UE Alumni Today
September 2011 View in Browser
In this issue:
UE Achieves Highest U.S. News & World Report Ranking Since 1994
Family Weekend Information
Dean's List Students Recognized
Financial Aid

Parents Encouraged to Join the UE Professional Network
Career Services Calendar of Events
Aces Student Rewards Program
Students Abroad
Freshman Service Project
Student Organization Fair
Dubois County Summer Picnic
St. Louis Area Send-Off Party
New Executive Diversity Scholars Program
Winter Commencement Central
New Office Staff

From the President

 UE Achieves Highest U.S. News & World Report
Ranking Since 1994

It is my pleasure to share the news with you that UE has once again been recognized as one of the top 10 regional universities in the Midwest in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges rankings.  Indeed, we have achieved our highest ranking in more than 15 years. The University of Evansville is #9 in the Best Regional Universities: Midwest category. UE held steady at the #3 slot on the Midwest list of “Great Schools, Great Prices” and was named an “A-Plus School for B Students” among Midwest regional universities.

Though it is certainly the case that no ranking system can capture the complexity of a great university, it is encouraging to see this external affirmation of UE’s academic quality, reputation, and affordability.

Tom Kazee

Family Weekend Information

University of Evansville's Annual Fall Family Weekend is a great opportunity for parents, siblings, and grandparents to visit their student on UE's campus. Don’t miss the chance to meet other parents, families, and alumni who are part of our thriving University of Evansville community.

Be sure to check in when you arrive on campus.  Pick up a schedule of events, a campus map, a 15% University Bookstore Coupon, an Aces athletics pass, refreshments, and a warm UE welcome!

Family Weekend, coordinated by the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, offers a diverse schedule of social, athletic, informational, and cultural activities for the entire family!
This year's event is different in three ways:
1. The carnival theme
2. A focus on little siblings
3. An invitation to Adult Education Students and their families

Register and View Updated Schedule:
New events have been added to our Family Weekend schedule.  To view the updated schedule and to register for Family Weekend events, click on the button:

During Family Weekend Only:
Free workout at the Student Fitness Center
Extended hours at the University Bookstore
15% off University Bookstore coupons

Student Fitness Center Hours
Friday, September 23: 6:30AM - 10PM
Saturday, September 24: 11:30AM - 5:30PM
Sunday, September 25: 11:30AM - 9:00PM

University Bookstore Extended Hours
Friday, September 23:  8:00AM  - 6:00PM
Saturday, September 24: 10:00AM  - 4:00PM
Sunday, September 25: 12:00PM  -  2:00PM

Family Weekend 2011 Carnival Fun Theme:

This year, Family Weekend will include something for the little siblings in the family. The Resident Students Association is providing a lot of fun for families attending UE’s Fall Family Weekend.

On Saturday morning at 8:00am, we will be watching cartoons and eating breakfast in the Morton/Brentano Pit. We’ll have donuts, pastries, orange juice, and milk. We’ll pack up shop at 10:00am

Then, at 11:00am, RSA will be providing inflatables, games, and other carnival-themed entertainment. Participants will need to sign waivers before they can participate on the inflatables. Look for booths and other activities, such as face painting, that will be set up by the hall councils. There is no age limit or cost for either of these events. Cartoons and the carnival are open to UE students and Family Weekend participants, alike. So, get up early for some Saturday morning cartoons and a little breakfast, then hang around for some bouncy, inflatable fun.

Musicians and Alumni The Watson Twins to Perform Sept. 23

Identical twins Chandra and Leigh Watson, 1997 UE graduates, are the talented daughters of Coach Bobby Watson, who was on board the 1977 plane crash. The twins will return to UE for their first performance since graduation at 6:30 p.m. Friday, September 23 on the East Terrace Lawn (near the Ridgway University Center). CDs will be sold and autographs signed in Memorial Plaza following the concert. As part of the Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series, the event is free and open to the public. Some seating will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs. The first 100 people will receive free, glow-in-the-dark Watson Twins T-shirts. To hear the Watson Twins' music, a blend of alternative, country, and folk, visit www.thewatsontwins.com

Additional information about the band is available here, if needed: http://www.evansville.edu/news/newsarticle.cfm?articleId=1362

UE Theatre presents...

“MASTER HAROLD”...and the boys
By Athol Fugard
Directed by John David Lutz
September 23 & 24 @ 7:30 p.m.
September 25 @ 2:00 p.m.
Shanklin Theatre

UE Theatre Opening Night Party
Family members of current UE Theatre majors are invited to the Opening Night Party at El Rio following the Friday, September 23 performance of “MASTER HAROLD”...and the boys.

UE Theatre Family Weekend Reception and Pre-play Chat
Everyone is invited to the UE Theatre Society Pre-play Chat, 7:00 p.m., Hyde Hall 103, prior to the Saturday, September 24 performance of “MASTER HAROLD”...and the boys.

Hotel Accommodations
Looking to come down for Family Weekend, but don't want to stay in your student's dorm room?  Don't worry!  We've got special hotel deals just for you!

Participating Hotels
NOTE: Must mention UE Family Weekend block.


Room Rate


Hampton Inn (East)
8000 Eagle Crest Blvd. Evansville, IN

$79/night by Sept. 9

Lyn Morehead

Hilton Garden Inn
220 East Crest Dr. Evansville, IN

$109/night by Sept. 5

Ashley Dunn

Holiday Inn Express (East)
301 Circle Front Dr. Evansville, IN

$84/night by Sept. 1

Kendra Hines

LeMerigot at Casino Aztar
615 NW Riverside Dr. Evansville, IN


Michelle Horty

Marriott Residence Inn All Suites
8283 E Walnut St. Evansville, IN

$106.00 for one queen and
full size sleeper sofa suite.
Includes breakfast.




Campus News

Dean's List Students Recognized at UE Libraries

Students who earned Dean’s List status for Spring Semester 2011 are recognized in an exhibit at UE Libraries on level one.  Students merit the honor of being named to the Dean’s List at the conclusion of each semester by earning a semester grade point average of 3.5 on a four point scale while carrying a full academic course load of at least 12 hours excluding Pass/Fail courses. Exhibit continues through Sept.18.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Information on the UE Website - www.evansville.edu/financialaid/currentStudents

Parents are encouraged to review the Office of Financial Aid’s online information for current UE students. Here you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions about financial aid in general, as well as the University of Evansville’s policies that govern our own UE-funded awards.  Also, please get in the habit of viewing your student’s financial aid and Student Account information on WebAdvisor. Students must grant parents access to their information in UE’s WebAdvisor system.

 Parents Encouraged to Join the UE Professional Network

The Offices of Alumni and Parent Relations and Career Services are teaming up to strengthen the UE Professional Network and to make it more accessible to students.  You may want to tell your student to be on the lookout for more information on UE Connect in the upcoming months – particularly if s/he is a senior. 

In the meantime as a UE Parent, you can get involved and serve as an important resource for students as they determine their majors, minors, and career directions.

The Professional Network is a web resource of career profiles designed to connect more alumni, parents and friends of the University with the career development needs of students. It is a chance for them to ask questions about your field and your transition from a student to the professional world. You offer a unique opportunity for students to increase their business protocol and communication skills.

All you have to do is
1) Visit career services web site:
2) Create an account
3) Respond to students’ inquiries as necessary

For more information contact alumni@evansville.edu.   

Career Services Calendar of Events

Fall 2011
Student-Alumni Mentor Kick-off Reception September 22
Humanities Night September 28
Graduate School Forum October 5
Student-Alumni Mentor Luncheon Series October 19
Year of Service Forum October 19
Health Careers Fair October 25
Engineering Speed Networking November 2
International Education Week November 14-18
International Education Fair November 16
Full-time and Internship Speed Networking November 16
Student-Alumni Mentor Luncheon Series November 17

 Meet the Career Services Center staff:

Staff from left to right:
Dianna Cundiff
Assistant Director of Career Outreach
Monica Spencer
Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations for Career Development
Kristen Cirino
Coordinator of Employer Relations
Diane Austin
Senior Administrative Assistant for Career Services
Linda Wulf Assistant Director
Gene Wells Director

Aces Student Reward Program 

A program where students can get several unique rewards for attending several athletics events:  http://gopurpleaces.com/sports/2011/6/29/GEN_0629113104.aspx?

Fall/Winter Sports Schedule Highlights:
Oct. 15 – Cross Country University of Evansville Invitational
Oct. 23 – Women’s Soccer Senior Night
Nov. 1 – Men’s Soccer Senior Night
Nov. 19 – Volleyball Senior Night
Nov. 4 – Military Appreciation – Men’s basketball vs. University of Illinois  
Nov. 12 – Homecoming Men’s basketball vs. Butler
                 Aces Fanfest Pregame Tailgate – 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
12/2-12/3/2011 – Dunn Hospitality Aces Winter Classic – Women’s basketball

Click below for Fall/Winter sports schedules:
Women’s Basketball
Men’s Soccer
Women’s Soccer

Students Abroad

On August 29, 2011, ninety-one University of Evansville students began classes at Harlaxton College, UE's British campus housed in a 120-room Victorian manor near Grantham, England. They are among 139 total students spending the Fall 2011 semester at Harlaxton.

"For 40 years, studying at Harlaxton College has been a definitive part of the University of Evansville experience. Where else can students live and study in a grand manor house, travel throughout the United Kingdom and Europe on weekends, and form lasting ties with local residents?" said Earl Kirk, director of study abroad at the University of Evansville. "We’re thrilled to provide this life-transforming educational experience, and we wish all of the Fall 2011 Harlaxton students a semester of learning, discovery, and growth."

The Harlaxton curriculum features a six-hour core course, The British Experience, which offers an interdisciplinary introduction to British life and culture. Literature, art history, economics, history, and political science are part of the course, which combines lectures, seminars, and field trips to locations such as Lincoln and London. In addition to The British Experience, students enroll in a range of classes in the liberal arts and pre-professional studies. 

Optional weekend trips to destinations such as London, Paris, Ireland, Wales, and the Lake District in northern England provide students with opportunities to engage the culture in Britain and beyond. While at Harlaxton, students may participate in the popular Meet-a-Family program, athletics, and other activities.

Harlaxton College’s British faculty is supplemented by visiting faculty members from American institutions. For the Fall 2011 semester, students and visiting faculty come from 13 U.S. colleges and universities, in addition to the University of Evansville.

Aside from the ninety-one students studying at Harlaxton, there are a number of students traveling in other countries as well:

  • Brenna Blazis is studying in Pune, India through the Alliance for Global Education. Brenna was awarded an Alliance scholarship for her study in India.

  • Rachel Cochran is studying in Hyderabad, India at the University of Hyderabad through AIFS. Rachel was awarded a Gilman scholarship for her semester abroad.

  • Matthew Cameron is studying in Granada, Spain at the University of Granada’s Center for Modern Languages through Arcadia University's College for Global Studies.

  • Laura Miller is studying in Granada, Spain at the University of Granada’s Center for Modern Languages through the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS).

  • Mary Pugh is studying in Managua, Nicaragua at the Council on International Educational Exchange Center at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua. Mary was awarded a Gilman scholarship for her semester abroad.

Freshman Service Project

The Freshman Service Project occurred on Monday, August 22nd. Over 500 new students served 20 sites in the Evansville community. The Freshman Service Project aims to engage UE students in their new community by instilling in them the value of serving others.



Student Organization Fair 

The Student Organization Fair was held on Monday, September 5th. Over 70 student organizations were represented at the fair. The fair offers an opportunity for students to sign up and learn more about student organizations on campus. New organizations to the UE campus include an African Student Association and a Social Media Club. The fair was in conjunction with the Student Government Association sponsored Labor Day Picnic.

 Dubois County Summer Picnic

The annual Dubois County Summer Picnic hosted by the University of Evansville’s Dubois County Alumni Network took place on Thursday, August 18th at the Jasper Engines Party House. Students, parents, alumni, and University administrators gathered to welcome a new group of freshmen and their families to the University of Evansville.

Brent Sternberg ’96 served as the emcee for the evening. President and Dr. Kazee, Dr. Stephen Standifird, and Aces Men’s Basketball Coach Marty Simmons welcomed the new students to the University and shared details on the upcoming school year. The Dubois County Alumni Network would like to thank Doug ’76 and Kathie Bawel for the use of the Jasper Engines Party House for the evening’s event. Please look forward to details next summer for the 2012 Dubois Summer Picnic. We would love to see you!


St. Louis Area Send-Off Party


University of Evansville alumni, parents, and students gathered at the home of Sean ‘97 and Rebecca ’97 Ellis in Collinsville, IL on August 11th to celebrate another school year for University of Evansville students from the St. Louis area. Among the group were Amelia Eaton and her family. Amelia, a freshman from Hazelwood, Missouri was recognized as the 2011 St. Louis Area Endowed Scholarship recipient. This scholarship was funded through gifts from UE alumni and friends in the St. Louis area. Amelia is picture with her parents, Robert and Kathleen and brothers: Caleb and Benjamin.


New Executive Diversity Scholars Program

The Office of Diversity Initiatives is excited to announce the launch of the Executive Diversity Scholars program!  On Wednesday, August 31st, ten students attended the informational session.  Executive Diversity Scholars (EDS) is a proactive program tailored to fit the needs of domestic (U.S.) students of color at the University of Evansville. The program is modeled after the Executive Diversity Scholars program created by Pamela Hopson, Director of the Multicultural Center at the University of Southern Indiana. At the University of Evansville, the focus of EDS is on the comprehensive development of the student in the following areas:

  • Academic

  • Personal

  • Professional

  • Social


In addition, this program seeks to provide a sense of positive community in which students can explore, grow, develop and ultimately be better prepared for life post-graduation whether that entails the workforce, graduation school, military/service careers, or all of the above.

During bi-monthly workshops, students will explore topics such as: self-awareness, time management, conflict resolution, personal branding, stress management, and cross-cultural communication. Students participate on a voluntary basis and can enter or leave the program at any time. In addition, the program is at zero-cost to the student. EDS is not a student organization in which students would have to assume leadership roles and responsibilities. Instead, it is an opportunity for students to come, gain the knowledge and skills that they need to be successful, and essentially be students. The program is facilitated by the Office of Diversity Initiatives and led by Ms. La Toya Smith, Diversity and Equity Officer.

For more information, please contact La Toya Smith, Diversity and Equity Officer, at (812) 488-2413 or ls103@evansville.edu.

Winter Commencement Central

The university bookstore, in conjunction with the Alumni Office, Registrar's Office and Career Services, will be having its December graduate Commencement Central on Wednesday, October 19th from 10AM to 4PM.  The event will take place in the Ridgway University Center outside of the university bookstore. 

This event is intended for all DECEMBER 2011 graduates only.  Please encourage your child to attend this event.  During the event, graduates will be confirming their information with the Registrar's Office, obtaining information from the Alumni Office, and meeting with Career Services for any questions.  Also, graduates will be ordering:   cap and gowns,  graduation announcements,  and diploma frames Information on other graduation services offered by the university bookstore, will also be available.   Cap and gown  and announcement order forms can also be downloaded from Bookstore website at www.evansville.bkstr.com

If you have questions please contact the university bookstore directly at 812-488-2678.
From the Development Office
The “New” Guy

Greetings to all the great UE parents!  My name is Brad Kastrup and I am the “new guy” in the Alumni and Development Office.  I graduated from UE in May and have spent all summer learning what it means to work for my alma mater.  One of my many new responsibilities will be working with the Parents’ Council through the Parents’ Fund Committee.  I look forward to working with all of you to help raise support for such a great institution. 

If you ever have any questions regarding the Parents’ Fund or anything else regarding life on campus and what it means to be a student, I’d be glad to chat with you over the phone at 812.488.2440 or exchange emails at bk73@evansville.edu.  UE is a great place for your students, and I know that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without all the great experiences and people that I came across during my four years on campus.
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September 23-25
Family Weekend

October 8-11
Fall Break

October 12
Classes Resume

November 11-13
November 23-27
Thanksgiving Break
November 28
Classes Resume
December 14
Baccalaureate & Commencement
Final Exams End
December 15 - January 6
Winter Break 
 For more events and info, visit UE's Event Calendar

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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

Monica Spencer
Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations for Career Development ms323@evansville.edu

Donna Jones M'08
Senior Administrative Assistant

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