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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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* Hlawn K. Zathang and Nathan Graves Named 2015 Outstanding Seniors

Hlawn K. Zathang, an accounting major from Indianapolis, Indiana, and Nathan Graves, an education major from Renssalaer, Indiana, were named the University of Evansville’s Outstanding Seniors during Commencement at the Ford Center last Saturday.

The Mabel Dillingham Nenneker and Guthrie May Outstanding Senior Service Awards are the highest honors the University presents to one female and one male senior. They are named for two of the University’s most respected alumni, Mabel Dillingham Nenneker and Guthrie May.

Zathang was the recipient of the Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Outstanding Senior Service Award. She graduated with an accounting degree and has earned sufficient credit hours to sit for the Certified Public Accountant exam following graduation.

In 2008, Zathang moved with her family to America from Burma (now Myanmar). Nobody in her family spoke English, so she committed to learn English fast in order to assist her family with the transition. Zathang has also volunteered to assist other refugee families relocate to America. She is one of approximately 10,000 Burmese people now living in south Indianapolis. Through these experiences, Zathang became inspired to give back by helping others.  Since her arrival in Evansville, she has volunteered at the Evansville ARC Industries, Little Sisters of the Poor, and Pine Haven Nursing Home. 

Zathang is involved with the Burmese American Institute, a not-for-profit organization that helps students and people in the community focusing on college research, tutoring, and childcare development. Zathang helps students with research, tracks cash flow for the Institute’s program, calculates staff payroll, organizes participant, staff, and organization partner files, and assists with fiscal reporting.

Overall, Zathang says, “It is obvious that through my four years at the University of Evansville, I have not only grown in an education aspect, but I also discovered what it means to be a good citizen. I also realize the size of my responsibility starting with my family, to the community, and to the world.”

The Guthrie May Award was presented to Graves, who was also the ceremony’s senior keynote speaker. He graduated with a bachelor of science in special education and elementary education, and will attend Vanderbilt University in the fall to pursue a master’s degree for a future in higher education.

Graves helped incoming and potential students as an admission ambassador and orientation leader, and was involved with local schools through practicums and internships. He served as event coordinator for an after school program that finds homes for those whose situations leave them without a place to live.

Graves was inspired to enroll in a social responsibility class to become more culturally competent, and participated in training provided by the Anti-Defamation League. He went on to lead small group discussions on campus in an effort to educate others in diversity and acceptance.

His list of involvements is long, but he says it’s not titles, the clubs, or the committees that matter - his participation was always with the goal to understand people better and to help in situations where there was opportunity to make a positive impact on others and help people.

“As I look forward to a career in higher education,” Graves says, “I know that each day will provide me with an opportunity to do something meaningful for the rest of my life. It will not be easy, and I may not get a lot of rest at night, but I can be a part - even if it is a small part - of a crucial time in a person’s life that can transform the way they choose to see and engage in the world.”

* Margaret Stevenson Named 2015 Outstanding Teacher

University of Evansville associate psychology professor Margaret Stevenson was named the 2015 Outstanding Teacher at the University during UE’s Commencement Exercises May 9.

Stevenson has been a professor at UE since 2008, teaching courses in such areas as social psychology, research methods in psychology, and psychology and the law. She serves as advisor to many psychology majors, advising and directing some in their research projects. Stevenson is a senior thesis mentor for many students, and co-faculty advisor for two UE student groups, Psi Chi and the Psychology Club.

She was honored with the Sydney and Sadelle Berger Award for Research in 2012, and the Association for Psychological Science RISE Research Award in 2011. In 2014, Stevenson was presented with the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Stevenson is a past recipient of the American Psychological Association Division 37’s Section on Child Maltreatment Early Career Award. She is a member of such professional organizations as the American Psychological Association, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and Society for Personality and Social Psychology. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Forensic Psychology and the International Journal of Psychological Studies.

At UE, Stevenson has been Honors Faculty Scholar in Residence, and has served on the Institutional Diversity Council, Honors Program committee, and General Education Subcommittee She has been the social sciences representative for UE Faculty Senate, as well as corresponding secretary and parliamentarian.

Stevenson earned her Ph.D. and Master of Arts in social psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her Bachelor Science degree in psychology and her Bachelor of Science in French from Ohio State University.

* Interested in a 2014 LinC?

Extra copies of the 2014 LinC are available and may be picked up outside Student Publications, Ridgway University Center second floor, while supplies last. 

* UE Bookstore Summer Hours

The UE Bookstore summer hours of operation start Monday, May 11. The store will be open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday from 8 4:30 p.m. The store will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays except for special occasions. 

* McFelea Appointed to Term as Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Joni McFelea, associate professor of physical therapy and assistant director of clinical education, has been appointed to a one-year term as director of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program for the 2015-2016 academic year.  She has been with the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Evansville since 2008.

* Attention: Federal Student Aid PIN to Be Replaced By FSA ID Beginning May 10

The UE Office of Financial Aid wishes to alert all students and parents who currently have a PIN for use with certain U.S. Department of Education websites (for example, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), that users of these federal websites will be prompted to convert their existing PIN to the new FSA ID -- a username and password. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and/or electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents, such as a Master Promissory Notes for federal loans.

After May 10, anyone who accesses these sites will be prompted to create the new FSA ID when logging in to, the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) at,, and

Online instructions will lead the user through the set-up process. 

* Library Renovation Project & Library Services

Project to renovate the Libraries will begin immediately following Spring Final Exams. Duration of the project is expected to continue through summer. Students, faculty, and staff will have ready access to library services through the Libraries' website at or by telephone at 812.488.2462.

Physical access to the Library including books, print journals, microforms, etc. will be extremely limited. Library hours will be Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. No weekend hours will be maintained. Entry doors to Bower-Suhrheinrich Library will be locked. Entry for service will be through Clifford Library entrance. You are encouraged to request service in advance utilizing the Libraries' website or by contacting us by email and telephone.

Refer questions to x2376 or x2462. 



* UE ASCE Student Chapter Receives National Recognition

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) University of Evansville Student Chapter has received the Certificate of Commendation for its outstanding activities for this past year. The student chapter's accomplishments were awarded due to the enthusiasm and hard work of its student officers and chapter members.

The following members served as student officers in 2014.
Josh Hood (president)
Alejandro Mojica (vice president)
Forrest Plumlee and Abby Browder (secretary)
Hannah Okray and Levi Leffert (treasurer)
Jaclyn Altstadt (historian)

The UE ASCEstudent chapter participated in a variety of activities, from community service projects and professional meetings to social events. Our chapter is among the sixteen schools out of 292 student chapters (from both national and international schools) to receive this prestigious honor from ASCE. 



* Benefit to be held in honor of former UE Diver

A 2008 graduate of the University of Evansville, Geoffrey Keller gave everything he had to the program and led the way for the men as a team captain. Since his death in 2012, his family and friends have been doing their best to give back to him and benefit a cause that would have been important to him.

In September of 2012, at the age of 26, Geoff passed away due to a condition called malignant hyperthermia (MH). His family has set up an annual event called the Geoffrey Keller Memorial Open Water Swim and Virtual Swim. Funds raised from the event go to malignant hyperthermia research.

Set for Saturday, June 6 at Lincoln Trail State Park in Marshall, Ill., the event will feature two races. Wave 1 is a 2.4 mile race while the second is 1.2 miles.

Keller graduated from UE in 2008 after a stellar diving career that saw him spend time as the team captain. Head coach Rickey Perkins remembers Keller as someone who was a great person and would do anything to help others.

“Geoff was a wonderful teammate, athlete, and friend,” Perkins said. “The type of teammate that would give you the shirt off his back. There was not a person who did not admire him for skills, sense of humor and kindness.”

For more information on Geoff, the event or to donate, please visit the link above. 

* UE Baseball Seeks 11th straight Midweek win at Murray State Today

The University of Evansville baseball team (27-22) completes their midweek portion of the 2015 schedule when the Purple Aces visit Murray State (15-37) on Tuesday night. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. at Reagan Field.

Tuesday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m. CDT
UE RHP Ryan Billo (7-1, 3.03 ERA) vs. MSU TBA

After the Murray State game, the Purple Aces are back at home on Thursday, May 14 for the beginning of a three game series with Austin Peay. First pitch is 6:00 p.m. on May 14 and 15 at Braun Stadium. The contest on Saturday, May 16 is at Austin Peay and will begin at 3:00 p.m.

Adult tickets at Braun Stadium are $7 and senior/youth tickets are $5 each.

For all of the latest information on Evansville baseball, log on to or follow the team’s Twitter account @UEAcesBaseball. 

* Kaczmarski Named MVC Player of the Week For Third Time in Four Weeks

The Missouri Valley Conference announced on Monday that University of Evansville baseball player Kevin Kaczmarski was named Player of the Week. This is the third time in four weeks that the outfielder was named MVC Player of the Week.

A Cary, Ill. native, Kaczmarski hit a team best .588 (10-for-17), with the highest slugging percentage (.882) and on-base percentage (.632) of any Purple Ace. He led UE in hits (10), doubles (three), triples (one), runs batted in (eight), total bases (15), and stolen bases (one).

The redshirt senior began the week by guiding the Aces to a season-high in runs during a 19-2 victory against UT-Martin. Kaczmarski was 3-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored and two runs batted in. The triple was the 20th of his Purple Aces career. He is only the second UE baseball player to reach the milestone (Greg Wallace, 25).

Kaczmarski then started the weekend going 4-for-5 at Wichita State with three singles and a game-tying, seventh inning, two-run double.

He then reached base in all five plate appearances on Saturday, ending the day 3-for-3 with a single, two doubles, a walk, and a hit by pitch. He also had a three-run, eighth inning double that pulled UE within a run of tying the Shockers. The pair of doubles moved Kaczmarski into a tie for second place in program history with 66 (Ryan Connors 1997-2000).

The center fielder was 10-for-13 to begin the week before an 0-for-4 performance on Sunday ended his career-high 22 game hitting streak.

His .476 batting average and .552 on-base percentage lead the nation.

This is the sixth Player/Pitcher of the Week award for the UE Baseball team this season. Outfielder Josh Jyawook was named MVC Player of the Week on Feb. 16 after his .385 weekend series against Arkansas – Little Rock. Left-hander Brodie Harkness was also selected as Pitcher of the Week twice (Mar. 9, 23).

The UE baseball team (27-22) completes the midweek portion of the 2015 schedule when the Purple Aces visit Murray State (15-37) on Tuesday night. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. at Reagan Field. The Aces are back at home on Thursday, May 14 for the beginning of a three game series with Austin Peay. First pitch is 6:00 p.m. on May 14 and 15 at Braun Stadium. The contest on Saturday, May 16 is at Austin Peay and will begin at 4:00 p.m. Adult tickets at Braun Stadium are $7 and senior/youth tickets are $5 each.

For all of the latest information on Evansville baseball, log on to or follow the team’s Twitter account @UEAcesBaseball.

* Purple Aces Club Golf Classic set for May 21

One of the biggest fundraisers for the University of Evansville Athletics Department is coming up quick as the annual Purple Aces Club Golf Classic is less than two weeks away.

Set for Thursday, May 21, the event will be held at Quail Crossing Golf Club in Boonville. Registration and lunch will take place from 11 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. before golf gets underway at 12:30.

A post-event reception will start following the round of golf at approximately 5:30 p.m. and also includes an award ceremony. The fee for individual players is $125 while a foursome is $500.

Several sponsorship opportunities are available. Hole sponsors cost $150 while a cart sponsor is $750. Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive sponsorships are also available for $250 apiece.

To register, please contact Dwight Merilatt at 812-488-2287 or The deadline for registration is Monday, May 18. 


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