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Friday, February 6, 2015

Upcoming Events

* Art Department Announces Visiting Artist Todd Matteson

The University of Evansville Art Department is presenting an exhibit of the work of ceramic artist Todd Matteson in the Melvin Peterson Gallery from February 9 - February 27.

 Matteson will be offering:
• A student lecture on Wednesday, February 11 at 10:00 AM in the Melvin Peterson Gallery
• A student demonstration on Thursday, February 12 at 1:15 PM in the ceramics studio
• A public lecture on Thursday, February 12 at 7:00 PM in the Melvin Peterson Gallery
• An exhibition of ceramic work from Monday, February 9 through Friday, February 27 in the Melvin Peterson Gallery.

Gallery hours are:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday – noon until 3:00 PM
Wednesday, Thursday – noon until 6:00 PM

He will be presenting a public lecture on Thursday, February 12 at 7 p.m. in the Peterson Gallery. Matteson will also be offering a lecture and demonstration for students. The exhibit and lectures are sponsored by the Efroymson family fund.

Matteson is a UE graduate and has degrees from Purdue University and Kansas State University. He is currently an associate professor of art and Chair of the Art Department at Lourdes University. During his career at Lourdes, he has taught all levels of ceramics and sculpture, 3-D and 2-D design and many art history courses.  He is the recipient of several awards, including Faculty Advisor of the Year, Faculty Excellence Award, the San Domiano Award for Service Learning and the Excellence in Education award from Ohio Magazine.

* 1PM Mass Sunday in Neu Chapel-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

UE Newman Club members have recognized the challenge of hospitality before them! Thus, they are extending the invitation for all to participate with them at Mass this Sunday at 1PM in Neu Chapel. All are welcome - especially guests, to our Sunday celebration of Mass. We are eager to greet all those whose presence we encounter! 

* Nerd Wars Registration Deadline Today!

The Honors Program is hosting Nerd Wars Trivia Night on Tuesday, February 17 at 7 pm in Eykamp Hall. 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:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1J2oZGQ29AdGKeS0MSENgRPGGnrCkVx-W29rUFubPB9s/edit?pli=1#gid=0

Entry fee is $5 per person.

Those who are unable to compose a team of five may still register. Any questions can be emailed to Matthew at mb338.

Spectators and participants may also enter in the ELFFAR (this is NOT a raffle) for the chance to win Seinnheiser Headphones, Blue Tooth Jam Plus Wireless Speakers, Fitbit Flex Wireless Wristband, Donut Bank gift cards, Wal Mart gift cards, Buffalo Wild Wings gift cards, Best Buy gift cards, Orange Leaf gift cards, and Auntie Anne’s gift cards. 

* Smokefree Evansville to hold Candlelight Vigil on February 11

Smokefree Evansville will be hosting a candlelight vigil Wednesday, February 11th from 2:30-3:30 in Neu Chapel.  February 11th marks the one year anniversary for Evansville’s smoke-free air ordinance being overturned by the Indiana Supreme Court.  The ceremony will honor the 40 people that annually lose their lives to secondhand smoke in Vanderburgh County, as well as the hundreds of local workers still being exposed to secondhand smoke in the workplace.  Opening remarks will begin at 2:30 but staff and students as well as the public are welcome to attend throughout the hour.

* Cafe Court Valentine's Day "Sweet to Eat" Event

Bring your "Sweet", friends, roommates, spouse or just yourself to our Valentine's Day lunch event on February 11, 10:30 a.m. -2 p.m. Enjoy lunch and a gourmet dessert bar including ideas such as a Cheesecake Bar with toppings, Candy Bar, and Fondue Bar! Price is a Meal Swipe + $4.00 or $13.00 Flex, Credit or Debit Card. Tickets will be sold at the register the day of the event. You must have a ticket for the gourmet dessert bar. 

* Career Expo

Date: Thursday, February 19
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Location: Downtown Indianapolis Marriott Hotel

This career fair, held in Indianapolis, is open to all students and alumni. This event will provide you with access to recruiters from over 100 top companies from Indiana and beyond.

Register for Event:

Fair registration is through UE JobLink. https://evansville-csm.symplicity.com/
Click Jobs Tab -> Enter 722253 in the search bar (this is the posting number)

Bus Transportation

The University of Evansville will provide bus transportation. There is a $10.00 deposit required that will be refundable upon attendance. Reserve your seat now.
http://www.evansville.edu/careercenter/busReservationForm.cfm

Additional Information

View registered employers here:
https://cccc-in.experience.com/stu/cf_registered_employers?fhnd=6927
Need assistance with your job, internship, co-op or graduate school search? Please contact the Center for Career Development: career@evansville.edu or 812-488-1083.
 

* Crick Lecture Planned for February 11

David McKinzie, PhD, will be the speaker for the Crick Lecture in Cognitive and Neural Sciences set for February 11, 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Room 100 (Vectren Lecture Hall), Koch Center. McKinzie is senior research advisor in neuroscience discovery research at Lilly Research Laboratories. His topic will be "A Primer on the Drug Development Process and Challenges Facing the Pharmaceutical Industry." This event is free and open to the public.

 

* RSA Winter Whispers 2015

Join RSA for a night of food, fun, dancing, and friends at this year's Winter Whispers. The theme is Arabian Nights and will take place from 9 pm - 12 am on February 7 in Eykamp 254, Ridgway University Center. Semi-formal dress is encouraged and the event is FREE for all UE students. 

* Village Housing Information Meetings Set for Today

Students wishing to reside in Village Housing (Townhouses, North Hall or other Village units) for the 2015-2016 year should attend one of the scheduled information meetings. Information meetings will be February 12 in Hyde 126. There will be 2 meetings per night (4:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.).

For more information, see http://www.evansville.edu/residencelife/ and select the Returning Student section on the left side menu.
 

* Jazz Swing Dance Tickets Available

Join the UE Jazz Ensemble 1 as they host Monte Skelton at the Old Courthouse Ballroom on February 11 at 7:00 pm. Dance along to your favorite jazz tunes, enjoy the complimentary dessert reception, bid on silent auction items, and don't forget to buy tickets for the half-pot raffle! Tickets for this event are $20 and $10 for students. For more information, please email Katy Von Der Heide at kv43@evansville.edu. This event is sponsored by the UE Music Management Association. 

* Libraries Recognizes Dean's List Students

Students who earned Dean's List status for Autumn Semester 2014 are recognized by the Libraries in entry lobby exhibit cases. Exhibit continues through next week. 

* Spanish Film Club to Show Movie on Saturdays in February

Join us every Saturday evening in February at 7:00 pm in Room162 in Schroeder School of Business Building to watch Spanish-language movies that have won an Oscar award for Best Foreign Language Films. For more information please contact Francis Prexl-Orti (fp21@evansville.edu) or Dr. Lorena Andueza (pa55@evansville.edu

Info You Should Know

* Lost Pendant!

An oval shaped sapphire pendant surrounded by clear stones in a sterling silver setting has been lost in the Koch Center, Library vicinity. It has great sentimental value. Please contact dv35 or rm181 if you find it.

* Celebrate Black History Month with a Little Known Fact - First African American in Space

Celebrate Black History Month with a little known fact, today, February 6

The first African American in space was Col. Guion S. Bluford, Jr., Ph.D. (USAF).

Bluford was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 22, 1942. He is the first African American in space. He has flown missions on STS–8, STS 61–A, STS–39, and STS–53.

Bluford graduated from Penn State University in 1964 as a distinguished Air Force ROTC graduate. Dr. Bluford later received a Master of Science degree with distinction in aerospace engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1974; a Doctor of Philosophy in aerospace engineering with a minor in laser physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1978 and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Houston in 1987.

Bluford became a NASA astronaut in August 1979. His technical assignments have included working with space station operations, the Remote Manipulator System (RMS), Spacelab systems and experiments, space shuttle systems, payload safety issues and verifying flight software in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL) and in the Flight Systems Laboratory (FSL). Bluford's first mission was STS-8, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on August 30, 1983. A veteran of four space flights, Bluford was a mission specialist on STS-8, STS 61-A, STS-39 and STS-53.

On his last flight, Bluford served on the crew of STS-53 which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on December 2, 1992. The crew of five deployed the classified Department of Defense payload DOD-1 and then performed several Military-Man-in-Space and NASA experiments. After completing 115 orbits of the Earth in 175 hours, Discovery landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on December 9, 1992. With the completion of his fourth flight, Bluford has logged over 688 hours in space.

Bluford left NASA in July 1993 and retired from the Air Force to take the post of vice president/general manager, Engineering Services Division, NYMA Inc., Greenbelt, Maryland. In May, 1997, he became vice president of the Aerospace Sector of Federal Data Corporation. In October 2000, Bluford became the vice president of Microgravity R&D and Operations for the Northrop Grumman Corporation. In September 2002, he became president of the Aerospace Technology Group, an engineering consulting organization in Cleveland, Ohio.

(Little Known Black History Facts submitted by the Black Student Union and the Office of Diversity Initiatives)
 

* Tutors for International Students Needed!

Every semester UE receives new international students that are wanting to learn English, but they need our help! If you are interested in befriending an international student to help them with their English and teach them about American culture or would like more information, please email Leslie Trotter at lt64@evansville.edu. 

* Looking for Additional Scholarships?

The Office of Financial Aid has recently enhanced our section of the University of Evansville’s website to assist students with finding scholarships.  On the UE website, go to the Tuition & Aid tab then to UE Students. On this screen, scroll to the bottom of the page and choose “Looking for Additional Scholarships?” This link will direct you to many scholarships offered from external organizations or companies, as well as UE scholarships. We will update this information as new scholarships become available. 

* Weigh in on buses in Evansville! What do you want to see?

The City of Evansville is assessing what needs to be improved with how buses operate in the Evansville area. There is a very short, but nonetheless very important, general public survey on the project website at www.metstransitstudy.info. To show exactly what University of Evansville students, faculty and staff need in terms of functional public transportation you are encouraged to take the time to complete the short survey. Please also pass this along to friends, family, co-workers, etc. 

* Road Trip Host Applications due by Friday!

These are the last days to apply to host for Road Trip! 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 at http://acelink.evansville.edu/forms/admission/RoadTripAssistance.cfm, by emailing Ashley Ross (aj53@evansville.edu) or Kenton Hargis kh88@evansville.edu), or stopping by the Office of Admission (OH 104). 

* 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 do40@evansville.edu or Lauren Winkler at lw148@evansville.edu. 

Congratulations

* Ralph Larmann Coauthors Gateway to Art AP

Ralph Larmann, professor in the Department of Art, is coauthor of a general art text for Advanced Placement that was released this past January. Gateways to Art AP edition is a hardback version of the best-selling art text Gateways to Art, Understanding the Visual Arts originally published in 2011. The text is offered to secondary schools and students who aspire to gain college credit for general education art courses. The text was designed to meet the new standards for AP art that were recently adopted in the US.

An international version of Gateways to Art will also be released this coming Fall. The book’s publisher, Thames & Hudson, is the official art book supplier to the OCR (Oxford & Cambridge) exam board for both A level (age 18 exam) and GCSE (Age 16 exam) art and the board will actively promote Gateways to those schools. These tests are administered in Britain and in other English-speaking countries to measure student knowledge in subject areas. There are currently plans to translate the text into at least two languages other than English.

 

* Professor Lisa Kretz's Allegory of the Alien Invasion Appears in Philosophy Now Magazine

If aliens were to land on our planet, and they were stronger and smarter than humans… and they liked the taste of human flesh… what sort of moral arguments would you make about why we shouldn’t be eaten? How many of those arguments are significantly analogous to those made with regard to non-human animals? Professor Lisa Kretz’s Allegory of the Alien Invasion was just published in Philosophy Now magazine. Philosophy Now has an international readership and provides a forum for engaging in public philosophy – wherein philosophy is made more accessible to a general audience. To see the Allegory go to: https://philosophynow.org/issues/106/The_Allegory_of_the_Alien_Invasion

Athletics

* UE Swimming and Diving to finish regular season

In their final regular season meet of the season, the University of Evansville men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams travel to Carbondale, Ill. to take on Southern Illinois on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

“This will be our final regular season meet and we look forward to this preparing us for the conference championships on both the men’s and women’s side,” UE head coach Rickey Perkins said. “I am excited to see us compete and know where we stand entering our respective championships.”

Last weekend, the women came up just short against Illinois State by a 164.5-134.5 final at Wyttenbach Pool. Michelle Tipton had another stellar meet for the Aces on her way to being named the Missouri Valley Conference Swimmer of the Week. In the 400 free relay, Tipton teamed with Sam Montgomery, Michaela Kent and Danielle Freeman to earn the win with a 3:33.36.

She also picked up a pair of wins on her own. She took top honors in the 100 free (52.30) and 200 free (1:52.65).

The men swam at Indiana University last Friday, falling by a final of 139-104. Ashton Bishop was the top performer for UE. Bishop picked up a win in the 100 fly, posting a 52.25 to top Prescott Marcy, who finished in 55.84. He took second placed in the 50 free, falling by just .43 seconds.

Bishop was also part of a group that included Troy Burger, Matt Childress and O'Brien that took second in the 200 medley relay. They swam a 1:35.43, falling by just over a second.

* Men's Basketball to host Bradley on Saturday

Three of the next four games will be at home for the University of Evansville men’s basketball team, beginning on Saturday as the Purple Aces play host to Bradley in a 1:05 p.m. game.

Illinois State jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the opening minutes and never looked back as they cruised to a 77-51 win over the Purple Aces on Tuesday at Redbird Arena. The Redbirds led by as many as 36 points before the Aces closed in the late minutes. For just the 5th time in Coach Simmons’ eight seasons, the Aces failed to hit a 3-pointer.

D.J. Balentine posted a team-best 12 points while Egidijus Mockevicius had 8 points and 8 rebounds. Mislav Brzoja returned after missing four contests, he saw 16 minutes of action while hauling in six rebounds.

Over the home stretch, the Aces are set to take on Bradley, Missouri State and Drake with a game at Southern Illinois sandwiched in the middle. Over the last three years, the Aces are 10-2 against those three opponents at home.

Despite being 1-8 in their last nine games, the Braves have continued to play tough, falling by just three points to Wichita State on Wednesday. Bradley puts its 7-17 overall record and 2-9 mark in Valley play on the line against the Aces, who have won the last three home games versus BU.

Warren Jones remains the Braves’ top scorer at 13.9 points per game; injury and suspension have limited him to just 14 games. Their top regular this year has been Auston Barnes, who has played in 22 games, posting 10.7 PPG. An interesting note on the Braves is that just two of their players have seen time in all 24 contests.

Evansville earned a 66-56 victory at Carver Arena in January and now trails Bradley 20-25 in the all-time series. UE has been stellar at home versus Bradley as of late, winning five of the last six meetings in Evansville. Overall, UE is 6-3 in the last nine meetings versus the Braves.

* Jaylon Moore selected for Dark Horse Dunker Voting

One of the top dunkers in program history has a chance to advance to doing so on a national stage as Purple Aces senior Jaylon Moore is one of 16 student-athletes named finalists to the State Farm Dark Horse Dunker Competition.

The competition will take place as part of the Final Four festivities in April in Indianapolis.

Round 1 voting begins at 12 p.m. CT on Wednesday, February 11 and ends at the same time on the 18th. Players will be paired up weekly with the one receiving the most votes advancing to the next round. In order to advance to the slam dunk contest, you must receive the most votes over the course of four weeks of voting.

This competition is all dependent upon fan voting and we need your help! The website to visit is DarkHorseDunker.com. It will not be active until Wednesday. Fans may vote once per day, per platform. You may vote using your email, Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

Below are the 16 finalists in the competition:

LeShaun Murphy - Auburn Montgomery
Jevoni Robinson - Barry University
James Sinclair - Western Carolina
Chrishawn Hopkins - Wright State
Brandon "Snap" Peters - Talladega College
Deshawn Delaney - New Mexico
Antjuan Ball - West Texas A&M
Evan Pannell - Wooster
John Jordan - Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Malcolm Miller - Holy Cross
Kendall Hargrove - Mount Olive
Andrew Smith - Liberty
Javonte Green - Radford
Kevin Blake - Elon
Davene Carter - Tarleton State
Jaylon Moore - Evansville

* Aces Tennis Set For Three Weekend Matches

The University of Evansville women's tennis team will be back in action this weekend when the team travels to Fort Wayne to take on IPFW on Friday and Oakland on Saturday. The Aces will then travel to Ball State for a Sunday showdown with the Cardinals.

The Aces started their season out strong last weekend with a 4-3 win over a visiting Austin Peay squad. Mina Milovic came through huge in flight six singles to secure the Aces victory.

The Aces took four out of the six matches at singles. Marketa Trousilova was defeated by Omella Di Salvo at flight one singles. Trousliova lost 6-2 and 6-3. Natasha James took the victory over Hannah Tatlock at flight two singles with a score of 6-2, 5-7, and 6-1. At flight three singles Andjela Bruljan was defeated by Vanessa Taveras 6-4 and 7-5. Morina Moreno won at flight four singles over Brittney Covington 6-2 and 6-2. Kennedy Craig pulled in yet another victory at flight five singles with a 6-4 and 6-0 victory over Isabela Jovanovic. To end the evening and secure the victory Mina Milovic was victorious at flight six singles with score of 6-7, 6-3, and 6-3.

IPFW will mark the first opponent of the weekend. The Mastodons have already had five spring matches in 2015. They sit at 3-2 with one of the victories coming over MVC member Illinois State. Oakland opened its season January 18th with a loss to Michigan State. Last weekend they fell at Akron 6-1. UE wraps up the weekend at Ball State. The Cardinals are 2-1 in the young season with victories over Detroit and Youngstown State.

The Aces next home action will be on February 13th when they take on Eastern Illinois. 

* Aces Softball to Start Season at Auburn

The University of Evansville Women's Softball Team will travel to Auburn, AL this weekend to start off their season as they compete in the Plainsman Invite. The Plainsman Invite will be the first of four tournaments the Aces will compete in throughout the month of February.

The Plainsman Invite will include the likes of George Washington, UT Chattanooga, Appalachian State, UAB, and the host Auburn. All these programs will present solid tests early for the Aces. The Aces will face George Washington on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. and UT Chattanooga later that afternoon at 2:30 p.m. On Saturday the Aces will face Appalachian State at 9:00 a.m. and Auburn and 3:30 p.m. that afternoon. The Aces will wrap up on Sunday with a 9:00 a.m. game with UAB.

The Aces bring 10 new faces in this year along with first year head coach Mat Mundell. The Aces will looks to improve off their 19-32 mark from last year. The Aces were picked 10th in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason rankings and Chandra Parr represented the Aces on the preseason All MVC Team.

The Aces will have their first home stand on March 14-15 when they take on Loyola in conference play.
 

* Aces travel to Chicago for Friday night game at Loyola

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team (10-10, 5-4) continues a stretch of three consecutive road games when the Aces play at Loyola on Friday night. The game will be held at Gentile Arena in Chicago and start at 7:00 p.m.

With a win, UE will snap a three-game losing streak and earn their first win since Jan. 18 (at Southern Illinois, 63-58).

Evansville is first in the MVC with a 37.4% three-point field-goal percentage. The Aces also have the second best scoring defense in league play, yielding just 56.2 points per game.

UE lost their last game 67-52 at Indiana State on Sunday. Guard Sara Dickey led UE with 24 points. Playing a half hour from her hometown of Montezuma, Dickey recorded her 18th career game of 20+ points. She was 8-for-16 shooting, made a pair of treys and converted on all six free throws in the game.

On the stat sheet, Evansville’s Dickey (18.4 points per game), Ladd (15.3) and Hart (10.5) are all averaging double figures. Dickey also has the most assists (56) and steals (33) for UE this year. Ladd is notching a team-best 0.9 blocks per game. Forward Sasha Robinson is securing 8.3 rebounds per game, a team-high. UE is averaging 63.8 points and 33.2 rebounds per game. The Aces make 41.2% of their field goals, 37.4% of threes, and 64.3% at the free throw line.

Loyola (2-18, 0-9) is currently on a 15-game losing streak including a 72-56 defeat at winless Illinois State on Sunday afternoon.

Statistically, Loyola has two active players scoring double figure points per game including forward Taylor Manuel (12.3) and guard Taylor Johnson (13.0). Manuel also has a team-best 9.5 rebounds per game. Loyola is averaging 51.2 points and 36.7 rebounds per game. The Ramblers shoot 33.2% from the floor, 23.9% beyond the arc, and 62.8% at the free throw line.

Evansville is projected to finish fourth in the MVC preseason poll, their highest projection since 2008-2009. Dickey was also named to the preseason All-Conference team. The Aces are guided by fourth year head coach Oties Epps. Loyola was voted to place seventh in the MVC preseason poll. The Ramblers are led by second year head coach Sheryl Swoopes. Loyola holds the 17-10 advantage in the all-time series but the Aces won 63-38 at home against the Ramblers on Jan. 8.

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 Ticketmaster.com.

* Evansville Men's Soccer Signs Five for 2015

Three All-State Selections and two USSDA players round out UE signing class

University of Evansville men’s soccer head coach Marshall Ray and his staff announced the signing of five student-athletes that will continue their athletic and academic careers at UE.

The Purple Aces’ signing class includes Zachary Blaydes (Midway, Ky. / Woodford County), Kyle Brown (Fenton, Mo. / Rockwood Summitt), Hunter Deweese (Haubstadt, Ind. / Gibson Southern), Erick Hasselkus (Newburgh, Ind. / Reitz Memorial), Brian Hughes (Aurora, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit).

“It is a new beginning for Purple Aces Soccer and our incoming class will play a large role in shaping the future of our program,” said head coach Marshall Ray. “They give us different options and I see several of them contributing on the field in their first season with us. I am pleased we were able to add players of character who value the academic and athletic environment the University of Evansville offers. They will compete against the best teams Division I has to offer while obtaining an outstanding education that will serve them well after their playing days are over. Our staff has worked hard putting this class together and we look forward to adding more names to it before training camp in August.”

ZACHARY BLAYDES
Midway, Ky. (Woodford County)

Notable: Zac played four years of varsity soccer at Woodford County high school and was selected the MVP of his team in 2013 and 2014. He was a First-Team All-State and All-District Tournament Team selection in 2013 and 2014 as well. Zac is a standout in the classroom as well and was selected to the All-State Academic Team in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He played youth soccer for Lexington FC (2012-2015) where the team was State Cup Champions in 2013 and 2014 and played for Bluegrass SC in 2011-2012 where the team was State Cup Champions in 2012.

Ray on Blades: “Zac epitomizes what we look for in a University of Evansville student-athlete. He competes in the classroom and on the field of play. He has had a very successful high school and youth career and will add an intelligence to our attacking play as soon as he enters the program this August.”


KYLE BROWN
Fenton, Mo. (Rockwood Summitt)

Notable: In one season of high school soccer, Kyle scored five goals and tallied 12 assists for Rockwood Summitt while playing as a defender. During that season he was voted the Defensive Player of the Year by his teammates. Kyle joined the United States Soccer Developmental Academy during his junior year and currently plays for St. Louis Scott Gallagher- Metro. Prior to joining the USSDA, his club team won the Missouri State Cup Champions in 2011 and 2013 as well as a semi-finalist in 2012. Kyle also served as captain of his Missouri Olympic Development Program team.

Ray on Brown: “Kyle is a skilled defender who fits well into our style of play and will be able to handle the battles he will face in the Valley. He also continues our pipeline to SLSG-Metro. Our relationship with their club has produced some great players for our program and we look forward to Kyle following the same path.”

HUNTER DEWEESE
Haubstadt, Ind. (Gibson Southern)

Notable: Hunter holds Gibson Southern’s school record with 100 goals and also tallied 33 assists. He was selected Second Team All-State and was picked as the MVP after leading his team to semi-state in 2014 for the first time in program history. Hunter is a multisport athlete who excelled in the classroom and on the field. He was a two-time All-State selection as a kicker for Gibson Southern. Hunter was named Academic All-State as a junior and senior. He played youth soccer for Evansville Soccer Club ’96.

Ray on Deweese: “Hunter is a dynamic athlete who has the ability to play in several different positions. As a youth player on my club teams he was utilized in a defensive role, but as you can see from his high school stats, he is comfortable in front of the net.”


ERICK HASSELKUS
Newburgh, Ind. (Reitz Memorial)

Notable: Eric was a starter for state soccer power house Reitz Memorial High School. He scored 32 goals and had 19 assists during his junior and senior years. In his senior season he led the IHSAA Southern Indiana Conference in points and was selected as the 2014 Metro Player of the Year by the Evansville Courier Press. He was also an All-State selection. Eric played his youth soccer for Evansville Soccer Club, Cincinnati United and South Central Soccer Academy.

Ray on Hasselkus: “Erick has an infections personality and will bring a level of excitement to every training session and match with his pace and ability to unbalance teams by beating players in 1 v 1 situations. It is great to have the Metro Player of the Year on our roster.”


BRIAN HUGHES
Aurora, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit)

Notable: Brain was an offensive threat at Walsh Jesuit High in 2011 and 2014 scoring the game winning goal in the 2014 District Championship Game. During his sophomore and junior years he was a member of the United States Soccer Development Academy playing for the Cleveland Internationals. Brain has a local tie to Evansville and played his youth soccer with Evansville Soccer Club. He was also a member the USYSA Indiana State team prior to moving to Ohio. His family also spent time in Germany and he played for the International School of Dusseldorf, Germany Sportverein Soccer Team.

Ray on Hughes: “Brian is an experienced attacking player who is technically gifted. His time in the USSDA will help him adjust to the demands of the college game. He grew up at our camps and has a true passion to be a Purple Ace and represent our community.”

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