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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

What's Happening Today

* UE OL Cohort Christmas Tree Contest to Benefit Deaconess Riley Children's Service

The members of the 2014 UE Organizational Leadership Senior Cohort needs your help! The group is sponsoring a Christmas tree decorating contest fundraiser for Deaconess Riley Children’s Services. Local businesses and institutions are competing in the contest by posting photos of their Christmas trees on:

The winning tree will be chosen by popular vote. Each “Like” on a tree photo is counted as one vote and you can vote from Dec 1-15. UE is participating in the contest.

So please go to and vote for your favorite tree. This is a great way to support this fundraiser and show your UE spirit.

This year’s class selected Deaconess Riley Hospital as its project because of its work assisting pediatric patients and their families. The organization benefits over 5,000 patients every year.  

* This Week in Music: A Guest Artist Joins Jazz Ensemble I

The Department of Music continues its First Tuesday Concert Series in Wheeler Concert Hall this Tuesday evening, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. with a concert featuring UE Jazz Ensemble I and guest artist Matt Niess, the Lead Trombonist with The U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble in Washington, D.C. Niess is a former high school band director and has taught on the jazz faculties of Shenandoah, Towson, and West Chester Universities. He is a graduate of West Chester and George Mason Universities, and he is the founder and director of the Capitol Bones, a jazz trombone ensemble that has performed and received recognition throughout the country. Niess has also appeared as a soloist, clinician, and adjudicator at jazz festivals, schools, and universities nationwide and has recorded and performed with numerous artists. Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies Timothy Zifer will lead the UE Jazz Ensemble I as the band accompanies Niess’s UE performance. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Department of Music recently hosted the annual "KEY" (Keyboard Education for Youth) Competition, sponsored by the Greater Evansville Music Teachers Association. Over 90 student pianists (ages 5-18), and their teachers/parents were on campus for the competition and recital on November 22. UE piano majors who assisted with the event were Joe Effinger, Ashley Sliment, Victoria Geisz, Vickie Huber, Alaina McPherson, Amanda McCandless, Samantha Waddell, and Caroline Roberts.

The coming weekend’s activities will include a student recital and a small ensemble concert. On Saturday, clarinetist and Music Education major Caleb Long, a student of Associate Professor Thomas Josenhans, will offer his Senior Recital in Wheeler Concert Hall at 4:00. The recital is given in partial fulfillment of the Music Education degree requirements. On Sunday, the UE Percussion Ensemble will offer a concert in Wheeler Concert Hall at 5:00 p.m. Consortium Instructor of Percussion Ross Erickson will lead the ensemble in a performance featuring varying works from the Modern era, including American composer Steve Reich’s Nagoya Marimbas. Both concerts are free and open to the public.


Upcoming Events

* Ice Skating

All students are invited to go ice skating on Sunday, December 7 from 6-8 pm. Transportation provided. Meet at Jazzman´s at 5.30 pm. Admission is $4. Sign-ups via email: mt159, jg224 

* Employee Wellness Nurse on Campus

The wellness nurse will be in Ridgway University Center lobby on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1 - 3 p.m. 

* LaNeeca Williams to Speak at December Andiron Lecture

LaNeeca Williams, diversity officer at the University of Evansville, will be the speaker at the Andiron Lecture on Wednesday, December 3 at 4 p.m. in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center. A social hour with beverages begins at 3:45 p.m. Her topic will be: "Mixed: Misunderstanding the Hybrid Phenomena - exploring how universities tackle the biracial/multiracial experience to tear down walls and improve cross-cultural communication on campus."

The mixed hybrid phenomena is best described in a January 2011 article from the New York Times. “Young and Mixed in America” stated that college campuses across the United States are enrolling increasingly more mixed-race students than ever before. These same students are pushed to identify points in their own racial struggles. Today, universities are quickly realizing that they must create opportunities for biracial/multiracial students to have open, transparent conversations about race to help them embark on a quest that is crucial in developing their own identities. Cultivating a way to share insights of the biracial/multiracial experience will tear down walls and improve cross-cultural communication and, in turn, will increasingly blur traditional boundaries of race and culture. Using several sources, this lecture will highlight evolving racial classification, understanding race relations from the view of a biracial/multiracial student, reflections of culture for biracial/multiracial students on a predominantly white campus and the racial divide between light and dark skin. The lecture will provide key components for those in higher education to explore as they help students evolve toward their own racial identities.

Before coming to UE, Williams served as affirmative action/EEO and diversity officer at Colorado State University-Pueblo and at Indiana State University. She worked at the Minority Health Coalition of Vigo County Inc., from 1997 until 2004, where she implemented programming efforts for prevention of health disparities for minorities. Williams continued volunteering at the coalition until 2007 as a certified chronic disease management facilitator through Stanford University. She earned her bachelor’s degree and her master’s degree in family and consumer science education at Indiana State University. She is a member of the National Honor Society Phi Upsilon Omicron, as well as Golden Key National Honor Society.

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.



* TIAA-CREF Counseling Appointments

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Wednesday, December 10 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. 

* Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day

The annual Faculty/Staff appreciation day at the UE Bookstore is Wednesday, December 3 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Check your personal email on Monday for full details or contact the Bookstore. 

* Final Writing Center Boot Camp: CMS Style

This semester's final workshop will cover how to format and cite papers according to the CMS style manual, including the cover page and reference page, footnotes, and endnotes. If you're writing a CMS paper, join us on Wednesday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m. in the Writing Center. 

* LIP GRAMS: A Cappella Carols

Have the Ladies in Pink embarrass your friend - or frenemy - this finals season with a Lip Gram! Songs include: Mr. Santa, Jingle Bell Rock (just like in mean girls!), Over the Rainbow Medley (for the secular holiday celebrations), Silent Night... and many more! Tables open for sign-ups from 12-5 p.m. in Hyde Hall on December 3 and 4, and in Ridgway University Center on Dec.  5. Caroling will take place December 8 and 9, all day. 

* Annual Department of Art Holiday Sale: December 4

The Department of Art would like to invite the campus community to stop by and browse the Annual Holiday Art and Crafts sale in the lobby of the Krannert Hall of Fine Arts Building on Thursday, December 4 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. You will find a unique and eclectic array of one of a kind items for sale. All items are suited to help with that hard to buy for name on your shopping list.



Info You Should Know

* Apply for the International Club Executive Board

The International Club is looking for creative, enthusiastic, responsible, and committed members to join the International Club Executive Board for 2015. Come be a voice for your peers, gain quality leadership experience & make a difference on campus. Print an application here:

Applications are due Wednesday, December 3!



* UE Basketball Returns Home Today

Four out of the first five games for the University of Evansville men’s basketball team were away from home, but the team returns home for seven of its next eight. That stretch begins today as the Purple Aces welcome Wright State to the Ford Center for a 7:05 p.m. game.

It is back to the Ford Center for the Purple Aces with seven of the next eight games set to take place at home. UE had a successful trip to Florida for the Gulf Coast Showcase as the team earned wins over Fresno State and San Francisco. D.J. Balentine averaged 16 points per game on his way to All-Tournament Team honors; his top effort was 23 points in the finale versus San Francisco. Jaylon Brown posted a career-best 15 points versus the Dons; he hit 7 out of 10 attempts while hauling in five rebounds.

A 14-point, 14-rebound effort versus San Francisco gave Egidijus Mockevicius his 10th double-double in the last 15 games. Mockevicius is the MVC leader in shooting (68.4%) and rebounding (9.4/game) after leading in both statistics last season. He is looking to be the first player since the league has kept statistics to lead both stats in consecutive years. His touch from the free throw line has gotten better and better, over the last 22 games, he has downed 71 out of 88 attempts. This season, he has knocked down 11 out of 13 from the charity stripe, 7th in the MVC.

Jaylon Brown had the best game of his career in the win over San Francisco as he knocked down 7 out of 10 shots to finish with a career-high 15 points while seeing 30 minutes of action and notching 5 rebounds. For the season, he is averaging 6.6 points and 3.6 rebounds; his numbers last season finished at 3.9/2.0. Brown has also developed confidence in his jumper, which is an asset that is sure to benefit the Aces moving forward.

D.J. Balentine started the game against the Dons by hitting five of his first six shots before finishing the game with a season-high 23 points en route to a berth on the Gulf Coast Showcase All-Tournament Team. In the three games prior to USF, he hit just 15 out of 47 attempts, but has still managed to score at a solid rate, averaging 14.7 points over that span.

In the 2013-14 season, the Aces struggled with 3-point defense, allowing opponents to shoot 35.6% from outside, a tally that was ninth in the conference. The 238 makes and 668 attempts were the most in program history (opponents made 7.0/game and attempted 19.64). This season has been a total turnaround as the Aces pose the top defense in the conference allowing just 26.8% of the opponents’ long range shot to find the bottom of the net. Opponents are making just 4.4 per game while attempts are down to 16.4.

Wright State comes to the Ford Center with a 4-3 mark following a 56-51 win over USC Upstate in the Spartanburg Marriott Upstate Classic. Four players average double figures led by J.T. Yoho, who has notched 19.5 PPG while starting three contests; he also leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game. Chrishawn Hopkins has started all seven games, posting 14.6 points.

* Faculty/Staff Basketball Tickets

Faculty and staff can now pick up their tickets for this Saturday's men's and women's games. The women play Miami (OH) at 4 p.m. and the men play IUPUI at 7:05 p.m. A ticket to the men's game will also get you into the women's game. 

* UE Golf Signs Austin Carmack

University of Evansville head golf coach Jim Hamilton has announced the signing of another highly-touted local product to a National Letter of Intent as Austin Carmack will join the Purple Aces golf squad next season.

Carmack was a 4-year player at Evansville Day School and is from Newburgh, Ind.

“We look forward to having Austin as a member of the Purple Aces. Not only is Austin an outstanding golfer, but he is also a great student and young man,” Hamilton said. “Austin has continued to improve each year and I look forward to him being a major contributor to our program over the next four years.”

Carmack, who also played soccer in high school, was an IHSAA Regional Qualifier in each of the past two seasons. He served as the team captain at Evansville Day and was the Kiwanis Award winner.

In 20 out of his 34 high school matches, he was the top finisher, averaging 37.9 strokes. He participated in several national-based tournaments and qualifying events including: AJGA, FCWT, Optimist International, US Amateur and US Junior Amateur.

He has recorded a pair of top tens on the AJGA Tour including a tie for 5th place in the Jeff Overton/Under Armour at Otter Creek Golf Course. Highlighting that event was a 6-under 66 in the second round of play. Carmack also tied for seventh place at the Preseason at Ravisloe.

Carmack was the 2011 McDonald Amateur Champion, becoming the youngest player to win the event. He was 15 years and 5 months old at that time. He was the 2014 Rolling Hills Club Champion and posted a scoring average of 74.8. Outside of golf, he was a gold winner in the Indiana State Music Association (ISMA) the last 2 years for solo performance.

* Ring and Miranda Earn MVC Honors

Senior Ashley Ring and freshman Genesis Miranda earned Missouri Valley Conference All-Conference Team honors as the league began its postseason tournament.

Ring earned a berth on the All-Conference First Team while Miranda was named to the All-Freshman Team.

Finishing up one of the top careers in program history, Ashley Ring received her first naming to the league’s top team. She has not only had an impact on the UE record book, but also leaves her mark on the Missouri Valley Conference. Ring's total of 4,068 kill attempts is 18th in conference history and 4th for the University of Evansville. She finished just five shy of the Aces season mark. For her career, Ring finished with 1,338 kills and clinched fourth place on the UE all-time list. She has had the best season of her career in 2014, posting 418 kills.

Completing the 2014 season second in the league in kills, Ring finished with 3.94 per set, just .05 behind the league. She also ranked 15th in the MVC in digs.

Miranda wrapped up her inaugural campaign at UE with an average of 3.18 kills per frame. Her efforts put her seventh in the conference and in second place amongst all freshmen. She totaled 328 on the season. Making her run even more impressive is that she spent the last several weekends of the season as UE’s primary setter, limiting the number of kills she was able to accumulate.

Name School Pos. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
Olivia Brand# Missouri State OH Sr. Springfield, Mo. (Glendale)
Kaitlyn Early Illinois State S Sr. Wildwood, Mo. (Eureka)
MaryAshton Floyd Wichita State OH Jr. Forth Worth, Texas (Paschal)
Kayla Haneline UNI MB So. Plattsmouth, Neb. (Lourdes Catholic)
Eryca Hingtgen UNI OH Sr. Fairbank, Iowa (Wapsie Valley)
Lily Johnson Missouri State OH Fr. Wildwood, Mo. (Lafayette)
Jaelyn Keene Illinois State Fr. MB Jacksonville, Ill. (Jacksonville)
Abbie Lehman Wichita State MB Fr. Newton, Kan. (Newton)
Emily Orrick^ Illinois State L Sr. Mackinaw, Ill. (Deer-Creek Mackinaw)
Taylor Pippen^ Southern Illinois MB Jr. Mundelein, Ill. (Carmel Catholic)
Ashley Ring Evansville OH Sr. Madison, Wis. (Edgewood)
Ashley Rosch^% Illinois State OH Jr. Fox River Grove, Ill. (Cary Grove)
Bree Spangler Indiana State OH So. Coldwater, Mich. (Coldwater)
^2013 First Team; #2013 Second Team; %2012 First Team

Name School Pos. Hometown (Previous School)
Andrea Estrada Southern Illinois OH Bogotá, Columbia (Colegio Santa Maria)
Emily Hiebert Wichita State S Newton, Kan. (Newton)
Kyla Inderski Drake OH Urbandale, Iowa (Urbandale)
Lily Johnson Missouri State OH Wildwood, Mo. (Lafayette)
Jaelyn Keene Illinois State MB Jacksonville, Ill. (Jacksonville)
Abbie Lehman Wichita State MB Newton, Kan. (Newton)
Genesis Miranda Evansville OH Toa Baja, Puerto Rico (Colegio Carmen Sol)
Lynsey Wright Missouri State MB Glen Carbon, Ill. (Edwardsville)


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