The Clayton Family Circle of Honor Induction Dinner is always a special event, but this year was especially exciting and meaningful for more than one reason: We celebrated our 10th anniversary of the event, hosted in our amazing new Arena and Convocation Center, and posthumously inducted Clayton Family Circle of Honor founder Joseph P. Clayton, who passed away on November 3, 2018. Watch the Joe Clayton tribute video to learn more about his legacy.
Emcee Larra Overton, Fox59 anchor and local favorite, and our amazing honorees, Allison Melangton and Tim McGinley, shared their stories of how collegiate athletics translated to a rewarding professional career and lifelong community service. The event brought together more than 400 leaders in the Indianapolis and surrounding area, Marian University alumni and students, long-time supporters, and new friends of Marian University athletics.
We saluted 10 years of this special event, the incredible athletic accomplishments of Marian University student-athletes, and the professional and community impact of our honorees. All proceeds support athletic scholarships.The event has passed, but it's never too late to contribute to the 2019 Clayton Family Circle of Honor endowed scholarships. Together, let's expand and strengthen the positive impact of our honorees!
- Joe Clayton Family Endowed Scholarship for an athlete or musician who is a Catholic high school graduate.
- J. Tim McGinley Endowed Scholarship for a Klipsch Educators College student who is also an athlete, with preference towards a Scecina Memorial High School graduate.
- Allison Melangton Endowed Scholarship for a female athlete, with a preference towards a Business in Sports concentration.
Simply select your choice under "Designation" in the giving form at marian.edu/give, or contact Ethan Hemer, development officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 955-6232 to talk more about your role in the future of our student-athletes. Thank you!
2019 Clayton Family Circle of Honor Inductee Joseph P. Clayton (1949-2018)
Joe Clayton passed away on November 3, 2018, following a brief illness. Joe will be inducted into the Clayton Family Circle of Honor and a special video tribute to his contribution to Marian University athletics will be part of the event program.
Joe spent his life leading and serving others in the consumer technology industry as a dedicated sales and marketing executive. He was an inspiration to his wife and family, his friends, and the thousands of people who worked with him at RCA, Thomson, Frontier, Global Crossing, Sirius, and DISH Network.
A passionate leader, hunter, and proud son of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Joe marshalled the resources of the organizations he led to improve the lives of others. His expansive career in the consumer technology industry drove the explosive growth of color television, the VCR, and digital audio and video programming by satellite. A devoted Catholic, Joe lent his support to many personal causes, always returning to his roots in the church as one source of his success in business and in life.
The Clayton Family Circle of Honor was created in part to honor, but also to inspire. Joe and his wife, Jan, agreed to lend their names to these awards because they believed in the character-building qualities associated with athletics in a university community. At Marian University, the faith tradition and values are activated in many ways, including athletics. On the fields and courts of competition, student-athletes learn respect, fair play, and teamwork. These values carry over into all areas of their lives--personal relationships, careers, parenthood, and community service.
2019 Clayton Family Circle of Honor Inductee
Allison Melangton is currently the senior vice president of events at Hulman Motorsports, former president of Indiana Sports Corporation, and president of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee. She led
what is highly regarded as the most successfully organized Super Bowl in the National Football League’s history. In addition, Melangton was honored with the Sagamore of the Wabash by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels in 2012 and recognized as a
Living Legend by the Indiana Historical Society in 2014.
Melangton has been the associate producer for the gymnastics broadcast by NBC Sports for the Olympics and has received five Emmy awards. Sports Business Journal, the nation’s
industry-leading publication, named Melangton as a recipient of its Game Changer award in 2012.
A high school and college gymnast, Melangton graduated from Colorado State University with a B.A. in Sports Administration and was working for
the United States Olympic Committee when she was lured to Indianapolis by USA Gymnastics in 1983.
2019 Clayton Family Circle of Honor inductee
Longtime Purdue University athlete, alumni, and trustee, J. Timothy McGinley has distinguished himself as an astute business leader, benevolent benefactor, and fervent Boilermaker. A Purdue University basketball leading scorer, McGinley made All-Big Ten honors and earned the Ward Lambert Award for earning the highest student-athlete G.P.A. He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. A 20-year Purdue University Board of Trustees member, McGinley’s leadership contributed to successes such as 70 major facility and construction projects and the $450 million Discovery Park complex.
Professionally, this chemical engineering major was named executive vice president for finance of National Homes in 1969, co-founded Jonathon Group, a residential development and construction firm in 1973, and founded House Investments and House Investment Securities Inc. in 1978.
McGinley was appointed as a White House Fellow by President Lyndon B. Johnson and was later special assistant to the U. S. Secretary of Labor. Purdue University awards include Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, Outstanding Chemical Engineering Alumni Award, and the Purdue Distinguished Pinnacle Award. McGinley is also a three-time Sagamore of the Wabash.
2019 Clayton Family Circle of Honor Emcee
Larra Overton, a sports reporter and anchor for Fox59 and CBS 4, Larra grew up in New Albany, Indiana and attended Indiana University where she competed in track & field and cross country, competing in several NCAA Championships. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s degree in Sport Communication, Marketing, Management from Indiana University, she began her broadcasting career at Fox41 WDRB in Louisville, Kentucky.
Larra then went on to become the weekend sports anchor and sports reporter at WTWO in Terre Haute. During that time, Larra also served as a sideline reporter for Big Ten Network’s college football coverage. Larra moved to Indianapolis in 2010 and began working for the Pacers, Fox Sports, and the National Sports Journalism Center.
She joined Fox59 in 2012 as a freelance traffic reporter and joined the Fox59 Morning Show full-time in 2014, then moved into the sports department in 2016. In addition to her role with Fox59, Larra serves as a track and field analyst for ESPN and SEC Network.