University of Evansville

Parents Association Today E-Newsletter

February 2014

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 co-chairs for 2014-15.  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.

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!

Parents Council Chair

Princeton Review Names UE Among the “Best in the Midwest”

The University of Evansville is among the top colleges in the Midwest, according to education services company the Princeton Review. UE is one of 155 schools the review recommends in the “Best in the Midwest” section of its website feature, “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” posted on

Returning Students to Select Housing for 2014-15

The housing selection process for students returning to UE for Fall 2014 will take place from February 17 - March 21. Students interested in living in the Villages (townhouses, North Hall, apartments, or houses) can apply from February 17 - 21. The residence hall process will take place after students return from spring break.

Additional information about the housing selection process, including a housing assignments flowchart, can be found in the residence life section of the University website.

Mark your calendars for Family Weekend 2014!

Make plans now! Family Weekend 2014 will be held October 3-5, 2014!

Learn More About UE Connect

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 all of the great things about UE Connect today. 

Families Needed for UE Global Friends and Family Program

The Office of Cultural Engagement and International Services matches families with UE international students for intercultural communication and understanding for all involved. The Global Friends and Families Program is not a home-stay program, and matches will vary in length due to differing academic programs offered for international students. Students want to experience true American culture through a meal around your table, the bleachers at your child's soccer game, or simply a conversation over a cup of coffee. We'll provide you with ideas along the way!

Find out more and register here to be a Global Family! Please direct any questions to

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.

UE Schroeder School of Business launches the Institute for Banking and Finance

The University of Evansville Schroeder School of Business has launched the Institute for Banking and Finance (IBF). Its mission is to help regional businesses succeed by providing high quality, professional training and development along with selected microfinancing opportunities. IBF combines the skills of knowledgeable faculty, experienced business professionals, and students who will learn through active participation. For more information on this initiative, please visit

File the 2014-15 FAFSA by March 10 at

Returning students for 2014-15 should file the 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal, state, and University financial aid, including all federal student loans. UE's FAFSA school code is 001795.
Filing by March 10 is essential for Indiana residents, and highly recommended for all. Questions regarding the FAFSA should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid (Room 116, Olmsted Administration Hall) at 812-488-2364, 800-424-8634 or

Beginning late February – IRS Data Retrieval: The UE Office of Financial Aid recommends that eligible students use this tool, which is built into the FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool transfers parent and/or student IRS tax information to the FAFSA. Federal income tax returns for 2013 must have been filed electronically for approximately three weeks to be available for this process. The IRS data retrieval function can be used for the initial FAFSA or to correct a submitted FAFSA that had been filed using estimated tax information.

University of Evansville African American Scholarship

The University of Evansville African American Alumni Association (UEAAA) is pleased to announce the application process for the Zerah Priestly Carter University of Evansville African American Scholarship is now open. Alumni members raised the necessary funds to make this an endowed scholarship and named it in honor of Zerah Priestly Carter ’38, the first African American graduate of the University. The deadline to return all materials to the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is Friday, March 14. This scholarship is awarded each year to deserving African American UE students.

The 2014 scholarship funds are in addition to other financial aid/scholarships awarded to the recipient! Interested and qualified students are encouraged to apply at this time. Go to the UEAAA website to see the criteria for the scholarship or to download an application. Questions? Contact H. Angela Williams at 812-488-2900 or

Parents’ Fund

Our son, William, graduated from the University of Evansville on December 18, 2013. He had an extremely positive experience as a student at UE. If it had not been for the Eagle Scout scholarship he received he would not have been able to attend UE. With having two sons in college at the same time we were not able to make gifts towards the Parents’ Fund while William was enrolled. Now as graduated parents we will begin making monthly contributions back to UE to help fund scholarship opportunities for future students. It is our hope that other students like William will be able to have the same positive experience and receive the scholarship assistance to make their UE dreams come true.

Camilla and Jon Gehring, UE parents

If you would like to make a gift and support the Parents’ Fund like the Gehrings’ please make a gift online at or call the Office of Annual Giving at 812-488-2377.

Center for Career Development Calendar of 2014 Events

Recruit Indy 2014 Alumni Only Career Fair: March 12
• EXSS Forum: March 26
• Teacher Recruitment Fair: April 8
• Teacher Candidate Interview Day Indianapolis: April 23
• Health Careers Fair: October 21

UE Good News

UE Low Brass Ensemble performs on the Really Big Show
The UE Low Brass Ensemble performed Saturday, February 8, on the Really Big Show, a benefit for Evansville ARC Inc. The ensemble members are Ian Murrell, Damian Peak, Anne Bolyard, Alex Edwards, Kody Woodson, Verquindon Fitzhugh, and Gilbert Sanchez. The ensemble is directed by Kenneth Steinsultz, assistant professor of music and director of bands.

Mark Cirino co-edits forthcoming book
Associate Professor of English Mark Cirino is the coeditor of a forthcoming book, Imagining Spain: 21st-Century Essays on Hemingway and the Spanish World. This volume of scholarly essays will be published next year by Kent State University Press and is coedited by Carl P. Eby.

Balentine Earns Third MVC Player Of The Week Award
Sophomore D.J. Balentine was named the Missouri Valley Conference Co-Player of the Week on Monday, February 3, garnering the honor with Missouri State’s Anthony Beane. For Balentine, it is his third Player of the Week honor in 2013-14, the most of any player in the league. Cleanthony Early has earned the award twice, including last week.

The Valley's leading scorer continued to add to his numbers in a big way against two of the top teams in the league. Balentine opened the week with the third-best game in all of Division I this season as he scored 43 points against UNI. Playing all 40 minutes, Balentine shot 10-of-19 from the field, 4-8 from long range and made his way to the free throw line an impressive 21 times, hitting 19 of his attempts.He followed that effort up with 26 points at Wichita State. It was tied for the second-most scored by one player against the Shockers this season and the most by an MVC opponent. Balentine knocked down 11 out of his 21 shots and 3 out of 6 triples. For the week, the sophomore averaged 34.5 points while hitting 21 out of 40 shots, 7 out of 14 three's and 20 out of 22 from the charity stripe.

UE Receives $3M Gift for Tri-State Scholarships

Irma Jean Rodgers’s career was spent teaching in Evansville at Emma Roach Elementary (now Cedar Hall) and Central High School. She was a lifetime member of the National Education Association and a member of the Indiana and Evansville Retired Teacher Associations. Rodgers’ love for education lives on following her death through a gift of approximately $3 million to the University of Evansville.Rodgers’s bequest will be added to an already generous endowment in memory of her parents, Lettie and Clarence G. Rodgers, and her sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Charles A. Weber.

“Irma Jean’s generosity will allow the University to offer additional scholarships to Tri-State students who have financial need,” said John C. Barner, UE vice president for development and alumni relations. “The entire family was committed to assisting bright local students with the opportunity to experience the impact of a UE education. The new gift will provide approximately $150,000 annually in additional scholarship support.”

“We’re incredibly thankful to Irma Jean and the rest of the Rodgers and Weber families for their generous support of the University,” said UE president Thomas A. Kazee. “Their investment benefits the entire community as their scholarships are specifically designated for Tri-State students who need assistance. Clarence Rodgers was remembered as having great compassion for the ‘underdog’ and constantly assisting people in financial need. That legacy carried on through his daughters, and the young people of the Evansville area are the beneficiaries of that.” Rodgers died February 8, 2013. Her gift to the University will allow for additional scholarships beginning in the fall semester this year.


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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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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
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