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Student Success

Fifteen SMART grants were presented to students to continue their research with professor/mentors. Research included green chemistry techniques, gross national product and property laws.

Putting their talents to good use, the Dental Hygiene Programs received a $2,250 grant for a free dental day at the Center for the Homeless.

Academic Centers for Excellence (ACE) developed online support for students and face-to-face workshops to increase graduation rates. Study Smarter coaches for probationary students from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences gave extra assistance along with Academic Skills Workshops, the Writers’ Room and tutoring.

Eighty-one percent of participants in Making the Academic Connection Relay mentoring program were retained. In the fall 2010, 512 21st Century Scholars enrolled and in the spring, 435 enrolled with 84.9 percent persistence rate.

The enrollment in the fall 2010 was 8,590 with 83,323 credit hours. Minority students comprised 14.8 percent of the student body. African Americans students rose by 1.8 percent and Latino by 22.6 percent.

More than $57 million in financial aid was distributed to 6,533 students. Scholarship applications were increased by 50 percent.

The Michiana Economic Development Merit Award was created by the campus to reduce the cost of out of state tuition for those who live in the IU South Bend service area.

The Indiana Careers Consortium Career and Internship Fair brought 161 recruiters from 60 employers to campus.

Thirty students participated in the work-study programs in the community receiving nearly $211,000 in federal money.

Students participated in more than 90 clubs. They worked for America Reads/America Counts and grabbed a hammer during two alternative spring break events which were Kentucky and Elkhart. Students raised $1,000 for breast cancer research at a Pink Zone Day. They bought gifts for the needy for Christmas and repaired homes in the spring for the annual Rebuilding Together Day.

A concert for Japan raised money following the earthquake and a blood donations on campus saved lives. The IU South Bend Alumni Association, co-sponsored by the IU South Bend Student Nurses and the IU South Bend Student Alumni Association raised 115 units. The campus received the Constituent Society Award for fourth place.
In the School of Business and Economics, undergraduate and MBA students taking the ETS test placed in the top 10 percent of institutions that administer the test.
The IU South Bend chapter of the international honor society in business, Beta Gamma Sigma, named the IU South Bend chapter a Premier Chapter. The designation recognizes “a high value is placed on scholarship recognition” at IU South Bend.
Marketing students in the School of Business and Economics, under the guidance of Professor Monle Lee, were finalists in two national competitions.

A graduate certificate in business was approved in June 2011. It will allow qualified students who are unsure about the commitment to the MBA program to work for a certificate.

A hybrid MBA program was developed by a number of professors to offer flexibility to graduate students. Classes were expected to begin in 2012.

The first graduates from the Bachelor of Science program in medical imaging received their degrees in 2011.
In the Raclin School of the Arts, Dorea Britton, Min Ah Lee and Lucas Miner participated in the Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers of Opera program in Italy. Risa Okina and Dimitri Zhgenti participated in the New Paltz Piano Summer Institute in New York.
Leah Dominy received first place in undergraduate piano and Misun Moon received first place in graduate piano at the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Collegiate Scholarship Competition.
Ketevan Kartvelshvilli won first prize in the William C. Byrd Young Artists Competition in Michigan.
In athletics, the women’s basketball team had a 21-9 season and was named one of the best in the classroom. The team won the NAIA Scholar Team award and a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) top 10 among NAIA schools. The Titans’ overall grade point average for 2010-11 was 3.43.
Katie Hacker, Betsy Grogan, Brooke Daugherty, Kayle George, Elyse Lefebvre, Courtney Simpson and Leah Meyer were name All-American Scholar Athletes.
Hacker was named to the All-CCAC team and NAIA Honorable Mention All-American. Kimmie Hummer and Lizzie Stapke were on the second team. Hacker and Brooke Daugherty were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes.
The women’s team won 14 in a row for a school record.
Kyle Heatherly and Alanzo Bass were named to the men’s Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Second Team.
Participation increased in intramural sports from 770 in 2009-10 to 786 in 2010-11. Three new activities were added – ultimate Frisbee, dodgeball and kickball. Roughly 30 percent of the student population uses the SAC.