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Professors honored

Higher education prepares students for the next phase in life whether it is a career or graduate school. Our professors pride themselves in teaching, research and mentoring of students.

Two professors from the campus were honored during Founders Day ceremonies in Bloomington.

Ann Grens, associate professor of molecular and developmental biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences received the President's Award for outstanding teaching, research or service. Beth Kern, professor of accounting in the School of Business and Economics received the Herman Frederic Lieber Award for distinguished teaching.

Five faculty members were selected for membership in the 2010 class of FACET (Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching), the all-IU faculty group recognizing and dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning. The newest members are Grant Black, Business and Economics; Nancy Colburn, Library; Andrea Rusnock, Arts; J.R. (Warren) Shrader, Philosophy; and Bruce Spitzer, Education.

Isabel O'Connor, history, received the 2009 IU South Bend Distinguished Teaching Award and Al Vitale, English, received the 2009 IU South Bend Distinguished Part-Time Teaching Award.

A total of 16 IU South Bend faculty received the Trustee Teaching Award in the spring of 2010. The IU South Bend faculty are: Nancy Colburn, Library; Hayley Froysland, History; Steven Gerencser, Political Science; Yoshiko Green, World Language Studies; Alec Hosterman, Arts; Betsy Lucal, Sociology & Anthropology; Jake Mattox, English; Kwadwo Okrah, Education; Yilei Qian, Biological Sciences; J.R. (Warren) Shrader, Philosophy; Denise Skarbek, Education; Cynthia Sofhauser, Nursing; Mihaela Vajiac, Mathematical Sciences; Katharine Wolford, English; LuAnn Woodrick, Nursing; Lisa Zwicker, History.

Nearly 64 percent of full time faculty had terminal degrees in 2009-10.

Alexander Toradze, professor of piano, performed as a soloist in March in New York City with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ken Smith, associate professor of English and director of the Master of Liberal Studies program, presented the 23rd Lundquist Faculty Fellowship Lecture in April on social media, democracy and literacy.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Introducing students to campus often begins with a visit to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. There were more than 16,454 visits to the Financial Aid and Scholarships and 6,500 students received assistance by the office. More than $57 million was provided in total financial aid to students.

Evolving Course Offerings

In order to meet the needs of students and the changing world, IU South Bend has continued to develop classes and concentrations to prepare students.

New concentrations in finance and marketing were created in the Master of Business Administration, as well as a class on sustainability and innovation. Graphic design and informatics concentrations were added to New Media.

Mathematics expanded upper level course offerings as a response to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

A class was developed on gathering oral histories.

First year course for computer science majors was created to address problem solving skills in freshmen students.

The School of Nursing doubled the size of the accelerated program in nursing.

In order to make school more accessible, in the spring 2010 Extended Learning offered 33 classes (51 sections) online.


October 2009 the Dorene Dwyer Hammes Media Commons & Café opened in the Franklin D. Schurz Library. It is a user-centered environment for students to study, do research and work on projects. It includes a state-of-the-art multimedia production studio with expert assistance provided by Instructional Media Services staff.

Approximately 200 of 600 computers were replaced in 2009-10. New computers with wide-screen monitors were placed into two computer labs, library information commons, the Elkhart labs, the Learning Center labs and Disabled Student Service.