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Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Upcoming Events

* Save a Life: Give Blood to the Red Cross 1/20 in Eykamp

Give blood, help save lives! UE Blood Drive Friday, January 20, Eykamp Hall

UE's Center for Innovation & Change has partnered with the Red Cross and Alpha Phi Omega, our Co-Ed Service Fraternity, to help meet desperate need for blood in our community. Make plans now to donate blood on Friday, January 20 anytime between 7am and 6pm!

To make your appointment, go to and type "UE" in the code or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Come give Jan. 1-31 and automatically be entered for a chance to win an exciting trip for you and a guest to Super Bowl LVII in Phoenix! Includes travel, hotel, $500 gift card, pre-game activities and more! Terms apply. Visit

Submitted by Andrew Carter
* 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Daring to Dream: The Radical Imagination of a Liberated Other America
The University of Evansville invites everyone to take part in celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16, 2023.

Activities and events throughout the day will commemorate King’s passionate pursuit of social justice and the work that remains today. Please see the full schedule below or visit the 2023 MLK Day of Service webpage.

54 Miles to Social Change - now through January 16, 2023

During the Civil Rights March of 1965, activists gathered in Selma, Alabama, to complete a 54-mile trek to the state capital in Montgomery. In recognition of this historical event, UE invites everyone to participate in 54 Miles to Social Change, a virtual march that raises awareness for social injustice in the United States.

Participants can complete the first 53 miles by walking, running, biking, or even swimming. You may register individually or in teams, and participants can also purchase a T-shirt to celebrate the march. At 11:15 a.m. on the MLK Day of Service, we will complete the 54th mile together.

All proceeds will go directly towards Journey to Justice Scholarships for students expressing a financial need. To donate, visit UE Alumni Online.

Faith-Based Service – 9:00 a.m.
The MLK Day of Service will begin with a faith-based service in Neu Chapel.

Rally – 10:30 a.m.
We will hold a rally in Meeks Family Fieldhouse, located inside Carson Center. The rally will recap the significance of a day on, not off, and include remarks from Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, president of UE; and Rob Shelby, PhD, vice president for talent & community and chief inclusion & equity officer.

Symbolic March – 11:15 a.m.
After the rally, UE invites everyone to complete the 54th Mile to Social Change together. The march will begin at Meeks Family Fieldhouse and along nearby streets before returning to campus at Ridgway University Center. Public Safety will have streets blocked off to safely complete the march, which should conclude by 11:45 a.m.

MLK Day of Service Luncheon and Lectureship – 12:00 p.m.
Held in Eykamp Hall on the second floor of Ridgway University Center, the MLK Day of Service Luncheon will be an opportunity for community members to join together in fellowship. The time will be filled with performances, student speakers, award presentations, and our featured keynote speaker.

Each year, the Martin Luther King Lectureship is made possible by the generous support of William G. and Rose M. Mays. The 2023 lectureship will feature keynote speaker Chris Emdin.

Chris Emdin is the Robert A. Naslund Endowed Chair in Curriculum Theory and Professor of Education at the University of Southern California. There, he also serves as Director of Youth Engagement and Community Partnerships at the USC Race and Equity Center. He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, and he is the author of numerous award-winning works. He was recently named one of the 27 people bridging divides in the United States by TIME, and he has been named to Root 100’s list of most influential African Americans.

During the luncheon, the 2023 Mays Legacy Award and the 2023 Rising Star Service Award will also be presented.

Tickets and table sponsorships for the 2023 MLK Day of Service Luncheon can be purchased until Sunday, January 8, 2023.

Community Service Projects – 2:00 p.m.
Four community service projects will run concurrently in Carson Center. Participants will have the ability to participate in a project of their choosing upon arrival. All service projects will go towards benefiting the following local organizations: United Caring Shelter, Youth First, and House of Bread and Peace.

Local Leaders Panel Discussion – 3:30 p.m.
Held in Shanklin Theatre, this panel will bring together dynamic individuals from across Evansville to discuss their roles as changemakers and how we, as a community, can support the next generation in the continued pursuit of ‘a Liberated Other America’. This panel will be moderated by Dr. J.C. Campbell. Dr. Campbell is the senior pastor at Greater Hope Church and vice president and chief diversity officer at Oakland City University.

Panelists include:

Alex Burton
Courtney Johnson
Melissa Morehead-Moore
Arlinda Payne
DeAndre Wilson

Lead Forward Lecture – 4:30 p.m.
The 2023 MLK Day of Service will culminate in a final Lead Forward Lecture. This final discussion will amplify the messages and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and encourage all community members to ‘Lead Forward’ with what was learned throughout the day. This final Lead Forward Lecture will be provided by UE Men’s Basketball Coach David Ragland.

Reception – 5:30 p.m.
Participants are invited for a reception following the final lecture, hosted in the Toyota Lounge outside of Shanklin Theatre in Hyde Hall. The reception will include light refreshments.

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Info You Should Know

* 2023 Pcard Monthly Cycle Calendar

The 2023 Pcard Monthly Cycle Calendar is available on the Pcard website on the My UE portal.

Check it out and keep a copy handy!

Submitted by Kim Winsett
* 54 Miles to Social Change: Join Today!

During the Civil Rights March of 1965, activists gathered in Selma, Alabama, to complete a 54-mile trek to the state capital in Montgomery. In recognition of this historical event, UE invites everyone to participate in 54 Miles to Social Change, a virtual march that raises awareness for social injustice in the United States.

Sign up here!

54 Miles to Social Change is happening now through January 16, 2023. Participants can complete the first 53 miles by walking, running, biking, or even swimming. You may register individually or in teams, and participants can also purchase a T-shirt to celebrate the march. At 11:15 a.m. on the MLK Day of Service, we will complete the 54th mile together.

All proceeds will go directly towards Journey to Justice Scholarships for students expressing a financial need. To donate, visit UE Alumni Online.

Submitted by Julie Beer /
* Spring Meal Plan Changes

Students can adjust meal plans for the Spring semester until Friday, January 13, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

Adjust your meal plan online.

Submitted by Brian Conner


* Aces unable to overcome rough start against Racers

Opening the game on a 23-1 run, Murray State fended off a second-half challenge to defeat the University of Evansville men’s basketball team by a score of 78-61 on Sunday afternoon inside the Ford Center.

Leading the way for UE was Marvin Coleman II.  He scored 13 points on the way to his fourth double-figure scoring effort in the last five games.  For the second game in a row, Gabe Spinelli set his career scoring mark.  After recording 10 on Thursday at Indiana State, Spinelli tallied 12 against the Racers.  Yacine Toumi and Antoine Smith Jr. recorded 11 apiece.

“We have to be ready – this is the Missouri Valley Conference.  It is competitive and physical,” Aces head coach David Ragland said.  “They (Murray State) were more aggressive and committed to getting defensive steps at the start.  We responded better after 10 minutes but you cannot spot that many points to a good team like Murray State.”

Five Racers scored in double figures with Justin Morgan leading the way with 15 points.  Jamari Smith and Rob Perry scored 14 each.  Perry hauled in a game-high eight boards.

Another rough start for the Purple Aces saw them fall behind by a 15-0 score.  Murray State hit 7 of their first 10 field goal attempts.  Evansville scored its first point at the 14:04 mark when Antoine Smith Jr. hit a free throw to halt a 23-1 start by MSU.  Following five more Racer points, UE ended an 0-9 start to the day when Antoine Smith Jr. hit a layup.  Smith hit another basket with 11 minutes left in the half to make it a 25-6 game.

Evansville’s defense improved at that time, forcing eight consecutive misses by the Racers.  Unfortunately, the offense could not get close the gap before MSU got rolling once again.  With five minutes remaining in the half, the Racers took their largest lead at 34-9.  UE closed in the final minutes as Sekou Kalle and Yacine Toumi converted 3-point plays before Marvin Coleman II hit a triple to complete the first half.  His shot cut the deficit to 41-21 at the break.

Kenny Strawbridge Jr. and Smith connected on triples in the opening minutes of the second half with the Aces cutting the gap to 14 points (49-35) as the 15-minute mark.  Unfortunately, Murray State countered with a 12-3 run as they would push the lead back out to 23 points.

Despite the deficit, the Aces continued to battle back.  Inside of the 3-minute mark, a pair of free throws by Toumi made it a 71-59 game.  His points capped off a 19-8 stretch.  UE was unable to get closer as MSU completed the game with a 78-61 win.  The Racers finished the game shooting 47.5% with UE wrapping the day up at 39.2%.  With 36 rebounds, Murray State won that battle by five.

With his 12-point game, Spinelli set his career-high for the second game in a row.  After opening the season with a total of seven points in the first six games, he has averaged 6.4 points over the last nine outings.

“Coach Ragland has helped me a lot and the game is slowing down for me a little bit,” Spinelli explained after the game.  “At the end of the day, I want to be there in any way that the team needs me in order to get some wins.”

Next up for UE is a trip to Missouri State for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday evening.

Submitted by Athletics
* Clark leads Aces again as Evansville battles, but falls to Missouri State

Powered by another impressive scoring performance from fifth-year guard Myia Clark, the University of Evansville women's basketball team battled with Missouri State, but saw its early lead fade in a 73-61 loss to the Lady Bears on Saturday afternoon inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Evansville.

For the second-straight contest, the Aces were led by Clark in scoring as the Schaumburg, Ill. native tallied a team-best 18 points, shooting 50% (6-of-12) from the field in the game. Fellow fifth-year A'Niah Griffin joined her backcourt mate in double-figures, scoring 11 points on the afternoon. Coming up just shy of her 28th-career double-double, senior guard/forward Abby Feit finished with nine points and nine boards in a strong effort against one of the best rebounding teams in the nation. The Lady Bears were led by Aniya Thomas, who tallied a game-best 27 points for the visitors.

Evansville got off to a quick start in the opening period, but the Aces efficient offense was matched by that of the Lady Bears. The Aces lead grew as large as three in the opening quarter as Clark scored nine of UE's 15 first-quarter points to help Evansville own a 15-14 advantage after one quarter of play.

A quick 4-0 run from the Lady Bears to open the second period handed Missouri State back the lead, but Evansville provided an answer. In a back-and-forth first half, Evansville tied the game at 23 on a layup from sophomore Elly Morgan with just over five minutes left in the second frame. Missouri State retook the lead nearly a minute later and would hold on to it for the remainder of the half, building its advantage to seven at the break.

Offensive rebounds and second-chance points proved to be the difference in the game and specifically the third quarter as the Lady Bears began to stretch their advantage. In the game, Missouri State won the rebounding battle 46-29, including 16 offensive boards for MSU that led to 11 second chance points, helping the Lady Bears lead 56-45 going into the final 10 minutes.

A resilient Evansville bunch that has shown to not give up in games this season did just that in the fourth. Inside the first minute of the fourth period, Clark received the ball on the right wing and buried a triple that fueled the Meeks Family Fieldhouse crowd and got the Aces back within seven. In striking range to make a late rally, Evansville could not draw any closer as MSU responded with a run to take the 73-61 win.

Evansville goes on the road in MVC play for the first time this season with trips to take on Valparaiso and UIC on January 5th and 7th, respectively.

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* Carroll signs nine to impressive 2023 class

Building off of last season, University of Evansville head baseball coach Wes Carroll has announced the signing of nine players in the 2023 class.

"What a great start to the 2023 recruiting class. I want to thank the coaching staff for putting in so much time and effort finding these future Aces," said Carroll. "The Aces baseball program got better this week with the addition of nine student-athletes that are not only talented on the field but in the classroom as well. It starts on the mound where we added 3 LHP's and 2 RHP's that can make immediate impacts. We've also added to the middle of our field by signing a frontline Catcher, an athletic Short Stop and 2 outfielders that have plenty of tools. This is a very well-rounded recruiting class that will continue to elevate our program for many years to come."

The nine members of the class represent four states and two countries with four staying in-state to play for the Aces. Of the nine soon-to-be Aces, five will join Evansville's pitching staff and four will bolster UE's hitting and defense.

BJ Peart, MI, People's Christian Academy, Markham, Ontario, Canada

Coming to the River City from Canada, BJ Peart brings in experience from the top travel league in the country. A 6'3", 190 lb. middle infielder, Peart competed for the Toronto Mets in travel ball in the Canadian Premier Baseball League.

"Brodie has a real feel for the game that gives him a chance to contribute in a big way early in his career," said Coach Matt Wollenzin. "He possesses a consistent path at the dish that allows him to use the whole field and we believe he has a chance to develop juice as he continues to grow into his frame. He's a sound defender that slows the game down and brings a mature defensive presence. Above all we are excited to bring BJ's passion for the game into the UE family."

Chance Bentley, C, Connersville HS, Connersville, Ind.

Bentley signs with the Aces after an impressive junior campaign at Connersville HS. The Connersville, Ind. native hit a scorching .430 at the plate in 30 games as a junior in 2022, driving in 24 runs and smashing a trio of homers.

"Chance is an elite catcher that we are thrilled to sign," said Carroll. "He is a leader and has a great feel for the game behind the plate. Chance has an opportunity to make an immediate impact on our program and has a bright future in an Aces uniform."

Kenton Deverman, LHP, Fort Zumwalt West HS, Dardenne Prairie, Mo.

Another St. Louis area product to join the Aces, Kenton Deverman adds a talented left-handed arm to the team. In 2022, Deverman recorded a 7-1 record with 71 punch-outs in 52.2 innings.

"Kenton Deverman is a projectable left-handed pitcher with a quick arm and a high spinning fastball," said Coach Tyler Shipley. "He continues to develop physically and has not even begun to scratch the surface of what he is capable of on the mound. I am extremely excited to watch Kenton grow in our program, and I am confident that he will play a significant role on our pitching staff in the future."

Jacob Jarvis, LHP, Jefferson College, Farmington, Mo.

Bringing collegiate experience, JuCo lefty Jacob Jarvis provides further depth for a talented Aces pitching staff. At Jefferson College in 2022, Jarvis tallied eight appearances, earning a win in relief, and striking-out 17.

"Jacob is a power left-handed pitcher that comes to us from one of the premier junior college programs in this region in Jefferson College," said Shipley. "Within the past six months he has had a major increase in velocity and has blossomed into a front-line caliber arm that we are excited to have join the program. Jacob has all of the intangibles with a physical frame, fastball up to 93mph, feel for his secondary pitches, and a great work ethic, but beyond that he is an even better individual that will add veteran leadership to this highly talented incoming recruiting class."

Charlie Longmeier, Outfielder, Seymour HS, Seymour, Ind.

Staying in-state for his college baseball, outfielder Charlie Longmeier adds a well-rounded player to the Evansville squad. As a junior for Seymour HS, Longmeier hit .429 recording 25 RBI with eight doubles and six triples.

"We are excited to have Charlie join our program," said Carroll. "He is an athletic Outfielder and student of the game. Charlie has great hand eye coordination at the plate and always finds ways to barrel baseballs. He fits our mold and the type of student-athlete here at UE. Looking forward to getting him on campus next fall."

Matt Maloney, RHP, Southwestern Illinois College, Mokena, Ill.

The second JuCo product in the 2023 class, Matt Maloney helps bolster the Aces pitching staff. Coming to Evansville from Southwestern Illinois College, Maloney made an appearances last season for Titans to open his collegiate career.

"Matt Maloney is a player that I have been following since his travel ball days pitching for the Cangelosi Sparks out of the Chicagoland area," said Shipley. "As Matt has continued to develop and mature physically his ability has increased significantly, but one of traits that has always stood out to me about Matt is his competitive nature. There is no situation that is too big for him as he has proved throughout high school, summer ball, and his first season at SWIC. He hasn't even begun to reach his full potential yet, and he is a pitcher that we hope will play a major role during his time on campus."

Aaron Nehls, Outfielder, North HS, Evansville, Ind.

The second North HS Husky to join the roster, outfielder Aaron Nehls stays home to help lead the Aces. As a sophomore in 2021, Nehls hit .346 for the Huskies, driving in 1 runs and generating 11 extra-base hits.

"Aaron is a local kid which is the backbone of our program and we are happy he is staying home," said Carroll. "He is a great athlete that has potential to be a five-tool player on the field. Aaron plays with the type of energy and passion we look for here at UE."

Kevin Reed, LHP, Martinsville HS, Martinsville, Ind.

Making the two hour trip south to the River City, Kevin Reed brings another talented left arm to the program. As a junior in 2022, Reed recorded a 2.27 ERA, striking-out 94 while allowing 36 hits and 20 runs against 210 batters. At the plate, Reed impressed as well, hitting .312 batting average, adding 27 runs, 18 RBI's and 7 home runs last season. His efforts earned him an All-State honorable mention and All Mid-State Conference honors.

"We are extremely excited about the signing of Kevin Reed as part of our 2023 recruiting class," said Shipley. "Kevin attacks the strike zone with a fastball up to 90mph and shows an above average breaking ball the keeps hitters from ever getting comfortable in the box. He is one of the top pitching prospects in Indiana and will be a vital member of our pitching staff from the time that he steps on campus. "

Kellen Roberts, RHP, Monroe HS, Monroe, Mich.

Coming to Evansville from Michigan, Kellen Roberts adds depth to its pitching staff right a talented right-hander. Prior to his junior season in 2022, Roberts was selected as a Perfect Game Preseason All-American honorable mention in the central region.

"Kellen spent this past summer pitching against some of the top teams in the country and consistently had success regardless of who he was facing," said Shipley. "He is a great competitor and is very athletic, and we are excited to see what he is capable of once he is focusing solely only on baseball. Roberts already runs his fastball up to the low 90's and has the ability to throw an elite breaking ball, he has tremendous upside, and we cannot wait to watch him develop in our program." 

Submitted by Athletics

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