Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association 

Reaching Out

An e-Newsletter by the IU Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association

Happy Thanksgiving!November, 2012
In This Issue
1. Fifth Celebration Weekend
2. Distinguished Alumni Award
3. Maurer LGBT Project
4. Facebook
5. Quarryland Men's Chorus
6. Did You Know?
7. Academic Scholarship Recipient
8. GLBTAA Scholarships
9. Membership
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Silent Auction at the Grazie '12 

Your GLBTAA Board is busy planning our Fifth Celebration Weekend for February 1-3. All faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, please join us for this fabulous weekend and see for yourselves why IU has received "five stars" and recently was ranked in the "top 25" LGBT-friendly universities and colleges in the nation! 


The weekend will be launched at our Lilly Library reception on Friday, February 1, with welcoming comments by Provost Lauren Robel and the presentation of our 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award.  The Grazie reception on Saturday, February 2 remains our main attraction, and the silent auction that evening provides our largest fundraising activity of the year.  The net proceeds help fund our scholarships, mini-grants and various other programs.  Please think if you have any item(s) you wish to contribute to our silent auction.  If so, please contact Stephanie Burks at [email protected] or Rachael McAfee at [email protected].  Also, for the first time, you will be able to donate "student" tickets to the Grazie reception on our reservation site at: 


Each year we have more alumni and friends from across the nation who join us for this special weekend in Bloomington.  Come have a ton of fun, see old friends, make new ones, discuss the latest developments in the state and beyond and share in the joy of all the progress we've made.  We look forward to greeting you and expressing our gratitude for your steadfast support to the IU GLBTAA, Indiana University and the LGBT community.


Mike Shumate, GLBTAA President

[email protected]  


1. Fifth Celebration Weekend



The GLBTAA is proud to announce its fifth annual Celebration Weekend February 1-3! Coinciding with the Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival, our Celebration Weekend offers faculty, staff, alumni, students and friends a wonderful schedule of diverse and fun-filled events throughout the first weekend in February. The main events are:


Reception at the Lilly Library

~ Friday, February 1, 2013, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

~ For parking information and directions to the Library, please visit click here

The Lilly Library is one of the largest rare book and manuscript libraries in the nation, home to such rare items as a Gutenberg Bible and a copy of the Declaration of Independence. What a fabulous way to to start the evening of films at the PRIDE Film Festival! Admission is free with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. We will be bestowing the GLBTAA Distinguished Alumni Award at this event. The GLBT Student Support Services office will also be presenting its annual Spirit Awards.


GLBTAA Annual Board Meeting

~ Saturday, February 2, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - noon

~ DeVault Alumni Center,1000 E. 17th St. (parking available in lot west of building)


Grazie! Reception and Silent Auction                     

~ Saturday, February, 2, 2013, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

~ Grazie! Italian Eatery, 106 W. Sixth St.

~ Cost is $20 per person, which includes a glass of wine

Please join us for an early evening of hors d'oeuvres, rainbow martinis, jazz piano, a silent auction and much, much more! What a great way to see old friends and make new ones before attending one of the films, or any of the other events, during this special Saturday evening. All net proceeds benefit our various GLBTAA scholarships, mini-grants and other programs. If you wish, you can also contribute to pay for one or more Grazie tickets for IU students. The GLBTAA Board will administer the distribution of all such donated tickets to students. Thank you in advance for any student ticket donations you may elect to make. Reservations may now be made at: 


Bagels and Coffee at the GLBTSSS Office

~ Sunday, February 3, 2013, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

~ GLBT Student Support Services Office, 705 E. Seventh St. (across from the IMU)

Wrap up the weekend with coffee and bagels at the GLBTSSS Office, a "home away from home" for countless of our IUB students for over 17 years. If you haven't already done so, come by and take a tour of the fairly recent renovations to the office - a perfect way to complete the weekend's festivities.  



Doug Bauder and Cindy Stone at Lilly Reception, '12


 2. Distinguished Alumni Award                                                 

Jerry Burgdoerfer


The GLBTAA Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to members of the LGBT community and individual allies or supporters of the LGBT community, regardless of sexual orientation. Only living alumni of Indiana University are eligible. Nominees shall have been outstanding in his or her field of endeavor and shall have made significant contributions benefiting Indiana University or his or her community, state or nation.


Our 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented by Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel to Jerry J. Burgdoerfer at our Lilly Library reception on Friday, February 1.  Mr. Burgdoerfer received his BS from the Kelley School of Business in 1980 and his MBA and JD from Kelley and the Maurer School of Law in 1983. He is a senior partner at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago, where he is co-chair of the firm's securities practice and a former member of the firm's management committee.  His specialization includes mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, private equity transactions, securities offerings, joint ventures and fiduciary and other corporate governance issues. Mr. Burgdoerfer has authored and co-authored numerous publications and is a frequent speaker in the area of corporate and securities law.


His achievement in private practice is just part of his distinguished record.  He has made significant contributions to public and related service in a number of areas, including Indiana University, the LGBT community and his community at large.  Briefly, he is a co-founder and currently serves as president of the Maurer LGBT Alumni Board.  He has served a six-year term on Lambda Legal's National Leadership Council and has co-chaired Lambda's annual fundraising event in Chicago.  He is a long-time member and supporter of Jenner & Block's LGBT Forum affinity group.  The firm has been named the #1 LGBT-friendly law firm in the country, in large part, because of this affinity group.  In Chicago, he has served on the Board of the Howard Brown Health Center, one of the nation's largest LGBT organizations providing health and social services to more than 36,000 individuals annually.  He presently serves on the Board of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago.


Join us on February 1 to extend congratulations to Jerry and to enjoy an evening of festivities and fun at the Lilly Library, one of the University's gems. 


3. Maurer LGBT Project 
Maurer OUTlaw Students with Judge Vaughn Walker

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Project ("Project") has recently been launched at the IU Maurer School of Law in Bloomington.  The Project is intended to engage law students, attorneys, scholars and LGBT advocates to support equality and to help address the legal needs of Indiana's LGBT community on a pro bono basis.  The Project currently is compiling a compendium of Indiana state statutes and regulations affecting marriage in its efforts in advocating marriage equality in Indiana.  The Project can be reached at [email protected]. For more information, please visit:    


More OUTlaws


4. Facebook


The GLBTAA has had a Facebook page for some time now, but some of you may not be aware of it.  If you haven't already done so, check out our Facebook page at  "Like" our page and then you will automatically get our Facebook posts regarding news, updates and information of our events.


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5. Quarryland Men's Chorus


Quarryland in Denver, 7/12


Following a successful summer performance in Denver, CO (highlighted in our July Newsletter), Bloomington's Quarryland Men's Chorus is anticipating an exciting fall season. Several IU students have joined the group as new singers, resulting in one of the largest performing ensembles in the chorus' history. Under the guidance of Interim Artistic Director Mitch Serslev (MM '95), Quarryland has teamed up with the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble (SIWE) for its fall performances.


On November 8, the chorus shared the stage with SIWE for their concert "Remembering Our Heroes." Conducted by SIWE's new music director Eric Smedley (BME '97, MM '03), the concert featured music selected in honor of Veteran's Day, including the men's chorus masterwork Testament of Freedom by Randall Thompson. The performance served as a preview to Quarryland's fall concert "And Freely Sing," which will include SIWE on Testament of Freedom and other choral works. "And Freely Sing" marks another milestone for the chorus as it is the group's first full concert at Bloomington's historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater, sponsored by the City of Bloomington and the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District. Musical selections for the concert will take the audience on an emotion-filled journey that reflects on the triumphs of the past and looks toward the promises of the New Year. 


The December concert also reflects a new theme for Quarryland: My Voice Matters. Through the My Voice Matters campaign, Quarryland reminds all people - not just their singers, but their volunteers, audience members, friends, and allies - that they too have a voice and an important story to tell. Quarryland encourages all people to raise their voice and make a positive impact within their community. 


Founded in 2002, Quarryland Men's Chorus provides a positive, performance-based community for gay and bisexual men and their allies in South Central Indiana. More information is available at and


Quarryland at 4th Celebration Weekend



6. Did You Know? 


Based on interviews with more than 121,000 individuals, A Gallup poll finds that 3.4% of adults in the U.S. identify as part of the LGBT community.  LGBT identity is highest among those who are younger, non-white and less educated.  "The self-reporting does suggest that there's an undercount of those who might want to remain closeted," observes Brian Powell, Professor in IU's Department of Sociology and co-author of Counted Out: Same-sex Relations and Americans' Definition of Family. "The 3.4% figure is right on target on how people define themselves, but it may underestimate greatly people who have had same-sex relations," Dr. Powell continues. For more, read:   

7. Academic Scholarship Recipient 

Congratulations are extended to Jason R. Sprinkle, our 2013 Spring Academic Scholarship recipient! Jason is a first-year student at the IU McKinney School of Law at IUPUI.  Jason earned his BA this year from the College in Bloomington majoring in English and Political Science, with a minor in Public & Environmental Affairs. He has found the time to be involved in a number of extracurricular activities while an IU student, including volunteer services for the LGBT community.  At IUB, he was the director of marketing for Out at Kelley and was involved in the IU Student Foundation Marketing and Fundraising Committees , which benefitted, among others, Middle Way House, Camp Kesem and People & Animal Learning Services. He also volunteered to raise awarenessfor victims of sexual assault and the local Planned Parenthood, when attempts were made to cut off its public funding. Jason presently is a member of the Lambda Law Society at McKinney.  He is contemplating a master's from the IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs upon obtaining his JD. He has accomplished all this while maintaining an impressive 3.81 GPA. Stop by the Grazie on February 2 and extend your personal congratulations to Jason
8. GLBTAA Scholarships


GLBTAA Academic Scholarships  Academic Scholarships are awarded to IU students enrolled at any IU campus, who are academically strong, as well as active in promoting diversity, tolerance and social justice. Scholarships are awarded to students based upon academic achievement, career goals, financial need, leadership experience, community service and extracurricular activities. Involvement in activities promoting diversity and raising awareness of GLBT and related issues on the student's campus or in his or her community is carefully reviewed by the Board. The maximum award for an Academic Scholarship is $1,000 per semester. An individual student may not receive more than $2,000. The deadline for the Spring 2013 semester is November 15, 2012.


IU GLBTAA Emergency Scholarships
Emergency Scholarships are awarded to those students who experience the loss of financial support when they make the courageous decision to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity to their families. Emergency Scholarships help to ensure that students need not choose between their education at IU and living life openly and honestly. Emergency Scholarships are awarded to students attending any IU campus. The maximum award for an Emergency Scholarship is $1,500 per semester, and a student may not receive more than $3,000.
You can learn more about the GLBTAA Scholarships and apply online at:


9. Membership


Encourage your friends to join the GLBTAA. They can visit our website here  and join.  There are no membership dues, and you do not have to be a member of the IUAA. We are approaching 1,400 members, and we're growing! We appreciate your continued commitment! It is because of you that the GLBTAA is in existence, continues to grow and continues to serve our important mission on all eight of IU's campuses. If you are a member and wish to continue receiving our newsletters, please make sure we have a current e-mail address for you.   You can visit to see if your official record, including your e-mail address, is current.  Thank you for your support through your membership. We look forward to serving you now and in the years to come. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Rachael McAfee [email protected]  or Mike Shumate at [email protected] .


If not already a member, please consider joining the IUAA by visiting, by [email protected]  or calling (800) 824-3044. By joining the IUAA, among many other things, you help fund the various GLBTAA programs, along with gaining access to IUAA member-only events.


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