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Tamea Rector helps students navigate their academic careers

Tamea RectorTamea Rector

IU South Bend is committed to its students and Tamea Rector, coordinator of student services for the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts helps IU South Bend live up to its commitment.

Tamea Rector keeps the official student records for all students in the School of the Arts. The School of the Arts has about 600 active students in Communication Studies, Music, Theatre and Dance, New Media, and Visual Arts. She is in charge of new student orientations, certifies everyone for graduation, and maintains the Arts’ schedule of classes. Being a problem solver is one of the many requirements for Rector’s job. In order to be an effective problem solver, Rector must be familiar with the university’s academic policies and procedures so she may help students solve problems with graduation, registering for classes, or any difficulties that may arise during their careers at IU South Bend. “My ability to help students successfully navigate the academic environment has developed through years of experience. Over the years I have developed good relationships with the different offices on campus so that when issues arise I know who to call,” said Rector.

Rector began working for the School of the Arts in 1997 when it was not yet established as a “school”, but was still the Division of the Arts. “I got my job because I could sing,” Rector quipped. She was alto section leader and eventually president of the South Bend Symphonic Choir, directed by then dean Robert W. Demaree, Jr. “Dr. Demaree liked my work with the choir and hired me as the part-time recorder for the division,” Rector added.

She loves working in an academic environment; she feels that promoting higher education and helping students acquire their degrees is a worthwhile occupation. In her spare time Rector loves to read. One of her favorite books is Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons. “I like this book because it portrays the lives of three generations of strong, intelligent women who learn from each other’s strengths and weaknesses,” Rector explained. She continues to enjoy singing and playing piano.

Rector also keeps busy working as a freelance editor and proofreader. “I’ve been proofreading for Notre Dame Press for 23 years,” she said. With 116 books to her credit, she holds the record for most books proofread by one person at the Press. She has also proofread books and articles for some IU South Bend faculty.

She is working on her master’s degree in English at IU South Bend. “Starting to graduate school 30 years after earning my undergraduate degree in journalism was very challenging,” she shared.  “But I’ve finished all of my courses and am now working on my thesis.” Once her thesis is finished, which will be about some aspect of literacy, Rector will have completed her master’s degree.  “The subject of literacy is a good combination of interests in journalism and English,” she said.

“The school is fortunate to have someone as experienced and capable as Tamea leading our student services activities,” said Dean Marvin Curtis.

Rector can be reached at tarector@iusb.edu and 574.520.4814.