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It does not seem possible, but my retirement is just a few months off. For more than four decades, students have been the center of my work in higher education. My career started while I was an undergraduate at Trinity University. It continued with my first job out of graduate school as the director of student activities at Southern Methodist University in 1970, and it came full-circle last year, when we opened the Ridgway University Center at the heart of the UE campus. By my side through it all has been my wife, Sally, who has been an integral part of my vocation. Looking back on my tenure at UE, I am pleased by what we have all been able to accomplish together – from the construction of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building as the first LEED®-certified “green” building in Vanderburgh County and the $80 million U•E NVISION 2010 capital campaign (our largest ever), to maintaining and growing our excellent national reputation. In the past year alone, we have been recognized as one of the top 10 institutions in the Midwest, one of the best values, one of the top in commitment to teaching, the top small school in civil engineering, and one of the most militaryfriendly campuses in America. All of that, along with our recognition for study abroad opportunities, continues to support our goal of providing our students with life-transforming educational experiences that prepare them to engage the world as informed, ethical, and productive citizens. Each of you, as alumni and friends, plays an important role in ensuring UE’s success in that regard. Thank you for all you do for the University and for the personal support you have given to Sally and me during our time with you. Now, after 40 years of preparing thousands of students for the real world, we are preparing to depart the day-to-day university life. It is time to move off campus. Our lives will still revolve around young people – we look forward to spending more time with our daughters and their families – and there will be a place in our hearts for every young person we have met along the way. We look forward to continuing our relationship with our UE family for many years to come.

Stephen G. Jennings President

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CAMPUS CONNECTIONS UE News Briefs ........................................... 4 THE JENNINGS LEGACY In His Own Words .................................. Accomplishments ...................................... Student Perspective .................................. What Others Are Saying ....................

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THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT Updates and Additions ACES IN ACTION WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Lois Patton ALUMNI CONNECTIONS Class Notes ....................................................... 18

ON THE COVER: Steve and Sally Jennings stroll through Memorial Plaza reminiscing about their life on college campuses. Photo by Steve Woit Photography

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“We are extremely excited to be named among the most military-friendly schools in America,” said Jennifer Graban, UE associate vice president for academic affairs. “As a university, we feel there isn’t enough we can do to say ‘thank you’ to the men and women who have put their lives on the line to serve our country. Through their service, each of our veterans has earned the opportunity to receive a life-transforming education that is uniquely tailored for military students. At the University of Evansville, we are proud to offer that to them.” In addition, UE has opened an Office of Veterans Affairs on campus, which is responsible for reaching out to veterans and providing on-campus support organizations.


U.S. News & World Report Ranks UE among Midwest’s Top 10 The University of Evansville is once again among the top 10 master’s-granting institutions in the Midwest, one of the two best values in the region, and among the most committed to teaching. In the 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” issue, the University of Evansville gained ground in both the Best Value and Best Master’s-Granting Universities/Midwest categories, while also landing sixth on the new listing of Midwest universities showing a “strong commitment to teaching.” The University ranked 10th among all master’s-granting institutions in the Midwest (up from 11th last year) and was named the second Best Value in the Midwest (up from third in 2009). The rankings are an indication of UE’s academic quality, reputation, and reasonable cost of attendance. “At the University of Evansville, we are constantly striving to provide our students with the best academic experience available,” said President Stephen Jennings. “Being listed among the top 10 master’s-granting institutions in the Midwest is an indication that

we are succeeding in that goal, while our ranking as a Best Value in the region shows that we are providing that life-transforming educational experience at an affordable cost for our students. Of course, being listed among those institutions in the Midwest most dedicated to teaching is a testament to our incredible faculty, whose members earn this distinction day-in and day-out through their commitment to preparing every student to engage the world as informed, ethical, and productive citizens.” Overall, 142 master’s-granting universities in 12 states in the Midwest were ranked on the list. The University of Evansville was the only southwestern Indiana institution to make the top tier. Selection on the U.S. News & World Report list is based upon six key measures of academic quality. Included among those measures are assessment by administrators at peer institutions, student graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.

I Pledge Allegiance Mark Valenzuela, associate professor of mechanical and civil engineering, Ruby Catron, mother of civil engineering student Tim Catron, and Stev Pierre,

a civil engineering student, were sworn in as U.S. citizens in a ceremony in Indianapolis in October 2009. A reception for the three new citizens was held the next day in UE’s Koch Center for Engineering and Science. Valenzuela and Catron both emigrated from the Philippines, and Pierre is from Haiti. Neither Valenzuela nor Pierre, who is one of his students, was aware that the other was to become a citizen until Valenzuela mentioned it in passing in a class.

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A new list released by GI Jobs ranks the University of Evansville among the most military-friendly campuses in America. The list, which recognizes the 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are “doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students,” ranks institutions ranging from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience. UE’s appearance on the list – a first for the Purple Aces – was preceded by the University’s announcement of its participation in the Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program. The program, which supplements the new G.I. Bill, includes a government pledge to match any funds offered by a university to veterans. UE currently offers a $9,555 scholarship to


any veteran who has served at least 36 months of active duty since September 11, 2001. Using that scholarship, the government’s Yellow Ribbon match, and funds from the new G.I. Bill, qualifying veterans can attend UE at no charge. Members of veterans’ families also qualify for the program, and any veteran who has served less than 36 months of active duty since September 11, 2001, is eligible for a prorated award.

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“As a university, we feel there isn’t enough we can do to say ‘thank you’ to the men and women who have put their lives on the line to serve our country.” Jennifer Graban Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs



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7,000 Schools Considered – UE Ranks Top 15% for Veterans

Peace Love Jazz Launches WUEV toward the Future Standing room only – that was the scene in Eykamp Hall on Wednesday, September 23, as fans of good food and great jazz came together to support UE’s campus radio station, WUEV-91.5 FM, at the first Peace Love Jazz concert. The event, which launched the new Friends of WUEV organization, featured hors d’oeuvres by TASTE: A Wine and Dessert Bar and performances by various local top jazz artists, including UE senior Monte Skelton and his group, Skelton’s Montourage. For more than two hours,

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attendees were serenaded by a wide variety of sizzling jazz, ranging from mainstream to contemporary, including a tribute to Evansville jazz great Pat McCormick by After Hours Jazz. “Peace Love Jazz was a special night for anyone with an appreciation for good jazz and the University of Evansville,” said Brandon Gaudin, general manager for the station. “We had a terrific blend of students, UE employees, and a large diverse community base.” The funds raised during Peace Love Jazz will be divided between two projects. Some will go toward a scholarship in the name of the aforementioned Pat McCormick, who passed away in August after a battle with cancer. The rest of the funds will be used by Friends of WUEV, an organization created to support the station. Gaudin is in

the process of creating a WUEV advisory board, which will comprise approximately seven individuals experienced in the fields of media and communication. “Our goal is to continue to make WUEV a better listening source for the Evansville community, while keeping a strong focus on the students at the University of Evansville,” Gaudin said. “Of course, that means continuing to be the Tri-State’s home for jazz and Purple Aces athletics. It also means dabbling with new program opportunities and new opportunities for UE students to get involved at the station. “The excitement and energy we saw through Peace Love Jazz is a pleasant reminder that the community has an appreciation for WUEV. We want to make sure we continue to please our current crop of supporters while also trying to attract new ones.” To learn more, call 812-488-2689.





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The Search Is On Christine McKeag assumed the role of interim dean of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration on January 1. McKeag, who is the assistant dean and an assistant professor of accounting, replaces outgoing dean Robert Clark, who has become president of Husson University in Bangor, Maine. A search is underway for Clark’s permanent replacement.

Not Your Mama’s Roller Derby by Lucy Himstedt Just like roller derby of old, today it is about attitude and attire, and most of all about athleticism; and just like the past, the skaters have adopted some wicked sounding nicknames, the likes of Godjilla, Steel Stitches, and Betty ClockHer – all of whom are UE alumnae. This time, though, they have also adopted charities; it is the softer side of roller derby in the 2000s. Participants say gone are the choreographed hits and staged theatrics of the ’70s style roller derby. The current revival of roller derby has been around for eight years, starting with teams in Texas on an A&E cable network reality show, Rollergirls. The sport rolled back into Evansville three years ago. Demolition City Roller Derby (DCRD) was the first of two programs in the city. It started through recruitment on MySpace and has grown into 50 skaters on two teams – the Dynamite Dolls and the Destruction Dames. UE nursing alumna Jill Cannon ’99 says the team is not only dedicated to providing the area with a fast-paced, exciting sport, but also to supporting the community in charitable ways. To date, DCRD has volunteered time and contributed more than $20,000 to a variety of local nonprofits, such as Albion Fellows Bacon Center, Holly’s House, CJ’s Bus, and Habitat for Humanity. Three other alumnae are also members of DCRD: Amy Benson ’03 (AKA Spank You Very Much), former basketball player Kiya Griffin ’02 (AKA Steel Stitches), and Jennifer Mann ’05 (AKA Betty ClockHer) who was a softball player. Kate Wood (AKA Yoko OhNo!) is currently a UE student. Unlike days gone by, most contemporary roller derby participants are not paid, and many programs, including DCRD, are registered as limited liability corporations that are skater-owned and managed. They also manage a wide range of lives and careers – from wives and mothers to surgical technicians and librarians. Quick Lesson in Roller Derby

Games are called bouts and have two 30-minute periods. ■ A bout consists of two teams of five girls playing at any one time. ■ The pivot is at the front of the pack and sets the pace. She has a stripe on her helmet. ■ There are three blockers whose primary job is to prevent the opposing team’s jammer from getting through. ■ The jammer is the only one who can score points and is designated by a star on her helmet. ■


UE Program among America’s Best UE’s study abroad program is among the top in the nation according to the country’s leading source on the subject. Information released in the fall by the Institute of International Education’s annual Open Doors report ranks UE’s program ninth in the nation among master’s degree granting institutions. During their time on campus, 58.3 percent of UE graduates studied abroad. In all, 330 members of the graduating class of 2008 – the class reflected in this year’s IIE report – studied abroad.

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A video of the complete interview with President Jennings can be found at

Generally Speaking A retired major general, Verna Fairchild ’72, who is also a UE alumna and trustee, was the featured speaker at the University’s celebration of Veterans Day. Earlier in the year, the University was named by G.I. Jobs as one of America’s most military-friendly institutions. (See related story.) Fairchild, who retired in 2002, earned the distinction of recording several firsts in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard history, including being the first member of the nursing corps to become a commander of an Air National Guard tactical hospital.

Top Teacher Charles Watson ’68, professor of education and chair of the UE School of Education, has received the University’s Exemplary Teacher Award, presented each year by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Watson, who came back to UE in 2003, was honored during UE’s Winter Commencement ceremony. “From his early career as a middle school teacher, through his work today with aspiring teachers, Chuck has always embraced an enthusiastic, creative approach in his classroom,” said Lynn Penland, dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences. ■



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President Stephen G. Jennings H ’07 is expecting a bittersweet feeling to come over him during the afternoon of May 8. At approximately 3:00 that afternoon, Jennings will confer his final degree as president of the University of Evansville, bringing to an end a career that began in university student life 40 years ago and that wrapped up shortly after overseeing the opening of Ridgway University Center at UE. In between, Jennings spent 13 years in student life and 27 as the president of four institutions. The last nine years were transformative years at the helm of the University of Evansville. UE Magazine staff members spent an hour with Jennings in September, shortly after his final academic year as president got underway, to talk about his career, his retirement plans, and the business he still has to finish during his final year.

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Q: What made you decide on a career in higher education? A: I think it was probably my senior year in college. I had

worked as an RA for three years at Trinity, and I liked student life. I liked the dean of students; he became a friend and mentor to me. … I really didn’t want to leave college because I loved it, and he said, “Well, you know, you don’t have to. You can actually work in higher education.”

Q: What do you think you would have done if you had not done that? A: Well, I was looking at the seminary. My dad was a Presbyterian minister, and that’s just what Presbyterian ministers’ kids do.

But many times, they had the opportunity to travel … and to meet presidents. These were the kind of opportunities that my position and Sally’s opened to them. They met Mel Gibson; Amy still thinks that’s the most important person she’s ever met.

Q: Your wife, Sally, also has been very involved in A:

your professional life. What role has she played in your presidencies?

She has been integral. The president’s spouse at a college or university – particularly at a small, independent institution – is part and parcel of it. It’s a package deal. She has interviewed as extensively as I have, and I couldn’t have done it without her because she reaches people I couldn’t get to. There are some women whom she has worked with on the campuses [with whom] I couldn’t relate very well, and she was right there for me. It’s been a remarkable relationship and partnership for lo these many years. We had our 40th anniversary last April.

Q: How did your career choice affect your family life and your daughters’ lives? A: I think about that a lot, particularly in these final months of Q: What are the most significant changes that working. Our two daughters, Amy and Meredith, I think liked it generally. They were in the spotlight a lot on decisions that I made that affected the community. When I changed the nickname of the Redmen at Simpson College in Iowa, they heard about it from teachers who were former athletes from Simpson, and they didn’t like it. So [my daughters] got the raw end of that one.

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you have seen in your four decades in higher education?

I think there’s a lot more involvement of attorneys in our thinking – fear of litigation, federal mandates and requirements, state mandates and requirements. So I think there’s a lot more, even


for independent colleges and universities, involvement by the government on all levels in what we do on campus. Some of it is good and helpful and understandable; some of it is a lot of red tape and paperwork. Information technology wasn’t around in 1970 when I started my first job. We just had the library; but then, as that has evolved in the last 40 years, it has been remarkable for what it means for instant information, the access to information. The investment and cost, of course, is driving up the cost of all higher education, but students expect that same kind of technology that they probably have at home. So that is a dimension that has to be added to the budget and accounted for, because you always have to stay as current as you can. It’s too expensive to be state-of-the-art all of the time, but we can always be fast followers and pick up on the things that are most important for student learning. Fund raising has taken on a more important dimension than it had in 1970, primarily because the public sector is in on it much more; public universities didn’t do much about it back in 1970. It’s now a very crowded arena for fund raising, for universities and other not-for-profits.

Q: All of your presidencies have been at private

universities. Was that a conscious choice, and if so, why?

A: It was intentional. I think my own experience at Trinity in

Q: Even knowing the reputation at UE, did anything in particular about the school strike you during your interview?

A: I think the city itself was a nice surprise. I’d been to

Evansville once, when I was a youngster, but I hadn’t been here in decades. I loved what the opportunity was for creature comforts like great restaurants and shopping and air transportation. I liked the focus of the University on international students; I’ve always been interested in study abroad. I knew the Harlaxton program before I knew of the University of Evansville, frankly. I liked that component, as well. I also think the size was very appealing to me, with about 500 employees at the University and about 2,500 students – that’s just an ideal formula.

Q: What about your time at the University of Evansville are you most proud? A: I think it comes down again to human relationships – the


San Antonio – which is a church-related, independent institution – was sort of a model. I worked, for a couple of years, at the University of Georgia while I was getting my doctorate, and I saw that sector, and that’s a lot of bureaucracy, frankly. I like the feel and community of campus at an independent institution, with many fewer people and fewer layers between the administration and the students. I like that, here, you can walk around campus and get to know the students and their parents and their brothers and sisters. It’s just an extension of family. It’s also what I personally believe – that the most important thing in life is the value of human relationships, wherever they are.

Q: What influenced your decision to come to A:

Midwest and it was wonderful to get back where we all started and to have the privilege to end our career here. I knew the reputation of the University of Evansville was long established – the quality of the programs and the academic reputation were significant – and I knew the region, growing up in St. Louis, which was a little bit bigger than Evansville, but with the same kind of cultural opportunities and environment.

the University of Evansville and to stay for nine years?

I saw the University of Evansville as kind of a return to the Midwest. I was born in Indiana, and Sally and I both grew up in the

kind of staff and faculty and students we have on this campus, and the kind of success we’ve achieved on the campaign. This is not a one-person operation. You have to hire talent and kind of clear the way for the talent to do their job. I’m not a micromanager, but I can identify people and retain them, hire them and try to keep them as long as I can. I think that’s what I’m proudest of at the University of Evansville – the team of people.

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generosity of a lot of people, this campus has seen several new buildings during your time. How do you think that has transformed UE?

A lot of people don’t remember what it was like without it. The freshmen think the Ridgway University Center has been here forever. The fact is that has been a remarkable place, and the generosity of trustees and donors who aren’t even alumni has been significant for us, both with Ridgway and the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration facility and the new initiatives we have through it. I can’t imagine this place without the Lilly Endowment Inc., as well. So it’s gratifying to be able to walk around and see the space that’s been developed these last few years through the generosity of our donors. I had lunch today with a family from Greenwood – they were doing a campus visit. They were remarking how beautiful the campus is, and how it all looks up to speed. That wasn’t always the case.

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the biggest goal you still want to meet in your final year?

I really do want to finish the campaign. I think the U•E NVISION 2010 campaign is probably the most symbolic goal, because we launched this four years ago with the good will and intent of a lot of people, and the economy notwithstanding, it’s still attainable. It will stretch us – every one of us – but I think I really would like to have that wrapped up in the next eight months or so. I think it’s doable. Secondly, I think I have to start, as I talked with Sally, to figure out what we’re going to do. Part of that is that we want to be with our grandkids and actually have a retirement that doesn’t make me want to go back to work.

Q: When do you think retirement is really going to hit you? A: It’s started to already, with the last go-round of many dif-

ferent activities, [such as] the last group of freshmen coming over to our house for the ice cream social during orientation week. That was probably the first time it really occurred to me, that this was the last time we got to do that – to meet all these bright, young students and introduce them to life at the University. Now, every week,

there’s the last of something. So I think I’ve been gaining on understanding that. But I have a feeling that commencement will be the precipitating event – singing the alma mater for the last time, seeing the students for the last time. So I would hope I can get through that. It sounds kind of nice right now, to be able to lay down and take a nap. But after a while, that’s enough naps; you can only watch Law & Order so many times. So I think I will stay involved in a number of things – the boards I’m on, a couple in particular I’m interested in staying involved with to keep my mind active. I look forward to being able to kind of pick a few activities like that in retirement. I also have planned a lot of trips around the country to visit all of these people I’ve [developed] relationships with. They’ve retired, and are visiting us, so we want to go back and visit them. So we have great friends we’ll never lose sight of and never lose track of.

Q: What do you hope your legacy will be at the University of Evansville? A: I think a proper pairing of facilities with the talent we’ve

always had here. We’ve always had the right people – we’ve always had a great faculty, staff, and students. We just didn’t have the right facilities. Now that we have facilities that are state-of-the-art, it’s very satisfying.

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Accomplishments ■

Creation of a strategic plan for the University of Evansville

Completion of the $64-million-plus Widening the Circle campaign

Launch of the $80 million U•E NVISION 2010 capital campaign, the largest in UE’s history ■

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Opening the region’s first and second LEED®-certified “green” buildings: the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building and the Ridgway University Center

Opening of the new, state-of-the-art Dunigan Nursing Laboratory

Awarding of the first doctoral degrees in the city of Evansville

Accreditation of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Enhancement of the University’s focus on global education through a $15 million transformational grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. The grant allowed UE to: – Create the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana – Create the Global Scholars Program for the faculty

– Create the Global Assistance Program – Begin offering an executive Master of Business Administration – Increase UE study abroad participation – Receive a second grant, $7.85 million, from Lilly Endowment Inc. for the continuation and expansion of these programs ■

Consistent national recognition of the University: – Annual listing as one of U.S. News & World Report’s Top Tier Master’s-Granting Universities in the Midwest – Princeton Review’s list of Midwest’s Best Colleges – Ranked in Top Ten study abroad programs in the nation – Winner of American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2009 LeFevre Award as the top small school program Involvement in both the academic and Evansville communities: – Chairing the board of the Independent Colleges of Indiana – Serving as secretary of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities – Serving on the president’s council of the New American Colleges and Universities – Serving on the president’s council of the Missouri Valley Conference – Serving on local boards and encouraging others at UE to serve the community through volunteer and financial commitments

When we came to UE to interview for the principal of Harlaxton position, one of the events we were asked to attend was an ice cream social for entering freshmen. As Steve chatted with us, a couple of the new students came by, and Steve was immediately engaged with them – asking about their high school, their home town, their possible major. He abandoned his administrative candidate for the moment to deal with the really important people in the room. I admired his priorities.


Gordon Kingsley • Principal, Harlaxton College On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we wish to thank Steve and Sally for their extraordinary service and outstanding achievements at the University of Evansville. Of course, we wish he would stay longer, but after a 40-year career in higher education, including nine successful years at UE, we understand his desire to retire.


Niel Ellerbrook H’06 • Chair, UE Board of Trustees


Today, our campus is a different university because of President Jennings. Not only are there several new buildings, but the longterm mission is well established. The future of the University of Evansville looks bright, and President Jennings’ work over the past eight years has laid a strong foundation for success.


William Stroube • Immediate Past President, UE Faculty Senate One of my fondest memories is the ice cream social at your house at the end of Welcome Week. Learning and singing the UE fight song on the bus ride over will forever be in my memory. I was so surprised that the president would open his house to the incoming freshmen in order to get to know them a little more. My time at UE and the friends that I made will forever be in my heart. Thanks so much and good luck!


A Student Perspective by Peter Hanscom ’10

From the moment they step foot on campus and with a boost from an ice cream social hosted at his home during Welcome Week, students quickly develop a close relationship with President Jennings. For the four years students attend UE, and in many cases beyond, Stephen Jennings acts not only as the president of the University, but more importantly as a mentor and friend to its students. Students are often surprised to find out how connected President Jennings is in day-to-day student life activities, both on and off campus. “I always see him sitting and eating with students during lunch in the dining hall,” senior Jesse Miller said. Many students admit to being surprised that he has the time to fulfill his obligations to the University and yet be so involved with student life. He is an ardent supporter of Aces athletics, Greek life, and the international education program, and so it is almost impossible not to have met President Jennings and his wife, Sally. “He truly exemplifies UE’s close-knit community,” said junior Natalie Cross. Cross spent 10 days with President Jennings on a trip to China. While visiting a small Chinese market, Jennings told the owner that the students accompanying him were all his grandchildren. “To this day, we still call him Grandpa Jennings, all nine of us,” Cross said. 8

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Keeping close ties with his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, is a top priority for President Jennings. “I remember being told that he was really interested in getting to know us during our pledge semester,” junior Aaron Paul Wilson said. To date, the president still attends events with his brotherhood. “He always tries to call me by name,” said Miller. For a man with such great responsibility and a hectic schedule to tend to, his ability to remember students’ names is just one sign of his compassionate personality and dedication to the University. Students at UE have come to admire and respect our friend, and whether it be “President Jennings” or “Grandpa Jennings,” he will be greatly missed.

Since his arrival in 2001, President Jennings has been instrumental in fostering a close-knit relationship between the University and the city. He has thrown open the University’s doors to our community, and through his involvement in groups like the Evansville Rotary Club and Economic Development Coalition of Southwestern Indiana – and his participation with causes like the city’s education roundtable and Evansville’s Celebration of Diversity Lecture Series – he has truly woven the University of Evansville into the fabric of this city.


Jonathan Weinzapfel • Mayor, Evansville, Indiana

It has been a real pleasure working with President Jennings over the past eight years. He has overseen numerous University projects, including the creation of the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana (which serves as a resource for UE students, faculty members, and the local business community) and the construction of the new Ridgway University Center and the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building. The legacy of President Jennings in Evansville will be the strong relationship he forged between this city and the University which bears its name. Bob Koch H’03 • President and Chief Executive Officer, Koch Enterprises Inc.


As a parent of UE graduates, I want to also recognize Steve for his effort to be involved with all the students, listening to suggestions and comments, and responding to them in such a positive manner. Pat Bateman • Co-chair, President’s Club Executive Committee



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Amanda Devore • Class of 2007


I was so happy to meet you when I started working at UE in 2008. President Jennings, I was fortunate to sit next to you at my first OSA meeting. As I had just moved from St. Louis to Evansville, you shared your experiences living in the Central West End of St. Louis. You were extremely kind to me and I want to let you know how much I appreciated your warmth and friendliness. I will miss your great personality! Thank you again for making me feel welcome at UE. May God bless you both. Jane Woods • Dunigan Family Department of Nursing and Health Sciences


When I entered the University of Evansville in the fall of 2002, President Jennings was still a new face to the UE community. My very first memory of him was when the freshman ice cream social had to be held in Grabill Lounge because of rain. We began playing Twister, and President Jennings, to our surprise, joined in. Needless to say, he won the game. His willingness to jump into a game of Twister is an example of his willingness to go above and beyond for the students and the UE community as a whole. Even now, as an administrator, he serves as a role model to me as I move forward in my career in higher education and student affairs. Heather Elam ’06 • Assistant Dean of Students, Harlaxton College

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Updates and Additions

From the Editor:

We received a lot of feedback about our previous issue of UE Magazine, in which we showcased alumni working in various forms of entertainment. We wanted to take this opportunity to share some updates and additions.

On Stage Christina Grant ’01 is currently the assistant make-up supervisor for the Tony Award winning Shrek: The Musical on Broadway. Her other make-up supervisor credits include Disney’s Tarzan and Cirque du Soleil’s Wintuk. In the past five years, she has done hair and make-up for Saturday Night Live, the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Mary Poppins, Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot, and The Producers. Photo courtesy of Joan Marcus

Pam Joyce ’95 is a founder, board member, and artistic director of Fly-By Theatre in Atlanta’s West End neighborhood. The theatre, which combines the disciplines of theatre and dance, has a strong commitment to Atlanta’s diverse community and to producing high quality performances. The theatre works with artists from many different disciplines as well as with schools and colleges through their education program. If you are planning a trip to Atlanta, check out the performance schedule at

On Television If you are a viewer of ABC news programs, the face of this UE alumnus might be familiar. Former FBI agent Brad Garrett ’70 has been a consultant for the network since 2006 in the areas of violent crime, hostage negotiation, terrorism, and behavioral profiling. He has been quoted on newscasts in recent months on such topics as the mass murders at Ft. Hood, Texas, the attempted airline explosion on Christmas day, and the couple who crashed the state dinner at the White House. During his years as an agent, he investigated some of the highest profile cases of the time, obtaining confessions from the first World Trade Center bomber and one of the Washington, D.C., snipers. Find out more about Brad at and Watch for Rami Malek ’03 on the upcoming 10-part HBO miniseries Pacific and in a recurring role as Marcos in the eighth season of FOX network’s popular program 24.


Even though Christmas is not long past, productions for the next holiday season are well underway. Marcia Bennett ’67 plays one of the most wonderful Christmas characters of all – the loving and supportive Mrs. Santa Claus – in the 2010 Hallmark Channel movie The Night Before the Night Before Christmas. She also has a recurring role on the ABC midseason show Happy Town.

In Print The UE Department of English’s Paul Bone and Rob Griffith, co-editors of the international poetry journal Measure, have had work from the journal chosen for inclusion in Scribner’s prestigious annual anthology The Best American Poetry 2009. Professor Mike Carson ’66 has a book of poetry, The Keeper’s Voice, being published in May by LSU Press. The book can be found at

Cynthia (Simmelink) Becker ’70 has been honored as a finalist in the 2009 WILLA Literary Awards in the category of Children’s/Young Adult literature for her book, Chipeta: Ute Peacemaker.

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Jim Michaels ’82 has produced more than 350 hours of scripted television over the years, as well as having worked as an actor and director. Among his many network and cable credits are NBC’s Midnight Caller, ABC’s Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and the Golden Globe-nominated series inspired by Chris Rock, Everybody Hates Chris. That show set the record for highest rated comedy ever to air on the UPN network. It later moved to the CW network. With the cancellation of Everybody Hates Chris after 88 episodes, Jim is now producing another CW series, Supernatural. It is now in its fifth season and just won a People’s Choice Award for the best science fiction fantasy series. Everybody Hates Chris was recently nominated for a fifth NAACP Image Award.

Marie Bussing-Burks AA’78, BS ’80, MBA’82 has published Starbucks (Corporations That Changed the World). Starbucks tells the story of how a single retail outlet, which opened in 1971 and is still in operation today, became the world’s largest chain of coffee houses. In fact, with over $10 billion in sales in 2008, it is one of the largest franchises of any kind. Marie offers readers insight into the company’s leaders and employees, its guiding principles and strategies, and how it is coping with the global economic downturn.



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In Theatres Andrew Reinhard ’94 was Robert De Niro’s Latin dialogue coach for the 2010 film, Machete, by Troublemaker Studios. Andrew says all of his coaching was done via webcam, and he recorded a pronunciation video as well, so De Niro could correctly understand the Latin vowels, consonant pairs, and emphasis on syllables. Watch for the movie in theatres in mid April! Andrew said he got the position through a friend who is a Latin teacher in Austin, Texas, where Troublemaker Studios is based. “The studio called my friend asking if she knew of a male Latinist who could help, and she steered them in my direction. I spoke with the producer the following day, when she told me about the project and who the actor was. Her assistant e-mailed the Latin lines to me that afternoon and I was on the webcam later that night, scared to death, yet also excited. I mean, I’m usually the one watching De Niro, and this time he was watching me!” ■


A member of the British aristocracy with a UE connection has her very own television show! Among the members of Harlaxton College’s Advisory Council is the Duchess of Rutland (Emma Watkins Manners) who is the star of The Duchess on American cable network HGTV. Harlaxton’s advisory council members are distinguished local citizens of England who advise the College on matters related to the academic program, management of the estate, student life, and community involvement. HGTV describes The Duchess as a humorous docu-soap: “Think it’s hard to keep your house in order? Try running a home with more than 200 rooms … The series follows her life in Belvoir Castle as she and her ‘thrifty’ husband and five children go to great lengths to keep the expensive castle up and running!” You can watch episodes at the-duchess/show/index.html.

Anne (Smead) Katherine ’68 has published Lick It! Fix Her Appetite Switch. To quote Anne, “For more than half of my life, I’ve carried around a large body, and despite being an expert on food addiction and overeating, I could not make my scale go down. I also love, most dearly, several people who carry extra weight. I’ve wanted to help them, and I’ve wanted to help myself.” For more information about her latest book, go to html. Anne’s mother and maternal grandmother are also alumnae.

I am thrilled that you are placing the UE Magazine online. Is it possible to receive it online only, in order to save trees and the cost of mailing? Thank you! Constance Carlson ’82, Culver City, California I really enjoyed the last UE Magazine about all those in the entertainment field – fascinating. Elaine Mittleman ’70, Falls Church, Virginia It was very interesting. I usually just browse through them and look for any articles you wrote. But this time I actually read almost all of it. It was really interesting to read about all the people in entertainment who have graduated from UE. I knew about Ron Glass of course, and Carrie Preston (she was there when I was there). I knew about Tara on True Blood because of the recent article about her in there; I think that was maybe the prior issue. I

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didn’t know about the rest though. The most surprising was Jack McBrayer; Kenneth the Page is by far the funniest character on 30 Rock. Love him! Kevin Maxam ’89, San Francisco, California

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We received a call from Lucille Turner ’50 of Holland, Michigan. Her statement about the recent UE Magazine was, “I can’t put it down.” She said she was pleased with the layout and wanted to pass that on.

From our Facebook page: Kathy Diaz DiDomizio ’87 This is a very nice issue! I greatly enjoyed the entertainment feature!

Christine Cardin Woodrow It was fun to read!

Great to read about Dee Dee Lovejoy! My 7-year-old was also most impressed that someone from UE makes the sculptures on iCarly.

This was the best issue ever written. I got my 15-year-old to look at it. Amazing stories and pictures.

Whit Tice ’03 I agree with the above sentiments. It was probably the most interesting one that I've read. I also got to have a short update in it too! :)

Derek Jones ’03 I think more UE alumni should be stars on True Blood. I've got a few free weeks in January.





PRIORITIES IN THE POOL: ON THE RIGHT TRACK Once a roller coaster is built, it is very tough to change its path. The ups and downs, twists and turns, jerks and pulls are the same on every ride. Swimming and diving have much of that same repetition. Swimmers practice the same stroke and breathing pattern over and over, while divers repeatedly jump on the board, flip in the air, and land in the water. For the UE swimming and diving teams, that repetition and UE traditions are good things. When a program grows with tradition, it is hard to move it in a new direction. Fortunately for head coach Rickey Perkins, the Purple Aces’ tradition does not need fine-tuning. “I don’t think the program has changed too much since I have been a coach here,” said Perkins, who has been with the Aces since 2002. “If anything, I think we have gone back to the roots of it. We have kids who want to be here, and are here, for the school first and foremost. I think that is what we have gone to, that we go with that tradition of kids who want that UE diploma, and they want to swim after that.” “It’s number one,” Perkins added. “Every recruit that comes in, I tell them that it is academics, athletics, and then social. If any of that changes, there is going to be trouble. If athletics becomes more important than academics, we are going to have a hard time. If social becomes more important than anything, we are really going to have a hard time.” That is not to say that there have not been any changes. For one, the makeup of the team changes from year to year. “It’s an art form,” Perkins said of coaching. “I think a lot of people want to turn it into a science, but it’s an art form. You have to know your athletes and what motivates them. We have 48 kids, so I have 48 different ways of motivating them. You have to really get to know the kids and find out


what they really want to achieve.” “Every recruit that A major goal for comes in, I tell them Perkins every year is that it is academics, to prepare the student-athletes for life athletics, and then after college. He social. If any of that wants the swimmers changes, there is and divers to be successful not only in going to be trouble.” the pool but also in Rickey Perkins every part of their Head Swim Coach lives. Senior diver Josh Fletcher feels he has more than diving techniques to take with him into his next chapter. “I have gained a lot of life skills. Obviously the record board holding the best times in the 500, 1000, and 1650 free. I’m not going to be on a Wheaties box any “It’s easy to coach and motivate time soon. Aside from the great coaching that I have had over the years and the fun- Christina,” Perkins said. “It’s just a reminder with her that performance is damentals I have learned, I feel that I’m about competing against yourself and seeready to go coach one day. From being caping what you can do. It’s doing the best tain these past two years, I have learned so that you can do every day.” much about responsibility.” Doing the best every day requires repePerkins’ belief in academics has shone tition, but just like the roller coaster ride, throughout the years. With a 3.43 overall repetition does not mean boring. GPA, the women’s team tied for 19th in “I want it to be like a roller coaster the Collegiate Swim Coaches Association ride where you climb, climb, and climb,” of America’s list of women scholar-athlete Perkins said. “Then you have drops where teams. Perkins has also coached two ESPN/ your stomach drops. Then you have twists CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, including junior Christina Schmidgall who always and turns and all these little things. You yell and scream, but when they hit the air finds time to study in her busy schedule. brakes and get that rush of adrenaline, you “I start working on things and studying are like, ‘Whoa!’ That is what I want it to for tests a week or so before they are actube like. At the end and it’s their last race, ally due,” Schmidgall said. “I can’t do the when the brakes are on, I want them to be whole one night cram thing. Whenever I like, ‘Wow! That was awesome and amazhave free time, I try to do something. I don’t save it for 10:00 at night. I use a plan- ing!’ Then they want to get back in line ner and highlight stuff for when things are and do it again. “That’s my style,” Perkins said. “That due and when I need to get started on it.” is what I try to promote every day. I want Schmidgall’s desire to succeed can be them to feel that fun and rush of seen in the classroom and the pool. Every adrenaline every day.” ■ day since the Missouri Valley Conference Championships, she has seen her name on



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The Ultimate Honor The late Ed Smallwood ’65 joined an elite group of former Aces late last year. He became the fifth UE basketball player to have his jersey retired. Don Buse ’72, Gus Doerner ’42, Larry Humes ’66, and Jerry Sloan ’65, M’73 are the only other players with replicas of their uniforms hanging in the rafters of Roberts Stadium. As both the third leading scorer and the third leading rebounder in school history, Smallwood is credited with being largely responsible for the first two of Evansville’s five NCAA College Division national championships, in 1959 and 1960. “There was no telling how many points Ed would have scored if we had the three-point shot,” said Hugh Ahlering ’61, a close friend and a fellow All-American who was Smallwood’s teammate for two seasons. “If we were struggling, Ed would hit a shot from the corner and ignite the fans, and we’d get going. “What I remember best about Ed is that he was a good person and a good friend. The sportswriters wrote a lot about Ed and he scored a lot of points, but he didn’t get caught up in that stuff. He was a great team player. Ed was the only black player on the team, and there were times we would go into a restaurant and Ed wouldn’t get served. We’d all get up and leave if that happened. We were a close team, and I was proud to play with him.” Smallwood was represented at the ceremony by his son, Ed Smallwood Jr., and by “Mac’s Boys,” a group of men who played for Arad McCutchan during his three decades as the Aces’ head coach.

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The Aces will have a new place to call home court as early as 2011. Construction is underway on the new $127 million arena that will be the home for men’s and women’s basketball. Located in downtown Evansville, the 278,000 square foot building will combine Indiana limestone, steel, and glass to create one of the best basketball venues in the Midwest. Populous Inc. is the primary architect and describes itself this way: “We use the power of design to transform neighborhoods, revitalize cities, build relationships, and connect people to being part of something bigger.” The global design company’s work includes the Mizzou Arena at the University of Missouri, Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, the new Yankee Stadium in New York, Reliant Stadium in Houston, PETCO Park in San Diego, and the new TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the largest project in collegiate sports history. “After seeing the design plans for the building, I know our fans will be very excited about the new arena and all the amenities associated with it,” said John Stanley, UE director of athletics. “Roberts Stadium has served our fans well, but the new arena will be more functional and aesthetically appealing inside. The new arena is good for the future of the University of Evansville and for our entire community.” The Aces’ new arena will replace Roberts Stadium, the home of University of Evansville basketball since 1956. One person excited about the new facility but filled with memories from the old one is UE men’s basketball coach Marty Simmons. He played for the Aces at Roberts Stadium in the late 1980s and then served as an assistant coach through most of the ’90s before returning as head coach in 2007. “I do have a lot of great memories involving Roberts,” Simmons said, “but the new arena will be great for our program and for our fans, and the closer we get, the more exciting it is. In the meantime, we want to cherish every game we have remaining over the next couple years at Roberts Stadium. There’s a lot of history and tradition there.” Check out for construction photos and video as the new arena takes shape! ■


Campus Happenings 2009 Homecoming Weekend • November 6 - 8

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While this fledgling women’s sports program was growing, so was Patton’s interest and skill in photography. “That all started with a little instamatic camera. I graduated to a 35 millimeter later on after some of my friends showed me theirs. I thought I just might be able to take some decent pictures with one of those.” From the first she combined photography with sports. She began by taking pictures at her nephews’ athletics events. “The instamatic had no automatic focus,” she remembered, “and that made it more difficult. I threw a lot of photos away back then!” During her career at UE, Lois served as supervisor of women’s physical education and director of women’s sports. In 1978, she became head of the Department of Health and Physical Education. She retired from UE in 1998 and was inducted into the University of Evansville Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994. When retirement gave her more leisure time, she took classes in photography, including one from UE professor of art Bill Brown. “He was very supportive,” Lois noted. Soon UE director of sports information Bob Boxell began asking her if she would take photos at various games for the Department of Athletics. “Bob has been very encouraging as well.” Lois does not limit herself to sports photography. A recent trip to the Rocky Mountains and Grand Tetons, among other places, provided plenty of scenic subject matter. “It’s so beautiful out there,” she said. Some of her photos from that trip were included in “From Within,” a UE Department of Art photography exhibit last fall. ■

When Lois Patton came to Evansville College in 1966 as a professor of physical education, women’s sports were offered only through intramurals. Lois, along with others such as James Voorhees (then head of physical education), helped change that with the creation of UE women’s varsity athletics programs. “We started tennis, volleyball, basketball, and softball. Eventually we added swimming and golf.” She was, at one point, coach for all of them except swimming and golf. She also, on occasion, served as one of the drivers who took the team to the game. “It was very informal in those early years. We would just drive there in separate cars. We got to know each other well on those long trips. Sometimes we’d take a van and all go together if it was Phot os by a big game like a tournament Lois Patto n in order to make sure everybody got there. There could sometimes be confusion with maps, you know,” she said with a laugh. “I remember once getting lost in Louisville, and [when we] finally [got] there … I had the girls get out. I told them I’d go park the car, and I almost missed the game.” With little money in the budget, Lois recalled, “the girls even bought their own uniforms, but that didn’t matter. We “That all started with a little instamatic camera. I graduated to a 35 just loved to play! Even the officials were learning and millimeter later on after some of my friends showed me theirs. I thought starting out. We were all novices.” I just might be able to take some decent pictures with one of those.”




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Home of Randy ’79 and Jeani ’79 Rademacher Cincinnati, Ohio • September 10

Thank You to President Jennings

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Washington, D.C. • November 18

UE Alumni Gatherings Chicago Museum of Science and Industry (above) • October 18 Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden (right) • October 11

Dinner in Denver September 17

2009 Purple Aces Club Golf Classic Victoria National Golf Club October 5

Author Thomas Friedman and UE Alumni Conrad Hotel, Indianapolis, Indiana • November 6

2009 UEAAA Football Legends Reunion August 28 - 29

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Rita Eykamp, Judith Fiddick, Joe Fox, Jack Frohbieter, John Kern, Joanne Baugh Miley, Stan Nevill, Dale Oberbeck, Jerry Purdie, Jim Schwengel, Rahmi Soyugenc, Carol Stremming, Fred Yarger Emmy (Seegmueller) Schmidt ’52 was awarded a Blue Ribbon at the Vanderburgh (Ind.) County Fair for a wedding quilt she sewed for her 9-year-old grandson, Ezra. The queen-sized quilt has 39 full blocks and six half blocks, all made with homespun fabrics, which Emmy cut, sewed, and hand quilted. This is Emmy’s third quilt to be juried into the Paducah, Ky., quilt show. 1954

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Randolph “Randy” E. Berridge ’64 was presented a lifetime achievement award recognizing his contributions to economic development,

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Career Highlights: I have been at the YWCA for 21 years. Over the years, YWCA programs have changed to meet the evolving needs of women and girls. Our programs include a transitional housing program for women in recovery, an emergency shelter for homeless women and children, an after-school and mentoring program for at-risk girls in grades 3 - 12, Summer Fun day camp for school-age children, a food pantry station, and a warm water swim program for those coping with arthritis and other physical difficulties. Volunteer Activities: As a volunteer I am a founding member of ANEW (A Network of Evansville Women), have served on the Deaconess Hospital IRB, and for 10 years have worked with continuing education and programs for women at the University of Southern Indiana. Family/UE Connections: My husband, Ralph ’59, also graduated from UE.

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education, and community service. President of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council (an economic development initiative of the University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, and University of Florida), Berridge was honored at the Seminole Chamber of Com-


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R. Martin Umbarger ’69, a major general, was awarded Lambda Chi Alpha’s Order of Achievement Award at the fraternity’s international centennial celebration in Indianapolis in August. The award was first established in 1958 to honor those members who have distinguished themselves by achieving outstanding success in the fields of business, industry, art, science, or other professions. As adjutant general of Indiana since 2004, he leads the Indiana Army and Air National Guard.

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Nira Jean Pullin ’68 served as the Victorian movement and etiquette coach for The Importance of Being Ernest during the Stratford Festival of Canada’s 2009 season. She has also worked for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, London Dance Week, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Summer School, and Nonsuch International Summer School in Early Dance in England and Spain. During the school year she is a professor, choreographer, and head of movement with Wayne State University’s theatre department in Detroit, Mich.

Current Residence: Evansville, Indiana Current Occupation: Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Department of Theatre, University of Evansville Career Highlights: Forty-five years of teaching at UE have produced a multitude of memories. For me personally, the most significant event was the 1968 production of Slow Dance on the Killing Ground. It was early in my teaching career and the first time I realized the true potential the theatre holds for those of us engaged in it at the highest level of creativity. Slow Dance is a play about racial injustice specifically and violence in general. The production was a showcase for a young Ron Glass (who went on to a very successful career as a professional actor in theatre, television, and film). The production was playing to full houses when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. The next day, I debated with others about whether we should cancel the play or at least make a statement of memorial before the curtain. We decided the power of the play was all that was necessary. That night was the most remarkable ever in the history of Shanklin Theatre. Artistically and as a human being, that experience was the most awakening for me. UE Alumni Activities: Each year, the Department of Theatre hosts alumni events in New York City and Los Angeles. Family/UE Connections: My wife, Kathy ’76, M ’79, has both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from UE.

Cynthia (Simmelink) Becker ’70 received the 2009 WILLA Finalist Award in Children’s/Young Adult Literature for her eighth book, Chipeta: Ute Peacemaker, a middle grade biography. Cynthia also won the LAURA Award from Women Writing the West for her short story A Night at the Theater. She lives in Pueblo, Colo. 1971


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Favorite UE Memory: I am an avid Aces basketball fan and going to Aces games for all these years ranks as my favorite thing to do. Tribute to President Jennings: Steve Jennings is a great friend to many people at UE and in the city of Evansville. He is also a great leader who has taken the University to a higher level of success, and he has done it in the worst economic times of this half century. Steve Jennings has been a good personal friend. My favorite experience with him is celebrating New Year’s Eve with him and our wives, Sally and Kathy, for the past six years by going out to dinner. We would go to a nice restaurant around 6:00 p.m. with the requirement that we all be home by 9:00. I doubt any one of us has been awake for the New Year since we started the tradition.

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Tom Walton ’75, assistant professor of speech communication at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, recently co-authored a book titled What Do I Put on My Note Card? It is a collection of 40 humorous stories about students he and his colleague have encountered during their combined years (over 50) of teaching college speech, journalism, and drama students. You can reach Tom at

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and Klaus Offermann, who were part of a work-study program of the Carl Duisberg Society and studied at UE during the spring quarter of 1979, recently held their fourth reunion at the monastery on the Fraueninsel in the Chiemsee in Upper Bavaria, Germany.

The University’s first outdoor sculpture, The Guitar Player, was formally dedicated on September 23, 2009. Pictured with his work in front of the Krannert Hall of Fine Arts is artist Steve Neff M ’91, who has been employed by UE’s physical plant since 1980. This greeting from Psalms 33 was offered by Chaplain Tamara Gieselman at the dedication.

1980s Pictured from left to right: Joachim Karkosch of Chicago, Volkmar Voigt of Houston, Thomas Wolff of Kempenich, Germany, Jochen Seeba of Houston, Roland Bischoff of Zurich, Switzerland, Juergen Lenz of Burghausen, Germany, Wolfgang Wagner of Prien, Germany, and Klaus Offermann of Holzkirchen, Germany.

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Joe Fiorentino ’81 was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame on Aug. 1, 2009, in Nashville, Tenn. Joe won a championship belt for placing first in the Director Expert Division at the Naga Europa World Grappling Championships on Aug. 15, 2009, in Dallas, Tex.

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FRIENDS OF STEVE AND SALLY JENNINGS SCHOLARSHIP You can help ensure the Jennings Legacy lives on at the University of Evansville and in the community. The Friends of Steve and Sally Jennings Scholarship is being established to recognize annually a student who embodies the Civic Mission ideal embraced by President and Mrs. Jennings and the University.

Jane (Dring) Overbay ’75 recently organized a reunion of her UE friends that included a tour of the ever-growing UE campus. Jane and several other UE alumni, including Marsha Leistner ’74, Tresa Jo Wilson ’73, Jan (Toliver) Metcalfe ’73, Jan (Prusz) Townsend ’73, Kay (Malcolm) Steward ’73, and Linda (Morrical) Pocta ’73, were led by Student Alumni Ambassador tour guides around campus as they reminisced about their days at the University. They were also given a special tour of Graves Hall by nurs-


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Vincent Mathews ’81 was recently elected president and chief executive officer of Northwest Radiology Network, a private physician corporation that serves patients and hospitals throughout central and southern Indiana. Rick Trent ’81, a certified public accountant, has been named a managing director with Morgan Keegan & Company Inc., a subsidiary of Regions Bank. Rick is the senior mortgage analyst in fixed income research. He joined the firm in 2002 after 18 years in banking and public accounting. His previous positions in the company included depository strategist and investment portfolio manager. 1982

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Jeff Banning ’83 and Banning Engineering were awarded the 2009 Business of the Year award by the Plainfield, Ind., Chamber of Commerce. Jeff and others at Banning Engineering take pride in their dedication to the town of Plainfield and all the other communities in which they work. They strive to maintain the highest professional standards and are committed to the needs of their clients and the community.

Rebecca (Admire) Herman ’82 completed a PhD in organization and management in 2008 at Capella University. She is the associate dean for Kaplan University’s School of Business and Management. Rebecca was also elected to the vice president position of Alpha Omicron Pi’s executive board in 2009. Rebecca and her 13-year-old son, Trevor, reside in San Diego, Calif. Kurt W. Schwenk ’83 is the vice president of post production

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Tracey McCord Cindy (Anderson) Smith ’87 enjoyed sharing one of the treasured memories of her life with her husband and their five children when they traveled to Harlaxton College in 2006. James Tooley ’87 has spent the last 15 years working in Silicon Valley, first with an Internet start-up company, and then, for the past nine years, at Ariba where he is a senior director of engineering. Ariba develops business software to help global companies better manage their spending. James is active in local politics and serves as a commissioner on the parks and recreation commission of Menlo Park. He, his wife, and 9-year-old daughter live in the San Francisco Bay area.

Scott Ward ’88 finished a PhD in Spanish literature at Indiana University in Apr. 2009. He is a professor of Spanish at Notre Dame University.



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Save the Date April 7

Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series: Author Azar Nafisi

April 14

Indianapolis Alumni Networking Luncheon: Larry Mackey ’73

April 23 - 25

UEAAA Reunion Weekend

April 24

Robert M. Kent Family Sportswalk Dedication

2009, in Nashville, Tenn. Leigh continues in her position as director of community arts development at the Tennessee Arts Commission, and her husband is an environmental engineer.

Ryan M. Priest ’95 was named news director for Lakeshore Public Television and Lakeshore Public Radio in Merrillville, Ind.


Holly Marks, Danette Scudder


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Jeremy White ’88 co-authored his sixth nationally published book, Surviving Financial Meltdown: Confident Decisions in an Uncertain World. Jeremy is a certified public accountant and a partner at the accounting and wealth management firm of Blythe, White & Associates in Paducah, Ky.

1990s 1990

Jennifer (Potter) Styczen ’90 and her husband, Matt, welcomed home their second child, Emeline Raie, in July 2007. 1991

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Rachel Manno 1992

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Bradley Seitzinger

Risk Electrical Supply in Lafayette, Ind. He will develop and implement strategies for the company’s contractor sales force and facilitate the marketing organization for both industrial and contractor markers. Kyle joined Kirby Risk Electrical Supply in 2004 as an area sales manager and most recently was director of contractor sales.

Travis Madison, Gretchen Zartman


Emily (Smith) McCormick ’97 was named the director of professional development for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. Emily and her husband, Tom, reside in Newburgh, Ind., with their children, 4-year-old Grace Marie and 18-month-old Ezra Thomas.

Thomas Dugan ’96 has opened A Day to Remember Wedding Chapel at Camp Reveal in Evansville.

Sandra L. Faulkner ’93 welcomed a new baby girl, Miriam May, on Aug. 5, 2009. Sandra also authored a new book, Poetry as Method: Representing Research through Verse, published by Left Coast Press. John S. MacCauley III ’93 left his position as vice president at NVR Inc. in January to work full time with the company he founded several years earlier called ClassWatch ( ClassWatch is a private equity start-up and has received licensing from the University of Evansville.

through Class Notes Keep your classmates up to date with important events in your life, such as job changes, moves, marriages, or births. Send photos, too! Due to limited space, your information may be edited. Every effort will be made to publish submissions as soon as possible. Submit information: Online at E-mail to Postal mail to University of Evansville

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Brian Hurt ’94 and his wife, Erin, welcomed their daughter, Ella Christine, on Mar. 23, 2009. Ella joins big brother Benjamin, who is 3 years old. Brian is employed with Hydrocarbon Engineering. The family resides in Evansville.

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Andy Burnette, Janet Eggers, Thomas Fischer, Amanda Quesenberry, Kristi St. Amour, William Teague 1999

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Leslie (Sams) Ashley


Trina (Horn) King ’99 and her husband, Dale, welcomed their second child, Dylan Timothy, on July 7, 2009. He weighed 8 pounds 12 ounces and measured 211⁄2 inches.

2000s 2000

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Stacey (Wilson) Burger ’92 and her husband, Bob, welcomed their twins, Verla Jubilee and John Robert, into the world on July 23, 2009, at 11:20 a.m. and 12:26 p.m., respectively. Verla weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces and was 211⁄ 4 inches long, and John weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces and was 20 inches long. Elizabeth, Ruth, Sarah, Mariah, Hannah, and Ben are delighted with their new siblings! Kyle K. Krizan ’92 has been promoted to vice president of marketing and contractor sales at Kirby


Leigh Green Patton ’93 and her husband, Clay, are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Henry Dean, on Jan. 22,

Karen (Levine) DeGuire ’95 and her husband, John, had their second child, Lillian Hope, on Apr. 16, 2009. Lillian weighed 111⁄ 2 pounds when she was born. Their son, Gabriel, is now 6, and the couple celebrated their 10th anniversary on Oct. 23, 2009. Karen worked at Opera Theater St. Louis in the costume shop for five seasons. Now she works for Curious Cat Clothing, a costuming and clothing business of which she is the founder and owner. You can reach Karen on the Web at


Diana Niland ’97 has finished her first season as the head women’s soccer coach for the State University of New York Cobleskill Fighting Tigers. Diana, who played goalkeeper on the Purple Aces’ 1996 Missouri Valley Conference championship team, is the third head coach in the history of the program. Before starting this job, she spent six months hiking the 2,176.2 mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. On her 200th day she reached the summit of Mt. Katahdin in snow, ice, and freezing rain. You can read her trail journal at


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Stephen Hawkes, Anna Newton Emily Weikert Bryant ’99 is the executive director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (FIsH), a network of nine Feeding America food banks in Indiana. FIsH distributes donated and purchased food to nonprofit organizations that serve those at risk of hunger. Emily earned a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University and lives in Indianapolis, Ind., with her husband and daughter. You can find out more about FIsH at

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Cyndi Ozaki Aisha Carlisle ’00 has found her calling as an educator. She teaches secondary social studies at the Center City Public Charter Schools, Congress Heights Campus, in Washington, D.C. Kathryn (Mofield) Manning ’00 married Joseph W. Manning on Sept. 19, 2009. Kathryn started her own private law practice in Dec. 2008 in New Castle, Indiana.

IN MEMORIAM Frank J. Eckart (Friend) Evansville, Indiana Z. Olen Pumphrey (Friend) Fort Branch, Indiana Shirley J. Robuck (Friend) Evansville, Indiana George Ryan Sr. (Friend) Chrisney, Indiana Helen (Matthews) Branch ’32 Richmond, Indiana Hester (Thorpe) Allen ’36 Blue Bell, Pennsylvania Melvin W. Wimpelberg ’36 Evansville, Indiana Kenneth C. Wilhelmus ’37 Evansville, Indiana Phyllis E. Weeks ’39 Wilmington, Delaware Wilma (Brackett) Schroer ’40, M ’67 Newburgh, Indiana Eugene Schoonover ’41 Somerville, Indiana Mary Lou (Miller) Kuntz ’43 Evansville, Indiana Robert H. Miller ’47 Evansville, Indiana Wanda (Grant) Clark ’48 Evansville, Indiana Clarence Arnett Clayton ’49 Evansville, Indiana Robert P. Dimmett ’49 Waynesville, North Carolina Robert C. Fleming ’49 Portageville, Missouri Robert E. Kelley ’49 Evansville, Indiana Elmer R. Lurker ’49 Evansville, Indiana Beverly J. (Gerard) Busing ’50 Evansville, Indiana Walter G. Klahn ’50 Evansville, Indiana Robert Woodall ’51 Washington, Indiana Donald C. Kloke Sr. ’52 Franklin, Tennessee Robert Lee Northerner ’52 Evansville, Indiana Kenneth L. Hutchinson ’53 Evansville, Indiana Edward L. Goebel ’54 Indianapolis, Indiana James D. Smith ’55 Arnold, Missouri

William Yokel ’55 Evansville, Indiana Wilfred Angermeier ’56 Evansville, Indiana George G. Altheide Jr. ’57 Evansville, Indiana Lawrence W. Tedrow ’59 Terre Haute, Indiana Joyce (Rider) Carter ’60 Patriot, Indiana Paul W. Schmidt ’61 Churubusco, Indiana Claudia (Wallace) Schreiber ’62, M ’67 Evansville, Indiana Larry L. Collins ’64, M ’71 Evansville, Indiana Roland H. Gay ’64 New Market, Tennessee Walter Ron McIntosh ’64 Huntsville, Indiana M. Allan Proctor ’64 Evansville, Indiana Sandra (Bentley) Pursel ’64 Carmel, Indiana Rebecca (Young) Knipp ’68 Jamestown, New York Nola Anne (Horn) Schmidt ’68, M ’71 Evansville, Indiana Edward R. Demar ’71 Evansville, Indiana Cynthia (Eissler) Burciaga ’73 Washington, Indiana Stephen C. Kuester ’73 Evansville, Indiana Mary (Peach) Lee ’74 El Paso, Texas Gloria (Smith) Gibbons ’77 Clinton, Oklahoma Margaret (Newman) Geske ’78 Lawrence, Illinois Delores (Marts) McKeethen ’78 Evansville, Indiana Jolaine R. Barrett ’79 New Palestine, Indiana Nicholas N. Miller ’80 Evansville, Indiana Dennis Skinner ’81 Bedford, Indiana James R. Hull ’85 Columbus, Indiana

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Save the Date May 7 May 8

Class of 1960 Golden Anniversary Commencement Dinner

In an effort to be environmentally conscious, UE

now publishes UE Magazine online as well as in print.

Baccalaureate and Commencement


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Corey Murphy, Jed Nelson Class Agent

Sarah Thoene Karen (Meador) Bowman ’01 and her husband, Chad, brought home their daughter through adoption from Ethiopia in Apr. 2009. Christina S. Grant ’01 is currently the assistant make-up supervisor at Shrek: The Musical on Broadway. Shrek won a Tony for best costumes in 2009. Her other make-up supervisor credits include Disney’s Tarzan and Cirque du Soleil’s Wintuk. In the past five years in New York City, Christina has done hair and makeup for Saturday Night Live, the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Mary Poppins, Lion King,

If you would prefer to receive the magazine electronically in lieu of the print version, please make that request on the Keeping in Touch form at: www. touch.cfm. While you are there, send us your latest news to share with classmates in the next Class Notes!

Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot, and The Producers. She earned an MFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Christina married Rob Eigenbrod in Sept. 2009. Elizabeth “Liz” Gregg ’01 enrolled in graduate school in the Department of Kinesiology at Indiana University after her graduation from UE. While at IU, she earned an MS in sport administration, an MS in higher education and student affairs, and a PhD in human performance. She is an assistant professor of sport management at Jacksonville University in Florida. Jenny (Rhodes) Sullivan ’01 married Jason Sullivan on Aug. 8, 2009. The couple resides in Rochester, N.Y., where Jason is a firefighter

employed with Dickinson College in the office of college advancement. The family resides in Carlisle, Pa.

Brennan McReynolds ’03 Majors at UE: Civil Engineering and Engineering Management Hometown: Evansville, Indiana Current Residence: Chevy Chase, Maryland

and Jenny works as a career consultant at the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester. 2002

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Stacey Paul

Current Occupation: Director of Special Projects, Skanska USA Building

2005 issue in an article on Edinboro University where he was attending graduate school, and then again in the Oct. 2008 issue in a full page ad. Steven just finished a year as visiting professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga.

Class Agents

Kimberly (Cook) Sitzman ’02 married Justin Sitzman in June 2004. They had a baby boy named Chase Alexander on June 15, 2009. Chase was 6.4 pounds and 20 inches. They reside in Jeffersonville, Ind.

Nathan Charnes, Lisa Williams Steven Cheek ’02 had his work featured in Ceramics Monthly. It has been featured twice, first in the Nov.


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Bo Gebbie, Rebecca Odle-Paxton Class Agents

Jessica (Yi-Ching) Hsiao ’01

Abigail Falloon, Jennifer Gilmore, Mary Manuel, Justin O’Neal, Jennifer Pattison

Major at UE: Business Administration, Concentration on Marketing Hometown: Taiwan, R.O.C Lawrence A. Dial ’02 and his wife, Laurel, welcomed their daughter, Penelope Esme, on Sept. 16. Penelope weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces. The Dials reside in New York City.

Current Residence: Qingdao, China Current Occupation: Homemaker Career Highlights: First, I worked in IDEXX Laboratories Inc. (Taiwan Branch) from July 2004 to July 2006. I was a sales specialist of food environmental diagnostics and responsible for selling products, trouble shooting, and communicating with customers in the Taiwan market.

Career Highlights: Skanska is a global construction and development firm based in Stockholm, Sweden. In my six years at Skanska, I have had multiple roles in Washington, D.C., which have allowed me to take advantage of working for a global company. In my previous position as head of sales of business development, I spent time in Norway and Finland as an ambassador between the business units, teaching Nordic colleagues about the U.S. operation and sharing lessons learned pertaining to client development and satisfaction. As an engineering major, I knew that I really did not want to “engineer” anyBrennan McReynolds at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the thing after graduation. My UE educahighest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain tion provided me with the technical in the world (November 2009). background required to go into a career in construction, but it was also flexible enough to allow me to focus my attention on topics that interested me and would help down the road. The quality of UE’s engineering faculty and its small class sizes were the two main factors that provided such a strong foundation for the real world. Volunteer Activities: I raised over $5,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through the Team in Training Program. I lost my grandfather to leukemia while I was at UE. He was a graduate and supporter of the engineering program, particularly of our concrete canoe project. It was a great experience to ride in his honor and support a great organization. Family/UE Connections: My family has several UE alumni, including my grandfather, Ralph Connor ’68, M’74; stepfather, Danny Bateman ’71; stepbrothers, Jamie ’97 and Jason ’08 Bateman; and aunt, Janice Bateman Hobgood ’08. My mom, Pat Bateman, is an active UE supporter, serving as President’s Club Executive Committee co-chair along with my stepfather.

Next, I worked in the shoe material industry in China from August 2006 to February 2008. I was an assistant to the general manager. I had responsibility for all aspects of the business and made decisions when the general manager was not in China.

Tom Benson ’03 and his wife, Amy (Frazier) Benson ’03, welcomed their son, Conner James, into the world at the end of August. Tom is the assistant sports information director at UE.

I got married at the end of April 2008. Due to my husband’s job location (Qingdao in Shandong province, China), I am a homemaker now. I visit Taiwan two or three times a year. UE Alumni Activities: Being so far away it is difficult to be active, but I attended an alumni gathering in Taiwan when President Jennings visited. I try to keep in touch with my UE friends. Favorite UE Memory: It is a beautiful and tiny school with a nice staff and faculty that takes good care of international students. I enjoyed many wonderful international programs and activities. I appreciate that I am never forgotten as a UE alumna and that I always receive alumni and UE news. Tribute to President Jennings: He is a very kind, friendly, and nice president. In fact, he is not just a president; he is more like a friend. At UE he participated in student activities, especially the activities and programs for international students. He is willing to meet with UE alumni, not only alumni in the U.S. but also those of us living around the world. He had the foresight to contribute to Asian and international programs.





Stacey Golec ’02 married Kevin Paul on Aug. 18, 2007. The couple welcomed their daughter, Alexa Renee, on Aug. 1, 2008. Stacey is


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Holly B. Ramsey ’04 married Alan Higgins on Oct. 24, 2009, in Fort Wayne, Ind. The couple resides in Boothwyn, Pa.

UE Alumni Activities: I serve on the UE Alumni Association Board of Directors, so I get back to campus from time to time. I also attend alumni events in the D.C. area. Favorite UE Memory: The most memorable part of UE for me was the sense of community that existed regardless of where or who I was with on campus. From orientation leaders and FIJI to long nights deep within the walls of the Koch Center for Engineering and Science with my engineering classmates, the closeknit nature of UE made the experience enjoyable. Tribute to President Jennings: I can still remember the energy and excitement President Jennings brought with him when he first arrived on campus. His genuine interest in getting to know the students and understanding of who we were set a precedent for a new sense of ownership from the students and faculty alike to make UE a better institution. It is easy to look around campus now and acknowledge the success of President Jennings’ leadership and his drive for positive change.

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Save the Date June 5

Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting

July 2 - 9

Harlaxton Alumni Trip


the Kyrgyz Republic with the Peace Corps.

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Sam Giesting

Thank you, UE Volunteers

UE and YOU

A big thank you goes out to the volunteers listed below for their assistance with University of Evansville programs and events.


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Labeed Assidmi, Jimmy Funkhouser III, Shirley Lewis

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Liz Lewis Class Agents

Stacy (Stanton) Gallucci ’97 (left) and Ruthie (Richardson) Shekell ’97 show their

Lisa Ballard, Bruce Weisman Joni (Perdue) Langenberg ’07 recently accepted an offer of employment from Edward Jones as a training specialist in their operations and service division. Her official hire date was Oct. 26, 2009. This position is located at the company’s headquarters in St. Louis, Mo.

UE pride while vacationing. They took a trip to Petoskey, Michigan, in the Shekells’ motor home. They enjoyed the scenery and the towns around the Upper Peninsula and say the most enjoyable thing was riding bicycles around Mackinaw Island.


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Alyssa Turner Class Agents

Shanelle Lambert, Krystle Working

Erica J. (Baas) Bernhardt ’05 and Greg Bernhardt were married on July 11, 2009. Erica is attending the IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis, and Greg is working for the accounting firm London Witte Group. Pictured with the couple at their wedding are Erica’s teammates from the UE tennis team.

We want to see where you have been showing off your Purple Pride. E-mail a photo of you in your UE gear, and you could find yourself on the pages of UE Magazine or online. Send photos to


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Andrea Stalcup Class Agents

Flo Ruwersma, Rachel Swan Denis Illige-Saucier ’06 recently completed an MA in literary studies at the University of Denver and is teaching writing at the Denver campus of Johnson and Wales University. In Mar. 2010, Denis will leave to teach English at a university in

Amanda (Becht) Nally ’08 and Jim Nally ’09 were married on Apr. 25, 2009, in New Albany, Ind. The couple resides in Lexington, Ky., where Jim is studying at Asbury Theological Seminary for an MDiv and serves as a youth minister at First United Methodist Church. Amanda works as an administrative assistant at the church.

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April 15 - 17, 2011 Harlaxton Reunion on UE Campus


July 4 - 9, 2011 Harlaxton Reunion at the Manor


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Representing UE at Presidential Inaugurations Linda Alvers ’74, M’79 Manhattan College Brook (Hoener) Blackmon ’03 Georgia State University Stephen Jennings H’07 University of Southern Indiana Michael Long ’91 Howard University Tracy (Wilson) Rush ’87 Otterbein College Robb Thiel ’79 St. Joseph’s College Meet and Greet Move In Heidi (Gish) Bennett ’00 Turae Dabney-Mumford ’99, M’06 Meagan (McDonald) Farley ’08 Lyndsie Fugate ’08 Bryan Hayden Liz Lewis ’07 Stephen McNeal ’82 Aimee (Gwaltney) Nicols ’07 Gretchen Otness ’09 Stephanie (Riggle) Pier ’08 Jane (Grafton) Purdie ’60, M’73 Linda Wulf ’06, M’08 UEAAA Welcome Reception Turae Dabney-Mumford ’99, M’06 Joan (Harris) Finch ’57 Birdie (Mohammed) Harrison ’03 Yvonne (Casara) Johnson ’61, M’73 Marisa Knox ’99 Stephen McNeal ’82 William Miller ’66 Ira Neal ’61 Patricia Outlaw ’86 Watez Phelps ’01, M’04 LaToya Smith ’09

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Organizations Contributing to UEAAA LaTanya Darnell, Wangari’s Cards & Books and Our Times Newspaper Alphonso Dennis, Faith Temple Church Brenda Fingers, Nazarene Church Brenda Johnson, BJ’s Restaurant UEAAA Football Legends Reunion Rory Hennings ’79 Second Annual Homecoming Alumni Speaker Edward Coleman ’65, H’00 Homecoming Chapel Service Fred Yarger ’59 Class of 1959 50th Reunion Committee Rita (Patry) Eykamp, Chairman Judy (Lockwood) Fiddick Joe Fox Jack and Cathy (Parker) Frohbieter Stan and Sara (Coleman) Fryer John Kern Joanne (Baugh) Miley Stan Nevill Dale Oberbeck Jerry Purdie Jim Schwengel Rahmi Soyugenc Carol (Yokel) Stremming Chor Tan Fred Yarger President’s Club Dinner Program Participants Jack Barner Danny ’71 and Patricia Bateman Joe Brown Maggie Cantrick ’04 Sylvia (Young) DeVault ’85

Niel H’06 and Karen H’06 Ellerbrook Tamara (Neighbors) Gieselman ’95 Robert Koch II H’03 John David Lutz ’64 Alumni Afternoon at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Rob Gallas ’73 Denver Alumni Dinner Frank Haskett ’61 Caroline (Dever) Turpin ’05 Alumni Speakers in Classrooms and Other Forums Amanda Atwood ’09 Keith Auville ’86 Jamie Bandy ’09 Verna (East) Fairchild ’72 Karol Farris ’09 Ryan Flamion ’99 Brad Gant ’05 James Headlee ’77 Marc Hildwein ’06 Paul Jones ’71 Jesse Kahle ’08 Darin Lander ’03 Liz Lewis ’07 Eloho Okeze ’08 Martha Seal ’03, M’05 Kate Slavens ’07 LaToya Smith ’09 Stephanie Weiner ’07 Health Career Fair Michele (Hauter) Butts ’03, M’03 Brett Hirt ’96, M’96 Brian Kelly ’96, M’96 Tammy (Moyer) Klein M’01 Mark Marchino ’86 Amanda (Klass) Mason ’00 Rebekah Simmons ’09 JD Stock ’96, M’96 Amanda (Whitley) Winter ’98 LEAGUE Members at College Fairs

Sara Esterline ’00 Brian Leon ’00 Herb Pomerance ’80 Jeff Price ’05 Craig Snow ’01

Indianapolis Planned Giving Advisory Council Steve Edmondson ’66 Dave Franklin ’02 Mike Kurtz ’68 Rachel McGuire ’98 Maury Rohleder ’58 Curtis Shirley ’83 Don Smeathers ’69 Marti (Taylor) Starkey ’76 Chad Walker ’96 Indy Purple Aces Club Organizational Meeting Larry Mackey ’73 Rose (Cole) ’67 and Bill Mays Will Rowan Todd Woodmansee ’95 Indianapolis Network Speakers Thom England ’91 Paul Estridge ’80 Washington, D.C., Alumni Dinner John Conaway ’56, H’86 Anita Horn Rizek ’91 Young Alumni Class Challenge Lisa Ballard ’07 Jennifer (Laue) Gilmore ’03 Ashley Henke ’07 Joni Langenberg ’07 Liz Lewis ’07 Shirley Lewis ’05, M’07 Justin O’Neal ’03 Gretchen Otness ’09 Stacey Paul ’02 Emily Sights ’07 Bruce Weisman ’07 Krystle Working ’08 Science Advisory Council David Goodman ’99 David Pollock ’78 Jennifer (Betz) Pollock ’79 Bradley Richmond ’03 Gene Wells UE Volunteers continued on page 28


Visit the New

Art Gallery

UE’s new art gallery is located on the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach Avenues. The gallery opened in the fall with the annual alumni exhibition, which was followed by shows featuring sculptures and quilts. The final show of the academic year, in March and April, will feature student artwork. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You may also call the Department of Art at 812-488-2043 for an appointment.

UE President Search Extended In January, four candidates visited campus and met with various constituencies who provided feedback for the search committee to consider. Two finalists withdrew, one to accept the presidency of another institution. Neither of the remaining two was considered an ideal match for UE. Both the search committee and the trustees agreed it is more important to identify the best candidate than to meet a specific deadline. For updates, go to

The Campaign for the University of Evansville


New Art Gallery Opening Exhibitors Carol Arney ’09 Deborah Bajovich-Kliegl ’87 Nancy Bayer ’68 Connie Rae Bell ’98 Scott Betz ’87 David Bolton ’91 Bill Brown Janet (Birkhead) Brown ’83 Clyde W. Carter ’62 Scott W. Caton M’88 Steve Cheek ’02 Emily (Combs) Fowler ’49* Jesika (Sanders) Ellis ’96, M’09 Stephanie Frasier ’90 Lyndsie Fugate ’08 Janice Greene ’76, M’83 Jeremy Grimes ’07 Darryl Halbrooks ’70 Amy (Norton) Harris ’06 Claire Helfrich ’96 Emily Lauver ’08 Katrina (Tobias) Layer ’84 Scott Lever ’09 Carolyn (McCullough) McDonald ’65

Valerie (Fase) Milholland ’95 Terry (Theriac) Mominee ’77 Nathan Nordyke ’08 Susan (Noelting) Petty ’72 Nikki Pritchett ’91 Jon Michael Siau ’71, M’77 Owen Small ’03, M’05

John Smith ’73 Joycelyn Todisco ’92 Jan Rhea (Bell) Unfried ’91 Stacy Walker ’90 Shannon Werner-Purkey ’06 Matt Wright ’03

To learn how you can volunteer for UE, visit or contact or 812-488-2586.

New 2009-10 Parents Council Members Members



Janine and Stan Blythe Kymberlee Brown Debra Durrance Gary and Cheryl Gorrell Doug ’85 and Debra ’81 Kanet Daniel and Rita Kohn Judy Seitzinger ’83 Tammey Thomas Jerrold and Monique Ware

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