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Academic Excellence

Students and faculty were recognized for excellence including on the world stage.

Nikita Abrosimov, who is studying at the Toradze Piano Studio on campus, won the Gold Medal at the World Piano Competition held in Cincinnati. The 21-year-old student from Russia came to IU South Bend in 2008 to study with Martin Endowed Professor of Piano Alexander Toradze.
Dental Hygiene graduates were very successful in their endeavors. The program had 100 percent pass rate on the National Board of Dental Hygiene Examination.
Radiography, Medical Imagining Technology, and Allied Health also had a perfect pass rate for all the 2012 graduates on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist National Certification Examination. The program has had an impressive 99 percent pass rate since 2000.
All the 2012 graduates in the B.S. in Medical Imaging Technology program, who have taken their specific national certification examinations, have passed.
School of Nursing graduates achieved a 93 percent pass rate on National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). This is the highest pass rate in the last decade. And 100 percent of nursing graduates are employed upon graduation.
In the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics, students excelled in the Educational Testing Service (ETS) field tests. For the fall 2011, undergraduates were in the top 7 percent and the MBA students were in the top 1 percent. For the spring of 2012, undergraduates were in the top 3 percent and MBA students were in the top 18 percent. The test measures knowledge in accounting, economics, management, quantitative business, finance, marketing, business law and international issues. The questions, which are constructed by faculty experts, are designed to measure a student’s knowledge and ability to apply facts, use concepts and analytical methods.
The women’s basketball team earned an overall grade point average of 3.43 which was the highest in school history. The GPA mark placed the Titans at ninth overall in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) standings and earned them the seventh highest overall mark in the NAIA.

The School of Business and Economics was one of the 294 outstanding institutions featured in the 2012 edition of The Princeton Review’s “The Best 294 Business Schools” guidebook. Students were questioned about their opinions and the results were included in a two-page profile.

The marketing students in Professor Monle Lee’s Advertising and Promotion Marketing class received the Bronze Prize from the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation for a Charity: Water campaign. The IU South Bend team was one of 133 entries from across the country.

Ilan Levine, professor of physics, is part of the research team from the Chicagoland Observatory of Underground Particle Physics (COUPP). The team received a National Science Fund (NSF) three-year grant for the project “Searching for WIMP Dark Matter with Superheated Liquids.”  WIMP stands for “weakly interactive massive particles.” The funds will permit continued research on the development of acoustic sensors for the dark matter research projects.
The string theory research of Rolf Schimmrigk and Monika Lynker received grant support from the National Science Foundation, including support for the summer research of four undergraduate students.
The School of Education produced 28 publications and presented at 26 professional conferences.
IU Celebration of Teaching dinner honored two IU South Bend professors, Yi Cheng (Mathematics). She received the Frederic Bachman Lieber Memorial Award for teaching excellence. Mike Keen (Sociology) received the W. George Pinnell Award for exceptional service contributions.
Elizabeth Bennion, associate professor of political science, received the 2011 Eldon F. Lundquist Award (the highest campus honor for faculty members). She presented her lecture in April on “Women in American Politics 1776-2012 & Beyond.”
Bennion was also recognized as a member of the 2012 class of "Forty Under 40" by the Young Professionals Network. The honor recognizes those in the community under 40 years of age “who show initiative and dedication in pursuing their career and investment in others through their involvement in civic, charitable and/or religious organizations.”
Professor Gwendolyn Mettetal, professor in the School of Education and professor in the Department of  Psychology, was the recipient of the 2011 IU South Bend Distinguished Teaching Award.
Sixteen IU South Bend faculty members were selected to receive Trustees Teaching Awards for 2012 recognizing their exemplary teaching. Those receiving the recognition and a cash award were: Michelle Bakerson, Elizabeth Bennion, Shanqi Chen, Diane Economakis, Marsha Heck, Anne Magnan-Park, Jake Mattox, Jonathan Nashel, Anurag Pant, Bhavik Pathak, Carolyn Schult, Henry Scott, Laura Talcott, Tracey Trottier, and Joshua Wells.
IU South Bend Distinguished Research Award was given to Lesley Walker, professor of French, for her work on the study of women’s art and literature in 18th century France.
The Alumni Association presented the fourth annual Legacy Award to Professor Emerita Jennifer Klein for her impact on the lives of her students. Klein formerly taught in the dental hygiene department.