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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

* Welcome the University Senate Review Committee today

University Senate of the United Methodist Church LogoThe University of Evansville is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church, through the work of its University Senate, conducts accreditation visits at all United Methodist-related institutions.

UE will welcome the following University Senate Review Committee to campus today:

  • Dennis Carroll, EdD, Review Team Chair and Provost at High Point University
  • David Joyce, PhD, President of Brevard College
  • Mark Hanshaw, PhD, Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Letters at Texas Wesleyan University

Visiting members hope to learn how our relationship with the United Methodist Church informs the work of the administration, staff, faculty, and trustees as we educate and develop our students.

Let’s welcome our committee members as we demonstrate our commitment to the identifying marks of a United Methodist-related institution.

For more information, go to AceLink and click UMC accreditation.


What's Happening Today

* Lunch and Lead- Take the Radical Leap

Join us today for Lunch and Lead in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center, at 12:30 p.m. to take the plunge. The Radical Leap is a leadership model that capitalizes on realness, taking risks, and actively asking for feedback. This event is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, and UE community members.

Cait East-Hudson, residential coordinator for Schroeder Hall/assistant director for Greek Life, will be presenting.

We encourage attendees to bring their lunch with them to these events.

Submitted by Amber Stull

* IU collaboration event with UE Physician Assistant Program

IU will partner with the UE Physician Assistant Program to offer an interprofessional learning event for students in Eykamp Hall, Rooms 253-255, Ridgway University Center, TODAY - April 4 - from 1:30-4:30 p.m. This event will explore the application of interprofessional teamwork skills in person-and community-centered care. Please contact with any questions.

Submitted by Kari Hughes

* Ronald McDonald House volunteer event today

The Newman Club is volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House today from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Please be at the Newman Center by 5:40 p.m. if you plan on attending. For more information, please contact Paige Hignite at

Submitted by Emily Rodgers

* Rosary group every Tuesday

The Newman Club will be praying the rosary every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in Room 209, Bower-Suhrheinrich Library. All students and faculty are welcome! For more information, contact Olivia Voegerl at

Submitted by Emily Rodgers

* This Week in Music: guest artist recital

Guest artists Elizabeth Crawford (clarinet), Katrin Meidell (viola), and Lori Rhoden (piano) will present a recital in Wheeler Concert Hall this evening, April 6, at 5:30 p.m. The program will feature Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G major, Haydn’s Sonata in A-flat major, Granados’s Quejas ó la Maja y el Ruiseñor, Head’s Duet for Clarinet and Viola, Lifchitz’s Yellow Ribbons #13, and Parker’s Grooves. The recital is free and open to the public

Submitted by James Sullivan

* Benefit open enrollment meetings

During the period of April 3-14, benefit-eligible employees may enroll or make changes in the University’s health, voluntary term life, dental, and ACES flexible spending account benefit plans. It is the only chance for benefit-eligible employees to enroll or make changes until the next open enrollment period unless you have a qualifying change in status. You may also consider enrolling in the University’s group life and long term disability insurance plans, if you haven’t done so already.

Please review the documents in the Open Enrollment section on the HR area of AceLink - beginning with the open enrollment memo - for important announcements, reminders, and changes to the University’s benefits which will occur June 1.

We will once again utilize an on-line enrollment process, eliminating all paper enrollment forms for health, life, dental, and long term disability insurance, as well as the ACES flexible spending account. This will ensure the accuracy of your enrollment elections and maintain records electronically regarding your current and future participation.

Enrollment/changes to your TIAA and Emeriti VEBA Trust retirement plan salary deferrals will continue to be processed on paper forms available in the Office of Human Resources. Therefore, you do not need to re-enroll in the TIAA or Emeriti retirement plans.  ALL benefit eligible employees (including those who do not want to make any changes to their current coverage) must enter their elections by April 14.

Please review the open enrollment memo and on-line benefit enrollment documents on the HR area of AceLink, which should answer many of the questions you might have about this system.  

To learn more about these benefit changes, see a demo of on-line benefit enrollment, or to speak with a plan representative, employees are encouraged to attend one of the following open enrollment meetings in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center:

• Tuesday, April 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
• Tuesday, April 4 from 11:00 a.m.-noon
• Tuesday, April 4 from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at ext. 2943 with any questions.

Submitted by Lori LeDuc

* Charlas: workout today!

Students of all levels of Spanish are invited to meet with Belén Alemán Mansilla, a Fulbright FLTA, to play some games/workout while practicing Spanish. The next Charlas session is today from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the large gym in Carson Center.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to interact informally in Spanish and to meet other students of Spanish. You can stay as little or as long as you want.

 Please contact Belén at if you have any questions. 

¡Allá nos vemos!

Submitted by Maria Belén Aleman Mansilla

* Harlaxton returnees: Cookies and Correspondence is today!

Don’t forget - the cookies and correspondence event for Harlaxton returnees is happening today! Please join us in grabbing a sweet treat and writing a postcard full of tips and tricks for our outgoing students. This will be a great resource for our students who don’t know what to expect while they’re abroad. The postcards and sweets will be available in our office, located in Room 260 in the Schroeder School of Business Building.

Please e-mail Greta Becker at with any questions.

Submitted by Greta Becker


Upcoming Events

* I-House: Saudi Arabia

This week's I-House presentation is on Saudi Arabia! The presenter is Abdulrahman Almutairi. He is a finance and marketing major and he loves to drive and travel. His favorite part about UE are the classes. He has a few treats in store for you all, so make sure to stop by tonight at 7:00 p.m., upstairs in Ridgway University Center to learn more about Saudi Arabia.

Submitted by Cassie Peterson

* Venturing Crew hiking trip

Join Venturing Crew this Sunday, April 9, for hiking at Hemlock Cliffs and Tipsaw Lake Trail at Hoosier National Forest. The group will be leaving at noon and returning to campus around 8:00 p.m. This is a fabulous way to enjoy the spring weather and blow off some steam during such a stressful part of the semester! The cost of this trip will be $10.

The deadline to sign up for this trip is Friday, April 7. Officers will be available to accept your payment and reserve your spot at Ridgway University Center lobby tables from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, April 5, Thursday, April 6, and Friday, April 7.

If you plan on joining the group on this trip, bring some extra money for dinner! Make sure you eat a good breakfast before leaving campus, as the group won't get dinner until 6:30 p.m. You are also welcome to bring snacks, and you are encouraged to bring plenty of water.

Submitted by Andrea Onyett

* Watch party set for Kyle Freeland's MLB debut on Friday

Former University of Evansville pitcher Kyle Freeland will make his Major League Baseball debut for the Colorado Rockies on Friday in their home opener at 3:10 p.m. CT. 

The Purple Aces athletic department invites fans in the area to a watch party to commemorate his start on Friday at the Buffalo Wild Wings located at 715 North Green River Road. 

Members of the athletic department will be on hand to mingle with fans and enjoy Freeland’s first MLB start. All guests in attendance at Buffalo Wild Wings will also be given a wristband, which will be good for free admission to Friday’s UE baseball game against Indiana State at Braun Stadium. The Aces and Sycamores will begin their series opener at 6:00 p.m.

While at the restaurant, fans are asked to mention "Home Town D." By doing so, they will help UE receive a donation of 10 percent of their total bill (not including alcohol). The donation goes to the Purple Aces SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) and is used for various community service projects such as Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity, and Project Linus.

As a junior, Kyle Freeland led the Aces to their second-ever MVC regular season crown. He picked up 10 victories in the process while posting a 1.62 ERA over 94.2 innings of work, including four complete games and six outings that featured 10-or-more strikeouts. His 122 punch outs and 13.56 strikeout-to-walk ratio that season ranked second in the nation.

Following the season, Freeland was selected eighth overall by the Rockies. After spending the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the Grand Junction Rockies, Asheville Tourists and Modesto Nuts, Freeland emerged as a hot prospect in the Arizona Fall League with the Salt River Rafters. He'd parlay that success into impressive performances last season with the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats before finishing the season with the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes. He was officially called up to the big league club on Sunday.

* Lambda Chi Alpha's Teeter-Totter-A-Thon set for Friday

Lambda Chi Alpha’s annual Teeter-Totter-A-Thon to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is planned for Friday, April 7. The event will be from noon-4:00 p.m. at the basketball courts by Hale Hall.

Submitted by Jacob Stafford

* Scholars for Syria Lecture to feature personal stories of Syrian students

Tonight's UE Scholars for Syria Lecture will feature four Syrian students who will graduate from UE this spring. The students will be sharing their personal stories, and there will be a summary of UE GAP/Syrian school outreach program and a discussion of the future plans for the program. The lecture, which is free and open to the public is at 6:00 p.m. in Room 162 (Harkness Hall), Schroeder School of Business Building.

Those attending the event will have the opportunity to meet and chat with the Syrian students and their families afterward at a reception in Dunigan Lounge in the Schroeder School of Business Building.

This lecture series is sponsored by Scholars for Syria.

Submitted by Gail Vignola

* UE Theatre closes 2016-17 Shanklin Theatre season with Hamlet

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre proudly presents the final production of its season, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, honoring the 50th anniversary of the April 1967 opening of Shanklin Theatre. Hamlet opens Friday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on April 8, 12, 13, 14, 15 and at 2:00 p.m. on April 9.

Enraged by his mother’s hasty marriage and tormented by ghostly visions of his father’s suspected murder, the play follows the desperate young Prince of Denmark on his bloody quest for revenge. Grand in scope and rich in language, this haunting story of family loyalty, obsession, and remorse will leave audiences ready for the next 50 years of historic Shanklin Theatre productions.

Shanklin Theatre opened its doors in April 1967 with a production of Hamlet starring professor John David Lutz in the title role. After a $1.3 million renovation in 1990, Shanklin Theatre reopened its doors with another production of Hamlet, this time with John David Lutz directing and Brent Langdon tackling the lead role. Mirroring the opening of Shanklin Theatre in April 1967, the University of Evansville Department of Theatre is thrilled to celebrate the 50th anniversary with another production of this critically acclaimed tragedy.

Professor John David Lutz directs this special production. Department chair Eric Renschler serves as the scenic designer; professor Patti McCrory is the costume designer; associate professor Stephen Boulmetis is the lighting designer; Baxter Pitt, a junior from McKinney, Texas, serves as the sound designer; professor Diane Brewer is the dramaturg; Melia Schnefke, a junior from St. Louis, Missouri, is the stage manager; and Logan Schumann, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, is the technical director.

The cast features senior David Aaron Evans from The Woodlands, Texas, as Hamlet; sophomore Meredith Ham from Castle Rock, Colorado, as Ophelia; junior Davis Brinker from Minneapolis, Minnesota, as Horatio; senior Rachel Barkalow from Cincinnati, Ohio, as Gertrude; senior Nate DeCook from Holland, Michigan, as Laertes. The cast also feature Brent Langdon, a 1992 University of Evansville Department of Theatre graduate, who played Hamlet in the 1990 Shanklin Theatre production.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling 812-488–2031, Monday through Friday, noon to 5:00 p.m.

* Info session on Orr Fellowship-post grad opportunities

An information session on Orr Fellowship-post grad opportunities is planned for today at 12:15 p.m. in Room 162 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to

The Orr Fellowship is the ultimate post-grad experience. Fellows are recruited from the top seniors at universities in Indiana and Ohio (but candidates from any school are welcome), with an average acceptance rate of six percent. Converging in Indianapolis, these talented graduates join vibrant companies in positions that create a foundation for career success. In addition to full time employment, Orr Fellows participate in a unique curriculum designed to challenge, develop, and propel them toward a career of excellence. With two years that are jam-packed with executive mentorship, growing a strong network, and acquiring new skills, each Fellow stars in his or her own success story.

For more information visit the Orr Fellowship website.

Submitted by Rebecca Oates

* UE Theatre celebrates Shanklin Theatre's 50th anniversary with pop-up exhibit

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre invites you to a one-day-only pop-up exhibit, featuring a photo retrospective in honor of the 50th anniversary of Shanklin Theatre. The exhibit is open from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturday, April 8, in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. Theatre professor emeritus Joseph P. Flauto will be hosting the gallery event. The exhibit is free and open to the community.

Shanklin Theatre opened in April of 1967 with a production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The photo retrospective coincides with the opening weekend of UE Theatre’s 2017 production of Hamlet, running at 7:30 p.m., April 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, and 15, and at 2:00 p.m. on April 9.

Tickets are $15 for adults, and $13 for senior adults, UE faculty/staff, and any student. The Shanklin Theatre ticket office may be reached by calling 812-488-2031.

Submitted by Sharla Cowden

* Dedication of memorial for Stephanie Marcotte

On Saturday, April 8, at 2:00 p.m., there will be a dedication ceremony for the picnic table put in place in honor of Stephanie Marcotte, an archaeology student who passed away last spring. The event will take place in the grassy area of the north side of Moore Hall, next to Lot F. After the ceremony, there will be refreshments on the Neu Chapel lawn. Please join us in remembering a very special young woman, student, and friend.

Submitted by Emily Wilderman 

* Gahan to discuss Irish immigrants in Southwestern Indiana

University of Evansville professor of history Daniel Gahan will be the speaker for tonight's Andiron Lecture. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 4:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. Gahan’s topic will be “Diggers, Farmers, and Townspeople: Irish Immigrants in Southwestern Indiana.”

Between 1815 and 1900 over four million Irish came to the US. The arrival of the Irish in such numbers sparked the first anti-immigrant political movement. Irish immigrants of 1815-1900 were largely Catholic; most settled in urban centers. Their eighteenth century compatriots were mostly Protestant and settled largely in the rural south. Scholarship on the nineteenth-century wave has focused largely on the urban experience, but recently there has been considerable study of those who settled in small towns and in the country.

Gahan will summarize current research on a 17-county area of southwestern Indiana, which examines the Irish immigrant experience there in the period 1815-1880. He will offer a profile of the Irish immigrant community of the study area at the mid-point of the century. He will consider evidence of community development, recreation of "normal" family life, achievement of a certain economic status, and degrees of assimilation, as experienced by these immigrants. This will be placed in the broader context of Irish settlement in rural parts of the US from 1815-1900.

Gahan earned his BA from the National University of Ireland (Maynooth College), his MA from Loyola University of Chicago, and his PhD from the University of Kansas. He has published on Irish agrarian history, Irish immigrants in the United States, and the Irish rebellion of 1798 (including a book on the rebellion in county Wexford, The People’s Rising).

The Andiron Lecture series is sponsored by the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences and supported by a generous gift from Donald B. Korb. For more information, call 812-488-1070 or 812-488-2589.


Info You Should Know

* Purple Palooza Friday!

SAB will host the second annual Purple Palooza event this Friday from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Purple Palooza is a combination music festival and carnival.

This year, we will have three musicians, five inflatable attractions, and a zipline.

We will also be giving out prizes such as T-shirts, tank tops, Beats headphones, Fitbits, and a Nintendo Switch!

Submitted by Justin Coffey

* Last day to withdraw from a spring class is Friday, April 7

Do you still need to drop a class for this spring? This Friday, April 7, is the last day to drop with a “W.” No exceptions.

Drop slips are available in the registrar’s office. You must have both the signatures of the instructor and your advisor on the drop slip. Please note - if you are dropping below 12 credit hours you must also obtain stamps from the financial aid office and student accounts.

Advisors may not be readily available due to SOAR on Friday so do not wait.

If you have any questions contact the registrar’s office.

Submitted by Lori Johnson

* Two NEW GAP classes for fall

Two new GAP classes are planned for the fall of 2017.

Associate professor of mechanical and civil engineering Mark Valenzuela will offer a class (GAP 310-07) in which students will work on developing a plan to provide tiny homes to the homeless,

Erin Lewis program director of the Institute for Global Enterprise, will be offering a class (GAP 310-08) that will apply Scott Sherman’s transformative action curriculum to creative thinking and public problem solving.

Both classes are available for registration online under the GAP prefix. More info at

Submitted by Cindy Kelley 

* Pep and Vim Annual Day of Giving and Philanthropy Week were a success!

Thank you to everyone on and off campus who helped make UE’s Pep and Vim Annual Day of Giving and Philanthropy Week a success! The camaraderie of our campus shined exceptionally bright on Friday.

We’re excited to announce that we met our first goal of 500 gifts, and we are still counting Pep and Vim gifts! This means the Alumni Board is going to donate $10,000 to the Alumni Scholarship Fund!

The board challenged us to hit a stretch goal of 700 gifts. If we reach this goal, the Alumni Board will donate another $10,000 for a total of $20,000 to the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Our advancement services team is working hard to post all the gifts, so please stay tuned for a final count! Our University is a special place to work and learn because of YOU!

Submitted by Jennifer Jacobs

* Indiana Teacher of the Year visits the School of Education

The University of Evansville welcomed Indiana Teacher of the Year, Jean Russell, to campus last Wednesday and Thursday.  Russell has been an educator for 26 years; the first 21 were in the classroom in Fort Wayne, Indiana, teaching 4th and 5th grade, and more recently she began working as in instructional coach for a K-5 literacy program.  She has also served on the ISTEP alternative education panel. 

Since earning this prestigious title, Russell has been traveling across the state to different education departments, departing her wisdom on current teachers and soon to be educators. 

On her recent visit to UE’s campus, she exclaimed, “One of the things I’ve noticed about the students here (University of Evansville) is how incredibly reflective they are. They are here to learn. It’s exciting to be in a classroom with them.” 
Russell called UE’s program a “jewel.”

The School of Education was ecstatic to be able to welcome her to campus and knows the students had a positive experience listening to her speak.

Submitted by Sharon Gieselmann

* Deadline extended to today for UE Gives Back!

The deadline for UE Gives Back has been extended to today, April 6. We still have many openings and non-profits that need our support on Saturday, April 8.

To register, go to

For more information, ask for Millie, David, or Geoff Edwards in the student life office.

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke

* Financial aid for summer courses and work-study jobs

Financial aid for summer courses

If you are seeking financial aid to help pay for summer courses at UE, please complete a summer financial aid application, available in the Office of Financial Aid. We will help you examine your options for aid, which in most cases during the summer term is limited to: federal loans (direct or PLUS), private student loans, federal Pell grants, tuition remission (employees and dependents), and student employment. Refer to the summer form to determine the types of aid for which you may be eligible based on your anticipated enrollment status.


On-campus jobs are available for continuing UE students during the summer. You do not need to be eligible for need-based federal/state work-study during the academic year in order to apply. You may also apply regardless of your enrollment in summer courses. Applications are available within the Student Employment area of WebAdvisor.

Submitted by Amy Sowders

* Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship applications

Family, friends, and loved ones of the late Marvin E. Hartig are pleased to announce the application process for the Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is dedicated to the loving memory of Hartig, dean of Evansville College’s Evening College in 1967, and administrator for the Center for Advanced Study, director of the Evansville chapter of the American Institute of Banking (AIB), and the international student advisor. In 1974, Hartig was appointed dean of academic services. He retired in 1984 after serving his alma mater for 35 years and passed away in 2007.

This scholarship will be awarded each year to a deserving sophomore student with demonstrated financial need as shown by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Preference will be given to a student working while being enrolled as a full-time student.

International students are encouraged to apply. Please include in your essay your particular financial need, since international students do not have FAFSA forms on file.

Applicants must submit the following to be considered:

  1. Completed application
  2. In a one page, single spaced, 12 point Verdana font essay, please answer all of these questions:
  • What have you learned about yourself as a UE student?
  • What do you do for fun when not studying or working?
  • Name a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart.
  • You have done a lot in your short life.  In what areas do you think you can improve?
  • What are your scholastic and career goals?
  • How did you finance your freshman year and how will you finance your sophomore year? 
  • Why are you a good candidate to receive this scholarship?
  • What have you learned about Dr. Hartig, how does he influence or inspire you, and how will you preserve his legacy as recipient of this scholarship?

Please return all materials to the Office of Financial Aid by June 1. Decision will be announced by August 1.

If you have questions, contact Trisha Hawkes, administrative assistant to the Office of Financial Aid, at or 812-488-2364.

Submitted by Trisha Hawkes



* Lonnberg presents research at AMS Sectional Meeting

UE math student Adam Lonnberg recently delivered a contributed research talk at the 2017 American Mathematics Society Central Meeting at Indiana University, Bloomington. The talk was titled as “A Modeling Study of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) Axis Including Glucocorticoid Receptor (GR).”

Adam’s work was supported by UExplore Undergraduate Research Grant, Department of Mathematics, and Department of Chemistry. Pengcheng Xiao, assistant professor of mathematics, is the supervisor of this research project.

Here is the abstract of the talk:

The human stress response is controlled largely by the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis. Models predicting the levels of the hormones involved very often are not analytically solvable. Many of these models, such as Gupta et al. 2007, predict a bistability in this axis. Said bistability results in two steady states, a normal high-glucocorticoid receptor (GR) state, and an alternate low-GR steady state. In the current study, we are able to simplify the HPA axis model in order to solve it more easily while maintaining key features such as the bistability thereof. This model's equilibrium and characteristic polynomial are both more easily derived when compared with previous models, and the latter can be more easily analyzed via the Routh-Hurwitz criteria and its Sturm chain. Simulations run with this model exhibit oscillation, a feature found in many recent models to account for the circadian rhythms of this axis.

Submitted by Cheri Stratman

* Freeland named to Colorado Opening Day roster

It’s been nearly 15 years since a former University of Evansville pitcher earned a start on a Major League Baseball mound, but that could all change next week as 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year Kyle Freeland is expected toe the rubber next Friday for the Colorado Rockies in the team’s home-opening contest against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

On Sunday, Freeland was officially named to the 2017 Opening Day roster by the Rockies organization.

“Obviously, I’m very proud to see Kyle earn the call-up,” UE head coach Wes Carroll said. “He represents our university and our program extremely well. He’s overcome adversity and injuries along the way, and he’s kept his head up and put himself in a position to succeed. That’s the type of mentality that Evansville Baseball is all about, and I couldn’t be more proud of him. I know it’s a dream come true for Kyle, and I know that everyone involved with our program is looking forward to following him with the Rockies.”

Freeland, who was a non-roster invitee to Rockies Spring Training in Scottsdale, Arizona, has impressed all spring, making six appearances with four starts while posting a 3.48 earned run average with 19 strikeouts over 20.2 innings of work. The 6-foot-3 lefty began the spring as a top-10 rated prospect in the Colorado farm system, and as reported by multiple outlets, he is expected to begin as the No. 5 starter in the team’s rotation.

A native of Denver, Freeland could become the first pitcher to start the Coors Field opener for his home state team since Greeley’s Shawn Chacon in 2003.

Freeland’s journey to “The Show” began as a prep star at Thomas Jefferson High School. After being selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft, he elected to attend the University of Evansville, where he became one of the more dominant pitchers in the storied history of Valley Baseball. As a junior, he led the Aces to just their second-ever MVC regular season crown. He picked up 10 victories in the process while posting a 1.62 ERA over 94.2 innings of work, including four complete games and six outings that featured 10-or-more strikeouts. His 122 punchouts and 13.56 strikeout-to-walk ratio that season ranked second in the nation.

Following the season, Freeland was selected eighth overall by the Rockies. After spending the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the Grand Junction Rockies, Asheville Tourists and Modesto Nuts, Freeland emerged as a hot prospect in the Arizona Fall League with the Salt River Rafters. He’d parlay that success into impressive performances last season with the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats before finishing the season with the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes.

Freeland is now the fifth-ever former UE player to grab a spot on a Major League roster, and he’s the first since the retirement of former Aces great Jamey Carroll, who left the Kansas City Royals organization in 2013. A prototypical utility man over the course of his career, Carroll, oddly enough, was also the last UE player to appear on the mound in the majors as he tossed a perfect frame for the Twins against the Royals in 2013.

Andy Benes, the No. 1 overall pick of the 1988 draft, was the last full-fledged UE pitcher to appear on the mound in the big leagues. A recognizable member of the St. Louis Cardinals for much of his career, he stepped off the mound for good near the end of the 2002 season.

In all, there are four other Aces pursuing the Major League dream in affiliated organizations. After earning invites their respective big-league camps, Cleveland Indians farmhand Eric Stamets and New York Mets prospect Kevin Kaczmarski are set to begin their seasons in the minor leagues, most likely with the Double-A Akron RubberDucks and Binghamton Rumble Ponies. Kyle Lloyd will also be looking to continue his progression after spending the 2016 campaign with the San Antonio Missions in the San Diego Padres system. Meanwhile, Boomer Synek, who graduated from UE last spring, will hope to build off his first season with the Rookie-Level GCL Pirates.

* Knoester and Parkison publish article in Educational Studies

Associate professor of education Matthew Knoester and former UE education chair Paul Parkison have published an article in the journal Educational Studies. The article is titled "Seeing Like a State: How Educational Policy Misreads what is Important in Schools." You can read the article online at

* Kretz visits ASU's Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics

Professor Lisa Kretz is presenting this week at Arizona State University's Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics. The Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics advances teaching, research and community engagement efforts that explore how best to live together as a human community, so that we all may achieve purposeful, productive and prosperous lives. Kretz will be discussing how to teach in ways that ethically engage, as well as presenting on the new ethics and social change major.

* Frasier judges Evansville Museum's High School Art Show

Stephanie Frasier, chair and associate professor of art, has been invited to judge the 54th Annual High School Art Show at the Evansville Museum. Nearly 1,000 entries were submitted in the categories of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, photography, mixed media, and graphic design by students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 in 20 public, parochial and private schools in Vanderburgh, Warrick, Pike, Posey, and Gibson Counties in Indiana

The exhibition runs March 16–April 16.


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