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A milestone year for IU Northwest

Highest enrollment, significant alumni and friend engagement and approval of a signature building

Wednesday Jun 25, 2014


Indiana University Northwest’s 2013 – 14 academic year was momentous, with significant campus milestones helping to shape a successful year.

Take a trip down memory lane by reliving some of the campus’s top moments of pride…

Also, view our Gallery of Milestones

Approval of the Arts & Sciences Building

In July 2013, Indiana University received funding approval to proceed with construction of a new $45 million academic building, to be located on the IU Northwest campus, and in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College -- Northwest.

In June 2014, the Board of Trustees approved the building’s architectural plan.

The next step is to further refine design, create construction documents and gather bids for the construction. The building is anticipated to open in 2017.

Highest Student Enrollment

The Fall 2013 semester started with a record-breaking student enrollment of nearly 6,400 students, an all-time high and a 3.3 percent increase over the previous year’s enrollment.

The record marked the campus’s sixth consecutive year of increased enrollment.

The campus attributed the increase in students to strong and strategic recruitment efforts, aimed at academic honor and transfer students, and adult learners, as well as continued commitment to student retention initiatives.

Chancellor’s Medallion Dinner

Hundreds of community and civic leaders from across Northwest Indiana celebrated the spirit of philanthropy at the annual Chancellor’s Medallion Celebration.

The event recognized the philanthropic and charitable efforts of four couples, who were awarded the Chancellor’s Medallion, the highest honor presented by an IU Northwest Chancellor.

The honored couples were: Mr. Milford P. and Mrs. Margaret M. Christenson; Mrs. Barbara J. and Mr. Garrett L. (1928-2013) Cope; Mr. John R. and Mrs. Betsy W. MacLennan; and Mr. Joseph N. and Mrs. Joanna G. Thomas.

The celebration raised more than $100,000, helping to ease the financial burden of nearly 175 students.

Save the Date! The 2014 Chancellor’s Medallion Dinner is November 13, 2014.

Homecoming Week

IU Northwest alumni, friends and donors were welcomed home at the 5th Annual Homecoming Week celebration, a week filled with activities to engage, and reconnect with, the campus’s current faculty and student body.

At the basketball games, the IU Northwest Alumni Association presented a check for $10,000 to the IU Foundation in support of student scholarship.

Save the Date! The 2014 Homecoming Celebration is November 1, 2014.

Head Women’s Basketball Coach Ryan Shelton’s Achieves 100th Victory

The women’s basketball team’s win over Trinity Christian College earned head coach Ryan Shelton his 100th career victory.

In 2007-08, Coach Shelton took over a failing program with just six student-athletes and battled through a difficult 0-24 season. Refusing to back down, Shelton committed himself to the program and the recruitment of high-character student-athletes in an effort to save the program.

The 2013-14 season ended strong with the Lady RedHawks having a record-setting 22-8 regular season.

Philanthropy Week

In an effort to educate, inspire, and build a campus culture of philanthropy, the campus’s inaugural Philanthropy Week efforts were a success, raising more than $1,500.

The gifts were deposited into the IU Northwest Development Fund, to be used where campus needs it most, per the Chancellor’s discretion.

IU Northwest students, staff and faculty members penned well over a hundred thank-you letters to the University’s donors, recognizing their generous contributions to the university.

Save the Date! Philanthropy Week will return October 20 – 24, 2014.

IU First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie Honors Four Students

Four IU Northwest students were honored by IU First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie and the Women’s Philanthropy Council for their extraordinary service to local non-profits.

The students were: Flo Bringas, for her work with the 909th FRG (Forward Surgical Team); Deberie Hubbert, for her work with The College Starting Block; Deanna Proimos, for her work with Chasing Dreams; and Dorthea Robbins, for her work with Value Art; Live Substance Free.

Each of the honorees received a certificate and a monetary donation to her volunteer organization.

Community Reading Initiative Culminates with Author Discussion

Author of The House on Mango Street, the selected book for the One Book…One Campus…One Community reading initiative, connected with campus and community members via Skype in April.

Cisneros’s virtual visit allowed her an open discussion to discuss the book, share her personal story, and answer questions pertaining to the novel, or her life experiences.

The event also highlighted themes of the book through theatrical performances by area students.

IU School of Medicine-Northwest Receives $100,000 Gift

IU School of Medicine-Northwest received a $100,000 gift from the Lake County Medical Society.

The donation will allow the medical school to further meet the educational needs of its expanded student body, now that the school offers four years of medical education.

The IU School of Medicine-Northwest is the only medical school in Northwest Indiana.

48th Annual Commencement

IU Northwest conferred 729 degrees at the 48th Annual Commencement ceremonies. The Class of 2014 collectively earned 108 associate’s degrees, 511 bachelor’s degrees and 110 master’s degrees.

More than two-thirds of the graduating class were women; 40 percent were underrepresented students; close to half were first-generation college graduates; the great majority were aged 30 or older; and nearly 90 percent worked while earning their degree.

Save the Date! The 49th Annual Commencement is May 14, 2015.

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