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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Info You Should Know

* UE Bookstore spring term book rush hours

The UE Bookstore will have revised hours for the spring term’s book rush from January 7-13.

  • Saturday and Sunday, January 7 and 8: Closed
  • January 9-12: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • January 13: 9:00 a.m.-4:30  p.m.
* Open swim hours

The pool will be open from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Wednesday-Friday this week.

* New Enterprise and National rental rates are coming

The Office of Administrative Services is pleased to announce new cost saving Enterprise holdings (Enterprise Rent-a-Car and National Car Rental) rental rates effective January 15. In addition to car rental savings, discounted commercial truck rental rates have been added.

The rental process stays the same and the new rates will be loaded onto the UE account number automatically. To check out the new rental rates visit the AceLink Travel website.

Please note - existing reservations (those made prior to January 15) will not be updated and travelers will need to cancel and rebook the reservations to obtain the new rates.

For questions, contact Kim Winsett at ext. 2940 or e-mail

* 2017 spring semester Pcard cardholder training calendar

The 2017 spring Pcard cardholder training session calendar is now available on the AceLink Pcard website under Training Materials/Dates to Remember.



* 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.


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.



* Williams named MVC Player of the Week

For the second time this season, University of Evansville guard Camary Williams earned the top weekly honors in the Missouri Valley Conference, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.

Williams, a senior from Ft. Myers, Florida, has played a key role in helping the Aces enjoy a strong start to the season. UE, which at 2-0 is off to its best start to Valley play since the 2006-07 campaign, has taken home seven of the last eight contests. This past weekend, Williams averaged 23 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals and 3.5 assists as UE picked up a 57-41 victory over Indiana State before following up with a 67-36 decision over Loyola.

Williams, who earlier this season became the first Ace to claim a weekly honor since Khristian Hart in 2015, is now the first two-time winner since Shannon Novosel in 2007-08.

The Aces will return to action this weekend with an Iowa road swing, taking on Drake on Friday and Northern Iowa on Sunday.

* Matt Ruffing named head women's basketball coach

University of Evansville director of athletics Mark Spencer has announced that Matt Ruffing has been named the permanent head women’s basketball coach for the Purple Aces, effective immediately. Ruffing assumed head coaching duties on an interim basis on March 1.

“Since taking over the position on an interim basis, Matt has done an excellent job with our team and we look forward to the future with him at the helm,” Spencer said. “In just a short time, Matt has shown that he is ready for this opportunity with our team performing well on and off the court.”

Ruffing came to UE in 2011 and served as an assistant coach until 2016.

“I am very thankful for this opportunity to continue coaching at the University of Evansville and am excited to keep working towards our program goals,” Ruffing said. “The young ladies on our team are receiving a top notch education while representing UE on the basketball court and in the community. I look forward to helping them succeed academically and athletically.”

“Evansville and UE have become home for me over the past five and a half years. I want our players to have that same feeling during their time here,” Ruffing added.

Ruffing has led the Aces to a 5-6 mark through their first 11 games of the season. Included in that span is a 4-game win streak that included wins over Valparaiso, Murray State and Austin Peay. Going back to last year, Ruffing has directed the team to six wins in 13 contests.

In 2011, Ruffing came to Evansville after spending four seasons on the coaching staff at the University of Akron. Beginning as a graduate assistant in the 2007-08 season, while working on a masters in sports science, Ruffing was promoted to assistant coach for the past three seasons. He served as the scouting and equipment coordinator and assisted in recruiting, handled film exchange and assisted in pre and postseason conditioning.

Ruffing also worked closely with the post players and developed sophomore center Rachel Tecca into a first team Mid-American Conference selection in 2011, marking just the third Zip in program history to receive the honor. Tecca was also named the MAC Sixth Player of the Year under Ruffing’s guidance in 2010, while Ruffing coached an All-MAC Freshmen Team Member in each of his three years as assistant coach.

Prior to Akron, Ruffing served as a student assistant and head manager of the University of Dayton women’s basketball team. Ruffing helped coordinate the team’s tape exchange and assisted the coaching staff in many other roles, including the daily operations of practice.

“I also want to thank some very important people who made this opportunity possible. I need to thank Dr. Kazee, Mark Spencer and Sarah Solinsky for believing in my vision and supporting our staff since last March. I would also like to thank my wife, Erin, and both of our families for their tireless support of UE Women’s Basketball,” Ruffing said. “Lastly I would like to thank the players, coaches, alumni and their families. This is not possible without their hard work and commitment to the program.”


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