IU School of Public Health-Bloomington recognizes outstanding alumni

Honorees including past university department chairs, leaders in sports management, and individuals who have been instrumental in policy development both domestically and abroad were recognized on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the annual Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington Distinguished Alumni Awards Recognition Banquet.

“We could not be more pleased to honor these exceptional alumni,” said Dean Mohammad Torabi. “Their dedication and commitment in their chosen fields is a true inspiration to all of us and we are thrilled to have them as part of the school’s family.”

The school has been presenting awards since 1976 to the most prestigious graduates, those who excel professionally and personally. Recipients this year are Kathleen Cordes, Professor Emerita of Miramar College; Talal Hashim, Professor of Public Health Safety and Education at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia; Kalen Irsay, Vice Chair and Owner of the Indianapolis Colts; Scott Chakan, Director of Operations for Cassady Neeser & Brasseur a member of The Horton Group, Inc.; Thomas Templin, Professor at Purdue University; and Eugene Monahan, retired Head Athletic Trainer for the New York Yankees.

“Our 2014 alumni award recipients are some of the most distinguished and dedicated alumni,” said Natalie Kubat, director of Donor and Alumni Relations. “We are proud to be recognizing them and their accomplishments.”

Mobley International Distinguished Alumni Award

Talal HashimTalal Hashim received the Mobley International Distinguished Alumni Award. This annual award, named in honor of former Dean Tony Mobley, recognizes outstanding professional achievement outside of the United States.

Talal Hashim graduated from Indiana University in 1988 with his Doctorate in Health & Safety from the School of Public Health-Bloomington. An accomplished educational leader, he has held multiple roles at the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia including Coordinator of Health Services Administration Program, Director of the Center for Research and Development, Chairman of the Department of Community Health Sciences, including his current roles as Professor of Public Health Safety and Education. He has been instrumental in the evaluation and improvement of curriculum for the Community Health Sciences Program in the College of Allied Medical Sciences at King Saud University. Dr. Hashim’s research interests include examining knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs related to various health topics some of which include cancer, smoking, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS. He work has been published in various journals including the Saudi Medical Journal, Journal of Family and Community Medicine, and the New Egyptian Journal of Medicine.

John R. Endwright Distinguished Alumni Service Award

Scott Chakan and Thomas Templin each received the John R. Endwright Distinguished Alumni Service Award. This award recognizes alumni for outstanding service and contributions. The award is a reflection of former Dean Endwright's commitment to strong ties between the school and its graduates.

Scott ChakanScott Chakan graduated from Indiana University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation from the School of Public Health-Bloomington. An accomplished and creative leader, he has demonstrated exemplary leadership credentials that cut across many industries. Mr. Chakan has advised hundreds of business owners across the United States, and has assisted in developing unique sales distribution and training programs for various industries over the past decade, as well as, other processes centered on sales, sales management, operational excellence and corporate finance. Mr. Chakan currently serves as the Director of Operations for Cassady Neeser & Brasseur a member of The Horton Group, Inc. and is involved in many community organizations including the Indiana University Foundation and Indiana University Varsity Club. He also serves as a current member of the School of Public Health-Bloomington Dean’s Alliance Board.

Thomas TemplinThomas Templin, Professor at Purdue University, is a two-time graduate of Indiana University with both Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees in Physical Education. His PhD is from the University of Michigan. He is well known as an author and editor of numerous journal publications, book chapters and books in Physical Education. He has served in leadership roles and has presented numerous national and international papers for various professional organizations. He is a past department head of the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Purdue University, where his research focuses on the lives and careers of physical education teachers in relation to socialization theory, role theory, affective events theory, burnout and teacher resilience.

W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award

Eugene MonahanEugene Monahan received the W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is the oldest and most prestigious alumni recognition bestowed by the school to a graduate who has demonstrated outstanding personal and professional achievement in his or her career. Recipients characterize the ideals set forth by the school's first dean, Willard W. Patty. Under his leadership, the school rose to national stature and produced some of the finest professionals in the fields of health, physical education and recreation.
Eugene Monahan graduated cum laude from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and an emphasis on professional athletic training in 1969. He served as a Minor League Athletic Trainer for 10 seasons from 1963 to 1972, before transitioning to his role as a Major League Head Athletic Trainer for the New York Yankees from 1973 to 2011 where he served 39 seasons. With the Yankees, Mr. Monahan has made 11 World Series appearances and 7 World Championships.

Mr. Monahan has served as the Committee Chair for the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society Scholarship Committee and as a member of the National Public Relations Committee for the National Athletic Trainers Association. He has received numerous awards including the Lifetime achievement Award from the American College of Sports Medicine in 1995, the Distinguished Service Award from the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society in 1997, and in 2006 was elected to the New York State Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame.

Anita Aldrich Distinguished Alumni Award

Kathleen CordesKathleen Cordes received the Anita Aldrich Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is presented to graduates who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in professional excellence, service to the community and loyalty to Indiana University relative to the advancement of girls and women. Recipients have made a significant difference in the lives of girls and women relative to participation in sports and fitness activities as well as the pursuit of healthy lifestyles.

Professor Emeritus Kathleen Cordes directly served as a college/university professor, chair, coach, and director. For her teaching, leadership, and administrative efforts, Cordes is a recipient of the national, district, and state American Alliance of Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance Honor Awards. For her authorship of textbooks and other work in recreation, she received the national and state awards for Distinguished Service to Recreation and was elected American Leisure Academy Senior Fellow. During her career, Ms. Cordes was one of the first female directors of men and women’s athletics in the country; the first female varsity coach at the University of Notre Dame; and the first athletic director of Saint Mary’s College. Among her many duties as an executive director in Reston, Virginia for the American Association for Leisure and Recreation, Ms. Cordes worked with the White House on America's trails.

Early Career Alunni Award

Kalen IrsayKalen Irsay received the Early Career Outstanding Alumni Award. This award is given to alumni who through exceptional achievement have distinguished themselves by their professional accomplishment, community service, or service to the University. The recipient of the award must have received his or her degree from the school within the past ten years, and be 40 years old or younger.

Kalen Irsay graduated from Indiana University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management and Marketing from the School of Public Health-Bloomington. Like her sisters Carlie and Casey, she grew up with the Colts organization as a significant part of her life since birth. She joined the team in June of 2010 as vice president and represents the next generation of Colts ownership. She is currently entering her third season as Vice Chair and Owner of the Indianapolis Colts. Ms. Irsay is involved in corporate sales, marketing, and community outreach programs, and currently serves on the board of the United Way of Central Indiana.