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Most October events are back on track at IU Northwest

Fall convocation is postponed; Big One Dollar Book Sale, Regional Arts Summit are still on

Although a few events in October were impacted by last month’s flood closures, the majority of this month’s events at Indiana University Northwest will take place as scheduled, according to a list of happenings released today by the university.

The Fall 2008 Convocation, originally scheduled for Oct. 9, 2008, and featuring esteemed Lincoln scholar Edna Green Medford, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Howard University, has been postponed. A new date has not been determined.

However, a second convocation event, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m., and featuring acclaimed author and nationally recognized Lincoln expert Harold Holzer, Ph.D., is expected to take place as scheduled. More details on that event will be announced in coming weeks.

Political junkies, party partisans and anyone else interested in the U.S. presidential election can join the IU Northwest community for two upcoming debate viewing parties in the Moraine Student Center. The remaining debates between GOP hopeful U.S. Sen. John McCain and Democratic nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Pre-debate and post-debate discussions will help bring the issues into focus as members of the campus and the Northwest Indiana community engage in lively civic discourse. Light refreshments will be served.

A follow-up Political Views Debate on Thursday, Oct. 16, sponsored by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, will draw on these events in a conversation that will be moderated by Ms. Sandra Hall Smith of SPEA. This event will take place in the Library Conference Center beginning at 7 p.m.

On Monday, Oct. 13, and Tuesday, Oct. 14, the IU Northwest campus community will host this year’s “Reading in the Region/One Book, One Campus” reading and discussion events. This year’s book is “The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother,” by James McBride. The discussion sessions will be held in Library Conference Center 105 ABC from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Oct. 13 and from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Oct. 14. Copies of McBride’s book remain available to borrow at the IU Northwest Library or to purchase at the Barnes & Noble campus book store. For more information on Reading in the Region, visit the Web site at

On Friday, Oct. 17, the IU Northwest Center for Regional Excellence will host the Third Annual Regional Arts Summit in collaboration with South Shore Arts. This year’s theme for the day-long event is “Outreach and Advocacy: Adventures in Arts Education.” The Summit will feature morning discussion sessions and two guest speakers: Arnold Aprill, who is founding and creative director of Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE); and Ra Joy, executive director of the Illinois Arts Alliance. The afternoon session will consist of a panel discussion on successful education partnerships, led by Towle Theatre managing director Jeff Casey, along with vocal, theatrical and dance performances from arts-grant recipients.

Due to September’s flood closures, a related gallery reception scheduled for Sept. 26 was canceled. This event will be incorporated into the Oct. 17 Summit. The original exhibit, which consisted of a variety of artworks from Northwest Indiana artists, is no longer on display, but images of the artwork will be shown in a slide presentation in the Savannah Auditorium beginning at 3:30 p.m., and awards will be presented to the winning artists. The Summit’s closing reception will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Savannah Center.

For more information on the Third Annual Regional Arts Summit, or to reserve a spot, contact Shari Pettis at South Shore Arts by calling (219) 836-1839, extension 100. The deadline for registration is Monday, Oct. 13.

On Sat., Oct. 18, IU Northwest will host Money Smart, a free financial expo aimed at teaching people strategies for better money management. Sponsored by an assortment of public, non-profit and financial institutions in the Northwest Indiana and Chicago area, Money Smart offers more than 20 workshops related to four crucial financial areas: Making Ends Meet, for people who want to learn how to stretch their dollars and establish good spending plans; If It Sounds Too Good ... for people who want to learn how to spot and avoid scams, predators and pitfalls; Enhancing Your Money Power, for people who want to improve their spending, savings and retirement strength; and Youth Track, for students age 7 to 18, because it’s never too early to get a good start. There will also be foreclosure experts on hand to help families who are in the foreclosure process look for possible ways to keep their homes.

The Money Smart program is free, and lunch is included; advance registration is required. Call (219) 980-4800 or (800) 982-4801 to reserve a space. Morning registration begins at 8 a.m., with opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. Workshops begin at 9 a.m.

On Monday, Oct. 20, the IU Northwest Anthropology Club will bring back the Big One-Dollar Book Sale for another week of great deals on great books. The event will be held in the Moraine Student Center from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday. Books cost $1 each, with special deals for quantity purchases. Book donations are also accepted for this popular event, which brings hundreds of people to campus from across Northwest Indiana to stock up on novels, non-fiction, self-help, and many other varieties of books.

Also on Monday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m., the IU Northwest Center for Regional Excellence, the Savannah Gallery for Contemporary Art and the Northwest Indiana Race Relations Council will host the opening reception for the acclaimed exhibit “Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace.” This moving visual presentation follows the lives and philosophies of Mohandas K. Gandhi, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Daisaku Ikeda, the latter of whom is an internationally recognized author, poet and peace activist from Japan. This exhibit will run through Oct. 31. Lawrence Carter, Ph.D., the first Dean of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel of Morehouse College in Atlanta, will be present at the reception.

On Thursday, Oct. 23, beginning at 7 p.m., the IU Northwest College of Health and Human Services will host a Health Care Forum that will focus on healthcare issues and the healthcare proposals of presidential hopefuls and U.S. Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain. Professor of Sociology Stephanie Shanks-Meile, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of SPEA Samuel Flint, Ph.D., will debate two very different approaches toward achieving universal healthcare coverage, in a debate moderated by Associate Professor of SPEA Susan Zinner, J.D. The public and the campus community are invited to this free civic event.

On Sunday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m., IU Northwest and the IU School of Medicine — Northwest will sponsor an appearance by Dr. Antonia Novello, former U.S. Surgeon General under President George H.W. Bush, as part of the Sinai Forum Presented by Purdue University North Central. Dr. Novello will address the topic of “U.S. Health Care Reform” in an address at Elston Middle School in Michigan City. Dr. Novello, who has also served as UNICEF Special Representative for Health and Nutrition, was the first woman and the first Hispanic named as the country’s top doctor, and since then she has earned a reputation as an outspoken advocate for public health issues. Tickets to this event may be purchased by calling (219) 785-5697. Students from any Northwest Indiana or Chicago-area campus may attend the event for free with a student ID.

On Monday, Oct. 27, and Tuesday, Oct. 28, IU Northwest will host a blood drive as part of this year’s Blood Donor Challenge between IU and Purdue. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni may help boost the nation’s crucial stores of life-saving blood while also helping IU to win this annual challenge with its state rival. Donors at this event can get 25 percent off a membership with the IU Northwest Alumni Association. Donors are asked to call IU Northwest Alumni Relations Director Paulette LaFata-Johnson at (219) 980-6769 to schedule an appointment, or to visit and register online.

Also, any IU supporters who have blood drawn on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Red Cross Donor Center, located at 791 E. 83rd Avenue in Merrillville, may also take advantage of the discounted alumni membership.

On Oct. 30, IU Northwest will host Preview IU Northwest for high school students and other prospective college applicants. Students may speak with department representatives, tour the campus, and apply for admission. This event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Savannah Center, located at the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway. Preview IU Northwest is open to traditional and non-traditional students and their families. RSVPs are recommended and may be made by calling (888) 968-7486 or (219) 980-6823. Electronic registration is available online at



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