University of Evansville


Monday, February 26, 2024

Upcoming Events

* Learn about Orr Fellowship - Lunch & Info Session

Freshmen, Sophomores, & Juniors are invited to learn about the Orr Fellowship through an information session and lunch on Thursday, February 29th, 12:25 - 1:05 pm in SB71.  Orr Fellowship is a community of diverse graduates who are interested in pursuing their first full-time career in Evansville or Indianapolis. Orr Fellowship's mission is to recruit and develop the next generation of business laders and entrepreneurs. Fellows are launched into a salaried role with a partner company for a 2 year experience while connecting with other fellows through community and career-enhancement activities. Students of all majors are encouraged to learn more! Lunch will be provided to in-person attendees; please email Megan Conapinski at to get registered.

Submitted by Megan Conapinski
* Test Your Trivia Knowledge at Nerd Wars

Team sign-ups are still open for this year’s Nerd Wars trivia competition, scheduled for Monday, March 25 at 6:00pm in Eykamp Hall.  The Honors Program invites you to form your team of five competitors to battle in a competition of wits for prizes and bragging rights.  Teams of students, faculty, administrators, and staff are welcome to register.

Both spectators and competitors can enjoy pizza and snacks at the event, as well as the nerdiest-dressed competition and the chance to receive giveaway prizes!

Register online now at this link:

Registration is free for the event.  Those who are unable to compose a team of five may still register and will be matched to form a team.  The registration deadline is Friday, March 1.

Please contact Rafay at rk166 with any questions.

Submitted by Jayme Williams
* Celebration of Hip Hop Then & Now

Educator. Poet. Singer. Hip-Hop Emcee. DJ.  These are just some of the titles that Manon Voice goes by.  However, when she steps on the campus of UE, she will be Professor Manon Voice, the dynamic, energized professor that gives room for her students to fall in love with MUSIC-the universal language. 

Educator. Music Lover. DJ.  Not just any DJ but DJ for the Indiana Pacers!  DJ Stylistic will join Professor Manon Voice for this inaugural music celebration on the campus of the University of Evansville. 

This event is FREE and open to the public.  Event is taking place on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 6pm-Eykamp Hall Room 251.

Submitted by Melissa Moore mm350@EVANSVILLE.EDU
* 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

Changemaker Corner

* Center for Innovation & Change Welcomes Robert Lopez

The Center for Innovation & Change is thrilled to welcome Robert Lopez '23 to the team as Office Operations Coordinator.

Robert is an ethics and social change graduate and changemaking rock star - and quite a familiar face around the community. As a student at Bosse High School, he competed in the High School Changemaker Challenge with an idea to establish what has become the Toyota Trinity Stormwater Park in downtown Evansville. Robert remained engaged with UE through high school graduation and became an incredibly engaged student as he pursued his degree. He was president of Students for Social Innovation, the UE Venturing Crew, and an impactful student in several ChangeLab courses. We are so happy someone with his talent chose to stay in our community and couldn't be more proud he accepted the position on our team.

Robert stated, “Having worked with or for the CIC in some capacity for almost 7 years, there isn’t another department on campus or organization in Evansville that has a more profound effect on my life’s trajectory, and I couldn’t be happier to finally give some of that back in a meaningful way.”

Please join us in welcoming Robert officially to the team. Send him an email at or stop by our office on the second floor of Ridgway University Center.

Submitted by Andrew Carter
* 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

* Summer Computer Science Courses

SECS will be offering CS-101: Introduction to Computer Science and CS-210: Fundamentals of Programming I this summer during Summer Session I (May 13-June 14).  Sign up today to hold your spot!

Submitted by Tonya Albright
* International Ambassadors Applications Now Open

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I am excited to announce that we are launching the International Ambassadors Program! Applications are open NOW until March 11th

Student leaders with a passion for learning about different cultures, engaging in cross-cultural interactions, helping others through transitions, as well as those wanting to ensure students coming to UE have a strong sense of belonging and connectedness on campus are highly encouraged to apply!

The IAP is a redesigned version of our previous Intl Orientation Leaders. IAs will go through a spring and summer/fall training, assist with online/ pre-arrival orientation for Intl Students, help with International Welcome (the week leading to SOAR III) and guide Intl Students through their first year at the University through monthly meet-ups and check-ins.

This program has been developed in collaboration with two of our own UE students through the Changelab Program.

The aim of IAP is to build a strong sense of community for Intl Students and make UE a place they feel safe to call home for many years to come!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Abagail Catania or Stacie Miller!

Submitted by Abagail Catania
* EmployeeTIAA Individual Counseling Sessions

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

  • March 20
  • April 24
  • May 16
  • June 12
  • July 17

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

Submitted by Lori LeDuc
* Summer Sessions 1 & 2: ENGL 210- Outcome 2 and Writing Across the Curriculum

ENGL 210: Approaches to Literature fulfills two General Education requirements: Outcome 2 and Writing Across the Curriculum. This course engages students in the analytic reading and writing that characterize the field of literary studies. Students will read intensively in multiple literary genres (e.g. poetry, short fiction, the essay, drama, memoir, and the novel), and will develop writing skills appropriate to the discipline. This summer two sections of ENGl 210 will be offered online asynchronously: Summer Session 1 (May 13-June 14) and Summer Session 2 (June 17-July 19). Sections tend to fill quickly, so consider signing up early.

Submitted by Sara Petrosillo
* Call for Nominations: Dean of Students Leadership Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for consideration of The Howard S. Rosenblatt “Dean of Students Leadership Awards.”  These awards will be presented at the 31st Annual Leadership Awards Reception scheduled for Monday, April 22, 2024.  Invitations will be prepared by the Center for Student Engagement.

Awards from the Dean of Students Office are presented in the following categories:

  • Student Organization Advisor of the Year
  • Student Organization of the Year
  • Student Leader of the Year

Our student organizations are successful because of the commitment of the student leaders and the advisors who give freely of their time and support.  The recipients of these awards are selected based on their commitment to the University of Evansville as well as the development and success of their efforts within their chosen student organization.

The deadline for nominations is March 22, 2024.  Click on this link to submit your nomination:

If you have any questions, please contact the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students office at 812-488-2500 or by e-mail via

Thank you in advance for celebrating our student leaders’ achievements!

Submitted by Alyson Roblero
* BIOL 107 (GEN ED Lab Science) Offered Summer 1

Biology 107 (4 cr) will be offered asynchronous online this summer session 1. The lab component will be online as well utilizing web-based simulations. This course satisfies lab science General Education credit (Outcome 8). All majors are welcome! If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Gordon at

Submitted by Noah Gordon
* Win an iPad - Students needed to film Thank You videos

In preparation for Pep and Vim, UE's Day of Giving, we are looking for students to film Thank You videos to send to donors and alumni for making their gifts to UE. Videos will be 1-2 minutes and we will help you prepare your script. Please come dressed in your best Purple to show your love for UE!

Videos will be filmed in the Igleheart Building (corner of Lincoln and Rotherwood) on the 2nd floor. Upon completing your video, you will receive an entry to win an iPad to be awarded in April.

Sign up today at

Submitted by Megan McCombs
* UEclipse Glasses to be Available April 1

Each student, staff member, faculty, and employee will be provided with a pair of eclipse glasses, to be distributed one week prior to the occurrence of the eclipse.

Employee glasses will be distributed by campus mail to the employee’s department. Students will have the option to pick up glasses in Ridgway a week before the Eclipse.

View the UE campus eclipse map.

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* Housing Request Cards Available

Housing request cards are available for rising junior and senior students interested in livng in the Villages (the new Lincoln Commons Apartments, Townhouses, and Jones Hall apartments) next year.  Request cards are also available for rising sophomore students interested in New Hall and Jones Hall apartments for next year.

Request cards are available in Residence Life through Friday and are due back by 5pm Friday, March 1.  For more information on the housing selection process see or email

Submitted by Brian Conner
* 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
* Apply to Graduate

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

Submitted by Kelsey Gordon
* 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


* SECS Hosted MATHCOUNTS February 10th

On February 10, The School of Engineering and Computer Science hosted the Southwestern Indiana Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition, where sixth, seventh, and eighth grade “mathletes” from southwestern Indiana schools competed. The competition was held at the University of Evansville in its Ridgeway Center.

The competition, which was sponsored by UE School of Engineering and Computer Science, The Koch Foundation, Berry, CountryMark, and the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers Educational Foundation, started with three rounds of challenging written questions. Based on the scores from these rounds, winners were as follows:

Team Winners:

1st        Perry Heights Middle School, Evansville
Team members: Alta Kuhn, Taran Sheth, Emi Wilbourne, and Jack Wilbourne

2nd       St. John the Baptist Catholic School, Newburgh

Team members: Alex Folz, Nathan Hardesty, Liam Ragan, and Avery Slade

Individual Winners:

1st        Taran Sheth, Perry Heights Middle School, Evansville

2nd       Abigail Bullington, Evansville Christian School, Evansville

3rd        Naren Raghaven, Castle North Middle School, Newburgh

4th        Jonathan Davis, Castle North Middle School, Newburgh

In addition to the written competition, the mathletes received a tour of the University of Evansville campus, ate lunch in the campus food court, and received t-shirts commemorating the event. The top 8 mathletes participated in a Jeopardy-like oral competition for fun and prizes. It was a fun way to challenge the kids and motivate them to continue with their math education.

Abigail, Naren, and the four members of the Perry Heights team qualified to compete in the state competition at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute on March 9th.

Anyone interested in learning more about MATHCOUNTS can visit its web site at

Submitted by Tonya Albright


* Slow start trips up Aces women's basketball at Illinois State

A slow first quarter and quiet third kept the University of Evansville women’s basketball team from keeping up with Illinois State in a 70-58 loss.

Following a close game at Indiana State on Thursday, the Purple Aces weren’t able to keep up their production in a visit to the Redbirds. UE’s production was led by forward Nevaeh Thomas with 16 points and six rebounds. Guard Lexie Sinclair also made an impact on Evansville’s offense with her second game in double-figures, scoring 10 points at CEFCU Arena.

Offense was slow to come by early, but the Aces had the first point with a free throw. The first field goal of the game came from Illinois State two minutes into the quarter. Forward Tameshia Dozier had the early production for UE, tying the game with a field goal just under the halfway mark. But the Redbirds responded with a seven-point run to take the lead for the rest of the game. Evansville found its way back into the game as guard Julia Palomo made back-to-back free throws followed by the Aces' first triple of the day. It was traded points the rest of the quarter as UE trailed by four.

The second quarter started with a bang for Evansville as forward Maggie Hartwig sunk a three in the first 30 seconds. But the Aces' offense was quiet for the next three minutes as Illinois State grew its lead to 12. UE found its response in the final three minutes of the half, putting up 11 points to close out the first. Evansville’s last three shots to go in were all treys from guard Tené Smith and Sinclair to trail by five.

It was a tough third quarter for the Aces as the Redbirds broke the game open with three straight treys in less than two minutes. Thomas ended the first run of the half on a contested layup but was fouled on the next play. Illinois State then had their longest run of the day with 16 straight points. Thomas ended the bleeding with a layup and 3:01 on the clock. Hartwig and Thomas added six more points in the final three minutes, all on layups. But UE faced a 26-point deficit going into the final quarter.

Evansville had its best run of the game to start the fourth quarter, scoring seven in the first two minutes. But the Redbirds were able to subdue the Aces' offense for the next three minutes to lead by 28 with five left in the game. Thomas was able to make it a back-and-forth pace for over a minute until Illinois State put together another seven-point run. UE’s offense was able to make small dents in the Redbirds' lead, but it wouldn’t be enough as they fell in Normal 78-50.

While Thomas led Evansville on offense, Palomo matched her career-high of six rebounds to help on the defensive side of the ball. Palomo and Thomas also had multiple steals for the Aces with two each across 40 minutes.

UE continues its four-game road swing with stops to the Valley’s southernmost schools. Evansville will start with a Friday night match up against the Murray State Racers in Kentucky. Tip-off from CFSB Center on March 1 is set for 6 p.m.

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* Prauchner advances to finals on Day 1 of MVC Indoor Championships

The University of Evansville track and field team has one athlete advancing to Monday's finals after a record-breaking performance on Sunday.

Freshman mid-distance runner Nicole Prauchner (Neuhofen an der Ybbs, Austria) placed fourth in the 800-meter dash at Day 1 of the MVC Indoor Championships with a time of 2:12.93 for the Purple Aces best finish of the day. Prauchner will advance to the 800-meter final on Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. But Prauchner was not the only Ace that broke program records on Sunday afternoon.

UE had one field record broken in the men's weight throw by graduate thrower Jaden Hayes (Huntingburg, Ind. / Southridge HS). After narrowly missing breaking the program record at the Indiana State Open a week and a half ago, Hayes set a PR Sunday with a throw of 18.02 meters to set the new record. Evansville also set new records in the mile from Rafael Rodriguez (Segovia, Spain) at 4:13.89 for an 11th place finish and in the men's 5K by Samuel Lea (Worchester, England) with a time of 14:47.46 for a 16th place finish.

The Aces also set new program records in the distance medley on both the women's and men's side. UE only runs the distance medley at MVC Indoor Championships where the women finished fifth with a program-best time of 12:03.05 from Prauchner, Kalina Urbaniak (Suchy Las, Poland), Eilen Brenne (Skien, Norway), and Sonja Inzinger (Mautern an der Donau, Austria). The men had a program-best time of 10:18.77 in the distance medley from Rodrigeuz, Austin Liversgowdy (Florence, Ky. / Cooper HS), Alvaro Monfort (Castile Y Leon, Spain), and Cedrik Flipo (Beloeil, Quebec, Canada) for a seventh-place finish.

Four other Aces had personal bests or season bests on Sunday afternoon. Liversgowdy ran a season-best in the 400-meter race with a time of 50.39 seconds. Two runners set PRs in the women's mile as Nayla Martin (Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Canada) ran 5:00.43 for 12th while Urbaniak ran the mile in 4:59.06 for 11th. Brooke Springer (Henderson, Ky. / Henderson Community HS) was the final member of UE's roster to set a PR in the women's weight throw. Springer had a throw of 12.47 meters to place 19th in the event.

At the end of Day 1, Evansville is ninth of 10 on the men's side while being ninth of 11 on the women's side. The Aces will compete in seven different events during Day 2 of the MVC Indoor Championships. The Aces day will start at 1:10 p.m. with the women's 800-meter Prauchner qualified for on Saturday. UE will also have entries in the men's 3,000-meter race, the women's 3,000-meter race, the men's and women's 4x400 relay race, and the men's and women's shot put.

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* Softball completes weekend trip to Louisiana

Sunday’s finale of the Best on the Bayou Tournament saw the University of Evansville softball team drop a 9-1 contest to UL Monroe.

UL Monroe stranded a pair of runners in the bottom of the first but rebounded with two runs in the second.  Evansville cut the deficit in half with some 2-out magic with Hannah Hood doubling to center before Keghan Pye brought her home after reaching on an error.

In the bottom of the fourth, Jacelyn Buck led off with a home run to center while Meagan Brown hit a bases clearing triple to highlight a 5-run inning that extended the lead to 7-1.  One inning later, the Warhawks completed the scoring as they tacked on two more runs while stranding the bases loaded.

As a team, ULM recorded nine hits while the Purple Aces were held to one hit.  Mikayla Jolly took the loss as she allowed seven runs in 3 1/3 innings.  Victoria Abrams earned the win, allowing one run in 4 1/3 frames.

Evansville will be in Charleston, S.C. next weekend for the Low Country Classic.

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* Second-half run lifts Salukis to 65-53 win

The University of Evansville men’s basketball team held a 26-24 halftime lead, but an 11-0 run by Southern Illinois in the second half keyed a 65-53 win on Sunday at the Ford Center.

Ben Humrichous led the Purple Aces with 11 points and 7 rebounds while Antonio Thomas recorded 10 points on a 4-for-5 shooting effort.  Tanner Cuff scored nine points.  Troy D’Amico led SIU with 17 points.

Yacine Toumi found Antonio Thomas cutting to the basket for the first score of the game.  UE hit its first three shots to take a 6-3 lead before five in a row from SIU saw them take their first lead at 8-6.  Converting five shots in a row, the Salukis opened a 14-8 edge before Chuck Bailey III ended the stretch with a mid-range jumper.

After missing five in a row, the Salukis went on a drought, missing nine in a row as they did not record a field goal for over eight minutes.  Evansville made its way back as Cam Haffner drained a 3-pointer to get UE within one at 14-13.  At the 6:58 mark, Toumi put the Aces back in front at 17-15.

SIU regained a 24-21 edge inside the 3-minute mark before Evansville reeled off the final five tallies to take a 26-24 lead into the break.  Antonio Thomas has the final five points for UE as they rallied back in front.

Back-and-forth action continued in the second half.  Southern Illinois took a 29-28 edge in the first minute while Ben Humrichous countered with a 3-point play to put his team in front at 30-29.  A turning point came with the score tied at 35-35 inside of 16 minutes remaining.  SIU posted 11 in a row to take their largest advantage of the day.

Inside of the 12-minute mark, Humrichous ended the SIU run to get back within single digits.  Tanner Cuff and Bailey each scored as part of an 11-2 run that made it a 48-46 game.  Southern Illinois retook control as they pushed the lead back to double figures at 60-50 inside the final minutes.  Gage Bobe hit a 3-pointer two minutes remaining to get his team within seven, but SIU was able to fend off the challenge to finish with the 65-53 win.

Hitting 21 out of 51 attempts, SIU shot 41.2% while holding the Aces to 37.5%.  The Salukis also finished with a 34-32 rebounding advantage.

Tuesday night will mark Senior Night for UE as they host Indiana State in a 7 p.m. game.

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* Baseball Aces Blast Privateers, 18-4, In Series Finale

The University of Evansville baseball team exploded for 18 runs on 21 hits on Sunday, including five home runs, as the visiting Purple Aces posted an 18-4 mercy-rule victory over the homestanding University of New Orleans Privateers at Maestri Field in New Orleans.

“For us to win on ‘getaway day’ was important today, after yesterday’s tough loss,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “We had a great overall effort offensively today, and I thought that we did a good job of handing the ball off to each other on the mound:  Kevin Reed getting us through four, and then what we got out of Shane Harris was pretty special today.  And, to be able to get Jace Kressin and Ethan Bell out there was important for us as well.

“Big turnaround here on Wednesday, with us going to Vanderbilt.  We still have some things that we are working on, so Wednesday will be a big test for us.”

After scoring only two runs through 10 innings on Saturday, Evansville scored three runs through its first 10 batters on Sunday to grab an early 3-0 lead.  Senior shortstop Simon Scherry produced a two-out RBI single in the first inning to begin the scoring, and freshman catcher Kaleb Wilkey bounced an RBI ground out before graduate outfielder Mark Shallenberger drove an RBI single to right field to give UE a 3-0 cushion.

UNO would answer back with a four-run second inning thanks to a pair of home runs, but UE would respond with two home runs of its own in the third inning to set the tone for the day.  Senior first baseman Kip Fougerousse launched a solo home run to tie the game at 4-4 in the third inning, before junior outfielder Harrison Taubert added a solo shot two batters later to give UE a lead it would never lose.

Evansville broke things open in the fifth inning, plating seven runs in the frame to push the lead to 12-4, highlighted by an RBI single by junior outfielder Ty Rumsey and a 400-foot grand slam to left field by graduate third baseman Brent Widder.

Junior second baseman Cal McGinnis added a solo home run to right field in the seventh inning to push the lead to 13-4.  UE would then score five more runs in the eighth inning to invoke the mercy rule.  Shallenberger launched an opposite-field solo home run to begin the scoring, before freshman infielder Brodie Peart came through with a pinch-hit two-run double for his first collegiate hit.  A sacrifice fly by Taubert and an RBI double on the infield by Rumsey that landing between three infielders in front of the mound capped the scoring.

Rumsey led UE’s 21-hit attack by going 4-for-5.  Both Shallenberger and Taubert finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, while Widder went 3-for-5 with the grand slam, three runs scored and four RBI.  Eight of the nine UE starters produced hits on the day, with eight of the nine starters also driving in runs.

On the mound, senior reliever Shane Harris (1-1) earned the victory with two perfect innings of relief work.  Graduate reliever Jace Kressin and redshirt sophomore hurler Ethan Bell also worked perfect innings each while combining to strike out five men.

With the victory, Evansville moves to 4-3 on the season.  The Purple Aces will now travel to Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday night for a showdown with #6 Vanderbilt.  First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday’s game can be seen live on the SEC Network+ streaming service.

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* Women's golf completes Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational

Recording an even score of 72 in Sunday’s final round, Kate Petrova tied for 12th place to pace the University of Evansville women’s golf team at the Rio Verde Collegicate Invitational at White Wing Golf Course at Rio Verde Country Club.

Petrova’s 3-round score of 217 saw her earn the best finish for the Purple Aces.  Her top effort of the weekend was a 2-under 70 in the second round.  Finishing second for UE was Allison Enchelmayer.  She tied her low round of the weekend with a 75 in the last round and tied for 50th with a 226.

Finishing four strokes behind Enchelmayer was Destynie Sheridan.  Her lowest score of the weekend saw her card a 74 in the final 18 to finish the tournament with a 230.  She tied for 65th place.  Jane Grankina and Magdalena Borisova rounded out UE’s top five.  Grankina posted a 77 on Sunday, matching her low score of the event.  Her 3-roud tally of 236 tied her for 87th.  Borisova scored a 90 on Sunday to wrap up the tournament with a 256.

Evansville came home in 16th in the final team standings with a 905.  They came in one shot ahead of Western Michigan.  Cal Baptist took the team championship with an 865.  Xavier and Illinois State tied for second with scores of 870.

Alo Schrock of the Redbirds was the medalist.  Her 2-under 70 in the third round bested Kennesaw State’s Bella Kil by one stroke.  Schrock’s total finish at 211.

Next up for the Aces is the Nevel Meade Invitational in Prospect, Ky. on March 18-19.

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* Aces put up a fight in day two of Best on the Bayou Tournament

Day two of the Best on the Bayou Tournament saw the University of Evansville drop a pair of hard-fought contests versus Sam Houston and UL Monroe.

Game 1 – Sam Houston 5, UE 2

Sam Houston broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the 6th and pulled away for a 5-2 win in the first game of the day.  The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth when Elia Hebel hit a solo home run to give the Bearkats a 1-0 lead.

Evansville quickly responded with a run in the bottom of the frame.  With two outs, Jenna Nink single to led.  After advancing to second on a wild pitch, Jess Willsey brought her home with a double to right center.

In the sixth, Sam Houston broke the tie with a single run before scoring three times in the 7th.  Morgan Holliday completed the scoring with a 2-RBI single.  In Evansville’s half of the inning, Callie Meinel reached on a 1-out walk with Dori Brown coming in to pinch run.  With two outs, Hannah Hood and Keghan Pye hit back-to-back singles to load the bases for Brooke McCorkle, who walked to score Brown.  That is where the scoring would end as the Bearkats took a 5-2 win.

Abigail Young earned the win, scattering two runs and seven hits across 6 2/3 innings.  Megan Brenton threw a scoreless three innings in the start for the Aces while Mikayla Jolly allowed a run in two frames.  Elle Jarrett took the loss as she threw the final two innings.  Sam Houston accumulated 11 hits while UE had seven.  Willsey and Hannah Hood registered two hits apiece.

Game 2 – UL Monroe 6, UE 1

UL Monroe jumped out of the gate with a 3-run first inning.  The Warhawks picked up three runs on three hits in the frame and stranded the bases loaded.  With one out in the top of the second, Brooke Voss launched a home run to center field to cut into the ULM lead.  Brooke McCorkle and Taylor Howe also singled in the inning before the Warhawks escaped the jam without any further damage.

In the bottom of the frame, UL Monroe added a pair of runs to go up by four before adding a single run in the sixth.  Evansville was retired in order to finish the game in the seventh.

UE finished the game with three hits with Howe, McCorkle and Hood picking up one each.  Megan Brenton took the loss as she gave up five runs on seven hits in three innings.  Elle Jarrett threw the final three innings and allowed one run on three hits.  Meagan Brown was the top performer for the Warhawks as she went 2-3 with two runs scored.  As a team, ULM recorded 10 hits.  Kassidy Giddens earned the win, tossing a complete game 3-hitter.

Sunday’s finale will see UE and ULM meet up at 2 p.m.

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* New Orleans Rallies Late To Take 3-2 Extra-Inning Win Over UE Baseball

The University of New Orleans baseball team rallied for a run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and plated a run in the tenth on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to pick up a 3-2 victory over the visiting University of Evansville at Maestri Field in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“You have to credit New Orleans,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “They had some great pitching efforts on their side today to really quiet our bats at big times.  I thought that Nick Smith and Kenton Deverman did an outstanding job for us battling on the mound, but we just lost a close game today.

“We have to come out tomorrow and try and salvage a game in the series.  We have to be ready to go from the start tomorrow in all three phases of the game.”

Saturday’s game was a pitcher’s duel from the start.  Both teams would plate runs in the third inning, with UE getting its run first on an RBI single by junior second baseman Cal McGinnis in the top-half of the frame.

The game would remain tied at 1-1 until McGinnis’ next at-bat, when he doubled home junior outfielder Harrison Taubert with two outs in the fifth inning to give UE a 2-1 lead.

After senior starter Nick Smith went the first four innings allowing just a single run, freshman reliever Kenton Deverman took over and retired eight of the first nine men he faced in order, and would keep the Privateers at bay.

Evansville would put men on base in every inning from the fifth inning-on, including putting two men on in the top of the ninth inning, but the Purple Aces could not add to the lead.  UNO then finally broke through in the ninth inning against Deverman on a lead-off double by catcher Miguel Useche and an RBI single by outfielder Mitchell Sanford, who has been a thorn in the side of the Purple Aces all weekend, going 6-for-8 with six RBI in the first two games of the series.

Tied at 2-2 in the tenth inning, Evansville got a two-out pinch-hit single by freshman Kaleb Wilkey, but went scoreless to begin extra-innings.  The Privateers, meanwhile, took advantage of a pair of hit-by-pitches and a walk to load the bases, and won the game on a sacrifice fly off the bat of first baseman Maika Niu to win the game.

McGinnis went 2-for-5 with two RBI to lead the UE attack, which out-hit UNO, 8-6.  Useche and Sanford combined for four of the Privateers’ six hits on the day.

The three-game series will conclude on Sunday at 1 p.m.  Freshman LHP Kevin Reed is expected to start on Sunday for Evansville in a game that can be seen live on ESPN+.

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* Strong Performances Cap 2024 MVC Championships For UE Swimming & Diving

University of Evansville senior diver Madison Rollett (Evansville, Ind./Reitz) placed second on Saturday in the women’s three-meter diving competition on her way to earning all-Missouri Valley Conference first-team honors, as she helped lead a pack of strong finishes by the Purple Aces to close out the 2024 MVC Swimming & Diving Championships at the Deaconess Aquatic Center in Evansville.

Rollett posted a final-round personal-best score of 277.60 to place second behind 2024 MVC Diver of the Year Ciara McCliment of UIC.  It marked her second top-five finish of the week, as she also placed fifth in the one-meter diving competition on Thursday.

Rollett wasn’t the only Purple Ace to shine on Saturday, as juniors Sveva Brugnoli (Rome, Italy) and Mari Mueller (Zurich, Switzerland) both qualified for Saturday’s nights finals.  Brugnoli placed 14th overall in the 200-Yard Butterfly with a finals time of 2:07.91.  Meanwhile, Mueller won her finals heat, winning the “C Final” heat in the 200-Yard Breaststroke with a time of 2:22.63 to place 17th overall.

Overall, Evansville placed eighth in the MVC Championships, finishing with a team total of 312 points.  Defending champion Missouri State took home the overall team title.

The MVC Championships conclude the regular-season for the UE women’s swimming and diving team.  The men will compete in the Mid-American Conference Championships March 6-9 in Carbondale, Illinois.  Select Purple Aces will then compete in the CSCAA National Invitational Championships March 14-16.

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* UE's Rollett Makes Main Final In 3-Meter Diving At MVC Swim & Dive Championships

For the second-straight day, University of Evansville senior diver Madison Rollett (Evansville, Ind./Reitz) advanced to the main final at the 2024 Missouri Valley Conference Swimming & Diving Championships by placing in the Valley’s top four in the preliminary round of the three-meter diving competition at the Deaconess Aquatic Center in Evansville.

Rollett placed fourth in the preliminary round of the three-meter diving competition with a score of 235.10.  She now advances on to Saturday night’s three-meter diving final competition, which will take place as part of the final session of the 2024 Valley Championships.

Rollett was joined in making the finals on Friday by three of her teammates, as junior Sveva Brugnoli (Rome, Italy) and freshmen Evelyn Chin (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and Rafaela Makariewicz (Porto Alegre, Brazil) all advanced to the “C Final” of their individual events on Friday.

Brugnoli and Chin both advanced to the “C Final” of the women’s 100-Yard Butterfly on Friday.  Brugnoli went on to finish fifth in the “C Final” and 21st overall with a time of 56.86, while Chin was not far behind in seventh with a time of 57.39.  Makariewicz, meanwhile, advanced to the “C Final” in the 100-Yard Breaststroke and placed third in the final and 19th overall with a finals time of 1:05.32.

Evansville currently sits in eighth place in the Valley Championships, with a 54-points advantage on Valparaiso in the championship standings.  Defending champion Missouri State currently leads the pack with a team total of 964.50 points.  The MVC Championships will conclude on Saturday, with competition in the 200-Yard Backstroke, 100-Yard Freestyle, the 200-Yard Breaststroke and Butterfly events, the 1,650-Yard Freestyle, the finals of the three-meter diving competition, and the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay.  Preliminary round swims will begin at 10:30 a.m. and finals will begin at 6 p.m.



Prelims - 10:30 AM (CT)

200 Backstroke

100 Freestyle

200 Breaststroke

200 Butterfly

1650 Freestyle*

Finals - 6 PM (CT)

1650 Freestyle*

200 Backstroke

100 Freestyle

200 Breaststroke

200 Butterfly

3-Meter Diving (1-8)

400 Freestyle Relay

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* Aces women's basketball visits Illinois State for lone matchup

The Aces were only a bucket shy of overtime at the Hulman Center on Thursday evening in a close battle with the Indiana State Sycamores. Junior guard Lexie Sinclair hit a three to get the game within one and took the last shot to try and send the contest to overtime. Sinclair's shot was halfway in before it came back out, giving UE the close 69-66 loss. Evansville is currently perfect in overtime games and had hoped to do the same on Thursday in Terre Haute.

Illinois State comes into Sunday's game on a three-game winning streak, including its most recent win over Bradley on Thursday. The Redbirds currently sit fourth in the MVC standings heading into the final two weeks of regular season play with 10 wins over Valley opponents. Illinois State is led by forward DeAnna Wilson in her fifth year with the program, averaging 16 points a game along with 7.3 rebounds. Tomorrow's game is the Redbirds Play4Kay game, raising money to support breast cancer research, patients, and survivors.

Junior guard Lexie Sinclair continues to improve on the season, having her second double-figure scoring game in three contests. The guard has jumped up her scoring average by two points since the beginning of Valley play at the end of 2023. She also set a career-high in rebounds against the Sycamores, bringing down three defensive boards.

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* Petrova makes huge jump in second round

Kate Petrova posted a 2-under 70 to pace the University of Evansville women’s golf team on Saturday at the Rio Verde Collegicate Invitational at White Wing Golf Course at Rio Verde Country Club.

After finishing Friday with a 75, Petrova lowered her score by five strokes in the second round.  Her 145 is tied for 15th place.  Allison Enchelmayer continued her consistent tournament.  She began play with a 75 before carding a 76 on Saturday.  Her 151 is tied for 47th.

Destynie Sheridan remains third for the Purple Aces.  She followed up Friday’s 77 with a 79 in the second 18.  With a 156, Sheridan is tied for 74th.  Fourth on the team is Jane Grankina.  She made a 5-shot improvement between rounds, lowering her score from an 82 to a 77 on Saturday.  With a 159, she is tied for 87th.  Magdalena Borisova enters Sunday’s third round with a 166.  Her score on Saturday finished at an 88.

Kara Carter of Xavier leads the individuals with a 137 while Esther Lee of Cal Baptist is one stroke behind in second.  Carter paced the field with a 5-under 67 on Saturday.  Xaver also leads the team standings.  Their 575 is one ahead of Cal Baptist.  UE is 16th with a 607.  They are two behind Loyola Chicago.

Sunday will mark the third and final round of the event.

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* UE track and field heads to Chicago for MVC Indoor Championship

The University of Evansville track and field team will compete for the final time in the 2024 indoor season at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championship.

Co-hosted by Valparaiso and UIC, the Purple Aces will see full Valley competition for the first time all season. UE has raced against a handful of MVC teams in Indiana State, Belmont, Southern Illinois, Murray State, and Illinois State. But it will be Evansville's first time seeing Valpo, UIC, Bradley, Northern Iowa, Drake and Missouri State. In the pre-championship poll, Murray State was picked to be the winning team on the women's side while Indiana State was picked on the men's side. The Aces finished 12th and 10th in each poll respectively.

UE heads into indoor championships at 24th in the Great Lakes Region on the men's side and 32nd on the women's side according to the most recent USTFCCA weekly rankings. On the men's side Evansville holds 8 top 20 positions in The Valley with four top 11 spots in the field and on the track.

On the track, Cedrik Flipo leads in the 800m at an 8th place spot with his time of 1:52.86 set at the PNC Bank Bellarmine Classic. Flipo also aids the 4 x 400 Relay team where they sit 5th in The Valley. In the field Zach Dove and Jayden Hayes in the weight throw with matching distances of 17.83m. While Zach Dove also put up a top-20 performance in the shot put with a distance of 15.53m.  For the women, the Aces are led by Nicole Prauchner in the 800m who sits 9th in the MVC with a time of 2:11.99 and also aids in the 4x400m relay's time of 3:58.59. Freshman Gwen Darrah leads the UE in the field with a weight throw with a distance of 14.45m for 14th in The Valley.

The Aces enter a young and competitive squad into the championship this year. Going into Sunday, UE has 8 events cracking the top 20 all held by sophomores or freshman athletes. Many of those young athletes have set new records for the program, including freshman runner Taylor Johnson (Evansville, Ind. / Reitz HS), Raymond Felton III (Houston / Clear Brook HS), and Flipo. In total, Evansville has set 18 program records across track and field events.

The Aces last competed at the Indiana State Open where the men had their highest team finish of the year in fourth while the women finished seventh. The most succesful race for UE was the women's 800-meter race, where Nicole Prauchner (Neuhofen an der Ybbs, Austria) earned first place with a meet record of 2:13.51. Kalina Urbaniak (Suchy Las, Poland) and Eilen Brenne (Skien, Norway) also set meet records with times of 2:17.04 and 2:17.48 respectively. Nayla Martin (Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Canada) also finished in the top five with a time of 2:19.03 for four top five finishes in the event.

On the men's side at the Indiana Open, Rafael Rodriguez (Segovia, Spain) and Alvaro Monfort (Castile Y Leon, Spain) set meet records with times of 1:56.07 and 1:56.54 for eighth and 10th place in the 800-meter race. Also finishing in the Top 15 were Adam Oulgout (St. Paul, Minn. / Central HS) and Tommaso Losma (Lombardia, Italy). Losma set a PR to finish 14th with a time of 1:58.59.

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* Opening round complete in Arizona

Friday’s opening round of the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational saw the University of Evansville women’s golf team finish the day in a tie for 14th at White Wing Golf Course at Rio Verde Country Club in Rio Verde, Ariz.

Allison Enchelmayer and Kate Petrova led the way for the Purple Aces, each recording round of 75, 3 over par.  They are tied for 34th.  Finishing the day two behind them was Destynie Sheridan.  A 5-over 77 has her tied for 51st on the leaderboard and is alone in third on the squad.

One behind her was Magdalena Borisova.  Her score of 78 has her in a tie for 58th.  Jane Grankina rounded out the Aces contingent with a total of 82.

Cardina a 5-under 67, Missouri State’s Chayenne Chivrac leads the individuals by two strokes.  Jane Olseon of Utah Tech and Hridhika Vora from Akron are tied for second with rounds of 69.

With a 287, Utah Tech paces the team standings with Missouri State two behind.  Xavier is third with a 291 while Cal Baptist sits fourth with a 292.

Saturday will mark the second of three rounds.

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* Baseball Aces Fall To New Orleans, 10-8

University of New Orleans outfielder Mitchell Sanford went 4-for-4 on Friday night, including an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to snap an 8-8 tie and propel the host Privateers to a 10-8 victory over the visiting University of Evansville baseball team at Maestri Field in New Orleans.

“We just made things very tough on ourselves, as we didn’t play clean baseball today,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “Defensively, it’s very difficult to overcome four errors no matter who you play.

“We’ve got our work cut out for us the next two days, but we were in the same spot last weekend.  We just need to have the same kind of response out of our ballclub, because today was not clean baseball.”

Evansville started quickly, taking an early 2-0 in the first inning thanks to three hits and a walk, including a two-run single by junior designated hitter Evan Waggoner.  But, as was a theme all night, Sanford came through with a key hit in the first inning to help New Orleans get a run back and cut the deficit to 2-1.

Graduate third baseman Brent Widder came through with an RBI double to left-center field to push UE’s lead to 3-1 in the second inning, but the Privateers would respond with a solo home run by outfielder Isaac Williams in the next frame to get back within a run at 3-2.

Sanford and Williams would combine to drive in three runs in the third inning on a pair of RBI doubles, before UE would rally back to tie the game at 5-5 in the fourth inning on an RBI double by graduate outfielder Mark Shallenberger and an RBI ground out by Widder.

Evansville would quickly take a 6-5 lead in the sixth inning on a solo home run by junior outfielder Harrison Taubert, his first as a Purple Ace.  But, Sanford would give UNO back an 8-6 lead in the sixth inning with a three-run triple to center field.

The game would remain 8-6 in favor of UNO until the eighth inning, when Widder crushed a two-run home run to left-center field to tie the game at 8-8.  Evansville would threaten to retake the lead in the frame, but New Orleans reliever Kyrin Tyson-Long got out of a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout to keep the game tied at 8-8.  The Privateers would then strike for two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning thanks to two walks, two errors and a one-out RBI single by Sanford which actually scored two runs thanks to one of the two UE errors in the frame to win the game.

Sanford went 4-for-4 with five RBI, while Williams had two hits and drove in three for UNO.  Widder led UE by going 3-for-6 with a double, a home run and four RBI.

With the result, both teams stand at 3-2 on the season going into Saturday’s second game of the series, which will start at 2 p.m.  Senior RHP Nick Smith (0-0, 9.00 ERA) is scheduled to get the start for UE on the mound.  Saturday’s game can be seen live on ESPN+.

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* First day in Louisiana complete for softball

Friday marked the first two games of the Best on the Bayou Tournament for the University of Evansville softball team who took on Northwestern State and Syracuse

Game 1 – Northwestern State 3, UE 0

Northwestern State recorded three runs on eight hits on their way to a 3-0 win over the Purple Aces in Friday’s opener.  The Demons scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames.  NSU had the first scoring opportunity of the day, posting two hits in the bottom half of the first.

Jess Willsey’s leadoff double in the top of the third was Evansville’s first hit of the game but the threat would end on a double play.  Two runners made it on in the fourth for UE when Jenna Nink was hit by a pitch before Brooke Voss reached on a single to right with one out.  Unfortunately, NSU got out of the jam with two pop outs.

In the bottom of the fourth, Northwestern State pushed the first run across on an error before scoring a run on a wild pitch in the fifth to make it a 2-0 game.  Megan Brenton, who came on in relief of Mikayla Jolly in the frame, pitched out of a bases loaded situation to limit the damage.  One more run came home in the sixth for NSU and that would make the final run of the game with the Demons taking the 3-0 decision.

Jolly posted a solid effort in the circle, allowing one run on six hits in four innings.  She suffered the loss.  Brenton tossed the final two innings and gave up two runs while striking out five.  Maggie Darr was the winning pitcher for NSU.  She scatted three hits in the complete game performance.  Offensively, Tristin Court went 3-for-4 as NSU out-hit the Aces by an 8-3 final.

Game 2 – Syracuse 10, UE 0

Three runs in the third, four in the fourth and three more in the fifth saw Syracuse finished Friday’s game with a 10-0 victory in five innings.  The Orange accumulated 10 hits and three walks.

Evansville recorded the first hit of the game when Jess Willsey doubled to center with one out in the second.  Niki Bode added a second baserunner with her 2-out walk, but a strikeout ended the inning.  That is when Syracuse took control.  Angel Jasso got the Orange on the board with a 3-run home run to center.  She struck again with an RBI double as part of a 4-run fourth inning.

In the fifth, Madelyn Lopez hit a 2-run single to highlight a 3-run inning that extended the lead to 10-0, which would be the final score.  Madelyn Knight tossed four inning of one-hit ball before Jessie DiPasquale threw a scoreless fifth.  Elle Jarrett was Evansville’s starter and gave up seven runs, five earned, in 4 2/3 innings.  Gracie Hollingsworth went the final 1/3 inning.

Saturday’s action for UE begins with a 2 p.m. game against Sam Houston before the Aces face UL Monroe at 7 p.m.

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