Class Acts — 2013

Alumni, Class Acts — By on May 3, 2013 12:07 pm

CLASS ACTS

1960s

Larry Lain, ’69, has retired after 43 years of teaching. He taught for seven years at junior and senior high schools in Frankfort and Marion, Ind., and for 36 years at the University of Dayton, where he was the professor of journalism. He has written three books on journalism education and eight travel books and has worked for several newspapers. He is married to Barbara (Bakel) Lain, ’69, and they reside in Dayton, Ohio.

1970s

George W. “Sandy” Schaefer, ’70, received the 2013 Teaching Excellence Award the Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees.

Joe Evelo, ’72, financial advisor and co-director of the Cintas Institute for Business Ethics at Xavier University, presented at the eighth annual Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Conference in April.

Tony Lux, ’73G, has retired as superintendent from the Merrillville Community Schools.

Steve McColley, ’73, ’76G, ’99G, has retired as superintendent of Wes-Del Community Schools.

Anibal Taboas, ’73, was appointed by Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn to serve a seat
on the Governors State University board of trustees.

Jerry Reese, ’74, ’79G, has retired from teaching at Castle South Middle School.

Todd W. Brown, ’75, ’76G, has been named vice president of food safety and quality at Blount Fine Foods.

Bruce Lemmon, ’75, will continue to serve as commissioner of the Department of Correction under Governor Mike Pence’s administration.

Pam Blesch, ’76, ’94G, gave a presentation at Indiana State, entitled, “Serving Through Giving: A Lifetime of Servant Leadership.” The speech was focused on her journey through her nursing career.

Kevin Leissring, ’76G, was named president and CEO of First Merit Wisconsin, pending the acquisition of Citizens Republic Bancorp by First Merit Corp.

Craig McKee, ’79, gave the alumni commencement address to December 2012 graduates at Indiana State University.

Terry Modesitt, ’79, of Modesitt Law Office was the guest feature at Lunch with a Lawyer at the Wabash Senior Activity Center in Terre Haute.

1980s

Abigail Eutsler, Mark Eutsler, Governor Mike Pence, First Lady Karen Pence, Andrew Eutsler, and Therese Eutsler

Abigail Eutsler, Mark Eutsler, Governor Mike Pence, First Lady Karen Pence, Andrew Eutsler, and Therese Eutsler

Mark Eutsler, ’80, IPL 500 Festival Parade Co-Chair of Linden, was presented with an autographed copy of John Philip Sousa IV’s book, John Philip Sousa’s America: The Patriot’s Life in Images and Words at the 66th Mid-West Clinic, An International Band and Orchestra Conference held at McCormick Place in Chicago. Eutsler attended the conference with Parade Director Toni Meyer promoting it to band directors and travel consultants.

Abigail Eutsler, Mark Eutsler, Governor Mike Pence, First Lady Karen Pence, Andrew Eutsler, and Therese Eutsler share a moment at the Indiana Society of Washington Inaugural Ball at the Omni Shoreham Regency in Washington, D.C.

Olga Imperial Keegan, ’81, became a member of F.C. Tucker Company’s President’s Club and Executive Club for outstanding sales volume in 2012. Keegan was also a recipient of the Bud Tucker Volunteer of the Year Award and immediate past president of the Association of International Women in Indianapolis.

Bruce Baldwin, ’82, a longtime government advisor, retired as executive director of the Muncie Redevelopment Commission.

Amy Bollinger, ’82, was name executive director of the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services in July of 2012.

Traci Mariano, ’85, directed the performance of “All That Remains” that was featured at the Kuma Kahua Theatre in Honolulu.

David Durkee, ’86, was appointed to serve as president of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union.

Rob K. Loesch, ’87, was promoted to credit analyst at the Greenville National Bank in Ohio.

Kym Pfrank, ’87, has been appointed to the position of senior vice president and chief operating officer at Union Hospital.

1990s

Chris Black, ’90G, has been named the Chief Financial Officer of Viamedia, based in Lexington, Ky.

Tijjani Mohammed, ’90, was named chair of the department of technology systems at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., where has been on the faculty for the past 16 years.

Randy Gentry, ’90, retained the position of Vigo County chairperson of the Republican Party.

Tony Truelove, ’91, has been named marketing manager for Eaton’s North America truck operations.

Kristin Adams, ’93, is the director of the Office of Health Performance Management at the Indiana Department of Health.

Leah Chandler, ’93, has been selected as the chief marketing officer for the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Biff Williams speaks during the awards ceremony for the College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services.

Biff Williams speaks during the awards ceremony for the College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services.

Dr. Richard “Biff” Williams, ’95G, founding dean of the College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services at Indiana State University, has been selected as the university’s next provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Scotty Stepp, ’96, recently returned to his alma mater to perform in the Faculty Artist Series at Indiana State.

Tim Leman, ’97, has been named Outstanding Young Business Leader by the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County.

Dr. Michael Wilcox, ’97, ’10G, ’12Ph.D., has been named the new superintendent of Richland Bean Blossom Community School Corporation.

Joe Rutledge, ’98, senior trooper of the Indiana State Police was promoted to sergeant and will supervise road troopers assigned to Parke and Vermilion counties.

Keith Fonseca, ’99G, has been selected as the new recreation director for Middle Township.

Eric Nicholas, ’99, was named as eastern region senior commercial lending executive of First Financial Bank.

Pete Powers, ’99, will serve the Greene County General Hospital as its hospitalist and is also seeing patients at the Greene County Health-Lone Tree Medical Clinic.

2000s

Todd Carter, ’02G, athletics director at Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kan. was appointed to a four-year term on the Kansas Athletic Commission.

Layton Wall, ’03G, has retired from his position as Superintendent of White River Valley School.

Alan P. Morrison, ’05G, was named special projects gift officer in the Office of Institutional Advancements at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Neal Mottesheard, ’07, was appointed as the marketing associate for the Bison Financial Group in Lafayette.

Elaina Ateke, ’08, has joined the Peace Corps to work as an HIV/AIDS educator in Namibia.

Corey Crum, ’09, an award-winning artist and instructor in drawing and painting at St. Joseph’s College in Jasper County, was featured by Prairie Arts Council for his “Once Living Things: Paintings, Drawings and Sculptures” collection.
Deda Rush, ’09, was honored as Emerging Professional by the business education association for her work as Union Junior/Senior High School’s business teacher.

2010s

Shanel Poole, ’10, was recognized as a recipient of the 2013 Torchbearer Awards by the Indiana Commission for Women (ICW) at the annual Ceremony held in the Indiana Government Center Auditorium.

Doug Allison, ’11G, has been named principal at Warren Central Elementary School.

Bernie McGee, ’11, graduated from the 72nd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in December 2012. He has been assigned to the Lafayette post.

Jason Gorcoff, ‘12G, had his art collection entitled “New Work” featured in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at Penn State Altoona.

OF SPECIAL NOTE

GOLD-Award

President Dan Bradley, Rachel Leslie and T.J. Mattick

Rachel Leslie, ’05, and T.J. Mattick, ’01, ’05G, were recognized by the Alumni Association as 2013 Graduate of the Last Decade award recipients at the annual Founder’s Day celebration.

Pictured (from left): Front row: Abby Shanks, Violet Pangan, Rosalie Shanks and Natalie Shanks.  Second row: President Daniel J. Bradley, David Hagerman, ’71, Betty Heine, Barbara Hagerman, ’69, ’70G, ’74Ph.D., Joanne Hollenbeck, ’70, Sam Shanks, ’85, and Director of the ISU Alumni Association, Rex Kendall.  Third Row: Catherine Hagerman Pangan, ’95, Susan Borgnini, ’72, and Ted Shanks.

Pictured (from left): Front row: Abby Shanks, Violet Pangan, Rosalie Shanks and Natalie Shanks. Second row: President Daniel J. Bradley, David Hagerman, ’71, Betty Heine, Barbara Hagerman, ’69, ’70G, ’74Ph.D., Joanne Hollenbeck, ’70, Sam Shanks, ’85, and Director of the ISU Alumni Association, Rex Kendall. Third Row: Catherine Hagerman Pangan, ’95, Susan Borgnini, ’72, and Ted Shanks.

The Heine family was presented with the 2013 Legacy Award at the annual Founder’s Day event for their continued commitment to and support of Indiana State University.

Dan Doan, ’82G, Todd Osburn, ’85, Jim Sunday, ’72, ’77G, and Jeff Taylor, ’75, have joined the Indiana State University Foundation’s board of directors.

 


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