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Friend of NREM Award

2014 Connie Tyner, AA ’69 BS ’79
Connie is recognized for her 44-year commitment to NREM students and faculty. She served as the right hand for six department chairs, including founder of the NREM Alumni Society Clyde Hibbs, Don Van Meter, Charles Mortensen, John Pichtel, Hugh Brown, and current chairman James Eflin. She described her duties as too numerous to mention, but her focus is always being helpful to students, faculty, and alumni. 

Tyner served on the Ball State Staff Council for several years and on the Jane Morton Award Committee for one term. She was presented an Outstanding Performance Certificate by the Department of NREM for 2007–2008.

2011- Barry Banks
Barry is the founder and executive direcotr of Red-tail Conservancy, Inc., where he has served as president of the organization's board of directors.  In his 12 years of leadership, the organization acquired seven nature preserves and holds seventeen conservation agreements that protect more than 1,800 acres.   Barry regularly shares his expertise in land conservation with Ball State NREM classes.  He also founded Muncie's Living Lightly Fair and serves on Ball State's Council for the Environment.  Barry is the recipient of the Ball State NREM Outstanding Community Environmental Service Award.

2010 - Steve and Lori Schwartz
The Ball State NREM Alumni Society adopted a one-mile stretch of the White River in Hamilton County in 2005, but society volunteers clean 3 to 6 miles of river at each event.  Since 2005, we have had 8 events with 69 participants and have removed a total of 3,920 pounds of trash and debris.

Steve and Lori have generously and enthusiastically supported our efforts from day one.  For each event they have provided canoes, paddles, PFDs, and shuttle service.  In addition they have provided valuable advice, instruction, and encouragement.  We would not have been able to complete the 8 river cleanup events without their assistance.