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Office of University Communications

Indiana University Southeast

4201 Grant Line Road

New Albany, IN 47150


Dear Readers, 

One of the big themes of this past year at IU Southeast has been innovation. This issue of the IU

Southeast magazine celebrates that with stories illustrating the growth and diversification of the


As Dr. Ray Wallace begins his second year as Chancellor, we welcome new faces to our Advancement

team. Vice Chancellor for Advancement Betty Russo began her duties in February, and Special Events

coordinator Anita Block started in May. We are happy to welcome incoming Alumni Board chairperson

Phyllis Andres to the pages of the magazine. You’ll find her letter on page 30. The Communications team

welcomed Steven Krolak as its new director of marketing and communications last fall and Meghan

Arrell as the new marketing specialist in the spring. As usual, there are also goodbyes, including one for

Kendra Barnes, our outgoing communications specialist who guided publications and PR for the campus.

In this issue of the IU Southeast magazine we are pleased to share exciting and thought-provoking stories

about innovation on and off our campus, researched and written in collaboration with our team by our

peerless student intern, Kristin Kennedy, a journalismmajor at IU Southeast. We look forward to further

collaborations with the journalism department as the office of University Communications continues to

provide experiential opportunities for talented students.

IU Southeast psychology student Olivia Fitchett is the focus of “A Grenadier in the White House,”

delivering a personal account of her White House internship. In “Empowering People,” we invite you into

the wired world of information technology (IT) at IU Southeast, where a series of innovations is helping

the campus keep pace with the way students learn now, leveraging the expertise of the IU system. “Into

the Wild” takes you from New Albany to the Amazon River in Brazil, as a group of field biology students

led by professors David Taylor and Elizabeth Rueschoff spent 10 days performing real science in one of

the world’s most important hotspots for biological diversity.

Our In Memoriam section is always difficult to compile, and this edition pays respects to 17 individuals

to whom we must say goodbye; each was a valued member of the IU Southeast family and will be greatly


As always, the editorial staff at IU Southeast is also honored to bring you spotlights and updates featuring

the achievements, contributions and accolades of students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors.

We hope you enjoy this summer edition.

Happy reading!

--The editorial staff at IU Southeast