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Notes of Distinction: Dec 2015


Tuesday Dec 08, 2015


Whether it’s a published article or book, a prestigious award, or speaking engagement, members of Indiana University Northwest’s faculty and staff continue to share their wealth of expertise. Here are the most recent top achievers that have made a name for themselves and IU Northwest.

James Lane, Emeritus Professor of History, and Stephen McShane, co-director and archivist/curator of the Calumet Regional Archives, recently authored an article just published in Connections:  The Hoosier Genealogist, a quarterly publication of the Indiana Historical Society. The article, titled “Calumet Regional Archives:  Researching Immigrant Ancestry in Northwest Indiana,” is about the Calumet Regional Archives and its collections, particularly family history collections. 

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 Monica Solinas-Saunders, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, recently published an article in the international journal, Victims & Offenders, in collaboration with Melissa Stacer of the University of Southern Indiana. The article focuses on the repeated incarceration of women in the U.S. and analyzes a national sample of female offenders in state correctional facilities. The article was the Editor's choice for the Fall Issue announcement sent to all members. 

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Patricia Walker, adjunct faculty member in the Department of Communication, recently presented a workshop session at the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET)’s Adjunct Faculty and Lecturer’s Conference (FALCON) in Indianapolis in November.

FALCON exists to provide the highest quality personal and professional development opportunities to part-time and associate faculty members from institutions of higher education around the world through networking, guest speakers, and expert panel discussions.

Walker’s session, To Pimp a Butterfly:  The Anatomy of Teaching, discussed how the lyrics of Kendrick Lamar's highly acclaimed third album can be analogous to her journey as a classroom teacher. Walker discussed how she transformed her teaching (based on her personal and professional experiences) from a high school teacher to a college professor --shredding the old and creating a vibrant classroom to engage and connect to 21st century learners, especially  African-American male students.

Retirees 2015

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Retirees honored at reception

Chancellor William J. Lowe and the campus community recently celebrated the service of Rosalee Reid, left, and Dorothy Mokry. Reid has served the campus for 21 years, starting as the senior secretary in the Chancellor's office under Hilda Richards. She has served as the secretary of the Department of Computer Information Systems for the past 16 years. Mokry has served IU Northwest for 12 years in the Departments of Communication & Minority Studies.

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