University of Evansville

Parents Association Today E-Newsletter

July 2013

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Family Weekend 2013 — REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

The University of Evansville is thrilled to invite you to our 45th annual Family Weekend!

We look forward to welcoming you to campus from September 27-30! You can register online at, by phone at 812-488-2586, or by mail with the registration form included in the August newsletter. Be sure to check in once you arrive on campus (students may check in for their parents). Area accommodations can be found on our website, with discounts for UE families.

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This year there are many new and exciting events scheduled for Family Weekend! There will be student group-sponsored events such as a talent show, Family Feud, and Musical Bingo on Friday, as well as a magician, the Greek open houses, and a Drum Circle on Saturday! Also new informational sessions have been created to discuss preparing for graduation, and the Harlaxton session will now be divided into two sessions, one for freshmen and the other for upperclassmen. There will be numerous UE department events, including the reception and open house for nursing students and family, Tin City archaeological tours, a concert, a theatrical production, and the NSCS Induction Convention. There will also be free Women's Volleyball on Friday and Saturday and Women's Soccer on Sunday afternoon. Please make sure to come and enjoy the free continental breakfast on Saturday morning and the second annual UE Parents Social later that night!

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Meet the deadline and send UE your e-mail and you could win a prize!

By registering to attend Family Weekend before September 14, you will be entered into a drawing for a number of great prizes. Some of the prizes include: two $15 Hacienda gift certificates, two $25 Biaggi's gift certificates, a one-night free stay at local hotels, and a grand prize of two free nights at the Fairfield Inn by Marriot East with a free zoo package! Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 812-488-2586 or 800-423-8633, ext. 2586, or by e-mail at

Area Accommodations

Many of the local hotels offer special, discounted rates for families visiting UE, so make sure to ask when you make your reservation. All of these hotels will be happy to give you detailed directions to their properties. Click here for more info.

Parent Handbook now online only!

The University of Evansville Parent Handbook 2013 is now available online ONLY! Go to the parents website to see all the information and resources available to UE parents. To view or download a copy of the Parent Handbook, you can go directly to the resource page by clicking here.

What Parents Need to Know

A Father's Day wish from a UE Dad: Connect with UE via social media!

When our first-born, Nick, was selecting a college, I couldn't have cared less about social media. But when Nick departed to attend UE and play soccer for the Aces 500 miles from our Michigan home, I discovered that social media was my answer to becoming more connected with student life at Evansville.

UE has been progressive about using Facebook and Twitter to share information about important events and activities, both on campus and off, like the Jezreel Expedition that UE archeological students are participating in this summer. Owing to UE's small student body, an additional charm of social media is that you may spot your son or daughter participating in a UE activity. For example, I learned via an image on UE's Facebook page that Nick and his Aces Men's Soccer team walked in UE's MLK Day Freedom March.

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It's simple and free to set up your own Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can use your Facebook page to "Like" other Facebook pages and "Follow" other Twitter accounts with your own. Don't be stingy with your love! "Like" or "Share" information posted on Facebook that you find appealing and "Retweet" tweets on Twitter. Those are simple ways to support and bring more eyes to UE, the great University your child has chosen to call home for four years.

I promise that you'll be happy you connect with UE via social media and don't be surprised when you spot yourself on a UE Facebook page one of these days. That's me, the tall guy, hanging with soccer dads and UE president Tom Kazee at the Butler Bowl in Indianapolis prior to a UE Men's Soccer match last fall.

Jay Schroeder
"UE Dad"

Here are a few UE Facebook pages that I Like:

Here are a few UE Twitter accounts that I Follow:


Join the conversation

Check out the UE Parents Facebook Page.

More on Our Website

Events Calendar

July 13
IMPACT Visit Day (formerly Open House)

July 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. CDT
UE 101
(prospective students 14s, 15s, and 16s)

July 23, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. CDT.
Residence Life
(incoming freshman students)

July 30, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
UE Night with the Indianapolis Indians

August 8, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. CDT
Application Kick Off
(prospective students 14s)

August 22, 2013
University of Evansville Night at the Otters, Time TBA

August 24, 2013
UEAAA Welcome Reception for Minority Students and Families

September 7
IMPACT Visit Day (formerly Open House)

September 11-15
Sorority Recruitment

September 14-21
Fraternity Recruitment

September 27-29
Family Weekend

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 biannual Parents Connections newsletter, the bimonthly 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

We would love to hear from you if you or your organization has potential internship, co-op, or full-time job opportunities that could be filled by UE students or graduates. 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 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

What do you mean you don't need my help?

Cathlyn Kennedy Samuel
UE Parent Council, Admissions Chair

My child is now a grown-up.

What do I do now? My daughter just told me she doesn't need my help. I feel lost, deflated, and rejected. Now what do I do? What is my role now? When I dropped my daughter off freshman year I did not envision a point in the near future when she would not need me. I am her mama, her caretaker, her #1 cheerleader; she needs me! I have always been involved in her activities, there was Parent Teacher Association, choir parent, and chaperone along with some other hats I put on to get her to this point. As I tried to convince myself of my worth, I began to think back. Is this not what I have prepared her to do? Isn't this what all the fuss was in stating, "Stay focused," "think beyond high school" talks were about? Looking at her now, she is confident, level-headed, intelligent and independent. I believe as parents we are never really prepared for "THE MOMENT." This is the moment when you have been relegated to the role of a sometime confidant (if you're lucky) and supporter. Your darling child has now put you on the sideline so to speak.


I can remember how exciting senior year of high school was and how quickly time had gone by and now college was just around the corner. I took an active role in assisting in researching schools based on music programs, extracurricular activities, and, of course, cost. As it would turn out University of Evansville won hands down, not only because of the many wonderful things it offered but also, according to my daughter, "It just feels right to me, like I belong here." How is a parent going to compete with that? My goal for my daughter's college experience was first to get a quality education and secondly to establish healthy relationships that would last throughout her life.

As a vocal performance major, her schedule has become busy filled with classes, rehearsals, voice lessons and mor rehearsals. Having just completed her junior year, I can see the tremendous growth from when I first dropped her off. It is never easy to let go, whether a new parent or a veteran parent sending your child off to school. What I do now is wait on the moments when my shoulder is needed or my advice is asked. Those are the times I cherish now. You see, we have done our jobs in raising our children into young adults who will make a difference on their campus, with their friends and teachers and within their communities here and abroad. Our missions as parents, teachers, and guides is not over, it's just shifting into a new chapter; a chapter where we get to sit back, take a deep breath, exhale, and enjoy watching our young person grow and develop into someone we always knew they could be even when they couldn't see it themselves. So if you are now an empty nester or have some other young ones at home to prepare for their matriculation toward their college adventure, don't forget to take some time out and enjoy YOUR accomplishment of preparing your student for their next great adventure and new life chapter. UE parents are awesome! We've got some pretty cool kids too. Pat yourself on the back, and here's one from me too!

Cathlyn's daughter, Tyler Samuel, is a rising senior vocal performance major. You can see Tyler performing in UE Opera productions and the University Choir. She is a production manager for WUEV and an Admission Ambassador, and she supports the Evansville community with her social organizations, Phi Mu and Sigma Alpha Iota in their many philanthropic activities. Her plan is to have a career in opera.

Campus News

UE Named One of the Nation's Top Schools for Intramural Sports


The University of Evansville has been named one of the nation's top schools for intramural sports, as announced by

The website published the list of top intramural programs this week as part of a series of lists that recognize schools for "unique characteristics that are not often discussed ... all incredibly important factors" in a prospective student's college choice, according to spokesperson Kaley Moore.

More than 85 percent of students at UE participate in intramural sports, from officiating to competing. The intramural schedule changes each semester to offer new activities, and intramurals are open to students of all abilities and interest levels. Past activities have included soccer, flag football, volleyball, sand volleyball, tennis, basketball, floor hockey, cycling, and futsal.

"We're honored to be recognized by as a top-tier intramural program," said Rob Latva, assistant director of the University of Evansville's Fitness Center and coordinator of the intramurals program. "The intramural student staff works hard night in and night out to give our participants the best possible experience. We take great pride in the diversity of our program, and make every effort to offer activities that appeal to all students."


"Our intramural program would not be successful without the pride and dedication of the intramural supervisors and intramural officials," Latva added. "A big thank you goes out to all of our participants who make our program a great success." developed its lists through the use of resources such as student and faculty surveys, independent research, and ranking systems. Other lists recognized schools for campus attributes such as libraries and dining halls. The lists are available online at

Members of the media seeking more information may contact Latva at 812-488-2794 or Kristen Lund, UE director of news services, at 812-488-2241.

Upcoming Admission Webinars and IMPACT Visit Days

UE PARENTS! Share the news about upcoming Admission Webinars and IMPACT Visit Days with your family and friends that have high school students!

  • UE 101, July 16, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. CDT
    (prospective students 14s, 15s, and 16s)
  • Residence Life, July 23, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. CDT
    (incoming freshman students)
  • Application Kick-Off, August 8, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. CDT
    (prospective students 14s)
  • Future IMPACT Visit Days (formerly Open House):
    • July 13
    • September 7
    • October 5

Center for Career Development

With the 2013-14 academic year quickly approaching, we are looking forward to seeing students active about campus again! The Center for Career Development is preparing for a very busy fall recruitment season and is regularly adding job postings to UE JobLink site for students to take advantage. Please remind your student to come and meet with our professional staff to prepare the best résumé possible! Appointments can be made by contacting us at or simply calling our office at 812-488-1083.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Notification packets have now been mailed to returning UE students whose files are complete. Awards may also be viewed on WebAdvisor at If you have questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid so that we can help you understand your award and what is needed to complete your file.

Your WebAdvisor record will 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 that your aid will be applied to your fall bill. The Office of Student Accounts will make the fall bill available on WebAdvisor on July 15. E-mail notification of the fall bill will be sent to the student's UE e-mail and other e-mails designated by the student. Students must grant access for parents to WebAdvisor so that they will be able to view both the student's financial aid and billing information.


Financial Aid - 812-488-2364, 800-424-8634, or
Student Accounts - 812-488-2565 or
WebAdvisor Help - 812-488-2077 or

Student Life Certificate Programs

UE Student Life at the University of Evansville is launching a series of new certificate programs. The Discover IMPACT Certificate programs are designed to allow a student to specialize in an area of development that would enhance the skill sets and education learned in the classroom in order to differentiate the experience from the University at Evansville from other graduates entering the workforce. The current ACE Certificate (Advanced Career Education), offered through the Center for Career Development helps teach a student effective techniques to easily communicate their professionalism, skills, and career focus. These new certificate programs will emphasize two new areas: leadership development and social responsibility. The certificates will be available to incoming students. More information regarding the certificates and how to enroll in these programs will be available on the University website starting in early August.

UEAAA Minority Freshmen Welcome Reception


You are invited to the University of Evansville African American Alumni (UEAAA) Minority Freshmen Welcome Reception for incoming freshmen and their families.

Saturday, August 24, 2013
Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Bernhardt Atrium
Schroeder School of Business Building
Cost: Free!
Register online:

IMPACT - The University of Evansville