Alumni Association Awards
Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes the outstanding service and accomplishments of its members at a ceremony on UE's Founders Day. The 2018 awards will be presented at the Founders Day Luncheon on Sunday, February 18, at noon in Eykamp Hall on the second floor of the Ridgway University Center.
2018 Alumni Association Award Recipients
Distinguished Alumni Award – Jennifer (Betz) '79 & David '78 Pollock
David and. Jennifer Pollock are award winning scientists, medical researchers and endowed chairs at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB). In the midst of incredibly demanding careers, they have found a way to give back to UE and impact current UE students and young alumni. They have provided over 20 UE undergraduate students opportunities to explore biomedical research through summer internships and full-time employment.
Both Pollocks are Professors of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama Birmingham, and together they direct the Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine section. Jennifer also serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Free Radical Biology. She earned a BS in biology with a minor in chemistry from UE, MS in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati and PhD from the department of chemistry, biological division of the University of North Carolina. David Pollock also majored in biology while at UE. He went on to earn his PhD in Physiology from the University of Cincinnati.
Young Alumna Award – Angela (Easterday) Stocklin '00
Angie Stocklin studied psychology at UE, earned a masters from Indiana State University in School Psychology and worked as a guidance counselor in area high schools before founding a very successful business. She and her husband, Randy, started One Click - an online eyewear business, from their home office. The Stocklins' commitment to One Click, its core values and customers has resulted in a number of awards, including TechPoint's MIRA Award for Excellence in New Media, Indiana Companies to Watch, and Indianapolis Business Journal's list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Indiana. Angie volunteers her time at UE; having served as an alumni mentor for the UE Connect Program and currently as a director on the Harlaxton Society Board.
Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award – Richard Werking '66
Richard, Library Director and Professor of History, Emeritus, U.S. Naval Academy, has been a tireless supporter and volunteer on behalf of UE for many years. He helped lead the efforts to establish three funds honoring his former professors at Evansville College: Dr Thomas C. Fiddick, Dr. Orville Jaebker, and Dr. Arthur B. Aarstad. In 2003 he gave the inaugural lecture in the Thomas C. Fiddick Lecture Series, entitled "Vessels and Voyagers: Some Thoughts about Reading and Writing, Books and Libraries." He also established a scholarship at UE in memory of his parents, both of whom were EC faculty members. Under his leadership and due to his tireless efforts, the class of 1966 had one of the most successful reunions in recent UE history both in terms of attendance and funds raised toward a class gift. Being true to his nature as a librarian and historian, Richard spearheaded the efforts to have decades' worth of LinCs and Crescents digitized and made available to all alumni through UE's web site.
Samuel Orr Honorary Alumni – Sharon and Tom Kazee
The Kazees have faithfully served the University of Evansville since June 2010 when Tom became our 23rd president. Under President Kazee's leadership, UE has implemented a facilities master plan including new student townhouses and renovations of key academic buildings including the University library. UE has also added important new academic programs, including a Physician Assistant Master's program that will be located in the new Academic and Health Science Research campus in downtown Evansville. Also during Dr. Kazee's tenure, UE has enriched and expanded the Center for Career Development.
Sharon earned her PhD in educational administration from the University of South Carolina and was the dean and vice president for arts and academics at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities before coming to UE. Sharon continues to be an advocate for the arts and education through her community involvement with Signature School, Evansville Philharmonic, and Evansville Public Art Commission among others. She is an energetic member of the campus community serving on the Art Collection Committee, Theatre Society Board and Executive Committee of the President's Club.
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 email@example.com. Nominations are accepted year-round and the Alumni Awards committee of the Alumni Association Board of Directors makes their selection each fall.