Three Ball State graduates receive 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award

Jaclyn Goldsborough | Asst. News Editor

HEAD: Three Ball State graduates receive 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award

The Ball State University Alumni Association named three graduates to receive the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award.

This year's award was given to James Heath Gooden, of Muncie; Michael Johnston, of Muncie; and John Surovek, of Palm Beach, Fla.

The award, he Alumni Association's highest recognition, was created in 1959 to recognize alumni who demonstrated loyalty to Ball State University and the association, and who also have made significant contributions to their profession, community, or society.

Gooden graduated from the Miller College of Business with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1954 and from the College of Architecture and Planning in 1971, as a member of its first class, with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Upon completion he founded Gooden Associates in 1972, which is now GEA Architects. He retired in 1996.

Johnston received a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1977 and a master's degree in marketing in 1981, both from Ball State University.  He retired in 2007 after serving three years as chief operating officer for Manufacturers Transport, Inc., a family-owned truckload motor carrier operating in 30 states.

Surovek holds a Bachelor of Science degree in visual arts from Ball State University having graduated in 1968.  He also has earned a master's degree from Notre Dame and has studied at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.  He is president and owner of John H. Surovek Fine Arts Inc. and the John Surovek Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida.

Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be honored during Ball State's Homecoming Weekend.  Doug Reddington, BSUAA chairperson, will be presenting the awards at a recognition dinner on Friday, Oct. 8 at the Alumni Center.


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