On October 5 in Washington, DC, Marian University trustee and noted Indianapolis business and community leader Jerry Semler received a St. Elizabeth Ann Seton award from the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA). The Seton Award is given in recognition of significant philanthropic, leadership or service contributions to Catholic education.
Semler, chairman emeritus of American United Mutual Insurance Holding Company, serves on the Marian University Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Rosie, also serve as co-chairs for the university's comprehensive fundraising effort known as Make History: Advance the Mission of Marian University. The Jerry and Rosemary Semler Endowed Chair for Ethics in Business and the Professions was established in their honor at the university.
Left to right: Monsignor Joseph Schaedel '70 of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, President Daniel J. Elsener and Kali Genos of Marian University, Jerry Semler, and Karen Ristau of NCEA.
Semler is an accomplished businessman who cares deeply about his community of Indianapolis, Indiana. His philanthropic efforts have touched the inner-city, his customer’s health and Catholic education in general. He sees all of these as inextricably linked and believes education is vital to helping people of all economic levels achieve a better life.
Semler has served as chairman of the Catholic Community Foundation for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, where he has been a tireless advocate and fundraiser for inner-city Catholic elementary schools. He has chaired or co-chaired all of the capital campaigns for the last 20 years and has served on the boards of more than 20 church-related charitable and civic organizations.
Seton award recipients also designate a student to receive a scholarship. Semler selected Marian University student Kali Genos to receive the Seton Scholarship. Genos is an elementary education major and completing her student-teaching at St. Christopher School in Indianapolis. She ranks ninth all-time in the number of service hours recorded for Marian University with 555.5 hours documented as of fall 2009. She is active in many campus organizations and plans to teach in a Catholic school after graduation.
About the NCEA
The NCEA, founded in 1904, is a professional membership organization that provides leadership, direction and service to fulfill the evangelizing, catechizing and teaching mission of the church. NCEA members include elementary schools, high schools, parish religious education programs and seminaries.