University of Evansville


Friday, February 2, 2024

* Maintenance Work Notice for Koch Center (77 Edition) North

Questions or Concerns Regarding this Work:

Contact Eric Frazier: 

Description of Work:

A maintenance technician will remove and replace floor tile in entrances/exits on the first floor of Koch Center (77 Edition). This work requires the entrance on the west and east sides of the building to be closed. We will only close one entrance at a time for approximately 2-3 days.

Affected Dates:

East Entrance: February 4th through February 6th

West Entrance: February 7th through February 9th

Impact for Occupants:

There will be no entry or exit through the affected space while work is being completed.

Action(s) Required:

  • Please use caution near maintenance personnel, equipment, and activity.
  • Please use alternative exits/entrances into the building
  • Please follow posted signage, caution tape and cones.

Thank you for your patience as we maintain our beautiful campus

To report a facilities emergency, call (812) 488-2775

Submitted by University Communications
* 1098-Ts Have Been Processed

1098-T forms have been processed for students. By providing consent for electronic 1098-T, you can view/print your 1098-T now. Simply log into Self-Service, go to Tax Information, and select 1098 Information.

1098-Ts will be mailed to those students who do not provide their consent to receive electronically.

View the 1098-T webpage for more information about how to use this informational tax document.

Submitted by Amy Sowders
* Wellness Day on Monday, February 12

Wellness Day will take place on Monday, February 12. This day is an opportunity for both students and employees to take a break from day-to-day responsibilities and focus on mental and physical health. All UE academic departments and administrative offices will be closed, but dining services will operate with adjusted hours. Café Court will be open from 10:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., and Chick-fil-A will be open from noon until 8:00 p.m. Rademacher's Café will be closed. The library will remain open on Wellness Day.

Submitted by Noah Alatza

Upcoming Events

* Faculty Recital

UE Music faculty member Michael Chu (violin) and Garnet Ungar (piano) will present a recital on 2/6 @ 7:30pm in Wheeler Concert Hall. Program to include works by Valentin Silvestrov, Eugène Ysaÿe, and Franz Schubert. This event is free and open to the public.

Submitted by Mary Beth Deig
* Blood Drive

The University of Evansville SAA will be hosting a blood drive on February 14, 2024, in Eykamp. The drive will run from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Submitted by Dina Willming
* Headshots on Tuesday, February 6

Are you a new employee in need of a headshot, or have you been working at UE for awhile and need an updated one? Photographer Chris Berneking will be on campus next Tuesday, February 6, at 2:15 p.m. for headshots. If you would like to be added to the list, please contact Julie Beer at jb855. Headshots will be taken outdoors on the front oval lawn. In the event of rain, they will be moved inside the SOBA atrium.

Submitted by Julie Beer /
* Catapult Student Leadership Conference

The Catapult Student Leadership Conference is a half-day event full of networking and leadership development. Each year, attendees gain leadership-related knowledge from a destinguished keynote speaker and a variety of breakout sessions put on by community leaders and UE faculty/ staff.

This year, speakers include (but are not limited to):

- City of Evansville 35th Mayor, Stephanie Terry

- Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Rachel Carpenter

- Marketing Coordinator for Evansville Promise Neighborhood, Irais Ibarra

Register using UEngage before February 5 to secure your place. The first 50 students will receive a free gift. Lunch is included.

Submitted by Abagail Christine Catania
* Vanderburgh Co. Health Department mobile STD testing coming to campus

Free STD testing event on Friday, February 9th from 11:30-2:30 in lot H by the Carson Center. Look for the Vanderburgh Co. Health Department mobile unit for incentinves, information, and free testing! Anyone is welcome!

Submitted by Tara Ulrich
* Community Racial Justice Prayer Service 2024

Please join the Community Racial Justice Prayer Service that will be held in Neu Chapel on Sunday, February 4th at 2 p.m. All faith communities are welcome!

Submitted by Rachel Roscoe

Changemaker Corner

* ChangeLab Awarded $10,000 to Improve Local News

The University of Evansville's Center for Innovation & Change is excited to announce that Evansville NewsLab, a UE ChangeLab, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Listening Post Collective, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting innovative community-driven journalism projects.

The grant will support the ChangeLab in expanding its efforts to foster community engagement and promote civic journalism in the Evansville area. The funds will be used to enhance the organization's community outreach initiatives in Spring 2024 as they conduct community-wide research through surveys and focus groups to help develop a civic journalism hub in Evansville.

"We are thrilled to receive this generous grant from the Listening Post Collective," said Andrew Carter, Associate Director of UE's Center for Innovation & Change and coach for the NewsLab course. "We are committed to adding a civic journalism component to local news that promotes a more vibrant media landscape with better informed and engaged citizens." Evansville NewsLab will be making more announcements about the initiative as it rolls out in 2024.

The Listening Post Collective focuses on supporting projects that prioritize community voices, encourage civic participation, and foster inclusive and equitable journalism practices. The grant reflects the organization's recognition of the NewsLab's dedication to amplifying diverse perspectives and building bridges between local residents, local government, and the media.

"We are excited to partner with Evansville NewsLab ChangeLab and support their goals of making local journalism more accessible and representative," said Grace Northern, Program Officer at the Listening Post Collective. "Their commitment to empowering citizens through civic information aligns perfectly with our mission, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact of their projects on the Evansville community."

Evansville NewsLab is proud to partner with Our Times, Evansville's Black-owned newspaper, to establish a community-driven civic journalism model in Evansville and encourages residents of Evansville and the surrounding areas to get involved in shaping the narrative of their community. The grant will facilitate focus groups, listening sessions, and survey distribution to empower individuals to tell their own stories and contribute to a more diverse and inclusive local media landscape.

About Evansville NewsLab ChangeLab

ChangeLabs are academic courses offered at the University of Evansville for students to earn academic credit while working on projects that make an impact in the community. Evansville NewsLab is a community-driven journalism initiative dedicated to fostering meaningful connections between media outlets and the local community. Through innovative projects and collaborative efforts, the lab seeks to amplify diverse voices and empower citizens to actively participate in shaping the narrative of Evansville. Students in this the NewsLab are mentored by Steve Burger, Andrew Carter, Erin Hempfling, and Guy Sides.

About Listening Post Collective

Listening Post Collective is a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes community-driven journalism projects. By providing grants, resources, and guidance through their Civic Media Playbook, the organization aims to empower communities to create their own narratives, fostering a more inclusive and participatory media landscape.

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* Congratulations to Changemaker Challenge Winners

High school students throughout the Tri-State and beyond were awarded significant scholarships on Saturday at the University of Evansville's tenth High School Changemaker Challenge, made possible by Toyota Indiana. The challenge is designed to motivate young people to take a leading role in identifying and solving challenges in the world through innovation and creativity.

UE has committed more than $1 million in scholarships to winners of this competition since its inception. Those who choose UE as their college destination will each receive four-year scholarships as listed below:

1st place: Full tuition

SolarLens: Jacob Barnwell and Elie Duff (New Tech Institute, Evansville, Ind.)

Summary: SolarLens is a solar powered streetlight with a monitored dome camera attached to it. It will all be in one unit and established into the Evansville Promise Neighborhood to help improve the quality of life by saving money on energy and helping lower the crime rate in the city of Evansville.

2nd place: $27,000 per year

UpLift18: Claire Deardorff and Jennifer Vazquez (Signature School, Evansville, Ind.)

Summary: UpLift18 raises awareness about human trafficking by providing education, prevention, student empowerment, and community service opportunities. UpLift18 creates a meaningful impact for students in fighting human trafficking.

3rd place: $23,000 per year

Boomerang Learning: Kris Lau, Abdul-Aleem Mohammed, and Parth Patel (Signature School, Evansville, Ind.)

Summary: Boomerang Learning is program to help students that have had trouble catching up to Indiana standards post COVID and to help students who are falling behind their peers.

Submitted by Noah Alatza

Info You Should Know

* Volunteers needed: SECS to Host MATHCOUNTS February 10, 2024

The School of Engineering and Computer Science will be hosting the Soutwestern Indiana Regional MATHCounts competition on Saturday February 10 in Eykamp Hall. Middle School Students from across the region with be on campus to compete. We are in need of 4-5 volunteers to assist with registration and/or scoring. Volunteers are needed from 8:00 am until noon. Please contact Tonya Albright, Administrative Assistant for the School of Engineering and Computer Science, ( if you are intersted in volunteering.

Submitted by Tonya Albright
* TIAA Individual Counseling Dates for Employees

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
* University Chaplain Rev. Andy Payton Named to Evansville Interfaith Council

Evansville Mayor Stephanie Terry recently announced plans to create an Interfaith Council. Among the religious leaders appointed to the council, UE Chaplain Rev. Andy Payton has joined the group, which will advise Mayor Terry on matters that affect the spiritual, faith, and religious well-being of the community.

The Council will also assist in planning community Interfaith gatherings and programs that foster education and inclusivity in schools, businesses, and within the larger community; and will work to address issues of discrimination, bigotry, xenophobia, homophobia, antisemitism, and Islamophobia.

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* Faculty Scholarship Display

The Libraries are currently hosting the FACULTY SCHOLARSHIP DISPLAY until February 4, 2024. Works produced or published or grants received from August 2022 until July 2023 were eligible for inclusion. You should wander over and take at look at your colleagues' impressive scholarship!

Submitted by Meg Atwater-Singer
* GBHEM Methodist Scholarship Information & Application Deadline

The General Board of Higher Education & Ministry awards scholarships to United Methodist college students in the United States. The Fall 2024 deadline to apply for these scholarships is March 13th. To apply or get more information about the application process, visit or register to attend their virtual event to be held via Zoom on February 2nd at 5:00 PM CST. If you register for this meeting by January 31st, you will be entered to win a $1000 scholarship!

Submitted by Amber Chandler
* UE Theatre Seeks Students for Ensemble in Waiting for Lefty

The Department of Theatre is casting non-theatre majors as ensemble members of the NYC Taxi Cab Union in the Shanklin Theatre production of WAITING FOR LEFTY, by Clifford Odets. No previous experience required.

Anyone who applies must be available for all technical and performance dates, as well as some occasional rehearsals after Spring Break. Those dates include but are not limited to: technical rehearsals April 6 through 11 and April 17, as well as be available for the run of the show, April 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, and 21.

To be considered please email Stacey Yen at and Allie Wheeless at aw534@evansville.eduwith the subject line “Ensemble Casting.” Deadline to express interest in being cast is January 31. Auditions will be scheduled for the first week of February.

Visiting Assistant Professor Stacey Yen takes the helm of the final production of the season with Clifford Odet’s WAITING FOR LEFTY. Inspired by true events of a 1934 New York taxicab strike, this fictional retelling creates a powerful mosaic of the trials and tribulations of the working class. First produced in 1935, this play made a sensation of its playwright, who became the theatrical conscience of a generation, and this work remains one of the most celebrated and significant plays of the American Theatre. With the fight for living wages and safe, equitable workplaces continuing to cause political debates, this seminal play illustrates the power of individual protest and the right to reform. Grab your picket sign and get ready to march!

Submitted by Stacey Yen
* Eykamp Prize: Call for Nominations

The Eykamp Prize was established by Richard and Rita Eykamp in 2015 to honor Faculty Achievement at the University of Evansville. Recipients of the prize will receive a one-time award of $10,000 in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the University of Evansville as University Citizens. Examples of such contributions include deep and successful involvement in recruiting students; expanding the number, scope, and competitiveness of grant funding for their department; and bringing positive public awareness to the University through scholarship, knowledge, and understanding of their discipline.

Nominations for the Eykamp Prize may come from any member of the University of Evansville community. Nominees should be tenured or tenure-track faculty members at the University of Evansville who have not received the award in the previous five years. Nominations can be submitted in writing or via e-mail to Mary Kessler, Interim Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost, at by March 1, 2024. Nominations should include the name of the faculty member and a brief statement of the reasons that they are being nominated.

Recipients of the Eykamp Prize will be selected by an Award Committee, appointed by the Interim EVPAA/Provost that includes members of the faculty, staff, administrators, and a member of the Board of Trustees. The award will be announced and presented at the May Commencement Ceremony.

Recipients in the previous five years: 2019 – Dr. Kristy Miller; 2020 – Dr. Jerrilee LaMar; 2021 – Dr. Joyce Stamm; 2022 – Dr. Mari Plikuhn; and 2023 – Dr. Suresh Immanuel.

Submitted by Paula Heldt
* Career Day 2024- Registration is OPEN

Career Day 2024

Tuesday, February 6, 2024


Eykamp Hall, RUC

Don't miss our last career fair of the year! Join us on February 6th to network with more than 50 local and regional employers, who will be recruiting from ALL majors for full time, part time and internship positions.

Log into Handshake to see a complete list of registered employers and to register for this event.

Submitted by Amanda Wood
* New Total Fit Class

Hello everybody! I am excited to announce that Total Fit is back! Total Fit is a fitness class that focuses on having a strong body, mind, and sprirt. This class is open to anyone and everyone regardless of your current fitness level. Please come wearing athletic clothes and shoes, and bring a water bottle! We will be meeting once a week every Wednesday morning in the Carson Center from 8:30-9:30 am, in the aerobic room (the room with all the mirrors).

If you have any questions please contact Owen Lawrence (

Hope to see you at our first class on Wednesday, January 24th!

Submitted by Owen Lawrence
* Road Trip Hosts Needed

Camp Road Trip - February 23-25. 2024

Register today to be a Road Trip Host!

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. Deadline to register is February 9th.

Please contact Heather Cook (, Alli Haley ( or Jennifer Troutman ( with questions.

Submitted by Jennifer Troutman


* Congratulations to Emily Jagielo

Congratulations to Emily Jagielo, Financial Aid Counselor/Work Study Coordinator in the Office of Student Financial Services, on the birth of her baby girl! Bronwyn Von Jagielo was born on January 19, 2024 and she weighed 7 lbs. 3.8 oz. and was 20" long. Emily will be back to work in March, but until then, work study questions can be directed to MaryAnn Catt Kidwell.

Submitted by Amber Chandler


* UE travels to Valparaiso for Saturday contest

Looking to win three consecutive Missouri Valley Conference games for the first time in three years, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team will be at Valparaiso on Saturday.  Tip is set for 3 p.m. CT with ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network having the coverage.

Last Time Out

- Overcoming a hot start and second-half rally by UIC, the Purple Aces earned a 77-60 win on Wednesday at the Ford Center

- UE led by seven at the break, but the Flames stormed back to take a 46-45 lead

- The difference was a 14-2 run by the Aces as they led for the remainder of the contest

- Yacine Toumi set a new career mark wtih 22 points; he was 8-of-10 from the field and registered 7 rebounds

- Tanner Cuff also finished with a career mark, totaling 16 points

- Making his return after missing three games was Ben Humrichous; he scored 15 points and tallied 5 boards and 4 assists

- The defense for UE allowed UIC to hit 4 of their first 5 3-pointers, but rebounded to connect on 4 of their final 27 outside tries

Hitting the Reset Button

- After scoring 20 points on three occasions in his UE career, Yacine Toumi reset his high with 22 points against UIC

- Hitting 8 of his 10 shots, he improved his season shooting to 58.7%, 5th in the MVC

- Over the last 14 games, Toumi has averaged 13.9 points per game (195 total), raising his average from 8.8 to 12.0 PPG

- Toumi has scored 13+ points in each of the last five games

- He scored his prior mark of 20 points on three occasions, including games against SEMO and UNI this season

- Over the last 11 games, Toumi has hauled in 81 boards, an average of 7.4/game

- Toumi posted a career-best 12 boards versus Missouri State and is 8th in the MVC with a season mark of 6.6

Back on the Floor

- Ben Humrichous was back on the floor against UIC after missing the previous 3 games and 8 of the prior 9

- His presence was immediately felt as he finished with 15 points, 5 boards and 4 assists in 16:30 of work

- Humrichous made an appearance on Jan. 17 against Valpo and totaled 7 points in just under 12 minutes of play

Make it Three

- Tanner Cuff’s recent surge continued as he scored a career-high 16 points in the win over UIC; he has now reached double figures in three consecutive games, posting 13 PPG over that stretch

- Cuff scored 13 at UNI before tallying 10 against Illinois State; in the six games prior to the road tilt in Cedar Falls, he averaged 5.0 PPG and did not reach double figures

- Over the last 5 games, Cuff has 10 assists and just 3 turnovers; the 6 games prior saw him post 6 assists and 10 turnovers

- Cuff’s season assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.42 is second in the MVC

Scouting the Opponent

- The Beacons enter Saturday’s contest with a 6-16 record and stand at 2-9 in the MVC

- Since earning an 84-77 win over UIC on Jan. 20, Valparaiso has dropped its last three games, including an 81-70 game at Drake on Wednesday

- Isaiah Stafford leads the way for Valpo with 17.5 points per game

- He has a team-high 30 steals on the season while seeing an average of 30.8 minutes per game

- Stafford went off for 31 points in the first meeting between the teams on Jan. 17

- Cooper Schwieger holds an 11.4 PPG average while pacing the team with 5.7 rebounds

Submitted by Athletics
* Full Aces track and field team returns to action at PNC Bank Bellarmine Classic

After a small group of runners competed in Louisville last week, the entire University of Evansville track and field team is in town on Friday.

The Purple Aces head back to the Norton Healthcare and Sports Learning Center with their full squad for the PNC Bank Bellarmine Classic hosted by the Knights. After setting a new program record, a podium finish, and three personal bests at the PNC Lenny Lyles Invitational hosted by Louisville, UE hopes to have another strong weekend in the Ville. 

Evansville's lone new program record last week came in the men's 400-meter as Cedrik Flipo (Beloeil, Quebec, Canada) ran in 49.11 seconds to break the previous record set in 1977 by Jeff Korb. Freshman Sonja Inzinger (Mautern an der Donau, Austria) had a podium finish in her first collegiate 5000-meter race with a time of 17:42.43 for third place. And personal bests were set by Rafael Rodriguez (Segovia, Spain) in the mile race, Samuel Lea (Worchester, England) in the 5K race, and Nayla Martin (Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Canada) in the women's mile race.

At the PNC Bank Bellarmine Classic, the Aces will run against 24 other NCAA teams along with multiple running clubs. Other Missouri Valley Conference teams in Louisville on Friday include Belmont, Murray State, and Southern Illinois. UE has raced against over half of the teams participating in Friday's meet including Western Kentucky, Vincennes, Southern Indiana, Miami (OH), Marshall, Louisville, Eastern Kentucky, Bellarmine, Lipscomb, and Jacksonville State.

Friday's meet begins with field events and the 60-meter dash at 9 a.m. Running events for the Bellarmine Classic then pick up at 10:30 a.m.

Submitted by Athletics
* Toumi and Cuff post career highs in win over UIC

Yacine Toumi and Tanner Cuff recorded career scoring highs while Ben Humrichous made his return for the University of Evansville men’s basketball team in a 77-60 victory over UIC on Wednesday night at the Ford Center.

Toumi led the Purple Aces with 22 points and 7 rebounds in the victory.  He connected on 8 of his 10 field goal tries.  Cuff posted 16 points, two better than his top scoring output of the season.  After missing the last three games, Humrichous was back on the floor and tallied 15 points and four assists.  Isaiah Rivera led four double digit scorers for the Flames with 15 points.

“I’m proud of our guys for the job they did tonight.  UIC is a very good team and we knew it would be a tough game.  We did a good job of limiting their production in the paint and holding them below their average from outside,” UE head coach David Ragland exclaimed.  “We had production across the entire lineup tonight and did a great job of regrouping when they made a run.”

Three-pointers were falling in the early moments as UIC took a 6-0 lead and connected on their first three outside attempts to take an 11-6 advantage.  Gage Bobe got the Purple Aces rolling with a triple, but hot shooting by the Flames saw a 5-of-6 start culminate in a 13-6 advantage just four minutes into the game.

UIC took its largest lead of the period at the 12:53 mark when another 3-pointer pushed the lead to 20-11.  That is the point where Evansville took control on both ends.  After the Flames connected on four of their first five 3-point tries, the Aces held them to just 1-of-11 over the final 12 minutes of the half.  Offensively, UE outscored UIC by a 26-10 margin over the remainder of the half to hold a 7-point lead at the break.

With 9:06 remaining in the half, a basket by Humrichous capped an 11-3 run that got UE within one.  Tanner Cuff got the job done during that rally, scoring seven points in a row.  After the Flames connected on a field goal to retake a 25-22 advantage, Evansville countered with a 7-0 run to take its first lead of the game.  Humrichous got it started with a 3-point play before Cuff posted consecutive baskets to break a 25-25 tie.

Toumi’s third field goal of the night broke a 29-29 tie inside the final three minutes and opened an 8-1 run to end the half.  Antonio Thomas recorded the final four points, including a drive down the lane at the buzzer to solidify a 37-30 lead at the break.

Evansville’s lead remained at seven points (45-38) with 14:44 remaining, but a 4-minute 8-0 stretch by UIC saw them retake a 46-45 lead.  Their defense held UE to 0-for-4 from the field while forcing a turnover.  Cuff put an end to the drought with his sixth make of the night.  His shot opened a 14-2 run that gave Evansville its largest lead of the game at 59-48 as the contest entered its final seven minutes.

Ben Humrichous finished the run in exciting fashion, drilling back-to-back triples to push the lead into double figures for the first time.  Kenny Strawbridge Jr. knocked down a pair of free throws with 2:40 left on the clock to push the lead to 16 before UE took a 19-point lead in the final minute on its way to a 77-60 triumph.

UE’s offense was clicking, hitting 51.1% of its attempts while limiting the Flames to 35.9%.  The Aces finished with a 37-33 edge on the boards.  On Saturday, Evansville returns to the road, facing Valparaiso in a 3 p.m. contest.

Submitted by Athletics

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