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Morehead State announces 2024 Alumni Award Winners  

The Morehead State University Alumni Association announced the 2024 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees and Alumni Award winners. They will be honored at MSU's 2024 Homecoming celebration on the weekend of Oct. 10-12, 2024.  

"We are looking forward to recognizing these outstanding Eagles this year," said Rick Hesterberg (Class of 1980), vice president for University Advancement. "It's always exciting to see how our alumni have taken their MSU experience and turned it into a successful career."  

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2024 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

Left to right: Charles Beetz, Virginia Beetz, Colonel Richard Halbleib, Jason Otto.

Charles (Class of 1970) & Virginia (Class of 1969) Beetz  

Charles has had a remarkable career in the physics industry, notably for General Motors, for his pioneering work with ultra-high-strength carbon fibers. Virginia was a mathematics and computer science teacher for over 25 years. In 2006, they established Rose Hill Farm Winery in Pendleton County.  

Colonel Richard Halbleib (Class of 1974)  

Colonel Halbleib served in the military for 24 years, with a total of 43 years in the Department of Defense and the U.S. intelligence community. He earned the National Intelligence Reform Medal and the Defense Superior Service Medal. He retired in 2001 and currently serves as the president of Global Watchmen Associates (GWA).  

Jason Otto (Class of 1996)  

Otto earned a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and gained admittance to the bar of the state of New York and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He then worked for The Swiss Re Group, where he assumed the roles of vice president, legal counsel - dispute resolution and litigation, and later senior vice president. In 2020, he joined EFG Bank, AG, in Zurich and became global head of litigations and investigations at the bank in 2021.  


2024 Alumni Award Winners

Left to right: Dr. Cherie Carnes Rebar, Andrew Gillette, Roger Gillespie.

Dr. Cherie Carnes Rebar (Class of 1988), Notable Alumni Award   

Rebar is a nationally recognized and respected nursing educator. She authored one of the most widely sold nursing textbooks in the United States and Canada. She actively contributes to and reviews nationally renowned nursing resources encompassing textbooks, e-learning modules, test banks, and lesson plans.  

Andrew Gillette (Class of 2015), Rising Eagle Award   

Gillette is a leading fundraising and development professional. While working at the West End School in Louisville, he achieved a remarkable milestone by stewarding the largest single gift in the history of the city of Louisville, securing a $20 million award from BrownForman. He now oversees development for Goodwill Industries of Kentucky.  

Roger Gillespie (Class of 1996), Eagle Spirit Award   

A proud graduate of MSU, Gillespie never hesitates to share his Eagle Spirit. He is the undisputed biggest fan of MSU basketball. His passion for MSU basketball developed during the 1997 season and has continued unabated. Gillespie attended every Eagle home basketball game for the last 27 years and attends most away games.  

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