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Feb. 15, 2017

Former IU South Bend Chancellor Lester Wolfson dies at 93

Lester Wolfson, the first chancellor of IU South Bend, has died at the age of 93. Wolfson led the campus from 1969 to 1987 and is the longest-serving chancellor in the history of IU South Bend.

Lester Wolfson


“I had the privilege of speaking with him on the phone shortly after I arrived as chancellor,” IU South Bend Chancellor Terry L. Allison said. “I have a deep appreciation for his career and the service he provided IU South Bend during his 18 years as chancellor. He built the foundation of this great campus and his legacy lives on here.”

IU President Michael A. McRobbie issued the following statement:

“Indiana University is deeply saddened by the passing of former Chancellor Wolfson, who was instrumental in the development of the IU South Bend campus into a thriving center for education and community engagement in north central Indiana. Under his leadership, the campus experienced many firsts -- including new degree programs and academic facilities -- and his lifelong love of literature and music ensured that the arts would always be a central part of the campus’s tradition. Our thoughts go out to Chancellor Wolfson’s family, friends and loved ones, as we pay tribute to his many achievements and the lasting contributions he made to the South Bend community.”

Prior to Wolfson’s service as chancellor at IU South Bend, he was associate professor of English at IU Gary (now IU Northwest) until 1964, when he was selected as director and assistant dean of IU South Bend. He was named chancellor in 1969 and retired in 1987.

ICYMI: Updates from Human Resources

Here are two recent reminders from IU Human Resources:

  • Under the health care reform law known as the Affordable Care Act, most Americans are required to have minimum essential health coverage or pay a penalty on their income taxes. Tax form 1095-C, which provides supporting documentation regarding health insurance, will be made available to you from the university no later than March 1, 2017. For more information about Form 1095-C and how it might affect you, visit Human Resources' 1095-C page or email IU1095C@iu.edu.
  • IU has added a new tax advantage to the IU Tuition Benefit Plan. This enhancement allows certain graduate tuition benefits that were previously taxed to be tax-free as of Jan. 1, 2017. The first tuition benefit subsides affected by this change are those for the spring 2017 semester. Additional information is available online. To apply for the IU tuition benefit, search “tuition benefit” in One.IU.

Registration open for Women’s Philanthropy Institute 2017 Symposium

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute’s 2017 symposium, titled “Dream. Dare. Do,” will be March 14 and 15 at the Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile in Chicago. Registration is open now.

The symposium is intended to place women’s philanthropy as central to building civil society and strengthening democracy in the United States; examines women’s unique philanthropic communities and networks; and explores how women lead through philanthropy in the 21st century.

Speakers include Rose Afriyie, co-founder of mRelief; Vini Bhansali, executive director of IDEX/Thousand Currents; and Lynne Brickner, national president of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation.

Additional information about the symposium, including a link for registration, is included online.

Engineer Dan McNerny joins IURTC

IU Research and Technology Corp., which protects, markets and licenses intellectual property developed at Indiana University so it can be commercialized by industry, has added Dan McNerny to its staff of technology managers.

The hiring will strengthen IURTC's ability to evaluate invention disclosures from IU faculty and staff, find appropriate protection, and market them to corporate partners, which could lead to increased patent applications, licensing deals and generated revenue.

Before joining IURTC, McNerny was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. He has also been co-director of Photon Affinity LLC, a state-funded optical biosensor startup.

IU South Bend professor donates to library in honor of mother

A longtime professor at IU South Bend has honored his mother with a $300,000 gift to the Franklin D. Schurz Library. The donation by Emeritus Professor of Music David Barton and his wife Evelyne establishes the Dorothy B. Barton Memorial Fund.

David Barton taught music theory, composition and music history at IU South Bend for 34 years. Among his many accomplishments, he directed the Electronic Music Studio, and in 1988 he and Boyd Nutting formed PLATO & the Western Tradition, a postmodern improvisation ensemble that presented multi-media events on campus and throughout the region.

The income from the gift will fund the archive of PLATO & the Western Tradition, along with the digitization and discovery of other recordings and scores from the IU South Bend Music Department.  The Barton fund will also support the acquisitions of library materials to support teaching, learning and research.

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