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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Upcoming Events

* Food Drive

Fellowship of Christian Athletes is holding a food drive in Ridgway from Wednesday, February 18th through Friday, February 20th from 12-2 each day. Come donate non-perishable food items or hygiene products (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.) to go toward the Bosko missions in Haiti. 

* Ash Wednesday and the Imposition of Ashes, 12:15PM in Neu Chapel, 1:00PM, Ridgway

Ash WednesdayAsh Wednesday is February 18 and will be observed on campus with a brief 12:15PM service in Neu Chapel and ‎"Ashes to Go” in Ridgway University Center beginning at 1:00PM for those who are unable to attend the service in Neu Chapel.

University Chaplain, Tamara Gieselman will be presiding over the service along with Neu Chapel student interns and Neu Chapel Organist, Patrick Ritsch. All are welcome.

In the Christian church, Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a 40-day period of discipline and study prior to the Festival of the Resurrection, Easter. You are invited to be imposed upon, as you remember your mortality, while at the same time, believing the good news of the Gospel. 

* I-House: Thailand

Hey everyone! I-House this week will be over Thailand and Pooh will be presenting :) His major is marketing with a minor in psychology! His main hobby is procrastination and he loves all the people he's met here at UE! So come watch him present this Wednesday at 7pm upstairs in Ridgway! 

* Ash Wednesday Mass with Bishop Thompson

Join us in receiving ashes at the 5PM Mass Wednesday, Feb. 18 in Neu Chapel. The Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson, Bishop of the Diocese of Evansville will preside. UE student hospitality ministers include Katie Ziebell, Fran Prexl and Kaela Guglielmo. Nick Raupp and Alanna Payne are our readers; and Kat Marcussen, Cheryl Zurliene, and Cecelia Cottrill are communion ministers. Jon Robson and Isaiah Frey will serve at the altar with Bishop Thompson. Nathan Kabat, Brooks Brown and Emma Kelley are among the musicians sharing their gifts with us for this Mass. All are welcome. We hope you will join us in marking the beginning of the Season of Lent at this 5PM Mass this Wednesday. Questions? Call or text 812-760-8610. 

* This Week in Music: Voice Recital Tonight at 7:30

Assistant Professor of Voice and soprano Alanna Keenan will present this week’s Faculty Recital in Wheeler Concert Hall on Tuesday evening, February 17, at 7:30 p.m. Accompanied by Professor of Piano Anne Fiedler, Dr. Keenan will open the concert with three songs by Claude Debussy, to be followed by Gustav Mahler’s Fünf Rückert Lieder, and Francis Poulenc’s song cycle, Le travail du peintre. The program will conclude with Benjamin Britten’s cycle, On This Island. The recital is free and open to the public. 

* Nerd Wars is TONIGHT 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! 

* Writing Center Boot Camp: Thesis Statements

A Writing Center Boot Camp: Thesis Statements is planned for Wednesday, February 18 at 5 p.m. in the Writing Center. Learn the basics of thesis writing in this useful session on what exactly the thesis is, why it is so important, and how it should be structured. We will also cover some basic tips on organizing essays.

* 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: 


Info You Should Know

* Friday is the Priority Deadline for Upcoming Short-term Study Abroad Programs

This Friday (February 20th) is the priority deadline for several upcoming short-term study abroad programs, including:
• Applied Process Development: Dominican Republic
• British and US Health Care Systems
• Chinese Health Care System
• Contemporary European Business Issues
• Exploring Asia in South Korea
• International Cultural Immersion Experience: Trinidad and Tobago

Students interested in participating in one of these programs should submit their applications by the priority deadline to confirm their place. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed as space is available.

Information about costs, dates, and other deadlines can be found on the UE Study Abroad page:

The online application is available here:

Please contact Marissa Mitchell, coordinator of short-term programs abroad, at mm353 or 488-2039 if you have any questions. 

* Village Housing Request Cards

Students interested in living in the Villages (Townhouse, North Hall, Apartments, or Houses) for 2015-2016 should pick up Village Request Cards this week in the office of residence life.

The Villages are reserved primarily for students with 60+ credit hours. In order to apply to live in the Villages, each person in your group must have at least 44 credit hours on file with the University by the end of the previous fall semester.

Village request cards are due back to the office of residence life by 5:00 pm on Friday February 20.

More information on the housing assignments process can be found on the residence life section of the University website at

* Wellness Nurse on Campus

The employee wellness nurse will be in Koch North lobby on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1 - 3 p.m. 

* 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. 

* 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 



* Women's Swimming/Diving head to MVC Championships

For the next four days, the Purple Aces women’s swimming and diving team will be participating in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship in Carbondale, Ill.

For live video, daily results and full information on the championship, please visit the MVC Championship Central here:

Last year, the University of Evansville finished in fourth place and looks for more in this year’s trip to Illinois. This season, the Aces were picked to finish fourth once again in the pre-championship poll. Several individual performances highlighted last year’s championships. Evansville started the day one finals off with a bang, with the relay team of Danielle Freeman, Abby Smith, Sam Montgomery and Michelle Tipton winning the 200-yard freestyle A-heat by .25 seconds, setting a new school record with a time of 1:33.23.

Maja Magnusson continued the Aces success in the 500-yard freestyle C-Final, winning her heat with a time of 5:10.08 and junior Michelle Tipton finished third in the A-Final with a time of 4:57.02.

In the 200-yard IM, senior Melissa Thurman pulled off a come from behind victory in the C-Final with a time of 2:11.29 and in the B-Final Mackenzie Powell finished fifth with a time of 2:09.71, Caroline Lee finished sixth with a time of 2:09.55 and Charlotte Lechner finished eighth with a time of 2:12.67.

The second day of last season featured the 200-yard medley relay and the Aces squad of Abby Smith, Caroline Lee, Taylor Shotwell and Maja Magnusson, who came away with a third place finish in heat one with a time of 1:47.98 and in heat two the team of Michaela Kent, Melissa Ball, Danielle Freeman and Mackenzie Powell finished third as well with a time of 1:44.31.

On the final day, the Lady Aces swam in the C-Final of the 200-yard backstroke where Charlotte Lechner finished in fourth place with a time of 2:11.08 and Taylor Shotwell finished in sixth place with a time of 2:12.49. In the B-Final Taylor Davidson nearly broke the school record finishing in third with a time of 2:04.76 and Michaela Kent finished in seventh with a time of 2:07.03.

Abby Smith capped the weekend off by bringing home the MVC’s Elite 18 Award.

This marks the second time in a span of 10 days that UE will be heading to Carbondale as the women faced the Salukis on Feb. 7. In that event, 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.

* Aces Cross Country Excels in the Classroom

Both the University of Evansville men’s and women’s cross country teams were named All-Academic Teams by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The award is given to teams who finish with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and both Purple Aces squads finished above that, led by the ladies, who checked in last semester with a 3.54. Academic success is the pinnacle of the UE experience and the cross country teams are no different as both squads have made regular appearances on the academic list.

For the women, this is their 15th-consecutive honor while the men brought home the award for the 10th season in a row.

“The Women were Academic All-Americans only three times and the Men none before I started my coaching career here at the University,” UE head coach Don Walters said. “The importance of being a Student-Athlete is to be the Student first and still enjoy the benefits of the Athlete second. I am proud of my teams for understanding what success really means.”

“For the last five years all graduating seniors that did not continue on to higher education had jobs before they received their diploma,” he continued. “This is the most important thing that we strive for at this level and place in our lives. Congratulations to all past and present Student-Athletes.”

Along with the academic accolades, Walters also announced the team awards for the season.

Taking the Most Valuable Runner award for the men was senior Josh Genet. Josh became a 4-time MVR this season while being injured during the summer and never totally recovering. He still led the team in all events and continued to improve his times in all but one meet. More important - Josh holds the school record for the 10K. His dedication and leadership will be missed next season. He also was the team co-captain.

Fellow senior Matt Hamilton received the Leadership and Service Award from the MVC. Matt also was team co-captain. He is another senior that will be hard to replace next season.

Sophomore Ben Johnson received the 100% Award. He had an outstanding season and set his PR for both the 8K and 10K and improved his times in every meet except one. Ben worked very hard in practice every day all while helping our Freshmen Isaiah Frey to learn how to compete.

Frey ran well in his first season, setting a new PR in every race. He also ran in the MVC Championship and the NCAA District Championships.

Earning the Most Improved Award was senior runner Loren Oboikovitz. Loren set her 5K and 6K PR at the MVC Championships and District Championships ending her career in the best way possible.

Elizabeth Kingshott dropped her times in every race this season and for her efforts, earned the Most Consistent Award. She finished first on the team at the opener and third at the Conference Championships.

Kirsten Perrey and Laurel Wolfe were Co-Most Valuable Runners for the ladies. Perrey dropped her time in every race except one while setting her PR for the 5K at the Evansville Invitational and 6K at the NCAA District Championship. She finished first on the team 2-times second once and third three times. She was team co-captain and is a very positive person that will be missed next season.

Wolfe set her Personal Record in the 5K at the Louisville Classic. She finished first on the team four times, second twice and third once. She was also the team co-captain.

As a team, the Aces had 17 Personal Records set for the 2014 season while the women took the team championship at the Evansville Invitational.

* Drake up next for UE Basketball Tonight

Just two home games remain for the University of Evansville basketball team as the Purple Aces will be at the Ford Center on Tuesday evening to face Drake in a 7:05 p.m. game.

Tickets are available by calling 812-488-ACES, logging on to or by visiting the Carson Center or Ford Center ticket offices.

Five players finished in double figures as the Purple Aces earned a 72-64 win at Southern Illinois on Saturday. Up by one at the half, the Aces utilized a 14-4 run to go on top for good midway through the second half, UE shot 66.7% in the period and 56.3% overall. D.J. Balentine paced the UE scorers with 15 points while Jaylon Moore tied his season mark with 13. Evansville held the Salukis to 34.6% shooting in the first half and disrupted the Saluki attack, holding them to just four assists on 20 made buckets.

Senior Jaylon Moore is playing the best basketball of his college career as his time at Evansville begins to wind down. Against SIU, Moore hit 6 of his 7 attempts to tie his season mark with 13 points; Moore was in a groove as he hit numerous different shots from dunks to floaters. In the midst of his race to be the Dark Horse Dunker, Moore registered three dunks at SIU. He has started six of the last eight games while playing extensive minutes in the last three, averaging 25.3 minutes. With his 6-of-7 effort versus the Salukis, Moore’s season shooting currently stands at 75%.

Just as Adam Wing has been improving each and every day after injury, redshirt sophomore Mislav Brzoja is in the same boat. Brzoja missed four games to do a hand injury, but has made his way back to play in the last four games. Over those four games, his minutes have improved each time and at SIU, he had his best game since returning as he hit four of his six attempts to finish with 12 points; he also drained a pair of 3-pointers.

Drake comes to the Ford Center riding a 4-2 stretch as the squad has improved to 8-18 overall and 5-9 in league play. The Bulldogs fell last time out by a 75-54 final at Indiana State despite 18 points from Trevor Berkeley.

Freshman Reed Timmer is the leading scorer for Drake at 11.1 points per game; in DU’s win over Evansville in Des Moines, he scored 18 points. Just behind him is Gary Ricks, who checks in with 10.7 points. Center Jacob Enevold is their top rebounder, currently standing at 5.4 per contest.

* UE Volleyball Announces Camp Dates

Purple Aces volleyball coach Manolo Concepcion has announced that the program will hold three camps over the summer.

The first will be a Youth Camp, which is set for July 13-17 and will take place from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day. This camp will be focused on teaching players entering Kindergarten to 8th grade the essential volleyball skills in order to become mechanically efficient by emphasizing on technical training. The main goal is to give individual attention to each camper. Each athlete will be broken down into groups based on the skill level.

Next up is a High School Skills Camp, which is slated from July 20-24. This camp will be focused on teaching players entering 9th to 12th grade the essential volleyball skills in order to become mechanically efficient by emphasizing on technical training. The main goal is to give individual attention to each camper. Each athlete will be broken down into groups based on the skill level.

Finally, a Position Camp will take place from July 27-29. Participants will choose one position that they will focus on the duration of the camp. Each camper will receive specific training towards the skills and techniques associated with that position, and will developed in accordance to age and experience.

Concepcion, who has worldwide coaching experience and several years of collegiate work, will be directing the camp. He will be joined by new assistant Cheneta Morrison, who was a 2-time All-American for the University of Indianapolis. Active players from the UE program will also be participating.

For full information, click the link to the brochure above. Contact Coach Concepcion at 812-488-2755 with any questions.

* UE Volleyball adds former All-American to the Staff

– University of Evansville head volleyball coach Manolo Concepcion has announced the addition of Cheneta Morrison as his new first assistant coach, effective immediately.

“We are thrilled to have Cheneta join our Volleyball family. She is extremely smart and self-driven,” Concepcion said. “Cheneta connects well with players and her energy and dynamism are contagious.”

“Her background as an All-American Setter and passion as a coach will contribute with our efforts to continue to provide our team with a high level of teaching environment on and off the court,” Concepcion added. “Cheneta’s arrival will also help expand our recruiting network and connections in the Midwest.”

Morrison comes to Evansville after spending the past season as a Graduate Assistant Coach at Virginia Commonwealth University. She will graduate from VCU this spring with a Master’s of Education in Sport Leadership. In her time with the Rams, she had an extensive role in the program that included: recruiting visits, practice and individual training sessions, work with video, travel and logistics.

“I am really excited to be here in Evansville, I look forward to learning a lot from Manolo and working with the team,” Morrison said. “I have enjoyed working with the girls and am excited for the 2015 season.”

Prior to her time at VCU, Morrison had a wealth of experience in the State of Indiana. She served as the head coach and assistant club director with the NUF Volleyball Club in Indianapolis. Her work there spanned from 2010-13 as she assisted athletes during their recruiting process and attended showcases to help players striving to be recruited. She also managed practices and individual lessons.

In 2012-13, Morrison was the head coach at Whiteland Community High School in Whiteland, Ind. Her primary duties at Whiteland consisted of managing practice and tournament schedules while instructing the players and other coaches. She also took great time to develop programs to help the athletes.

Her experience in Indiana also includes a tenure as head coach at Charles A. Tinley Accelerated in Indianapolis from 2011-12.

Morrison had a stellar career in her time at the University of Indianapolis as she earned First Team All-American honors in 2010 before being named to the Second Team a season later. The 2014 recipient of the AVCA Minority Scholarship earned degrees in Human Biology and Criminal Justice from UIndy.

* Sara Dickey nets 1,000th point on her birthday as Aces end losing streak

Sara Dickey nets 1,000th point on her birthday as Aces end losing streak
Dickey scored 27 points, becoming the 19th Lady Ace to reach the milestone

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Guard Sara Dickey became only the 19th Evansville women’s basketball player to reach 1,000 career points as the Purple Aces ended a six-game losing streak and clipped the Illinois State Redbirds 69-52 on Sunday afternoon. Dickey, playing on her 20th birthday, led all scorers with 27 points. The sophomore was 8-for-16 shooting, 4-for-8 beyond the arc, and 7-for-10 at the free throw line in the victory. Forward Mallory Ladd also added 15 points and eight rebounds after missing the last seven games due to injury.

The victory marks the first home win for the Aces over Illinois State in almost a decade. UE’s last home court victory over the Redbirds was an 87-78 overtime win on Feb. 25, 2005.

Evansville (11-13, 6-7) started the game on an 8-0 run thanks to six straight points from Dickey. Illinois State then tallied four consecutive points to cut the deficit in half.

Leading 8-4, UE surged further ahead with a 19-8 run over the next 11:25. Five Aces scored during the stretch including five from guard Laura Friday.

UE widened the lead up to 17 points at halftime with a 32-15 advantage. Dickey led all scorers with 12 points at the break. Friday and Ladd each had five points in the opening stanza.

Illinois State (1-23, 1-10) sprinted out of halftime on a 13-5 run to bring the deficit down to single digits. After withstanding 10 straight points from the Redbirds, the Aces lead dwindled to 37-28 at the 15:54 mark of the second half.

After both teams traded a few baskets, UE would score 10 of the next 14 points to rebuild the lead to double digits. Dickey tallied seven points during the timeframe as the Redbirds were unable to bring the gap down to single digits.

Evansville extended the lead to 20 in the final minute before winning the contest 69-52.

Dickey has now scored in double figures in 49 of her 55 career games and has recorded 20+ points in 21 of those contests. Her 1,007 career points are tied with Lisa Eckhart (1998-2001) for 18th most in program history.

Ladd also ended the afternoon with four assists, three steals and one block.

The Aces return to the road next weekend when they play at Drake on Friday, Feb. 20 at 7:05 p.m. and at Northern Iowa on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 2:00 p.m. Evansville is back at home on Friday, Feb. 27 to host the Indiana State Sycamores. 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

* Vote for Jaylon!

Jaylon Moore needs your help! Jaylon is one of 16 finalist vying for a spot in the State Farm Dunk Contest during Final Four Weekend. Head over to, register using your email, and vote. You can vote once a day. Let's get JayMo to Indy! 

* 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.


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