IU South Bend donors show strong support for campus' mission in Bicentennial Campaign
The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign raised nearly $3.9 billion with IU South Bend’s contribution of almost $32 million over eight years, showing strong donor support for IU South Bend’s mission.
“The gifts provided high-impact dollars that can be used immediately to support important initiatives at IU South Bend,” said Interim Vice Chancellor for University Relations Tom Stevick.
The Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences and the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics were both named during the Bicentennial Campaign with gifts totaling over $12 million. The naming gifts to the college and the school provide enhanced resources for students and faculty, including significant scholarship support for students. The Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences gift also created and endowed the Bicentennial Distinguished Chair of Palliative Care, held by Dr. Bunmi Okanlami, and the Distinguished Chair of Nursing. In addition, it also provided funds to create the recently approved Palliative and Supportive Care Minor.
“This act of generosity has elevated the Dwyer College of Health Sciences, allowing us to attract outstanding faculty and students in healthcare, to expand our graduate programs, and to educate our students and other healthcare providers about best practices in palliative care for those with chronic diseases,” said Dwyer College Dean Thomas Fisher.
Likewise, a generous naming gift from the Judd Leighton Foundation to the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics significantly enhanced scholarship support for undergraduate students and fellowships for graduate students. In addition to student support, the gift provides funds for faculty teaching and research activities.
The gift also provided funds to add two staff positions: a retention specialist to develop and coordinate freshmanyear programming to improve student persistence and graduation rates, as well as an experiential learning coordinator to assist students with career development, internships, co-ops, field projects, and service learning opportunities.
"We truly are deeply grateful for this extraordinarily generous gift and for the transformative impact it has had on the IU South Bend Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics and all of its students,” said Interim Dean Tracey Anderson. “This generous gift supports the Leighton School, creating opportunities that lead to student success in their education and future lives."
Other named gifts during this campaign enhanced campus facilities and student learning and instructional spaces, including:
- Hammes Bookstore
- Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall
- Schurz Creative Lab
- Torres Family Data Analytics Lab
- Pfeil Field, home to IU South Bend’s woman’s softball team
- Elkhart Center in partnership with the
- Community Foundation of Elkhart
A variety of other philanthropic gifts have improved instructional space, provided funds for student groups and athletics, and aided faculty development efforts.
Outstanding faculty and staff support
In a tremendous show of support for IU South Bend’s mission, current and former faculty and staff contributed almost $1.8 million to ensure student success.
Associate Librarian Emerita Ellen Maher chose to support a scholarship for students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the School of Education. She wanted to support the community she called home for more than half her life. “I honestly love IU South Bend,” she said, “and the students it serves in the community.”
Significantly increased student support
Through the campaign, donors created 85 new scholarships for students at IU South Bend, providing almost $2 million more in scholarship resources for students (read some of their stories on the next page). “During the campaign, the President’s Office provided a match for endowed scholarships, which created a lot of incentive to our donors,” said Dina Harris, director of development.
In fact, after learning Indiana University would provide a match for newly created scholarship endowments, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Lawrence Garber and his wife Carolyn decided to increase their gift the first year so it would qualify for the match.
To date, five students have benefited from the Carolyn and Lawrence Garber Summer Research Scholarship—a scholarship that provides a stipend to students for undergraduate summer research with Indiana University faculty. “This year’s scholarship went to a very bright student who is an immigrant from Yemen,” said Garber. “Two recipients are now in graduate school. And one recipient’s research, which she started as a summer research scholar, was published. She and her faculty mentor were co-authors.”
“The generosity of our donors, current and former faculty and staff, and local foundations during the Bicentennial Campaign is helping us fulfill the mission of IU South Bend, enhancing our facilities and programs and supporting students with scholarship resources, so more students can take full advantage of all IU South Bend has to offer,” said Chancellor Susan Elrod. “In turn, they will prosper in their careers and make significant contributions in their communities.”