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Monday, August 29, 2005

Jack Marr is Volunteer of the Year

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President H. Ray Hoops presented Jack L. Marr, associate professor emeritus of biology, with the University’s 2005 Volunteer of the Year award at the Volunteer Recognition Dinner on August 17. The event was sponsored by Volunteer USI.

Over the last 30 years, Marr has given extraordinary service to the University community in his role as a volunteer for the Athletics Department, including tutoring student athletes since his retirement. “Dr. Marr is a great man who helped me when I needed it. I wouldn’t have made it through anatomy without him,” said Reque Newsome, a senior on the men’s basketball team.

Jack L. Marr (left) receives the Volunteer of the Year Award from USI President H. Ray Hoops.

In addition to tutoring, Marr donates many hours to the Varsity Club and other athletic events. He was the chair of the 2004-2005 Varsity Club Board of Directors and a board member for seven years. He served as treasurer and was vice chair for two years. Currently, Marr serves as the membership chair. He has spent many hours preparing agendas, and planning and leading monthly meetings. He also serves on the Athletic Department Advisory Board.

He has accumulated 1,145 volunteer hours since July 1, 1996.

Rick Herdes, men’s basketball coach, said Marr “is a great fan of all of our athletes and has proved invaluable to the students, thus aiding the entire department.”

Marr began teaching at USI in 1971 as an assistant professor of biology. He and his wife, Barbara, have been married for 38 years and reside in Evansville. They are the parents of Jeffery Marr, Scott Johnson ’85, and Rex Johnson ’86. They also have eight grandchildren.

The Volunteer Recognition Dinner is held annually in honor of USI volunteers who have donated 20 or more hours of volunteer service during the previous fiscal year. Volunteers receive gifts based on their total hours with the top recognition level at 1,000 hours. The Volunteer of the Year is the top honor of the evening.

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