Indiana University South Bend is a special place and I am proud to be its leader. I have witnessed great vision, commitment and generosity as the campus plans for the future and serves the needs of students.
We are focused on student success. The IU South Bend Strategic Plan and Academic Master Plan have laid out a path to increased retention of students, improved graduation rates and a direct connection to driving economic development in the region. Retention of last year’s beginning class to this year’s sophomore class increased nearly five percent. New academic programs in Applied Sciences, Sustainability Studies and Social Work are connected to needs in the community. The $5.85 million gift to the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences will strengthen the education of students in healthcare for generations to come. The gift will also allow IU South Bend to expand its Health and Wellness Center on campus to provide low-cost healthcare to local residents while educating our students and expanding opportunities for faculty practice.
All it takes is a walk through campus to understand the exceptional value in higher education at IU South Bend. The Education and Arts Building provides state-of-the-art learning facilities for students and faculty in the School of Education and the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts. The Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall is one of the finest venues for small ensembles and chamber music in the Midwest. The Student Activities Center is the hub of student life and the envy of other campuses. Wiekamp Hall and the Franklin D. Schurz Library provide the classrooms, technology, and academic resources needed for academic success and research. River Crossing student housing allows residential students to live independently, make new friends, and enjoy the full collegiate experience away from home. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the beauty of the campus with the quad, fountain, sculptures, and pedestrian bridge spanning the St. Joseph River.
The facilities are there to support the excellent faculty at IU South Bend. Distinguished professors are dedicated to their students and provide the personal attention students need to be successful in strong academic programs. Students and faculty shine in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences, the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics, the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts and other programs. Last year, IU South Bend had three graduating seniors who were awarded National Science Foundation Research Fellowships, the most of any college or university in Indiana. Our Honors Program is growing and so are study abroad opportunities.
Student life can be seen everywhere on campus. Activities include NAIA men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country and men’s golf. Students can start their own club or join the current activities on campus that include intramural sports, fraternities and sororities, the student newspaper, social events and the Student Government Association. IU South Bend students engage in significant community projects, internships, leadership and mentoring programs. Regional employers vie for our graduates.
I invite you to be a part of IU South Bend. I also welcome your comments, suggestions and questions. Feel free to email me at email@example.com.
I look forward to seeing you on campus and in the community.
Chancellor Terry L. Allison