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Friday, December 11, 2015

* Abigail Werling Named Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

Abigail Werling has been named the vice president for development and alumni relations for the University of Evansville. Werling has served as the interim vice president since May 2015 after Jack Barner’s retirement following 13 years in the position.

“Abigail will bring passion to her new leadership position and an abiding commitment to the University,” says UE president Tom Kazee. “She understands UE and its mission, and does a wonderful job of helping friends of the University understand how their support enables us to transform the lives of our students.”

Werling came to UE in 2004, and has since moved up through the office of development in positions including assistant director of gift planning and capital support, corporate and foundation relations officer, and most recently as the director of gift planning and capital support before moving into the interim vice president role. In addition to her career at UE, Abigail also worked at Indiana State University as the Director of Development.

“Having been with the University for many years, I am honored by the opportunity to serve as the vice president for development and alumni relations,” Werling says. “Stepping into this role to join an accomplished administrative and academic leadership team, a highly capable and supportive Board of Trustees, and a truly talented and hard-working team in development and alumni relations, is very exciting. I look forward to continuing our division's success whose foundation has been set by the invaluable leadership of Jack Barner.”

Werling will oversee operations in alumni and parent relations, annual giving, stewardship and special events, gift planning and capital support, and research and advancement services.

I’m excited for Abigail,” says Jack Barner. “She has grown professionally over the years, and this is an obvious next step for her; it’s a great opportunity.”

Werling says she is looking forward to continuing the forward movement of the University. “The culture of philanthropy that the University of Evansville embodies is one that I am proud to support. It is a great honor to be chosen to lead the advancement area of the University.”

* Winter Commencement Reception: All Invited

The UE Alumni Association is sponsoring a reception following Winter Commencement, Wednesday, December 16. The ceremony is at 3:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel and the reception will follow in the Class of 1959 Gallery on the second floor of the Ridgway University Center. Graduates, their family and friends and other members of the UE community are welcome to attend. Questions? Contact or extension 2586.

Congratulations Winter graduates!


What's Happening Today

* UE Bookstore Holiday Sale

The UE Bookstore is offering 20% OFF all UE clothing and gift purchases December 10-16. Stop in and browse and save some money on your UE gift purchases. We also have some items on clearance at greater savings. Items already on clearance are exempt from additional discount. 

* Book Buyback at the UE Bookstore

Cash for Books at the UE Bookstore starts at 9 a.m. on Thursday, December 10, and runs until 5 p.m., on Wednesday, December 16. We freely quote any book regardless of its original. Please remember to bring your student ID to sell books. 


Upcoming Events

* Join Us for Sunday Mass at Neu Chapel!

All are welcome to join us for the final Catholic Sunday Mass of the semester on Sunday, December 13 at 1:00 pm in Neu Chapel. Father Christopher Droste will be here to celebrate with us! We hope to see you there!

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


Info You Should Know

* IMPACT Employee of the Month Nominations

The University of Evansville, in pursuit of excellence in service, wishes to recognize a non-faculty employee displaying records of achievement as a leader.  Leadership may be demonstrated in any of the following areas: service to the University, service to students, job performance and attitude towards fellow employees.  To be eligible, an employee must be a full-time member of administration or staff.  Nominations for the January 2016 IMPACT Employee of the Month are due no later than Monday, December 14.  To nominate someone, please go to

* Spring Phonathon Callers Wanted

The Office of Annual Giving is looking for callers for the spring phonathon. This is a paid position with flexible hours. Calling will be mostly in the evenings during the month of February. If you are interested please email Jennifer Jacobs at jj130. 

* Rental books due back December 16

Just a reminder that all books rented from the UE Bookstore for the Fall term are due back to the Bookstore by 5:00 p.m. on December 16. Avoid late fees and return on time. 



* UE National Society of Leadership and Success induction and award ceremony

The National Society of Leadership and Success Chapter at University of Evansville inducted 38 new members on Tuesday, December 8. This semester’s induction ceremony included the presentation of several awards and scholarships. In addition, new chapter officers were announced and installed.

Excellence in Teaching and Honorary membership was awarded to Dr. Paul Parkison, Department of Education chair, and Andrew Lampkins, assistant professor of chemistry.

The University of Evansville chapter also awarded $1000 in scholarships to five students.

UE students Mandy Ford, Jalen Lee and Julie Saucerman all received The Building a Better World Scholarship. This is awarded to the student, or students, who most exemplify the moto of The National Society of Leadership and Success, which is “We build leaders who make a better world.”

UE student Morgan Walker received The Impact Scholarship. This is awarded to the student who has been most impacted by their membership in The National Society of Leadership and Success.

UE student Kaylan Jacob was awarded the Future Success Scholarship. This need-based award is given to a senior who is applying to graduate school, and is to be used for graduate school preparation courses or graduate school tuition.

UE students Taylor Rodgers and Katlyn Slater were recognized with the Nationally Engaged Leader Award.

The Society also would like to recognize and congratulate UE student Mandy Ford who was awarded a $1000 Emerging Leader Scholarship by the National Society of Leadership and Success!

This semester’s inductees include:

Emily Baggett*
Abdullah Bin Swidan*
Olaseni Blanton*
Lori Bowen*
Jeanette Campbell Hall*
Emily Corrigan
Georgie Davidson*
Daya Devanathan
Mandy Ford*
Haley Foster*
Tabitha Fox*
Sharon Fry*
Ryan Haas*
Elizabeth King
Alyana Ladha
Rachel Lane
Margaret Limmer*
Jessica Lord
Emily Magary*
Elyse Massey
Megan Morris*
Michael Novak
Kristen Nussel
Simon Owens*
Elizabeth Perkins*
Caitlyn Ricks
Lauren Roberts*
Alexander Rodd*
Morgan Saiko*
Maria Tedrow*
Oghogho Ufo*
Megan Vickrey*
Andrew Wahl*
Carina Wahlstrom*
Daniel Waskiewicz*
Brittany West*
Lauren Winely*
Alexandra Zurawicki*

*Indicates Presidential Level- GPA of 3.3 or above



* Gonzalez Named NSCAA All-Region

University of Evansville midfielder Mark Anthony Gonzalez hauled in yet another plaudit as the three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection was named to the NSCAA All-West Region Second Team.

“This is a very deserving honor for Mark Anthony,” UE head coach Marshall Ray said. “He’s been one of the most consistent players in our region over the past four years, and it’s nice to see him get recognized for it once again.”

Gonzalez, who had previously taken home an all-region designation in both 2013 and 2014, enjoyed another strong individual season this past fall as he finished the year with a team-best seven goals and two assists.

Gonzalez ended his UE career with 27 goals, and the Toronto native is the ninth-ever three-time all-region honoree for the Purple Aces. Former player Robby Lynch was the last to achieve the feat, doing so from 2008-10.

In all, UE has been represented on an all-region squad 80 times.

* UE men's basketball home on Saturday

– Coming off of the best game of his career, senior Adam Wing and the Purple Aces men’s basketball team will be at the Ford Center on Saturday afternoon for a 3 p.m. game against Mississippi Valley State.

Non-conference play is already winding down as the Aces have just four more games until Missouri Valley Conference play begins. The Aces enter Saturday’s game at 7-2 after dropping an 89-76 decision at Arkansas on Tuesday night. Last Saturday, UE picked up its first victory over Murray State since 1991, downing the Racers by a final of 85-81 in overtime. On Thursday, Evansville is back at the Ford Center to take on Norfolk State in a 7 p.m. game.

Adam Wing had a perfect night in all facets on his way to a career-high of 21 points at Arkansas. Wing went a perfect 8-for-8 from the field and knocked down all five free throw attempts in his career outing. The senior is now shooting 56.0% on the season and ranks fifth in the MVC.

There is a new name atop the Purple Aces all-time blocked shots list - Egidijus
Mockevicius. His four blocks at Arkansas pushed his career tally to 228, passing Dan
Godfread’s mark of 226. Mockevicius is swatting opponents shots at the top rate of his career and has 25 through nine games. The single-season record, which is held by Godfread, stands at 92 from the 1988-89 campaign.

For the sixth time in his career, D.J. Balentine was named the MVC Player of the Week following his efforts against Alabama State and Murray State where he averaged 29 points per game. With 1,960 points in his career, he ranks atop the active NCAA scoring list and his average of 21.6 points per game this year is tops in the MVC and 17th in the NCAA. In the road win against Murray State, Balentine drained 12 of his 20 attempts, tying a career-high for made shots while also scoring a season-high of 32 points.

Mississippi Valley State takes on the Purple Aces for the first time in program history and comes to Evansville with a 0-10 mark. The Delta Devils have played some close games, falling by just a point to Air Force and losing by a final of 84-72 at Seattle on Sunday.

Marcus Romain is the top scorer for MVSU, posting 16.3 points per game while ranking second on the squad with 3.8 rebounds per contest. Romain is also their leading shooter, hitting 46.7% of his attempts while going 71.9% from the line. Also checking in with double figures is Damian Young; he has notched 11.9 points per game and is a tenacious defender, notching 24 steals in 2015.


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