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Thursday, February 14, 2013

* UE Alumni Association Awards Presented at the Founders Day Luncheon

Each year the UE Alumni Association honors the achievements and service of select alumni.  These awards are presented at the Founders Day Luncheon, Sunday, February 17, at noon.  The follow awards will be presented:

Marjorie Soyugenc M’73
Posthumous Distinguished Alumna Award

George Day ‘95
Young Alumni Award

Patricia Kishline
Samuel Orr Honorary Alumna Award

Steve ’86 and Kathie Bugg
Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award

* Happy 159th Birthday UE! Let's Eat Purple Cake!

Founders Day is recognized each year in February in honor of our founding as Moores Hill Male and Female Collegiate Institution in 1854.  Celebrate with purple cake Friday, February 15, at 12:45 p.m. in the Ridgway University Center lobby.

The annual Founders Day Convocation and Luncheon will be held on Sunday, February 17.  More information and online registration can be found at  Questions?  Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at


What's Happening Today

* A 21st Century British Invasion: My Sweet Lord

This month’s Think Outside the Lunch Box Faculty Speaker Series event will feature a moderated conversation between UE Chaplain Tammy Gieselman and the Rev. Dr. Leslie Griffiths, the Lord of Pembrey and Burry Port, England.

The discussion will take place at noon this Thursday, February 14 in the Blue & Gold Room on the first floor of Old National Bank’s headquarters in Downtown Evansville. The event is free and open to the public.

Gieselman and Griffiths will discuss Griffiths’ role as a member of Parliament in the House of Lords, as well as his work in interfaith initiatives as the superintendent minister of Wesley’s Chapel in London, which was built by John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist religious movement. 

As a regular columnist and BBC broadcaster, Griffiths has spoken extensively on various educational and social subjects, including euthanasia, the church and civic society, the relationship between Christianity and other faiths, and international affairs.

Griffiths became a local preacher in the Methodist Church of Great Britain in 1963 and completed a Master of Arts in theology at Fitzwilliam College at the University of Cambridge in 1969. He lived and worked in Haiti from 1970 to 1980, and in 1987, he earned a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He has served as president of the Methodist Conference in Britain (1994-95) and has been the superintendent minister at Wesley’s Chapel since 1996. He has written numerous books on religious and historical themes, including an autobiography, A View from the Edge.

* Harlaxton Reception Thursday

An informal reception for Harlaxton Principal Gordon Kingsley and Suzanne Kingsley and Dean of Students Ben Wraith will be held Thursday, February 14 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Dunigan Lounge of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building. Members of the UE-Harlaxton community are encouraged to stop by to greet them.



Upcoming Events

* Entrepreneurship Fair Tomorrow in SOBA

From gourmet popcorn to greeting cards to grocery shopping services, students in the University of Evansville’s Schroeder Family School of Business will showcase their products and services tomorrow at an entrepreneurship fair. Ten student-founded businesses are taking part in the fair as part of a two-semester curriculum in entrepreneurship, taught by UE assistant professor of management Joe Trendowski.

The fair will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, February 15 in the Schroeder Family School of Business Building’s Bernhardt Atrium. Admission is free and open to all - but bring cash for shopping!


* "The Beauty of Engineering" Registration Due March 4

Tri-State Women in Computing and Engineering (TWICE) is now accepting registration for The Beauty of Engineering, a half-day workshop for girls in grades four through eight.

The workshop will take place Saturday, March 9 on the University of Evansville campus. Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science, and the event will end at approximately 11:15 a.m. The cost is $6 per participant, and registration is open to individuals and organizations that wish to bring a group. 

The Beauty of Engineering is an opportunity for girls to learn about engineering and computer science by rotating through four activity stations, each staffed by female professionals in the fields.  Each station will feature a lesson and hands-on exercise.

Advance registration is required. Forms and information are available at the TWICE website,, under “Upcoming Events.” Deadline for registration is March 4.

TWICE is made possible by a grant from the Alcoa Foundation in partnership with the University of Evansville College of Engineering and Computer Science.

For more information, please call Tina Newman in UE’s College of Engineering and Computer Science at 812-488-2651.

* Participate in International Banquet on March 23

Do you sing, play an instrument, or have a special talent? How about cooking exotic cuisine? If you want to showcase your talent with an International flair, join us by preforming at the International Banquet. If you wish to preform please email Belen Robles ( If cooking is more of your preference, email Ernesto Rojas ( on how to help. Grab some friends and put together an act or a dish… The more, the merrier! We look forward to hearing from you!

* Greeks at the Game

Greeks at the Game on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:05 p.m. Wear your letters and come support your Purple Aces as they take on Illinois State Redbirds. The highest percent of each fraternity or sorority in attendance will win a pizza party or philanthropy money for their chapter. Raffle prizes for members will be announced throughout the game which include Visa gift card, UE t-shirts, UE Fan Pack, and other great prizes! Questions? Please contact VP Inter-Greek Affairs Katie Schmidt at

* Transitions to Professionalism: Resume Writing set for February 26

You only have one page to say it all! Join Gene Wells, Director of the UE Center for Career Development, to learn thedo’s and don’ts for designing your résumé.. A complimentary luncheon will be provided with an RSVP to by Feb. 18. The luncheon & workshop will be in Eykamp 253/ 254, Ridgway University Center. 

This event is sponsored by the Office of Veterans Affairs, UE VETS (Veterans Education Transition Support), and AES (Adult Education Society) student organizations in collaboration with UE Center for Career Development. 

* UE Theatre Department to Present The Heidi Chronicles

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre presents the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Heidi Chronicles, opening at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15 in Shanklin Theatre.  Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 16, 21, 22, 23 and at 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 17 and 24. 

Winner of the 1989 Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this comedic and poignant play by Wendy Wasserstein is an unflinching portrayal of the Baby Boom generation's coming of age.  Following Heidi and her friends through 23 years, Wasserstein deftly explores the women's rights movement and its effects on a group of intelligent and well-educated women attempting to succeed in a male-dominated world.  Audiences will be left in awe by the huge strides made by women in their attempt to "have it all" and pondering the hurdles still remaining in today's society.

The Heidi Chronicles is directed by Professor of Theatre R. Scott Lank with scenic design by senior Katie Sullivan; costume design by senior Krista Weltner; lighting design by junior Hannah Cypress Staelin-Lefsky; sound design by junior Dylan Kind, and dramaturgy by junior Olivia Shadid.

The 12-member cast features seniors Jennifer Finch as Heidi; Myra Lamphier as Molly/Jill; Micheal Trzos as Peter; Jonathan Rouse as Scoop; juniors Julie Adamo as Susan; Lilli Hokama as Betsy/Fran/April; Alex Raby as Lisa; sophomore Vasiliy Kostromitin as Waiter/Steve/Mark; and freshmen TJ Baldassare as Dr. Ray/Chris; Erdin Schultz-Bever as Becky; Caitlin McCarthy as Denise; and Glyne Pease as Debbie.

Ticket prices are $14 for adults and $12 for senior adults, students and UE faculty.  UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 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 p.m.

* Special Events Planned for Visit of The Rev. Dr. the Lord Leslie Griffiths

The Rev. Dr. the Lord Leslie Griffiths of Pembrey and Burry Port Campus will be on campus from February 14-17. The campus community is invited to attend the following events throughout the week including the political science course:

Friday, February 15 
2:00–2:50 p.m.
Room 272 in Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building
Congress/Legislative Process, PSCI 313

9:30 p.m.,
Sanctuary of Neu Chapel
Moonlight Madness Opening Worship

Saturday, February 16
9:00–3:30 p.m., Sanctuary of Neu Chapel
Pipes and Prophets
Festival of Young Preachers

Sunday, February 17
10:30 a.m.,
Sanctuary of Neu Chapel
Founders Day University Worship
Edgar M. McKown Lecture

For more information, contact Tammy Gieselman at (812) 488-2240, or

The Rev. Dr., the Lord Leslie Griffiths of Pembrey and Burry Port, is the Superintendent Minister of Wesley’s Chapel, the Cathedral of World Methodism in London, England and a member of the House of Lords, Labour Party.

* Join Student Publications - Info Sessions Set for February 19

Interested in working for Crescent Magazine or the LinC next year? Let’s talk. There will be info sessions at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center. Come to learn more about the variety of positions and practical opportunities available, including marketing & sales, writing, editing, photography and design positions. This is a great opportunity to gain professional experience in a publishing environment while earning academic credit. Information sheets and applications are available for all positions with Crescent Magazine at and with the LinC at For additional information, contact

* Career Day - February 19

Nearly 75 employers are registered for Career Day 2013! Looking for a full-time professional position? Cooperative education opportunity? Internship?  Summer job? Make plans to attend Career Day on Tuesday, February 19, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Student Fitness Center. See registered employers in JobLink ( Also, pre-register for the event in JobLink to allow employers to view your resume early!


Info You Should Know

* Lost - Gold Ring

A gold mother's ring was lost somewhere between Old National Bank and Graves Hall. The ring is set with 2 red stones and 1 blue stone. If found please contact Lexi Olmstead at There will be a $50 reward to anyone to turns it in.

* New Opportunity for Outstanding Students!

FYS is now offering a 3 credit hour teaching internship (FYS 499) that will provide select students the opportunity to assist in the instruction of First-Year Seminar courses. Teaching Interns (TIs) will work under the supervision of FYS faculty, working closely with them in and out of the classroom. TIs will attend FYS classes and model good academic behavior, help to facilitate discussion, work one-on-one with students on writing, and serve as a peer mentor and tutor to FYS students and a liaison between FYS faculty and students.  Interested students should contact Dr. Valerie Stein at for more information and an application.

* News from the Registrar's Office

Attention Spring and Summer May 2013 Graduates
Please come to Commencement Central at Ridgway University Center on February 25 from 4-7 p.m. and February 26 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. to review your graduation information (diploma name, degree, major, minor).

Dropping a Class with a “W” Grade?
Last day to do so is March 28 at 5:00 p.m.



* UE Students Train Members of Ohio Valley APICS Chapter in Lean Manufacturing Simulation

On Tuesday Feb 12, students from Dr. Greg Rawski’s Operations Management classes trained 23 members from the Ohio Valley APICS chapter in a Lean Manufacturing Simulation. APICS is a National Association for Operations Management that provides educational and professional development opportunities to its members. The Ohio Valley Chapter serves the Evansville, Jasper, and Owensboro areas. Companies represented included Jasper Engines, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Best Home Furnishing, Kimball International, Hunter Douglas, Dupont, CountryMark, among others. The Simulation provided great training in the area of Lean Manufacturing but also gave the Schroeder Family School of Business some great leads for internship and job openings for its students.

* Danielle Weeks

Creative writing major Danielle Weeks has won third place in the Southern Literary Festival Creative Writing Contest for her poem “How the Water Tells Us We are Old.” The poem will be published in the Southern Literary Journal.  Winners will be officially announced at the Southern Literary Festival at Columbus State University in Georgia March 28-30, where award-winning novelist and short story writer,Tim O'Brien and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Tretheway will speak. 

The Southern Literary Festival is an organization of southern colleges and schools founded in 1937 to promote southern literature. Each year a different school hosts the Festival - which is, in effect, an undergraduate writing conference that entails writing workshops in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and playwriting. Columbus State University is hosting the festival in cooperation with The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians and the Columbus Public Library.

The SLF has an illustrious history. Robert Penn Warren, then a professor at LSU, was one of the founders. He spoke at the conference on a number of occasions, as did Eudora Welty, Katherine Anne Porter, and Flannery O’Connor, who won an award at SLF as an undergraduate and later headlined the conference as a nationally prominent writer.


* Class of 2012

Congratulations to the Class of 2012 on outstanding post-graduation success: A recently completed survey found that 92% are employed or in graduate school!

The survey, a collaborative effort between UE’s Center for Career Development, Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, and academic departments, produced career information on 87 percent of the 583 members of the Class of 2012 (including December 2011, May 2012, and July 2012 graduates).

Highlights of the survey include:
• The median salary of graduates employed full-time was $42,500.
• Sixty-two percent of employed graduates were working in Indiana. When entering UE in fall 2006, 57 percent of this class was from Indiana.
• Thirty-two percent of graduates not currently in graduate school indicated plans to pursue graduate school within the next three years.

The full survey is available online at



* Aces Host Indiana State, Illinois State in Key MVC Matchups

The University of Evansville women’s basketball will be back on its home floor at the Ford Center after going three-game swing, when it hosts Indiana State and Illinois State for a pair of key Missouri Valley Conference games.  The Purple Aces are slated to play the Sycamores Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m., and will welcome the Redbirds Saturday, Feb. 16, for its “Hoops For the Cure” contest at 5 p.m.

All fans attending the Thursday night game against Indiana State will receive a raffle ticket that will enter them into a drawing to win four lower bowl tickets to Saturday’s men’s game against nationally-ranked Creighton.  The winning raffle ticket will be drawn after halftime.

Evansville (8-13, 6-4 MVC) ended a three-game losing streak in its only tilt last weekend by topping Southern Illinois, 52-41, Saturday in Carbondale, Ill.  Sophomore Mallory Ladd recorded her seventh double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, to earn MVC Newcomer of the Week honors.  Senior Samantha Heck also posted a double-double for UE, finishing the afternoon with 11 points and 11 boards.  Sophomore Kat Taylor also scored in double figures for Evansville, pouring in a career-high 14 points.  In addition, the Aces held the Salukis to a season-low 41 points, including a 30.8 percent shooting percentage in the second half.

As a team, the Aces rank second in the Valley and 19th in the nation with a 75.7 percent free throw percentage.  UE is also one of the nation’s top three-point shooting teams, as Evansville ranks 51st nationally with 6.4 made triples per contest. 

Heck leads UE in scoring at 13.9 points per game and is second on the squad in rebounding with 7.5 boards per outing.  The senior center ranks second in the conference and fourth in the country among qualified players with a 93.1 free throw percentage and second in the MVC with a 41.0 three-point shooting percentage.  Ladd is the team’s second-leading scorer at 12.5 points per outing and boasts a team-best 9.2 rebounds per game.  In league games, Ladd leads the Valley in free throw percentage (97.7%) and rebounding (9.8 rpg), and tied for third in the MVC with a 50.0 percent field goal percentage.  Senior Meagan Collins, who returned from injury at Southern Illinois, is averaging 7.9 points per game.

Indiana State (14-8, 6-5 MVC) earned a pair of conference wins last weekend in Terre Haute, Ind., defeating Creighton, 58-41, and Drake, 59-48, inside the Hulman Center, marking the first time the Sycamores have won back-to-back league games this season.  Against the Bulldogs, Racheal Mahan led four Indiana State players in double figures with 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while Marina Laramie and Anna Munn each added 11 points, and Taylor Whitley joined the Sycamores’ 1000-point club by scoring 10 points and recording a game-high six steals.  Indiana State overcame 30 turnovers by holding Drake to just 13 first-half points, including a 17.4 percent first-half shooting percentage.

The Sycamores have been the Valley’s best defensive team this season, as they lead the conference and rank 18th nationally in scoring defense by holding opponents to just 52.7 points per game.  Indiana State also owns a +4.4 rebounding margin and is 12-1 when outrebounding its opponent.  However, the Sycamores are shooting just 66.4 percent from the free throw line and average 17.8 turnovers per game.

Munn leads the team in scoring and ranks third in the MVC with a 14.9 points per game scoring average and is third on the squad with 4.6 boards per contest.  Mahan is averaging in double figures at 13.1 points per outing and Whitley is pitching in 10.5 points per game.  In addition, Mahan leads the team in rebounding (8.1 rpg) and is tied for second in the league with seven double-doubles.

Illinois State (15-8, 7-4 MVC), who will play at Southern Illinois Thursday before making the trip to Evansville, also swept Creighton and Drake last weekend in Normal, Ill., downing the Bulldogs, 81-57, before posting a, 66-60, victory over the Bluejays.  In their last outing, the Redbirds committed just three turnovers against Creighton and scored 32 of their 66 points inside the paint.  Jamie Russell led Illinois State with a game-high 22 points in the win and pulled down seven rebounds, including four on the offensive glass.  Alexis Jenkins also scored in double figures, adding 16 points and five assists.

The Redbirds are averaging 68.1 points per game as a team and shooting 40.8 percent from the field.  Illinois State also shoots 75.1 percent from the free throw line and average 4.0 blocks per contest.

Jamie Russell leads a trio of Rebirds in double figures at 14.5 points per game, a mark than ranks fourth in the Valley, and leads the team in assists (66) and steals (60).  Janae Smith ranks second on the team and sixth in the MVC with a 14.1 points per game average and leads the conference in rebounding (8.5 rpg).  Candace Sykes, who has knocked down a team-high 47 threes, is averaging 13.0 points per outing and shooting 33.3 percent from long range.

Indiana State leads the all-time series with Evansville, 30-15, but the Aces won the last meeting, 55-54, earlier this season in Terre Haute and will be looking to sweep the Sycamores for the first time since the 2001 season.

Illinois State holds a 25-13 advantage in the all-time series with the Aces and has won 12 of the last 16 meetings.  However, UE defeated the Redbirds, 71-57, earlier this year inside Redbird Arena.  Evansville has not swept the season series with Illinois State since the 2004-05 campaign.

* Aces Stumble At Southern Illinois, 65-56

Colt Ryan led the Aces once again, but road woes continued for the University of Evansville men's basketball team as Southern Illinois took a 65-56 win over UE on Wednesday night at SIU Arena.Ryan finished with a game-high 21 points as he stands just five points away from tying Marcus Wilson for No. 2 on the all-time UE (14-12, 7-7 MVC) scoring list.  He hit seven out of 15 shots on the night, including five out of nine 3-pointers.  Troy Taylor was the other Aces to finish in double figures, tallying ten.

Jeff Early led the way for SIU (10-15, 3-11 MVC) as he notched 14 points and a game-high 10 boards.  He was one of three Salukis in double digits as Anthony Beane and Jalen Pendleton tallied 12 apiece.

Momentum was on Evansville's side early on as they hit their first two shots en route to a 5-0.  Lewis Jones hit the first basket before Colt Ryan turned an SIU turnover into a three-pointer.  The Salukis fought right back, hitting four of their first six shots as a shot by Desmar Jackson gave SIU an 8-7 lead.  Seconds later, Ryan connected on his second trey to put UE back in front just over four minutes in.

With 11:35 left in the half, Anthony Beane put SIU back on top and they utilized a 5-8 stretch to take their largest lead at 27-18.  Troy Taylor ended the stretch with his layup off of an offensive rebound to end an 0-6 stretch that saw UE go scoreless for four minutes of play.

Down 28-20 with 4:21 left in the frame, the Aces posted a 10-0 run, thanks in part to two more treys by Colt Ryan and solid play by Ryan Sawvell, who notched three rebounds and four points.  Southern Illinois ended the run to take a 31-30 lead into the break.

Ryan led everyone with 12 points at the break, but the difference came on the boards as SIU held a 19-10 lead in that department while scoring 14 out of 20 second chance points. 

Egidijus Mockevicius got on the board with a dunk to give UE the lead to open up the second half, but the Salukis countered with a 10-2 stretch, capped off by threes courtesy of Beane and Jalen Pendleton to go back up by seven at 41-34 with 16 minutes remaining. 

The stretch by the Salukis turned out to be 15-0 as they took a 48-34 lead, their largest lead of the game.  In that run, UE missed all seven shots while committing five turnovers.  Evansville countered back as Colt Ryan ended a drought of 8:16 without a point.  The defense held SIU without a point for a stretch of almost four minutes, forcing them into three turnovers and a miss, but UE was able to muster up just four points over that span.

Down by as many as 16 points inside of six minutes remaining, the Aces slowly chipped away, getting within eight points with 2:41 remaining, but the dagger came on the defensive end as SIU grabbed its 14th offensive board of the game and turned that into a Jeff Early bucket as the lead went back into double figures at 58-48.  Evansville would be unable to get any closer as the Salukis held on for the 65-56 final. 

SIU finished with a solid 38-26 lead in rebounding, led by Early's ten.  They shot 46.7% while UE was held to 40.7%.  Both squads struggled with turnovers as Evansville recorded 18 and Southern Illinois had 20.

A pair of home games is up next for Evansville, beginning on Saturday at No. 23 Creighton comes to the Ford Center for a 2 p.m. game on ESPNU.  Fans in attendance are asked to wear their purple as UE looks to set its season-high in attendance.  Next Wednesday, UE will play host to Illinois State in a 7:05 p.m. contest.


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