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Food Service in Full Swing

January 12th, 2014 |

Food service for students, faculty and staff at IU South Bend is up and running in all four locations on campus for the spring semester.

Breakfast will be served in the University Grill from 8 to 10:30 a.m., and reopen for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Starbucks café in the Education and Arts Building will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

The SubConnection in the Student Activities Center will be open from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Northside Picante will be serving from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closed Friday.

Receive a 10 percent discount every time by putting Titan Dollars on your university ID card.

Stop by any dining location and speak to a cashier to load Titan Dining Dollars to your card. Cash and credit purchases can be made at each location.

The catering menu is under construction and will be completed soon. Visit the dining services website for more information.


Dining Services Press Release

MLK Celebration Concert to Feature Guest Cellist Lev Mumuya

January 10th, 2014 |

The Martin Luther Celebration Concert with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, in the IU South Bend Campus Auditorium. It will be an evening of inspirational music from African American composers.

The guest artist will be 16-year-old cellist Lev Mamuya. He is the 2013 Junior Laureate Sphinx Competition winner. The Detroit music competition supports diversity in the arts.

Mamuya had his first solo recital at age 5 and has performed with a number of orchestras including the Boston Pops. He is from West Roxbury, Mass.

Local baritone David Buggs will be the narrator.  Marvin Curtis, dean of the Ernestine Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend, will direct the South Bend Symphonic Choir, IUSB choral and the IU South Bend Gospel Choir.

Tickets are $3 for adults, children and students are free. Tickets are available at the IU South Bend box office at 574-520-4203 or www.southbendsymphony.org.

The concert sponsors are Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center and NIPSCO.

The guest artist underwriter is Lexus of Michiana.


Arts and Entertainment Press Release

Botkin Receives Legacy Award

January 10th, 2014 |

Nancy Botkin, senior lecturer in English at IU South Bend, received the Faculty Legacy Award on Jan. 10 from the IU South Bend Alumni Association. The award recognizes full time or retired faculty members who have made a significant impact on the lives of students at IU South Bend.

A $500 scholarship will be presented in her name to a student majoring in English. The award was presented at the staff breakfast to begin the spring semester.

Nominations for the award come from faculty, staff and alumni. A committee of faculty, alumni and students make the final selection. The nomination cited Botkin’s openness and availability to her students.


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Botkin said she is lucky to be working at IU South Bend. “I love the amazing people I work with and the students. I hope to be doing this for many years to come.”

She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State and a Master of Liberal Studies from IU South Bend in 1990.

Botkin began teaching in 1991 and primarily teaches freshman composition but also teaches W203, Introduction to Creative Writing, and A190, Art, Aesthetics & Creativity.  She is currently serving a second two-year term as assistant director of First-Year Writing.

She has received two teaching awards at IU South Bend. In 1999 she was awarded a TERA, Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, and more recently a 2008 Trustees’ Teaching Award.

In addition to teaching, Botkin is a working poet with publications in journals such as Poetry, Poetry East, The Midwest Quarterly, South Dakota Review, The Laurel Review, and American Literary Review. Mayapple Press published her full-length collection, Parts That Were Once Whole, in 2007. One of her chapbooks, Signs of Life, was published by No Exit Press in 1999, and the other, In Waves, was published by March Street Press in 2009. She won the 2005 Maize First Place Poetry Prize sponsored by the Writers’ Center of Indiana. Her poem, “Geometry,” was selected by Ted Kooser for his national newspaper column, American Life in Poetry. She is currently seeking publication for a new full-length collection, The Next Infinity.

Press Release

Four Chosen for All-Academic Team

January 8th, 2014 |

A total of 300 student-athletes from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s 14 member schools were honored recently for their academic accomplishments when the league announced its fall all-academic teams.

Indiana University South Bend earned four selections to the CCAC all all-academic teams, they are:

Krystle Troyer (Elkhart), the junior elementary education major earned her second selection to the fall all-academic team.

Emily Kozinski (Edwardsburg), also a junior majoring in elementary education, picked up her first all-academic selection.

Bethany Brewer (Nappanee), who is studying nursing, received her second consecutive selection to the fall all-academic team as a senior.

Melissa Macellari (Granger) earned a perfect 4.0 in elementary education in the fall semester to receive a positioin on the fall all-academic squad.

To be nominated for one of the five teams, a student-athlete must have been enrolled at his/her respective CCAC school for a minimum of one academic year, have completed at least 30 semester hours and receive  no less than a 3.25 cumulative grade point average.

Academics Press Release

Civil Rights Heritage Center Receives Freedom Award

January 7th, 2014 |

Civil Rights Heritage Center Receives Freedom Award

The IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center and its Engman Natatorium Project received the 2014 Freedom Award at the 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Indiana Statehouse Celebration. The award was presented on Jan. 15 at the Indiana Statehouse Rotunda.

The award was presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission.

The award is given to an individual or project whose major societal influence includes breaking down barriers that have divided us in the past and/or building ongoing relationships that foster respect, understanding, and harmony in our schools and communities.

The nominations are made anonymously by the member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission.

Alfred J. Guillaume Jr., retired executive vice chancellor, and Muhammad Shabazz II, both from the Civil Rights Heritage Center, were in Indianapolis to receive the award along with Allison Stankrauff, Schurz Library archivist.

Shabazz said he was thrilled to be part of the ceremony and to meet the governor. He added that the work of the center has been noted as important to the community and the state.

The center’s mission to portray the past, present and future of civil rights, serving as an active center that promotes social justice and human rights embodies that spirit of the award. According to Ava Taylor, public outreach and events manager for the Indiana Civil Right Commission, the center and natatorium are both important facets that the commission examined before giving the award. She cited the formation of the center as a student-led project and the importance of preserving the natatorium as a symbol of the struggle of civil right in the community.

Four awards were presented – Freedom Award, Spirit of Justice, Passing the Torch and Chairman’s Award. The other awards have not been announced.

The program included remarks by Gov. Mike Pence and the presentation of awards.

The IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center was created in 2000 after students returned from a trip to the South and wanted to continue their research into civil rights issues. The center is active in research into the struggles and achievements of citizens committed to social justice and it uses the civil rights movement as living history.

The Civil Rights Heritage Center at the Natatorium reopened in 2010. IU South Bend began working in 2006 with the city of South Bend and the South Bend Heritage Foundation to renovate and adapt the building for a center of research, community activities and education.

The public natatorium was built in 1922. It was partially desegregated in 1936 and full integrated in 1950.

Due to soaring repair costs and declining attendance, the pool closed in 1978. The pool shed was demolished in 2006. Today the pool site is a peace garden.

Lectures and Presentations Press Release

Campus Closed January 7 Due to Weather

January 6th, 2014 |

Due to weather conditions, IU South Bend will be closed on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, including the IU South Bend Elkhart Center. All employees, faculty and staff should not report to work. Both the South Bend campus and the Elkhart Center are expected to be open with normal hours on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.

Facilities Press Release

Campus Closed January 6 Due to Weather

January 5th, 2014 |

Due to weather conditions, IU South Bend will be closed on Monday, January 6, 2014, including the IU South Bend Elkhart Center. All employees, faculty and staff should not report to work. Both the South Bend campus and the Elkhart Center are expected to be open with normal hours on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

Facilities Press Release

Euclid Quartet Hosts Free String Workshop

January 2nd, 2014 |

IU South Bend’s Euclid Quartet will host a free string workshop on sound production on January 11, 2014 from 1 – 5 p.m. in the Education and Arts Building on campus.  The workshop is a terrific opportunity for high school students to work with a world-class string quartet and learn how to get the best possible sound from their instruments.

The workshop will include sound production demonstrations and exercises, a masterclass on tone, and a group mini-performance. A small group of attendees will be invited to perform a solo during the masterclass.

The Euclid Quartet is the resident string quartet at Indiana University South Bend.  The quartet is one of the most well-regarded ensembles of its generation, known for performances filled with passion, virtuosity, and sensitivity.  Violinists Jameson Cooper and Jacob Murphy, violist Luis Vargas, and cellist Si-Yan Darren Li will provide a brief performance during the workshop.

High school string musicians who wish to participate can register by calling 574-520-4558 or emailing mmorgand@iusb.edu.  Please include your name, grade, and instrument.


Arts and Entertainment Press Release

Campus Open Saturday to Help Students Register

January 1st, 2014 |

Indiana University South Bend will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2014 to help students register for classes for the spring semester. A full-range of services will be available to help students who may have been delayed in registering because of the holidays and the winter weather that closed the campus on Monday and Tuesday.  Classes for the spring semester begin on Monday, January 13.

Services provided in the Administration Building on Saturday will include admissions, financial aid, scholarships, Bursar, Registrar, advising, parking, student ID’s and other support to help a student enroll in classes for the start of the semester on Monday. The University Information Technology Services (UITS) Support Center will also be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Consultants will be available to help students with their passwords, wireless access, IU Box setup and any other technology issues they have for the start of classes.

The IU South Bend bookstore will be open in Northside Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  on Sunday.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the extra hours to take care of any final details before classes begin.

Academics Press Release

Titans Outstanding in the Classroom

December 23rd, 2013 |

IU South Bend student-athletes have completed the first half of the 2013-14 school year and they have done well on the court and in the classroom.

The Titan volleyball team posted a record-breaking finish as they won a program-best 18 matches.  The women’s basketball team is off to an impressive 12-2 start, and the men’s basketball team is winning games with a lot of new faces in the program.

The Titan student-athletes also excelled academically.

27 out of 39 athletes earned a 3.0 grade point average or better in the fall semester.  There were three student-athletes who earned a 4.0, 11 student-athletes who earned a 3.5, and 13 who earned a 3.0.

The women’s basketball team finished the semester with a 3.54 grade point average.  The women’s volleyball team finished the first half of the year with a 3.15 GPA and the men’s basketball team finished with a 2.93.

Congratulations to all the Titan student-athletes on an outstanding semester.

Academics Athletics Press Release
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