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Friday, May 15, 2015

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* Join the UE Dragon Boat Team!

The 10th Annual Dragon Boat Race will be held on Saturday June 6th at Eagle Crest Lake. The UE team is looking for more members to join their fun crew! Lunch and a shirt will be provided. Contact la87 for more information.

* "Make an Impact" Library Project Campaign a Success, raises $3,200,000

The campaign to raise the needed funds to upgrade the Bower-Suhrheinrich Library is complete, and the construction project in now underway. Funds were raised with the generous help from many wonderful donors, including Pat ’72 (Meyers) and Paul ’71 Jones, Larry ’67, MBA ’72 and DiAnne Kramer, Nick ’70 and JoAnne ’71 Rutigliano, and Steve ’70 and Shelly Harkness to name a few of the many. ARC Construction is the contractor for the project under the direction of owner Danny Bateman ’71. You might note the heavy concentration of early ’70s alumni all who are helping UE grow. Heavy construction should be completed by mid-September. Jack Barner, vice president for development and alumni relations, said “This is an impressive amount of funding to raise in a short time for one specific project. My hat is off to our alumni who made this project a reality.”

* 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. 

* Accounting & Audit Announce Procedures for Summer Travel Expenses and Membership Dues

Traveling this summer on UE business with a return date after May 31, 2015? Paying membership dues for next fiscal year prior to May 31? If you pay for any of these expense before May 31, you will need to contact Lori Harriss ( in Accounting & Audit.

•  If you use WebAdvisor to create a web voucher, you will need to ask for the Prepaid Account number to be added to your choices.
•  If you use your Pcard prior to May 31 to pay for next year’s travel or membership dues, you will need to email the following information:
•  Vendor name
•  Date of purchase on Pcard
•  Dollar amount charged to Pcard
• Description and purpose of purchase
•  Account number charged for purchase

These expenses will be charged to your 2015-16 budget funds.



* 2015 Physical Therapy Recognition Awards

Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physical Therapist Assistant graduates were presented awards by the Department of Physical Therapy faculty for their outstanding achievements.

• The Outstanding Physical Therapist Award was presented to Brittany England and the Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award was presented to Meredith Boyland in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement, clinical performance and leadership.

• The Outstanding Clinical Performance Award for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program was presented to Jordan Van Wyk and the Outstanding Clinical Performance Award for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program was presented to Heather Sisk.

• The Mary Kessler Leadership Award for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program was presented to Lauren Curry.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2015 presented Dr. Phil Plisky, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, with the Mary Bennett Award of Excellence for the Outstanding Physical Therapy Professor of the Year.

Patty Balbach, PT, PCS, CNDT, was presented with the Friend of Physical Therapy Award in recognition of dedicated service to students, graduates and faculty.  Patty is a Physical Therapist with the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center.

* Steinsultz to perform recital at regional conference

Kenneth Steinsultz, associate professor of Music and director of bands, will perform a solo recital at the Mid-West Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference, May 16, 2015 on the campus of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. In addition to the solo recital at the conference, Steinsultz will be an adjudicator for the young artist solo competition and head adjudicator for the euphonium mock audition. 



* Aces Rally from Five Run Deficit for First Walk-off Win of the Year

The University of Evansville baseball team (29-22) rallied from a five run deficit to win 6-5 against the Austin Peay Governors (25-26). The Purple Aces loaded the bases in the ninth inning and a full count hit by pitch to infielder Jonathan Ramon helped UE secure their first walk-off win of the season.

“I’m proud of our guys,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll. “I thought Ramon had a heck of an at-bat in the ninth to battle off good sliders, apply some pressure and give us a chance to win.”

Evansville trailed Austin Peay 5-0 after the Governors scored three runs in the first and two more in the second. Left-hander Brodie Harkness made the scheduled short start for UE, but yielded three runs in his 2.0 innings pitched.

Trailing by a handful of runs, the Aces rallied back with four scores in the third. Outfielder Josh Jyawook brought home the first run with an RBI single, and pinch hitter Tyler Sullivan pulled the Aces within a run on a single to center field later in the frame.

The contest remained a 5-4 game until the bottom of the sixth. Outfielder Korbin Williams worked a leadoff walk, moved to third on a throwing error and scored on a sacrifice fly from catcher Billy Lipari.

Reliever Patrick Schnieders kept the game tied at five by retiring all three batters he faced in the seventh. Schnieders tossed 5.0 innings, yielding just two runs on three hits and recorded nine consecutive outs to end his night.

Still tied at five, reliever Jimmy Ward loaded the bases with one out in the eighth. Reliever Conor Gilligan then got back to back strikeouts to end the inning and worked around a ninth inning error to leave another runner at third.

UE then won the game in the ninth, taking advantage of an Austin Peay fielding error and bases loaded hit by pitch to claim the 6-5 victory.

Ramon ended the night 0-for-3, snapping his 13 game hitting streak. Perry also saw his stretch of 12 consecutive games with a hit end following an 0-for-4 game with two runs. Perry has reached base safely in 52 straight games. Sullivan was 2-for-3 off the bench. Infielder Stewart Nelson also tallied two hits.

Gilligan (3-1) earns the win going 1.2 hitless innings and leaving four on base.

The teams will meet again on Friday, May 15 at Braun Stadium. UE will hold Senior Day festivities honoring Ryan Billo, Gilligan, Kaczmarski, Perry, and Matt Rodgers prior to the 6:00 p.m. CDT first pitch. Adult tickets are $7 as senior/youth tickets are just $5.

* UE Baseball To Hold Senior Day on Friday night

The UE Baseball team will hold Senior Day festivities on Friday night in their final home game of the year against Austin Peay. The Purple Aces will be honoring pitcher Ryan Billo, pitcher Conor Gilligan, outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski, outfielder Jarod Perry, and pitcher Matt Rodgers prior to the 6:00 p.m. CDT first pitch. Adult tickets are $7 as senior/youth tickets are just $5.

* 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. 

* 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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