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.
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 November.
- 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.
- Riah Coley, Academic Advisor, Mentoring and Coaching
- Legado Spanish Immersion Academy at Clifty Creek Elementary School
- Latino/American Organization of Volunteers in Education (LOVE)
- Heritage Fund, the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, Welcoming Community Initiative
- Dr. Kevin Jones, Associate Professor, Management
- Su Casa Columbus
- Aimee Zoeller, Lecturer, Sociology
- African American Fund of Bartholomew County
- Dr. Kathy Auberry, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences
- City of Columbus
- Dr. Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, Associate Professor, English
- Foundation for Youth (FFY)
- Dr. Cheryl Crisp, Assistant Professor, Nursing
- CAMEO (Columbus Area Multi-Ethnic Organization)
- Carol Kostrzewsky, Associate Director, Career Services
- InterFaith Forum Columbus
- Gil Palmer
- Rocio Rodriguez
- IUPUC Gay Straight Alliance
- Columbus Regional Hospital Diversity Strategy Office
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
Karen Nading, Columbus East High School and C4 - Columbus Area Career Connection, received the 2019 Edna Folger Outstanding Teacher Award. Nading has taught family and consumer science for more than 43 years. She is sponsor for the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter at CEHS, which is one of the largest of its kind in the state of Indiana. FCCLA focuses on leadership development and community service, and the CEHS chapter has received recognition at both the state and national levels.
Through engaging instructional approaches and a personal connection with her students, Nading encourages students to achieve their educational goals and full potential. She has been instrumental in helping develop new curriculum and statewide career and technical education pathways. Ms. Nading was a pioneer opening doors for diverse and non-traditional students to learn about nutrition and wellness in an active learning environment.
Nading has a keen eye for spotting promising future educators. This is evident by the number of FACS teachers all over Indiana who credit Nading’s influence and encouragement in their career choice. She mentors these emerging educators as well as her peers and colleagues in other subject areas.
Nading is active in her local church and encouraging the next generation of church leaders and “doers”. Nading also supports 4-H in Bartholomew County, and has taught a Sewing Camp for over 15 years.
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.
2020 Recipient: Mayor James Lienhoop
- 2019: Cummins Inc.
- 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.
2019 Recipient: Gregg Summerville
- 2018: 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