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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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MEDIA ADVISORY: VU Logistics Training and Education Center Open House and Program Showcase

Vincennes University will showcase its industrial maintenance and logistics training facilities with an open house and program showcase. Reporters, photographers, and camera crews are welcome to explore VU’s Logistics Training and Education Center (VULTEC), located within MADE@Plainfield. The centers further the University’s initiatives to provide training and education that support the next generation of logistics and maintenance technology to develop a skilled talent pipeline for industry partners.
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VU Board of Trustees holds Annual Meeting, tours Technology Open House

Monday made for a busy day on campus for the Vincennes University Board of Trustees. The Board held its annual meeting in Updike Hall - Center for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics in the morning. In the afternoon, the Trustees attended the Technology Open House in the Technology Center.
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Driving simulator helps VU public safety majors gain real-world experience

Vincennes University is known for preparing students to enter the workforce from the moment they graduate and are ready to go into their chosen field of work. Before they ever set foot outside the classroom, VU students in Conservation Law Enforcement, Law Enforcement, and Homeland Security classes are learning how to safely and effectively operate an emergency vehicle with the help of a state-of-the-art simulator. They are gaining real-world experience while behind the virtual wheel of a new $142,000 law enforcement driving simulator. The students get training and experience what it is like to drive an emergency vehicle without actually driving a vehicle. 
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Notice of Meeting: Vincennes University Board of Trustees Annual Meeting, 10-3-22

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES ANNUAL MEETING Monday, October 3, 2022 Updike Center for Science, Engineering and Mathematics Room #213
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VU sponsors popular Monarch Madness event

Monarchs are beautiful butterflies with brilliant colors and vibrant wing patterns. The majestic insects were center stage in Knox County on Saturday. Vincennes University annually sponsors a popular event that tags Monarch butterflies as they make their way to Mexico during the cold seasons. Community members of all ages participated in Monarch Madness at Fox Ridge Nature Park on September 24 during a warm fall day.
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Media Advisory: Technology Center Open House

Vincennes University will celebrate the grand opening of three new state-of-the-art labs in the Technology Center with an Open House.
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Media Advisory: Washington Junior High School Design and Innovation Studio Ribbon Cutting

Media are invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Washington Junior High School Design and Innovation Studio. Vincennes University has provided funding for the Washington Junior High Design and Innovation Studio.
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Prospective students invited to PreVU Days this fall

PreVU Day is the perfect event to start learning more about Vincennes University and experience a day in the life of a Trailblazer. VU will host three PreVU Days during the Fall 2022 semester. The open house events for prospective students and their families are Saturday, Sept. 17; Friday, Oct. 14; and Saturday, Nov. 12, on the Vincennes Campus in Jefferson Student Union, 1401 N. Chestnut St.
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Delegation of Hungarian officials and experts visit VU

President Dr. Chuck Johnson welcomed a delegation of 19 agriculture officials and experts representing Hungary to Vincennes University on Thursday, Sept. 1. Parliament member Győrffy Balázs who serves in the National Assembly of Hungary, is president of the Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture, and is vice president of the Committee on Agriculture was among the delegates who visited the Vincennes Campus. The delegation’s first stop was at the 45,000-square foot state-of-the-art VU Agricultural Center on Highway 41. The stunning and modern facility opened in 2019 and is home to the University’s John Deere Tech, Agribusiness, Horticulture, and Agriculture programs, in addition to the Purdue Extension Food Safety Training Hub. 
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VU Education Club hosts dance for community members with exceptionalities

The end of the summer is the last time to enjoy eating ice cream on a hot summer day or to take a dip in a pool for a refreshing swim. For FRIENDS, a club for adults 18 and older from Knox County who have developmental disabilities and exceptionalities, they celebrated with an End of Summer Dance hosted by the Vincennes University Education Club on Monday, August 29, at Green Activities Center.
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Show your Trailblazer spirit on College Colors Day

Celebrate College Colors Day by wearing blue and gold to share your love for Vincennes University and show your Trailblazer spirit on Friday, Sept. 2. VU is joining universities and colleges throughout the country to celebrate College Colors Day, which takes place every Friday before Labor Day.
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VU receives $1 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to expand pre-college programs

Vincennes University has received a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. through its initiative, Indiana Youth Programs on Campus. The grant will help VU broaden its series of Pre-College Programs for K-12 students. The Lilly Endowment initiative is designed to help Indiana colleges and universities to engage youth, ages 5 to 18, in high-quality on-campus enrichment programs that encourage young people to explore their interests and envision a future for themselves in college.
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VU Board honors outgoing Trustee George Ridgway for decades of service

Wednesday’s Vincennes University Board of Trustees meeting was the first for the 2022-23 academic year. It was also the final meeting for longtime outgoing Trustee and 1966 VU alumnus George Ridgway. The Board honored Ridgway for his service, leadership, and dedication to VU. On behalf of the Board, VU President Dr. Chuck Johnson presented Ridgway with a framed resolution of appreciation. Ridgway has served as a VU Trustee since October 2013. He will end his term on Oct. 2. The Board met on Wednesday, Aug. 24, in the Center for Innovation, Technology, and Innovation at the VU Jasper Campus. The August meeting took the Trustees on a deep dive into VU’s innovative initiatives and efforts that support industry partners and students at all education levels. 
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Photo gallery: A look back at Fall Semester 2022 Welcome Week

It was great to see so many new and familiar faces as we welcomed students back to campus for the 2022-23 academic year. Welcome Week was packed with fun and unique events. We look back at a splendid l first week.
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Tickets on sale for VU Alumni Association’s 70th annual Alumni Community Series

The Vincennes University Alumni Association is thrilled to announce its lineup for the 2022-2023 Alumni Community Series season. Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the series offers a lineup of talented artists to appeal to fans of a variety of genres of music at the breathtaking Red Skelton Performing Arts Center on the Vincennes University campus. VU alumni, students, and community friends are invited to enjoy these entertaining performances throughout the six-show season.
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Notice of Meeting: Vincennes University Board of Trustees, 8-24-22

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES Wednesday, August 24, 2022 Vincennes University Jasper Campus Center for Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing 850 College Avenue Jasper, Indiana 47546
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Notre Dame football legend who inspired Rudy movie shares powerful messages with VU students

The University of Notre Dame and Rudy Ruettiger, whose true life story was immortalized in one of the best sports movies of all time, “Rudy”, are synonymous with each other. Before Ruettiger walked on to the Notre Dame football team and became a famous sports hero and motivational speaker, he studied at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana. At the time, Holy Cross was a two-year school. His Holly Cross education launched him on a trajectory that forever changed his life. Ruettiger was the featured speaker of Vincennes University Student Activities’ Welcome Week. Ruettiger kept VU students, faculty, and staff on the edge of their seats at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
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Photo Gallery: Move-In Fall 2022

Returning and new VU students are moving into residence halls and university apartments on the Vincennes Campus in preparation for the 2022-23 academic year. It is a picture-perfect day for Move-In.
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Kimmell family, VU honor former Vincennes mayor with scholarship and historical marker

​ Kimmell Park is a place many people know and have visited as a go-to spot for fishing, picnicking, walking, playing, and other recreational fun within a stone’s throw of Vincennes University. The park is named for Joseph W. Kimmell, the former mayor of Vincennes. Vincennes University and the family of the historic park’s namesake are paying homage to the outstanding luminary in a remarkable fashion. A special historical marker is being erected this week near the park's limestone shelter house in recognition of Joseph Kimmell and his contributions toward the construction of the popular park that attracts families from southwest Indiana and neighboring Illinois. In coordination with the installation, the Kimmell family has made an extraordinary announcement. The family has established an endowed scholarship in honor of their grandfather, who served as Vincennes mayor from 1929-1938.
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Information Technology programs achieve global recognition for providing highest quality education

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Associate Degree Board of Commissioners has reaffirmed the accreditation of the Information Technology programs at Vincennes University, validating the high quality of the programs and faculty. "Vincennes University has shown its commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process," ACBSP Chief Accreditation Officer Dr. Steve Parscale said. "This reaffirmation of accreditation is evidence that they are committed to maintaining the highest quality business education for their students for the next 10 years, just as they have done since 2011."
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New academic year kicks off with Opening Meeting

The pace of change in higher education is accelerating. Vincennes University President Dr. Chuck Johnson and several other University leaders offered updates on the VU strategic plan, “Going Further, Faster” and detailed the University's progress during its annual Opening Meeting. Faculty and staff from across VU sites and locations attended virtually plus filled the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center on Monday, Aug. 8, for the first in-person Opening Meeting since prior to the global pandemic in 2019.
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Project ASPIREE grant renewed, program helps students pursue postsecondary education

The Project ASPIREE (Achieving Success through Participation In Reaching Educational Excellence) program sponsored by Vincennes University has secured a renewal grant that will provide $328,413 this year to underrepresented students who have the potential to succeed in higher education. Project ASPIREE identifies and assists individuals from income-eligible backgrounds or potential first-generation students. It is a federally funded TRIO Talent Search Program supported by the Department of Education. VU’s program is funded for a five-year cycle.
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VU introduces new accelerated nursing bachelor’s degree

Vincennes University will offer a new bachelor’s degree program in nursing at its Vincennes and Jasper campuses beginning in August. The LPN to BSN program will provide an accelerated path for licensed practical nurses to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as they build on the prior knowledge they accumulated as LPNs and transition to careers as registered nurses.
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VU Alumni Association accepting Davis Citation for Service Award nominations

The Vincennes University Alumni Association is soliciting nominations for the 2022 Walter A. Davis Memorial Citation. All University alumni and friends are eligible to make nominations at any time, however, the deadline for the 2022 award nominations is Aug. 14, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. EDT.
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VU partners with Amazon in Career Choice program

Vincennes University has an established history with Amazon. When Amazon came calling on Vincennes University in 2019, VU developed a first-of-its-kind robotics and automation apprenticeship program for the global online retail giant. Now, Amazon and VU are expanding their partnership through another program that offers Amazon employees a fully-funded college education. The Amazon Career Choice program offers hourly Amazon employees in Indiana and throughout the U.S. the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree, associate degree, or certificate. Amazon is covering the tuition, fees, and books that will allow employees to move into higher-paying, in-demand jobs.
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VU Engineering has developed a Direct Admit Transfer Agreement

A Direct Admit Transfer Agreement is now in place guaranteeing Vincennes University graduates a spot in the University of Evansville’s Engineering Program with a scholarship worth at least $18,000.
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VU Upward Bound program awarded $2.25 million grant

The Vincennes University TRIO Upward Bound program was recently funded $2.25 million to serve populations of first-generation and income-eligible high school students interested in pursuing a college education. The program, which serves students at 12 area high schools in southwest Indiana, was awarded the grant from the U.S. Department of Education. It will receive nearly $450,000 annually for a five-year cycle. "This grant will help potential first-generation college students advance their education at a two-year or four-year college," VU Upward Bound Director Lisa Spivey said. “Navigating the college preparation process can be a daunting task, and Upward Bound activities can make this a much smoother process for students."
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Summer at VU means diverse academies and camps for all ages and interests

The summer program season at Vincennes University is in full swing and bustling with activities. From robotics to music production to a healthcare escape room to hydroponic agriculture to writer studios, youth of various ages and backgrounds are coming together for a summer of unforgettable experiences. VU offers a unique environment for engaged and creative learning through its summer pre-college programs, sports camps, STEM academies, and more.
Crane Army Ammunition Activity (CAAA) employees completed a five-day hands-on training course at Vincennes University in Electrical Motor Control Systems on Monday, June 27, 2022.


Crane Army chooses VU for Industrial Maintenance Training

Vincennes University’s Business & Industry Industrial Maintenance training program completed training for Crane Army Ammunition Activity (CAAA) employees on Monday, June 27. The CAAA employees completed a five-day hands-on training course in Electrical Motor Control Systems. In the course, students study and apply industry-relevant skills, including how to operate, install, design, and troubleshoot AC electric motor control circuits for various applications.
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Spotlight shines on summer camps and programs at VU Board of Trustees meeting

The Vincennes University Board of Trustees during its June 13 meeting in the Shake Learning Resource Center, heard reports from staff and faculty about the robust camps and pre-college programs VU is hosting this summer for youths from throughout Indiana. Many of whom are from communities historically underrepresented in higher education. VU offers a broad range of enrichment programs and camps focused on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, sports, and more. A number of the educational experiences and adventures are at no cost to youths and their families, thanks to many generous supporters, including Lilly Endowment Inc.
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VU hosts surveying technology camp showcasing in-demand careers

High school students experienced a different kind of summer camp during their three-day stay at Vincennes University. The new and unique Surveying Technology Summer Camp was filled with hands-on learning. Campers were busy learning to use electronic instruments. They measured elevations and distances, jotted down data in field books, and drew sketches. The students also got a taste of college life.
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NOTICE OF MEETING: Vincennes University Board of Trustees, 6-13-22

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES Monday, June 13, 2022 Learning Resource Center – Innovation Room #112 130 E. College Avenue Vincennes, Indiana 47591 (All Times are Eastern Daylight Time) John Stachura, Chairman
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VU Law Enforcement grad Nataly Sandoval lives to serve others

Although Nataly Sandoval loves the thrills of her future law enforcement career, the Vincennes University alumna's passion lies with the satisfaction she gets from helping others in the community. Originally from Washington, Indiana, Sandoval '22 has lived in Vincennes, Indiana, for the past five years. She graduated in April from VU and earned an associate degree in Law Enforcement.
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VU student chosen for prestigious summer journalism internship

Olivia Tucker’s favorite place is in a newsroom. She loves to write. And the Vincennes University Graphic Design major is doing a lot of it this summer. She is in the midst of a prestigious internship. Tucker '22 is participating in the Eugene S. Pulliam Internship Program named in honor of the late publisher of The Indianapolis Star and The Indianapolis News. The Hoosier State Press Association sponsors the highly selective internship.
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Faculty and Staff Spotlight: Meet Assistant Professor Kirk Abendroth

Assistant Professor Kirk Abendroth has fielded lots of questions about Russia's invasion of Ukraine from his students, the media, and others. Abendroth is a history expert and a professor of History, Political Science, and Economics. He teaches political science, American national government, and personal law. He also teaches elementary social studies methods for the Education Department and applied psychology for the Psychology and Sociology Department. Abendroth attended Indiana State University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Social Science Education and a pair of master’s degrees in Physical Education and U.S. History. The Iowa City, Iowa native began his journey as a work study in 1980 at VU’s library. Eighteen years later, he decided to pursue his passion for teaching at VU in 1998 and has loved it since.
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VU brings cutting-edge STEM studios to elementary schools

Vincennes University is launching Design and Innovation Studios in elementary schools throughout Indiana, in partnership, with the Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) at Purdue University.  VU is boosting STEM education in K-8 schools to cultivate the next generation of high-tech thinkers and doers.
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Surveying Professor Jessica Hess stokes students’ passion in high demand industry

Jessica Hess is teaching Vincennes University students how relishing in the fresh open air of the outdoors and calculating geographical data is just another perk of the wonderful world of surveying.  The Surveying Technology Program Coordinator gets to do what she loves best while sharing her knowledge and passion with others. As a spirit of nature, Hess loves to be outdoors. VU is the only institution in Indiana that offers an associate degree in Surveying Technology. The University also offers a bachelor's degree in Surveying Management.
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VU students, staff receive Indiana Awards for Excellence

Vincennes University students Karlie Pummel and Luke Schirmer, in addition to VU's Collaborative Opportunities for Postsecondary Education (COPE) Student Support Services program received Awards for Excellence from the Indiana Governor’s Workforce Cabinet. The Indiana Career and Technical Educational (CTE) Awards for Excellence highlight the extraordinary achievements of students, partners, and programs in Indiana that exemplify the ideal qualities of CTE. Award recipients are exceptional individuals who have contributed to the success of CTE through the quality of their work and their involvement in the CTE community.
Trailblazer Teaching Academy participants with Dr. Chuck Johnson, Dr. Laura Treanor and Rick Kribs


Trailblazer Teaching Academy launches new VU faculty on a positive trajectory

New faculty bring fresh ideas, unique experiences, and different perspectives to the classroom. Through the Trailblazer Teaching Academy, the Vincennes University Office of the Provost is leveraging the strengths of all new faculty, enhancing their knowledge, and expanding their skill set to provide superb learning experiences for VU students through this innovative initiative.
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White Coat Ceremony celebrates Class of 2022

Between graduating from Vincennes University and starting his pursuit of a neuroscience degree at IUPUI, Andrew Brumett is interning this summer at the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center. Brumett will work on projects related to breast and brain cancers. VU’s Chemistry Department honored Brummet and other recent graduates with a Chemical Sciences Lab Coat Ceremony. Faculty presented white lab coats to the students during the special event. It is a tradition that has become a rite of passage for VU graduates and marks a symbolic and significant step forward in their career pursuits.
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VU faculty Caleb Wayman named to Conexus Indiana Rising 30 list

Caleb Wayman, site director of the Vincennes University Advanced Internship in Manufacturing (AIM) Program, has been recognized as an emerging leader in advanced manufacturing and logistics. He is among 30 honorees under 30 years of age named to the Conexus Indiana Rising 30 Class of 2022. Wayman was celebrated for his early career achievements along with other young industry leaders in Indianapolis on Wednesday, May 11.
VU graduate Devon Myers stands on the patio of Jefferson Union with colorful chairs and the VU water tower behind him.


VU Alumni Devon Myers: Blazing His Trail To Many Languages and Diverse Opportunities

Devon Myers's admiration of fascinating languages and cultures has only fueled his determination to gain perspective on the diverse customs and values cherished by various groups of people. It all started with the Linton, Indiana native's curiosity of foreign languages, beginning in a Spanish class during his freshman year of high school.  He graduated in April with two associate degrees, one in World Languages and Cultures and the other in Public Relations and Communication. Myers plans to take a break from school to save money before continuing his education to obtain a degree in international business.
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Trailblazer Karissa Gayer is mapping her path in male-dominated fields

From a young age, Karissa Gayer has always loved the great outdoors.  Any time she can, the new Vincennes University graduate is speeding around on her four-wheeler, exploring the terrain, going to recreational 3D bow and arrow shoots, and playing fetch with her German Shorthaired Pointer dog, Gracie. Never wasting an opportunity to venture into the vast outdoors, Gayer knew she wanted to go into a career that mainly revolved around being outside in nature. Following her passion, Gayer recently completed associate degrees in Surveying Technology and Architectural Studies Technology/CAD. VU is the only institution in Indiana that offers a degree in Surveying Technology, making VU the best choice for Gayer. The program also boasts a 100 percent graduation placement rate.
Class of 2022 VU graduates clapping and wearing caps and gowns during Spring 2022 Commencement at P.E. Complex


Sights and sounds of Spring 2022 Commencement

Congratulations to our outstanding and newest graduates! Vincennes University celebrated the Class of 2022 in person at the 216th annual Spring Commencement at the P.E. Complex on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Two ceremonies took place at the Vincennes Campus, at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The ceremonies were divided by college. 
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Digging deep: VU students place third in national soils judging competition

Vincennes University believes in providing hands-on learning experiences. Students in the College of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics’ Agriculture 102 and Agriculture 202 classes recently immersed themselves in a truly hands-on experience by jumping in and getting their hands dirty identifying soil layers at a national competition. The students competed in the Soils Judging Contest at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) 2022 Judging Conference in North Platte, Nebraska with VU Adjunct Professor Randy Staley.  VU was awarded third place overall in the 2-Year Division of the Soils Judging Contest. 
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New public art collection enriches Vincennes Campus

Stepping onto the Vincennes University campus is like stepping into an outdoor art gallery. A bright blue and white aluminum form stands prominently before the Center for Art and Design. The sculpture, named Twisted Botanical Wave, is one of several new public art installations on the Vincennes Campus.
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Notice of Meeting: VU Board of Trustees Finance/Revenue Committee, 5-3-22

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Meet VU's Spring 2022 Commencement Student Speakers

Vincennes University has a tradition of elevating student voices. Student speakers Taven Noll, Karlie Pummel, and Brock Wilson will address their peers and guests at Spring 2022 Commencement on the Vincennes Campus. The trio will take the Commencement stage on Saturday, April 30, at the P.E. Complex, 1401 N. Chestnut St.
VU graduates celebrate Spring Commencement in the P.E. Complex


Class of 2022 to celebrate 216th Commencement in person

Vincennes University will award 2,177 degrees and certificates over three days of in-person Spring Commencement ceremonies.  The exercises will mark a significant milestone for the Class of 2022 as the proud graduates cross the commencement stage and embark upon new and exciting journeys. VU will hold two Spring 2022 Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the Vincennes Campus at the P.E. Complex, 1401 N. Chestnut St. Tickets are required for guests.
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VU Board of Trustees approves promotions and tenure at April meeting

The Vincennes University Board of Trustees approved faculty and staff promotions and faculty tenure, effective with the 2022-23 fiscal year or 2022-23 academic year contract, when it met on Wednesday, April 20.
Head shots of 2022 Honorary Doctorate recipients Jeffrey A. Harrison, on the left, and Teresa Lubbers, on the right


Meet VU’s Spring 2022 Commencement Honorary Doctorate Recipients: Jeffrey A. Harrison and Teresa Lubbers

Vincennes University will proudly confer honorary doctorates to a pair of distinguished achievers and leaders, business executive Jeffrey A. Harrison and longtime public servant Teresa Lubbers, at the University’s 216th Commencement. Harrison is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Energy Group, one of Indiana’s largest utilities. Lubbers is the former Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education. VU will present the honorary degrees to Harrison and Lubbers at the 2022 Spring Commencement exercises on Saturday, April 30 in the P.E. Complex on the Vincennes Campus.
VU Associate Professor of Music Scott Mercer sits with a guitar on his lap in the John Mellencamp Audio Recording Studio at the Shircliff Humanities Center on the Vincennes Campus


For the love of the guitar: VU Professor Scott Mercer will have an article featured in Guitar Player magazine

The rhythmic sound that comes from the strum of a guitar is why Vincennes University Associate Professor of Music Scott Mercer chose a career path in the music industry. His appreciation for the instrument developed after listening to the acoustics of a guitar on repeat from rock record CDs. After some practice and raw talent, Mercer discovered he had a gift for the musical arts. Guitar Player magazine will publish an article written by Mercer in its May 2022 issue. 
VU alumni Kurt Pangborn standing in front of a VU sculpture in the Shake Learning Resource Center on the Vincennes Campus.


VU Alumni Kurt Pangborn: Inspiring Others With Words of Wisdom and Blazing A Trail in Athletics

The sky's the limit for Vincennes University Alumni Kurt Pangborn, as he is defeating the odds and is pursuing his passion in the sports management industry. Pangborn was born with an eye condition called congenital glaucoma, leaving him with impaired vision and undergoing approximately 40 eye surgeries. He has not let this stop him.  The New Castle, Indiana, native graduated from VU in 2009 with an associate degree in Sports Management. Pangborn is currently living his dream as Assistant Director for Athletic Tours and Ticket Operations at Indiana University Bloomington.
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NOTICE OF MEETING: Vincennes University Board of Trustees, 4-20-22

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES Wednesday, April 20, 2022 Learning Resource Center – Innovation Room #112 130 E. College Avenue Vincennes, Indiana 47591 (All Times are Eastern Daylight Time)
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Faculty and Staff Spotlight: Meet Elizabeth Hutchinson, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

Parent and Family Services Coordinator Elizabeth Hutchinson provides assistance and support to the parents and family members of Vincennes University students. Parents and families are an important part of a student's success. Hutchinson and her co-workers in the Office of Parents and Families Services offer support through a popular e-newsletter, an active social media presence, in-person events, and more. Hutchinson earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Indiana before joining the VU family in 2021.
Three female Surgical Technology students and a female Surgical Technology professor pose with a #BlazersGive sign wearing surgical gowns, scrubs, masks and protective eyewear


Blazers Give Day brings Trailblazers together to support students

Everyone showed off their Trailblazer spirit and philanthropic spirit during Vincennes University’s second annual #BlazersGive Day on Thursday, April 7. For 24 hours, VU alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends everywhere celebrated the University’s longstanding tradition of excellence and offering students the very best educational opportunities as they strive to reach their fullest potential.
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VU debuts OSHA Safety Training in Lebanon

Vincennes University’s Gene Haas Training Center in Lebanon will host OSHA Safety Training classes starting in May. VU hosts training primarily geared to occupational safety and health topics throughout the Midwest in cooperation with the University of Cincinnati and the Great Lakes OSHA Education Center.
Two Vincennes University female students standing between VU mascot, Trailblazer Willie


Prospective students invited to PreVU Days on April 22 and 23

Vincennes University invites potential students and their families to experience a snapshot of life at VU during PreVU Days on Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23. The Office of Admissions is hosting this free event with activities starting at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, 20 Red Skelton Blvd., on the Vincennes Campus at 9 a.m. ET.  
Project EXCEL student Olivia Freeman, left, stands next to Project EXCEL adjunct faculty member Dawn Crone, right


Project EXCEL student-faculty duo headed to Hawaii to explore military history

Vincennes University dual credit student Olivia Freeman is exploring history in a way she never dreamed, and waiting on the other end for her is a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Hawaii. The Brownsburg, Indiana High School junior is one-half of a teacher-student high school team chosen to participate in the Sacrifice for Freedom: World War II in the Pacific Student and Teacher Institute. The teacher half is VU adjunct faculty member and Brownsburg High School Social Studies teacher Dawn Crone. The program is through National History Day.
VU student Brock Wilson stands in front of the water fountain located near Updike Hall


School spirit, robots, and friendships: Brock Wilson embraces campus life

When he’s not in class, Advanced Manufacturing Automation Technology major Brock Wilson is on the go. He is a student ambassador, Admissions tour guide, automotive club member, and he is currently serving as Vincennes University’s famous Trailblazer Willie mascot.
VU Fashion Major Kenli Mays


Fashion Forward: Kenli Mays is blazing her trail with unique designs

Sewing different, unique fabrics together to create a custom statement piece and displaying it to others is what drives Kenli Mays’ passion for fashion. The Vincennes University Fashion major's favorite style to design is Y2K fashion. She loves the many influences she can create with this style, adding bits of alternative, hip hop, and pop to her clothing.
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VU hosting free COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinic

Vincennes University is holding a free COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinic for students, staff, faculty, and the community at the Vincennes Campus on Tuesday, March 22.
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Make a difference on Blazers Give Day, April 7

Blazers Give Day is a chance for Trailblazers to make a positive difference every day at Vincennes University. VU’s second Blazers Give Day is Thursday, April 7, 2022. The 24-hour University-wide online giving campaign and celebration of Trailblazer spirit kicks off at midnight. "The One Day That Makes A Difference Every Day" unites alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends anywhere in the world to make an impact that carries forward each and every day.
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Arbor Day Foundation honors VU with Tree Campus Higher Education recognition

Vincennes University was honored with a 2021 Tree Campus Higher Education recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. VU is promoting healthy trees and green spaces on the 200-plus acre Vincennes Campus in addition to engaging students, faculty, and staff in the spirit of conservation while contributing to a healthier environment and a more sustainable world for all.
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VU President Dr. Chuck Johnson Statement on Ukraine

Along with those across the U.S. and the world, we have been shocked by the aggression of Russia in its invasion of Ukraine and saddened for the many lives that have been lost or disrupted as a result. This act of war is an affront to the values of a democratic society and the values of Vincennes University, which embrace collaboration, open dialogue and cooperation, and respect for cultural diversity and individual freedom. Therefore, I call upon all members of the VU community to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
VU Student Tenny Fatoke



Blasting rocking pop tunes at 8 a.m. is the perfect boost Tenny Fatoke needs to get her juices flowing for a productive day at Vincennes University. Emigrating from Nigeria, Fatoke made her home in Indianapolis in 2018. She then journeyed south to Vincennes after graduating from Christel House Academy and is pursuing an associate degree in Public Relations.
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VU Board of Trustees receives university-wide updates during retreat

The Vincennes University Board of Trustees held a retreat on Tuesday, March 1, in Indianapolis. The trustees heard reports from various individuals about the latest and extraordinary happenings at VU, discussed plans for the University, and learned about the countless ways the institution is serving the University population, partners, Hoosiers throughout the state of Indiana, and others. Joining the Board were members of the Vincennes University Foundation Executive Committee.
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VU introduces mask-optional policy for all campuses and sites

Vincennes University is easing its COVID-19 protocols by adopting a mask-optional policy for students, faculty, staff, and visitors at all VU campuses and sites throughout Indiana, effective at 5 p.m. Eastern on Monday, February 28. Individuals have the option to wear masks or face coverings if they choose.

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