Student LifeStudent life on campus continued to thrive and got a boost from the inaugural season of women’s volleyball. Coach Jamie Ashmore-Pott led the Titans to a 15-9 record in their first season in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
In 2011-12, there was a 57 percent increase in student life programming. Programming and events were organized to get students involved in student government, sororities and fraternities, intramural sports, social activities and service organizations. Other events have been tailored to guide students through decision making, such as their major and how to qualify for financial aid. Other events were geared to kicking back and having some fun with a music and comedy performances, game nights, or cheering for the home team (men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball).
A recent addition to club sports was quidditch, which is a competitive sport with its roots in the Harry Potter books and movies. The sport has become popular on college campuses throughout the country with students who grew up reading the Potter books. There are now 300 college and high school teams in the country. IU South Bend team traveled to weekend tournaments in the Midwest and the sport continues to grow on campus.
Quidditch joined 14 other club sports at IU South Bend, which included volleyball, soccer, equestrian, and bowling.
The IU South Bend women’s basketball team was named as one of the nation’s best in the classroom, garnering National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar Team honors, as well as a place in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) top ten among (NAIA) schools.
Senior forwards Courtney Simpson (Nappanee) Leah Meyer (Goshen) and Elyse Lefebvre (Pinckney, Mich.) were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor. Simpson had a 3.87 GPA and majored in dental hygiene. Meyer had a 3.71 GPA and majored in biological sciences. Lefebvre had a 3.92 GPA and majored in psychology. The Titans finished their 2011-12 season with a 12-20 record.
Performances by students and faculty in the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts got rave reviews and attracted large audiences. The annual “Teddy Bear Concert” was held during the holidays in collaboration with several community organizations. More than 500 teddy bears were collected and donated to the South Bend Center for the Homeless.
The IU South Bend Theatre and Dance Company’s annual children’s theater production was “Johnny Appleseed.” Black History Month was celebrated with the fourth annual presentation of “Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit.” In addition to the concert there was a symposium on the piano works of African and African American composers led by internationally known guest pianist William Chapman Nayho.
In April, the comic operetta “H.M.S. Pinafore” was performed at the campus auditorium. It was directed by Associate Dean for Academics J. Randall Colborn with Dean Marvin Curtis serving as producer and musical director.
The American classic, "A Raisin in the Sun" was directed by Walter Allen Bennett Jr. whose credits include writing for the long-running Emmy Award winning The Cosby Show.
The IU South Bend Student Alumni Association has continued to grow over the past few years making it the largest student alumni group among the regional campuses. In 2011-12, there were 267 members. The SAA members have become a vital active link between the campus and the community.