University of Evansville


Friday, December 1, 2023

* Purple Friday Pizza Party

Join UE Athletics in the Carson Center for a Purple Friday Party with free pizza for students, faculty, and staff! Come by and get ready for tomorrow’s men’s basketball game at the Ford Center and pick-up your two complimentary tickets with your ID! 11:30 AM - 2 PM in Carson Center Lobby.

Submitted by Athletics
* Celebration for Patti Lippert

Please join the UE community on Monday, December 4, for a celebration of Patti Lippert - Executive Administrator for the Office of the President.

After nearly 25 years, Patti will retire at the end of 2023 and we want to take a moment to honor her many accomplishments. The celebration begins at 3:30 in Eykamp Rooms 252-255.

Submitted by Noah Alatza

Upcoming Events

* Pancake Study Break Coming Up

Finals are coming up - but so are pancakes! Take a break from studying for finals to join some of your favorite Aces at the Pancake Study Break!

Pancakes and more will be available on Reading/Study Day - Thursday, December 7 - from 9:00 p.m -11:00 p.m. at The Eatery in Ridgway University Center. There will also be drawings for prizes - so don't miss out! Plan to be at the Pancake Study Break!

This event is free of charge for all UE students. A UE ID is required to enter.

Questions? Contact Chad Hart at

Submitted by Chad Hart
* First Class of Nurse Anesthesia Students Set to Graduate

Everyone is invited to the inaugural Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Graduation Ceremony on Saturday December 16 to honor the 16 students in the class of 2023. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in Shanklin Theatre. No tickets are required. For those who cannot attend in-person, the ceremony will also be live streamed at

Submitted by Missy Holzmeyer
* Front Oval closed for Winter on Walnut

The front oval will be closed after 2:00 p.m. on December 1 for Winter on Walnut.

Please move all vehicles from the oval before 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1 to ensure proper setup.

Please plan accordingly.

Submitted by Abigail Perry
* Start the Holiday Season with the UE Music Conservatory

December 1: Candlelight Vespers, 7:00 p.m., Neu Chapel

December 5: Holiday Pops, 7:30 p.m., Victory Theatre

Come to Neu Chapel for the annual Candlelight Vespers on Friday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. Join in with the talented singers of the UE University Choir along with student and staff readers from across campus for this enchanting evening of advent and Christmas hymns, anthems, and scripture readings culminating in “Silent Night” sung by candlelight. Admission is free and open to the public.

Then, on December 5, head to downtown Evansville for the anticipated annual Holiday Pops at the historic Victory Theatre. All the major ensembles of the UE Music Conservatory (University Choir, Choral Society, Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble) will come together to create a magical atmosphere that captures the spirit of the holidays. The UE Holiday Pops starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Submitted by Mary Beth Deig
* Winter on Walnut

This Friday is SAB's Winter on Walnut, Winter Around the World!

There will be crafts from different countries, international snacks, an Advent Candlelight Vespers Service (7:00 p.m.), tree lighting (8:00 p.m.), and vendors!

Join us to experience how other countries celebrate the holidays! We can't wait to see you there!

Register today at

Submitted by Alison Gansman
* Guest Speaker: Exploring the Marshallese Culture 12/6 12-1245 in Eykamp

"Bring Your Own Lunch and Learn" event with the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & the Nursing Department

Come listen to Rachel's story and hear the stories of individuals in the Marshallese community.

CDEI will be providing cookies and rice krispy treats

Bio for Rachel Acton, guest speaker:

Rachel is a Korean-adoptee who grew up in Evansville, Indiana. She attended University of Southern Indiana (USI) with degrees in History and Social Science Secondary Education. As the Director and instructor of the USI AmeriCorps GED program, she taught English GED and created the first Spanish GED program in Evansville. In addition, attended Indiana University (IU) Bloomington to earn a Masters in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education (LCLE). There were opportunities to teach in literacy and English as a New Language (ENL) in Bloomington and Indianapolis before returning to Evansville as the ENL middle school International Newcomer Academy (INA) teacher for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) for six years. This incredible endeavor led to educating diverse students and collaborating with families throughout the city, including the amazing Marshallese community. Recognizing the tremendous growth of the Marshallese community and their struggles adapting and surviving in a new country led to her current position as the Health Advocate at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital. She has been able to connect and bridge the tri-state regional community to resources, supports, and programs. Specifically, she works to support the Marshallese community to elevate and create opportunities through collaboration with various local organizations and agencies to access health services. In addition, as an International Community advocate, Rachel collaborates with the Marshallese Consulates and various international community nonprofit organizations including the Marshallese across the country. Rachel‘s interests include spending time with family and friends, watching sports, and traveling.

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Lurina Bwein was born in Majuro, Marshall Islands. Lurina grew up in Marshall Islands, graduated high school and attended the College of Marshall Islands. She earned her Associate degree in Education. She taught at the local elementary and high school. Then, she and her family moved to Ohio in 2020. In 2021, they moved to Evansville, Indiana. Lurina is a proud mother of three children. She assists other Marshallese with interpretations and translations in Evansville. ansville.

Brenson Laneab was born in Majuro, Marshall Islands. Brenson grew up in the islands, attended school, and learned about carpentry. One of his skills is carving handcrafted coconut shells into one-of-a-kind decor. Brenson moved to Hawaii in 2010, and then to Evansville, Indiana in July 2012. He is a husband and a father to five amazing children. Brenson is a leader in the Latter Day Saints (LDS) church and the Marshallese community.

Binta Laukon was born in Wotje, Marshall Islands. Binta graduated high school in Marshall Islands and attended the College of Marshall Islands. She is a mother to three wonderful children and one grandson. Binta moved to Arizona, then to Evansville, Indiana in 2019. She creates beautiful handcrafted flowers that are well known from Wotje Atoll. She is a faithful servant of God and attends Full Gospel church in Evansville.

Rebecca Hemos was born in Majuro, Marshall Islands. She grew up in the islands and moved to Springdale, Arkansas in 1996, as a teenager. Rebecca continued to live in the United States until 2005, and returned to the Marshall Islands. She is an amazing mother to five beautiful children and returned with her family to Utah in 2015. In 2021, Rebecca and her family moved to Evansville, Indiana. She works full time and continuously serves as an interpreter and translator for the Marshallese. She is part of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) church.

Submitted by Kayla Michelle Guzman
* University of Evansville African American Alumni Association (UEAAA) Presents Extraordinary Black History Month Documentary Event

The University of Evansville African American Alumni Association (UEAAA) proudly presents a special Black History Month event featuring Arnell Hill '80, the award-winning creator of a documentary spotlighting his UE experiences. The documentary, honored at the Indy Fest Film awards and showcased at the Heartland International Film Festival, offers a unique insight into the African American student journey at the University of Evansville. This event will take place at the EVPL Central Library on Walnut Street on February 6th, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. free of charge.

UEAAA invites faculty to include this historic event as an extra credit option in their Spring 2024 syllabi. Sponsored by the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, this is a unique chance for students to explore the African American student experience.

For more information, contact UEAAA.

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* Dr. Jerrilee LaMar Retirement Reception

Please join us in celebrating with Dr. Jerrilee LaMar's retirement on December 7th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in Graves Hall Nursing Lab 105. Stop by and share a memory, wish her well, and enjoy some refreshements.

Submitted by Stephanie Stoll
* 2023 Advent Candlelight Vespers Service

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

In conjunction with the Winter On Walnut event, the Office of Religious Life, the Music Conservatory, and the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are hosting the 75th Advent Candlelight Vespers service.

Here are some of the details:

Day/Date: Friday, December 1, 2023

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Neu Chapel

Let us know if you want to serve as a door greeter, reader, or usher for the program by responding to

Submitted by Kaylee LeDuc
* Jonpaul Smith Exhibit Opens October 30

Efroymson Artist in Residence, Jonpaul Smith, and the UE Department of Art present THE SPACE BETWEEN from October 30 - December 9Please join us for a public reception and artist lecture on Thursday, November 9 at 6:30pm in the Melvin Peterson Gallery.

Gallery hours are Mon, Tue, Fri & Sat 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Wed & Thu 12:00pm - 6:00pm.

Submitted by Carol McCraney
* Corliss Chastain Exhibition

UE Art Gallery Director and Art Instructor, Corliss Chastain, currently has an exhibition of her mixed-media drawings at the Twymon Art Gallery.  The exhibition, "Singin' the Blues", will run through December 2023.

Submitted by Carol McCraney

Info You Should Know

* November Issue of the Crescent Magazine available now

The November issue of the Crescent Magazine is printed and available around campus. You may also find the issue online.

Student Media has worked hard this semester to provide quality content for the University of Evansville campus by producing 3 print issues of the Crescent Magazine and the production of 10 podcasts with more to come.

Please take a copy of the magazine and appreciate all the hard work that goes into the publications.

Interested in joining or advertising with Student Media? Contact Tommy J Housman

Submitted by Tommy J Housman
* METS Micro Introduced on Evansville's Eastside: $2 Rides

METS Micro Launched on November 28. Here are some Fast Facts

  • The METS Micro Evansville On-Demand Transit Service is a geofenced, on-demand shuttle service operating in an area of east Evansville, Indiana.
  • The service runs 6:15 am to 12:00 am on Monday through Saturdays and 6:15 am to 6:00 pm on Sundays
  • The service costs $2 per ride per person.
  • The service is wheelchair accessible. Please utilize the app or Call (812) 562-5011 to request an accessible shuttle for your trip.
  • Visit to download the app and for more information.
Submitted by Sylvia DeVault
* Politics of the Middle East course to be offered in Spring, 2024

A new course, Politics of the Middle East (PSCI 360), will be offered next spring (on Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.) If you want to understand what is going on in the Middle East right now and the consequences for the rest of the world, this course will provide you an introduction to the history, politics, and international relations of the Middle East region. The instructor is a retired Foreign Service Officer who has worked at the Egypt desk at the State Department and has been stationed in Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Kuwait during his long diplomatic career. By the end of the semester, you should have a basic understanding of the political and historical process that have shaped societies in the Middle East, and a knowledge of political culture, political development, political institutions, political process, and political economy of the Middle East countries. You don't need a prerequisite to take this course, and it is not too late for you to register for it. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr.Robert Dion ( or Dr.Lorena Andueza ( The International Studies program and the Political Science program are excited about being able to offer this incredible learning opportunity to the UE student body.

Submitted by Robert Dion
* WFIE 14 Covers Professor Mullins' Poetry Reading

Professor Katie Mullins had a full house at Bluestocking Social for her poetry reading, including WFIE 14 News. Keep an eye out for future events!

Submitted by Katie Mullins
* Prayer Space for Finals Week

We all need space to breath; a place to rest from the doing to just be. As we enter into finals week, UE’s campus ministries and staff want to create a sanctuary space where you can come to rest, decompress, pray, and meditate. This will be a come and go space set up throughout the week with self-guided stations as well as a scheduled noonday prayer service that will be led each day by Campus Ministry Leaders and UE’s Spiritual Formation Coordinator.

Submitted by Breanna Bondurant
* Road Trip 2024 - Hosts Needed

The Office of Admission needs current UE students who live in a residence hall or Jones Hall to host prospective high school seniors for Road Trip 2024, February 23-25. If you are available, you can apply to host online. Please contact Heather Cook (, Jennifer Troutman ( or Alli Haley ( Deadline to sign up is Friday, February 9.

Submitted by Jennifer Troutman


* Dr. Melissa Fitch Elected INANA President

Dr. Melissa Fitch, DNP, CRNA, Founding Administrator of the UE Nurse Anesthesia Program, assumed the role of President of the Indiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists on November 4 for the 2023-2024 year. Melissa has served on the INANA Board of Directors since 2019 as one of three directors until 2022 and as President-Elect in 2022-2023. As President, Dr. Fitch will lead the INANA Board of Directors to advocate for legislative advancement and strengthened practice for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists throughout Indiana. While representing CRNAs across Indiana, she will attend CRNA Legislative Day in Indianapolis in January 2024, the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) Assembly of Didactic and Clinical Educators in Orlando, FL in February 2024, the AANA Mid-Year Assembly for national advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. in May 2024, and the AANA Annual Congress in San Diego, CA in August 2024. Most recently, Dr. Fitch testified along with other INANA Board Members at the Health Care Cost Task Force Summit led by Republican State Senator Chris Garten at the State House. In August, she attended the National Conference of State Legislators in Indianapolis. In October, she represented the INANA and AANA at the Republican Governor’s Association Summit which was also held in Indianapolis, and she was able to discuss health care cost and workforce issues in Indiana with Governor Holcomb. Dr. Fitch is honored to have been elected as the INANA President by her peers and looks forward to representing her CRNA colleagues in the coming year.

Submitted by Missy Holzmeyer
* Alejandro Malla's New Sequences

Alejandro Malla, U. E. student majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics, has two newly published sequences in the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequents (OEIS) -- you can see it them here: and Malla discovered these sequences while writing computer programs for one of his current courses (Real Analysis, Math 420). At least three past U. E. students have sequences published in the OEIS: Karen Wangel (, published in 1998), Melia Aldridge (, in 2000), and Michelle Huff (, in 2016). The OEIS is an immense database founded by Neil J. A. Sloane in 1964. For details, visit the Welcome page:

Submitted by Clark Kimberling


* Chuck Bailey III scores 27 points in MVC opener

Freshman Chuck Bailey III scored a career-high 27 points in Wednesday’s Missouri Valley Conference opener as the University of Evansville men’s basketball team dropped a 90-78 decision at JQH Arena.

Bailey recorded 22 of his 27 points in the second half while helping the Purple Aces stage a late comeback.  Ben Humrichous scored 14 points while Kenny Strawbridge Jr. finished the evening with nine.  Yacine Toumi led the way with 8 rebounds while Tanner Cuff had an excellent all-around performance with 8 assists, 7 points and 7 boards.

“Missouri State had a good game plan; they came right out and punched us in the mouth,” UE head coach David Ragland said.  “We responded the right way and never gave up tonight.  This league is just so physical and it was a good experience for our guys to get a taste of that.”

Cam Haffner opened the game with a 3-pointer, but Missouri State hit their first of seven first-half triples on the other end to tie the game.  UE took a 5-3 lead on an Antonio Thomas basket before going up 7-5 on a Kenny Strawbridge Jr. jumper at the 17:49 mark.

Missouri State responded with a 7-0 run to take a 12-7 edge before Ben Humrichous knocked down an outside shot to make it a one-possession game.  On the strength of five offensive rebounds in the opening five minutes, MSU pushed its lead to 19-12.  Evansville stepped up its defense, holding the Bears scoreless for a 4-minute stretch as they forced five missed shots and a turnover.  Chuck Bailey III connected on a triple while Joshua Hughes added his first basket to make it a 19-17 game at the midway point of the half.

After the Bears wrestled away a 27-21 advantage, Tanner Cuff took matters into his own hands.  Scoring five in a row, Cuff got his squad within one point with 6:33 remaining in the period.  MSU quickly responded, embarking on a 16-2 run to take their largest lead of 44-28 in the final minute.  Strawbridge hit a jumper in the final Aces’ possession to make it a 44-30 contest at the break.

In the opening moments of the second half, SMS pushed its lead to 18 points, but UE kept up the pressure.  Gage Bobe connected from long range while Bailey added a field goal to cut the deficit to 50-36 with 15:38 showing on the clock.  The Bears countered with an 11-2 rally to go up 61-38 inside of the 12-minute mark.  Evansville continued to show its fight as Bailey registered 22 of his 27 points in the final half to get the Aces back within 10 points.

Unfortunately, the comeback fell just short as UE fell by a final of 90-78. The defense for the Aces stepped up in the second half, forcing 10 turnovers as the worked to overcome the deficit.

UE returns home on Saturday to face Northern Iowa at 1 p.m.

Submitted by Athletics
* UE women's basketball suffers 64-58 loss to Bellarmine

A cold fourth quarter doomed the University of Evansville women’s basketball team in a 64-58 loss to the Bellarmine Knights.

After leading for most of the game, the Purple Aces couldn’t find their offense in the fourth quarter to prevent a Bellarmine comeback. Only two players reached double-figures for UE sisters Alana Striverson and Kynidi Mason Striverson. Graduate center Barbora Tomancova also had a strong night for Evansville, leading the team with 12 rebounds while adding nine points and a steal.

“It’s super disappointing,” said Head Coach Robyn Scherr-Wells following the loss. “We played three really solid quarters and saved the worst one for last. It’s tough, we had a nine-point lead opening the fourth quarter with the ball. And two turnovers led to two scores and we gave up a bunch of offensive boards in the fourth quarter. We just didn’t finish the game and it’s a tough pill to swallow,”.

The first two minutes of the game were controlled by the Knights but the Aces quickly responded midway through the first quarter. A nine-point run gave UE the lead, which they would hold onto for over 30 minutes. Evansville saw its lead grow to seven in the final 20 seconds of the frame as a free throw from forward Tameshia Dozier made it a 20-13 game.

Unlike the dominant runs of the first quarter, the second was a bucket-for-bucket marathon. The two teams matched each other shot for shot outside of a brief four-point run for the Knights. Neither offense could find a basket in the final two minutes of the first half as the Aces headed into the locker room with a 31-26 lead.

UE opened scoring in the third quarter with a three-pointer from Striverson on the left wing. While the junior guard found the first points, it was again mostly a back-and-forth battle early in the third. Evansville put together a four-point run at the 6:46 mark to go back up by nine. Bellarmine tried to chip away at the lead but the Aces continued to string together shots and grew their lead to 10 in the final 30 seconds. A last-second layup from the Knights made it an eight-point game with a quarter to go.

Bellarmine quickly cut into UE’s lead in the fourth with a seven-point run to make it only a one-point game. Evansville wouldn’t make its first basket until over two minutes in as forward Maggie Hartwig had a second chance layup. The game bounced back and forth between a three-point lead and a one-point lead for the Aces. But a six-point run for the Knights with four minutes to go sealed UE’s fate as they lost to Bellarmine 64-58.

For the second game in a row, Evansville outrebounded its opponent with 50 boards. The Aces also accumulated more second-chance points and bench points than the Knights through 40 minutes.

UE travels to Martin, Tennessee for their first Saturday game of the season against the UT Martin Skyhawks. Tip-off from the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Submitted by Athletics

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