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Monday, January 22, 2018

What's Happening Today

* Neu Chapel Outreach efforts continue!

There is still time for the campus community to contribute to the Neu Chapel outreach effort by collecting in-the-package toilet paper and tooth brushes for the United Methodist Youth Home. We will be collecting these essential items through Sunday, February 4. If you or your organization would like to contribute, simply leave contributions on the chapel’s front platform steps (toilet paper) or altar table (toothbrushes)! Please leave items in the narthex (lobby) should the weather be inclement.

For over 35 years, the United Methodist Youth Home (UMYH) in Evansville, IN has provided a Residential Treatment Program for youth ages 10 to 21. They currently operate two licensed group homes with a total of 15 beds, six for males and nine for females. The residential program puts an emphasis on developing pro-social behaviors, emotion regulation, personal responsibility, educational achievement, interpersonal effectiveness, and independent living skills.

To learn more, please visit their website at

Submitted by Keith Turner

* SAB Trivia Night tonight at 5:30 p.m. in Cafe Court

Join SAB for Monday Trivia Night in Cafe Court this evening at 5:30 p.m. Winning team gets free pizza!

Submitted by Megan King

* WUEV call-out meeting today

Attend the WUEV Call-out Meeting TODAY - Monday, January 22 - at 4:00 p.m. at the WUEV studios. DJ and sports broadcaster positions available. If you can't attend and would like to learn more, contact Alice Daum, student station manager, at


Upcoming Events

* Tonight! Fireside Chat Discusses "Fake News"

Join us tonight at 7:00 p.m. in Grabill Lounge in Neu Chapel to discuss what God might have to say regarding "fake news."

Hot beverages and Donut Bank cookies will be served!

All are welcome! 

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* Scholars for Syria presents Spring 2018

Come to Ridgway University Center today - Wednesday, January 24. We will be selling merchandise designed by UE alum and NYC artist Sam Schanwald and promoting our upcoming Spectacular Spring Speaker Series (at S for S, we love alliterations). Thursday events this semester includes an Indiana film premiere, politics, war crimes, migration, economics, medicine, music, and - of course - our Syrian students’ stories. Stay tuned for much more detail. For now, stop by from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., say hello, and show your support for our Syrian students, their families, and their nation.

Submitted by Gail Vignola

* ASB Houston trip only $100! Register today!

An Alternative Spring Break Hurricane Harvey Relief Trip is planned for March 3-11. The cost of the trip is $100 per person.

During this trip, ASB will travel to the Houston, Texas, area to complete Hurricane Harvey relief work. They are partnering with Community Collaborations International, which will be providing lodging, meals, and the volunteer work. CCI specializes in working with schools and groups for alternative break initiatives and we are thrilled to be supporting the efforts after Hurricane Harvey.

The ASB attendance form can be found here. By filling out the form, you confirm your attendance and the $100 will most likely be charged to your student account.

For any further questions or concerns, please contact Jackie Luedtke at or 812-488-1115.

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke

* Jampon: A Jam for Pads and Tampons

A concert - Jampon: A Jam for Pads and Tampons - is set for January 27, 7:30 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. The goal of the event is to collect donations of women's sanitary products to benefit women at the YWCA of Evansville. Admission is a box of unopened tampons, pads, or liners, or $5. This event aims to raise awareness of the challenges faced by underprivileged women, especially regarding the accessibility and affordability of sanitary products. There will also be art and baked goods available for purchase with all proceeds going to the YWCA.

Submitted by Gina DeLise 

* Sign up for the Engineering Career Forum!

Engineering majors of all years are encouraged to attend the Engineering Career Forum on Wednesday, January 24 from 6:15-8:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center.

Register by following this link.

If there are any questions or issues, please email Elizabeth Collier at

Submitted by Elizabeth Collier

* This Week in Music: Faculty recital, guest artist recital and Saxophone Day

Guest Artist Recital – Catharsis Jazz Ensemble

Friday, January 26, 7:30 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall

Led by Ryan Keberle, #1 Rising Star Trombonist in the Downbeat International Critics Poll, Catharsis has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times for its “potent blend of cinematic sweep and lush, ear-grabbing melodies.”

The highly acclaimed piano-less group brings together elements of chamber music, South American folk and indie rock within a traditional jazz framework, resulting in a sound that has thrilled audiences across the globe for close to a decade. In Catharsis, the potent frontline rapport of Keberle and saxophonist John Ellis and the unshakable rhythm of bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Eric Doob combine in a sound full of drama and intrigue. The guitar and vocals of Camila Meza have also come to shape the band’s chemistry and unmistakable ensemble sound.

On Friday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall, Catharsis will perform a range of songs arranged by Keberle, as well as standards by Duke Ellington, Bob Dylan, and others. The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information about the program and the ensemble, visit the music department concert calendar.

Saxophone Day at UE
Sunday, January 28 in Krannert will be Saxophone Day at the University of Evansville!

We have a number of exciting events planned for the day! Students will be able to play in a saxophone ensemble, watch a professional masterclass, and hear an amazing guest recital by Assistant Professor of Woodwinds at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Adam Estes.

This is an event geared towards high school age students only.

To register, click here and select REGISTER NOW! You will not want to miss this amazing opportunity. Oh, and did we mention it’s FREE!

Submitted by James Sullivan

* Information session on new forensic accounting course

Associate professor of accounting Rania Mousa will offer an information session on Thursday, February 15 about a new upper-level forensic accounting course that will be offered this fall. The session will be from 12:15-1:00 p.m. in Room 173, Schroeder School of Business Building. Lunch will be provided.

If you are an accounting major and have completed ACCT 211, you are encouraged to attend. Other majors are also welcome. The course will discuss contemporary topics including fraudulent financial reporting, money laundering, evidence management, and litigation services offered by accountants. A review of real white-collar crimes will be incorporated in the course. Technical skills and knowledge acquired in this course will be crucial for students pursuing forensic accounting careers in the FBI, IRS, and public and corporate accounting areas.

Submitted by Rania Mousa

* Volunteer crew leaders for UE Habitat Barn Blitz needed!

Get ready for the UE Habitat Barn Blitz on Saturday, April 7! This semester, UE has made a commitment to help Habitat for Humanity build 30 barns or toolsheds during this semester-long initiative.

This is a call out for volunteer crew leaders! Each team needs two crew leaders who will be taught how to build a barn, agree to assemble a team (4-5 more folks), and support their team during all building times throughout the semester.

Crew leaders must attend two training sessions:
• Kick-Off Crew Leader Meeting: Today - Tuesday, January 23 - at noon in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center
• Component Building Training: Saturday, January 27 from 9:00–11:00 am

Attendance at the January 23 meeting is confirmation and agreement to be a crew leader. More details, including specific responsibilities and build times, will be covered at the kick-off meeting.

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke

* Health advising workshop today

All students interested in learning more about job shadowing, volunteer and employment opportunities in health related businesses, offices, or hospitals around the community are invited to attend a workshop presented by pre-professional health advisor Francie Renschler. The workshop will be at 2:00 p.m. today in Room 203 (J. Henry Schroeder Boardroom), in the library.

This workshop will include a visit by a recruiter from the scribe company, Scribe America, with information about becoming a medical scribe and the possible opportunity to link this as a co-op experience. Scribe America places students in family practice, pediatric and internal medicine doctor’s offices, and the Deaconess emergency rooms.

Please plan to attend the workshop before asking for job shadowing assistance.

Francie Renschler

* First PT Club meeting set for today

The first PT Club meeting of the semester will be held today - Wednesday, January 24 - at noon in Graves Hall.

Submitted by Meghan Luczkowski


Info You Should Know

* Accepting proposals for UE's Environmental Sustainability Challenge

Want to make an impact on environmental sustainability, but need funds to get your ideas off the ground? Submit a proposal for UE’s Environmental Sustainability Challenge to have your projects considered for funding from the Green Fund.

Submission Deadline: February 20, 2018

The Green Fund began with a $25,000 environmental sustainability grant from Siemens, and additional funds may be generated through fundraising or savings gained through successful Environmental Sustainability Challenge projects.

Learn more about the challenge and submit a proposal online here.

Submitted by: UE's Environmental Sustainability Committee


* Road Trip hosts needed!

The Office of Admission needs current UE students who live in the residence halls to host prospective high school seniors for Road Trip, February 16-18. If you are available, you can apply to host at, by e-mailing Ashley Ross ( or Kaitlyn Grimwood (, or stopping by the Office of Admission (OH 104).

Submitted by Kaitlyn Grimwood

* Women's March at UE wildly successful

This Sunday over 300 people attended the Women's March in a show of solidarity against all forms of oppression. Gratitude is offered to all who attended.

Women's March Speaking to Crowd

Submitted by Lisa Kretz

* Aces primed for return of track and field

The University of Evansville men's and women's track and field teams will compete for the first time since 1985 when the Purple Aces travel to compete at the Fort Wayne Duals in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in the teams' first indoor meet of the season.

At the Fort Wayne Duals on Saturday, the Aces will compete against Butler, Detroit Mercy, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, Morehead State, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, MVC rival Valparaiso, and Wright State. Saturday's events get under way at 11:00 a.m. on the track with the women's distance medley relay while all field events begin at 11:00 a.m. The day's events conclude at 3:40 p.m. on the track with the men's 4x400 meter relay.

The Aces' indoor schedule continues on February 3 with a trip to Southern Illinois for the Don Denoon Invitational. The indoor regular season concludes with a trip to the EIU Friday Night Special in Charleston, Illinois, on February 16 before UE takes to the Missouri Valley Conference Championships February 24 and 25 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Evansville opens its outdoor schedule on March 17 with a trip to the Stan Lyons Invitational hosted by Butler in Indianapolis, Ind. on March 17. The Aces then make their second trip to SIU on March 23 and 24 before competing in the Kentucky Wesleyan Invitational in Owensboro, Kentucky, on April 6. The final two outdoor meets of the season will prepare the Aces for the postseason as Evansville competes in the Austin Peay Invitational in Clarksville, Tenn. on April 13 and 14 and the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational hosted by Louisville on April 27 and 28. The MVC Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held May 11 through 13 in Terre Haute, Ind. hosted by Indiana State.

* UE Men's Basketball ticket requests

UE faculty/staff/administration may now begin requesting their two complimentary tickets for the UE men's basketball game against Drake. The game begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Ford Center. Please be sure to bring your valid UE ID.

Submitted by Scott Peace

* The Writing Center is now open!

The Writing Center's staff of experienced peer writing mentors is now ready to help with your academic papers - everything from outlines to citation. Just register and make an appointment!

Information on the Writing Center

  • The Writing Center will be open Tuesday, January 16-Wednesday, April 25.
  • Hours are Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., and Friday: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • The center is located in the Clifford Library, Room 253, on the circle next to the Koch Center for Engineering and Science.
  • The Writing Center’s Acelink webpage has many valuable resources including documents on citation and grammar.
  • The Writing Center’s Facebook page (UE Writing Center) also has writing links, vocabulary help, and other general academic writing support.

How to make an appointment

  • It’s really easy to make an appointment! Go to:  Acelink … Areas … Writing Center … Appointments…  Create an Appointment.
  • Register for an account - or sign in if you have used the Writing Center before - you can then access the center from any mobile device to schedule or cancel a session.
  • This site manages your appointments, cancellations, and reports. You will receive an e-mail reminder before your appointment and your professor will receive feedback from your tutor afterward.

How to prepare for your appointment

  • Bring the assignment (writing prompt) or draft of your paper.
  • Prepare questions for your tutor to get the most out of a session. For example, “Can you help me to see if my thesis statement is clear?”
  • Plan to visit the Writing Center well in advance of an assignment due date. If you come in the day an assignment is due, you may not have enough time to make the revisions discussed during a session. Seems obvious, but…
  • Arrive a few minutes early for your appointment - don’t be late. If another student is waiting, that student will be helped first if you are over five minutes late. 

Submitted by Gail Vignola 

* UE Baseball announces 2018 schedule

With the spring season quickly approaching, University of Evansville head baseball coach Wes Carroll has announced the 2018 schedule for the Purple Aces.

“We are excited to play another competitive schedule. Our non-conference schedule will help prepare us to compete in the Missouri Valley Conference,” head coach Wes Carroll said. “I look forward to our first game as our guys are working hard to compete at the highest Division 1 level.”

The season officially kicks off with a trip to the Wofford Tournament from February 16-18. The Aces open up against Fordham, who went 27-24 a season ago before taking on Dayton in a Saturday contest. The tournament finale pits UE against one of the top ten teams in the nation from a year ago – the University of Kentucky. Finishing the season ranked 9th in the country, the Wildcats went 43-23 and advanced to the first Super Regional in program history.

Next up will be a trip to Kennesaw State for a 4-game set. The teams will match up in single games on 2/23 and 2/25 with Saturday the 24th marking a doubleheader. After that, the Aces return to Evansville to open up the home schedule. The first series will be against a familiar foe – Western Illinois.  The Leathernecks are coached by Ryan Brownlee, son of former UE head coach Jim Brownlee. That series takes place March 2-4. A single game against Mid-American Conference foe Bowling Green will take place at Braun Stadium on March 7.

Another challenging series follows for Evansville as they had to Florida Gulf Coast (March 9-11) for three games. The defending Atlantic Sun Champions were 43-20 in 2017 and played in the Chapel Hill Regional. UE is home for a March 14 single game versus SIU Edwardsville, a 23-29 squad from a season ago.

From March 16-18, the Aces will be taking on the defending Big Ten Tournament Champion Iowa Hawkeyes in a three-game series in Iowa City. Iowa won 39 games last season on their way to the Houston Regional.

Home play continues on March 20 versus UT Martin before Oakland City heads to Braun Stadium for a March 24 doubleheader. Evansville then returns the trip to SIU Edwardsville on Tuesday, March 27. Another familiar opponent will mark the final non-conference series of the season as the Purple Aces travel to Omaha, Nebraska, to take on former MVC member Creighton. The Bluejays went 24-25 in the Big East in 2017. A midweek game on April 4 pits the Aces against Murray State in Murray, Kentucky.

Valley play opens up on the road in Springfield, Mo. as Evansville takes on Missouri State from April 6-8. The reigning regular season MVC champs finished last season ranked 17th in the NCAA. They went 43-20 overall and 18-1 in the MVC and enjoyed great postseason success. MSU won the Fayetteville Regional before advancing to play TCU in the Super Regional.

On April 10, UE welcomes Murray State before hosting its first MVC home series that weekend against Bradley. That series takes place from April 13-15. 

The third ranked team from 2017 appears on the schedule on 4/17 when UE makes a day trip to Nashville to face Vanderbilt. The Commodores are coming off of a #18 ranking and played in the Corvallis, Ore. Super Regional after defeating Clemson in a Regional series in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

In-town rival USI heads to Braun Stadium for a single game on April 25 before another local squad – Southern Illinois – makes its way to town for a 3-game set from April 27-29. The team then takes to the road for series at Dallas Baptist and Indiana State. DBU won the MVC Tournament in 2017 while winning 42 games. They fell to #6 TCU in the Fort Worth Regional.  That series goes from May 4-6. 

UE treks north to Terre Haute from 5/11-13 to take on the Sycamores, who were 29-26 last season. The Aces also have midweek contests against Belmont and UT Martin over that span. 

Regular-season play finishes with a home series against Illinois State. The Redbirds head to Evansville for a series taking place on May 17-19. The 2018 MVC Tournament, which is being hosted by Dallas Baptist, runs from May 23-26. 

* W-2 and 1095-C notice for 2017

The Office of Accounting/Payroll will be issuing W-2’s for 2017 no later than January 31.  We are pleased to announce that you can choose one of two options to receive your W-2:

Electronic W-2 – If you provide your consent, you will receive an e-mail notification via AceNotes Extra that your W-2 is ready to view/print on Self-Service.

Paper W-2 – If you prefer, you can continue to receive a paper W-2 in the mail, as you have in the past.

Among the advantages of electronic W-2’s: (1) you will have access to your W-2 a couple of days earlier than a paper copy that is mailed to hour home; (2) you can print as many copies of the W-2 as you need. The electronic W-2 is IRS compliant and can be submitted with your tax return.

To take advantage of the electronic W-2 option, you must log onto Self-Service (, locate the item titled “Tax Information” either on the main page, or in the left-hand menu under “Financial Information.”

Click the option “W-2 Information."  

Click the “Change Preferences” button and then click the first radio button to give your consent.

Then click “Save.” 

You will not receive a paper W-2 in the mail if you select the electronic W-2 option.

Again this year, employees that are eligible to participate in the University’s health plans, will receive a 1095-C form. This form will be used to complete questions regarding health insurance offers and coverage on your 2017 tax return. Like the W-2 consent, the 1095-C form will need a consent as well. This is done by clicking on the “1095-C Information” tab (on the same screen as the W-2 Information option – “Tax Information” in Self-Service) and giving your consent.

If you choose to withhold your consent to view/print your online W-2 and 1095-C, a paper copy will be prepared and mailed to you at your home address.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gloria Spencer at ext. 2159.

* Library After Hours starts January 21

Library After Hours will start on Sunday, January 21. The first floor will be open until 4:00 a.m. most mornings with limited library services. The upper floors will close at midnight and will not be accessible after that. The current After Hours schedule is Monday-Friday from 12:00-4:00 a.m. Access to the libraries after 11:50 p.m. Sunday-Thursday is through the Ridgway door only.

This service is dependent on student staffing. Interruptions to the afterhours schedule will be posted to the UE app.

For more information, contact Meg Atwater-Singer at or ext. 2487.

Submitted by Meg Atwater-Singer

* College Mentors for Kids seeking mentors!

College Mentors for Kids is seeking new mentors! College Mentors for Kids is a non-profit organization that pairs college students with elementary-age students to expose our "little buddies" to career and college opportunities, diversity, and other interesting things! The organization meets weekly on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. If you have a class until 3:50 p.m. and/or one at 5:00 p.m., that can be worked around. Contact Joe Cook at for more information!

Submitted by Krysta Wininger

* Eykamp Prize

The Eykamp Prize was established by Richard and Rita Eykamp in 2015 to honor Faculty Achievement at the University of Evansville. Recipients of the prize will receive an award of $10,000 in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the University of Evansville as University Citizens. Examples of such contributions include deep and successful involvement in recruiting students; expanding the number, scope, and competitiveness of grant funding for their department; bringing positive public awareness to the University through scholarship, knowledge, and understanding of their discipline. Up to two prizes a year may be awarded.

Nominations for the Eykamp Award may come from any member of the University of Evansville Community. Nominees should be tenured or tenure-track faculty members at the University of Evansville who have not received the award in the previous five years. Nominations can be submitted in writing or via e-mail to Michael Austin, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, by March 16, 2018. Nominations should include the name of the faculty member and a brief statement of the reasons that he or she are being nominated.

Recipients of the Eykamp Award will be selected by an Awards Committee, appointed by the EVPAA, that includes members of the faculty and staff, academic administrators, and at least one member of the Board of Trustees. Awards will be announced and presented at the May Commencement Ceremony.

* Be a resident assistant!

Residence life is still looking for interested students to apply for the resident assistant position. We are looking for students who want to be leaders and build communities in various residential areas across campus. To apply, go online to Our deadline to apply is January 24. We look forward to reviewing your application!

Submitted by Greg O'Connor

* Donations and prayers requested for baby with critical heart condition

Fundraisers have been organized to help with medical expenses for Kingdon, infant son of Hilary and Heroshi Milan. Heroshi is a corporal in the Office of Safety and Security.

Kingdon was born December 4 with a critical heart condition and had open heart surgery on January 15 at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Kingdon is currently stable and remains a patient at Riley while he recovers from surgery. Donations to help his parents with expenses and prayers for Kingdon’s recovery would be very much appreciated.

You can help by either buying T-shirts at this website or by going to this go fund me page.

Submitted by the Office of Safety and Security

* Previous RAs welcome to apply for the position again!

Have you been an RA during a past semester and want to be an RA again for the 2018-19 semesters? If so, e-mail Jackie Luedtke at for a link to either a new application or a re-application. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24.

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke

* Today is deadline to sign up for Catalysts for Change!

The deadline to sign up for Catalysts for Change has been extended to today - Monday, January 29 at 11:59 p.m.! 

Catalysts for Change is a free eight week program consisting of weekly sessions focused on various topics of leadership and service. The meetings are once a week on Tuesday evenings, and there is also a mandatory day-long retreat on February 24. It is a great opportunity to strengthen your leadership skills and build a support system along the way. 

Here is the link to reply.

Please contact Melinda Daniels at, Jalyn Kowalski at, or Jackie Luedtke at with questions or concerns. 

Submitted by Jalyn Kowalski 

* Nerd Wars registration deadline extended to Jan. 31

The Honors Program is hosting Nerd Wars trivia night on Tuesday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m., in Eykamp Hall! Students, faculty, administrators, and staff can all form teams of up to five people to battle in a competition of wits while enjoying pizza, popcorn, and soda. Winners will receive $25 Master Card/VISA gift cards. Other prizes include Bluetooth speakers, Bluetooth headsets, A Fitbit-flex 2, a streaming video DRONE1, and more!

You can register your team online NOW.

Pay your $5 per person entry fee to Jayme Williams in Room 238, Koch Center for Engineering and Science. Those who are unable to compose a team of five may still register and will be matched to make a team. The deadline to enter has been extended to January 31.

Questions can be e-mailed to Aditi at

Submitted by Aditi Sood

* Do you want to be an Orientation Leader (OL)?

Orientation Leader (OL) applications are now available!  Visit our website at to complete an electronic application before the deadline of 4:00 p.m. on January 29. 

Information on “What it takes to be an Orientation Leader” can be found on the website along with the application and required reference forms.
Our current Orientation Leaders are glad to answer any questions so feel free to send them an email or find them at the Ridgway information tables. You can also contact the VPSA/Dean of Students office at 812-488-2500 or stop by Ridgway University Center, room 230, during business hours. 

Submitted by Karen Martin

* International Orientation Leader applications due today!

Apply to be an International Orientation Leader for the 2018-19 school year! Applications are due TODAY - at 5:00 p.m., Monday, January 29. 

The IOLs are a dynamic group of students who work to welcome new international students to UE in August and throughout the year. Develop your leadership skills, share your UE experiences, and meet new UE students from all over the world! We welcome both international students and students from the United States to apply.

Applications are available online at

More information is available in the office of Cultural Engagement and International Services on the second floor of Ridgway University Center in the Student Life Center.

Questions can be directed to

Submitted by Megan Sicard

* Health tip for flu and cold season: Cover your cough!

Cover your cough! Stop the spread of germs that can make you and others sick!

Here are some ways you can stop the spread of germs:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Put your used tissue in the waste basket.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • You may be asked to put on a face mask to protect others.
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Submitted by Ashley Craig

* Today is deadline to submit nominations for Outstanding Teacher Award

The UE Alumni Association recognizes an outstanding teacher for exemplary instruction and student support at spring commencement. UE administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni may nominate a faculty member who exemplifies the award’s criteria for outstanding teaching effectiveness that inspires the intellectual development of students.

Please use this link to nominate a faculty member for the auspicious occasion:

Full-time faculty who have taught in the classroom at UE for two years or more and held the rank of lecturer, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor are eligible for nomination.

Past award recipients are as follows: James Berry in 2011; Mari Plikuhn in 2012; Mark Valenzuela in 2013; Jennie Ebeling in 2014; Margaret Stevenson in 2015, M. Kevin Gray in 2016, and Mary Ellen Wylie in 2017.

The deadline to submit nominations is January 31, at 5:00 p.m.

For questions, contact Tracey Folden at



* Weber publishes paper on mathematical research

Darrin Weber, assistant professor of mathematics, has published a paper in the International Electronic Journal of Algebra. The paper is titled "The Zero-Divisor Graph of a Commutative Ring without Identity" and can be found at It is a joint work with David F. Anderson (University of Tennessee).

A ring is a mathematical structure where you can add, subtract, and multiply, but not necessarily divide (think of the integers). A zero-divisor is an element in a ring that multiplies to another element to give you 0. Zero-divisors do not have a lot of structure, so we place them in a graph and see what the graphical structure can tell us about the ring structure. This paper furthers that endeavor by looking at a new class of rings.

* Professors publish articles

University of Evansville professor Angela Wooton and University of Southern Indiana professors Lorinda Coan, Lynne Melchior, and Amanda Reddington have published three intraprofessional articles:

  • Periodontal disease in children with type 2 diabetes Mellitus in The Nurse Practitioner Journal
  • Incorporating screening for undiagnosed diabetes in dental practices in Decisions in Dentistry
  • Early detection of type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents in Dimensions in Dental Hygiene


* Aces compete at Ft. Wayne Duals

Competing in its first meet since 1985, the University of Evansville men's and women's track and field teams took to the track inside the Athletics Center Fieldhouse on the campus of Fort Wayne.

In the dual-scored meet, the Aces' men defeated IUPUI (57.00-29.00) and Morehead State (62.00-16.00), while the women's team fell in all nine of its matchups.

For the men's side, Evansville's highest finish of the day came in the pole vault as freshman Ian Alberts finished fourth among the 10-vaulter field with a height of 4.10 meters. Fellow freshman Kevin Yeung joined Alberts in the pole vault competition, finishing in a tie for eighth with a height of 3.20 meters.

Racing at a distance much shorter than he has been accustomed to in a pair of season's with the Aces' cross country team, sophomore Stanley Chepchieng excelled in the 800 meters earning an 11th-place finish with a time of 2:03.67. Also in the 800, sophomore Tucker Dawson finished in 2:12.82 in 17th, while freshman Alton Hoops (2:24.12) and sophomore Jonathan Newby (2:34.29) crossed the finish line in 19th and 20th, respectively.

Evansville also saw success in the mile run as freshman Ethan Price (23rd) finished just over 13 seconds shy of a top 10 finish with a time of 4:36.29 in the tightly bunched field.

For the Aces' women's team, much like her counterpart on the men's team, freshman Anna Lowry found success in the 800 meters, finishing 15th with a time of 2:32.03. Lowry finished the race less than five seconds off the fifth-place finisher. Also for the Aces in the 800, freshman Izzy Dawson crossed the line in 21st just seven seconds behind Lowry while freshman Lexi Sutherland finished 24th in 2:46.03.

Freshman Nikki Hutchcraft represented the Aces in the 60-meter dash, finishing 19th among the 30-sprinter field in a time of 8.30.

In the final women's event of the afternoon, the Aces put together a successful run in the 4x400 meter relay. Evansville finished ninth among the 13 teams competing in the relay, finishing in a time of 4:27.82 ahead of A-teams from Morehead State and Valparaiso and Northern Kentucky's B-team.

Both men's and women's squads return to indoor competition on February 3 at the Don Denoon Invitational in Carbondale, Illinois.

* Simmons scores 1,000th point in loss to Bradley

University of Evansville senior Blake Simmons became the 49th player in program history to reach the 1000-point mark as the Purple Aces were defeated by Bradley, 66-53, on Saturday evening inside Carver Arena.

Simmons led UE (12-9, 2-6 MVC) with 12 points, all from long range. Ryan Taylor, who was held scoreless in the first half, finished with 10 in the second frame.  Dru Smith scored nine.

“We did not get off to the start that we wanted, but our guys fought back and I give them credit,” Aces head coach Marty Simmons said. “We cut it close near the end of the first half, but Bradley had a good run to finish the half and also got off to a good start in the second half. Our guys fought back, but I do not think our decision-making was good down the stretch.  It was tough, hard-fought game on both sides.”

Four Braves (14-7, 4-4 MVC) scored double figures, led by a 17-point game from Darrell Brown.  Donte Thomas notched 13 points and 12 boards.

Bradley got the early jump on the Aces, scoring the first five points of the game. K.J. Riley got UE on the board with a pair of free throws before the Braves punched right back. An and-one by Elijah Childs spearheaded a 9-0 run as the Braves capped it off with a pair of triples to open up a 14-2 advantage. Evansville missed its first four shots while Bradley opened the game at 4-for-7.

After a timeout, Blake Simmons found Dainius Chatkevicius for a layup for the Aces’ first field goal of the night. Simmons then knocked down a three a minute later to make to get UE within seven at 14-7. A 7-0 run was finished off with a Dru Smith bucket as the Aces got within five. The UE defense held Bradley to one of its next eight from the field following their hot start.

A pair of BU shots saw them retake a 9-point lead at 20-11 midway through the half before Noah Frederking found Chatkevicius cutting to the basket for an and-one. Simmons hit a triple on the next trip down the floor to make it a 20-17 game and with just over five minutes remaining in the period, John Hall connected on a basket to cut the Bradley lead to just one. 

The 1000th point of Simmons career was a big one as it countered the Braves 3-point possession making it a 26-25 game heading into the final four minutes of the half. From there, the Braves were able to finish the period on a 10-0 run as Donte Thomas hit a three with just five ticks remaining to send the Brave into halftime up 36-25.

Simmons milestone was the second major one to happen for UE in the last three season at Carver Arena. On February 23, 2016, Egidijus Mockevicius grabbed the 1,198th rebound of his career to break the program record, which was set by Dale Wise in 1961.

Out of the break, the Braves reeled off six in a row to open up a 42-25 lead in the first three minutes of the period. Smith got the team on the board with a layup at the 16:48 mark before Ryan Taylor got into the scoring column. The junior missed his first eight shots of the night, but he never gave up, knocking down three field goals in a row as part of a 14-2 run. Smith completed the rally with a trey to make it a 44-39 game with 12:21 on the clock.

In the following four minutes, the Braves regained the momentum, going on a 10-2 run to see their lead grow back to 13 at 54-41. Over that span, the Aces hit one of their four attempts while turning it over five times. Simmons was true from downtown once again with seven minutes left to get the Aces back within 11. 

UE continued to chip away. With under five minutes remaining, a great shot by Taylor got the lead under ten before a pair of free throws by Smith got UE within six (56-50) as three minutes were on the clock. UE was unable to get any closer as the Braves offense finished the game on a 10-3 run to earn a 66-53 victory.

BU finished the game shooting 42.6% while the Aces finished at 31.6%. The rebounding statistic also went Bradley’s way by a 41-34 final.

Wednesday evening will see the Aces make their first trip to Valparaiso since the school joined the Missouri Valley Conference last year.

* Aces fall to Bradley

The University of Evansville women's basketball team dropped a home contest to MVC foe Bradley, 117-59, on Sunday afternoon inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

The Aces were led by graduate guard Hannah Noe who scored a game-high 23 points while playing in all 40 minutes of action. Also in double-figures for Evansville was junior guard Kerri Gasper with 13 points, adding five rebounds and three assists. For the Braves, Gabi Haack led the way with 20 points, eight rebounds, and four assists while five other Braves finished with double-figure scoring performances.

Bradley raced out of the gate in the first quarter building a 29-0 advantage before Evansville got on the board with a layup by Gasper with 2:53 remaining in the period. To end the opening quarter, Noe scored the last five points for the Aces as Bradley took a 39-7 advantage into the second quarter.

In the second quarter, the Braves' lead grew to 39 at 56-17, but the Aces' offense found its rhythm as UE went to the halftime break trailing 62-26. Evansville shot 7-17 (41.2%) from the field in the second frame while Bradley continued its hot-shooting streak, going 9-18 (50%) from the field.

The Braves continued to shoot the ball well in the third quarter as Bradley hit 11-17 shots from the field while holding the Aces to 38.5% (5-13) shooting as BU took a 90-40 lead into the fourth quarter.

The final quarter featured nine of the Aces' 19 points being scored by Noe as Bradley earned the 117-59 win.

Bradley out-shot the Aces, 64.4% (47-73) to 33.9% (21-62) while the Braves also won the rebounding battle, 48-23.

Evansville takes to the road for a pair of MVC contests this upcoming weekend starting with a Friday night showdown at Valparaiso before taking on Loyola on Sunday morning.


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