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We are profoundly grateful for your continued support. Thank you! May the holiday season bring comfort, hope and joy to your families and loved ones.
Mike Shumate, GLBTAA Past President
1. Member Profile
The season of fall has been a season of celebrations for Doug Bauder, Coordinator of IU Bloomington's GLBT Student Support Services Office. In October, Doug travelled with his two children, their spouses, and five
grandchildren to southern Wisconsin where he was the featured speaker at the 125th anniversary service of the small rural congregation where he served as their pastor, part-time, before coming to IU. The day had special meaning because the denomination of which Doug is a part had, after years of conversation, approved the ordination of lesbian and gay pastors during a synod this past summer. Doug had come out to his congregation in the late 1980s, while also serving as the Administrative Coordinator of a social service agency for LGBT individuals in Madison, Wisconsin. An overflow crowd joined in the celebration.
Another anniversary took place in November. This one, acknowledging twenty years of service to the IU campus and the Bloomington community of the GLBT Office which hosted an Open House on November 19. Doug was appointed Coordinator of the GLBT Office following a storm of controversy related to its opening in 1994 and has been at the helm ever since. Scores of students, faculty members, IU staff, alumni and community members attended the event which featured a "rainbow wall" (multi-colored post-its with well wishes from attendees), delicious refreshments, and shared memories from Chancellor Emeritus, Ken Gros Louis, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, & Multicultural Affairs, James Wimbush, and Bloomington Mayor, Mark Kruzan. Former student employees of the office sent their reflections and Kim Davis, past president of the GLBT Alumni Association spoke of the unique collaboration between the GLBT Office and the GLBTAA.
Later this month, Doug and his partner, Marty Siegel, Professor in the School of Informatics, will fly to Bethlehem, PA where Doug will be honored on December 13 with the Benigna Education Award at his alma mater, Moravian College, a small liberal arts college, where Doug graduated with a degree in sociology in 1971. Presenting the prestigious award will be IU HESA graduate Kelly Grab who attended Moravian as an undergraduate and worked with Doug in training residence life staff at IU in relating to LGBT students. Kelly was a member of the awards committee.
"I'm ready to settle back into a more 'normal' routine once the spring semester begins," said Doug in a recent interview." In reflecting upon his twenty years as Coordinator of the GLBT Office, here are a few things for which he is especially proud
Supporting hundreds of students struggling with issues of sexual orientation and gender identity and empowering them to take ownership of their lives and leadership in their communities
Collaborating with faculty in providing panels on LGBT issues in scores of classes
Working with staff on a variety of programs related to diversity
Assisting with the organization of the GLBTAA
Responding to requests from the Office of the Mayor in Bloomington, the Monroe County School District, various faith communities and social service agencies
Initiating the National Consortium of LGBT Directors and consulting with 200+ colleges and universities in establishing services for their LGBT students
"As I look back over the years, I realize that the faith tradition in which I grew up taught me to respect others, to ask questions, and to demand justice. My two children and, now, my grandchildren, have opened my eyes to the wonders of life itself. The generosity of my partner Marty has provided me with endless opportunities to grow and to learn. The students with whom I work have challenged me in ways I can't begin to measure. And my colleagues have surrounded me with friendship and support I never could have imagined. My life has taken some interesting twists and turns. I wish everyone could enjoy the adventures that continue to be mine."
|Doug (left) and Marty|
| 2. Seventh Celebration Weekend
The GLBTAA is proud to announce its seventh annual Celebration Weekend January 30 - February 1, 2015. 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 in Grand Hall at Neal-Marshall Center
~ Friday, January 30, 2015, 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 more information about the Neal-Marshall Black Cultural Center, please see: Center
GLBTAA Annual Board Meeting
~ Saturday, January 31, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - noon
~ DeVault Alumni Center,1000 E. 17th St. (parking available in lot west of building)
|Sara with her Big Red Horn!|
Grazie! Reception and Silent Auction
~ Saturday, January 31, 2015, 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 will 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. You will be able to make reservations and contribute for student tickets online in our Newsletter next month.
Bagels and Coffee at the GLBTSSS Office
~ Sunday, February 1, 2015, 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. GLBTAA Scholarship Campaign
Please continue to "spread the word" about our ground-breaking Campaign, which will help to endow our GLBTAA Scholarship Program. We awarded eight academic scholarships for the 2014 fall semester. Each recipient has now been featured in one of our Newsletters. After reviewing another heart-breaking story, we also awarded emergency funds to an IUB student this semester. Since 2005, we have granted 48 scholarships (36 academic scholarships and 12 emergency scholarships) to IU students. Because of your generous support, we will be able to continue providing scholarships well into the future.
G. David Caudill, a former academic scholarship recipient has commented: "As I have sought out happiness in my personal life and how I can continue to make positive change in the LGBT community, I decided to expand my horizons in my professional career by continuing my education in non-profit management. I could not have taken the steps to afford graduate school without the help and support of a scholarship from the IU GLBT Alumni Association." David is working toward his MPA in Nonprofit Management from IUPUI's School of Public & Environmental Affairs. He currently is manager of the Community Ambassador Program at WFYI in Indianapolis.
Contributions can be made online at Campaign Contributions If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Mike Shumate at [email protected] or 858-922-6105; or IUAA Alumni Relations Officer Clarence Boone at 800-824-3044. Again, heartfelt gratitude to everyone for supporting our Campaign.
THANK YOU, IU alumni, faculty, staff, students, allies and our many friends!
4. Maurer OUTlaw
OUTlaw is the LGBT student organization at the IU Maurer School of Law. Our members belong to the LGBT community and also include allies. We seek to promote diversity on campus and to help our members in their professional development. So far this semester, OUTlaw has participated in a number of exciting activities. For our first social activity, we went kayaking in Columbus, IN. To help our new members adjust to law school and the legal profession, we have paired them with upper classmen mentors, as well as with alumni mentors from the Maurer LGBT Alumni Advisory Board (Maurer LGBT Board).
One of the highlights of the semester was Coming Out Day on October 11. OUTlaw officially celebrated at the law school on October 13 by handing out rainbow cupcakes. To get a dialogue started, we had all those wanting cupcakes to write down their own "coming out" stories in 150 words or less - the idea being that we all have closets. Their stories were kept anonymous but were printed on a poster displayed at the law school. Later in October, 15 members attended the fifth annual IUPUI Harvey Milk Dinner in Indianapolis. At the event, our members had the opportunity to meet other leaders in the LGBT community. We also were thoroughly entertained by the guest speaker Lea DeLaria, perhaps best known as Big Boo from Orange is the New Black. Not only did she make us laugh and impress us with her amazing singing, she also delivered a powerful speech on the challenges the LGBT community still faces.
|Matt Fuss, president (fourth from left) and panelists|
On November 6, OUTlaw hosted its first panel discussion with co-sponsors, Maurer LGBT Board, the LGBT Project, American Constitution Society, and the Protective Order Project. The topic of the panel was "Intimate Partner Violence and the LGBT Community." Our panelists were Kerry Hyatt Blomquist, attorney with the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Angela Adams, IU Associate General Counsel; and Seth Lahn, a law professor at Maurer, as well as the faculty advisor for IU's Protective Order Project. The panel began with Professor Lahn discussing the special challenges of relationship violence in LGBT relationships. Ms. Blomquist discussed the challenges her organization has had to face after the addition of the non-discrimination clause to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. Essentially, programs that serve domestic violence victims must now provide the same, or substantially similar services, to men and women, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Ms. Adams shared her experience as an immigration attorney and the visa options available for non-citizens who fall victim to domestic violence. Lastly, Brianna Sammons and Erin Buerger, both on the executive board of IU's Protective Order Project, discussed the local resources available for victims of intimate partner violence.
|OUTlaws at IUPUI Harvey Milk Dinner|
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 https://www.facebook.com/iuglbtaa. "Like" our page and follow our Facebook posts regarding news, updates and information about our events.
6. Quarryland Men's Chorus
The Quarryland Men's Chorus recently played a double header on Wednesday, November 5th, singing the National Anthem for the IU Men's Soccer team's final regular season home game and then a short program for residents at Meadowwood. The chorus was well received at both events. Next on the IU sports scene will be a performance at the January 25th Women's basketball game.
2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of World War I. At theSilver Bells & Red Ribbons concert, Quarryland will be paying respect to those who served, both gay and straight, with a special remembrance of the 1914 "Christmas Truce." Singing carols and even exchanging gifts were common along the trenches the week leading up to Christmas during the first year of the war. Silver Bells & Red Ribbons will feature caroling groups singing German, French, and English carols and a combined arrangement of "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth."
The December 6th and 7th concert will also feature several pieces honoring World AIDS Day, celebrating the lives of those who were lost and those who teach us so much in their present strength. The Chorus also continues its history of singing songs related to Hanukkah. This includes a wonderful setting of the text L'Dor Vador (from generation to generation) written by high school student, Chris Hardin, and arranged by Chad Wierick, accompanist for the Boston Gay Men's Chorus.
As the title of the concert suggests, the Chorus is also doing an arrangement of "Silver Bells." This beautiful and unique arrangement is done by Kevin Robison, who is the artistic director of the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus. Rounding out the concert are many other sacred and secular Christmas pieces including a very funny arrangement of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." To find out more about the concert, please check it out at http://quarryland.org/
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 Fall 2015 semester is April 15, 2015.
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.
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 https://alumni.indiana.edu/my-iu/index.html 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 Clarence Boone, Alumni Relations Officer, at: [email protected] or Mike Shumate at [email protected] .
If not already a member, please consider joining the IUAA by visiting https://alumni.indiana.edu/membership/index.html, 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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