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Gary Lee Kelly
Nov. 22, 1947 – May 25, 2020
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Honoring An Icon: Lee Kelly

Joe Glover remembers the New Albany legend and mentor

By Joe Glover


Indiana University Southeast Athletics Director, NAIA Athletic Director’s
Association President, and President of the Rotary Club of New AlbanyWe all have that individual in our life who has helped shape us into the
person we are today. For hundreds – thousands, even – of us in Southern
Indiana, we were fortunate to have shared that same person.
Lee Kelly, former New Albany High School Radio/TV general manager,
passed away on May 25, 2020, at the age of 72. Since then, scores of his
former students have shared memories, tributes, and stories on social media
about the local educator who had an influential and lasting impact on them.

Mentors Matter
Add me to this long list of protégées who had their lives changed by the
former WNAS Radio/TV teacher at New Albany High School. Mr. Kelly was
the “Voice of the Bulldogs” for over 40 years before retiring. During his
distinguished career, he helped many young, perhaps even naïve, students
find their voice and confidence. His work investing in them would be the
start they needed to launch their careers in some of the most high-profile
and respected jobs in near every major media market in the United States.
Those who know me have heard me say it many times before: Mr. Kelly
was the best mentor I’ve ever been lucky enough to have in my life.

Like all great local educators, he helped me in so many ways that transcended
his “normal” teaching duties. I was one of his sports broadcasters who got
to travel around the state with him on Friday and Saturday nights to cover
Bulldog sports for the radio station. Those trips were educational experiences
that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I believe I learned more about how to
treat people in my three years with Mr. Kelly than during any other time in
my life. He was kind, gentle, polite, and had a laugh that was as contagious
as it was iconic.

Former WNAS sports broadcasters Walt Ferber, Billy Gernon, Mandy
Walker, Matt Denison, Kent Sterling, Larra Overton, Ron Badger, Alex Bozich,
Joe Buchman, Diane Williamson and I all know one thing: We wouldn’t
have the careers we do today in media or sports without the guidance and
encouragement of Mr. Kelly. Mentors matter! And how lucky were we to
have one of the legends right here in Southern Indiana, who made sure
we had endless opportunities and the confidence to pursue our dreams?

Everyone Has A Story
To say there are thousands of stories about Mr. Kelly would probably be
an understatement. I have had people from all over reach out to me with
tales about Mr. Kelly. Some I have heard before; many I heard for the first
time. Some I can share; others remain safely in my confidential memories
to protect the innocent and perhaps not-so-innocent.

I will never forget being able to share three consecutive boys’ basketball
sectional championships with Mr. Kelly. Those broadcasts were terrific, and
I still have a small piece of the basketball nets from each one in my office
today to remind me of those memories. There were also many learning
opportunities while working with Mr. Kelly. Opportunities like never
forgetting the radio equipment we needed to broadcast a game or never
losing the rental car paperwork he entrusted you with, especially when an
Indiana state trooper pulls you over when returning home from a broadcast.
I’ll never live that mistake down!

Whether it was Mr. Kelly kindly questioning us about why we didn’t
prepare more for a broadcast, or his not-so-subtle way of correcting one of
our peers when they were “showing their personality” a bit too much on the
air, every former student has a story. I think it’s a beautiful circumstance that
our stories unforgettably connect four different generations of New Albany
High School students.

Honoring His Legacy
How does one honor a legend’s legacy? A legacy that’s positively impacted
so many of us in our community. Lucky for us, the New Albany-Floyd County
Consolidated School Corporation (NAFCS) has already approved a proposal
to rename the radio/tv studios at New Albany High School after Lee Kelly.
This decision was made by the school board earlier this year, and thankfully
something Mr. Kelly was aware of before his passing, but I think there is an
even better way we can ultimately honor his legacy.

We can all honor Mr. Kelly by being a mentor to others in our community.
We can all step up and do more to help impact the lives of others. We can
genuinely care about our fellow citizens and the youth of our community.
We can ask questions to the students in our lives and show we care about
them and their successes. We can be sources of encouragement and can
help build confidence in others. We can build others up instead of tearing
them down. We can care about people and their well-being despite their
beliefs. We can do all the things we admired most in Mr. Kelly. How better
to honor his legacy than by doing the things he taught us best?

We will all miss Mr. Kelly and his iconic voice with its near-perfect
articulation of every spoken word – but his voice will live on in all of us. We
can hear him now. We can feel him and his influence on us, and I know we
can work every day to be more like him for the next generation of future
leaders who need us now as we needed him then.

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STAND-UP GUY | IUS’S Wiley Brown Talks the High Five, Life After Playing Ball

MENTION THE NAME “WILEY BROWN” anywhere in Kentuckiana, and there’s a good chance someone in the room knows him and watched him play ball: first, basketball at the University of Louisville, and later, football for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, or — perhaps — even as the originator of the high five?
Now, the head basketball coach for IUS’s men’s basketball team – and the winningest one in the program’s history – Brown talked to Extol about his legacy, local lore and leadership.
ExtolMag_31_Final_Page_40_Image_0001Hailing from Sylvester, Georgia, Brown was recruited by UofL to play basketball for Denny Crum in the late 1970s. Yes, he’s the same Wiley Brown who played on the 1980 NCAA UofL winning team, besting UCLA 59 to 54. He’s also the same Wiley Brown who played defensive end for two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before suffering a knee injury and opting to return to basketball, playing around the globe with various leagues. And, some would have it, he also originated the high five move with a teammate at UofL.

“We won the (NCAA) championship in 1980, and that’s when the high-five thing came along,” Brown says. “We had some very fortunate players who could jump, and (were) very athletic and were very good players. It didn’t make (any) sense for us to do low fives when we could jump up and do high fives.

“It all came about with Derek Smith, who was a very, very good friend of mine who passed away. One of us stuck our hand out – I can’t remember which one of us – and the other one said, ‘no, up top!’ So we invented that right then and there.”
(Go ahead and hit up the term “high five” on Google. We’ll wait.)

“The reason it got so famous was because we played a lot of national television games back in the ’80s and it was very well-publicized when you can get a lot of games like we played on TV,” Brown says. “That’s how it got so big and became a national thing to do.”

In 1992, Brown returned to UofL to earn a degree in communications, and “fortunately, I got a job there,” he says. “I was (coaching) up under Denny Crum, who I played for, for a long time, and then when Rick Pitino came in, I was up under him for a while.”
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Today, Brown serves as the men’s basketball coach at IUS, where he’s coached for the past 13 years. “I’ve been enjoying myself,” he says. “I always wanted to do coaching. … Fortunately, we’ve been doing well since I started here. But when I first came here, we had to go out and search (for players). We do a lot of recruiting in the Southern Indiana and Kentuckiana area. … Louisville, Kentucky, Bellarmine and all those other big schools that recruit can’t get all the players. Fortunately, we get some of those kids.”

As a head coach, Brown also serves as de facto dad to many of his young players, some of whom are just out of high school. “I love seeing these young freshmen come in and become young men and be able to take care of their families at the end of the day,” he says. “Getting their degree, that’s the most important part of it. I tell them that all the time. I’ve won a championship, I’ve been all over the world playing professional sports, but when I got my degree, that was my most important success story.”

And the world, Brown says, is not always kind.

“At the end of the day, it’s not all about basketball,” Brown says. “The kids that I get, most of them aren’t going to get the chance to play professional sports. They can develop their life skills and be successful at a job out there and be able to take care of their families. They come in, and they’re not fully developed yet. They become men in the four or five years that they’re here, look people in the eye and make great decisions. That’s what I love.”

And that love for others deserves a high five.

PRESS RELEASE | RYAN & RYAN perform at the Ogle Center

The Ogle Center at Indiana University Southeast, southern Indiana’s center for the performing and visual arts on the IU Southeast campus in New Albany, will present father and son piano duo, Ryan & Ryan on Friday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m.in the Ogle Center’s Stem Concert Hall on the IU Southeast campus, 4201 Grant Line Road in New Albany.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and are available at the Ogle Center ticket office, by calling (812) 941-2525, or online at oglecenter.com.

Ryan & Ryan is a dynamic father-son piano duo that blends classic and contemporary music into an enthralling concert experience. With remarkable credits as solo performers, Donald and Barron combine efforts to amaze audiences with their skill, expressiveness, and love of making music. Their experience in classical, jazz, ragtime, hip-hop, and funk allows them to create exciting new music and give fresh interpretations of old standards. From Rachmaninoff to Gershwin to Billy Joel, Donald and Barron Ryan combine their talents to create a dazzling blend of old and new schools.

Audiences everywhere have been particularly enthralled by their selections from Dave Grusin’s soundtrack to The Firm, by Rachmaninoff’s Second Suite for Two Pianos, and by their spontaneous jazz improvisations. Their performance of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue has always earned a standing ovation.

A native of Trinidad & Tobago, Donald Ryan came to the United States to study music, earning degrees from Oral Roberts University and the University of Tulsa. He is well known as a master of diverse styles-evidenced by a diploma from the 9th International Chopin Competition as well as his induction into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Donald has also earned the distinction of being among the most accomplished pianists in the world as a Steinway Artist.

Given his father’s profession, Barron Ryan‘s choice of playing the piano is no surprise, and he has been no stranger to the stage since the age of four. He distinguished himself in piano studies at the University of Oklahoma and has been a featured soloist at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, among many other venues. Barron has also been a prizewinner in numerous piano competitions, including the Oklahoma Israel Exchange Young Artists Competition in 2011.

The pair also emphasizes education. Each pianist has had extensive experience as a featured performer/speaker in the classroom-from earliest grades through university level-and so the duo understands well how to use music as a motivational tool for students.

Ryan & Ryan is a proven hit with audiences of all generations. Their inventiveness, infectiousness, skill and general joy of life make for irresistibly engaging performances.

“It was breathtaking to see and listen to both father and son play the piano so brilliantly, to a sold-out house, and watching everyone respond with such enthusiasm, standing ovations and cries of ‘encore, encore, encore.’ Ryan & Ryan gave the performance of a lifetime at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and we relished in it and loved every minute of it.”

– Chuck Cissel, Artistic Director, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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IUS Night of Champions

Photos by Tim Girton

Aug. 6 | Huber’s Orchard and Winery in Starlight 

The Indiana University Southeast Athletic Department’s Champions Dinner broke records once again. The 4th annual event, which was held Aug. 6 at Huber’s Orchard and Winery, raised $40,000 and had nearly 300 guests in attendance. IUS Athletics received the most donations in the event’s history, including from 40 local businesses and organizations. Funds raised from the dinner support athletic scholarships at IUS.

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Connie Devall and Coach Wiley Brown | Keith Blackburn and Scott Wilkins | Coach Jim Morris chatted with Damon Bates | Richard Weaver with Amada Dailey-Weaver | Vice Chancellor Dana Wavle spoke with guests | Joe Glover addressed the reception.

PRESS RELEASE | Dance Kaleidoscope kicks of with “COLE!”

Dance Kaleidoscope kicks off Ogle Center’s 20th season with Indiana Bicentennial celebration event: COLE!
Dance Kaleidoscope celebrates the music of Cole Porter and Indiana’s Bicentennial while addressing social issues
The Ogle Center at Indiana University Southeast, southern Indiana’s center for the performing and visual arts on the IU Southeast campus in New Albany, is pleased to present Dance Kaleidoscope, Indianapolis’ professional contemporary dance company, and their production of COLE!as an Indiana Bicentennial Celebration event on Saturday, September 24 at7:30 p.m. in the Ogle Center’s Stem Concert Hall on the IU Southeast campus, 4201 Grant Line Road in New Albany.  Tickets are $29 in advance, $33 at the door, $10 for students, and are available at the Ogle Center ticket office, by calling (812) 941-2525, or online at oglecenter.com.
Dance Kaleidoscope

Supported by the Indiana Masterpiece Grant Award from the Indiana Arts Commission, Dance Kaleidoscope’s artistic director, David Hochoy has honored Indiana’s Cole Porter by creating a lively two-act contemporary dance piece set to Porter’s most popular songs.

Act One (Ole King Cole) sparkles with nostalgia, using original musical artists from the 1920s and 30s. The music is from vintage LPs, so the singing style and even scratchy record sound becomes part of the ambience. Songs include “Let’s Do It” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”
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Act Two (Cole Soul) uses contemporary recordings of Cole Porter’s songs. The energy and costumes are current and gritty. Songs include “Don’t Fence Me In” and “Miss Otis Regrets.”

While COLE! is a celebration of the music of Cole Porter, it also does not shy away from tackling social issues.
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“Part one of COLE! is the Golden Age of Hollywood, the American Dream, boy meets girl, and an everything is hunky-dory feel,” says Hochoy. “The second half is more aggressive, and what I hope, includes more clever ways to incorporate current social issues, such as homelessness, greed, and homosexuality…. Part two is pure contrast.”
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“In the beginning, two decades ago, I was nervous to showcase the two-men duet,” says Hochoy. “And it was around ’97 that a presenter asked me to remove the male duet, to use women instead. Decades of doing choreography, and the double standard still amazes me. We can use violence onstage, kill people and fight onstage and even have two women dance together, but show two men dancing… it’s still difficult for some audiences to accept. It’s just crazy. I have always used my art to push boundaries and will continue to do so. Life is rich and beautiful, encompassing many layers and forms, and it should be celebrated, everywhere.”
Free parking for the event is available in the Dogwood lot directly in front of the Ogle Center and in the Hickory lot directly behind the Ogle Center from one hour prior to the start of the performance until one hour following the end of the performance.  Vehicles parked in other locations and/or at other times will be subject to ticketing.
EVENT DETAILS
DANCE KALEIDOSCOPE presents COLE!
An Indiana Bicentennial Celebration Event
A lively contemporary dance piece set to popular songs by Indiana’s own Cole Porter
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 | 7:30 P.M.

The Ogle Center at Indiana University Southeast

4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, IN 47150
TICKETS: $29 in advance | $33 at the door | $10 students
Tickets are available at the Ogle Center ticket office, by calling (812) 941-2525, or online at oglecenter.com.
Free parking in the Dogwood and Hickory lots from one hour prior to performance until one hour following the end of the performance.
For more information, call the Ogle Center at (812) 941-2525 or visitoglecenter.com.