Impact of Indiana’s Opioid Epidemic Demonstrated Through Film by IUPUI Faculty

 

The documentary “The Long Run” focuses on former opioid user Wes Doty, who found recovery through running. The piece is funded by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute. Image courtesy of C. Thomas Lewis, Indiana University

C. Thomas Lewis understands the power that video and filmmaking can have in addressing social issues. In 2015, he traveled to Kenya on a New Frontiers grant to film a series of short narrative films on confronting the stigma associated with HIV that is still being used in schools today.

“There is a real power in storytelling to address social issues and help people get beyond things like stigma,” said Lewis, a senior lecturer of video production in the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI. “This power has really captured my imagination and has me wanting to see how I can use video production and concentrate my creative efforts to work with communities in dealing with health issues.”

It was in Durban, South Africa, at the International AIDS Conference in the summer of 2016 that Lewis had a truly profound moment. He attended a presentation about the current state of AIDS worldwide, and he never expected to see Austin, Indiana — a Scott County town of just over 4,200 people greatly affected by an HIV outbreak and the opioid epidemic — included.

“Of course, I knew what was happening in Austin, but to see it in that context blew my mind,” Lewis said. “I knew in that moment that my next project wouldn’t be around the world — it would be in my own backyard.”

With that goal in mind, Lewis and Kyle Minor, associate chair and associate professor of English at IUPUI, applied for and received a grant through the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute that enabled them to tell the stories of the people and communities affected by the HIV outbreak and opioid epidemic in Indiana.

Hannah West, assistant camera operator and IUPUI alumna, adjusts the shot during the 2018 filming of the Scott County Stories project. Photo courtesy of Kyle Minor, Indiana University

“This funding enabled us to work collaboratively with students and community partners, and we’ve been hard at work ever since,” said Minor, who serves as script writer and producer. “In working on this project, I’ve come to learn how much I didn’t know about opioid use disorder and have cultivated a great compassion for those whose lives are impacted by it.”

Their project, highlighted on the Opioid Stories website, grew beyond the initial plan of using only narrative, scripted stories as Lewis had done in Kenya. The site also includes recovery stories and long-form interviews with individuals offering different views on the issue and sharing various paths to recovery. Two documentaries are also being produced, including “The Long Run,” a documentary about Wes Doty, who found recovery through running.

Three scripted films are in the works, with the second currently in production. Each is set in Scott County, and Lewis and Minor have worked hard to build trust within the community by meeting with locals who support the project and want to tell their stories. In the second film, nearly every character was cast from the county’s recovery community.

“The real story to me is that we’re working so closely with a local community to tell their own stories,” Lewis said. “Without that local support, this project wouldn’t happen, and we would be working on a totally different project.”

IUPUI students are also instrumental in the development and creation of the Opioid Stories content, with a team of two to four students signing up for independent study with Lewis each semester to help work on the project.

“Students are our creative and technical partners from start to finish,” Minor said. “They serve as line producers, camera assistants, sound recordists, editors, grips and production assistants.”

Lewis believes it is important for students to realize the many opportunities that exist for young filmmakers to apply their talents to engage with community issues — something that he has been able to show by example.

“If we can put a human face to the issue, so people can relate emotionally to the stories we produce, that’s a huge step toward combating stigma,” Lewis said. “We have come face-to-face with people involved with the crisis, devastated by it and recovering from it, and that has been really powerful and inspires me to keep moving forward.”

With so much work done and underway, Lewis and Minor are also looking ahead to the future. They plan to continue adding recovery stories and interviews to the Opioid Stories site, but they also want to begin outreach efforts in other communities working to address the opioid crisis.

“My whole hope is to make these films and then find funding that will allow us to take them around the state, where we can have panel discussions that use the films as motivation for opening up conversations about various issues surrounding opioids in Indiana communities,” Lewis said.

Lewis appreciates that he was able to find this niche at IUPUI, using a creative approach to serving the community, for both himself and his students.

“It’s important for our IUPUI community to take our talents, apply them to something bigger than ourselves and create a social impact,” he said. “Through a model of participatory filmmaking, I show students how their video skills can engage the community around an issue and incite positive change.”

This project reflects Indiana University’s extensive expertise and research regarding addictions. To build on this area of strength, IU President Michael McRobbie, along with Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, and IU Health President and CEO Dennis Murphy, announced the Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge initiative in October 2017.

This Grand Challenge initiative engages a broad array of IU’s world-class faculty as well as IU’s business, nonprofit and government partners. The initiative aims to implement a collaborative, applied and comprehensive plan to reduce deaths from addiction, ease the burden of drug addiction on Hoosier communities, and improve health and economic outcomes. This statewide initiative is one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive state-based responses to the opioid addiction crisis — and the largest led by a university.

Kelsey Cook is associate director of research communications in the Office of the Vice President for Research at IUPUI.

Young African leaders Gather at IUPUI for Collaboration, Inspiration

The exchange of ideas and perspectives has become a summer tradition between Indiana University and the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

For the past four years, the program ushered in by the Office of International Development and the Office of International Affairs at IUPUI has brought 25 young professionals from Africa to spend weeks at IUPUI before visiting Indiana University Bloomington. This year’s fellows were based at IUPUI from June 19 to July 5 and will be in Bloomington July 5-27. Their U.S. tour finishes with a visit to Washington, D.C., where they will take part in networking and panel discussions with U.S. leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

For many of the fellows, it’s their first trip to the United States. While here, they collaborate and network with their IUPUI counterparts, engage in academic coursework, and soak up Hoosier hospitality. The fellows take executive-leadership style seminars from the Kelley School of BusinessO’Neill School of Public Affairs and Lilly School of Philanthropy as well.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and administered by IREX, a global development and education organization. Find more information onlineabout the Mandela Washington Fellowship and join the conversation at #YALI2019.

Meet some of the 2019 Mandela Washington fellows:

Annah Ruwanika, Zimbabwe

Expertise: Marketing, financial services.

Career highlights: Social media coordinator for Special Olympics Zimbabwe, master’s degree from Edinburgh Business School.

On becoming a Mandela Washington fellow: “It’s a really big honor because the program is training young leaders from Africa so that we can grow, develop and bring back what we learn to our homes. It makes sure we make an impact.”

Elton Djon Goncalves, Cape Verde

Expertise: Community development, management and administration.

Career highlights: Secretary general for the Cape Verdian Paralympic Committee, national director of Special Olympics of Cape Verde.

On meeting his Indiana counterparts: “I think this will be great for me because Indiana is one of the sports states in America. I’m looking forward to meeting more people, learning as much as possible and trying to adapt the knowledge for back home — implement it into my community, try to engage people.”

Andrianiaina Sitraka Ratsimba, Madagascar

Expertise: Business development, digital marketing, enterprise management, online business.

Career highlights: Learned six languages, master’s degree from University of Science and Technology Beijing.

On what he hopes to gain from his Mandela Washington Fellowship experience: “I’m currently working as a digital marketer, but I’d like to focus more on business and entrepreneurship. We just created The First Toastmasters Club of Madagascar. It’s important to develop people’s confidence, and we do it in the club by overcoming fear. We are helping people speak in front of other people, especially in English.”

Adesola Ajayi, Nigeria

Expertise: Education, rehabilitation, and capacity-building among disabled communities.

Career highlights: Educator and mentor of rural school children, law degree from the University of LagosNigerian Bar Association member.

Justice for the visually impaired: A visually impaired lawyer is not just for comic books and Netflix series. Ajayi has almost a decade of experience in education, rehabilitation and capacity-building for disabled communities in Nigeria. By mastering Braille at a young age, he became the only person in his family to learn to read.

On why Ajayi chose law: “It was all about making a change. I saw that out of all the laws and acts we have in our country, there weren’t any provisions for persons with disabilities. There wasn’t anybody to litigate on their behalf. Advocacy for this area was poor. I said, ‘Maybe with this condition in this field, I’ll be able to defend — make a change for the benefit of — persons with disabilities.'”

Jackie Bomboma, United Republic of Tanzania

Expertise: Community development.

Career highlight: Started Young Strong Mothers Foundation in Morogoro, Tanzania.

May 20: Bomboma gave birth to her daughter on May 20, 2002, alone in a forest. The mental and physical anguish from the experience made May 20 a date full of mixed emotions and stressful memories. Then, on May 20, 2019, she received her travel visa to allow her entry into the United States. Coupled with her daughter’s 17th birthday, the date is becoming a more positive day for her.

On her first trip to the United States: “It’s very beautiful. I used to see a lot of things in movies about America, and a lot of things I learned — like English — I learned from the movies. I was so excited to see the things I saw in movies in real life. It’s been so amazing. Each and every second of being here is so amazing.”

On her work with young mothers in Tanzania: “Since 2016, we’ve helped about 760 young mothers with education, training, job training and job placement. The mothers also learn about issues in gender, human rights, nutrition for their babies, hygiene, sexual and reproductive health — life-skills education.”

Photos by Tim Brouk, Indiana University

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Teach Play Learn: Indiana University’s Academic Conference On Game-Based Teaching And Learning

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Seann Dikkers

Dr. Seann Dikkers is an author, education researcher, design consultant, speaker and founder of Dikkers Appraisal, LLC. He has consulted on playful learning designs in schools, digital gaming, museums, conferences, and mobile learning applications. Seann teaches at Bethel University training new teachers. Previously, Seann taught middle school and worked as a high school principal for fourteen years before devoting himself to full time research at the University of Wisconsin -Madison. There he began to study the use of digital media for learning – including video games. He has written on Mobile Media Learning, Real-Time Research, and a number of articles looking at teaching and learning with and in video games. His last book, “TeacherCraft: How Teachers Learn to Use Minecraft in the Classroom,” explains developmental adoption practices of teachers. In addition to being a gaming consultant, Seann is a husband and father of two and makes wooden swords for his kids to have epic battles in the back yard.

About the Conference

The Teach, Play, Learn conference brings together stakeholders interested in exploring how games and play can be effective tools for learning. The goals of the conference are to:

  • generate awareness and interest in the changing technologies and pedagogies in the quickly evolving area of educational games and playful learning.
  • demonstrate benefits of using games as part of classroom education.
  • showcase practical solutions for the design and implementation of games in the educational context.

Teach Play Learn’s 2nd annual conference will take place on July 12 on the IU South Bend campus.

Registration is now open!

Jane Fortune’s $4M estate gift to Eskenazi Museum of Art enables research on female artists

In recognition of the gift, the museum will name its gallery of American and European Art from Medieval to 1900 the ‘Jane Fortune Gallery’

The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University has announced an estate gift with an estimated value of approximately $4 million from the late Indiana philanthropist Jane Fortune, who was a passionate advocate for women in the arts and founder of the Florence, Italy-based nonprofit Advancing Women Artists.

Fortune’s gift includes a collection of 61 works of fine art as well as funds to establish the Dr. Jane Fortune Endowment for Women Artists and the Dr. Jane Fortune Fund for Virtual Advancement of Women Artists. The Eskenazi Museum of Art will recognize Fortune’s generosity by naming its first-floor gallery of American and European Art from Medieval to 1900 the “Jane Fortune Gallery.”

Jane Fortune. Photo courtesy of Advancing Women Artists

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Fortune was an author, art historian, art collector, philanthropist and cultural editor. Her commitment to supporting female artists has been recognized around the world.

Fortune, who passed away in 2018, founded the American nonprofit organization Advancing Women Artists Inc., which is dedicated to researching, restoring and exhibiting artwork of female artists, particularly in Florence, Italy. She served on the boards of directors for multiple organizations, including the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the National Advisory Board of the Eskenazi Museum of Art. In 2010, Indiana University recognized her with its highest academic achievement, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Fortune’s gift of her collection includes works by female artists, photographs and contemporary art. Among the highlights are a rare drawing by Sister Plautella Nelli, whose work has come to light through Fortune’s tireless efforts to identify and conserve works by female Florentine artists; a rare cyanotype photograph by the 19th-century British pioneer of photography Anna Atkins; and a wall-mounted work by Ghanaian-born artist El Anatsui, the first work by that major contemporary artist to enter the Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection.

Fortune’s most recent endeavor, A Space of Their Own, brings together research by Advancing Women Artists, the Eskenazi Museum of Art and IU to build the world’s largest database on international female artists from the 1500s to the 1800s. The efforts at IU have been led by Eskenazi Museum of Art Director Emerita Adelheid “Heidi” Gealt.

The Eskenazi Museum of Art. Photo by Indiana University

“Jane Fortune’s interest in women artists was profoundly inspiring to me,” Gealt said. “When she asked me to undertake A Space of Their Own in 2016, I was honored and delighted. I believe her gift to the Eskenazi Museum will leave a permanent legacy by providing substantive information on historic women artists. I deeply miss Jane and am thrilled to be part of this project.”

In August 2018, the museum began placing its collections online to allow people around the world to explore the breadth of the museum’s holdings and use them for research, teaching and more. This new portal will feature up-to-date information about each item in the collection, as well as high-quality images, presented via the museum’s accessible and informational website.

An initial launch with 500 select items from each of the museum’s five curatorial areas is planned in conjunction with the reopening of the building this fall. A Space of Their Own will enhance these efforts by providing the most comprehensive resource to date of information on female painters, printmakers and sculptors active in the United States and Europe between the 16th and 19th centuries.

“Jane Fortune is one of the great women of IU,” said Laurie Burns McRobbie, IU first lady and founder of the Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council at IU. “Her tireless efforts to shine a light on Renaissance women artists and her beloved city of Florence are admired by her fellow alumnae as exemplifying the power of passionate philanthropy in action.

Jane Fortune at a screening of “Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence,” a documentary based on her book by the same name. The film was shown at IUPUI’s Herron School of Art + Design during a celebration in Fortune’s honor in 2013.

“Jane was a founding member of the Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council, and we were honored to support A Space of Their Own with a WPLC grant last year. It is wonderful to know that her legacy will live on at the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University.”

As the museum enters a new phase with a renovated building that includes new areas for learning and teaching, it is committed to providing unprecedented opportunities for engaging with art. The renovation enhanced the museum’s mission as a preeminent teaching museum through the creation of four new centers that will provide more space for educational resources for university students, faculty and preschool through high school students. Fortune’s generous endowments will further enhance the museum’s ability to broaden its outreach.

“Jane’s passion and dedication to the arts, especially the under-recognized achievements of women artists, will live on at Indiana University through the seeds that she has planted with her generous gifts,” said David A. Brenneman, the Wilma E. Kelley Director of the Eskenazi Museum of Art. “The Eskenazi Museum of Art is extremely proud to be handed Jane’s torch and to continue Jane’s mission into the future.”

This gift counts toward the $3 billion campaign, For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign.

About the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art
Since its establishment in 1941, the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art has grown from a small university teaching collection into one of the most significant university art collections in the United States. A preeminent teaching museum on the Indiana University campus, its internationally acclaimed collection includes more than 45,000 objects representing nearly every art-producing culture throughout history.

The museum just undertook a $30 million renovation of its acclaimed I.M. Pei-designed building. When it reopens in the fall, the museum will be an enhanced teaching resource for Indiana University and southern Indiana. The museum is dedicated to engaging students, faculty, artists, scholars, alumni, and the wider public through the cultivation of new ideas and scholarship.

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Good Dill: University Library Offers Free Herbal Seeds To Patrons

Members of the University Library “green team,” from left, access librarian Paul Moffett, administrative assistant Alicia Añino and liaison librarian Justin Kani, show off the new seed library, which offers seven different herb seeds for free. Photo by Tim Brouk, Indiana University

The latest University Library initiative will bring flavor to gardens, office window planters and tables citywide.

The library debuted its new seed library June 17 to an enthusiastic reception, with dozens of patrons taking advantage of free seed packets in the first few days. Through a Greening Grant from the IUPUI Office of Sustainability, the library’s “green team” acquired seven herb varieties from Baker Creek and made them available to students, staff, faculty and the community. Patrons simply fill out a survey before taking the small envelopes of seeds home or back to the office.

Each envelope contains three to five non-GMO seeds of Bouquet dill, broadleaf sage, common chives, Emily basil, Giant of Italy parsley, Rosy rosemary or vulgare oregano. Patrons can take one of each herb from the main desk.

“We want students to not only check out these seeds as an exploratory venture,” explained Paul Moffett, access services librarian. “We want them to also learn about the process of growing plants, explore cooking with these things or just expose themselves to different tastes.”

The first year of the grant will concentrate on the easy-to-grow herbs, but vegetables, flowers and other native noninvasive plant species are expected to be added in 2020. The eastern prickly pear — a cactus species native to Indiana and much of the eastern United States — is a choice the green team may offer later due to its ease of growth indoors.

As expected, the fragrant basil variety is the most popular so far among the available herbs.

“It’s one of those plants that thrives by being picked,” said Justin Kani, a member of the green team and liaison librarian for the Kelley School of Business and the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. “The more you take off of it and let it grow, the thicker it gets.”

The grant will fuel the seed library through at least 2024. By then, the green team hopes to accept seeds from users and the IUPUI urban gardens, organically expanding its selection in the process. An information exchange of recipes, gardening tips and showcasing of patrons’ harvests on social media are on the way as well.

“A lot of this will be driven by the community of users,” Moffett said. “We would be seeking input about what new kinds of seeds and plants they might want to try to grow.”

University Library’s own planted herb seeds are starting to sprout. Photo by Tim Brouk, Indiana University

Alicia Añino, green team gardening guru and administrative assistant to library dean Kristi L. Palmer, said a major win for the seed library would be to have users donate their harvests back to them for distribution to Paw’s Pantry and the Ronald McDonald House.

The seed library is another program that enforces the fact that University Library has more than books.

“We’re sort of disconnected from our food,” Kani said. “I think there is a lot of interest, and this allows us to be a library of things, to facilitate something unique, educational and important.”

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MUS-E 536 Special Workshop in Music Education: Introduction to Arts Based Research, Theory & Methods

Art has historically been considered a unique means of accessing and sharing knowledge. Utilizing a blend of experiential workshops and online instruction, this course will investigate the various creative arts (music, movement, drama, written/spoken word, and visual art) and the theories and current practices that support their use as valuable means of constructivist inquiry in a post-positivist world. Prior knowledge of basic research methods and creative arts therapies will be beneficial, but not required.

Two mandatory on campus meetings are scheduled for: Friday, June 28 from 1 pm-4 pm and Saturday, June 29 from 9 am-3 pm in the IT building (535 W. Michigan Street) in room 057. (CMTE participants will be dismissed at 12 pm on June 29th.

Contact Natasha Thomas at nat1@iu.edu for more information on this course, or for instructions on registering for CMTE credit.

The GradJag: Jay Patel– Ph.D. Clinical Psychology (Health Track)

Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?

I choose IUPUI for three reasons. First, I was interested in working with a mentor that examined the relationship between mental health and chronic illness outcomes. Second, the clinical psychology program offers high quality research training and diverse clinical experiences. Third, during my interview here the graduate students in the clinical psychology program seemed happy.

What has been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?

I would say my favorite accomplishment has been the opportunity to be a trainee on the program committee for a behavioral health conference called American Psychosomatic Society. As a part of this opportunity I have learned what it takes to plan a national level scientific conference. I also help plan and develop trainee focused content for this conference.

What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?

I like to explore Indianapolis’ growing food and brewery scene. I also find comfort in being able to work remotely from one of the many awesome coffee shops downtown.

Please provide some details about your work/research as a graduate student and/or any activities you are involved in.

In general, my work in the lab focuses on the association between depression profiles and vascular disease pathology. I am particularly interested in identifying and exploring health ramifications of cardiotoxic depressive symptoms.

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Indianapolis Imam Warith Deen Muhammad Community Digital Archive Is Published

Indianapolis, IN — Three-dimensional images of a Fruit of Islam uniform and Muslim Girls Training headgear from the 1970s are just a few of the 1,344 unique items in the Indianapolis Imam Warith Deen Muhammad Community digital archive now available to anyone with an internet connection.

Curated by the IUPUI Center for Digital Scholarship, the archive brings to life the contributions of an African American Muslim community that has been part of Indianapolis since the 1950s. Established as “Muhammad’s Mosque” on Indiana Avenue, the community was first aligned with the teachings of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad and then after 1975, with Elijah Muhammad’s son and heir, Warith Deen Muhammad, also known as W. Deen Mohammed. Now called the Nur Allah [Light of God] Islamic Center, the community is one of a dozen or so Sunni Islamic congregations in central Indiana.

Muhammad Ali, André Carson, and Julia Carson, Oct. 31, 1996.

The archive features hundreds of photographs, including historically significant pictures of Muhammad Ali campaigning for Julia Carson, who won her 1996 run for the U.S. Congress. A few of the photos reveal a young André Carson, who succeeded his Christian grandmother as the second Muslim elected to Congress in 2008. But most images spotlight less well-known Muslims participating in parent banquets, lectures, weddings, funerals, and interfaith events. One series of photographs documents a 1982 demonstration in downtown Indianapolis conducted by the congregation’s local chapter of the Committee to Remove All Images of the Divine [from places of worship]. Invaluable sources for scholarly research also include 47 issues of the congregation’s newsletter published between 1979 and 1983.

CRAID, or the Committee to Remove All Images of the Divine, expressed both a traditional Islamic prohibition against depicting God and challenged white, racialized images of Jesus

“This open-access digital archive represents a major contribution to understanding Islam in the United States and the civic contributions of Muslims to Indiana,” according to Edward Curtis, the IUPUI religious studies professor who proposed and funded the archive. “I am proud to be a part of it, but most of the credit goes to members of Nur Allah Islamic Center, who were willing to share their personal photos and documents; community leaders Imam Michael Saahir and Judge David Shaheed; and to the staff at IUPUI’s Center for Digital Scholarship, who spent countless hours creating the archive.” The archive can be accessed at https://ulib.iupui.edu/collections/IWDC.

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June Photo Caption Contest

A 1968 School of Nursing film crew cut up in the editing room. Photo courtesy of IUPUI Special Collections and Archives
A 1968 School of Nursing film crew cut up in the editing room. Photo courtesy of IUPUI Special Collections and Archives

It’s time for the IUPUI Special Collections and Archives Photo Caption Contest. Each month the office takes a vintage IUPUI photo and asks you for your captions. The funniest caption wins a Fabulous Prize!

Congratulations to John Hayes for winning last month’s Caption Contest with his entry: “AND, it can fix that annoying check engine light, too!” He wins the Fabulous Prize.

Don’t wait! Act now! Operators are standing by!

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High Honors For Edward Vaughan

Edward Vaughan

At this year’s commencement, on May 11, the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI awarded the 2019 Faculty Medal of Academic Distinction to Edward M. Vaughan.

Edward ‘Eddy” Vaughan was a Liberal Arts student who attained a double major in German and Global & International Studies, as well as completed certificates in Chinese Language and Culture and Africana Studies. The Faculty Medal of Academic distinction is given to students who meet strict criteria related to GPA and have demonstrated multi-disciplinary approaches to their studies while actively participating in extracurricular activities. It is the highest honor that the School of Liberal Arts can bestow on a graduating Student.

Eddy was a Loretta Lunsford Scholar, and he was a recipient of the Plater Scholarship since 2015. He earned a Powell scholarship, and was an Olaniyan Scholar whose research focused on German Colonialism in Africa in the early 20th century. Eddy completed all four aspects of the RISE designation, studying abroad in Freiberg Germany, where his aptitude for the language helped him garner a research assistantship (an impressive feat for a non-native speaker). And while Eddy earned many well-deserved awards in his time at IUPUI, his qualifications extend well beyond academic performance. His journey with the School of Liberal Arts was marked significantly by service to the IUPUI Community. He served as a Liberal Arts Ambassador, he held leadership roles in the Chinese Cultural Club, the Undergraduate Student Council, and the Honors College Student Council, and he helped the school put its best foot forward with incoming freshman as part of Orientation Services.

The Faculty Medal of Academic Distinction is a very special award, and when asked what means the most to him about the award, Eddy stated “I was nominated by five faculty members across all of the academic divisions in which I study (International Studies, German, Chinese, and Africana Studies). They all have worked very closely with me during the last four years, and the fact that they all saw me as deserving of such an honor means a lot to me.”

Each of his faculty recommendations made similar notes of what set Eddy apart from many other candidates – he has a strong, natural curiosity that came through in his academic pursuits and his research practices. He cares deeply for the topics and material that he studies and this elevates his scholarship and participation. The faculty that worked closely with Eddy all remarked on how his interest and engagement with often complex material enriched the classrooms and environments in which he participated, elevating not only his work, but the engagement of other students as well.

The future is bright for Eddy who will spend the next few years in Germany, first as a Fulbright scholar working in the English Department at a School in Niedersachsen, and afterwards, as he plans to complete a Master’s Degree in Germany focusing on International Relations and Conflict and Peace Studies. Eddy mentioned that “studying in liberal arts makes it easier for me to look at new opportunities and know that, with my education, I can be flexible and do a variety of different work in many different areas.”

The IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI is very proud of Edward M. Vaughan and congratulates him on his exciting new journeys. He is a wonderful example of the power and breadth of a modern liberal arts education.

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