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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Upcoming Events

* It's UE Dragon Boat Time!!!

The Flying Purple Dragons will be back on the water Saturday, June 4, for Evansville’s Funk in the City Annual Midwest Dragon Boat Racing Festival.  We need team members to be on UE’s Dragon Boat Team.  No experience necessary and it is FREE to join!  If you are interested in being on our team, please come to our first meeting on Thursday, May 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the Fitness Center Lobby.  Contact Jen at or ext. 2021 for more information. 

* Women Veterans Conference Planned for June 4

The Honoring Women Veterans Conference, a day of education, pampering, and camaraderie for women who have served in the United States military, will take place from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at Eykamp Hall in the Ridgway University Center. Attendance is free for women veterans.

The day’s events will include an informative session on military benefits, networking and career information, an afternoon of pampering, and a keynote address from Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Irene Trowell-Harris. As the director of Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans, Trowell-Harris serves as the primary advisor to the secretary of veterans affairs on programs and issues related to women veterans.

The University of Evansville is proud to host the Honoring Women Veterans Conference and to celebrate the dedicated women who have served our country. To present this conference, UE has partnered with ITT Technical Institute and The Women’s Hospital.

The deadline for registration is Friday, May 20. Military veterans may register online at or by calling the Vet Center at 812-473-5993.


Info You Should Know

* Mike Zimmer's Think Outside the Lunch Box Talk Airing on WNIN-FM

Professor of Economics Mike Zimmer's remarks on rising gasoline prices at his recent Think Outside the Lunch Box faculty lecture will be aired on WNIN-FM on Sunday, May 22 at 6 p.m.  Here is the link to the YouTube posting of his comments:

* Free Furniture Available

The Honors Program has several old furniture items available. Please contact Cherie Leonhardt at or ext. 2141 by Wednesday, May 18 if any of the following are of interest to you.
• 2 wooden round tables
• 4 wooden chairs
• 5 computer tables
• 1 tall book case
• 4 green fabric chairs with arms
• 4 blue/gray fabric chairs w/o arms

* Libraries Announces Summer Hours

Libraries will observe the following schedule of Summer Hours which run May 16 through July 22.  Contact William Louden, University Librarian, with questions at

Mondays:         7:45 a.m.–8 p.m.
Tuesdays:          7:45 a.m.–8 p.m.
Wednesdays:  7:45 a.m.–8 p.m.
Thursdays:        7:45 a.m.–8 p.m.
Fridays:              7:45 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturdays:        Closed
Sundays:           1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Memorial Day Recess: Sunday and Monday, May 29 and May 30 - Closed
Independence Day Recess: Sunday and Monday, July 3 and July 4 - Closed



* Talitha Washington at Howard University until Fall 2012

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Talitha Washington has announced that she will spend the 2011-12 academic year on professional leave at Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, D.C.

Washington is a recognized expert on the life of fellow Evansville native Dr. Elbert Frank Cox, the first African-American to earn a doctorate in mathematics, and will spend the year collecting information on Dr. Cox’s career at Howard from 1929-65. She also will continue to write a differential equations textbook with an emphasis on contemporary applications. Washington will return to the University of Evansville in time for the Fall 2012 semester.

In February, Washington was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor after a vote by the UE Board of Trustees. Since arriving at the University of Evansville in 2005, Washington has published eight referred scholarly articles, given over 50 presentations, and attended five professional workshops. Washington’s research interests include applying differential and difference equations to problems in biology and engineering. She is also editor of the National Association of Mathematicians, overseeing the production of a quarterly newsletter that serves underrepresented groups in the mathematical sciences. In 2009, Evansville City View magazine named her one of the “Six People You Need to Know in Evansville.”

A native of Evansville, Washington graduated from Bosse High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Spelman College and a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Connecticut.

* Physical Therapy Awards

Mary Kessler, Department of Physical Therapy Chair, has been awarded the Howard S. Rosenblatt Leadership Award for Advisor of the Year and Ace CARE has been awarded the Student Leadership Golden Heart Award for Volunteerism.

Physical therapy students Ben Menke received the Guthrie May Outstanding Male Senior Service Award, and Ali Sweeterman received the Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Outstanding Female Senior Service Award.

Annual Department of Physical Therapy Awards were presented to the following graduating students:
Doctor of Physical Therapy:
Outstanding Physical Therapist:  Melissa Elpers
Outstanding Clinical Performance:  Lindsay Crawford
Outstanding Leadership:  Kim Sutterer and Amanda Mersch

Physical Therapist Assistant:
Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant:  Meghann Richard
Outstanding Clinical Performance:  Jamie Lindauer




* Chybowski Chosen as Finaliste for Arthur Ashe Award

University of Evansville tennis standout Kate Chybowski has been chosen as the Ohio Valley Region recipient of the Arthur Ashe Junior Leadership & Sportsmanship Award.  As one of 12 regional winners, she is now a finalist for the national Arthur Ashe Award, based on tennis and scholastic accomplishments, extra-curricular work, sportsmanship, leadership and character traits.  The Arthur Ashe Award will be presented at the U.S. Open in August.

"Kate excels in everything; she's not mediocre at anything," says her coach, Nick Mueller. "She is an accomplished cellist, and one of our school's leaders in volunteer hours and community service hours. This is a great honor for Kate, and well deserved.  It speaks for what she has done for UE, and outside the game of tennis."

Chybowski's Ohio Valley honor came from the region committee that represents all Division I schools in Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.  Chybowski is UE's all-time leader in career victories (189) and singles victories (107).  She compiled a 17-3 record at number one singles and 10-6 record at number one doubles this spring, and helped lead the Aces to a third place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference, their highest ever.  Chybowski earned first team all-Missouri Valley Conference honors for the third time in her career in 2011.  In March, she won the Lois Patton Award, presented annually to the University of Evansville's most outstanding senior female scholar-athlete.  She is a finalist to win her second straight Ida Stieler Award, which goes to UE's most outstanding female athlete.  Chybowski graduated last week with a degree in Biology and a grade point average of 3.91.  She will attend the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in August.

* Baseball to Face SIUE Tuesday

Coming off a 10-1 Missouri Valley Conference victory over Creighton on Sunday, the University of Evansville baseball team will end its regular season on the road this week. The Aces head to SIU Edwardsville Tuesday for a 6 p.m. start versus the Cougars. UE will then head to Illinois State for the last Valley series of the season before the conference tournament.

This Week's Schedule
May 17 at SIU Edwardsville  6 p.m.
May 19 at Illinois State  4:30 p.m.
May 20 at Illinois State  2 p.m.
May 21 at Illinois State  1 p.m.

Ace Player/Pitcher of the Week
Senior Cody Fick led Evansville both offensively and defensively last week, hitting .353, recording at least one hit in all four games, while also pitching a complete game win over  first-place Creighton. Fick went the distance, allowing just one run, five scattered hits, and struck out five in UE’s, 10-1, victory over the Bluejays. He also piloted the squad at the plate, going 2-for-4, including a double, a two-run scoring single in the third inning that gave Evansville the lead for good, and three runs batted in. In the Aces’ 8-3 victory over the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference champions, Austin Peay, Fick had two hits, including a first inning two-run home run, and four RBI. With seven RBI on the week, Fick moved into second place in UE’s single-season record book with 68 RBI and is eight away from the record. He is also 10 away from the career record, currently with 179 career RBI. On the season, the Freeburg, Mo. native owns a .404 batting average, 7-3 pitching record, and 2.38 ERA.

Stepping Up Bigg
Sophomore southpaw Josh Biggs has developed into one of UE’s most consistent hurlers, as he owns a 5-1 record and 1.84 ERA with 14 appearances. Biggs went 1-1 on the week with a win over Austin Peay, throwing the first three innings of “staff day,” allowing no runs, two hits, and struck out three. After rain suspended UE’s first game with Creighton after five innings, Biggs took the mound for seven innings on day two, as the game went into the 12th inning with the score tied, 1-1. He allowed just one earned run and struck out four in the tough luck loss.

Road Trip!
After four home games last week, the Aces will say goodbye to Evansville for quite a while, as they travel to SIU Edwardsville Tuesday for their last non-conference game of the season. UE will then hit the road to Normal, Ill. for the last Valley series of the year, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday versus Illinois State. From Normal, the Aces will head straight to Omaha, Neb. for the 2011 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at TD Ameritrade Park (May 24-28). Evansville owns a 12-11 record in road games.

Senior Day Spark
Playing in their last game at Braun Stadium Sunday, UE’s seven seniors stepped it up, leading UE to a 10-1 victory over Creighton. Senior Shawn Kuester went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI, while senior Jared Baehl had two hits and three RBI, and classmate Ryan Oesterle also recorded two hits and scored two runs. Senior Cody Fick (7-3) led Evansville all around, pitching the complete game, allowing a run, just five scattered hits, five walks, while striking out five. At the plate, Fick went 2-for-4 with a double and three runs batted in. Seniors Greg Wallace and Ty Legan also recorded a hit apiece. The senior class accounted for 11 of UE’s 12 hits and eight of the 10 runs.


* Aces Add to Defense

University of Evansville women's soccer coach Krista McKendree has fortified her defense by adding goalkeeper Erin Flynn of Independence, Ohio and defender Miranda Graham of Florissant, Mo. to the Aces' 2011 squad.  Flynn is a senior at Walsh Jesuit High School and Graham is a senior at McCluer North.

"We are glad that we were able to find Erin so late in the process," according to McKendree. "She is expected to come in and challenge for playing time. Erin is a great young lady who we are thrilled to have joining our squad.  Miranda is a very nice surprise addition who we were able to see at our camp. She impressed us immediately with her work ethic, attitude, and ability to compete. Miranda will be a great addition to our ACES family."

An all-district goalkeeper who helped lead her club team to a State Cup championship in 2009, Flynn becomes the second keeper on the 2011 Aces' squad along with veteran Chaviel Harrison.  Flynn posted 19 shutouts and allowed only six goals as a senior at Walsh Jesuit High School, after totaling 14 shutouts as a junior and eight as a sophomore.

A defender throughout her career at McCluer North and as a member of the Florissant United Soccer Club and JB Marine, Graham is a four-time all-conference selection at the high school level.  She also helped lead JB Marine to second place in the 2009 Missouri State Cup.  Graham received the MSHSAA Award of Excellence for exemplary display of sportsmanship, ethics and integrity.



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