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At a Glance

Alumni Award Winners

Business leaders, philanthropists, and scholars were among the honorees when UIndy presented its 2016 Alumni Awards. The annual Alumni Honors & Recognition Banquet took place during Homecoming Week in October. This year’s awards and recipients are:

Distinguished Alumnus Award


Dr. James Hurrell '84, Director, National Center for Atmospheric Research

This award recognizes outstanding professional accomplishments or longtime service in a chosen occupation or profession. Hurrell graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a bachelor’s degree in earth-space science teaching, and from Purdue University (Indiana) with degrees in atmospheric science. He is director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, where he also works as a senior scientist in the climate and global dynamics division.

2014 Stephen Fry '87
2013 Don Ray ’50
2012 Julie Fritz '92
2011 John Erwin '77
2010 Samuel Pieh '75
2009 Tim Martin '80 and Beenu Sikand '99
2008 Angela Grigsby Espada ‘83
2007 Stephen Arthur ‘76
2006 General Alfred Ahner ‘47
2005 Tom Hathaway ‘54
2004 Linda Dillman ‘76
2003 William Friend ‘71
2002 Sharon Wilson ‘65
2001 Rev. Jon Eckels ’61 and John Foster ‘72
2000 Tom Zupancic ‘78
1999 no award presented
1998 Ralph Hiatt ‘32
1997 Carroll W. Moore ‘64
1996 James W. Magee ‘74
1995 Carl Breeding ’55 and George Warheit ‘49
1994 George B. Keenan ’49 and Charles W. Peckham, Sr. ‘52
1993 Joanna Baldwin Lantz ’53 and Stanley Warren ‘59
1992 Henry E. Busch ’34 and James R. East ‘53
1991 Raymond A. Lee ‘54
1990 Marlene J. O’Dell ‘56
1989 William A. Hayes ‘50
1988 Robert E. McBride ’48 and Dwight L. Smith ‘40
1987 Arthur C. Core ’37, Anna Dale Kek ’28, and Mickey Powell ‘61
1986 E. Craig Brandenburg ’30, William C. Green ’56, and Florabelle Williams Willson ‘49
1985 Lloyd E. Hiatt ‘40
1984 John M. Thompson ‘29
1983 Harry R. Davidson ‘28
1982 Dale E. Robinson ‘52
1981 Lynn W. Turner ‘27
1980 William J. Raspberry ‘58
1979 Herman T. Spieth ‘26
1978 Paul W. Milhouse ‘32
1977 Sherman A. Cravens ’42, John R. Knecht ’42, and Leolin E. Long ‘27
1976 Eloise Hardison Banks ’47, Seaborn W. Hillis ’57, and Henry E. Martinez ‘51
1975 Roy V. Davis ‘25
1974 William R. Beneman ’30 and Richard E. Emery ‘41
1973 Edna Miller ‘28
1972 J. Lynn Arbogast ’25 and Donald G. Emery ‘41
1971 Moses R. Mahoi ’50, Angus R. Nicoson ’42, Dean M. Ransburg ’54, and Henrietta Rider Showalter ‘41
1970 Ray R. Crowe ‘38
1969 Donald R. Carmony ‘29
1968 Paul Alexander ‘49

Distinguished Faculty/Staff Alumna Award

Rebecca Cartledge '06, School of Nursing Instructor

This award recognizes current faculty or staff who are alumni and who have demonstrated consistent dedication and superior service at the University. Cartledge works as a faith community nurse educator and coordinator of the clinical learning center. She oversees the Sim Lab on campus, been a faculty supervisor for the Student Nurse Association (SNA), and led international healthcare service-learning trips to Ecuador, Belize and the Dominican Republic. Her areas of concentration include nurse-midwifery, transcultural nursing, faith community nursing and simulation education. She is active with the Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis and leads student trips to the annual Global Missions Health Conference.

2014 Mark Weigand '78
2013 Dr. David Wantz '84
2011 Razin Bouzar ’08
2010 Peter Noot '77
2009 Julie Gahimer '85
2008 Dr. Sue Willey ‘75
2007 Virginia Maher ’78 ’80
2006 Cheryl Lawson ’66 ’71
2005 Michelle Stoneburner ’66
2004 Deborah Sachs ’78
2003 David Huffman ’64 and Linda S. Rodebaugh ’74 ’76

Education for Service Award


Dr. Ronald Morris '86, Ball State University professor


This award recognizes an alumnus or alumna whose life work has exemplified fulfillment of the philosophy underlying the UIndy motto, “Education for Service.”  Morris earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Indianapolis in 1986, and graduate degrees from Purdue University. A tenured professor at Ball State University, he teaches elementary social studies methods and is a Presidential Immersive Learning Fellow. He has taught elementary school in Perry Township and been an assistant professor of education at Texas Tech University.

Gene & Joanne Sease Award



Named in honor of former UIndy President Gene E. Sease and his wife, Joanne, this award recognizes couples who contribute their time, talent and treasure to the University.

Kendall '62 and Georgia '65 '72 Hottell

Ken graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 1962 with a business education degree and became curriculum counselor at the University three weeks later. After a master’s degree from Indiana University, he became the University of Indianapolis assistant business manager and later vice president for business and finance. Ken retired in 2002 after working at the University for 40 years. He is a longtime member of University Heights United Methodist Church and has served on the Franklin UMC board of directors. He is also a member of the Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow) and a volunteer for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

Georgia graduated from the University of Indianapolis with two degrees in elementary education (BS 1965, MA 1972). She was a cheerleader at the University of Indianapolis and played on the basketball team. She worked in Perry Township and retired as an elementary school teacher.

2014 Ron & Laura Strain and Ted Polk
2013 Scott and Jenny Fogo
2010 Orvall and Martha McCleary '49
2009 Dr. Robert '48 and Luella '48 McBride
2008 Cary ’68 & Vicky Hanni
2007 George '42 and Dorothy '39 Jacobs
2006 Clyde '63 & Barbara Fields
2005 Stan '62 & Amy '58 Zent
2004 Walter '74 & Janette '75 Koon
2003 Steve '66 & Sarah Hiatt '69 Maple
2002 Keith '51 & Effie Buchanan Brown '54
2001 Kevin '74 & Nancy Tucker '75 Hanni
2000 Paul '32 & Mary Noblitt '31 Milhouse
1999 Don '29 & Mary Hiatt Carmony
1998 Jim '74 & Peg Magee
1997 Barry '76 & Paula Thornburg '76 Howard
1996 Ralph '43 & Esther Grose '63 Coddington
1995 Mike '60 & Jeanne Wade '74 Watkins
1994 Robert '98H & Louise Dragoo '50 Barnett
1993 Gene '60 & Carolyn France '60 Lausch
1992 William '63 & Sharon Kiesel
1991 Harvey '41 & Iris '98H Showalter
1990 Harold '95H & Ann Cory '48 Bretz

Honorary Alumni Award



This award recognizes and honors individuals who are not graduates of the University of Indianapolis but have demonstrated their commitment to the institution over a significant period of time.

Robert & Marjorie Begeman

Inspired by the quality of the Krannert School of Physical Therapy program, its faculty and students, the Begemans established and endowed The Robert H. and Marjorie K. Begeman Scholarship in 2003, the first to benefit the program’s students.  The Begemans have consistently demonstrated a commitment to the University of Indianapolis through engagement and financial support. They are active participants at University events and continue to have a keen interest in the College of Health Sciences programs and research.

2014 Maestro Raymond Leppard
2013 Yvonne Shaheen and Phyllis Webster 
2012 Beverley &Bill Pitts and Bill Thompson
2010 Lisa Berger
2009 Deirdre Pettinga and Monica Woods
2008 Dr. Phylis Lan Lin
2007 Jan Knoop
2006 Marsha Dorsey
2005 Jerry & Carol Israel
2004 Jim Conner
2003 Father Don Quinn
2002 Matt Donovan
2001 Michael L. King
2000 Bob Burchfield
1999 Mary Ober, Paul Washington-Lacey, Iris Showalter, and Mary Ann Wills
1998 Benjamin Lantz, Jr., Mary Sue Lantz, and Robert Barnett
1997 Herbert W. Smith, Marjorie Anson Smith, and Herbert Cassel
1996 George Humbarger and Alice R. Friman
1995 Harold Bretz
1994 Robert Cramer
1993 Gerald G. Boyce
1992 Marga Maier, LeAlice Briggs, and William R. Gommel
1991 Claire Moore
1990 Terry Malone and Gleah Hiatt Peterson
1989 Joyce Cole and Frederick D. Hill
1987 Kenneth E. St. Clair, John T. Sutton, and John G. Swank
1986 Rex M. Joseph, Jr., Roland T. Nelson, and Zane G. Todd
1985 Herman H. Confer, J. Kenneth Forbes, and Allen B. Kellogg
1984 Ross Ludwig and Beverly Sims
1983 Bea Nicoson
1982 Kenneth Bordon
1981 Robert Brooker, Don B. Earnhart, Ted Polk, Gene Sease, Joanne D. Sease, Charles F. Stanton, and William R. Van Deman
1978 Lou Gerig
1977 Hilda Bruce
1975 Alonzo Nicodemus and Naomi Nicodemus
1971 Ben Copeland
1970 Wanda Stohry and Mary Streets
1969 Virgil Banner and Mabel I. Good
1968 Raymond M. Crawford and John Deever
1967 Kelso M. Reid

Distinguished Young Alumni

Nikki Reed '07, WZPL

Recognizes and honors an alumnus and/or alumna of the University who, while still relatively young, has made outstanding contributions to his or her community. Reed holds a University of Indianapolis bachelor’s degree in theatre with a concentration in radio. Reed’s post-graduation radio career included time as a morning show host at WRZQ-FM in Columbus, IN, producer at WIBC-FM in Indianapolis and morning traffic reporter for WLHK-FM and WYXB-FM. In March 2015, she was promoted from afternoon host to one of the hosts of the Smiley Morning Show at WZPL-FM in Indianapolis. Reed was a member of the UIndy Alumni Association board of directors from 2011 to 2013 and has been a guest speaker and volunteer on campus. She is also an active member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana.

2013 Megan Meadors ’07 ’09
2012 Nichole Wilson '02, '06
2011 Scott Lawrance '03, '10
2010 Andy Hammond '06
2009 Michael Howe '98
2008 Anita Kolkmeier Samuel ‘98
2007 Catina Broughton Barnett ‘03
2006 Wendy Walker Grant ‘96
2005 Elisa Bell ‘92
2004 Jim Self ‘91
2003 Daryl L. Caldwell ‘97
2002 Theodore Maple ‘96 and Jennifer Tackitt ‘98

Harvey M. Showalter Future Alumni Award


Recognizes one graduating student who embodies the spirit of the late Harvey M. Showalter '41.

2011 Sarah Huck '11
2010 Curtis Ward '10
2009 Ashley Fallos '09
2008 Erin Betlej ‘08
2007 Katherine Fries ‘07
2006 Lindy Wildman ‘06
2005 Molly Sheyka ‘05
2004 Matt Brock ‘04
2003 Carlie McClintic Cope ‘03
2002 Kelly L. Thompson ‘02
2001 Kristine Hanni ‘01