University News – May 1

University news

Ivy Tech recognizes professor for excellence

Carmin Burrell, assistant professor of chemistry at Ivy Tech Community College’s regional campus in Columbus, recently received the 2017 President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction.

One full-time faculty member in each Ivy Tech regional location of the college was selected for the award. Previously named the Glenn W. Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction, the award is the college’s highest honor for faculty.

Leadership society honors local students

The National Society of Leadership and Success, the largest leadership honor society in the nation, inducted 27 new members at Ivy Tech Community College Columbus at the end of April.

The society was founded in 2001. Students are selected for the lifelong membership based on academic standing and leadership potential, and candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction.

Inducted members complete a leadership program consisting of orientation, a leadership training day, three speaker broadcasts, three success networking team meetings and an induction ceremony where students receive a Certificate of Leadership Training.

During the induction ceremony, students, nominated faculty and staff were honored by the society.

Local student inductees and awardees were:

Columbus: Luci Akin, Gavin Biddinger, Kathryn Clouse, Hannah Gregory, Emily Joyce, Elza Christy Karunakaran and Krystal Perry.

North Vernon: Abbigail Allman, Karoline Field, Richard Harrison, Nicole Rzonca, Collin Willis and Parker Willis.

The following were recognized for excellence in service to students:

Randy Proffitt, executive director of marketing and communications

Chris Schilling, director of marketing and communications

Michael Brent Jordan, academic adviser

The following received the Excellence in Teaching Award:

Renee Arnold, assistant professor of nursing

Birhan Payli, adjunct instructor of informatics

Sara Kelley, Workforce Alignment Program manager

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.