Bellarmine University announces Distinguished Award recipients

August 9, 2022

At the 60th annual Alumni Association Awards Dinner in September, Bellarmine University will honor alumni and supporters who have distinguished themselves through professional accomplishments, community service and demonstration of attitudes consistent with Bellarmine’s values.
The dinner will take place on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in the George G. Brown Center in Frazier Hall on Bellarmine University's campus. Tickets are $50 per person. To register or purchase a table, call 502-272-8286 or visit the Alumni Awards website.
The honorees are:
Alumnus of the Year: Barry E. Fields ’88 
Trial Lawyer and Senior Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
Barry Fields
Barry E. Fields, Vice Chair of the Bellarmine Board of Trustees, is a trial lawyer and senior partner in the Chicago office of international law firm Kirkland & Ellis with a 30-year record of successfully representing Fortune 500 companies.
He graduated summa cum laude from Bellarmine in 1988 with a B.A. degree in Chemistry and earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
He has played a key role in Kirkland & Ellis’ diversity efforts.






Scarlet & Silver Society: Military and Veterans Advisory Council Founders

W. Roger Drury ’69, W. James Lintner, Jr. ’71, Paul J. Schulte ’70, and Judge David T. Stosberg '68

Bellarmine University is home to the only U.S. Department of Education-funded Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success at a private school in the region, and in 2022, Bellarmine awarded the largest number of degrees to military-affiliated students in school history. These accomplishments would not be possible without Bellarmine’s Office of Military and Veterans Services, which in turn owes a great deal to the Military and Veterans Advisory Council, which was founded in 2018 under the leadership of W. Roger Drury ’69, W. James Lintner, Jr. ’71, Paul J. Schulte ’70, and Judge David T. Stosberg '68.

The mission of the council is to advise the Director of the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services on strategic initiatives to better serve students and their families on campus and to assist the office in its efforts to make Bellarmine University the most military-ready campus in the region.


Roger Drury  Jim Lintner 

Paul Schulte  David Stosberg


Monsignor Alfred F. Horrigan Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Fred Rhodes
Former Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Professor of Education at Bellarmine University
Fred Rhodes
Dr. Fred Rhodes served as Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Professor of Education during his 26 years at Bellarmine University.
He has been actively engaged in professional affiliations, serving in leadership roles at the state, regional, national and international levels.
In addition to his senior leadership roles on campus, he was in the classroom teaching, advising and directing students throughout his 42 years in higher education.      


Gallery of Distinguished Graduates:

Dr. Diane Calhoun-French ’72 
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jefferson Community & Technical College (retired June 2021)
Diane Calhoun-French
Dr. Diane Calhoun-French graduated magna cum laude in 1972 from Bellarmine, where she was active in music and drama and received the Lenihan Memorial Award for Community Service. She received her master’s degree from Wake Forest University in 1973 and her Ph.D. from the University of Louisville in 1982.
She recently retired after 41 years at Jefferson Community and Technical College, where she served as a faculty member, dean, interim president, and provost/vice president for academic affairs.



Amy B. Sample ’98
Principal, Saint Xavier High School
Amy Sample
Amy Sample graduated cum laude from Bellarmine in 1998. She was a member of the women’s basketball team and sports editor for The Concord. In 1997, she received the Sister Pat Lowman Award. She returned to her alma mater, Mercy Academy, to teach after college, and in 2012, she was named principal.
After 19 years at Mercy, she moved to Saint Xavier High School, where she was named the first female principal in the 156-year history of the school.



John E. Selent ’77
Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP  
John Selent
John Edmund Selent graduated with a BA from Bellarmine University, which he attended on a debate scholarship, and upon graduation he received the In Veritas Amore award. He then graduated with a JD from the Notre Dame Law School.
He has been practicing public utility and banking regulatory law at Dinsmore & Shohl for 25 years. He was the Managing   
Partner of Dinsmore’s Louisville office and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.  



Colonel Russell C. Stewart ’96 
Brigade Commander, 3D Military Police Group (CID)
Russell Stewart
Colonel Russell C. Stewart is a distinguished military graduate of Bellarmine University, where he ran cross country and track. Col. Stewart is a true American hero, having served in numerous capacities around the world including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany and Turkey.
His awards include the Bronze Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC); Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC); Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC); Army Superior Unit Award; National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (2 OLC); NATO Medal; the Parachutist Badge; and the Air Assault Badge.



Accounting Alumnus of the Year


Phil Mattingly ’83 /’94 MBA
VP Director of Internal Audit, Brown-Forman (retired July 2019)
Phil Mattingly
Phil Mattingly graduated cum laude from Bellarmine in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration and received an MBA from Bellarmine in 1994. He was an intern for Touche Ross & Co. while in school and joined them full time upon graduation. He rose to manager at the "Big 8" firm until shortly after the merger that changed the name to the current Deloitte & Touche. In 1990, he moved to Brown-Forman as Manager, Internal Audit.
He spent nearly 29 years in various financial roles including Financial Reporting, Budgeting, Business Planning and Analysis, Credit, and Director of Accounting. He returned to Internal Audit as VP Director before retiring in July 2019.
The Accounting Alumni and Student Awards celebration will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. To register or purchase a table, visit the Accounting Awards website.

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