IUPUC honors alumna for impact she’s made on university

A Columbus woman is being honored for her service as a volunteer, supporter and advocate for IUPUC.

Mary Ann Nunn is this year’s winner of the James G. Simms Leadership Award, named in honor of the late founder of the IUPUC campus in the 1970s.

It is given to inspiring individuals or organizations who have given generously of their time, dedication and talent for the advancement of IUPUC.

“Mary Ann is a hands-on person and has given a great deal of her time to the IUPUC campus,” said Sharon Mangus, an IUPUC almna. “Her wise counsel is valued.”

Nunn, a graduate of IUPUC, has served on several of the college’s boards and committees, such as the IUPUC Alumni Association Board, the IUPUC Board of Advisors and the IUPUC Division of Business Advisory Council.

She has been active in student’s lives through mentoring, spearheading discussions and organizing alumni events, according to a news release from the university.

Nunn is chairperson on the Carl and Mildred Reeves Foundation, and has secured nearly $1 million in support for the university from the Columbus-based foundation.

The difference Nunn had made on the university as a whole through her involvement has been significant, said Brenda Vogel, director of development and external affairs at IUPUC.

“From the 35-foot stainless and glass sculpture that adorns the campus entrance to the new distance-learning classroom, Mary Ann’s advocacy has made real impact on our campus, our students and our educational community,” Vogel said.

The award was presented to Nunn during a Nov. 10 ceremony at Harrison Lake Country Club.

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