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IU Arts and Sciences to honor faculty, donors, alumni

Nov. 2, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The College of Arts and Sciences will honor faculty, donors and alumni at its annual recognition banquet Friday, Nov. 6.

Don Knauss

Don Knauss

The 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award winner is Don R. Knauss, BA '77 (history), chairman and CEO of the Clorox Company. Professor Portia Maultsby of the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology will be honored with the 2009 Distinguished Faculty Award.

And two young alumni have been chosen to receive recognition with the 2009 Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Ben Londergan, BA '98 (mathematics and LAMP), and Leigh London Redman, BA '00, (theatre & drama and English). Londergan is the co-CEO of Group One Trading LP in Chicago and London Redman is vice president of drama development for CBS Television.

Portia Maultsby

Portia Maultsby

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College of Arts and Sciences Dean Bennett I. Bertenthal said, "Our annual banquet is one of the most momentous events of the year for the College. We are extremely proud of our faculty and our alumni, and having this opportunity to recognize and celebrate their achievements is immensely gratifying. Each one of this year's honorees has made great contributions, and their collective impact on our society is both impressive and inspiring."

Knauss is a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Advisory Board and is also a great friend to the College's Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP) and a strong voice for the value of a liberal arts education.

Clorox is a leading manufacturer and marketer of consumer products with fiscal year 2008 revenues of nearly $5.3 billion. Under Knauss' leadership, the company has been positioned to focus on health and wellness, convenience, environmental sustainability and a more multicultural marketplace.

Despite a global economic downturn, Clorox has continued a 32-year trend of raising its dividend to stockholders. The company launched Green Works, a line of cleaning products that are 99 percent natural, in 2008. Newsweek recently called Clorox one of the "Greenest Big Companies in America."

Maultsby is professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and director of the Archives of African American Music and Culture at Indiana University. She also is adjunct professor of African American and Africa Diaspora, American and African Studies. Among her many other achievements, Maultsby served as general consultant, artistic advisor and editorial assistant for "Honor! Festival Celebrating America's African American Roots" -- a two-week festival that celebrated African American music and culture, curated by soprano Jessye Norman and organized by Carnegie Hall in March 2009.

Complete bios of all four award winners are available here:

The College of Arts and Sciences Annual Recognition Banquet on Nov. 6 begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall in the Indiana Memorial Union; dinner is at 7 p.m.