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Thursday, November 10, 2016

What's Happening Today

* The Chili Bowl Sale is here! First come, first served!

TODAY from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., or until the chili or bowls run out, the Clay Club and art department will be selling ceramic bowls and chili under the tent next to Hyde Hall. 

Customers can select one-of-a-kind, hand thrown ceramic bowls created by UE faculty, staff, students, and community members. The ceramic bowls cost $10 each, but that also gets you a bowl of chili. There are some small bowls for $5 and some larger bowls ranging in price from $15 to $50.  A silent auction will also be held for a few unique and more valued bowls.

For this year’s event, assistant professor of art Todd Matteson chose to partner with a local business as a way to get the Evansville community more involved with this project, while helping raise proceeds to fight local hunger. He is excited to announce that Lic’s Deli and Ice Cream will be providing the chili this year. Not only are you getting a ceramic bowl worth more than $10, you are getting a bowl of chili from one of Evansville’s best restaurants.

The funds from this year’s event will not only support the Clay Club, but part of the proceeds will be going to Patchwork Central’s food pantry. Cash and checks only. Checks can be made out to UE Clay Club. 

* Elizabeth Nolan from MIT to speak at UE today

The UE Department of Chemistry is honored to host the Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lecturer Elizabeth Nolan. She will be giving a general science lecture titled, “Humans and Microbes: Understanding How a Gut Peptide Entraps Bacterial Pathogens” TODAY at 12:15 p.m. in Room 162, Schroeder School of Business Building. At 4:00 pm, she will be giving a community outreach lecture at the Koch Family Children’s Museum. On Friday, November 11 at 6:00 p.m., she will be giving a talk titled, “Metals and Immunity: Bioinorganic Explorations of the Host-Defense Protein Calprotectin.”

The entire campus community is invited to any and all of these lectures.

Nolan graduated magna cum laude from Smith College in 2000 and she earned her PhD in inorganic chemistry from MIT. She pursued her post-doctoral research at Harvard Medical School. She joined the Department of Chemistry at MIT in 2009. Her current research involves synergies between metal ion homeostasis and immunity.

Some of Nolan’s most recent awards include being selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow in 2013 and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar in 2014. 

* Nationally known suicide researcher to present on campus tonight

"Helping Others Hold On: Understanding the warning signs of suicide, interventions, and what we can do to help" will be presented by Craig Bryan, executive director of the National Center for Veterans Studies, Air Force veteran, and 2001 UE graduate today at 6:00 p.m. in Room 170, in the Schroeder School of Business Building.

The presentation is open to the public and especially for family members and friends of individuals at risk for suicide.

Bryan earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Evansville, and  his PsyD in clinical psychology from Baylor University. He completed his clinical psychology residency at the Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

He was retained as faculty in the Department of Psychology at Wilford Hall Medical Center, where he was chief of the Primary Care Psychology Service, as well as the Suicide Prevention Program manager for Lackland AFB.

Bryan deployed to Balad, Iraq, in 2009, where he served as the director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at the Air Force Theater Hospital. He separated from Air Force active duty shortly after his deployment and currently researches suicidal behaviors and suicide prevention strategies, and psychological health and resiliency.

He manages numerous federally funded projects related to treatments for suicide prevention and has published more than 120 scientific articles and written several books on the subject. Bryan has served on the board of directors of the American Association for Suicidology and is considered a leading national expert on military and veteran suicide.


Upcoming Events

* Data science to be topic of talk given to SIAM student chapter

Dylan Beal, lead quantitative analyst at OneMain Financial, will give a talk to the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) student chapter today. The lecture will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Room 101, Koch Center for Engineering and Science. There is one internship opening on the data science team at OneMain Financial. UE math alumni Miranda Voegel will bring more details during the talk.

The definition and application of data science to motivate decision making and profitability in a modern business environment with examples from marketing, operations, and risk.

* Music for your iPod

Leonard Bernstein, composer of West Side Story, provided music in American styles for the grand opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, in a theater piece of huge proportion called Mass. The music includes rock, jazz, blues, folk music, marches (one with kazoos), scat singing, and hand clapping.

This Saturday, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra will host a mammoth presentation of Mass, which includes a rock band, blues band, street chorus of ’60s protesters, the EPO chorus, a children’s choir, and eight UE student soloists all performing with the orchestra.

The performance is Saturday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m., at the Victory Theatre. Tickets for students with UE IDs are $10 for the best remaining seats after 6:00 p.m. Non-student tickets are $25-$49.

* Everyone invited to Sunday Mass at 1:00 p.m.

All are welcome to join us for Mass this Sunday at 1:00 p.m., in Neu Chapel. Fr. Tony Ernst will be our celebrant. Hope to see you there! For more information contact Olivia Voegerl at

* Vertical eXcape trip: open to campus!

Join Venturing Crew for a trip Vertical eXcape on Saturday, November 19, from 7:30 p.m.-midnight! You do not need to be a Venturing Crew member to participate. This adventure will include bus transportation, climbing gear, a short climbing lesson, hours of climbing, pizza, and drinks. To add to the fun, this is a FREE TRIP! We will ask that you pay a $10 deposit when you sign up, but this will be refunded as you get on the bus.

Venturing Crew officers will be hosting table registration in Ridgway University Center lobby from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., and 5:00-7:00 p.m. today.

There is limited space on this trip, and since it is open to anyone on campus, slots will go quickly! To reserve your place, you must sign up at the Ridgway University Center table, pay a $10 deposit (that will be returned to you on November 19), and sign waivers for both UE and Vertical eXcape. Since you must sign waivers to sign up, you will not be able to reserve places for your friends. We recommend signing up early to be sure you get a spot.

If you have any questions, e-mail

* Thank you, veterans! Enjoy a free Cafe Court lunch!

UE faculty/staff/student veterans are invited to enjoy a free Cafe Court lunch TODAY. Please show your past/current military ID and UE ID to the cashier to redeem your free lunch.

* Veterans Day Service tomorrow - campus community, alumni, and friends invited

The campus community, alumni, and friends are invited to celebrate Veterans Day on campus at our annual Veterans Day service set for Friday, November 11, from 11:00 a.m.–noon in Wheeler Concert Hall. A light luncheon reception will be served immediately following in the lobby of Krannert Hall of Fine Arts.

The special guest speaker will be Air Force veteran Craig Bryan ‘01, executive director for the National Center for Veterans Studies. Bryan earned his PsyD and MS degrees in clinical psychology from Baylor University, and his BS degree in psychology from UE.

Bryan is a board-certified clinical psychologist in cognitive behavioral psychology, and is executive director of the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah.

This event is being sponsored by UE’s Office of Veteran Affairs.

* All UE employees invited to workshops for retirement health

UE employees are invited to attend one of the informational workshops presented by Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions on Monday, November 14, in the J. Henry Schroeder Boardroom (Room 203) in the University Libraries.

The workshops are scheduled for:

• 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. – primarily geared to those already retired or close to retirement
• 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – for active employees considering retirement

The Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions program provides important benefits such as:
• A tax-advantaged way for you to invest and accumulate assets for your future retiree medical expenses.
• A retiree health insurance program for you and your eligible dependents that builds on the foundation of Medicare.
• A tax-free way for you to pay for other qualified out-of-pocket medical expenses in retirement.

A representative from Emeriti and Aetna health insurance will be on campus to provide information about Emeriti and what you need to do to take full advantage of the program. The meetings will cover such topics as why you need to save for retiree health care, the unique tax advantages of the program, and your options available under it. 

For more information about the program, please visit the Emeriti retirement health website.


Info You Should Know

* Final days to drop a fall class

Students who still need to drop a fall class have until tomorrow, Friday November 11, at 5:00 p.m., to do so. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you have questions contact the Office of the Registrar. 

* TIAA counseling appointments

The remaining 2016 dates for TIAA individual counseling sessions are Tuesday, November 15, Wednesday, December 7, and Thursday, December 8.  To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353 or 317-706-6200.  Please note that the location of these meetings has been moved to room 208 of the University Libraries.

If you have any questions, call Carol McCraney at 812-488-2943.

* BIOL 100 now offered during Spring 2017

A section of BIOL 100 with two possible laboratory sections will be offered during Spring 2017. BIOL 100 lectures are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The lab sections for the course are scheduled for Tuesdays from 1:00-2:50 p.m., or Thursdays from 1:00-2:50 p.m. BIOL 100 is course option for students needing to partially fulfill Outcome 8 of the University's Enduring Foundations General Education Program.

* UE winter housing

The residence halls will be closed for winter break from noon on December 15 to 3:00 p.m. on January 6. 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 by noon on Reading Study Day to be considered. For more information about winter housing, contact the Office of Residence Life or see the winter housing website.

* Winter intersession courses

UE winter intersession courses are held December 15-January 6. Students may register for one online course. Read the Office of the Registrar’s webpage for more information.

* Last Day to withdraw with a W

A reminder- the last day to withdraw from a class and receive a W is November 11. You must have your completed add/drop slip with all required signatures turned into the Office of the Registrar by Friday at 5:00 p.m. Slips turned in after this date will not be processed. No exceptions.

* America Recycles Day is November 15

Recycling helps keep material out of our landfills and much more. Per the EPA, here are some benefits of recycling:

•Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
•Conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals
•Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
•Saves energy
•Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change
•Helps sustain the environment for future generations
•Helps create new well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States

See the UE Department of Environmental Management Facebook page for more information.

Thank you for recycling! 

* Deaconess Trauma Conference

Deaconess will host the 2016 Trauma Conference on November 11 in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. The event will take place 7:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and conference guests have been directed to park in lot H.

Please contact Kari Hughes at with any questions. 

* Honorary Degree Committee invites your suggestions

The University of Evansville Honorary Degree Committee is now soliciting your recommendations for honorary degrees to be conferred at the May 2017 Commencement.  According to the UE Faculty and Administrator Manual, the committee is charged with requesting and reviewing honorary degree nominations made on the basis of individual service to the University and individual achievement.  An honorary degree may also be awarded to individuals who exemplify the University’s mission. Selected persons have excelled in a variety of areas--law, medicine, education, business, literature, politics, and entertainment.

The committee will forward nominations to President Kazee so he can make his recommendations to the faculty.  The faculty will vote on the final list of nominees.

Please e-mail the following information to Robert Dion, committee chair, at, by Friday, November 11:

1. Nomination by (include name, phone and e-mail address)
2. Name of person nominated
3. Title and/or profession of nominee
4. Rationale for the nomination (see criteria above)
5. Any biographical or background information on the nominee
6. Address information for contacting the nominee

* UE community invited to participate in 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 sale will be held in the Melvin Peterson Gallery on Thursday, December 1. 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 you would like more information, please contact the Department of Art at or 812-488-2043.



* Andueza and Wheeler present research results at conference

Professor Lorena Andueza and Jamelyn Wheeler presented the results of their research project on the pragmatic strategies to express refusals in American English and three varieties of Spanish (Peninsular, Venezuelan, and Argentinian) at AMPRA. Andueza is an assistant professor of Spanish at UE. Wheeler, a 2016 UE graduate, was an education and English major.

The conference took place at Indiana University, Bloomington, on November 4-6.


Thank You

* To the UE Community

I wanted to express my sincere gratitude for your outpouring of love, prayers, and concerns on the recent passing of my beloved son Jesse Thomas Lechner. He passed away on his birthday after being hit from behind by a drunk driver.

He leaves behind a loving family, Tom and I, sisters Carime Ann and Rachel Elizabeth, and his only son Andrew Thomas Lechner, age eight.

I miss you all and am sincerely touched.

Christine Lechner



* Aces book semifinal trip with overtime goal

There may be some controversy as to who actually scored the goal on Wednesday night, but there’s no question to its importance as a 91st-minute overtime winner gave the University of Evansville Men’s Soccer team a 2-1 victory over Drake in the quarterfinal round of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship at Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium on the campus of Missouri State University.

“I thought I may have gotten a touch on it, but honestly, the only important thing is that we won,” said UE leading scorer Ian McGrath. “We have a pretty young team right now. Not a lot of guys have experienced winning in the postseason, and really, the older guys haven’t experienced it either.”

The victory, which moved the Aces to 10-7-3 overall, secures the team’s first 10 win-season since 2013. It also marks the first postseason victory for the squad since a 2-1 overtime win over Missouri State in 2009.

“It’s always nice to get to double-digit wins because that’s hard to do in a college season,” UE head coach Marshall Ray said. “It’s a mark you always strive for because it represents a productive season. It’s a testament to our players and staff, and I think our seniors from last year are a part of this as well. It’s a building process, and our group is maturing. Hopefully we can grab a couple more wins.”

While the Aces were ultimately victorious, the team was put on the back foot early thanks to an Antonio Sanchez strike just five minutes into the game.

McGrath, who scored twice in the match’s last nine minutes to lead the Aces to a win over Drake last month, put the team back on track with a strike from outside the box seven minutes later. It was the 10th goal of the season for the junior out of New Lenox, Illinois, which ranks as the highest-scoring single season for a UE player since Dan Broxup found the net 10 times in 2003.

“We’ve definitely dealt with some resilience this season,” Ray said. “We’ve had to come from behind for some of our big wins this season, and Drake gave us everything they could today. We have to do a better job, and Ian was big for us again. He’s brought us back in a lot of games this season. It’s always great to see a player get to 10 goals, but it’s even more impressive for a guy like Ian who plays in the midfield.”

“It really hurts us when we go down like that, but I think, in a way, it can wake us up too,” McGrath said. “We were able to get the equalizer, and we played with a lot of energy to get back into it.”
“Coach has been moving me up the pitch sometimes this season, and I love being close to the goal,” McGrath continued. ” I knew that I’d be expected to be involved in a couple chances, and it was good play from Simon (Waever) to cut in like he did. He’s a fast kid who can dribble past a lot of players, and he was able to find me. I knew if I got a good touch, I might be able to catch the keeper off-guard.”

The nervy moments for either side continued as the first half wore on. The Aces enjoyed the bulk of possession for much of the opening 45 minutes, but a late Bulldog flurry saw goalkeeper Frederik Reimer called into action to make two of his four stops on the day.

Following the break, the Aces started feel unlucky with the chances they were creating, especially late, as Eric McDougal and Jesse Stafford Lacey each hit a post in the last eight minutes of regulation.

That would all change quickly.

A foul well outside of the box on Stafford Lacey just 15 seconds into overtime set up a free kick for Zac Blaydes. The sophomore, who had also scored in UE’s trip to Springfield last month, saw his cross take a big bounce in the center of the box before squeezing inside the far post. The goal was credited to Blaydes, his third on the year, but a crashing McGrath, who physically ran into the post in his effort to get his head to the ball, also claimed credit for the winner.

“When those two chances went off the post at the end of the half, I thought it could end up a long day, but you have to give credit to the guys for bouncing back,” Ray said. “It seems like Jesse is always involved in earning a foul from those positions, and whether it was Ian or Zac who scored the goal, they seem to link up a lot when we’re in need of a score.”

UE will return to action with the semifinal round on Friday at 3:00 p.m. It’s a rematch of last weekend’s regular season finale, which saw the Aces draw 1-1 with SIUE.

* Volleyball welcomes Southern Illinois on Friday

Just three more matches remain in the 2016 campaign as the Purple Aces return home for all three. One is on tap for this weekend as the Aces welcome Southern Illinois to the Carson Center on Friday evening.

Trips to Indiana State and Illinois State rounded completed UE’s road slate last weekend. Despite dropping both matches, the squad competed to the end

Sophomore Mildrelis Rodriguez stands at 1,074 attempts on the season and officially moved into the top ten on the UE single season list. Her tally is currently eighth. Genesis Miranda set the single-season mark last year with 1,435. Two weeks ago, Rodriguez led the Purple Aces to their first conference win of the season and came close to making it 2-0 in a hard-fought match against Loyola. Rodriguez notched a career-high 23 kills in a 5-set victory over Bradley on Friday while hitting .311. She also led all players with an impressive 19 digs. She followed that up with 15 more kills versus the Ramblers and 10 digs.

On her way to moving up the charts to seventh place in the MVC with 6.40 assists per set, Jelena Merseli has had a strong roll. She has notched double digit assists in 12 of the last 13 matches. She has posted a total of 634 assists this year. In the Oct. 28 win over Bradley, Merseli set her career mark with 62 helpers.

Last season, Rocio Fortuny led the Purple Aces with 100 total blocks. That tally looks to be attainable to a pair of Evansville players this season. With three matches remaining, juniors Erlicia Griffith and Cathy Schreiber stand with 91 and 89, respectively.

Southern Illinois comes to the Carson Center on Friday in a battle for the top spot in the MVC. The Salukis are 20-9 overall and 11-4 in the league. Missouri State sits atop the league standings with a 12-2 mark. Pacing the Salukis is the duo of Alex Rosignol and Kolby Meeks, who rank 3rd and 4th in the MVC in hitting percentage, respectively. Meg Viggars runs the offense and is eighth in the Valley with 6.30 assists per set.

* NCAA Great Lakes Regional to take place Friday

The University of Evansville Cross Country team will wrap up its 2016 season on Friday with a trip to the 2016 NCAA Great Lakes Regional.

Evansville will make the trip to the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course in Madison, Wisconsin, for Friday’s races. Taking to the course first will be the women, who will run a 6-kilometer race at noon. The men will complete the event with a 10K run at 1:00 p.m.

A total of 34 women’s teams will be running in the regional while 31 men’s squads will be in attendance.

Two weeks ago, the Purple Aces ran at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Hannah Welsh ran one of her best races of the year for the women. The freshman ran the 5K in 18:35.2. She took 26th place out of the 80 runners. Welsh's finish was the best for a UE female since Kelby Jenkins finished eighth as a senior in 2013. Welsh finished ahead of Sienna Crews, who took 35th. Crews finished the race in a time of 18:54.6.

Michelle Karp was UE's number 3 runner. The junior completed the race in 20:03.1. For Karp, it was her second-fastest time of the season. Ashton Bosler was next up. She checked in with a 20:17.4. Kylie Hasenour was fifth for UE, running her first MVC Championship in 21:21.9.

Ricky Hendrix was the top runner for the men, running the 8K in 27:45.5. He came home in 56th out of the 69 runners. Senior Ben Woolems was second on the squad. He ran what was by far his best time of the season, circling the course in 28:48.0. It was nearly three minutes faster than any other 8K race of the year.

Taking third on the team was Andrew Barrett. A 28:56.5 was his third-best 8K race of the season. Next was senior Ross Frondorf, who finished the race in 29:01.7. Rounding out the Aces' top five was Tucker Dawson. The freshman ran a time of 29:16.2.

* Men's Basketball to open season on Friday at Louisville

The 2016-17 season officially begins on Friday as the University of Evansville Men’s Basketball team takes on Louisville for the first time in 59 years.

Game time is set for 6:00 p.m. CT and will be televised live on the ACC Network Plus. The network is part of ESPN3 and is available on your mobile device or computer with your cable subscription.

Evansville is coming off of a 25-9 season that saw them finish with their highest win tally since the 1988-89. Starters D.J. Balentine, Egidijus Mockevicius, and Adam Wing from last year’s team have moved on following graduation while fellow starter Blake Simmons is out for the 2016-17 season with a knee injury.
That leaves Jaylon Brown as the lone starter from last season; in his first full season as a starter, Brown started all 34 games while notching 10.8 points per game. Seven newcomers complement the returning players.

Brown had his best collegiate season in 2015-16, notching 10.8 points per game on his way to a berth on the MVC Most Improved Team. He started each game at point guard for UE and hit his career-high of 19 points on three occasions last year. In 34 games, Brown scored eight or more points on 26 occasions; as a sophomore, he scored at least eight points just ten times in 36 games.

Friday’s contest will mark the first game of the 98th season of Evansville basketball. UE is 65-32 in its first 97 openers and has won its last three; the last season-opening loss came in 2012 at Notre Dame.

Evansville and Louisville will tangle on the hardwood for the first time since December 2, 1957, when the Purple Aces earned a 92-90 home victory. UE holds a 13-12 lead in the overall series and is 8-4 in home games and 4-8 on the road. The last meeting in 1957 was also the season opener for both squads.

Ranked in the top 15 in both of the preseason polls, Louisville is coming off of a stellar 23-8 campaign last season, which included an 18-1 mark at the Yum Center. The Cardinals were picked to finish fourth in the ACC Basketball Preseason Poll behind only Duke, North Carolina and Virginia.

Louisville returns ten lettermen including starters Quentin Snider and Jaylen Johnson from last year’s team, which topped eventual Final Four participants North Carolina and Syracuse. Snider scored an average of 9.4 points per game while leading the squad with 109 assists last season; he was also a 40.4% shooter from outside. Johnson started 22 games on his way to averaging 5.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest.

* Faculty and staff Men's and Women's Basketball tickets

Attention UE faculty and staff: you may begin picking up your two complimentary tickets to the November 12 Women's Basketball game against Cleveland State at 1:00 p.m. and the November 14 Men's Basketball against Alcorn State at 8:00 p.m.

Your ticket to the November 14 Men's Basketball game will also grant you admission to the November 16 Women's Basketball game against Eastern Illinois at 5:00 p.m.

Please remember to bring your UE ID with you to the Carson Center Ticket Office. The Carson Center Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. but will be closing early on Monday, November 14 as our staff prepares for the games that evening.

We look forward to seeing you at the game!


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