From the Vice-President’s Pen
Posted by iusbvision on August 8, 2007
Kim Muncie, SGA Chief of Staff, and I recently had the opportunity to attend the IU Board of Trustees meeting at IPFW. For those of you who don’t know, the Board of Trustees is Indiana University’s governing board, its legal owner and final authority. The board holds the university’s financial, physical, and human assets and operations in trust for future generations.
At the meeting on Friday, two new majors for IUSB were approved, a B.S. in Dental Hygiene and a B.S. in Medical Imaging Technology. Pending approval by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, both majors could be available by the fall of 2007. Thanks to the diligent work of administration and faculty, these two new degree options continue show how the future of IUSB is forever promising.
A new era is being ushered in for both IUSB and Indiana University as a whole. The potential for expansion at IU South Bend is phenomenal. I have seen student life become increasingly diverse and multifaceted. With student housing only a year away and the obvious growth in student life this will bring, I believe the students of this university are ready to start taking an active role in IU South Bend’s growth. In the spring of 2007, the General Assembly of Indiana will set the budget for university building projects. IU South Bend has one project in particular that is crucial to our development- the renovation of the Associates Building. This $27 million dollar project is 5th in the list of 7 items on the IU capital projects list. Between now and May, I would encourage the student body to do three things: 1) call your state representatives and ask for their financial support of higher education at IUSB; 2.) attend the Hoosiers for Higher Education Statehouse Visit/ Get on the Bus event February 20, 2007 where students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of IU pack the Statehouse to visit with elected officials about Indiana University and higher education; and, 3.) attend the Board of Trustees meeting that will be held at IUSB on April 5-6. Students and alumni are truly the voice of this university. We are the future of this state. Let’s work together to ensure IUSB’s promising future.