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AceNotes Today

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

* Water outage today

A planned water outage occurring this morning will affect Hale Hall, Powell Hall, and Bower-Suhrheinrich Library. Following the outage, there will be a 48-hour precautionary boil advisory for those buildings. 

* UE phone number hijacked as part of call spoofing scam

Since Wednesday, June 20, the UE switchboard has been contacted many times by people stating that they have received inappropriate calls from the 812-488-2000 number. Someone from outside the University has used our number (spoofed) to make these calls. Both OTS and Campus Security have been notified. If you happen to receive a complaint about this from someone outside the University, please let them know we are aware of the issue and are looking into the situation (and solution).


Upcoming Events

* UE Summer Yoga Series

FREE Summer Yoga will be offered this summer on Mondays from noon-1:00 p.m. in Carson Center

  • July 9: Yoga for Healthy Backs
  • July 23: How to do Yoga at Home
  • August 6: BIKYASA for Beginners (Bikram + Ashtanga Sequences)
  • August 13: Yoga for Stress Management

RSVP to Stacey Shanks,


Info You Should Know

* New UE Bookstore website

The UE Bookstore has a new website and web address (effective immediately.) The link to the new site is Please change any information you have to the new site. The old site will be gone and will be inactive. If you have any questions, please contact the UE Bookstore.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* Staffing changes in alumni and parent relations

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is excited to welcome Megan McCombs and JC Campbell to the office team. This completes the changes in the office that occurred in February when Sylvia DeVault '85 moved into the corporation and foundations officer position, Liz Riffert '07 was promoted to director of alumni and parent relations, and Donna Jones retired from the University after 15 years of service.

Megan has been hired as the senior administrative assistant for alumni and parent relations and JC is the assistant director of alumni and parent relations. Nichole Coffey '08 remains as the assistant director of alumni and parent relations for career development.

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations looks forward to collaborating with many areas on campus as they work towards their five-year strategic plan on increasing alumni engagement.

Submitted by Liz Riffert 

* Bone, Griffith, and Pleasant attend faculty development conference at Barnard College

Professors Paul Bone (Creative Writing), Tiffany Griffith (English), and Lesley Pleasant (Foreign Languages) attended the Reacting to the Past Summer Institute at Barnard College, June 14-17.

The conference is specifically designed for faculty development and trains instructors who wish to use the curriculum. Faculty new to the Reacting to the Past method participate in "reacting games" under the guidance of experienced faculty. This curriculum, which uses elaborate and highly structured reenactments of critical historical moments, assigns roles to students, who act, speak, and write from the historical perspective of their assigned characters.

Bone, Griffith, and Pleasant participated in two games: The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C. and Greenwich Village 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman. They also attended concurrent sessions on instituting curricular change, inclusivity in reacting games, and a panel featuring student perspectives on their experience with reacting games.

* UE welcomes new director of clinical outreach

Kim Moors HeadshotUE welcomes Kim Moors, PTA, as the new director of clinical outreach. Kim’s responsibilities include outreach to clinical sites and external representation for both the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Programs. She is a graduate of the University of Evansville’s Physical Therapist Assistant program and earned a BS in Health Services from the University of Southern Indiana. Kim has worked in the clinical setting for ProRehab, PC and ProRehab@Home in Evansville and has taught as an adjunct instructor in the UE PTA program. Kim has also worked for Functional Movement Systems, Inc. as the clinical implementation coordinator for the Move2Perform systematic injury prevention software. She is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor and has held the APTA Advanced Proficiency Recognition for PTAs. Kim is active in the Evansville community as a volunteer for several community health initiatives, is a volunteer staff member at St. Benedict Cathedral, and is a 2017 recipient of the United Neighborhoods of Evansville Sparkplug award.

Submitted by Jennifer Simon

* 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 

* June Pcard Cycle is Ending!

The June Pcard Cycle which began on May 22 ended at midnight on June 21. As of June 21, cardholders may schedule and run the June Cycle report. June transactions may be reconciled in SDG2 until June 28. On June 28, the general ledger Pcard file will be uploaded and cardholders will be locked out of (unable to make changes) posted transactions for the June Cycle. 



* UE grad Andrew Reinhard publishes book on archaeology of video games

UE graduate Andrew Reinhard has just published a book on the archaeology of video games. The book, titled Archaeogaming: An Introduction to Archaeology in and of Video Games, was released by Berghahn Books.

Alan Kaiser, UE professor of archaeology, said that Reinhard’s research “is cutting-edge and reflects well on UE’s archaeology program and the University.”

Reinhard graduated from UE in 1994 with a double major in archaeology/art history and English (writing) and he earned an M.A. in art history and archaeology from the University of Missouri-Columbia (1996). 

He is currently director of publications for the American Numismatic Society and is working toward his PhD in archaeology at the University of York’s Center for Digital Heritage.

Reinhard was one of the first "archaeogamers," archaeologists who bring their real-world methodologies into virtual spaces, treating games as archaeological sites. He coined the term “archaeogaming” and runs the blog and twitter.

In 2014, he and a team of archaeologists helped excavate the Atari Burial Ground in Alamogordo, New Mexico. This salvage project was the first archaeological dig of an assemblage of video games, in this case thousands of Atari cartridges buried by the company in 1983, quickly becoming an urban legend. Reinhard has also excavated at the Etruscan site of Poggio Civitate (Murlo) in Italy, at Isthmia in Greece, and in Kansas and Illinois.

* UE grad Bryan Sherlock appointed Marine Band assistant director

UE graduate Bryan Sherlock, a chief warrant officer 3 and former fleet Marine Corps band officer, has been promoted to captain as he becomes the first Marine Band assistant director to be appointed from the officer corps of the Fleet Marine Force.

Sherlock earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from UE in 1991. In 1995 he earned a master’s degree in trombone performance from Butler University in Indianapolis and served as principal trombone in the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra while also performing in other orchestras and brass quintets.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps in November 1996 and graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego as the Company Honor Graduate in 1998. Throughout his career he continued to flourish at the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, Va., and as part of leadership in several field bands and at The Basic School for Marine Officers in Quantico, Va.

As assistant director, Sherlock’s responsibilities include conducting the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra in their winter/spring concert series and summer concerts on the National Mall as well as at ceremonies in the national capital region and at the White House.

Additionally, he serves as a supervisor for the acclaimed fall and winter Chamber Music Series, which features the virtuoso musicians of “The President’s Own,” as well as all pre-concert music.

* Maass presents research at international conference

Richard Maass, assistant professor of political science, presented research at the international "Space, Society, Politics" conference at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University on June 21. Maass's presentation included research from his book, Annexation: How Democracy and Xenophobia Limited U.S. Territorial Expansion, which is forthcoming from Cornell University Press. 

* Baines gives paper at Antwerp Joyce Conference

Robert Baines, assistant professor of English, gave a paper on June 12 at the XXVI International James Joyce Symposium at the University of Antwerp. The paper was titled “‘This oldworld epistola’: Vico and the Letter in Finnegans Wake I.5.” On the same day, Baines also chaired a panel titled “The Feminine Voice in Late Ulysses and the Wake.” 


Sympathy to...

* Harold Matthews and family

Sandra MatthewsOur hearts go out to Harold Matthews who lost his wife early Sunday morning, June 24. Our thoughts and prayers are with Harold at this time. Visitation today from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Old North United Methodist Church on Stringtown Road, and service following at 11:00 a.m.

Submitted by Carol Blair 



* Kevin Kaczmarski called up to majors

Former University of Evansville centerfielder Kevin Kaczmarski has officially been called up to the majors and will join the New York Mets this evening.

Kaczmarski played at the University of Evansville from 2012 through 2015 and joins the Mets after playing 24 games at the AAA level for the Las Vegas 51s. He batted .363 in his time at AAA in 2018, recording 29 hits in 80 at-bats.  Kaczmarski posted eight RBI and 7 walks. In 2017, he was a .274 hitter in 128 games with the Mets AA club in Binghamton – the Rumble Ponies.

“I am so proud of Kevin getting the call up to the Mets,” UE head baseball coach Wes Carroll said. "He is a great example for young players that hard work pays off. He represents everything we are all about as a Purple Aces!”

In his time at UE, Kaczmarski made a lasting mark on the program. As a junior in 2014, he batted .315 with 50 RBI as the Aces won the regular season Missouri Valley Conference title. He returned for his senior season and led the NCAA with a .465 batting average. 

Following his senior campaign, Kaczmarski was drafted by the Mets in the 9th round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

* Walter McCarty announces first signing class at UE

University of Evansville head men’s basketball coach Walter McCarty has announced his inaugural signing class for the Purple Aces as they prepare for the 2018-19 season.

“We are really excited about this signing class – their potential is first-class,” McCarty said.  “They can each do a lot of things; their games are very rounded.  This is probably one of the most complete and balanced classes to come into this program at one time.  They have a ton of potential.”

Will Becker – 6-9 – Power Forward – Aurora, Colorado

Will Becker is a 6-9 forward who comes to Evansville following his career at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colorado.  In his senior season, Becker averaged 9.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game.  In a recent “Terrific 24” AAU tournament game in Indianapolis, Becker recorded 20 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks.

He was an honorable mention on the Denver Post’s All-Colorado Boys Basketball Team.  Becker also enjoyed a solid junior campaign in 2016-17, finishing with 8.8 points, 11.6 rebounds and 4.6 blocks.  He played along several Division I prospects in his time at Smoky Hill.

Coach McCarty on Becker: “Will is a very skilled big guy who can really get up the floor.  He knows how to play the game – he can pass it and is also a tenacious rebounder.  He gives us extra opportunities and possessions.  Will can play the power forward and center spot.  People are really going to be surprised with how athletic he is and how he can play above the rim.  He will be a big part of our future.”

Shea Feehan – 6-0 – Guard – Peoria, Ill.

Shea Feehan is the first-ever graduate transfer to join the Purple Aces.  The 6-0 guard graduated from Division III Eureka College in Illinois and will work towards a Master’s of Public Health at UE.  He is originally from Peoria, Ill. and has one year of eligibility at UE.

Feehan was one of the top players at his division last season, ranking second in D-III with 30.6 points per game.  An accurate shooter, Feehan completed the year shooting 53.7% from the field and 44.2% from long range.  The 2018 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year led his team to an 18-8 mark in 2017-18.  Feehan garnered NABC All-District Second Team honors as he led Eureka to its first league tournament bid since 2013.

Coach McCarty on Feehan: “Shea is a tenacious offensive player.  He can get in the paint and make plays, but the best thing he does is shoot the basketball.  He is going to draw a lot of attention and we hope that will open things up for everyone on the floor.  Opponents have to respect his jump shot and his outside shooting.  We’re excited to have him; he is a good leader who is very experienced.  We will rely on him to help our young guys, he has been great for us so far.”

Shamar Givance – 5-10 – Point Guard – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A native of Toronto, Canada, Shamar Givance is a 5-10 point guard.  He spent the last two seasons playing at the First Love Christian Academy in Washington, Pa.  Givance averaged 17 points, 8 assists and 2.5 steals per contest while helping his squad to a mark of 18-10 against a competitive schedule.

Givance played AAU basketball for the Northern Kings in Toronto.

Coach McCarty on Givance: “Shamar is a true point guard.  He is very quick and can get to the paint.  He is a natural leader as far as getting the team ready and in position to be successful.  He can also defend; he is one of those guys that can really guard and defend the basketball.  Offensively, he can really get your team in the right position.  Shamar has a nice jump shot and can get off the floor and finish above the rim.” 

Jawaun Newton – 6-3 – Guard – El Paso, Texas

Jawaun Newton, a 6-3 guard, comes to UE from El Paso, Texas where he was a star player at Burges High School.  As a senior in 2017-18, Newton averaged 28.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game on his way to earning Class 5A All-State accolades.  He also added 3.1 assists and 2.2 steals per contest. 

Newton led his school to 31 victories last season and was named the El Paso Times Boys’ Player of the Year on two occasions and is set to begin his freshman campaign at UE.

Coach McCarty on Newton: “He is an athlete, I think if you put him in any sport, he is going to excel.  He is a tremendous defensive player and he can make shots offensively.  He is also very physical.  What I love about him is that he has a high IQ and catches on very fast.  Jawaun is just as good off the court and in the classroom as he is on the court.  He gives it everything he has every second he is on the floor.”

DeAndre Williams – 6-9 – Forward – Houston, Texas

Another freshman on the 2018-19 squad will be DeAndre Williams.  A 6-9 forward, Williams is a product of Houston, Texas.  Last season, Williams played for the Nation Wide Academy in Oklahoma City and averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Williams is a 2016 graduate of Klein Forest HS in Houston and was chosen to play in the NBA Top 100 Camp in the summer of 2015 before his senior year of high school.  ESPN and rated Williams as a 3-star recruit and he drew interest from multiple Power 5 schools before choosing UE.

Coach McCarty on Williams: “DeAndre is a fun kid to be around, he has a smile on his face 24/7.  His ability to make guys better, make shots and get to the rim is really special.  He has the opportunity to be a very good basketball player here, he has the chance to be one of the best to ever play at UE.  He will get better and better as he gets stronger.”


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