91 Students to Receive Degrees at UE’s Winter Commencement



Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Ninety-one University of Evansville students will receive degrees during the Winter Commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 18 in the Student Fitness Center.

This year’s Winter Commencement speaker is Mark L. Valenzuela, associate professor of civil engineering, who received the 2013 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award at May’s commencement ceremony. The University of Evansville Alumni Association presents this award annually to a faculty member who is nominated by students, faculty, or administrators for his or her exemplary teaching abilities. Valenzuela is the first UE faculty member to win this prestigious honor two times.

Valenzuela came to UE in 1999 and holds a PhD and Master of Science in structural engineering from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Engineering in civil and environmental engineering from Vanderbilt University. In addition to his teaching duties, Valenzuela advises several student organizations (including the Concrete Canoe team, which has qualified for nationals four times in the last five years) and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Indiana.

The Winter Commencement ceremony will also include the announcement of the recipient of the 2013 Exemplary Teacher Award, presented by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.

Following the Winter Commencement ceremony, a reception sponsored by the UE Alumni Association will take place in the Class of 1959 Gallery and Lounge in the Ridgway University Center.

For those who cannot attend Winter Commencement in person, a video of the ceremony will stream live atwww.evansville.edu/commencement/live.cfm.