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Monday, December 5, 2011

* Christmas on Campus

Until November 30 – Information Desk drop box, Ridgway University Center
 Bring an ornament from home to donate for the UE family tree in Ridgway University Center.  

Thursday, December 1–7:30 p.m., Neu Chapel
 A UE Campus Christmas-Candlelight Vespers
Get in the holiday spirit with Christmas carols and more!

Thursday, December 1 – 4-7:30 p.m., UE Bookstore
Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night prior to Vespers
With ID, 20% discount regular priced items, 5% additional off clearance items. Great gift ideas for stocking stuffers. Door prizes! 

Thursday, December 1 - noon-6 p.m., and Friday, December 2 - 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Melvin Peterson Gallery
Art Department Art and Craft Sale
Great place to find unique Christmas gifts!

Friday, December 2 – 3-5 p.m., Ridgway University Center
Purple Friday Holiday Party
Have your picture made with Purple Santa, decorate an ornament, be there for the UE family tree lighting, and enjoy refreshments.

Friday, December 2–5-9 p.m., Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building
Holiday Spectacular
Get your picture taken and put in a snowglobe, 5-9 p.m., Atrium, Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building

Holiday Bingo 6-7 p.m., Room 170 in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building
Carriage rides 7-9 p.m., load at the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building and ride around front oval

Tuesday, December 6 – 7:30 p.m., Victory Theatre in downtown Evansville
Holiday Pops Concert
Free and open to the community

Friday, December 16 – Noon-1:15 p.m., Ridgway University Center Dining Hall
Campus Christmas Carry-In
Sodexo will provide meat, plates, utensils, drinks, cups, ice, and napkins. Please bring your favorite dish.  

Friday, December 23 – Holiday break begins.


What's Happening Today

* Dinner & Discussion at the Newman Center

For tonight's dinner program, the Newman Club will be heading down to the Little Sisters of the Poor nursing home after dinner for Christmas caroling! Everyone is welcome to join in the fun - dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. at the Newman Center, and the caroling will begin at about 6:00. Arrive early to help wrap Christmas presents for the Newman Club's Adopt-a-Family. Contact campus minister Mike Roesch at with any questions.

* Wednesday, December 7 - Last Day to Bring Mittens, Hats and Gloves for Graves Giving Tree

The last day to bring NEW mittens, hats, gloves and scarves for needy children in local schools in and around Evansville will be Wednesday, Dec. 7.  If you cannot get your donations to Graves Hall by that date, please call Tana Chapman (2341) or Pam Young (2848) and they will pick them up at your office.  Thanks so much!


* Concrete Artist to Give Presentation Here

The UE chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Aces Concrete Canoe, the Department of Art and IMI, Irving Materials, Inc, is pleased to sponsor a presentation by concrete artist Rick Lobdell on Monday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. The event will take place  in Vectren Lecture Hall (Room 100) Koch Center.  This is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Mark Valenzuela via email at if you plan to attend so there will be enough handouts for the presentation.

As an artist, Rick has engraved a niche in the decorative concrete industry.  He graduated from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio with a BA in Fine Art and Philosophy.  He then went to Savannah, Ga., where he received an MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design.  While in graduate school, Rick worked in construction doing mostly custom tile work.  In 2003 he moved to Nashville, Tenn., where he was introduced to the decorative concrete industry.  Within three years he took over the company, Concrete Mystique Engraving, and started turning his new trade into an art form. 

Currently Rick is well known worldwide for his decorative concrete designs.  He has had multiple articles in national magazines, a segment on Tennessee Crossroads and The Concrete Show, and was invited to demonstrate his skills at the 2011 World of Concrete’s Artistry in Concrete.  He also owns a concrete furniture company called Gallery Mystique.

For more information about Concrete Mystique, visit the website:


Upcoming Events

* This Week in Music - Annual Holiday Pops Concert

The Department of Music invites the greater Evansville community to its annual Holiday Pops concert in Victory Theatre in downtown Evansville on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m.  The program will feature the University Choir, the UE Symphony Orchestra, and the UE Wind Ensemble performing separately and in various combinations.  Director of Choral Activities Dennis Malfatti, Director of Orchestral Activities Brian St. John, and Director of Bands Kenneth Steinsultz will lead the ensembles in a program of traditional and popular holiday favorites.  Voice Faculty members Jon Truitt, Gregory B. Rike, and Stacey Uthe will also appear singing a number of holiday favorites accompanied by Keyboard Faculty member Garnet Ungar.  In addition, the UE Jazz Ensemble I and the Trumpet Ensemble will perform under the direction of Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies Timothy Zifer.  The evening will climax with an audience sing-along medley of Christmas classics, and the concert is free and open to the public.

* UE Bookstore Sale

The UE Bookstore will have a 15% off sale of all UE clothing and gifts Dec.7-14. Also, students selling back books during buyack can earn an extra 5-10% discount when they sell their books. Items already discounted are excluded from this promotion.  It's a great time to make it a UE Christmas for family gifts!!

* TIAA-CREF Counseling Sessions Dates

The TIAA CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Thursday, Dec. 8 for individual counseling sessions.  To schedule an appointment, call TIAA CREF at 1-800-732-8353 or 317-706-6200.   The sessions will be held in the Clifford Rare Books Room in the Library (Room 158).  If you have any questions, call Carol McCraney at extension 2943.

* Holiday Dance Clinic

The University of Evansville Aces Dance Team would like to invite you to our Holiday Dance Clinic on Friday, Dec. 16 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m in the Maikranz Family Gym (small gym). Children ages 4 to 12 will learn a holiday dance, receive a t-shirt, have a pizza party with the team, and play games. The dance will be preformed with the team on Saturday, Dec. 17 during the halftime show at the UE vs. Tennessee Tech game. The game starts at 1:05 p.m. Youth admission is free with a scanned QR code on the Aces Pocket Schedule. All other tickets may be purchased through the Aces Athletics Ticketing Office. Pre-registration is welcomed but will also be available at the start of the clinic. The total cost of the clinic is $25.
Please direct any questions to Coach Mariel Arata: or 502-689-4085.

* Fourth Lunch & Learn Fall Session Sponsored by Center for Adult Education

UE faculty, staff, students, and community are invited to attend the free (bring your lunch) Lunch & Learn session on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from noon–12:50 p.m. in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center.  The session will be presented by Centennial Wealth Advisory on "The Insurance You Need…and Don’t Need." this event is sponsored by the Center for Adult Education.  Please contact Judy Caldwell at if you have questions. This event is presented by the Society for Financial Awareness.


Info You Should Know

* Bookstore Buyback Information

1. Buyback in the Bookstore runs from noon on Dec. 7 to Dec. 14. 
2. Please bring your student ID with you to sell your books.
3. You do NOT need your original receipt to sell books. 
4. Bring all components that came with your book, it may increase the value of the book.
5. You will receive CASH ON THE SPOT .. no future credits or other craziness.
6. In general, if we have an adoption for a book for next Spring you will receive generally half of the price you paid.  Other books will be paid at wholesale value which varies depending on the age of the book and its popularity.
7. Workbooks need to be clean and complete (no pages missing) to have value. 
8. You may sell books back as many times as you wish during Buyback week, one at a time or in stacks.
9. We buyback books whether used or purchased on this campus or not.  We FREELY quote any price and it is your option to sell.
Keep in mind during this time of the year you will receive lots of claims which may or may not be truthful.  If you have any concerns or questions you can always check our prices against anyone.  And remember books bought at our Buyback stay on this campus so that UE students can benefit from cheaper used prices.  Also during buyback we will have daily giveaways, promotions, and offer discounts on store merchandise.  All UE clothing and gift items will be 15% off BUT you can increase that discount to 20 or 25% during buyback.  We will have a grand prize drawing five straight days where you can with an XBox, Wii and other prizes.  You get one entry every time you sell a book (minimum $5 transaction) and it remains in the bin all week long.

The Spring 2012 booklist will be posted at the close of Buyback and will clearly list the availabillity of new, used or rental books in the store.  You can then reserve your books and they will be waiting for you when you come back to school in January.  If you have any questons please contact the Bookstore.

* Library Extended Exam Week Hours - Fall Semester 2011

•  Wednesday, December 7:   7:45 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
•  Thursday, December 8:         7:45 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
•  Friday, December 9:               7:45 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
•  Saturday, December 10:      10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
•  Sunday, December 11:                  Noon – 1:00 a.m.   
•  Monday, December 12:         7:45 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
•  Tuesday, December 13:         7:45 a.m. – Midnight
•  Wednesday, December 14: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
•  Thursday, December 15:       7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
•  Friday, December 16:             7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
•  Saturday, December 17:       CLOSED
•  Sunday, December 18:          CLOSED



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, or 1-800-424-8634 or 812-488-2364. 



* William Brown

Professor of Art William Brown was accepted in a national art competition sponsored by the Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts in Kentucky. One of his large oil paintings was selected for display in the exhibit, River Country 2011. The exhibit was judged by Peter Morrin, emeritus director of the Louisville Speed Museum, who selected 60 works of art from over 700 entries. The exhibition will be on display through Dec. 31. 



* Marshall Steals Aces Winter Classic Title With, 60-48, Defeat

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team finished second in their tournament for the second straight year as the Marshall University Thundering Herd logged 15 steals en route to a 60-48 win in the title game of the Aces Winter Classic. The Aces now own a 2-6 record on the season, while Marshall improved to 5-2.

Junior Samantha Heck earned all-tournament honors, averaging 11.5 points and 8.5 rebounds, also totaling 10 assists across the two days. Against Marshall, the 6’2 center recorded 12 points and eight boards. Classmate Meagan Collins had a game-high 16 points, hitting 9-of-10 free throws.

Collins sparked Evansville from the tip, scoring UE’s first seven points of the game and gave the Aces an initial 6-0 head start. However, the Herd quickly turned the game’s momentum into their favor, going on a 12-2 run to take a 15-9 lead at the 9:45 mark.

UE responded with another 6-0 run, capped by sophomore Hannah Weedman’s layup on a dump down pass from Briyana Blair to tie it up 15-15.

However, Marshall held the Aces scoreless for the next 5:04 minutes, a scoring drought ended by Taylor Ware’s put-back with 51 seconds remaining, as the Herd built a 10-point (27-17) halftime advantage.

Out of the break, Marshall steadily stretched their lead to 16 points at the 16:55 mark and held a double-digit advantage until the clock hit seven minutes when Blair capped an 8-0 Aces run with a layup. Sophomore Katie Ellerson knocked down a three and added two free throws in the comeback.

The Herd built their lead back up to 14 before Evansville cut it back to eight with a 1:54 remaining.

With time running out, UE was forced to put the Herd at the line and Marshall sunk 4-of-6 from the charity stripe to preserve the Aces Winter Classic title.

UE shot 26.0 percent (13-50) from the floor and 17.6 percent (3-17) from behind the arc, while the Herd recorded a 33.9 field goal percentage (19-56) and 57.1 three-point percentage (4-7).

Marshall also won the battle of the boards with a 44-35 advantage led by all-tournament selection Erica Woods’ double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds and tournament MVP Alyse Poindexter’s 10 points and 10 boards. With a balanced scoring attack, four Marshall players hit double figure points, piloted by Jasmine Shaw’s 15.

In the consolation game played earlier in the afternoon, Eastern Kentucky topped Chicago State, 67-56.

The Aces are back in action next Saturday, hosting the Murray State Racers at 2:00 p.m. CT at the Ford Center. The meeting will mark a rematch of November 11th’s season-opener in which the Aces fell 76-61.

All Tournament Team
Alyse Poindexter – Marshall – MVP
Erica Woods – Marshall
Samantha Heck – Evansville
Alex Jones – Eastern Kentucky
Natalie Marlowe – Chicago State

* Ryan's 31 Not Enough As TCU Tops Evansville, 70-68

Junior Colt Ryan scored 31 points, but it was not enough as TCU grabbed a 70-68 overtime win against the University of Evansville men’s basketball team on Saturday at the Ford Center.

Ryan led all players with 31 points.  He hit 7-of-17 shots while hitting 14 out of 16 free throws.  He was the only UE (3-3) player in double figures.  TCU (6-2) was led by a 21-point game from Hank Thorns.

A defensive struggle ensued in the first half as the teams combined to connect on just 15 field goals as the Horned Frogs took a 25-21 lead into halftime.  Colt Ryan helped UE gain an early 8-4 lead after opening up the scoring with a trey just over a minute in.  TCU scored five points in a row, including a three courtesy of Connell Crossland, to go back on top.

In a half that featured eight lead changes, the Aces jumped back on top with a 5-0 run when the score was tied at 13.  A pair of Denver Holmes free throws followed by another Ryan three-pointer saw UE go up 18-13 with 8:20 left in the half.

The TCU defense clamped down at that point, holding UE to just three more points in the half while they rallied to take a 25-21 advantage.  Evansville missed their final ten shots of the stanza while committing three turnovers in the final eight minutes.  UE shot just 22.7% in the period (5-15) while the Horned Frogs were 10-of-24.  J.R. Cadot was a perfect 3-3 from the floor in the half to lead the Horned Frogs with six points.  Helping the Aces stay in the game was their defense as they forced TCU into 10 first-half turnovers.

Three early turnovers in the second half saw TCU extend its lead to nine points with 16 minutes left in the game.  Cadot scored five early points to assist in the run.  Troy Taylor hit a jumper with 16:52 remaining marking the first UE basket in over 11 minutes of action, but two turnovers led to four Horned Frog points as they took a 34-25 lead.

Down 34-28, the Aces put together a quick 5-0 spurt to get within four points.  After Kenneth Harris hit a layup, Colt Ryan knocked down his third trey of the game to cut into the deficit.  Another Ryan shot, followed by the ensuing free throw cut the game to one before an Adrick McKinney bucket ended the streak.

Evansville fought back with another run as Ryan Sawvell knocked down a basket and, following two missed free throws by TCU, Ned Cox scored his first points of the game to give UE a 40-39 lead.

An interesting final six minutes would later ensue.  A barrage of free throws saw the lead switch hands.  TCU held a 49-48 lead with six minutes left, but six straight free throws from Ryan game UE a 5-point advantage.  A quick spurt by the Horned Frogs saw them hit four free throws in a row following a pair of UE fouls. 

With the game tied at 59-59 in the final minutes, Ned Cox hit a layup and free throw to put the Aces up by three with 34 seconds left.  Hank Thorns came right back, knocking down a three of his own to tie the game.  Cox missed a pair of shots in the final seconds as the game went to overtime.

The extra period saw TCU score the first two points before UE notched four in a row to go up 64-62.  With the Aces clinging to a 68-66 lead with a minute remaining, Thorns struck again with a bucket to tie it up.  Following a missed UE shot, Thorns slashed though the paint to score what would be the winning shot with two seconds remaining.

One of the main factors in the contest was rebounding as TCU finished with a 41-27 lead.  After a slow shooting first half, both teams shot over 50% in the second period. 

Ryan was the leading scorer and rebounder for UE.  Troy Taylor and Denver Holmes each scored eight.  Three TCU players were in double figures, led by Thorns’ 21-point effort.  J.R. Cadot had 13 while Amric Fields notched 12.

A trip to North Carolina is next up for the Aces as they will be in Chapel Hill on Tuesday.  ESPNU will carry the game, which is set for a 6 p.m. tip.

* Blair Named MVC Scholar-Athlete Of The Week

Briyana Blair of the University of Evansville women’s basketball team has been selected as the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week, announced by Commissioner Doug Elgin today. Blair was honored for her performance during the period of November 21-27.

A senior guard from Orlando, Florida, Blair averaged 8.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game, as the Purple Aces fell to Brown (55-47 on November 25) and defeated Troy (59-49 on November 26) at the Maine Dead River Company Classic.

An all-tournament team selection, Blair, who has a 3.62 cumulative grade-point average in physical therapy, logged her first career double-double with 11 points and a career-best 14 rebounds against Brown.  Versus Troy, she collected a team-high eight boards and registered five points, five assists and two steals.

Now in its 13th year of existence, The Valley’s Scholar-Athlete program is sponsored by Prairie Farms, Roberts and Hiland Dairies. On a weekly basis, the Conference honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.

To qualify for Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible.  In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.


* UE Men's Soccer To Kick-Off Winter Coat Drive For Evansville Community

Join the Aces Men’s Soccer Program and Aces Soccer Camp to kick-off a winter coat drive for the Evansville community. Please donate a new or gently used coat to help our community stay warm this winter. With every coat donated, you will receive a raffle ticket that is good for special University of Evansville Purple Aces Soccer prizes – including Aces soccer apparel and gift certificates for 2012 Aces Soccer Camp programming.

The Aces will accept donations in the Men’s Soccer Office (located in Carson Center) from Thursday, December 1 until Monday, December 19. Donated coats can be dropped off any time during normal working hours through December 19.


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