TERRE HAUTE – It’s time once again to gather nominations for the Ivy Tech Community College- Wabash Valley Region Distinguished Alumnus Award. The award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an Ivy Tech alum and is special because so far only 10 awards have been given based upon a pool of thousands of Wabash Valley graduates. Each year one graduate is recognized from each of the 14 regions, qualifying the recipient for possible selection as the statewide award winner. The 2011 Wabash Valley Region Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient will be recognized at Ivy Tech’s May Commencement ceremony in Hulman Center.
One outstanding example of Ivy Tech- Wabash Valley’s previous winners is Kimberly Stevenson, who was named the Region’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2007. She has shown the leadership, educational successes and community commitment encompassed in this special award.
Stevenson is a 1985 Ivy Tech graduate with an Associate of Science in Marketing. She is employed at the Indiana Department of Workforce Development in Terre Haute as a Regional Market Analyst and has more than 20 years of experience in the employment and training field. In 1996, Stevenson completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Indiana Wesleyan University.
As befits a Distinguished Alumnus recipient, Stevenson is committed to serving her community. She is actively involved in Junior Achievement and the Wabash Valley Human Resource Association and a previous member of Wabash Valley Literacy Coalition and Wabash Valley Optimist Club. As a member of the Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church, she takes on many assignments, which include her current role as the Worship Committee. She has also done special programming for the church, worked with the Children’s Church and helped with Vacation Bible School.
Stevenson said this about her 2007 selection: “This award has given me a chance to reflect back on the foundation that Ivy Tech laid for me in advancing my career. The college gave me the skills and knowledge I needed to make the most of my opportunities. That’s why I keep in mind and appreciate where my career got started.”
Stevenson is an active member of the Ivy Tech Alumni Association and plans to make her own nomination of someone she deems worthy of the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
A description of the nomination criteria includes the following: “A nominee should have graduated at least five years prior to the nomination with an Associate of Applied Science degree, Associate of Science degree or a Technical Certificate; be outstanding in his/her profession; and have made a positive impact on his/her community and/or Ivy Tech Community College- Wabash Valley through leadership and/or active volunteering.
Community members, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit nominations no later than March 31, 2011 for this year’s award. For all information about the nomination process, interested parties are encouraged to contact Julie Hansen, director of development, at 812-298-2559 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.