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Thursday, November 6, 2014

What's Happening Today

* Physical Therapy Club Meeting Planned for Thursday

The November meeting of the Physical Therapy Club will take place on Thursday, November 6 at 12 pm in Graves Hall Room 104. Members are invited to bring non-perishable food items which will be donated to Tri-State Food Bank. Donations of two items or more will count as a club event. At the meeting, nominations will be taken for next semester's club officers. 

* Harlaxton Society Offering Alumni Trip Options Summer 2015: Interest Meeting - November 6

Harlaxton, London, Paris runs from July 27 - August 6; while Harlaxton alone is July 27 - 31. Trips are open to all alumni, parents, faculty and staff.

To find out more about the trips, an interest meeting is being held at UE on Thursday, November 6, at 6:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center. RSVP to Tracy at 812-682-4477 if you plan to attend. If you cannot make it, a webinar is scheduled for Thursday, November 13, at 7:00 p.m. CST.

Register online for the webinar at www2.gotomeeting.com/register/194530970.

More details about both trip options are available on our website at www.evansville.edu/alumni/harlaxtontrip.cfm. 

* 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! 

Upcoming Events

* Tailgate on Saturday

There will be a women’s basketball tailgate party on Saturday, November 8 at 10 a.m. on the Ridgway University Center’s East Terrace Lawn. Chili, hot dogs, cookies, brownies and popcorn and soda, tea, lemonade and water will be served. Cornhole and football will be played.

The women’s basketball team plays the University of Southern Indiana at noon, and the men’s basketball team plays Wabash at 3:05 p.m.

Free transportation to the games will be provided by the Office of the Chaplain and the Center for Student Engagement. A bus will arrive at Carson Center at 11:30 a.m. and depart for the Ford Center at 11:45 a.m. The bus will return to Carson Center after the women’s basketball game and then leave again for the Ford Center at 2:45 p.m. for the men’s game.
Come out and support both teams!

* Last Call for Chili Competition

The annual FanFest Chili Competition still has spots remaining. Any group of students, faculty or staff may sign up to fix 1.5 gallons of chili. The winning chili team wins $250. Sign up here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CRuyrTx3_TmyAMtY8ucQavaYAVjTjmVGnAXfTNoW-8U/view form by Friday, Nov. 7 

* TIAA-CREF Counseling Appointments

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Tuesday, November 18 and Thursday, November 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 (room 158). If you have any questions, call Carol McCraney at 488-2943. 

* What Are You Doing With What You Know?

Join special guest, Brigadier General Ondra L. Berry on November 11 for a talk about what it means to unleash your full potential and live beyond how you may define leadership. He will discuss what it really means to be your BEST (Brand, Exposure, Structure, Taking Charge) and will discuss his reasoning for writing on the topic of Ayoba (the spirit of Awesomeness). Those who attend will be challenged to raise their leadership standards, to develop AIM points for life, and recognize the importance of strategic agility.

The presentation is open to the public and will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Koch Center for Engineering and Science, room 100.
 

* University Community, Alumni, and Friends Invited to UE's Veterans Day Service

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 11
Krannert Hall of Fine Arts, Wheeler Concert Hall

The university community, alumni, and friends are invited to celebrate Veterans Day on campus for our annual Veterans Day Service. UE alumnus, Brigadier General Ondra L. Berry will serve as our key note speaker. A light luncheon reception will immediately follow in the lobby of Krannert Hall of Fine Arts.
 

* Faculty, Staff, and Administrators Invited for "An Honest Discussion About Inclusion"

Faculty, staff, and administrators are invited for an informal discussion with our Veterans Day guest Brigadier General Ondra L. Berry and LaNeeca Williams, UE’s diversity and equity officer. “An Honest Discussion About Inclusion” is set for next Tuesday, November 11 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in Room 272, Schroeder School of Business Building.

General Berry is an expert in the area of diversity and inclusion and has attained many accomplishments within the military and in the private sector. When not serving as Brigadier General and assistant adjutant general for the Nevada Air National Guard, he is the vice president of diversity and inclusion and development for the MGM Resorts International and is co-founder for Guardian Quest, a company committed to unleashing the untapped potential of individuals and organizations through world-class training solutions.

General Berry is an Evansville native and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education from UE in 1986. Please join us.

* UE Veterans Day Events

The University of Evansville Office of Diversity Initiatives and the Office of Veterans Affairs are proud to welcome Brigadier General Ondra Berry for a day of special presentations on Tuesday, November 11.

Berry is originally from Evansville, Indiana, and is a 1986 graduate of UE.  He serves as brigadier general and assistant adjutant general for the Nevada Air National Guard. He is co-founder of Guardian Quest, a company committed to unleashing the untapped potential of individuals and organizations through world-class training solutions. Known as a change agent in personal and organizational transformation, Berry’s vast leadership and training experience spans public and private sectors. His skills were refined in a celebrated 25-year career in the Reno Police Department, where he retired as the assistant chief of police overseeing the administrative division.  For his civilian occupation, Berry serves as vice president of diversity and inclusion, corporate diversity and community engagement for MGM Resorts International.

He has committed his life to inspire those within his sphere of influence to realize and actualize their hidden potential. Berry has been a champion of leadership, diversity, organizational change, and individual personal growth for over 25 years. He is committed to challenging the status quo in human potential and utilized his two decades of experience and studies in the topic of personal leadership and greatness to ignite a movement of unleashing the potential within, one person at a time, worldwide. His goal is to get each person to understand their “Ayoba” the awesomeness and potential that we all have within.   Through his innovative training and keynote addresses, Berry has spoken to many diverse audiences, and is on a quest to leave this world better than he found it!

Veterans Day Service
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Wheeler Concert Hall, Krannert Hall of Fine Arts, University of Evansville

The campus community, alumni, and friends are invited to celebrate Veterans Day on campus for our annual Veterans Day Service. Berry will serve as our key note speaker. A light luncheon reception will immediately follow in the lobby of Krannert Hall of Fine Arts.

An Honest Discussion About Inclusion
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Room 272, Schroeder School of Business Building

University faculty, staff, and administration are invited to a discussion led by Berry and LaNeeca Williams, UE’s diversity and equity officer.

What is inclusion?  It is about ALL of us. Inclusion is about living full lives-about learning to work together. Inclusion makes the world our classroom for a fife.  Inclusion treasures diversity and builds community.  Inclusion is about our ‘abilities’ - our gifts and how to share them.  Inclusion is NOT just one issue. Your University experience allows you many opportunities to develop your “inclusion consciousness” that will better prepare you for work, life, and social skill sets that allow you to be your best self. This workshop will talk about the mind-set, heart-set, skill-set and tool-sets that can add value to your student and personal life for the future. Different tactics, techniques, and tools, will be discussed so that all feel included and valued at the University. 

What Are You Doing With What You Know
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Vectren Lecture Hall, Room 100, Koch Center for Engineering and Science

The campus and Evansville community are invited for this special presentation. Berry will be speaking from his experiences and understanding of a leader’s role in life: what are we truly capable of?  He will talk about what it means to unleash your full potential and live beyond how you may define leadership.  Berry will discuss what it really means to be your BEST (Brand, Exposure, Structure, Taking Charge) and will discuss his reasoning for writing on the topic of Ayoba (The Spirit of Awesomeness). Berry lives his life by this definition of leadership; “Leadership is the capacity to influence others, through inspiration, motivated by a passion, generated by a vision, produced by a conviction, ignited by a purpose.” Myles Munroe. Those who attend will be challenged to raise their leadership standards, to develop AIM points for life, and recognize the importance of strategic agility.  

* Save the Date: International Bazaar!

The International Club is proud to host the 28th annual International Bazaar on Friday, November 21 from 5-8 pm. The UE community and the greater Evansville community are invited to learn about traditions, foods, and fun in many of the cultures represented by our students. Feel free to bring family and friends to sample international cuisine, tour many countries, and enjoy cultural performances.

The theme of the Bazaar this year centers on the stars and on the idea that we are all united under a starry sky. The Ridgway University Center will be transformed in this wonderfully expanded event -- with food served in Cafe Court & performances and cultural experiences. Thanks to the generous support of the UE's SGA, all UE students will enjoy free admission to the event. General Admission is $5 with all proceeds going to UNICEF.
 

* Groundbreaking of McCarthy Greenhouse

Join us Friday, November 7 at 4:30 p.m. for the groundbreaking of the McCarthy Greenhouse. The location is the lot behind Koch Center on the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach. 

* Free HIV Testing

Free & confidential HIV testing will be offered on November 7 from 9:00 a.m. - Noon at the Health Center in Sampson Hall. Please call 488-2033 to arrange your appointment time. 

* Events for Science and Math Students, Faculty and the Evansville Community

Everyone is invited to the events planned for the Science Alumni Advisory Council and the Dr. Guy Banta Lecture Series featuring Dr. David Shelton '05. He will be speaking on "Leveraging Academic Partnerships to Start a Technology Company with NO Capital," something that he has experienced firsthand since graduating with a degree in physics from UE. Please join us. 

Schedule for the Science Alumni Advisory Council Events and the Dr. Guy Banta Lecture Series

Friday, November 7

1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Koch Center, Lobby - Student Poster Exhibit

3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Vectren Lecture Hall, Room 100, Koch Center for Engineering and Science - Dr. Guy Banta Distinguished Lecture Series in Natural Sciences and Mathematics: "Leveraging Academic Partnerships to Start a Technology Company with NO Capital" - Dr. David Shelton '05 (Shelton is a University of Evansville graduate in physics and is president and CEO of Plasmonics Inc. based in Orlando, Florida)

4: 30 p.m., Koch Center for Engineering and Science Building - Groundbreaking Ceremony of the McCarthy Greenhouse

4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Fehn House, 519 Rotherwood Avenue, Evansville - Reception. Students, faculty, and alumni invited.

Saturday, November 8

8:00 a.m., Outside Room 102, Koch Center for Engineering and Science - Science Advisory Council Annual Meeting. All are welcome. Student presentations, departmental reports and needs, suggestions from alumni

8:30-10:30 a.m., Room 102, Koch Center for Engineering and Science - Josh Fessel, facilitator. Topics to include:
Departmental updates, Greenhouse construction, New Bachelor of MD program, IU School of Medicine-Evansville update.
 

* Go Rock Climbing at Vertical Excape with Venture Crew

Venturing Crew is rock climbing at Vertical Excape on Sat., Nov. 15 at 8:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. You may sign up for this free event on Nov. 5 and 6 at 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 5:00–6:00 p.m. in Ridgway University Center. This event is open to all UE students, but space is limited. 

Info You Should Know

* Crescent Magazine November Issue Available Today

Pick up your copy of the November issue of Crescent Magazine today. Staffers will also be passing out giveaways with each issue all day at locations around campus and in Ridgway University Center lobby from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

* USPS Closed Tuesday, November 11 for Veteran's Day

The United States Postal Service (U.S.P.S.) will be closed on Veteran's Day, Tuesday, November 11. Please note that UE Mail Services will not be picking up mail from U.S.P.S. on Tuesday, since the post office will be completely closed. Any mail picked up from UE areas by Mail Services on Tuesday, November 11, will be metered and mailed on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 12. For mail related questions, please contact Mail Services at extension 2197 or mailservices@evansville.edu. 

* December Graduates - A Reminder!

December graduates are reminded that if they need a cap and gown for graduation they should stop in the UE Bookstore as soon as possible. If you are a Masters graduate, you need to contact the Bookstore immediately as your garments are custom made and require additional time to produce. Also graduation announcements can be ordered in the Bookstore anytime, but allow yourself mailing time. 

* Off-campus Work Study Positions Available for Spring

The Office of Community Service Initiatives staffs work-study eligible students at nonprofit organizations throughout the community. The positions focus on marketing, volunteer recruitment and capacity building. Students earn a higher hourly rate for traveling off campus. There are several positions open for the spring semester. If you are interested in learning more, contact Geoff Edwards in the Center for Student Engagement at 812-488-1102 or at ge21@evansville.edu 

* Health Alert

Health Alert
The University has been notified by the Vanderburgh County Health Department that there is one confirmed and one potential case of pertussis (also known as Whooping Cough) identified on campus. The Vanderburgh County Health Department indicates that the affected individuals are being treated at home and neither lives in University housing.

Symptoms of pertussis may include the following:
The first stage can last 1-2 weeks, and symptoms may include a runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever, and mild cough – all symptoms of a common cold. The second stage usually lasts 1-6 weeks, but can persist for up to 10 weeks. Characteristic symptoms include a burst of numerous, rapid coughs. The patient may suffer a long inhaling effort that sounds like a “whoop” and may experience vomiting. Fever may be absent, minimal, or significant.

Recommendations
Close contact is defined as anyone who has had direct contact with respiratory, oral, or nasal secretions from a symptomatic person. Students and faculty who may have had contact with the diagnosed individuals through classes or University organizations will receive a separate e-mail from the Office of the Dean of Students with additional information regarding precautionary measures as prescribed by the Vanderburgh County Health Department. In addition, individuals who may have compromised immune systems, are pregnant, who have children under the age of 10, or who are under-immunized may want to consider a Tdap booster as a precautionary measure. This should be discussed with your family physician. Please note: the University’s Crayton E. and Ellen Mann Health Center does not have the vaccine in its inventory as immunizations are not provided through this campus service.

Anyone experiencing symptoms of the disease such as runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever, mild to severe coughing, etc., should seek evaluation and medical attention at the University health center, local medical facility, or your family physician, without delay, to prevent further spread of the disease and, if appropriate, receive a vaccine or antibiotics.

For more information about this disease, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov or contact the Vanderburgh County Health Department at 812-435-2400 or the University health center at 812-488-2033.

* Harlaxton Semester Applications Available

Applications and course materials for Harlaxton Fall 2015 (priority deadline December 8) and Spring 2016 (priority deadline March 6) are available in the Office of Study Abroad (Room 261, Schroeder School of Business Building) For more information, contact studyabroad@evansville.edu 

* Harlaxton Summer 2015 Applications Available

Applications and course information for Harlaxton College Summer 2015 are now available in the Office of Study Abroad, (Room 261, Schroeder School of Business Building). Deposit deadline is Jan 23, 2015. For more information, contact studyabroad@evansville.edu 

Congratulations

* Beavers Joins Advisory Board for the Journal Ethics & Politics

Anthony Beavers, professor of philosophy, was recently appointed to the scientific advisory board for the journal Etica & Politica/Ethics & Politics, which is based at the University of Trieste in Italy. Etica & Poltica "aims at promoting research and reflection, both historically and theoretically, in the field of moral and political philosophy, with no cultural preclusion or adhesion to any cultural current." The journal publishes papers in both English and Italian and is indexed in all of the standard indices for philosophy and politics. 

* Douglas Reed Teaches at Indiana University

Douglas ReedDouglas Reed, professor emeritus of music, taught private lessons and a performance class for undergraduate and graduate organ majors at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music on October 26-27. Lessons and class took place on the C.B. Fisk organ, Opus 135 in Auer Hall and on the C.B. Fisk organ, Opus 91 in Alumni Hall. Along with a concert and lecture in September, Reed’s teaching was part of an ongoing program of guest residencies during the fall semester sabbatical of IU organ professor, Dr. Christopher Young. In March, Reed will again teach at Indiana University during the sabbatical of Dr. Janette Fishell, chair of the IU organ department.

* Kathleen Murphy to Present Overview of Music Therapy in Detoxification

Kathleen M. Murphy, assistant professor of music therapy, will be presenting an overview of music therapy in detoxification, the research supporting music therapy in addiction treatment at the annual conference of the American Music Therapy Association, Thursday, Nov 6. She will also be co-facilitating a roundtable discussion for music therapy educators to discuss approaches to teaching, guiding and coaching music therapy research. 

* UE Student Kaitlin Emmert to Present Research

Kaitlin Emmert, UE music therapy student, will presenting the results of her research study "The effect of music therapy on sleep quality, pain, and emotional state in adults residing in a sub-acute rehabilitation setting" during the Research Poster Session Nov, 7, at the annual conference of the American Music Therapy Association, Louisville KY 

* Model United Nations Delegations Bring Home Awards

The University of Evansville's delegations recently returned from three days of simulation at the 36th Annual Indiana Consortium for International Programs (ICIP) Model United Nations. This endeavor is part of an honors DISC 300H class offered each fall.

This year UE fielded nine country delegations (Francis Prexl Orti and Areej Naseem-Jordan, Carl Minnette and Abdelrahman Elgammal-Russia, Leslie Trotter and Cynthia Medina-Argentina, Megan King and Meg Reinsch-Chad, Gabriela Benevides Tom and Minji Choi-Nigeria, Bushara Ahmed and Bhuree Dardarandanda-France, Gina Han and Taylor Parker-UK, Tessa McLinden and Sara DeMaras-Lithuania, Blake Meny and Oscar Gomez-Chile). Dennis Tedrow served as UN Security Council President.

While all participants performed well in light of only returning a few veterans, UE brought home a number of awards. Carl Minnette and Oscar Gomez won second best delegate while Abdelrahman Elgammal and Bushara Ahmed won third best delegate in their respective security councils. 

Athletics

* Getting To Know Your Aces: WBB Freshman Forward Peyton Langston

Player Name: Peyton Langston

Position: Forward

Academic Year: Freshman

Hometown: Santa Ana, Calif.

10 QUESTIONS WITH PEYTON LANGSTON
Favorite color:
Orange

Favorite meal: French Toast

Favorite class: American History

Most inspirational person in your life: My granny

Favorite basketball figure: Kobe Byrant & Candace Parker

Major: Communications

Reason you chose UE: I felt that this school was the right fit for me

Most memorable UE moment: Filming for Aces TV

Most important goal as a student athlete: To succeed in both academics and basketball

What does being a Purple Ace mean to you: Being a Purple Ace means being in a family of student-athletes here at UE

The Aces will have an exhibition game against USI on Saturday, November 8 at the Ford Center beginning at 12:00 p.m. There will also be a pregame tailgate at UE to celebrate the start of basketball season. Fans can enjoy food, drinks and games on the grass mound next to the Ridgway University Center starting at 10:00 a.m.

The regular season opener will against Austin Peay on Sunday, November 16 at 1:00 p.m.

Fans can purchase tickets over the phone at 812-488-ACES (2237) in person at either the Carson Center or Ford Center ticket office, or online via Ticketmaster.com.
 

* UE Women's Soccer Team {lays #3 Drake in MVC Semifinals on Friday

The 2nd seeded University of Evansville women’s soccer team (10-5-3, 3-2-1) plays #3 Drake in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Friday, November 7. The match will be held at Adelaide Street Field and begin at 3:36 p.m.

With a victory, Evansville will play the winner of #5 Missouri State and #1 Illinois State on Sunday in the MVC Championship at 1:06 p.m.

UE lost their last match 1-0 at Loyola on Thursday, October 30. The lone goal was a Loyola score in the 45th minute just before halftime. Junior forward Kayla Smith took a team-high two shots in the match. Junior goalkeeper Simone Busby made one save on the night.

Evansville is led offensively by sophomore midfielder Bronwyn Boswell who has a team-best eight goals, 16 points, 41 shots, and six game winning goals this season. Evansville also has four goals from freshman forward Nicki Baham and three goals each by junior defender Holyn Marshall, and freshman defender Olivia Shafer. Sophomore defender Emily Richardson has a team-high five assists and sophomore midfielder Noor Medlej has added four assists as well. Junior goalkeeper Simone Busby is 10-5-3 this year with a .861 saves percentage and a 0.58 goals against average. She has been a part of 12 shutouts (8 solo) this season. Evansville is averaging 14.7 shots and 1.39 goals per match. The Purple Aces have also taken 90 corner kicks compared to just 50 by their opponents.

Drake (9-8-2, 2-2-2) finished the regular season as the third seed and just defeated #6 Loyola 3-2 in the opening round of the MVC Tournament on Sunday, November 2.Kayla Armstrong scored 44 seconds in to put Drake ahead. The Bulldogs held a 2-0 advantage at half and a 3-1 lead during the second half. Drake withstood an 89th minute goal from the Ramblers to prevail for the one goal win.

Rebecca Rodgers leads the Bulldogs with a team-high 12 goals, 8 assists, 32 points, 48 shots, 32 shots on goal and four game winning goals. Armstrong and Stokes both have four goals each this season. Stokes also had four assists Kylynn Moyer has played the majority of minutes in net this year for Drake, going 8-7-2 with a 1.37 goals against average and a .811 saves percentage. The Bulldogs have taken only 48 corner kicks this season, compared to 106 for their opponents.

Drake leads the all-time series 9-6-0 against Evansville but the Purple Aces defeated the Bulldogs 1-0 on the road on September 28. Boswell scored the only goal of the match, a 4th minute penalty shot, in the victory. Busby recorded six saves in the match. UE is two victories shy of their first MVC Championship since 2008.

* The Hart Beat Blog 2nd Edition

Women's basketball player Khristian Hart teaches us about each of her teammates!

Hello! Welcome back to the second edition of The Hart Beat! Since the last time I wrote, we were gearing up for Hoopfest and just started first official practices. Since then, we have improved overall as a team and even scrimmaged against Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) this past weekend. That allowed our team to get accustomed to the pace of the game, especially for our newcomers. This Saturday at 12 pm, we have an exhibition versus the University of Southern Indiana (USI) at the Ford Center, which is always a fun and competitive contest for us. So that is what the coaches are currently preparing us for. But today’s blog is about my perspective on my teammates, which I love talking about because my team a.k.a. THE SQUAD is pretty talented across the board! Enjoy!!!

#2 Kat Taylor
Kat is a very close friend of mine! On the basketball court, many of you know the impact Kat has had in this program over the last couple of years. She is lightning fast! I joke with her all the time about her “slow” pace is faster than people’s “fast” pace! Unfortunately, she suffered a major injury this past summer during one of our workouts. However, she is progressing extremely well, and has high hopes of returning to play later on in the season! With this being our final season together, we talk all the time about how we want to enjoy and remember everything about this year, especially, since it’s going by so fast already!

#54 Mallory Ladd
Mallory is also a close friend to me. When she transferred to Evansville during her freshman year, we both became pretty close buddies because we both had to redshirt. That was a fun year for the both of us. Mallory is a local star, so if you’re from Evansville, you have probably heard her name plenty of times in the sports world. I would say Mallory is a BEAST on the court. She is highly skilled in many aspects of the game. She can shoot, which is probably her most lethal weapon, and good luck guarding her in the paint! Again, Mallory and I talk all the time about cherishing every moment this year!

#13 Laura Friday
I started calling Laura my “lil homie” when she was a freshman. She came onto the UE campus and had a huge role and responsibility to obtain and I did everything I could to make her feel welcomed and comfortable because I knew we would be playing together. Laura makes what I call heady plays. She’s fundamental but also adds her own style to the game. I’m waiting to catch one of her behind the back passes this year. She has grown as a player since she’s been here and is extremely mentally tough, which is something you need on a team. She has stepped into her leadership role very well.

#22 Sasha Robinson
Sasha doesn’t realize what all she brings to this team. She has great size, runs the floor well, and is athletic, which if you’ve ever seen her play; you see that consistently each game! She is a beast on the boards and just flat out works hard. She has a positive energy that the rest of us feed off of. Her game has improved as well since last year. She’s more comfortable putting the ball down on the deck and confident with her shot! She’s going to be hard to guard this year. I’m excited I get to play with her for another year!

#24 Sara Dickey
Suuura is what I call Sara! Our relationship is quite funny and I think she would agree. I’m not only her teammate but also her hairdresser. So all those quality pony braids you all see Sara whipping around on the court, which were done by yours truly! I’m actually keeping track to see how many we do by the end of the season! I know that Sara is going to have another stellar year. She’s put in the hard work and time, so she deserves it. She can shoot, she can drive, and post up with her size. Sara is extremely humble which is why I think she’s had so much success. I’m looking forward to playing with her as well, and just seeing her continue to develop and elevate herself as a player.

#33 Ashley Hawkins
We all call her Ash Cash or just Cash. She’s all the way from California but is a JUCO transfer from Vincennes (VU). She’s struggling with Evansville cold weather, which is pretty funny. Ashley can run the floor and uses her body well to rebound in the paint. She’s learned a lot since being on campus and is adjusting to our system. She is a good edition to our team!

#5 Aaliyah Gaines
Aaliyah joins our team as a transfer from Eastern Illinois (EIU). She will be a redshirt sophomore next season. Aaliyah is quick as well and has a lot of flavor in her game that within our offense will allow her to make plays. She can shoot and get to the rim. When I found out she was coming to Evansville, I talked to her a lot about using her redshirt year to truly develop and to get better as a player. Redshirting is a great opportunity and I think she understands it’s a privilege.

#10 Taloni Reese
Taloni, or as I sometimes call her “T,” is from South Bend. She is a point guard for our team and does a lot of good things for us. Offensively, she can penetrate and looks to dish to open players, which is great since we have a lot of scorers this year. Defensively, she is able to get a lot of steals due to her ball pressure. She has made big strides since the summer and is continuing to soak it all in. I believe the scrimmage was beneficial for her because it allowed her to feel the pace of the game and how hard you have to work out there. She handled her own on the court and does a good job of rallying the team!

#14 Peyton Langston
Pey Pey! Peyton is one of those people you have to listen closely to because every once in awhile she’s going to say something that is absolutely hilarious! She is also another teammate that I try and do her hair! We still are having our struggles with that! Haha Anyway, Peyton is one of the most versatile players I’ve seen. I seriously love watching her play because at any moment she transforms and goes to the rim like a baby Kevin Durant! Seriously, our strength coach Sunny called her baby KD one day in practice. I’m anxious to see her play and what she will bring to the team this season. Peyton will also be hard to guard because of her height and skill level. I think you all will be impressed.

#15 Kenyia Johnson
Nyia is so athletic it’s insane! She can jump out of the gym. She can touch the rim and she’s about my height… so yes, I’ll let you think about that for a second. Nyia is also lightning fast and when she decides to go to the rim, you might as well just move out the way, because you will not stop her. She finishes very well and has good body control. Nyia comes to me all the time asking questions and I try and do my best to help her and explain things to her if she doesn’t understand. She sometimes reminds me of myself because she has a smile that forces others to smile with her. She’s absolutely hilarious and I can’t wait to see her impact on this team!

#31 Asia Petitte
Asia is from West Virginia, where we will actually get to travel to and play during the nonconference season. From playing pickup with Asia this summer, she can shoot the three very well when her feet are set! Asia is a sweet person and loves her hair, makeup, and fashion, as do I! I think college has been quite an adjustment for her so far, especially with the distance but I believe she will be just fine. I look forward to her transformation during this season.

Well, that’s the squad and I hope you all enjoyed! We look forward to stepping onto the court this Saturday to battle against USI. It should be a great day for UE as our men’s team plays immediately after us. There will be a tailgate before our game outside of the Ford Center, so please join us!

That’s all from me, K. Hart with the Hart Beat! 

* Faculty/Staff Basketball Tickets

Be sure to come to the Carson Center by Friday to get tickets for this Saturday's men's and women's basketball games. A ticket to the men's game will also get you admission to the women's game. Be sure to bring your ID when you come to pick up your tickets. 

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