University of Evansville


Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Upcoming Events

* 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

Info You Should Know

* FREE, confidential HIV and Hepatitis C testing at the Student Health Center

Free, confidential HIV and Hepatitis C testing at the Student Health Center, first Wednesday of every month, from 9-11am. No appointment necessary. All students and faculty welcome!

Walmart giftcards available while supplies last!

Submitted by Tara Ulrich
* Aces, order your textbooks NOW to have them before classes begin

Aces, make sure to place your Spring textbook orders NOW if you want them before classes begin!

Once you place your orders and it’s January 5th, as long as you have the SECOND email stating the order is ready, bring your phone with the 2nd email along with your student ID/drivers license for preorder pick-up.

Athletes on book scholarship: Once the 5th hits and you have your email receipt, bring your phone with that email pulled up and your student ID in to grab your books!

All other students will have to wait until the 8th to get their books in person!

Submitted by Niamh Steffens
* TIAA Individual Counseling Dates for Spring 2024

TIAA-CREF Counseling Appointments for Spring 2024 The TIAA-CREF representative will be back on the UE campus for individual counseling sessions.

  • January 25
  • February 21
  • March 20

To schedule an appointment, please visit The sessions are held in the Eades Music Room, SOBA 153.

Submitted by Lori LeDuc
* Student Mentors Needed

College Mentors for Kids connects UE students from all majors with a local elementary school student in grades 1-5 for a brief mentoring session one day a week. Elementary students come to UE's campus on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 to work with their mentor.

A recent MENTOR 2023 study found that 74% of youth who had a meaningful mentoring relationship said their mentor contributed significantly to their later success. However, another study notes that one-third of youth who want a mentor don’t have one due to a lack of formal mentoring programs in their community. Our College Mentors for Kids group currently has students from a local school on a waitlist, and we want to provide all students desiring a mentor with a UE student who can take an interest in their current and future success.

Please help us meet the needs of local students who would benefit from having a UE student mentor by volunteering to serve as a UE mentor during the spring 2024 semester. You don't have to leave campus to make a difference in a young student's life. Mentoring is transformative, and it takes all of us. We invite you to partner with UE's College Mentors for Kids organization to ensure more kids and college students experience this deep connection, leading to many lifelong possibilities. Please get in touch with Lilly Kolley at or Dr. Lisa Hale at for more information.

Submitted by Lisa Marie Hale
* 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


* Kyle Clark publishes new research

Anthropologist and UE professor Kyle Clark published new research over the break detailing some of the supernatural beings claimed by the Iban of Borneo. The article is open-access and available for anyone to read for free at this link:


Submitted by Kyle Clark


* Cold start trips up Aces in loss to Indiana State

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team opened Missouri Valley Conference play with a 66-49 loss to the Indiana State Sycamores.

After nine days off for the Christmas holiday, the Purple Aces took until the fourth quarter on Saturday to get its offense going. Sophomore point guard Kynidi Mason Striverson again led UE on offense with 16 points while center Barbora Tomancova led the team on defense with 12 rebounds. Forward Maggie Hartwig also had a double-digit performance against the Sycamores with 12 points.

“We can tell our team over and over how tough conference play is going to be,” said Head Coach Robyn Scherr-Wells following the game. “Especially when you open up conference play with a rivalry as well. You tell them, hey it's going to be physical; they’re going to be very physical with us. We’ve got to match that and not be surprised by it in the first quarter.

“But Indiana State did a really good job of coming out and beating us up a little bit early on. And we didn’t quite match it and it took us a while to toughen up. It wasn’t until that fourth quarter we started fighting back. And it's very difficult to dig early holes against MVC teams and try to have a comeback win. It’s a tough learning experience but I do think we’ll learn from it.”

Evansville’s offense wasn’t able to find a field goal in the first 10 minutes of Saturday night’s game. But the Aces were able to make their way to the free-throw line in the sixth minute. UE sank all six of its free throws in the first quarter to head into the second down by only eight.

 It was a quick start for Evansville in the second quarter as Tomancova got to the line in the first 10 seconds. The Aces hit their first field goal thanks to Mason Striverson 30 seconds in for a four-point run. But Indiana State responded with a run of their own to make it a double-digit game early. UE quickly cut into the Sycamore led with a three from Hartwig. But Evansville wasn’t able to put together another scoring run, heading into the second half down by 11.

The Aces again had the first points in the third quarter as guard Madlena Gerke put in a second-chance three-pointer. UE put together an early four-point run to get the score back within single digits. Evansville brought the deficit down to eight on two separate occasions in the third. But a 4:30 scoreless stretch near the end of the quarter made it a 21-point hole for the Aces to dig out of in the fourth.

UE’s offense kicked into gear with a six-point run to begin the final quarter. The teams traded baskets, but it quickly ended as Mason Striverson made five points in under 20 seconds for a 10-point game. Indiana State responded with a 9-1 run over the next two minutes, putting the game out of reach for Evansville. Hartwig made the final shots of the game for the Aces with two free throws in the 66-49 loss.

It will be four days before UE is back in action on the road. Evansville begins 2024 at Northern Iowa with a midweek matchup against the Panthers. Tip-off from the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4.

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* MVC play resumes on Wednesday at Indiana State

Missouri Valley Conference action resumes on Wednesday when the University of Evansville men’s basketball team visits Indiana State at the Hulman Center.  Tip is set for 6 p.m. CT with ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network having the coverage.

Last Time Out

- Missing two of its top performers and facing a 1-loss Cincinnati team, the Aces put forth a strong effort, but a second-half rally by the Bearcats was too much to overcome in a 76-58 loss on Dec. 29

- UE shot 58.1% in the first half and led by eight at halftime before a 26-4 stretch in the second half turned the tides

- Yacine Toumi had one of the top efforts of his career, posting 17 points and 9 rebounds while playing over 37 minutes

- Kenny Strawbridge Jr. (14 pts) and Tanner Cuff (13 pts) also finished in double digits

Upping His Game

- In one of the top all-around efforts of his career, Yacine Toumi recorded 17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 assists at Cincinnati as UE was down two players

- The contest marked the 5th-consecutive double-digit scoring game for Toumi, who is averaging 13.8 points over that span

- With 10 points and 10 caroms in the triumph over Tennessee Tech, he earned his first double-double of the season and the fourth of his career

- Toumi was Evansville’s top performer in the road game against top 15 squad BYU and followed that up with a 14-point game at Bellarmine

Doing It All

- Junior Tanner Cuff is enjoying his top scoring stretch of the season, averaging 12 PPG over the last three contests

- Cuff put together is top performance of the season against UT Martin, recording a career-high 14 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 8 assists

- Following a 9-point game vs. TTU, Cuff scored 13 at Cincinnati on 6-of-12 shooting

- With 43 assists against 13 turnovers, he paces the MVC with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.07; that tally is 36th in the NCAA

- Cuff has multiple assists in 8 of the last 10 games with his top total of eight coming at MSU and vs. UTM

First Start

- Freshman Joshua Hughes made the first start of his career at Cincinnati and finished with 7 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals

- He has scored at least 7 points in 5 of the last 6 games and is shooting 57.5% (19/33) over that span

- He is tied for 5th in the MVC with 1.38 blocks per game

- Converting 8 of his 12 attempts in the Nov. 25 win over SEMO, he reset his UE scoring mark with 21 points

- Hughes scored 11 points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting day in the UNI win

Scouting the Opponent

- Indiana State is tied atop the MVC standings with an overall mark of 11-2 and a league record of 2-0

- The Sycamores opened Valley play with wins over Southern Illinois and at Bradley

- Throughout non-conference action, the lone losses for Indiana State have been on the road at Alabama and Michigan State

- Five ISU players average double figures with Isaiah Swope leading the way with 19.6 points per game; he is the #2 scorer in the MVC

- Ryan Conwell and Robbie Avila both check in with averages of 15.5 PPG

Submitted by Athletics
* Sinclair sets career-high in points at SEMO

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team’s offense couldn’t find its footing at the Show Me Center in a 74-44 loss to the Southeastern Missouri Redhawks.

Junior guard Lexie Sinclair had a career game on the road against SEMO with 11 points, three treys, and four field goals. Point guard Kynidi Mason Striverson continued her double-digit scoring streak at the Show Me Center with 12 points while forward Maggie Hartwig had 11 rebounds to lead the defense.

It was a slow start for the Aces on Thursday morning as two second-chance free throws for Mason Striverson were the team’s first points. UE wasn’t able to string a run of baskets together in the first 10 minutes but a five-point stretch midway through the quarter kept it close thanks to a three from Mason Striverson.  But a three-minute scoreless streak set Evansville back to a 10-point deficit after one.

The Aces had a faster start in the second quarter as center Barbora Tomancova made back-to-back layups in the first minute and a half. But a five-minute cold spell had UE on its heels down 19 with over two minutes in the half. A three from guard Madlena Gerke ended the scoreless streak while being Evansville’s final basket of the half. The Aces headed into the locker room down 38-18.

 Sinclair was the highlight for UE in the third quarter, knocking down two threes and shooting 80% from the floor. The junior guard scored all 11 of her points in the quarter while adding an assist and a rebound. The third quarter was Evansville’s best of the game, shooting 50% from the floor and adding 16 points while holding the Redhawks scoreless for over three minutes.

The Aces added 10 points in the final frame with Mason Striverson adding five to her line. UE benefited from seven attempts at the line while Mason Striverson and Hartwig added two buckets on the floor. Despite almost doubling their shooting percentage from the first half to the second half, the Aces fell to SEMO 74-44.

Evansville will take nine days off from action before beginning Missouri Valley Conference play at home to end the year. UE welcomes in-state rivals Indiana State to Meeks Family Fieldhouse on Dec. 30 with tip-off set for 6 p.m.

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* Humrichous and Bailey earn MVC accolades

Following a pair of home victories last week, a pair of University of Evansville men’s basketball players were recognized on Wednesday for their accomplishments.  Ben Humrichous earned Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week honors for the second time this season while Chuck Bailey III recorded his fourth Freshman of the Week award.

Humrichous led the Aces to a pair of victories last week, averaging 15.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.  He played a team-high 27:45 in the two contests while shooting 50% from the field and 63.6% (7-of-11) from outside.  In the victory over UT Martin, Humrichous recorded 15 points with the majority of his points coming at the free throw line where he hit 7 of his 9 attempts.  In 37 minutes, he picked up 9 rebounds and a block.

He followed that up with another 15-point game versus Tennessee Tech.  With UE having a large lead, he played 20 minutes, but was a perfect 5-for-5 from 3-point range and had 4 boards, an assist and steal.

Over the last week of action for the Purple Aces, Chuck Bailey III tied for the team lead with 15.0 points per game while adding 5.0 rebounds.  He shot 47.4% from the field and connected on 3 of his 6 outside tries.  At the line, Bailey was a perfect 9-for-9.  Bailey started the week with a 12-point effort against UT Martin.  He hauled in a career-high 6 boards and converted 5 free throw tries.

The win over Tennessee Tech saw Bailey finished with 18 points in just 17 minutes of work (due to UE having a large lead).  He was 6-for-9 from the floor, 2-for-2 from outside and knocked down all four free throw tries.  Bailey added 2 assists and a steal.

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* Shorthanded Aces put up strong fight on the road

Without the services Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week Ben Humrichous and Freshman of the Week Chuck Bailey III, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team puts up a fight before falling short against the University of Cincinnati on Friday evening.  Evansville held a 10-point lead in the early moments of the second half before the Bearcats stormed back to take a 76-58 win inside Fifth Third Arena.

Yacine Toumi led all players with 17 points and 9 rebounds while Kenny Strawbride Jr. finished with 14 points.  Tanner Cuff registered 13 points in the contest.  Five Bearcats recorded double figures with John Newman III leading the way with 15.

Knocking down their first two shots, the Bearcats took a 5-0 lead.  Josh Hughes found Cam Haffner for a basket to get UE on the board.  Following another field goal by UC, Kenny Strawbridge Jr. scored five in a row to tie the score at 7-7.  Five in a row by Cincinnati saw them retake a 12-7 edge, but a tenacious Aces group responded with six in a row.  Yacine Toumi hit two shots before Strawbridge gave Evansville its first lead at 13-12 with 13:53 on the clock.

Cincinnati wrestled away a 21-18 advantage as the period reached the midway point and that is when both offenses kicked it into high gear.  Over the next six minutes, seven lead changes ensued.  Hughes got the Aces back on track with back-to-back makes to put the lead back in Evansville’s hands.  After UC took a 29-28 edge, Evansville kept rolling.  Six in a row from Tanner Cuff capped a 10-0 stretch that put UE up 38-29 with 1:29 left in the period.

In total, Evansville converted nine out of 11 attempts on during the run.  After Cincinnati hit a late 3-pointer, Toumi converted on the final possession to send his squad into the break with an 8-point lead.  He posted a game-high 13 points in the half as the Aces shot 58.1%

Picking up right where he left off in the first half, Toumi opened the second half with his 15th point to give Evansville its largest lead at 42-32.  Eight in a row, including two triples, saw the Bearcats storm right back.  The run made it a 2-point game in the opening two minutes of the second half.  Their run continued as they would tie it at 45-45 with 15:41 remaining before jumping back in front less than a minute later.  Their rally turned into a 26-4 stretch that saw them turn a 42-32 deficit into a 58-46 lead at the 11:09 mark.

Evansville stayed within 10-12 points over the next sequence, but as the game entered the final minutes, Cincinnati added to its lead and would cruise to the 78-56 victory.  For the game, the Aces shot 41.4% while UC finished at 39.1%.  The Bearcats owned the battle on the glass by a 49-29 margin.

UE opens the new calendar year at Indiana State on January 3.

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* Men's basketball earns 10th victory with win over TTU

For the first time in five seasons, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team has won double digit games, earning its 10th win over 2023 with an 82-51 victory over Tennessee Tech at the Ford Center.

With the win, UE clinched its first 10-win season since earning 11 victories in 2018-19.  The 10th win also doubled the win total from the entirety of last season.  The 31-point win margin was the most for the Purple Aces against a Division I program since Feb. 24, 2018 when UE defeated Southern Illinois by a final of 75-44 at the Ford Center.

“Credit our group for having the right approach as we played three games in five days.  We talked about mindset this morning and I feel like we had great urgency and executed well,” Aces head men’s basketball coach David Ragland exclaimed.  “We took a lead and kept building on it.  Sometimes you can get complacent, but every time out, our group stayed connected and kept building.”

Chuck Bailey III led a trio of double figure scorers with 18 points.  The 3-time Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Week was 2-for-2 from outside and converted all four free throw tries.  Ben Humrichous had a perfect 5-of-5 effort from long range on his way to 15 points while Yacine Toumi earned his first double-double of the year with 10 points and 10 boards.  David Early and Jayvis Harvey led the Golden Eagles with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Tennessee Tech opened the evening with a triple while Humrichous tied it up at 5-5 with a triple at the 18:02 mark.  After the Golden Eagles knocked down another triple to go up 8-5, the Purple Aces turned it on, scoring 10 in a row to go up 15-8 just over eight minutes in.  Tennessee Tech missed eight in a row as the Aces made their run.

Cam Haffner connected on back-to-back field goals to give Evansville its first advantage of the evening at 9-8 while Chuck Bailey III added the final four points of the run.  TTU ended the stretch with a bucket, but the UE run continued with another 7-0 run.  Five of those tallies came from Tanner Cuff as the lead extended to 22-10 at the halfway mark of the period.

Over the next three minutes, the Golden Eagles cut the deficit to eight before Humrichous took matters into his own hands.  Consecutive 3-pointers saw the Aces take their largest lead of the half (41-22) before holding an 18-point advantage at the break.

Evansville’s defense was the story in the second half, holding TTU scoreless for the first six minutes while holding them to 0-for-8 shooting and forcing three turnovers.  Humrichous made it a perfect 5-for-5 start from 3-point range as the offense hit 5 of its first 8 second-half attempts to go up 56-26.  Bailey added a triple to push the lead to 37 points (66-29) with 12:13 left in the game.

With 4:55 remaining in the contest, UE took a game-high 82-42 lead with the Golden Eagles closing in the final minutes to the final score of 82-51.  The Aces shot 48.5% for the night with Tennessee Tech finishing at 32.1%.  In the rebounding battle, UE finished with a 45-30 advantage.  Evansville dished out a season-high 22 assists in the win; the team has recorded 16 or more helpers in 10 of the last 11 games.

One more non-conference game awaits the Aces when they travel to Cincinnati on Dec. 29.  The new year opens with a road game at Indiana State on Jan. 3 before UE is back at the Ford Center on the 6th to face Murray State.

Submitted by Athletics

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