IU Southeast Magazine - Summer 2014 - page 4

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FROM THE THE DESK OF
Dear colleagues, students, alumni and friends
of Indiana University Southeast:
As I sit to write this, I find there are not
enough words, not adequate words, no words,
to say all I want to say.
As I’ve looked for words, I went back to the
first message I sent as Interim Chancellor to
the community, on June 7, 2013. In that email,
I said I knew IU Southeast was a beautiful
campus with dedicated faculty and staff,
quality academic programs and services and
hard-working students, in a region with strong
community support and solid opportunities for
economic growth.
Having worked with IU Southeast for five
years prior to taking on this role, I thought I
knew. I really had no idea. What have I learned
this past year about what makes IU Southeast
so great?
I could try to explain it with numbers. I
could tell you how we were able to create
new academic programs such as a Master of
Science in Nursing, a Bachelor of Applied
Science and a new Certificate in Sustainability
- just to name a few. I could tell you how
many students used the Eagle Eye classroom,
where our faculty teach courses in ways that
make themmore accessible, while still highly
engaging. I could show you spreadsheets that
flag students struggling in class, so we can
reach them early and offer the support they
need. I could show you budget sheets that
highlight strategic investments we made in
programs and services to foster success of
the campus. I could tell you how many new
computers and cables were installed to ensure
our students have cutting-edge technology,
or I could tell you we raised the most money
in the history of the Chancellor’s Medallion
Dinner. These numbers would all be true, but
numbers don’t remotely begin to describe it.
I could try to explain the meaning of a phrase
I’ve heard often here, “quality of place.” I
could describe the beauty of a scene from the
Chancellor’s office window, the sun setting
behind Fall-colored trees on Floyd Knobs,
overlooking the shimmering water of the lake
on campus. I could describe the view from
outside a classroom window as I watched
unnoticed while a faculty member coached
a student through a first attempt at public
speaking. I could describe my surprise at
finding 50 young women huddled together
past midnight, watching a small screen and
sniffling together through the movie, “Love
Actually,” or the soul-searing sound of the
IU Southeast Orchestra performing Richard
Wagner’s “Entry of the Gods into Valhalla.”
I could explain what I’ve learned about
the spirit of the people here-- the sound of
collective laughter frommore than 100 faculty
and staff at the Chancellor’s Annual Christmas
lunch, or the faces of very weary, very hungry,
very appreciative students as they were
served by staff and faculty at “moonlight
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