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Indiana State University Foundation recognizes donors

August 5, 2014

The Indiana State University Foundation recently honored four individuals and a corporate donor for their philanthropy at its 2014 awards ceremony in Indianapolis.

Herbert Simon, Duane and Mary Alice Klueh and Siemens PLM Software were recognized with March On! Awards in recognition of outstanding financial gifts to the university. Al Perone, a 1981 Indiana State graduate who has served the university in the student affairs arena for more than 30 years, received the John P. Newton Spirit of ISU Award.

Simon received the individual March On! Award in recognition of his support for the Bayh Legacy Wall in the Bayh College of Education and the Larry Bird Scholarship endowment for student-athletes on the Sycamore men's basketball team.

"Many of the Bayhs' friends and colleagues contributed to the (Legacy Wall), but it was Mr. Simon's leadership funding that made it a reality," Diana Quatroche, professor and chair of the elementary, early and special education department in the Bayh College, said in recognizing the Indianapolis businessman. "Today, students and visitors are able to gain an understanding and a deeper appreciation for the Bayh family and their direct impact on not only Indiana State University but our local community, state and nation. We thank Mr. Simon for caring. We thank him for investing in our history so that we may share it with future generations."

Siemens PLC received the foundation's Corporate and Foundation Award for a $9.7 million in-kind gift of digital lifecycle management software. The gift, which benefits students in the College of Technology and Scott College of Business, is the largest in-kind gift in university history.

"It is an understatement to say that a gift of software valued at $9.7 million changes things for our students and faculty," said Bob Shenberger, a College of Technology advisory council member and ISU Foundation board member. "A gift like this can be a catalyst for an entire university. It shows all of us the full impact of corporate partnerships. We want Indiana State students to make a statement when they come and enter into the global workforce and Siemens' gift will help us do that."

Calling the gift "transformational," Harry Minniear, chair of the aviation technology department, said the gift "enables our students to collaborate, create and manage software the way international businesses do with partners around the world."

In accepting the award, Tom Rocklin, manager of Midwest communications for Siemens PLC, noted that he joined a forerunner of the company as a college student in 1972 and that technology transfer has long been important to Siemens.

"I'm proud (to accept the award) on behalf of the 10,000 or so men and women who helped create this software and the millions of customers and users that help us to do the job right," he said.

The foundation honored Duane and Mary Alice Klueh with its Faculty, Staff and Emeriti Award for their longstanding commitment to Indiana State and its students.

"For nearly seven decades, Duane Klueh has donated his time, his talent and his treasure to the second love of his life, Indiana State University," Phil Ness, director of athletics development for the foundation, said.

One of Indiana State's most recognized student athletes, Klueh - who played for legendary basketball coach John Wooden - remains the Sycamores' eighth all-time leading scorer in school history, was MVP of the 1947 NAIA basketball tournament and also excelled in tennis, Ness noted.

"He returned to Indiana State in 1955 after a professional basketball career and inspired students and student athletes to be the best that they could be ... and y'know, he's still coaching," Ness said.

Jo Einstandig, ISU foundation board member, called Mary Alice Klueh her husband's biggest cheerleader.

"She is an ever present supporter," Einstandig said. "You could always count on Mary Alice to be in the stands. She exemplifies the Sycamore service spirit as she has been an active member of the Terre Haute community for years."The Kluehs have generously supported several areas and projects of the university and have endowed a scholarship fund for men's basketball players from the Wabash Valley.

The couple was unable to attend the awards program but their daughter, Kathleen Klueh Risacher, read a statement from her father. Klueh and her brother, Paul Klueh, accepted the award on their parents' behalf.

"We are honored, humbled and certainly surprised to be recognized with the March On! Award," the statement said. "It is gratifying to be part of a group of individuals and companies that have been so helpful in furthering the mission of the university and providing assistance to many students and institutional programs."

Duane Klueh noted that his relationship with the university had its beginnings with his father, JR Klueh, who received his master's degree from Indiana State Normal School.

Coaching "gave me unique insight into the importance of financial aid, academic programs and athletics," he said.

He called being a part of Indiana State "a wonderful experience" and closed his statement with some advice for his 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

"Go to a university," he said. "Keep asking questions about your world, keep reaching, keep learning, keep discovering."

In presenting the John P. Newton Spirit of ISU Award to Perone, Kerry Dye, past chair of the ISU Alumni Association board, said the award is a tribute to those who demonstrate wholehearted dedication to the university's mission and vision.

"Al's loyalty to ISU exceeds his professional responsibility," Dye said. "Al leads by example. He gives of his time genuinely and unconditionally. He believes in Indiana State and to its vision and to its people."

Indiana State's students "benefit daily from (Al's) dedication and expertise," said university President Dan Bradley.

Perone has been a donor to the university since his graduation, Dye said, noting that he has endowed a scholarship for students in his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha.

"I am both humbled and honored to receive this recognition," Perone said. "I truly value all that Indiana State has given to me over the years, through my education, my vocation and in the lifelong friends and memories it has provided."

The foundation also inducted the following new members into the 1865 Society in recognition of planned gifts to the university: Robert Bonnewell, Ron D. and Julia A. Carpenter, Danny R. and Deborah K. Dean, Sherrill Hockemeyer, Robert H. and Janet L. Jerry, Jerry and Joan Reel and R. Gordon Spelbring.

Another 24 individuals, families and couples joined Siemens PLC in being inducted into the Book and Torch Society in recognition of lifetime giving at levels of $100,000, $500,000 and $1 million or more, including Max L. and Jackie Gibson, Norma R. Grosjean and the Hulman Family.

Photo: - "Sycamore Cycle," the Indiana State University Foundation's March On! Award, is a commissioned artwork designed to represent philanthropy to Indiana State University and the impact donors have on students and the university. A full size version of the work by Roger Barry of Clarksburg, Calif., is expected to be added to the campus outdoor sculpture collection.

Photo: - Ron Carpenter (left), Indiana State University Foundation President, presents the 2014 March On! Corporate and Foundation Award to Tom Rocklin, manager of Midwest communications for Siemens PLC, in recognition of Simen's in kind gift of $9.7 million in software for use by technology and business students. (ISU/Rachel Keyes)

Photo: - Indiana State University President Dan Bradley (left) poses with Paul Klueh, Katherine Klueh Risacher and Shannon Riscacher, children and granddaughter of Duane and Mary Alice Klueh, recipients of the 2014 March ON! Award Faculty, Staff and Emeriti Award in recognition of their longstanding financial support of the university. (ISU/Rachel Keyes)

Photo: - John P. Newton (left) congratulates Al Perone, recipient of the 2014 John P. Newton Spirit of ISU Award during the Indiana State University Foundation's March On! Awards Program July 26, 2014 in Indianapolis. (ISU/Rachel Keyes)

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or