Marian University honors Mark Miles and Chuck Pagano at fundraiser

INDIANAPOLIS , May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Marian University
inducted Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles and Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck
Pagano into its Clayton Family Circle of Honor during a fundraiser dinner last
night at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Catholic liberal arts university
also honored its 1973 baseball team with a M-Club Wall of Fame induction.

The fifth annual Clayton Family Circle of Honor Dinner drew a record 550 people
to the Pavilion at IMS, where guests had an opportunity to pose for photos with
the Indianapolis 500’s famous Borg-Warner Trophy, as well as the Indianapolis
Colts’ Lombardi Trophy from Super Bowl XLI. Marian University President Daniel
J. Elsener announced during the event that the university has already raised
nearly $800,000 toward its $1 million annual goal for Marian University

The Clayton Family Circle of Honor, named for Joe Clayton and his wife Jan,
honors individuals who have made an impact on the central Indiana community
through athletics. The Claytons believe in the character-building qualities
associated with athletics in a university community, including respect, fair
play, and teamwork. Past honorees include Bob Knight, Bill Polian, Katie
Douglas, Jim Morris and Carl Erskine, among others.

This is the first year that the Clayton Family Circle of Honor Dinner was
combined with the Marian University athletics department’s annual M-Club Wall of
Fame induction ceremony. This year’s inductee, the 1973 Marian College baseball
team, finished that season 22-8 and District 21 champions. A team led by great
pitching and defense all season, the Knights scored 50 runs in the four-game
playoffs to win the district championship. Fifteen members of the team,
including its head coach, were on hand for the festivities.

This also marks the first year that either event was held at a location other
than the university’s campus. “Not many people realize that three of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s four founders settled on property that is now part
of the Marian University campus,” President Elsener said. “In fact, my office is
located in the mansion once owned by James A. Allison. Given our shared history,
and our mutual desire to assist with the redevelopment of the city’s west side,
it makes sense for Marian University and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to
continue seeking additional partnership opportunities. We’re grateful that
they’ve opened their doors and allowed us to use this wonderful facility for our

Marian University has worked diligently in recent years to bolster its athletics
programs. In 2011, the university hired Indiana University basketball legend
Steve Downing to serve as its director of athletics. Downing has since hired
2009 NCAA Coach of the Year Todd Lickliter to head Marian’s basketball program,
and former Indiana Miss Basketball, Purdue University all-American and WNBA
player Katie Gearlds to lead the women’s program. In 2012, the university
captured the NAIA national championship in football in just the program’s sixth
year of existence. And, earlier this month, the university’s cycling team earned
its 25th national championship.

“Marian University is on the rise,” President Elsener said. “We’ve recently
opened the state’s first new medical school in 110 years, we’ve risen higher in
the U.S. News & World Report rankings than any other college in our category
since 2011, and our enrollment numbers are at an all-time high. The success
we’ve seen within our athletics programs really mirrors the overall success of
the university, and is an essential component in our mission to educate the next
generation of leaders for service to the world.”

About Marian University Indianapolis
Marian University (, founded in Indianapolis in 1937, is the only
Catholic liberal arts university in central Indiana. It serves a student body of
more than 2,700 through dedication to excellent teaching and learning in the
Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. Marian University is one of Indiana’s 31
independent colleges and one of 244 Catholic colleges and universities

Since 2001, Marian University has been led by President Daniel J. Elsener, whose
vision and leadership are transforming the university. In 2013, Marian
University opened the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences, home to its
College of Osteopathic Medicine. Marian University has amassed 25 national
championships in cycling and in 2012 won the NAIA Football Championship.

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