Indianapolis, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College honored 38 faculty and adjunct faculty with its annual President’s Awards. The President’s Awards Program recognizes faculty and adjunct faculty members from Ivy Tech locations throughout the state.

The College honored each for their exemplary work with students and the College community during the past year. A selection committee made up of alumni, past winners, State Trustees, faculty representatives, and college administration selected the honorees based on nominations from students, fellow faculty members, and Ivy Tech staff.

“The impact our faculty members have on our students extends far beyond the classroom,” said Ivy Tech President, Dr. Sue Ellspermann. “In addition to leading courses, faculty members are often seen as mentors and role models for our students. We are proud to recognize their excellence, passion, and dedication to Ivy Tech and the communities in which they live and serve.”

Along with being recognized with the President’s Award, each full-time faculty member is eligible for the Glenn W. Sample Award Founder’s Award for Excellence in Instruction, while each Adjunct Faculty member is eligible for the Gerald I. Lamkin Award. Sample and Lamkin are two former Ivy Tech presidents. Sample helped found the College when it was still the Indiana Vocational Technical College, while Lamkin oversaw the growth of the College from a vocational school to the state’s community college.


Glenn W. Sample Award

Sarah Darrell, Simulation Coordinator, Nursing Faculty (Valparaiso)

Gerald I. Lamkin Award

Alexis McDavid, Health Sciences, Adjunct Faculty (Marion)


Faculty Honorees (by Ivy Tech location):

  • Anderson: Shari Johnson-Ivey – Nursing Faculty - Ivy Tech School of Nursing
  • Bloomington: Steven Arnold – Department Chair, Chemistry & Astronomy
  • Evansville: Marti Suddarth – Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education; Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education; Assistant Faculty Lead for Education and Early Childhood Education, Ivy Online
  • Fort Wayne:  Carla Quickel – Associate Professor, Business Administration
  • Hamilton County:  Stephen Prunier – Associate Professor of Psychology, Department Chair for Social & Behavioral Science
  • Indianapolis:  Gerald Maki – Professor of English
  • Kokomo:  Tammy Greene – Department Chair, Arts, Science, & Education; Program Chair, Life & Physical Sciences; Professor of Life Sciences
  • Lafayette:  Annie Titus-Quear – School of Nursing - Faculty
  • Lake County:  Dawn Bancsi – Associate Professor, Program Chairperson, Physical Therapist Assistant Program
  • Lawrenceburg: Kelly Eckstein – Assistant Professor, Accounting & Department Chair, School of Business
  • Madison:  Kami True – Assistant Professor, Program Chair of Nursing
  • Marion:  Stacy Clupper – Program Chair/Assistant Professor Agriculture
  • Muncie:  Lana Shoults – Department Chair School of Health Sciences
  • Richmond:  Roland Martin Jr. – Assistant Professor, School of Business
  • Sellersburg:  Sara Guarneri – Associate Professor, Dean, School of Nursing
  • South Bend-Elkhart: Kevin O'Neill – Instructor of Business, Technology, &Supply Chain Management, Department Chair
  • Terre Haute: Jennafer Grasfeder – Assistant Professor/Program Chair, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Valparaiso: Sarah Darrell – Simulation Coordinator, Nursing Faculty

Adjunct Faculty Honorees (by Ivy Tech location):

  • Bloomington: Tammy Kennedy – Health Science Instructor Medical Assisting
  • Columbus: Marian Kessens – Adjunct Faculty, Business and Accounting
  • Evansville: Stan Wilm – Adjunct Instructor of Early Childhood Education
  • Fort Wayne: Orene Colcord – Adjunct Faculty
  • Hamilton County: Brian Bartley – Adjunct Faculty, Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Indianapolis: Ingeborg "Inga" Crim – Adjunct Nursing Faculty OB/PED
  • Kokomo: Ronald Wyatt – Adjunct Instructor, Education
  • Lafayette: Cynthia Houseman – Adjunct Instructor, Human Services Program
  • Lake County: Mable "Christine" Weatherby – Adjunct Faculty, English and Lake County Ed Tech Coordinator
  • Lawrenceburg: Denise Hillenbrand – Adjunct Faculty, Spanish
  • Madison: Julie Van Laar – Adjunct Instructor, Humanities
  • Marion: Alexis McDavid Health Sciences – Adjunct Faculty
  • Muncie: Christine Quinn – Adjunct Faculty
  • Richmond:  Kelly Ramsey – Adjunct Faculty CNA Instructor
  • Sellersburg:  Heath Bowen – Associate Adjunct Professor of English
  • South Bend-Elkhart:  Scott Dempsey – Adjunct Professor, Computer Science
  • Terre Haute:  Holly Ann Curtsinger – Adjunct Faculty, Early Childhood Education
  • Valparaiso:  Jimmy James Bannister – Adjunct Welding Instructor


About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.