President’s Medal Awarded to Cinda May

Indiana State University honored seven educators during its annual Faculty Recognition Banquet Thursday.President Dan Bradley presented the President’s Medal — the university’s highest award for faculty — to Cinda May, chair of Special Collections at Indiana State’s Cunningham Memorial Library.

Left to right: Library Dean Robin Crumrin, Cinda May, Provost Mike Licari, ISU President Dan Bradley

It is such an honor to be selected as a recipient of the President’s Medal — and totally unexpected,” May said. “To be recognized for my accomplishments and contributions to ISU and librarianship is very gratifying. But I would be remiss not to acknowledge all of the people who have believed in me, encouraged me, and even challenged me throughout my career. Without them I would not have explored the range of my abilities, or plumbed the depths of my resourcefulness. From them I learned resilience, commitment and the importance of being true to oneself. Every day I aspire to pass these lessons on to others, especially students, who are just commencing their life journeys.

May earned her bachelor’s in English from the University of New Orleans. She holds three master’s degrees — in English from the University of Texas at Austin, in information and library science from the University of Michigan and in history from Indiana University.

May joined the Indiana State faculty in 2006 as the coordinator of Library Digital Initiatives. She was appointed to her current role in 2010.

While she has led and planned numerous initiatives, projects and events, May said serving as project director for Wabash Valley Visions & Voices Digital Memory Project — now in its 12th year — is one of the most rewarding experiences of her career at Indiana State.

Being the project director of Wabash Valley Visions & Voices Digital Memory Project has been the most meaningful experience for me,” she said. “With 20-plus community partners across six counties in west central Indiana, the Visions Project has afforded me the opportunity to work with other cultural heritage professionals to document, preserve and provide access to the history and culture of the region. It has also given ISU students interested in pursuing careers in public history or special collections librarianship a chance to directly participate in the collection, creation and management of local history resources.

Other awards and their recipients were:

• Caleb Mills Distinguished Teaching Award: Keri Yousif, professor of French.

• Community-Based Learning and Scholarship Award: Colleen Haas, instructor of African and African American Studies.

• Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research and Creativity Award: Kevin Bolinskey, associate professor of psychology, Rusty Gonser, professor of biology, and Kit Kincade, professor of English.

• Faculty Distinguished Service Award: Richard Lotspeich, professor of economics.


Photos: — Cinda May

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Library-based New Faculty Orientation Electives now open to all Faculty and Staff

The New Faculty Orientation (NFO) this year includes a series of electives open to all faculty and staff interested in learning more about the services and resources available to them at ISU.

The electives usually last one hour and are on a variety of topics including academic advising, data management, information literacy, EndNote, fair use, research, and Turnitin.

To view the descriptions of the electives and to register online, click on following link: .

Jan. 28: Opening Reception for Special Collections Exhibit: “Ask the Same Questions: Stories Connecting Art & Science”

The Cunningham Memorial Library Special Collections Department would like to extend a special invitation to attend the Opening Reception for our next exhibit, “Ask the Same Questions: Stories Connecting Art & Science.”

The exhibit explores connections between the arts and sciences found within Special Collections at the Cunningham Memorial Library.

The exhibit will also include a science experiment where we will be growing bacteria.

The reception will be on January 28th from 3 pm – 5 pm on the Third Floor of the Library.

Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome to attend. The exhibit will run through the end of the semester.

– Jason Krueger

Special Collections Gets a Sesquicentennial Grant!

The University awarded the Special Collections Department a Sesquicentennial grant to create a transportable oral history tent.  This transportable tent will allow Special Collections to conduct high quality oral histories of students, faculty, staff, and alumni just about anywhere!

– Katie Sutrina-Haney