IU South Bend General Studies Alumni Association

The purpose of the IU South Bend General Studies Alumni Association is to create, develop and maintain a communications network, to promote the General Studies Degree Programs, and to plan social and educational activities for the mutual benefit of General Studies Alumni and IU South Bend.

2012 General Studies Alumni Board

Executive Officers

President - Tamara Ashley, BGS, 1991
Vice-President - Marietta Tyks, BGS, 1997
Secretary - (vacant)
Treasurer - (vacant)

Executive Board

Brenda Bickel, BGS, 1982
Eugenia Chandonia, BGS, 1983
Ellen Stolte, BGS, 1995

Honorary Members

Immediate Past President - Michael Casey, BGS, 1996
Founding President - Eugenia Chandonia, BGS, 1983
Member Emerita - Patricia Gerrard, BGS, 1987
Director, General Studies Degree - Dr. David Vollrath
Founding Director, General Studies Degree - Dr. Ted Hengesbach
Assistant Director, General Studies Degree - Karen Christopher

Members At-Large

Kasi Bolden, BGS, 1994
Durleen Braasch, BGS, 1983
Michael Casey, BGS, 1996
Sarah Homenchuk, BGS, 2008
Helenann Klukowski, BGS, 1991
Marilou Schroeder, BGS,1993 Del May, BGS, 1984

General Studies Alumni Association Standing Committees

Membership is open to any graduate with an AAGS or BGS degree from IU South Bend. If you would like to join a committee, or want more information, please contact the General Studies Office at (574) 520-4260 or at


Mission: Develop and maintain a communication system among members as defined in Article 3 of the by-laws.

Brenda Bickel, Chair


Mission: Organize lectures, seminars and discussions for alumni, students and others.

Ellen Stolte, Chair

Fund Raising

Plan, conduct, and assess the annual mail fund-raising campaign and the phonathon, as permitted by the development office.


Marketing and Promotion

Publicize activities of the IU South Bend General Studies Alumni Associationand the Associate and Bachelor of General Studies Degrees.



Mission: Produce and publish In toUch, the alumni and student newsletter, two times per year.



Mission: Develop the slate of new officers and present the slate at the fall board meeting.

Eugenia Chandonia, Chair

Scholarships and Grants

Mission: Review applications for grants, nominations for merit scholarships and make awards.

Ellen Stolte Chair

Social Activities

Mission: Plan and conduct social activities for alumni, students and others.


Bylaws of the
IU South Bend General Studies Alumni Association

Outstanding Alumni Award

The Indiana University South Bend General Studies Alumni Association annually honors alumni and friends of the IU South Bend General Studies Program with an award recognizing outstanding achievements in  the General Studies Program for professional excellence, service to the community, and loyalty to Indiana University.  The IU South Bend General Studies Alumni Association invites you to nominate candidates for the award.

Please complete the nomination form and include any additional materials: letter of nomination, curriculum vitae, resume, letters of support, etc.

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