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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

* Post-Active Shooter Drill survey

Faculty, students, administrators and staff: Please watch your inbox for a link to a Post Active Shooter Drill Survey. We would appreciate your participation in the survey before Monday, October 30. This will give us valuable feedback about the drill held on October 24.

* Vehicles must be moved from Lot G by 5:00 p.m. today

All vehicles parked in Lot G (the lot outside Schroeder Residence Hall and the Student Fitness Center) must be moved from the lot by 5:00 p.m. today, Thursday, October 26.

On Friday, October 27, the lot will be cleaned and restriped by members of the campus community who have volunteered to be part of the UE Gives Back on Campus project.

Parking will be available in Lot H, which is located north of the tennis courts; and in Lot O, which is south of the Armory building.

* Photographer on Campus October 25-27

The Office of Marketing and Communications will have a photographer on campus for a photo shoot Wednesday, October 25, through Friday, October 27. UE students and faculty have always been very cooperative and accommodating during previous shoots. As a result, many great photos have been taken for the University’s website and publications. Kim McDonald will try to notify faculty in advance if photos will be taken in a particular class; however, weather may 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 have their class photographed any of these days, please inform McDonald at ext. 2683 or and the classroom will be avoided.


What's Happening Today

* French Conversation Table: Game night!

The French Conversation Table is meeting up again tonight - Wednesday, October 25 - from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Room 214, Hyde Hall. We will keep working on our pronunciation and we will play Pictionary ("Dessiner, c'est gagner!") in French. Students, staff, faculty are all welcome, regardless of their level in French! Venez parler français avec nous!

Submitted by Severine Bates

* Arts and Sciences Showcase today

An Arts and Sciences Internship Showcase is planned for today - Wednesday, October 25 - from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center.

Join fellow students for the internship showcase, where selected arts and sciences students will present their internship experiences to classmates, faculty, staff, and a panel of judges. Food is available and prizes will be awarded.

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald

* Dinner and Discussion with Sister T

The Newman Center welcomes Sr. T this evening at 5:00 p.m. for her talk about "Life, Hope, and Living for the Lord". All are welcome and dinner will be provided!

Submitted by Lilee Robinson

* Reem Al Alawi is presenting I-House Oman!

Please join us tonight at 7:00 p.m., upstairs in Ridgway University Center. Reem Al Alawi is presenting on Oman. We hope to see you there!

Submitted by Alexis Whitacre 

* Learn Martin Luther's Reformation Hymn

"A mighty fortress is our God..."

Do you know the rest? Whether you do or not, you are invited to join the Neu Chapel community tonight at 9:00 p.m. to learn together Martin Luther's Reformation hymn, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," in preparation for Reformation Sunday. Come join us as we sing together! All are welcome!

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* Fireside Chat Goes to Honey Moon Coffee Co.!

This week's Fireside Chat will be held at Honey Moon Coffee Co., where we will continue our theme "Life's Maze, God's Mission, and Me: What Is God Calling Me to Do?" We will meet as a group in Grabill Lounge (basement of Neu Chapel) at 7:30 p.m. tonight and will walk to Honey Moon as a group. All are welcome to join the conversation!

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* College Mentors for Kids Panera Give Back today

Come to Panera today - Wednesday, October 25 - to help support College Mentors for Kids. Just show this flyer at the register and tell them you are there for the give back. College Mentors helps 35 kids from lower income families in the Evansville area and introduces them to the opportunities college can present them. We also help to educate them on cultural understanding, community service and of course higher education.

Submitted by Kaitlin Kitteson

* New dates for chances to win $100 Visa Gift Card

Julius KingFrom October 24-27, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars will be selling raffle tickets to raise money for Julius King, a two-year-old battling leukemia for the second time.

Ticket prices are $1 for one raffle ticket and $5 for seven raffle tickets. The grand prize will be a $100 Visa gift card with an NSCS travel mug.

Tickets will be sold in Ridgway University Center from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. On Thursday, tickets will also be sold from 4:30-7:00 p.m. 

Submitted by Brené Williams

* UE Theatre May Studio production of

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre proudly presents the Tony Award-nominated In The Next Room (or the Vibrator Play). The play opened October 20 in the May Studio Theatre. The last performance is at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Playwright Sarah Ruhl’s imaginative script was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and she introduces us to the home and office of Dr. and Mrs. Givings, a seemingly ordinary Victorian couple. As the good doctor experiments treating hysteria with his new invention (the vibrator), his wife wrangles their newborn child, a reluctant wet nurse, and vies for attention from her work obsessed husband. This comedic gem of a play deftly examines the awakening of women’s sexuality and the one-sided relationship between doctor and patient in the late 19th century.

The play is directed by Kira Vuolo, a senior from Westminster, Colorado, Hilary Rubio, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, serves as the costume designer; John Fujisawa, a junior from Los Alamitos, California, is the scenic designer; Renee Voteau, a senior from St. Louis, Missouri, is the lighting designer; Kenny Impastato, a sophomore from Darien, Illinois, serves as the sound designer; Bailey Brandvold, a junior from Great Falls, Montana, is the dramaturg; Mary Claire Smalley, a senior from Nashville, Tennessee, is the stage manager; and Professor Chuck Meacham is the technical director.

The cast features Briggs Woolley, a senior from Mill Valley, California, as Doctor Givings; Alexi Lewis, a junior from Seattle, Washington, as Mrs. Catherine Givings; Grace Maddux, a freshman from Dubuque, Iowa; Madeline Easley, a junior from Overland Park, Kansas; Justin Pappas, a freshman from Boulder, Colorado; Amanda Cowan, a freshman from Mansfield, Texas; and Beau Wilcox, a freshman from Broomfield, Colorado.

Ticket prices are $11 for adults and $9 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff.

UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling 812-488–2031, Monday through Friday, noon-5:00 p.m.

* Rosary prayer at 10:00 a.m. every Wednesday

The Newman Club will be offering a 20 minute rosary prayer every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in Room 209 in the library. Students and faculty are welcome. For more information, contact Olivia at

Submitted by Gabrielle VanBuskirk


Upcoming Events

* Purdue pharmacy representative on campus

The director of admissions and recruitment from Purdue University College of Pharmacy will give a presentation about pharmacy graduate programs today - Thursday, October 26 - at 4:00 p.m. in Room 101 in the Koch Center of Engineering and Science. In addition to a PhamD, Purdue also offers PhD and MS degrees in industrial and physical pharmacy, medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology and pharmacy practice. Please come to this short presentation to learn more about these graduate opportunities.

Submitted by Francie Renschler

* Emergency Responders Club first meeting

ERC is for everyone! The Emergency Responders Club (ERC) is holding its first ever meeting today. The meeting will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center.

ERC connects UE student to emergency response volunteer opportunities, helps educate the university about health and emergency response topics, and shows appreciation to all emergency responders.

If you would like to join, please be in attendance for this meeting or e-mail

Submitted by Ryan Spall

* UE welcomes Ashoka

Help us welcome the Ashoka site visit team to campus today. The UE community is putting our best foot forward and endeavoring to be named one of only 41 colleges and universities in the U.S.A. who have earned the Ashoka Changemaker Campus designation. If you have a UE Changemaker button and/or lanyard, please wear it today and tomorrow to show your support for changemaking!

Welcome banner with photos of the visitors.

Our Ashoka guests are Sarah-Marie Hopf, Ashoka campus partnerships manager; Cynthia Sarver, assistant director of Social Innovation Collaboratory at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota; and Vipin Thekk, director of Youth Venture and founder of Parenting Changemakers.

To learn more, visit the Ashoka Changemaker campus page on Ace Link.

* Corn maze and pumpkins

The Venturing Crew will travel to Lyles Station this Saturday, October 28 from 6:00-9:30 p.m. where there will be a haunted corn maze, pumpkin patch, bonfire, food, hot apple cider, and more! The cost is $13 and sign-ups will be Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week on the first floor of Ridgway University Center. Questions? Email Sydney Winstead at

Submitted by Sydney Winstead

* Reformation Sunday with a German Lunch in Neu Chapel

500 Reformation 1517-2017This Sunday, October 29, the Neu Chapel community will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in our university worship service at 11:00 a.m.

We are excited and honored to welcome representation from Newman Catholic Campus Ministry. Together we will sing Martin Luther's Reformation hymn, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God", and will consider how the people of God are always reforming.

We will celebrate afterward with a German themed lunch in Grabill Lounge, sponsored by Methodist Temple UMC.

All are welcome! Wear red! Bring a friend! You won't want to miss this exciting Sunday in Neu Chapel!

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* TONIGHT! Thrills and Chills in Neu!

Neu Chapel is transforming into a haunting place for our truly haunting Thrills and Chills musical experience tonight! At 9:00 p.m., we will have spooks and frights of our own. Come dressed up or not! Bring your pillows, blankets, and sleeping bags! Candy will be provided! All are welcome to attend this spooktacular event! 

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* Thursday night Mass in Memorial Plaza

Come join us for Catholic Mass this tonight from 8:00-8:30 p.m. in Memorial Plaza! All students are welcome to come relax and celebrate the sacrament with us!

Submitted by Gabrielle VanBuskirk

* Dig Pink game for UE Volleyball set for Oct. 28

The annual “Dig Pink” volleyball game promoting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation will take place on Saturday, October 28 as the University of Evansville volleyball team will take on Southern Illinois inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

Starting now and running through the game on the 28th, pink t-shirts promoting the foundation will be on sale. Shirts are just $12 and proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. You can order yours now by calling 812-488-1024 or purchase at the game.

Pink ribbons and bracelets will be available for you to show your support at the game.

During the match, those battling the disease along with survivors will be recognized.

If you would like to donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, you can do so directly by clicking here:

* December grads please attend today's Commencement Central

ALL December graduates should attend Commencement Central TODAY - Thursday, October 26 - between 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The event will be located in the Ridgway University Center just outside the UE Bookstore. It only takes a few minutes to finalize your graduation plans. You'll meet with the registrar, alumni affairs, and career planning offices. You can also purchase your cap and gown and/or order graduation announcements. There's a FREE gift for everyone that attends. Be sure to mark your calendar and add the event to your phone.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* UE's Annual Chili Bowl Sale planned for October 26

The University of Evansville’s annual Chili Bowl Sale is planned for October 26 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The event, which is sponsored by the UE Clay Club, will be set up in the area between Hyde and Sampson Halls on UE’s campus. The rain location for the event is Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center.

Chartwells, the new food service provider at UE, will provide the chili this year.

For $10, customers can buy a one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl and fill it with chili. Styrofoam containers will be available for those who prefer not to put chili in their newly purchased bowls.

Smaller bowls priced at $5 and larger bowls ranging from $15-$50 will also be for sale at the event. There will be a few bowls sold at a Silent Auction as well, ranging in value from $60-$100.

The bowls are being made this year by members of the Clay Club and other UE students, faculty members, alumni, and members of the community.

Part of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to a local food pantry/kitchen. The rest will go to the Clay Club to be used to fund attendance at conferences, visiting artists, and studio/gallery visits.

* Fiddick Lecture: Long struggle for racial equality in Indiana

James H. Madison, Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University, Bloomington, will be the speaker for this year’s University of Evansville Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture. The event is planned for TODAY - Friday, November 3 - at 7:00 p.m. in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall) in the Schroeder School of Business Building. This is the 16th year for the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

Madison will be delivering an illustrated lecture on “Hoosiers and the Long Struggle for Racial Equality.”

For over two centuries the people of Indiana have struggled with challenges of race. There were times when African American Hoosiers could not vote, when the danger of lynching was real, when the Ku Klux Klan seemed right and necessary, when segregationists created schools, restaurants, and basketball tournaments for whites only. Beginning in the1950s, Indiana reformers began a push toward equality that we know as the great civil rights movement. Madison’s lecture will focus on several flash points of challenge and change to spark thinking about race and about where we have been, where we are, and where we want to go as citizens in a changing world.

Madison is without doubt one of the most distinguished scholars to work in the field of Indiana history. An award winning teacher for over four decades at IU, he is the author of several books, including Eli Lilly: A Life; A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America; and Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II. He has taught as a Fulbright professor in Japan and England and has served on the boards of Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Historical Society, as well as being a member of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. Madison’s most recent book is the highly acclaimed bicentennial history, Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana; it is the basis for an Emmy-awarded PBS documentary on Indiana’s history.

“Professor Jim Madison is an extremely eminent scholar of Indiana History and we are absolutely thrilled to bring him to the University of Evansville to deliver the Fiddick Lecture and interact with students in class,” said James MacLeod, UE professor of history and director of the Fiddick Memorial Lecture Series.

“As recent events have catapulted race relations back into the center of public discourse,” MacLeod added, “this is a perfect time to educate ourselves about the history of racial equality in our home state. There can be few better-qualified people to tell this story than Professor Madison. It is especially appropriate given Tom Fiddick’s lifelong passion for many of the key issues discussed by Jim Madison, especially Civil Rights.”

Thomas C. Fiddick, for whom the Fiddick Memorial Lecture is named, served as professor of history at the University of Evansville from 1963 to 2002. In his 39 years at the University, he was a dedicated teacher, a productive scholar, and a tireless fighter in the cause of justice. His untimely death on the day of his retirement in 2002 stunned the UE community, especially his many former students. It was from the former students’ efforts in particular, with the support of Fiddick’s friends and the University, that the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture was established.

“The Fiddick Lecture is one of the best events of the year, as we get to celebrate the career of a truly outstanding faculty member here at UE,” MacLeod said. “Tom Fiddick was a brilliant scholar and an incredible teacher who made a life-transforming impact on generations of students.”

For more information, please contact the UE Department of History at 812-488-2963.

* Volunteer opportunity Saturday at Ozanam

Join the Newman Center to volunteer this Saturday at Ozanam Family Shelter. We will be preparing lunch and having a Halloween party for the kids! Meet at the Newman Center at 10:00 a.m.

Questions? Contact Jenny at

Submitted by Gabrielle VanBuskirk

* Federal loan repayment counseling session for graduating or transferring students

Students who have received federal direct (sub/unsub) Loans and plan to graduate in the fall (or transfer after the fall semester) are required to attend a loan repayment counseling session. The Office of Financial Aid will hold the first session of the semester TODAY - Thursday, October 26 - at 2:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center. The last session will be held on December 7 at 2:00 pm.

Submitted by Amy Sowders

* Senior Reading - April 11

Robert Griffith, chair of the creative writing program at UE, will be the speaker for the Coffee Hour Lecture on Thursday, October 26, 4:00 p.m., in the Vectren Lecture Hall (Room 100), Koch Center for Engineering and Science. These lectures are free and open to the public.

His most recent book is The Devil in the Milk. Griffith’s book, The Moon from Every Window, was nominated for the 2013 Poets’ Prize, and his book A Matinee in Plato's Cave won the 2009 Best Book of Indiana Award. His work has appeared in PN Review, Poetry, The North American Review, Poems & Plays, The Oxford American, and other publications. He is editor of the journal Measure and director of the University of Evansville Press.

Other lectures in the series include:

Senior Reading
4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11

Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center
Graduating creative writing majors read their poetry and prose.

For more information, call 812-488-2963.


Changemaker Corner

* UE Changemakers - Neuromarketing GAP team's Metronet project

Last semester, the neuromarketing GAP team worked with Metronet, a fiberoptic network service provider headquartered here in Evansville, which provides service to communities throughout Indiana and Illinois. The team tested the web-based self-sign-up process using neuromarketing techniques and made recommendations for improvement. The company implemented these changes right away, and now estimate that the changes nearly doubled the company’s conversion rate and will result in an increase of over $1M in additional sales revenue in FY 2017 alone. Metronet wants to do more projects with our students, from neuromarketing to engineering to data analytics.

* UE Changemakers – Greenbelt Connectivity

Students in the GAP Greenbelt Connectivity Partnership: The Greenbelt Connectivity studied the interconnectivity of Evansville’s trails system and made recommendations to connect bike and jogging paths. These recommendations are being included in some of the city’s master plans and led to an official partnership with two city engineers for further work. 

* UE Changemakers – Transformative Action Now in FYS

The students in the Transformative Action and Strengths Finder FYS class learn how to identify problems in their world and develop the strengths they need to solve them. Several students have already proposed their own GAP projects for Spring 2018 and are working to make real change in the community! 

* UE Changemakers – Cuba Skate

The Cuba Skate GAP Project is a non-profit organization that fosters cultural understanding through Skate Diplomacy. During spring 2017, the GAP team traveled to Cuba. Their project was to develop recommendations for a marketing plan for Cuba Skate. To learn more, go to

* UE Changemakers – Infant Mortality

For the Infant Mortality GAP Project, a student team conducted research on the causes for the high rate of infant mortality in Vanderburgh County and developed a Safe Sleep campaign to be implemented throughout the county. They then met with Indiana state health officials to discuss how the campaign could be developed statewide. 


Info You Should Know

* Pickens and Rohleder pace UE golf at Braun Intercollegiate

Maria Pickens and Sophia Rohleder each picked up solid finishes as the University of Evansville women's golf team finished up the Braun Intercollegiate on Tuesday at Oak Meadow Country Club.

Limited to just one round due to inclement weather on Monday, Pickens and Rohleder each carded rounds of 82 on Tuesday. The duo tied for 29th place in the tournament.

Giulia Mallmann and Madison Chaney were next for UE. Both checked in with 87 strokes to tie for 58th.  Freshman Minka Gill completed the scoring for the Aces, posting a 90. 

Lexie Sollman played as an individual and finished play on Tuesday with an 87. She tied teammates Mallman and Chaney in the event.

Medalist went to Butler's Rachel Gathof. She registered a 75 to finish one in front of a trio of players who tied for second. 

Her efforts helped the Bulldogs tie Southern Illinois for the team championship with a 311. Evansville tied Lipscomb for ninth place with a 338.

The tournament wrapped up the fall season for the Aces. The squad will return to action in the spring at the beginning of March.

* Indiana Teacher of the Year visits School of Education

The School of Education welcomed the Indiana Teacher of the Year, Jitka Nelson, to campus recently. Nelson has taught for 25 years in various grade levels in the Czech Republic, Canada, and the U.S. For the last six years she has taught English as a second language at Logansport Community High. Since earning this prestigious title, Nelson has been traveling across the state departing her wisdom on current teachers and soon to be educators. The School of Education was excited to welcome her to campus to inspire our education majors!

* Fall and Summer 2018 Harlaxton application deadlines are coming up!

The priority deadline for applications is December 6 for fall and January 24 for summer. Course descriptions are currently available on the Harlaxton website, so check those out to see what classes we’re offering. Make sure to start filling out your applications now! This is the perfect time to talk to your advisors to see if studying at Harlaxton will work for you.

If you have any questions, contact Georgina Ashley at or 812-488-3232.

Submitted by Greta Becker 

* Spring 2018 GAP classes announced!

As we enter advising week, students and advisors should take a look at UE’s largest ever offering of GAP classes. Students get class credit for making an impact in the real world, and can register on WebAdvisor by looking for the GAP prefix. Projects include using sunflower fields to help the environment and generate higher profits for farmers, working to solve infant mortality, designing a space for the humanities on campus and much more. Visit GAP offerings Spring 2018 to see the full list.

Submitted by Cindy Kelley

* International Bazaar volunteer sign-ups open

Sign-ups to volunteer for the International Bazaar are now open!

If you want to sign up for the night of bazaar follow this link:

For decorations, sign up here:

For marketing (chalking boards and sidewalks) sign up here:

Questions? Email Emile at or Ebonique at

Submitted by Sydney Winstead

* Evansville Day School offering scholarship opportunity to UE families

Evansville Day School has announced a scholarship opportunity for students whose families are employed full-time by the University of Evansville. Any student admitted to Evansville Day School will automatically receive a 50 percent (25 percent for Junior Pre-K and Pre-K) tuition reduction. Once awarded, the scholarships will be automatically renewed annually.

Evansville Day School is offering this scholarship because it understands that educators have chosen a profession with immeasurable societal impact, but with lower salary benefits than other fields requiring similar degrees and work demands. As the leading college prep school in the region, the Evansville Day School wants to partner with educators by making the school affordable to families who value the school’s mission and brand of education.

More information on the scholarship is available in the Office of Human Resources at UE. Also, Evansville Day School invites those interested to Discover Why Day, an admission event scheduled for November 10 at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. More information on Discover Why Day can be found on the Day School’s event page:

For additional information on the scholarship, or Evansville Day School’s educational experience, contact the Day School’s director of enrollment management, Tiki Thompson at

* Neu Chapel Society donates $2000 to hurricane relief

The Neu Chapel Society recently made a $2000 donation to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief), which will relieve some of the suffering in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico because of the recent hurricanes. Many thanks to the campus community for contributing to the special offering taken the week of August 29. If you would like more information about the work of UMCOR, go to the organization’s website at

* UE Stories Abroad: Natalie in Costa Rica

What does UE student Natalie Schisler have to say about studying abroad?

“Do it because it’s hard to spend time learning in another culture and not leave the experience a little kinder, a little braver, and a little more open-minded. Do it because it’s fun. Do it because your new adventures may be some of the best experiences of your entire life.”

Natalie spent some time in Costa Rica this summer doing a Spanish immersion program. You can now read about her experiences on the Study Abroad website.

Submitted by Greta Becker 

* Be a resident assistant for Spring 2018

The Office of Residence Life is looking for students to be resident assistants for Spring 2018. This is a great leadership opportunity and a chance to build a variety of skills.

To apply, please fill out an electronic application at

The deadline to apply is October 25.

Submitted by Greg O'Connor 

* Recycling work study - get paid to help protect the environment

There is still a work study position available in the recycling area! Please go to WebAdvisor/Student Employment/Student Employment Positions Listing, ADS Administrative Services, Recycling Assistant to find out more. Hours are flexible within Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Please email or call ext. 2045 if you have questions.

Submitted by Kathy Perry

* Interest forms for alternative spring break due Wednesday!

While interest forms are optional, we encourage any student interested in applying for the alternative spring break program to turn one in. We will be heading to the Houston, Texas, area for disaster relief work and hope as many people as possible will consider participating on this amazing new opportunity! Forms can be found online at:

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke

* Winter intersession financial aid

If you are seeking financial aid to help pay for winter intersession courses at UE, please submit the winter intersession application to the Office of Financial Aid by November 22. The financial aid office will help you examine your options for aid, which in most cases is limited to loans.

Submitted by Amy Sowders

* IM volleyball registration now open

Intramural volleyball is now open! Grab a group of friends and sign up on today! If you have any questions please email

Submitted by Dana Owens



* McGrath's golden goal pushes Aces past Central Arkansas

In the 100th minute, senior midfielder Ian McGrath scored a golden goal to give the University of Evansville men's soccer team a 2-1 overtime victory over Central Arkansas on Tuesday night at Arad McCutchan Stadium.

"We say it all the time, there's no give up, there's no quit, there's no lack of fight in this team," said Aces head coach Marshall Ray. "We've done a great job on our home field in overtime games this season and last year of always coming back and competing and believing in ourselves and trying to find a way to get a result."

The win is the Aces (8-7-1, 2-3-1 MVC) third this season in overtime matches played at Arad McCutchan Stadium.

McGrath and sophomore forward Ben Weber each scored and recorded an assist to lead the Aces. In goal, senior Matthew Keller earned his sixth victory of the season, making a pair of saves and allowing one goal. For the Bears (7-9, 5-2 MVC), Niklas Brodacki scored his MVC-best 11th goal of the year in the loss.

Central Arkansas scored first in the 33rd minute as Brodacki broke free through the Aces' backline and made a long run before slipping it into the back of the net to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.

The Aces answered in the 63rd minute as junior forward Zac Blaydes crossed the ball in and found McGrath at the far post. McGrath headed the ball across the face of goal and Weber tapped it past the Bears' keeper to tie the match at a goal apiece.

Weber nearly had his second goal of the night in the 84th minute as he fired a shot just wide of the far post on a one-on-one opportunity.

Nearly the entire first overtime passed by before Evansville found its game-winner off the foot of McGrath. With just 16 seconds left in the first overtime, sophomore defender Simon Waever launched a throw-in that was headed by senior defender Chris Shuck. The ball traveled deeper into the box where Weber got his head on it and flipped it back to McGrath, who spun and clipped the ball past the Bears' keeper and in for his fifth game-winning goal of the year.

"Simon had a decent throw, but Chris Shuck really did a lot to get to that ball and flick it on," said Ray. "(McGrath) has been nicknamed "McClutch" and he finds his way into the game and makes a huge impact for us and he was battling and fought for that last goal."

In the match, Evansville and Central Arkansas tied with 11 shots each with the Aces owning a slight edge on shots on-goal, 4-3.

The Aces will go for three-straight victories when they host Drake on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at Arad McCutchan Stadium.

* Professors attend national physical therapy education conference

Bethany Heubner and Katie WhetstoneBethany Huebner, PT professor/director of clinical education and Katie Whetstone, PT professor and assistant director of clinical education, recently attended the Education Leadership conference in Columbus, Ohio.

They attended curriculum and clinical education sessions and networked with leading educators, administrators, and clinicians in physical therapy education.

* Taylor named to MVC Preseason All-Conference Second Team

University of Evansville redshirt junior Ryan Taylor was named to the Missouri Valley Conference Preseason All-Conference Second Team prior to the league’s basketball tipoff on Tuesday in St. Louis. 

Taylor finished last season as the #7 scorer in the league, totaling 14.1 points per game. He is the fourth-leading returner in that category this year. The 6-1 guard played in all 33 games last season and was a 2-time conference Newcomer of the Week. 

His top outing came against Norfolk State as he drained 38 points while hitting 13 shots. In a home win over Drake in league play, Taylor had his best MVC effort, recording 25 points.

The annual preseason poll was also released with the Purple Aces being chosen to finish ninth in the conference in 2017-18. UE received 88 points. Evansville went 16-17 a season ago while posting a 6-12 MVC mark, but carried momentum late in the year, going 5-2 in the last seven regular-season contests. 

* UE Theatre hosts guest artists from Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Selected as the first university participant in the nation, the University of Evansville Theatre hosted guest artists from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s internationally acclaimed Play on! Project, October20–22. The Play On! Project is a provocative effort to translate William Shakespeare’s canon into contemporary English.

Taylor Bailey, a 2009 UE graduate, is assistant director of the project and attended departmental auditions on October 22 to cast Romeo and Juliet. Playwright Hansol Jung and dramaturg Aaron Malkin then worked with 21 student actors and dramaturgs on Saturday and presented a reading of the newest version of the play on Sunday.

Students posing for photo

After working with the UET students, the Play On! team then travelled to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where they are workshopping the script with actors from the Guthrie Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet, which happens to feature 2009 UE alumna Kelsey Didion as Mercutio.

Learn more about the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! Project.

* Dion speaks to eighth graders about presidential powers and U.S. Constitution

Dion speaking in front of classProfessor Robert Dion spoke to eighth graders at Christ the King School last week about presidential powers and the U.S. Constitution.

UE President Tom Kazee spoke to the same class last month about the powers of the legislative branch.

The students are preparing to compete in the We The People program, which focuses on teaching young people about how the Constitution works and the importance of being engaged citizens.

* Xiao has paper published in Neurocomputing

Pengcheng Xiao, assistant professor of mathematics, has had a paper published in Neurocomputing.

The title of the paper is "Manifold NMF with L21 norm for clustering", and the paper proposes a robust manifold nonnegative matrix factorization (NMF) algorithm based on L21 norm, and the projected gradient method is utilized to obtain the updating rules.

* MacLeod gives lecture on impact of WWII on Evansville

UE professor of history James MacLeod recently delivered a lecture to an enthusiastic and receptive crowd at the Evansville reserve officers club on “The Impact of World War Two on Evansville.” The lecture dealt with topics covered in MacLeod's recent book, Evansville in World War II. MacLeod serves on the boards of both the Vanderburgh County Historical Society and the Southwestern Indiana Historical Society.


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