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

Founder's Day

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!

2014 Alumni Association Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumnus Award

John David Lutz

UE’s longest tenured and one of the most decorated faculty members is one of our own. John David Lutz ‘64 has served UE for almost 50 years as a professor and 30 years as chair of the UE Theatre department. Under his leadership UET has risen to national prominence; earning the right to perform at the National American College Theatre Festival in the Kennedy Center on nine occasions. Six of those productions were directed by him. Personally he has been recognized as a Gold Medallion Award recipient for his involvement with the Kennedy Center and American College Theatre Festival (1984), State of Indiana’s Governor’s Arts Award and Art Educator of the Year for 1995, 2005 Southwest Indiana Arts Council Mayor’s Art Award, and 2007 invested into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center. His service to UE has earned him the University’s medal of honor.

Young Alumnus Award

Jamey Carroll

Jamey Carroll ‘96 is a great athlete and better yet a great person. He has achieved professional success in the highly competitive sport of professional baseball, not just due to his athletic abilities but also his strength of character and hard work. Drafted into MLB after graduation, he has had a long career in baseball. He has won the “Heart and Hustle” Award twice in his career; in 2006 from the Colorado Rockies and in 2011 from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Although his work has taken him far away, he has not forgotten his home and UE. He is supportive of UE’s baseball program and UE in general. His help also extends to others. He formed the Jamey Carroll T.W.O. (Together We’ll Overcome) Foundation for at-risk children. He is a great role model to numerous young children and athletes and a fine representative of the University of Evansville.

Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award

Keith and Linda Phillips

Linda ’78 and Keith ’78 Phillips are passionate and involved alumni of the University of Evansville and have displayed their loyalty through service to UE in many ways. Keith, a retired physician, served as Chair of the Board of Visitors, Chair of the Science Advisory Council, active volunteer for the Kresge Science Initiative, a mentor to science faculty in addition to serving as a student mentor and reunion volunteer for his class. He currently serves on the University’s Board of Trustees. Linda, who was an adjunct faculty member in UE’s nursing department, served on the Harlaxton Board of Directors. Both Keith and Linda have displayed their commitment to UE students and faculty through the giving of their time, their advice, and their faithful support. They are loyal friends and are deeply passionate about the success of the University of Evansville.

Samuel Orr Honorary Alumna Award

Patricia Bateman

One of the University of Evansville’s strongest supporters and most faithful volunteer is not a graduate of UE. Patricia Bateman has served UE for numerous years and in many capacities including the President’s Club Executive Committee Chair and Board of Visitors membership. She is a hometown girl who loves to see her community university thrive. She is very interested in leadership opportunities for UE women to learn and stay in the tri-state region. Pat earned her degree from Butler University and currently serves as the chief development officer for the Girl Scouts of Southwestern Indiana. She strongly supports her community and has served as president of the Evansville Museum Guild and of the Evansville Philharmonic Guild Board.

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

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

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

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