The IU Southeast Board of Advisors celebrated its 41st
anniversary in January. Begun in 1972 to help support and
guide the University, the Board of Advisors typically consists
of between 15 and 20 members, which include an IU
Trustee Liaison and a representative from the IU Southeast
Alumni Association. Terms for the advisors last three years,
and advisors are appointed on a rotating basis.
The members of the 2012-13 Board of Advisors are Lana
Aebersold, Doug England, Crystal Gunther, Ed Jerdonek,
Bob Kleehamer, Renato LaRocca, Jack Mahuron, Eileen Moore, Pat More, Sally Newkirk, Pat Shoulders (IU Trustee Liaison),
Mark Shugarman, Sherry Oakes Stem, Norman Stiefler, John Walczak, Rose Wathen, John Watkins (IU Southeast Alumni
Assoc.), and Rosita Young.
More, Newkirk, and Stiefler were new members who joined the Board in August 2012. The Board also welcomed back
Aebersold and Wathen, who had previously served.
news and notes
The IU Southeast philosophy
department welcomed a fresh
faculty face this spring, but he’s
not your everyday professor.
Thich Hang Dat, a Buddhist
monk, is teaching Religions
of Asia (R-153), and his
students are getting the unique
experience of having a firsthand,
close-up look when they cover
the teachings of the Buddhist
He came to me in search of a teaching opportunity,” Leigh
Viner, philosophy department coordinator said. “We always
make an effort to bring diversity into our department. He’s
Buddhist monk teaching IU Southeast students about eastern religions
Board of Advisors begins 41st year of service
Rev. Thich Hang Dat
Pat More
a very dynamic and energetic person who is more than
qualified to teach, and there’s been a strong interest in
Eastern culture among the students.”
For Dat, a native of Vietnam, the new position is the ideal
way to blend his passions of Buddhism and teaching. Dat
is an abbot – or leader – of Buddhist centers in Louisville;
Corydon, Ind.; Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; and St. Louis,
Mo., where he counsels and instructs novices in the religion.
On the academic side, Dat has a Bachelor’s in electrical
engineering from Penn State University, and he earned a
Master’s and is a Ph.D. candidate in religious studies at the
University of the West in Rosemead, Calif. Dat previously
taught non-credit courses at Bellarmine University and the
University of Southern Indiana, but IU Southeast will be his
first experience teaching for credit.
Norman Stiefler
Sally Newkirk
IU Southeast Assistant Professor of
Informatics Sridhar Ramachandran
might be considered new to the
advising game, but he’s already
receiving accolades for his work.
Ramachandran was one of two faculty
advisors across the country to win the
Outstanding New Advisor Award
from NACADA.
NACADA is the National Academic
Advising Association and its goal is to
support and promote advising at higher
education institutions.
According to NACADA, the
Outstanding New Advisor Awards are
presented to individuals who have
demonstrated qualities associated
with outstanding academic advising
of students and who have served as an
advisor for less than three years.
Ramachandran was named the Faculty
Advisor of the Year by the IU Southeast
Advisors Council in 2011. The council
then submitted his nomination to
Ramachandran has been at IU
Southeast since 2007. In addition
to teaching and advising, he is
the director of the Bioinformatics
Research Group which provides
IU Southeast undergraduates with
research opportunities.
IU Southeast professor receives national academic advising award