Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association

Reaching Out

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

Enjoy the Holiday Season!December, 2013
In This Issue
1. GLBTAA Scholarship Campaign
2. Sixth Celebration Weekend
3. Vice President Joyce Q. Rogers
4. Mark Your Calendar
5. Facebook
6.David H. Jacobs
7. Maurer HJR-6 Panel
8. Member Notes
8. GLBTAA Scholarships
9. Membership
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IUB's Student Building and Maxwell Hall




Your Board is grateful for your support for the IU GLBTAA and our important mission on all eight of IU's eight campuses. Thank you. May the holiday season extend peace, hope and joy to your family and you throughout the coming year. 



Mike Shumate, GLBTAA President

[email protected]   


1. GLBTAA Scholarship Campaign
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As you probably know, we launched the GLBTAA Scholarship Campaign this fall to create an endowment so that we can continue providing scholarships to IU students. If you are considering your year-end contributions, please keep our Scholarship Campaign in mind. Donations can be made online, and you can read more about our Campaign at: 


If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact Mike Shumate at [email protected] or 858-922-6105; or IUAA Alumni Relations Officer Jennifer Gentry at 800-824-3044.  



And More Students!
 2. Sixth 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. If you wish, you can 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 can now be made online at:


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.    



2013 Celebration Weekend


3. Vice President Joyce Q. Rogers 

I always knew, even as a young girl, that I wanted to make the world a better place for everyone. As a female of color, I haven't always felt welcomed or encouraged. And I have taken this feeling and dedicated my life to mentoring and supporting initiatives that foster inclusion and support diversity.


I truly began to understand the impact I could have on diversity early in my career. One of my first important roles involved working in state government. There I learned about the vast array of programs, functions, and services that are available to support us all in some fashion. This was a time of growth for me, and I began to understand the important role that diversity can play in policy-making. As I moved into executive level leadership, I realized that my "value in the room" came from expressing the need for diversity and inclusion in all decisions.


As the president of Indiana Black Expo, one of the largest African-American organizations and events in the country, I kept diversity and inclusion a top priority. I believed that we had to do far more than "sing to the choir" to grow our voice and engage a truly diverse audience.


During my time with Ivy Tech Community College, I further understood the vital role that education has on the economic viability of our country. Education provides benefits that support families across generations.


My move to Indiana University, as Vice President for Development and External Relations for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs, is a natural one for me. I will work with DEMA and the Indiana University Foundation to engage supporters, improve inclusion efforts, and prioritize diversity initiatives. In this new role, I will help IU build an environment where all students, faculty, and staff thrive to reach their fullest potential. This is a huge opportunity for me to help our great university educate, engage, and motivate supporters around the state, the nation, and the world.


The attitudes that we foster on our campuses today form the mindsets of our nation's workforce of tomorrow. This is an important role for all of us to embrace. Ultimately, our collective efforts will make the world a better place for everyone.


Welcome, Vice President Rogers! 

4. Mark Your Calendar 


The Quarryland Men's Chorus has completed auditions for its 12th season, entitled Stronger Together and is now focused on its 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! And, once again, the QMC will perform at our GLBTAA kick-off reception at the Neal-Marshall Center on Friday, January 24th.


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. David  H. Jacobs

GLBTAA Director David H. Jacobs was recently awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Music, in connection with the dedication of the Jacobs School of Music's new East Studio Building.


Jacobs attended the Jacobs School of Music in the early 1970s, a school that now bears his family's name. He was the driving force behind the $40.6 million gift his mother gave the School in 2005 in honor of his father, David H. Jacobs -- which, at the time, was the largest single gift for a school of music at a public university and the largest single gift ever given by individuals to IU.


"David Jacobs' unique connection to IU and the school that now bears his family's name spans 40 years to when David first came to the university as a music student," IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. "Over that period, David and his family have contributed to the growth and success of IU, and especially the Jacobs School of Music, in ways that can be matched by few others. In addition to the extraordinary naming gift for the music school, which he facilitated, David's generosity and counsel have made a positive difference for many of IU's best-known schools and institutes. "The contributions of David Jacobs to IU are a testimony to the transformative power of philanthropy, and we are honored to be able to recognize his lifetime of friendship and deep commitment to the university by awarding him this honorary degree."


Jacobs is president of David Jacobs Fine Art, which matches privately accumulated art collections with public institutions, and owner of Stilllife Construction, which reuses and redevelops properties with historic and architectural merit.


"David Jacobs exemplifies, in every way, by word and by deed, the attributes of a recipient of an honorary doctorate from Indiana University," Jacobs School of Music Dean Gwyn Richards said. "He is not simply a friend, patron, advocate or advisor of this great university, but an active partner -- participating with us each day in moving us toward the aspirations we hold."


Over the years, Jacobs has continued his family's longstanding support of IU. As a Director of the IU GLBTAA, he has taken a leadership position with our ground-breaking GLBTAA Scholarship Campaign. Additionally, he has been a member of the IU Foundation's Board of Directors since 2006 and is a founding member of the Women's Philanthropy Council. He supports a wide array of programs across the University, including the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the Maurer School of Law and the Kinsey Institute. In 2010, Jacobs gave the Maurer School of Law a $1.5 million gift to establish the John E. Schiller Chair in Legal Ethics. In 2011, he received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the University's highest award given to an alumna or alumnus.


Congratulations, David, and deep gratitude for your tireless support of IU.


7. Maurer HJR-6 Panel
Steve Sanders moderated

A panel on the politics and policy of the proposed Indiana marriage amendment drew a large audience of students, faculty, and community members at the IUB Maurer School of Law on November 4.


The proposed amendment, known as HJR-6, would provide that "[o]nly a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana," and that "[a] legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized." Indiana already prohibits same-sex marriage by statute.


One of the panelists, IU Vice President and General Counsel Jackie Simmons, explained she has hired outside counsel to analyze whether the amendment could endanger IU's ability to offer domestic partner benefits. IU has joined Freedom Indiana, the bipartisan coalition that is working to fight the amendment. 


Other members of the Maurer panel were Melina Kennedy, an executive at Columbus, IN-based Cummins, Inc., who discussed why HJR-6 would be bad for Indiana business and economic development, and Megan Robertson, campaign manager of Freedom Indiana, who discussed the group's strategy for opposing the amendment. The panel was moderated by IU law professor and GLBTAA board member Steve Sanders.


Video of the complete program is available at


8. Member Notes

Research involving some 600 college students led by Justin R. Garcia, PhD, an evolutionary biologist at IU's Department of Gender Studies and The Kinsey Institute, along with researchers at Binghamton University, found that women were twice as likely to reach orgasm from intercourse or oral sex in serious relationships as in uncommitted sexual hookups. While both men and women orgasm less in hookups, women in particular also desired orgasm much less in the uncommitted context. The paper was presented at the annual meeting of the International Academy of Sex Research and at the Annual Convention for Psychological Science this year. In an interview for New York Times Dr. Garcia said, "We've been sold this bill of goods that we're in an era where people can be sexually free and participate equally in the

Justin R. Garcia

hookup culture. The fact is that not everyone's having a good time." For more about Dr. Garcia's work on orgasm in hookups, please see:  


In another recent New York Times piece, experimental psychologists at Oxford University explored the function of kissing in romantic relationships. Surprise! It's complicated. Dr. Garcia, also doing research on kissing, noted that kissing was so closely associated with emotional connection that sex workers often refuse to kiss their customers, insisting that it is "too intimate." Garcia said that the Oxford study contributed to growing research into factors that promote or discourage happy romantic and sexual relationships. "We really only understand a small portion of that," he said. "But we know that physical contact, specifically good quality touch, is really important for long-term relationships."  For more, please see:


Garcia is co-author of Evolution & Human Sexual Behavior, a one-volume survey of the evolutionary science of human sexual behavior, which was featured in paragraph # 3 of our June, 2013 Newsletter.



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.


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