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Monday, December 8, 2014

* Dr. Kazee Talks Career Advantage Program with eCampus News

UE’s Career Advantage Program (CAP) was the highlight of a recent article in eCampus news, one of higher-ed’s leading online publications that features innovative accomplishments across the industry. Follow the link below to read the interview with President Kazee, and to learn more about the program:

* Winter Commencement 2014

Winter Commencement 2014 is Wednesday, December 17, at 2 p.m., in the Large Gym in Carson Center. This year’s commencement speaker will be Jennie Ebeling, associate professor of archaeology, who received the 2014 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award during May's commencement ceremony. The ceremony will be followed by a reception for the graduates and their family and friends, in the Class of 1959 Gallery and Lounge in Ridgway University Center. This event is sponsored by the UE Alumni Association.

For anyone who would like to watch the ceremony but cannot attend in person, a live, streaming video will be available at:

For more information on Winter Commencement go


* Baccalaureate Today in Neu Chapel

This year’s Baccalaureate ceremony will be Wednesday, December 17 at 11:00 a.m. in Neu Chapel. This interfaith service, led by University Chaplain Tamara Gieselman, is a historical way to celebrate and show thanks for lives dedicated to learning and wisdom.  Degree candidates are not required to robe for this ceremony and are asked to sit with family and friends. Café Court will be open for lunch following Baccalaureate. Graduates will receive a meal coupon via email for their meal, while the cost for lunch for their family and friends will be $7.50.


What's Happening Today

* Catholic Campus Ministry 5:30 PM Dinner Program -- 9:30 PM Mass

Dinner at the Newman Center - Catholic Campus Ministry House at 1901 Lincoln Avenue (across from UE front circle) will be at 5:30 p.m. tonight. Fran Prexl and Oscar Gomez are preparing lasagna with garlic bread and key lime pie for dessert.
A short Advent Theological Reflection will follow the meal. There is also Mass tonight at 9:30 p.m. in Neu Chapel to celebrate The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Fr. Christopher Droste will be our celebrant; and will be available for confessions before Mass. Contact Kristel Riffert at 812-760-8610 (text or call) with any questions. 

* 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.  


Upcoming Events

* This Week in Music: The Annual Holiday Pops Concert

The Department of Music invites the greater Evansville community to its annual Holiday Pops concert on Tuesday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place in Victory Theatre in downtown Evansville, and the concert program will feature the University Choir, the Men’s and Women’s Choruses, the UE Symphony Orchestra, the UE Wind Ensemble, and the UE String Ensemble performing separately and in various combinations. Director of Choral Activities Dennis Malfatti, Director of Orchestral Activities Brian St. John, and Director of Bands Kenneth Steinsultz will lead the ensembles in a program of traditional and popular holiday favorites. Associate Professor of Piano Garnet Ungar and Assistant Professor of Voice Eric McCluskey will also participate in the merriment. The concert is free and open to the public. 

* Department of History Senior Thesis Presentations

UE students, faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to attend the 2014 Department of History Senior Thesis Presentations. The presentations will take place on Wednesday, December 10 from 7-9 pm in Room 162, Schroeder School of Business Building. 

* UE Music Department Holiday Pops Concert

The University of Evansville Music Department is pleased to announce its annual Holiday Pops Concert, happening Tuesday, December 9 at 7:30 pm at the Victory Theater. The program will feature the University Choirs, Orchestras, and Wind Ensemble playing your favorite holiday tunes including selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, O Holy Night, and a seasonal classic - Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. This concert is free and open to the public!

For a complete listing of the UE Music Department’s upcoming concerts and recitals, please visit

* UE Students Invited to Give Feedback on Bus System at METS Meeting

UE students, faculty, staff and administrators are invited to attend the METS Comprehensive Operations Analysis Public Information Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 11, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Evansville Vanderburgh Central Library, Browning Room B. (Central Library is located at 200 SE Martin Luther King Boulevard.) UE students are invited to give their feedback on the bus system in Evansville at the meeting.

* Federal Loan Repayment Counseling Session Required for December Graduates/Transfers

Students who have received Federal Direct Loans while attending UE and plan to graduate, withdraw, or transfer after the fall semester are required to attend a Loan Repayment Counseling Session. The Office of Financial Aid will hold the last session of this semester on Dec. 10 at 2:00-2:30 p.m. in Hyde Hall, room 126. 


Info You Should Know

* Last Day for Transcripts

Attention all current students, Wednesday December 10 is the last day to request an official copy of your transcript until December 22 once all grades will be posted. Please go online to and submit your request by 5 pm on Wednesday December 10. Any requests made after 5pm will not be processed until December 22. 

* IMPACT Employee of the Month Nominations

The University of Evansville, in pursuit of excellence in service, wishes to recognize a non-faculty employee displaying records of achievement as a leader. Leadership may be demonstrated in any of the following categories: service to the University, service to students, job performance and attitude towards fellow employees. To be eligible, an employee must be a full-time member of administration or staff. Nominations for the January 2015 IMPACT Employee of the Month are due no later than Wednesday, December 10, 2014. To nominate someone, please go to

* Men's Basketball Needs Your Help!

The University of Evansville Men's Basketball team is in need of 2 student managers for second semester. Scholarship money is available for these positions. We are In need of 2 extremely hard working and dedicated students to assist our program on a daily basis.

Responsibilities include set up and break down of every practice and game. Packing and any other preparation for all road games. Get to attend every home game and be a vital part of the basketball program.

If interested please contact Chad Harmon. 488-3800 

* Now Hiring for UE's Spring Phonathon

The Office of Annual Giving is hiring student callers for the Spring Phonathon campaign to reach out to alumni, friends, and parents of the University beginning in February. They offer flexible hours to work around your schedule and a great working experience. If you are interested in this paying job opportunity you can email jj130. 

* Libraries Announces Hours for Finals

Libraries announces hours for Finals:

 Wednesday and Thursday (December 10 and December 11:  7:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Friday, December 12:  7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 13:  10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 14:   Noon - 1:00 a.m.

Monday, December 15: 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Tuesday, December 16: 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 17: Begin Intersession hours - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

* Bring Paper to be Shredded – Dec. 10 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Free off site paper shredding by Piranha Mobile Shredding will return to the campus once again! All UE students, faculty, staff and alumni can take advantage of this free service by bringing paper to the Piranha truck in Koch parking lot. Paper will be shredded offsite.

So, if mounds of paper are taking over your office, home, or room, this is the time to gather those old files, receipts, cancelled checks, tax forms, etc. No need to take out the staples or paper clips. Avoid identity theft by having confidential information permanently destroyed. Please no telephone books, magazines or newspapers. Also, please note that there is a 100lb. paper limit per visit (number of visits is not limited).

* UE Winter Housing

The residence halls will be closed for winter break from noon on December 18 to 3 p.m. on January 9. Students participating in official University functions or other approved activities have the opportunity to apply for Winter Housing. Simply submit an Online Winter Request Form (hyper link this link by noon on Reading & Study Day to be considered. For more information about Winter Housing, contact the office of residence life. 



* Newest Members of the National Society of Leadership and Success

The UE Chapter of the National Society recognized the newest members inducted into the Sigma Alpha Pi honorary on Thursday, December 4th in Eykamp Hall. The newly inducted members were: Kelley Auffart, Katlyn Baker, Victoria Bauer, Alexandra Billhartz, Megan Bonifer, Meredith Boyland, Debbie Fischer, Forrest Herrmann, Raymond Hitchox, Kendra Hollman, Victoria Huber, Rebecca Huebel, Kaylan Jacob, Daniel Kautzman, Jeannie Kiesel, Tyler Kovacs, Maisie Lee, Colleen Malo, Maisie Lee, Ethan Martin, Anthony McDonald, Tammy Miller, Hannah Nilsen, Jean Reising, Danielle Sage, Thomas Steele, Janelle Stevens-Kincade, Kendyl Surrells, Jessa Ward, Megan Whitaker, Cari Wilson, and Lauren Winkler. Two students also were recognized for competing the requirements to be named a National Engaged Leader. Those students were Tempa Auffart and Lydia Maurice.

The society presented an honorary membership to the keynote speaker, Randy Alsman, current chairman of the UE Board of Visitors. Debbie Kassenbrock was awarded the Excellence in Service to Students Award and Dr. Davies Bellamy was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award.

* Mark Kopta's Research Group Is Testing the CelestHealth System-MD at Johns Hopkins University

Mark Kopta, Professor of Psychology, leads the CelestHealth Research Group in testing the computer-based CelestHealth System-MD using psychiatry residents and patients at the Johns Hopkins University Counselling Center.  Developed by Kopta, the CHS-MD assesses the effects of psychiatric medications across patient visits.   

* History Honor Society Inducts New Members

On Tuesday December 2, the Alpha Delta Eta Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, inducted 11 new members. Please join the UE History Department in congratulating the follow students who have excelled in their study of history: Tyler Arnzen, Rebecca Denne, Thomas Grady, Abigail Hanson, Hilary Hines, Kiki Jones, Jessica Newell, Jonathan Olson, Andrew Schade, Emily Stewart, and Sarah Stubblefield. 



* Aces Basketball Heads South to Face Belmont on Tuesday

The University of Evansville men’s basketball team treks south for its first-ever road trip to Belmont on Tuesday evening. Tip is set for 7 p.m. and will be streamed live on the Ohio Valley Conference Digital Network.

Evansville stands at 6-1 for only the second time since the 1988-89 season following an 89-62 win over IUPUI on Saturday. After swapping the lead on four occasions in the early going, UE went on an 18-0 run and never gave up the lead over the remainder of the contest.

The Ford Center has always been a shooter-friendly venue for the Aces, but this season has seen those numbers go up even more. Through three home contests, the Aces are hitting an unbelievable 62% of its attempts. Just as impressive at home has been the margin of victory, which is 35.3 points per game in the three contests. Evansville’s home turnover margin also checks in at +9.0.

Over the next three games, the Aces will be playing some of the top competition in the country. Belmont, Murray State and Ohio University are the next three contests over the next week, the trio has combined to win 376 games over the past five seasons, an average of 25.1 wins per season. Belmont and MSU have averaged 25.6 and 25.8 wins over that span, respectively.

In just 10 minutes of action versus IUPUI, redshirt sophomore David Howard tallied a career-best 16 points. His aggressiveness showed as he made 11 trips to the charity stripe, knocking down 8 of those attempts. Howard has been at his best at the Ford Center, averaging 14.5 points in UE’s three games; he has also made the most trips to the foul line at home with 17.

As a freshman, Jaylon Brown attempted 99 shots; through just seven games as a sophomore, Brown has already taken 36 attempts. Even more important is that those shots are finding the bottom of the net; Brown is shooting 58.3%, a tally that puts him 6th in the Valley. He dished out a career-best seven assists against IUPUI and currently has 20 on the season; he had 51 as a frosh.

D.J. Balentine averaged 25 points per game while leading the Aces to a pair of victories along with their second 6-1 start since 1988. He started the week with a season-high 28 points in a win over Wright State. He drained 9 out of 13 shots, all three triples and 7-of-9 free throws. He also dished out three assists as the team shot 66.7%.

Balentine followed that up with a 22-point effort versus IUPUI as UE took an 89-62 triumph. He had three more triples and assists. For the week, he posted 25 points while shooting 56.8% (17/29). He hit six out of eight triples and 10 out of 12 free throws. He was honored on Monday by College Sports Madness as its MVC Player of the Week.

Belmont has started the season by winning seven of its first eight games. The loss for the Bruins came in the opener as they fell at Wright State by a 73-70 final. One of the top shooting teams in the country, Belmont ranks in the top 60 in nearly every shooting category; their top ranking checks in at #28 as they are hitting 41% of their 3-point attempts.

Three Bruins average double figures led by Craig Bradshaw, who has posted 21.3 points per game, which is 14th in the country. Evan Bradds has notched 13.3 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds.

* David Howard Finishes with Career-High in UE Win

In just ten minutes of time, Purple Aces redshirt sophomore David Howard scored a career-high 16 points as the University of Evansville basketball team rolled to an 89-62 victory over IUPUI on Saturday evening at the Ford Center.

Howard hit all four field goal attempts while having his best night from the free throw line as 8 out of 11 found the bottom of the net. D.J. Balentine continued to pace the UE (6-1) offense, scoring a game-high 22 points. He connected on three 3-pointers.

“I was getting good passes and my guys were finding me. I worked to get the ball and finish strong,” Howard explained. Our bench role is never to come in and just get minutes, we always try to bring energy.”

Mislav Brzoja had a stellar second half for the Aces. He finished with 10 points and three assists. The leading free throw shooter in the Missouri Valley Conference continued his success, hitting all five attempts.

“I thought we came out focused and we playing with intensity and paying attention to detail. The first half was outstanding,” head coach Marty Simmons said. “When we are locked in and focused, we play some pretty good basketball. We have not been able to sustain that for 40 minutes and that is what good teams are able to do.“

A stellar first half on both ends saw the Aces take a 40-16 lead at the half. IUPUI (2-5) played well in the opening moments as they swapped the lead with UE on four occasions. With 13:59 left in the half, the Purple Aces made their run. Down 9-8, Jaylon Brown hit one of his three first-half baskets to send the Aces on a 19-0 run.

Evansville drained eight out of 11 attempts in the run as Balentine notched a pair of triples. His three at the 8:13 mark capped off the stretch. Inside of three minutes remaining, the lead hit 21 as Egidijus Mockevicius hit his fourth shot of the game. Adam Wing finished the half with back-to-back field goals, including a beautiful feed from Brown as UE extended the advantage to 24.

Balentine led everyone with 12 in the stanza while Mockevicius was close to a double-double in just 20 minutes, posting 8 points and 7 boards.

Out of the break, the offense continued to click, connecting on 13 out of 22 from the floor. The Jaguars got as close as 19 in the second half with 9 minutes remaining, but the Aces held strong. A Brzoja free throw inside of the 5-minute mark saw the lead grow to as many as 29 before the Aces finished up with the 89-62 win.

The Aces finished the night shooting 56.6% and increased its season average to 54.4%. The home shooting has been even better as UE checks in at 62%. Ten rebounds from Mockevicius led to the Aces finishing with a 33-30 edge on the boards.

Mockevicius fell just a point shy of his fifth double-double of the season, adding nine points to go with his 10 caroms. Duane Gibson hit 5-of-6 from the charity stripe en route to nine points.
UE was credited with an assist in 23 out of 30 makes. Jaylon Brown was responsible for seven of those, which set his career mark. He has 15 helpers in his last four games.

Leo Svete led the way for IUPUI with 17 points. He hit four out of eight from outside. Mason Archie added 11 tallies. IUPUI finished the night shooting 40.7% while turning the ball over on 19 occasions.

On Tuesday, Evansville hits the road for the final time in non-conference play. The Aces make the short trip to Nashville, Tenn. to take on Belmont. Tip is set for 7 p.m.

* Aces allow season-low 41 points in win over Miami (Ohio)

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team (3-4) yielded a season-low in points during their 51-41 win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday evening. Senior forward Mallory Ladd notched her 17th career double-double with a 14 point 12 rebound performance in the UE victory. Sophomore guard Sara Dickey also added nine points and a career-high six assists in the Aces second straight win.

After both teams swapped baskets to begin the game, the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks pulled away with a 9-4 lead on an Ana Richter layup at the 12:55 mark of the opening half. Down by 5, Evansville responded by going on a 15-0 run. Senior guard Khristian Hart and junior guard Laura Friday connected on back to back threes for a 17-9 edge. A follow-up lay-in by freshman forward Peyton Langston completed the run for a 19-9 lead.

The RedHawks then brought the lead down to three by scoring seven consecutive points. Guard Kayla Brown hit a jumper and Miami (Ohio) sunk four straight free throws to trail 21-18 with 21 seconds left until halftime. UE then finished the opening stanza by scoring the final five points. Hart made a layup and completed the three-point play with a free throw. Ladd then hit a jumper with just four seconds left for the eight point edge.

Evansville led 26-18 at the half as Hart, Ladd and freshman guard Kenyia Johnson all had a team-leading six points each. The Aces held the RedHawks to just 29.2% shooting from the floor in the opening half.

Miami (Ohio) pulled closer again by going on a 10-4 run to begin the second half. Forward Jessica Rupright made a pair of layups at the end of the stretch, shrinking the Aces lead to 27-25 margin with 16:31 left in regulation. Up by only two, Evansville had another response, going on an 18-7 run for a thirteen point lead, their largest of the game. Dickey scored four of her nine points during that time as Ladd also hit back to back threes for the 45-32 lead at the 8:04 mark. Miami (Ohio) brought the deficit back to single digits, 45-38, with a three from guard Baleigh Reid at the 4:46 point of the second half. UE scored six of the final nine points on the night securing their second home victory in as many chances this season.

Evansville forced 24 turnovers in the game and had 10 steals on the night. Evansville has created 51 turnovers and notched 28 steals defensively over the last two games (both wins). UE also scored 20 points off the Miami (Ohio) turnovers on Saturday. The Aces committed only 10 turnovers in the game, tying a season low (Ball State, Nov. 16). Johnson set new career highs with seven points and four rebounds in the contest. Dickey and Ladd both tied career-highs with four steals each in the game.

UE seeks their third consecutive win when they host Oakland City on Tuesday, December 9. The special Education Day game begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Ford Center in Evansville. Tickets can be purchased over the phone at 812-488-ACES (2237), in person at either the Carson Center or Ford Center ticket office, or online via


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