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Monday, April 13, 2015

* Benefit Open Enrollment Meetings

During the period of April 10 through April 24, benefit-eligible employees may enroll in the UE health, dental, and ACES flexible spending account benefit plans. This period also provides an opportunity for employees to make changes between levels of coverage. It is the only chance for benefit eligible employees to enroll or make changes until the next open enrollment period unless you have a qualifying change in status.

Enrollment/change forms are available during open enrollment meetings and in the Office of Human Resources.  If you don't want to make any change to your coverage, you do not need to complete any forms (unless you want to enroll in the ACES flexible spending account for 2015-16).

Please consider attending one of the following open enrollment meetings to learn about benefit changes for the next year. All of the meetings will be held in Eykamp Hall Room 251 in Ridgway University Center at these dates and times:

• Friday, April 10 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am
• Friday, April 10 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
• Monday, April 13 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am
• Monday, April 13 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
• Tuesday, April 14 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at ext. 2943 with any questions. 


What's Happening Today

* Dinner Tonight with UE Sophomore Nick Raupp at UE Newman Center

Join Nick for dinner tonight at the Newman Center at 5:30 pm. At 6:15 pm, Nick will present why "EVERYTHING IS AWESOME". Nick requested bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches with a variety of chips, watermelon and lemon bars for dessert! Look for the Newman Center's big purple and white banner on the corner of Lincoln and Frederick Avenues. Don't be shy -- join us for dinner tonight! Questions? Call or text 812-760-8610 

* Philanthropy Week Starts Today!

Today marks the beginning of the week long Philanthropy Week campaign with the goal of increasing the campus awareness and knowledge of how philanthropic giving impacts UE.

Stop by Philanthropy Week Table in Ridgway University Center from Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and learn more and participate in activities.

Monday: Awareness Day “Fact Snacks” Distributed

Tuesday: Celebrate Campus and Community Philanthropy with Good Deeds Day and donate a non-perishable food item to the United Way Food Drive at the philanthropy week table.

Wednesday: Appreciation Day - Opportunity to tell a donor thank you for supporting student scholarships

Thursday: Participation Day Photo Booth Contest- stop by and take a UE Fight Song Selfie. Submit the selfie through social media using #UEPepandVim and the Philanthropy Week committee will review submissions; winner receives a limited edition prize. T-shirt giveaway to the first 25 students to stop by and participate. Student-to-Student (S2S) is about choosing to help classmates with your gift, which directly benefits other students by making it easier for them to earn their degree. When you give $5 or more dollars for four years you become part of the S2S Loyalty Society and receive a cord to be worn on your graduation gown to show your UE pride.


Upcoming Events

* An Evening of Service -- Planting for Seton Harvest

Join UE Newman Club members tomorrow in planting crops to benefit Seton Harvest. The harvest provides produce to the poor through pantry systems, food banks and homeless shelters. To participate or for more info text 812-760-8610. 

* This Week in Music: Ensemble Concerts

The UE Wind Ensemble will present its Spring Concert in Neu Chapel this Tuesday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. Associate Professor of Low Brass and Director of Bands Kenneth Steinsultz will lead the ensemble in performances of music by Samuel Barber and Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as a few other composers of the Modern Era. Consortium Instructor of Flute Cara Dailey will also join the ensemble for a performance of Jules Mouquet’s La Flute de Pan.

Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities Brian St. John will conduct the UE String Ensemble in its Spring Concert in Wheeler Concert Hall on Thursday, April 16, at 6:00 p.m. The program will begin with a performance by the Leederlin Trio, a student ensemble consisting of violinist Sarah Lee, violist Taylor Farlin, and cellist Katy Von Der Heide. The trio will perform a movement of a work by Austrian composer and pianist Johann Nepomuk Hummel, a rival of Beethoven in the latter 18th and early 19th centuries.

The full String Ensemble will then follow with performances of works by Vivaldi and the neo-Romantic Hungarian composer György Orbán. Both concerts are free and open to the public.


* Bi-Sci Plant Sale

The UE Bi-Sci Club will be having a plant sale April 21-23 in Ridgway University Center, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. We will be selling basil, cilantro, and tomatoes, just to name a few! Plants will be 50 cents each, or $1 for three. Email ap190 with any questions! 

* Join Black Student Union at Networking Conference

Students are invited to attend the “Changing Face of Leadership conference sponsored by the Black Student Union on April 24!  There, various African American Alumni members will speaking on important topics like: future career plans after school, what you can do with a certain degree, and how to work in a diverse environment. You don’t want to miss this awesome opportunity! There will be a free luncheon with guest speaker, Nyle Fort as well. If interested, please register at  by Friday April 17. For more information, contact LaNeeca Williams at or Adam Anthony at

* Writing Center Boot Camp: APA Style!

Do you have an APA paper due? Join in the Writing Center on Wednesday, April 15, at 5 p.m., for a practical workshop that will cover how to format and cite papers according to the APA style manual, including the cover page and reference page, internal citations, and running heads. All students are welcome and we hope to see you there! 

* Family Weekend and Homecoming 2015 are set for September 25-27!

Family Weekend and Homecoming 2015 are set for September 25-27!

“Forever Purple” is the theme for Family Weekend and Homecoming, scheduled for September 25-27. The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations has started working on event planning. If your department or organization would like to have an event for parents during this weekend, please complete the "Family Weekend Event Form" by April 21, by clicking on this link: , or by e-mailing the information to

Like past years' successful events, we would like to have a lot of student, school, and department participation! If you have any questions, please contact or extension 2586.

* Last Days in Vietnam Movie Discussion - April 18 at 6:00 p.m.

WNIN will be presenting a screening of Rory Kennedy’s Academy Award nominated documentary Last Days in Vietnam in Room 162, Schroeder School of Business Building, on April 18 at 6 p.m. Over the last days in Vietnam, with the clock ticking and the city under fire, 135,000 South Vietnamese managed to escape with help from a number of heroic Americans who took matters into their own hands. See their stories unfold, and stay after the film for a discussion with local Vietnam veterans.

Space is limited, please reserve your seat at or by calling 812.423.2973

* Special Presentation on Autism Planned

A special presentation on autism, “Rethinking Autism: Wretches & Jabberers,” is planned for Wednesday, April 15, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall) in the Schroeder School of Business Building. The presentation is being hosted by Optimal Rhythms, Inc., and is free and open to the public.

This autism awareness event will feature Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, stars of the highly acclaimed autism documentary, Wretches & Jabberers, along with their support team Harvey and Pascal. Clips from the documentary will be shown, followed by a question and answer session.

To watch the trailer for the documentary, go here.

For more information, please call 812-488-2663 or 812-488-2500.

* Wahnita DeLong Reading Featuring Bruce McPherson on April 17

Bruce McPherson will be the speaker for the Wahnita DeLong Reading for the Creative Writing Coffee Hour on Friday, April 17. The event starts at 4 p.m. at the Mel Peterson Gallery. The reading is free and open to the public.

McPherson is the founding editor and publisher of McPherson & Company, an independent literary and arts press located in New York’s Hudson Valley.

In 2010, he published Jaimy Gordon’s fourth novel, Lord of Misrule, which received the 2010 National Book Award for fiction. Among the press’s forthcoming books is an anthology of essays, Every Father’s Daughter, edited by Margaret McMullan. 

A native of Atlanta, Bruce attended Evansville Day School, followed by Brown University and the Annenberg School of Communication at University of Pennsylvania.

* Margaret McMullan speaking April 16 at the Creative Writing Coffee Hour

Margaret McMullan will be speaking at the Mel Peterson Gallery at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 16. Everyone is welcome to attend.

McMullan is the author of six award-winning novels for adults and young adults, and she has received an NEA Fellowship in literature, a Fulbright at the University of Pécs in Hungary, and the Eugene and Marilyn Glick National Authors Award.

Her short stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Southern Accents, TriQuarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Southern California Anthology, and many other journals and anthologies. Her novel-in-stories, Aftermath Lounge, is forthcoming in 2015, and she is the editor of Every Father’s Daughter, an anthology of essays by women writing about their fathers with an introduction by Phillip Lopate, which is also due in 2015.

An MFA graduate of the University of Arkansas, Margaret is the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Evansville.

* UE Newman Club Hosts Trip to "The Holy Hill"

Join us for a trip to St. Meinrad Archabbey on Saturday, April 18. We will depart from the UE Newman Center at 10 AM. Lunch will be provided. Day includes time for individual prayer; tour of the grounds and campus; 4:30 pm Byzantine Liturgy. For more details or to sign-up email or call/text 812-760-8610. 

* Peruvian Stock Exchange Officer to Discuss Building Capital Markets in the Emerging World

Miguel A. Zapatero, Chief Business Development Officer at the Lima Stock Exchange, will be speaking to UE students via Skype (from his office in Lima, Peru) at 12.15 p.m. CST in Smythe Hall (Room 170), Schroeder School of Business Building, on April 14. The title of his presentation is “Building Capital Markets in the Emerging World: the Case of Peru”. Zapatero worked previously as a Director in the Global Client Group at BlackRock in San Francisco, California, and Santiago, Chile. He also worked at Banco Central de Reserva del Peru, the Peruvian reserve bank, and at Apoyo Consultoria, a Peruvian consulting and investment bank. He is an economist from the Universidad del Pacifico (1999) and holds a MBA degree from the University of California at Berkeley (2006). 

The event is open to the public.

For any questions, please contact Walayet A. Khan, Research Director, and Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana.

* Annual Chutney Student Literary Conference April 18th

Please join us on Saturday, April 18 for Chutney, the annual student literary conference sponsored by the Department of English. Student panels are planned for 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. in Rooms 271 and 272 in Schroeder Family School of Business Building. The keynote address will be given by former UE Professor of English Bill Hemminger at 11 a.m. in Room 272. Hemminger, a member of the Department of English as well as the Department of Foreign Languages, taught at UE for 25 years. He won four Fulbright grants to teach at African universities; his book African Son describes some of those teaching experiences. Hemminger’s topic is “The Palm at the End of the Mind: Wallace Stevens and the Wild." Winners of the Grabill and Klinger writing award competitions will be announced immediately following Hemminger’s address. 

* Islamic Center Executive Director and Imam to Speak at UE

Omar Atia, executive director and imam of the Islamic Center of Evansville, will be speaking at the University of Evansville on Thursday, April 16, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall), Schroeder School of Business Building. A question and answer session will follow the lecture. Atia’s topic will be “Finding the Truth through the Noise – What Does Islam Really Stand For?” This event is free and open to the public.

Atia has been a community activist and motivational speaker for more than 15 years. Before coming to the Islamic Center of Evansville, he led youth and community development efforts in Indianapolis, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; and Cincinnati, Ohio. Atia’s blend of faith-based learning and real-world social-justice leadership enables him to provide a distinct take on Islam. His thought leadership stays true to faith tradition while providing a vision that is relevant and transformative for America.
Professionally, Atia is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of lean management and applied creativity. As co-founder and chief strategist of Thoughtfire, he has proven success stories with companies around the world, aiding transformations from mediocre performance to consistent, world-class results.

Atia graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s in interdisciplinary engineering. He has completed courses with the Islamic American University towards a bachelor’s in Islamic studies. He was born in Illinois, lived in Cairo, Egypt, for part of his childhood, and in Indiana most of his life.

This event is sponsored by UE’s Office of Diversity Initiatives and Department of Religious Life, and hosted by the UE Muslim Students' Association.

For more information on the event, please email:

* Dirt Day!

April 25th is Dirt Day at John James Audubon State Park in Henderson, KY. We are looking for volunteers to help out with trail work and the beautification of our gardens! Volunteers can meet at the museum by 8:30 am and will work until Noon, at which time, we will serve lunch! No tools or experience is necessary but we do expect volunteers to be properly clothed--closed toed shoes and clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty! Registration is appreciated, but not required. Please contact for any further information or to register for this event. See you out at the park! 


Info You Should Know

* UE Newman Club Accepting Nominations for Leadership Roles

UE Newman Club is re-structuring their organization and is taking nominations for their 2015-2016 Ministry Team Executive Board. Nominations for President, Chair of Social Activities, Chair of Service, Chair of Public Relations and Chair of Liturgy and Music will be taken through this Wednesday, April 15 at midnight. You may email nominations to or text them to 812-760-8610. If you would like to receive a nomination form listing the responsibilities of the leadership roles before making a nomination, please email 

* Student Phonathon Accepting Applications During Philanthropy Week

The UE Student Phonathon will accept applications during Philanthropy Week (April 13-16) at Ridgway University Center from 10am-2pm. Apply now for a paid on campus job opportunity in the fall. Contact Jen at jj130 or x2021 for more information. 

* CIT Championship Shirts

The UE Bookstore will have men's basketball CIT Championship tee shirts in the store. The shipment is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, April 15 and would be available later in the day. The shirt sells for $17.95 for Small through XL sizes. Larger sizes will be slightly more. 

* Bike Rentals Coming Soon!

The Fitness Center is implementing an experimental bike check-out system, which will run from April 13 to April 28. Students, faculty and staff will be able to check out bikes Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday and Sunday, from 11:30 AM to 4 PM. The bikes must be returned 30 minutes prior to closing. Bikes are available on a first come, first served basis. To check out a bike, come to the front desk of the Fitness Center and provide your UE ID. When you check out a bike, you will be given a helmet and a lock. Once your waiver has been signed, you will be free to enjoy your bike ride! If the bike is not returned 30 minutes prior to closing time you will be accessed a $5 late fee. 

* May Grads - it's Getting Close!

May graduates are reminded that if you still need a cap/gown and/or graduation announcement you should stop by the UE Bookstore very soon. The big day will be here soon and you need to be ready. We'll also have some graduation gifts ideas as well. 

* Nominations Being Accepted for Howard S. Rosenblatt Dean of Students Leadership Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the Howard S. Rosenblatt Dean of Students Leadership Awards.  Awards are given for the Organization of the Year, the Student Organization Advisor of the Year, and the Student Leader of the Year.  These awards will be presented during the Annual Leadership Awards Program, Thursday, April 23. 

Please complete your nominations using this application form and return your nominations to the Dean of Students Office by April 15. 

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Martin at 812-488-2500 or

* Summer/Fall Text Adoptions Now due

Faculty are reminded that textbook adoptions for the Summer and Fall 2015 terms are now due in the UE Bookstore. Please submit your adoptions as soon as possible. Contact the Bookstore if any questions. 

* Concrete Canoe Float Day Cancelled!

Floating Day has been cancelled! The event was planned for Tuesday, April 14 in front of Koch Center.



* Cunningham has Articles Published in the Journal of Manipulative Therapy

Shala Cunningham, assistant professor of physical therapy, has two articles regarding medical screening in physical therapy accepted and published online ahead of print in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.  

Inter-rater reliability and validity of the screen assist lumbar questionnaire: a pilot study

Upper cervical instability associated with rheumatoid arthritis: a case report

* Physical Therapy Professors' Abstract Selected for Presentation at the Widener University Interprofessional Simulation Conference

Shala Cunningham, assistant professor of physical therapy, and Joni McFelea, associate professor of physical therapy, have two presentations accepted for the Widener University Interprofessional Simulation Conference to be held July 15-16 in Chester, Pennsylvania:

Effect of an acute care interprofessional simulation on physical therapy students’ ability to collaborate effectively on a healthcare team will be presented as a poster on July 15.

The Development of an Interprofessional Acute Care Simulation Experience will be presented as a platform presentation on July 16.

* UE Professor McMullan's Two-Book Launch in Minnesota

UE Professor of Creative Writing Margaret McMullan’s two new books Every Father’s Daughter and Aftermath Lounge were launched last week at the Associated Writers Program (AWP) conference in Minneapolis.

Every Father’s Daughter is a collection of personal essays about fathers written by contemporary women writers such as Nobel laureate Alice Munro and Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley. The anthology also includes essays by three UE Creative Writing majors Jane Friedman ‘98, Johanna Gohmann ’98, and Jessica Woodruff ’13, all former students of McMullan’s.

McMullan, Phillip Lopate, Ann Hood, Jill McCorkle, Jayne Anne Phillips read from the collection at the conference, followed by a signing.

Publisher’s Weekly gave Every Father’s Daughter a starred review calling it “a treasure trove…By turns sentimental and dark, McMullan's stunning collection has a wonderful purity.”

Professor McMullan also appeared on Kare 11, NBC’s news show to discuss her new novel in stories Aftermath Lounge, described by the Jackson Clarion Ledger as “a wonderful and devastating book about damage both manmade and natural. Ultimately, Aftermath Lounge is as much about recovery as it is about loss — making it at last to higher but still shaky ground, the way all recoveries must begin.”

Professor McMullan is the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing. She will be reading from her new work Thursday, April 16 at the 4:00 Coffee Hour in the Melvin Peterson Gallery, sponsored by the Department of Creative Writing. 

* Stevenson and Students Present Research at Professional Psychology Conference

Psychology majors Emily Denne, Evan McCracken, Tyler Plogher, and Taylor Wornica, and Associate Professor Margaret Stevenson recently attended several professional psychology conferences where they presented a total of 3 talks and 6 poster research presentations.

At the inaugural International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS) in Amsterdam in March, Evan McCracken and Tyler Plogher presented two posters, co-authored with Margaret Stevenson, entitled “Social Dominance Orientation Explains Political Conservatives’ Tendency to Blame Rape Victims” And “Religious Individuals Blame Rape Victims but Punish Rape Perpetrators.”

At the annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Conference in Long Beach, California in February, Tyler Plogher and Evan McCracken presented a poster, co-authored with Margaret Stevenson entitled, “Date Rape: How Victim Depression Status Affects Perceptions of Rape Avoidability.”

At the annual American Psychology and Law Society (AP-LS) Conference in San Diego, California in March, Margaret Stevenson chaired a symposium titled “Emotion in Law: Disgust as a Predictor and Mediator of Legal Judgments” and presented a talk within the symposium titled “Disgust Sensitivity Predicts Punitive Treatment of Juvenile Sex Offenders: The Role of Empathy, Dehumanization, and Fear.”

Evan McCracken also presented a talk within this symposium session, stemming from his senior thesis research, titled “Disgust Toward Male Rape Perpetrators Drives Moral Outrage and Guilty Verdicts.”

Tyler Plogher also presented a talk at AP-LS stemming from his senior thesis research, titled, “Stigmatizing Consequences of Loving a Registered Sex Offender.”

Emily Denne and Taylor Wornica presented a poster at AP-LS, co-authored with Margaret Stevenson, titled, “Think Before You Ink: Biases Against Tattooed Mothers Affect Child Custodial Decisions.”

Taylor Wornica was honored at the Minority Affairs Banquet for winning a competitive APPLE grant for research (Access Path to Psychology and Law Experience) through Division 41 of the American Psychological Association. Students Evan McCracken and Tyler Plogher were also honored at this banquet for winning competitive Division 41 student travel grants and for being past APPLE awardees.

Finally, both Emily Denne and Taylor Wornica will be presenting a poster presentation at the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Conference in New York this May.

These research projects were funded by multiple UE undergraduate research grants, an ARSAF grant, and grants through the American Psychology and Law Society. Travel for the students was funded in part by the SGA and by competitive grants from Division 41 of the American Psychology and Law Society.

* Jennie Ebeling Receives Prestigious Award

Associate professor of archaeology Jennie Ebeling has been awarded the Annual Professorship at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem for Fall 2015. Ebeling was awarded this fellowship to work on analysis and publication of the Jezreel Expedition. During this four-and-a-half month sabbatical in Jerusalem, she will analyze ground stone artifacts from the 2013-15 seasons at Jezreel, complete preliminary reports of the first three excavation seasons with co-director Norma Franklin, and conduct small survey and excavation projects at the site with members of the Jezreel Expedition.

The Jezreel Expedition is sponsored by UE and the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa. It is supported by consortium partners: Chapman University, Moravian Theological Seminary, University of Arizona, Vanderbilt University, Villanova University and Wesley Theological Seminary. The Jezreel Expedition is an American Schools of Oriental Research CAP-Affiliated field project and its field school is the first in Israel to be certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists.

The expedition team is intent on revealing the history of settlement of “greater Jezreel” from late prehistory through the 20th century. It has unearthed evidence for a settlement over 4,000 years old from the Early Bronze Age, a Middle Bronze Age burial cave with Egyptian-style scarab seals and bronze jewelry, a large Iron Age (biblical period) winery, and more.

“This is perfect timing for a sabbatical,” said Ebeling, “because it is the midway point in our planned six-season project. I look forward to working more closely with Dr. Franklin and other members of the Jezreel team during my semester in Jerusalem and participating in educational and social activities at the Albright Institute.”

Ebeling earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Religion from Rutgers University, and her MA and PhD in Near Eastern Archaeology from the University of Arizona. A former Fulbright scholar, Ebeling has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Lady Davis Fellowship Trust to conduct research in ancient technology, food and drink in antiquity, and women in Canaan and ancient Israel. She has co-edited books such as New Approaches to Old Stones: Recent Studies of Ground Stone Artifacts and Household Archaeology in Ancient Israel and Beyond, and is the author of Women’s Lives in Biblical Times.

In 2011, Ebeling received the Dean’s Teaching Award from UE’s College of Arts and Sciences, and was awarded the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the UE Alumni Association in 2014. She currently chairs the Department of Archaeology and Art History at UE.

* Biology students present research at conference

Biology students Allie Arguello and Mackenzie Powell presented their cardio-renal physiology research at the Experimental Biology Conference in Boston, MA. Experimental Biology is an annual meeting comprised of over 14,000 scientists and exhibitors representing six sponsoring societies and multiple guest societies. Allie Arguello presented her research from the lab of UE alum Dr. Jennifer Pollock titled "Dynamin-2 is a negative regulator of NOS1β in the collecting duct." Mackenzie Powell presented her research from the lab of UE alum Dr. David Pollock titled "Evidence for ETB receptor mediated pressor effects mediated by alpha-adrenergic receptors." Mackenzie was also a recipient of the David S. Bruce Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract Award


Sympathy to...

* Leland Dierks and Family

Leland Dierks’s father, Marvin Dierks, passed away at the age of 78 on Friday, April 10, at Three Springs Lodge Nursing Home in Chester, Illinois. Marvin was a lineman at General Motors in St. Louis for 28 ½ years and had worked at the International Shoe Company in Chester. After retirement, he enjoyed being a farmhand at the Wilson farm in Bremen, IL. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Chester, Illinois. He loved music and playing the accordion. He volunteered, along with his wife Irene, playing music at the two nursing homes in Chester. He is survived by his wife, brother, four children, eight grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. The funeral is April 13 in Chester, Illinois. 



* UE Baseball Hosts SIUE on Tuesday at 6 pm

The Aces complete a five game homestand on Tuesday, April 14, when they host SIUE at 1:00 p.m. at Braun Stadium. Adult tickets are $7 each as senior/youth tickets are just $5. 

* Harkness Dominant in 2-0 Defeat to #20 Missouri State

Freshman left-hander Brodie Harkness matched his career-high with 8.0 innings pitched on Sunday, but the University of Evansville baseball team (16-15, 5-7) dropped the series finale 2-0 to the #20 Missouri State Bears. Harkness allowed just two runs on nine hits while not walking a single batter and recording three strikeouts.

“Brodie had a heck of a game,” said Evansville head coach Wes Carroll. “He kept Missouri State off balance and had another great developmental start for him and our program. I am really proud of his overall effort.”

Harkness worked around a first inning jam but encountered more trouble in the second. Infielder Aaron Meyer led off the frame with a bloop single to left-center field and catcher Eduardo Castro followed with a two-run home run down the left field line. The home run for Castro was his second of the season and resulted in the only runs of the game.

Down 2-0, UE rallied in the bottom of the inning against Missouri State starter Jordan Knutson. The Aces had runners at first and second with one out but the left-hander struck out catcher Billy Lipari and induced infielder Stewart Nelson to an inning ending groundout.

After allowing the home run, Harkness retired 10 straight Bears batters, keeping the UE offense within two runs. Harkness’ double digit out streak was snapped in the fifth with back to back hits but he got a lineout and fly out to end the frame. Harkness also left two more men on base in the sixth inning as well.

Knutson followed suit, leaving a runner on in each of the third and fourth innings while also setting down six hitters in a row.

Still trailing by two, UE brought the tying run to the plate a few times in the late innings. Infielder Shain Showers earned a two-out walk in the sixth but was thrown out trying to steal second. Outfielder Josh Jyawook also tallied a two-out single in the eighth but back to back outs sent the game to the ninth.

Reliever Conor Gilligan pitched around a two-out single in the top of the ninth to keep the deficit at two runs. Missouri State closer Bryan Young however retired all three hitters he faced in the bottom half to secure the Bears a road sweep at Evansville.

Harkness (4-2) takes the loss, despite allowing two runs in 8.0 innings. Jyawook extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 1-for-4 day. Outfielder Jarod Perry was also 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to eight consecutive games. Perry has now reached base in 32 straight contests.

The Aces end a five game homestand on Tuesday, April 14 when they host SIUE at 1:00 p.m. at Braun Stadium. Adult tickets are $7 each as senior/youth tickets are just $5.

* Katterhenry in top three after first round at ISU

University of Evansville sophomore Kayla Katterhenry is right in the mix once again as she is in third place at the midway point of the Indiana State Spring Invite at the Country Club of Terre Haute.

Standing in a tie for third, Katterhenry posted a 74 in the opening round. She is just two strokes off the lead. Katterhenry was the top performer for the Purple Aces in Sunday’s first round of play.

Cathy Doyle and Giulia Mallmann are next for UE. The pair each registered an 83 on Sunday and stand in a tie for 47th place. Maggie Camp is one stroke behind Doyle and Mallmann as her first round total came in at an 84.

Dana Hayden finished her opening round with an 86 and stands tied for 65th place. Individuals Kelly Lamarche and Rachel Marchi made the trip for the Aces and finished with solid rounds. Lamarche completed the opening round with an 85 while Marchi finished with an 87.

Indiana State’s Marissa Uradomo is in first place with a 72, just one ahead of Bradley’s Danielle Lemek. Katterhenry and Loyola’s Jessie Staed are in third with a 74.

The Sycamores and Braves lead the way in the team standings. Both finished the day with a 301 and hold a healthy lead over 3rd-place Loyola. One more round remains on Monday morning.

* Pahud makes large jump at Hoosier Invitational

A final-round score of 69 saw University of Evansville golfer Wil Pahud leap into a tie for 22nd as the Purple Aces wrapped up the Hoosier Invitational.

Pahud shot one of the lowest rounds of the day as his 2-under 69 saw him finish the 3-round tournament with a 218 at the IU Golf Course. He was the top finisher for Evansville. Freshman Tyler Gray finished five strokes behind Pahud with a 223. He tied for 43rd. Following an opening-round 77, Gray carded two rounds of 73 to move up in the standings.

Third for Evansville was Alex Turner. A 1-over 72 on Sunday saw him finish the event with a 228 in what was a close field throughout the standings. Next up was Rick Voyvodic. He registered an 80 in the final trip to finish with a 230. Will Knights rounded out the squad, posting a final score of 234. His final round checked in at a 79.

Evansville finished its three rounds with an 890 to finish in 15th place, just one stroke ahead of Drake. The Aces were three behind Youngstown State’s 887. Wisconsin led the way after day one and a 288 on Sunday saw the Badgers clinch the team championship. An 853 saw Wisconsin defeat Cincinnati by eight strokes. Indiana was third with an 867 with Oakland (871) and Toledo (872) rounding out the top five.

After two rounds of action, four players were tied atop the leaderboard, but on Sunday, one emerged from the rest of the pack. Jose Montano of Xavier fired a 2-under 69 in the final round to take the top honor with a 208. Jack Watson of the Badgers and John Michael O’Toole from the Bearcats took second, two shots behind Montano.

This marked the final regular-season tournament for the Aces as they head to Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. for the Missouri Valley Conference Championship on April 27 and 28.

* Indiana State Completes Sweep Over Aces Softball

The University of Evansville Softball Team (9-33, 1-14 MVC) wrapped up their series against the Indiana State Sycamores on Sunday afternoon. The Aces jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead over the Sycamores but in the end would come up short as the Sycamores defeated the Aces by a score of 7-4. The win for the Sycamores completed the three game sweep over Evansville.

In the top of the first, the Aces got things going quickly when Chandra Parr homered scoring Michal Luckett. Evansville followed that up with another run in the top of the second when Ashlee Kawall scored off a Courtney Land double. The Sycamores got on the board in the bottom of the third when Ashley Dickerson score off a Aubre Carpenter single making the score 3-1 in favor of the Aces.

Indiana State would add two more runs in the bottom of the fourth off runs from Kelsey Montgomery and Brooke Riemenschneider. In the bottom of the fifth, Megan Stone homered for the third time this series scoring Erika Crissman and making the score 5-3 in favor of the Sycamores.

Evansville was able to get one more run in the top of the sixth when Hayli Scott hit into a double play that still allowed Parr to score. The Sycamores would add two more in the bottom of the sixth when Alexa Cavin scored off a wild pitch and Kassie Brown was able to score off a passed ball making the score 7-4 which would result in the final score of the game.

The Aces will be back in action on Tuesday when they take on the Southern Illinois Salukis in doubleheader action. Games times are 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. CDT. The doubleheader marks only the second time this season that the Aces have been at home.

* Aces Tennis Wraps Up Weekend With Loss to Drake

The University of Evansville Women’s Tennis Team (9-9, 1-4 MVC) wrapped up their weekend with a match against the Drake Bulldogs on Sunday morning. Drake was able to defeat the Aces by a score of 6-1. Marketa Trousilova was able to get two victories. At flight one singles she defeated Mariel Ante by a score of 6-4, 2-6, 10-8. In doubles action, Trousilova and Marina Moreno defeated Ante and Adrienne Jensen by a score of 8-7 (7-4).

At flight two doubles, Nell Boyd and Maddie Johnson of Drake defeated Natasha James and Kennedy Craig by a score of 8-4. Lastly, at flight three singles Gaby Fifer and Mina Milovic of Evansville were defeated by Jordan Eggleston and Tess Herder by a score of 8-5.

In other singles action, Natasha James of Evansville took the loss against Maddie Johnson 6-0, 6-2 at flight two singles. At flight three singles, Summer Brills of Drake defeated Kennedy Craig by a score of 6-1, 6-4. Marina Moreno of Evansville was defeated by Bell Boyd 6-4, 6-0 at flight four singles. Adrienne Jensen of Drake defeated Mina Milovic at flight five singles by a score of 6-0, 6-2. Lastly, at flight six singles, Gaby Fifer of Evansville was defeated by Lea Kozulic 6-3, 6-1.

Doubles Competition
1. Trousilova, Marketa/Moreno, Marina (UE) def. Ante, Mariel/Jensen, Adrienne (DU) 8-7 (7-4)
2. Boyd, Nell/Johnson, Maddie (DU) def. James, Natasha/Craig, Kennedy (UE) 8-4
3. Eggleston, Jordan/Herder, Tess (DU) def. Fifer, Gaby/Milovic, Mina (UE) 8-5

Singles Competition
1. Trousilova, Marketa (UE) def. Ante, Mariel (DU) 6-4, 2-6, 10-8
2. Johnson, Maddie (DU) def. James, Natasha (UE) 6-0, 6-2
3. Brills, Summer (DU) def. Craig, Kennedy (UE) 6-1, 6-4
4. Boyd, Nell (DU) def. Moreno, Marina (UE) 6-4, 6-0
5. Jensen, Adrienne (DU) def. Milovic, Mina (UE) 6-0, 6-2
6. Kozulic, Lea (DU) def. Fifer, Gaby (UE) 6-3, 6-1

The Aces will be back in action this next weekend when they face Illinois State on Friday April 18th at 1:00 p.m. CDT and Bradley on April 19th at 10:00 a.m. CDT. Both matches will be at Wesselman Park. The Aces will then host the MVC Team Championships April 24th-26th at Wesselman Park.

* Evansville Men's Soccer Signs Mike Matic

– University of Evansville men’s soccer head coach Marshall Ray and his staff announced the addition of Mike Matic to the team’s spring signing class.

Matic (Mississauga, Ontario) is the seventh member of the Purple Aces signing class this spring. He joins Zachary Blaydes (Midway, Ky. / Woodford County), Kyle Brown (Fenton, Mo. / Rockwood Summitt), Hunter Deweese (Haubstadt, Ind. / Gibson Southern), Erick Hasselkus (Newburgh, Ind. / Reitz Memorial), Brian Hughes (Aurora, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit) and Greg Niven (St. Louis, Mo. / Saint Louis University High School).

Mississauga, Ontario (Canada)

Noteable: Mike is a member of Sigma FC, and has been competing with the 1st team since 2014 playing in League 1 Ontario. Previous to that, he played with the schoolboys, competing in the SAAC. Mike has led his team in scoring each of the past 5 years, and was named SAAC Top Scorer for the past 3 years. Mike’s prolific goal scoring abilities helped him lead Sigma FC to an SAAC U17 Championship in 2013. In 2012, Mike travelled overseas to compete against some of the best youth clubs in Europe such as Ajax (Holland), PSV Eindhoven (Holland), AZ Alkmaar (Holland), Club Brugge (Belgium) and FC Koln (Germany). Along with competing against top European clubs, Mike had the opportunity to spend some time training with clubs such as AC Milan (Italy), RCD Mallorca (Spain), Club Brugge (Belgium) and KRC Genk (Belgium). Along with his athletic accomplishments, Mike has been very competitive in the classroom, completing grades 9, 10 and 11 with Honors.

Ray on Matic: “We are pleased to add Mike to our incoming class for 2015. He provides this class and our program with another proven goal scorer. His experiences at Sigma FC and while training with some of the top clubs in Europe will help him adjust to the demands of Division I soccer. I look forward to having Mike in our August training camp with the rest of the guys.”

* Eight UE Women's Swimmers recognized by MVC

Eight members of the University of Evansville women’s swimming and diving team were named to the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete Team.

Scholar-Athlete honors require athletes to have completed at least one year and maintain either a 3.2 grade-point average and obtain all-conference honors, achieve a 3.5 grade-point average and finish top-16 in an individual event at the conference championships, or maintain a 3.8 grade-point average and participate in the MVC championship.

The Missouri Valley Conference had an outstanding number of student-athletes on the scholar-athlete team this season for swimming and diving, topping out at 59. In the 2014-15 season, 16 of these scholar-athletes had an impressive GPA at or above a 3.8 and 6 of those had a 4.0 GPA. For the 2014-15 season, Illinois State holds the most spots on the scholar-athlete team with 14 student-athletes on the team and a remarkable 4 student-athletes holding a 4.0 GPA.

Evansville’s eight representatives included:
Abby Smith Evansville 3.94 Chemistry
Abby Yenzer Evansville 3.89 Physical Therapy
Michelle Tipton Evansville 3.68 Physical Therapy
Mackenzie Harris
Samantha Montgomery Evansville
Evansville 3.70
3.61 Nursing
Environmental Administration
Maja Magnusson Evansville 3.59 Global Business
Mackenzie Powell Evansville 3.56 Biology
Charlotte Lechner Evansville 3.53 Exercise Science/Physical Therapy


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