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Monday, January 26, 2015

* Electronic W-2s

The Office of Accounting/Payroll will be issuing W-2’s for 2014 no later than January 31, 2015. We are pleased to announce that you can choose one of two options to receive your W-2:

• Electronic W-2 – If you provide your consent, you will receive an e-mail notification via AceNotes Extra that your W-2 is ready to view/print on WebAdvisor.

• Paper W-2 – If you prefer, you can continue to receive a paper W-2 in the mail, as you have in the past.

Among the advantages of electronic W-2’s: (1) you will have access to your W-2 a couple days earlier than a paper copy that is mailed to your home (2) you can print as many copies of the W-2 as you need. The electronic W-2 is IRS compliant and can be submitted with your tax return.

To take advantage of the electronic W-2 option, you must log onto WebAdvisor and select the option “W-2 Electronic Consent”. Click the first radio button to give your consent. You will not receive paper W-2 in the mail if you select the electronic W-2 option.

If you choose to withhold your consent to view/print your online W-2, a paper copy will be prepared and mailed to you at your home address.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gloria Spencer at ext. 2159. 


What's Happening Today

* Homemade Dinner & Dessert Tonight

March for LifeJoin us at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the Newman Center Campus Ministry House, 1901 Lincoln Ave. (corner of Lincoln & Frederick Avenues - across from Koch Center) for homemade Tater Tot Casserole prepared by UE Newman Club members Jon Robson, Katie Ziebell and Alanna Payne. Nicolette Fonseca is preparing dessert! If you have a 6 p.m. class, you're invited to go to the front of the line! Tonight's discussion will follow at 6:15 p.m. with UE students Alexis Niese, Rachael McGill, Nathan Sterling, Amy Reinhart and Katherine Marcussen sharing their stories from last week's March For Life in Washington, DC. Food, fun and fellowship!!! Even if you can't stay for the discussion, plan to join us for dinner! Questions? Call/text Kristel at 812-760-8610 or email her at

* Sigma Alpha Iota Recruitment

Sigma Alpha Iota will be having their spring recruitment this week beginning on January 26 and running through January 28. The theme is SAI Getaway: Around the World in Three Days. Each day will feature a specific theme: Oriental Excursion (January 26), African Safari (January 27), and Caribbean Cruise (January 28). The informal recruitment activities will be held in Krannert 142 and will begin at 9:15 on January 26 and 9:00 on January 27 and 28. Come to any of these events to find out more about information about our music fraternity! 

* 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. 


Upcoming Events

* Tuesday Night Diversity Dialogues: Classism

The University of Evansville's Anti-Bias Team members will lead a discussion on Tuesday, January 27 at 7:00 pm on Classism. The discussion is open to ALL campus members to attend but only students will be allowed to speak on the topic or share their thoughts and ideas.

NOTE: This event has been moved from Fehn House to Room 251, Eykamp Hall, in Ridgway University Center.

For more information or questions please contact LaNeeca Williams at or 812-488-2413. 

* This Week in Music: The Eykamp String Quartet Performs

The Department of Music continues its concert season this Tuesday in Wheeler Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by the Department’s resident string ensemble, the Eykamp String Quartet. Quartet members include violinist and Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra Concertmaster Jessica Tong, violinist and EPO Associate Concertmaster Alicia Choi, EPO Principal Violist Rose Wollman, and EPO Principal Cellist Kirsten Jermé. The program will begin with Haydn’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4, subtitled “Sunrise.” The quartet will then perform Hungarian modernist composer György Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 1, subtitled “Métamorphoses nocturnes.” The program will conclude with late Romantic composer and theoretician Stephan Krehl’s String Quartet in A Major, Op. 17. The Eykamp String Quartet is made possible by the special underwriting of Rita, Richard, and Dorothy Eykamp, friends of the University of Evansville and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert is free and open to the public. 

* Register for Nerd Wars by January 28!

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 Room 238 in Koch Center, 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. 

* 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. 


Info You Should Know

* Recognize Outstanding Educators in Vanderburgh County

Each year the University of Evansville’s School of Education partners with the Evansville Courier and Press to recognize outstanding educators in Vanderburgh County.  NOMINATE an outstanding teacher or principal from Vanderburgh County who excels in their profession!  Nominees must be current full-time classroom teachers or building principals, grades K-12, who have completed at least three full years of service.   The deadline for nominations is this Friday, January 30.  Nominate a teacher or building principal today!! To make a nomination, go here:


* 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 Wednesday, February 11. The deadline for the Admission Ambassador Reference is Monday, February 16. If you have any questions, please email Dana Owens at or Lauren Winkler at 

* 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. 

* 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.

* 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

* 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.



* Margaret Stevenson Publishes Article in "Psychology, Public Policy, and Law"

Margaret C. Stevenson, associate professor of psychology, published a peer-reviewed journal article in “Psychology, Public Policy, and Law,” entitled “The Influence of a Juvenile's Abuse History on Support for Sex Offender Registration.” A co-author included a UE alum, Katlyn Farnum. In a series of 5 studies, this research investigates whether and how a juvenile’s history of experiencing sexual abuse affects public perceptions of juvenile sex offenders. When asked about juvenile sex offenders in an abstract manner (Studies 1 and 2), the more participants (community members and undergraduates) believed that a history of being sexually abused as a child causes later sexually abusive behavior, the less likely they were to support sex offender registration for juveniles. Yet when participants considered specific sexual offenses, a juvenile’s history of sexual abuse was not considered to be a mitigating factor. This was true when participants considered a severe sexual offense (forced rape; Study 3 and Study 4) and a case involving less severe sexual offenses (i.e., statutory rape), when a juvenile’s history of sexual abuse backfired and was used as an aggravating factor, increasing support for registering the offender (Study 3 and Study 5). 

* 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. 

* 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. 



* Faculty/Staff Basketball Tickets

Tickets are still available for the men's basketball game against Indiana State on January 27. The game is at 7 P.M. 

* UE Men's Basketball Plans Military Appreciation Night

UE men's basketball is planning Military Appreciation Night on January 27, when the Aces play the Sycamores at 7 p.m. at the Ford Center. Free tickets will be available for active and former military members, with $5 tickets available for their family members. (Military uniform or ID required)

For tickets, call 488-ACES or visit the Carson Center or Ford Center Ticket Offices.

* Dickey scores game-high 27 points in Aces defeat vs. Drake

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team (10-9, 5-3) received a game-high 27 points from guard Sara Dickey but it wasn’t enough as the Purple Aces lost at home to the Drake Bulldogs 79-62 on Sunday afternoon.

Guard Khristian Hart also totaled 16 points for UE as the Aces have now lost back to back games for the first time since Dec. 21, 29 (at IUPUI, at #7 Louisville).

Drake (12-6, 7-0) remained undefeated in Missouri Valley Conference play with 20 points from forward Lizzy Wendell and double-doubles by guard Maddy Dean (23 pts, 16 rebs) and forward Becca Jonas (18 pts, 12 rebs).

The visiting Bulldogs started the game by scoring the opening seven points. UE rallied back when Dickey went on a personal 4-0 run to pull within three.

Drake then rebuilt a larger lead, 13-4, by netting the next six points of the game. Once again, Evansville had an answer by scoring eight consecutive points to trail 13-12 with 15:00 left in the opening half. During the stretch, Hart hit a three as guard Kat Taylor rattled off five points in a row for the Aces.

Up by one, Drake then tallied six straight points for a 21-14 edge. Evansville pushed back another time by scoring the next six points only to see Drake end the opening half on a 17-3 run and claim a 38-23 advantage. Dean had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds in the opening half. Dickey led UE with eight points in the first half. Taylor scored all seven of her points in the opening stanza.

Out of the break, the Bulldogs extended the lead at 49-32 with a Wendell jumper at the 15:45 mark of the second half. Evansville would bring the second-half deficit down to 10 on four separate occasions. The Aces went on a 12-5 stretch, capped on a three from guard Laura Friday to trail just 54-44 with 11:56 remaining. Evansville was behind as little as 10 with 5:15 to play but Drake would hold on to the double digit lead the remainder of the game for a 79-62 victory.

UE shot 51.7% on field goals in the second half, compared to just 26.5% in the opening stanza. The Aces finished 5-for-22 beyond the arc, the team’s second lowest percentage this season. Dickey was 10-of-20 from the floor in the game. Hart ended the evening 7-for-18.

The Aces begin a three game roadtrip on Sunday, Feb. 1 at Indiana State. The game will be held at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Ind. and begin at 1:00 p.m. CT.

Evansville is back at home on Friday, Feb. 13 when the Aces host the Southern Illinois Salukis. The tip is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. 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

* Women's soccer player Emily Griebel receives MVC Elite 18 Award

University of Evansville women’s soccer player Emily Griebel received her Missouri Valley Conference Elite 18 Award on Saturday at the men’s basketball game vs. Southern Illinois.

Griebel earned the award in November when she was named the MVC Elite 18 Award recipient at the Women’s Soccer Tournament Championship.

A sophomore midfielder from Peoria, Illinois, Griebel is only the fourth Purple Ace to ever earn the prestigious distinction (Swimmer Christina Schmidgall – 2011, Golfer Quinn Vilneff – 2013, Swimmer Abby Smith – 2014).

Griebel and her family received a special Elite 18 canvas from University of Evansville Director of Athletics Mark Spencer.

The Elite 18 Award was modelled after the NCAA Elite 88 Academic Recognition Award Program and was installed in the MVC in the fall of 2010. The Elite 18 Award honors the highest achievement in academics and athletics by a student-athlete in each MVC-sponsored sport. The award is bestowed to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average while competing at the finals at each of the MVC’s 18 team championships.

Emily has a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA in exercise science and desires to become a physical therapist. Griebel played in nine matches this year for UE and took five shots (one on goal).

* UE Swimming and Diving splits with Saint Louis

The University of Evansville swimming and diving teams held Senior Day on Saturday as the women earned a 139-101 win over Saint Louis while the men fell by a 146-85 final at Wyttenbach Pool.

Evansville’s women started the day off with a win in the 200 medley relay. Michaela Kent, Mackenzie Powell, Sam Montgomery and Danielle Freeman were victorious with a 1:48.07.

Michelle Tipton had a strong day for the Aces. She took the win in the 1000 free, finishing in 10:34.65 while finishing first in the 100 free (52.53).

Several other Aces also finished on top, led by Kent, who took wins in the 200 free (1:58.98) and 100 back (1:00.02). Freeman led the way in the 50 free with her time of 24.36 while Powell paced UE in the 100 breast, registering a finish of 1:06.92.

On the men’s side, the group of Ethan O’Rourke, Matt Childress, Phil Stevenson and Ashton Bishop earned top honors in the 200 free relay. They finished with a 1:26.80, just .01 ahead of SLU. The Aces also earned the top three positions in the 100 breast, led by Will Glasscock’s time of 1:01.58. Troy Burger was second while Conor Sprick took third.

O’Rourke was also victorious in the 100 back. He posted a time of 53.44.

Both squads performed exceptional in diving. Courtney Coverdale and Stephanie Tran finished 1-2 in both the 1 and 3 meter dives while Austin Penler took the top spot in both events.

The men and women will both be in action next weekend. On Friday, the men will be in Bloomington, Ind. to face Indiana and Louisville. The women wrap up their home slate on Saturday, facing Illinois State in a 2 p.m. meet.

* Balentine's 25 points paces UE to 75-66 win

D.J. Balentine hit three triples and 10 free throws on his way to 25 points as the University of Evansville men’s basketball team held off a furious rally to defeat Southern Illinois by a 75-66 final on Saturday at the Ford Center.

Balentine led UE (15-5, 5-3 MVC) with 25 points on a 6-of-11 day from the floor. Egidijus Mockevicius posted 15 points and 8 rebounds while Adam Wing chipped in nine. Taylor Stafford continued his solid play, hitting a pair of 3-pointers before finishing with seven points.

“It feels great to come out of here with a win,” UE head coach Marty Simmons said. “We were fortunate to get a couple of stops late and hit our free throws down the stretch. Our guys came off the bench and gave us a huge boost.”

Southern Illinois (9-12, 2-6 MVC) had the upper hand early in the contest, hitting two of its first three shots en route to a 7-2 lead. Evansville overcame four turnovers in the first four minutes to fight back from the early deficit.

Balentine spurted a 14-0 run, scoring nine points in a row for UE. Wing capped it off with a three to give UE a 16-7 lead. Anthony Beane ended a 7-minute drought for SIU, hitting a three midway through the first half. It ended a 0-7 stretch for the Salukis.

Evansville endured a drought of its own, going 4:43 without a point as SIU scored five in a row. The Aces, who had ten turnovers in the first half, had five in that stretch as SIU fought back. Blake Simmons ended the stretch with a free throw. Stafford knocked down a three and Jaylon Brown had a breakaway dunk to pace UE to its first double figure lead at 23-12 with 6:13 remaining.

Inside of the 4-minute mark, SIU cut the gap to eight before the Aces finished the half on an 11-4 stretch to lead 39-24 at the half.

A Simmons free throw gave UE what would be its largest lead at 40-24 on the first possession of the second frame. With 12:44 left in the contest, Stafford’s second three reestablished the 16-point advantage at 52-36. That is where the Salukis roared back. A 16-4 run saw then get within four at 56-52.

Christian Benzon hit an and-one in what would be a pivotal 6-1 rally to put Evansville back up by nine with five minutes remaining, but the Salukis kept battling. Inside of three minutes left, Bola Olaniyan hit a layup to make it just a 3-point game at 62-59. On the ensuing possession, Mockevicius hit a pair of free throws as UE retook a 2-possession lead and never looked back, taking the 75-66 win.

Beane was the top scorer for SIU, finishing with 19 points as he knocked down all eight free throw attempts. Jordan Caroline registered 15.

UE outshot the Salukis by a 48.6%-41.7%, but it was the Salukis outrebounding the Aces by a 27-25 final.

On Tuesday, UE will play host to Indiana State at the Ford Center in a 7 p.m. game. It will also be Military Appreciation Night. For tickets, call 812-488-ACES or visit the ticket office at the Ford Center or Carson Center.


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