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Friday, December 9, 2011

What's Happening Today

* This Week in Music - It's TubaChristmas!

Assistant Professor of Low Brass and Director of Bands Kenneth Steinsultz will conduct Evansville’s twenty-fifth edition of the nationally recognized concert, TubaChristmas, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers this evening at 7:30 p.m.  The concert tradition began in 1973, when composer Alex Wilder arranged a holiday concert for tubas for Harvey Phillips, a well-known tuba player who toured the United States and played in various venues before joining the faculty of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.  The concert became a yearly event in New York City’s Rockefeller Center in 1974, and by 2009, it was being performed in over 250 cities in the United States and abroad.  Evansville joined the list in 1986.  Steinsultz will conduct more than two dozen low brass players, many of whom will undoubtedly wear the traditional red sweaters and Santa hats typically donned by participants.  Barnes & Noble is located at 624 Green River Road, and admission to the event is free.

* 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!!


Upcoming Events

* Habitat for Humanity Trip to Jordan Planned for May

Attention all UE students! Habitat for Humanity is searching for an additional 7 students to join the group on a trip to Amman, Jordan for a build. The group will be leaving for Amman on May 11 and returning to the U.S. on May 18. If you are interested, please contact Kendra Morehead at or Lesley Nash at for further details.


Info You Should Know

* 2011 UE Mail Services Holiday Mail Coverage

Over the 2011 UE Holiday Break, UE Mail Services will pick up mail from the downtown United States Post Office and sort it on the mornings of Wednesday, December 28 and Friday, December 30 beginning at 8:00 a.m.  While mail will not be delivered to campus areas over the break, any designated department representative may pick up their respective department’s mail at 9:00 a.m. by making arrangements with Kim Winsett ( or extension 2940) or Doris Cook ( or extension 1067) between now and Monday, December, 19.  Be sure to provide a primary contact name and phone number as well as a backup contact name and phone number. 

* Fitness Center Hours on Day of Winter Commencement

The Fitness Center will be open from 8: a.m. to 11 a.m. on Dec. 14 because of Winter Commencement.


* Time to Nominate Individuals for Employee Excellence Awards

The University of Evansville, in pursuit of excellence in service, wishes to recognize monthly a non-faculty employee displaying records of achievement as a leader.  Leadership may be demonstrated in any of the following categories:

• Service to the University community
• Service to students
• Job performance and attitude towards fellow employees

One award will be presented each month.  To be eligible, an employee must be a full-time member of administration or staff.

Nominations for the January 2012 Employee Excellence Award are due no later than Wednesday, December 14.

To nominate someone, or to find out more information about the Employee Excellence Awards, go to



* Harlaxton Application Deadline Extended for Fall Semester 2012

The priority application deadline for the Fall 2012 semester at Harlaxton College, the British Campus of the University of Evansville, has been extended until the close of final exams on Wednesday, Dec. 13.  Qualified students who apply by this date are guaranteed admission.  Applications received after this date are reviewed on a space-available basis.  For an application and full course information, visit the Study Abroad Office in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building, Room 261.  Act now to ensure your place!

The UE Study Abroad Office is also accepting applications for the 2012 five–week summer session at Harlaxton College.  Full course information and applications are available in SB 261 and are posted on the Harlaxton website: Courses have been proposed in biology, business, cognitive science, exercise science, history, health services administration, music, nursing, political science, religion, sociology, theatre, and an inter-disciplinary option on the Beatles and Pop Culture.

Coursework will be supplemented by optional weekend travel opportunities.  Courses require a minimum of eight deposited enrollees by 20 January 2012.  Applications and deposits should be submitted in advance of the deadline to ensure your place in courses with limited enrollment and so course enrollment figures may be projected. Enrollment is determined by the order in which deposits are received.

For more information, visit the Study Abroad Office.

* Fitness Center Hours - December/January

Wednesday, Dec. 7; Thursday, Dec. 8; and Friday, Dec. 9: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Open Swim 12-1 p.m.)

Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Open Swim -2-5 p.m.)

Monday, Dec. 12;  Tuesday, Dec. 13; Thursday, Dec. 15; and Friday, Dec. 16: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Open Swim 12-1 p.m.) 

Wednesday, Dec. 145: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. (due to Winter commencement ceremony)

Saturday, Dec. 17, and Sunday, Dec. 18: CLOSED

Monday, Dec. 19; Tuesday, Dec. 20; Wednesday, Dec. 21; and Thursday, Dec. 22: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Open Swim 12-1 p.m.)

Friday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 2: CLOSED

Tuesday, Jan. 3, Wednesday, Jan. 4, Thursday, Jan. 5, Friday, Jan. 6: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.   (No Open Swim)

Saturday Jan. 7 – CLOSED

Sunday, Jan. 8 -11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  (No Open Swim)

Monday, Jan. 9 – Normal Hours Resume - 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

****Please Note -  Open Swim depends on guard availability.

* Electronic W-2s for 2011

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce that the W-2s will be available to view/print online thru WebAdvisor for employees and student workers beginning in January 2012.  To take advantage of this option, you must log onto WebAdvisor and select the option “W-2 Electronic Consent”. Click the first radio button to give your consent.   By giving your consent, you will receive an e-mail notification that your W-2 is ready to view/print.  You will not receive paper W-2, as the electronic W-2 will be in a format that you can print and submit with your tax return.  Among the advantages of electronic W-2’s: (1) you will have access to your W-2 a couple days earlier than a paper copy that is mailed to your home (2) you can print as many copies of the W-2 as you need.  If you choose to withhold your consent to view/print your online W-2, a paper copy will be prepared and mailed to you at your home address.  Although the W-2s will not be available until the end of January 2012, we strongly encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity and give your consent early.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gloria Spencer at ext. 2159.  

* UrEntal Textbook Returns

Students who rented UrEntal books from the UE Bookstore for the Fall term are reminded that those books are due back in the Bookstore no later than Dec. 14 at 4 p.m.  You may return them anytime prior to that date.  Also if you bring them in during Book Buyback make sure you take your UrEntal books to the counter clearly marked as the return depot for UrEntal books.  Rental books not returned by the deadline (Dec. 14) are subject to late fees and/or replacement fees.  If you have any questions please contact the Bookstore.


* 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


* 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, or 1-800-424-8634 or 812-488-2364.



* Mike Zimmer

Guthrie May Endowed Professor of Business Mike Zimmer has had an article published in a recent issue of Applied Economics Letters  (Vol 18 No 11). The paper is titled "See the Future by Looking at the Past: Predicting Divorce with Premarital earnings". It is coauthored with Johann Anstrom and Olle Westerlund of Umea University in Sweden and Robert nakosteen of the University of Massachusetts.


* Anthony Beavers

Anthony Beavers, professor of philosophy and director of UE's cognitive science program and digital humanities laboratory, was recently invited to speak on "Information and the Structure of Philosophical Revolutions" at the Sorbonne, Paris, this coming May. He was also invited to be the United States Representative on the Philosophy of Information to the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy: Philosophy as Inquiry and Way of Life, to be held in Athens in 2013.


Treasures and Traditions

* Nativity Play

In 1926, Pearl LeCompte came to the University of Evansville, then known as Evansville College, to teach debate and coach the debate team. She also became the school's first theatre director. In her first year here, she worked with students to put on a nativity play called The Eager Heart. The performance became a Christmastime tradition that lasted for 43 years. A freshman was assigned a role in the play and kept it till he or she graduated. No cast members' names were ever officially announced, so that the emphasis stayed on the religious message and not the actors. The Christ child was always played by a real baby, usually the child of a faculty member. The music department provided the choir and orchestra for the performance.



* Lady Aces Round Off 2011 Home Schedule Saturday With Racers Rematch

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team will host its final home game of the 2011 calendar year, welcoming familiar opponent Murray State to the Ford Center Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The Purple Aces look to avenge their season opening, 76-61, loss in Murray, Ky. played on Nov. 11.

It will be “Take a Kid to a Game” day! Fans 12 and under get in free with a paid adult. Tickets are general admission and $8 for adults.

The Aces come off a second-place finish in the Aces Winter Classic, topping Eastern Kentucky, 63-56, on day one, and falling to Marshall in the championship, 60-48. Samantha Heck was named to the all-tournament team and leads UE with 11.1 points per game this season. Senior Briyana Blair (9.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg) in addition to juniors Taylor Ware (6.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg) and Meagan Collins (6.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg) have also been steady on offense for the Aces.

Evansville takes on Murray State Saturday at home, marking a rematch of November 11th’s season-opener in which the Aces fell 76-61. In that loss, MSU’s full court pressure for all 40 minutes was too much as UE turned the ball over a season-high 31 times. UE looks to close the gap in the all-time series that the Racers lead 17-11.

Earning all-tournament honors in Evansville’s Aces Winter Classic, junior Samantha Heck averaged 11.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and also totaled 10 assists across the two days, piloting Evansville to its first home win of the season. In the three-game week, Heck led UE averaging 11.7 points and 7.7 boards. Against Ball State, the Auxvasse, Mo. native scored a game-high 12 points, also adding six rebounds and three assists. Heck advanced the Aces to the championship game of their invitational with 11 points, a season-high nine boards, and a career-high eight assists in UE’s 63-56 win over Eastern Kentucky. Against Marshall, Heck had another stellar game, recording 12 points and eight rebounds. On the season, the 6’2 center averages a team-high 11.1 points per game.

In UE’s 63-56 win over Eastern Kentucky, Evansville shot a season-high 40.4 percent from the field, compared to EKU’s 33.8 percent, which marked the lowest percentage UE has limited their opponent to this year. Evansville also had a season-high 20 assists in the game, led by Samantha Heck’s career-high eight. The victory also marked UE’s first regular season win under the brand new Ford Center roof.

Against Eastern Kentucky Briyana Blair recorded the second double-double (17 pts, 10 rebs) of her career and second this season. Her first versus Brown (11 pts, 14 rebs) on Nov. 25 marked the first for an Ace this season. Blair averages 9.3 points per game, ranking second behind Samantha Heck (11.1) and leads the squad with 8.4 rebounds per game.

As a team, UE ranks third in the Missouri Valley Conference with 4.1 blocks per game. Individually, Briyana Blair, Taylor Ware, and Samantha Heck rank in the top 10 in a number of categories...
Blair – 2nd – defensive rebounds – 6.5/game
Blair – 3rd – blocks – 1.4/game
Blair – 4th – rebounding – 8.4/game
Blair – 5th – assists – 3.6/game
Ware – 6th– free throw % - .850 (17-20)
Heck – 9th – free throw % - .810 (17-21)

Against EKU, the Aces tallied 20 assists in the win, marking the first time since Dec. 4, 2010 vs. Central Michigan (20) that UE logged 20+ assists in a single game.

UE ranks 34th in the nation for personal fouls, committing an average of just 14.3 per game. Evansville has yet to have a player foul out this season.

Junior Meagan Collins got better and better over the weekend, recording a season-high 12 points against EKU and then topped it on Saturday versus Marshall, logging a game-high 16 points.

Sophomore Hannah Weedman grabbed a career-high six rebounds in 10 minutes of play versus Eastern Kentucky. Just eight games in, Weedman has already doubled her freshmen points total (6/12) and surpassed her first-year total rebounds (11/13).

Briyana Blair’s career-high 11 free throws (11-for-16) versus EKU marked the most individual free throws made in a game since Amy Gallagher went 10-for-13 versus Wichita State on Jan. 28, 2010. It also marked the most foul shots attempted in a game since Nov. 15, 2008 when Ashley Austin also went to the line for 16.

After UE’s game against Murray State, the Aces take to the road for the last two non-conference games of the season, heading to UT-Martin on Fri. Dec. 16 and Mizzou on Mon. Dec. 19. Evansville opens MVC play at Indiana State on Dec. 30. UE’s first home game of the 2012 year is Jan. 5 versus Northern Iowa.

Briyana Blair was selected as the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week for the period of November 21-27, announced by Commissioner Doug Elgin. 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.

“The Oties Epps Show,” hosted by Mike Radomski airs live from the UE Bookstore in the Ridgway University Center on the UE campus from 12-12:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons. Fans are invited and encouraged to come out and be a part of the show and meet the coaches and players of the UE women’s basketball team. Fans can also listen in online at both and
In 6-of-8 games, Evansville has outrebounded its opposition and owns a +1.6 margin on the season. Blair leads the squad, averaging 8.4 boards per game

The Purple Aces moved to a new home this season after closing the doors of Roberts Stadium, a building built in 1956. Evansville opened play at the brand new downtown Ford Center, a $127 million arena with a capacity of 10,316, on Oct. 29 in an exhibition game with Oakland City. Evansville won their first regular season game under the Ford’s roof on Dec. 2 with a 63-56 win over Eastern Kentucky.

Oties Epps announced on Nov. 9 the signing of two high school standouts to National Letters of Intent. Guard Laura Friday (Marion, Ind./Marion) and forward Michaela Prough (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) will make up the Lady Aces’ freshman class for the 2012-13 season.

Senior Staci Gillum and junior Samantha Heck have been named the 2011-12 team captains for the University of Evansville women’s basketball team. Gillum, a native of West Des Moines, Iowa, served as the Purple Aces’ captain and point guard last season, averaging 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, playing in all 30 contests. A transfer from Kirkwood Community College, Gillum was also a captain and led the Eagles to a 73-2 overall record and a pair of national titles in her two years, while also earning NJCAA All-America honors. Heck, an Auxvasse, Mo. native, led the team with 4.9 rebounds per game and finished second on the squad with 9.3 points per game in her sophomore season, while also recording two double-doubles. As a freshman, Heck recorded over 200 points and 100 rebounds in her rookie season, ranking second on the team in both categories at 7.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

With a collective 3.34 grade point average, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team ranked 24th in the nation on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Academic Top 25 Honor Roll for 2010-11 season. The honor marked the third time in the last five years in which the Purple Aces have ranked among the nation’s Top 25 academically.

In the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll voted on by the league’s 10 coaches, sports information directors, and media members, Evansville was tabbed to finish ninth in the conference standings. Missouri State earned the most votes, coming off a 24-11 season in 2010-11.
1. Missouri State
2. UNI
3. Wichita State
4. Creighton
5. Indiana State
6. Illinois State
7. Drake
8. Bradley
9. Evansville
10. Southern Illinois


* Cron Named MVC State Farm Good Neighbor Award Recipient

University of Evansville women’s cross country runner Shelby Cron has been named as one of ten Missouri Valley Conference student-athletes to receive the MVC State Farm Good Neighbor Award for the 2011 fall season, as announced by conference Commissioner Doug Elgin.

The award is to honor the achievements of exceptional student-atheltes in the Missouri Valley conference. To be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition. 

Below is a list of Cron’s achievements, awards and community service involvement:

Shelby Cron / Newburgh, Ind. • Women’s Cross Country, Jr.
• 3.62 cumulative GPA
• Dean’s List (2 semesters)
• Received 2010-11 SAAC Top Ten Award for Community Service with 60.75 hours
• Student-Athlete Coordinator for the Just Read Program, 3 years
• Read Across America
• Two year member of the SAAC Board
• Aces of Hearts/Monster Mash – Kid’s Night Out Programs
• Volunteered with Toys for Tots, Red Ribbon Week, Ronald McDonald House Trick-for-Cans program,
• Tri-State Food Pantry canned food drive, Relay for Life, National Make A Difference Day at Assisted Living Complex, Habitat for Humanity, Race for the Cure, Build A Bear Project for Soldier


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