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Friday, February 28, 2020

* Safety and Security Stepping up Engagement in Residence Halls

Members of the Safety and Security team are becoming familiar faces in the Residence Halls. The visits are being done to increase safety and help connect students with the Security Officers in a relaxed environment. Be sure to take advantage of this outreach initiative and get to know those who are working hard to keep the University safe.

Jason Cullum
jc647@evansville.edu

* 2019 1095-C's Processed

1095-C forms have been processed for benefit eligible employees.  If you have provided consent for electronic 1095-C’s, you can view/print your 1095-C for your records now.

Simply log into Self-Service, and go to “Tax Information”.

Click the option “1095-C Information” and then click on “2019 1095-C Statement”.

1095-C’s have been mailed for those employees who did not provide their electronic consent.

If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Bury at ext. 2159 or db287@evansville.edu.

Upcoming Events

* Flavor of the Month Malaysia this Saturday

This Saturday, join the I-House team for Flavor of the Month Malaysia! Tsien Ee Tan will cook a dish he learned from his dad (fish curry) and share it with those who attend. The event is from 5-7pm, Saturday 2/29. Arrive by 5:30 to be counted for the meal. Space is limited to 10 guests--first come, first served.

Megan Sicard
ms331@evansville.edu

* Veterans Affairs Open House

The Student Veterans Organization will host an open house on Monday, March 2, 2020, from 11-3 pm at the Major General Verna Fairchild Lounge located on the 4th floor of the Bower-Suhrheinrich Library. Question: Contact Tracey Folden at tf91@evansville.edu.

Tracey Folden
tf91@evansville.edu

* BSU Indy Trip This Weekend - Now only $5.00!

We’re going to Indy! Come with us to serve the community and enjoy some of the sights in Indianapolis! We’re serving in the morning and ending the trip with a museum. Only $5! We’re taking 25 people (there are spots available!)

Contact js854@evansville.edu or Dm254@evansville.edu for more info or to register!

DaLisa McCallum
dm254@evansville.edu

* Hiring Summer Counselors

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WHAT is OPTIONS?
• Every summer UE offers camps that introduce middle school boys and girls and high school girls to disciplines within engineering and computer science via hands-on activities and field trips.

WHO can be a counselor?
• Current College of Engineering and Computer Science students (or other STEM majors) who want to participate in an outreach program that supports diversity in STEM, allows you to demonstrate your motivation to hold a leadership position, and encourages people to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.

WHEN and WHERE are the camps?
• High School Girls - June 14-19 (residential camp) • Middle School Girls - June 21-24 (residential camp) • Middle School Boys - June 22-26 (day camp) • All camps are held on the UE campus

Other Information
• The counselor position is a paid position for all camps. • All counselors will be helping lead various activities, assisting faculty-led workshops, and inspiring young people. • The residential camps for girls will include room and board during the duration of the camp. Counselors will be staying in a dorm with the campers.

HOW to apply?
• If you are interested in being a counselor, please apply in person in Koch Center 250 or email kh209@evansville.edu by no later than FEB. 28. Interviews and selections will take place before Spring Break.

For more information about the camps, go to: https://www.evansville.edu/options/

Kimberly Higgins
kh209@evansville.edu

* Building Resilience Lecture

Please join us for an exclusive presentation designed for university and college students featuring National Resiliency expert Dr. Ken Ginsburg. Dr. Ginsburg is known around the world for his work on fostering resilience in young people by building on their strengths. Dr. Ginsburg's presentation will help you look differently at your profession as you learn about stress and trauma. You will leave with the knowledge and skills you need to nurture strength in others and in yourself.

What: Why Resilience Matters in Your World: A Strengths-Informed Approach to Medicine and Youth Development
Where: University of Evansville, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall
When: March 3, 2020
Time: 8:00-9:30
Who: Open to All Students, Pre-Professionals, and Faculty from IU, Ivy Tech, UE, and USI

Details: Free Admission and Free Parking on UE’s Campus

Can't make it to this event? You have other opportunities to hear Dr. Ginburg. For more information on those, or more information on Dr. Ginsburg, please visit http://resilientevansville.org/

Sharon Selby
ss299@evansville.edu

* Crafting for the Kids

Come learn more about Phi Mu while crafting for children at Riley Children's Hospital! We will be in Grabil Lounge (the basement of Neu Chapel) on February 29, 2-4 pm. If you have any questions please contact Jasmine Jones (jj206) or Hannah Fife (hf56)

Olivia Ault
oa41@evansville.edu

* UE Theatre Presents VIOLET

The University of Evansville opens the 2020 semester with the Tony-nominated musical VIOLET, lyrics and book by Brian Crawley, and music by Jeanine Tesori. Based on Doris Betts’ short story THE UGLIEST PILGRIM, it is the story of a young, disfigured woman who journeys on a bus from her farm in North Carolina, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in order to be healed. This production opens Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., on Feb. 22, 27, 28, 29 and at 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 23, and Mar. 1.

Resident Director Wes Grantom directs VIOLET. Austin C. Kuhn, a senior from Evansville, Ind., serves as the scenic designer; Hannah Mattingly, a senior from Shelbyville, Ky., serves as the costume designer; Nicholas McCulloch, a junior from Seattle, Wash., serves as the lighting designer; Guest Artist Richard Ingraham serves as the sound designer; Brock McCullough, a senior from Omaha, Neb., serves as the dramaturg; Megan Sizemore, a junior from Cypress, Texas, serves as the stage manager, and Professor Chuck Meacham serves as the technical director.

The cast features first-year Elizabeth Dye from Frisco, Texas, as Violet; first-year David Akinwande from Houston, Texas, as Flick; junior Ethan Davenport from Minneapolis, Minn., as Monty; junior Jack Russell from Montgomery, Texas, as Father; junior Cole Lannert from Evansville, Ind., as Preacher; first-year Allie Forte from New Albany, Ind., as Ameta/Lula; guest actor Colleen Meacham, age 14, from Evansville, Ind., as Young Violet; junior Hannah Stevens, from Arlington, Texas, as Old Lady; junior Amanda Cowan from Mansfield, Texas, as Music Hall Singer; first-year Gabriel Smothers from Casper, Wyo., as Billy Dean; first-year Jimmy Guest from Bettendorf, Iowa, as Leroy Evans; junior Theodore J. Esten from Cedarburg, Wis., as Radio Singer; sophomore Kayleigh Doyle from McKinney, Texas, as Hotel Singer. The ensemble includes sophomore Claire Himstedt from St. Louis, Mo.; first-years Jake Conrad from Olympia, Wash.; Marie Reilly from Spring Hill, Fla.; Amelia Overholt from Fort Collins, Colo.; Brevan Crawford from Houston, Texas; and Nathan Viscaino from Redmond, Ore.

The UE Theatre Society hosts a Pre-Play Chat 30 minutes prior to the show on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Thursday, Feb. 27. All are welcome to attend the presentation and discussion with a student designer about their process on the production. Ticket prices for VIOLET are $20 for adults and $18 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12 noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488–2031, Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

* UE Theatre Presents Post-Show Discussions on "Race and Representation in the Arts"

The University of Evansville Theatre will hold post-show discussions following the Saturday, Feb. 22 and Thursday, Feb. 27, performances of the musical VIOLET, in Shanklin Theatre. Dr. Rob Shelby, UE’s Chief Diversity Officer, will moderate these discussions on the topic of “Race and Representation in the Arts.”

All are welcome and a ticket to that evening’s performance is not required for admission to the post-show discussion, which will commence at approximately 9:15 pm.

VIOLET, music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, opens this Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., on Feb. 22, 27, 28, 29 and at 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 23, and Mar. 1. Call 812.488.2031 for tickets to the production.

Sharla Cowden
sc75@evansville.edu

* Andiron Lecture March 4, 2020 by Roberta Heiman (Votes for Women - and Then What)

Roberta Heiman’s career in journalism spanned 42 years, most of it in Evansville. Her work as an investigative reporter won state and national awards for shedding light on community issues as varied as air pollution and jail overcrowding, the failed child welfare system and medical malpractice.   In retirement she has tackled another issue – the fact that women’s contributions to our community have been left out of local history books, which of course, were written by men.  She was instrumental in creating “Herstory,” a play about women in 20th Century Evansville, and she has written extensively about Albion Fellows Bacon, Dr. Stella Boyd and other local heroines in history (including women in UE’s history.) In addition, she resurrected the Southwestern Indiana League of Women Voters, which had disbanded in the 1990s, and she was among the founders of Women Stepping Up, which encourages and helps prepare women to seek elective office and be active civically. In 2013 she was a recipient of the Torchbearer Award by the Indiana Commission for Women.  She attended Purdue University. 

Much has been written about the beginning and end of the women’s suffrage movement – the historic Seneca Falls convention in 1848 and the dramatic ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.  But we know little about the seven decades in between, when the battle for the right to vote was fought by women across the country, in hometowns like Evansville and Newburgh where the idea was radical, indeed. Who were the local suffragists?  What did they do, and how did the community respond?  Local history books make almost no mention of them.   To find the answers, retired journalist Roberta Heiman searched through 150 years of Evansville newspapers to uncover the story in time for 2020, the 100th anniversary of “the biggest expansion of democracy in United States history.” 


The lecture begins at 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Eykamp Hall (Room 252), Ridgway University Center
A social gathering with beverages begins at 3:45 p.m.

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

* Votes for Women – and Then What - By Roberta Heiman 2013 Recipient of the Torchbearer Award by the Indiana Commission for Women

Votes for Women – and Then What

By Roberta Heiman
2013 Recipient of the Torchbearer Award
by the Indiana Commission for Women

Much has been written about the beginning and end of the women’s suffrage movement – the historic Seneca Falls convention in 1848 and the dramatic ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. But we know little about the seven decades in between, when the battle for the right to vote was fought by women across the country, in hometowns like Evansville and Newburgh where the idea was radical, indeed. Who were the local suffragists? What did they do, and how did the community respond? Local history books make almost no mention of them. To find the answers, retired journalist Roberta Heiman searched through 150 years of Evansville newspapers to uncover the story in time for 2020, the 100th anniversary of “the biggest expansion of democracy in United States history.”

The lecture begins at 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Eykamp Hall (Room 252), Ridgway University Center
A social gathering with beverages begins at 3:45 p.m.

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

Submitted by Cheryl Emmons ce36@evansville.edu.

Info You Should Know

* Baseball Welcomes Butler for Weekend Series at Bosse Field

Playing in Evansville for the first time this season, the University of Evansville baseball team plays host to Butler on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for a three-game series this weekend at Bosse Field.
 
Evansville vs. Butler | Feb. 28 - March 1
Date | Time Fri., Feb. 28 | 1 PM
Sat., Feb. 29 | Noon
Sun., March 1 | Noon

Location Bosse FIeld | Evansville, Ind.

Feb. 28 - March 1 Evansville vs. Butler

Know Your Opponent

Butler comes into the weekend undefeated with a 6-0 record. The Bulldogs opened the season with a pair of wins over North Carolina A&T and a win over George Mason before taking three wins over Western Illinois. Butler acting head coach Ben Norton played for the Aces as a pitcher, making 19 appearances and 13 starts in 2006.

Generating Walks
Evansville was patient at the plate in its matchup with No. 2 Vanderbilt on Tuesday evening. The Aces generated three walks and were hit by pitches twice more in the game, giving Evansville a total of 53 free bases this season.

Croner Opens the Weekend
Senior lefty Nathan Croner will start the weekend off for the Aces on the mound on Friday. The Independence, Missouri native has pitched twice this season, holding a 6.47 ERA and striking out four batters in seven innings.

Back at Bosse Field
Evansville is back in the city of Evansville for its first game this season and will be playing in an unfamiliar stadium. This weekend's series will be played at Bosse Field, the third-oldest active ballpark in the nation.

Craig is One to Watch
This season, junior first baseman Tanner Craig has been on a tear. Craig sits in the top 20 in walks (11th), walks per game (14th), home runs (2nd), slugging percentage (6th), and total bases (6th).

* Diversity Coffee Break ft. UETAOC

Diversity Coffee Break is a fun and engaging event that is held at the Diversity House every Monday from 3-4. We have free coffee/tea and friendly discussion about many different clubs/orgs on campus and areas of diversity. The special guests for Monday, March 2 will be UET Artist of Color! Join us Monday to learn more about UETAOC! Hope to see you there!

If you would like to represent your group or organization at Diversity Coffee Break, please email me for more info!

HarMonee Baltzell
hb119@evansville.edu

* Submit Abstracts for UE Student Research and Honors Symposium by March 2

The second annual UE Student Research and Honors Symposium is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1 from 9:00am-5:00pm. This event will showcase the scholarly activities of students of diverse disciplines across UE’s campus, including the graduating seniors of the Honors Program.

All students are invited to apply to participate by submitting an abstract for their papers or posters. For more information or to submit an abstract, please visit: https://www.evansville.edu/undergraduateresearch/student-research-symposium.cfm.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is Monday, March 2.

Contact Jayme Williams at jw504@evansville.edu with any questions.

Jayme Williams
jw504@evansville.edu

* Free HIV testing by Matthew 25

Free, confidential HIV testing performed by Matthew 25 at the UE Student Health Center on Tuesday, March 3rd from 9-11am. No appointment necessary!

Tara Ulrich
tu19@evansville.edu

* Entrepreneurship Club Game Night Changed to March 2nd

Join the Entrepreneurship Club on Monday, March 2nd for GAME NIGHT! Get to know your fellow club members and invite a friend to help grow the club!

Some games will be provided, but if you have a favorite bring it along. Pizza, drinks and dessert will all be covered.

When: March 2nd at 5:00 pm
Where: SOBA Room 250

Please RSVP to Rebecca Oates at ro32@evansville.edu.
Club is open to all majors.

Rebecca Oates
ro32@evansville.edu

* This Week in Religious Life

Theological Thursdays
On Thursday at 5:30PM, meet at Honeymoon Cafe to discuss big philosophical and ethical questions. The first seven students to arrive will receive a free coffee or tea.

Ashes to Go
In honor of Ash Wednesday, ashes will be offered by the Office of Religious Life on the first floor of Ridgeway, 4-5PM.

Sunday Worship
Join us on Sundays, 7:30PM, in Neu Chapel for a time of prayer, singing, and meditation. Dress is casual. All are welcome.

JillAnn Knonenborg
jk383@evansville.edu

* Medical Spanish Practice

Medical Spanish practice is designed to help students practice communication skills in Spanish for medical settings. Students may arrive and leave at any time. The next session is Sunday, March 1st from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Room 64 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Please contact associate professor of Spanish Diana Rodríguez Quevedo at dr130@evansville.edu for more details. ¡Nos vemos el domingo!

Diana Rodriguez Quevedo
dr130@evansville.edu

* Plisky Presents Research at APTA Meeting

Dr. Phil Plisky, associate professor and sports residency program director, gave two research presentations this month at the 2020 APTA Combined Sections meeting in Denver. The presentations included the extensive research that Dr. Kyle Kiesel and he have conducted in a multi-year, prospective injury prediction study with the military. Dr. Plisky presented the findings that 44% of soldiers who returned to full duty have pain with the simple top tier movement patterns of the SFMA and 70% of the soldiers had 5 or more risk factors for future injury (making them 2-10 times at greater risk of injury). The clinical bottom line is that physical therapists need to not only treat the condition, but check and attempt to correct other musculoskeletal risk factors regardless if they relate to the original injury.

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Jennifer Simon
js698@evansville.edu

* Village Request Cards Available

Students interested in living in the Villages for 2020-21 should pick up Village request cards in the Office of Residence Life.

The Villages are reserved primarily for students with 60 plus credit hours. In order to apply to live in the Villages, each person in your group must have at least 44 credit hours on file with the University by the end of the Fall 2019 semester.

Village request cards are due back to the Office of Residence Life by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 28.

More information on the housing assignments process can be found on the residence life section of the University website at www.evansville.edu/residencelife/whereWillYouLive.cfm.

Brian Russell Conner
bc32@evansville.edu

* Catholic Mass

All are welcome! Join us for Catholic Mass this Sunday! Mass will be held in Neu Chapel at 1pm.

Kathryn Williams
kw354@evansville.edu

* Spring Healthy Behavior Challenge

Earn Additional HRA Credits for the 2019-2020 Benefit year! Successfully complete the 8 week challenge and earn an extra $150 in HRA credits. The challenge consists of tracking fruit and vegetable consumption and tracking minutes of weekly exercise. Please email ac375@evansville.edu to sign-up!

All are welcome to participate in this challenge! Only those enrolled in the UE HRA Medical Benefit Plan are eligible to earn HRA credits. If you have previously earned HRA credits for the Summer or Fall Healthy Behavior Challenge in the 2019-2020 benefit year, you are ineligible to earn this credit again.

Ashley Chipps
ac375@evansville.edu

* Village Housing Request Cards Available

Students interested in living in the Villages for 2020-21 should pick up Village request cards in the Office of Residence Life.

Students can apply to live in a single apartment or with up to 5 friends in the Villages. Village units consist of on-campus houses, apartments, Jones Hall apartments, and Townhouses. The Villages are reserved primarily for students with 60 plus credit hours. In order to apply to live in the Villages, each person in your group must have at least 44 credit hours on file with the University by the end of the Fall 2019 semester.

Village request cards are due back to the Office of Residence Life by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 28.

More information on the housing assignments process can be found on the residence life section of the University website.

Brian Conner
bc32@evansville.edu

 

* Need a passport?

Representatives from the US Postal Service will be on campus processing passports on Friday, February 28 from 11:00am to 2:00pm in the Eades Music Room (Room 153) in the School of Business building! If you bring all the required documents, you can get your passport photos taken and your passport processed at this event right here on campus. You can also bring your current passport to be renewed at this event.

Here is what you will need to bring to the event in order to get your passport processed:

Photo Identification: US drivers license, and if not from Indiana, a credit or debit card
Proof of Citizenship: Original or certified copy of long form birth or citizenship certificate
Passport Application: Available online at travel.state.gov, at the study abroad office, or at this event
Payments: Two checks, money orders, or cashiers checks:
$110 to the US Department of State
$35 to the USPS
Photos On Site: Passport photos can be taken during the event for an additional $15 to the USPS

All members of the UE community-faculty, staff, and students-are welcome to come to this event! Feel free to contact Kaylynn McCalister in the study abroad office at kc205@evansville.edu or 812-488-2039 for more information about the event or requirements.

Kaylynn McCalister
kc205@evansville.edu

* Summer Sessions Payment Plan

Payment plans for summer session courses including Early Summer, Harlaxton Summer, Summer I, and Summer II are available now. Contact the cashiers in the Office of Student Financial Services (Olmsted rm. 105G) to set-up a payment plan. Payments can be arranged from the point of set-up to the due date of the session. There is no fee for the payment plan.

Students should contact the Office of Student Financial Services no later than Reading-Study Day, May 7, 2020 to determine if financial aid is available for their summer courses.

Submitted by Amy Sowders as560@evansville.edu.

Congratulations

* Nikolidakis Wins Short Story Contest

Congratulations to Creative Writing's Dr. Nik... whose short story, "With Mercy to the Stars," took first place in the Lamar York Prize at The Chattahoochee Review.

Judge Anthony Varallo had this to say about the story: "A wonderful and surprising coming-of-age story about two Greek teenage girls, an unwanted pregnancy, and a dancing bear named Callisto. I was totally drawn in from the first page, happy to be in the company of a young narrator who is just starting to glimpse the limitations of the adulthood that awaits her, as confining as the cage that houses her father’s prized bear. The story forces the narrator to make a choice that will have ramifications for her, her best friend, and her family—and fully initiate her into the world of choice and consequence. A powerful story that is a pleasure to read from the opening sentence to the harrowing last line."

Lisa Nikolidakis
ln43@evansville.edu
 

Sympathy to...

* Sympathy for Family and Friends of Renato Butturi

Sympathy is extended to Renato Butturi, former Department of Music Lecturer on the death of his wife Debra.

View Debra's obituary and visitation information.

* Sympathy for Family and Friends of Amy Esche

Sympathy is extended to Amy Esche, Senior Administrative Assistant-Department of Music on the death of her father, Harold "Hal" Leon Wolford.

View Hal’s obituary and visitation information.

Athletics

* Men's Basketball Hosts Illinois State on Senior Day

The final game of the regular season for the University of Evansville men’s basketball team when the Purple Aces welcome Illinois State to the Ford Center for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday.  The game will be career on ESPN3 and the Purple Aces Radio Network.

Setting the Scene
- K.J. Riley will play his final home game as a member of the UE squad; he transferred to UE from Howard College in Texas and has improved in each of his three seasons with the Aces
- Through eight Senior Day games at the Ford Center, the Aces are 5-3, but are 2-3 over the last five seasons
- Between 2009 and 2014, Evansville was victorious in six consecutive regular season home finales
- Senior Day of 2015 saw UE and Illinois State battle in an overtime thriller with the Redbirds hanging on for a 69-67 win
- In the series between the squads, Illinois State has won 10 in a row over the Aces and 13 out of 14
- Evansville won four home games in a row over ISU between 2011 and 2014, those are the only UE home wins in the series since 2007

Last Time Out
- A hot-shooting UNI squad finished at 62.7% on Wednesday to take an 84-64 win over the Purple Aces at the McLeod Center
- The Panthers led by 13 at the half before UE rallied to cut the deficit to six in the early moments of the second period
- The Panthers were able to slowly pull away to clinch a perfect home record on the season
- Jawaun Newton and Evan Kuhlman led the way with 13 points apiece
- Newton’s final tally marked his career high; he hit six of his ten attempts and had five boards
- Kuhlman knocked down three out of five triples while dishing out four assists

K.J. 1K
- In the first half of the Feb. 20 game at SIU, senior K.J. Riley reached the 1,000-point mark for his career becoming the 50th player in program history to do so
- Riley is wrapping up his career playing some of his best basketball; he has scored at least eight points in ten consecutive games while averaging 12.5 points on the season
- His shooting accuracy is as high as it has been in his UE career at 46.5%; he has improved on that in each season
- Riley led UE with 15 points against Indiana State before scoring eight at UNI; he has at least eight tallies in 10 straight games

Another Scoring Mark
- The recent roll for Jawaun Newton continued with him setting his career scoring high with 13 points on Wednesday evening at UNI
- Newton was 6-for-10 from the field while hauling in five rebounds
- He has chipped in at least six points in nine out of the last ten games; over that time, he is shooting 64.3% hitting 36 out of 56 attempts while going 10-for-15 from long range
- Newton has shot 50% or better from the field in 10 consecutive contests
- Through his first 17 games of the season, Newton scored six points just three times
- Over his first 48 college contests, Newton did not reach double figures in points, but has done so in five of his last nine games

Scouting the Opponent
- Illinois State enters Saturday’s regular season finale with a 9-20 record and are 4-13 in the Valley; ISU is locked into the #9 seed for next week’s Arch Madness
- They are 1-4 over their last five games, but defeated Drake last weekend by a 57-53 final and took Bradley to overtime on Wednesday in their final home game
- Zach Copeland averages a team-best 14.8 points per game while also pacing ISU with 77 assists and 31 steals
- Keith Fisher III has a team-high 5.9 rebounds per game
- Jaycee Hillsman is third on the team with 8.3 points and second with 4.2 rebounds
- Hillsman scored 20 points in the first meeting between the schools this year, hitting four out of five 3-point tries

* Softball Continues Non-conference Slate at Blues City Classic

Week four of the 2020 season will see the University of Evansville softball team travel to Memphis, Tenn. for the Blues City Classic.

Evansville opens up with North Alabama on Friday before facing Northern Illinois and Northwestern State on Saturday and Memphis on Sunday.

The Purple Aces stand at 6-7 on the season with six of the losses coming by a combined seven runs.  Last weekend, UE picked up a pair of victories at the Eagle Round Robin in Statesboro, Ga.  The bats came alive on Friday in a 14-8 win over Georgia Southern.  Jessica Fehr, Jenna Lis and Kat Mueller combined for 13 RBI in the win.

Fehr was 3-5 with a home run and four RBI.  Lis added a grand slam as the Aces picked up 14 runs on 14 hits, both season highs.  Mueller completed the game with two hits and four RBI.

Saturday’s opener saw Evansville pick up another win, scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth before clinching a 7-6 win over Furman.  Fehr added her second home run of the season while posting three more hits while Hannah Hood added two hits, two RBI and two runs scored.

Taking on Big 10 squad Maryland on Saturday afternoon, the Aces excelled in the circle with Izzy Vetter tossing a gem in a close 1-0 loss.  The sophomore threw all six innings and allowed one run on four hits while striking out five.  Courtney Wyche fanned 15 batters and gave up one hit in the win for the Terrapins.

This weekend begins against North Alabama, who is 9-4 through the first three weekends of play.  Their four losses came against Mississippi State and Tulsa, who each defeated them twice.  Last season, they won 26 games.  They are led by Lexie Harper’s .405 average.

Northern Illinois is coming off of a 22-win campaign and stand at an even 5-5.  Following a 1-4 start, the Huskies have won four of their last five games.  Kara Apato has batted .500 through the first two weeks for NIU.  She has 14 hits in 28 at-bats.  Saturday’s action will wrap up against Northwestern State.  The Lady Demons are 8-5 on the season with Hayley Barbazon batting .515 through the opening stretch.  She has 17 hits in 33 at-bats while pacing the team with 14 RBI.  In 2019, Northwestern State won 30 games.

On Sunday, UE faces host Memphis in the finale.  The Tigers are 7-8 through their opening 15 games.  Their top weekend came in the season-opening Paradise Classic in Hawaii where they went 3-2 with wins over Iowa State, Hawaii and Northern Colorado.  Sam Ibison has a team-best .400 average with 22 hits on the season.

* UE Places Eight on MVC Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete Team

The Missouri Valley Conference announced the 2020 Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete Team following the completion of the conference championship.

Eight athletes from Evansville's swimming and diving squad earned scholar-athlete team honors. Representing the Aces were Emma Hennessy (3.98 GPA), Emily Vasquez (3.97 GPA), Alyssa Vonder Haar (3.88 GPA), Ashton Adams (3.75 GPA), Sarah Kempf (3.69 GPA), Natalie Gerard (3.52 GPA), Sage Moore (3.39 GPA) and Sonsoles Aguayo (3.34 GPA).

The Missouri Valley Conference had an outstanding 81 student-athletes overall on the scholar-athlete team this season.

Scholar-Athlete honors require athletes to have completed at least one year and maintain either a 3.3 grade-point average and obtain all-conference honors, achieve a 3.5 grade-point average and finish top-16 in an individual event at the conference championships, or maintain a 3.8 grade-point average and participate in the MVC championship (including non-scorers).

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