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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Info You Should Know

* December Pcard cycle

The December Pcard cycle which began November 22, ended December 21. December transactions may be reconciled in SDG2 until tomorow - January 4. On January 4, the general ledger Pcard file will be uploaded and cardholders will be locked out of (unable to assign account information or expense descriptions) posted transactions for the December Cycle. However, reports may be scheduled and run on active Pcards for the December cycle as of December 23 and beyond unless the Pcard is cancelled.



* Professors' paper accepted by Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting

A paper by Schroeder School of Business professors Yasser Alhenawi and Martha Stilwell has been accepted for publication in the Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting. This is a highly esteemed journal recognized by several PhD-granting institutions as a prestigious research outlet.

The paper is co-authored by Alhenawi, associate professor of finance, and Stilwell, assistant professor of accounting.

The manuscript presents and tests a hypothesis that value creation in merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions is determined by not only the target’s pre-acquisition value, as indicated by earlier studies, but also by the acquirer’s competency (among other factors). Further, the paper employs statistical procedures and model-building techniques in order to develop and validate parsimonious Altman-style predictive models, which reasonably identify successful M&A deals. The models are statistically significant, robust to out-of-sample testing, and shed more light on a few existing theories in corporate transforming events.

* Azarian publishes reviews of mathematics research papers in MathSciNet

Mohammad K. Azarian, professor of mathematics, has published reviews of two research papers in the MathSciNet, the most respected data base for research in mathematical sciences.

The first paper, by Pavel Trojovský entitled, "On Some Combinations of Terms of a Recurrence Sequence," published in Chaos Solitons Fractals. This paper examines integer linear homogeneous recurrence sequences, in connection with k-Nacci sequence, Lucas sequence, and repdigits. The second paper, by Vinícius Facó and Diego Marques, entitled, "Tribonacci Numbers and the Brocard-Ramanujan Equation", appeared in the Journal of Integer Sequences. This paper deals with Diophantine equations involving factorials. Authors have been motivated by the work of Goldbach, D. Bernoulli, J. Liouvill, Ramanujan, and Erdo"s. The movie, "The Man Who Knew Infinity" is based on Ramanujan's highly exceptional mathematical legacy.


Sympathy to...

* Heidi Strobel and Paul Bone

Condolences to Heidi Strobel, associate professor of art history, and her husband, Paul Bone, associate professor of creative writing, on the death of Heidi's father, Fred Strobel, on December 22.

Heidi inherited her love of college teaching from her father, who taught economics for 20 years at Kalamazoo College, where he held the Stephen B. Monroe Chair of Money and Banking. From 1994-2008, Fred held the William G. and Marie Selby Chair of Economics at New College-University of South Florida in Sarasota. Throughout his life, he remained concerned with economic justice. He predicted much of the economic struggles of the working class in this country in his two books.

Heidi's sister, Gretchen, of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, did an extraordinary job of caring for their father in his final years.

Services will be held privately.



* Aces ring in New Year with 70-58 win over UNI

Jaylon Brown and Christian Benzon tied for the game high with 17 points to lead the University of Evansville Men's Basketball team to a 70-58 win over UNI on Sunday at the Ford Center in the second annual West Side Night.

Brown hit seven shots and dished out eight assists for UE (10-5, 1-1 MVC) while Benzon had six shots and three steals. Ryan Taylor finished the night with 14 points while Jaiveon Eaves had his best college effort with 13 points. He hit both 3-point attempts.

Jeremy Morgan was the top scorer for UNI (5-8, 0-2 MVC) as he totaled 16 points. Juwan McCloud finished the game with 13.

"We knew that it would take a team effort against a program like UNI and our guys came out ready to play," UE head coach Marty Simmons said. "Facing some adversity, our guys were able to step up."

Defense was the name of the game early on as the teams combined to go 2-for-17 from the field leading to a 5-2 Aces lead eight minutes into the game. After UNI cut the gap to 5-4, Benzon hit a three as UE scored five in a row to take a 10-4 advantage.

"Our guys were stepping up, we only played seven players, so we know that we all needed to step up," Brown said. "Our shots were not falling early on, but Jaiveon came in and gave us a spark."

After UNI cut the gap to five at 21-15 with 3:21 left, the Aces cranked it up, finishing the half on a 13-5 stretch to take a 34-20 lead into the break. Eaves, who scored ten in the half, notched seven of those in that final stretch, including one at the buzzer. Brown also notched ten in the period.

"Coach talked about players being out and I knew that I needed to step up. I really started to feel it near the end of the first half," Eaves said.

The 20 points by UNI in the first half were the fewest allowed by UE in a half this season and least since Indiana State had 20 in the second half of the MVC semifinal game last year in St. Louis.

Evansville added to the lead in the second half as a 14-7 run out of the locker room gave the Aces their largest lead of the game at 48-27 with 12:28 on the clock. Solomon Hainna drained a shot from outside to cap off the run.

UNI did not give up at all, scoring seven in a row over the next 2:40 to cut the gap to 14. Ryan Taylor ended the stretch with a triple as UE pushed its edge back to 21 with 8:10 remaining. Three minutes later, the Panthers made another push as a Morgan layup got UNI back within 13 at 57-44. Evansville was able to overcome the rally, never allowing its lead to get back into single digits while holding on for the 70-58 victory.

Despite being limited to just seven players, the Aces finished with a 38-30 edge on the boards, led by eight from Hainna. He made the first start of his career on Sunday and has grabbed 17 rebounds in the last two games. David Howard added seven boards and six points.

By scoring 70 points versus, it marked just the second time in the last 11 games that UE has hit that mark against the Panthers. It was also ended a stretch that saw the squad score 57 or less against UNI in the five previous contests.

Wednesday night, the Aces will be back on the floor at the Ford Center as they will face Bradley. Game time is 7:00 p.m.


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