Bicentennial Award Winners

The IU School of Nursing would like to congratulate those who recently recieved a Bicentennial Medal from Indiana University.


  • Carol Applegate

    IU School of Nursing and IU School of Law Alumnus

    • Founded The Voice of Aging
    • Created an LLC, Caring for the Care Givers
    • Opened own law firm with specialty of Elder Care
    • Served two terms on Board of Advisors for IUSON-IUPUI
    • Named as Top 100 Alumni Legacy Leader at IUSON’s 100th anniversary celebration
  • Joan Austin

    Emerita Faculty at IU School of Nursing

    • Renowned nurse scientist 
      • Focused on childhood epilepsy related to child maternal health and family adjustment
    • Institute of Medicine inductee (2000)
  • Dianne Billings


    Chancellor's Professor Emerita


    In recognition of innovative teaching strategies that revolutionized nursing education.

    • Dianne was a key figure in the development and implementation of digital and online learning at IUPUI​.
    • She served as the Associate Dean of Teaching, Learning, and Information Resources
    • She is a co-editor of the award-winning book, “Teaching in Nursing.”
    • She receieved the Ross Pioneer Spirit Award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses in 2002
    • She was a IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award recipient


  • Anne Belcher

    Emeriti Faculty at Indiana University School of Nursing

    • Served as President of the IUPUI Alumni Association
    • Thomas Ehrlich Award for Excellence in Service Learning (2006)
    • Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Award (2005)
  • Marion Broome

    Dean of Duke University School of Nursing

    • Widely regarded as an expert, scholar, and leader of pediatric research and practice
    • Editor-in-chief of Nursing Outlook
    • Served a four-year term as an appointed member of the Nursing Science Study Section at the NIH
    • Sigma Theta Tau International Researcher Hall of Fame (2010)
    • National League of Nursing Award for Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education (2012)
  • Janet Carpenter

    Associate Dean for Research

    • Audrey Geisel Endowed Chair in Innovation at IU School of Nursing
    • One of the top five “Women of the Century” by USA Today in 2020
    • Serves on boards of national health care organizations
    • Served on the Research Committee for University Plans for COVID​-19
    • Recognized as a top alumni of Vanderbilt University
  • Victoria Champion

    Community and Health Systems

    • Recognized internationally as expert in behavioral oncology
    • Founder of the Indiana Cancer Consortium
    • Served within:
      • The National Cancer Advisory Committee
      • CDC executive committee for breast and cervical cancer
    •  K05 senior mentoring award recipient
  • Sharron Crowder

    Clinical Associate Professor at IUPUI

    • School of Nursing's (IUPUI) special assistant to the dean for health policy initiatives
    • Aided in the creation of IU School of Nursing Legislative Fellowship.
    • Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow
    • American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow
    • Indiana State Nurses Association's Policy and Advocacy Award
  • Nancy Dayhoff

    Associate Professor Emeritus

    • Founder and managing partner for Clinical Solution LLC
    • Author and presenter on elder care
    • Established scholarship (CIO-CNS/Dayhoff Fellowship) for CNS students with Brenda Lyon
    • School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award (1998)
  • Ann Eskew

    Administrator of Neurodevelopmental Behavorial Services at Riley Hospital for Children

    • Student nurse at Riley Hospital for Children in 1975
    • Director of Pediatric Services, and interim chief nursing officer at IU Health North
    • Staff Development – St. Vincent Hospital
      • Mentored new nurses in pediatrics, newborn nursery, neonatal intensive care
  • Judith Halstead

    Emerita Faculty at IU School of Nursing

    • Recognized nationally and internationally for expertise in:
      • Online education, 
      • Curriculum development
      • Evidence-based teaching
    • Co-editor of award-winning book, "Teaching in Nursing."
    • MNRS Advancement of Science Award
    • Sigma Theta Tau International Elizabeth Russell Belford Excellence in Education Award

  • Pamela Jefferies

    Dean of George Washington University School of Nursing

    • Nationally recognized for:
      • Research & expertise in developing simulations
      • Online teaching and learning 
      • Innovative teaching strategies
      • New pedagogies
    • American Academy of Nursing fellow
    • Inductee of Sigma Theta Tau Research Hall of Fame
    • American Association of Colleges of Nursing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award (2016)
  • Brenda Lyon

    Emerita Faculty at IU School of Nursing

    • Leader in:
      • Practice of nursing
      • Education of Clinical Nurse Specialists
      • Elevation of nursing profession
    • School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award (2001)
    • W. George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service (2002)
    • IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award (2016)
    • A Founder of the Midwest Nursing Research Society Section on Stress & Coping
  • Angela McBride

    Group of alums at a table talking to studentsDean Emerita of Indiana Univsersity School of Nursing

    • Award winning author of: The Growth and Development of Nurse Leaders
    • Took steps to bridge the divide between nursing practice and nursing education
      • First nurse appointed to the Indiana University Health Board (2004–2016)
    • While dean, she sought to put IUSON on the map nationally
  • Anna McDaniel

    Dean of University of Florida School of Nursing

    • National leader and innovator of consumer and interprofessional education
    • Served as Associate Dean for Research at IUSON
    • Associate Vice-President for Academic-Practice Partnership at UFHealth Shands Hospital
    • Chair of Florida Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • Wvannie Scott McDonald

    General Administrator for John F. Kennedy Medical Center

    • Instrumental in rebuilding John F. Kennedy medical center following civil conflict
    • Initiated first publicly available baccalaureate education for nurses and midwives in Liberia
    • School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award (2012)
  • Bambi McQuade Jones

    Indiana University School of Nursing Board of Advisors

    • President/chief executive officer at Riggs Community Health Center
    • Founder and CEO of the Boone County Community Clinic (BCCC) from 2000 to 2014
    • Created a stand-along 501(c)(3) nurse-led community health center that serves vulnerable populations
    • Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow
  • Sonna Merk

    • First Chief Nurse Executive for Clarian Health Partners
    • Founding member of Nursing 2000
    • Emily Holmquist Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award (2005)
    • One of the IU School of Nursing's Top 100 Alumni Legacy Leaders
    • Annual Sonna Ehrlich Merk Distinguished Lectureship (Est. 2000)
  • Barb Mitchell

    • Authored publications related to workforce development and leadership
    • Served as Executive Director of Nursing 2000
    • Organization formed to promote and encourage careers in nursing
    • Committed to scholarship support personally and professionally.
  • Chad Priest

    CEO of American Red Cross - Indiana

    • Research and scholarship interests include:
      • International disaster risk reduction
      • healthcare emergency management
      • Crisis leadership 
      • Community resilience to disasters and crisis events
    • Alumna of Indiana University School of Nursing-BL
    • Co-Chaired IU School of Nursing’s 100th anniversary celebrations
    • Served as Chair of Board for both IUSON-IUPUI, and IUSON-BL
  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing - Elizabeth Madigan

    About Sigma

    • Organization established by six IU nursing students in 1922
    • Has become world-wide, leading nursing organization
    • Alpha Chapter, the first of now more than 540 Chapters at more than 700 institutes of higher education around the globe, is in the State of Indiana

    About Elizabeth Madigan - CEO of Sigma

    • Clinical background and her program of research focused on home health care
    • Led global health initiatives for the school of nursing at Case Western
    • With Sigma:
      • Has led initiatives in strengthening the scholarship offerings from Sigma
      • Raised funds for new research grants
      • Obtained funding to support nursing students in accelerated baccalaureate and doctor of nursing practice programs.
  • Mary Tempel

    Alumna of IU School of Nursing

    • Key leadership and service to Outrun the Sun
    • Served on Board at IUSON for two-terms
    • As wife of Gene Temple, Mary attended School, campus, foundation and alumni events around the country representing the University in an exemplary manner
    • Served as representative for school for the city-wide walk/run in support of nursing

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