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Junior Achievement and University of Evansville Partnership Bringing Celebrity Entrepreneur Daymond John to Speak at Free Evansville Event October 20

Posted: May 20, 2015

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Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana and the University of Evansville have partnered to bring celebrity entrepreneur, Daymond John, to Evansville this fall. The free public event will be held at 7:00 p.m. on October 20, 2015, at the Victory Theatre in downtown Evansville. 

“Collaborating with Junior Achievement was a natural fit,” says UE president Tom Kazee. “Both JA and UE support the education of all students at all levels. We empower future generations to make a difference in the world by providing them with a rich educational foundation.”

The event, An Evening with Daymond John, will serve as both the culmination of JA’s 50th anniversary celebrations as well as this year’s special event for UE’s annual Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series, which brings renowned speakers to Evansville at no cost to the public.

“This wonderful collaboration with UE comes at a perfect time for our organization as we celebrate 50 years of educating students in financial literacy, work readiness and especially entrepreneurship,” says Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana president Theo Boots. “Even if someone never owns a business, entrepreneurial skills can be applied to any career to enhance performance and quality of life. We are excited for Daymond to share his wisdom and life experiences with the people of our communities.”

Over the last 20 years, John has evolved from one of the most successful fashion icons of his generation to a highly sought after branding expert, author, consultant, and speaker. John’s creative vision and strong knowledge of the marketplace created FUBU (For Us By Us), one of the most iconic fashion icons in recent years.

In 2009, John joined the cast of the ABC entrepreneurial business show, Shark Tank, and has since become a household name.  On the show, John and four other prominent executives listen to business pitches from everyday people hoping to launch their company or product to new heights.

“John’s entrepreneurial success aligns well with the ‘anything is possible’ message we send to our students at both UE and JA,” says Kazee. “His expertise will provide students with sound advice for pursuing their dreams and goals in the future.”

For more information about the partnership and the event, visit or call University Relations at 812-488-2241 or Junior Achievement at 812-425-8152. 

University of Evansville Announces Outstanding Senior Awards at 157th Commencement Ceremony

Posted: May 9, 2015

Hlawn K. Zathang, an accounting major from Indianapolis, Indiana, and Nathan Graves, an education major from Renssalaer, Indiana, were named the University of Evansville’s Outstanding Seniors during today’s Commencement Ceremony at the Ford Center. 

The Mabel Dillingham Nenneker and Guthrie May Outstanding Senior Service Awards are the highest honors the University presents to one female and one male senior. They are named for two of the University’s most respected alumni, Mabel Dillingham Nenneker and Guthrie May.

Zathang was the recipient of the Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Outstanding Senior Service Award. She graduated with an accounting degree and has earned sufficient credit hours to sit for the Certified Public Accountant exam following graduation.

In 2008, Zathang moved with her family to America from Burma (now Myanmar). Nobody in her family spoke English, so she committed to learn English fast in order to assist her family with the transition. Zathang has also volunteered to assist other refugee families relocate to America. She is one of approximately 10,000 Burmese people now living in south Indianapolis. Through these experiences, Zathang became inspired to give back by helping others.  Since her arrival in Evansville, she has volunteered at the Evansville ARC Industries, Little Sisters of the Poor, and Pine Haven Nursing Home. 

Zathang is involved with the Burmese American Institute, a not-for-profit organization that helps students and people in the community focusing on college research, tutoring, and childcare development. Zathang helps students with research, tracks cash flow for the Institute’s program, calculates staff payroll, organizes participant, staff, and organization partner files, and assists with fiscal reporting.

Overall, Zathang says, “It is obvious that through my four years at the University of Evansville, I have not only grown in an education aspect, but I also discovered what it means to be a good citizen. I also realize the size of my responsibility starting with my family, to the community, and to the world.”

The Guthrie May Award was presented to Graves, who was also the ceremony’s senior keynote speaker. He graduated with a bachelor of science in special education and elementary education, and will attend Vanderbilt University in the fall to pursue a master’s degree for a future in higher education.

Graves helped incoming and potential students as an admission ambassador and orientation leader, and was involved with local schools through practicums and internships. He served as event coordinator for an after school program that finds homes for those whose situations leave them without a place to live.

Graves was inspired to enroll in a social responsibility class to become more culturally competent, and participated in training provided by the Anti-Defamation League. He went on to lead small group discussions on campus in an effort to educate others in diversity and acceptance.

His list of involvements is long, but he says it’s not titles, the clubs, or the committees that matter - his participation was always with the goal to understand people better and to help in situations where there was opportunity to make a positive impact on others and help people.

“As I look forward to a career in higher education,” Graves says, “I know that each day will provide me with an opportunity to do something meaningful for the rest of my life. It will not be easy, and I may not get a lot of rest at night, but I can be a part - even if it is a small part - of a crucial time in a person’s life that can transform the way they choose to see and engage in the world.”

UE Appears on Buzzfeed’s List of the 27 Most Underrated Colleges in America

Posted: April 13, 2015

The popular social website, Buzzfeed, has listed the University of Evansville as one of the 27 Most Underrated Colleges in America. 

The suggestion came from Ashton Thompson, who says, “they have the No. 1 study abroad program in the nation. You get to spend a semester at the Harlaxton Manor in England. Basically you get to live and study in a castle!!! How does it get any cooler than that?”

Click here to view the full list of colleges, and visit our Facebook page to join the conversation about underrated aspects of UE. 

Aces clinch CIT Championship with 71-65 win over NAU

Posted: April 2, 2015

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – For the first time in the Division I era, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team has won a postseason championship as they defeated Northern Arizona by a final of 71-65 to earn the Tournament Championship on Thursday at the Ford Center.

Evansville, who finished the season 24-12, had a stellar 5-0 run through the event.  Leading the way on Thursday was Egidijus Mockevicius.  He set his career mark with 27 points while totaling 12 rebounds and four blocked shots.  His first block of the game in the first half was the 200th of his career.  D.J. Balentine finished the night with 16 points while Jaylon Brown had 10.

For head coach Marty Simmons, it was a priceless experience to bring a championship to his alma mater.

“I am so happy for our players and program, this is a great victory for us,” Simmons said.  “This gives us a lot to build on for next year.”

Egidijus Mockevicius got the Aces on the board on the opening possession before scoring the first five points of the day for the Purple Aces.  Both squads began the day 3-for-8 from the floor, leading to a 7-7 score just over four minutes in.

A Jaylon Moore dunk sent UE on a 6-0 stretch as they took a 13-7 lead.  After hitting their first two shots of the day, NAU made just one of their next nine as UE took back the lead.  A 6-1 stretch saw the Lumberjacks get within one at 14-13 before the stretch was ended by another Mockevicius layup.

Jordyn Martin knocked down a layup to give Northern Arizona a 17-16 lead at the 6-minute mark before the squads swapped the lead once again.  With just over two minutes remaining in the half, Mockevicius hit a layup on one end and followed that up with the 200th block of his career.  Back on the offensive end, he hit an and-one to put UE up 25-21.

Evansville ended up finishing the half on a 7-0 stretch as D.J. Balentine knocked down a pair of free throws in the final minute to send the Aces to the break up 29-21.  UE shot 40% in the first half while the defense was solid, holding NAU to 35.7%.  Mockevicius led everyone with 13 points and six rebounds at the break.

In the first possession of the second half, Martin struck again, hitting an old-fashioned 3-point play to cut the gap to five at 29-24.  Evansville was able to regain its 8-point lead at 32-24, but a 5-0 spurt from the Lumberjacks got them right back into it.  Adam Wing ended the stretch with a bucket at the 16:20 mark.

Quinton Upshur hit the first trey of the night for either team on the next trip down the floor as they got back within a pair at 34-32.  A quick 5-0 spurt saw the Aces extend the lead to seven.  Mislav Brzoja found a cutting Blake Simmons for two of those points.

A pair of offensive rebounds by the Lumberjacks led to three second chance points as NAU utilized an 8-0 run to retake the lead at 40-39.  Ako Kaluna finished off the stretch with a triple.  Jaylon Brown ended the run with a nice jumper inside the free throw line to put UE back on top at 41-40 with 11:40 left in the game.

Aasseem Dixon put the lead back into the hands of the Lumberjacks, recording the third triple of the game for NAU as they took a 43-41 lead.  A pair of free throws saw NAU takes its largest lead midway through the latter half at 45-41.  That completed a 13-2 run.

Mockevicius got the Aces right back in it, posting four points over the next minute to knot it up at 45-45 before Kris Yanku hit a jumper to put Northern Arizona back on top.  The back-and-forth action continued as Jaylon Brown struck again, hitting the first trey of the day for UE as they went back on top 50-49.

Kaluna did his part to help NAU strike back as his second three saw them retake the edge at 54-50.  They later took their biggest edge to that point at 56-51, but Balentine hit a bucket to make it a 3-point game.  An and-one by Mockevicius with 4:30 left got UE within one at 57-56 before he hit two free throws to put the Aces back on top with four minutes left.

With 3:48 left, Northern Arizona took what would be their last lead of the game at 59-58 on a Martin free throw.  From there, the Aces were able to finish the game on a 13-6 run.  Blake Simmons had a great jumper down the lane that gave UE the lead for good.  Evansville clung to a 64-63 lead with 1:20 left.  Following a miss by NAU, Balentine hit a free throw.  Another Lumberjack miss gave the ball to UE as Adam Wing hit a pair of free throws.

The clincher came with nine ticks on the clock as Mockevicius had an open dunk to finish off the game as UE would take a 71-65 win.

Leading the Lumberjacks, who finish at 23-15, was Kris Yanku.  He posted 18 points while hitting 8 of his 9 free throws.

UE’s Unique Career Development Process Produces Big Results for 2014 Grads

Posted: February 26, 2015

According to a recent survey, the University of Evansville’s 2014 graduating class has found success after graduation, with 93 percent currently employed or in graduate school. The median salary of 2014 UE graduates employed full-time was $42,500.

The survey, a collaborative effort between UE’s Center for Career Development, Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, and academic departments, produced career information on 95 percent of the 616 members of the class of 2014.

“The findings of this survey reflect the results of our active role in student success and career development,” says UE President Thomas A. Kazee. “Our unique end-to-end career planning process starts with students even before they enroll here and continues on after they step through the doors as a graduate.”

The UE Career Development Center provides comprehensive services to students throughout their collegiate journey. Through the Career Advantage Program, prospective students have the opportunity to actively evaluate and test career options by taking a career assessment, meeting with a career advising professional and developing a career action plan. Prospective students can begin the Career Advantage Program during their first visit to UE.

Current UE students can pursue the Advanced Career Education (ACE) Certificate to hone their professional skills, and graduating seniors and new alumni can sign up for the UE Connect alumni mentoring program. All Center for Career Development services, ranging from résumé and cover letter assistance to mock interviews to the UE JobLink database, are free to students and alumni.

UE’s Delta Sigma Pi Presents Business Leadership Awards

Posted: February 12, 2015

The University of Evansville’s chapter of Delta Sigma Pi bestowed its annual business awards on Thursday, February 12 in a ceremony on UE’s campus.

Pat Wempe, co-owner of ProRehab, PC, was given the Business Leader of the Year award. Chris Traylor, co-president of Traylor Brothers, Inc., received the Business of the Year award on behalf of the company. Alissa Fricke was presented the Young Business Leader of the Year award.

Wempe earned his bachelor of science in physical therapy degree from UE, and completed certification as developed by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. He is a board certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy and a NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist.

ProRehab, founded in 1999, has corporate headquarters and locations in Evansville, Indiana, along with sites in Newburgh, Haubstadt, Vincennes and Rockport, Indiana, and Henderson, Madisonville and Bowling Green, Kentucky. It sends volunteer therapists to a clinic in Haiti, and is a clinical education site for university professional programs.

Traylor Brothers, Inc., was founded in 1946 by William F. Traylor. The company was later led by his son Thomas W. Traylor, and is now under the guidance of the third generation: co-presidents Christopher and Michael Traylor. One of the nation’s leading heavy civil contractors, the company handles bridge, underground, and marine projects.

The firm’s home office is in Evansville, Indiana. The company also has offices in Alexandria, Virginia, and Long Beach, California.

Fricke graduated from UE with a degree in communication. At UE she received the Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Outstanding Senior Service Award for most outstanding senior woman and was the student elected member of the Board of Trustees and Alumni Association Board of Directors. Fricke serves as mentor to UE students and in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She is president of the Downtown Neighborhood Association. In June 2014, she started Thrive Marketing Strategies.

Delta Sigma Pi is a professional fraternity organized to foster the study of business in universities; to encourage scholarship, social activity, and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice; to promote a closer affiliation between the commercial world and students of commerce; and to further a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture and the civic and commercial welfare of the community.

Efroymson Sponsored Visiting Artist Ceramic Artist Todd Matteson at UE

Posted: February 11, 2015

The University of Evansville Art Department is presenting an exhibit of the work of ceramic artist Todd Matteson in the Melvin Peterson Gallery from February 9 - February 27. He will be presenting a public lecture on Thursday, February 12 at 7 p.m. in the Peterson Gallery. Matteson will also be offering a lecture and demonstration for students. The exhibit and lectures are sponsored by the Efroymson family fund.

Matteson is a UE graduate and has degrees from Purdue University and Kansas State University. He is currently an associate professor of art and Chair of the Art Department at Lourdes University. During his career at Lourdes, he has taught all levels of ceramics and sculpture, 3-D and 2-D design and many art history courses.  He is the recipient of several awards, including Faculty Advisor of the Year, Faculty Excellence Award, the San Domiano Award for Service Learning and the Excellence in Education award from Ohio Magazine.

The Melvin Peterson Gallery is located at the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach Avenues. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from noon until 3:00 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from noon until 6:00 p.m. The gallery is closed Sundays.

For more information on the exhibit and lectures, please call 812-488-2043.

UE to Celebrate 161st Birthday on Founders Day

Posted: February 11, 2015

The University of Evansville will celebrates its 161st birthday on Founders Day on Sunday, February 15. Founders Day marks the incorporation of Moores Hill College, its move to Evansville, the charter as Evansville College, and officially becoming the University of Evansville. Since all four dates fall between February 10 and 19, Founders Day is always celebrated in February.

This Founders Day will begin with a convocation and worship service at 10:30 a.m. in Neu Chapel. The service, open to the public, features the Edgar M. McKown Lecture, given this year by James MacLeod, UE professor of history. His topic will be “Holding Aloft the Lamp.”

MacLeod has an MA and PhD from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He taught history at UE’s British campus, Harlaxton College, from 1994 to 1999, before coming to UE. He has received both the United Methodist Institutions outstanding teacher award and the University’s Outstanding Teacher Award.

Also during the service, five new UE full professors will be recognized.

Cris Hochwender, PhD, Department of Biology

Hochwender has a BA in biology from Cornell College, and an MS and PhD in biology from the University of Missouri in St. Louis. He maintains an impressive scholarship program, and has taken on responsibilities at both University and department levels.

Alan Kaiser, PhD, Department of Archaeology and Art History

Kaiser has a BA in history and anthropology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and a PhD in archaeology at Boston University. He has made impressive professional contributions, has many teaching recognitions and is engaged in the UE community.

Kyle Kiesel, PhD, Department of Physical Therapy

Kiesel has a BS in physical education at the University of Nebraska, Kearney, an MPT from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and a PhD from the University of Kentucky. He is recognized world-wide for his expertise in low back pain, and has received the Dean’s Teaching Award.

Annette Parks, PhD, Department of History

Parks has a BA in history from Oglethorpe University, and an MA and PhD in history from Emory University. Chair of the Department of History, she mentors UE students for regional and national conferences, and has been a member of the Human Relations Committee and Gender and Women’s Studies.

Mark Shifflet, PhD, Department of Communication

Shifflet has a BA in mass communications from Abilene Christian University, an MA in telecommunications from Michigan State University, and a PhD from Rutgers University. His travels in China as a Fulbright Scholar resulted in a report to the US Department of Education and the National Committee for US-China relations. He has served as Department of Communication chair.

Founders Day concludes with the Alumni Awards Luncheon at noon. Registration for the luncheon is available and can be found online.

During the luncheon, the University of Evansville Alumni Association will present four alumni awards.

Distinguished Alumna Award: Carrie Preston, UE graduate and actress who has appeared in such TV shows as True Blood and The Good Wife, and the movie My Best Friend’s Wedding.

Young Alumnus Award: UE graduate Brian Revalee, United Way administrator and community leader of Oxford, Ohio.

Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award: UE graduates Robert and Judith Wargel of Evansville, retired chemists who serve on UE’s Science Advisory Council

Samuel Orr Honorary Alumni Award: Jean Beckman, professor emeritus of chemistry and former dean of arts and sciences at UE

The University’s John Wesley Gallery will be open Founders Day from 9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This John Wesley Methodist Commemorative Collection is believed to be the world’s second largest private collection of items related to John Wesley and Methodism. The oldest item in the collection dates back to 1745.

UE Theatre Alumna Carrie Preston to Attend UE Founders Day

Posted: February 11, 2015

University of Evansville theatre alumna and actress Carrie Preston will help UE celebrate its birthday on Sunday, February 15, during the University’s Founders Day celebration. Founders Day marks the incorporation of Moores Hill College, its move to Evansville, the charter as Evansville College, and officially becoming the University of Evansville.

As part of the Founders Day festivities, Preston will receive the Distinguished Alumna Award during an Alumni Awards Luncheon at noon. 

Preston has appeared in such popular TV shows as True Blood and The Good Wife, receiving an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in 2013 for her role in the latter. Preston has also appeared in several movies, including My Best Friend’s Wedding. In addition she has produced and directed such films as That’s What She Said, starring Anne Heche. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Others who will receive alumni awards at the luncheon include UE graduate Brian Revalee, Oxford Ohio United Way administrator and community leader, will receive the Young Alumnus Award; UE graduates Robert and Judith Wargel of Evansville, retired chemists who serve on UE’s Science Advisory Council, will be given the Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award; and Jean Beckman, UE professor emeritus of chemistry and former dean of arts and sciences, will receive the Samuel Orr Honorary Alumni Award.

Registration is required to attend the luncheon. To RSVP, please call 812-488-2586.

Preceding the luncheon will be a convocation and worship service at 10:30 a.m. in Neu Chapel. At this event, which is open to the public, UE professor of history James MacLeod will give the Edgar M. McKown Lecture and UE’s newest full professors will be recognized.

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at 812-488-2241.

Events to Mark 50th Anniversary of Undefeated Aces Basketball Team

Posted: January 14, 2015

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 Evansville Aces. At that time, the Aces were not only an outstanding basketball team; they were a major Evansville social activity. Over 12,000 fans packed Evansville’s Roberts Municipal Stadium on a regular basis to cheer for their hometown team.

In honor of this anniversary, the public is invited to a panel discussion Saturday, January 24, with the starting five of this undefeated 1964-65 team. Mike Blake will moderate. The event will be at the Old National Events Plaza, Ballrooms B, C, and D. Doors open at noon, with the discussion taking place from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Following the program, the book The Undefeated Season: The Newspaper Story of the 1964-1965 Evansville College Purple Aces Basketball Team, edited by starting guard Russ Grieger and retired editor and publisher of the Evansville Courier & Press Tom Tuley, will be available for signing.

Later that day, when the present day Purple Aces play Southern Illinois University at the Ford Center at 3:05 p.m., the 1964-65 team will be recognized at half-time. A commemorative program will be available

Then January 25 - April 19, an exhibit on the team will be on display in the Evansville Museum’s Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau Center of History and Science. “Winning Them All: The Evansville Aces 1964-65” will recall the season when the Aces went undefeated and claimed the school’s fourth College Division National Championship (today’s Division II).

For more information on the panel discussion and exhibit, contact Sylvia DeVault at 812-488-2586. 

Two UE Scholarships Benefiting Dubois County Residents Announced

Posted: June 27, 2014

The creation of two University of Evansville scholarships benefiting Dubois County, Indiana, residents was announced today during a media event at OFS Brands ECO Center in Huntingburg, Indiana. The Phyllis and Robert H. Menke, Sr., Dubois County Endowed Scholarship and the OFS Brands Endowed Scholarship were made possible by a gift of $2.1 million from the Menke family.

The Phyllis and Robert H. Menke, Sr., Dubois County Endowed Scholarship will be awarded annually to an underclassman, undergraduate student enrolled at UE who attended high school in Dubois County, and who demonstrates financial need. The scholarship was named in honor of the founder of OFS Brands Robert H. Menke, Sr., who died in 2008, and his wife Phyllis.

The OFS Brands Endowed Scholarship will be given each year with preference to an OFS Brands employee, or child or dependent of an OFS Brands employee. Second preference will be given to a graduate of a Dubois County high school and third preference will be to any UE student.

Eligible students will begin receiving the scholarships in 2015.

“We are very thankful,” says UE President Thomas A. Kazee, “to the Menke family for continuing their family legacy of assisting students who want to further their education.”

The Menke family have long been friends and supporters of the University of Evansville. Robert Menke, Sr., received the University of Evansville Medal of Honor in 1988 and the University’s Samuel Orr Honorary Alumni Award in 1996. His daughter Susan Kruger and grandson Ryan Menke are both UE graduates.

The creation of scholarships to enable residents of Dubois County to attend UE was something the Menke family felt was very worthwhile, says President of OFS Brands Robert “Hank” H. Menke, Jr.

“My father,” explains Hank Menke, “had a strong belief in the importance of small colleges such as the University of Evansville.”

There are 76 students currently enrolled at UE who are Dubois County high school graduates. In addition, more than 500 UE alumni live and work in Dubois County. A group of those alums got together a few years ago and began raising money to endow a UE scholarship for Dubois County high school graduates. The group raised about $25,000 before the Menke family added their substantial contribution which resulted in the Phyllis and Robert H. Menke, Sr., Dubois County Endowed Scholarship.

“It was a grassroots effort,” explains German American Bank Executive Vice President Brent Sternberg, one of the alums who helped with that fundraising. “There is a strong connection between Dubois County and UE and we want that to continue. And we all had a great experience at UE and wanted others from Dubois County to have that too.”

“Gifts like that don’t come along very often,” says Sternberg of the Menke gift. “We all owe – now and in the future - a big debt of gratitude to the Menke family.”

Menke says that, for their part, he and his family are very appreciative that the scholarship was named for his parents.

“We also really appreciate all the work everyone put into this to make this happen,” says Menke. “We are so glad it all came together. It’s a four way win-win. It benefits UE, it benefits OFS Brands, it benefits Dubois County and it benefits our family. We are very happy to be able to do this for our employees and students of Dubois County.”

President Kazee adds, “The generosity of the Menke family and the UE Dubois County Alumni Network will help students realize their dreams for years to come.”

University of Evansville Annual Fund Hits Landmark Goal of $1,000,000.

Posted: June 5, 2014

The University of Evansville Office of Development announced that a landmark goal of $1,000,000 was achieved at the conclusion of the 2013-14 Annual Fund campaign. Money raised for the annual fund will benefit UE students in the form of scholarships and financial aid.

“A challenge grant issued by the UE Alumni Association Board of Directors generated the gifts necessary to help us surpass our goal,” says Mr. Jack Barner, Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations. “On behalf of the University, I want to thank alumni, friends, parents, faculty, and staff for their generous support of the annual fund. Their commitment will impact the lives and futures of many UE students.”


University of Evansville Graduates Premier New Comedy on the FX Network

Posted: March 5, 2014

George Lopez stars in “St. George,” a new comedy premiering Thursday, Mar. 6, at 8 pm (CST) on the FX network.  University of Evansville Department of Theatre graduates, Matt Williams and David McFadzean, created the series and will serve as executive producers and writers, and UE Department of Communications graduate, Dete Meserve, will serve as executive producer.

“St. George” is a half-hour, multi-camera ensemble comedy that follows the chaotic life of “George Lopez,” a recently divorced working-class Mexican-American turned successful entrepreneur caught between two cultures.  He struggles to balance the parenting demands of his All-American Anglo ex-wife and the cultural expectations of his overbearing Mexican-American mother.  As George attempts to relate to his 11-year-old son, his fun loving, but freeloading, uncle and cousin further complicate his life.  As a wealthy businessman, George also gives back by teaching history to a class of multi-cultural students, at a night school in downtown Los Angeles, where his supervisor is a tough and sexy assistant principal.  “St. George” is a celebration of a multi-generational family that humorously wrestles with cultural differences in today’s society. Visit the following link for “St. George” promos: 

Matt Williams is an Evansville native, graduate of Harrison High School, and a 1973 UE graduate.  He is best known as the creator and executive producer of the groundbreaking hit series “Roseanne” and the co-creator and executive producer of “Home Improvement,” one of the most successful programs in television history, earning him three Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series.  Williams started his television career as a writer/producer on “The Cosby Show.”  For his work on the series, he was nominated for a Humanitas Award, three Emmy Awards, and was honored with a Peabody Award for Outstanding achievement in Television Writing.  Williams also served as co-creator of the Cosby spin-off, “A Different World.”  In film, he co-wrote and produced Disney’s award-winning “Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken.”  Williams also served as executive producer on the critically acclaimed drama “Firelight,” produced and directed “Where the Heart Is,” produced Nancy Meyer’s romantic comedy, “What Women Want,” and co-wrote, produced and directed “Walker Payne.”

David McFadzean, a 1973 UE graduate, is a partner with Matt Williams in Wind Dancer Films.  With Williams and Carmen Finestra, McFadzean created and executive produced “Home Improvement.”  Prior to that, he served as the executive story editor on the premiere season of “Roseanne.”  Under the Wind Dancer banner, McFadzean went on to executive-produce and co-create several television shows for stars including Carol Burnett, Ed Asner, Dan Aykroyd, and Dave Chappelle.  Additionally, McFadzean has produced numerous feature films, including the critically acclaimed “Bernie,” which premiered on the UE campus.  Beginning his writing career as a playwright, his play “Oklahoma Rigs,” produced at UE, was selected for the national Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 1987, and was the resident playwright for the Lamb’s Players Theater Company in San Diego for five years.

Dete Meserve, a 1984 UE graduate, is president of Wind Dancer Films and oversees all aspects of Wind Dancer’s film and television slate.  In addition, she leads the company’s growing animation brands, including production of the pilot for “Jet Propulsion” for PBS, “Not a Box,” the animated TV series, and “Nightglider,” an animated feature film with Ireland’s Brown Bag Films.  Meserve’s career with Wind Dancer includes working on the financing and production of all the company’s films including “Where the Heart Is,” “What Women Want,” and “Bernie,” in addition to the television series “Home Improvement,” “Soul Man,” starring Dan Aykroyd.  Prior to joining Wind Dancer, Merserve was Vice President of USC Radio, the University of Southern California’s radio network and was instrumental in USC Radio’s acquisition of the radio production of the national daily business series “Marketplace” and “Marketplace Morning Report.”  Meserve began her career as station manager for Evansville’s WNIN radio station and assistant station manager for WNIN television.

Wind Dancer

UE to Celebrate 160th Birthday on Founders Day

Posted: February 10, 2014

The University of Evansville will celebrate its 160th birthday on Founders Day, observed this year on Sunday, February 16. Founders Day is observed each year at UE to mark the incorporation of Moores Hill College, the move to Evansville, the charter as Evansville College, and the University’s officially becoming the University of Evansville. All four dates fall between February 10 and 19.

The Founders Day celebration will begin with a convocation and worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, February 16 in Neu Chapel. The service, which is open to the public, will feature the Edgar M. McKown Lecture, given this year by Bishop Michael Coyner.

Coyner has served churches of various sizes in the North Indiana Conference, served as a district superintendent of the Lafayette District, and was executive assistant to Bishop Woodie White for the Indiana Area. He was elected a bishop of The United Methodist Church in 1996 and was assigned to the Dakotas Area where he served two terms as resident bishop. In 2004 he was assigned to serve the Indiana Area, and in 2008 he was assigned to a second term. He earned his B.A. from Purdue University, his M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, and his D.Min. from Drew Theological School. Coyner has also received honorary doctorates from Dakota Wesleyan University, the University of Evansville, and the University of Indianapolis. He is the author of several articles and books. In addition to serving as trustee and board member of various United Methodist agencies and institutions (including the University of Evansville), Coyner also serves on the General Council on Finance and Administration for the denomination.

The Founders Day celebration will conclude with the annual Alumni Awards Luncheon at noon in Eykamp Hall (Room 251 in Ridgway University Center). Registration for the luncheon is available and can be found online.

The University of Evansville Alumni Association will present four awards to Tri-State residents: Distinguished Alumna Award: John David Lutz ’64 is UE’s longest tenured faculty members and one of the most decorated. He has served UE for 48 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 earned him the University’s medal of honor.

Young Alumnus Award: Jamey Carroll ’96 is not only a great athlete but also a great person. He has achieved professional success in a highly competitive sport, 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 baseball career. He currently plays shortstop and second base for the Kansas City Royals. 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 children and athletes and a fine representative of UE.

Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award: Linda ’78 and Keith ’78 Phillips are passionate and involved UE alumni and have displayed their loyalty through service to UE. Keith served as chair of the Board of Visitors, chair of the Science Advisory Council, 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 and is a volunteer adjunct faculty member at IU School of Medicine Evansville Campus. Linda served on the Harlaxton Board of Directors, was an assistant coach for the Women’s Tennis program, and was an adjunct instructor for UE’s Nursing Department for many years. Both have displayed their commitment to UE students and faculty through the giving of time, advice, and faithful support. They are deeply passionate about the success of the University of Evansville.

Samuel Orr Honorary Alumni Award: One of the University’s strongest supporters and most faithful volunteer is not a graduate of UE. Patricia Bateman has served UE for many 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 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 the Evansville Philharmonic Guild Board.

Community Invited to Aces Fan Fest

Posted: October 25, 2013

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As part of Homecoming 2013 Reunion Weekend, the University of Evansville will host the third annual Aces Fan Fest, which is free and open to the community.

The Aces Fan Fest will take place from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, November 2 at the corner of Sixth and Locust streets, next to the Ford Center – where the UE women’s basketball team plays the University of Southern Indiana at noon and the men’s team plays the University of Illinois-Springfield at 4 p.m.

Aces Fan Fest will feature a performance by Berteal, an award-winning, sister-brother acoustic music duo featuring UE alumni Kim Gentry ’97 and Chad Gentry ’03. The band will perform from 1-2:30 p.m.

Berteal’s recent accolades include best group/duo in the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards, finalists in the USA Songwriting Competition (which earned them a performance at SXSW in Austin, Texas), and a 2013 showcase at the renowned Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee. Berteal also placed second in the 2013 Woody Guthrie Songwriting Contest, winning a performance slot at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Oklahoma.

Other activities at the Aces Fan Fest include food vendors, a beer garden, a chili cook-off, a student dance crew competition (2:30-3 p.m.), a performance by local musician Scott Winzinger (3-4 p.m.), photos with UE mascot Ace Purple, and children’s activities.

UE Homecoming to Feature Speakers on Law, Medicine, and History

Posted: October 24, 2013

As part of Homecoming 2013 Reunion Weekend, the University of Evansville will host several speaker series events that are free and open to the community.

The following lectures are slated for Homecoming weekend, November 1-3:

• Sixth Annual Homecoming Alumni Speaker: Larry Mackey ’73 will present “Here Comes Our Pigeon” at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 2 in Eykamp Hall, Room 252 in the Ridgway University Center. Mackey, a trial attorney and partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP in Indianapolis, will discuss his experiences as a UE student and a member of the Oklahoma City bombing prosecution team.

• Dr. Guy Banta Distinguished Lecture Series for Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Dr. Joshua Fessel ’99 will present “Bench to Bedside: Medical Research in the 21st Century” at 2:30 p.m. Friday, November 1 in Vectren Lecture Hall, Room 100 of the Koch Center for Engineering and Science. After graduating from UE, Fessel earned an MD and PhD from Vanderbilt University, where he is currently an assistant professor in the departments of medicine and pharmacology. He divides his time between patient care and research.

• Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture: Olivia Remie Constable, professor of medieval history and the Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame, will present “Changing Views of Islam in Spain Between the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period” at 7 p.m. Friday, November 1 in Eykamp Hall, Room 251 in the Ridgway University Center.

Professor Kopta and UE Alumni Accomplishments

Posted: September 27, 2013

My CelestHealth Research Group (CHRG) has recently had papers published or in press for publication.  Kopta et al (in press) is an especially interesting study.  One of our recent graduates Danielle Raymond is a coauthor with counseling center Directors from Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, and University of Minnesota as well as faculty from Marquette University.  This study included a research sample of over 13,000 patients and 400 psychotherapists.  Additionally, UE graduate Craig Bryan, who is now a professor at the University of Utah, is first author on another paper (Bryan, Kopta, & Lowes, 2012).

Stulz, N., Lutz, W., Kopta, S.M., Minami, T., & Saunders, S. (in press). The shape of the dose-effect relationship in outpatient psychotherapy: Does treatment duration matter? Journal of Counseling Psychology.

Kopta, S.M., Petrik, M., Saunders, S., Mond, M., Hirsch, G., Kadison, R., and Raymond, D. (in press). The utility of an efficient outcomes assessment system at university counseling centers. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.

Budge, S.L., Owen, J.J., Kopta, S.M., Minami, T., Hanson, M.R., & Hirsch, G. (2013). Differences among trainees in client outcomes associated with the phase model of change. Psychotherapy, 50, 150-157.

Bryan, C.J., Kopta, S.M., & Lowes, B.D. (2012). The CelestHealth System. Integrating Science and Practice, 2, 7-11.

Professor Maggie Stevenson, Along with UE Alums as Co-authors, Have Published Three New Articles

Posted: September 26, 2013

Assistant Professor of Psychology Maggie Stevenson has recently published three journal articles. One manuscript, titled “Socioeconomic Status Influences Perceptions of Juvenile Offenders Tried in Adult Court” was published in the current issue of Psychology, Crime, and Law (vol. 9) and is co-authored with a UE psychology major alum, Katlyn Farnum (Sorenson), who is currently a doctoral student of psychology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Another paper, titled “Knowledge of Juvenile Sex Offender Registration Laws Predicts Adolescent Sexual Behavior,” was published in The Journal of Child Sexual Abuse (vol. 22). Stevenson published a third journal article in the same journal (vol. 22) titled “Predictors of Public Support for Juvenile Sex Offender Registration: Educated Individuals Recognize the Flaws of Juvenile Registration Policies.” This manuscript included three UE psychology major alum co-authors Amy Smith, Ady Sekley, and Katlyn Farnum (Sorenson)

Ken Schmidt to Speak in Indianapolis, Evansville March 14

Posted: February 20, 2013

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The Institute for Global Enterprise, part of the Schroeder School of Business at the University of Evansville, will host former Harley-Davidson communications director Ken Schmidt in Indianapolis and Evansville on Thursday, March 14. As part of the Institute Speaker Series, Schmidt will discuss “Going Global: Succeeding in the International Marketplace.”

Schmidt’s appearance in Indianapolis is presented in partnership with the Rotary Club of Indianapolis. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. local time, and Schmidt will speak at noon at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 650 N. Meridian St. Each ticket costs $20 and includes lunch. Guests may purchase a maximum of four tickets through the University of Evansville at or 812-488-2706, or through the Rotary Club of Indianapolis at or 317-631-3733.

Schmidt will speak that evening in Evansville at 6:00 p.m. local time at the Aiken Theatre at The Centre, 715 Locust St. This event is free and open to the public, with no tickets required. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and seating is first come, first served. For more information, please visit or contact the Institute for Global Enterprise at 812-488-2455 or

Schmidt has been associated with Harley-Davidson Motor Company since 1985, and his success in helping rebuild the company’s brand played a vital role in the motorcycle legend’s turnaround from the brink of ruin to global dominance.

In his role as Harley’s director of communication, Schmidt shaped the company’s positioning and served as its primary spokesperson to the media and financial communities. Now semi-retired, Schmidt provides brand-building expertise to many of the world’s best-known businesses. But to this day, Harley-Davidson remains his primary business partner and his strongest passion.

He co-wrote a book, 100 Years of Harley-Davidson, which is the best-selling motor sports book of all time. He has appeared on network television numerous times, and spoken to hundreds of audiences around the world.

The Institute for Global Enterprise wishes to thank Old National Bank for its generous support of these Institute Speaker Series events, and Bud’s Harley Davidson for its support of Schmidt’s Evansville appearance.

This program was made possible in part by the generous support of the Lilly Endowment.

159th Founders Day Celebrated February 17: Alumni Association Awards Presented

Posted: January 22, 2013

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Sunday, February 17, 2013 the 159th Founders Day will be celebrated at UE.  The worship service and convocation will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Neu Chapel.  Faculty rising to the rank of full professor will be presented their purple tams and the Rev. the Lord Leslie Griffiths will give the Edgar M. McKown Lecture.  Rev. Griffiths is the superintendent minister of Wesley’s Chapel, the Cathedral of World Methodism in London.

The UE Alumni Association will sponsor a luncheon following the service.  At noon in Eykamp Hall of the Ridgway Center a lunch will be served and the following awards will be presented:

  • Marjorie Soyugenc M’73
    Posthumous Distinguished Alumna Award
  • George Day ‘95
    Young Alumni Award
  • Patricia Kishline
    Samuel Orr Honorary Alumna Award
  • Steve ’86 and Kathie Bugg
    Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award

All alumni are welcome to both events.  Registration is required for the luncheon; cost is $12 per person.  Register online at

UE Social Media Fundraising Campaign Wins Regional Award

Posted: December 11, 2012

The University of Evansville has received a regional award from CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, for its innovative approaches to fundraising.

The University won the bronze Pride of CASE V award in the category of “Best Program in Annual Giving” for UEGive: 24, the University’s first-ever social media fundraising campaign, which took place in March 2012.

The award was presented yesterday afternoon at Chicago’s Sheraton Hotel and Towers at the annual conference for CASE regions V and VI, which brings together professionals in alumni relations, development, and marketing and communications from educational institutions across the Midwest. Region V, to which UE belongs, includes schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

UEGive: 24 was part of Philanthropy Week, a new initiative to educate UE students on the importance of giving. The campaign encouraged alumni, parents, students, employees, and friends of the University to financially support the institution with a gift of $24, then ask 24 friends to also make a gift to UE online. The entire campaign was conducted through use of electronic communication and social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail.

By the end of the 24-hour campaign, 252 individuals had made gifts to the University, including 107 new alumni donors for the fiscal year and 37 first-time alumni donors. UEGive: 24 raised $7,021 for student scholarships, exceeding the goal of $5,000.

Another UEGive: 24 campaign is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 21, 2013, during the second annual Philanthropy Week (March 18-22).

“I’m very proud of our development team for their innovative approach to raising funds in support of the University, and we’re honored to be recognized by CASE for these efforts,” said Jack Barner, UE vice president for development. “UEGive: 24 is a great example of how the University can connect with a truly limitless audience to achieve and surpass a goal, and we look forward to another successful social media campaign in the spring during Philanthropy Week.”

For a full list of award winners, please visit the Pride of CASE V website.

Five Join UE Alumni Association Board of Directors

Posted: December 6, 2012

The University of Evansville Alumni Association Board of Directors has elected five new members to its ranks.

New board members are:

• Lilah Gael of Tacoma, Washington, a 2001 UE graduate
• Trevor Gregory of Indianapolis, Indiana, a 2010 UE graduate
• Jill Swiz of Evansville, Indiana, a 2001 UE graduate
• Ted Todd of Naples, Florida, a 1985 UE graduate
• Jeffrey Werner of Brownsburg, Indiana, a 1999 UE graduate

The University of Evansville Alumni Association Board of Directors represents the alumni at large and serves as an advisory board to the University and the Board of Trustees. The Alumni Board fosters long-term relationships, involvement, and support of the University. The nominating committee of the board strives for a diverse membership in terms of class year, major, geographic location, activities, gender, and race when selecting new directors for the 36-member voting body.

Members of the alumni board serve three-year terms with the option of two consecutive terms. The board meets on campus three Saturdays per year.

2013 Alumni Cruise to Alaska

Posted: October 17, 2012

Alaska Sawyer Glacier Cruise
Rhapsody of the Seas Ship
July 19 - 26, 2013

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Changes to the UE Affinity Credit Card

Posted: September 1, 2012

Based on a decision made by Bank of America, the University of Evansville Alumni Association no longer has an affinity credit card program with Bank of America.

Current cardholders may still use their accounts, but the University of Evansville will not receive benefits from use of the credit card. Bank of America will remove the University of Evansville logo from credit cards as they are reissued. The UE Alumni Association is currently in the process of establishing a new affinity card program with a new financial institution.

UE Alumni Association Alumni 2013 Directory Project Now Underway

Posted: September 1, 2012

The University of Evansville Alumni Association is partnering with Publishing Concepts Inc. (PCI) on the 2013 issue of the UE Alumni Directory.

The process of updating and confirming addresses began in July of 2012 and will run through the fall. Alumni may find out more details. The last UE Alumni Association Print Directory was published in 2008.