Debbie Garling, Ivy Tech ’80 and ’93, has been selected to receive the 2013 Ivy Tech Community College—Wabash Valley Alumni Achievement Award. This award is the highest honor bestowed by Ivy Tech to its alumni. Garling will be presented the award during a luncheon hosted on October 4, 2013 by the Ivy Tech Foundation.
Upon graduation in 1980 with a technical certificate as a Medical Laboratory Technician, Garling hired on at Terre Haute Medical Laboratory at its main facility in Union Hospital. “She proceeded to learn and highly function within each department of the Lab…while her knowledge, dedication and pleasant personality made her a vital part of the Laboratory team,” said William DePond, M.D., President and Chief Medical Officer of MEDLAB. She went on to earn a Medical Laboratory (MLT) Associate Degree in 1993.
She was promoted to Quality Manager and Safety Officer at MEDLAB in 2012. “We came to depend on her for policies, statistics and safety training,” said DePond. In her role, Garling oversees policy, procedure and training for medical laboratory quality and safety assurance as well as regulatory compliance.
“I’m very pleased with the instruction I got (from Ivy Tech),” said Garling. She cites Janee Gambill and Norma Cottrell as former instructors and program chairs who “took their work very seriously in preparing us for our jobs in the laboratory. I’ve had a chance to work with the current leadership and they are also very engaged with students, making sure they get what they need to succeed.”
Garling continues to be active with her alma mater serving on the MLT Advisory Committee and with the Alumni Association. “I see Debbie at almost all of our alumni events. Her work every year with the Car Show helps raise scholarship dollars for students,” said Becky Miller, executive director for Advancement and liaison to the Alumni Association.
She can regularly be seen attending Ivy Tech Night with the Rex, Ivy Tech Homecoming festivities and other events. “I enjoy participating in alumni events,” said Garling. “It’s important for people to know what’s going on at Ivy Tech.” Citing Ivy Tech’s role in the higher education system, Garling believes, “It’s a very good place to start.”