ImpactWinter/Spring 2019

1902 Society

A Tradition of Sustained Support

The 1902 Society, named for the founding year of the University of Indianapolis, recognizes donors who have made gifts during 25 or more fiscal years. Even small gifts over time have a significant effect on the institution, students and faculty. Recently, the 1902 Society reached several milestones, including 1,277 dedicated supporters (771 households) with a combined lifetime giving impact of $20,843,760.58.

1902 Society donors are recognized for gifts of any size to any fund, and membership is perpetual. Members receive special communications and event invitations throughout the year, as well as a special gift from the University.

Society members represent a broad spectrum of interests and backgrounds, but they have in common a passion for the University of Indianapolis. Two of these donors recently shared why sustained support of UIndy is so important.

Rich Reasoner ’57 (health and physical education, U.S. history and business) supports UIndy in commemoration of his educational experiences as a student, in and outside of the classroom, which were thought-provoking and relevant to preparing him for a rewarding career.

Rich and Betty Lou Reasoner
Rich and Betty Lou Reasoner

“The University reinforced lessons I learned from my parents prior to attending Indiana Central College, and I have many pleasant memories of my time on campus,” said Reasoner.

“My education prepared me for the real-world and gave me the opportunity to develop the skills and values essential to becoming a lifelong learner. I am still reaping the rewards of that experience, including cherished relationships with the lifelong friends I met as a student. That is why I choose to pay it forward by giving back to the University of Indianapolis, so that someone else can benefit from the same opportunities I had.” 

Pauline and Arthur Vermillion
Pauline and Arthur Vermillion

Pauline (Milhouse) Vermillion ’61, a biology major, was a member of the University’s first nursing class. Her commitment to annual giving underscores a legacy of dedication.

“My parents shared their love of UIndy and it made a strong impression on us all,” explains Vermillion, whose sister, brother and brother-in-law are all alumni. “It was truly our family’s school. It was ingrained in us to go there.”

And that legacy has continued. Her two children chose UIndy even though the family was living in New Mexico at that time. Her son, Brian Vermillion, now teaches at UIndy, and two of the Vermillions’ grandchildren are current students.

Vermillion has many treasured memories of the camaraderie she shared with campus friends and attests, “The University was truly a part of our lives.”

She and her husband, Arthur, reside in Robin Run Village, along with four fellow classmates. They still get together to talk about their memories of Indiana Central.

These days, Vermillion encounters UIndy grads all the time, especially physical therapy graduates, and is impressed that Greyhounds are “providing so many services in so many places.”

For more information about the 1902 Society, please contact
Carrie Sorensen, donor relations and stewardship coordinator, at
317-788-2070 or

The 1902 Society welcomes new members

  • Jean Adams
  • Raymond and Nancy Alexander
  • Marvin and Lou Anderson
  • Curtis and Doris Atteberry
  • Paul and Linda Austin
  • Frederick and Mary Beth Bagg
  • Shelby and James Baker
  • Paul Bangura
  • Karen and David Bauman
  • Richard and Judith Beeson
  • Joseph and Cynthia Bickel
  • Laura and Larry Blair
  • Robert and Julia Burton
  • James and Rita Butts
  • Randall and Rebecca Craig
  • Gregory and Kathryn Dietz
  • Matthew Donovan and Angela White
  • Karen and Richard Doughty
  • Diane Drewes
  • James and Colleen Drews
  • David Elliott
  • William and Cynthia Gasper
  • Judith and Tom Grubbs
  • Keith and Marna Guenin
  • Linda and Byron Hamrick
  • Albert and Loretta Hauck
  • Leonard and Natalie Hickam
  • Gregory and Jayne Hill
  • Carol Hoyermann
  • Marilyn and John Hubbard
  • Stanley and Christine Jackson
  • Jack and Ruth Johnson
  • James and Judith Jones
  • Jason Kau
  • William and Cynthia Lapworth
  • Beverly and Alfred Long
  • Thomas and Angela Martin
  • Mary and David Melsheimer
  • Opal Mozingo
  • Carolyn Nay
  • Judith Padgett
  • Charles and Donna Patrick
  • Gary and Lesa Paul
  • Anne and Ted Polk
  • Paula and James Ream
  • Timothy and Carla Ryan
  • Mark and Julanne Sausser
  • Stephen and Pamela Schug
  • Stephen and Barbara Shay
  • Genette and Larry Sheets
  • Dennis and Elizabeth Shoemaker Carol Siegmann
  • Karol and Rich Speer
  • Sylvia and Norman Stabler
  • Michael and Catherine Stevens
  • Linda and Edward Sweetman
  • David Swift and Celeste Allen-Swift
  • Jennifer and Thomas Szott
  • Gary Thompson
  • Carolyn and Roger Tuggle
  • Phyllis VanAbeele
  • Doris Vandine
  • Alonzo and Deborah Walker
  • Donald and Nancy Watson
  • Derek and LaDonna Weber
  • Sharyl White
  • Sylvia and David White Sr.
  • Helen Whitis
  • Robert and Barbara Williams
  • Michael and Mary Ann Willoughby
  • John and Judy Wirtz
  • Michael and Jennifer Wishnevski
  • Anonymous

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