BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — During its annual Alumni Leaders Conference on June 4 to 6, the Indiana University Alumni Association will honor five individuals for their service and volunteer leadership to the IUAA and acknowledge a sixth person who received an award in May.
Four alumni volunteers will receive the IUAA President’s Award, established in 1993 to pay tribute to their service to the organization. It is the highest award given by the IU Alumni Association to a volunteer leader. One volunteer received his President’s Award during the Asia-Pacific Alumni Conference in Bali in May.
The IUAA also will present the Gertrude Rich Award, honoring the memory of the wife of Claude Rich, director of the IUAA from 1948 to 1968. It is given to a spouse or partner of an alumni leader who has exemplified the spirit of Gertrude Rich in making outstanding contributions to the IUAA.
The 2015 recipients of the IUAA President’s Award are Pam Berke, BS’92; Tin S. “Philip” Chua, MBA’88; Kimberly J. Davis, MS’78; Michael J. Garber, BFA’97; and Nancy L. Hamblin, BS’78, MS’82.
Also being presented at the Alumni Leaders Conference is the Gertrude Rich Award, which will be awarded to Gwendolyn May-Barlow.
Berke, of Centennial, Colo., has a long history of service to the Colorado Chapter of the IU Alumni Association. She has held several offices in the chapter, including secretary for more than 10 years. She is credited with helping to shape the current board structure. Even after stepping down, she has continued to be a major part of the chapter and one of the main contributors to its events. She has served as the chapter’s representative to the IUAA Executive Council, as an IU student recruiter and as an assistant for Kelley School of Business events.
Tin S. “Philip” Chua
In the past few years, Chua, as president of the Singapore chapter of the IU Alumni Association, has contributed to its significant growth and to the development of regional chapters. In 2013, he organized and led his team to host an alumni dinner for President Michael A. McRobbie and Provost Lauren Robel for more than 170 people. He has served as an executive career coach and participated in the Marshall Goldsmith training in 2014. He is a dedicated student recruiter. He has facilitated and strengthened institutional partnerships for IU that have benefited the Kelley School of Business, Jacobs School of Music and Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. His President’s Award was bestowed during his attendance at the recent Asia-Pacific Alumni Conference in Bali.
Kimberly J. Davis
Davis’ skills as an educator, writer, presenter and video producer have served her well in her association with the IU Alumni Association. She has served on the IUAA Executive Council and has a long affiliation with the IU GLBT Alumni Association, serving on the board twice and as president from 2001 to 2005. Still on the advisory board for the GLBT Student Support Services Office, Davis, of Bloomington, Ind., has mentored countless youth. She has participated on numerous panels regarding a wide range of GLBT topics. She received the GLBTAA Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014 and the GLBT Spirit Award in 2004.
Michael J. Garber
Garber, of Carmel, Ind., has been a diligent volunteer for the IU Alumni Association for several years, representing the Herron School of Art and Design on the association’s Executive Council. He has served on the Herron Alumni Association board as a member, secretary/treasurer and president, and he still holds honorary membership on the board. He has been involved with the annual IUPUI Alumni Holiday Night at the Children’s Museum and has offered insight for Herron alumni programs. He donates his time and talent as a designer to help advance the mission of the Herron Alumni Association.
Nancy L. Hamblin
Hamblin, of Munster, Ind., has gone above and beyond in her volunteer service to the IUAA. She has served two terms on the IU Alumni Association Executive Council and has been on the IUAA Board of Managers as a member, vice chair, chair-elect, chair and past chair. She has served the IUAA Lakeshore Region chapter as a board member and scholarship chair. In addition, she has served on the IU Northwest Chancellor’s Board of Advisors, its executive committee and its philanthropy committee. She also has served on the IU School of Education Board of Visitors and volunteered with the IUAA Student Alumni Association.
The 2015 recipient of the Gertrude Rich Award is Gwendolyn May-Barlow of Chicago. She is an IU advocate, encouraging the best and brightest of her students at the City College of Chicago to investigate IU for their college experience. May-Barlow participated fully during the term of her husband, Michael Barlow, BFA’85, as IU Alumni Association chairman in 2010-11. She is an IUAA life member and served as a host for a 2013 Hoosier Travelers trip, “Treasures of Southern Africa.”
The IU Alumni Association is dedicated to serving the university and its diverse alumni, students and friends. As one of the nation’s largest alumni organizations, serving more than 600,000 graduates worldwide, the IUAA provides many programs and services to its members, nonmember alumni and the university. For more information, call 800-824-3044.