University of Evansville


Monday, April 15, 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

Upcoming Events

* The UE community is welcome to attend the Faculty Retirement Tree Planting Ceremony

The UE community is welcome to attend the Faculty Retirement Tree Planting Ceremony that will take place on Sunday, April 28.  This event will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the inner oval closest to Koch Center and Olmsted Hall.  The following faculty members will be honored at the event:

•    Jerrilee LaMar- Associate Professor Nursing
•    William Bryan Lynch- Professor of Chemistry
•    Bill Stroube- Professor of Health Services Administration
•    Gregg Wilson- Professor of School of Health Services

Please join us to wish them well in their retirement.

Jerrilee LaMar, Associate Professor of Nursing
Dr. LaMar graduated from University of Southern Indiana with a BS degree in Nursing.  She obtained her MSN degree from the University of Evansville with a concentration in Nursing Education and went on to earn her PhD degree from Indiana State University, focusing on curriculum and instruction.  She earned her National Certified Nurse Educator credentials from the American Association of the College of Nursing.

Dr. LaMar served as an American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor for over thirty years.  She has contributed chapters on Growth and Development and Culture to both the 8th & 9th Editions of “Essentials of Nursing” and the 9th & 10th Editions of “Fundamentals of Nursing” textbooks published by Mosby-Elsevier.  She revised the study guides for the 7th Edition of “Clinical Nursing Fundamentals Study Guide” and wrote the 600-item test bank for the 7th Edition of “Basic Nursing”.  In addition, she has served as an item writer for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Exam.  Dr. LaMar served as a UE Faculty Senator for numerous terms, was Chair of the UE Faculty Senate in 2017, and served on several Senate Committees.  She served as a faculty advisor for the Professional Student Nurse Organization (SNAP) on the UE campus.  She held the White Family Endowed Professorship in Nursing until she retired.  Dr. LaMar served as the UE site coordinator for a national research study sponsored by the American Heart Association, the National League of Nursing, Laerdal, and HeartCode that measured the retention of CPR skills in nursing students using an e-learning tool to teach CPR.  She has co-authored three journal articles that reported the findings of the study.  This groundbreaking study changed the way that CPR is taught in the United States. 
Dr. LaMar has received the 2020 Eykamp Prize, the American Red Cross Hero in Education Award in 2012, and the Daisy Faculty Award in 2015.  In 2022, former UE nursing students from the class of 2016 had her inducted into the Florence Nightingale Book of Honor.  In 2023, she was honored by a former student, Dr. Nina Weiss, with a Leadership in Nursing Award in her name that will be given to a UE graduating nursing student each year at their pinning ceremony.  Dr. LaMar, through a partnership with Deaconess Hospital, led countless medical mission trips to Annotto Bay, Jamaica.  She took dozens of nursing students to Jamaica over the years.  She taught five semesters abroad at Harlaxton College, introducing nursing students to the UK's National Healthcare System.
Before retiring, Dr. LaMar received approval from the Indiana State Board of Nursing for the University of Evansville to launch a second-degree Accelerated BSN Degree to help with the severe nursing shortage in our community.  This is a project that she had worked on for several years.  She has temporarily come out of retirement in order to be Interim Program Director while a search is underway to permanently fill the position.  She looks forward to spending time with her husband, family, and animals on their Posey County goat dairy farm once that position is filled.

Bryan Lynch, Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Lynch received B.S. degree in Chemistry (magna cum laude) with department honors from University of Pittsburgh.  His PhD in Physical Chemistry was also awarded from the University of Pittsburgh, and his postdoctoral work was done at Cornell University.  His specializations are Laser Spectroscopy of Small Molecules and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.

His research interests include studying the structure of electronic excited states of small molecules in the gas phase using a nitrogen-pumped dye laser, using the double resonance technique where the molecule is pumped to a low-lying excited state with the dye laser, then excite to higher lying states with a small portion of the initial nitrogen pulse.  Presently, he is working on probing the vibrational levels of ion-pair states and using Franck-Condon calculations to assign the various transitions observed.  He is also studying weak intermolecular attractive forces in small, organic molecules that give rise to short-range ordering and cluster formation in the solid state.

Dr. Lynch’s publications include “Observation of the Ã1A″ State of Isocyanogen”, “An EPR Study of Some Highly Distorted Tetrahedral Manganese(II) Complexes at High Magnetic Fields”, and ”1-mm Wave ESR Spectrometer”.

Bill Stroube, Professor of Health Services Administration
Dr. Stroube earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Murray State University, and an M.B.A. in Finance from University of Maryland.  His PhD in Analytical and Nuclear Chemistry was awarded from the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Stroube has served as Professor of Health Services Administration and Director of the Health Services Administration graduate and undergraduate programs.  Before joining the faculty in 1998, he spent twelve years in management positions in the pharmaceutical industry, and eight years at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C.
At UE, he has served on various university committees, was Chair of the Faculty Senate, and served a three-years term as Chair of the School of Health Sciences.  He received the University Outstanding Teaching Award at the May 2008 Commencement.
Dr. Stroube has maintained an active research program and has authored and co-authored over seventy publications in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings.  His research and teaching interests include international health care issues, health care strategy, and medical ethics. 
He has extensive international experience leading student groups through many health care systems with focus on England, China, and India. He has spent twenty summers teaching at Harlaxton.  For five summers, he taught a four-week study abroad course in China.  Since 2017, he has served as a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership and Learning at the University of Nottingham.  He was an Adjunct Professor in 2017 and 2018 at IMS Union University in Dehradun, India.  During numerous trips to India during the past fourteen years, he has provided workshops for faculty and students, and served on university and hospital advisory boards.  He plans to continue his work in India and England after retirement from UE.

Gregg Wilson, Professor of School of Health Services
Dr. Wilson is a UE graduate who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Psychology and a concentration in Liberal Arts.  He is a graduate of Indiana University, where he obtained his master’s and doctorate degrees, both in Exercise Science.  He is a former Department Chair of the School of Health Sciences.  

Dr. Wilson has received several teaching awards at UE, including the Dean’s Teaching Award, Chi Omega Outstanding Teaching Award, and the 2004 Exemplary Teaching Award given by the General Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church.  He has published four textbooks in the dual areas of Exercise and Health Science and has contributed eighteen book chapters to a variety of edited textbooks on a wide range of topics, including the relationship of exercise to mental health, the effects of anxiety on performance, exercise testing for special populations and overtraining and staleness.  In addition, Dr. Wilson has fifty publications in peer-reviewed journals and has been named a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and selected as a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars for his scholarly contributions.  He has also enjoyed teaching at Harlaxton College on multiple occasions.  Prior to his arrival at the University of Evansville, Dr. Wilson taught at Lander University in South Carolina and at Indiana University, where he was also an assistant track coach.

Submitted by Tobi Audas
* You're Invited to the UE Student Research and Honors Symposium – Wednesday, April 17

The campus community is invited to attend the 2024 UE Student Research and Honors Symposium on Wednesday, April 17. The event will be held from 9:00am-5:00pm in Eykamp 251/252 and will showcase the scholarly activities of students of diverse disciplines across UE’s campus, including the graduating seniors of the Honors Program. Panels will be held each hour throughout the day, and you are invited to attend your choice of panels as your schedule permits.

View a detailed schedule of presentations.

We hope you will join us to support the fantastic work of our UE students!

Submitted by Jayme Williams
* 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
* Hanns Pieper UE Photography Exhibition

The Krannert Gallery will host the Hanns Pieper UE Photography Exhibition from April 10 through May 15.  This exhibit is comprised of photography created by our campus community - active and retired.

Please join us in celebrating this meaningful work at a reception on Thursday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m. in the Krannert Gallery.

Submitted by Carol McCraney
* Senior Art Exhibition Opens

The 2024 Senior Exhibition will open in the Melvin Peterson Gallery on April 15 and run through May 3.  Please join us at the opening reception on Monday, April 15 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. or the closing reception on May 3 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Submitted by Carol McCraney
* 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
* Health Department on campus for Free STI testing April 16th

The Vanderburgh Co. Health Department mobile testing unit will be on campus, April 16th from 10-2 outside of the health center for free STI testing! Education, incentives, and condoms available!

Submitted by Tara Ulrich
* 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 Applications Due Today

Applications for Global Scholars funding are due today! Details for submission can be found 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 .

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
* UE Summer Camps and Employee Discount

The Office of Youth Programs has opened registration for UE Summer Camps 2024! Once again, we are offering a 50% discount to UE Employees that would like to register their youth. The 50% off discount code is UE50. Esports Camp is excluded from this discount. Employees should also be aware that there is a new registration system and they will have to create an account to register.

To learn more please visit, If you have any questions, please email

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* 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
* TESL 200- Summer I 2024

If you are looking for a course to fulfill outcome 4, TESL-200 will be offered during summer I. If you have any questions, please email professor Andueza (

Submitted by Lorena Andueza
* 2024-25 Reeves Foundation Scholarship Application Now Available

The Reeves Foundation was established in 1966 under the terms of the Last Will and Testament of Mrs. Isabel B. Reeves, wife of Judge Ollie C. Reeves, who both resided for many years in Vanderburgh County and firmly believed in the attainment of higher education. Through their frugal efforts and generosity, this scholarship fund has been established to perpetuate their belief.

To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled as full-time students and be Vanderburgh County residents. An essay is also required.

Download the application.

Deadline: Please return all materials to the Office of Student Financial Services (Olmsted Hall Room 105) by May 1, 2024.

Questions: Please direct questions to Amber Chandler, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Office of Student Financial Services, at or 812-488-2364.

Submitted by Amber Chandler
* Unlock your Future Now: Introducing the new MA in Cultural Resource Management

In an era where cultural preservation meets modern innovation, we are excited to announce the launch of our newly revamped Master of Arts program in Cultural Resource Management right here at the University of Evansville. Formerly known as 'Innovative Leadership in Heritage Management,' the program has undergone a transformation to better reflect its focus and appeal to aspiring students like you.

Designed with your passions and aspirations in mind, our MA in Cultural Resource Management offers a dynamic blend of theory and practice, equipping you with the skills and expertise needed to thrive in the diverse landscape of heritage and cultural preservation.

With an emphasis on accessibility and flexibility, our online, asynchronous format allows you to pursue your degree at your own pace, seamlessly integrating your studies into your busy life. Whether you're juggling work commitments, social engagements, or other academic pursuits, our program empowers you to chart your own path to success. Even better? No expensive, standardized test scores required.

What sets our program apart is the unparalleled opportunities it offers. From internship placements in Evansville to immersive workshops at the historic Harlaxton College, you'll gain hands-on experience and invaluable insights from industry leaders and experts. Our extensive network of partners and collaborators ensures that you'll be at the forefront of cultural preservation efforts, making a tangible impact in communities near and far.

As a student in our MA program, you'll delve into a diverse range of courses, including:

  • Cultural Heritage Conservation
  • Cultural Landscape Management
  • Archaeological Resource Management
  • Cultural Policy and Advocacy
  • Digital Humanities and Cultural Mapping
  • Heritage Tourism and Sustainable Development

Upon graduation, you'll be equipped to pursue a wide array of rewarding career paths, including:

  • Cultural Resource Manager
  • Museum Curator or Director
  • Heritage Conservation Specialist
  • Archaeological Field Supervisor
  • Cultural Policy Analyst
  • Tourism Development Officer

With no standardized test results required for admission, there's never been a better time to apply and embark on your journey towards a fulfilling career in cultural resource management. Seize the opportunity to shape the future of our shared heritage and make a difference in the world.

Apply today and join us in preserving the past for generations to come. Visit our University of Evansville site to learn more and start your application process. Apply today!

Submitted by Emily Stammitti
* Club Sports Survey, Students Please Complete


Your opinions are needed, would you be interested in participating in Club Sports?

Will you please take a minute to fill out a club sports interest survey?

Submitted by Andrew Hawkins
* Summer Housing

Summer housing applications are available.  If you will be staying in Evansville for the summer for classes, work, research, or other reasons, you can live in a townhouse.  Additional information and applications are available on the Residence Life website and are due April 19.

Submitted by Brian Conner
* Financial Aid for Summer Courses

UE students seeking financial aid or intending to use loan funds for summer courses at UE should complete a Summer Financial Aid Application and return it to the Office of Student Financial Services (Olmsted 105) however is most convenient by April 25, 2024. The application will allow our office to assess your financial aid and loan eligibility.


On-campus jobs are available for continuing UE students during the summer. You do not need to be eligible for need-based Federal Work-Study during the academic year in order to apply. You may also apply regardless of your enrollment in summer courses. Applications will be available within the Student Employment area of Self-Service.

Submitted by Amy Sowders


* IACTE Recognizes Outstanding Future Educators at UE

Each year the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE) recognizes outstanding future educators from universities across the state. This year, recipients from the University of Evansville are Jara Braunecker, an Elementary Education major from Dubois, IN, Annabelle Faith, an English Education major from Elizabeth, IN, and Luke Robertson, a Music Education major from Newburgh, IN. These individuals were selected by the School of Education faculty for their accomplishments throughout their education programs and for their exceptional promise as future classroom teachers.

Submitted by Alison Jones
* 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


* Baseball Aces Walk Off Redbirds, 6-5

The University of Evansville baseball team rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Saturday, capped by pinch-runner Drew Howard scoring from third base on a wild pitch for the game-winning run, as the Purple Aces knocked off the visiting Illinois State Redbirds, 6-5, at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville. 

“What a win!” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “Our offense really went out and got it for us today.  I am just proud of our overall effort today.  Our pitchers did a good job of keeping us in it, and their starter was pretty electric today, but we just kept grinding.  That’s the Aces’ baseball club that we’re accustomed to.”

Illinois State took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning, before Evansville was able to rally for two runs on a two-run single by graduate first baseman Chase Hug to tie the game at 4-4.  The Redbirds once again grabbed the lead in the ninth inning on an RBI double by outfielder J.T. Sokolove, but UE was not done yet.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, junior second baseman Cal McGinnis opened the frame with a single to right-center field.  After a fly out, pinch-hitter Evan Waggoner singled sharply through the left side of the Illinois State infield to put runners on the corners with one out.

A sacrifice fly to right field by senior shortstop Simon Scherry tied the game at 5-5, before junior outfielder Harrison Taubert singled to right field on a 1-2 pitch to send Howard from first to third base with two outs.  Then, after a mound visit, Howard was able to score on a wild pitch on the first pitch to graduate outfielder Mark Shallenberger to give UE the 6-5 win.

Hug led Evansville offensively by going 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI.  McGinnis also had two hits for UE and scored two runs.  Three Illinois State hitters had two-hit days at the plate.

With the victory, Evansville gets back to even record-wise at 17-17 and improves to 6-5 in the Missouri Valley Conference.  Illinois State, meanwhile, drops to 18-14 overall and 7-4 in the Valley with the loss.  The series will conclude on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.  Sunday’s game can be heard live in the Tri-State area on 107.1 FM-WJPS and seen live on ESPN+.

Submitted by Athletics
* Salukis edge Aces in weekend finale

Freshman Brooke Voss gave the University of Evansville softball team a first-inning lead, but Southern Illinois would post the final four runs of the game to take a 4-1 win on Sunday afternoon at Charlotte West Stadium.

Just as they did on Saturday, the Purple Aces took the early lead.  Alexa Davis was hit by a pitch to open the game and advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches.  Brooke Voss brought her home with a sacrifice fly.  With two outs, Jenna Nink picked up UE’s first base hit of the afternoon.

SIU tied the score in the bottom of the second and looked to add more, but Lacy Smith found Marah Wood, who threw out a baserunner at home to end the inning.  One frame later, Southern Illinois took its first lead before adding a pair of insurance scores in the sixth.

Nink and Taylor Howe picked up Evansville’s hits in the contest.  Sydney Weatherford went the full six innings and allowed seven hits.  Maddia Groff entered the game for SIU with two outs in the first and struck out 15 batters on the way to her 21st win of the year.  Katherine Johnson paced the Salukis with two RBI.

Next weekend, the Aces are home for a 3-game series versus Murray State.

Submitted by Athletics
* Baseball Aces Sweep Illinois State With 13-1 Victory

The University of Evansville baseball team launched four home runs on Sunday, and produced a pair of five-run innings, as the Purple Aces completed a three-game Missouri Valley Conference series sweep of the visiting Illinois State Redbirds with a 13-1 run-rule victory at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

“What a game! What a weekend!  What a series for our ballclub!” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “It is really difficult to sweep in this conference, and I think that it really started on the mound today for us.  What Shane Harris, Jace Kressin and Max Hansmann did today was pretty impressive, as they shut down a really good offense.

“Offensively, I thought that, top to bottom in our order, our guys were able to produce some great at-bats today.  Harrison Taubert had the huge double to get us started in the third inning, and then obviously, his three-run home run was big, as it broke things open for us.  But, I thought almost every player in the lineup today had a great approach, and hopefully, we can keep that rolling down the stretch.”

Harris cruised through the first three innings for UE on the mound, allowing just a lone single while retiring nine of the 10 men he faced with three strikeouts.  Evansville would then give Harris (3-4) all of the run support he would need on the afternoon in the bottom of the third inning with two runs.

After a lead-off walk by senior shortstop Simon Scherry, junior outfielder Harrison Taubert roped a double to left field to put two men in scoring position with no one out.  Graduate outfielder Mark Shallenberger delivered a sacrifice fly to deep right field to plate the game’s first run, before senior outfielder Kip Fougerousse had an RBI single to left-center field to give UE a 2-0 lead.

Taubert would break things open for UE in the bottom of the fourth inning, as he ignited a five-run frame with a three-run home run to right-center field to grow the lead to 5-0.  Then, after a Shallenberger double and a ground out, graduate first baseman Chase Hug crushed a two-run home run to right field to take a 7-0 lead.

Fougerousse added an RBI single in the fifth inning to push the lead to 8-0.  The Redbirds would scratch across a run in the top of the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly, before UE exploded for five more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to enact the mercy rule.  Graduate third baseman Brent Widder and freshman second baseman Brodie Peart hit back-to-back home runs in the frame, while Fougerousse added another RBI single to help UE post its eighth victory in the last nine contests.

Fougerousse went a team-best 3-for-5 with three RBI, while Taubert, Peart, and Scherry all had two-hit games.  All nine members of the UE starting lineup had hits in the contest.  Harris earned the victory on the mound by tossing 5.0 shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out four.

With the victory, Evansville moves into a tie for second place in the MVC standings with an 18-17 overall record and 7-5 MVC mark.  Illinois State, meanwhile, falls to 18-15 overall and 7-5 in the Valley with the loss.  Evansville will now hit the road for the next five games, beginning on Tuesday night at 5 p.m. central time as the Purple Aces will travel north to Bloomington, Indiana to take on the Indiana Hoosiers.  Tuesday’s game can be heard live in the Tri-State area on 107.1 FM-WJPS.

Submitted by Athletics
* Two rounds complete at MVC Women's Golf Championship

With inclement weather in the forecast for Tuesday, the first day of the 2024 Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Golf Championship featured two rounds at Annbriar Golf Course.

Kate Petrova led the University of Evansville and is tied for third entering the final round.  After opening Sunday with an even 72, Petrova carded a 3-over 75 to complete the day with a 147.  She is four strokes off the lead.

Ranking in a tie for 21st was Allison Enchelmayer.  Identical rounds of 77, both at five over, gave her a 154.  Third for the Purple Aces was Jane Grankina.  Her low round was a 77 before an 82 in the second 18 holes put her in a tie for 40th with a 159.

Trinity Dubbs and Destynie Sheridan rounded out the UE squad.  Dubbs completed her rounds with scores of 80 and 83 while Sheridan checked in with an 82 and 84.

Evansville is in 11th place with a 623.  They are just three strokes behind a 9th-place tie between Murray State and Southern Illinois.  Illinois State holds the lead in the team standings with a 594.  UIC is in second with a 601 while Drake has a 607 to stand in third place.  Jinyoung Yun of ISU is the individual leader with a 143.

On Monday, the teams will play the third and final round of the event.

Submitted by Athletics
* Aces fall to Salukis in Saturday contest

Two 9-run innings by Southern Illinois saw them pull away for a 20-3 win over the University of Evansville softball team on Saturday at Charlotte West Stadium.

Evansville jumped on the board in the top of the first.  Alexa Davis’ leadoff triple was followed by a Zoe Frossard walk.  With two outs, Brooke Voss stepped to the plate and launched a 3-run home run, her fifth of the season, to put the Purple Aces in front.

Following a scoreless bottom of the first, the Salukis erupted for nine runs in the second.  Elizabeth Warwick and Sidney Jones each had 2-run hits in the frame as SIU took control.  They added two more runs in the third and nine in the fourth to clinch the 20-3 win.

Sydney Weatherford made the start for UE, allowing nine runs in two innings.  Madi Eberle gave up three runs on two hits and kept the Aces hitless after the first inning.  Jones and Kiana McDowell recorded three RBI apiece to pace SIU.

Sunday’s series finale begins at 12 p.m. in Carbondale.

Submitted by Athletics
* Women's golf ready for MVC Championship

Over the last three years, the University of Evansville women’s golf team has performed at its best when it mattered most.  The Purple Aces look for that to continue this weekend when they head to the 2024 Missouri Valley Conference Championship.

Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo, Ill. is the host for the event.  One round 18 holes will be played all three days.

Evansville’s best three finishes in the MVC Championship have come in the last three seasons, highlighted by the Purple Aces taking the top spot in 2021.  UE tied for second in 2023 while earning a 5th place finish in 2022.

Last season, Kate Petrova became the third Aces player to win the individual championship in a span of seven seasons joining Kayla Katterhenry (2017) and Sophia Rohleder (2021).  Petrova finished in a 3-way tie atop the individual standings last season and outdueled her competition in a 2-hole playoff to win the league crown.  She was named the MVC Newcomer of the Year while earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Allison Enchelmayer tied for 14th in last year’s championship while Magdalena Borisova earned a 21st-place tie.  Enchelmayer completed the three rounds with a 238, just seven strokes off Petrova’s winning pace.

Submitted by Athletics
* Salukis take series opener

Scoring three runs in the first and finishing with five in the fourth, Southern Illinois defeated the University of Evansville softball team by a 9-0 final on Friday at Charlotte West Stadium.

The Salukis opened with a 3-run first inning, highlighted by a 2-run shot from Addi Baker.  Jenna Nink picked up the first hit of the game for the Purple Aces in the second while Taylor Howe recorded a single in the third.

In the bottom of the third, the Salukis tacked on one run before erupting for five in the bottom of the fourth.  Emma Austin had a bases-clearing triple as SIU put the game out of reach.  Marah Wood reached on a bunt single in the fifth, but SIU was able to close out the 9-0 win.

Mikayla Jolly took the loss, allowing six runs in 3 2/3 innings of work.  Maddie Groff earned the win, throwing four shutout frames.  UE looks to get back on track on Saturday with a 2 p.m. game.

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* Baseball Aces Cage Redbirds, 9-1, In Series Opener

University of Evansville freshman starter Kenton Deverman tossed seven shutout innings on Friday night and the top three hitters in the UE lineup combined for eight hits and seven runs driven in as the Purple Aces caged the visiting Illinois State Redbirds, 9-1, in the series-opener at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville, Indiana.

“What a tremendous way to begin a series!” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “It all started on the mound for us with Kenton Deverman, as he was outstanding tonight.  From the start, he was in control, and once we got him the lead, he just took it to another level and shut down a very good Illinois State offense.

“Offensively, Harrison Taubert, Mark Shallenberger, and Kip Fougerousse were special tonight.  Mark and Kip had big home runs for us, and Harrison has really been great at the top of the batting order for us.  Hopefully, we can keep it going tomorrow!”

Deverman set the tone early, cruising through the first two innings, allowing just a pair of singles through the first two frames.  Illinois State threatened to take the lead in the third inning, getting a lead-off walk, a single, and a stolen base to put two men in scoring position with no one out.  But, that is when Deverman buckled down and changed the entire complexion of the contest.

After getting a routine pop up to center field, Deverman stabbed a come-backer to the mound, and was able to catch the lead runner at third base too far off the bag for the second out of the inning.  He then induced a pop up to right field, and after that, UE’s offense took over.

After a walk and a pop up, Taubert and Shallenberger followed with back-to-back base hits to load the bases with one out.  Fougerousse then launched his eighth home run of the year to right field for a grand slam to give UE a 4-0 lead.  UE would add another run later in the frame on an RBI single by junior first baseman Cal McGinnis to grab a 5-0 cushion through three innings.

From there, Deverman shut down the Redbirds, allowing just a walk and a single through the next four innings.  Shallenberger helped Deverman out with a line-drive two-run home run to right-center field in the fourth inning, before Fougerousse added an RBI ground out in the sixth inning to push the lead to 8-0.  A run-scoring wild pitch in the seventh inning would cap UE’s scoring, while Illinois State would get down to its final out before tacking on a run in the ninth inning to provide the final score.

Deverman improved to 4-1 on the season by tossing 7.0 scoreless innings, while allowing four hits and two walks with five strikeouts.  Shallenberger went 4-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI, while Taubert and Fougerousse both went 2-for-4, with Taubert scoring three runs and Fougerousse adding five RBI.

With the victory, Evansville improves to 16-17 overall and 5-5 in the Missouri Valley Conference.  Illinois State, meanwhile, falls to 18-13 overall and 7-3 in the MVC with the loss.  The series will continue on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., with graduate left-hander Donovan Schultz (1-1, 7.59 ERA) scheduled to start for the Purple Aces.  Saturday’s game can be heard live in the Tri-State area on 107.1 FM-WJPS and can be seen live on ESPN+. 

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