The Spotlight Project

The Spotlight Project

The Spotlight Project, sponsored by the IUAA, honors former IU athletes. An alumnus and alumna are selected quarterly and featured at the D. Ames Shuel Academic Center, located underneath the east side of Memorial Stadium. The center helps provide student-athletes with the essential resources they need to make the most of their academic careers at Indiana University.

Recent spotlights

  • January 2016

    Diane Stephenson, BS’82, MS’89, Softball Letterwinner

    A 2015 recipient of the Leanne Grotke Award, Diane Stephenson was IU’s head softball coach from 1987 to 2002. She was the Big Ten and Midwest Region Softball Coach of the Year in 1996. In 1981, during her playing career for the Hoosiers, she was IU’s first softball player to be named an All-American. Stephenson was a member of the Big Ten championship Hoosier team in 1978, played on the 1979 team that finished fifth in the AIAW Softball College World Series, and was captain of the 1980 national runner-up team. She has served as an assistant coach at Iowa and Purdue and is currently head softball coach at Saint Joseph College in Rensselaer, Ind. Stephenson is a member of the I Association.

    Phil Westfall, BS’65, Football Letterwinner

    A three-time letterwinner, Phil Westfall was a quarterback and kicker for the Hoosiers from 1962–64. Coming to IU out of Springfield South (Ohio) High School, where he won eight varsity letters, he is a member of his high school’s Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of numerous IU honors, including the Z.G. Clevenger Award in 2015 and the IUAA President’s Award in 1999. A life member of the I Association and the IU Alumni Association, Westfall has served on many IU boards and councils. He has served on the IUAA Executive Council and was president of the Chicago Chapter of the IU Alumni Association. A member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, he is CEO and president of Westfall Associates.

  • July 2015

    Bobby Leonard, BS’57, Basketball Letterwinner

    One of the most decorated Hoosier athletes of all time, Bobby Leonard is a member of the IU Athletics Hall of Fame, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Indiana Sportscasters Hall of Fame. A two-time All-American, he was captain of two Big Ten basketball championship teams at IU and of the 1953 national champion squad. After a seven-year NBA playing career, Leonard coached the Indiana Pacers from 1968 to 1980, winning three American Basketball Association titles. He is currently well known as the color commentator for the Pacers radio broadcasts. Leonard was designated an Indiana Living Legend in 2009. A three–time Sagamore of the Wabash, he has been in the I Association since 1954 and is a life member of the IU Alumni Association.

    Donna Sullivan, BS’70, MS’76, Volleyball, Softball, and Field Hockey Letterwinner

    Donna Sullivan was a pioneer in women’s athletics at IU, lettering in three sports. She was a member of the first volleyball team that IU fielded and won four letters in the sport, serving as team captain in 1969–70. She lettered twice in softball and once in field hockey. “My participation in sports and the Women’s Recreation Association was an important part of what I chose to do after graduation,” Sullivan says. “Coach (Leanne) Grotke was a great role model for me.” A graduate of Orleans High School in Indiana, Sullivan is a retired physical education and health teacher at Seymour High School, where she also served as an administrator in the athletics department.

  • January 2015

    Natalie Fiorenza (O’Bryan), BS’10, MS’12, Women’s Soccer Letterwinner

    A two-year team captain in women’s soccer, Natalie Fiorenza (O’Bryan) was an Academic All-Big Ten selection as a midfielder all four years of her IU career. Fiorenza lists among her highlights from her time at IU making it to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen during her sophomore year, beating Purdue on penalty kicks, and traveling to every Big Ten campus and other destinations to compete. She is in her third year as assistant athletics director and dean of attendance at Shelbyville (Ind.) High School. Fiorenza is a board member of the I Association and a member of the IU Alumni Association. “My time at IU is something I cherish greatly,” she said. “The experiences through academics, athletics, and campus life molded me into the person I am today.”

    E.G. White, BS’71, MBA’75, Football Letterwinner

    After a high school career that included state swimming championships, all-state in football, and National Honor Society in the classroom, E.G. White Jr. moved on to a highly decorated career on the IU football team. A member of the 1967 Big Ten co-champion Hoosiers and 1968 Rose Bowl team, White was also captain of the football team in 1970. He received Academic all-Big Ten honors, the Jake Gimbel Award, the Z.G. Clevenger Award, and lettered three times. He has served as vice president of the Lilly Endowment Inc. since 2002. White worked for the IU Foundation for 30 years and was chief operation officer for Sigma Nu Educational Foundation for two years. His memberships include the I Association, IU Athletics Committee, Presidents Circle, Well House Society. He is a life member of the IU Alumni Association.

  • October 2014

    Sandy Searcy, BS’86, MS’88, Swimming Letterwinner

    A swimming letterwinner in 1982–83, Sandy Searcy used her experience in IU athletics to learn the tools for success: teamwork, time management, perseverance, and dealing with adversity. As a student, she worked as an intramural supervisor and a residence hall coordinator. Sandy went on to coach swimming at the high school level before moving into her current position in 1999 as assistant commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletics Association. Along the way, she has faithfully served IU on the I Association Athletics Committee, the Alumni Association Executive Council, and as a board member and president of the I Association Board. Sandy has earned the Anita Aldrich Award, the I Association President’s Award, and the Leanne Grotke Award. She is a life member of the IU Alumni Association and the I Association.

    R. Daniel Grossman, BA’73, Football Letterwinner

    Dr. Dan Grossman came to IU as an All-State quarterback and wound up playing linebacker for the Hoosiers from 1970–72. Hailing from a family of football stars, Dan’s father, Rex, also played for IU and his son, Rex III-a runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 2001-enjoyed a long NFL career, leading the Chicago Bears to the 2007 Super Bowl. After attending the IU School of Medicine, Dr. Grossman became one of the leading cataract surgeons in the country and a pioneer of laser surgery in the Bloomington area. He has stepped up for Indiana University on numerous occasions and in 2012 the IU School of Optometry honored him with its Spirit of Philanthropy award. A life member of the IU Alumni Association and the I Association, Dan is also a member of the Presidents Circle.

  • July 2014

    John Brooks, BS’67, MS’70, EdD’80, Track and Field Letterwinner

    As captain of the Hoosier track and field team his senior year, John Brooks ran the 400 meters and anchored the 4 x 400 relay team. He went on to earn three IU degrees and was a 2010 recipient of the Clevenger Award. He retired after working 40 years for IU. During his career, Brooks served as assistant director of scholarships and financial aid, director of corporations and private foundations development for the IU Foundation, and executive director of the Twenty-First Century Scholars program. He was a recognized track and field official, serving as head photo timer for many years. He was chosen as head timer for the 1988 Olympic Trials and for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He has served on the board of directors for the I Association.

    Nancy Scherer Arbuckle, BS’73, Gymnastics and Volleyball Letterwinner

    Those who say Nancy Arbuckle’s life has gone to the dogs would be paying her a high compliment. A world-renowned breeder of champion Labrador retrievers, Arbuckle owns and operates Hunt Club Kennels in Zionsville, Ind. Her dogs have won Best of Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. She is an AKC Breeder of Merit and a Westminster judge. As an IU athlete, she participated in gymnastics and volleyball. Her career also includes teaching, coaching swimming, and judging both gymnastics and diving. Overlooking her kennels is a studio for another of her passions—painting. Among her favorite subjects are travel and hometown landscapes and portraits, both of people and dogs. She is a life member of the Varsity Club, the I Association, and the IU Alumni Association.

  • April 2014

    Ginger Gilles, BS’79, MS’86, Volleyball/Softball Letterwinner

    A two-sport athlete at IU, Ginger Gilles’s athletic career was highlighted by pitching for the Hoosiers in the 1979 College World Series. She was the first president of the I-Women’s Association, holding that position for nine years during the association’s formative stage. During her 33-year teaching career in Kokomo, Ind., Gilles served as head coach for Kokomo’s volleyball, track, and tennis teams as well as assistant coach for girls’ basketball. She was chosen four times by her peers to coach the Indiana girls all-star tennis team and was District Coach of the Year and Conference Coach of the Year on multiple occasions. Gilles received the Leanne L. Grotke Award from IU in 2009, reflecting her significant impact through service to women’s athletics. She retired in 2012 and lives in Indianapolis.

    Ronald Remak, BS’79, Tennis Letterwinner

    Ron Remak was a three-year letterman in tennis for IU, serving as team captain his senior year. Playing both singles and doubles, he was on a Big Ten runner-up squad and was No. 3 doubles runner-up in the conference. After earning his IU degree in marketing, Remak joined Bill C. Brown Associates as a career agent in 1979. He has been president and owner of the company for 17 years. A Clevenger Award recipient, he is involved in numerous community activities. “I have been extremely blessed in many areas of my life, and one of these has been the privilege of being a student athlete at IU, then having the gift of being involved to give back to a university and athletic department that gave me one of the best experiences of my life,” he said.

Past honorees

  • January 2014
    • Brian Maisonneuve, BGS’08,Soccer
    • Amy McGrath Watson, BS’83, Swimming/Diving
  • October 2013
    • Jennifer Hooker Brinegar, BS’84, MS’96, Swimming 
    • Rich Coachys, BS’66, MBA’71, Football
  • July 2013
    • Tom Cole, BS’82, Swimming 
    • Peggy Martin, BS’72, PED’81, Basketball, Softball, and Field Hockey
  • April 2013
    • Bart Kaufman, BS’62, LLB’65, Baseball 
    • Michelle Venturella, BS’96, Softball
  • January 2013
    • Gary Grieger, BS’66, Basketball
    • Jackie Taylor Fiesbeck, BS’04, MS’10, Track and Field
  • October 2012
    • Joe Ford, BS’86, Football
    • Kathy Steffey Kolger, BA’81, JD’84, Volleyball
  • July 2012
    • Paul Sigfusson, BA’79, DDS’84, Swimming 
    • Courtney Cox Cole, BS’94, Golf
  • April 2012
    • Bart Kaufman, BS’62, LLB’65, Baseball 
    • Sue Lilley Nevar, BS’81, Softball and Volleyball
  • January 2012
    • Tom Abernethy, BS’76, Basketball
    • Ann Bastianelli, BS’78, MBA’82, Volleyball
  • October 2011
    • Jack Hienton, BS’71, Football
    • Amy Metheny, BS’84, MD’89, Basketball