Annual Etiquette Dinner and Awards Ceremony Celebrates IU MBA Columbus Graduating Cohort

May 22, 2019
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The IU MBA Columbus program held its annual Etiquette Dinner and Awards Ceremony at Factory 12 Event Loft on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, culminating the IU MBA Columbus program for the graduating cohort.

Guided by etiquette consultant Mary Starvaggi from The Etiquette Advantage, the dinner is designed to enhance professional development and communication skills, while continuing the partnership between IUPUC and Columbus.

The evening also includes an awards ceremony to recognize outstanding MBA student and faculty achievements, and honor valuable community partners who contribute to the educational success.

This year’s award winners include:

First Year Leadership Award, Class of 2019 - Gowri Polagam Saiprasad
First Year Leadership Award, Class of 2020 - Jeanine Scheidler
This award recognizes that the first year of the program can be a difficult transition to graduate level work.  Especially given the expectations of an integrated curriculum.

MBA Culture Award - John Poole
This award recognizes the student who best exemplifies the university’s vision for the IU MBA Columbus program.

Outstanding MBA Student Award - Sabrina Johnson
The Outstanding MBA Student award recognizes the student who combines academic excellence with strong management and leadership qualities, including a demonstrated ability and willingness to help their peers and be successful.

Outstanding Faculty AwardDr. Kevin Jones, Ed.D.
This award recognizes the MBA instructor who played an instrumental and memorable role in contributing to the overall knowledge and skills development for the graduating cohort.

Outstanding Community Partner AwardCummins (accepted by Vipul Srivastava)
The MBA Community Partner Award recognizes the organizations and individuals who have been exceptionally engaged with IU MBA Columbus.

About the IU MBA Columbus Program

The IU MBA Columbus program began in 2000 and provides modular, integrated experiences to help students learn business management in a way that mirrors how real business management is conducted in a global context. MBA students at IUPUC have served 45 regional nonprofits with 54 separate projects and contributed nearly $300,000 in consulting services value. Those kinds of projects provide students with valuable professional experience that they can begin applying immediately to the business world.

For more information about the IU MBA Columbus program, contact Amy Kleinert via email at, or go to