The Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented at the annual Circle of Leadership Celebration to an IUPUC alumnus who has made outstanding professional contributions, accomplishments, and service to the community and to IUPUC.
You are invited to submit nominations. The nomination deadline is June 30. Nominations can be e-mailed to email@example.com, faxed to 812.314.8503, or sent via U.S. mail to Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) Alumni Association, 4601 Central Avenue, Columbus, IN 47203.
Download and print a nomination form.
2018 Recipient: Mr. Chris Reading
- 2017: Sharon Mangas
- 2016: Ruth Reeves
- 2015: Julie McCawley
- 2014: James Worton
- 2013: Laura Hurt
- 2012: Kathy Compton
- 2011: Cynthia Felsten
- 2010: Mary Ann Nunn
- 2008: Kevin McCracken
- 2007: Paul Ashbrook
- 2006: Randy Allman
- 2005: Christine Beach
- 2004: Dr. Brenda Smith
The Excellence in Diversity Award at IUPUC recognizes and honors demonstrated commitment and outstanding efforts toward creating a diverse and inclusive community.
Each year, IUPUC recognizes one campus initiative and one community initiative that meet the defined criteria. Recipients can be individuals, organization, groups, units, projects, or institutions.
The award is presented each January during the university’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.
Nominations for the Excellence in Diversity Award are due each October.
- For complete awards criteria, nomination instructions, and the nomination form, visit the Diversity Council webpage.
- You may also contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor & Dean at 812.348.7226or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Latino/American Organization of Volunteers in Education (LOVE)
- Heritage Fund, the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, Welcoming Community Initiative
- Dr. Kevin Jones
- Su Casa Columbus
- Aimee Zoeller
- African American Fund of Bartholomew County
- Dr. Kathy Auberry
- City of Columbus
- Dr. Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick
- Foundation for Youth (FFY)
- Carol Kostrzewsky
- InterFaith Forum Columbus
- Gil Palmer
- Rocio Rodriguez
- Columbus Regional Hospital Diversity Strategy Office
- IUPUC Gay Straight Alliance
Edna Folger set the early standard for teachers. In her honor, the award was designed to raise awareness about the immeasurable influence teachers have on their students and to recognize the image of teachers as important community role models. Sponsored by Faurecia, the award includes a stipend, a personal award from the IUPUC Center for Teaching and Learning, and the recipient’s name will be added to a permanent plaque located in the Columbus Learning Center. Any full-time elementary or secondary school teacher working at a public, private, or parochial school in Bartholomew County is eligible to receive the annual award.
Contact the Marsha VanNahmen at the IUPUC Center for Teaching and Learning for complete details, including nomination instructions and due dates.
In general, nominations should include why the nominee has gone above and beyond the expectations of a good teacher based on his or her:
- Dedication to the profession
- Ability to motivate students
- Teaching competency and ability
- Innovation in curriculum or style of teaching
- Relationship to students, parents, and peers
- Example as a community role model
- Other contributions
This year’s award was presented to Michelle Burnett of Columbus East High School. Burnett has taught students with emotional challenges for over 20 years. She sets high standards for her students and holds them accountable, even as she works tirelessly to arrange appropriate accommodations that enable them to succeed in school and graduate. Burnett provides a safe, caring environment for her students, treating them with respect and dignity. She knows no limits when it comes to making sure her students are treated fairly and with compassion.
As the Key Club Faculty Advisor at Columbus East High School, Burnett devotes time to helping influence a new generation of Servant Leaders – believing that individuals who volunteer as young people today will continue to impact their community in the future. Under her leadership, the club has grown to nearly 100 student members who provide more than 2,700 community service hours annually.
One former student noted, “In today’s hurried, selfish, and negative society, it is rare to come across someone dedicated to selflessly serving others for no personal gain. Ms. Burnett leads through example – demonstrating integrity, humility, dedication, and a passion to help others achieve their personal best.”
The MBA Community Partner Award recognizes those organizations and individuals who have been exceptionally engaged with the Indiana University MBA program in Columbus and with IUPUC as a university.
It makes public our appreciation for exceptional support of, and contribution to, the vision of graduate business education that drives the MBA program at IUPUC.
- The award may be given to an individual, company, or organization.
- The recipient should embrace a general management focus of the program, an integrated pedagogy, community engagement, diversity, and the kind of boldness that is consistent with the culture of Columbus.
- 2018: Mary Starvaggi
- 2017: Brian Hardy
- 2016: Elwood Staffing
- 2015: Jan Holm
- 2014: Columbus Regional Health (CRH)
- 2013: Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC)
- 2012: Alpha Cohort
- 2011: Cummins Inc.
- 2010: United Way of Bartholomew County
- 2009: Arvin Gift Fund
- 2008: Harold Force
- 2007: City of Columbus
- 2006: Arvin Meritor
- 2005: Jack Hess
- 2003: Columbus Regional Hospital
- 2002: Dick Johnson
The James G. Simms Leadership Award at IUPUC is awarded to inspiring individuals who have generously given their time, dedication, and leadership to advance IUPUC’s mission.
Simms, who earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rose Polytechnic Institute (now Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) and an MBA from Indiana University, came to Columbus in 1950 to work at what was then known as the Cummins Engine Company. A Columbus resident for many years, Mr. Simms joined the J.J.B. Hilliard & Son company. now known as Hilliard Lyons LLC, where he spent 33 years as a branch manager and then vice president.
Simms was dedicated to community service in Columbus, Nashville, and other communities throughout southern Indiana. In the early 1970s, he was an integral member of a committee charged with establishing an extension of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Columbus. Even after the state legislature initially denied funding to establish the campus, Simms worked behind the scenes to make what is now the Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) campus a reality.
The recipient of the award is recognized each year at the university’s Circle of Leadership celebration, which is typically held in November. Contact the Office of Development & External Affairs at IUPUC for complete details, including nomination instructions and due dates.
2018 Recipient: Dr. David Elwood
- 2017: Jacqueline D. Franz
- 2016: Mary Ann Nunn
- 2015: Dr. Paul Bippen
- 2014: Cummins Inc.
- 2013: Nancy Ann Brown
- 2012: Beverly and James Baker