UE Alumni Today
July 2012

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In this issue:
Family Weekend 2012
UE Purple Spirit Packets

Residential Housing Opens August 2012
Career Services
Office of Admission Update and Financial Aid News
Call for Parents’ Fund Volunteers
Congratulations on Your New Graduate
Good News
SAVE THE DATE: Family Weekend 2012

September 28-30, 2012

Spend some quality time with your UE student and enjoy informative and fun events!  For a complete Family Weekend 2012 schedule please click here
Register online  beginning Tuesday, August 7.  
UE Purple Spirit Packets

Attention Freshmen Parents!

Every year the Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA) conducts their annual sale of UE Purple Spirit Packets. We encourage all parents of incoming freshmen to purchase these unique 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
I © UE pin
UE ID holder
UE key chain   
UE pencil     
UE pen/highlighter       
UE notebook       
SAA Advice Book for new UE students

Two ways to purchase:
1. Please print out the attached form, complete and return to the SAA office (c/o Monica Spencer, SAA Advisor, Igleheart Building, 1800 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, IN 47722) by Saturday, August 25, 2012.

2. Visit www.uealumnionline.com/purplepackets to purchase online with a credit card.

Deliveries will be made during the second full week of classes. SAA members will deliver spirit packets to all on-campus locations, 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. 

SAA is a student organization dedicated to building pride and loyalty in the University of Evansville. Our organization provides valuable opportunities for UE students to network and build lasting relationships with alumni. All money raised through this fundraiser goes directly toward facilitating our efforts.
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Residential Housing Opens August 2012

Moving In 
When students arrive, staff will be available for check-in. Student volunteers will assist freshmen who are moving in on Saturday, August 18.

Early Arrivals 
Unless students have been pre-approved to arrive early, they should plan to arrive at their appointed time.

SOAR III Freshmen and STAR II Transfers 
Students attending SOAR III or STAR II may move in to their residence hall between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 16.

Freshmen and Transfer Students 
All other freshmen and transfer students may move in between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 18. Check-in will be at their assigned residence hall.

All upperclassmen may move in between Sunday, August 19, and Tuesday, August 21, between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Check-in will be at their assigned residence hall. Village check-ins will be in North Hall.

Fall Meals 
While residential housing is open on the above dates, please be aware that no food service is available until the evening of Tuesday, August 22.  Meals will be provided for students participating in SOAR, Welcome Week, and approved athletic team practice.

Meal Plan Changes 
Students wishing to adjust their meal plans for the fall semester may do so until Wednesday, August 29, at 5:00 p.m. Here is a link for making meal plan changes: Meal Plan Change.

Services in Residential Housing 
See what is offered and provided by following this link: residencelife.evansville.edu/Services.htm.

No More Quarters for Laundry
Starting Fall 2012, students will no longer need quarters to do laundry. Laundry now included in the overall housing fee.

Digital TV Service
Starting with Summer/Fall 2012, digital cable TV in student rooms can be accessed in the following ways:
l A TV equipped with a built-in QAM tuner
l A retail external QAM tuner converter box compatible with Insight programming
l A digital box or DVR box rented through Insight

For more information about digital upgrades, DVRs, and converter boxes click here.

See our Campus Living! e-newsletter here: F2012 Summer Preview Edition

Important Dates

l Labor Day (Classes are in session): Monday, September 3
l Fall Break (Halls remain open - no meal service): Saturday, October 6 - Tuesday, October 9
l Last meal served before Fall Break - Dinner: Friday, October 5
l First meal served after break - Dinner: Tuesday, October 9
l Classes resume:  Wednesday, October 10

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Career Services

Upcoming Events

Fall 2012
Student-Alumni Mentor Kick-off Reception September 20, 2012
Humanities Night September 26, 2012
Graduate School Forum October 3, 2012
Graduate School Fair October 3, 2012
Year of Service Forum October 17, 2012
Student-Alumni Mentor Speaker Series Luncheon October 18, 2012
Health Careers Fair October 23, 2012
Engineering Speed Networking Event November 7, 2012
International Education Week November 12-16, 2012
International Education Fair November 14, 2012
Business Speed Networking Event November 28, 2012
Student-Alumni Mentor Speaker Series Luncheon November 28, 2012

Spring 2013
Engineering Career Forum January 30, 2013
Student-Alumni Mentor Speaker Series Luncheon February 13, 2013
Career Day February 19, 2013
Student-Alumni Mentor Speaker Series Luncheon March 21, 2013
EXSS Forum March 27, 2013
Teacher Recruitment Fair April 9, 2013

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Health Careers Fair

The Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education will again host the annual Health Careers Fair on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Enthusiastic prospective employers come to the University of Evansville campus to provide all health science students an opportunity to investigate professional employment and internship opportunities. According to student feedback, UE attendees relish the opportunity to network and personally deliver their résumés to potential employers. Students reported gaining insight to a professional future and motivation to finish their degree programs as just a few of the benefits to be gained at the fair.

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UE Connect

Career knowledge, networking, guidance, and peer support are vital keys to success in the post-graduate world. UE Connect helps foster that success for our students by connecting them to the wide network of UE alumni across the nation and around the world.

UE Connect provides:
Ÿ An Alumni Resource at the time of graduation to assist students at their new location when they begin the next phase of their professional journey.
Ÿ Graduating seniors with access to the entire UE alumni family of more than 29,000 members through registration in the UE Online Community.
Ÿ Access to a list of alumni registered in the UE Professional Network who serve as career advisors.
Ÿ key to the future given at graduation to symbolize a strong connection with the University of Evansville.
Ÿ Crib Sheet, University of Evansville smartphone app, that provides campus news and information.
Ÿ Access to an ever growing list of alumni who have joined the University of Evansville alumni LinkedIn page.  

An easy way to begin your involvement is through the UE Professional Network. Follow these three simple steps:     
1) Visit the career services website.                                                             
2) Create an account.                     
3) Respond to students inquiries as necessary.

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Successful Graduate

Alissa Fricke, a 2012 graduate, leveraged the elements of UE Connect and her relationship with the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education to achieve success after graduation.            

“Throughout my four years at UE, I knew I needed to focus on one crucial period. I was preparing for my senior year when I would be applying my skills and marketing myself as a full-time job candidate. I took the advice that many had given me and made my first appointment with career services early in my freshman year. Through meetings with several counselors and use of the Career Guide and other online resources, I wrote my first cover letter and résumé. My résumé started out with activities from high school and has now grown into a dynamic list of internships and professional activities. After using the interview skills I learned from mock interviews, professional networking events, and seminars, I gained confidence to succeed at networking and interviews. UE JobLink, career service’s online portal, was always my first place to check job listings.

My internships at Haynie Travel, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Vectren Corporation, and Mission Guatemala all came out of referrals from career services. Making the choice to start my career preparation at year one was one the best decisions I have ever made. When it came time to apply for jobs, I landed interviews and had choices because I had a plan and took action early on. I am now employed within my field of study as business development manager at Weaver, Dalton & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. I love my job and couldn’t be happier!”

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Office of Admission Update and Financial Aid News

Office of Admission Update

As University of Evansville families begin to look toward the fall and the start of a new school year, the Office of Admission is excited to begin working with a new class of high school seniors.  If you have a son or daughter who is beginning his or her college search, or know of someone who is, UE’s admission counselors would be happy to show them what life is like for our students.  You can use the online alumni referral form or contact the Office of Admission at 800-423-8633, ext. 2468.  

The Office of Admission will host Open Houses on Saturday, July 14, and Saturday, September 8.  An Open House is a group visit event for families to meet with professors, current students, and other staff on campus.  Information about scholarships and financial aid will be presented, and campus tours will be held.  In addition to these dates, the Office of Admission hosts private visits for families Monday through Saturday to fit your schedule.  To register for an Open House or to schedule your campus visit, please click here.  

The Office of Admission will post the online application for high school seniors graduating in 2013 starting August 1.  For students applying online, there is no application fee ($35 for submitting paper applications).  Admission guidelines can be found online. Be sure to spread the word to any friends and family members who are working on their college search.  

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Financial Aid News

Financial Aid Notification letters have now been mailed to returning UE students whose files are complete. Awards may also be viewed on WebAdvisor. Your WebAdvisor record will also indicate the status of each type of aid you have received and if further action is required on your part to finalize the aid.  Please return all required documents as soon as possible so your aid will be applied to the August 1 billing.  Students must grant access for parents to WebAdvisor so they can view the student’s financial aid and billing information.

If you have not yet received your Financial Aid Notification packet, please contact the Office of Financial Aid so we can help you understand what is needed to complete your file.

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Call for Parents' Fund Volunteers
The Parents’ Fund committee is one of four volunteer committees parents can join. The committee works with the University to help develop the annual Parents’ Fund campaign, to make recommendations to campus staff, and to lead by example with a gift of any size to support current students and the Parents’ Fund.

The Parents’ Fund provides annual support for scholarships that enable UE students to continue their achievements in the classroom. The committee meets twice a year to offer support for the campaign. If you’d like to join the committee or to learn more about the Parents’ Fund, please contact Jen Jacobs, assistant director of annual giving, at jj130@evansville.edu or 812-488-2021.

P.S. If you’d like to make a gift online to support the Parents’ Fund and student scholarships, visit www.evansville.edu/give today!

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Congratulations on Your New Graduate
They’ve got a new degree, maybe even a new job. But does your recent graduate have health insurance to cover them in the event of a serious injury or illness?

A recent report by The Commonwealth Fund found that 36 percent of those between ages 19 and 29 had trouble paying medical bills or were currently paying off medical debt. Among those without insurance, this group rose to 51 percent. The bottom line? Whether it’s Short Term Medical insurance or Permanent Medical insurance, it’s crucial to your child’s health and financial well-being to be covered.

The Alumni Association offers health insurance to fill the needs of new graduates, other alumni, and their family members. For those who have been on the school’s plan, our student health insurance ends on August 22, 2012. Parental policies may not be suitable due to cost or network coverage restrictions, so don’t let your child risk going without health insurance when affordable options are available!

For more information visit meyerandassoc.com/UE.

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Good News



Copeland, Hockemeyer, Kohler Earn First Team MVC Scholar-Athlete Honors
University of Evansville baseball players Trentt Copeland, Jason Hockemeyer, and James Kohler have been selected to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team as voted on by the league's baseball sports information directors. (Full article)

Kevin Kaczmarski Named Louisville Slugger
Freshman All-American University of Evansville outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski has been selected as a 2012 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. (Full article)

Stamets Selected in Sixth Round by Los Angeles Angels in 2012 MLB Draft
University of Evansville junior shortstop Eric Stamets has been selected in the sixth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. (Full article)


Gray Named First Team Academic All-American
University of Evansville swimmer Colin Gray is back on the Academic All-America Team, this time as a first team selection. (Full article)

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College of Arts and Sciences

UE Professor Publishes Book of Essays about Africa
William J. Hemminger, chair of the Department of English at the University of Evansville, has published a new book about his experiences living and working in Africa. African Son is a record of Hemminger’s many trips to Africa — as a Peace Corps volunteer, Fulbright scholar, teacher, and traveler — over the course of 30 years. (Full article)

UE English Professor Publishes New Book on Ernest Hemingway
Mark Cirino, assistant professor of English at the University of Evansville, has published a new book, Ernest Hemingway: Thought in Action, from the University of Wisconsin Press. The book offers a new look at Hemingway, revealing a concern with consciousness similar to his predecessors and contemporaries William Faulkner, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Henry James, and Marcel Proust. (Full article)

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College of Education and Health Science

Nursing Faculty Member Jerrilee LaMar Named Red Cross Hero
For being an everyday hero on many levels — from coming to a family’s aid during an emergency to impacting health education on a national level — University of Evansville nursing faculty member Jerrilee LaMar has been named a Red Cross Hero.

LaMar, assistant professor of nursing in the Dunigan Family Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, received the “Educator Hero” recognition. She was one of 12 people honored in the annual Heroes award program, which recognizes everyday heroes in the 33-county service area of the Evansville-Wabash Valley Region’s Red Cross chapter. (Full article)  

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College of Engineering and Computer Science

Concrete Canoe Team Earns Record Finish at Nationals
Despite unexpected challenges, such as a canoe that cracked in half, the University of Evansville’s Concrete Canoe team earned 12th place overall in the American Society of Civil Engineers National Concrete Canoe Competition — the team’s second highest finish in its 12-year history. (Full article)  

2012 Mechanical Engineering Graduate Earns National Award for Civic Service
A Spring 2012 graduate of the University of Evansville’s mechanical engineering program has won one of the nation’s top honors for engineering-related civic service. Kyle Picha of Fort Collins, Colorado, received the 2012 Arthur L. Williston Medal for his paper “The Future of Power Generation in a Post-Fukushima Society: A Partnership of Rising Renewables and Promising Nuclear Technologies.” The Williston competition is a national writing contest sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and honors the student who submits the best paper on a specific topic in the area of civic service. This year’s contest challenged students to reflect on how the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan affects the future of power generation. (Full article)

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Schroeder Family School of Business Administration

Alissa Fricke, Kyle Coulson Named UE's Outstanding Seniors
Alissa M. Fricke, a communication major from Evansville, and Kyle A. Coulson, a business administration major from Sullivan, Indiana, were named the University of Evansville’s Outstanding Seniors during the 154th commencement at the Ford Center. (Full article)  

Business and Engineering Students Develop Products for Escalade Sports
After spending two weeks in an intensive summer course, six University of Evansville students have designed new products that may go to market as part of local sporting goods company Escalade Sports’ portfolio. UE students Derrick Dietz, Phoebe Hodina, Clint Hoskins, Monika Kirkiewicz, Shawn Mayo, and Sam Mires are enrolled in Business 380 (Applied Product Development), an interdisciplinary two-week course conducted as a collaboration between the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration and the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Students split into two competitive teams that worked from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. each weekday — with additional hours outside of class — to develop a superior product and a business plan for Escalade Sports. (Full article)

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