Profile of Dennis Dawson ElliottContact: [email protected] My desire to serve Indiana University began while an undergraduate student in the tumultuous 1960’s when protests in Dunn Meadow over the Vietnam War and the diverse political environment demanded a commitment to burrow deep into the reasons and opinion that were to impact my future. The campus environment was stimulating and responsibilities at the Indiana Daily Student and other news organizations created an atmosphere that encouraged personal involvement on many levels.After graduation I began a 22-year career with Bristol-Myers in Evansville, Indiana that placed me on the front lines of premier medical research, working both domestically and internationally. At the time I chose to leave the company 1989 to become executive vice president of a multi-division communications company in New York, I was the director of advertising for the company’s five pharmaceutical and nutritional divisions, a position that honed my administrative and financial management skills, and human capital succession planning.It was during this period I developed an understanding of philanthropy development through the Bristol-Myers foundation. Concurrently I served on the board and was president of the IU Alumni Club of Southern Indiana for many years and worked to establish an annual scholarship for a deserving high school senior planning to attend IU.Prior to returning to the Bloomington campus in 2007 to join the faculty of the School of Journalism I led and supervised the accreditation of two continuing medical education companies. These organizations provided the opportunity to pursue my continuing research orientation while developing educational programs for physicians in the fields of oncology, central nervous system disorders and cardiovascular medicine. During this period I also served as vice president and senior strategist for a communications organization in New York.Being an officer in these companies did not detract from my ongoing involvement with IU. I returned to campus for career day presentations and discussion panels for students and as a member of the Journalism Alumni Board. In 2006 I was appointed the School of Journalism representative on the executive committee for the “Matching the Promise” $1.1 billion funding campaign.Until my retirement from the Bloomington faculty in 2014 my connectivity to student learning and their concerns was continually evolving. I listened, I counseled, and I was rewarded by observing their development, and today former students frequently keep me informed of their career successes. I served on a number of campus boards and committees including the Dean of Students Advisory Committee, the IU Cinema Board of Advisors, as a Faculty Fellow for the Office of Service Learning, and as a Hutton Honors Resident Fellow. I was also the faculty advisor for a student professional organization, advisor for a campus wide honor society and was a sponsor of student athletes as they began their academic studies.As a research committed university IU’s reputation is strong. My orientation to research as the precursor to informed action continues to this day as I continue research on the use of technology as a communication tool for the education and management of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa.I support the multi-discipline research collaboration approach that uses the strongest attributes of these disciplines to work toward robust and innovative outcomes. I support research as the catalyst for documented insight across initiatives that will reflect positively on the university.I look to the university to lead attitude change on all of our campuses and be a leader nationwide in addressing the issue of sexual assault. Process and policy must be preceded by student education and student commitment to change the assault paradigm.As a candidate for the Board of Trustees my awareness of the Board’s purpose, priorities and accomplishments has been developed through informed observation, discussions with alumni and fellow faculty members and reviewing Board meeting agendas and administrative actions. My desire to serve on the Board of Trustees is a reflection of my full-circle commitment to the university. My knowledge and perspective from my time as a faculty member will help guide meaningful personal contributions in the form of discussion and insightful proposals while fulfilling committee assignments and collaboration on new initiatives important to the university pursuit of excellence.I look forward to active involvement in a fashion that will effectively apply my experience from management positions in corporate America and from time on the Bloomington campus as a faculty member. My career has been rewarding, with profound recognition of the solid foundation from my IU education. I believe my skills and insights developed through the years will complement the competencies of fellow Board members as we work collaboratively for immediate benefits as well as the long-term advancement of the university. I appreciate the support of alumni to place me in a position to represent them and I welcome contact through email at [email protected] LinkEmail
View Comments On December 12, Broadway star and Frozen queen Idina Menzel received the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the 2014 Billboard Women in Music Awards. Check out her heartfelt acceptance speech below. “I have yearned for so long to be accepted by the people in this room,” she says, “never realizing that until I could finally surrender and just sing music that I love…this moment right here and right now would never happen.” It’s been a huge year for the If/Then star, but, according to Menzel, “It’s simply a personal breakthrough for me. It’s the irony of being given a song all about accepting who you are and unleashing your power.” If you’re not teary-eyed yet, take a look at the surprise tribute performance from the BroaderWay Choir, an organization she co-founded that organizes fine arts programming for girls in urban communities. You’ll probably recognize the two tunes. Take it away, ladies! Star Files Idina Menzel
Tony Yazbeck in ‘Finding Neverland'(Photo: Carol Rosegg) Star Files Some familiar faces are flying back toward the second star to the right. Finding Neverland alums Paul Slade Smith and Dana Costello have assumed the roles of Charles Frohman and Marie Barrie, respectively, in the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning musical. They take over for Marc Kudisch and Teal Wicks at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Additionally, Tony Yazbeck will return to the role of J.M. Barrie on June 10, stepping in for current star Alfie Boe. The production is set to shutter on August 21.Smith returns to the role of Charles Frohman after temporarily stepping in in April; he also understudied the role while playing Mr. Henshaw. His additional credits include Wicked and The Phantom of the Opera on tour and writing Unnecessary Farce and The Outsider. Before Finding Neverland, Costello appeared on Broadway and on tour in Jekyll & Hyde.Yazbeck, who previously performed a two-month stint as J.M. Barrie earlier this year, received a Tony nomination in 2015 for On the Town. His additional stage credits include Chicago, White Christmas, Gypsy, A Chorus Line and Oklahoma! on Broadway and Prince of Broadway in Japan.Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan.In addition to Smith, Costello and Boe, the current cast includes Laura Michelle Kelly as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and Sally Ann Triplett as Mrs. du Maurier. Related Shows Tony Yazbeck View Comments Finding Neverland Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016
The St. Louis Cardinals 5th Grade Girls Basketball team played their 1st game of the season tonight at St. Mary’s in North Vernon and were defeated by a score of 18-11.It was a very competitive, close game all night which saw the Cardinals down by only three points late in the second half of the game. Aside from a few costly turnovers and some first game anxiety, the team played really well!The team was led in scoring by Claire Saner (6), Sadie Wachsmann (3), Lilly Schebler (2). Another key aspect of the game was the effort of Kate Weber, Isabelle Wonnell, Izzi Price, Lea Cossentino and Isabel Fitzgerald who all played really aggressive defense!The next game will be Monday, January 23rd at home against St. Michael’s.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Schebler.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Syracuse headed into its final weekend against Cincinnati and Louisville aware of the challenge that was in store. Two of the best teams in the conference stood as the final two opponents for the Orange’s season. And both lived up to the challenge. SU (23-9, 5-9 Big East) lost both matches in a weekend that put an end to the Orange’s roller coaster season. It’s ended a year during which the Orange went from the best start in program history to playing itself out of the playoffs. Still, Syracuse didn’t go down without a fight. ‘We knew this was going to be the toughest weekend,’ assistant coach Carol LaMarche said. ‘They’ve been one and two in the conference all the way up to this weekend.’ Syracuse battled No. 19 Cincinnati to take the first two sets. Everything was in SU’s favor. The Orange had all the momentum and seemed to be cruising to a victory. There was an unmistakable feeling that there was potential for something special to happen.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The match had everything it needed to be a monumental victory for the Orange. The underdog was on its way to taking down the conference powerhouse, which stood on its side of the court, shocked at what was happening. ‘We were just working out butts off,’ SU outside hitter Hayley Todd said. ‘We were just fighting together. We gave it everything we had.’ The feelings of the two teams going into the break after the first two sets could not have been more different. Syracuse was rolling and didn’t want to have to stop playing. Cincinnati needed the 10 minutes to create a new game plan. And it worked. Syracuse was one set away from sending Cincinnati home with just its second conference loss. The Bearcats just wouldn’t have it. Cincinnati woke up and regained the momentum and control to win the next three sets. New plan. New adjustments. That’s all it needed. ‘They started tipping a lot more, they had been hitting a lot of deep balls that we were picking up and blocking,’ Todd said. ‘They definitely adjusted their attacking.’ Cincinnati started to attack like the nationally ranked team it is. The Orange caught the Bearcats off guard in the first two sets. That was all Cincinnati needed to see. They figured everything out to send SU to a heartbreaking loss. Syracuse was so close but couldn’t prevail. Against Louisville, there was once again the feeling that Syracuse could pull out a huge win. The Orange came out strong, taking the first set 25-15. But just like against the Bearcats, the Cardinals didn’t let the Orange get too far. This time, SU only won one set before going on to lose the next three. ‘They’re definitely just a strong, high-blocking team,’ outside hitter Mindy Stanislovaitis said. ‘We don’t see that a lot in the Big East, they’re probably the biggest team we’ve seen all season.’ From that point on, Louisville completely took Syracuse out of the match. Against the Bearcats, the Orange battled for the whole match. Against the Cardinals, it didn’t have much of a chance after the first set. Louisville went on a 9-0 run in the second set to take it 25-12. The Syracuse team that dominated the first set looked nothing like the team on the court for the final three sets. Digs were missed. Errors were made. But the biggest problem of all was that it couldn’t get anything past Louisville. ‘They’re a good team, they always peak at the end of the year,’ LaMarche said. ‘They were reading what we were doing. You have to give them credit.’ The loss wrapped up Syracuse’s weekend and its season. It was a season of highs and lows, with the program-record start and the tumble in Big East play. And it all culminated with the highs and lows in these two matches. Said LaMarche: ‘It’s unfortunate we put ourselves in this situation, but we tried to step up to the challenge.’ [email protected] Published on November 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman