The University of Southern Indiana Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the selection of the 2017 USI Athletic Hall of Fame class that will be inducted during homecoming week in February. The class of six individuals and one team was selected by a nine-member USI Athletic Hall of Fame Committee.Any Screaming Eagles fan was eligible to nominate student athletes or teams on the 10th anniversary of their last season of competition, or a coach/administrator who has been separated from the Department of Athletics for two years.This year’s class includes Moulton Cato ’85 (Men’s Soccer, 1981-84); Jenny Farmer Thurner ’04 (Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field, 1999-2004); Dean Mills ’97 (Men’s Soccer, 1992-95); Adrienne Seitz Runyan ‘ 99 (Women’s Basketball, 1995-99); Amy Stetler Harper ’99 (Softball, 1996-99); Nicole Vine Braun ’02 (Softball, 1998-2001); and USI’s 1983 GLVC Champion Women’s Tennis team.“I continue to be amazed by the amount of outstanding student-athletes and teams this University has had,” said USI Director of Athletics Jon Mark Hall. “The Class of 2017 truly represents our growing tradition here at USI. The six individuals and one team that will be honored in February are truly worthy of this extraordinary honor. I know that the entire USI community is proud of this class and what it accomplished while at USI.”Plans are underway for the induction ceremony on the evening of February 3.2017 USI ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME CLASSMoulton Cato (Men’s Soccer, 1981-84): Cato was a four-time All-GLVC and GLVC Champion for men’s soccer. The three-time All-Region performer finished his career as the all-time leader in assists (18 more than the second all-time leader and a record that has stood for 32 years). Cato also has had a successful career in club and college coaching following his USI career. He was a USI men’s soccer assistant coach for the GLVC championship teams in 1989, 1990, and 1991.Jenny Farmer Thurner (Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field, 1999-2004): Thurner was a two-time All-American in Outdoor Track & Field, earning honors in the 3000 meters and 5000 meters. She also is the only four-time NCAA Division II All-Region performer in the history of USI Women’s Cross Country history. Thurner held USI records in the indoor 800 meters, the mile, 3000 meters, and 5000 meters, as well as outdoor records in the 800 meters, 1500 meters, and 3000 meters.Dean Mills (Men’s Soccer, 1992-95): Mills played three years as a member of USI’s only NCAA Division I program from 1992 to 1994 and one year at NCAA Division II when the Eagles returned to the GLVC in 1995. He was an ISAA Scholar All-American in 1995, as well as earning NCAA II All-Region and Academic All-GLVC. The 1995 USI team captain was the team’s Most Valuable Player during the program’s last year at Division I.Adrienne Seitz Runyan (Women’s Basketball, 1995-99): Seitz was the starting point guard for some of the best teams in the history of USI Women’s Basketball. She finished ranked in six major categories in the USI Women’s Basketball record books for individual statistics and remains ranked first in games played and assists; second in steals; 11th in blocked shots; 18th in rebounding; and 26th in scoring while playing with USI greats and Hall of Famers LeAnn Freeland and Eileen Weber. Seitz directed teams to an overall record of 97-27 and 69-11 in the GLVC during her four years. USI, as a team, won the GLVC twice, the GLVC tournament once, appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament three times, won the 1997 NCAA II Midwest Regional championship, and advanced to play in the 1997 NCAA II championship game. Seitz also led USI to a perfect 20-0 GLVC campaign in 1998, a feat that has never been duplicated.Amy Stetler Harper (Softball, 1996-99): Stetler was named All-Region twice and All-GLVC three times during a dominating four-year career. She continues to hold the season record for ERA, complete games, shutouts, and wins, as well as the career marks for ERA, wins, and shutouts. Stetler also set and holds the USI record with 51.1 consecutive shutout innings.Nicole Vine Braun (Softball, 1998-2001): Vine was three-time All-Region player and a four-time All-GLVC performer. She also was a four-time Academic All-GLVC and a 2001 Academic All-District student. On the field, Vine ranks third all-time at USI in runs scored and in hits.USI’s Perfect 1983 GLVC Championship Team: The 1983 USI women’s tennis team was flawless in the GLVC Tournament winning each of the nine flights for a perfect score of 36 points. The perfect score was never duplicated in flighted GLVC Tournament history with conference changing to team head-to-head completion in the mid-1990. In addition to the perfect score in the GLVC Tournament, USI was a 14-1 overall, winning eight matches 9-0, and winning 117 of 135 sets. The members of the 1983 squad include Head Coach Jane Davis Brezette Lisa Titzer Dozier ’86, Laurie Peters ’86, Debbie Floyd Shelling ’85, Jennifer Northam McAtee ’92, Sherril Heldman ’87, Julie Workman, Marcia Huff ’85, and Vanessa Dixon Burka ’84. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Holt’s original Two Maids and A Mop franchise opened in 2003 in Pensacola, Florida, and currently serves 70 markets across the U.S. Holt is quick to credit his alma mater for helping him believe anything was possible.“My time in Athens provided me with a world-class education and also gave me the ability to dream big. I’m a small-town boy from southwest Georgia and my worldview was akin to a bubble. UGA showed me that anyone can accomplish big things if they believe strongly enough in their mission,” Holt said. “My success today was born on the campus of the University of Georgia and I’ll never forget the school’s purpose in my life.”Dee Dee Mesaros is a co-owner of Southland Pediatric Therapy, recognized with a No. 55 ranking. The Savannah, Georgia-based business provides speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy for patients. Like Holt, Mesaros was encouraged to dream big while attending UGA CAES.“As long as you have the right motivation to do what you want to do, you will be able to accomplish anything. While focusing on my studies at UGA, I learned to be committed to my goals and to study and work hard to achieve them,” Mesaros said. “The experience I had at UGA supported and enhanced my determination to be successful.”For the complete list of 2019 Bulldog 100 businesses, visit alumni.uga.edu/b100/.Nominations are already being accepted for the 2020 Bulldog 100. Thirteen University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) graduates were recognized as part of this year’s Bulldog 100 list of the fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni.Ron Holt, a 1997 graduate of CAES, was on an emotional high during this year’s Bulldog 100 celebration. Not only was his Two Maids and A Mop Franchising business honored with a No. 17 ranking, Holt was presented the Michael J. Bryan Award, given to a returning Bulldog 100 honoree who demonstrates entrepreneurial spirit and whose business has sustained growth.“Being recognized as the Michael J. Bryan award winner was so humbling and I’ll never forget that evening,” Holt said. “Chill bumps, disbelief, honor, excitement — you name the emotion, and I probably felt it after the award’s announcement.”More than 564 nominations were submitted for this year’s list.Selected CAES alumni, and their Bulldog 100 rankings, company names and degrees, include:Ron Holt (17), Two Maids and A Mop Franchising, B.S.A, 1997;Jason Lawson (43), Baseline Surveying and Engineering, B.S.F.R., 2000, B.S.A.E., 2002;Marc Irvin (50), Irvin Retail Group of Marcus and Millichap, B.S.A., 2004;Robert Moore (51), Moore Civil Consulting Inc., B.S.A.E., 2004;Chandler Conner (54), C2 Medical Solutions, B.S.A., 2003, PharmaD, 2008;Dee Dee Mesaros (55), Southland Therapy Services, B.S.A., 1993;Mike Lewis (61), American Tank Maintenance, B.S.A., 1986;Justin Woodall (63), Woodall Realty Group, B.S.A., 2001;Ed Lane (66), Smith Planning Group, B.S.A.E., 2005;Jaime Foster (85), Georgia Grinders, B.S.A., 1999;Brad Hardy (96), Hardy’s Peanuts Inc., B.S.A., 1996; Ken Hardy (96), Hardy’s Peanuts Inc., B.S.A., 1993; andNicholas Dale (97), Condor Chocolates, B.S.A., 2004.
At the recent VT Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival thefinest wood craftsmen in Vermont exhibited their design entries in theVermont Woodworking Design Competition.The entries were displayed not onlyfor the judges, but for the public to give them an opportunity to see, firsthand, the broad scope of work designed and created by the state’s manyartisans. The panel of prestigious judges included Mark Schofield of FineWoodworking Magazine, Dan Faia of North Bennett Street School, and JamesMurray from Simon Pearce Glass. Judges enjoyed the day with their clipboardson hand, making notes that would help them decide who would walk away withthe 1st place awards in the various categories offered. Four professionalcategories were offered for Custom or Studio Furniture, ProductionFurniture, Custom Woodenware, and Carvings or Sculptures, in addition to onestudent/apprentice category for those 18 and enrolled in school forwoodworking. Pieces were judged based upon the quality of the craftsmanshipand the innovativeness of the design. The Competition was open only to thosepieces that are designed and made in Vermont, by Vermont woodworkers andstudents.SEE LIST WITH PICTURES BELOWFirst Place prizes were awarded in each of the categories to the followingprofessional woodworkers: production furniture to Brent Karner of ClearLakeFurniture for his Wall Unit, custom or studio furniture to Johns Congdon forhis Alienor Writing Desk; custom woodenware to Ted Fink of TJF Turnings, LLCfor his Heartwood bowl, and carvings and sculpture to TJF Turnings, LLC forPuzzle Piece Bowl.Chris Ramos took the 18+ student/apprentice award for his Office Desk, 2ndplace was awarded to Rachel Brydolf-Horwitz for her Cailligraphy Cabinet,and 3rd place went to Tyler Gebhardt for his Floating Top Hall Table.Comments from the judges on Ramos’ winning entry included, “Nice contrast oflegs & surface” and “Good design”. Ramos is in his final semester atBurlington Colleges’ Associates Degree in Fine Furniture Making program,which is implemented at the Vermont Woodworking School in Fairfax, VT.Rachel & Tyler made their entry while enrolled in the Burlington CollegeCertificate program. Students learn the fundamentals of woodworking, andfine tune their skills by participating in skills-based classes andworkshops offered by members of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers. Toview more about the woodworking certificates and programs offered atBurlington College & the Vermont Woodworking School please visithttps://www.burlington.edu/content/woodworking-school(link is external).We would like to thank the following companies for their prize donations:Fine Woodworking Magazine, Alisam Engineering, Berkshire Products, SuperThin Saws, Groff & Groff Lumber, Inc., Blum Tools, Starrett, AmericanWoodworker, General Finishes, Woodworkers Journal, Waterlox, Dremel, andRockler Woodworking & Hardware. We would also like to thank the JacksonHouse Inn, The Kedron Valley Inn, and the Hawk Inn & Resort for providingaccommodations for our design competition reception guests. Cabot CreameryCooperative, Mac’s Market and Gillingham’s Store were also generoussupporters of our reception. We couldn’t have done it without everyone thatwas involved.Congratulations 2011 Vermont Fine Furniture & Wood Products Design Competition WinnersCustom/Studio FurniturePlaceItemWinner Click on image for larger photo1 2The HunterRich DeTrano Rich DeTrano Woodturner Ludlow. VTStudent (18 & over)1Office DesksChristopher RamosBurlington College Associate of Arts in Craftsmanship & Designwww.burlington.edu(link is external)2Calligraphy CabinetRachel Brydolf-Horwitz Vermont Woodworking Schoolwww.vermontwoodworkingschool.com(link is external) 2Abacus TableMario Messina Mario Messina Designer Craftsman 2Norwegian TimeCarl Newton Carl Newton, Bentwood Box Makerwww.bentwoodboxmaker.com(link is external) 3Floating Top Hall TableTyler Gebhardt Vermont Woodworking Schoolwww.vermontwoodworkingschool.com(link is external) 3State of Craft TableDavid Hurwitz David Hurwitz Originalswww.davidhurwitzoriginals.com(link is external) Alienor Writing DeskJohn Congdon Johns Congdon Furniture Design Design by Giovanna Brunini Congdonwww.johnscongdon.com(link is external) 3Cherry LampDavid Hurwitz David Hurwitz Originalswww.davidhurwitzoriginals.com(link is external)Carving & Sculpture1Puzzle Piece BowlTed Fink TJF Turnings, LLCwww.tjfturnings.com(link is external) Production Furniture1Large Wall UnitBrent Karner ClearLake Furniturewww.clearlakefurniture.com(link is external)Custom Woodenware1Heartwood BowlTed Fink TJF Turnings, LLCwww.tjfturnings.com(link is external) Congratulations to everyone that entered into the competitions. A completelist of winners in all categories can be found atwww.vermontwooddesigns.org(link is external). WOODSTOCK, VT-