University of Evansville

Parents Association Today E-Newsletter

February 2015

Join the UE Parents Facebook Group

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

YOU, as a parent of a UE student, are automatically members of our Parents Association. Feel free to contact Angela Williams, assistant director of alumni and parent relations, with any suggestions or questions at 812-488-2900 or To talk to the Parents Council or other parents, feel free to post on the UE Parents Facebook Group and get comments and answers from other UE parents! If you're wondering about something, chances are someone else is as well. The Parents Council welcomes hearing several opinions.

Parents love to see photos, so feel free to post info and photos from time to time of what your UE student is doing. We look forward to hearing from you.

Mark your calendars for Family Weekend 2015!

Family Weekend and Homecoming 2015 will be held September 25 - 27, 2015! Make plans to attend!

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.

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 20. This scholarship is awarded each year to deserving African American UE students.

The 2015 scholarship funds are in addition to other financial aid/scholarships awarded to the recipient! Interested 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

Financial Aid News

It’s time to file the 2015-16 FAFSA at to be considered for all forms of need-based aid, including federal, state, and UE grants; federal loans; and federal work-study. Filing by March 10 is mandatory for Indiana residents, and highly beneficial for all. 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.

The UE Office of Financial Aid recommends that eligible students use this tool. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool transfers parent and/or student IRS tax information to the FAFSA. Federal income tax returns for 2014 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.

After the completion of the spring semester, we will review students’ academic records to determine if they have met the requirements known as Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students who are deficient in meeting these standards are notified immediately via mail and are ineligible for any form of aid (including loans) until the deficiencies are corrected.

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.

Returning Students to Select Housing for 2015-16

The housing selection process for students returning to UE for Fall 2015 will take place from February 16 - March 20. Students interested in living in the Villages (townhouses, North Hall, apartments, or houses) can apply from February 16 - 20. The residence hall process will take place after students return from spring break.

For more information, see the residence life web page and select Applying for Housing for Returning Student on the left side menu.

Be sure to read our February Residence Life Newsletter for more information.

Harlaxton College Ranked #1 in America

The University of Evansville study abroad program at Harlaxton College has been ranked number one in America by International studies is a hallmark at the University of Evansville, with about half of students studying abroad. In addition to offering a study abroad curriculum that allows students to graduate in four years, the programs are open to all majors and backgrounds. Moreover, financial aid packages travel along with students – which is not the case at many other universities.

"Harlaxton’s physical location in Britain, paired with a Monday-through-Thursday class schedule, enables students to do extensive travel to nearby European landmarks," says UE president Tom Kazee. "Students often find themselves standing in the very spot they discussed in British Studies class a few days earlier. Many groups travel to London, Paris, Ireland, Spain, and Italy – locations that offer ample opportunities for students to gain a global world view through first-hand experience."
This ranking also has been featured by local news, including 14 News and the Evansville Courier & Press.

Click here to view the full list of institutions ranked.

FUELing Future Leaders

February 27 and 28 the University of Evansville will host the 2015 Indiana Residence Hall Organization (IRHO) Conference. IRHO is a state wide student-run organization dedicated to improving the quality of the residential life experience in Indiana and developing strong state leaders.

A team of UE students bid for the state conference and won the bid last year. Soon, delegates from many of the state’s colleges and universities (such as Ball State, IU, Purdue, etc.) will be making their way to UE to experience our Purple Pride and UE hospitality. You can visit their website at

Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+)

What is the CLA+? UE needs to know that we are delivering a quality education. A good way to examine this is to assess your ability near the end of your college career. The CLA+ is an instrument used to measure the increase in critical thinking, writing, and analytical reasoning skills students have acquired since their freshman year. The CLA+ is a very important assessment tool for UE and we need your help. Close to 100 freshmen tested last fall, and we need your help to reach our goal of 100 seniors.

A CLA+ session can take two hours, but most students complete the assessment in less time. Food will be provided at each session, and participants have a chance of winning one of the following: $100 (one), two $50, or four $25 prizes.  Please send me an email at to register for one of the following sessions:
Monday, February 23
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Tuesday, February 24
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 25
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
Saturday, February 28
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Wednesday, March 18
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Thursday, March 19
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 


Commencement Central

Graduating seniors should mark their calendars and plan on visiting Commencement Central in Ridgway University Center on Monday, March 2, 2015, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, March 3, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Commencement Central is their one stop shop to get everything ready for graduation:
1. Meet with the Office of the Registrar.
2. Purchase cap and gown and order announcements from the bookstore.
3. Gather important information from the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.
4. Meet with the Center for Career Development.

Special Information:

Master's and doctoral graduates, must make sure they indicate they are one of these degree candidates when they purchase their cap, gown, and hood as they must fill out a custom order form. Garments are NOT the same as bachelor's degree graduates and have to be specially ordered. Bachelor caps and gowns are available in the bookstore anytime, although they should be picked up early to ensure the preferred size is in stock.

The bookstore does not mail any literature to graduates in regard to announcements and diploma frames. If you receive any mailed literature, it is NOT associated with the University in any way, and we will not be able to assist you.

If you have any questions related to caps and gowns, announcements, or college rings please visit the UE Bookstore at 812-488-2678 or


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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 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

H. Angela Williams
Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Liz Riffert '07
Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations for Career Development

Donna Jones M'08
Senior Administrative Assistant

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