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Monday, November 5, 2018

* UE's Christmas on Campus set for Friday, November 30

The University of Evansville will celebrate the holidays with Christmas on Campus on Friday, November 30. The celebration will include photos with Purple Santa, reindeer games, carriage rides, trackless train rides, cookies and hot chocolate, Candlelight Advent Vespers, and the ceremonial lighting of the University’s Christmas tree.

Candlelight Advent Vespers is free and open to the public. The public is welcome to any and all of the other events for only $5 per family. Visit UE's Christmas on Campus webpage at to fill out the online registration form and save time during the event.

The complete schedule for Christmas on Campus is as follows:

5:00 p.m.

Lobby, Olmsted Administration Hall

5:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Photos with Purple Santa

Ridgway University Center

Christmas Crafts
Ridgway University Center

5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Reindeer Games and Trackless Train Rides

East Terrace Lawn

Christmas Shopping at UE Bookstore
Stop in for giveaways and 20 percent off the original price of all clothing and gift items to all shoppers during the night!

7:00 p.m.
Candlelight Advent Vespers

Neu Chapel

8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Carriage Rides

Sesquicentennial Oval

Cookies and Hot Chocolate
Lobby, Olmsted Administration Hall

Roasted Nuts and Kettle Corn
East Terrace Lawn

8:05 p.m.
Lighting of the Christmas Tree and Caroling

Outside Graves Hall

* Active Shooter Drill – Practice "Run" Only!

In response to the Active Shooter Drill, all campus community members are asked to focus solely on the RUN aspect of “Run, Hide, Fight.” regardless of whether the fictitious event affects your specific location.

This means that everyone should vacate their building (simulating the RUN aspect).  

Members of the Evansville Police Department will be stationed throughout the campus to gauge individual responses to the drill, as well as determine how quickly individuals were able to make a decision as to which door to exit based on the information given about the fictional shooter. Once individuals leave a building, they should move away from the building and toward the outer perimeter of the campus but should not leave the campus, move vehicles or travel beyond the Weinbach/Lincoln/Rotherwood/Walnut square. 

Once the drill is over, another AceAlert will be sent with the announcement to resume normal duties. 

The drill will take place sometime between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., between November 5-9. The drill will be announced to the campus via Ace Alerts and the new active shooter audio siren will sound through all computers and video monitors signaling there is a threatening event.   

In the spring, we will conduct another active shooter drill - focusing on the HIDE aspect of “Run, Hide, Fight.”

Any questions, please contact the Office of Safety and Security at 812-488-2051.

* Annual Veterans Day service

The University of Evansville’s annual Veterans Day service is set for Friday, November 9 from 11:00-noon in Wheeler Concert Hall in the Krannert Hall of Art and Music. The campus community, alumni, and friends are invited to this celebration.

This year’s speaker will be Colonel Michael Roscoe, U.S. Army National Guard. Roscoe is the chair and founding director of the Physician Assistant Science program at the University of Evansville.

Roscoe began his military career in 2000 by commissioning to the Indiana National Guard. Currently, he is a senior PA for the state of Indiana working with the Surgeon General. He deployed to Afghanistan for his first combat tour in 2004-05 where he served as a physician assistant at a forward operating base in Kabul and on several medical “jump teams” all across Afghanistan. He had a second combat tour in Balad, Iraq in 2008-09 where he was the officer-in-charge of the busiest troop medical clinic (TMC) in Iraq at the time.

Roscoe earned a PhD in international health science in 2009 from Touro University International (military sponsored) with his specialization in risk mapping of Leishmaniosis in Afghanistan. He has a Master of Science from Purdue University, a second Master in Physician Assistant Studies from University of Nebraska specializing in emergency medicine. Finally, he has two bachelor’s degrees from Butler University.

Roscoe has received many military awards and achievements, but most notable was a Bronze Star for his work with the international medical community, leishmaniosis research, and assisting with getting four Afghan children back to the United States for life saving surgeries. Roscoe also received the Combat Medical Badge for his time with the medical jump teams and a Combat Patch for War-time Service (3).


What's Happening Today

* Racism and Sexism Unpacked

Today - Monday, November 5 - in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center at 7:00 p.m., faculty panelists will lead an interactive campus forum designed to promote campus-wide dialogue about issues of racism and sexism, providing the audience with tools for dealing with both. This event is free and open to all. Bring your questions, concerns, and ideas. Refreshments will be provided. The faculty panelists include professors Dan Byrne, Mari Plikuhn, Rob Shelby, Valerie Stein, and Margaret Stevenson, and chief diversity officer LaNeeca Williams.

This event is co-sponsored by Race and Ethnicity Studies, the Office of Diversity Initiatives, and Gender and Women’s Studies.

Submitted by Margaret Stevenson 

* Jonathan Hittner: Efroymson Artist in Residence & Exhibition: "History Lessons from the Future"

The work of Efroymson Artist in Residence Jonathan Hittner will be on display from October 29-December 8 in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. The exhibit is titled "History Lessons from the Future."

There will also be a student workshop with the artist at 9:30 a.m., an artist’s reception at 6:30 p.m., and a public gallery lecture at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 8. A student gallery lecture is planned for Friday, November 9 at 10:00 a.m.

Jon Hittner Painting of sky and ground with abstract shapes

These events are free and open to the public. They are part of the Efroymson Family Fund Emerging Contemporary Artist Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the Efroymson Family Fund and the UE Department of Art.

Submitted by Corliss Chastain


Upcoming Events

* Environmental Awareness Week: November 5-11

The University of Evansville's ECO Club presents Environmental Awareness Week November 5-11.

Stainless steel reusable straws will be sold at the information tables in Ridgway University Center at the times listed below for $1 each or 5 straws for $4.

The full schedule of events is as follows:

Monday, November 5:
5:00-6:00 p.m.: Glass Recycling Awareness, Ridgway University Center Tables
5:00 p.m.: SAB Trivia Night: Environmental Theme, Cafe Court

Tuesday, November 6:
7:00 p.m.: Levy Schroeder speaks about Wesselman Nature Preserve, Room 100, Koch Center for Engineering and Science

Wednesday, November 7:
5:00-6:00 p.m.: Food Waste Awareness, Ridgway University Center Tables

Thursday, November 8:
Noon-1:00 p.m.: Energy Waste Awareness Day, Ridgway University Center Tables
Wear GREEN to support environmental awareness!

Friday, November 9:
Noon-1:00 p.m.: Air Pollution Awareness, Ridgway University Center Tables

Sunday, November 11:
1:00-3:00 p.m.: Make your own FREE reusable, no-sew T-shirt bag, Room 162, Schroeder School of Business Building

* Lunch Charlas

Wanting to practice your Spanish? Join assistant professor of Spanish Edward Curran and associate professor of Spanish Diana Rodríguez Quevedo for lunch, and chat about different topics in Spanish on Wednesdays from noon-1:00 p.m. in the Starbuck’s café area in Ridgway University Center. All levels of Spanish welcome. The next Lunch Charlas is this Wednesday, November 7.

Please contact Professor Rodríguez Quevedo at if you have any questions. ¡Ahí nos vemos!

Submitted by Diana Rodríguez Quevedo

* 5K Armistice Day Walk and Run with Mission BBQ

The Armistice Day Centenary 5K is planned for November 11. Win a free Mission BBQ prize box with a $25 gift card if you come in first place and a free Mission BBQ sandwich card if you place in the top 6! All Participants will receive a free T-shirt while supplies last!

The Armistice Day Centenary 5K is a philanthropy 5K event held by the Historical Honors Society, Social Science Honors Society, and the History Club on the University of Evansville's campus to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the symbolic end of World War One. All proceeds will benefit UE student Veteran's.

You can pre-register on the UE Alumni and Friends Community’s Armistice Day Centenary 5K web page.

Check-in and at-event registration begins at 9:30 on November 11.

At 11:00, we will ring the Peace Bell and have a moment of silence. There will be a 15-minute intermission for participants to walk over to the track around the baseball fields to compete in the race. Food and water will be provided and free T-shirts to participants while supplies last.

Pre-registration is $15 for students and $20 for general registration.

Submitted by Sylvia McFadden 

* This Week in Music: First Tuesday Faculty Concert and UE Opera in West Side Story

First Tuesday – Faculty Chamber Players Perform Stravinsky Soldier’s Tale
Tuesday, November 6, 7:30 p.m.
Wheeler Concert Hall

The University of Evansville Faculty Chamber Players, under the direction of Chun-Ming Chen, will present Igor Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale on Tuesday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be held in Wheeler Concert Hall in the Krannert Fine Arts Building on the University of Evansville campus and is part of the department’s First Tuesday Concert Series. The piece recasts a Russian folktale, in which a soldier trades his violin (and soul!) to the devil for an immense fortune, only to realize later that all of these fortunes actually mean nothing. The performance features several University of Evansville music faculty, including Eric McCluskey as narrator.

The performance is free and open to the public.

UE Opera in West Side Story
Saturday, November 10, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 11, 2:00 p.m.
Victory Theatre

UE Opera will be joining the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in their production of West Side Story on Saturday. The performances celebrate the 100th birthday of legendary American composer, Leonard Bernstein. West Side Story is a modern day retelling of the story of Romeo and Juliet through the rival gangs of New York City’s Jets and Sharks. Featuring an exciting mix of jazz and Latin music, West Side Story includes Somewhere, Tonight, and America, songs that have become true American classics.

Tickets are available for purchase online at the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra website or by calling their box office at 812-425-5050, ext. 300.

Submitted by James Sullivan 

* University of Evansville Theatre presents Year of the Rooster

The University of Evansville Theatre presents Olivia Dufault’s Year of the Rooster. This exciting new script, an amazingly entertaining romp of a tale about cockfighting, opened Monday, November 12 in the May Studio Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on November 16 and 17, and at 2:00 p.m. on November 18. 

Meredith Ham, a senior from Castle Rock, Colo., directs Year of the Rooster; Cassy Spaduzzi, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, serves as the scenic designer; Morgan Severeid, a senior from Westfield, Ind., is the costume designer; Maggie Ste.Marie, a senior from Littleton, Colo., is the lighting designer; Austin Kuhn, a junior from Evansville, Ind., serves as the sound designer; Julia Toney, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, is the dramaturg; Micah Ammons, a senior from McKinney, Texas, is the stage manager, and UE professor Chuck Meacham serves as the technical director.

The cast features junior Luke Lowrance from Fort Worth, Texas, as Gil Pepper; senior Matthew McDonald from Carmel, Ind., as Dickie Thimble; senior Kathleen Finch from College Station, Texas, as Lou Pepper; senior Daniel Stewart from Fort Worth, Texas, as Odysseus Rex, and first-year student Delanie Kitzman from Tomball, Texas, as Philipa Long.

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.

The UE Theatre Society will host a pre-play chat 30 minutes prior to the show on Saturday, November 17. All are welcome to attend the presentation and discussion with a student designer about their process on the production.

Tickets are available by calling 812-488-2031.

* Coffee & Careers - November

The next Free Coffee & Careers event is Thursday, November 8 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Phillips Study Alcove, across from WUEV, in Ridgway University Center.

Join us today for free coffee and an informal career chat with alumni and friends of the University. Learn about their journey to their current job and the skills needed for career success.

This month's focus is on careers in communication, marketing, and public relations.

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald

* Arts & Sciences Internship Showcase

The Arts & Sciences Internship Showcase is set for Tuesday, November 6 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 will be available and prizes will be awarded.

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald

* UE's 32nd International Bazaar on Friday: Performances from 8 different countries!

The University of Evansville’s 32nd annual International Bazaar is set for Friday, November 16, from 5:00- 8:00 p.m., in Ridgway University Center. The event is open to the public, and there will be no charge for admission. Those attending can browse an international marketplace and enjoy interactive booths and performances representative of countries from around the world.

Visitors can purchase an international meal for $10.25 (UE students can use a meal swipe) from 4:30-7:00 p.m. in the Café Court. The menu features several international dishes that were popular at past bazaars including shepherd’s pie, Guinness stew, chicken curry, bulgogi, kabsa, and feijoada.

Handmade items, desserts, and snacks will be for sale at the marketplace on the second floor. At the interactive booths, guests can chat with UE international students, see items from the students’ home countries, and participate in such activities as learning how to write one’s name in another language. There will also be a kids’ booth and a photo booth.

Proceeds will be donated to various globally focused charities including Scholars for Syria, Catholic Relief Services, and the Antares Foundation for Kazakhstan orphans.

The bazaar is sponsored by the UE International Club.

To learn more about the bazaar, visit UE’s International Club’s web page at or contact the Office of Cultural Engagement and International Services at 812-488-2279.

* Rock climbing at Vertical eXcape!

It's time for Venturing Crew's annual trip to Vertical eXcape! Join us for a fun-filled night at Evansville's best indoor rock climbing gym! Climb to dizzying heights and share pizza with your friends on Friday, November 9 from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.! This is a FREE EVENT and is open to ALL UE STUDENTS!

Crew members can sign up beginning Thursday, November 1 and all UE students can sign up from November 5-7. To sign up, bring your $10 deposit (this will be returned to you) to tables in Ridgway University Center.

Submitted by Maggie Wolf

* SAA Soupapalooza is set for November 13 - save the date!

Soupapalooza 2018 is here! Please join the SAA, (Staff and Administrators Assembly) on November 13 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Soup, dessert, and a water for $5! Proceeds help fund the SAA Scholarship Fund!

Submitted by Sandy Sitzman

* Express Yourself

The Lilly Scholars Network Chapter is hosting Express Yourself today - Thursday, November 8 - from 6:45-8:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center. Express Yourself is open to any student at UE to learn more about professional communication and presence in a variety of fields. Local employers will be present to participate in a panel. Unlike previous panel events that may only apply to a specific major, our event is open to all students on UE's campus. We feel that it is necessary for students to have professional communication skills and know how to effectively market themselves to potential employers. Following the panel, the employers will stay for a 30-minute networking session to talk to students one-on-one.

Submitted by Megan Hawkins

* UELA Magnifying Mental Health is November 7

UELA alumni are hosting a Magnifying Mental Health event. This event provides students with the opportunity to discuss their mental health through stories, poetry, and music. UELA wants to create a safe, welcoming environment where students can share their experiences. We ask that students that attend or are participating to be respectful of their peers. Food will be provided at this event. It is November 7 in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Submitted by Megan Hawkins

* Roundtable on Climate Change

Interested in joining the discussion during International Education Week on most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change? You can read the report on the organization’s website. Please email associate professor of German Lesley Pleasant at This event is free and open to the public. It will take place on November 12 in Room 203 in the library.

Submitted by Lesley Pleasant

* Register this week for the Indiana Means Business! Career Fair

Students majoring in business and business related areas - register this week for the Indiana Means Business! Career Fair set for Thursday, November 15 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott.

Fair registration is required through Handshake. Click Jobs Tab -> Enter #1890642 in the search bar (this is the posting number). Students must register by Thursday, November 8.

This event is for business students/alumni in Indiana! If you are seeking a career in business or a business-related industry, this event will provide you with access to recruiters from top companies from Indiana and beyond. Attendees can meet a variety of employers. Internship and co-op positions will also be available, so students in all class years are encouraged to attend this event. Don't miss your chance to find a great internship or professional position!

The University of Evansville will provide transportation. There is a required $10 deposit that will be refundable upon attendance. Reserve your seat now.

View registered employers at under “Upcoming Events.”

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald

* Activist Mary Olson to speak at UE

Activist Mary Olson will be speaking at UE on November 12 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 203 in the library. Her topic will be “A New Global Treaty for Nuclear-Free Nations: How One Woman Made a Difference.”

Olson is acting director of gender and radiation, director of Southeast office, NIRS. She holds an undergraduate degree in evolutionary biology and history of science and has worked for 27 years on radioactive waste policy with the non-government organization, Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS, based in the Washington DC area; Olson herself is based in a satellite office in Asheville, North Carolina, where she founded the new Gender and Radiation Impact Project in 2017.

She has written and organized on radioactive waste and from 2004-1999, she was a registered lobbyist in the US Congress, working to stop bad legislative proposals for changes in radioactive waste law. Olson leads the successful Stop Mobile Chernobyl Campaign which prevented legislation that would have mandated the shipment of highly radioactive waste to the disputed Yucca Mountain site when it was under study (not yet approved). For many years Olson worked with the No Dumps on Native Lands project to keep nuclear waste off the lands of Indigenous Peoples, including Yucca Mountain which is on traditional lands of the Shoshone Nation.

Olson has been a student of radiation’s impact on living cells and organisms since her own contamination while working in a research lab. She has been privileged to know Dr. Steve Wing and to be mentored by Dr. Rosalie Bertell. Bertell encouraged Olson to do her own analysis of A-Bomb survivor data published by the US National Academy of Sciences (BEIR VII, 2006) in order to answer questions from the public about gender differences in radiation harm. Olson’s paper “Atomic Radiation is More Harmful to Women,” published in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns helped the diplomats working at the UN to bring nuclear weapons under humanitarian law, embodied by the new Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Submitted by Lesley Pleasant 

* Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity sponsoring 5K Run/Walk

Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity will sponsor a 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, November 10 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the University of Evansville.

All runners and walkers must complete the 5K with a backpack. This is representative of our US troops who have to run with gear on every day. All proceeds will go to an organization that sponsors veteran’s suffering from PTSD and other mental illnesses.

Please click the following link to register for the race:

Submitted by Chace Avery

* Azzip Giveback for National Society of Leadership and Success

On November 13, the National Society of Leadership and Success will be hosting an Azzip giveback on Green River Road. This flyer or the name of the organization must be presented at the time of check out. Please come support a great cause!

Submitted by Summer El-Khodary

* Tuesday Night Recharge Mass

Join the Newman Club this Tuesday, November 6, at 8:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel to celebrate a Catholic Mass! Fr. Christian Raab will be the celebrant. All are welcome!

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler


Info You Should Know

* November TIAA individual counseling sessions

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus for individual counseling sessions on Tuesday, November 27. To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353.

Please note that the meeting location has been changed to Room 153 (Eades Music Room) in the Schroeder School of Business Building.

* Volunteers needed for the Turkey Day 5K

Evansville Goodwill Industries, Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with their 5K on November 22, Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers are needed to do jobs such as:

  • Set-up
  • Registration Help/Line Control
  • Water Table Attendants on the race course
  • Corner Watchers during the race
  • Food and Drink Set-up at the conclusion of the race
  • Awards after the race

As many people as possible are needed to help out. The more the merrier! Bring your family and friends.

If interested, you can register online by November 21 at and any questions can be sent to Robyn Oglesby at:

Submitted by Karyssa Vasquez

* New: My UE Checklist

My UE Checklist checkmark graphic. information on graphic appears in article text.

The Office of Technology Services and the UE Student Success Team are pleased to announce the launch of My UE Checklist for students.

This web-based “dashboard” allows students to know where they stand on all of their University tasks, in preparation for each new semester. My UE Checklist will display both undone and completed tasks including registration, returning crucial documents, finalizing financial aid, and settlement of student account. Links will lead directly to the site, office, or instructions for task completion.

We hope this new tool helps students better navigate the tasks and functions associated with being successful UE student.

Students will be prompted to view their Checklist starting this week. 

View your My UE Checklist at

Submitted by Angie Dawson

* Looking for small boxes for shipping

If have any small boxes that you will be discarding, please let the UE Bookstore know before you toss them. We're looking for boxes suitable for sending out merchandise like sweatshirts and tee shirts as the holidays approach. Just call or contact the UE Bookstore and we'll be happy to pick them up.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* Help us thank donors during the UE Thank-a-thon!

During the week of November 5-9, students can take part in the UE Thank-a-thon and write a note of thanks to a generous UE donor. Student recipients of donor-funded scholarships should have received emails from the Offices of Financial Aid and Development asking them to write thank you notes online. ANY student can visit the Thank-a-thon table in Ridgway University Center during lunch November 5-9 and write a thank you to receive a prize.

Submitted by Molli Duckworth

* Free HIV testing at SHC

Matthew 25 will be hosting HIV testing at the Student Health Center FREE of charge on Tuesday, November 13 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. No appointment necessary!

Submitted by Tara Ulrich

* Sing in 500-person choir at UE men's basketball game

In celebration of Habitat for Humanity Evansville's 500th home, there will be a 500-person choir performing at the Ace's men's basketball game on December 9. We would love to have all voices from UE join in with members of the Evansville community to sign in celebration and fill the Ford Center with music!

If you would like to sing, please go to and register to be a part of the event. If you have a group or choir that would like to join, please call/ text Emily Baxter at 812-760-0564.

Submitted by Holly Carter 

* 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 21. Our office will help you examine your options for aid, which in most cases is limited to loans.

Submitted by Amy Sowders



* Steinsultz serves as guest conductor

UE music professor Kenneth Steinsultz served as guest conductor for the Middle Level Band Festival at St. Norbert College this past weekend, including talented musicians in grades 7-9 from Wisconsin and Michigan.

* Strandberg presents at conference

Kristen Strandberg, assistant professor of music history, presented at the Nineteenth-Century French Studies conference in Los Angeles on October 26. Her presentation, “’Pour le plaisir des yeux’: Musical Celebrity as a Visual Phenomenon in Nineteenth-Century France,” discussed how critics and audiences often focused more on the visual aspects of musical performance than the aural.

* UE receives Pride of CASE Award

The University of Evansville has been awarded a Pride of CASE Award at the Silver Level for Best Collaborative Program for UE’s Christmas on Campus event. Congratulations to the Offices of Alumni and Parent Relations, Student Engagement, and Religious Life for their collaboration on this award winning event.

The Pride of CASE awards are bestowed in recognition of the best work in communications, alumni relations and development of CASE member schools.

The award will be presented at the CASE District V Conference which is December 9-11. The presentation of awards will take place at the Pride of CASE V Awards Luncheon at the event.

* Sociology seniors achieve top scores on Major Field Test

The sociology seniors, as part of their senior seminar course, completed their Major Field Tests and scored in the 97th percentile among comparable institutions. Congratulations on this accomplishment.



* Men's basketball earns 83-61 exhibition win

Contributions came from everywhere as the University of Evansville men’s basketball team defeated New Mexico Highlands by a final of 83-61 in exhibition play on Saturday afternoon.

Four players finished in double figures for the Aces, who are under the direction of new head coach Walter McCarty. Leading the way was senior Dainius Chatkevicius, who posted 17 points and 8 rebounds, both team highs. K.J. Riley drained seven free throws on his way to a 16-point outing. Marty Hill and John Hall recorded 12 points apiece.

Today’s game was a great boost for Chatkevicius, whose career-high in scoring came last season at Duke when he finished with 12 points.

“Coach said to play with confidence and work hard, I feel like that made a difference,” Chatkevicius exclaimed.

New Mexico Highlands saw Gerad Davis lead all players with 20 points while Nnamdi Okoro registered 11 caroms, the top tally in the contest.

“It was a fun game and atmosphere, I am so happy the fans came out and supported us,” McCarty said.  “We just have to keep getting better. Our guys were a little anxious to begin the game, but they settled down after a few minutes and played well.”

Evansville took its first lead of the game as an and-one by K.J. Riley gave UE a 3-2 advantage. New Mexico Highlands responded with a 13-6 stretch that saw them open up a 15-9 lead at the 12:26 mark.

That is when UE put it into high gear, finishing the half on a 27-12 run to take a 36-27 lead into the break. A Marty Hill layup put the Aces back in front by a 16-15 score before Shea Feehan wrapped up a 10-0 Evansville run with a triple. Chatkevicius got in on the outside shooting, draining one from downtown to push the lead to 22-15. 

Hill moved into double figures in the final minute giving Evansville a 36-26 lead before a free throw by the Cowboys cut their deficit to nine at the half.

The opening moments of the second half saw the Aces take full control. A 15-1 run over the first four minutes of the period gave UE a 51-28 advantage. John Hall spearheaded the run, scoring seven of those points before Evan Kuhlman capped it off with his first trey of the night.

UE’s lead reached as many as 26 points – 73-47 – with 5:21 remaining before the Cowboys closed the gap to 22 in the end, making it a final of 83-61. 

All ten players for Evansville found their way into the scorebook. Graduate transfer Shea Feehan commented on the new philosophy of the team.

“We will not depend on one guy to do all of the scoring, Feehan explained. “We have a lot of guys who can make plays and it showed today.”  

An accurate outing from the floor saw the Aces shoot 50.9% while holding New Mexico Highlands to 34.3%. UE also forced 19 turnovers. McCarty commended his squad for their effort on the defensive side.

“Our guys did a really good job of executing our defensive schemes and finishing plays with rebounds,” he said. “Dainius was huge for us, the more he plays and the more he gets in shape, the larger of a factor he will be for us.”

UE opens the regular season on Thursday at the University of Illinois in a 7:00 p.m. matchup.

* Volleyball picks up 3-0 win at Southern Illinois

Mildrelis Rodriguez and Rachel Tam recorded 15 kills apiece to lead the University of Evansville volleyball team to a 3-0 win at Southern Illinois on Saturday.

As a team, the Purple Aces (9-22, 3-12 MVC) hit .282 with Kerra Cornist leading the way, hitting .467 on her way to eight kills. Rodriguez hit an accurate .379 with 15 kills while Tam finished at .205. Alondra Vazquez chipped in nine kills. Allana McInnis had 44 assists on the night while tying for the game-high with 10 digs.  Vazquez also finished with 10.

Southern Illinois (5-22, 1-13 MVC) was led by Lindsey Paulsen’s six kills.

A service ace by Rachel Tam saw the Aces jump out to a 6-2 lead. The Aces continued to hold that advantage until the Salukis closed within one at 12-11. Back-to-back kills from Mildrelis Rodriguez and Rocio Fortuny set UE back on track as they scored three in a row to go up 15-11. SIU got within a tally once again, but the Aces finished strong as another Tam ace gave UE a 25-16 win.

Fortuny helped her team get off to another 6-2 start in the second set with her first ace of the evening. Evansville’s lead hovered around 3-4 points until late in the set when consecutive aces from Alondra Vazquez extended the UE lead to 20-12. From there, the Aces won by a 25-18 final.

Evansville put the finishing touches on the night with a 25-12 win in the third frame. The Salukis jumped out to a 5-4 lead, but the Aces came back with four in a row to take the lead for good. Rodriguez notched two kills in the run. After SIU got within two at 9-7, the Aces reeled off eight in a row as Allana McInnis did the serving. From there, it was all UE as they were able to complete the sweep.

Indiana State is next up for the Aces as they travel to Terre Haute on Friday for a 5:00 p.m. CT contest.


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