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Notes of Distinction: March 2014

Monday Mar 03, 2014


Whether it’s a published article or book, a prestigious award, or speaking engagement, members of Indiana University Northwest’s faculty and staff continue to show their wealth of expertise. Here are the most recent top achievers that have made a name for themselves, and IU Northwest.

Jack Bloom, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, recently released a new book, entitled, Seeing Through the Eyes of the Polish Revolution: Solidarity and the Struggle Against Communism in Poland.  It is based on 150 in-depth interviews that Bloom conducted with leaders and activists in Solidarity, opposition intellectuals, journalists, people affiliated with the Church, and those on the other side, including a former colonel in the Secret Police and the last Communist prime minister.

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Micah Pollak, Assistant Professor of Economics, recently participated in a 2013 Economic Outlook discussion presented by the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. The event was sponsored by the Lake County Advancement Committee. Dean of the School of Business, Anna Rominger, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies.

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Ryan Shelton, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, was recently recognized as the Coach of the Year by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (N.A.I.A). Coach Shelton led the Lady RedHawks as they clinched the N.A.I.A.'s top overall rating and regular season championship and entered the conference's post-season tournament as the top overall seed on Feb. 28 - Mar. 1 in Clinton, Iowa.

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Stephanie Smith, Professor of Psychology, was the 2013 recipient of the IU Northwest Distinguished Scholarship and Creativity Award. As part of her recognition, she recently presented to the campus “Self-presentational Strategies of U.S. Presidents in their State of the Union and Inaugural Addresses.” Professor Smith examined how the transition in the American presidency from traditional to modern has impacted the content of presidential speeches. Her talk presented a comparison of the use of self-presentational strategies by modern and traditional U.S. Presidents in their first and second inaugural addresses, and their first state of the union addresses. The lecture covered a series of investigations conducted with colleague Professor George Whitehead, and IU Northwest students Matthew and Michael Blackard.

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Tom Wyatt, Director, Office of Marketing and Communications, is attending the 36th class of Leadership Northwest Indiana. LNI is a program that prepares area leaders for making an impact by centering on issues that affect Northwest Indiana.

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