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Friday, November 12, 2021

Upcoming Events

* CDEI Presents: I-House - Healthcare Disparities

Join the CDEI in the Gallery (second floor Ridgway) on Wednesday, November 17th from 7-8pm for our fifth I-House of the semester!

This event, hosted by Hannah Stocks, Jeanette Foley, SNAP, and PHSA, will provide pertinent information about healthcare disparities in the United States and around the world.

For updates on more CDEI programming, follow us on Instagram @uediversity!

* CDEI Presents: Spill the Tea on Gender

The CDEI, in collaboration with Dr. Edward Curran and members of our student body, will be hosting a Spill the Tea session on Thursday, November 18 from 5-6:30pm. Join us in SOBA 173, where we will be spilling the tea on all things gender, pronouns, and identity, as well as discussing best practices for implementing LGBTQ+ inclusivity in the classroom. We hope to see you there!

* Join Harlaxton during International Education Week

Harlaxton College will be offering virtual events every day during International Education Week, November 15-19, 2021 at noon! We're offering information sessions for both students and faculty. Detailed session information and registration may be found below. We hope you can join us!

For any questions, please email

* Musical Madness Signups

The Directors of Musical Madness are excited to announce the Spring 2022 theme to be 'Game Shows!' In light of the many challenges the UE community has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, all proceeds from Musical Madness will be donated to Aces Haven to combat the food insecurity that our campus community faces on a daily basis.

If your organization would like to be a part of Musical Madness, please use the following link to indicate your commitment and or interest: When signing up, there is a comment box that can be used to tell us about your organizations demographics, which will be helpful when pairing organizations.


1. To be considered an active participant of Musical Madness, each organization must have at least 1 director and 2 actors.
2. With organization pairings, casts must include a minimum of 6 members.
3. Participants must be current students with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.

Pairings will be announced Friday, November 12th. If you are unable to sign-up before November 12th, please contact Lizzy Stainback (es335) and Max Budowsky (mb556) for assistance.

* University of Evansville Hosting the High School Changemaker Challenge

Students will compete for a chance at 4-year tuition scholarships

Evansville, IN (11/11/2021) — The University of Evansville (UE) is pleased to announce the upcoming High School Changemaker Challenge, sponsored by Toyota. Any high school junior or senior is invited to participate for a chance to win a four-year scholarship, with the top prize offering full tuition.

UE believes everyone can be a changemaker, and positive change doesn't have to wait until college. The Changemaker Challenge, created by the University's Center for Innovation and Change, encourages the younger generation to identify and solve challenges in the world through innovation and creativity. Students will share their unique ideas (products, services, or programs) in the form of a 2-minute video, and scholarships will be awarded to first through third place. Once they enroll at UE to continue their education, students can continue designing and implementing their ideas to make a lasting difference.

Interested participants can attend an online information session on Thursday, November 18. Video recordings describing students' ideas must be submitted by December 8, and the top 20 finalists will be announced on the UE website on December 15. The final round will be held on UE's campus on January 25, 2022, where winners will be selected. To register for the information session and competition, please visit

The competition is open to any high school junior or senior, and they may compete individually or in teams of up to three. Home school and club entries (e.g. Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, 4-H) will also be eligible. To qualify for a scholarship, competitors must also attend the in-person final round on campus in Evansville, Indiana. A separate Changemaker Challenge, beginning at a later date, will be virtual and geared towards a national and global audience that cannot compete in-person.

Competitors may be eligible to receive special prizes for forming ideas that:

Increase girls' access and exposure to science fields (e.g. a summer camp for girls interested in physics)
Address or mitigate climate change (e.g. decreasing air pollution, rooftop gardens)
Increase access to physical activity or health options (e.g. more dance classes or recess in schools, fitness trails, creative outdoor play options)
Provide creative ideas to improve quality of life in Evansville's Promise Zone
Winning students who choose UE as their college destination will receive four-year scholarships to attend UE as listed below:

1st place: Full tuition
2nd place: $23,000 tuition
3rd place: $18,000 tuition
Students that participate will receive ongoing support from the UE Center for Innovation and Change, including online training and connections to faculty experts. To submit your video or learn more about the High School Changemaker Challenge, visit or email Brooksie Smith, the Center's associate director, at

Students at the University of Evansville shape powerful and enduring change. UE is the first in Indiana to be designated as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, and its changemaking culture empowers students to improve the world around them as UE Changemakers. UE has an array of majors in business; engineering; the arts and sciences; and health science programs. UE has a diverse student body that represents 44 states and 52 countries. U.S. News & World Report recognizes UE as the #4 Best Regional University in the Midwest. For more information, please visit

* This Week in Music

The University of Evansville Music Conservatory is pleased to present two concerts of music for small ensembles on Sunday, November 14.

The String and Woodwind Ensembles concert begins at 7 PM in Neu Chapel. The event opens with selections for strings including Duos by Haydn and Mozart and string ensemble performances of traditional favorites Greensleeves, Simple Gifts, and others. The Clarinet and Flute Ensembles will follow, performing selections from composers including Quantz, Ciesla, and Kovacs. The concert will conclude with Charles Lefevre’s 'Suite for Winds' performed by the UE Student Woodwind Quintet. The concert will also be streamed live at

The UE Music Conservatory Brass and Percussion chamber ensembles will be presenting their fall concert at 8:00 PM in the Krannert Hall of Fine Arts Room 110. The concert will feature performances by the Percussion Ensemble and three student brass quintets. Repertoire will include works from the 18th through 21st centuries and styles ranging from Renaissance, contemporary, and American popular music.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.

* 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.

* 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

* 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.

* 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

* Psychology Survey - Extra Credit Opportunity

Calling ALL college students! We are seeking participants to participate in a research study survey. By taking this 10-15 minute survey, you are contributing to science! We appreciate your help, and please share this post with your peers!

This study aims to understand effects of emotion and social status. For your participation in this survey you could earn up to 1 point of extra credit in a psychology class that you are currently enrolled in this semester.

Click the link below to participate!

* Purple Patrollers Needed for Friday, November 19

Would you and your office/department like to serve as Purple Patrol? The Office of Marketing and Communications is in need of patrollers for next Friday, November 19! If you're interested, please email Julie Bryant, university relations coordinator, at jb855. This will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Purple Patrollers will travel around campus on the lookout for students and employees showing their purple pride! Those caught wearing purple will receive a giveaway from Purple Patrollers.

* 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 -

* 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




* Professor Todd Matteson and Senior Art Student Rohan Karanjit exhibit artwork at SWOPE Museum

Their artwork was selected by this year's juror, Drék Davis, to be part of the 77th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition. We had a record-breaking 515 entries submitted by 164 artists. Our juror selected a variety of styles and media, choosing 77 works by 72 artists. The exhibition opens Friday, October 5th, with the award announcement and ceremony that evening. The exhibition will run until Sunday, January 9th. Professor Matteson states, "This is part of the job for me as an artist and professor, being juried into exhibitions and I am always excited when it happens. But, when one of your students has their work accepted into exhibitions, the excitement goes through the roof. This is how it all starts for them. I am so excited for Rohan and what the future holds for him as an artist."

* Congratulations Jameses

Congratulations to Paige James (Visit Coordinator) and Adam James (alumnus) on the birth of their son, Louis James!

* Plikuhn Presents at International Conference

Mari Plikuhn, associate professor of sociology and Director of Sociology Programs and the Gerontology Center, presented virtually on November 11 at the annual conference of the Association of Significant Cemeteries of Europe, hosted by Highgate Cemetery in London, UK. Her presentation, titled "Memento Mori: The Importance of Historic Cemeteries in Death (and) Education," discussed the role of experiential field trips in preparing students to appreciate the reality of mortality and the significance of cultural death rituals in the mourning process.

Interested in a comparative look at death and dying? SOC 386- Death and Dying with Dr. Plikuhn will be offered at Harlaxton in Summer 2022. Contact her at for more information on the fascinating field trips and content included in this course!

* English Professor to Publish Book

Mark Cirino, Professor and Chair of English and Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in English, will publish a book with Godine Press in July 2022.

This book, One True Sentence: Writers & Readers on Hemingway's Art, is a selection of the greatest sentences by Ernest Hemingway. Each sentence has been selected and examined by authors such as Elizabeth Strout, Sherman Alexie, Paula McLain, and Russell Banks; filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick; Seán Hemingway, Valerie Hemingway, A. Scott Berg, and many others in this celebration and conversation between Hemingway and some of his most perceptive and insightful readers.

These conversations originated as interviews on One True Podcast, the Hemingway Society-sponsored program that Cirino co-created with this book's co-author, Michael Von Cannon. One True Sentence is the tenth book Cirino has written or edited.



* Defense shines in 60-40 win over IUPUI

For the 10th time in 11 seasons, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team opened their Ford Center schedule with a victory, taking down IUPUI by a final of 60-40 on Thursday evening.

Four Purple Aces (1-1) finished in double figures with Shamar Givance leading the way with 16 points along with a game-high 7 rebounds.  Evan Kuhlman was 4-for-7 from the field and 3-of-5 from outside on his way to 13 points while Jawaun Newton and Blaise Beauchamp recorded 12 points apiece.  Kuhlman and Newton added two assists apiece while Givance had three steals.  IUPUI (0-2) was led by B.J. Maxwell’s 8 points.

The defensive effort for UE was stellar, holding an opponent to 40 points or fewer for the first time since an 83-39 win over Wabash on Nov. 30, 2016.  It was the first time holding a Division I opponent to 40 or fewer since a 67-35 triumph over Bradley on January 9, 2016.

“It was a struggle in the first half on both ends but we kept guarding and I thought we rebounded very well,” UE head coach Todd Lickliter said following the win.  “We had better ball and player movement (in the second half) and those are things you have to learn and that is what we are doing.”

Evan Kuhlman knocked down the first basket of the evening, hitting a triple on a feed from Jawaun Newton.  Shamar Givance added a layup that pushed the lead to 5-0.  After missing their first four shots of the game, IUPUI scored the next four points.  UE wrestled away an 11-6 edge before a 5-minute scoreless drought saw the Jaguars get back within one at 11-10 just past the halfway point of the period.

It was Newton who got the Aces back on track, drilling a three before Blaise Beauchamp scored four points in a row to push the lead to 18-12.  The game remained within two possessions as the half wound down with the Aces taking a 23-19 lead into halftime.  The Jaguars shot 42.9% in the period but UE had three triples and six free throws to cement the lead.

Out of the break, IUPUI scored the first basket to make it a 2-point game once again, but on the Aces end, it was Iyen Enaruna stepping up.  After hitting a layup to make it a 25-21 game, Enaruna put an inbound pass into the basket to expand the lead.  Newton added a basket of his own to push the lead to 29-21, the largest edge to that point.

The Jaguars closed back within five tallies with a 3-pointer before Evansville took full control.  Up 31-26, the Aces scored 11 points in a row to take a 42-26 advantage with 12:13 remaining.  Kuhlman got things rolling with a triple before two free throws by Newton gave UE its first double digit advantage at 37-26.  Another triple by Kuhlman was followed by a Givance layup that capped off the run. 

Evansville kept the intensity over the remainder of the contest, leading by as many as 22 in the final minute before finishing with the 60-40 victory.  UE’s defense held the Jaguars to a final shooting tally of 33.3%.  On the offensive end, the Aces hit 11 out of 17 shots (64.7%) in the final 20 minutes on their way to a final of 47.4%.  The Aces also completed the game with a 33-26 edge on the glass.

Another quick turnaround will see the Aces in action on Saturday with a 4 p.m. CT contest at Belmont.

* UE's Brugnoli Breaks 20-Year-Old School Swimming Record At A3 Invite

University of Evansville freshman Sveva Brugnoli (Rome, Italy) led an attack on the UE swimming and diving record book on Thursday, as she broke a 20-year school record in the 200-yard IM as the Purple Aces wrapped up the first day of competition at the A3 Performance Invitational hosted by Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Brugnoli finished second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.39.  Her mark was over a second faster than Tomes’ school record of 2:05.72 set in 2001.  It marked the 14th UE school record broken in head coach Stuart Wilson’s three seasons at Evansville.
“Today was a great day for the team from start to finish,” said Wilson.  “From Sveva breaking the 20-year-old school record to the relays not being too far off of the records as well, it was a great day all the way around.
“As a coach, I am happy to see the team putting in a total team effort.  We are far from done though this weekend, as we still have two more days of great racing ahead of us this weekend.”
Overall, six different Purple Aces broke into the school’s career Top 10 times on the day.  Freshman Daniel Santos Lopez (Madrid, Spain) became the second-fastest male swimmer in school history in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.63, while also posting the sixth-fastest time in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 50.82 as part of UE’s 400 Medley Relay squad.  
Junior Riccardo Di Domenico (Johannesburg, South Africa) also became the third-fastest UE swimmer all-time in the 50 free with a time of 20.71.  Both Santos Lopez and Di Domenico passed UE Hall of Famer Nikola Kalabic in the 50 free.  Kalabic competed in both the 1996 and 2000 Olympics for Yugoslavia while attending UE.  
Junior Sarah Jahns (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) moved into third place on UE’s career Top 10 list in the women’s 500 freestyle, as she posted a personal-best time of 4:59.31.
Freshman Marianne Mueller (Aschaffenburg, Switzerland) joined Brugnoli in UE’s career Top 10 in the 200 IM, as she posted the fifth-best time with a mark of 2:06.44.  Senior Jessie Steele (Houston, Texas/Klein) also lowered her own standard in the 50 free with a time of 23.95 to grab 10th place all by herself.
Overall, Evansville finds itself in second place as a team on both the men’s and women’s sides.  Senior diver Maggie Franz (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) played a key role to UE’s second place finish on the day, as she took home first place in the women’s three-meter competition, out-distancing a trio of Southern Illinois divers with a final mark of 252.53.  The mark is Franz’s best of the 2021-22 campaign to date.
“I’m very proud of how well Maggie dove today,” said UE diving coach Dustin Bredemeier.  “She was sitting in third place after prelims, but her consistency on the boards gave her the push to finish on top in the finals.”
Evansville will return to the pool on Friday, as day two of the A3 Performance Invitational hosted by SIU will begin with preliminary round races at 10 a.m., with final round competitions set for 5 p.m.

* By the Numbers: Recapping an Historic Season for the Aces

After building the foundation in the spring, University of Evansville head women's soccer coach Chris Pfau and his side took the program to heights not seen in a while for the Aces.

It all started with the best start in program history; a seven-match unbeaten streak to open the season as the Aces nearly ran the table without a loss during non-conference play. During the run, Evansville not only drew the attention and respect from its opponents, but also from coaches in their region as the Aces jumped as high as #5 in the United Soccer Coaches Midwest Region rankings, holding that spot for three weeks, and finding themselves ahead of reigning MVC champion Loyola Chicago and perennial powerhouses Kansas and Baylor.

From an individual standpoint, the watch was on from match one to see if fifth-year senior goalkeeper Michaela Till could challenge the program record for career saves and the Avon, Ind. native sure did that. A season-high 10 saves came for Till in an impressive 2-0 road win at UNI as Evansville opened MVC play. After consistently racking-up saves during conference play, the time finally came in the regular-season finale against Missouri State as Till passed Chaviel Harrison (2009-12), recording her 359th save to capture the program record.

With a draw against the Bears in the finale, Evansville secured its spot in the MVC Tournament, entering the postseason as the no. 6 seed, earning a matchup with Indiana State in the quarterfinals. Answering an early Sycamores goal, Evansville forced penalties and emphatically advanced with a 5-3 advantage in PKs, heading to face second-seeded Valparaiso in the semifinals in Chicago, Ill.

In the semifinals, Alex Eyler scored the opening goal before Valparaiso tied the match as the opening half began to wane. Another 45 minutes was not enough and neither was the first overtime to separate the two sides as the match went into a second and final OT. In the 105th minute, a goal kick from Till bounced towards the opposite 18 as senior Emily Ormson applied pressure. The pressure resulted in a difficult clearance by the Beacons as Ormson deflected the ball back towards goal and flicked it on frame and in to win it for the Aces and send Evansville to its first MVC Championship Match since 2015.

A valiant effort and strong run came to an end for Evansville in the championship match as an Aces season filled with firsts, bests, records, and firsts in a long time came to a close.

On the season, the Aces recorded 22 goals, the most by an Evansville team since the 2014 season. In the attack, Ormson led the way for the Aces, scoring seven times on the season, the most since Bronwyn Boswell tallied eight goals in 2016.

Defensively, Till added her name to the record book in more than just saves. Till concluded her career in a tie for second for shutouts (17) and games played (70), third in save percentage (78.7%), and eighth in goals-against average (1.45). Till also earned a spot in the MVC record book, finishing sixth in career saves in the conference. The fifth-year senior's 6,443 minutes played are also the fifth-most in Valley history.

* UE volleyball inks top 100 signee Kora Ruff

For the first time in program history, the University of Evansville volleyball team has inked a Top 100 signee as Purple Aces head coach Fernando Morales announced the signing of Kora Ruff to a National Letter of Intent to join his squad in 2022.

Ruff was named a Fall All-American in 2021, an honor that distinguishes the nation’s top 100 high school players. 

“Kora comes in with an impressive resume and volleyball background. She has been picked in the top 100 high school players in the nation over the last two seasons and added a Conference Player of the Year and state championship this year,” Morales exclaimed.  “She is definitely the kind of player we are looking to as we keep this program growing. I am excited about having her in our gym the next four years.”

A native of Bettendorf, Iowa, Ruff joins the UE program from Pleasant Valley High School.  Earlier in November, the setter led her team to the Iowa Class 5A State Title.  She set a school record with a total of 3,262 assists in a career that saw her squad win four conference titles and advance to three state tournaments.  Capping off the accolades for Ruff was being named the Captain of the All-Tournament Team in the recent state title run.

In her senior year alone, Ruff accumulated multiple prestigious honors.  She was named the Mississippi Athletic Conference Player of the Year while earning a spot on the 1st Team.  Following the run through the state tournament, Ruff earned a spot on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) High School All-America Second Team. 

* UE's Santos Lopez Named MAC Men's Swimmer Of The Week

University of Evansville freshman swimmer Daniel Santos Lopez (Madrid, Spain) has been named the Mid-American Conference male swimmer of the week after an impressive showing over the weekend in UE’s dual meet against Saint Louis University.
Santos Lopez won two individual events and led off two winning relay teams in UE’s 154-135 victory over the Billikens.  Santos Lopez won the 100-yard backstroke by nearly three seconds, as he clocked in with a time of 51.45.  He also took first in the 100-yard freestyle by two seconds, with a time of 46.74.
Santos Lopez led off UE’s winning 200 Medley Relay team which posted the Purple Aces’ first-ever event victory at the new Deaconess Aquatic Center.  He also went a blistering 20.87 as the first leg of UE’s 200 Free Relay squad which cemented the Purple Aces’ victory over SLU.
Santos Lopez is the first Purple Ace to earn MAC Swimmer of the Week honors since senior Oskar Menkhaus did so on October 2, 2019.  Evansville is currently competing in the three-day A3 Performance Invitational hosted by Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois this weekend.

* Volleyball closes regular season home schedule

In its final home weekend of the regular season, the University of Evansville volleyball team will host Drake and UNI at Meeks Family Fieldhouse.  Action gets underway on Friday with a 6 p.m. contest against Drake before UE faces UNI at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Senior Day
- Saturday’s match against UNI will see a pair of players recognized on Senior Day
- Cecilia Thon and Elena Redmond will be honored for their contributions to the program while their classmate Alondra Vazquez will be walking with them as part of their class
- Vazquez will be returning for her fifth season in 2022

Last Time Out
- Battling until the final point, the Purple Aces fell by a 3-1 final at Bradley on Saturday evening in Peoria
- Giulia Cardona led the way with 19 kills while Melanie Feliciano and Alondra Vazquez recorded 18 and 15, respectively
- The Braves opened the night with a 26-24 win before taking the second game by a 25-13 final
- Evansville got on the board with a 27-25 win in the third, but Bradley clinched the match in the fourth set with a 25-21 win

1K for Feliciano
- Junior Melanie Feliciano reached 1,000 kills for her career in the Oct. 30 match against the Ramblers
- She now has a total of 1,052 and is quickly approaching the top ten with Brooke Maher holding the #10 position with 1,254

Moving Up the Ranks
- Alondra Vazquez continues to add to her kill total and currently stands with 1,280 in her Aces career
- Her last kill of the evening at Bradley gave her a tally of 1,280 in her career, which put her 7th on the UE all-time list
- She is quickly closing in on the top five with Samantha Butler ranking sixth (1,318) and Ashley Ring currently fifth with 1,338 in her career

Still Going Strong
- Over the last 23 sets of work, freshman Giulia Cardona has recorded a total of 16 service aces, an average of 0.70 per set
- Her season average has risen to 0.49 per set, which leads the MVC and is 19th in the nation
- She is currently on an offensive streak that has seen her record at least 12 kills in each of the last 12 matches while raising her season average to 3.94 per set
- Aside from leading the Valley in aces, she is second in points per set (4.58) and third with her kill average (3.94/set)


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