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Monday, March 4, 2013

* Gloria Spencer Receives March Employee Excellence Award

Gloria Spencer, Payroll Specialist in the Office of Human Resources, has received the Employee Excellence Award for March 2013. Gloria brought her payroll and IT experience to UE in 2007. Since that time, she has worked on numerous projects to increase payroll efficiency including web time entry, online pay advices, and online W-2s. Gloria is known for her great attitude in performing her responsibilities in payroll. There are many variables to processing multiple payrolls, but Gloria is always helpful and sensitive to the needs of students and employees. Those nominating Gloria said: “From day one, Gloria has displayed the desire to learn and to do a good job. Despite a high degree of responsibility, she remains calm and composed. We are lucky to have Gloria working in HR.”

Congratulations, Gloria and thank you for all that you do.

Upcoming Events

* TIAA-CREF Counseling

The TIAA CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Tuesday, March 19 and Thursday, March 21 for individual counseling sessions.  To schedule an appointment, call TIAA CREF at 1-800-732-8353 or 317-706-6200.   The sessions are held in the Clifford Rare Books Room of the University Libraries (Room 158).  If you have any questions, call Carol McCraney at extension 2943

* Lecture on Eldercare Set for March 14

Please join us in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall) in the Schroeder Family School of Business Building, on Thursday, March 14, 6:45-7:45 p.m., for "A Vision for Eldercare: The Heart of it all."

Sister Carolyn Martin, Isp, RN, MSN, NHA, of Little Sisters of the Poor and St. John's Home for the Aged, will be the featured speaker. All UE students, faculty and staff as well as members of the community and Sigma Theta Tau chapter members are invited to attend.  A dessert reception will follow the presentation.

Please RSVP by March 11 to jw395@evansville.edu or call 812-488-2343 and leave a message if you are planning to attend. Thank you!

Info You Should Know

* What UEL Can Do 4U: World Politics Review

Interested in newly appointed Secretary of State John Kerry and his agenda?  Curious about the current relationship between North Korea and China?  Need information about the strategy behind U.S. drone strikes?  The World Politics Review database provides articles on each of these topics and is currently available for a trial period until May 1, 2013.

World Politics Review is a daily online publication focusing on international politics, foreign policy and foreign affairs. Its original articles are written by experts from journalism, research, academia, and government organizations and contain analysis that provides context for key trends and events in international affairs. 

Subject areas include aid and development, culture, defense and military, human rights, political theory, terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction.  This database explores policy in Beijing, Brasilia and New Delhi as well as in Washington, London and Brussels.

Trial access to World Politics Review is available until May 1, 2013.

Contact Kathy Bartelt (kb4) with questions or comments regarding World Politics Review.

* Accounting & Audit Announces Procedures for Summer Travel Expenses and Membership Dues Paid with Pcard

Traveling this summer on UE business with a return date after May 31, 2013?  Paying membership dues for next fiscal year prior to May 31? If you use your Pcard prior to May 31 to pay for some of those travel expenses or membership dues, you will need to e-mail Lori Harriss (lh177@evansville.edu) in Accounting & Audit with the following information:

Vendor name
Date of purchase on Pcard
Dollar amount charged to Pcard
Description and purpose of purchase
Account number charged for purchase

These expenses will be charged to your 2013-14 budget funds. 

* Want the Chance to Win $100?

The Office of Development wants to know what does philanthropy mean to you?  In one hundred words or less share what philanthropy means to you and the winning essay author will get $100.  All full time students are eligible and essays must be submitted by March 8th to Liz Riffert at EL37@evansville.edu. The winner will be announced at the start of Philanthropy Week on March 18th. 

* Libraries Announce Spring Break Hours

UE Libraries will observe the following schedule of hours during Spring Break which begins on
March 1st and concludes on March 10th.  Contact William Louden, University Librarian, with
questions at 488.2376  or  wflouden@evansville.edu.

The Library Spring Break Hours are:
• Tuesday, March 5:           7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 6:     7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Thursday, March 7:         7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Friday, March 8:              7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Saturday, March 9:          CLOSED
• Sunday, March 10:           3:00 p.m. - Midnight
• Monday, March 11:         Resume Regular Hours

Congratulations

* Nu Rho Psi Inductees

The University of Evansville is now home to the Indiana Alpha chapter of Nu Rho Psi, the national honor society in neuroscience. On Tuesday, February 26, the society inducted its first members, including two faculty members. 

The Spring 2013 inductees are: faculty members Dr. Lora Becker and Dr. John Lakey, and students Marianne Marcotte, Kasey Michel, Cody Baker, Mariah Gardiner, Drew Reisinger, Allison Young, Taylor Perry, Mallory Ermler, Molly Henson, Evan Meiman, Zachary Peay, Justin Garner, Tyler Plogher, David Welbourn, Anna Maurer-Batjer, Erica Loesche, and Jennifer McFarland. 
 

Athletics

* Aces Take 84-68 Senior Day Triumph Over Indiana State

It was another Senior Day triumph as the Purple Aces men's basketball team posted its fifth win in a row on that special day, taking an 84-68 victory over Indiana State on Saturday afternoon at the Ford Center.

In his final regular-season home game, Colt Ryan led all players with 31 points on an 11-of-19 shooting effort.  He also finished with 8 assists and 5 rebounds.  His career tally stands at 2,173 points and is just 63 points away from tying the all-time scoring record set by Larry Humes.

Ryan Sawvell notched 12 points and 6 rebounds while Jordan Nelson finished with a career-high 11 points.  Nelson sunk his opening four buckets as his play helped the Aces hold strong in the first half.

With the win, the Purple Aces (18-13, 10-8 MVC) earn their first 18-win season since the 1999-2000 campaign.  Evansville also enters next week's MVC Tournament with a top four seed.  Should Northern Iowa fall to Illinois State tonight, UE will be the third seed for the second year in a row.  If UNI takes the win, the Aces clinch the No. 4 seed.  Indiana State finishes the regular season at 17-13 and 9-9 in the league.

Troy Taylor got the Aces on the board as they scooted out to a 4-0 lead before a layup by Jake Odum marked the first points of the game by the Sycamores.  Evansville continued to play at a solid pace in the early going as a D.J. Balentine bucket made it a 7-point lead before an and-one by Jordan Nelson gave the Aces a 21-12 edge.

Nine of the opening 19 shots were good as Colt Ryan sunk a pair of free throws inside the 8-minute mark that put the lead at double figures for the first time at 25-14.  The Sycamore punched back in a quick way, tallying consecutive treys by Odum and R.J. Mahurin, to get back within five tallies.

That stretch turned into an 8-0 one for ISU, but one of the heroes in the win at Wichita State, Jordan Nelson, ended that with a trey.  Nelson hit his first four shots as he set his career high in scoring with 11 points in the first half.  Despite his play, along with 11 first-half points by Ryan, the Sycamores made their way back into it, cutting the deficit to just one at the half, 37-36.

Nelson and Ryan led UE with 11 in the period while Odum was 6-10 en route to 17 first-half points.

Out of the break, Mahurin tallied his fourth bucket of the game as ISU took its first lead at 38-37.  A three by Devonte Brown made it a 41-37 lead before Colt Ryan hit the Aces' first basket of the second half.  Evansville connected on four out of five buckets to go back in front, 45-43.

That rally started what turned into a 16-0 stretch as the Aces came back to take their largest lead of the game at 57-43.  Evansville hit 6-of-8 shots in the stretch while Indiana State was 0-4 with three turnovers.  Mahurin hit a trey that ended the run.


As they had in the first half, the Sycamores rallied in the second half, getting back within six at 62-56, but another run, this one a 7-0 stretch, saw the lead drawn back out to 13.  From that point on, the lead would not go under ten as the Aces finished with the 16-point victory.

In one of the most unselfish games you will see, the Aces registered assists on 26 out of 31 baskets while finishing the game with a 38-30 rebounding edge.  The Aces also shot 54.4% while Indiana State finished the night at 42.4%.  The Aces were on fire in the second half, connecting on 18 out of 29 attempts.

Odum was the top scorer for the Sycamores, tallying 20 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists.  Mahurin finished the day with 16 tallies and a game-high 9 boards.  Dawon Cummings was the third ISU player in double figures with 13. 

Evansville's six seniors were honored Saturday for their contributions as Colt Ryan, Ned Cox, Troy Taylor, Lewis Jones, Andy Chinn and Brandon Williams played their final regular-season home contest.  UE will next be in action on Friday in the MVC Tournament.  The opponent and game time will be determined later tonight following the completion of the other MVC games.
 

* Heck Makes History in Loss to UNI

Senior Samantha Heck led the University of Evansville women’s basketball team with 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds to become just the fourth player in program history to record 1,200 career points and 700 rebounds, but the Purple Aces fell, 70-57, to visiting Northern Iowa Friday night at the Ford Center.

Heck was one of three Evansville (8-18, 6-9 MVC) players in double figures, as sophomore Kat Taylor finished the evening with a career-high 15 points and senior Meagan Collins added 10 off the bench.

Northern Iowa (13-14, 8-7 MVC) drained 12 three-pointers in the win to give head coach Tanya Warren her 100th career victory.  Jess McDowell knocked down seven triples for the Panthers, going 7-for-12 from behind the arc to lead all scorers with 21 points.  Jacqui Kalin added 20 for UNI, while Amber Kirschbaum scored 11 points and grabbed a career-high and Ford Center record 17 rebounds.

Northern Iowa quickly jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but UE scored the next five points when senior Chelsea Falkenstein connected on an early three-pointer and Heck sank a jumper to make the score 6-5 just under four minutes into the contest.

Evansville took its first and only lead of the game at 17-14 on a Heck triple midway through the first half, but it would not last for long, as Northern Iowa responded, getting  a pair of triples from Brittni Donaldson to retake the lead at 20-17 with 5:21 remaining in the opening stanza.

After a pair of free throws by Collins pulled the Aces back within one, UNI went on an 8-0 run that was capped by a Kirschbaum layup to push its advantage to 28-19 and force a UE timeout at the 2:59 mark.

Taylor closed the half by scoring the final seven points for Evansville, including a driving layup with three seconds remaining in the half to pull the Aces within six at 32-26 heading into the locker room.

Taylor finished the first half with 10 points, going 4-for-5 from the field, but the Panthers drained seven of their 16 first-half shots from long distance and Kirschbaum notched eight of her points and 11 of her rebounds in the first 20 minutes of the ballgame.

Early in the second half, UE cut UNI’s lead to 34-30 on a Heck jumper, before Northern Iowa went on a 10-4 run to take a double-digit lead, 44-34, with 11:32 left to play.

Collins hit a pair of free throws and banked in a layup to trim the margin to 52-47 with under eight minutes to play, but the Panthers were able to withstand the Aces late rally and outscore UE, 18-10, the rest of the way to claim a 70-57 victory.

Evansville shot 38.6 percent (22-for-57) from the field, but hit just five of its 20 three-point attempts, while UNI shot 23-for-60 from the floor (38.3%) and went 12-for-30 from beyond the three-point line (40.0%). 

Northern Iowa outrebounded the Aces, 37-35, but UE won the battle in the paint, 26-14, and scored 11 second-chance points to the Panthers’ four, despite UNI’s 11 offensive boards.

UE will play its final home game of the year Sunday, March 3, when it hosts Bradley for Senior Day at 1 p.m.

* UE Tennis To Play In Indianapolis On Tuesday

With a winning streak of three matches, the Purple Aces women’s tennis team rolls into Indianapolis for a neutral-site match against UNC Wilmington on Tuesday.

The Aces will face the Seahawks on Tuesday beginning at 11 a.m. CT at the Five Seasons Sports Club.  The club is located at 1300 E 96th Street in Indianapolis.

Evansville has been on a hot streak as of late, winning three in a row, including a pair of home matches last weekend.  On February 22, UE topped SIU Edwardsville by a 6-1 final before registering another 6-1 win over UT-Martin a day later.

Sophomore Marketa Trousilova earned her second MVC Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honor as she improved to a perfect 8-0 in the spring in singles action.  Her success has also been evident in doubles as she and fellow sophomore Natasha James have posted a 7-2 mark this season.

Another player in her second season with UE is Gaby Fifer.  Fifer went 10-10 in her freshman campaign as a single, but has gotten off to a solid 6-3 mark this season.  She has excelled in the fifth flight, posting a perfect 4-0 mark.

The Seahawks of UNC Wilmington are 4-4 on the season; after beginning the season winning three out of four, the Seahawks have been 1-3 since, including a 7-0 loss to Indiana on March 3 and a 6-1 defeat at the hands of South Florida on March 1.

As a team, they are 10-9 in doubles and 25-20 in singles.  Kelly Cameron leads the way with a 6-2 mark, including a perfect 5-0 record in the fifth flight.  Christine Kharkevich is 5-3 with seven of those outings coming in the sixth slot.

Following Tuesday’s match, UE will travel to Jonesboro, Arkansas for a tilt against Arkansas State on Saturday at 1 p.m.
 

* Bradley Spoils Senior Day for Evansville

Three of the University of Evansville women’s basketball team’s four seniors scored in double figures Sunday afternoon on Senior Day, but visiting Bradley spoiled the festivities by downing the Purple Aces, 73-57, at the Ford Center.

Senior Samantha Heck led Evansville (8-19, 6-10 MVC) with 18 points, going a perfect 10-for-10 at the free throw line, and grabbed seven rebounds.  Fellow senior Meagan Collins finished 6-for-11 from the field for 14 points and tied for the game-high with eight boards, while senior Taylor Ware scored 12 points off the bench and tallied six rebounds.

As in first meeting between the two team earlier this season in Peoria, Ill., Bradley (13-14, 7-9 MVC) took an early lead by scoring the game’s first 12 points and holding the Aces scoreless for the first 4:22 of the contest.

UE started 0-for-12 from the field and did not get its first field goal until the 11:04 mark, when Collins banked in a layup that made the score 17-4 in favor of the Braves.

BU took a 25-8 lead on layup by Shronda Butts, but Evansville countered with a 7-0 run that was capped by a three from Ware and pulled the Aces within 10, 25-15, with 5:11 remaining in the opening half. 

However, the Braves would close the half with an 11-4 run of their own to take a 36-19 lead into the locker room.

BU held UE to just a 25.0 percent shooting percentage in the first half (6-for-24), while it shot 41.7 percent from the field (15-for-36) and made five of its nine first-half three-point attempts.

Katie Yohn and Michelle Young opened the second half with a pair of buckets for Bradley to extend the Braves’ lead to 40-19 with 18:26 to play.

Heck sank a pair of free throws just over a minute later to cut the deficit to 43-27, but the Aces would get no closer than 16 the rest of the way, as BU, who led by as many as 26 in the second half, put the finishing on its 73-57 victory by sinking 12 of its 13 free throws over the final 20 minutes.

Yohn led a trio of Bradley players in double figures by scoring 21 points on a 9-for-12 shooting effort that include three treys.  Brooke Bisping added 12 points and six rebounds for the Braves, while Young finished with 11 points and a game-high six steals.

The Aces pulled down 37 rebounds to BU’s 36, but were outscored, 32-18, in the paint and allowed Bradley to turn 24 turnovers into 31 points.

UE did record a season-high seven blocks, as five Evansville players recorded at least one blocked shot.

The Aces will wrap up their regular season next week with a pair of road games at Creighton and Drake.  UE will travel to Omaha, Neb., for a 7:05 p.m. with the Bluejays Thursday, March 7, before playing its regular-season finale Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa at 2:05 p.m. against the Bulldogs.

* Men's Golf To Open Season Monday

Spring play is just a day away as the University of Evansville men’s golf team travels to Hoover, Alabama to play in the Samford Intercollegiate.

The tournament is slated to begin with two rounds on Monday at 8 a.m. followed by a final round of 18 holes on Tuesday beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Hoover Country Club will play host to the tournament. 

Eighteen teams will play in the event including: Auburn, Belmont, Bowling Green, Eastern Kentucky, Evansville, Francis Marion, Furman, Georgia Southern, Montevallo, Murray State, Presbyterian, Samford, Southern Illinois, Tennessee?Martin, Tennessee Tech, Western Carolina, Winthrop and Vanderbilt.

A pair of freshman represented two out of UE’s top three players in the fall, led by frosh Alex Turner.  The Harrison High graduate led the Aces with a 74.62 average over 13 rounds.  He tied for fourth in two matches while posting a 9th-place effort at Dayton.

Quinn Vilneff notched a pair of 13th-place finishes en route to a 76.31 average while finishing with his top round of the season at the Dayton Invitational as he finished with a 71 in the second and final round of play. 

Rounding out the top three was another freshman, Rick Voyvodic.  He averaged a 77.92 in his inaugural season with his top finish of 19th coming at the Butler Invitational.

Following their opener at Samford, UE will be back on the course next week at the Don Benbow Intercollegiate in Jacksonville, Fla.

* Baseball Opens Home Slate With 13-1 Win

Behind a strong start by Kyle Freeland and its top offensive output of the season, the Purple Aces baseball team earned a 13-1 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon at Braun Stadium.

Freeland went seven strong innings for the Aces (2-6), giving up an earned run on six hits while walking just two batters on his way to his second triumph of the young season.  The sophomore had his stuff working today, striking out ten batters in his seven innings.

Tyler Miller threw the final two innings.  Kevin Kaczmarski registered two RBI on a 3-4 day at the plate while catcher Chris Pearson tallied a pair of hits and a team-high of three runs batted in.

Milwaukee (2-6) qwas held to just six hits.  Ryan Solberg had the lone RBI for the Panthers on a home run to left in the second inning.  Starter Cale Tassi pitched 4 1/3, giving up five earned runs and took the loss.

“This was a great way to begin our home schedule,” UE head coach Wes Carroll said.  “Our offense played its best game while our pitching was strong.

The Panthers let a golden opportunity go through their hands in the top of the first as they loaded up the bases on Kyle Freeland.  Following a walk and a soft single, Freeland walked Jonathan Capasso to load up the bags for Mitch Ghelfi, who grounded out to second to end the inning.

Evansville made the Panthers pay in the bottom half of the frame as Kevin Kaczmarski laced a triple to the right field wall.  Two batters later, it was Jake Mahon hitting a sacrifice fly to right as Kaczmarski crossed the plate for the first run of the game.  Milwaukee did not trail for long as right-fielder Ryan Solberg laced a 1-out homer to left as the Panthers tied the game at one run apiece.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Aces broke it open with four runs.  After loading the bases with no outs, Kaczmarski came to the plate with one out and hit a ball just over the shortstop’s glove, driving in a pair of runs.  Next up was DH Kyle Pollock, who registered one of his two hits on the day, a double to left that tallied the third run of the inning.  Later, Jason Hockemeyer drew a bases loaded walk that scored the fourth run of the inning.

Milwaukee missed a chance in the top of the seventh inning as they left the bases loaded down four runs.  Evansville added some insurance in the next two innings as they extended the lead to 13-1.  The bottom of the frame saw UE register two quick outs before rallying four three runs, with two coming off of Pearson’s bat on a single to left.  Jonathan Ramon also had an RBI in the inning.

Five more runs crossed the plate in the eighth as five different players recorded an RBI to give the Aces the 12 run advantage.

Evansville posted its first double figure day on Sunday with the 13 runs coming on 12 hits.  Milwaukee registered a run on six hits.  The UE hitters were very patient at the plate on Sunday, striking out on just four occasions.

The Aces and Panthers will be back at Braun Stadium on Monday as the teams will play a doubleheader.  First pitch is set for 12 p.m. with a second 9-inning game to be played following the completion of the first.
 

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