University of Evansville


Friday, September 8, 2023

* Celebration of Life for Dean Beverly Brockman

Please join the campus community in celebrating the life and legacy of Dean Beverly Brockman on Tuesday, September 12th, at 10:00 a.m. in Neu Chapel.

Submitted by Noah Alatza

Upcoming Events

* Introduction to Pre-Professional Health Professions

Are you considering a career in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy or veterinary medicine? If so, please plan to attend a 30-minute information session on “How to be a Successful Pre-professional Health Student” at UE.  5:30 PM on Wednesday, September 13 Koch 100

Contact the Pre-professional Health Advisor, Francie Renschler, with any questions.

Submitted by Francie Renschler
* SAA Book Club Read for September

September Book Selection:
No Two Persons -by Erica Bauermeister

One book. Nine readers. Ten changed lives. New York Times bestselling author Erica Bauermeister’s No Two Persons is “a gloriously original celebration of fiction, and the ways it deepens our lives.” That was the beauty of books, wasn’t it? They took you places you didn’t know you needed to go…

Alice has always wanted to be a writer. Her talent is innate, but her stories remain safe and detached, until a devastating event breaks her heart open, and she creates a stunning debut novel. Her words, in turn, find their way to readers, from a teenager hiding her homelessness, to a free diver pushing himself beyond endurance, an artist furious at the world around her, a bookseller in search of love, a widower rent by grief. Each one is drawn into Alice’s novel; each one discovers something different that alters their per-spective, and presents new pathways forward for their lives. Together, their stories reveal how books can affect us in the most beautiful and unexpected of ways—and how we are all more closely connected to one another than we might think. - Book summary from

We will meet on Wednesday September 27th  at 12 noon in Multicultural Student Commons (Phillips Alcove) on the second floor of Ridgway to discuss the book. Everyone is invited. Feel free to bring your lunch if needed. 

If you would like to be added to the Book club email list please contact Kathy Taylor at ks6.

Submitted by Katherine Taylo
* Library Open House Tues, 9/12

Stop by the library lobby between 3 and 5pm on Tuesday, September 12 to learn more about what the library can do for you. There will be lots of useful information, along with library tours, snacks, and games!

Submitted by Kristen Strandberg
* Fall Healthy Behavior Challenge

Welcome to the Mental Wellness Bingo, your Fall Healthy Behavior Challenge! This challenge will run from September 25th - October 29th.

Mental health plays a big role in your overall well-being. The goal of this 5-week challenge is to take on a holistic approach to nurturing your overall mental health.

Each day, you will find a mental wellness activity on your bingo card that will touch on either:

  • Nutrition
  • Physical health
  • Social health
  • Connection
  • Boundaries & Mindset

You do not have to go in order of the bingo card! Each day, choose an activity that best serves you in the moment. This will give you the chance to reflect on what you're in-need of during that time. We will also share some weekly mental wellness resources to give tips, tricks, and information to better your mental health.

Those who get a “blackout” and complete all of the daily activities will be entered into a gift card drawing. There will be 8 chances to win a $25 gift card! Earn a one-time $150 in HRA credits for successfully completing the challenge!!

Interested in signing up? 

Click the link here to get your name on the list:

**We will email you a bingo card at the start of the challenge!

Email Taylor at for more information or questions.

Submitted by Taylor Kollak
* Public Safety Awareness Week Active Aggressor Town hall Events

As recent events have shown us, acts of aggression can happen in all environments, including college campuses. To ensure we are prepared to respond to such an event, Public Safety Director Jason Cullum will host two Active Aggressor town hall sessions to discuss topics ranging from situational awareness, emergency communications, and response to an Active Aggressor.

The town hall sessions will occur during Public Safety Awareness Week, which will be held from September 11-15. The first town hall will be held on September 11 at 4:00 p.m. in SOBA, room 170 and the second town hall will be held on September 13 at 4:00 p.m. in Graves Hall, room 100.

These sessions are for students, faculty, and staff. Additional sessions may be held based on the needs of the community.

Submitted by Jason Cullum
* FREE Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training - Coming Soon

Please join the Office of Counseling Services for our series of FREE Suicide Prevention Workshops during World Suicide Prevention Week, September 10-16. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is an evidenced-based training program aimed at preparing each of us to recognize signs that someone may be considering suicide and the steps we can take to keep one another safe! For each session, there will be one hour of skills training with an optional hour of practice scenarios and group work immediately following. To receive a certificate, attendance for the first hour is all that is required.

These sessions are FREE, and there is no registration required. Room capacity will be considered for safety reasons, and a sign indicating the session is full will be placed on the door as needed. Open to students, staff, faculty, and administrators!

September 11, 12-2pm in Koch 100

September 12, 3-5pm in Graves 100

September 13, 10-12pm in Eykamp 253-55

Please feel free to print and/or share the image below. We hope to see you there!

Submitted by Liz McCormick

Info You Should Know

* Women's Basketball in Search of Male Practice Players

The University of Evansville Women's Basketball program is currently searching for male students who are interested in joining the program as practice players for the 2023-2024 academic year. Any full-time UE student, undergraduate or graduate, is welcome to apply. A good attitude, strong work ethic and previous basketball playing exeperince at the high school or a requisite level are required.

Students interested in being practice players must be available for multiple practices a week. Practice is typically held in the afternoon or early evening during the week, as well as multiple weekends.

Practice players will participate in day to day practice which include scrimmages versus the team, practice drills, opponent scouting and simulations designed by the coaching staff. Participants will also get hands-on experience in collegiate athletics working with coaches, players, support staff, and administration. This position offers valuable real-world experience for any student who is interested in pursuing a career in sports administration, coaching, or a related field. Lastly, practice players will experience an exciting, family-oriented environment that will positively impact their college experience.

In addition, participants will receive authentic team gear and occasional team meals.

Any students interested in being a practice player or who have any questions about the position should contact Van Klohmann at

Submitted by Van Klohmann
* Payroll Deductions

As part of our commitment to fostering academic excellence and enriching educational experiences at UE, we are excited to announce the launch of our annual Campus Giving Campaign as a part of FORWARD>> The Campaign for the University. Gifts to the university—no matter the size of the contribution—send powerful messages to our students about the importance of philanthropy in private education and about paying it forward. Thank you for your leadership in demonstrating this generosity.

New this year is an online workflow payroll deduction form, located at Hover over the Advancement tab and select Giving Deduction to complete your payroll deduction selection. After submission, you will receive an email once it is processed by Payroll and University Advancement.

You have a special view of how philanthropy affects the university in diverse ways. We encourage you to choose how your support will make an impact inside the university. Your support has the power to shape lives, drive innovation, and build a stronger campus.

Payroll deduction also lends itself to becoming a President’s Club member, which is our gift society of donors who contribute at least $1,000 in combined gifts per fiscal year. One benefit of becoming a President’s Club member is receiving a campus parking hangtag which allows you to park anywhere on campus (except for the Admissions’ purple parking in front oval and handicap spots).

Every year, we come together as a community to make a collective impact that transcends the boundaries of our campus. This year is no different, and we invite you to join us in empowering the future generation of leaders, thinkers, and changemakers.

To learn more about FORWARD>> The Campaign for the University of Evansville, visit

If you have questions about giving, please contact University Advancement at x2586 or

Thank you and go Aces!

"95% of your restricted gift will directly support that area of campus while 100% of your unrestricted giving will support the University's greatest needs operationally.

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* Women's Basketball Managers Needed

The University of Evansville Women's Basketball program is currently searching for students who are interested in joining the program as student managers for the 2023-2024 academic year. Any full-time UE student, undergraduate or graduate, is welcome to apply. A good attitude and a strong work ethic are required.

Students interested in a manager position must be available for both practices and games. Practice is typically held in the afternoon or early evening during the week, as well as many weekends. Managers should also be available to help with small group workouts during the fall and spring, in addition to accomplishing other tasks as needed.

Managers will get the opportunity to work at the Division 1 level and in the Missouri Valley Conference, one of the nation's premier mid-major conferences. Managers will also get hands-on experience in collegiate athletics working with coaches, players, support staff, and administration. This position offers valuable real-world experience for any student who is interested in pursuing a career in sports administration, coaching, or a related field. Lastly, managers will experience an exciting, family-oriented environment that will positively impact their college experience.

In addition, managers will receive team gear, and an opportunity to work their way up to traveling to away competition.

Any students interested in being a student-manager or who have any questions about the position should contact Van Klohmann at

Submitted by Van Klohmann
* Hannah Evelyn Jones Exhibit

The Department of Art presents Hannah Evelyn Jone's exhibit "Mending Threads of Identity" in the Krannert Gallery through October 15, 2023.  Gallery hours are Mon - Sat 8:00am-8:00pm and Sun noon - 8:00pm.

Submitted by Carol L McCraney
* Billy Twymon Exhibit Opens

The UE Friends of Art and the UE Department of Art present Billy Twymon's exhibit "Reflections: A Study of What One Sees" in the Melvin Peterson Gallery from Sept 5 through October 21, 2023.

Please join us for a reception and artist lecture in the Gallery on Thursday, September 14 at 6:30PM.

Gallery hours are Mon, Tues, Fri, & Sat 12:00pm - 3:00pm and Wed & Thurs 12:00pm - 6:00 pm.

Submitted by Carol L McCraney
* Fall Tutoring Is Live

Tutoring for the Fall semester has begun! The tutoring schedule can be found by visiting and navigating to the "Academic Peer Tutoring" tab.

Peer tutoring is a free service managed by Academic Services that is open to all current UE students. Each session is run by peer tutors—fellow students—who are familiar with the course material, having gone through it all themselves before. This is a great resource for if you have questions, want to refresh yourself on information, or even if you need a space that will help you focus on studying and other work.

If you have any questions regarding peer tutoring, please contact Laci Rowe at / 812-488-5170 or by stopping into Academic Services (Olmsted 116)!

Submitted by Laci Rowe
* Harlaxton Spring 2024 applications

Applications for Spring 2024 at Harlaxton are still open through the deposit deadline of September 13!  You can apply or log in to your existing application to complete materials at, and more details about courses and calendars is available on the Harlaxton website at  Feel free to contact the Harlaxton team at or stop by the office in Ridgway 220 (Student Life) with any questions!

Submitted by Kaylynn McCalister
* Admission Ambassador Application Open

The Office of Admission is excited to announce that the Admission Ambassador Application is now open!  Admission Ambassadors assit the Office of Admission with recrutiment events, campus tours, Road Trip, and more.  If you are interested in becoming and Admission Ambassador and help make a difference in the college search process of a prospective student, please complete the application at or by scanning the QR code.

Scan me!

Applications are due on September 8th.  With quesitons about the appliciaton, please contact Catie Taylor - or Benton Simpson -

Submitted by Catie Taylor
* Employee Fall Health Risk Assessment

Employee & Spouse Fall Health Risk Assessments will take place September 11th -13th from 7:00am -10:45am each day in Eykamp Room 251. 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!

Submitted by Haley Karges


* Professor Todd Matteson pulls a trifecta

Professor Todd Matteson, Chairperson, Department of Art, has artwork in three exhibitions simultaneously. Two are National Juried Exhibitions and one was a Member's Exhibition. The first one is State of Clay in Indiana III, at the Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University. The piece is one in his new series called Fleeting Time with Red. The Juror for this exhibition was Dick Lehman, Artist from Goshen, Indiana. The exhibition is open now through October 8, 2023.

The second exhibition is Wall to Table, sponsored by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. Professor Matteson had two pieces accepted into this unique exhibition: Gaylord Opryland Architecture, Nashville, TN and Sidewalk Art, Spring 2000, Newburgh, IN. These two pieces are from his new hand-built series using a skateboard as inspiration for travels. The Jurors for this National Exhibition were Alisa Holen and Brett Anderson, Professors at University of Southern Indiana. The exhibition is open for viewing until September 8, 2023.

Lastly, Todd submitted two wall platters to the Hoosier Salon Member's Exhibition in New Harmony, IN. This was his first time submitting artwork to this exhibition and one of his pieces received a Merit Award, Gingko Leaf #5. The other was Gingko Leaf #4, from his Gingko Leaf Series. The exhibition has ended.

Submitted by Carol McCraney

Sympathy to...

* Remembering Mrs. Virginia "Ginny" Schroeder

The University of Evansville is saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Virginia “Ginny” Schroeder. Ginny served as an Honorary member of the University of Evansville’s Board of Trustees since 2011, but her friendship with the University spans many decades. Gifting so much of her time, talents, and treasures, Ginny served on the Harlaxton Society Board and was a member of the John Collins Moore Society. She was also a member of the President's Club, having served on the President’s Club Executive Committee throughout three University presidencies. Ginny and her late husband, John H. Schroeder, generously supported the University, and their spirit of philanthropy can be seen and felt around the University campus and at Harlaxton College. The Schroeder Family School of Business Administration, Schroeder Hall and the J. Henry Schroeder Boardroom are all named in the family’s honor for their philanthropic giving.

Notably, Ginny was responsible for purchasing and donating two pieces of artwork for former Presidents’ Stephen Jennings and Tom Kazee. One of the pieces, titled "There'll Always Be An England," portrayed the scenic view from Room 328 on the Blue Corridor at Harlaxton College. It was presented to Jennings in recognition of his contributions to the University. She later purchased Carpe Diem, a painting that featured a view of Harlaxton from the Gatehouse and given in celebration of the service to Kazee. In 2021, Ginny later commissioned a painting Note to Ginny for President Pietruszkiewicz and the First Family, which hangs in the President’s Conference room. It showcases the view of the Sesquicentennial Oval from the President’s office.

Ginny also made it her life’s work to help others in our community. She provided her support to the EVSC Foundation, Koch Family Children’s Museum (Honorary Cabinet Member), the Evansville Museum (Lifetime Trustee), St. Mary’s Health, YWCA of Evansville, United Way, Ladies of the Social Literary Circle, Willard Library, Wabash College, USI-Historic New Harmony, and St. Vincent de Paul.  In 2017, Ginny established the Virginia G. Schroeder Endowed Scholarship Fund for Women to support women studying at the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration at UE.

We are incredibly grateful for Ginny’s many contributions to the University and will miss her, though, her legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of those whose lives she enriched.

University President Christopher Pietruszkiewicz issued the following statement:

"The legacy of Virginia 'Ginny' Schroeder is woven into the fabric of the University of Evansville. Her boundless generosity and unwavering dedication to our institution is a testament to her enduring commitment to education, philanthropy, and community,” said President Pietruszkiewicz. “Ginny's spirit will forever resonate across campus, in the halls of academia, and in the lives of countless individuals she touched. As we mourn her passing, we also celebrate the indelible mark she has left on our hearts and the timeless legacy that will continue to inspire and uplift generations to come."

A full obituary will be forthcoming.

Submitted by Noah Alatza

Harlaxton Happenings

* Inaugural Lecture for Professor David Green

Please join us on zoom for the Inaugural Lecture in recognition of David Green's promotion to Professor.   The lecture, The Plantagenets: Lordship and Empire during the Late Medieval Crisis, on Tuesday October 3rd at 12:30pm central time.   Please RSVP to to receive the zoom link.

Submitted by Holly Carter


* UE Women's Soccer Posts Shutout In Draw With WKU

The University of Evansville women’s soccer team recorded its third shutout of the non-conference season on Thursday night, as the Purple Aces played to a 0-0 draw against visiting Western Kentucky University at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.

UE senior goalkeeper Myia Danek (Laingsburg, Mich./Laingsburg) posted her third clean sheet of the 2023 season, recording three saves on the night. UE also used a team save to turn away a fourth WKU shot on goal in the first half to withstand an early barrage by WKU’s Kayla Martin.

Martin fired five shots in the first half, including one knocked away by UE as the Hilltoppers opened the match with an 8-2 edge in shots in the first half. Evansville was able to find its footing after halftime though, and using a deep bench rotation of players, the Purple Aces posted a 4-3 edge in shots in the second half.

“Overall, I was pleased with how we battled tonight,” said UE head coach Chris Pfau. “I felt like we hit a little rut after the Indiana match, but, tonight, we battled hard and were able to finish off the shutout, which was big for us.

“We still need to shore up things in the final third of the field on the attacking end, but I think we are getting closer, and I think that once we get one goal, more will come for this group.”

Sixth-year midfielder Nicole Benati (London, Ontario) fired a pair of shots, including one on target in the second half to lead the UE attack. Martin finished the night with six shots to lead WKU.

With the draw, Evansville finished the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 0-3-3 overall record. The Purple Aces will next enter Missouri Valley Conference play on Friday, September 15, when UE travels to Normal, Illinois to battle Illinois State. Kick-off is set for 6 p.m. and the UE-Illinois State match can be seen live on ESPN+.

Submitted by Athletics
* Men's golf opens season at Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational

Last season saw a stellar improvement for the University of Evansville men’s golf team and the future continues to look bright as the Purple Aces are set to open the 2023-24 campaign this weekend at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational.

Hosted by Ball State, the tournament consists of 36 holes on Saturday and 18 on Sunday.  Both rounds are slated for a 9 a.m. ET start.  Delaware Country Club in Muncie will host the event.

Joining the Aces in the tournament field will be Ball State, Butler, Bowling Green, DePaul, Detroit, Earlham, Oakland, USI and IUPUI.  Individuals from Indiana, Purdue and Cincinnati will also be participating.

Senior Nicholas Gushrowski paced UE last season with a 74.08 stroke average, which was 15th in the Missouri Valley Conference.  The MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team member show a season-low 69 in the opening round of the conference championship before coming home in 11th place.

Fellow senior Carson Parker was second on the squad with a 74.25 average.  He got better as the season went along, culminating in one of the best rounds in school history.  In the second round of the MVC Championship, he carded a 67, which was tied for the 4th-lowest score in school history.

Michael Ikejiani, who recorded a 74.43 stroke average last season, was named the MVC Men’s Golfer of the Week on November 3, 2022.  That came on the heels of a final-round score of 67 at the Alabama A&M Fall Invite.  The score was tied for the 4th-lowest in program history.  Ikejiani would go on to match that score in the third round of the TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate in the spring.

Submitted by Athletics
* UE Volleyball travels to DePaul Invitational

Three matches are on tap this weekend when the University of Evansville volleyball team travels to Chicago for the DePaul Invitational.  Evansville squares off against St. Thomas and Northern Illinois on Friday before facing DePaul in Saturday’s finale.

Last Time Out    
- Winning their third in a row, the Purple Aces completed the Samford Invite with a 3-1 win over North Alabama last Saturday
- Giulia Cardona posted a new career high with 32 kills while hitting an unbelievable .459 in the effort
- Friday’s win over defending Southern Conference champion Samford saw Ainoah Cruz tally her career mark with 27 digs

Freshman of the Week
- Ainoah Cruz earned MVC Freshman of the Week honors on Tuesday in a week that saw her record a career-best 27 digs
- Her career effort came in Friday’s road win at Samford
- Cruz added 14 digs in the win over North Alabama and has registered at least 11 digs in all five matches of the season
- Prior to her 27 digs against the Bulldogs, Cruz finished the home opener against USI with 20
- Her season average of 4.35 digs per set is 6th in the MVC

Another Career Best
- Giulia Cardona put together one of the most efficient performances you will ever see in Saturday’s win over North Alabama
- The junior finished with a career-high 32 kills while hitting 459 in the victory...she added 12 digs and 6 block assists
- Her numbers are among the best in the nation as she ranks second in the NCAA in kills (5.55/set), points (6.58/set) and attacks (14.10/set)
- She paces the MVC in all three categories and is also the league leader with 0.65 service aces per set

Career High
- Emilee Scheumann recorded 12 kills in Friday’s win over Samford; it marked the top effort of her career, surpassing a pair of 11-kill contests from last season
- Scheumann hit .312 in the win over the Bulldogs and added four digs
- In the home opener against USI, Scheumann hit .421 with 10 kills as she helped the Aces finish with the 3-1 win

Scouting the Opposition
- Friday’s opening match will see UE take on St. Thomas, who is 1-5 in their third season at the Division I level
- Lauren Galvin leads the way with 2.83 kills per set while Ella Voegele is averaging 4.17 digs
- Northern Illinois will be the second opponent on Friday; the Huskies are 1-5 and face DePaul on Thursday evening
- They are led by Nikolette Nedic’s 3.56 kills per frame
- With wins over Binghamton and Montana last weekend, DePaul is opens the weekend with a 2-3 mark
- Averaging 4.29 kills per set, Jill Pressly leads the way for the Blue Demons

Submitted by Athletics

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