University of Evansville


Wednesday, March 20, 2024

* University Closed for Good Friday

The University of Evansville will be closed on Friday, March 29, for the observance of Good Friday. all administrative and academic offices will be closed.

Submitted by Noah Alatza

Pep and Vim/Reunion Weekend

* Pep and Vim Flag Installation

Need service hours???? Want to help make a difference? Please join Alumni and Engagement for our annual purple Pep and Vim flag distribution. Snacks and drinks provided.

Submitted by Dina Willming

Upcoming Events

* Purple Palooza

Aces, get ready for a night of space-filled fun! Mark your calendars for April 12th from 5-8pm. Free to all UE students, please bring ID. $5 to non-UE students.

Submitted by Lexi Klausmeier

Senior theatre performance major, Christina Tinde Jesenski, from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., makes her playwriting debut with a staged reading of her new play, GLOSSOLALIA, in the John David Lutz Theatre Lab. GLOSSOLALIA is being presented in conjunction with the UE Honors Program as Jesenski’s Honors Project. This staged reading opens at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 22. Additional readings are at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.

Somewhere in rural Kansas, sometime after the overturn of Roe v. Wade, two charismatic Christians face emotional and spiritual reckoning after having sex outside of marriage. Isaac, a convert called to preach, is nine years older than Evangeline, a sixteen-year-old pastor’s daughter raised in the faith. Faced with irreparable consequences in the aftermath of their tryst, Isaac and Evangeline struggle to reach moral common ground, craving redemption as deeply as they crave each other.

A fiery two-person play, GLOSSOLALIA bites down on age of consent laws, abortion legislation, and purity culture while questioning the lines between personal faith and organized religion, church and state, love and lust, and truth and lies.

GLOSSOLALIA is directed by Portia Krieger, an NYC-based guest artist and director of 
new plays and musicals. She has directed and developed work with Clubbed Thumb, Second Stage Theatre, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theatre Company, New York Stage & Film, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Page 73, Ars Nova, Lark Theater, the Juilliard School, New York Music Festival, and others. Portia has been an O’Neill/National New Play Network National Director Fellow, a two-time New Georges Audrey Resident, a participant in the Drama League Directors Project, and an Ars Nova Director-in-Residence. She is a Clubbed Thumb Affiliated Artist, a company member of ColtCoeur and Lesser America, Co-founder of the New Georges Jam, and Associate Director of Broadway’s FUN HOME and SEMINAR, and ALMOST FAMOUS.

Emily Baggarly, an actress, dancer, singer, choreographer, and educator based in NYC, serves as the guest Intimacy Director. After graduating summa cum laude from Otterbein University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Dance, Emily joined the Verdon Fosse Legacy by completing their Professional Training Program 1 and 2.

Jonah Charpie, a first-year design and technology major from Noblesville, Ind., Bailey Piontkowski, a first-year design and technology major from Fort Worth, Texas, and Jess Simmons, a first-year design and technology major from Indianapolis, Ind. serve as the lighting designers. Beverly Buchanan, a senior performance major from Tomball, Texas, serves as the sound designer; Katie Lawhorn, a junior stage management major from Louisville, Ky., is the stage manager, and Marguerite Winzinger, a first-year directing and dramaturgy major from Bordentown, N.J., is the dramaturg.

The cast features Aiblinn Rose .23, a guest artist from Clackamas, Ore., as Evangeline and Garrett Hale, a senior performance major from Haslet, Texas, as Isaac. Tickets are free to the public and seating is general admission. Tickets may be reserved by calling the ticket office at 812.488.2031.

Submitted by Abbie Marlin
* UE Employee Photography Exhibition

Active and retired employees (staff, administrators, and faculty) as well as trustees are invited to submit their work for the 2024 UE Employee Photography Exhibition. The show opens on Monday, April 8 in the Krannert Gallery.

Items will be accepted between April 1 – April 5 in the Department of Art office (FA 212).

Requirements for submission are:

  • Photos should be matted, framed, and suitable for hanging in the Krannert Gallery.
  • Photos may be no larger than 16 x 20”.
  • Provide your name, current/former department, email address, and a title for your image (date and location if appropriate) on the back of each submission.
  • Must be work not previously submitted.

The campus and local community are invited to join us at a reception on Thursday, April 11 at 4:30 PM in the Krannert Gallery.

If you have questions, please contact Carol McCraney at

Submitted by Carol McCraney
* TONIGHT: Snyder Series Presents Sarah Frey

The Snyder Concert and Lecture Series presents: Sarah Frey
Wednesday, April 10
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Meet and greet/reception after)
Eykamp Hall

This event is free and open to both the UE campus and public!

Prior to the 7:00 p.m. event, Sarah will speak and hold a Q&A session with Schroeder School of Business students at 4:00 p.m. in SOBA 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall). Schroeder students should contact Megan Conapinski at to register.

Sarah Frey is the founder and CEO of Frey Farms, a Certified Woman-Owned Agribusiness headquartered in southern Illinois. Frey Farms is a leading US grower, shipper and marketer of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Sarah has been described by the New York Times as America’s Pumpkin Queen. Frey Farms is best known as being America’s largest producer of fresh pumpkins; but watermelons are, in fact, their top commodity. Sarah founded Tsamma (sah-mah) watermelon juice, which was the first watermelon juice distributed nationally.

She is also the author of the best-selling book, The Growing Season: How I Built a New Life – and Saved an American Farm. Guests are invited to bring their copy to have signed after the event. Sarah will also have 25 copies of her book for free, available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Sarah’s entrepreneurial spirit was nurtured at the young age of eight, while accompanying her mother on a summer produce route selling direct to grocery retailers in southern Illinois. The summer she turned 16, Sarah took over the produce route and expanded it from 12 independent grocery stores to over 150 - then purchased her family’s small 100-acre farm. She ran her full-time business while attending high school and college simultaneously. At 19, Sarah negotiated with Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, turning her vision into reality with an expansive growth into retail grocery that enabled her to bring her four older brothers back to the family farm and into a now-flourishing business.

Submitted by Julie Beer /
* Senior Keynote Commencement Speaker

All graduating seniors in good standing at UE are eligible to be considered for the Senior Keynote.

To receive consideration from the Selection Committee, the following must be completed on or before March 25:

  • An online application including the name of a faculty reference available at
  • Written draft of Commencement speech - 1000 - 1500 words, or a duration of 8-10 minutes. This speech may have any theme you choose, but should include a reflection on your experiences at the University of Evansville.

A limited number of finalists will be asked to present their speeches before the Selection Committee in April.  The final selection for the Senior Keynote Commencement Speaker will be announced at the University of Evansville Leadership Awards Program on Monday, April 22.

2024 Student Commencement Speaker Selection Committee

James MacLeod, 2024 Committee Chair, Professor, History

Jennifer Calderone, Senior Director, Alumni and Engagement

Kristina Hochwender, Professor, English

Melissa Morehead Moore, Programming Coordinator for the CDEI

Rania Mousa, Professor, Accounting and Business Administration

Katie Mullins, Associate Professor, Creative Writing

Abby Murphy, Executive Administrator, Office of the President

Grace Reisinger, Student Representative

Submitted by Abigail Murphy
* Annual Student Art Exhibition

The Melvin Peterson Gallery will host the 62nd Annual Undergraduate Student Art Exhibition from 3/18/24 - 4/6/24.

Please support our UE students and attend the reception in their honor on Thursday, March 21 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Award presentations will begin at 5:30.

Submitted by Carol McCraney
* Behind the Masks We Wear – Guest Speaker Josh Rivedal

In celebration of Disability Awareness Month, the Office of Counseling & Disability Services and CDEI invite the campus community to attend Josh Rivedal's presentation "Behind the Masks We Wear".  Josh will use a mix of comedy and stroytelling to discuss the importance of living and leading with vulnerability and purpose to move closer to being our best selves.  Prize giveaway and free t-shirts while supplies last!

Submitted by Sarah O'Leary
* Health Career Forum- Registration OPEN

Health Career Forum

Thursday, April 4, 2024


Eykamp Hall, RUC

The Health Careers Forum allows students an opportunity to talk with UE alumni/employers to answer your career-related questions regarding Health Careers.

Don't miss this opportunity to chat with professionals working in these fields and be ready to learn how to prepare for and navigate your professional career.

All majors and grade levels are welcome!

A list of panelists and their bios will be available prior to the event.

Register in Handshake!

Questions? Contact the Center for Career Development at 812-488-1083 or

Submitted by Amanda Wood
* Employee Spring Healthy Behavior Challenge

Welcome to Bracket Busters Team Step Challenge! Here’s how it works:

- Create your own teams (teams of 4 please!). This is not an individual challenge.

  • Each team should designate a team leader & choose a team name.

  • Each participant is required to sign up!

  • Team leaders are responsible for submitting their team’s total weekly steps (a separate link will be provided at the start of the challenge)

- Each participant should track their steps (Monday-Sunday) and submit to their team leader by the following Monday.

  • Track your steps using your favorite step counter such as an Apple Watch, Fitbit, or pedometer

  • Each team’s total steps are due by the end of the day every Monday. An updated bracket with each team’s steps will be sent out every Tuesday!

  • The number of rounds and eliminations will depend on the number of teams that participate.

The teams with the highest weekly steps will move on to the next round! We will have 4 x $50 gift cards for the overall team!!


Submitted by Taylor Kollak

Info You Should Know

* UE to Host IBJ Media's First Engage Indiana Series of 2024

UE is pleased to announce it will host Engage Indiana Southwest, an initiative dedicated to fostering economic prosperity across the state. The upcoming event will be held in Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, on Friday, April 12, 2024.

With a steadfast commitment to advancing Indiana's economy, Engage Indiana events take place in every region of the state, and the upcoming event held at UE will be the first in the region this year.

Engage Indiana Series is a year-long, statewide series of events conducted in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and Indiana’s Secretary of Commerce. The event convenes Indiana’s business executives, education and philanthropic leaders and community leaders to discuss how communities are breaking down barriers to partner in building the state’s future.

Attendees will delve into the unique challenges and promising opportunities that define Southwest Indiana’s economic landscape, aiming to facilitate discussions on tailored programs aimed at bolstering local communities.

The event will kick off with a networking session at 11:30 a.m., providing attendees with ample opportunities to connect with key stakeholders, industry experts, and community leaders. The program will begin at 12:00 p.m., featuring engaging discussions centered around critical topics such as talent attraction, retention, education, and economic development.

The lunch event will feature Indiana Secretary of Commerce David Rosenberg. A panel of regional leaders moderated by Gerry Dick, host of IBJ Media’s Inside INdiana Business television program, will also provide insight on relevant topics. Panelists include: Tim Hollander, President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc., Christopher Pietruszkiewicz, President, University of Evansville,  Ron Romain, Executive Chairman, United Companies, Roland Shelton, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategic Business Partnership Officer, Old National Bank, Mayor Stephanie Terry, City of Evansville and Lloyd Winnecke, CEO of Evansville Regional Economic Partnership.

For more information and to register for the event, please visit

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* Introduction to the UE Purple Folder Project

The University of Evansville's Counselling Services and senior nursing students are collaborating to develop a guide for recognizing, responding to, and referring students with mental health needs. The guide will be a resource for faculty and staff in aiding students in need of mental health services. Please join the senior nursing students as they introduce the purple folder, discuss mental health resources within the university, and give faculty the tools they need to help students. The event will be held on March 27th, 2024 at 7 pm and located in Eykamp.

Submitted by Jemimah Napoles
* Outstanding Senior Service Award Application due March 22, 2024

Deadline for the Outstanding Senior Service Award applications is coming up quick. Seniors should have their application in by March 22 by 5:00 PM.

Submitted by Alyson Roblero
* Deadline for Dean of Students Leadership Awards due March 22

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
* UE School of Health Science Professors in India

Dr. William Stroube, Professor of Health Service Administration, and Dr. Erik Brown, Assistant Professor of Health Science, were recently in India presenting to faculty and students at various institutions (Jaipur National University, Jaipuria Institute of Management, IIHMR, Jagan Institute of Management Studies, etc.) on numerous healthcare topics along with faculty development workshops. Erik also held a distinguished lecture on concussion management at Sharda University in Agra.

Submitted by Erik Brown
* Deadline Friday to Submit Abstracts for 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
* Patchwork Central Donations

In conjunction with the Office of Public Safety, the University of Evansville was able to donate a dozen abadoned bicycles to Patchwork Central. Patchwork is a non-profit that is dedicated to repairing and servicing bikes in an effort to give bikes to people in need across the Tri-state.

Patchwork Central provides free servicing for students. If you have a bike and would like for it to be repaired, please visit their shop on Tuesday or Thursday between 8am and 10:30am to drop off your bike. Their building is located at 100 Washington Ave, Evansville, IN.

Submitted by Will McDonner
* Dr. Seuss Weekend Brunch

Grab a friend and join us for a whimsical weekend brunch because Dr. Seuss is taking over the Eatery on Saturday, March 23! Featuring fun foods and vivacious vibes!

Submitted by Tiva Frushour
* Ramadan Options Available

Ramadan Mubarak! Chartwells is offering snack bags and meal requests via Chattback or email. All options will be available in Aces Place after 7pm.

Submitted by Tiva Frushour
* Shamrock Cookies

Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day with shamrock cookies! Featured in the Eatery at lunch on March 21.

Submitted by Tiva Frushour
* Circle K Prom Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to come to our prom for special needs programs in Evansville!  It is April 5th, 2024 from 7-9pm! It is a fun filled night of dancing!  Sign up with the link below!

Submitted by Mallory Weber
* Bike Race Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for Bike Race 2024! Needs include: setting up for for the race, serving food, cleaning up after the race, and general crowd assistance.

If you have a preference in which role/area you would like to assist with, please sign up for a slot here: Student Affairs: Bike Race Volunteers (

Date: April 15th

Shifts range from 7:30am-3pm

All Bike Race 2024 volunteers will recevie a shirt and complementary meal!

For further information or questions, please contact Will McDonner at

Submitted by Will McDonner
* 2024-25 Margery Florence Kahn Scholarship Application Now Available

It was the desire of the donor, Margery Florence Kahn, that her scholarship be awarded to "dedicated and conscientious students who exhibit a true passion for their chosen fields of study, and who, in the opinion of the members of the University of Evansville faculty, are likely to bring the same enthusiasm into the performance of their jobs or the practice of the professions which they will pursue following graduation."

All University of Evansville full-time undergraduate students who will be juniors or seniors in the 2024-25 academic year may apply. An essay of about 300 words must accompany the application along with two to five faculty recommendation letters.

View the application and faculty recommendation information.

Completed applications and recommendation letters should be returned to the Office of Student Financial Services by MAY 10, 2024.

Questions may be directed to the Office of Student Financial Services at 812-488-2364 or

Submitted by Amber Chandler
* 2024-2025 Scholarship Opportunity: The Margaret E. Schriefer Liberal Arts Scholarship

The Margaret E. Schriefer Liberal Arts Scholarship was established for the University of Evansville in loving memory of Margaret E. Schriefer. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving student, covering full tuition, books, supplies, materials, and laboratory fees. To be considered for this scholarship, students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be enrolled at the University of Evansville and have a major of study in Literature, English, Music or Theatre.
  • Must be a natural-born citizen of the United States of America with no prior criminal record, other than minor traffic violations.
  • Must be a free and accepted Mason in good standing in a local lodge under the authority of the Grand Lodge of its state, or be the descendant, sibling, or nephew/niece of a Master Mason in good standing in his respective lodge under the authority of the Grand Lodge of its respective state. If the related Mason shall not be living at the time of the student’s consideration for this scholarship, a letter shall be obtained from the Lodge of the related Mason to the effect that the related Mason was in good standing at the time of his death. 
  • Must have and maintain a "C" average

If you meet the requirements for this scholarship, please complete the scholarship application and return to the Office of Student Financial Services by April 15th, 2024.

Questions may be directed to SFS by email ( or by phone at 812-488-2364.

Submitted by Carly Cox
* College Mentors for Kids Accepting Applications for Leadership Positions & Mentors

College Mentors for Kids provides UE students valuable opportunities to make a difference in a young child's life. Students come to UE's campus on Wednesday afternoons to meet one-on-one with a college mentor.

Here at UE, we mentor 1st-5th graders from a local elementary school. Our program initiates character development, gives little buddies a role model and a friend, and exposes them to the possibility of going to college. In addition to promoting higher education, 81% of all little buddies report working harder in school, 75% attend college or trade school, and 95% avoid the criminal justice system.

College Mentors for Kids is accepting applications for leadership positions with the program for next year. Working with CMFK is a great way to complete volunteer hours while possibly changing the life and future of a young child. Meet new friends at UE and join College Mentors. We need you!

Submitted by Lisa Hale
* 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
* Getting Involved with UEclipse

Activities are being planned for Monday, April 8, beginning at 11:00 a.m. as the eclipse approaches totality at 2:02 p.m. If you or your student organization is interested in providing an activity, please contact Kelsey Rowland at and copy Paula Heldt at by March 1.

Learn more about the eclipse by visiting,

Submitted by Noah Alatza


* Dr. Hector Will has paper accepted for publication

Dr. Hector Will, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering has had his most recent paper accepted for publication in Computer Applications in Engineering Education published by Wiley Periodicals.  The article "Undergraduate and graduate students' conceptual understanding of model classification outcomes under the lens of scientific argumentation" can be read here:

The School of Engineering and Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Will on this accompishment!

Submitted by Tonya Albright
* Congratulations to Brooke Weaver

Please join the Offices of Human Resources and Institutional Equity in congratulating Human Resource Talent Specialist Brooke Weaver for completing her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Human Resource Management at Western Governors University! Way to go and con"grad"ulations, Brooke!

Submitted by Annie Sills
* Congratulations CJ and Sociology seniors for their research presentations

Congratulations to the Criminal Justice and Sociology senior students who presented their senior research projects. Each student conducted individual research in the areas below and presented their findings to program students and faculty. Congratulations on a job well done!

The research projects included:

The Effects of Family Support on Levels of Anxiety and Depression in LGBTQ+ Young Adults by Lexi Albin

College Students’ Beliefs about Drug and Alcohol Addiction by Parker Andresen

Is Greek Life Worth It? by Logan Lampert

Parental Pressure on Student Athletes by Connor Pfau

College Students and Stress by Sean Stevens

Perception of Stress in College by Majestica Weatherford

Student Stress While in College by McKenzie White

Perceptions of College Students with Disabilities by Haley Worland

Submitted by Kevin Gray
* Biology student and faculty present research at international conference

Makayla Gomperts ('24, Biology) presented her research at the Genetics Society of America's "The Allied Genetics Conference" (TAGC) in National Harbor, MD, March 6-10, 2024. Makayla's poster was titled "Sar1, a GTPase involved in COPII vesicle trafficking, is critical for Drosophila oogenesis". Makayla was awarded a competitive Victoria Finnerty Travel Award to support her attendance at the conference. Makayla has worked on this research since Summer 2021 and is mentored by Dr. Julie Merkle (Biology). This work was funded by a Guy Banta Summer Research Fellowship and the UExplore Undergraduate Research Program.

Dr. Julie Merkle (Biology) also presented research at TAGC 2024. Dr. Merkle's poster, "Fly-CURE and connecting curriculum: multi-institutional course-based undergraduate research experiences in genetics and beyond", describes the learning and confidence gains made by students in Genetics lab courses at UE and other institutions across the US. This research is funded by two National Science Foundation (NSF) awards.

Submitted by Julie Merkle

Student Surveys

* Student Research Focus Group Session - Examining the Efficacy of Wellness and Mental Health Practices in Higher-Ed

This research study aims to investigate and understand the efficacy of wellness and mental health practices within colleges and universities.  We are inviting students attending the University of Evansville to participate in this research study through a focus group session.

NOTE: Participation in this focus group session is completely voluntary.  Your contact information and any details you provide to share in the availability form and during the focus group session will remain confidential. Responses shared within the session will only be accessible to the student researcher and faculty sponsor. The session will be approximately 60 minutes long.

To provide your availability regarding the upcoming session, please click here.

After providing your availability using the above link, the research team will contact you via email to provide more information regarding the session and your involvement. There is no cost for participating in this survey. All data information obtained will be securely stored and will only be accessible to the student researcher and faculty sponsor.    There are minimal risks to participating. If at anytime you experience discomfort, harm, or you no longer desire to participate, you may withdraw from the study. No compensation is involved in this study due to confidentiality and anonymity purposes. However, your involvement in this study will help determine effective strategies that your university could implement which will positively impact the campus community and better support students struggling with mental health and wellness.    If you agree to participate, you will be asked to do the following:

-          Provide consent (written, verbal, and online)

-          Be asked to share your experiences briefly and privately about mental health and wellness and your thoughts on the effectiveness of these practices and interventions at your university with peers.

Questions regarding this study should be directed to:

Student Researcher: Leairra Carter (

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Patel-Dovlatabadi (

Questions regarding your rights/complaints or problems:

University of Evansville

Academic Affairs

Dr. Kate Schwartzkopf-Phifer, IRB Administrator and Institutional Review Board-Chair


We appreciate your participation.

Submitted by Leairra Carter
* Student Research Survey - Examining the Efficacy of Wellness and Mental Health Practices in Higher-Ed

This research study aims to investigate and understand the efficacy of wellness and mental health practices within colleges and universities.  We are inviting students attending the University of Evansville to participate in this research study through a focus group session.  Participation in this focus group session is completely voluntary.

There is no cost for participating in this survey. All data information obtained will be securely stored and will only be accessible to the student researcher and faculty sponsor.    There are minimal risks to participating. If at anytime you experience discomfort, harm, or you no longer desire to participate, you may withdraw from the study. No compensation is involved in this study due to confidentiality and anonymity purposes. However, your involvement in this study will help determine effective strategies that your university could implement which will positively impact the campus community and better support students struggling with mental health and wellness.    NOTE: BY COMPLETING THE SURVEY AND CLICKING SUBMIT, YOU ARE CONSENTING TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS STUDY. Link to Student Survey: UE Student Research Survey

Questions regarding this study should be directed to:

Student Researcher: Leairra Carter (

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Patel-Dovlatabadi (

Questions regarding your rights/complaints or problems:

University of Evansville

Academic Affairs

Dr. Kate Schwartzkopf-Phifer, IRB Administrator and Institutional Review Board-Chair


We appreciate your participation.

Submitted by Leairra Carter


* Softball wins its 5th in a row with 10-0 victory over SIUE

Jenna Nink hit a grand slam in the first inning and the University of Evansville softball team never looked back, defeating SIUE by a final of 10-0 in non-conference action on Tuesday at Tri-State Orthopaedics Field at Cooper Stadium.

Nink finished the game going 1-2 with four RBI and a walk.  Alexa Davis was a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs scored while Zoe Frossard went 2-2 with three RBI, three runs and a walk.  Megan Brenton was excellent in the circle, tossing a complete game, 3-hit shutout for her 5th win of 2024.

Evansville was strong out of the gate, plating five runs in the bottom of the first.  Alexa Davis hit a leadoff single while Zoe Frossard and Jess Willsey walked to load the bases.  With one out, Jenna Nink came to the plate and opened the scoring with a grand slam, her first home run of the year.  Two batters later, Brooke Voss hit a solo shot to left field, her fourth long ball of the season.

After Brenton retired the Cougars in order to open the second inning, UE added two more runs in the bottom of the frame.  Back-to-back doubles from Davis and Frossard made it a 6-0 game before Marah Wood hit a sacrifice fly for the 7th run.

In the bottom of the fourth, a 2-run single from Frossard pushed the lead to 9-0 and Willsey’s RBI single completed the scoring to make it 10-0.  SIUE recorded a hit in the top of the 5th, but Brenton was able to secure the win for the Purple Aces.

This weekend, UE will be in Nashville for a 3-game series at Belmont.

Submitted by Athletics
* Seven-Run Sixth Powers #24 Kentucky Past Evansville, 11-3

The nationally-ranked University of Kentucky Wildcats exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on Tuesday night to snap a 3-3 tie and power to an 11-3 victory over the visiting University of Evansville baseball team at Kentucky Pride Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

“One bad inning let things get away from us tonight,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “When you play a team like UK, you can’t give up as many freebies as we did in that inning, and then they delivered some barrels and made us pay.

“It’s unfortunate, because I feel like we spoiled a great start from Kevin Reed tonight.  It was great to see him get back to his fall, preseason form, as he did a great job of mixing pitches and locations for us, and really kept them off-balance for the most part.”

The first four innings were a pitcher’s duel between Evansville starter Kevin Reed and UK starter Drew Lafferty.  Reed held UK scoreless through the first four innings, while allowing just one hit.  Evansville finally broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning with three runs to take a 3-0 lead.  Graduate outfielder Mark Shallenberger roped an RBI double off the wall in right field, before graduate third baseman Brent Widder launched his team-leading sixth home run of the year to left-center field to give UE a 3-0 lead.

The lead would be short-lived though, as UK answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game.  Then, the Wildcats sent 11 men to the plate and scored seven runs on just four base hits in the sixth inning to grab a lead it would never lose.  The Wildcats added an unearned run in the eighth inning to provide the final margin of victory.

Senior first baseman Kip Fougerousse paced the UE attack by going 2-for-4, while Widder drove in two runs with a home run and Shallenberger extended his on-base streak to 36-straight games dating back to last year by going 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored, an RBI and a hit-by-pitch.  UK out-hit Evansville, 9-8, in the contest.  UK second baseman Emilien Pitre paced the Wildcat offense by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI.

With the victory, UK runs its winning streak to six-straight games and improves to 18-3 overall.  Evansville, meanwhile, falls to 9-11 overall with the loss.  The Purple Aces will return home to German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium on Friday night to open Missouri Valley Conference play against Murray State.  First-pitch of the series is set for 6 p.m.

Submitted by Athletics
* Women's golf takes 10th at Nevel Meade

Finishing with a 78 in the final round, Kate Petrova tied for second place as the University of Evansville women’s golf came home in 10th place at the Nevel Meade Collegiate at the Nevel Meade Golf Club.

Petrova finished the tournament with a 151.  Her effort tied her for the runner-up spot behind Dasa Urbankova of UIC.  She was the medalist with a 146.

Second for the Purple Aces was Destynie Sheridan.  After posting an 84 on Monday, Sheridan tallied an 88 in the final 18.  She finished in 48th with a 172.  Finishing one behind her was Jane Grankina.  She lowered her score by one from an 87 to an 86 to finish with a 173.  Grankina tied for 49th.

Allison Enchelmayer was next for the Aces.  Scores of 84 and 91 gave her a 175 for the weekend, which put her in 52nd.  Trinity Dubbs completed play with a 183 while Carly Frazier registered a 189 as an individual.

Oakland and UIC were co-champions.  Both completed the event with a 626.  UE came home in 10th place with a 671.

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* Men's golf ties for 11th at Bobby Nichols

Isaac Rohleder and Daniil Romashkin had the low rounds of the day for the Purple Aces while Carson Parker had the top finish for the University of Evansville men’s golf team at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate at the River Course of the Sevierville Golf Club.

Rohleder and Romashkin each registered scores of 73 in Tuesday’s final round.  Rohleder completed play with a 229 on his way to a 34th place tie while Romashkin wrapped up the tournament with a 236, tying him for 57th.

Parker picked up the top finish for UE, tying for 26th.  His 77 in the third round gave him a 226.  Caleb Wassmer tied Romashkin for 57th.  His third round tally finished at 83.  Andres Rodriguez completed Tuesday with an 81.  His 54-hole score checked in at a 239.

Top team honors went to Lee University. With a 299 in the final round, they completed play with an 880.  They defeated Belmont by two strokes with USI taking third with an 885.  Evansville tied for 11th with Morehead State.  Their score was a 920.

Haden Maxwell of Tennessee Tech was the medalist.  His 1-under 71 in round three gave him a 214 for the weekend.  He bested Jackson Davenport of West Virginia by one shot.

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* Lacy Smith named MVC Player of the Week

For the second week in a row, the University of Evansville softball team has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week.  Last week, Marah Wood earned the honor while this week it was Lacy Smith earning the award.

Smith was the hero for the Purple Aces as they completed the week with a 4-game MVC win streak.  Smith batted .500 with six hits in 12 at-bats while accumulating 5 RBI and a pair of runs scored.

Making her numbers even more impressive was the timing of those hits in clutch situations.  Smith’s first game of the week was on March 13 vs. Indiana State where she went 2-3 with three RBI, a walk and run.  Her single in the bottom of the sixth inning tied the game at 3-3 before her double in the bottom of the 8th saw UE plate three runs to defeat the Sycamores by a 6-5 final.

Following an 0-2 game in the series opener against Valparaiso, Smith went 1-4 with a run and RBI in Saturday’s victory over the Beacons.  Sunday’s finale saw another clutch effort by Smith, who was 3-3 with the game-winning RBI.  With the winning run on second in the bottom of the 7th, Smith’s infield single gave UE the 2-1 win.

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* Aces back home to face SIUE on Tuesday

Another home game is on the docket for the University of Evansville softball team as the Purple Aces are set to welcome SIU Edwardsville to Tri-State Orthopaedics Field at James & Dorothy Cooper Stadium on Tuesday.  First pitch is 5 p.m.

After opening the season at 0-17, the Purple Aces have won 8 of their last 10 games to improve to 8-19.  UE has enjoyed a strong start to its Missouri Valley Conference slate, winning four of its first five games.  Following Tuesday’s non-conference contest, the Aces travel to Belmont for a 3-game series this weekend in Nashville.

The 4-1 start in MVC play would not be possible without the efforts of Lacy Smith.  Wednesday’s win over Indiana State saw the outfielder record the game-tying and game-winning hits on her way to three RBI.  Smith completed the week with another clutch hit to secure the series sweep over Valparaiso.  With the score tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the 7th, Smith’s infield single scored the game-winning run.

Sydney Weatherford went 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA in the last week of play for the Purple Aces.  Her efforts on 3/13 versus Indiana State resulted in a 6-5 Purple Aces win.  She went four innings allowing three runs on six hits.  She followed that up with two complete game shutout victories over Valparaiso.  On Friday, she threw a 5-inning 3-hitter while fanning three batters with no walks.  Sunday’s finale saw her go the full 7 frames with one run scoring on five hits while adding three strikeouts. 

The Cougars enter the game with a 9-17 mark while sitting at 1-5 in the Ohio Valley Conference.  SIUE has dropped seven in a row including a 3-game home series against Southeast Missouri State over the weekend.  Paige Rocha leads the team with a .412 batting average and 19 runs scored.

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* Petrova tied for second following opening round

Kate Petrova carded a 1-over 73 and is tied for second place following the first round of the Nevel Meade Collegiate at the Nevel Meade Golf Club.

Petrova is tied for second place, just one off the lead.  Her efforts have the Purple Aces women’s golf team in a tie for 7th place with a score of 328.  The University of Evansville is seven behind a 5th place tie between Indiana State and Western Michigan.

Allison Enchelmayer and Destynie Sheridan both posted rounds of 34 on Monday.  The duo is tied for the 34th spot.  Fourth on the team was Jane Grankina with a round of 87.  Trinity Dubbs rounded out the team with a tally of 89.  Carly Frazier played as an individual and completed Monday’s round with a 93.

Oakland sits atop the team standings with a 306 with UIC and Bellarmine rounding out the top three with scores of 313 and 315.  Dasa Urbankova of the Flames holds the individual lead.  She posted an even 72 in the opening 18 holes.

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* Parker leads men's golf in second round

Carson Parker recorded an even score of 72 on Monday to jump into the top 25 at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate at the River Course of the Sevierville Golf Club.

After opening the tournament with a 77, Parker lowered his score by five strokes to an even 72.  With a 149, he is tied for 22nd in the individual standings.  Second for the Purple Aces is Caleb Wassmer.  He led the team with a 76 on Sunday and completed Monday’s 18 holes with a 77.  His 153 is tied for 38th.

Isaac Rohleder is third on the team with a 156.  Rohleder posted a 79 on Sunday before coming on with a 77 in round two.  He is tied for 56th.  Andres Rodriguez checked in with an 81 in the second 18 holes.  Combined with his opening round 77, he has a 158.  Daniil Romashkin completed the round with an 82 and heads into the final day with a 163.

Belmont continues to hold the team lead, but a huge day by Lee University has them right on the Bruins’ heels.  Belmont heads into Tuesday’s final round with a 577 while Lee sits at a 581.  Pablo Riveiro of Chicago State paces the individuals with a 140.  He posted identical scores of 70 in the opening two rounds.  He is one in front of Belmont’s Michael Senn.

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* Fernando Morales named South Korea National Team Head Coach

University of Evansville head volleyball coach Fernando Morales has added another impressive line to his résumé with the announcement that he has been named the head coach of the South Korea National Team.

Morales will continue as head coach of the Purple Aces program along with his work with the South Korea squad.

“South Korea is a program with a lot of tradition and history.  They have won Olympic medals in the past and were among the best teams in the world,” Morales said.  “It is my goal to take them back to that competitive level.”

Evansville has a great deal of momentum heading into the 2024 season highlighted by Melanie Feliciano returning for her fifth season to team up with reigning Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year Giulia Cardona.

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* Baseball Aces To Battle #24 Kentucky Tuesday Night

The University of Evansville baseball team will renew its annual rivalry with the nationally-ranked Kentucky Wildcats on Tuesday night, as the Purple Aces will travel east to Lexington, Kentucky for a 5:30 p.m. central contest at UK’s Kentucky Proud Park.  Tuesday’s game can be heard live on 107.1 FM-WJPS and it can be seen on the SEC Network+ streaming service.

Evansville will bring a 9-10 overall record into Tuesday night’s game after dropping a 6-5 decision at Michigan State on Sunday.  Tuesday’s game will cap a stretch of seven out of eight games against Power Five competition for the Purple Aces.  It will also be UE’s fifth game this year against nationally-ranked competition, as the Wildcats currently rank as high as 24th nationally in the Perfect Game Top 25, while also ranking 25th in the USA Today Coaches Top 25.

Graduate outfielder Mark Shallenberger continues to lead the UE offense with a .406 average.  Shallenberger has reached base safely in 35-straight games dating back to last year, and he currently ranks 10th in NCAA Division I baseball with 10 hit-by-pitches, and 18th in Division I baseball in on-base percentage at .564.  Shallenberger has not gone more than four consecutive trips to the plate without reaching base so far this year.

UK will ride a five-game winning streak into Tuesday’s contest after sweeping nationally-ranked Georgia over the weekend.  Graduate infielder Nick Lopez, a transfer from USC, currently paces the UK offense with a .431 batting average, nine doubles, two triples, two home runs and 17 RBI.  Lopez ranks 41st nationally in terms of batting average, while also ranking 25th in doubles.  Pitching has powered the UK 17-3 start overall, as the Wildcats rank 15th nationally in team earned run average at 3.69, while ranking sixth nationally in fewest hits allowed per nine innings at 6.71.

UK leads the all-time series 11-10 over UE.  The two teams met last year in Lexington, with the Wildcats posting a 6-3 victory over UE.

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* Evansville draws Quinnipiac in opening round of Ro CBI

Making its first postseason appearance in nine years, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team is set to open the 2024 Ro College Basketball Invitational on March 24 against Quinnipiac.

Game time for the Purple Aces Ro CBI opener is 4:30 p.m. CT on the 24th at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.  Tickets for Sunday’s game are $20 and can be purchased by clicking here.  The UE fan sections are 105/106.

Evansville will be staying at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort.  There is a fan block discount available that can be found here.  For more information, please call Logan Belz at 812-488-2623.

In an exciting 2023-24 campaign, the Purple Aces accomplished a number of milestones on its way to the postseason.  Currently standing at 16 wins, UE has its highest win total since 2017-18.  On March 7, Evansville opened Arch Madness with a 59-53 win over Illinois State.  That was the first victory in St. Louis for the program since 2017.

Six consecutive wins opened the season for UE, marking the first time for the program since the undefeated 1964-65 National Championship team.  Multiple individuals played a pivotal role in the success throughout the season highlighted by 2024 Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year and All-Newcomer Team member Ben Humrichous, All-Freshman and All-Bench honoree Chuck Bailey III and Tanner Cuff, who joined Bailey on the All-Bench squad.

Quinnipiac completed its season with an overall record of 24-9 while finishing 15-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).   The Bobcats were the top seed entering the MAAC Tournament before falling to Saint Peter’s in the second round.

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