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AceNotes Today

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

* Paula Heldt receives Employee Excellence Award

Paula Heldt, academic services coordinator, was presented with the Administrator Excellence Award on May 7. Since joining the University of Evansville in 2000, Paula has shown her support and kindness to students and coworkers. 

Her unending energy and enthusiasm has served UE in the Freshman Edge Program, and the coordination of May and December commencement ceremonies and Freshman Convocation. Paula recently spearheaded the inaugural programming of the study skills/time management services offered to UE students. Her work on all of these projects was done in addition to her responsibilities in the Office of Academic Affairs.

Paula is known to go the extra mile every day in everything she does, whether it is working with students, their parents, faculty, staff, or administrators, you can count on Paula to find a solution and carry it out with a smile.

Congratulations, Paula!


What's Happening Today

* Farewell reception for Linda Bathon planned for today!

Please join the Center for Academic Advising in wishing Linda Bathon, director of academic student services and the Writing Center, farewell on Tuesday, May 10, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. We wish to thank her for 22 years of service to the University of Evansville. The reception will be held in Room 264 in the Clifford Memorial Library.


Upcoming Events

* Summer health screenings

Employee health screenings will be held June 7-9 from 7:00–11:00 a.m. in UE Medical Clinic. Employees who are enrolled in the HRA Insurance Plan are eligible to attend and receive HRA credits.

Employees can only schedule their appointments for the health screenings on AceLink. An employee can schedule up to two appointments (employee and spouse) when they sign in to AceLink.

An 8-hour fast is required, and a 12-hour fast is recommended because triglycerides are included with the blood fat/cholesterol testing. Hydration is important when fasting. Water and black coffee are allowed prior to testing.


Info You Should Know

* Sign up for Dragon Boat Race

The eleventh annual Midwest Dragon Boat Race will be held on Saturday, June 4, at Deaconess Sports Park Lake. Join the UE team! No skills necessary and anyone can participate. Lunch and a team shirt will be provided. Contact for more information or to sign up. 

* Copies of the 2015 LinC still available

Extra copies of the 2015 LinC are still available to those who would like a copy. Just stop by Student Publications on the second floor of Ridgway University Center and pick up a copy from the box located outside the door. 

* Department of Mathematics announces new Statistics and Data Science Program

UE's Department of Mathematics has announced the creation of a degree program in Statistics and Data Science. Students in the program will apply statistical and computational techniques to convert vast amounts of data into actionable insights that drive decision making. Students may enroll now, and classes are set to begin in the fall of 2016.

The digital revolution has created vast amounts of data. Extracting meaning from this avalanche of information is the goal of data science, a rapidly growing field that is revolutionizing marketing, education, and sports, as well as scientific fields such as genomics, neuroscience, and particle physics. 

There is currently a global data scientist talent gap. It is estimated that by 2018, there will be twice as many data scientist jobs as there are data scientists.

“Individuals with education and experience in data science are in high demand,” says Shane Davidson, vice president for enrollment services at UE. “Right now, the average salary for a data scientist is $118,000.”

Extracting meaning from data requires not only quantitative skills such as mathematics, statistics, and computer programming, but also experience in working with real-world data.

“The curriculum for the new program is grounded in classical statistical techniques while incorporating cutting-edge techniques and tools for dealing with Big Data,” says Dave Dwyer, chair of the mathematics department at UE.  “The courses are all project-driven, so students gain experience in working with real-world data not only through their internship experiences, but also through their course work.”

* Open Swim Hours

Starting Monday, May 9, Open Swim will be Monday - Thursday from noon- 2:00 p.m., depending on guard availability.

* Thursday afternoon golf outings

The employees of the University of Evansville are again invited to play golf with other UE employees on Thursday afternoons during the summer months. The UE golf outings will start on Thursday, May 12 at 3:00 p.m. The first two weeks will be played at Thunderbolt Pass, and the following weeks will be played at Fendrich and McDonald's golf courses. You can reserve your tee time by contacting Debbie Kassenbrock in the Center for Academic Advising at by noon on the Wednesday prior to the outing.



* Physical therapy assistant students receive awards

Physical therapy assistant students Justin Jargstorf and Taylor Hasenour recently received awards. Justin was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award for academic achievement, clinical performance, and leadership. Taylor received the award for 2016 Outstanding Clinical Performance.

* ARSAF Grant recipients

The Alumni Research and Scholarly Activity Fellowship awards, sponsored by the UE Alumni Association, have been determined for the upcoming fiscal year. Over $12,000 was awarded. Congratulations to the following faculty members and all best with their projects:

Mari Plikuhn, assistant professor of sociology – Alpha Scholars Abroad: First-generation College Students and Access to Study Abroad
Mark Valenzuela, associate professor of civil engineering – The Iconography of the Long Gallery at Harlaxton Manor
Todd Matteson, assistant professor of art – Reduction Firing Results in an Oxidation Kiln
Lesley Pleasant, associate professor of German – Road Films
Margaret Stevenson, associate professor of psychology, and Sveta Greer – Implications for Civil Court Judgments in Accident Cases
Richard Maass, assistant professor of political science - Annexation: Domestic Constraints on International Ambition and the U.S. Rise to Power, Book Conferences
Davies Bellamy, association professor of education – Cultural Immersion Project Cuba
Michael Slade, assistant professor of chemistry – Improving the Lightboard Enhance its IMPACT and Optimize its Flexibility

The deadline to submit ARSAF proposals in April 1 of each year for funding for the following fiscal year.

Questions? Contact



* Will Knights named to MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team

University of Evansville senior golfer Will Knights has been named to the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete First Team. The league made the announcement on Monday.

A defending Academic All-American, Purple Aces senior Will Knights continued to rank among the best on the course and in the classroom. Over his 28 rounds of play, Knights accumulated a stroke average of 75.96 with his low round of the year being a 67 at October’s Butler Invitational.

Knights's top effort of the season was a tie for sixth place at the Don Benbow Invitational in March as he recorded rounds of 71 and 73. His efforts helped the Aces take second place in the event. Of his 28 rounds this season, Knights finished in the 70s on 24 occasions. Knights is a marketing major with a 3.832 GPA.

The criteria for the MVC scholar-athlete team parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) standards for its Academic All-America® program. Nominees must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale), while the student-athletes must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institutions and must have participated in at least 50 percent of their team’s rounds or played at the MVC Championship.

2016 Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete Team

First Team, School

Grant Bennett, Wichita State Jr. 3.56 Sport Management, Prosper, Texas
Brik Brauburger, Missouri State Sr. 3.50 Finance, Bella Vista, Arkansas
Lyle Burns, Bradley Sr. 3.82 Business Mgmt./Admin., Mahomet, Illinois
Alec Heinen, Wichita State Sr. 4.00 (Gr.) Accounting, Edmond, Oklahoma
Bobby Jacobs, Bradley Jr. 4.00 Civil Engineering, Valparaiso, Indiana
Will Knights, Evansville Sr. 3.83 Marketing, New Lenox, Illinois
Drew Novara, Southern Illinois Sr. 3.78 Exercise Science, Murphysboro, Illinois

Honorable Mention

Jacob Bishop, Wichita State So. 3.42 Sport Management, Edmond, Oklahoma
Garret Buckley, Loyola So. 3.25 Environmental Science/Admin., Novi, Michigan
PJ Riner, Loyola Sr. 3.26 Information Systems, Johns Creek, Georgia
Conrad Walcher, Wichita State So. 3.31 Mechanical Engineering, Oklahoma City, Oklalahoma


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