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.

Eston “Bud” Perry, ’61

Eston “Bud” Perry says he is a firm believer in working for what you want. “I think you can do about anything if you set your mind to it,” he said.

His life is certainly proof of that statement. As a young man, Perry enlisted in the U.S. Army. When his two years were up, Perry decided to pay a visit to his younger brother, a student at Indiana State University. Perry liked what he saw.

“It’s a wonderful university. It’s big enough to offer whatever you need and small enough so that you know anyone you want to know,” he said.

Although his family was “far from wealthy,” Perry was determined to attend Indiana State. To do so, he worked in a store 40 hours a week (mostly nights and weekends) while attending classes. In summers, he worked in construction.

“It wasn’t a big deal,” he said. “I couldn’t have gone to college if I didn’t work and earn the money to pay for it. It was worth it.”

A 1961 graduate of the College of Health and Human Services, Perry married later that year a Purdue University grad he met when she visited a cousin on the Indiana State campus. Perry and his wife, Alice “Annie,” have three children — Julie Anne Heck (Steven), Jeffrey John Perry (Jennifer), and Jennifer Lee Norris (Travis).

Perry put the same determination that got him through college to work to become a successful businessman and entrepreneur. Chairman of the Board of Oakley Corporation — a commercial real estate development and management company in Terre Haute and Winter Park, Fla. — Perry also oversees a family-run foundation, the Hollie and Anna Oakley Foundation.

Through the foundation, the Perrys have been generous, longtime supporters of Indiana State, helping the campus, programs and students flourish. The foundation has been responsible for the naming of Oakley Plaza and the Basketball Practice Court.

In honor of their longstanding commitment to the university, the Perrys will receive honorary doctorates of humanities at the spring commencement ceremony this month.

“I think it is important to give back to your university, to support it however you can,” Perry said. “It has helped you have success in your life, and you want to help other students have that same opportunity.”

As for advice for young people, Perry said he would encourage everyone to get more education and to pursue their goals no matter how unattainable those goals may seem.

“You can go to college. It is not that insurmountable,” he said. “Decide on what you want to do and go after it. You have to be determined to work for it if you want to succeed.”

David Lotter, ’68, GR ’73

Lotter was elected to the Vigo County School Corporation School Board.

Frank Jozsa, ’63, GR ’72

Jozsa published a new book title, “National Baseball Association Strategies: Business Expansions, Relocations and Mergers.”

Joyce Hemphill, ’79

Hemphill published her first novel, “The Power of Playful Learning: The Green Edition.”

Karen Evans Tislow, ’76

Tislow retired after 31 years with the Tippecanoe County Park and Recreation Department.

Keith Dickey, ’72

Dickey was presented with the Distinguished Member Award by the Illinois Dental Society. Dickey is a dental educator at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton, Ill.

Paul Coleman, GR ’80

Coleman published a new book entitled “Finding Peace When Your Heart is in Pieces: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Side of Grief, Loss, and Pain.”

Karen Puckett, ’81

Puckett was appointed board member of the Entergy Corporation. Puckett is currently the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Century Link Inc. in Monroe, La.

Tod Carpenter, ’81

Carpenter was named the new CEO of Donaldson Co. Inc. in Minneapolis, Minn.

Christine “Christi” (Olson) Hill, ’93

When Christine “Christi” (Olson) Hill visited Indiana State University as a high school senior, she had already decided where she was going to college. It wasn’t Indiana State. Traveling to Terre Haute was just a “courtesy call” — until Hill met some members of the Sycamore family.

Arriving during a February ice storm, Hill admits the campus was not at its most beautiful, but the faculty and other folks greeted her warmly and made her feel at home.

“I can’t emphasize strongly enough how important that was to me,” she said. “To me, the equity of a university over time is the people who represent it. The people I met are why I chose to go to Indiana State University.”

Even today, Hill can quickly name some of those people — Bobbi Baker, Leah Sluder, Todd Coleman and Coach John Gartland. Attending college on an athletic scholarship, Hill was a member of the Indiana State cross-country and track and field teams. She graduated magna cum laude from Indiana State in 1993, where she was named the ISU NCAA Student-Athlete of the Year.

And the people will be part of what she plans to highlight in her remarks as a 2015 commencement speaker in May. “I think it’s important to realize not just what the university can mean to you, but what you can mean to it,” she said.

A graduate of the Scott College of Business, Hill joined Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly in 1994 and now serves as the customer experience strategy leader. She is a founding member of the Google Health Partner Council, Digital Health Coalition and serves on several boards. She is also a member of the ISU Foundation.

Although she is not one to look back at a path not taken, Hill says she probably wouldn’t have the life she enjoys today if she hadn’t attended Indiana State. Hill met her future husband, Jason, on campus when she was a freshman. The couple married in 1999 and has two children — daughter Eliana, 8, and son Josiah, 5. The family lives in Carmel, and they are active members of Grace Church.

“I believe there is a lot of divine intervention in what we do,” Hill said. “Our lives are decided by what choices we make, but sometimes we just know when a choice is right. That’s the way it felt about attending ISU. I have been blessed with the family and life I have today, and that wouldn’t be true if I hadn’t chosen ISU.”

Kent Kramer, ’90

Kramer was named the new president and chief executive officer of the Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana.

Ann Killory Maczpacay, GR ’91, and Erick Maczpacay, ’90

Ann and Erick celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. Erick currently works as an educator, and Ann owns Hanover Nursery School in Hanover, Mass., which just celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Jill Barker, ’05

Barker was selected as the new chief operating officer of Anderson Preparatory Academy in Anderson, Ind.

Kyra Anderson, ’07

Anderson was appointed as a new police officer with the Shelbyville Police Department in Shelbyville, Ind.

Jeff Pittman, GR ’02, Ph.D. ’02

Pittman was named chancellor of St. Louis Community College in Mississippi.

Courtney Richey, GR ’10

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

Zachary Loughman, Ph.D. ’12

Loughman was named 2014 West Virginia Professor of the Year by the Faculty Merit Foundation. Loughman is an associate professor of biology at West Liberty University in Wheeling, W.Va.

Anne Hogan, GR ’12

Hogan was named the University of Tulsa’s full-time director of sports nutrition in Tulsa, Okla.