Distinguished Alumni Awards

John R. Endwright Alumni Service Award
Laura Newton - 2012

Laura Newton currently serves as Assistant Director and COO of Visit Bloomington. She has become regarded as one of the best known and respected professionals in the local tourism industry.

A 1987 graduate of the School in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, Laura began her career in the meeting/hospitality industry associated with “Visit Bloomington” in 1988.

During her professional tenure, she has been involved in all areas of marketing including tourism, motor coach, conventions, sports, and niche development. Laura is an inspiration in her devotion and commitment to Indiana University. She is a proud alumna who supports IU through various efforts including participation on the Monroe County Alumni Chapter board, guest speaking, evaluation panels, hiring staff and internship positions at Visit Bloomington.

She is also a volunteer for numerous other organizations throughout the community. The John Endwright Award exists to recognize the service and contributions that alumni make back to their professions and to their alma mater; Laura Newton is an outstanding example and an outstanding recipient.