The Neal Marshall Alumni Club of Northwest Indiana will host its 13th Annual Graduation Reception on Thursday, April 16, in the Indiana University Northwest Library Conference Center. The club is an affiliate club of the Indiana University Alumni Association. The annual event, which celebrates and recognizes African-American and minority graduates from the IU Northwest campus, will take place from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Rooms 105 A, B and C.
In addition to recognizing this yearís graduates, the club will honor leaders from the Northwest Indiana region who are making contributions to the university and to the community. This yearís awardees are: J. Guadalupe Valtierra, chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College Northwest, who will receive the Legacy of Leadership Award; Chelsea Stalling, corporate communications manager at Johnson Publishing Co., who will receive the Emerging Leader Award; and Dr. Richard W. Hug, Ph.D., associate professor of public affairs within the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, who will receive the Outstanding Faculty Award.
Valtierra has been chancellor at Ivy Tech Community College Northwest, which has campuses in Gary, Valpo, Michigan City, and East Chicago, for the past eight years. Prior to that, he served as regional dean of student affairs at Ivy Tech for five years. He also served as assistant director and then director of Purdue University Calumetís Upward Bound Program. A member of the Indiana Bar, Valtierra sits on many community and national boards, including the Catholic Charities Board of Trustees, the national Council for Opportunity in Education, the Hispanic Organization Promoting Excellence, the Indiana Latino Institute Board of Directors, and the Indiana Minority Health Coalition Board of Directors. He was also the first recipient of the Indiana University Alumni Association Distinguished Latino Alumni Award in 2003.
Chelsea Stalling serves as one of the spokespersons for Johnson Publishing Company. She successfully pitches media placement on a variety of local and syndicated television and radio stations, print and Web sites. She promotes EBONY and JET magazines, Ebonyjet.com, Fashion Fair Cosmetics, Ebony-Jet Licensing and the Ebony Fashion Fair. She works to establish strong contacts with local, national and international media representatives as well as business and community leaders and celebrities. Since 2004, Stalling has taught a special event planning course at Indiana University Northwest, as well as public relations courses. For the past 12 years, she has coordinated a variety of special events that reach the community, such as the EBONY Sisterspeak Luncheon in 2007 and 2008, the Fashion Fair College Makeover Tour in 2006 and 2007; the Rally at the Indiana Statehouse to Oppose Budget Cuts in March 2005; and the Miss America 2003 visit to West Side High School, among others.
Prof. Hug guides many efforts to improve the quality of life in Northwest Indiana. Hug has undertaken several projects that deal with the effects of welfare reform in Gary and Lake County. He plays a vital role in the Healthy Start Action Alliance, a local agency that promotes neonatal health and aims to reduce infant mortality in Lake County, and he is on the board of the Lake County Child Health Program, which runs clinics for children of low-income families. In this capacity, Hug has been a strong advocate for lead screening for children in the county. He also has been instrumental in establishing the Gary Community Health Center, another facility for medically underserved families, and he is the lead organizer for SPEAís annual Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect, which recently celebrated its 19th year at IU Northwest. As a board member of the Glen Park Community Development Corporation, Hug has also spent countless hours on projects to beautify and develop land near the IU Northwest campus.
The Neal Marshall Alumni Club is named after the first African American male and female graduates of Indiana University -- Marcellus Neal, 1895, B.A. in mathematics, and Frances Eagleston Marshall, 1919, B.A. in English. Originally organized to meet the needs of African-American alumni from Indiana University, the organization addresses the needs of African-American students, faculty and staff and promotes awareness of history, traditions and legacy of African Americans at all campuses of Indiana University.