African American Alumni Association (UEAAA)

As a UE African-American alumnus, you are encouraged to engage the UE African-American Alumni Association (UEAAA). Please contact a current Executive Committee member with your ideas for alumni activities or interactive activities with current students.

The group was created in 1998 to foster life-long relationships among African-American alumni; and to document the variety of accomplishments of UE's African-American students. In addition, members provide a support system for current students, offering financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, emotional support, mentoring, and guidance through the UE experience.

UEAAA Mission

The Mission of the University of Evansville African American Alumni Association (UEAAA) is to maintain a close relationship among alumni, document the UE African American tradition and pass it on to students, and to maintain a close and nurturing connection with UE African American students by providing financial assistance, emotional support, and guidance.

UEAAA Executive Committee

  • Shateka Woods-Bard ’11 – President
  • Charla Hooks – Vice President
  • Lauren Thomas ’14 – Secretary
  • Marisa E. Patterson-Knox '99 – Treasurer
  • Brian Smith ’07 – Historian
  • Krinai Sullivan ’03 – ZPC Scholarship Chair
  • Valencia Redding ’96 – BSU Liaison
  • Watez Phelps, Sr. ’01, M’04 – Immediate Past President

View the committee member biographies.

Our Story: Once the Doors Opened

Watch The Director's Cut

"Our Story: Once the Doors Opened" was produced by 1980 graduate Arnell Hill. Co-narrated by Freshman Leirra Carter '24 and directed by black Indianapolis videographer Aaron Turner, the Director's Cut of "Our Story" is a 54 minute documentary on the history of black students at Evansville College/University of Evansville, from 1934 to the early 2000 era.