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Thursday, September 27, 2012

* Coauthor of Half the Sky at UE Tonight!

Sheryl WuDunn, who with her husband Nicholas Kristof, coauthored Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide  will speak in Eykamp Hall TONIGHT, September 27. She is the first speaker in this year’s  Patricia H. Snyder Concert & Lecture Series. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with an advance screening of next week’s PBS documentary Half the Sky. WuDunn will speak at following the screening. There will then be a reception and book signing at 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. You can learn more about the Half the Sky movement at this link:

* University of Evansville Claims MVC All-Academic Award

The University of Evansville has been recognized as the recipient of the 2011-12 Missouri Valley Conference All-Academic Award, which is given to the school whose student-athletes post the highest cumulative GPA.Cross country runner Shelby Cron commented on the honor on behalf of the student-athletes.  “This event really epitomizes all that we stand for as student-athletes.  Although we are student-athletes, we are students first,” Cron said.  “A lot of us know that we are going to graduate and we will not even try to become professional athletes.  However, some of us will and some of us will succeed.  We have proven that even as a small school, we can produce professional athletes.” 

“We are going to try to become doctors and try to become lawyers, and to be recognized by the Missouri Valley Conference as the best institution in the conference for academics is a bigger honor than any that we could receive in competition.”

“Even though we are a small school, this shows that we are doing really big things.  To be recognized lets people know that we are doing big things here and that we are making positive changes.  For everyone to be recognized for all the hard work they are putting in is truly an honor.”

Purple Aces’ student-athletes were honored at the Heritage Federal Credit Union Student-Athlete Academic Honors Breakfast on Thursday morning.  Commissioner Doug Elgin and Patty Viverito, Senior Associate Commissioner of the MVC, were on hand at the ceremony to present the award.

"This is an extraordinary honor for the University of Evansville, our athletic department, but most importantly - the student-athletes,” UE Athletics Director John Stanley said. 
“We are proud of the work that each and every one of them do on a daily basis in the classroom and on the field.   This award proves what most of us have already known - that student-athletes at the University of Evansville are top notch people, students and athletes."

Evansville’s 13 MVC sports and 214 student-athletes combined to post a grade point average of 3.284 for the 2011-12 school year.  In the spring of 2012, an amazing 78.9% of UE’s student-athletes (169 out of 214) amassed a GPA of 3.0 or better while 45.3% (97/214) accumulated a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the spring semester.

“This award speaks well to Evansville; the faculty, the student-athletes and coaches.  It is a tremendous achievement when you consider the quality of our schools across the board,” MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin said.  “This was a tremendously uplifting event to see.  To see the faculty, student-athlete and staff turnout was great.  What an image it was to have all of those student-athletes up there on stage.  It is what we’re about in the Missouri Valley.”

“I am certainly proud of John Stanley, his staff and the entire university community for seeing this become a reality for Evansville,” Elgin continued.  “It says a lot about the quality of academic here and the quality of the student-athlete experience.  I could not be happier to be here at Evansville.”

Just as impressive was the fact that 9.8% of the Aces’ student-athletes had a perfect 4.0 GPA last spring.  UE also had an extraordinary number of players garner Dean’s List honors as 118 made the dean’s list at least once last season while 61 did so for both semesters.

Senior Associate Athletics Director Sarah Solinsky, who oversees academic and student services for student-athletes was also proud of the award. 

“We are extremely proud of our student-athletes and their ability to compete in the classroom in addition to their respective sports,” Solinsky said.  “This award is shared with our faculty, academic support services, and coaches who are all vital in the student-athlete experience at UE.”

Several Aces teams were honored throughout the year for their academic performance.  The women’s swimming team posted a combined GPA of 3.56, which tied for the fifth-highest at the Division I level while the men’s team (3.10) tied for 30th.   

With a 3.416 GPA, the UE men’s golf team earned its second-consecutive GCAA honor, which just 79 D-I teams received.  Seniors Michael Sainz and Griffin Wood were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars for their performances on the course and in the classroom.

Baseball received three honors as three players were selected as members of the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team.  Trentt Copeland, Jason Hockemeyer and James Kohler received the honor.

Another who received an individual honor was men’s basketball player Colt Ryan.  Ryan became the second UE player to be named as the MVC Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2012.  Ryan had a 3.31 GPA while averaging 20.5 points per game in his junior campaign.

The UE volleyball team tallied a 3.618 GPA en route to AVCA team honors.  It marked the eighth time in the last nine seasons that the team received those honors.  As a freshman, Ashley Ring finished with a 3.971 GPA as an exercise science major.  In cross country, both the men’s and women’s teams earned the USTFCCCA All-Academic Award.  It is given to teams whose GPA is 3.0 or higher with five team members competing in their respective regional championships.  The women were 8th in the nation with a 3.65 while the men were 25th with a 3.41.

For the 17th-consecutive year, the Aces women’s tennis team garnered ITA honors.  To be eligible, teams must have a combined GPA of 3.20 or higher with all players on the roster contributing to that total.  On the individual side, five players were honored as ITA Scholar-Athletes.  To be named one, a player must be a sophomore in academic standing while being a varsity letterwinner and having a GPA of 3.50 or higher.

Swimmer Colin Gray notched a perfect 4.0 in mathematics and was chosen as a member of the First Team Academic All-America Team.  As a side note, the men’s swimming GPA’s did not factor into the MVC award since they compete in a separate conference.

The MVC All-Academic Award is in its tenth year of existence and is awarded to the school whose student-athletes combine for the highest GPA.  The GPA totals include all student-athletes who compete, practice or receive athletic aid during the academic year.



What's Happening Today

* Pumpkin Bust Is Saturday - Event T-Shirts on Sale Now!

Lambda Chi Alpha will be hosting their Pumpkin Bust philanthropy benefitting Evansville ARC this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at their chapter house. Admission to view the event is free. T-Shirts will be on sale for $15 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today and Friday in Ridgway University Center. All proceeds go to Evansville ARC.

If you have questions or would like to make a donation please email Chris Jensen at


* French Club Meeting Set for Today

Bonjour! Come and join us at the first French Club meeting, which will be on Thursday, September 27 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Room 172 in the Schroeder School of Business Administration. Registration forms will be available at the meeting, and all are welcome to join. Club members will be selecting the executive committee and planning activities and events throughout the year. If you are interested in joining the French Club or if you have any questions, please contact Megan Voyles at or Dr. Roger Pieroni at


Upcoming Events

* This Sunday's Catholic Mass at 9 AM

In celebration of Family Weekend, Mass in Neu Chapel this weekend will be held at 9:00 a.m., with Bishop Charles Thompson of the Catholic Diocese of Evansville presiding. Following Mass, there will be a coffee, doughnuts, and juice reception with the bishop at the Newman Center. All students and their families are welcome. There will be no 1:00 p.m. Mass. Contact Mike Roesch at with any questions.

* This Weekend in Music: Family Weekend and Jazz Series Concerts

As part of the University’s Annual Fall Family Weekend, the Department of Music’s principal ensembles will offer a concert in Neu Chapel this Saturday, September 29, at 2:00 p.m.  The program will feature the University Choir, the UE Wind Ensemble, and the UE Symphony Orchestra.  Director of Choral Activities Dennis Malfatti, Director of Bands Kenneth Steinsultz, and Director of Orchestral Activities Brian St. John will lead the ensembles in a program that will include works by Mendelssohn, Berlioz, and Sir Malcolm Arnold.  Dr. St. John will also be leading the orchestra in a performance of one of his own works, Concert Overture No. 1, “Dominion.”  The concert is free and open to the public.

The Jazz Guest Artist Series kicks off its season in Wheeler Concert Hall this Sunday, September 30, at 4:00 p.m. with a performance by the Jerry Tolson Quintet.  Tolson, a pianist, vocalist, saxophonist, and composer, is known nationally as an expert clinician and has presented clinics and workshops around the United States, in Canada, and in Europe.  He has been named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers and is an instructor at numerous summer jazz camps, including the prestigious Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops.  Tolson is joined in the quintet by bassist Tyrone Wheeler, drummer Dwight Dozier, trumpeter Ansyn Banks, and David Clark on alto saxophone.  The ensemble toured Europe in 2000 with performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, among others, and in December 2006, the quintet completed a performing tour in Barbados.  The quintet’s repertory features jazz standards, contemporary originals, and Latin-influenced selections, and as a part of their UE concert, they will perform a tribute to the famous Adderly Brothers Quintet, which was led by Cannonball Adderly.  The concert is cosponsored by the University of Evansville and the Evansville Jazz Society.  Admission to the concert is $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for Evansville Jazz Society members, and $5.00 for students with I.D.  Tickets can be obtained in advance by contacting the UE Department of Music at 479-2754, or they may be purchased at the door.  For more information, contact Dr. Edwin Lacy (, ext. 2227).

* Popcorn for Sale in Ridgway Lobby!

Venturing Crew 365, UE’s student-run outdoor club, is selling popcorn in Ridgway University Center on Tuesday through Thursday, October 2 - 4. Tables will be open from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., and from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Stop by and check out what we have in stock or place an order for something special! Funds go to help pay for the Venturing Crew’s trips and equipment. For more information about the Venturing Crew, e-mail or find us on Facebook at UE Venturing Crew 365.

* Parents Weekend Bookstore Sale

The UE Bookstore will have a 15% off sale on all UE clothing and gift items during Parents Weekend.  The sale runs Friday through Sunday.  Items already discounted are excluded from this additional discount.  The Bookstore will be open on Friday from 8 6 p.m, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will have brief hours on Sunday of Noon - 2 p.m.  If you have any questions please contact the Bookstore.

* Attention Faculty: Event Planned to Develop Social Responsibility through New Classes

Attention faculty: UE and USI are co-hosting an event intended to develop ideas for social responsibility that can be addressed through new courses. If you are interested in learning about some specific projects that can addressed through a new or existing course, please RSVP to The Listening to Communities convention will take place on Tuesday, October 9 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Full attendance is requested. A continental Breakfast and a lunch will be provided.

For further questions contact Chris Mohn, Director of General Education or Geoff Edwards, Director of the Center for Student Engagement.

* Graduate School Events Planned for Wednesday, October 3

On Wednesday, October 3, the Center for Career Development is sponsoring two graduate school events - a Graduate School Fair and a Graduate School Forum!

The Graduate School Fair will be from 1-4 p.m. on the East Terrace (outside Ridgway University Center) Registered schools:
Ball State University
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Indiana University
Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis
Logan College of Chiropractic
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Purdue University
St. Thomas University School of Law
Southern Illinois University School of Law
University of Southern Indiana
Valparaiso University Law School

The Graduate School Forum will be from 6:30-8 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170), Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building. Faculty, alumni, and admissions representatives will discuss topics relating to graduate school admissions, programs, and more. Confirmed panelists are:
Dr. Thomas W. Atkinson, Associate Dean of the Graduate School - Purdue University
Luke Bickel, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Rev. Becky Eberhart, Asst. VP for Enrollment Management, - Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Ashley Henke ’07, University Fellow/Research Assistant, Pursuing Master’s in Applied Communication - IUPUI
Annie Shackelford ’11, Pursuing Master of Social Work, - USI
Dr. Margaret Stevenson, Assistant Professor of Psychology -  UE
Dr. Barbara Williams, Director and Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Program - USI

The hour long Q&A will be followed by a reception where students can talk to panelists informally. All students welcome!

* Charlas en español – Tuesday, October 2nd

Next Tuesday, October 2 at 5 p.m. at Jazzman's, come practice informal conversation in Spanish with other UE students in a relaxed atmosphere. For more information, please contact: Dr. Diana Rodríguez Quevedo at:


* Spanish Club Meeting on October 1!

Join Spanish Club for the first event of the semester: Spanish Music Night! We will meet Monday, October 1 at 7 in Hyde 14. Please e-mail the youtube link and lyrics to your favorite Spanish song to Come prepared to sing and learn new music!

* Save the Date for Calvin Klein!

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 24 to see Calvin Klein, the award-winning fashion icon and creator of one the world’s best known brands.   The Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana Institute Speaker Series is pleased to sponsor Mr. Klein’s presentation “Lessons From the Runway to Success:  Leadership and Building a Global Brand” in both Indianapolis and Evansville.  Tickets are currently on sale for the Indianapolis luncheon event.  For more information, please visit   The Evansville lecture, slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Victory Theatre, is free and open to the public.    Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  For more information, call 812-488-2455 or e-mail


Info You Should Know

* Printable Calendar Now Online

A printable version of the UE calendar is available on the new website. Visit and click the "Printable Calendar" link to stay update to date with events on campus! 

* Fraternity/Sorority Announcements Sent to New Members' Hometown Newspapers

Congratulations to all UE students who joined fraternities and sororities during Fall 2012 Recruitment! To recognize new members, announcements were sent Tuesday to students' hometown newspapers and are posted online at

UE uses to recognize students for their achievements and activities. You should receive an e-mail notification with a link to view your story online and share it with friends and family through e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also log in to to customize your profile by adding a photo, activities, and other biographical information.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at x2241 or KL147. We look forward to celebrating your achievements with your local hometown media and online at Keep up the good work, and be on the lookout for more stories about your accomplishments! 

* SAB Wants to Know - What Bands Would You Like to See at Sunset Concert?

SAB would like to know what bands you are interested in bringing for Sunset Concert. We will do our best to try to book bands that you, the students, are interested in seeing.
Go to
to give us your suggestions.

* Lost Keychain

A keychain full of the little store cards has been lost on campus. One of the cards was a blue gym membership card to Great Lakes Health and Fitness. There was also a Meijer team appreciation card and an IGA card. If anyone finds the keychain and cards, please email

* Chemistry Club Offering Free Tutoring in Chemistry

The Chemistry Club will be offering free chemistry tutoring in Room 300 (Chemistry Library) in Koch Center on Tuesdays and Thursday's from 5-7 p.m.

* Still Need a Textbook? Contact the Bookstore

The UE Bookstore will begin returning unsold copies of textbooks to publishers and wholesalers soon.  If you still need a textbook for one of your classes you are encouraged to purchase it in the Bookstore soon.  If for some reason you need a textbook but are unable to purchase it at this time please contact the textbook desk.  We will be happy to hold a copy for you for a later date.  The returns process begins with used books in the coming weeks.  If you have any questions please contact the Bookstore.



* Kristy Miller Chosen as One of 2012's 20 Under 40 Honorees by Evansville Business Journall

Chemistry Department Chair, Kristy Miller, was chosen as one of this year’s  20 Under 40 honorees by the Evansville Business Journal.  Each year the Evansville Business Journal honors twenty up-and-coming leaders who make a difference in our community. 



* Faculty, Staff and Emeriti - Receive 50 Percent Off Men's and Women's Basketball Season Tickets

All faculty, staff, and emeriti receive 50% off season tickets for both men’s and women’s basketball season tickets. With the discount, men’s season tickets range from $105-$462 per seat and Women’s tickets are $26 per seat.  Season tickets are available until October 10. In order to get your seats set up, please either come to the Carson Center Ticket Office or call 488-2237.


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