Dean's Letter

//Marvin V. Curtis


Every New Year is one of new beginnings. We make resolutions and promises that we hope to keep and stay focused on as the year progresses. Our 2013 has started with something new and something bold.

Thanks to the generosity of the Georgina Joshi Foundation and through the vision of Louise E. Addicott, we will begin renovation on the Northside Recital Hall in May 2013. It will transform into a space that will greatly benefit current and future students, and change the nature of what the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts does.

Our students and faculty have wasted no time jumping into 2013. In January, our theater students competed in the Kennedy Center Collegiate Theater Festival in Saginaw, Michigan for the first time in 20 years.

Our choirs were involved in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert with the South Bend Symphony on January 21st, hosted on our campus. Integrated New Media Studies students created a video for the event based on the legacy of African Americans in South Bend.

Our faculty have been traveling and making presentations at conferences as far as Hawaii, while the IU South Bend Arts Foundation has established a new summer travel/internship award for our students.

The Raclin School of the arts graduated 19 students in December and has accepted spring graduation applications for a 65 additional students, a record number.

As the proud dean of the school of the arts, I invite you to read all about what we are doing. We are achieving things no one believed were possible because we have been inspired to aspire.

-Marvin Curtis