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Monday, December 19, 2011

Info You Should Know

* Women's Basketball Team Looking for Manager

The women’s basketball is looking for an energetic, positive and hardworking person to be a manager for the team during the second semester. You can earn money through the work study program. Please call or email FahKara Malone at 765-491-0433 or


* Library Intersession Hours

The Libraries will be open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. until the University closes on Thursday, December 22.   

* Timecard Entry for January 6 Payroll

As employees will not return from the Christmas holiday break until after the normal time card entry deadline of Saturday, December 31 for the January 6 bi-weekly payroll, the Office of Human Resources is asking all staff to enter their time on WebAdvisor for the pay period December 18 to 31 by Wednesday, December 21.  Supervisors are asked to approve timecards by Thursday, December 22.  Time approval for supervisors will remain open until noon on Tuesday, January 3.

If you have any questions, please contact Gloria Spencer at ext. 2159. 

* Attention Employees: Payrolls During Holiday Break

The December 23 bi-weekly and December 30 monthly payrolls will once again fall during our Christmas holiday break. The bi-weekly payroll will be direct deposited on Friday morning, December 23.  The monthly payroll will be direct deposited on Friday, December 30.  As all employees have direct deposit, you will be able to view your online pay advice through WebAdvisor on the morning your pay is direct deposited.

Since the Office of Human Resources will be closed during the holiday break, you will not receive a courtesy email notification that your pay advice is available. However, you may log on to WebAdvisor and view/print your pay advice or contact your bank to confirm the deposit into your bank account.

If you have any questions, please contact Gloria Spencer at ext. 2159.

* Distribution Services Holiday Reminders

Since UE campus will be closed from Friday, December 23 through January 2,  please note the following adjustments and plan accordingly.  Regular operations will resume on Tuesday, January 3.

Central Receiving
- Central Receiving will be accepting shipments Thursday, December 22, until 3:00 p.m., packages will not be accepted after 3:00 p.m. Thursday, December 22, through Monday, January 2.
- Central Receiving will not be making campus deliveries over the break.
-  In-House Supply Orders received by  3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21, will be delivered on Thursday afternoon.  In-House Supply Orders received after 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday will be delivered on Tuesday afternoon, January 3.

Mail Services
- The daily mail run will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 22, 2011, as normally scheduled.
- All outgoing mail must be in Mail Services on Thursday, December 22, 2011 no later than 2:00 p.m. to be mailed same day.
-The United States Post Office will be closed on Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 3.

Copy Services
- Please plan your copy job requirements ahead of time to provide sufficient turn-around time as Copy Services will be closed over the break.

For questions, contact Doris Cook at extension 1067 or email




* Douglas Reed

University Organist and Professor Emeritus of Music Douglas Reed has been invited to give a lecture recital for the 2012 Joint Meeting and Festival of the Midwestern and Southeastern Historical Keyboard Societies, to be held March 21–25, 2012 at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Reed will perform William Albright's Four Fancies for harpsichord (1979) commissioned by the University of Evansville with a grant from the Mesker Trust.  Published by C.F. Peters, Inc., Four Fancies is one of the best known and most recorded of late 20th century American harpsichord works.  Reed gave the world premiere in Wheeler Concert Hall in 1980, and the New York premiere at Carnegie Recital Hall (Weill Hall) in 1981.

* Anthony Beavers

Anthony Beavers, professor of philosophy and director of cognitive science, was recently invited to speak at a workshop sponsored by The Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge, England, next June. The workshop on "The Incomputable" will be held offsite at the Kavli Royal Society International Centre in Buckinghamshire about 45 miles from Harlaxton. Beavers' talk will be titled "On the Philosophical Assumptions Affecting the Reduction of Semantics to Syntax."




* Faculty, Staff and Emeriti Basketball Ticket Pick Up

Faculty, staff and emeriti may pick up their two free tickets for the December 29 game against Southern Illinois University starting  December 19 at the Carson Center. The Athletic Ticket Office will be open this week until Thursday, December 22 at 4 p.m. and will reopen on December 28 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. If you have any questions please feel free to call (812) 488-2237. GO ACES!

* Aces Back On The Road At Miami

In its final road non-conference game of the season, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team will travel to Oxford, Ohio to take on Miami University at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Millett Hall..Following the Christmas break, UE will return home on December 29 to open up MVC play against Southern Illinois.

* Blair Earns Double Scholar Athlete of the Week Honors

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, as well as the Vectren Student-Athlete of the Week at the University of Evansville. Blair was honored for her performance during the period of December 5-11.
The senior nearly recorded a triple-double in Evansville’s 78-48 win over Murray State, leading all scorers with a season-high 20 points, and a game-high nine rebounds, eight steals, and six assists. Blair shot a season-best 57.1 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from behind the arc, leading the Aces to their highest shooting percentage (.448) in over a year. On the season, the Orlando, Fla. native averages 10.4 points and a team-best 8.4 rebounds per game. For Blair, this is both her second Vectren Student-Athlete of the Week honor and Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week accolade already this year.

* Women's Basketball To Close Non-Conference Slate At Big 12 Mizzou Monday

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team will get its final test of the season before kicking off the Missouri Valley Conference schedule, traveling to Columbia, Mo. to take on the Big 12’s University of Missouri Monday. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.

The Aces come off Friday night’s 78-69 loss at UT Martin. Juniors Samantha Heck and Meagan Collins fueled the Purple Aces’ offense, scoring 20 and 19 points, respectively. As a team, Evansville shot a season-best 55.8 percent from the field. The Aces’ last win was Dec. 10 when UE earned a 78-48 win over Murray State, their largest victory since beating Southern Illinois on Jan. 15, 2011 by a 34-point margin. On the season, Heck leads the team offensively, averaging 12.4 points per game, also adding 6.1 rebounds. Briyana Blair is also averaging double figures with 10.8 points and a team-high 8.4 boards per game.

Samantha Heck had a career game versus UT Martin, scoring a career-high 20 points, marking her sixth straight game reaching double figures. Heck scored Evansville’s first 10 points of the game on 5-for-5 shooting, and led the Aces to a 10-10

Briyana Blair was named the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week, announced by Commissioner Doug Elgin, as well as the Vectren Student-Athlete of the Week at the University of Evansville for her performance during the period of December 5-11. The senior nearly recorded a triple-double in Evansville’s 78-48 win over Murray State, leading all scorers with a season-high 20 points, and a game-high nine rebounds, eight steals, and six assists. For Blair, it marked both her second Vectren Student-Athlete of the Week honor and Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week accolade already this year.

Arguably one of the best players to come out of Memorial High School, Mallory Ladd has decided to transfer from Valparaiso University back home to play for Coach Oties Epps and the University of Evansville Purple Aces. Ladd, who scored 1,803 points in her high school career and grabbed a school-record 1,163 rebounds, led Memorial to the 3A state championship with a 28-1 mark in her senior year. She was named Indiana Miss Basketball runner-up and was a first team all-state selection in 2011 by the Associated Press and Hoosier Basketball Magazine. In the first month of the 2011-12 season, the 6’1 freshman forward played in six games with the Crusaders, averaging 10.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, also shooting 91.3 percent (21-23) from the free throw line. As per NCAA transfer rules, Ladd will have to sit out one year, but will be eligible to join the Aces on the court in the second semester of the 2012-13 season.

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.

As a team, UE ranks third in the Missouri Valley Conference with 4.2 blocks and 14.6 assists per game. Individually, Briyana Blair, Taylor Ware, and Staci Gillum rank in the top 10 for a number of categories...
Blair – 1st – steals – 2.4/game
Blair – 3rd – defensive rebounds – 6.6/game
Blair – 3rd – blocks – 1.4/game
Blair – 3rd – assists – 4.2/game
Blair – 4th – rebounding – 8.4/game
Gillum – 8th – minutes played – 31.2/game
Gillum – 9th – assists – 4.2/game
Ware – 10th – offensive rebounds – 2.5/game

Evansville has broken the 20-assist mark three times this season, including in UE’s last two wins, against Murray State (21) and Eastern Kentucky (20). Against UT Martin, UE had 21 in the loss. Last season, the Aces reached the 20 helpers mark just twice -- versus Bowling Green (11/12/10) and Central Michigan (12/4/10).

UE ranks 22nd in the nation for personal fouls, committing an average of just 13.7 per game.

After heading to Mizzou on Mon. Dec. 19, Evansville opens MVC play at Indiana State on Dec. 30 at 6:05 p.m. CT (7:05 ET). From there, the Aces will head to Illinois State on New Year’s Day for a 12:05 p.m. start. UE’s first home game of the 2012 year is Jan. 5 versus Northern Iowa.

“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

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

* Harris' Career Effort Not Enough As Aces Fall To TTU

Senior Kenneth Harris scored a career-high 23 points, but Kevin Murphy recorded 23 of his own to help Tennessee Tech take a 72-70 victory over the Purple Aces men’s basketball team at the Ford Center on Saturday afternoon.

Harris was 13-of-14 from the free throw line and 5-10 from the floor while Colt Ryan chipped in 22 points and was a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe.

The Golden Eagles (6-4) got off to a quick start, recording the first ten points.  The Aces (4-5) missed their first five shots from the floor while committing four turnovers over the first four minutes of the game.  Jaylon Moore got UE on the board with a bucket five minutes in. 

Shooting continued to be a struggle for UE, as it began the game 1-for-12 from the floor.  A Kenneth Harris bucket ended the stretch.  Tennessee Tech continued to hold a lead between eight and ten points, but with the score 18-8, Evansville made its first significant run of the game.  Colt Ryan notched his first bucket of the game and hit the ensuing free throw.

Following a TTU turnover, Denver Holmes scored on the fast break to make it a five-point game.  The lead would go down to three after a pair of Harris free throws before Chase Dunn ended the run, hitting a three for the Golden Eagles.

Evansville continued to fight its way back, cutting the deficit to just a point (31-30) heading into the halftime break.   Ryan hit his second and-one with two seconds left in the half.  Ryan had eight points and six boards in the half while Harris had a game-high 12 in the opening period while connecting on all eight free throw attempts.

The Aces carried the momentum from the closing minutes of the first half into the second stanza.  A dunk by Harris in the first minute gave Evansville its first advantage of the contest at 32-31.  UE continued what would turn into a 19-9 run to open up the half.

Ryan hit a pair of treys while Holmes and Harris were responsible for the rest of the scoring in the run.  The Golden Eagles fought their way back into the game.  Down 49-40, TTU scored the next seven to get back within a pair.  Jud Dillard notched three in the run, which UE ended on a pair of Harris free throws.

Tennessee Tech continued to claw its way back, eventually tying the game up at 57-57 as Zach Bailey hit a pair of free throws.  With under seven minutes remaining, Zac Swansey, the Preseason Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, hit a three to give the Golden Eagles their first lead since halftime, 62-61.

Chase Dunn hit a trey for TTU on the ensuing trip down the floor, putting a cap on what would be a 25-12 run that gave the Golden Eagles a 65-61 advantage.  A Harris bucket, which pushed him over his career mark, ended a four-minute scoreless drought for the Aces.

Down 68-63 with three minutes left, Evansville scored the next five points to tie it up.  Following a made free throw by TTU, Ryan Sawvell hit a pair of free throws with 40 seconds remaining to help the Aces retake the lead.  For the second time in the last four games, though, it was the three-pointer that made the difference as Kevin Murphy drained a trey with 27 ticks left.

A late three fell short for the Aces as the Golden Eagles came away with the 2-point win. 

Ryan and Harris were the lone double figure scorers for UE.  Holmes tallied nine points while Ned Cox and Sawvell had six.  Jud Dillard notched 18 for Tennessee Tech.  The Aces continued their improvement from the line, hitting 27 out of 30 free throws.  Improvement was also shown on the boards as UE finished with a 36-24 rebounding edge.

On Tuesday, UE will play its final road non-conference game of the season, traveling to Miami (Ohio).  Tip is set for 6 p.m. at Millett Hall.

* Aces Finish First And Second In Christmas Invitational

The University of Evansville’s women’s swimming and diving team ended the weekend in first place with a total score of 1205 in the Christmas Invitational hosted by Delta State.  The men’s team finished second with a total score of 738.

For the women’s team, freshman Michelle Tipton started strong with a first place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle in the time of 17:05.71.  Senior Alex Howard  and freshman Taylor Shotwell took first and second place in the 200-yard backstroke with times of 2:05.25 and 2:09.62, respectively.  Tipton took another first place finish with junior Michea Reinitz finishing second in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.09 and 52.34, respectively.  In 200-yard breaststroke, freshman Caroline Lee and junior Jill Enge finished second and third with times of 2:22.11 and 2:24.50, respectively.  Freshman Samantha Montgomery placed first in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:06.59.  Howard, Tipton, Montgomery, and Reinitz ended the meet with a first place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:34.66.

Freshman Matthew Newland started the meet for the men’s team with a third place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:32.24.  Sophomore Ryan Metzger and senior Jacob Harrington took first and second with times of 1:54.26 and 1:54.87, respectively.  In the 100-yard freestyle, junior Kyle Tiemann placed third in 47.12.  Senior Will Spradley, freshman Ashton Bishop, Tiemann, and Harrington finished third in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a final time of 3:08.52.

The Aces will compete next January 14 against Vanderbilt. 


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