UE African American Alumni Success Stories

Bettye Pool '02 M '06 has accepted an assignment with NAEHCY and is nominated for the 18th annual Celebration of Leadership award ceremony!

Poole, currently the Homeless Liaison with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, has accepted the assignment as The Board of Directors National Conference Co-Chair with NAEHCY (National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth). Prior to this assignment, Bettye served on the Board of Directors as an At-Large Member of NAEHCY, representing the state of Indiana. Her assignment this year will be to job shadow the retiring NAEHCY Conference Chair in Atlanta, GA. She will officially take the reins in 2014 for the Conference which will be held in Kansas City, MO.

Bettye holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and Master of Science Degree in Public Administration, both from the University Of Evansville.

Joyce Washington '72 is the Vice President of Advocate Health Care in Chicago.

The African American tradition at the University also includes the only undefeated UE basketball team with Sam Watkins, Larry Names, and Herb Williams as star players.

Anthony Hargrove '70 graduated with a B.A. in sociology, and he has also served in the military.

Dr. Michael Woodard '70 and his company Woodard and Associates guide government agencies, Fortune 100 corporations and foundations in achieving strategic objectives. He has written a book titled Black Entrepreneurs in America: Stories of Struggle and Success. Dr. Woodard has also won the E.D. Bates Volunteer Award.

David Shaheed '69 received a B.S. in business administration, and then went on to receive his juris doctorate degree. Shaheed now serves as the magistrate of Marion County Superior Court in Indianapolis.

Dr. Alexander Harris '69 is an optometrist and also serves as an administrator at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Ronald Glass '68 graduated with a B.A. in theatre. He acted for years in the long-running television special "Barney Miller" and the television series "Mr. Rhodes".

Charles Darvin '68 received a B.S. in mechanical engineering, and is currently employed with the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Terry Atwater '68 graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering. He is the president of Midwest Engineering and Technical Services, Inc. in Illinois.

Dr. Rose Mays '67 earned a B.S. in nursing. Dr. Mays teaches at Indiana University in the nursing program on the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis. She currently serves on the University's Board of Trustees.

Lt. Col. Bernard Robinson '67 earned a B.S. in education, and has a decorated career in the military.

Talmadge Vick ’58 was the Chairman of the Really Concerned Citizens Organization, which filed a federal law suit and sued the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in 1971 to integrate all of its schools. As a result, The Federal District Court put the EVSC school system under jurisdiction until it was integrated and ordered a desegregation plan to be adopted. Their efforts assisted the increase of Affirmative Action and Federal Programs benefiting Blacks and minorities in Evansville, along with providing and opening more job opportunities for Blacks in the EVSC, credited to this groups efforts and the decision handed down in 1972 by Midwest District Judge S. Hugh Dillon.

Based on his actions and efforts as Chairman of the (RCC) - Mr. Vick was (Black Balled) by the EVSC for many years in his career. He had more secondary educational licenses, experience and credentials plus numerous hours of post graduate work. However, for the majority of his career with the EVSC he was overlooked for promotions and positions he qualified and applied for.

Mr. Vick also played an important part for getting an Open Housing Ordinance passed in 1968 by the Evansville City Council, this Ordinance was to prevent and no longer allow the accepted practice in Evansville of “Redlining” prior to this “Open Housing Ordinance “African Americans could not live pass Kentucky Avenue. After the Open Housing Ordinance was passed it gave Blacks the first opportunity to buy a home, rent an apartment and live where the wanted Mr. Vick wrote, developed, and taught Black History studies courses for EVSC.

Mr. Vick was selected and honored for his service in Evansville with numerous educational and community service awards.

Donald Ricketts '55 graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering, and he is currently a nuclear physicist. Ricketts was instrumental in the development of the early space program with two patents for polymer transducers. In 2000, Ricketts received the UE Distinguished Alumni Award.

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