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Dr. Gregory Kordsmeier is Interim Dean of the School of Social Sciences

Dr. Gregory Kordsmeier is Interim Dean of the School of Social Sciences

June 24, 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Dr. Gregory Kordsmeier, associate professor of sociology, has been named Interim Dean of the School of Social Sciences for the 2020-2021 academic year. He succeeds Dr. Kelly Ryan, now Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (EVCAA). Dr. Kordsmeier has taught the Sociology of Health and Medicine, Social Problems, Social Theory, ...

Jennifer Ortiz and Kimberly Wrigley ’19: Community supervision inhibits successful re-entry

Jennifer Ortiz and Kimberly Wrigley ’19: Community supervision inhibits successful re-entry

June 8, 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–In an article in Corrections, the journal of the Corrections Division of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), Dr. Jennifer Ortiz and her former student, Kimberly Wrigley ’19 write that community supervision inhibits successful re-entry. Community supervision consists of a system of probation and parole, bolstered by monitoring and ...

Melissa Fry co-authors article on coronavirus’ impact on most vulnerable

Melissa Fry co-authors article on coronavirus’ impact on most vulnerable

May 27, 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Dr. Melissa Fry, IU Southeast associate professor of sociology and director of the Applied Research Education Center (AREC), has co-authored an article detailing how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the lives of some of society’s most vulnerable individuals: those with substance use disorders. The article, in the online issue of ...

Chase Howard receives IU Regional Law Scholar award

Chase Howard receives IU Regional Law Scholar award

April 29, 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Chase Howard, a graduating senior from Sellersburg, Indiana majoring in political science, has been selected to receive the IU Regional Law Scholar award for the 2020-2021 academic year. He is one of just three students from across the entire IU regional system to be so honored this year, and the ...

Jennifer Ortiz to lead new grant-funded re-entry project in Louisville

Jennifer Ortiz to lead new grant-funded re-entry project in Louisville

April 21, 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Of every 100 incarcerated people released into the community in Kentucky, 32 will return to jail within three years. Of those on parole or probation, the number is over 50. This high rate of recidivism is not inevitable. It is often the consequence of social environment, a person’s pre-arrest circumstances, ...

Emily Kuprianczyk ’16: Helping the community cope with crisis

Emily Kuprianczyk ’16: Helping the community cope with crisis

April 10, 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–In a time of extreme social disruption, students across the country are working hard to complete their academic year. For some IU Southeast students, the Covid-19 pandemic is both a disruption and an opportunity to respond to the needs of others in the community. Emily Kuprianczyk ‘16 is working towards ...

Faculty Innovator: John-Robert Curtin

Faculty Innovator: John-Robert Curtin

April 1, 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—John-Robert Curtin, adjunct instructor of criminology and criminal justice, is from New England. Gentle in his delivery, yet he doesn’t mince words: The first assignment his students receive in CJ 313: Peace, Conflict and Social Justice is to write their own obituaries. As a way for an instructor to hammer ...

Ashley Lopez wins Verizon Communications Intern Scholarship

Ashley Lopez wins Verizon Communications Intern Scholarship

March 30, 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Ashley Lopez, a senior majoring in political science and currently interning in the Indiana General Assembly, has received a $3,000 scholarship from Verizon Communications. She is one of only four students in the state to be honored, and the first from IU Southeast. The Verizon Communications Intern Scholarship is open ...

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