People in the News – 2/28


Bryant, Swan have interim tags removed


On Oct. 1, Jeff Bryant was promoted from the assistant principal who oversees the Noblesville High School Freshman Campus to interim NHS principal. Stacey Swan, assistant principal at the NHS Main Campus, was then moved to the freshman campus as the interim assistant principal there. On Feb. 18, the Noblesville School Board removed the interim tags for both.

“We have been thrilled with Mr. Bryant’s performance,” Noblesville Schools Supt. Libbie Conner said.


Bryant has worked at Noblesville Schools for the past 12 years, and served as an NHS assistant principal for the past five years.

“I’m excited to continue to serve the students,” said Bryant. “(The transition) has been as seamless as it can be thanks to the staff in place, along with the administration team. I’m excited about having the opportunity to serve.”



Ballard named to Scholarship America Board


Scholarship America, the nation’s leading nonprofit scholarship and educational support organization, has announced Robert C. Ballard, senior vice president of Access and Outreach for USA Funds, has been elected to serve as a member of Scholarship America’s Board of Trustees. He brings with him more than 29 years of higher education finance experience.

“I am honored to be selected to serve on the Scholarship America board of trustees. Scholarship America has been a valued partner to USA Funds in helping families prepare and pay for college,” said Ballard. “I look forward to working more closely with the organization to open the doors to college to every deserving student.”

Ballard directs USA Funds’ and its affiliates’ college access and outreach programs, philanthropic activities and the corporation’s strategic innovation activities. He oversees access and outreach activities, that in 2011, provided funding totaling more than $13.5 million for programs to promote preparation for, access to and success in higher education. Ballard serves on the boards of several community and charitable organizations. He is a member of the board of Bottom Line, a nonprofit organization that helps disadvantaged youth get into college, graduate and go far in life, and also serves on the board of the United Way of Central Indiana and its Ready to Learn, Ready to Earn committee. He is the immediate past chair of Indiana Dollars for Scholars and Riverview Hospital Foundation in Noblesville, and continues to serve on several board committees of both organizations.


People in the News – 2/28


Councilman shaving his head for charity

City Councilman Eric Seidensticker announced last week he’ll soon be sporting a new hairdo, or lack thereof. Seidensticker said his head will be shaved when he appears at the first council meeting in March. “When you see me waxing my head, it’s for a good cause,” he said. Seidensticker will temporarily going with the new look to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity helping to fund research for cures of childhood cancer. When making the announcement, Seidensticker asked those interested in supporting the cause go to to make a donation.

Carmel’s Melangton to address Economic Club

Allison Melangton, the president and CEO of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, will be the featured speaker for the Economic Club of Indiana’s program today.The club’s series of luncheon forums begin at noon, and take place at the Indiana Convention Center (100 S. Capital Ave.,Indianapolis). Reservations can be made online by visiting

Melangton has served in her role as president and CEO of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee since October 2008. The Carmel resident has more than 25 years of national and international experience in sports and event management.

Carmel native makes IU’s plaid

It’s official: Indiana University now has its own plaid. Linda Xiong, a Carmel native and a senior majoring in apparel merchandising and fashion design in the IU College of Arts and Sciences, created the winning design. Her entry received the most votes among four designs in an online contest that ended Feb. 21.

The winning design will now be licensed and trademarked through IU as the university’s official plaid, representing all campuses. Apparel merchandising undergraduate students will use the official plaid to design new products each year, and will make every effort to work with fair trade and eco-friendly vendors.

Carmel student wins prize

The Broad Ripple Sertoma Club honored winners of its National Heritage Essay Contest at its luncheon meeting last week.Taking the second-highest prize was Olivia Maria Balcer of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.A total of 1,463 essays were written and submitted from sixth-grade students at 15 Indianapolis area schools. The essay subject was “What freedom means to me.” Awards were given to the top three winners and their teachers at the luncheon. Awards also were sent to 57 semifinalists and eight finalists. Broad Ripple Sertoma awards are in the form of U.S. Savings Bonds, which total more than $8,000. The three teachers will receive $ 150 each in cash awards.