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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

* United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award Presented to UE Economics Professor

University of Evansville assistant professor of economics Omer Bayar received the 2015 United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award during UE’s Winter Commencement exercise on December 16. The award is given annually by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. It recognizes excellence in teaching at United Methodist Church-related institutions of higher education. 

During his time at UE, Bayar has served on many University and Schroeder Family School of Business Administration committees such as Admissions and Standards, Undergraduate Research, the Student Success Team, and Honors Program. Bayar is very student-centered. He is known as an outstanding professor, often teaching a diverse group of majors in his courses. In addition, in 2014 he led a Contemporary European Business Issues study abroad course to the University’s British campus, Harlaxton College, and his native homeland, Istanbul, Turkey.

Bayar earned his Ph.D. in economics with concentrations in monetary economics, international economics, and applied econometrics from the University of Tennessee where he received the J. Fred and Wilma A. Holly Fellowship. His research focuses on monetary policy adjustment, interaction of the housing market and the macro economy, and the effect of international sporting events on trade. His research has been published in five peer reviewed journal publications, three of which were accepted in top-tier journals.


Info You Should Know

* Charging Text to Account on Website

This is a reminder to any student wanting to order their books on the UE Bookstore website AND charge them to their student account. Please process your order as if you were using a credit card (all order require a credit card) but in the checkout comments field please place a note to effect "Charge to my Student Account" with your student ID number. All orders retrieved from the website are manually entered at the register so credit cards will not be charged if you indicate you want your books charged to your account. 



* Parkison manuscript published in Education Forum

Paul Parkison, chair of the School of Education, has an analysis of teacher preparation policies published in The Educational Forum’s January 2016 issue, Vol. 80, No. 1. The manuscript addresses the impact as state legislatures and non-education agencies become increasingly involved in legislating and standardizing the preparation of teachers. The model of teacher preparation that derives from these sources is framed using insights drawn from political economy to analyze teacher training within the theory of value chain governance. The theoretical structure of this economic framework is applied to the policy changes that are exemplified in the licensing and professionalization structure implemented by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) in the form of the Revisions for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA) beginning in 2013.

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* Aces have quick turnaround, play Alabama A&M Today

It has been just over 24 hours since the Purple Aces men’s basketball team completed an 85-77 win at Fresno State and the season continues in just over 24 hours as the University of Evansville welcomes Alabama A&M to the Ford Center for a 7 p.m. game today.

In Thursday’s victory over Norfolk State, D.J. Balentine reached the 2,000 point mark in his career, becoming just the fourth in program history and the 16th in Valley history to do so. He recorded 26 points on an 8-15 shooting day. He also had four triples, hit all six free throws and dished out five assists. In Sunday’s win at Fresno State, Balentine helped the Aces to a 10-2 record on the strength of a 23-point day where he hit 9 of his 18 attempts and had five more assists. For the week, he posted 24.5 points per game.

Junior Jaylon Brown is coming into his own this season and that culminated in him scoring a career-high of 17 points against Norfolk State. Brown hit 7 out of 11 shots to set his career mark. The accurate shooter was at his best against Fresno State in Sunday’s win, hitting four of his five shots to finish with 12 points.

In the first version of the MVC/Mountain West Challenge, Evansville lost its three contests, but played well in those games. With the resumption of it this year, the Aces earned their first win in the series in a tough road game at Fresno State. Shooting 55.6% in the second half, UE led by as many as 13 points in the win. The difference came after the halftime break. With the score tied at 40-40, Evansville scored the first ten points of the second half and never gave that lead up.

Alabama A&M comes to Evansville with a 4-3 mark. After beginning the season with a 4-game win streak, the Bulldogs have dropped their last three games, all on the road. Most recently, they fell by a final of 79-70 at Western Kentucky.

Ladarius Tabb has been the top scorer for the Bulldogs, checking in at 22.4 points per game. In the game at WKU, Tabb dropped 27 points in a 10-of-25 day from the floor. Nicholas West is next for Alabama A&M with 13.3 PPG.


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