Past Alumni Association Award Recipients

2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award – Paul Jones ‘71

A 1971 industrial engineering graduate, Paul Jones went on to a successful career in engineering and business. He is the retired Chairman and CEO of A.O. Smith Corporation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, having served on A.O. Smith’s board since 2004. Prior to that, he was chairman and chief executive officer of U.S. Can Company, Inc. and president and chief executive officer of Greenfield Industries, Inc.

Paul joined UE’s board of trustees in 2010, and became active immediately. He now chairs the International Engagement committee. He was instrumental in creating partnerships between UE and A.O. Smith which benefited business and engineering students and has also worked toward recruiting students from A.O. Smith’s production facility in China to attend UE.

Paul and his wife, Pat, made the lead gifts to the recently completed library renovation project and the Hyde Hall project. They also gave $1 million to the new engineering equipment fund and support UE athletics.

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Paul Jones ‘71

2017 Young Alumnus Award – Rami Malek ‘03

After his graduation in 2003, UE Theatre major Rami Malek moved back to his native Los Angeles; and he’s been a working actor ever since. Steady television and film work has built into a starring role in the critically acclaimed television series, Mr. Robot. For his role on that series, Rami received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and a Critics’ Choice Award. He also received Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and TCA Award nominations. While continuing his work on Mr. Robot, he is slated to star in two major film releases: a remake of Papillon and Bohemian Rhapsody.

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Rami Malek ‘03

2017 Samuel Orr Honorary Alumna – Carol Dallinger, professor of music

Carol Dallinger has served on the music faculty at UE since 1972 and is the founder and coordinator of UE’s Suzuki Violin program. She has been recognized for her contributions to teaching with the UE Alumni Association’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 1995 and the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s award in 2000. Her dedication to and support of UE is commendable, and her influence has been felt by generations of string students from Suzuki students to UE students to alumni.

Carol Dallinger, professor of music

2017 Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award – Don ’68 and Martha Fischer

Martha Fischer retired from UE in 2012; she had worked as the insurance specialist in the human resources office for many years. Since then she and her husband Don, a 1968 UE graduate, have been full-time volunteers for UE. Working together they serve the athletics department coordinating all insurance claims. Their countless hours of volunteer service and expertise in health care administration enable the athletic training and administrative staffs to focus on other tasks related to our student athletes. Don and Martha also coordinate the monthly meetings of UE’s emeriti faculty. They are two shining examples of truly dedicated volunteers for UE.

Don ’68 and Martha Fischer

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

2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award

After graduating from UE’s theatre department, Carrie Preston ‘89 earned her MFA in from The Juilliard School. Carrie’s breakout was her Outer Critics Award nominated turn as Miranda in the Broadway production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest with Patrick Stewart. She’s gone on to act, direct and produce for the stage, screen and television. She currently plays Arlene Fowler on HBO’s True Blood and has the recurring role of Elsbeth Tascioni on CBS’s The Good Wife, for which she won the 2013 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. For her production company, Daisy 3 Pictures, Carrie directed the feature film, That’s What She Said, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival as one of 27 feature films chosen out of 4000 submissions. Carrie serves on the Board of Directors for the New Harmony Project and stays connected to UE Theatre. She has hosted the west coast gathering of UE Theatre alumni on numerous occasions.

Carrie Preston ‘89

2015 Young Alumnus Award

Brian Revalee ’03 M’09 has done much to help others in the time since he completed his first degree from UE. For seven years, Brian served as the regional HIV/AIDS spokesperson for a number of statewide organizations, and advocated for fair and affordable housing for those living with HIV across the state. Throughout his tenure as Executive Director at the AIDS Resource Group, ARG received one local award in 2007 for Best Social Service Agency and received the top award in the state for an AIDS service organization in 2012 from the Indiana Minority AIDS Council. ARG was the top HIV Care Site in the State of Indiana for five years in a row under Brian’s leadership. During this time he also earned an advanced degree from UE and started a family. In 2010 Brian and his partner became licensed foster parents and to three young children (a sibling group) and officially adopted them 11 months later. In 2013 Brian and his family moved to southwest Ohio where Brian is now the Executive Director of the United Way of Oxford, Ohio and Vicinity and a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson.

Brian Revalee ’03 M’09

2015 Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award

Robert ’66 and Judy ’66 Wargel shared many life defining moments at Evansville College. Both graduated with chemistry majors and went on to have very successful careers in the Chicago area. Bob pursued his PhD in chemistry at Northwestern University and then worked for Kraft Foods as a research scientist. Judy joined Abbott Laboratories as an information scientist, a medical writer and eventually worked for TAP Pharmaceuticals, a joint venture between Abbott and the Japanese company Takeda. They were able to retire early and become super volunteers. UE is fortunate that they moved back to Evansville in 2002 and have dedicated a significant portion of their volunteer time to the University. They both serve on the Science Advisory Council and are very involved with the Chemistry department – helping with student summer internships, equipment and endowment funding.

Robert ’66 and Judy ’66 Wargel

2015 Samuel Orr Honorary Alumna Award

Dr. Jean Beckman came to the University of Evansville in 1978 and since she has selflessly served both the Department of Chemistry and the University. Dr. Beckman served for six and a half years as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and one year as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. She was a member of two presidential search committees and contributed to the self-studies for a Higher Learning Commission and an NCAA accreditation. Impressively, Dr. Beckman has not only served the University for over thirty years but she has also exhibited tremendous generosity in establishing the Beckman Endowed Research Fellowship Fund which provides funds for undergraduate research.

Jean Beckman

2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award

UE’s longest tenured and one of the most decorated faculty members is one of our own. John David Lutz ‘64 has served UE for almost 50 years as a professor and 30 years as chair of the UE Theatre department. Under his leadership UET has risen to national prominence; earning the right to perform at the National American College Theatre Festival in the Kennedy Center on nine occasions. Six of those productions were directed by him. Personally he has been recognized as a Gold Medallion Award recipient for his involvement with the Kennedy Center and American College Theatre Festival (1984), State of Indiana’s Governor’s Arts Award and Art Educator of the Year for 1995, 2005 Southwest Indiana Arts Council Mayor’s Art Award, and 2007 invested into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center. His service to UE has earned him the University’s medal of honor.

John David Lutz

2014 Young Alumnus Award

Jamey Carroll ‘96 is a great athlete and better yet a great person. He has achieved professional success in the highly competitive sport of professional baseball, not just due to his athletic abilities but also his strength of character and hard work. Drafted into MLB after graduation, he has had a long career in baseball. He has won the “Heart and Hustle” Award twice in his career; in 2006 from the Colorado Rockies and in 2011 from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Although his work has taken him far away, he has not forgotten his home and UE. He is supportive of UE’s baseball program and UE in general. His help also extends to others. He formed the Jamey Carroll T.W.O. (Together We’ll Overcome) Foundation for at-risk children. He is a great role model to numerous young children and athletes and a fine representative of the University of Evansville.

Jamey Carroll

2014 Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award

Linda ’78 and Keith ’78 Phillips are passionate and involved alumni of the University of Evansville and have displayed their loyalty through service to UE in many ways. Keith, a retired physician, served as Chair of the Board of Visitors, Chair of the Science Advisory Council, active volunteer for the Kresge Science Initiative, a mentor to science faculty in addition to serving as a student mentor and reunion volunteer for his class. He currently serves on the University’s Board of Trustees. Linda, who was an adjunct faculty member in UE’s nursing department, served on the Harlaxton Board of Directors. Both Keith and Linda have displayed their commitment to UE students and faculty through the giving of their time, their advice, and their faithful support. They are loyal friends and are deeply passionate about the success of the University of Evansville.

Keith and Linda Phillips

2014 Samuel Orr Honorary Alumna Award

One of the University of Evansville’s strongest supporters and most faithful volunteer is not a graduate of UE. Patricia Bateman has served UE for numerous years and in many capacities including the President’s Club Executive Committee Chair and Board of Visitors membership. She is a hometown girl who loves to see her community university thrive. She is very interested in leadership opportunities for UE women to learn and stay in the tri-state region. Pat earned her degree from Butler University and currently serves as the chief development officer for the Girl Scouts of Southwestern Indiana. She strongly supports her community and has served as president of the Evansville Museum Guild and of the Evansville Philharmonic Guild Board.

Patricia Bateman

2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award

On November 28th, 2012, the University of Evansville as well as the Evansville community as a whole lost a great servant. Marjorie Soyugenc M’73 was a devoted supporter of UE, serving on the Board of Trustees since 1995, as well as many local organizations and groups. Her service to the university and her career with Welborn Baptist Foundation and Welborn Baptist Hospital have left a lasting mark upon the Evansville community; as such her posthumous recognition via this award is very much well-deserved.

Marjorie Soyugenc

2013 Young Alumnus Award

Since graduating from the University of Evansville in 1995, George Day has continually shown his commitment to the University. George has held leadership positions in the UE community including co-chair of the Harlaxton Society Board of Directors, treasurer of Sigma Phi Epsilon housing corporation, and treasurer and Adopt-a-Student Parent for the UE Theater Society Board. He has continually advanced in his career at Old National Bank and is currently Senior Vice President, Corporate Lending Executive.

George Day

2013 Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award

Steve and Kathie Bugg have contributed to the professional world of Evansville for numerous years and have served their community to the upmost. Both Steve and Kathie have been members of several groups and organizations across the local community, including Historic Newburgh Inc., the Reitz Home, and Mesker Park. In addition to their community service, the Buggs passionately support UE by serving on a number of boards including the Harlaxton Society, the Neu Chapel Society, the Purple Aces Club, Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Men’s Basketball Blue Ribbon Committee.

Steve and Kathie Bugg

2013 Samuel Orr Honorary Alumna Award

Despite not having graduated from the University of Evansville, Patricia A. Kishline is very much a friend of the university. Throughout the years, Patti Kishline has dedicated herself to UE through various mediums. She is an ardent supporter of the UE Theatre Society, the UE President’s Club, and the UE Sponsor-a-Student Program. She has also been passionately involved with the Neu Chapel Society Board of Directors. Her dedication to UE is only equaled by her career as a professional and her support of her community. Patti is retired from Bristol Myers Squibb as manager of nursing education.

Patricia A. Kishline

2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Dr. R. Edward Coleman '65, worked as a Professor of Radiology as well as Vice-Chair Department of Radiology at Duke University Medical Center. His medical passions lied with PET imaging and its use and evaluation of patients with cancer and dementia, and he was credited as the first physician to demonstrate the potential clinical utility of PET imaging. After graduating from UE, Dr. Coleman remained a committed, dedicated UE alumnus. He was an active member of the University's Alumni Association Board of Directors, serving from 1988-1994, and a President's Club member beginning in 2009, sponsored an endowed scholarship and was the 2009 homecoming speaker. The University community is grateful for his service and commitment to both the University of Evansville and the field of medicine. Dr. Coleman passed away after a battle with cancer on June 25, 2012.

Edward Coleman

2012 Young Alumnus Award

Since graduating from UE, Dr. Craig Bryan '01 has given his time and talent to establish programs to reduce suicidal behaviors among pre-deployment and active duty soldiers. Recently assuming the new role of associate director of the National Center for Veterans Studies, he has also worked as a consultant for the United States Air Force, Marine Corps, and Army. In addition to his demanding career and service to his local community, Dr. Bryan has volunteered at UE both as a mentor and a LEAGUE recruiter. He represents the quality education UE can provide as well as the core values and spirit of service that are products of embracing the Evansville experience.

Craig Bryan

2012 Samuel Orr Honorary Alumni Award

Although they're graduates of Vanderbilt and Indiana University, Richard and Patrice Schroeder have been long-time friends of the University. Richard and Patrice are currently actively involved with the university as members of the UE Sponsor-A-Student Program and long-time members of the President's Club. Richard is a charter member of the Schroeder School of Business Advisory Board and is currently serving as chair. The Schroeder family supports UE as if it were their own university.

Richard And Patrice Schroeder


All Past Winners by Award

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
  • 2016 - Joyce Germaine Bowles ‘64
  • 2017 - Paul Jones ‘71

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
  • 2017 - Rami Malek ‘03

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
  • 2016 - John C. Barner
  • 2017 - Carol Dallinger, Professor of Music

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
  • 2016 - David T. Bertorello ’89 (posthumously)
  • 2017 - Don ’68 and Martha Fischer

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