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Thursday, November 13, 2014

What's Happening Today

* International Students - Come and Make a Wish for the International Bazaar

International students - come to the International office and write a wish on the star that will be used as decorations and placed in Ridgway University Center. Help us to represent all of the many international students we have here at UE 


Upcoming Events

* Final #readingseries Planned for TODAY - Friday, Nov 21

Please join us TODAY - Friday, November 21 - at 4:00 p.m., at The Slice for the final #readingseries of the semester. This week will feature poetry by Justin Slattery and two fiction pieces by Susan Vandagriff and Jess Ingle. This is sure to be a great one! 

* This Weekend in Music: Senior Recital & Ansyn Banks Quintet Concert

Department of Music students Meghan Becker (clarinet) and David Wantland (horn) will offer a joint Senior Recital in Wheeler Concert Hall this Sunday, November 16, at 12:00 p.m. Meghan is a student of Associate Professor and Department Chair Thomas Josenhans, and David is a student of Consortium Instructor Marc Zyla. Both students perform the recital in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Music Education degree. The recital is free and open to the public

The Ansyn Banks Quintet from Louisville, KY, will present the next Jazz Guest Artist Concert in Wheeler Concert Hall on Sunday, November 16 at 4:00. Dr. Banks joined the University of Louisville faculty in 2006. He holds degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University and Indiana University. Ansyn has performed with many of today’s most outstanding jazz artists, including Harry Pickens, Hank Marr, Mark Buselli, Brent Wallarab, and Steve Allee. He also teaches at Jamey Aebersold’s summer workshops. In addition to Ansyn Banks on trumpet, the members of the quintet are Dave Clark, saxophones; Kendall Carter, piano; Tyrone Wheeler, bass; and Darrel Cotten, drums. Admission to the concert is $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for Jazz Society members and $5.00 for students. Tickets can be obtained in advance by contacting the UE Department of Music at 479-2754, or they may be purchased at the door. For more information, contact Dr. Edwin Lacy at or (812) 488-2227. 

* Thankful For Soup Day Planned for Wednesday

The UE Office Staff Association is holding their annual soup fundraiser on Wednesday, November 19, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the lobby of Graves Hall. The meal includes a bowl of soup, dessert and water...all for only $5.00. There will be seating in Graves Hall for you to enjoy your lunch or use to-go containers and trays for easy pick-up for the entire department or your roommates.

Choose from 14 different kinds of homemade soups and more than 10 different homemade desserts. Soups: Chicken Barley Chili, Chicken Corn Chili, Tortellini, Southwest Chicken, Cheesy Potato, Beef Vegetable, Chicken Noodle, Chicken Enchilada, Vegetarian, Beef Barley, Tomato Basil Artichoke, Broccoli Cheese, Potato, and Beef Taco

Proceeds help support scholarships for our students.

* University of Evansville Theatre Opens Macbeth, the Scottish Play

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre proudly presents William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, opening Friday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15, 20, 21, 22, and at 2:00 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 23.

Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy combines supernatural elements with barbaric ambition, in this keen examination of evil. Against the backdrop of the 11th century, the power-hungry Macbeth is tempted by the prophecies of three witches, spurring his overwhelming desire to be the King of Scotland. Along with his frighteningly manipulative wife, this mad desire leads them both into a nightmarish world of evil, deceit, and murder. Monstrous actions run rampant, as he and Lady Macbeth lose themselves to unstoppable urges of savagery and political atrocity.

John David Lutz, professor of theatre and department chair, directs Macbeth. Associate professor Eric Renschler serves as the scenic designer; professor Patti McCrory is the costume designer; assistant professor Stephen Boulmetis is the lighting designer; professor Diane Brewer is the dramaturg; professor Chuck Meacham is the sound designer; guest artist and UE alumnus Diego Villada is the fight choreographer; and Alexis Richards, a senior from Denver, Colo., serves as the associate lighting designer.

The cast features Ben Anderson, a senior from Los Angeles, Calif., in the title role, and Emily Daly, a senior from Milwaukee, Wis., as his conniving wife. The 35-person cast also features Anders Neirheim, a senior from Minnetrista, Minn., as Duncan, and Christopher Hailey, a senior from Friendswood, Texas, as Macduff. The three witches will be played by Olivia Hebert, a senior from Arlington, Texas, Devin Fluker, a junior from Las Vegas, Nev., and Jasmine Maletta, a sophomore from Chesterton, Ind.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for senior adults, students and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend.

Including Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the rest of the season features Dancing at Lughnasa, by Brian Friel, Feb. 20 through Mar. 1; and A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, April 17-26. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488–2031, Monday through Friday, noon-5 p.m.

* International Education Week Student Presentations - Tuesday Nov 18

On Tuesday, Nov 18 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Ekyamp 253-254, Ridgway University Center, UE students Gretchen Kohl, Raeanna Wood, Charlotte Muscroft, Ashley Leroy, Rebecca Calahan, Samantha Horton and the Model UN delegation will discuss their study, research, internships, and experiential engagement abroad. Full schedule at or contact 

* Study Abroad Fair - Monday, November 17

From 11 a.m. -1 p.m., in Ridgway University Center, on Monday, November 17, information will be available about all of UE's opportunities abroad. This will be a great chance for students to meet with faculty planning courses abroad in Spring and Summer 2015 and for all Harlaxton programs. For more info contact or visit

* International Education Week Featured Speaker - Monday Nov 17

"Religion and Politics in US and Abroad" is the title of Ossama Bahloul's lecture for International Education Week. Monday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp 251. Ridgway University Center. Bahloul is Imam of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tenn., which was at the center of national controversy prior to its opening in 2012.  For more information, go to

* International Education Week Nov. 17-21

UE Community is invited to attend full week of International Education Week events November 17-21; visit


Info You Should Know

* UE Has a New Choir!

The Department of Music is pleased to announce the formation of a new Mixed Choir open to both male and female singers. The Mixed Choir will begin in the spring semester 2015 and will rehearse Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 4:50 in Wheeler Concert Hall. Since this choir replaces the Men’s Chorus, male singers may simply register for MUS 130 section 3 without the need for an audition. Female singers should contact Dr. Dennis Malfatti, director of choral activities, to determine appropriate placement either in the Mixed Choir or in the Women’s Chorus which meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. Contact Dr. Malfatti at with any questions. 

* Last Day to Withdraw with a "W"

The last day to drop from a Fall class with a "W" is Friday, November 14. You must have the signature of the instructor and your advisor to withdraw. Please use the yellow add/drop forms provided in the Office of the Registrar. 



* This Week in Music: Congratulations!

Professor Mary Ellen Wylie recently attended the annual conference of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) in Louisville, November 4-9. As Immediate Past President of AMTA she participated in meetings of the Board of Directors and facilitated work of the Nominating Committee. She was able to connect with alumni and UE students attending the conference, and she co-presented three panel presentations with members of the Master’s Level Entry Subcommittee. 

* Professors Attend IFLTA Conference

UE professors Ann Baker and Cindy Crowe (Spanish), Krista Williams and Roger Pieroni (French), attended the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association conference in Indianapolis (November 6-8). They promoted UE’s programs in the exhibitor’s area, connected with language teachers statewide, reconnected with UE alumni, and attended pedagogical sessions; Pieroni presented a paper entitled Kiffe-Kiffe Demain, by Faiza Guene: a cultural and linguistic hybrid. 

* Kyle Darnell Exhibit on Display at Oaklyn Library

The Department of Art would like the UE community to know that Art Department instructor Kyle Darnell currently has a body of his work on exhibition at Oaklyn Library. The exhibition includes pottery and handmade books. The display is located in the main atrium of the library and will be in place through December 2014. 



* Getting To Know Your Aces: Women's Basketball Freshman Guard Taloni Reese

Player Name: Taloni Reese
Position: Guard
Academic Year: Freshman
Hometown: South Bend, Ind.

Favorite color: Black/ Purple

Favorite meal: Chipotle

Favorite class: Art Design

Most inspirational person in your life: I love my mother. She has been my biggest supporter as well as my toughest critic. I hold her in high esteem.

Favorite basketball figure: Derrick Rose

Major: Visual Communication

Reason you chose UE: UE is the perfect size and allows for me to be a part of the community. I come from a close knit community and I do not feel as if I am missing a beat being here in such a great environment.

Most memorable UE moment: Thus far, our team comes together and tries to support all the UE athletics. That has been a blast for me!

Most important goal as a student athlete: I want to show kids who aspire to play college basketball that it is possible to maintain a high GPA as well as have a successful athletic career.

What does being a Purple Ace mean to you: Purple is the color of royalty and Ace means number one. I don't take that lightly. I believe there is a reason for it.

The Aces regular season opener will be against Austin Peay on Sunday, November 16. The tip is set for 1:00 p.m. at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana. 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

* Seven UE Women's Soccer Players Receive MVC All-Conference Honors

Senior Taylor Brand (Defensive Player of the Year) and junior Simone Busby (Goalkeeper of the Year) received two of the top honors at the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Awards Reception.

The University of Evansville women’s soccer team (11-6-3, 4-3-1) had a total of seven players receive postseason honors, which was very meaningful for head coach Krista McKendree and the Aces.

“As great as I think both Simone and Taylor are, they would not have received those awards without the performances of their teammates,” McKendree said. “It is great to have that many players honored because it means we have had a season worth honoring.”

Evansville had three players named First Team All-Conference including Brand, Busby and sophomore midfielder Bronwyn Boswell. Senior defender Tatiana Pagan was selected to the All-Conference Second Team. Additionally, Evansville forward Nicki Baham, forward Montana Portenier, and defender Olivia Shafer were each honored on the All-Freshman Team.

“I’m happy that seven of our players were recognized for their performance this season,” said McKendree. “It is a testament not only to their ability but also the hard work, ability and execution from the whole team. I think that is one of the best thing about team sports; it truly does take the whole team performing as one unit for individuals to be recognized.”

Brand, Pagan and Shafer piloted Evansville’s defense to a program-record tying 12 shutouts this season, yielding just 10 total goals the entire season.

Busby guided the Aces to a program-best six consecutive shutouts and a streak of over 631 minutes without allowing a goal. Her 0.58 goals against average is 18th best in the nation.

Boswell has a team-high eight goals this season including six game-winners, 7th most in the country. Baham recorded four goals, second most of any Ace this year. Portenier also netted two goals and contributed two assists for UE this year.

* Balentine Named to Lou Henson Award Watch List

University of Evansville junior D.J. Balentine has been named to the Lou Henson Award Watch List on Wednesday as a member of the Lou Henson Preseason All-America Team.

The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the Division I "Mid-Major" Player of the Year.

Balentine has established himself as one of the top players in the country, ranking in the top ten in scoring in the NCAA last season with 22.8 points per game. The All-MVC First Teamer from a year ago has shown that his scoring touch is here to stay. Over the course of Evansville’s two preseason contests, the Kokomo, Ind. native averaged 23 points per game to lead the team.

The award is named in honor of Henson who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years. When he left the game in 2005 he was sixth all-time in career Division I wins with 779. He is the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. He is one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four.

Evansville is one of three Missouri Valley Conference schools to have a player appear on the list. Joining Balentine are UNI’s Seth Tuttle and Tekele Cotton of Wichita State. Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet of the Shockers were named to the Lute Olson Award Watch List.

The 2015 recipient will be announced at the Awards Banquet on April 3 in Indianapolis, site of the 2015 men's NCAA Basketball Championship.

* UE Men's Soccer Season Ends with 1-0 Loss in MVC Quarterfinals

Despite taking 19 shots, the 3rd seeded University of Evansville (6-11-1) men’s soccer team lost 1-0 to the #6 Bradley Braves in the Missouri Valley Conference Quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

Evansville’s last shot, a blast from junior forward Nate Opperman with one second left, sailed high from the top of the 18 yard box and preserved the 1-0 win for the Braves.

Bradley scored the lone goal of the match in the 11th minute. Christian Okeke and Richard Olson combined on a pair of passes for Jason Lesch. The cross was headed by Lesch into the right corner of the net for the one goal advantage. This was the first goal for Lesch this season.

Evansville almost tied the match two minutes later but a shot from senior forward Dylan Terry went wide.

UE took three more shots (none on goal) in the first half as Bradley maintained the 1-0 lead into halftime.

The Purple Aces almost tied the match again in the 47th minute but a shot by Opperman was saved by Bradley goalkeeper Logan Ketterer.

Evansville would outshoot the Braves 13-11 in the second half, including three shots in a minute and 19 second span. In the 71st minute, Ketterer made a save on a Terry shot. 14 seconds later, junior midfielder Faik Hajderovic took a corner kick but a header from freshman midfielder Ian McGrath went right. Then less than a minute after that, Hajderovic had a shot that was saved by Ketterer, who notched seven saves on the night.

Still trailing 1-0, Aces senior defender Patrick Hodges nearly tied the match but his shot in the 76th minute was again saved by Ketterer.

The final UE shot of the night from Opperman took place with just one second remaining, a blast from the top of the 18 yard box that moved high over the crossbar.

The loss eliminates Evansville from the MVC Tournament and ends their season.

Hajderovic had a team-high four shots for UE. Terry also had three shots taken in the match.

Senior goalkeeper Eric Teppen recorded five saves for UE in the loss.

* Faculty/Staff Basketball Tickets

Any faculty or staff interested in tickets for this weekend's men's (November 15) and women's (November 16) basketball games can bring their ID to the Carson Center Ticket Window between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. and receive 2 complimentary tickets. 


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