IU Southeast Magazine - Spring 2014 - page 4

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Dear Readers,
This issue of
IU Southeast
is filled with heartfelt goodbyes and enthusiastic hellos.
After six-and-a-half years, IU Southeast is saying goodbye to Erica Walsh, our magazine editor. She was
a true leader in the redesign of this magazine. Telling stories is a passion of Erica’s, and we wish her the
best of luck as she begins the next phase of her career.
At the same time, it is with a very heavy heart that we recognize the passing of two individuals who were
very near and dear to this campus. Brief biographies of two figures who had an enormous impact on IU
Southeast and the Southern Indiana community — the late Professor Vijay Krishna Reddy and Women’s
Tennis Coach Bill Ryall — are found on page 35. Our
In Memoriam
section is always difficult to compile,
and this edition pays respects to twenty-three individuals to whom we must say goodbye; each was a
valued member of the IU Southeast family and will be greatly missed.
This edition of IU Southeast introduces us to a few new faces. Please join us in saying hello to an exciting
new course at IU Southeast. One of our esteemed faculty members is capitalizing on a worldwide literary
phenomenon — the
Hunger Games
trilogy — with a political science course focused on the politics of the
Hunger Games
. In this edition you can also meet a few very interesting characters: a dog named Butters,
and his handler, IU Southeast alumna Denise Larison, whose career as a Wildlife Inspector for the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service brings her into contact with flora and fauna (and some pretty scary critters, at
that) from around the world. And we want to introduce you to two alumni who recently debuted their
documentary film on the history of New Albany.
Finally, and most importantly, IU Southeast is on the cusp of a major change: later this year the campus
will install a new Chancellor. A national search brought four talented, experienced candidates to campus
for interviews during February. As this issue of the magazine was going to press, Indiana University
President Michael A. McRobbie announced the selection of Ray Wallace as Chancellor of IU Southeast,
subject to the approval of the IU Board of Trustees. Wallace is Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor at
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. His appointment as Chancellor will begin July 1.
This is an important transitional year for IU Southeast, and a time of great challenges and opportunities.
We’re looking forward to it, and we know that 2014 will be filled with plenty of hearty hellos!
The editorial staff at IU Southeast is honored to bring you the stories of our students, faculty, staff and
alumni in the pages of this magazine, and we hope you enjoy the spring edition.
As always, happy reading.
--The editorial staff at IU Southeast
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