Butler University’s Alumni Association will honor several alumni and a professor emeritus for extraordinary professional achievement and service to the University and their communities at the annual Alumni Recognition Dinner on May 4. Awards and honorees include:
Thomas Elrod ’70
Elrod had an award-winning career in the entertainment, travel, sports, and leisure time industries, including 24 years as an executive of Walt Disney Corporation. He is a trustee emeritus and former chair of the Butler University Board of Trustees. He earned a degree in radio-television from the Jordan College of Fine Arts, now called Jordan College of the Arts.
Butler Service Medal
Levin is an emeritus professor of journalism, who taught from 1972 to 2004. He chaired Butler’s Journalism department from 1973 to 1997, overseeing its growth from two faculty members and fewer than 30 students to six tenured faculty, several instructors, and 200 majors.
Robert Todd Duncan Alumni Achievement Award
Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson ’79
Stinson is U.S. district judge for the Southern District of Indiana, and a former Marion County Superior Court judge. She is a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) graduate in French. She also holds a juris doctorate degree from Indiana University School of Law.
Katharine Merrill Graydon Alumni Service Award
Don Benbow ’62 M.S. ’66
Benbow spent close to four decades with Butler’s Athletics Department in several roles, including associate athletic director, head golf coach, and assistant football coach. He continues on a part-time basis as assistant coach for men’s and women’s golf. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Education (COE).
Hilton Ultimus Brown Alumni Achievement Award
Andrew Golomb ’01
Golomb is director of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Principal Investments group in Charlotte, N.C. He is a College of Business (COB) graduate in finance, and holds an MBA from Chicago Booth School of Business.
Joseph Irwin Sweeney Alumni Service Award
Jennifer Williams ’98 M.S. ’00
A guidance counselor at North Central High School Indianapolis, Williams mentors and advises several student organizations. She holds bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and Spanish from Butler, as well as a master’s degree in school counseling.
Ovid Butler Society Awards
The Ovid Butler Society will present two awards at the Alumni Recognition Dinner.
John Marsh ’71 and Mary Marsh ’70 will receive the Mortar Award, presented annually to a person or couple who have personified the Butler spirit by demonstrating great vision, leadership, and generosity to the University over a lifetime.
John earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the COB. He recently retired as owner/operator of Marsh Building Supply, Inc. Mary earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Butler LAS and a juris doctorate from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. She worked 32 years in trust and account administration for National City Bank of Indiana, rising to the rank of senior vice president.
The Ovid Butler Society Foundation Award will be presented to Nick Musical ’02 and Beth Musial ’05 MBA ’08, both COB graduates. The Foundation Award recognizes leadership and generosity by University donors ages 40 and younger.
Nick holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting; he is manager of accounting policy for Calumet Specialty Products. Beth earned a bachelor’s degree in international management as well as her master’s of business administration. She is the servicing department manager at banc-serv PARTNERS, LLC.
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