GLBT Alumni honors alumni, looks forward



IU’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association will present its Distinguished Alumni Award to Mike Shumate and will have a benefits auction Jan. 27 and 28.

Shumate, a 1967 graduate of the Kelley School of Business, served on the GLBTAA board of directors for 11 years and now serves on the IU Foundation Board.

“I have loved IU ever since I was on campus,” Shumate said in the press release. “IU was key in forming my identity and moral compass.”

He was instrumental in the establishment of a scholarship fund for LGBT students at IU and helped with the foundation of the LGBT alumni advisory board at IU’s Maurer School of Law, according to the release.

Shumate has also worked to help spread support of LGBT students through programs like the Out at Kelley LGBT student support service available to business students.

“We are so proud of the GLBTAA and all it has accomplished over the first two decades since its founding,” said J.T. Forbes, CEO of the IU Alumni Association, in the release.

As part of the celebration weekend IU’s GLBT Alumni Association will also have a silent auction to raise money for their scholarship program. The event will take place at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in Grazie Italian Eatery.

A GLBTAA board meeting will also take place during the weekend celebration. Anyone can attend the meeting, which takes place from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 28 in the DeVault Alumni Center.

Dominick Jean

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