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Friday, October 14, 2016

* Ace CARE Fun Run street closings

On Saturday October 15, the first Ace CARE Fun Run will be held. All traffic on Walnut Street between Runnymeade and Weinbach Avenues and on Rotherwood Avenue from Olive Street to Walnut will be blocked. Parking will be affected between 8:00 a.m. and approximately 11:30 a.m. as follows:

  • Lot F, G, and Ridgway Drive: Access either in or out of these area will not be permitted
  • Lot O: Access in and out will be via the west gates only
  • North Hall Drive: Access in or out of the drive will not be permitted
  • Lot H and Q: Vehicles entering and exiting the lot should do so via Lot Q east gates

Student parked in Lot F or G who need to drive their vehicle between 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. will need to move their vehicle BEFORE 8:00 a.m.
 

* Homecoming 2016 - welcome alumni!

Over 500 alumni from 25 states are expected on campus this weekend. Join us in welcoming them back to their UE home. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to take part. See the full schedule of events at www.evansville.edu/alumni

* Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cell phones prohibited on campus due to fire hazard

Samsung has recently responded to the fire hazards associated with the Galaxy Note 7 cell phones by asking owners to abandon the phones immediately. Their recommendation is not to charge the phone or have it powered on at any time. Out of an abundance of caution, the University is asking all Galaxy Note 7 cell phone owners to refrain from using the phones on campus. This includes charging the phone, even if the phone is powered down. Owners are encouraged to direct any questions they may have to their cell phone provider. 

* Winter intersession courses

The University of Evansville offers winter intersession courses from December 15 to January 6. Registration will begin October 31. Students may register for one winter intersession course.

For more information go here.

These accelerated courses offer students the opportunity to:

  • Take a course online to earn credits toward graduation
  • Lighten your spring course schedule
  • Complete missing requirements

Class offerings:

  • FIN 280 Personal Finance (Alhenawi)
  • PSYC 416 Human Sexuality (Becker)
  • EDUC 321  Teaching Social Studies (Gieselmann)
  • PSYC 121  Introduction to Psychology (Hennon-Peters)
  • PSCI 100  World Politics (Kim)
  • HS 101  Adult Health and Wellness (LaMar)
  • ART 105 Introduction to the Visual Arts (Larmann)
  • PH 190  Introduction to Public Health (Patel-Dovlatabadi)
  • SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology (Plikuhn)
  • EXSS 320  Nutrition for Performance and Health (Rodd)
  • PSYC 229 Social Psychology (Stevenson)
  • ES 103  Fundamental of Environmental Science (Thananatthanachon)
  • COMM 380 Intercultural Communication (Thomlison)

What's Happening Today

* Rosary group meeting today

The Newman Club will be having a Rosary group today at 2:00 p.m. in Room 209 in the Bower-Suhrheinrich Library. All students and faculty are welcome!

Upcoming Events

* Collegiate Changemaker Challenge info session and kickoff

Changemaker ChallengeWant to change the world? Come find out how and be inspired by social Innovation expert Scott Sherman. Collegiate competition information will also be available.

This information session is set for Monday, October 17, 4:00–5:30 p.m., in Room 162, Schroeder School of Business Building. (Note that the time of the event has changed from what was listed in the previous announcement.

This is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.evansville.edu/cc.

For more Social Innovation Week events, visit www.evansville.edu/siw.

* Newman Club Dinner and Discussion tonight

All are welcome to join the Newman Club on Monday, October 17, at 5:00 p.m. for a great discussion on union with Christ. UE’s own professor James Ware will be leading this week’s discussion. We’ll be serving homemade Irish Shepherd’s Pie for dinner. You can find us at the house on Lincoln Avenue, right across from campus, with the purple banner. For more information, please contact Olivia Voegerl at ov4@evansville.edu.

* Blood Drive on October 18

The Newman Club is hosting a fall blood drive on Tuesday, October 18, from noon-6:00 p.m. If you are interested in either giving blood or donating your time through volunteer work, contact Paige Hignite at ph89@evansville.edu.

* Rev. Tom Heaton to preach during University Worship

Tom HeatonThe campus community is invited to Homecoming Sunday this week, at 11:00 a.m. in Neu Chapel. Special guest preacher Rev. Tom Heater will preach, "Called, Equipped, and Fearless," from Jeremiah 1: 4-10. Donuts and coffee will be available before and after the service. All are welcome!

Heaton is a 1982 graduate of the University of Evansville. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis and is a United Methodist pastor from the Indiana Conference.

For several years, Heaton helped the working poor of Guatemala by selling fair trade crafts through a nonprofit he formed called Mayan Traditions. Profits from sales were returned to Guatemala to help orphanages and children’s related ministries. In 2008, Heaton founded Mission Guatemala and Bishop Michael Coyner appointed Heaton to work with the poor of Guatemala.

Mission Guatemala is a United Methodist related ministry that operates a clinic and a preschool feeding program in San Andrés Semetabaj, Guatemala. Mission Guatemala is currently trying to discern new projects it can start in the San Andrés area to help improve the quality of life for the indigenous people of Guatemala. Guatemala is one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere ranking fourth in the world for child malnutrition.

Heaton has been involved with Neu Chapel and UE's Religious Life over the years and has also provided space in Guatemala for UE students who are involved in the GAP program.

* Lunch and Lead: Taking Time for You

The next Lunch and Lead is set for Tuesday, October 18, at 12:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. This session, presented by Jamie Adams-Kemper of Counseling Services, will help you develop self-care strategies you can use to de-stress and engage in more mindful living.

This event is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, and UE community members. We encourage attendees to bring their lunch with them to these events!

* Zeta Tau Alpha's Big Man on Campus on October 22

Zeta Tau Alpha's annual Big Man on Campus philanthropy event is Saturday, October 22, at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Tickets will be on sale October 19-21 in Ridgway University Center lobby for $5, and at the door on the night of the event for $7. All proceeds from the event go toward ZTA's national philanthropy of breast cancer education and awareness!

* Phi Mu Gives Back today

Today from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Phi Mu will have a clothing drive table in Ridgway University Center lobby. The clothes should be in good condition or lightly worn. Clean out your closets for the new semester and the holidays!

* October Speaker Series Luncheon

Please join us for the Speaker Series Luncheon on Wednesday, October 19, from noon-1:00 p.m. In Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center.

Merrill Bradford, UE alumnus and director of events for the Southwest Chamber of Commerce, will speak along with a panel that includes Tynesha McGlown, community outreach program director, YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, Steven Stump, assistant director, Center for Applied Research, Outreach and Engagement, USI, and Brooke Fisher, administrative assistant IV, Old National Bank. All are members of the Young Professional Alliance through the Southwest Indiana Chamber.

Their topic will be networking skills.

Please RSVP to ds120@evansville.edu by Monday, October 17 for a free boxed lunch!

The Young Professional Alliance is also extending an invitation to all UE students to attend its Career Connect Networking Reception the next evening, Thursday, October 20.

* This Week in Music: performance clinics

Today the Department of Music will host a series of clinics featuring noted performance psychologist Noa Kageyama. The sessions will focus on learning various techniques for using sport psychology principles to help musicians perform to their abilities under pressure. A member of the faculty at Julliard, Kageyama has provided similar seminars for institutions and organizations such as the New England Conservatory, the US Armed Forces School of Music, the Music Teachers National Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. His time at UE will include four separate sessions that will take place in Wheeler Concert Hall and will begin at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. All sessions are free and open to the public.

* Social Innovation Week: October 17 – 21

Changemaker ChallengeThe information session and kickoffs for both the Collegiate and High School Changemaker Challenge will highlight UE’s Social Innovation Week from October 17-21.  All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Monday
Collegiate Changemaker Challenge Info Session and Kickoff

Tuesday
“Building Greener Cities” - Brown Bag lunch with Scott Sherman 

High School Changemaker Challenge Info Session and Kickoff

Thursday
Carver Community Center Solar Panel Celebration

Friday
Bike Share rides

* Health Careers Fair next Tuesday

There are 55 employers registered for the Health Careers Fair 2016. Come to the Student Fitness Center next Tuesday, October 18, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. to meet employers who are interested in you! All students, freshmen through seniors, who are considering a health-related career should attend.

See registered employers in JobLink.

Also, pre-register for the event in JobLink to allow employers to view your resume early! 

* Senior nursing class presentation on homelessness

The University of Evansville senior nursing class will host a homeless awareness presentation today at 6:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. The goal is to increase awareness of and empathy for the homeless population.

Evansville has a significant homeless population whose basic needs are not being met. Because of this, the UE senior nursing class has devised a community outreach program to help raise awareness regarding the homeless problem within the Evansville community. This presentation is part of that program.

* Phi Mu presents Rock for Riley

Phi Mu's annual fall philanthropy, Rock for Riley, is Friday, October 21, at 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Tickets will be on sale October 17-20 in Ridgway University Center lobby for $5, and at the door on the night of the event for $5.

All proceeds from the event go toward Phi Mu's national philanthropy, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

* Bishop Thompson to celebrate Mass with UE on October 16

Next Sunday, October 16, Bishop Charles Thompson will be our celebrant for the Newman Catholic Mass at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. All are invited to attend! We hope that you are able to attend the service in honor of our special guest. For more information, contact Olivia Voegerl at ov4@evansville.edu.

* Ireland's revolution of 1916 to be topic of Fiddick Lecture

This year’s annual Thomas C. Fiddick Lecture sponsored by the University of Evansville’s Department of History is planned for tomorrow - Friday, October 28. The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall) in the Schroeder School of Business Building. This event is free and open to the public.

Daire Koegh, professor of history at Dublin City University, will be the speaker. His topic will be “Ireland's Revolution 1916: Patrick Pearse and Education.”

Keogh has served as president of St Patrick’s College Drumcondra since 2012. He has published extensively on the history of popular politics, religion, and education in Ireland. He has a strong profile as a historian and an educationalist. He has lectured widely at universities in Europe, America, and Australia.

A former Government of Ireland senior research fellow, Keogh is currently principal investigator of an Irish Research Council funded project to publish the extensive correspondence of Cardinal Paul Cullen.

Keogh is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Trinity College, the Gregorian University in Rome, and Glasgow University.

Fiddick, for whom the Fiddick Memorial Lecture is named, served as professor of history at the University of Evansville from 1963 to 2002. In his 39 years at the University, he was a dedicated teacher, a productive scholar, and a tireless fighter in the cause of justice. His untimely death on the day of his retirement stunned the UE community, especially his many former students. It was from the former students’ efforts in particular, with the support of Fiddick’s friends and the University, that the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture was established.

For more information, call UE’s Department of History at 812-488-2965.

* Poet George David Clark appearing at Coffee Hour today

George David ClarkYou are invited to join us at the Creative Writing Coffee Hour today  to welcome poet George David Clark. All the lectures in the Creative Coffee Hour series begin at 4:00 p.m. in UE’s Melvin Peterson Gallery, and are free and open to the public.

Clark's current book, Reveille (Arkansas, 2015), won the Miller Williams Prize, and his more recent poems can be found in Agni, The Cincinnati Review, The Gettysburg Review, Image, The New Criterion, University of Evansville's Measure, and others.

He edits the journal 32 Poems and lives with his wife and their three young children in Western Pennsylvania where he teaches creative writing at Washington & Jefferson College.

* Sunday Mass at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel

All are welcome to join us for Mass this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Bishop Thompson will be our celebrant. Hope to see you there! For more information contact Olivia Voegerl at ov4@evansville.edu.

Info You Should Know

* 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 November 2016 Employee of the Month are due no later than Wednesday, October 19. 

To nominate someone, go to Acelink, click on Areas, and then select Human Resources. The nomination form can be found under Forms on that page.

* UE Bookstore Homecoming hours/sale

The UE Bookstore will have extended hours during Homecoming and will also be offering 15 percent OFF the original price of all clothing and gift items. Store hours will be:

  • Friday, October 14, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - October 15 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday - October 16 from noon-2:00 p.m.

Stop in during these hours and save 15 percent!

* Master of Public Health application deadline approaching for Spring 2017

The deadline for submitting an application for spring admission to the Master of Public Health program is October 21. If you need additional information or have questions, contact Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, assistant professor of public health, at pp42@evansville.edu.

* Fire prevention and safety

October is Fire Prevention Month. Here are some very important points for your safety and that of others:

• When you hear a fire alarm, ALWAYS treat it seriously.
• Evacuate the building promptly and stay out until directed to return.
• Use the closest exit – seconds can make a difference in a fire.
• It is OK to use emergency doors during a fire alarm.
• If you are the last one out of a room, close the door behind you.

For good information on fire prevention, see the NFPA's Fire Prevention website.

* Submit pictures for the Study Abroad Photo Contest!

The staff of UE’s Office of Study Abroad is looking for some new photos of students who have studied abroad in the past, and they are hoping you can help! They have set up a photo contest in the hopes that you’ll submit your pictures to be hung in their office and to also be used in future marketing materials.

In order to get a good variety of photos, they have created a few categories for pictures that they are looking for. They are:

1. Your university: Send pictures of you in front of your university/on your campus to highlight your home away from home.
2. The great outdoors: They’d love any pictures that highlight the environment and capture the beauty of where you studied.
3. Harlaxton: Harlaxton gets its own category because it’s so popular. Send photos of your time at Harlaxton and around the manor.
4. Live like a local: Do you have any pictures of yourself engaging in local activities or participating in cultural traditions? Send them!
5. Artistic eye: Have any unique pictures that capture something special about your trip? Did you take a picture you think is particularly artistic? Send them in!

There will be a table at the International Education Week Marketplace on November 14 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., where votes can be cast to select the photo contest winners. Stop by to cast your vote! The top voted picture from each category will be hung in the study abroad office.

Only three to four submissions will be allowed per person. Along with each image, include where the photo was taken and what category you think it belongs in. Please submit your pictures to gb91@evansville.edu.

All pictures must be submitted by November 4.

* Be part of a research study!

Be part of a research study – it’s as easy as breathing! Kyle Kiesel, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, and physical therapy students are searching for individuals to participate in a research study investigating the relationship between breathing and movement. Participants should be between 20-50 years old. The testing session is a one-time commitment lasting approximately 20-30 minutes. Testing takes place Monday, October 17, from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the lobby of Carson Center.

Contact jk245@evansville.edu if interested to schedule your testing session or for any questions.

* Last day to make yearbook graduate portrait appointment

Stop by Student Publications until 4:00 p.m. today or call 812-488-2846 to make your 2017 LinC portrait appointment. Your portrait sitting is free. All you need is an appointment. Graduate portraits are October 17–19 in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center.

* Spring housing cancellation deadline

Students, the deadline to cancel your UE housing contract for the spring semester is November 1. Stop by the residence life office to cancel your housing contract without penalty for the spring semester if you will be:

  • Attending Harlaxton or studying abroad
  • In an internship, co-op, or clinical outside of the Evansville area
  • Moving into a fraternity house
  • Transferring, withdrawing, or graduating

Requests not falling in the above categories are typically not granted. Requests to move off campus to live with friends or move into an apartment are not sufficient reasons to cancel a UE housing contract. Entering into any other housing agreement or lease with a private landlord will have no effect upon the conditions of your contract with the University of Evansville.

For more information, contact the residence life staff or visit our website.

* City-wide bike share includes station on UE Campus

A city-wide bike share launched last week at a press conference in Eykamp Hall. Seventy cruiser bikes are now available at seven stations across Evansville for members to use on demand. The University of Evansville station is located between the Fifth Third Bank Basketball Practice Facility and Walnut Street on the sidewalk near Lot G.

Anyone over the age of 18 can ride by purchasing a day pass or by enrolling in a monthly or annual membership. Rides for members are free for up to one hour, then $3 per hour after that. Anyone using their UE e-mail address can get half price on an annual membership and the first hour of riding for free.

To become a member or for more information including a map of the stations, please visit www.bike.zagster.com/upgrade.

Additional locations are as follows: North Main Street, West Franklin Street, Downtown YMCA, Downtown Pagoda at the Evansville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Haynie’s Corner Arts District, and the Deaconess Sports Park on North Green River Road. 

* Men's Soccer looking for managers for next season

The Purple Aces Men's Soccer team is looking for new athletic equipment managers. It is a paid job that can be renewed until your graduation. It requires 10 to 20 hours a week and includes the possibility of traveling with the team. Send an e-mail to Arthur at al224@evansville.edu if you are interested.

* Volunteer opportunity with Multiple Sclerosis Autumn Walk

The Tri-State Multiple Sclerosis Association needs the help of the University of Evansville community at its upcoming Autumn Walk, planned for Sunday, November 6, at Harrison High School. Tri-State Multiple Sclerosis Association enhances the quality of life for individuals living with multiple sclerosis and their families in southern Indiana, western Kentucky, and Southern Illinois. Take this opportunity to be a part of the change and offer support in the community!

Volunteer Time Slots
· 11:00am-12:30 pm: Set-up before the event – unloading table and chairs and setting them up
· 2:30-4:00 pm: Clean up after the walk – loading tables and chairs, trash pick-up
· 1:30-3:30 pm: Cheering on walkers
· 1:30-3:30 pm: Traffic control at the walk
· Making signs for the walk route

If you are interested in volunteering fill out this survey or contact Myka Goode at mg222@evansville.edu or Lauren Clowers at tristatemsfundraising@gmail.com.

* Federal loan repayment counseling session required for students graduating or transferring

Students who have received federal direct (subsidized/unsubsidized) loans and plan to graduate in the fall (or transfer after the fall semester) are required to attend a loan repayment counseling session. The Office of Financial Aid will hold the first session of the semester on Thursday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center. The last session will be held December 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Congratulations

* Professor Paul Bone publishes poems

Paul Bone, associate professor of creative writing, published three poems - Dispatch from the Gulf, Trying to Refuse to Lament, and Compensation - in the online literary Peacock Journal.

* Birth Announcement - Rohan Bandi

Congratulations to Bhargavi and Deepak Bandi on the birth of their son Rohan. He weighed six pounds, five ounces, and was 20 1/2 inches long. All are healthy and doing great. 

* Young Kim elected vice president of IASS

Young Kim, associate professor of political science and the director of international studies, was elected to be the vice president (president elect) of the Indiana Academy of Social Sciences during the 87th IASS Conference at Purdue University Northwest on October 7.

The IASS established in 1929 is one of the oldest regional academic organizations in the state of Indiana and, indeed, the country. When UE hosted the IASS annual meeting last year, more than 160 faculty and students from universities in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, China, India, Iran, Malaysia, and South Africa attended.

As the vice president, Kim will serve for the IASS for the next three years.

Athletics

* Volleyball travels to Southern Illinois on Saturday

A 4-game road trip continues for the Purple Aces as they make the short trip to Carbondale to take on Southern Illinois. The Salukis are currently second in the MVC and Saturday’s match will begin at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN3.

Last weekend, the Aces fought Indiana State to the end, coming up just short in five sets. Rocio Fortuny posted 16 kills and 11 digs. She was one of five to notch ten or more digs. Joselyn Coronel kept the offense rolling with 23 assists.

Coronel has split time at the setter position and had one of her best efforts in the 5-set match against the Sycamores. Coronel set her career mark with 12 digs while falling just two shy of her top tally with 23 assists. She has averaged 2.49 assists per set in her time as the setter.

Erlicia Griffith finished non-conference play as one of the top blockers in the country and regained her form against the Sycamores. She had her top MVC game as the registered six block assists and a pair of solo blocks to go along with six kills. Her season average is currently 1.16 per frame, second in the conference. Her total is on pace to be the highest for the Purple Aces since Meaghan Holmes averaged 1.17 per set in 2012. Griffith had a career-best five solo blocks against Jacksonville State. Her top match came against SEMO where she had two solo blocks, nine block assists and a total of 11 for the match. She also set her mark with seven kills in that match.

With 2.86 kills per set, Mildrelis Rodriguez continues to lead the squad. She has recorded at least eight in each of the last five matches while also hitting a solid .175 on the season. Earlier this season against Jacksonville State, she set career marks with 20 kills in 61 attempts.

For the fourth time this season, the Purple Aces finished with at least 13.0 total blocks as they hit that mark against the Sycamores. As a team, UE had 22 block assists and a pair of solo blocks. Griffith led the way with six block assists and was responsible for both solo efforts.

One of the top teams in the Missouri Valley Conference - Southern Illinois comes into Saturday’s match with a 15-7 overall mark and stand at 6-2 in the conference. The Salukis are second in the league, just a half game behind Wichita State, who is 6-1. Offensively, SIU ranks second in the MVC, hitting .247 with Kolby Meeks and Alex Rosignol sitting in the top five in the conference. Rosignol is also the top blocker in the conference, sitting at 1.20 per set.

* Aces looking to get back on track against No. 13 Loyola

After consecutive conference losses, the University of Evansville Men’s Soccer team will be hoping to get back on track in a big way on Saturday evening as the Purple Aces will play host to 13th-ranked Loyola in a homecoming weekend showdown at Arad McCutchan Stadium.

The Aces, who started the Missouri Valley Conference season with back-to-back wins for the first time in nearly 20 years, have hit a three-match skid, falling to 6-6-1 overall and 2-2-0 in the MVC. Loyola, which is currently sitting atop the league with a 4-0-0 MVC mark and a 10-1-0 record overall, represents one of the toughest opponents UE has faced to date. The Ramblers will be the fourth ranked team the Aces have squared off against this season.

Previously, the Aces dropped matches against No. 16 Utah Valley, No. 10 Butler and No. 15 Kentucky.

UE’s quest to get back on track will likely depend on a renewed defensive effort, led by the centerback pairing of Trevor Baum and Chris Shuck. The Aces excelled defensively earlier in the season with four Frederik Reimer clean sheets in the first nine matches, but opponents have found the back of the net in each of the last four encounters, outscoring UE by a 7-3 margin.

Offensively, the Aces suffered just their second shutout of the season in Tuesday’s loss at Central Arkansas. Ian McGrath leads the way with six goals on the season, including a pair over the past four matches. Jared Robinson, who is second on the team with four scores, will be looking to put an end to a goalless streak that dates back to a September 17 win over Bradley.

Kickoff on Saturday is slated for 5:00 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear white to the contest, and free rally towels will be distributed at the game. The Homecoming Court will be presented at halftime, and a special fireworks show will follow the match.
 

* UE athletics and Ford Center announce contract extension

The University of Evansville athletics department and the City of Evansville Redevelopment Commission have announced a contract extension that will see the Purple Aces Men’s Basketball team continue to play at the Ford Center through the 2020-21 season.

“We are excited to announce the extension and continue our relationship with the City of Evansville, VenuWorks and the Ford Center,” UE director of athletics Mark Spencer said. “The Ford Center is a first class venue that helps us to showcase our program to the Evansville community and all the Aces fans around the area.”

As part of the agreement, the Aces Women’s Basketball team will play its games for the 2016-17 season at the Ford Center before moving onto the UE campus to play in the Carson Center. The team will join the Aces volleyball team at Meeks Family Court inside the Carson Center starting in the fall of 2017.

Beginning in the summer of 2017, a full renovation of the Carson Center facility will take place that will see the addition of bleacher and chair back seats on the west side of the floor, which will bring the total capacity to 1,100. Other new amenities include new scoreboards, videoboard, sound system, basketball baskets, LED press tables, padded courtside floor seats, and a portable volleyball flooring system. That project will be completed before the start of the 2017 volleyball season and will have its public debut as the UE volleyball team will take on Indiana University in September.

“Moving to the Carson Center will be a nice boost for our program, as well as volleyball,” Aces women’s basketball coach Matt Ruffing said. “The renovations we will be implementing are going to improve the atmosphere for the student-athletes and fans of both sports and provide a real home court advantage.”

Evansville’s men will continue to play at the Ford Center. Since opening in 2011, the arena has played host to 98 men’s basketball games, with the Aces winning 63 of those contests. Highlighting the tenure at the arena for UE are three wins over ranked opponents and the 2015 CIT Championship game, which saw the Aces earn a win over Northern Arizona. The Aces also opened up the arena in 2011 with a dramatic win over defending national runner-up Butler.
 

* UE head softball coach Mat Mundell signs contract extension

University of Evansville director of athletics Mark Spencer has announced the signing of UE head softball coach Mat Mundell to a contract extension with the Purple Aces program

“I want to thank president Kazee and athletic director Spencer for their continued support and commitment that they have shown to help the softball program grow,” Mundell said. “I am proud of the job the players and the staff and done to move our culture in a positive direction. My family and I are extremely thankful and blessed to be able to continue in the Evansville community.”

Mundell orchestrated one of the top turnarounds in the NCAA in 2016, more than doubling the win total from the previous season. The 14-win improvement was the 9th-best jump among the 295 NCAA softball programs. He also helped the Aces to 12 league wins, its highest total in nine seasons. Mundell, along with assistants Ashley Balazs and Aubrey Watson, were named the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Coaching Staff of the Year for their efforts.

“Coach Mundell and his staff have done an excellent job in a short time at the helm of our softball program,” Spencer said. “Our student-athletes have bought into Mat’s vision and we are extremely excited about the future of the program.”

Originally picked 10th in the preseason Missouri Valley Conference poll, Evansville recorded 12 league wins, its highest total in nine years while tying Bradley for fifth place in the league. The turning point of the season came in the fourth inning of game two against Wichita State. UE was 2-8 in MVC play at that point, had lost the first game of the series to the Shockers, was trailing the game 4-0 and had not won an MVC series in three years.

One swing changed the course of the season. With the bases loaded, Morgan Lambert hit a grand slam before Hayli Scott notched the game-winning hit in a 5-4 win. A day later, the Aces won the series with a 3-2 triumph, dealing the eventual MVC champs one of only two conference series losses in 2016. That was the first of four MVC series wins in a row as the Aces won finished the season winning five of their final six conference series.

Leading the way for the Aces in her first season was MVC Freshman of the Year Morgan Florey. Finishing third in the MVC with a 1.95 ERA, Florey won a total of 16 games. She was also the top power hitter on the team, leading UE with 8 home runs and 26 RBI. She joined Chandra Parr on the All-MVC First Team. For Parr, it marked her second appearance on the list. She batted .306 and knocked in 23 runs in 2016. Susan Norris also garnered postseason accolades, earning a spot on the All-Defensive Team as she registered a .977 fielding percentage.

“We have taken many steps forward in 2016 but the team and I have many goals we look forward to achieving this season and in the future,” Mundell added.
 

* Mini Plans now available for UE Men's Basketball

Two non-conference mini-plans are available for University of Evansville Men’s Basketball fans as the season is quickly approaching.

There are two plans, which each include four games. The plans are a set four games and cannot be mixed and matched. Each plan starts at $44 for tickets to four games. Both plans are outlined below.

Purple Plan:
Morehead State
Boise State
Norfolk State
Mount St. Joseph

Orange Plan:
Alcorn State
Wabash
Bowling Green
Murray State

A conference mini-plan will be available later in the season. These plans are only available by calling 812-488-ACES or by visiting the Carson Center Ticket Office on the UE campus.

Single game tickets go on sale Monday, October 24.
 

* Think Pink Men's Soccer Game on Saturday, October 15

This Saturday's Homecoming game will be a Think Pink game, meaning everyone is encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer education and awareness. Zeta Tau Alpha will be handing out pink ribbons and doing face painting at the table outside the student entrance starting at 4:00 p.m. before the game starts at 5:00 p.m.

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