Hanover will bestow its highest alumni honors on six graduates during a special virtual ceremony at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9.
The Alumni Achievement Award will be presented to Gary Ball ’73, Patricia Wyche Calore ’83 and retired Col. Stephen Smith, USMC. During the program, the Distinguished Young Alumni Award will be given to Patric Morrison ’10, Morgan Rumple ’13 and Chris Walsh ’08.
The honors, presented annually since 1960, recognize Hanoverians who have enhanced the reputation of the College by making significant contributions to their community, state or nation through professional service, public service and/or civic activities.
Gary Ball '73
Ball is an Indianapolis-area dentist, community and international volunteer and philanthropist.
He attended the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and began practicing dentistry with his father, Cecil Ball, in 1978. Today, he continues the practice at Ball Family Dentistry in Indianapolis with his son, Craig, and daughter-in-law, Andrea.
He has participated in more than 30 international missions around the world, providing dental care in nations including China, Nicaragua, Philippines, Romania and Vietnam. He recently started a dental clinic in Haiti with his son.
Ball has provided free dental care at Good News Mission, a homeless shelter in Indianapolis, and also served as a volunteer dentist for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.
Together with his wife, Allyson Dene Burns ‘73, the couple endowed the Ball Family Chaplaincy at Hanover this past fall.
Patricia Wyche Calore ’83
Calore is an office and relationship manager with Freeman Company, a Dallas-based global brand experience provider. Since her Hanover graduation, she has embarked on career adventures across the country ranging from telecommunications and information technology to industrial manufacturing and residential building.
She has been key connector for Hanoverians for more than 30 years. She organized a meet-and-greet for then-President Russell Nichols in 1987 and, from 1990-2005, spearheaded additional gatherings for alumni in Northern California and Naples, Fla.
In 2006, Calore returned to the Capital Region and continued her service to alumni. She organized lunch and dinner gatherings for then-President Sue DeWine and hosted numerous Pub Night get-togethers around Washington D.C. and northern Virginia.
During the 30-year span, she has also planned many official (and unofficial) reunions for the Class of 1983.
Stephen Smith '64
Smith, a 1964 Hanover graduate and trustee emeritus, is a retired executive with Dell Technologies and a decorated Vietnam veteran.
Less than one year after his Hanover graduation, Smith served his ?rst combat tour with the U.S. Marine Corps’ 12th Marine Regiment. After recovering from wounds, he returned for a second tour in 1968 and, before his tour ended in 1969, commanded three di?erent combat units.
Through the next two decades, he served a wide variety of assignments with the Marines and other government agencies. He was the Marine officer instructor at Reserve Officers' Training Corps, Purdue University, and at the time of his 1989 military retirement, commanding o?cer and professor of naval science at the University of Texas at Austin.
Smith holds nine personal decorations, as well as 14 other decorations and ribbons from U.S. and foreign governments.
After retiring from the Marines, he started a career at Dell, then small start-up in Austin, Texas. He remained with Dell through its rapid growth years, serving in a range of positions including plant manager, director of customer service and technical support and director of operations.
Patric Morrison '10
Morrison is the assistant athletic director at Madison (Ind.) Consolidated High School. He served as school’s head football coach from 2013-19 and as a teacher from 2014-19.
While leading Madison’s football program, Morrison gained national attention for his efforts to create a deep-rooted support system and use real-life lessons to develop positive leaders and steer players away from negative influences and the onslaught of suicides and opioid abuse ravaging their lives and community.
In March 2018, The New York Times published a lengthy feature about Morrison’s endeavors, which caught the eye of the National Football League (NFL). To support the initiative, the NFL provided an all-expenses paid trip for the coach and four players to attend the league’s draft in Dallas, the team was invited by the Pro Football Hall of Fame to hold a summer workout at their facility and Morrison served as an honorary captain prior to an Indianapolis Colts’ game.
For his efforts, he was named a finalist for Indiana Youth Institute’s D. Susan Wisely Youth Work of the Year Award in 2018.
Morgan Rumple '13
Rumple is the statewide sexual assault response team coordinator for the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault, Inc. She has also served as the co-chair of the Southern Indiana Human Trafficking Coalition for the past three years and is co-founder of Student Advocates for Exploited and Trafficked Youth, a program piloted in Harrison County (Ind.) in 2018.
After graduating from Hanover, she worked with individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS with AmeriCorps in New Orleans and provided comprehensive sex education to charter schools. She served as a crisis counselor and family advocate for the Center for Women and Families in Southern Indiana and Kentucky, working with survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
As the regional coalition coordinator with Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program, she has provided training to more than 1,000 people throughout the state on identifying, responding and reporting human trafficking in their communities.
Chris Walsh '08
Following his Hanover graduation, Walsh attended Indiana University’s O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and was chosen for the highly selective Presidential Management Fellowship.
He currently serves as a principal strategic program manager for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, where he infuses the use of data across the organization's internal operations. He previously served as deputy performance improvement officer and director for grants management at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
In his role with HUD, Walsh drove the data strategy behind a 10 percent increase in families receiving rental assistance, a 46 percent decline in homelessness among veterans, and more than a half-million units retrofitted to be healthier and energy efficient. He also managed end-to-end grant process for the awarding of nearly $3 billion in competitive grants and authored the federal government's Cross-Agency Priority Goals during a prestigious detail with the Executive Office of the President.