On Wednesday, July 1, Indiana University Northwest Chancellor Bruce Bergland sent a statement of thanks to state lawmakers for their inclusion of funding for the replacement of Tamarack Hall in the new budget that was passed on June 30.
Chancellor Bergland described the loss of the 50-year-old theater building, which was severely damaged by floodwater in September 2008, as a significant challenge for the campus community, and he expressed appreciation for lawmakers’ support of university plans to replace that structure with a new multi-use facility and performance venue. The Indiana General Assembly allotted $33 million in the new, two-year state budget for the project.
Chancellor Bergland issued the following statement to members of Northwest Indiana’s state legislative delegation:
"As Chancellor of Indiana University Northwest, I wish to thank the members of our Indiana General Assembly for your legislative support in providing funding for the replacement of Tamarack Hall on our campus. Tamarack was our original campus building, and the severe damage that it sustained during last September’s flood posed a significant challenge to our institution."
"The inclusion of funds for Tamarack’s replacement in the State of Indiana’s new biennial budget will allow us to proceed in developing a modern, multi-use educational facility that shall serve not only students, faculty and staff, but also the City of Gary and the seven-county Northwest Indiana region. IU Northwest is deeply invested in its commitment to serving this richly diverse community, and your investment in a new Tamarack Hall will greatly expand our ability to engage and edify the public with a variety of programs, events and learning opportunities. Our students and faculty in performing arts, fine arts and other programs will also benefit from your support, as they may now look forward to exercising their talent, imagination and intellectual curiosity in a learning and performance venue that provides the resources to match their creative energies."
"I would also like to acknowledge the outstanding leadership and support of IU President Michael McRobbie, the IU Board of Trustees, and the entire IU administration throughout this process. From the moment that floodwater swept onto our university grounds last September, IU has provided us with unwavering institutional support. Their partnership and assistance have been instrumental in our recovery efforts and throughout the state budget process. The university’s leadership on this issue demonstrates once again the great value and importance that IU places on its relationship with the City of Gary, and with all of Northwest Indiana."
"The Indiana General Assembly’s approval of funding for the replacement of Tamarack Hall is a critical first step toward making this new facility a reality. I cannot overestimate the importance of this project to our campus community. On behalf of our university and all those whom we serve, I thank you for your consideration and generous support of Indiana University Northwest."