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Wednesday, April 12, 2023

* Take the UE Campus Survey

We want to hear from you! The UE Campus Survey is a tool to collect feedback from our campus community, including students, faculty, staff, and administration. Select the button below to complete the online survey, which takes about 15 minutes. The survey will be available from April 3-21, 2023.

Take the survey online today!

Submitted by Holly Lee Smith

Pep and Vim/Reunion Weekend

* One Purple Flag = One UE Donor

UE’s Spirit Week is a celebration of giving and receiving. Annually, thousands of alumni, friends, parents, former parents, faculty, staff, and administrators come together to support the University of Evansville. No matter the size, every gift received propels the university FORWARD, providing students with a transformational and accessible education. At UE, we are Changemakers, but we could not do it alone. As you walk through campus this week and see the purple flags, take a moment to reflect on all the donors who make this possible. Each flag represents one donor, and their combined contributions strengthens the foundation of UE. THANK YOU!

Submitted by Jaime Wilder
* Reunion Weekend April 14-16, 2023

Class of 1973 50th Reunion
Nursing 70th Anniversary Reunion
Athletics Reunion
Alumni Awards Celebration
Campus Tours
And more!
Register here

Submitted by Jaime Wilder
* Pep and Vim, the UE Annual Day of Giving, is April 14, 2023 – Click to learn more!

First created by a UE alumnus, “Pep and Vim,” UE’s Annual Day of Giving, was brought to life in 2012. We shouted our school spirit from the rooftops, and we were honored that the Aces community responded to our first Pep and Vim by making 250 philanthropic gifts that totaled over $5,000.

Flash forward to April 2022, Pep and Vim’s 10-year anniversary, and you can see how UE’s Day of Giving has grown over the last decade. Over 2,000 gifts were made to the university, totaling over $400,000. Gifts came in from 44 states, providing opportunities for growth within all 3 academic colleges on campus, as well as for Harlaxton College and UE Athletics.

Now it’s time for Pep and Vim 2023, and with you by our side, we know we can up our game once more. The UE Alumni Board of Directors has issued a philanthropic challenge! If, as one Aces family, we make 2,023 gifts to any UE project, they will gift $20,000 to the UEvansville Fund!

Sometimes philanthropy can feel too big for us as individuals. But when we join together, we can change the lives of countless others. That’s why, at UE, everyone can be a philanthropist. Whether you can give $5 or $5,000, your gift will move the University of Evansville FORWARD into a bright and hopeful future.

To make a gift and help unlock the Alumni Board’s challenge, please visit

Thank you and GO ACES!

Submitted by Jaime Wilder

Upcoming Events


The University of Evansville Theatre announces the season finale of the 2022–2023 season NOISES OFF, written by Michael Frayn. The show opens on Friday, Apr. 14, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., on Apr. 15, 20, 21, 22, and at 2:00 p.m., on Apr. 23.

Easily considered the funniest farce ever written, this classic comedy follows a troupe of assiduous actors as they blunder from a disastrous dress rehearsal to complete pandemonium when they embark on an ill-fated tour. Hilarity ensues! With screwball shenanigans, mounting mayhem, slamming doors, and even flying sardines, this rip-roaring romp is the perfect outing for anyone ready to leave reality behind and indulge in the life-affirming and mood-altering benefits of good, old-fashioned belly laughs. This multiple Tony Award-nominated gem of a play will leave audiences in stitches.

NOISES OFF is directed by Assistant Professor Amelia McClain ’03. Bradley Baumhover, a junior theatre management major from Joplin, Mo., serves as the assistant director; Ben Kahre ’09, guest artist, serves as the fight coordinator; Joseph P. Flauto, serves as the scenic designer; Sara Mathew, a senior design and technology major, from Union, Ky., is the costume designer; Associate Professor Stephen Boulmetis, serves as the lighting designer; Assistant Technical Director Blake Cooper, serves as the sound designer; Assistant Professor Mitch Critel, serves as the technical director, and Zoe Paraskevopoulos, a senior stage management major, from Flower Mound, Texas, is the stage manager.

This cast features Tatiana Robledo, a junior performance major from Houston, Texas., as Dotty; McAllister Reed Stowell, a senior performance major, from Lakewood, Colo., as Lloyd; Gavin Ramirez, a first-year performance major, from McKinney, Texas, as Gary; Amelia Overholt, a senior performance major, from Fort Collins, Colo., as Brooke; Spencer Marfy, a junior performance major, from Tallmadge, Ohio, as Freddy; Marie Reilly, a senior performance major, from Spring Hill, Fla., as Belinda; Aibhlinn Rose, a senior performance major, from Clackamas, Ore., as Poppy; Landry Barker, a first-year performance major, from Fort Worth, Texas., as Tim; Jack Cory, a senior performance major, from Southlake, Texas., as Selsdon.

Adult ticket prices are $20 and $18 for senior adults, UE employees, and non-UE students. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12 p.m. on the day of the performance they wish to attend. In addition, UE Theatre offers a new “Pay What You Will” initiative. Every Thursday evening performance in Shanklin Theatre is available for any person to pay any price that best fits their budget. Single tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the ticket office at 812.488.2031, Monday through Friday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Submitted by Sharla Cowden
* Friends of UE Music to Host Open House

The Friends of UE Music are hosting an Open House for Wheeler Concert Hall on Pep and Vim Day. Stop by the Krannert Fine Arts Building on Friday, April 14, between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. FUEM members and student volunteers will be happy to give you a tour of the new concert hall and answer any questions you may have about the renovation project.
If you gave a donation to name a seat in Wheeler, your nameplate is now in place. Please come by and see what our generous donors have helped to bring to life for the UE Music Conservatory.

Submitted by Amy Esche
* UE Theatre's Rogue and Peasant Aces Presents ANIMAL FARM

After a two-year hiatus, the University of Evansville Theatre announces the return of the Rogue and Peasant Aces, their travelling performance troupe, with ANIMAL FARM, based on the book by George Orwell and adapted by Ian Wooldridge. Performances are at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Apr. 15 and Saturday, Apr. 22, on the UE campus, in the John David Lutz Theatre Lab.

George Orwell’s satire on the perils of Stalinism has proved a magnificently long-lived parable about totalitarianism and has given the world at least one immortal phrase: “Some are more equal than others.” This dramatization remains faithful to the book’s plot and intent and retains both its affection for the animals and the insightfulness of its message.

The aim of the Rogue and Peasant Aces is to provide accessible theatre experiences for individuals who otherwise may not have exposure to the arts. This spring, the Rogue and Peasant Aces are touring to various high schools in the area to perform.

ANIMAL FARM is directed by Rebecca Conaway, a senior theatre studies major, from Wellsburg, W. Va.; Liam Arney, a first-year design and technology major, from McAllen, Texas, serves as the costume and properties coordinator; Josie Madzik, a first-year theatre studies major, from Howell, Mich., is the dramaturg; and William Cooper Sanders, a first-year performance major, from Jeffersonville, Ind., is the stage manager.

Each role is shared by two actors, who will alternate between shows. The cast includes Benjamin Bravard, a senior performance major, from Batavia, Ohio, and Drake J. Susuras, a junior performance major, from Broomfield, Colo., sharing the roles of Old Major, Boxer, and Young Animal; Mason Norton, a first-year performance major, from Bremen, Ind., and Devyn Jolgren, a junior performance major, from Louisville, Ky., sharing the role of Squealer; Trace Levens, a firstyear performance major, from Bryan, Texas, and Jeff Parkinson, a senior performance major, from Mercer Island, Wash., sharing the role of Napoleon; Quinn McGaugh, a first-year performance major, from McAlester, Okla., and Caden Sevier, a junior performance major, from Humble, Texas, sharing the roles of Snowball and Benjamin; Elizabeth Dye, a senior performance major, from Frisco, Texas, and Kennedy Olson, a first-year performance major, from Porter, Texas, sharing the role of Clover; and Beverley Buchanan, a junior performance major, from Tomball, Texas, and Alyssa Meadows, a first-year performance major, from Louisville, Ky., sharing the roles of Moses, Mollie, Minimus, and Pilkington.

UE Theatre’s Rogue and Peasant Aces is a part of the Ashoka U Changemaker Program. This leading global designation is part of a dynamic, global network of leading colleges and universities who set the bar for social innovation and changemaking in higher education.

Tickets for the two on-campus performances are free to the public and seating is general admission. The new John David Lutz Theatre Lab is limited to 87 seats. Tickets may be reserved at or by calling the ticket office at 812.488.2031, open from noon to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Submitted by Sharla Cowden
* English Professor to Speak at Willard Library

Mark Cirino will present “Ernest Hemingway: One True Sentence” on Monday, April 17 at 6:00 PM in the Browning Gallery (lower level) at Willard Public Library. Book signing to follow!
Ernest Hemingway’s cartoonish “Papa” persona – the brawler, boozer, braggart, big game hunter, and chronic womanizer— often overshadows his greatness as a writer. In this presentation, Cirino ignores the temptations of biography and myth to concentrate instead on the most enduring contribution of Hemingway’s life: his writing. Using Hemingway’s “one true sentence” credo as inspiration, this talk examines representative sentences from texts such as The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and A Moveable Feast to discover techniques that gave his work such lasting power.

Dr. Mark Cirino is a Professor of English and Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair of English at the University of Evansville, where he has taught American literature for fifteen years. He has authored or edited ten books, including Ernest Hemingway: Thought in Action, Reading Hemingway’s Across the River and into the Trees, and most recently, One True Sentence: Writers & Readers on Hemingway’s Art, which he edited with Michael Von Cannon. He hosts the Hemingway Society’s popular One True Podcast, which explores Ernest Hemingway’s life, work, and world.

Submitted by Michelle Lehman
* UE Photography Reception

The UE campus community (and guests) are invited to a reception in the Krannert Gallery on Wednesday, April 12 at 4:30 p.m.

Please join us to honor the founder of this exhibition, Hanns Pieper, Professor Emeritus, and to celebrate the tradition of displaying meaningful work created by our own UE community.

The 2023 UE Photography Exhibit will be open from Monday, April 10 through Saturday, May 6 in the Krannert Gallery. Exhibitors include:

Donnie Dunville, Retiree Physical Plant/Maintenance

Lynn R. Penland, Dean Emerita

Keith Gehlhausen, Human Resources and Institutional Equity

Mari Plikuhn, Sociology Programs

Hanns G Pieper, Professor Emeritus

Nancy Lockyear, Department of Art

Todd Matteson, Department of Art

Kevin Gray, Criminal Justice

Corliss Chastain, Department of Art

Stephanie Ligon Olmsted, UE Trustee

Patti McCrory, Professor Emerita

Steve Worthington, UE Trustee

Kristen Strandberg, UE Libraries & Online Learning

Submitted by Carol McCraney
* UE English and Creative Writing LitFest: Friday 7pm and Saturday starting at 9:30

Melvin M. Peterson Literary Forum
Hemminger-Brown Lecture

Hollow Crowns: Shakespeare’s Histories
and Netflix’s The Crown
Friday, April 14 ? 7:00 p.m.
Room 162, Harkness Hall
Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building

Vanessa Rapatz, PhD, is an Associate Professor of English at Ball State University, where she specializes in early British literature. Her book Convents and Novices in Early Modern English Dramatic Works (2020) considers the dramatic afterlives of Catholic spaces and figures in the wake of the Reformation. Currently, she is working on a pop culture Shakespeare project that examines contemporary films and television series set in a variety of historical periods that deploy Shakespeare’s allusions and performances as vehicles to reflect upon contemporary personal, social, and historical identities.

11th Annual Literary Conference
Saturday, April 15
Student panels at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and noon
Rooms 271, 272, and 273, Schroeder Family School of
Business Administration Building
Attendance is FREE and open to the public.

Submitted by Sara Petrosillo
* Purple Palooza

Purplepalooza 2023! April 14th from 6:00 - 9:00 PM! Join us for food trucks, carnival rides, games, giveaways, a petting zoo brought by SCF, and more! Bring your friends and celebrate the end of the semester! Then head to Eykamp and join PRIDE for the Drag Show beginning at 9:15!

Submitted by Kelsey Rowland
* Free Purple Popcorn

A table will be set up in Ridgway University Center to provide more information about the Campus Survey. You can stop by for some free purple popcorn! Visit the table during lunchtime from 11am - 1pm on April 13.

Submitted by Holly Lee Smith

Changemaker Corner

* Habitat for Humanity Barn Blitz!

Barn Blitz

Barn Blitz is an event where UE students team up with the local Habitat chapter to build yard barns for community members who have received Habitat homes.

This year’s Barn Blitz will take place on April 22nd at 9:00am in the parking lot behind the Evansville Habitat for Humanity (560 E Diamond Ave. Evansville, IN). Our goal is to have 20 teams, each made up of 6-8 people, so that we can build 20 barns.

Attached is the link to the signup genius for Barn Blitz teams. If you are part of an organization, it would be greatly appreciated if you could encourage them to create a Barn Blitz team!

Feel free to reach out to with any questions.

Submitted by Isabelle Stapp

Info You Should Know

* PT Faculty and Sports Resident Alumni Publish Research

PT faculty members Dr. Kyle Matsel and Dr. Kate Schwartzkopf-Phifer along with ProRehab/UE Sports Resident Alumni Jonathan Kirsch, Tessa Netelbeek, Rolando Rodriquez, and Ervin Velic recently published research in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, "Self-Movement Screening using the Symmio Application is Reliable and Valid for Identifying Musculoskeletal Risk Factors." The creation of a patient-driven, self-screening tool for the reliable detection of MSK risk factors can alert individuals of impending MSK needs. The Symmio self-screen can allow individuals to seek evaluation and treatment before MSK injury, which may decrease healthcare dollars spent on preventable issues.

The research article can be viewed at the IJSPT website.

Submitted by Jennifer Simon
* Computer Science Courses offered during Summer Sessions

Dr. Maxwell Omwnega will be offering CS-101and CS-210 during Summer Session I (May 15 thru June 17) and Summer Session II (June 19 thru July 21) Register today to save your spot in these courses!

Submitted by Tonya Albright
* SPAN-111 Online course – Summer 1

SPAN-111: Elementary Spanish I will be offered during the Summer 1 session as an online, asynchronous class. This course counts towards Outcome 6. This 3-credit hour course will run from May 15 to June 16, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Diana Rodríguez Quevedo via email –

Submitted by Diana Rodríguez Quevedo
* Zoom Recording from Benefit Open Enrollment Session

Thank you to all who came out to our Employee Benefit Open Enrollment meetings over the last couple of days. As a reminder, the benefit period began Thursday, April 5. Every employee will need to complete the online election process, even if you are declining all benefits, no later than Friday, April 21.

For those unable to join us for in-person meetings, you can review the Zoom session at your convenience.

Passcode: e#qyAM5y

If you have any questions about open enrollment and/or the University’s benefit plans, please contact the Office of Human Resources at or 812-488-5045.

Submitted by Lori LeDuc
* 2023-24 Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Scholarship

Family, friends and loved ones of the late Dr. Marvin E. Hartig are pleased to announce the application process for the Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is dedicated to the loving memory of Dr. Hartig, Dean of Evansville College’s Evening College in 1967, and administrator for the Center for Advanced Study, director of the Evansville chapter of the American Institute of Banking (AIB), and the international student advisor. In 1974, Dr. Hartig was appointed Dean of Academic Services. He retired in 1984 after serving his alma mater for thirty-five years and passed away in 2007.

This scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving sophomore student. Preference will be given to a student working while being enrolled as a full-time student. International students are encouraged to apply.
Eligible students for the 2023-2024 Hartig Memorial Scholarship will be sophomores in the 2023-2024 academic year.

The application can be found online.

Deadline: Please return all materials to the Office of Student Financial Services by May 5, 2023. The decision will be announced by May 26, 2023.

Questions: Amber Chandler, Administrative Assistant to the Office of Student Financial Services, at or 812-488-2364.

Submitted by Amber Chandler
* National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

FIRST-YEAR AND SENIOR STUDENTS - Your Voice Matters! Take the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Watch for NSSE emails starting March 15.

In appreciation for participating, all students who complete the survey by April 14 will be entered into a drawing for one of two Apple Watches (each valued at approximately $280.00) and one of four sets of JBuds Air earbuds (each valued at approximately $70.00). One first-year student and one senior-year student will be selected for the Apple Watches. Two first-year students and two senior-year students will be selected for the earbuds. Students may receive only one item. Your chances of winning depend on how many complete the survey; 965 students were invited to participate.

Submitted by Paula Heldt
* Seeking financial Aid for summer courses?

UE students seeking financial aid or intending to use loan funds for summer courses at UE, please complete a Summer Financial Aid Application and return to the Office of Student Financial Services (Olmsted 105) however is most convenient. The application will allow our office to assess your financial aid and loan eligibility.


On-campus jobs are available for continuing UE students during the summer. You do not need to be eligible for need-based Federal Work-Study during the academic year in order to apply. You may also apply regardless of your enrollment in summer courses. Applications will be available within the Student Employment area of WebAdvisor.

Submitted by Amy Sowders


* WKU Rallies To Snap UE Road Winning Streak, 6-2

The Western Kentucky University baseball team rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on Tuesday night to key a 6-2 victory over the visiting University of Evansville Purple Aces at Nick Denes Field in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The win snapped UE’s eight-game road winning streak, which was the longest in Division I baseball entering the night.

“It was really tough to get any offensive consistency going tonight with it being a staff day and seeing eight different pitchers,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll. “But, that’s college baseball sometimes. We had our chances tonight, but just couldn’t break through. We just need to put this one behind us and be ready to go this weekend in Carbondale against Southern Illinois.”

Evansville scored first in the top of the second inning, as senior third baseman Brent Widder led off the inning with a double, advanced to third base on a WKU error, and scored on a wild pitch to give UE a 1-0 lead.

The game would remain 1-0 through four innings, as graduate starter Eric Roberts, making his first collegiate start and first pitching appearance of the year, tossed three scoreless innings of one-hit baseball, and senior reliever Jakob Meyer worked around a lead-off double to toss a scoreless fourth inning. But, the Hilltoppers would rally against Meyer (0-2) in the fifth inning to take the lead for good.

WKU outfielder Andrew Delany roped a one-out double to right-center field to tie the game at 1-1. Then, after a walk to lead-off man Ty Crittenberger, a failed pick-off attempt, and a stolen base put two runners in scoring position, catcher Kirk Liebert delivered a two-run single to grab a 3-1 lead.

Widder would blast a one-out, solo home run over the bullpen in left field in the top of the sixth inning to trim the WKU lead to 3-2. But, the Hilltoppers would add a run in the bottom of the sixth inning without the use of a hit to push the lead to 4-2.

Evansville would threaten in the eighth inning by loading the bases against WKU closer C.J. Weins on two walks and a hit-by-pitch, but Weins would bounce back with a strikeout on a pay-off pitch to get out of the jam. Then, WKU plated two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on an RBI single by designated hitter Camden Ross and a throwing error on the play to produce the final margin of victory.

Widder had two of UE’s five hits with a double and home run. Roberts also went 1-for-3 offensively with two walks. Ross went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI to lead the way for WKU.

With the victory, WKU evens its record at 17-17 overall. Evansville, meanwhile, falls to 19-13 overall. The two teams will meet again next Tuesday in Evansville to conclude the home-and-home non-conference series. Prior to that match-up, though, Evansville will travel to Carbondale, Illinois to battle first-place Missouri Valley Conference rival Southern Illinois in a three-game set. The series will begin Friday night at 6 p.m., with Sunday’s series finale set for national coverage on ESPNU.

Submitted by Athletics
* Davis' 2-RBI double seals road win at Indiana State

With two outs in the top of the sixth innings, Alexa Davis hit a 2-RBI double that would prove to be the difference as the University of Evansville softball team picked up a 2-0 win over Indiana State on Tuesday at Price Field.

Over the first five innings, the Purple Aces were unable to pick up a hit but that changed in the sixth when Jess Willsey broke up the no-hitter before Davis hit the game-winner on batter later.

Evansville put a runner in scoring position to open the game.  Marah Wood reached on a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Two strikeouts ended the threat.  UE went down in order in the second and third frames before Taylor Howe reached on a leadoff walk in the fourth.

Mikayla Jolly kept the Sycamores off the scoreboard with some timely pitching.  ISU recorded a pair of hits in the fourth and stranded runners on second and third in the bottom half of the fifth with Jolly escaping both frames unscathed.

In the top of the sixth, the offense was able to break through with some 2-out magic.  Howe earned another walk with Sydney Kalonihea coming in to pinch run.  Jess Willsey picked up the first UE hit of the day, doubling to left to send Kalonihea to third.  Next up was Alexa Davis, who doubled to left center to bring in both runners to give the Aces a 2-0 lead.

Erin Kleffman threw the final two innings and did not allow a baserunner.  She earned the save while Jolly recorded the win.  UE finished the game with five hits while the Sycamores tallied five.

This weekend, the Aces head to Murray State for a 3-game series.

Submitted by Athletics
* Ikejiani rallies late to help UE men finish in second

Finishing the third round with a 4-under 67, Michael Ikejiani tied for 5th place while leading the University of Evansville men’s golf team to a second place finish at the TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate.

Ikejiani completed the third round at Hermitage Golf Club with a 4-under 67 on his way to the fifth-place tie.  His 3-round tally finished with a 209.  Also finishing in the top ten was Nicholas Gushrowski.  An even score of 71 gave him a final score of 211 to tie for ninth.  In Monday’s opening rounds, Gushrowski carded even scores of 70.

Daniil Romashkin came home in a tie for the 12th position.  After registering a 73 in Monday’s opening round, Romashkin posted a 69 in the second 18 and wrapped up Tuesday’s round with a 1-under 70.

Isaac Rohleder enjoyed his low round of the event.  His 2-under 69 on Tuesday gave him a final score of 213, which tied him for 31st place.  Tying for 36th was Carson Parker.  He matched Monday’s second round total with a 73.

Belmont defeated the Purple Aces by just one stroke in the team standings.  The Bruins wrapped up round three with a 276 and completed the event with an 843.  Evansville posted a 277 in the last round and earned a second-place finish with an 844.

Justin Larue (Longwood) and Renato Filho (Lindenwood) tied for the top individual honors.  Both completed play with 3-round scores of 206.

UE now sets its sights on the Missouri Valley Conference Championship, which will take place April 23-25 in Coal Valley, Illinois.

Submitted by Athletics

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