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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Upcoming Events

* Neu Chapel to host worship service for families at the border

The Neu Chapel community is honored to partner with the Evansville Executive Interfaith Partnership in its campaign entitled "Sabbath Against Separation," in which faith communities speak out against the separating of children from their parents and detaining them.

The University of Evansville Community is invited and welcome to attend tomorrow's service, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Neu Chapel.

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* Re-Thinking Diversity Summer Series: Dialogue on Race

This summer the Office of Diversity Initiatives will offer one-hour sessions that will provide interactive dialogue to allow campus participants to think and discuss about how to re-think everything you ever knew about race.

The sessions will provide solution-oriented steps and strategies as well as resources for participants.

Participants must RSVP to by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday of the week of the session. Upcoming sessions are planned for July 18, August 1 and August 8.

Sessions are intended for any campus members and friends (i.e., faculty, staff, students, alumni or administrators). Anyone attending all of the sessions will be given a certificate of completion of Diversity and Inclusion at UE at the end of the summer sessions.

Submitted by LaNeeca Williams


Info You Should Know

* University of Evansville to offer Master of Science in Leadership

The University of Evansville has announced that it will launch a new Master of Science in Leadership program this fall. The two-year hybrid program, combining periodic on-campus weekend instruction with online instruction, provides an opportunity for working professionals to grow and advance in leadership skills that are pivotal to success in today’s dynamic work environments.

The 36-credit-hour program will develop innovative and visionary leaders who will be prepared to take their organizations to the next level. The program offers a focused core curriculum in the foundations of leadership but allows the opportunity for students to select a specific concentration area. Current concentration areas focus on higher education, nonprofit leadership, and public health.

“The curriculum allows students to set individualized leadership development goals and to achieve them through the knowledge, skills, insights, and experience they gain as a part of the program,” says Jill Griffin, UE’s faculty program director. “Developing and honing skills in teamwork, communication, cultural competence, visioning, innovation, and change management, our graduates will be prepared for the complexities of leadership in today’s dynamic workplaces.” 

The hybrid cohort program offers competitive pricing for adult learners at $525 per credit hour. Applications are now being accepted for a Fall 2018 start for those individuals looking to gain knowledge and the skillsets necessary to grow personally and professionally. 

“The hybrid format will provide the flexibility for our working adults to advance their careers while still maintaining a good work-life balance,” says Lindsay Roberts, UE director of adult education. “The students will be on campus for instruction on pre-scheduled Saturdays and will also complete online learning components.”

For more information about the innovative curriculum or application details, please contact the Center for Adult Education at 812-488-2981 or

* Sister of Providence with ties to Newman Center celebrates Jubilee

A Sister of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, who has ties to the University of Evansville, is celebrating her 50th Jubilee this year.

Sister Mary Joanne (Jody) O’Neil is a native of Indianapolis. Currently, she ministers as the artist in residence for the Sisters of Providence.

Sister Jody entered the Congregation on Jan. 3, 1969, from Holy Spirit, Indianapolis. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1980. She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in art education. She also earned a master’s degree in religious studies from Mundelein College.

Sister Jody ministered as the director of the Newman Center and Campus Ministry at the University of Evansville from 1989-94. She has also ministered in other locations in Indiana as well as Illinois and Ohio.

* Now accepting reservations for the library's display cases

Looking for a highly visible space to show off what is happening in your area of campus? The library has the perfect place for you! The library has two display cases with great views and are available all year. The 2018-19 schedule is currently open for reservations. If you are interested in taking advantage of the space, call Julie Wilson at 812-488-1062 or e-mail her at with your preferred dates.

Submitted by Julie Wilson

* Thursday afternoon golf outings

The employees at the University of Evansville are again invited to play golf on Thursday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. at Fendrich golf course. Please make a tee time by contacting Debbie Kassenbrock in the Center for Academic Advising by 11:00 a.m. on Thursdays at or 812-488-2605. 

Submitted by Debbie Kassenbrock 

* Free HIV testing at Student Health Center

Matthew 25 will be onsite at the Student Health Center on Tuesday, June 19 from 10:00 a.m.-noon for free, confidential HIV testing. No appointment is necessary; however, you can call the Health Center at 812-488-2033 to reserve a time. 

Submitted by Ashley Craig



* Kiesel presents research in Minneapolis

Kyle Kiesel, professor and chair of physical therapy, recently presented research titled "The reliability and criterion validity of a novel dorsiflexion range of motion screen" at the American College of Sports Medicine annual conference in Minneapolis. Also participating in the research were UE faculty members Kate Schwartzkofpf-Phifer, assistant professor of physical therapy; Bethany Huebner, assistant professor of physical therapy and director of clinical education; Kyle Matsel, assistant professor of physical therapy; Phil Plisky, associate professor of physical therapy; and current DPT students Risa Ricard and Josh Hayden.

Kyle in front of presentation board

* Kate Brown Wins $500 Student Manager Scholarship

Kate Brown, a senior baseball student manager from Indianapolis, has won a $500 Student Manager scholarship from The Athletic Equipment Managers Association. The scholarship was announced at the AEMA national convention in Phoenix, Arizona, on June 5. Kate is the 35th University of Evansville Student Manager scholarship winner in the last 20 years, more than any other university or college in the United States and Canada.



* UE Athletics announces staff additions

In preparation for the 2018-19 school year, the University of Evansville Athletics Department has announced several staff and coaching additions.  Below is a full list and information on the new additions.

Brett Bentley – Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach

Bentley joins the Purple Aces following a pair of banner years as head coach at Adams State in Alamosa, Colo.

In 2017, Bentley's side went on to break program records established and just narrowly missed out on the program's first conference tournament appearance, finishing with a 7-10-1 record. For the second straight year the Grizzlies were honored by being ranked in the United Soccer Coaches South Central Region's Top 10, with the 2017 team being ranked for six straight weeks. One of the main reasons for the regional recognition was the team's success against foes that have a history of getting the better of the Adams State team. 

In his first season in 2016, Bentley got to work quickly, building one of the best men's soccer teams in Adams State program history. The 2016 Grizzlies tied the then program-best mark for wins in a season with six. The exceptional first year concluded with numerous school records being broken. For the first time in program history two players were awarded with RMAC All-Conference Honors. Additionally, the team broke records for goals (25), goals per game (1.39), assists (19), assists per game (.94), shots on goal (102), shot percentage (.130) and penalty kicks awarded (3) in a single season.

In addition to being the Grizzlies head coach, Coach Bentley has served as an assistant coach with the Southern California Seahorses of the Premier Developmental League (PDL). The PDL is considered the 3rd division in the United States Soccer Leagues Professional Pyramid.  Labeled the "Path2Pro", the PDL is an amateur league designed for elite, under 23 aged players who are pursuing a professional career in soccer. 

Before joining Adams State, Bentley served in coaching roles at Lubbock Christian University (Texas) (2015), Northwest Christian University (Ore.) (2010-15), Corban University (2009-10), the Cascade Surge (2008-09), and Grand Canyon University (2007). His extensive background with the sport also positioned him as the training director and head coach for the Keizer Soccer Club from 2009-14.

As a player, Bentley played for the Region IV Olympic Development Team, the University of California-Riverside, and Yavapai Junior College before finishing his collegiate career at Corban University. He spent three seasons playing for the Cascade Surge (Salem, Ore.) of the Premier Developmental League in the USL, one season in which he doubled as a player and coach. Additionally, Bentley spent time playing and living in Germany, spending time with AFC Waldorf, VFL Kircheim, and SC Geislingen.

Bentley holds a B.S. degree in Psychology from Corban University, a Premier Diploma from the NSCAA, and a B License from the United States Soccer Federation.

Bentley and his wife, Kara, in Evansville.

Lindsey Dunn – External Affairs Intern

A recent graduate from Georgetown College, Dunn comes to the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Administration.

While attending Georgetown College, Dunn played four years of collegiate soccer. She was awarded 1st Team All- Conference twice and was named Georgetown’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2017. Dunn was an intern for Louisville City F.C. last summer, and for Georgetown College assistant athletic director. She was also a member of Kappa Delta Sorority.

Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Lindsey is blessed by her loving parents Laura and Morgan Dunn.

Jake Hill – Assistant Athletic Director for Ticketing and Game Operations

Hill was promoted to assistant athletic director for ticketing and game operations in June 2018. He joined the University of Evansville in June of 2017 as an external affairs intern.

Jake came to the University of Evansville after graduating with his master’s degree in sports management from Western Illinois University. During his time at WIU, Jake served as a marketing and promotions intern, focusing strongly on graphic design as well as game-day operations and development. During his undergraduate studies he also assisted with the university's ESPN 3 athletic productions.

Currently, Jake oversees all ticket sales, service, retention and operations for the Purple Aces’ 7 ticketed sports. In addition to ticketing, Jake oversees game operations for all University of Evansville’s home athletic contests. Hill is also responsible for the management of the external affairs interns and student workers.

Jake is originally from Machesney Park, IL.

Andrew Livingston – Graduate Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach

Livingston joins the Purple Aces after a season working with Northwestern's women's soccer team.

A native of Hamilton, Scotland, Livingston helped the Wildcats to a 14-6-2 record in 2015 as a volunteer assistant coach. Livingston assisted head women's soccer coach Michael Moynihan in various aspects of running the program including in game coaching, individual and small group instruction, large group instruction, video analysis and individual meetings. While with Northwestern, Livingston also served as director of coaching for Bloomingdale Lightning Travel Soccer Club and Head of internal coach development of the Midwest region for UK Soccer International.

Livingston's coaching experience spans internationally, as well, as coach for Nordjyllands Idraetshojskole in Denmark where Livingston worked with both male and female players.

Other coaching stints for Livingston include assistant coach at St. Thomas University (2013), administrator for The Schulz Academy (2012), and coach for Owensboro United Travel Soccer Club and Academy (2009-11).

During his playing career, Livingston predominantly operated as a central midfielder, spending his pre-collegiate years in the Scottish professional youth league representing both Dundee United and Kilmarnock. In 2009, Livingston began his collegiate career at Brescia University in nearby Owensboro, Kentucky. During his time at Brescia he was selected All-Conference, led the conference in assists and captained the team. 

In 2011, Livingston transferred to Saint Thomas University in Miami, Florida. During his two-year spell at STU, he captained the team winning back to back Sun Conference Regular Season Championships in 2011 and 2012. In two seasons, he was selected All-Conference and Academic All-Conference. He was also recognized by the wider athletic community as he was the recipient of the Saint Thomas University Silver Bobcat Award- given to the student athlete who best embodies the NAIA five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

After college, Livingston continued his soccer career captaining Miami United of the NPSL during their inaugural season in 2012. In 2013, he was then given the chance graduate to the professional level of the game briefly representing Queens Park F.C. back in his native Scotland. Choosing to seek another challenge he then moved to Denmark where he spent time with AB Copenhagen of the Danish 1st Division before finding a home with Jammerbugt FC of the Danish 2nd Division. Following the conclusion of the 2014 season, due to an injury, Livingston decided to retire from playing and focus on his coaching career.

Amanda Memmer – Assistant Athletic Trainer

Amanda is in her first year as an assistant athletic trainer/instructor at UE, working primarily with women’s basketball, while overseeing volleyball and softball. She will also teach within the Athletic Training Education Program. Prior to her start here, she spent two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Bowling Green State University, working primarily with the women’s basketball and women’s tennis programs.

She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training from The Ohio State University in 2016 and has earned a minor in psychology from there as well. After her time at Ohio State, she earned her Masters of Education in Sport Administration from Bowling Green State University in 2018 where she served as a graduate assistant for two years.

Amanda is also certified in CPR/First Aid and has been a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and GLATA for four years. Amanda is from North Canton, OH and is a graduate of North Canton Hoover High School and resides in Newburgh.

Karyla Middlebrook – Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach

Karyla Middlebrook comes to the University of Evansville following a playing career at the University of Alabama and Kansas State University.  In her time with the Crimson Tide, she was a 3-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member.  During the 2015-16 season, she helped her team earn its first-ever home win over Tennessee while ending a 42-game winless streak against the Lady Vols.  In her time at Alabama, she played in 72 games and made 70 starts while averaging 7.6 points per game.

Middlebrook then went to Kansas State as a grad transfer and immediately made an impact, being named the squads Most Improved Player in 2017. She played in 33 games, making 31 starts in her first season with the Wildcats while reaching double figures in scoring on 12 occasions.  Her career game saw her notch 27 points and 7 rebounds at Oklahoma. The 2016-17 team went 23-11 and beat Drake in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. She was limited to four games in 2017-18 due to injury and moved to a student assistant role at that time. In her time in Manhattan, Middlebrook continued to excel in the classroom, being named to the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team.

She had aspirations to coach since her time in middle school and assumed a student coaching position after suffering an injury at Kansas State. She also assisted with various camps at K-State while helping her father, who is also a coach at the youth level. She earned a B.S. in Business Management from Alabama and her Masters in Academic Advising from Kansas State. Middlebrook is a native of Blue Springs, Mo., which is a suburb of Kansas City.

Scott Peace – Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Fan Engagement

Peace was promoted to assistant athletic director for marketing and fan engagement in June 2018. He joined the University of Evansville staff in July 2014 as the Director of ticketing services and athletic event operations and was elevated to assistant athletic director for ticket operations in December 2016.

Scott came to the University of Evansville after spending over a year as an account executive with IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. While there, he was part of a team responsible for the sales, service, and retention of all eight ticketed sports.

Prior to his time at USF, Scott completed a variety of internships with the University of Louisville athletic department including marketing/promotions with the women’s basketball team, community engagement with the men’s soccer team, and also the athletic ticket office. While interning in the ticket office, he assisted with women’s basketball and football season ticket sales, football seat relocations, and Sugar Bowl ticket requests.

While serving as assistant athletic director for ticket operations at UE, Scott oversaw all ticket sales, service, retention and operations for the Purple Aces’ 7 ticketed sports. Peace was also responsible for the management of the external affairs interns and student workers. In August 2015, Scott became sport administrator of the men’s and women’s Golf programs.

As assistant athletic director for marketing and fan engagement, Scott is responsible for the overall marketing and promotional efforts of the athletic department and its programs. He is the game administrator for all home men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s basketball, and softball contests. In addition to his role as men’s and women’s golf supervisor, Peace will now supervisor the spirit squads and serve as liaison between athletics and the UE band. Scott will serve as a conduit between Learfield/Purple Aces Sports Properties and UE athletics, while also acting as licensing coordinator for the department.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Peace earned his B.S. in Sport Administration from the University of Louisville in 2013 and his M.S. in Public Service Administration from the University of Evansville in 2018. Scott, his wife Sarah, and son Rowan reside in Newburgh.

Hunter Roberts – External Affairs Intern

A recent graduate from Missouri State University, Roberts comes to the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Science in Arts and Letters while majoring in public relations and minoring in marketing.

While attending Missouri State, Roberts was involved with the athletic communications department as an athletic communications intern. He was also part of fraternity and sorority life with the Pi Kappa Alpha organization, as well as the American Marketing Association.

Born and raised in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Hunter is blessed with his loving mother Leslie and caring father Lee. He has two brothers Tyler, and Mason.

Submitted by Bob Pristash 

* UE Town Hall event to take place on June 21

The University of Evansville athletic department will be hosting a “Town Hall” exclusively for 2017-18 men’s basketball season ticket holders as a thank you to our most loyal fans. The free event will take place inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse on Thursday, June 21 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Season ticket holders from last season may also bring two non-season ticket holder guests who are interested in getting on board and learning more about the program.

Those in attendance will hear from head men’s basketball coach Walter McCarty, his coaching staff and UE administration on their vision for the program and some of the new initiatives being planned. There will be the opportunity for pictures and autographs with Coach McCarty at the end of the event.

Anyone who places a season ticket deposit or renews their season tickets by noon on June 21 before the start of the town hall will be entered to win one of 14 great prizes. Since June 21 coincides with the NBA Draft, we will announce the prize during the Town Hall with a “draft-style” show that will also be streamed via Facebook Live.  Season ticket holder renewals were sent out by the UE ticket office earlier this week.

Please RSVP by emailing Scott Peace at, walk-ups are also welcome.

The prizes are as follows:

1. Lunch with Coach McCarty

2. Two Tickets to the Road Game vs. Xavier

3. Two Tickets to the Illinois Road Game

4. Spot in the Men’s Basketball Golf Outing

5. Two Tickets to the Road Game vs. Murray State

6. Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff Signed Basketball

7. Two All-Sport Passes

8. NIKE Aces Pullover

9. Signed Walter McCarty Knicks Rookie Card

10. Lunch with an Assistant Coach

11. Fifty FLEX Wristbands

12. Signed Walter McCarty Celtics Card

13. NIKE Aces Polo

14. I’m On Board T-Shirt


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