IU Northwest RSS Feed IU Northwest RSS Feed http://www.iun.edu/ Wed, 01 Jan 2020 01:59:28 EST Wed, 01 Jan 2020 01:59:28 EST 240 2019: IU Northwest's Year in Review http://www.iun.edu/.htm http://www.iun.edu/.htm Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:00:00 EST

IU Northwest’s historic 2019 is full of milestones, improvements and accomplishments. Best of all, every one of them in some way contributes to the fulfillment of IU Northwest’s strategic priorities:

  • Student Success
  • Valuing People
  • Leveraging Diversity and Inclusive Excellence
  • Building and Sustaining Community
  • Financial Planning and Management

In this way, the year in review is the story of our campus community. Read on for the highlights of IU Northwest’s 2019.

By the Numbers

A look at IU Northwest by the numbers reveals a snapshot of its impact in Northwest Indiana.

  • 5 schools and academic divisions
  • 100+ online courses
  • 70+ clubs and organizations
  • 12 men’s and women’s varsity sports teams 
  • 200,000+ service-learning hours
  • 65+ academic programs
  • 830 degrees granted in 2019
  • 27,000+ alumni around the world


The 2019-20 academic year kicked off IU’s much-anticipated Bicentennial Celebration. The yearlong, multi-campus observance of the University’s 200th birthday on January 20, 2020, included several IU Northwest contributions.

Tamarack Hall Historical Marker

In March, the educational conference “Exploring Partnerships for the Future,” examined the pressing concerns of the region, related to educational access and achievement and community-based partnerships as potential solutions.

In September, IU Northwest dedicated a historical marker for Tamarack Hall at the former site of the campus’s first building.

Of the 25 Bicentennial Professors selected to collectively represent every discipline of IU and make appearances across every Indiana county, IU Northwest is proud to have William Allegrezza as our Bicentennial Professor.

Campus facelifts and more

In total, IU Northwest made facilities improvements totaling more than $11.5 million in 2019. The most notable makeover was to the one-acre Anderson Library and Conference Center Plaza in the center of campus. The $1.25 million project created a more contemporary, and fully accessible, gathering space.

Other major improvements for 2019 included mechanical and interior renovations to the library, a new home for Academic Affairs after the demolition of Lindenwood Hall, and improvements to sidewalks, restrooms and some classrooms.


Ian Taschner

Faculty members had their work published in scholarly journals, many of which included students listed as co-authors.

One highlight was the study published in the Journal of Veteran Studies. Three School of Business and Economics professors made the business case for hiring veterans, citing higher stock performance among military-friendly firms.

For the first time, IU Northwest planned a Celebration of Faculty Research as part of the IU’s statewide 200 Festival in September. While the inaugural showcase may have been a bicentennial event, it gets a place under the “research” heading in the 2019 Year in Review.

With so much incredible academic activity taking place on campus every day, an annual event was created to showcase faculty research and scholarship. The event showcased 14 individual projects in its first year.


Friends of IU Northwest keep the campus growing and thriving. In 2019, IU Northwest thanked its philanthropists with a few signature events, including the Chancellor’s Medallion, and the Annual Scholarship Celebration.

Karen and Terry McMahon honored

Philanthropy Week is an annual event that rallies the support of the campus community and builds awareness about philanthropy and its impact on students. At this year's event, IU Northwest students, alumni, faculty and staff made over 250 gifts, wrote nearly 800 thank-you notes, and contributed more than $12,000 in support of IU Northwest. 

Also in 2019, the Department of Athletics received a $100,000 gift from Terry and Karen McMahon, earmarked for the establishment of a resource center where student-athletes can come together as a team. The room will be used by teams to host pre- and post-game press conferences and new student-athlete signing, and as a location to host prospective student-athletes for recruitment visits and pre-game events.

Campus Events and Major Milestones

50 Years of Black Studies Celebration

The year 2019 was also the year that the campus and community commemorated 50 years of Black Studies at IU Northwest.

As the One Book … One Campus … One Community … reading initiative kicked off the 2019-20 academic year, the chosen book’s author, Hanif Abdurraqib packed the house with a book reading, Q&A and autograph session.

The same year, IU First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie had headlined the previous year’s signature event, leading a panel discussion about Women and Power by Mary Beard.

IU Northwest' 12 varsity men's and women's sports teams spent 2019 competing in a new athletic conference, the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).

Student Success

William J. Lowe and Lauren Frick

Success looks different for every student and includes a multitude of individualized experiences. Research, internships, student clubs and athletics, and opportunities to study abroad are just a few examples of the experiences that build success for students.

In 2019, four students traveled to Bilbao, Spain, and another four made their way to China.

Our favorite time of year is Commencement, when we celebrate our students and their individual success stories in grand fashion. In 2019, IU Northwest’s Office of Marketing and Communications showcased six students, a mere snapshot of the 830 that walked across the stage to collect their diplomas in May.

Programs / Innovation

With each passing year, IU Northwest continues to implement new programs and innovations that enhance an IU Northwest degree and the student experience. In 2019, IU Northwest added an undergraduate degree in neuroscience, as well as a master’s degree in computer information systems. Two new online degrees became available to IU Northwest students, thanks to partnerships between IU campuses who jointly administer undergraduate programs in business administration and criminal justice/public safety. Those interested in managing a sports facility can now enroll in a sports management certificate program.

Existing programs received top honors and accolades, too. The School of Nursing was named a best-value nursing school, according to Nursing Explorer, and the Health Information Management (HIM) program made it to the top of the 40 Best Bachelor’s Degrees in HIM, published by the Healthcare Administration Degree Programs educational website.

The Center for Urban and Regional Excellence announced Collaboratory, a new cloud-based software tool that curates community-based activities.

* This summary represents only some highlights from a prosperous 2019. It isn't possible to feature every moment, every milestone, every achievement, that has made 2019 such a great year for IU Northwest. If there is anything that our editors omitted in this summary, or that we should explore in 2020, please drop the marketing and communications team a line at marcom@iu.edu.


Meet William Allegrezza http://www.iun.edu/.htm http://www.iun.edu/.htm Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:00:00 EST

If you want to get to know William Allegrezza, IU Northwest professor of English, you simply must pay a visit to his office in Hawthorn Hall. Ask him about his vintage typewriter collection, his favorite authors and poets (they change all the time), and the handwriting on his walls.

In late 2018, IU selected 25 professors across every campus to serve as Bicentennial Professors. Collectively, they represent the vast array of contributions that IU has left upon the world over the past 200 years. Throughout its bicentennial year, IU intends for its bicentennial professors to make appearances in all 92 Indiana counties.

Five minutes into a casual conversation with this Mississippi native, it is immediately clear why IU chose Allegrezza to join this esteemed group. It is his deep knowledge and appreciation for literature that IU wants to spread across the state.

Inside IUN sat down with Bicentennial Professor Allegrezza recently in hopes of gaining some insight into him that is even a fraction as deep as his passion for language.


Tell us about the experience of learning you had been named a bicentennial professor. What was your reaction?

I was browsing through my emails as I was walking out of Hawthorn. I was shocked to see a personal note from President McRobbie congratulating me. Moments later, I caught sight of Chancellor Lowe trotting down the hall to catch up with me. He had just gotten the note too and wanted to congratulate me himself.

I was so surprised. Honestly, we have so many awesome professors here. I look over a lot of their resumes for awards and things, and they do some amazing things. To be singled out when there are so many brilliant minds around me, is truly spectacular.

What is the bicentennial professor job description? What are the expectations of your appointment?

Organizations can request an appearance via the bicentennial website at 200.iu.edu. The goal is for a bicentennial professor to appear in all 92 counties over the course of this academic year. This is how it was in the early history of IU. Professors would often travel and bring education directly to the people. This is our way of honoring that history and continuing that legacy.

Earlier this year, I went to IU and met some of the group. Listening to the professors all talk about their respective disciplines really drove home the collective impact that we offer in the disciplines of humanities, medicine, business, public and environmental affairs, education, sciences, health sciences and public policy. It was awe-inspiring and to be a part of this group as its literary representative is an honor.

The two appearances I’ve contributed so far sparked some great discussions and interest in literary pursuits. Around Halloween, I gave a talk about ghosts in literature as part of the Humanities Festival at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting. This summer, I was part of an event called Chautauqua at the Dunes where I read poetry and conducted a writing workshop.

I expect to be especially busy with appearances in April, which is National Poetry Month.

Tell us a little about your educational background and your academic pursuits.

I grew up in Mississippi but lived in Texas and Louisiana before moving to the Midwest. I lost my accent when I went to Texas to go to college at a small Catholic school. It was wildly conservative, and I was not, so it was a fun four years, but it was filled with brilliant professors and great students.

For graduate school I went to Louisiana State and got a master’s in English. Then I switched to Comparative Literature for my doctorate. That’s a field many people don’t know. Basically, I studied literature in three languages, (I am qualified to teach in Italian and Greek, too) though I primarily just teach in English now. 

As a scholar, I’m interested in poetry and language roots. I’m intrigued by how words work together and where they come from and how the words sound together. I consider myself an experimental poet, which means that I write poems that explore the edges of meaning.

How did you end up in the Midwest, and at IU Northwest?

After graduate school, I planted my index finger blindly on a map to decide where to go next. It landed near Chicago. I flew to Chicago, and I sent off some emails as soon as I hit the ground. IU Northwest was the first to respond and agree to speak to me about a job.

I became a part-time instructor, but then I received a full-time job opportunity elsewhere. I left temporarily, but then an opportunity for a full-time position came available at IU Northwest, and I came back. That was in 2003.

Tell us about your creative process.

I write everywhere on everything—scraps of paper, wood, notebooks, plastic, glass, mail.  Right now, I like the walls in my office. I write on them in different colors, and I erase them and write more. Currently, I am tinkering with about 15 different pieces on them. I use the walls to brainstorm poems, to play with words. For me, writing poetry is like writing music. It has to be read in a certain way, with spaces and pauses in the right places, so I work on how to place words on pages for a long time before I finish with a piece. The walls help with that.

The walls are certainly interesting. You’ve got some interesting ways of engaging students and spreading your love of literature as well. Tell me about that.

Poetry taped to door opening

You’re probably referring to the poetry you’ve seen splayed across Hawthorn Hall and the campus when I teach my Writing Poetry class. I try to teach students that poetry is a living art, not just something they see in a classroom, and I get them out into public spaces to write. For example, once during the semester, I will ask them to transform a space on campus with their poetry. I leave it up to them how they do it, but I really want them to see people react to their creativity. In the past, I have also set up public readings for them at bookstores or coffeehouses, and I ask them to go to a reading of a living poet because I want them to see the people who are engaged in the art. This point is why I bring in a published creative writer into each creative writing class I teach. I want the students to be able to have an open conversation with a living writer. I also like for them to write in various spaces. This spring the entire class will go for a hike in Miller Woods and write poetry. 

Any other quirky ways of engaging folks in the power and music of your words?

I don’t typically try to be quirky to engage people. My basic belief is that a poet who believes in the art must take part in the poetry community to foster the art, grow it, and keep it relevant. In the past, I have edited journals and websites. I have been a book editor and translator. I even started a reading series in Chicago and had WBEZ-FM (the NPR affiliate in Chicago) record it to help foster the poetry community. That said, I have some practices that people might find quirky.  For example, I sometimes create poems on a vintage typewriter (I have a large collection of them) and mail them to strangers. I’ve been known to take the name a poet and choose someone with that name from the phonebook. That person will just get a poem out of nowhere, a poem that is not published or even kept anywhere else. I consider these poems transitory and impermanent, so I don’t keep track of them. The experience for me is about writing something beautiful and letting it go.

Who is your favorite poet or author right now and why?

I have go to writers like Dante or Walt Whitman. I can come back to their works and get something always.  For living writers, I would say some of my favorite American poets right now are Eileen Tabios and Charles Bernstein since they play with language in interesting ways. That said, there are many, many wonderful poets writing now.  I like to tell students who are interested to go look at Small Press Distribution if they want to discover some of the best contemporary poetry writing now.  More poetry is being written and published now than at any other time in history.

What is something that you wish more people knew about you?

I am not sure. I can be cantankerous and mischievous, and I love to travel and see new things, but I suspect something that many people might not know is how much I really love teaching at IU Northwest.  It’s not because of the resources or the location close to Chicago. Quite honestly, it’s the students who make me love it here.  They come with rich stories and varied backgrounds, but they are open and friendly. I have taught other places, but I think of IU Northwest students as my favorites.

Bill lives in Munster with his wife, Lori Ryan, a psychologist, and two daughters, Keira, 11, and Quinn, 9.


William Allegrezza

IU Northwest photo by Erika Rose

The walls speak of William Allegrezza’s passion for words, for literature, for language. One is peppered with the faces of his favorite poets and authors. Another is his word playground, where he scribbles and scrawls as words and phrases dance around his multilingual mind. Through his poetry, he makes melodies with words, music without instruments. It is these walls where that magic happens.

Campus Hours and Closures http://www.iun.edu/.htm http://www.iun.edu/.htm Wed, 11 Dec 2019 00:00:00 EST

To assist your planning, please remember IU Northwest is open for academic, business and campus events or activities during set hours. These hours represent the times when doors are unlocked and buildings are available for use.

Non-academic hours are when classes are not in session, including the week of Thanksgiving, fall, winter and spring breaks, and before the start of summer sessions.

Non-academic hours

Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

During the year-end holidays, the IU Northwest campus will be CLOSED from Sunday, December 22, through Wednesday, January 1. Campus will resume operations on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Faculty and staff that need access to campus buildings during this time should contact IUPD-NW at 219 980-6501.

Standard campus hours

Monday – Thursday

        Moraine and Savannah:  7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

        All other buildings:  7 a.m. – 9 p.m. 


        Anderson Library:  7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

        Arts & Sciences, Moraine and Savannah:  7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

        All other buildings:  7 a.m. – 7 p.m.


        Anderson Library:  9:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.

        Arts & Sciences, Moraine and Savannah:  7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

        All other buildings:  7 a.m. – 3 p.m.


        Anderson Library:  12:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.

        Arts & Sciences:  12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

        All other buildings:  Closed

*All times subject to special events and campus closures. The hours listed above exclude campus holidays and approved campus events.


Five selected for research grants through IU Northwest Minority Opportunity for Research Experience http://www.iun.edu/.htm http://www.iun.edu/.htm Wed, 04 Dec 2019 00:00:00 EST

The Indiana University Northwest Office of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (ODEMA), in collaboration with the Office of Academic Affairs, has announced the recipients of its Minority Opportunity for Research Experience (MORE) grants for 2020.

One of the hallmarks of an IU Northwest education is the opportunity to work collaboratively with faculty mentors on research at the undergraduate level. MORE is a campus-wide research initiative, which supports students from all disciplines. In addition to conducting original research, MORE program participants are strongly encouraged to attend related seminars, conferences, and meetings. Meet the five students who are the latest to earn this privilege and explore the breadth and potential impact of their work.

Brittany Armstrong: Computer-aided chemistry analysis

Brittany Armstrong, of Wheatfield, Ind., is a senior majoring in biochemistry. Recognized as an outstanding student in biochemistry, Armstrong joined Associate Professor of Chemistry Tia Walker’s undergraduate research group in August 2019.

Through a new project, Armstrong intends to meld her chemistry and biochemistry expertise with her background in computer coding and programming. In Walker’s lab, she will cultivate catnip and Mimosa pudica for extraction and identification of key organic molecules that may have application in agriculture and medicine. She will then use the programming language Python to monitor external and internal humidity, temperature, growth, water pH, water flow, and light in the lab. She will utilize several Raspberry Pi microcomputers to design a layout in the grow room. 

This particular research method has never been done before. Armstrong intends to present her research at the IU Northwest College of Arts and Sciences Conference in the spring.

Noelle McBride: Stress and the micro-biome

Noelle McBride, of Dyer, is a senior double-majoring in neuroscience and psychology.

McBride is interested in research that address the behavioral effects stress may cause in the brain of an individual. Working closely with Assistant Professor of Biology Jenny Fisher since the summer of 2019, McBride has also done a lot of independent research that focused on behavioral neuroscience and microbiology. After discovering her passion for this research subject, McBride intends to pursue a naturopathic doctorate degree, studying natural medicine, and neuroscience.

McBride will investigate changes in the micro-biome of the zebra fish in response to chronic stressors. While learning the basics of microbiology techniques, she is running practice dissections of zebra fish intestines and trying different types of DNA extractions to determine which would be best for further experiments. She hopes to expand her research design of stress and anxiety to stress and the micro-biome.

Her research involves exposing the zebra fish to chronic, unpredictable stress and then measuring its cortisol level through DNA extraction. This will enable her to explore the relationship between stress and the microbial environment in the gut, as a precursor to mimicking these same changes in the human intestine.

Through her research, McBride hopes to one day find potential cures for human ailments such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

McBride is a member of the International Honors Society of Psychology.

Laila Nawab: Growing plants without soil

Laila Nawab, of Munster is a senior chemistry major interested in pursuing an advanced degree in chemistry.

She joined Assistant Professor of Chemistry Ian Taschner’s laboratory in August and began research on a multidisciplinary project that incorporates botany, organic chemistry, and analytical chemistry. 

Nawab is in the process of discovering the effects of merging two areas of chemistry and botany through hydroponic growth of Nepeta Cateria, commonly known as catnip, and using the terpenoid nepetalactone, a tag for gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GCMS) analysis. She will also begin a botanical pH study with one cultivar of Nepeta under deep water culture conditions. In alignment with research that Taschner has conducted, Nawab plans to further explore the extraction and quantification of nepetalactone. Asked to summarize her research in simple terms, Nawab explained that her research involves growing plants without soil.

“The research will include an assessment of chemical changes that occur inside the plant due to controlled external changes with the water and nutrients solution, especially the pH of the reservoir system,” Nawab explained.

Ultimately, Nawab’s work is intended to incorporate a botanical aspect that could have broader implications across a variety of research disciplines. 

Thanks to the MORE research grant, Nawab will continue her research under Taschner throughout the spring 2020 semester, an experience that she says “has not only increased my interest in science, but also reinforces the impact chemistry has on everyday life and how small changes can greatly impact the final results.”

Nawab also serves as the president of the Student Government Association and is the former vice president of the Student Activities Board. She added that in conducting this research, Nawab hopes to bring encouragement to women who may be considering research in chemistry. 

Nicholas Olchawa: Fruit flies and reproduction

Nicholas Olchawa, of Crown Point, will spend the spring 2020 semester investigating Me31B complex genes and specifically, their influence on the stability of germ line RNAs in Drosophilia oogenesis. In lay terms, this means that Olchawa, under the guidance of his faculty mentor, Assistant Professor of Biology Ming Gao, will be studying reproductive development in fruit flies.

The junior biology major is excited for the opportunity to conduct such groundbreaking research as an undergraduate and sees the opportunity as a stepping-stone, which will help prepare him for medical school.

Gao said that Olchawa’s previous work on RNAs involved in Drosophila egg development contributed significantly to a manuscript recently submitted to the world-renowned journal Scientific Reports.

In addition to this, and other research experiences at IU Northwest, Olchawa is also an active volunteer in his community and is passionate about helping vulnerable populations in his hometown. He currently works with the elderly and assists with various tasks at Franciscan Health in Crown Point. Once he becomes a doctor, he hopes to continue research toward fighting diseases such as dementia.

Angad Sidhu: Antibiotic resistance

Angad Sidhu, of Crown Point is a junior biology major. Interested in microbiology research, Sidhu has worked in Assistant Professor of Biology Jenny Fisher’s lab since the spring.  Fischer will mentor Sidhu on a new project, in which Sidhu will use a technique to discern between live and dead organisms to better understand how antibiotic resistance genes are transmitted in different environments.

Subsequent to his initial research project that involved tracking antibiotics resistance in E. coli throughout the Northwest Indiana water system, he is now working on detecting the presence of antibiotic resistant E. coli in sewage samples using propidium monoazido (PMA). Sidhu said working in the lab has taught him that some bacteria have the ability to transfer their plasmids, a small DNA molecule, to one another. 

Fisher emphasized the importance of his research because it helps establish the risks associated with antibiotic resistant bacteria found in sewage and the environment. Sidhu, who is interested in human health and the effect that the environment has had on humanity, emphasizes that tracking the antibiotic resistance present in our local waterways serves as the first line of defense against any possible disease outbreak. 

“This research project has given me the opportunity to work and think independently, all while being a part of a team of like-minded individuals working to achieve a common goal,” Sidhu said.

Sidhu is involved in the Student Government Association as the vice president along with many more extracurricular activities. 

Additional information about the MORE program can be found here.

IU Northwest now offering a minor, and standalone certificate, in Sports Management http://www.iun.edu/.htm http://www.iun.edu/.htm Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST

Indiana University Northwest now offers an online, 21-credit Certificate in Sports Management, in addition to a degree minor.

Sports management is a growing field that focuses on multiple aspects of managing sports, leisure, and recreation programs and facilities.

Mark Sperling, interim dean of the School of Education, said the new certificate and minor are the result of local employers and professionals expressing a need for specialized training.

“We are proud to offer the only sports management program in the region and are excited about the quality of the instruction,” Sperling added. “With doctoral-prepared faculty in both education and business, along with faculty who have direct experience working in the field, students will get a well-rounded, hands-on education that will prepare them for entry or advancement in the exciting world of sports management.”

Tools to succeed

The certificate is designed for those who seek immediate employment in a sports facility, or those who already work in a fitness or athletic capacity and aspire to a management position.

The degree minor, which typically takes a student pursuing a degree in another discipline two years to complete, is designed for students who want to gain the fundamental skills necessary to manage a sports facility as a complement to another discipline, most commonly education, health, physical education, recreation and business.

Fulfillment of both options requires seven online courses covering a wide range of topics, including the financial principals of sports, sports marketing, legal issues, planning and operations, and the historical development of sport in American culture. A hands-on practicum during which students gain practical job training guided by a professional in the field is also required.

Students will learn management concepts, including strategic planning and decision-making. They will learn methods for oversight and control over sports recreation programs in schools and communities, both nationally and internationally.

Coursework will also cover the functions of sports management, such as operations, marketing, communications, and finance and economics. It will educate students about the environment of sports management, including legal and ethical aspects, diversity and technical advances.

This program was developed based on the recommended key content areas of sport management by the Common Professional Component (CPC) of the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). The programs are administered by the School of Education, in partnership with the School of Business and Economics, whose faculty teach some of the courses.

Enrollment in both programs is continuous, and students can begin as early as the spring 2020 semester.

For more information, contact the School of Education at 219-980-6510 or visit https://www.iun.edu/education/sports-management/index.htm


Students using weight machines

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Students in the IU Northwest Fitness Center.

IU Northwest to honor veterans, military service members, and their families on Veterans Day http://www.iun.edu/.htm http://www.iun.edu/.htm Tue, 05 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST

Indiana University Northwest will celebrate Veterans Day with a variety of interactive activities and a panel discussion to honor veterans, military service members and their families, on campus and in the community. Festivities will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 in the Moraine Student Center.

IU Northwest is proud to serve more than 100 students, faculty, and staff who are veterans or family members receiving veteran education benefits. It also boasts a growing student-led Military Service Association.

Registrar Peter Zachocki, who also manages the Office of Military and Veteran Services at IU Northwest, says this year’s celebration builds on the excitement generated at the opening of the campus Veterans Resource Center, which took place on Veterans Day last year.

“People on this campus really care about veterans, military service members and their families. We want to do whatever we can to celebrate their contributions and help students with military ties succeed,” he said.


Beginning at 11 a.m., several hands-on demonstrations and activities, courtesy of the Indiana National Guard, will be available for all to experience, including obstacle courses, games, and MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) tastings. Military equipment and items, including an M-ATV combat vehicle, gear pack, tent, and night vision goggles will also be on display.

At 1:30 p.m., members of the IU Northwest Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) will post the colors of the flag, before IU Northwest Chancellor William J. Lowe welcomes attendees and opens a special panel discussion featuring a mix of faculty, students and alumni with military ties.

Designed to explore the military experience, the panel will be moderated by Joseph S. Pete, business reporter at The Times of Northwest Indiana. A U.S. Army veteran deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom III, Pete served in Baghdad, Mosul, and Fallujah where he earned the Combat Infantryman Badge. Members of the panel will include: 

  • Dee Dotson, IU Northwest alumna (2016), military mom, producer and host at Lakeshore Public Media
  • Charles Hobson, Ph.D., IU Northwest business administration professor and U.S. Army veteran
  • Dan Riordan, IU Northwest student, U.S. Marines veteran, and founder of the Military Service Association at IU Northwest

The panel discussion will conclude at 3 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public. If weather permits, some interactive demonstrations will take place outside.

For more information, please contact James Wallace at jamewall@iun.edu or 219-980-6596.

Hiring veterans is good for business, IU Northwest study shows http://www.iun.edu/.htm http://www.iun.edu/.htm Mon, 04 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST

Hiring military veterans and reservists results in better financial performance for companies according to a new study conducted by three Indiana University Northwest School of Business and Economics professors.

Published in the Journal of Veteran Studies, the study makes the business case for hiring veterans, citing higher stock price performance among military-friendly firms, a previously unexplored data point.

Using G.I. Jobs’ list of “2016 Military-Friendly Firms,” the professors, Micah Pollak, Bala Arshanapalli, and Charles Hobson, compared data from the list’s 64 publicly traded firms with comparable firms not identified as military-friendly. They found a statistically significant difference in the financial returns – a median 7.23 percentage points and a mean 5.18 percentage points higher for the military-friendly firms.

Charles Hobson, Micah Pollak Bala Arshanapalli

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The study's authors, Charles Hobson, left, Micah Pollak, and Bala Arshanapalli, convene in the campus Veterans Resource Center, in Hawthorn Hall.

In their analysis, the researchers draw attention to 23 characteristics that surfaced during their literature review. Individuals with military training, they say, tend to develop attributes that are attractive to civilian employers, such as resilience, self-discipline, global perspective and more.

Doing better in the stock market is merely one piece of quantitative evidence in support of hiring veterans, and whether stock performance can be linked to specific military-friendly attributes needs more study, Arshanapalli said, but this finding is significant because until now, the assumption that veterans improve companies has been largely anecdotal.

“The best way to encourage firms to employ veterans/reservists is to provide rigorous evidence of their positive impact on organizations,” the professors wrote. “Regrettably … the research evidence documenting the employment outcomes of veterans/reservists in the workplace is limited and often methodologically weak, with no studies assessing firm-level financial outcomes.”

Pollak said this study is just the beginning of more collaborative research in this area, and in fact, plans are firming up with the veteran-owned Viqtory, a small business that publishes the annual list of military-friendly firms that the authors used in their paper. The authors are discussing a new research article on a related topic in partnership with Viqtory.

A challenging mindset to overcome

The researchers say more study is needed on other factors that link positive outcomes to hiring veterans, largely because of widespread misconceptions and stereotypes.

Hobson, a human resources professional who served in the U.S. Army in the 1970s, and in the Indiana National Guard in the 1980s, said that many veterans actually leave their military service off their resumes and don’t bring up their service in interviews, for fear of it being a detriment.

“Approximately one percent of the U.S. population is in the military,” Hobson said. “The other 99 percent are perhaps a little intimidated and fearful that ‘If I hire you, are you going to be able to fit in?’ There are a lot of reasons that some companies don’t want to take a chance on a veteran.”

On the flip side, as Pollak pointed out, “This article makes the argument that employers should be reaching out to veterans” in order to obtain the qualities that contribute to a company’s bottom line, and a more productive workforce in general.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) agrees. The society’s guide, “The Recruitment, Hiring, Retention and Engagement of Military Veterans,” outlines over 48 pages, the value that skilled veterans bring to the civilian workplace.

The difficulty, the SHRM guide says, often lies in translating military roles to civilian roles, a challenge that arises “because both veterans and employers are seeking concrete and direct translation of roles in the military to roles in the civilian sector without considering the broader, and perhaps less obvious, employment-related skills and abilities that translate.”

One SHRM statistic reveals that the perception barrier is real. A 2010 poll found that 46 percent of the human resource professionals surveyed indicated that concerns about post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues posed hiring challenges. Just 22 percent said the same about combat-related physical disabilities.

An asset in the workplace

Hobson hopes that more veterans will follow the lead of Dan Riordan (see sidebar), by bringing up their service as the asset that it is, instead of avoiding it.

“In addition to encouraging businesses to consider hiring veterans/reservists,” the study’s abstract states, “our results may be beneficial for career counselors, human resource and development managers, and other who interact with veterans, as well as for veterans themselves.” 

Immersive China trip opens up a new world of opportunities for four IU Northwest students http://www.iun.edu/.htm http://www.iun.edu/.htm Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:00:00 EDT

Four Indiana University Northwest students traveled to China this summer thanks to an opportunity presented through TRIO Student Support Services.

Known as a “Cultural Clarity Experience,” facilitated by The Zion Management Group, a professional training and development company, the trip transformed the lives of the four students who had to apply for the chance to join other first-generation college students on an international immersion trip.

Juan Cases, Kaitlin Rich, Daija Jenkins, Praniece Nicholson

IU Northwest photo

Juan Casas of TRIO Student Support Services, moderates a discussion with Kaitlin Rich, Daija Jenkins, and Praniece Nicholson. A fourth student, Monique Michaels, not pictured, also traveled to China with the group.


The students, Praniece Nicholson, of Gary, a recent psychology graduate; Daija Jenkins, of Gary, a junior psychology major; Kaitlin Rich, of Crown Point, a senior elementary education major; and Monique Michaels, of Merrillville, a recent criminal justice graduate; spent 10 days exploring cultural landmarks, experiencing Chinese culture, attending workshops and collaborating with Chinese students.

TRIO Director Juan Casas, who accompanied the students on the trip, recently gathered three of the students in the Moraine Student Center, where they shared their experiences with the campus community. They recounted anecdotes and curiosities, like what it was like to use chopsticks and how they felt about posing for photos because they are American, as well as more powerful academic experiences like learning how to collaborate with students across the globe.

View a video about the experience here: Cultural Clarity Experience Video: China 2019

A cross-cultural education

The students visited the Great Wall, the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Oriental Pearl Tower and the Anhui Ancient Streets, among other cultural marvels. They took traditional arts and culture classes. They attended educational workshops designed to transform them into leaders in a global market. They learned about self-discovery and resiliency, mindfulness, leadership development, community building, and more.

Jenkins said that if she had only one word to describe her 10-day experience in China, it would be “metamorphic.” She chose this word because “the number one feeling I experienced was being uncomfortable,” and “being uncomfortable forces you to grow, to change.”

“I got to immerse myself in a different culture by exploring different cities within China,” Jenkins said, “trying new foods every day, learning local customs, and talking with and getting to know the people, which broadened my vision of the world. I got on that plane, back to Chicago, for sure, not the same person.”

Michaels said that meeting Chinese students was her favorite part of the experience.

“I grew very close to a few of the students and we talked about our experiences and home life,” Michaels said. “Sharing stories about things and how we are so different, yet so very similar. … It is the people you meet along the way that really make the experience that much more life-changing.”

Nicholson said the experience nurtured her growth into a global leader.

“I was challenged to expand my way of thinking and being,” Nicholson said. “I learned that becoming a global leader does not result from merely traveling to a different space on the map but from fully immersing one’s self in that space's culture. It involves acknowledging that one's own frame of reference is not the only frame of reference and striving to understand people's differences while enjoying the many similarities.”

About TRIO Student Support Services

IU Northwest’s TRIO Student Support Services program serves first-generation, low-income students and/or those with a documented disability. These students are often underprepared academically, financially, and attitudinally for success in higher education.

At IU Northwest, 64 percent of the entire undergraduate student population is eligible to apply for the Student Support Services program, funded by the Department of Education to serve 300 eligible students with demonstrated academic need. Every five years, IU Northwest re-applies for funding to continue the services of the grant and support the students.

Grant funding was not used for the immersion trip to China as it is not part of the agreement. Instead, the trip was paid for by a limited amount of indirect funds that is provided to TRIO Student Support Services by the University and a portion was also paid for with the help of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

“One of the first tasks I was given when I was hired was to find a way to make this trip happen for our students,” Casas said. “My students who wanted to go on this trip inspired me. I knew it would be an impactful, life-changing, educational experience they would never forget.”

Faculty research and innovation celebrated at IU Northwest, and all IU campuses, for bicentennial http://www.iun.edu/.htm http://www.iun.edu/.htm Wed, 09 Oct 2019 00:00:00 EDT

Indiana University’s statewide 200 Festival—the official kick-off to IU’s year-long bicentennial celebrationprompted IU Northwest, and all IU campuses, to develop a faculty research showcase designed to highlight faculty scholarship, research, and creative activities.

In eight-minute Tedx-style talks, 14 faculty members expressed just how their research, both preliminary and ongoing, are making an impact in the region and state.


The aim of all the bicentennial events is to celebrate, chronicle, document and explore all that makes IU the world-class university it is today.

“The level of innovation and ingenuity coming from this stage today is remarkable,” said Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Cynthia O’Dell. “IU Northwest’s faculty researchers are among the top experts in their respective fields. Their research is contributing to greater bodies of research that will be making headlines across the nation and globally.”

O’Dell said the campus community was so impressed by what they learned at the September event that it will become an annual affair. In addition, the presentations will be compiled into a webpage that will grow with each passing year.

Below are videos of each of the 14 presentations. Click the photo to view:

William Allegrezza William Allegrezza
Step Below: A Poetry Reading
Subir Bandyopadhyay Subir Bandyopadhyay, Stephen McShane
The Making of the Digital Scrapbook on IU Northwest History: When Research Meets Creativity and Technology
Jenny Fisher Jenny Fisher
Search for the Next Superbug
Monica Solinas-Saunders Monica Solinas-Saunders
Incarceration and Reentry at the Intersection with Race and Poverty: The Marginalization of Too Many of Our Own Sisters
Ming Gao Ming Gao
What Germ Cells Are and How to Make Them
Mark Baer Mark Baer
Gary Shakespeare Company: Community Engagement and Student-Engaged Creative Work
Anita Benna Anita Benna
Seeing into the Minds of P-12 Teachers and Students: A Visual Representation of Cognitive Thought
Spencer Cortwright Spencer Cortwright
The Gem of Northwest Indiana: Restoration of the Greatest Ecological Region of the U.S.
Hannah Lee Hannah Lee
The Costs and Benefits of Optimism in Academic Performance: If Optimism Works, Why Don’t All Optimistic People Succeed in Life?
Cara Lewis Cara Lewis
Dynamic Form: How the Visual Arts Shape Literature
Vernon Smith Vernon Smith
Creating Excellence: Becoming an A+ School
Ian Scott Taschner Ian Scott Taschner
Hempire: Cannabinoids and Compliance
Nico Casas Nico Casas
Developing a Program to Halt the Spread of Fake News and Misinformation
Yllka Azemi Yllka Azemi
A Holistic Strategic Marketing Model: How Businesses of Gary Can Attract Lifelong Customers

For a full list of events celebrating the achievements of faculty researchers at other IU campuses, visit the 200 Festival event page.

Alumni Profile: Robert Nava http://www.iun.edu/.htm http://www.iun.edu/.htm Tue, 08 Oct 2019 00:00:00 EDT

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” – Pablo Picasso

Robert Nava admits he has always struggled with the “rules” part.

While working towards his bachelor’s degree in fine art at Indiana University Northwest, the East Chicago native said his introductory painting classes were focused on drawing realistically. It’s where he learned the basic elements of art -- lines, shape, and color.

But copying things and drawing straight lines wasn’t natural for Nava. “Breaking the rules,” on the other hand, as Pablo Picasso had said, felt much better to him, so he eventually went in the opposite direction. He discovered that drawing something completely “wrong” was much more interesting. Professing a “fascination with line quality that possess less motor skill or a brokenness to its rhythm,” Nava is best-known for his paintings of “primordial monsters and myths.”

Currently, Nava has work in three galleries: Night Gallery in Los Angeles; Sorry We’re Closed in Brussels; and V1 Gallery in Copenhagen. In January, GQ Style  called him a “rising star.” Another recent highlight was when fashion supermodel Gigi Hadid wore a suit emblazoned with one of his paintings to a Paris Fashion Week show in June. 

Robert Nava artwork

In a recent interview to talk about his upcoming October 21-22 visit to IU Northwest, where he will serve as a visiting critic for the School of the Arts, Nava reflected on his journey through his undergraduate degree, onward to graduate school, and eventually into art galleries around the world. He is now living in Brooklyn and supporting himself exclusively through his art.

From student to art sensation

After he graduated from IU Northwest in 2008, Nava took a semester off to build a portfolio. He wanted to apply to graduate school, but he needed some solid work to bolster his applications, so he took advanced painting for another semester. This way, he could continue to work in IU Northwest's studios, then located in the now-demolished Tamarack Hall.

To make ends meet during that gap year, Nava worked at a gym, drove an ice truck, worked security at a bar, and helped a friend move copy machines up and down stairs. During the hours in between, he visited those studios, and created a portfolio that would ultimately land him an offer to study at Yale University School of Art in Connecticut. He called that experience “intense and fast.”

“In undergrad, you grow and blossom,” he said. “By grad school, you should be ready to defend your ideas. I had many studio visits and heard from many voices. The critiques were like going into battle. It toughens you up.”

After earning his Master of Fine Art (MFA) in Painting from Yale in 2011, Nava managed to sell a few of his pieces. That money got him to New York, but it quickly ran out and he found himself searching for work. He began driving a moving truck in New York City, a gig he kept until just two years ago.

“That was my rent. That was survival mode,” he said. “There weren’t very many [gallery or art] shows for the first couple of years out of school, and they were little shows, like out of garage spaces. Early on you kind of have to say yes to everything.”

Nava committed to drive the moving truck for a solid 10 days straight so he could knock out his rent payment. The rest of the month, he was free to let the ebbs and flows of his creativity guide him.

“I learned that the real way I caught some fire is when I continuously worked on art,” he said.

The moving trucks in his life, and the visuals that surrounded him during those years, fueled his inspiration.


“I have been playing with forms heavily influenced from the backs of trucks,” he describes in his artist statement. “I cannot remember if the inspiration came from sitting in traffic or not, but seeing the backs open originally gave off this feeling of a portal. From there, other things became more visually apparent like faces, masks, words and signage, graffiti, colors, dirt, rust. The trucks are often abstracted, or personified until they become something else. They are more like trucks as gods.”

“I am very blessed, very privileged to be able to do this,” Nava said, “and it can all go away at any time. It’s very scary but you just have to go in the studio and have fun. You have to remember where you come from, but always keeping a future vision is important. Stay humble and hungry.”

Nava hopes to keep up his current pace of moving his body of work “in exciting ways.”

“Museums would be really nice,” he dreams. “I also have a dream studio and future shows in my mind. They just aren’t painted yet.”

Until the next opportunity, Nava continues to work with the rhythm that works for him. Blasting his music in the early mornings, sometimes he produces nothing at all. Other times, he jousts with three paintings at a time. Sometimes, after a long dry spell, he cranks out several in one day.

People have said to him, “You’re living your dream, you know that right?”

“I guess I am,” he said.


Notes of Distinction: Oct. 2019 http://www.iun.edu/.htm http://www.iun.edu/.htm Fri, 04 Oct 2019 00:00:00 EDT

Whether it’s a published article or book, a prestigious award, or speaking engagement, members of Indiana University Northwest’s community of faculty, staff and alumni continue to share their wealth of expertise. Here are the most recent top achievers that have made a name for themselves and IU Northwest.

Diversity Landmarks Wall of Fame grows with 2019 additions

The Diversity Landmark Wall of Fame, in the Savannah Center, serves as a constant reminder of IU Northwest’s commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. Each year, the campus community submits quotations to be considered for permanent enshrinement on the wall, as a reminder of this commitment.


In September, James Wallace (left) and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs, along with Chancellor William J. Lowe (right), honored this year’s recipients. They are: IU Northwest student Hamra Ali (second from left), who submitted a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power of love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

And, Dean of Students Beth Tyler (second from right), who submitted a quote by former President Barack Obama:

“When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.” – Barack Obama


IU Northwest welcomes newest faculty members


From left: Muhammed Sajjad, visiting lecturer in physics; Emily Polak, clinical assistant professor of psychology; Rocio Payne, visiting lecturer in business; Matthew Lutey, assistant professor of finance; Lisa Borst, clinical lecturer in dental education; Nancy Smith, clinical lecturer in radological sciences; Liz Hoskins, clinical assistant professor of biology; Patrick Johnson, assistant professor of communication; Nico Casas, assistant librarian. Not pictured: Thade Correa, visiting lecturer in English.


Karl Besel granted research opportunity in Mexico

Karl Besel, assistant dean and director of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, recently returned from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) where he studied nonprofit executive succession planning as part of a grant provided by IU’s International Office.


Besel’s study examines factors that influence young people considering a career in the public service field, as well as interviews with public service executives, in the analysis of executive succession planning, in Mexico City. 

Besel’s co-authored book, “Passing the Torch: Planning for the Next Generation of Leaders in Public Service,” a guide for public-service organizations facing a shortage of qualified, motivated leaders to fill public-service positions, features a number of U.S.-based case studies (and one German-based study) on how nonprofit organizations are grappling with this anticipated (and already beginning) shortage of executives.

During his two-week stay in Mexico, Besel interviewed executives ranging from the CEOs of the Mexican Cancer Association, to the lead administrator for the Cystic Fibrosis Association. Some initial findings of this study reveal that the vast majority of Mexican nonprofits do not engage in intentional succession planning. The results of this relative absence of succession planning include dilemmas with fiscal sustainability as nonprofits are forced to recruit new executives without leadership plans in place. In many ways, these succession-planning challenges faced by most Mexican nonprofits are very similar to ones encountered by their American counterparts. 

Besel is pictured with his research colleague, Arturo Flores, left; and Beth West, director of the IU Mexico Gateway.

International accolades for Anja Matwijkiw

Anja Matwijkiw, professor of professional ethics and human rights, is currently in Sweden, serving as the 2019-20 Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Public International Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and Faculty Law at Lund University.


She learned of this prestigious opportunity in the spring, and then promptly spent a summer fulfilling her other international obligations before heading to Sweden for the 2019-20 academic year.

Just prior to accepting the Fulbright appointment, Matwijkiw served as an international course lecturer on the European Union’s internal and external security in Croatia, as part of the 5th International Spring Course. The course was geared toward Croatian and international students at the Inter-University Centre of Dubrovnik in April.

In July, Matwijkiw became a member of the International Advisory Board of the Observatory on Human Rights: Bioethics, Health, Environment (ODUBSA) based at the Law School of the University of Salerno, Italy. The Observatory is a network of academic experts committed to the promotion and support of international cooperation in teaching and research within the fields of international and European law, human rights law, bioethics, health and medical law, and environmental law.

Yet another summer 2019 invitation came from the Iranian International Criminal Law Review.  Matwijkiw’s research on ethics and international criminal law is going to be the main emphasis for her contributions to the new journal.

Matwijkiw is already serving for three other journals and yearbooks, namely the international studies journal, Dialogue for Peace and Human Rights; the Global Community Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence (Oxford University Press); and International Criminal Law Review (Brill/Nijhoff Publishers).

Matwijkiw’s special expertise was also the reason why she accepted an invitation to be an Expert Evaluator for The National Science Centre (Narodowe Centrum Nauki – NCN), Krakow, Poland.

Matwijkiw’s other international commitments this past summer included collaboration on the legal burqa ban trend with scholars at The Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS) and invited commentaries on new admission policies from Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, England. She also saw some of her work appear in summer publications, most recently: “[Human] Values and Ethics in Environmental Health Discourse and Decision-Making: The Complex Stakeholder Controversy and the Possibility of ‘Win-Win’ Outcomes,” in Environmental Health in International and EU Law: Current Challenges and Legal Resources.

Indian Medical Association presents Patrick Bankston with Lifetime Achievement Award

In October, the Indian Medical Association of Northwest Indiana (IMA) presented Patrick Bankston with a Lifetime Achievement Award.


The award, presented at the association’s October gala, recognizes Bankston’s four decades of service to medical education in Northwest Indiana.

Sudhish Chandra, president of the IMA, said Bankston's vision and commitment to care embodies the strong values and mission of the IMA.

"It is with great pleasure that we may call him a colleague and friend and award this Lifetime Achievement Award," Chandra said. "Many of our members and their families have directly benefitted from his wisdom and guidance as he continued to propel the exceptional competency-enhanced curriculum at the IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary. The Indian Medical Association recognizes that it is that level of commitment and dedication to quality care that keeps our healthcare community thriving."

Bankston recently stepped away from his role at the IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary, where he served as associate dean and director since 2006. He continues to serve as Dean of Health and Human Services at IU Northwest.

Bankston joined the IU School of Medicine faculty in 1978 and spent the entirety of his career as an educator, researcher and administrator at the Gary campus. He was one of the pioneering designers of IU School of Medicine’s competency-enhanced curriculum. He also led in expanding the Northwest campus’ medical education program from a two-year program to a full four-year program.

Bankston’s career-long drive to improve medical training and health care in Northwest Indiana recently led him to bring together local health care institutions—hospitals, community health centers and mental health institutions—to establish the Northwest Indiana Graduate Medical Education Consortium. Its purpose is to create local medical residency slots.

IU Northwest to offer bachelor’s degree in neuroscience http://www.iun.edu/.htm http://www.iun.edu/.htm Wed, 28 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT

Registration is now open for Indiana University Northwest’s new bachelor’s degree program in neuroscience, a field that involves studying the structure of the nervous system and how it relates to functions like thinking and behavior. An excellent choice for students interested in the healthcare and medical fields, the program teaches students how  to think critically about scientific information, discuss and write about neuroscience topics, and design and conduct experiments.

The degree prepares students to attend professional schools, such as medical, dental, or pharmacy school, as well as graduate programs in neuroscience or biomedical sciences. Students who instead choose to enter the workforce upon graduation are prepared for work in the life sciences and health science professions, including laboratory or medical technician. Other possibilities include such roles as, science writer, medical and health services manager, or sales and marketing professional.

The Department of Psychology partners with colleagues in the departments of biology and chemistry, as well as the medical school to leverage resources and provide a well-rounded curriculum comprised of courses in psychology, biology, chemistry, computer science, and other disciplines.

Maureen Rutherford, assistant professor of psychology, said IU Northwest is the first university in the region to offer a degree program in neuroscience.

“Studying neuroscience is critical for advancing our understanding of how the nervous system controls thinking, behavior, and other biological functions,” she said. “This knowledge can also help us to understand disease states, like the hundreds of diseases that involve the nervous system.”

Students may choose from a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree based on their post-graduate career plans. Both degrees require 68-69 credit hours in psychology, biology, chemistry, and other disciplines, in addition to general education requirements and electives to meet the 120 credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree.

For more information, visit iun.edu/psychology/degrees. Or, contact the Department of Psychology at 219-980-6680 or mlpetrun@iun.edu.


Proudly celebrating 200 years http://www.iun.edu/.htm http://www.iun.edu/.htm Mon, 19 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT

The 2019-20 academic year is a significant milestone for Indiana University, which celebrates its 200th anniversary on January 20, 2020.

As the university’s bicentennial website declares, “To mark this momentous occasion, the IU Office of the Bicentennial will engage faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the general public with exciting programs that will celebrate, chronicle, and explore IU’s history and inspire the next 100 years at Indiana University.”

All campuses are celebrating with their own unique programs and events.

Around IU Northwest, new celebratory banners around campus mark the occasion and hint at the many activities to come. Here is a rundown of how IU Northwest is contributing:

Bicentennial Professor William Allegrezza

Twenty-five faculty members representing various disciplines across all of IU’s campuses have been selected as Bicentennial Professors. Among them is IU Northwest’s William Allegrezza, professor of English.

William Allegrezza

Each of the bicentennial professors will ideally give five public presentations throughout next year, with the goal of sparking timely discussions in Indiana communities, highlighting the fascinating research that takes place at IU, and strengthening IU’s connections and forging new ones in its role as a public university. Through his contributions, Allegrezza hopes to highlight the creative activities happening in Indiana and spark an interest in literary pursuits.

Allegrezza gave the first of his presentations in August and plans are currently being finalized for a visit to Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting. Stay informed of Allegrezza’s future engagements, as well as those from other IU Bicentennial Professors, at 200.iu.edu/signature-projects/professorships.

Dedication of Historical Marker, Tamarack Hall: Sept. 26

Tamarack Hall, IU Northwest’s first building, will be commemorated on Thursday, Sept. 26 with a formal dedication of a historical marker, to be placed in the greenspace area near where Tamarack Hall once stood west of the Moraine Student Center.

The marker will tell the story of how in 1955, the City of Gary obtained land for the site of a new IU campus, the Gary Extension Center. Construction began in 1957 and the building, then named “Gary Main,” opened in 1959. The Indiana limestone structure housed all the campus facilities, including classrooms, science laboratories, administration and faculty offices, the library, bookstore, lounges and its signature feature, the 600-seat auditorium.

A Celebration of Faculty Research Conference: Sept. 27

Proposals are currently being sought from faculty members to participate in a Celebration of Faculty Research, a four-day research conference from September 26-29.

Time Capsule Dedication: Apr. 24, 2020

In April, the community will participate in an event in which a time capsule will be filled and placed on campus. A committee has been collecting ideas for items to include that will be proposed to the IU Board of Trustees. 

Historical Marker to be dedicated at IU Northwest: May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020 marks the 61st anniversary of the opening of the IU Northwest campus. To commemorate this milestone, a state marker for the IU Northwest campus will be dedicated on this day. The event is part of the State Historical Marker Program sponsored by the Indiana Historical Bureau.

Shades of Crimson and Cream                                            

Mark McPhail, professor of communication, is writing a book on the history of diversity at IU Northwest.

Beyond Boundaries: Indiana Academies Symposium: April 3, 4, 2020

Scheduled for April 3-4, the Indiana Academies Symposium, chaired by Professor of Economics Surekha Rao, is an opportunity to celebrate and support Indiana’s broad intellectual capital. The symposium, taking place at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, will draw on IU’s 200 years of leadership in higher education and research by bringing the state’s academic associations together.

The event will offer a platform to share and promote cross-disciplinary research, discussion and collaboration, as well as facilitate annual meetings for the participating organizations and offer programming with sessions and speakers that focus on cross-disciplinary topics.

Bicentennial Minutes

In the coming year, watch for short videos of people sharing their experiences with IU. Every campus will be covered, so watch for IU Northwest folks talking about their love of their campus and their region.  

Traveling RV

Over the next academic year, a traveling interactive exhibit in a recreational vehicle will go to all 92 counties in the state to share IU’s contributions to the state over the last two centuries.

The RV can be reserved by submitting a request at 200.iu.edu. Though unconfirmed, IU Northwest officials are hoping the “big red bus” featuring IU memorabilia from every campus, will make an appearance on Homecoming day in early November.

RedHawk Review Digitization

About 50 years of the RedHawk Review, the student-run newspaper, which is no longer in circulation, are currently becoming digital thanks to the Office of the Bicentennial.

Celebration in progress

While the bicentennial is officially observed during the 2019-20 academic year, much has already been done in preparation. Here is what IU Northwest has already done to kick off the celebration:

  • The Indiana Blacks in Philanthropy Conference took place in November of 2018. This statewide conference served to explore best practices in philanthropy.
  • In September of 2018, IU Northwest celebrated 10 years of partnership with the South Shore Dance Alliance by hosting a 10th Anniversary Concert Performance.
  • In March of 2019, IU Northwest hosted a Bicentennial 2020 Education Conference, which explored best practices and partnerships to develop the pipeline of education within the region.
  • In April of 2019, the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) hosted an event to celebrate the vast array of community engagement activities that take place each year between campus and community partners.
  • The Calumet Region Archives, with help from Professor of Marketing Subir Bandyopadhyay, and a student intern, Danielle Roeske, produced a digital scrapbook of IU Northwest History, coming soon to the IU Northwest History page.


New academic year brings new degrees, program accolades http://www.iun.edu/.htm http://www.iun.edu/.htm Fri, 16 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT

The 2019-20 academic year brings new degree offerings to Indiana University Northwest, as well as accolades for well-established programs.

Here’s a rundown of what’s new.

M.S. in Computer Information Systems

The new master’s degree in Computer Information Systems, which began enrolling students for the fall 2019 semester, is ideal for those seeking to increase their skills and advancement potential in systems analysis, computer science, data mining, networking and security, systems management and administration, and other information technology-related occupations. It also prepares students for continued study, including doctoral degrees in computer science or informatics.

The primary goals of the curriculum are to prepare students to analyze and anticipate computing problems, formulate solutions, and develop new approaches in the field of computer science.

To learn more, visit iun.edu/cis/degrees.

M.S. in Criminal Justice and Public Safety (IU Online)

At its August meeting, the Indiana Commission on Higher Education approved a new online master's degree for IU Northwest. The Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Public Safety will draw on the teaching resources of five IU campuses to provide working professionals with a high-quality online degree. Students can choose from one of two concentrations: public safety or criminal justice.

The degree will appeal to individuals interested in the fields of policing, homeland security and emergency management. Students may complete coursework in a variety of special topics, including crime mapping, geographic information systems and cybersecurity, among others. Graduates of the program will be positioned to attain leadership roles in a variety of public and private organizations.

To learn more, visit online.iu.edu and search for criminal justice and public safety.

B.A./B.S. in Neuroscience

The new bachelors’ degree in neuroscience is ideal for students who have vocational aspirations in the pre-health professions as well as students who may wish to pursue graduate study in neuroscience. It also prepares students for work in the life sciences, including the health science professions, as well as for such positions as laboratory or medical technician, science writer, medical and health services manager, or sales and marketing professional.

To learn more, visit iun.edu/degrees/psychology.

B.S. in Business Administration (IU Online)

This entirely online degree option is offered collaboratively by five IU campuses, including IU Northwest. Attractive to working adults with some college credit, seeking to advance their business career, this degree option is designed to expose students to the core concepts of each business discipline, including economics, management, quantitative business analysis, finance, marketing, information systems, and more.

This degree affords students a broad foundation for work in multiple job sectors, including retail, education, finance, international commerce, manufacturing, government, private business, the arts, and healthcare, in such fields as: accounting, human resources, public relations, advertising, commercial loans, finance, market research.

To learn more, visit online.iu.edu and search for business administration.

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In other degree news …

Nursing awarded top spot for best-value degrees

Nursing Explorer, a searchable database of nursing programs across the U.S., recently published its annual ranking of Best-Value Nursing Schools, and Indiana University Northwest topped the Indiana list.

With data collected from the U.S. Department of Education, the Indiana State Board of Nursing, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), Nursing Explorer examines data from more than 3,000 nursing schools and ranks 1,721 schools across 45 states.

The ranking formula weighs the pass rates for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) with a university’s affordability. A 70 percent weight is given to the pass rate and 30 percent weight to net price, which means the payment after financial aid is applied. The resulting score reflects a program’s quality of education and affordability.

IU Northwest’s 2018 NCLEX-RN pass rate of 96.9 percent--among the highest in the state--combined with its net price, estimated by Nursing Explorer at an average of $6,736 per year, is what elevated IU Northwest to the top spot out of the 26 programs that the site evaluated from the pool of 49 nursing schools in Indiana.

Health Information Management tops list of 40 best bachelor’s degree programs

Indiana University Northwest placed first on a list of the 40 Best Bachelor’s Degrees in Health Information Management, published by the “Healthcare Administration Degree Programs” educational website.

The organization compiled the rankings using information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), and the National Center for Education Statistics. The rankings were based on student-faculty ratio, cost of tuition, and graduation rate.

Out of more than 100 such programs in the U.S., the organization ranked those accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM), an independent accrediting organization for health informatics and health information management educational programs. The evaluators then narrowed the list by judging programs solely on student-to-faculty ratio, net cost, and graduation rate.

IU Northwest’s is a hybrid program, with both in-person and online courses. It boasts an exceptional 86 percent graduation rate. As stated in the accolade, “graduates are well-prepared to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association.”