|Motto||Civic Mission... Sacred Trust|
|Affiliation||United Methodist Church|
|Endowment||$189.5 million (2013)|
|President||Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz|
|Campus||Urban; 100 acres (40 ha)|
|Colors||purple and orange|
|NCAA Division I – Missouri Valley|
The University of Evansville (UE) is a private liberal arts university in Evansville, Indiana. Founded in 1854 as Moores Hill College, the University is focused on liberal arts and science degrees, most with strong cooperative learning opportunities both on and off campus. The school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
The university operates a satellite center, Harlaxton College, in Grantham, England. Due in large part to Harlaxton, over 80% of students study abroad at Harlaxton and 200 other study abroad programs and universities during their college experience.
UE athletic teams participate in Division I of the NCAA and are known as the Purple Aces. Evansville is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. The university also hosts more than 155 student organizations and an active Greek community.
The University of Evansville began in 1854 when Moores Hill Male and Female Collegiate Institute was founded by John Moore in the small town of Moores Hill in southeastern Indiana. The first college building at Moores Hill, Moore Hall, was completed on December 1, 1856, although the opening day of classes for the new college were held in the unfinished building on September 9. The institution struggled financially during its time in Moores Hill, and a fire destroyed Moore Hall in 1915. The institution continued to operate in a second building, Carnegie Hall, until the move to Evansville. The former campus in Moores Hill continued operation as an elementary and high school. Carnegie Hall is now maintained as a museum.
On March 21, 1917, George S. Clifford made a presentation at a special session of the Indiana Conference of the Methodist Church, suggesting that the college be moved to Evansville, Indiana. Clifford produced a map that highlighted a lack of colleges in the Evansville area. After deliberation, the school was relocated to Evansville in 1919 and renamed Evansville College. It operated in temporary quarters in downtown Evansville until Administration Hall (now Olmsted Hall) was completed in 1922. This is the only building remaining on campus from before World War II.
In the period from World War II to 1960, Evansville College grew significantly. Enrollment grew from about 400 during the Great Depression to 1,500 in 1946. Also following the war, the Science and Engineering Building and Alumni Memorial Union were commissioned. The Clifford Memorial Library was completed in 1957. Five residence halls were built between 1958 and 1967, along with a fitness center, dining hall, and an art building. In 1967, due to the institution's growth and organizational changes, the name was changed to the University of Evansville with the approval of the Indiana State General Assembly. Also in 1967, a new theater building, Hyde Hall, housing Shanklin Theater was finished.
In 2010 The University of Evansville completed early its Endowment Campaign to raise $80 million after having raised an additional $60 million five years previous to the new campaign. On July 1, 2018, Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz became the University of Evansville's 24th president.
US News & World Report recognized the University of Evansville as one of the 10 best regional universities in the Midwest in its annual ranking of "America's Best Colleges". Forbes magazine also lists the University of Evansville on their "Best Colleges" list.
Colleges and schools
The University of Evansville is academically organized into three colleges and two schools:
- William L. Ridgway College of Arts & Sciences contains these departments: Archaeology and Art History, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, English, Foreign Languages, History and Geography, Law, Politics, and Society, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy and Religion, Physics, Psychology, and Theatre
- This college supports programs of study in Biochemistry, Classical Studies, Environmental Science, International Studies and Neuroscience
- College of Education & Health Sciences contains the School of Education, Dunigan Family Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, Physical Therapy and School of Public Health Programs of study within Public Health include Athletic Training, Clinical Laboratory Science, Exercise Science, Health Policy, Health Services Administration, Nutrition, Sport Communication and Sport Management
- College of Engineering & Computer Science contains the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department
- The Schroeder Family School of Business Administration contains the Department of Accounting and Business Administration as well as the Institute for Global Enterprise
In addition to studying in the city of Evansville, the University's students can choose to study abroad in England at Harlaxton College, "The British Campus of the University of Evansville". The College was formed and controlled by Stanford University prior to its passing to The University of Evansville. The college is located about 90 miles north of London in Lincolnshire, a few miles away from the town of Grantham, England (home of Sir Isaac Newton and Margaret Thatcher and Thomas Paine). The study abroad program at the University of Evansville has consistently been rated as one of the best study abroad programs in the nation, ranked #1 in Europe and #7 globally.
UE's theater program features four mainstage and two studio productions a year. UE students have been invited to perform at The Kennedy Center more often than any other school in the nation, and the department has participated in the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival program since its inception in 1968. It also leads the nation in the top awards for its students as awarded by The Broadway Theatre Wing and other governing bodies of serious theatre. UE's alumni frequently star in television and film roles. Among the successful and famous alumni are: Ron Glass, Jack McBrayer, Crista Flanagan, Kelli Giddish, Carrie Preston, Rami Malek, and Deirdre Lovejoy.
The electrical and mechanical engineering programs have been continuously accredited by ABET (the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) since 1970, and the civil engineering and computer engineering programs since 1997. The School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and provides a variety of professional programs in accounting, economics, finance, global business, management or marketing. The Exercise Science major is endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The Dunigan Family Department of Nursing is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. UE Nursing offers direct entry and study abroad experiences in England and China.
The University of Evansville athletic teams have the nickname the Purple Aces (originally the "Pioneers"). Both men's and women's varsity sports play at the NCAA Division I level and compete in the Missouri Valley Conference, except for the men's swimming and diving teams which compete in the Mid-American Conference
The university campus is characterized by its grassy open spaces and tree cover. The university landscape is well maintained, and many students take advantage of the spacious lawns and large shade trees. The campus is bounded on the north by the Lloyd Expressway, the south by Lincoln Avenue, west by Rotherwood Avenue, and on the east by Weinbach Avenue. Walnut Street bisects the campus. Sesquicentennial Oval, the ceremonial entrance to campus, opens off of Lincoln Avenue. The oval was named in 2004 in commemoration of the university's 150th anniversary. The Schroeder Family School of Business, McCurdy Alumni Memorial Union, Sampson Hall / Mann Health Center, Hyde Hall, Olmsted Administration Hall, Clifford Memorial Library, and Koch (pronounced Cook) Center for Science and Engineering (all sectors of the original and later additional science/engineering buildings) surround Sesquicentennial Oval. Most of the buildings follow an old limestone motif, and renovations generally emulate the rest of the building.
|Location||1800 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, Indiana|
|Area||7 acres (2.8 ha)|
|Architect||Miller, Fullenwider, & Dowling; Anderson & Veatch|
|Architectural style||Other, Collegiate Gothic|
|NRHP reference #||83000106|
|Added to NRHP||February 3, 1983|
Koch Center was originally named the Engineering and Science Building when it was built in 1947. The motivation for the new building stemmed from WWII, after which UE expected a greater number of students to enroll with the intent of getting industrial degrees. After renovations in the late 1970s, the building was renamed in November 1984 in honor of Robert Louis Koch who had been a member of the UE Board of Trustees since 1968; Koch had recently given a donation to the university's New Century Capital Campaign that was being used to build a new library. (Not to be confused with the Kochs, Robert L. Koch was the chairman of the board of George Koch Sons, Inc.—an industrial company in Evansville—and son of Louis J. Koch, founder of the Holiday World amusement park.) Koch Center experienced another renovation, including a large new addition on its south side, in 2001.
- Alpha Omicron Pi 1951
- Chi Omega 1951
- Phi Mu 1952
- Zeta Tau Alpha 1964
- Alpha Phi 1974-1983 (closed)
- Delta Omega Zeta 2005 (local sorority on campus)
- Acacia 1950-1958 (closed)
- Sigma Phi Epsilon 1955
- Lambda Chi Alpha 1956
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon 1957
- Tau Kappa Epsilon 1957
- Phi Kappa Tau 1968
- Phi Gamma Delta 1997
Alumni include numerous prominent entertainers, sports stars, and doctors. Among them are Matt Williams, producer and writer of The Cosby Show, Home Improvement, and Roseanne; actor Rami Malek, Golden Globe and Emmy award winner for best drama series (Mr. Robot) and plays Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody; Jack McBrayer, actor on 30 Rock; Jerry Sloan, NBA player and Hall of Fame head coach; David Weir, Scottish international soccer player; actor on "The Wire", Deirdre Lovejoy; and Jim Michaels, Golden Globe nominee and NAACP Image Award winning television producer (Supernatural, Everybody Hates Chris).
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