway for attaining both a two- and four-year degree.

Students in any major who meet all dual admission program admission standards are guaranteed acceptance to UE and will receive an $18,000 per year scholarship toward UE tuition. 

“We will provide a guaranteed transition from an Ivy Tech associate’s degree to a UE bachelor’s degree by providing one integrated curriculum plan right from the start,” said UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. 

Dual admission program students will begin by taking classes at Ivy Tech Community College and will have access to all the benefits offered to UE students from the very beginning of their college career. They will have access to on-campus housing and will have full use of the UE library, computer labs, and other academic spaces. They will also have access to advising, student affairs, financial aid, and career services prior to full admission. Additionally, dual admission program students may attend student activities such as sporting and cultural events at both institutions.

“We are pleased to partner with UE to offer a seamless transition for our students who desire to continue their education after attaining their associate degree,” said Ivy Tech chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “Through this partnership we are creating a different pathway; a different option for students to be successful. It is also very beneficial that our students will have the opportunity to access all student spaces on campus, including housing, from the beginning of their collegiate career.”

“Students will reap the benefits of both institutions during the entirety of their college career,” said Pietruszkiewicz. “Not only will course credits seamlessly transfer, but by having the support from both institutions and access to UE services and experiences from the beginning, it will allow for an easy personal transition as well.”

In addition to the dual admission program, UE and Ivy Tech have many articulation agreements in place to allow for an easy transition between institutions. Credits from Ivy Tech programs including engineering, nursing, education, criminal justice, and supply chain management are already automatically accepted at the University of Evansville toward completion of a four-year degree.

To learn more or apply for the dual admission program, visit https://www.evansville.edu/dual-admission

UE’s RN to BSN Program Now Offering Completely Online Option

The University of Evansville’s RN to BSN Program is now offering an all online format. This new option brings additional flexibility to a program that is already designed to provide adult learners and working nurses with an accommodating, supportive academic experience.

Two online courses are being offered this spring: NURS 484 Dynamic Integration: Health Issues and NURS 463 Nursing Professional Leadership. 

The RN to BSN Program’s curriculum teaches advanced critical thinking and leadership skills and in-depth knowledge of health care issues, research, and quality improvement.

"This benefits not only the program’s graduates but the community as well," noted Jerrilee LaMar, chair of UE’s nursing department. “Graduates of our program take their enhanced skills, knowledge and abilities back into the health care community. We have a long-term collaborative relationship with hospitals and community agencies in the Evansville area.”

The RN to BSN program offers a competitive reduced per credit hour tuition rate, and students may qualify for financial aid.

The University of Evansville’s BSN program was the first such program accredited in the State of Indiana. The program has received continuous accreditation since 1960. Graduate employment rate or enrollment in graduate school is consistently 100 percent within six months of graduation.

For more information on the program, call 812-488- 2442 or go to www.evansville.edu/majors/nursing/registeredNurse.cfm.

UE students plan awareness event for Powering Rosa-Bell Project

University of Evansville ChangeLab students are planning an awareness event for their Powering Rosa-Bell project, which will provide solar panel-powered energy for the Rosa-Bell school in Puerto Rico. The event is Tuesday, December 11, at 5:00 p.m. in Room 100 in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science on UE’s campus. It is free and open to the public.

There will be food, prizes, a panel discussion, and trivia games focusing on climate change and the environment, alternative energy, and Puerto Rico. The students will also make presentations about their project, and there will also be an informal discussion of the recent fourth national climate report.

Currently, electricity for the Rosa-Bell school comes from a standard power grid. When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, the grid lost power causing the school to be out of session for several months. The goal of the Rosa-Bell Project is to raise the money needed to purchase materials for the installation of solar panels, so the school no longer relies on the power grid. It is estimated that electricity generated by solar panels would save the school approximately $5,000 a month. This money could go to new programs, new classroom supplies, and an overall improvement of the school for the students.

Mary Kessler Named as a 2019 ATHENA Award Finalist

Mary Kessler, dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences at UE, has been named one of the 2019 ATHENA Award® finalists. 

Recipients of the ATHENA Award® are exceptional leaders in the Evansville-area community that have actively and generously assisted others in the attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

Those who nominated Kessler for the award cited many personal traits and professional accomplishments:  

"From assisting in career decisions, to helping advance careers, Mary encourages women to pursue their full potential and continually helps them along the way."

"While achieving a high level in her own career, Mary serves as a role model to many women, both young and mature. Regardless of her professional demands, Mary is devoted to guiding women in their pursuits through many fields including engineering, law, health and other professions, is an advocate for women in our community, and inspires women to attain the highest level within their careers. Most importantly, Mary promotes work-life balance and the importance of professional women finding time to care for themselves in order to be their personal best at home and work."

"Mary has been the recipient of UE’s Global Scholar Award, as well as the Dean’s Outstanding Professor Award for her work with students, and the Student’s Award for Advisor of the Year. She has mentored physical therapy students in the research process and has had several studies presented at national professional conferences. Mary has also been recognized for her leadership role in bringing the [Stone Family Center for Health Sciences] to completion."

The ATHENA Awards® have been hosted by the Southwest Indiana Chamber annual since the 1990s. The 2019 recipient will be announced at the annual ATHENA Award® Luncheon on February 22, 2019. 

Other finalists include: Gina Gibson, executive director at Evansville Christian Life Center; Deena Laska Lewis, founder and choreographer at Children's Center for Dance Education; Millie Marshall, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana; Susan Parsons, CFO at Koch Enterprises; and Carrie Roelle, partner at Kahn, Dees, Donovan, & Kahn, LLP. 

Chicago-based ATHENA International is a nonprofit organization founded in 1982 by Martha Mertz. In addition to supporting, developing, and honoring women leaders, the organization seeks to create balance in leadership worldwide and inspire women to achieve their full potential. Since the program’s inception in 1982, nearly 6,000 leaders in more than 500 communities have received the ATHENA Award®.

Schroeder seniors place at the 92nd percentile on Major Field Test

University of Evansville Schroeder School of Business seniors recently placed at the 92nd percentile on the Business Major Field Test (MFT). This year’s performance was headlined by management (97th percentile) and marketing (96th percentile), however international business, accounting, and economics were also above the 90th percentile. Additionally, accounting majors placed at the 99th percentile on the accounting portion of the exam.

The MFT is taken by over 500 business schools.

The Schroeder School is ranked #3 nationally among small private universities by 2019 US News and World Report, with specialty rankings among all business schools of #37 (#1 among small private schools) in accounting and #36 (#2 among small private schools) in finance.

UE Winter Commencement Set for Thursday, December 13

The University of Evansville’s Winter Commencement ceremony is set for Thursday, December 13. The event begins at 3:00 p.m. in Meeks Family Fieldhouse, Carson Center, on UE’s campus. The ceremony will include the announcement of the recipient of the 2018 Exemplary Teacher Award, given by the University to an exceptional member of the faculty in acknowledgment of his or her teaching excellence.

Dave Dwyer, chair of UE’s Department of Mathematics, will be this year’s Winter Commencement speaker. Dwyer was given the Eykamp Prize during UE’s May 2018 commencement ceremony. This annual award, made possible by the generosity the Eykamp Family, recognizes UE faculty who have displayed extraordinary service to the University.

Dwyer has received the Dean’s Teaching Award, the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Berger Award for Scholarship. He has been a member, chair, and co-chair of numerous campus committees. Most recently he was a faculty representative on the Presidential Search Committee. Notably, Dwyer spearheaded the Moonshot group of arts and sciences faculty who have put additional effort into assisting the Office of Admission. He secured two NSF grants totaling over $700,000, which funded the development of a textbook that is currently used in the University’s calculus sequence. Dwyer was instrumental in the decision to create a statistics and data science program, and sought grants to fund its development.

For those who cannot attend Winter Commencement in person, a video of the ceremony will stream live at www.evansville.edu/live.

UE Plans Annual Holiday Pops Concert for December 4

The Department of Music at the University of Evansville will present its annual Holiday Pops concert on Tuesday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Victory Theatre in Evansville, Indiana. The event, which will feature performances by UE students, faculty, soloists, and ensembles, is free and open to the public.

This year’s concert includes performances by the University Orchestra, Choirs, Wind Ensemble, and University Band, as well as some special guests and surprises. Holiday favorites will be performed, including Winter Wonderland, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, The Night Before Christmas, and Sleigh Ride, and the audience will be invited to join in on the traditional sing-a-long.

For more information, contact the UE Department of Music at 812-488-2754

Obaze to speak at November Andiron Lecture

Yolanda Obaze, University of Evansville assistant professor of supply chain management, will be the speaker for the Andiron Lecture on November 28. The lecture will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Obaze will be discussing "Co-creation of Value Using Logistics and Supply Chain Relationships."

A maturing stream of logistics and supply chain literature has focused on supply chain relationships to understand how these relationships can impede or create a sustainable competitive advantage. Concurrently, researchers seek to understand how traditional supply chain management practices can be adopted into complex networks of various organizations that have a plethora of motives, missions and values.

Obaze’s current research looks into complex supply chain relationship management and practices – in particular, how supply chain relationships that enable economic and social networks can be complex and yet achieve sustainable goals. 

Obaze earned her BA from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna Nigeria, and her MBA (strategic management and marketing) and PhD degrees from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. Her research interests include service systems, complexities and marketing theories, operations and supply chain management, logistics systems, and humanitarian logistics and supply chain management. She is an active member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, Production and Operations Management, South West Decision Sciences Institute, Decision Sciences Institute, and Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators.

For further information, call the series coordinator Annette Parks at 812-488-1070 or the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589.

UE Holiday Art and Crafts Sale set for Thursday, November 29

The University of Evansville Holiday Art and Crafts Sale is planned for Thursday, November 29 from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. This annual event is sponsored by the University’s Department of Art.

This sale is an excellent opportunity to find unique gifts made by local artists and crafts people, many from the UE community.

For more information, please contact UE’s Department of Art at 812-488-2043.

The Melvin Peterson Gallery is located at 1935 Lincoln Avenue on the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach Avenues in Evansville.

Basically Basie Concert

The UE Jazz Ensemble I will present the concert, Basically Basie, on Tuesday, November 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall on the University of Evansville campus The concert is free and open to the public and will feature music solely from the Basie library. Tickets are available for both preferred seating and a post-concert reception. The fee to attend the reception is $25.

Contact the University of Evansville's Department of Music office at 812-488-2754 or at www.uealumnionline.com/basie for more information.

All proceeds benefit the UE Department of Music.

UE Launches New Actuarial Science Degree Program

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Evansville has launched a new bachelor’s degree in actuarial science.  The program prepares students for a career as an actuary, a top-ranked profession offering high salaries in a low-stress environment.  In addition to specialized courses focused on actuarial science, the program includes course work in mathematics, statistics and data science, computer science, economics, finance, and accounting. Students may enroll in the program beginning in Fall 2019.

“Actuaries are experts at modeling and managing risk,” said Mark Gruenwald, PhD, professor of mathematics and director of actuarial science. “They are highly trained professionals with strong analytical skills and specialized knowledge of math, statistics, and business. Their work provides financial security for insurance companies, multinational corporations, and the government. Not surprisingly, there is a growing demand for individuals with this rare combination of talent and expertise.”

Advancement as an actuary depends on progress in completing a series of challenging exams, the first one to three of which are typically taken before graduation.  The new program provides preparation for five of the 10 actuarial exams required to achieve the highest status within the profession, Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. 

The new program was designed in consultation with graduates of the former program and replaces the existing actuarial track within the applied mathematics program. 

“We are proud of the successes of our graduates,” said David Dwyer, PhD, chair of the mathematics department. “Our alumni can be found at the highest levels of the actuarial profession in insurance companies and consulting firms across the country and even abroad. Their input was instrumental in helping us to design a first-class program to prepare our students for the changing demands of the actuarial profession. The changes to our program were so significant that we created an entirely new degree dedicated to actuarial science.”

The new actuarial program adds an advanced course in long-term actuarial modeling along with three new required classes in data science.

“Our alumni tell us that actuaries are increasingly exploiting cutting-edge techniques from the field of data science. One example is machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence,” said Gruenwald. “A few years ago, we established one of the few undergraduate programs in data science. Now we can leverage our data science courses to better serve our actuarial students. In fact, we will encourage all actuarial science majors to complete a minor in statistics and data science, and we anticipate that some will choose to complete a double major in actuarial science and statistics and data science.”

The new program provides course work that exceeds the stated requirements of the Society of Actuaries (SOA) for achieving Advanced Curriculum status.

For more information, to enroll in the actuarial or statistics and data science programs at UE, or to arrange a personal visit with professors Dwyer or Gruenwald, contact the Office of Admission at 833-BeAnAce or email math@evansville.edu.

UE Operating on a 2 Hour Delay Today, November 15, 2018

Due to inclement weather, the University of Evansville will operate on a two hour delay today, November 15, 2018. 

University employees will report to work at 10:00 a.m. Essential personnel are still required to report for normal duty unless otherwise arranged with your supervisor. 

Classes will begin at 11:00 a.m. The regular Tuesday/Thursday morning class schedule calls for classes to begin at 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. Therefore, any classes before 11:00 a.m. are cancelled.

The delay applies to UE programs at the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences as well. 

Café Court will be open on a reduced basis as there may be limited staff able to travel to campus this morning. Aces Place will be open for self checkout. Other dining venues will be closed until later in the day.  Details regarding adjusted schedules will be posted on the Residence Life Facebook Page and follow-up messages will be communicated through digital media and/or printed signs on the first floor of Ridgway.  

Michael Roscoe speaks at UE's Annual Veterans Day service

Colonel Michael Roscoe, U.S. Army National Guard, was the speaker at today's annual Veterans Day service at the University of Evansville. Roscoe is the chair and founding director of the Physician Assistant Science program at UE.

Roscoe began his military career in 2000 by commissioning to the Indiana National Guard. Currently, he is a senior PA for the state of Indiana working with the Surgeon General. He deployed to Afghanistan for his first combat tour in 2004-05 where he served as a physician assistant at a forward operating base in Kabul and on several medical “jump teams” all across Afghanistan. He had a second combat tour in Balad, Iraq in 2008-09 where he was the officer-in-charge of the busiest troop medical clinic (TMC) in Iraq at the time.

Roscoe earned a PhD in international health science in 2009 from Touro University International (military sponsored) with his specialization in risk mapping of Leishmaniosis in Afghanistan. He has a Master of Science from Purdue University, a second Master in Physician Assistant Studies from University of Nebraska specializing in emergency medicine. Finally, he has two bachelor’s degrees from Butler University.

Roscoe has received many military awards and achievements, but most notable was a Bronze Star for his work with the international medical community, leishmaniosis research, and assisting with getting four Afghan children back to the United States for life saving surgeries. Roscoe also received the Combat Medical Badge for his time with the medical jump teams and a Combat Patch for War-time Service (3).

Cherie Leonhardt was recognized during the ceremony for her years of service as the coordinator of the Office of Veterans Affairs at the University of Evansville.

UE professor of physician assistant science Sean Harper trains combat medics

University of Evansville assistant professor of physician assistant science Sean Harper spent 21 days in Hawaii this summer, training combat medics. Harper is a battalion physician assistant for 1st battalion, 151st INF Regiment in the Indiana National Guard. His unit is attached to the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii through an associated unit program.

Harper has clinical experience in occupational medicine, emergency medicine, and neurology. Prior to becoming a physician assistant and before he came to UE, he spent 13 years as a firefighter and paramedic. Harper earned both his bachelor’s degree in health science and his master's from Butler University in Indianapolis. He continues to practice in the occupational and urgent care setting.

UE professor of physician assistant science Sean Harper trains combat medics

UE to Participate in Annual First Generation College Student Celebration

The University of Evansville will participate in the second annual First Generation College Student Celebration on Thursday, November 8. This event, hosted by the Council for Opportunity for Education (COE) in partnership with the Center for First-generation Student Success, is celebrated by institutions nation-wide.

UE welcomes first generation college students to its campus and strives to create an atmosphere where they can succeed and develop their talents. This fall, approximately 25% of the school’s full-time undergraduates are first-generation college students.

All UE first generation college students are invited to participate in a special course that covers such topics as exploration of careers and majors, time management, study skills, stress management, internships and study abroad, and financial aid opportunities.

The University has also established a Student Success Lab designed to help students achieve academic success. While open to all students, the lab’s resources are particularly useful to those who are the first in their family to attend a university. Students who utilize the lab have access to supplemental instruction, academic coaches, library services, career development, and assistance in discovering the right academic path.

November 8 marks the 53rd anniversary of the signing of the 1965 Higher Education Act, which has helped millions of poor students become the first members of their families to earn college degrees.

LaNeeça Williams and Shane Davidson holding up signs. Three UE administrators hold up the First Gen sign together.

In addition to the services above, UE students have the support of the following faculty and administrators who serve as examples of individuals who were once in their shoes as first generation college students: 

Severine Bates, assistant professor of French
James Berry, associate professor of anthropology
Paul Bone, associate professor of creative writing
Jeffrey Braun, professor of physics
Vincent Campese, assistant professor of neuroscience
Katherine Chandler, visiting assistant professor of electrical engineering
Dana Clayton, dean of students/vice president of student affairs
Troy Coppus, clinical education coordinator of athletic training
Shane Davidson, vice president of enrollment and marketing
Barbara Engels, instructor in Intensive English Center
Jared Fulcher, assistant professor of mechanical engineering
Lisa Hale, visiting assistant professor of education
Elizabeth Hennon, associate professor of psychology
Cris Hochwender, professor of biology
Su Jin Jeong, assistant professor of public health
Lisa Kretz, associate professor of philosophy
Ralph Larmann, professor of art
John Layer, associate professor of mechanical engineering
Mary Lombardo-Graves, assistant professor of special education
Todd Matteson, associate professor of art
Eric McCluskey, assistant professor of music
John Meredig, assistant professor of German and Russian
Leanne Nayden, Lecturer in School of Education
Lisa Nikolidakis, assistant professor of creative writing
Annette Parks, professor of history
Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, President of the University of Evansville
Mari Plikuhn, associate professor of sociology
Elizabeth Powell. associate professor of biology
Anthony Richardson, associate professor of electrical engineering
Diana Rodriguez Quevedo, associate professor of Spanish
Peter Schmidt, associate professor of mechanical engineering
Rob Shelby, assistant professor of sociology
Mark Spencer, director of athletics
David Unger, professor of mechanical and civil engineering
James Ware, professor of religion
Katie Whetstone, clinical assistant professor of physical therapy
LaNeeça Williams, chief diversity officer
Sarah Wilson, assistant professor of chemistry

UE to Participate in Annual First Generation College Student Celebration

UE’s Christmas on Campus wins CASE Award

The University of Evansville has been awarded a Pride of CASE Award at the Silver Level for Best Collaborative Program for UE’s Christmas on Campus event. 

Congratulations to the Offices of Alumni and Parent Relations, Student Engagement, and Religious Life for their collaboration on this award winning event.

The Pride of CASE awards are bestowed in recognition of the best work in communications, alumni relations and development of CASE member schools.

The award will be presented at the CASE District V Conference which is December 9-11. The presentation of awards will take place at the Pride of CASE V Awards Luncheon at the event.

UE’s Christmas on Campus Planned for Friday, November 30

The University of Evansville will celebrate the holidays with Christmas on Campus on Friday, November 30. The celebration will include photos with Purple Santa, reindeer games, carriage rides, trackless train rides, cookies and hot chocolate, Candlelight Advent Vespers and the ceremonial lighting of the University’s Christmas tree.

Candlelight Advent Vespers is free and open to the public. The public is welcome to any and all of the other events for only $5 per family. You can visit UE's Christmas on Campus webpage at www.evansville.edu/aceschristmas/ to fill out the online registration form and save time during the event.

The complete schedule for Christmas on Campus is as follows:

5:00 p.m.
Check-in

Lobby, Olmsted Administration Hall

5:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Photos with Purple Santa

Ridgway University Center

Christmas Crafts
Ridgway University Center

5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Reindeer Games and Trackless Train Rides

East Terrace Lawn

Christmas Shopping at UE Bookstore
Stop in for giveaways and 20 percent off the original price of all clothing and gift items to all shoppers during the night!

7:00 p.m.
Candlelight Advent Vespers

Neu Chapel

8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Carriage Rides

Sesquicentennial Oval

Cookies and Hot Chocolate
Lobby, Olmsted Administration Hall

Roasted Nuts and Kettle Corn
East Terrace Lawn

8:05 p.m.
Lighting of the Christmas Tree and Caroling

Outside Graves Hall

Environmental Awareness Week: November 5-11

The University of Evansville's ECO Club presents Environmental Awareness Week November 5-11, 2018.

Stainless steel reusable straws will be sold at the information tables in Ridgway University Center at the times listed below for $1.00 each or 5 straws for $4.00.

The full schedule of events is as follows: 

Monday, November 5: 
5:00-6:00 p.m.: Glass Recycling Awareness, Ridgway University Center Tables
5:00 p.m.: SAB Trivia Night: Environmental Theme, Cafe Court

Tuesday, November 6: 
5:00-6:00 p.m.: Glass Recycling Awareness, Ridgway University Center Tables
7:00 p.m.: Levy Schroeder speaks about Wesselman Nature Preserve, Koch 100

Wednesday, November 7: 
5:00-6:00 p.m.: Food Waste Awareness, Ridgway University Center Tables

Thursday, November 8: 
12:00-1:00 p.m.: Energy Waste Awareness Day, Ridgway University Center Tables
Wear GREEN to support environmental awareness! 

Friday, November 9:
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Air Pollution Awareness, Ridgway University Center Tables

Sunday, November 11: 
1:00-3:00 p.m.: Make your own FREE reusable, no-sew t-shirt bag, SOBA 162
T-shirts are being collected at a donation box beside the information desk in Ridgway throughout the week. Extra bags will be donated to organizations in the community. 

University of Evansville Theatre presents Year of the Rooster

The University of Evansville Theatre presents Olivia Dufault’s Year of the Rooster. This exciting new script is an amazingly entertaining romp of a tale about cockfighting and opens Monday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m., in the May Studio Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on November 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17, and at 2:00 p.m. on November 18. 

UE students Meredith Ham directs Year of the Rooster, Cassy Spaduzzi serves as the scenic designer, Morgan Severeid is the costume designer, Maggie Ste.Marie is the lighting designer, Austin Kuhn serves as the sound designer, Julia Toney is the dramaturg, and Micah Ammons is the stage manager. UE professor Chuck Meacham serves as the technical director.

The cast features UE students Luke Lowrance as Gil Pepper, Matthew McDonald as Dickie Thimble, Kathleen Finch as Lou Pepper, Daniel Stewart as Odysseus Rex, and Delanie Kitzman as Philipa Long.

Ticket prices are $11 for adults and $9 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. The UE Theatre Society will host a pre-play chat 30 minutes prior to the show on Saturday, November 17. All are welcome to attend the presentation and discussion with a student designer about their process on the production. Tickets are available by calling 812-488-2031.

UE’s 32nd International Bazaar Set for Friday, November 16

The University of Evansville’s 32nd annual International Bazaar is set for Friday, November 16, from 5:00- 8:00 p.m., in Ridgway University Center on UE’s campus. The event is open to the public, and there will be no charge for admission. 

Those attending can browse an international marketplace and enjoy interactive booths and performances representative of countries from around the world.

Visitors can purchase an international meal from 4:30-7:00 p.m. for $10.25 in the Café Court on the first floor of Ridgway University Center. The menu features several international dishes that were popular at past bazaars including shepherd’s pie, Guinness stew, chicken curry, bulgogi, kabsa, and feijoada.

Handmade items, desserts, and snacks will be for sale at the marketplace on the second floor. At the interactive booths, guests can chat with UE international students, see items from the students’ home countries, and participate in such activities as learning how to write one’s name in another language. There will also be a kids’ booth and a photo booth.

Proceeds will be donated to various globally focused charities including Scholars for Syria, Catholic Relief Services, and the Antares Foundation for Kazakhstan orphans.

The bazaar is sponsored by the UE International Club.

To learn more about the bazaar, visit UE’s International Club’s web page at www.evansville.edu/ceis/club.cfm or contact the Office of Cultural Engagement and International Services at 812-488-2279.

Carter appointed dean of NAFSA CEP

Holly Carter, University of Evansville director of education abroad and director of Harlaxton College Programs, has been appointed as dean of the CEP workshop risk assessment and crisis management by NAFSA (Association of International Educators). 

This workshop is described by NAFSA as exploring ways to assess risk, reduce risk potential, and respond to crises more effectively. Carter will be dean until 2021 and will work to trainers from around the nation to deliver the curriculum for international education professionals.

Activist Mary Olson to speak at the University of Evansville

Activist Mary Olson will be speaking at the University of Evansville on November 12 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 203 in the Bower-Suhrheinrich Library. Her topic will be “A New Global Treaty for Nuclear-Free Nations: How One Woman Made a Difference.” This event is free and open to the public.

Olson is acting director of gender and radiation and director of the southeast office for Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), a non-government organization. She has an undergraduate degree in evolutionary biology and history of science. Olson has worked for 27 years on radioactive waste policy with NIRS, which is located in the Washington, DC, area. She is based in NIRS’s satellite office in North Carolina, where she founded the Gender and Radiation Impact Project in 2017.

Olson has written and organized on radioactive waste and was a registered lobbyist in the US Congress from 199-2004-1999, working to stop bad legislative proposals for changes in radioactive waste law. She leads the successful Stop Mobile Chernobyl Campaign which prevented legislation that would have mandated the shipment of highly radioactive waste to the disputed Yucca Mountain site when it was under study (not yet approved). For many years Olson worked with the No Dumps on Native Lands project to keep nuclear waste off the lands of Indigenous Peoples, including Yucca Mountain, which is on traditional lands of the Shoshone Nation.

Olson has been a student of radiation’s impact on living cells and organisms since her own contamination while working in a research lab. She has done an analysis of A-Bomb survivor data published by the US National Academy of Sciences in order to answer questions from the public about gender differences in radiation harm. Olson’s paper “Atomic Radiation is More Harmful to Women,” published in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns helped diplomats at the UN bring nuclear weapons under humanitarian law, embodied by the new Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

UE Ranked a Best for Vets College by Military Times

The University of Evansville has been named to the Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 list in the four-year category by Military Times. UE was one of only two schools from Indiana and one of only 25 private universities that made this list of 137 schools.

These rankings are based on the results of Military Times’s annual survey. This survey is the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement, as well as a detailed review of public data collected by federal agencies.

Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges ranking is editorially independent, objective, and rigorous. This feature evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. About 500 colleges took part in this year’s survey.

Military Times's Best for Vets designation is trusted throughout the veteran community as the mark of excellence for schools and other organizations that work with veterans, service members and military families,” said George Altman, Military Times editor in charge of the rankings. “It can't be bought with advertising dollars. It is only earned through a record of steadfast service and dedication to those who have served.”

The University of Evansville is consistently ranked as a top college for veterans by U.S. News & World Report, Military Friendly Schools, Military Times Magazine, U.S. Veterans Magazine, and Military Advanced Education and Transition.

Murphy presents research at NEUDC conference at Cornell University

David Murphy, University of Evansville assistant professor of economics, presented his research entitled "Chatting at Church: Information Diffusion through Religious Networks" at the highly selective annual North East Universities Development Consortium conference, this year held at Cornell University on October 27-28. 

he research shows a causal relationship between mutual religious association and the formation of social ties, which increases the probability of sharing information with and trusting a peer. Data for this research were collected in villages of Kenya in 2016 as part of Murphy's dissertation research.

UE Changee Award Winners Announced

The University of Evansville’s inaugural Changee Awards ceremony was Sunday, October 28, in Eykamp Hall in Ridgway University Center on UE’s campus. The formal event, sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana and Berkshire Hathaway real estate agent Philip R. Hooper, honored those in the UE community who have been outstanding changemaking catalysts.

Erin Lewis, associate director for UE’s Center for Innovation & Change, said that the University was “excited about the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the incredible changemakers among our staff, students, and faculty and community partners. While we hope it becomes an annual event, we are so grateful to be able to do it this year, the year UE became an Ashoka Changemaker Campus.”

Those receiving awards included:

  • CommuniTree - Community Initiative of the Year
  • Holly Carter, UE director of education abroad and Harlaxton programs - Changemaker Staff Member of the Year                                                          
  • Angela Reisetter, UE associate professor of physics - Changemaker Faculty Member of the Year
  • Hannah Jaramillo, UE student – Changemaker Student of the Year
  • E Cubed ChangeLab Team – Changemaker Student Team of the Year
  • Bushara Ahmed, UE student – Center for Innovation & Change Award
  • Ace Care, pro bono physical therapy clinic run by UE doctor of physical therapy students - Changemaker University Initiative of the Year
  • Mike Labitzke, deputy director of program management, Evansville Water and Sewer – Community Changemaker of the Year
  • Honeymoon Coffee Company -  Community Business Partner of the Year                                                            
  • Mark Valenzuela, UE director of institutional effectiveness – Global Changemaker of the Year
  • LaNeeca Williams, UE chief diversity officer – Changemaker Inclusion Award

UE School of Education welcomes the Indiana Teacher of the Year

The University of Evansville's School of Education welcomed the Indiana Teacher of the Year, Jerome “Flew” Flewelling, to the University of Evansville on October 17 and 18.

Flewelling teaches AP physics, mechanics and chemistry at Crown Point High School and has been teaching for more than 20 years. He also serves as their science department chair and as assistant theatre director. 

While at UE, his presentations to both student and faculty as well as high school students interested in education or STEM fields included: Courage, Creativity, and Innovation: Crafting the Profession, Finding Your True North, and Stepping into Your Courage.

His messages inspired participants to engage P-12 students in meaningful ways in the classroom and to positively impact the lives of the children in our classrooms.

Wooton's article featured on cover of "The Nurse Practitioner"

Angie Wooton's recently published article, "Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy Resulting in Sexual Dysfunction," was featured on the cover of The Nurse Practitioner, Vol. 43, No. 11, November 2018. Wooton is an assistant professor in the Dunigan Family School of Nursing at the University of Evansville.

Hampton wins 3rd place in flute competition

Leanne Hampton, University of Evansville instructor of flute, was awarded third prize in the Colorado Flute Association’s 2018 Young Artist Competition. Her program included works by C.P.E. Bach, Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Paul Taffanel, and Valerie Coleman.

Dean Rawski serving on AACSB peer review team at Dominican University

Greg Rawski, Schroeder Family Dean at the University of Evansville, recently served on a Continuous Improvement Review (CIR) peer review team at Dominican University.

Rawski joined deans Jim Brodzinski (Valparaiso) and Ross Dickens, (Tennessee Martin) in the review process. He will also serve on Bellarmine University’s AACSB CIR peer review team in Fall 2019.

Carter presents at Forum on Education Abroad Conference in Prague

Holly Carter, University of Evansville director of Harlaxton programs and education abroad, presented “Moving Beyond a Diversity of Views on Risk” with Kerry Geffert (Terra Dotta) and Loren Ringer (Parsons Paris) at the Forum on Education Abroad’s European Conference. The outcomes of the session will be used in the creation of the updated standards in study abroad for study abroad.

Plikuhn presents at International Society for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Norway

Mari Plikuhn, University of Evansville associate professor of sociology, presented a paper co-authored with Kevin Gray, UE associate professor of criminal justice and sociology, titled, "Principles and Principals: Using Reflective Narratives to Inform Curriculum and Recruit Majors" at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, in Bergen, Norway, on October 25.

Conference travel assistance was supported through an Eykamp Center for Teaching Excellence Teaching Conference grant.

Yazdanparast presents research at Association for Consumer Research Conference

Atefeh Yazdanparast, University of Evansville associate professor of marketing, presented her research titled "A Phenomenological Examination of Internet Addiction: Insights from Entanglement Theory" at the Association for Consumer Research Annual Conference in Dallas. 

The research employs a qualitative approached based on phenomenological interpretations of consumer narratives to provide a better understanding of human-digital technology relationships at the level of lived experiences and examine how Internet addiction and its various forms are shaped.

Kerr's paper accepted for publication in Journal of Human Capital

Amanda Kerr, assistant professor of economics in the University of Evansville’s Schroeder School of Business, has had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Human Capital. 

Her paper examines how the introduction of female inheritance rights implemented in four Indian states between 1986 and 1994 impacts the educational achievement and labor force participation of children 

She investigates time varying state amendments to the Hindu Succession Act of 1956, which provided equal inheritance rights to both male and female children. 

Using data from the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series for India (IPUMS India), she finds that children living in states that implemented reforms experience an increase in the probability of completing primary school and a decrease in the probability of participating in the labor force.

Performing a triple difference analysis, she finds that these results are larger for Hindu children, specifically Hindu females and Hindu children living in rural areas.

Students from North High School win Full Tuition at UE's High School Changemaker Challenge

Three students from North High School won full tuition to the University of Evansville today during the fourth annual High School Changemaker Challenge.

Ashlyn Thompson, Jaylyn Davis, and Jamie Born came up with an idea for a musical swing set that would serve as a stress reliever and community builder in downtown Evansville. The team researched what it would take to make their idea become a reality and presented to a panel of judges.

Each member of the winning team will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to the University of Evansville. Scholarships will also be awarded to the second, third, and fourth ranked teams per student ($5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 respectively for four years):

Winning teams included:

  • 4th place: Castle High School: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Team
  • 3rd place: Castle High School: Hope Park Team
  • 2nd Place: Bosse High School: Filtering Wetland Park
  • 1st Place: North High School: Musical Swing Set

Championship round judges included Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz and other community leaders.

UE's High School Changemaker Challenge is designed to motivate young people to take a leading role in identifying and solving challenges in the world around them through innovation and creativity. High school students are invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of community leaders and compete for scholarships to UE where they can come to get the support needed to make their ideas become a reality.

This year, 18 teams from the following high schools competed: North, Evansville Day School, Heritage Hills, Bosse, New Tech Institute, Forest Park, Signature School, Evansville Christian School, Mater Dei, Castle, Central, Boonville, and Charles A. Tindley Academy.

The High School Changemaker Challenge was made possible this year by the Rotary Club of Evansville. Proceeds from the 2017 Rotary Club Santa Run went to support the Changemaker Challenge. 

Art Exhibit “History Lessons from the Future” on Display at UE

“History Lessons from the Future,” an exhibit by Johnathan Hittner, Efroymson Foundation Artist in Residence, will be on display at the University of Evansville’s Melvin Peterson Gallery from October 29-December 8. On Thursday, November 8, there will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. and a lecture by the artist at 7:00 p.m. at the gallery.

These events are free and open to the public. They are part of the Efroymson Family Fund Emerging Contemporary Artist Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the Efroymson Family Fund and the UE Department of Art.

Hittner has called his work “a world of colors and shapes, mathematics, and theater swirling with delight and trepidation, certainty, and emptiness.”

The Melvin Peterson Gallery is located at 1935 Lincoln Avenue on the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach Avenues in Evansville. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from noon-3:00 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from noon-6:00 p.m.

For more information, contact the UE Art Department of Art at 812-488-2043, email art@evansville.edu or visit the gallery’s Facebook page.

Ralph Larmann Co-Authors for Thames & Hudson

Ralph M. Larmann, University of Evansville professor of art, has coauthored the third edition of a text for art and archeology publisher Thames & Hudson. Gateways to Art 3rd edition, by Debra J. DeWitte, Ralph M. Larmann, and M. Kathryn Shields, is a general art text that introduces the topic from a variety of different perspectives. 

Since the first edition, published in 2011, the text has grown into the best-selling art textbook in the world with over 250,000 copies sold. Besides the three main college editions, the text is available for high school AP courses, a British version for distribution outside the U.S., and Mandarin and Korean translations.

Annual Veterans Day service

The University of Evansville’s annual Veterans Day service is set for Friday, November 9 from 11:00-noon in Wheeler Concert Hall in the Krannert Hall of Art and Music. The campus community, alumni, and friends are invited to this celebration.

This year’s speaker will be Colonel Michael Roscoe, U.S. Army National Guard. Roscoe is the chair and founding director of the Physician Assistant Science program at the University of Evansville.

Roscoe began his military career in 2000 by commissioning to the Indiana National Guard. Currently, he is a senior PA for the state of Indiana working with the Surgeon General. He deployed to Afghanistan for his first combat tour in 2004-05 where he served as a physician assistant at a forward operating base in Kabul and on several medical “jump teams” all across Afghanistan. He had a second combat tour in Balad, Iraq in 2008-09 where he was the officer-in-charge of the busiest troop medical clinic (TMC) in Iraq at the time.

Roscoe earned a PhD in international health science in 2009 from Touro University International (military sponsored) with his specialization in risk mapping of Leishmaniosis in Afghanistan. He has a Master of Science from Purdue University, a second Master in Physician Assistant Studies from University of Nebraska specializing in emergency medicine. Finally, he has two bachelor’s degrees from Butler University.

Roscoe has received many military awards and achievements, but most notable was a Bronze Star for his work with the international medical community, leishmaniosis research, and assisting with getting four Afghan children back to the United States for life saving surgeries. Roscoe also received the Combat Medical Badge for his time with the medical jump teams and a Combat Patch for War-time Service (3).

UE Schroeder School of Business Places Third in Conexus Logistics Case Competition

A student team from the University of Evansville Schroeder School of Business won third place in the Third Annual Conexus Logistics Case Competition held recently in the Rolls Royce board room in Indianapolis. The event is sponsored by Conexus Indiana.

This year’s team was made up of both business and engineering majors. Students participating from UE included Mohammed AlAamri, McKenna Lewis, Jessica Rollins, and Austyn Stierwalt. The team was mentored by Dr. Yolanda Obaze, Sethlyn Morgan, and Terry Stumpf.  

At the competition, four-member teams from 19 Indiana universities vied to develop the best solution to a global logistics-related issue. The teams was given a real industry case problem with roughly 36 hours to prepare and present recommendations. The top three winning teams were awarded a cash prize and the UE team took home $1,000. UE placed ahead of teams from Indiana University, three teams from Purdue University (business, engineering, and technology), Valparaiso, University of Southern Indiana, among others.

“This is a strong competition and continues our momentum in our new Logistics and Supply Chain Management major ” said Greg Rawski, Schroeder Family Dean.

UE’s team took 3rd place (2016) and 4th place in (2017). The Schroeder School is ranked as the number 3 small private business school in the nation in the 2019 US News & World Report best undergraduate business programs ranking. UE’s Logistics and Supply Chain Management program was also recognized as one of the top programs in the country by study.com for 2018.

UE to Host State of Indiana Appeals on Wheels on November 1

The University of Evansville will play host to a traveling oral argument before the Indiana Court of Appeals on Thursday, November 1. This program, known as Appeals on Wheels, will begin at 11:00 a.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center on UE’s campus. It is free and open to the public.

At this event, an oral argument will be presented for the Case of Ashley D. Reid versus the State of Indiana (18A-CR-00493). The procedure will unfold just as it would for an argument held in the Court’s Statehouse courtroom. A bailiff will call the court into session, robed judges will enter, and lawyers for each party will present arguments to the judges and respond to the judges' questions.

Following the argument, the audience will be invited to participate in a question and answer session with the judges and attorneys.

Please note the following important courtroom etiquette and procedure for Appeals on Wheels

This Oral Argument is a formal process with legal and procedural protocols, which includes the behavior and conduct of the audience.

Attendees should observe the following rules during the event:

  • NO cell phones, cameras, talking, eating or drinking.
  • This location will be serving as a courtroom and the audience should dress appropriately; this includes no hats and business casual attire would be the minimum standard.
  • The bailiff will call the Court to order by banging the gavel and asking everyone in the room to rise or stand.

Any questions about audience protocol should be directed to the Center for Career Development:at career@evansville.edu. 

“This event is just another example of the high-level educational opportunities we provide to students at UE,” said Robert Dion, chair of UE’s Department of Law, Politics, and Society. “They don’t just read about the legal process in a book, instead they get to witness a real legal proceeding firsthand and have the opportunity to interact with those involved—all on the UE campus.”

The goal of Appeals on Wheels is to help Hoosiers learn more about the judiciary's role in Indiana government. They also provide opportunities for Court of Appeals judges to meet and talk with the public in relatively informal settings.

The Court has conducted more than 400 Appeals on Wheels between its 2001 centennial and June 2013, although the program predates the centennial.

The event at UE is sponsored by the Department of Law, Politics and Society with support from the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and the Center for Career Development.

UE’s Master of Public Health Now Offered Fully Online

The University of Evansville now offers its Master of Public Health (MPH) in a fully online format. It is one of the few MPH programs in Indiana to be offered fully online.

“Distance learning provides location and day-to-day flexibility in scheduling “class” for students who have work, family, and/or other responsibilities,” says Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, associate professor of public health and director of the program.  

The master's degree requires 42 credit hours divided into three categories: public health core courses; health policy core courses; and a capstone course and internship.

"Given that public health is a multidisciplinary field, a wide array of majors could benefit from an MPH," says Patel-Dovlatabadi. "Further, those working in non-governmental organizations and the healthcare industry could benefit greatly by incorporating public health concepts and competencies into current practice."

Within UE’s School of Health Sciences, the health policy program aims to provide its students with a foundation of knowledge in public health and health policy, and to teach concepts, principles, and scientific skills necessary for health services policy development and evaluation. Students will develop an understanding of the importance of data and research as policy and management tools. Students are taught to anticipate future needs relative to expanding technology, changing patterns of community health, and emerging societal and programmatic needs.

Students may enroll on either a full-time or part-time basis, with a full-time student taking two years to complete the program. All courses are taught in an online format and are $525 per credit hour.

UE Homecoming 2018 Reunion Weekend Planned for October 26-28

The University of Evansville Homecoming 2018 Reunion Weekend is October 26-28. Special events and activities are planned for parents and alumni, many of which will be open to the public.

Dr. Guy Banta Distinguished Lecture Series – Speaker: Randy Scherer ’04, chief scientific officer and managing member for KSCV, LLC.
Friday, October 26, 3:00 p.m., Vectren Lecture Hall (Room 100) Koch Center for Engineering and Science

17th Annual Fiddick Memorial Lecture – Speaker Jay Winter, professor at Yale University, to discuss the legacy of World War One
Friday, October 26, 7:00 p.m., Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Cente
Free and open to public.

Homecoming Tailgate
Saturday, October 27, 2:00-5:00 p.m., H-Lot, South Frederick Street
Food, games, live music, and fun. Open to public.

The Ace Race
Saturday, October 27, 9:00 a.m., UE campus
This 5K run benefits Ace CARE, UE’s pro bono physical therapy clinic. The event is open to the public. The participation fee for the general public is $30. To register, go to www.uealumnionline.com/acerace2018.

UE Men’s Soccer versus Valpo (followed by fireworks display)
Saturday, October 27, 5:00 p.m., Arad McCutchan Stadium.
Open to public.

Celebration events this year include: Class of 1968 50th Reunion, Hughes Hall reception and tour, chemistry alumni reception, Phi Kappa Tau 50th Anniversary Reception and Dinner, 100 years of the Crescent, and annual Homecoming Brunch.

For the full schedule of events or more information, visit www.evansville.edu/alumni or contact alumni@evansville.edu or 812-488-2586. 

A Statement from the University of Evansville Regarding WUEV

While there is still no official agreement in place to sell UE’s radio station, WUEV, we want to address the conversation about WUEV and what our students can expect to prepare them for a future in communications.

The idea to consider a sale of the radio station based on the future of communications is not a new one. In 2005, a sale was explored and after much consideration, we decided to retain the radio station.  Now, 13 years later, we are once again examining the relevancy of the medium and exploring opportunities to enhance our curriculum through providing additional experience in 21st century communications methods.

A variety of academic departments have academic plans about how the station’s space and its equipment could be utilized to provide a student-centered multimedia and multidisciplinary experience. Those plans complement and support the already existing ESPN3 and ONB Radio Network and include podcasting, online television and video production, streaming opportunities in both audio and video capacities, and potentially more. These methods do not require maintaining a broadcast frequency, therefore, the possibility considered 13 years ago to sell the FCC license is being explored.

Details about unsettled business decisions require a commitment to confidentiality that we must maintain for all parties involved. We understand that this precludes a full disclosure of public information. We will provide updates as we are able.

We can assure our alumni that we have spent a great deal of time studying this decision and considering its impact on our curriculum and our student experiences. We are happy to listen to your voices and your experiences as we fulfill our responsibility to align the resources of the institution with its mission in order to provide the best possible education for our students. We have consulted, and will continue to consult, with our students and faculty to determine what they need in order to prepare students now, and in the future, for careers in broadcasting, journalism, and audio production.

The future might not look exactly like the past. This is because our past experiences spark innovation that broaden the opportunities of students to learn and express themselves using the technologies that will be most useful in our current environment and our expectations for the future. 

It is our responsibility to deliver the highest quality education possible in a constantly changing and challenging marketplace to create transformative experiences for our students. This does require us to constantly evaluate our educational programs.

UE Guarantees $20,000 Scholarship for Students Who Complete the EVSC Medical Professions Academy

The University of Evansville and the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s Medical Professions Academy (MPA) have partnered for a new initiative to provide scholarships to MPA students, as well as integrate UE faculty and resources into the MPA program.  The partnership also will help increase the pool of qualified medical professionals in the area.

Through the partnership, students who successfully complete the MPA program and who are admitted to UE will be offered a minimum of $20,000 in annual scholarships. In addition, UE will provide faculty and resources that will help enhance the learning opportunities students receive through the program.

 “This is such an exciting opportunity for us and our students,” said Andrew Freeman, MPA administrator and Central High School assistant principal. “Being able to partner with such an esteemed university will not only provide our students with valuable knowledge, skills, and experiences, it also will provide them a way to help pay for their post-secondary education. With this partnership, we have the opportunity to make MPA an even better program, and provide more options for our graduates.”

The EVSC created the Medical Professions Academy, housed at Central High School, for high school students interested in pursuing careers in science, health care, and medicine. An integrated science, English, and technology curriculum, paired with hands-on learning and relevant internships and shadowing experiences, prepares students for post-secondary science, medical, and health profession majors. 

“Students who have completed the EVSC’s MPA program are a step ahead,” said Kenton Hargis, director of admission at UE. “We are excited to partner with such outstanding students and start them on the journey down one of our many health profession career paths.”

Health profession programs at UE include athletic training, clinical laboratory science, exercise science, health service administration, music therapy, neuroscience, nursing, physical therapy, physical therapist assistant, physician assistant, and public health. Additionally, UE offers a baccalaureate to doctor of medicine program for Indiana residents.

“All degree programs offer experiential opportunities including internships, clinicals, and student teaching, and students are mentored by qualified professionals in real-life work settings,” said Shane Davidson, vice president for enrollment and marketing at UE. “Students in the College of Education and Health Sciences interact with exceptional faculty who are dedicated to each student’s academic and personal success.”

Direct entry programs are also available for high school seniors in the athletic training, nursing, physical therapy, and physician assistant programs.

Pre-professional programs at UE include science, pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant science, pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary studies.

“Many of our undergraduate programs can be used as a pre-professional foundation to apply to University of Evansville graduate health programs or those offered elsewhere,” said Mary Kessler, UE’s dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences. “In fact, many students who graduate with an undergraduate degree from UE go on to professional health programs and are now working as physical therapists, physician assistants, physicians, optometrists, podiatrists, athletic trainers, or physical therapist assistants.”

Additionally, the new state-of-the-art Stone Family Center for Health Sciences in downtown Evansville is now home to UE’s Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs.

For more information about health professions offered at the University of Evansville, visit www.evansville.edu/healthprofessions.

UE’s Health Science Preview Day on October 20 will offer a first-hand look at programs offered. Learn more or register at www.evansville.edu/visit.

More information on the Medical Professions Academy can be found at www.evscschools.com/mpa.

French Sociologist Gérôme Truc to Speak at UE about 2015 Paris Terrorist Attacks

French sociologist and author Gérôme Truc will speak at the University of Evansville on Thursday, October 25. His topic will be “Paris in Shock: The Social Response to the 2015 Terrorist Attacks." The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, in Ridgway University Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Truc is a tenured research fellow at the CNRS and member of the Institut des Sciences sociales du Politique (ISP) in Paris. His work focuses primarily on social reactions to terrorist attacks (9/11, Madrid in 2004, Paris in 2015).

While Truc pays particular attention to moral and political sociology, he notes that he is generally interested in "what a society goes through when it is subjected to the ordeal of terrorist attacks."

His most recent book on that topic is titled Shell Shocked: The Social Response to Terrorist Attacks.

This lecture is made possible with the generous support of and contribution by the University’s Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures; the French Embassy in the United States; and UE’s Department of Law, Politics and Society; Department of History; and Office of Diversity Initiatives.

For more information about the lecture and speaker, please email sb413@evansville.edu.

Wehr presents at Indiana Academy of Social Sciences

Hannah Wehr, a junior majoring in sociology, presented a research paper co-authored with associate professor of sociology Mari Plikuhn titled: "Attractive Traits in Potential Mates: Similarity and Gendered Preferences in Social, Physical, and Personality Characteristics" at the recent Annual Meeting of the Indiana Academy of Social Sciences.

Collaborators for research design and data collection were: Bre Engle (CJ/SOC '18), Mackenzie Kochell (CJ/SOC), Oli Ross-Musick (creative writing '18), Melia Schnefke (theatre management '18), and Katherine Williams (business '18).

Research construction and data collection for this project were completed as a course project in SOC 371: Love and Attraction during Fall 2017.

Petrosillo publishes journal article

Sara Petrosillo, University of Evansville assistant professor of English, recently published the article, "Flying, Hunting, Reading: Rethinking Falcon-Woman Comparisons" in a special issue on "Species and Gender" in the peer-reviewed journal Medieval Feminist Forum, vol. 54, no. 1, 2018, pp. 9-33.

UE Theatre Opens Shanklin Theatre Season with Rock Musical "Spring Awakening"

The University of Evansville Theatre presents Spring Awakening, book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik. This 2007 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, book and lyrics by Evansville native Steven Sater, is based on Frank Wedekind’s play by the same name.

Featuring a soaring rock musical score, all generations will identify with the age-old tale about young people and the misguided adults who lend a deaf ear to what they are feeling in their hearts. This production opens Friday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on October 20, 25, 26, and 27 and at 2:00 p.m. on October 21 and 28.

UET alumnus Wes Grantom directs Spring Awakening, and theatre department chair Eric Renschler serves as scenic designer. UE student Becca Updyke is the costume designer; UE associate professor Stephen Boulmetis is the lighting designer; guest artist Richard Ingraham serves as sound designer; UE student Bailey Brandvold is the dramaturg; UE student Blake Elliot is the stage manager; and UE professor Chuck Meacham serves as technical director.

The cast features UE students Claire Tumey as Wendla; Ethan Davenport as Melchior; Alexandra Curren as Ilse; and Justin Pappas as Moritz. Chorus members include UE students Gina DeLise, Alexi Lewis, Marshall Hopkins, Isaac Baker, Shannon White, Hannah Mattingly, Brock McCullough, Amanda Cowan, Cole Lannert, Theodore Esten, Kyla Clift, and Obi Roberts.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $18 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 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, October 25 and Saturday, October 22. 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: Spring Awakening by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, Colony Collapse by Stefanie Zadravec, and Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, as well as one of the remaining May Studio Theatre productions: Year of the Rooster by Olivia Dufault or The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe. Subscriptions for the four-play package are $50 for adults and $45 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty/staff.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 812-488–2031, Monday through Friday, noon-5:00 p.m.

UE Opera presents "Coffee Cantata" and "Riders to the Sea"

The Schmidt Opera Series at the University of Evansville returns Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m., in Wheeler Concert Hall with a double bill of Bach and Vaughan Williams.

In Bach's Coffee Cantata, we have a comic telling of a father struggling to get his daughter to give up her coffee habit. The mood shifts drastically with the second opera, Vaughan Williams' Riders to the Sea. This tragic opera, based on the play by J.M. Synge, tells of an Irish mother whose last remaining son is determined to go to sea despite her pleadings for him to stay at home.

Tickets for the opera are $10.

Faith in Public Life: Interfaith goes to the Voting Booth panel discussion

A panel discussion, Faith in Public Life: Interfaith goes to the Voting Booth, will take place at the University of Evansville on Monday, October 15, 7:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Moderator for the evening is Robert Dion, PhD, department chair of Law, Politics, and Society. This event is free and open to the public..

Learn more about how the interfaith community understands its role at the voting booth and how people of different religious traditions will decide who gets their vote this November.

Representatives from many of the world’s religious traditions and world views will be present to share their beliefs and values. 

Robert Dion interviewed by Radio Canada about Brett Kavanaugh

Last week’s Senate vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next associate justice of the Supreme Court attracted loads of national and international media attention, including from our neighbors to the north. Robert Dion, chair of the Department of Law, Politics, and Society, was the subject of a lengthy live interview in French on a national radio broadcast Sunday morning

The reporting looked at the likely political repercussions of Kavanaugh’s accession to the court. 

The Radio Canada public affairs program, Desautels le dimanche, can be accessed on the Radio Canada website.

Since the school year began, Professor Dion has been interviewed repeatedly by the Indianapolis Star and the Associated Press, among others, about the upcoming midterm elections, and he has appeared on the news broadcasts of all three local television stations

Senior Computer Engineering Students Present at MIT Conference

University of Evansville computer engineering students Braden Elliot and Kunal Mukherjee recently presented lightning talks about their senior projects at the The 2018 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference (URTC) held October 5-7, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA.

Elliot presented "Player 1 Human, Player 2 Machine", a project about training a recurrent neural network through reinforced learning to optimize the output of a positional derivative controller.  The network observes nonlinearity in the system which the controller is unable to account for, resulting in a smoother output.

Mukherjee's project "Location Dependent Cryptography" is an investigation into connecting the location of a receiver as part of a packet encryption method by computing a transmission specific key using the time difference of the intended packet reception time.  The goal is to provide greater protection and security of intellectual property.

URTC brings together undergraduates around the world to present, discuss, and develop solutions to advance technology for humanity.  Elliot and Mukherjee "had the opportunity to interact with undergraduate students and learn about the cutting edge as well as innovative research."

Ian Manuel to speak at UE on October 22

Ian Manuel will speak at the University of Evansville on Monday, October 22. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall room 251 within Ridgway University Center. Manuel will be discussing his experience of being sentenced to life imprisonment as a juvenile and his eventual release through the help of his victim turned advocate and the Equal Justice Initiative.

Manuel was 13 years old when he was sentenced to life for shooting Debbie Baigre, a young, white woman. He served 26 years of his sentence, much of it in solitary confinement due to his young age. Baigre became his supporter and friend, advocating for his early release. On November 10, 2016, Manuel was released from prison at the age of 40. His case paved the way for other groundbreaking legislation prohibiting life sentences for juveniles convicted of non-homicide offenses (Graham v. Florida, 2010). All juveniles sentenced to life in prison at that time in the US for non-homicide cases were children of color.

Manuel’s remarkable story is included in the bestselling book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, written by Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative.

This event is co-sponsored by the University’s Psychology Club, Student Government Association, the Black Student Union, and the Department of Law, Politics, and Society.

Ace Race Planned to Benefit UE’s Pro Bono Physical Therapy Clinic

Ace Race, a 5K run benefiting Ace CARE, the University of Evansville’s pro bono physical therapy clinic, is planned for Saturday, October 27, at 9:00 a.m. on UE’s campus. This year’s Ace Race is Halloween themed, so wear your costumes! The event includes a dog station with treats, music, food, and prizes. The event is open to the public and is part of the University’s homecoming celebration.

The participation fee for the general public is $25 before October 12 or $30 after October 12. Those registering before October 12 will receive a dri-fit long sleeve T-shirt. To register, go to www.uealumnionline.com/acerace2018.

The Ace CARE clinic is run by UE Doctor of Physical Therapy and physical therapy assistant students and serves the uninsured, underinsured, and homeless in the Evansville community.

For the full schedule of UE homecoming events or more information, visit www.evansville.edu/alumni or contact alumni@evansville.edu or 812-488-2586. 

Yale University Historian to Deliver Fiddick Lecture on Second Great War, 1917-1923

Jay Winter, the Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University, will be the speaker for the University of Evansville’s 17th annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture on Friday, October 26. The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall in Ridgway University Center. The event, hosted by UE’s Department of History, is free and open to the public.

Winter’s lecture marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War. His topic will be “The Second Great War, 1917-1923.”

The Fiddick Memorial Lecture is named for Thomas C. Fiddick, a professor of history at UE from 1963 to 2002. A dedicated teacher, productive scholar, and a tireless fighter in the cause of justice, his untimely death on the day of his retirement stunned the UE community. It was his former students’ efforts, with support of Fiddick’s friends and the University, that led to the establishment of the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture.

“The Fiddick Lecture is one of the best events of the year, as we celebrate the career of a truly outstanding University of Evansville faculty member,” said James MacLeod, UE professor of history and director of the Fiddick Memorial Lecture Series. “Tom Fiddick was a brilliant scholar and an incredible teacher who made a life-transforming impact on generations of students.”

During Winter’s lecture, he will argue that a crisis in 1917 separates the first three years of the war from the years that followed, largely the result of powerful economic and demographic pressures which destabilized all the combatants, but more so the Central powers than the Allies. The critical event of this rupture was the 1917 Russian revolution. Hatred, hunger, and class conflict were radicalizing elements in the post-Imperial world. Winter suggests that the passage from wartime crisis to post-war and post-imperial violence was seamless, and part of one complex, distinctive phase of European history, starting in 1917 and ending more or less in 1923.

Fiddick’s book, Russia's Retreat from Poland, 1920: From Permanent Revolution to Peaceful Coexistence, deals with one of the conflicts to be discussed during Winter’s lecture.

Winter is one of the world’s leading scholars of World War I and its impact on the 20th century. He was educated at Columbia University and the University of Cambridge. In 2001 he joined the faculty of Yale. Winter is the author or co-author of 25 books, including Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History; The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century; Rene Cassin and the Rights of Man, and most recently, War beyond Words: Languages of Remembrance from the Great War to the Present. In addition, he has edited or co-edited 30 books and contributed 130 book chapters to edited volumes.

Winter was also co-producer, co-writer, and chief historian for the PBS/BBC series The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century, which won an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award and a Producers Guild of America Award for best television documentary in 1997.

MacLeod noted that Winter “is as distinguished a scholar on World War I as there is anywhere in the world. It is an enormous privilege to bring him to the University of Evansville to deliver the 2018 Fiddick Lecture and interact with students in class,”

MacLeod added that on the 100th anniversary of “what we think of as the end of the First World War, it is important to reflect on the significant ways in which that war did not really end in 1918. Some conflicts that emerged between 1917 and 1923 we are still dealing with today. It is especially appropriate given Tom Fiddick’s lifelong passion for many of the issues discussed by Jay Winter, and the fact that one of Tom’s most important scholarly legacies is a book that deals with this very subject.”

For more information, please contact the Department of History at 812-488-2963.

UE’s Annual Chili Bowl Sale planned for October 25

The University of Evansville’s Clay Club will present its annual Chili Bowl Sale on Thursday, October 25 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The event will be outside Hughes Hall, near the East Terrace Lawn across from Ridgway University Center. The rain location is Eykamp Hall, Room 253, and the Class of 1959 Gallery and Lounge in Ridgway University Center.

Chartwells, the food service provider at UE, is co-sponsoring the event and providing chili made by chef Don Brown under the direction of Chris Clay.

For $10, customers can buy a one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl and fill it with chili. Paper containers will be available for those who prefer not to put chili in their newly purchased bowls. Larger bowls from $15-$50 will also be for sale. Some more artistic larger bowls will be sold at a silent auction as well, ranging in price from $60-$100.

The bowls are being made by members of the Clay Club and other UE students, faculty members, staff, alumni, and members of the community.

Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Potter's Wheel, Inner City Mission. The Clay Club officers chose this organization for their work with educating and feeding the less fortunate in the Evansville Community. The rest of the proceeds will be used by the Clay Club to attend conferences, visit museums and galleries, and host visiting artists.

Todd A. Matteson, Clay Club advisor and UE associate professor of art, noted that “a lot of hard work and long hours go into making the bowls. They are all hand crafted on the potter's wheel from a ball of clay. The artist has to center, form, alter, trim, dry, and then fire them, not once, but twice. The entire process is lengthy, but the outcome is a tremendous success. Most of the bowls have been glazed different from one another, but some of the bowls are glazed similarly, so patrons can have matching sets. Each bowl has its own uniqueness." 

UE Shepard Brass performs at Moores Hill

The UE Shepard Brass performed in Carnegie Hall in Moores Hill, Indiana, on Saturday, September 22 for Moores Hill’s Bicentennial Celebration. UE was invited to participate in the celebration because of the University's connection to the town. Moores Hill College was moved to Evansville in 1919 and became Evansville College, and then later was renamed the University of Evansville.. 

Members of Shepard Brass include Timothy Zifer, Kevin Wilson, Emily Britton, Kenneth Steinsultz, Joshua Britton, and Ross Erickson.

UE to host Family of Henrietta Lacks for presentation and Q&A session

The Lacks family will be guests of the University of Evansville’s Honors Program on Monday, October 29 for a presentation and question and answer session in connection with The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the bestseller written by Rebecca Skloot about their matriarch, Henrietta Lacks. 

The event is from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center and is free and open to the public.

UE’s Honors Program freshmen read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for their summer common read and have extended an invitation to the community to read the book and attend this special event.

The book is the winner of several awards, including the 2010 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, the 2010 Wellcome Trust Book Prize, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Award for Excellence in Science Writing. It was featured on over 60 critics’ best of the year lists. The book was also made into an HBO movie starring Oprah Winfrey.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor, black, tobacco farmer who had cells taken from her in 1951 without her knowledge. The cells became the first immortal human cells grown in the laboratory. Dubbed HeLa, they became one of the most important tools in modern medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta died in 1951 but her cells are still the most widely used in the world. Henrietta’s cells have helped biotech companies make millions, yet her family never benefited from their commercialization. Special guests at the UE event will include David Lacks, Jr. and Alfred Carter, Jr., grandsons of Henrietta Lacks.

The Lacks family’s presentation will put a personal face on such issues as the history of medical experimentation on African Americans, bioethics, legal battles over informed consent, and who controls what we are made of and who should profit from it.

The Lacks family is being brought to the UE campus by UE’s Honors Program, along with support from UE Student Government, Office of Academic Affairs, School of Public Health, and the Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series.

UE's Schroeder School of Business Ranked Number 3 in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report

The University of Evansville’s Schroeder School of Business has elevated its ranking to number three nationally among small private universities by the 2019 U.S. News & World Report.

Additionally, the publication recognized Schroeder School as having the number 37 accounting program and the number 36 finance program in the nation among all business schools. This is the first time that the school has been ranked on the accounting and finance lists nationally. Among small private business school peers, Schroeder’s accounting program is number one and its finance program is number two in the ranking.

“To be ranked as one of the best small private business schools in the nation is quite inspiring,” said Schroeder Family Dean Greg Rawski. “The Schroeder School’s strong career placement outcomes and distinctive experiential learning programs provides our students an outstanding educational experience.”

UE Recognized for Affordability, Student Benefits, and Innovation on Several Top College Lists

The University of Evansville was recently named to several top university rankings, including those by Princeton Review, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and Money. These commendations are in addition to those from U.S. News & World Report earlier this month.

Forbes magazine again named UE to its Top College list. The Forbes Top Colleges ranking focuses on direct benefits a college provides students. Student experience is an important criteria and is based on freshman-to-sophomore retention rate and data.

UE was also highly rated by Niche, which uses survey information from current students and recent alumni to rate schools and give them a letter grade. The University was given a grade of A minus overall and an A minus in the areas of academics and student life. UE received an A grade in both diversity and value.

Niche named UE as one of the Top Private Universities in America list and one of Best Colleges in America, Best Colleges in Indiana, and Best Value College in America.

The Princeton Review college rankings listed UE as a Best Midwestern school in its Best Colleges: Region by Region category. Only 159 colleges were on this list of premier colleges. Schools chosen are considered “academically outstanding and well worth consideration.” Rankings are based on what students attending the reviewed colleges say about their experiences at their institutions.

UE has been named one of the Best Colleges for Your Money for 2018 by Money magazine. Money uses research and advice from the nation’s top experts on education quality, financing, and value to create a practical analysis of the nation’s best-performing colleges. Schools were ranked in quality of education, affordability, and outcomes, including graduate earnings.

College Factual listed UE in 11 awards categories, including Best for Your Money, ranking in the top 15 percent of that category. College Factual compares the quality of education at a given college, compared to all others on the list. Factors include student body caliber, educational resources, degree completion, and post-graduation earnings.

UE was also recognized as a top school for hands-on learning. The Wall Street Journal named the University as the number 34 best college for student engagement and U.S. News called UE one of the most innovative schools in the Midwest.

U.S. News & World Report also recently named UE a Best Midwest Value in its annual Best Colleges rankings and as one of the Best Regional Universities: Midwest.

Author Kelly Sundberg to Speak at UE’s Creative Writing Coffee Hour

Author Kelly Sundberg will read from her work at the University of Evansville Creative Writing Department’s Coffee Hour on September 28. The reading will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery at UE. Sundberg will be reading from her memoir, Goodbye, Sweet Girl, which was published in June 2018. This event is free and open to the public.

Sundburg’s essays have appeared in Guernica, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, Denver Quarterly, Slice Magazine, and others. Her essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset" was selected for inclusion in Best American Essays 2015, and more of her essays have been listed as notables in the same series.

Sundberg has a PhD in Creative Nonfiction from Ohio University. She has been the recipient of fellowships or grants from Vermont Studio Center, A Room of Her Own Foundation, Dickinson House, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, contact Paul Bone at pb28@evansville.edu.

Author Kelly Sundberg to Speak at UE’s Creative Writing Coffee Hour

Free Yoga and Meditation Event Planned at the University of Evansville

“Self-care Mindfulness: Yoga and Meditation,” an event to promote mental health awareness and teach meditation and yoga, is planned for Thursday, September 20 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. outside Ridgway University Center on the University of Evansville campus. The rain location is the University’s Fitness Center. This event is free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by UE’s ChangeLab Mental Health Awareness Team. Special guest instructors are Mark Goltiao and Megan Sicard.

For more information, call 812-431-9529 e-mail at166@evansville.edu.

Robert Dion helps prepare report on voting rights in Indiana

Robert Dion, department chair for Law, Politics, and Society at the University of Evansville, recently participated in the preparation of a report on the status of voting rights in the state of Indiana. That report will be formally presented on Wednesday, September 12, at a meeting of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C.

The work is the result of a series of fact-finding hearings held across the state by members of the Indiana State Advisory Committee (SAC) to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Professor Dion, who is the longtime chairperson of the local civil rights agency, the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission, received a federal appointment to the Indiana State Advisory Committee in 2014.

Those interested in reading the report and seeing its recommendations may read it here: www.usccr.gov/pubs/2018/07-25-IN-Voting-Rights.pdf.

Clare Mathes to Speak at UE’s Crick Lecture in September

Clare Mathes, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baldwin Wallace University, will be the guest speaker for the University of Evansville’s annual Fall Crick Lecture in the Cognitive and Neural Sciences. The lecture is set for September 20 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 100 (Vectren Lecture Hall) in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science. This event is free and open to the public.

Mathes will be discussing a rat model of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery and its influence on taste-guided behavior.

A behavioral pharmacologist, Mathes’s research focuses on the neurochemistry involved in detecting and enjoying the taste of foods and beverages and how behaviors guided by taste impact eating and body weight status. She uses animal models – primarily rats – to assess these behaviors. Her area of expertise centers around behavior analysis.

Mathes earned her PhD in psychobiology from the University of Florida, and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Florida State University.

CAIR Civil Rights Attorney to Speak at UE’s Constitution Day Lecture

Carolyn Homer, a civil rights attorney with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), will be the guest speaker for this year’s Constitution Day lecture at the University of Evansville. The lecture is planned for Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170) in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Admission to the lecture, which is part of UE’s annual observance of Constitution Day, is free and open to the public.

The topic of Homer’s lecture will be “Dissent is Patriotic: How the Constitution Protects Our Civil Rights.” 

Homer’s work focuses on fighting discrimination against American Muslims.  She is currently litigating constitutional challenges to the federal terrorist watch list, the presidential travel ban, and state attempts to silence advocacy on behalf of Palestine. CAIR also has a large docket of employment discrimination and prison discrimination cases. 

Prior to joining CAIR, Homer worked for five years at the leading international law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan on constitutional law and technology cases, on behalf of some of the largest Silicon Valley companies.

Homer is a graduate of Indiana University and George Washington University Law School   She is admitted to practice law in California, the District of Columbia, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

UE Starts New Academic Year with Strong Enrollment

The University of Evansville starts the 2018-19 academic year with an outstanding freshman class representing a 13 percent increase over last year. New Evansville Aces will join a full-time student body of 2,443.

Members of the freshman class represent 29 states and 26 countries, with an increase in domestic ethnic diversity of 16 percent—an all-time high for the university. Additionally, UE received more applications this year than at any other time in the school’s history with a 24 percent increase in applications over the previous year.

The number of graduate students at UE increased by 15 percent this year. The new, state-of-the-art Stone Family Center for Health Sciences in downtown Evansville is now home to two of UE’s graduate programs—the Doctor of Physical Therapy and the Physician Assistant program and demonstrates a university commitment to health sciences and our Evansville community.

“The increased interest is a direct reflection of the tremendous academic and experiential opportunities at UE,” said President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “Students want to be a part of the UE experience, and there is a long list of exciting new developments at UE adding to the momentum.” 

In May, UE was the first university in Indiana and the 47th in the world designated as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, which recognizes the school’s role as a leader in social innovation. The changemaker culture at UE empowers students to improve the world around them—starting right on campus. 

“Come see what the excitement is about,” said vice president of enrollment, Shane Davidson. “We tailor campus visits to the individual interest of our prospective students, and we’d love to create a personal visit experience for anyone interested in seeing how UE can transform their life at a cost that affordable for all students.”

Those interested in scheduling a campus tour can contact the Office of Admission.

Strobel at the Evansville Museum

Heidi Strobel, University of Evansville professor of art history and curator of the Peters-Margedant House, is guest essayist for the exhibition “Art Into Life: A Centenary Celebration of the Work of Nanene Queen Engle (1918-2007).” 

Engle received her bachelor’s degree in Art from the University of Evansville (then known as Evansville College) in 1955 and returned to teach art from 1960-61 and 1969-81 at UE. The exhibition is at the Evansville Museum of Art, History, and Science until September 30.

UE Ranked Number 7 Best College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report

The University of Evansville has been named seventh best college in the Midwest in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges rankings. UE has risen two spots in this year’s overall ranking, and was again named as one of the top 10 value colleges in the Midwest.

The University was also recognized as one of the Most Innovative Schools in the Midwest for the first time. Top college officials from across the country made nominations for this list, selecting institutions known for making the most innovative improvements in curriculum, faculty, campus life, technology, or facilities.

In May 2018, UE was designated as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U for its role as a leader in social innovation and changemaking in higher education. UE is the first Changemaker Campus in Indiana.

The University was listed on several other U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges lists this year. UE’s Schroeder School of Business was named the number three best undergraduate business school in the nation among small private colleges, with its accounting and finance programs coming in at number one and number two respectively.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science was named the number 25 best undergraduate engineering school in the nation among small private colleges with no doctorate.  

The University was also recognized as the number six Best College for Veterans in the Midwest and a Top Midwest School for International Students and remains a Top 10 Best Value college.

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“To be recognized nationally on so many levels speaks volumes about the great programs, great people, and great qualities of this University,” said Shane Davidson, vice president for enrollment and marketing at UE. “We are especially proud of making the most innovative list—innovation and changemaking are at the heart of the UE experience.”

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are designed to help prospective students and their families evaluate college choices. The Best Colleges rankings are available online at www.usnews.com/colleges and will be published in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2019 guidebook, on newsstands later this month.

UE's Mark Valenzuela Breaks World Record for Tallest Tower of Tortillas at UE ChangeFest 2018

UE’s Mark Valenzuela broke the world record for stacking the tallest tower of tortillas on Friday, September 7 during UE Changefest 2018. He not only broke the existing record of 68 centimeters, but went on to set a new record of 75 centimeters before his tower fell. 

This was Mark's second attempt. In last year's attempt, his tower toppled just short of the world record.

"Mark exemplifies the characteristics of changemaking that UE stands for," said Jill Griffin, executive director for the Center for Innovation and Change at UE. "He had the courage to set a bold goal for a good cause and wasn't deterred by his initial failure." 

ChangeFest is held annually to raise awareness for the positive change that Aces are making in the community and the world. This year's themed booths, salsa dancing lessons, record breaking tortilla tower, and more revolved around the theme to bring awareness for UE's upcoming Habitat for Humanity trip to Mexico.

Mark smiling next to the tortillas and a photo of the record breaking stack.

“People have been asking me, 'what does it feel like to hold a world record?'" "said Valenzuela. "It feels great, especially after the failed attempt last year. But really it all just started out as a way to bring attention to a Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip to Guatemala that happened in May 2018. And now we're off to Mexico in May 2019. If we get as good a group of students going in May as we had in Guatemala, then I would really feel a sense of accomplishment!”

Valenzuela is the associate vice president for academic affairs and is also teaching a ChangeLab course this semester in which students are exploring the use of tiny hones as a source of affordable housing. He recently moved into his current role after teaching in the mechanical and civil engineering department for 19 years. 

UE's Mark Valenzuela Breaks World Record for Tallest Tower of Tortillas at UE ChangeFest 2018

Ralph Larmann receives Best of Show Award

University of Evansville professor of art Ralph Larmann received the Best of Show Award for his painting Suspension Valley at the Jasper Community Arts 25th Annual Juried Art Exhibition in the Krempp Gallery at the Jasper Arts Center.

The exhibit includes a wide variety of media and techniques: watercolor, oil, acrylic, prints, photography, collage, sculpture, and graphite. The exhibit consists of two and three-dimensional work. Artists from Indiana and its contiguous states were eligible to apply.

The Juried Show Awards Reception was held on Thursday, September 6. $2,000 in prize monies were awarded in the categories of Best in Show, Award of Excellence, High Honor Award, and five Honorable Mentions.

The work will be part of the exhibition which continues through September 28. The Krempp Gallery, located in the Jasper Arts Center, is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., until 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays, and from noon - 3:00 p.m. on Sundays.

UE professor David Murphy interviewed by Eyewitness News

University of Evansville professor David Murphy was recently  interviewed by Eyewitness News about a recent economic study on Indiana's economy. Murphy noted that while the report touched on real problems, there are also many reasons to be optimistic about Indiana's economy.

Trailblazing Astronaut Eileen Collins to Speak at UE’s Snyder Lecture on October 17

Trailblazing astronaut Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot and command an American spacecraft, will be the guest speaker for the University of Evansville’s Patricia H. Snyder Lecture in October. The lecture is planned for Wednesday, October 17, 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.

One of America’s most admired women, Col. Collins became the first female to pilot a US spacecraft with the Discovery shuttle flight in 1995, and the first female commander on the 1999 Columbia shuttle flight. In 2005, NASA tapped her to command the space shuttle Discovery’s historic “Return to Flight” mission, NASA’s first manned flight following the loss of space shuttle Columbia in 2003. While logging 872 hours in space, Collins earned a reputation for coolness under pressure.

Collins will discuss how her career as an astronaut took shape, from her early years in the US Air Force to her ground-breaking experience with NASA. Drawing from her career experiences, she will share valuable insights learned from both her successes and her failures. She will also provide insight into the future of space travel as the world turns to exciting new space frontiers.

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 here.

UE Andiron Lecture Series for 2018-19 Announced

The University of Evansville’s annual Andiron Lecture Series for 2018-19 begins at 4:00 p.m., on September 5 in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, in Ridgway University Center. Rachael McGill will be discussing “Poisoned Candy and Peace on Earth: How History Shapes American Holiday Culture.” These lectures are free and open to the public.

McGill’s lecture will explore how momentous events in American and world history from the 19th century onward have shaped our understanding of holiday culture in the United States. Focusing on Halloween and Christmas. She will trace the historical development behind key sentiments underlying each holiday.

McGill earned her MA in comparative religion from Western Michigan University and her BA degrees in religion and writing from UE. Her primary research interests examine the ongoing development of Western religious adherents’ understandings of religious themes, symbols, figures, and history in the face of modernity. She is interested in the complex relationship between religion and popular culture in the US, particularly in the role, portrayal, and influence of religious elements upon mass media.

Other lectures in this series include:

October 3, 4:00 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center
“Romans 13:1-10 in Ancient Context: Interpretation and Integration in the Public Square” – Keith Turner, UE John Wesley Minister and assistant chaplain for the Lilly-funded summer youth theology institute, Open Table.

A licensed pastor in the United Methodist Church, Turner earned his BA in bible and theology from Asbury University and his MDiv degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. The School of Practical Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary awarded him the Stanger Preaching Award for excellence in preaching, both in the crafting and in the delivery of sermons. He is a member of the Wesleyan Theological Society.

November 28, 4:00 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center
“Co-creation of Value Using Logistics and Supply Chain Relationships” – Yolanda Obaze, UE assistant professor of supply chain management.

Obaze earned her BA from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna Nigeria, and her MBA (strategic management and marketing) and PhD degrees from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. Her research interests include service systems, complexities and marketing theories, operations and supply chain management, logistics systems, and humanitarian logistics and supply chain management. She is an active member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, Production and Operations Management, South West Decision Sciences Institute, Decision Sciences Institute, and Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators.

February 6, 4:00 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center
“Composing Queer Music: Samuel Barber’s Despite and Still” - James Sullivan, UE assistant professor of music theory and double bass.

Sullivan earned his PhD in music theory and DMA and MM in double bass performance from the Eastman School of Music, as well as a BM in double bass performance and a BS in mathematics from Indiana University. His research focuses on rhythm and meter perception in post-tonal music. Sullivan’s Andiron Lecture brings together his interest in rhythm and meter with secondary interests in the music of Samuel Barber, queer music theory, and performance and analysis.

March 6, 4:00 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center
“Cautiously Confronting Colonialism: The United States and Decolonizing Africa, 1962-1990”  Daniel Byrne, UE associate professor of history.

Byrne focuses his teaching on United States history since the American Civil War with an emphasis on the United States in the world. He also teaches a seminar on African decolonization, which combines his research in United States foreign policy with the nationalist perspectives on the end of European empires in Africa. His original research focused on the United States response to the Algerian war of independence and has expanded to cover the decolonization of French West Africa.

April 3, 4:00 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center
“War Victim to Gay Hero: Commemorating Lorca in the Absence of His Body” – Edward Curran, UE assistant professor of Spanish.

Curran earned his PhD in Hispanic literature from Cornell University, his MA in Spanish (Language, Literature, and Culture) from UNC Charlotte, and his BA in modern languages from Winthrop University. His teaching and research interests include: twentieth-century Spanish literature, photography, film, monuments, material culture, photography theory and visual studies. His Andiron Lecture examines categories of human remains germane to the Peninsula’s mass grave exhumation phenomenon and their representation in photography, monuments, and the plastic arts.

The Andiron Lectures in Liberal Arts and Sciences series is sponsored by the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences and supported by a generous gift from Donald B. Korb. For more information, call 812-488-1070 or 812-488-2589.

UE’s ACE³ Program Named Finalist in National Competition

The University of Evansville’s Access to Capital and Expertise for Emerging Entrepreneurs (ACE³) program has been selected as a Pioneer (finalist) in the Unlocking ₵hange Challenge: Innovations for Financial Wellbeing, Resilience, and Freedom. This nationwide competition seeks to find and support leading social entrepreneurs and innovators across the country.

The ACE³ program was one of 10 finalists chosen out a group of 140 entries. The four Champions (winners) of the challenge will be announced on Oct 3. Each winner will receive $50,000 to support their programs.

Representatives of ACE³ will soon be going to New York to attend the Unlocking ¢hange Challenge event. While there, they will have the opportunity to network, participate in workshops, and discuss the Ace³ program, sponsored by Old National Bank.

The challenge is a collaboration between BNY Mellon, an American worldwide banking and financial services holding company, and Ashoka, the world’s largest group of social entrepreneurs and changemakers.

The University of Evansville was recently named a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, an Ashoka initiative. UE received the recognition due to its leadership in social innovation and changemaking in higher education. It’s one of 50 universities world-wide with this distinction and the first in Indiana.

The ACE³ program is sponsored, funded, and co-managed by Old National Bank and is located in the Schroeder School of Business’s Institute for Banking and Finance under the direction of Yasser Alhenawi, UE associate professor of finance. ACE³ manages a $100,000 portfolio, which offers microloans to women, minority, and disadvantaged owned businesses. Students interface with clients, review business plans, and serve as underwriters for loans.

“ACE³ gives students the opportunity to gain invaluable skills and real-world experience while making a positive impact in the community,” said Greg Rawski, Schroeder Family Dean.

The Schroeder School of Business is the nation’s fastest riser (+38 places) in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Undergraduate Business Programs and is ranked Number 4 among small private business schools nationally.

UE Offers Review Course for Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

The University of Evansville College of Engineering and Computer Science has announced dates for the annual review and preparation course for those planning to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.

All classes will be held Thursday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science on the UE campus. Classes are divided into relevance per discipline. Fees are adjusted accordingly.

Candidates for civil engineering will attend from September 27-January 24. 
Candidates for mechanical engineering and other disciplines will attend from September 27-November 15. 
Electrical and computer engineering candidates will attend October 25-November 15.

Registration forms and payment must be returned by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26. Contact Kimberly Higgins at kh209@evansville.edu or at 812-488-2651 for more information on registration. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited. 

Strobel completes fellowship at Yale Center for British Art

University of Evansville rofessor of art history Heidi Strobel has completed a visiting scholar fellowship at the Yale Center for British Art. While there, she worked on her manuscript "The Art of Mary Linwood: Embroidery and Cultural Agency in Late Georgian Britain," which will be published by Bloomsbury in 2019. 

During her fellowship, she presented her research at the Joint Fellows’ Seminar, which was cohosted by the Lewis Walpole Library, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Shelby presents megachurch research at the annual ASR meeting

Rob Shelby, University of Evansville  assistant professor of sociology, presented a paper titled Isomorphic Effects among Modern Megachurches in the U.S. at the annual meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion in Philadelphia. Shelby also convened a session on “Clergy Exit and Work.”

Trockman receives top undergraduate prize in student research competition

Asher Trockman, an undergraduate in computer science at the University of Evansville, received this year’s top undergraduate prize in the Student Research Competition at the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Trockman is a 2017 member of Carnegie Mellon's Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Software Engineering (REUSE) program, 

The award, part of the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) sponsored by Microsoft Research, affords undergraduate and graduate students a unique opportunity to present their original research before a panel of judges and experts. Winners of the competition are invited to participate in the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals.

The research was conducted while Trockman was a student in the REUSE program during the summer of 2017, along with Shurui Zhou, Christian Kästner, and Bogdan Vasilescu at the Institute for Software Research and the Socio-Technical Research Using Data Excavation Lab (STRUDEL). The resulting paper, "Adding Sparkle to Social Coding: An Empirical Study of Repository Badges in the npm Ecosystem", was published in the technical track at ICSE and was also presented as part of the ICSE Student Research Competition.

The research examined the reliability of GitHub repository badges for inferring various qualities of open source projects.

UE MSAT Program Adds New Clinical Immersive Experiences

The University of Evansville’s Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Program has added two new opportunities to the already extensive immersive experiences that it offers its students. Those in the program can now also experience a clinical rotation with Vanderbilt University athletic teams and F. C. Dallas, Major League Soccer team.

Students already have the opportunity to gain clinical experience by working with Western Kentucky University football and Northwestern University football, along with area high schools, universities, professional teams, and medical facilities.

Immersive clinical experiences at institutions like these are invaluable to students, said Kathy Liu, UE’s MSAT program director.

“The immersive experience gives students a taste of what it is like to be a practicing, certified, athletic trainer,” she explained. “They do everything that an athletic trainer does. They get a feel for these elite settings, and can make great connections that can help them when they are looking for jobs.”

MSAT Students at Vanderbilit and with the F.C. Dallas Soccer team.

All MSAT students participate in an immersive clinical rotation. Classes taken during a student’s immersive semester are online. The student does not need to be on campus, so there are no geographic restrictions on the immersive rotations.

MSAT Students at Vanderbilit and with the F.C. Dallas Soccer team.

Liu noted that the two new clinical experience partnerships offer unique advantages.

“Vanderbilt is a successful athletic program and gives us another clinical site within a Power Five conference, the SEC. Not only is its football team competing against high-level competition every week, Vanderbilt has many other successful programs, including a baseball team that is consistently one of the nation’s best.”

Partnering with FC Dallas gives UE’s athletic training program something that very few athletic training programs have – a major professional sports in-season clinical site. 

“That clinical site is staffed by a UE alumnus, which is advantageous since he understands what kind of education we want to give our students to prepare them for the real world.”

UE’s MSAT program has been producing successful clinicians for many years and will continue to do so far into the future, said Liu.

“Adding these clinical experiences to an already proven educational model puts our graduates at a significant advantage when looking for employment.”

UE MSAT Program Adds New Clinical Immersive Experiences

Mousa presents at American Accounting Association Annual Conference

Rania Mousa, University of Evansville associate professor of accounting, has presented a new pedagogical approach to demonstrate the use of XBRL technology in filing annual financial reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (mandated since 2009). 

A step-by-step filing demonstration was created by Mousa due to the lack of coverage of such methods in accounting textbooks. The filing process can be easily integrated into the instructor materials.

The presentation was delivered during the American Accounting Association Annual Conference held in National Harbor, Maryland.

Yazdanparast serves as track chair and presenter for 2018 AMA Summer Educators' Conference

Atefeh Yazdanparast, University of Evansville associate professor of marketing, served as a track chair for the higher education and marketing track at the 2018 AMA Summer Conference recently held in Boston. 

She also presented two research projects, one examining morality violations and brand evaluation in the political context, and the other focusing on the dark side of digital technology and victimization of the 21st century consumers. This is the fourth year that Yazdanparast has served as the chair of the marketing for higher education special interest group at the AMA.

Art exhibit featuring local artists on display in UE’s Melvin Peterson Gallery

“Complementary Colors,” an exhibit by Evansville, Indiana, artists Connie Bell, Nikki Pritchett, and Jan Rhea Unfried will be on display at the University of Evansville’s Melvin Peterson Gallery from September 4-October 20. On Thursday, September 6, there will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. for the artists, whose work can be found in homes and businesses across the US and beyond. These events are free and open to the public.

The work of this trio of artists – a mother and two daughters – contrast in style and subject. Similarities lie in the vibrant color they all consistently infuse throughout their many paintings, and when displayed with one another, become “Complementary Colors.”

The Melvin Peterson Gallery is located at 1935 Lincoln Avenue on the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach Avenues in Evansville. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from noon-3:00 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from noon-6:00 p.m.

For more information, contact 207-650-6073.

Chemistry department presents at Eli Lilly and Company

Roslyn Lampkins, University of Evansville assistant professor of chemistry, and rising UE sophomore Phil Wittel presented a poster of their research titled “Purine Scaffolds Toward a New Class of Antibacterial Agents Against Gram-Negative Drug Resistant Bacteria” at the recent 2018 Lilly Undergraduate Research Symposium. UE rising sophomore Timmy Miller was a co-author on this poster.

The symposium serves as a forum for undergraduate institutions across the state of Indiana to share their research with each other and with medicinal and drug discovery scientists at Eli Lilly. Eli Lilly and Company, and UExplore funded this research project.

UE professor emeritus Lowell Weller has passed away

University of Evansville professor emeritus Lowell E. Weller, 95, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, August 15, at St. Vincent Hospital.

Weller was born on April 17, 1923. He married Eloise L. Barrick in 1944. During WWII, he left college to serve in the 99th Infantry Battalion and the 474th Infantry Regiment, US Army in the ETO. On his return, he used the GI Bill to finish school. He earned both his Ph.D. and his master of science degree in biochemistry from Michigan State University, and his bachelor of science degree from Bowling Green State University. He was a faculty member at Michigan State University for nine years, engaged in research on plant growth regulators while pursuing graduate degrees.

In 1957, Weller took a job at what was then Evansville College (now the University of Evansville) as an associate professor of chemistry and department chair. Eventually he would become a full professor, and would never relinquish his duties as chair. He retired from UE as a professor emeritus of chemistry in 1989. Weller was an emeritus member of the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 66 years, Eloise; daughter, Donna Marie; and brother, Forest.

Surviving are sons, Ronald A. Weller and Donald E. Weller (Deborah); grandchildren, Andrew E. and Christine E. Weller, Daniel L. Weller, and Sarah A. Weller Pegna (Guillaume); great-grandchild Lilianne D. E. Pegna; and nephew Bruce Weller Graver (Susan).

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, August 22, at Alexander East Chapel, 2115 Lincoln Ave., officiated by Rev. Andy Payton with entombment to follow at Alexander Memorial Park. Friends may visit from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lowell and Eloise Weller Scholarship Fund at the University of Evansville, 1800 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN 47722.

Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderEastChapel.com.

Department of Theatre chair Eric Renschler named Arts Educator of the Year

University of Evansville Department of Theatre chair Eric Renschler was named the 2018 Arts Educator of the Year at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana's Mayor's Arts Awards, on August 16.

In 2015, Renschler was named the chair of the UE Department of Theatre, after joining the faculty in 2006 as the scenic designer. He returned to his alma mater after nearly twenty years of working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and on regional and international productions.

His Broadway designs include scenery for Mamaloshen and As Long As You Both Shall Laugh (including a subsequent national tour and PBS special). His Off-Broadway credits include designs at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Circle Repertory Company, Pan-Asian Repertory Theatre, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and The Juilliard School. His regional design credits include Cincinnati Playhouse, Chautauqua Opera, Barrington Stage Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Adirondack Theater Festival, Hangar Theatre, and Seattle Repertory Theatre.

As an associate designer, he worked on over 40 Broadway shows, national tours, and international productions, including The Color Purple, Doubt, Chicago, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Footloose, Proof, Wonderful Town, The Redwood Curtain, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The UE Center for Innovation and Change named Renschler a 2011 Global Scholar Award-winner. He used his award to expand his experience in the international design arena with a year-long comparative study of national design aesthetics as exhibited through theatrical scenography. He is a former board member for the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, a member of the Evansville Historic Preservation Commission, and a frequent grant reviewer for the Indiana Arts Commission.

He holds an MFA in Theatre Design from the University of Michigan and is a member of IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) and USA (United Scenic Artists).

UE Recycling Receives New Battery Operated Golf Cart

The battery operated golf cart proposed as the winning submission to the inaugural Environmental Sustainability Challenge in Spring 2018 is now on campus and in use by UE Recycling

UE employees Shannon Bryant and Julie Wilson submitted the proposal as their capstone project for UE's Organizational Leadership program. The capstone project is the culmination of learning experiences from the program.

Funds for the challenge were provided through a grant from Siemens Corporation to enhance the environmental sustainability of the UE campus.

"Golf carts are a needed convenience for the recycling and maintenance crews on campus," they said in their proposal. "Gradually transitioning from the gas operated carts to battery will have multiple benefits to UE and the community. Not only will this help to cut down on the purchase of fuels over time, but this also would eliminate carbon emissions. Also, noise pollution would be reduced on campus walkways and paths."

Submissions are now being accepted for the next Environmental Sustainability Challenge. 

Pres P sitting in the Recycling Golf CartPresident Pietruszkiewicz poses with Environmental Sustainability Challenge winners, Julie Wilson and Shannon Bryant.

Recycling Golf Cart SideEnvironmental Sustainability Challenge winners Shannon Bryant and Julie Wilson pose with the new battery operated Golf Cart for UE Recycling. The cart is equipped with an extended bed, regenerative braking system, and cab enclosure for cold weather. 
Recycling Golf Cart SideOL instructor Lori Smith, Julie Wilson, Director of Adult Education Lindsay Roberts, Shannon Bryant, Manager of Environmental Health and Safety Amber Elkins, and Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Committee Lisa Kretz pose with the new battery operated golf cart. 
Recycling Golf Cart LogoThe new golf cart was made possible through funds from the Environmental Sustainability Challenge. 
Recycling Golf Cart License Plate Bryant and Wilson submitted the grant proposal as part of their senior capstone course for UE's Organizational Leadership program. 

Biology professor and student present research

Katie Aldred ’09, University of Evansville assistant professor of biology, and Remi Hoerr, senior biology major, recently attended and presented their research at the Gordon Research Seminar on DNA Topoisomerases in Biology and Medicine. 

Hoerr’s poster was titled “Quinolone-Topoisomearse Interactions and Resistance: Does the Water-Metal Ion Bridge Play a Role in Staphylococcus aureus topoisomerase IV?” Aldred’s poster was titled “Development, Optimization, and Implementation of an Assay to Measure Intracellular Cleavage Complex Formation in Bacteria.”

Two biology students were co-authors on the poster presented by Aldred - Olivia Voegerl, senior biology and exercise science major, and Addie Payne, sophomore biology major.

Both research projects were funded through UExplore. The Gordon Research Conference and Seminar series provides an international forum for the presentation and discussion of frontier research in the biological, chemical, and physical sciences, and their related technologies with a focus on presentation and discussion of pre-publication research.

Becker elected to Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Board of Directors

Lora Becker, professor of psychology at the University of Evansville, was recently elected to serve on the board of directors for The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi - the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

The election took place August 4 during the Society’s Biennial Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In this role, Becker will represent the membership of Phi Kappa Phi while also working to support the mission and goals of the Society. She will serve a two-year term during the 2018-2020 biennium.

Becker has been an active leader of Phi Kappa Phi at the local and national levels since 2014. She has held a number of roles within the University of Evansville chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, including president, a position she assumed in 2015. Becker was also chair of the 2016 Biennial Convention Credentials Committee for Phi Kappa Phi and most recently served as chair of the national Bylaws Committee for the 2016-18 biennium.

Becker received her B.S in biology and psychology from Wright State University. She earned her M.A. in psychobiology and Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from State University of New York at Binghamton.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. Some of the organization's notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, retired NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist John Grisham and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards nearly $1 million to outstanding students and members through graduate fellowships, study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives. For more information, visit www.phikappaphi.org.

Stevenson co-edits and publishes book on issues facing criminal juries

Maggie Stevenson, University of Evansville associate professor of psychology, and Cynthia Najdowski, assistant professor at the University at Albany, have co-edited and published a book titled Criminal Juries in the 21st Century: Psychological Science and the Law. The book is part of the American Psychology-Law Society Series and was published by Oxford University Press. 

This book explores the increasingly wide gulf between criminal trial law, procedures, and policy, and what scientific findings have revealed about the human experience of serving as a juror. It provides a unique view of criminal juries with the goal of increasing awareness of a broad range of current issues in great need of theoretical, empirical, and legal attention. It also identifies how social science research can inform law and policy relevant to improving justice within the jury system.

Stevenson has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to factors that shape juror decision making and the nature of jury deliberations. She also explores perceptions of marginalized individuals, including children and minorities, who enter the legal system, either as victims or as perpetrators of crime. Her research has received grants and awards from divisions of the American Psychological Association.

Najdowski’s research explores how social psychological phenomena shape criminal justice interactions in ways that produce miscarriages of justice for minorities, women, and children. Her work has been recognized with several national grants and awards and published in the top-ranked journals in the field of psychology and law.

DeVault, Kassenbrock, and Swenty honored for 25-years of service to UE

Each fall, The University of Evansville honors those who have given 25-years of service to the institution. This year three people were recognized: Sylvia Devault, Debbie Kassenbrock, and Brian Swenty.

Each was recognized and was given an engraved bowl from the University during Fall Conference to show our appreciation for their years of dedication and service.

Sylvia DeVault is a graduate of the University of Evansville. Her very first professional position was at Harlaxton as dean of students during the 1987-88 academic year.  She returned to the campus of alma mater in 1993 to serve as director of alumni relations. During her tenure as director, DeVault helped build the alumni volunteer program and the first alumni web site. She also helped develop social media sites. She assisted in the establishment of the UE African American Alumni and Harlaxton Society as alumni associations. Taking a break from her duties as director, DeVault served as a major gifts officer for two years and then returned to the role of director of alumni and parent relations in 2000.  In March of this year, she began a new role as corporate and foundation relations officer.

Debbie Kassenbrock began her career at UE in 1993 as an admissions office visit coordinator. She organized private visits for students, road trips, and fly-ins as well as UE prospective coaches. In the year 2000, she became the director of academic advising and the associate registrar. In 2015, Kassenbrock was also appointed as director of the resource center. As director of academic advising, she supervises the Writing Center, supplemental instruction, and tutoring, helps students with time management and study skills and advises new and transfer students. She collaborates with the admission office concerning admitted students’ academic inquiries, meets with students to assist them with their appeals to the Admissions and Standards Committee, and speaks at the SOAR and STAR programs. Kassenbrock holds numerous memberships including the Patricia Snyder Speakers Series, UE’s Theatre Society, UE’s President’s Club, and the Purple Aces Club. She is past president of the Office Staff Association and has been recognized as an Outstanding Athletic Advisor.

Brian Swenty began his career at UE as an assistant professor in the mechanical and civil engineering department. Previously, he was director and chief engineer for the Dam and Reservoir Safety Program with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in Rolla, Missouri.  He is currently chair of the mechanical and civil engineering department. Swenty is licensed as a professional engineer in California, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. He is active in the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is well-published and has presented at numerous conferences. Swenty’s service to the University is exemplary and includes serving as interim dean in the College of Engineering and Computer Science in 2017 and part of this year as well. He has received the Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award twice. He has also received the UE Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award, the Berger Award for Service, the United Methodist Church Exemplary Teaching Award, and the Distinguished Service Award from Harlaxton College.

University of Evansville Announces Berger Awards for 2018

University of Evansville professors Laura Dwyer and Robert Dion were honored recently with the 2018 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 associate professor of management Laura Dwyer was given the Berger Award for Scholarly Activity. Dwyer has significantly contributed to the research community. She is a prominent scholar and teacher specializing in the areas of organizational behavior, human resources, decision making, and leadership.

Dwyer has a strong interest in publishing in peer-reviewed pedagogical journals in the areas of business education and higher education. Of particular interest is Dwyer’s research titled “Leadership self-efficacy and managers' motivation for leading change.” This research has received 416 citations since its publication in 2002 in the Journal of Organizational Behavior

Dwyer continually shares her knowledge by delivering seminars and workshops at Harvard Business School, Northwestern University, and University of Colorado.

She has received UE’s Schroeder School of Business Dean’s Service Award, the Dean's Research Award, and the Dean's Teaching Award twice. Dwyer has also received a Teaching Fellows Grant from the Center for Teaching Excellence.

UE associate professor of political science and chair of law, politics, and society Robert Dion was the recipient of the Berger Award for Service. Dion is committed to serving UE and the community and to promoting diversity and equal rights for all people.

He has been chair of the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission for several years. He has been a featured speaker at statewide meetings of all Indiana human rights agencies and a delegate to conventions of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies. Dion is a longtime member of the Evansville Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series board.

At UE, Dion has received the United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award and serves on several committees and boards, including the Diversity Lecture Series board and the MLK Day Committee. He chairs UE’s Constitution Day committee and works with We the People, a national program dedicated to teaching secondary school students about the US. Constitution.

He is regularly interviewed by local, statewide, national, and international news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Le Monde, the BBC World Service, The Guardian, and Radio Canada.

Baines gives lecture in New Harmony

Robert Baines, assistant professor of English, gave a lecture at the Working Men's Institute Museum and Library in New Harmony on August 7. The lecture was organized by the Friends of the Working Men's Institute and was titled "Finnegans Wake: How to Read."

Stone Family Center for Health Sciences Dedicated at August 9 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Stone Family Center for Health Sciences was dedicated today followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new facility. 

The space will facilitate collaboration between the University of Evansville, the University of Southern Indiana, and Indiana University. In May of 2018, William and Mary Stone gave $15 million to support the collaboration and officially name the facility the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences.

UE will have dedicated space for its physician assistant and physical therapy programs on the first, third and fourth floors.

The second floor is dedicated to collaboration. Students from all disciplines and institutions will study gross anatomy together in the all-inclusive suite. The advanced simulation center—equipped just like a real hospital and complete with live patient actors—will record patient-caregiver interactions and provide real-time feedback for advanced training. This unique environment will allow our students to study alongside those from other institutions and disciplines and learn from professionals working in four different area hospitals.

UEVETS receive 2018 Diversity and Inclusion at Work Award

The University of Evansville student group UEVETS received the University's Diversity and Inclusion at Work Award during UE's 2018 Annual Leadership Award ceremony in the spring. 

This award is given to a student organization, athletic team, or group of students that sponsored or participated in a program with the goal of providing diversity and social justice education through a campus or community event.

UEVETS was honored because of its Spare Change for Warriors fundraising efforts, the Veteran’s Day Program, and the support that the students give to one another. UEVETS help students transcend their experience at UE academically. 

LaNeeca Williams, University of Evansville chief diversity officer, stated that “this group is deserving in so many different ways. I am positive that most campus members don’t even understand the magnitude of all that UEVETS does in terms of support and programming on campus. They add to the diversity and inclusion efforts for all of our students.” 

UEVETS receive 2018 Diversity and Inclusion at Work Award

Roscoe serves as facilitator for PAEA program directors workshop

Michael Roscoe, University of Evansville PA department chair/program director and IAPA president-elect, recently served as a facilitator/faculty for PAEA’s Program Directors 101 Workshop.

Thirty-four new program directors and associate PDs, most with fewer than two years’ experience, convened outside of Washington, DC. This popular annual workshop, facilitated by four experienced PDs and department chairs, attracted members from 32 PA programs in 18 states.

Yazdanparast speaks at the 2018 Digital Summit

Atefeh Yazdanparast, University of Evansville associate professor of marketing, was a speaker at the 2018 Digital Summit Virtual Conference organized by Stukent.

Focusing on digital marketing and marketing analytics, academic and industry speakers offered insights on digital and social media marketing and provided course structure and optimization tips. The industry track included speakers from Godaddy, Semrush, Buffer, Chamber Media, and BlitzMetrics. The academic track included speakers from the University of Evansville, Brigham Young University, Western Michigan University, and California Polytechnic State University.

Art Exhibit Featuring Local Artists on Display in UE’s Melvin Peterson Gallery

Complementary Colors,” an exhibit by Evansville, Indiana, artists Connie Bell, Nikki Pritchett, and Jan Rhea Unfried will be on display at the University of Evansville’s Melvin Peterson Gallery from September 4-October 20.

On Thursday, September 6, there will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. for the artists, whose work can be found in homes and businesses across the US and beyond. These events are free and open to the public.

The work of this trio of artists – a mother and two daughters – contrast in style and subject. Similarities lie in the vibrant color they all consistently infuse throughout their many paintings, and when displayed with one another, become “Complementary Colors.”

The Melvin Peterson Gallery is located at 1935 Lincoln Avenue on the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach Avenues in Evansville. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from noon-3:00 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from noon-6:00 p.m.

For more information, contact 207-650-6073.

Randy Scherer to Speak at UE’s Dr. Guy Banta Distinguished Lecture Series

The University of Evansville’s annual Dr. Guy Banta Distinguished Lecture Series is set for Friday, October 26, at 3:00 p.m. in Room 100 (Vectren Lecture Hall) in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science. This event is free and open to the public.

This year’s speaker will be Randy Scherer, chief scientific officer and managing member for Kirkwood Scherer Capital Ventures, LLC. His topic will be “When Opportunity Knocks.”

Scherer earned his undergraduate degree in biology/chemistry from UE in 2004 and his PhD from Vanderbilt Medical University in 2010. 

Established in 2018, KSCV is a boutique biotech fund focused in emerging technologies. KSCV’s unique expertise across the total product lifecycle resides in evidence identification and data interpretation to mitigate risk and arbitrage catalytic events in the biotechnology sector. KSCV turns science into investing.

David Unger publishes journal article

David J. Unger, University of Evansville professor of mechanical and civil engineering, recently published the technical article “Free Streamline Hydrodynamic Analogy for a Linear Elastic Antiplane Slot Problem with Perfectly Plastic Ligaments at its Ends,” in the Journal of Elasticity, Volume 132, pages 261-270 (2018).

University of Evansville to Dedicate Interfaith Peace Bell

The University of Evansville will dedicate its new Interfaith Peace Bell on Thursday, August 9 at 3:00 p.m. between Ridgway University Center and the Bower-Suhrheinrich Library. Evansville’s interfaith community will participate in the event, which is open to the public.

UE’s International Peace Pole will also be rededicated at its new location near the west side of Memorial Plaza. The peace pole was originally dedicated to the University of Evansville by the International Students Club in 2002.

With the installation of the Interfaith Peace Bell, the University has created a new focal point on campus dedicated to peace and reconciliation.

“The bell is a symbol of the University’s commitment to making the world a more peaceful, understanding, and compassionate place,” explained Tammy Gieselman, University Chaplain. “It will ring to commemorate significant campus and community events and will symbolize harmony and goodwill at UE. The Peace Bell will be a constant reminder for us to work for peace together, as a campus community.”

The bell was cast at the White Chapel Bell Foundry in London, England. An appropriate choice as the University of Evansville’s Harlaxton College is located in Grantham, England.

“UE’s Interfaith Peace Bell will also serve as a visual and aural symbol of the University's strong connection with England and our beloved Harlaxton College,” noted Gieselman.

UE’s Interfaith Peace Bell is a copper and tin cast, 24¼” diameter bell and weighs 322 pounds. It is accurately and harmonically tuned on the five-tone principal to note F. Its deadstock is made from Iroko, a large hardwood from the west coast of tropical Africa. One side of the bell is inscribed "Yearn for Peace,” and the other side reads “Work for Peace.” The bell’s pedestal is made of solid granite, weighing 8,247 pounds and is modeled after UE’s Olmsted Administration Hall bell tower.

UE’s Peace Bell was one of the last bells to be cast at the historic White Chapel Bell Foundry before it closed permanently in May 2017. It was Britain’s oldest manufacturing company, stretching back to 1570. It was responsible for many acclaimed bells worldwide, including London’s Big Ben, Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell, and bells for the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. The foundry also made a tribute bell one year after 9/11, the Bell of Hope, as a gift from the people of London to the people of New Yor