Community residents, students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the choice of the new Director for Student and Community Engagement at IU South Bend. This is a new position that seeks to broaden the mission of the Civil Rights Heritage Center to include a focus on the link between IU South Bend and the community. The search committee reviewed 38 applications and selected four very well qualified candidates to invite to campus. Interviews begin next Wednesday, February 4. Each candidate will give a public presentation on campus and again at the Natatorium at 1040 W. Washington Street in South Bend. You are encouraged to attend and give feedback to the committee.
- February 4: Darryl Heller, PhD
- On-campus presentation in DW 2170 at 10 am
- At the Natatorium at 5:30 pm
- February 5: Dawn Jones
- On-campus presentation in DW 2260 at 10 am
- At the Natatorium at 5:30 pm
- February 9: LaKerri Mack, PhD
- On-campus presentation in DW2170 at 10 am
- At the Natatorium at 5:30
- February 11 & 12, Eric Castillo, PhD
- 2/11 at the Natatorium at 5:30
- 2/12 on-campus presentation in DW 2170 at 10
Evaluation forms will be available at each presentation. We hope that you will join with us in this important work.
A student from the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend recently won an award at a prestigious regional acting competition. Marlon Burnley was awarded the Kennedy Center American and College Theater Festival National Partners Classical Acting Award at the Midwest Regional competition in Milwaukee.
Marlon Burnley in Pippin
“I’m very proud of him,” said Marvin V. Curtis, dean of the Raclin School. “ It is a well-deserved honor and I look forward to him receiving many more acting awards in his career.”
Burnley is a senior majoring in Theatre at IU South Bend. He graduated from Marian High School in South Bend. He was selected to attend the conference based on his performance in The Execution of Justice, performed at IU South Bend October. He played Douglas Schmidt, the defense attorney for Dan White.
“Winning the award has inspired me to continue refining my skills as a classical actor,” said Burnley. “This will broaden my experience and make me a better actor.”
In the competition, Burnley performed selections from the plays, The Meeting by Jeff Stetson, This is our Youth by Ken Lonnergran, and Shakespeare’s Othello. His acting partner was fellow IU South Bend Theatre student Javon Barnes. Their team advanced to the top 16 out of 250. This is the first time that any IU South Bend student has advanced that far in this competition. Burnley receive a prize of $750. This was his third appearance at the festival in three years. He has appeared in many productions at IU South Bend including a lead role in Pippin last year.
Indiana University South Bend’s Center for a Sustainable Future is pleased to announce its 2014-2015 class of Sustainability Fellows. Each year the Center selects Fellows who work with the faculty and staff on a variety of sustainability projects and initiatives.
Boniface Njuguna is Founder and Executive Director of the Green Youth Foundation. He received his MBA from IU South Bend. Through his foundation, Njuguna helps youngsters from Michiana assemble kits that include a solar lamp and cell phone charging kits that are then sent to his home country of Kenya. There, Kenyan youngsters put the kits together bringing light and the ability to charge cell phones to their villages that are not connected to the grid.
The Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics at Indiana University South Bend School is listed once again as an outstanding business school, according to the education services company, the Princeton Review. This is the eighth year that the school has been included in the annual publication, “The Best 296 Business Schools” (Random House / Princeton Review).
“This recognition demonstrates the high quality of the programs, faculty, and students at the Leighton School” said Rob Ducoffe, dean of the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics at IU South Bend.
Abdal Elhassani met with a lot of success this year pursuing his favorite pastime – solving problems for cash prizes. After his idea for NASA’s OpenNEX large collection of climate projection and Earth-observing data was one of four selected to win Phase I of the contest, the master’s student in management information systems (MS-MIT) at the IU South Bend Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics tackled Phase II of the challenge. He built a practical application for his idea that predicts how plant hardiness zones will be affected in future years with a changing climate. His efforts earned him a third place finish and a $10,000 prize.
Graduate Student Abdal Elhassani
With a short 30 days to build the application, Elhassani’s graduate coursework helped him make good decisions to minimize problems and streamline the process. “In my graduate classes,” Elhassani explained, “I learned that planning is very important, so you don’t encounter a lot of unexpected problems.”