Alumni Profiles

AlReem Alalawi

Country: Oman
Major: Archeology
Class: Freshman

Being in UE is such a great experience overall, I am learning about the American culture by getting involve with them. I am also learning about my major, that I really like, archeology . The people here are very friendly and nice. I'm having a great time here and I'm fortunate enough to have that experience.

AlReem Alalawi

Anazuo Ohieku-Ajanaku

Country: Nigeria
Major: Public Health (Pre-Medicine)
Class: Sophomore

From the moment I got to Evansville and met two IOLs waiting to pick me up from the airport, I knew I had made the right choice coming here. UE is a really small campus but the people here have really big hearts and just care about you so much more.

Although UE cares a lot about academics, that's not all. There are so many clubs you can join, from having fun at ballroom dancing to volunteering at College mentors for kids to learning how to be a leader at UELA, the opportunities are endless. There is also a ChangeLab (formerly GAP) course to find innovative ways you can make a positive difference. As long as you seize the opportunities you are given, at the end of your time here at UE, you will be a well-rounded adult ready to take on anything. I won't trade coming to UE for anything. Go purple Aces!

Anazuo Ohieku-Ajanaku

Basel Alhaj

Country: Syria
Major: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2017

My UE experience caused a major change in my life. When I came to the US I was not exposed to the American cultures and values. I had to learn many new things. UE played a major role in that because of the nice and welcoming faculty and friends. Being a Muslim and a Syrian made many people come to me to ask about my culture and about the war that is happening in my country. UE supported me in my mission to educate my new community about my religion, cultures, and values through many series of lectures. Also, UE faculty helped me apply and prepare for One of the best things I have done in my life, the Ted talk which have reached and affected so many people. On the academic side, I have worked in UE's research laboratory to develop "smart therapeutics" as a cancer treatment. On all aspects, I have changed and improved so much throughout my four years at UE. Truly, I wouldn't have become the person I am today without my wonderful family at UE.

Current occupation/study/latest degree: Quality Control Chemist at the 7th largest pharmaceutical company in the world, Astrazeneca.

Basel Alhaj

Kenan Al Mahayni

Country: Syria
Major: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2016

I came to UE in 2013 to finish my Accounting Degree that I had started in Syria. While in college, I was fortunate to get a different internship every summer, an opportunity that gave me a big exposure to various aspects in the business world. I had internships in areas like Tax, Financial Applications, Sales, and Commercial Lending. I graduated from UE and landed a job at a reputable global accounting firm in Chicago through one of the Career Fairs that UE organized. For the first year, I worked as an Assurance Associate in the Audit Department where I got exposed to different areas of the Audit, and then after finishing my first busy season successfully, I was presented with a better opportunity to work as a Technology and Management Consultant with the same firm. There was a steep learning curve for my new job since this was not the area of my expertise but I welcomed the challenge. While I was in UE, I was lucky to make friends with people from all over the world. I learned about their cultures and perspectives and at the same time I was able to share my stories and opinions with them, a thing that made open-mindedness become one of my best qualities. In UE I learned to never stop learning and to always help others and be kind to them.

Kenan Al Mahayni

Noor Alsirafi

Country: Syria
Majors: Chemistry / Pre-Dentistry
Graduation Year: 2017

My four years at the University of Evansville has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Faculty, staff, and students are all helpful and extremely nice and I could never imagine myself succeeding in Undergrad without their endless motivation and support. Furthermore, I will never forget my terrific experiences with the International Admission office, Career Development Dept, and Chemistry Dept. They all believed in me and my potential which has led me eventually to make my dream become true by getting accepted into the University of Louisville - School of Dentistry. UE has prepared me well to become a competent student through its small classes and the special relationship between the professors and their students. This school will remain a unique spot in my heart and indeed it is the home away from home!

Noor Alsirafi

Hassan Taki Eddin

Country: Syria
Majors: Accounting and Finance
Graduation Year: 2017

I am extremely lucky to have gotten the opportunity to go to UE! As an international student from Syria, I felt extremely welcomed by the UE community from my first day on campus. In my 4-year journey I was able to obtain an excellent education while forming lifelong friendships and still having a lot of fun! My most memorable experience was serving the UE International Club as President and organizing countless entertaining events for the entire campus and the Evansville community. I graduated in May of 2017 with two degrees in Accounting & Finance and I am thrilled to start my career in New York City with PwC!

Current Occupation: Consumer Finance Consultant at PwC

Hassan Taki Eddin

Jayme-lee Hunter

Country: New Zealand
Major: Civil Engineering
Class: Freshman

I'm part of the Women's soccer team here at UE and despite the 8,347 miles I am from New Zealand, I feel at home and very welcomed here. That all comes down to the character of my teammates who are super friendly and funny which has definitely helped me feel a little less homesick! It's so reassuring to know that I have a team of friends to turn to if something goes wrong.

Jayme-lee Hunter

David Kebo

Country: Benin
Major: Computer Engineering
Graduation Year: 2008

In 2008, I graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. After graduation from the University of Evansville, I worked full-time for Magellan Integration, a low-voltage security company based in Evansville. In 2009, I moved to Saint Louis to pursue a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering at Washington University in Saint Louis. I received my Master's degree in 2010. Between 2012 and now, I have worked as an intern for NXP (former Freescale) in Austin, IBM Research Lab in Cambridge, MA, and Texas Instruments in Dallas. I received my Ph.D. in Computer Engineering in 2017, and I am currently teaching as an adjunct lecturer at Southern Methodist University.

Current occupation/study/latest degree: Adjunct lecturer / Computer Engineering / Ph.D.

David Kebo

Pato Lin-Steadman

Country: Argentina
Majors: Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education
Graduation Year: 2008

My experience at UE has definitely shaped both my career path and who I am now. Not only did I meet my husband at UE, but I was also able to grow personally through the different experiences I had. After graduating from UE, I moved to Texas where I taught 1st grade for two years. When my daughter was born, I decided to stop teaching to become a stay-at-home mom. My whole experience as an international student at UE was so impactful, that when it came time for me to go back to work, I decided that I wanted to work with international students instead. When I was in undergrad at UE, I was very involved with anything international. I was always very thankful for the staff and all the help they were to me and I wanted to be able to do the same for other international students. So, I decided to go back to school and pursue my Master's in International Studies from the University of Connecticut. While there, I was fortunate to work in the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) office on campus where I helped international students and scholars. After graduating from UConn, we moved to Tennessee where I worked as the Study Abroad Coordinator at East Tennessee State University for about 2.5 years. Although I loved working with domestic students helping them go abroad, I missed working more closely with international students. Therefore, I recently took a job as the Senior Coordinator of the ISSS office at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Current occupation/study/latest degree: Senior Coordinator of International Student and Scholar Services at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ,currently working towards an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Analysis with a concentration in Post-Secondary and Private Sector from East Tennessee State University

Pato Lin-Steadman

Arthur Lorente

Country: Brazil
Major: Management
Class: Junior

UE has undoubtedly become my home away from home. From day one, being abroad for the first time of my life, to present, everyone has been extremely nice and treated me like we're all part of a big family. The opportunities that were presented to me here would not have been the same anywhere else, and the fact that it is a small college has helped me not only develop a big contact network but also excel on the things that I invest myself into - From working with International Admission to being a part of Residence Life, I am extremely thankful and excited to be at UE today!

Arthur Lorente

Danyang Liu

Country: China
Major: Accounting
Class: Junior

I improved my leadership and involved in many activities in UE. Social life and community services are as important as study. In class, I like talking with my professors. Most of them are welcome to answer my questions. I do not need to worry my weird accents and wrong grammar. First year English classes helped me jump into other major courses well. Also, there are bunch of general educations. Highly recommend Introduction to Communication and Marketing. I also have two jobs on campus. Allocate your schedule is a big objective. Not like high school, being more active to participate in various events is the way to be success in the future. Business school provides a lot of chances for students to meet firms. Also, I have three host families and spent Christmas with them.

Danyang Liu

Andrea Molina

Country: Ecuador
Major: Finance
Graduation Year: 2015

University of Evansville was a world of experiences! Starting from the huge international community to challenging lectures and great professors, I enjoyed every piece of my time spent at campus pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentration in Finance. First and for most, the Schroeder School of Business offers a strong and competitive degree, the program encouraged me to get involved in real-world business projects, such as the Global Assistance Project, also known as GAP (currently Change Lab). This was a hands-on class where we worked closely with the Global Marketing Research team of a top company in the plastics industry to identify strategic emerging markets to enter based on economic, social, and market factors and statistics. But, I also enjoyed my Art class! We were required to choose liberal art and science classes, too. And, UE was fun. Campus life is great, very easy to make friends and get involved in common-interest activities with other students. I met great friends at these events!

Current occupation/study/latest degree: Capital Markets Support Specialist at Old National Bank

Andrea Molina

Rene Perez

Country: Dominican Republic
Major: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2017

I was fortunate enough to attend a university like ours because not only did it provide a very strong foundation in my education and knowledge, but it welcomed me and forged me as a better person all around. Being able to meet with your professor and them knowing your name, and having such a diverse campus, and a loving community are just a few of the aspects that made my university great. I am currently working as an electrical engineer in Miami Florida and I owe it to my university.

Current occupation/study/latest degree: Electrical Designer at Franyie Engineers

Rene Perez

Duong Pham

Country: Vietnam
Majors: Computer Science with a Math minor
Graduation Year: 2010

UE has the most diversified culture of all colleges that I have seen. It gave me the perspective to the world that I would not have anywhere else. The connections I made when I was at UE have been the most valuable as they have helped me throughout my professional and personal lives.

Current occupation/study/latest degree: Business Process Engineer at Ferrilli

Duong Pham

Kien Pham

Country: Vietnam
Majors: Civil Engineering with a Minor in Engineering Management
Graduation Year: 2011

My UE experience was challenging, supportive, and transformative. The further I progress in my career as an engineer, the more I appreciate that experience. In terms of technical training, UE meets the gold standard set by the nationally recognized Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Being a graduate from an ABET-certified engineering program allowed me to later sit in for the Professional Engineering (PE) exam and obtain the highly-sought after PE license in 2016.

A major highlight from my UE experience was the support of the civil engineering faculty. Having been at a large public university with 23,400 students in total enrollment, I can testify that the availability of faculty members and their hands-on instructional methods to undergraduate students at UE are truly unique. While undergraduate students from other programs must settle with getting help from teaching assistants and lecturers, UE civil engineering students have all the attention of tenured and tenure-tracked faculty. Only students at institutions with smaller class sizes such as UE can afford that privilege.

Another aspect of the UE experience that cannot be overlooked is the Honors Program. Going through the program as an engineering major is challenging, because you are required to go above and beyond an already rigorous curriculum. However, I learned to appreciate the experience when I applied for graduate school and later became a Ph.D. student. Graduate school centers around researching, publishing, and defending your work, a process that all Honors Program graduates from UE must go through. Having been published as an undergraduate student certainly boosted my confidence in conducting research at the graduate-level.

Current occupation/study/latest degree: Ph.D. student and graduate research assistant to the principal investigator in a million dollar project on groundwater pollution remediation.

Kien Pham

Montana Portenier

Country: Canada
Major: Business Management and Political Science
Class: Senior

Pursuing a degree at UE was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The small campus paired with awesome students and faculty really enforced the sense of community. Additionally, the small classes have allowed me to build great relationships with my professors. UE has introduced me to life long friends and mentors and it has exposed me to countless opportunities, ranging from internships to networking events. My time here as a student-athlete is one that I will always look back on and cherish.

Montana Portenier

Anish Poudel

Country: Nepal
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2008

My experience in UE provided me a chance to sharpen my engineering skills in my field of choice and also provided me an opportunity to improve on my social skills, decision-making and problem-solving skills. I am grateful to my teachers who educated me while I was there and helped me succeed in my life. Truly, I am very thankful to my international office and its staff who took great care of me from the moment they accepted me until my graduation. Thank you so very much once again!

Current occupation/study/latest degree: Ph.D. Engineering Science with Concentration in Mechanical Engineering, Principal Investigator at Transportation Technology Center, Inc.

Anish Poudel

Fabricio Rodezno

Country: Honduras
Majors: Exercise Science; Health Service Administration Master's
Graduation Year: 2015; 2016 master's

The University of Evansville's Health Services Administration program allowed me to develop all of the skills needed and provided all of the knowledge for a career in Health Care. The program focuses on a variety of important aspects of Health Care and does a great job at connecting all of them together. From learning about the business aspect of the field with classes such as Health Care Finance and Health Care Marketing, to relating to patients and coworkers with Patient Care and Management, and all of the tools needed to successfully analyze data at work with Health Information Technology and Health Statistics. The professors are professionals in the field with great experience and can relate to the students and also the material that they are teaching.

Current occupation/study/latest degree: Coordinator at Family Community Clinic in Louisville, KY

Fabricio Rodezno

Carmen Rojas

Country: Peru
Major: Finance
Graduation Year: 2017

I was introduced to UE three years before I decided to join as a freshman. At the time, while been 15 years old, I could have never imagined that UE would become my second home. My experience at UE has enabled me to mature and grow to be the person I am today. During my four years I was able to create a family with people from all over the world and to whom I am still connected despite the distance. Also, I have received the best welcome from the university staff and professors. Their guidance and recommendations are the key to my development as a student and person. Studying at UE has given me the opportunity to be surrounded by wonderful people and provided me with the tools to be ready for life after graduation.

Current occupation/study/latest degree: Brokerage Analyst at UBS Chicago

Carmen Rojas

Luis Rojas

Country: Guatemala
Major: Music Management
Graduation Year: 2008

My UE experience contributed for me to be where am at today by providing me with a diverse experience of other cultures of the world and be able to be involved in many organizations. Being able to interact with different people from around the world prepared to what the "real" world had to offer. As an international student myself I was able to contribute but also learn of UE's uniqueness.

Current Occupation: Human Resources Assistant at Carrollton Bank. A locally owned bank headquartered in Carrollton, IL but with locations both in the Illinois and St. Louis markets.

Luis Rojas

Ghaith Safi

Country: Syria
Majors: Finance and Economics
Graduation Year: 2017

When I look back at my time at the University of Evansville, a lot of memories seem to rush to my mind. I spent 5 of the best years of my life at UE.

During my time there I was able to join the International Club, Scholars for Syria, a social fraternity, and was involved in so many different activities that made my time at UE even better. I was also able to complete 3 different internships at Fifth Third Bank in Evansville, Cincinnati, and Lexington. I'm very impressed by the changes the school is going through such as the new gym, the new library, and the new food services. I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance and a minor in Economics. I'm currently working for Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati as part of their Investments Leadership Program. I will be doing rotations within the investments group for the next two years and then will be placed in the team I enjoyed the most. Looking back at the last 5 years of my life, I'm confident to say that University of Evansville is an exceptional school that offers outstanding programs and I'm very lucky and proud to be an Ace graduate.

Current Occupation: Wealth & Asset Management Leadership Program Participant at Fifth Third Bank.

Ghaith Safi

Ritu Shah

Country: India
Majors: Double finance and management major with an information technology minor
Graduation Year: 2010

One of the best college experiences an international student can ever ask for, UE encompasses all the qualities of a well rounded educational experience. Personally the small class sizes and personalized attention from professors is what drew me to UE. Besides the fact that the staff, students and faculty were very warm and welcoming right from my first day- the case based approach to my business education and real world experience in starting my own business while in college proved to be invaluable assets to me. UE sets you up for success from day one when you meet students and faculty from all across the world in such a personalized setting. At UE you are not just a number but are rather assisted every step of the way in your career. You build an extensive network of such accomplished alums across the world along with their mentorship. UE's international community and its focus on inter cultural exchange is unmatched. I was also fortunate to participate in the international student-family program and met my host family here who have become an extension of my family in the US. I shall forever be indebted to my professors and friends at UE for making my college journey so rewarding.

Current occupation/study/latest degree: Founder at MyIvyAlly.com

Ritu Shah

Theda Soldatou

Country: Greece
Major: International Relations & Political Science
Class: Sophomore

This is only my second year at UE, and it already feels like home. As an international freshman, the time came when I had to deal with home sickness and that home for me was more than an ocean away. The fact that my IOL's, the UE staff and the University's community, in general, welcomed me with open arms was one of the main reasons that I was able to adjust faster and easier in the new environment and to my new life. I enjoy how small the classes are and that I get to know my professors and advisors personally. I get to have more one-to-one time with them, both in and out of the classroom, and I am grateful for the fact that they are always willing to help when I need it. Finally, as a student athlete, I am thankful for all the people who work with our team in the athletic department, my coaches, and my professors, as their encouragement, support, and understanding have truly made a difference in my everyday life.

Theda Soldatou

Jesse Stafford-Lacey

Country: Republic of Ireland
Major: Sports Communication
Class: Sophomore

UE is a small campus that perfectly suited me, coming from a small school back at home. The fact that UE is so small, there's a family feeling about the school. When I arrived, I immediately felt part of something special. Being a member of the men's soccer team helped me to get to know lots of people and I've really enjoyed my opening year here.

Jesse Stafford-Lacey

Gabriela Tom

Country: Brazil
Majors: Political Science and International Studies
Graduation Year: 2017

My name is Gabi Tom and I am originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. I graduated from UE in May of 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in International Studies and Political Science. My experience at UE was nothing but fantastic. The University has exceeded my expectations in every aspect of my college experience. I found at UE a place to call home, people to call friends, and a faculty and staff to call family. During my four years at UE I had the opportunity to intern in different parts of the country such as Washington DC and North Carolina, I had the opportunity to bring the largest humanitarian organization to campus, the UNICEF Campus Initiative, amongst other opportunities. UE not only provided me with high-quality education and fabulous professional experiences, but it also enabled me to grow as a human being and become a thoughtful caring global citizen. The University of Evansville will always be my home away from home.

Current occupation/study/latest degree: Immigration Specialist at Global Immigration Associates

Gabriela Tom

Karolina Toth

Country: Hungary
Majors: Cognitive Science & Philosophy double major with a minor in Psychology - Magna cum laude, Honors Student
Graduation Year: 2013

My UE experience contributes to me being resilient; I can stay open to the world and keep a bright outlook on life in spite of obstacles I encounter.

I travel or UE friends visit me at least a few times every year. So we make time for being reminiscent about the good old days. What I've recently found is that the time I spent at UE really made me have faith in people. From housekeeping to the president of the school, I can recall countless times when UE staff helped me out! I constantly remind myself that even if I don't live on the same continent, I can find that same selfless genuine warmth wherever I go.

On a more practical note, the liberal arts education I received taught me how to study and quickly understand new concepts, which is an excellent skill for anyone in the 21st century.

Current occupation/study/latest degree: I work for a Hungarian software development company, called Wanari, as a soft skill person, so branding, blogging, leadership development, onboarding, and mentoring efforts are all tasks I oversee and coordinate.

Karolina Toth

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