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Friday, February 16, 2024

Upcoming Events

* Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management Careers Forum- Register TODAY

Engineering, Computer Science & Construction Management Career Forum

Wednesday, February 21st


Eykamp Hall, RUC

Help us celebrate National Engineers Week! Join your UE engineering faculty as well as local and regional employers in all fields of engineering, computer science, and construction management. The event consists of a Q&A session with employers, followed by time for networking. Great opportunity to gain experience speaking with employers and to make connections for future internships and open positions.

Register for this event in Handshake!

Submitted by Amanda Wood
* See the UE Mace and Learn Its Secret:  2/20, 12:30-1:00 pm

The Department of Archaeology and UE's Public Safety are collaborating on a pop-up exhibit of the UE ceremonial mace.  We see it twice a year at graduation and Convocation, but we never get the chance to look at it up close.  This is your chance.  Exhibit personnel will explain the little-known and surprising origins of the two creatures at the top of the mace and their connection to UE Archaeology.

This pop-up exhibit will last for a half an hour only!

Date:  Tuesday, February 20
Time:  12:30-1:00
Location:  The Archaeology Lab, Hyde Hall 22

Submitted by Alan Kaiser
* UE Alum Matt Williams to Hold Book Signing

Evansville native and UE alum, Matt Williams, is gearing up for his hometown book launch and signing event, and you're invited to join in the celebration.

Matt's book, "Glimpses: A Comedy Writer’s Take on Life, Love, and All That Spiritual Stuff," is set to be released next week, and what better way to commemorate this milestone than by gathering together at the Evansville Barnes & Noble?

During the event, Matt will be signing copies of his book, sharing excerpts, discussing how his Evansville upbringing and education influenced his career, and answering any questions you may have. As a proud UE alum, Matt specifically wanted to extend this invitation to our university community.

Event Details:

What: Glimpses Hometown Book Launch & Signing

Where: Evansville Barnes & Noble

Date: Saturday, February 17

Time: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

See more details by visiting this link.

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* Submit Your Abstract for the UE Student Research and Honors Symposium

The 2024 UE Student Research and Honors Symposium is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17. This event will showcase the scholarly activities of students of diverse disciplines across UE’s campus, including the graduating seniors of the Honors Program.

All students are invited to apply to participate by submitting an abstract for their papers. For more information or to submit an abstract, please visit:

The deadline for submitting an abstract is Friday, March 22.

Contact Jayme Williams at with any questions.

Submitted by Jayme Williams
* UE Black History Documentary Viewing

Tuesday, February 6th at the Downtown Evansville Public Library. Arnel Hall presented his documentary "Our Story: Once the Doors Open". Members of the CDEI at USI's campus attended the viewing supporting current student and Fellow Scholar, Leairra Carter, almunus Arnel Hill, and UEAAAA. Please find time to watch and listen to the documentary for great perspective and maybe you too can tell your story.

Pictured is Arnell Hill, Leairra Carter, and Aaron Turner.

Submitted by Alexa Ferguson
* Community Racial Justice Prayer Service

Center of Diversity Equity and Inclusion collaborated with BRIDGE (Building Respect & Integrity in Diverse Greater Evansville) hosted the 2nd Annual UE Sponsored BRIDGE Community Service for Racial Justice. The event was held in Neu Chapel and featured:

  • Rev. Gerald Arnold – Independence Baptist Church
  • Rev. Floyd Edwards – Mt. Olive Galilee Baptist Church
  • Rev. Walter Fisher – Nazarene Missionary Baptist Church
  • Rev. Heather Foley – Aldersgate United Methodist Church
  • Karuna Pandit – Tri-State Hindu Temple
  • Rector Holly Rankin Zaher – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
  • Ali Saqib – Muslim community representative
  • Ed Scharf – Temple Adath B’nai Israel

Dr. Bill Hemminger, UE Professor Emeritus, provided the music during moments of reflection. Guest vocalist Gina Moore brought soul-stirring songs of hope and inspiration. Our very own Dr. Rob Shelby presided over the service.

Come by the Center of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion to learn more about this service and how you can be a part of next years service and other activities to come through this office.

Submitted by Alexa Ferguson
* University of Evansville Theatre Presents A BRIGHT NEW BOISE

The University of Evansville Theatre commences its Spring 2024 season with Samuel D. Hunter’s A BRIGHT NEW BOISE. This production opens at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15, in the May Studio Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., on Feb. 16, 17, and at 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 17 and 18. Winner of the 2011 Obie Award for Best Playwriting, this tragi-comedic play explores the intricacies of faith and the power of forgiveness.  Set in the dismal break room of a Hobby Lobby, these low-wage earners struggle with both mundane daily routines and larger questions posed by the havoc that can be wreaked by blind faith.  No respite from a scintillating scrapbook section can be found here though, as group politics dissolve into utter pandemonium!

A BRIGHT NEW BOISE is directed by Bradley Baumhover, a senior theatre management major, from Joplin, Mo. Maya Barry, a junior stage management major from Marietta, Ga., serves as the scenic designer; Kylee Hassell, a senior design and technology major from Portland, Tenn., is the costume designer; Jamey Pearson, a senior design and technology major from Moody, Texas, is the lighting designer; Bailey Piontkowski, a first-year design and technology major from Fort Worth, Texas, serves as the sound designer; Claire Londenberg, a first-year theatre management major from Sabine Pass, Texas, serves as video designer; Marguerite Winzinger, a first-year directing and dramaturgy major from Bordentown, N.J., is the dramaturg; Katie Lawhorn, a junior stage management major from Louisville, Ky., is the stage manager, and Visiting Assistant Professor Scott Carpenter ‘05 serves as the technical director.

The cast features Kurt Sparks, a first-year performance major from Millville, N.J., as Will; Daphne Wheeler, a first-year performance major from Star, Idaho, as Anna; Guldana Karman, a first-year performance major from Katy, Texas, as Pauline; Matthew Manders, a first-year performance major from Houston, Texas, as Alex, and Adam Techmanski, a junior performance major from Richmond, Texas, as Leroy.

Seating is limited, and general admission tickets are $12. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Single tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the ticket office at 812.488.2031.

Submitted by Sharla Cowden

Changemaker Corner

* Late Start Change lab - starting March 11th- May 2nd - Barriers to Diversity in Healthcare

Calling all Majors!!

CHNG310- 8y2- Barriers to Diversity in Healthcare - 1.5 credit hours - planning to meet Tuesdays 12-2pm  (subject to change if needed) 

Looking for students from ALL Majors to explore the current reprocussions to the lack of diversity amoungst healthcare professionals. We will divide into two groups. One group will engage with local elementary students to idenifty barriers related to socioeconomics, opportunism, education and mentorship establishment. The other group will help identify educational needs for remediation of current college students seeking a degree in a healthcare profesison. The goal of this change lab is to implement real-life action items to truly impact the face of healthcare teams.

Submitted by Jamey Williams

Info You Should Know

* Now Accepting Applications for LEAD Forward 2024-2025

The application period is now open for LEAD Forward 2024-2025 Cohort! Students of all majors are encouraged to apply for this program designed to help you be successful now and as you advance in your career. Please complete this application and return it to Megan Conapinski at mt263 by Friday, March 1.

LEAD Forward is an executive-style leadership skills development program. Students learn and grow through a fun and developmental retreat in August, monthly meetings with local community and business leaders, and one-on-one coaching.  We will also have lots of fun as we work as a team to improve our leadership, teamwork, and communication skills.  The program runs from August 2024 – May 2025. Contact Megan Conapinski at mt263 with any questions.

Submitted by Megan Conapinski
* ES 103 Offered During Summer Session 2

ES 103 (Fundamentals of Environmental Science), which fulfills the non-lab science General Education credit (Outcome 8), will be offered during Summer Session 2 as an online, asynchronous class.  If you have questions about this 3 credit hour course, which will run from June 17-July 19, please contact Dr. Aldred via email –

Submitted by Katie Aldred-Craig
* BIOL 107 Offered During Summer Session 2

Biol 107 (General Biology), which fulfills the lab science General Education credit (Outcome 8), will be offered during Summer Session 2 as an online, asynchronous class.  Although it is generally intended for those majoring in EXSS, public health, and similar areas, all majors are welcome!  The lab portion of the course will be completed via Labster, an exciting virtual lab simulator!  If you have questions about this 4 credit hour course, which will run from June 17-July 19, please contact Dr. Aldred via email –

Submitted by Katie Aldred-Craig
* Nutrition 304 - offered Summer II session - Asynchronous

General education course Nutrition 304- outcome 10- will be offered Asynchronously for summer session II. Class will offer a non-mandatory lecture on Tuesday mornings. Students my attend the live lecture or watch the recording at their convenience. Course work will include exams and assignments.

Submitted by Jamey Williams
* Participate in a FUN-ancial Aid Scavenger Hunt

February is a short month full of many celebrations: Black History Month, Valentine's Day, American Heart Month, and Financial Aid Awareness Month! This year, Student Financial Services has organized a "FUN-ancial" aid scavenger hunt. From February 14th-February 16th, visit each office listed on your game sheet and answer a question about financial aid. The office will stamp your game sheet (so make sure you print off a copy or stop by Student Financial Services, Olmsted rm. 105 to pick one up). Turn in your completed board to Student Financial Services by February 19th to be entered in a drawing for fun prizes!

Submitted by Carly Cox
* Apply to Graduate

It's that time! Be sure to apply now to graduate via Self-Service.

Submitted by Kelsey Gordon
* Fireside Aces Radio

Student Media has produced a brand new internet radio station, Fireside Aces Radio. The station is life with limited, but growing progaming. Enjoy sports, news, music, podcasts, and more. Current programming includes...

The Monday and Friday Nerve hosted by Beverley Buchanan, senior at UE, every Monday from 11am-1:30pm.  This show is centered around the band Nirvana, their personal music inspirations from the 70s-90s, and current music that came after them- inspired and molded by their sound.  The Friday Nerve is also hosted by Bev, every Friday from 11am-2pm.  Since Kurt Cobain was an all-around feminist, this show is reserved for the exploration of all female punk, folk, independent, and alternative rock from the 70s to today.

Musical Madness is hosted by Andrea Lenser, who is a sophomore at UE. This show airs from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM every Saturday and features show tunes from a variety of stage and movie musicals, such as Hamilton, Beetlejuice, Dear Evan Hansen, Six, Tick Tick Boom, In the Heights, and many more.
Caution: strong language and mature themes may appear in the songs during this show, so it is recommended for teens and up.

Listening Local is hosted by Bev Rowley, a junior at UE. This show features locally signed bands and artists such as The Chugs, Ghost Prom, The Strangers, Swamp Eyes, and more. Most bands are signed by Wally Opus, a local record label here in Evansville, Indiana.

Soulsync Spectrum is hosted by Noah Watters, a senior at UE. This show typically airs every Tuesday and Thursday from 7-9pm CT. If you’re able to catch one of my shows, you’ll typically hear me playing relaxing RnB music that’ll really hit you, such as: Frank Ocean, Brent Faiyaz, Daniel Caesar and more!

And there is a lot more with a lot more to come.

Listen here...

Submitted by Tommy Housman
* Story of Service: Willie Edward Richardson

The Story of Service was first published in 2023 on the website, and it was published at the end of January 2024 in The goal of the organizations is to recognize the contributions of military service for all soldiers; family members of underrepresented populations are encouraged to share the human aspect of those who fought for the freedom of all Americans.

My grandfather, Willie Richardson, was a veteran of World War I, and his experiences symbolize the service and family life of many African American soldiers. Unfortunately, their military service occurred during a period of “nots.” They could not eat in certain businesses; they could not live in certain neighborhoods; their service was often overlooked or devalued.

Yet, my grandfather and those soldiers defended the world and prospered within limitations.

Yet, the invisibility of my grandfather’s service seemed invisible in 2018 as I viewed a pictorial display of World War I soldiers in an Arkansas Welcome Center. None of the soldiers in the display looked like my grandfather. Therefore, I contacted the Arkansas visitor’s bureau to express that soldiers of color should be commemorated too. The communication exchange was informative and productive as I learned of efforts to find and preserve the service of Arkansas’ soldiers of color during World War I.

Continue reading about Willie Richardson.

Submitted by Sherrill Rayford
* Nominations for Outstanding Teacher Award

Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2024 Outstanding Teacher Award. The University bestows this award annually to honor a faculty member for extraordinary teaching effectiveness that inspires the intellectual development of students. Nominees must be a full-time faculty member who has taught at UE for two years or more and holds the rank of lecturer, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor. The winner is recognized at Commencement in May.

The following recipients from the past five years are not eligible: 2019 – Dr. Atefeh Yazdanparast Ardestani; 2020 – Dr. Mike Roscoe; 2021 – Dr. Julie Merkle; 2022 – Dr. Katie Whetstone; and 2023 – Dr. James Ware.

Access the link below to submit a nomination.

Forward supplemental documentation to: Please include the faculty member’s name and OTA 2024 in the subject line.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, March 8, 2024.

Submitted by Paula Heldt
* Employee - Mobile Mammography Services

Employees - Ascension St. Vincent is providing mobile mammography services for the University of Evansville. The mobile mammography bus will be located next to the Krannert Building on March 14th from 9:00AM - 2:00PM. Please click the link below to sign up for an appointment time! An Ascension Breast Center representative will call you prior to your appointment date to verify all necessary registration information.

Register for an examination

Submitted by Haley Karges
* 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


* Soupapalooza 2024 Winner

Congratulations to the 2024 Soupapalooza winner, Brooke Weaver! Her rendition of "Marry Me" was soup-er delicious, earning her this purple apron!

Thank you to SAA for hosting this epic Scholarship fundraiser and to all the chef submissions!

Submitted by Amber Luigs
* UE Professor Presents Paper at International Conference on Inaugural Swiftposium

University of Evansville (UE) Professor Kristie Daugherty recently unveiled her groundbreaking paper titled "'Rooting for the Anti-Hero': Taylor Swift's Lyrics and the Contemporary Female Protagonist" at the highly anticipated Swiftposium. Organized by scholars from six universities across Australia and New Zealand, Swiftposium marks the first international academic conference dedicated to the cultural phenomenon that is Taylor Swift.

With over 400 paper proposals received, Daugherty's paper was among the select 130 chosen for presentation at the event, a testament to its academic rigor and innovative insights. Swiftposium hosted scholars from 78 academic institutions worldwide, representing diverse disciplines and perspectives at the University of Melbourne from Feb. 11 to Feb. 13.

Daugherty's paper expands on her previous work discussing Taylor Swift in academic circles. She previously presented at a Taylor Swift conference at Indiana University. The Swiftposium further explored Swift's impact on modern life, covering topics such as gender, fandom, popular culture, literature, and the music industry.

"It was an immense privilege to take part in the Swiftposium, delving into the profound influence Taylor Swift has on our culture," remarked Daughtery. "This event served as a unique platform for scholars to analyze her societal impact. I feel deeply honored to engage in this collective exploration, exchanging insights with academics from across the globe."

Submitted by Noah Alatza


* Changes announced for UE Softball weekend tournament

With the inclement weather in the forecast for Saturday, changes have been announced for the University of Evansville softball team’s home tournament this weekend.

All games originally set for Saturday have been canceled.  Sunday’s schedule will not be impacted and a game between the Purple Aces and Miami Ohio has been added at noon on Monday.

The final weekend schedule will be: 

Sunday, Feb. 18

Austin Peay vs. Miami Ohio – 11 a.m. CT -

Miami Ohio vs. Evansville – 1:30 p.m. CT -

Austin Peay vs. Evansville – 4 p.m. CT -

Monday, Feb. 19

Miami Ohio vs. Evansville – 12 p.m. CT -

 Zoe Frossard was Evansville’s leading hitter in the first weekend.  She went 4-for-10 while finishing the week batting .400.  She led UE with a .500 on-base percentage and had three walks.Marah Wood recorded a team-high five hits in the first weekend of action.  She also had UE’s lone home run at the Elon Softball Classic.  She batted .385 and led the team with a .615 slugging tally.

Submitted by Athletics
* Aces women's basketball earns back-to-back MVC wins

For the first time in seven years, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team earned two straight MVC wins on Thursday evening.

A career night for guards Lexie Sinclair and Tené Smith highlighted the overtime win for the Aces over Southern Illinois. UE pulled away early in the extra frame to earn the 93-89 win, outscoring the Salukis 10 to six over five minutes. It was also Evansville’s best offensive game, going 30-56 from the floor for 53.6% and 8-15 from three-point range for 53.3%.

“It feels awesome to get back-to-back MVC wins,” said Head Coach Robyn Scherr-Wells following the game. “It was one of the first things I thought of after the game, it’s a good milestone in our building of the program. We’re pretty pumped about it.

“We also took good shots today with good looks. Lexie made our first three out of the gate. And when you make the first couple you gain some confidence. Overall, without getting too three happy, we continued to take good shots throughout the game.”

It was a slow start for UE as Southern Illinois broke out to a six-point run. Forward Maggie Hartwig was able to turn things around, adding Evansville’s first four points to break up the run. Midway through the quarter the two teams went shot for shot until the break with under four minutes on the clock. Out of the timeout, the Aces tied the game at 13 as guard Tene Smith hit a bucket following a Saluki turnover. But a layup right after Smith’s spurred a six-point SIU run to put UE behind. In the final minute of the quarter, Evansville was able to find its offense again as Hartwig hit a three-point buzzer-beater to tie the game at 20 all.

Hartwig wasn’t done behind the arc there as she made another trey to give the Aces their first lead of the game. The lead changed hands nine times in the second quarter as UE evenly matched the Salukis. It was Evansville’s play behind the arc that gave the team the upper hand, shooting a blistering 80% in the second quarter. Every time SIU took the lead back, the Aces found a three to either tie or regain the lead. A seven-to-three run in the final two minutes of the first half had UE on top 45-42 going into the second half.

The Salukis made the first basket of the second half, but a three-point play for Hartwig kept Evansville on top for the first two minutes. The game was tied twice by SIU but fouls drawn from the Aces kept them ahead through the first four minutes. The lead changed ten more times through the third quarter as neither team had more than a one-point lead. With UE in the for the final four minutes, shots at the line kept Evansville close. The Aces headed into the fourth quarter with the lead as guard Kynidi Mason Striverson made her first field goal of the night with 46 seconds left.

UE kept its strong night behind the arc going as guard Julia Palomo hit an early three to give Evansville a four-point lead.  The Salukis got a bucket at the line just moments after. But the Aces broke out on a five-point run for their largest lead of the game up by eight. SIU responded with a three-point play, but Smith answered with a three behind the line to regain the eight-point lead. The Salukis top player, Laniah Randle made seven straight points to get the game down to only three.  UE was able to keep answering Randle from the floor. But SIU tied the game on a three with two minutes left on the clock, shortly taking the lead right after at the line. Evansville was able to answer in the final 30 seconds, tying the game up to go into the teams second overtime game of the season.

The Aces offense was firing early in overtime, scoring eight points in the first three minutes. UE particularly benefited from drawing fouls while in the bonus, making all six of its free throws in overtime. The Salukis made the last two shots of the game, but Evansville grew its lead far enough early in the extra period to stay on top. The Aces earned their second straight Valley win in the 93-89 victory.

Four UE players ended the game in double figures with Hartwig leading the way at 22 points. She also led Evansville in rebounds with 12 for her fifth double-double of the season. Sinclair was right behind Hartwig with a career-high 20 points and a career-high six assists. Forward Neveah Thomas pushed her double-figure scoring streak to ten games with 17 points in 31 minutes while Smith had a career-high 16 points.

The Aces will have one day off before their next game on Saturday, Feb. 17. UE will host the Missouri State Lady Bears for its annual Play For Kay game, to support breast cancer awareness. Tip-off for Saturday’s game is set for 2 p.m. from Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

Submitted by Athletics
* UE Baseball Opens Season This Weekend At #26 Oral Roberts

The University of Evansville baseball team will kick off the 2024 season on Friday, as the Purple Aces will travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma to take on reigning Summit League champion and 2023 College World Series participant Oral Roberts in a three-game series.  The season begins Friday at 3 p.m.

Evansville is coming off a 2023 season in which the Purple Aces went 37-24 overall and advanced to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament final game.  UE returns seven position starters, including five who have earned all-MVC honors during the course of their UE careers, as well as 10 pitchers.

Headlining UE’s returning cast is preseason all-MVC first baseman Chase Hug (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike/Olney Central).  Hug earned first-team all-MVC honors a year ago after leading UE with a .311 average and ranking in the Valley’s top 15 in 11 different offensive categories.  Senior Kip Fougerousse (Linton, Ind./Indiana Univ.) also garnered first-team all-MVC honors a year ago on the infield, but will switch to the outfield this season, as he is expected to play right field after hitting .288 last year with 13 home runs and 47 RBI.  Senior shortstop Simon Scherry (Santa Claus, Ind./Heritage Hills) also earned honorable mention all-Valley honors last season, and he led all collegiate infielders in Defensive Runs Saved at 12.7, per 643 Charts and Synergy.

Pitching-wise, UE returns its top two weekend starters from a year ago in senior RHP Nick Smith (Boonville, Ind./Boonville) and senior LHP Donovan Schultz (Kimberly, Wis./Kimberly).  Smith is the 2022 MVC Pitcher of the Year, and earned honorable mention all-MVC honors a year ago.  Smith did not lose after March 10 last season, and Evansville went 10-1 in the 11 games he pitched after March 10.  Schultz, meanwhile, led the MVC in both fewest hits allowed per nine innings and opponents’ batting average last season, while leading UE with six victories on the mound.

Oral Roberts will enter the 2024 season off of a magical 2023 campaign in which the Golden Eagles went 52-14 overall and advanced to the College World Series.  ORU ranked among the NCAA’s Top 100 in all but two statistical categories a year ago, while leading the nation in fielding percentage at .984, and ranking seventh in the country in both batting average (.321) and team earned run average (4.03).  While the Golden Eagles return only two position starters from last year’s team, Oral Roberts does return eight pitchers from last year’s staff, including weekend stalwarts Brooks Fowler (9-2, 3.26 ERA) and Jakob Hall (8-3, 3.56).  The Golden Eagles are ranked 26th nationally in the NCBWA preseason poll, and ORU is receiving votes in the USA Today/Coaches Preseason Poll as well.

This weekend’s series will renew a rivalry between the two schools, as UE and Oral Roberts used to compete against one another in the old Midwestern Collegiate Conference in the 1980s.  ORU currently leads the series 26-4 all-time, with the last meeting coming in the 1987 MCC Tournament final.

Submitted by Athletics
* UE women's basketball home for two games supporting important causes

For the second year in a row, the Aces will be supporting two important causes while at home this week. Thursday night is Rising Coaches Equality Inclusion Night as the Aces will be wearing all black to support the initiative. Fans are also encouraged to wear black to Thursday evening's game. Saturday against Missouri State is Evansville's Play4Kay game supporting breast cancer awareness. All fans are encouraged to wear pink on Sunday in support of Play4Kay.

Southern Illinois comes into Thursday's game starting their longest road trip of the season with four straight games away from Carbondale. The Salukis are on a five-game losing streak as SIU fell to Belmont, 65-55, on Sunday. Southern Illinois is led by Laniah Randle who is top five in the MVC in both scoring (fourth, 17.6) and rebounding (second, 8.8). Randle has had 20 or more points in 10 games this season for 76th in the NCAA in scoring.

The Lady Bears visit Meeks Fieldhouse as one of the top three teams in the Valley standings but with their first loss in two weeks. Missouri State fell to Murray State on Sunday afternoon at Great Southern Bank Arena for its first home loss since Feb. 19 2023 against Belmont. Currently, the Lady Bears are shooting lights out from behind the arc, as they currently rank 33rd nationally and first in The Valley, shooting at a .357 (120-336) clip from three-point range.

After multiple close losses over the past two weeks, the Aces picked up their first Missouri Valley Conference win on Sunday afternoon. UE was able to overpower the Valparaiso Beacon's in the paint on the road with a 71-68 win. It was a monumental game for freshman forward Nevaeh Thomas. Thomas set multiple career highs in Valparaiso including rebounds (19), blocks (3), field goals made (10), and field goal attempts (16). Along with setting multiple career highs, Thomas led the Aces in scoring with 23 points while picking up her third double-double of the season and second of the weekend. Thomas was also named the MVC Freshman of the Week for her play against UIC and Valpo.

Junior guard Lexie Sinclair contributed on multiple big plays in the game on Sunday at Valparaiso. In the final 15 seconds of a tight game, Sinclair saved a ball on the baseline to assist on a basket by Thomas and then stole the ball back from the Beacons only two seconds later to give UE one of the final possessions of the game. Sinclair drew a foul on the steal, making one of two free throws to seal the three-point win.

Submitted by Athletics
* Major Renovation to Upgrade UE Athletics and Intramural Fields

With a primary goal of positively impacting every member of the University of Evansville community, UE today announced a $1.2 million field renovation project that will elevate the overall collective experience for students, faculty, and staff.

In a partnership between campus and UE athletics, the current intramural fields area located on the northwest tip of campus along the Lloyd Expressway will undergo a major renovation, highlighted by a full turf field.  The field will provide opportunities to the entire UE campus community including a year-round outdoor turf facility for intramurals and the Purple Aces soccer programs, along with an open campus area for students to enjoy recreational activities.

The UE campus has been a vibrant place with multiple completed and ongoing projects lifting its profile and this will be the latest addition. 

“This project reflects the University of Evansville’s commitment to our students’ wellness through physical activity including intramural sports and outdoor recreational opportunities,” said Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students Dr. Rachel S. Carpenter.  “This project will give our student body as well as our student-athletes the flexibility of utilizing this outdoor space on a year-round basis.”

Funding for the project was completely covered through the sale of UE’s old Division Street property to Wesselman Woods in June 2023. The UE soccer programs previously practiced on the property that was sold and this renovation will help to provide practice opportunities year-round.

“We are excited to unveil this project, which was an excellent collaboration between our campus and athletics. Our goal was to bring about a positive impact to the entire community and we are confident that will be accomplished with this initiative,” said UE Athletics Director Dr. Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried.  “Following the land sale to Wesselman Woods, it was critical to find our soccer programs with an area to replace what was lost and also enhance the overall experience.  Knowing our entire student body can utilize the space at any time of year and any type of weather makes this accomplishment even more meaningful.”

Project construction is set to begin in the coming weeks and be completed in its entirety by the Fall of 2024.

Submitted by Athletics

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