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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

* Campus Wide Power Outage Scheduled for Sunday, March 4

A campus-wide electrical power outage is scheduled for Sunday, March 4, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This outage is required in order for Vectren to make repairs to the high-voltage distribution system serving UE. All buildings on campus will be affected.  Please call Physical Plant at extension 2775, or e-mail js607@evansville.edu if you have questions or need assistance to accommodate the outage.

 

What's Happening Today

* I-House: Ireland and United Kingdom

Missing the UK? Wish you'd gone to Ireland while you were at Harlaxton? Then join us this week for a special double presentation, I-House: Ireland and United Kingdom with students Conleth Rooney and Katie Featherstone. Bring your friends, enjoy the complimentary cookies, and take a pre-Spring Break excursion to the lovely British Isles.

* Pi Gamma Mu Collecting New and Used Shoes

Pi Gamma Mu, the Honor Society for the Social Sciences, will be collecting new and used shoes for Soles4Souls, a charity dedicated to providing shoes to those in need around the world.  Shoes of all styles and sizes are welcome!  Collection boxes will be located in Ridgway University Center, Koch Center, Graves Hall, Carson Center, and the Department of Law, Politics, and Society in Room  50, Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building.  Collection will run from Wednesday, Feb 29 through Friday, March 16.  Our goal is to collect 100 pairs!  If you have any questions, contact Mari Plikuhn at mp168@evansville.edu

* CNS Meeting

There will be a CNS meeting Wednesday night in Room 75, Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building at 5:45 p.m. Officer elections for the 2012-2013 school year will be held. 

* Chi Omega's Girls Night Out

Many young women are the victims of dating violence, and some may not even know it. The members of Chi Omega are partnering with their local philanthropy, Albion Bacon Fellows Center on Wednesday, February 29 to bring awareness about this issue. All students, especially women are encouraged to attend. Bring a friend, and educate yourself about healthy relationships. The speaker starts at 7 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center.
 

Upcoming Events

* RSA Elections

If you're interested in improving the residential experience on campus, run for the RSA executive board. We are currently looking to fill four positions: president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.

Nominations will take place this Thursday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 73, Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building. If you can't make it, e-mail nominations are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 2. Nominations can be e-mailed to Molli Keller at mk210@evansville.edu.

If you have any questions, e-mail Calvin Wertman at cw81@evansville.edu or Mika Eubank at me63@evansville.edu

* Lunch & Learn Spring Session – Tax Tips to Put Money Back in Your Pocket

Come join us on March 14 to hear about tax tips that can put money back in your pocket.  UE faculty, staff, students, and community are invited to attend the free (bring your lunch) Lunch & Learn session on Wednesday, March 14, from noon–12:50 p.m. in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center. The session will be presented by Centennial Wealth Advisory. Please contact Judy Caldwell at jc313@evansville.edu if you have questions. This event is sponsored by the Center for Adult Education.

 

* Alumni Association Pre-Game party at Men's MVC Tourney: All Fans Invited

If you’re going to Friday night’s match up versus Missouri State, stop by the UE Alumni Association pre-game party at the Scottrade Center’s Top Shelf – near section 331 in the arena. Get in the Purple Aces spirit with Aces Brass, have a snack, shake a pompom and hang with other Aces fans. Students, staff, faculty, alums, families – all are invited to cheer on the Aces! Questions? Contact alumni@evansville.edu or extension 2586.  

* Social Justice—Why should I get involved?

Ace Advocates, a new organization on campus, will be hosting a social justice rally on March 15 in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center, starting at 5:30 pm.

The purpose of Ace Advocates is to educate students on the campus of the University of Evansville about the topics of social justice and charity. It exists to form an arsenal of advocates that work for social justice, through organizations like Congregations Advocating for Justice and Empowerment (CAJE), and charity in and throughout the City of Evansville.

At the rally, topics in social justice will be discussed. Also, announcements will be made concerning two social justice events planned for the near future that anyone can take part in.  There will be snacks and good discussion about topics that matter! Invite your friends, and come learn why you should get involved on campus and in your community!

Save the date: March 15, 5:30 p.m.

* Change in Location for Think Outside the Lunch Box

Today's Think Outside the Lunch Box has been moved to the auditorium on the fourth floor at Old National Bank (One Main Street in Evansville, Indiana) Usually the lecture is in the Blue and Gold Room at Old National Bank.

Associate Professor of Management Information Systems Peter Rosen will be discussing ""Building Your Personal Brand Through Social Media."

What can people learn about you from the information and photos you share on a social networking website? How can you use this global phenomenon to positively influence your reputation?

Rosen's recent research on social networking has attracted national attention from media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, and Fox News.

"In my presentation, I'll discuss how you can use social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to create a brand for yourself - showing the world where your expertise and passions lie," said Rosen. "I'll share real-life examples of people who have successfully done this, and I will also pull from my recent research on Facebook as a powerful predictor of job performance and academic success."

With colleagues at Northern Illinois University and Auburn University, Rosen recently co-authored a study titled "Social networking websites, personality ratings, and the organizational context: More than meets the eye?," which was published in the February 2012 issue of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

This is the second year of UE's monthly faculty lecture series. It is normally held the first Thursday of every month.

Attendees are welcome to eat lunch during the presentation. There is a restaurant conveniently located in the Old National Bank lobby.

Info You Should Know

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* Zeriah Priestly Carter Scholarship Deadline is Friday

The deadline for submitting the Zerah Priestly Carter Scholarship is Friday, March 2!

Please submit your applications to the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations by 5 p.m. on Friday (before leaving for spring break).  The amount of the scholarship will be $2,800 this year (above and beyond your financial aid package)!  The scholarship recipient will be announced on April 21st, at the scholarship luncheon.  You are invited free of charge.  All applicants must be at the luncheon to receive the scholarship.

Click here to download the application.

If you have any questions, please call 488-2586 or send an e-mail to aw162@evansville.edu  or alumni@evansville.edu .

* Priority Application Deadline for Spring 2013 at Harlaxton College--This Week

The priority application deadline for Spring 2013 at Harlaxton College, the British Campus of the University of Evansville, is this Friday, March 2.  Students who submit applications by this date and meet eligibility requirements are guaranteed admission.  Applications received after the priority deadline are reviewed on a psace available basis.

For applications and course information, please visit the Study Abroad Office in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building, Room 261.

 

* Fitness Center Hours for Spring Break 2012

Friday, March 2 -  6:30 to 7:00 p.m. (no evening swim)
Saturda,y March 3  and Sunday, March 4 – Closed
Monday, March 5 through Friday, March 9 -8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(No fitness classes and pool will be open depending on  guard availability only )
Saturday, March 10  and Sunday, March 11- Closed
Monday, March 12 –normal hours resume at 6:30 a.m.
 

* Mortar Board Applications Due March 1.

Are you a junior in the top 35 percent of your class? Do you exemplify the ideas of scholarship, leadership, and service? Then you're perfect for Mortar Board, a prominent national honor society for college seniors, selecting the best and the brightest in their class. Mortar Board is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 class. Apply today by filling out the attached  link and turning applications into the information desk at the Ridgway University Center by March 1. If you have any questions contact Kourtney Steen at ks273@evansville.edu

* Health Tip - Feel Full with Fiber

Fiber has been shown to improve digestion, regulate blood sugar and help you feel fuller, longer.  Get your recommended 25-30 grams each day with several servings of fiber-rich foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes. The nurse will be in Koch North Lobby on Thursday, March 1, 9 – 11 a.m.  Stop by for any health care questions or to check your blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, or BMI.

* AcesTV Present the Aces Wobble

AcesTV would like for you to check out their newest video, the Aces Wobble. This official music video features Aces athletic teams, several campus organization members, and every other Ace at UE! Be sure to come out to Braun Stadium to cheer on your Purple Aces Baseball team this season! Here is the link to watch the music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hwzy3ONnunE
 

* Master Facility Plan

For those individuals who were unable to attend the campus update provided by Dr. Kazee last Thursday, we have posted the Master Facility Plan presentation on the Acelink home page.  Simply log into Acelink and look for the heading ”Master Facility Plan”.  There you will find two documents highlighting the plan.

* Students — the LinC Wants Your Opinion

Can’t remember last night, let alone last year? Maybe a new camera will help. The LinC is interested in your opinions about UE’s yearbook and yearbooks in general. Just by completing our survey, you can enter to win a Canon PowerShot digital camera. Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts — we want to know what you really think. Take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TGFLNXS or on the LinC's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/uelinc.

* The LinC "Road Show" Continues

If you haven't picked up your copy of the 2011 LinC yearbook, you can do so from 1:45–2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 in Hyde Hall Lobby.

* 2012–13 LinC Positions Available

Be a part of the award-winning LinC yearbook staff. A number of positions are available and one just might be right for you. Visit the LinC's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/uelinc to download an application. If you need more information about a position, check out the fact sheets on Facebook or e-mail tm2@evansville.edu

* Join the 2012–13 Crescent Magazine Staff

Be a part of Crescent Magazine for the 2012–13 school. A number of positions, including writer, columnist, designer, fact-checker and copy editor, are available and one just might be right for you. Visit the magazine's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/uecrescent to download an application. If you need more information about a position, check out the fact sheets on Facebook or e-mail tm2@evansville.edu

* Writing Center Hours - March 2-16

The Writing Center will close at 10 p.m. Thursday, March 1, and remain closed through the end of Spring Break. The following week, March 11-16, it will be open by appointment only. If you wish to make an appointment during this week, i.e., the week following Spring Break, please email Linda Bathon (lb24@evansville.edu) in Academic Advising at least 24 hours in advance. In your message, state the day and time you wish to visit the Writing Center, adhering to the center's normal hours of operation: Monday noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday through Thursday evenings 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Appointments will be awarded on a "first come, first served" basis. For an appointment on Sunday evening, Mar. 18 - and through the remainder of the semester, please use the appointment calendar available on Acelink to schedule your Writing Center sessions.   

* Spring Break Bookstore Sale

The UE Bookstore is offering 20% Off all UE Clothing purchases Monday-Friday, February 27-March 2nd.  There are also some clearance items specially marked during the week as well.  This is for the week before Spring Break only so stop in, save some money, and get some gear for Spring Break !  Items already on clearance or discount are excluded from this 20% sale.  Also the Bookstore will be closed the Saturdays of March 3rd and 10th during Spring Break.

* Announcing the Public Health Major at UE

From more than 80 areas of study, University of Evansville students now have a new major to choose: Public Health. UE’s Board of Trustees approved the public health program, which will begin in Fall 2012, during its meeting on February 17-18.

UE’s Bachelor of Science in public health will train students in multidisciplinary approaches to public health practices. Students will learn about a range of issues that impact population health, global health, environmental health, disease prevention, health communication and informatics, healthcare systems, and health behavior.

Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, assistant professor of public health, will serve as director of the public health program. She joined the University of Evansville faculty in 2011 to teach public health courses in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, where the public health program will be housed.

Patel-Dovlatabadi holds a DrPH in public health management, an MPH in health care organization and policy, an MBA in health care management, and a BS in psychology, all from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research interests include health policy, lifestyle factors and chronic disease prevention, mental health, and disaster preparedness on both the national and international levels.

“From disaster relief to air quality to disease prevention, public health professionals ensure a healthy, safe, and productive society,” said Patel-Dovlatabadi. “Furthermore, the Association of Schools of Public Health estimates that 250,000 more public health workers will be needed by 2020. To replenish the workforce and avert a serious shortage of qualified workers, schools of public health will have to train three times the current number of graduates over the next 11 years.”

“I’m proud that the University of Evansville has recognized this critical need and stepped up to meet the challenge of preparing graduates for careers in the dynamic field of public health,” she added.

Graduates with a B.S. in Public Health who wish to enter the job market will find opportunities for employment by state and local health departments, hospital systems, government agencies, health insurance companies, wellness centers, and consulting firms, to name a few.

The program will also prepare students who wish to pursue graduate education. Students across the country who completed an undergraduate degree in public health have successfully pursued advanced degrees in fields including public health, health services administration, physical therapy, law, medicine, and business administration.

For more information on the public health program, please contact program director Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi at 812-488-2210 or visit http://www.evansville.edu/areasofstudy/publichealth.

 

* Call for Alumni Research and Scholarly Activity Fellowship (ARSAF) Applications

The UE Alumni Association is accepting applications for ARSAF grants now through April 2.  The Alumni Association awards up to $15,000 in grants each year.  The April 2 deadline is for funds which would be granted June 1, 2012 – May 31, 2013.  ARSAF grants are awarded only once a year.  More details and an application form can be found on AceLink.  Questions?  Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at alumni@evansville.edu or extension 2586.
 

* Libraries Announce Spring Break Hours

Libraries will observe the following schedule of hours during Spring Break.

  • Friday, 3/2/12: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 3/3/12: CLOSED
  • Sunday, 3/4/12: CLOSED
  • Monday, 3/5/12: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 3/6/12: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 3/7/12: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 3/8/12: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 3/9/12: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 3/10/12: CLOSED
  • Sunday, 3/11/12: 3:00 p.m. - Midnight
  • Monday, 3/12/12: Resume Regular Hours

Contact William Louden, University Librarian, with questions at:  488.2376.

* Village Request Cards Available - Due 5 p.m. on March 2

Students who have 44 credit hours and are wanting to live in the Villages for the 2012-13 academic year should come to the Residence Life Office and pick up Village Request Cards.  All Village Request Cards are due back to the Residence Life Office by 5 p.m., March 2.  You should Also submit your housing and food service contract on WebAdvisor this week as well.     
Click here for more information about the Housing Assignments Process, or email UEHousing.  

 

* Students Register for Housing on WebAdvisor

Students who will be living on campus for the Fall 2012 semester should login to WebAdvisor to fill out and submit your housing and food service contract for the 2012-13 academic year. Once you login to WebAdvisor, click the "Current Students" icon and select "Housing and Meal Plan Registration".  Contracts should be submitted by 11:59 pm on Friday, March 2.  If you have any questions, email UEHousing or call the Residence Life Office at x2956.
 

Congratulations

* Startup Weekend Winners

Congratulations to five UE students who placed at the Evansville Startup Weekend competition, held February 24-26 at the University of Southern Indiana College of Business.

The 54-hour event brought together developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. More than 70 participants formed ten teams that worked feverishly through the weekend to develop their ideas and to come up with a five-minute presentation to area executives.

UE students Tyler Dobbs and Kate Schlarf were part of the second-place team, ICUC, which developed a business model that provides eye care diagnosis and treatment for patients in third-world countries. UE students Spencer Bagan, Elliott Rizk, and Tucker Walter were members of the third-place team, GoNoGoApp, which developed an aggregated information application that would not only provide answers to consumers with questions, but also provide businesses with valuable market research data.

* Psychology and Neuroscience Graduates

The University of Evansville has two papers published in the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2011 proceedings. The students were invited to submit their conference abstracts as papers and have gone through a rigorous peer-review process. All for students were majors in the Psychology and Neuroscience Department when they attended the 2011 NCUR conference. Kandace and Kaylea have graduated. All of these students are applying for graduate school.

A Developmental Study of Dietary Phytoestrogen Exposure During the Perinatal Period:Effects on Ultrasonic Vocalizations and Open Field Behavior
Totton, Rebecca; Bethany Sanstrum, and Kandace Leehans
The Effects of Phytoestrogens on Maternal Nesting Behaviors of the Rat
Flater, Kaylea

Athletics

* Another Day, More Awards For Men's Hoops

The honors continued to roll in for the University of Evansville men’s basketball team as Ned Cox was named the Team Captain for the MVC All-Bench Team.

Also named the Valley’s Sixth Man of the Year, Cox played in all 29 games for Evansville this year while making two starts. He averaged 9.3 points per game. Cox has 10 double-digit scoring efforts, led by a pair of 20-point outings. In a November contest at Illinois Chicago, he set his career mark with 24 points as he hit 9-of-13 shots.

Cox made two starts for the Aces, scoring 16 points against Oakland City before leading Evansville with 17 points in a start in the regular season finale against Missouri State. He's joined on the All-Bench Team by Kurt Alexander of Drake, Bryant Allen of Illinois State, Chip Rank of UNI, and Ethan Wragge of Creighton.

The Aces are continuing preparations for Friday’s MVC Tournament game against Missouri State, set for 8:30 p.m.
 

* UE Men's Swimming and Diving Head to MAC Championships

The University of Evansville men’s swimming and diving team will travel to Oxford, Ohio, this weekend to compete in the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championships, hosted by Miami (OH).

The three-day meet begins on Thursday, March 1, with preliminary heats beginning at 11:00 a.m. and finals starting at 6:55 p.m. 

Cost of admission for the meet will be $12 for a single session pass ($6 student/child) and $30 for an all session pass for all three days ($15 student/child). To purchase tickets, contact the Miami Athletic Ticket Office at (513) 529-4295.

Fans that are unable to attend the Championships can catch all the action via live video streaming that will be available free of charge on www.MAC-sports.com. Miami will also be posting live results at www.MURedHawks.com

The Aces wrapped up the regular season on February 4 with a 155-77 loss against Southern Illinois. Evansville ended with a 4-6 overall record, posting wins over Butler, Ball State, Eastern Illinois and Lindsay Wilson.

* Seven Aces Named to MVC Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete Team

Seven members of the University of Evansville women’s swimming and diving team have been named to the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete Team, as announced by the league office.

Swimmers Melissa Ball, Jill Enge, Phoebe Hodina, Alex Howard, Valerie Jones and Melissa Thurman along with diver Sadie Wells represented Evansville on the forty-two member team.

Scholar-Athlete honors require athletes to have completed at least one year and maintain either a 3.2 GPA and obtain all-conference honors, achieve a 3.5 GPA and finish top sixteen in an individual event at the conference championships, or maintain a 3.8 GPA and participate in the MVC championship.

Forty-two student-athletes qualified for the Valley 2012 Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete team, with two student-athletes averaging a perfect 4.0 GPA and fourteen student-athletes above an impressive 3.8 GPA. The 2012 Swimming and Diving Conference Champions from Missouri State claim the most spots on the scholar-athlete team with eleven, followed by Illinois State with nine representatives.
 

* Baseball Continues Non-Conference Schedule Today

University of Evansville baseball continues its non-conference road schedule Wednesday, taking on the University of Tennessee Martin Skyhawks. First pitch is set for 4:00 p.m. at Skyhawk Field.

 Evansville leads the series 8-2, sweeping the Skyhawks, 2-0, in a home-and-home series last season. UE won 16-3 on March 1, 2011 in Martin, Tenn. and 18-6 on March 23, 2011 at Charles Braun Stadium. UE will see the Skyhawks again later this season, hosting UTM March 13th.

The Aces enter Wednesday with a 2-4 record with all four losses being decided by two or less runs. UE comes off a 1-3 weekend at Arkansas State with right-handed pitcher Kyle Lloyd picking up his second win of the year in Saturday’s, 5-1, nightcap victory. Offensively, four UE players are hitting over .300, including Jason Hockemeyer (.385), Eric Stamets (.333), Tim Bodine (.333) and Andy Lasher (.313). As a team, UE is batting .234, while the pitching staff boasts a 2.34 ERA.

Evansville has its home-opener this week, hosting the Dunn Hospitality Diamond Classic at Charles Braun Stadium, Friday through Sunday. IPFW and Eastern Illinois will be the other teams in attendance. UE will open the tournament vs. IPFW Friday at 11:00 a.m. CT.

In 50 innings of work, Evansville’s experienced pitching staff has recorded a miniscule 2.34 earned run average. All 10 hurlers who have made at least one appearance boast a 4.50 ERA or lower. Kyle Lloyd (2-0, 8.2 IP), Josh Biggs (2.0 IP), Ryan Billo (1.1 IP) and Peter Spear (1.0) all have yet to give up an earned run.

Playing his first games in an Aces uniform last weekend, junior transfer Jason Hockemeyer started all four games at first base in UE’s four-game series at Arkansas State. He recorded a perfect fielding percentage, logging a team-high 38 putouts and four assists. Hockemeyer also led UE offensively with a .385 batting average (5-for-13) and .615 slugging percentage. In UE’s first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, Hockemeyer lined a leadoff double in the sixth and scored in the frame to temporarily give UE the lead. In the 5-1 nightcap victory over the Red Wolves, Hockemeyer belted a two-out RBI triple to cap UE’s four-run first inning.

Junior Kyle Lloyd earned his second win of the season in as many outings, as the Aces topped Arkansas State, 5-1, Saturday evening. Lloyd started and tossed six scoreless innings, allowing six hits, just one walk, while striking out three. Lloyd (2-0, 0.00 ERA) has yet to allow a run this season.

Evansville has scored first in 4-of-6 games this season, with 41.2 percent (7-of-17 run) of their offensive output occurring in the first inning. The Aces are 1-3 when they start with the lead and 1-1 when the opposition crosses the plate first.

In 198 total games, UE has been shut out just two times, including the Aces’ 2-0 season-opening loss at Belmont (2/17). Getting shut out just once last season – a 4-0 loss vs. Creighton (5/14/11) – Evansville scored at least one run in every game in the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Right-handed pitchers Sam Johns (0-0, 4.00 ERA) and Zach Taylor (0-1, 4.50 ERA) are back in commission this season after both suffering season-ending injuries in the first inning of UE’s first two games in 2011. After getting elbow surgery last spring, Johns made his return to the mound vs. Lipscomb, hurling 5.0 innings and got the no-decision. Taylor took a line drive to the ear in his first start last year (at Memphis 2/19). In his first appearance since the incident, Taylor came out of the bullpen in UE’s second game at Arkansas State and took the loss, throwing four innings, allowing two runs, two hits, three walks, while striking out two.

Evansville returns 12-of-13 pitchers from last season and also adds three newcomers to the staff, including Kyle Freeland, a 35th round pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

For the second consecutive year, shortstop Eric Stamets was named to the Missouri Valley Conference preseason all-conference team, voted on by the league’s eight head coaches. Stamets, a junior from Dublin, Ohio, projects to be one of the best shortstops in the nation this year. Last season, Stamets hit .292 with a team-high 51 runs scored and 27 stolen bases. Defensively, he led the Aces with 181 assists and helped the squad to a program-best .977 fielding percentage with a record-low 48 errors as a team. In addition, Stamets turned heads in the summer, playing for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks and was named a Cape Cod League All-Star. Stamets was a consensus Freshman All-American and the MVC Freshman of the Year in 2010.
 

* Cox Earns MVC Sixth Man Of The Year Award

University of Evansville junior guard Ned Cox was named the Missouri Valley Conference Sixth Man of the Year on Tuesday afternoon.

Cox played in all 29 games for Evansville this year while making two starts.  He averaged 9.3 points per game.

“Ned is a very giving player for us, for three years he has been a role player off of the bench for us and he has been very gracious in accepting that,” head coach Marty Simmons said.  “It is such a luxury to have a sixth player with his abilities coming off the bench for us.”

After averaging 7.3 PPG a season ago, Cox saw his average rise by two points.  He has ten double-digit scoring efforts, led by a pair of 20-point outings.  In a November contest at Illinois Chicago, he set his career mark with 24 points as he hit 9-of-13 shots.

He followed that up with a 22-point performance at Indiana State where he was a perfect 4-4 from long range.  Cox made two starts for the Aces, scoring 16 points against Oakland City before leading Evansville with 17 points in a start in the regular season finale against Missouri State.

Cox is the second player from Evansville to be named Sixth Man of the Year.  Curt Begle picked up the honor in 1999.
 

* UE Men's Basketball Players Recognized by MVC

Four University of Evansville men’s basketball players were recognized by the Missouri Valley Conference on Tuesday after leading the Aces to a third place finish in regular season.

Junior Colt Ryan, senior Denver Holmes, freshman Ryan Sawvell and junior Troy Taylor received league recognition for their efforts in leading UE to its second-best seeding since entering the MVC in 1994.  The only seeding higher than this season came in 1999 when UE won the regular season championship.

“I am very proud of these guys, they did a great job of staying together all year,” head coach Marty Simmons said.  “We had some tough losses and were able to bounce back every time.  They had a certain togetherness that everyone, especially younger players, can learn from.”

After being named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference Second Team last season, Colt Ryan was named a first-team player this year.  The guard from Batesville, Ind. led UE and was second in the MVC, averaging 20.5 points per game while tying for the league lead in steals, swiping two a game.  The three-time MVC Player of the Week scored a career-high 43 points last week against Creighton before tallying 12 in Saturday’s win over Missouri State.  He is the sixth player to notch first-team All-MVC honors since UE entered the league in 1994.

Denver Holmes was named as an All-Conference Honorable Mention selection.  Holmes, who hails from Olathe, Kan., came up large for the Aces on several occasions this year, most recently in Saturday’s win over the Bears.  Holmes knocked down a three-pointer with one tick remaining to send the game to overtime before Evansville picked up the 75-70 victory.  His shot was the difference between UE finishing third and eighth in the league. 

Those were not the only heroics for UE’s second-leading scorer.  Against Northern Iowa on Feb. 15, he was at it again, connecting on a pair of treys in the final 19 seconds to give the Aces the season sweep over the Panthers.

“Both Colt and Denver are very deserving of their honors; Colt has done everything we have asked for three years, he is a leader on the court and is committed to helping the team win,” Simmons said.  “Denver is a true team player.  He is the hardest worker that we have and has excelled as a senior this season.”

Making the All-Freshman Team was Ryan Sawvell.  The true freshman from Mundelein, Ill. evolved in his inaugural campaign at UE after missing several games in November with mono.  He got better as the season went on, scoring 10 or more points in a span of seven out of 11 contests in January and February.

Sawvell’s top scoring output came against Drake where he knocked down seven shots to score 14 points.  In UE’s win at Bradley, Sawvell hauled in 16 rebounds, the most a UE player has had this season.  He has been an extremely accurate shooter, hitting 62.2% of his attempts, a tally that would be sixth in the nation with enough attempts.  Sawvell is the tenth UE player to be named an All-Freshman player.

One of the pleasant surprises for Evansville this season was junior Troy Taylor.  The point guard, and the leading rebounder for UE, was named to the All-Defensive Team.  Taylor leads the Aces with 4.8 rebounds per game while contributing in other facets as well, notching 99 assists, 42 steals and 5.4 PPG.

Taylor has made two stabs at just the second triple-double in Evansville history, most recently in the home game against Indiana State.  He fell just two assists and a point short of accomplishing the feat.  He is one of just three players to receive the honor for the Aces.  Jeremy Stanton was named to the team each season from 1999-2001 while Reed Jackson notched the award in 1995.

“Troy loves competition, he will do anything to help our team out.  He is quick and explosive; we are proud of him being named one of the top defenders in the league,” Simmons commented.  “Ryan has developed into one of our hardest workers.  He is smart and tough and has made an immediate impact with us while accepting his role.”
 

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