IU East reflects on Tom Raper’s legacy

April 15th, 2015

Tom Raper, a longtime friend and devoted supporter of Indiana University East, passed away April 14, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe said that Tom believed in the importance of higher education to improve the lives of those living in Wayne County and throughout the region. He had a long-established history with the university including providing student scholarships, serving on the IU East Board of Advisors, and gifting IU East with the largest donation in its 44-year history.

“Tom was a devoted supporter of our students, the campus and the Wayne County community. He was mindful of our students needs and he strived to help them meet those challenges through his philanthropic support,” Cruz-Uribe said. “We are very saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. We are thinking of his wife Suzanne and his family.”

In 2009, Tom and Suzanne announced that they would continue to support the campus through a $2.17 million gift. IU East renamed Tom Raper Hall in honor of their unprecedented commitment to the campus. Through their exceptional generosity, Tom and Suzanne enabled IU East to provide an even higher level of knowledge, economic development, and culture for the residents in east central Indiana and west central Ohio.

For two decades, Tom supported the Tom Raper Scholarship to benefit hardworking, deserving students who are committed to building their success in east central Indiana. He has contributed to the endowment established in his name, providing over 90 scholarships in the past 15 years.

Tom has served on the IU East Board of Advisors since 1993.

Tom brought national recognition to Richmond, Ind., by building the nation’s largest recreational vehicle dealership, Tom Raper RVs.  From humble beginnings with a used car lot of fewer than ten cars in 1964, Raper grew the business into a 60-acre complex in Richmond with 275 employees and a worldwide customer base.  In 2002, he sold the business to Dave Bane. Today, it is now owned by Camping World.

IU East Student News and Notes

April 15th, 2015

Upcoming Crossroads Reading Series features students from IU East, Earlham College and Richmond High School
The Crossroads Reading Series will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, at IU East’s Room 912, located at 912 E. Main Street in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public.

The Crossroads Reading Series is an annual collaborative showcase, featuring creative writing from students at IU East and Earlham College. Students from each campus come together to present and share their fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction and to foster a spirit of collaboration and engagement between the two campuses.

This year, students from Richmond High School will join and participate in the Crossroads Reading Series.


Senior Fine Arts Capstone Exhibit opens April 17
The Senior Capstone Art Exhibition, which includes works by eight Indiana University East seniors, will be on display in the Room 912 Gallery, located at 912 E. Main Street in Richmond. An opening reception is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Room 912.

The exhibition is on display April 17–May 22. It is free and open to the public.

IU East’s Fine Arts Program requires students to complete a Senior Capstone Project to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts.  Each student must create an original body of work in their area of concentration during their senior year and display their creations in a final exhibition. This year’s exhibit includes paintings, photographs, drawings, ceramics and miniature figurines.

Ann Kim, assistant professor of fine arts, said, “As a part of the course, students were required to create a cohesive body of work and were in charge of not only planning and executing the production of the works, but also were responsible for promoting and installing the exhibition. They all also built an artist website to showcase their work online.”

Students exhibiting their artwork and the artists’ websites include:


Nursing students to present on trip to Belize
Indiana University East junior B.S.N. nursing students will deliver a presentation about their trip to Roaring Creek, Belize, at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 27, in Tom Raper Hall Room 124.

The nursing students traveled to Belize during spring break, March 16-20, to complete clinical hours for their practicum course on Alteration in Neuro-Psych.

During the presentations, students will discuss their travel, clinical work, and learning experiences.

The presentation is free and open to the public.



Lori Stephens receives an award for her poster from George Blakey, professor emeritus, during Student Research Day held April 3.

Student Research Day awards for oral and poster presentations
Nine Indiana University East students received awards during the Student Research Day held April 3. Student Research Day recognizes the research, scholarly and creative work of IU East student scholars. The day included poster and oral presentations, a three-minute thesis competition and an awards ceremony.

Poster Presentation Winners
Lou Ann Manning, First Place
Lori Stephens, Carthage, Ind., Second Place
Paige Spencer, Lynn, Ind., Third Place

Oral Presentations
Christina Coryell, New Castle, Ind., First Place
Trevor Boram, Arcanum, Ohio, Second Place
Rachel Laux, New Madison, Ohio, Third Place

Three-Minute Thesis
Danielle Standley, Connersville, Ind.

George Blakey Library Research Award Poster Presentation Winners
Lori Stephens, Carthage, Ind., First Place
Paige Spencer, Union City, Ind., Second Place
Lou Anne Manning, Lynn, Ind., Third Place

George Blakey Library Research Award Oral Presentation Winners
Christina Coryell, New Castle, Ind., First Place
Hannah Clawson, Modoc, Ind., Second Place
Brittany Williams, Richmond, Ind., Third Place

IU East student named as a Newman Civic Fellow

April 15th, 2015

Christopher Halberstadt

Indiana University East junior Christopher Halberstadt, of Cambridge City, Ind., has been named as a Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow for 2015. Halberstadt is a business administration major and minoring in accounting.

Halberstadt joined seven students from across the state of Indiana who received the award during the Indiana Campus Compact meeting held March 26. Nationally, Campus Compact recognized 201 student leaders from colleges and universities across 36 states and Washington, D.C. with the award.

The national award recognizes inspiring college student leaders who demonstrate an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities. The Newman Civic Fellows Award is sponsored by the KPMG Foundation.

IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe was present at the award presentation. She said Halberstadt is a dedicated student leader who is focused on addressing key issues in the region, including economic development and employment.

“Christopher has impressed our community with his quiet professionalism, both on and off campus. He has demonstrated his ability to mobilize other students and community members, and inspire them to become involved in making our community a better place,” Cruz-Uribe said.

At IU East, Halberstadt is the vice president of the Student Government Association (SGA) at IU East. He championed “Service Day in the District” in which he organized students to volunteer in Richmond’s Historic Depot District to help merchants with their needs. He was the liaison to communicate between the business owners and campus partners to plan and implement service projects to benefit the locally owned businesses in the depot. On campus, he has also helped to improve the food pantry available to students through the IU East Center for Health Promotion.

“I have invested time in the campus and community because the community has invested resources in me. I am passionate about my community, and I work to make it lovable. The more invested one becomes in their community, the more valuable that relationship becomes. Being active in the community has a lasting effect and in my opinion, increases self-worth tremendously,” Halberstadt said.

Halberstadt was also a 2014 Summer Research Scholar and completed a study, “A Comparative Study of Wayne County, Indiana and Midwestern Peer Counties on Socioeconomic Indicators,” that compared Wayne County to 10 peer counties on different indicators involving employment, education, industries and other areas.

Halberstadt wrote a paper on the finding with faculty mentor Litao Zhong, assistant professor of economics and finance. They presented the paper at the Indiana Academy of Social Sciences annual conference held at Anderson University.

About Campus Compact
Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.

About the Newman Civic Fellows Award
The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world.  The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.

Newman Civic Fellows are recommended by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in public leadership. Newman Civic Fellows awards are made in memory of Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. Frank Newman’s leadership was selfless, optimistic, and determined, spanning an incredible career of more than five decades. At the core of Dr. Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of individuals to make a difference and in the power of connection with others. Newman Civic Fellows form a unique network of leaders who will inspire and keep hope alive for one another during college and afterward, as the network expands exponentially each year. Frank Newman had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who want to make a difference. The Newman Civic Fellows are reflections and affirmations of his life’s work.



2015 Spring Leadership Forum to focus on Next Generation Leaders

April 14th, 2015

Courtney Martin

The Indiana University East Center for Leadership Development’s 2015 Spring Leadership Forum will be presented by Courtney Martin an author, blogger and speaker. She will present “Next Generation Leaders.”

The forum will begin with a continental breakfast and networking at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, in the Whitewater Hall Community Room. The program is from 8-9 a.m. and will be held in Whitewater Hall Vivian Auditorium.

The annual Spring Leadership Forum is a breakfast keynote session focused on leading edge ideas and practices.

Martin’s diverse portfolio career is united by two obsessions: storytelling and solutions. She has been called “one of our most insightful culture critics and one of our finest young writers” by Parker Palmer, and her writing has been described as “varied, transformational, and necessary for us all” by Jane Fonda and “a hardcover punch in the gut” by Arianna Huffington.

Martin is a weekly columnist for On Being, a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation, podcast, and Webby Award-winning website. She is currently working on a book titled The New Better Off, exploring how people are redefining the American dream (think more fulfillment, community, and fun, less debt, status, and stuff).

There is no charge to attend the program; it is underwritten by the IU East School of Business and Economics.

Registration is required. RSVP online at iue.edu/leadership.

About the IU East Center for Leadership Development
The IU East Center for Leadership Development is sponsored by the IU East School of Business and Economics. The center is focused on enhancing the managerial and leadership capacities within the IU East service region. A primary purpose of the center is to link the academic resources of the IU East School of Business and Economics to the economic and leadership development needs of the region.



IU Women’s Philanthropy Council honors IU East students

April 10th, 2015

Left to Right: IU First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie with honorees Hope Peer, Shyanna Pasay, Katelyn Brown, Ashley Brown and IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe.

On Thursday, April 9, 2015, four Indiana University East students were honored with the Women Helping Women: Honoring Student Volunteer Leadership award by the Women’s Philanthropy Council (WPC) at Indiana University.

Students Ashlee Brown, Katelyn Brown, Shyanna Pasay, and Hope Peer, received the awards from IU First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie, founding co-chair, Women’s Philanthropy Council, Kathryn Cruz-Uribe, chancellor, and Jason Troutwine, vice chancellor for external affairs. The awards program began in 2012 honoring three students from IU Kokomo for their volunteer service.

“Continuing this great tradition of recognizing and celebrating women’s volunteerism at IU, the Women’s Philanthropy Council is proud to honor these four exemplary female philanthropists. Their commitment to actively serve a wide range of IU East communities is an inspiration for all of us and their work is testament to the rich culture of civic engagement here at IU and in the Richmond community itself,” said McRobbie.

“I am delighted to recognize each of these women for their remarkable altruism and charitable spirit,” said IU East Chancellor Cruz-Uribe. “Their leadership and dedication to serve others is a wonderful example of the service IU East aspires to achieve. As stewards of place, our students, faculty and staff are committed to furthering community initiatives, programs, and growth throughout the region.”

“Ashlee, Katelyn, Shyanna, and Hope are wonderful examples of women’s leadership in action. Through their philanthropic motivations, these women help advance IU’s mission to build dynamic relationships in their communities to the benefit for us all,” said Women’s Philanthropy Council member Janet Smith.

Each of the honorees received a certificate and a monetary donation to her volunteer organization at a luncheon in their honor.

Ashlee Brown, a junior biochemistry major, with minors in chemistry and biology from West Manchester, Ohio, teaches young women about STEM fields at Girls Inc. Her award will support Girls Inc. of Wayne County.

Katelyn Brown, a junior biochemistry major, with minors in chemistry and Spanish from Greenville, Ohio, is a literacy coach for English Language Learners. Her award will support Communities in Schools, specifically to help with the after school program at Vaile Elementary.

Shyanna Pasay, a freshman psychology major from Richmond, Ind., develops and implements programs at the Fairview Boys and Girls Club and at the Amigos Latino Center. Her award will support the Amigos Latino Center.

Hope Peer, a junior psychology major from Richmond, Ind., leads activities and discussions for women at the Women in Transition (WIT) House. Her award will support the WIT House.

About the Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Council: Convened by the Indiana University Foundation Board of Directors in 2010, the WPC’s mission is to lead fundraising and engagement efforts that inspire women to give of their time, talent, and resources to Indiana University, and to develop women leaders in philanthropy.

Founded in 1936, the Indiana University Foundation maximizes private support for Indiana University by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders and providing advancement leadership and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university.

Today, the IU Foundation oversees one of the largest public university endowments in the country, with a market value in excess of $1.9 billion. In fiscal year 2014, IU received $341.3 million in support from the private sector. IU is consistently ranked among the top four of Big Ten universities in annual voluntary support.

Purposeful parenting workshop helps parents be more effective

April 7th, 2015

Indiana University East Assistant Professor of Psychology Beth Trammell has organized a workshop for parents and caregivers to set up preventative strategies to bring out positive behavior from the children under their care.

The workshop offers participants the ability to learn essential skills to being a more purposeful and effective parent. The first workshop is currently underway with the last session to be held April 26. Trammell said the goal is to offer at least one workshop per year; she hopes to host the next workshop in fall 2015.

Each of the three, two-hour sessions offer hands-on training, coaching and feedback for parents of children ages 18 months through 10 years of age. Borrowing many ideas from the evidenced-based approach parent-child interaction therapy, the goals of the workshop are to increase parent’s knowledge and skills on effective communication and behavior modification, as well as to examine the effectiveness of the program to give parents the skills necessary to gain compliance with their child.

Trammell is a licensed psychologist and has a private practice working with families outside of her job at IU East. During the workshop, she assists participants to set up preventative strategies including creating schedules, behavior plans, and to develop effective communication skills.

Denise Ballard is a parent educator for Birth to Five. She said she hears the same frustrations about certain topics from parents. She is participating in the workshop to help provide additional resources to parents.

“Most of the parents I work with have not thought about routines, being consistent with rules, etc. I have pointers and information that I give to them on those topics but I was hoping to gain another perspective to help the families that I work with,” Ballard said. “Beth has a warm, open approach to the class that has made parents feel welcome to share their struggles. The class is very hands-on and step-by-step instructions are given to try at home, as well as homework assignments. The class is very organized and the notebook given was a fantastic tool to remember what has been discussed in class. This is a great, practical class for parents of all ages of children.”

In addition, Trammell is using the workshop in coordination with her academic research. This study is aimed at increasing overall positive parenting strategies for parents whose children display non-compliant behavior on a consistent basis. Essentially, she hopes to  find out if an extra hour of individual instruction with a parent or caregiver, in addition to attending the workshop, will improve interaction with their children overall.

The workshop is also helping IU East students enrolled in her Behavior Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence course to fulfill service-learning credits. Twelve undergraduates majoring in psychology are assisting with the workshop.

Paige Spencer is a senior from Lynn, Ind. She said participating in the workshops have helped enhance her education by working directly with children. Spencer provided a snake bubble activity, a no mess form of blowing bubbles, and helped the older children play a game of Heads Up! on the iPad during the second workshop.

“We see the behaviors first-hand that we’ve covered in class and develop a better understanding of those behaviors,” Spencer said.

“They are creating age appropriate activities for the children as a way to learn about typical child development through the workshop,” Trammell said. “These are great skills for psychology majors to learn so they can apply what they have learned to their work in the field. They will be more effective in working with children when they go into practice.”

Trammell said students develop the activities and then Skype with an outside child behavioral consultant in class to get feedback on their work and to ensure that the activities are age appropriate for the children in the workshop.

“All in all, I think the project has been really fun for both the IU East students and the participants. I am always looking for ways to get students to apply their knowledge from the classroom to people and places outside of the classroom. And I am always looking to help parents feel more effective. This project allows me to incorporate both of those things.”

For more information, contact Beth Trammell, assistant professor of psychology, at (765) 973-8362 or email batramme@iue.edu.

IU East’s first national juried art exhibition to open April 9

April 2nd, 2015

“He’s My Lady” by Jeremy Brooks

The Indiana University East Fine Arts program is hosting an inaugural national themed juried art exhibition, and the theme for this year is “Gender.” The exhibit will be open from April 9-June 19 in the Whitewater Hall Art Gallery.

The juried art exhibit is supported by the IU East School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Diversity Commission. The exhibit coincides with the 27th Annual Indiana University Women’s and Gender Studies Undergraduate Conference being held at IU East April 9-10.

The show was juried by a panel of four judges: Ann Kim, assistant professor of fine arts; Carrie Longley, assistant professor of fine arts; Ed Thornburg, lecturer of fine arts; and Kate Cunningham, adjunct lecturer of fine arts at IU East and Purdue University College of Technology.

Monetary awards will be given to the top three artists.

Kim said the exhibition is set to become an annual juried exhibition each spring with a rotating theme.  She added there were nearly 160 works of art submitted from which 40 were chosen for inclusion, representing 30 artists from 15 states.

The exhibit includes 2-D, 3-D and video. The artwork selected for the exhibit specifically deals with the fluidity of gender and sexuality; commentary on and/or challenging the conventional gendered language in visual art; reworking the conventions of representing gender and gendered bodies; investigating the shifting gender roles in today’s society; questioning the stereotypes of femininity and masculinity; the state of today’s parenthood; and promoting greater understanding of the LGBTQ community.

The opening reception for the exhibition is from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, at the Art Gallery, located in Whitewater Hall. Award winners will be announced at 6 p.m.

Visitors are welcome to view the exhibit during gallery hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call Ed Thornburg, gallery curator, at (765) 973-8605 or visit iue.edu/gallery.

Participating artists include:
Harry Ally, Troy, Ohio
Mary Ellen Bertram, Farmland, Indiana
Sarah Bielski, Satesboro, Georgia
Walt Bistline, Richmond, Indiana
Jeremy Brooks, Carbondale, Illinois
JT Bruns, Los Angeles, California
Amy Cannestra, Madison, Wisconsin
Evelyn Davis-Walker, Lewis-Center, Ohio
Pamela Dodds, Cleveland, Ohio
J. Casey Doyle, Moscow, Idaho
Chloë Feldman Emison, Boston, Massachusetts
Olga Evanusa-Rowland, Corte Madera, California
Jes Fan, New York, New York
Dan Farnum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Liliana Guzman, Richmond, Indiana
Susan Hensel, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tracy Kerdman, New York, New York
Elizabeth Leger, Berkeley, California
Debra Levie, Chicago, Illinois
Rachel Livedalen, Fort Worth, Texas
Manda McKay, Athens, Georgia
Desiree Moore, Tampa, Florida
Jessica Pleyel, Iowa City, Iowa
Kaly Reichter, Richmond, Indiana
Daniela Rosario, Brentwood, New York
Michael Smith, Ogden Dunes, Indiana
Brett Suemnicht, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Runcie Tatnall, Nacogdoches, Texas
Rhonda Thomas, Flagstaff, Arizona
Katy Traughber, New Albany, Indiana
Joni Wildman, Madison, Wisconsin

IU East’s Spring Diversity event features Jane Collins on April 9

March 25th, 2015

Indiana University East Women and Gender Studies Unit and the Indiana University East Diversity Committee invites the community to the Spring Diversity lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, in Vivian Auditorium. JaneCollins

This year’s featured speaker is Jane Collins, professor of Community & Environmental Sociology and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will present “Economic Citizenship in the Age of Inequality.”

This talk is free and open to the public.

Collins’ work focuses on the relationship between gender and labor in the Americas. Her research on gender and labor in the Americas has focused on family farms in Peru, the commercial agricultural sector in Brazil, the apparel industry in the U.S. and Mexico and the low wage service sector in the U.S. Her most recent work “Both Hands Tied” examines the working poor in the United States, focusing in particular on the relation between welfare and low-wage earnings among working mothers.

Wazir Mohamed, associate professor of sociology and member of the IU East Diversity Committee, said Collins is a specialist who is able to address the structural changes currently underway – wherein many young women can now only access part-time, 25-29 hour work per week.

“This do not only interfere with women’s ability to earn a living wage in order to participate equally with men and hence seize their equal place in society. Young women are being socialized into this new emergent structure to believe and hence accept part-time work as being normal. In her presentation Jane Collins is expected to address these concerns for young women, and women’s inequality in the workplace,” Mohamed said.

Collins is also providing the keynote address during the 27th Annual Indiana University Women’s and Gender Studies Undergraduate Conference being held on the IU East campus on Friday, April 10.

This conference offers students an opportunity to share research presentations, artwork, performances, and posters that reflect their work in Women’s, Sexuality and Gender Studies with students and faculty across the IU system. The theme for this year’s event is, “Women and the New Economy: Challenging Stereotypes of Work, Family, and Gender in the 21st Century.”

For more information about the conference, contact Stephanie Whitehead, assistant professor of criminal justice and political science, at snwhiteh@iue.edu.

IU East News and Notes

March 19th, 2015

Visiting Writer Bianca SpriggsRichmond, Ind. – Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem Fellow Bianca Lynne Spriggs is an award-winning poet and multidisciplinary artist from Lexington, Ky. Spriggs will read from her work from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, in the Whitewater Hall art gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

During her visit to campus, Spriggs will lead a workshop with students from 2-3 p.m. in Whitewater Hall room 202.

She is the author of  Kaffir Lily, How Swallowtails Become Dragons and the forthcoming titles Call Her By Her Name (Northwestern University Press, 2016) and The Galaxy is a Dance Floor (Argos Books, 2016).

Spriggs is the co-editor of Circe’s Lament: An Anthology of Wild Women, managing editor for pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Art & Culture, poetry editor for Apex Magazine and she serves as the Literary Arts Liaison for the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

Student Research Day is April 3
Indiana University East invites the community to Student Research Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 3, in Whitewater Hall.

Student Research Day recognizes the research, scholarly and creative work of IU East student scholars. The day includes poster and oral presentations, a three-minute thesis competition and an awards ceremony.

IU East students may still submit proposals to participate in Student Research Day. The deadline is Friday, March 27. Students are encouraged to submit their research and creative projects online at iue.edu/researchday.

For more information, contact Ange Cooksey at mcooksey@iue.edu.

IU East Center for Leadership Development to host workshop on EQ and You April 2

March 18th, 2015

The Indiana University East Center for Leadership Development will host a workshop on “EQ and You: Creating a Personalized Emotional Intelligence Development Plan” from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, in the Whitewater Hall Community Room. Participants must RSVP online.EQandYou

Emotional Intelligence is a term that has come into popular use to describe a set of personal competencies that are closely associated with effective functioning. Effective EQ has been tied to success in every aspect of life and the good news is that these competencies can be developed.

Participants in this session will have the opportunity to take the EQi instrument and to use their results as the starting point for charting a path to accomplishing their unique personal and professional goals.

The workshop will be presented by Fredricka Joyner, associate professor and director of the IU East Center for Leadership Development and the Master’s in Management program. Joyner has over three decades of business experience, providing leadership, organization, and community development consulting services to a diverse client list that  includes manufacturing and service organizations, professional practices, health and education coalitions, non-profits, government departments, and social service agencies.

Over the past five years, Joyner has provided training and consulting services related to managing across the generations. She has also designed and delivered a four-day leadership development curriculum to almost 2000 managers in a global Fortune 500 company. Most recently, she has been providing intensive executive coaching to high potential managers who have been tasked with expanding into international markets.

Registration is required; RSVP at iue.edu/leadership. The $100 fee for this workshop will cover the cost of the EQi instrument.

About the IU East Center for Leadership Development
The IU East Center for Leadership Development is sponsored by the IU East School of Business and Economics. The center is focused on enhancing the managerial and leadership capacities within the IU East service region. A primary purpose of the center is to link the academic resources of the IU East School of Business and Economics to the economic and leadership development needs of the region.