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Friday, October 27, 2017

* Post-Active Shooter Drill survey

Faculty, students, administrators and staff: Please watch your inbox for a link to a Post Active Shooter Drill Survey. We would appreciate your participation in the survey before Monday, October 30. This will give us valuable feedback about the drill held on October 24.


What's Happening Today

* Two home matches up this weekend for Aces volleyball

The final two matches in a 3-game homestand are set for this weekend as the University of Evansville volleyball team plays host to Missouri State tonight before taking on Southern Illinois on Saturday at Meeks Family Fieldhouse. Both matches start at 7:00 p.m.

Last Friday, the Purple Aces earned their third 5-set MVC win this season, defeating Indiana State by a 3-2 final. Now UE has its sights set on weekend matches against Missouri State and Southern Illinois.

With a win on Friday over Indiana State, the Aces now have three Valley wins this season. That equals the total from the previous two seasons combined. In 2017, UE has also won 14 sets in conference play with ten games down. Last year, the Aces won 12 a season after winning 14 games in 2015. Each of the Aces MVC victories have come in five sets. The last time Evansville won three conference matches in five sets came in 2009. Five out of ten conference matches this season for the Aces have gone five sets.

In the victory over the Sycamores, Cathy Schreiber tallied 12 kills and five block assists. It is the second time in the last four outings that Schreiber has had double figure kills and at least five blocks. By hitting .417 in Friday’s win, Schreiber upped her season hitting to .273, just outside the MVC top ten. Schreiber has reached 10+ kills on 10 occasions this season while hitting over .300 eight times.

After going five matches without reaching double figures in kills, Rachel Tam rebounded against the Sycamores, posting 16 kills in 40 attempts. In the first meeting of the season at SIU, she set career marks in kills (27) and attempts (79). Her kill total was the most for a UE player since Oct. 24, 2015. Her 79 attempts was 4th most for an MVC player this year was a UE program record. Tam continues to lead the way for the Aces with 2.88 kills per set.

Missouri State escaped a 5-set contest at Bradley on Friday to continue their undefeated streak in conference play to a perfect 10-0. They are also 18-5 overall.  They are led by one of the top players in the nation - Lily Johnson. Johnson has notched 4.33 kills per set and 0.34 service aces per set, both second in the conference. Her 4.97 points per set paces the MVC.

The Salukis start the weekend at 4-17 and 3-7 in league play. They have lost six matches in a row with their last triumph coming against the Aces in September. Andrea Estrada has the top kill tally in the team with 2.36 per frame while ranking second for SIU with 3.03 digs per set.

* UE welcomes Ashoka

Help us welcome the Ashoka site visit team to campus today. The UE community is putting our best foot forward and endeavoring to be named one of only 41 colleges and universities in the U.S.A. who have earned the Ashoka Changemaker Campus designation. If you have a UE Changemaker button and/or lanyard, please wear it today and tomorrow to show your support for changemaking!

Welcome banner with photos of the visitors.

Our Ashoka guests are Sarah-Marie Hopf, Ashoka campus partnerships manager; Cynthia Sarver, assistant director of Social Innovation Collaboratory at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota; and Vipin Thekk, director of Youth Venture and founder of Parenting Changemakers.

To learn more, visit the Ashoka Changemaker campus page on Ace Link.


Upcoming Events

* Recycling 101 - today

A recycling talk will be presented by the Philosophy 316 Action group in Koch Room 100 in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science at 7:00 p.m. today. The talk will cover the dos and don’ts of recycling and why YOU should recycle.

Submitted by Samantha Morgan

* Great Ace Bake Off

Register now for the Great Ace Bake Off! Form teams with your friends and compete by making desserts. (Hint: You get to eat them).

The event is planned for Sunday, October 29 at 2:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center.

You can register for the event at

Submitted by Shelby Hoyert

* Former Death Row Inmate to Speak at UE Today

Anthony Ray Hinton will speak at the University of Evansville as part of the Honors Program Lecture Series today - Monday, October 30 - at 6:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall Room 251, Ridgway University Center. This event is free to the public and seating is limited - first come, first served.

Hinton was falsely accused of committing two murders outside of Birmingham, Alabama, in 1985. He was wrongly convicted and spent nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death row before he was exonerated and freed in April 2015. A deeply compelling speaker, he has become a community educator and powerful advocate against the death penalty who speaks nationally about the urgent need for criminal justice reform.

Hinton was featured in the book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by author and attorney Bryan Stevenson.

Stevenson, who managed Hinton’s sentencing appeal, is also the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system.

You can learn more about the event on the Honors Program webpage.

* SIAM Student Chapter Talk Series - Shouhong Wang

Shouhong Wang, professor of mathematics at Indiana University, will give a talk to Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) chapter today. The lecture will begin at 3:00 p.m. in Room 100, Koch Center for Engineering and Science. The title of Wang's lecture is "Interplay between Mathematics and Physics".

In recent years, Wang has made a serious attempt to derive experimentally verifiable laws of nature based only on a few fundamental principles, aiming to answer challenging questions concerning the dark matter and dark energy phenomena, and the structure of black hole and the Universe. In this talk, Wang will use theories of gravity and black holes (Galileo, Newton, Einstein, as well as recent developments) to describe the symbiotic interplay between mathematics and physics.

Professor Wang received his Ph.D. from Lanzhou University in 1988 and joined Indiana University in 1989. Wang is an elected fellow of American Mathematical Society for his contributions to geophysical fluid mechanics, and his work has been supported by grants from the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation.

Submitted by Pengcheng Xiao

* Reformation Sunday with a German Lunch in Neu Chapel

500 Reformation 1517-2017This Sunday, October 29, the Neu Chapel community will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in our university worship service at 11:00 a.m.

We are excited and honored to welcome representation from Newman Catholic Campus Ministry. Together we will sing Martin Luther's Reformation hymn, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God", and will consider how the people of God are always reforming.

We will celebrate afterward with a German themed lunch in Grabill Lounge, sponsored by Methodist Temple UMC.

All are welcome! Wear red! Bring a friend! You won't want to miss this exciting Sunday in Neu Chapel!

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* TONIGHT! Thrills and Chills in Neu!

Neu Chapel is transforming into a haunting place for our truly haunting Thrills and Chills musical experience tonight! At 9:00 p.m., we will have spooks and frights of our own. Come dressed up or not! Bring your pillows, blankets, and sleeping bags! Candy will be provided! All are welcome to attend this spooktacular event! 

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* Sunday Catholic Mass at 1:00 p.m., Neu Chapel

UE welcomes Fr. Chris Forler this Sunday for Mass at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Everyone is welcome!

Submitted by Lily Renfro

* Dig Pink game for UE Volleyball set for Oct. 28

The annual “Dig Pink” volleyball game promoting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation will take place on Saturday, October 28 as the University of Evansville volleyball team will take on Southern Illinois inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

Starting now and running through the game on the 28th, pink t-shirts promoting the foundation will be on sale. Shirts are just $12 and proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. You can order yours now by calling 812-488-1024 or purchase at the game.

Pink ribbons and bracelets will be available for you to show your support at the game.

During the match, those battling the disease along with survivors will be recognized.

If you would like to donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, you can do so directly by clicking here:

* Fiddick Lecture: Long struggle for racial equality in Indiana

James H. Madison, Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University, Bloomington, will be the speaker for this year’s University of Evansville Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture. The event is planned for TODAY - Friday, November 3 - at 7:00 p.m. in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall) in the Schroeder School of Business Building. This is the 16th year for the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

Madison will be delivering an illustrated lecture on “Hoosiers and the Long Struggle for Racial Equality.”

For over two centuries the people of Indiana have struggled with challenges of race. There were times when African American Hoosiers could not vote, when the danger of lynching was real, when the Ku Klux Klan seemed right and necessary, when segregationists created schools, restaurants, and basketball tournaments for whites only. Beginning in the1950s, Indiana reformers began a push toward equality that we know as the great civil rights movement. Madison’s lecture will focus on several flash points of challenge and change to spark thinking about race and about where we have been, where we are, and where we want to go as citizens in a changing world.

Madison is without doubt one of the most distinguished scholars to work in the field of Indiana history. An award winning teacher for over four decades at IU, he is the author of several books, including Eli Lilly: A Life; A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America; and Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II. He has taught as a Fulbright professor in Japan and England and has served on the boards of Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Historical Society, as well as being a member of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. Madison’s most recent book is the highly acclaimed bicentennial history, Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana; it is the basis for an Emmy-awarded PBS documentary on Indiana’s history.

“Professor Jim Madison is an extremely eminent scholar of Indiana History and we are absolutely thrilled to bring him to the University of Evansville to deliver the Fiddick Lecture and interact with students in class,” said James MacLeod, UE professor of history and director of the Fiddick Memorial Lecture Series.

“As recent events have catapulted race relations back into the center of public discourse,” MacLeod added, “this is a perfect time to educate ourselves about the history of racial equality in our home state. There can be few better-qualified people to tell this story than Professor Madison. It is especially appropriate given Tom Fiddick’s lifelong passion for many of the key issues discussed by Jim Madison, especially Civil Rights.”

Thomas C. Fiddick, for whom the Fiddick Memorial Lecture is named, served as professor of history at the University of Evansville from 1963 to 2002. In his 39 years at the University, he was a dedicated teacher, a productive scholar, and a tireless fighter in the cause of justice. His untimely death on the day of his retirement in 2002 stunned the UE community, especially his many former students. It was from the former students’ efforts in particular, with the support of Fiddick’s friends and the University, that the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture was established.

“The Fiddick Lecture is one of the best events of the year, as we get to celebrate the career of a truly outstanding faculty member here at UE,” MacLeod said. “Tom Fiddick was a brilliant scholar and an incredible teacher who made a life-transforming impact on generations of students.”

For more information, please contact the UE Department of History at 812-488-2963.

* Pixley presenting exhibit in UE's Melvin Peterson Gallery

“Putting on Airs,” an exhibit of prints by artist Lisa Pixley, will be displayed at the University of Evansville’s Melvin Peterson Gallery from October 30-December 9.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and is part of the Efroymson Family Fund Emerging Contemporary Artist Lecture Series.

An artist printmaker located in Portland, Maine, Pixley earned her BFA with a concentration in painting from the Maine College of Art. After graduation, she began a commercial and artistic practice focusing on the craft of print. Pixley studied as an apprentice with David Wolfe of Wolfe Editions, where she worked closely with artists such as Charlie Hewitt and Allison Hildreth.

In 2009 Pixley founded Pickwick Independent Press in Portland, a for profit shared access print studio where she worked as director, master printer, and events coordinator, while also maintaining an active art practice in the medium of printmaking.

Pixley is currently developing a new venture: WIP Editions. WIP Editions will function as a storefront studio entity as well as an online presence. Under the imprint of WIP Editions, she will be developing a body of work showcasing suites of prints of her work as well as the work of invited artists.

The Melvin Peterson Gallery is located at 1935 Lincoln Avenue on the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach Avenues in Evansville.

For more information, contact 207-650-6073.

* Volunteer opportunity Saturday at Ozanam

Join the Newman Center to volunteer this Saturday at Ozanam Family Shelter. We will be preparing lunch and having a Halloween party for the kids! Meet at the Newman Center at 10:00 a.m.

Questions? Contact Jenny at

Submitted by Gabrielle VanBuskirk

* Hemminger to discuss morality and distribution of wealth at Andiron Lecture

UE professor emeritus Bill Hemminger will be the speaker for the Andiron Lecture on November 1. The lecture is set for 4:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. Hemminger will be discussing “Morality and the Distribution of Wealth.”

A well-known 1972 essay by Peter Singer makes the extraordinary point that affluent people (and nations) should be morally constrained to provide for the well-being of impoverished people elsewhere. Hemminger's talk offers an update on Singer's thought.

Hemminger served for a number of years as chair of UE’s Department of English. He also taught in the Department of Foreign Languages. He was a recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award, the Dean’s Teaching Award, and the Sadelle and Sydney Berger Award for Service.

In addition to writing a number of books, scholarly articles, fiction, and poetry, he is a practicing musician and composer. His book African Son was named Peace Corps Writers’ 2013 Best Travel Book.

Hemminger has worked in Madagascar and Cameroon under the auspices of the Fulbright Program. A life-long believer in the importance of public service, Hemminger has been a Peace Corps volunteer, has worked in rural development in El Salvador, and since retirement has been involved in a number of service projects in Evansville. It is this local experience that has most greatly influenced the substance of his lecture.

For further information, call Annette Parks at 812-488-1070 or the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589.


Changemaker Corner

* UE Changemakers - Neuromarketing GAP team's Metronet project

Last semester, the neuromarketing GAP team worked with Metronet, a fiberoptic network service provider headquartered here in Evansville, which provides service to communities throughout Indiana and Illinois. The team tested the web-based self-sign-up process using neuromarketing techniques and made recommendations for improvement. The company implemented these changes right away, and now estimate that the changes nearly doubled the company’s conversion rate and will result in an increase of over $1M in additional sales revenue in FY 2017 alone. Metronet wants to do more projects with our students, from neuromarketing to engineering to data analytics.

* UE Changemakers – Greenbelt Connectivity

Students in the GAP Greenbelt Connectivity Partnership: The Greenbelt Connectivity studied the interconnectivity of Evansville’s trails system and made recommendations to connect bike and jogging paths. These recommendations are being included in some of the city’s master plans and led to an official partnership with two city engineers for further work. 

* UE Changemakers – Transformative Action Now in FYS

The students in the Transformative Action and Strengths Finder FYS class learn how to identify problems in their world and develop the strengths they need to solve them. Several students have already proposed their own GAP projects for Spring 2018 and are working to make real change in the community! 

* UE Changemakers – Cuba Skate

The Cuba Skate GAP Project is a non-profit organization that fosters cultural understanding through Skate Diplomacy. During spring 2017, the GAP team traveled to Cuba. Their project was to develop recommendations for a marketing plan for Cuba Skate. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers – Infant Mortality

For the Infant Mortality GAP Project, a student team conducted research on the causes for the high rate of infant mortality in Vanderburgh County and developed a Safe Sleep campaign to be implemented throughout the county. They then met with Indiana state health officials to discuss how the campaign could be developed statewide. 


Info You Should Know

* Study Sacred Spaces at Harlaxton this summer - ID235

Interested in sacred spaces and what happens inside religious architecture? Do you have a desire to engage with people who spend their time in holy places? Would you like to experience face-to-face conversations with Imams, priests, and rabbis who work together in community? If you are looking for a unique interfaith experience with fieldwork at mosques, cathedrals, and temples, ID235 "Sacred Architecture and Its Liturgy" at Harlaxton this summer is for you!

This satisfies General Education Outcome 5.

For more information about the course contact Tammy Gieselman,, or click the link below to register.

Submitted by Tamara Gieselman

* Don't miss the study abroad deadlines!

If you are interested in studying abroad anywhere in the world other than Harlaxton, please see the deadlines below.

*To study abroad in Fall 2018, apply by December 6, 2017.
*To study abroad in Summer 2018, apply by January 24, 2018.
*To study abroad in Spring 2019, apply by March 2, 2018.

We have locations all over the world for you to explore! Please set up a meeting with the study abroad office to learn how to apply for Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019. You can e-mail to make an appointment.

Submitted by Amara Stuehling 

* Check your Halloween costume

There is nothing wrong with dressing up as a favorite movie character or a fictional or non-fictional character from your favorite book for Halloween. However, cultural appropriation is the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of a different culture. Cultural appropriation is when elements of a minority culture are used by members of the cultural majority and seen as wrongfully oppressing the minority culture or stripping it of its group identity and intellectual property rights. Before you go out, please check your Halloween costume.

Ask yourself and your friends …

• Does my costume mock cultural or religious symbols?
• Am I attempting to represent an ethnicity that is not my own?
• Would my costume trivialize historical events of human suffering?
• Does it marginalize a person with a disability?
• Does is over-sexualize a person?

Still unsure if your costume is offensive or not? Don’t be SCARED to ask questions!

You can ask:

Center of Student Engagement:
Disability/Counseling Services:
Office of Diversity Initiatives/Chief Diversity Officer:
Religious Life/University Chaplain:
Residence Life:

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* Calling faculty to lead short-term programs abroad!

The Office of Study Abroad has worked to simplify the process of proposing faculty led programs in the hopes of receiving an increased number of ideas, destinations, and new opportunities for our students. Our new application does not ask you to make any arrangements or budgets, but to tell us your ideas for the program so that we can then assist with these details. We will review all proposals and those that are accepted will receive assistance from the office to make budgets, program materials, marketing, and reservations for the program.

The call is for the 2018 academic year (for any program occurring in fall 2018, spring 2019, or summer 2019.) This includes programming in the summer, spring break, tied to semester courses, or any other possible options for travel. It is imperative that we plan early so our students will get excited, plan their academic schedules, and save money for their study abroad experiences with you!

You can find the application here:

The deadline has been extended through November 15.

We hope our new process is straightforward and easy. Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if you would just like to talk through an idea for a program. We appreciate your willingness to think ahead and to get these proposals in at a busy time of the year.

If you have any questions, please contact Amara Stuehling at

Submitted by Amara Stuehling

* Communication 380 (intercultural communication) offered online winter intersession

Interested in taking a course over winter break that you can take no matter where you plan to be? Interested in taking a course that will meet several General Education requirements? COMM 380 meets criteria for General Education Outcome 9 (Understanding of Core Concepts of Society, Human Behavior, and Civic Knowledge) and Overlay Component A (Global Diversity: International Component). For more information contact professor emeritus of communication Dean Thomlison at

Submitted by Dean Thomlison

* Indiana Teacher of the Year visits School of Education

The School of Education welcomed the Indiana Teacher of the Year, Jitka Nelson, to campus recently. Nelson has taught for 25 years in various grade levels in the Czech Republic, Canada, and the U.S. For the last six years she has taught English as a second language at Logansport Community High. Since earning this prestigious title, Nelson has been traveling across the state departing her wisdom on current teachers and soon to be educators. The School of Education was excited to welcome her to campus to inspire our education majors!

* Fall and Summer 2018 Harlaxton application deadlines are coming up!

The priority deadline for applications is December 6 for fall and January 24 for summer. Course descriptions are currently available on the Harlaxton website, so check those out to see what classes we’re offering. Make sure to start filling out your applications now! This is the perfect time to talk to your advisors to see if studying at Harlaxton will work for you.

If you have any questions, contact Georgina Ashley at or 812-488-3232.

Submitted by Greta Becker 

* Evansville Day School offering scholarship opportunity to UE families

Evansville Day School has announced a scholarship opportunity for students whose families are employed full-time by the University of Evansville. Any student admitted to Evansville Day School will automatically receive a 50 percent (25 percent for Junior Pre-K and Pre-K) tuition reduction. Once awarded, the scholarships will be automatically renewed annually.

Evansville Day School is offering this scholarship because it understands that educators have chosen a profession with immeasurable societal impact, but with lower salary benefits than other fields requiring similar degrees and work demands. As the leading college prep school in the region, the Evansville Day School wants to partner with educators by making the school affordable to families who value the school’s mission and brand of education.

More information on the scholarship is available in the Office of Human Resources at UE. Also, Evansville Day School invites those interested to Discover Why Day, an admission event scheduled for November 10 at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. More information on Discover Why Day can be found on the Day School’s event page:

For additional information on the scholarship, or Evansville Day School’s educational experience, contact the Day School’s director of enrollment management, Tiki Thompson at

* Recycling work study - get paid to help protect the environment

There is still a work study position available in the recycling area! Please go to WebAdvisor/Student Employment/Student Employment Positions Listing, ADS Administrative Services, Recycling Assistant to find out more. Hours are flexible within Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Please email or call ext. 2045 if you have questions.

Submitted by Kathy Perry

* Winter intersession financial aid

If you are seeking financial aid to help pay for winter intersession courses at UE, please submit the winter intersession application to the Office of Financial Aid by November 22. The financial aid office will help you examine your options for aid, which in most cases is limited to loans.

Submitted by Amy Sowders

* IM volleyball registration now open

Intramural volleyball is now open! Grab a group of friends and sign up on today! If you have any questions please email

Submitted by Dana Owens



* Portenier and Pagan combine to defeat Valpo in season finale

The University of Evansville women's soccer team ended its season on a high note with a 2-1 victory over Valparaiso on the road on Thursday evening.

"Proud of the team to show up and gut out a win," said Aces women's soccer head coach Krista McKendree. "We had a great response to them tying the game. Credit goes to Valpo for putting the pressure on. Our team showed great character and we are proud to be Aces."

In the match, senior midfielder Montana Portenier and junior defender Sierra Pagan each scored for the Aces in the win. Between the posts, sophomore Julie Rabe earned her second victory of the season, making six saves and allowing one goal. For the Crusaders, Cory Griffith scored the lone goal for Valpo.

Evansville struck first in the 13th minute as freshman midfielder Jayme-Lee Hunter played a ball to Portenier at the top of the box who took a shot that found the upper right corner to give the Aces a 1-0 advantage.

Just shy of 10 minutes later, Valpo answered with a goal as Grace Rogers lobbed a free kick from 60 yards out into the box that Griffth headed into the back of the net.

The Aces quickly responded in the 24th minute as junior forward Sara Osinski slid a pass to Pagan who fired a shot from 15 yards out and scored for her first collegiate goal, giving Evansville a 2-1 lead.

In the second half, the Aces were able to stave off Valpo's attempts at a comeback as Evansville held on for the 2-1 victory.

The Crusaders out-shot the Aces, 19-9, with many of Valpo's shots coming in the final 20 minutes of the match.

The Aces end the season with a 6-11 overall record and a 2-5 mark in Missouri Conference Play. Evansville's 21 goals this season were the post by the Purple Aces since the 2014 season.

* Mechanical engineering alum noted in mechanical engineering magazine

Austin Kraus, a 2017 mechanical engineering alum, had his photo and short biography published in the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) national publication, Mechanical Engineering magazine, for winning the Arthur L. Williston Medal. The Arthur L. Williston Medal is the top honor given to students that compete in the ASME national writing contest.

* Morales/Hillenbrand wedding

Congratulations to our assistant director of financial aid Hilary Morales and her husband, Lucas Hillenbrand, on their marriage earlier this month. Please note that your e-mails from Hilary will now appear from Hilary Hillenbrand.

Submitted by Trisha Hawkes 

* Professors attend national physical therapy education conference

Bethany Heubner and Katie WhetstoneBethany Huebner, PT professor/director of clinical education and Katie Whetstone, PT professor and assistant director of clinical education, recently attended the Education Leadership conference in Columbus, Ohio.

They attended curriculum and clinical education sessions and networked with leading educators, administrators, and clinicians in physical therapy education.

* Taylor named to MVC Preseason All-Conference Second Team

University of Evansville redshirt junior Ryan Taylor was named to the Missouri Valley Conference Preseason All-Conference Second Team prior to the league’s basketball tipoff on Tuesday in St. Louis. 

Taylor finished last season as the #7 scorer in the league, totaling 14.1 points per game. He is the fourth-leading returner in that category this year. The 6-1 guard played in all 33 games last season and was a 2-time conference Newcomer of the Week. 

His top outing came against Norfolk State as he drained 38 points while hitting 13 shots. In a home win over Drake in league play, Taylor had his best MVC effort, recording 25 points.

The annual preseason poll was also released with the Purple Aces being chosen to finish ninth in the conference in 2017-18. UE received 88 points. Evansville went 16-17 a season ago while posting a 6-12 MVC mark, but carried momentum late in the year, going 5-2 in the last seven regular-season contests. 

* UE Theatre hosts guest artists from Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Selected as the first university participant in the nation, the University of Evansville Theatre hosted guest artists from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s internationally acclaimed Play on! Project, October20–22. The Play On! Project is a provocative effort to translate William Shakespeare’s canon into contemporary English.

Taylor Bailey, a 2009 UE graduate, is assistant director of the project and attended departmental auditions on October 22 to cast Romeo and Juliet. Playwright Hansol Jung and dramaturg Aaron Malkin then worked with 21 student actors and dramaturgs on Saturday and presented a reading of the newest version of the play on Sunday.

Students posing for photo

After working with the UET students, the Play On! team then travelled to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where they are workshopping the script with actors from the Guthrie Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet, which happens to feature 2009 UE alumna Kelsey Didion as Mercutio.

Learn more about the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! Project.

* Xiao has paper published in Neurocomputing

Pengcheng Xiao, assistant professor of mathematics, has had a paper published in Neurocomputing.

The title of the paper is "Manifold NMF with L21 norm for clustering", and the paper proposes a robust manifold nonnegative matrix factorization (NMF) algorithm based on L21 norm, and the projected gradient method is utilized to obtain the updating rules.


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