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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

* Harley-Davidson's Ken Schmidt in Evansville Tonight!

Tonight, Ken Schmidt, brand visionary and communications strategist for Harley-Davidson Motor Company, will speak in Evansville. The Institute for Global Enterprise Institute Speaker Series is pleased to sponsor Mr. Schmidt’s presentation “Going Global:  Succeeding in an International Marketplace” in both Indianapolis and Evansville. As the former director of communications for Harley-Davidson, Mr. Schmidt played an active role in one of the most celebrated turnarounds in corporate history - and got paid to ride motorcycles.  

The Evansville lecture, slated to begin at 6:00 p.m. in Aiken Theatre at the Centre, is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. 

For more information, call 812-488-2455 or e-mail

* IP Telephone Software Update Sunday at 5:30 AM

We will be restarting all IP phone on campus Sunday, March 17 at 5:30 a.m.  This restart is required so that the phones receive a software update to fix an issue we are experiencing. The phones will be down at most 5 minutes while they download and install the update.  If you would like for your phone to receive the update early you can restart your phone by pressing the services button and then **#**.  This will cause your phone to reboot and receive the update.  If you do the update early, your phone will still restart but will come back up immediately as it will not need to go through the update process. If you have any questions contact Josh Norrick at


What's Happening Today

* Recyclemania - New Challenge!

Alcoa Warrick Operations has challenged UE, USI and Ivy Tech in a local Recyclemania contest and will provide a cash prize of $1,500 to whichever school improves the most in the second half of the challenge (March 3–30).  In addition to the local grant, the winner in the competition will also get a traveling trophy, created by a local artist from crushed aluminum cans.  UE, we can do this!  There are 18 days left - let’s make sure we are recycling the following items:
• Office paper
• Cardboard
• Newspapers
• Magazines
• Cereal boxes, beverage and soda cases
• Books
• Aluminum cans (rinsed out, empty)
• Plastic: (rinsed out, empty) with #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 in the recycle symbol on the container, such as:  Milk containers; Water bottles; Shampoo bottles; Laundry detergent containers; and Margarine containers

If you’ve got questions, call ext. 2697 or email js652.

* I-House: Malaysia

All members of the campus and local community are encouraged to attend I-House: Malaysia. Attendees will learn about another culture, lifestyle, food, and so much more. Bring your friends to enjoy the presentation and complimentary cookies this Wednesday at 7 pm. on the second floor of Ridgway University Center in the Class of 1959 Gallery.

* Activities Planned Today for Disability Awareness Month!

Each March, Disability Awareness Month is celebrated throughout Indiana. The goal of Disability Awareness Month is to increase awareness and promote independence, integration and inclusion of all people with disabilities.

This year's campaign theme is “Community Connections.” This year's theme represents a fully connected, livable community with appropriate housing, supportive and accessible community services, and physical and environmental features that allow everyone to live independently.

Come join us on March 13 in Eykamp 251 and 252 in Ridgway University Center to create community connections of your own. The event will include a panel discussion, a Wheelchair Obstacle Course, Best Buddies, and much more!

Help us create a better community for EVERYONE!!

* Bible Study on Wednesday Night

Adventist Campus Ministries will be having Bible study on Wednesday night from 7-8 p.m. in Room153 (Eades Music Room) in the McCurdy Wing of Schroeder Family School of Business Building.

Was Jesus a Democrat or a Republican? What does the Bible have to say about topics like the national debt, helping the poor, gun control, labor and management issues, abortion, etc.

"I think you will find Jesus was very much middle of the road," says Bible study member Alexandra Statham. "On certain topics he seems to lean towards the right while with other topics he leans towards the left."

Anyone is welcome to attend and you can contact: Alexandra Statham ( for more details.

* Andiron Lecture Set for March 13

The next Andiron Lecture will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center.  A social gathering with beverages begins at 3:45 p.m. (Please note that the location of this lecture has changed - it will now be in the room to the right of the one that was originally announced.)

The speaker will be Matt Rowe. He will discuss "Architectural Styles of Evansville’s Riverside Historic District."

Rowe has been the executive director of the Reitz Home Museum since February 2011. A Newburgh native, he holds a BFA in art history from the University of Southern Indiana. He is the president of the Evansville Museum Contemporaries, an auxiliary fund-raising organization of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science, where he sits on the Board of Trustees and serves on the Executive Committee. A resident of the historic district, he has served on the board of Alhambra Theatre Inc. and is the president-elect of the Friends of Willard Library. He is also a member of the Public Art Commission.

In this lecture, Rowe, chair of the City of Evansville Historic Preservation Commission, will lead the audience through a virtual tour of his neighborhood, Evansville’s Riverside Historic District.  He will discuss the characteristics of various styles of nineteenth-century residential architecture, using examples from the downtown Evansville neighborhood where he lives and works.

For further information, call the series coordinator M. Christine Mohn at 812-488-2585 or the College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589.


Upcoming Events

* Kevin Miller to Discuss Research in Organic Chemistry on Friday

Dr. Kevin Miller is coming to UE to give a talk on his research, "Correlating Structural Variations with the Thermal Properties of Imidazolium-Containing Polyester Networks".  Dr. Miller is an assistant professor at Murray State.  He received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Notre Dame.  His talk will be at 3 p.m. in Room 101 in Koch Center this Friday, March 15.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

* Alissa Fricke to Speak at Mentor Speaker Luncheon on March 21

Please join us for the last Mentor Speaker Luncheon Series of the semester on Thursday, March 21 from 12-1 pm in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center.  We are pleased to have Alissa Fricke, UE alum 2012, as our speaker presenting on the topic of: "Life Skills for the 1st Year Professional."

This is an opportune  time to contact your mentor and invite them to meet you for lunch, or come by yourself and hear about the challenges and rewards of being a 1st year professional.

This event is open to the campus community.  If you wish to receive a free lunch, please RSVP to Donna Schmitt at by Monday, March 18.


* Poetry Reading Featuring Arthur Brown Set for Thursday

Professor of English Arthur Brown will be reading from his new book of poetry, Duration and the Second Hand, this Thursday at 4 p.m. in Room 272 in Schroeder Family School of Business Building. He will also have copies of his book available and will be happy to sign one personally for you!

* Walk for Juvenile Diabetes

The University of Evansville is sponsoring a team for the Walk for Juvenile Diabetes on May 18 at Holiday World. Our team would like to honor UE students, employees, and family members who have type 1 diabetes. Please let us know if you or a family member has type 1 diabetes. Also let us know if you would like to walk or help support our team. Email Lynn Penland at or Amy Hall at

* This Week in Music: Guest Artist and Student Recitals

The Department of Music will present a Guest Artist Recital featuring flutist Mihoko Watanabe in Wheeler Concert Hall this Saturday, March 16, at 2:00 p.m.  A native of Japan, Watanabe received her Bachelor of Music from the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, her Master of Music and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. 

A celebrated and versatile international performer, she has won competitions sponsored by both the Japan Flute Association and the National Flute Association and has appeared in Japan, Israel, and Canada as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist.  In her current position as Associate Professor of Flute at Ball State University, she performs as a member of the Musical Arts Quintet, a faculty ensemble that has received a number of awards, including the prestigious 2010 American Masterpieces: Chamber Music grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

She is also a founding member of Trio Piacere (flute, cello, piano), which has performed nationally and internationally, and a member of Duo Viva (two flutes), with which she recorded “Doppler Effect,” an album released in 2006 by Little Piper.  As an orchestral player, she has held several principal flute positions and performed with American and Canadian orchestras.  Watanabe is also a very active teacher and clinician, having presented masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan, and she has a great interest in the field of ethnomusicology, particularly the traditional music of her native land. 

Watanabe’s UE performance will include works by her countrymen, Kazuo Fukushim and Joji Yuasa, as well as works by western composers ranging from C. P. E. Bach to Francis Poulenc.  Pianist Helen Reed will accompany Watanabe.  The recital is free and open to the public.

Department of Music students will offer three recitals this weekend.  Soprano Tyler Samuel and tenor Josh Kight will present a joint Junior Recital on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.  On Sunday, March 17, soprano Emily Naas will present her Junior Recital at 1:00 p.m., and baritone Alexander Henderson will present his Junior Recital at 2:30 p.m.  All three events will occur in Wheeler Concert Hall and are free and open to the public.

* World Bank Senior Economist to Speak at UE on March 19

Dr. Furrakh Iqbal, World Bank senior economist, will be speaking to UE students via international video conferencing  at 8.00 a.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170) in Schroeder Family School of Business Building on March 19. The title of his presentation is, "The Role of the World Bank in International Development ".  Dr. Iqbal received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his PhD from Yale University in economics. He has been associated with the World Bank (Washington DC)  for the last 30 years. Currently he is assigned to a project in the Middle East. Dr. Iqbal graciously accepted an invitation to speak to UE students from Walayet A. Khan, professor of finance. The event is open to public.

* Red Bus Project Coming to UE

Student Christian Fellowship will host the Red Bus Project on March 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Sesquicentennial Oval. The Red Bus is an English double-decker bus turned mobile thrift store where students can donate used clothing and purchase clothing donated by others. All proceeds go to Show Hope which helps financially with adopting orphans.


Info You Should Know

* Zerah Priestly Carter Scholarship Application Deadline is Friday March 15!

Please e-mail or send all applications for the Zerah Priestly Carter Scholarship to the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations by Friday, March 15 at 5:00 p.m. University of Evansville African American Alumni raised the funds to make this an endowed scholarship and named it in honor of Ms. Zerah Priestly Carter ’38, the first African American graduate of the University.

This scholarship is awarded, each year, to a deserving African American UE student at the Annual UEAAA Luncheon. This year, the luncheon will take place on Saturday, April 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The 2013 scholarship funds are in addition to other financial aid/scholarships awarded to the recipient! 

Scholarship Criteria: Candidates must be African American, have sophomore standing as of Fall semester 2013, and have a 2.0 or higher grade point average. 

Applicants must submit the following to be considered:
1) Completed application ( , 2) Written statement (not to exceed two pages) explaining his/her current professional goals, demonstrating his/her involvement in the African American community, and explaining why he/she is deserving of the scholarship. 3) Two letters of recommendation that verify and support the candidate’s community involvement activities.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the office of alumni and parent relations, at 812-488-2586 or e-mail us at

* Residence Hall Room Selection Process

Students who are interested in living in their same residence hall for next year can select an open room in their current residence hall on the following nights from 9:30–10:30 p.m. Sign-ups will take place at your hall's RA office.

Thursday March 14 – Rising Seniors (students with 75+ credit hours)
Sunday March 17 – Rising Juniors (students with 44 – 74 credit hours)
Monday March 18 – Rising Sophomores (students with up to 43 credit hours)

Interested students should have their 2013-14 housing contract submitted through WebAdvisor prior to selecting a room.

Additional information about the residence hall selection process can be found on the Residence Life website.

* Summer and Fall Adoptions Now Due

Adoptions for Summer I, Summer 2, and Fall 2013 are due at the UE Bookstore from all academic departments.  Please submit your adoptions as per information provided in a seperate email sent to faculty and department administrative assistants.

* Faculty Regalia Rentals

If you are a faculty member and need regalia rented for May's graduation please contact the UE Bookstore at your earliest opportunity.  If you have rented in the past and need to rerent the same items you can note that, the Bookstore has that information on file.  If you need any changes at all you'll need to contact the Bookstore with the updated information.  You can email with your request.

* Alumni Research and Scholarly Activity Fellowship Proposals Now Being Accepted

Attention faculty:  Alumni Research and Scholarly Activity Fellowship proposals are now being accepted.  Up to $15,000 in grants can be awarded by the Alumni Association each year.  The online application form can be found on Acelink under the Academic Affairs area.  Completed proposals are due Monday, April 1.  Questions?  Contact or extension 2586. 

* 2013 Summer Asian Program in Korea

Are you interested in exploring Asian history, culture, art, music, media, economy, and politics this summer? UE offers an affordable four-week summer Asian program in Korea from July 1-27. If you would like further information about the program such as costs, detailed schedules, site visits, scholarship, etc., please contact with Dr. Young Kim by email at or by going to Room 53 in Schroeder Family School of Business Building ASAP.  Applications of the summer program and scholarship are available in the Study Abroad Office, SB 261. The final deadline for applications and $500 deposit is Friday, March 15.

* Foreign Language Department Photo Contest Deadline Extended

The Department of Foreign Languages would like to invite students who studied abroad on a language immersion program for their major/minor requirement to submit photos to enter the Annual Foreign Language Department Photo Contest.  If you participated in a foreign language study abroad program for your major/minor requirement in Spring 2012, Summer 2012 or Fall 2012, you may submit up to three photos (one in each category) from your study abroad experience for the contest. 

Printed photos should be no larger than 4 x 6, or photos may be submitted by email to The photos can be of any trips, campuses or cities that you were in during your foreign language study abroad and must be submitted in one of the following categories:  Art; Landscape; or Cultural Interaction.

One winner will be awarded for each category, and one of those photos will be awarded the Best Overall photo.  The Best Overall photo will be enlarged, framed and displayed in the Foreign Language Office.  Please note that all photos may be shared and/or published with the Office of Study Abroad and University Relations.

Feel free to stop by OH 350 and see the winners from the past, if you like.

The deadline for submissions has been extended. You can now submit your photos to Foreign Languages at OH 350 by WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27. Put your name and the place on the back of the photo or on a separate sheet.  We would love to display all of them on one of our bulletin boards.

If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly at

* Sign Up for UE Gives Back!

Each year, UE students "give back" in service to their community during UE Gives Back. The Office of Community Service matches students and student organizations with local service agencies and community projects for two hours of service. This year UE Gives Back will be held on Saturday April 6, from 10 am to 12 pm.  Please visit our website to download the excel file and register yourself and/or your student organization.

All registration forms must be completed and submitted to by March 22!

* Graduation Regalia and Announcements

This is a reminder to all May graduates that if you still need a cap and gown and/or graduation announcements you should stop by the UE Bookstore at your earliest convenience.

If you are a Masters or Doctoral graduate it is especially important that you contact the Bookstore if you have not already ordered your Cap, Gown and Hood.  Masters and Doctoral garments have to be ordered custom for each person and take longer to receive.  Bachelor cap and gowns are usually in stock in the Bookstore but Bachelor graduates should purchase their cap and gown soon to insure that the appropriate size is available. 

Graduation Announcements should be ordered at least one month prior to graduation to insure graduates have enough time to get them mailed. 

If you have any questions please contact the UE Bookstore.   

* Ohio River Review Open for Submissions Still Open

We encourage all students to submit original, unpublished work for the 32nd issue of The Ohio River Review, an annual publication dedicated to the work of UE students. Feel free to submit to all categories.

What We’re Looking For:
Fiction: Up to two unpublished piece of no more than 3,500 words each.
Creative Non-Fiction: Up to two unpublished pieces of no more than 3,500 words each.
Poetry: Up to five unpublished poems.

Format Guidelines:
• Each piece is to be titled with numbered pages.
• Times New Roman font, double-spaced with standard margins.
• Have your name, category, email address, and phone number in the upper-left corner of the first page of each separate submission.
• All prose works must be in individual files, though poetry can be in a single document.

Contact the editors with any questions: Christine Mueller ( and Brennan Girdler (

Selected authors will be notified and asked to provide a brief biography.

Email submissions to by Friday, March 15


* Application Deadline Approaching for Crescent Magazine and LinC Positions

Need to practice your skills and build your portfolio? Want academic credit for the work you do? Enjoy working with really great people?  Then be a part of the Crescent Magazine or LinC staff for 2013-14. Applications for all positions (sales, editing, writing, photography and design) with the magazine and yearbook are now being accepted.  Visit or to download an application and learn more about the available positions. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 15. For more information, contact

* 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.


* Call for Nominations: Dean of Students Leadership Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for consideration of The Howard S. Rosenblatt “Dean of Students Leadership Awards”.  These awards will be presented at the 20th Annual Leadership Awards Reception scheduled for April 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.  Awards are presented in the following categories:
• Student Organization Advisor of the Year
• Student Organization of the Year
• Student Leader of the Year

Over 80% of UE students participate in at least one student organization or program.  These organizations are successful because of the commitment of the student leaders and the advisors who give freely of their time and support.  The recipients of these awards are selected based on their commitment to the University of Evansville as well as the development and success of their efforts within their chosen student organization.

The deadline for nominations is March 29, 2013.  Please click here to download a nomination form or stop by Room 230 in the Ridgway University Center to pick up a nomination form from the Dean of Students Office.  If you have any questions, please contact the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students at extension 2500 or by e-mail at

Thank you in advance for celebrating our student leaders’ achievements. 

* Faculty and Administrators: It's time to make nominations for Outstanding Senior Service Awards!

Faculty and administrators are encouraged to nominate one or more seniors for the Guthrie May and Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Outstanding Senior Service Awards.  One male and one female will be recognized at commencement.  There will be 10 finalists selected to attend a luncheon on May 1, 2013.  To nominate someone, please print a nomination/application form which can be found here or by contacting  Attach your signature to the bottom of the form and have the senior attach it to a summary of their contributions to the University.  Please turn nominations into the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students by Wednesday, March 27, 2013.  



* Paul Bone to be Featured on The Trend on Friday

Associate Professor of Creative Writing Paul Bone will be featured this Friday at 12:30 p.m. on The Trend with Micah Schweizer (88.3 FM). Professor Bone will be discussing poetry and his new poetry collection Nostalgia for Sacrifice, which has just been published by David Robert Books. 

* Birth Announcement - Benjamin Robert Edwards

Director of Student Engagement Geoff Edwards and his wife Christina announce the birth of a son, Benjamin Robert Edwards. Benjamin was born on March 11 at 6:27 a.m. and weighed seven pounds, 12.5 ounces and was 21 and ¾ inches long.

* Yasser Alhenawi

Assistant Professor of Finance Yasser Alhenawi has a journal article titled “A Pedagogical Framework for Capital Structure: Incorporating Non-tax Advantages of Leverage,” that has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Economics and Finance Education.

The paper is a pedagogical tool suitable for advanced master-level courses or introductory PhD-level courses. College textbooks present a framework of capital structure that incorporates tax-driven theories but often excludes the non-tax advantages of debt. Some textbooks discuss the non-tax-driven advantages of debt but they are never reflected back into the original framework – a void that this paper attempts to fill. In this paper, he presents a comprehensive framework that illustrates the fact that leveraged firms gain additional value beyond tax-deductibility.

* Rob Griffith

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Creative Writing Rob Griffith who just returned from Lacoste in Provence, France, where he spent a week as the guest Writer-in-Residence for the Savannah College of Art and Design.  As well as having time to work on his own projects, he gave a reading, conducted several workshops, and judged their annual poetry contest.



* UE Men Take Fourth At Benbow Invitational

Freshman Alex Turner posted a 1-under 70 to finish just a stroke off the win as the Purple Aces men’s golf squad took fourth place at the Benbow Invitational.

Following a stellar round of 72 on Monday, Evansville native Alex Turner improved by two shots to finish with a 70, the top round for a UE player this season.  His two-day score of 142 put him in third place, one shot off of Ryan Fricker (Bethune-Cookman) and Andrew Bailey (Cleveland State).  Fricker took medalist honors following a playoff.

Junior Quinn Vilneff registered a top ten finish as his total of 147 was good enough for a tenth-place tie.  He carded a 74 on Tuesday. 

Another freshman, Rick Voyvodic, finished just outside the top 20 as his 151 put him in a tie for 25th.  Parker Hensley and Will Knights each registered a 153 en route to a 34th place tie.

Three Aces entered the tournament as individuals, led by A.J. Naas.  He finished with a 164, a total that included the best round of his UE career on Tuesday, an 81.  Craig Niemeier was two shots behind with a 166 while Josiah Ashba finished the event with a 170.

Florida Atlantic held on to take team honors, notching a 582.  On Monday, FAU posted a 289 before shooting a 293 on Tuesday.  They finished four shots in front of Bethune-Cookman.  Northern Kentucky took third with a 591 as the Aces took fourth on the strength of a 592.  Cleveland State rounded out the top five with a 595.

Action continues on Monday as UE will travel to Serierville Golf Club in Tennessee for the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate.  Hosted by Tennessee Tech, the event will be on Monday and Tuesday.


* Falkenstein and Ware Earn Spots on MVC Scholar-Athlete Team

A pair of University of Evansville women’s basketball seniors, Chelsea Falkenstein and Taylor Ware, were named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Team in an announcement by the league office Tuesday afternoon.

Falkenstein, an honorable mention selection in 2011, was named to the second team this season.  The Evansville native is averaging 4.2 points per game and is third on the squad in rebounding at 5.7 boards per contest.  She pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds earlier this season at Eastern Illinois and ranks sixth on UE’s all-time blocks list with 68 career rejections.  In the classroom, Falkenstein is an elementary education major and boasts a 3.96 grade-point average (GPA).

Ware, who earned a spot on the second team last season, was recognized as an honorable mention this year, as she averages 4.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.  The Cincinnati, Ohio native has scored in double figures six times this season and scored a season-high 14 points the Aces’ home victory over Drake.  In the classroom, Ware is a mechanical engineering major and owns a 3.73 GPA.

Evansville opens MVC Tournament play Thursday, March 14, at 7:05 p.m., when it takes on Southern Illinois at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.

The criteria for the scholar-athlete team balloting parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) standards for Academic All-America voting. Nominees must be starters or important reserves, have played at least 75 percent of a team’s games, and must carry at least a 3.20 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

Student-athletes must also have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institution (true and redshirt freshmen are not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at the institution.

A total of 38 Valley student-athletes met the nomination criteria for scholar-athlete honors in 2013.

* Aces Hold Off Eastern Illinois for 7-5 Win

The University of Evansville baseball team took advantage of four Eastern Illinois errors and got timely hitting late in the game to hold off the Panthers, 7-5, Tuesday night at Braun Stadium for its second-straight win.

Freshman Jonathan Ramon led Evansville (5-9) offensively by driving in three runs and senior Jason Hockemeyer finished 2-for-3 with a triple and three runs scored.  On the mound, redshirt junior Sam Johns (1-1) picked up his first win of the year by allowing five runs and striking out five in 7.2 innings of work.  Senior Jake Naumann recorded his third save of the year and struck out three of the four hitters he faced over the final 1.1 innings.

“It was nice to start off our homestand with a win,” said head coach Wes Carroll.  “I think jumping out to an early lead really helped us.  I thought Sam (Johns) did a great job in the sixth of getting two big strikeouts to shut down the situational hitting and shut down their momentum.”

The Purple Aces took an early 4-0 lead in their half of the first, as EIU committed four errors in frame behind its starter Jake Johansmeier.  Redshirt sophomore Kevin Kaczmarski reached on an error to start the inning and was safe at second when the Eastern Illinois shortstop failed to secure the ball on a toss from the second baseman that would have retired Kaczmarski on a ground ball off the bat of junior Jake Mahon.  Redshirt junior Johnny Day loaded the bases with a soft single to center and sophomore Kyle Pollock followed with an RBI single that plated Kaczmarski.  Hockemeyer drove in Evansville’s second run with an RBI groundout, before Ramon tallied his first RBI of the night by plating Day with a groundout to second.

EIU quickly responded by scoring three runs in the top of the second, getting a two-run single from John DeVito and a run-scoring single from Nathan Sopena, to cut the Aces’ lead to 4-3 after two complete innings.

UE widened the gap in its half of the third, when Pollock led off the inning with a single and later scored on a wild pitch, and Ramon picked up his second RBI by bringing Hockemeyer around to score with a single to center to push Evansville’s lead to 6-3.

Eastern Illinois added a run on a solo home run by Tyler Schweigert in the fourth and tacked on another run in sixth to trim the Aces’ advantage back to one run at 6-5.

Ramon gave UE a bit more cushion in the seventh, when he drove in Hockemeyer from third on a sacrifice fly to shallow right to double Evansville’s lead.

With two outs in the eight, the Panthers put the tying run in scoring position on two Aces’ errors, but Naumann was able to end the threat with a strikeout and retire EIU in order in the ninth to seal the win.

“To see us scratch across a run with good situational hitting, with Chris Pearson getting a hit in a hit-and-run situation, and Ramon getting a sacrifice fly was key,” Carroll said.  “It was also great to see Jake (Naumann) go out there and do what he does best by getting some big strikeouts for us to shut them down and build confidence.”

UE will be back on the diamond tomorrow night at 6 p.m., when it hosts Oakland City for a 6 p.m. game.  Senior Ryan Billo is the scheduled starter for Evansville, while the Mighty Oaks are slated to send Trent Benningfield to the mound.

* Women's Golf Finishes Benbow Invitational

Paige Crafton and Cathy Doyle each shot 78’s on Tuesday as the UE women’s golf team completed the Benbow Invitational at Jacksonville Beach Golf Club in Florida.

The Aces finished in fifth place with a 660 while Doyle registered a tie for seventh place.  Crafton tied for 12th.  Leading the way on the team side was IUPUI with a 637.  They came in 8 strokes ahead of Cleveland State and Appalachian State while Butler took fourth place.

Medalist honors went to Rumbidzai Masamvu of Appalachian State, who won a playoff following a three-way tie atop the leaderboard.  She defeated Lauren Kuss (IUPUI) and Jenna Peters (Butler).  All finished with a 155.

Doyle, who notched an 81 in Monday’s opening round, completed the event with a 159 after shooting a 78 on Tuesday.  Freshman Paige Crafton also finished Tuesday with a 78 to finish with a 161.

Dana Hayden tallied a solid 81 to complete play with a 172 and tie for 34th.  Sydney Skiles posted an 86 in the second round, following her opening day total of 82; her effort tied her for 24th.

Kelly Lamarche (98-91=189) and Rachel Marchi (95-97=192) rounded out UE’s squad.

Next week, the Aces will take to the course once again at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate.  Hosted by Tennessee Tech, the match will take place in Sevierville, Tenn.

* Softball Hits the Road Wednesday Against #7 Missouri

Evansville softball with take to the road to play in a doubleheader against #7 ranked Missouri on Wednesday, March 12, beginning at 1:00 p.m. CST in Columbia, Mo.

The Aces are coming off a huge weekend as they won five out of their six games, with wins against Bowling Green State, Murray State, and Southeast Missouri. Evansville improved to 6-9 on the season.

Sophomore Kayla Fortner leads Evansville with a .405 at the plate and a .529 on-base percentage while recording a total of eight runs, two doubles, one triple, two home runs, and 14 RBI’s on the season. Senior Kendall Kautz has been consistent at the plate as well as she has tallied a team best 15 RBI’s, two home runs, and three doubles overall. Senior Tamara Robey and sophomore Victoria Dellorto have been providing pressure on opposing defenses as they combine for a total of 19 stolen bases out of 21 attempts. Senior Alicia Betancur has also applied some pressure herself, going a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen bases while notching two doubles, one home run, and 5 RBI’s on the season.

Scouting the Opponent:

#7 Missouri (10-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference)
Missouri enters this weekend series with a 10-2 record, with wins against #4 ranked Florida and #5 ranked Texas A&M. Nicole Hudson provides power at the plate for the Tigers with a .469 batting average out of her 32 appearances at bat. While recording an impressive six home runs, Hudson has notched 14 RBI’s, one double, 11 runs, two walks, a .833 on-base percentage, and has been perfect in her 1-for-1 stolen base attempts. Chelsea Thomas leads the pitching staff with 40.0 innings pitched while striking out 55 and recording two shutouts. Thomas has allowed just five runs in her six appearances and has a 0.88 ERA, making her 4-1 on the season.


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