Summer 2013 31
alumni news and notes
Inaugural Champions Dinner to be
held in August
Save the date for Indiana University Southeast’s inaugural
Champions Dinner recognizing former and current
Grenadier athletes and coaches.
The first-ever Champions Dinner will be held Saturday, Aug.
in the Hoosier Room at IU Southeast.
The dinner is designed to honor student-athletes and raise
funding for IU Southeast athletic scholarships. Awards will
be given to the Male and Female Athlete of the Year, and the
inaugural event will also honor former IU Southeast men’s
basketball coach and first athletic director, JimMorris, by
introducing the JimMorris Champions of Character Award,
given annually to a student-athlete who exemplifies strong
moral character, sportsmanship, and the core values of IU
One main objective of the Champions Dinner is to reengage
former Grenadier student-athletes. If you are a former
student-athlete and are interested in attending this year’s
dinner, please contact Grenadier Athletic Director Joe Glover
Please visit the Champions Dinner website at
ius.edu/champions for the latest updates including award
winner bios, event details, and ticket information.
Johnston accepts Distinguished
Indiana University Southeast
has awarded the 2013
Distinguished Alumni Award
to alumnus John D. Johnston.
IU Southeast’s annual
Distinguished Alumni Award
Luncheon was held April
in the Hoosier Room and
honored Johnston and six
Johnston, B.A. ’76, has
always been an active
member of the IU Southeast
community. As an undergraduate chemistry major he acted
as a liaison for the school of Natural Sciences to the Student
Foundation and raised $10,000 for diabetes research
while being the first president of the Circle K Club. Upon
graduation he was promoted to the top position at George
Pfau’s Sons Company, a local processor of customized
specialty oils. He was the first IU Southeast Alumni
Association representative on the IU Alumni Association
IUAA) National Board, and the first IU Southeast
representative on the IUAA Executive Council.
School of Nursing Class of 2003
celebrates 10 year reunion
Ten years ago, the School of Nursing Class of 2003 set the
bar exceptionally high in multiple ways for future nursing
classes at Indiana University Southeast.
This close-knit class of individuals celebrated their 10 year
reunion in March. Sixteen former students attended the
reunion along with four faculty members.
The Class of 2003 was the last class of IU Southeast nurses
to get a 100 percent pass rate, on their first attempt, on the
National Council Licensure Examination. If a student passes
this exam, he or she is given their nursing license. There
have been classes before the Class of 2003 to accomplish this
task as well, but none within the last 20 years.
Mimi McKay, associate professor of nursing at IU Southeast,
said she remembers the Class of 2003 as being a very
supportive, cohesive class with outstanding class officers.
During the Class of 2003’s senior year, a study group was set
up with a local doctor in the community. Students used this
group to study together for their senior classes and for the
McKay said three additional things made this class special:
nearly every member of the class joined the Student Nurses’
Association, the class demonstrated strong leadership
qualities, and every individual in the class had secured
employment before graduation.
McKay said one of the strongest memories she has with the
Class of 2003 is being with them when Sept. 11 happened.
We were in our Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing class,”
McKay said. “Everyone cried together, supported one
another, and discussed how you go on from that point and
ever feel safe again. The class had relatives and friends that
were affected. One student in particular was worried about
her husband who was a Blackhawk helicopter pilot.”
McKay also said the Class of 2003 set the bar so high that the
School of Nursing strives for subsequent classes to follow in
Members of the School of Nursing Class of 2003 at the 10-year reunion in
Chancellor Sandra R. Patterson-
Randles awards John. D. Johnston the
Distinguished Alumni Award.