UE Alumni Today
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In this edition:
UE's Largest Campaign Closes Successfully
UE Bragging Points
Save the Date for Family Weekend
Honoring Women Veterans Conference
Career Corner
UE Completes the Census
Early College High School Parent Mentors Needed
Students Join in UEAAA Reunion Celebrations
Donate to Parents' Fund Today

UE's Largest Campaign Closes Successfully

The University of Evansville is proud to announce the successful conclusion of its largest-ever capital campaign, U•Envision 2010.

The campaign, which was publicly launched in September 2007 with a goal of raising $80 million, is ending six months ahead of schedule, after exceeding its goal by more than $2.6 million. To celebrate – and as a “Thank You” to many of the University’s most generous supporters – University administration held an event on May 15 at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Gardens for members of the UE President’s Club.  It was during that event that the official campaign total was first announced.

The official total raised during the U•Envision 2010 campaign is $82.68 million.

For more on the campaign, visit evansville.edu/news.

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UE Bragging Points

What's Happening on Campus?
Congratulations to the class of 2010, who graduated from UE Saturday, May 8.

Treasures & Tradition
Did you know that...

The first degree ever given by the University of Evansville - then known as Evansville College - was conferred upon Helen Busse in June 1921. This was done during the ceremony laying the cornerstone on the new Administration Hall. In 1922, there were 12 people in the graduating class and the year after that, 25.

UE Salutes...
Archaeology major Lauren Weingart is the winner of the 2010 Shirley J. Schwarz Prize for Research in Art History. Lauren's winning paper is entitled "German Art and the Holocaust: The Representation and Preservation of History in the Visual Arts."

The men of Lambda Chi Alpha were the Highest Fundraiser in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's School & Youth program this year. With a matching grant, Lambda Chi Alpha's Teeter-Totter-A-Thon raised over $8,100 for the non-profit organization.

Five University of Evansville athletic teams - women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, women's golf and volleyball - have been singled out by the NCAA for ranking among the top 10 percent nationally in their sport's latest Academic Progress Rate (APR).

UE Student-Athlete academic achievement:  The University of Evansville continues to expand its academic success, as three Purple Aces were selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District teams. Tennis’ Kate Chybowski and swimming’s Colin Gray were named first-team selections while swimming’s Christina Schmidgall earned second-team honors. As first-team members, Chybowski and Gray are now finalist for Academic All-America honors, which will be voted for on a national ballot beginning today. UE has produced 41 Academic All-Americans since 1972, including nine since 2003. The most recent is Mike Luttrull, chosen for the men’s soccer second team following the 2009 season.

University of Evansville softball players Jen McKee and Jen Stahlhut were both named as Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete honorable mention selections, the league announced Monday. McKee wrapped up her senior year this spring after recording 192 strikeouts in her career. This is the second time that the Hamilton, Ohio, native earned scholar-athlete honors while she has also been named to the MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award and Honor Roll during her time at UE. With a 3.75 GPA, McKee graduated with a degree in visual communication. Stahlhut’s selection comes on the heels of her earning second team all-conference and all-tournament honors during her junior year. Starting and playing in every game for the last two years, Stahlhut ranked first in the MVC with eight doubles in conference play while third in the league with 13 doubles overall. Originally from Troy, Illinois, Stahlhut ranked second on the team in batting average at .305 and stolen bases with nine. Stahlhut holds a 3.62 GPA and is pursuing a degree in health services administration.

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Save the Date for Family Weekend!

Save the date: Family Weekend 2010
 When: October 1 - 3
Where: UE!
Visit your child on campus and come meet other families to share in the UE Experience during Family Weekend.




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Honoring Women Veterans Conference

Military service is the greatest gift an American can give. On Saturday, June 26, the University of Evansville and the Evansville Vet Center are giving something back - a free day long conference for women veterans featuring sessions on military benefits and marketing your military skills for employment, along with a visit with  Major General (Ret.) Irene Trowell-Harris, Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans. Lunch, pampering, and networking are also included. UE’s Office of Veterans Affairs invites all women veterans to the Honoring Women Veterans Conference. It will be held in Eykamp Hall of Ridgway University Center on UE’s campus from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 26.

The entire event is free, but you do need to register. Just go to evansville.edu/veteransaffairs or call 812-488-2141 to sign up. Please spread the word to any women veterans, not just alumnae.

Help us celebrate the dedicated women who have served our country!

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Career Corner

We invite you to explore the Career Services and Cooperative Education Website for Parents. You'll find a wealth of information and resources to help your child, and even you.  Being a parent, it's important to know what's out their for your child to help them succeed.  The services that Career Services provide our indispensible for someone about to enter the job market for the first time or find that internship. 

So encourage your child to visit Career Services, and we encourage you to visit our website and see what we can offer you!

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UE Completes the Census!

Towards the end of last month, we had the final figures of the US Census Group Quarters participation on campus.  

The Statistics:   Approximately 1,574 individuals were classified as living in “group quarters” on the University of Evansville Campus. (This included those individuals living in residence halls, Village properties, and Fraternities).  

Starting on April 5, over 25 separate meetings were held across campus within the course of 3 days. The campus responded at a phenomenal rate of 93% participation.   

Follow-up calls and emails from Residence Life office staff produced a final result of 96.6% total participation! There were only 53 non-respondents!

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Early College High School Parent Mentors Needed

What is Early College High School (ECHS)?  Early college high schools are small schools designed so students can earn a high school diploma while working toward an associate's degree or up to two years of credit toward a bachelor's degree.  Early college high schools have the potential to improve high school graduation rates and better prepare students for high-skill careers by engaging all students in a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum and compressing the number of years to a college degree.

Who is served by ECHS? The early college high school initiative focuses on young people for whom the transition into post-secondary education is difficult.  Its priority is to serve low-income young people, first-generation college goers, English language learners, and students of color, all of whom are statistically under-represented in higher education.  This initiative will increase the number of these young people who earn an associate's degree or two years of college credit and the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree.

To volunteer to be a mentor of parents who have a student in the ECHS program, contact Angela Williams, assistant director, at (812) 488-2900 or aw162@evansville.edu.

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Students Join in UEAAA Reunion Celebrations

Over 90 alumni plus their guests enjoyed a weekend back on campus at the first ever University of Evansville African American Alumni (UEAAA) Reunion Weekend April 23 — 25, 2010. Alumni came back to UE from as far away as Colorado, California, Florida, Virginia and North Carolina and from as close as right here in Evansville. The class years ranged from 1953 to 2003. All enjoyed a variety of events including a Gala evening featuring a Jazz performance by Chuck Johnson '80 of Los Angeles.

At the Gala over $10,000 was raised for the Zerah Priestly Carter African American Scholarship. This combined with $12,000 that has been raised over the past year, brings the endowed scholarship's total to $75,000. Tody Onwumere was the recipient of the Zerah Priestly Carter Scholarship and was awarded $2,600 or the 2010-2011 school year at the annual luncheon, the award was presented by Rose Mays '67.

During the luncheon, Black Student Union president, Keanu Gordon-Williams, presented a BSU report to the audience.  The UE Step Team, including Tobiloba Alofe, Brittney Daugherty, Amanda Hopf, Tina Lu'uloa, Shena' Peterson, Natasha Smith, Heather Vozzola, Bereasha Washington, Regina Wayne, Ashley Whylly, and Porsche Williams, all performed a step show.  Poetry was recited by students Keanu Gordon-Williams, Jasmin Martin, Becky Kennedy, Jaymes Hughes, and Idhade Eigbobo.

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Donate to Parents' Fund Today

The Parents’ Fund, under the banner of Caring, Giving & Reaching, has already made great strides towards its goal of $40,000 for the academic year. To date, over 550 parents have given during this fiscal year, with a little over $25,000 given to the Parents’ Fund.  We’d like to see at least that many more parents donate between now and the end of May. 

How much should you give?  That’s totally up to you.  A gift of $10, $25, $50 or more would certainly help!  Remember, your gifts to the Parents’ Fund are tax deductible, and help to provide scholarships to students who might not be able to enjoy the same quality education your son or daughter is already receiving. 

To make a gift to UE, simply visit www.evansville.edu/give today.  Thank you!

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You will also receive: The bi-annual Parents Connections newsletter, this bi-monthly Parents Association Today e-newsletter, important campus news and announcements, occasional Parents Association information, updates and regional event invitations by e-mail.

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to UE

Continue the strong tradition of academic excellence at UE; refer quality students from your community, high school, church or your own home to UE. The application fee is waived for those prospective students referred by parents or alumni.

Fill out the online form at evansville.edu/alumni/referral.cfm to refer a student today.

Office of Alumni and Parent Relations

Igleheart Building
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Sylvia (Young) DeVault '85
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Angela Williams
Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Monica Spencer
Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations for Career Development

Donna Jones M'08
Senior Administrative Assistant

Devin Chambers
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