IU School of Public Health-Bloomington recognizes outstanding alumni

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington honored distinguished alumni recently, with honorees including past university department chairs, leaders in sports management and individuals who have been instrumental in policy development both domestically and abroad.

"We could not be more pleased to honor these exceptional alumni," said Mohammad Torabi, dean of the School of Public Health-Bloomington. "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. Cordes received the Anita Aldrich Distinguished Alumni Award, which honors graduates who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in professional excellence, service to the community and loyalty to IU relative to the advancement of girls and women.
  • Talal Hashim, professor of public health safety and education at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. Hashim received the Mobley International Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding professional achievement outside the U.S.
  • Kalen Irsay, vice chair and owner of the Indianapolis Colts. Irsay received the Early Career Alumni Award, which recognizes alumni who through exceptional achievement have distinguished themselves by their professional accomplishment, community service or service to the university.
  • Scott Chakan, director of operations for Cassady Neeser & Brasseur, a member of The Horton Group Inc. Chakan received the John R. Endwright Distinguished Alumni Service Award, which recognizes alumni for outstanding service and contributions.
  • Thomas Templin, professor at Purdue University. Templin also received the John R. Endwright Distinguished Alumni Service Award.
  • Eugene Monahan, retired head athletic trainer for the New York Yankees. Monahan received the W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award, which is the oldest and most prestigious alumni recognition award bestowed by the school to a graduate who has demonstrated outstanding personal and professional achievement in his or her career.

Complete biographical information is available online.

"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."

About the School of Public Health-Bloomington

With nearly 300 students across an array of undergraduate and advanced degree programs, the School of Public Health-Bloomington offers a traditional campus experience enriched by 21st-century innovation. More than 120 faculty in five academic departments -- Department of Kinesiology; Department of Applied Health Science; Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies; Department of Environmental Health; and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics -- conduct major research, teach and engage with communities across a broad spectrum of health, wellness and disease-prevention topics. Each department offers numerous majors, minors and opportunities for graduate and undergraduate studies. In addition to its academic departments, the school administers Campus Recreational Sports, which serves roughly 80 percent of the IU Bloomington student body through various intramural, club and individual sports opportunities.

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