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Monday, September 20, 2021

Upcoming Events

* Fall Break? Join the Venturing Crew for fall break to the St Louis City Museum, Current River and Jacks Fork

Do you have plans for Fall Break? Join the Venturing Crew for fall break to the St Louis City Museum, Current River and Jacks Fork

Join the Venturing Crew as we travel to St Louis to visit the City Museum for a day of exploring the unexpected. City Museum is a hundred-year-old warehouse in downtown St. Louis in which artists have repurposed the pieces of old cities to build miles of tunnels, slides, climbers, bridges, and castles. There are secret passages and grand galleries. Playgrounds and ball pits. A circus and a train. A rooftop school bus and a Ferris wheel.

We will then travel to Two Rivers Campground where the crystal clear Current River meets the Jacks Fork and flows past the campground.

We will spend a day canoeing each river and sit around the camp fire at night playing games "Mafia", eating extreme S'mores and telling stories.

On the last day we break camp and head for home but not before stopping at Lambert's Cafe, the home of the flying rolls where we will eat a hearty brunch and try not to get hit with a hot buttery roll.

We will leave campus Friday October 8th around 6pm and return Tuesday October 12 around 3pm.

Sign up tables will be in Ridgway starting Tuesday Sept 28th and the cost will be $75

* Nursing Students Offering Blood Pressure Measurements at Ridgeway

Sophomore-level nursing students in Physical Assessment Lab have been studying & practicing vital sign measurements. The 264L students will be at Ridgeway Tuesday 9/21/21, from 1-5 PM to measure blood pressures within the campus community. If you are willing and able, stop by our table to support nursing students, and get your blood pressure measured!

* Project Citizen ChangeLab Hosts former White House Official

Tuesday, 9/21 from 5-6pm, Project Citizen ChangeLab students will hear from former Deputy White House Chief of Staff to President Jimmy Carter, Les Francis via zoom. Anyone interested in receiving the link to listen or ask questions in should contact coach Erin Lewis ( Link will be sent out next week.

Francis, a public affairs and communications expert strategist, will take part in an informal talk about how he got into public service, what works and doesn’t work in getting public policy done, and what are some of the biggest issues facing young people today.

Francis was also former Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee and Congressional Campaign Committee. After 4 decades in Washington DC, he now lives in California with his wife Shari. Full biography available below.

Francis Leslie C. (Les) Francis

Les Francis is a communications specialist and public affairs strategist with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. He is a highly regarded policy and opinion leader in national political circles.

Currently an independent consultant living in and operating from his home in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, Francis was affiliated with a number of Washington, DC communications firms, including one he established (The FMR Group), in 1981; the firm was a pioneer in the grassroots-lobbying field, and gained prominence for its innovative and effective constituency-development efforts. In fact, Mr. Francis and his firm won national recognition from the Public Relations Society of America and the American Association of Political Consultants.

Later, Mr. Francis was executive vice president of Winner & Associates and a principal in Winner/Wagner & Mandabach Campaigns. Later, he held executive positions with Goddard Claussen Strategic Advocacy and the Washington Media Group. He also served for five years as Vice President for Communications & Public Affairs at the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Today, Francis serves as a Senior Advisor to the Washington, DC government relations firm, CJ Lake, LLC.

Beyond his experience in the private sector, Mr. Francis has also worked at the highest level of politics and government at the national level. He was chief of staff to then Representative Norman Y. Mineta (D-CA), and Deputy Assistant and Deputy White House Chief of Staff to President Jimmy Carter. He has managed or advised campaigns for office at every level of government, from City Hall to the White House. And, at different points in his career, served as Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He also managed or consulted with dozens of initiative and referenda campaigns on a variety of issues, and in every region of the country.

Born and raised in San Jose, CA, Francis was educated in public schools there, and received a BA degree and high school teaching credential from San Jose State University. In 2006, the College of Social Sciences at SJSU recognized him with the first ever Outstanding Graduate award. And, in May, 2018, Francis was the commencement speaker for the college.

A major focus of Mr. Francis’ career and life has been spent in education. He began his career, at the age of 24, as the youngest person ever employed in a professional staff position of the California Teachers Association. Later, working for the National Education Association in Washington, DC, he was one of the original organizers of the campaign that resulted in passage and ratification of the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which extended the franchise to 18-21 year-olds. For nearly twenty years, Mr. Francis was a faculty member of political communications at George Washington University, where he taught courses in campaign communications and political campaign ethics.

Mr. Francis has also served as a volunteer consultant to the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and has advised democratic movements and parties in Northern Ireland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Bosnia.

With his extensive and varied experience in politics and government at the local, state and federal levels, Mr. Francis is a frequent source for journalists as they cover or analyze current events. He has authored and co-authored articles for many of the country’s leading newspapers, and has been a guest lecturer at several universities. He was also a founder and remains active in the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, and serves as an active member of the Tower Foundation Board of Directors at SJSU.

After more than four decades working and living in Washington, DC, Mr. Francis and his wife, Shari, now live in the Gold Rush-era town of Camino, CA. They have three grown children, nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren and three hyperactive Brittany Spaniels. 

* Talk About It Tuesday

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Join the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at 12:00PM on Tuesday, September 21st for the first part of their six-part program: "Talk About It Tuesdays". This program will be held on the second floor of Ridgway University Center in the Multicultural Student Commons Alcove.

Our first segment will be focusing on varying dynamics of Gender Relations in our different communities and how these different perspectives relate to our personal rights as members of society. Grab your lunch from downstairs and head up to the alcove to discuss with peers and learn about the different resources available to combat gender discrimination, violence, and harassment and how to properly access those resources. Follow along with @uediversity on Instagram for additional programming.

Keep an eye out on social media and AceNotes for upcoming series focused on other topics like Mental Health, Religion, and Race Relations. 

* UE Majors and Minor Fair

Make the Most of your future - attend the M & M Fair. Students - plan to attend the UE Majors and Minors Fair on Tuesday, October 19, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall.

Make connections with faculty, students in the major, and alumni to learn how a major or minor might help lead you in your career path. You will be able to change your major or add a minor right on the spot. Get advice to help determine which courses to take before spring registration. Faculty will also be available to present their graduate programs, and campus support teams will have information on various services provided on campus.

For more information, contact Free snacks will be available too!

* Constitution Day Lecture: Tuesday, September 21

Please join us on Tuesday, September 21 for our annual Consitution Day lecture. The topic for this year is "Covid and the Constitution," and it will be held at 4PM in Smythe Lecture Hall in the Schroeder School of Business Building.

The speaker this year is Professor Sheila Kennedy, who just retired from IUPUI. She was a professor of law and public policy.  Before that, Kennedy was the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana. She is an author, speaker, and blogger. 

* The College Tour - Extras Needed

Calling all Aces! We need your help! On Wednesday, September 22, 2021 The College Tour will be filming downtown on the Riverfront Greenway. If you want to be an extra, join us on the Riverfront from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Bring you, your roommate and/or include your entire family. Just feel free to walk the Riverfront Greenway and wear your UE purple swag! Let’s purple-up the downtown on Wednesday night.

In addition to Wednesday night, The College Tour starts filming next Monday, September 20, 2021. Don’t be shy of the cameras - join in! We need extras in shots and we welcome participation. If you see cameras on campus and want to get involved, just let us know. If you’d like to see what The College Tour is all about, visit


* Perspectives X 3: Paintings, Prints & Mixed-Media Art by Janice Green


Visit the Krannert Gallery to feast your eyes on the Art by Evansville Artist, and UE Alum, Janice Green.
Reception for the Artist: September 9, 6:30pm


Info You Should Know

* Latinx Community Health ChangeLab Hosting Youth-Focused COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for the Latino Community

Protect yourself and your family.
We encourage all ages to take advantage of the free vaccines we are offering at this clinic. Youth 12 years and older now meet the safety standards for receiving the vaccine. Because the number of COVID cases is increasing among young people, we want to help this group in particular.
The University of Evansville supports the Latino community and wants to help address their health care needs. In that spirit, the university is offering anyone who receives both doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine a chance to win a scholarship. Names will be drawn, and one current Latino high school student will win a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to attend UE.
Dates: Sunday, September 26 for the first injection. Sunday, October 17 for the second injection.
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1301 S. Green River Rd. Evansville, IN 47715.
How to register: Registration will take place at the walk-in clinic provided courtesy of St. Vincent Ascension and Holy Rosary Church.
What you should know:
• Wear a mask.
• You do not need ID or health insurance to get vaccinated.
• The vaccine is free for everyone.

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* Ridgway Information Desk Hiring Federal Work Study Student Workers

The position of the Information Desk Assistant exists to provide information regarding the Ridgway University Center, University of Evansville campus, and surrounding community via the phone and in person. Information Desk Assistants provide fast, friendly, and professional services to the students, staff, and guests of the University of Evansville.

Skills Needed: Student must be detail oriented, accurate, organized, punctual, and dependable. Students should be able to communicate well verbally and be able to respond to emergencies in a calm manner.

Students eligible for Federal Work-Study of any major may apply.

Apply by visiting WebAdvisor and downloading the application. Email completed application and availability to

* Alumni Gives Back to Nurse Anesthesia Program

Linda Alvers, alumna of the University of Evansville Nursing Program, is the proud owner and CEO of Dannemiller Healthcare Education in San Antonio, Texas. In August, Ms. Alvers reached out to Dr. Melissa Fitch, Administrator of the Nurse Anesthesia Program, after seeing the program's accreditation article in the latest issue of UE Magazine. She made a very generous donation of a free subscription to AnesthesiaFiles, Dannemiller's comprehensive database of anesthesia articles and continuing education modules to Dr. Fitch, the nurse anesthesia program faculty, and all 16 students in the first cohort of the program. Dr. Fitch and the faculty, staff, and students of the Nurse Anesthesia Program are extremely appreciative of this gift and the UE alumni who have stepped up to support the continued growth of the program.

* CDEI Sponsorship: Indiana Black Expo's Circle City Classic

The Center for Diversity Equity and Inclusion is excited to announce a 50% sponsor for UE individuals interested in attending the Indiana Black Expo's 2021 Circle City Classic on September 25th in Indianapolis. More information provided below!


The Circle City Classic is a HBCU (Historically Black College or University) football game held in Indianapolis by the Indiana Black Expo. This year will be Kentucky State University vs. Benedict College.

Tickets are $28.00 and you only have to pay $14! The CDEI will cover the other half. Individuals are responsible for securing their own transportation to and from Indianapolis for the day of activities and game.

The Calendar of Events Included with Tickets are:

Circle City Classic Parade
Circle City Classic Tailgate
Radio One Performance Stage
Circle City Classic 21+ Day Party
Circle City Classic Football Game &
Circle City Classic Battle of the Bands at Halftime
There are additional events taking place September 24th and later in the evening of the 25th not included with tickets and that can be bought at your own discretion.

To learn more about Indiana Black Expo Please go here: Home- Indiana Black Expo

To learn more about Circle City Classic please go here: The Circle City Classic – History is Made at The Classic

To see the full weekend calendar of events please go here: Calendar of Events – The Circle City Classic



To secure your tickets please stop into the Center for Diversity Equity and Inclusion to register your name and pay your portion of the tickets NO LATER THAN 5:00pm on Thursday, September 23rd.

Purchasing Office Hours:

Monday: 8-10am, 12-2pm, 2-5pm
Tuesday: 8-10am, 10-1pm, 3-5pm
Wednesday: 8-10am, 12-2pm, 2-5pm
Thursday: 8-10am, 10-1pm, 3-5pm
Friday: 8-10am, 2-5pm

If you cannot make to the CDEI during any of the above listed times, please email to schedule a time to register and drop off your portion of the ticket payment!

* Online Title IX Training

Don't forget to take your online Title IX training. All Employees should have received a link through Catharsis Productions for the Report=Support! training on your responsibilities as a Responsible Employee at the University of Evansville. All students that are registered as Freshmen, Juniors, Transfers, and Graduate Students should have received a link to the U Got This! training that covers Title IX rights and resources, consent, and bystander intervention. Please be on the lookout for an email from with your specific training link. You can take the training in more than one sitting. It is recommended that you utilize Chrome and an ethernet internet connection, if possible.

Please complete the training before December 31, 2021. Any questions can be directed to the Assistant Director of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator, Annie Sills at

* CDEI Presents: Hispanic Heritage Month Challenge

During Hispanic Heritage Month join the UE HHM Challenge sponsored by the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion!

In this challenge you will find 30 ways for 30 days of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15- October 15) to actively learn, engage, support, and uplift the many different Hispanic cultures found in Evansville and around the world. Items listed in the challenge can be done personally or in a social group! Watch some YouTube videos to learn Zapateado or grab a friend, some popcorn and watch Selena. Either way you do it, #HHMChallenge yourself!

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month and be on the look out for some great programming throughout this next month hosted by the Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Team!

Hispanic Heritage Month Challenge
- Learn about different traditional Hispanic outfits and their importance
- Support a local Hispanic owned business
- Listen to music that is a part of Hispanic culture
- Learn about stereotypes that affect the Hispanic community
- Learn a few phrases in Spanish! Bonus-if they're in different dialects
- Research the different Spanish dialects
- Try to learn one of the many Hispanic dances ex. Bachata, Zapateado, etc.
- Read a book by a Hispanic author
- Research the significance of September 15th in relation to Hispanic Heritage month
- Amplify Hispanic voices in your community
- Follow some Hispanic activists on social media Ex. Vizo's Voice
- Learn all the Spanish speaking countries
- Share news and information related to Hispanic issues on social media
- Learn about biases towards Hispanic communities
- Research the importance of certain animals in different Hispanic cultures
- Support a Hispanic serving charity / organization ex. HOLA, Pulsera project
- Learn about Hispanic holidays
- Try a food that is important and traditional to a Hispanic culture
- Attend a Hispanic heritage month event hosted by the CDEI
- Research influential people in Hispanic culture ex. Frida Kahlo
- Share the new information you've learned with others
- Learn about the contributions that Hispanics have made in America
- Learn about the first Hispanic astronaut
- Look into and learn about the history of Afro-Latinos
- Research the differences and similarities between Hispanic countries and cultures
- Download an app created by an Hispanic person
- Watch a movie or documentary that is important to Hispanic culture ex. Bajo la Misma Luna or Living Undocumented
- Sign some petitions advocating for Hispanic rights on
- Research the term Hispanic
- Listen to podcasts by a Hispanic creative // that explore Hispanic culture
- Attend a Hispanic heritage festival this month

* Writing Center Opens Online and In Person

The Writing Center is opening both in person and online this week, though there are still several hours that are unmanned. Please use to schedule appointments; over the next week, several hours that are currently not staffed will fill up. In the meantime, if you are interested in applying to become a tutor, please email kd60. If you have and haven’t received a response yet, please email her again.

* Free Starter OZZI Token

Please stop by Dining Services to receive your free starter OZZI token by September 27th at 11am. After that time, all token will be $5/token. Thank you.

* Looking for Potential Drivers for Ace CARE van

Info: Ace CARE, UE's pro bono, student run organization that offers free physical therapy services to the Evansville community, is searching for volunteers to drive our van to transport participants between their homes and services on UE's campus.
Who can volunteer as a driver: Any full-time UE employee over 30 years old that meets UE Driver requirements (A valid U.S driver’s license; clear background screening, clear Motor Vehicle Record; and completion of two (2) transportation training modules assignable to UE employees)
What you will do: Drive! Drivers will always be accompanied by 1-2 students, so you will never be alone with participants. The students will be responsible for performing transfers, if necessary. Most of our participants are independent with ambulation/walking and only need assistive devices like walkers or canes (and students would be responsible for handling all equipment).
When: Tuesday or Thursday evenings from ~4:30-7:30. We can schedule you on dates that are best for your schedule. You can volunteer as much as you want, though we ask that you drive at least two times a semester.
If you are interested in volunteering, or require additional information, please reach out to Kate Schwartzkopf-Phifer (ks148).

* Employees- UE Gives Back

The volunteer survey is open for volunteers to select their project for UE Gives Back on Friday, October 8. With the approval of immediate supervisors and as schedules permit, employees may choose to volunteer on UE’s campus without scheduling a day of vacation.

Projects this year include:

  • Clifford Circle Benches – Pressure Washing
  • Front Oval Refresh – Painting of Front Oval Curbs
  • John Street Community Garden Cleanup – Seasonal Cleaning Up of Vines and Plants, Raking Leaves
  • Krannert Hall Art Department - Inspecting and Registering Permanent Collections
  • Native Plant Garden – Planting
  • Raised Planters Across Campus – Planting Fall Annuals
  • Peters-Margedant House – Cleaning and Painting Exterior Walls, Outdoor Landscaping
  • SOBA Landscaping – Removal of Overgrown Hedges, Raking Mulch, Adding Decorative Rock

Sign up today by filling out this UE Gives Back Survey by October 4. The safety of all employees is critically important to the success of this event. Volunteers are asked to watch this safety video and initial the final page of the survey document. Safety Video:

Contact Alex Amick at with any questions.

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* UE Leadership Academy Tier I/II Recruitment

The University of Evansville Leadership Academy (UELA) seeks to enrich the student organizations on campus by developing, training, and nurturing student leaders. Members of this organization will develop leadership skills and techniques through informative lectures, leadership workshops, and practical leadership experience. UELA is now accepting new applications from Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors who are interested in becoming members for the Fall 2021 semester! Once applications close there will be a formal interview session with UELA's Advisory Council and then emails will be sent out to accepted members. Applications can be found on UEngage!

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* Aces win Dunn Hospitality Tournament Championship

Freshman Madisyn Steele had the top outing of her college career, recording 10 kills and two block assists to help the University of Evansville volleyball team earn a 3-0 win over Murray State to earn the Dunn Hospitality Tournament Championship.

Alondra Vazquez was named the Most Valuable Player of the event and finished Saturday’s match with 19 kills andf 14 digs.  Steele and Melanie Feliciano earned All-Tournament accolades.  With the win, UE moves to 10-1 on the season with Missouri Valley Conference play set to begin on Friday at Indiana State.

Blakeley Freeman added 10 digs while Feliciano added eight to complement nine kills.  Taya Haffner had 43 assists, Kate Tsironis picked up five block assists and Giulia Cardona led all players with three service aces.  Alexa Harris and Brooke Watts led the Racers with 16 and 15 kills, respectively.

Set 1
With the score tied at 7-7 in the first set, Evansville tallied three points in a row and would lead for the remainder of the frame.  Feliciano and Vazquez recorded kills during the stretch.  Cardona added a kill of her own to push the lead to five at 15-10.  The Racers cut the deficit to three points before two more Vazquez kills capped off a 25-17 win.

Set 2
UE had the early momentum in game two, grabbing a 10-5 lead thanks to a Vazquez kill.  Murray State chipped away at the lead and tied it up at 13-13 before going in front at 18-17.  A back-and-forth battle ensued with the Purple Aces going back in front at 20-18 with Cecilia Thon adding an ace.  Two in a row by MSU tied it up before a Steele kill gave UE a 21-20 edge.  With Evansville continuing to lead by a 22-21 tally, the Racers stormed back with three in a row to bring up set point.

Facing a deficit in crunch time, the Aces responded in a big way with Alondra Vazquez taking control.  Her kill got the Aces within one before a Racer error tied it up.  The senior added a service ace to put the Aces in front before Murray State tied it up.  The teams exchanged points leading to a 31-31 score.  That is when Vazquez took over once again, registering a kill and an ace to clinch the set.  Evansville did a great job of keeping control in the final rallies, never letting the Racers take the lead.

Set 3
In the third set, the Aces put everything together to finish off the day.  While the set was close early on, UE never let Murray State gain the lead.  With the score knotted at 7-7, the Aces picked up six of the next seven tallies to go up 13-8.  Haffner had an ace while Cardona notched a kill to extend the advantage.  The Racers cut the gap to a pair (17-15) before an 8-2 rally capped off the 3-0 match victory on the strength of a 25-17 decision in the set.  Thon picked up another ace in the late stages while Vazquez had two more kills to finish the day with 19.

* Aces defense shines in MVC-opening draw with Loyola

Behind an impressive defensive effort, the University of Evansville men's soccer battled Loyola Chicago to a scoreless draw on Saturday evening at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.

"A deserved point for the effort the guys put in this evening," said Aces head men's soccer coach Marshall Ray. "We regrouped from our trip out west and battled. We;re looking forward to getting another week of training in and heading to Missouri State."

For just the second time this season, Loyola was held scoreless with the Aces defense locking-in and eliminating many quality chances from the Ramblers. In goal, redshirt junior Jacob Madden posted his first shutout in white and purple, recording eight saves on 19 Loyola shots. Evansville's backline remained primarily intact for the entirety of the match with Ethan Garvey playing all 110 minutes, Raphaello Perez Colasito spending 105 minutes on the pitch, Oliver Hald playing 100 minutes, and Francesco Brunetti playing 89 minutes before going down with cramps.

Both defense won out in the opening 45 minutes as Loyola tallied four shots in the first half, putting two on-goal that Madden saved. The attack heated up in the second half with both sides generating opportunities. Evansville saw its best opportunity of the match come in the 77th minute as Filip Johansson dribbled 25 yards into the box without much pressure and fired a shot on target that Loyola keeper Marcel Kampman saved to preserve the scoreless match.

In all, Evansville recorded two shots in the second half with one on frame, while the Ramblers recorded 13 shots in the half, six of which were saved by Madden.

Evansville controlled possession in the first overtime period, pushing the ball to the wings looking to whip the ball into the box, but Loyola's defense stayed discipline as neither side recorded a shot in the first extra 10 minutes. The second overtime period saw both teams generate more opportunities with three combined shots. The only shot on goal in the second overtime came from Pablo Guillen who looped in a shot from 30 yards out that sent the keeper back to the goal line before making the save.

Evansville goes back on the road on Saturday, September 25 with a 6 PM matchup against Missouri State in Springfield, Mo.

* Impressive second half earns Aces road win at UNI

In its MVC opener, the University of Evansville women's soccer team unleashed an impressive attack in the second half, earning a 2-0 win on the road at UNI on Friday afternoon in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Senior Abby Phelps was the catalyst to the Aces offensive surge in the second half, scoring twice, after entering the contest without a goal in her collegiate career. Between the posts, it was the 15th shutout of Michaela Till's career, pushing the fifth-year senior into sole possession of third in the record books in career saves.

Both teams defenses were the key to the opening 45 minutes of action as the two sides combined for 14 shots in the opening half with a total of seven on target, but the Aces and Panthers kept the scoreboard clean. Evansville put three shots on frame in the first half, including two from Emily Wolak that were saved.

In the second half, the Aces capitalized on their chances early. In the 50th minute, Evansville earned a penalty after Emily Wolak was brought down in the box. Earning their first PK of the season, the Aces chose Abby Phelps to take it and the senior found the back of the net to give UE the advantage early in the second half. Just over 10 minutes later, Phelps did it again, scoring off another set piece. With the Aces earning a corner kick, senior Nicole Benati whipped-in a corner that Phelps found the end of, scoring a brace to push Evansville in front, 2-0.

Evansville's consistently strong defense held strong through the final 30 minutes of the match, withstanding 10 Panther shots as the Aces earned the 2-0 victory.

With both goals coming off set pieces, Evansville has now scored 10 of its 13 goals off set pieces this season.

Evansville returns to Arad McCutchan Stadium to open a two-game homestand against Drake on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 1 PM.

* Epur, Lowry lead Aces at John McNichols Invite

In its second meet of the season, the University of Evansville men's and women's cross country teams competed at the John McNichols Invite, hosted by Indiana State, at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind.

Both Evansville's men's and women's teams earned 11th-place finishes. Purdue captured both the men's and women's team championships in the men's 8k and women's 5k.

On the women's side, the meet marked the return to competition for Anna Lowry in her fifth season of running for the Aces after not competing in the Evansville Opener two weeks ago. Lowry finished 21st in the 5k, crossing the line in a time of 18:42. Helping the Aces to the 11th place finish in the 14-team field was Sam Weldon, who followed-up her team-leading performance two weeks ago, finishing in 74th with a time of 20:43.

Improving three seconds on her time from the opening meet, Tess Crosley finished inside the top 100 runners with a time of 21:24, joined by Ellie Stewart in 94th, crossing the finish in 21:48. Two more Aces narrowly missed the top 100 with freshman Kaitlyn Sansone (101st, 22:18.5) and senior Emma Boebinger (103rd, 22:26.6) each finishing under 22:30.

Wrapping-up the Evansville contingent in the 5k were Emma Denbo, who finished in a time of 24:18 in 119th and Kylee Peck, who finished 131st in a time of 26:18.1.

For the second time in the early portion of this season, senior Peter Ekayi Epur led the way for the Aces men's team, capturing a 61st-place finish and finishing just eight seconds off of his time in the Evansville Opener with a 27:21. Continuing his impressive start to the season, freshman Adam Oulgout finished just 12 spots behind Epur in 73rd, crossing the line with a time of 27:50.9.

Graduate J.J. Pedersen was just three seconds off of Oulgout, finishing with a time of 27:53.9, coming home in 75th. Another freshman finished fourth among Aces runners as Justin Nichols crossed the line in 126th with a time of 30:46.4. Finishing in a group with Nichols was Carson Kline with a time of 30:51.4.

Rounding-out Evansville's men were a pair of underclassmen in freshman Jacob Moffat in 138th with a time of 32:16.7 and sophomore Luke Watts, earning a 147th-place finish in 34:14.7.

Evansville takes another weekend off from competition before returning to the course at the Live in Lou Cross Country Classic in Louisville, Ky. on October 2.

* UE men travel to Valparaiso Fall Invitational

Three consecutive weekends of action to begin the season will wrap up for the University of Evansville men’s golf team when they travel to the Valparaiso Fall Invitational in Chesterton, Ind.

Sand Creek Country Club will host the tournament on Monday and Tuesday with par set for 72.  Day one will feature 36 holes of continuous play with Tuesday consisting of a single round of 18.  Yardage will be 6,997 on Monday and 6,916 for the final round.

Evansville is one of 12 teams in the event which also includes Xavier, Green Bay, Western Illinois, Wright State, Bradley, Chicago State, DePaul, North Dakota, Eastern Illinois, Detroit Mercy and Valparaiso.

Last week, the Aces were in Pawleys Island, S.C. for the Golfweek Challenge.  Sophomore Carson Parker carded a 1-under 71 in the final round to finish with a score of 229.  He improved in each round of the tournament before wrapping it up with his low score of the season.

Isaac Rohleder had the lowest tournament for UE, completing the three rounds at True Blue Golf Club with a 221.  He posted a 76 in the final day to lead the Aces in the final standings.  Three behind him was Caleb Wassmer.  In his final 18, Wassmer registered a 74 to wrap up the event with a 224.  Dallas Koth (231) and Eli Rohleder (255) rounded out the squad.

* Conference play begins Saturday with Family Weekend showdown with Loyola

Following five non-conference matches to open the season, the University of Evansville men's soccer team opens Missouri Valley Conference action on Saturday evening against Loyola Chicago at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.

Last Match: Air Force 5, Evansville 1
• In its finale of its Colorado road trip, the University of Evansville men's soccer team scored first, but fell to Air Force, 5-1, on Sunday afternoon in USAF Academy, Colorado.
• "We all have to take a good look at each other and in the mirror and ask some really tough questions as we head into conference play," said Aces head men's soccer coach Marshall Ray. "Our effort on Friday night is what's expected of the Aces. Today we fell short in the second half."
• For the fourth time this season, Evansville scored first, but as has been true this season, despite its fast starts, the second halves have doomed the Aces. Opening his Evansville account, junior Carlos Barcia found the back of the net in the 16th following an assist from Raphaello Perez Colasito. The Aces nearly added to their lead four minutes later as Barcia again put a shot on frame that was saved.
• 10 minutes after Evansville got on the scoreboard, Air Force answered with a goal by Thaddeus Dewing, who followed a saved shot that rebounded out and finished it. In the first half, Evansville and Air Force were nearly even on shots as the Falcons had a 6-5 advantage with the match tied at the break.
• The Aces recorded the first shot of the second half and it came off the foot of Nkosi Graham who missed just wide. In the 59th minute, Air Force went in front, scoring in a goal by Giuliano Daniel, assisted by Remi Smith. Less than one minute later in the 60th minute, the Falcons doubled their lead as Luke Hill scored unassisted.
• Over the final 30 minutes, Air Force scored twice more as the Falcons secured a 5-1 win.

Previewing the Matchup
• Evansville and Loyola Chicago are meeting for the 28th time in series history with Evansville owning a 19-7-1 advantage in the series.
• The two sides last met as the 2020-21 campaign waned with the Ramblers capturing a 3-0 win at home over the Aces.
• Despite trailing in the all-time series, Loyola Chicago has won five-straight matches and has won seven of the last 10 meetings.
• Saturday represents the Aces' MVC opener. Evansville is in search of its first win in its opening conference match since 2016 when UE defeated Bradley on the road, 2-0, on September 17, 2016.
• The reigning MVC Player (Loyola's Billy Hency) and Freshman of the Year (Evansville's Pablo Guillen) will match one another on Saturday, marking the first time the two award winners have faced each other since 2018. In the match in 2018, Central Arkansas' Nikolas Brodacki (PotY) and Bradley's Younes Dayekh (FotY) each started against one another with Brodacki earning the advantage in the matchup with six shots and two goals en route to the Bears' 3-0 win over the Braves on Sept. 22, 2018.

Scoring First
• For the fourth time in five games this season, Evansville found the back of the net first against Air Force on Sunday.
• In all but one match this season, the Aces have accomplished the task of scoring first, with he average time of that first goal coming in the 36th minute.

* Volleyball opens home slate with win over CSU

A complete team effort by the University of Evansville volleyball team on Friday saw the Purple Aces improve to 9-1 with a 3-0 victory over Cleveland State in the Dunn Hospitality Tournament.

Eleven Evansville players recorded a dig, nine contributed a kill and eight registered a block in the winning effort.  Alondra Vazquez recorded a match-high nine kills while Giulia Cardona added eight.  Taya Haffner registered 23 assists while Cecilia Thon posted 11.  UE finished with ten service aces, led by three from Hannah Watkins.  Madisyn Steele tallied five block assists to lead all players.

Set 1
Evansville came out on fire in its home opener, taking an 11-3 lead.  A pair of kills from Melanie Feliciano and Alondra Vazquez, coupled with a kill from Blakeley Freeman, propelled the Aces attack.  Cleveland State was unphased by Evansville’s start, rallying to score eight in a row to tie it up.  Chelsea Penfield completed the run with a pair of service aces.  Following a timeout, Feliciano got the Ace s back on track.  Madisyn Steele added a kill that helped the Aces respond with six in a row.  From there, UE cruised to the 25-15 win.  Vazquez had five kills in the frame.

Set 2
Game two saw the Purple Aces jump out to a 5-0 edge with Cardona picking up two kills and Brooke Springer adding her first of the night.  After the Vikings made it an 8-4 game, Evansville countered by reeling off six of the next seven points to go up 14-5.  Laura Ruiz had back-to-back service aces in the run.  With the Aces closing in on a 2-0 lead, Elise Moeller picked up two kills to lead her team to a 25-10 win.

Set 3
Cleveland State opened game three on a 3-1 stretch before Evansville tied it up at 4-4.  The Vikings remained close, trailing by a 12-10 tally before the Aces slowly took control.  Chloe Bontrager picked up a kill that gave UE a 15-11 lead before consecutive Moeller kills pushed the lead to 19-13.  Hannah Watkins put the finishing touches on the night with three service aces to give Evansville a 25-15 win and a 3-0 match sweep.

Tomorrow, the Aces will face Murray State in a 1 p.m. game inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.


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