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Thursday, April 14, 2011

What's Happening Today

* English Coffee Hour Senior Reading

The English Coffee Hour Senior Reading is set for Thursday, April 14 at 4 p.m. in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center. Each spring the graduating writing majors read from their poetry and prose. The Department of English also announces the winners of the Virginia Grabill Writing Awards and the George Klinger Memorial Prizes For Excellence in Writing. Please join us for a delightful and often moving send-off to these seniors.



Upcoming Events

* Retirement Reception planned for David Mitchell

Please join the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department in extending best wishes to David Mitchell, associate professor of electrical engineering, on his retirement at a reception on Tuesday April 19. The event will be from 1:30-4 p m in the Class of 1959 Gallery and Lounge in Ridgway University Center. Refreshments will be served.

* Lecture on Estate Planning and Life Insurance

Rick Watkins, CFP, CLU, ChFC, will be talking to UE students in Room 100 in Koch Center at 4 p.m. on April 20. Rick is an independent financial planner and consultant in Evansville. He graciously accepted an invitation from Walayet A. Khan, professor of finance, to give a presentation titled, “Estate Planning and Life Insurance”. The event is open to the UE community and the public.


* Honors Program Talkback for The Farnsworth Invention

There will be a talkback with the cast and crew of The Farnsworth Invention this Monday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 105 in Hyde  Hall. Come and ask the cast and crew questions about the UE Department of Theatre's final production of the year. This event is worth .5 honors points (.25 for seeing the show and .25 for the talkback) if you register online after the event, and pizza will be provided! Come out and get your questions answered!

* Campus Community Invited to Passover Seder!

Hillel is hosting a campus-wide Passover Seder on Monday, April 18 at 6 p.m. in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center.  The Seder is open to everyone! Jewish students and non-Jewish students alike are encouraged to attend.  Dinner will be provided - along with as a glimpse into one of the most important Jewish holidays of the year. RSVP to Alexandra Cutler at, Sarah Gerlach at, or Margie Heideman at by Friday, April 15 at midnight.


Info You Should Know

* Benefit Open Enrollment Meetings

During the period of April 12 through May 2, benefit-eligible employees may enroll in the health, dental, and ACES flexible spending account benefit plans. This period also provides an opportunity for employees to make changes between levels of coverage. It is the only chance for benefit eligible employees to enroll or make changes until the next open enrollment period unless you have a qualifying change in status.

Enrollment/change forms are available during open enrollment meetings and in the Office of Human Resources.  If you don't want to make any change to your coverage, you do not need to complete any forms (unless you want to enroll in the ACES flexible spending account for 2011-12).

Please consider attending one of the following open enrollment meetings. All of the meetings will be held in Hyde Hall Room 126 at these dates and times:

• Thursday, April 14 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am
• Thursday, April 14 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
• Friday, April 15 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
• Monday, April 18 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at ext. 2943 with any questions. 

* Sunset Concert Moved Into Carson Center Gym

Sunset Concert will be held inside the Carson Center Gym. Food and student booths will be in the Fitness Center Gym. Doors open at 4 p.m. in the Fitness Center. The Concert will take place in the Carson Center Large Gym. Those doors will open at 5 p.m. The MC will take the stage at 6pm with the first band, The Stockholm Robot, will start at that time.

Student IDs are needed to enter the gym. Any guests will be able to purchase an entrance pass for $5.

* Can Studying Improve Test Scores?

Can studying improve test scores? A psychological study on this subject is planned for later this week and participants are desperately needed! One point of extra credit for psychology courses is available by doing this study. Sign-up to participate on the bulletin board by Room 126 in Hyde Hall. For more information, contact


* Stop by Health and Wellness Table

Be sure to stop by the Health Education and Wellness Table (just inside the gates near the grill) at Bike Race between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a chance to win a Flip Camera or one of many other great prizes!

* Diverse Expressions Art Exhibit

The Department of Art would like to invite the campus and community to view a collection of work from UE senior art majors, titled Diverse Expressions. The exhibition opened Wednesday, April 13, in the Melvin Peterson Gallery and will run through Friday, May 6. The opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, April 17, from 1-4 p.m. Gallery hours from now until the end of the exhibition are Wednesdays and Fridays, noon until 4:30 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon until 3 p.m.

* Be Part of the UE Formula SAE Team!

Join the University of Evansville Formula SAE team! You do not have to be a mechanical engineering major to be considered - just come and tell them what you have to offer that could improve the team.  A signup sheet will be posted in Room 277 in Koch Center, and interviews will be held Tuesday , April 19.  Any questions should be emailed to Travis Walters at .

* Nike Sale at the Bookstore

All Nike merchandise in the UE Bookstore is 15% off Thursday-Saturday, April 14-16.  Discount applies on the original price of all Nike merchandise.  Discount can not be included with any other offers or discounts.  Any clearance items are excluded from this 15% as an addition.  Look for the swoosh and save some money!

* Free Admission to Brundibar for UE Students

Thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors and individual donors, CYPRESS (the Committee to Promote Respect in Schools) is pleased to offer free admission to UE students at the Saturday evening performance of Brundibar, 7:30 p.m. at the Victory Theatre. Free student admission is valid beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Go to the box office on Sixth Street and show your UE ID.

Students are also invited to attend either of the free school performances on Monday, April 18. There will be a 9 a.m. performance and a 10:45 a.m. performance. No ticket is necessary for either of these performances.  

Brundibar is a children’s opera depicting the triumph of the human spirit over oppression.  It was originally performed 55 times by children in the Terezin concentration camp during the Holocaust. The only surviving member of the original cast, Ela Weissberger, will be the special guest at all performances.  Ela  portrayed the cat in all 55 performances during WW II.


* Red Cross Blood Drive

The Volunteer Services Office will be sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive. Sign up dates are April 18-20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Ridgway University Center. The blood drive will be April 26 from noon until 6 p.m. For more information please contact the Volunteer Services office. We encourage everyone to sign up to give.


* Photographer on Campus

The Office of Admission will have a photographer on campus for a photo shoot, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, April 13, 14, and 15. UE students and faculty have always been very cooperative and accommodating during previous shoots and as a result, many great photos have been taken for UE publications. Kim McDonald will try to notify faculty in advance if photos will be taken in a particular class, however, often weather unexpectedly can force the shoot inside and it is possible that last minute requests will be made. If faculty members know that they will be giving a test or do not wish to be bothered any of these three days, they should please inform Kim McDonald at ext. 2683 and the classroom will be avoided.


* Help Japan!

The Newman Club will be in Ridgway University Center with its annual Lenten collection jar during lunch and dinner during the next several days. This year's collection will go to the Red Cross for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Please consider making a small donation.

* University Closed for Good Friday

The University of Evansville will be closed on April 22 for Good Friday. 

* March of Dimes "March for Babies" Event - UE Team Needs You!

Please mark your calendars for the 2011 March for Babies event on April 30, at Sunset Park. Registration is at 9 a.m. with the walk through downtown Evansville starting at 10 a.m. There will be a UE Team walking in the event.

"Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick," explains UE Team Captain Becky Hamilton, "There will be a UE team walking in this March for Babies event because we want to do something about this. I know you care, too. That's why I'm asking you and your family to join us. It's easy: just click here to sign up for our University of Evansville team."

"If you can't walk with us," adds Becky, "please help by donating to our team. You can do so by clicking on “Donate to this team” from the team registration page above. Thank you in advance for helping us give all babies a healthy start!"

If you have questions, call Becky at ext 2163



Sympathy to...

* Memorial Service Planned for Pat Colter

Pat Colter died Saturday, April 9. She was the wife of UE Professor of Philosophy Larry Colter. Pat loved the University and its people, and had been active in coordinating and leading the Wednesday Morning at UE class for the past 10 years. She also led a group of adult education students at Harlaxton about 10 years ago and ran the naked mile with them. She is survived by her husband, her daughter Theresa Thielemann and her husband Paul, and two grandchildren, Mitchell and Stephanie Thielemann. Visitation will be at 10 a.m., and a Memorial Service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 at the Alexander Newburgh Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pat Colter Scholarship Fund at Old National Bank in Newburgh, Indiana.



* Aces Suffer Sweep In Saint Louis

The University of Evansville softball team dropped a pair of games to Saint Louis in its final non-conference series of the season. The Billikens took a 3-1 victory in game one of the doubleheader before posting a 10-2 win in six innings in the nightcap. The Aces (9-30) will return to James and Dorothy Cooper Stadium this weekend to host a Missouri Valley Conference series with Illinois State.

Game 1: UE 1, Saint Louis 3

The Aces came out swinging to start game one, grabbing three consecutive singles to load the bases with no outs in the top of the first inning. But the threat was ended by SLU starter Kelcie Matesa who sat down the next three batters to escape the inning unharmed.

Freshman pitcher Taylor Perry managed a quick two outs in the bottom of the frame, but Aly Brand homered to left field to give the Billikens the 1-0 lead before the inning ended.

Saint Louis held the Aces scoreless until the top of the fifth inning. Sophomore Tamara Robey led off the inning with a bunt single before advancing to second on a Billiken fielding error. After moving to third on a groundout, Robey crossed the plate when junior Amy Gaertner sent a sacrifice fly to right field.

With the score tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Billikens managed to put their leadoff hitter on base due to an Evansville fielding error. SLU went on to load the bases with no outs before Brand came through again with a single down the left side to plate one run. Rachel Faletto followed with an RBI groundout to bring the score to 3-1 before Perry was able to retire the final batter of the inning.

Senior Jen Stahlhut hit her eleventh double of the season to start the top of the seventh inning. Freshman Katie Sears followed with an infield groundout to advance Stahlhut to third and bring Gaertner to the plate to represent the tying run, but SLU reliever Hannah Huebbe was able to end the threat and pick up the save as the Billikens took game one by a final score of 3-1.

The Aces were able to put their leadoff batter on base in six of the seven innings in the loss. Evansville talllied seven hits in game one, led by Stahlhut and Sears who each collected two.

Perry (1-6) was credited with the loss, after giving up just one earned run off three hits in six innings of work in the circle.

Game 2: UE 2, Saint Louis 10 (6 innings)

A leadoff single put Kristin Nicoletti on board for the Billikens in the bottom of the first inning, and a wild pitch later in the inning brought her home to give SLU an early 1-0 lead in the nightcap.

The Aces responded in the top of the second inning, using a two-out rally to string together four consecutive singles and plate two runs. Freshman Niki Raming sparked the rally with an infield single before sophomores Tamara Robey and Halie Malone followed suite to load the bases. Stahlhut then cranked a single to centerfield, picking up two RBI as Evansville took a 2-1 lead.

The lead didn't last long, as SLU answered back with a two-out rally of its own in the bottom of the frame. Two UE errors and a wild pitch were enough to give the Billikens the tying run before Kerri Dockins singled to right field to give Saint Louis a 3-2 advantage.

The Billikens added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning, using four hits and another Evansville error to rack up four more runs to the scoreboard.

The Aces managed another two-out bases loaded situation in the top of the fourth, but Huebbe, entering in relief of SLU starter Julian Austin, was able to shut down the threat.

A solo home run by Kristain Burger in the bottom of the fourth extended SLU?s lead to 8-2. A triple and a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth padded the lead to 9-2 in favor of Saint Louis.

Three singles and a fourth UE error in the bottom of the sixth inning gave Saint Louis its tenth run of the game as the Billikens took the 10-2 mercy rule win.

Robey and Niki Rahming both ended the game 2-for-3 at the plate. Evansville put up eight hits as a team.

Freshman Emily Morris (3-7) took the loss in the circle, giving up two earned runs in two innings pitched.

* Aces Add Final Two Basketball Recruits

Size and shooting ability are two of the prime ingredients that University of Evansville basketball coach Marty Simmons has added to his group of newcomers for the 2011-12 season.

The final two scholarships were signed yesterday by 6'7", 230-pound Jaylon Moore of Olive Branch, Miss. and 6'0", 165-pound Jordan Nelson of Lincoln, Ill.  They bring to five the number of new players added to the Purple Aces' 2011-12 squad, joining fall signees Rokas Cesnulevicius of Hawaii Preparatory School, Ryan Sawvell of Mundelein, Ill. and junior college transfer Dustin Clements.  All three players signed in the fall by Simmons and his staff stand 6'8".

"Both Jordan and Jaylon are great kids," Simmons said about the final two additions to the UE team.  "Jordan is a gym rat, and he's a great perimeter shooter with the ability to stretch a defense.  Jaylon is athletic, with great hands and a good touch around the basket."

Nelson averaged 21.4 points and shot 39 percent from three-point range as a senior.  Of his 205 field goals as a senior, 111 were three-pointers.  Nelson was chosen second team all-state, and his 346 career three-pointers were the sixth most in Illinois high school history. Moore averaged 16.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and four blocked shots per game as a senior at Olive Branch High School, and was an all-conference and all-region selection as a junior and senior.

In addition to bringing in the five new players, Simmons and his staff will welcome back the top four scorers from the 2010-11 team in Colt Ryan (15.7), Kenneth Harris (8.3), Denver Holmes (7.8) and Ned Cox (7.3).  Harris and Holmes will be seniors on the 2011-12 squad.  Ryan and Cox will be juniors. Others returning who played in at least 30 games were Jordan Jahr (3.8 ppg), Lewis Jones (3.6) and Troy Taylor (2.8).  Also back in 2011-12 will be Matt Peeler (0.9), Brandon Williams (0.0) and Andy Chinn (0.0).  The 2010-11 Aces finished with a 16-16 record, including a win over NCAA Tournament runner-up Butler.  UE advanced to the second round of the College Basketball Invitational, with a victory over Hofstra before losing in the quarterfinals at Boise State.

"We're excited about all of the newcomers, plus our returning guys," according to Simmons.  "We were going to give our returning players a couple weeks off after the season, but they wanted to start individual workouts sooner than that.  With that kind of attitude, we have reason to be excited as we get ready for next season."


* Wood Chosen as MVC Scholar Athlete of Week

University of Evansville golfer Griffin Wood has been selected as the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today.

Wood, a junior, finished fourth in a field of 78 golfers Sunday at the Hoosier Invitational on the Indiana University Golf Course. He shot rounds of 71, followed by a career-best 68, and 73 to complete the tournament with a 54-hole score of 1-under-par 212.  Led by Woods' effort, the Purple Aces placed third among the 15 teams in the event for their highest finish of the spring season.  Wood has a 3.35 grade point average, and majors in management.

Wood and his teammates play this weekend at the Yestingsmeier Intercollegiate at Muncie, Ind.  It's the final tuneup prior to the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship April 25-26 at Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.

Now in its 12th year of existence, The Valley's Scholar-Athlete program is sponsored by Prairie Farms, Roberts and Hiland Dairies.  On a weekly basis, the Conference honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.

To qualify for Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing.  Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible.


* Biggs' Gem Leads Aces Past Billikens

Making his second start of the season, sophomore Josh Biggs pitched a gem Tuesday night at Braun Stadium, piloting Evansville past Saint Louis University, 6-4. Biggs threw the complete game, giving up four runs, all unearned, five scattered hits, just one walk, while mowing down a career-high six batters. With the win, Evansville improved to 18-12 on the season, snapping a three-game skid, while SLU fell to 20-13 overall.

Seniors Greg Wallace and Ryan Oesterle led the Aces at the plate, both going 3-for-5. Classmates Cody Fick, Jared Baehl, and Ty Legan also contributed to UE’s 13 hits on the night with two apiece.

The Billikens took the initial lead in their first at-bats with an unearned run when Nick Becker reached on an error and scored on Zach Miller’s RBI double to go ahead 1-0.



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