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Pride of Indiana: Thank-you messages

Pride of Indiana is a regular feature in IU Today where Indiana University faculty and staff can recognize their colleagues for IU-related work they’ve done that goes above and beyond their job duties or responsibilities.

Submit a Pride of Indiana shout-out for a colleague who makes a difference in your department.

IU Bloomington

Lori Frye, of the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design, whose nominator wrote: “Many thanks to Lori Frye, who is a wonderful educator and researcher. I especially deeply appreciated all of your hard work with the service-learning project with Riley Hospital for Children and the grant for upgrading class equipment. You are just amazing.”

Kathi Sipes, of IU Purchasing, whose nominator wrote: “After spending several months completing forms and jumping through lots of hoops trying to get contractors on a grant paid and messages back and forth with staff within the entire system that were confusing, I was completely lost and felt like I’d hit a dead end. Sometimes you just need to talk it through. Kathi Sipes agreed to meet with me and was SO helpful. Within an hour I understood what was holding things up, and why, and all of our issues had been resolved. My most urgent matters were immediately addressed. Can’t thank you enough Kathi; you are an asset to IU!”


Todd Grooten, of the Ruth Lilly Medical Library, whose nominator wrote: Behind the scenes, Todd keeps things running smoothly. He is a true rock star at providing countless colleagues with access to all kinds of medical literature from all over the world as painlessly as possible. He is a consistently welcoming presence who makes it a point to have hot coffee available for anyone who is just having one of those days. IU is lucky to have him!”

IU Northwest

Marshelia Harris, of the School of Social Work, whose nominator wrote: As a summer adjunct professor at IU Northwest these past several years, Marshelia has been my ‘go to’ with canvas streamline improvements, students’ concerns and my general well-being! I wish to thank her publicly, as she was once my professor in the MSW program, and now, I consider her a friend that I’m so grateful to have and appreciate.”