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Monday, March 5, 2012

What's Happening Today

* Hoedown for Hoofprints - Contestants Needed!

On Sunday, March 25, in Eykamp Hall in Ridgway University Center, Delta Sigma Pi will host sting "Hoedown for Hoofprints." This is a philanthropy event to benefit Hoofprints in the Sand, a therapeutic riding center. Admission will be $3 and is open to all of UE and the public. The event is a co-ed competition with four fun rounds, open to all student organizations for registration. There will be a speedy dress-up round, a nerf-gun quickdraw,  lasso competition, and a judged question round. Any organization may register male or female contestants for a registration fee of $35 for the first contestant, or $50 for two. Please sign up soon, because the registration deadline is March 16. Again, ALL student organizations are invited to compete and attend. Please email or with questions.

* 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


Upcoming Events

* TIAA-CREF Counseling

The TIAA CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Tuesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 15, for individual counseling sessions. To schedule an appointment, call TIAA CREF at 1-800-732-8353 or 317-706-6200.  The sessions are held in the Clifford Rare Books Room of the University Libraries (Room 158).  If you have any questions, call Carol McCraney at extension 2943.

* 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 if you have questions. This event is sponsored by the Center for Adult Education.


* Family Weekend Date Set for 2012: Make Plans Now!

Family Weekend is scheduled for September 28–30. The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations has started working on event planning for this weekend. If your department or organization would like to have an event during Family Weekend, please complete a newly developed “Family Weekend Event Form” by clicking on this link, or by e-mailing the information to:  

Like last year’s successful weekend, we would love to have a lot of student and department participation!  If you have any questions, please contact Angela Williams, assistant director of Alumni and Parent Relations, at 488-2900 or Donna Jones, at 488-2586.


Info You Should Know

* Spring Break Hours for Bookstore

The Bookstore will be closed the Saturdays of Spring Break, March 3 and 10.  We will have regular store hours Monday-Friday during the week of Spring Break which are Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Friday 8 4:30 p.m.

* 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.

* 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.

* Margery Florence Kahn Scholarship for 2012-13 -- Applications Now Available

Applications are now available for the Margery Florence Kahn Scholarship for 2012-13. All University of Evansville full-time undergraduate students who will be juniors or seniors in 2012-13 may apply. An essay of about 300 words must accompany the application, along with two to five faculty recommendation letters.

It was the desire of the donor, Margery Florence Kahn, that her scholarship be awarded to "dedicated and conscientious students who exhibit a true passion for their chosen fields of study, and who, in the opinion of the members of the University of Evansville faculty, are likely to bring the same enthusiasm into the performance of their jobs or the practice of the professions which they will pursue following graduation."

Applications are available from the Office of Financial Aid (Olmsted Hall, Room 116). Completed applications should be returned by April 1.


Sympathy to...

* Tamara Wandel and Family

Condolences to Tamara Wandel and her family on the death of her father, Larry B. Young, on February 29. He was 69.

Mr. Young graduated from Rockport High School, then attended the University of Evansville and Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Wash. He served in the United States Air Force as a Non-Morse Intercept Operator and Missile Maintenance Instructor. Mr. Young attended Christian Fellowship Church. He retired after working over 45 years in real estate management. He earned the titles of GRI, CR and CRMB. Mr. Young held various positions on the Evansville Board of Realtors and was president three times. He held the positions of vice president, director and chairman for several other committees. He was a Certified Real Estate Course Instructor at the University of Evansville, and the Ethics Instructor for the Board of Realtors. He was a past owner of Young Realty Co.

Surviving are his wife, Carla Young; mother, Frieda (Sly) Young, of Rockport, Ind.; brother, Billy Young, of Rockport, Ind.; daughter, Tamara Wandel (Eric), of Newburgh, Ind.; son, Todd Young (Amy), of Knoxville, Tenn.; stepdaughters, Jackie Williams, of Evansville, Ind., Kelley Davis (Dean), of Palm Harbor, Fla., Randi Schaffer (Greg), of Evansville, Ind.; grandsons, Brock Wandel, Drew Davis, Dustin Schaffer, Matthew Hawkins, Nicholas Davis; granddaughters, Alana Schaffer, Alyssa Elderkin, Amanda Young, Ana Eastwood, Demi Schaffer, Heather Young, Holly Young, Lawren Elderkin, Layla Wandel, Mindy Young; great-grandchildren, Cameron Kessler, Nobel Eastwood and Evana Eastwood.
A private family service will be held at Browning Funeral Home, officiated by Pastor Dale Beaver.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society , 6301 Old Boonville Hwy. Ste. B, Evansville, IN 47715; or to the charity of your choice .

Online condolences may be made at




* Men's Golf Set For Spring Opener

The University of Evansville men’s golf team will open up spring 2012 play on Monday as it travels to Hoover, Ala. to take part in the Samford Intercollegiate.

Monday’s tournament will mark the first of seven in this spring’s schedule, which wraps up on April 30 with the State Farm MVC Championships.

In the fall, the men had four top five finishes in five tournaments, led by a third place finish in October’s SIUE Intercollegiate in Edwardsville, Ill.  Michael Sainz tied for sixth place in that event.

Sainz along with Griffin Wood tied for the lowest averages of the fall with a 74.21.  Quinn Vilneff was the third Aces to average below a 75, coming in with a 74.57.

Along with his sixth place finish at SIUE, Sainz notched another top-ten outing at the UD Invitational.  Wood’s top finish of the season came when he tied for third place in the season-opening Fossum Invitational where he finished with a 2-over 218.  At the Butler Invitational, Wood was four under par with a 212.

The event is set to take place at the Hoover Country Club on Monday beginning at 8 a.m. with Tuesday’s round set for an 8:30 a.m. start.  Evansville is one of 18 schools scheduled to participate in a field that also includes MVC rivals Illinois State and Southern Illinois.


* Lady Aces Slip, 58-47, To Sycamores On Senior Day

In the final game of the regular season and Senior Day at the Ford Center, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team fell 58-47 to the visiting Indiana State Sycamores. The loss gives the Aces a 5-24 overall record and 2-16 mark in the conference heading into next week’s State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

Junior Samantha Heck led Evansville with her sixth career double-double, tallying 11 points and 11 rebounds, while classmate Meagan Collins also reached double figures with 10 points. Junior Taylor Ware added eight points, and senior Staci Gillum contributed seven points and four assists, playing all 40 minutes.

Gillum and fellow senior Jordan Lewis were honored in a postgame celebration.

The back-and-forth first half consisted of five even scores and four lead changes. Evansville took their largest lead of the period at the 8:23 mark when Collins’ layup gave UE a 14-11 advantage. However, the Sycamores outscored Evansville, 12-5, in the final minutes of the half to take a 23-19 lead into the break.

To start the second half, the Sycamores built their lead to as much as nine, 34-25, but the Aces battled back with a 10-2 run. UE cut the deficit to one, 36-35, on Heck’s jumper in the paint with 9:22 to go.

It remained a one-point game after Katie Ellerson’s jumper at the 8:08 mark, but the Sycamores exploded in the closing minutes, outscoring UE, 18-7, to lead by 12, 56-44, with 52 seconds to go. A three by Collins cut the deficit to nine, but two free throws on the other end gave Indiana State the final 58-47 winning score.

The Sycamores were led by Deja Mattox (13 points), Brittany Schoen (13 points), Shannon Thomas (12 points, 13 rebounds), and Anna Munn (11 points).

The 2012 State Farm MVC Tournament begins on Thursday, March 8, at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. The Aces will play their first game Thursday at 7:05 p.m. versus the No. 7 seed.


* Women's Tennis Earns 7-0 Victory Over SIU Edwardsville

The Purple Aces women’s tennis team made it three in a row as they took a 7-0 victory over SIU Edwardsville on Saturday afternoon.

“I was really proud of the seniors today,” head coach Nick Mueller said.  “All three stepped up big to get us out of the gates.”

In singles play, all six Aces picked up victories as Dora Kotsiou got things started at the top spot with a pair of 6-0 wins over Kali Donner.  At the No. 2 slot, Aleks Dzakula (6-1, 6-2) took down Carli Connors while Natasha James topped Rachel Webb, 6-3, 6-1.

Mina Milovic continued to improve in the fourth flight, picking up a win over Haley Ilcewicz (6-4, 2-1 RT).  Gaby Fifer grabbed a win over Laura Horning (7-6 (4), 6-4) while Kelsey Costales wrapped it up with a win over Lindsey Raymond (6-1, 6-2).

Evansville’s success was also evident in doubles play.  The Aces’ top duo of James and Kotsiou beat Connors and Horning, 8-2 while the third doubles team of Dzakula and Jessica Raatz picked up an 8-1 victory over Joanna Corkern and Raymond.  Emily Richardson and Costales fell to Donner and Amanda Miller by an 8-1 final.

The Aces take the courts next weekend in Orlando, Fla. for three matches, beginning on Thursday against Sacred Heart and Radford before facing James Madison on Friday.

1 Kotsiou/James def. Connors/Horning 8-2
2 Richardson/Costales lost to Donner/Miller 8-1
3 Dzakula/Raatz def. Corkern/Raymond 8-1

No. 1 Kotsiou def. Donner 6-0, 6-0
2 Dzakula def Connors 6-1, 6-2
3 James def. Webb 6-3, 6-1
4 Mina def. Ilcewicz 6-4, 2-1 RT
5 Fifer def. Horning 7-6 (4), 6-4
6 Costales def. Raymond 6-1, 6-2

* Evansville Eliminated With 99-71 Loss To Creighton

No. 2 seed Creighton utilized a 29-11 run in the first half en route to a 99-71 victory over the No. 6 seed University of Evansville men’s basketball team in the semifinals of the 2012 State Farm MVC Tournament.

Evansville (16-15) will now await a potential postseason berth while Creighton (26-5) advances to face Illinois State in Sunday’s championship game.

Kenneth Harris led the Aces for the second-straight game with 17 points.  Colt Ryan notched 13 while Denver Holmes tallied 11.

Creighton got off to a quick 7-0 start as Jahenns Manigat knocked down a three on the first possession.  With three minutes off the clock, Evansville got on the board as Kenneth Harris hit an and-one, which started the Aces on a 10-0 run as they knocked down five-consecutive shots to take their first lead of the day. 

The Aces eventually led by as many as three before the Bluejays began raining threes.  Grant Gibbs knocked down a pair of treys as CU hit four in the first 12 minutes.  The treys continued as Josh Jones hit two in a row inside of six minutes remaining to give Creighton its first double-digit advantage at 33-21. 

Three-point shooting continued to be the story as CU hit eight out of 11 in the half.  After leading 20-19 with 8:22 left in the period, Creighton finished up the half on a 29-11 run.  The Bluejays hit eight-straight buckets, including the pair by Jones, to extend their lead.  Evansville hit just three out of their last ten attempts to head into the half trailing by a score of 49-30.  Creighton scored in 13 of their last 18 possessions while turning the ball over four times.

After finishing with a 15-rebound advantage in Friday’s win over Missouri State, the Aces went into halftime down 22-6 in that category.  The Bluejays shot 60% for the half, hitting 15-of-25 shots while UE was 12-30.  Colt Ryan, who scored 43 points in the last meeting against CU, was held to just five in the first half.

Gregory Echenique hit a layup putting Creighton’s lead at 21 on the first possession of the second half, but UE fought back.  Ryan Sawvell helped the Aces hit four baskets in a row, knocking down a pair to cut the deficit to 15 (53-38).  That would be as close as Evansville would be able to get as Creighton would stretch the lead to as many as 30, 96-66.  Included in that was a 9-0 run where the Bluejays hit seven free throws and just one basket.

The Aces were unable to get any closer as the squads traded baskets in the final minutes as Creighton clinched the 99-71 win.

Creighton was dominant in all phases, dominating the boards, 43-17 while outshooting UE, 60%-42%.  Echenique was the leading scorer in the contest, finishing with 20 points while Doug McDermott had 14. 


* Aces Finish Seventh in MAC Championships

The University of Evansville men’s swimming and diving team wrapped up the 2011-12 season with a seventh place finish in the Mid American Conference Championships Saturday. The Aces ended the weekend with a team score of 98 points.

Junior Alex Seward finished day with a fifth place finish in the 100-butterfly as well as a 10th place finish in the 200-fly, touching in at at 49.02 and 1:51.26, respectively.

Senior Jake Harrington notched a 16th place finish in the 200-back with a time of 1:56.65. Freshmen Matthew Newland and Garret Johnson finished 19th and 20th, respectively, in the 1650-freestyle with times of 16:34.47 and 16:43.35.

In today’s preliminary heats, senior Will Spradley placed 20th in the 100-free with a time of 46.20 while senior Colin Gray finished 21st in the 200-breaststroke, touching in at 2:10.93.

* Aces Baseball Caps Dunn Classic With 5-1 Victory Over EIU

Freshman southpaw Kyle Freeland’s strong outing on the mound led the University of Evansville baseball team to a 5-1 victory over Eastern Illinois University in the final game of the Dunn Hospitality Diamond Classic Sunday afternoon at Braun Stadium.

The Aces improve their overall record to 6-5, after recording four wins this week, while the EIU Panthers fall to 4-5 on the year.

In his second start of the season and first on the Aces’ home field, Freeland (1-1) tossed seven innings, allowing just one run, five scattered hits, a walk, and struck out four. Junior Jake Naumann threw a perfect seventh inning, and Josh Biggs closed the ninth, giving up one infield hit and struck out one.

Jake Mahon led the Aces at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBI, as the squad recorded 10 hits in the game.

Eastern Illinois scored its lone run of the ballgame in the top of the first when Caleb Howell lined a leadoff single to centerfield. He advanced on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Ryan Dineen’s double down the right field line. However, that would be the last time a Panther would cross the plate, as Freeland settled down the rest of the way.

Evansville took the lead for good in the second, scoring two runs off starter Troy Barton (1-1). Leading off the inning, Jason Hockemeyer was hit by a pitch and Kyle Pollock singled to center, putting runners on first and second.  Kevin Kaczmarski walked to load the bases with one out. After getting hit by a pitch, Mahon was called back to the plate for not moving out of the way, but he responded with a single up the middle, scoring both runs to give UE a 2-1 lead.

In the fourth, the Aces tacked on another run when Kaczmarski singled to lead off, advanced to third on two wild pitches, and scored on Tim Bodine’s bunt single.

Evansville continued to stretch its lead in the seventh and eighth with two insurance runs. In the seventh, Trentt Copeland reached first on a fielding error by the shortstop, stole second base, and scored on Chris Pearson’s single through the left side for a 4-1 advantage. With two outs in the eighth, Eric Stamets doubled to deep left-centerfield. He crossed the plate following two wild pitches by the new reliever Keith Koser.

Nine different players for UE contributed hits in the all-around good team win.

The Aces are back in action Wednesday when they play a single game at Western Kentucky at 6:00 p.m., and then travel to Tennessee Tech for a three game series starting Friday at 3:00 p.m.


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