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Wednesday, July 12, 2023

* Fire Alarm Testing Notice for Campus Buildings

A contractor will conduct the required annual fire alarm testing throughout the next few weeks. The contractor will avoid fire alarm testing during SOAR events and other scheduled camps and events in Eykamp and Neu Chapel. Testing will begin on Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 28. The testing may cause intermittent noise, and non-toxic odors. Please use caution near contractors, equipment, and activity.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this work, please contact Tony Holt at

Thank you for your patience as we maintain our beautiful campus. To report a facilities emergency, call (812) 488-2775.

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Upcoming Events

* Employee Summer Healthy Behavior Challenge

Welcome to the Water You Waiting For? Challenge!

We all know how important it is to stay hydrated year-round, but especially in the summer months. This is a newer challenge here at Ascension St. Vincent Tri State Clinics to help make staying hydrated a little bit easier for you! It's designed to help make a daily habit of drinking enough water by challenging you to drink at least 64 oz (8 cups) daily for 6 weeks. Of course, we all require different amounts of water each day depending on our environment, how much we exercise, etc. Proper hydration is important for our bodies to function properly and adequately!

Each week, we’ll share tips and tricks to make drinking water a habit as well as the major health benefits to staying adequately hydrated. A printable water tracking calendar will be emailed to you before the challenge start date. However, feel free to make your own!

Earn a one-time $150 in HRA credits for completing the challenge! To make sure you receive your $150 credit, be sure to send your water tracker to Taylor at at the end of the challenge. A reminder will be sent out as the challenge end date nears!

Prizes will be drawn at random out of those who submit their water trackers at the end. There will be four chances to win a $50 gift card!!

Interested in signing up? Follow the link below!


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* Employee Summer Health Risk Assessment

Employee & Spouse Summer Health Risk Assessments will take place July 17th - 19th from 7:00am -10:45am each day in Eykamp Room 253. Complete your health risk assessment and earn HRA credits. This health risk assessment is available for UE employees and their spouses on the UE medical insurance plan. Please remember, fasting 8-10 hours is recommended. Water and Black coffee are allowed. Please take maintenance medications as prescribed, as long as they are not required to be taken with food. Please click the link below to sign up today!

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Info You Should Know

* UE Hires Director of Graduate Enrollment

UE has announced the appointment of Dr. Charles "Toby" Ziglar as the new Director of Graduate Enrollment at the University of Evansville (UE). Following a nationwide search, Dr. Ziglar emerged as the ideal candidate for this crucial role.

In his capacity as the Director of Graduate Enrollment, Dr. Ziglar will establish and lead the Office of Graduate Programs, which will shape and guide the future trajectory of UE's Graduate studies within our community and beyond.

Dr. Ziglar holds a PhD in New Testament Studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, an EdD in Higher Education Leadership from Georgia Southern University, a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a BA in Religion from Samford University.

Dr. Ziglar brings with him a wealth of experience in higher education, spanning over two decades. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated exceptional administrative leadership, strategic planning, programmatic growth, budgetary oversight, student services, and policy development, all of which have proven instrumental in elevating enrollment and enhancing student retention. Notably, Dr. Ziglar has held significant positions such as Dean of the Graduate School and Director of Graduate and International Admissions at the University of West Georgia, GA; Vice President for Enrollment Management at Bluefield College, VA; Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions at Kennesaw State University, GA, Director of Admissions in the School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University, NC; and Coordinator for Graduate Recruitment at Georgia Southern University, GA.

Dr. Ziglar’s leadership will provide tremendous support to faculty and administrators in all our graduate programs. His vast experience and numerous talents will help us to identify new opportunities and bolster our growth in graduate studies at UE.

Please join ue in extending a warm welcome to Dr. Ziglar as the Director of Graduate Enrollment at UE.

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* Xerox Satellite Copy Code Transition Complete

As of 6/13/23, new Xerox Satellite Copy Codes for FY23-24 have been distributed to Dept. Heads and uploaded into the Facilities, Carson Center, Hyde Hall, Olmstead, Fine Arts, Ridgway, Graves, SOBA and Koch copiers. Reminder: FY22-23 Xerox Copy Codes are no longer valid, now that the new copy codes have been uploaded for FY23-24.

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* Lynn Falcony joins staff as University of Evansville campus minister

Lynn Falcony of Newburgh has joined the Diocese of Evansville staff as campus minister at the University of Evansville. She fills a vacancy created by the departure of Sister of Providence Jessica Vitente, who left to pursue educational opportunities outside the diocese.

Lynn is a 2005 graduate of Reitz Memorial High School, and she earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Indiana East. Lynn spent time in discernment and formation with the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, and she has been active in diocesan ministries - including Teens Encounter Christ, Cursillo, and Source + Summit.

Diocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Jeremy Goebel said, "I am grateful and excited to welcome Lynn as our new campus minister at the University of Evansville. Her passion for her Catholic faith is evident and contagious. Please join me in praying for Lynn and the students and staff that she will serve on the UE campus."

Lynn said, "Over the years, so many individuals in our diocese have generously shared God’s love with me and created a safe space to grow. I am most excited about creating that space for students - where they may encounter Christ’s love in a personal way, explore their gifts and grow in our faith, while also providing them with opportunities to share the love of Christ with others in our community."

Lynn joins the staff from Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare, where she served as a skills-development specialist and as a member of the crisis management team. She also completed a research internship with Youth First in Evansville.

Lynn also served as a certified pharmacy technician at St. Mary Medical Center in Evansville, now Ascension St. Vincent Hospital.

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* Floor Cleaning Notice for Multiple Buildings

Floor Cleaning Notice for Multiple Buildings (See Impact Below)

Questions or Concerns Regarding this Work: Bob Dale,

Description of Work:
A contractor will conduct annual floor cleaning per the schedule listed below. If your building is not listed, it has already been cleaned or will be completed during Christmas Break. Facilities Maintenance Services technicians will move trash containers, recycling bins, chairs, and floor mats. A blue sticker will be placed on the office doorknob when work is finished.

Affected Dates and Buildings:
Sunday, July 2 through Thursday, August 10, 2023
Weeks of July 2 through July 17: Hyde Hall
Weeks of July 18 through July 27: Olmsted Hall
Week of July 30 through August 3: Ridgway University Center
Week of August 6 through August 10: Krannert Hall

Impact for Occupants:
There will be intermittent noise, vibrations, and non-toxic odors associated with this work.

Action(s) Required:

  • Remove any paper, boxes, and personal belongings from your office floor prior to the scheduled cleaning date.
  • Please allow time for the floor to dry prior to placing objects on the floor.
  • To have your research lab floors cleaned, contact the Facilities Service Center at 812-488-2775 prior to the scheduled cleaning date.

Thank you for your patience as we maintain our beautiful campus.
To report a facilities emergency, call (812) 488-2775

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* Order Textbooks Online and Skip the Lines

Did you know you can order your textbooks online ahead of time and skip the long in-store lines? Simply visit the bookstore online at, click on "Find Course Materials” under the “Course Materials & Textbooks” header, select your courses from the dropdown menus, and the website will pull a personalized list of Required and Recommended titles!

If you plan on renting any books, you will need to put in a credit card to secure the rental BUT you can pay a different way! Need to use your Book Loan before your Financial Aid is distributed? Have VA benefits? You can do use these AND rent! When it comes time to check out, make sure you follow the directions, putting in your credit card AND selecting the secondary form of payment as "Financial Aid: Student Account". When the order comes through, the appropriate account will be charged (nothing will be charged to the credit card unless you damage the books or don't bring them back at the end of the semester).

Please allow up to 72 hours for web order processing during the first 2 weeks of class. You will receive 2 emails: one confirming the order, the other letting you know when it is ready to pickup/has been shipped. Please wait for that second email before coming in to pick up your order. If you have decided to have your books shipped, the tracking number will be in that email. Please note that we do not begin to fulfill web orders until August 1st, so if you don't think they'll arrive before you leave for campus, please select "pickup in-store".

Find out you don’t need the book? You have one week from the start of classes to return the book for a full refund with the book in original condition and a copy of your receipt.

Dropped a class? Get a full refund if you return your book by September 29th, with proof that you dropped the course, the book in original condition, and a copy of your receipt.

Of course, if you don't feel comfortable ordering online, you're more than welcome to bring your schedule into the store (either printed or pulled up on your phone), we will pull your books at our back counter, and you can pay at the register. Remember, if you're renting, you need to have a credit card to secure the rentals, even if you're using a different form of payment!

=*IMPORTANT*= If you are a student athlete, we are changing the way you gets your books, so please DO NOT place an online order. You will receive further instructions directly from Athletics.

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* Order your business cards and stationery

Don’t forget to plan for the fall and order your letterhead, business cards, envelopes, and stationery through Marcom.

Visit the Marcom webpage to place an order. If you have never ordered through Marcom, you will be prompted to create an account.

Marcom will provide directions for ordering, create a proof to approve for your order, and also indicate how to enter your budget code for the request.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Wendy Marx at and 812-488-2561.

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* Congratulations to Dr. Brian Swenty on receiving the Stephen J. Ressler Best Paper Award at the 2023 ASEE Annual Conference

Dr. Brian Swenty, Professor of Civil Engineering from the School of Engineering and Computer Science received the Stephen J. Ressler Best Paper Award given to the best paper from the Civil Engineering Division. His paper titled “A Comparison of Licensed Engineers’ Conduct Requirements, the ASCE Code of Ethics, and EAC-ABET Civil Engineering Accreditation Criteria” was selected as the best paper from seventy other papers. The Civil Engineering Division Best Paper Award recognizes the author(s) of the most significant paper published or presented in the ASEE Civil Engineering Division activities during the previous year. The award, consisting of a plaque, was presented to Dr. Swenty at the Civil Engineering Division awards ceremony at the 2023 ASEE Annual Conference in Baltimore last week. Congratulations, Dr. Swenty!

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* Congratulations to Dr. Jessie Lofton on receiving the Best Paper Award at the 2023 ASEE Annual Conference

Dr. Jessie Lofton, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering from the School of Engineering and Computer Science received the Best Overall Paper Award at the 2023 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference at Baltimore, where she presented her work at a plenary session. ASEE is geographically divided into four Zones; the Best Overall Paper is selected from the four Best Zone Paper winners. The award is presented at the next annual conference. Dr. Lofton received the award for her paper, "Flipping the Heat Transfer Classroom," which was selected as Best Zone II Paper after winning best paper at the 2022 ASEE IL-IN Section Conference. Congratulations, Dr. Lofton!

Submitted by Suresh Immanuel

Harlaxton Happenings

* Digging Harlaxton named Top 3 Community Project of the Year by Council for British Archaeology

The Council for British Archaeology in partnership with the Marsh Charitable Trust has named Digging Harlaxton in the Top 3 for the Marsh Community Archaeology Awards.
Digging Harlaxton was a month-long field school with a commitment to being a truly inclusive program. Developed by Harlaxton College in 2022 and involving participants from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, it focused on developing and enhancing the methodological and practical field skills of participants through excavation of Harlaxton Manor while being actively tailored to accommodate any range of physical requirements and support mental health needs.

Digging Harlaxton is in the top 3 for Community Projects of the Year for a Marsh Community Archaeology Award.

Submitted by Noah Alatza


* Aces Basketball Golf Scramble set for August 28

With the season quickly approaching, the University of Evansville men’s basketball program will be hosting the Aces Basketball Golf Scramble on August 28, 2023.

Rolling Hills Country Club in Newburgh will be hosting the event with a full day of festivities on tap.  Registration is set for 10:45-11:45 a.m. with lunch being served from 11 a.m. until noon.  The scramble officially gets underway with a shotgun start at noon. A reception with refreshments will take place at approximately 5 p.m. or immediately following the round.

There are multiple ways to join the scramble or support the program.  Foursomes cost $600 with individuals set for $150.  Champion level members of the Aces Assist Club receive a complimentary entry into the scramble.  Other ways to support include hole sponsors ($100), golf cart sponsors ($1,500) and title sponsor ($5,000).

August 11 is the registration deadline.  There is a limit of 26 teams and registrants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  To register, please visit  For more information or to sign up, please contact Logan Belz at 812-488-2623.

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* Men's soccer releases 2023 season schedule

Building off back-to-back MVC Conference finals, Head Coach Robbe Tarver and the University of Evansville's men's soccer program have announced their 2023 schedule.

The Purple Aces will play a 19-game slate including 3 exhibition matches in 2023. Evansville continues to have tough non-conference matchups and a conference schedule that includes three new additions to the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). Five of the Aces 19 opponents appeared in postseason play in 2022 in the NCAA tournament.

Season tickets for the Aces' nine-game home slate are available for just $45 and can be purchased here. Combo season tickets that include admission to all home UE Men's and Women's Soccer matches is just $75 and is available here.

In preparation for the regular season, the Purple Aces will head down to Birmingham to play the University of Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday, September 12th for a rematch after a 2-2 draw in the 2023 spring season. The following weekend sees the Aces traveling to Indianapolis to play IUPUI on Sunday at 4pm. This is another rematch of the 2022 season for UE as they won 3-1 against the Jaguars in the second match of the 2022 season. Two days later, Evansville rounds out its exhibition slate hosting Hanover in an annual preseason matchup with the Panthers.

Saturday, August 19th marks the return of the annual Alumni Game after a COVID-induced break. The festivities that weekend will include a 2:00pm Kick Off and a social gathering following the match. Register to attend.

The regular season again opens with a familiar opponent, the Bellarmine Knights, who travel to Evansville on Thursday, August 24th for a 7:00pm kick. A growing rivalry, the 2022 matchup ended in a 2-2 draw after some late match drama. Bellarmine is another opponent that had a deep postseason run going to the ASUN semi-finals. Before heading on their first road trip of the season, the Purple Aces host CSU-Fullerton on Sunday, August 27th at 1:00pm. The Titans are coming off an 8-6-5 season.

For Labor Day weekend, the Purple Aces will go on the road to North Carolina, starting with a Friday night tilt against High Point. High Point won the 2022 Big South tournament and made the second round of the 2022 NCAA tournament, beating perennial power, UNC along the way. On Labor Day, the Aces face off against another Big South opponent, UNC-Asheville, who they last saw in 2019 for a 1-0 win.

The road trip ends with the Mayor's Cup as the Purple Aces travel down the Lloyd to face off against the Screaming Eagles in the second Division I edition of the Mayor's Cup on Saturday, September 9th. The inaugural D1 edition ended in a 0-0 draw in 2022 with the Aces outpacing USI in shots 15-6.

Evansville then returns home to face another OVC opponent in Lindenwood, on Wednesday, September 13th. The Purple Aces won their 2022 match 2-1 with goals from Kai Phillip and Carlos Barcia.

To start the MVC portion of the season, UE heads to Des Moines, Iowa to play Drake on Saturday, September 16th. The Aces won their lone matchup of 2022 to the Bulldogs 3-0 on a brace from Nacho Diaz and a goal from Kai Phillip.

Evansville then has a 2-game home stand starting with a midweek match against the University of Louisville. The Cardinals are coming off back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances and their first regular season ACC title. The Cards won last season's match 2-0 in Kentucky. UE then welcomes new MVC foe Northern Illinois to town for the second match of MVC play. The game against NIU on Saturday, September 23rd will be during Family Weekend.

The Purple Aces return to the road to visit another new MVC opponent, Bowling Green State. The Falcons went 6-5-5 on the heels of a 2021 NCAA tournament appearance in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Continuing MVC play, UE hosts Western Michigan at 5pm on Saturday, October 7th. WMU won the MAC last year and made the 2022 Sweet 16, defeating familiar foes Louisville and Lipscomb in the NCAA tournament.

An in-state rivalry is renewed midway through the season as Evansville heads to Indiana in a non-conference match on Wednesday, October 11th. Evansville and IU tied 1-1 last year at Arad McCutchan Stadium, marking the first draw against the 2022 NCAA runners-up for UE since 1994.

The Purple Aces close out the season with four conference games including heading back to Chicago to face UIC on Saturday, October 14th. UIC won 2-0 with two second half goals in 2022. In a midweek conference match on October 18th at 6pm, UE welcomes Missouri State back to Evansville for a rematch of the 2021 and 2022 MVC Conference finals. MSU won the back-and-forth affair 4-3 in the regular season and snuck by the Aces with a lone goal in the MVC final.

The Aces host their final home game of the regular season with Senior Day on Friday, October 27th at 7pm. UE welcomes the Bradley Braves to Evansville after a 0-0 draw in the 2022 season. In their last match of the regular season, the Purple Aces head down to Nashville to face the Belmont Bruins. UE and Belmont faced off three times last season with the Aces besting the Bruins 1-0 in the MVC semi-finals on a Ola Arntsen's rocket after two ties in the regular season.

The MVC Championship will be hosted at campus sites starting on November 5th, with the No. 1 overall seed hosting the semifinals and finals.

Evansville returns its top 5-point getters for the 2023 season in Nacho Diaz (9g, 1a), Kai Phillip (5g, 1a), Jose Vivas (4g, 3a), Carlos Barcia (3g, 4a) and Nkosi Graham (1g, 4a). The Aces also welcome back net minder Jacob Madden from injury and return Tobias Bak, Francesco Brunetti as well as Nalu Wagner and Marc Vila. In all, the Aces return 12 players from their 2022 roster.

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* Peter Funk named Assistant Coach/Chief of Staff for UE Men's Basketball

Peter Funk has been named the Assistant Coach/Chief of Staff for the University of Evansville men’s basketball team in an announcement from Purple Aces head coach David Ragland.

“I am very excited to announce the addition of Peter Funk to our coaching staff.  Peter is as well rounded of a young coach as I have had the pleasure of being around,” Ragland said.  “Peter is extremely relational to everyone he encounters, especially student athletes which is huge in our program. He is also knowledgeable of the game of basketball and has a strong ability to clearly communicate instructions with players.  I have known Peter since he was a student manager while I was on staff at Valpo.  I have had the opportunity to watch him grow in this profession as a GA and most recently the Director of Basketball Operations all at Valpo.”

Funk brings a familiarity of the Missouri Valley Conference as he joins the UE staff from Valparaiso.  As the Director of Basketball Operations for the Beacons from July of 2021 until May of 2023, he performed a multitude of duties with the program.  When it came to game-planning, he oversaw the scouting, facilitation and development of opponent scouting reports.

He played a vital role in their recruiting efforts, overseeing aspects of the process for both domestic and international recruits.  Along those lines, he facilitated and organized on-campus recruiting visits and presentations.  When it came to the day-to-day operation of the Valpo program, Funk was instrumental in multiple different ways.  He was responsible for organizing team travel, overseeing player academics, putting together the daily team and staff schedules, working with student managers, serving as the liaison to compliance and more.

“Peter will assist with our offensive game plan while also serving as our chief of staff. As our chief of staff, Peter will oversee our staff's administrative duties and assist when needed,” Ragland continued.  “With the new rule changes, men's and women's basketball staffs are allowed to add additional staff members to assist in on court coaching and some recruiting responsibilities.  Peter will have a heavy hand in some assistant coaching responsibilities while he oversees the administrative duties for our staff.”

Prior to his full-time work at Valparaiso, Funk was a graduate assistant from 2019 through 2021.  One of the highlights of his time as a GA was being named to TopConnect Graduate Assistant Leadership Academy.  Funk worked heavily in player development while gaining experience in areas that he would later to on a full-time bases as the Director of Basketball Operations.

In 2019, Funk received his undergraduate degree from Valpo, earning summa cum laude distinction.  He received his Master’s in Sports Administration from the institution in 2021, graduating with Highest Distinction and a perfect 4.0 GPA.

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* DJ Balentine returns to UE as Director of Player Development

One of the best to wear the Purple Aces uniform is back!  University of Evansville head men’s basketball coach David Ragland has announced the addition of DJ Balentine as the Director of Player Development.

“We all are excited to welcome back Aces great, DJ Balentine as our new Director of Player Development.  Aces fans had the privilege of cheering on DJ during his storied career here at UE and now will be able to watch him grow and develop as a coach,” Ragland exclaimed.  “DJ is as energetic as his game was, he is extremely personable but also a up and coming super star in this profession.  I admire and respect Jimmy Elgas a ton and grew a good relationship coaching against him while we were both assistants in this league.  Jimmy is a very good coach and has groomed some of the most talented young assistants across college basketball today.
Jimmy echoes the thoughts that I have on DJ's potential to grow and be a valuable addition to our staff as we build towards chasing championships on and off the court here at UE.”

Balentine returns to Evansville following a season as an assistant coach at Henderson State University in Arkansas where he reunited with former Aces assistant coach Jimmy Elgas.  He helped the team to a successful 2022-23 season as the Reddies earned a berth in the GAC Tournament Semifinals.  Coach Elgas was on staff for three of Balentine’s four seasons with the Aces.

Prior to joining Henderson State, Balentine served as the assistant coach at Indiana University-Kokoma from 2020-22, where he helped the team to a 39-6 overall record, including an 18-1 conference record, leading to a Rivers State Conference Championship and a trip to the Sweet 16 at the NAIA National Tournament in 2022.

“As our Director of Player Development, DJ will focus on formulating a detailed plan of success for our student athletes both on and off the court.  We want to be able to clearly communicate with our student athletes our expectations of them individual,” Ragland added.  “We will focus on each person's strengths while assisting them in their areas of improvements.  DJ will also be heavily involved in our day to day off court operations.”

“DJ will also be able to have a hand in our on-court instruction of our student athletes due to the new rules being passed by the NCAA.  We want to establish an environment in which we allow our students athletes to have a first-class experience.  We feel with our staff additions and realignment that we are making a huge step in the direction of providing a first-class student athlete experience.”

Finishing his UE career with 2,464 points, Balentine passed Colt Ryan’s program record of 2,279 points.  Leading the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring for three-consecutive years, Balentine joined Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson as the only other players to do so.  He wrapped up his career as the #4 scorer in MVC history.

Following his collegiate career, Balentine saw a four-year professional basketball career, which gave him the opportunity to travel around the world to countries such as Lithuania (2016), Netherlands (2017), Iceland (2018) and Cyprus (2019).

Balentine earned his Bachelor's degree in Sports Advertising and Management with a minor in Business from Evansville in 2016.

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* Roosevelt Jones elevated to Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Cementing his staff for the 2023-24 season, University of Evansville head men’s basketball coach David Ragland has announced the promotion of Roosevelt Jones to an Assistant Coach for the Purple Aces.

A former star at Butler University, Jones spent last season as the Director of Men’s Basketball Operations at UE.  Before joining the Aces program, Jones was an assistant coach at the University of Indianapolis.

“I am pleased to announce the second promotion this off season for Roosevelt Jones. One of the toughest things to do in life and especially as a college basketball coach is to embrace all aspects of the job.  Often times, coaches’ complete tasks that are explained as "other duties assigned" and many of those tasks are not glamorous. I was told prior to knowing Rose better that he is the ultimate teammate and I now know why after working with him,” Ragland exclaimed.  “Winners, win and do so because of their willingness to sacrifice for those around them.  Roosevelt is a student of the game of basketball.  He understands the game, studies the game and can apply it to the court allowing student athletes to be the best version of themselves.  Roosevelt will focus more on the recruiting of student athletes, on court instruction of our current roster, and assisting with the offensive game plan.”

In his first season at UE, Jones excelled in assisting the program in multiple facets ranging from travel to coaching.  He worked at UIndy as an assistant over the two prior seasons and made history in 2021-22, helping the program advance to its first-ever appearance in the GLVC Tournament Championship Game.  The Greyhounds were 19-11 overall and 10-8 in conference action.  In his first year with the Hounds, the team won 11 of their final 16 games to advance to the postseason.

His first coaching opportunity a came at IU-Kokomo where he worked for two seasons.  The Cougars were 53-15 during his tenure and recorded two NAIA National Tournament appearance.  They were ranked as high as 10th nationally.

“We had a great deal of interest in our assistant coaching position.  I was humbled and impressed with the quality of candidates throughout the process of filling this position. I have a huge amount of respect for a lot of guys in this profession and was able to grow closer relationships with those interested in joining our staff,” Ragland stated.  “However, I am an advocate of promoting from within.  Roosevelt basically interviewed all season long on the type of connector and coach he has the ability to be with our student-athletes.  The fact that he knows our offensive and defensive philosophy, our programs terminology, our drills, how we function as a university and his relationships with both our returning players and newcomers led me to my decision to elevate Rose as a full-time assistant coach on our staff.  I know Rose will continue to do a great job positively impacting our program.”

Prior to his coaching days, Jones enjoyed a storied playing career.  The legend at Butler University completed a record-breaking career with the Bulldogs that saw him rank at or near the top in starts (1st), assists (4th), rebounds (5th), steals (8th) and points (11th).  The 2-time All-Big East Second Team player earned NABC All-District accolades in 2015-16.

Jones went on to play professionally for two years with the Canton Charge, the G- League affiliate of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, while additionally training players during the offseason in his hometown of O'Fallon, Ill.

Submitted by Athletics
* UE Women's Soccer Announces 2023 Schedule

University of Evansville women’s soccer head coach Chris Pfau announced a challenging 2023 schedule for his side on Monday, which includes home matches against regional foes Bellarmine, Western Kentucky, and Indiana in non-conference play.

“We are excited to get started just over a month from now,” said Pfau.  “Any time that you put together a schedule, you want to be able to challenge yourself in non-conference to be able to be ready for the challenges of the Missouri Valley Conference.  I think that our schedule this year does that, as we should be well-prepared for league play when it starts in mid-September.”

Evansville will open the 2023 season with exhibition matches against 2022 NCAA Tournament participants SIUE (Monday, August 7 at home – 5 p.m.) and Saint Louis University (Saturday, August 12 on the road – 6 p.m.).  UE will then open the season on the road on Thursday, August 17 at Mercer, which placed third in the Southern Conference with a 9-4-7 record a year ago.

UE will then travel to Cape Girardeau, Missouri a week later to renew its rivalry with Southeast Missouri State with a match at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 24.  The Purple Aces will then kick-off the home schedule in grand fashion with a contest against the Indiana Hoosiers at 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 27.  It will mark the first match between the two in-state sides since 2011, and will be IU’s first trip to Arad McCutchan Stadium since 2010.  The match will have interesting side-stories, as UE junior forward Ryleigh Anslinger (Evansville, Ind./Memorial) started her collegiate career at IU, and Evansville freshman midfielder Ella Hamner and IU freshman midfielder Kennedy Neighbors were the Evansville Courier & Press co-Metro Players of the Year last year as teammates at Evansville Memorial High School.

“We are excited to be able to bring Indiana to Evansville for the home-opener,” said Pfau.  “It should be a fun night of soccer, and a great way to showcase our program to the city.”

Evansville will host Bellarmine on Thursday, August 31 at 7 p.m. to wrap up the first month of the season, before beginning September with a road contest at Lipscomb on Sunday, September 3 at 6 p.m.  The Bisons finished third in the ASUN Conference last year, while posting an 11-5-3 overall record.

Evansville will wrap up non-conference play with a home match against Western Kentucky on Thursday, September 7 at 6 p.m.  The Hilltoppers went 7-9-3 a year ago in a very competitive Conference USA, and the match will mark the first match between the two regional rivals since 2018.

Missouri Valley Conference play will kick-off on Friday, September 15 with a trip to Illinois State.  Evansville knocked off the Redbirds, 3-1, to wrap up the 2022 season.  UE will then host defending MVC regular-season champion Valparaiso on Thursday, September 21 at 6 p.m. before hitting the road to close out the month with contests at Murray State (Sunday, September 24) and Southern Illinois (Thursday, September 28).

Evansville will begin the month of October with back-to-back Sunday home matches against Belmont (Sunday, October 1) and UIC (Sunday, October 8).  Kick-offs both days will be at 1 p.m.  The Purple Aces will then travel to Iowa for two matches against UNI (Thursday, October 12) and Drake (Sunday, October 15) before wrapping up the regular-season at home.

UE will host in-state rival Indiana State on Thursday, October 19 at 6 p.m. before battling reigning MVC Tournament champion Missouri State on Sunday, October 22 at noon to close out the regular-season.  The 2023 MVC Tournament will then begin on Thursday, October 26 and run through Sunday, November 5.  Sites and match times will be determined by the final MVC standings, as the higher seeds host the first round and quarterfinal matches, with the semifinals and finals being played at the site of the regular-season champion.

UE returns 22 players from last season’s squad, led by third-team all-MVC defender Rachel Rosborough (Mt. Brydges, Ontario/Strathroy District CI).  Evansville will add eight talented freshmen led by local standouts Ella Hamner (Evansville, Ind./Memorial) and Taylor Johnson (Evansville, Ind./Reitz), and including talented forwards Brooklyn Robinson (West Haven, Utah/Fremont) and A’Liyah Warrick (Mableton, Ga./Campbell), midfielder Ashlyn Koutsos (Cumming, Ga./West Forsyth), defenders Emily Karr (Mooresville, Ind./Center Grove) and Brinli Helms (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) and goalkeeper Elke Travis (Henderson, Nev./Faith Lutheran).   Season tickets are currently available by contacting Associate Athletics Director for Revenue Generation Logan Belz by phone at 812-488-2623.

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