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Thursday, March 8, 2012

* TIAA-CREF Retirement Planning Seminar

TIAA-CREF will be conducting a Financial Education Seminar for employees on Tuesday, March 13 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall 253, Ridgway University Center.

This seminar may help you simplify your retirement by discussing:
•         Potential hazards in planning for an enjoyable, comfortable retirement
•         Getting to where you need to be
•         Funding the financial strategy that fits your personal needs
•         Keeping your retirement investing on track
•         Determining if you have enough for your retirement income needs
•         How TIAA-CREF financial solutions can help you plan for -- and live well in -- retirement.

For more information, please go to:  

SIGN UP TODAY:  Space is limited, so please RSVP by calling Erin Robertson at 1-866-578-4221, ext 25-6209.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact  the Office of Human Resources at ext. 2943.


Upcoming Events

* PAC Meet & Greet Set for March 10

The Purple Aces Club along with the University of Evansville Athletics Department will hold another in the series of Meet and Greets on Monday, March 12th.

Set to take place at RiRa’s in downtown Evansville, the free event will begin at 5:30 p.m.  PAC members and all Aces fans are welcome to attend and have the opportunity to mingle with UE staff and coaches.

This meet and greet will feature Aces baseball coach Wes Carroll and softball coach Mark Redburn.  All in attendance will have the chance to hear the coaches speak about the 2012 season while asking them questions about their program.

PAC members who wish to attend the Baseball and Softball PAC Meet and Greet event are asked to register online by clicking here

This is a chance for you to hang out with other Aces fans and enjoy an evening to talk Aces athletics.  If you have any questions or would prefer to RSVP by phone contact Lance Wilkerson at 812-488-2623 or via email

* Mentoring Series Luncheon Planned for Thursday

Please join us for the final Student-Alumni Mentoring Speaker Series luncheon for this academic year on Thursday, March 15 in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center. The speaker will be a local UE alum and HR Manager presenting on the topic, "More Than Just Salary, What About Benefits." If you wish to reserve a boxed lunch for the event, please email by Monday, March 12 at noon.


Info You Should Know

* LinC Wants Your Opinion!

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 here or on Facebook.

* 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.



* Anthony Beavers Accepted as Academic Visitor at Cambridge

Anthony Beavers, professor of philosophy and director of cognitive science, has been accepted as an Academic Visitor to the Faculty of Philosophy at Cambridge University for the last two weeks of June. While at Cambridge, he will be examining how Kant's "speculative philosophy" needs to be updated to accommodate the contemporary philosophical climate. The position will begin immediately following Beavers' presentation, "On the Philosophical Assumptions Affecting the Reduction of Semantics to Syntax," to be presented at the Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences also at Cambridge.



* Lady Aces to Battle Bulldogs in First Round of MVC Tournament Tonight

No. 10 seeded University of Evansville takes on No. 7 Drake in the first round of the 2012 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. The Aces look for their first win over the Bulldogs this season, falling 67-53 in Des Moines (1/14) and 55-51 in Evansville (2/12). UE also looks to capture its first win over Drake in the conference tournament, as the Bulldogs own a 4-0 advantage. The last time DU and UE met in tournament play was 2010’s first round. The Bulldogs won 73-62. Evansville enters the weekend with a 13-9 record all-time in 11 MVC Tournament appearances.

* Colt Ryan Named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week

Colt Ryan of the University of Evansville and Stevie Pierce of Missouri State University have been selected Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today.  Ryan and Pierce were honored for their performance during the period of February 27-March 4.

Now in its 13th year of existence, The Valley’s Scholar-Athlete program is sponsored by Prairie Farms, Roberts and Hiland Dairies.  On a weekly basis, the Conference honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.

A guard for the Evansville men’s basketball team, Ryan, a junior from Batesville, Indiana,
averaged 16.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, as the Purple Aces defeated Missouri State (72-64 on March 2) and lost to 24th-ranked Creighton (99-71 on March 3) at the State Farm MVC Tournament in St. Louis.

The 2011-12 Prairie Farms MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Ryan, who has a 3.31 cumulative grade-point average in accounting, collected 19 points, three rebounds and two assists in the Aces’ win over Missouri State in the tourney quarterfinals.  In the semifinals, he added 13 points and two assists against the Bluejays.

To qualify for Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing.  Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible.  In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.

* Aces Tennis Hoping to Extend Streak

 Riding a three-game winning streak, the University of Evansville women’s tennis team will look to double that is it will play three matches over the next two days in Orlando, Fla.

Sacred Heart is the first opponent for the Aces as they will square off on 9 a.m. CT on Thursday.  Just hours later, UE will take on Radford at 1:30 p.m. CT before wrapping up play on Friday morning at 10 a.m. CT with a match against James Madison.

The Pioneers of Sacred Heart enter Thursday with a 4-5 record while the Highlanders are 7-4 and are winner of six of their last eight matches.  JMU is 4-2 following a victory earlier this week against Toledo.

Evansville travels to Florida with a record of 7-3 and has won in its last three outings, most recently picking up a dominating 7-0 victory over SIU Edwardsville.

Senior Aleks Dzakula has been the top performer for the Aces over the recent streak, going a perfect 3-0 in both singles and doubles to improve to a team-leading 8-2 in each category.

In singles action, a pair of freshmen will also put their recent undefeated streaks on the line.  Gaby Fifer and Natasha James have each won their last three singles matches entering Thursday’s tilt against Sacred Heart.

After returning from Florida, the Aces will have a week off before welcoming IPFW to the Tri-State Athletic Club on March 25.

* Griffin Wood Named MVC Golfer of the Week

With a top ten performance at the Samford Intercollegiate earlier this week, Aces senior Griffin Wood has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Golfer of the Week.

He shares the honor this week with Alisha Matthews of Southern Illinois.

Wood finished in a tie for 7th place overall to lead the Evansville to a 12th place finish in the Samford Intercollegiate on Tuesday. Two other Valley schools competed in the event - Illinois State, Southern Illinois - and Wood was the highest finishing MVC golfer.

After shooting a 75 in round one, Wood carded a 1-under 71 before tallying a 74 to finish with a 220 over three rounds. Host school Samford swept both the team and individual championships. As a team, Samford notched an 882, finishing nine strokes ahead of Austin Peay and Davidson, who tied for second.

* Basketball Postseason Ticket Sale Information

Less than a day into ticket sales for the Purple Aces’ upcoming postseason appearance, almost 1,000 tickets have been sold for Tuesday’s 7 p.m. game at the Ford Center.

Due to the high demand, the deadline for season ticket holders to purchase their seats from the season has been moved up to Sunday, March 11 at 5 p.m.  After that deadline, all tickets will be released for sale to the general public.  Season ticket holders can purchase their tickets only through the UE ticket office in the Carson Center or by calling 812-488-ACES.

All tickets are $15 and all seats not utilized by season ticket holders are on sale now through Tuesday at the Carson Center or by calling 812-488-ACES.

Tickets will also go on sale at the Ford Center and through beginning at 10 a.m. Monday.

Fans who purchase their tickets from now through Sunday can begin to pick them up at the Carson Center beginning on Monday at 9 a.m.  Tickets will not be available before that time.

Special hours for the Carson Center ticket office are as follows:
Thursday, March 8 – 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, March 9 – 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 10 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 11 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday, March 12 – 9:00 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13 – 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tickets can also be purchased at the door on Tuesday evening.

* Softball Splits in Day 2 Against UTEP

The University of Evansville softball team split the second half of a four-game series with UT-El Paso today, winning the first game of the doubleheader by a score of 15-12 before falling 7-3 in the nightcap.

Freshman Kayla Fortner ended the day 5-for-8 at the plate, belting her first career home run as well as a double while collecting seven RBI. Sophomore Niki Rahming hit .500 on the day, also hitting a double while picking up two RBI. Sophomore Katie Sears and freshman Victoria Dellorto both ended the day with five runs scored.

The Aces will continue their eight-game road trip, traveling to Auburn, Ala., for the 2012 War Eagle Classic, hosted by Auburn.  Evansville’s first game of the four-game invitational will be against Louisiana Tech on Friday at 7:00 p.m.

* Baseball Tops Toppers, 7-2

The University of Evansville baseball team won its third straight game Wednesday night, overcoming the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers, 7-2, at Nick Denes Field. The victory improves the Aces record to 7-5 in the young season.

“Ryan Billo, Zach Taylor, and Josh Biggs really threw a great game for us with great defense behind them,” said head coach Wes Carroll. “All and all it was a good team effort tonight. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going this weekend.”

Sophomore Ryan Billo (1-0) earned the win tossing six innings, limiting the Hilltoppers to two runs, one earned, five scattered hits, two walks, while striking out four. Out of the pen, senior Zach Taylor threw the seventh and eighth frames, giving up just one hit, one walk, and struck out two, keeping WKU off the board. Junior Josh Biggs wrapped up the midweek win, closing the ninth.

Six Aces recorded hits in the win, led by Chris Pearson’s 1-for-3 performance with two runs batted in and a run scored.

* Softball Heads to Auburn for 2012 War Eagle Classic

After wrapping up its four-game series with UT-El Paso, the University of Evansville softball team (4-6) continues its eight-game road trip this weekend, traveling from El Paso to Auburn, Ala., for the 2012 War Eagle Classic. The Aces are slated to compete against Louisiana Tech, No. 19 Auburn, Drexel and George Washington during the four-game invitational. UE’s first game is scheduled for Friday at 8:00 p.m. against Louisiana Tech.

The Aces are coming off a 1-3 showing against the UTEP Miners in their mid-week series. Freshman Kayla Fortner recorded a breakout week at the plate, hitting  .615 with eight hits, nine RBI, a double, a triple and a pair of home runs against the Miners. The High Ridge, Mo., native currently leads the MVC in batting average (.516), slugging percentage (.839), and on base percentage (.595) and stands in fourth place with 12 runs batted in.


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