University of Evansville


Friday, April 19, 2024

* Toast to Today and Tomorrow

Submitted by Amber Luigs

Upcoming Events

* Paper Recycling and Free Document Shredding

Need papers shredded? Bring them to the free Piranha Mobile Shredding Event on campus on Thursday, April 25 (Reading Study Day) between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the parking lot behind Koch Center.

 Remember: Paper that contains personal information such as names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. cannot be placed directly into a recycling bin or trash container. It must be properly disposed of by one of the following methods:

 1)    Shredding the papers with personal information into a bag and then placing the bag of shredded paper in the recycling container.

 2)    Placing the papers with personal information in a secure (locked) Piranha shredding container in your area.

 Thank you for recycling and helping us prevent identity theft by properly disposing of personal information!

 During the free shredding event, you can bring paper from home! The limit is 100 lbs. per visit. Visits are unlimited during the event.

Submitted by Amber Elkins
* Thursday, April 25 Obsolete Electronics Recycling - Hale loop drive from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Students and employees (faculty, administrators and staff) can bring the following personal, obsolete electronic equipment to be recycled at no cost:

• LCD displays, LCD TV’s and LCD monitors, computers, printers, fax machines, laptops, cell phones, PDAs, cables, circuit boards, connectors, electrical equipment, audio video equipment, DVD players, stereos, radios, calculators, speakers, VCRs. Small quantities of batteries will be accepted.

The following items will NOT be accepted:

• CRT TV’s and CRT computer monitors

• Fluorescent light bulbs (including compact bulbs), refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, stoves, vacuum cleaners, dehumidifiers, leaking or enlarged batteries and any other items C&I deems unallowable

• Electronics owned by the University.

NOTE: The cost of processing CRT TV’s and CRT computer monitors has increased significantly, and the University is no longer able to cover these items.

Accepted items included: TVs, computers, monitors, printers, hard drives, laptops, fax/scanners, cell phones, DVD players, digital cameras, modems

Not Accepted: copy machines, microwaves, appliances

For more information or questions contact Amber Elkins at ae152 or 2697.

Submitted by Amber Elkins
* 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 today 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
* Plant Sale for Earth Day

Bi-Sci Club with host their annual plant sale on Monday, April 22, from 11 am - 1 pm outside Ridgway.  Plants available for purchase include succulents, herbs, and vegetables, with prices starting at $1.

Submitted by Katie Aldred-Craig
* Chrome River Training

Submitted by Jenni Sauls
* Pancake Study Break Coming Up

Finals are coming up - but so are pancakes! Take a break from studying for finals to join some of your favorite Aces one last time before summer at the Pancake Study Break!

Pancakes and more will be available on Reading/Study Day - Thursday, April 25 - from 9:00 p.m -11:00 p.m. at The Eatery in Ridgway University Center. There will also be drawings for prizes - so don't miss out! Plan to be at the Pancake Study Break!

This event is free of charge for all UE students. A UE ID is required to enter.

Questions? Contact Chad Hart at

Submitted by Chad Hart
* 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
* Prayer and Meditation Space

April 22-25, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Grabill Lounge - Neu Chapel

UE Spiritual Formation and Campus Ministries would like to welcome you to our Finals Prayer Room. Our hope and vision is that you will find a sense of sanctuary, refuge, and rest in the midst of preparing for finals this semester.

Submitted by Breanna Bondurant
* 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
* 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

Info You Should Know

* SPAN-111 Offered During Summer Session 1

SPAN-111 – Elementary Spanish will be offered as an online asynchronous class during Summer Session 1 (May 13 – June 14, 2024).  This course fulfills Outcome 6. If you have questions about this 3-credit hour course, please contact Dr. Diana Rodríguez Quevedo via email:

Submitted by Diana Rodriguez Quevedo
* Plant Sitting

The library is offering to keep students' plants alive over the summer if they cannot take them home. Contact Meg Atwater-Singer at ma35 for more information.

Submitted by Meg Atwater-Singer
* Event & AV Reminder

Have an Eykamp event or meeting and need to use a microphone? Follow these three steps to ensure you have what you need!

1. Reserve the AV Equipment within Resource Scheduler.

2. Check out the Microphone(s) at the OTS Help Desk.

3. Return the Microphone(s) to the OTS Help Desk at your next availability.

And as always, call or email our Help Desk if you have any additional questions or needs!


Submitted by Nick Messer
* Summer Work Study Position Available

Are you going to be in Evansville for the summer? Student Financial Services has a Clerical Assistant position available for up to 25 hours a week starting May 6 and ending August 20. You do not have to qualify for federal work study to accept this summer position. See the job posting in Self-Service for more details. Applications can be submitted to Amber Chandler, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Office of Student Financial Services, via email at or in person in Olmsted Hall Room 105.

Submitted by Amber Chandler
* Summer 1 and 2: Outcome 5 + Writing Option

Considering a summer course? Both MUS-156 and 157 meet the requirement for Outcome 5. The two courses cover the same content, but with 157 additionally counting as a Writing Across the Curriculum course. Both courses will be offered Summer 1 and Summer 2.

If you like music and are interested in music's role in the history of American culture, politics, race, business, and more, you'll enjoy these courses!

Submitted by Kristen Strandberg
* 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
* 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
* 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


* 2024 School of Engineering and Computer Science Awards

Three students were presented with the 2024 School of Engineering and Computer Science Awards.

Zach Worley, a Senior Civil Engineering Student,  was awarded the Paul “PR “ Brown Spirit Award - This award is presented to a student who has created camaraderie in the School of Engineering and Computer Science and has encouraged fellow students by exhibiting a positive attitude that is inspiring to others.    
Clay Dempsey, a Junior Electrical Engineering Student, was awarded the Dick Blandford Memorial Scholarship – This award is presented to a Junior level Electrical Engineering or Computer Science student who demonstrates excellence in scholarship, service, and leadership in memory of former Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Dick Blandford.                   
Swarup “Sam” Bhatta, a Junior Mechanical Engineering Student,  was awarded the James M Hall, Jr. Outstanding Engineering Student Award – This award is presented to an outstanding student majoring in Engineering at Junior class standing, based on scholastic achievement, extra-curricular activities, character, responsibility, attitude, and potential for professional growth.         

Dr. Immanuel presented the awards in a private ceremony on April 18, 2024.  Congratulations Zach, Clay, and Sam!

Submitted by Tonya Albright
* 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
* 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


* Baseball Aces Head To Bradley This Weekend

The University of Evansville baseball team returns to Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend, as the Purple Aces head to Peoria, Illinois for a three-game series against the Bradley Braves.  The series kicks off on Friday night at 6 p.m. in a game that can be heard live in the Tri-State area on 107.1 FM-WJPS and can be seen live on ESPN+.

Evansville will bring a 19-17 overall record and 7-5 MVC mark into this weekend’s series after knocking off Indiana, 5-4, on Tuesday night.  The Purple Aces will bring a five-game winning streak into this weekend’s series, and UE has won nine of its last 10 games overall.  Evansville is currently in a four-team tie for second-place in the MVC standings entering the weekend, three games back of league-leading Indiana State.

This weekend’s series will mark the return to Peoria for UE junior infielder Cal McGinnis.  McGinnis began his collegiate career at Bradley, and was a career .262 hitter for the Braves over 78 games the past two seasons.  McGinnis transferred to Evansville in the off-season, and he has taken off while at UE, as he will bring a .321 average, eight doubles, two triples, two home runs and 20 RBI into this weekend’s series.  McGinnis has already posted single-season career-highs for hits, doubles, triples and RBI this year at UE.

McGinnis is part of a UE offense which will bring a .295 team batting average into this weekend’s series.  The Purple Aces rank seventh in NCAA Division I baseball this year with 94 doubles, and UE is just one double shy of last year’s season total of 95, which was set in 61 games.

Bradley will bring a 10-24 overall record and 4-8 MVC mark into this weekend’s series.  The Braves will be trying to snap a six-game losing streak in Friday’s series opener, after dropping mid-week contests at Eastern Illinois and Iowa this week.  The Bradley offense is led by one of the league’s top newcomers in sophomore infielder Beau Durbin.  Durbin currently ranks fourth in the Valley with a .376 batting average, nine doubles, a triple, two home runs and 16 RBI.  Senior catcher Logan Delgado is not far behind in average at .333.

All-time, Evansville leads the series with Bradley, 63-45.  Last year, UE won two out of three games from the Braves, and since 2019, UE leads the all-time series over Bradley, 10-2.

Evansville will send freshman LHP Kenton Deverman (4-1, 3.98 ERA) to the mound for Friday’s opener.  Bradley has not yet officially announced a Friday starter, but right-hander Noah Edders (4-4, 5.30 ERA) has been the typical Friday starter for Bradley this year.

Submitted by Athletics
* Aces track and field returns to action at Gibson Invitational

After a week off from competition, the University of Evansville track and field team is back in a familiar location this weekend.

The Purple Aces will compete at the site of the MVC Outdoor Championships three weeks ahead of time at the Gibson Invitational hosted by Indiana State on Friday and Saturday. UE will compete at the Gibson Track & Field Complex with 33 other teams over the weekend including fellow Valley competitors Illinois State, Southern Illinois, UIC, Valparaiso, and hosts Indiana State. Other Division I teams Evansville will see on Friday and Saturday include Butler, Chicago State, DePaul, Eastern Illinois, IUPUI, Marquette, Milwaukee, Purdue Fort Wayne, SIUE, and Southern Indiana. 

Last time out, the Aces competed in the Jim Vargo Invitational hosted by the Bellarmine Knights on Friday, April 5. UE had five podium finishes in their first meet back, excelling in the 1500-meter race for both teams as freshman Nicole Prauchner (Neuhofen an der Ybbs, Austria) placed third with a time of 4:35.59, only three seconds behind the program record. On the men's side freshman, Rafael Rodriguez (Sergovia, Spain) earned the top spot of the meet with a time of 3:52.34 while Tommaso Losma (Lombardia, Italy) placed third with a time of 3:54.50. Evansville throwers had a strong showing as graduate thrower Jaden Hayes (Huntingberg, Ind. / Southridge HS) earned a new program record in the hammer throw and a second-place finish in the discus throw. Hayes threw 51.59 meters in the hammer throw and threw 48.03 meters in the discus to take the silver spot.

The Aces will start the weekend with field events on Friday, beginning with the women's hammer throw at 11 a.m. UE's runners will compete solely on Saturday, starting at 12:10 p.m. with the women's 1500-meter race and ending with the 4x400 relay races at 5 and 5:15 p.m.

Submitted by Athletics
* Softball welcomes Murray State for 3-game series

After two weekends on the road, the University of Evansville softball team returns home for its final two weekend series of the season, beginning on Friday with the series opener against Murray State.  ESPN+ will have the live coverage of all three games.

Last Time Out

- Southern Illinois earned a 3-game series sweep last weekend in Carbondale but the Purple Aces put their best foot forward in Sunday’s finale

- Brooke Voss’ sacrifice fly gave UE a 1-0 lead in the first before single runs by the Salukis in the second and third gave them a 2-1 lead and two late insurance runs made it the final of 4-1

Power Play

- Freshman Brooke Voss batted in all four runs by the Purple Aces in last weekend’s series at SIU

- Her 3-run home run in the first inning of the second game tied her for the team lead with five on the season

- Voss finished the Drake series with a 4-for-4 performance, marking her career high in hits; in the final two game of the series, she went 5-for-6

- Over her last 20 games, Voss is batting .357 with 20 hits in 56 at-bats while seeing her batting average rise from .146 to its current mark of .269

Another Strong Weekend

- Recording two hits in six at-bats during the SIU series, Taylor Howe led the team with a .333 average in the 3-game set

- That came on the heels of a strong finish to the Drake series that saw her go 2-3 with a home run and a career-high four RBI

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

Scouting the Opponent

- Murray State opens the weekend with a 19-23 mark and sit at 7-10 in MVC contests

- Taylor Jackson leads the Racers with a .290 batting average while Lily Fischer is batting .270; both have started all 42 games

- Kayleigh White paces the team with 17 RBI

Submitted by Athletics
* Wilson Steps Down As UE Swimming & Diving Head Coach

University of Evansville Director of Athletics Dr. Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried has announced that Stuart Wilson has stepped down as head coach of the UE swimming and diving program to pursue other professional opportunities.  A search for the new UE swimming and diving coach will begin immediately.

“Coach Wilson has done a tremendous job with our swimming and diving program over the last five years,” said Siegfried.  “He has placed an emphasis on providing a positive student-athlete experience, he has maintained a strong relationship with our swimming and diving alumni, and he has been a pleasure to work with for everyone in our department.

“Additionally, Coach Wilson is someone who is extremely talented at coaching, as seen by the number of records that have been broken at UE during his time.  We wish Coach Wilson and his family the best in their future endeavors.  He will truly be missed!”

“This has been an incredible journey, especially coaching the student-athletes here at UE,” said Wilson.  “They helped make my time here special.  I want to thank UE swimming and diving for trusting me, and for the opportunity to help them achieve greater things.  Go Aces!”

Wilson was hired as UE’s swimming and diving coach on June 1, 2019.  During his tenure, Evansville rewrote the school record book, breaking a school record 45 times.  The Purple Aces also competed in the CSCAA National Invitational Championships for the first time ever in 2023, in a year in which UE broke over 25 school records.  This past year, two UE divers also competed in the NCAA Zone Regional Diving Championships.

UE also excelled in the classroom under Wilson, as the Purple Aces have captured CSCAA Scholar All-America team honors on both the men’s and women’s sides in every semester in which Wilson has been head coach.

Evansville has the potential to return 29 members of its swimming and diving program next year, as both the men’s and women’s teams will compete in the Missouri Valley Conference next season for the first time in over 20 years.  The UE women have competed in the Valley every year since 1994, including hosting the MVC Swimming & Diving Championship at the Deaconess Aquatic Center in downtown Evansville this past February.  The UE men, though, have not competed in the Valley since 2003, but the league recently announced that it will sponsor the sport of men’s swimming and diving once again, beginning next fall.

Submitted by Athletics

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