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WINTER 2011 VOL. 106 NO. 2

Shaping Global Citizens: Connecting Liberal Arts and Professional Education A week of inauguration events was held on campus from September 26 - October 3, 2010. The events were designed to showcase the distinctive features of the University of Evansville experience, the inauguration theme, and UE’s relationship with the community.



In the Beginning


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8 GET CONNECTED, STAY CONNECTED 9 UE NEWS BRIEFS 10 CAMPUS CONNECTIONS 12 ACES IN ACTION 14 HARLAXTON SCRAPBOOK 16 CLASS NOTES 28 HARLAXTON REUNION The cover art is the work of UE alumna, Lucie Rice, who graduated in 2001 with a BFA in painting. In 2004, she earned an MFA in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design. Posters of her Harlaxton design are being sold in the University Bookstore and through the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations as a fund-raiser for the Harlaxton Society Scholarship Fund. Lucie plans to join us on campus in April for the Harlaxton 40th Anniversary Reunion where she will sign posters. Watch for details in Harlaxton Reunion promotions. Find out more about Lucie’s work at

UE Magazine is distributed to alumni and friends through the Office of University Relations, University of Evansville, 1800 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, Indiana 47722. Change of address notification should be sent to the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at the same address. The University of Evansville operates under a nondiscriminatory policy with regard to race, color, creed or religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

We would like to recognize and thank the following contributors for the many Harlaxton photos that they provided for this issue: Buffalo State College, Erik Photography, Molly Bartels, Jack Fleming Photography, Photics LLC, and UE archives, alumni, administrators, and students.

Editor Lucy Himstedt Associate Editor Andrew Carter ’07 Designer Susan Heathcott ’78, M’80

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Wallace Graves, 20th president of the University of Evansville, still remembers the first time he saw Harlaxton Manor. “It was a very gray, cold, foggy morning when we first saw Harlaxton,” Graves said. “We couldn’t see anything until we were almost upon it, and all of a sudden, this incredible structure sprang up. It was empty; it had one telephone hanging on the wall in the whole building and a rickety elevator.” The previous tenant, Stanford University, had said they would leave the student beds, the kitchen equipment, and many of the other things needed to keep Harlaxton running. They had not. Even in that state of disrepair, though, Graves was hooked. Graves – who taught international politics and law before becoming an administrator – had traveled to Grantham, England, to see if Harlaxton would fit the need he saw to “broaden the horizons of the Midwestern college student.” “I had the notion – and I’m sure I wasn’t alone – that the generation in college at the time had been brought up with the popular idea that the American society was a unique one,” Graves said. “So it was easy to infer that nothing in the past could explain the present or project the future. And I couldn’t imagine anything more terrifying than for anyone to run around with that kind of notion in his head. “So I thought that, if we put any of these students in a physical setting with evidence of a great long past, and mingle them with a people who had an appreciation for the past, that it might help those students have a deeper understanding of what man had been able to overcome and accomplish.” UE


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At that time, Stanford still had the lease on Harlaxton from the Jesuit order; however, it had opted to move its program closer to London, leaving Harlaxton abandoned with more than four years left on the lease. After seeing the property, Graves seized the opportunity. “Of course I had no assurance that the students here would respond,” he said. “But the lease was very inexpensive – $10,000 a year – so I thought that at least I wasn’t going to break the bank on this experiment.” In the first year, UE sent 85 students to Harlaxton – well above the 60 Graves estimated were needed to break even. Graves attributed some of that success to the experience itself; some, he halfjoked, also came from the popularity of a certain British rock band. “I felt like, no matter what I think of their music, I’m grateful to the Beatles because in 1971, kids wanted to be able to walk across Abbey Road, like the album cover,” he said. By the time that first lease ended, Stanford wanted to come back to Harlaxton. The program was so successful at UE, though, that Graves said no. In fact, he was looking into the idea of purchasing the property. “It was a white elephant for the Jesuits by then,” said William Ridgway, a lifetime member of UE’s Board of Trustees. “They were anxious to get rid of it, and the English economy was very bad at the time. Real estate was going for practically nothing.” Ridgway got his first look at Harlaxton while UE was leasing the property. He was driving through the English countryside and w w w. e v a n s v i l l e . e d u

decided to detour for the chance to see the campus. “It was in very bad shape. All of the glass was broken and it needed a lot of work,” Ridgway said. “It had been neglected for a long time. But I was very impressed with the structure; you can’t help but be.” At the time, the Board of Trustees had refused Graves’s proposal to buy the property. Ridgway said he would be interested in making the purchase – if Graves negotiated. There was only one catch in the execution: “The English market was so bad, I had trouble borrowing enough money from the banks to buy it,” Ridgway said. “When [banks] learned that English real estate was the collateral, they lost interest very fast. So I went to a bank in San Francisco, where I lived, and they just laughed at me; so I went to the Royal Bank of Scotland, and they had the same reaction. “Only the Evansville bank – it was Citizen’s Bank at the time – would lend me the money.” Ridgway made the purchase in 1976, with the promise to give Harlaxton to the University of Evansville either upon his death or before it – a promise he fulfilled in 1986 when he transferred the property just before Graves’s retirement. Today, 40 years after UE first set foot in England, neither Ridgway nor Graves has any regrets about their Harlaxton “gamble.” “I have never been associated with an educational program that has been so wildly popular and meaningful to group, after group, after group for now 40 years,” Graves said. ■ 3

THOMAS A. KAZEE, President

The Magic of the Manor Sharon and I recently returned from a marvelous visit to Harlaxton, UE’s British campus. We were able to spend five days at the magnificent manor, meeting students, faculty, staff, the Harlaxton Advisory Council, and, of course Harlaxton’s terrific principal, Gordon Kingsley, and his wife, Suzanne. Gordon and Suzanne were warm and informative hosts, filling our days with tours of the buildings and grounds, conversations with new arrivals and old veterans, and (somewhat surprisingly, given most Americans’ stereotype of English cuisine) excellent food. Our arrival came shortly after midnight – and it quite literally took our breath away. We rounded a turn in the dark English countryside and saw the manor about a mile distant, spectacularly lit and seemingly floating in the night. The manor – a castle, really – is VERY big, and its gates, walls, and façade are a cascade of griffins, parapets, tiny and great windows, massive doors, and flags. The grounds are classic English gardens, punctuated by hedges, a reflecting pond, and multiple terraces. Harlaxton is, in a word, magical. Perhaps most impressive, however, is what goes on inside the manor. As taken as we were by the caliber of faculty – a talented mixture of British and American professors – we were especially excited by the students. On our first day, we lunched with a group of students from UE and partner schools such as Western Kentucky University, Wabash College,

and the University of Southern Indiana. We barely had time to begin lunch before hearing a torrent of enthusiastic comments about the Harlaxton experience. Most notable were the testimonies of transformation. In the words of one, “I arrived as a college student and I’ll leave as an adult.” The mix of academic activities, travel experiences, interaction with folks from many backgrounds all combine to produce a unique and deeply moving experience. Students are not the only ones affected by Harlaxton; Sharon and I had our first encounter with British aristocracy and the traditions associated with it. A gracious and entertaining dinner at the home – again, a castle! – of Sir Simon and Lady Benton Jones, members of the Harlaxton Advisory Council, will forever be etched in our memories, and a day in Stratford-on-Avon with Gordon and Suzanne and a group of Harlaxton students helped us to see Shakespeare’s life and times from a rich new perspective. We’re not above being tourists, to be sure, as evidenced by asking Gordon to take a photo of Sharon holding an apple over my head at the homestead of Sir Isaac Newton! Our only regret was not being able to spend more time in this distinctive place. Few universities can offer such an enriching opportunity for their students, and the knowledge of how many more students will reap this benefit will, like our trip, bring a smile to our faces for years to come – or at least until we visit again. Gordon and Suzanne: Keep the lights on! ■

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Gregory Gregory in occupation

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George Gregory, an elderly cousin of Gregory Gregory

Thomas Sherwin Pearson-Gregory, godson of John Sherwin-Gregory

John Sherwin-Gregory, at most a distant relative of Gregory


ALEX JACKSON, Class of 2012

My New BFFs

While studying abroad is not uncommon among college students, very few have an opportunity as unique as what the University of Evansville offers at Harlaxton College. Everything about the Harlaxton experience is inspiring: the atmosphere of the campus, the beautiful grounds, the faculty and staff who always wear a smile – and who continue to amaze each student each day with their wisdom and knowledge of British history. Harlaxton gave me the opportunity to explore new horizons and create friendships that will last a lifetime. I attended Harlaxton College in Spring 2010. While there, I was able to travel to eight countries. Surprisingly, what I found most valuable was not the country I was traveling to, but the people I was traveling with. On the flight to London, I knew 12 people; on the flight home to Chicago, Illinois, I not only knew – but also was best friends with my entire Harlaxton class. With the small number of students and the isolation of the campus from the city, Harlaxton allows all of its students to really get to know one another. Because I was far away from home and family, the other students became my family. My Harlaxton experience surpassed every expectation, and I will forever be grateful to have been so lucky to have attended such a beautiful and heart-warming college. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, but the friendships I made at Harlaxton never will! ■

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GORDON KINGSLEY Harlaxton Principal

In a Manor of Speaking

Tra-dish-un Mrs. Culpin

Harlaxton College is nothing if it is not a place of tradition. After all, that is what these great historic houses are all about, and it is what academe loves. Some of the traditions go all the way back to the beginning. Our first students started them 40 years ago; now their children experience them when coming to Harlaxton. The “wow” of the manor itself, and the amazing awakening that “this is our home, where we live” … the nearly-mile long lane leading to the front gates, and the 0.9 mile run that is a specialty of Harlaxton Track (and Field) … “The Greg” at the top – and pubs like The Blue Pig or The Goose in town … London – just an hour away? Really? Yes, really … British Studies – aaagh … The Bistro downstairs … The undefeated Harlaxton Lions basketball team, challenging the University of Florida for “the undisputed transatlantic roundball championship of the English-speaking world” (Florida didn’t show up and forfeited) … Bob, the Swan (of blessed memory now) … Mrs. Culpin, head housekeeper, and her remedies that cured everything (until the health department shut her down) … learning to understand the accents of the British professors and staff, and their learning ours … Refectory food … our Meet-a-Family mums and dads … the Medieval Banquet each semester, aka the Costume Ball … British Studies – aagh … Fire drills at seven on cold rainy mornings … Rusk, Bulger, Rowlands, Hawkins, Stepsis … the World War II bunkers in the woods out back – perfect places to “study” … beautiful Harlaxton Village … “Is it really the same amount of time going from Harlaxton to Paris as from UE to Indianapolis?” … “PTC”—Pamela Tudor Craig, Lady Wedgwood … Bujak … Formal dinners in the state rooms, and feeling so grown up … 18 and legal … British Studies – aagh … “I can feel myself becoming an adult” … Learning: All Together … The Harlaxton Experience. Be. Alive.

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The pizza escapade

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Harlaxton College: The Complete Experience Campaign was successfully completed Gardens opened to public



Where Are They Now? Harlaxton Principals In 1971, Jeremy Rusk, then an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Evansville, was named director of UE’s newly obtained British campus, Harlaxton College. Rusk was charged with getting Harlaxton’s program and the manor up and running. He was successful and enjoyed the challenge, but the task seemed daunting at first. “When we came up that long drive and I saw Harlaxton for the first time,” Rusk recalls, “I thought: what have I gotten myself into? I’m responsible for that great stone building!” In 1975, Rusk returned to his alma mater, Harvard University, where his last post before retirement was administrative dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Now retired, his current project is Soldier’s Heart, a Civil War novel being published this year. His wife, Marianne, who also worked at Harlaxton, is the director of human resources for the J. Paul Getty Trust. The Getty is one of the premier arts institutions in the United States. Paul Bulger took over from Rusk in 1975. The first to have the title of principal, Bulger brought with him experience as provost at Columbia Teachers College and president of Buffalo State College. He was successful in the task of raising community support, notably through the establishment of an Advisory Council of prominent local citizens. He left Harlaxton in 1977. Bulger is now deceased. Graddon Rowlands, Bulger’s successor, is Harlaxton’s longest-serving principal and is responsible, along with his wife Pam, for bringing Harlaxton Manor back to life through major restorations. A graduate of Cambridge with a PhD from Duke University, he united the British and American dimensions of Harlaxton in a very special way. In 1989, he became president of Lansdowne College in London, and later of Abu Dhabi Women’s College in UAE. Now retired, he lives in the picturesque and historic town of Stamford, near Harlaxton, where he is a civic leader of note. Angus Hawkins, principal from 1990-1992, helped develop Harlaxton’s core program in British studies that has developed into a pre-eminent academic course of its type, one that is team-taught and truly interdisciplinary. He is a fellow and estates bursar of Kellogg College and director of international programmes in the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. Robert Stepsis followed Hawkins as principal. He oversaw improvements such as a new heating system and renewal of the manor’s roof structures, but this Harvard-educated former dean is primarily remembered at Harlaxton for his strong academic emphases.


Prince Charles visited Harlaxton in 1986. He is pictured here with UE president Wallace Graves and his wife, Barbara, and Harlaxton principal Graddon Rowlands and his wife, Pam.

“I spent 10 and a half great years at Harlaxton,” Stepsis says. “Somebody asked me what my best and worst memories were. I told them that the best and the worst were exactly the same: the events surrounding 9/11. Those were terrible days for us, but our spirit of togetherness and the support we received from the local British people not only carried us through but also taught us who our real friends are.” Retired, Stepsis lives in Vancouver, Washington. He is on an advisory committee for a community college and president of the County Historical Society. He and his wife have visited Harlaxton several times since they left and recently went to Rome with English friends from the Harlaxton Advisory Committee. In 2003, Gordon Kingsley became the latest to take on the principal’s role, continuing a great tradition. He began a broad program of further improvements in the manor itself, in faculty status and morale, in detailed planning toward the achievement of clear goals, in staff performance, and in openness to the community. Prior to Harlaxton, he had been professor, dean, and president at William Jewell College, one of Harlaxton’s first partner colleges. He and his wife Suzanne, herself a former collegiate vice president, remain the strong leadership team at Harlaxton today and look forward to celebrations surrounding the 40th anniversary. ■

If you would like to reconnect with some of the principals, here are e-mail addresses they shared: Jeremy Rusk: Graddon Rowlands: Angus Hawkins: Gordon Kingsley: Rusk







GET CONNECTED • STAY CONNECTED Surprise 80th Birthday Reception and Roast Honoring Thornton Patberg ’52 Ridgway University Center, UE Campus • August 7


Dubois County Summer Picnic Jasper Engines Party House August 19

70@70 Honoring John David Lutz ’64 On the Occasions of his 70th Birthday and 70th UE Production During Homecoming UE Campus and Kirby’s Private Dining November 12 - 13


UE Night at the Otters Bosse Field • August 29



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UE NEWS St. Louis Send Off Party Home of Sue Hodapp ’82 August 10

Homecoming 2010 Reunion Weekend University of Evansville November 12 - 14

Think Outside the Lunch Box Just in time for the midterm elections, the University of Evansville launched an initiative inviting the community to spend a lunch hour each month with one of UE’s faculty members discussing topics that are making headlines or are the focus of community debate and discussion. The project began with a presentation by Robert Dion, UE associate professor of political science, who is often sought by national, state, and local media for insights into the political process. The “Think Outside the Lunch Box” brown bag lunches are held at noon on the first Thursday of the month at Old National Bank’s main branch in downtown Evansville. They feature UE faculty members discussing their areas of expertise. “One of the great things about an institution of higher learning like the University of Evansville is the depth of knowledge on a wide variety of subjects,” said UE president Thomas A. Kazee. “This new series is a tremendous opportunity to partner with the community and share the expertise of our faculty on subjects that, we hope, will be of interest to people.” Admission is free and open to all. Each event will begin at noon with a 30-minute presentation by the faculty member and 15 minutes after for questionand-answer.

Medal of Honor Awarded

UE vs. Butler Pre-victory Gathering Indianapolis, Indiana November 27

University of Evansville Board of Trustees chair Niel C. Ellerbrook and senior vice president for academic affairs Susan Kupisch presented best-selling author Khaled Hosseini with the University of Evansville’s Medal of Honor. Hosseini, whose books include The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, spoke on October 21 at The Centre in downtown Evansville. It was a first-ever joint effort of UE’s Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana International Speaker Series and Evansville’s Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series.

Scout’s Honor Boy Scouts of America recently recognized Thomas Bear, UE vice president for enrollment services, for his induction into the National Hall of Leadership for the BSA. The hall recognizes scouting volunteers who have made a significant difference in the lives of others through the extraordinary service they have given and by modeling scouting virtues. UE awards a Scouting Scholarship to students who have earned the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout, Girl Scouts of the USA Gold Award, Sea Scouting Quartermaster Award, or Venturing Silver Award. Candidates for this award must have a high school GPA of at least 3.5 and score 1530 or higher on the SAT or 23 or higher on the ACT. ■

Holiday Pops Victory Theatre, Evansville, Indiana December 7

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One of America’s Most Honored Institutions Once again, the University of Evansville has been recognized as one of America’s top institutions by several major national publications. The honors began coming in the summer, when the Princeton Review listed UE as one of its “Best in the Midwest.” That was followed by Forbes’s annual list of the Best Colleges in America, where UE ranked number 296 – up from number 303 in 2009. Only the top 9 percent of colleges in America are ranked by Forbes; by placing at number 296, UE landed in the top half of those rankings. On August 16, GI Jobs announced its list of the most military-friendly institutions in America – and for the second consecutive year, the University of Evansville received recognition for its work with veterans. This ranking means UE is among the top 15 percent of American universities for its treatment of veterans. The following day, U.S.News & World Report published its annual Best Colleges issue, listing University of Evansville as the number 10 Best Midwest Regional University. UE also placed number 3 on the “Great Schools at Great Prices” list among universities in the Midwest, and the University’s study abroad program was named among the best in the nation. In November, the Institute of International Education ranked UE ninth in the nation in study abroad participation for the second consecutive year.

Straight to the Head of the Class This fall, the University of Evansville welcomed the strongest academic freshman class in the institution’s 156-year history. Students like Alex DiBenedetto, a math, economics, and physics major who finished at the top of his Scottsdale, Arizona, high school class, and David Price, a biology and pre-med major from Mt. Vernon, Illinois, are part of a freshman class that averaged 1172 on the SAT’s critical reading and math components. The national average for those areas of the SAT was 1016. This UE class also averaged an ACT composite score of 25.7, nearly five points above the national average of 21.0. The quality of these 679 freshmen enhances what is already a strong academic tradition at the University of Evansville. Students in the freshman class hail from 37 states and 16 countries. “In terms of admissions, UE is a selective institution,” said Thomas Bear, UE’s vice president for enrollment services. “Now, as our academic profile continues to strengthen, we find ourselves competing for top students with many of the nation’s finest colleges and universities.” Overall institutional enrollment on the first day of classes was 2,799 students – a 1.3 percent increase from last fall. Overall enrollment includes undergraduate, graduate, and Harlaxton College students. That total also includes 83 percent of last fall’s freshman class returning for their sophomore year. “We are extremely pleased to see this continued growth in both enrollment and quality,” said UE president Thomas A. Kazee. “This is a wonderful class of students who have a strong commitment to academics and personal development. It is a pleasure to welcome them to the University and the Evansville community. I am confident that continuing to enroll classes of this quality will enable us to maintain UE’s outstanding reputation – a reputation reflected in such listings as U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review.”




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Shaping the Future of Emergency Care A new study that included students from the University of Evansville’s Dunigan Family Department of Nursing and Health Sciences may change the way most colleges and universities teach CPR to their nursing students. The study, released by the National League of Nursing, enlisted 10 schools of nursing with associate, diploma, or baccalaureate programs – including UE – to teach CPR to their students using one of two techniques. One group completed the training in a fourhour, instructor-led course; the other used a self-directed, computer-based course that included learning and practice on a voice advisory mannequin. After that training, all students were randomly assigned to either a control group with no further practice, or to an experimental group, which practiced CPR six minutes each month for the 12 months of the study. “What they found was that the students who practiced for only six minutes each month either maintained or improved their skills over the 12-month period of the study,” said Amy Hall, chair of UE’s Dunigan Family Department of Nursing and Health Sciences. “On the other hand, the students who did not practice beyond their initial training had a significant loss of skills within as little as three months.” In response to the study, UE’s nursing department began adding practice times for CPR during labs this year, helping ensure that students retain their CPR knowledge. “It is vitally important to ensure that our students retain knowledge about CPR, which is why we want to incorporate the findings of this study into our curriculum,” Hall said. “And because we still have the mannequin from this study, we already have the equipment we need for the students to practice their skills regularly.”

Leading the Way

Steve Woit Photography

Brian Ernsting, PhD, professor of biology and assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has been selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute to participate in a year-long Senior Leadership Academy. The purpose of the academy is to prepare prospective leaders for leadership positions in any division of independent higher education. Ernsting is one of only 42 participants selected from across the nation to attend the Senior Leadership Academy. In order to be considered, participants must aspire to senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. “Competition for the available places in the program was extremely keen,” says Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges. “It is worth noting that the review committee found the nomination materials most impressive.” As part of the Senior leadership Academy, all participants will attend two seminars. The first was held in Williamsburg, Virginia, November 5 - 7. The second is scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C., this spring. Throughout these seminars, guests will be invited to participate in mentoring programs, experiential learning projects, and a series of readings and case studies. ■

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Evansville Courier & Press in October 2010. It is reprinted with permission and edited for space.


COACH MARTY SIMMONS SHEDS 135 POUNDS When Coach Marty Simmons led his University of Evansville basketball team on to the Roberts Stadium floor October 30 for an exhibition game against DePauw University, some fans may have done a double take. Simmons’s wife, Angie, says that’s typical. “We’ll go somewhere,” she said, “and you can tell people are looking at him and trying to figure out, ‘Is that Marty Simmons or not?’” Since March 15, the 6-foot-5-inch Simmons has shed 135 pounds with the help of a nutritionist and a daily regimen of walking and now jogging three miles every day at 4:30 a.m. with his wife at his side. Angie Simmons has reached her goal of losing 70 pounds, but her husband has a way to go, though he appears fit – and younger – inside his office at UE, clad in Aces purple shorts and orange T-shirt. “I don’t know what my goal is. First it was 50 pounds, then 100; now it’s 150. We’ll see where it goes,” he comments. Simmons, once a sweaty figure with a penchant for sweater vests, jokes that his wife “is still a half lap ahead of me.” “It’s been a long time since I’ve been in this shape.” Although he was always a big-boned guy with a lot of pride and a stubborn passion (nickname The Mule) for everything, especially basketball, he admits over the past 10 years “I let myself go.” “He would never step on a scale,” says Angie Simmons, during a joint interview at her husband’s UE office at Carson Center. She also had gained weight as a coach’s wife and mother of four. Simmons won’t say how much he weighed last March, just that he hit his peak after returning to UE as coach in 2007. “Now I get two comments,” he says. “‘You’ve lost a person (135 pounds).’ That one is a little tough. But my favorite is, ‘You look 15 or 20 years younger.’ That’s a thrill. When you’re an athlete or competitor, you want to feel good, and that makes me feel good!” Why the lifestyle change? 12

Angie Simmons says the time was right. They were in their mid-40s and realized they wanted to be around for their children and, eventually, grandchildren. Simmons grins at his wife: “She was the catalyst. I think she did this for me so I would do it.” Angie Simmons: “We had friends (and others) who were concerned about the stress of Marty’s job (and were encouraging him to lose weight). It’s always stressful. Even if you win, you have to keep winning.” And Simmons adds, “My family has been on me for years ... I didn’t feel bad when I coached, but when I looked in the mirror, well, I’m not blind.” Pat Wempe, a former UE baseball player and now a physical therapist, recommended nutritionist Jan Schenk. “She’s off-the-charts, awesome,” Simmons beams. “In a lot of ways, she is my coach. She tells us what to eat; she motivates us; she hugs us; she holds us accountable.” Marty and Angie Simmons visit Schenk’s office several times a week, including a weekly weigh-in. Much like a personal trainer armed with 300 recipes, she teaches healthy living habits using the four basic

food groups — lots of fish, baked chicken, turkey, vegetables, fruit, but no fried food or sweets. “Low-fat yogurt is my chocolate cake,” Simmons quips, “but I don’t go hungry. I’m a big guy, and I need food. Jan told me from Day 1, ‘I want you to eat to make this work.’” Angie Simmons says it mostly involves preparing food at home and taking healthy snacks (apples, oranges, cottage cheese) to work. Under their previous lifestyle, she adds, the two often would grab a quick pizza between Aces practice, homework assignments, and their children’s school activities. Now, in addition to eating healthy, they jog at a Newburgh grade school track before daybreak, accompanied by their dog. On Fridays, after his run, he returns to their Newburgh home long enough to carry out a favorite chore. “My neighbors are probably not happy with me,” he divulges, “but I like to mow my yard at 7:30 a.m., before my weigh-in, whether it needs it or not.” His wife laughs: “He’s going to look pretty silly out there mowing – in December!” ■ UE


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New Media Provides New Opportunities for Aces Athletics by Art Adye, Class of 2011

Steve Woit Photography Just a few years ago, students at Harlaxton College and other fans of the University of Evansville’s athletic teams faced a tough situation. If they could not attend the game, they would have to wait to hear about it afterwards by watching the evening news or reading the morning paper. As any true fan knows, waiting to hear about the “big game” can be torturous at times. In this age of wireless, instant communication, there had to be a better solution. Through the help of a grant from the Missouri Valley Conference, now offers its fans the better solution they have been waiting for. is the official website of University of Evansville athletics, and it offers all the traditional coverage of athletes, coaches, and events that fans of the Aces have come to expect. In recent years the site has expanded its offerings beyond the traditional print stories and photos. Fans are now treated to television-style video programming and live, streaming video of selected athletic events. “We did this so that people can see what is going on and not read what is going on,” said former assistant sports information director and current general manager of WUEV Tom Benson ’00. Benson knows exactly how much work it took to bring this new feature to Aces fans. As assistant sports information director, Benson was instrumental in bringing streaming video and periodic Internet programming to the website. Currently, fans can watch live streaming video of many athletic events as well as episodes of studentproduced Internet shows in the Aces TV section of the site. While the coverage is certainly appreciated by Aces fans, the appeal stretches

Congratulations 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees! Basketball players Jeff Frey ’77 and Latasha Austin ’02, swimmers Kim Dodson-Bolin ’02 and Kelly Watson-Young ’92, and football player Randy Hobson ’88

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beyond the Evansville faithful. Prospective student-athletes and even supporters of visiting schools are taking advantage of it. “From a recruiting standpoint, the coaches love it,” said Benson. “Aces TV is an outlet to get the word out about the [athletics] programs.” Prospects are able to get a glimpse of what it means to be an athlete at UE including the excitement of knowing their games could be broadcast to any location around the world. When the Department of Athletics began producing Inside Aces Soccer, they made the decision to include students in the production process. “It was one student, and he did all the work for that season,” Benson said of one of the first seasons of Aces TV and streaming video coverage. Where a single student was relied upon in the past, a crew of 10 students now tends to the website and its features. While a crew of 10 is a considerable improvement, the department is still looking to increase student involvement. Since not every student can attend every event, the crew can be stretched thin at times. On this point, Benson stressed that greater student involvement is a necessity for the continued growth of the endeavor, including the hope to expand coverage to include some away games. The future certainly looks bright for the fans of Aces Athletics. The long hours and hard work put in by people like Benson and the students involved with Aces TV and have provided the University with a product it can be proud of. Thanks to these new forms of media and the hard work of individuals, you can root for the Aces regardless of where you are. Subscription packages for streaming video range from a single game at $6.95 to a full-year package of more than 100 events for $64.95. For more information, please e-mail the UE Department of Athletics at ■







“There is a thing, a magic, about Harlaxton that is very, very real. It’s not just in your h Gordon Kingsley, Harlaxton principal, from The Harlaxton Experience video by Nate Hovee, Spring 2010

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Among those who have served on the British Advisory Council is Lady Sarah McCorrquodale, sister of Princess Diana.

For 25 years, Lady Benton Jones has chaired the council with great distinction. Her husband, Sir Simon Benton Jones, chairs the Estates Committee.

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who was born in Grantham, accepted an invitation to be an honorary member of the Harlaxton Society.

Violet Van der Elst purchased Harlaxton Manor after amassing a personal fortune by developing Shavex, the first brushless shaving cream. She gained publicity from her vocal campaigns against capital punishment and unsuccessful attempts at political office. She was forced to sell Harlaxton and died penniless in 1966, the year after capital punishment for murder was abolished in Britain.

“Harlaxton must be seen to be believed and even when one has seen it, it is not always easy to Mark Girouard, The Victorian Country House believe it.”

ce I was in s d e s s a p e v ha ber “Some yetatrhs ere, but I still remwem in a studenail of the time I spent erith every det or’s walls... I rememb ing the man the Bistro and sneak led to going to the double doors thatbeing through of the basement and I the rest by how creepy it was. the amazed r shivering outside inwith a remembe he pitch dark night cold in t ds, my hand on the few frien r of the manor, just front doo darted across the before we l and down to the front ovartaking in one of drive, pa …ahem…daring the more s at Harlaxton.” ’06) n, Spring tradition (Harlaxto 7 Jones ’0 Jennifer


Setting for movies and television The Ruling Class (1972) Fall of Eagles (television miniseries) (1974)

The Last Days of P atton

Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980) The Last Days of Patton (1986) (television movie) Uncle Silas: The Dark Angel (television series) (1987) Treasure Hunt (television game show) (1988)

The Lady and the Highwayman (1989) (television movie) The Haunting (1999) The Young Visiters (BBC television movie) (2003) Australian Princess (Australian reality television show) (2005)

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head from the studies, as important as those are; it’s in your soul.” “My husband (Michael Whitley) and I went to different universities and were at Harlaxton at different times. But when we met years later our shared experience and memories of Harlaxton was one of the first things that drew us together.”

Jack Fleming ’92 (www.JackFlemin g.


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Jacqueline (Von Bergen) Whitley, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Harlaxton, Spring ’96), Michael Whitley ’95


“I am a UE gr to Harlaxton inad and went of 1992. One of the spring Harlaxton clas my fellow Laurie Pfeilsti smates, student at thecker, was a Eau Claire. She University of Wisconsinand spent a lo and I became good friend a lot of cards,t of time together. We plays Olympics toge watched the 1992 Winter ed land (and Paristher, and travelled all over En end) together. during the Harlaxton week- gmaintained our After Harlaxton, we began dating. A friendship and eventually 1994, I moved fter graduating from UE in were engaged ato the Minneapolis area and we In the fall of few months later. 199 5, w e w er e of our friends married and 10-1 5 wedding. We ha from Harlaxton attended ou ve r th re e bo ys of whom we named Grantha – the youngest our time togeth m in honor of credit my Har er at Harlaxton. I often single most imlaxton experience as being th Without it, I portant experience in my lif e moved to Minnenever would have met my w e. begun an over apolis (where we still live) ife, education. Con13-year career in internationa, or the first 40 yegratulations to Harlaxton l on ars – here’s to 40 more!” Scott Hume, ’9 4 (H

arlaxton, Sprin (Pfeilsticker) Hu g ’92) and Laur me, UWEC ’93 (Harlaxton, Sprin ie g ’92)

“I attended while a student at Lenoir-Rhyne College, and I have fond memories of all my UE friends, Colin Brook (Harlaxton ’89) many of whom I’m back in contact with now thanks to Facebook!”

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the Highwayman

Stuff Me in a Box and Ship Me Back to Harlaxton This group is for anyone who attended Harlaxton and desperately wishes they could go back. You know you miss themed parties in the Bistro, exploring secret passageways, Mexican night in the refectory, the shuttle to Grantham and back, Fridays off to travel around Europe, and British Studies lectures…ok, maybe not the lectures, but you know the rest of it is true! I Ran the Naked Mile … England Style VIDEO RECOLLECTIONS An English Experience – George A. Speckert (member of RIP Bob the Swan Harlaxton’s founding class) The Harlaxton Experience – Nate Hovee (Spring 2010) Harlaxton Alumni Derek’s Harlaxton Travels – Fall 2007 Harlaxton Gallery –

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“Hanging out in room 410. I wonder if they ever found our time capsule shoved up in the vent.” Lisa (Mehling) Pfettsc her ’86 15






Did you know? The Harlaxton College inauguration ceremony in November 1971 featured Congresswoman Edith Green (left, center), chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Education.

Stuff Me in a Box and Ship Me Back to Harlaxton The Top Ten Ways You Know You Miss Harlaxton

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You crave mediocre fish and chips…and cottage pie. When your wireless internet stops working, you don’t become infuriated but rather tear with nostalgia.


Whenever someone drives you somewhere, you insist on calling them either Ralph or Zyggy.


You name your new pet Bob. Then you remember Bob was mean and name him Viv instead.


You wake up at 8:30AM and head downstairs in a hurry, hoping you haven’t missed the start of BS lecture (but also sort of hoping you have).


Operation turn-your-dorm-into-the-bistro goes horribly wrong when you mistakenly draw on the tables and spill Strongbow on the furniture.


You keep wishing your closet was a fireplace and your classroom had cherubs.


You insist on investigating every inch of your current residence/campus in the hopes that there’s a passageway somewhere. If you’re from UE, you plot to explore the tunnels. ;-)


You wrote this list or have at least thought some of the things mentioned previously.


The Haunting is on TV. You don’t just watch a minute or two, though. You watch the whole thing in order to steal those brief glimpses of that magnificent manor. But if you bought the DVD, see a therapist.


from Lisa Dretske - Fall 2006

I took the first Creative Writing Workshop at Harlaxton in the Summer of 2005. I have wonderful memories: singing karaoke and playing cards in the Bistro, walking the mile to the Pub after late night writing sessions, learning to play tennis, and living in a castle for five weeks. Not to mention all the wonderful places I got to go and experience. I got to see a Shakespeare play in Stratford-Upon-Avon, see the Cliffs of Moehr from the Princess Bride in Ireland and have a bicycle tour that went under the Eiffel Tower in lasting friendships France. I learned so much, met so many wonderful people and made to go. and memories. I will be forever grateful that I had the opportunity ’05 Mary Stewart, Harlaxton, Summer

In spring of 1997 there was mad chess playing going on in that front lounge area. Lots of name calling and colorful metaphors to distract the enemy. Not that Bobby Fischer kind of reverent silence, even the spectators were in on it, egging on the players with words, food tossing, and chair tipping. ately) But I held my own – verbally (unfortun and on the board (fortunately). g ’97) Benjamin Vogt ’99 (Harlaxton, Sprin



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Harlaxton Art Exhibit



in Krannert Gallery April 2011


To coincide with the UE Harlaxton Alumni Reunion, an exhibit of Harlaxton alumni art work will run in UE’s Krannert Gallery in the Krannert Hall of Fine Arts during April 2011. Other special mobile exhibits will be on display throughout campus during the reunion weekend, April 15-17. Painting, drawing, graphic arts, collage, sculpture, mixed media, and photography will all be accepted. If you would like to submit your work for consideration for these exhibits, send an image to Please indicate in your message that this is for consideration for the April Art Exhibit. At the same time, you may also add your work to the Harlaxton online gallery.

A Wondrous Experience

HARLAC’S TONGUE – The Official Blog of Harlaxton College – by Don Morris (Fall ’85)

It has been almost twenty-five years since my Harlaxton Experience, yet the memories are so vivid that it seems like only yesterday. As a 19 year old who had never been on a plane, train or for that matter traveled more than a day’s car ride outside of Indiana, Harlaxton profoundly changed the way I looked at the world and has influenced the career and personal choices I have made since. Like many students, my first memory of Harlaxton was when I saw the Manor from the back of the taxi as we drove up the drive. I had spent my summer poring over the brochure and reading and re-reading all of the literature that was sent to me, but nothing that I read prepared me for the truly awesome sight of first seeing the Manor. I couldn’t believe that I was actually going to live in this fairytale castle for the next four months. And to this day, pictures of Harlaxton bring back a flood of fond memories of the Manor, the people and the experiences. When I have a particularly tough day at the office, all I need to do is glance at the picture next to my computer and I am transported, if only for a second, to this wondrous time in my life when Harlaxton was my home and Europe was my playground. Though the experiences were memorable, it was the people with whom these experiences were shared that truly make them extraordinary. The bond forged by the shared experience of living abroad, the adventures of travel and the exuberance of youth can never be duplicated, and thus is truly special. Sometimes I think of my friends and wonder where life’s journey has taken them. And though I have lost touch with some, and don’t communicate nearly as much as I would like with others, I will always cherish their friendships and know that if I saw them today, it would be as if one of us just returned from a long weekend of travel, and we would sit over a pint and talk about our adventures. An entry from Harlac’s Tongue:

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created by two alumni of Harlaxton College. In their own distinct way they capture the life changing experience of Harlaxton College. An English Experience by George A. Speckert (a member of the founding class) is a superb series of video vignettes that George describes as a portrait of Harlaxton Manor in images and music. A Nightingale is the first video portrait in the series. A DVD of the full series is available from: University of Evansville Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, 812-488-2586,, The Harlaxton Experience is by Nate Hovee, a broadcasting and theatre major and honors student from Western Kentucky University. w w w. e v a n s v i l l e . e d u







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Janice (Elmendorf ) Schmidt John Meisenheimer ’54 spoke to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Space and Missile Museum Volunteers on November 8, 2010. His speech topic was “Early Weather Support for Cape Canaveral and the Atlantic Missile Test Range.”



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Tom Gates ’70 and his wife Anne (Hodapp) Gates ’69 live in Selinsgrove, Pa. Anne is a member of the UE Alumni Association Board of Directors. Their daughter Emily (Gates) Kissinger ’99 has two children, Madison and Owen Kissinger, who she hopes will be ready to play basketball for the University of Evansville one day. They are pictured here with “Pawpaw” Tom.




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Rahmi ’59 and Marjorie M ’73 Soyugenc celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a Las Vegas gathering in September. They were joined by family and friends from across the nation (and Switzerland). Among the guests were their maid of honor, Barbara (Kirsch) Sprinkle ’64, and best man, George Rawlinson, who was Rahmi’s housemate while both attended Evansville College.

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Jean Coyle, Dianne McCarty 1968

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Robert Harper Anne (Smead) Katherine ’68 has two new books in print: Penumbra, Book 1: Lifetimes of a Soul (released in May) and Your Appetite Switch: Master Your Eating and Free Your Life (released in September). She was featured on “Balancing Act” on Lifetime television network on September 10. The episode is available online at www.thebalancing



Doug Rains ’71 has had an e-book published recently, Have You Seen Alice? The book, and others, is available through Doug lives in Brandon, Fla.


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Daryl Buente Robert Skinner ’72, M ’75 and Kathy (Franks) Skinner ’73, M ’75 took part in a trip last spring to Oaxaca, Mexico led by USI’s associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Kathy, who is a Spanish teacher at Castle High School, helped translate for the group. She is also the Teen Power Leadership Team advisor and regularly attends the Teen Power Camp with students held each summer at UE. Robert and Kathy were the first couple to be head residents of Moore Hall in the 1970s, and Robert was also summer conference director at UE. 1973

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George A. Speckert ’73 Majors at UE: Music Performance, Viola Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri Current Residence: Hannover, Germany Current Occupation: Music/media educator and composer I am employed by the City of Hannover in Germany as a project leader. This project is housed in an old bus retired from public transport, with a new interior consisting of five workstations with computers. We take this bus to areas where schools and community centers are not well equipped and run workshops there. These projects can be as simple as picture processing or manipulation, maybe a website, but can go as far as a video documentation. We venture into heavy themes like integration, forced marriage, problems with Internet, alcohol, sports, and more. Each year we reach 600-700 young people with media-orientated projects. The idea behind the project is to bring the media to those who need it the most, learn to harness its power, and to create new ideas in their minds and hearts. I also teach media and film music at a college level, so I am able to pass on the experience and the pleasure of working with young people to my students. Career Highlights: Director of the City Music School in Hannover, Germany. Hannover Prize for “KulturKaleidoskop” – a project for the EXPO 2000 in Hannover. Accompanying the governor of Lower Saxony (now president of Germany), Christian Wulff, on his summer trip through the state. Family/UE Connections: Both parents were teachers and artistically inclined. UE Alumni Activities: Due to living in Germany it is hard to get back to Evansville regularly. But I do follow the UE activities as much as possible and cheer on the Aces, even at this distance. The advantage of being in Europe does allow me to have connections to professionals in England. So I have had many trips to different parts of England, including several times back to Grantham. Harlaxton has always had a special place in my heart. Every return was magical and mystifying – the memories and the discovery of new things remains exciting, even after so many years. Rediscovering the tower clock and being part of helping to get it ticking again was certainly a highlight. Rediscovering my composition teacher, Brian Daubney, has lead to a new friendship. Favorite Harlaxton Memory: My favorite memory is of the tower clock. As a member of the Founding Class, we considered ourselves pioneers. We had to cope with toilet seats with splinters, sandpaper-like toilet paper, no hamburgers, straw mattresses, only one television set, fire escapes (and fire drills), and other hardships.

Alice (Shawhan) Neal M ’73 was recently named the 2011 district I superintendent of the year by Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents. Jayne (Adams) Piehl ’73 recently retired after 30 years as a fund-raising/development professional. She resides in Perham, Minn., with her husband, Tom. 1974

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At the same time we were allowed to develop and influence things: which piano to buy, how the student government was to be installed, getting a driving service going, and much more. So many rules were not set up yet. A handful of music students, including me, were led to the inside of the tower clock to a little room where the mechanics were housed. Getting there was a little dangerous – no railings or safety measures like now. From the top of the bell tower, the view down the mile was immaculate. The movement of the clock mechanics, the winding of the weights, the bell, and the mere fact that a 150-year-old piece of machinery still worked certainly was fascinating. Because of the danger, students were later not allowed to visit the tower – certainly not alone. When I heard the clock was in dire need of repair, I was thrilled that the Founding Class was asked to take over the funding and to help get that clock rocking again. Editor’s note: George created a superb series of video vignettes, “An English Experience,” which he describes as a portrait of Harlaxton Manor in images set to music he wrote for the Harlaxton College Dedication Ceremony in 1971 and for the 25th anniversary. A sample of his work can be viewed on the Harlaxton College website at Click on Alumni and Friends then on Video Collections. The full DVD is available to donors who contribute $500 to any of the Harlaxton funds. For more information, visit

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February 20

UE Board of Trustees, Alumni Association Board of Directors, UEAAA Executive Board, and Parents Council Meetings


Joe Fiorentino ’81 finished 2-0 at NAGA Midwest Grappling Championships on September 4, 2010. This victory allowed Joe to win a championship belt for the third straight year.

157th Founders Day and Alumni Association Awards Presentation


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Karin (Parker) Heinicke Cliff Broughton ’75 is teaching history and economics at Fleming Island High School in Orange Park, Fla. Previous to teaching he spent 23 years as a naval flight officer and owned his own business. 1976

partnership specialist for Indiana during the 2000 and 2010 censuses and recently was an independent training consultant for Eli Lilly and Company. Appler graduated magna cum laude from UE. 1979

Robb Thiel ’79 was presented the Teaching Excellence Award by the faculty of Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind. This award is in recognition of outstanding teaching and educational contributions to the college. Professor Thiel had been the director of college bands at Saint Joseph for the past 18 years.

1980s Marti Starkey ’76 has been named the 2010 YWCA Woman of the Year in law. She is a partner in Harrison & Moberly in Indianapolis. 1977

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Estrellita “Lo” Berry ’80 was presented the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2010 Nonprofit Businesswoman of the Year award. Lo is the president/CEO of REACHUP, which assists communities in creating equality in healthcare and family health. Arnell Hill ’80 accepted a position in the Human Capital Office of Human Resources Directorate for the Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) agency. Arnell is also entering his second year as a mentor in the Indianapolis Public School system as part of the Indianapolis 100 Black Men mentoring program.

Brad Rogers ’83 was elected sheriff of Elkhart County. He is a 24-year veteran of the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, which has 220 employees and is nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

SAVE THE DATE Max Weinberg Charla Tompkins ’77 has been selected to be in the 2011 edition of Who’s Who in America. Charla is married to David Glenn Tompkins and has two adult sons. She works for the Henderson County School System and is a media specialist at Preston Media Center at Henderson High School. 1978

Sandra (Eakins) Appler ’78 has been named director of development for the Salvation Army in Evansville. She was the U.S. senior


drummer with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band In concert with the

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Karla Farmer Stouse ’80, M ’84

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Majors at UE: Physical Education, Health, minor in English; Master’s in Education

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Hometown: Westfield, Indiana Current Residence: Arcadia, Indiana Current Occupation: Senior Lecturer in English/Humanities, Indiana University Kokomo Career Highlights: Four-time Amicus Award winner (“friend-ofstudents” award, selected by students); Trustees Teaching Award winner; elected to Indiana University Faculty Colloquium for Excellence in Teaching (FACET); Virgil Hunt Service Award nominee; published several children’s books, three editions of a computer textbook, and an essay in Nikki Giovanni’s Grand Fathers antholKarla is pictured at Harlaxton on a memorial bench ogy; British Airways Face of Opportunity winhonoring Christine White, her Harlaxton roommate. ner; helped establish international travel/studies program to Harlaxton at IU Kokomo; helped develop Peace Garden in Kokomo as class service project in Asian Culture class; developed the Innovation Symposium to help students create projects that address global issues on a local level. UE Alumni Involvement: I am proud to be a member of the Harlaxton Society Board of Directors Family/UE Connections: Husband Jeff Stouse M’84, who has his own computer consulting business; nieces Emily Farmer and Randi Farmer Schreiner who attended Harlaxton in Fall 2006 I Grew Up At Harlaxton… I grew up at Harlaxton. On a steamy August day in my 18th year, I gave myself over to a fairy tale in a magical place. The happily-ever-after usually comes at the end of the fairy tale, but mine started immediately; one of the best things I’ve ever done was to surrender to it. Engulfed by a loving group of William Jewelligans, mentored by Dr. David O. Moore, aided by Mrs. Culpin, and challenged by each encounter to learn about the world and myself, I discovered that experience teaches the way nothing else can. Confidence, negotiation skills, and improved prayer life were fostered in those days before credit cards when we vagabonds arrived in a distant town on a Friday afternoon without reservations and only enough pounds in hand for bed OR breakfast but not both, or when we had to decide whether to get in the lorry that stopped for us and might take us all the way to Dover or whether to hold out for the nice family in the Cortina who might be safer but would get us only as far as London. (If 10 pairs of students leave the manor at 7:00 a.m. and get in 10 different vehicles traveling an average of 45 kilometres per hour but taking different routes, how long will it take for all 10 pairs to arrive in Canterbury?) From deciphering British English to bargaining for a market sweater to accepting the kindness of a local family to bonding with students from all over the map, I received education of the most practical and significant sort every day of my Harlaxton year. As in all good fairy tales, that education resulted in a transformation of character: the person who left Indiana was independent and ambitious, determined to function all alone in the big wide world and less concerned about others than about doing what she wanted. Within a fortnight at Harlaxton, she was gone. I gained a close group of friends who taught me how to love unconditionally and with permanence; their departure at semester’s end taught me that true love has a cost equal to its value. I gained a British family, who made the mistake of feeding me during my first hitchhiking trip and have not yet managed to get rid of me, 34 years on; their welcoming my husband, friends, and students taught me that “family” is what we make it and distance can’t harm a great thing. That 18-year-old who knew everything before she left Indiana learned that not a lot else matters unless you let the world in. Like most who venture down that mile-long drive and into that wonderful pile of rocks, I never want the fairy tale to end. I return each year with my own students, sharing with them the place where I grew into the person I am and encouraging them to discover what they need for their own transformations. The magic of the manor never fails to work on them…and on me. The happily-ever-after is the indelible imprint that Harlaxton has put on my life. The places where we grow up tend to have that effect….

Joel Sauter Thomas Johnson Angela Lee Duncan M ’84 was awarded the 2010 Vanderburgh County Elementary School Teacher of the Year. She currently teaches fifth grade at West Terrace Elementary School in Evansville, Ind. Roger C. Elliot ’84 and Jeanette R. Elliott ’85 live in Indiana with their two daughters, Alyssa and Lindsey. Roger has taught at Northeast Dubois High School for 23 years and is currently writing about small town life. 1985

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Todd A. Gile ’87 completed a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in June 2010. Rev. Gile is pastor of the Joshua Tree, an emerging ministry described as a church within a

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MVC Men’s Basketball Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri

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MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament in St. Charles, Missouri


Adeeb (Deeb) Maxwell Kayed ’86 Majors at UE: Biology Hometown: Palestine and Netherlands

church at Newburgh United Methodist church. “We are a coffee house environment where we believe God invites us to be creative and interactive in worship.”

Current Residence: Dubai, UAE Current Occupation: Neurologist in private practice Career Highlights: Medical School: St George’s University School of Medicine (1986-90)


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Residency and medical training in New York City, Honolulu, and Philadelphia (1990-98)

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Jane Springer ’92 received the 2010 Whiting Writers’ Award on October 27, 2010, at a ceremony in New York City. The award recognizes 10 young writers for their talent and promise.

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Jack Felsher ’91 and his wife Amy completed their first marathon (26.2 miles) during the Baltimore Running Festival on October 16, 2010. They completed the race in 4:38:52. They have also completed four half marathons and three triathlons together this past year and finished the season by running the Richmond (Va.) Marathon in November. 1992

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Jennifer Hamlin ’93 married Mark Vysoky on June 12, 2009. Jenn is a social worker for Zeeland Public Schools. The couple lives in Holland, Mich., and are expecting their first child. 1994

Relocated to UAE in 1999, initially to Al Ain (1999-2005) Private practice neurologist in a governmental hospital in Dubai since 2005 ( Medical humanitarian missions to Palestine on two occasions in March and October 2010 organized by the PCRF (Palestine Children Relief Fund) – a U.S. registered NGO Family/UE Connections: Wife: Shila Kasbakhy Son: Rami Keanu (7 years old) Son: Samer Cameron (4 years old) Unfortunately no UE connections as of yet. Favorite Harlaxton Memory: The mention of Harlaxton always brings a smile to my face. I can only remember having a great time. I look back with no regrets and can’t wait until my two sons are old enough to experience all that and more. My fondest memories are too numerous to count – most are too embarrassing to recount. It was a time of innocence and cluelessness – the best of times. How has Harlaxton transformed your life? I don’t want to sound philosophical but I can best answer this by saying: “how has the Internet changed the world we live in?”

Andrew Reinhard ’94 has been named director of publications for the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (Greece). Andrew works out of Princeton, N.J., and oversees the production of their major publications including the Corinth, the Athenian Agora, and the serial Hesperia. 1996

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Spent one year in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, (1998-99) as a neurologist in private practice

Rachael (Stephens) Burt ’96 and her husband, Robert, would like to announce the birth of their daughter Reagan Lane Burt on September 28, 2010. Reagan weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 20 inches long.


Andrew Gerhart ’96, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Lawrence Technological University has been named the state winner for Michigan in the U.S. Professors of the Year program. It is the only national program to recog-


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nize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring. He is pictured here on an Inauguration Week panel with his father, Phil Gerhart, UE’s dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. 1997

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Jason ’97, and Suzanne (Wells) Chambliss ’99 welcomed Lillian Grace into their family on May 28, 2010. She weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Lillian joined her brothers Andrew Charles, 6, and Jacob Wyatt, 3. David Cunningham ’97 was honored with one of three awards given at the 2010 Contemporary Realism Biennial art show at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art for his piece titled Upon Mediation of the Infinite, 2010.

IN MEMORIAM Edwin Oing ’37 Evansville, Indiana

Kenneth W. Johann ’53 Evansville, Indiana

Ella (Rice) Deig ’39 Evansville, Indiana

James C. Rose ’53 Carrollton, Texas

Virginia L. Nichoalds ’41 Indianapolis, Indiana

Roger W. Russell ’53 Evansville, Indiana

Ralph L. Elmendorf ’42 Louisville, Kentucky

Everett L. Fisher ’54 Chandler, Indiana

Margaret Wilerson ’42 Evansville, Indiana

Donald Hulsey Sr. ’54 Evansville, Indiana

Carolyn (Reese) Sloss ’42 San Rafael, California

John E. Archer ’55 Burtonsville, Maryland

Ralph E. Miller ’43 Summitville, Indiana

William C. Greer ’57 Melbourne, Florida

Harold L. Buck ’49 Evansville, Indiana

Martha White ’57 Evansville, Indiana

Raymond W. Gray ’49 Nashville, Indiana

Jack W. Grabert ’58 Fort Myers, Florida

B. Shelby Musgrave ’49 Evansville, Indiana

Janet (Franz) Kostbade ’58 Evansville, Indiana

Bonnie (Greubel) Stevens ’49 Newburgh, Indiana C. William Bales ’50 Orlando, Florida Harold A. Miller ’50 Boonville, Indiana David A. Steele ’50 Robinson, Illinois Elwood E. Hurt ’51 Evansville, Indiana Roy C. Mahrenholz ’52 Kent County, Delaware William P. Roth ’52 Sauk City, Wisconsin

Chad ’97 and Kim (Mullen) ’99 Williams would like to announce the birth of their daughter Maleah Marie Williams. She was born on August 28, 2010, weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

Donald R. Nonweiler ’58 Owensboro, Kentucky Jolene S. Hartley ’60 Vanderburgh County, Indiana Kenneth E. Herrenbruck ’60 Newburgh, Indiana Valada Weldon ’60 Evansville, Indiana Harold Becker ’61 Bedford, Indiana Allen R. Koester ’64 Shalimar, Florida

William D. “Bill” Phillips ’76, a former University of Evansville football player, was one of five passengers who died in an August plane crash that made national news headlines as it also claimed the life of former U.S. senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, the longest-serving Republican senator in history. Phillips had been an aide to Stevens. Phillips’s youngest son, Willy, was injured in the crash. His three older sons all play Division I-A football at Stanford, Virginia, and Indiana.

Arthur F. Parkhurst ’43x was buried with full military honors in Dayton, Ohio, on October 16, 2010, 65 years after he was declared missing in action in World War II. Parkhurst was a 20year-old 2nd lieutenant in the Army Air Forces when he and his aircraft went down in the Philippines. He had previously attended Evansville College as an Army Aviation Cadet Reservist. The crash site was discovered in 1989 and included Parkhurst’s identification tags. His remains were identified through dental records and mitochondrial DNA, which matched that of Parkhurst’s brother and sister.

Samuel Morris ’64 Connersville, Indiana David M. Roth ’64 Mount Vernon, Indiana James A. Smith ’64 Middletown, Pennsylvania Larry J. Weber ’64 Blacksburg, Virginia Donna J. Nance ’66 Newburgh, Indiana Mary G. Moon ’67 Evansville, Indiana Sylvester Loehrlein ’68 Jasper, Indiana Ruth Metz ’69 Evansville, Indiana Bobby Rhoads ’72 Mount Vernon, Indiana Richard E. Alvey ’73 Evansville, Indiana Jaretta Brown ’73 Newburgh, Indiana Ronald E. Freeman ’74 Woodstock, Georgia Walter J. Gray ’74 Gross Point, Michigan Conrad Roe ’75 Evansville, Indiana

Cheryl L. (Ireland) Tennis ’76 Evansville, Indiana Patricia Hetrick ’77 Henderson, Kentucky Pamela Jean (Barnes) D’Amour ’80 Hammond, Indiana Mary K. (Miles) Miller ’80 Washington, Indiana Jeffrey Ulrich ’82 Wesley Chapel, Florida Mary M. Eck ’84 Vincennes, Indiana Barb Purdue ’79, M’84 Noblesville, Indiana Mary Margaret Nord ’85 New Albany, Indiana Anita R. Ford ’90 Evansville, Indiana Margaret Knowlton ’90 Jefferson County, Colorado Michael G. Daugherty ’91 Mitchell, Indiana John Bippus ’93 Dent County, Missouri

Judy Gordon ’72, M ’76 Fort Branch, Indiana

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Save the Date March 17

Jasper, Indiana, Alumni and Friends Event

March 19 - 27

UE Alumni Cruise

March 27

Naples, Florida, Alumni and Friends Event

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Nikki (Clifton) Blevens ’98 gave birth to Gage Jackson Blevens on March 15, 2010. She and Jason Blevens were married in 2008. Nikki also has an 8-year-old son, James Douglas Powers. They live in Louisville, Ky. Dana (Hines) Cheatem ’98 received the 2010 NQC Quality of Care Award for Leadership from the National Quality Center in Washington, D.C. Dana received her award for outstanding leadership in quality improvement.

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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Stephanie Elpers ’98 accepted a new position as vice president for enrollment management at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill. Sharon Grandberry Burton ’97 and her husband, DeNorrise, were delighted to welcome the birth of their first child, a daughter, Kaci Nakyla Burton on April 9, 2010. Sharon is the chief executive officer of Grandberries Consulting Group, Inc., a consulting firm in Atlanta, Ga. DeNorrise is a senior consultant with Microstrategy. 1998

Head Agent

Justin White Class Agents

Andy Burnette, Janet Eggers, Thomas Fischer, Amanda Quesenberry, Kristi (Barnes) St. Amour, William Teague

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Erin Luchenbill ’99 and her husband Timothy LeDoux welcomed their first child, Alasdair David LeDoux, on November 29, 2009.

Mike Motta ’98 is teaching handson classes to middle school students in Princeton, Ind. Each student spends one nine-week quarter with Mike learning robotics, gears, flight and space, and modeling. 1999

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Leslie (Sams) Ashley Danielle Linneweber ’99 married Richard Morgan on November 28, 2009. Danielle is currently employed as a communications manager at Ameriprise Finanicial in Minneapolis, Minn.

Stephanie (Carroll) Lone ’99, and husband, Troy, welcomed their first child, Brayden Louis, on October 21, 2009. The family resides in Lanesville, Ind., where Stephanie is a high school science teacher.

Acacia Martinez ’99 married Rick St. John on August 21, 2010, in Milton, Ind. Acacia manages a Work One office in east central, Ind. She is accompanied in the photograph by Jessica (Piwok) Harris ’00 and Alicia (Russell) Joens ’99.

UE License Plate Registration The UE Alumni Association and the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles have teamed up to make obtaining or renewing your UE license plate easier. The process, for both new and renewal plates, can now be handled in one step, either by mail or by visiting and completing the process online! The Alumni Association will still receive the $25 fee, processed by the bureau, which goes toward student scholarships. To ensure that you get gift credit with UE, be sure to indicate that you agree for the BMV to share your name with UE. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 812-488-2586 or



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2000s Kara Pike ’01


Head Agent

Stephen Hawkes

Majors at UE: International Studies, Spanish, and Mass Communication Hometown: Kenai, Alaska Current Residence: Wilmington, North Carolina Current Occupation: Assistant director of education abroad at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, as well as instructor for university courses in intercultural communication and global citizenship

Tom Benson ’00 assumed the duties of general manager of 91.5 WUEV in September. Since graduation, he has served as the assistant sports information director for the Aces. He and his wife, Amy ’03 have a 1-year-old son, Connor. Anna Newton ’00 and her husband, Justin, were excited to welcome their second son, Thomas Cole Newton. He was born on August 28, 2010, weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Cyndi Ozaki ’00 married Aaron Wilder on June 8, 2010. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University. She resides in Seattle with Aaron and their two dogs. 2001

Head Agents

Corey Murphy, Jed Nelson Class Agent

Sarah (Bittinger) Thoene Adam Knight ’01 directed the one man show, David Lee Nelson…Status Update at the Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, S.C. Mat Smart ’01 had one of his plays, A Bed the Size of Portugal, performed by the Atlantic Theater Company during their Latino Mixfest of New Plays this past August. His newest play, A Standing Long Jump, premiered at the Minnesota Fringe Festival and was produced by The New Theatre Group.

Career Highlights: In 2004, I received the Dorothy Brickman Award for the Outstanding New Professional in the field of international education for the states of Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. This award is meant to recognize an international educator “who has made significant contributions to his/her campus, the regional organization, and/or the field of international education.” This was a huge honor and really reinforced that I was in the right field. However, I think the biggest highlights of my career are meeting with students after they have returned from studying abroad, and hearing their stories about how their lives have been transformed by their international educational experiences. UE Alumni Activities: I have visited UE on several occasions, once to attend UE’s International Bazaar. Although it was several years after graduation, I was amazed that my UE instructors still remembered me by name, remembered where I was from and remembered my post-graduation plans. It really reinforced what an amazing group of faculty members teach at UE, and the genuine interest they take in their students. I am also now honored to have been asked to serve on UE’s International Working Group for the strategic planning process that is currently taking place. Favorite Harlaxton Memory: While I loved all of the travel opportunities available at Harlaxton, many of my favorite memories are of time spent with my meet-a-family, Chris and Ted Hands, and my fellow host sisters, Betsy Knott ’99 and Ladi Iya ’01. Our meet-a-family took us to local plays, gorged us on traditional English treats, and introduced us to the quirky British sense of humor. I have visited them twice since graduation, and on my second visit – with 10 of my students in tow – they welcomed all of us into their home, allowing my students to experience dinner with an English family. How has Harlaxton transformed your life? Harlaxton holds such a special place for me. It was my first experience abroad, and it truly changed my life. After studying at Harlaxton, I was inspired to pursue an additional study abroad experience in Costa Rica. These two experiences led me to pursue a master’s degree in international affairs. When I heard that Suzy Lantz (former study abroad advisor at UE) was retiring, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in international education. I have now been working in the field of international education for more than seven years and have returned to visit Harlaxton twice. On the second trip, I brought a group of my intercultural communication students. We began a two-week, faculty-led study abroad program in England and Scotland with several days at Harlaxton. It was so wonderful to be able to share the Harlaxton experience with my students and to interact with the Harlaxton staff as a colleague. Through the efforts of the Harlaxton staff, I was able to take my students on many of the same excursions I had experienced a decade earlier: to Cambridge, Lincoln, Grantham, and into the walled gardens of the manor. Showing my students the secret passageways, hearing the stories of Gregory Gregory and Mrs. Van der Elst, chasing pheasants through the gardens, and teaching them to play cricket allowed me to relive my experience and start a new group of students on their international journey. Even though it has been more than a decade since my semester of study at Harlaxton, a watercolor painting of the manor hangs above my desk at work to remind me of why I am involved in international education and where my journey began. Harlaxton was without doubt a life-transforming educational experience.

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Save the Date April 9

UEAAA Annual Meeting and Luncheon

April 15 - 17

Harlaxton 40th Anniversary Reunion at UE


Head Agent

Stacey (Golec) Paul Class Agent

Nathan Charnes Meredith Wagner ’02 married Brian Arwood on October 31, 2010, at St. Thomas Orthodox Church. Meredith is the branch manager at the Russiaville Branch Library. She and her new husband live in Peru, Ind.

Erica Vanzant ’01 married Zachary Kappesser on March 27, 2010, at the Cincinnati Zoo. They both work at an online merchant, Erica writes product descriptions and Zach is the customer service supervisor and shipping liaison. The couple resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Anthony ’02 and Julie (Bragg) ’01 Wollschlager would like to announce the birth of their second son, Liam Michael, on August 4, 2010. He weighed 6 pounds and was 20 inches long. 2003

Head Agents

Jennifer Gates ’03 married Troy Thomas in Indianapolis, Ind., on Friday, July 9, 2010. Jennifer is a teacher in Hamilton Southeastern Schools and Troy is in the U.S. Army Reserves and working on his paramedic license through Methodist Hospital. Wes Grantom ’03 was the associate director for the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of Brief Encounter at Studio 54. The play is a retelling of the Noel Coward movie by the same name.


Head Agent

Bo Gebbie, Rebecca Odle-Paxton

Flo Ruwersma

Class Agents

Class Agents

Jerry Berg, Randy Scherer, Diane (Roelandt) Watkins

Abigail (Good) Falloon, Jennifer (Laue) Gilmore, Katie (Howard) Manuel, Justin O’Neal

Holly (Ramsey) Higgins ’04 married Alan Higgins on October 24, 2009. The couple resides in Boothwyn, Pa., and is expecting their first child in December.

A New Voice … A Familiar Face Lance Wilkerson grew up rooting for the University of Evansville Purple Aces and has spent the last 17 years covering UE on local television. Last fall, he officially joined the Purple Aces as the new play-by-play voice of the Aces men’s basketball team and as the director of development for athletics. Welcome, Lance!

Lillie (Van Leishout) McCatty ’03 and her husband, Duane, welcomed their first child, Liam Spencer McCatty on March 27, 2010, in Manhattan. They have since relocated to Lillie’s hometown of Olympia, Wash.

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Matthew Serafini ’03 and his wife, Linda, welcomed their first child, Mia Ann, to the world on September 8, 2010. Matt works for JP Morgan Chase, while Linda is a high school teacher. They live in Joliet, Ill.


Jerome Stewart ’04 is to be applauded for helping young people in the Evansville area. Thanks to his donation, 90 children at the Evansville Department of Parks and Recreation - Rochelle Landers Pool were able to receive free swimming lessons over the summer. On July 9, 2010, the children received awards at the second annual awards ceremony.


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Thank you, UE Volunteers A big thank you goes out to the volunteers listed below for their assistance with University of Evansville programs and events. Inauguration Week Events Jennifer Barchet ’01 Davena Day ’95 George Day ’95 Brad Gant ’05 Mary Catherine Garrison ’96 Andy Gerhart ’96 Tammy Gieselman ’95 Chris Gwaltney ’78 Carrie Jerrell ’99 Emily Fronheiser ’02 Jennifer Lott ’96 Richard Ludwick ’86 Holly Marks ’96 Jim ’76 and Deborah ’79 Metcalfe Ted Morse ’07 Watez Phelps ’01, M’04 Keith Phillips ’78 Maura Robinson ’83 Julie Smith ’83 LaToya Smith ’09 Steve Smith ’83 Humanities Night Speakers Dana Caldemeyer ’08 Andrew Carter ’07 Katie Darby ’07 Rachael Derrick ’04 Bo Johnson ’01 Derek Jones ’03 Gabe King ’08 Keith Leonhardt ’89 Andrea Mann ’87 Molly Scherle ’09 Heather Stone ’09 Haley Tallman ’04 Jeremy Taylor ’09 Matt Vanover ’09 Shane White ’06 Health Career Fair Participants Letha Harding Brett Hirt M’96 Brian Kelly M’96 Tammy Klein ’81, M’01 Mark Marchino ’86, M’91 Amanda K. Mason ’00 Stephanie Pfeil ’96 Denise Stetter J.D. Stock M’96

Classroom Presentations and Workshops Jennifer Barchet ’01 Lindsay Fugate ’08 Jim Headlee ’77 Natalie Hedde ’04 Megan Meadors ’09 Kazee Welcome Dinners Danny ’71 and Pat Bateman Niel H’06 and Karen H’06 Ellerbrook Rita ’59 and Dick H’10 Eykamp Mark ’78 and Sharon Lemond Indianapolis Alumni Welcome Reception for President Kazee Bowen Engineering Steve Harkness ’70 Rose Mays ’67 Nick Rutigliano ’70 Chuck Singer ’78

EVSC/Early College High School College Coaches Tamara Anderson Julia Burdette Tehiji Crenshaw ’95 Shanta Fritchley Lisa Goodman Birdie Harrison ’03 Matthew Hatcher Yvonne Johnson ’61, M’73 Tony Jones ’97 Phyllis Kitchens Janet Myers Patricia Outlaw ’86 Watez Phelps ’01, M’04 Bettye Poole ’02, M’04 Jill Scott Judy Seitzinger ’83 Julie Smith ’83 LaToya Smith ’09 Veltri Taylor ’81 Tracey Williams ’80x Deborah Wilson ’09 Class of 1960 Reunion Committee Patty Mitsos ’60 Jane Purdie ’60

WUEV 1980s Reunion Committee Tom Benson ’00 Amy Esche ’85 Debbie Hinton ’88 Dete Meserve ’84 Brad Miller ’80 Myra Rager ’80 Charles Tashiro ’87 Ella Johnson Watson ’82 UE Veterans Reunion Clint Hoskins, sophomore David Jones ’72 Cherie Leonhardt ’88 John MacCauley ’74 Mark Pillar ’71 Liz Riffert ’07 Homecoming 2010 Reunion Weekend Speakers Marcia Bennett ’67 Alexis Christensen ’94 Nathan Elkins ’02 Chris Parr ’05 Nancy Reece ’77 Andrew Reinhard ’94 R. Martin Umbarger ’69

Alumni Association Board Class of 1985 of Directors Members Reunion Committee completing terms Al Baity ’85 Jennifer Barchet ’01 Melissa Buller ’85 New Parents Council Members Wayne Boultinghouse ’64, M’70 Sylvia DeVault ’85 Terri Daniel Brett Clancy ’98 Amy Esche ’85 Andrea (Andy) Forrester Stephanie Elpers ’98 Doug Kanet ’85 Gary and Diane Kendrick Frank Haskett ’61 Janet McCormick ’85 Elizabeth and Paul Kohli Stephen Hawkes ’00 Lisa Truelove ’85 Mark and Debra Martin Rachel Manno ’01 Mary Kay McCubbin Class of 1995 Brennan McReynolds ’03 Jim and Carol Miller Reunion Committee Rebecca Paxton ’03 Joy and Michael Musselwhite Jamie Elkins ’95 C.W. Raines ’97 Tuomo and Julie Nykanen Paula Harding ’95 Shelley Purcell Maria Ranola Julie and Robert Reynolds Cathlyn Samuel Deborah and James Schade Alumni Scholarship Day Suzette Schofield March 5 or 6 (depending on city) Rick and Bronda Simmons Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Vanderburgh County John and Judy Sonderman Denise Wathen UE alumni are needed to help with an important project conSteve Wathen necting them with Fall 2011 incoming students from targeted Terry ’75 and Zenda ’80 White Midwest areas. Based on a questionnaire and an interview conducted by alumni, incoming students will have an opportunity to Homecoming UEAAA Panel earn up to $4,000 additional scholarship dollars over four years. Discussion and Dinner Patricia Outlaw ’86 If you would like additional information or to assist with one William Saucer ’53 of these days, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Jerome Stewart ’04 Relations at 812-488-2586 or Veltri Taylor ’81 Cleo Walker ’90

Thank You in Advance!

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Save the Date May 13 - 14

Aces Football Reunion

June 16 - 18

UE Engineering Reunion and National Concrete Canoe Competition

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Harlaxton 40th Anniversary Trip to Harlaxton

Class Agents


July 4 - 9


2010s 2010

Liz Lewis-Riffert

Head Agent

Jessica Ray

Lisa Ballard, Ashley Henke, Kirsten Payne, Emily Sights, Bruce Weisman Andrew Carter ’07 and Ashley (Smith) Carter ’07 were married in May 2008. They live in Evansville, Ind., where Andrew is the editor in the Office of Publications at UE, and Ashley continues to produce artwork. They recently bought a house that they share with their adopted cats (Ariel and Tofu) and puppy (Sadie).

Head Agent

Sam Giesting Class Agents

Jimmy Funkhouser III, Shirley Lewis Amy (Lochmondy) Diekmann ’05 married Timothy Diekmann on June 13, 2009, in Neu Chapel. Amy is a structural engineer at Professional Consultants Inc., and Timothy is the youth pastor at Oak Hill Bible Fellowship, both in Evansville.


Head Agent

Alyssa Turner

Daniel Knight Studio B

Class Agents

Michael Kuhr ’06 and Tiffany Johnson ’08 were married on June 19, 2010, in Genesee, Colo. Tiffany and Michael reside in Denver. Tiffany is currently a secondyear student at the Illiff School of Theology pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. Michael is working in electronics manufacturing and frequently performs in orchestras around the Denver metro area.

Shanelle Lambert, Krystle Working Jeremy Evans ’08 was recently promoted to the position of chief operating officer for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. Charlotte Noe ’08 has graduated from Saint Louis University with a Master of Arts in communications.

David Bothast ’10 has been named the director of the Goodwill Family Center and is serving as adjunct faculty for the Center for Adult Education at the University of Evansville. Angela Kettler ’10 recently completed U.S Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. Jessica Ray ’10 is living and working in Chicago. She is a market research associate at the Health Information and Management Systems Society.


Head Agent

Gretchen Otness

Brooks Ranard ’05 and Tara Southwood ’07 were married on October 23, 2010. The couple currently lives in Indianapolis, Ind., where Brooks works as an aspetic process resource at Nestlé. Tara is a third-year medical student at Indiana University. 2006

Head Agent

Alicia (Swartzentruber) Wagler ’10 married Derek Wagler during the summer of 2010. They reside in Montgomery, Ind.

Andrea Stalcup Class Agent

Rachel Swan Turae Dabney Mumford ’99, M’06 has been named to the Super Bowl 2012 Host Committee. Turae will serve as the co-chair of the Emerging Business subcommittee.


President and Mrs. Kazee tell Santa they got just what they wanted this year – the presidency of the University of Evansville and all the wonderful people and experiences that go with it.



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How You Can Help Harlaxton In honor of Harlaxton College’s 40th Anniversary, you have the option of giving to three funds: the Harlaxton College Annual Fund, the Harlaxton Society Endowed Scholarship, and/or the Lion Terrace Project. Gifts to these funds ensure that the University of Evansville can continue to provide the Harlaxton Experience for every new group of Harlaxton students. Make your gift online at or call the Office of Annual Giving at 812-488-2273. HARLAXTON COLLEGE ANNUAL FUND By making a gift to the Harlaxton College Annual Fund, the manor and its occupants are able to maintain their commitment to academic excellence and continue to provide life-transforming experiences to every group of students driving up the mile each semester. Support the place where you created lasting memories so others may create their own! HARLAXTON SOCIETY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Harlaxton Society Endowed Scholarships are awarded to UE students who have a minimum 3.5 GPA and will be studying at Harlaxton College. Gifts to this fund help us reach our goal of $200,000 so we can provide larger amounts of assistance to a higher number of students. By supporting the Harlaxton Society Endowed Scholarship you are paying it forward and helping future Harlaxton alumni. LION TERRACE PROJECT Bad news: the Lion Terrace, a favorite landmark for all Harlaxton visitors, has fallen into disrepair. This is an important part of the Harlaxton landscape that needs to be saved from total deterioration! Good news: English Heritage, England’s governmental body dedicated to saving at-risk historical structures, has awarded Harlaxton College a matching grant to make the necessary repairs and restorations! How does it work? You make a gift to the Lion Terrace Project, and English Heritage will match it dollar-fordollar. Do not miss out – double your gift to Harlaxton by supporting the Lion Terrace Project today!

May 13 - 14, 2011 All former Aces football players, managers, coaches, and fans are invited to take part in a weekend packed with fun activities. A large group of former players of all ages has been working on plans under the leadership of Bill Harrawood ’59 and Ralph Weinzapfel ’59. For more information, contact # Tickets


Friday, May 13 Noon

Golf Outing $30 golf cart Cambridge Golf Club On-site registration will be available



6:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception The Pub 1348 East Division Street, Evansville

No cost, cash bar






Aces Football Reunion Dinner $20 The Vanderburgh 4-H Center 201 E. Boonville-New Harmony Road, Evansville



Saturday, May 14 11:00 a.m. Brunch and Campus Tours Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center on campus 6:00 p.m.

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Name ___________________________________________________________ Class year ________________________________________________________ Address __________________________________________________________ City ____________________________ State______ Zip Code______________ E-mail ___________________________________________________________ Telephone ________________________________________________________ Guest names ______________________________________________________

Send your reservation and check to the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, 1800 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, Indiana, 47722, or register online at Registration deadline is May 10. Registration deadline for golf outing is April 22.

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Relive your Memories of College in a Castle!

Harlaxton 40th Anniversary Reunion

Choose the reunion option best for you… UE Campus in April or at Harlaxton College in July – or choose both.


University of Evansville April 15 - 17, 2011 Harlaxton alumni from ALL colleges, universities, and countries are invited to UE’s main campus in Evansville for a weekend of activities celebrating the 40 years of Harlaxton College. All events listed below are open to all participants. For the latest schedule, visit Educational sessions about Harlaxton and social events for individual classes will be added to online schedule.

Friday, April 15 Afternoon Check in and educational sessions on Harlaxton Manor 8:00 p.m. Pub Night at Ri Ra’s Irish Pub on Evansville’s riverfront Featuring British grub and entertainment Saturday, April Morning 9:00 a.m. Lunch 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

16 Additional educational sessions UE Women’s Bike Race Available in the Ridgway University Center Dining Hall UE Alumni Bike Race UE Men’s Bike Race Harlaxton Tea – entertainment by the Harlaxton Quintet 40th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at Kirby’s Private Dining Tribute to Wallace B. Graves and William L. Ridgway

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Total enclosed _______________ Note: Cohorts from many semesters are planning additional special events for Harlaxtonians from their era. Register today by completing and mailing this form or online at

Name__________________________________________________________ Graduation Year (if UE) ___________ Home School (if other than UE) ____________________________________________________________________ Semester at Harlaxton ____________________________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________________________________________ City________________________________________________ State__________ Zip Code____________________ E-mail______________________________________________ Telephone __________________________________ Guest name(s) __________________________________________________________________________________ Payment: Check (made payable to University of Evansville) or credit card:

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Credit Card Number ___________________________ Security Number _______ Expiration Date _______ Signature ______________________________________________________________________________________ Please complete and return to Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, 1800 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, Indiana 47722



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Harlaxton College Grantham, England July 4 - 9, 2011 Want to relive the magic by visiting the manor itself? Come see Harlaxton in its present life as the college celebrates this special anniversary. As with the spring reunion at UE, ALL Harlaxton alumni (whether UE or other) are invited to return to the manor to share once again the Harlaxton Experience. The 2011 celebrations provide a unique opportunity to stay at the college, visit some of the places last seen many years ago, meet up with friends and reminisce about student times, and catch up on what has happened since those memorable days. A special 40th Anniversary price of £425 (approximately $665 U.S. dollars) includes room and breakfast, along with a number of other meals and activities. Single supplement is an additional £50. If you are unable to attend for the whole week but would like to share in the celebrations, it is possible to book by the day. These rates can be found on the booking form. The full schedule and booking form are available at

Highlights of the week at Harlaxton Monday, July 4 Arrival and Registration at Harlaxton Manor Harlaxton 4th of July Summer Garden Party Tuesday, July 5 Options: Manor Tour, Garden Tour, British Studies Forum, Principal’s Forum Evening dinner in the refectory followed by a dance in the state rooms Wednesday, July 6 Day Tour options: Lincoln, Burghley House, Belton House, and Belvoir Castle Evening concert and dinner in the state rooms Thursday, July 7 Day Tour options repeated Friday, July 8 Morning options: Meet-a-Family Reunion, Harlaxton Village and church walk and tour Afternoon panel discussions Evening Reception and 40th Anniversary Formal Dinner Saturday, July 9 Depart Manor (rooms vacated by 10:30 a.m.)

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