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Wolfson Celebrated in Campus Memorial

Posted on: April 19th, 2017 by
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George Wolfson speaks about his father.

By all accounts it was a fitting and touching public memorial held for Indiana University South Bend Chancellor Emeritus Lester M. Wolfson last night on campus. Wolfson passed away on February 10, 2017 at the age of 93. He was the first and longest serving chancellor at IU South Bend.

Current IU South Bend Chancellor Terry L. Allison hosted the memorial which featured speakers, musical performances, a poetry reading, and a special presentation of the Chancellor’s Medal. Speakers included Indiana University Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs John Applegate, retired IU South Bend Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Alfred J. Guillaume, Jr., Professor Ken Smith, George Wolfson (son) and Margaret Wolfson (daughter).

Two students performed. Joseph Bush played Chaconne in d minor on piano and Victoria Schemenauer sang Der Nussbaum by Robert Schmann. The event concluded with a performance of Sonata in A Major, OP 13, Allegro molto by pianist Ketaven Badridze and violinist Jameson Cooper.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Chancellor’s Medal posthumously. It was accepted by Daniel Wolfson, Lester Wolfson’s grandson.

In his remarks Chancellor Allison said, “Dr. Wolfson laid the foundation for accessible public higher education in our region, excellence in teaching, the great intellectual vibrancy of our academic programs, and engagement with the community in mutually benefit partnership.”

In 1964, Wolfson was selected as Director and Assistant Dean of IU South Bend. In 1969, he was named chancellor and served in that position until retiring in 1987.

Wolfson was raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in English from the University of Michigan. His teaching experience prior to IU South Bend included Wayne State University, University of Houston, University of California Santa Barbara, and Indiana University Gary. He received an honorary doctorate degree in Humane Letters from Indiana University in 1988. The degree was presented to him by IU President Thomas Ehrlich at commencement ceremonies in South Bend. The life, career, and impact of Wolfson on IU South Bend and the community can be found in the book “A Campus Becoming” published by the Wolfson Press at IU South Bend.


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IU South Bend Offers Two New Online Degrees

Posted on: April 10th, 2017 by

Beginning in fall 2017, Indiana University South Bend is offering two new bachelor’s degrees that can be earned entirely online.  Bachelor’s degrees in Applied Health Science and in Informatics will be available to students at IU South Bend through Indiana University Online. The online programs will include students, faculty, and resources from several IU campuses.

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science has been designed to provide a convenient, high-quality option for Indiana health workers with prior college credits or an associate degree. Students will take courses in health care delivery and leadership, health communication, policy, and ethics. They will learn about the economics of health care and receive foundational knowledge in legal matters. It will provide students with basic, technical and applied aspects of health science and help students apply that knowledge to a variety of career opportunities.

The degree program, which is a collaboration among IU South Bend, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, and IU Southeast, encompasses 120 credit hours and is designed to enhance potential for career advancement in entry- and mid-level positions in health-related organizations. Two tracks will be offered: community health education and health administration. To apply go to Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science

The Bachelor of Science in Informatics is similarly designed for working students, including those with prior credits or an associate degree. Students will learn how information is collected, cultivated and organized digitally. They also will learn how to use informatics to solve complex problems involving privacy, security and education as they relate to large societal issues such as poverty, the environment and health care.

The B.S. in Informatics degree, which is also 120 credit hours, will be a steppingstone to careers in web development, supply chain management, medical records, systems analysis, biotechnology and public relations. IU South Bend, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU Southeast and IUPUI will collaborate to deliver this degree. For more information and to apply go to Bachelor of Science in Informatics

To meet credit requirements for each of these degrees within four years, students should complete 30 credit hours each year, minus transferred credits. Tuition for the online Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science will be approximately $220 per credit hour for in-state students and $320 per credit hour for out-of-state students, plus fees. Tuition for the online Bachelor of Science in Informatics will be $250 per credit hour for in-state students and $350 for out-of-state students, plus fees.

For more information or if you need assistance in applying for one of these degree programs contact Dr. Marianne Castano Bishop, Founding Director of the Center for Online Education at IU South Bend, at cbishopm@iusb.edu or call (574) 520-4543.

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Lidinsky Receives IU Teaching Excellence Award

Posted on: April 2nd, 2017 by

An Indiana University South Bend professor is among six IU faculty members honored for excellence in teaching and service.

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April Lidinsky receives IU Teaching Excellence Award.

April Lidinsky, associate professor and director of Women’s and Gender Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at IU South Bend, received the Frederic Bachman Lieber Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. The oldest of the university’s teaching awards, this honor was established in 1954 by Katie D. Bachman in memory of her grandson and further endowed by Mrs. Herman Lieber.

Dr. Lidinsky and the others were recognized at the 2017 Celebration of Distinguished Teaching dinner at the Indiana Memorial Union. The dinner is held in honor of IU’s Founders Day, an annual spring celebration that marks the university’s founding in 1820.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie presented the awards during the dinner to honorees from IU Bloomington, IU Northwest, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast.

“Each and every day, the work of these exemplary educators advance Indiana University’s key commitments to student success, creating a community of scholars and re-imagining education,” McRobbie said.

Teaching award winners

Lidinsky has been teaching at IU South Bend since 2003. She is well-known on campus and in the community for her energy and engagement. She is a regular contributor to “Michiana Chronicles” on WVPE, the local NPR station. She also is a founder and advisor to the “Michiana Monologues” production done each year in South Bend. She has received many awards including the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award at IU South Bend and the 2006 Trustee’s Teaching Award. She earned a Ph.D. from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Iowa.

Israel Fernando Herrera, a lecturer in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Spanish and Portuguese, will receive the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. Established in 1974, this award recognizes outstanding teaching, research or service. As a distinguished teaching award, it honors the most exceptional faculty, their devotion to students and their strong commitment to the university’s fundamental missions of excellence in education and research.

Nicholas G. Zautra, a graduate student in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine, will receive the Lieber Memorial Teaching Associate Instructor Award for Teaching Excellence. Established in 1961, this award recognizes outstanding teachers among the university’s graduate students who combine their programs of advanced study with instructional employment in their schools and departments.

Robin K. Morgan, professor of psychology and director of the Institute for Learning and Teaching Excellence at IU Southeast, will receive the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Technology. Established in 2013, this award honors highly innovative faculty who have contributed significantly to the enhancement of teaching and learning at Indiana University through the sustained and innovative use of technology.

Service awards

Two individuals will be named recipients of the W. George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service, which was established in 1988 to honor faculty considered shining examples of dedication and excellence in service to others. They are Tina Baich, associate librarian for University Library at IUPUI, and Tanice Gayle Foltz, professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and director of women’s and gender studies at IU Northwest.

Receiving the John W. Ryan Award For Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies is IU Distinguished Professor David B. Audretsch, the Ameritech Chair of Economic Development and director of the Institute for Development Strategies in the IU Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Established in 1991, this award honors faculty members and librarians from all campuses for exceptional contributions to the university’s international programs and studies.

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Fisher Named Dean of the Dwyer College of Health Sciences

Posted on: March 14th, 2017 by
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Thom Fisher, new Dean of the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences at IU South Bend.

Dr. Thomas Fisher, PhD, OTR, CCM, FAOTA, has been named the new Dean of the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences at Indiana University South Bend.

Fisher has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education, most recently as Professor and Chair of Occupational Therapy at the Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at IUPUI  since 2003.

He also held faculty positions at the College of Health Sciences at Eastern Kentucky University and the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky. In addition to his career in academia, Fisher has 18 years of experience as a practicing occupational therapist and director of rehabilitation services.

Fisher earned his PhD in Educational Psychology and Educational Specialist degree in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He received a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Educational Psychology from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He is also a Certified Case Manager, with a small practice of managing cases of persons with traumatic brain injuries.

Fisher’s professional accolades include induction into the Roster of Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), as well as recognition from the AOTA with the Award of Merit. He was also named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the occupational therapy profession.

Fisher replaces Mario Ortiz who left IU South Bend last year to be Dean of the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University in New York. Fisher will start his responsibilities with the Dwyer School on July 1.


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Kolbe Hosts Breakfast to Meet Area Business Leaders

Posted on: March 5th, 2017 by

Richard Kolbe, who recently became dean of the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics, hosted a breakfast at IU South Bend on Thursday, March 2nd to meet Michiana business leaders. The group included bankers, manufacturers, attorneys, and other influential civic and business directors.

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Richard Kolbe, dean of the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics

In his remarks, Dean Kolbe shared his excitement for the vibrant economic development activity in the region and his intention for the business school to be an integral part of these efforts—supplying a talented workforce and providing the programs businesses need to grow and advance. “I want the community to say, ‘I don’t know what we would do without IU South Bend and the Leighton School.’”

The first to attend college in his family, Kolbe expressed his desire to help students overcome the enormous challenges they face and to support them in successfully attaining their degrees and finding meaningful careers. “As a first generation college student, I place a great deal of value in education,” Kolbe explained. “It’s made a tremendous difference in my career and life. That’s what we want for our students, too”

Kolbe also gave high praises to the Leighton School faculty and staff and their commitment to the students they serve. “They take great pride in their accomplishments as teachers and scholars,” he commented. “Our faculty and staff gain tremendous satisfaction in advising and preparing our students to excel in careers in business.

He asked the group of business leaders for their help in making sure the School’s curriculum is relevant to what they do in their organizations. He encouraged them to be part of his advisory board, to provide opportunities for student internships and job shadowing, and other meaningful activities that will ensure students are prepared to be successful in today’s business environment.

He also shared his interest in entrepreneurship and small business development, and his wish to expand opportunities for students to gain valuable experience in these areas.

“I’m asking you to be my partner in this and to make sure we get it right,” he said. “My goal is to start with something really good, and to leave with something even better.”



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