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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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* This Week in Music

The UE Wind Ensemble will present its Fall Concert in Neu Chapel this Tuesday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m. Assistant Professor of Low Brass and Director of Bands Ken Steinsultz will lead the ensemble in a performance of works, including music by Richard Strauss, Norman Dello Joio, Percy Grainger, H. Owen Reed, and John Philip Sousa. The concert is free and open to the public.

The UE String Ensemble will present a concert in Wheeler Concert Hall this Thursday, November 21, at 6:00 p.m. Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities Brian St. John will conduct the ensemble in performances of works by J. S. Bach, Edvard Grieg, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Modest Mussougsky, and Henry Purcell. The concert is free and open to the public.

The UE Men’s and Women’s Choruses will present a concert in Neu Chapel on Sunday evening, November 24, at 6:00 p.m. Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities Dennis Malfatti will lead the choirs in a program that will include works by Gerald Finzi, Thomas Tallis, Felix Mendelssohn, and Stephen Paulus, just to name a few. Kristin Jones will accompany the ensembles. The Department’s small brass ensembles will then offer a concert in Neu Chapel at 8:00 p.m. Professor of Trumpet Timothy Zifer will conduct the Trumpet Ensemble, while Assistant Professor of Low Brass Ken Steinsultz will lead the Low Brass Ensemble, and Consortium Instructor of French Horn Marc Zyla will lead the Horn Ensemble. Musical selections will range from the Renaissance to the present, including works by Palestrina, Vivaldi, Brahms, Elgar, and Satie. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

UE Opera will combine forces with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra this Saturday for a performance of Giacomo Puccini’s beloved opera, Madame Butterfly. The performance will occur at the Victory Theatre in downtown Evansville at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Associate Professor and UE Opera Director Jon Truitt (488-2758,, or contact the EPO box office at 425-5050.

* IEW Student Presentations

On Tuesday, November 19 UE students present their study, intern, research, and experiential engagement abroad in Chile, China, Dominican Republic, France, Israel, Morocco, Russia and Spain . The event will be in Eykamp 253/254/255 in Ridgway University Center  from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For complete schedule visit or contact


Upcoming Events

* UE Departments of Theatre and Music Present Tony-Award Winning Musical, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street"

UE Departments of Theatre and Music present Tony-Award winning musical, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

Explore the dark side of the 10th-century English social system in this masterful musical thriller, which was a smashing success in its 1979 Broadway debut, garnering eight Tony Awards. Mad with revenge and angry at the world, Sweeney Todd teams up with his creepily resourceful neighbor, Mrs. Lovett, a widow whose pie shop flounders from lack of meat.

Roger McBain of the Evansville Courier & Press writes, “Austin Lauer ’14 anchors the show with his smoldering stage presence and clear, powerful vocals. Kelsey Miller ’14 provides an earthy, comic counterpoint as Mrs. Lovett, driven by both avarice and her longing for more than a business relationship with Todd.” Together the dark duo finds a way to meet both their needs, as they hauntingly plot to slice through London’s upper crust.

Sweeney Todd continues its run at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 21 through Saturday November 23, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, in Shanklin Theatre. Ticket prices are $17 for adults and $15 for senior adults, students and UE faculty. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488–2031, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.

* WNIN Presents "UE Theatre Under the Knife: The Making of Sweeney Todd"

WNIN will air the documentary "UE Theatre Under the Knife: The Making of Sweeney Todd" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20. The University of Evansville's nationally recognized theatre program is featured in this 25-minute documentary following the cast, crew and creative team during the production process for the musical thriller "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler, from an adaptation by Christopher Bond, this UE production is directed by Professor of Theatre R. Scott Lank with musical direction by Assistant Professor of Music Gregory B. Rike.

Watch the sneak peek here!

* I-House: Egypt

All members of the campus and local community are encouraged to attend I-House: Egypt. I-House features a different international student each week sharing the story of life in their country. This week, Saleh Gamaly from Egypt will discuss what life is like in Egypt. Attendees will learn about culture, lifestyle, food, and so much more. Bring your friends to enjoy the presentation this Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the second floor of Ridgway University Center in the Class of 1959 Gallery.

* International Bazaar This Friday!

The International Club presents the 27th annual International Bazaar! Come experience the wonders of diversity through a variety of performances and dishes from around the world (South Korea, Latin/Central America, Europe, Africa and more) and help spread awareness of world hunger!

When: Friday, November 22
Time: 4.30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Eykamp 251 and the second floor of Ridgway University Center

Free admission for UE students (just show your UE ID) and kids under 5 years old, $3 for non-UE students, & $5 at the door for UE faculty, staff, and adults.

All proceeds go to UNICEF for the typhoon victims in the Philippines.

* Global Scholar Reception Adds to Celebration of International Education Week

The Institute for Global Enterprise invites the UE community to attend a reception on Thursday, November 21 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Peterson Gallery. This event is designed for all past Global Scholars, faculty interested in becoming a future Global Scholar, and anyone who is interested in learning about these activities. Past Global Scholars will share a summary of their work and describe how the award has made an impact on their perspectives, teaching, research, and/or service. A special announcement will be made about the future of the Global Scholar Program at the event. An informal program will begin at 5pm. Guests are welcome to drop in as your schedule allows. Space is limited. Please RSVP at your earliest convenience for preferred seating. Open to the public and first come, first served.

For a full schedule of International Education Week events, visit

About the Program
As Global Scholars, faculty engage in scholarship, curriculum development, travel and/or research activities related to globally relevant topics in order to internationalize our learning community. It is expected that the Global Scholar's activities will have a positive impact on the global mindset of many of our constituencies, including our students, faculty, administration and the greater Evansville community.

* Start this Holiday Season Early with UE Hillel

UE Hillel will be hosting its annual Chanukah Party on Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 pm in Grabill Lounge (the basement of Neu Chapel). Join in the festivities as we learn about the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, eat latkes (potato pancakes), and play dreidel! There will also be prizes!!!

* Spanish Club Game Night on Thursday

The Spanish Club will have Game Night on Thursday, November 21, at 8:00 p.m. in Room 250, Schroeder Family School of Business Building. We will be playing cards and board games in Spanish. Tell your friends to attend!

* Noon Prayer @ Neu on Thursday, Nov. 21

Noon Prayer @ Neu: Meditation with Music will be held on Thursday, November 21, beginning at 12:10 p.m. in Neu Chapel. The 40-minute service of music, silence, and the spoken word provides a time of contemplation, reflection, and inspiration for University of Evansville students, faculty, staff, and the larger Evansville community.

Music for the service will be provided by Mark X. Hatfield, a native of Evansville, who has served as the organist/director of music for several Evansville churches during a career that spans more than 50 years. A graduate of the University of Evansville, Hatfield studied organ with Michael Mains, Robert Luther and Douglas Reed.

Hatfield has served as an Instructor of Organ for the University of Evansville Preparatory School, and as an adjunct faculty member for Southeastern Illinois University. He was the musical director for the University of Evansville Drama Department for many years.

The Noon Prayer service will be framed with the ringing of the Peace Bell. Refreshments will be available after the service. All are welcome.

* Senior Art Show Opening Reception

Join senior art students Rachel Kohout, Jordan Gieselman, Jackie Carlson, Emily Lowe and Hyun Jin Yoon for the opening reception of their art showcase titled "Come As You Are...Leave Different". The reception will take place on the first floor of the Krannert Hall of Fine Arts Building from 1-2 pm on Wednesday, November 20.

* Brent Sternberg will speak on Global Financial Markets Outlook 2014

Brent Sternberg, senior vice president and director of equities of Old National Wealth Management, will be speaking to UE students at 4.00 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall in Schroeder Family School of Business Building on November 20. His talk is titled, "Global Economic & Market Outlook." Brent will be sharing his thoughts on the current state of financial markets and the outlook for 2014. He is a 1996 graduate of UE and currently serves on the Alumni Board of Directors. Old National Wealth Management has assets over $7 billion under supervision. Brent graciously accepted an invitation to speak to UE students from Walayet A. Khan, professor of finance and research director for the Schroeder School of Business Institute for Global Enterprise. The event is open to public.

* IEW 30 Minute Language Lesson-Ridgway University Center

On Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m., all are invited for 30 minutes of immersion in language and culture including: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Persian, Portuguese. For schedule and full list of IEW events visit or contact


Info You Should Know

* Thanksgiving Cranberry Donation

Help us reach our goal of 500 cans to be donated to the Evansville Rescue Mission Gobbler Gathering. The donations go towards the creation of Thanksgiving Meal Baskets for families in need. To donate, purchase a can of cranberry sauce at Aces Place or Cafe Court for $1 flex or cash by Friday at lunch.

* Today's Video Shoot for Purple Aces Club Postponed to Wednesday

The video shoot involving President Kazee planned for today - Monday, November 18 - has been postponed. It will now be Wednesday, November 20  from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at Charles H. Braun Stadium. Extras are needed to help fill the Braun Stadium stands as fans at a baseball game which the president will be partaking in. Student extras are preferred, but anyone is welcome to help fill the grandstands. No acting is required, all you would need to do is sit in the stands and occasionally stand and cheer when prompted.

* Handmade Wreath Exhibit Opportunity!

A wreath is defined as a circular band of flowers, foliage or any material created for decorative, celebratory or memorial purposes.  Your handcrafted wreath only needs to be circular.  It does not need to be holiday themed.  It could be painted, hammered, or glued, large or small, traditional or non-traditional.

Feel free to work on a collaborative project wreath and submit on behalf of your club or department.

Have fun and show us your wreaths!

Entries for the Wreath Exhibition will be accepted on Thursday and Friday, November 21 and 22 in either the Peterson Gallery during normal hours of 12:00 PM to 6 PM on Thursday and 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Friday or in the Art Office, Krannert Hall of Fine Arts, Room 212, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The Wreath Exhibition will open on December 2 and run through December 13.

For more info, call the Art Department at 488-2043



* Margaret McMullan and Jennie Ebeling participate in local author event

Margaret McMullan (Creative Writing) and Jennie Ebeling (Archaeology and Art History) represented UE at “Local Voices: Conversations with Community Authors” at Evansville’s Central Library on Saturday November 16. Professors McMullan and Ebeling discussed their recent books as well as the writing and publishing process on a panel of eleven local authors. McMullan talked about "Sources of Light" and her other novels, and Ebeling discussed her book "Women's Lives in Biblical Times."

* Joseph Flauto Designs Set for Production at Hope College.

Professor Emeritus of Theatre Joe Flauto has designed the production of Playboy of the Western World at Hope College in Holland, MI which opened Nov 15.



* Balentine Tallies 29 Again As Aces Defeat Mercer

It may seem mathematically impossible, but sophomore D.J. Balentine posted his third 29-point effort in a row as the University of Evansville men’s basketball team used a 15-3 second half run to top Mercer by an 89-76 final on Monday evening at the Ford Center.

Balentine put forth his third game of 29 points in as many contests for Evansville (3-0) as he hit 7 out of 16 shots and was extraordinary from the line, draining 14-of-15 attempts. Just behind him was freshman Duane Gibson, who has continued to evolve in a short time. The Cleveland, Ohio native finished the night with 23 points on 6-9 shooting and a stellar 11-for-12 showing from the free throw line.

Adam Wing was the other double digit scorer for UE, tying his career mark of 15 points on an efficient 5-6 shooting night where he hit three treys. Egidijus Mockevicius had 8 points and a team-high 8 rebounds in 19 minutes while Jaylon Brown was strong off the bench, chipping in 7 tallies.

“I am so proud of our team, this is one of the most difficult teams that we had to prepare for,” UE head coach Marty Simmons said. “We are fortunate that we had the time to prepare for them. What makes this win so special is the amount of respect that we have for that team.”

Leading Mercer (2-2) was guard Langston Hall, who totaled 25 points while connecting 11-of-12 free throws. Jakob Gollon tallied 11 while Daniel Coursey had 10.

Evansville's game plan in the early going was to feed the ball to Egidijus Mockevicius as he took three shots in the opening two minutes of play with one marking the first points of the game for UE. A minute later, freshman Duane Gibson hit an old-fashioned three point play as he put the Aces up 5-4.

Mercer battled back to take an 11-6 lead, draining four of their first seven shots in the first four minutes. Adam Wing took matters into his own hands at that point, hitting a trey before Mockevicius found him cutting to the basket for a fade on the ensuing possession.

Wing continued his success, knocking down his first three shots of the game as UE hit six of its opening nine attempts to take a 17-16 advantage. Langston Hall scored four points as the Bears made the next run on their way to a 23-19 lead before UE had an answer once again. And once again, its was the freshman Gibson hitting another and-one before Ryan Sawvell hit a short jumper to put the Aces back on top at 24-23.

As they had done each time in the first half, the Bears absorbed the UE's runs and regained control. This time, they reeled off nine in a row, a run capped off by a Bud Thomas trey to open up their largest lead of eight points (32-24) with 6:33 remaining. Mockevicius ended the run with a pair of free throws before Balentine connected on two buckets to bring UE within one at 32-31 with four minutes left. Anthony White Jr. ended the stretch with his second bucket from long range. The Bears padded their advantage in the final minutes of the period before taking a 41-38 advantage into the locker room.

Out of the break, Balentine reached double figures, knocking down two jumpers in the first 1:17 of the stanza with his second tying up the game at 43-43. Two minutes later it was Gibson becoming the third Aces player in double figures, giving the lead back to UE. Balentine led the way in what would be a 10-0 rally with four points as the Aces took their largest lead at 53-46 less than three minutes into the latter half. Just as big as the scoring in that run was that Mercer center Daniel Coursey picked up his fourth personal foul in that time.

Evansville's lead continued to hold strong at the 11:29 mark as two Balentine shots from the line made it a 62-55 edge. Mercer showed some resiliency as they utilized a 5-0 stretch over the next minute before UE matched its largest lead of eight at 68-60. Inside of 7 minutes remaining, a pair of Gibson free throws gave UE the first double figure lead by either team at 72-62.

A potential turning point took place on the next trip down the floor for UE as the Aces missed an open dunk. That led to a Bear bucket that cut the gap back to eight points. That ended up being just a bump in the road as Balentine and the Aces extended their edge to 15 points with 2:09 left. At that point, Mercer made a furious rally, scoring the next seven points to get within eight points in just 34 seconds, but two Gibson free throws ended that stretch.

Those free throws set UE back on track as they completed the second-half rally by taking an 89-76 win. After trailing by a 41-38 score at the half, Evansville shot 61.9% (13-21) in the second period to finish at 54% for the game. Mercer was true to 56% of their attempts in the first half, but the Aces defense held them to just 11-33 (33.3%) in the latter half.

Another contributing factor to the second half turnaround was rebounding. At the break, MU held a 16-13 edge on the boards. Following the break, UE pounded the boards to the tune of a 23-12 tally to finish with a +8 advantage.

"I give all of the credit to my teammates for feeding me the ball and for the coaches putting me in great position," Balentine said. "They are a really good team and when March comes, this is a great win for our resume."

On Wednesday, the Aces will be back in action at the Ford Center as they face Valparaiso. The Crusaders are 2-2 on the season. They opened up the year with home wins over Murray State and North Park before falling in road matches at Illinois and Ohio University. Tip is set for 8:05 p.m. and is a doubleheader with the women, who take on Ball State at 5:30 p.m.


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