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Dr. Jennifer Ortiz lends expertise to PBS NewsHour story on reentry funding

Dr. Jennifer Ortiz lends expertise to PBS NewsHour story on reentry funding

April 14, 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–The title says it all: “The U.S. spends billions to lock people up, but very little to help them once they’re released. That story, by journalist Casey Kuhn, appeared last week as a feature on the website of the PBS NewsHour, where Kuhn works as an associate producer. To get ...

International Festival celebrates Kentuckiana’s growing cultural diversity

International Festival celebrates Kentuckiana’s growing cultural diversity

March 31, 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Say “Kentuckiana,” and Zimbabwean marimba is not what leaps to mind. But like Indian classical dance, Ethiopian cuisine and Scottish bagpipes, the sound of Zimbabwean marimba has become as distinctive a part of the region as riverboats, Lenten fish frys and horse racing. To bring the burgeoning cultural diversity of ...

 

Faculty Innovator: Daniel Hoffman

March 16, 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—As a boy growing up in rural Virginia, Daniel Hoffman wondered how stuff worked. He dreamed of figuring out machines, before ultimately devoting his life to figuring out the organisms that create them. “I thought I wanted to build mechanical things,” Hoffman said. “But my academic area is more aimed ...

Why Voting Matters to Me: Civility rules as students speak up in panel discussion

Why Voting Matters to Me: Civility rules as students speak up in panel discussion

September 30, 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–IU Southeast students voiced their hopes, concerns and intentions in the first Why Voting Matters to Me forum on Monday evening. Organized and facilitated by Dr. Margot Morgan, assistant professor of political science, the event featured opinions from across the current political spectrum, offering strongly felt and intensely personal perspectives ...

Campus Summit drives global civic literacy

Campus Summit drives global civic literacy

August 25, 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–“What happens abroad doesn’t stay abroad.” That was the message of keynote speaker Charles Hopkins, director of education and learning at the Council on Foreign Relations, delivered earlier this week at the first Campus Summit on Global Civic Literacy. Hopkins addressed over 65 faculty and staff members keen to share ...

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 ...

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