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Donors recognized at annual March On! Awards banquet

Donors recognized at annual March On! Awards banquetISU March On! Awards

The Indiana State University Foundation recognized philanthropy to the university at the March On! Awards event on Sept. 6.

University donors recognized during the evening were recipients of the March On! Awards, John P. Newton Spirit of ISU Award, as well as the 1865 Society, Book and Torch Society and Cornerstone Society inductees.

“We’re honored and humbled to be recipient of this award and thankful that we can help Emery have a further impact in people’s lives,” Susan Becker said. A 1981 graduate, Susan received the 2019 John P. Newton Spirit of ISU Award. She and her husband, Vic, and twin sister, Clara, are keeping their son and ISU graduate Emery’s, memory alive by establishing a scholarship in his name at Indiana State, the Emery Becker Theater Design and Technology Memorial Scholarship.

The March On! Award honors transformational philanthropy to Indiana State. This year's recipients, selected by the ISU Foundation board’s development committee, include David and Carolene Bash, Don and Linda Dudine and Dick and Betsy Frank.

“Indiana State donors give joyfully and generously to support our students, faculty, and programs. We are so incredibly humbled by the support of our alumni, friends and corporate partners,” said Andrea Angel, vice president of development and CEO of the ISU Foundation. “The 2019 March On! Awards honorees are a tremendous example of the impact donors make at our University. We truly appreciate all who make Indiana State a priority in their philanthropic giving.”



David, ’69, and Carolene Bash established the Lectures in Modern American Literature endowment in 2016 to honor David’s parents, James and Virginia Bash. The fund enables the Department of English to bring guest lecturers to campus to speak on 20th- and 21st-century literary topics. The endowment has supported opportunities for students, faculty and members of the community to learn from notable writers and scholars since its inception.

“For any lecture series but especially this one, it allows our faculty and students engaged with the most current, cutting-edge scholarship and criticism and creative work,” said Chris Olsen, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “The way they’ve shaped the lecture series really shows their understanding of Indiana State’s mission and its place. All of the folks we’ve brought in with the Bash series really have addressed issues of gender, race and personal identity – issues that are very current to our students and very current in contemporary scholarship.”



Don, ’67, and Linda Dudine are steadfast supporters of student-led initiatives and efforts that encourage philanthropy to Indiana State. The couple provided a generous challenge gift to State’s inaugural Give to Blue Day that inspired 252 students to make donations and provided funding to initiate a student philanthropy organization. Don and Linda have also funded an interactive donor recognition wall to perpetuate a culture of “joyful giving”. The wall, to be completed in early October, is located in Hulman Memorial Student Union.

“Don and Linda have been willing to give back, regardless of where they came from,” said Anne Bowen, Anne Bowen, a member of State’s student philanthropy group. “They have grown as donors. They have grown as individuals and they want to help grow students. Professional development is so important these days and they have been able to provide every aspect of that to us.”



Dick and Betsy Frank’s Indiana State connection began when Betsy joined the nursing faculty in 1994. Having served as a faculty member for 17 years, she is active in emeriti activities and serves as an adjunct faculty member for the School of Nursing. Betsy and her husband, Dick, have been loyal donors for the past 25 years to a variety of programs and initiatives, including funding a scholarship endowment to support distance education students in the nursing program.

“(Betsy) is so focused on the quality of health care that nurses provide and she is so passionate about ensuring that student nurses have the right kinds of experiences so they can go out and make a difference in health care, particularly when it comes to distance education,” said Caroline Mallory, dean of the College of Health and Human Services. “(The Franks) understand that that creates access for students who otherwise would not be able to attend the university.”



Susan Becker received the 2019 John P. Newton Spirit of ISU Award. Established in 2010, the award honors alumni who show a deep connection to their alma mater by honoring their true-blue spirit. 

Susan and her husband, Vic, and twin sister, Clara, are keeping their son’s memory alive by establishing a scholarship in his name at Indiana State, the Emery Becker Theater Design and Technology Memorial Scholarship. A 2015 graduate, Emery earned a degree in theater design and technology from State and decided to pursue his career as an LED specialist and multi-media server technician in Los Angeles after graduation as well as his passion for photography, where he became well known as a music photographer. In 2018, Emery was killed by a drunk driver in the Los Angeles area.

Emily Koller, a senior theater major from Elkhart, Ind., is the first recipient of the scholarship.

“We’re honored and humbled to be recipient of this award and thankful that we can help Emery have a further impact in people’s lives,” Susan Becker said. “We always knew Emery was special, but after he died, we began to receive messages from his friends, young and old, thanking us for creating and raising him to be a fine young man and encouraging him to be his creative self. It became even more apparent to us just how very special he was. Even at 25-years-old, he had established a powerful legacy and it was important to us to continue what he started and allow him to continue to impact and inspire others.”



Unveiled at the 2019 March On! Awards, the Dale McKee Society, honors consecutive years of giving to Indiana State. Induction of members will begin in fiscal year 2020-21. The society is named in honor of McKee, who received a bachelor’s degree from State in 1957, a master’s degree in 1960 and served the university for 33 years in various roles, including director of alumni affairs, executive director and executive vice president of the ISU Foundation and acting vice president for University Advancement.

“I think the Dale McKee Society will help our philanthropy and the culture at Indiana State University by creating this continuity that every year we should be thinking of Indiana State University,” said Mike Alley, ISU Foundation board member. “it’s not something that every once in a while, or every few years we should be paying tribute to and making a contribution, but we should recognize that Indiana State University, for alumni like myself and many others, is our university. It’s important for us to recognize that year in and year out.”



New members were inducted into the 1865 Society, honoring those individuals who understand the importance of providing for the future of Indiana State. This society recognizes individuals who have included Indiana State in their estate plans by leaving an impactful legacy.

2019 inductees are: Mary Ellen Adams; Bruce and Danette Cress; Myra Janco Daniels; Keith and Peggy Dickey; Philip Ewoldsen and David Rose; Marion Jackson*; David Kelliher and Marsha Cox Kelliher; Joseph and Cheryl Little; Brenda Saunders; Gary and Judy Schomer; Nicole Singer; Ethel Closson Smith*; George and Nancy Weller; Laura and Jim Wittman; and Tim and Nanette Wolfe. 



New members of the Book and Torch Society were recognized for their dedication to the growth and success of the university. Honoring Indiana State philanthropists for lifetime giving to the institution, donors are inducted at the Knowledge, Inspiration and Truth levels for giving milestones starting at $100,000.

The 2019 Book and Torch Society inductees include:

Knowledge Level ($100,000 - $499,999): Troy and Pamela Biddle; Rob and Mary Doti; Richard and Ruby Giacoletto; Jim and Sharon Hellmann; Michael and Lisa Holthouse; Patrick and Jayne Hopkins; Scott and Tana Jaeger; Don and Gretchen Jennermann; Dennie and Terri McGuire; Dale and Nancy* McKee; Chad and Natalie Overton; Jack and Joyce Rentschler; Mark and Cyndi Roman; Jr. and Carol Sumner; Gordon and Peggy Tanner; Edward and Phyllis Dye* Turner; Union Hospital, Inc.; FedEx; Refreshment Services Pepsi; Vigo County Public Library; Terre Haute Savings Bank; and Tribune-Star Publishing Company.

Inspiration Level ($500,000 - $999,999): Halapy Family Trust - Grantor Carolyn Diane Halapy, in memory Emma K. Mason Hopper.



The newly formalized Cornerstone Society honors donors who have made an investment in Indiana State’s endowment. The first group of inductees took place during the 2019 March On! Awards, recognizing donors who have established new endowed funds  from July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019: 

The 2019 Cornerstone Society inductees include:

Emery Becker Theater Design and Technology Memorial Scholarship – Susan and Vic BeckerLawrence and Norma Beymer Endowed Scholarship – Dr. C. Lawrence* and Mrs. Norma BeymerLois “Jo” Einstandig Bridge the Gap Endowed Scholarship – Jo EinstandigDr. Elaina M. Tuttle Memorial Scholarship – Dr. Rusty GonserJ.K. and Thelma Hawkins Distance Learning Endowed Scholarship – Keith and Monica Hawkins; Chi Sigma Student Leaders and Alumni Memorial Endowed Scholarship – Lindsey Montgomery; Edward A. Pease Outstanding PIKE Award – Joanna Pease; and Cindee (Tobin) Porter “Bridge the Gap” Scholarship – Jim and Cindee Porter.


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