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Women leaders receive community recognitions

May 19, 2011

KOKOMO, Ind. – Two women leaders at Indiana University Kokomo have recently been recognized by their peers for dedication to their professions and the positive impacts they have made in Howard County and beyond.

Susan Sciame-Giesecke, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, was named the recipient of the 2010 Elizabeth Foster Award, given by the Women's Business Council. Gerry Stroman, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs and student advising, was honored by the Kokomo Chapter of the Indiana Black Expo (IBE), receiving the Community Service Award in Education.


"Sue and Gerry are successful, proven leaders who serve as role models for women in business and education," said IU Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris. "They demonstrate IU Kokomo's commitment to serving our communities, providing equal opportunity, and the importance of diversity in the workplace. I am proud of their accomplishments."

"I am very humbled by the award," Sciame-Giesecke said. "It is quite an honor to receive recognition from such a prestigious group of women."

The Elizabeth Foster Award recognizes outstanding professionals in the community who, by providing assistance, encouragement and mentoring to women, have created an environment where women in our community can reach their full potential.

Some of Sciame-Giesecke's contributions to the community include working with the nine economic development organizations in Kokomo to merge and form the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, facilitating the merger of numerous arts organizations in Howard County into the Howard County Arts League, and working regionally with 70 leaders from 14 counties to formulate a regional strategic plan and asset map to move the Hoosier Heartland Alliance forward.

Stroman was recognized for her career in education, which has spanned several years as an elementary and middle school teacher, guidance counselor, and college administrator. She has helped hundreds of youth and adults succeed in their educational and occupational endeavors.

"Education has been my life. I always knew I wanted to help people," Stroman said of her many years in education. "Receiving this award is very humbling. I don't do it for recognition."

Stroman, who has worked at IU Kokomo for 24 years, has numerous affiliations and associations with local and national organizations. Some of them include the National Academic Advisors Association, the National and State Association for Affirmative Action, previous board member of the United Way of Howard County, Leadership Kokomo alumnus, and is a member of the Indiana Black Expo.

The Kokomo IBE's mission is to be an effective voice and vehicle for the social and economic advancement of African Americans.

"Sue and Gerry are successful, proven leaders who serve as role models for women in business and education," said IU Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris. "They demonstrate IU Kokomo's commitment to serving our communities, providing equal opportunity, and the importance of diversity in the workplace. I am proud of their accomplishments."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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