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Friday, February 13, 2015

* UE Celebrates 161st Birthday on Founders Day

The University of Evansville celebrates its birthday each February on Founders Day - this year on Sunday, February 15. Founders Day marks the incorporation of Moores Hill College, its move to Evansville, the charter as Evansville College, and its officially becoming the University of Evansville. All four dates fall between February 10 and 19.

Founders Day begins with a convocation and worship service at 10:30 a.m. in Neu Chapel. The service, open to the public, features the Edgar M. McKown Lecture, given this year by James MacLeod, UE professor of history. His topic will be “Holding Aloft the Lamp.”

MacLeod has an MA and PhD from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He taught history at UE’s British campus, Harlaxton College, from 1994 to 1999, before coming to UE. He has received both the United Methodist Institutions outstanding teacher award and the University’s Outstanding Teacher Award.

Also during the service, five new UE full professors will be recognized.

Cris Hochwender, PhD, Department of Biology
Hochwender has a BA in biology from Cornell College, and an MS and PhD in biology from the University of Missouri in St. Louis. He maintains an impressive scholarship program, and has taken on responsibilities at both University and department levels.

Alan Kaiser, PhD, Department of Archaeology and Art History
Kaiser has a BA in history and anthropology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and a PhD in archaeology at Boston University. He has made impressive professional contributions, has many teaching recognitions and is engaged in the UE community.

Kyle Kiesel, PhD, Department of Physical Therapy
Kiesel has a BS in physical education at the University of Nebraska, Kearney, an MPT from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and a PhD from the University of Kentucky. He is recognized world-wide for his expertise in low back pain, and has received the Dean’s Teaching Award.

Annette Parks, PhD, Department of History
Parks has a BA in history from Oglethorpe University, and an MA and PhD in history from Emory University. Chair of the Department of History, she mentors UE students for regional and national conferences, and has been a member of the Human Relations Committee and Gender and Women’s Studies.

Mark Shifflet, PhD, Department of Communication
Shifflet has a BA in mass communications from Abilene Christian University, an MA in telecommunications from Michigan State University, and a PhD from Rutgers University. His travels in China as a Fulbright Scholar resulted in a report to the US Department of Education and the National Committee for US-China relations. He has served as Department of Communication chair.

Founders Day concludes with the Alumni Awards Luncheon at noon. During the luncheon, the University of Evansville Alumni Association will present four alumni awards.

Distinguished Alumna Award: Carrie Preston, UE graduate and actress who has appeared in such TV shows as True Blood and The Good Wife, and the movie My Best Friend’s Wedding.

Young Alumnus Award: UE graduate Brian Revalee, United Way administrator and community leader of Oxford, Ohio.

Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award: UE graduates Robert and Judith Wargel of Evansville, retired chemists who serve on UE’s Science Advisory Council

Samuel Orr Honorary Alumni Award: Jean Beckman, professor emeritus of chemistry and former dean of arts and sciences at UE

The University’s John Wesley Gallery will be open Founders Day from 9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This John Wesley Methodist Commemorative Collection is believed to be the world’s second largest private collection of items related to John Wesley and Methodism. The oldest item in the collection dates back to 1745.

* Founders Day Fun Fact: Academic Structure

With the change from a college to a university structure, four former departments became schools, each with a dean rather than a department head. Effective July 1, 1968, the University established the following:

School of Business Administration, Ray Arensman, Dean
School of Education, Earl M. Tapley, Dean
School of Engineering, William O. Hartsaw, Dean
School of Nursing, Helen C. Smith, Dean

At the same time two colleges were created:
College of Fine Arts, Sam Smiley, Dean
College of Arts and Sciences, George English, Dean

A final major administrative change was the addition of several positions at the vice presidential level, although in some cases the change involved name rather than function. Thus the title of the chief academic officer (Nicholas C. Brown), previously dean of Evansville College, became vice president for academic affairs.

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


What's Happening Today

* Dessert Sale Today!

The Phi Alpha Delta Dessert Sale is BACK on Friday, February 13! Come out and buy cake pops and 4-layer brownies (provided by KakePoPs by Kashari) for a good cause! Proceeds benefit Holly's House of Evansville. The sale will be in the Ridgway University Center Lobby from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 


Upcoming Events

* Attend Career Expo 2015

Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Location: Downtown Indianapolis Marriott Hotel

This career fair is open to all students and alumni. Access 105 top companies from Indiana and beyond.

Register for Event:

Fair registration is through UE JobLink.
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.

Additional Information

View registered employers here:

Need assistance with your job, internship, co-op or graduate school search? Please contact the Center for Career Development: or 812-488-1083.

* Nerd Wars is Tuesday, February 17 at 7 in Eykamp Hall

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! 

* Next Week in Music: Van Cliburn Winner to Speak and Play on Campus

The Department of Music, in collaboration with the Under the Beams concert series in New Harmony, Indiana, is pleased to offer a special event in Wheeler Concert Hall on Friday, February 20, at 1:00 pm. Van Cliburn Competition winner Vadym Kholodenko will be on-campus, speaking about and playing excerpts from his Under the Beams recital program, which will be performed in New Harmony the following evening.

Born in Kiev, Kholodenko is the first musician in his family. He made his first appearances in the United States, China, Hungary, and Croatia at the age of 13. In 2005, Kholodenko moved to Moscow to study at the Moscow State Conservatoire with Professor Vera Gornostaeva. He currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife and two daughters. Winner of the coveted gold medal at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013, Kholodenko captured the attention of jury, audience, and critics alike for powerful, exhilarating performances that “showed the guts of a true superartist” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Also taking home prizes for best performance of the piano quintet and best performance of the commissioned work, he further demonstrated his artistry with a stunning cadenza in Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467 that he composed himself on the plane from Moscow to the Competition. Since then, Kholodenko has continued to build an international reputation for interpretations that are “impeccable, tasteful and vibrant, and also something more: imaginative” (Cleveland Plain Dealer).

The on-campus event is free and open to students, faculty, and community members.

* Celebrate 25 Years of UE Archaeology!

Please join us as we celebrate 25 years of UE's archaeology program at a reception on Friday, February 20 at the May House. Enjoy desserts and Jezreel Valley wine while learning more UE's unique archaeology and art history program. Archaeology professor Alan Kaiser will be on hand to sign copies of his new book "Archaeology, Sexism and Scandal" about UE professor emerita Mary Ellingson and a silent auction will feature donated items and services from local restaurants, museums, spas, and more! For more information and to register online: 

* Alumni Association Awards to be Presented on Founders Day

The UE Alumni Association Awards will be presented at the Founders Day Luncheon this Sunday, February 15, at noon in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Congratulations to the following:
Distinguished Alumna - Carrie Preston '89, actor, director and producer
Young Alumnus - Brian Revalee '03 M'09 - HIV/AIDS Non-profit director
Edie Bates Volunteer Service - Robert '66 and Judith '66 Wargel - retired chemists and super volunteers with UE's chemistry department
Samuel Orr Honorary Alumna - Jean Beckman, emeriti professor of chemistry

For more information contact 

* International Club: Dance your Heart Out!

This Valentine's weekend, the International Club has a special agenda for all UE students. What about tasting a bit of different worldwide dances? Come to Carson Center's Meeks (Large) Gym on February 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. and learn a little of Swing, Chinese, Dabkeh, Samba and Latino Music Dance! Have fun alone, with your friends or with your partner! If any questions, contact us at

* SAMS Career Colloquium on Monday, February 16

Next Monday, 2/16 is the next installment in the SAMS career series. We will be meeting from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in KC101.

We will be web-conferencing with Drs. David and Jennifer Pollock, two UE alumni, who are co-directors of the Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine section at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. They will talk about their research on kidney disease and hypertension, and about the interface between scientific research and medicine.

As always, this is an informal event, with refreshments and lots of opportunity for you to ask questions.

The SAMS career colloquium series is designed to highlight the variety of available job opportunities for anyone interested in a science or math career. All are welcome.

This series is sponsored by the NSF-supported SAMS program, the Center for Career Development, and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.

* Spanish Film Club to Show Movie on Saturdays in February

Join us this Saturday evening February 14th at 7:00 pm in Room162 in Schroeder School of Business Building to watch a Spanish-language movie that was nominated to an Oscar award for Best Foreign Language Films. For more information please contact Francis Prexl-Orti ( or Dr. Lorena Andueza ( 


Info You Should Know

* Celebrate Black History Month with a Little Known Fact - Zerah Priestly Carter

Celebrate Black History Month with a little known fact, today, February 13.

Zerah Priestly Carter was the first black graduate from the University of Evansville. She was the first black to attend University of Evansville, known then as Evansville College and the first to receive a four year degree.

She entered Evansville College in 1934 and graduated in 1938.

She was recommended by Professor William E. Best and a teacher, Mrs. Sallie Stewart, both black. During that time the President of Evansville College, Dr. Earl Harper asked that a black student that “could see and not see,” and who “could hear and not hear,” be recommended. Ms. Priestly Carter was warned that she might encounter some unpleasant situations and minor racial occurrences, but that she should ignore them if they arise.

Ms. Carter was a member of the college branch of the Y.W.C.A. Their program included a trip to Ball State in Muncie, Indiana. When Ball State became aware that there was a black student who would be in attendance on the trip, university officials called and said that they could not make on-campus accommodations for her but would find alternate housing off-campus for her visit. However, Evansville College officials insisted that she would not be separated from the group. Ball State was able to accommodate without incident or embarrassment.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Ms. Carter spent her career as an esteemed educator in the Evansville public school system, influencing many African-Americans who would eventually attend the University of Evansville. After playing such a key role in pioneering UE’s African-American tradition, it was only fitting that the African American Alumni members name a scholarship in her honor, the Zerah Priestly Carter Scholarship.

The Zerah Priestly Carter Scholarship is an endowed scholarship that will extend into perpetuity, making it a permanent example of UE African American tradition. The scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving African American student. The scholarship is a source of financial support to students; but, more importantly, it is another way that students not only can identify with the UE African American tradition, but also help carry on the tradition by contributing to the University and the community with their gifts of time, talent, and treasure.

For more information about the scholarship, contact Angela Williams in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.

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

* Dr. Kaiser's Book in UE Bookstore

Professor of archaeology Alan Kaiser's recent publication "Archaeology, Sexism, and Scandal" is now available in the UE Bookstore. The book is hardback and sells for $38. 

* Make Your Voice Heard Regarding Evansville Bus Systems

There is another exciting opportunity to provide your insights on the new directions the Evansville Bus System will take. The survey is brief and your opinions are very important to improve services used in Evansville and Vanderburgh County. The survey is available until February 13 at Thank you in advance for your help with this important research - your opinion counts.

* Free Group Exercise Class for Individuals Post-Stroke through Ace CARE

University of Evansville’s student-run physical therapy clinic, Ace CARE will be offering a weekly free group exercise program for individuals who have had a stroke. Sessions will be focused on improving everyday function in the home and community. Please call 812-431-4832 for more information and to schedule your initial session. 

* Interfaith Travel Scholarships Available for REL 212 Summer @ Harlaxton

Interested in sacred spaces and how they reflect and shape religious beliefs and practice? Want insight into global religious traditions in a global setting? Looking for a unique interfaith experience with fieldwork at mosques, cathedrals, and temples?

Students who sign up for the Harlaxton summer course REL 212 are eligible for a travel scholarship to help fund course travel/field trips.

Sign up today for summer at Harlaxton course, REL 212 "Living World Religions: A Global Interfaith Pilgrimage." Satisfies Enduring Foundations Outcome 4 and Overly A. If you've already taken REL 212, you may take this course as REL 380, "Sacred Spaces and Their Liturgies." The two courses will meet together, with assignments shaped differently for the two courses.

For more information contact Tammy Gieselman, 

* What UEL Can Do 4U: Trial of Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982

Do you need information on Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, the end of Franco’s dictatorship in Spain, or the Ringling Brothers and their circus?

Over the past 100 years, Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature has become an important index of subjects in the popular press. Its online version, Readers’ Guide Retrospective, offers full coverage of the original paper volumes. The database provides access to over three million articles from approximately 375 leading magazines.

UE Libraries will trial this database until March 6, 2015.

Contact Kathy Bartelt ( with questions or comments regarding Readers Guide Retrospective.

* Need service hours? Volunteer on campus!

Later this month, UE will host delegates from all throughout the state for the Indiana Residence Hall Organization Conference (IRHOC). The goal of the conference is to share creative and beneficial ideas that will make campus residential communities even better. The IRHOC Committee is looking for hospitable, energized students who are willing to volunteer for various positions during a portion of the conference that will take place from February 28 to March 1. Each volunteer will be eligible for service hours and a free t-shirt. To learn more about the conference and sign-up for a slot, log on to and select “Volunteers” from the navigation menu. Questions can be directed to Sign-up now to receive your preferred volunteer slot. 

* What UEL Can Do 4U: Trial of Humanities & Social Science Retrospective Index: 1907-1984

Searching for articles from the 1960s on the civil rights movement or the Beatles influence on popular culture? Or do you need research on the Vietnam War or the Watergate case from sources current during those historical periods?

The Humanities & Social Sciences Retrospective Index provides access to this literature; this resource includes comprehensive indexing of nearly 1,200 periodicals as well as citations to more than 1,300,000 articles from 1907 to 1984. Subject coverage spans a wide range of topics including archaeology, gender studies, ethics, history, political science, religion, sociology and much more.

UE Libraries will trial this database until March 6, 2015.

Contact Kathy Bartelt ( with questions or comments regarding the Index.

* IMPACT Employee of the Month Nominations

The University of Evansville, in pursuit of excellence in service, wishes to recognize a non-faculty employee displaying records of achievement as a leader. Leadership may be demonstrated in any of the following categories: service to the University, service to students, job performance and attitude towards fellow employees. To be eligible, an employee must be a full-time member of administration or staff. Nominations for the March 2015 IMPACT Employee of the Month are due no later than Wednesday, February 18. To nominate someone, please go to 

* 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

* 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! 



* Physical Therapy and Alumni Relations Host Alumni Reception

The Departments of Physical Therapy and Alumni Relations hosted an Alumni Reception last week in Indianapolis at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting.  Approximately 70 UE PT faculty and alumni attended the event.


* Zoe Post and Rachael McGill Present Papers at Religious Studies Conference

Seniors Zoe Post and Rachael McGill each presented their Senior Seminar papers at the Student Religious Studies Conference sponsored by the Midwest Society of Biblical Literature. Post's paper advocated for a married Jesus based on evidence in Scripture and what that would mean for modern sexual ethics. McGill's paper examined the larger significance of the miracle at Cana, Jesus changing the water to wine, and how it demonstrates the process of God uniting with humanity at the end times. 

* Cognitive Science Professors Edit Collection of Artificial Intelligence Essays

The Journal of Theoretical and Experimental Artificial Intelligence just released a special issue edited by Cognitive Science and Philosophy professors Derek Jones and Anthony Beavers. The issue, "Inforgs and the Infosphere: Themes from Luciano Floridi's Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence," examines the how open issues in the philosophy of information impact how we understand and approach problems in the field of artificial intelligence. For more information, see



* UE Basketball Travels to Carbondale on Saturday

The annual trip to Carbondale, Ill. is up next for the Purple Aces basketball team as they take on Southern Illinois in a 3:05 p.m. game on Saturday at SIU Arena.

Evansville got back on the winning track on Tuesday, grinding out a 73-66 victory over Missouri State. UE posted just three turnovers which was the lowest in the Coach Simmons’ era, besting the six done on four occasions.

D.J. Balentine scored 20 in back-to-back Valley games for the first time this season, posting 20 to go along with three assists and three steals. Adam Wing finished with a season-high 17 points while Jaylon Brown and David Howard registered nine points apiece.

The Aces turned the ball over just three times in the home win over the Bears; it marked the lowest turnover rate in the Coach Simmons era. UE’s three turnovers were the fewest since Missouri State had three in a win over Bradley on March 2, 2013.

Great players overcome adversity and D.J. Balentine has done just that over the last few weeks. A 6-game stretch has seen Balentine average 19 points per game while scoring 20 in back-to-back games for the first time in league play this season; he has also been more selective with his shots, seeing 36 of is 84 find the bottom of the net.

Adam Wing scored a season-high 17 points as UE was able to grind out a 73-66 win over
Missouri State. He was 5-8 from the floor and 7/8 from the free throw line in his 29 minutes of action. Since playing 16 minutes against Wichita State in his return to the floor from injury,
Wing has played better each time out.

Southern Illinois enters Saturday’s tilt with a 10-16 overall mark and are 3-10 over the course of its first 13 Valley contests. All three of their league wins have come at home, including a 65-59 win over Illinois State in their last home contest; their three home league losses have come by a combined total of just 13 points.

Anthony Beane leads the Salukis with 16.3 points per game and checked in with 16 last time out against Loyola. Their leading scorer in Tuesday’s 66-62 loss at Loyola was Deion Lavender, who notched 16; Jordan Caroline posted a double-double as he finished with 14 points and 11 caroms.

* Baseball Locker Room Dedication set for February 18

A great day for the University of Evansville baseball program will take place on Wednesday, February 18 as the new locker room will officially be dedicated.

The $55,000 project saw all of the funds privately raised, including an extremely generous donation courtesy of UE alumnus Ken Maikranz and wife Martha.

Near the end of 2014, the locker room was completely demolished and rebuilt from scratch.  The project consisted of adding custom-made double-sided oak lockers as well as new flooring, tiling, showers, graphics and lights.

For the first time, a sound system and television were placed in the room allowing the team the opportunity to watch film.  The renovation also gives the team a prime place to meet and gather on a regular basis.

Official dedication will take place on the Wednesday, February 18 beginning at 3 p.m.  UE President Dr. Tom Kazee will speak as well as Athletics Director Mark Spencer, head baseball coach Wes Carroll and current player Shain Showers.

The event caps off what has been a great year for the program as it is coming off of a regular season Missouri Valley Conference Championship as well as seeing pitcher Kyle Freeland taken 8th in the 2014 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies.

* UE Baseball Opens 2015 Season at Arkansas – Little Rock

The University of Evansville baseball team will begin the 2015 season with a weekend series at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Friday, Feb. 13 at 3:00 p.m. The Purple Aces and Trojans will play three games this weekend at Gary Hogan Field with a Saturday, Feb. 14 game set for 12:00 p.m. and a first pitch on Sunday, Feb. 15 for 1:00 p.m.

This season, the Aces were projected to place fifth in the MVC preseason coach’s poll. Outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski was named to the preseason all-MVC team. Kaczmarski, who was an All-MVC First Team selection each of the last two seasons, was one of three outfielders named to the Preseason All-MVC Team. The Cary, Ill., native led UE with a .315 batting average, .502 slugging percentage, 19 doubles, 50 runs batted in, 110 total bases and eight sacrifice flies.

The Aces return 19 letterwinners from last season’s MVC regular season championship team. Evansville also has seven returning starters from last year’s lineup. UE notably brings back junior outfielder Josh Jyawook who hit .298 as well as shortstop Shain Showers who batted .289 with four home runs and 33 runs batted in. The Aces boast three players who had on-base percentages of over .400 last season including second baseman Brett Synek (.412), Jyawook (.409) and first baseman Eric MKibban (.402).

On the pitching side, UE has nine arms back for another year. Junior right-hander Connor Strain returns to the rotation after a 3-4 season with a 4.21 earned run average. The Aces bullpen features right-hander Brent Jurceka who held a .218 opponent’s batting average while compiling more than a strikeout per inning pitched (1.1).

The Aces have 10 newcomers to the roster this spring from five different states. Pitchers Patrick Schnieders and Brodie Harkness are expected to contend for spots in the UE rotation. Catcher Travis Tokarek looks to step in as the new Evansville backstop.

UALR finished last season 25-29 with an 11-19 mark in the Sun Belt Conference. The Trojans return 17 players from last year including six position starters and nine pitchers. Outfielder Tanner Rockwell hit .321 in 2014, second highest on the team. Right-handed pitcher Cameron Allen struck out 49 hitters last year and is back for his senior season.

The Aces will be led on the field by seventh year head coach and UE alum Wes Carroll. The Trojans are coached by Chris Curry in his first season at the helm.

This is the first meeting between UE and UALR since 2012 when the Trojans won two of three games. The Aces won the only other two meetings in 2005.

UE has their first home game at Braun Stadium on Friday, February 27 when they play Oakland as part of a three-game weekend series.

* UE WBB back at home to host Southern Illinois on Friday

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team (10-12, 5-6) returns home to the Ford Center on Friday night when they host the Southern Illinois Salukis at 2:00 p.m.

The Purple Aces hold a 26-25 lead in the all-time series against SIU. Evansville won the opening matchup this year against the Salukis 63-58 at SIU Arena on Jan. 18. Hart scored a team-high 19 points as guard Dickey and forward Sasha Robinson each tallied 12 points in the road win.

UE is 6-2 at home this season and will look to end a five game losing streak.

The Aces lost a pair of games this past weekend on the road at Loyola and Bradley. Senior guard Kat Taylor scored a game-high 15 points in the last contest, a 56-50 defeat at Bradley on Sunday afternoon.

Dickey enters the game on Friday with 948 points and is just 52 shy of reaching the 1,000 point plateau as a sophomore.

On the stat sheet, Evansville’s Dickey (18.3 points per game), forward Mallory Ladd (15.3) and Hart (10.8) are all averaging double figures. Dickey also has the most assists (59) as Hart has totaled a team-best with 37 steals for UE this year. Ladd is notching a team-high 0.9 blocks per game. Robinson is securing 8.4 rebounds per game, a team-high. UE is averaging 62.9 points and 33.3 rebounds per game. The Aces make 40.5% of their field goals, 35.8% of threes, and 64.1% at the free throw line.

Southern Illinois (13-9, 6-5) has won four consecutive games including a pair of upset wins over Drake and Northern Iowa at home this last weekend. Forward Dyana Pierre was named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 21.5 points and 17.5 rebounds in the weekend victories.

Statistically, guard Rishonda Napier (17.2), Pierre (14.9) and forward Azia Washington (10.7) are all averaging double figure points per game this season. Pierre also leads SIU with 11.5 rebounds per game and has the second most blocks on the team with 25. Napier has 60 assists which rank first for the Salukis. Southern Illinois shoots 42.2% from the floor, 33.2% beyond the arc, and 68.5% at the free throw line.

Evansville is projected to finish fourth in the MVC preseason poll, their highest projection since 2008-2009. Southern Illinois was picked ninth in the preseason poll. Dickey and Pierre were both named to the MVC Preseason All-Conference team. The Aces are guided by fourth year head coach Oties Epps. Southern Illinois is led by head coach Cindy Stein in her second season at SIU.

Tickets can be purchased over the phone at 812-488-ACES (2237), in person at either the Carson Center or Ford Center ticket office, or online via

* Faculty/Staff Basketball Tickets

Faculty and staff basketball tickets are now available for the women's basketball games this Friday and Sunday. The game Friday is at 7 P.M. and the game Sunday is at 2 P.M. Be sure to wear pink on Sunday if you plan on attending!

Men's basketball tickets for their game on Tuesday are also available now.


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