Improving the campus is the mission of the Office of Development. In working with the community and alumni, the office raises funds for scholarships, improvements in facilities and programs. With private donations and grants, so much has been accomplished in the past few years.
With so many generous donors, the campus has continued to evolve as an important learning institution in northern Indiana.
A fundraising campaign for dental education will help educate dental hygienists and provide needed equipment and space for a community dental clinic. The program, which is in its 30th year, provides low cost dental services to residents. A sealant clinic in the spring for low income children is an important first step in dental care.
The campaign began in the fall of 2010 to raise $1 million in private funds to furnish and equip dental suites for the dental education program. The program will be housed in the Education and Arts Building that is slated for completion in 2013.
Currently, the students use 15-year-old equipment.
Sustainability has become an important word in our vocabulary and on campus. In order to raise awareness of water as a natural resource, the Center for a Sustainable Future sponsored a rain barrel auction. More than 200 people attended the May event at the South Bend Museum of Art.
Twelve rain barrels were auctioned and the money was split between the artists and the IU South Bend Center for a Sustainable Future. Attendees learned that rain barrels beautify a garden, save money and protect the St. Joseph River watershed.
The arts have always been important to June Edwards. She especially has a fondness for the IU South Bend campus and for chamber music. Edwards donated $25,000 to support the Euclid Quartet’s next recording of the works of Bartok. This is second in the series of records and it will be released in 2012.
IU South Bend launched an $800,000 campaign to renovate the Black Box Theater and Recital Hall with a challenge grant of $150,000 from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County matched by local contributions.
The Shields Family bequeaths $381,000 to support instruction and research involving technological innovations for the School of Health Sciences.