On October 23, McNicholas High School honored four of its outstanding alumni at the third annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration. This year’s honorees are:
Col. William Butler '86
Full Stature Special Achievement Award
After graduating McNicholas in 1986, Col. Butler attended Eastern Kentucky University (Distinguished Military Graduate) and was commissioned a Regular Army Second Lieutenant in the Infantry in 1990. He commanded Light Infantry, Ranger, and Airborne units thru battalion level and served as a Task Force Senior Trainer at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center. He has extensive staff experience from the battalion thru combined / joint task force level. Additionally, his combat deployments include three year-long deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I and Operations Enduring Freedom VI and X, all with the 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team. His most unique experience in the Army was as a military technical advisor and stuntman for the movie Blackhawk Down. Bill has also been a mentor, trainer, and military leadership panel member for Emory University’s, Goizueta Business School.
Before retiring from the Army in 2017 he was the Director of Operations for U.S. Army Cadet Command, where he was responsible for planning and executing the U.S. Army’s largest training exercise in the continental United States. He was a Department of the Army senior civilian in Vicenza, Italy for two years before moving back to Ohio in 2019. Col. Butler is the Chief of Staff for the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus
Dr. Jack Selzer ’66
Distinguished Alumni Award
Dr. Selzer graduated from McNicholas in 1966 where he loved sports and played a small part in a Rocket football win over St Xavier, a basketball win at Elder, and a district championship victory at Crosley Field in baseball. He also edited McNick’s first yearbook. After studying economics at Xavier University, trying out high school teaching, and getting his doctorate in English from Miami University, he found himself teaching at Penn State University, where he led various courses in rhetoric, scientific and technical communication, and literature from 1978 until his retirement earlier this year, as Paterno Family Liberal Arts Professor.
As a professor, he authored and coauthored, edited and coedited a number of scholarly books and textbooks, and he played a leadership role in Penn State’s outstanding graduate and undergraduate programs in rhetoric. As associate dean of the College of the Liberal Arts, he increased minority enrollments and invented the Paterno Fellows Program, an innovative “honors-plus” offering designed to bring out the best in thousands of Penn State undergraduates. Jack also helped to establish a new parish in State College (Good Shepherd), encouraged ecumenical efforts in his community, coached youth sports, and took on leadership roles in national professional groups, notably the Rhetoric Society of America.
Lizanne Gundrum Ingram ’78
Distinguished Alumni Award
Lizanne graduated from McNicholas in 1978 and began as a social worker after graduating from Xavier University. She found herself back in education as a counselor and found her way back to McNIcholas in 1995. For 18 years, Lizanne served McNicholas as Director of Director of Guidance, Academic Dean, and Director of Admissions. While at her alma mater, she also directed eleven spring musicals, served on the adult team on four Kairos retreats, moderated the liturgy choir for eight years, and served on three accreditation teams. Lizanne has been a member of Bellarmine Parish and the 7:00 p.m. music group for 40 years, director of several community theatre productions for three organizations, and member of the McNicholas High School Board of Limited Jurisdiction. She is currently the principal of St. Bernadette Elementary School.
Chris Gatio Haynes ’74
Outstanding Service Award
Chris joined the Athletic Booster Board in 2000 and has been continuously involved at McNicholas ever since. She has worked the gate at football and basketball games for the last 10 years, and has been a part of organizing the Hall of Fame celebrations and the school’s biggest fundraiser McNick at Night for a number of years. She served as team mother for a variety of teams while her children were students at McNicholas. A member of Guardian Angels parish, Chris has served on the Festival Committee for over 20 years and created a Friends for Friends group that raised funds to support parish families going through catastrophic conditions in their lives.