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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Upcoming Events

* This Week in Music: Concert for Violin and Piano

This week’s Tuesday evening recital will feature Oramay Cluthe Eades Distinguished Professor of Music and Violin Carol Dallinger and Professor of Music and Piano Anne Hastings Fiedler in a program of works from the Baroque to the Modern era. The concert will open with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Violin Sonata in E Minor, BWV 1023, with harpsichordist Helen Skuggedal Reed and Consortium Instructor of Cello Jennifer Wingert accompanying Professor Dallinger. Professor Fiedler will then perform American composer Elliott Carter’s only non-withdrawn Piano Sonata (1945-46), one of his first works to demonstrate characteristics of the ultra-modernist style he would soon adopt. The program will also include works by the Romantic violinist and composer Jacques-Féréol Mazas, Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, and Austrian-American violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler. The recital will take place in Wheeler Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 

* I-House: Lebanon

This week's presentation is going to be presented by Nour Amhez! She is from Lebanon and can't wait to tell everyone about her country. Her major is Nutrition and Dietetics with a Minor Psychology.

One of her favorite hobbies is swimming. Her favorite part of being at UE is the time that she spends with people on campus, with her friends that she met since she came here and the memories that are being built day by day which she will be carrying with her back home right after the end of this semester. So everyone come on out this Wednesday at 7 p.m. upstairs in Ridgway!

* Employee Wellness Nurse on Campus

The employee wellness nurse will be in Olmsted lobby on Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

* Employee Healthy Lifestyle Challenge Scheduled

The spring Healthy Lifestyle Challenge is January 25 - March 28. Complete rules are available in AceLink>Wellness>Healthy Lifestyle Challenge.

Top finishers will receive a $50 gift card. HRA subscribers will earn $150 credit if not previously earned.

Pick up your pocket-sized log from the wellness nurse January 21, 28, or Feb. 4. 8 weeks of data are required, so you must begin by Feb. 1. 

* Religious Diversity Dialogues Start This Week

In order to better understand the religious needs of the UE community, the Offices of Diversity and Equity, Religious Life, and International Programs have scheduled a series of Religious Diversity Dialogues in January and February. All members of the campus community are invited to attend a one-hour informational discussion by selecting the session that best identifies his/her religious affiliation. For example, if your religious affiliation is Jewish, you would attend the January 29 session; if you consider yourself spiritual, but not religious, you would attend the February 19 session, and so on. Your input is important and will help us understand how best to serve the religious community at UE.

Please plan to attend the session that best identifies your own religious affiliation.

All sessions meet at 7:00 p.m. in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall), Schroeder School of Business Building

Thursday, January 22: Eastern Religions (Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Tao, Shinto, Jain, Bahá’í, etc.)
Thursday, January 29: Judaism
Thursday, February 5: Christianity
Thursday, February 12: Islam
Thursday, February 19: Spiritual, but not Religious

For more information, please email:,, or 

* Calling All Smart People: Nerd Wars is Set for Tuesday, February 17th!

The Honors Program is hosting Nerd Wars trivia night on Tuesday, February 17 at 7 pm in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Teams of five consisting of students, faculty, administrators, and staff will battle in a competition of wit while enjoying pizza, popcorn, and soda. The winning student team and the winning faculty/administrator/staff team will receive $25 MasterCard/VISA gift cards. Registration materials can be picked up in the Powell Honors Lounge, from Jayme Williams in Koch 238, or sign up by clicking here

Entry fee is $5.00 per person.

Those who are unable to compose a team of five may still register and will be matched to make a team. The registration deadline is January 28. Any questions can be emailed to Matthew at mb338.

* Summer 2015 Dominican Republic Study Abroad Informational Meeting

There will be an informational meeting on January 20 at 4:30 pm in Room 240 in Graves Hall. For those who cannot attend this meeting, there will be another meeting on January 21 at 7:00 pm in Room 240, Graves Hall. These meetings will provide information and answer questions concerning the 15-day, 3 credit hour Dominican Republic study abroad course offering (ID 380). Three UE faculty (Jerrilee LaMar, John Layer, & Rick Deer) will co-teach the multidisciplinary student team in this applied process development experiential course conducted in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Students will get an opportunity to assist the people of the Dominican Republic in enhancing a planned medical clinic process while collaborating with an international client and local residents. Please contact one of the above faculty if you are interested but cannot attend either of these meetings. 

* Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 National Championship Team January 23 and 24

The 1964-1965 Aces men's basketball team went undefeated and won the national championship. The 50th anniversary of accomplishment will be celebrated January 23 and 24. On Friday, January 23, an opening reception will be held for the exhibit, Winning Them All: Evansville Aces 1964-1965 at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science from 6 - 8 p.m. RSVP online at The exhibit runs January 25 - April 19.

On Saturday, January 24, "A Conversation with the 1964-1965 Aces" will take place at the Old National Events Plaza at 12:30 p.m. Team members will share their stories of that amazing season with Mike Blake serving as emcee. A book signing will follow.

Then the Aces take on the original opponent, SIU, at 3:05 p.m. Team members will be recognized at half time.

For more information visit, contact or call extension 2586.


Info You Should Know

* Fitness Center Classes

Fitness Center classes start January 20! Classes are free for enrolled students, faculty and staff. Some of the classes offered include:
ACE Fit – This is an introductory cardio vascular class geared to helping you reach your fitness goals.
ACE Hoops – These are pickup games for students, faculty and staff. All skill levels welcome.
Big Lift Boot Camp – This focuses on compound movements that encourage the entire body.
Body Weight Ninjas – This is an introductory class that focuses on bodyweight exercise and natural movement.

The 2015 Spring Class schedule:
6:30-7:30 a.m.:
Insanity – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

11 a.m.-1 p.m.:
Open Swim – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Noon to 1 p.m.:
ACE Fit – Monday and Wednesday
ACE Hoops – Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Butts & Gutts – Tuesday and Thursday

5:00-5:30 p.m.:
T 25 – Monday, Wednesday and Friday

5:00-6:00 p.m.:
Yoga – Monday and Wednesday
Pilates – Tuesday
Cycling - Thursday
Bodyweight Ninja – Tuesday
Big Lift Boot Camp – Thursday

6:00-7:00 p.m.:
Line Dance – Monday
Zumba – Tuesday and Wednesday
Brazilian Dance – Thursday
Water Aerobics – Tuesday

7:00-9:00 p.m.:
Open Swim – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

* Apply to be an International Orientation Leader (IOL)!

The Office of Cultural Engagement is hiring new International Orientation Leaders. We're looking for responsible, caring, and flexible student leaders who are up to the challenge of welcoming new international students to UE's campus this fall! This is a great opportunity for you to develop leadership skills and gain valuable global experience to add to your resume.

Pick up an application in the Cultural Engagement Office (2nd Floor Ridgway, back of Student Life Suite) or access the application online here

Applications are due February 6th to the Cultural Engagement Office. Email with any questions. 

* Sport Psychology and the Olympics Harlaxton Summer 2015

EXSS 451 Sport Psychology and the London Olympics will be offered during the 5-week summer session this year. The class will visit many of the London Olympic sites, plus the British Olympic Training Center and Wimbledon tennis stadium. Other activities such as attending a cricket game in Nottingham and an English premier league soccer stadium will be included. If you are interested, please contact the Harlaxton Study Abroad Office. Deposits are already being taken. 

* Nominations for 2015 Outstanding Teacher Award

The UE Alumni Association recognizes an Outstanding Teacher for exemplary teaching and student service at Spring Commencement. Students, faculty, administrators, staff, and alumni may nominate a teacher who exemplifies the award’s stated goals of “encouraging outstanding teaching and the inclusion of students in as many facets of academic life as possible.”

Click here to nominate a professor who you feel exemplifies teaching excellence.

Complete your nomination by Friday, January 30. Email Jennifer Graban at if you have questions.

Full-time faculty who have taught in the classroom at UE for at least two years and hold the rank of lecturer, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor are eligible to be nominated.

Past recipients within the last five years are not eligible. They are: ’10 – Jeff Tilly; ’11 – James Berry; ‘12 – Mari Plikuhn; ‘13 – Mark Valenzuela; ‘14 – Jennie Ebeling.

* Admission Ambassador Application

UE Admission Ambassador Applications are now available. Please go to this link to fill out the application: Admission Ambassador Application. Once you fill out the application, send the UE faculty or staff serving as your reference the recommendation form at this link: Admission Ambassador Application Form. Applications can also be picked up in the Admissions Office, Olmsted 104. They can be turned back into Admissions Office. The deadline for admission ambassador applications is Thursday, February 4, 2015. The deadline for the Admission Ambassador Reference is Tuesday, February 9. If you have any questions, please email Dana Owens at or Lauren Winkler at  

* Residence Life - We're hiring!

Are you are interested in making a real impact in the lives of your fellow students while learning about yourself and developing your skills? Consider applying to be a Resident Assistant for the 2015-16 year.

Information sessions will be January 20 at 9:00 pm in Schroeder School of Business, room 71. Stop by to learn more about the position and pick up an application. Or contact any member of the Residence Life staff.

Applications and reference materials are available in editable formats and are conveniently located on our Website at: .

* Work-Study Available for Spring 2015

There are available jobs through federal work-study offered by the Office of Financial Aid for UE students. Eligibility is based on federal need as shown through the FAFSA. Download the Application. Applications may also be obtained at the UE Office of Financial Aid, Olmsted Hall, Room 116. Questions regarding eligibility and job availability should be directed to Hilary Morales at



* Dion Appointed to Serve on Indiana State Advisory Committee by US Commission on Civil Rights

Dr. Robert Dion, chairperson of the Department of Law, Politics, and Society has been appointed to serve a two-year term on the Indiana State Advisory Committee by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Since 2004, he has chaired the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission, which acts as the local civil rights enforcement agency.

* Gieselman Invited to Edit 6th Volume in Preaching Series

Tamara K. Gieselman, University Chaplain, has been invited to serve as editor of Volume 6 in the series published by Chalice Press in collaboration with the Academy of Preachers. Each volume in the series contains the sermons preached at the National Festival of Young Preachers, which are valuable distillations of what young North American Christian leaders are thinking and saying. Volume 6 will include sermons from the recent 2015 National Festival of Young Preachers in Dallas, Texas and Gieselman’s article of Homiletical analysis. 

* Cirino Elected to Hemingway Society Board

Mark Cirino, associate professor of English, was elected to the board of directors of the Ernest Hemingway Society, an international organization devoted to the study of Hemingway's life and works. Cirino will serve a three-year term, to expire in 2018. 


Thank You

* Athletics Department Thanks Students for Turnout

The Athletic Department would like to thank the 440 students who came out and supported the men's basketball team this past Saturday against Wichita State. This was the largest number of students to come to a game since November 12, 2011!

If anyone still has any of the large player heads, please return them to the Carson Center Ticket Office. Thanks!



* UE to wrap up season series against Loyola

Just two weeks after facing off at the Ford Center, the University of Evansville is set to take on Loyola once again on Wednesday evening at Gentile Arena in Chicago. Tip is at 7 p.m.

No. 13 Wichita State earned a 61-41 win over the Purple Aces on Saturday afternoon at the Ford Center. D.J. Balentine paced the Aces with 16 points while Egidijus Mockevicius notched eight rebounds. Evansville’s offense struggled to find its groove against the Shockers; UE shot 30%, its lowest output at the Ford Center while the 41 points were the least at home since 2002.

Evansville was voted 13th in this week’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll by The Aces were one of three Missouri Valley Conference teams to make the list joining Wichita State (2nd) and UNI (3rd). Other UE opponents in the rankings include Green Bay (5th), Murray State (8th) and Belmont (20th).

For the first time since the 1998-99 season, the Purple Aces have won back-to-back road conference games by earning road triumphs at Bradley and Missouri State. In February of 1999, UE earned three-straight MVC road decisions, taking down Wichita State, Missouri State and Indiana State in February of that year.

This season, the Purple Aces are a perfect 6-0 when holding the opposition to 60 points or fewer. Since the start of the 2012-13 season, UE is 19-3 when the opponent fails to hit the
60-point mark and is 70-16 since the 2002-03 season when doing the same.

Head coach Marty Simmons has passed three important milestones in his college coaching career as his record at UE. At the end of the 2013-14 season, Simmons won his 100th game with the university and 200th overall as a head coach. With the win at Missouri State on Jan. 14, he also passed Dick Walters for fourth on the all-time UE coaching list.

D.J. Balentine is 13th in the nation in scoring and has registered double figures in all but one of UE’s games in 2014-15. Balentine rebounded from 7 points at Missouri State with a team-best 16 versus Wichita State. Since hitting 15 out of 31 attempts against Loyola and Bradley, he has gone 8-29 since. Despite going 2-12 from the field at Missouri State, Balentine made his last shot count as it proved to be the game winner. His unbelievable scoring streak, which dates back to the beginning of last season, has seen him record 10 or more points in 48 out of 51 games.

Loyola enters Wednesday’s tilt against the Purple Aces with a 13-5 mark and 3-3 in the Valley. The Ramblers are coming off of a 59-52 defeat to SIU on Sunday in Carbondale. In the first meeting this season, the Ramblers hit a bucket at the buzzer to earn a 71-70 win at the Ford Center. Christian Thomas, who led LUC with 16 points in the win over the Aces, was the top scorer against SIU with 15; Thomas’ season average is a team-best 12.8 PPG. Milton Doyle is just behind Thomas with 11.5 points; he leads the Ramblers with 72 assists on the season.

* Museum Exhibition Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Undefeated UE Team

From January 25 - April 19 in the Evansville Museum’s Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau Center of History and Science, Winning Them All: The Evansville Aces 1964-65 will recall the epic season when the Purple Aces went undefeated and claimed the school’s fourth College Division National Championship (today’s Division II). In addition to achieving the national championship (a feat they had also accomplished the prior year), they also defeated several major college teams—including Iowa, Northwestern, and Notre Dame—en route to their perfect season. In an era before ESPN, the Aces were not only an outstanding basketball team; they were one of the major social activities in the City. Over 12,000 fans packed Evansville’s Roberts Municipal Stadium on a regular basis to cheer for their hometown team.

Blessed with talented and dedicated players, the Aces were paced by All-Americans Jerry Sloan and Larry Humes. An NBA player and longtime coach, Sloan is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Humes was Indiana’s High School Mr. Basketball before coming to the Purple Aces; is the Aces second all-time leading scorer; and is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

The team was led by legendary coach Arad McCutchan. McCutchan compiled a record of 515-313 during his 41 year career; won five national championship, and was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1981.

The climax of the season was the national championship game against the Southern Illinois University Salukis at Roberts Stadium. In two earlier, contests during the regular season, the Aces defeated the Salukis - that included future hall of famer Walt Frazier - by one point on each occasion. The National Championship was also tightly contested, as Evansville defeated Southern Illinois in overtime by a score of 85-82 to complete the perfect season.

A Conversation with the 1964-1965 Aces

In conjunction with the exhibition at the Evansville Museum, on Saturday, January 24 the public will have the opportunity to hear from the starting five of the undefeated 1964-65 Evansville Aces. There will be a panel discussion moderated by Mike Blake at the Old National Events Plaza, Ballrooms B, C, and D, the doors will open at Noon, with the program from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Following the program, the book The Undefeated Season: The Newspaper Story of the 1964-1965 Evansville College Purple Aces Basketball Team, edited by starting guard Russ Grieger and retired editor and publisher of the Evansville Courier & Press Tom Tuley, will be available for signing.

Later in the afternoon, the 2014-15 Evansville Purple Aces will play the Southern Illinois University Salukis at the Ford Center.  Game time is 3:05 p.m.  Tickets are available by calling 812-488-ACES. 

* The Oties Epps Show airs Tuesday at UE Bookstore, on WUEV 91.5 FM

The Oties Epps Show returns on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at noon on WUEV 91.5 FM.

The show will feature fourth year head coach Oties Epps, junior forward Ashley Hawkins and Purple Aces play by play announcer Mike Radomski.

The team will discuss the Aces’ last weekend of road wins at Illinois State and Southern Illinois, focus on the upcoming home games against Northern Iowa and Drake, and get to learn more about Hawkins in the final segment.

Fans can become a part of the show by visiting the set at the University of Evansville bookstore. There is also a 15% discount available to fans that purchase Aces items during the course of the radio show.

The program airs live on WUEV 91.5 FM and online at .

Evansville is 10-7 this season including a 5-1 mark in the Missouri Valley Conference. UE has won four straight games in conference play.

Evansville will put their 6-0 home mark and 10-game home winning streak on the line on Friday, Jan. 23 when the Aces host Northern Iowa at the Ford Center at 7:00 p.m.

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

* Aces Guard Khristian Hart Named MVC Player of the Week

Evansville women’s basketball player Khristian Hart was named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday afternoon.

Hart led the Aces (10-7, 5-1) to three wins this week by averaging 18.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

“It was an honor being nominated, let alone being selected as the MVC Player of the Week,” said Hart. “But none of this would have been possible without the help of my teammates and encouragement from my coaches! We have been preparing extremely hard for each opponent, and have all been challenged to step up and contribute each game. I’m just fulfilling my role on this Aces team.”

Hart guided UE to a 40-point win over Bradley on Jan.12, the largest margin of victory for Evansville in league play since joining the MVC for the 1994-95 season. Hart had 12 points in the game on 5-for-8 shooting while going 2-for-3 beyond the arc. The Evansville native also tallied 24 points off the bench in a win at Illinois State on Jan. 16. Hart tied a season-high by making nine field goals in 13 chances including a 4-for-6 mark on three-point field goals. Hart then capped the weekend with another 19 points off the bench in a road win at Southern Illinois on Jan. 18. Hart scored 14 of those points in the first half, finished 7-for-12 in the game and 4-for-6 beyond the arc in another win.

“We are happy for K-Hart,” said UE head coach Oties Epps. “She had a great week for us. Her hard work is paying off. We feel that she is very capable of putting up these type of numbers every night.”

Hart’s .536 field goal percentage is second in the league and trails only teammate Sasha Robinson (.677). Her .571 three-point field-goal percentage is third most in the league.

Hart is also averaging 2.0 steals per game in the Valley, which is 8th highest. Her 15.0 points per game in League play are ninth most in the MVC.

Evansville will put their 6-0 home mark and 10-game home winning streak on the line on Friday, Jan. 23 when the Aces host Northern Iowa at the Ford Center at 7:00 p.m.

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

* Faculty/Staff Basketball Tickets

Faculty and staff can now pick up your tickets for this Saturday's (January 24) and Tuesday's (January 27) men's basketball game against Southern Illinois. You can also pick up tickets for the women's basketball games on Friday (January 23) and Sunday (January 25). 


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