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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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When the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce announced the 2021 Michiana Forty under 40, five IU South Bend alumni were on the list. The annual award shines a spotlight on the region’s most talented and dedicated young executives, professionals, and leaders who demonstrate career success and community engagement.  "More than 70 percent of IU South Bend graduates remain in the area after graduation," said Chancellor Susan Elrod, "and like…

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Wisdom Ifeanyi’s deep passion for soccer drove his life-changing decision to move around the world from his home country of Nigeria to study at Indiana University South Bend.  “I didn’t have the opportunity to go to school in Nigeria. IUSB gave me the big opportunity of my lifetime,” says Wisdom. He chose to major in health sciences with a concentration in sports and exercise science so he could further develop…

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IU South Bend alumnus Chris Worrell recalls his love of journalism started back when he was just seven years old, when he would try to delay his homework so he could read the newspaper instead.  Photo provided by Chris Worrell “My dad loved the fact that I read the paper,” explains Chris. “But when he would ask if I had homework to do, I would tell him the newspaper was…

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Emily Sussman wanted to follow her passion to help people, though initially, she didn’t know how she could do that. She needed to help herself first, but deep down she knew it was her calling. Emily Sussman She found her way to helping through her social work degree from IU South Bend. Sussman is now a licensed clinical social worker and therapist with her own practice, Freedom Recovery Group of…

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