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Faculty, staff, honored for service to campus

Faculty Jan 31, 2024
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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo honored 35 employees, with a combined total of 470 years of experience, for their service to the campus.

Chancellor Mark Canada recognized the faculty and staff members during the annual spring convocation.

Chad Gillem, maintenance technician; Tara Scott, assistant director of development; and Susan Wilson, executive assistant for academic affairs, were honored for 30 years of service.

John Sarber, director of physical facilities, said Gillem started his career as a second shift custodian, and worked his way into a maintenance position and then became a crew lead.

“Chad is very knowledgeable on the air handling systems, heating and cooling, water treatment and building filtering systems,” he said. “Besides that, he is an all-around great guy, team player, and a great cook. He’s the kind of person you like to have on your team.”

Crystal Jones, vice chancellor of advancement and media & marketing, noted that Scott has served in nine different roles during her 30 years on campus.

“Through the knowledge she has gained in each role, she has effectively ensured that IUK students, faculty, and staff are well supported,” Jones said. “I look forward to watching her transition to the assistant director of development role and using these skills to showcase to donors how their support impacts our campus.”

Scott Jones, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, called Wilson “a calm and competent presence” in his office, providing crucial support to a variety of academic units.”

“In her role, she is at the heart of the administrative operations of her unit, responsible for processing, tracking, and reporting almost every administrative activity, from job offers to travel,” he said. “Perhaps most importantly, she often serves as the first contact point for her area, helping students, staff, and faculty find solutions.”

Sandy Cavazos, custodian; Dawn Davis, custodian; and Julie Saam, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, were applauded for 25 years of service.

Twenty-year service award recipients were Kim Haggard, custodian; Candy Miller, financial services analyst; Heidi Sebastian, clinical associate professor of radiologic sciences; and Craig Swoverland, executive director UITS regional campus.

Those honored for 15 years included Kelli Keener, interim director of student success; Dana Larason, payroll specialist; Bev Marshall, human resources assistant; April Mouser, associate professor of nursing/clinical liaison; Cheryl Schlemmer,K-12 pathway specialist; and Angie Siders, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management.

Those honored for 10 years were Erin Doss, associate professor of communication arts and interim chair of communication and performing arts; Wendy Grice, senior lecturer in music; Heather Hayes, interim athletic director/volleyball coach; Olga Korne, senior lecturer of accounting; Alan Krabbenhoft, professor of economics; Ben Liechty, director of alumni relations; Stephanie Medley-Rath, associate professor of sociology; Gin Morgan, assistant professor of psychology; Danielle Runda, assistant registrar; and Peter Tupa, senior lecturer in mathematics.

Five-year honorees were Lalatendu Acharya, assistant professor of health sciences; Martha Barker, assistant librarian; Drew Brantley, men’s baseball coach; Christopher Buckman, lecturer in philosophy; Stephen Byrd, special projects coordinator; Tsarai Chimhanda, lecturer in business; Josh Colvin, cross country and track coach; Chanda Deaton, assessment data specialist; Christina Douglas, clinical assistant professor and occupational therapy assistant program director; Erin Geiselman, assistant professor of nursing and MSN program director; George Grant, custodian; Heidi Green, custodian; Jake Hobbs, EHS/EMC specialist; Gwen Indrutz, accounting services assistant; Mahdokht Jalaie, lecturer of mathematics; Jim Nicholas, custodian, set ups; Aaron Pickens, assistant professor of new media; Susan Ploughe, lecturer of nursing; and Julie Tobin, assistant professor of psychology

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