Subir Bandyopadhyay – A Celebration of Faculty Research ~IUN~

Perhaps some of you know that Steve and I developed a digital scrapbook for the IUN
history. It is on the landing page of our IUN website. If you go down there – the history section
– it is all there. But today we are not going to talk about the
product, which is – you can see – but the process that is behind making that product. So since this is a research symposium, there is quite a bit of research
involved so I’ll kind of take you through that process that we went through. You know history, so – documents, anecdotal
things, written documents, oral – so many things are there. An archive is a good place to go. That’s why Stephen McShane is my collaborator
in this. A lot of documents, if you have had a chance
to go to our third-floor Calumet archive, we had tons of material. The issue was “which ones are more important
for us to get into the IUN history scrapbook?” Select documents that are key to the history
of IUN. That was a process and we had to go through very painstakingly to sometimes,
you know – it was hard. We thought that “yeah, it’s an important thing
that we should consider, but we have to let go.” There was a process that we went through. We had several criteria that we used to select the information. Procure archival documents from various sources
– a lot of things were in the archive, but we
reached out to many colleagues for rare photographs. Some of our colleagues have been externs of
IUN. They’ve seen so many things before. We collected a lot of documents, a lot of
photographs from colleagues right here, present and past colleagues who have retired from now. We went through that process. We got a huge treasure of these documents. One positive byproduct that came out is that
it is digital. A digital scrapbook, but many of the documents are analog – they are not digitized. We had to digitize so many things. So, one positive byproduct of this is that
quite a bit of the old documents are now digitized through this initiative
that we had. Creativity. I think we are segueing nicely into that. Selection of documents was important – what goes in there and what is
left out. Based on that, the challenge for us was these
are photographs, these are documents. Yeah, they say that a picture is worth a thousand
words, but you have to put them into perspective. Sequencing is very important. I think the historians here will be able to
tell us a little bit more that how you put them in kind of a necklace
so that each of the pearls has its own prominence and one leads to another. That, we had to grapple with for a long time. When you select these documents and the photographs,
they have got to have some story behind that. That anecdotal part of it was so critical. We went through that process in the selection. That was a written transcript. This is where the editing and all kinds of
things that happened, the oral transcript was critical
to the voice modulation. There are some funny things, there are some
serious things that are out there. Stephen lent his voice to the digital scrapbook
and if you ask him he’ll tell that so many times that he has gone through overnight practicing, trying and trying again,
ultimately coming to the final product that we had. So that was the creativity part. And, the technology. Mind you, this is a digitization – digital
document – so technologies involved, we considered so many platforms. Finally, we chose Adobe Creative Cloud. But we looked at Canva, we looked at Kaltura,
we looked at so many things. We consulted a lot of techies for the pros and cons of different platforms. Finally the thing that really made it for us was this kind of “horses for courses,”
because we got an intern and we got to finally ask her “Which of of these
platforms are you most comfortable with?” She had worked before quite a bit on the Adobe
Creative Cloud. We kindly, finally finalized on that. That was not a scientific way of coming up
with something, but it did work quite a bit because her comfort
level was very critical in making this final product. I’ve got two and a half minutes, so I’ll request
Cynthia to play it for maybe two minutes. As Indiana University prepares to commemorate
the bicentennial in 2020, Indiana University Northwest also commemorates
the 60th anniversary of the Glen Park campus in 2019. In this digital scrapbook we will try to chronicle
the glorious history of IU’s involvement in Northwest Indiana and the solid record of growth and achievement
over the last six decades of Indiana University Northwest. Did you know that Indiana University Extension
classes may have been offered in the Calumet region as early as 1917? The earliest documented classes began in 1921
when Gary’s school superintendent William A. Wirt persuaded the Extension division to offer
night classes at Jefferson School, located in the heart of downtown Gary. Other sites included Froebel School and the
Gary Public Library. The extension courses were under the administration
of Albert Fertsch, the director of adult education in the Gary Public Schools, who now carried the additional
title of secretary of the Gary University Extension Committee. From the beginning, the extension courses
appealed to non-traditional students. Fertsch announced that “University Extension
recognizes, in fact, that education is not to be regarded in Gary as a privilege for a few nor as a concern
for a short period of youth, but is to be universal and lifelong for all.” By spring semester of 1925, enrollment in
the extension courses in Gary had grown to 559 students – almost 1/10 of the statewide enrollment in
Indiana University’s Extension Division. By 1928, IU had begun offering scholarships
to Gary extension students. By the early 30s, it offered over 65 courses,
which represented almost the entire IU Extension Program in Lake County. This was a nice sneak peek on the scrapbook. Please go ahead and look at it and check out whether you can recognize some of
your colleagues from there who may have a little bit more here than what they
have now and I’m sure you’ll be able to find find them. Also, some quizzes. Find out how much money that we paid to get
this campus over here. Is it free – zero dollars? Is it one dollar? Is it 500,000? Or is it 1 million? So find the answer, it will be out there. Thank you. [applause]

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