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Last modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013

Reck receives IU President's Medal and Sagamore of the Wabash

April 18, 2013

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Indiana University South Bend Chancellor Una Mae Reck received two prestigious awards recognizing her 11 years of service.

Reck was awarded the IU President's Medal for Excellence and the Sagamore of the Wabash on April 17 at the dedication ceremony of the Education and Arts Building on campus. IU President Michael A. McRobbie presided over the ceremony and presented the awards.

Reck honored

IU President Michael McRobbie presented IU South Bend Chancellor Una Mae Reck with the President's Medal for Excellence and the Sagamore of the Wabash at the dedication of the Education and Arts Building in South Bend, April 17.

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The President's Medal is the highest honor an IU president can bestow. Former recipients include the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, and former Indiana senator and governor Evan Bayh.

McRobbie also presented Reck with the Sagamore of the Wabash on behalf of Gov. Mike Pence. The Sagamore of the Wabash is the highest distinction awarded by the governor. The term "Sagamore" was used by Native Americans in Indiana to describe a great person in the tribe who was consulted by the chief for wisdom and advice.

Reck is stepping down as chancellor June 30 but will continue service to the university through special projects and teaching in the School of Education. Terry Allison has been named the next chancellor and will begin his duties July 1. Currently, Allison is provost and vice president of academic affairs at Governs State University in Illinois.

The awards were presented at the dedication of the Education and Arts Building, which will open for classes in the fall.

Below is background information on the Education and Arts Building at IU South Bend and Chancellor Reck.

Dedication of education and arts building

  • $22 million renovation
  • Open for fall semester, which begins Aug. 26
  • 130,000 square feet -- second-largest building on campus (Northside Hall is largest)
  • 23 classrooms
  • 60 enclosed offices
  • 9 conference rooms
  • 3 computer labs
  • Art gallery
  • Rehearsal room
  • Lecture hall that seats 130
  • 19 dental hygiene clinic work stations
  • 350,000 square feet of drywall
  • 2,500 gallons of paint
  • 43.6 miles of stud/track material
  • 209 miles of wire
  • Built in 1958 by the Associates Corporation of North America
  • Purchased by Indiana University in 1974

Recognition of Chancellor Una Mae Reck

  • Installed as chancellor of IU South Bend in 2002
  • First female chancellor at IU South Bend
  • IU South Bend pedestrian bridge completed in 2006
  • IU South Bend Elkhart Center completed in 2007
  • River Crossing student housing completed in 2008
  • Center for a Sustainable Future approved in 2008
  • Second floor of Administration Builidng renovated in 2010
  • Civil Rights Heritage Center at the Natatorium opens in 2010
  • Women's volleyball added in 2011
  • Education and Arts Building completed in 2013