University of Evansville

Alumni

With over 31,000 alumni, we help to foster lifelong relationships, both among alumni and between the University and its graduates, former students, current students, and friends.

Alumni Awards

Alumni Award Winners for 2015

Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes the outstanding service and accomplishments of its members at a ceremony on UE's Founder's Day.

The Distinguished Alumnus/a Award, Distinguished Young Alummnus/a Award, the Samuel Orr Honorary Alumnus/a Award, and the Edie Bates Alumni Volunteer Service Award are presented to exceptional and active alumni nominated by their friends and classmates. So if you know a fellow alum doing worthy things in their hometown community, professional field, or in service to UE, nominate them today!

2015 Alumni Association Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Carrie Preston ‘89

After graduating from UE’s theatre department, Carrie Preston ‘89 earned her MFA in from The Juilliard School. Carrie’s breakout was her Outer Critics Award nominated turn as Miranda in the Broadway production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest with Patrick Stewart. She’s gone on to act, direct and produce for the stage, screen and television. She currently plays Arlene Fowler on HBO’s True Blood and has the recurring role of Elsbeth Tascioni on CBS’s The Good Wife, for which she won the 2013 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. For her production company, Daisy 3 Pictures, Carrie directed the feature film, That’s What She Said, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival as one of 27 feature films chosen out of 4000 submissions. Carrie serves on the Board of Directors for the New Harmony Project and stays connected to UE Theatre. She has hosted the west coast gathering of UE Theatre alumni on numerous occasions.

Young Alumnus Award

Brian Revalee ’03 M’09

Brian Revalee ’03 M’09 has done much to help others in the time since he completed his first degree from UE. For seven years, Brian served as the regional HIV/AIDS spokesperson for a number of statewide organizations, and advocated for fair and affordable housing for those living with HIV across the state. Throughout his tenure as Executive Director at the AIDS Resource Group, ARG received one local award in 2007 for Best Social Service Agency and received the top award in the state for an AIDS service organization in 2012 from the Indiana Minority AIDS Council. ARG was the top HIV Care Site in the State of Indiana for five years in a row under Brian’s leadership. During this time he also earned an advanced degree from UE and started a family. In 2010 Brian and his partner became licensed foster parents and to three young children (a sibling group) and officially adopted them 11 months later. In 2013 Brian and his family moved to southwest Ohio where Brian is now the Executive Director of the United Way of Oxford, Ohio and Vicinity and a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson.

Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award

Robert ’66 and Judy ’66 Wargel

Robert ’66 and Judy ’66 Wargel shared many life defining moments at Evansville College. Both graduated with chemistry majors and went on to have very successful careers in the Chicago area. Bob pursued his PhD in chemistry at Northwestern University and then worked for Kraft Foods as a research scientist. Judy joined Abbott Laboratories as an information scientist, a medical writer and eventually worked for TAP Pharmaceuticals, a joint venture between Abbott and the Japanese company Takeda. They were able to retire early and become super volunteers. UE is fortunate that they moved back to Evansville in 2002 and have dedicated a significant portion of their volunteer time to the University. They both serve on the Science Advisory Council and are very involved with the Chemistry department – helping with student summer internships, equipment and endowment funding.

Samuel Orr Honorary Alumna Award

Jean Beckman

Dr. Jean Beckman came to the University of Evansville in 1978 and since she has selflessly served both the Department of Chemistry and the University. Dr. Beckman served for six and a half years as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and one year as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. She was a member of two presidential search committees and contributed to the self-studies for a Higher Learning Commission and an NCAA accreditation. Impressively, Dr. Beckman has not only served the University for over thirty years but she has also exhibited tremendous generosity in establishing the Beckman Endowed Research Fellowship Fund which provides funds for undergraduate research.

How To Nominate

To nominate a fellow alumnus/a who shows exemplary service to his/her community and to UE, print out and complete the pdf nomination form (inset) and return it to the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, 1800 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, IN 47722, fax to 812 488-2560 or email to alumni@evansville.edu. Nominations are accepted year-round and the Alumni Awards committee of the Alumni Association Board of Directors makes their selection each fall.

Past Winners

Distinguished Alumni Award - The Distinguished Alumni Award was established by the Alumni Association Board of Directors in 1990. This is the highest honor which the Association can bestow upon an alumnus/a. The award recognizes an individual's achievements in his/her professional field, service to his/her community and exceptional leadership and service to the University.

Distinguished Alumnus/a Award Recipients:

  • 1990 - Wayne A. Davidson '56
  • 1991 - D.W. '31 & Alma Vaughn '34
  • 1992 - Arad A. McCutchan '34
  • 1993 - Matt Williams '73
  • 1994 - No award presented
  • 1995 - Lt. Gen. John B. Conaway '56 H '86
  • 1996 - Dr. J. Allen McCutchan '64
  • 1997 - Dr. Richard H. Lyon '52 H '76
  • 1998 - Donald W. Griffin '61
  • 1999 - No Award Presented
  • 2000 - Donald Ricketts '55
  • 2001 - David '73 & Elizabeth (Wagner) McFadzean '74
  • 2002 - Rita (Patry) Eykamp '59
  • 2003 - Maj. Gen. Verna Fairchild (Ret.) '72
  • 2004 - Larry Mackey '73
  • 2005 - Jerry Sloan '65, M'73
  • 2006 - B. James Dawson '67, M'70
  • 2007 - Maj Gen R. Martin Umbarger '69
  • 2008 - Ronald Glass '68
  • 2009 - Robert A. Plane '48
  • 2010 - Rose (Cole) Mays '67
  • 2011 - Steve Harkness '70
  • 2012 - R. Edward Coleman '65
  • 2013 - Marjorie Soyugenc M’73
  • 2014 - John David Lutz ‘64

Distinguished Young Alumni Award - The Distinguished Young Alumni Award was established in 1997. This honor is presented to an alumnus/a under the age of 40 who has made significant strides in his/her personal and professional development and who has demonstrated service to the University and his/her community.

Young Alumnus Award Recipients:

  • 1997 - Andrew Benes '89
  • 1998 - Anita Horn Rizek '89
  • 1999 - Joe J. Wallace '82
  • 2000 - James Purucker '86
  • 2001 - Michael Alden '80, '85
  • 2002 - Michael A. Parker '84
  • 2003 - J. Bryan Nicol '87
  • 2004 - Sharon Grandberry '97
  • 2005 - David Bertorello '89
  • 2006 - No award presented
  • 2007 - Holly (Collier) Marks '96
  • 2008 - Sally Rideout Lambert '92
  • 2009 - Danette G. Scudder '96
  • 2010 - Len Devaisher '98
  • 2011 - Melissa Guthrie Wagler '04
  • 2012 - Craig Bryan '01
  • 2013 - George Day ‘95
  • 2014 - Jamey Carroll ‘96

Samuel Orr Honorary Alumni Award - This award was established in 1971 as the Honorary Alumni Award; in 1997, the award was renamed in honor of Dr. Samuel Orr. Dr. Orr served the University as a trustee for 59 years. This award recognizes a non-alumnus/a for his/her personal and professional accomplishments and service to the University. It is the highest honor the Association can bestow upon a non-alumnus.

Samuel Orr Honorary Alumnus/a Award Recipients:

  • 1971 - A.C. Biggs & Robert W. Hudson
  • 1973 - Virgil C. Bailey, Dr. Ralph H. Coleman & Carl H. Hottenstein
  • 1974 - Dale D. Campbell, Dr. and Mrs. Donald W. Dunham, Dr. and Mrs. Robert R. Rowland & Dr. J. Harry Whetstone
  • 1975 - William F. Montrastelle, Major Thomas A. Morrison & William F. Robertson
  • 1976 - Oscar H. Jeude, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse E. Kent Jr. & Thomas C. Rose
  • 1977 - Alvin V. Dauble, Dr. and Mrs. Melvin W. Hyde, Dr. Dean Long & Aubrey D. Ryals
  • 1978 - Mr. and Mrs. Raymond O. Clutter, John M. Cooke & Robert E. Green
  • 1979 - James A. Byers & John M. Oberhelman
  • 1980 - Dr. and Mrs. Wallace B. Graves
  • 1981 - Clarence Harrison & Clarence R. Pitman
  • 1982 - John H. Schroeder
  • 1983 - Robert M. Kent & Dr. Samuel Orr
  • 1984 - William H. Suhrheinrich & C. Wayne Worthington
  • 1985 - Robert L. Koch
  • 1986 - Wahnita DeLong, Phillip E. Drachman & Dallas Suhrheinrich
  • 1987 - Dr. Orville J. Jaebker
  • 1988 - H. Lee Cooper III
  • 1990 - Judy M. Steenberg
  • 1991 - Melvin M. Peterson & Dr. William L. Ridgway
  • 1992 - Barbara St. Clair McKenna & Virginia G. Schroeder
  • 1993 - Dr. Virginia Grabill
  • 1994 - no award presented
  • 1995 - Dan W. Mitchell
  • 1996 - Robert H. Menke
  • 1997 - Dr. and Mrs. James S. Vinson
  • 1998 - Mrs. Mary Kay Powell
  • 1999 - Larry E. Dunigan
  • 2000 - John C. Schroeder & Ruth Bromm
  • 2001 - Alan Braun
  • 2002 - Richard Shymanski
  • 2003 - Robert L. Koch II
  • 2004 - Sharon and Burkley McCarthy
  • 2005 - Frank Hirschman
  • 2006 - Niel and Karen Ellerbrook
  • 2007 - Sally and Stephen Jennings
  • 2008 - Dr. David Gugin
  • 2009 - Donald B. and Jean O. Korb
  • 2010 - G. Richard Eykamp
  • 2011 - Laurel Vaughn
  • 2012 - Richard and Patrice Schroeder
  • 2013 - Patricia Kishline
  • 2014 - Patricia Bateman

Edie Bates Alumni Volunteer Service Award - The Edie Bates Alumni Volunteer Service Award was established in 1998. The award is named in honor of Edie Bates'42, a University trustee. This award was established to recognize an alumnus/a for his/her exemplary volunteer service to his/her community and the University.

Edie Bates Alumni Volunteer Service Award Recipients:

  • 1999 - Edie Bates '42
  • 2000 - Meg Dettwiler '73 (posthumously)
  • 2001 - Jerry Purdie '59
  • 2002 - Michael Woodard '70
  • 2003 - Wilfred C. Bussing III '77
  • 2004 - Jerry Linzy '66, M'73
  • 2005 - Linda Alvers '74, M'79
  • 2006 - Curran Cotton '57
  • 2007 - Sue (O'Keefe) Hodapp '82
  • 2008 - Thornton Patberg '52
  • 2009 - Susan E. '74 and Steve W. '73 Worthington
  • 2010 - Thomas Southwood '81
  • 2011 - Barbara Price '66
  • 2013 - Steve ’86 and Kathie Bugg
  • 2014 - Linda ’78 and Keith ’78 Phillips