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Monday, March 9, 2020

* Avoid the Spread of Germs

The University has formed a Task Force to discuss the rapidly evolving concern regarding the coronavirus. We wanted to share that the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the coronavirus. The CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.

covid avoidance tips.

* Call for Nominations: Dean of Students Leadership Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for consideration of The Howard S. Rosenblatt “Dean of Students Leadership Awards.” These awards will be presented at the 27th Annual Leadership Awards Reception scheduled for April 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Invitations will be prepared by the Center for Student Engagement.

Awards are presented in the following categories:

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

Over 80% of UE students participate in at least one student organization or program. These organizations are successful because of the commitment of the student leaders and the advisors who give freely of their time and support. The recipients of these awards are selected based on their commitment to the University of Evansville as well as the development and success of their efforts within their chosen student organization.

The deadline for nominations is March 27, 2020. Submit your nomination.

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

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

Carleen Barnes


Upcoming Events

* Dr. Ann Beck to Speak at 2019-20 Annual History Spring Lecture

2019-20 Annual History Department Spring Lecture
Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020
Start: 3:30 pm
Location: Smythe Lecture Hall, Room 170, Schroeder School of Business Building

Dr. Beck will be the speaker for the University of Evansville Department of History's Annual Spring Lecture.
The lecture, which is FREE & OPEN TO PUBLIC.

Opening, and Closing, the American Door: Immigration, 1880-1930

This talk will focus on the great tide of immigrants who came to America in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century and the backlash they inspired. My own Greek grandfather’s life will be used as a case study of the immigrant experience. Connections with the immigration question today will conclude the talk.

Ann Flesor Beck, Ph.D. is an independent scholar and third-generation confectioner. Dr. Beck’s research into the immigrant experience has focused upon first-generation Greek immigrants in central Illinois. Her forthcoming book: Sweet Greeks: First-Generation Immigrant Confectioners in the Heartland (University of Illinois Press) will be published this year.

Michelle Lehman


Info You Should Know

* Employee Health Clinic Spring Break Hours

The Employee Health Clinic will operate on normal business hours during the week of Spring Break. Please call 888-492-8722 or visit to schedule/change an appointment. The Student Health Clinic is closed for Spring Break.

Employee Clinic Hours:
Monday: 8-11am and 3-6pm
Tuesday: 7-11am
Wednesday: 2-6pm
Thursday: 7-11am
Friday: CLOSED (reminder XTRA Care 4U open 7-11am; no appointment necessary)

Tara Ulrich

* Student Health Center Closed for Spring Break

The Student Health Center will be closed for Spring Break. We will reopen on Monday, March 16th at 8:00am. Should you need medical attention, please visit a local urgent care or emergency department.

Please visit the UE web page for FAQ's regarding COVID-19.

Tara Ulrich

* UE Electrical Engineering Students Participated in the Indiana Autonomous Day 2020

A team of electrical engineers showcased their senior design, D.E.L.T.A. Scooter, at the annual Indiana Autonomous Day on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Odon, Indiana. The team consists of seniors, Darren Reuter, Donnie Croxton, and Kevin Yeung. University of Evansville’s electrical engineering students presented their project through videos of the scooter in action impressing many attendees at the show. The D.E.L.T.A. scooter is a semi-autonomous scooter designed to help people with disabilities. The Indiana Autonomous Day 2020 showcases the future of autonomous technologies in displays, workshops and live demonstrations.

kevin yeung.

Vicky Hasenour

* Campus is Invited: UE Connect Lunch & Learn - Financial Empowerment

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and the Center for Career Development welcome the campus community to join them at the next UE Connect Lunch and Learn - Financial Empowerment. Ben Joergens with Old National Bank discusses learning how to set smart financial goals, the basics of banking and budgeting, how to save money and utilize credit to your advantage. Registered attendees will receive a complimentary lunch.

Thursday, March 19, 2020
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center

Register at

If you have any questions, please contact Nichole Coffey at or 812-488-2900.


* Women Stepping Up Features Dr. Jessica Lofton

Women Stepping Up features Dr. Jessica Lofton in its WEDnesday Woman article. Dr. Lofton is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Stepping Up is a non-partisan, non-profit effort that celebrates women in the Tri-State of every race, class and ethnic background who have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of the Evansville community.

Kimberly Higgins

* Andiron Lecture Series 2020-2021 Call for Papers

UE faculty and administrators as well as members of the Evansville community are invited to submit an abstract for papers on any aspect of their research or expertise for the 2020-2021 Andiron Lectures Series. All disciplines and fields of study are welcome to submit proposals.

Please send the following by email:
A 50-word abstract with, Name, Academic Affiliation/ Occupation, Paper title, and Contact Information

to: Annette Parks at with a CC to Cheryl Emmons at Cheryl Emmons will forward these to the Andiron Lecture Committee for consideration.

Nominations for off-campus speakers can be sent by email to Annette Parks at with a Cc to Cheryl Emmons at ; she will forward them to the Andiron Lecture committee for consideration.

Please note that if you have already agreed to present an Andiron Lecture for the 2020-21 series, Annette Parks at needs a title and a paragraph of biography for the series flyer with a Cc to Cheryl Emmons at when it is convenient for you to provide them.



* Nicholas Messer Receives Employee Excellence Award for March 2020

Nick has gained appreciation around campus for his efficiency as a Desktop Support Coordinator with OTS.  He is kind and helpful in all of his efforts to keep employee computers running properly, supporting in-class tech set up and equipment for large meetings.

Nick is known to be willing to assist others, very dependable and always timely in responding to the needs of the campus.  The positive attitude that he daily shows along with his technical expertise does not go unnoticed.  He is a great collaborator and easily works with the demands of multiple areas each day.  Nick is one of a kind and an excellent addition to UE!

nick and keith.



* Late Innings Hand Aces Loss at College of Charleston

After an impressive defensive performance early, the University of Evansville baseball team was again haunted by late inning struggles, as the Aces fell in the series-finale to College of Charleston, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Evansville took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and held that advantage all the way through the sixth inning.

The offense got going early for the Aces as Evansville tallied three runs in the first. Junior Mason Brinkley got the offense started with a base-hit as the lead-off batter in the first. Freshman Mark Shallenberger delivered the first runs of the games for Evansville on a home run to right field. Senior Troy Beilsmith added a run to the Aces' account later in the inning, driving a base-hit down the line to score Indiana Stanley and give Evansville a 3-0 lead.

Senior Jake McMahill was excellent in his fourth start of the season, facing the minimum in the first two innings. The first Cougar reached base in the third, but the Aces defense did let him advance past second base.

The first real scoring chance of the contest came in the fifth for College of Charleston as a single sent a runner home, but Beilsmith fired a laser to home plate as freshman Max Malley tagged out the runner to end the threat.

McMahill's final inning of the work in the sixth started with a walk, but the senior shut-down thwe Cougars, recording three-straight outs to end the inning.

College of Charleston clawed back in the seventh, scoring twice to close within one run.

After Evansville could not get anything going in the top of the eighth, the Cougars pushed in front in the bottom half. College of Charleston scored twice in the bottom of the eighth and then locked-down in the top of the ninth to earn the 4-3 win.

Evansville returns home for four contests at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium beginning with a Tuesday matchup with Indiana before facing Purdue in a three-game weekend series.

* Aces Defeat Illinois in Final Day of Red & Black Challenge

Alyssa Barela hit a 3-run home run in Sunday’s opening game to lead the University of Evansville softball team to a 9-1 win over Illinois to open the final day of the Red & Black Challenge.  Game two saw Louisville pick up a 9-1 victory to wrap up the event.

“I loved the way our ladies competed all weekend.  To go 3-2 in the last weekend before conference is huge,” UE head softball coach Mat Mundell said.  “We have so many things to be excited about and the good thing is that we can get better.”

Barela’s homer set the tone for the Purple Aces in the big win over the Fighting Illini.  With one out in the top of the third in a scoreless game, Kat Mueller reached on an Illinois error.  Jessica Fehr and Eryn Gould followed up with singles to load the bases for Haley Woolf.  The sophomore hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring in the first run of the game.

That brought Barela to the plate and she came through with her third home run of the season, bringing in three runs.  In the top of the fourth, Evansville added two more runs as a Gould triple and a Woolf double each brought home a run.  UE put the finishing touches on the 9-1 6-inning win in the top of the sixth. 

With one out, it was Kat Mueller reaching on a triple before scoring on an error by the Illini.  Gould reached on the second Illinois error of the frame before Woolf loaded the bases up with a single.  Next up was Barela, who picked up another clutch hit, posting a 2-RBI single to finalize the win. 

Emily Lockhart earned her seventh win of the season, going 5 2/3 innings.  She gave up one run on five hits.  As a team, UE had 10 hits with Woolf, Barela and Halie Fain notching two each.  Barela led all players with five RBI while Woolf brought home a pair.

UE fell to the Cardinals in their second game of the day by a 9-1 final.  Louisville starter Taylor Roby gave up just two hits five innings while striking out seven Aces batters.  The Cardinals jumped out to an early 5-0 lead following the first two innings. 

In the top of the third, Evansville got on the board when Jessica Fehr hit a sac fly that scored Lindsay Renneisen, who doubled to lead off the inning.  The Cardinals got right back on the board in the bottom half of the inning and finished the game with a 9-1 win in five frames.  Erin Kleffman made the start, going 2 1/3 innings while allowing seven runs, five of which were earned. 

On Tuesday, UE will take on Purdue Fort Wayne in the home opener.  First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.

* Evansville Clipped in Road Contest at College of Charleston

In the second game of the weekend series, the University of Evansville baseball team dropped a 3-1 decision to College of Charleston on Saturday afternoon in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

It was consistent offense in early innings that fueled the Cougars to the win. College of Charleston scored single runs in the first, second, and fourth innings, but only led 3-0.

The Aces generated plenty of opportunities in the contest, but left 10 runners on base in the contest.

One of Evansville's best chances came in the fifth inning, as Evansville put runners on second and third with two outs. With a pair of runners in scoring position, the Cougars clamped down, retiring back-to-back Evansville batters to end the inning.

Three more runners reached base for the Aces in the sixth inning, including runners on the corners with just one out, but it was again College of Charleston who responded in a timely fashion to end the inning.

Evansville scored its first and only run of the afternoon in the eighth inning as sophomore Indiana Stanley grounded out, which sent junior Robbie Wilkes to third and scored Wilkes after a throwing error.

The Aces had one final chance in the ninth as freshman Brandon Herrin walked with one out. After Herrin was retired on a fielder's choice, Evansville got a base hit from junior Mason Brinkley that put runners on first and second. With the tying run at the plate, the Cougars closed out the game, forcing a ground ball to end the contest in College of Charleston's favor.

* Woolf Hits Two Home Runs as Aces Earn Split

Haley Woolf hit two home runs over the course of Saturday’s doubleheader to lead the University of Evansville softball team to a split.  After rallying for a 7-5 win over Oakland, UE dropped a 9-1 decision to Northwestern at the Red & Black Challenge.

A 4-run sixth inning was the difference for the Purple Aces in the first game of the day versus Oakland.  Trailing the Grizzlies by a 5-3 margin entering the frame, UE rallied for the victory.  Oakland jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the second.  After a single run in the first, the Grizzlies plated two more.  UE’s score came on a Haley Woolf home run.

Oakland added two more in the third to extend their advantage to 5-1.  That is when the Evansville rally began.  In the top half of the fourth, Alyssa Barela got it started, drawing a leadoff walk.  Toni Galas entered to pinch run and scored on a Woolf double.  Lindsay Renneisen added the second double of the inning for UE to put runners on second and third with one out.  Making her first start with the Aces, Bella Coffey got the job done, grounding out to short to score Woolf.  It was her first RBI of the season.

Two innings later, the comeback was complete.  Evansville loaded the bases up with one out.  Jenna Lis pinch hit for Coffey and delivered a sacrifice fly to bring in the first run.  Next up was Kat Mueller, who delivered her second home run in as many weekends, bringing home three runs.  Her long ball proved to be the game winner with UE taking the 7-5 decision. 

While Mueller got the big hit, Erin Kleffman took care of business in the circle.  Kleffman entered the game in the bottom of the fourth with her team trailing by two.  The freshman threw four scoreless innings while allowing just one hit to secure her first collegiate victory.  Izzy Vetter made the start, giving up five runs in three frames.

Minutes after wrapping up the first game, UE was right back on the field to face Northwestern.  The Wildcats scored one in the first before the Aces countered with a run in the second.  It was Haley Woolf launching her fifth home run of the season to tie the game.

Northwestern countered with a 7-spot in the bottom of the second and cruised to a 9-1 win in five innings.  Jordyn Rudd had three RBI to lead the Wildcats while Rachel Lewis scored twice.  Kenna Wilkey made the start for NU and gave up just one hit, that being Woolf’s homer.  Emily Lockhart started the game, allowing eight runs, six earned, in two innings.  Jaime Nurrenbern threw the final 2 2/3 innings and allowed one run on one hit while fanning three batters.

* Aces Fall to Cougars on Eighth-inning Rally

A late inning rally of runs stopped the University of Evansville baseball team's winning streak on Friday as College of Charleston rallied from a three-run deficit for a 9-5 win.

"We allowed too many free bases from the 7th inning on. We played well for six innings, but couldn't find a way to compete on the mound, defensively, or at the plate for the final three innings," said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. "I'm ready to see how our club comes out tomorrow against a quality opponent."

Looking to continue their win streak, Evansville's offense got the spark it needed in the top of the third inning as the bases were loaded with junior Tanner Craig coming to the plate. Craig, who entered sixth in the nation in home runs, smacked a grand slam to right field. Craig's grand slam is the first for the Aces since Troy Beilsmith hit a grand slam on Feb. 25, 2019 in a 10-5 win over Little Rock.

Evansville added an insurance run in the sixth as freshman Brent Widder drove in Danny Borgstrom with a base-hit to right-center field.

College of Charleston took a chunk out of Evansville's lead in the seventh, plating a pair of runs to trim the Aces' advantage to 5-2. Senior Nathan Croner saw his day come to an end in the seventh with runners on second and third as Croner finished the day pitching 6.1 innings, allowing just one earned run and striking-out four.

Needing a pair of outs, it was senior David Ellis who came on in releif to close-out the seventh and Ellis did just that, not allowing the Cougars to draw closer in the inning with back-to-back outs.

The eighth proved to be the all important inning for College of Charleston as the Cougars plated seven runs in the inning to take a 9-5 lead, before shutting down the Aces at the plate in the ninth to grab the comeback victory.

Evansville returns to action with the second game of its three-game series with College of Charleston at 1 PM (CT) on Saturday in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

* Softball Begins Weekend with 7-4 Win Over Oakland

A 5-run second inning was the difference for the University of Evansville softball team on Friday evening with the Purple Aces holding off Oakland for a 7-4 win in the Red & Black Challenge.

Oakland (7-8) tagged Evansville (9-9) with a pair of runs in the top of the first.  The Aces cut the deficit in half over the ensuing half inning before bringing five runs home in the second.  From there, Evansville cruised to its 9th win of the season.

Facing the early 0-2 deficit, Evansville got one of the runs right back in the bottom half of the first with Jessica Fehr reaching on a leadoff single.  Fehr advanced to third on an Eryn Gould single before coming home when Alyssa Barela hit a sacrifice fly. 

The big inning for the Aces came in the second.  Lindsay Renneisen reached on an error before a sacrifice from Halie Fain got her into scoring position.  Hannah Hood singled up the middle to bring home the tying run before Kat Mueller launched her first home run in an Aces uniform to give UE its first lead.  Following a Katie McLean walk, Gould recorded her second hit of the day, singling to right to bring in the fourth run of the frame before Barela single to center, scoring McLean for the fifth run with Evansville taking a 6-2 advantage.

Oakland picked up a run in the fifth before UE countered, getting it right back in the bottom half of the inning on a Jessica Fehr single. The Grizzlies added another run in the next frame, but they could not get any closer as UE took the 7-4 win to open the tournament.

Emily Lockhart picked up her sixth win of the 2020 campaign, throwing four innings while allowing three runs on five hits.  Erin Kleffman gave up an unearned run in two frames of work while Jaime Nurrenbern earned a save, throwing a scoreless seventh. 

Fehr led the Aces offense with three of their 11 hits in the game.  Hood, Gould and Barela each had two hits.  Mueller and Barela each brought in two runs while Mueller notched her first homer as a member of the Aces squad.


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