First-generation students are pioneers in education within their families and on campus. Thirty-eight percent of IU South Bend’s degree-seeking undergraduates are first-generation students or students whose parents have not earned a four-year college degree. What’s remarkable about these students is they are navigating college without the benefit of their parents’ experience, which is a testimony to their grit and determination; yet, it can also present unique challenges for them.
A Campus Rich in Public Art
IU South Bend’s impressive array of public art is no coincidence. It began with Chancellor Emeritus Lester Wolfson’s vision to build a campus rich in the arts as well as the humanities. Looking for a strong community leader in the arts, he hired Howard Zisla, who was the director of the South Bend Arts Center at the time, to chair the Department of Fine Arts. In turn, Zisla hired sculptor Tuck (Harold) Langland to build the sculpture program at IU South Bend. Zisla and Langland shared an inspiration to make IU South Bend one of the best figurative art departments in the area at a time when conceptual art was the trend.Continue reading