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Thursday, April 16, 2015

* Pep and Vim- UE's Annual Day of Giving is Today!

Today is Pep and Vim - UE’s annual day of giving. Our goal is to receive 500 gifts today to support student scholarships.  Once achieved, the UE Alumni Board will give an additional $15,000 to the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

All gifts regardless of size will count toward our goal of 500 donations. The scholarship support received from this one day of giving makes a huge difference in the lives of UE students. 

Go to to make a gift, for updates on our goal, and to learn more about the UE Fight Song Selfie Challenge. As well, please post this on your social media to encourage your friends to do the same.  With Your Support, UE Students Win Big!

* UE appears on Buzzfeed's list of the 27 Most Underrated Colleges in America

The popular social website, Buzzfeed, has listed the University of Evansville as one of the 27 most underrated colleges in America. Take a look at the full list here and join the conversation on our Facebook page to share the things you think are underrated about UE! 


What's Happening Today

* UE String Ensemble Spring Concert Tonight

The UE String Ensemble will perform their final concert of the 2014-2015 academic year tonight, April 16, at 6 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall. This event is FREE and open to the public. The concert will feature Vivaldi's "Concerto for Four Violins in B Minor" and Gyorgy Orban's "Balzene Suite." The Leederlin Trio will make a guest appearance to open the concert. 

The UE String Ensemble is conducted by Brian St. John, assistant professor of music and director of orchestras.


* Medical Clinic Open House Thursday 3 - 5 PM

The UE Medical Clinic for employees and family members covered by Meritain health insurance is hosting an open house on Thursday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Crayton E. and Ellen Mann Health Center located in Sampson Hall (just north of the Schroeder School of Business Building). You are encouraged to drop by the Health Center to see the facility, meet the medical clinic staff, and schedule an appointment if you haven't already done so. 

* Headline Panel Discussion: RFRA and Religious Beliefs this Thursday, 11:00 AM

The campus community is invited to attend a panel discussion about RFRA and the religious beliefs that shape our actions in the public square this Thursday, April 16 in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center, at 11:00 a.m. Guest panelists include James Ware, PhD, Rabbi Gary Mazo, DMin, and Rev. Tamara K. Gieselman, DMin.

The community is invited. 

* Campus Community & Friends Invited - Honors Program Project Presentations on April 16

The Honors Program invites you to attend the Honors Program Project Presentations on April 16. These presentations showcase the project work of the 2015 Honors graduating class. The Honors project is an opportunity for students to explore an area about which they are passionate. The Honors project may consist of a research project, thesis, or creative work. Students may use the Honors project to launch areas of interest for graduate study or to expand résumés for employment.

We hope you will join us to hear the fascinating work that this year’s Honors graduates have completed.  Special thanks are extended to all faculty, advisors, and others who have supported the Honors students in their educational achievements. 

Please see below a schedule of the remaining presentations.

Thursday, April 16 - 3:00 – 4:00 P.M.
Koch Center 100

• Elizabeth Crooks, Nursing
“Sex Education: A Needed Revolution”

• Breianna Simpson, Nursing
“Would You Like to be an Organ Donor?”

• Tempa Auffart, Nursing
“Reaching the Masses: An Evidence-Based Practice Approach to Educating Communities”

Thursday, April 16 - 4:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Koch Center 100

• Cody Baker, Applied Mathematics / Cognitive Science
“Dependence Variability in Predictive Analysis”

• Kaitlyn Bell, Cognitive Science / Psychology / Philosophy
“The Psychological Effects of the Black Death: An Interdisciplinary Literature Review”

• Jackie Kossoff, Creative Writing / Communication
“Coordinating the World's Fairs: From the Great Exhibition of 1851”


* Dr. Walayet Khan to Speak On April 16

Walayet A. Khan, Research Director of the Institute for Global Enterprise and Professor of Finance, will be the first presenter under the 2015 Business Research Colloquium Series on April 16 at 4.00 p.m. in Room 172, Schroeder School of Business Building. The title of his presentation is, “The Effect of US Stock Market Uncertainty on Emerging Equity Market Returns: Case of Latin American Markets.”

Summary: How do emerging markets respond to heightened US market uncertainty in normal market conditions and equity crisis periods? How quickly and strongly are the fears of US investors as reflected in VIX transmitted to individual emerging markets? The Chicago Board Options Exchange’s Volatility Index (VIX) is now widely accepted as a measure of US stock market uncertainty and dubbed as the investor fear gauge. An investigation into the possible answers to these questions provides value to investors searching for global opportunities for hedging, higher returns, and risk diversification. The event is free and open to public.

* Orange Leaf fundraiser for FCA!

Need an excuse to go get froyo? Come to Orange Leaf on Thursday, April 16, to support the Fellowship of Christian Athletes! Bring a flyer, or just mention this article to the cashier and 10% of the sale will go to our organization! 

* 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.

* 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:

* Day of Silence

Day of Silence is a national day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. Come to Ridgway University Center during lunch April 16, and 17 to learn more and show support for the LGBT community. 

* Philanthropy Week Day 4: Participation Day!

Photo Booth Contest- stop by the Philanthropy Week table in Ridgway from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 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 who 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 pin to be worn on your graduation gown to show your UE pride. Make a gift online at or stop by the table in Ridgway University Center today!


Upcoming Events

* This Weekend in Music: A Joint Choir Concert and a Joint Jazz Concert

The University Choir will join the Evansville Bach Singers to perform George Frideric Handel’s oratorio, Saul, in Eastminster Presbyterian Church this Saturday evening, April 18, at 7:00. Director of Choral Activities Dennis Malfatti, who also founded and conducts the Evansville Bach Singers, will lead the combined ensembles as they perform what has been described as an “epic work of great and noble drama, and of thrilling musical inventiveness.” A work that predates Messiah by some three years, Saul draws its texts from the Old Testament story of King Saul and his increasing jealousy and hatred of the young and rising David. Dramatically and musically, it’s on a par with Handel’s operas. Saturday’s performance will feature Assistant Professor of Voice Eric McCluskey as Saul, and Assistant Professor of Voice Alanna Keenan will sing the role of Michal, Saul’s daughter who falls in love with David. Eastminster Church is located at 5501 Washington Avenue. Admission for the concert will be $10.00 for adults; students and children will be admitted without charge.

The UE Jazz Ensemble I will host the UE Jazz Band Invitational Concert in Wheeler Concert Hall this Sunday, April 19, at 4:00 p.m. Led by Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies Timothy Zifer, Jazz Ensemble I will be joined by the Signature School Jazz Band (Becky Simpkins, director) and by the Olney Central College Jazz Band (Suzanne Downes, director) for a concert featuring classic jazz tunes, as well as more recent jazz and popular numbers. Each band will perform separately, and then the three ensembles will join forces for the last two numbers on the program. The concert is free and open to the public.

* UE Newman Club Supports Congregations Acting for Justice & Empowerment (CAJE)

Interested in the Gospel Message of Justice? Meet at UE's Newman Center (corner of Lincoln & Frederick Avenues) this Monday, April 20 for pizza at 5 pm before going downtown to the Old National Events Plaza/The Centre at 5:30 pm to join CAJE for the Nehemiah Action 2015: Supporting Community Members RE: Mental Health & Affordable Housing. NO MONDAY DINNER PROGRAM @ NEWMAN NEXT MONDAY. PIzza only at 5 pm for those participating in CAJE. For more info or if you have questions, please call/text 812-760-8610 or email 

* Type 1 Diabetes Walk

The University of Evansville is forming at team for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on May 17. We would like to identify persons with a direct connection to Type 1 diabetes. We know there are many people in the UE community whose lives have been affected by T1D, and we want to help! If you or a family member or friend has T1D please send an email to so we can include you in our planning. If you would like to sign up for the walk or if you would like to donate, go to and look for the UE team. Together, we can make a difference!

* Best Buddies Friendship Walk

Do you work with individuals with disabilities? Do you support disability awareness? Do you want to learn more about Best Buddies? How about just coming out and supporting a good cause?!?

On Friday, April 24, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Best Buddies will be having its second annual Friendship Walk in the Carson Center Gym. There will be themed laps, music, and more! It will be a fundraiser to support Best Buddies IN which promotes one to one friendships and post-secondary employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Contact Haley Anderson at with any questions, or if you are interested in participating or helping out. You can just walk in at the door. It will be $3 per person. 

* Latin Night/Noche latina: Food and Dance

Everyone on campus is invited to come and enjoy tasty Venezuelan, Colombian, and Mexican food and drinks and to practice some salsa and merengue dance moves to the rhythms of DJ Gabo. The event is free and will take place in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 21. Bring your appetite, your enthusiasm, and your dancing shoes. No dance partner required. For further information please contact: Luis González: or Bárbara Vera:

Latin Night

* Reception for Lisa Schum

Lisa Schum in Accounting & Audit is leaving us and we would like to invite the campus community to join in saying goodbye to her on Friday, April 17 from 2 - 4 p.m. in the Office of Accounting and Audit (OH214). 

* International Club 'KENTUCKY KINGDOM' Theme Park Trip

Join the members of the International Club on Saturday, April 25, as they embark on a thrilling adventure trip to the KENTUCKY KINGDOM theme park. The cost is $25 per person. For more information on the event and how to sign up, email 

Don't miss this fun filled experience!!! 

* UE Theatre closes season with A Streetcar Named Desire

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre proudly presents Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, opening Friday, Apr. 17, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., on Apr. 18, 23, 24, 25, and at 2:00 p.m., on Apr. 19 and 26.

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play opened on Broadway in 1947 and cemented Tennessee Williams as one of America’s most celebrated playwrights. In the steamy heat of the French Quarter, Blanche DuBois arrives on the doorstep of her younger sister, Stella, with a trunk of old furs and a romantic, yet mysterious, portrait of her life as a Southern belle in Mississippi. The tension between Blanche and Stella’s brutish husband, Stanley, grows as thick as the humid New Orleans’ night air.  Ultimately, a mix of desperation and primal passion ignites an explosive encounter resulting in the shattering of the last vestiges of Blanche’s genteel illusions.

Professor R. Scott Lank directs A Streetcar Named Desire; Associate Professor Eric Renschler is the scenic designer; Jessica Intner, a senior theatre generalist from Marietta, Ga., serves as the costume designer; Allie Johnson, a senior design and technology major from Denver, Colo., is the lighting designer; Peter Orkiszewski, a junior theatre management major from Cincinnati, Ohio, is the dramaturg; and Professor Chuck Meacham is the sound designer.
The cast features Olivia Hebert, a senior from Arlington, Texas, as the enigmatic Blanche DuBois, senior, Hailey Lynn Suggs, from Austin, Texas, as Stella Kowalski, and senior, Christopher Hailey, from Friendswood, Texas, as her coarse husband, Stanley Kowalski. The cast also features Raleigh Wade, a senior from Atlanta, Ga., as Mitch, Natalie Tischler, a senior from Houston, Texas, as Eunice, and Aaron R. Johnson, a senior from Floyds Knobs, Ind., as Steve.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for senior adults, students and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling 812.488.2031, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.

* History Spring Lecture: The Irishness of Georgia O'Keeffe April 23rd

The History Department welcomes Dr. Eamonn Wall as the speaker for this year's Spring Lecture, set for April 23, at 4 Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center. The title of Wall's lecture is "The Irishness of Georgia O'Keeffe: One Afternoon in Abiquiu, NM."

In his lecture, Wall will recount an afternoon spent visiting O'Keeffe's home in Abiquiu, New Mexico. O'Keeffe, one of the greatest twentieth century American artists, was born into a part Irish American family in Wisconsin, and had settled in New Mexico in 1949 after spending many years in New York. Working on a study of Irish American writers, artists, and musicians, Wall had come to O'Keeffe's home in search of the Irish American elements in her work. The visit to O'Keeffe's home, and time spent the following day in Cerrillos, the hometown of James Patrick McNulty, who managed the nearby Tiffany mine, forced him to further refine and enlarge ideas of belonging and identity.

Wall is the author of Writing the Irish West: Ecologies and Traditions (Notre Dame, 2011) and From the Sin-e Cafe to the Black Hills: Notes on the New Irish (Wisconsin, 2000). In addition, he has published seven volumes of poetry including the recently published Junction City: New and Selected Poems 1990-2015 (Salmon Poetry, 2015). His lecture is part of a new study of Irish and Irish American writers, artists, and musicians. Wall is Smurfit-Stone Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

* Spanish Film club pays tribute to Gabriel García Márquez

Join us Friday, April 17 and Friday, April 24, at 7:00 pm in Room162 in Schroeder School of Business Building to watch two movies based on Garcia Marquez’s literary work.  Gabriel García Márquez (6 March 1927 – 17 April 2014) was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, but is best known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. For more information please contact Francis Prexl-Orti ( or Dr. Lorena Andueza (

* Post-Wave Re:Fuel Arm & Hammer Product Research Student Survey

Re:Fuel will be returning to UE campus on Tuesday, April 21 to conduct a Post-Wave Arm & Hammer product research survey with UE students. Re:Fuel is the provider of the UE laundry board posters seen in UE laundry rooms. Students will be offered $5 to participate in the survey. While students are encouraged to participate, it is not a requirement of UE, Re:Fuel or Arm & Hammer. Students will be asked to take a photo verification of their shoes, book bag or self and provide a signature for verification of survey participation. The survey will be conducted at lobby table #4 in the Ridgway University Center Lobby near the east entrance.

* This Saturday - Last Days in Vietnam Movie Discussion

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. A discussion with local Vietnam War veterans will follow. Space is limited, please reserve your seat at or by calling 812.423.2973 

* 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.

* Higher education degrees from Indiana State

Indiana State Information Sessions are planned for Monday, April 27, Eykamp 254 in Ridgway University Center

Student Affairs and Higher Education Session
Master's Degree
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Educational Administration: Higher Education Leadership Session
Doctorate Degree
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Complimentary boxed lunch provided.

A maximum of 20 people per session.

Registration link:

* 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

* Fitness Center closed Saturday, April 18

The Fitness Center will be closed this Saturday due to the Bike Race. Normal hours resume on Sunday. 

* Dr. Kingsley's Book available in UE Bookstore

Dr. Gordon Kingsley's latest book titled "Blessed Harlaxton, My Home" is now available in the UE Bookstore in paperback. The book includes numerous essays about life at Harlaxton. 

* 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. 



* Douglas Reed in Residence at IU

Douglas Reed, University Organist Emeritus, taught undergraduate and graduate organ majors at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music on March 23-27. Lessons and studio class were on the C.B. Fisk organ, Opus 135 in Auer Hall. Reed's residency was part of the spring semester sabbatical replacement program for Dr. Janette Fishell, IU organ department chair, who is doing research in Germany.

Douglas Reed At IU

* Bass Fishing Club Finishes 1st in FLW Tournament

UE students Lee Knies and Nick Uebelhor, members of the UE Bass Fishing Club, competed in an FLW Qualifier at Table Rock Lake in Missouri, this past weekend. The duo completed the weekend catching five fish for 16 lbs., 2 oz., which put them in 1st place out of 80 teams. Lee and Nick have now qualified for the Central Invitational where the top 10 will go to the National Championship next year. They will also compete at Lake Chickamauga, Tennessee this coming weekend. Congratulations to Lee and Nick!

Read the full press release here:

* Anna Whiteman selected for JET Program

UE student Anna Whiteman, who is majoring in international studies with a minor in Japanese studies, was selected to participate in the highly selective Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. This program is sponsored by the Japanese government. Anna will be joining two other UE graduates who are currently in Japan, developing strong relationships with local Japanese communities through foreign language education and international exchange activities. 



* UE Outfielder Josh Jyawook Featured on ESPN for Impressive Catch

During the April 15 game against IU, Evansville outfielder Josh Jyawook stole a home run from Indiana hitter Craig Dedelow as he crashed into the waist high wall and somersaulted into the IU bullpen. Jyawook then rose to his feet on the other side of the wall with the ball still in his glove. The grab was the number one play on the Top Plays segment of ESPN Sportscenter that evening.

View the impressive play here 

* The Coach's Box Radio Show Airs Today

Join UE Baseball head coach Wes Carroll on his radio show on Thursday. Tune into the program at 5 pm on WUEV 91.5 FM or 

* Evansville Endures 14 Innings to Claim 2-1 Win at Indiana

It took four hours and 33 minutes as well as 14 innings of baseball, but the University of Evansville (18-15) defeated the Indiana Hoosiers 2-1 on Wednesday night at Bart Kaufman Field. Catcher Travis Tokarek delivered the game-winning, 14th inning RBI single to center field for the one run edge. Reliever Brian Jestice then pitched around a bases loaded jam in the bottom half, striking out pinch hitter Christopher Lowe to secure the road win for the Purple Aces.

“Tokarek came up with the big hit for us and Jestice made some big pitches there in the last inning to secure the save,” said Evansville head coach Wes Carroll. “What an overall great win for us.”

The Aces trailed early on when Indiana plated a run in the first on a Scott Donley RBI double. It would the lone run UE starter Matt Rodgers or any Aces pitcher wound surrender on the night. Evamsville evened up the score in the fourth inning when outfielder Josh Jyawook led off with a double and scored later in the frame on a sacrifice fly from infielder Jonathan Ramon.

Tied at one, Jyawook kept the game tied in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs and no runners on, Craig Dedelow hit a fly ball to left field that Jyawook ran down as he crashed into the waist high wall and somersaulted into the IU bullpen. Jyawook then rose to his feet on the other side of the wall and showed the ball still in his glove. The grab was also the number one play on the Top Plays segment of ESPN Sportscenter that evening.

“That was one of the most spectacular plays I have seen defensively on a baseball field,” added Carroll. “Seeing him go over the wall and make a Sportscenter Top 10 play was just magnificent.”

Tied at one, Rodgers and the UE bullpen kept the Aces in the game by holding IU hitless from the fourth until the 12th inning. Pitcher Conor Gilligan tossed a career-high 3.1 innings without allowing a hit. Fellow reliever Brent Jurceka (2-2) followed that performance up with 3.2 innings of one-hit ball for the win.

UE capitalized on a leadoff IU error in the 14th inning for the go-ahead run.

Jyawook also collected two hits, moving his hitting streak to 11 straight. Outfielder Jarod Perry also moved his on-base streak to 34 games in the win. First baseman Eric McKibban has now reached base in 21 straight games. The save was the first for Jestice in his collegiate career.

The Purple Aces return home to host South Alabama this weekend for a three game set. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 17, 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19. Adult tickets are $7 each as senior/youth tickets are just $5.

* Aces Softball and Salukis Split Doubleheader

The University of Evansville Softball Team (10-34, 2-15 MVC) was able to split their doubleheader against the Southern Illinois Salukis on Wednesday night. The Aces dropped the first game by a score of 2-0. Game two went to the Aces in walk off fashion when Courtney Land singled scoring Abbi Fahse and Ashlee Kawall to secure the 5-4 victory.

Game one was a low scoring affair and ultimately was a pitcher’s duel. The Salukis got things going quickly when Kaylyn Harker homered to left field to make the score 1-0. The score would remain 1-0 until the top of the seventh when Shaye Harre hit a solo shot to give the salukis an insurance run. The game would go final at 2-0 in favor of the Salukis.

For the Salukis Katie Bertelsen went the distance throwing all seven innings giving up zero runs on just five hits. Cecilia Dopart went all seven innings as well for the Aces giving up two runs on only six hits.

Evansville would be the one to jump out to a quick 1-0 lead in game two when Danielle Freeman hit her 10th homer of the season. The game would remain 1-0 when the Aces were able to get another run in the bottom of the fourth when Morgan Lambert hit a triple to score Abbi Fahse.

Southern Illinois would respond though in the top of the fifth. After loading the bases, Harre singled up the middle to score Kelsey Gonzalez. The Salukis were able to get another run when Merri Ann Patterson walked to score Harker making the score 2-2. The Salukis would get two more in the top of the sixth as well when Harre singled through the right side scoring Gonzalez and Jessa Thomas making the score 4-2 in favor of the Salukis.

The Aces came up to bat in the bottom of the seventh with a chance to win in walk off fashion. Hayli Scott got things going when she was able to draw a walk. Susan Norris was then able to single to right field. After a pitching change, Fahse came in and singled scoring Scott to make the score 4-3. Courtney Land then came up to the plate and singled scoring Fahse and Kawall to secure the 5-4 victory for the Aces.

Evansville will be back in action this weekend when they play host to Northern Iowa. Game times on Saturday are set for 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. CDT. The series will wrap up on Sunday when they play at 12:00 p.m. CDT. 

* UE Athletics signs agreement with NIKE

University of Evansville Athletics Director Mark Spencer has announced that the department has entered into a new five year agreement with NIKE to become the exclusive apparel provider for the entire Purple Aces athletic program.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Purple Aces Athletics,” Spencer said. “This is an important step for us to strengthen and solidify the Purple Aces brand and raise the profile of the University of Evansville Athletics on a national level. To pair our brand with the top sports apparel company in the world is a positive for all parties involved.”

The partnership makes NIKE the exclusive footwear and apparel provider for the University of Evansville’s 14 NCAA Division I sports. NIKE has had a standing relationship with several UE sports including the recent College Insider Tournament Champion Men’s Basketball team, while the rest of the programs will make the transition to NIKE beginning in the summer of 2015.

Sixteen of the last nineteen national champions in men’s basketball have been partnered with NIKE. On the football side, all four teams selected to the inaugural College Football Playoff were NIKE Programs.

Outside of collegiate athletics, NIKE has several impressive affiliations. They are the official partner of the National Football League and are used by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in professional golf. On an international level, 18 different countries use NIKE for their men’s basketball teams (including the United States) and 30 use the company for men’s soccer.


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