Dolly Millender, ’41, Naomi Millender, ’67

Growing up the youngest of eight children, Dolly (Hood) Millender, ’41, remembers her parents’ constant preaching of the importance of education. The daughter of an entrepreneur father and civil rights activist mother, Millender came to Indiana State University with aspirations of becoming a librarian.

To the Hood family, going to college was an expectation. Their Sycamore dendrochronology-ish legacy began in the early 1900s. Their inspiring tale of a three-generation Indiana State family that spans all four institutional name changes earned the Hoods the 2014 Legacy Award. This award, presented by the Indiana State Alumni Association, recognizes multi-generational Indiana State families.

The Hood family heritage began with Millender’s aunts, Jessie Hood and Josephine Hood. The first women in their family to attend Indiana State Normal School, the sisters were only two of a few dozen African-American students at the institution during this time. Undeterred, they earned education degrees in pursuit of teaching careers.

Inspired by their aunts’ accomplishments and parents’ persistence, the second generation of the Hood family began their Indiana State Teachers College journey. Ruth (Hood) Battle, ’32, was the first in the family to attend the institution. A talented pianist, she won a contest and earned a $1,000 scholarship that covered all four years of tuition at the institution. She went on to a 35-year career as an English teacher at Gary Roosevelt High School in Gary, Ind. In her retirement, Ruth served as the president of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association.

Orestes Hood, ’37, was the first and only brother of the Hood family to earn an Indiana State degree. As a student, he was responsible for desegregating the university’s dining facility by orchestrating a “one-man sit-in” in the lunch room. The progressive event was successful and granted African-American students access to the same dining facility as white students.

Millender, who was attending Indiana State at the same time as Orestes, clearly remembers this day.

“I was too scared to sit down for lunch, but my brother — he didn’t care. He wanted to say that he sat down at lunch,” Millender said.

After graduating, Orestes became a well-known psychologist in California.

Like Ruth, Gladys (Hood) Johnson, ’42, attended Indiana State and earned her degree in education. Gladys served as the first African-American female principal in the Gary, Ind., school district.

Millender was the last of her eight siblings to attend Indiana State. She studied English, music appreciation and library science was involved with the student council. After graduating, she became a librarian and worked at several school libraries, as well as the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. In addition, Millender authored five children’s books, including biographies of Crispus Attucks, Louis Armstrong and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Millender’s daughter, Naomi Millender, ’67, followed in her footsteps by becoming a third generation Hood family member to attend Indiana State. As a Sycamore, Naomi was active in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and was one of four students who helped to start the Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter at Indiana State. Earning a bachelor’s degree in Radio/TV/Film, Naomi went on to become a successful educational consultant and later the director of the Follow Through Educational Projects.

“Indiana State was a fabulous education institution in those days, and that’s the reason it’s that way now – because it started that way,” Millender said.

Garvin McDaniel, ’59

McDaniel retired after 39 years of service as a public school teacher. McDaniel retires from Barker Middle School in Michigan City, Ind.

Tony Milazzo, ’55, GR ’57

Milazzo was inducted into the Hammond, Ind., Sports Hall of Fame.

Dale McKee, ’57, and Family

The McKee family was honored as the 2013 recipient of the Legacy Award presented by the Indiana State University Alumni Association. Family members who were honored and are alumni of Indiana State include Clyde McKee, ’31, Dale McKee, ’57, GR ’60, Craig McKee, Diane McKee, ’83, GR ’93, Beth McKee, ’83, and Chris McKee, ’87. Dale’s wife, Nancy, was also honored, as she is a prominent nursing faculty member at Indiana State.

Michael Jack, ’65

Michael Jack was only 17 when he graduated from high school and headed off to college. “I didn’t have a sense of what I wanted to do,” he said.

However, he quickly discovered that finance and business were a good fit for his interests. So Jack became a member of the first class to graduate from Indiana State University — which actually not as long ago as it sounds. The Class of 1965 was the first to graduate when Indiana State College changed its name to Indiana State University.

The class will celebrate its 50th reunion on Aug. 1. “My first reaction is it can’t be 50 years,” Jack said. “My second reaction is it is great to remember and celebrate one of the memorable times in my life and to also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Indiana State becoming a university.”

To help honor the occasion, Jack and close classmate Ed Andrews have established a 50th anniversary scholarship fund.

“Ed gets the credit for coming up with the idea,” Jack said. “It seemed like a terrific idea to me. Scholarship and availability of funding were very important to both of us, and we felt it would be an excellent recognition for our class if we could create the same type of help for potential candidates.”

Having companies come to Indiana State to recruit potential employees provided a big boost in his career, Jack added.

“I received a number of offers and picked one that in retrospect gave me a sound foundation to build on for my next career moves,” he said.

When Jack retired as senior vice president and corporate controller for Telephone and Data Systems Inc. — a Fortune 500 company with co-locations in Madison, Wisconsin, and Chicago — he and his family moved from Madison to Fishers, Ind. Jack and his wife, Judi, have four children: Jennifer, Michael, Amy and Christina.

But Jack is not one to rest on his laurels. “I flunked retirement,” he joked. “I am engaged in the CPA peer review process and have volunteered for nonprofit projects.”

He is also enjoying his lifelong interests in racecars and photography. Growing up in the Indiana community of Brazil, Jack said he “finally got on the race track in the 1980s and have been hooked ever since.

“Initially I did track days, eventually got my SCCA license and raced briefly. After that, I graduated to being an instructor for students at high-performance driving events. Those who understand what goes on, know one has to be mentally ill to get into a fast car with a student and have no control other than voice. “

Meanwhile, Jack started taking photographs at major races which piqued his interest in photography. This year, he said, “will be the first year I have completely given up the track for photography. My track car has been sold and a portion of the money reinvested in photography equipment and travel related to photography. I take mostly landscape, architecture and car images and have a website and exhibit my work in some galleries.”

Looking back over the past half century, Jack said he is so glad he discovered Indiana State and would recommend it to prospective students.

“It has a focus on the needs of the student, it offers a wide variety of educational opportunities and outstanding educators, it is right-sized — neither too small, hence expensive or too large, thus impersonal, and it offers a great educational value for the expense,” he said. “March on!”

Don Leuenberger, ’67

Leuenberger retired from his position as vice chancellor for business and finance after 27 years of service at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.

Ray Goddard, ’62

Ray Goddard’s passion for sports started at an early age, continued into his college career and is still present in his professional life. As a high school student, Goddard said he wasn’t a star athlete, but his coaches and competitive nature helped him become a better athlete.

“I wasn’t good at any sport. I had to work at it, and I owe a lot of credit to all of my coaches who saw my potential,” Goddard said.

As a senior in high school, Goddard was offered basketball scholarships at Houston, Georgia Tech and Indiana State University. He chose Indiana State mainly because of then head basketball coach, Duane Klueh, ’49.

“Coach Klueh was a great coach and gentleman. It was a really great opportunity to play,” Goddard said.

Upon arriving at Indiana State, Goddard studied pre-law.  After his freshman year and with his competitive focus, he become a dual athlete and played baseball as well.  During his collegiate basketball career, Goddard led the nation with a 92 percent free throw average. Today, Goddard still holds the free throw percentage record and is fifth in career scoring with an average of 17.4 points per game in three seasons. These achievements, among others, earned him induction into the 2005 Indiana State University’s Hall of Fame.

After graduating, Goddard was drafted into the American Basketball League but later came back to the area to teach high school English, social science and government in Reelsville and Clinton.  Wanting to make an impact on high school athletes — just as so many of his coaches had done for him — Goddard coached golf and basketball. He then began to focus on his golf game during the summers when school was out of session. Being the athlete he was, he was determined to perfect the game of golf. Goddard didn’t pick up a club until his senior year at Indiana State. He wanted to take a golf class to learn the game, but the all-male class was full. To compromise, he enrolled in the all-female golf class.

“All women and me. That was the best class I ever had at Indiana State,” Goddard said with a chuckle.

From that point on, he was hooked.  Goddard is now a member of the Professional Golf Association and has won 12 PGA Championships since he started playing. One monumental moment in his career was when he became runner up in the Indiana Open tournament against national champion, Fuzzy Zoeller, a professional golfer known worldwide who has won 10 PGA Tour victories, including the 1979 Masters and 1984 U.S. Open.

In 1985, Goddard purchased Hoosier Hills Golf Course. He served as the city of Terre Haute’s director of golf and worked at several golf courses, including the Elks Club, Rea Park, Hulman Links and now in his current position as the golf professional at Idle Creek Golf Course.

Today, Goddard is still involved with Indiana State.  He offers his expertise by assisting with the planning of the Terre Haute Alumni Club Golf Outing and is a strong supporter of Sycamore Athletics.  The ISU Alumni Association summer golf outings are held in five locations in Indiana from June through July.  Learn more about the outings and other summer events at www.indstate.edu/alumni

William Jackson, ’73

Jackson published a new novel, “Everything I Know, Think I Know, and Don’t (But Think I Do).”

Gretta Kumpf, ’72, GR ’73

Kumpf was hired as the superintendent of Tipp City Schools in Tippy City, Ohio.

Clara Fromme, ’74

Fromme was the recipient of this year’s distinguished educator award from the Greater Jasper Consolidated School District. Fromme retired in 2007 from her position as an English teacher at Jasper High School.

Jeff Flater, ’88

Flater was hired as the athletic director for Galesburg High School in Galesburg, Ill.

Mohammed Salihuddin, ’86

Salihuddin was named the new CEO of AmMetLife Takaful in Jalan Lumut, Kuala Lumpur.

Lee Ann Kwiatkowski, ’84

Kwiatkowski was appointed to the Indiana State Board of Education.

Kevin Laster, ’91

Laster received the promotion to captain with Envoy Air in Irving, Texas.

Ronald Turpin, ’93

Turpin was named director of the University of Saint Francis Development Committee of the Board in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Steve Yager, Ph.D. ’96

Yager was appointed to the Indiana State Board of Education.

Chelsea Linder, ’07

Linder joined Tabco as a graphic designer in Terre Haute, Ind.

Richard C. Hay, ’00

Astronaut, chemical engineer or theater designer topped the boyhood ambitions of Richard C. Hay. But it was at Indiana State University that the young man found his true passion.

Today, Hay is president of Quest Theatre Ensemble, which has been providing free theater to Chicago residents for more than a decade. He and his wife, Carla, also are founders and co-owners of Twenty Six Design LLC, a premier provider of customer-centered software and design solutions based in Celebration, Fla.

How did a boy growing up in the small Indiana community of Brazil develop such varied interests and intriguing career paths? Mainly through his parents, his childhood experiences and his time as a Sycamore.

“I was fortunate to be exposed to many diverse opportunities as a child,” Hay said. His father, Dick, was a professor of ceramics at Indiana State, and his mother Nancy, an Indiana State alumna, was a second-grade teacher in Terre Haute.

“I got a taste of the ‘big city’ through frequent family trips to Chicago, and I was exposed to the wonder of the ocean from near-annual trips to Sanibel Island or Daytona Beach,” Hay said. “I went to Space Camp twice — including as part of the International Space Camp where I earned a ‘Right Stuff’ award.”

When he turned 16, Hay began working at Hardee’s. “That job taught me more about responsibility, money and life than nearly any since.”

At Northview High School in Brazil, Hay developed a love of the performing arts, which continued when he entered Indiana State.

“My decision to attend Indiana State was based on receiving a competitive scholarship that covered in‐state tuition, as well as from my familiarity with the campus and my interest in the theater and English programs,” he said. “I also wanted to live on campus — something that was easily possible at Indiana State. And, with many of my high school friends attending the same school, ISU brought a sense of familiarity, friendliness and collegiality that was missing from some of the other schools to which I applied.”

At Indiana State, Hay developed friendships he still values today, and he expanded interests that helped lead to his choice career.

“First and foremost, I remember the friendships,” he said. “My college roommate, Andy Park, has become one of my closest friends. In addition to being the best man at my wedding, Andy and I share a passion for the theater — a passion that was developed at Indiana State and that has continued in his work in Chicago and my work as both a graphic designer and as president of Quest Theatre Ensemble, which was developed primarily by ISU alumni.”

In particular, Hay recalls working for the Indiana State theater department to design and acquire props for the SummerStage professional theater company, now known as Crossroads Repertory Theatre.

“For a couple of years, I answered hundreds of questions from students and staff while working as a help-desk technician. I also remember my time as photo editor for the Statesman, as editor-in-chief for ISU’s IQ Magazine and as a writing center consultant — a position that led to WCONLINE, a scheduling, record-keeping and reporting solution that I developed and that is now used by thousands of educational centers.”

During his senior year at Indiana State, Hay opened a retail computer store named Computer Creations on Wabash Avenue. “That helped me learn about business and about balancing college with other responsibilities,” he said.

Among his fun college memories, Hay recalls “sitting by the fountain, meeting with professors in Root Hall, having dinner in the Student Union, workouts with friends in Le Club, talking with friends in the dorm.”

After graduating magna cum laude in 2000 with an English degree and minor in theater, Hay enrolled in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. While there, Hay opened a small business that focused on developing WCONLINE. The company provided graphic design and printing services, developed complex web applications and created opportunities and training problems for people with disabilities.

It was in Milwaukee that Hay met his wife, an Olympic-class long-track speed skater. They were married March 26, 2011, at the Milwaukee Art Museum with 200 family and friends — many from Indiana State — in attendance. Trading the snowy winters of the Midwest, the couple bought a home in Florida, where they hike, bike and walk all year long.

But Hay hasn’t forgotten his hometown or his college. A few months ago, the couple worked with Quest and College of Arts and Sciences Dean John Murray and ISU Foundation development officer Ken Menefee to host an alumni event at the theatre in Chicago.

“I am happy and proud of being part of the active ISU alumni,” Hay said.

As for future plans, Hay hopes “to continue developing my business — to continue trying new ideas, even if some fail — and to see what this business can become,” he said. “Carla and I also hope to continue our quest to hike in every national park.”

Angela Davis, ’95, GR ’05

Davis took a new career position as a development officer with the Wisconsin Historical Foundation Inc. in Madison, Wis.

Paul White, ’14

White was hired as the new superintendent of New Prairie Schools in Rolling Prairie, Ind.


Melissa Crash, ’14

Crash was hired as WTHI-TV’s weekend anchor in Terre Haute.

Courtney Richey, GR ’10

Richey was named director of the West-Central Indiana Small Business Center on Indiana State University’s campus.