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Erica Walsh
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Indiana University Southeast
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New Albany, IN 47150
Dear Readers,
Each academic year, a new group of students – each with their
own distinctive dreams and goals – fills campus.
With more than 50 degree programs, IU Southeast has
something for everybody. But what really impresses me are
those weird and wacky courses that give our students a chance
to learn something completely unexpected.
Did you know that one of our political science professors taught
a course focused on the popular novel series
The Hunger
Or that students can take a biology course that
studies butterflies and moths collected by patients at a former
tuberculosis hospital?
This summer, one of our psychology professors even offered
our students a chance to uncover the unexplained with a course
on paranormal psychology. Among other activities, they toured the “haunted” south and visited voodoo
practitioners and psychics. Read more about their adventure on page 18.
Unique classes can lead into unique careers. Take two of the alums featured in this issue: One is a country
music radio DJ with a biology degree. Another studies and manufactures essential oils for cosmetic and
aromatherapy clients. Both got their start in the labs of IU Southeast.
It’s an exciting time for our campus with the addition of new administrators and the potential for growth.
As each of our new freshmen head into the classroom, I hope they realize that they’re going to encounter so
many varied topics, opinions, and visions.
It’s going to be like nothing they’ve ever learned before, and I can’t wait to see where their IU Southeast
education takes them.
As always, thanks for reading.
Erica Walsh
IU Southeast