IU East News and Notes

October 8th, 2014

Student Social Work Association welcomes community to participate in suicide prevention events

Richmond, Ind. — Student Social Work Association (SSWA) at Indiana University East is hosting a Suicide Awareness Day from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, in Whitewater Hall.

The event includes booths from IU East and community organizations and information about suicide prevention. A Memorial Clothesline and Balloon Launch will be available in remembrance to loved ones.

Then Saturday, October 25, the SSWA is co-sponsoring the “Out of Darkness Suicide Community Walks,” part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, at Glen Miller Park. Participants are encouraged to gather at the golf course, located at 2514 E. Main Street in Richmond, Ind.

Check-in for the event begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

The SSWA hopes to bring awareness to the importance of suicide prevention and to support those who have lost a friend or loved one to suicide by hosting the events.

For more information, contact the School of Social Work at (765) 973-8534.

Diwali Festival of Lights
IU East will host Diwali Festival of Lights from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29, in the Whitewater Hall Lobby.

Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated by Indians worldwide. Families mark the occasion by lighting lamps, candles and fireworks to symbolize the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and wisdom over ignorance.

The event will begin with a Candle Lighting Ceremony and presentations by chief guest IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe, and event organizers Parul Khurana, assistant professor of biology, and Hitesh Kathuria, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Indian food and live music will be provided.

Please RSVP to Hitesh Kathuria by October 22 by calling 765-973-8247 or emailing hikathur@iue.edu.

Faculty Research Presentations
Steven Petersheim, assistant professor of English, presented “Literature and the Environment: Nathaniel Hawthorne as a Nature Writer” October 8 in the Whitewater Hall Community Room.

On October 9, Daron Olson, assistant professor of history, Alisa Clapp-Itnyre, professor of English, will present on their research.

Olson will present “The Unexplored World of Exile Nationalism: Researching Norwegian Archives in Oslo, June, 2014” at 3 p.m.

Clapp-Itnyre’s presentation will follow at 4 p.m. She is presenting “Rediscovering Nineteenth‐Century Childhood through Diaries and Songbooks: Archival Research in English Libraries, May 2014.”

The presentations will be held in the Whitewater Hall Community Room. Presentations are free and open to the public.

Criminal justice associate professor presents paper on wrongful conviction
Robert J. Ramsey, associate professor of criminal justice, presented his paper, “Preventing Wrongful Conviction Thirty Years After DNA-PCR: What We’ve Learned,” at the Southern Criminal Justice Association Conference in Clearwater, Florida on September 17.

The conference provides a forum for criminal justice educators to disseminate and gain knowledge in the area of criminal justice. This year’s conference participants explored issues concerning the legacy of the past and the outlook for the future regarding criminal justice issues.

Assistant professor of history presents paper, provides keynote lecture at seminar
Daron W. Olson, assistant professor of history, presented the First Keynote Lecture, entitled “Transatlantic Connections between Norway and the U.S.A.” on June 19 at the “Freedom and Migration in a Norwegian-American Context” Seminar held at Fagernes, Norway. The lecture was based on his book, Vikings across the Atlantic: Emigration and the Building of a Greater Norway, 1860-1945, which was published in 2013. At the same conference, Olson delivered a paper, “His Mother’s Song: The Ethnolandscapes of Norwegian-American Visitors to Norway during the 1914 Eidsvold Centennial.”

Olson also had two articles published recently. “On Both Sides of the Atlantic: Transnational Celebrations of Norwegian Identity, 1925-1939” was published in Norwegian-American Essays 2014. His other published article, “We are All Scandinavians: Norwegian-American Press Reaction to the 1938 Swedish Tercentenary” appeared in the January 2014 volume of The Swedish-American Historical Quarterly.

Entries accepted for Whitewater Valley Annual Art Competition Oct. 6-10

October 2nd, 2014

Indiana University East is accepting art entries October 6-10 for the 2014 Whitewater Valley Annual Art Competition (WVAAC). The competition will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, in Whitewater Hall. Prior to the judging, there will be a juror presentation at 11:30 a.m. in Tom Raper Hall, room 124.DavidKlamen

The top ten entries will receive a monetary award. Artists with accepted entries will be notified by Wednesday, October 22.

This year’s competition will be juried by David Klamen, the Chancellor’s Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University Northwest. Klamen is a contemporary painter whose work grows in conjunction with his interest in literature and philosophy, centralized around visual explorations of the questions, “How do I know things?” and “How do I know myself?”

Klamen paints figuratively and abstractly, sometimes combining the two by incorporating geometric lines or patterns atop his high finished landscapes.

Klamen’s work is meditative and quiet, engaging the audience with deep tonal values and extreme control, requiring the viewer to look more than once into the complexity of each work. In Klamen’s most recent series, Paintings of Paintings, he isolated individual works of art in situ in museums, turned them on sharp angles and repainted them. He is represented in a number of public collections including: the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, the Elvehjem Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin and the McNay Museum, San Antonio.

Klamen earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1983 and his Master of Fine Arts in Painting at the School of the Art Institute in 1985. He lives and works in Chicago.

The WVAAC receives 300 to 400 pieces of art for the competition each year. Previous entries have included works from high schools and universities, art organizations and centers and independent artists. The competition is open to all artists, age 17 and older, who live within a 300-mile radius of Richmond, Ind.

Entries for the competition may include drawings, paintings, mixed media, photography, printmaking, computer graphics, relief sculpture and sculpture. Entries must be hand-delivered to The Gallery, Whitewater Hall, on the IU East campus between noon and 5 p.m., Monday, October 6, through Friday, October 10. Entries will not be accepted after October 10.

Each artist may submit up to three entries. Fees are $25 for one entry, $30 for two entries, and $40 for three entries.

Accepted entries will be on exhibit in The Gallery from November 6 to January 16. The artist opening reception and awards presentation will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, in Whitewater Hall.

Entry forms, information on eligibility and a calendar are available at iue.edu/gallery or by calling Ed Thornburg, The Gallery curator, at IU East at (765) 973-8605.

IU East’s upcoming “Read to Lead” session to focus on “One Book, Many Voices” selection

September 30th, 2014

The “Read to Lead” series will discuss the featured book for this year’s IU East “One Book, Many Voices” project. For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places by Peter Kageyama will be the topic of discussion from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8, in the Whitewater Hall Community Room. Participants should read the book prior to the session to optimize the cooperative learning experience.

A box lunch will be provided; RSVP is required. A copy of For the Love of Cities can be picked up at the Campus Library for free.

Strong leaders are readers. Take this opportunity to join the conversation by reading a business book and talking about it with other leaders. Each session is facilitated by a member of the IU East faculty or staff and a box lunch will be provided.

There is no charge for the “Read to Lead” sessions. The sessions are being underwritten by the IU East School of Business and Economics.

Kageyama ‘s book For the Love of Cities focuses on learning to “love,” contribute to, and talk about our cities in a new way and we think the book will help further our conversation about what makes our community stellar.

Kageyama will give a lecture on October 21, 2014 at 6 p.m. Mark your calendar to attend this free evening lecture and book signing in Vivian Auditorium. Tickets will be available in September at the Bursar’s Office and the Innovation Center in Uptown Richmond. He will also be the keynote speaker at the annual Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon on October 22, 2014.

Now in its third year, the mission of IU East’s “One Book, Many Voices” project is to foster a campus and community discussion about themes in and ideas inspired by a common text in an effort to develop camaraderie, inform knowledge, and inspire action towards positive civic engagement and improvement.

The discussion facilitators are Carla Messer and Cal Simpson.

Messer is a lecturer in the IU East School of Business and Economics. She has 20 years of experience in coaching, mentoring and training top performers and has presented performance improvement techniques to Fortune 500 and 1000 companies throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

Simpson is a lecturer in marketing and entrepreneurship and director of Business of the New Castle programs at IU East. Simpson obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from Madonna University in Michigan. He has multiple years of multimedia experience with an emphasis in sales and marketing research.

Richmond resident Rob Quigg elected to IU Foundation Board of Directors

September 29th, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—James R. “Rob” Quigg, vice president of accounting at Richmond Baking Company in Richmond, Indiana, has been elected to the Indiana University Foundation Board of Directors. Founded in 1936, the IU 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.RobQuigg

“We are thrilled to welcome an executive of Rob’s commitment to the foundation board,” said IU Foundation President Dan Smith. “His passion for supporting higher education as a means of creating future opportunities for those in his region makes him a crucial addition to our diverse community of leaders. His dedication and expertise are sure to prove invaluable.”

Quigg has been the treasurer of the Richmond Baking Company since 2002 and its vice president of accounting since 2010. He and his wife, Kelli, are active in many philanthropic efforts in the community. Quigg serves as the director of the Quigg Family Foundation, through which the Quigg family contributes to various organizations in east central Indiana. In 2007, Quigg received the Partners in Philanthropy Cornerstone Award for his outstanding service to Indiana University East as the chairman of the successful $2.1 million Campaign for Community in 2005-06. The campaign supported nursing and science laboratories, provided scholarships, established a new Center for Entrepreneurship, and created The Gallery in Whitewater Hall, among other accomplishments.

Quigg has several interests outside of Richmond Baking Company. He served as a partner in Mahallasville Road Productions, through which he produced the 2008 documentary 1:47, an exploration of the 1968 explosion in Richmond.

Quigg graduated from Indiana University in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in history. In 1997, he earned a certified public accountant certificate at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

IU East welcomes high school students to explore campus for College GO! Week

September 26th, 2014

Indiana University East will celebrate College GO! Week September 22-26. The event offers high school students the opportunity to explore IU East and its academic programs.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education established College GO! Week to encourage high school students to pursue a college education. IU East will highlight scholarships, campus spirit and traditions, opportunities for campus life, athletics and much more.

IU East welcomed 420 high school students to campus today (September 26) for its College GO! Week VIP Day in Whitewater Hall. Students and parents received a feel for IU East during a student lead tour, informational overview of campus, and a session with a personal admissions counselor to learn about the admissions process, financial aid and scholarships.

With fall enrollment reaching a record high, more high school students are making IU East their university of choice. This fall, IU East has set a new record with 4,573 students enrolled for classes this semester. Since 2007, IU East headcount enrollment has doubled.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (765) 973-8208 or applynow@iue.edu.

Nominations are being accepted for IU East’s Alumni Hall of Fame

September 26th, 2014

The Indiana University East Alumni Association invites members of the community and other interested individuals to submit nominations for the Indiana University East Alumni Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is newly established to recognize and celebrate the outstanding alumni of IU East.HallofFame

Inductees to the Hall of Fame are alumni who have typified the IU East tradition of excellence and brought credit to the campus through their personal accomplishments, professional achievement and leadership and humanitarian service and citizenship.

IU East Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at the Chancellor’s Medallion Dinner on November 14 at Forest Hills Country Club, 2169 S. 23rd St., Richmond, Ind.

“As our alumni numbers continue to grow, we are always looking for ways to recognize the exceptional efforts of those serving their communities or organizations,” said Terry Wiesehan, director of Alumni Relations and Campus Events at IU East. “By inducting alumni into the Hall of Fame, we want to recognize those efforts and show them how proud we are of them to make their communities better for themselves and for future generations.”

Previously, IU East recognized the special achievements of alumni through its Distinguished Alumni Award. All past Distinguished Alumni will be automatically inducted into the Hall of Fame as charter members. For a list of previous Distinguished Alumni, visit iue.edu/alumni/awards/dist_alumni.php.

Nominations may be submitted online at iue.edu/alumni /halloffame by Friday, October 10. Selections will be made by committee the week of October 13.

For more information about the IU East Hall of Fame, contact Director of Alumni Relations and Campus Events Terry Wiesehan at (765) 973-8221 or twiesaha@iue.edu.



IU East receives 2015 Military Friendly® School designation

September 23rd, 2014

Indiana University East was named as a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media Inc., the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The list provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.MilitaryFriendlySchoolLogo

The 2015 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. This is the sixth year Victory Media has released its list of Military Friendly® Schools. The list is available at militaryfriendlyschools.com.

“IU East has been named a Military Friendly® School for three years in a row. We are honored to be recognized as among the nation’s top universities, colleges and trade schools serving our military students,” Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe said. “We are committed to providing the support and services needed for our active and veteran military students to succeed.”

IU East has an estimated 190 veteran military students, of which 72 have applied to receive VA benefits.

Executive Vice Chancellor Larry Richards said, “As a military veteran myself, I am particularly proud to be able officially to call IU East a Military Friendly® School. With almost 200 veteran and military students and growing, this sector has become an increasingly significant portion of our student population.”

IU East provides bachelor’s and master’s degrees for military servicemembers and their adult dependent family members. As a military friendly institution, IU East’s flexible policies allow mobile servicemembers and their families to complete degrees rather than just accumulate course credit. Additionally, IU East helps its veteran students through the Student Veteran’s Organization which assists student service members in all areas of potential difficulty, particularly those related to academic success, the transition into civilian life and continuing military obligations.

The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country. The survey captures over 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. As in past years, the 2015 Military Friendly® Schools results were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology developed by Victory Media with input by its independent Academic Advisory Board.

About Military Friendly® Schools
The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country, and are independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found on our website, militaryfriendly.com, and a complete list of schools can be found through our Schools Matchmaker tool on gijobs.com.

About Victory Media
Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business serving the military community since 2001. Victory Media’s data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur® media channels, republished in periodicals such as USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW, and frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

IU East celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with campus, community events

September 18th, 2014

Indiana University East will present Alice Driver from 5-6 p.m. on Monday, September 22,  in the Whitewater Hall Community Room. Driver, a photojournalist in Mexico, will present on her upcoming book More or Less Dead. She will also talk about her work as a photographer and as a documentary filmmaker. Her documentary film is If Images Could Fill Our Empty Spaces.

The event is free and open to the public. The presentation is a part of Hispanic Heritage Month events at IU East. The event is sponsored by Mindful Explorations, courtesy of the William H. and Jean R. Reller Endowment, IU East Diversity grant, and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Driver will discuss issues related to border cities between Mexico and the United States including women’s issues, policing, violence, diversity, and culture. Driver researched these issues while a postdoctoral fellow at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City where she worked with the Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte.

Driver received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Al Jazeera, Ms. Magazine, Women’s Media Center, Salon, and Vela, and her photography has appeared in National Geographic. She is currently a consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank where she serves as a writer for the United Nations sponsored project Sustainable Energy for All.

She will visit classes and talk with faculty and staff while at IU East September 22-23.  She will also appear live on WETV Channel 20 at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 22.

IU East’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration is September 13 to October 12 with several events and activities offered by the World Languages and Cultures department and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Throughout the month WCTV will air the “Let’s Talk” discussion on Hispanic Health. The discussion covers common health issues and obstacles experienced by Hispanics in Richmond as well as provides information about local resources available to help overcome health related barriers. The “Let’s Talk” series includes a comprehensive presentation by IU East faculty and leaders in the community.

IU East Spanish students are visiting Richmond elementary schools for Huevos verdes y jamon (Bilingual Storytelling) September 16-18 as part of a joint venture with the Campus Library and literacy movements. Students read books to the elementary students and speak about Hispanic Heritage Month.

The storytelling program is in its third year. The Campus Library purchases books and packets for IU East students to work with the elementary school students. The students also examine works by Xavier Garza, children’s author and illustrator. Garza will visit IU East to speak with students about his writing on Monday, October 13, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., in the Whitewater Hall Community Room.

On Thursday, October 9, Spanish classes at IU East will create altars for Day of the Dead. Members of the campus are invited to contribute photos of loved ones. The classes will present their altars and speak about Day of the Dead via the Hispanicampus gallery project. The campus will vote for their favorite altar. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Campus Library, located in Hayes Hall.

List of Hispanic Heritage Month Events at IU East

  • Room 912 Exhibit: IU East students who studied abroad in Argentina exhibit their artwork and research projects at IU East’s Room 912, located at 912 E. Main Street in Richmond, Ind., September 13-October 15
  • Hispanic Campus: Virtual Galleries feature Room 912 exhibit and Day of the Dead Altars, September 13-October 15
  • Huevos verdes y jamon (Bilingual Storytelling): IU East students visit Fairview Elementary School and Elizabeth Starr Academy, September 16-September 18
  • Alice Driver Visit: Alice Driver campus presentation, Whitewater Hall Community Room, Monday, 5-6 p.m., September 22
  • Day of the Dead Altar Building Competition: IU East Spanish classes create altars for Day of the Dead, Hayes Hall Campus Library Atrium, 1:30 p.m., Thursday, October 9
  • Xavier Garza Visit: Xavier Garza, children’s author and illustrator, will visit IU East to speak with students about his writing,  11:15-12:15 a.m., Whitewater Hall Community Room, Monday, October 13


IU East welcomes new faculty to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

September 16th, 2014

Indiana University East is pleased to welcome its newest faculty in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Melissa Blankenship, visiting lecturer in English, received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Non-Fiction from Murray State University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in English with a Creative Writing minor from Indiana University East.MelissaBlankenship2

Previously, Blankenship was a teaching assistant and an adjunct instructor of English at IU East. She was also an instructor of English at Ivy Tech Community College. As an undergraduate, Blankenship was part of the IU East Honors Program and was named the 2008 IU East Naomi Osborne Scholar, awarded to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average, and she graduated with Highest Distinction. In 2007, she received a Summer Research Scholarship.

Blankenship has most recently published articles in Pressing News, Pressing Irons and Trivet Collectors of America, and The Trivet Collectors Network. She has presented at the Northeast Popular Culture Association Conference, and the 19th Undergraduate Intercampus Women’s/Gender Studies Conference.

ShayClammeShay Clamme, lecturer in criminal justice, received her Master of Public Administration with a Concentration in Criminal Justice and Criminology and her Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies with a Minor in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Ball State University.

Prior to joining IU East, Clamme was a program assistant at Indiana Wesleyan University. Formerly, she was a college program advisor and an instructor at Harrison College. She has also been an instructor at Ivy Tech Community College in Marion, Ind.GregDam

Gregory Dam, lecturer in psychology, received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Northwestern University where he also completed his Master of Arts in Learning Sciences and a Graduate Specialization in Cognitive Science. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Sacred Heart University, located in Fairfield, Conn.

Previoulsy, Dam was an adjunct instructor at Ohio Dominican University. Formerly, he worked at the University of Rio Grande as a psychology instructor, an NIH IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellow and a psychology instructor at Northeastern Illinois University.

He has published articles in PLoS One, Cognitive Science, Complexity, and Behavior Research Methods. He has presented at national conferences including the American Psychology Association Annual Convention most recently. His research interests are learning in biological and artificial systems.

AmandaKrahaAmanda Kraha, lecturer in psychology, received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Arkansas Tech University.

Previously, Kraha was a visiting lecturer at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Formerly, she was a research consultant at the University of North Texas in the College of Information. She also worked as a research analyst for Elite Research, LLC, in Carrollton, Texas, and as a research participation pool coordinator for the University of North Texas Department of Psychology.

She has published articles in several publications including New School Psychology Bulletin, Memory, Stress and Health, Frontiers in Psychology, and a chapter in the book Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment. She has presented her papers at national and international conferences, including at the American Psychological Association.

In 2012, Kraha received an Academic Research Grant from Lafayette College and a Small Grant Program and Graduate Student Research Support and Fellowship Program awards in 2011 from the University of North Texas.

Eevett Loshek, lecturer in psychology, received her Master in Arts in Experimental Psychology from the University of North Dakota and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of North Dakota.EevettLoshek

Previously, Loshek was an instructor and a lab instructor at the University of North Dakota while completing her doctorate degree.

Loshek’s research interests include women’s sexual assertiveness as it relates to gender and aging, attitudes on homophobia, and evolutionary psychology related to gender and feminism. She has published an article in Behavior Analyst Today and recently had an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Sex Research. She has had poster presentations at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference, Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, and the Northern Lights Conference.

She is a current member of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the American Psychology Association.

KatherineMillerKatherine Miller, assistant professor of anthropology, received her Master of Arts in Anthropology from Arizona State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Minor in Religious Studies from Indiana University. She is a candidate for her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University. Previously, Miller was a visiting lecturer at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras. Formerly, she was adjunct instructor at Kingsborough Community College, an instructor at Arizona State University, and an adjunct instructor at Mesa Community College.

Miller’s research interests include social organization, kinship, identity, household archaeology, human osteology, odontometry, biogeochemistry, cultural body modifications and Mesoamerican bioarchaeology.

Most recently, she received a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation for 2012-2014, among several other travel and research grants, honors and awards.

She has published an article in Yearbook Journal of Anthropological Archeology as well as manuscripts in American Anthropologist and the Journal of Anthropological Archeology.

Miller has presented at conferences nationally including the Annual American Anthropological Association Meeting and lectured nationally and internationally at universities and conferences. She is a current member of the American Association of Physical Anthropology, American Association of Anthropologists, American Chemical Society and the Society of America Archeology.

Tickets available for “One Book, Many Voices” featured author Peter Kageyama

September 12th, 2014

Indiana University East is celebrating its third year of the “One Book, Many Voices” project.  The project’s mission is to foster a campus and community discussion about themes and ideas inspired by a common text in an effort to develop camaraderie, inform knowledge, and inspire action towards positive civic engagement and improvement.PeterKageyama

This year’s featured book is For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places by Peter Kageyama. Kageyama is the co-founder and producer of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary event that brings together citizens and practitioners around the big idea of the city.  For the Love of Cities focuses on learning to “love,” contribute to, and talk about our cities in a new way.

According to Chera LaForge, assistant professor of political science and one of three co-chairs for this year’s event, the book was selected because of its theme of community engagement and celebration.

“In selecting Peter’s book, we continue to highlight IU East’s role as a ‘steward of place’ and our deep commitment to the community and the region we serve. In the past three years, we have seen tremendous positive change in Richmond and the surrounding area, including the Positive Place Initiative, the Stellar Community designation, and recently, the Our Town grant,” LaForge said.

“The book is, first and foremost, a celebration of what is already happening in our communities.  Our area already has a vibrant arts and culture scene and frequent special events and festivals, both things that Kageyama believe makes a city loveable. However, the book is also a call to action to encourage people to become more involved in their community. We think his visit will spur people to think about what they could do to make Richmond, Wayne County, and our surrounding areas more livable and loveable.”

The project will run from September through December 2014.  Kageyama will visit Richmond and speak at an event open to the public on Tuesday, October 21, as well as at the university’s annual Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon on October 22.  Free tickets for the event on October 21 are now available at the Office of the Bursar, located in Whitewater Hall, at IU East.  In keeping with the community theme of this year’s selection, tickets are also available at the Innovation Center, located at 814 East Main Street, Richmond, and four local libraries (Union County, Hagerstown, Centerville, and Morrison-Reeves).

The “One Book, Many Voices” calendar features a diverse collection of events that intersect with major themes in Kageyama’s book. Some of these events have been designed with the “One Book, Many Voices” project in mind, and others simply connect thematically with the book.  Books are available for purchase at the IU East bookstore as well as available for borrowing at the Morrisson-Reeves Library.

“One of our biggest initiatives with the project is our Love Notes campaign through social media.” said Frances Yates, director of the Library and co-chair of the project. “We hope to start a conversation about what it is you love and cherish about your hometown.”

To participate, individuals can write a visual love note to their city by taking photographs of their favorite people, places, and things. Photographs can be posted to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the #iueonebook hashtag.

“The love notes will be displayed at Kageyama’s talk and in a permanent collection at the IU East Library,” Yates said.

“We continue to see strong engagement from our community and campus partners with each year’s selection,” said Stephanie Hays-Mussoni, director of Gift Development and co-chair of the project.  “We hope that the book and Peter’s visit will resonate with community members.”

For more information about Peter Kageyama, visit fortheloveofcities.com.  For more information on the “One Book, Many Voices” project, contact Chera LaForge, assistant professor of political science,  at (765) 973-8304 or visit iue.edu/onebook.