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Friday, November 4, 2011

* Your Input Is Important!

The University has asked Stamats, a higher education research and consulting firm, to help understand brand attributes of the University. As part of this process, we would like to hear from you.

Randomly selected faculty, staff, and students will be receiving an email from Jack Sandeen (jack.sandeen@stamats.com) at Stamats with the subject line “University of Evansville – We Need Your Input” asking for your participation in a survey. We hope you will be able to take a few minutes to complete this survey. We value your opinions and consider your feedback very important to our success.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this project. Please keep an eye on your email inbox!

* Join the Meet & Greet Team for the UE Versus Butler Homecoming Game!

Attention UE students, faculty, staff and administration: do you want to be a part of history? Join the Meet & Greet team for the UE v. Butler Homecoming basketball game at the Ford Center!

A meet & greet team is being established for the UE v. Butler Homecoming game at the Ford Center on Saturday, Nov. 12. Come join the fun and be a part of history at UE’s first official men’s basketball game at the Ford Center. This is a huge event for the Evansville community and UE family as alumni will be in town celebrating Homecoming. We want to ensure all fans have a positive experience. The team is necessary to cover multiple blocks of parking and walking paths to the Ford Center. We need approximately 50 people to volunteer from 12 – 2 p.m. on Nov. 12. T-shirts will be provided. A training session will take place next week to educate the team on details. If you’re interested, please contact Beth Speer at bs67@evansville.edu or x1013 and provide your t-shirt size.

* New Library Display Illustrates UE's Methodist Heritage

The University of Evansville was, as the song goes, given life through founders’ vision; some of those visionaries were Methodists.  We are excited to promote the new display in the UE Libraries’ Reference display case which illustrates our heritage as a United Methodist affiliated institution. Items in the display have been gleaned from The John Wesley Commemorative Collection recently given to the University by Dr. R. Wayne and Sally Perkins. Dr. Wayne Perkins is a UE Professor Emeritus of Religion. The entire collection will be exhibited in the soon to be renovated Wesley Gallery in Neu Chapel’s lower level and includes 18th and 19th century artifacts and collectables illustrating the life and ministry of John Wesley, founder of Methodism. The University community is invited to view the display in the library through Sunday, Nov. 13.  The Wesley Gallery is slated to be open to the public in the spring, 2012.
 

* Date and Location Change for Residence Life Villages True Colors

Due to a conflict, the Residence Life Villages True Colors event has been changed from Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. in Eykamp 255, Ridgway University Center to Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. in Room 273 in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building.

 

What's Happening Today

* International Club: Surprise Meeting!

ISC will be meeting TODAY at 5 p.m. in Moore Hall Lobby. Bazaar, Homecoming, and more upcoming activities will be discussed. See you there!

* Phi Alpha Theta Calendar Sale

Phi Alpha Theta will be selling calendars to raise money for the Phi Alpha Theta National Biennial Conference in January. They are sending 9 of 16 members to the conference. Calendars will be available for pre-order Nov. 2-18.  Be on the lookout during lunch hours for tables in Hyde Hall on Nov. 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16 and 17, and in Ridgway University Center on Nov 3, 10 and 17. Calendars will feature professors and administrators from across the University dressed as Henry VIII, George Washington, Christopher Columbus, and more.

* Performers Needed for UE Drag Show!

UE PRIDE's ninth annual drag show is taking place Dec. 3 in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center.  In order to make this event a success they need as many student performers that want to participate.  Participants will get free entry to the event and have the oppertunity to win gift certificates and grand prizes reserved for performers. The theme is "Keep Calm and Drag On" and is the biggest philanthropy on campus.  They hope to raise $2,500 this year but that will not be possible without the help and support of fellow students and student groups.  If you would like to participate please email bs159@evansville.edu with any questions as soon as possible.  Registration ends on Nov. 21.

Upcoming Events

* International Education Week Set for November 14-18

International Education Week (IEW) begins Monday, Nov. 14 with featured speaker Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs John Mosbo at 7 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170) Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building. For more information about this event and the full IEW calendar, visit http://iew.evansville.edu
 

* Lecture on Murlo Excavations on Monday, November 7

UE archaeology alumna Theresa Huntsman ’02, a PhD candidate in Etruscan archaeology and art history at Washington University in St. Louis, will be presenting the results of recent excavations at Poggio Civitate (Murlo), Italy, on Monday Nov. 7, 7-8 p;.m. in Room 101, Koch Center.  Theresa is associate director of this excavation project and is interested in talking to students who would like to participate in the 2012 season.  All are invited to attend.


 

* Tibetan Lama Speaking at UE Tonight

Arjia Rinpoche, a Tibetan lama and author of the memoir Surviving the Dragon: A Tibetan Lama’s Account of 40 Years Under Chinese Rule, will speak at Neu Chapel at 7:00 p.m. Monday, November 14. Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel will introduce Rinpoche.

Rinpoche is the highest ranking Tibetan lama to escape Tibet since the Dalai Lama’s escape in 1959. He spent years in forced labor camps and is considered an authority on current Chinese/Tibetan relations.

At the Dalai Lama’s request, Rinpoche moved to Indiana after his escape to head the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington, founded by the Dalai Lama’s late brother. In 2010, Rinpoche published his life story, Surviving the Dragon, which includes a foreword by the Dalai Lama. Rinpoche will sign books before (6:00-6:30) and after (8:30-9:00) his lecture.

This event is hosted by the Office of Religious Life.
 

* Jane Austen to be Topic of the Creative Writing Coffee Hour-Melvin M. Peterson Literary Hour

The Creative Writing Coffee Hour-Melvin M. Peterson Literary Hour is planned for Thursday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. The topic will be "Concerning Jane Austen."

Each year, during this special hour in honor of the Department of Creative Writing’s longtime supporter, Mel Peterson, several professors and students discuss various aspects of the work of an important literary figure. This year the focus will be on the great eighteenth-century novelist Jane Austen.

 

* Board Game Blitz Set for Saturday

Do you remember playing games like Twister and Operation? Well here's your chance to play these games and more at Sigma Alpha Iota's philanthropy event, Board Game Blitz on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 pm in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. This event is a game tournament to raise money to benefit the People to People program, which bridges cultural and political borders through education and exchange. Tickets will be on sale in Ridgway University Center from Wednesday through Friday between the times of 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m .for $3. Tickets will also be sold at the door on Saturday for $5. 

* Helping Hands Across America

Each year Sodexo gives back to the Evansville community by hosting the annual Helping Hands Across America Food Drive. This year their goal is to donate 300 cans of cranberry sauce to the Evansville Rescue Mission for their Thanksgiving meals and 300 cans of other canned goods to the Tri-State Food Bank.

On Nov. 9 during meals at Cafe Court and operating hours at Ace's Place, diners will be able to purchase cans to donate for $1 (cash, credit, or flex). In addition, UE faculty and staff will receive a coupon for a FREE meal at Cafe Court in exchange for a donation of five cans. (The faculty and staff donations will be accepted in the Sodexo office.) For questions about the Helping Hands Across America Food Drive, contact Lindsey Mitchell at x2436 or lm150@evansville.edu.

* Creating Your Global Career Path: Careers in Government & International Relations

On Nov. 10 from 7-8 p.m., in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170), in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building, Dr. Bill Hadley, '69 will have a question and answer session for students interested in careers with a global focus.  A reception will follow from 8-8:30 p.m. in the Atrium outside of Smythe Lecture Hall.

Hadley is a retired officer of the CIA with tours of duty in the Middle East, Africa and the United Kingdom.  He currently works for Global Analysis, a U.S. subsidiary of the U.K. defense firm, BAE Systems as a Technical Director. He is a published author, noted expert on the Middle East and has taught at the Royal College of Defence Studies in the UK.

As a part of Homecoming activities, Hadley will be the Alumni Homecoming Speaker Saturday at 10 a.m. and has also generously offered to interact with students regarding government and international career paths.

Please direct all inquiries to Career Services and Cooperative Education at career@evansville.edu or 812-488-1083.
 

* Mike Sodrel to Discuss the Topic of More Liberty - or More Government?

On Nov.16 at 4 p.m., in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall) in Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building, Congressman Mike Sodrel will be speaking on the topic of “More Liberty or More Government?” What kind of political system will bring back prosperity to the United States economy? What’s the difference between socialism, communism, and fascism?

In the words of Congressman Mike Sodrel, “For me it’s still about liberty. What we have secured, extended, restored and defended with blood and bullets, we are about to lose with ballots. We are about to lose it from lack of understanding.”

Come join us to find out answers to your questions about the economy and all those “isms.”

Sodrel was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2005-2007 serving the Ninth Congressional District of Indiana. Under his leadership, Sodrel Truck Lines, Free Enterprise Motor Coach, and Sodrel Logistics (SOLO) grew from less than 100 employees to over 550. Congressman Sodrel has been recognized as the Southern Indiana Small Business Person of the Year and elected as Chairman of the Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Congressman Sodrel has received many community leadership awards and has been honored with distinction by several service organizations. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Constitution Institute.

* Fact or Fiction? An Examination of the Bible

On Thursday, Nov. 10, UE's own Associate Professor of Religion James Ware will examine the historical reliability of the Bible. Is it an ancient, mistranslated relic?  Is it accurate? Trustworthy? What are its claims?  InterVarsity Christian Fellowship invites you to the basement of Neu Chapel at 8 p.m. to ask questions about a topic that could have enormous implications for everyone.

 

* Homecoming 2011 Schedule

Homecoming 2011 is Nov. 7-13 with a week full of fun and exciting events. Come out and watch the fun and cheer on students to show your UE School Spirit.

Monday, Nov. 7: Game Show in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center, at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 8: Round 1 of UE’s Best Dance Crew in Eykamp 251 at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9: AceFactor on Ridgway East Terrace at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 10: SAB Movie Night, “Space Jam” in Eykamp 251 at 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 11: UE Veterans Day Service at 11 am in Eykamp 251
Homecoming Pep Rally on Ridgway East Terrace at Noon
Saturday, Nov. 12: Homecoming Parade at 9 a.m. starting on Walnut and heading around the campus.
Chili Cook-Off at the Fan Fest starts at noon. Tastes cost 50 cents. All proceeds are donated to local food kitchens
UE’s Best Dance Crew rounds 2 and 3 at noon at Fan Fest
UE Men’s Basketball vs. Butler game starts at 2:05 p.m. The Homecoming Court will be announced at Halftime.
Sunday, Nov. 13: Walk, Run, Roll VETS Day 5k at 8 a.m. at the USS LST Memorial

The Fan Fest will be located at the D-Patrick Ford Dealership on Walnut Street, next to the Ford Center. Shuttles will be available for students in front of Carson Center and will drop off at the Ford Center starting at 11:30 a.m. and resuming at the completion of the game to return students back to campus.

For any further information contact Geoff Edwards at ge21@evansville.edu

* Veterans Day Service Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

The campus community, alumni and friends are invited to celebrate Veterans Day at a special service on Friday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m.-noon in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center. UE alumnus and Marine veteran John MacCauley will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.  The key note speaker will be Professor of History James MacLeod.  His presentation is titled, “That Their Names Be Not Forgotten: The Role of Remembrance in the 21st Century.” Music selections will be performed by UE's Trebles Without A Cause and the Evansville Firefighter’s Pipe and Drum Corps.

A luncheon reception will immediately follow on the second floor of Ridgway University Center.  All are invited.

Then from 1-2 p.m. in Eykamp 253, senior archaeology major Elizabeth Bostelman will present her research titled, “UE’s Military History Project – An historical account of the UE campus community from the Civil War through the Afghanistan & Iraq Wars”.

For more UE Veterans Day celebration details go to: http://www.evansville.edu/veteransaffairs/veteransday.cfm

* Aces Military Appreciation Night Basketball Game at the Ford Center

UE Athletics, in association with the Tri-State Military Resource Network, are sponsoring Aces Military Appreciation Night Basketball Game at the Ford Center . This event will be at the Ford Center at 7:05 p.m. on Nov. 4.  There will be exhibitors in the lobby with veteran specific information, and special recognition for veterans at the game. While UE students can get a free ticket for athletic events, veterans and current service members can get discounted tickets for this game ($8).  Tell your friends and family!

For more UE Veterans Day celebration details go to: http://www.evansville.edu/veteransaffairs/veteransday.cfm

 

* T. Lloyd Benson to Speak at Fiddick Lecture

T. Lloyd Benson will be the speaker at the Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture on Friday, Nov. 11. The event begins at 7 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, in the Ridgway University Center. Benson's topic will be "Blood and Ballots: The Midwestern Politics of the Army of the Cumberland."

Benson is the Walter Kenneth Mattison Professor of History at Furman University. He received the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Teacher of the Year Award for Furman in 2009. He was awarded Furman's Alester G. and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Teaching in 1998 and the Faculty Member of the Year award in 1994 from the Association of Furman Students.

He has an A.A. degree from the State University of New York's Empire State College, and B.A., M.A., and PhD degrees in history from the University of Virginia.

He is the author of several publications including The Caning of Senator Sumner and many articles about pre-Civil War America history, applications of digital technology in the liberal arts and the use of geographic information systems for teaching and research.  Currently he is developing a research project on the political rhetoric and geography of gender, family and household in six mid-nineteenth century Atlantic World cities.

* Brent Sternberg to Speak Here on November 10

Brent Sternberg,CFA,  will be talking to UE students in Room 162 (Harkness Hall), in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building at 4 p.m. on Nov. 10.  Brent is senior vice president and director of  equities for Old National Wealth Management. ONWM manages in excess of $4 billion.  Brent is a 1996 graduate of UE who majored in finance.  He graciously accepted an invitation from Walayet A. Khan, professor of finance, to give a presentation titled, “Trying Times for the Recovery."  The event is open to the UE community and the public.

Info You Should Know

* Adopt-a-Family

The Office of Community Service Initiatives will once again be assisting the Evansville Rescue Mission through the Adopt-a-Family program. This program serves to provide Christmas gifts for families in the Tri-State area that are at or below the federal poverty line. Student organizations, campus departments, individuals or friends can sign up to Adopt-a-Family by Tuesday, Nov. 22. A family with a wish list will be assigned to you and presents can be dropped off in the Center for Student Engagement by December 7th. If you wish to Adopt-a-Family please email csi@evansville.edu before Nov. 22.

The Office of Community Service Initiatives will be providing other holiday service opportunities so stay tuned for more information on Salvation Army Bell Ringing and the Tri-State Alliance Holiday AIDS project.

* Spring Textbook Adoptions Due at Bookstore

Faculty are reminded that Spring 2012 textbook adoptions are due in the UE Bookstore at the earliest opportunity.  If you have any questions please contact the Bookstore.
 

* Free Bus Ride for Students to Men's Basketball Game!

Students - want an easy way to get downtown to the Ford Center for the men’s basketball game Friday night at 7 p.m.?  Hop on the Aces Shuttle departing from the Carson Center at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  The bus will take you to the Ford Center pre-game and bring you back post game.  The bus will depart from the Ford Center 15 minutes after the game and bring you back to UE. Best of all it’s FREE and you don’t have to worry about parking or walking!

* Junior Achievement Job Shadowers On Campus Friday

On Friday, November 4, the University of Evansville will participate in Junior Achievement's annual Job Shadow Day as a host site. Twenty eighth-graders from Thompkins Middle School will spend the morning touring campus, meeting with faculty and administrators in their areas of academic and career interest, and having lunch at Cafe Court. If you see these students on Friday morning, please give them a warm welcome to campus! 

* December Graduates!!

December graduates are reminded that if you need a cap and gown for graduation ceremonies you should purchase one in the UE Bookstore as soon as possible.  If you are a Masters graduate you need to contact the Bookstore IMMEDIATELY as your garments are custom-made and require additional time to receive.  Also if you need graduation announcements, you can order them in the Bookstore and receive for mailing in as little as 3 days.  If you have any questions please contact the Bookstore.
 

* Grades Not Monitored Mid-Year for Scholarship/Financial Aid Renewal

As we approach the end of the fall semester, the Office of Financial Aid would like to clarify our policies regarding students’ academic performance and its connection to scholarship and financial aid renewal. The Office of Financial Aid does not monitor grades or credit hours earned after the fall semester. The stated Grade Point Average and credit-hours-earned standards that govern UE scholarships and all aid eligibility are monitored each MAY.

Therefore, if your GPA dips below the required minimum at the end of the fall semester, you have the spring semester to restore your cumulative GPA to the necessary level.  Aid is neither reduced nor restored in mid-year. (The exception is a student who is using a semester of conditional financial aid for fall under a specific appeal plan.) 

See the full policies for the renewal of UE Merit-based Scholarships, as well as maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress for the renewal of all forms of aid, including federal loans. Please direct your questions to the UE Office of Financial Aid at financialaid@evansville.edu, or 1-800-424-8634 or 812-488-2364.
 

* Last Day to Drop Fall Classes – Friday, November 11

Don’t forget that Friday, Nov. 11, is the last day to drop a fall class.  Drops will be posted with a ‘W’ grade.  If you need to drop a class, fill out a yellow Add/Drop Form (available in the Registrar’s Office in Olmsted Hall, Room 106), get signatures from your advisor and class instructor, and return the completed form to the Registrar’s Office no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11.


 

Congratulations

* Alex Hays

Congratulations to UE student Alexandria (Alex) Hays, who is among 31 outstanding first-generation college students honored in this year’s “Realizing the Dream” program, sponsored by the Independent Colleges of Indiana. Hays, an exercise science/pre-physical therapy student from Cicero, Indiana, will attend a banquet in Indianapolis on Saturday along with the mentor who most encouraged her to seek a college degree, John Walsh of Hamilton Heights Elementary School.

Made possible by a grant to the Independent Colleges of Indiana from the Lilly Endowment, “Realizing the Dream” recognizes the triumphs of first-generation students in their first year of college. The student honorees are Indiana high school graduates who subsequently demonstrated superior academic performance during their first year of studies and exhibited leadership in campus or community activities. 
 

Treasures and Traditions

* Card Playing Prohibited on Campus in the 1950s

In the 1950s, the University of Evansville, then known as Evansville College, banned the playing of cards on campus before 2 p.m. Students were upset about the ban but the administration believed the policy was needed because so many students were playing cards during the day and not going to class.

Athletics

* Student Tickets for Butler and IU

Full time students will have the opportunity to pick up tickets to the UE vs. Butler and UE vs. IU games beginning at 10 a.m. on Nov. 7. A limited allotment of 600 tickets is available for pick up for each game. Due to the limited number of tickets available for these games, each student must bring his or her own ID with a valid activities sticker to the athletic ticket office in the Carson Center in order to receive his or her tickets. Each student will receive an assigned seat for each game at the time he or she comes to the athletic ticket office. Please come with the person(s) you plan on sitting with at the games. Students without an ID will not be given tickets. 

* UE Women's Soccer Readies For Redbirds In MVC Semifinals Friday

Riding a three-match win steak, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team, seeded No. 4, will travel to take on No. 1 seeded Illinois State in the semifinals of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Cooper Family Soccer Plex in Springfield, Mo.

Illinois State leads the all-time series, 9-5-2, winning the last three meetings in the series that dates back to 1996. Earlier this season, the Redbirds came away with a 3-1 win at home. Evansville’s last victory in the series was September 27, 2008; a 4-1 win at home.

The No. 1 seeded Illinois State Redbirds captured the regular season championship after annihilating Creighton, 8-1, on Oct. 27. On the season, freshman Rachel Tejada, leads the squad and the conference with 18 goals, ranking fourth nationally, six assists, and 42 points. Jessica Carlson with six goals, eight assists, and 20 points, and Anna Stinson with five goals, seven assists, and 17 points, have also helped the Redbirds to a No. 4 national rank in scoring offense. In goal, Aryn Newsom has played 1140:05 minutes with a 1.18 GAA, 57 saves, and a .792 save percentage, and two shutouts. Entering the tournament, the Illinois State offense is averaging 2.81 goals per game, which is currently the best goals per game average in school history. The Redbirds have found the net 45 times in 16 contests, including 20 goals in its current five-game winning streak.

Evansville enters the semifinal match riding the longest win streak since midseason 2009 when UE also won three straight. UE earned a 1-0 overtime win over Missouri State to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals, then topped Drake by the same score in the opening round. Sophomores Kaitlin Robinett (5g, 2a, 12pts) and Stephanie Thompson (4g, 2a, 10pts) lead Evansville’s offense on the season. Both also scored a game-winning goal in UE’s last two shutouts.  Goalkeeper Chaviel Harrison has played every minute for the Purple Aces with a 1.61 GAA, 133 saves, .806 save percentage and five shutouts.

Recording three consecutive shutout victories, junior goalkeeper Chaviel Harrison has piloted Evansville to a semifinal appearance in the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. In Evansville’s must-win match with Missouri State, Harrison tallied 14 saves and broke her own school record for saves in a season, set in 2010. The Murrieta, Calif. native has made 133 saves this fall, bypassing the previous record of 116. In the overtime victory, Harrison faced a barrage of 26 shots, but kept the Lady Bears off the board, clinching UE’s spot in the quarterfinals. In the first round of the tournament versus Drake, Harrison again did not let a ball by her, finishing with six saves in the 1-0 victory. Harrison has not allowed a goal in the last 326:37 minutes of play.

Chaviel Harrison enters the tournament as the reigning MVC Goalkeeper of the Week. In UE’s 1-0 wins over Missouri State and Drake last week, Harrison played all 180:31 minutes in net, recording two shutouts, a perfect save percentage, and 20 saves.

Just 31 seconds into overtime, sophomore Stephanie Thompson drilled a free kick into the top left corner of the net, clinching Evansville a berth to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament with the 1-0 victory over Missouri State (10/27). In the quarterfinals, Thompson’s corner kick led to the lone goal of the match in the third minute of play, scored by classmate Kaitlin Robinett, as Evansville topped Drake, 1-0, to advance to the semifinals.

Evansville’s participation in this year’s conference tournament marks the Purple Aces’ seventh straight appearance. Evansville has won more Missouri Valley Conference women’s soccer championships (five MVC regular season titles, six MVC Tournaments) than any other school.  Evansville’s six State Farm MVC Tournament titles came in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2008. Two players on the 2011 squad were regulars in Evansville's starting lineup for the 2008 championship team -- defender Sam Conrad and midfielder Kasey Cartwright.

Evansville enters the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on a three-game win streak, earning shutouts in all three victories. Prior to UE’s 3-0 triumph over Drake on Oct. 23 that turned the season around, the Aces were 1-11-4, 0-4 in the Valley, and amidst a 12-game winless drought. However, when things looked grim for a postseason berth, Evansville stepped up the play on both ends of the field.

If the Aces win the tournament championship, Evansville will win the title with six wins total in the season. That would mark the lowest number of wins for a champion in MVC women’s soccer history, dating back to 1996. The current holder, Creighton, took the title with a 9-8-4 overall mark in 2004.

The victories over Missouri State (10/27) and Drake (10/30) were especially sweet for the Aces, having Abby Guerra in attendance. Guerra, a starting midfielder for UE in 2009 as a freshman, made her first trip back to Evansville to cheer on her teammates last week since surviving a fatal car accident in July 2010. On July 18, 2010, Guerra and four friends were returning home to Arizona from an outing at Disneyland in southern California when a tire blew out on their vehicle, it rolled over, and two of Guerra's friends were killed.  In fact, it was first believed that Guerra was one of those who had died.  Her life remained in jeopardy for several days. Many medical procedures followed, and Guerra spent three months following the accident under hospital care. However, the Aces’ midfielder has shown remarkable spirit, determination, and progress and cheered her team on to two exciting wins.

The Aces captured its second win of the season and first home victory of the year on Senior Day. UE shut out Drake, 3-0, on Oct. 23. In a pregame Senior Day ceremony, senior defenders Sam Conrad and Kasey Cartwright, along with student assistant coach Colleen Marty and student athletic trainer Garrett Dugger, were honored for their contributions to the women’s soccer program.

Kaitlin Robinett and Tasha Prentice were named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Top 20 Players to Watch in the MVC list.

Thirteen of UE’s 19 matches this season have been decided by no more than one goal, including four of the last five contests.


 

* Volleyball Home For Two Matches This Weekend

On Friday, the University of Evansville volleyball team will open up a weekend homestand, playing host to Indiana State before facing off against Illinois State on Saturday at the Carson Center.

Playing one of its top matches of the season, the Aces imporved to 13-14 and 3-9 in the MVC thanks to a 3-0 win over Southern Illinois last Friday.

Brooke Maher led the way for UE with 11 kills while recording eight digs. Ellen Sawin fell just shy of a triple-double, tallying 10 kills, 15 assists and 9 digs. As a team, Evansville hit .352, their second-best performance of the season.

Senior Brooke Maher was once again the top offensive player for the Purple Aces against Southern Illinois. She tallied 11 kills to go along with eight digs. For the season, Maher has recorded 283 kills, an average of 3.08 per set, both tops amongst Aces players. She is also second on the team with 325 digs.

Ellen Sawin has seen time in two positions in previous weeks and has continued to thrive in both. That was shown in her effort against Southern Illinois where she finished just one digs shy of her first triple-double. The senior finished second on the team with 15 assists and 10 kills. She also had nine digs. Sawin hit .643 in the contest, the highest percentage for an Aces player with ten or more kills this season.

Last weekend, Indiana State put a halt to a four-match losing streak and a 1-8 stretch with a four-set win over Drake. Morgan Dall leads the ISU offensive attach, tallying 246 kills on the season. She added to her total against the Bulldogs with 18. Stacy Qualizza recorded 17 kills against Drake while Monique Morris wrapped up the day with 16. With the match against Drake tied at 1-1, Indiana State held the Bulldogs to just 20 points in the final two frames to grab the victory.

Illinois State is 6-2 over their last eight contests after going 1-1 last weekend. The Redbirds swept past Drake, 3-0 on Friday, before falling to Creighton in five sets on Saturday. Shannon McGlaughlin led ISU last week with 24 kills in the two matches, including a 13-kill effort against Creighton. LeighAnn Hranka also averaged double-digits in kills, finishing the weekend with 22.

* Men's Basketball Set For Final Preseason Tune-Up

The Purple Aces men’s basketball team will play its second and final preseason game on Friday, squaring off against the University of Illinois-Springfield at 7:05 p.m. at the Ford Center.

Last Saturday, the Aces opened up their preseason slate with an 81-52 win over DePauw.  Five players finished in double figures, led by 13-point efforts from Ned Cox and Kenny Harris.  An early stretch set the tone for Evansville as they scored the first six points and never looked back, leading by as many as 33 points in the second half.

Evansville’s win in the exhibition opener was a total team effort.  The offense was efficient, hitting 30-of-52 shots (57.7%) while the defense held DePauw to just 31.1% shooting.  Colt Ryan exemplified the solid play in all facets, tallying 12 points, six assists and three rebounds.

UIS opened their preseason schedule last weekend at Southern Illinois where the Salukis grabbed a 79-56 victory.  The Prairie Stars were led by Kyle Gupton who tallied 13 points while Jermaine Love-Roberts finished with ten.  UIS shot 35% from the floor in the loss.  Illinois-Springfield begins their regular season on Nov. 11 when they travel to Northwood, Mich. for the GLVC/GLIAC Challenge.

The regular season is just nine days away as the Aces prepare to face Butler in the season opener on Nov. 12.

* Five Aces Earn Women's Soccer MVC All-Conference Honors

Five University of Evansville women’s soccer players received All-Missouri Valley Conference honors Thursday night at the MVC pre-tournament awards ceremony on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

Sophomore forward Breana Beine and senior defender Sam Conrad were selected to the second team, while sophomore Stephanie Thompson and junior goalkeeper Chaviel Harrison were named honorable mention. Tatiana Pagan was selected to the all-freshman team.

Beine, the MVC Freshman of the Year in 2010, has tallied three goals and an assist this fall. Conrad has piloted the Aces’ defense that has shut out the opposition in the past three matches. Thompson has found the back of the net four times this season, including the game-winner in UE’s overtime victory over Missouri State to clinch a spot in the tournament. She has also added two assists for 10 points this year. Harrison has made 133 saves this fall, ranking sixth in the nation. Entering the tournament with three straight shutouts, Harrison has not allowed a goal in the last 326:37 minutes of play.

The Purple Aces take on the regular season champions, Illinois State, in the semifinals Friday at 3:30 p.m. CT at the Cooper Family Soccer Plex. In the other semifinal match, Missouri State hosts Northern Iowa at 6:00 p.m. CT. The championship match will be played Sunday at 1:06 p.m.

FIRST TEAM
F – Rachel Tejada, Illinois State
F – Jessica Carlson, Illinois State
F – Brittney Neumann, Creighton
M – Andrea Zuniga, Creighton
M – Erin Gunther, Creighton
M – Anna Stinson, Illinois State
M – Seyma Erinli, Indiana State
D – Natalie McCabe, Illinois State
D – Grace Cross, Missouri State
D – Megan Fisher, Drake
G – Jessica Teahan, Missouri State

SECOND TEAM
F – Breana Beine, Evansville
F – Kyla Cross, Illinois State
F – Bethany Smith, Missouri State
M – Michelle Sommer, Missouri State
M – Laura Moklestad, Drake
M – Melissa Hagan, UNI
D – Macy Mauer, Creighton
D – Sam Conrad, Evansville
D – Nia Williams, Missouri State
D – Kristin Cooley, Illinois State
D – Sam Copley, UNI
G –Alicia Montgomery, Creighton
G – Kalena Litch, Drake

HONORABLE MENTION
F – Lauren Cingoranelli, Creighton
M – Beth Fyles, Creighton
M – Stephanie Thompson, Evansville
M – Rachel Bostick, Illinois State
D – Shelby Troyer, Indiana State
D – Kelsey Fouch, Missouri State
D – Missy Journot, UNI
G – Chaviel Harrison, Evansville

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Stephanie Anasi, Creighton
Madelyn Buckner, Creighton
Tori Flynn, Drake
Kelsey Fouch, Missouri State
Caitlyn Fuller, UNI
Gabbi McArtor, Illinois State
Aryn Newsom, Illinois State
Tatiana Pagan, Evansville
Bethany Smith, Missouri State
Rachel Tejada, Illinois State
Natalie Vaught, Indiana State
Aimee Wronski, Illinois State

Player of the Year – Rachel Tejada, Illinois State
Defensive Player of the Year – Natalie McCabe, Illinois State
Goalkeeper of the Year – Jessica Teahan, Missouri State
Freshman of the Year – Rachel Tejada, Illinois State
MVC Fair Play Award – Drake/Illinois State (fewest cards in conference play)
Coaching Staff of the Year – Illinois State
 

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