University of Evansville

AceNotes Today

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

COVID-19 Corner

* Departments/Offices Requiring Masks or Face Coverings

Effective November 10, the mask mandate will be lifted on the UE campus. However, masks or face coverings may still be required in certain departments or offices (e.g. the Health Center). If your department or office is requiring masks, the indication can be made on our website. To do so, please email our Web Team ( to make this change online.

* Mask Signage: Request from Publications

On the UE campus, begining November 10, the mask mandate will be lifted. Masks or face coverings will continue to be required in some departments (such as the Health Center), and faculty may require masks in their instructional spaces and during instructional activities.

Signs may be placed in these and other areas indicating that masks or face coverings are still required. If you are in need of signage, please contact the Office of Publications by emailing


Upcoming Events

* 7th Annual UE High School Changemaker Challenge Launched by the CFIC

7th Annual UE High School Changemaker Challenge Launched by the CFIC

* 35th Annual International Bazaar: Friday, November 12

The UE International Club will host the 35th annual International Bazaar on Friday, November 12, in Eykamp Hall! Come celebrate their largest annual event from 5-8 p.m. and celebrate diversity in a fun and exciting way!

From 5-6 p.m., there will be live performances inside Eykamp Hall. These are limited spots and will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

From 6-8 p.m., there will be interactive booths for guests to visit and learn about. A total of 10 countries and 4 organizations will be featured.

To RSVP for the International Bazaar, choose your time slot through SignUpGenius. International Bazaar is free for all UE students. Employees and community members are welcome to attend for $8 per ticket. Payment will be accepted through cash or Venmo (no change, so please pay with exact cash). 

You can sign up online or by visiting the International Club table in Ridgway during lunch and dinner hours, Tuesday-Friday. Tickets may be purchased in advance beginning Wednesday, or they may be purchased at the door on Friday evening.

* Honors Program Project Presentations - Monday, November 15

The Honors Program invites the campus community to attend the Honors Program Project Presentations on Monday, November 15 at 5:00pm. The session will be held in Koch Center 101.

The honors project represents the culmination of the honors experience and provides an opportunity for students to explore an area about which they are passionate. The honors project may consist of a research project, thesis, or creative work.

The following Honors Program students have finished their projects this semester and will be presenting at this event. We hope you will join us to support these students and hear about the fantastic work which they have completed.

Cecilia Thon – “The Role of Trade Agreements on Regional Political Stability and the Decrease of Interstate Conflict”
Steph Voteau – “In-Betweens: A Short Film on Silence”
Meghana Bhaskara and Pranav Haran – “Catalytic Dehydrogenative Coupling of Alcohols using POCOP and PNCNP Nickel and Ruthenium Catalysts”

* Gobbler Gathering Donation at Rademacher's and Ace's Place

Evansville Rescue Mission is requesting donations for their Gobbler Gathering event occurring on Thanksgiving for families in-need in the local Evansville community. Donations will be collected at Rademacher's Café and Ace's Place. Cash donations only! Bring cash to either location up until November 18th to contribute to the Gobbler Gathering event. Your donations can do so much to give individuals in the local Evansville community a Thanksgiving meal this year. Donate today!

Questions? Contact Lily Renfro at

* Climbing at Vertical Excape with the Venturing Crew

Sign-ups will be in Ridgway lobby starting today and going through Wednesday 11am-1pm and 4pm-6pm.
Join the Venturing Crew as we climb the night away at Vertical Excape from 8pm till midnight on Saturday, November 13th.
Vertical Excape offers 4 types of climbing in their facility: Bouldering, Top-Roping, Auto-Belay, and Sport Climbing.
Venturing Crew will provide Pizza, drinks and a good time. The event is free and we will provide bus transportation.
We will require a $10 deposit at the sign-up table to hold your place and will be returned once we get to Vertical Excape.
There is a maximum of 75 people allowed for the event and must be a current UE student or advisor to attend.

* Krannert Gallery Exhibit

The Department of Art is pleased to announce the exhibition entitled Little Boxes: Mixed Media Assemblage by artist and visiting Theatre faculty Jeff Hinchee. Please visit the Krannert Gallery between now and December 18.

* University of Evansville Theatre presents THREE SISTERS

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre is excited to continue the fall season of the 2021–2022 school year with Anton Chekov’s THREE SISTERS, in a new version by Sarah Ruhl, based on a literal translation by Elise Thoron with Natasha Paramonova and Kristin Johnsen-Neshati. The show opens on Friday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. In repertory style with GONE MISSING, created by The Civilians, additional performances of THREE SISTERS are at 7:30 p.m., on Nov. 19, 20, and Dec. 2, and at 2:00 p.m., on Nov. 13 and Dec. 5.

Sarah Ruhl’s modern voice has garnered her a Tony Award nomination, a MacArthur Fellowship, and she was twice named a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Her version of one of Chekhov’s most famous plays exposes the timely struggles of a family living in a small town in Russia and facing gambling debts, a house in foreclosure, and fears of a war on the horizon. These sisters defy despair, celebrate milestones, fall hopelessly in love, and rival as only siblings can. With unyielding resilience and acerbic humor, these women throw themselves into the distance between their dreams and reality and inspire us all to brave our own “new normal.”

Professor Diane Brewer directs THREE SISTERS. Yoon Bae, guest artist, serves as the scenic designer; Sara Mathew, a junior design and technology major, from Union, Ky., serves as the costume designer; Associate Professor Stephen Boulmetis serves as the lighting designer; Richard B. Ingraham, guest artist, serves as the sound designer; Joy Weidenhamer, a senior theatre studies major, from Omaha, Neb., serves as the dramaturg; Assistant Professor Mitchell L. Critel serves as the technical director; Corey Cagle, a senior stage management major, from Nashville, Ind., serves as the stage manager.

The cast features Cassidy Rogers, a senior performance major, from College Station, Texas, as Olga; Marie Reilly, a junior performance major, from Spring Hill, Fla., as Masha; Cass Dunn, a senior performance major, from Brattleboro, Vt., as Irina; McAllister Stowell, a junior performance major, from Lakewood, Colo., as Andrei; Tatiana Robledo, a sophomore performance major, from Houston, Texas, as Natasha; Nathan Viscaino, a junior performance major, from Redmond, Ore., as Kulygin; Zachary Scalzitti, a senior performance major, from Saint John, Ind., as Vershinin; Brody Ray, a sophomore performance major, from Owensboro, Ky., as Tuzenbach; Benjamin Bravard, a junior performance major, from Batavia, Ohio, as Solyony; Josh Gelman, a senior performance major, from Denver, Colo., as Chebutykin; Caden Sevier, a sophomore performance major, from Humble, Texas, as Fedotik; Beverley Buchanan, a sophomore performance major, from Tomball, Texas, as Rodé; Jack Cory, a junior performance major, from Southlake, Texas, as Ferapont; and Elizabeth Dye, a junior performance major, from Frisco, Texas, as Anfisa.

The safety of students and patrons is of top priority to UE Theatre. The program boasts a 100% vaccination rate against COVID-19 among the faculty and students. In addition to compliance with the University of Evansville’s Coronavirus Task Force guidelines, UE Theatre continues regular weekly COVID-19 testing of students involved with productions in order to maintain a healthy, safe environment for the coalition of theatre artists working on campus.

In following industry standards, as established by the Broadway League, all audience members must show proof of COVID–19 vaccination or a negative test result taken within 72-hours of the date on their ticket. Upon arrival at Shanklin Theatre, proof of vaccination/negative test result and an ID will be checked before each performance. In compliance with the UE Coronavirus Task Force guidelines, all audience members must remain masked when indoors on campus. Additionally, Shanklin Theatre will be seated at no more than 50% capacity.

Single ticket prices for THREE SISTERS 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 12:00 p.m. on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488-2031, Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

* University of Evansville Theatre presents GONE MISSING

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre announces the third installment of the 2021–2022 season with GONE MISSING, created by The Civilians, written by Steven Cosson, from interviews by the company, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. The show opens on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Running in repertory style with THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekov, in a new version by Sarah Ruhl, additional performances of GONE MISSING are at 7:30 p.m., on Nov. 18, and Dec. 3 and 4, and at 2:00 p.m., on Nov. 20 and 21.

This charming show combines real-life interviews about the nature of memory with a scintillating score that effortlessly swings between salsa, ballads, jazzy numbers, and tuneful pop songs. An ensemble of eccentric characters seamlessly intertwines tales of lost objects with fascinating stories of seekers and finders and examines our tendency to place heightened significance on everyday items. While a global pandemic may be the most opportune time to explore this “cabaret of loss,” it is the communal experience of shared joy that is sure to resonate and linger in hearts and minds long after the show ends.

Assistant Professor Wes Grantom, a 2003 alumnus, directs GONE MISSING. Tyler Simpson, guest artist, serves as the music director; E. Casey, a junior design and technology major, from Kingsland, Ga., serves as the scenic designer; Cole McCarty, guest artist and 2010 alumnus, serves as the costume designer; Herbie Perlman, a senior design and technology major, from Bethel, Conn., serves as the lighting designer; Richard B. Ingraham, guest artist, serves as the sound designer; Drake Susuras, a sophomore performance major, from Broomfield, Colo., serves as the dramaturg; Visiting Assistant Professor Damian Thompson, a 2003 alumnus, serves as the choreographer; Assistant Professor Mitch L. Critel serves as the technical director; and Hannah Tarr, a junior theatre studies major, from Floyds Knobs, Ind., serves as the stage manager.

The ensemble includes Lillian Grace Carlson, a sophomore performance major, from Minneapolis, Minn.; Ashly Chalico, a first-year performance major, from Magnolia, Texas; Allie Forté, a senior performance major, from New Albany, Ind.; Davis Jolgren, a sophomore performance major, from Louisville, Ky.; Lillie Kolich, a senior performance major, from Albuquerque, N.M.; Kirkland Long, a senior performance major, from Canal Winchester, Ohio; Riley Katherine Miller, a junior performance major, from Crown Point, Ind.; Amelia Overholt, a junior performance major, from Fort Collins, Colo.; Jeff Parkinson, a junior performance major, from Mercer Island, Wash.; and Chloe Shrieves, a senior performance major, from St. Cloud, Fla.

The safety of students and patrons is of top priority to UE Theatre. The program boasts a 100% vaccination rate against COVID-19 among the faculty and students. In addition to compliance with the University of Evansville’s Coronavirus Task Force guidelines, UE Theatre continues regular weekly COVID-19 testing of students involved with productions in order to maintain a healthy, safe environment for the coalition of theatre artists working on campus.

In following industry standards, as established by the Broadway League, all audience members must show proof of COVID–19 vaccination or a negative test result taken within 72-hours of the date on their ticket. Upon arrival at Shanklin Theatre, proof of vaccination/negative test result and an ID will be checked before each performance. In compliance with the UE Coronavirus Task Force guidelines, all audience members must remain masked when indoors on campus. Additionally, Shanklin Theatre will be seated at no more than 50% capacity.

Single ticket prices for GONE MISSING 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 12:00 p.m. on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488-2031, Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

* CDEI Presents: I-House: Peace Corps Information Session

Join the CDEI on Wednesday, November 10th from 7:00- 8:00 PM on the second floor of Ridgeway for the fourth International House of the semester, focusing on Peace Corps.

This event, hosted by senior Spanish major, HarMonee Baltzel and Peace Corps Recruiter, Andrea Tiller will provide an overview of general knowledge about the Peace Corps including benefits, sectors of service, and countries of service.

Follow along with @uediversity on Instagram for additional programming!

* Medical Professions Academy Recruitment Night

Come check out the Medical Professions Academy November 17th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Central High School. See flyer for more details.

* SAA Drive Benefiting United Caring Services

The SAA Social Committee invites you to participate in a donation drive benefiting United Caring Services!
United Caring Services serves hurting people experiencing homelessness, housing insecurity, and hunger through the generosity of compassionate community partners. Alongside their partners, they help ensure restorative and life-changing services continue to meet the needs of homeless men, women, and children in the Evansville area.

November 8th - 19th

Tables will be set up in Ridgway November 8th – 12th, 11am-1pm each day, to collect items from our community and share more information about United Caring Services.

Donation boxes will be available the full two weeks in Ridgway, Olmstead and Igleheart.

The most prominent needs for the month of November are:
Sugar, Deodorant (men’s and women’s), Bulk Drink Mixes (Coffee, Tea, Lemonade, etc. Not individual packs.)
and Cotton Jersey Work Gloves.

If you would like to volunteer for an hour at one of these tables, visit

* Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. Tabling and Informational Meeting

Do you want to learn about Multicultural Greek life opportunities on campus?

On Tuesday, November 16th, Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. will be tabling from 3:00- 6:00 pm in Ridgeway University Center.

Gamma Phi Omega is also hosting an informational meeting on Thursday, November 18th from 6:00- 7:00 pm in SOBA 271.

Stop by the tabling and informational meeting events to learn about Gamma Phi Omega’s commitment to academic excellence, cultural awareness, community service, and sisterhood- and how you can be a part of it!


Info You Should Know

* Solution Station Wednesday: How's Your Schedule For Spring?

How did registration go? Are you all set - or does your schedule need some more work? Waitlists? Time conflicts? Are you having trouble finding classes? Let's talk! Come by the Solution Station table in Ridgway from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM today!

As always, let us know if there's anything you need help with or if you have questions that you need the answer to. If we don't know the answer, we'll know who does! We're here to help you find solutions to issues you're facing. Let us help.

Contact: Chad Hart (

* An analyst from Franklin Templeton will interact with UE students

Jacek Kanur, a research analyst, with Franklin Templeton, will speak to UE students in Dr. Walayet Khan’s classes via Zoom at 6.00 p.m. on Thursday, November 11. Graduated in 2021 represented UE in CFA investment challenge in 2020/2021, he started working at Franklin Templeton in Poznan, Poland, as a stock analyst in his final semester of college.

Franklin Templeton is one of the largest mutual funds in the world with over $ 1.5 trillion in assets under management from over 160 countries. Please contact Dr. Walayet A. Khan at for an invitation and further information. 

* UE Awarded Grant for Summer Camp to Support ALICE Families

The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was recently awarded a $90,000 grant to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. The grant was part of the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region, which provided $1 million to a total of six organizations in September. The purpose of these funds is to support non-profits that are reconceptualizing systems, environments, and pathways to create a more resilient region.

The Center has created "Springboard,” a summer day program that seeks to address the preparation gap for under-resourced high school students before graduation. The program will include STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) curriculum, character development, and leadership training. Intracultural appreciation will also be fostered to improve intercultural competency. Through these efforts, Springboard will improve high school graduation rates as well as college readiness and admission for students from Black and African American ALICE families (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed).

Springboard is a collaborative project between UE and Black Lemonade, Inc., which is a non-profit organization “dedicated to turning sour conflict into sweet and powerful solutions.” Black Lemonade originally created a summer camp for grades K-8, but the grant will expand its reach to support students up to 12th grade.

"I'm so glad to share this vision of helping my community advance in ways that oftentimes weren’t discussed growing up,” said Kaymi Butler, who serves as founder and chief executive officer of Black Lemonade. “This vision, and more importantly its execution, is more than preparing a student for a future career. It's about instilling in them how to avoid the hate that is often associated with indifference. It's about teaching and showing love, letting go of the stereotypes, and purposefully meeting a person where they are."

The Springboard program will be spearheaded by both UE and Black Lemonade, but current students are developing the curriculum through a ChangeLab titled “Community Race Project.” ChangeLabs are semester-long courses in which students work in teams to tackle a local or regional issue and create positive change in the community. The Community Race Project will continue into the spring semester to further prepare for the camp.

Additional details for Springboard will be added to the UE website at a later date and can be found at

* Volunteers for Advent Vespers

Advent Vespers returns to the University of Evansville on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm in Neu Chapel.
In preparation for the service, the Office of Religious Life requests volunteers from the campus community (students and employees).
Volunteers have the option to help with decorating Neu Chapel or participate as readers during the festive service.
Please contact the Office of Religious Life at to express your interest.

* Last Day to Withdraw with a "W"

The last day to withdraw with a "W" from Fall classes is Friday, November 12, 2021. Come to Academic Services in Olmsted RM 116 for assistance!

* Winter Housing

Residence Hall Students - do you need a place to stay this winter? The residence life office has limited winter housing available. Only students participating in official University functions or with approved reasons will be considered for winter housing.

Students approved for winter housing may be assigned a temporary room in another housing facility and may not have access to their permanent rooms during winter break. Approvals are subject to room availability. Students are charged a flat fee of $400 for winter housing.

Students seeking winter housing must submit a Winter Housing Request Form by December 1, 2021, available through this link -

Students who live in Village housing can stay in their apartment or house at no additional cost but we do ask that you let us know when you will be on campus by filling out this form -

* Employees: Thanksgiving Break Extended for Wednesday, November 24

The original holiday calendar for employees included a Thanksgiving Break scheduled for Thursday and Friday, November 25-26. At the Staff and Administrators Assembly on Monday, November 1, Prez P announced that Thanksgiving Break would be extended by another day! Employees can now enjoy three days of break, from Wednesday-Friday, November 24-26.

Enjoy the holiday with your friends and family!

* Virtual Career Connections-Careers in Data Science/Mathematics

Students, join us for Virtual Career Connections-Careers in Data Science/Mathematics! Successful UE Alumni/professionals who work in these areas will walk you through their career journeys and answer your career-related questions. Find out what opportunities (including internships) and pathways await you in these great fields!

Wednesday, November 10 from 4:30-6:00p.m. (CST) To register, click:

All students are invited to attend, especially those majoring/minoring/or considering a career in the arts and sciences!

The event registration is in Handshake…haven’t set up your Handshake account yet? For a quick tutorial click on Handshake, Setting up your profile.

Questions? Contact the Center for Career Development ( or call 812-488-1083.

* Winter Intersession Financial Aid Application

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 Student Financial Services by November 15, 2021. Our office will help you examine your options for aid, which in most cases is limited to loans. 

* Winter Intersession Courses

It's not too late to register for a Winter Intersession course. Classes are held December 17, 2021, through January 7, 2022. Students may take one course.

For registration, payment deadlines, and additional information visit

Winter Intersession Course List

Subject Number Cr Hrs Course Title Instructor
ART 105 3 Introduction to the Visual Arts Larmann
ASTR 101 3 Descriptive Astronomy Braun
AT 180 3 Introduction to Athletic Training Tilly
CHEM 103 3 Chemistry of Adult Beverages Miller
CHEM 118 4 Principals of Chemistry Miller/Morong
EDUC 322 3 Strategies for Special Needs Students in K-12 Schools Jones
ES 103 3 Fundamentals of Environmental Science Thananatthanachon
EXSS 150 2 Introduction to Health Sciences Laughbaum
EXSS 320 3 Nutrition for Performance and Health Rodd
EXSS 453 2 Motor Learning Wilson
EXSS 488 1 to 3 Internship Rodd
EXSS 488 1 to 4 Internship Wilson
FIN 280 3 Personal Finance Brockman
HS 205 3 Pharmacology Pruden
MATH 134 3 Survey of Calculus Salminen
MATH 324 3 Differential Equations Salminen
MUS 156 3 Music in America Strandberg
NEUR 125 3 Introduction to Neuroscience Campese
NEUR/PSYC 355 3 Sensation and Perception Becker
PH 190 3 Introduction to Public Health Patel-Dovlatabadi
PSYC 121 3 Introduction to Psychology Campese
PSYC 226 3 Child and Adolescent Psychology Hennon
PSYC 416 3 Human Sexuality Becker
QM 227 3 Intro to Statistics Khormali
SOC 105 3 Introduction to Sociology Plikuhn
SOC 230 3 Social Problems in the Modern World Plikuhn
STAT 166 1 Intro to R for Data Science Weber




* Elevate Ventures Experienced UE and our Evansville Innovative Ecosystem via UE CFIC

November 5th, the UE CFIC Team welcomed the Elevate Team to campus, discussed our higher education initiatives, and the role UE can play in fostering innovation in this region.

In August, UE was the recipient of a $50,000 Elevate Nexus Grant. The Center will utilize those funds to develop a 3 pronged approach to better supporting innovation education in our region. 1) Creation of the MakerspACE on campus, where people in the community can receive help with graphic design, prototyping an idea, or creating a pitch deck; 2) Creation of an internship on campus so that space can be managed by a UE student; and 3) Creation of a summer institute at UE for K-16 educators in southern Indiana who want to learn how to infuse more creative problem solving in their classrooms (regardless of subject). Educators will then have their students compete in one of the many existing pitch competitions in Indiana, leveraging resources and dramatically increasing youth access to these events and surfacing those Changemaker ideas.

We can’t wait to get started, are honored and grateful to be with this group, and will document the journey!



* Aces find new gear in MVC Tournament victory over Drake

Hosting its first MVC Tournament match since 2018, the University of Evansville men's soccer team turned-up the attack in the second half, cruising to a 4-2 win over Drake in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville, Ind.

"One game at a time. Great showing from the guys and a great response to going down a goal," said Aces head men's soccer coach Marshall Ray. "I thought we came out in the second half and executed our game plan and were able to open them up and create some opportunities. Fortunate to be up a man, but still had to make sure we got the chances and put them in the back of the net. Big day for Nkosi. A big thank you to all the students and the community that came out and support us today and have lunch with us as we played our MVC Tournament game. Great to have that support. Now we'll rest and get prepared for our next opponent on Friday. We look forward to heading to Springfield to compete in the semis of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship."

Junior Nkosi Graham stole the show on Tuesday afternoon, scoring twice and nearly adding a third in the postseason win, while freshman Edward Mendy found the back of the net for the first time in his collegiate career. In goal, redshirt junior Jacob Madden secured his fourth win of the season, making three saves on the day.

After an early chance for redshirt junior Jakub Hall, it was Drake who got off on the front foot in the match. Inside the first 10 minutes, the Bulldogs recorded four shots, including a pair on goal, but Madden made two saves to keep the match scoreless. A back-and-forth match in the early going, Evansville recorded a trio of shots just minutes later as the pressure increased from the Aces.

In the 23rd minute, a Drake player received a red card, leading to the Bulldogs playing with 10 men for the final 67 minutes in the match. Despite the disadvantage, it was the Bulldogs who scored first. In the 30th minute, the Bulldogs scored as a cross along the endline from Louis Yuill was clipped in by Juan Louis to give Drake the lead a third of the way through.

The Bulldogs' lead would last for just over 10 minutes before a tremendous run by Nkosi Graham resulted in a goal. Graham broke free of a defender down the right side and crossed a ball into the box that found freshman Jose Vivas. Vivas quickly put a shot towards goal that was blocked, but bounced free and Edward Mendy pushed the ball towards goal and found the back of the net to equalize the match at one at the half.

After an evenly played opening 45 minutes, the Aces took full control in the second half. 10 minutes into the second period, Evansville took the lead. Senior Raphaello Perez Colasito dribbled into the box and looked to send a cross to Graham, but a Drake defender slid in, flipping the ball towards goal and off the crossbar and in. From that point, the Aces were in full control. In the 64th minute, Graham scored his first of the game, taking advantage of a misplay by Drake's backline and finishing past the keeper to boos the Aces lead to two goals.

Just eight minutes later, it was Graham again who bolstered Evansville's advantage, scoring off an assist from sophomore Pablo Guillen for his second goal of the day. As the minutes waned, Drake pushed back within two with a late goal, but the Aces closed-out the match, earning the 4-2 win.

The four goals scored by the Aces were the most by Evansville in an MVC Tournament match since a 4-0 win over Tulsa in the MVC Tournament semifinals in 1995.

With a Bradley upset win of SIUE, the tournament will be reseeded with the Aces now facing No. 2 seed Loyola at 3 PM on Friday afternoon in Springfield, Mo. for the MVC Tournament semifinals.

* "Gritty" effort by Evansville opens Scherr-Wells era with victory

Battling back from a late deficit, the University of Evansville women's basketball showed resilience in a 62-52 season-opening win over Austin Peay on Tuesday night inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Evansville.

"That was just a really gritty win. We had a rough stretch, a really rough third quarter, and to see our kids fight back and not fold and not lose their confidence, I'm just so proud of them," said Aces head women's basketball coach Robyn Scherr-Wells. "They worked hard to be at this point and it was great to see them get the win in the first game."

A roster split equally between new faces and returners saw both make significant impacts. The team's leading scorer over the past two seasons, junior Abby Feit again topped the scoring for the Aces, finishing with her 12th double-double, recording 21 points and 11 boards. Two other Aces finished with double-figures, both making their debuts in white and purple, as senior Myia Clark poured-in 15 points and freshman Elly Morgan tallied 11 points. Morgan and Clark both made a significant impact on the defensive end with their consistent pressure, combining for six steals. For the Governors, newcomers Yamia Johnson and Karle Pace both led the way with 14 points on the night.

"We had great energy the entire game. We got down a little but we bounced back really well and I think that's a big improvement from last year," said Feit after the win. "Like I said, we kept the energy high the entire game and the intensity and we were pressing, turning them over, and we got great shots on offense, so it was overall a well-rounded game."

After going 243 days between games, Evansville looked in mid-season shape to start the game, jumping out to an 11-point lead in the opening stanza. Feit and Clark were the primary catalysts in the Aces early momentum, combining for 13 of the Aces first 21 points. After four-straight Governor points to close the quarter, Morgan knocked-down a triple to return Evansville to a double-digit advantage at 24-14.

In the second quarter, Evansville's lead ballooned to 14 on three by Clark with 3:44 left in the half, but Austin Peay had a burst in them to close out the opening half. Over the final 3:44, the Governors put together an 8-0 run to cut the Aces lead to just four at 35-29 at the break.

The Governors run to close the opening half spilled over into the third quarter as Austin Peay got within one less than two minutes into the second half. With 3:39 remaining in the third, a three from Nina De Leon Negron handed Austin Peay its first lead of the game at 41-39. Shooting just 20% (3-15) in the third period, Evansville struggled to keep pace with the Governors as the Aces were out-scored 17-6 in the quarter with Austin Peay grabbing a 46-41 lead heading into the final 10 minutes.

Austin Peay pushed its lead to seven at 50-43 just minutes into the fourth as had been limited to just eight points in the first 12 minutes of the second half. After a layup from Feit cut the deficit to five, a massive shift in momentum occurred with just over six minutes remaining. Driving to the lane, Clark was fouled and flung the ball towards the rim, hitting the shot and earning a trip to the line, brining Evansville within a possession. As Evansville's defense turned-up the heat, its offense got going as well. Trailing by three, the Aces got a pair of threes from the left side that flipped the script and handed UE the three-point advantage. A stifling defensive effort over the final eight minutes limited the Governors to just two points in that span, while Evansville scored 19 as the Aces pulled away for the win.

Evansville's rim protection was key to the win as the Aces recorded nine blocks on the night, the most by Evansville since recording nine against Bradley on March 8, 2018.

The Aces continue their season-opening homestand on Sunday at 1 PM inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse with matchup with Oakland City in Evansville.

* UE men wrap up Alabama A&M Invite to complete fall season

Michael Ikejiani was the top finisher while Masatoyo Kato had the low round of the day as the University of Evansville men’s golf team completed the Alabama A&M Fall Invite on Tuesday.

Ikejiani registered a 75 in the final 18 holes to finish with a 3-round total of 218.  That gave him a top ten to wrap up the fall, taking 8th in the final standings.  He had the low round of the even to open the tournament on Monday, shooting a 1-under 71.

Masatoyo Kato and Carson Parker each tied for the 13th position.  Kato carded a 73 on Tuesday on his way to a 223.  His top effort of the week was a 72 in round two.  After opening with a 73, Parker tallied rounds of 75 in the final two rounds.  One behind the duo was Isaac Rohleder and Nicholas Gushrowski.  They each finished with final tallies of 224.  Rohleder’s final round finished at 74 while Gushrowski posted a 76.  They tied for 17th.

Henry Kiel was next for UE.  Tying for 21st, Kiel had his top round of the tournament, scoring a 73 in the last 18 holes.  His final score was a 226.

Caleb Wassmer and Dallas Koth came home in a tie for 28th with scores of 232.  After completing the first two rounds in a tie, Koth and Wassmer both recorded a 76 in the final round.  Cody Mobley had an impressive debut in Alabama.  A 78 on Tuesday gave him a final score of 236, which tied him for 34th.  Eli Rohleder had his top round of the week, tallying a 79 on Tuesday.  His 3-round score checked in at a 247.

Jacksonville State’s Santigio Bailleres was the medalist.  A 2-under 70 in the final round gave him a 213, which defeated the competition by two strokes.  Alabama A&M held on to take the team championship with an 879.  They defeated Florida A&M by six strokes.  Evansville’s Purple Team took third place while the Orange squad finished in sixth.

* Men's basketball battles in physical opener at Cincinnati

Evan Kuhlman and Blaise Beauchamp scored 11 points apiece in Tuesday’s season opener that saw the University of Evansville men’s basketball team fall to the University of Cincinnati by a final of 65-43 inside Fifth Third Arena.

Kuhlman drained three triples while adding six rebounds while Beauchamp hit a team-high four free throws.  Shamar Givance recorded 7 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds while Noah Frederking scored six while leading the way with 8 rebounds.  Pacing the Bearcats was Jeremiah Davenport, who scored 11 points and hit three triples.

“We have not seen that kind of length, speed and aggressiveness.  I thought we kept guarding and I am sure there will be some good lessons from tonight,” UE head coach Todd Lickliter said.  “We really fought on the boards, our defensive rebounding was tremendous.  Cincinnati really challenged us, it was a physical game and our guys kept fighting away.”

Jawaun Newton got the Aces on the board in the opening minutes, giving his team a 2-0 lead.  The defense had a strong start, holding the Bearcats to just one make in their first eight tries.  At the 14:49 mark, Cincinnati took its first lead at 5-3 before a pair of Blaise Beauchamp free throws tied it at 5-5 before a triple by the sophomore gave Evansville an 8-5 edge. 

With 11:10 showing on the clock, a layup by Shamar Givance solidified a 13-10 UE lead.  That is when Cincinnati made its run, outscoring the Purple Aces by an 18-1 margin to go up 28-14.  Spearheading the stretch for UC was Mason Madsen, who knocked down back-to-back treys to give his team a 16-13 edge.  Following a Givance free throw, Jeremiah Davenport made it three 3’s in a row in a stretch that was capped off on a Mike Saunders Jr. layup at the 4-minute mark that made it a 28-14 game.

UE’s offense missed 11 shots in a row during a scoreless drought that lasted 7 minutes and 35 seconds.  The Aces also turned it over twice.  Following a media time out, it was Newton who got his team back on track with a layup.  Noah Frederking and Evan Kuhlman added late triples that saw Evansville cut the deficit to single digits at the break, trailing 31-22. 
Cincinnati took its largest lead at 44-26 at the 13:01 mark of the second half.  Evansville countered when Antoine Smith Jr. knock down a triple to cut the deficit back to 15 points at 44-29, forcing a Bearcat time out.  They responded following the stoppage, pushing the advantage to 20 points for the first time at 53-33 just past the midway point of the final period. 

Over the final moments, the Aces cut the deficit to 15 points, but a late stretch by the Bearcats saw them finish with the 65-43 victory.  Cincinnati finished the game shooting 45.5% while holding the Aces to 25.9%.  UC also finished with a 41-34 rebounding edge.

“This game gives us something to build on.  We did not shy away, we kept trying to do our stuff,” Lickliter added. 

It will be a quick turnaround for the Aces, who will open the Ford Center schedule on Thursday against IUPUI.


Contribute to Purple Pulse
To have content considered for inclusion in Purple Pulse, please submit a Marketing Request Form. Deadline for submission to Purple Pulse is 10:00 a.m. on the requested date of publication. Only articles concerning UE related/sponsored activities will be accepted. Articles submitted to Purple Pulse may be edited for length and clarity. Submitter contact information is at the end of each article.

Facebook   Twitter   YouTube

View Complete Issue