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Kristin Gilbert ’12 brings the smiles in adaptive theatre production13th May 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the world into lockdown, Kristen Gilbert ’12 had an idea to overcome the isolation: a virtual stage play that would allow socially distanced performers to share in a common effort. The result is “A Smile Is Never Far Away,” a musical variety show written and …

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Dr. Jennifer Ortiz lends expertise to PBS NewsHour story on reentry funding14th April 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–The title says it all: “The U.S. spends billions to lock people up, but very little to help them once they’re released. That story, by journalist Casey Kuhn, appeared last week as a feature on the website of the PBS NewsHour, where Kuhn works as an associate producer. To get …

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International Festival celebrates Kentuckiana’s growing cultural diversity31st March 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Say “Kentuckiana,” and Zimbabwean marimba is not what leaps to mind. But like Indian classical dance, Ethiopian cuisine and Scottish bagpipes, the sound of Zimbabwean marimba has become as distinctive a part of the region as riverboats, Lenten fish frys and horse racing. To bring the burgeoning cultural diversity of …

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IU Southeast alumni and teacher candidates propel Northaven Elementary to community partnership award1st March 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Northaven Elementary School of Jeffersonville, Indiana has been recognized as an Outstanding Community Partner by the Indiana Campus Compact. Formed in 1993, Indiana Campus Compact is a partnership of college and university presidents and chancellors who have committed themselves and their institutions to their communities through mutually beneficial and meaningful …

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AREC presents Forward Together revitalization recommendations for Scott County9th November 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–IU Southeast’s Applied Research Education Center (AREC) has presented “Forward Together,” a report that establishes baseline data to guide future community and economic development efforts in Scott County, Indiana. The report, commissioned by the Scott County Community Foundation and funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc., draws upon exhaustive surveys of …

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Jennifer Ortiz and James Wilkerson help drive diversity and empowerment in NuLu29th October 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–This year’s protests against racial and social injustice in Louisville were a full-throated demand for change. But how, specifically, can that energy and vision truly transform the community? To help answer that question, IU Southeast’s Dr. Jennifer Ortiz and James Wilkerson recently lent their expertise to the NuLu Business Association’s …

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Sustainability grad Brandi Roads ’20 helps put Clarksville in the shade21st October 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Clarksville is hot. With its preponderance of built-up areas, including shopping malls, streets, interstate freeways and parking lots, the city is 4.8 degrees F hotter in the summer than it should be–a textbook heat island. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), heat islands are defined as areas where …

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Amie Villiger Harris ’13 conjures Appalachian magic in Whitesburg mural20th October 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—The Cumberland dragon has been spotted in the Eastern Kentucky town of Whitesburg! Over fifty feet long, with purple scales and syrupy yellow eyes, it has been seen moving among the wild mushrooms and mountain laurel, while in the woods beyond, a flying saucer has been seen abducting a pickup …

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