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Friday, January 23, 2015

* Death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

The University of Evansville is deeply saddened by the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.  King Abdullah made great strides to invest in the Saudi people – including the “King Abdullah Scholarship” that has made it possible for many Saudi men and women to study at the University of Evansville.  The University of Evansville offers condolences to the family of King Abdullah, our Saudi students, and the people of Saudi Arabia.


What's Happening Today

* 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.


Upcoming Events

* EPIC Sunday Mass & Programs

Come celebrate Mass this Sunday at 1 p.m. in Neu Chapel; and learn more about the EPIC programs hosted by UE's Newman Club next week! Can't be there Sunday at 1 p.m. but want to learn more about Monday's "Homemade Dinner & Dessert", Tuesday's "Evening of Service", Wednesday's "Faith Exploration", and Thursday's "Winter Jam Concert"? Email or call/text 812-760-8610 for details. 

* TIAA-CREF Counseling Appointments

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Wednesday, January 28 and Thursday, January 29, 2015 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. 

* This Weekend in Music: Opera Gala and Clarinet Workshop

The Schmidt Family Opera Series will present Stars of Tomorrow: Opera Gala in Shanklin Theatre this Saturday evening, January 24, at 7:30. The program will offer concert versions of scenes from a number of popular operas, including works by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Massenet, and Benjamin Britten. Assistant professor of voice Alanna Keenan will direct the performances, and pianist Kristin Jones will accompany the Stars of Tomorrow. Admission is $10. The performances are made possible by the Schmidt Family Opera Series.

The Department of Music will host a Clarinet Workshop this Sunday, January 25. Events will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Krannert Fine Arts Building and will run through the day and into the evening. The workshop is open to student, amateur, and professional clarinetists alike and will include clinics, performances, and a mass clarinet choir. The concluding event will be a recital in Wheeler Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. featuring Wonkak Kim, assistant professor of clarinet at Tennessee Tech University. The concert will feature the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings by Stephan Krehl, to be performed by Kim and the Eykamp String Quartet. Other works will include Giacomo Miluccio’s Rhapsodie for clarinet and piano and Mendelssohn’s Konzertstuck No. 2 for two clarinets (to be performed with Thomas Josenhans, UE associate professor of clarinet). The Workshop’s Mass Clarinet Choir will also perform. 

All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Thomas Josenhans (, 488-2245).

* Engineering Career Forum

Looking for work? The Engineering Career Forum provides a unique opportunity to network with engineering firms both local and statewide, and even national. The companies that attend are looking for Interns and co-op students as well as full time positions. If you're not looking for a job right now - come anyway! Attending will help you make contacts and prepare for future interviews and applications. If you want to attend please RSVP with Tina Newman in Room 250 in Koch Center. If you have any questions please contact Christina (cb243) or the Center for Career Development located upstairs in Ridgway University Center

* Ladies in Pink Auditions

UE's female a Capella group, Ladies In Pink, will be holding auditions for new members on Saturday, January 24 from 10am-12pm. If you love to sing, come on out and share your voice with us! We will be meeting in Krannert 142. 

* Calling All Intellectuals: 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 can be done online 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

* Physical Therapy Club Meeting

The PT Club will be having its first Spring semester meeting on Jan. 26 at 12 p.m. in Graves Hall Room 104. Physical therapy majors, undergraduate and DPT, are all welcome to attend and join! Dues for the spring semester will be $5. Please bring this if you plan on joining this semester. 

* Phi Alpha Theta History Calendars Are On Sale Now

Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society, will be selling "History Goes to the Movies" 2015 calendars in the lobby of Ridgway Student Center from 11 am-5 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The calendars are $10 (cash or check) and feature UE faculty and administrators as famous characters from film. Purchasing a calendar is a great way to support student research here at UE! Contact Rebecca Denne (rd97) for more information. 


Info You Should Know

* Roy and Mary Wyttenbach Estate Gift - $839,604

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations would like to share the news of a recent gift of $839,604 received from the Roy and Mary Wyttenbach Estate. This gift will support the Wyttenbach Endowed Scholarship and general University endowment.

Roy Wyttenbach, ’27 received his BS in Business Administration. While at UE, he lettered in basketball. Later, as an alumnus, he served as President of UE’s Alumni Board of Directors. Roy was inducted into UE Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983. Mary (Neeld) Wyttenbach ’57 received her BS in Nursing and served as nurse with EVSC. They were married for 60 years & had one son, Roy Wyttenbach Jr, who passed away in 2014. As avid swimmers and supporters, the pool in the Carson Center is named for Roy and Mary.

We are truly appreciative of the Wyttenbach’s commitment to the University of Evansville’s success through their generous legacy gift. 

* Like Us on Facebook - Follow Us on Twitter

For everything related to the UE Newman Club/Catholic Campus Ministry, like us on Facebook: University of Evansville Newman Catholic Student Center; or follow us on Twitter: @uenewman 

* RA Applications

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

Applications are due to the Residence Life Office by 5pm on Friday January 23!

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

* Music Cognition Reading Group - Call for Participants

This semester faculty in music therapy and cognitive science are forming an informal reading group addressing topics at the intersection of music, neuroscience and psychology. The group will meet every other week (Time/Location TBD) and is open to all students and faculty. No prior knowledge is presupposed. If you are interested contact Dr. Jones at 

* Writing Center Opens Monday!

The Writing Center will be open for academic writing business on Monday, January 26, and our online calendar is now available. You can book a one-on-one session with a peer tutor by going to Acelink...Areas...Writing Center...Create an Appointment. It's that easy. Create an account if you don't already have one and we hope to see you soon! 

* Harlaxton Summer 2015

Priority application deadline for Harlaxton Summer 2015 is January 23 contact for more info. Proposed courses and applications available in Office of Study Abroad SB 261 or at

* Want to be an Orientation Leader? Apply now!

We are looking for outgoing, energetic students interested in becoming an Orientation Leader (OL)! If you love meeting new people and are passionate about UE, pick up an application packet between Jan. 26 and Feb. 5 during business hours in the dean of student’s office, Ridgway University Center, room 230. Completed applications will be due back to the same office by 4:00 p.m. on February 6, 2015.  Questions can be referred to Karen Martin at or 812-488-2500.

* Still Accepting Applications for the 2015 Jezreel Expedition

The Office of Study Abroad will continue to accept applications for the 2015 Jezreel Expedition in Israel as space is available after the priority deadline. The Jezreel Expedition is open to students from all majors. For more information about the archaeological dig at Jezreel, please click here

To apply or to learn more about costs, dates, and deadlines, please click here.  

* Road Trip Hosts Needed!

The Office of Admission needs current UE students who live in the residence halls to host prospective high school seniors for Road Trip February 20-22. If you are available, you can apply to host on AceLink by clicking here or by emailing Ashley Ross or Kenton Hargis or stopping by the Office of Admission, OH 104.

* 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



* Nikolidakis Wins Essay Prize & Publishes Essay

Creative Writing's Lisa Nikolidakis has won The Briar Cliff Review's 2015 Prize for her essay "Candy," a piece that grew out of writing exercises she did along with her students in the fall of 2014. In addition to the generous cash prize, the essay will be published in May 2015.

Lisa has also had an essay titled "Landlines" published this week in Brevity, an online journal of flash nonfiction. Brevity has published Pulitzer Prize finalists, numerous NEA fellows, Pushcart winners, Best American authors, and writers from around the world.

* Walayet Khan was an invited speaker at a global forum of Finance & Banking

Walayet A. Khan, professor of finance, was an invited speaker at the 2014 Global Forum for Finance & Banking held in Istanbul, Turkey. The theme of the forum was "Bridging the World of Islamic Finance - Expanding the boundaries of Islamic Finance: Complementing Domestic Growth with International Linkages.” Dr. Khan gave a presentation to delegates from nearly 20 countries on the topic of "Islamic Finance in U.S. in the Context of Global Growth - Fund Investing, Property Financing and Commercial Banking (from Past to Future)." Islamic finance, a subset of socially responsible investing similar to other faith based investing, is the fastest growing financial service sector (20% annually), reaching over $2 trillion in 2013. Islamic financial institutions have been well-received in most parts of the world since its inception nearly 40 years ago. Islamic finance attained an added momentum due to its relative superior performance during the 2008/2009 global financial crisis in which conventional financial institutions took a hit. 

* University of Evansville's Study Abroad Program ranked #1 in America

The University of Evansville study abroad program at Harlaxton College, has been ranked number one in America by This ranking is particularly impressive because many of the other institutions listed are quite prestigious and well known. The list includes names like Sarah Lawrence, Dartmouth, Butler University, Boston University, Duke University, and more—and our program is in the number one spot!

Visit the UE Facebook page to read more about the award and to view positive comments from parents and alumni of Harlaxton about the program. 

International studies is a hallmark at the University of Evansville, with over 60 percent of students studying abroad.  In addition to offering a study abroad curriculum that allows students to graduate in four years, the programs are open to all majors and backgrounds. Moreover, financial aid packages travel along with students – which is not the case at many other universities.

Harlaxton College is a 150-room manor house set in the picturesque English countryside that provides a distinctive backdrop for the top study abroad program in the country. This historic home – which some say is UE’s own “Hogwarts” -- is filled with energetic students and faculty that live together in a unique learning environment. Students can choose to spend an entire semester studying abroad, or may opt for one of the 5-10 week course offerings.

"Harlaxton’s physical location in Britain, paired with a Monday-through-Thursday class schedule, enables students to do extensive travel to nearby European landmarks," says UE President Tom Kazee. "Students often find themselves standing in the very spot they discussed in British Studies class a few days earlier. Many groups travel to London, Paris, Ireland, Spain, and Italy—locations that offer ample opportunities for students to gain a global world view through first-hand experience". chose the top study abroad institutions based on the following criteria:

• The program is open to a limited number of students, 500 or less, providing a more intimate experience while abroad.
• The program is at least a semester long.
• Faculty from the university are involved with the students internationally, either traveling with the students, teaching abroad, or overseeing the program in the country.
• The university has a specific location internationally, students are not simply enrolling at international universities.

* Robin Sager Publishes Book Chapter with University of Georgia Press

Robin C. Sager, assistant professor of history, published an invited book chapter in Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives. At 500-plus pages, this University of Georgia publication engages current scholarship on women in Texas, the South, and the United States. Sager's chapter, "A Ready Market": Capitalist Women in Central Texas, 1865-1880," explores the economic agency of Reconstruction-era Texans. 

* Kathleen Murphy Has Book Chapter Included in Music Therapy Handbook

Kathleen Murphy, assistant professor of music therapy, has a book chapter included in the Music Therapy Handbook. The handbook, edited by Barbara Wheeler, provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary music therapy practice. Murphy's chapter focuses on music therapy practice in treatment for substance dependence. 



* Aces Tape: Baseball Player Jonathan Ramon Talks about the beginning of the UE Baseball Season

Good morning everyone! Jonathan Ramon here, reporting live from the University of Evansville campus. I will be providing a weekly blog starting today, until the end of the season in order to keep you all up to date with our practices and the days leading up to our season!

Before I go in-depth about what we have been doing, I want to thank all our fans and the entire Evansville community who have supported us through the years and were behind us 100% last year in our quest for a Missouri Valley Conference Regular Season Championship! Now that we have a title to defend and also other goals, I’m here to give you an inside look on the 2015 Purple Aces baseball squad.

As we arrived back on campus on January 12th, we flipped the switch and are preparing for the 2015 campaign. We start our season at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock on February 13.

The fall season was a grind! We hit the weights hard and we continued to give 110% on the field everyday during practices and conditioning. We also were able to show the new guys how hungry we all are, as a unit, in order to go above and beyond in the upcoming season.

Once back on campus, we started to get back into the swing of things with individual workouts in the weight room, and team conditioning as well. We continue to prepare for our first official team practice on Friday, January 23.

Our offensive unit and pitching staff have both been putting in the work these past couple weeks in order to go full swing this upcoming weekend.

We are all very excited for the upcoming season! We have a large number of returners, and a lot of new transfers and freshmen that are going to play a huge role in helping us compete this year.

We know that we are going to be faced with adversity, and have ups and downs throughout the season. But we do realize that we have to believe in the process and know that it is not going to be easy. As a unit, we are prepared for the challenge and are looking forward to the first bus ride on February 12th down to Arkansas to begin our journey.

Tune in again next Friday!

* UE Head Coach Oties Epps to Appear on Midday with Mike Today

– University of Evansville women’s basketball head coach Oties Epps will be on the Midday with Mike show this Friday, Jan. 23. The show airs on WFIE Channel 14 and begins at 11 a.m.

Epps has guided the Purple Aces to a 10-7 record this season, including a 5-1 beginning to the Missouri Valley Conference schedule. UE has also won four games in a row.

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

* Chandra Parr named to Preseason MVC Team

Purple Aces sophomore outfielder Chandra Parr represented the Aces on the MVC Preseason All-Conference team. Parr led UE last season with 10 home runs, two triples, and 30 runs batted in. Parr was also solid in the outfield posting a fielding percentage of .970.

The University of Evansville softball team was picked to finish 10th in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll that was released by the conference office on Wednesday afternoon.

Wichita State comes in as the preseason favorite to win the conference with 94 points, while Illinois State took second place with 87 points and Northern Iowa received 79 points to round out the top three. The four through nine preseason rankings included Southern Illinois (74), Bradley (54), Drake (49), Missouri State (46), Loyola (29), and Indiana State (27).

There have been a lot of changes for the Aces this offseason, most notably, Coach Mat Mundell now taking over as head coach. Coach Mundell joins the Aces from the University of Illinois Springfield where he left as the programs all-time winningest coach.

UE is coming off of a 19-32 season with a last place finish in the Valley with a record of 7-19.
The Aces return utility player Mariah Ferguson, outfielder Victoria Dellorto, utility player Danielle Freeman, outfielder Courtney Land, infielder Michal Luckett, infielder Susan Norris, and outfielder Chandra Parr.

Evansville was able to add eight transfers this season. Transfers include pitcher Amanda Blankenship, infielder Brooke Childress, infielder Abbi Fahse, catcher Mickaela Fleming, pitcher Samantha Fleming, outfielder Ashlee Kawall, infielder Morgan Lambert, and catcher/outfielder Hayli Scott. The Aces are also joined by freshman pitcher Cecilia Dopart and freshman infielder Haylee Tracy.

Five tournaments mark the start of the season for UE. These tournaments will include the Auburn Tournament in Auburn, AL, the South Alabama Tournament in Mobile, AL, the Firehouse Invite in Troy, AL, the Mercer Tournament in Macon, GA, and finally the Oklahoma State Tournament in Stillwater, OK.

The Aces will start conference play in their first home double header against Loyola on Mar. 14 at Cooper Stadium.

* Faculty/Staff Basketball Tickets

Faculty and staff can still come pick up their two free tickets for the Men's games on Saturday (1/24) and Tuesday (1/27) and the Women's games Friday (1/23) and Sunday (1/25) 

* Evansville women's basketball hosts UNI at home on Friday

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team (10-7, 5-1) begins a weekend at home when the Aces host the University of Northern Iowa Panthers on Friday night. The tip is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.

UE is 6-0 at home this season and has won 10 consecutive home games dating back to last season.

Evansville also has won four straight games after wins at Illinois State and Southern Illinois last weekend. Guard Khristian Hart led UE to a 63-58 win with 19 points at SIU on Sunday. Guard Sara Dickey and forward Sasha Robinson each scored 12 points each in the victory. The Aces shot 47.2% from the floor and 43.8% beyond the arc in the win.

During the winning streak, Evansville is holding opponents to just 48.0 points per game. The Aces have held the opposition to 50 points or less in four games this year.

On the stat sheet, Evansville’s Dickey (17.6 points per game), Ladd (15.3) and Hart (10.8) are all averaging double figures. Dickey also has the most assists (53) and steals (30) for UE this year. Ladd is notching a team-best 0.9 blocks per game Forward Sasha Robinson is securing 7.9 rebounds per game, a team-high. UE is averaging 65.7 points and 33.3 rebounds per game. The Aces make 42.2% of their field goals, 38.6% of threes, and 64.7% at the free throw line.

UNI (8-8, 4-1) lost their last contest 76-72 against Drake on Friday night. Guard Madison Weekly netted a team-high 26 points in the defeat. The Panthers lost a 12-point second half lead in the contest, their second loss in the last eight chances.

Statistically, Weekly is the lone UNI starter to average double-figure points per game (14.9). Injured forward Jen Keitel has a team-best 7.6 rebounds per game. Guard Brooke Brown leads the Panthers with 43 assists this season. Guard Stephanie Davidson and Weekly are both tied for most steals this year with 19. UNI is averaging 63.9 points and 34.9 rebounds per game. The Panthers shoot 38.4% from the floor, 34.4% beyond the arc and 62.3% at the free throw line.

Evansville is projected to finish fourth in the MVC preseason poll, their highest projection since 2008-2009. UNI was voted second in the MVC preseason poll. Dickey and Keitel were both named to the MVC preseason team. The Aces are guided by fourth year head coach Oties Epps. The Panthers are led by eighth year head coach Tanya Warren.

UNI leads Evansville 25-19 in the all-time series. The teams split both meetings last season with the home squad winning each matchup.

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

* 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. 


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