University of Evansville

Parents Association Today E-Newsletter

November 2013

Join the NEW UE Parents Facebook Group

Hello, UE Parents! Welcome to YOUR brand new Facebook group. I trust you'll find this to be a valuable forum for sharing information on all things UE.

I'm Debi Martin, Parents Council chair for the 2013-14 academic year. Richard and Melynda Ludwick are our Vice-Chairs, which means they'll serve as co-chairs next year. Jenifer Benedict Novak is our secretary. And YOU, as a parent of a UE student, are automatically members of our Parents Association.

The Parents Council has several items we're working on at the moment, as well as ongoing duties. This does not mean we have no time for NEW ideas. Please feel free to address any questions, concerns, suggestions, or complaints here on YOUR board. If you're wondering about something, chances are someone else is as well. The Parents Council welcomes hearing several opinions on the matter if we wish to take action.

You may always contact me directly to discuss a matter. Please send me a note through Facebook Messenger and let me know your preferred method of communication.

I'll be posting info and photos from time to time. I hope you'll do the same and share your UE experience and knowledge. Don’t hesitate to ask questions!

Have a great day! GO ACES!

Do You Know a Future UE Student?

Most high school students spend a great deal of time deciding which university is the best fit. Exploring majors and career options can be an overwhelming process. The University of Evansville offers the Career Advantage Program (CAP), a unique opportunity for high school students visiting campus. Through CAP, we encourage prospective students to begin their major and career exploration early. By working with a career professional, students participate in facilitated self-assessment to discover what their strengths are and how those strengths can be applied in different environments.

If you know a high school student who is currently in this process, send them to UE! Complete the online referral to waive that student's application fee.

Campus Information

Breaks and Dates
Need upcoming information about Thanksgiving and Winter breaks? Need to know about residence hall closings and openings and meal service operating dates?
Find information on the residence life section of the website:

Click here for related links for Winter Break and Dates at a Glance from that same page.

Financial Aid News
The Office of Financial Aid would like to remind students and parents that we do NOT monitor grades or credit hours earned after the fall semester. The stated grade point average and credit-hours-earned standards that govern UE scholarships and all aid eligibility are monitored each May. Therefore, if a student’s GPA dips below the required minimum at the end of the fall semester, he or she has the spring semester restore the cumulative GPA to the necessary level. Aid is neither reduced nor restored mid-year.

Our financial aid website for current UE students has links to many important policies. See the full policies for the renewal of UE merit-based scholarships, as well as maintaining satisfactory academic progress for the renewal of all forms of aid, including federal loans. Recipients of Indiana 21STCentury or FOC awards, please note new rules for renewal.

Please direct your questions to the UE Office of Financial Aid at, or 800-424-8634 or 812-488-2364.

Meal Plan Changes

Students can access a handy guide to gauge their plan usage, check their meal plan balance, add flex dollars, and change their meal plan for Spring Semester here:

Winter Commencement
December 18, 2013, 2:00 p.m. CST, Carson Center 

For more information about Winter Commencement 2013, click here
Graduation Frames 
Looking for a special gift for your graduating senior this December? Purchase a beautiful handcrafted diploma frame made in the United States. You can purchase this frame or the other options at the University of Evansville Bookstore. The UE bookstore is also the official location to purchase cap and gowns and graduation announcements!

Center for Career Development Events

2013 Health Careers Fair
On October 22, 2013, the Center for Career Development hosted its annual Health Careers Fair welcoming 49 professional employers and over 185 University students. During this three-hour event, students from majors including physical therapy, physical therapy assistance, health services administration, athletic training, exercise science, and psychology were presented with numerous networking and career opportunities.

This event is offered every fall. If your company or student is looking for more opportunities to network with professionals in the healthcare field please contact the Center for Career Development at 812-488-1083 or for information.

Spring 2014 Events   
Engineering Career Forum         January 29
Career Expo - Indianapolis
      February 13
Career Day
      February 18
EXSS Forum           March 26
Teacher Recruitment Fair               April 8
Teacher Candidate Interview Day Indianapolis             April 23

Family Weekend 2013 Outcomes

Family Weekend 2013 Survey Results
Survey Response Rate: 15 percent (40 completed surveys /271 family participants)

Overall Feedback   
 Very good      53%
 Good  43%
 No Opinion   3%
 Not Good   3%

Top 3 Events Enjoyed the Most   
Magician Derek Hughes        23%
UE Theatre Production  20%
Aces Athletic Event and Concert  10%

What years were represented?   
First-year         65%
Sophomore 20%
Junior 8%
Senior 8%

Family Weekend Prize Winners
  • Jennifer Rhoderick, two night stay at the Fairfield Inn Evansville West and four zoo tickets
  • Tricia McPherson, weekend Stay at the Hampton Inn (East)
  • Daniel DeCook, one free night at Courtyard by Marriott Evansville East 
  • Tim Foster, one free night at Drury Inn East
  • Patrick White, one free night at LaQuinta Inn & Suites 
  • Pamela Underhill, two $25 gift cards at Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano  
  • David Sonnenberter, one Free night at the Holiday Inn Express Evansville West
  • Wendy Feng, two $15 gift cards at the Hacienda Restaurant

Box City

Thanks to the Paul Estridge Servant Leadership Fund, the Office of Residence Life was able to host the Third Annual Box City event. This event highlights the critical problem of poverty and homelessness in Southwestern Indiana. The overnight event began the evening of Friday, October 18 and wrapped-up on the morning of Saturday, October 19. Student participants watched interviews of homeless individuals via the vlog, spoke with several local charitable agencies, spoke in discussion groups geared toward servant leadership, and designed box structures to sleep in overnight.

The following morning, some of the participants traveled to the Tri-State Food Bank where they packed bags for the Weekend Back Pack Food for Kids program that provides meals for over 2,300 kids each weekend.

UE Men's Basketball Promotions

Miami (OH) – Saturday, December 7 at 1:05 p.m.

  • 1964 Championship Team Recognition - commemorative item for first 1,000 fans

Jackson State – Saturday, December 14 at 2:05 p.m.

  • Kid’s Free Game - All kid’s 12 and under FREE
  • 4” mini basketball giveaway for the first 1,000 kids 12 & under.
  • Purple Santa will be in attendance for pictures and greeting fans.
  • SLEEVE GAME - Team will be donning the new orange-sleeved jerseys.

Butler – Saturday, December 21 at 1:05 p.m.

  • K-9 Crew Frisbee Dogs will be performing at halftime.

Indiana State – Saturday, January 4 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Pack Ford Center Purple - Fans encouraged to wear purple to this game.
  • Ace Purple T-shirts for first 1,000 fans.
  • Doubleheader with WBB - Men’s ticket can get you into the women’s basketball game at 3:30 as well so you can support Oties Epps and the Lady Aces.
  • The famous Zooperstars inflatables act will be at the game for the halftime performance.

Good News

UE team a finalist in J.P. Morgan Code for Good Challenge
A team of five University of Evansville students was named a finalist in the J.P. Morgan Code for Good Challenge, October 4-5 in Columbus, Ohio. The event challenged programmers to use their technological expertise to make an impact on a nonprofit organization.

UE students win innovative design competition

For the second year in a row, an interdisciplinary team of five UE students brought home first-place honors in the Lawrence Technological University Innovation Encounter competition, held October 18-19 in Southfield, Michigan. The UE team included students from engineering, business, and physical therapy.

UE named one of the nation's 100 Best-Value Private Colleges by Kiplinger's
For the first time, the University of Evansville has been named to the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of the country’s best values in private colleges.

President Kazee blogs for Huffington Post
How do residential colleges prepare students for success? UE President Thomas A. Kazee explores this topic in a new editorial, published today by The Huffington Post.

UE to host Webelos Scouts Engineering Pin Day
The University of Evansville's College of Engineering and Computer Science will host an engineering pin day for local Webelos Scouts and their leaders. From 7:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Saturday, October 26, Webelos Scouts will rotate through hands-on activity stations led by UE engineering and computer science students. The activities can be applied toward earning the Webelos Scout engineering pin.

UE announces new Physician Assistant Program

The University of Evansville is proud to announce that it will launch a new physician assistant program, the first in the Tri-State area, to build on its existing strength in health professions education and help meet the growing need for health care providers. The master’s-level program is slated to begin classes in 2016.

UE earns top GreenOvation honors

For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Evansville has received top honors in the local GreenOvation Awards for beautiful and sustainable businesses.

UE's Linguapalooza to welcome 140 high school students
A tango dancing lesson, a game of Jeopardy in Japanese, and an introduction to German science fiction writing are just a few of the activities planned for the ninth annual Linguapalooza, hosted by the University of Evansville’s Department of Foreign Languages.

Parents’ Fund

From move-in through graduation, your Parents' Fund contributions enhance important programming and initiatives that directly IMPACT all students on campus. Did you know that the Parents' Fund enables UE to recruit faculty members who are committed to mentoring your student one-on-one? The mentorship balances the challenges of academics with guidance and support and the impact continues long after graduation. Thanks to our generously supportive UE parents, we provide tremendously supportive programs and faculty!

A Full List of Parents’ Fund-Supported Endeavors:

  • Campus programming and student engagement
  • Recruitment and retention's of faculty-mentors
  • Campus beautification
  • Scholarship assistance
  • Real world projects in real-time
  • UE Connect networking and relationship building with employers

When your student chose the University of Evansville, they gained opportunities for transformational experiences. And you gained the gratifying experience of impacting countless grateful students—YOUR students! Support the Parents’ Fund by making a gift online today at

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Academic Events Calendar

Events Calendar

November 27 – December 1
Thanksgiving Break

December 2
Classes Resume

December 18
Baccalaureate and Commencement, Final Exams End

December 18
Winter break begins

January 10
Halls open for returning students

January 13
Classes begin

For more events and info, visit the UE's Event Calendar

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.

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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

H. Angela Williams
Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Monica L. Spencer M'12
Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations for Career Development

Donna Jones M'08
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