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October 9, 2003 John Drees
(502) 852-6171


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville will honor outstanding alumni at the annual Alumni Fellows reception and ceremony Thursday, Oct. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the University Club on Belknap Campus.

Alumni Fellows are chosen for outstanding contributions to the university and to their respective professional fields. They are presented with the honor as part of homecoming activities each year. This year’s Alumni Fellows are:

  • College of Arts & Sciences - Jerry Dennis
  • College of Business & Public Administration – Dwayne D. Woodruff
  • Brandeis School of Law – Michael N. Harreld
  • School of Dentistry – Harry M. Bohannan
  • College of Education & Human Development – Dee Hawkins
  • Kent School of Social Work – Diana R. Garland
  • School of Medicine - William B. Applegate
  • School of Music – Lindy Casebier
  • School of Nursing - Sherill Nones Cronin
  • Speed Scientific School – Daniel E. Burke
  • Brief bio information on each winner is listed below.

    For more information, call 502-852-6186.

    2003 Alumni Fellows:

    College of Arts & Sciences - Jerry Dennis ‘81A Jerry Dennis received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Louisville in 1981. He has been a free-lance writer since 1986 writing essays and articles for publication ns such as The New York Times, Smithsonian, Audubon, Sports Afield, Wildlife Conservation, and National Geographic Traveler. His books on nature and the outdoors have won numerous awards. include Best book in 1992, 1996 and 1998 and 31 awards for best essays and stories by Outdoor Writers Association of America; Citation of Excellence in 1994 from the Sigurd Olson Institute. In 1999, the Michigan Library Association named him Michigan Author of the Year.

    College of Business & Public Administration – Dwayne D. Woodruff ‘79B Dwayne D. Woodruff earned his bachelor of science degree in finance from the University of Louisville in 1979. As a former defensive back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, he played for 12 years and was a team captain his final three seasons. Woodruff earned his juris doctor degree in 1988 from Duquesne University School of Law, which he attended in the evenings during his professional football career. He is a founding partner of Woodruff & Flaherty. His practice is focused in sports and entertainment law, civil litigation, criminal defense, business and collections law. Woodruff is admitted to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the United States Court of the Western District and the Third Circuit. The annual Dwayne Woodruff Celebrity Golf Classic is held to benefit inter-city youth charities throughout the city of Pittsburgh. In 1990, he and his wife served as United States Armed Forces Goodwill Ambassadors in Germany and Austria.

    Brandeis School of Law – Michael N. Harreld ‘66A, ‘69L Michael N. Harreld earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1966 and his Juris Doctorate degree from the Brandeis School of Law in 1969. He joined Citizens Fidelity Bank (now PNC) in 1969 and has held a variety of positions during his 33 years in banking. Harreld has been Regional President of PNC Bank, Kentucky/Indiana since 1989. He has served on the board of five Kentucky universities. He also has chaired the Kentucky Council on Higher Education. He is a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and the National Center for Family Literacy. Active in the creation of Greater Louisville, Inc., he became chair of that organization in 2002. U of L honored Harreld with a Distinguished Alumnus Award, induction into the Order of Merit in 1995 and as an Alumni Fellow for the College of Arts & Sciences in 1998.

    School of Dentistry – Harry M. Bohannan, D.M.D., M .S.D. ‘48A, ‘53D Dr. Harry M. Bohannan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies in 1948 and his Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 1953 from the University of Louisville. He completed his professional career in 1999 as a member of the Board of Directors of Sunstar Company of Osaka, Japan, and as Trustee of the Sunstar Foundation for Oral Health Promotion. Bohannan was one of five founding faculty members for the College of Dentistry at the University of Kentucky in 1961. He served as the first chair and professor of periodontics and endodontics from 1961 to 1966, and as the second dean for the College of Dentistry from 1968 to 1974. Between 1974 and 1977, Bohannan was coordinator of health sciences education for Kentucky’s Council on Public Higher Education. From 1977 to 1983, he directed the largest, most comprehensive preventive dentistry research program ever conducted in the United States, the National Preventive Dentistry Demonstration Program involving over 25,000 school children.

    College of Education & Human Development – Dee Hawkins, Ed.D. ‘94GE Dee Hawkins received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University at Purdue in 1973, and continued to Ball State University where she received her Masters in English in 1977. She earned a Doctorate of Education from the College of Education & Human Development at the University of Louisville in 1994. Hawkins is currently a resource teacher at Iroquois High School and has been employed by Jefferson County Schools for nearly thirty years. Hawkins served as the English Department Chair at Central High School for over half of those years. Through Hawkins’ participation in The Louisville Writing Project, she has demonstrated her ability to work with her peers in various professional development efforts, and Central has led as a LWP demonstration site where teachers from other schools and districts have come to learn and grow professionally.

    Kent School of Social Work – Diana R. Garland ‘71A, ‘75K, ‘79A Dr. Diana R. Garland received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1971. She continued her education by obtaining a Masters of Social Work in 1975 from the Kent School and later earned a Doctorate of Philosophy from the College of Arts & Sciences. Garland is professor and chair of social work at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She also serves as director of the Baylor Center for Family and Community Ministries. She previously served as professor of social work at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, where she was on the faculty for 17 years and was dean of the Carver School of Church Social Work. Garland is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a licensed clinical social worker, and a certified family life educator. She has provided consultation in child and family services for several agencies. She also frequently serves as a consultant to congregations and church agencies in the development of family ministries, and she leads parent education and marriage enrichment workshops and seminars. She has published more than 50 professional articles and book chapters.

    School of Medicine - William B. Applegate, M.D., M.P.H. ‘68A, ‘72M Dr. William B. Applegate received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology in 1968 and his Doctorate of Medicine in 1972 from the University of Louisville, where he was named outstanding medical student and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. He is the dean of the School of Medicine and senior vice president for Wake Forest University Health Sciences. Applegate is nationally recognized, especially in the fields of geriatrics and cardiovascular epidemiology. Applegate is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Heart Association. He has served as president of the American Geriatrics Society and was a member of the executive committee of the Council for Epidemiology and Prevention for the American Heart Association. In his career, Applegate has been either the principal investigator or a co-investigator on nearly $40 million in NIH grants or contracts. As a clinician, he has been listed in both Best Doctors in America and America's Top Doctors.

    School of Music – Lindy Casebier ‘82MU, ‘87E Lindy Casebier received his Bachelor of Music Education in 1982 from the School of Music and his Masters of Education in 1987 from College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville. In 1986, he was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives and served three terms before being elected to the State Senate in 1992. He is serving his third four-year term. As a teacher, Casebier quickly established himself as a leader on educational issues, and has served as chair of the Senate Education Committee since 1997. Casebier has been a key force behind many of the Commonwealth’s education reform initiatives. This include s the landmark 1997 Reform Act of Postsecondary Education, which established missions for each public postsecondary institution in Kentucky, and later established the Research Challenge Trust Fund better known as “Bucks for Brains.” Casebier was listed as one of Kentucky's Top Five Most Effective Legislators in rankings compiled by the Kentucky Center for Public Issues.

    School of Nursing - Sherill Nones Cronin, PhD, RN ‘83N Sherill Cronin received a Master of Science in Nursing from the U of L in 1983. She is Professor of Nursing and Director of the Master of Science in Nursing Program at the Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Bellarmine University. Since 1990, she has held a joint appointment at Jewish Hospital as a Nurse Researcher. Cronin is noted for her work in integrating nursing research in hospital based clinical settings and engaging nurses at the bedside in the research process. She was the first nurse researcher to hold a hospital based research position in Louisville and her pioneering work has influenced the growth of nursing research in Louisville. In addition, she was instrumental in preparing Jewish Hospital for the application and review for national Magnet Hospital status. As a graduate student at the University of Louisville she received the Graduate Dean’s Citation Award and has been recognized with alumni awards from both U of L and the University of Kentucky.

    Speed Scientific School – Daniel E. Burke, MChE. Ph.D. ‘61S, ‘ 62S, ‘67S Daniel E. Burke received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1961, his Masters of Engineering the following year and a Doctorate in Philosophy in 1967 all in Chemical Engineering. As Engineering Specialists Manager for Exxon Chemical Company, Burke was responsible for approximately 650 engineering specialists worldwide. The organization provided engineering service in support of Exxon Chemical ’s annual investment plan of $1 billion, high level troubleshooting support to over 60 plants worldwide and conducted engineering technology development specific to Exxon Chemical’s proprietary processes. As Polymers’ Vistalon Manufacturing Manager, Burke operated the world’s highest capacity ethylene-propylene synthetic rubber plant. Burke was also responsible for the Baton Rouge Chemical Plant (BRCP) Laboratory, which supports Exxon Chemical’s largest manufacturing site in the areas of quality control, analytical support, process troubleshooting and bench scale process development.


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