The presentation, on behalf of Gov. Michael Pence, took place during an event at the home of Sen. Buck, along with U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita, and State Auditor Suzanne Crouch.
"Seeing how she interacts with faculty, students and the surrounding community, it is truly an example of outstanding leadership skills and characteristics that all should strive to achieve," said Senator Buck, who submitted the nomination to the Governor. "She has demonstrated a passion for excellence within her area of responsibility and for those around her.
"I believe Dr. Giesecke is deserving of this prestigious award due to her vast community and academic experience in service to this university. This county and this state are greatly appreciative of her service."
Sciame-Giesecke was deeply touched to receive this honor.
"I am humbled to receive this great honor. I want to thank Senator Jim Buck and his wife Judy for their personal support of me and the IU Kokomo campus," Sciame-Giesecke said. "This award belongs to the faculty and staff at IU Kokomo who are committed to the success of every student. As a regional campus, we are dedicated to helping students achieve their goal of a college degree."
The Sagamore of the Wabash award honors those who have made a significant contribution to life in the Hoosier state. The designation was created in the late 1940s during the administration of Gov. Ralph Gates.
Indiana University Kokomo serves a 14-county region in north central Indiana.