Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Kelley lecturer honored with Grotke Award

Ann Bastianelli, a member of the marketing faculty at the Kelley School, was recently honored with a Grotke award, an honor that is bestowed on living persons whose service has made exceptionally outstanding contributions to Indiana University’s Women’s Athletics Program and is the highest honor of its kind given by the university.

In addition to her role at Kelley, Ann is also president of Anthology Consulting and a well-known motivational speaker. Kelley students have named her the Most Motivating and Most Memorable Faculty member. Maybe that’s because her lectures and speeches include a host of anecdotes about her love for Indiana University, her playing days at IU, Coach Knight, Hoosier Hysteria, and the role of sports in the building of character.

Ann’s contributions to Indiana University feature board positions in university public relations, and the school of business alumni association, as well as pioneering roles in IU women’s sports program as an athlete, administrator and alumni leader.

As a high school student, Ann caught the attention of Indiana State University’s Athletics recruiters, and was offered what is thought to be the first athletic scholarship given to a woman in Indiana. A two sport student athlete & campus leader, Ann was named Outstanding Freshman Woman at Indiana State University. She later transferred to Indiana University, where she lettered in volleyball for the Hoosiers.

As an IU senior, Ann was the unanimous choice for top female college athlete in the state of Indiana, based on academic achievement, athletic excellence and leadership. It was Leeann Grotke herself who presented Ann with the prestigious Eleanor St. John Award in 1978.

Following graduation, Ann was named Sports Information Director for the 10 varsity women’s sports at IU. Impressed by Ann’s work with the media, Coach Bob Knight asked her to also represent the Men’s Basketball Program. By accepting, Ann became, at 23, the youngest member of a Division I Men’s coaching staff, and one of only two women.

Ann earned her MBA from the Kelley School of Business, after which she worked on famous advertising campaigns, including ‘2 Scoops of Raisins’ for Kellogg’s Raisin Bran, The talking Parkay Margarine tub, Happy Meals and Ronald McDonald advertising, and Dow Bathroom Cleaner’s Scrubbing Bubbles.

For more than 22 years, Ann has served on the National Public Affairs Council for the University, two terms on the Varsity Club National Board, two terms on the University’s Athletics Committee, and two terms as President of the I-Women’s Association. Last year, she was named President Emeritus.

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