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IUS honors Shireman, other alumni

Mark Shireman of Lanesville is one of five alumni honored recently at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany.
Shireman, president of James L. Shireman Inc. in Corydon, and three others were given Alumni Awards of Excellence at a luncheon ceremony at the Ogle Center. A fifth person was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Chancellor Sandra Patterson-Randles gave the welcoming remarks. ‘I am so pleased to be a part of the 2005 Alumni Award Luncheon, as it shows the importance of alumni who stay connected with their ‘alma mater’ while also giving to their communities,’ she said. ‘It shows the importance of higher education and what they ‘ as alumni ‘ were able to achieve upon leaving campus.’
This is the seventh year that IUS has presented Alumni Awards of Excellence. They recognize alumni who represent merit in their personal and professional life and thereby reflect honor upon IUS.
Mark Shireman, 53, is president of the Shireman family construction company and is active in many community organizations. He is a former director of the Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County, a director of the Southern Indiana Economic Development Council (headed by former Corydon banker Jack Ragland), he is a director of First Harrison Bank, on the advisory board of the Harrison County Community Foundation, and he’s a member of the Corydon Rotary Club.
Shireman graduated from Corydon Central High School in 1970, earned a degree in general business from the University of Evansville in 1974, and in 1998, he earned his master’s degree in business administration from IUS.
Shireman says he thinks the IUS School of Business is a first-class operation. ‘I learned something in every class that could be applied to real business challenges,’ he said. ‘The professors are great teachers, mentors, and leaders, and the success of their students is proof positive.’
Joe Grant was named Louisville Metro Police Dept. Officer of the Year for 2005. Grant graduated from IUS in 1996 with a degree in general studies.
In 2001, he graduated from the University of Louisville with a master’s degree in justice administration. He is now completing course requirements for a doctorate at the University of Louisville in the School of Public and Urban Affairs.
Marc McCormick graduated from IUS in 1977 with a B.S. degree in accounting. He has been with Melhiser Endres Tucker accounting firm since then and is now an officer.
In 1987 and 1988, McCormick was president of the IUS Alumni Board of Directors. He is responsible for starting many alumni events.
Cynthia Torp earned a bachelor of arts in fine arts from IUS in 1984. Torp is president and executive director of Solid Light Inc., a marketing firm in Louisville.
Torp is an accomplished designer and illustrator with 25 years of experience in helping companies, publishers and institutions communicate their message. An example of her success is her work as the official illustrator of print materials for the eight-year California Raisin campaign.
The final award given was the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor. The recipient, Jerry Wayne, graduated from IUS in 1979 with a B.S. in business.
Wayne was executive director of sales and marketing at the Gaylord Entertainment Co. in Nashville, Tenn., overseeing marketing and sales at the Gaylord hotels in Nashville, Florida and Texas. He is now vice president of sales and marketing at the legendary Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.
He was recognized three times as one of the 25 most influential people by Meeting News Magazine and one of the top 100 marketers in America in 1996 by Advertising Age Magazine.
Andrew Takami, director of Alumni Affairs and Special Events at IUS, said ‘Wayne’s record of service, his professional accomplishments, and commitment to his alma mater were all important factors in his selection as the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient.’