In what will be the first of three very special events for Indiana University Northwest on Friday, Oct. 23, the university will host its Fall 2009 Convocation beginning at 10 a.m. in the Savannah Auditorium. The theme for this year’s event is “Enhancing Student Success,” and the keynote speaker will be James C. Wimbush, Ph.D., dean of IU’s University Graduate School.
This year’s Convocation will present a pedagogical program focused on developing strategies for maximizing student success through active learning techniques and technological innovations. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend this illuminating academic event.
Wimbush, a professor of business administration at IU, joined the university in 1991 and has served as dean of the University Graduate School since 2006, when he was recommended for the post by then-Vice President for Academic Affairs, and now IU President Michael A. McRobbie. Prior to that, Wimbush had served as Chair of the Department of Management for the IU Kelley School of Business. The University Graduate School oversees master’s and doctoral programs, excluding law and medicine, on all IU campuses.
At the Kelley School, Wimbush taught courses in human resources and leadership, and published numerous research papers in those areas. He is an acknowledged national authority on business ethics as they relate to human resource practices.
Wimbush earned a master's degree and doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. His doctorate is in business management and his master's degree is in human resources management and industrial and labor relations. Wimbush also holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Averett College in Danville, Va.
IU Northwest is pleased to welcome Dean Wimbush to campus for the Fall 2009 Convocation on Friday, Oct. 23, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Savannah Auditorium. A luncheon will follow for faculty and staff who attend the Convocation program.
The Convocation will be followed at 2:30 p.m. by a formal academic degree ceremony, also in Savannah Auditorium, in honor of IU alumnus, benefactor and former Trustee James W. Dye. IU President McRobbie will confer upon Dye the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters. The campus community is encouraged to attend this significant and important event honoring a longtime friend of IU and IU Northwest.
Later that evening, Dye will be a guest of honor at the 24th Annual IU Northwest Gala, which begins at 6 p.m. at Avalon Manor, located at 3550 East Highway 30 in Merrillville. For reservations to this signature university event, contact the IU Northwest Office of Development at (219) 980-6801 by Oct. 14. Gala attendees must be 21 or older.