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VU Alumni Association now accepting nominations for Davis Citation for Service Award
VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Alumni Association is now accepting nominations
for the 2023 Walter A. Davis Memorial Citation. All University alumni and friends are eligible
to make nominations at any time; however, the deadline to be considered for the 2023 award
nominations is Friday June 9, 2023 at 4:30pm (EDT). Award nominations must be received
by the Director of VU Alumni Engagement and late and/or incomplete nominations will be
considered for the 2024 award.
Nomination forms may be completed online at www.vinu.edu/davis-dinner. The nomination form
should be accompanied by letters of recommendation from the nominator(s) as well as other
supporting materials such as a resume, community letters of recommendation, and news articles, etc.
Supportin materials may be dropped off at the VU Alumni Association in the Louie O. Dayson Center, faxed to 812-888-5942 or emailed to email@example.com.
The Walter A. Davis recipient should be a member of the greater VU Community. This award recognizes and promotes civic leadership, professional achievements, and above all outstanding community contributions. For more information or questions, contact Director of Alumni Engagement Aaron Selby at 812-888-5332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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APRIL ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: ELLEN KAY COLLINS (BENTON) AS '89
I’m really glad I ended up at Vincennes. The learning process was exactly what I needed. I liked the hands-on approach, and it’s what got me through a lot of my tests. I was on-air within a couple of weeks of starting school. There was an on-campus radio station called WROK. I worked there, and I worked at WVUT. As part of my internship program, I worked also for WZDM. I liked the mix of going to school while working at all these places. I did on-air work, and camera work outside and inside for the television station. The staff were really good about working with students. It was a tight-knit group. What was unique was working so closely with everyone. I liked that pretty much everyone had worked in the industry somewhere outside of the school. I appreciated their realistic perspectives. I lived in Morris Hall. My resident advisor stuck around for only the first semester, so they asked me to take over her spot. I became a RA my first year and was assistant dorm director over the summer session. There were a few other broadcasters in my dorm, so I got to know other people. I played card games a lot, and we were called ‘the lounge lizards.’ I got my bachelor’s, and I was able to go right into the radio station on campus without any issues whatsoever. I was able to be in television without any issues. I have worked at ad agencies as well. My first job took me to Anchorage, Alaska. I moved to Alabama after Alaska and worked at an ad agency and a radio station. I then moved back to Springfield, Illinois, and got a job doing radio traffic. I still use my education from VU. Many of the things I learned from college were from experiences beyond my degree. I’m grateful for what I was taught through other people’s lives.
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My experience has been incredible. I have a good teacher. She is a very kind, understanding, and friendly person. My colleagues are very generous. I have met more students who have helped me practice my English.
VU opened up possibilities for things I didn't even know about when I first started playing the piano. Joining the Blues Ensemble and Christian Campus Fellowship at VU allowed me to show the world who I am.
I had a choice to go straight into the workforce or transfer to another school, but I stayed because I like the teachers. I feel like I’m learning a lot compared to other schools. The community is great. I’ve made lots of friends here. It’s just a nice, quiet, friendly community.
I chose Vincennes University because I grew up in the town, and I wanted to stay close to home, plus it was affordable, which is the best.
Studying at VU has helped me prepare and cultivate my confidence, essential skills, and knowledge, and now I am ready for my new journey at Arizona State University this coming fall.