University of Evansville


Friday, April 12, 2024

* Celebration of Life for Dr. Mel Peterson

The campus community is invited to attend a visitation service from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by a celebration of life at 11:00 a.m. for Dr. Melvin M. Peterson on Thursday, April 18, 2024. The services will take place in Neu Chapel.

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* Toast to Today and Tomorrow

Submitted by Amber Luigs

Pep and Vim/Reunion Weekend

* Penny Wars Day 3

Totals after day 3:

Staff And Administration                                 3219 points

College of Arts & Sciences                             1036 points

College of Education & Health Sciences       404 points

College of Business & Engineering                1750 points

Reminder: You can participate in Penny Wars 1:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in Ridgeway.

Points are awarded as follows: 
Penny = +1 point 
1 Dollar= +100 points 
5 Dollars = +500 points 
10 Dollars= +1,000 points 
20 Dollars= +2,000 points 
Nickel = -5 points 
Dime= -10 points 
Quarter = -25 points

Submitted by Dina Willming
* Pep and Vim Week

It’s Pep and Vim Week! By now, you have seen the purple flags that are on campus. There are over 5,800 flags that were placed around campus last week, one for each donor who gave a gift last fiscal year.

We are adding a new section this year to highlight our campus donors. We are calling this our “Campus Walk of Fame.” If you have already made a gift to ANY UE fund this year, you will receive a larger purple flag to write your name and, if you like, why you give to UE. These will be placed along the walkway outside Olmsted Administration Hall. A team member from Advancement will be bringing the flags, markers, and swag around this week. If we miss you, we will leave your items and you may place the flag at your leisure. If you haven’t yet made your gift, and do so this week, we will bring your flag to you as well! To make a gift please visit this link.

If you have questions, please reach out to the Office of Alumni and Engagement at or 812-488-2586.

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* Penny Wars is back - THIS WEEK ONLY

Don’t forget to bring your pennies (or sliver change and dollars) to compete in Penny Wars next week! Stop by Ridgway Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday,  to support your school. We will have jars for College of Business and Engineering, William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Health Science, and Staff and Administrators Assembly. The group that has the most points will receive half of the funds collected with the other half going to the UEvansville Fund to support student scholarships.

Points will be calculated as follows:

Pennies = +1 point

Nickels = - 5 points

Dimes = - 10 points

Quarters = -25 points

$1 Bill = +100 points

$5 Bill = +500 points

$10 Bill = +1,000 points

$20 Bill = + 2,000 points

If you have questions, please reach out to the Office of Alumni and Engagement at

Submitted by Megan McCombs

Upcoming Events

* Relaxation Station is on Reading Study Day, April 25th, from 12-3pm, in Eykamp Hall

Take a break from your stress and join us for massagues, guided meditation, refreshments, and crafts at the Relaxation Station.  It will be held in Eykamp Hall during Reading Study Day on 4/25/2024 from 12-3pm.

Submitted by Isaac Memmer
* Retirement Celebration for Dr. Bryan Lynch

Please join the Department of Chemistry on Friday, April 19 to celebrate and congratulate Dr. Bryan Lynch on his retirement. Dr. Lynch joined UE in August 1994 and taught hundreds of students, sharing his love of chemistry in both the classroom and through his research. He will be sorely missed. Please stop by the Koch Atrium between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM to share stories and wish Dr. Lynch a happy retirement. Refreshments will be served.

Submitted by Frances Renschler
* Dept. of English & Creative Writing to Hold LitFest

Submitted by Mark Cirino
* Vanderburgh Spring Electronics Collection - Saturday

Did you know that during the “Spring 2024 Recycling Collection,” a variety of electronic materials will be accepted for recycling at no charge.  Accepted items include, but are not limited to computers and computer related equipment, laptops, printers, monitors, modems, scanners, TVs, DVD players, DVR devices, digital cameras, and cell phones.

Copy machines and appliances, including microwaves, will NOT be accepted.

This program is for Vanderburgh County households only.  Items from businesses will not be accepted.”

Spring Event:  Saturday, April 13, 2024, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, at C&I Electronics, 424 E. Inglefield Road (corner of Inglefield & Hwy 41 North)

For more information, please call the Vanderburgh County Solid Waste District at 812-436-7800.

Submitted by Amber Elkins
* UE's First ever Glow Foam Party

Join UE's SAB and Greek Life for a night under the stars glow foam party. Free to all UE students, please bring ID. Drinks and snacks provided!!

Submitted by Lexi Klausmeier
* Purple Palooza

Calling All Aces!! Get ready to go on a space-filled adventure with us. Purple Palooza is going to be totally Out of this World! Mark you calendars for April 12th from 5-8 pm.

Submitted by Lexi Klausmeier
* Drag Show

Join us for a Drag Show following Purple Palooza, on April 12th at 8 pm in Ridgeway Dining Hall, in support of UE's pride camp!!

Submitted by Lexi Klausmeier

The University of Evansville Theatre announces the final installment of the 2023–2024 season with WAITING FOR LEFTY, by Clifford Odets. This production opens at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 12, in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., on April 13, 18, 19, 20 and at 2:00 p.m., on April 21. Inspired by true events of a 1934 New York taxicab strike, this fictional retelling creates a powerful mosaic of the trials and tribulations of the working class. First produced in 1935, this play made a sensation of its playwright, who became the theatrical conscience of a generation, and this work remains one of the most celebrated and significant plays of the American Theatre. With the fight for living wages and safe, equitable workplaces continuing to cause political debates, this seminal play illustrates the power of individual protest and the right to reform. Grab your picket sign and get ready to march!

WAITING FOR LEFTY is directed by Visiting Assistant Professor Stacey Yen. Associate Professor Eric Renschler ’83 serves as the scenic designer; Associate Professor Sarah Smith serves as the costume designer; Professor Stephen Boulmetis is the lighting designer; Jon Robertson, guest artist, serves as the sound designer; Visiting Assistant Professor Liz Jenkins ’05 is the cultural coordinator; Professor Diane Brewer serves as dramaturg; Blake Elliott ’20, guest artist, serves as the production stage manager; Maya Barry ’25, a junior stage management major from Marietta, Ga., is the stage manager; and Visiting Assistant Professor Scott Carpenter ’05 is the technical director.

The cast features Drake J. Susuras, a senior performance major from Broomfield, Colo., as Harry Fatt; Caden Sevier, a senior performance major from Humble, Texas, as Joe Mitchell; Lillian

Grace Carlson, a senior performance major from Minneapolis, Minn., as Edna Mitchell; Owen White, a first-year performance major from Valley Center, Kan., as Miller; Benjamin Lodge, a first-year performance major from Overland Park, Kan., as Fayette; Spencer John Marfy, a senior performance major from Tallmadge, Ohio, as Sid Stein; Jacovia Young, a sophomore theatre management major from Houston, Texas, as Florrie; Folarin Oyeleye, a first-year performance major from Richmond, Texas, as Irv; William Cooper Sanders, a sophomore performance major from Jeffersonville, Ind., as Agate Keller; Garrett Hale, a senior performance major from Haslet, Texas, as Tom Clayton; Brayden Havard, a first-year performance major from Montgomery, Texas, as Clancy; Amoren Newton, a first-year performance major from Denton, Texas, as Dr. Barnes; Madison G. Conway, a senior performance major from Jeffersonville, Ind., as Dr. Benjamin; Adam Techmanski, a junior performance major from Richmond, Texas, as Gunman. The ensemble includes: Mia Lacy, a first-year directing and dramaturgy major from Frisco, Texas; Emily Proctor, a first-year theatre studies major from Jeffersonville, Ind.; Evelyn Hipp, a junior theatre studies major from Nolensville, Tenn.; Matthew Manders, a first-year performance major from Houston, Texas; Jonah Charpie, a first-year design and technology major from Noblesville, Ind.; Ellie Neighbors, a first-year chemistry major; Muhammad Khan, a junior psychology major; and Melody Chambers, a first-year psychology major.

Adult ticket prices are $20 and $18 for senior adults, UE employees, and non-UE students. UE students may obtain one free ticket to each production online or in person at the ticket office in Hyde Hall. In addition, UE Theatre is excited to continue their “Pay What You Will” initiative again this second season. Every Thursday evening performance in Shanklin Theatre is available for any person to pay any price that best fits their budget. Single tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the ticket office at 812.488.2031, Monday through Friday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Submitted by Abbie Marlin
* The University of Evansville's Environmental Studies program celebrates 50 years

On Friday, April 12th, UE’s ES program celebrates 50 years.

The 50-year celebration will include:

  1. An Earth Day event from 11 am to 2 pm on the East Terrace Lawn.
  2. A student research poster session from 2 to 3 pm in Koch Center Atrium
  3. The Guy Banta Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Zac Cheviron (an ES Alumnus) speaking on "Mountains as windows on the past, present, and future of biodiversity" at 3 pm in Koch Center 100, and
  4. An ES Alumni Panel Discussion in Koch Center 100 starting at 4pm.
Submitted by Cris Hochwender
* Sexual Assault Awareness Month Movie Screening

Please join the Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies Program and the Office of Institutional Equity for a screening and talk-back of the Netflix documentary Victim/Suspect. The screening and talk-back will take place on Tuesday, April 16th at 6:00 PM in SOBA 162. Slushies and popcorn will be provided.

Any questions about the talk-back can be directed to Annie Sills at

Submitted by Annie Sills
* MVC Baseball Tournament

Aces Fans, Faculty, & Staff –

We are only 1 month away from hosting our first ever on campus MVC Baseball Championship. Due to this event being an MVC sponsored championship, UE Faculty/Staff will not be able to redeem their 2 free tickets as they would for a regular season competition event.

We would love to have you join us out at The Braun on May 21-25 and cheer on your Aces as we punch our ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

Interested in all-session tournament tickets for you and your family? Please contact Logan Belz in the Athletics Ticket office at 812-488-2623 or his email at

All-Session Passes are:

  • $65 for adults (17-59 years old)
  • $45 for youths (3-17 years old)
  • $45 for seniors (60+ years old)

You can view the full online ticketing site by clicking here.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Go Aces!!

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* Peters-Margedant House Open House

Join us for an open house at the Peters-Margedant House on Sunday, April 14th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Come see what is new at the house! Help us celebrate Wes Peters' career with our new micro-exhibition displaying highlights from his career with Frank Lloyd Wright. This new exhibition has been designed by Peters-Margedant House Intern and Senior Archaeology Student, Shauna Mihaylo and will display some of Wes's personal objects used throughout his prolific career in architecture. The exhibit will run through September. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a private tour, please email Curator Emily Wilderman at

Submitted by Emily Wilderman
* Ace CARE Trivia Night - one week left to sign up

Trivia Night is a fundraising event to help raise money for Ace CARE in hopes to bring money into our organization to allow us to continue to provide our treatments. The event is planned to run 6:00-9:00pm with teams of 6 (max) competing in trivia rounds and small mini games in between. We hope this event will be a fun and active evening while raising money for our amazing organization!

Scan the QR code or follow this link to sign your team up!

Submitted by Alyssa McMinn

Changemaker Corner

* Global Scholars Deadline Extended

The Center for Innovation & Change is extending application deadline for the Global Scholars program. The new deadline is April 15, 2024. Several impressive applications have already been received, and we want to be sure we extend the opportunity. Details at

Any faculty member can apply to receive funding for travel and research abroad. While all proposals are considered, priority is given to work that involves changemaking, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, or work that can be applied in a beneficial way for the world upon return. If someone wants to get feedback on a potential idea, they can contact Executive Director Erin Lewis ( or ext. 5002, text is best at 812-449-1044) or Director of Field Innovation Derek Jones ( directly to help develop proposals .

Deadline to submit a proposal is extended to April 15. Awards will be notified by the end of April. All details on proposal specifics are at The page includes all past recipients if you would like to see the kinds of proposals that have been funded previously.

Submitted by Andrew Carter

Info You Should Know

* Student Success Lab CLOSED 4/17

Hey Aces! The Student Success Lab will be closed for drop-in coaching sessions on Wednesday, April 17th between the hours of 10:30am and 1:30pm. We will resume coaching sessions after 1:30pm.

Submitted by Jade Shelby
* 2024-25 Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship Application Now Available

Family, friends and loved ones of the late Dr. Marvin E. Hartig are pleased to announce the application process for the Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is dedicated to the loving memory of Dr. Hartig, Dean of Evansville College’s Evening College in 1967, and administrator for the Center for Advanced Study, director of the Evansville chapter of the American Institute of Banking (AIB), and the international student advisor. In 1974, Dr. Hartig was appointed Dean of Academic Services. He retired in 1984 after serving his alma mater for thirty-five years and passed away in 2007.

This scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving sophomore student. Preference will be given to a student working while being enrolled as a full-time student. International students are encouraged to apply.

Eligible students for the 2024-2025 Hartig Memorial Scholarship will be sophomores in the 2024-2025 academic year.

The application can be found here.

Deadline: Please return all materials to the Office of Student Financial Services by May 3, 2024. The decision will be announced by May 26, 2024.

Submitted by Amber Chandler
* Purple Palooza Volunteering

If you wish to volunteer to help with Purple Palooza, please sign up. We are looking for as many volunteers as we can get! Sign up to help with Purple Palooza now!

Submitted by Lexi Klausmeier
* The Eatery Closing Early Friday 4/12

In order to accommodate the Purplepalooza Drag Show scheduled in the Dining Hall, The Eatery will be closing at 6:30 pm on Friday, 4/12, instead of the usual 7:00 pm.

Submitted by Samantha Williams
* Etiquette Reception- register TODAY

Etiquette Reception

Tuesday, April 16, 2024


Eykamp Hall, RUC

The Etiquette Reception is an evening of learning how to conduct yourself with proper dining and business etiquette in professional situations during a reception or social hour. It is common for businesses to host such events to entertain clients, or as part of the interview process, where they can see how you will interact with others in social settings.

You will receive instruction on etiquette topics and have time to visit with fellow reception guests, practice your skills, laugh and get to know each other. The event promises to be a fun night of great food, lots of learning and meeting new people. You won’t want to miss it!

 There is no fee to attend, and spots are limited, so register TODAY in Handshake.

Thank you to Enterprise Mobility for sponsoring this event!

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

Submitted by Amanda Wood
* Warzone Aces Esports IM tournament

Calling all gamers!

Sign up in the IM Leagues App to drop in to our Warzone tournament on Tuesday, April 16th, from 7:00 - 10:00 PM at our brand-new Aces Esports Center.

The team of four with the most points will win gift cards to local restaurants where they can celebrate their victory.

If you have any questions, please email

Submitted by Samuel Henderson
* Benefit Open Enrollment Session Recording and Slides

If you were unable to attend one of the Benefit Open Enrollment Sessions held at the beginning of this week, you can view the meeting in it's entirety here: Benefit Open Enrollment Session Recording and Slides

As a reminder, all benefit-eligible employees must log into Self-Service and complete the enrollment process before 5 PM on Friday, April 12. If you are not making any changes and/or denying all coverages, it should take you less than a minute to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Lori LeDuc,

Submitted by Lori LeDuc
* Student Media Publishes March Issue

The March issue of the Crescent Magazine is available online and in print. The Crescent Magazine is produced by Student Media. Student Media is a student organization at the University of Evansville. The Crescent Magazine is published online and in print three times a semester. Student Media utilizes design, photography, video, and sound towards experiential and academic learning in journalistic endeavors and engaging storytelling. Student Media elevates the voice of the student body and connects the campus and community to important information and points of view.

The print issues can be found all over campus be sure to pick up your copy. Student Media produces over a dozen podcasts available on Apple Podcast, Spotify, and RSS. And don’t forget about Fireside Aces Radio

To learn more visit or

Submitted by Tommy Housman
* Lot H to Close Next Week for Bike Race

Lot H will be closed to prepare for Bike Race beginning at 5:00 p.m., on Monday, April 8 following the Eclipse. This closure applies to all faculty, students, and staff. The parking lot will reopen after the race on Saturday, April 13.

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* Employees - Skin Cancer Screenings

In preparation for Skin Cancer awareness month in May, the UE clinic will be offering Skin Cancer screenings during the month of April. According to the American Academy of Dermatology it is estimated that 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. This number is continuing to rise as skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States.

Please note that the screening will be a full body skin exam. Please see the tips below on fully preparing for your screening!

  • During your Skin Cancer screening, you will be asked to remove clothing and will be provided a paper gown for privacy. This is a full body skin exam!

  • This 20-minute appointment is a dedicated Skin Cancer screening. If needed, follow up appointments may be scheduled if additional procedures are indicated. If you are needing any additional clinic services or medication refills, please schedule a separate clinic appointment as you would outside of this event.

  • For patients who are referred to a dermatologist, please note that wait times can vary as Dermatology offices often schedule several weeks or months out.

  • Additional ways to prepare for your screening; wear loose clothes, avoid wearing makeup, keep your hair loose so your scalp can be examined, and bring a  list of any concerns you want to discuss with the provider (skin spots, patches, or moles).

Skin Cancer screenings will be offered by appointment only to those eligible to use the UE clinic. If you are interested in scheduling your Skin Cancer screening, please follow the link below to view dates, times, and to sign up.

Questions? Please reach out to Haley Karges at

Submitted by Haley Walker


* Bradan Bruce Presents Research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Bradan Bruce, a mechanical engineering senior, presented thermosiphon research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held in Long Beach, CA. NCUR is the largest undergraduate research conference in the country with around 4000 participants. A thermosiphon is a solar-powered green-energy hot water heater. Mechanical engineering students who helped with the research project include Sam Kluemper, Essa Ahmed, Swarup Bhatta, Jakob Grundbacher, Kaylee Ivy, Dani Santos, Mohammed Rashed, Dylan Weyer, and Preston Brinkman with research adviser Douglas Stamps.

Submitted by Douglas Stamps
* Sociology Programs Announce Annual Award Winners

The Sociology Programs announced the winners of their annual awards:
Hanns G. Pieper Sociology and Criminal Justice Senior Research Award: McKenzie White (SOC/CJ '24)
James Berry Sociology and Criminal Justice Outstanding Junior Award: Josie Kremzar (SOC '24)
Mary Rode Petkovsek and Ludwig A. Petkovsek Sociology and Criminal Justice Outstanding Service Award: Parker Andresen (CJ '24)
Lowell A. Dunigan Award for Outstanding Research in Gerontology: Leairra Carter (Public Health '24)

Congratulations to these exceptional students!

Submitted by Mari Plikuhn
* Students Present Posters at Research in Gerontology Symposium

On Tuesday, April 9, students presented posters at the Research in Gerontology Symposium, hosted by the UE Gerontology Center. The symposium featured posters from a variety of majors on the following topics:

“Malnourishment among Elders in the US,” Hailey Autenrieb ‘25 (Public Health, Pre-PA) and Edward Mendy ‘25 (Public Health)

“Living for Today: Increasing the Life Expectancy of Black Men in the U.S.,” Leairra Carter ‘24 (Public Health)

“Exploring the Dynamics of Marital Satisfaction in Older Adults,” Hannah Fleenor ‘24 (Psychology)

“Internalized Ageism and Cosmetic Procedures among Older Adults,” Lindsey Grayson ‘24 (Public Health)

“Trends of Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes,” Josie Kremzar ‘24 (Sociology) and Isabel Valdez ‘26 (Public Health)

“Lessening Caregiver Burden,” Brynlee May '27 (Sociology)

“Older Adults' Fear of Physical Aging,” Connor Pfau ‘24 (Sociology)

“Effects of Mental Health on Caregivers of Patients with Dementia,” Sean Stevens ‘24 (Criminal Justice)

“Anticipatory Grief of Spouses with Dying Partners,” Lexi Tindle ‘25 (Public Health)

“The Effects of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren,” McKenzie White ‘24 (Criminal Justice and Sociology)

“Aging Adults and Ageism in Media,” Julia Wolfe ‘25 (Public Health)

“Wellness Programs and Eldercare,” Haley Worland ‘24 (Sociology, Criminal Justice, Psychology)

Submitted by Mari Plikuhn
* Women's Club Volleyball Team Gets First in their Bracket

This past weekend the Women's Club Volleyball team traveled to the campus of Eastern Illinois University to compete in a tournament against other colleges and universities. They did well in their pool play and then advanced to bracket play where they took 1st place in the silver division! The team is student ran and has been working hard all semester in preparation. Congratulations to the team! The end of the school year brings a goodbye for a few of the seniors and as a result the team will be looking to fill their spots in the fall. If interested, be on the lookout for more announcements.

Special thank you to Dr. Slade, Jeff and Drew in the fitness center, and many other faculty and staff that helped with all the logistics.

Submitted by Megan Fulhorst
* Claudia Hollis, Blake Johnson, and Salma Gonzalez research published

Master of Public Health students Claudia Hollis, Blake Johnson, and Salma Gonzalez - along with their faculty advisor, Sarah Harness, MPH - had their research on how University athletics can impact student athletes mental health published in the journal Health. The article "How University Athletics Can Impact Mental Health among Student Athletes at the University of Evansville" can be read here:

Submitted by Sarah Harness


* Baseball Aces Host Red-Hot Redbirds This Weekend In MVC Series

Two of the hottest teams in the Missouri Valley Conference will square off this weekend at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville, Indiana, as the surging University of Evansville Purple Aces will do battle with the red-hot Redbirds of Illinois State.  The series will begin Friday night at 6 p.m. and continue both Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) afternoon.

Evansville will enter the weekend series having won five out of the last six games, and six out of eight games overall, after knocking off Butler, 15-5, in seven innings on Tuesday.  The Purple Aces are 15-17 overall and 4-5 in the MVC, and sit in a four-way tie for fifth place in the Valley standings.

Graduate outfielder Mark Shallenberger, the current MVC Player of the Week, currently leads the UE offense with a .376 average.  Shallenberger ranks second in the Valley in batting average, while ranking in the league’s top 10 in ten different offensive categories this year.  Junior outfielder Harrison Taubert is not far behind with a .333 average overall, and a team-best .455 average in MVC play.  In league play, Taubert ranks second in the Valley in batting average, on-base percentage (.571), and hits (15), while being tied for the league-lead with five Valley doubles.

Illinois State has been the surprise team of the league race so far, as the Redbirds are currently tied for first in the Valley standings with an 18-12 overall record and 7-2 conference mark.  Illinois State was predicted to finish seventh in the league’s pre-season poll.  The Redbirds have won eight of their last nine games after a 7-4 win at Western Illinois on Wednesday.  Overall, ISU leads the league in team batting average this year at .303, as six Redbird regulars hit above .300 on the season.  Sophomore Daniel Pacella leads the every-day Redbirds with a .364 average, while he leads the Valley with 44 RBI already.

Overall, Illinois State leads the series over Evansville, 68-58-1.  The Purple Aces won two out of three games at Illinois State last year, and the Purple Aces have won five of the last six series meetings overall.  Evansville will turn to freshman left-hander Kenton Deverman (3-1, 4.56 ERA) to start Friday’s series opener.  All three games of the series this weekend can be heard live on 107.1 FM-WJPS and seen live on ESPN+.  Tickets for all three games are also available by contacting the UE athletic ticket office by phone at 812-488-2623.

Submitted by Athletics
* Aces travel to Carbondale for weekend series

Another 3-game road series is on the slate this weekend for the University of Evansville softball team as the Purple Aces travel to Carbondale to face Southern Illinois.   ESPN+ will have the live coverage of all three games.

Last Time Out

- Drake took the opening two games of last weekend’s series in Des Moines before Evansville came back to take a 7-2 win in Sunday’s finale

- Brooke Voss went 4-for-4 with two runs scored in the victory while Alexa Davis went 3-4 with three runs and two RBI

- Taylor Howe belted her first home run of the season while registering a career-best four runs batted in

- In the circle, Sydney Weatherford earned her fourth win of the season with two unearned runs scoring in seven innings

Perfect Performance

- Brooke Voss recorded a career-best four hits in four plate appearances in Sunday’s finale at Drake

- In the final two games of the weekend, Voss went 5-for-6

- Over her last 17 games, Voss is batting .373 with 19 hits in 51 at-bats while seeing her batting average rise from .146 to its current mark of .273

- Voss finished the UIC series going 3-7 with two runs in the final two games of the series

Evansville’s Ace

- Sydney Weatherford kept things rolling at Drake, completing the weekend with her fourth victory of the season in a complete-game performance

- Sunday’s game saw her allow two unearned runs on six hits

- Over her last eight appearances, Weatherford has allowed just eight earned runs in 50 innings of work

- She picked up her third win of the season in the finale against UIC; in two games against the Flames, she allowed two earned runs in 14 frames

- Her MVC earned run average is 1.43 while her season ERA is just 1.91

Career Game

- Sunday’s finale at Drake saw Taylor Howe finish with one of the best games of her career

- Howe went 2-3 with a home run and a career-high four RBI

- Entering the game, Howe had just one RBI in her first 23 games of the season

- The performance ended a 1-for-13 showing at the plate in her prior seven outings

Submitted by Athletics
* Tayshawn Comer joins UE men's basketball program

Former Atlantic Sun Conference All-Freshman Team member Tashawn Comer has officially joined the University of Evansville men’s basketball team.  The Eastern Kentucky transfer is a native of Indianapolis where he played for Cathedral High School.

“We are extremely excited to add Tayshawn and his family to our Aces family.

I have had the privilege of knowing Tayshawn since he was a junior in high school,” UE head men’s basketball coach David Ragland said.  “I have always admired his passion for the game of basketball and his work ethic to improve his game.  Tayshawn is extremely competitive and committed to doing what it takes for his team to win.  He has won everywhere that he has been and possesses all the attributes of a leader.”

“Tayshawn prides himself on defending and creating for his teammates both characteristics we were looking to add at the point guard position. My staff and I felt it was necessary to add an experienced point guard to our roster to help us make another jump towards playing in the NCAA tournament next spring,” Ragland continued.  “We have been focused on not only really good players but also really good people to our roster and Tayshawn fits our profile.”

“Aces fan will love watching Tayshawn play in an Aces uniform.”

Comer completed his sophomore season for the Colonels averaging 7.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.  He dished out 92 assists while recording 26 steals.  His 92 helpers was second on the team while his steal total was tied for third.  With an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.6, Comer ranked 9th in the ASUN.

He played some of his best basketball as the 2023-24 season came to a close.  After scoring 22 points versus Central Arkansas, Comer reset his career mark with 23 points at Austin Peay on February 28.  In nine games in the month of February, he averaged 12.4 points per game.  Comer’s efforts in the last four contests of the month saw him post 16 PPG while shooting 55.3%.

One of his top all-around performances of the year came on Feb. 7 where he finished with nine points, six assists, three rebounds and a steal against Florida Gulf Coast.

“To the University of Evansville and our community, I am excited to come here to win and help the program get back to where it used to be,” Comer stated.

As a freshman in 2022-23, Comer paced EKU with 134 assists while finishing seventh in the ASUN with his mark of 3.6 per game.  He was named to the ASUN All-Freshman Team for his efforts in his inaugural collegiate season.

Prior to joining the Colonels, Comer was named the Indianapolis City Player of the Year while garnering All-State recognition.  ESPN rated him a 3-star recruit and the 40th-ranked point guard in the nation.  The finalist for Indiana Mr. Basketball posted 17 points, 6.2 assists and 3.3 rebounds in his senior campaign.

Submitted by Athletics
* Kate Petrova named MVC Golfer of the Week

On the heels of her second consecutive Indiana State Invitational championship, University of Evansville women’s golfer Kate Petrova has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week.  Petrova shares the accolade three others in the league who were medalists in their respective tournaments.

Petrova paced the field at the Country Club of Terre Haute for the second season in a row on her way to the victory.  She opened the tournament with a 1-under 71 and sat in a tie for the lead following the first 18 holes.  Completing the second round with a 1-over 73, Petrova defeated the competition by two strokes.

Her efforts helped the Purple Aces pick up a runner-up finish in the team standings.  Petrova and the Aces are focused on the upcoming MVC Championship, which takes place April 14-16 in Waterloo, Ill.  Petrova is the defending league champion and helped UE tie for second place last season.

Submitted by Athletics
* Pep and Vim set for this week at UE

This week marks Pep & Vim at the University of Evansville, which is the annual giving campaign on campus.  Last year, UE Director of Athletics Ziggy Siegfried announced the formation of the AD’s Council.

In conjunction with Pep & Vim, the AD's Council has announced a $15,000 matching challenge gift to the Purple Aces Club if the department can generate $15,000 in gifts through April 12, which is the annual day of giving.  All gifts that are received this week count towards the matching gift total.  Donations can be made in amounts as low as $15 and can be made by clicking here.

The Purple Aces Club is the primary focus for donations this year as they impact all sports within the UE athletics department and contributes to the student-athlete experience.

Pep & Vim features a variety of events through April 12.  It coincides with Reunion Weekend, which welcomes alumni back to campus.

Special thanks go to the AD's Council for the generosity.  Members of the council are listed below.  

Jeff Anderson  Dan Hermann Sara Miller       Chris Traylor

Curt Begle       Robbie Kent    Sally Rideout   Bill Vieth

Alan Braun      Bob Jones       Jim Sandgren  Larry Rascoe

Kelly Gates     Larry Meeks    Brent Sternberg Pete Paradossi

Submitted by Athletics

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