NEW ALBANY, Ind. (April 8, 2015) – Approximately 600 people attended the 2015 IU Southeast Chancellor’s Medallion Dinner, which brought in nearly $140,000 from donations, ticket sales, sponsorships and a live auction.
Enthusiastic bidders gave $20,450 at the evening’s live auction, which featured items like a week-long trip to Hawaii, a behind the scenes tour of the Louisville Zoo and a crawfish boil dinner with dean of the IU Southeast School of Business.
The live auction concluded with a special scholarship appeal, which raised an additional $19,000. In total, the live auction raised a record-breaking $39,450 – 30 percent over the previous year – in support of student scholarships, fully funding six-$6,000 Chancellor’s Medallion scholarships for future IU Southeast students.
Norman Stiefler, chair of the IU Southeast Board of Advisors, emceed the event and welcomed speakers like Indiana University Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs, John Applegate, who spoke about the importance of funding scholarships for students at IU’s regional campuses.
Chancellor Ray Wallace delivered the keynote address and stressed the impact IU Southeast has, and will continue to have, on the community and those it serves.
“At IU Southeast, we promise to provide a world-class educational experience that prepares students to be productive citizens who enhance the multiplier effect of economic development to this region.”
This year’s Chancellor’s Medallion community award winners, Barbara Popp, Schuler Bauer Real Estate Services, and Bob Kleehamer, senior vice president of River Valley Financial Bank, were also honored for their distinguished service to the campus and community.
In addition to the community award winners, the dinner recognized eight outstanding IU Southeast students for their academic achievement and leadership potential. For the first time ever, because of generous funding, four IU Southeast juniors received the Chancellor’s Medallion Scholarship along with four IU Southeast seniors, doubling the number of scholarships awarded in previous years.