Erwin, who lives in Peoria, Ill., graduated cum laude in 1977 with a double major in English and religion. He went on to earn a master of divinity degree from Methodist Theological School in Ohio as well as a master’s in U.S. history and a PhD in U.S. history and American studies from Indiana University.
Before he joined ICC in 2001, Erwin’s career in higher education included administrative positions at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Iowa Valley Community College District and Marshalltown Community College. He is the author of several books on history and many articles on history and higher education. The annual award recognizes outstanding professional accomplishments or devoted service in a chosen occupation or profession.
This year’s Distinguished Young Alumnus award went to faculty member Scott Lawrance, assistant professor of athletic training. The southside Indianapolis resident earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in 2003 and 2010, respectively, from UIndy’s Krannert School of Physical Therapy. He has performed original research and published many articles and book chapters on athletic training and physical therapy.
Prior to joining the UIndy faculty in 2010, Lawrance worked as a trainer and physical therapist at several Indianapolis healthcare facilities. Now, in addition to his faculty duties, he serves as an assistant trainer for UIndy athletics and as faculty advisor to the Student Athletic Training Club.
The Distinguished Young Alumnus award recognizes a graduate under 35 who has made outstanding contributions to his or her community. The Alumni Association represents more than 28,000 UIndy alumni around the world.