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IU Bloomington Continuing Studies

Last modified: Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County celebrates 26th class graduation

2010 Distinguished Alumni Award given to Peg Stice

May 19, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County (LBMC), a program in partnership between Indiana University Bloomington Continuing Studies and the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, recently honored this year's 35 graduates and the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Peg Stice.

IU Professor of Public Affairs and Philanthropic Studies Leslie Lenkowsky was the keynote speaker at the ceremony, held on April 28 at the Fountain Square Mall Ballroom in Bloomington.

Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County

Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County class of 2010

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LBMC is a seven-month program designed to develop leadership skills and promote community involvement. Participants take part in sessions focusing on specific aspects of community life. In addition, each participant works with a small group of classmates to complete a project related to a specific community concern. This year's projects include a book of local landmarks to improve children's literacy and community awareness, a community vandalism and graffiti study, volunteer coordination for MCCSC Adult Education, Monroe County Photo Expo, and support for Stepping Stones, a nonprofit with services for teens experiencing homelessness.

The Class of 2010 graduates represent several business, non-profit, education and government entities: Sarah Alvarez, Ivy Tech Community College; Elisabeth Andrews, Bloom Magazine; Devin Blankenship, educator; Fern Bonchek, People and Animal Learning Services; Deborah Boudreau, USDA Rural Development; Leslie Brinson, City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation; Andrew Bunger, Bunger and Robertson; Georg'ann Cattelona, Bloomington Area Birth Services; Paul Couper, Technology Service Corp.; Michael Craig, Bloomington Hospital; Tania Daffron, City of Bloomington Fire Department; Jim Eggers, Zionsville Community Schools, retired; Angie Gast, IU Bloomington Continuing Studies; Michael Gerth, Old National Bank; Virginia Hall, Trinity Episcopal Church; Margaret Harter, Monroe County Public Library; Jill Heinzen, NSWC Crane, Mary Hoskins, Bloomington Hospital; Natalie Hughbanks, IU Credit Union; Jeff Kleinlein, NSWC Crane; Victoria Land-Rodda, IU Alumni Association; Donna Lohr, Monroe Hospital; Clifton Marvel II, NSWC Crane; Roger Meridith, Pinnacle School; Whitney Pierle, Congressman Baron Hill's office; Jeremy Podany, IU School of Informatics; Bethan Roberts, IU Foundation; Lisa Simmons, Monroe County History Center; Daniel Soto, City of Bloomington; Brenda Stern, Pictura Gallery; Vernell Thomas, NSWC Crane; Sonia Velazquez, Monroe County Community School Corp.; Aaron Victor, NSWC Crane; Tammy Walker, John Bethel Title Co.; and Julie Warren, Bloomington/Monroe County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

"I offer heartfelt congratulations to this year's graduates of the Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County program," said Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson. "In this important program, the community becomes the classroom. Through LBMC, students gain essential leadership skills as they apply their knowledge in helping to meet the needs of our community."

The graduates join more than 700 LBMC alumni. "The Class of 2010 has distinguished itself through its hard work and enthusiasm. I look forward to the many successes each of these individuals is bound to achieve," said Mary Catherine Carmichael, LBMC director.

Peg Stice, LBMC Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, was recognized for her outstanding achievements in community service and leadership development. Stice currently mentors students through the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs' American Humanics nonprofit management and leadership program and the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation's fundraising minor. She has devoted more than 40 years to education and nonprofit work.

The 2010-11 LBMC class begins Oct. 8 with an orientation and alumni reception. For more information about the application process, e-mail Mary Catherine Carmichael at, call 812-855-1163, or visit The class is limited to 35 participants.

IU Bloomington Continuing Studies provides opportunities for adults to engage in lifelong learning. Programs include General Studies degrees, Adult Student Resources and diverse noncredit courses in Lifelong Learning and Professional Development, Mini University and Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County. All programs draw upon the rich resources of IU Bloomington and are offered on campus and at convenient community locations in Bloomington and the surrounding area. Bloomington Continuing Studies is a division of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. For more information, visit or call 812-855-4991.

The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit membership organization serving as the community's leading advocate for business. It offers unique leadership opportunities, meaningful volunteer activities, and exclusive business-building programs focused on critical economic, civic and social priorities. Chamber members support each other and community initiatives, sharing information and resources to help create economic opportunity and community well-being. The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce believes that better business leads to a better community.