Dean of the Library, Cheryl Truesdell, was honored at her retirement party with the highest award an Indiana Governor can bestow, the Sagamore of the Wabash, and a decree from Mayor Tom Henry naming Dec. 2 “Cheryl Truesdell Day”.
The Sagamore of the Wabash is an award created by Ralph Gates, Governor of Indiana from 1945 to 1949. This award was procured through Sen. Liz Brown and by the Library staff. The official document was read by Andrew Downs, an associate professor of political science and Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics.
Truesdell, who has served at IPFW for 33 years, also received her degree in history from IPFW.
Her time at IPFW has endowed her with a special insight, an “institutional memory” said Dean John O’Connell of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. O’Connell lamented the loss of so many of those with institutional memory as a result of changes to the university.