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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

* All Aces Fans Welcome to Pre-game Event at MVC Tourney

UE students, faculty, staff, alumni and other Aces fans are welcome to attend the pre-game gathering Friday, March 8, starting at 12:30 p.m. prior to the Aces match up with Indiana State at 2:35 p.m.  Come to the Top Shelf of the Scottrade Center (mezzanine level near section 330) to meet up with other Aces fans, enjoy refreshments, win prizes and get ready for the big match up.  Questions?  Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at or extension 2586.


Upcoming Events

* History Spring Lecture to Feature Harlaxton College's David Green

This year’s History Department Spring Lecture will feature Dr. David Green, Lecturer in History and British Studies at Harlaxton College. The event is free and open to the public, and faculty, staff, students and the campus community are invited to attend. The lecture, titled "The English Empire in the Later Middle Ages," will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in Eykamp Hall, Room 251A. 

This speaking engagement represents in integral part of Dr. Green’s on-going research program which explores ‘colonial’ practices and attitudes at work in the dominions of the later medieval English monarchy (England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Gascony, and Normandy).

By March 2013 Dr. Green will have published four articles in international peer-reviewed journals and essay collections, including the Journal of British Studies and the Journal of Historical Sociology. Another important element in this project is a major international conference (the Harlaxton Medieval Symposium) which Dr. Green will convene alongside colleagues from the universities of York and East Anglia (both in the U.K.). Together these scholarly activities form an innovative research program which examines, through a comparative and interdisciplinary approach, a period of fundamental change in the construction of the English nation.

Dr. Green’s research trajectory and findings have been shaped, in part, by the core course in British Studies required of all students at Harlaxton College with its focus on the construction of the British nation, its identity, and the relationships between its component parts. Accordingly, research from this program will be used to inform the teaching of this course, particularly the recently developed Honors section, which will sustain and enrich the curricular and co-curricular experience of UE students at Harlaxton in accordance with the university’s Strategic Plan Core Goal 1.

* "The Beauty of Engineering" Rescheduled for April 27

Tri-State Women in Computing and Engineering (TWICE) has rescheduled The Beauty of Engineering, a half-day workshop for girls in grades four through eight originally slated for this Saturday, March 9. 

The workshop will now be held Saturday, April 27 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.” The new registration deadline is April 22.

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

* 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 or call 812-488-2343 and leave a message if you are planning to attend. Thank you!


Info You Should Know

* The Institute for Global Enterprise Announces the 2013-14 Recipients of the UE Global Scholar Award

The Institute for Global Enterprise has announced the 2013-14 recipients of the UE Global Scholar Award. As a UE Global Scholar, the recipients of this award will engage in scholarship, curriculum development, travel and/or research activities related to the impact of globalization on our learning environment.

Dr. James Doane, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, will continue his collaboration with faculty at Mercer University for their Mercer on Mission project to Vietnam.  This project is an initiative to provide amputees with low-cost prosthetics that can be individually fitted without having to be fully customized. Amputees in developing countries cannot afford expensive customized prosthetics. To keep these individuals from going without prosthetics, the Mercer on Mission team designs and builds low cost prosthetics. The team spends three weeks during the summer in Vietnam fitting and distributing Mercer designed prosthetic legs.  This project is addressing a worldwide problem, which is particularly acute in Vietnam.  Dr. Doane will participate in this project with an eye toward the future development of a UE summer course allowing Engineering and other students to learn about designing and fitting prosthetic limbs.

Dr. Cris Hochwender, associate professor of biology, will initiate research projects at Reserva Ecológica
Bijagual (REBS).  REBS is a 286-hectare private reserve located in the Sarapiquí River watershed of the Atlantic plain in Costa Rica. His central project will center on management practices for tree plantations.  In addition, he will collaborate with the director of REBS on another research project such as the influence of leaf-cutting ants on forest restoration efforts; physiological diversity among tree species to light environment and tolerance to damage; or land use impacts on stream quality and invertebrate diversity.  These projects will allow Dr. Hochwender to greatly expand the global perspective that he brings to his ecology and environmental courses at UE. 

Dr. Alan Kaiser, associate professor of archaeology, will travel to Israel and Jordan during the coming summer to accomplish three curricular and research goals that will help him spread a greater understanding of global issues related to the Romans in the Middle East to students on the UE campus and beyond.  First, he will collaborate with the Jezreel expedition by lending his expertise in GIS techniques and Roman material culture to help interpret the artifacts and features the students will uncover, as well as to lead weekend tours of some of the local Roman sites.  Second,  he will travel around Israel and Jordan to conduct further research for his developing textbook on Roman archaeology.  Third,  he will use his findings to make the ARCH 106 (Introduction to Roman Archaeology)  course more appealing  to Middle Eastern students.

Dr. Matthew Knoester, assistant professor of education, will travel to Finland and England to enhance his understanding of the highly-rated Finnish educational system for classroom and scholarly use as well as build relationships in Finland to discuss international education issues, possibly leading to the development of a study abroad program at UE.  The world for which teachers and students in K-12 schools are preparing is increasingly interconnected and competitive. Today, a single corporation could manufacture different parts of one product in dozens of countries, market and sell to customers located around the world, and interact with customers electronically from a location distant from the corporation’s headquarters. We live in, what Thomas Friedman famously called a “Flat World.” Likewise, families and individuals from many parts of the world may relocate to find a better opportunity for their families.  Educators must recognize the global landscape in which their students live and operate and prepare them to be competitive and skillful in negotiating the challenges presented, while developing the tools necessary to build relationships with people who have different cultural understandings and ways of communicating.

Dr. Valerie Stein, associate professor of religion, will continue development of global focus in both her teaching and scholarship by examining biblical interpretation from diverse perspectives as well as by analyzing the impact of western biblical interpretation in a pluralist world. Traditionally, biblical scholarship has privileged the perspective of the Euro-American academy.   However, that perspective alone is insufficient in addressing religion's role in vital issues our global community is facing. To begin addressing this concern, she has redesigned REL  140 ( Reading the Old Testament ), a general education course, to introduce a global component  rather than only incorporating western Christian readings.  She will now also critically engage biblical interpretation from African, Asian, and Latin American perspectives as well as Jewish and Islamic ones.


* Sodexo Welcomes Your Feedback

Sodexo is currently running our Spring Semester Customer Satisfaction Survey. The survey is open to all members of campus and should only take about 5 minutes to complete. In exchange for your time, you will be entered to win an Outdoor Fun Prize Pack consisting of 2 folding camp chairs, t-shirts, beverages from Pepsi & Coke, and a portable MP3 player speaker. To access the survey visit The link will be open through March 20.

* 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 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

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



* UE Baseball Rained Out at UT Martin

The University of Evansville baseball team’s game that was slated for Wednesday, March 6, at UT Martin has been cancelled due to wet field conditions in Martin, Tenn. The Purple Aces and Skyhawks are now scheduled to play March 20 at 6 p.m., the original postponement date that was announced following the rain out on February 26.

* Taylor Ware Honored By MVC

University of Evansville women’s basketball player Taylor Ware was one of ten student-athletes honored with the MVC Leadership & Service Award by the Missouri Valley Conference.

In an effort to honor the achievements of exceptional student-athletes, the Missouri Valley Conference has created the MVC Leadership & Service Award (formerly the Good Neighbor Award).  Ten student-athletes have been named by Commissioner Doug Elgin as the honorees for the 2012-13 winter season.

This year’s winter honorees include Michelle Young, Bradley, Women's Basketball, Sophomore; Ally Jensen, Creighton, Women's Basketball, Senior; Cara Lutes, Drake, Women's Basketball, Sophomore; Taylor Ware, Evansville, Women's Basketball, Senior; Cecilia Holmes, Illinois State, Swimming & Diving, Sophomore; Rachael Johnson, Indiana State, Indoor Track & Field, Junior; Jared Roberts, Missouri State, Men's Swimming & Diving, Junior; Riley Banach, UNI, Wrestling, Junior; Melissa Larocque, Southern Illinois, Women's Swimming & Diving, Senior; Chynna Turner, Wichita State, Women's Basketball, Senior.

Ware, a senior forward/guard for the Purple Aces, has played in all 27 games this season for UE while making 19 starts.  She has averaged 4.6 points per game.  Ware has been extremely active in the community, participating in several charitable events.  Below is a list of her work since coming to UE.

•3.725 GPA in Mechanical Engineering
•Dean's List (five consecutive terms)
•Athletic Honor Roll
•Academic Excellence Recognition Breakfast Invitee
•Missouri Valley Honor Roll (2009-10, 2010-11)
•James M. Hall, Jr. Outstanding Engineering Student Scholarship Award
•2012 MVC Women's Basketball Scholar Athlete - Second Team
•2011-12 Member of the UE Student Launch Initiative Rocket Team
•Susan G Komen Race for the Cure (four years)
•United Way Day of Caring (four years)
•Main Street Trick or Treat (four years)
•SAAC Monster Mash (three years)
•Mesker Park Zoo - Boo at the Zoo (two years)
•Riley's Children Hospital
•Habitat for Humanity - Women's Build
•Family Day in the Park
•Family Fun Night
•Adopt a Family
•Hebron school Walk-a-thon (two years)
•Lincoln Elementary School mentoring program
•Just Read Program
•Dogs N Suds Event
•YMCA 15K Run/Walk
•Lose the Training Wheels Program with children

* Four Aces Earn MVC All-Conference Honors

For the second year in a row University of Evansville guard Colt Ryan was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team as three other Aces received all-conference honors on Tuesday.

Senior Troy Taylor earned a berth on the All-Defensive Team for the second year in a row while D.J. Balentine and Egidijus Mockevicius earned All-Freshman Team honors by the league.

Ryan has established himself as one of the top players in the conference and was named a First Team MVC player for the second year in a row.  He is just the second Evansville player to do so as Marcus Wilson was named to the team in 1998 and 1999.

The Batesville, Ind. native was the second leading scorer in the Valley this season, posting 20 per game.  He enters the MVC Tournament with 2,173 points as he looks to break Larry Humes’ all-time UE record of 2,236.

Taylor picked up his second All-Defensive Team honor as he led UE in rebounding for the second year in a row.  The senior registered just the second triple-double in program history with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at Creighton.  The Anderson, Ind. product registered 19 rebounds against Missouri State on his way to an average of seven per game over the course of the season.

Balentine and Mockevicius’ appearance on the All-Freshman Team mark the fifth time in six years that the Aces have had a player voted to the squad.  They are also the third set of UE teammates to make the list as Jason Holsinger and Shy Ely earned the accolade in 2006 while Dan Lytle and Clint Cuffle were named to the team in 2001.

Balentine was the Aces’ third leading scorer, tallying a season-high of 26 points in the game at Colorado State.  He has ten double-figure outings this season.  Mockevicius has made his impact on both sides of the floor while leading all players with 2.2 blocked shots per game in league play.  He has posted 55 blocks this season, the most for a UE player in a single season since Sascha Hupmann registered 74 in the 1991-92 campaign.


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