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Monday, November 23, 2015

What's Happening Today

* This Week in Music: Band Concert Tonight

The Department of Music’s University Band and Jazz Ensemble II will present a joint concert in Eykamp Hall this evening, November 23, at 7:30. Jazz Ensemble II, under the direction of Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies Timothy Zifer, will open the program with a slate of works that will include pieces by Jerome Kern, Miles Davis, and Duke Ellington, among others. Dr. Zifer, along with Associate Professor of Low Brass and Director of Bands Kenneth Steinsultz and Assistant Professor of Music Education Shawn Teichmer, will then lead the University Band in a program of standard and contemporary wind ensemble music, including works by Jaime Teixidor, Claude T. Smith, and Pierre LaPlante. The concert is free and open to the public. 

* Newman Club Thanksgiving Dinner Planned for Today

All are welcome to join the Newman Club on Monday, November 23, from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., for a Thanksgiving meal. Come enjoy a homecooked meal of smoked turkey, cranberry salad, green bean casserole, pies, and so much more! Bishop Thompson will also be here to celebrate with us! We hope to see you there!

Please call/text Kristel at (812) 760-8610 for more information!


Upcoming Events

* Diane Schuur to Perform with Jazz Ensemble I

Renowned jazz vocalist Diane Schuur will perform with the UE Jazz Ensemble on December 1 at 7:30 in Shanklin Theatre at the University of Evansville. Schuur is a two time Grammy award winner with a distinguished recording career.

The concert is free, but seating is limited and tickets will be required for general admission. Please call the Department of Music at 812-488-2754 for more information, or go to: 

* TIAA-CREF Counseling Appointments

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Tuesday, December 8, for individual counseling sessions. To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353 or 317-706-6200. The sessions are held in the Clifford Rare Books Room of the University Libraries (room 158). If you have any questions, call Carol McCraney at 488-2943. 

* Annual Holiday Art and Crafts Sale

The Department of Art is pleased to announce its annual Holiday Art and Crafts Sale. Everyone in the UE community who creates art or crafts is welcome to participate. This includes faculty, staff, students, spouses, children, parents, relatives and friends.

The date of this year’s sale is Thursday, December 3. Barring another car crashing into the building, the sale will be held in the Melvin Peterson Gallery, located immediately across from campus. Doors will open at 7:00 a.m. and the sale will continue until 6:00 p.m. Participating artists and craftsmen may drop work off the day prior to the sale or on the morning of the sale before the doors open. Vendors do not need to stay with their work as Art Department staff and volunteers will be on site to handle the sale.

If you would like to join in this year’s Holiday Sale, or think you might want to participate but need more information, please contact the Department of Art at or 812-488-2043.


Info You Should Know

* Library's Thanksgiving Hours

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! The Libraries will be observing the following hours during the Thanksgiving break:

* Tuesday, Nov 24: 7:45 am - 10 pm;
* Wednesday, Nov 25: 8 am - 12 pm;
* Thursday - Saturday, Nov 26 - 28: CLOSED;
* Sunday, Nov 29: 3 pm - 12 am.

Normal hours resume on Monday, Nov 30. Please direct questions to Meg Atwater-Singer at ma35 or x2487. 

* Mitten Drive

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is having a mitten drive to benefit those at Holly’s House. Donations may be dropped off at the Christmas tree located in Koch Center lobby on the second floor in the engineering wing. All donations will be collected the last day of finals before winter break. 

* Now accepting applications for the Cuban Culture and Politics study abroad program

The Office of Education Abroad is accepting applications for the Cuban Culture and Politics short-term study abroad program.

This experience combines a Spring 2016 semester course (1 credit) with travel to Cuba in May. This course satisfies: Overlay Component C: Social Responsibility: Civic Engagement

For more information or to submit an online application, please visit:

* Apply now for the Mission Guatemala: GAP Spring 2016 study abroad program

Come participate in a unique study abroad opportunity with Mission Guatemala. The program includes a Spring 2016 semester course with travel to Guatemala during Spring Break. Students will work on one of two projects, including:

• Developing a sustainable art therapy program that will improve therapeutic outcomes for patients at a rehab center as well as provide a sustainable source of revenue for needed supplies.

• Developing a microfinance program offering small loans to low-income individuals to invest in themselves or their business as a way to help get them out of poverty

To apply, students may submit an online application here:

* Scholars for Syrian Refugees

Are you concerned about the Syrian refugee crisis and wishing there was some way you could help? If so, please join the students/faculty/administration etc. who are interested in getting active about helping. The course(s) of action will reflect the interests of the community that forms. If you are interested in joining the listserv and/or attending an organizing meeting please email Lisa Kretz at 

* Fitness Center -Thanksgiving Week Hours

The Fitness Center will be closed from 12 pm Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29. Normal hours resume Monday, November 30. 

* UE Storm Drains

Important information about UE storm drains:

  •  UE has a storm water management program to keep pollutants out of storm drains.
  • You can identify storm drains on campus by the red tag or fish stamp.
  • Water going down a storm drain is NOT TREATED to remove pollutants before going to the river.
  • You can help prevent storm water pollution by fixing oil leaks on your car.
  • If you see a spill other than water near a UE storm drain, you should call UE Security at 812-471-6911 to report the spill.

For more information, go to

* Personalized Copies of World War II Book Available

Professor of history James MacLeod's new book, 'Evansville in World War II' is now available and the author will happily personalize and sign your copies. An ideal holiday gift, it costs $21.99 and can be delivered to your office. Contact MacLeod at either ext. 2599 or email Don't delay! 

* Planning Ahead - Mail Services Reminder

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, please notify Mail Services via email If your area or office is going to be locked early or your folks are taking a vacation day and will not be available to accept mail delivery on Wednesday, November 25.

Also, areas requiring UPS services for shipping out UE packages should plan to have UPS packages ready to ship from Mail Services by Tuesday, November 24. For questions, contact Mail Services at extension 2197.

* UE Winter Housing

The residence halls will be closed for winter break from noon on December 17 to noon on January 8. Students participating in official University functions or other approved activities have the opportunity to apply for Winter Housing. Simply submit an Online Winter Request Form (hyper link this link by noon on Reading & Study Day to be considered. For more information about Winter Housing, contact the office of residence life. 

* November Pcard Cycle Ending

The November Pcard cycle which began October 22, ends on November 23, at midnight. As of November 25, cardholders may schedule and run the November Cycle report. November transactions may be reconciled in SDG2 until December 2. On December 2, the general ledger Pcard file will be uploaded and cardholders will be locked out of (unable to make changes) posted transactions for the November Cycle. 



* Sociology and Anthropology Seniors Score in 99th Percentile

Senior sociology and sociology-anthropology majors scored in the 99th percentile on the Major Field Test for Sociology! The MFT assesses mastery of concepts and principles across the discipline, as well as the ability to analyze and interpret data. The MFT is taken by nearly 4,000 graduating sociology students at more than 120 universities across the country. 



* Four hit double figures as Aces defeat Belmont, 93-88

Four University of Evansville men’s basketball players recorded double figures as the Purple Aces improved to 3-0 for the third season in a row with a 93-88 win over Belmont on Saturday afternoon at the Ford Center.

Leading the parade for UE (3-0) was D.J. Balentine. The senior scored a season-high 27 points on a 12-of-21 day from the line. He also recorded five assists against just one turnover. Balentine has now scored 16 points or more in each of the last 11 games dating back to the contest at UNI last season.

Egidijus Mockevicius was just as impressive. For the third time in three games, the native of Vilnius, Lithuania notched a double-double as he finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds. He was 8-of-12 from the field and finished just one tally shy of his career mark. Jaylon Brown recorded back-to-back double figure efforts for the first time in his career. He followed up a 13-point night versus Marian with another 13-point day against the Bruins. He hit five of his seven attempts. Mislav Brzoja totaled 12 points as he knocked down 7 of his 9 free throw attempts.

Starting 3-0 in three-consecutive seasons is something that has not been done in over 60 years. The last time came between the 1948-49 season and 1950-51 when Evansville had three 3-0 starts in a row.

“We were very sharp today for a lot of the game; that is something you absolutely have to do against Belmont,” head coach Marty Simmons said. “This was by far the best game we have played to this point. We had good execution, made the extra pass, set good screens and made hard cuts.”

For Belmont (2-2), it was Evan Bradds leading the way. Bradds hit all 13 of his attempts against the Aces to finish with a game-high 28 points while tying Mockevicius’ tally of 14 boards. Amanze Egekeze registered 19 points while Craig Bradshaw posted 13.

Evansville got out to a 6-2 lead in the opening minutes, hitting three of its first four shots. Belmont came back to take their first lead at 10-8 on a Bradshaw jumper. Trailing 14-12 seven minutes into the contest, Evansville made its first run of the day, scoring nine in a row to take its largest lead of the game at the midway mark of the period.

The Bruins chipped away at the gap before a Taylor Barnette triple got them within just one point inside of three minutes remaining in the period. From there, the Aces buckled down once again, wrapping up the half on an 11-2 run to take a 45-35 lead into the break. Harris Brown hit a triple to start it before Balentine connected from downtown at the buzzer in an exciting finish to the half.

“The best part about hitting that three was that everyone was waiting for me,” Balentine said. “It definitely got us hyped. Overall, we had a great game on offense, it was the first time this season that we really got our offense going.”

UE’s first possession of the half resulted in a Mockevicius layup that saw UE take its largest lead at 47-35. As they had done all day, Belmont made their way right back into the game. Another Barnette trey cut Evansville’s lead to 68-63 inside of the 8-minute mark. In a game where the Aces were always able to respond, they did just that over the next minute, reeling off eight in a row to grab the largest advantage at 76-63. Blake Simmons capped off the rally with his first shot of the day from outside.

Despite another double-digit deficit, Belmont was still able to stay close. Evansville held an 84-75 with 2:45 remaining, but an Egekeze triple was followed by a Dylan Windler layup that got Belmont within four at 84-80. On the ensuing possession, Brzoja hit a pair of free throws to push the lead back to six. The Bruins got within five with 30 seconds left and looked to have an opportunity to get closer after a pair of missed UE free throws, but a huge offensive board from Mockevicius gave UE another chance and the senior was able to hit both to clinch the victory.

Both teams shot lights out, especially in the second half. Belmont finished at 55.6% overall and 63.6% in the second half while the Aces checked in at 51.7% for the game and 66.7% in the final 20 minutes. Belmont finished with a 50-34 advantage in points in the paint, but the difference came for Evansville as they hit 25 free throws as opposed to 9 by the Bruins.

Blake Simmons had another strong day as he recorded 7 points and a team-best seven assists. Adam Wing hit just one shot, but helped the team in many other ways, posting 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.

Evansville will take to the road for its next three games at the Wooden Legacy in Anaheim, Calif. The Aces will open up against Providence on Thursday evening in a 6 p.m. CT game that will be televised on ESPNU. In the second game, Evansville will face either Arizona or Santa Clara.

- INFO: For all of the latest information on University of Evansville men’s basketball, log on to the sport page on or follow the program on Twitter via @UEAthletics_MBB.

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* Aces drop finale to Wichita State

Genesis Miranda notched nine kills while Mildrelis Rodriguez finished with eight as the University of Evansville volleyball team dropped the season finale at Wichita State by a final of 3-0.

Miranda notched nine kills in 27 attempts with six errors. Rodriguez finished the night hitting .238 with eight kills in 21 tries against three errors. Kim Deprez led UE (8-24, 2-16 MVC) with 10 digs while Jelena Merseli had 11 assists.

Abbie Lehman paced the Shockers (24-8, 15-3 MVC) with 11 kills while Katie Reilly had eight and MaryAshton Floyd finished with seven.

Wichita State scored the first six points of the first set and went on to win by a 25-15 final. A Stephanie Cerino kill got UE back within four at 10-6, but the Shockers overcame the run and took a 25-15 win.

Evansville improved in the second set, but it was the Shockers taking the 8-6 edge. They led by as many as nine at 20-11, but UE made its way back within four as a Jelena Merseli service ace made it a 23-19 game. Following a timeout, the Shockers regrouped and finished off the 25-19 win. They clinched the night with a 25-4 win in the third set.

Miranda finished the 2015 season with a program-record 493 kills. She set the single-season program mark last weekend. Kim Deprez also had a stellar season, notching 598 digs and led the MVC heading into the final weekend of action.

- INFO: For all of the latest information on University of Evansville volleyball, log on to the sport page on or follow the program on Twitter via @UEAthletics_VB.

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* Coverdale wins as UE finishes House of Champions

Sophomore Courtney Coverdale took top honors in the 1-meter dive as the University of Evansville swimming and diving teams completed the House of Champions.

“It was a very exciting day, we had some excellent racing and fantastic diving,” head coach Rickey Perkins said. “I am very proud of the way the team performed this week. They are responding well to the training and hopefully we continue to improve throughout the remainder of the season.”

Coverdale’s score of 260.05 put her on top in the 1-meter event. Her score was over 12 points better than the competition. In women’s races, Maja Magnusson, Charlotte Lechner, Mackenzie Harris and Michaela Kent finished the 400 free relay in 3:35.73 to take 8th in the race. Magnusson had a strong finish in the 1650 free. She finished the event in 17:45.19 to take 6th.

In the 200 backstroke, Taylor Davidson had a strong race as her 2:06.91 placed her in 11th. Kasey Rein was the top finisher in the 200 fly. Her 2:13.72 put her in 12th. In the 200 breaststroke, Amy Smith registered a 12th place finish of her own, swimming a 2:29.34.

The men picked up a 4th place finish in the 400 free relay. Dan O’Brien, Ethan O’Rourke, Everett Plocek and Matt Childress posted a 3:06.61 to record the high finish. On his own, O’Rourke had a great showing in the 200 backstroke as his 1:52.31 was good for 5th place.

Troy Burger came home seventh in the 200 breaststroke, recording a time of 2:07.35. Jared Sutphin notched a 16:48.31 to take 11th in the 1650 free.

Evansville’s women finished the weekend in 5th out of 10 schools while the men remained in sixth place out of nine.

- INFO: For all of the latest information on University of Evansville swimming and diving, log on to the sport page on or follow the program on Twitter via @UEAthleticsSWIM.

- DONATE: For information on giving to UE Athletics or its individual athletics programs, visit the DONATE tab on the top of

- TICKETS: To purchase tickets for University of Evansville athletics events, log on to and click on the TICKETS tab on top of the page.

* UE Baseball announces signing class

University of Evansville head baseball coach Wes Carroll has announced the signing of 12 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play for the Purple Aces in 2017.

“I would like to thank Coach Fick and Coach Mahon on their hard work and dedication to recruit a big and talented class of future Aces. They did an outstanding job of identifying and recruiting such a great class for our program,” Carroll said. “We are graduating a large talented senior group so we needed a big class of immediate contributors and I believe this class will fill those needs. This recruiting class has 4 Pitchers and 8 Position Players. All of the pitchers have tremendous upside and the position players are very athletic and versatile. I’m very excited to see this class compete over the coming years in an Aces uniform. ”

Conner Hasectuster-INF

Conner Hasecuster comes to UE from Shelbyville, Ind.. Hasecuster is a four-year letterwinner in baseball and a three-year player football at Shelbyville High School. Hasecuster was named to the all-conference team as both a sophomore and a junior. He was able to help his team win a conference championship during the 2014 campaign.

“Conner is one of the best SS we saw in this 2016 class. He is a plus defender and has a lot of potential hitting from the left side of the plate. What I like most about Conner is that he has tremendous makeup and the intangibles to be a force in the Missouri Valley Conference.”
-Coach Carroll

Jimmy Day –INF

James Day joins the Aces from Barrington, Ill. The brother of former Aces pitcher Johnny Day, the infielder hails from Barrington High School. His best year at Barrington featured a .425 BA, 1.129 OPS, 5 home runs, 23 stolen bases, 11 HBP, 32 RBI, and 42 runs scored. Was named all-conference, all-area, and was selected to Team IL.

"Jimmy brings exceptional offensive prowess to our lineup. His plus bat speed and consistent bat path project him into the middle of our lineup for the upcoming years. His athletic ability gives him the opportunity to play multiple positions in the infield. We are excited for Jimmy to be on campus as he is the younger brother of recent baseball alum Johnny Day."
-Coach Mahon

David Ellis-RHP

David Ellis, who is a local product, comes from nearby Princeton, Ind. The right-hander was a four-year player in both tennis and baseball. He was named all-county in baseball as a sophomore. Ellis also boasts a successful tennis career, reaching sectionals with his team the last three years.

“David is a local player that will wear Evansville across his chest with pride. He is a very athletic RHP that already sits in the low 90’s. He has the potential to be a front line arm in our program and be a dominant pitcher in the MVC. I really look forward to seeing him reach his potential in our pitching program.”
-Coach Carroll

Adam Lukas-RHP

Right-handed pitcher Adam Lukas heads to Evansville from Janesville, Wis. Lukas attends Grafton High School and has lettered in baseball three years along with tennis once. Thru his junior season, Lukas has played in 20 games, making 14 starts. Over his 83 innings of work, Lukas has a 2.04 ERA with 93 strikeouts. Lukas’ record checks in at 10-6 with a pair of saves.

"Adam is an outstanding prospect, he possesses the ability to reach 90 mph with his fastball, and should continue to develop not only his fastball velocity and command throughout his time in our program, but also his secondary pitches as he has a tremendous work ethic. He is a tall right handed pitcher with a loose arm and strong, sturdy frame. He will compete early on for innings on our pitching staff. We are excited to welcome Adam into our baseball family!"
-Coach Fick

Jake Sperry-INF

Jake Sperry is a shortstop from Appleton, Wis. Sperry has played four seasons of basketball and two in baseball at Chippewa Falls Senior High School. During his 2015 campaign, Sperry hit .440, had a .515 OBP, a .643 SLG. He hit two home runs, drove in 16 runs, and scored 23 runs. Sperry helped his team get to the sectional championship during the 2015 season.

“Jake is a quick twitch athlete that is very versatile. He showcases great defensive actions and plus bat speed at the plate. He is a hard-nosed player that plays the game with grit. He is our type of player and is a great addition to our program.”
-Coach Carroll

Ben Elsen-INF

A native of Cincinnati, Ben Elsen played baseball at Saint Xavier High School. He also spent time playing for the Cincinnati Hornets, which was his club team. Playing primarily at shortstop, Elsen comes from an athletic family as his brother, David, plays soccer at Baldwin Wallace University and his aunt and uncle each played at the Division I level at Bowling Green.

"Ben brings one of a kind athletic ability to our roster. His reliant and sure handed defensive abilities make him a key component of what Purple Aces baseball is all about. His short compact swing combined with his speed will give him the opportunity to hit at the top of the order. Ben comes from a very successful high school program, St. Xavier High School, which will set him up for success at UE."

Brendan Krob-C

Joliet, Ill. product Brendan Krob comes to the program from Joliet, Ill. where he has spent his high school career playing at Argo Community HS. Baseball runs in his blood as his brother Ryan plays for the University of Chicago and another brother, Dustin, plays at Campbell University. The catcher is a 3-time all-conference player and hit .405 last season. He was named the #10 catcher in the state of Illinois by PBR and was rated 82nd overall.

“We were very fortunate to find Brendan on the recruiting trail as he fills a major need behind the plate. He has tremendous upside as a catcher and hitter in our program. He comes from a baseball family with two older brothers playing at the collegiate level so he knows what it takes. I’m anxious to get him on campus next fall.”
-Coach Carroll

Dalton Horstmeier-OF

The Aces added outfielder Dalton Horstmeier of Columbia, Mo. At Jefferson College, Horstmeier boasted a batting average of .493 with 3 home runs and 37 RBIs. While at Fulton High School, Horstmeier was all-state and all-conference in three seasons. He set the doubles record at Fulton and tied the hits record with 43.

"Dalton comes to us from a very strong program at Jefferson College where he has had a lot of success. As a transfer we anticipate him to be able to contribute right away and compete for at bats in the middle of our line-up. Dalton is a tremendous competitor who has a real enthusiasm for the game of baseball! His attitude and ability make him an excellent fit for our Purple Aces family. We are glad to welcome Dalton aboard!"
-Coach Fick

Justin Hayden-RHP

Justin Hayden is a pitcher from Rend Lake Community College. Hayden is originally from Murray, Ky. where he attended Graves County High School. The right-hander lettered in baseball five years and basketball four. He boasted a record of 9-1 with a 1.71 ERA during his senior campaign. He also helped Graves County get to the Kentucky State Baseball Tournament during his senior season.

"Justin is a strike throwing right handed pitcher who we believe can get a ton of outs for us in the Missouri Valley Conference. His drive and determination will give him an opportunity to grab a hold of some major innings for us right away. As a junior college transfer, Justin's proven ability to command the strike zone with multiple pitches is what make him a desirable asset to our pitching staff. We are thrilled that Justin has chosen us as the place he wants to continue his educational and baseball career!"
-Coach Fick

Nathan Croner-LHP

Nathan Croner, who is from Independence, Mo., is 6’6 left-handed pitcher who will bring his talents to Evansville. Croman attends Truman High School where he has lettered in baseball and basketball twice. In baseball he was named 2nd team all-conference. Croner’s best performance to date features a two-hit shutout.

"We are truly excited to welcome Nathan onto our pitching staff and into our our program! He is a tall mid 80's left handed pitcher and as he continues to develop, it is not unlikely to see a velocity bump in the near future. With the chance to see Nathan pitch a number of times throughout the recruiting process, one thing was clear, he loves competing at the game of baseball! We can't wait to get him and the rest of this recruiting class on campus. Nathan will compete for innings early on in his career."
-Coach Fick

Kenton Crews-OF

Kenton Crews is a local product who attended Heritage Hills High School. Crews is a three-sport student-athlete with four letters in football, two in basketball and four in baseball. He was the recipient of the Golden Glove Award for baseball in 2015 also garnered all-conference honors. An MLB Area Code Invitee in 2015, Crews earned numerous awards in all three of his sports, highlighted by the TriStateHomepage Most Valuable Player in the fourth week of the 2015 season.

“Kenton is a local 3 sport standout with rare athleticism. His overall tools and athleticism will develop in our system to be a dynamic baseball player. I really look forward to seeing him focus on one sport year round because he has a tremendous ceiling in this game. Kenton will be an outstanding student-athlete for us here at UE.”
-Coach Carroll

Sean Cary-INF

Sean Cary is an infielder who comes to UE from Centralia, Ill. A 4-sport athlete, Cary played baseball in all four high school years while also spending time in golf, soccer and basketball. A conference honorable mention in 2015, Cary led Centralia High School in batting average and on-base percentage as a junior. His sister, Erin, is a former swimmer for the Purple Aces and currently works for the department as the Graphic Design Specialist.

“Sean really stood out at our Prospect Camp as a strong defender. While at our camp he gobbled everything hit his direction. He projects out to be an outstanding athlete and we look forward to seeing his continued development in our program. “
-Coach Carroll


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