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Monday, December 1, 2014

What's Happening Today

* Anti-Bias Team Presents Monologues Today

Come out and see the UE Anti-Bias Team present thought-provoking monologue teasers that oppose biases and stereotypes in the hopes of educating our campus on the harm that can be caused by such views. This special event is planned for Monday, December 1, in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center. The doors open at 6:00 pm and the program begins at 7:00 pm.

The Anti-Bias Team will also be available to answer questions and encourage further campus dialogue about biases and stereotypes.

Everyone is invited and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information please contact LaNeeca Williams at or phone 812-488-2413.

This event is sponsored by Old National Bank and the Office of Diversity Initiatives.

* UE SAAC to Hold Toys for Tots Fundraiser

Our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has partnered with Buffalo Wild Wings (Green River Road) as part of their fundraising efforts for Toys for Tots. Show your Home Team Advantage Card (UE is Team D) prior to paying your bill and SAAC will receive 10% of the proceeds. The card is valid through December 31 and may be used multiple times.

Feel free to save to your cell phone for convenience and circulate to everyone you know that frequents Buffalo Wild Wings.

* Please visit for the card! 


Upcoming Events

* LaNeeca Williams to Speak at December Andiron Lecture

LaNeeca Williams, diversity officer at the University of Evansville, will be the speaker at the Andiron Lecture on Wednesday, December 3 at 4 p.m. in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center. A social hour with beverages begins at 3:45 p.m. Her topic will be: "Mixed: Misunderstanding the Hybrid Phenomena - exploring how universities tackle the biracial/multiracial experience to tear down walls and improve cross-cultural communication on campus."

The mixed hybrid phenomena is best described in a January 2011 article from the New York Times. “Young and Mixed in America” stated that college campuses across the United States are enrolling increasingly more mixed-race students than ever before. These same students are pushed to identify points in their own racial struggles. Today, universities are quickly realizing that they must create opportunities for biracial/multiracial students to have open, transparent conversations about race to help them embark on a quest that is crucial in developing their own identities. Cultivating a way to share insights of the biracial/multiracial experience will tear down walls and improve cross-cultural communication and, in turn, will increasingly blur traditional boundaries of race and culture. Using several sources, this lecture will highlight evolving racial classification, understanding race relations from the view of a biracial/multiracial student, reflections of culture for biracial/multiracial students on a predominantly white campus and the racial divide between light and dark skin. The lecture will provide key components for those in higher education to explore as they help students evolve toward their own racial identities.

Before coming to UE, Williams served as affirmative action/EEO and diversity officer at Colorado State University-Pueblo and at Indiana State University. She worked at the Minority Health Coalition of Vigo County Inc., from 1997 until 2004, where she implemented programming efforts for prevention of health disparities for minorities. Williams continued volunteering at the coalition until 2007 as a certified chronic disease management facilitator through Stanford University. She earned her bachelor’s degree and her master’s degree in family and consumer science education at Indiana State University. She is a member of the National Honor Society Phi Upsilon Omicron, as well as Golden Key National Honor Society.

For further information, call the series coordinator Annette Parks at 812-488-1070 or the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589.



* This Week in Music: A Guest Artist Joins Jazz Ensemble I

The Department of Music continues its First Tuesday Concert Series in Wheeler Concert Hall this Tuesday evening, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. with a concert featuring UE Jazz Ensemble I and guest artist Matt Niess, the Lead Trombonist with The U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble in Washington, D.C. Niess is a former high school band director and has taught on the jazz faculties of Shenandoah, Towson, and West Chester Universities. He is a graduate of West Chester and George Mason Universities, and he is the founder and director of the Capitol Bones, a jazz trombone ensemble that has performed and received recognition throughout the country. Niess has also appeared as a soloist, clinician, and adjudicator at jazz festivals, schools, and universities nationwide and has recorded and performed with numerous artists. Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies Timothy Zifer will lead the UE Jazz Ensemble I as the band accompanies Niess’s UE performance. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Department of Music recently hosted the annual "KEY" (Keyboard Education for Youth) Competition, sponsored by the Greater Evansville Music Teachers Association. Over 90 student pianists (ages 5-18), and their teachers/parents were on campus for the competition and recital on November 22. UE piano majors who assisted with the event were Joe Effinger, Ashley Sliment, Victoria Geisz, Vickie Huber, Alaina McPherson, Amanda McCandless, Samantha Waddell, and Caroline Roberts.

The coming weekend’s activities will include a student recital and a small ensemble concert. On Saturday, clarinetist and Music Education major Caleb Long, a student of Associate Professor Thomas Josenhans, will offer his Senior Recital in Wheeler Concert Hall at 4:00. The recital is given in partial fulfillment of the Music Education degree requirements. On Sunday, the UE Percussion Ensemble will offer a concert in Wheeler Concert Hall at 5:00 p.m. Consortium Instructor of Percussion Ross Erickson will lead the ensemble in a performance featuring varying works from the Modern era, including American composer Steve Reich’s Nagoya Marimbas. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

* TIAA-CREF Counseling Appointments

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Wednesday, December 10 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 488-2943. 

* The Myaamia (Miami) Perspective of the War of 1812

The Department of Archaeology would like to let UE students know that George Ironstrack, assistant director for the Myaamia Center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, will speak at Angel Mounds State Historic Site on December 5. His topic will be the Miamis' perspective of the War of 1812. The lecture will be held 9 days before the actual 200th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, that brought the war to an end. Ironstrack is considered one of the foremost experts on the history of the Miami (Myaamia) and their role in this region of the United States. The lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Contact Angel Mounds State Historic Site (812) 853-3956 for additional information.

* UE Students Invited to Give Feedback on Bus System at METS Meeting

UE students, faculty, staff and administrators are invited to attend the METS Comprehensive Operations Analysis Public Information Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 11, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Evansville Vanderburgh Central Library, Browning Room B. (Central Library is located at 200 SE Martin Luther King Boulevard.) UE students are invited to give their feedback on the bus system in Evansville at the meeting.

* Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day

The annual Faculty/Staff appreciation day at the UE Bookstore is Wednesday, December 3 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Check your personal email on Monday for full details or contact the Bookstore. 

* Final Writing Center Boot Camp: CMS Style

This semester's final workshop will cover how to format and cite papers according to the CMS style manual, including the cover page and reference page, footnotes, and endnotes. If you're writing a CMS paper, join us on Wednesday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m. in the Writing Center. 


Info You Should Know

* Holiday Hours for the UE Medical Clinic

Holiday hours for the UE Medical Clinic:

Wednesday November 26 - CLOSED
Thursday November 27 Thanksgiving- CLOSED
Tuesday, December 23 - OPEN
Wednesday December 24, Christmas Eve - CLOSED
Thursday December 25, Christmas Day - CLOSED
Tuesday, December 30 - OPEN
Wednesday December 31, New Year’s Eve - CLOSED
Thursday January 1, New Year’s Day – CLOSED

* Collecting for Christmas Donation to Albion Fellows Bacon Center

Graves Hall is collecting women’s and children’s new hats, gloves, scarves and socks this Christmas season to be donated to the Albion Fellows Bacon Center. We are also asking for $5.00 or $10.00 gift cards from Target and Walmart. Monetary donations will also be accepted!

Until the Christmas tree is set up in the lobby of Graves Hall to hang the items on, please put your donations (hat, gloves, etc.) in the wrapped box in the lobby. If you are donating money or gift cards, please bring them to Pam Young, Karen Doss, Cindy Felts, Jeannette Oakley, Lisa Toelle or Jane Woods in Graves Hall. Thank you!

* Orientation Leader Applications for Students Studying Abroad in Spring 2015

Students who are studying abroad in spring 2015 and who wish to apply for an Orientation Leader position for 2015-16 should pick up an application packet in the Dean of Students office, located within the Student Life Center on the second floor of Ridgway. Applications will be available for pick up from November 20-December 1, 2014 during business hours.
Completed application packets, excluding references, must be returned to the Dean of Students office by 4:00 p.m. CST on December 2, 2014.

References will not be due until February 12, 2015. Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to assure that references are received in the dean’s office by the due date.

Students who will not be studying abroad in the spring 2015 will not apply at this time. Watch AceNotes in mid to late January for an announcement about the open application period.

Students who have questions should call 812-488-2500 for more information.

* UE Winter Housing

The residence halls will be closed for winter break from noon on December 18 to 3 p.m. on January 9. Students participating in official University functions or other approved activities have the opportunity to apply for Winter Housing. Simply submit an Online Winter Request Form (hyper link this link by noon on Reading & Study Day to be considered. For more information about Winter Housing, contact the office of residence life. 



* Yasser Alhenawi Has Research Paper Published

Yasser Alhenawi, assistant professor of finance and director of the Institute for Banking and Finance, has one of his research papers accepted for presentation in the Southwestern Finance Association Annual Conference (2015). The paper, titled: “A Comparison between SIC-based and FIC-based Identification of Relatedness in M&A Analyses,” introduces new methodologies for capturing relatedness effect on valuation in corporate mergers and acquisitions transactions. 



* Ring and Miranda Earn MVC Honors

Senior Ashley Ring and freshman Genesis Miranda earned Missouri Valley Conference All-Conference Team honors as the league began its postseason tournament.

Ring earned a berth on the All-Conference First Team while Miranda was named to the All-Freshman Team.

Finishing up one of the top careers in program history, Ashley Ring received her first naming to the league’s top team. She has not only had an impact on the UE record book, but also leaves her mark on the Missouri Valley Conference. Ring's total of 4,068 kill attempts is 18th in conference history and 4th for the University of Evansville. She finished just five shy of the Aces season mark. For her career, Ring finished with 1,338 kills and clinched fourth place on the UE all-time list. She has had the best season of her career in 2014, posting 418 kills.

Completing the 2014 season second in the league in kills, Ring finished with 3.94 per set, just .05 behind the league. She also ranked 15th in the MVC in digs.

Miranda wrapped up her inaugural campaign at UE with an average of 3.18 kills per frame. Her efforts put her seventh in the conference and in second place amongst all freshmen. She totaled 328 on the season. Making her run even more impressive is that she spent the last several weekends of the season as UE’s primary setter, limiting the number of kills she was able to accumulate.

Name School Pos. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
Olivia Brand# Missouri State OH Sr. Springfield, Mo. (Glendale)
Kaitlyn Early Illinois State S Sr. Wildwood, Mo. (Eureka)
MaryAshton Floyd Wichita State OH Jr. Forth Worth, Texas (Paschal)
Kayla Haneline UNI MB So. Plattsmouth, Neb. (Lourdes Catholic)
Eryca Hingtgen UNI OH Sr. Fairbank, Iowa (Wapsie Valley)
Lily Johnson Missouri State OH Fr. Wildwood, Mo. (Lafayette)
Jaelyn Keene Illinois State Fr. MB Jacksonville, Ill. (Jacksonville)
Abbie Lehman Wichita State MB Fr. Newton, Kan. (Newton)
Emily Orrick^ Illinois State L Sr. Mackinaw, Ill. (Deer-Creek Mackinaw)
Taylor Pippen^ Southern Illinois MB Jr. Mundelein, Ill. (Carmel Catholic)
Ashley Ring Evansville OH Sr. Madison, Wis. (Edgewood)
Ashley Rosch^% Illinois State OH Jr. Fox River Grove, Ill. (Cary Grove)
Bree Spangler Indiana State OH So. Coldwater, Mich. (Coldwater)
^2013 First Team; #2013 Second Team; %2012 First Team

Name School Pos. Hometown (Previous School)
Andrea Estrada Southern Illinois OH Bogotá, Columbia (Colegio Santa Maria)
Emily Hiebert Wichita State S Newton, Kan. (Newton)
Kyla Inderski Drake OH Urbandale, Iowa (Urbandale)
Lily Johnson Missouri State OH Wildwood, Mo. (Lafayette)
Jaelyn Keene Illinois State MB Jacksonville, Ill. (Jacksonville)
Abbie Lehman Wichita State MB Newton, Kan. (Newton)
Genesis Miranda Evansville OH Toa Baja, Puerto Rico (Colegio Carmen Sol)
Lynsey Wright Missouri State MB Glen Carbon, Ill. (Edwardsville)

* Jaylon Brown Scores Career-High as Aces Top Dons

On Tuesday, it was Jaylon Moore with one of his best games at the University of Evansville. Wednesday was Jaylon Brown’s turn as the sophomore scored a career-high 15 points to help the Purple Aces defeat San Francisco by a 79-72 final to take third place in the 2014 Gulf Coast Showcase.

Brown hit 7 out of 10 shots while finishing with five rebounds. Finding his groove once again was D.J. Balentine. The junior hit five of his opening six attempts en route to 23 points. He also knocked down four 3-pointers for UE (4-1). For the tenth time in the last 15 outings, Egidijus Mockevicius had a double-double. Tonight, he totaled 14 points and 14 rebounds in the winning effort. Wrapping up the double figure scorers for UE was Mislav Brzoja. His stat line finished out at 11 points, 7 rebounds and six assists.

“We took care of the basketball, did not turn it over against their traps and presses and came out of here with a win,” head coach Marty Simmons said. “D.J. hit some big shots for us while Jaylon Brown came in off the bench and did great. I could not be happier with our effort.”

A pair of triples saw the Purple Aces open up an early 6-2 lead as Blake Simmons and D.J. Balentine were true from outside. Following a 0-5 start from the field, Mark Tollefsen got the Dons on the board. Later, Tim Derksen hit an old-fashioned 3-point play to give San Francisco an 8-6 edge.

The hot start for Balentine continued as he hit five of his first six attempts as the Aces went up by a 19-12 score on his second 3-pointer. UE’s lead was as many as eight (16-8) over that span. San Francisco battled back over the final 12 minutes of the half as they retook the lead at 24-23 on a Tollefsen basket.

Four points from Jaylon Brown and a three courtesy of Taylor Stafford saw the Aces fight back to take a 33-26 advantage inside of the 6-minute mark, but the Dongs came back yet again, cutting the deficit to one inside of two minutes remaining. A pair of Balentine free throws, followed by a Mockevicius bucket at the buzzer, put the Aces in front by a 39-34 score at the break.

Balentine led everyone with 14 points at the half while Jaylon Brown recorded eight. Tollefsen notched 12 to lead the Dons in the opening stanza.

Out of the break, Balentine was at it once again. The junior knocked down a triple in the first possession before hitting one just a minute later to give the Aces their first double figure lead of the night at 47-36.

San Francisco’s duo of Tollefsen and Glover kept their squad in the game as they cut the gap to seven point on three different occasions in the opening portion of the second half, but Evansville was able to counter. Jaylon Brown’s career night saw the Aces go up by 13 points at 62-49. Later, Mockevicius helped the Aces retain that 13-point edge with just over four minutes left (69-56).

Slowly, but surely, the Dons closed the gap. Tim Derksen posted five points and Tollefsen had four as San Francisco closed within five at 73-68 with just 70 ticks on the clock. Brzoja came right back with a layup before Blake Simmons converted a Don miss into a bucket of his own to go back up by nine. That was the cushion the Aces needed to finish off the 79-72 win.

Coming into the game, San Francisco outrebounded its opponents by an average of 14.5 per game, but the Aces put extra emphasis on that facet of the game and it showed as the final tally was 39-35 in USF’s favor. The main difference for Evansville was its bench, which outscored the Don’s by a 29-4 final.

Tollefsen tied Balentine’s game-high with 23 points while Glover checked in with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

It is back to the Ford Center for UE as they play seven of the next eight games at home. The first will be on Tuesday evening as the Aces welcome Wright State. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.

* Sara Dickey scores 16 points in Aces loss at #22/21 West Virginia

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team (1-3) lost 83-39 at #22/21 West Virginia on Wednesday night.

Sophomore guard Sara Dickey scored a team-high 16 points for Evansville. UE also received nine points from senior forward Mallory Ladd and a new career-high six points by freshman guard Kenyia Johnson.

West Virginia was led by a game-high 32 points from guard Bria Holmes, who is a Lindy’s Preseason All-American and was named the Big 12 Conference Preseason Player of the Year.

The nationally ranked Mountaineers started quickly with the first eight points of the game, four of which were scored by forward Teana Muldrow.

Down by 13, Evansville pulled closer as Ladd scored five of the Aces first nine points to bring the deficit back to single digits with 10:30 on the clock.

West Virginia went back ahead by 13 with a Holmes jumper at the 6:48 mark of the opening half. Despite trailing 26-13, UE drew within seven points on a Dickey layup with 5:14 to go in the first half. The Mountaineers then ended the first half on a 15-3 run, rebuilding the advantage to 19 points. Dickey had 10 points at the break for UE. Ladd also had eight points at that stage.

West Virginia maintained the 19 point edge and added to it throughout the second half. The Mountaineers outscored UE 42-17 in the second half and ended the contest on a 22-2 run.

Dickey led UE in points with 16, despite going 4-for-21 from the floor. Senior guard Khristian Hart was limited to two points, both on free throws, after going 0-for-11 in the game. The Aces made just 21% of their field goals in the game, and were also 1-for-13 from three point range. Freshman Hannah Owens also made her collegiate basketball debut, playing eight minutes. Owens joined the team after playing for the Aces volleyball squad this fall.

After winning the regular season opener at home, the Aces have now lost three consecutive games, all on the road. Evansville will look to end the winless stretch at UT-Martin on Saturday, November 29. This will be the fourth of five consecutive road games for the Aces. The tip is set for 6:00 p.m. CT at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center in Martin, Tennessee.

UE’s next home game will be on Saturday, December 6 against Miami (Ohio) for a 4:00 p.m. tip at the Ford Center. Fans can purchase tickets over the phone at 812-488-ACES (2237), in person at either the Carson Center or Ford Center ticket office, or online via


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