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NewsBriefs - 08/2011



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Hall of Fame Inductees Named


   At the annual meeting of the Shortridge Alumni Association, the inaugural group of alumni were named for induction into the Shortridge Hall of Fame and recognized for exemplary accomplishments in their professional lives.

   The group of 13 inductees for 2011 were similarly recognized by the IPS Education Foundation for its Hall of Fame program that has existed since 2006. IPSEF considers all IPS high school graduates; however, our program will honor only Shortridge alumni.


2011 Shortridge Hall of Fame Inductees

 Inductee / Year of IPSEF induction ( ):


Richard G. Lugar, 1950 (2006)

Eugene B. Glick, 1939 (2006)

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., 1940 (2006)*


Judy O'Bannon, 1953 (2007)

Frank J. Anderson, 1956 (2007)

Anita J. Harden, 1964  (2007)

Anita L. DeFrantz, 1970 (2007)

Derrick Burks, 1974 (2007)


Dr. Woodrow A. Myers, Jr., 1970 (2008)


Robert L. Bowen, 1957 (2009)

Dr. Beurt R. SerVaas, 1937 (2009)

Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, 1972 (2009)


Andrew (Andy) Jacobs, Jr., 1949 (2010)



SAA HOF Display

  Photo plaques and brief bio are now permanently housed in a glass display case outside the alumni association room 181. (For the full bio of each of these honorees, visit: click the Inductees tab.) 


2012 Hall of Fame Nominations 

   We are accepting inductee nominations for the 2012 Shortridge Hall of Fame. Visit the website ( for the nomination form or send questions to our email: Deadline for nominations is December 1 annually. Criteria for nomination:

* At least five (5) years since graduation

* Special achievements of the nominee in his/her area of specialization

* Awards or honors and recognition on a local, regional, national or international level

* Community service

* Meritorious contributions


  Provide as much information as possible about the nominee and include an existing biography, resume or other information the HOF committee might consider. Nominations will be retained for three years. 




The 2011 IPS Education Foundation Hall of Fame (HOF) luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Indiana Roof Ballroom to  honor this year's inductees from IPS high schools.


The goal of the IPS Education Foundation HOF luncheon recognizes the professional achievements of IPS graduates being inducted into the HOF, serves as a major fund drive for many of the scholarship options available to IPS students, and to invite students from the current IPS high schools to attend and witness first-hand the potential opportunities available for their future. IPSEF would like to have as many students attend as possible, and ask that individuals, businesses and/or community groups underwrite the cost of the luncheon tickets for one or more students. 


Tickets are available at $75 each or tables of 10 - $750. Contact Dr. Joseph Smith (317.226.3706) at IPS Education Foundation for ticket information or visit the HOF website: to view the entire listing and biographies of previous HOF recipients.

News from the Shortridge Athletic Department - 2011



MATCHING GIFT CHALLENGE: The school has received a pledge of $1,000 for support of the boys' and girls' track and field program. We're looking for another alumnus to match the pledge! (Send your pledge, payable to SHMS, to: Stephen Papesh, Athletic Director, Shortridge Magnet High School, 3401 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis,  46208).


   Estimated athletic program budget for 2011-2012 (15K - $20K):


These figures DO NOT include athletic programs for the middle school youth who play all sports except golf and cross country.



(We'd like to add YOU to our list of Supporters) 



(Donations over $1,000)



(Donations between $501-$1,000)

Thomas E. Reilly - 1957




 (Donations between $101-$500)

Robert G. Butler - 1958

Timothy McDowell - 1971

Pete & Alice Dye - 1944




(Donations up to $100

Delcina "Ann" Kern Cassella - 1945


Total donations to date: $2,300


  Any amount of financial support is sincerely appreciated in order to help offset the athletic program expenses. Make your check payable to: Shortridge Magnet H.S. and mail to Mr. Stephen Papesh, 3401 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208, or call with questions: 317-226-2842


NOTE: As with all gifts sent to the school or through the alumni association, kindly let us know if we have permission to list you by name as a donor or if you wish to remain anonymous.




  Construction of the soccer field / 8-lane track is complete, including field lights! Dedication of the new field was AUGUST 20th. First game "under the lights" scheduled for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 at 7:00p (EDT) vs. The International School.


December 10, 2010: JV/Varsity basketball game vs. John Marshall. Between games, the 1968 state runner-up team will be honored. At half-time of the varsity game, we will retire only the second jersey in the history of Shortridge basketball - William "Bo" Crain ('59). In 2010, the jersey of George Pillow was retired.



The apartment complex immediately north of the school (on Pennsylvania Street) has been razed; bids are out for construction of a new gymnasium. The new facility, that will seat 3,000, will be attached to the existing building via catwalk over the north drive. Tentatively, this construction project will be completed in time for the 2012 basketball season.




Founding Members Legacy Guild 

Will you be listed among those as a "Founding Member?" Donations for the Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund are welcome in any amount at any time; however, Founding Members Legacy Guild  continues only until December 31, 2012, prior to the first graduating class in 2013. Founding Members' participation requires a minimum $500 or greater donation to the scholarship fund.

This also may be a way to honor a Shortridge graduate family member posthumously.

Please make your check payable to: Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund (Founding Members Guild on the memo line); mail c/o 5030 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254.
Join our growing list of Founding Members: (as of 08/01/2011)

Dr. Beurt SerVaas, 1937
Dr. Robert W. Harger, 1938
Martha "Marta" (Cantwell) Meeker, 1939 
Ann (Cantwell) Penrose, 1941
Ann (Kern) Cassella, 1945
Dr. Raymond Martin Johnson, 1950
John D. Peterson, 1951
Nancy (Browning) Peterson, 1951
Frank J. Anderson, 1956
Lynn (Bolles) Boatman,1958
William M. Boatman, 1958
Robert G. Butler, 1958
Paula (Distelhorst) Eidel, 1958
Linda (Henderson) Gassett, 1958
Kaaren O. (Burke) Rodman, 1959
Rufus "Bud" Myers, 1960
Fletcher Wiley, 1960
Judith K. (Mendenhall) Shiffler, 1962
William A. Lawrence, 1965
Jon Nygaard, 1966
Yvonne Perkins, 1967*
Dr. Woodrow A. Myers, Jr., 1970
Timothy T. McDowell, II, 1971
Mary Ann (Bruce) Denton, 1972
Carol (Morgan) Gog, 1973
Derrick Burks, 1974
*Newest members
SAA Board of Directors - Election Results 
Board of Directors for the next two years; namely:
Executive Board
Deloris "Dee" (Richardson) Duff  - '59 - President
Jarnell (Burks) Craig - '63 - Treasurer
Carol (Morgan) Gog - '73 - Recording Secretary
Mary (Fatout) Proctor - ' 67 - Corresponding/Financial Secretary
Members-at-Large (decade representatives)
Martha (Cantwell) Meeker - '39 (Decade of the 30s)
Kathryn "Katy: (Hill) Meredith - '42 (Decade of the 40s)
William and Lynn (Bolles) Boatman - '58 (Decade of the 50s)
Keith M. Rand - '70 (Decade of the 70s)
Gregory Smith - '80 - (Decade of the '80s)
Rotation cycle:
VP, Public Relations - Marilyn (Chance) Shank - '67
VP, Marketing & Development - Al Edyvean - '68
Decade of the '60s - Richard "Rich" Edyvean - '69
Board appointments:
Consultant/SHSAW Founder - Guy E. Russell - '59
Parliamentarian - Melford "Dutch" Holland - '57 
SMHS Administrators:
Brandon Cosby, principal
James Larkin and Stephen Papesh, vice principals  
Thank you for your continued interest and support.

Deloris "Dee" (Richardson) Duff. President
Shortridge H.S. Alumni Association

In This Issue
Hall of Fame Inductees Named
News from Athletic Department
Founding Members Guild
SAA Election Results
Visit Our Website
Shortridge Yearbooks
Informal Class Luncheons
SAA Memberships
Inside Shortridge
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View back issues of NewsBriefs.

Shortridge Yearbooks


Shortridge Media Specialist (Librarian) gladly accepts all old Shortridge Yearbooks. Contact Gregg Nowling at Shortridge with your donation, 317.345.7996


Check out the digital library of yearbooks as catalogued by the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library. Most Shortridge yearbooks  from 1898 - 1968 are available for viewing at:

Thank you, Gregg Niceley and

 Kathleen Schienle for this information.


Informal Class Luncheons
The Class of 1942 invite you to join them at 11:30 a.m. on the last Friday of each month @ MCL Cafeteria, 116th & Keystone Ave, per Kathryn (Katy) (Hill) Meredith, class of1942.
"The Girls of the Class of 1943" invite other classmates to join them at 11:30 a.m., on the 3rd Thursday of each month at LePeep Restaurant, 86th & Township Line Road, adjacent to MCL Cafeteria, according to Lynn Imel Rhamy. Any class members are welcome, male or female.
 Let us know if your class has an ongoing meeting place.  
SAA Memberships & Renewals -- Membership Renewal Reminder
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! For those who have joined and/or renewed membership recently. Remember, your membership dues provide the operating funds for the alumni association. Please renew membership or join today. Fees:
  • One-year membership: $35 annual fee
  • Five-year membership (Founding Member's Legacy Guild) (see Feature Article)
  • Make your check payable to: Shortridge Alumni Association; mail c/o 5030 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254, or pay your dues online at our website via PayPal option.

    For more membership information, visit our website: or send email:
New "Inside Shortridge" Studio
Before and After
 Mass Media - Before
New studio set



  Gregory Nowling, SMHS Media Specialist, reports the new studio is up and running, along with the newly configured control room. More than 100 hours of work went into building the studio this summer. The new set allows for daily news broadcasts and training for video productions now a part of the new Daily Echo and Mass Media class capabilities.
 A new riser was added, custom built background walls, (green screen was removed) custom built news desk, a 51" Plasma TV added, custom lighting installed and monitors to aid in the newscast, in large part due to the generous donations from the Alumni Association and other donors to the project; e.g.: Carter-Lee Lumber, Sherwin Williams, Lowe's, Sullivan's Ace Hardware, HH Gregg, Realty Wholesale Carpet, Integrated Marketing Products and Tri North Lighting.
 Some donors gave materials in full, but because of the generous donation from the Alumni Association, we were able to pull this project all together.
 Thank You,for your support of the Inside Shortridge and the Mass Media class.
--Gregory Nowling