The Hall of Fame brunch, honoring Chuck Bucheri, Judy Golitko, Alex Huskey, Eva White, and John Wisler, kicks off Homecoming day activities, starting with a reception at 9 a.m., and a chicken and waffles brunch at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, November 23, in Alumni Hall. All alumni are encouraged to wear IU Kokomo or IU spirit wear for the event.
"We encourage all of our alumni to come celebrate the accomplishments of some of our most deserving graduates," said Interim Chancellor Sciame-Giesecke. "It is also a great chance to reconnect with IU Kokomo and see what's happening on campus."
The brunch also includes the alumni Hall of Fame induction. Ryan Bowman, Director of Alumni Relations, said in past years, the association honored one Distinguished Alumni Award winner during commencement. The new Hall of Fame replaces that award, and allows more deserving graduates to earn recognition. He anticipates adding between three and five new members each year.
"We have an outstanding first class, who are great representatives of IU Kokomo, and what you can do with a degree from our campus," Bowman said.
All previous Distinguished Alumni Award winners are included in the new Hall of Fame, and are invited to attend the event.
Following brunch, alumni are invited to the new IU Kokomo gym in downtown Kokomo, to cheer for the Cougar men's basketball team as they take on conference foe Point Park in the Homecoming game.
Brunch tickets are $10 each, and include a reception and brunch. Basketball tickets are $5 each. To purchase ticket for either or both events, go to www.myiuaa.com/IUK-HallofFame.
The first class of IU Kokomo Alumni Association Hall of Fame members are:
• Robert Charles "Chuck" Bucheri: Chuck Bucheri considered himself to be an IU Kokomo alumnus, because he started his college education here. At the time, it did not offer a four-year degree in business, so he completed it in Indianapolis. He served on the campus advisory board, and was a long-time supporter of IU Kokomo. He was a certified public accountant, and was a senior partner in the accounting firm of Bucheri, McCarty, and Metz in Kokomo. He was active in the local community and a generous benefactor to many causes. He passed away in May, and will be represented by his family at the induction.
• Judy Golitko: Judy worked more than 30 years as a paralegal before enrolling at IU Kokomo to fulfill her dream of being a nurse. She earned her associate degree in nursing in 2001, and then worked as a medical-surgical nurse while completing her bachelor's degree in nursing in 2003. Golitko then enrolled at IU's Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, earning her law degree in 2006 and successfully passing the Indiana Bar at age 59. She combines her nursing and law education as a disability attorney at Golitko Daly PC. She has served as a guest lecturer in the School of Nursing, and will serve as an adjunct faculty member starting in January. Golitko is currently president of the IU Kokomo Alumni Association, having served on its board more than 10 years. She received the President's Award, the highest honor given to an alumni volunteer, in 2010.
• Alex D. Huskey: Alex currently serves as chairman of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, and is an ordained minister, serving as pastor of the New Bethany Church of God in Christ, Marion. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1983-1993. When he left active duty, he enrolled at IU Kokomo, and earned a bachelor's degree in general studies. Later, he returned to campus to earn a Master of Public Management degree in 2010. He had a distinguished career with the Marion Police Department, where he was deputy chief. In 2004, he was the first African American appointed superintendent of the Indiana Excise Police, a position he held until former Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed him to his current position with the alcohol and tobacco commission. Daniels also honored him with the Governor's Distinguished Service Medal in 2013.
• Eva White: Eva earned her undergraduate degree from IU Kokomo in 1994, and also won the outstanding humanities student award. White is now an associate professor of English at IU Kokomo, and recently was honored as one of IU's best, as winner of the Herman Frederic Lieber Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. She's also received the IU Kokomo Claude Rich Award, which is the highest honor given on campus; and twice received the IU Kokomo Trustees' Teaching Award. She also founded the campus literary magazine, From the Well House, created IU's only Irish studies minor, and redesigned the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program. She has taught more than 25 different courses during her six years at IU Kokomo, both in the classroom and through online and hybrid instruction, which combines online and classroom experiences.
• John Wisler: Dr. John A. Wisler is a toxicologist certified by the American Board of Toxicology. He has more than 25 years of experience in toxicology research and drug development. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from IU Kokomo in 1978, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from the IU School of Medicine in 1982. He earned a doctoral degree in toxicology from the IU School of Medicine in 1988. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the National Research Council at the U.S. Army Institute of Chemical Defense, Baltimore. He is scientific director in toxicology and drug safety at Amgen Pharmaceuticals, Thousand Oaks, Calif. He has worked with companies including Allergan and Procter and Gamble, and also was president of the American Board of Toxicology. He has been married 35 years to Sandra Wisler, RN, BSN, CCRN, who is also an IU Kokomo graduate. They have two children, Brandon and Megan.
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