A Fun Farewell to Dean McKaig
Conducted by: Priyanka Dube, Junior, Spanish Major, Biology Minor, Pre-Med
Where are you from; can you tell usa little bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in Lafayette,Indiana. I did my undergrad at Ball
State and doctorate from Indiana Uni-
versity. My entire life has revolved
colleges - 40 years. 30 of those at In-
diana University. Right now I have 4
grandchildren, and am spending time being a grandfather.
When did you begin your afli
-ation with Indiana University?
You retired over the summer,what made you decide that you wanted to retire?
Age related sort of things. I am
65, the benets from a retire
ment. I was working all the
time, I wanted to try somethingdifferent for some time.
What do you miss about IU?
I miss the students rst and
foremost. Interactions with students
kept me up to date. I am thinking of joining Twitter, I denitely miss the
interaction with students.
What do you miss about being Deanof Indiana University?
The contact with students. Making adifference. Because of that I think for a few months I might do some vol
unteering activities around campus. Ilove helping others and volunteering
in the community. Free student din-ners were good too. People told youwhat was going on around campus,without that interaction I feel out of the loop sometimes.
What were some of the challenges you faced when you were Dean?
The most difcult were the studenttragedies due to student activities and
accidents. This was a stressful time..
It was sad and difcult to deal with. I
tend to be optimistic about student ac-
tivities but when we encounter deathsdue to them – it is very difcult – iteven challenges the interaction with
What is your fondest memory about Indiana University?
Whole composite of things. Pro-
grams, celebrations. Speakers, con
certs, keep in touch with student
leaders. Students to come to IU are
generally motivated. Bloomington is
a small city but because of the schoolsports, there are now big time theatersand art districts. I went to college and
Where would you like to see IndianaUniversity (campus wise/academicwise etc..) in the next 10 years?
I am impressed by the emphasis onhigh quality education. Top quality
schools need to be diverse. It is hard
to be an excellent school without di-
versity. In the next 10 years, IU needsto be diverse. Students should be ac
tively involved in programs. There
should be top notch faculty with the
research they do. Keep emphasis on
arts, which is great for people who
live here and make it a special town tolive in. Also, encourage study abroad,the hallmark of a quality institutionare the overseas experiences.
I read an article in the IDS about getting “pied” in the face? Could you tell us moreabout this?
Student organizations sponsor
many things, I try to be active
through charities, and raise
money for student festivals.The dunk tanks “spirit of thesport.” – these dunk tanks are
full of freezing water and once
I jammed my nger. It was ter
ribly cold so I was never doing
that again. So I thought, Whatabout pies in the face? It was a good
relief from the dunk tank. The 1
tasted pretty good, after awhilethey weren’t as great.
Seeing IU now, what can the ACC doto help improve the campus?
The ACC does so much already. Iwould say to primarily increase the
visibility, it is on the edge of campusand sometimes a lot of students take it
for granted. There are a lot of student
organizations/departments that serve
Asian students. I would hope, as Isaid before, that we need to becomeone campus. We need more pay off,and by this I mean I hope to see all theCenters engage in this effort.