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Two UE Scholarships Benefiting Dubois County Residents Announced

Posted: June 27, 2014

The creation of two University of Evansville scholarships benefiting Dubois County, Indiana, residents was announced today during a media event at OFS Brands ECO Center in Huntingburg, Indiana. The Phyllis and Robert H. Menke, Sr., Dubois County Endowed Scholarship and the OFS Brands Endowed Scholarship were made possible by a gift of $2.1 million from the Menke family.

The Phyllis and Robert H. Menke, Sr., Dubois County Endowed Scholarship will be awarded annually to an underclassman, undergraduate student enrolled at UE who attended high school in Dubois County, and who demonstrates financial need. The scholarship was named in honor of the founder of OFS Brands Robert H. Menke, Sr., who died in 2008, and his wife Phyllis.

The OFS Brands Endowed Scholarship will be given each year with preference to an OFS Brands employee, or child or dependent of an OFS Brands employee. Second preference will be given to a graduate of a Dubois County high school and third preference will be to any UE student.

Eligible students will begin receiving the scholarships in 2015.

“We are very thankful,” says UE President Thomas A. Kazee, “to the Menke family for continuing their family legacy of assisting students who want to further their education.”

The Menke family have long been friends and supporters of the University of Evansville. Robert Menke, Sr., received the University of Evansville Medal of Honor in 1988 and the University’s Samuel Orr Honorary Alumni Award in 1996. His daughter Susan Kruger and grandson Ryan Menke are both UE graduates.

The creation of scholarships to enable residents of Dubois County to attend UE was something the Menke family felt was very worthwhile, says President of OFS Brands Robert “Hank” H. Menke, Jr.

“My father,” explains Hank Menke, “had a strong belief in the importance of small colleges such as the University of Evansville.”

There are 76 students currently enrolled at UE who are Dubois County high school graduates. In addition, more than 500 UE alumni live and work in Dubois County. A group of those alums got together a few years ago and began raising money to endow a UE scholarship for Dubois County high school graduates. The group raised about $25,000 before the Menke family added their substantial contribution which resulted in the Phyllis and Robert H. Menke, Sr., Dubois County Endowed Scholarship.

“It was a grassroots effort,” explains German American Bank Executive Vice President Brent Sternberg, one of the alums who helped with that fundraising. “There is a strong connection between Dubois County and UE and we want that to continue. And we all had a great experience at UE and wanted others from Dubois County to have that too.”

“Gifts like that don’t come along very often,” says Sternberg of the Menke gift. “We all owe – now and in the future - a big debt of gratitude to the Menke family.”

Menke says that, for their part, he and his family are very appreciative that the scholarship was named for his parents.

“We also really appreciate all the work everyone put into this to make this happen,” says Menke. “We are so glad it all came together. It’s a four way win-win. It benefits UE, it benefits OFS Brands, it benefits Dubois County and it benefits our family. We are very happy to be able to do this for our employees and students of Dubois County.”

President Kazee adds, “The generosity of the Menke family and the UE Dubois County Alumni Network will help students realize their dreams for years to come.”

University of Evansville Annual Fund Hits Landmark Goal of $1,000,000.

Posted: June 5, 2014

The University of Evansville Office of Development announced that a landmark goal of $1,000,000 was achieved at the conclusion of the 2013-14 Annual Fund campaign. Money raised for the annual fund will benefit UE students in the form of scholarships and financial aid.

“A challenge grant issued by the UE Alumni Association Board of Directors generated the gifts necessary to help us surpass our goal,” says Mr. Jack Barner, Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations. “On behalf of the University, I want to thank alumni, friends, parents, faculty, and staff for their generous support of the annual fund. Their commitment will impact the lives and futures of many UE students.”

 

University of Evansville Graduates Premier New Comedy on the FX Network

Posted: March 5, 2014

George Lopez stars in “St. George,” a new comedy premiering Thursday, Mar. 6, at 8 pm (CST) on the FX network.  University of Evansville Department of Theatre graduates, Matt Williams and David McFadzean, created the series and will serve as executive producers and writers, and UE Department of Communications graduate, Dete Meserve, will serve as executive producer.

“St. George” is a half-hour, multi-camera ensemble comedy that follows the chaotic life of “George Lopez,” a recently divorced working-class Mexican-American turned successful entrepreneur caught between two cultures.  He struggles to balance the parenting demands of his All-American Anglo ex-wife and the cultural expectations of his overbearing Mexican-American mother.  As George attempts to relate to his 11-year-old son, his fun loving, but freeloading, uncle and cousin further complicate his life.  As a wealthy businessman, George also gives back by teaching history to a class of multi-cultural students, at a night school in downtown Los Angeles, where his supervisor is a tough and sexy assistant principal.  “St. George” is a celebration of a multi-generational family that humorously wrestles with cultural differences in today’s society. Visit the following link for “St. George” promos: http://www.youtube.com/user/SaintGeorgeOnFX 

Matt Williams is an Evansville native, graduate of Harrison High School, and a 1973 UE graduate.  He is best known as the creator and executive producer of the groundbreaking hit series “Roseanne” and the co-creator and executive producer of “Home Improvement,” one of the most successful programs in television history, earning him three Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series.  Williams started his television career as a writer/producer on “The Cosby Show.”  For his work on the series, he was nominated for a Humanitas Award, three Emmy Awards, and was honored with a Peabody Award for Outstanding achievement in Television Writing.  Williams also served as co-creator of the Cosby spin-off, “A Different World.”  In film, he co-wrote and produced Disney’s award-winning “Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken.”  Williams also served as executive producer on the critically acclaimed drama “Firelight,” produced and directed “Where the Heart Is,” produced Nancy Meyer’s romantic comedy, “What Women Want,” and co-wrote, produced and directed “Walker Payne.”

David McFadzean, a 1973 UE graduate, is a partner with Matt Williams in Wind Dancer Films.  With Williams and Carmen Finestra, McFadzean created and executive produced “Home Improvement.”  Prior to that, he served as the executive story editor on the premiere season of “Roseanne.”  Under the Wind Dancer banner, McFadzean went on to executive-produce and co-create several television shows for stars including Carol Burnett, Ed Asner, Dan Aykroyd, and Dave Chappelle.  Additionally, McFadzean has produced numerous feature films, including the critically acclaimed “Bernie,” which premiered on the UE campus.  Beginning his writing career as a playwright, his play “Oklahoma Rigs,” produced at UE, was selected for the national Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 1987, and was the resident playwright for the Lamb’s Players Theater Company in San Diego for five years.

Dete Meserve, a 1984 UE graduate, is president of Wind Dancer Films and oversees all aspects of Wind Dancer’s film and television slate.  In addition, she leads the company’s growing animation brands, including production of the pilot for “Jet Propulsion” for PBS, “Not a Box,” the animated TV series, and “Nightglider,” an animated feature film with Ireland’s Brown Bag Films.  Meserve’s career with Wind Dancer includes working on the financing and production of all the company’s films including “Where the Heart Is,” “What Women Want,” and “Bernie,” in addition to the television series “Home Improvement,” “Soul Man,” starring Dan Aykroyd.  Prior to joining Wind Dancer, Merserve was Vice President of USC Radio, the University of Southern California’s radio network and was instrumental in USC Radio’s acquisition of the radio production of the national daily business series “Marketplace” and “Marketplace Morning Report.”  Meserve began her career as station manager for Evansville’s WNIN radio station and assistant station manager for WNIN television.

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UE to Celebrate 160th Birthday on Founders Day

Posted: February 10, 2014

The University of Evansville will celebrate its 160th birthday on Founders Day, observed this year on Sunday, February 16. Founders Day is observed each year at UE to mark the incorporation of Moores Hill College, the move to Evansville, the charter as Evansville College, and the University’s officially becoming the University of Evansville. All four dates fall between February 10 and 19.

The Founders Day celebration will begin with a convocation and worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, February 16 in Neu Chapel. The service, which is open to the public, will feature the Edgar M. McKown Lecture, given this year by Bishop Michael Coyner.

Coyner has served churches of various sizes in the North Indiana Conference, served as a district superintendent of the Lafayette District, and was executive assistant to Bishop Woodie White for the Indiana Area. He was elected a bishop of The United Methodist Church in 1996 and was assigned to the Dakotas Area where he served two terms as resident bishop. In 2004 he was assigned to serve the Indiana Area, and in 2008 he was assigned to a second term. He earned his B.A. from Purdue University, his M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, and his D.Min. from Drew Theological School. Coyner has also received honorary doctorates from Dakota Wesleyan University, the University of Evansville, and the University of Indianapolis. He is the author of several articles and books. In addition to serving as trustee and board member of various United Methodist agencies and institutions (including the University of Evansville), Coyner also serves on the General Council on Finance and Administration for the denomination.

The Founders Day celebration will conclude with the annual Alumni Awards Luncheon at noon in Eykamp Hall (Room 251 in Ridgway University Center). Registration for the luncheon is available and can be found online.

The University of Evansville Alumni Association will present four awards to Tri-State residents: Distinguished Alumna Award: John David Lutz ’64 is UE’s longest tenured faculty members and one of the most decorated. He has served UE for 48 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 earned him the University’s medal of honor.

Young Alumnus Award: Jamey Carroll ’96 is not only a great athlete but also a great person. He has achieved professional success in a highly competitive sport, 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 baseball career. He currently plays shortstop and second base for the Kansas City Royals. 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 children and athletes and a fine representative of UE.

Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award: Linda ’78 and Keith ’78 Phillips are passionate and involved UE alumni and have displayed their loyalty through service to UE. Keith served as chair of the Board of Visitors, chair of the Science Advisory Council, 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 and is a volunteer adjunct faculty member at IU School of Medicine Evansville Campus. Linda served on the Harlaxton Board of Directors, was an assistant coach for the Women’s Tennis program, and was an adjunct instructor for UE’s Nursing Department for many years. Both have displayed their commitment to UE students and faculty through the giving of time, advice, and faithful support. They are deeply passionate about the success of the University of Evansville.

Samuel Orr Honorary Alumni Award: One of the University’s strongest supporters and most faithful volunteer is not a graduate of UE. Patricia Bateman has served UE for many 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 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 the Evansville Philharmonic Guild Board.

Community Invited to Aces Fan Fest

Posted: October 25, 2013

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As part of Homecoming 2013 Reunion Weekend, the University of Evansville will host the third annual Aces Fan Fest, which is free and open to the community.

The Aces Fan Fest will take place from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, November 2 at the corner of Sixth and Locust streets, next to the Ford Center – where the UE women’s basketball team plays the University of Southern Indiana at noon and the men’s team plays the University of Illinois-Springfield at 4 p.m.

Aces Fan Fest will feature a performance by Berteal, an award-winning, sister-brother acoustic music duo featuring UE alumni Kim Gentry ’97 and Chad Gentry ’03. The band will perform from 1-2:30 p.m.

Berteal’s recent accolades include best group/duo in the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards, finalists in the USA Songwriting Competition (which earned them a performance at SXSW in Austin, Texas), and a 2013 showcase at the renowned Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee. Berteal also placed second in the 2013 Woody Guthrie Songwriting Contest, winning a performance slot at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Oklahoma.

Other activities at the Aces Fan Fest include food vendors, a beer garden, a chili cook-off, a student dance crew competition (2:30-3 p.m.), a performance by local musician Scott Winzinger (3-4 p.m.), photos with UE mascot Ace Purple, and children’s activities.

UE Homecoming to Feature Speakers on Law, Medicine, and History

Posted: October 24, 2013

As part of Homecoming 2013 Reunion Weekend, the University of Evansville will host several speaker series events that are free and open to the community.

The following lectures are slated for Homecoming weekend, November 1-3:

• Sixth Annual Homecoming Alumni Speaker: Larry Mackey ’73 will present “Here Comes Our Pigeon” at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 2 in Eykamp Hall, Room 252 in the Ridgway University Center. Mackey, a trial attorney and partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP in Indianapolis, will discuss his experiences as a UE student and a member of the Oklahoma City bombing prosecution team.

• Dr. Guy Banta Distinguished Lecture Series for Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Dr. Joshua Fessel ’99 will present “Bench to Bedside: Medical Research in the 21st Century” at 2:30 p.m. Friday, November 1 in Vectren Lecture Hall, Room 100 of the Koch Center for Engineering and Science. After graduating from UE, Fessel earned an MD and PhD from Vanderbilt University, where he is currently an assistant professor in the departments of medicine and pharmacology. He divides his time between patient care and research.

• Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture: Olivia Remie Constable, professor of medieval history and the Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame, will present “Changing Views of Islam in Spain Between the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period” at 7 p.m. Friday, November 1 in Eykamp Hall, Room 251 in the Ridgway University Center.

Professor Kopta and UE Alumni Accomplishments

Posted: September 27, 2013

My CelestHealth Research Group (CHRG) has recently had papers published or in press for publication.  Kopta et al (in press) is an especially interesting study.  One of our recent graduates Danielle Raymond is a coauthor with counseling center Directors from Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, and University of Minnesota as well as faculty from Marquette University.  This study included a research sample of over 13,000 patients and 400 psychotherapists.  Additionally, UE graduate Craig Bryan, who is now a professor at the University of Utah, is first author on another paper (Bryan, Kopta, & Lowes, 2012).

Stulz, N., Lutz, W., Kopta, S.M., Minami, T., & Saunders, S. (in press). The shape of the dose-effect relationship in outpatient psychotherapy: Does treatment duration matter? Journal of Counseling Psychology.

Kopta, S.M., Petrik, M., Saunders, S., Mond, M., Hirsch, G., Kadison, R., and Raymond, D. (in press). The utility of an efficient outcomes assessment system at university counseling centers. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.

Budge, S.L., Owen, J.J., Kopta, S.M., Minami, T., Hanson, M.R., & Hirsch, G. (2013). Differences among trainees in client outcomes associated with the phase model of change. Psychotherapy, 50, 150-157.

Bryan, C.J., Kopta, S.M., & Lowes, B.D. (2012). The CelestHealth System. Integrating Science and Practice, 2, 7-11.

Professor Maggie Stevenson, Along with UE Alums as Co-authors, Have Published Three New Articles

Posted: September 26, 2013

Assistant Professor of Psychology Maggie Stevenson has recently published three journal articles. One manuscript, titled “Socioeconomic Status Influences Perceptions of Juvenile Offenders Tried in Adult Court” was published in the current issue of Psychology, Crime, and Law (vol. 9) and is co-authored with a UE psychology major alum, Katlyn Farnum (Sorenson), who is currently a doctoral student of psychology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Another paper, titled “Knowledge of Juvenile Sex Offender Registration Laws Predicts Adolescent Sexual Behavior,” was published in The Journal of Child Sexual Abuse (vol. 22). Stevenson published a third journal article in the same journal (vol. 22) titled “Predictors of Public Support for Juvenile Sex Offender Registration: Educated Individuals Recognize the Flaws of Juvenile Registration Policies.” This manuscript included three UE psychology major alum co-authors Amy Smith, Ady Sekley, and Katlyn Farnum (Sorenson)

Ken Schmidt to Speak in Indianapolis, Evansville March 14

Posted: February 20, 2013

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The Institute for Global Enterprise, part of the Schroeder School of Business at the University of Evansville, will host former Harley-Davidson communications director Ken Schmidt in Indianapolis and Evansville on Thursday, March 14. As part of the Institute Speaker Series, Schmidt will discuss “Going Global: Succeeding in the International Marketplace.”

Schmidt’s appearance in Indianapolis is presented in partnership with the Rotary Club of Indianapolis. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. local time, and Schmidt will speak at noon at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 650 N. Meridian St. Each ticket costs $20 and includes lunch. Guests may purchase a maximum of four tickets through the University of Evansville at www.uealumnionline.com/kenschmidt or 812-488-2706, or through the Rotary Club of Indianapolis at www.indyrotary.org or 317-631-3733.

Schmidt will speak that evening in Evansville at 6:00 p.m. local time at the Aiken Theatre at The Centre, 715 Locust St. This event is free and open to the public, with no tickets required. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and seating is first come, first served. For more information, please visit www.globalindiana.com or contact the Institute for Global Enterprise at 812-488-2455 or globalindiana@evansville.edu.

Schmidt has been associated with Harley-Davidson Motor Company since 1985, and his success in helping rebuild the company’s brand played a vital role in the motorcycle legend’s turnaround from the brink of ruin to global dominance.

In his role as Harley’s director of communication, Schmidt shaped the company’s positioning and served as its primary spokesperson to the media and financial communities. Now semi-retired, Schmidt provides brand-building expertise to many of the world’s best-known businesses. But to this day, Harley-Davidson remains his primary business partner and his strongest passion.

He co-wrote a book, 100 Years of Harley-Davidson, which is the best-selling motor sports book of all time. He has appeared on network television numerous times, and spoken to hundreds of audiences around the world.

The Institute for Global Enterprise wishes to thank Old National Bank for its generous support of these Institute Speaker Series events, and Bud’s Harley Davidson for its support of Schmidt’s Evansville appearance.

This program was made possible in part by the generous support of the Lilly Endowment.

159th Founders Day Celebrated February 17: Alumni Association Awards Presented

Posted: January 22, 2013

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Sunday, February 17, 2013 the 159th Founders Day will be celebrated at UE.  The worship service and convocation will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Neu Chapel.  Faculty rising to the rank of full professor will be presented their purple tams and the Rev. the Lord Leslie Griffiths will give the Edgar M. McKown Lecture.  Rev. Griffiths is the superintendent minister of Wesley’s Chapel, the Cathedral of World Methodism in London.

The UE Alumni Association will sponsor a luncheon following the service.  At noon in Eykamp Hall of the Ridgway Center a lunch will be served and the following awards will be presented:

  • Marjorie Soyugenc M’73
    Posthumous Distinguished Alumna Award
     
  • George Day ‘95
    Young Alumni Award
     
  • Patricia Kishline
    Samuel Orr Honorary Alumna Award
     
  • Steve ’86 and Kathie Bugg
    Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award

All alumni are welcome to both events.  Registration is required for the luncheon; cost is $12 per person.  Register online at www.uealumnionline.com/foundersday2013.

UE Social Media Fundraising Campaign Wins Regional Award

Posted: December 11, 2012

The University of Evansville has received a regional award from CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, for its innovative approaches to fundraising.

The University won the bronze Pride of CASE V award in the category of “Best Program in Annual Giving” for UEGive: 24, the University’s first-ever social media fundraising campaign, which took place in March 2012.

The award was presented yesterday afternoon at Chicago’s Sheraton Hotel and Towers at the annual conference for CASE regions V and VI, which brings together professionals in alumni relations, development, and marketing and communications from educational institutions across the Midwest. Region V, to which UE belongs, includes schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

UEGive: 24 was part of Philanthropy Week, a new initiative to educate UE students on the importance of giving. The campaign encouraged alumni, parents, students, employees, and friends of the University to financially support the institution with a gift of $24, then ask 24 friends to also make a gift to UE online. The entire campaign was conducted through use of electronic communication and social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail.

By the end of the 24-hour campaign, 252 individuals had made gifts to the University, including 107 new alumni donors for the fiscal year and 37 first-time alumni donors. UEGive: 24 raised $7,021 for student scholarships, exceeding the goal of $5,000.

Another UEGive: 24 campaign is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 21, 2013, during the second annual Philanthropy Week (March 18-22).

“I’m very proud of our development team for their innovative approach to raising funds in support of the University, and we’re honored to be recognized by CASE for these efforts,” said Jack Barner, UE vice president for development. “UEGive: 24 is a great example of how the University can connect with a truly limitless audience to achieve and surpass a goal, and we look forward to another successful social media campaign in the spring during Philanthropy Week.”

For a full list of award winners, please visit the Pride of CASE V website.

Five Join UE Alumni Association Board of Directors

Posted: December 6, 2012

The University of Evansville Alumni Association Board of Directors has elected five new members to its ranks.

New board members are:

• Lilah Gael of Tacoma, Washington, a 2001 UE graduate
• Trevor Gregory of Indianapolis, Indiana, a 2010 UE graduate
• Jill Swiz of Evansville, Indiana, a 2001 UE graduate
• Ted Todd of Naples, Florida, a 1985 UE graduate
• Jeffrey Werner of Brownsburg, Indiana, a 1999 UE graduate

The University of Evansville Alumni Association Board of Directors represents the alumni at large and serves as an advisory board to the University and the Board of Trustees. The Alumni Board fosters long-term relationships, involvement, and support of the University. The nominating committee of the board strives for a diverse membership in terms of class year, major, geographic location, activities, gender, and race when selecting new directors for the 36-member voting body.

Members of the alumni board serve three-year terms with the option of two consecutive terms. The board meets on campus three Saturdays per year.

2013 Alumni Cruise to Alaska

Posted: October 17, 2012

Alaska Sawyer Glacier Cruise
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July 19 - 26, 2013

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Changes to the UE Affinity Credit Card

Posted: September 1, 2012

Based on a decision made by Bank of America, the University of Evansville Alumni Association no longer has an affinity credit card program with Bank of America.

Current cardholders may still use their accounts, but the University of Evansville will not receive benefits from use of the credit card. Bank of America will remove the University of Evansville logo from credit cards as they are reissued. The UE Alumni Association is currently in the process of establishing a new affinity card program with a new financial institution.

UE Alumni Association Alumni 2013 Directory Project Now Underway

Posted: September 1, 2012

The University of Evansville Alumni Association is partnering with Publishing Concepts Inc. (PCI) on the 2013 issue of the UE Alumni Directory.

The process of updating and confirming addresses began in July of 2012 and will run through the fall. Alumni may find out more details. The last UE Alumni Association Print Directory was published in 2008.