Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association

Reaching Out

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

A New Semester Approaches!
August, 2013
In This Issue
1. Camp Pride
2. Quarryland Men's Chorus
3. IUPUI Harvey Milk Dinner
4. Facebook
5. Academic Scholarship Recipient
6. Member Notes
7. Carol Fischer
8. Distinguished Alumni Award
9. GLBTAA Scholarships
10. Membership
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IUPUI's recently dedicated Eskenazi Fine Arts Center (photo by Herron staff)

We look forward to the new school year and working together to continue our critically important mission "to improve the quality of life for GLBT students, faculty, staff and alumni of Indiana University on all eight campuses."  Heartfelt thanks to all of you for your steadfast support and commitment.   



Mike Shumate, GLBTAA President

[email protected]   


1. Camp Pride


The GLBTAA and GLBT Student Support Services office co-sponsored Kaleb Crain, a sophomore at IUB, in attending the 2013 Camp Pride Summer Leadership Camp at Vanderbilt University this past July.  Camp Pride brought together over 70 LGBT and allied young people from 46 colleges nation-wide for five days of student leadership, campus organization techniques, social justice advocacy and diversity education. Camp Pride is the nation's leading non-profit organization for LGBT and allied college students.  Kaleb is majoring in Social Studies in the School of Education and this spring was awarded the McKaig Student Award, which is presented annually to one undergraduate or graduate student for contributing to the goals and values of IU's Division of Student Affairs. Kaleb has been instrumental in bringing Judy Shepard to Bloomington on October 22. For more about Kaleb, please see the Herald Times article republished in paragraph # 2 of our June Newsletter.   




2. Quarryland Men's Chorus   


Quarryland Men's Chorus at spring concert



South Central Indiana's chorus for gay and bisexual men and their allies presented some impressive performances before their summer hiatus, singing Free to Love at their spring concerts in April and celebrating pride month with a show at the increasingly popular Spencer Pride Festival. Hundreds of fans came out to support this group of guys who love to sing! The men of Quarryland were pleased to present a brand new work from Stephen Schwartz (of Broadway musical Wicked fame) called "Testimony" that was inspired by the It Gets Better Project. There was nary a dry eye in the house as audience and singer alike connected with the inspiring lyric, "it gets MORE than better!"


As Quarryland looks to its next season, themed "Stronger Together," Interim Artistic Director Mitch Serslev steps down and Barry Magee returns to lead as Artistic Director. Barry, who observed last season that the chorus "reached new heights with...impressive, stirring, and meaningful music," brings a fresh ear and eye to Quarryland's rehearsals after his sabbatical. Those rehearsals, on Tuesday evenings from August through June, will begin again at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6th at First United Church of Bloomington. The chorus will be preparing for several community performances throughout the fall, as well as its holiday concerts on December 14th and 15th entitled Peace, Hope, and Joy. Quarryland is always accepting new members, and you can join by visiting  or contacting the chorus at 


Mitch Serslev (left) and Robert Ping


3.IUPUI Harvey Milk Dinner 
Having a blast at 2012 Harvey Milk Dinner!



Th e Fourth Annual IUPUI Harvey Milk Dinner celebrating the campus LGBT community will be held on Thursday, October 10. Registration and a reception will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450 (420 University Boulevard in Indianapolis). Dinner tickets are $20 for students and $45 for everyone else. Registration begins August 1 online at This year's keynote speaker will be artist, actor and advocate iO Tillet Wright. iO presented a popular talk in 2012 called Fifty Shades of Gay, and she joins us to share stories from her photography project, documenting people who identify as something other than 100% straight. Her words will inspire and motivate and are especially resonate with the debate on marriage equality gearing up in Indiana for the 2014 legislative session. Additional details on iO can be viewed online at


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. Academic Scholarship Recipient 


CONGRATULATIONS to Zachary Dane Bailey, one of our 2013 Fall Academic Scholarship recipients. Zach received his BA in Political Science at IU Bloomington in 2011 and will begin pursuing a Masters degree in Public Administration this fall at IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington.  Until recently, he worked for the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association in Indianapolis.  Previously, Zach worked as Deputy Finance Director and personal aide for John Gregg in his campaign for Indiana Governor where, among his other responsibilities, Zach led the campaign's LGBT community outreach efforts. While an undergraduate in Bloomington, Zach was a teaching and research assistant at the Kelley School of Business, a member of Out at Kelley, and a member of the Kelley Academic Fairness Committee. He also helped found IU's Political Science Club and served as a member of the Undergraduate Advisory Committee for the Political Science Department.  Zach hopes "to work in the policy arena helping craft public policy and playing a role in the legislative process."  We're proud of you, Zach!


6. Member Notes


Amy Benckart and Cindy Stone were married on July 19 in Delaware.  Congratulations and warmest wishes, Amy and Cindy! 


Preliminary research presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine showed that using a pedometer is associated with fewer hours sitting, more time spent being active and weight loss. "This is a very simple intervention that can reach a large number of people at a low cost," study researcher Jeanne Johnston, a Clinical Associate Professor at the IU School of Public Health's Department of Kinesiology, said in a statement.  "As companies and communities develop programs to increase physical activity and positively impact health parameters such as weight, there is a need to think of the associated costs."


Tim Lemper GLBTAA director and Full Clinical Professor in Kelley's Department of Business Law & Ethics is also an associate editor of Kelley's Business Horizons, a bimonthly academic journal, which was recently ranked 51st in the rankings for business journals by Thomas Reuters. "Its appeal crosses many audiences including researchers, practitioners and educators" said Kelley's Dean Designate Idalene Kesner. "Its value is also the result of the high quality of its articles, which span across multiple business disciplines." 


Anne Massey has been appointed Associate Vice President for University Academic Planning and Policy at IU.  Anne is a former Director of the GLBTAA.  Congratulations and thank you for all you do, Anne!  For more about Anne's appointment, please see the IU news release:


Jason Sprinkle has been elected to the GLBTAA Board of Directors as a student director for a one-year term commencing July 1. Jason is a second-year student at McKinney School of Law at IUPUI and serves as Vice President of the Lambda Law Society at the law school.  He is a GLBTAA 2013 Spring Academic Scholarship recipient. Welcome on board, Jason!




Please send any proposed inserts for "Member Notes" to any one of the following:  Steve Bretthauer at [email protected]; Stephanie Burks at [email protected]; Tim Lemper at [email protected]; or Mike Shumate at [email protected].

7. Carol Fischer


Much to our dismay we must announce the recent retirement of GLBTSSS Office Supervisor Carol Fischer.  Carol is the first and only full time staff manager in office history and for 18 � years has been critical to program and policy development, staff training, public relations, administrative management and student support.  Her love of students and dedication to their growth and development are strengths that will be hard to replace.  Regardless of the issue or situation, Carol meets each one with a plan of action that results from her vision for a truly integrative academic experience in preparing students for life beyond the ivy walls.  She will be greatly missed by students, faculty and staff, and it is regretful that future students will miss the opportunity to benefit from her knowledge and wisdom.  We wish you the very best in your future endeavors, Carol, and heart-felt thanks!     



8. Distinguished Alumni Award
Jerry Burgdoerfer ('13 Recipient) with Provost Robel
We are seeking nominations for the 2014 GLBTAA Distinguished Alumni Award. The Award is available 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 made significant contributions benefiting Indiana University or his or her community, state or nation. Nominations must be submitted by September 30. For more information, please contact Jennifer Gentry at [email protected] or 812-855-0067.
9. 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 2014 semester is November 15, 2013.


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:


10. 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 at:[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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