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Fidel Mireles, admissions counselor/transfer specialist here at IU South Bend, was born and raised in Holland, Michigan and although his hometown was across the country from where his parents originally met in Texas, he grew up proudly celebrating his family’s roots. “I grew up in a very diverse area, with cool mixes of everything there,” explains Fidel. His upbringing embodied the culture and traditions of both Texas and Mexico. “It’s…

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Richard B. Hunt Students studying political science and government at Indiana University South Bend now have access to more support, thanks to a new endowed scholarship in the name of the late Richard B. Hunt. The Hunt Family Giving Fund will support undergraduate students studying political science who are involved with the campus’s American Democracy Project or have demonstrated civic engagement. “Supporters like the Hunt Family are so important to…

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Karen Lopez moved to Elkhart, Indiana with her family when she was three years old. She credits her hard-working mother and father as her inspiration for a career in business.  Karen’s first “job” was to collect monthly payments from clients who ordered home décor items of bedding and curtains from her mom, who purchased the items in bulk. Her mother taught her two major lessons as a child, “If you…

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Music can bring people together. Music can also connect us back to our roots. For Evelyn Arenas, a first-generation college student and a junior at IU South Bend, music brings a sense of familial and cultural pride. Arenas is currently majoring in Integrated New Media studies with a focus in music. Her ultimate goal is to produce her own music, as she is drawn to the technical side of music…

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Dr. Oscar Barrau is an associate professor of Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at IU South Bend. He grew up in Madrid, Spain, located in the center of the Iberian Peninsula and rich in culture, famous museums, and tapas bars. He is half Spanish and half French (his full name is Oscar Barrau Drapier), which gave his formative years an international flair. Accordingly, Oscar and all…

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