Indiana University School of Education

  1. The Indiana University School of Education honored four of its alumni who have touched education across the world, the nation and the state of Indiana during the Distinguished Alumni Award banquet on Saturday, Oct. 25. The 38th annual IU School of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards honored individuals who hold a degree from the school and have made a lasting impact through their work.

    The honorees in this year’s class have touched countless numbers through their work in areas of research, fundraising, health information, and higher education administration. They are Dick Bishop, executive associate in the IU Foundation's Office of the President Emeritus; Shaun Harper, associate professor and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania; Jann Keenan, president of The Keenan Group social marketing and instructional design firm; and Stanley Warren, retired dean of academic affairs and professor of education at DePauw University.

    “This particular group of honorees demonstrates the breadth of our alumni reach,” said Gerardo Gonzalez, dean of the IU School of Education. “Education touches all of us and these distinguished alumni have shown just how they have used their knowledge to better the world. They have influenced healthcare, the future stability of higher education, the pathway for minority students, among other areas. I am proud to call them our alumni.”

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  2. (Second part of the awards ceremony honoring the 2014 class of IU School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award recipients).

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  3. On Monday, April 28, the Great Lakes Equity Center held its annual Equity Leaders Summit, hosting representatives from the states that are part of Region V. The title of the summit was "College and Life Success Readiness: Advancing Institutional Decision Making Processes to Achieve Equity." The representatives are all from the state departments of education in Region V, which covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin . The state department personnel gathered together with scholars in the fields of educational equity and Center staff to engage in a series of focused round table discussions related to trending topics in the field of education.

    During this panel discussion, titled "School to Success vs. School to Prison Pipeline," researchers and educators discuss the difficult issues surrounding the matter. The discussion is moderated by Brendan Maxcy, Co-Principal Investigator for the Great Lakes Equity Center. He is also an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University School of Education at Indianapolis, and Director of the School of Education’s Urban Principalship Program. Participants are Paul J. Ainslie, Managing Director, I-STEM Resource Network, Purdue University; Chalmer Thompson, Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs and Associate Professor, Counseling and Counselor Education at the IU School of Education at IUPUI; JauNae M. Hanger, partner attorney with Waples & Hanger and a member of the state Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Steering Committee and subcommittee on Disproportionate Minority Contact; Hardy Murphy, a researcher with the IU School of Education at IUPUI and the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning; and Subini Annamma, Assistant Professor in special education at the IU School of Education at IUPUI.

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  4. On April 3, 2014, Susan M. Swearer, professor of school psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and co-director of the Bullying Research Network ( and director of the Empowerment Initiative (, delivered the annual Ronda C. Talley Distinguished Lecture. The title of her talk was "Creating a Kinder World: Empowering Youth to End Bullying."

    Swearer delivered a multi-media presentation regarding her research on bullying prevention and intervention and the Born Brave Experiences study. She presented preliminary data from the Born Brave Bus Tour (BBBT), a signature project of Lady Gaga's foundation ( The Born Brave Bus Tour is a youth empowerment experience designed to give youth the inspiration and the tools to create kinder and braver schools, homes, and communities. The BBBT went to 18 cities in 2013 and reached more than 20,000 participants. Goals of the BBBT were to create an accepting space where youth could experience the three pillars of the Born This Way Foundation: safety, skills, and opportunities and to empower youth to practice more kindness and be more brave.

    Susan Swearer is the principal investigator on the "Target Bullying Intervention" and has a long-standing track record working with schools nationwide to reduce bullying behaviors. She received her B.A. in psychology form Swarthmore College, her M.S. in special education from Penn State University, and her Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Texas.

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  5. This short video focuses on the new Inspire Living-Learning Center, to open at the Rose Avenue Residence Hall on the IU Bloomington campus in Fall 2014. In this short video, the center's director speaks to the advantages the center will provide for students who take advantage of it. Find out more, including links to apply, at .

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