IUPUI honors three alumni with Hine Medal

  • March 1, 2017

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The presentation of the Maynard K. Hine Award during the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Alumni Leaders Dinner recognized three alumni for their contributions in support of the campus and its alumni programs.

This year's recipients were Catherine L. Cunningham of Indianapolis; Jeannie Sager of Indianapolis; and George R. Zundo of Danville, Illinois.

The Hine Medal, given annually since 1974, is named for the first chancellor of IUPUI. Maynard K. Hine maintained that a strong alumni program was essential for the campus. Honorees receive a bronze medal engraved with Hine's profile.

Catherine L. Cunningham has enjoyed two lifetime passions: art and supporting young people. Since graduating from the Herron School of Art and Design in 1984 at the age of 38 with a degree in art education, she has melded these passions by teaching and encouraging youth and by donating a great number of her artworks to charity auctions in support of youth programs.

Cunningham has also generously contributed her time, talent and treasure to the Herron School, the Herron Alumni Association and the Indiana University Alumni Association. Her support of the Herron School has focused principally on the Saturday School community-learning program and on undergraduate programs. A staunch supporter of Herron, she uses youth art venues to encourage young people to pursue their education at IUPUI.

She has served on the Herron Alumni Board since 2002 in numerous positions -- including president, vice president, secretary and treasurer -- and has chaired or served on several board committees.

Jeannie R. Sager, who earned her master's degree in philanthropic studies in 2003 from what is now the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, has been an ardent and unwavering advocate of IUPUI for many years, approaching every opportunity to serve the campus, the university and the IU Alumni Association with intelligence, energy and enthusiasm.

She is the director of major gifts at the Methodist Health Foundation in Indianapolis. In her previous position as director of advancement at University High School in Carmel, Indiana, she worked tirelessly to support the school's mission of expanding the hearts and minds of students and nurturing excellence through academic, creative and physical achievement. She epitomizes the values of the IUPUI campus through her devotion to academic achievement, personal development and community service.

Sager utilized these core values in positions at the IU School of Medicine, where she served as director for the Dean's Council and special programs, and at the IU Foundation in Indianapolis, where she was a development director. In each of these roles, she had a significant and lasting impact on the campus and on alumni. She currently serves as a manager at large on the IUAA Board of Managers and is a past president of the IUPUI Alumni Council.

George R. Zundo, who earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1976 and graduated from the IU School of Dentistry in 1980, has been an avid supporter of IU Bloomington, IUPUI, the IU School of Dentistry and the IU School of Dentistry Alumni Association. He has given more than two decades of continuous service to the IUSD Alumni Association, either as an alumni board member or as the IU Alumni Association Executive Council representative for the dental school. He has served the school's alumni board not only as a member but also as its vice president and president.

Zundo is usually the first person to volunteer for a committee, an event or a student activity at the School of Dentistry. For the past 12 years, he has taken the lead on the annual School of Dentistry alumni cruise, which takes about two years to plan and involves about 200 alumni, handling all of the details with enthusiastic commitment.

Zundo is currently working on a program to connect out-of-state alumni to the IUSD Alumni Association through webinars and regional events and by recruiting alumni as speakers. He is also working on a program to assist first-year graduates as they transition into practitioners by helping them navigate challenges after graduation.

Catherine L. Cunningham

Catherine L. Cunningham

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Jeannie R. Sager

Jeannie R. Sager

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George R. Zundo

George R. Zundo

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