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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Upcoming Events

* Men's Basketball Day Camps set for next week

The first University of Evansville Men’s Basketball Day Camp starts Monday at the Fifth Third Basketball Practice Facility. The day begins with registration at 8:00 a.m. Activities start at 9 a.m. and run through 4:00 p.m. on each day of the four days of the camp (June 9-12). There is also an option for campers who would like to go either during the morning or afternoon of each day.

One of the top camps in the Midwest, this event features individual skill development, contests along with 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 games. All campers receive a t-shirt and basketball. Campers who attend the full day camp will also receive four lunches.

For more information, call 812-488-2757.

* Try Meditation 101 on Friday, June 16

Have you ever wanted to try meditation but have no idea where to start? Then you might be interested in Meditation 101 on Friday, June 16, from noon-1:00 p.m., in the Aerobics Room in Carson Center. This will be a beginner's guide to learning and experiencing a variety of techniques to reduce stress, improve focus and relieve anxiety. NO previous experience is required. If you have questions, contact Stacey Shanks, E-RYT and Rebbeca Ramsey, E-RYT at ext. 2606.

Submitted by Stacey Shanks

* Purple Aces to play at New Mexico

The Missouri Valley Conference/Mountain West Challenge is back in 2016-17 as the University of Evansville Men’s Basketball team will travel to New Mexico for a contest on Wednesday, November 29. It will mark the first-ever meeting on the hardwood between the two programs.

All 10 games in the series will take place within a six-day span in late November/early December. The agreement between the Mountain West and Missouri Valley conferences is in the third year of a four-year term.

This past year, the Mountain West Conference and Missouri Valley Conference split the 10-game series, 5-5. The MW has an all-time series edge of 3-1-2 in six previous Challenge seasons, which includes an overall advantage of 33-22 in games played in association with the series.

Evansville has a 2-3 record in the Challenge Series, but has won the last two games. In 2015, the Aces pulled off an impressive 85-77 victory at Fresno State before defeating Boise State by a final of 72-67 last season.

“The MVC/Mountain West Challenge is a great opportunity for schools from both leagues,” UE head coach Marty Simmons said. “It gives our fans the chance to watch us face teams that we would not usually have the chance to play while giving our student-athletes and program a non-conference game against great competition.”
New Mexico is coming off of a 17-14 campaign in 2016-17 while going 10-8 in conference play. The Lobos boast one of the top home atmospheres in the nation at WisePies Arena aka The Pit. The venue has been rated as one of the top in college basketball by, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, and

The Challenge Series features head-to-head competition between 10 Mountain West and 10 Missouri Valley teams annually, with each conference hosting five games apiece each season.

Annual matchups for teams in the Challenge Series will be based upon factors including the previous year’s achievements, records and RPI rankings, as well as projected rankings/strength of teams in the upcoming season, based on composite sources. Each season will be considered separately in terms of matchups, therefore, games from the previous year’s Challenge Series may not be returned.

Television rights for each Challenge Series contest will be controlled by the home team’s conference television agreement, which will dictate the distribution of the game and all related matters, including tip times.

2017 Challenge Schedule

  • Tuesday, N28 Loyola at Boise State Boise, ID
  • Tuesday, N28 Utah State at Valparaiso Valparaiso, IN
  • Tuesday, N28 Colorado State at Missouri State Springfield, MO
  • Wednesday, N29 UNLV at Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
  • Wednesday, N29 Air Force at Indiana State Terre Haute, IN
  • Wednesday, N29 Illinois State at Nevada Reno, NV
  • Wednesday, N29 Evansville at New Mexico Albuquerque, NM
  • Saturday, D2 San Jose State at Southern Illinois Carbondale, IL
  • Saturday, D2 Drake at Wyoming Laramie, WY
  • Sunday, D3 Bradley at San Diego State San Diego, CA
* 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

* Pool open Friday only

There will be no open swim today, Wednesday, and Thursday. The pool will be open Friday.

Submitted by Lori Adams

* Upcoming summer camps and conferences on campus in June

TEENPOWER Summer Camp will conclude its 2017 program on campus this morning. Upcoming camps on campus include:

  • UE Music Camp: June 11-17
  • UE Engineering OPTIONS for Middle School Girls: June 11-14
  • Honoring Women Veterans Conference: June 17
  • Father / Son Basketball Camp: June 17-18
  • UE Engineering OPTIONS for High School Girls: June 18-23
  • Indianapolis Winterclub: June 20-24

Please contact Kari Hughes at with any questions.

* Survey participants needed

Participants are needed to complete a short, 5-minute survey assessing perceptions of an attorney. Your participation will help a student complete her honors senior thesis project. If you have any questions regarding the survey or your participation, please contact Jordan Buechler at

Submitted by Jordan Buechler

* 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



* Cirino's "Hidden Hemingway" wins second gold medal

Eric Hoffer Award SealThe Eric Hoffer Book Award has announced that Mark Cirino’s Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park has won the 2017 gold medal in the reference category.

Cirino, an associate professor of English and the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in English, co-wrote Hidden Hemingway with Robert K. Elder and Aaron Vetch.

Earlier this year, Hidden Hemingway won the gold medal in the reference category by the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

* 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 


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