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Monday, February 9, 2015

* Founders Day Fun Fact: President Alfred F. Hughes

Alfred F. Hughes was Moores Hill's last president, serving from the fall of 1916 until the College closed its doors the following June. He was a native of Ohio and a Methodist pastor in Columbus, Ohio when he was chosen president of Moores Hill College at the age of thirty-four. Hughes was inaugurated as president of Evansville College at a ceremony held in the Memorial Coliseum in November, 1919. In 1925, President Hughes hired Ralph Olmsted, a recent Evansville College graduate, to the administrative staff as assistant to the president, charged mainly with public relations. Three years later, Olmsted was appointed executive secretary (business manager) of the College, a position he held for thirty-nine years.

In the early years of Evansville College, when the staff was small, each administrator performed a variety of duties. For example, in addition to his work as business manager, Ralph Olmsted was superintendent of building and grounds, alumni secretary, admission director, and placement officer. One of President Hughes' extracurricular activities nearly cost him his life. While posting signs around campus, the president fell into an old well. Fortunately, he was able to grasp the sides of the well with his hands and climb out unharmed.

Hughes was one of the most popular presidents in the institution's history. In 1958, when Evansville College built its first permanent residence hall, it was named in his honor. Hughes died in 1962 at the age of eighty.

(Excerpts taken from George Klinger's, We Face the Future Unafraid)


What's Happening Today

* Newman Club Dinner Program Tonight "India and the Catholic Church"

Free dinner tonight at 5:30 pm prepared by UE students Alanna Payne, Jon Robson, Katie Ziebell and Cecelia Cottrill. Alanna's homemade Cinnamon Roll Casserole is going to be a hit; in addition to the eggs, sausage and hash browns! Following dinner at 6:15 pm Fr. Sudhakar Bhastati will present the story of his journey from India to the U.S.; and the Catholic Church along the way. If you have a 6pm class you go to the front of the line for dinner at 5:30 p.m. Even if you can't stay for the program, join us just for dinner only. Newman campus ministry house is at 1901 Lincoln Ave., on the corner of Frederick and Lincoln Avenues (across from Koch Center). For more info call/text Kristel at 812-760-8610. 

* Venturing Crew Open House Today!

Come to Venturing Crew's open house on Monday, February 9, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 272, Schroeder School of Business Building, to learn about the many activities planned for this semester, including winter camping in Shawnee National Forest and backpacking during Spring Break.

* Dean's List Students Recognized by Libraries

Students who earned Dean's List status for Autumn Semester 2014 are now recognized in exhibit cases located in entry lobby at UE Libraries. 


Upcoming Events

* The Hook Up

On Wednesday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m., The Hook up will be presented. Find out when it is hot and when it is not to HOOK UP! This interactive presentation is brought to you by the Center for Student Engagement and Athletics. 

* This Week in Music: Saxophone Recital

This week’s Tuesday evening recital will feature Assistant Professor of Music Education and Saxophone Shawn Teichmer in a program of works from the Modern era. Pianist Jaime Teichmer and Consortium Instructor of Percussion Ross Erickson will accompany Dr. Teichmer on selections that will include American composer David Gillingham’s Alto Saxophone Sonata (1988) and Japanese composer Takashi Yoshimatsu’s Fuzzy Bird Sonata (1991). The concert is Dr. Teichmer’s first solo recital since joining the Department faculty in August. The recital will take place in Wheeler Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 

* Kappa Chi Informal Recruitment Meeting Tuesday

Kappa Chi, a co-ed Christian service fraternity, is hosting a recruitment meeting for those interested in joining. This is a great opportunity to learn about Kappa Chi and to meet our members. The meeting will be held Tuesday, February 10 at 8:30 p.m. in Room 271 in Schroeder School of Business Building. 

* Nerd Wars is Tuesday, February 17!

Nerd Wars is a trivia-style contest consisting of multi-categorized questions answered by teams of UE students, faculty, administration, and staff. Come see your friends and professors duke it out!

Spectators and participants may also enter in the ELFFAR (this is NOT a raffle, it’s a game) 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. ELFFAR tickets are 50 cents or 3 for $1. FREE pizza, popcorn, and soda will be provided for everyone!

* 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.

* Writing Center Boot Camp: Timed Writing

Does timed writing freak you out? Do you have trouble organizing your thoughts under pressure? Come to our timed writing workshop to improve your confidence in test-taking skills. Join us in the Writing Center on Wednesday, February 11th, from 5:00 – 5:45. 

* 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. 

* 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.


* 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 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 This event is sponsored by the UE Music Management Association. 


Info You Should Know

* University of Evansville African American Scholarship

The University of Evansville African American Alumni Association (UEAAA) is pleased to announce the application process for the Zerah Priestly Carter University of Evansville African American Scholarship is now open. Alumni members raised the necessary funds to make this an endowed scholarship and named it in honor of Zerah Priestly Carter ’38, the first African American graduate of the University. The deadline to return all materials to the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is Friday, March 20. This scholarship is awarded each year to deserving African American UE students.

The 2015 scholarship funds are IN ADDITION TO other financial aid/scholarships awarded to the recipient! Interested and qualified students are encouraged to apply at this time. Go to the UEAAA website to see the criteria for the scholarship or to download an application. Questions? Contact H. Angela Williams at 812-488-2900 or

* Celebrate Black History Month with a Little Known Fact - First African American to Receive College Degree

Celebrate Black History Month with a little known fact, today, February 9.

Alexander Lucius Twilight was the first African American to receive a college degree.

Born on September 23, 1795, in Corinth, Vermont, Twilight was the first African American to graduate from a U.S. college, receiving his bachelor's degree from Middlebury College in 1823. Also a pioneer in Vermont politics, Twilight became the first African American to win election to public office in 1836, joining his home-state legislature. He died in Brownington, Vermont, on June 19, 1857.

Alexander Lucius Twilight was one of six children born to Ichabod and Mary Twilight. The Twilights were one of the few African-American families living in the area at the time. According to the Old Stone House Museum's website, Ichabod Twilight served in the American Revolutionary War.

At an early age, Alexander Twilight went to work on a nearby farm, where he learned some of basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. At the age of 20, in 1815, he began his formal education at the Orange County Grammar School (also known as the Randolph Academy) in Randolph, Vermont. In 1821, Twilight enrolled at Middlebury College, located roughly 30 miles east of Randolph.

After completing his degree, Twilight was offered a teaching position in Peru, New York, a small community located in the northeastern part of the state, serving in that role for several years afterward. While in Peru, he met Mercy Ladd Merrill, whom he married in 1826. Twilight also had a strong interest in religion, eventually receiving credentials to become a preacher.

Also a pioneer in Vermont politics, Twilight made history once again in 1836 when he joined his home-state legislature, becoming the first African American to win election to public office. He continued to thrive in his varied roles, educating and preaching until the late 1840s. During this same time, Twilight developed conflicts with both his school and church that ultimately led him to resign from his posts. He went on to teach in Quebec, Canada, for several years.

In 1852, Alexander Twilight returned to Brownington to work as a minister and to run an academic academy. He gave up his church duties after only a year into his new role, but stayed on at the school until ill health forced his retirement in 1855. He died two years later, on June 19, 1857, in Brownington.

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

* Mark R. Simpson Award Nominations

Do you know a senior who is an inspiration to the University of Evansville campus and community? A senior who has managed to overcome various obstacles in their life as well as being a successful student? If so please read the Mark R. Simpson award application. This award is dedicated to a graduating senior who has overcome adversity in his or her life while still earning academic honors and making contributions to the University of Evansville.

Details about how to submit a nomination and the qualifications for the award are included on the application as well. All nominations are due March 25 at 5:00 PM. Applications may be sent to, the Student Government mailbox in the Center for Student Engagement, or in Geoff Edwards' office. If you have any questions regarding this award application process please contact Mallory Mooney at 

* Bookstore Sale

The Bookstore is offering 20% OFF the regular price of all clothing and gift item purchases in the store February 9th through 13th (Monday-Friday). Clearance items are exempt from additional discount. Get something for your sweetheart or some gear for an upcoming ACES game and save some money! 

* 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.

* Now Offering Jobs to Exceptional Students

Learn about the positions available with the LinC and Crescent Magazine for the 2015–16 school year at an Information Meeting at either 4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 10 in Eykamp Hall 252. There are a variety of positions available, almost all receive academic credit and most do not require prior experience. Each meeting will last about 30–45 minutes, so feel free to bring your dinner, hear what we have to say and ask questions. If you have questions beforehand or cannot attend the meeting but are interested in learning more, email 

* 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 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. 

* 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 



* UE Society of Physics Students

The UE chapter of the Society of Physics Students has been recognized by the national office of the Society of Physics Students as a notable chapter for the 2013-2014 academic year. Congratulations to all the members and friends of the UE Society of Physics Students! 

* 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.


* Religion Professor Publishes Article on the Resurrection

An article by Religion professor James Ware was recently published in the Journal of Biblical Literature, the flagship journal of academic biblical study in the United States, entitled "Paul's Understanding of the Resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:36-54." Through a close analysis of the passage in its original language, ancient Greek, Ware's article seeks to show the weakness of recent revisionist readings which contend that the apostle in the chapter understands resurrection as involving entry into a disembodied or ethereally embodied existence. Ware argues, by contrast, that the hope of future resurrection envisioned in the passage involves the abolishment of death, through the revivification of the present body of flesh and bones, and its transformation to be imperishable. 



* Faculty/Staff Men's Basketball Tickets

Faculty and staff can still get their tickets for the February 10 Men's Basketball game. The game tips off at 7 P.M. 

* Taylor scores game-high 15 points off the bench in UE's loss at Bradley

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team (10-12, 5-6) received a game-high 15 points off the bench from guard Kat Taylor but the Purple Aces still fell short 56-50 at Bradley on Sunday afternoon.

Taylor was 6-for-8 in the game including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc in the loss, the fifth consecutive defeat for Evansville. Guard Sara Dickey also reached double-figures with 11 points. The sophomore is now just 52 points shy of achieving 1000 points in her UE career.

After two scoreless minutes, the Aces jumped ahead 2-0 on a layup from forward Sasha Robinson only to see Bradley go on a 5-0 run into the initial media timeout. UE responded when forward Peyton Langston scored four straight points and put the Aces up 6-5 with 14:49 to go in the first half.

The lead jockeyed back and forth five times in the opening half that saw Bradley up 22-18 at the break. Dickey and guard Khristian Hart, two of Evansville’s top three scorers, were held to just two combined points in the opening stanza. Taylor had a team-high six points at halftime for UE.

After the Aces brought the deficit to a single possession, the Braves went on a 9-2 run to take their largest lead, 34-25 with 13:04 remaining.

Trailing 39-31, Evansville answered by scoring the next nine points, five from Dickey and four by Taylor, for the one point advantage. The lead then see-sawed four times over the next minute and 42 seconds. Down 42-41, Bradley’s guard Danielle Brewer regained the lead with a three pointer at the 4:20 mark and a foul by guard Taloni Reese at the same instance led to two more made free throws from forward Tamya Sims.

The Braves leapt up by as many as six points but UE clamored back to a single possession three times in the last 2:14. A pair of made free throws by guard Laura Friday pulled the Aces within two points, 52-50, with 40 seconds remaining. Bradley went 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the last minute to secure the 56-50 victory.

Robinson grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in the game. Hart also led UE with five steals in the game. Friday tied a career-high with five assists in her first start of the season. The Aces went just 4-for-24 beyond the arc for 16.7%, the second lowest team total of the year.

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 

* Second-Half Rally lifts Bradley over Evansville

A 24-3 run in the second half saw Bradley overcome a 17-point deficit to defeat the University of Evansville basketball team by a 56-53 final on Saturday afternoon at the Ford Center.

D.J. Balentine led the Purple Aces (16-8, 6-6 MVC) with 22 points. He shot an efficient 8-of-13 while knocking down five 3-pointers. Blake Simmons finished with nine points while Duane Gibson had 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

Bradley (8-17, 3-9 MVC) saw Tramique Sutherland score 18 points on a 6-11 day from the floor. He notched five rebounds and was 5-for-6 from the charity stripe.

Evansville came out rolling to open the game, scoring the first 12 points of the day as Balentine hit a pair of triples. The lead eventually reached 18-4 on a Christian Benzon free throw. The Aces were 4/5 to begin the game, including 3-of-3 from long range. Bradley missed their first four shots and had five turnovers before Sutherland got them on the board just over four minutes in.

Following their stellar start to the day, the Aces hit 7 of their final 21 attempts in the half. Midway through the period, both offenses struggled as the teams combined for just four points over the course of 5:37 as UE held a 20-6 lead with just under nine minutes left in the period.

The advantage for the Aces reached as many as 17 at 27-10 before the Braves were able to cut the gap to 14 at the break as Sutherland drained a pair of free throws with two seconds left. Out of the locker room, the Aces looked to be in good shaped as a Balentine jumper gave UE a comfortable 37-20 lead with 17:09 remaining.

That is where the Braves made their run, scoring 24 out of the next 27 points to take their first lead of the game at 44-40. The Braves hit an unbelievable 9 out of 10 shots and all five attempts from outside to change the course of the game. Nate Wells was responsible for two of those triples and eight of those points overall.

Following the rally, the Aces made a stand of their own, scoring the next seven to go up 47-44 with 7:14 remaining. A Duane Gibson shot set UE on the stretch before Balentine recorded the next five. Bradley did not give up as back-to-back Sutherland buckets put the Braves up 50-48 inside of the 2-minute mark.

With 1:12 left on the clock, Gibson hit a pair of clutch free throws to tie it up at 50-50, but Bradley registered the next six as they held on for a 56-53 win.

Evansville finished the day shooting 40.4% while the Braves checked in at an even 42%. Free throw shooting made a big difference as BU was 9/10 and Evansville was 9-of-15.

UE will look to rebound as they squad will be back home on Tuesday evening to face Missouri State. Tip will be at 7:05 p.m. at the Ford Center.

* UE Swimming and Diving finishes final regular season meet

Both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at the University of Evansville wrapped up their regular season slate on Saturday morning at Southern Illinois.

Pacing the men was the team of Everett Plocek, Phil Stevenson, Matt Childress and Ashton Bishop, who were the top finishers in the 200 free relay. They swam a time of 1:26.99 and won by nearly three seconds.

Andrew Cotton was dominant in the 500 free, finishing in 5:02.53 to win by seven seconds. Overall, the men fell by a 165-62 final. Prescott Marcy took a solid second in the 100 free, posting a 51.28 while Daniel O’Brien was the runner-up in the 100 backstroke. He swam a 53.38.

Next up for the men is the Mid-American Conference Championships, which will take place from March 4th through the 7th in Geneva, Ohio.

On the women’s side, the Aces took the win in the 50 free as Danielle Freeman finished with a 24.56, it was the winning time by just 0.01.

Several Aces recorded second-place outings, including the 100 medley relay as Michaela Kent, Caroline Lee, Sam Montgomery and Abby Smith were runner-up with a 51.19. Smith swam on her on in the 25 free, finishing just 0.03 off the win with an 11.42. Kent finished in second in the 50 backstroke as she swam a 28.22.

The ladies will be back in Carbondale for the Missouri Valley Conference Championships, which are set for Feb. 18 through 21.

* 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 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


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