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Five Indiana mayors were VU Trailblazers at same time

In 1976, five Vincennes University students were transforming their futures and studying law enforcement, broadcast production technology, business, and more. They were living the lives of college students: studying, living in residence halls, and hanging out with friends, but their paths never really crossed. Two were even residing on the same floor of Harrison Hall but did not know each other. Decades later, their lives converged in unbelievable circumstances. 
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Right of Way Industry Student Workshop

High school students will explore surveying and other right of way professions, including appraisers, acquisition agents, relocation agents, real estate attorneys, right of way technicians, right of way managers, and government agency employees through the workshop.
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VU will host Fall 2023 PreVU Days in September, October and November

PreVU Days at Vincennes University are a perfect way for prospective Trailblazers to ignite their journey and explore the world of opportunity awaiting them at Indiana’s First College. VU will host PreVU Days during the Fall 2023 Semester, and registration is open.
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VU to commemorate 9/11 anniversary with flag tribute

VU Homeland Security and Public Safety students are holding their annual 9/11 Flag Ceremony on Monday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m. (ET) on the Vincennes Campus. The Eta Sigma Iota student club will create a memorial tribute and place 3,000 flags in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and rescue efforts.
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VU Counseling Center to host suicide prevention awareness walk and talk

Vincennes University is recognizing National Suicide Prevention Month with multiple events during September to support suicide prevention awareness.
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Red Skelton Museum receives major donation to build Lothian and Red Skelton Gallery of Fine Art

The Red Skelton Museum Foundation Board of Directors proudly announces the Skelton Estate has pledged a generous gift of $4 million to the Vincennes University Foundation. The magnificent donation will create the Lothian and Red Skelton Gallery of Fine Art in honor of Lothian Skelton’s late husband, world-famous comedian and Vincennes native Red Skelton.
Kimberly Wright looks at the camera smiling in the CARA on the Vincennes Campus. There is a cobot in the background of the photo.


VU names new Center for Applied Robotics and Automation Director

Kimberly Wright is the new director of the Vincennes University Center for Applied Robotics and Automation (CARA). In this role, she will lead the largest collaborative robot educational program in the United States.
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JAG high school students experience college life at VU

High school students often wonder what college is really like. A group of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) students from throughout Indiana had an extraordinary opportunity to take college for a test drive recently, enjoying a week living the life of students at Vincennes University. Students at the fifth annual VU JAG Summer Academy immersed themselves in the college experience on the Vincennes Campus.
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VU Board of Trustees approves Red Skelton Museum expansion, swears in new Trustee

The Vincennes University Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Aug. 23, voted to accept a generous gift commitment of $4 million from Lothian Skelton, the widow of famous comedian and beloved Vincennes native Red Skelton, which will fund an expansion of the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy located on the Vincennes Campus. 
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Photo Gallery: Fall Semester 2023 Welcome Week Wrap-Up

The new semester is off to a blazin’ start. Here’s a look back at some of our favorite moments from Welcome Week and the first week of classes.
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Notice of Meeting: Vincennes University Board of Trustees, 8-23-23

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES Wednesday, August 23, 2023 Vincennes University Jasper Campus Center for Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing 850 College Avenue Jasper, Indiana 47546
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Notice of Meeting: VU Board of Trustees Finance/Revenue Committee, 8-22-23

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VU hosts U.S. senator and discussion on Indiana’s rapidly-evolving agbioscience economy

U.S. Senator Todd Young of Indiana, Indiana experts, and Hoosier leaders gathered at the Vincennes University Agricultural Center on Wednesday, Aug. 9, for a fireside chat about 21st-century agriculture and the rapid growth Indiana’s agbioscience economy has experienced over the last decade. The discussion was presented by AgriNovus Indiana and VU.
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Major building announcement excites audience at VU Opening Meeting

The dawn of a new academic year brings joy, enthusiasm, and the hope of endless possibilities. Vincennes University faculty and staff gathered at Opening Meeting on Monday, Aug. 7, to kick off the academic year. During Opening Meeting, the University announced the addition of 70,000 square feet of new learning space on the Vincennes Campus with the construction of a $33.9 million ultra-modern Center for Health Sciences and Active Learning.
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Golden Opportunity: VU Biology Club takes phenomenal trip to California

From ancient redwood forests to spectacular coastlines to the largest variety of plants and animals of any state in the U.S., California has it all when it comes to nature. The Vincennes University Biology Club has used the summer break to travel to the Golden State, where they immersed themselves in learning about and exploring awe-inspiring ecosystems and habitats. Led by Biology Department Chair and Professor Andrew Corless, the trip was jam-packed with remarkable opportunities.
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New VU alum shines in national machining competition

Months after winning a global machining competition with his Vincennes University classmates, Nate Conrad shined in a national competition. The Spring 2023 Precision Machining Technology graduate won a bronze medal at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
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Mind-blowing 3D-printed creations showcased at VU event

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is revolutionizing the manufacturing, aviation, medical, consumer goods, dental, construction, and design industries. As 3D printing continues to grow, so does the demand for qualified professionals familiar with the technology and its capabilities. In partnership with Vincennes University and the H2I Group, the Stratasys World of 3D Printing made a special visit to the Vincennes Campus on Monday, July 10.
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VU summer academies inspire youth to study STEM

High school students with a penchant for engineering learned about the bio-physics of the human hand and designed a biomechanical hand using everyday materials like empty Pringle cans. Other students created a TikTok video to teach how to perform hands-only CPR properly. One group of students conducted a physiological analysis to determine how the body’s pulse, blood pressure, reflexes, and breathing rate react to stimuli such as petting a cat or playing an anxiety-inducing game. These are a few of the projects rising juniors and seniors showcased at the Vincennes University Summer STEM Academy June 25-30. 
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Collaborative robots galore at VU showcase in Lebanon

The Vincennes University Gene Haas Training and Education Center was buzzing with educators taking in all the amazing things collaborative robots can do. To help Career and Technical Early College and high school instructors from across Indiana discover the benefits of the emerging technology, VU hosted a Collaborative Robotics Showcase on June 28 in Lebanon.
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VU’s collaborative robot technology gives students a competitive edge

We live in a technology-driven world, and today’s technology is ever-evolving. Self-driving cars are no longer a sci-fi fantasy. AI-powered chatbots are writing books. Vincennes University faculty are diligently keeping up with the fast-paced change and are working to prepare students to become leaders in the use of collaborative robot or “cobot" technology. VU is a national leader in the rapidly growing technology of cobots, and it is shaping the future of students for generations to come by leveraging the University’s state-of-the-art technologies and cutting-edge facilities.
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VU’s Xmester and Techmester give high schoolers a glimpse of college life

Build and program robots, write songs about societal issues, design and print 3D objects, create self-portrait collages, and conduct "autopsies" on fetal pigs. These are a few exciting projects that high school students from throughout Indiana participated in while making Vincennes University their home from June 13-16. VU welcomed nearly 350 bright young minds to the Vincennes Campus for its annual Xmester and Techmester residential pre-college programs. Opportunities to engage in hands-on experiences and out-of-the-box thinking surrounded students, and they even earned college credit.
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VU Aviation Technology Center to host Aviation Community Day

The Vincennes University Aviation Technology Center in Indianapolis is hosting its annual Aviation Community Day on Saturday, July 22, 2023. Individuals interested in aviation careers and enthusiasts can learn about educational paths and engage in exciting aviation-related activities.
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VU reaffirms commitment to ensuring a VU education is affordable to all

The Vincennes University Board of Trustees convened on June 14 and approved a biennial budget totaling $375 million. VU officials discussed a myriad of opportunities in store for the erudite student body of VU.
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Media Advisory: High school students to learn about exciting STEAM careers at VU summer experience

The VU Xmester and Techmester programs bring Early College students from throughout Indiana on June 13-16, 2023, to the Vincennes Campus for a four-day residential summer experience to learn about STEAM career paths while experiencing college life. 
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Notice of Meeting: Vincennes University Board of Trustees, 6-14-23

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES Wednesday, June 14, 2023 Vincennes University Shake Learning Resource Center Innovation Room #112 130 E. College Avenue Vincennes, IN 47591
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VU and Jet Access Flight Training announce partnership to educate and train next generation of pilots

Vincennes University and Jet Access Flight Training have announced a partnership to increase the availability of commercial pilots and provide quality educational opportunities to students interested in aviation. The Jet Access/Vincennes University (JAVU) Professional Pilot Program was designed as a way for students to take lecture courses and general education courses from Vincennes while taking flying courses through Jet Access. Students have the opportunity to qualify for financial aid and have the flexibility of taking flying courses at any of the Jet Access locations around the state of Indiana or out of state. Jet Access operates 11 flight training locations including six in Indiana.
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Notice of Public Hearing

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Media Advisory: Vincennes University to host Surveying Camp for high school students

The Vincennes University Surveying Technology program is hosting a Surveying Summer Camp on May 31- June 2, 2023. High school juniors and seniors will learn how to perform basic field procedures, interpret measurement data, and operate surveying equipment. Upon completion of the camp, campers will earn one college-level credit hour in surveying and could be prepared to work in entry-level field positions. Campers are participating on June 1 in field workshops from 8-11 a.m. and noon - 5 p.m. They will be assisted during the workshops by experienced professionals.
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Notice of Meeting: VU Board of Trustees Finance and Revenue Committee, 5-24-23

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High school students explore the world of chemistry at VU

Groups of students grabbed bags of their favorite foods like Fritos, Doritos, Cheetos, BBQ potato chips, and Cheez-Its, then lit the snacks on fire. It was all part of an experiment they were conducting during Chemistry High School Lab Days hosted by the Vincennes University Chemistry Department. By burning snack foods, they were determining the energy given off. Students from high schools in Indiana and Illinois learned about future science careers plus participated in experiments to build their interest in chemistry during Chemistry High School Lab Days on May 8-12. 
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VU Nursing students and faculty make a difference in the Dominican Republic

A dedicated group of Vincennes University Nursing students, alumni, and faculty traveled to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip this spring to serve the local community and provide medical aid to those in need. Nurses on a Mission volunteered at an orphanage and distributed hundreds of care kits with hygiene items, donated medicine, and even paid for a doctor to treat patients. The trip was eye-opening for the team of 20 individuals, including nurses, a pharmacist, and physical therapy assistants from the community.
Vincennes University Board of Trustees and Honorary Degree Recipients Dr. Tim Brown and Luke Kenley


VU awards honorary degrees to distinguished legislators

Vincennes University has awarded former legislators Dr. Tim Brown and Luke Kenley honorary doctorates in recognition of their public service. They received their honorary degrees during Spring Commencement at the Vincennes Campus on Saturday, April 29.
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New VU festival showcases students’ artistic creativity

The reVUe: Arts and Humanities Festival hosted by the Vincennes University College of Humanities celebrates creative expression through various forms of culture like fashion, poetry, music, and art. The festival showcases the talents of VU students and artists while providing an opportunity to connect with people from diverse backgrounds. It is also an occasion to highlight the importance of humanities and how it can shape a student's future. The reVUe kicked off for the first time on Friday, April 28, at the Shircliff Humanities Center.
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New VU Exercise Science Graduate is off to the races

For Hope Laughlin, her dreams of becoming an occupational therapist are closer to coming true. The Olney, Illinois native received her associate degree on Saturday, April 29, in one of Vincennes University’s newest programs of study: Exercise Science.
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VU celebrates Class of 2023 at Spring Commencement

Vincennes University is celebrating its Spring 2023 graduates during multiple Commencement ceremonies. Thousands of proud family members and smiling graduates filled a packed P.E. Complex for the Vincennes Campus Spring Commencement on Saturday, April 29.
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Media Advisory - Chemistry High School Lab Days at VU

Chemistry High School Lab Days offer an immersive experience for students to explore their passions and interests through college-level chemistry experiments such as burning snack foods to determine the energy given off and using organic reactions to prepare an antibiotic.
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7 Things to Know About 2023 Spring Commencements

Graduation season is here! It is one of our favorite times of the year. Vincennes University is excited to honor the Class of 2023, and we are thrilled to celebrate our graduates’ achievements, contributions, and spirit. More information is available at
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24-hour Green Mile tests VU Conservation Law Enforcement students' endurance, skills and knowledge

A group of 24 Vincennes University Conservation Law Enforcement students participated in a grueling 24-hour exercise known as the “Green Mile” putting their physical and mental endurance and course knowledge to the test. The “Green Mile” began on Wednesday, April 19, with a fitness assessment that included a 1.5-mile run, push-ups, sit-ups, and a 300-meter dash. The students then engaged in a full day of real-world scenarios, land navigation, and wilderness survival training. They underwent swim tests and water survival drills at the VU Aquatic Center before participating in night operations and vehicle stops. The event included a 3.5-mile ruck along the Wabash River waterfront that finished at Kimmell Park. Despite the demanding nature of the exercise, all 24 students successfully completed the challenge that culminated around 7 a.m. on Thursday, April 20.
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VU Education Department immerses local children in storybook experience

Enthusiastic and jubilant elementary school children sauntered through the Vincennes University Education Department Story Walk at Kimmell Park, reading a delightful tale in both English and Spanish about a one-of-a-kind turtle with a gorgeous garden growing on its back. Page by page, they strolled along the trail overlooking the Wabash River with their families and friends, interacting with VU Education majors and reading the illustrated children’s book “Mossy” by Jan Brett. The free community event on Thursday, April 20, offered a unique learning and social event to encourage reading and being active as a family. After reading the story, the youngsters enjoyed fun interactive activities and craft stations designed by VU students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Education, such as petting a live turtle, creating mini terrariums to take home, building habitats for turtles, painting flower pots, and playing fun games. Free books were distributed to promote reading at home.
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VU Board of Trustees recognizes students, approves tenure and promotions

At its April 19 meeting, the Vincennes University Board of Trustees approved tenures and promotions, received in-depth updates on student recruitment and the University’s Information Technology, and heard from several students doing amazing things in and outside the classroom. VU is fortunate to have dedicated, talented, and excellent faculty and staff. Nearly 20 individuals (see list below) from across the University have earned promotions or received tenure. Students were also center stage during the meeting. Students from two degree programs showed off their real-world skills for the Trustees at the Shake Learning Resource Center.
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VU appoints Jaci Lederman as CIO and Head of IT

Vincennes University announces the appointment of Jaci Lederman as its new Executive Director of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, effective May 1. She was selected from a pool of more than 50 applicants and is taking over the position from Bob Wisler.
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VU offers camps and enrichment programs for all

Vincennes University’s community is excited about the return of its summer camps and community enrichment activities after they were canceled or limited last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University's summer events cater to students of all ages and backgrounds, providing opportunities for personal growth and learning. VU offers a variety of summer programs, including sports camps, STEM academies, surveying technology camps, science lab days, and more. These extraordinary events provide possibilities for all and often reach underserved populations.
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VU to host Story Walk on Wabash for elementary school students

The Vincennes University Education Department and VU Education majors are hosting a free Story Walk for elementary school students and their families on April 20, 2023, at Kimmell Park. A Story Walk is an illustrated children’s book displayed page by page along a walking route, and students go from sign to sign reading the story. Along the trail, there are multiple activities for students to enjoy.  VU’s Story Walk is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
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Show your love for VU on Blazers Give Day

Today is the day the Vincennes University community comes together and shows their Trailblazer spirit by supporting Blazers Give Day. The third annual 24-hour giving day is devoted to giving back and sharing your favorite things about VU.
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Photo Gallery: VU Pride Walk 2023

Vincennes University students, faculty, and staff paraded around the Vincennes Campus in a colorful display of support on Tuesday, April 11. The gathering demonstrates VU’s dedication to having inclusive and welcoming campuses and locations. The Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion coordinated the Pride Walk.
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Notice of Meeting: Vincennes University Board of Trustees, 4-19-23

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES Wednesday, April 19, 2023 Learning Resource Center – Innovation Room #112 130 E. College Avenue Vincennes, Indiana 47591 (All Times are Eastern Daylight Time)
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Blazers Give Day is April 13

The Vincennes University community will come together for the 3rd annual Blazers Give Day on Thursday, April 13, 2023. The 24-hour day of giving celebrates the Trailblazer spirit and gives VU supporters an opportunity to make a difference that carries forward each and every day.
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VU Homeland Security students helping with local tornado cleanup

After an EF-3 tornado ripped less than a week ago through Sullivan County, Indiana, and took lives there, Vincennes University Homeland Security and Public Safety Program Chair and retired FBI agent Lou Caprino launched his drone to capture photography of the extensive damage. Those images were then shared with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for use in their early assessment. Recalling the supportive role HSPS majors in helping New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina, Caprino quickly got to work on exploring how current students could come to the aid of a nearby community. The VU students are putting in long hours and many days of volunteer work in Sullivan this week.
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VU student finishes first in state career development competition

A student in the award-winning Vincennes University Jobs for America’s Graduates College Success Program dominated a state competition at the annual JAG Indiana State Career Development Conference. VU Homeland Security and Public Safety major Mason Caudill of North Judson, Indiana, won first place in the College Success Program category and had the opportunity to meet Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb on March 17. Competitors delivered presentations explaining their career pathways and shared the benefits of participating in the JAG College Success Program. Caudill also placed first in the College Success Program division in 2021
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VU offers free healthcare training throughout Indiana

Vincennes University provides medical assistant training throughout Indiana and collaborates with Indiana’s Next Level Jobs Program to provide funding to Indiana residents who qualify to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Training program for free.
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Youth get up close and personal with VU's robots

Middle school students from Daviess, Martin, and Sullivan counties were incredibly excited to get their hands on the collaborative robots in Vincennes University’s brand-new Center for Applied Robotics and Automation. They enjoyed a recent Saturday learning how to program a collaborative robot or cobot to pick up and move blocks during a “Fun With Robotics” day in the VU College of Technology Center.
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VU Precision Machining Technology students win global competition

A trio of Vincennes University Precision Machining Technology majors won first place in the Educational Division of the 2022 Mastercam Wildest Parts Competition. Composed of Nate Conrad, Jackson Roberts, and Luke Schirmer, the VU students won the top prize for their innovative and fun electric skateboard. Sponsored yearly by Mastercam, the competition encourages student interest and participation in manufacturing. The contest challenges students in high school and college to create parts demonstrating creativity and technical skill using Mastercam software. 
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VU earns 2023-2024 Military Friendly ® School Silver ranking

Vincennes University is proud to be a military-friendly school with a longstanding commitment to supporting our nation's service members and veterans. VU has once again been named a Military Friendly® School and is the only large public institution in Indiana that has received a Silver ranking for 2023-24 by Viqtory, which recognizes the efforts of schools that provide exceptional support to military students and their families.
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Media Advisory: Our VUlnerable Community: Societal Issues and Concerns Community Academy

Vincennes University Homeland Security and Public Safety students will present a community academy on various timely topics affecting communities and keynote speakers will include representatives from FBI Indianapolis and Knox County CASA. VU’s Homeland Security and Public Safety Program Chair Lou Caprino served for nearly 30 years in the FBI. On Tuesday, March 28, 2023, the community academy will focus on drug concerns, juvenile crimes, hate crimes, and other domestic issues and concerns. On Thursday, March 30, 2023, presentations will focus on human trafficking, cyber threats, health hazards, and transportation hazards.
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Meet VU’s Newest Trustee: Brandon Haight

The Vincennes University Board of Trustees welcomed its newest member this past month. Brandon Haight was appointed a Trustee by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, and he took his oath of office at the Board’s recent retreat. Haight possesses decades of leadership and experience in the automotive industry. He is the general manager of the East Plant at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) in Princeton, Indiana. Haight also serves as the plantwide maintenance and reliability lead and is the regional advisor for Toyota’s Manufacturing Digital Transformation initiatives with a specific focus on machine reliability.
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Notice of Meeting: VU Board of Trustees Finance and Revenue Committee, 3-15-23

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VU Board approves honorary degrees for retired lawmakers, welcomes new Trustee

The Vincennes University Board of Trustees unanimously approved honorary doctorates for a pair of revered Hoosier lawmakers and welcomed a new Trustee at Board Retreat on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Former State Senator Luke Kenley and former State Representative Dr. Tim Brown will receive their honorary degrees during the Spring 2023 Commencement on April 29 at the P.E. Complex.
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VU students and employees show huge support for student food bank

Vincennes University student-athlete Daylynn Thornton is always looking for ways to support her fellow college students. So, when the Kinesiology and Sport major won a national contest and was among 19 randomly-selected college students chosen to have a $500 donation made in their name to support an organization dedicated to fighting hunger and food education, Thornton picked Sandy’s Pantry. It provides VU students with free non-perishable food and personal care products in a friendly and supportive way.
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Notice of Meeting: VU Board of Trustees, 2-28-23

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES Retreat and Board Meeting Schedule French Lick Springs Hotel 8670 West State Road 56 Clifton 102B Meeting Room – 1st Level French Lick, IN  47432 Tuesday, February 28, 2023
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Media Advisory: Emergency Management and the Disabled Community Presentation

Emergency Management and the Disabled Community presentation by Vincennes University Homeland and Security Public Safety students on Thursday, February 23, 2023, at 10-11:30 a.m. (ET).
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VU to host PreVU Days in February, March and April

PreVU Day at Vincennes University is a great way for future Trailblazers to explore the world of opportunity awaiting them at Indiana’s First College. VU will host three PreVU Days during the Spring 2023 semester and registration is open. The open house events for prospective students and their families start at 9:30 a.m. (ET) on Saturday, Feb. 25; Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 22, in Jefferson Student Union, 1401 N. Chestnut St.
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VU and VUJ will offer help filling out FAFSA form on College Goal Sunday

Vincennes University and Vincennes University Jasper are providing prospective students and their families assistance in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form during College Goal Sunday on Feb. 26, 2023. College Goal Sunday is a free event that helps students of all ages and families complete and file the FAFSA form. The FAFSA is one of the most important steps in opening the door to financial aid. 
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Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy celebrates Black History Month with exhibits and special event

The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy invites visitors to explore the stories of Black Hoosiers who broke ground for their community and paved a path for future generations while making contributions to Indiana. Exhibits and events will include a traveling exhibit from the Indiana Historical Society.
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Registration open for VU Summer STEM Academy

Registration is now underway for the weeklong Vincennes University Summer STEM Academy. For the second straight year, VU is offering current 10th and 11th-grade students throughout Indiana the opportunity to take a deep dive into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and get a taste of college life. The academy is June 25-30, 2023.
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VU and Vincennes Community School Corporation partner for inclusive learning event

As part of efforts to support inclusive learning environments for all students at any age, Vincennes University hosted special presentations by expert Jennifer Pusateri on how to minimize barriers in education and maximize learning for everyone. Around 140 people were in attendance to learn about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) students on Tuesday, February 7, 2023. 
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VU to host free inclusive teaching presentation for K-12 educators

The Vincennes University Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council in partnership with the VU Innovative Teaching Summit Team is hosting a special event for K-12 educators at 2 p.m (ET) on Tuesday, February 7, that will provide valuable insight and strategies for creating inclusive and accessible learning environments. VU is hosting an educational presentation at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center featuring Jennifer Pusateri, an expert on Universal Design Learning (UDL) and author of Transform Your Teaching with Universal Design for Learning: Six Steps to Jumpstart Your Practice.
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VU TRIO programs are providing transformative educational opportunities for underrepresented students

February is National TRIO Month, and Vincennes University’s five TRIO programs are celebrating the educational outreach programs that help first-generation, income-eligible, and students with disabilities enter college and earn a degree. VU offers five TRIO programs: Collaborative Opportunities for Postsecondary Education (COPE) Student Support Services, Educational Talent Search (ETS), Experience VU Student Support Services, Project Achieving Success through Participation In Reaching Educational Excellence (ASPIREE), and Upward Bound. All are federally funded educational initiatives designed to motivate and assist students in their academic pursuit of completing a college degree.
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Shelby Liegl is Blazing Her Trail as a Student Leader and Animal Lover

To say Shelby Liegl, ‘23, is an animal lover is an understatement. The Vincennes University Chemical Sciences and Pre-Veterinary major has many pets, including two dogs, two guinea pigs, and a sulcata tortoise. Learn more about the Evansville, Indiana, native’s animals later. Liegl’s future career plans stem from her love of animals. She aspires to become a veterinarian. She already works in a veterinary clinic and volunteers at an animal shelter. Her dream is to move to Colorado and become a wildlife veterinarian. While she works toward an associate degree, she is really enjoying being a college student.
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VU's Project ASPIREE adds more local middle and high schools to program

Project Achieving Success through Participation in Reaching Educational Excellence (ASPIREE), sponsored by Vincennes University, has added several new schools to its federally funded grant program. Project ASPIREE is adding underrepresented students who have the potential to succeed in higher education at Washington Catholic Middle School, Washington Catholic High School, and North Daviess Jr/Sr High School.
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Media Advisory: Human Trafficking Film and Panel Discussion at VU

January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. VU is screening the human trafficking documentary “Shattered Dreams” for students, faculty, staff, and the public. A panel discussion will follow the screening and will feature experts from VU and the local community. Media is invited to the film, panel discussion, and to interview panelists.
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NOTICE - VU Board of Trustees

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES NOTICE The Higher Learning Commission information session with the Vincennes University Board of Trustees Tuesday, January 31, 2023 – 8:00 a.m. (EST)
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VU Education Department receives $75,000 Lilly Endowment planning grant

Vincennes University has received a $75,000 planning grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. through its initiative, Advancing the Science of Reading in Indiana. The VU Education Department will use the grant to explore ways it prepares education majors with Science of Reading methods and to consider how it can expand and enhance those efforts.
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VU welcomes new Dean of Students

There is a new face on campus this semester. Mark Zimmerman stepped into the role of Dean of Students at Vincennes University on Jan. 3, 2023. Zimmerman has experience in higher education through various roles with several institutions.
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New VU program to help current and future educators better teach students with exceptional needs

Vincennes University has created a new online licensure program to prepare current and future educators to teach students with exceptional needs. VU was approved by the Indiana State Board of Education in December 2022 for a license addition, Exceptional Needs – Intense Intervention. # # #
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VU names first Dean of Global Diversity and Inclusion

Having lived, studied, and taught abroad, Heidi Tasa is a global-minded leader. Vincennes University has announced Tasa is its first Dean of Global Diversity and Inclusion. She began her new post on Jan. 3, 2023.
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VU names professor as new Director of Assessment

Vincennes University has named Matt Groneman as its new Director of Assessment. Before joining the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Groneman served as an associate professor in the University’s English Department within the College of Humanities. Since he began teaching at VU in 2010, Groneman has edited the Tecumseh Review, organized Poetry on the Green, and served for many years on both the Assessment Committee and General Education Committee.
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VU kicks off COBOT training in Indiana

Vincennes University continues to make its mark statewide in bringing the future of automation to Indiana by conducting the first collaborative robot training course at the Gene Haas Training and Education Center in Lebanon. The client was Polygon Composites Technology, located in Walkerton, Indiana. Polygon Composites Technology develops composite products for different industries such as medical, construction, and agricultural. The training was conducted as part of the Fast Track program, sponsored by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and in partnership with Carmel-based Telamon Robotics and Purdue University Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Purdue MEP) to introduce cobots to Hoosier companies.
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VU Board of Trustees extends President Dr. Chuck Johnson’s contract to 2025

The Vincennes University Board of Trustees voted to extend President Dr. Chuck Johnson’s contract an additional year during its regular meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Updike Hall Center for Science, Engineering and Mathematics. The Board extended Johnson’s contract through Dec. 31, 2025. Before he was appointed president in 2015, Johnson served as interim president for four months and provost for three years.
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VU Board of Trustees welcomes Gayle Baugh as Student Trustee

Education major Gayle Baugh ’24 loves to showcase what makes Vincennes University special and enjoys guiding visitors around campus. Baugh, who is from Greencastle, Indiana, helps the Office of Admissions introduce prospective students to college life. She is part of a dedicated team of student tour guides who show off the Vincennes Campus to future Trailblazers and their families. Her outgoing personality and ability to connect with them make her perfect for the job. This week, Baugh stepped into a new role at VU. Baugh has been appointed Student Trustee to the VU Board of Trustees by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. She took the oath of office at the meeting of the Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
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VU celebrates 2022 Mid-Year Graduating Class at Commencement

Vincennes University celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2022 at its Mid-Year Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 3. The University awarded 625 bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, and certificates to graduating students. Mid-Year graduates from all VU campuses and sites, including the Vincennes Campus, American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Campus, Aviation Technology Center, Extended Studies, Early College Program, Indiana Military Program, and Military Education were honored at Red Skelton Performing Arts Center.
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2022 Mid-Year Graduate fuels her passion for agriculture

Audrey Hislip ’22 started her college path with an eye on education, but deep down she has always loved agriculture and animals. "Ever since I was a little girl, I have always had a love for animals and agriculture,” the Vincennes native says. "Even though I didn’t grow up on a farm, I still participated in 4H, was always learning something new about agriculture, and of course, had lots of animals." However, when it came time to choose a college degree, agriculture wasn’t exactly at the top of her list. Hislip began as an Education major at VU but realized it wasn’t the right fit for her. She found a mentor in VU College of Business and Public Service Dean Susan Brocksmith, who previously served as Agribusiness Program Chair and encouraged Hislip to explore agriculture as a future career.
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Learn in Order to Serve: 2022 Mid-Year Graduate is living the VU motto

Kara Nicholson ’22 is determined to help others, and she uses her strong work ethic to be of service to people outside of the United States. The connected community of a Caribbean nation near and dear to her heart draws the Vincennes University Education Major to serve those who are in need and individuals affected by poverty. Nicholson of Odon, Indiana, graduated from VU with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education, Mild Intervention K-12 at Mid-Year Commencement on Dec. 3, 2022.
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New VU-UBMK partnership expands international opportunities for students in Mongolia

Vincennes University and the UBMK School have signed a memorandum of understanding that will create new educational and transformative opportunities for UBMK students in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. UBMK was established in 1998 by the Korean missionary association in Mongolia. It is the only K-12 Korean International school approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of Mongolia. After graduating from UBMK, students can continue their education at an American university or Korean university.
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VU to hold 2022 Mid-Year Commencement on Dec. 3

Vincennes University will celebrate its graduates at the Mid-Year Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. (ET) at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center.
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VU College of Business and Public Service hosts unique cybersecurity competition

Vincennes University students and K-12 students from throughout the state of Indiana participated in a first-of-its-kind cyber competition hosted by VU’s College of Business and Public Service.  The “Don’t Feed the Phish” Challenge raised cyber security awareness. Nearly 160 students from VU, North Knox Jr/Sr High School, Central Nine Career Center, J Evert Light Career Center, Indiana Digital Learning School, Carmel High School, Westville High School, Tell City High School, and Elkhart Area Career Center competed in classrooms and computer labs across the state.
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Notice of Meeting: Vincennes University Board of Trustees, 12-7-22

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES Wednesday, December 7, 2022 Updike Center for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics – Room #142 1251 N. Chestnut Street Vincennes, IN  47591
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High school students compete for cash and bragging rights at VU Jasper CTIM Challenge

High school students put their skills to the test and demonstrated their knowledge of technology, innovation, and manufacturing to earn prizes in the Vincennes University Jasper CTIM Challenge. The event provides a fun, engaging, and interactive competition focused on cooperation. Approximately 144 high school students from 10 schools and one university partnership participated in the challenge at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing on the VU Jasper Campus.
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Alexandria “Alex” Kraftor ‘23 loves picturesque underwater ecosystems and wants to share them with anyone willing to soak in the beauty through the lens of her camera. The vivid colors and diverse organisms living in the water call the Vincennes University Photography major to connect the world with all there is to discover under the water. Kraftor, who is from Knox, Indiana, is building her portfolio and perfecting her photography to achieve her goal of a career in underwater photography.
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New partnership between AmeriCrew and VU strengthens in-demand career opportunities for military veterans

Vincennes University and AmeriCrew have formed a new partnership that values the unique skills of those who have served in the military plus develops in-demand and innovative career pathways for veterans. AmeriCrew is one of the first national Veteran Workforce Development companies focused on 5G wireless, Fiber and Clean Energy infrastructure projects. AmeriCrew will host the National Infrastructure Technician Academy (NITA) at VU’s Vincennes Campus and additional VU sites statewide and military education facilities throughout the country. AmeriCrew will collaborate with VU to integrate training, certification, and apprenticeship into the work schedule as it develops careers and field leadership from our nation’s transitioning warriors.
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VU teams with Knox County Community Foundation to create story walk for children

Through the imaginations of Vincennes University Education majors and Education Professor Lisa Miller, a beautifully illustrated and touching children’s book will come to life next spring along the banks of the Wabash River. Miller and the future teachers are creating a "story walk" for elementary school students in Knox County and their families to enjoy. The impactful and unique project is supported by a grant from the Knox County Community Foundation.
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Media Advisory: VU Jasper Center for Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing Challenge

WHAT: CTIM Challenge WHEN: 8:30 a.m. (ET), Wednesday, November 9, 2022 DETAILS: Students from 10 schools will put their skills to the test in the CTIM Challenge, competing in hands-on activities showcasing manufacturing skills and learning about the manufacturing industry. Students will compete in eight challenges sponsored by local companies. Monetary prizes will be awarded.
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Adrianne Nyberg is Blazing Her Trail as a College Student and Business Owner

Adrianne Nyberg, ‘23, a business management major at VU Jasper, had a wild dream of creating a place that offers her community a way to make memories and develop close bonds with lively activities that allow families to experience fun through actions and movement. Her extraordinary idea gained momentum through a business course taught by VU faculty member Thomas King. The course gave her the knowledge and tools to open Jumping Jasper LLC, a children’s entertainment center in Jasper, Indiana, where kids and kids at heart frolic in bounce houses and enjoy the arcade while making memories that last a lifetime.
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VU in spotlight as host of Council on Accreditation for Two-Year Colleges Fall Conference

Vincennes University’s distinguished faculty and staff were in the spotlight at the recent Council on Accreditation for Two-Year Colleges (CATYC) Fall 2022 Conference. They highlighted the University’s efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion, drive student success, meet Indiana’s workforce needs, and engage students after COVID distancing at the three-day conference in downtown Indianapolis.
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VU Alumni Association to honor Gazella Summitt with 2022 Walter A. Davis Memorial Citation for Service

The Vincennes University Alumni Association will host an event on Saturday, Nov. 12, to honor Gazella Summitt and present her with the 2022 Walter A. Davis Memorial Citation for Service.
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VU and VUJ to offer free FAFSA help on College Goal Sunday

Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can seem complicated and time-consuming, but Vincennes University and Vincennes University Jasper will provide prospective students and their families on Sunday, Nov. 6, free assistance in filling out the application in one afternoon. College Goal Sunday is a free event that provides hands-on help for students of all ages and families to complete and file the FAFSA form. The FAFSA is one of the most important steps in opening the door to financial aid. The Vincennes Campus College Goal Sunday starts at 2 p.m. (ET) in Room 132 of Updike Hall Center for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics in the SEM Learning Lab. The VUJ College Goal Sunday begins at 2 p.m. (ET) in the Jasper Campus Classroom Building computer labs.
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VU to celebrate Veterans Day with program on Nov. 8

Vincennes University will honor veterans in recognition of their service to our nation with a program at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. (ET).
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Technology Center Transformation: VU reveals three new state-of-the art labs

A new Center for Applied Robotics and Automation, Additive Manufacturing and Reverse Engineering Center, and HURCO Advanced CNC Machining Technology Center embody Vincennes University’s commitment to innovation, state-of-the-art technologies, extraordinary educational experiences, and powerful industry partnerships. The first-class centers were unveiled during an open house in the College of Technology Center on the Vincennes Campus this month.
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VU Faculty and Staff honored with 2022 Peer Recognition Awards

Vincennes University faculty and staff play an important role in helping the University achieve its mission, goals, and vision. The Peer Recognition Award celebrates VU staff and faculty for their distinguished work and outstanding contributions to the University.
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VU Jasper to host Jasper PreVU on Nov. 3

Vincennes University Jasper PreVU Day is an excellent way for prospective students and their families to experience all VUJ offers. Future Trailblazers are invited to Jasper PreVU on Thursday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (ET).
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State of Indiana awards VU $540,000 for Healthcare Training Programs statewide

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has awarded Vincennes University an additional $540,000 to train Certified Clinical Medical Assistants (CCMA) throughout Indiana with the University’s Business & Industry Training program.

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