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Donnie Dunville Is This Week's Hometown Hero

He's been a vital part of the University of Evansville's campus for decades.

Posted: Nov 14, 2020 2:34 PM
Updated: Nov 15, 2020 10:19 PM

He's been a vital part of the University of Evansville's campus for decades.

"I've been with the university for 22 years, but I've known about the legend of Donnie for 30," says Fred Wilson, UE Facilities Residential Manager.

Who is Donnie Dunville?

Well, for University of Evansville students, staff, and alumni, he's a very popular guy.

"He has a heart of gold," says Wilson. "You'll never meet anybody like him."

Donnie is the university's go-to guy; for the last 47 years to be exact.

"I've been in every building," says Donnie Dunville. "I can tell you a story about every building in one aspect."

His journey to becoming the Senior Maintenance Technician started as a 19-year-old in search of a job back in 1974.

"I didn' t really know what to do with my life at the time," says Dunville. "I thought, well it was another job."

But little did Donnie know this job would become his passion.

He quickly fell in love with the university and days turned into months, months into years.

One of his favorite things has been meeting students throughout the decades.

"I got to travel without going anywhere," says Dunville. "So that to me, that's interesting. The world is so small and I get to meet people from everywhere."

Donnie was formally recognizd in 82' when he was named UE Employee of the year. He received this distinction a second time in 99'.

In all he does, Donnie is always looking for ways to serve others whether it's by talking to students if they seem down, creating artwork for campus, or giving back.

"It's nothing for me to call him midnight to 3 in the morning and say 'hey Donnie can you go in? No problem.' He's always cheerfull, happy, ready to help," says Wilson. "He'll do anything for anybody."

Donnie standing by the university throughout many of the institutions trials and triumphs.

He has seen five university presidents, the addition of new buildings, and remembers when hearts were broken by the Men's Basketball Team plane crash in 1977.

"Every December 13th is my day of mourning," says Dunville.

Donnie's kindness also returned. Students and staff helping him as he battled cancer.

But depsite everything, Donnie says he's only missed a handful of days in all his years.

He recently retired, but says he's planning on still sticking around for some time.

"My life is here," says Dunville.

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