University of Evansville to Celebrate its Birthday on Founders Day

Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2016

The University of Evansville’s 162nd Founders Day celebration is Sunday, February 21, at 10:30 a.m. in Neu Chapel. The event includes the Edgar M. McKown Lecture. This year's speaker will be Gerald Seaman, principal of Harlaxton College, UE’s British campus.  UE emeriti professors will also be honored during the ceremony for their years of service.

Founders Day ceremonies are held in observance of four important events in the history of the University of Evansville.

February 8, 1810 - John C. Moore, founder of Moores Hill College, was born.

February 10, 1854 - Moores Hill Male and Female Collegiate Institute was incorporated.

February 17, 1919 - Moores Hill College was relocated and Evansville College was incorporated.

February 17, 1967 - The University of Evansville was incorporated.

In conjunction with Founders Day the University will celebrate its Methodist-related history by hosting a United Methodist Festival of Hymns on Thursday, February 18, at 7:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel.

The ecumenical festival is designed to encourage and inspire congregational singing, with choirs, clergy and musicians from the local area and the campus community leading the collaborative effort. The event will feature some of the great hymns sung with brass, wind, and keyboard instruments, including the harpsichord, pipe organ and piano.

UE chaplain Tamara Gieselman explained that the festival “will lead us through the Christian year as we celebrate our heritage and anticipate a bright future. We hope everyone will experience a meaningful evening with opportunity to find new energy for singing the great hymns.”

The Evansville community is invited to attend both the Hymn Festival and the Founders Day ceremony.

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