Stories of the Week

Fall 2021 semester returning to a new normal

By: Kate Luce


The fall semester of 2021 won’t look like the fall semester of 2020.

IU President, Michael A. McRobbie, announced that all IU campuses will go back to in-person learning in the fall 2021 semester on Feb. 24. However, much still has to be done until students, faculty and staff can expect campuses to return to normalcy. 

This announcement has been brought to light after IU confirmed that all campuses will host an in-person commencement this spring.

In McRobbie’s statement, he stated that while classes will be in-person, students are asked to abide by IU’s mask and COVID-19 testing requirements. These requirements will allow for academic and creative activities for all campuses.

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McInerney receives Community Engagement FACET award

By: Cassidy Martenson

Staff Writer 

Professor Kim McInerney, Public Speaking Program Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts, won an IU-system-wide Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) award for Community Engagement. McInerney received the award on Feb. 12 for her course, JOUR-J 429, more commonly known as Public Relations Campaigns. 

Kim McInerney // Photo by Kim McInerney.

McInerney began teaching at IU South Bend in August 2010 after working professionally in public relations for the American Cancer Society and the University of Notre Dame. In her courses, McInerney focuses on bridging the gap between the classroom and the real world through her community-based courses. She has been offering Public Relations Campaigns for over six years to connect her love for IU South Bend to her passion for the greater South Bend community. 

McInerney designed the course to give students the opportunity to create a comprehensive public relations campaign for a local non-profit organization. Students research and analyze the non-profit organization to develop a campaign that they present to the organization at the end of the semester.

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Titan Success Center welcomes new academic coaches

By: Connie Klimek

Staff Writer

The Titan Success Center has three new faces on their staff. Erica Cannady, Kathy Miller and Shaune Thompson are the Titan Success Center’s newest academic success coaches.

Erica Cannady

Each coach offers unique assets to the team which benefit their focus. In addition, all three are IU South Bend alumni. While transitioning to the Titan Success Office may be new to them, they all feel a strong connection to the campus which inspired them to become professional advocates for student resources on campus.

Cannady, coach for the Guided Pathways Academy, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Cannady then went on to earn her master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in student development and administration.

As the head of the GPA, Cannady creates a safety net for students who have been admitted into the GPA program to implement success into their experience at IU South Bend. Just a few of the resources Cannady incorporates within her program are coaching, connections with peer mentors, and enrolling students in courses with dedicated professors that want to help students succeed on campus.

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