University of Evansville


Monday, December 4, 2023

* If you are having issues accessing the UE web site...

Over the past week, we have been migrating our Marketing-related web sites to a new hosting company. This was due to saving cost, receiving better support, and avoiding a day-long shutdown of the web site this past Sunday.

During this migration, the IP address changed for these web sites.

If you try to access ``, or `` and see a error such as `404 Not Found` or `Server Unavailable`, most likely, your computer is holding on to the old IP address.

The easiest solution is to close all browsers, and restart your computer.

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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
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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
* Basham - Allaire Exhibit in Krannert Gallery

OUGHTRESONANCE: SPARKS of LIFE, a collaboration by artists Brett Basham and Cassandra Allaire, will be exhibited in the Krannert Gallery from October 23 through December 10.

Please join us for the artists reception on Thursday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Krannert Gallery.

Submitted by Carol McCraney

Info You Should Know

* Donate Your Textbooks

Do you have textbooks or other course materials you don't need anymore and don't have to return? Donate them to the UE Lending Library! This program gives students the chance to find their required materials at no cost at all, and is run by Students for Social Change and the UE Library. We will be taking donations in Ridgway from 11am-1pm on December 4th, 5th, and 6th. The donation box will also be available every day at the Library front desk!

Check out the current catalog.

Submitted by Micah Doty
* UET Using Water-guns on Campus

University of Evansville's Theatre Department will be reviving one of their traditions and playing a water-gun based game on and around campus grounds today through this Thursday. This will not be taking place inside any University buildings or during any academic events.

Submitted by Jamey Pearson
* Hot Chocolate Giveaway

Academic Services would like to wish students luck on their final projects and exams this semester as well as spread some holiday cheer. Join us at our Ridgway table on Tuesday, December 5th, 11-1 PM, where we will be giving away festive goodie-bags with ingredients that you can use to make a cup of hot chocolate on us.

Stop by and say hi to an academic advisor! We can't wait to see you there.

Submitted by Laci Rowe
* Students, stop in the bookstore on reading & study day

Join us in the bookstore on reading and study day to decompress with a hot cup of tea before finals begin!

Submitted by Niamh Steffens
* 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
* Bring Paper to be Shredded - December 7 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Free off site paper shredding by Piranha Mobile Shredding will return to the campus once again! All UE students, faculty, staff and alumni can take advantage of this free service by bringing paper to the Piranha truck in Koch parking lot. Paper will be shredded offsite.

So, if mounds of paper are taking over your office, home, or room, this is the time to gather those old files, receipts, cancelled checks, tax forms, etc. No need to take out the staples or paper clips. Avoid identity theft by having confidential information permanently destroyed.

Please no telephone books, magazines or newspapers. Also, please note that there is a 100lb. paper limit per visit (number of visits is not limited).

Submitted by Amber Elkins
* Purple Patrol Spring 2024 Sign Up

Purple Patrol is returning for Spring 2024! Sign up as coworkers, a department/office, or a team, and get ready to pass out fun goodies to our Aces displaying purple pride!

When you sign up using the link below, please include your name and department or additional employees who will be helping you. Please sign up for one slot only so everyone has a chance to participate.

For questions or more information, please contact Abbie Perry at

Sign up for Purple Patrol now!

Submitted by Abbie Perry
* 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
* Spring Meal Plan Changes

Students can adjust meal plans for the Spring semester until Friday, January 12, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

Adjust your meal plan online.

Submitted by Brian Conner


* Dr. Kevin Jordan published in Health Psychology

Kevin Jordan, Director of Clinical Psychology, co-authored the article, “Positive and negative online social experiences and self-rated health: Associations and examination of potential pathways,” which is now available in Health Psychology, the flagship American Psychological Association journal for behavioral medicine. Using data from a national sample, Dr. Jordan and colleagues examined the association between online social support and self-rated health. Offline social support was found to mediate this relationship. The article can be viewed here

Submitted by Christi Peach
* 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


* Aces win overtime thriller against UNI

Feeding off the enthusiasm of over 5,000 fans at the Ford Center, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team outdueled the University of Northern Iowa, earning an 91-89 overtime victory.

Evansville had the upper hand throughout most of the first half, leading by 10 points before UNI took over in the second half, taking a 7-point edge.  Forty minutes was not enough to decide things as a late Panther basket forced overtime.  In the extra period, the lead changed hands seven times, but it was the Purple Aces who pulled off the win.

“(UNI head coach) Ben Jacobson is the standard in the Missouri Valley Conference, it doesn’t matter what year it is, they play the same quality basketball,” UE head coach David Ragland said.  “Our guys kept fighting, clawing and did whatever they could to come out on top and I am proud of the group.”

Antonio Thomas had the best Division I performance of his career, tallying 27 points.  He was 8-of-11 from the field and 9-for-10 from the line. His top collegiate scoring output of 29 came in his time at Kentucky Wesleyan.  He added 5 rebounds and 5 assists.  Ben Humrichous scored 18 points while Joshua Hughes scored 11.  Tanner Cuff registered 9 points and a team-high 7 rebounds.  Tytan Anderson led UNI with 20 points while Nate Heise scored 19.

“Our main goal was to stay focused and bounce back. We went into practice that next day and worked on our mistakes,” Thomas exclaimed.  ”It was good to hit some shots today and I credit my team for trusting me with the ball in my hands.”

Cam Haffner opened the day with a pair of 3-pointers to give the Aces a 6-5 edge.  A basket from Ben Humrichous and two Antonio Thomas free throws extended the lead to 10-5.  Joshua Hughes converted a long 2-pointer in a run that was capped off by a triple from Gage Bobe that extended the lead to 19-9 at the 12:07 mark.

Over the next four minutes, the Panthers chipped away at the UE lead, closing to 21-16 with the half entering its final nine minutes.  UNI got even closer when a field goal by Tytan Anderson closed the gap to 24-20 inside of six minutes left.  Antonio Thomas scored on the ensuing possession before a layup from Tanner Cuff pushed the lead back to eight (28-20) with 4:55 showing on the clock.

Limited to 20 points through the first 15 minutes of the game, Northern Iowa scored 17 in the final minutes to retake the lead entering halftime.  Scoring nine of the next ten points, the Panthers tied the game at 29-29 less than two minutes later before going up 33-30.  Four in a row by the Aces put them back up 34-33 as Thomas and Cuff each hit shots.  The final minute saw UNI counter with four in a row to head into halftime with a 37-34 advantage.

Ben Humrichous was held to just two points in the first half, but scored five in the first 3+ minutes of the second.  His offensive rebound and score made it a 1-point game before a triple with 16:40 remaining tie the score at 43-43.  Seconds later, Haffner gave Evansville its first lead of the second half at 45-44.

Up 48-47, Northern Iowa posted eight of the next ten to take their largest lead at 56-49.  Hughes continued a perfect 4-for-4 start as a dunk completed a 6-0 run to make it a 56-55 game entering the last 11 minutes.  The Panthers would once again push the lead back out to six points at 63-57 with eight minutes left and that is when it began to rain triples.

Humrichous converted back-to-back triples to cut the UNI lead to 66-65, but both times the Panthers countered with long balls of their own to go back up four.  Antonio Thomas connected on a triple shortly after before he and Tanner Cuff converted on another basket to put Evansville in front – 72-71 – with 3:22 left.  In the final minutes of regulation, the Aces would go up by three on two occasions, but a shot with seven second on the clock saw the Panthers tie it to force overtime.

An exciting overtime session ensued with the lead changing hands seven times.  Neither team backed down, but it was Evansville who came through in the end.  With 1:38 remaining in OT, Antonio Thomas drained his second triple to give UE an 86-84 lead and they would never give up that advantage.  After UNI made one free throw on their next trip down the floor, a turnover by UE gave the ball right back.  With 35 ticks on the clock, Humrichous blocked a Panther attempt and the dagger came from Tanner Cuff.  His 3-pointer with seven seconds left put the Aces up 89-85 and UE would go on to win by a 91-89 final.

“I am grateful that Antonio and my team trusted me to take that shot,” Cuff explained when detailing the late triple.  “I work on my shooting all the time and just knew it was going in.”

Evansville completed the game shooting 54.5% from the field with UNI checking in at 50.0%.  The Aces had a 34-29 edge in the boards.  There were 13 lead changed and eight ties in the contest.

BYU is next up for the Aces as they will tangle on Tuesday in Provo, Utah.  The Cougars enter the game with a 7-0 record and were ranked 19th in both national polls last week.

Submitted by Athletics
* Men's basketball welcomes UNI on Saturday afternoon

Missouri Valley Conference action continues on Saturday when the University of Evansville men’s basketball team plays host to UNI at the Ford Center.  Tip is set for 1 p.m. with ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network having the coverage.

Last Time Out

- On Wednesday, UE opened its MVC slate on the road at Missouri State with the Bears taking a 90-78 victory

- Chuck Bailey III recorded a career-high 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting

- Ben Humrichous completed the night with 14 points while Kenny Strawbridge Jr. scored 10

- Tanner Cuff put together a solid all-around performance with 8 assists, 7 points and 7 boards

Making a Statement

- With the Aces facing a deficit in the second half on Wednesday at Missouri State, freshman Chuck Bailey III put the team on his back, scoring a career-high 27 points

- His effort was the top output by a freshman this season in the MVC and was just the second 20-point game by a freshman in the league this year

- Bailey connected on 10 of his 17 attempts while going a perfect 5-for-5 from the line

- On Nov. 14, he was recognized as the MVC Freshman of the Week after averaging 10.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in UE’s first two games

Newcomer of the Week

- Averaging 27.5 points per game while leading the Aces to a pair of wins at the Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Classic, Ben Humrichous was named the MVC Newcomer of the Week on Nov. 27

- He opened the week with a season-high 28 points versus the Mocs before tallying 27 against the Redhawks

- Humrichous has scored at least 11 points in each game and ranks 5th in the MVC with 18.3 PPG

- Humrichous’ MVC stat rankings include: blocks (T-5 | 1.71/gm), FG% (6th | 58.5%) and 3-point% (6th | 47.4%)

Second in the Nation

- Over the last five games, Tanner Cuff has accumulated an astonishing 21.00 assist-to-turnover ratio

- He has 21 helpers against just one turnover during that span; for the season, Cuff has a ratio of 8.67, which is second in the nation and best in the MVC

- Cuff had an excellent all-around performance at Missouri State, recording 8 assists, 7 points and 7 boards

- He had UE’s first double-double of the season at Chattanooga, totaling 10 points and 11 caroms

Scouting the Opponent

- UNI enters Saturday’s match-up with a 2-5 record after dropping their MVC opener on Wednesday night

- The Panthers fell to Belmont by a 90-70 score to open the league slate

- In the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis, UNI led #14 North Carolina at halftime before dropping a close 72-70 contest to Texas Tech

- In the finale, the Panthers rolled to a 73-51 victory over Stanford

- Nate Heise leads the Panthers with an average of 13.9 points per game while ranking second with 6.3 assists

- Just behind him it Tytan Anderson with 10.4 points and a team-best 6.3 boards per contest

Submitted by Athletics
* Aces women's basketball heads to UT Martin

The University of Evansville women's basketball team hopes to bounce back from a tough home loss down in Martin.

A cold fourth quarter on offense doomed Evansville in its return to Meeks Family Fieldhouse on Wednesday evening against the Bellarmine Knights. Despite leading for over 30 minutes, the Aces suffered a 64-58 loss after a scoreless streak of three minutes midway through the fourth quarter. UE did have a strong game on the defensive side of the ball particularly at the glass.

In back-to-back games, Evansville has outrebounded its opponent, including a new program record on Sunday against Chicago State. Wednesday night the Aces had 50 rebounds including 18 offensive boards to control the glass. The Aces had 70 rebounds against Chicago State in their first win of the season last weekend. The 70 rebounds replaced the former program record of 67 boards set at Creighton on March 5, 2005.

The UT Martin Skyhawks are looking for their first win on Saturday afternoon and the program's 700th win. UT Martin currently has a six-game losing streak, its longest under Head Coach Kevin McMillan since he joined the Skyhawks program in 2010. UT Martin's leaders are mostly underclassmen as redshirt freshman Kenley McCarn leads the team on offense. On defense the Skyhawks rely on sophomore Anaya Brown as she averages 6.7 rebounds a game along with adding 11 points.

UE has rocketed into the Top 10 nationally at the free throw line. Following another game with over 20 chances at the charity stripe, Evansville is sixth in the country for free throw attempts per game and lead the Missouri Valley Conference. Along with having several chances at the line, the Aces make a high number of those to be fifth in the nation in free throws made per game. Currently, UE is averaging 19.33 made free throws across six games. Evansville is also in the Top 50 for rebounds a game after the past week, averaging 43.3 boards.

Submitted by Athletics
* Early deficit sinks Aces women's basketball at UT Martin

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome being down 16 points in the first quarter against the UT Martin Skyhawks.

A slow first half on offense was too much for the Purple Aces to combat in their 94-82 loss to the Skyhawks. But UE was able to make a game of the second half, coming back from a 27-point deficit midway through the third to only a 12-point loss.  Four players had double-figure performances while every available member of Evansville’s bench scored at least a point.

Evansville opened up scoring in the game with a basket from center Barbora Tomancova. But an early six-point run for UT Martin led to a lead the Aces couldn’t overcome. UE trailed by 16 points with only a minute and a half left in the first quarter. But an eight-point run highlighted by back-to-back threes from Hartwig and Kynidi Mason Striverson put Evansville back within single digits.

The Aces deficit again grew to double-digits at the start of the second quarter and didn’t come down for the rest of the half. UE was able to match the Skyhawks shot for shot early But a five-point scoring run from UT Martin kept the half out of reach as Evansville went into halftime down to 51-34.

It was a slow start to the second half for the Aces as their first basket came after three minutes from the free throw line. Several small runs from the Skyhawks had UE trailing by 27 with just under six minutes left in the third quarter. Halfway through the frame, Evansville’s offense found a little fire with a five-point run to bring the deficit back down to 20. It was back and forth the rest of the quarter with a score of 75-54 going into the final frame.

The Aces benefited in the fourth quarter from 17 chances at the free-throw line through 10 minutes. With mostly bench players in the game for both teams, UE began to slowly chip away at the 20+ point lead. A 12-point run to end the game for Evansville put forward Anica Skrivan into double digits and made it a 94-82 final.

Forward Maggie Hartwig led the Aces on both sides of the ball with 17 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes on the floor. UE also had double-digit performances from Kynidi Mason Striverson (15), Tomancova (14), and Skrivan (10). Tomancova also excelled on the defensive side of the ball with eight rebounds, two steals, and one block. For the third game in a row, Evansville led at the glass with 30 rebounds.

The Aces return home for a Wednesday night matchup with IUPUI on the 6th. Tip-off from Meeks Family Fieldhouse is set for 6 p.m.

Submitted by Athletics
* UE Athletics announces internal operations staff updates

University of Evansville Athletics has announced two internal operations staff appointments.  Marisa Morales has assumed the position of Assistant Athletics Director for Internal Operations while Melissa Rabell has been promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Business Administration.

“We are very excited for Marisa to join our Aces team and she has made a tremendous impact in her first few months at UE.  Melissa transition to administration has been seamless and has elevated our business operations,” UE Deputy Athletics Director for Internal Operations Sarah Solinsky said.  “Both Marisa and Melissa will be key leaders in our department’s implementation of the Pathway to Excellence strategic plan.”

Morales officially joined the Purple Aces staff in August.  She previously worked as an equipment manager at the University of Central Florida where she was primarily responsible for Softball, Men’s and Women’s Golf and Men’s and Women’s Tennis while assisting their transition into the BIG 12 Conference.

Morales completed her Graduate Assistantship in Athletic Operations at McKendree University to receive her Masters in Higher Education and Administration. She also earned her bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Grand Valley State University.

“The smile and the excitement that surrounds the big wins and upsets are what makes athletics fun.  It can be a lot of work, but we do it for the student athletes. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be working here in this department,” Morales exclaimed.  “While being a big planner, I am excited to finally see some projects and events go from start to finish and watch the university get better each day.”

Melissa Rabell has been on staff at UE since 2017 when she joined the volleyball staff as a graduate assistant.  She was promoted to a full-time assistant coach at UE in 2019 before transitioning to her role as Director of Business Operations in the fall of 2022.

She was a student-athlete at North Carolina Central where she played volleyball from 2011 through 2015.  Rabell graduated Magna Cum Laude and made the Dean's List on six occasions.  She also garnered the NCCU Athletics True Grit Award in 2013 and 2014.  Rabell spent time in San Juan, Puerto Rico as an Accounting Auditor at BDO Puerto Rico, P.S.C.

“I am very grateful to Ziggy and Sarah for the opportunity to transition careers within the Athletics Department. The guidance in the workplace has come from everyone in the department and leaves a lot to say about the disposition of all my coworkers,” Rabell stated.  “For almost a year, I have had the space to work with each of the members of the department, from the Coaches to the Athletic Trainers and all the Support Staff; it has been a pleasure to get to know them and learn how to work with each one. I look forward to collaborating on all initiatives and goals to continue the progress of the Athletic Department, the University, and the Community of Evansville.”

Submitted by Athletics

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