Ivy Tech Kokomo Region honors outstanding employees

Awards presented for achievement, service within College, communities

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region recently presented its 2014 Employee Achievement Awards to honor faculty and staff who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and service within the College and its surrounding communities.

Honored during the annual awards ceremony were:

  • Jody Daily, honored with the Alene Oaks Memorial Ivy Award given to an employee of Ivy Tech for more than 15 years who shows exemplary integrity; is valued by colleagues, students and administrators; and works tirelessly for the betterment of the College. Daily, who has been with Ivy Tech for more than 20 years, serves as director of the Ivy Tech Kokomo Region business office.
  • Jerry Miller, honored with the Community Engagement Award for community service that exceeds normal expectations and results in a profound, meaningful contribution. Miller, who recently retired as chair of the School of Education, was cited specifically for his work with his church, his service as an Ivy Tech loaned associate to the United Way, and his efforts as a member of the Miami County Soil and Water Conservation Board.
  • Karl Mund and Jean Heflin, honored with the Excellent Employee Award for exceeding normal requirements of their jobs in such a way that they serve as role models for others, demonstrating dependability, flexibility and initiative. Mund, who has been with Ivy Tech a total of eight years in full- and part-time positions, was cited for his outstanding service in the maintenance department of Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus. Heflin, who joined Ivy Tech’s information technology staff after 19 years in the field with Maconaquah School Corporation, was cited for her motivation, initiative, sense of humor and energy in her job.
  • Tim Sehr, honored with the Outstanding Committee Chair/Member Award for outstanding teamwork and personal dedication to a project or other work of a College committee. Sehr, who serves as regional grant coordinator for the College, was credited for his efforts that helped the College successfully apply for a multi-million-dollar grant to enhance technical education for area high school students.
  • Stacy Nowak, honored with the Innovations Award for her efforts to enhance the educational experience for students in an exceptional way. Nowak was cited for her work in increasing understanding of Ivy Tech’s dual credit program with area high school students and their families. Her work on a dual credit progress report resulted in a comprehensive study that showed the value of the program and marketing materials to share those results.
  • Pam Guthrie, honored with the Leadership Award for an employee who motivates and inspires fellow employees to excel in client service and who has made students and employees feel important and appreciated by treating them fairly, courteously and respectfully. Guthrie was cited for her work as executive director of Ivy Tech’s Wabash Campus where she offers leadership with a positive, cheerful touch and immerses herself and her staff in the life of the community.

Also presented during the ceremony were three awards from the Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Board of Trustees. These awards went to:

  • Don and Louise Thomas, honored with the Changing Lives Award for their many contributions to the College over nearly 30 years of volunteer activities and donations in support of scholarships, building funds and special campaigns. Among Don’s service is 17 years as a director of the Ivy Tech Foundation Board and charter membership in the Kokomo Regional Development Council. The Thomases have, on more than one occasion, given gifts of property to the College, including the land now used as the Community Garden, which was matched dollar-for-dollar by a $112,000 gift to College from the Lilly Endowment. In 2013, as Ivy Tech celebrated its 50th anniversary and the Thomases celebrated their 60th anniversary, the couple donated $25,000 to establish an endowed scholarship named in their honor.
  • Chancellor Stephen Daily, honored with the Outstanding Administrator Award for his exemplary service to the College and the community. Daily was described as a leader committed to making his community and the world a better place. He was cited for devoting his career and his life to serving others and enabling others to see the value of contributing to the greater good.
  • Ivy Tech Kokomo Region’s Department of Resource Development, honored with the Outstanding Department Award for work in advancing the mission of the College through fundraising. Members of the department honored were Kelly Karickhoff, executive director; Miriam Thomas, director of resource development, operations and alumni relations; and Patti Moore, resource development administrative assistant.

About Ivy Tech Kokomo Service Area

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Service Area serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Pulaski and Tipton counties, including the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, Tipton and Winamac. Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor’s degree. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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