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Last modified: Wednesday, February 13, 2008

HHE presents Sue H. Talbot Distinguished Member Award, Volunteer Award Scholarship

Feb. 13, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presented the Sue H. Talbot Distinguished HHE Member Award today to John E. Sullivan of Greenwood, a community captain with Hoosiers for Higher Education. The presentation was made in a ceremony in conjunction with the 17th Annual Hoosiers for Higher Education Statehouse Visit.

McRobbie also presented the inaugural Sue H. Talbot HHE Volunteer Award Scholarship to Mari Beth Kime of Indianapolis, a student in the Kelley School of Business at IU Bloomington.

These awards were developed to honor the contributions of founding HHE director and current IU Board of Trustees member Sue H. Talbot. Talbot was responsible for the development and execution of the master plan that created one of the first university-based grassroots organizations in the country.

Because of her organizational and leadership skills, HHE became one of the "best practices" government relations programs in America. More than 10,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of IU from throughout the country are now members of HHE. The award was established to recognize a volunteer member who has provided dedicated leadership in advocating for IU and higher education.

John Sullivan

John E. Sullivan

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John E. Sullivan received a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the IU Kelley School of Business. He is assistant vice president of communications and insurance company relations at McGowan Insurance Group of Indianapolis.

As a lifetime member of the IU Alumni Association, Sullivan has served in numerous volunteer capacities such as the IU Alumni Association Executive Council, member of the Woodburn Guild Board, board member and club officer for the Johnson County Alumni Association Chapter, member of the Kelley School of Business Board of Visitors and life member of the Friends of Music.

He and his wife, Sheryl, have two daughters attending IU Bloomington, Katherine and Hillary.

Mary Beth Kime, recipient of the $500 inaugural Sue H. Talbot HHE Volunteer Award Scholarship, is majoring in marketing and international studies at the Kelley School. She was selected for the award for her collegiate area of study and extensive volunteer leadership. She is the daughter of Mary and Max Kime.