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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

* Hoedown for Hoofprints Cancelled

Delta Sigma Pi's Hoedown for Hoofprints, which was scheduled for Sunday, March 25, has been canceled due to lack of participation.  Please look for this event to be re-scheduled in the fall.

What's Happening Today

* Mortar Board Collecting Box Tops for Education

Mortar Board, the Senior Honors Society, is collecting Box Tops for Education.  There is a collection box on the information desk in Ridgway University Center.

* This Week in Music - Eykamp Quartet Performs

The Eykamp String Quartet, the Department of Music’s resident string ensemble, will perform in Wheeler Concert Hall this Tuesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m.  Quartet members include violinist Gared Crawford, Concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra; violinist Jung-Min Shin, the EPO’s Associate Concertmaster; violist Craig Bate, Principal Violist of the EPO and of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra; and EPO Principal Cellist Kevin Bate. The program will include Haydn’s String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op., No. 2, the so-called “Joke” Quartet, and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110.  The Eykamp String Quartet is made possible by the special underwriting of Rita, Richard, and Dorothy Eykamp, friends of the University of Evansville and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Classical Guitar Concert Series continues in Wheeler Concert Hall Friday night, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by Jordan Mandela Knudson. Jordan’s technique, musicality, and enthusiasm for his craft have won praise from audiences and from more established guitarists such as David Russell, Pavel Steidl, Marcin Dylla, and Berta Rojas.  He won awards in the Society of American Musicians competition in both 2009 and 2010, and in summer of 2011, Jordan was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Aspen Music Festival, where he studied with Sharon Isbin. In addition to solo recitals, he also performs regularly in chamber ensembles and as a soloist on orchestral concerts. Jordan’s UE performance will include works by J. S. Bach, Nicholas Maw, and Sergio Assad. This event is co-sponsored by the University of Evansville and the Classical Guitar Society of Evansville. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for students. UE students will be admitted at no charge with a valid student ID.

UE Department of Music students will present three recitals this Saturday, March 24. Soprano Alyssa Padilla will present her Senior Recital at 1:00 p.m. This will be followed by guitarist Christopher McLaughlin’s Senior Recital at 2:30 p.m., and soprano Erin Copeland and baritone Jacob Fisher's joint Senior Recital at 4:00 p.m.  All events are in Wheeler Concert Hall and are free and open to the public.

Music therapy students Katie DeMuth, Kaitlin Emmert, Jessica Handy, and Alyssa Kereki, along with Kathy Murphy, assistant professor of music therapy, gave a presentation on music therapy for attendees of the Wednesdays at UE program offered through UE’s adult education department. The students shared their clinical work and demonstrated music therapy interventions.

* Annual Student Art Exhibition

The Department of Art would like to announce the 50th Annual Student Art Exhibition in the Melvin Peterson Gallery.  The Student Exhibition runs through Friday, April 6. Gallery hours are 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. You will see some amazing student artwork, much of which is for sale. This year The Department of Art is instituting a new People's Choice Award and you are all invited to participate. Stop by the Peterson Gallery, view the Exhibition and then fill out a ballot for your favorite piece of artwork. At the conclusion of the Exhibition, the ballots will be tallied and the award determined. One vote per person please.

Upcoming Events

* The Man in the Leather Mask to be Topic of History Department's Spring Lecture

The History Department’s Spring Lecture is set for Thursday, March 22 at 4 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. The guest speaker will be Martin Dotterweich, associate professor of history and Chair of the Department of History at King College. His topic will be “The Man in the Leather Mask: Prophecy and Calvinism in Early Modern Scotland.”

Dotterweich holds a BA from Wheaton College, an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. He has had work published in Studies in Church History, Records of the Scottish Church History Society, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals, and contributed to the book Literature and the Scottish Reformation (ed Crawford Gribben and David Mullan). He specializes in early modern religious practice in Scotland, particularly the unique role of prophecy in the Protestant kirk, for which he won a John B. Stephenson research fellowship from the Appalachian College Association in spring 2010. He also researches marginal annotation in early printed English Bibles, on which he most recently presented a paper at the conference “The King James Bible and the World it Made 1611-2011” at Baylor University in 2011. Frequently involved in community and church education, he appeared earlier this month as a panelist on the dramatization of A Tale of Two Cities at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va. He serves on the governing board of the Buechner Institute for Faith and Culture.

“For all its jarring strangeness and wild inaccuracy, prophecy is not a thing of the past,” says Dotterweich. “Only last week Harold Camping apologized for foretelling the end of the world in 2011. We love to predict the future, forecasting the weather, the economy, the next iPhone, or the NCAA Tournament bracket. Why does prophecy appeal to us so much, and what role does it play in society?  “The Man in the Leather Mask: Prophecy and Calvinism in Early Modern Scotland” attempts to dissect this phenomenon by looking back at the part that prophecy played in the development of the Scots Protestant kirk in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.”

“From John Knox’s thunderous oracles to Mary, Queen of Scots,” Dotterweich explains, “ to the personal pronouncements of Alexander Peden a century later, prophecy shaped the Scots unlike any other European nation.  Yet prophecy was at odds with the Calvinism of the Scots kirk, just as it would be with the Enlightenment that came to Scotland in the early eighteenth century. Through the strange history of the man in the leather mask, this lecture examines how the ancient practice of Second Sight merged with Protestant religious practice, how it survived in hostile environments, and how it continues to function today.”


 

* Retirement Reception for Paul Jensen Planned for April 12

The UE campus community is invited to an Open House Retirement Reception for Mr. Paul Jensen on Thursday, April 12, from 1:30–3:30 p.m. in Room 240, Graves Hall.

Mr. Jensen earned a BA  in Secondary Education from the University of Evansville in 1965 and an MS in Physical Education Administration from the University of Illinois-Champaign.  As a student at the University,  Jensen earned honors as a two time All-American in swimming and placed on the Dean’s list.

He came to work at UE in 1974 from Eureka College where he was an assistant professor of health and physical education. After becoming a UE faculty member, he coached the varsity swim team for two years and developed an All American Diver.  From 1978-1981 he served as the varsity tennis coach and in 1981 was voted the Heartland Collegiate Conference “Coach of the Year.” In 1985 he became the Chair of the Department of Human Kinetics and Sport Studies (now the Department of Exercise and Sport Science) and served in that capacity for 20 years. In that time the department underwent many changes and developments including the addition of four academic majors raising the number of students in those majors to 275.

In addition to his academic and athletic responsibilities Jensen was director of aquatic programs until 2006. It is estimated that over 25,000 children took part in the community wide  “Learn to Swim” program. In 1998 he was elected to the University of Evansville Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2002 Jensen was awarded the Sadele & Sydney Berger Award for Service.

In the community he has been privileged to serve on the Board of Directors for the Thunder on the Ohio, Evansville Freedom Festival, the WNIN Channel 9 auction and  the American Red Cross where in 2002 he received the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award for 45 years of service.

Paul met his wife, Judy, at UE in 1964 and daughters Rhonwyn (husband Fred) and Jennifer (husband Brad) each have two sons which keeps “Boompa” busy.


 

* SGA Candidates Debate

On Thursday in Room 170, Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building, after the Student Congress meeting ends at about 5:30 p.m.,  there will be a debate for students running for SGA president. All students are welcome to attend, and voting will take place starting Monday, March 26 at 8 a.m. through Wednesday, March 28 closing at 8 p.m., on acelink. 

If you have any questions that you would like candidates to be asked during the debate please email ph71@evansville.edu

* Salsa Dance Workshop

Spanish Club is having a Salsa Dance Workshop this Friday, March 23 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.! The first 25 people to sign up by emailing dr130@evansville.edu will attend for free, otherwise the cost is $5. No previous experience or dance parter required. The workshop is located at the Heidi Garza Dance Studio 2022 Center Drive, next to Wesselman's Supermarket.  Wear comfortable clothing and leather sole shoes.  Running shoes, rubber sole footwear, and flip-flops are not advisable for Latin dancing.  Feel free to bring your friends and enjoy the dancing!

 

* I-House: Uganda

Join us this week for I-House: Uganda, with senior Angellina Kyazike. Bring your friends to enjoy a presentation about this beautiful East African country, Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. on the second floor of Ridgway University Center in the Class of 1959 Gallery. See you there!

 

* UE Senior to Discuss Experience in Iraq at Brown Bag Lunch

The Gender and Women’s Studies Brown Bag series continues on Thursday, March 22 with a presentation by UE senior Hayli Cingle based on her recent deployment to Iraq.  Cookies and lemonade will be graciously provided by the Office of Veterans Affairs.  The presentation is being held from 12:20-12:55 p.m. in Room 75, Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building.

* EXSS Forum

Are you an EXSS, AT, PTA, PT, or just thinking about a similar major?  The Exercise and Sports Science Forum is being held on Wednesday March 28th, and it gives students a chance to learn more about various professions in the health field!  A panel of professionals will offer insight into their specific field of work and give students the chance to ask questions.  This is free for all students and a great opportunity for all majors who will be working in the health field, as well as undeclared majors who are curious to learn more.  The forum is being held in Schroeder School of Business Administration room 170 and is being held from 6:00-7:30.  Register in Pam Young's office (GH 219) by Friday, March 23.  More details to come.

* Staff Recognition Dinner

Each staff employee and their guest is invited to attend the Staff Recognition Dinner at the Log Inn on Monday, April 23, 2012. The social hour (cash bar and appetizers) begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Please join Dr. Kazee in the presentation of staff service awards, and for the presentation of the Staff Employee of The Year Award.
Invitations will be sent to staff employees via UE campus mail during the first week of April. Please contact Human Resources at extension 2943 if you have any questions.
 

* 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 http://acelink.evansville.edu/Areas/Alumni/, or by e-mailing the information to: alumni@evansville.edu. 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

* Last Day to Drop Spring Classes – Friday, March 30

Don’t forget that Friday, March 30, is the last day to drop a spring class.  Drops will be posted with a ‘W’ grade.  If you need to drop a class, fill out a yellow Add/Drop Form (available in the Registrar’s Office in Room 106, Olmsted Hall), get signatures from your advisor and class instructor, visit the Office of Financial Aid, and return the completed form to the Registrar’s Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 30.

* Photographer on Campus

The Office of Admission will have a photographer on campus for a photo shoot throughout Wednesday and Thursday, March 21 and 22. UE students and faculty have always been very cooperative and accommodating during previous shoots. As a result, many great photos have been taken for UE publications. Kim McDonald will try to notify faculty in advance if photos will be taken in a particular class; however, weather often can force the shoot inside, and it is possible that last minute requests will be made. If faculty members know that they will be giving a test or do not wish to be bothered either of these days, please inform Kim McDonald at ext. 2683 and the classroom will be avoided.

 

* On-Campus Jobs Available for Summer

Jobs are available on-campus for UE students for this summer (must be continuing at UE in the fall semester). You do not need to be eligible for need-based Federal/State Work-study during the academic year in order to apply. Furthermore, you may apply regardless of your enrollment in summer courses. Applications may be obtained at the UE Office of Financial Aid, Olmsted Hall, Room 116. Questions should be directed to Hilary Morales at hm38@evansvill.edu

 

* Need Financial Aid for Summer Courses?

If you are seeking financial aid to help pay for summer courses at UE, please complete a Financial Aid Summer Preliminary Application, available from the Office of Financial Aid. We will help you examine your options for aid, which in most cases is limited to loans.

 

* Complete UE Survey for a Chance to Win an iPad

All UE students are invited to take the Diverse Learning Environments (DLE) Survey.  This survey asks about students’ academic experience, interaction with faculty and peers, participation in campus activities, perceptions of the climate on campus, and use of campus services.

Students who complete the DLE survey by Monday, April 23rd will be entered into a drawing for one of the following prizes:
·         iPad ($600 value)
·         $100 Wal-Mart gift card
·         $50 Thorton’s gift card
·         Diversity book
·         And other prizes

All prizes will be disseminated to the winner on Reading/Study Day, Wed. April 25th.

Each student should have received an e-mail from La Toya Smith, Diversity & Equity Officer, with his/her unique survey link.  If you have any questions, please contact La Toya at 812-488-2413 or ls103@evansville.edu.

* Extended Deadline for Mortar Board Applications: March 22

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

* FREE – "The Things They Carried" books by Tim O'Brien

The UE Office of Veterans Affairs has 10 copies left!  Please notify Cherie Leonhardt at cl29@evansville.edu if you would like one.  Everyone is welcome to participate in the Community Reads events associated with the book throughout April http://www.usi.edu/communityread/.  UE book discussion participants will meet again on April 11 from 4-5 p.m. in Eykamp 252.  Join us!

* 2012-2013 Andiron Lecture Series Call for Papers

You are invited to submit an abstract for papers on any aspect of your research or expertise for the 2012-2013 Andiron Lectures in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Faculty and administrators from the University campus as well as members of the Evansville community are invited to submit proposals. All disciplines and fields of study are welcome. Reading time for papers is approximately 40 minutes. Deadline for abstract submission is April 1.

Please provide the following by email:
A 50-word abstract
Name, Academic Affiliation/ Occupation,
Paper title, Contact Information

Please send submissions to: Chris Mohn at mm333@evansville.edu

Nominations for off-campus speakers can be sent by email to Andiron Lecture committee members Mohammad Azarian at ma3@evansville.edu, Wes Milner at wm23@evansville.edu, Annette Parks at ap3@evansville.edu, John Stamm at js383@evansville.edu, Bill Hemminger at bh35@evansville.edu and Chris Mohn (chair).

 

Congratulations

* Leah Thomas

Leah Thomas, senior archaeology and art history major, presented “The Art of 18th Century Dining” last night at the Reitz Home Museum.  Leah's presentation was based on her original research conducted during a summer 2011 internship at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.  She analyzed several features of life in the colonies during the eighteenth century, including a change in dining practices and the introduction of the Rococo style in dining and serving ware.

* Mohammad K. Azarian

Mohammad K. Azarian, professor of mathematics, has been notified that his paper “Euler's Number via Difference Equations,” has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Contemporary Mathematical Sciences.

* Anthony Beavers

Anthony Beavers, professor of philosophy and director of cognitive science, has been invited to join the International Consultant Committee and Academic Committee of the International Center for the Philosophy of Information (PI) at Xi'an Jiaotang University in China. Commissioned by the university's president, this center is the "first for Philosophy of Information in China, and is the first international institution for Philosophy of Information in the world. The fundamental tasks of this center are as follows: to unite scholars of the world in order to do original research on PI; to improve communication and dialogue between China and other countries on PI research; to facilitate the development of PI in China and in the world." Xi'an Jiaotang University is a member of the elite C9 League of Chinese premier universities, China's "Ivy League".

 

Sympathy to...

* Chantal Taylor and Family

Condolences to Chantal Taylor, senior administrative associate for the vice president of  Institutional Advancement, and her family on the death of her father Raymond G. Turenne. Mr. Turenne died March 15. He was 83.

Born in St. Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba, Canada, Mr. Turenne served in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was a past president of Alliance Francaise, a founding member of Bluegrass Claims Association and a retired claims representative for American States Insurance Company. He was an original member of Big Brothers, a long time coach at Gardenside Little League and a member of Pax Christi Catholic Church where he served on the building committee.

He is survived by his five daughters, Renee (Henry) Denton, Lexington, Michelle (Paul) Toney, Georgetown, Chantal (Greg) Taylor, Evansville, IN, Nicole (Joe) Maher, Nicholasville, and Colette Turenne, Emeryville, CA; thirteen grandchildren, Hillary, Haley, and Connor Denton, Stephanie (Jason) Underwood, Brittany (Jason) Wright, Kylie (Adam) Chilton, Ryan, Amber and Lydia Taylor, Darrah, Tarenne, Marley, and Emery Maher; three great granddaughters, Ashtyn, Avery, and Addyson Underwood; four sisters, Pauline LaTulippe, Margeurite Arpin, Yvette (Mitch) Laurier, and Leonne (Vern) Pack; and two brothers, Paul (Simone) Turenne and Yves (Marie) Turenne, all of Manitoba, Canada.

A funeral mass will be held at noon on Wednesday, March 21 at Pax Christi Catholic Church by Rev. Larry Hehman. Visitation took place on Sunday, March 18 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home,. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Down Syndrome Association of Central KY or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

 

Athletics

* Aces Men's Soccer Announces 2012 Schedule

 Highlighted by five teams that finished in the top 50 of the 2011 RPI, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team will compete against some of the best competition in the country in the 2012 season. The Aces will play an 18-game regular season slate that features nine home matches.

"The Missouri Valley Conference is one of the top conferences in college soccer, and offering a non-conference schedule that features some of the top teams in the nation is important to prepare our team for the rigors of the MVC," said head coach Mike Jacobs.

In exhibition play, UE will face the University of Indianapolis at Arad McCutchan Stadium August 15th and then will travel to Wisconsin to take on the Badgers on the 19th.

Opening up the regular season at home, Evansville will host Lipscomb and Belmont the last weekend of August before heading to 2011 NCAA Tournament participant Georgia State for one match Labor Day weekend.

The following week, UE will host the 25th annual ProRehab Aces Classic, welcoming Bradley, the Big East’s Cincinnati and West Coast Conference contender Portland to the pitch.

The Aces hit the road to St. Louis Saturday, Sept. 15th and then to Butler the next Wednesday before taking on the Kentucky Wildcats Sept. 22 at McCutchan. UE will also host Oral Roberts the following Sunday.

After taking a mid-week trip to Eastern Illinois, Evansville will close the non-conference season at home against C-USA’s Marshall University.

The Aces kick off Missouri Valley Conference play on the road Oct. 10th at Missouri State. UE will then battle Bradley, who reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season, on Saturday the 13th.

UE returns home to host SIU Edwardsville and Central Arkansas the next week, before taking a break from conference play to face in-state rival Indiana University in Bloomington Oct. 24th. IU earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2011 and finished the season ranked 10th in the nation.

The Aces resume Valley play at Drake Oct. 27th and close out the regular season at home versus Creighton, the reigning MVC Champions and NCAA College Cup semifinalists.

2012 Schedule                                   
Wed., Aug. 15 vs. UINDY (exh)
Sun., Aug. 19 at Wisconsin (exh)                                          
Fri., Aug. 24 vs. LIPSCOMB            
Sun., Aug. 26 vs. BELMONT
Sat., Sept. 1 at Georgia St.
Fri., Sept. 7 vs. PORTLAND $
Sun., Sept. 9 vs. CINCINNATI $
Sat., Sept. 15 at St. Louis      
Wed., Sept. 19 at Butler                    
Sat., Sept. 22 vs. KENTUCKY         
Sun., Sept. 30 vs. ORAL ROBERTS                                    
Tues., Oct. 2 at Eastern Illinois                                              
Sat., Oct. 6 vs. MARSHALL                                     
Wed., Oct. 10 at Missouri State *                                           
Sat., Oct. 13 at Bradley *                                                        
Wed., Oct. 17 vs. SIUE *                                                        
Sat., Oct. 20 vs. CENTRAL ARKANSAS *                         
Wed., Oct. 24 at Indiana                                                       
Sat., Oct. 27 at Drake *
Sat., Nov. 3 vs. CREIGHTON *                                              
Nov 7-9-11 MVC Tournament

ProRehab Aces Classic $
Missouri Valley Conference contest *

* UE Baseball to Visit Vanderbilt Tuesday

With one last test before opening up Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend, the University of Evansville baseball team will travel to take on Vanderbilt University Tuesday evening at Hawkins Field. First pitch in Nashville is set for 4:00 p.m.


Evansville comes off a 4-1 week, overcoming UT Martin, 6-5, and Austin Peay, 7-3, midweek before winning the series, 2-1, over Western Michigan. Every victory, except the game at APSU, was won in walk-off style. UE topped the Broncos 11-10 Friday night in 10 innings after scoring five runs in the bottom of the ninth and won on a walk-off walk. WMU took Saturday’s contest, 5-1, but UE won Sunday’s rubber match, 8-7, scoring four runs in the ninth. On the season, Jason Hockemeyer (.391), Tim Bodine (.346), Eric Stamets (.304), and Jake Mahon (.292) lead UE’s offense that owns a collective .258 average. UE’s pitching staff owns a 3.78 ERA with a 134-65 strikeout to walk ratio, and .262 opposing batting average.

Leading Evansville to a four-win week, sophomore Tim Bodine was both consistent and clutch, batting .579, including a game-changing double and a game-winning walk-off single that gave UE a series victory over Western Michigan. Going 11-for-19 at the plate, Bodine raised his season batting average 134 points on the week, while also contributing five RBI and five runs. Bodine recorded multiple hits in 4-of-5 games, including three 3-for-4 performances in three bottom of the ninth comeback wins over UT Martin and Western Michigan. In UE’s first game against WMU, Bodine headed a five-run ninth inning rally with his first career double down the left field line and scored the tying run that set up the 10-inning victory.  In Sunday’s rubber match, Bodine came through in the clutch with a two-out walk-off single to centerfield that capped UE’s four-run bottom of the ninth rally. Starting all five contests, Bodine also recorded a perfect fielding percentage in right field.

Evansville won all three of their home victories last week in walk-off style. Against UT Martin, the Aces came back from a five-run deficit, winning on Trentt Copeland’s one-out gapper. UE came back from another five-run deficit in game one with Western Michigan, scoring five runs in the bottom of the ninth and won on a walk-off walk in the 10th. Trailing, 7-4, in the rubber match with WMU, UE scored four runs in the ninth, winning on Tim Bodine’s walk-off single.  In all three of those games, the Aces never led until they scored the final walk-off run.

Trentt Copeland’s two-run double that tied the game, 7-7, in the bottom of the ninth in the rubber match with Western Michigan not only set up UE’s 13th win of the season, but also marked his 50th career two-bagger. Copeland moved into UE’s all-time career top-10, tying Pat Tumilty (2004-07) in 10th place.

Leading the Valley, sophomore Jake Mahon has been plunked 12 times this year, already matching his season total in 2011 that marked a team-high last year. He was hit four times this last week. Mahon ranks second on the team with a .449 on-base percentage.

In his fourth season at the helm, Wes Carroll is in search of his 100th win this week. Carroll needs just two more victories to hit the milestone, currently owning a 98-89 record. In his first season, the UE alum posted the second-highest victory total by a first-year baseball coach at Evansville with 25 wins in 2009. Carroll has led his squad to above .500 records in each of the last two seasons, going 32-27 in 2010 and 28-25 in 2011.

Opening up the Missouri Valley Conference schedule this weekend versus Indiana State, the Aces will be up against some great competition this spring in conference. Currently, every team in the MVC is succeeding in non-conference play, all with an above .500 mark and at least 10 wins. The Sycamores have the best record, 16-4, while UE has the fourth-best at 13-7.

In game 17 of the season at Austin Peay (3/14), freshman Kyle Pollock recorded both his first home run of this career and the first/only long ball hit by an Ace this year. Eric Stamets leads the active players with six home runs in his career.

Eric Stamets continues to climb up the career steals ladder, currently ranking third in program history with 87 steals (87-106) in just his third season of play. Stamets needs seven more to tie Ryan Brownlee (1994-97) in second place. Aaron Pembroke (1995-98) holds UE’s record with 106 career steals.

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.

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