Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association

Reaching Out

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

Fall is ApproachingOctober, 2013
In This Issue
1. GLBTAA Scholarship Campaign
2. Sixth Celebration Weekend
3. IUPUI Vice Chancellor Karen Dace
4. Mark Your Calendar
5. Facebook
6. Michigan State GLBTAA
7. GLBTAA Scholarships
8. Membership
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Fall at IUB


Our GLBTAA Scholarship Campaign continues to go well, in large part, because of you.Thank you!  We encourage your taking the time to read Provost Lauren Robel's inspiring article published by the Huffington Post which is linked in paragraph #1 below. As a reminder, donors are able to contribute online at:  


We are busy planning for our Sixth Celebration Weekend. We hope you have marked January 24-26 on your calendars.  Please see paragraph #2 for more details.


Mike Shumate, GLBTAA President

[email protected]   


1. GLBTAA Scholarship Campaign


Executive Vice President and Provost Lauren Robel


An inspiring article by IU Executive Vice President and Provost Lauren Robel was published by the Huffington Post on September 17. Please take the time to read and to learn more about our ground-breaking GLBTAA Scholarship Campaign at:





2. Sixth Celebration Weekend
2013 Celebration Weekend



The GLBTAA is proud to announce its sixth annual Celebration Weekend January 24-26, 2014. 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 last weekend in January. The main events are:


 Reception at the Neal-Marshall Center

~ Friday, January 24, 2014, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

~ 275 N. Jordan Ave.

The Neal-Marshal Black Cultural Center serves as a bridge connecting Indiana University to Black culture and has a rich history in supporting IU's efforts in the recruitment and retention of Black students and in promoting knowledge and awareness of the Black experience. We are thrilled to be hosting our opening event here for the first time.  For more information about the Neal-Marshall Black Cultural Center, please see:  


GLBTAA Annual Board Meeting

~ Saturday, January 25, 2014, 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, January, 25, 2014, 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 other of the events, during this special Saturday evening. All net proceeds benefit our various GLBTAA events, programs and scholarships. A reservation site will be available in our November Newsletter. If you wish, you will also be able to 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. Please look for the reservation site in our next Newsletter.


Bagels and Coffee at the GLBTSSS Office

~ Sunday, January 26, 2014, 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 18 years. If you haven't already done so, come by and take a tour of the renovated office - a perfect way to complete the weekend's festivities.    




3. IUPUI Vice Chancellor Karen Dace 


IUPUI Vice Chancellor Karen Dace


Becoming a university administrator was not on the radar when Karen Dace entered the professorate after completing a doctorate in Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. "I enjoyed writing research papers, teaching classes and doing service on and off campus." While in Utah, she held a joint faculty appointment in the Ethnic Studies Program and eventually became the Director/Coordinator of both African American Studies and Ethnic Studies.


Along the way, she began working on various diversity initiatives, teaching Intercultural Communication courses which were all-inclusive. In addition to race, class and gender, the classes necessarily included LGBT concerns and content. "I still remember some of those early classes. Many students wanted to avoid these topics all together. But, eventually, most came to realize that to successfully navigate the world, you must approach it from a perspective that is inclusive of everyone."


Like many campuses, the University of Utah boasted a very active LGBT student group. Shortly after Dace became the Associate Vice President for Diversity, a group of students approached her to secure support for the establishment of a LGBT Center in the Student Union. Within a matter of months temporary space was located. Support from campus leaders, including then-President Bernie Machen and the Union Director Whit Hollis, made locating and renovating permanent space for the LGBT Center possible. "We started with a part-time director but within a year, we were able to make that position full-time."


In 2007, Dace was named Deputy Chancellor for Diversity, Access & Equity at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she continued to support and advocate for the success of diverse students, staff and faculty.   Her office introduced a number of speaker series (Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, Pride and the Social Justice Book and Lecture Program) bringing thousands of community members and students together to hear from some of today's most engaging thought-leaders (Cornel West, Candace Gingrich, Ray Suarez, Michelle Alexander, Sister Helen Prejean, Keith Boykin, Ari Shapiro and Michael Eric Dyson) to campus. "We created planning committees made up of both campus and community members, inspiring us to try new approaches to old problems." Two new initiatives grew out of these collaborations-the Hispanic and Pride Scholarships. "During a Pride Lecture planning meeting someone said, 'I just heard about a student whose parents stopped paying his tuition because he came out. Wouldn't it be great if we had a pot of money we could use to help in these situations?'" Within weeks, the first Pride Breakfast was scheduled, raising over $7,000. In five years, the event has raised more than $80,000 in emergency scholarship dollars, all of which go directly to students in need. During the last academic year, the fund received its first matching contributions with resources donated by a community activist and a long-time university staff member.


Dace officially began her duties as Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at IUPUI on September 10, 2013 and has, as she says "hit the ground running." She is impressed with the commitment to enhancing diversity found at every level of the university. "There is so much going on and a genuine desire to do more to include all the people who make up our community. This is an exciting time to be a part of IUPUI and the Indiana University System," she said.


Welcome Vice Chancellor Dace!



 4. Mark Your Calendar 


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 



Judy Shepard.

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:  



S. Bear Bergman

The GLBTAA is proud to co-sponsor S. Bear Bergman's  lecture on November 4 at South Bend as part IUSB's Gloria Kaufman Memorial Lecture. Bergman's talk will commence at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Activities Center on the South Bend campus. Bergman is an author, poet, playwright and theater artist whose gender identity is a main focus of his artwork. He is also a nationally-renowned speaker and gained wide attention with his ground-breaking book Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (co-edited with Kate Bornstein), which won many awards, including the 2011 Lambda Literary Award in the LGBT Anthology category.  You can read more about S. Bear Bergman at: 



The Quarryland Men's Chorus has just completed auditions for its 12th season, entitled Stronger Together. They have placed 30 singers on their roster and preparations have begun for several performances that will occur in the next few weeks in Bloomington and Spencer, Indiana. But their greatest focus is on the music for a series of holiday concerts called Peace, Hope, Joy. QMC's concerts will capture the essence of the holiday season by inspiring us through moving musical selections, to come together and bring about positive change in our communities. Featured selections include "Umi Sono Ai," "All This Joy," "Joy to the World," "Oseh Shalom," and "Dona Nobis Pacem." Tickets ($15/$10 students) are available now from the BCT Box Office and  Both concerts, December 14th at 7:30pm and December 15th at 3pm, will take place at First United Church of Bloomington, 2420 E 3rd Street. Mark your calendars and get your tickets now. Stronger Together season tickets are also available!


5. 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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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. 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:


8. 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.


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