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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

* Service for Isabella Fine Set for Today

Isabella Fine passed away June 3, at home. She was 96 years old. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the eighth of 11 children and often said that wisdom and appreciation of life "comes from our families." Isabella's passion for life and sense of humor were widely acknowledged, and her desire to laugh and learn was unmatched.

She contributed to and received greatly from her engagement in the Evansville community.  She served as director of Special Projects under UE President Wallace Graves and was active in the Harlaxton Society.  She was food editor at the Evansville Courier and Press for many years.  Isabella had been president of Washington Elementary School PTA, and board member of Bosse and Harrison High School’s PTAs. She was chair of the board of directors of the Raintree Council Girl Scouts of America. A member of Temple Adath B'Nai Israel, she served as president of the Sisterhood and was the principal of the Temple Religious School. Most recently she had been involved in the EVSC Foundation, serving on the Emeritus Board of Directors, the Public Education Foundation, the New Harmony Project, as well as lending support to the EVSC Signature School.  She served on the boards of the Evansville Philharmonic Guild, Evansville Museum, Channel 9 WNIN, and the YWCA, where she was recently named one of the outstanding women of the last 100 years.

Isabella received her bachelor's degree in home economics and dietetics from the University of Kentucky.

She is survived by her son, Philip E. Fine and wife Genevieve of Kinnelon, N.J.; daughters, Rosalind Brawer and husband James of Montreal, Canada, and Amy Fine and husband Chester Hartman of Washington D.C.; grandchildren, Jennifer Fine, Tristan Fine, Jeremy Fine Hartman and Benjamin Fine Hartman, Naftali Brawer, Dovid Brawer, Devorah Karp, Nechama New, Chana Ehrentreu, Shana Bazelmans, and Tara Bazelmans-Potter and 23 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be today from 10 to 11 a.m. at Neu Chapel.  A commemoration of her life will begin at 11 a.m. at the chapel. A private burial will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery. Parking for the visitation and commemoration service at Neu Chapel will be in Parking Lot N on the corner of Rotherwood and Walnut.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity in honor of Isabella. Condolences may be made online to the family at

* Condolences

Emeritus Professor Helen Smith passed away on October 16, 2010.  Dr. Smith was the Dean of the School of Nursing until her retirement in 1984.  A memorial service is scheduled to celebrate Dr. Smith’s life on Saturday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 609 SE Second Street in Evansville, with Pastor Kevin Flemming officiating.  President Emeritus Wallace B. Graves will deliver the eulogy.  A copy of Dr. Smith’s obituary can be viewed at the following Web link:


Upcoming Events

* Experience Evansville: Visit UE!

The Office of Admission is having its annual summer Open House on Saturday, July 16. If you have family members, friends, or neighbors who are in high school and who could benefit from a visit to the UE campus, please encourage them to attend. They will join other prospective students from around the country in visiting with faculty members and learning about the scholarship opportunities available as well as touring campus including residence halls and Ridgway University Center.

They can register online or by calling the Office of Admission at 800-423-8633, ext. 2468. If this date does not work, please contact the Office of Admission for other visit opportunities.


Info You Should Know

* Apply for Marshall Scholarship for Graduate Study in the U.K.

Interested in studying in the United Kingdom after graduating? Then consider applying for a Marshall Scholarship, an award that finances young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the U.K. Up to 40 scholars from across the U.S. are selected each year to study at graduate level at a U.K. institution in any field of study.

Value: University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.

Eligibility: Open only to United States citizens who (at the time they take up their scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7. To qualify for awards tenable from October 2012, candidates must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university after April 2009.

Application Deadline: Sept. 1.

For more information, please contact Professor Rob Griffith in the Department of Creative Writing at, or visit the Marshall Scholarship Web site at



* Carol Dallinger Participates in Suzuki Association Conference

Carol Dallinger, Oramay Cluthe Eades Distinguished Professor of Music, recently returned from participating in the Suzuki Association of the Americas Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas. This conference focuses on the work of leaders in the Suzuki Association, including teacher trainers. The University of Evansville is one of only 17 colleges and universities in the nation to offer Suzuki training to music students. Professor Dallinger is a registered teacher trainer with the Suzuki Association.



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