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

Stanley Phillips, ’70

Phillips was selected as 2015 Realtor of the Year by the Indiana Commercial Board of Realtors. Phillips is the current executive vice president of Bradley Company in Fort Wayne, Ind.


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.

Richard Silverstein, ’87

Silverstein was named athletic director for Pine Plains School District in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Carla Dowell, ’89

Dowell was appointed director of audit and assurance services at Riney Hancock CPA Firm in Evansville, Ind.

Jeff Flater, ’88

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

Chad Swank, ’96

Swank was named sergeant of detectives for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana.

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.

Kyle Luebbe, ’03

Kyle and his wife, Amanda, celebrated the birth of their first child, Stella Marie, on Jan. 27, 2015. Kyle was hired as the National Marketing Manager for Woody’s Hot Rodz in Bright, Ind. as well.

Sara Cole, ’08, GR ’12

Cole joined Hopebridge Pediatric Specialists working in the Kokomo Schools in Kokomo, Ind.

Chelsea Linder, ’07

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

Michael Scott Jr. ’10

When Michael Scott Jr. was a young boy, his ambition was to be a pilot. He would sit on the family porch with binoculars and watch planes as they flew into the two Chicago airports.

“I could tell you the airline just by looking at the color. I could tell you the type of plane,” he said. “I was intrigued with flight, with the idea of being able to fly through the sky.”

In his senior year of high school, however, Scott’s career ambitions veered off that pilot path and soared even higher. As citywide student council president in Gary, Ind., Scott took part in an exchange program with other Indiana schools in Valparaiso and Crown Point. He saw what his school lacked and what others had. He noticed the strong effect that good schools, motivational teachers and quality education have on young people.

“I had an epiphany,” he said. “Education became my calling …. Someone told me that old saying, ‘If you want to be immortal, become a teacher. A little piece of you lives on in your students.’ I knew how important education was and that altered my future goals.”

Looking back at his high school years in Gary, Scott notes that 333 students were in his freshman class. Four years later, “only 127 of us were walking across the stage to graduate. And only 15 percent of us have gone on to complete college. Understandably, college is not for everyone, but it is critical to show young people that they can get more education, that going to college is possible and often necessary to get a sustainable job.”

Earlier this year, Scott added, U.S. Steel in Gary announced it was laying off another 285 workers.

“U.S. Steel was the backbone of Gary,” he said. “It is no longer a guarantee that you can get a job or keep a job in an industry like U.S. Steel. But ultimately, young people need to find a sustainable career they are passionate about and work to get it. A college degree is often key to that sustainability.”

With several scholarships (he was co-salutatorian of Lew Wallace High School Class of 2006), Scott began checking out colleges to fulfill his ambition. He was already familiar with Indiana State University — his sister had gone there and so had two cousins, as well as high school teachers and principals he admired. He liked the beauty of the campus, enjoyed the hospitality of faculty and students and knew the university has an excellent college of education.

“Some of my friends tried to talk me out of being a teacher,” he said. “They knew of my ambition to be a pilot, but teaching is my passion …. Education is the bedrock of any community. I can’t think of any calling more important than being a teacher.”

While at Indiana State, Scott served as student government association president and started two organizations focused on mentorship and leadership development. Upon graduating cum laude in 2010 as a social studies education and political science major, Scott was the recipient of the President’s Medal for Leadership, Scholarship and Service, and the Alan C. Rankin Distinguished Senior Award.

Then he headed off to teach — first as a social studies teacher at Kipp Truth Academy in Dallas, where he taught two years as part of Teach For America. Then he spent time at Democracy Prep Harlem in Harlem, where he has been teaching 7th grade social studies for two years.

With the end of the 2014-2015 school year, Scott will be going back to school himself — he was accepted into the Harvard Graduate School of Education on a two-year fellowship.

“I never ever expected this to happen,” the 27-year-old said. “If you had told me seven months ago, I would be going to Harvard in the near future, I would have laughed. I wouldn’t believe it.”

Getting into the prestigious graduate school was the result of trying. That’s right — Scott decided to try, and he succeeded.

“I got an email about a program at Harvard,” he said. “I might have deleted the email, because I was already teaching. But I learned at ISU, when opportunity knocks, seize the moment. Open the door and see what’s on the other side.”

At Indiana State, one of those “carpe diem” experiences happened in 2008 when Scott heard about a program for college students to attend the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis or the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

“I thought I probably won’t get it but I went ahead and wrote a one-page application on why I wanted to go,” he said.

The result? “I witnessed history in the making,” Scott said. “I saw Barack Obama accept the Democratic nomination for president of the United States …. If I could give any advice to anyone, it would definitely be to seize opportunities as they come along.”

After his Harvard master’s program, Scott will begin a principal residency in Chicago Public Schools. Becoming a principal will allow him to set the tone for a school and to create better educational opportunities for students and teachers.

“My goal,” he said, “was to be a principal by the time I was 30. It looks as though I will accomplish that goal by the time I am 29. Ideally in the fall of 2017, I will be either a principal or assistant principal in a Chicago school.”

Much of the motivation for setting goals and achieving them has come from his parents, Scott said. “My parents didn’t go to college until after they raised us. They valued education and made sure my sisters and I did, too.”

His mother, Sharon Scott, is an instructor at Ivy Tech Community College in Gary. His father, Michael Sr., was director of the Youth Services Bureau for the city of Gary and served on the local school board from the time his son was in first grade until Michael completed his time at Indiana State.

“Two weeks after I graduated from Indiana State University, my father passed away,” Scott said. “He had a big impact on my choices in life and I know he would be very proud of what I am doing.”

Joel Fleming, ’13

Fleming joined the Hagerman Group in Fishers, Ind. as a project engineer.

Adrienne Redding, ’14

Redding joined Hopebridge Pediatric Specialists working in the Kokomo Schools in Kokomo, Ind.