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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Upcoming Events

* Summer Fitness Classes Offered

Join the fun and get in shape. New this summer, the Fitness Center will offer classes beginning Monday May 20. Classes will begin at 4:45 p.m. on Mondays - Zumba Tuesdays - Yoga Wednesdays - Line Dancing Thursdays - Total Fitness

* Registration Still Open for OPTIONS Camps

Do you know a middle or high school student who is gifted in math and science? Openings are still available in the OPTIONS summer camps hosted by the University of Evansville's College of Engineering and Computer Science. Thanks to a generous grant from the Alcoa Foundation, scholarships are also available for middle and high school girls attending OPTIONS, which introduces students to the vast career possibilities in engineering and computer science.

The camps include hands-on projects, classes taught by UE professors and students, and field trips. Registration is open for the following camps:

  • OPTIONS for Middle School Boys, June 3-7 (day program)
  • OPTIONS for High School Girls, June 9-14 (residential program)
  • OPTIONS for Middle School Girls, June 16-20 (residential program)

Applications and more information are available online at options.evansville.edu or by calling the College of Engineering and Computer Science at x2651.

Info You Should Know

* Time to Renew Your Fitness Center Locker!

It’s time to renew your locker. The summer fee is $3. Please pay at the Fitness Center.

Congratulations

* Robert Morse

Congratulations to Robert Morse, professor of computer science, who has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to spend the Spring 2014 semester in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

From February 1 through July 15, 2014, Dr. Morse will split his time between teaching and research at the University of Ljubljana. He will teach a graduate-level course on his specialty, computational algebra, and collaborate with local mathematicians on two research projects. To learn more, please visit the EECS news website.

The Fulbright Program, founded in 1946 and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, offers grants for U.S. citizens to study, teach, and conduct research abroad, and for non-U.S. citizens to come to the United States. Each year, the program awards approximately 800 highly competitive, merit-based grants for U.S. scholars and professionals. Past Fulbright Scholars include recipients of 43 Nobel Prizes, 81 Pulitzer Prizes, 28 MacArthur Foundation Awards, and 16 U.S. Presidential Medals of Honor.

* Kenneth Steinsultz

Dr. Kenneth Steinsultz, Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music, has been invited to participate as a guest artist at the Midwest Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, May 17-19, 2013.

Dr. Steinsultz will perform a solo recital on Sunday, May 19 at 10:00am in Kemp Recital Hall. In addition to the solo recital, Dr. Steinsultz will be an adjudicator for the Mock Military Band Euphonium Audition on Saturday, May 18.

Athletics

* UE Baseball Closes Regular Season with 16-0 Win at SIUE

Kyle Pollock homered twice and drove in six runs and Josh Biggs allowed just one hit over six innings to lead the University of Evansville to an impressive 16-0 win over SIU Edwardsville in the Purple Aces’ regular-season finale Wednesday night at the Simmons Complex in Edwardsville, Ill.

Pollock finished his impressive night by going 3-for-4 at the plate and scored three runs to lead Evansville (22-32) offensively.  Freshmen Jonathan Ramon and Shain Showers also homered for the Aces, as Ramon went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored and Showers turned in a 3-for-5 effort with three RBI and three runs scored.

The two home runs and six RBI by Pollock was the most by an Evansville hitter since the 2011 season, when current UE assistant coach Cody Fick accomplished both feats.  Fick homered twice at Austin Peay on April 5 and drove in six runs at UT Martin on March 23.

Biggs turned in another impressive performance on the mound for Evansville, as he allowed just two base runners on a hit and a walk in his 6.0 innings of work.  Biggs also struck out seven, as SIU Edwardsville (16-32) managed just one base runner after the second inning, which came via a two-out hit in the ninth.  Junior Tyler Miller and freshman Connor Strain combined to toss the final three innings, as the duo allowed just the one hit and struck out one.

After stranding the bases loaded in the top of the first, the Aces got on the scoreboard in their half of the second, when redshirt junior Nick Hathcoat drove in Pollock with a sacrifice fly to center to put UE in front 1-0.

Evansville added three more runs on a pair of home runs in the top of the third, as Ramon led off the frame with a solo blast to left and Pollock delivered a two-run shot to left later in the inning to score Showers and extend the Aces’ advantage to 4-0.

UE added another run in the fifth to push the margin to 5-0, when Showers led off the inning with a double to left, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a Pollock sacrifice to center field.

The Aces broke the game open in the top of the sixth by plating five runs on two hits and a trio of walks.  Redshirt sophomore Kevin Kaczmarski and senior Chris Pearson started the inning with back-to-back walks, before both scored on a two-run single off the bat of redshirt junior Johnny Day.  Two batters later, Pollock belted his second long ball of the game, a three-run round-tripper that put UE in front 10-0.

Evansville continued to pile on the runs in the latter innings, as the Aces added three in the seventh, one more in the eighth and two in the ninth.  Showers capped UE’s ninth inning with a two-run homer to left that scored Day.

The Aces’ pitching was just as dominant as their hitting, as after the Cougars’ Skyler Geissinger led off the bottom of the second with a single, UE pitchers proceeded to retire the next 22 SIUE hitters they faced, before Travis Becherer came through with a two-out single in the ninth.

With the win, Evansville closes its regular-season with a 22-32 mark and will open the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament next Tuesday at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Ill.  The Aces will be the No. 5 seed for the MVC Tournament and will wait to see who the other three teams will be in their half of the bracket, after Valley play finishes up this weekend.

* Quinn Vilneff Named To MVC Scholar Athlete Team

The Missouri Valley Conference has announced that University of Evansville men’s golfer Quinn Vilneff has been named to the 2013 Scholar Athlete Team.

It marks the ninth season in a row that the Aces have had a member of either the first team or an honorable mention.  The junior has posted a GPA of 3.941 as a Sports Management major.  His GPA is the highest of the nine honorees (seven on the first team and two honorable mentions).  He was also one of two players to be a unanimous selection to the squad as Shocker Rafael Becker was the other.

Vilneff had a strong run in the MVC Championship where he rallied to finish in sixth place.  The finish helped him to garner All-Conference honors along with the Elite 18 Award.  The Elite 18 Award is given to the student-athlete in each sport that balances work in the classroom and in athletics.  While the requirements vary for each sport, the award for men’s golf is given to the player who has the highest GPA amongst the top 18 finishers at the conference championship.

He was one of three student-athletes selected to the scholar-athlete teams who also earned all-conference honors.  Rafael Becker (Wichita State) and Devin Leland (Drake) were the other two.

The criteria for the MVC scholar-athlete team parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) standards for academic Capital One Academic All-America® program.  Nominees must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale), while the student-athletes must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institutions and must have participated in at least 50 percent of his team’s rounds or played at the State Farm MVC Championship.

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