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Friday, March 7, 2014

* President Kazee Blogs for Huffington Post

President Thomas Kazee discusses "College Scorecards and the Liberal Arts" in his latest editorial published Wednesday, March 6 in the Huffington Post. Read Dr. Kazee's editorial online here.





What's Happening Today

* #readingseries at The Slice 3/7

Before you flee town for spring break, please join us this Friday, March 7th at 4 pm in the back room of The Slice for original poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from UE creative writers Sarah Butler, Justin Slattery, and Chris Norris.

* PRE Spring Break Sale

The UE Bookstore will be having a PRE Spring Break sale March 3-7. All UE clothing and gift items will be 20% OFF the original price. Items already on clearance or discounted are excluded from additional discount. Stop in and browse and pick up something for Spring Break.


Upcoming Events

* Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity awards luncheon

Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity will host the annual Business Recognition Awards on Tuesday, March 18 at 12:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Two awards will be presented. Kathy Briscoe ’72 M’79 will receive the Business Leader of the Year award and Atlas Van Lines will receive the Business of the Year. Register online at or contact Bronda Simmons at 488-2362.

* TIAA-CREF Counseling Appointments

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Tuesday March 18 and Thursday March 20 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. If you have any questions, call Carol McCraney at 488-2943.

* Undergraduate Mathematics Competition

The University of Evansville Undergraduate Mathematics Competition is scheduled for Saturday March 22, 9:30 a.m.-noon in Room 307, Koch Center. The event will begin with refreshments at 9:30 a.m., followed by orientation for the competition which will start at 10:00 a.m. This event is sponsored by Kappa Mu Epsilon, the National Mathematics Honor Society, and is open to all undergraduate students at UE.

Solutions of the problems will be graded on the basis of correctness, completeness, and clarity of exposition. Questions must be answered without using any computer, calculator, or table. The first, second, and third place winners will receive monetary awards, and will be guests of KME at the annual initiation and banquet on Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p. m. Every participant will receive a certificate and is invited to be a guest of Kappa Mu Epsilon for an off-campus lunch after the competition.

If you would like to participate in this competition please contact Dr. Mohammad K. Azarian, professor of mathematics, at by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 7.

If you have any question, please contact Dr. Azarian.


Info You Should Know

* Art History Internship Award

The Department of Archaeology and Art History is pleased to announce the 2014 Art History Internship Award for an art history major or minor who has been accepted into a summer internship program. The winner will receive $500. Deadline for applications is MARCH 15.

For information and an application, contact Dr. Ebeling at

* Browning-Miller Advancement of Archaeology Awards

The Department of Archaeology and Art History is pleased to announce the 2014 Browning-Miller Advancement of Archaeology Award for archaeology, art history or classical studies majors who have been accepted into a summer excavation or internship program. Three winners will each receive $500. The deadline for receipt of applications is MARCH 15.

For more information and an application, write Dr. Ebeling at

* Seniors: Join the UE Alumni Online Community Today

The UE Alumni Online Community is a great way to keep connected with UE, reconnect with old friends, make new friends, and much more.
• Join more than 31,000 UE Alumni on the Online Community.
• Access the alumni and Harlaxton online directories and connect with fellow alumni
• Stay up-to-date on campus news and events
• Register for events

To gain full access to the online community resources you must be a registered user. Sign up today at

* UEAAA Zerah Priestly Carter Scholarship Deadline Extension

The application deadline has been extended for the Zerah Priestly Carter University of Evansville African American Scholarship. The deadline to return all materials to the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is now Wednesday, March 19 (after spring break). Alumni members raised the necessary 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 deserving African American UE student (s). The 2014 scholarship funds are in addition to other financial aid/scholarships awarded to the recipient! Interested and qualified students are encouraged to apply at this time. Go to the UEAAA Website ( to see the criteria for the scholarship or to download an application. Questions? Contact H. Angela Williams at 812-488-2586 or

* Indiana's newest telephone area code – 930 – is being introduced this year

Indiana’s newest telephone area code – 930 – is being introduced this year. It will “overlay” the entire 812 area code that has been largely unchanged since 1947.

In preparation, please update any speed dials you have that are currently 7 digits to 10 digits. You will  also want to update any contacts you have. 

The new area code is needed because of the dwindling supply of available telephone numbers in the 812 area code. Without 930, the supply of available numbers for southern and south-central Indiana would run out in 2015.

On March 1, 2014, Indiana began preparations for overlaying the new ‘930’ area code in southern Indiana.  

How it is going to work:
Beginning on September 6, 2014, consumers in the 812/930 area will be required to dial ten digits (area code + number) for local calls, rather than the seven-digit dialing that’s now in place.

• A six-month transition period started March 1, 2014 and will allow consumers to call local numbers either with seven or ten digits, to provide plenty of time to adjust to the changes.

• All consumers with 812 numbers will keep their current numbers. This applies to both landline and wireless phones, meaning wireless phones will not need to be reprogrammed with new numbers. It also means businesses, not-for-profit entities, etc. will save substantial sums of money that would have otherwise been needed for new stationery, advertising, etc.

• Calls that are currently local will remain local, and local calling areas will not change.

• Calls to three-digit services such as 211, 811 and 911 will still work the same way.

For more information visit

* Seniors who missed Commencement Central: Make Sure You're Ready for Graduation

Thanks to all seniors who attended Commencement Central last week. Crowds were good at both sessions. Congratuations to Jade Albin, the lucky winner of the iPad mini. Graduating seniors who did not attend should stop by the Office of the Registrar and also the University Bookstore to make sure they are ready for graduation day. Good luck to all seniors!

* Outstanding Senior Service Awards-Nomination Applications Now Available

Do you know a senior deserving of the highest award given by UE?  Ten finalists will be honored at a luncheon in May and one male and one female will be given this award at commencement.  Selection is based on demonstrated leadership, academic achievement and future contribution to society.

The Guthrie May and Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Outstanding Senior Service Award nominations will be accepted March 7-April 7.  The nomination application is available at this link:

Please print it out and share copies with students whom you would like to nominate so they can complete the requirements and submit their applications.  Copies are also available in the Dean of Students office.   Applications must be submitted to the dean of students' office by April 7.  Questions can be referred to Karen Martin at or 812-488-2500.

* Libraries Announces Spring Break Hours

UE Libraries will observe the following schedule of hours during the Spring Break recess beginning on March 8.

* Friday, March 7:  7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
* Saturday, March 8:  CLOSED
* Sunday, March 9: CLOSED
* Monday, March 10:  7:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
* Tuesday, March 11:  7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
* Wednesday, March 12:  7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
* Thursday, March 13:  7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
* Friday, March 14:  7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
* Saturday, March 15:  CLOSED
* Sunday, March 16:  3:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

Regular hours resume on Monday, March 17.



* Mark Cirino to have book published on Hemingway and the Spanish World

Associate Professor of English Mark Cirino is the co-editor of a forthcoming book, IMAGINING SPAIN: 21ST-CENTURY ESSAYS ON HEMINGWAY AND THE SPANISH WORLD. This volume of scholarly essays will be published next year by Kent State University Press and is co-edited by Carl P. Eby.

* The Little Mermaid Ballet World Premiere

UE Director of Orchestras Brian St. John has composed a new ballet based on the Hans Christian Andersen classic story, "The Little Mermaid." The ballet's world premiere will take place in Evansville at the Victory Theater on Saturday, March 15, at 7:00 PM. Dr. St. John will be conducting the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for the premiere. The ballet is choreographed by Mark Bush and will be danced by Evansville Ballet Theater. UE student Sarah Stolnack is the lighting designer. Tickets are available through the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, 812-425-5050. This is the eighth ballet that St. John has written and premiered.

* This Week in Music: Congratulations!

Five UE Music students recently participated in the North Central Regional Honor Band, an ensemble event sponsored by the College Band Directors National Association. Meghan Pund (clarinet), Matthew Banks (clarinet), Candice Murray (alto saxophone), Jason Salo (French Horn), and Chaz Ritenour (percussion) participated in the event, which occurred February 27 through March 1 on the campus of Ball State University, with Professor Gary Hill from Arizona State University conducting the ensemble. Meghan Pund received particular recognition as principal clarinet for the Honor Band. The UE students were accompanied by Dr. Kenneth Steinsultz, UE Director of Bands and a member of the College Band Directors National Association.

Dr. Brian St. John, Director of Orchestral Activities and composer, will soon be conducting and witnessing the premiere of one of his own compositions, his ballet, “The Little Mermaid.” The Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Evansville Ballet will create history next Saturday, March 15, as they present the one-act work with choreography by Mark Bush and lighting design by Sarah Stolnack. The production will make Evansville the only known place in the United States that can claim such a performance with both original music and original choreography created for performance by youth. The ballet is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s well-known fairy tale, but it isn’t a typical “Disney version” of the story. This telling of the tale, presented in nine scenes, is somewhat darker, exploring crisis of identity, a longing for the unknown, and ultimately, love and loss. Each theme is beautifully heard (sometimes painfully so) through Dr. St. John’s musical painting and seen through Bush’s expression of movement. Victory Theatre will host the premiere that evening at 7:00 p.m. The program will also include Aleksandr Glazunov’s 5 Novelettes, Op.15, performed by the Eykamp String Quartet and Evansville Ballet, and “The Swan” from Camille Saint-Saëns’s The Carnival of the Animals, performed by Eykamp String Quartet cellist Schuyler Slack and UE Professor of Piano Anne Fiedler. General admission is $15.00, and tickets may be purchased by calling the Philharmonic Box Office at (812) 425-5050 or ordering online at Children under 2 are free. This performance is made possible in part by The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, and a silent auction will also take place during the event as a fundraiser for the EPYO.


Thank You

* Dessert Sale for Holly's House a SUCCESS!

Thanks to all for making the Phi Alpha Delta Dessert Sale a success!! We were able to raise over $500 for Holly's House of Evansville, IN. Be on the lookout for more Phi Alpha Delta fundraisers!



* Balentine Nets 30 As Simmons Wins 200th

D.J. Balentine netted a game-high 30 points as the Purple Aces men’s basketball team took a 69-61 win over Drake in the opening round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at Scottrade Center. The win marked the 200th in the career of head coach Marty Simmons.

“I am very proud of our team, they made some great plays and we were able to come away with the win,” Simmons said. “Our zone defense slowed the pace down a little bit and we were able to make a run. Changing our defense really helped us.”

Next up for the Aces is a date against undefeated and No. 2 Wichita State. Game time is set for noon and will be televised on the MVC TV Network.

Balentine hit 9 shots for UE (14-18) while going 11-13 from the free throw line. Egidijus Mockevicius fell just two blocks shy of a triple-double, posting 19 points, 10 rebounds and 8 blocks. The block tally tied the school single-game mark and was an MVC Tournament record.

Drake began the game lights out from the floor. A quick 5-7 start from the field saw the Bulldogs jump out to a 12-6 lead. Richard Carter, who averaged 12.5 PPG in two games against the Aces this season, was responsible for 9 of those tallies.

“Getting to the free throw line really helps,” Balentine said. “The coaches always put me in a great position to score and that really helps with my confidence.”

Egidijus Mockevicius connected on a pair of layups early on before a D.J. Balentine and-one brought UE with a pair at 16-14. The efficient shooting continued for the Bulldogs as Chris Caird hit a triple just over eight minutes in to give DU a 19-14 advantage.

Balentine spearheaded a 5-0 stretch as he scored eight out of nine UE points in a stretch that led to the first tie since the opening moments. His bucket with nine minutes remaining tied it up at 19-19. Evansville switched to an effective zone defense that led to the offensive stretch. Despite a Jordan Daniels bucket, the zone continued to pay dividends.

A Balentine drive to the basket resulted in the first UE lead of the day at 22-21 before the rally turned into a 19-2 stretch that saw UE take a 33-21 advantage. Evansville hit 5-of-6 shots at the end of the stretch, coming up with three points in three consecutive possessions. Balentine and Blake Simmons each hit 3’s while Jaylon Brown hit an old fashioned 3-point play to cap it off.

The zone defense forced Drake to 1-8 shooting and 3 turnovers in the run. Daniels ended the run and Caird knocked down his second triple for a quick 5-0 spurt, but Mockevicius hit a short jumper at the 3:16 mark. The Aces reestablished their double-digit lead over the final moments as they took a 39-28 lead into the locker room.

UE finished the half shooting 56%, led by an efficient 4-5 effort from Mockevicius. Balentine led everyone with 16 at halftime.

Out of the locker room, the Aces scored three quick points to open up a 4-point advantage, but Drake showed good fight, scoring eight in a row, led by triples by Richard Carter and Hawley as the Bulldogs cut the gap to just six points at 42-36 with 16:38 remaining.

Just as fast as Drake made the run, Evansville fought back. Balentine scored six points as the lead pushed back to 12 three minutes later. A layup by Gibson pushed the lead to a game-high 15 points at 58-43, but the Bulldogs fought back once again. The triples fell once again as Daniels knocked down two more as they score nine in a row inside of the 9 minute mark.

The Aces slowly took the game over at that point, pushing the edge to double figures on a Balentine jumper inside of the 4-minue mark before the final 69-61.

Brown posted 8 points on a solid 3-3 night from the field. Leading the Bulldogs was Carter, who tallied 26. He hit 11-18 shots and 3 triples. Daniels finished with 11. Evansville shot 51.2% while holding Drake to 44.2%.

* Purple Aces Softball Hosts Aces Invitational

The Purple Aces softball team is scheduled to host the Aces Invitational at Cooper Stadium on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9. Saturday, the Aces will host IPFW at 11 am and Murray State at 1 pm. IPFW and Murray State will face off against each other in the night cap at 3 pm. The Aces will take on IPFW again on Sunday at 12 pm, and then will take on South Dakota State in Sunday’s finale at 4 pm. IPFW and Murray State are scheduled to square off again in Sunday’s opener at 10 am, while Murray State is scheduled to then take on South Dakota State at 2 pm.

Faculty and staff receive free admission to all softball games by showing their UE IDs at one of the ticket windows near Cooper Stadium. Students also get free admission by showing their IDs, and can receive Student Rewards points by checking in at a ticket window with their IDs or ID numbers. These Student Rewards points can be redeemed for great prizes at the Carson Center or in Ridgway when an Aces Marketing Staff member is set up at one of the Ridgway tables!

Come out and support the Purple Aces softball team on Saturday and Sunday as they host the Aces Invitational at Cooper Stadium!

* Purple Aces Baseball Hosts Eastern Michigan for Three-Game Set

The Purple Aces baseball team hosts Eastern Michigan in a three-game series this weekend at Braun Stadium. The Aces and the Eagles square off on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 6 pm. On Saturday, the Aces and the Eagles are scheduled to get underway at 2 pm, while they close out the series on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 1 pm.

Faculty and staff receive free admission to all baseball games by showing their UE IDs at one of the ticket windows near Braun Stadium. Students also get free admission by showing their IDs, and can receive Student Rewards points by checking in at a ticket window with their IDs or ID numbers. These Student Rewards points can be redeemed for great prizes at the Carson Center or in Ridgway when an Aces Marketing Staff member is set up at one of the Ridgway tables!

Come out and support the Purple Aces baseball team all weekend at Braun Stadium as they host the Eagles of Eastern Michigan!


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