UE Alumni Today
April 2012

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In this issue:
Senior Keynote Commencement Speaker Competition

Learn More About UE Connect
Getting in Touch
Upcoming Open House
Important Residence Life News
Creating an Atmosphere of Philanthropy
Financial Aid Information 2012-2013
Talking Renters' Insurance to Your Kids
Class of 2012: Your Health Insurance May End Sooner Than You Think!
Epsilon Beta Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota Initiation Ceremony
Third Annual Honoring Women Veterans Conference
UE Highlights: Good News
University of Evansville Dining
Purple Aces Club to Hold Golf Classic on May 22
154th Commencement to Feature Inaugural
Senior Keynote Address

In its first commencement ceremony at the Ford Center in downtown Evansville, the University of Evansville will award 529 degrees to 515 graduating students at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.

In addition to a new venue, the 154th commencement also marks a new tradition: a Senior Keynote address, which will replace a commencement speaker from outside the campus community.

"The University implemented the Senior Keynote at the recommendation of the Ceremonies Committee, believing no one can better reflect on the UE experience than a member of the graduating class,” said Alan Kaiser, associate professor of archaeology and chair of the Senior Keynote selection committee.

After reviewing essays and hearing applicants’ speeches, the selection committee chose Emily K. Mella of San Antonio, Texas, as the first Senior Keynote speaker. Mella is an archaeology, art history, and international studies major and history minor.

Click here to read more.

For more on Spring Commencement 2012 go to: www.evansville.edu/commencement.
Get Involved

Learn More About UE Connect

UE parents, do you want to learn more about UE Connect and how it can help your student succeed? The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations has created an online presentation exclusively for parents to help inform and better explain UE Connect. Learn about the various components that students can use now and in the future, tips on how you can promote UE Connect to your student, and how you as parents are an integral part of UE's network in building a better future for UE students.

Click here and discover for yourself all of the great things about UE Connect today.

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Getting in Touch

UE parents, you have a Facebook page! Click here or go to www.facebook.com/UEParents to like us and begin receiving updates and connecting with other parents.
If you are a parent of a freshman, click here to join the Class of 2015 UE Parents group.
The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations has put together information and resources just for parents.  Click here to visit the parents' website today or go to www.evansville.edu/parents.

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Upcoming Open House

The The next University of Evansville Open House will be July 14, 2012. Reach out to neighbors, students from church, friends of your children, coworkers with children, and anyone else you may know! We are looking to continue the strong tradition of academic excellence at UE and are looking for quality students from your area!

Click here to register for the upcoming Open House, or refer the link to a friend or family member!

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Important Residence Life News

Residence halls will be closing!

All UE residential facilities officially closed at noon on Thursday, May 3, following finals week. Students must officially check out of housing within 24 hours following their last exam. To see our Closing Residence Life e-newsletter click here - it has information about last meal services, checking out, extended stay requests, summer housing, housing cancellation deadlines, fall move-in, early arrival requests, and more!

Important dates and deadlines:

Early arrival requests deadline - May 25   

Laundry will be linked to housing fees starting Fall 2012

Students will no longer need quarters to do laundry and there will be no need to pay for a laundry card! All laundry machines will be available for no extra cost - it will be covered by housing fees next year!

Gift baskets for your student

Resident Students Association (RSA) is extending their gift package program to include welcome packs for fall move-in. You can purchase these packs over the summer and they will be hand-delivered to your son or daughter by their RA after they move in this fall. Watch for a mailer from RSA this summer!

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 Creating an Atmosphere of Philanthropy

In tIn the spirit of Civic Mission and Sacred Trust, UE held its first campus-wide Philanthropy Week from March 19 - 23. The week educated students on how scholarships are created and on the need to support future students. Throughout the week, over 220 grateful students wrote thank-you cards to donors, 250 students and donors attended the annual Gift of Scholarship Dinner, and we raised over $7,000 for the Student Scholarship Fund through our first 24-hour social media campaign, UEGIVE24. Philanthropy Week was a big hit for the UE community and we are already excited for next year. 

Other philanthropic opportunities for participation is through our Senior Gift program and the Young Alumni President's Club membership. Each year, the graduating seniors are asked to help support the Student Scholarship Fund and pay it forward for future students. The Young Alumni President's Club is a great way for our newest alumni to give back. With a gift of $100, graduating seniors receive a personalized brick that is placed outside the Ridgway University Center, membership into the President's Club, recognition in the commencement program, and they leave campus knowing they helped a future student. If you or your student would like more information on the Young Alumni President's Club please contact Brad Kastrup, assistant director of annual giving, at 812-488-2440 or at bk73@evansville.edu.

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Info You Should Know

Financial Aid Information for 2012-2013

FAFSA: Students may still file the 2012-13 FAFSA to be considered for need-based aid, including federal student loans. Once your FAFSA has been filed, please respond immediately to any request you may receive from the Office of Financial Aid to correct your FAFSA or provide verification documents.

IRS data retrieval: If estimated tax information was used to complete your FAFSA, we encourage you to correct your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval feature. Go to FAFSA.gov, log in to the student’s FAFSA record, select “Make FAFSA Corrections,” and navigate to the Financial Information section of the form. From there, follow the instructions to determine if the student/parent is eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer 2011 IRS income tax information into the student’s FAFSA. It takes up to two weeks for IRS income information to be available for the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for electronic IRS tax return filers and up to eight weeks for paper IRS tax return filers. If you need more information about using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 812-488-2364.

Verification of FAFSA: If the student’s FAFSA was selected for verification by the federal processor, we have begun to request the required documents. Using the IRS Data Retrieval tool is the best way to provide your tax information to satisfy the verification requirement. An IRS Tax Transcript is the other way to provide tax information to meet the verification requirement. Photocopies of IRS 1040 forms are no longer acceptable.

Checking grades and credit hours earned in May: After the completion of the spring semester, we will review students' academic records to determine if they are making Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students who are deficient in meeting these standards are notified immediately via mail and are ineligible for any form of aid (including loans) until the deficiencies are corrected.

June: Financial Aid Notification letters are mailed in late June to your preferred address on file. Please make sure that your preferred address is accurate in UE's system. Only students with complete files will receive awards.

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Talking Renters' Insurance to Your Kids

You’ve been your children’s source for insurance for 18 years or longer. But now they’re moving into their own apartments and should probably get insurance for themselves. If you want your kids to be properly insured, take the lead and explain the benefits in terms they can understand.

Click here to read more.

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Class of 2012: Your Health Insurance May End
Sooner Than You Think!

The job market is looking up! According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for those ages 20-24 was down to 13.8 percent after being even higher in 2012. But compared with 8.3 percent unemployment for the overall workforce, these are still challenging times.

The Alumni Association offers health insurance to fill the needs of many new alumni who will be without coverage after graduation, whether it's due to lack of employment or even under-employment. Parental policies may not be suitable for after graduation due to cost or location outside the parent's network coverage area. And for those on the school's plan, our student health insurance ends on August 22, 2012. Most products are available to family members as well - even if they didn't attend the University of Evansville.

Don't risk going without health insurance, especially when affordable options are available.

For more information visit meyerandassoc.com/ma/UE.  

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UE Highlights

Epsilon Beta Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota Initiation Ceremony

Aces TVThe Epsilon Beta chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society, held its annual initiation ceremony on Sunday afternoon, April 1, in the Ridgway University Center.

Ten students were inducted into membership, representing seven languages. New members include Lynn Beaumont, Haley Campbell, Bianca Edelhoff, Gina Filo, Jessica Foster, Gretchen Kohl, Michael Koletsos, Monica Meisling, Lesley Nash, and Nathan Stamps.

Faculty advisor, Ann Baker, gave the opening remarks and welcomed the new members. The 2011-12 officers and members, president Sarah Williams, vice president Erica Marburger, treasurer Sam Stevens, social director Jenna Rice along with PSI members Deirdre Gillen, Kenzie George, and Andrea Weber, conducted the ceremony. Xiaoyu Zhu, visiting instructor of Chinese, delivered the keynote speech for the event.

A dessert reception for members, initiates, faculty, and friends followed the ceremony.

Phi Sigma Iota is a national honor society whose members are elected from among outstanding advanced undergraduate students and faculty in foreign languages. The Epsilon Beta chapter has initiated 144 members since it was installed here on April 8, 2000. 

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Third Annual Honoring Women Veterans Conference

On Saturday, June 2, 2012, the University of Evansville will host the Third Annual Honoring Women Veterans Conference. Women veterans - this is your day! Join us for a FREE, fun, and informative day designed for women who have served in the United States military. Registration by May 21 is required; space is limited.

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Good News

Outstanding Future Educators

Congratulations to UE students Kayla Brenton, Aimee Gray, Brooke Maher, Hannah McNeill, and Anna Millns, who were chosen by the School of Education faculty to be recognized at the Indiana Association for Colleges of Teacher Education's annual Outstanding Future Educators Banquet. The event, held Friday, April 13 at the Ritz Charles in Indianapolis, honored the top student teachers in the state of Indiana.

American College Theatre Festival Honors John David Lutz

John David Lutz, chair of the University of Evansville Department of Theatre, has been selected to receive the award for Outstanding Career Achievement in Directing from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Annual Gumberts Award Competition

The Department of Music concluded its concerts for the year with the 35th annual Gumberts Award Competition in Wheeler Concert Hall on Tuesday, April 24. Each year, the Gumberts Award Competition features the best performers among the senior class as selected by the Department faculty. This year, the performers were Kaitlin Gress (percussion), Fatima Chan (violin), and Alyssa Kereki (flute).

Click here to read more good news.

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University of Evansville Dining

Want to know what the University of Evansville Dining Services is doing to celebrate spring?  Among the new options they are offering are some exciting events such as Grillin' & Chillin All Month Long, hosting weekly cookouts on the patio outside Ridgway University Center, and celebrating Earth Day in a special way! 

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Purple Aces Club to Hold Golf Classic on May 22

Join alumni on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, when the Purple Aces Club holds its annual Golf Classic at Quail Crossing Golf Club in Boonville, Indiana. All proceeds from the event will benefit University of Evansville athletic scholarships. Foursomes can join for $500 while individual players can register for $125. The deadline for entry into the tournament is May 14.

Registration and lunch take place from 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. with the event set for a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.  A post-event reception will take place from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. with awards being given out at that time.

There are also several sponsorship opportunities. For $150, you can become a hole sponsor, which includes a sponsor sign on the tee or green. A pair of opportunities are available for $250, including Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive sponsors. Both include a sign on the tee for those respective holes. Cart sponsors are also available for $750 and include sponsor signs on all carts. Each sponsorship opportunity also consists of recognition on select promotional materials.

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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

Jill Jungemann
Alumni and Parent Relations Intern




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