University of Evansville

AceNotes Today

Monday, November 3, 2014

What's Happening Today

* Senior Showcase Art Exhibit

The senior showcase art exhibition titled "Places to Go, People to See," will open November 3 and close November 14 in Krannert Gallery. There will a reception from 1 to 2 pm on Monday, November 3 with refreshments. The exhibit will feature portraits and places. Those students displaying their work in the exhibit include: Haley Albers), Miranda Amey, Travis Hasenour, Kristen Levy, Michael Mann, and Kate Sarber. 

* Today Is the Deadline to Register for Business Speed Networking

Today is the deadline to register for Business Speed Networking. Login to JobLink and RSVP under the Events tab (Workshops). The event is tomorrow, November 4, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. 

* Register Today for Engineering Speed Networking

Engineering students, today is the deadline to register for Engineering Speed Networking. The event will take place Wednesday, November 5, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Get face-to-face with employers interested in you! Space is limited, so RSVP today under JobLink’s Events tab (Workshops). 


Upcoming Events

* This Week in Music: First Tuesday Orchestra Concert, Weekend Opera Scenes, and a War Symposium

The Department of Music will continue its First Tuesday Concert Series in Neu Chapel this Tuesday evening, November 4, at 7:30 with a performance by the University Symphony Orchestra. Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities Brian St. John will conduct the ensemble in a program of works that will include Stravinsky’s Four Norwegian Moods for Orchestra and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Symphony No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9, also known as the “Antar” Symphony. USO concertmaster and 2014 Vukovich Concerto Competition winner Natsumi Yamada will also be featured in a performance of Pablo de Sarasate’s virtuosic “Zigeunerweisen,” or “Gypsy Dances,” for violin and orchestra. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Schmidt Family Opera Series presents an evening of opera scenes in Wheeler Concert Hall this Friday and Saturday evening, November 7 and 8, at 7:30. The program, subtitled “Comedy Tonight,” will offer scenes ranging from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro to Monty Python’s "Spamalot," all with a comical flavor. Assistant Professor of Voice Alanna Keenan will direct the performances, which will include sets and costumes and accompaniment by pianist Kristin Jones. The performances are made possible by the Schmidt Opera Series. Admission is $10.

All members of the UE community are invited to attend an Illustrated and Musical Discussion of Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece, the War Requiem, which is being performed by the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra on November 15. The UE event consists of three parts: “World War I & the Poetry of Wilfred Owen” by Professor of History Dr. James MacLeod, “The Life and Work of Benjamin Britten” by Assistant Professor of Music History John Jordan, and “The War Requiem and its Performance” by Maestro Alfred Savia, music director of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. The discussion will take place in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall) in Schroeder School of Business Building this Wednesday evening, November 5, at 7:00 and is free and open to the public.

* Fall into Health: Family, Fun and Fitness Night

The University of Evansville senior nursing class will be hosting Fall into Health: Family Fun and Fitness Night Thursday, November 6 from 5:30-7:30 at Lodge Community School, located at 2000 Lodge Avenue in Evansville. Make plans now to attend this physically active fun filled event! Visit all the stations to enter for prizes that include: bicycles, spa gift certificates, movie passes, sports equipment and so much more! 

* Half Day Leadership Conference

The National Society of Leadership and Success, the Center for Student Engagement and the University of Southern Indiana will host a half day leadership conference on Saturday, November 15 from 9 am to 1 pm. The keynote speaker will be musician Jason LeVasseur. Jason will be performing his music show at the SAB sponsored Friday Night event on November 14 and will be presenting his Rock Star Leadership presentation on Saturday, November 15. There will be two rounds of break-out sessions as well.

This event is free to UE and USI students. The event will take place in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Please join us for an educational, engaging and interactive leadership training that will allow you to share information with other students from USI.

To sign up for the event, go to

before November 12 to guarantee your attendance.

* Farewell Reception - Whitney Hackler

The Office of Academic Affairs will be hosting a farewell reception for Grants Manager Whitney Hackler on Thursday, November 6, 3:00-4:30 pm in Olmsted 204. Please plan on joining us and wishing Whitney good luck with her new venture! 

* Two Exciting Sodexo Dining Events in November

Sodexo is hosting two exciting dining events in November!

The first is "The Stone Steakhouse," planned for November 10 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. in the UE Dining area.

Open to students, staff and public, this will be a steakhouse experience without leaving campus. It will also be Hibachi Style. The Stone Steakhouse station will be located at Fusion inside of UE Dining.'

The pricing is as follows:  

Students:  For a meal swipe plus $5.00 Flex, they can enjoy the entire food court including Stone Steakhouse 

Staff and Public: $14.99 + tax to enjoy Stone Steakhouse.

These prices includes 1 Entrée, 2 Sides and a dessert

Entrée choices will be: sirloin steak, tuna steak or jumbo shrimp.

Sides: Lo Mein noodles, roasted garlic cheddar smashed potatoes, broccoli, steakhouse spinach, roasted peppers, onions and mushrooms, or steak fries.

This meal will be very filling and the same quality of that of a steakhouse experience!

The second event will be Sliced”- A Celebrity Cook Off," on November 17 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm in UE Dining

"Sliced” will be a celebrity cooking challenge where the “celebrity chefs” have to create gourmet pasta dishes with the secret ingredients provided for them. This will be similar to the Food Network show “Chopped”.  There will also be a panel of “celebrity” student judges.

All current meal plan/staff meal plan holders can enjoy the show with their lunch. All others must purchase a meal to watch the event)

Email, if you have any questions about these events.

* Annual Chili Bowl Sale - November 6

The annual UE Clay Club Chili Bowl Sale is set for Thursday, November 6, on the lawn between Sampson Hall and Hyde Hall. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Buy a bowl of homemade chili and keep the hand-crafted ceramic bowl!

Chili Bowls

* Andiron Lecture Set for November 5

Jennifer Drake will be the speaker at the Andiron Lecture on Wednesday, November 5. The lecture will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Room 252, Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. A social gathering with beverages begins at 3:45 p.m.

Drake's topic will be "Why the Smart Money is Investing in Early Childhood Education."

Since 2009, Drake has served as the president and CEO of 4C of Southern Indiana. She holds two degrees from the University of Evansville – a Master of Science in public service administration and a Bachelor of Liberal Studies. Drake also holds a certificate in fund raising management from the Fund Raising School, Indiana University Lilly
Family School of Philanthropy.

She currently serves on three state-level committees: the Indiana Professional Development Network Quality Assurance Committee, Indiana’s Paths to QUALITY™ Coordination and Oversight Committee, and the governor’s Early Learning Advisory Committee Family Engagement Workgroup. Locally, she also holds an informal seat at the Southwest Indiana Business Leaders Roundtable on Early Childhood and serves as a member of one of 17 teams chosen nationally by Ready Nation to participate in an Early Childhood Social Impact Performance Advisor project.

This presentation explores a trend among prominent investors to invest in early childhood education. Notable investments are discussed and linked to the scientific and economic cases that motivated them. The scientific case for increasing the capacity of adults to provide high quality early learning experiences is established by developmental science and by advancements in neuroscience. The economic case is made by exploring returns on investments so robust that they are almost certainly self-financing in the long term. This presentation serves to inform the future of public and private investments by increasing understanding of the benefits associated with high quality early learning.

For further information, call the series coordinator Annette Parks at 812-488-1070 or the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589. 


Info You Should Know

* Keep Up on Bookstore Promotions and Events

Did you know you can keep up on UE Bookstore promotions and upcoming events by visiting the UE Bookstore's Facebook page? Like the Bookstore on Facebook and you'll receive information about new products and special promotions relevant to you including special events. The holiday season is coming soon so sign up today! 



* Mary Lombardo-Graves Completes Requirements for EdD in Curriculum and Instruction

Mary Lombardo-Graves, assistant professor of special education, has successfully defended her dissertation, "The Effect of Mentoring Intervention on the Teaching Self-Efficacy of Pre-service Special Education Teacher Candidates”. She has completed the requirements for her Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Curriculum Leadership at Northern Illinois University. Congratulations Dr. Lombardo-Graves! 



* Getting To Know Your Aces: Women's Basketball Freshman Guard Kenyia Johnson

Player Name: Kenyia Johnson

Position: Guard

Academic Year: Freshman

Hometown: Orange Park, Florida

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite meal: Steak and baked potato

Favorite class: Intro to Athletic Training

Most inspirational person in your life: My mom because she’s a strong women and believer in God. She is very wise, and she has a huge heart.

Favorite basketball figure: Derrick Rose

Major: Athletic Training

Reason you chose UE: Because my teammates were welcoming, and made me feel at home.

Most memorable UE moment: Touching the rim.

Most important goal as a student athlete: Graduating with honors and taking my game to the next level.

What does being a Purple Ace mean to you: It means a lot to me because I’m getting an opportunity some people are wishing to have. I was blessed enough to be chosen for UE.

* Mockevicius Nears Triple-Double as Aces Top McKendree

Junior D.J. Balentine picked up right where he left off after last season, leading all players with 24 points as the University of Evansville men's basketball team defeated McKendree by an 88-60 final in exhibition play at the Ford Center on Saturday.

Balentine went 9-15 from the field while draining five of his six free throw attempts. Egidijus Mockevicius fell just one blocked shot shy of a triple-double. He scored 16 points while hauling in ten rebounds. He blocked nine shots on the night and hit seven of his 11 shots. Jaylon Brown and David Howard each had solid days, finishing with eight points apiece.

“We have been practicing these details for three weeks, but finally we were able to play somebody else,” head coach Marty Simmons said. “Now we are able to take this video and use it as a teaching tool.”

The newcomers for the Aces also were strong. Taylor Stafford scored seven points in his debut while dishing out a game-high five assists. Mislav Brzoja notched four rebounds and four helpers while Willie Wiley scored four points and had three caroms.

“We got to see where we are at right now and see what we did well and see what we need to work on,” Balentine explained. “Everyone got the chance to play some quality minutes and our new guys were able to come in and do pretty well.”

One Bearcat finished in double digits as Matt Holmes scored 18 points on a 5-of-11 effort from the floor. He also tied Mockevicius for the game-high in rebounds with 10.

Mockevicius was a beast for UE in the first half, posting a game-high 14 points, including the opening four tallies of the contest. McKendree took a 5-4 lead just over two minutes in, but a Balentine jumper put UE up for good at 6-5.

With the score set at 14-10 in favor of UE, the Aces made their largest run of the game, posting the next 12 tallies en route to a 26-10 lead. Mockevicius had six points in the run as the Aces cruised to the advantage. The lead went up to 21 points at 36-15 inside of six minutes remaining in the period. Taylor Stafford drained his first bucket of the game to pad the lead.

Over the final minutes of the stanza, the Bearcats cut into the deficit, getting as close as 11 points (39-28) with 28 ticks remaining in the half. McKendree forced three UE turnovers in the final 2:08 to assist in the run. Mockevicius tipped in a Balentine miss in the final seconds to put UE up by a 41-28 score at the break.

Evansville shot 59.3% in the first half, led by Mockevicius' 6-for-6 effort. He had 14 points and five boards. Balentine totaled 10 points in the first half while Matt Holmes led the Bearcats with 11 and 6 in the first 30 minutes.

In the opening moments of the second half, all doubt was put aside as the Aces ran away with the contest. UE scored the first four points out of the break while Balentine knocked down a trey with 15:21 remaining to reestablish the 20-point advantage at 53-33.

With UE up 57-37, several contributed to an 11-2 run that was capped off by a Jaylon Moore bucket as the Aces took a 68-39 lead for their largest edge of the game at 31 points. McKendree cut the gap in the final minutes, but UE came out victorious by an 88-60 final.

* PR's Fall Once Again as UE Cross Country Runs at MVC’s

Familiar faces were up front for the University of Evansville as the Purple Aces cross country teams raced at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships on Saturday morning in Carbondale, Ill.

Evansville’s women took ninth in the event with 288 points. Pacing the Purple Aces was junior Laurel Wolfe. She ran an 18:44.09, which was just nine seconds off of her PR. Her time put her in 50th place out of 79 runners.

Next across the stripe was senior Kirsten Perrey. Her effort of 19:02.03 was the second-best time of her career. That followed her top time, which came at the UE Invitational (18:36.5) where she took third. Elizabeth Kingshott continued to improve in her junior campaign. She has improved every race and this one was no different as she posted her best time of the season – a 19:03.06.

Fourth for the women was Alyssa Moran with a 19:34.76. It was her second-best time of 2014. Rounding out the top five for UE was Loren Oboikovitz. She set another PR with a 19:34.89. Five of the top 5K times in her career have come this season. Sophie Etienne was another runner who posted her top career time. She finished the race with a 20:12.30, eclipsing her previous best of 20:27.97, which came earlier this season at Louisville.

Anna Loef and Michelle Karp completed the UE contingent. Loef finished just three ticks off of her top time with a 20:27.38 while Karp was almost 30 seconds better than her previous best with a 20:28.26.

Picked to win in the poll, Bradley did just that, posting 39 points to defeat Illinois State by 32 tallies. Caitlin Busch of the Braves won the race, finishing in a time of 17:04.43.

UE’s men were led by senior Josh Genet. He finished in 56th out of 69 participants, running a 26:29.25. It was his third-best 8K run of the year. Sophomore Ross Frondorf was close behind, tecording a 27:23.08. It was by far his fastest time of 2014. His previous best in 2014 was a 28:03.18 at the Greater Louisville Classic.

Third for the men was Matt Hamilton. His 27:42.55 was his no. 2 time of the year. Roudning out the top five for the Aces were Jon Ashby and Ben Woolems. Ashby finished the 8K race in 29:20.48 while Woolems checked in at 28:47.73. Ben Johnson ran a 30:51.49 and Isaiah Frey came in at 30:59.46 for his top collegiate time.

John Mascari of Indiana State was the winner of the 8K race. He finished in a time of 23:48.21, coming in 48 seconds ahead of his nearest competition.

* Bradley Earns 3-0 Win over UE Volleyball

Genesis Miranda and Ashley Ring notched 11 kills apiece, but Madison Kamp led all players with 13 as Bradley defeated the University of Evansville volleyball team by a 3-0 final on Saturday evening.

Evansville’s (8-17, 4-9 MVC) offensive duo led the way with their 11 tallies while Stephanie Cerino finished the night with five. Cathy Schreiber had another accurate night as she had four kills and hit .429. Grace Carter led everyone with 28 assists while Ring topped the Aces with 13 digs.

Kamp paced the Braves (1-22, 1-12 MVC) with her 13 kills in 28 attempts. Jamie Livaudais was just behind with 12. Lea Sack posted a match-high 17 kills.

All three games extremely competitive with the first setting the tone. That tone was not set in the opening points as the Braves jumped out to a 5-0 lead after forcing three UE errors. Evansville roared right back, posting five of the next six points before tying it up at 7-7 on a Cerino service ace.

Up 9-8, Bradley scored four in arrow to take their largest lead of the frame, but UE fought back once again as a Ring kill knotted it up at 18-18. The momentum continued as a BU error saw the Aces go up 24-23. That is where Kamp took over, tallying two late kills in a 27-25 win.

Another hot start saw Bradley go up 7-1 in the second frame and this time, they had the lead for good. The Aces put forth a late run as they got within one point at 22-21. The Braves held a lead as high as 18-12 before a Meaghan Holmes kill began the rally that saw UE score five out of the next six.

After UE got within one, the Braves regrouped and forced UE into a pair of late errors to take a 25-22 win.

A hotly contested battle ensued in the third set as five early ties led to an 8-8 score. Bradley took the first advantage of more than two points, taking a 12-9 lead on a UE error. At that point, the Aces scored four in a row to retake the lead. Tathianna Cordero got the job done serving while Bradley had three consecutive errors.

Evansville’s last lead of the frame was at 19-18, but the Braves had another rally in them to clinch the match. Bradley scored the next three points to go up 21-19. Evansville got back within one at 23-22, but BU scored the final two to win.

Just two more home weekends remain, beginning next weekend as the Aces play host to Drake and UNI at the Carson Center. UE plays the Bulldogs at 7 p.m. on Friday before the Panthers head to Evansville for a 6 p.m. tilt on Saturday.


Contribute to AceNotes
To have content considered for inclusion in AceNotes, please submit a Marketing Request Form. Deadline for submission to AceNotes is 10:00 a.m. on the requested date of publication. Only articles concerning UE related/sponsored activities will be accepted. Articles submitted to AceNotes may be edited for length and clarity. Submitter contact information is at the end of each article.

Facebook   Twitter   YouTube

View Complete Issue