UE Alumni Today

In this edition:
President Thomas A. Kazee's Inauguration
... and Family Weekend
UE Bragging Points
Resident Halls Open August 2010
Parents' Fund - Why I Give
Donate to Parents' Fund Today
Attention Freshmen Parents! Purchase your School Spirit Send-Off Packets Today!!
Thank You SOAR I & II Parent Council Volunteers!
Author Khaled Hosseini to Speak at UE this Fall
Become an EVSC Early College Coach

President Thomas A. Kazee's Inauguration

The University of Evansville's 23rd President, Dr. Thomas A. Kazee, will be inaugurated this fall. The inauguration ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 2, on the University of Evansville Front Oval Lawn. Because this falls during Family Weekend, it affords the institution a unique opportunity to celebrate not only our new president, but also the University of Evansville's family, accomplishments, and history. A number of events will be scheduled during the week leading up to the inauguration, allowing UE to showcase its amazing students, faculty, alumni, and facilities.  After the inauguration, there will be a picnic with the new president and his wife, Sharon.  Go to evansville.edu/inauguration for details on the weekly celebration.

To see a video of the President's first day on campus exploring UE, click here.

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... and Family Weekend!

This year, Family Weekend is taking place October 1-3.  Family Weekend is a great chance to spend time with your UE student, experiencing the campus with them.  All members of the family are welcome, so be sure to bring everyone along to celebrate.

Some highlights of Family Weekend this year will include the Undy 500 fun run/walk, the SAB student talent show, Musical Bingo for families sponsored by the Musical Therapy Association, and a UE theatre production.  There will also be parent information sessions on subjects such as choosing a major, studying abroad, career services, and Greek life.  And of course everyone is invited to President Kazee's Inauguration Ceremony and Picnic with the President.

For a full schedule of events go to the Parent's website. The Parents Connection Newsletter, being mailed out soon, will also feature more information, including how to register for Family Weekend, the Inauguration Ceremony, and the picnic.

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UE Bragging Points

Treasures & Traditions
Right after World War II ended, enrollment at the University of Evansville - then known as Evansville College - grew tremendously. Much of this was due to returning servicemen taking advantage of the GI Bill that offered free tuition. The college had a policy that every veteran who qualified and wished to attend EC would be admitted. Enrollment jumped from between 280 to 400 students during the war, to 1,505 in the fall of 1946. To accommodate this huge influx of students, classes were scheduled from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Every possible space on campus was used as a classroom, including the auditorium stage and the president's own reception room.

UE Salutes
Tennis player Kate Chybowski and soccer player Robby Lynch have been named as the Purple Aces' most outstanding athletes of 2009-10.  Both just finished their junior years and were chosen first team all-Missouri Valley Conference in 2009-10.

Courtney Kersten's essay "Let Me Ripen" appeared in Thoreau's Rooster, a creative non-fiction journal from Assumption College. Courtney first wrote this piece in the Creative Non-Fiction, Writing 308 class at the University of Evansville. She'll be spending next year in Latvia studying theater on a Fulbright.

Mechanical and electrical engineering students places seventh at the 2010 NASA University Launch Initiative.  Twenty colleges from around the US participated, and this yearly competition involves the design, construction, and flight test of a high powered amateur rocket along with a scientific payload to a height of one mile and returning it safely to earth.

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Resident Halls Open August 2010

SOAR III Freshmen & STAR II Transfers 
If you are attending SOAR III or STAR II, you may move into your residence hall between 8am and 10pm on Thursday, August 19.

Freshmen & Transfer Students
All other freshmen and transfer students may move in between 8am and 4pm on Saturday, August 21. Check-in will be at your assigned residence hall.

All upperclassmen may move in between Sunday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 24 between 10am and 10pm. Check-in will be at your assigned residence hall. Note: Village check-ins will be located in North Hall.

Fall Meals
While the residence halls are open on the above dates, please be aware that no food service is available until the evening of Tuesday, August 24, 2010.

Meal Plan Changes 
Students wishing to adjust their meal plans for Fall may do so until Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 5pm.

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Parents' Fund - Why I Give

We are recognizing those who have been giving to the Parents' Fund.  Every newsletter from now on we will put the spotlight on a few of the parents who have been giving to UE.  This month we're recognizing Linda Johnson-Vojtech.

Name: Linda Johnson-Vojtech
Spouse: Tom Vojtech
UE Student: Brittney Johnson, '10
Alma Mater: Marquette University, '75
Residence: Roscoe, Illinois
Career Highlights:  Dental hygienist, manager of the hygienists in the office
Volunteer Activities: Church, clothing driving, recycling
"Why I Give to Parents' Fund": Brittney graduated May 2010 with a major in nursing, but I continue to give to Parents' Fund because UE has been good for Brittney's college career.  She had benefited from scholarship opportunities through UE. I give to give future students these same opportunities.

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Please Give to Parents' Fund Today

This academic year, the UE Parents’ Fund is charged with raising $45,000 in unrestricted funds. Gifts to the Parents’ Fund bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of operating the school. 

While most Parents’ Fund gifts at UE are used to meet student scholarship needs, they also help fund essentials within the operating budget, including faculty salaries, professional development, curriculum development, art supplies, technology, and even heating, lighting, and food in the café court. These unrestricted gifts are applied wherever the need is greatest, and they are essential to the school’s excellence and financial strength.

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 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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Attention Freshmen Parents!
Purchase your School Spirit Send-Off Packets Today!!

Every year the Student Alumni Ambassadors or SAA conducts their annual sale of “School Spirit Send-Off Packets.” These packets are a great gift – We encourage all parents of incoming freshmen to purchase these wonderful packets for their UE student. It is a great way to tell your child that you are proud of their accomplishments and wish them the best of luck in their first year at the University of Evansville!

Each packet is $35 and will contain the following:

· UE Draw String Bag
· UE Chip Clip
· UE Lanyard
· UE ID Holder
· UE Post-it Notes
· UE Key Chain
· UE Pencil
· UE Pen/Highlighter
· UE Notebook
· SAA Advice Book for new UE students

Please have your packet ordered by Friday, August 20, 2010. Deliveries will be made during the second full week of classes. You may put in your SAA packet order over the phone by contacting the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 812-488-2586.  SAA members will deliver send-off packets to any on-campus location, such as the residence halls and campus offices. Off campus students, i.e., university apartments, fraternity houses, etc. will be notified of packets to be picked up in the SAA Office located in the Igleheart Building.

For more information about the packets, please contact Monica Spencer at ms323@evansville.edu or 812-488-4065. Again, welcome…we are so glad that you are here!!

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Thank You SOAR I & II Parent Council Volunteers!


SOAR II June 19, 2010 SOAR II, left to right: Judy Seitzinger '83, Jim Metcalfe '78, Debra Armstrong, Angela Williams - Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, and Monique and Jerrold Ware

Many thanks to Parents Council volunteers and Michael Tessier for assisting in answering freshmen parent's questions for Parenthood: UE Style this summer during SOAR I and II.  

There were 422 families on campus in June (189 - SOAR I and 233 - SOAR II) and we're glad you were there to help.

Thanks to all volunteers for SOAR I, II, and III: Jim '78 and Deborah '79 Metcalfe, Judy Seitzinger '83, Doug '85 and Debra '81 Kanet, Julie '83 and Steve '83 Smith, Jerrold and Monique Ware, Jan Kahre, Gary and Cheryl Gorrell, Debra Armstrong, and Mr. and Mrs. Carol McCraney.

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Author Khaled Hosseini to Speak at UE this Fall

The University of Evansville International Speaker Series and Evansville’s Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series announced that Khaled Hosseini, author of the Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns will present a conversation on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at The Centre at 7 p.m.

Hosseini was born in Afghanistan and lived in Paris before coming to America as a political refugee. Both of his novels take place in his native country, and he will be able to share a unique perspective on the conflict in Afghanistan to the Evansville community.

There is free admission and no ticket is required to attend this event. 

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Become an EVSC Early College Coach

The University of Evansville has partnered with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Early College High School (EVSC ECHS) Program to supply “College Coaches” to work with the families (parents, guardians, advocates) of ECHS students. College Coaches, consisting of UE Alumni and UE Parents will provide parents with consistent support and guidance by building trust, establishing a relationship, listening, to help parents navigate the complexities of college.

If you are within a one to two hour driving distance from the University of Evansville, please consider being a part of this pioneering effort to transform the college going experience. To become a college coach, click on the following link and complete the Early College Coaching Series application form by August 2, 2010:  the ECCS Application Form .

For more information about EVSC - Early College High School and the Early College Coaching Series, please visit the UE Parents Website by clicking on the following link:  http://www.evansville.edu/parents/coaching.cfm.   

If you any questions about becoming a College Coach, please contact Angela Williams, assistant director, University of Evansville, at (812) 488-2900 or aw162@evansville.edu.

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More on Our Website

UE Parents Home
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UE Campus Calendar
Purple Aces Athletics Home
Financial Aid at UE

Events Calendar
August 19 - 21
SOAR Session III
Saturday, August 21
12 - 2 pm
UEAAA Welcome Reception
August 21 - 24
Welcome Week for incoming freshmen
Sunday, August 22 & Tuesday, August 24
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Check In at residence halls for the Fall Semester.  For more information visit ResLife
Wednesday, August 25
Fall Semester begins
Tuesday, August 31
Last day to register/add courses
Monday, September 6
Labor Day
Class will be in session all day
October 1 - 3
Family Weekend
Saturday, October 2
Inauguration of Dr. Thomas A. Kazee as the 23rd president of the University of Evansville
October 9 - 12
Fall Break
 For more events and info, visit UE's Event Calendar

Keep in Touch

Is your contact information and e-mail address current with UE?

Be sure they are, by using the easy online Keeping In Touch form just for parents! Your most current contact information allows the University to send you important information about campus developments and initiatives.

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.

Tell Us About a Career Opportunity from Your Organization

If you or your organization has potential internship, co-op or full-time job opportunities that could be filled by UE students or graduates, we would love to hear from you. Fill out the career referral form online.

Introduce a Student
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
1800 Lincoln Avenue
Evansville, Indiana 47722

Sylvia (Young) DeVault '85
Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Angela Williams
Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Donna Jones M'08
Senior Administrative Assistant

Devin Chambers
Intern for Alumni and Parent Relations

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