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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

* Karen Doss Named Staff Employee of the Year

Karen Doss, administrative associate in the College of Education and Health Sciences, was presented the Staff Employee of the Year award at the annual Staff Appreciation Dinner held last night.

Karen came to the University of Evansville in August 2003. Since then, she has willingly taken on responsibilities in other departments on campus, as well as in the College of Education and Health Sciences. She continues to go far beyond expectations and it shows in the excellence of her work, her dedication to her job, and her professionalism. Those nominating Karen for this award praised her for her hard work, sunny disposition and calm, professional manner.

One nominator stated: “Karen personifies excellence in all she does. She is guided by an ethic of service to others in working with the University community as well as the external community.  She is an extraordinary professional and a quiet and effective ambassador for the University of Evansville.”

Congratulations Karen!

The awards for years of service were announced by Keith Gehlhausen and presented by Dr. Kazee.

Recognized for 5 years of service were Tom Ambrose (Grounds Department), Becky Buxton (Department of Mathematics), Keith Fox (Central Receiving), Vicky Hasenour (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Anita Long (Mechanical and Civil Engineering), Donna Schmitt (Career Services), Lisa Schum (Human Resources), Judy Caldwell (Center for Adult Education) and Linda Wicker (Institutional Advancement).

Amy Esche (Department of Communications) was recognized for 10 years of service to UE.

Those recognized for 15 years of service were Geneva Davis (Office of Safety & Security), Debbie Driggs (Office of Admission), Nancy Frazier (Office of Admission), Janet Turner (Health & Wellness Center), Vickie Custer (Health & Wellness Center) and Barbara Kerner (Accounts Payable).

Those receiving the 30 Year Service Award are Gwen Barnett (Biology Department), Bob McKinney (Maintenance) and Al Yancey (Grounds Department).


What's Happening Today

* Seniors: Want to be Featured on the Jumbotron at Commencement?

Seniors: want to be featured on the Jumbotron at Commencement? AcesTV invites graduating seniors to give their thank you/farewell to UE. Filming will take place today, Tuesday, April 24 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. AcesTV representatives will be positioned throughout campus with cameras at three locations - Echo Point, between Olmsted and Koch, and East Terrace. These video testimonials will be included as part of a special senior edition of AcesTV All Access, which will air on the Ford Center jumbotron before commencement on May 5. Students should come prepared and dress appropriately.

* This Week in Music: Annual Gumberts Award Recital

The Department of Music will conclude its concert offerings for the year with the 35th annual Gumberts Award Recital in Wheeler Concert Hall this evening, April 24, at 8:00 p.m. [PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE.] Each year, the Gumberts Award Recital features the best performers among the senior class as selected by the Department faculty.  This year, the performers are Kaitlin Gress (percussion), Fatima Chan (violin), and Alyssa Kereki (flute).  The three seniors will perform a wide range of works from the Baroque era to the present, and a panel of judges from outside the Department will evaluate their performances and select this year’s recipient of the award.  The concert is free and open to the public.

* Mortar Board Fundraisers

Mortar Board will have two fundraisers this week. On Tuesday, April 24, there will be a fundraiser at Orange Leaf. Please see any Mortar Board member for a flyer. Half of the proceeds will go to the Joshua Academy. Thank you for your support!

* Win a Kindle Touch

The Crescent Magazine staff is interested in learning your general feelings and impressions about this year’s magazine. The survey will take just a few minutes to complete. It is anonymous, but by completing the survey and including your name and e-mail address at the end of the survey, you will be entered to win a Kindle Touch just for participating. One entry per UE student. Non-students and Student Publications staff are not eligible.

* Make a Donation to March for Babies Walk!

Even if you cannot join our UE team at the March of Dimes, March for Babies walk on April 28, please consider making a donation in support of our UE team. To make a donation online, go to and click “join this team.” If you prefer, you can drop off your cash or check donations in the Office of Student Accounts.

Remember, your participation and support will save babies.


Upcoming Events

* Retirement Reception for Walt Lewis Planned for April 26

Please join us for a retirement reception in honor of Director of Student Teaching and Assistant Professor of Education Walt Lewis. The reception will be held on Thursday, April 26, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in Graves Hall, Room 240.

Walt Lewis began teaching at UE in 2000. He has been a strong supporter of the School of Education and has done a marvelous job holding several positions and teaching. He has been acting chairperson of the department, director of student teaching, lead trainer for cooperating teachers and supervisors, and director of the Transition to Teaching Program. Walt and Leanne Nayden have co-taught the education senior seminar and the student teaching seminar for 12 years. He has been a strong supporter of UE and SOE and has been a loyal member of the faculty, offering his wisdom and experience to us all. He will be missed!


* Help Cure Diabetes!

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes is May 19 at Holiday World. To learn more about walking or donating, stop by the team members’ table in Ridgway University Center outside Café Court on April 26 and 27 from 11 a.m.– 1:30 p.m. or go online at and search for the UE Health Sciences team.


* Volunteer Experience in Dominican Republic to be Topic of Honors Presentation

Andrea Weber, a senior elementary education major, will be giving her honors project presentation on Reading Study Day (Wednesday, April 25)  at 10:30 in a.m. in Room 100, Graves Hall. She will share her time volunteering in a school in the Dominican Republic and more about the culture and customs she experienced while studying abroad in Santiago this past fall. 

* Free Paper Shredding

Once again the University is underwriting document shredding at no cost to you. This free event is offered by Piranha Mobile Shredding, and will take place on Friday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Parking Lot C. This event allows you to safely and in an environmental-friendly manner dispose of old documents, confidential or not, that are cluttering your space at home or office. All documents will be shredded and the resulting paper stream will be re-used. Piranha cannot assure that their mobile shredder will be available that day for use at the university site. Mobile shredder availability depends on other business demands that day. For any questions contact Janice Walker at ext. 2941 or


Info You Should Know

* Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up for the March of Dimes, on Saturday, April 28 at 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. For more information contact the Office of Community Service Initiatives. Email:   

* Winners of Diverse Learning Environments Survey Prizes

The UE Institutional Diversity Council would like to thank all 897 UE students who completed the survey.  There was a 31.3% response rate, which is amazing.  The winners of the prizes are as follows:
• iPad3 – Breianna Simpson
• $100 Wal-Mart gift card – Cynthia Torrez
• $50 Thorton’s gift card – Darian Smith
• $50 UE Bookstore gift certificate – Heather Vozzola
• $25 Hacienda gift card – Emily Bourg
• $25 Biaggi’s gift card – Kelleigh McCrea
• $25 Crazy Buffet gift card – Sarah Dory
• $25 Starbuck’s gift card – Nicholas Klem
• $25 Olive Garden gift card – Taylor Henderson
• Social/Emotional Intelligence pack – Brady Hall

The winners must contact La Toya Smith (x2413 or within 48 hours (by 12 p.m. on April 26) to set up a time to claim their prizes.  Otherwise, another drawing will be conducted and the prize will be awarded to another student.

Results from the survey will be disseminated Fall 2012 to the entire student body.  If you have any questions, please contact La Toya Smith, Diversity & Equity Officer.

* Seniors, Don't Forget to Make Your Gift to Student Scholarships

It’s not too late for graduating seniors to make a difference in a fellow student’s life. Any amount is great and all the money raised from senior gifts go directly to benefit student scholarships. We’ve raised just over $2000 so far, but we know that we can do more.

If you’d like to make a larger impact, you can purchase a personalized brick that will be placed outside the Ridgway University Center. The bricks are typically $250 for current alumni of UE, but are only $100 for current students. Your gift of $100 also gives you entry into the newly established Young Alumni President’s Club. Time is running out before graduation, so log on to to make a gift, today! If you have any questions please contact Brad Kastrup ’11, assistant director of annual giving, as

* Fitness Center Hours

Fitness Center Hours are as follows:
Wednesday April 25 - Reading and Study Day  6:30 a.m. -7:00 p.m.
Thursday April 26  - 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday April 27 - 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday April 28 - 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday April 29 – 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Monday April 30 – 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday May 1 – 8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday May  2 -8:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.
Thursday May  3 – 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday May 4 - 8:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.
Saturday May 5 - Closed
Sunday May 6 – Closed
Monday – May 7- Summer Hours Begin

* Attention UE Cardholders

The April Pcard Cycle began on March 22 and ends on April 23.  Pcards statements must  be reconciled and printed from SDG2 as of April 25 and submitted along with your receipts in a Pcard Envelope.  GL will upload on April 30.

* Writing Center Closing--and Options

The Writing Center will close for spring semester at 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. However, students who would like assistance with a paper after Tuesday may call Linda Bathon at ext. 2606; special arrangements will be made for a session with one of the Writing Center's tutors. 


* Nearly $1000 Raised for Salvation Army War on Hunger

Thank you to the UE Community for your generosity in the UE drive to support the Salvation Army War on Hunger.  Together we raised nearly $1,000.00 for this cause in just four days!  This purchased a full skid of stuffing and an extra $350.00 for miscellaneous food items.  All of the proceeds were donated to the Salvation Army on Friday to help serve local Evansville families.  Thank you again for doing something that matters!

* Financial Aid Information For 2012-13

Please respond immediately to any requests you may receive from the Office of Financial Aid to correct your FAFSA or provide verification documents. Students may still file the 2012-13 FAFSA to be considered for need-based aid, including federal student loans.

Checking Grades and Credit Hours Earned in May:
After the completion of the spring semester, we will review students' academic records to determine if they have met the requirements known as Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students who are deficient in meeting these standards are notified immediately via mail and are ineligible for any form of aid (including loans) until the deficiencies are corrected.

Financial Aid Notification Letters are mailed in late June to your preferred address on file. Please make sure that your preferred address is accurate in UE's system. Only students with complete files will receive awards.

* Financial Aid Announcement for Stafford Loan Recipients

Students who have received a Federal Stafford Loan while attending UE and plan to graduate,  withdraw from school, or transfer to another school, are mandated by federal regulations to attend an Exit Counseling Session.  The Office of Financial Aid will hold a session on April 25 at 11:00 am (Reading Study Day) in Hyde Hall, Room 126 and on May 4 at 11:30 in Hyde Hall, Room 103. 

You must arrive on time and bring the names, addresses and phone numbers of 2 people who you will remain in contact with after leaving UE. Each session will last approximately 30 minutes.


* Final Exam Week Library Hours

• Wednesday, April 25:  7:45  a.m.   -    1:00 a.m.
• Thursday, April 26:       7:45 a.m.    -    1:00 a.m.
• Friday, April 27:             7:45 a.m.    -    8:00 p.m.
• Saturday, April 28:      10:00 a.m.   -    8:00 p.m.  
• Sunday, April 29:                   Noon   -    1:00 a.m.
• Monday, April 30:          7:45 a.m.   -    1:00 a.m.     
• Tuesday, May 1:              7:45 a.m.   -    Midnight
• Wednesday, May 2:       7:45 a.m.   -    5:00 p.m.
• Thursday, May 3:            7:45 a.m.   -    5:00 p.m.
• Friday, May 4:                  7:45 a.m.   -    5:00 p.m.
• Saturday, May 5:             CLOSED
• Sunday, May 6:                CLOSED



* UE VETS Wins First Place

UE VETS won first place and $2,000 in the Operation Diploma/MFRI student veteran grant competition held at Purdue University on April 14.  Cody Land, UE VETS president, and Bridget Soucy, UE VETS vice president, presented.

* Rob Griffith

Associate Professor of Creative Writing Rob Griffith is a finalist in the Society of Midland Authors awards for his poetry collection, “The Moon from Every Window."

The Society, founded in 1915 by a group of authors including Hamlin Garland, Harriet Monroe and Vachel Lindsay, has given out annual awards since 1957. The juried competition is open to authors who live in, were born in, or have strong ties to Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin.

Notable winners have included Saul Bellow, Kurt Vonnegut, Studs Terkel, Gwendolyn Brooks, Mike Royko, Jane Smiley, Dempsey Travis, Leon Forrest, William Maxwell, Louise Erdrich, Scott Turow, Alex Kotlowitz, Aleksandar Hemon, Stuart Dybek and Roger Ebert.

This year’s winners will receive a cash award and a recognition plaque. Since 2002, the Society has also hosted the presentation of the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism at its banquet.

The Annual Awards Dinner will take place Tuesday, May 8, in the LaSalle Room at Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, 350 N. Orleans St., Chicago. The master of ceremonies will be Jay Bonansinga, a screenwriter, filmmaker and New York Times best-selling author of 14 books (





* Coleman And Patton Award Recipients Named

A pair of University of Evansville student-athletes were named the recipients of the Ralph H. Coleman and Lois D. Patton Scholar-Athlete Awards at the UE Leadership Awards Reception last week.

Men’s swimmer Colin Gray won the Coleman Award while volleyball player Ellen Sawin picked up the Patton Award.  The awards are given to the top senior scholar athletes and are based 50% on academic achievement, 25% on athletic success and 25% on service to the campus and/or community.  The winners are voted on by the Aces head coaches and the athletic administration.

Sawin, a Visual Communications Design major, has posted a 3.604 GPA at UE.  She finished her career with 3,877 assists, second most all time.  She was named to a pair of all-tournament teams while garnering MVC Player of the Week and Newcomer/All-Freshman Team honors in 2008.

Off the court, Sawin has been extremely active in the community.  She is currently the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and is also the MVC SAAC representative.  Sawin was honored with the State Farm Good Neighbor Award while serving on UE President Dr. Kazee’s Strategic Planning Committee.

Colin Gray has accumulated a 4.0 GPA as a Mathematics-Actuarial Science major.  Since his arrival at UE, he has been extremely successful.  He has posted the top time for the Aces in the 200 breaststroke in each of the last four years while recording the top times in the 100 breaststroke in each of the last three years.

Gray has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District At-Large First Team on two occasions and has made the at-large third team twice.  The two-time All-MAC swimmer was named an at-large first-team swimmer by ESPN The Magazine.


* Matchups Announced For 2012 MW/MVC Challenge Series

For the fourth-consecutive season, the Missouri Valley Conference and the Mountain West Conference will square off against each other in the MW/MVC Challenge Series in men’s basketball.

Nine games are set to be played matching schools from the conferences and for the first time in their histories, the University of Evansville and Colorado State have been pitted against each other.  The schools will square off on December 1, 2012 in Fort Collins, Colo.

Evansville is coming off of a 16-16 campaign, which saw the Aces advance to postseason play for the third time in the last four seasons.  The Aces will return three starters next season, led by MVC Player of the Year candidate Colt Ryan, who garnered All-MVC First Team honors as a junior this season.

Colorado State went an impressive 20-12 mark in 2011-12 while going 14-1 at home.  They advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they fell to Murray State by a 58-41 final in the second round.  The Rams will be led by new head coach Larry Eustachy, who takes over the program this year after eight seasons at Southern Miss.

The Aces have participated in the series on two occasions, falling at Air Force by a 57-56 final in 2010 before suffering an overtime defeat at the hands of TCU last season.  The other matchups for the upcoming season are below.

2012 CHALLENGE SCHEDULE (Series History)
11/17     San Diego St. at Missouri State (Series tied, 2-2; last meeting 3/14/07)
11/28     Boise State at Creighton (First meeting)
11/28     Fresno State at Southern Illinois (SIU leads, 1-0; only meeting 3/9/66)
12/1       Wichita State at Air Force (WSU leads, 1-0; only meeting 1/26/63)
12/1       Evansville at Colorado State (First meeting)
12/1        Drake at Nevada (Drake leads, 3-0; last meeting 12/16/69)
12/1       New Mexico at Indiana State (First meeting)
12/4       Wyoming at Illinois State (UW leads, 1-0; only meeting 12/28/85)
12/19     UNI at UNLV (UNI leads, 1-0; only meeting 3/18/10)


* Matchups Announced For MVC Tennis Championships

With the regular season completed, the University of Evansville women’s tennis team sets its sights on the Missouri Valley Conference Championships, which will begin on Friday.

Evansville enters Friday’s opening round of play as the fifth seed and will be pitted against fourth-seeded Southern Illinois.  The teams will meet at 9 a.m. at the Koch Family Tennis Center in Omaha, Neb.

The Aces finished the season with a 13-8 overall record and a 3-4 mark in the MVC.  The Salukis were 16-4 and finished in a three-way tie for second in the league with a 5-2 mark.  In the regular season meeting between the schools, SIU came away with a 6-1 win in Carbondale on March 28.

Natasha James picked up a singles win to earn UE’s point as the Salukis were one of just two conference institutions to deal the Aces a loss in doubles.    In last year’s tournament, the teams also met as the Salukis came away with the 4-3 victory.

* Softball Hosts Salukis in Series Finale with Single Game Today

The University of Evansville softball team will wrap up its three-game series against Southern Illinois with a single game at James and Dorothy Cooper Stadium today. First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m.

The two teams met in Carbondale on April 17 for the first half of the midweek Missouri Valley Conference series. The Salukis came out victorious in both games of the doubleheader, posting a come-from-behind 2-1 win over the Aces in game one before taking game two by a final score of 9-1 in six innings.

Since facing the Salukis last week, the Aces have gone 2-3, notching a non-conference sweep against Saint Louis before falling three times to Creighton in last weekend’s MVC matchup.

The Aces enter the matchup batting .239 as a team, led by freshman Kayla Fortner who is batting .370 from the right side with four home runs and 27 RBI. Sophomore Katie Sears has improved to .290 on the season after hitting .348 last week. Sears tallied two triples and four RBI over the seven-game stretch, only striking out once in 23 at-bats.

* Skiles Leads Women's Golf On Second Day Of MVC

Sydney Skiles shot an 8-over 80 as the Purple Aces women’s golf team moved up to eighth place at the State Farm MVC Championship at the Country Club of Terre Haute.

Skiles shot an 81 on Sunday before following that up with an 80 on Monday to stand in 31st place entering Tuesday’s final round of play.  Lauren Ellerman recorded an 83 on Monday to move to a 164 for the tournament, putting her in a tie for 34th.

After shooting a team-low 79 in the first round, Alyssa Key carded an 88 to drop to 38th place with a 167.  Cathy Doyle notched an 83 on Monday to move into a tie for 39th while Dana Hayden’s two-round score of 177 was good for a tie for 47th.

Northern Iowa continues to hold the overall lead in a close three-team race.  The Panthers came in with a 610 while Bradley tied for the lowest round of the day with a 307 to move up to second place with a 612.  Missouri State is in third place with a 613.

Thea Hedemann of Bradley leads on the individual side.  She followed up Sunday’s 1-over 73 with a 74 on Monday.  Katie Jean of Illinois State and Southern Illinois golfer Cassie Rushing are tied for second, one stroke behind Hedemann  Evansville is in eighth place with a 657, seven shots ahead of Drake.


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