Indiana University School of Education

IU School of Education alumna Sue Talbot was one of five selected to receive Indiana University's Distinguished Alumni Service Award, IU's highest award given only to an alumna or alumnus.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie presented the awards to the five honorees on Nov. 4 in Bloomington. The DASA recipients were chosen for services and achievements in their fields of endeavor and significant contributions to community, state, or nation. With the addition of these recipients, IU has honored 310 alumni since the award's inception in 1953.

Talbot earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1966, a master's degree in education in 1971 and a doctorate in school administration in 1992, all from IU. A retired educator, she spent 20 years in the elementary school classroom, gaining recognition as Indiana Teacher of the Year and runner-up for National Teacher of the Year. For IU, Talbot was the founding director of Hoosiers for Higher Education, was national chairwoman of the Alumni Association and was elected to three consecutive terms on the university's Board of Trustees.

Other honors Talbot has earned over the years include the IU School of Education's Distinguished Alumni Award in
1984 and twice the Sagamore of the Wabash designation, a special award bestowed by Hoosier governors. Talbot has also served as a special assistant to the Indiana governor on education policy.

Other recipients include David H. Jacobs Jr., of Santa Monica, Calif. The Jacobs family has also contributed to the IU School of Education. The Jacobs Teacher Educator Award began just this year, made possible by a $1 million gift from the late Barbara B. Jacobs, who established the Barbara B. Jacobs Chair in Education and Technology in 1998. The Jacobs Teacher Educator Award is designed to promote excellence in the use of technology in classroom teaching. It honors annually three Indiana teachers and two teachers from across the country who use technology to support innovative, inquiry-based teaching and learning activities in their classrooms.

The three other recipients are Dr. Joseph C. Maroon, of Sewickley, Pa.; retired Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr., of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Vice Adm. Adam M. Robinson Jr., of Bethesda, Md.

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