Leaders in Service

Sketches by Bonnie Sklarski.

IU’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award recognizes outstanding achievements in a field of endeavor as well as significant contributions to the recipient’s community, state, nation, or university. It is the highest accolade that IU presents to an IU alumnus or alumna. Since its inception in 1953, only 345 people have received the annual honor.

The 2019 class offers outstanding examples of the varied pursuits and accomplishments of IU’s DASA recipients. Watch their stories to see their paths to success.

Matthew R. Gutwein, BA’85, JD’88

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[Onscreen text reads: Matthew R. Gutwein]

[Matthew Gutwein speaks] I grew up in Monon, Indiana which is a town of about a thousand people.

[Photos of Matthew as a young man. Family photo outside Gutwein Motors]

[Gutwein] My dad owned a little auto dealership, so my brother and I would wash the cars, paint the building — just do odd jobs.

[Narrator] Growing up in a small town in Indiana, Matt Gutwein knew that coming to a large campus at Indiana University would be a new experience for him when he first arrived in Bloomington in the early 1980s.

[Video footage of Indiana University]

[Gutwein] I was both thrilled and terrified at the same time. In the dorm that I lived in my freshman year, it had twice as many residents of that dorm than in the entire town that I grew up in. But it was also very thrilling. It was thrilling because, before classes even started, I met these extraordinary people that were just so interesting and smart and from places all over the country and all over the globe.

[Current photos of Matthew with colleagues]

[Gutwein] Some of the greatest academic work in the world is done at IU. And the professors and students are engaged in that work, and therefore, it’s possible to aspire to a higher level of excellence.

[Narrator] Matt’s experiences at the School of Law opened the door to many opportunities in the realm of public policy, constitutional law, and civil rights legislation.

[Gutwein] The public policy implications of those decisions were very evident and very real. And it was clear to me the necessary and important role that government plays in our community.

[Narrator] Gutwein served a judicial clerkship for a judge on the US Court of Appeals which led him to several jobs in government and public policy work in San Diego and Washington, DC before returning to his home state. He then served as counsel to Governor Evan Bayh and was responsible for the State of Indiana’s litigation before the US Supreme Court.

[Onscreen text reads: Lacy Mack Johnson. Former DASA Recipient]

[Lacy Mack Johnson speaks] When he was Governor Bayh’s General Counsel, he was part of the process that ensured that African-Americans and women become part of the judicial system. Matt took the lead and during that period we had our first African-American Supreme Court justice and our first female Supreme Court justice.

[Narrator] Ultimately, he was named the President and CEO of Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County where during one of the worst financial crisis in American history, he led a successful $800 million fundraising campaign to transform the old Wishard Hospital in downtown Indianapolis into the new state of the art Eskenazi Hospital.

[Group photo at a ribbon cutting ceremony]

[Gutwein] We tried to improve people’s health, people’s wellness, people’s lives — make communities and neighborhoods better.

[Onscreen text reads: Lauren Robel. Provost and EVP, Indiana University. Bloomington]

[Lauren Robel speaks] Matt Gutwein is positively brilliant, and he’s brilliantly positive. It’s important for students at our law school to be able to see someone who has built the kind of life of ethical service that Matt has so carefully and intentionally created. He really is the glue of the communities he is invested in.

[Photos of Matthew running in competitions. Photos from the Boston Marathon bombing]

[Narrator] A lifelong runner, Matt has competed in several marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2013, where he finished just minutes ahead of two bombings that killed or wounded hundreds and tore through the heart of the city.

[Gutwein] After hearing of the courage of many of the victims and the resiliency of the city, I made the decision that I really want to go back the next year. That kind of community strength applies right here in Indiana as well of coming together to be a complete force for good.

[Johnson] I’ve known Matt for almost 30 years. He’s always been involved in the community. He’s always been involved in public service. He and his family are always giving back. They’re just good corporate citizens.

[Onscreen text reads: Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Indiana University. Matthew R. Gutwein]

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Matthew Gutwein, president and CEO of Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County, played a key role in the creation of the $745 million Eskenazi Hospital, which replaced the aging Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis. Gutwein was key to a successful campaign to win taxpayer and private support for the new institution.

Bart Peterson, who was mayor of Indianapolis when the city was considering the replacement of Wishard, writes, “None of it would have happened without Matt Gutwein. His record of achievement, which continues to this day, puts him among the most important community leaders in our city and state of the last half century.”

Prior to joining HHC in the early 2000s, Gutwein was a legal star, serving as a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels and chief counsel for former Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh, BS’78, LLD’96. Gutwein represented the state in its 1993 case against boxer Mike Tyson, and the next year argued Heck v. Humphrey before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jane M. Jorgensen, BS’72

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[Jane Jorgensen speaks] I never thought about performing in front of a classroom. It was just very – again, I was just doing it in elementary school, playing school. So I apparently knew what I wanted to accomplish.

[Black and white photos of Jane as a child and young woman]

[Narrator] Growing up in the small town of Decatur, Indiana, Jane Jorgensen had envisioned herself, not as a student, but rather as a teacher; shaping young minds through creativity and enthusiasm. She had initially planned to attend another State University in Indiana to earn her education degree. Until one visit to the IU Bloomington campus changed her mind.

[Video footage of the Indiana University Campus]

[Jorgensen] How beautiful was this campus. And how big was this campus. I think the beauty was probably a bigger part of it than anything. The buildings, the trees, oh my gosh, it’s like one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.

[Narrator] Jane earned her degree in English at IU in 1972, then left the Hoosier state to teach high school English in Florida for four years. She eventually moved back to Indiana, where she worked for several different companies; all the while feeding her passion for education by teaching night school courses near her home in Fort Wayne. Throughout her time in northern Indiana, Jane continued to grow more and more curious about new developments at her alma mater.

[Narrator] I just wanted to do more, and I wanted to see more of the campus, and what the University was doing.

[Onscreen text reads: Laurie Burns McRobbie. First Lady. Indiana University]

[Laurie Burns McRobbie speaks] She really felt like she both wanted to, I think in a sense, continue her love affair with Indiana University over her lifetime. But also saw the opportunity to help make the institution even better. And that spoke to her.

[Narrator] Jane joined a Fort Wayne colloquium for women’s philanthropy hosted by IU. A new initiative being developed on various campus sites around the state. An initiative that helped inspire Jane to roll up her sleeves and take an active role in the University with her time and talent.

[Jorgensen] It brings together alumni, friends of the University; it’s for women, it’s a chance to network, it’s a chance to learn about the newest departments and units at IU.

[Onscreen text reads: Kay Ryan Booth. Former DASA Recipient]

[Kay Ryan Booth speaks] She’s very immersed in women’s philanthropy. And I think that started with the Fort Wayne colloquium, where she realized that she could be a real leader and engage or reacquaint women back to the University.

[Narrator] One of Jane’s greatest passions is the Global Gateway for Teachers initiative developed through the IU School of Education.

[Group photos of teachers with young children in various countries]

[Jorgensen] Global Gateway is an opportunity for students that are teaching, are going to be teaching, to teach in addition to their student teaching that’s required, in the states, but they could teach also in another country. It is the most well-oiled machine I’ve ever seen.

[McRobbie] Jane really connected to this mission of getting those students out and into international experiences, expanding their perspective on how teaching happens in the classroom and outside of it.

[Booth] It takes them outside of Bloomington, and it takes them outside of Indiana, and it gives them a broader perspective on cultures and what it means to other people in the world.

[Narrator] Another of Jane’s many causes is the IU Cinema. Her passion for revamping the old campus theater and turning it into a showcase for experimental movies and art house films was inspired by a speech she overheard one day on campus.

[Video footage of the Indiana University Cinema including rows of red plush seats and stacks of movie reels]

[Jorgensen] I was sitting at President Mc Robbie’s inauguration at the auditorium. And he was listing his goals that he wanted to accomplish. And he got to the one about establishing a cinema. To hear the visions that people had, and how to restore it, and what it would look like; not just the physical part of it, but what it was going to bring to the campus and the community, was what got me on board.

[Narrator] Jane and her husband, Jay, also sponsored the Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series, which brings in top names in the industry to talk about the creative process. Something Jane Jorgensen has embraced her entire life.

[Booth] I think it’s important to her to be proud, and reflective, and enjoy everything that she has done. And I think through her philanthropy, she can look back and say, “You know what, I did it. I made a difference.”

[Onscreen text reads: Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Indiana University. Jane M. Jorgensen]

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A passionate supporter of the arts, Jane Jorgensen played a key role in the opening of the IU Cinema in 2011. She and her husband, Jay, ’72, directed the Ove W. Jorgensen Foundation to provide funds for the building’s renovation, and the creation of a guest lecture series that has brought to campus influential actors and directors from the world of film, such as Meryl Streep, LHD’14, Werner Herzog, Glenn Close, and Danny Glover.

Jorgensen, a lecturer in the School of Public Health, is a founding member of  the IU Foundation Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council, and chaired an $8 million capital campaign to fund the Jorgensen Family YMCA in Fort Wayne, Ind. In 2004, she won the Unsung Hero Award from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

“There is simply no finer alumni volunteer worker, host, counselor, advisor, committee member, recruiter, cheerleader, and organizer than Jane Jorgensen,” writes Richard Dupree, executive vice president of the IU Foundation, which elected Jorgensen to its board of directors in 2012.

Edwin C. Marshall, BS’68, BS’70, OD’71, MS’79

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[Onscreen text reads: Edwin Cochran Marshall]

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[Edwin Marshall speaks] I like to be involved. I like to be engaged. I can’t just, you know, sit still. And I still have an interest in giving back and contributing.

[Black and white photos of Edwin as a young college student]

[Narrator] As a faculty member and administrator who has traveled to more than 40 countries and served at Indiana University in one role or another for more than 55 years; there’s probably no better ambassador for IU and the School of Optometry, then Ed Marshall. He recalls the early sights, sounds, and smells of his early days visiting the IU campus.

[Marshall] And I remember my mom and I coming out here, and experiencing Bloomington for the first time. I think we stayed in the Union. And every time I walk into the Union, I still have a remembrance of that smell that it even had, you know, back in those days.

[Narrator] As a young man, Ed understood the challenges facing many African Americans throughout the United States. And during the mid-1960’s, he also understood that one of the most powerful stages in which he’d make a stand for increased rights for African Americans and other disadvantaged groups, was on America’s college campuses. And as a student at Indiana University, Marshall found many opportunities to help lead peaceful protests to help enact change in the community.

[Onscreen text reads: Charlie Nelms. Former DASA Recipient]

[Charlie Nelms speaks] But the movement was as much about sharing power, and sharing authority, and pushing for a set of aspirations as it was about anything. Ed and those students in my generation, we realized that.

[Narrator] After graduating with a degree in biology, Marshall entered the IU School of Optometry. As one of the only African Americans in the program, Ed decided to use his skills as a civil rights organizer to help inspire a new generation of African-American students entering the profession.

[Marshall] We used our spring breaks to travel throughout the southeast, primarily to historically black colleges and universities, to talk to African-American students about the profession and to try to interest them in applying to optometry; well specifically, you know, to IU. So we were now using our activism in a different way.

[Narrator] Ed started a clinic on the west side of Bloomington, to help provide eye care and other healthcare services to underserved populations around the city. This inspired him to pursue an advanced degree in public health, which he then applied to leadership positions in health administration throughout the state.

[Marshall] I was asked to become the Founding Chair of the Minority Health Advisory Committee for the State Department of Health. And so now I’m working at the state level looking at trying to affect changes, policy changes, and then ultimately, changes in practice that was going to affect a larger body of individuals.

[Onscreen text reads: Rose Mays. Former DASA Recipient]

[Rose Mays speaks] I would say Ed is really, very culturally competent. And I’m not looking at so much, you know, race, ethnicity, but just in general, adapting and tailoring programs, care, two different constituencies.

[Narrator] Ed used the model he developed at IU for expanding health care to vulnerable populations and develop new programs that could ultimately be established in other countries that have similar challenges. These included the Philippines, Malaysia, and other countries in the Pacific Rim; as well as programs in Brazil, Peru, and throughout South America. His influence at IU can be seen through his many appointments over the years, and his help in organizing two schools of public health in Bloomington and Indianapolis. But Ed Marshall’s influence in the realm of public health is truly worldwide.

[Marshall] Let me tell you; meeting other individuals, being able to have the types of conversations I was able to have, given the types of opportunities, you know, that I was given, and being able to take advantage of those opportunities in a constructive way, I think has the imprint of IU all over it.

[Onscreen text reads: Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Indiana University. Edwin Cochran Marshall]

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A professor emeritus of optometry at Indiana University, Edwin Marshall has devoted his career to improving the health of people in underserved communities, as well as providing guidance to students of color who want to pursue opportunities in health care.

For 17 years, Marshall served as director of the IU Summer Institutes in the Health Professions program at IU Bloomington. During that time, he mentored nearly 800 undergraduate students of color. He helped create two key programs that now make up the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs.

Marshall’s accomplishments also extend to the state and national spheres. He is the only optometrist to serve as chairman of the executive board of the American Public Health Association and president of the Indiana Public Health Association.

“During my nearly 50 years of affiliation with IU, I have not met a more accomplished and committed servant leader than Dr. Marshall,” writes Charlie Nelms, former vice president for IU’s Institutional Development and Student Affairs.

Lillian S. Stokes, MSN’69, PhD’98

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[Lillian Stokes speaks] I grew up you know, working with my family And so really, it was a community that really supported each other.

[Black and white photos: Lillian as a girl and young woman. A farm]

[Narrator] Lillian Stokes may have been born and raised on an expansive tobacco farm in North Carolina, miles from any major city. But the community in which she was raised was large and rich with love and support.

[Stokes] I have lots of brothers and sisters. There were 10 of us. I feel very blessed to have grown up, you know, in that environment, because I think a lot of what has evolved has been because of the initial upbringing.

[Narrator] This environment of nurturing and care steered Lillian to a career in nursing. A career she envisioned from the time she was a girl, and a career she developed early on as a nursing student.

[Stokes] I started looking at, you know, Indiana University and found out about the nursing for the graduate nursing program. And I applied. Of course back then, they had been telling us from day one that our expectations that all of us would continue our education, become leaders in the field.

[Video footage of the School of Nursing buildings at Indiana University]

[Narrator] At IUPUI, surrounded by successful role models in her chosen profession, Lillian embraced the idea not only of working as a clinical nurse, but also influencing other young nursing students by serving as an educator.

[Nursing students in a hands on classroom]

[Stokes] We used expertise of the nurses and individuals, you know, in the clinical facility who are competent, and who also loves students. And a lot of times they would say, you know, it’s nice having students, because they have them to stay current and make sure they do things, you know, the right way.

[Photos of Lillian with colleagues and in the classroom. Textbook cover: Adult and Child Care. A Client Approach to Nursing]

[Narrator] Throughout her years at IU, Lillian learned that many of the procedures for teaching future nurses and healthcare professionals were growing quickly out of date. Unable to find a textbook that focused on new policies in the field, she and her fellow instructors developed their own textbook, which was published in 1973. In it, she and her colleagues ruffled the feathers of the medical establishment by suggesting that patients should be viewed as clients, as active participants in a healthcare team that included physicians, therapists, and nurses.

[Onscreen text reads: Angela McBride. Distinguished Professor. IU School of Nursing]

[Angela McBride speaks] Her view of education, her writings; when she wrote a Med-Surg book, that was cutting edge. It went way beyond what you do in terms of, I would say traditional role, of nurse. But it was very geared. And it was ahead of its time for inter-professional teams working together.

[Narrator] As well as the leader in modern nursing practices, Lillian led the IU School of Nursing in developing diversity initiatives to help expand and diversify enrollment on the IU campus.

[Onscreen text reads: Robin Newhouse. Dean. IU School of Nursing]

[Robin Newhouse speaks] She laid the groundwork for being in inclusive climate that’s welcoming for all people, where students could learn. She brought the passion for student learning and success. She’s credited with increasing minority enrollment, expanding diversity, creating programs so students would be successful.

[Photo of Lillian surrounded by students]

[Narrator] Throughout more than 40 years at IU, Lillian spearheaded several fundraising initiatives, among many different healthcare disciplines to help provide scholarships to students in the IU School of Nursing.

[McBride] She gets physicians, and occupational therapists, and dentists, and all healthcare providers to get involved; and in fact, raising funds for scholarships in nursing.

[An article: Leadership Group Honors Nursing School Official]

[Newhouse] I recently went to an event that Dr. Stokes was there. I knew she mentored, but I had no idea the extent she mentored. And clearly, the success of her mentorship was in the face of the mentees. She’s been incredibly giving with her time and giving with her thoughts about how to be successful and how to lead in nursing.

[Onscreen text reads: Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Indiana University. Lillian S. Stokes]

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During the span of a 40-year nursing career in Illinois, Indiana, and Virginia, the late Lillian Stokes became a leading voice for improvements in how nurses are trained and how nursing, as a profession, is performed.

Stokes, who joined the faculty of the IU School of Nursing in 1972, authored or co-authored textbooks used by leading nursing schools throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. One of them, Adult and Child Care: A Client Approach to Nursing, is considered a landmark publication that, with its call for client-centered nursing care, radically changed the curriculum framework of academic nursing programs.

Stokes, who died on Nov. 24, 2019, was also a champion for diversity in her field. She developed a mentorship program called Career Connections for underrepresented students who want to pursue graduate programs in nursing.

“Dr. Stokes’ career has been dedicated in service to others with the goal of improving the lives of individuals and communities as a role model, a leader, and a mentor,” writes Diane Billings, EdD’86, professor emeritus at the IU School of Nursing.

Isaac P. Torres, MBA’00

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[Isaac Torres speaks] My parents were small business owners. And I remember watching them working hard and making things happen.

[Black and white photos of Isaac as a child, young man, and with his family]

[Narrator] Growing up in Mexico City, Isaac Torres learned the value of hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit of his parents. Isaac worked other company throughout his high school and college undergraduate years.

[Torres] The business that we run as a family was a taxi cab company. So we had several cars and several drivers working for us. And I understand that back then, that even if you are the owner, you don’t make the other people do things for you if there’s no chemistry, if there’s no connection.

[Narrator] Isaac graduated with a degree in accounting from one of the top universities in Mexico. Then took a job with Price Waterhouse Cooper, where he worked as an auditor. When an opportunity came to work for a large transnational corporation, he realized he wanted to improve his English skills and expand his international business experience. His research into various American universities ultimately led him to attend IU South Bend, where he graduated with an MDA in 2000.

[Torres] I think being in the Midwest was a better opportunity for me to be forced to speak the language and learn the culture. I will always be proud alum of IU South Bend and always be grateful.

[Narrator] As part of his MBA requirements, Isaac was asked to develop an entrepreneurial business plan and to show how to implement it. Knowing that many Hispanic workers in the United States traditionally sent money home to support family members in central and South American countries, Isaac realized a niche market that needed to be served in central and northern Indiana.

[Torres] I met friends that had to make the trip to Chicago just to send money, because they were afraid of sending a thousand dollars without speaking the language. So I saw that need and I said like, wait a second, if people need to send money in northern Indiana, and there is not Spanish-speaking service that they can go to transfer their money, then I can put together this business idea.

[Video footage of Isaac and other employees at the office of Inter-Cambio Express]

[Narrator] The idea he developed in his MBA courses of IU South Bend became the foundation for Inter-Cambio Express. A specialty firm for wiring funds from the US to Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries.

[Onscreen text reads: Rob Steiner. Former Banker for InterCambio Express]

[Rob Steiner speaks] It was a start up business. As banks traditionally shy away from startup businesses because they’re not much history, unsure about the success of what the company will be like. But in meeting with Isaac over several meetings, it was clear to me that he was a person of integrity, character, very trustworthy, and generally just a great person to be around.

[Narrator] From its home base in Elkhart, Isaac’s small dream grew into one of the largest and most successful money transfer firms in the Midwestern United States. By 2008, the company was recognized as one of the Top 50 Indiana Companies to Watch, as Isaac grew more and more influential in various community projects.

[Onscreen text reads: Amish Shah. Advisory Board. IU South Bend]

[Amish Shah speaks] What Isaac brings to the table first off is energy and passion. We worked very closely together on the Regional Diversity Initiative. And just getting his perspective and his passion around helping minorities and women in our region have been outstanding.

[Steiner] That was what drew me to him from the very beginning is seeing his energy, and excitement, his ability to never back down from a challenge.

[Photos of Isaac and Rob running together in a race. Then, Isaac with a young boy]

[Narrator] Steiner’s friendship with Torres continued for years. Rob’s son, Isaac, was named after Torres. And the two Isaacs became close friends who shared many stories and interests. In 2011, Torres learned that his young namesake was diagnosed with brain cancer and wanted to do something to help the Steiner family. Due largely to the efforts of the Steiner and Torres families, the Isaac Steiner Family Room at Beacon’s Children’s Hospital was opened in 2013. Shortly after, young Isaac succumbed to the disease.

[Photos of the Steiner and Torres families inside and outside the Isaac Ray Steiner Family Room]

[Shah] There’s probably more that Isaac does that people just don’t see. He is in the back, really creating opportunities for so many people; whether it’s within his own organization, or whether it’s within the communities.

[Onscreen text reads: Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Indiana University. Isaac P. Torres]

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Inspired by his studies at IU South Bend of how Latin-American immigrants in the United States return so much of their earnings to the economies of their home countries, Isaac Torres launched InterCambio Express Inc., headquartered in Elkhart, Ind. The company, which has grown into a multimillion-dollar enterprise, makes international wire transfers easier, cheaper, and more secure for Hispanic immigrants.

Born and raised in Mexico, Torres worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Mexico City and Herberts Mexico S.A. in Toluca prior to immigrating to the United States in 1995.

Since arriving in northeast Indiana, Torres has become a force for good. His generosity also led to the creation of the Isaac P. Torres Family School of Business and Economics Scholarship, an award that supports low-income business students at IUSB’s Leighton School of Business.

Philip Newbold, former CEO of Beacon Health System, praises Torres as an epitome of servant leadership, writing, “He has been a beacon of light in the Elkhart region and leads by example, generosity, and ethical leadership.”

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Brian Hartz
Brian Hartz, MA’01, is a freelance journalist based in St. Petersburg, Fla. He also writes for the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, The Gabber (Gulfport, Fla.) newspaper, Crain’s Tampa Bay business magazine, The Limestone Post, and the Business Observer (Sarasota, Fla.) newspaper, among others.