Campus Digests: February 19

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Campus Receives $1 Million Gift from Dwyer Trust

The Vera Z. Dwyer Charitable Trust has made a gift of $1 million to Indiana University South Bend to fund scholarships for undergraduate students in the College of Health Sciences.

One-half of the annual income from the gift will be awarded to full-time students enrolled in the School of Nursing with the second half going to full-time students in any program within the College of Health Sciences, which includes dental hygiene and radiography.

Vera Dwyer was a philanthropist who lived in Michigan City, Ind. Her husband, James Dwyer, was a successful inventor and entrepreneur who owned Dwyer Instruments, Inc. Vera Dwyer recognized the critical importance of higher education for Indiana students and had a special appreciation for students who wanted to improve the lives of others through careers in health care.

The number of scholarships, amounts and the recipients will be determined by the Scholarship Committee of the College of Health Sciences.

IUSB-hosted forum focuses on pet ownership in South Bend

The American Democracy Project & Political Science Club of IU South Bend will host a forum on “Pets or Property: South Bend’s Changing Laws Governing Pet Ownership.”

The panel discussion will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in room 1001 of Wiekamp Hall.

Oliver Davis, president of the South Bend City Council will present the opening remarks.

Panelists will be Valerie Schey, South Bend Common Council; Pam Comer, president of Pet Refuge; Aaron Blight, founder and former president of Heartland Small Animal Rescue;  Linda Candler, owner of Linda’s Camp K9;  Pam Wesolowski, president of Michiana Feral Cat Initiative;  Mariah Covey of Kryder Veterinary Clinic; Becky Kaiser, committee chair of Near Northeast Neighborhood Association; Matt Harmon, manager of South Bend Animal Care and Control and Brad Block, senior animal control office at South Bend Animal Care and Control.

The host will be Elizabeth Bennion, associate professor of political science.

The South Bend City Council will soon be considering a significant update to the city’s animal care and control ordinances. The proposed policy changes will include:

· Placing an increased emphasis on spay & neuter as a matter of public health and safety.
· Replacing breed specific legislation with behavior specific legislation.
· Adding universal leash laws.
· Providing for the practice of Trap-Neuter-Return.
· Adopting language to prohibit extending periods of tethering.
· Providing for greater regulation and oversight for minor and major dog breeders.
· Increasing punitive measures for those who abuse and neglect pets.

Information on low cost spay/neuter and related pet services will also be available.

Spanish Club hosts guest speaker    

The Spanish Club will host an event next Friday, Feb. 21, in the Education and Arts Building, room 1013 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Professor Nelson López Rojas of Marquette University in Milwaukee will explore the current post-war situation of El Salvador through the eyes of an exile.

Free FAFSA info session Feb. 26

There will be an information session for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Alumni Room on the second floor of the Administration Building.

The evening is sponsored by Sen. Joe Donnelly and IU South Bend.

Space is limited. Reserve a spot by sending a full name, mailing address and phone number to Donnelly_Events@Donnelly.Senate.Gov.

Participants will receive a confirmation.

Financial aid professionals from the U.S. Department of Education, Veteran Benefits Administration, IU South Bend and Ivy Tech Community College will be on hand to talk about the process and to answer financial aid questions.

The session will give insight into filing for those wishing to attend college, trade school or technical training.

Civil rights film at the Natatorium

“The Loving Story” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Natatorium. A discussion will follow with Marc Rodriguez, director of the Civil Rights Heritage Center.

The movie is the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple whose love was strong enough to change history. This Oscar-shortlisted film is the definitive account of the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage: Loving v. Virginia.

Married in Washington, D.C. on June 2, 1958, Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter returned home to Virginia where their marriage was declared illegal — he was white, and she was black and Native American.

The films is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Civil Rights Heritage Center.

The center is a unit in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, IU South Bend.

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