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Dungeons & Dragons has surged in popularity in recent years, and several factors have driven the trend. It was a popular lockdown entertainment option when the COVID-19 pandemic kept people at home. The game’s prominent placement in the “Stranger Things” television show helped introduce it to new fans, and the company itself has made changes to its language to help make D&D more inclusive. Alisha Springle, assistant professor and speech-language…

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As more students identify as falling on the autism spectrum, IU South Bend’s Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) recognized additional support may be needed to help these students successfully transition from high school to college. Last fall, to begin to address this need, DSS developed a pilot program to support students living with autism.  After attending an informational meeting, a group of 12 neurodivergent students and their parents participated…

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Indiana University South Bend is pleased to announce the appointment of Rob DeCleene as vice chancellor for university relations and advancement. He will start June 1, 2022.   DeCleene has a distinguished career advancing the region, serving as executive director of Visit South Bend Mishawaka since 2010 and more recently as executive vice president of the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce. Under his leadership, Visit South Bend Mishawaka expanded its…

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Environmental sustainability awareness is at the forefront in the month of April, with the Earth Day and Arbor Day holidays, but for IU South Bend senior Cameron Kincaid, it is particularly meaningful this year as it is his last month before graduating. As a student worker in the sustainability department, Cameron has been dedicated to campus sustainability initiatives by helping plan projects, create and promote events, coordinate with the sustainability…

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Parkside Hall Indiana University South Bend will build a state-of-the-art, expanded nursing simulation and health sciences education center, thanks to a lead gift of $5 million from the Vera Z. Dwyer Charitable Trust.  Named the Dwyer Healthcare Simulation Center, the newly renovated space in Parkside Hall will transform the building into high-tech, flexible space for the campus’s radiography program and nursing program.  "We are deeply grateful to the Vera Z.…

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