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Friday, August 09, 2002

USI names Volunteer of the Year

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A dedicated Athletics volunteer has been named University of Southern Indiana’s 2002 Volunteer of the Year, the highest volunteer honor awarded by the University.

For the last 12 years, David Stevens has given outstanding service to the USI Athletics Department. He brings a high level of passion to his volunteer role while hosting officials at home basketball games, setting up the locker room for officials, and keeping them posted on court times and the official clock.

He is known throughout the Great Lakes Valley Conference as a person who does all he can to make officials and visiting teams comfortable. His volunteer responsibilities also include setting up the electronics and sound system required by the officials' table and providing security.

Earlier this year, the GLVC commissioner requested Stevens as the official host of referees for the NCAA Division II Elite Eight Basketball Championship held in Evansville.

“We consider David an integral part of the Athletics family,” said Jon Mark Hall, USI athletic director. “David never asks for attention or notoriety for what he does. He just volunteers because he loves being a part of USI events.”

A friend to USI athletes, Stevens performs many of the same duties for home volleyball games as he does for basketball. He is a past member of the Volunteer USI Council and is a valued Physical Activities Center volunteer who frequently prepares the facility for home athletic events.

A graduate of University of Evansville, he is a chaplain with Land Between the Lakes Ministries and the Indiana Goldwing Chapter IN-O. He and his wife of 38 years, Lois, the PAC building and equipment supervisor, reside in Mount Vernon. They are the parents of the late Christy Lee Parsley and are grandparents of Candice, Benjamin, and Nathaniel.

Since the inception of the Volunteer USI program in 1996, Stevens has accumulated 1,560 hours of service. He is the University’s sixth Volunteer of the Year. The award was presented August 8 at the Volunteer USI Recognition Dinner, where nearly 450 individuals who donated 20 or more hours of service to USI last year also were honored.

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