For the academic year 1965-66, IU South Bend economics professor Joseph Martellaro taught at the University of Cordoba in Argentina. The opportunity was the result of a Fulbright scholarship. Martellaro was the first IU South Bend professor to receive the honor, and the university has seen 11 more Fulbright Scholars emerge from its ranks in the ensuing years. Most recently, English professor Elaine Roth secured a Fulbright that sent her to Mexico City in the Spring of 2023. Roth has the additional distinction of being the only faculty member to earn the honor twice.
For support in key areas of leadership expertise, Chancellor Susan Elrod relies on her cabinet to maintain smooth operations on IU South Bend’s campus. Among the six cabinet members there are two PhDs and five master’s degrees and nearly 100 years of leadership experience combined. For the first time in many years, two cabinet members are Indiana University alumni.
It’s no secret: schools are struggling to find and keep teachers. In the last decade, the number of people completing traditional teacher-prep programs nationally has dropped by 35 percent. In Indiana, the trend follows; according to the Indiana Department of Education, the number of teachers entering the profession dipped significantly from around 6,000 in 2014 to just over 4,000 in 2020. More teachers are leaving the job as well.
On September 22, a crowd of 250 Indiana University South Bend supporters turned out decked in their finest for the inaugural Night of the Titans. As guests arrived at The Armory, they were greeted with cream and crimson flowers, balloons, and décor: a fitting scene for an event that raised more than $25,000 for student scholarships and celebrated seven 2022 Alumni of the Year awardees and the 2022 Chancellor’s Medal recipient. 1st Source Bank was the presenting sponsor.
Ryan Towner was prepared for a big day on March 16, 2022. Towner has been serving as principal at Walt Disney Elementary School in Mishawaka since 2017, and he has helped steward the school with such a high degree of success that Walt Disney was saluted by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 30% of all Indiana public schools.
The IU South Bend women’s volleyball program debuted as a varsity sport in the 2011-12 academic year. Its origins go a year further back.
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