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Indiana State Honors Four with G.O.L.D. Awards

August 26, 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Indiana State University Alumni Association has announced this year's recipients of the G.O.L.D. (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award. The G.O.L.D. Award was created as a means of recognizing the achievements of recent alumni. The 2008 recipients will be honored at a reception and banquet on Friday, Sept. 5, beginning at 6 p.m. in Dede I, Hulman Memorial Student Union.

The 2008 G.O.L.D. Award recipients are:

Benjamin A. Lenderman

Lenderman is heading back to the classroom this fall after a successful career at Eli Lilly & Co.

He has earned accolades for his work as a pharmaceutical sales specialist, focusing in osteoporosis drugs Evista and Forteo during the past four years. His work led him to be named the National Specialty Top Performer, allowing him to be one of two delegates representing Eli Lilly at the International Society of Clinical Densitometry's National Medical Congress. He has also lead seminars in ethical promotional practices and improving teamwork.

Lenderman, a native of West Terre Haute, is heading to Stanford University to begin working on master's degrees in business administration and education.

While at Indiana State, Lenderman was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key honor societies and was an inside linebacker on the ISU football team, earning various awards including the Gillum and Hitman awards as well as the Gateway Conference Presidents Academic Excellence Award. In addition, he was a two-time member of the Verizon Sycamore All-Academic Team. Lenderman, a 2003 graduate with a degree in business management, finance and business administration, was a recipient of the Rankin Outstanding Senior Award and Hines Medal for graduating seniors with a 4.0 grade point average in addition to being named the Outstanding Management Major.

Lenderman and his wife, Jevy, reside in Stanford, Calif.

Chris Sapp

After graduating from Indiana State with a degree in management information systems in 2002, Sapp worked for Eli Lilly & Co., serving as a systems analyst and neuroscience sales representative. He moved to Stryker Instruments, working first as a sales representative for the neuro/spine/ENT division before becoming national sales training manager in February 2008.

As national sales training manager, he is responsible for providing continuing education and development to 260 sales representatives and 19 regional managers. He is currently facilitating product launches and sales training programs for Stryker affiliates in Europe and Australia.

While at Indiana State, Sapp was a presidential scholar, participated in Golden Key National Honor Society and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, served as a member of the University Faculty Athletic Committee, and was a recipient of the Hines Medal for graduating seniors with a 4.0 grade point average.

A four-year letterman on the ISU football team, Sapp was named to the GTE All-Academic Team from 2000-2002, was a member of the first team Academic All-Conference team from 1999-2001 and was a Div. I-AA Athletic Director's Association Academic All-American.

Sapp currently resides in Portage, Mich.

Michael P. Sheehan, M.D.

An accomplished alumnus and scholar, Sheehan is currently serving a residency with Indiana University Dermatology, one of only two positions to train in the state of Indiana each year.

A 2003 life sciences/pre-medicine graduate, Sheehan went on to attend Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis after graduation. He completed his degree in May 2007, ranked in the top 20 percent of his class. He earned a number of awards while a medical student at the Indiana University School of Medicine, including the Jay Thomas Award, Deans Council Scholarship (2004-2007), Class of 1944-Clyde Culbertson Scholarship and department honors in dermatology and physiology.

He has been active in conducting research while at the IU School of Medicine. Sheehan completed research projects for the school's departments of Dermatopathology and Surgery in addition to serving as a research assistant for Jeffery B. Tavers, M.D. He is currently engaged in research in the field of dermatology.

While at Indiana State, Sheehan was active in Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, intramurals and participated in the annual Homecoming trike race.

Sheehan and his wife, Betty, reside in Indianapolis.

Benjamin L. Wagner

Wagner, a 2003 graduate with a degree in Radio/TV/Film, has completed his second season with the Buffalo Bisons Baseball Club, a Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Serving as the "Voice of the Bisons" on the Bisons Baseball Network, he anchors all 144 games on radio and additional coverage on the team's television package. He also is a member of the Bisons sales team and makes public appearances on behalf of the Bisons Speakers Bureau.

During the Bisons' off-season, Wagner broadcasts local college football and basketball on Time Warner Cable SportsNet while providing radio commentary for the University of Buffalo's women's basketball team.

Wagner joined the Bisons in March 2007 after spending three seasons in New Jersey serving as play-by-play announcer with the Lakewood BlueClaws, the Class-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Along with his broadcast duties, he coordinated media and public relations and was a member of the sales team.

While attending Indiana State, Wagner worked for WISU-FM as the "Voice of Indiana State baseball and Women's Basketball" and sports director for three years. He was also a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

During college, he worked as an analyst for football games for the Sycamore Radio Networks as well as a high school sports announcer for Crossroads Communications.

Wagner resides in Lancaster, NY, with his wife, Megan, who graduated from Indiana State in 2004.

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Contact: Liz Tuttle, ISU Alumni Affairs, (812) 237-3779

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications and Marketing,(812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

Story Highlights

The Indiana State University Alumni Association has announced this year's recipients of the G.O.L.D. (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award. The G.O.L.D. Award was created as a means of recognizing the achievements of recent alumni. The 2008 recipients will be honored at a reception and banquet on Friday, Sept. 5, beginning at 6 p.m. in Dede I, Hulman Memorial Student Union.

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