Who is Ralph Sollitt and Why It Matters

My mentor J T. Forbes teaches me, among other things, the curious history of the Association and how to appreciate it.  He shared this reflection with me and the other senior staff last May, and I am compelled to forward it on because of today’s anniversary. On January 20, 1915, IU alumnus and Peru, Indiana …

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Spotlight: Roosevelt Haywood, III

Vernon Williams, BA’73, interviewed Roosevelt Haywood III, BS’74, a fellow recipient of the IUAA President’s Award recently. Roosevelt is a member of the Neal-Marshall Alumni Club and a resident of Merrillville, Indiana.  When did you attend Indiana University and how would you describe the mood of the campus and the nation during that time period? How …

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Help Thank Outstanding Alumni Volunteers

My new year’s resolutions are these: be a better listener, learn something new every day, and show gratitude. That last one is probably due to my love of thank-you notes. Some of the volunteers with whom I’ve worked are the same ones that have sent me hand-written notes over the years or verbally thanked me …

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Designing Your Career for IU Alumnae 2019 is Coming Soon!

“Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success,” according to Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO. In the best-selling book, Designing Your Life: How to build a well-lived, joyful life, authors Bill Burnett and …

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Minute for Mission: December 2018

As 2018 comes to a close and we reflect on the year the Alumni Association has had, we remain grateful for the tireless support, advocacy, and participation our most trusted alumni, volunteers and friends have had on this organization. It is through your commitment to student success that we celebrate over $260,000 in scholarship support …

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Thank you, Mr. Rich

I had the honor of delivering the student remarks at the November 30 scholarship banquet in Indianapolis during Executive Council Weekend. I was so grateful for the opportunity to do so. That night, we gathered to affirm the scholarships from our beloved alma mater and celebrate each and every one of our stories. To the …

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Emotional Intelligence: Signs of a Strong EQ

In the tenth anniversary edition of his bestseller Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, author Daniel Goleman quotes a search firm executive who says, “CEO’s are hired for their intellect and business expertise – and fired for a lack of emotional intelligence.” Many of us grew up believing that high IQ was a surefire predictor of success. …

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With Abundant Gratitude

On behalf of all those who love IU as you do, we here at the IU Alumni Association extend our deepest, sincere Thanksgiving blessings. The apocryphal story of the first Thanksgiving is compelling and powerful because it speaks to our aspirations for membership in diverse, inclusive communities. As IUAA leaders, you make this story real. …

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Thankful for IU and You

Thanksgiving brings a nostalgia I just can’t describe, especially since I have been characterized as an intuitive person without a memory for facts and figures. I’m the type that cannot recall what is said at the staff meeting, but rather, what is not said. Why I’m charged with taking minutes for our governing board is …

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Spotlight: Michael A. Harris, BS’04, DDS’08

Dr. Harris is a general dentist focused on integrative and holistic dentistry in Indianapolis, IN. He was interviewed by Baindu Bayon, PhD, Neal-Marshall Alumni Club Board Member. When did you attend Indiana University? I graduated from North Central High School in 2000 and moved down to Bloomington that fall. From there I packed as much as …

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