College of Health and Human Performance to recognize alumni

April 11 2006

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Alumni and students of Indiana State University's College of Health and Human Performance will be honored at the annual Recognition Banquet on April 14 in Dede I of the Hulman Memorial Student Union. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m., with dinner following at 6:30 p.m.

Alumni being recognized this year are noted for their work with the war on terror, preparedness for weapons of mass destruction, high school sports, orthopedics and sport-specific strength and conditioning.

---------------------------------------------- 2005-06 Dean's Special Recognition Award:

Fred Bonewell, originally of Terre Haute, Ind., and now of Hartland, Wisc., will receive the 2005-06 Dean's Special Recognition Award. Bonewell is the national safety director for Safway Services Inc. in Waukesha, Wisc. He earned his B.S. in safety management from Indiana State University in 1979. In 2004, while he was general manager of safety and environmental for the Power Generation Division of the Florida Power and Light Corp., it carried the "Best Safety" record in the utility industry, and Bonewell received the "Top Safety" award from the Southeastern Electric Exchange.

---------------------------------------------- Also being recognized at the banquet are 2005-06 Distinguished Alumni Award winners:

Bruce Etchison: Captain Bruce Etchison, originally of Elwood, Ind., and now of Antioch, Calif., chief of the Safety, Environmental Health and Food Service Branch for the U.S. Coast Guard, Maintenance and Logistics Command, has been named recipient of the 2005-06 Distinguished Alumni Award by Indiana State University's College of Health and Human Performance. Etchison graduated from ISU in 1976 with a B.S. in environmental health. In his job, he is prepared to deal with weapons of mass destruction; and chemical, biological and radiological threats. He has been awarded the USCG Meritorious Team Commendation Gold Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Nation Defense Service Medal and Bemidji Area Directors Award for Exception Performance, in addition to many other awards.

LouAnn Hopson: LouAnn Hopson, originally of Griffith, Ind., and now of Chesterton, Ind., physical education teacher and varsity softball coach at Chesterton High School, has been named recipient of the 2005-06 Distinguished Alumni Award by Indiana State University's College of Health and Human Performance. Hopson has been teaching in Chesterton for 27 years and coaching varsity softball for 23 years. She graduated from ISU in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in physical education. Hopson has been president and board member of the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association and responsible for the development of the Indiana High School Softball All-Star Game. She has positively influenced thousands of young people through her teaching and has had 23 college players, 16 All-State players, six sectional championships, and three Duneland Athletic Conference championships.

John Kraemer: Dr. John Kraemer, originally of Paris, Ill., and now of Cape Girardeau, Mo., assistant professor for the Environmental Science Program at Southeast Missouri State University, has been named recipient of the 2005-06 Distinguished Alumni Award by Indiana State University's College of Health and Human Performance. Kraemer received a B.S. in environmental health science in 1986. Dr. Kraemer received his M.S. in industrial hygiene/environmental health science, and his Ph.D. in urban health services/environmental health science from Old Dominion University. He is also the chemical hygiene officer and assistant radiation safety officer for the SMSU. In 2000, Dr. Kraemer established and now directs Southeast Missouri State University's Center for Environmental Analysis. Dr. Kraemer received Homeland Security grant funds to train first responders about weapons of mass destruction and how to safely react to the threats of these weapons.

Paul Woerz: Paul Woerz of Evansville, global director of environmental health and safety for Automotive, Aerospace and Commercial Transportation Group of Alcoa Inc., has been named a recipient of the 2005-06 Distinguished Alumni Award by Indiana State University's College of Health and Human Performance. Woerz graduated from ISU in 1973 with a B.S. in safety management. As the global director, he supervises all locations world-wide in strategic and tactical safety, health and environmental efforts. Woerz's memberships include the American Society of Engineers and Indiana State University's College of Health and Human Performance Advisory Board.

---------------------------------------------- Also being recognized at the banquet are 2005-06 Young Professional Alumni Award winners:

Stacy Bierce: Stacy Bierce, originally of New Palestine, Ind., and now of Indianapolis, Ind., regional director for Advanced Physical Therapy in Indianapolis, has been named recipient of the 2005-06 Young Professional Alumni Award by Indiana State University's College of Health and Human Performance. Bierce earned her master's degree in physical therapy from the Washington University School of Medicine after graduating in 1998 with a B.S. degree in athletic training from Indiana State University. Bierce was an NCAA athletic trainer with Purdue University from 2000-2003. While at Purdue, Bierce also taught in the Athletic Training Program in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. Bierce's teaching career led her to a one-year research assistantship at the University of Massachusetts in the field of Biomechanics. Currently, as a regional director, she supervises three out-patient orthopedic clinics.

Angie Montcalm: Angie Montcalm originally of Milton, Vt., and now of Cary, N.C., assistant strength and conditioning coach at North Carolina State University, has been named recipient of the 2005-06 Young Professional Alumni Award by Indiana State University's College of Health and Human Performance. She received her B.S. degree in athletic training from Indiana State University in 1998. She directs the strength and conditioning programs for baseball, volleyball and women's golf. Aside from her collegiate duties, Montcalm dedicates a good part of her life to the U.S. military. As a native Vermonter, she joined the Army National Guard in 1991 and is currently a Sergeant First Class in her 15th year. In November of 2001, while serving with the 139th Rear Operations Center (ROC), she was activated for 12 months to support the XVIII Airborne Corps during Operation Enduring Freedom; five of those months were spent in Afghanistan. (Montcalm will not be at the banquet, due to active duty service.)

Heather Owen: Heather Owen, originally of Evansville, Ind., and now of West Lafayette, Ind., program director of the Program Department at the Purdue Memorial Union on the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University, has been named recipient of the 2005-06 Young Professional Alumni Award by Indiana State University's College of Health and Human Performance. She earned her bachelor of science in recreation and sports management with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation, and her master's of science in student affairs administration from Indiana State University. Through her time at Purdue, she has worked to bring back and establish new Homecoming traditions such as the Boilermaker Night Train Parade, as well as developing a late night program that provides a safe, substance-free environment for college students on the weekends.

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Interviews: All of the award winners are available for interviews. To arrange, contact John Heintz below.

Contact: John Heintz, College of Health and Human Performance director of development, Indiana State University, (812) 237-4056, jheintz@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Katie Spanuello, media relations assistant director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3790 or kspanuello@isugw.indstate.edu

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Alumni and students of Indiana State University's College of Health and Human Performance will be honored at the annual Recognition Banquet on April 14 in Dede I of the Hulman Memorial Student Union.

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