UE Community members nominated for Leadership Evansville Honors
Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Several University of Evansville faculty members and administrators and two of the University’s programs have been nominated for this year’s Leadership Evansville’s Celebration of Leadership honors. Celebration of Leadership recognizes individuals and groups who have positively impacted the Evansville community in the categories of the arts, community and neighborhood, education, environment, government and public services, and/or health and social service.
Carol Dallinger, UE professor of music and coordinator of the Suzuki Violin Program, has been nominated in the arts category. Dallinger established the Suzuki Violin Program at UE 44 years ago. She is principal second violinist in the Evansville Philharmonic orchestra, and she has performed solo recitals in England, Austria, and Italy.
UE vice president of marketing and communications Don Jones was nominated in the health and social services category. Prior to UE, he was vice president of marketing for MSW Research, which counts Disney, P&G, L’Oreal, and Kraft among its clients. He has served as senior managing consultant for IBM, senior vice president of global product management at The ARS Group, and director of marketing at St. Mary’s Medical Center.
Jones also represents the UpGrade Bikeshare program which has been nominated in the environment category. Jones is president of the Evansville Trails Coalition.
Erin Lewis, program director for the institute for Global Enterprise at UE, has been nominated in the education category. She received the nomination for her work with Global Enterprise’s Global Assistance Project and Changemaker program. Her strong work ethic and abilities have helped both programs improve and grow in a short amount of time.
Michael Roscoe received a nomination in the health and social service category. Roscoe is founding director and chair of UE’s Department of Physician Assistant Science, the first program of its kind in the area. He has taken on the responsibility of obtaining accreditation for the program, and it has already been granted accreditation-provisional status by the ARC-PA. Roscoe also serves as an assistant professor of physician assistant science at UE.
UE assistant director of gift planning Cathy Renner has been nominated in the community and neighborhood category. Renner is involved in the Rotary Club of Evansville, specifically with its annual Santa Run. She has guided three successful runs, and proceeds from each funded community programs. She is a member of Tri Kappa, a philanthropic organization in Indiana that promotes charity, culture, and education. Renner also devotes a great deal of time to Trinity United Methodist Church.
The University of Evansville’s Global Assistance Project (GAP) program has been nominated as an outstanding education program. GAP opens doors for students and community leaders to work together to improve Evansville and the world. With such projects as the UE Cultural District to Growth Alliance of Greater Evansville and Mission Guatemala, GAP has improved the Evansville community by bringing a fresh perspective, an international awareness, and a desire to aid and assist wherever the projects lead.
One of GAP’s projects, Scholars for Syria, has been nominated as a valuable education program. This group has many members from both the UE and local communities. Scholars for Syria enriches the Evansville community by sharing the Syrian culture through poetry readings, concerts, seminars, and speakers - including a presentation by the imam of the Islamic Center of Evansville and tropical talks by UE professors.
Leadership Evansville will be honoring nominees during its Celebration of Leadership event at the Old National Events Plaza in downtown Evansville on Thursday, March 9. Doors open at 4:00 p.m., with a reception from 4:15–5:15 p.m. The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m.
University of Evansville campus community members and their families are welcome and encouraged to attend. The cost is $5 for students and children and $15 for adults.