IU Southeast Magazine - Summer 2014 - page 8

Channell Barbour
Omar Attum. Photo by Alaa el Dinn
Student affairs professional doctoral essay goes national
The qualitative research thesis titled: “The Lived Experiences of Gay and Lesbian
College Athletes: A Research Proposal” by Channell Barbour, Associate Director of
Student Life, was one of three scholarly papers selected by the National Association
of Student Personnel Administrators GLBT Knowledge community.
The paper will be published in the National Conference edition of the White Paper.
Barbour said that she was most proud of being able to help those that she
“After my interviews, my participants thanked me for taking an interest in their
voices and for being asked how they feel instead of people assuming how a gay
or lesbian college athlete might feel,” she said. “For me to know I am serving a
population whose voices are hushed is a great way for me to be their voice and
One of the best in the nation for students with children
A just-released survey by bestcolleges.com recognized IU
Southeast as being one of the best colleges in the nation for
students with children.
IU Southeast’s on-campus child care center was ranked 14th
best in the nation.
“The Children’s Center is one of the crown jewels of our
campus.  The quality of the IU Southeast experience is
enhanced greatly thanks to the services offered by Wanda
Borrego and her team,” said Vice Chancellor for Enrollment
Management & Student Affairs, Jason Meriwether. “For
our students, employees and community friends who are
parents, the Children’s Center provides a safe and healthy
environment that promotes learning and offers an engaging
Biology professor awarded Fulbright scholarship, leaves for Jordan
Omar Attum, Assistant Professor of Biology, was awarded the full Fulbright scholarship to
further his research. This scholarship will pay for Attum and his family to live in Jordan for a
year, including housing, salary and travel expenses.
Attum was honored when he found out that he received the scholarship through an email.
“I was in a conference and I immediately forwarded the email to my wife,” Attum said. “This
is such a great opportunity, not only for me but for my family as well.”
While there, Attum plans on studying wildlife indigenous to the area, specifically the Nubian
Ibex goat.
Attum will return to IU Southeast after a year, and is most excited to bring back what he has
learned and incorporate it into the classroom.
“This experience will allow me to better train my students for when they are out in the field
doing their own research,” Attum said.
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