John Whittenberger Society /Union Board Alumni

John Whittenberger Society

All Union Board alumni who served at least one full term as a director, an assistant director, or committee member on Union Board are members of JWS, the John Whittenberger Society.  JWS, an official Indiana University Alumni Association affiliate, was named after John Whittenberger who in 1909 founded the Indiana Union, which later became the Union Board.

JWS Newsletters:

42nd Union Board Biennial Reunion

Save the Date!
October 1-3, 2021
We look forward to hosting the 42nd Union Board Biennial Reunion this fall! Our fingers are crossed that we can gather together with old friends (and meet new ones!). As we listen to the health experts and take extra precautions to create a safe Biennial experience, we will continue to communicate any updates with you. Save the date, October 1-3.
For the latest updates, join the John Whittenberger Society Facebook Group and check this page. 

1982year founded


$100Kin scholarships 

A way to give back

The John Whittenberger Society was established in 1982 to serve as a formal alumni organization for Union Board. In 1985, it became an official affiliate of the IU Alumni Association.

In addition to helping alumni stay connected to Union Board and to each other, the society plays a key role in providing financial support to Union Board and the IMU. Since its inception, it has:

  • Awarded more than $25,000 per year in scholarships to Union Board directors and committee members
  • Provided funding for Union Board leadership retreats
  • Established the Commemorative Garden and the Centennial Patio at the IMU
  • Raised funds for the John Whittenberger Society Endowment through the Centennial Campaign
  • Provided funding for Union Board students to attend Sundance

I enjoy giving back to help the next generation of students learn leadership skills and apply them in the real world.

Christian Carroll, UB 1990

  • Laura Osteen (UB 1989–90, 1990, 1991), president
  • Anne Kostyo (UB 2008), vice president
  • Lydia Shanklin Roll (UB 2003), vice president
  • Susan Burns (UB 1971-72)
  • Kathy Cook (UB 2008)
  • Cathy Deal (UB 1969-70 Alumni Rep. 2014-2017)
  • Megan Ditton (UB 1996, 1997)
  • Martín Gimenez (UB 2001)
  • Jerald Harkness (UB 1990)
  • Adele Kaplan (UB 1985-86, 1986-87)
  • Kerry Maller (UB 1996, 1997)
  • Julie Singer (UB 2009)

  • Connie Billett - Assistant Director of Alumni Communities, IU Alumni Association
  • Mara Dahlgren - Assistant Director, Student Involvement and Leadership
  • Sadia Habib - President, Union Board
  • Winston Shindell - Former Executive Director, Indiana Memorial Union and IU Auditorium
  • David Spencer - Director of Development, Indiana Memorial Union
  • Hank Walter - Executive Director, Indiana Memorial Union