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Professor of Political Science Cliff Staten, top left, and his political science class traveled to Cuba in June.
A respected local musician and an award-winning attorney are the latest recipients of the 2012
Indiana University Southeast Chancellor’s Medallion.
Donald McMahel, longtime music educator, and Michael Naville, attorney and managing
partner at Lorch & Naville Attorneys LLC, will be honored Oct. 27 at the 2012 Chancellor’s
Medallion Dinner at Horseshoe Southern Indiana.
The Chancellor’s Medallion is the highest honor presented by the Chancellor of Indiana
University Southeast. It is given to individuals who have rendered distinguished service to the
University and to the community, have given their talents in the promotion of human welfare
and community well-being, and who – through their integrity, leadership, and commitment –
serve as exemplary role models for students and alumni of IU Southeast.
The Chancellor’s Medallion Dinner will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at Horseshoe
Southern Indiana. Tickets are $100 per person. Corporate table sponsorships are available.
For ticket information contact the IU Southeast Office of Development at (812) 941-2464.
Proceeds from the Chancellor’s Medallion Dinner go to the Chancellor’s Medallion Leadership
Scholarship program. The scholarships recognize students for participation and leadership in
academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and community volunteerism.
Sixteen Indiana University Southeast
students and two professors traveled to
Cuba in June as part of a study abroad
The three-week trip was the capstone
of the Cuba in Transition course taught
by IU Southeast Professor of Political
Science Cliff Staten.
Students studied all aspects of Cuba
such as the island’s history, politics,
economy, society, culture, and foreign
relations. They visited five Cuban cities
including Havana, Santiago, and Santo
Domingo. They also toured historical
sites like the Bay of Pigs, Ernest
Hemingway’s home, and the birthplace
of Fidel Castro.
After teaching Latin American politics
at IU Southeast for more than two
decades, Staten noticed a high level
of student interest in revolutionary
Cuba. That interest, Staten’s return
to full-time teaching after serving
as dean for 12 years, and the ease in
restrictions on travel to Cuba under the
IU Southeast names 2012 Chancellor’s Medallion honorees
Political science students travel to Cuba
current presidential administration all
combined to create the perfect time to
visit the communist country.
Students spent three weeks at IU
Southeast studying the country and its
culture prior to the trip.
The IU Southeast group was joined
on their journey by a small contingent
from Spring Hill College in Mobile,
Ala. This was the first time that IU
Southeast has taken a group of students
to study abroad in Cuba.