By Rachel Terlep
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (April 13, 2016) – Approximately 450 people attended the 2016 IU Southeast Chancellor’s Medallion Dinner, which brought in more than $140,000 from donations, ticket sales, sponsorships, a silent auction and a live auction.
Enthusiastic bidders gave a record-breaking $39,868 to the silent and live auctions, which featured items like a week-long trip to Hawaii, a behind the scenes tour of the Louisville Zoo and an in-home bourbon tasting with an executive bourbon steward.
In total, the auctions raised enough to fully fund six $6,000 Chancellor’s Medallion scholarships for future IU Southeast students.
John Walczak, director of the Louisville Zoo and member of the IU Southeast Board of Advisors, emceed the event on Saturday, April 9, at Horseshoe Southern Indiana and welcomed speakers like Indiana University Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs John Applegate, who spoke about the importance of regional campuses like IU Southeast and its affordability and accessibility to the population it serves.
Chancellor Ray Wallace delivered the keynote address at the dinner. He reflected on the school’s 75th anniversary and highlighted achievements of IU Southeast students and faculty over the past academic year, as well as the new programs and partnerships that lie ahead as the university continues to expand its reach.
This year’s Chancellor’s Medallion community award winners, Patrick Shoulders, IU Trustee and partner at Ziemer, Stayman, Weitzel & Shoulders, and State Rep. Ed Clere, were honored for their distinguished service to the campus and community.
In addition to the community award winners, the dinner recognized seven outstanding IU Southeast students – four juniors and three seniors – for their academic achievement and leadership potential.