January is here with all of its bitter cold, snow, and school closings. However, we are back and in full anticipation of a tremendous semester as we close out the 2013-14 academic year.
Our plate is full already with concerts, workshops, theatrical performances, and a wonderful new exhibition in our new gallery featuring artists of Mishawaka from 1860 through 2000. The opening reception is January 17. Our students are already making news with their accomplishments and our faculty are receiving awards and accolades for their work. The spring we will see the first course from Integrated New Media Studies using 3-D printers, and our new Bachelor of Art Education degree will begin accepting students. Our web site is getting an updating so we can connect with more students in the world of social media.
In a few months, we will witness the official opening of the newly renovated Louise E. Addicott & Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall. It is a beautiful sight to see. The new chairs will be installed later this month and there is still time to purchase yours and share in the vision of Louise Addicott. The dedication is set for May 1.
We bid a fond farewell and best wishes to Associate Professor of Fine Arts Alan Larkin and Professor of Fine Arts Karen Ackoff, who took early retirement in December of 2013. We are sad that Student Services Assistant Trisha Miller is moving on to a new position in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, but wish her well in her new endeavor.
As always, I thank you for your continued support of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts and IU South Bend. Our faculty, students, and staff are amazing and are dedicated to the continued success of the school. Your support inspires our students to aspire to the greatness we know they can achieve. Happy New Year!