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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Upcoming Events

* Dragon Boat Race set for June 17 – join the UE team!

The Midwest Dragon Boat Race will be held on Saturday, June 17, at Deaconess Sports Park Lake. Join the UE team! No skills necessary and anyone can participate. Lunch and a team shirt will be provided. Contact Maria Tonry at for more information or to sign up.

Submitted by Lori Adams

* Aces to open versus Fresno State

Another high-profile tournament is on tap this season for the University of Evansville Men’s Basketball team as they head to Cancun, Mexico, for the 2017 Cancun Challenge.

Contests in Cancun will take place on Tuesday, November 21 and Wednesday, November 22. The Purple Aces open play on Tuesday against Fresno State and will face either George Mason or Louisiana Tech in the final game. CBS Sports Network will carry both games.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to participate in the Cancun Challenge,” Aces head coach Marty Simmons said. “The tournament features some great teams that we have a ton of respect for.  Playing in the Cancun Challenge will give us the chance to take on some great competition and help to prepare us for the Missouri Valley Conference schedule.”

Evansville’s first opponent is Fresno State, a squad the Aces have a great deal of familiarity with. UE is 4-1 versus the Bulldogs while winning meetings in 2014 and 2015. The first contest took place in the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Florida. When UE took a 58-52 win in 2014. A year later, the teams faced off in Fresno in the MVC/Mountain West Challenge as Evansville came away with an 85-77 win.

The second opponent will be George Mason or Louisiana Tech. UE has never taken on either school on the hardwood. 

Stay tuned to and the UE Athletics social media accounts for more updates on the 2017-18 men’s basketball season.

Submitted by Bob Pristash

* Women's Soccer Golf Classic to take place on June 19

On Monday, June 19, the University of Evansville Women’s Soccer team will host a golf classic at Cambridge Golf Course on the north side of Evansville.

Teams of four can sign up for the event and your entry fee includes drinks, lunch, and prizes for the winning team. Hole sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Registration and lunch on the 19th go from 11:00 a.m. until noon, with the action commencing with a shotgun start at noon.  At approximately 5:00 p.m., the awards will be handed out when all golfers are finished. 

For more information or to sign up, contact head women’s soccer coach Krista McKendree at 812-760-5023 or via e-mail at


Info You Should Know

* Help select a new GAP name today - you might win an Amazon gift card

Cast your vote for a new GAP name by 5:00 p.m. TODAY to be entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card. The winner will be instructed on how to pick up the gift card from the Institute for Global Enterprise. Thanks for your help!

Submitted by Cindy Kelley 

* UE Stories Abroad: Haley in Jamaica

There's a new UE Stories Abroad submission on the study abroad website! You can read all about senior nursing student Haley English and her overseas clinical experience in Jamaica. In her story, Haley talks about her passion for mission work, her bonds with her patients, and the gift she received that almost had her in tears.

You can read Haley's story by visiting the study abroad website.

Submitted by Greta Becker

* Medical Spanish at UE starting Fall 2017

If you are a student in nursing, public health, health services administration, exercise science, education, nutrition, biology, chemistry, the physicians assistant program, or the pre-professional health sciences (such as medicine, optometry, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, clinical psychology) consider adding a medical Spanish minor or a Spanish major with a specialization in medical Spanish. The Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures will be offering both programs beginning Fall 2017.

The requirements for the medical Spanish minor are 18 credit hours, which include the following specific courses: Spanish 211,212, 311, 316, 325, and 350. The Spanish major with a specialization in medical Spanish requires the same SPAN courses previously mentioned in addition to FL 420 (an internship abroad), and one of the following courses: COMM 410, EDUC 385, HSA 405, PH 190, PH 195, SOC 337. Please note that FL 420 may be substituted by one of the aforementioned courses.

Both the medical Spanish minor and the Spanish major with a specialization in medical Spanish cover medical sciences terminology and concepts, cultural content of Hispanics in the U.S. and of Spanish speaking countries, as well as an introduction to interpreting. Consequently, students are better prepared for careers in medical fields in the US and abroad.

Submitted by Cheryl Shafer

* Thursday afternoon golf outings

The employees of the University of Evansville are again invited to play golf with other UE employees on Thursday afternoons during the summer months. The UE golf outings will be on Thursday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. at Fendrich golf course. You can reserve your tee time by contacting Debbie Kassenbrock in the Center for Academic Advising at or 488-2605 by 4:30 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the outing.

Submitted by Deborah Kassenbrock



* Robert Dion appears on Canadian national radio program

Robert Dion, chair of the Department of Law, Politics, and Society, was interviewed last weekend on Radio-Canada, regarding the first months of the Trump presidency. The live interview, which lasted about 10 minutes, was conducted entirely in French and aired on the Sunday morning news program hosted by Michel Desautels. You can listen to the broadcast on Radio-Canada’s website.

* Institute for Global Enterprise co-hosts global social innovation workshop in Germany

Six UE students and Jill Griffin, executive director for the Institute of Global Enterprise, attended a 3-day global social innovation workshop in Konstanz, Germany. The workshop was co-hosted by UE's Institute for Global Enterprise and the Konstanz University of the Applied Sciences in conjunction with the University of Konstanz. Students attending the workshop were from the US, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, France, and Ukraine.

Submitted by Cindy Kelley 


Sympathy to...

* Family and friends of JoAnn Sayre (Couglin) Alexander

JoAnn Sayre (Coughlin) Alexander passed away on May 26, at St. Vincent in Evansville, Indiana. She was a professor of nursing at the University of Evansville from 1975-1995.

She is survived by her beloved husband, James Alexander; son, James Alexander II, of Evansville; daughters, Mary Alexander and Jan Morris (Rick), both of Evansville, Laurie Goldbach(Cris), of Chandler, IN; grandchildren, Daniel, Katie Goldbach, Molly Burnett(Matt) and Olivia Morris. 

JoAnn was born Christmas Eve, 1934, in Evansville, the daughter of the late Joseph and Evelyn (Schmitt) Coughlin, and was a 1952 graduate of Memorial High School.  She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Louis University, and her Master’s Degree in Nursing and gerontology certificate from UE.

She worked in various positions in nursing throughout her career, her longest tenure being at UE where she retired as an associate professor.  JoAnn was a charter member of Sigma Theta Tau Sorority, a nursing honors society, and was listed in the Who’s Who in the Midwest and American Nursing Field. She was also published in several nursing journals, and co-authored chapters in two nursing management textbooks. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Catholic Church or UE School of Nursing. Condolences may be made to the family online at


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