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Dear Readers,

As many of you know, 2016 marks IU Southeast’s 75th anniversary. It’s been a year of reflection and celebration of our

history and of hope and promise for the future of the school.

Over the course of the year, I’ve seen dozens of photographs and heard dozens of anecdotes documenting IU Southeast’s

growth since 1941. The transformation of this institution from a couple of classrooms in local middle schools and high

schools to the beautiful 180-acre campus it is today is truly impressive. Some of you likely remember what IU Southeast

looked like before it moved to New Albany. As former education faculty Dr. Claudia Crump told me: “It really was a

storefront university at that point.”

As this university evolves, so does the purpose of this magazine. Moving forward, it is our hope to shine a brighter light on

interesting IU Southeast alumni news and achievements.

This issue features the inspiring story of Dr. Joey Rivera, ’93, who overcame childhood hardships to earn his Ph.D. and

become the CEO of his own business. It also spotlights Ryan Cannon, ’15, who was awarded a Fulbright English Teacher

Assistantship and will use the grant to teach in Senegal.

Your stories serve as inspiration to current IU Southeast students and the generations of Grenadiers to come. Your

accomplishments underscore the message of the value of a degree from IU Southeast. Your pictures and memories of

your time at IU Southeast ensure a lifelong connection to this university.

So please send any and all of those things to me! I’d also love to hear feedback and suggestions of what you’d like to see in

this magazine in the future.

Happy reading!

Rachel Terlep

Editor, IU Southeast

To submit a Letter to the Editor,

photographs or memories of your

time at IU Southeast, please email

magazine editor Rachel Terlep at

. To submit by

mail, please address to:

Rachel Terlep

Communications Specialist & Editor

Indiana University Southeast

4201 Grant Line Road

NewAlbany, IN 47150