October 18, 2013

Archdiocesan staff receive distinguished alumni awards from Marian University

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In a tradition of honoring alumni for individual achievements, Marian University in Indianapolis annually recognizes six former graduates for their contributions in areas reflecting the university’s core values and mission.

This year, two archdiocesan staff members were among the six recognized at the Marian University Dillon Family Distinguished Alumni Dinner held at the university’s Steffen Music Center on Oct. 4.

David Bethuram, associate executive director for the Secretariat for Catholic Charities and Family Ministries, received the St. Francis and St. Clare Award for Distinguished Achievement in Peace and Social Justice.

Bethuram, a 1978 graduate of the university, has worked for the archdiocese since 1997. He holds two masters degrees, serves on numerous community boards, places Marian University students in internships with Catholic Charities, and has served as a facilitator at the Marian University Retreat for Busy People.

Gina Kuntz Fleming, archdiocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, received the Mother Clarissa Dillhoff Award for Distinguished Achievement in Mentoring.

A 1993 graduate, Fleming has worked in public and Catholic education for 20 years, including six years as principal of Holy Name School in Beech Grove. She holds two masters degrees, and has received numerous awards recognizing her efforts as an influential educator in Indiana. †

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