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Ian McIntosh went 40 years between his first visit to China and his most recent.

McIntosh's trip in April was as part of a Public Broadcasting Service crew shooting a 27-minute documentary on the Maritime Silk Road's history and current developments.

His first trip to China was in 1977. McIntosh was an undergraduate attending the University of Queensland in Australia, studying abroad in a then ultra-communist China. In 2017, he is the voice of the new PBS documentary "Waves of Fortune: China's Maritime Silk Road," which airs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, on WFYI 1. The documentary's premiere will be screened at noon Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Campus Center Theater. "Waves of Fortune" will stream at wfyi.org starting Oct. 20.

While China is still a communist country, 21st-century capitalism has just as strong a presence, if not more. Then there are the thousands of years of history, religion and tradition mixed in. The juxtaposition of ancient temples and modern high-rises was a common sight during this trip.

"The change I witnessed over 40 years was extraordinary," said McIntosh, director of international partnerships for the Office of International Affairs and associate director of the Confucius Institute in Cavanaugh Hall, comparing his first and latest sojourns to China. "In 1977, militant atheism was the law, and China was a socialist state ruled by a dictatorship of the proletariat. The idea of private enterprise for personal gain was frowned upon in Marxist circles."

With producer Sandy Roob, videographer Vinnie Manganello and translator Dr. Zao C. Xu, director of the Confucius Center in Indianapolis, McIntosh did four different "stand-ups" in the Chinese cities of Quanzhou and Guangzhou. The two ports anchored the Maritime Silk Road. Most maps have this "road" stretching from Egypt to Japan, with numerous stops along coastal China. It also connects to Indonesia and Korea.

The "Waves of Fortune" team shot two days in Quanzhou, home to landmarks like the Tianhou Temple and Qingjing Mosque, and six days in Guangzhou, which holds the Hualin Buddhist Temple and the massive Canton import-and-export fair. McIntosh then recorded the voice-over at the WFYI studios in Indianapolis.

The original Silk Road dates back thousands of years and consisted of a 4,350-mile land trek from Western Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia to eastern China. The Silk Road concept is being revisited in modern China with an investment of trillions of dollars into establishing six land "corridors" and the revamping of the Maritime Silk Road. Dubbed "One Belt, One Road," the strategy looks to unify and develop more trading with European, African and Asian countries.

The project concentrates on the oceanic version of the Silk Road. Most of the documentary looks at the history of the ancient trade routes that helped spread goods, culture and religion throughout China and to other parts of the world. The documentary is organized into five sections, or "waves" -- "Ancient Trade," "Indian Influences," "Middle Eastern Golden Era," "European and U.S. Entrance" and "Current Commerce."

Chinese historians, scholars and entrepreneurs were interviewed while hours of beautiful B-roll were shot. The "Waves of Fortune" team saw a diverse array of Middle Eastern, Indian and African traders living in the port city of Guangzhou. At the Canton Fair, which drew 250,000 people per day, the crew met a mother and son who travel the Silk Road for business -- much like their ancestors. They also met a Canadian businessman trying to get his line of hot tubs into big-box stores. The event ran two weeks and brought together manufacturers from around the globe.

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These are just a few locations showcased in the new IUPUI-driven documentary, "Waves of Fortune." Photos courtesy of Sandy Roob

"The import-export complex was huge," Roob recalled. "It seemed like it was the size of maybe 20 of our convention center combined."

While they chose Guangzhou and Quanzhou for their roles in the Maritime Silk Road and their current status as active port cities, McIntosh and Roob were impressed with the temples and ancient monuments away from the ships. Traditional Chinese religion played a role in the Maritime Silk Road, and Roob was sure to get footage of the Tianhou Temple. With hundreds paying respects to Mazu, the patron goddess of sailors in Chinese beliefs, Roob discovered how revered the goddess still is in 2017. The city's link to the ocean is as strong as it was 1,000 years ago. Another shoot took the team to the Hualin Temple in Guangzhou, a landmark for Zen Buddhist practitioners.

During his studies for his Ph.D. in anthropology at Charles Darwin University, McIntosh became fascinated with 1,000-year-old African coins that were discovered in northern Australia, where he lived. He had studied the Silk Road before, but this discovery entrenched him in the study of the Maritime Silk Road.

McIntosh is set to return to China later this month, this time for a global pilgrimage conference in Beijing. While high-rises and a soaring economy are fixtures in Chinese development, the allure and blend of old and new still make the nation a fascinating topic for research and discussion. Being a part of the documentary gave McIntosh new energy for his decades of research.

"It was a wonderful experience," McIntosh said. "I found it personally challenging and enriching."

Professors in the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis will discuss their sabbatical projects throughout the fall semester. Topics include Indianapolis life in the 19th and 20th century; online language courses for Spanish heritage speakers; providing feedback to students; and orphans, adolescents, and intergenerational dynamics in Kenya.

The series is free and open to the public. The lectures will take place from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center (420 University Boulevard, Indianapolis).

Thursday, Oct. 12 (CE 305): Paul Mullins, Anthropology, "Invisible Indianapolis: Heritage and Memory in the Circle City." Travel through an “invisible” Indianapolis and learn how the histories of immigrant communities, red light districts, incarceration, and urban displacement illuminate life in the cities’ contemporary and historical memory.

Thursday, Oct. 19 (CE 305): Daniela Schuvaks Katz, World Languages and Cultures, "It's all in the cloud now: Lessons Learned in Creating an Online Writing Course for Spanish Heritage Speakers." Learn what technologies IUPUI’s first online language course used to help develop the writing skills of this linguistically unique student population of Spanish Heritage speakers.

Thursday, Nov. 16 (CE 305): Estela Ene, English, "Let’s Chat: Best Practices in Teacher Electronic Feedback." Feedback on written assignments is crucial. Teachers feel obligated to offer it and students expect it. See the results of research and best practices for providing students feedback in face-to-face and online courses.pu

Friday, Dec. 1 (CE 305): Jeanette Dickerson-Putman, Anthropology, "One Anthropologist's Journey in Western Kenya." Hear about lessons learned concerning orphan care-giving, adolescent stigma, and intergenerational dynamics in Western Kenya acquired through a ten-year partnership with Moi University. Professor Dickerson-Putman will share her ethnographic research and her personal journey.

Visitor parking is available for a fee in the Vermont Street Garage.

For more information or to RSVP, email libarsvp@iupui.edu.

The faculty of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI recognized three of their own with the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Awards. The awards recognize faculty who have distinguished themselves in teaching, research, and/or service over multiple years and are selected by the faculty affairs committee of the Liberal Arts Faculty Assembly based on nominations.

Outstanding Tenure-Track Faculty Award

Elizabeth Goering, Professor of Communication Studies

Professor Elizabeth Goering’s commitment to IUPUI is demonstrated not only in her leadership efforts in the Department of Communication Studies but also in her efforts to advance the school and the campus by participating in curriculum building and international teaching opportunities. Professor Goering has an impressive record of peer-reviewed scholarship across teaching, research, and service. In 2015 she published the book “Understanding Patients’ Voices: A Multi-method Approach to Health Discourse.” Professor Goering has earned the Trustees Teaching award 6 times and was selected into Indiana University’s Faculty Colloquium for Excellence in Teaching (FACET). She is known for being active in curriculum and program development, incorporating civic engagement and service learning into her classes, and mentoring students. “She exemplifies the type of scholar, teacher, and colleague that IUPUI values and depends on to keep us a cutting edge urban university,” said one of the nominators.

Outstanding Lecturer Award

Amy Bomke, Lecturer in Spanish

Professor Amy Bomke’s contributions to student education include the creation of environments conducive to learning, cultural engagement, and inclusion of technology. She is responsible for the curriculum and assessment of multi-section courses that enroll over 1,000 students per year. Professor Bomke’s accomplishments include her addition of a service-learning component to a 300-level Spanish conversation class, and her collaboration in a Themed Learning Community on Latinos in the US. A strong mentor to students and faculty alike, she has been a member of numerous capstone committees, directed honor's projects, and mentored many in the MAT program in Spanish. “Amy's record in teaching and service is long, multifaceted, and impressive. She has demonstrated leadership in curriculum development, a high level of teaching and mentoring, and engagement in the scholarship of teaching. She has also proven her strong commitment to serving the department, the school, and the campus through a variety of activities,” wrote a nominator.

Outstanding Associate Faculty Award

Milena Mileva, Associate Faculty, English

Professor Milena Mileva began teaching within the Department of English as a graduate student earning her master's degree in education. She has been praised for her deep concern for students’ wellbeing both within and outside the classroom. Working with many international students, Professor Mileva teaches IUPUI bridge courses and tutors in the University Writing Center. She has dedicated herself to aiding first-year students who are learning collegiate reading and writing skills and new ways of thinking. Professor Mileva is sought out by students and her classes fill quickly each semester. “Milena has a profound impact on the international and American students,” said one letter of nomination. “Milena, as a non-native speaker of English herself, is especially sensitive to these students’ needs.”

Members of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI were among the faculty and students honored at the Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation, part of IUPUI’s annual recognition for achievements, held April 21 in the Hine Hall Auditorium. Chancellor Nasser Paydar hosts the event.

Each year those who best represent IUPUI in its core values (teaching and learning; research, scholarship and creative activity; civic engagement; and diversity, collaboration and best practices) are recognized for their efforts.

Liberal Arts honorees include:

Jennifer Guiliano (assistant professor of history) received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Multicultural Teaching.

Modupe Labode (associate professor of history and museum studies, public scholar of African American history and museums, public scholar of Africana Studies, adjunct professor of Africana Studies, director of undergraduate studies in history) received the Chancellor's Diversity Scholar Award.

Scott Pegg (professor and chair of Political Science) received the Chancellor's Faculty Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement.

Many liberal arts faculty members were recognized with Trustee Teaching Awards. These included Holly Cusack McVeigh (assistant professor of anthropology and museum studies), Elizabeth Goering (associate professor of communication studies), Karen Kovacik (professor of English), John McCormick (professor of political science), Honner Orlando (lecturer in English, EAP coordinator), Mike Polites (senior lecture in communication studies), Jennifer Thorington Springer (associate professor of English, Africana studies), Jing Wang (associate professor of Chinese language and culture), and Scott Weeden (senior lecturer in English).

Krista Hoffman-Longtin was recognized for external achievement as a 2016 member of the Indiana Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list.

Ayobami Egunyomi (Senior, French/global and international studies; minor, political science) was also named the Liberal Arts Chancellor’s Scholar.

“What an honor to be present at the Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation,” said Thomas J. Davis, IU School Liberal Arts dean. "To see our outstanding faculty and students honored reminded me how fortunate I am to work with such dedicated people and serve such wonderful students."

Fraser honored as “Most Outstanding” IUPUI student; Fifteen Liberal Arts students among Top 100
April 7, 2017

Sarah Grace Fraser, a senior English major in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, was named the 2017 Nelle Godio Most Outstanding Student at the 18th Annual IUPUI Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner.



Sarah Grace Fraser, a senior English major in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, was named the 2017 Nelle Godio Most Outstanding Student at the 18th Annual IUPUI Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner.

Each year, the IUPUI Alumni Council and the Student Organization for Alumni Relations recognize the campus’s top 100 juniors and seniors. Students are recognized for scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, and civic and community service.

More than 1,600 students were nominated. From the top 100 students, the “most outstanding” and the top 10 students were chosen by a panel of alumni, faculty and staff.

Fraser is a Bepko Scholar, an Honors College scholar, and a Sam H. Jones Community Service Learning Assistant. She studied abroad in Costa Rica and China. She served the IUPUI Office of International Affairs through both the International Peer Mentor Program and the Program for Intensive English. Fraser, whose English major concentration is language and linguistics, maintained an outstanding GPA and was named the IUPUI English Department’s top linguistics student in 2016.

“I am not exaggerating when I say Sarah Grace has been the strongest, most focused undergraduate student I have ever worked with as an English professor at IUPUI,” said Thom Upton, director of the Program for Intensive English (PIE), professor of English, and Fraser’s academic advisor. “While Sarah Grace’s excellent grades speak to her intelligence, reliability and her strong personal initiative, she has an intense desire to serve and make a difference.”

Upton recalls that as an international peer mentor, Fraser did such an amazing job interacting with the non-native speakers of English in the Program for Intensive English, students asked specifically for her help, both with their English skills and with navigating cultural differences.

Fraser’s recognition as “Most Outstanding” student marks the first time that two students from the same family have received the honor. Fraser’s brother, Andrew, was also recognized in 2012 while a junior studying Biomedical Engineering.

Top 10 students

Jenny Yang, a junior double majoring in biology and Spanish, was also announced as one of the top 10 students at IUPUI. “[Yang] is a thoughtful and dedicated student, has participated in study abroad programs, and is involved in community service projects,” said Amy Bomke, Spanish lecturer and coordinator of First Year Spanish Program in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. “Jenny is good at seeing the big picture and how she fits into it and does what she needs to get there. For example, Jenny recognizes the importance of personal contact with native Spanish speakers in their own environment as vital in her understanding of culture and language which will allow her to better serve Hispanic patients in her future career as a physician. This has driven her to add study abroad to her already packed academic schedule. All of these attributes have also led to her being awarded this year's Spanish Academic Award.”

A complete listing of Liberal Arts students in the Top 100 follows.

Sarah Bahr, Junior, English, Journalism, Spanish
Priya Dave, Junior, Medical Humanities and Health Studies, Neuroscience
Abigail Delph, Senior, History
Sarah Grace Fraser, Senior, English
Daniel Kinsey, Junior, Medical Humanities and Health Studies
Kelly Moors, Senior, French, Neuroscience
Maria Paez, Senior, Communication Studies
Abigail Parker, Senior, Biology, Spanish
Matthew Preston, Senior, Philosophy and Political Science
Jennifer Rojas, Senior, English
Brittany Sherrill, Senior, Communication Studies, English
Megan Smith, Junior, French, Ceramics
Lynette Taylor, Senior, History and Sociology
Edward Vaughan, Senior, Global and International Studies, German
Jenny Yang, Junior, Biology, Spanish

To view the complete 2017 list of Top 100 students, click here.

To be named a top student, from which the most outstanding students are selected, a student had to meet several criteria, including being a degree-seeking junior or senior at IUPUI; completed a minimum of 56 credit hours applicable to her/his degree program; and achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

The 18th Annual IUPUI Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner was held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Indianapolis Marriott.

The IUPUI Alumni Council and the Student Organization for Alumni Relations sponsored the event.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Italian Film Festival returns to Indianapolis for a sixth year on April 7 with a slate of 10 films running through April 29.

Indianapolis is one of 12 cities around the nation hosting the Italian Film Festival USA. The festival is presented in collaboration with the Department of World Languages and Cultures in the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and is sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, Italian Heritage Society of Indiana, Home Advisor, Discount Copies, and Indianapolis-Monza Sister Cities.

"We are pleased to host an event of such cultural relevance on campus one more year. The festival is now part of Indianapolis international landscape.”

All films are presented with English subtitles and are free and open to the public.

The films will be shown in the Lilly Auditorium on the lower level of the IUPUI University Library, 755 W. Michigan St.

The schedule for the festival is as follows:

"Lo Chiamavano Jeeg Robot” ("They Call Me Jeeg"), drama, 6 p.m. Friday, April 7: Enzo comes into contact with a radioactive substance and discovers he has superpowers. Then he meets Alessia who is convinced Enzo is the hero from the famous Japanese comic strip Steel Jeeg Robot.

"Programma Di Cortometraggi" ("Short Film Program"), various genres, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9: Featuring the short films Beautiful, Black Comedy, Candie Boy, Dear Martin, Our Hebrews, Toilets, Where Water Comes Together with Other Water.

"Belli Di Papa” ("Daddy’s Boy"), comedy, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9: Vincenzo, a successful businessman and widower, suddenly finds himself solely in charge of his three twenty-something children living meaningless lives--Matteo, Chiara, and Andrea--who keep him up at night with worry. To bring his kids back to reality, Vincenzo dreams up a plan to convince them that they need to do something they've never done before--work!

“Un Paese Quasi Perfetto” (“An Almost Perfect Town”) comedy, 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 14: A new factory will be built in a small town in the middle of the southern Dolomites on the condition that the residents convince a doctor to relocate his practice there. Motivated like never before, the residents hatch an elaborate plan to convince him. Will their attentions and the beautiful Anna make him stay? (Sponsored by Home Advisor)

"La Pazza Gioia ("The Crazy"), comedy, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15: Beatrice is a blabbermouth and a self-proclaimed countess who believes she is intimate friends with world leaders. Donatella is a young, quiet tattooed woman, locked in her own mystery. They are both patients of a women’s mental institution and classified as socially dangerous. The film tells the story of their unpredictable friendship that will bring them to a hilarious and touching escape in search of a little happiness in the world of the sane.

"Andrea Doria: I Passeggeri Sono In Salvo” ("Andrea Doria: Are the Passengers Saved"), documentary, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23: On July 25, 1956, the Italian passenger liner Andrea Doria was broadsided by the ship Stockholm near Nantucket Island. Pierette, a 9-year-old Italian girl immigrating to America with her grandparents, was among the 1660 survivors of the most catastrophic sea collision in peacetime history. For the 60th anniversary, Pierette returns to her native village of Pranzalito to document on film the hidden truth surrounding the tragedy. Interviews with survivors and naval experts throughout Italy and the U.S. are accompanied by re-enactments of Pierette’s departure from her village and her arrival to the New World. Archival footage from the Ansaldo shipyard accompanies the narration by some survivors and naval experts.

"Le Confessioni” ("The Confession"), drama, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sunday April 23: In a German luxury hotel, the economic ministers of the world’s eight most powerful countries are meeting and adopt a secret maneuver that will be financially devastating to several countries. The director of the International Monetary Fund, Daniel Roché, invites an Italian monk to the summit to hear his confession. A tragic and unexpected incident occurs and the meeting must be suspended. In a climate of doubt and fear, the ministers and the monk engage in an intensifying challenge regarding the secret.

“Che Vuoi Che Sia” (“What’s the Big Deal?”), comedy, 6 p.m. Friday, April 28: Anna and Claudio are pushing back the decision to have a baby until the time they will be financially better off. Their hopes lie in Claudio’s new website idea, but the crowdfunding needed to launch the website doesn’t bring in the needed money. One evening after a party, Claudio jokingly posts a video daring the "people of the Internet” to offer a donation in exchange for a compromising video of himself and Anna. Unexpectedly the joke is a huge online success.

“La Via Della Conciliazione” (“The Road to Reconciliation”), documentary, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29: The Via della Conciliazione with St. Peter’s Basilica in the background is one of Rome’s most famous images. But few realize that this street has not always been there and, in fact, it should not be there. Things changed in the 1930s when Benito Mussolini forged a treaty with the Holy See, leading to the birth of the Vatican City, the smallest state in the world. To commemorate the reconciliation between the Italian State and the Holy See, the Via della Conciliazione was created. Using archival film and interviews with the last living eyewitnesses, this film relates the story of an architectural project that had enormous impact on the history, religion and lives of the people of Rome.

“Veloce Come Il Vento” (“Italian Race”), drama, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29: The passion for racecars has always flowed in the veins of Giulia De Martino. She comes from a family that churned out racecar champions. At the age of17 she will participate in the GT Championship under the guidance of her father, Mario. But one day, everything changes and Giulia must face the racetrack and life all alone, until her older brother, Loris, returns and complicates the situation. (Sponsored by Indianapolis-Monza Sister Cities)

Baby Rosie Tarlton in the NICU at Riley. | PHOTO COURTESY ROSIE TARLTONBaby Rosie Tarlton in the NICU at Riley. | Photo Courtesy: Rosie Tarlton

Some people can just dance. They waltz, cha-cha and two-step no matter what musical curveballs the band throws at them; it just makes sense. Rosie Tarlton may not always hear the music, but the steps she has taken in life have still made sense, and they always lead her to Riley, Jagathon and IUPUI.

Born an hour north of Indianapolis in Lapel, Indiana, the now-sophomore was immediately rushed to Riley Hospital for Children after delivery, where she was diagnosed with a trio of heart conditions -- patent ductus arteriosus, supraventricular tachycardia and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome -- and spent a month in the neonatal intensive care unit. Weeks of treatment left the infant healthy enough to go home, but not without a few unexpected challenges.

"Before any baby leaves the NICU, they have to have a hearing test," Tarlton explained. "Of course, medications, loud noises, stress levels, everything can affect your hearing as a baby. I took the hearing test, and it showed that I had major hearing loss."

Tarlton returned to Riley Hospital throughout the next three years, being treated for her heart conditions and her hearing. She's now cured of any heart complications but still faces moderate-to-severe hearing loss and uses hearing aids.

Her story could have ended there. She could have thanked the staff at Riley and proceeded through life like any other teenager. But in 2015, Tarlton had the opportunity to become a Riley Champion Presented by Kroger, an ambassador for the hospital, showcasing its success and its impact on children's lives throughout Indiana.

Eight Riley Champions are chosen each year; only one is selected to be sponsored by Kroger.

"From there, I just kept going on all the opportunities I was given," she said. "As a Riley Champion, I went around and shared my story, whether at big corporate events or dance marathons or little events and schools. Anything that they asked, I would do. I went around sharing my story, sharing my passion and encouraging others to donate, sponsor or give back to Riley."

Tarlton was later selected as a 2015 Miracle Child for Speedway gas stations, representing Children's Miracle Network Hospitals nationwide. With her photo displayed at the company's stations and an appearance in a Speedway television commercial, Tarlton was able to contribute directly to the hospital that helped save her life as a newborn. And she was hooked.

Rosie Tarlton poses with a Riley kid at 2016's Jagathon. | Photo Courtesy: Rosie TarltonRosie Tarlton poses with a Riley kid at 2016's Jagathon. | Photo Courtesy: Rosie Tarlton

"As a Riley Champion in 2015, I was senior in high school, and I got invited to Jagathon. Immediately when I came to Jagathon, I absolutely fell in love. It was actually my first dance marathon that I had ever been to, so it was a new experience altogether. Every student I came in contact with was amazing."

The dance marathon left a lasting impression, as did IUPUI's philanthropic studies and American Sign Language programs. "It just really felt like home," Tarlton said. "Being that much closer to the hospital, it just made it that much more real. You can see the impact right here on your campus. I knew what Jagathon was prior to coming here. But I decided on IUPUI for school because of Jagathon, because of Riley and because of the major I wanted to do."

Now in just her second year as a Jaguar, Tarlton has already logged more impactful service than many students do in a lifetime. As a freshman, she served on the Jagathon family relations committee. It's a role she filled well, given her own time as a Riley kid. She knows firsthand what it's like to walk in those shoes.

But having already worked so closely with families in her role as a Riley Champion, Tarlton felt like something was missing. So as a sophomore, she is now the director of outreach events for the campus's largest student-run organization.

Jagathon staff members Ali Emswiller, left, and Rosie Tarlton pose together at the 2016 Jagathon. | Photo Courtesy: Rosie TarltonJagathon staff members Ali Emswiller, left, and Rosie Tarlton pose together at the 2016 Jagathon. | Photo Courtesy: Rosie Tarlton

"I wanted to step up in the organization. I knew they needed people to step up because we were growing," she said of her transition. "I work with student organizations on campus to help them start up events or maintain events they've done in previous years for Jagathon. I work with fraternities, sororities, different clubs and other groups on campus if they want to partner with Jagathon and help support us."

Tarlton's role has become increasingly important as Jagathon grows by leaps and bounds. In 2015, Jagathon involved 660 students and raised just over $100,000, its first time breaking six digits. Last spring, those totals jumped to 956 participants and more than $140,000. That means that in just three short years, Jagathon's donations totals increased by nearly $90,000.

The final count for 2017 won't be released until this weekend's dance marathon, but those numbers are also expected to be higher than ever. During Celebration of Miracles, a one-day fundraising event that took place Feb. 1, Jagathon participants aimed to raise $25,000. They more than doubled that, bringing in $50,988.63.

Some 100 student organizations on campus participate in Jagathon, fundraising throughout the year and showing off their moves at the dance marathon.

"We actually pit them all against each other for fundraising, and there's a Color War champion. They get to play games with their color team and against other color teams," said Kendra Mifflin, president of Jagathon and senior nursing major. "It sounds silly maybe, but people get super hyped. It's really nice. They feel united in their color team. It's no longer, 'I'm Phi Mu.' It's 'I'm Phi Mu and I'm Pink Team, and in Jagathon, we're all Pink.' I like not necessarily stripping them of their student org title, but being united for the kids."

Being united for the kids -- or FTK, as you'll often see on campus -- is really the driving force behind Jagathon, which is celebrating its 15th year. It's also something that drives Tarlton. Even when she is not working with Jagathon, she continues to be drawn to Riley Hospital for Children.

This semester, having decided to major in philanthropic studies and minor in ASL, Tarlton began volunteering at the hospital's Child Life Zone. The largest Child Life Zone in the country, it's a place where young patients can briefly escape their medical routines and simply be the kids that they are. "I really love all the different aspects I get to see for giving back to Riley -- the Foundation side, the dance marathon side and the actual hospital-volunteering side," said Tarlton, whose smile never leaves when she talks about her work. "I love all sides; I can't tell you which one I like more. That's what I do for Riley."

And for the kids.

You can donate to Jagathon online.

This article, by Becky Hart, first appeared in Inside IUPUI.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis' International Week begins Feb. 20. It features a week of global events, including an International Festival celebrating global food, music and culture.

The International Festival takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd., and is free and open to the public.

Free ethnic foods that will be offered include:

  • Chai tea, India
  • Cheese bread, Brazil
  • Stir-fried rice, Sri Lanka
  • Tapioca pudding, Vietnam
  • Vegetarian dumpling, China

An awards ceremony to honor outstanding work expanding IUPUI's global engagement is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in the Campus Center atrium. The Office of International Affairs awards include the Susan Buck Sutton Awards for Study Abroad, one for faculty and the other for staff, and the IUPUI Global Engagement Award, which is given to an organization. This year's recipients are:

Other festival events include a global photo booth and a Best Dressed contest, in which faculty, students, staff and community members can vie for a $25 gift card from Barnes & Noble @ IUPUI by wearing clothing from their home country or a place they’ve visited.

The IUPUI global flag collection is on display in the Campus Center until Feb. 24. The collection, curated by the International Center, includes flags of all United Nations–recognized member states and observers.

Other events that will take place during International Week include:

Feb. 20: Study Abroad 101,11 a.m. to noon, Education/Social Work Building, Room 2132: Attend this session to learn about study abroad programs, funding and more.

Feb. 20: Inside and Out: the People of IUPUI, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Taylor Hall UC 101: Art, food, drinks and conversation about the diverse stories and people of IUPUI will be offered. Photographer and videographer Aaron Turner will share a collection of photos from IUPUI's diverse community. A brief program hosted by the IUPUI Multicultural Center will take place at 4:40 p.m.

Feb. 21: Fulbright U.S. Student Program information session, Education/Social Work Building, Room 2132: Learn about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offering fellowships for graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and creative and performing artists to spend an academic year abroad.

Feb. 23: Taylor Symposium: It's not Foreign. It's U.S., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Campus Center Theater, 420 University Blvd.: The Taylor Symposium will offer participants the opportunity to explore the Indianapolis landscape, made up of 120 nationalities and 90 languages. As a nation of immigrants, the United States is one of the most diverse societies in the world. Yet history and modern times are rife with examples of cultural misunderstandings that stand in the way of a truly integrated society. Language is the key to overcoming moments of difficulty, facilitating the transition of new Americans, and bringing harmony to our remarkable mosaic of cultural traditions and experiences.

Seminars to address Islam, environment, economic justice and more

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society at Indiana University has launched its inaugural round of Religion and Ethics Seminars, a yearlong series of faculty-led seminars taking place on a number of IU campuses.

The Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society, founded in 2013, is an interdisciplinary group of scholars, academic programs and research centers from all eight Indiana University campuses.

The consortium's goal is to connect faculty, incubate research and creative activity, and promote awareness of IU scholarship in areas relating to religion, ethics and values.

The new seminar series is an important new step in realizing the consortium's goal, said Brian Steensland, director of the consortium and professor of sociology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

"Within the Indiana University faculty, there is tremendous expertise on topics relating to religion, ethics and values," Steensland. said "We have world-renowned scholars, but they are spread across fields and campuses. The Religion and Ethics Seminars program is a big step bringing these minds together.

"We received interest from faculty on numerous campuses and representing a variety of disciplines and professional areas, including medicine, law and business in addition to fields across the humanities and sciences," Steensland added.

The Religion and Ethics Seminar topics and their leaders are:

  • Religion, Spirituality, Healthcare and Ethics: Led by Amber Comer, Department of Health Sciences at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at IUPUI; and Alexia Torke, Department of Medicine at the IU School of Medicine. The first event in this seminar will be a talk by Wendy Cadge, Brandeis University, at noon March 9, titled "Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine."
  • Islam in the American Public Sphere: Led by Asma Afsaruddin, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the School of Global and International Studies at IU Bloomington; and Abdulkader Sinno, Department of Political Science and Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the School of Global and International Studies at IU Bloomington.
  • Environmental Justice: Led by Gabriel Filippelli, Department of Earth Sciences at the School of Science at IUPUI; and Carlton M. Waterhouse, IU McKinney School of Law at IUPUI.
  • The Ethics, Values and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts: Led by Jason M. Kelly, Department of History at the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI; and Pamela Napier, visual communication design program at Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI.
  • Economic Justice and Inclusive Markets -- The Ethics of Doing Business With the Poor: Led by Kelly R. Eskew, Kelley School of Business at IU Bloomington; and Philip T. Powell, Kelley School of Business Indianapolis.
  • Moral Thinking in Artworks of Economic Success and Economic Failure: Led by Stephen Buttes, Department of International Language and Culture Studies at the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and Andrew Kopec, Department of English and Linguistics at the College of Arts and Sciences at IPFW.

Each pair of faculty members will lead a seminar that meets six times over two consecutive semesters. Seminar meetings may include faculty workshops, public speakers, community events and faculty-student activities. Each seminar will set its own schedule. Details will be available through the consortium's website.

"The seminars can have different purposes," Steensland said. "Some are oriented toward public engagement. Others are oriented toward scholarly development and academic research. Some involve students, and others involve community partners. The mix of goals and activities matches the diverse ways in which religion and ethics impact society."

The consortium solicits proposals for seminars twice a year. Proposals for the next round of seminars, to begin in Fall 2017, are being accepted between March 1 and April 1.

IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI students were again among the honorees at the annual Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association Conference

During the 2016 event, Rae Bosio, Spanish alumnus and current Master of Arts in Spanish student was selected as Indiana Teacher of the Year (K-8) by the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) in Indiana for her work at the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township

"The Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish has been preparing excellent Spanish language teachers since 2001,” said Marta Anton, professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures. “It is great to see this overwhelming recognition of the good work that our graduates and current students are doing educating generations of students in bilingual communication and global cultural perspectives."

The award ceremony took place on Saturday, November 5th at the Sheraton Hotel Indianapolis during the AATSP Business Meeting. Other award winners representing the Department of World Languages & Cultures included:

Alexis Turpin (Spanish major)-selected for a 2016 Indiana Outstanding College Student of Spanish Award.

Patricia Laguna, (MAT 2008)-a recipient of the Student Voice Award for Outstanding Spanish Teacher (High School level). Laguna teaches at the International School of Indiana.

Lawrence North High School-AATSP Cinco Soles Award to the best High School Spanish department. Among the teaching staff in this school are three Department of World Languages & Cultures graduates: Mabel Ramos (MAT), Liliana Núñez (Spanish BA), Mary Grossling (Spanish BA).

IUPUI Spanish graduate students also received two study abroad scholarships that will allow them to participate in the study abroad program at the University of Salamanca next summer. Stephanie Gutting received the Edra Staffieri Scholarship and Laura Holloway received the Quilter-Salmon Scholarship.

Conventional wisdom has it that today's typical undergraduates will have six different careers during their lifetimes, some of which have yet to be invented.

If that premise is true, IUPUI world languages graduate and The Patachou Foundation Executive Director Matthew Feltrop (B.A., Spanish, '09) has already exceeded his quota.

Between his undergraduate studies at IUPUI and his current role, Feltrop has served the community as a paralegal, a graphic designer, a Spanish teacher, a high school world languages department head, a school-based fundraising professional, and a volunteer coordinator. From that volunteer-management job, he got a big promotion. He was named The Patachou Foundation's first executive director in May 2015.

Now, the former Eagle Scout leads an organization whose mission – from farm to table – is to feed healthy meals to children affected by homelessness and hunger, and to increase their awareness of, connection to and excitement about the whole food they are consuming.

"IUPUI really gave me the opportunity to pursue my career, my passions, and be exploratory," said Feltrop. "And liberal arts gave me the background to be able to do that. The knowledge I got from my undergrad and from speaking another language really gave me the perspective and compassion that drive what I do today."

The role that Feltrop and The Patachou Foundation have taken on is an ambitious one: ending hunger in the Indianapolis metropolitan area and educating children on healthy eating choices and habits. In addition to receiving fresh (not shrink-wrapped) meals in school, children visit the Patachou farm and production kitchen to see and taste fresh food where it is grown and prepared. They also learn which foods are healthier, how and why to choose them, and even good table manners. These are lessons, said Feltrop, that can breed healthy habits with lifelong impact.

Feltrop said the teaching part of his job comes naturally. So does the love of good food. But it's the skills he gained in liberal arts that help set him apart in all the roles he now plays.

"Teaching has definitely served me in a lot of ways," said Feltrop.

But Feltrop's job goes well beyond nutrition education.

"It's not just overseeing the daily operations of getting food out the door and to schools, but also raising money and telling the story of the foundation," Feltrop said. For those responsibilities, he said, "I've drawn from my background in Spanish and graphic design and also teaching. Just being able to tell the story and communicate with people is something that is really essential."

And what's his advice for current and future liberal arts majors?

"When you're looking at a liberal arts degree, it gives you a really broad base," said Feltrop. "So be motivated to go out into the world to make connections.

"It's going to depend a lot on you and how you are able to apply what you learned in the real world. They're going to give you a really great basis for a lot of different professions. You're going to be able to communicate very clearly. You're going to be able to be organized, have a workflow. You're going to be passionate about the humanities, and people. But it's going to depend on your own motivation and willingness to make connections and really get into the community."

Food for thought from a Spanish major and foundation executive who's feeding our community's children.


Our alumni and friends will be sad to hear that Professor Enrica Ardemagni retired December 31, 2015. Dr. Ardemagni joined the IUPUI faculty in 1987 as Assistant Professor of Spanish, shortly after receiving her Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She earned tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor of Spanish in 1992, and was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 2009. She has held adjunct appointments in the IU School of Medicine since 2008 and in University College from 2000 until 2012. She has also held several administrative appointments, most notably in leadership roles as Acting Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2011, Director of Graduate Studies (2012-2015), Director of the Certificate in Translation Studies since 2000, and Coordinator of the Program in Spanish (1997-2002). More recently, she served as President of the School of Liberal Arts Faculty Assembly (2012-2014). Related to her academic career in teaching translation and interpreting, Enrica Ardemagni is an Indiana state certified Supreme Court interpreter, and she holds certificates in medical interpreting and advanced legal interpreting.

In the last twenty-eight years at IUPUI, Enrica has shown a determined and multifaceted commitment to the institution. She has engaged in creative and innovative, teaching, scholarship, and service. Her record in teaching demonstrates an imaginative and effective approach to course and program development, to course delivery, and to the use of technology in meeting the needs of students. A forerunner in outreach activities to the local Hispanic community, she was an early exemplar at IUPUI of support for diversity. Her record illustrates her responsiveness to both the departmental and the IUPUI mission statements, to the Principles of Undergraduate Learning, and to the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning.

She has developed thirty new or revised courses comprising all existing courses in Spanish for specific purposes (Medical, Legal, and Business Spanish) and courses in translation and interpreting, including a course on computers in translation and one in translation theory. Her early work in the undergraduate translation curriculum paved the way for the establishment of an Undergraduate Certificate in Translation and Interpreting Studies, and for the newly approved Graduate Certificate in Translation. Her efforts in this area have undoubtedly put IUPUI on the national map. She has also been a leader in the development of online and hybrid courses in Spanish, and the integration of experiential learning and service learning. Notably, most of the courses she has added to the curriculum satisfy areas identified in RISE. She has a remarkably long record of Internship and Individual Learning courses. Through these courses students have been involved in real life translation experiences that have resulted in published translations for community partners, from the Governor’s website to UNESCO.

The curricular innovation brought about by Dr. Ardemagni has transcended the School of Liberal Arts in her collaboration with the IU School of Medicine. Her work in developing a curriculum in medical interpreting and co-teaching the bilingual Introduction to Clinical Medicine course to medical students led to her appointment as Adjunct Professor in the IU School of Medicine and her involvement in externally-funded research grants. Her teaching accomplishments have been recognized by numerous awards, scholarships, and fellowships at the school, campus, and state level.

Trained as a specialist in medieval Spanish language and literature, Enrica Ardemagni’s earliest research activity was in the field of textual criticism. As a textual critic she helped prepare medieval medical texts for use by scholars doing research into the medical culture of medieval Spain. She also served as co-editor of Medicina Española Medieval, Medical Text Series (1983-1995). Her work in manuscript studies and textual criticism led naturally to studies in the related field of translation. Her published work includes articles on medieval Spanish literature, research on translation studies and teaching translation, as well as applied and creative scholarship in the form of translations of novels and short stories by Latin American authors.

Her service record exemplifies many of the institutional values of the campus. Few faculty have contributed in such strong fashion across the range of programs articulated as fundamental to IUPUI’s mission as an urban research university. She is the founder of the META program, which is a model IUPUI program for reaching out to Latino high school students. She started the successful undergraduate study abroad program in Salamanca, now in its twenty-fourth year. She has also chaired the Executive Committee of University College between 2005 and 2012 and served on over 50 committees at the campus level. In her profession, she has held leadership roles in the American Translators Association, the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care, the Midwest Association of Translators and Interpreters, and the Indiana Commission on Health Care Interpreters and Translators. Her role in community groups such as The Hispanic Center has also been significant.

Enrica Ardemagni has made outstanding contributions to the Spanish program, the department, the IUPUI campus, Indiana University, the community, and the profession. Although she will be missed, we wish her a happy retirement.

As a nation of immigrants, the U.S. is one of the most diverse societies in the world. Yet, history and modern times are rife with examples of cultural misunderstandings that stand in the way of a truly integrated society. Language is the key to overcoming moments of difficulty, facilitating the transition of new Americans, and bringing harmony to our remarkable mosaic of cultural traditions and experiences.

The 2017 Joseph T. Taylor Symposium at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis offers participants the opportunity to explore an Indianapolis landscape made up of 120 nationalities and 90 languages.

The symposium, "It’s not foreign. It’s U.S," takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.

"The Department of World Languages and Cultures is honored to organize the Taylor Symposium," said Kathryn Lauten, a lecturer of French. "Since we last hosted the symposium in the 1990s, Indianapolis and the U.S. have seen many changes and developments in our cultural fabric, the successes of which hinge on intercultural communication. We look forward to this day of panels and discussions as we take a look back, ground ourselves in the present, and plan for a future of understanding and community."

A luncheon keynote address will be presented by Kim Potowski, professor of Spanish in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at The University of Illinois at Chicago. She will discuss “No child left monolingual: Why and how to make the U.S. more multilingual.” The luncheon will also include the presentation of the Joseph T. Taylor Excellence in Diversity Awards by IUPUI Chancellor Nasser Paydar.

Community participants include:

  • Martin Baier, president and chief executive officer, The International Center
  • Caterina Cregor Blitzer, International community volunteer
  • Ali Haddad, housing manager, Exodus Refugee Immigration
  • José Lusende, certified fundraising executive and consultant
  • Kyle Long, host of WFYI's "Cultural Manifesto" and NUVO columnist
  • Marina Hadjioannou Waters, chief operating officer, LUNA Language Services

IUPUI faculty in the program include:

  • Tamara Cabrera, assistant professor of Spanish and translation studies
  • Enrica Ardemagni, professor emerita of Spanish
  • Didier Gondola, professor and chair, Department of History
  • Amira Mashhour, senior lecturer and director, Program in Arabic
  • Jing Wang, associate professor of Chinese studies
  • Julie White, assistant professor of ASL/English Interpreting
  • Marta Antón, professor and chair, Department of World Languages and Cultures

The 2017 Taylor Symposium is presented by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI in partnership with the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Additional partners include the IUPUI Office of International Affairs and the Spirit and Place Festival.

The annual event honors the late Joseph T. Taylor, the first dean of the School of Liberal Arts, for his many contributions to the university and to the greater Indianapolis community. The event highlights topics of interest to urban communities, particularly communities of color.

Morning symposium sessions, held in the theater on the lower level of the Campus Center, are free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested.

The noon luncheon will take place in Campus Center Room 450. Luncheon seating is limited and requires registration and prepayment. Luncheon tickets are $35 each if purchased by Feb. 2, and $40 after Feb. 2. Organizations are also invited to become table patrons for the luncheon, at a rate of $550 for a table of 10. For additional information, visit the Taylor Symposium website.

Symposium guests are also welcome to attend IUPUI's International Festival the day before the Taylor Symposium, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Campus Center. The festival will offer attendees and students a chance to explore international opportunities on campus and in the Indianapolis community and will provide free food, international entertainment and prizes.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The School of Liberal Arts' Max Kade German-American Center and the Department of World Languages at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will share German-American tales during a weeklong film and lecture series celebrating 200 years of German-American culture in Indiana.

The series will run Oct. 2-8 and is free and open to the public.

Among the week's big events is a lecture by Consul General Herbert Quelle, Federal Republic of Germany Consulate, on the topic "German Unity Against the Backdrop of Migration." Additionally, William Selm, co-founder of the Indiana German Heritage Society, a Max Kade Fellow, and a professor teaching architectural history in the Herron School of Art and Design and the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, will speak about German-American contributions to the development of Indiana."German Americans were once the largest group of immigrants in Indiana and shaped our state as we know it today, but they integrated so well that they are almost a forgotten part of our heritage. This Indiana Bicentennial series is one way to remember their contributions during National German Week," said Karen Roesch, director of the IUPUI Max Kade German-American Research and Resource Center and a professor of German.

Series events will take place at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.; the IUPUI University Club at Hine Hall, 850 W. Michigan St.; and the Indiana Historical Society Basile Theater, 450 W. Ohio St.

The schedule of events for the week includes:

Oct. 2

"Whatever Comes Next"

IUPUI Campus Center Theater, CE 002, 6 p.m.

Artist Annemarie Mahler fled from Vienna to the United States at the age of 13 in 1939. She is now an artist living in Bloomington, Indiana. This 2014 documentary examines her life and the role art has played in telling her story.

Oct. 3

Day of German Unity

IUPUI Campus Center, CE 305, 6 p.m.

"German Unity Against the Backdrop of Migration," Consul General Herbert Quelle, Federal Republic of Germany Consulate, Chicago

Oct. 4

"Whiskey Cookers"

IUPUI Campus Center Theater, CE 007, 6 p.m.

During Prohibition, Templeton, Iowa -- a town of 400 made up of German Catholic immigrants -- became famous for its bootleg rye whiskey. Documentary, 2013. 57 minutes

Oct. 5

"The Indiana Germans Build Indiana," William Selm, IUPUI

IUPUI University Club (RSVP to mkgac@iupui.edu), noon

One of the legacies of German settlement in Indiana is their contribution to the state's built environment. German-Americans were builders, architects and urban planners who built for German-American and non-German clients. Germans had a hand in the creation of the Indiana Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument, St. Benedict Church in Terre Haute, the Gramelspacher-Gutzweiler House in Jasper, and the towns of New Harmony and Oldenburg, to name just a few. "The Indiana Germans Build Indiana" provides a statewide overview and sampling of how Germans shaped the built environment of the state since before statehood.

Oct. 6

"Children of Internment"

Indiana Historical Society Basile Theater, 6 p.m.

During World War II, thousands of German families were interned by the United States. This documentary tells their story and examines how little has changed when it comes to the country's views of immigrants. Documentary, 2016. 90 minutes

For more information, email mkgac@iupui.edu, call 317-274-8740 or visit Facebook or online.

Three School of Liberal Arts faculty members have been recognized for their work with 2016 Outstanding Distinguished Faculty Awards. The awards recognize faculty members who have distinguished themselves in teaching, research, and/or service over multiple years. The faculty assembly’s faculty affairs committee selected this year’s winners from among those nominated.

Outstanding tenure-track faculty award

Timothy Lyons
Chair of philosophy and associate professor

Professor Lyons focuses on scientific realism. His research endeavors include a £250,000 research grant on the topic “The challenge to scientific realism from the history of science” from the United Kingdom-based Arts and Humanities Research Council. The grant has allowed Lyons and his research partner, Durham University’s Peter Vickers, to collaborate with a number of world-renowned figures from the philosophy of science community. His work also has been published in some of the most important journals in the field, such as Philosophy of Science, Erkenntnis, and The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. As a professor, Lyons challenges his students and draws them into research at a professional level. Beyond the classroom, he is praised by his colleagues for his leadership as Department of Philosophy chair and his service to the campus.

Outstanding lecturer

Amira Mashhour
Lecturer in Arabic and director of the Arabic program

Amira Mashhour has taught in the School of Liberal Arts since 1991 in various faculty roles. She first served the school as associate faculty in economics (1991-1999), French (1992-2001), anthropology (2003-2010), women's studies (2003-2010), and Arabic (2002-2010), then as visiting lecturer (2010-2011). Since 2011, she has been lecturer in the Department of World Languages and Cultures and the first director of the program in Arabic. As a mentor to students in the individualized majors program, she helps students create a major that crosses disciplinary boundaries, using her knowledge of faculty members and relevant courses in the School of Liberal Arts and other IUPUI schools. Beyond IUPUI, she has organized an exhibition in Washington D.C., that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Islamic Society of North America. She also participated in Gaza 2050, a collaboration between IUPUI and Gaza University. She is also a liaison between IUPUI and the community, particularly the Islamic community.

Outstanding associate faculty member

Steven Overbey
Communication studies associate faculty

An associate faculty member since 2001, Steven Overbey has taught fundamentals of speech communication, introduction to interpersonal communication, and business and professional communication. He also teaches in the “Upward Bound” program, through which high school students earn dual credit. Overbey also serves as a mentor in the Students Taking Academic Responsibility (STAR) program, where he has successfully mentored more than ten at-risk students, thereby helping IUPUI realize its goals of improving persistence and retention of at-risk populations. Overbey has earned the Gateway Teaching Academy's bronze and silver awards as well as Themed Learning Communities certificates and awards. He regularly participates in Gateway trainings and other professional development opportunities on campus.

Three IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI professors are among 39 faculty members from six IU campuses who have been awarded grants through Indiana University’s 2015-16 New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities program.

Bessie House-Soremekun (Africana Studies), Emily Beckman (Medical Humanities and Health Studies), and Karen Roesch (World Languages and Cultures) received grants for their projects in the arts and humanities.

Since 2005, the New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities program has awarded $10 million to 481 IU faculty members.

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The program awards two types of grants. The New Frontiers Creativity and Scholarship Award grants upto $50,000, and the Experimental Fellowship Awards carry funding of up to $15,000.

House-Soremekun received a Creativity and Scholarship Award for her book project, "African AmericanEntrepreneurship: Philanthropic Giving, Self-Help and the Struggle for Economic Empowerment." Beckman also received a Creativity and Scholarship Award for her performance and exhibition project and scholarly article, “Voices From Central State.” Roesch’s research, documentation, and digital archive project, “Indiana German Dialect Project,” won an Experimental Award.

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Thomas J. Davis, dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts, said, “These three awardees exemplify the breadth of study one finds in the liberal arts. What is more," he continued, "each project shows how the liberal arts work to help us understand our world – from economic empowerment to mental health to the preservation of history and culture. Our awardees bring finely honed critical skills to bear on matters of importance. We are proud of the work they do. ”

by Ric Burrous

Kelcie Benson was born and raised in northeast Indiana, but a trip to her middle-school library in Whitley County opened up another pathway that intrigued her: exploring the world.

On that library trip, Benson discovered a type of Japanese comic called manga, and her curiosity led to doing research on that country's culture and language. A flame had been lit.

When Benson enrolled at IUPUI, she chose to study global and international studies and Japanese studies. That path led her to Hakuoh University in Japan, where she immersed herself in all things Japanese in a long-term study-abroad opportunity.

"I have been fascinated with cultures for most of my life," Benson wrote during her stay overseas. Her encounter with manga made her "want to see if the cultural references were true. I found I also really liked the language."

She admits she grappled at times with the language, but Benson enjoyed her experiences and says she would love to return to Japan someday.

"I just wish my family and friends could have experienced it with me," she said. "The only culture shock I experienced was a bit of frustration with not being able to understand most of the language. But I remain optimistic; it just motivates me to want to learn more."

She learned a lot from the Japanese people around her, including students, but acknowledged that she also learned a lot from other international students who studied with her in Japan, from countries like Brazil and Thailand.

"I've learned a lot about those countries through other international students," Benson said. "It makes me want to discover more about myself."

Benson has loved life at IUPUI with its plentiful opportunities to broaden her horizons, from the Japanese Culture Club on campus to the annual International Fashion Show. "All of our events offer such great atmosphere and sense of community," she said.

Benson has become a strong advocate of the value of international experiences. "I have learned so much about day-to-day life in other countries, and it makes me realize how important it is for us to know people with other backgrounds," she said.

Simple things -- like the impact of public transportation, Japanese emphasis on public cleanliness and order, even landscaping and gardening -- made an impression.

"Other countries, like Japan, have different ways of doing things," Benson said. "It is interesting to see how those differences change perceptions."

A group gathering on a Japanese hillside was a chance to get to know new friends.A group outing to a Japanese hillside offered Benson, center, time to get to know her new friends better. | PHOTO COURTESY KELCIE BENSON

In her blog, she compared how high schools and colleges are perceived in Japan and in the U.S. "Here, college is the time when everything gets serious," she blogged. "In Japan, it’s the opposite of that. High school is the busiest time. Studying is important. College has a lot more freedom; professors give students more breathing room [there]."

That "breathing room" gave Benson more time to connect with others, to practice speaking Japanese and to make the most of her study-abroad opportunity.

Because of the different schedules of college life in Japan and the United States, Benson returned to Indiana in February, which left her unable to enroll in IUPUI classes this semester. But she is comfortable and has a plan. "I am still trying to get things done pertaining to my trip to Japan,” she said. “I’m also trying to get scholarship projects done. But I will return to school this fall."

To learn about Benson's time in Japan, explore her blog.

Four liberal arts students were recognized not only among the Top 100 IUPUI students, but also among the top 20 overall and top 10 women. Awards were presented during the April 8 Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner.

Elizabeth Alexander (senior, Spanish), Kelly Moors (junior, neuroscience/French) Jessica Sauer (junior, journalism) and Hadyatoullaye Sow (junior, international studies, medical humanities and health sciences/public health) were recognized for their academic achievements and named top 10 female students.

Faculty and staff nominated more than 2,000 students for this year’s Top 100 honors. Among the criteria: being a degree-seeking junior or senior at IUPUI, completing a minimum of 56 credit hours applicable to her/his degree program, and achieving a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. in addition to scholastic success, judges considered extracurricular activities on campus, and civic and community service.

From the top 100 female and male students, a panel of alumni, faculty and staff chose the top 10 female and male students. From this select group, the most outstanding female and male students were selected.

The IUPUI Alumni Council and the Student Organization for Alumni Relations sponsored the event.

A complete list of the top 20 students can be found here. A full list of the Liberal Arts students in the Top 100 is available here.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Italian Film Festival returns to Indianapolis for a fifth year on April 1 with a slate of eight films running through April 16.

Indianapolis is one of 13 cities around the nation hosting the Italian Film Festival USA. The festival is sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago in collaboration with the Department of World Languages and Cultures in the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The films will be shown in the Lilly Auditorium, on the lower level of the IUPUI University Library, 755 W. Michigan St. All films are presented with English subtitles and are free and open to the public.

The first three films, with times and dates of showing, are:

"Noi E La Guilia" ("The Legendary Giulia"), comedy, 6 p.m. Friday, April 1

Three 40-year-olds flee the city and, joined by two zany characters, decide to open a rural B&B. Their dreams are blocked by the local mobster who, arriving in a vintage Alfa Romeo, asks for protection money. This threat forces them to rebel in a most daring way.

"I Bambini Sanno" ("The Children Know"), documentary, 1:15 p.m. Saturday, April 2

Thirty-nine children, from northern to southern Italy, are interviewed in their own rooms. The camera thus becomes the means to discover the world through the eyes of the children; to understand their take on "grownup stuff"; and to discover their future projects, their dreams and their points of view on life's big issues: love, family and religion.

"Io, Arlecchino" ("I, Harlequin"), drama, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2

Paolo Milesi, host of a famous television program, is forced to return to his hometown to take care of his father, himself a well-known actor and interpreter of the Harlequin character. The old wounds of their difficult relationship are reopened while Paolo slowly rediscovers the fascinating world of the Commedia Dell'Arte -- a world that will make him question his own superficial existence.

A complete schedule of films and additional information is available on the Italian Film Festival website. 

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Contributions of German-American immigrants to Hoosier life and history are often unrecognized or unheralded. A course offered this semester in the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis with the Indiana Bicentennial Commission's endorsement will help change that.

The commission has designated "Immigrant Experience: Tales of German-Americans in Indiana" as an official Bicentennial Legacy Project.

"German heritage is less apparent, and people are less aware of it, because German immigrants integrated so well into American society," IUPUI professor Karen Roesch said. "Germans constituted the largest immigrant group in Indiana in the 19th century. They shaped our history and changed the face of Indiana in so many ways, so what better way to celebrate the bicentennial?"

The Bicentennial Legacy Project designation endorses "Immigrant Experience," developed and being taught this semester by Roesch, as curriculum that can be used in high schools, colleges and universities, and adult education, Roesch said.

Roesch is an assistant professor of German in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, director of the Max Kade German-American Center and the Hoyt-Reichmann Scholar of German-American Studies at IUPUI.

Her new class explores the cross section of German groups who made their way to Indiana and contributed to the state's development, including people involved in the Turner Movement, which emphasized a healthy mind and body; the academic-focused Forty-Eighters and Freethinkers, who advocated equal rights for all people and whose moral values were dominated by respect for life and nature; and the largest group, the "salt of the earth" farmers and craftsmen.  Savvy businessmen and philanthropists such as the Vonneguts are also featured.

The course takes a detailed look at the part German Americans played in establishing important cornerstones in education, art, music, architecture and entrepreneurship.

Students familiar with the city and state will recognize names associated with some landmarks, such as landscape architect and Kessler Boulevard namesake George Edward Kessler and Richard Lieber, known as the father of the Indiana state parks system.

Textbooks for the course include publications written or translated by staff of the Max Kade German-American Center and are provided free of charge by the center.

Guest lecturers include IUPUI professors and others with expertise in German history, language and culture.

For students in the course, class activities include a visit to the Indianapolis Museum of Art to observe the work of German-American printmaker and painter Gustave Baumann; a field trip to Oldenburg, Ind., to experience the German-American history, architecture and culture of that small community; and a visit to the Athenaeum in downtown Indianapolis.

"A lot of students have never been to the Athenaeum.  Originally called the 'Das Deutsche Haus,' or 'The German House,' the building, a national historic landmark, was renamed during World War II. With its nine-pin bowling alley, indoor beer garden and theater, it is easy to see why the building was a center of social life and "in its heyday, was the place to go watch plays, performances and concerts," Roesch said.

The curriculum's field and museum trips address the requirement that Legacy Projects be engaging and inspiring to youth and young adults. Bicentennial Legacy projects must be celebratory, culturally inclusive and create a legacy for the future.

The [state's] German heritage is right in front of us, but people aren't aware of it," Roesch said. "This class is about passing on that heritage to the next generation."