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Enhancing Michiana

IU South Bend plays an in important role in every aspect of the Michiana community from the arts to business.

A liberal arts education depends on the exchange of ideas and open discussions. IU South Bend welcomed a variety of speakers on campus to speak on a number of topics, such as bullying, the meaning of work, civil rights, war, peace, feminism, economics and history. The speakers brought greater understanding to campus and the community.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels spoke on improving government and the economy before the spring primary.

Education in the primary schools is an ongoing concern. The Coquillard Collaborative Education Initiative is an active approach to help. The initiative teamed IU South Bend education majors and more than 80 pupils from Coquillard for the fall and spring semesters. The education majors tutored and guided the pupils in math, reading and science. The classes saw an improvement in ISTEP scores 

Reaching beyond the campus, the Raclin School of Arts took the production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” to Chicago’s Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. The play was presented to adults with disabilities.

Accounting and business majors donated their time for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program that helped scores of residents with the federal and state taxes.

Michiana Monologues continues to raise awareness of women’s issues. The monologues presented $11,000 to seven organizations that serve women in the South Bend, Elkhart and Goshen area.

Scores of athletes, other students, staff and alumni gathered in April to help the less fortunate during the Rebuilding Together event on the west side of South Bend.

The success of the Civil Rights Heritage Center and the partnership with the city of South Bend was cited as one of the factors for the city receiving All-American City recognition.

The cars lined up and left quickly. The drivers were happy and the environment was a little relieved. The Electronics Recycling Drive collected 275,000 pounds of electronic waste during the two-day event. It was a 20 percent increase from 2010.