Archive for the ‘Humanities & Social Sciences’ Category

Spotlight on Room 912

Tuesday, August 5th

Room 912, located at 912 E. Main Street, in Richmond, Ind., opened in January 2014.  This space is comprised of an art gallery, classroom, and student studio space.   Both IU East and the Richmond Art Museum offer classes in this university space.

Room 912 graphicRoom 912 was created in order to provide additional space for gallery exhibitions and the growing fine arts program.  Downtown Richmond was selected due to its rich history, expanding business community, and future potential.  Opening Room 912 was the perfect opportunity to position IU East as a steward of place and to promote partnerships that are essential to strengthening the community.
One such partnership is with the Richmond Art Museum that has been in need of space for daytime art classes.

“The opportunity for RAM to offer daytime programming at Room 912 is significant in that it gives us the ability to do something we have not yet done,” said Lance Crow, education director at RAM. “Currently classes at RAM are offered in the evenings. This new partnership with IU East offers a new flexibility to our art education programs that will allow a wider audience of individuals to experience the enrichment that comes from engaging creatively in artistic endeavor.”

Kaylyn Flora, of Richmond, Ind., is a double major in Fine Arts and English at IU East. She said the expansion of IU East’s Fine Arts department into downtown Richmond is as significant to students as it is for the community.

“The studio offers a space dedicated solely to the creation of artwork while teaching us the importance of working in a studio environment both now and after graduation. My peers and I will have the space we need to explore new mediums and techniques for art making. Sharing a space with other talented capstone students will foster a potent creative energy that will inspire each of us to create our best work yet,” Flora said. “Just as important, we are at the heart of the city, and therefore, at the heart of the community. In our downtime, we have the opportunity to explore local shops and meet local business owners. Thus, we are provided with a sense of local history that will influence and will be translated in our artwork. In doing so, we can take part in the culture that has become integral to Richmond, Ind.”

M.A. in English now accepting applications

Tuesday, August 5th

Indiana University East has received approval for a new graduate degree program, a Master of Arts in English, from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The M.A. in English is IU East’s fifth graduate program to be added to its academic portfolio since June 2007. IU East’s graduate programs include the Master of Science in Education, Master of Science in Management, Master of Social Work and the Master of Science in Nursing.

The graduate program will provide students with a background suitable for a wide range of careers in areas such as professional writing, editing, administration, technology, and management. Graduates interested in post-secondary teaching options will be qualified to teach full- or part-time in community colleges and in four-year colleges and universities and to teach dual-credit courses in high schools.

Margaret Thomas Evans is the chairperson for the English Department. She said the department is excited to offer an M.A. in English starting in fall 2014 and to provide students in the region with a new graduate opportunity.  She added students will be able to take literature, composition studies, and creative writing courses at the graduate level at IU East.

“We are confident that this will serve both former students and others in the area with a desire to earn an M.A. We look forward to those students coming to campus and studying with us,” Thomas Evans said. “This is a prime opportunity for faculty, staff, students, and community members to partner together as the School of Humanities and Social Sciences takes this important step into the arena of graduate studies.”

Students completing the M.A. in English will earn a minimum of 36 credit hours. The curriculum is designed to be completed in two years if graduate students attend full-time.  The English Department will begin offering classes for this program in Fall 2014.

For more information about the M.A. in English and application process, contact Margaret Thomas Evans, English Department chairperson, at (765) 973-8614 or email

Internships and Career Preparation

Tuesday, August 5th

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is working to build a culture of internships for our students.  Beginning in the fall, HSS students will have additional opportunities to pursue both paid and unpaid internships, while earning credit towards graduation.

These opportunities are available through a combination of HSS Strategic Investment funds and the new EARN Indiana program sponsored by the state of Indiana.  EARN Indiana replaces the state’s work study program and will provide matching funds for businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, and state and local government organizations when they hire qualifying students as interns.

One of the newly created opportunities for the fall semester is a Special Events and Volunteer Recruitment internship with Junior Achievement of Eastern Indiana, which has recently been approved by the EARN Indiana program.  The student who accepts the position will work to plan the Sporting Clays Tournament and Bowl-a-Thon, assist in board meeting preparation, help with volunteer recruitment, and manage the sponsorship database. Students can learn more about this and other opportunities at

The importance of experiential learning has grown in recent years and internships allow students to apply their academic coursework to the professional world, explore their career interests, and enhance their transferable skills.  Recent research has found that more than 70 percent of jobs are not published through traditional means, so network building is an essential need for current students.  Additionally, nationwide surveys have found internships boost starting salaries, shorten the time it takes to find a job after graduation, and sometimes lead to full-time employment.

If you are interested in hosting an intern at your organization, please contact Katie Chaney at

Mark Your Calendar!

Tuesday, August 5th

Art Exhibits
Room 912, 912 E. Main, Richmond, Indiana

Simon Clopper Retrospective—July 23-August 29:  An exhibit of the efforts and evolution of one of Richmond’s veteran artists.  Included are examples of Mr. Clopper’s designs in the commercial art field, theatrical background, and works as paintings and drawings over a period of fifty years.

The Gallery, IU East, Whitewater Hall

Ball State Glass Program—June 23-August 1:  An exhibit of blown and manipulated glass from Ball State University faculty and students. Community Room, IU East, Whitewater Hall

Photographs by Satya Banga—July 28-September 12:  An exhibit of images by photographer Satya Banga, with emphasis on the non-objective views of common and recognizable objects.

Meijer Artway, IU East, Whitewater Hall

From Russia With Love—July 13-September 19:  An exhibit of native Russian Armen Babayev’s images in the form of monoprints, batiks, and watercolors.

Art Collaborative, IU East, Hayes Hall Business Suite

Creating a Shared Future—April 1-December 12:  An exhibit featuring “social awareness” themed artwork by IU East Fine Arts professor Ann Kim and art students Kaylyn Flora and Brittany Williams.

For information about these and other IU East art exhibits, please contact Ed Thornburg, HSS Gallery Coordinator:

The Richmond Music Festival will be September 12-14. Keep an eye out for IUE music students at the various events throughout the weekend.  Contact  Jessica Raposo, coordinator of Music, for more details about this event and others connected with the IU East Music Program: