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FROM THE DESK OF

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magazine editor Kendra Barnes at

kendbarn@ius.edu.

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address to:

Kendra Barnes

Communication Specialist & Editor

Indiana University Southeast

4201 Grant Line Road

New Albany, IN 47150

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Dear Readers,

The pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, “The only thing that is constant is change.”

Our campus has certainly experienced much change this past year, most notably in welcoming a new

Chancellor.

Change is an inevitable part of life as we move from season to season—and though

necessary, change often has a negative connotation. People often claim to fear

change, sometimes because of the unknown. But change can, in some cases, be

exactly what we need—a change of pace, a challenging of the ordinary, a way to

safeguard against monotony.

Fall brings with it significant change, especially in the academic world. Back

to school is a time of transition for many families and students—there are new

environments, new dynamics and new goals. Students flood the halls in search of a

dream career, and after graduation, alumni seek the courage to pursue their dreams

when faced with the realities of life.

I’m a first generation college graduate who can relate to the idea of a dream. And

now I’m living that dream out writing for you lovely readers. But if we’re really

honest—we all have dreams. Maybe it involves your family or your career. Maybe it’s about bettering

yourself or your community. Whatever your dream, don’t let the unknown, the “what if,” or the fear of

failure leave you with regret.

In this issue you’ll read about alumni who never accepted the status quo. Like the CrossFit gym

entrepreneur who quit his stable 9-5 in favor of fulfilling his dream of bringing fitness to others. And on

page 24, you’ll meet a public relations professional who now works alongside NASA, his dream since

childhood.

Dreams are achievable, and most of the time, they require a change in the way we are doing things right

now. But that doesn’t have to be so intimidating.

As our campus is once again filled with the vibrancy and life that a new school year brings, I hope each

new, current and former student is inspired to reach new heights—to stretch their comfort zone and move

past the “someday” mentality.

I look forward to the time we will spend together, and hope you enjoy learning about the people who

make IU Southeast such a great place to live, work and play.

Happy reading!

Kendra Barnes

Editor,

IU Southeast