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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

* UE's Accounting and Finance Programs Named #1 in the Nation Among Small Colleges

The University of Evansville’s program for accounting and finance has been named the number one degree program in the nation on the 30 Great Small Colleges for an Accounting and Finance Degree list by Master of Finance Degrees.

“The University of Evansville may be small, but they take care of the students,” notes the Master of Finance Degrees website in its description of the university.  “Accounting program graduates have a job placement rate of 100% and are often hired by major national and regional firms. Students electing to pursue a graduate degree are regularly placed at the top accounting schools in the country including the top two for graduate accounting programs: the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.”

Dr. Greg Rawski, dean of the Schroeder School of Business at UE, is thrilled to receive the national recognition. “Our faculty and staff work hard to ensure the success of our students, seeing to it that they receive an exceptional education and achieve strong career placement – both indicators of a smart collegiate investment,” he says.

Rawski also notes that graduates are regularly placed in the “big four” accounting firms, which include Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Ernst & Young, and KPMG.

Dr. Tom Kazee, president of the University of Evansville, credits graduate success to the hard work of UE faculty members, which includes a well-rounded educational experience.

“Our students leave with a strong liberal arts foundation that makes them desirable to employers around the world,” he says. “Accounting and finance majors have the opportunity to collaborate on a number of highly experiential programs throughout their time as UE students. They enter the job market with a level of experience highly unusual for undergraduate business majors.

One such example is the University’s Institute for Banking and Finance that offers abundant hands-on learning opportunities to accounting and finance students. The IBF has five experiential programs where UE students interface directly with clients on projects such as microloans for new minority and women owned business, financial literacy education for new parents, a farm lending fellowship program, investments, financial research, and risk management.

The Schroeder School of business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). UE accounting students scored in the 99th percentile on the accounting portion of the 2014 major field test and Schroeder School of Business students are at the 96th percentile for the exam overall. Additionally, 98 percent of Schroeder School of Business graduates from May 2014, and 100 percent of the accounting graduates, were employed in their chosen profession within six months of graduation.

Master of Finance Degrees used criteria including accreditation, national ranking, and unique program features to assemble its list of 30 Great Small Colleges for an Accounting and Finance Degree. All data used in the analysis of UE’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration’s major in finance came from College Navigator, a tool from the National Center for Education Statistics.


Upcoming Events

* Speaker Series Luncheon

Please join us for the March Speaker Series Luncheon on March 18, Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center, from 12-1 pm. Our speaker is Ben Joergens with Old National Bank who will speak to us about financial empowerment. This event is open to the campus community. If you wish to receive a free boxed lunch, please RSVP to by March 14.


Info You Should Know

* Vehicle Rental Insurance?

The Travel website on AceLink at has a new information link called "Vehicle Rental Insurance?" This new link of information is designed to assist those planning to drive a rental vehicle on UE related business by providing a quick guide to determine when vehicle rental insurance should or should not be purchased from a rental vehicle agency. For questions contact, Kim Winsett at extension 2940 or kw83. 

* UE Group Attends Anniversary of Selma March

LaNeeca Williams, diversity and equity officer, took a group of UE students along with several community members to the 50th Anniversary of Selma this past weekend. A half century ago on March 7, approximately 600 protesters attempted a march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama, to protest a rigged system that hindered the right to vote for African-Americans, More than 40,000 attended this weekend's anniversary event.

An Evansville Courier & Press article about the event quotes UE students. To read the article, click here:

* Fitness Center Spring Break Hours

Fitness Center Spring Break hours are:

Monday-Friday  (March 9-March 13) 8 am -6 pm
Saturday (March 14) Closed
Sunday (March 15) Closed
Resume normal hours on March 16

* Bookstore Spring Break Hours

The UE Bookstore will be closed on Saturdays, March 7 and14 during Spring Break. During Spring Break (March 9-13) the store will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will resume regular store hours on March 16.

* Libraries Announces Spring Recess Hours

Libraries will observe the following schedule of hours during the Spring Recess. Contact Library at 488.2462 with questions.

March 6  (F):      7:30 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m.
March 7  (S):     CLOSED
March 8  (S):     CLOSED
March 9  (M):     8:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m.
March 10  (T):    8:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m.
March 11  (W):   8:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m.
March 12  (T):    8:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m.
March 13  (F):    8:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m.
March 14  (S):    CLOSED
March 15  (S):    3:00 p.m.  -  Midnight
March 16  (M):    Resume Regular Hours



* UE Alum Evan McCracken and Student Tyler Plogher Present Research at SPSP

UE student Tyler Plogher and UE alum Evan McCracken presented research at the professional conference for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Feb 25 - Feb 28 in Long Beach, California. They presented the results of their UE grant-funded research co-authored with Dr. Margaret Stevenson, entitled "Date Rape: How Victim Depression Status Affects Perceptions of Rape Avoidability."



* Khristian Hart and Mallory Ladd named MVC Scholar Athletes

University of Evansville women's basketball players Khristian Hart and Mallory Ladd were both named Scholar Athletes by the Missouri Valley Conference on Tuesday morning.

Ladd, a senior forward from Evansville, Ind., was named a Second Team Scholar Athlete as Hart, a senior guard and native of Evansville, was selected as an Honorable Mention.

“We are extremely excited for Mallory and Khristian that they are being recognized for their hard work in the classroom and on the court,” said head coach Oties Epps. “The balance between being a good student and a good athlete is a delicate one and they found a way to excel in both areas.”

Ladd, a criminal justice major with a 3.371 cumulative GPA, has appeared in 22 games, all starts, for the Purple Aces this season. She ranks second on the team in points (14.2), rebounds (7.3) and assists (64) while also leading all teammates with 0.9 blocks per game. Ladd is second in the MVC in free throw percentage (.861), fourth in three-point shooting percentage (.390), fifth in rebounding, sixth in assists and seventh in scoring. She also has 16 double figure scoring games this season, four double digit rebound performances and four double-doubles.

Hart, a communications major with a 3.394 cumulative GPA, has appeared in all 29 games for UE, making 11 starts. She led the Aces with 49 steals this season and is third on the team with 10.0 points per game. Hart’s .349 three-point shooting percentage and 1.7 steals per game are 7th most in the MVC this year. In conference play, her 1.8 steals per game are 6th best and .362 free-throw percentage ranks eighth. She has scored in double figures in 11 games this season for UE.

UE (11-18, 6-12) enters the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as the #7 seed and will play the #10 Illinois State Redbirds (2-27, 2-16) in opening round set for Thursday, March 12. Tip is set for 7 p.m. at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.

* Pahud and Gray lead UE men at Benbow Intercollegiate

Wil Pahud carded a 4-over 75 in the opening round of the Don Benbow Intercollegiate to lead the Purple Aces at Jacksonville Beach Golf Club.

Pahud’s total of 75 has him in a tie for sixth place. This comes on the heels of an extremely successful fall slate in his inaugural semester at the University of Evansville. Pahud is three shots off the lead.

Just behind Pahud was freshman Tyler Gray. One of UE’s top performers in the fall also had a stellar start to the spring, posting a 77 to stand in a tie for 14th place.

Rounding out the top three for the Aces was Rick Voyvodic. He is alone in 18th place with his score of 78. Alex Turner made it four UE players in the top 19 as he registered a 79 to tie for 19th.

Will Knights’ round of 81 rounded out UE’s top five to stand in 26th while Brett Wolvert and Jon Pick are tied for 38th with 89 strokes.

Leading the individuals was Butler’s Andrew Eiler. He posted a 1-over 72 and is one shot ahead of a 3-way tie for second place.

Florida Atlantic has a healthy lead heading into Tuesday’s final day of play as they sit seven strokes ahead of Cleveland State. FAU finished Monday’s round with a 298 with CSU finishing at 305. Butler is in third at 307 while Evansville is fourth (312) and Carson-Newman sits in fifth place with a 313.

* UE Men's Soccer Announces Ian Henry as New Assistant Coach

University of Evansville men’s soccer head coach Marshall Ray announcing the signing of Ian Henry as Assistant Coach on Monday afternoon.

“Ian is an intelligent and energetic young coach who will add a new dimension to our staff,” said Ray. “His experience in the MVC, GLVC, and as a head coach in the PDL will allow him to be a true asset to our program.”

Henry was an assistant coach each of the last two seasons at Drury, a Division II school in the Great Lake Valley Conference. He guided the Panthers to 28 wins, finished as high as 2nd in the GLVC and reached round 2 of the NCAA Division II National Tournament. Along with being an assistant at Drury, Henry was the Head Coach of the Springfield Demize, a division of the United Soccer League in the Premier Development League. He guided the Demize to the best season ever in his first season. The team was third place in conference and ranked second nationally in goals against average. Henry also worked at SIUE of the Missouri Valley Conference where he was responsible for planning and organizing training sessions, and creating a library of sessions.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to join the Ace’s Soccer Program,” said Henry. “The University of Evansville is rich in soccer history and I look forward to continuing that tradition.”

“Coming from Springfield, MO and being able to watch several of the Valley teams, Ian has a firm grasp on what a player looks like in our conference,” Ray added. “With his international and domestic contacts, he will be able to aid our staff in adding players who can compete for the MVC title and reach the NCAA tournament. I look forward to working with Ian as we prepare our team for the upcoming season and seasons to come.”

In addition to college and PDL coaching experiences, Henry was a full time director for St. Louis Scott Gallagher. While at SLSG, he was responsible for youth development and coached a number of athletes who would go on to top NCAA D1 programs. Some of his players also competed in the NCAA Tournament each of the last two seasons.

“I would like to thank Marshall and Director of Athletics Mark Spencer for giving me the opportunity to join the staff,” said Henry. “We aim to create a winning program, both in the MVC and NCAA Tournament. I would also like to thank Coach Ryan Swan and my former players at Drury, who gave me some fantastic memories over the last 2 years. I am looking forward to creating many more here at Evansville"

The next spring match for UE will be against NAIA National Power, Lindsey Wilson, at home on Wednesday, Mar. 25. Lindsey Wilson has made the NAIA National Final Four in two of the last three seasons (2012, '13). The match will be at Arad McCutchan Stadium and start at 7:30 p.m.

* Women's Golf plays first round of spring

Sophomore Kayla Katterhenry posted a 7-over 79 as the University of Evansville women’s golf team played its first round of the spring on Monday at the Don Benbow Intercollegiate at Jacksonville Beach Golf Club.

As a team, the Purple Aces rank fourth out of 10 colleges and are just one spot outside of the top three.

Evansville was led by Kayla Katterhenry, who finished the first day in a tie for 6th place with a 79. She is four shots off the lead. Cathy Doyle carded an 81 in the first round of play. That was good for a tie for 11th place.

Also ranking in the top 20 was fellow sophomore Maggie Camp and Giulia Mallman. Their rounds of 86 have them tied for 20th place overall. Kelly Lamarche recorded an 89 on Monday and is tied for 32nd while Rachel Marchi posted a 103.

Cleveland State’s Sophie Kelner leads the individuals. Her 3-over 75 has her atop a 3-way tie for second place. That trio includes a pair of Butler players (Jenna Peters and Isabella Lambert) along with USI’s Anastasia Carter. Allyson Hackman of CSU is fifth with Katterhenry checking in sixth.

Host Butler leads the way with a 314. They enter the final day of the event with a lead of 10 strokes over Cleveland State. Southern Indiana is third at 331 with the Aces checking in at 332.

* Women's Tennis travels to Florida

Three matches await the University of Evansville women’s tennis team as they head to the state of Florida for the week.

Tuesday will see the Purple Aces play a 10:30 a.m. match versus Bucknell before a match against Quinnipiac will take place on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Evansville completes the week versus James Madison at 8:30 a.m. on Friday.

All matches will be played in Orlando.

Evansville heads to Florida sporting a 6-3 record following a loss at UT Martin over the weekend. Kennedy Craig has been stellar for the Aces this season, going 14-5 overall in singles while beginning the spring at 6-3. Natasha James has been even better. She is 7-2 in her first nine dual singles tilts at flight two.

Overall, the Aces are 73-42 in singles play this season after a 41-20 mark in the fall. Leading the way on the doubles end this spring has been James and Marketa Trousilova. They have won four of their first six tries at the top flight.

Action begins on Tuesday versus Bucknell. The Bison are 0-6 thus far, but have played better than their record would indicate. Lisa Jouravleva is 4-2 in singles action this spring after going 8-4 in singles in the fall. Maria Cioffi was 12-4 last semester on her own.

Quinnipiac has not played since February 7 when they fell by a 8-0 final to Massachusetts to fall to 2-2. Sydney Young leads them with a 7-4 overall mark in singles while Sitilia Rencheli is just behind with six victories. Michelle Dassa and Jacqueline Raynor have been stellar in doubles. In the fall, they went 11-3 before winning two out of three tilts in the spring.

The week wraps up versus James Madison on Friday. The Dukes are 5-3 in the spring and put up a fight against North Carolina State last time out before falling by a final of 5-2. They opened up the semester with triumphs over Towson and Navy. Rachel Nelson has had a stellar season for JMU. A 9-5 record in the fall has helped her to a 6-1 mark in the spring, including a perfect 5-0 at flight two. Dylan Owens has also gotten off to a quick 5-1 start this spring.

* The Oties Epps Show airs Tuesday at noon on WUEV 91.5 FM

The Oties Epps Show returns on Tuesday, March 9 at noon on WUEV 91.5 FM.

The show will feature assistant coach Matt Ruffing, and Purple Aces play by play announcer Mike Radomski.

The duo will discuss the Aces’ recent home games last weekend against Wichita State and Missouri State, the team’s upcoming weekend in the Missouri Valley Conference, and recap the entire season in the final segment.

Fans can become a part of the show by visiting the set at the University of Evansville bookstore. There is also a 15% discount available to fans that purchase Aces items during the course of the radio show.

The show airs live on WUEV 91.5 FM and online at

Evansville is 11-18 this season including a 6-12 mark in the Missouri Valley Conference.

UE enters the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as the #7 seed and will play the #10 Illinois State Redbirds (2-27, 2-16) in opening round set for Thursday, March 12. Tip is set for 7 p.m. at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. The Purple Aces won both meetings from the Redbirds this season including a road victory at Illinois State 62-50 on Jan. 16 and a home win 69-52 on Feb. 15.

* UE Men's Soccer Team Spring Schedule Update

The University of Evansville has announced some changes to their spring schedule on Monday.

The Aces have re-scheduled their postponed Feb. 22 match against Bellarmine for Thursday, April 2. The match will begin at 7:30 p.m. and be held at Black Beauty Field.

Evansville has also added a game at Northern Kentucky which will take place on Saturday, April 11 at 3:00 p.m.

The next spring match for UE will be against NAIA National Power, Lindsey Wilson, at home on Wednesday, Mar. 25. Lindsey Wilson has made the NAIA National Final Four in two of the last three seasons (2012, ‘13). The match will be at Arad McCutchan Stadium and start at 7:30 p.m.

Then, the Aces will go on the road for a Saturday, Mar. 28 match at Lipscomb. The Bisons were the 2014 Atlantic Sun Regular Season Conference Champions. The match will begin at 3:00 p.m. at Lipscomb Soccer Complex in Nashville, Tenn.

UE will then play Bellarmine and Northern Kentucky before rounding out the spring schedule with the local derby against USI on Thursday, April 16. The clash for the Mayor’s Cup will be held at Arad McCutchan Stadium and commence at 7:00 p.m.

The Aces will be led by head coach Marshall Ray, who is in his first season as the UE men’s soccer head coach. 

* UE's Brodie Harkness Named MVC Pitcher of the Week

The Missouri Valley Conference announced on Monday that University of Evansville baseball player Brodie Harkness was named Pitcher of the Week.

The UE freshman left-hander earned his team-high second win of the season with 6.0 scoreless innings of one hit baseball and a career-high eight strikeouts vs. Western Illinois on March 7. Harkness had two strikeouts in each of the first three innings on his way to a new career-high. He also retired the final 14 batters he faced in the Purple Aces 10-0 win over the Leathernecks.

Harkness is the second Purple Ace to receive MVC Player/Pitcher of the Week honors this season.

Outfielder Josh Jyawook was named MVC Player of the Week on Feb. 16 after his .385 weekend series against Arkansas – Little Rock. He scored a team-high five runs, hit a home run (grand slam) and collected 8 RBIs in the three-game set.

The Purple Aces (6-5) have four road games this week including a contest at Belmont on Wednesday, March 11 at 3:30 p.m. and a three-game series at Ohio State beginning on Friday, March 13.

UE’s next scheduled home game is slated for Wednesday, March 18 vs. Murray State at 6:00 p.m.

* WUEV, AcesTV Unveil Spring Broadcast Schedule

WUEV 91.5 FM and AcesTV, the University of Evansville's multimedia platforms for live events streaming, has announced its 2015 spring sports broadcast schedule. A total of 47 baseball and softball games will be made available through WUEV, and AcesTV during the spring season.

All 33 baseball games will be available on the WUEV/ platforms. An additional 14 softball games will be aired on WUEV 91.5 FM with 10 more online at

Several AcesTV subscription options are also available, including the Spring Sports Season Pass that includes all 19 baseball and softball broadcasts for $29.95. Fans may also purchase monthly subscriptions for $14.95, a weekly subscription for $9.95 or a single-game subscription for $6.95.

Sport-specific packages are also available for those wishing to purchase all AcesTV baseball or softball broadcasts. A package that includes all 11 baseball broadcasts is available for $24.95, while an 8-game softball season package is available for $14.95.


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