UE Alumni Today
April 2013

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In this issue:
UE Parent/Alumni Spotlight
Attention Seniors

Campus News
Good News
Buying Your First Home

UE Alumni Insurance Program
Introducing the Newest Benefit for University of Evansville Alumni and Friends

Names:   James and Deborah (Diersen) Schade

childhood - Sac City, Iowa (high school sweethearts!); 1977-84 Ames, Iowa; 1984-85 Austin, Minnesota.

Current Residence:
Evansville, Indiana Major at UE: Jim - Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, 1990. (Deb – degrees from Iowa State University - BS in animal science 1978; MS in nutritional physiology, MS 1981, and PhD 1984).

Current Occupation:  Jim – Senior staff mechanical engineer, Alcoa Warrick Operations 
Deb – Retired as research fellow and director of global scientific affairs, Mead Johnson Nutrition; currently visiting fellow, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca NY.

Career Highlights:  Jim – Professional engineering license; Individual Technical Contributor Award at Alcoa 2004; opportunities to travel to Australia, the United Kingdom, and countries in Europe for work. Deb – Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Iowa State University 2006; Ralph Holman Lifetime Achievement Award from the Health and Nutrition Division of the American Oil Chemists Society 2011; Alumni Award of Merit from Iowa Beta Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture 2012; President’s Awards from Mead Johnson 2002 and 2008.

Family/UE connections: Jim – UE alumnus (BSME 1990); Deb – member of UE Parents Council since Fall 2010; son Michael – third year at UE (Fall 2010 – present), major of business administration with concentration in finance and management; son Andrew – first year as transfer student at UE (Fall 2012 – present), double-major of history and political science.

UE Alumni Activities:  members of President’s Club and Purple Aces Club; especially enjoy Aces basketball and soccer, as well as theatre productions.

Favorite UE Memory: We anticipate that our favorite memories will be graduation(s) for Andrew and Michael, and their favorite memories will include their trips to Harlaxton – this summer for Michael and next fall for Andrew.

Why do you give UE your time, talent, and treasure?
Jim received a wonderful education (and had a lot of fun!) at UE in the late 1980s, when we moved to Evansville as a result of my job at Mead Johnson and he had the opportunity to pursue his engineering degree. Over the subsequent years we lost touch as we got caught up in our careers and starting our family. 

We became reacquainted with the University when Michael chose to attend UE after graduating from Reitz High School and started in Fall 2010; now we realize what a true gem the University is – fabulous faculty, staff, students, and opportunities on campus and in the community, all in a very caring and homey atmosphere. And this was doubly evident when Andrew changed his major and decided to transfer to UE last year from a large state university.  While he enjoyed the big school environment and activities, he has been blown away by the personal attention from and access to the faculty at UE. 

The encouragement and ample opportunities for students to study abroad, through Harlaxton as well as other avenues, is another great benefit that UE provides. We are also very impressed with the emphasis at UE on community service.  Our church, St. Mark’s Lutheran, has been extremely fortunate to have had UE students (especially Michael’s SAE fraternity brothers and friends) help numerous times with neighborhood outreach activities like our annual Easter egg hunt, Trunk-or-Treat, and Breakfast with Santa; their help has truly been a Godsend for us, but even more important is the positive impact these great students provide as role models for the neighborhood children who attend these activities.

We could go on and on - the strength and uniqueness of the academic programs, the superb leadership under President Kazee, the inspiring vision for the future of the University . . . all-in-all, we are thrilled that both of our sons have the opportunity to enjoy and learn from the UE experience, and that we are able to enjoy and in some way contribute to that, as well

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Attention Seniors
Graduation Bouquets Available

An arrangement of white daisies and purple statice may be pre-ordered for pick up at the UE Bookstore on either Friday, May 3 or Saturday, May 4 before Commencement ceremonies.  Orders must be prepaid by 9:00 a.m., Monday, April 29 through our website to allow enough preparation time.  Each arrangement comes with a glass vase and a graduation themed card for your personal note.  Orders can be claimed by the customer name used to place the order or order confirmation number.  It’s a nice touch to such an important day for your graduate.  Price $27.95 To place an order, go to our website www.evansville.bkstr.com.  The item will be the first thing you see on the homepage as the featured item.  All you have to do is click on the picture of the arrangement.   


Commencement will be held at 1:30 p.m. CDT at the Ford Center in downtown Evansville on Saturday, May 4, 2013.  For more about Commencement, click here:  www.evansville.edu/commencement

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Campus News

Center for Career Development

The Center for Career Development is assisting students as they prepare for summer internships and full-time professional positions. From résumés to cover letters, mock interviews, and the career search process, we are preparing students in every way for success! If your student hasn’t met with our skilled staff yet, please encourage them to call the Center for Career Development at 812-488-1083, to schedule an appointment today!  

Office of Annual Giving

From March 18 - 22, the University of Evansville held Philanthropy Week to enhance awareness of the importance of philanthropy to UE and to encourage students to participate. The week kicked off with the annual Gift of Scholarship dinner where students and donors interacted with a dinner on campus celebrating the scholarship opportunities made possible by generous donors.  During lunch hours in the Ridgway University Center, a “thank-a-thon” booth was set up and students could write a thank-you postcard to someone who gave to student scholarship funds. In total, 181 cards were written by UE students.

Another element of Philanthropy Week was UEGive:24, which took place on March 21 and raised $6,445 for the Student Scholarship Fund.  A HUGE thank you to all parents who made a gift through UEGive:24 or to the Parents’ Fund.  If you are interested in supporting the Parents’ Fund financially this year to help fund scholarships opportunities for students, you may make a gift online at www.evansville.edu/give or call the annual giving office at 812-488-2440.  

Office of Financial Aid


FAFSA: Students may still file the 2013-14 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov  to be considered for need-based aid, including federal student loans.  Once your FAFSA has been filed, please respond immediately to any requests you receive from the Office of Financial Aid to correct your FAFSA or provide verification documents. UE’s FAFSA code is 001795.

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, select “Make FAFSA Corrections,” and navigate to the Financial Information section. From there, follow the links to transfer the student/parent 2012 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. Contact our office if you need more information about using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

Grades and credits earned: After the completion of the spring semester, the Office of Financial Aid reviews students’ academic records to determine if they have met the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. Students who are deficient in meeting these standards are notified immediately via e-mail and postal 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.   

Office of Admission

Open House: Saturday, July 13. All students are welcome, and families can register at www.evansville.edu/visit/openhouse.cfm prior to the event.  Visitors can meet with faculty and students, tour campus, and enjoy lunch. 

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Good News
UE Students Attend ICI Lobby Day in Indianapolis             
Students from Indiana’s private, non-profit colleges and universities – including the University of Evansville – will deliver three messages in person at the State House today:  Sincere thanks for the legislators’ ongoing commitment to state need-based financial aid for students, the urgent need for their continued support of this program, and the critical importance of increasing the number of Hoosiers with bachelor’s degrees to Indiana’s economy. (Full Article)

University of Evansville Receives Largest Gift in History            
The late Dr. William L. Ridgway has left $39 million to the University of Evansville, establishing the largest single gift ever made to UE from an individual or corporation. The lifetime trustee and retired ophthalmologist now is the largest donor in UE’s 159-year history, with a total of $52.6 million given to the University. (Full Article)

UE Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll            
The University of Evansville has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education. This is the third time that the University has received this national recognition for its dedication to community service. (Full Article)  

College of Engineering and Computer Science  

UE Concrete Canoe Headed to Nationals            
For the fourth time in the past five years, the University of Evansville’s Concrete Canoe team has qualified for the American Society of Civil Engineers National Concrete Canoe Competition, held this year from June 20-22 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Full Article)

UE Seniors Win High Honors in Robotics Competitions            
Two teams of University of Evansville senior engineering students earned awards at robotics competitions this past weekend. Jordan Stoltz and Eric Whitney, both of Evansville, won first place in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) SoutheastCon Hardware Competition in Jacksonville, Florida, while Lucas Phillips of Gentryville, Indiana, and Dan Scheller of Evansville placed second and were the top-finishing collegiate team in the senior division of the Trinity College Fire Fighting Robot Competition in Hartford, Connecticut.
(Full Article)

College of Arts and Sciences

University of Evansville Theatre Receives Grant from the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre has received a grant from the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana for 1,200 free tickets for high school students in Vanderburgh County. The Department of Theatre will hold four special morning matinees specifically for high school freshmen studying Romeo and Juliet in English class. The performances are at 9 a.m. in Shanklin Theatre, Apr. 15 through 18. (Full Article)

College of Education and Health Sciences
UE’s Phil Plisky Featured in National Healthcare Magazine
Phil Plisky, assistant professor of physical therapy, is featured in the March 2013 issue of NEWS-Line, a publication that reaches thousands of healthcare professionals and students nationwide. (Full Article) 

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Buying Your First Home
Calculating the Costs of Your First Home: Factors to Consider
By Dennis Goebel, Vice President, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

Welcome to the American Dream – buying a home of your own. There’s a lot to consider – especially affordability. Before you take the plunge, consider these financial factors as you plan to make a purchase.  

What factors affect how much you can afford?
Prior to meeting with a mortgage broker, use an online calculator (available on many financial and real estate sites) to estimate the maximum home price or monthly mortgage you can afford based on these important factors:  

    --  Your income and savings versus your expenses and debt
    --  Your credit score
    --  The type of mortgage you apply for Current interest rates
    --  The amount of your down payment  

What factors affect the price of a home?
MMany factors—such as number of bedrooms, neighborhood, or acreage — can significantly increase costs. Consider the following:  

Single Family Home vs. Condo: Single-family homes are usually more expensive than a condo in a multi-unit building, but you have greater control over their value and resale. Condos generally require less maintenance, although annual association fees that pay for maintenance can greatly vary in cost.

Square Footage: Bigger is considered better and therefore is more expensive. But layout can be equally important, in particular a well-designed floor plan that uses less space more efficiently.

Condition: “Fixer-uppers” may appear to be bargains, but proceed with extreme caution. Home improvement projects, especially in older structures, often have hidden — at times escalating —costs.

Street Location: Cul-de-sacs are the first choice of families with young children, and come at the greatest premium. Busy, noisy main roads generally lower a property’s value, but can offer the best bargains.

School System: A reputable school system often boosts the price of homes in the district—a factor could affect resale value whether or not you have children.  

Once you determine the type, size and location of a home you can afford, establish a relationship with a recommended real estate agent who will listen to your wants and needs and show you only properties that you can afford. When you finally do make an offer, a typical real estate contract allows 30-60 days before closing for paperwork, financing, inspection and title search.

Don’t forget to insure your new home.  
When calculating the costs of purchasing a home, you should also consult with an insurance agent who will give you a quote on property and liability coverages to protect your new investment.

To learn more about Liberty Mutual auto and home insurance or get a free, no-obligation quote, call 800-524-9400 or visit www.libertymutual.com/uealumni 

Coverage underwritten and provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and its affiliates, 175 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116. 

©2012 Liberty Mutual Group.  All rights reserved.

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UE Insurance Program
The UE AThe UE Alumni Insurance Program offers a variety of products, many of which are available to alumni, students, and family members as well. FREE consultations with a variety of experts can help you determine your auto, home, renters, health, life, long-term care, travel, and even pet insurance coverage needs. Visit meyerandassoc.com/ue or call 800-635-7801 for more info.

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Introducing the Newest Benefit for University of Evansville Alumni and Friends
Shop from thousands of your already favorite stores through our newly branded online shopping portal and earn up to 40% Cash Back!  Plus, every cash back amount that you earn generates a matching donation for the University of Evansville Alumni Association!  

Register at www.UEAlumni.RetailBenefits.com and Start Shopping Today!

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