Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association

Reaching Out

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

Campaign is Launched!September, 2013
In This Issue
1. GLBTAA Scholarship Campaign
2. Vice President James C. Wimbush
3. IUPUI Harvey Milk Dinner
4. Facebook
5. Judy Shepard IUB Appearance
6. Michigan State GLBTAA
7. Distinguished Alumni Award
8. GLBTAA Scholarships
9. Membership
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IUB's Sample Gates


In our 16-year history, we have been instrumental in supporting IU faculty, staff, students and alumni in a wide range of programs. But, we are especially proud of our Scholarship Program, where we help academically strong students and those students who tragically have been financially disowned by their parents.


During recent years, we have experienced a significant increase in scholarship applications. Consequently, we are proud to announce today that we have launched the GLBTAA Scholarship Campaign, in large part, to create an endowment so that we can continue our financial assistance. Depending on the success of the Campaign, we are also hopeful that we can increase the amounts of our scholarships. Donors are able to contribute online at:  


Please read paragraph #1 below for more details, and we invite you to join us in promoting this ground-breaking Campaign.


Mike Shumate, GLBTAA President

[email protected]   


1. GLBTAA Scholarship Campaign


IUB's GLBT Student Support Services Office



We are sharing historic news with our members today. After more than 16 years of building a vibrant organization of IU students, faulty, staff, alumni and friends, the GLBTAA is launching the first-ever university LGBT-oriented scholarship campaign aimed at promoting academic success, assisting students at financial risk and encouraging campus and civic leadership on issues of equality and diversity.


From the original organizing group of three, the GLBTAA now has reached nearly 1,600 members nationwide. Over the years, we have been instrumental in supporting IU faculty, staff, students and alumni on all eight campuses in a wide range of programs. But, we are especially proud of our Scholarship Program, which helps both academically strong students and students who tragically have been disowned by their families.


Under the GLBTAA Scholarship Program, we award academic scholarships to students, on any IU campus, based upon their academics, career goals, financial need, leadership, community service, and extracurricular activities, with consideration for involvement in activities raising awareness of GLBT issues. These scholarships help cultivate a new generation of leaders who are academically strong, as well as active in promoting diversity and understanding. We also award emergency grants to those students who have lost financial support from their parents after disclosing their sexual orientation or gender identity. These emergency scholarships ensure that our students need not choose between an IU education and living their lives "openly and honestly."


For over 18 years, the GLBT Student Support Services (GLBTSSS) office at 705 East Seventh Street on the Bloomington campus has provided not only a beacon of hope and support for our GLBT students and allies, but also a "home" for many, as well. Doug Bauder, office coordinator, can relate countless stories of how the GLBTSSS staff has eased the fear and isolation of students as they face the daily challenges of coming out and accepting their sexual orientation or gender identity.


As a critically important phase in continuing to provide scholarships, and sustain the GLBTSSS, we have launched the GLBTAA Scholarship Campaign. The Campaign, the first of its kind, will provide support for IU student scholarships under our GLBTAA Scholarship Program. The Campaign also includes a $50,000 commitment to the GLBTSSS office.  The Campaign has set a goal of $1 million, allowing us to create an endowment to expand dramatically the size and number of our student scholarships. We are also pleased to announce that we have an anonymous donor who has made a challenge gift of up to $500,000. As of August 1st, we have written pledges and cash in excess of $200,000.


If you believe in our mission, we hope you will make every attempt to support our GLBTAA Scholarship Campaign. Any gift, regardless of size, is welcome and very much appreciated. All gifts, of course, are tax deductible. GLBTAA members, who have provided us with a current mailing address, will receive a letter with an enclosed pledge card. Gifts can also be made online at: . Please check out our new Scholarship Campaign pages. The new "Campaign Progress" page will be updated periodically.

Please also read IU's press release made public today at:


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact IUAA Alumni Relations Officer Jennifer Gentry at 800-824-3044 or 812-855-0067, or Mike Shumate at

[email protected]  



Students at GLBTAA Celebration Weekend


Students at 2012 IUPUI Harvey Milk Dinner


More students!



2. Vice President James C. Wimbush

When Dr. James Wimbush started to teach at Indiana University in Bloomington, it was not his intention to be here long, much less be here for twenty-two years. But as he has continued to work at IU he has begun more fully to appreciate the uniqueness of IU as well as the many resources on the campuses that allow for the flourishing of a dynamic and diverse community. Wimbush sees "diversity of people and thought in institutes of higher learning as a requirement for a strong education, as well as for a vibrant place to work."


Wimbush, in his new role as the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (DEMA), feels that it is of the utmost importance to create and foster an inclusive environment for everyone on every IU campus; a place where a diverse community of faculty, staff, students, and post docs feel they have the opportunity to thrive. As one who has studied climates in organizations, "I believe that my strong academic background and administrative experience provide me with the skills needed to foster an inclusive environment at Indiana University," Wimbush notes.


In addition to recruitment and retention, two of his primary goals as Vice President for DEMA are improving campus climates; and advocacy, and outreach. He wants those in the IU community as well as individuals in Indiana and the world to perceive of IU as a warm and welcoming place. "Internally, the culture centers, like the Asian Culture Center or the First Nations Education and Culture Center, will play a huge role in providing programming and initiatives to create a sense of community. Their mere existence signals to constituents within and outside of IU that we are inclusive and welcome all to our campuses."


In his early years at IU Wimbush recalls "a time when the GLBT Student Support Services (GLBTSSS) office didn't exist. As an untenured faculty member, I didn't know whether the campus valued me, and I know that many others - faculty, staff, and students alike - had similar concerns." Wimbush wants this feeling of inclusiveness to be readily apparent for all people on all IU campuses.


"With the creation of the office of GLBTSSS, and the great work of Doug Bauder, its founding coordinator, we have seen a lot of programming and initiatives over the years that strongly signal inclusiveness for the GLBT community. This is one example of how our major centers play an important role. I want to collaborate with them to do more." Wimbush notes that a number of the services that GLBTSSS offers are complementary to his goal of improving the warmth and inclusivity of Indiana University. The Positive Space initiative that is a part of the GLBTSSS office works to identify positive spaces. Dr. Wimbush hopes to complement this and similar programs to promote a culture of inclusivity at Indiana University.


Wimbush earned his master's degree in human resources and labor and industrial relations and his Ph.D. degree in management from Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business. He was a professor of business administration at IU beginning in 1991, and he is former chair of various units in IU's Kelley School of Business, including the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship; Doctoral Programs in Business; and the Kelley Full-Time MBA Program.   He is also former Associate Dean of the Faculties for the Bloomington campus.


Wimbush is excited to begin important work as the new Vice President for DEMA. And, we are thrilled and proud that he is at the helm! Thank you Vice President Wimbush!



3. IUPUI Harvey Milk Dinner 
IUPUI Professor Sheila Suess Kennedy presiding 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 is available  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 


One of our GLBTAA tables at 2012 Harvey Milk Dinner


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. Judy Shepard IUB Appearance 


The GLBTAA is proud to co-sponsor an IUB 

appearance by Judy Shepard.  In October, 1998, Judy Shepard's son Matthew was brutally murdered in an anti-gay hate crime.  Since her son's death, Judy has been an outspoken and effective activist for LGBT rights as well as human rights. Her biographical novel The Meaning of Matthew: My Son's Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed was a New York Times best seller in 2009 and received critical  acclaim. Judy will be appearing in the Whittenberger Auditorium on Tuesday, October 22nd from 7 - 9:00 p.m., followed by a book signing.  For more information, please see:  



6. Michigan State GLBTAA


IU is playing at Michigan State for its homecoming game. The Michigan State GLBT Alumni Association is hosting a homecoming reception and dinner on Friday, October 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. following its homecoming parade in the Red Cedar Room at the Kellogg Center on the East Lancing campus. There will be food and a cash bar. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door. All IU GLBTAA members are invited and welcome. The Michigan State GLBTAA site is at: 


7. Distinguished Alumni Award
Provost Robel presenting Award to Jerry Burgdoerfer
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.
Jerry Burgdoerfer ('13 Recipient) with partner Sam Tang
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 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 Scholarship Program 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, or an IU degree-holder. We are approaching 1,600 members nation-wide, 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 e-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 Jennifer Gentry, Alumni Relations Officer, 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.


If you would like to unsubscribe and terminate future communications from the GLBTAA, please respond to:  [email protected].