Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo honors its donors at the annual Chancellor's Guild Dinner.

Chancellor's Guild DinnerChancellor's Guild Dinner. See more pictures on flickr.

More than 60 guests attended the event, hosted by Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke, to thank donors who have given $1,000 or more in the last year.

Sixteen donors were honored as members of the Seiberling Society, for giving more than $5,000 during the year. Each received an award hand-made by Kokomo Opalescent Glass

First-year recipients were Duke Energy, Gene Kostrewa Ameriprise Financial, IU Kokomo Staff Council, Philip Kintzele, Danny and Donna Walden, and Marilyn Skinner.

"We cannot thank our donors and supporters enough for their generous gifts to our campus," she said. "They make a difference for our students, by providing scholarships, travel experiences, and special programs on campus. We are blessed to have so many philanthropists who believe in our mission."

Second-year honorees were, Milt and Jean Cole, Keith and Carmella Cole, Randy and Candy Cole, Dana Scruggs, Jeff and Linda Smeltzer, Judy Golitko, Kokomo Grain, and Solidarity Community Federal Credit Union.

Third-year recipients were the Community Foundation of Howard County, Kathleen Ligocki and Pete Rosenau, Lawrence Kam, and St.Joseph Hospital.

A highlight of the evening was stories from students and faculty, detailing how gifts from these patrons have made a difference on campus. Stephen Vas talked about his trip to Istanbul, Turkey, with the School of Business, made possible with a travel scholarship. Pamela Plain, who recently was honored as Indiana's Intern of the Year, spoke about the scholarships she received to complete her degree.

Minda Douglas, assistant professor of fine arts, also talked about the "steam roller" printmaking project taking place in April with fine arts students.

"The Chancellor's Guild dinner gives us an opportunity to share these stories with our donors, so they see the people they impact with their gifts," said Jan Halperin, vice chancellor for university advancement.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.