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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

What's Happening Today

* Wellness Screenings/Healthy Lifestyle Challenge Begins

Employee wellness screenings are in Eykamp 253, 254, 255 in Ridgway University Center on June 24 and 25. A 2 hour fast is recommended. A representative from Meritain Health will be available on Monday, 12 - 2 p.m. and Tuesday, 9-11 a.m. to answer any health insurance questions you may have. Sign up for the summer healthy lifestyle challenge at the health screening, too. You could win a $50 gift card in addition to earning HRA credit. Complete rules are in Acelink/Areas/Human Resources/Wellness/Healthy Lifestyle Challenge.


Upcoming Events

* Visit UE - Summer Open House, July 13!

The Office of Admission is hosting its annual summer Open House on Saturday, July 13. If you have family members, friends, or neighbors who could benefit from a visit to campus, please encourage them to attend. They will join other prospective students from around the country in visiting with faculty members, learning about study abroad programs, discussing scholarship opportunities, touring campus including residence halls and enjoying lunch on campus. They can register online at or by calling the Office of Admission at 800-423-8633, ext. 2468.


Info You Should Know

* Join UE's Race for the Cure Team – Race Set for September 28th

Join Team UE now and get an “early bird” discount through June 30 at  No running experience required.  Friends and family are also encouraged to join Team UE!  Questions?  Please contact Jen at x2021 or jj130.



* UE Grad Puts Together Evansville Farmers' Market - Buy Fresh, Buy Local!

UE alum Jordan Fink, manager of Adele's health food store on Lincoln Avenue, has put together a Farmer's Market that will be open every Tuesday from July 2 through August 27 between 3-6:30 p.m. The market will be located right across from Adele's health food store on the 2700 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Fink is a graduate of UE's School of Business..

* Cathy Fraley Gives Talk on Paris in the 1920s

Cathy Fraley, instructor of French, gave a talk on Paris in the 1920s at the Carnegie Public Library in Washington, Indiana, on June 24.   The event was part of the library's adult summer reading program. 

* Concrete Canoe Wins Innovation Award, Places 10th at Nationals, Featured in New York Times

The University of Evansville’s Concrete Canoe team won the Innovation Award and earned 10th place overall in the 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers National Concrete Canoe Competition — cracking the top 10 for only the second time in team history. The 26th annual competition took place June 20-22 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

UE won the competition’s Innovation Award for the strategic use of a dimpled texture to reduce drag on their canoe, “Palus” (an astronomical term to describe a surface feature on the moon). The canoe, which measures 19.9 feet long and weighs 216 pounds, was inspired by an episode of “MythBusters” that investigated whether a car with a dimpled texture like a golf ball could obtain better gas mileage. The team also finished sixth in the technical paper category, their highest finish in history.

The UE Concrete Canoe team was led by Jamie Johnson (project manager), James Gabe, Chris Kuester, and Heather Passey. Members included Jaclyn Altstadt, Christina Bernauer, Abby Browder, George Carroll, Ryan Hayes, Luc Heidenreich, Hieronymus Mitchell, Hannah Okray, and Shannon Osiecki. Mark Valenzuela, associate professor of civil engineering, is the team's faculty advisor.

UE's Concrete Canoe team was also featured in the New York Times' coverage of the competition, available online.



* 2013 Volleyball Slate Unveiled

First-year University of Evansville head volleyball coach Manolo Concepcion has announced the schedule for the 2013 season.

Included in that schedule will be three tournaments, an 18-match Missouri Valley Conference slate and five matches versus schools who made the NCAA Tournament in 2012.

“The Missouri Valley presents a battle every game day, having solid teams from top to bottom,” Concepcion said.  “So, this year’s Pre-Season tournaments and Mid-Week matches are designed to test our ability to face quality teams, with the mindset of long-term development towards reaching two peaks in four months.”

On August 30, the season gets underway with a trip to the North Carolina Central Tournament where the Purple Aces open up with their first of two matches against Murray State.  In 2012, UE swept past the Racers in a meeting at the Carson Center.  The squads will meet in Murray, Ky. for a non-conference contest on September 10.

Evansville wraps up the tournament against Hampton and host North Carolina Central on the following day.  A trip to Martin, Tenn. to face UT-Martin awaits the Aces on September 3rd before they make the trek to Oxford, Ohio for the Miami Tournament.  The final slate for that weekend will be posted as soon as it is finalized.

After a midweek game at Murray, Evansville will open the home portion of its schedule by hosting a home tournament following a 2-year layoff.  SIU Edwardsville opens it up against UE on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. while matches will be played the following day against Memphis and Valparaiso.  The final non-conference tilt is set to be against defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Belmont in Nashville on Sept. 17.  The Bruins posted an 18-15 record in 2012 on their way to the NCAA appearance.  UE did enjoy success against Belmont last season, hanging on for a 3-2 win in Evansville last year.

Missouri Valley Conference play commences on Sept. 20 and 21 with road contests at Illinois State and Indiana State.  The Valley is coming off of a stellar campaign that saw three of its ten squads advance to the NCAA Tournament.  Wichita State went 24-10 overall en route to its first Sweet 16 appearance while UNI went 25-9 on its way to the big dance and Creighton received the automatic berth.

Bradley and new conference member Loyola open up the home conference schedule on Sept. 27 and 28 while the other home league matches include Northern Iowa (10/11), Drake (10/12), Southern Illinois (10/18 or 10/19), Wichita State (11/1), Missouri State (11/2), Indiana State (11/22) and Senior Night versus Illinois State on Saturday, November 23.

“The most important opponent will be ourselves; we need to learn how to win again. In order to achieve such goal, our character, work ethic, and passion for competing has to remain consistent with the ultimate objective: maximize the potential that we have as a team,” Concepcion continued.
“There will be a lot more focus on the process. The small details will determine our long term results, meaning that expectations will be as high as our willingness to improve and determination to push ourselves harder than ever before.”

The full slate of matches in the Miami Tournament will be added to the schedule when the final participating squads are finalized.


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