Alumni Awards

Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes the outstanding service and accomplishments of its members at a ceremony on UE's Founder's Day.

Founders Day 2017 will be celebrated on Sunday, February 19, 2017. Questions? Contact alumni@evansville.edu or 812-488-2586.

2015 Recipiets Judy '66 and Robert Wargel, Jean Beckman, Carrie Preston '89, and Brian Revalee ’03 M’09.

2015 Recipiets Judy '66 and Robert Wargel ’66, Jean Beckman, Carrie Preston '89, and Brian Revalee ’03 M’09.

2016 Alumni Association Award Recipients

2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award
Joyce Germaine Bowles ’64, PhD, RN

Dr. Joyce Bowles ’64, a nursing major while at Evansville College, has more than 35 years of executive management expertise in program planning, development, and evaluation in higher education; and clinical experiences in psychiatric nursing. She is a retired US Army Colonel, starting her service as an Army nurse during the Vietnam conflict. Dr. Bowles has more than 25 years of experience in higher education and served as dean of the school of professional studies and chair of the department of nursing at Bowie State University. She has been an active participant on local, national and international forums addressing issues that impact educational programs, policy development and community services.

2016 Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award
David T. Bertorello ’89 (posthumously)

The UE Alumni Family lost one its strongest and most vocal members September 24, 2015. Dave Bertorello truly served the spirit of UE. He was a champion for alumni and current students serving on the UE Alumni Association Board of Directors, leading the Indianapolis Alumni Network and volunteering countless hours to Sigma Phi Epsilon. He was recognized by UE in 2005 with the Young Alumnus Award and by Sig Ep National as a distinguished alumnus. In addition to running his own business, Dave volunteered for numerous organizations including Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership and Indiana Donor Network. Dave gave so much for others while facing personal health challenges; he was the recipient of a double lung transplant at the age of 34.

David T. Bertorello ’89

2016 Samuel Orr Honorary Alumnus Award
John C. Barner

Since joining the UE staff as vice president of development in 2002, Jack Barner has had an unprecedented impact on the University. Jack’s tireless efforts during the U Envision 2010 campaign raised over $80 million over a four year period. He was instrumental in raising funds for Harlaxton Manor, the Ridgway University Center, Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building and the recent library renovation and green house construction. Since retiring as vice-president in May 2015, he continues to promote UE serving as the planned giving officer.

John C. Barner

How To Nominate

To nominate a fellow alumnus/a who shows exemplary service to his/her community and to UE, print out and complete the pdf nomination form (inset) and return it to the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, 1800 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, IN 47722, fax to 812 488-2560 or email to alumni@evansville.edu. Nominations are accepted year-round and the Alumni Awards committee of the Alumni Association Board of Directors makes their selection each fall.

Past Winners

Distinguished Alumni Award - The Distinguished Alumni Award was established by the Alumni Association Board of Directors in 1990. This is the highest honor which the Association can bestow upon an alumnus/a. The award recognizes an individual's achievements in his/her professional field, service to his/her community and exceptional leadership and service to the University.

Distinguished Alumnus/a Award Recipients:

  • 1990 - Wayne A. Davidson '56
  • 1991 - D.W. '31 & Alma Vaughn '34
  • 1992 - Arad A. McCutchan '34
  • 1993 - Matt Williams '73
  • 1994 - No award presented
  • 1995 - Lt. Gen. John B. Conaway '56 H '86
  • 1996 - Dr. J. Allen McCutchan '64
  • 1997 - Dr. Richard H. Lyon '52 H '76
  • 1998 - Donald W. Griffin '61
  • 1999 - No Award Presented
  • 2000 - Donald Ricketts '55
  • 2001 - David '73 & Elizabeth (Wagner) McFadzean '74
  • 2002 - Rita (Patry) Eykamp '59
  • 2003 - Maj. Gen. Verna Fairchild (Ret.) '72
  • 2004 - Larry Mackey '73
  • 2005 - Jerry Sloan '65, M'73
  • 2006 - B. James Dawson '67, M'70
  • 2007 - Maj Gen R. Martin Umbarger '69
  • 2008 - Ronald Glass '68
  • 2009 - Robert A. Plane '48
  • 2010 - Rose (Cole) Mays '67
  • 2011 - Steve Harkness '70
  • 2012 - R. Edward Coleman '65
  • 2013 - Marjorie Soyugenc M’73
  • 2014 - John David Lutz ‘64
  • 2015 - Carrie Preston ‘89

Distinguished Young Alumni Award - The Distinguished Young Alumni Award was established in 1997. This honor is presented to an alumnus/a under the age of 40 who has made significant strides in his/her personal and professional development and who has demonstrated service to the University and his/her community.

Young Alumnus Award Recipients:

  • 1997 - Andrew Benes '89
  • 1998 - Anita Horn Rizek '89
  • 1999 - Joe J. Wallace '82
  • 2000 - James Purucker '86
  • 2001 - Michael Alden '80, '85
  • 2002 - Michael A. Parker '84
  • 2003 - J. Bryan Nicol '87
  • 2004 - Sharon Grandberry '97
  • 2005 - David Bertorello '89
  • 2006 - No award presented
  • 2007 - Holly (Collier) Marks '96
  • 2008 - Sally Rideout Lambert '92
  • 2009 - Danette G. Scudder '96
  • 2010 - Len Devaisher '98
  • 2011 - Melissa Guthrie Wagler '04
  • 2012 - Craig Bryan '01
  • 2013 - George Day ‘95
  • 2014 - Jamey Carroll ‘96
  • 2015 - Brian Revalee ’03 M’09

Samuel Orr Honorary Alumni Award - This award was established in 1971 as the Honorary Alumni Award; in 1997, the award was renamed in honor of Dr. Samuel Orr. Dr. Orr served the University as a trustee for 59 years. This award recognizes a non-alumnus/a for his/her personal and professional accomplishments and service to the University. It is the highest honor the Association can bestow upon a non-alumnus.

Samuel Orr Honorary Alumnus/a Award Recipients:

  • 1971 - A.C. Biggs & Robert W. Hudson
  • 1973 - Virgil C. Bailey, Dr. Ralph H. Coleman & Carl H. Hottenstein
  • 1974 - Dale D. Campbell, Dr. and Mrs. Donald W. Dunham, Dr. and Mrs. Robert R. Rowland & Dr. J. Harry Whetstone
  • 1975 - William F. Montrastelle, Major Thomas A. Morrison & William F. Robertson
  • 1976 - Oscar H. Jeude, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse E. Kent Jr. & Thomas C. Rose
  • 1977 - Alvin V. Dauble, Dr. and Mrs. Melvin W. Hyde, Dr. Dean Long & Aubrey D. Ryals
  • 1978 - Mr. and Mrs. Raymond O. Clutter, John M. Cooke & Robert E. Green
  • 1979 - James A. Byers & John M. Oberhelman
  • 1980 - Dr. and Mrs. Wallace B. Graves
  • 1981 - Clarence Harrison & Clarence R. Pitman
  • 1982 - John H. Schroeder
  • 1983 - Robert M. Kent & Dr. Samuel Orr
  • 1984 - William H. Suhrheinrich & C. Wayne Worthington
  • 1985 - Robert L. Koch
  • 1986 - Wahnita DeLong, Phillip E. Drachman & Dallas Suhrheinrich
  • 1987 - Dr. Orville J. Jaebker
  • 1988 - H. Lee Cooper III
  • 1990 - Judy M. Steenberg
  • 1991 - Melvin M. Peterson & Dr. William L. Ridgway
  • 1992 - Barbara St. Clair McKenna & Virginia G. Schroeder
  • 1993 - Dr. Virginia Grabill
  • 1994 - no award presented
  • 1995 - Dan W. Mitchell
  • 1996 - Robert H. Menke
  • 1997 - Dr. and Mrs. James S. Vinson
  • 1998 - Mrs. Mary Kay Powell
  • 1999 - Larry E. Dunigan
  • 2000 - John C. Schroeder & Ruth Bromm
  • 2001 - Alan Braun
  • 2002 - Richard Shymanski
  • 2003 - Robert L. Koch II
  • 2004 - Sharon and Burkley McCarthy
  • 2005 - Frank Hirschman
  • 2006 - Niel and Karen Ellerbrook
  • 2007 - Sally and Stephen Jennings
  • 2008 - Dr. David Gugin
  • 2009 - Donald B. and Jean O. Korb
  • 2010 - G. Richard Eykamp
  • 2011 - Laurel Vaughn
  • 2012 - Richard and Patrice Schroeder
  • 2013 - Patricia Kishline
  • 2014 - Patricia Bateman
  • 2015 - Jean Beckman

Edie Bates Alumni Volunteer Service Award - The Edie Bates Alumni Volunteer Service Award was established in 1998. The award is named in honor of Edie Bates'42, a University trustee. This award was established to recognize an alumnus/a for his/her exemplary volunteer service to his/her community and the University.

Edie Bates Alumni Volunteer Service Award Recipients:

  • 1999 - Edie Bates '42
  • 2000 - Meg Dettwiler '73 (posthumously)
  • 2001 - Jerry Purdie '59
  • 2002 - Michael Woodard '70
  • 2003 - Wilfred C. Bussing III '77
  • 2004 - Jerry Linzy '66, M'73
  • 2005 - Linda Alvers '74, M'79
  • 2006 - Curran Cotton '57
  • 2007 - Sue (O'Keefe) Hodapp '82
  • 2008 - Thornton Patberg '52
  • 2009 - Susan E. '74 and Steve W. '73 Worthington
  • 2010 - Thomas Southwood '81
  • 2011 - Barbara Price '66
  • 2013 - Steve ’86 and Kathie Bugg
  • 2014 - Linda ’78 and Keith ’78 Phillips
  • 2015 - Drs. Judy ’66 & Robert ’66 Wargel

Office Phone:
812-488-2586

Office E-mail:
alumni@evansville.edu

Office Location:
Igleheart Building