Recognizing not only those who give financially to ISU but also those who give of their time, energy and devotion, the foundation conducted its annual Philanthropy awards celebration Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
The foundation took its 2010 ceremony to Indianapolis in recognition of the growing involvement of the university in central Indiana, home to approximately 15,000 alumni.
The foundation presented the inaugural John P. Newton Spirit of the ISU award to Modesitt, who graduated from Indiana State Teachers College in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and completed a master's degree in 1964 from what was then Indiana State College.
Created to honor Newton's 35 years of service to the university, the award is to be presented annually to a person or persons who exemplify the dedication and service of the long-time alumni affairs director.
"The Sycamore Spirit runs deep in the Modesitt family," Foundation board member Mary McGuire said. "Mauri's passion for Indiana State has manifested itself in dedicated service. Mauri is a model Sycamore and he exemplifies the philanthropic spirit we celebrate this evening. His dedication to service and passion for Indiana State has made a great impact on our university family."
Modesitt served on the ISU Alumni Association board, including a stint as president in 1993, and was interim director of alumni affairs in 1994. He and his wife Janice are active members of the Clay County Alumni Club. They have assisted with the annual golf outing and selection process for student scholarships.
Janice Modesitt also attended ISU while earning her nursing degree through Union Hospital.
Their daughter, Michelle Modesitt Bell, is a 1982 Indiana State graduate, and granddaughter Carlee Bell, will be an ISU student in the fall.