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.”
Special Presentation on Autism Planned at the University of Evansville
Posted: April 6, 2015
A special presentation on autism, “Rethinking Autism: Wretches & Jabberers,” is planned for Wednesday, April 15, at the University of Evansville. The event is scheduled from 4:30-6:00 p.m., in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall) in the Schroeder School of Business Building. The presentation is being hosted by Optimal Rhythms, Inc., and is free and open to the public.
This autism awareness event will feature Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, stars of the highly acclaimed autism documentary, Wretches & Jabberers, along with their support team Harvey and Pascal. Clips from the documentary will be shown, followed by a question and answer session.
For more information, please call 812-488-2663 or 812-488-2500.
Professor Emeritus Earl M. Tapley Has Died
Posted: March 6, 2015
University of Evansville professor emeritus Earl M. Tapley, psychologist and educator, died on December 23. He was 101. He is survived by his son, Dwight, (Barbara Martin), a physician in South Bend, Indiana, daughters Sharon Goodson of Haymarket, Virginia (Roger Goodson), and Annette Pace of Evansville, Indiana, 11 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Ruby, his son-in-law Elbert Pace, and four brothers and three sisters.
Born in Georgia, the son of a tenant farmer, Dr.Tapley graduated from Vanderbilt University, received his Master of Arts degree at Peabody-Vanderbilt with studies in the Vanderbilt Divinity School, and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He was an ordained Methodist minister having served churches in the South and Midwest before becoming a college professor and administrator.
Dr. Tapley was dean, vice president, and interim president of Lee University, and assistant to the president in public relations and head of psychology and the Testing and Counseling Center at the University of Chattanooga. He then accepted a position at the University of Evansville, where he was professor, director of research, dean of the School of Education, and dean of the Graduate School. He served as consultant and accreditation examiner of colleges for a national and the regional accreditation associations. Though he retired in 1979, he remained at UE for seven years as Director of International Studies and Travel.
He and Ruby established a UE scholarship for ministerial students in 1986. Recently, because of the Tapley’s generosity to the University, the School of Education Multimedia Center was renamed The Earl M. and Ruby J. Tapley Education Resource and Multimedia Center.
Dr. Tapley was a world traveler, having traveled extensively on every continent except Antarctica, visiting more than a hundred countries.
He moved to Dunedin, Florida in 1986.
His funeral was Friday, January 2 at Palm Harbor United Methodist Church in Palm Harbor, Florida. He was inducted into the School of Education Honor Roll in 2013.
Dr. Tapley was a good friend to the University of Evansville School of Education, and he will be missed.
Article by Drs. Knoester and Parkison to Appear in Journal
Posted: March 5, 2015
An article co-authored by Dr. Matthew Knoester, assistant professor of education, and Dr. Paul Parkison, associate professor of education and School of Education department chair, entitled "Where is Citizenship Education in the Age of Common Core State Standards?" will appear in an upcoming edition of the journal Critical Education. The article shows that educational reforms in recent decades have focused on jobs and the economy to the detriment of serious citizenship education and suggests that political discourse and engagement have suffered as a result.
Mary Lombardo-Graves Completes Requirements for EdD in Curriculum and Instruction
Posted: October 29, 2014
Mary Lombardo-Graves, assistant professor of special education, has successfully defended her dissertation, "The Effect of Mentoring Intervention on the Teaching Self-Efficacy of Pre-service Special Education Teacher Candidates”. She has completed the requirements for her doctor of education degree in curriculum and instruction specializing in curriculum leadership at Northern Illinois University.