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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

* Dan Avery Has Been Named January Employee of the Month

Dan Avery, OTS desktop support technician, has been named the January 2012 Employee of the Month. Dan has been serving the IT and AV needs of the entire UE campus since June 2008.

Nominations for Dan came from various departments throughout the UE community, each noting that he goes above and beyond in his service to the University on a daily basis.

Dan Avery embodies what UE is all about - a strong commitment to students while creating a campus community of dedicated employees. Dan's exceptional work ethic and outstanding people skills make him an asset to everyone he encounters at the University.

Not only does he provide great support with campus audio visual needs, Dan also works hard to repair students' laptops and recover data that is all but lost. He has even saved some students' grades because of data he recovered by staying late to work on a problem.

One of those nominating Dan said that, "despite his many duties, he is always there to help me out with my computer. And he never makes me feel like a dummy.”

Another commented that “many times Dan has come to the assistance of my faculty and myself, never complaining - even if it is something we should know how to do - and always following through to make sure whatever the issue or problem was has been resolved. I can't count the number of times he has been there for us, and we certainly appreciate it!”


Upcoming Events

* Lunch & Learn Spring Session – Maximizing Your Retirement Savings Program

UE faculty, staff, students, and community are invited to attend the free (bring your lunch) Lunch & Learn session on Wednesday, January 11, from noon–12:50 p.m. in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center.  The session will be presented by Centennial Wealth Advisory on "Maximizing Your Retirement Savings Program." Please contact Judy Caldwell at if you have questions. This event is sponsored by the Center for Adult Education. 

* TIAA-CREF Counseling Sessions Dates

The TIAA CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Tuesday, January 10, and Thursday, January 12, 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

* Opening Reception and Lecture for Photographer Susan Bryant

The Friends of Art will sponsor an opening reception and lecture for "Presence and Absence: A Photography Exhibit by Susan Bryant" from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, January 11 in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. All members of the UE community and the public are welcome. 

Susan Bryant received her BFA in painting in 1976 from Indiana University and her MFA in photography in 1978 from Indiana State University. She is a Professor of Art at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where she has taught photography for the past 29 years. Her personal work includes gelatin silver prints, hand-colored silver prints, digital photographs, and most recently, the 19th century processes of daguerreotypes, tintypes and wet plate collodion negatives and positives (ambrotypes). Her work has been widely exhibited across the United States in solo and juried exhibitions. She is the recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Fellowship and is represented by The Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee. 

"Presence and Absence: A Photography Exhibit by Susan Bryant" will be on display in the Melvin Peterson Gallery from January 11 through February 22. The Melvin Peterson Gallery, located on the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach avenues, is open Monday-Friday from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon-3:00 p.m. 

For more information, please contact the Department of Art at x2043. 


Info You Should Know

* Summary Plan Description for TIAA-CREF

An updated Summary Plan Description (SPD) for the TIAA-CREF retirement plan has been posted on the HR area of AceLink.  SPD’s for all benefit plans, which provide a comprehensive description of plan benefits, eligibility, and termination of coverage, can be found in the Benefits section at:   A hard copy of SPD’s will be made available upon employee request.  If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at ext. 2943.



* Evansville Looking To Move To 3-0 On Wednesday

The Purple Aces men’s basketball team will look to improve to 3-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play on Wednesday evening when they take on Wichita State at 7:05 p.m. at the Ford Center.

The Aces improved to 2-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play after rallying from 14 points down to take a 76-65 win at Northern Iowa.  It marked the first win for the Aces in Cedar Falls in ten years.  Colt Ryan scored 29 points while Denver Holmes had 16 and Kenneth Harris contributed 11.

Junior Colt Ryan was pivotal in the Aces’ come-from-behind victory at Northern Iowa.  After being held scoreless in the first half, Ryan erupted for 29 second-half points.  The Batesville, Ind. native was a perfect 14-14 from the free throw line while draining six buckets, including three treys.  His performance helped UE grab its first win in Cedar Falls since the 2001-02 season.  Through two MVC games, the Batesville native has averaged 27 points per game.  His 14 free throws made were a McLeod Center record for an opponent.

For the third time this season, the Aces shot 90% of better from the free throw line, thanks to a 24-of-26 performance from the line at Northern Iowa.  In those three contests, Ryan has been perfect, hitting all 30 shots from the charity stripe.

The Aces improved to 2-0 in the MVC with a home win against Southern Illinois and a road victory at Northern Iowa, making UE one of just two MVC teams undefeated through the first weekend of league play.  Evansville is 2-0 in league play for the first time since the 1998-99 season and also won its conference road opener for the first time since that season.

Wichita State is 10-3 overall and 1-1 in the MVC.  The Shockers began league play with a 90-51 win at Bradley before falling at home to Creighton by a score of 68-61.  They have offensive firepower from all angles as six Shockers average double figures, led by Joe Ragland’s 12.3 points per game.  Toure’ Murry has averaged 11.8 while four others have scored between 10 and 11 PPG.  WSU ranks 11th nationally in rebounding margin, outrebounding the opposition by an average of 8.7 per game.  They are also 11th in the nation in scoring margin, winning their games by an average of 17.5 PPG. 

With an 80-74 victory over UE at Roberts Stadium last season, the Shockers extended their streak over the Aces to three games, dating back to the first meeting in the 2009-10 season.  Evansville was down just a point at halftime, 38-37, but Wichita outscored the Aces, 80-74 in the second half.  Colt Ryan led UE with 22 points while Ben Smith notched 17 to lead the Shockers.

In the win at Northern Iowa, the Aces made an impact on the McLeod Center record book.  Colt Ryan’s 14-14 performance from the free throw line helped UE go 24-of-26 for the game.  Ryan’s effort marked the most free throws made by an opposing player while the 24 by Evansville was the highest total  for an opposing team.  With 11 steals, the Aces also set the McLeod Center mark by an opponent.

Free throw have been an impressive strength for UE over the last five games.  Evansville has shot 90% or better in three of those contests, including a 24-of-26 showing at UNI.  Over that span, Evansville has hit 82.1% of its free throws and has moved up to the top of the MVC, shooting 74.2% on the season.  On the individual side, Denver Holmes and Colt Ryan sit atop the league, shooting 86.7% and 85.2%, respectively.

Evansville will take to the road once again this weekend, traveling to Illinois State for a 1:05 p.m. game on Saturday afternoon.


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