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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

* Passing of C. Paul Kaufman, Assistant Technical Director for UE Theatre

Dear Campus Community,

With great sadness, I write to share with the UE family news of the passing of Paul Kaufman, assistant technical director for UE Theatre. Paul passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon after bravely battling lung cancer for the past year and a half. Information regarding funeral arrangements will be posted as soon as it is available. Please keep Paul, his fiancé Marta, and his whole family in your prayers during this difficult time.


President Kazee


Upcoming Events

* Sunday Mass at 1 p.m. in Neu Chapel

All are welcome to join us for mass this Sunday at 1 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Fr. Alex will be our celebrant. Hope to see you there! For more information contact Olivia Voegerl at

Submitted by Lilee Robinson 

* Noodle and Hot Pot Night

Run For Hera and Chinese Club are organizing a dinner giveback this Friday from 5:30-8:00 p.m. The event will take place at Yang's Shabu Shabu, a Chinese restaurant that provides authentic Chinese food. You won't have to worry about high costs as you will be served a wide variety of delicious Chinese food at low prices! Thirty percent of the funds raised will be donated to Run For Hera, a student-led organization that helps fight sexually transmitted diseases in Kenya.

For more information check on the Chinese Club or Run for Hera's Facebook pages.

Submitted by Chunyu Lin 

* Sign up for the International Club bowling trip

Sign up for the International Club’s bowling trip at a table in Ridgway University Center lobby on February 22 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m. The bowling trip will be February 25 and the cost is $9.

Submitted by Sydney Winstead

* Venturing Crew spring break sign-ups

Venture Crew will have sign-ups for its spring break trip on February 21, 22, and 23 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., and 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the lobby of Ridgway University Center. Questions? E-mail

Submitted by Sydney Winstead 

* Aces play at Wichita State today

The final road trip of the regular season is on tap as the University of Evansville Men’s Basketball team heads to Wichita State today for a 7:00 p.m. game.

Jaylon Brown registered a pair of 22-point outings as the Aces faced Drake and Bradley last week. In a Tuesday evening win over Drake, Brown notched 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting while grabbing eight rebounds. He also dished out four assists and did not turn the ball over. At Bradley, Brown had another 22-point outing with most of his work coming from the charity stripe as he hit 11 out of 12 free throws. 

Fifteen more free throws by Brown over the last week saw him move even higher on the national list. With 180 makes on the season, Brown ranks third in the country while his 209 attempts is 5th overall.  With 22 points at Bradley, he improved his career total to 1,269. That tally pushed him past current head coach Marty Simmons, who finished his UE career with 1,265. Brown now ranks 27th on the all-time UE list, just 18 away from the top 25 and 66 out of the top 20.

Christian Benzon had a nice effort on Saturday against the Braves. Playing the most minutes of his career – 38 – Benzon hauled in a career-high 10 rebounds while scoring seven points. His tally of 4.2 boards per game is tied for second on the squad.

Ryan Taylor finished with 16 points against Bradley, going 6-of-13 from the field. A 3-pointer in the contest kept his streak alive as he has hit one from outside in each of the last 20 games.

Wichita State has won 10 games in a row and stands at 25-4 overall and 15-1 in Valley play. Three Shockers average double figures, led by Markis McDuffie’s 11.8 points per game; McDuffie is also the leading rebounder for WSU, checking in with 5.9 per game. Landry Shamet enters Tuesday’s game with 10.9 PPG while Darral Willis Jr. stands at 10.3. On Saturday, the Shockers earned a 73-44 win over UNI at home as Shamet and Willis led the way with 14 points apiece while McDuffie notched 12.

* Come have dessert with us today

Student publications is hosting an open house at 6:00 p.m. today - Wednesday, February 22 -  in the student publications office in Ridgway University Center. The open house is for any student who has an interest in working for either the LinC or Crescent Magazine for the 2017–18 school year. Positions include: columnists, reporters/writers, copy editors, photographers, designers, social media assistants, and an event planner. Current staff members will be present to answer questions, give tours of the office, and entice potential staffers with some delicious desserts! For more information contact

Submitted by Tracy Maurer

* Give back to the kids!

College Mentors for Kids, in addition to its T-shirt sales, will be hosting a Give Back Night at Buffalo Wild Wings! Go get some grub, show this ticket, and help support local children receiving mentoring from volunteers at UE. If you would like to know more about the group’s T-shirt sales, or to order a shirt, e-mail

Submitted by Hannah Nilsen

* I-House: Nigeria

Today's I-House presentation will be on Nigeria! The first presenter is Aniekan Ekanem. He is a mechanical engineering major and he loves to read and relax. His favorite part about UE are the purple lights reflecting off Ridgway University Center at night. The next presenter is Oti Oritsejafor. He is a computer science major and loves to study math. His favorite part about UE are the math lectures. Then Anazuo Ohieku-Ajanaku will make a presentation. Anazuo likes to cook, read, and watch her favorite TV shows. Also, Erin Parra will be talking about the Peace Corps and the opportunities associated with this wonderful organization.

Be sure to stop by tonight to learn more about Nigeria. Remember, it will be upstairs in Ridgway University Center at 7:00 p.m.

Submitted by Cassie Peterson

* Wednesday night Mass

Mass will be celebrated tonight at 9:30 p.m. in Neu Chapel with Father Godfrey as the celebrant. For more information, contact Olivia Voegerl at

Submitted by Emily Rodgers

* Rosary group every Tuesday

The Newman Club will be praying the rosary every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in Room 209 in the library. All students and faculty are welcome! For more information, contact Olivia Voegerl at

Submitted by Emily Rodgers

* This Week in Music: Kantorei, University Choir, and Wind Ensemble in Concert

Several of the music department’s student ensembles will give a joint concert this Tuesday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Neu Chapel. Kantorei, University Choir, and University Wind Ensemble will each perform an exciting mix of music, from the Renaissance to the present. As always, Tuesday night concerts are free and open to the public.

Submitted by James Sullivan

* Spring graduates - Grad Fair

ALL SPRING graduates should attend either session of Commencement Central to finalize their graduation plans. It only takes a few minutes to meet with the offices of the registrar, alumni relations, and career planning, and obtain your cap and gown and/or announcements if needed. Please attend either today - Wednesday, February 22 - from 4:00-6:00 p.m. upstairs in the Ridgway Center OR Thursday, February 23 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. outside the UE Bookstore.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* Jostens ring sale today

The Jostens ring representative will be on campus February 23 as part of Commencement Central. ANYONE interested in purchasing a class ring is welcome to visit with the representative to look at samples and design a ring. Hours are 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., TODAY, just outside the UE Bookstore. Jostens will have special pricing and will also be introducing its new UPLOMA line for spring graduation. Browsers welcome!

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* Charlas: music around the world

Students of all levels of Spanish are invited to meet with Belén Alemán Mansilla, a Fulbright FLTA, to talk about and to listen to music from around the world. The next Charlas session is Tuesday, February 21, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., at Jazzman's in Ridgway University Center. It’s a wonderful opportunity to interact informally in Spanish and to meet other students of Spanish. You can stay as little or as long as you want. Please contact Belén at if you have any questions. ¡Allá nos vemos! Hope to see you Tuesday!

Submitted by María Belén Alemán Mansilla

* Orange Leaf giveback event supporting Scholars for Syria

Today from noon-9:00 p.m., Orange Leaf (off of Burkhardt) will be donating 10 percent of each purchase to Scholars for Syria. Customers may show the flyer on their phone or mention Scholars for Syria at the register.

Submitted by Kendra Mehling

* UE Health and Fitness Fair is February 23

The 2017 Health and Fitness Fair will be held in the Fitness Center gym on Thursday, February 23, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Win prizes and visit local businesses (Body Works Massage, Core Chiropractic, Ultimate Fit, etc).

Submitted by Lori Adams

* Today - Professor Valenzuela builds a birdhouse!

This summer the Office of Study Abroad is running a program for students to travel to Nicaragua and work with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a family in need. In order to raise awareness for this program, engineering professor Mark Valenzuela will be building a birdhouse; but there’s a twist! He will be forced to build the birdhouse without any instructions, tools, or knowledge of what the final project will look like.

However, you can help Valenzuela build the birdhouse by attending an event today - Thursday, February 23 - in the North Lobby of Koch Center for Engineering and Science from noon-1:00 p.m. Those attending can answer trivia questions, and for each question answered correctly, Valenzuela will receive a crucial tool/piece of information to finish the birdhouse. Attendees will also be encouraged to bet on how long it will take to complete construction, and the person with the closest time will receive the birdhouse!

Stop by to see if Valenzuela can figure it out, or if things turn “fowl.”

Come kill two birds with one stone by grabbing some free snacks/refreshments and learning about Nicaragua and the Habitat for Humanity trip!

If you have any questions about the event, e-mail

* Career Day next week

Looking for a full-time professional position? Cooperative education opportunity? Internship? Summer job? Career Day will include over 100 employers interested in hiring you. The event is set for Tuesday, February 28, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Meeks Family Court in Carson Center. See registered employers in JobLink. Also, pre-register for the event in JobLink to allow employers to view your resume early!

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald


Info You Should Know

* Ronald McDonald volunteer event

The Newman Club is volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House on Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Please be at the Newman Center by 5:40 p.m. if you plan on attending. For more information, please contact Paige Hignite at

Submitted by Emily Rodgers

* We need your input on dining services

Dining services needs your opinions. Complete this dining survey between February 13-March 1 and be entered in a drawing to win $50 Ace Bucks!

* Seniors invited to submit speech for Spring Commencement

All graduating seniors in good standing are eligible to be considered for the senior keynote address to be given at spring commencement. Please consider submitting a 1000-1500 word speech to the selection committee by March 19. More information can be found on the UE website’s commencement page.

Submitted by Matthew Knoester

* Propose your own GAP project!

GAP is now accepting proposals from both faculty members and students. If you have an idea to make a difference in your community, we encourage you to apply. Class credit and financial support is available, and your idea can help nonprofits, for profit businesses, or civic projects.

Faculty member proposals and student proposals must be submitted no later than noon on February 22. Spots are limited, apply early!

For more information, call 812-488-5002 or visit the GAP program web page.

Submitted by Cindy Kelley



* Women's Swimming and Diving end season on award winning note

Women's Swimming and Diving competed in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship this past weekend in Iowa City, Iowa. Three school records went by the wayside in the course of the weekend, and junior Courtney Coverdale earned the first diving title the Aces have received in at least fifteen years with a win in 1-Meter. To top it all off, the 8-time MVC Diver of the Week was named the 2017 Diver of the Year, while Coach Andy Brown was named 2017 Diving Coach of the Year. All-Conference Honorable mention was awarded to Michaela Kent, Kristen Myers, Aine Scholand, and Sam Gowdy. Danielle Freeman and Coverdale received All-Conference First Team.

The final standings of the meet were: Missouri State—832.5, Southern Illinois—649, Northern Iowa—615, Illinois State—393.5, Evansville—365, Little Rock—303, Indiana State—148.

A full recap of the weekend's events is below:


The 500 freestyle was the first event slated for the night. Participating in the finals were freshmen Aine Scholand and Kristy Kupfer with times of 5:00.51 and 5:09.67, good for 12th and 20th place respectively. Scholand's time was a season best. In this morning's preliminary session, sophomore Bridget Sheridan clocked in at a 5:18.89 for a season best time.

The 200 IM came next on the schedule. Senior Taylor Davidson represented the Aces in finals with a 23rd place finish at a 2:10.74. Her preliminary time of 2:09.47 was a season best.

Junior Danielle Freeman and senior Michaela Kent both competed in the A-Final of the 50 freestyle and represented well. Freeman clocked in at 23.04, a half second drop from her preliminary time, to earn second place. Kent took seventh place spot on the podium with a 23.34. Freshman Emma Hennessy clocked in a 24.08 for 20th place, and Sam Gowdy's 24.33 was a lifetime best time good for 22nd place.

The highlight of the night came in the form of junior Courtney Coverdale, eight-time MVC Diver of the Week. Coverdale took to the boards tonight seeded first after the morning's preliminary round. She came out on top with a final score of 275.35. Her title is the first diving championship Evansville has taken in at least fifteen years. Junior Kasey Rein took 10th place with 188.85 points, and freshman Alyssa Vonder Haar placed 13th with 165.80.

To top off an already successful night, the 200 Freestyle Relay team of Freeman, freshman Emma Hennessy, sophomore Kristen Myers, and Kent outtouched the Southern Illinois relay by a mere two tenths of a second to score a third place finish and the final spot on the podium. Their final time was 1:33.10. Kent's final split of 22.6, a lifetime best, was the fastest of the meet, and would have been good for first place in the individual event.

Junior Jessi Hildebrand participated in the Evansville C Relay and clocked in a 25.45, a lifetime best 50 freestyle mark. Additionally, sophomore Kaylee Gubricky earned a best time with a 24.00 split on the B Relay.


In the 400 IM, freshmen Shaina Weisberg and Ashton Adams both returned for the final session. Weisberg touched first in the C-Final for 17th place at a 4:37.97, over a three-second drop from her preliminary mark. Adams took 22nd with a 4:47.21

Last year in the 100 butterfly, Kristen Myers took sixth place as a freshman. This year, the sophomore moved up a spot to take fifth place and the school record with a final time of 55.47. Junior Danielle Freeman competed in the consolation final, earning tenth place with a time of 56.68. In the preliminaries, junior Kasey Rein clocked in a lifetime best of 58.89.

The 200 freestyle held much individual success for the Aces. Sophomore Madi Jones took 16th in the consolation final, earning points for the Aces in the event for the first time since 2015. Freshman Aine Scholand clocked in a 1:55.37 for 21st place, followed by junior Jessi Hildebrand in 22nd at 1:56.21. Hildebrand's preliminary time of 1:56.06 was a lifetime best.

Points were scored for Evansville in the 100 breaststroke this evening, also for the first time since 2015. Junior Kayla Aitken clocked in a personal best time of 1:05.02 for 14th place, while freshman Alaina Sylvester followed at a 1:05.82 for 15th. In the preliminary session, sophomore Sylvia McFadden took a lifetime best with a 1:07.98.

Returning MVC champion Michaela Kent took to the water tonight in the 100 backstroke final, this time joined by sophomore Sam Gowdy. Kent snagged fifth place with a time of 55.68, however her time of 55.49 in the preliminary round broke her own school record set last year by .04 seconds.

Gowdy touched in shortly after at 56.28 for sixth place. Senior Taylor Davidson took points for the team touching in second in the consolation final for 10th place in a lifetime best time by nearly a second at 57.20.

The Aces finished the night with a sixth place finish in the 400 Medley Relay. Kent, Aitken, Myers, and Freeman teamed up to clock in at 3:48.75. Sophomore Kaylee Gubricky participated in the Evansville C-Relay and split a personal best 100 freestyle time of 54.19.

Freshman Alyssa Vonder Haar competed in the 3-Meter consolation final. She scored 182.70 points to take 4th place.


The final session began with the consolation finals of the 1650 freestyle. Freshman Ashton Adams swam the event in 18:21.98 for a 20th place finish. Sophomore Megan Schremp achieved a lifetime best time at 18:01.25, touching first in the heat and taking 17th overall. Freshman Aine Scholand was seeded 11th when she dove into the pool—she clocked in a 17:12.30. It wasn't until the top 8 seeded swimmers completed the race at the beginning of finals that Scholand took her spot on the podium in 5th place, her first collegiate top 8 finish. Her final time was also a lifetime best.

Next on the schedule was the 200 backstroke. Senior Taylor Davidson took to the pool in her very last individual event to emerge the winner of the consolation final. Her final time of 2:02.47 was a lifetime best and good for 9th place. Additionally, it broke her own school record of 2:03.63, set in 2014. Sophomore Sam Gowdy came next for the Aces with a lifetime best of 2:04.47 landing her in 11th place. Freshman Kristy Kupfer took 16th with a final time of 2:06.81, however her preliminary time of 2:06.62 was a lifetime best as well.

More Aces saw the podium upon the conclusion of the 100 freestyle. Senior Michaela Kent paced the Aces with a 50.68 and a fifth place finish. She clocked in a lifetime best in her final individual race of her career. Immediately following was junior Danielle Freeman in sixth place at 50.82. Sophomore Madi Jones competed in the C-Final, recording a 52.75. In the morning's preliminary session, sophomore Kaylee Gubricky recorded a 3 second drop for a lifetime best of 54.61.

Junior Kayla Aitken was the sole Evansville representative in tonight's 200 breaststroke final. She scored points for the Aces with a 16th place finish at a 2:23.63, nearly a two-second drop from her preliminary time and a lifetime best. In this morning's preliminary round, freshman Alaina Sylvester logged a lifetime best as well, with a 2:26.45.

Sophomore Kristen Myers continued her success in the 200 butterfly. After a two second improvement in the preliminary round, she dropped an additional second to clock in a final time of 2:04.47. Her performance smashed a sixteen year old school record of 2:04.55 set by Emily Tomes in 2001. Myers took the podium for the third time this weekend for fourth place. Junior Kasey Rein dropped a whopping 5 seconds from her preliminary time to clock in a 19th place earning 2:09.74, yet another lifetime best. Freshman Shaina Weisberg took a lifetime best this morning with a 2:11.66.

1-Meter champion Courtney Coverdale took to the boards tonight in the 3-Meter A-Final. A stellar performance earned her a second place finish with a final score of 272.05.

The Aces closed out the season with a fourth place finish in the 400 Freestyle Relay. Freeman, Jones, Myers, and Kent clocked in at 3:25.96.

Submitted by Erin Cary 

* Dickey named MVC Player of the Week

Sara Dickey enjoyed a historic performance against Southern Illinois this past Friday, and on Monday, the senior guard picked up her first career Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week award.

UE’s all-time leading scorer with 2,007 career points, Dickey put together an impressive performance against the Salukis, going 10-of-17 from the field on the way to a season-best 28 points. She buried seven three-pointers, which was just one off the school record, and helped the Aces end a six-game skid with their second victory over SIU this season.

In the third quarter, she became the eighth-ever MVC player to crack 2,000 career points, and she is just the 14th player from any of Indiana’s 10 Division I schools to accomplish the feat.

Dickey’s honor is the third such received by an Aces player this season. Camary Williams earned the previous two. The total of three this season is tied for the most for an Evansville team since the 1999-00 season, and it represents the most for a UE squad since 2007-08.

UE will return to action later this week as they close out their time at the Ford Center with showdowns against Bradley and Illinois State.

* Florey named MVC Pitcher of the Week

A 4-time Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week in 2016, University of Evansville sophomore Morgan Florey added to her award tally on Monday as she was named the MVC Pitcher of the Week.

“Morgan did a tremendous job in the circle for us in the opening weekend,” Aces head coach Mat Mundell said. “She worked hard this fall to add to her game and we are excited to see it working.”

Florey had a stellar opening weekend of action for the Purple Aces as she tossed the first no-hitter for the program in 13 years against Creighton on Sunday. Florey did not give up an earned run in 20 1/3 innings of work while striking out 25 batters and throwing three complete games. 

In the opener against Mercer, Florey threw six innings while fanning eight batters. Florey was at it again on Saturday versus Creighton as she went the distance once again. The only run given up was an unearned run in the 8th as the Bluejays earned a 1-0 win. She rebounded on Sunday as she struck out a season-high 10 batters without issuing a walk in a no-hitter against the Bluejays. She also did a nice job on the offensive side, batting .308 in five outings.

* Adams-Kemper places first in power-lifting competition

Jamie Adams-Kemper, LSW in counseling services, competed in a power-lifting competition in Louisville, Kentucky, on February 18. She placed first in her weight class. She squatted 407 pounds, benched 226 pounds, and deadlifted 386 pounds for a total of 1019 pounds, which ranks her 15th in the country in her weight class.

Submitted by Karen Stenstrom


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