News from Vincennes University

‘How I Learned to Drive’ concludes run today

The Vincennes University Theatre program will conclude its presentation of “How I Learned to Drive,” with a 2 p.m. matinee today. Due to the subject matter, this production is intended for mature audience members. Children under the age of 13 will not be admitted.

Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “How I Learned to Drive” is Paula Vogel’s tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl (Li’l Bit) and an older man (Uncle Peck). The play tells the story from the perspective of Li’l Bit as an adult.

“How I Learned to Drive” features all-student actors, designers, and crew, including Elizabeth Ruppel of Vincennes and Lydia Hancock of Westphalia.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for non-VU students. VU employees and students will be admitted free with their university ID. Tickets may also be purchased online at or by phone or in person at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center Box Office, 812-888-4039. Box Office hours are posted on the website.

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and “How I Learned to Drive” is produced in partnership with the VU Counseling Center and Hope’s Voice. Hope’s Voice provides assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including crisis counseling, safety planning, and advocacy.

Counselors will be available in the lobby before, during, and the presentation.

Juried Student Art Exhibition opens at Shircliff Gallery

The 2018 Vincennes University Juried Student Art Exhibition will open on Tuesday at the Shircliff Gallery of Art with a reception and awards ceremony at 11 a.m. VU President Chuck Johnson will present the awards. Featuring 100 juried selections of works by VU Art and Design students, the exhibition will run through April 27.

For inclusion in the exhibition, student submissions were evaluated by an independent juror — an expert in the field of art with knowledge and understanding of undergraduate art works — which provides an educational experience for students in preparation for professional careers in art. Brett Anderson, associate professor of art at the University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, served as the juror.

Best of Show awards will be presented in two-dimensional medium and three-dimensional medium.  First place, second place, and honorable mentions will be awarded in the categories of Ceramics, Color and Design, Computer Art and Design, Drawing I, Drawing II, Graphic Design I, Graphic Design II, Graphic Design III, Painting, Photography I, Photography II, Printmaking, Sculpture, Three-Dimensional Design, and Two-Dimensional Design.

Vincennes University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Graduates have transferred to more than 70 four-year colleges and professional art schools around the country. The Shircliff Gallery is also a member of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG).

April Concert Series begins with ‘An Evening of Winds and Percussion’

An April Concert Series presented by the Vincennes University Department of Music will showcase talented students performing in a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles, including the Brass Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Concert Band, VU Connection, Jazz Ensemble, Blues Ensemble, and String Ensemble.

Concerts include “An Evening of Winds and Percussion” on Wednesday, “A Disney Cabaret” on April 22, “Jazz on the Wabash on April 24, and “Guitar Fest on April 26. Admission for all concerts is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“An Evening of Winds and Percussion” will feature a wide variety of traditional and contemporary wind literature, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at VU’s Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. The evening will showcase the Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Wade Baker; the Woodwind Ensemble, under the direction of Tom Wilson; and the Concert Band, under the direction of Susie Jackson.

Moving to Jefferson Union at 4 p.m. on April 22, “A Disney Cabaret” will feature the Concert Choir and the VU Connection. The students have worked diligently to create a cohesive choir and unified sound and look forward to presenting a fun and exciting show for all audiences. Musical selections will include show tunes and songs from Disney movies, musicals, and television programs. The choirs are under the direction of Juliet Gilchrist, VU instructor of music.

Featured performer Randy Villars, professional jazz pianist and saxophonist, will join three VU performing ensembles for an evening of “Jazz on the Wabash,” at 7:30 p.m. on April 24 at the Skelton Center. The performance will showcase the VU Connection and the Concert Choir, under the direction of Juliet Gilchrist, and the Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Wade Baker.

The Series will conclude with “Guitar Fest” on April 26, 7:30 p.m., at the Skelton Center. The concert will include feature the Blues Ensemble and String Ensemble as well as VU students, Music Department faculty, special guests Evan Twitty and his band, Wire and Wood, and additional guest artists.

The VU Music program is designed to allow students to complete the first two years of a baccalaureate degree in music, with studies available in music education, performance, theory and composition, therapy, business and industry, or church music.

The curriculum includes two years of music theory, ear training and aural skills, piano, and applied lessons, as well as opportunities to perform in a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles.

Bierhaus Doorway Scholarship deadline is April 30

Graduates of the four Knox County high schools are eligible for the 2018-19 William M. Bierhaus Doorway Scholarship to Vincennes University, according to Kristi Deetz, interim director of the VU Foundation.

The scholarship, established by William M. Bierhaus II in honor of his father, William M. Bierhaus, is for an incoming VU freshman who would not be able to attend college without the financial assistance of the Doorway Scholarship. The educational grant can amount to as much as $5,000 per school year for educational expenses and is intended to be awarded for two years.sunday lifestyle

To be considered for the scholarship, students must be nominated by an adult in the community — such as a high school teacher or counselor, a minister, or another community leader — who is familiar with the student, his or her academic background, community involvement, and financial need. No special application form is required; however, the student’s merits and education background should be included in the nomination letters. The writer should also indicate why the student should be considered for the scholarship.

Letters of recommendation should be sent by April 30 to the VU Foundation, 1002 N. First St., Vincennes IN 47591.