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letter from the Alumni President
All IU Southeast alums and friends,
Well, folks, I guess this is the last letter I will be
writing as President of the Alumni Association as
I leave the position after a wonderful four years.
I feel a little like the parent who sends their oldest
child off to college for the first time – proud of
where they are, anxious for what may come, but
resolute knowing they are as prepared as they can
be to face whatever challenges come their way.
As I reflect on my time as President, I look back
on what the Alumni Association has become in
such a few short years. That credit goes to Interim
Vice Chancellor for Alumni and Community
Engagement Jerry Wayne and his executive
assistant, Diane Fuchs. Those two have single-
handedly (or is that “double-handedly”) charted
a new course for the Alumni Association. They
helped our board follow through and get our organization off the runway.
It is amazing how many opportunities we have for alumni to become involved
compared to just five years ago. Night at the Bats, Frazier Arms Museum
membership, Day at the Downs, trips to the Louisville Zoo, Fall Festival, the
annual Victorian Tea, Homecoming, and other events too numerous to mention
give alumni the opportunity to get involved. We also have a vibrant Student
Alumni Association that helps us keep our students involved and makes them
good, engaging alumni of the future.
But more than just being involved, we’re making a difference. Being allowed to
run the silent auction at the Chancellor’s Medallion Dinner, as well as sponsoring
other functions, allows our board to produce scholarship funds for students. This
year, our alumni association will more than double the amount of scholarship
money we give to students in both academics and athletics. In other words, we’re
doing what alumni associations are supposed to do.
The Alumni Board itself has grown from an informal get-together periodically
with whomever we could get to show up, to regular meetings filled with top-
caliber individuals from our community who are managing the organization with
precision and enthusiasm. There’s so much interest that we now have a waiting list
of people contacting us to see how they can get on the Board.
So, while it is somewhat sad to be leaving the board as President, I know we are on
solid footing for the years ahead.
That’s why I am supremely confident when I tell you: “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”
Goodbye, my friends.
Very truly yours,
Michael G. Naville
President, IU Southeast Alumni Association
B.A. Political Science, ’73
IU Southeast Alumni Association President
United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Indiana
Managing Partner, Lorch & Naville LLC
IU Southeast Alumni Association Board
Michael Naville, President
John Watkins, Vice President
Courtney Suyeyasu, Secretary
Phyllis Andres, Treasurer
Douglas Bates, Past President
Jim Bradshaw
John Crase, M.D.
Rick Lovan
Leah Phillips-Black
Lynn Prinz
Therese Sirles
Nicole Yates
Oneita Phillips, Neal Marshall
Committee Chair
Dale Brown, SAA President
IU Southeast Board of Advisors
L. Carlene Bottorff
Robert Caesar
Doug England
Vern Eswine
Steven W. Goodman
Crystal Gunther
Edward Jerdonek
Robert Kleehamer
Renato V. LaRocca
D. Jack Mahuron
Eileen Moore
Michael Naville (IU Southeast Alumni Assoc.)
Phyllis Eichenberger Robinson
Patrick A. Shoulders (IU Trustee Liaison)
Mark D. Shugarman
Sherry Oakes Stem
John Walczak
Doug York
Rosita Young
For any alumni-related questions or
information, please contact:
Jerry Wayne
Vice Chancellor for Alumni
and Community Relations
(812) 941-2384
Diane Fuchs
Administrative Assistant Senior
(812) 941-2384
Office of Alumni and
Community Relations
US 155
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, IN 47150
(812) 941-2384