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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

* Candlelight Vespers Thursday in Neu Chapel

Everyone is invited to UE's annual Candlelight Vespers service at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Neu Chapel. The service will include scripture readings from UE students, faculty, and administrators; performances by the University Choir under the direction of Dennis Malfatti; and a candlelight singing of “Silent Night.” Vespers is presented by UE’s Department of Music and Office of Religious Life.

* Campus Update by President Tom Kazee

President Tom Kazee will give a Campus Update on Wednesday, November 30 at 10:00 a.m. in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center. The entire UE community is invited to attend and hear the latest information on the strategic plan, the budget, and other topics of University-wide interest.



What's Happening Today

* This Week in Music: A Host of Ensemble Concerts

Tonight’s Tuesday evening recital will feature the UE Jazz Ensembles performing in Wheeler Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m.  UE Jazz Ensemble II will perform first under the direction of Assistant Professor of Guitar and Jazz Studies Renato Butturi, and Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies Timothy Zifer will lead UE Jazz Ensemble I during the second half of the concert.  Both ensembles will perform some traditional jazz standards and a variety of more contemporary tunes.  The concert is free and open to the public.

The latter part of the week will feature performances by a number of ensembles from the Department of Music.  Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities Brian St. John will conduct the UE String Ensemble in a performance in Wheeler Concert Hall on Thursday, December 1, at 5:30 p.m.  The University Choir, under the direction of Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities Dennis Malfatti, will take part in Thursday evening’s Vespers Service in Neu Chapel at 7:30 p.m.  A trio of brass ensembles will offer a concert in Wheeler Concert Hall on Friday afternoon, December 2, at 5:00.  This will include the UE Low Brass Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Steinsultz, the UE Horn Ensemble under the direction of Consortium Instructor of Horn Jonas Thoms, and the UE Trumpet Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Timothy Zifer.  Department of Music flute and clarinet students will be featured in the Wind Chamber Recital in Wheeler Concert Hall on Saturday afternoon, December 3, at 2:30 p.m.  The concert will be under the direction of Associate Professor of Clarinet and Department Chair Thomas Josenhans and Consortium Instructor of Flute Shauna Kay Thompson.  Lastly, the UE Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Consortium Instructor of Percussion William Shaltis, will perform in Wheeler Concert Hall on Sunday evening, December 4, at 6:00 p.m.  All events are free and open to the public.

* Right to Work Panel Discussion

The University of Evansville Department of History and Department of Philosophy and Religion will co-sponsor a panel discussion on the contentious right-to-work legislation to be introduced during the next session at the Indiana Statehouse.

The panel discussion, titled “Is Right to Work Law Right for Indiana?”, will take place at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 29 in Eykamp Hall, Room 253 of the Ridgway University Center. The event is free and open to the public.

WNIN’s Micah Schweizer will moderate the panel discussion, which will include the following guests:

• Sue Ellspermann, Republican state representative for District 74, supporter of right-to-work legislation
• George Raymond, vice president of human resources and labor relations for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, supporter of right-to-work legislation
• Gail Riecken, Democratic state representative for District 77, opponent of right-to-work legislation
• Chuck Whobrey, president of Local Teamsters 215, opponent of right-to-work legislation

* Everyone Invited to Veterans Fair!

The Society of History Scholars and UE VETS are teaming up to present a Veteran's Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 29 in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center, at 6:30 p.m.!! Come and meet current student veterans and veterans in the community from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. There will be a Humvee for students to sit in during the day and MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) to try! Free pizza and soft drinks are available for those who attend!


Upcoming Events

* Celebrate More this Holiday Season

What's Chanukah?  And why there are so many ways to spell it?  What is a latke?  What about a dreidle?  Or a menorah?  Join members of UE Hillel for their Chanukah Party on Thursday, Dec. 1, in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center, at 7:30 p.m.!  There will be free food, drinks, and games.  This will be a cultural experience you will not want to miss!

* SAB Presents Holiday Spectacular

This Friday is bound to fill everyone with holiday cheer. On Dec. 2, SAB has some fun events planned that no one should miss out on, including carriage rides, holiday bingo, and snow globe making! Rumor has it that carolers will be present and bingo will be giving cash as prizes. Snow globes are from 5-7 p.m., Bingo is at 7 p.m., and the carriage rides are from 7-9 p.m. Check out our facebook page for further information!

* Final I-House of the Semester: Ecuador

Students Darwin Cordovilla and Belen Robles will be presenting I-House: Ecuador this Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the second floor of Ridgway University Center in the Class of 1959 Gallery. Bring your friends to enjoy the presentation, complimentary cookies, and a special preview of next semester's presentations!

* ISEA Stress Relief Event Rescheduled for Next Tuesday

The ISEA Stress Relief event has been rescheduled - it is not tonight but instead will be  next Tueday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.
The location will be announced later.

* Concrete Artist to Give Presentation Here

The UE chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Aces Concrete Canoe, the Department of Art and IMI, Irving Materials, Inc, is pleased to sponsor a presentation by concrete artist Rick Lobdell on Monday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. The event will take place  in Vectren Lecture Hall (Room 100) Koch Center.  This is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Mark Valenzuela via email at if you plan to attend so there will be enough handouts for the presentation.

As an artist, Rick has engraved a niche in the decorative concrete industry.  He graduated from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio with a BA in Fine Art and Philosophy.  He then went to Savannah, Ga., where he received an MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design.  While in graduate school, Rick worked in construction doing mostly custom tile work.  In 2003 he moved to Nashville, Tenn., where he was introduced to the decorative concrete industry.  Within three years he took over the company, Concrete Mystique Engraving, and started turning his new trade into an art form. 

Currently Rick is well known worldwide for his decorative concrete designs.  He has had multiple articles in national magazines, a segment on Tennessee Crossroads and The Concrete Show, and was invited to demonstrate his skills at the 2011 World of Concrete’s Artistry in Concrete.  He also owns a concrete furniture company called Gallery Mystique.

For more information about Concrete Mystique, visit the website:

* Amazing Ace Challenge—Project on the Move, Call-Out Meeting

Please join the Residence Life staff that has teamed up for the Amazing Ace Challenge—Project on the Move for a call-out meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. in the Ridgway University Center Class of 1959 Gallery.  This  project will focus on alleviating some of the transportation issues faced by the homeless in Evansville every day by raising funds for bus tokens and working to refurbish bicycles for distribution to homeless individuals.  The short meeting will explain the project timeline and place volunteers on committees.  Help us move the homeless around Evansville and out of poverty!

*Project on the move is now accepting donations of bikes, bike parts (inner tubes, tires, chains, etc.), and bike accessories (helmets, locks, etc.) for the bike refurbishment project that benefits Patchwork Central and Aurora.  Donations can be made through January 14, 2012.  Please contact or, project coordinators, for more information on how to make a donation.


* St. Nikolaus Fest and Christmas Market

The St. Nikolaus Fest and Christmas Market will take place on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5-8 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. There will be handmade jewelry, woven belts, and stocking stuffers for sale. You will also be able to hear UE music students perform German Christmas carols!

* UE PRIDE Drag Show Set for Saturday

PRIDE will be hosting the 9th annual drag show this Saturday, Dec. 3,  in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center.  Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.  Tickets will be $5 and will be available in advance or at the door.  The theme this year is Keep Calm and Drag On.  All money goes to AIDS prevention and research.  Come out to see some of the best professionals in the state performing along with some of UE’s best student talent.  This is the largest grossing philanthropy on campus and we are hoping to make it even bigger this year.  Change will be available, but don’t forget to bring your own singles to tip your favorite performers.  If you have any questions please contact Bethany Sanstrum at

* Information Session on Focus on Asia: China

An information session will be held for  the Early Summer 2012 program Focus on Asia: China on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m. in Room120 in Hyde Hall.  Anyone interested in the program or enrolled in DISC 300-02  is encouraged to attend.  For more information, contact Mark Shifflet ( or Roger Pieroni (

* Think Outside the Lunch Box Faculty Speaker Series

If you read the Evansville Courier & Press, chances are that in recent weeks, you’ve seen James MacLeod’s editorial cartoons on the Occupy movement, the Penn State scandal, and Black Friday shopping. The cartoons are among more than 150 that MacLeod, a UE professor of history, has sold to media outlets around the nation this year.

As part of UE’s Think Outside the Lunch Box Faculty Speaker Series, MacLeod will present “Win, Lose, and Draw: My Life as an Editorial Cartoonist” at noon on Thursday, December 1, in the Blue & Gold Room on the first floor of Old National Bank’s headquarters in Downtown Evansville. The event is free and open to the public.

* UE Art Senior Showcase

The art senior seminar class is opening a student show in the Krannert Gallery this Wednesday, Nov. 30.  The opening is at 11 a.m. and runs for an hour.  There will be snacks and drinks served.  The show exhibits the work of seven senior students.  The students will be present during the opening to talk to those attending.  Come see the students' show "in Color" to see what they can do!

* Interactive Consulting and Problem Solving Session

On Thursday, Dec. 1, Schroeder and Hale Halls will be putting on a co-op that gives students a chance to explore the world of consulting.

An interactive session straight from a business handbook will give students an opportunity to interact with business professionals from Adayana, a leading company in the corporate world. Present for the presentation will be Adayana's Vice President of Operations Steve Wilson, and Director of Management Consulting JT Metzger. (Metzger is also a UE graduate.)

Wilson and Metzger will use an interactive session to establish the importance of the consultive approach to client engagements. The duo will also share their expertise on the field and answer any questions. 

The event will be held in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall) in Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building at 7 p.m. However, please arrive no later than 6:50 p.m. to allow for set up of the interactive portion of the event.

Refreshments will be served following the event.

* Arts and Crafts Sale and Christmas Exhibition

This year, the Department of Art and the UE Friends of Art, in conjunction with Kappa Pi Art Fraternity, are planning a Christmas Exhibition as well as the annual Art and Craft Sale.  Both events will be in the new Melvin Peterson Gallery, on the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach Avenues – across from campus. The Christmas Exhibition runs through Dec. 8.  All categories of art are eligible and all work in the Exhibition will be offered for sale. The Annual Art and Craft Sale is planned for 2 days this year: Thursday, Dec. 1 from noon-6 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 2 from 7:00 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sale items should be delivered on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 to the Peterson Gallery during normal hours of 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Members of the UE Friends of Art and students in Kappa Pi Art Fraternity will be manning the sale so it is not necessary for sale participants to spend both days in the Peterson Gallery with their work.

To enter work in the Christmas Exhibition, to register as a participant for the Art and Craft Sale or for more information, please phone the Department of Art Office at 488-2043. (A sample of work may be requested prior to inclusion as a participant in either event.)

* Salvation Army Looking for Bell-Ringers

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help with their annual bell-ringing campaign. On December 2nd from 3pm-8pm volunteers are needed at the Schnucks and Walgreens stores on Green River Road to ask people for donations. If you are interested, fill in your preferred times here and sign up for how many hours you want to do. If you have any questions, please email the Community Services Initiative office at



Info You Should Know

* Harlaxton Application Deadlines for Fall Semester 2012 and Summer Session 2012

The priority application deadline for the Fall 2012 semester at Harlaxton College, the British Campus of the University of Evansville, is Monday December 5th.  Qualified students who apply for this date are guaranteed admission.  For an application and full course information, visit the Study Abroad Office in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building in Room 261.  Act now to ensure your place!

The UE Study Abroad Office is also accepting applications for the 2012 five–week summer session at Harlaxton College.  Full course information and applications are available in SB 261 and are posted on the Harlaxton website:

A wide range of courses will be supplemented by optional weekend travel opportunities.  Courses require a minimum of eight deposited enrollees by Jan. 20, 2012.  Applications and deposits should be submitted in advance of the deadline to ensure your place in courses with limited enrollment and so course enrollment figures may be projected. Enrollment is determined by the order in which deposits are received.

For more information, visit the Study Abroad Office.

* Lost iPod Touch

An iPod Touch was lost in the first floor women's bathroom in the Schroeder Family School of Business Building on Nov. 21 around 10:30 am. It has a blue case and screen protector and a green mechanical pencil was lost with it. Please email if you have any information. 



* Sociology Professors and Students Present Papers at Conference

Assistant Professor of Sociology Mari Plikuhn and students Ashlee Niehaus and Rebecca Reeves presented a paper titled, "'65 Isn't What It Used to Be:' Changes and Trends in Perceptions of Older Adults" at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meetings in Boston, MA on Nov. 20.  At the same meetings, Plikuhn, and students Daniel Caruana, Ashlee Niehaus, and Rebecca Reeves presented a paper titled, "Childlessness and Life Satisfaction in Later Adulthood," co-authored with Associate Professor of Sociology, Social Work and Gender & Women's Studies Michelle Blake.



* Lady Aces To Host Ball State In Home-Opener Tuesday

After a full month playing on the road, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team will finally return home for their first regular season game at the brand new Ford Center. The Purple Aces will take on Ball State University Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. The UE men’s team will play afterwards at 7:35 p.m. versus Alabama State.

It’s “Take a Kid to a Game” day! Fans 12 and under get in free with a paid adult. Tickets are general admission and $8 for adults. Those who come for the women’s game can get into the men’s contest for free. Just exchange your women’s ticket at Will Call prior to the start of the men’s game.
The Aces come off their first win of the season, a 59-49 victory over Troy University at Maine’s Dead River Company Classic in Orono, Maine. UE fell to the tournament champions, Brown University, 55-47 on day one, but rallied to beat the Trojans in the consolation game Saturday. Senior Briyana Blair was named to the all-tournament team, averaging 8.0 points and 11.0 rebounds across the two days. On the season, junior Samantha Heck leads the squad with 10.8 points, followed by Blair (8.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg) and junior Taylor Ware (7.4 ppg).

Earning all-tournament honors at Maine’s Dead River Company Classic, senior Briyana Blair averaged 8.0 points and a team-high 11.0 rebounds, piloting Evansville to its first win of the season. Against Brown, Blair logged her first career double-double leading UE with 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. In UE’s 59-49 win over Troy, marking the Aces first victory of the season and first for head coach Oties Epps, Blair grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, while also tallying five points, five assists and two steals. Blair has reached double-figure points in 3-of-5 games this year.

First-year head coach Oties Epps earned his first career victory Saturday, leading the Aces to a 59-49 win over Troy University. Epps is the 10th head coach in the 42-year history of women’s basketball at the University of Evansville.

Briyana Blair’s double-double (11 pts, 14 rebs) versus Brown (11/25) marked the first for an Ace this season. Samantha Heck recorded two double-doubles last season, while Meagan Collins had one.

Samantha Heck, who leads the Aces averaging 10.8 points per game, averages 6.2 of those points in the second half and 3.6 points in the final 10 minutes of play. In UE’s season-opener at Murray State, Heck recorded 16 of her career-high 18 points after halftime.

In 4-of-5 games, Evansville has outrebounded its opposition and owns a +1.6 margin on the season. Blair leads the squad, averaging 8.4 boards per game, followed by Chelsea Falkenstein (6.6 rpg) and Samantha Heck (5.0 rpg). Taylor Ware has been UE’s strongest board crasher on the offensive end, totaling 15 of her season’s 18 rebounds at UE’s end of the court.

Senior Staci Gillum and junior Samantha Heck have been named the 2011-12 team captains for the University of Evansville women’s basketball team. Gillum, a native of West Des Moines, Iowa, served as the Purple Aces’ captain and point guard last season, averaging 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, playing in all 30 contests. A transfer from Kirkwood Community College, Gillum was also a captain and led the Eagles to a 73-2 overall record and a pair of national titles in her two years, while also earning NJCAA All-America honors. Heck, an Auxvasse, Mo. native, led the team with 4.9 rebounds per game and finished second on the squad with 9.3 points per game in her sophomore season, while also recording two double-doubles. As a freshman, Heck recorded over 200 points and 100 rebounds in her rookie season, ranking second on the team in both categories at 7.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

The Aces return 11 letterwinners from last season, including four starters in senior Briyana Blair (9.5 ppg), junior Samantha Heck (9.3 ppg), junior Meagan Collins (8.5 ppg), and senior Chelsea Falkenstein (6.1 ppg). Redshirt junior Jordan Lewis will also make a comeback after a knee injury knocked her out of commission last December. Also returning: senior point guard Staci Gillum, junior Taylor Ware, and sophomores Katie Ellerson, Khristian Hart, Miranda Liles, and Hannah Weedman. Evansville also has two freshmen joining the program in Kat Taylor (Akron, Ohio/Lake Ridge Academy) and Juliann Miller (Louisville, Ky./Mercy Academy).

With a collective 3.34 grade point average, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team ranked 24th in the nation on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Academic Top 25 Honor Roll for 2010-11 season. The honor marked the third time in the last five years in which the Purple Aces have ranked among the nation’s Top 25 academically.

In the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll voted on by the league’s 10 coaches, sports information directors, and media members, Evansville was tabbed to finish ninth in the conference standings. Missouri State earned the most votes, coming off a 24-11 season in 2010-11.

1. Missouri State
2. UNI
3. Wichita State
4. Creighton
5. Indiana State
6. Illinois State
7. Drake
8. Bradley
9. Evansville
10. Southern Illinois


* Men's Hoops Returns Home To Face Alabama State

The University of Evansville men’s basketball team will look for its third win of the season, taking on defending SWAC champion Alabama State at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday at the Ford Center.

The Aces return home from their first road trip of the season at UIC.  The Flames hit 9-of-13 three pointers en route to a 79-75 victory.  Four UE players finished in double figures led by a career-high 24 points from Ned Cox.  Colt Ryan finished with 18 points while Kenneth Harris and Jordan Jahr scored 17 and 12 points, respectively.

With a bucket in the first half at UIC, junior Colt Ryan became the 44th player in program history to score 1,000 points for his career.  Ryan finished the game with 18 points, marking the 12th game in a row the Batesville, Ind. native has put up a double digit outing.

After averaging 3.5 PPG in the first two games of the season, Ned Cox has come on in a big way in the previous two contests.  After tying his career high with 16 points against Oakland City, the junior followed that up with his top effort at UE as he recorded 24 points against UIC.  Cox was an efficient 9-13 from the floor while connecting on five out of six free throws.

Senior Kenneth Harris once again reached double figures, scoring 17 points at UIC, tying his season high.  Harris, along with Colt Ryan, are the only players to reach double digits in each game.  After notching 11 double-digit scoring games last season, he is well on his way to surpassing that mark. 

Defending SWAC Tournament champion Alabama State has gotten off to an 0-4 start to the 2011-12 campaign.  Last season, the Hornets won their fourth SWAC championship on their way to the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.  ASU returns four starters from last season’s team and were picked to win their league again. 

The Hornets have a tough schedule to open up the season, with ten of their first 11 games being on the road.  Tramaine Butler is the leading scorer for the Hornets with 15.5 PPG.  Kenderek Washington is close behind with 14.3 points per contest.

Alabama State and Evansville met just once in their histories, with that coming two seasons ago as the Aces held on for a 61-57 victory at Roberts Stadium.  Colt Ryan was the leading scorer in the contest with 17 points while James Harrsma had 13.  The game was tied at 29 at the half as free throw shooting would ultimately be the difference.  Evansville hit 16-of-23 shots from the charity stripe to hang on for the win.

On Saturday, UE will continue at home as TCU comes to town for a 7 p.m. game.  Tuesday’s game will be part of a doubleheader with the women’s team, who will square off against Ball State at 5:15 p.m.  Those with tickets to the women’s game will be able to remain in the arena for the men’s game.  Those ticketholders can get tickets at will call with their women’s tickets.

Youths under the age of 18 can get into the women’s game for free with a paying adult while those attending the men’s game can purchase upper bowl tickets at half price.

* Ashley Ring Named To MVC All-Freshman Team

Evansville freshman Ashley Ring has been named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team.

Ring saw action in 31 matches in her first season with the Aces, finishing fifth on the team with 187 kills on the season.  She was also third on the team with 74 blocks.

“We are really proud of Ashley for being recognized for her contributions to our program this fall,” head coach Mike Swan said.  “She can be an overpowering hitter and blocker and we know she will have a tremendous career at UE.” 

“She is able to attack out of any position and that makes it really tough for opponents to stop her.  She works hard in practice and listens well to instruction from the coaches so that makes her a joy have on our team.”

Ring notched six double-digit kill efforts in 2011, including a season-high of 16 coming on the road at Cincinnati.  She also recorded 14 in matches against Arizona and Lipscomb.  Ring’s top blocking performance came against Missouri State and Belmont.  The freshman notched nine against MSU while record eight against the Bruins.

* Aces Baseball Signs Five

University of Evansville head coach of baseball Wes Carroll has announced the signing of five players to National Letters of Intent. The class consists of three pitchers and two infielders stemming from five different states.

Patrick Bellinger (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg), Phillip Diehl (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller), and Connor Strain (Shelburn, Ind./North Central), will join the Aces’ pitching staff for the 2013 season, while Jonathon Ramon (Jackson Heights, NY/Archbishop Molloy) and Shain Showers (Belmont, Mich./Rockford) are projected to be strongholds in the infield.

“Another great recruiting class formed by assistant coach Marc Wagner,” said Carroll. “I want to thank Coach Wagner and Coach Gilner for an outstanding effort putting this great class together.  We were able to fill a couple of needs in the field and bolster our pitching staff will this class. 

“All of these young men excel in the classroom and have outstanding character.  They are all great additions to our Aces Baseball family and we are very excited to see them as student-athletes next fall,” added Carroll.


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