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Campus Firsts

The year was filled with firsts including the first time the Governor’s Arts Awards was ever held in South Bend. The event was hosted by the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts and included remarks from Gov. Mitch Daniels and performances honoring the six recipients. Nearly 350 distinguished guests from across the state attended the gala event.
 
The Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics signed an articulation linkage agreement with Tianjin Polytechnic University (TPU) in Tianjin, China, for two programs – Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) and Master of Science in Management of Information Technologies (MS-MIT).
 
The inaugural Nearly Naked Mile in October brought out 140 runners, most of them were wearing bathing suits and running shorts. They contributed about 20 bags of clothing that were donated to the Salvation Army. For being a little cold, they got a T-shirt.
 
The fall beginning cohort of undergraduate students averaged 20 points higher in the composite SAT and ACT results from the entering cohort of 2010.
 
The total amount of financial aid given in the 2011-12 academic year was $61,677,801.
 
The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts brought 30 spirited high school students to campus for the first Residential Arts Camp. For a week in June, the students, campus counselors, and faculty buzzed around from site to site working on projects and having great fun. They spent a week living in student housing, eating campus food and getting a taste of college life. The pilot camp was funded by IU South Bend, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and private donations.
 
A new student induction ceremony was held in August 2011. About 250 incoming freshmen attended the hour-long ceremony which introduced them to their new
academic life.
 
The inaugural Currents magazine from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences was published. The magazine featured the writing of faculty members and students on the topics of the literature of childhood, physics research, Michiana Monologues, sailing around the world and more.
 
The IU South Bend Dance Company formed in January and presented “A Native American Hawk Dance” at the First Friday in March in downtown South Bend.
 
The eighth annual campus campaign raised $150,246, which exceeded the goal of $104,000 by nearly 50 percent.
 
Aspire magazine from the Raclin School of the Arts received the Bronze Award for the In-House Publications, Periodicals section by Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Entries to the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards come from the U.S. and international. In the “in-house” category there were six entries and IU South Bend was the sole winner. The awards are judged by university colleagues.
 
IU South Bend head athletic trainer Kara Werner has been named the recipient of the inaugural Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Certified Athletic Trainer of the Year award. The award was voted upon by each athletic training staff at CCAC member schools. Werner was the first recipient of the award.