Note From the Director
When we announced the 10th anniversarycelebration early this year, we received many emails and phone calls from alumni, who during their time at IU madethe center their home. It was a bit nostalgic to hear fromthe alumni with whom I worked so closely and who have become a part of our lives, in essence our family. Theytalked about their careers, their partners, their children andtheir fond memories of IU. They are scattered all over thecountry and the world. Thanks to email, keeping in touchwith many of them has been much easier.There are many reasons to celebrate the 10 years of the Asian Culture Center on the IU Bloomington campus;the formation of the IU Asian Alumni Association, theestablishment of the Asian American Studies Program,the unwavering support and activism of student groupsto help build and promote an inclusive and diverse IU,and the creation of the many cultural and educational programs that make the center a great resource for bothIU and the community beyond Sample Gates. All these,of course would not have been possible without the passion and tireless dedication of former and current staff members of the ACC, the student leaders who workedhard juggling their school work and their commitments
to their organizations and to the causes that benet the
entire campus. We are indebted to so many individualsand organizations on campus and in the Bloomingtoncommunity that have supported what we do. Their notesof advice, suggestions, emails, and phone calls telling ushow much they enjoyed a program have been a source of
inspiration. We will always be grateful for the nancial
support from alumni, community members, and IUdepartments, whose support has allowed us to explore,create, and continue to organize events that celebrate andhonor the Asian heritage and events that challenge ideasand morals.It is our dream that in the next ten years, the center will grow and expand in size and in its capacity to addressand meet the needs of the 26 Asian and Asian Americanstudent groups, the 36,000 IU students, faculty, staff, andthe community beyond Sample Gates. We are hopeful thatwith your enthusiasm and commitment for great learningand changing people’s lives for the better, we can meetthese goals.the College of Arts & Sciences, Bennett Bertenthal,
ofcially announced the program along with Dr.
Joan Linton, who will serve as its interim director.Mai-Lin Poon said of the new program, “I am verythrilled that this has become a reality and encouragestudents to start signing up for classes. I wish I hadthis possibility when I was an undergraduate!”Jessica Kim, President of the IU Asian AlumniAssociation, presented the 2008 Distinguished AsianAlumni Award to the Honorable Judge Michael Witte,
the rst Asian-American trial judge in Indiana. In
addition, the ceremony included prominent membersof the Administration including IU Chancellor Kenneth Gros Louis, Dean of Students Dick McKaig,Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson, Dean of the School of Journalism Brad Hamm, IU TrusteePat Shoulders, and Vice President for the IU AlumniAssociation, John Hobson. There was also a videoslideshow narrating the ACC’s decade of serviceto the IU community. The program ended with theguests dancing and celebrating the event.Melanie Castillo-Cullather, director of theACC, said of the occasion, “the ACC has demonstratedto IU the importance of a cultural center and its role inrecruiting students, and in achieving IU’s educationalmission.” The Center hopes to expand in the future sothat it may provide even more dedicated service as anintegral part of the lives of Asian American studentsand the IU community.
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Chancellor Kenneth Gros Louis giving a speech about thehistory of the ACC. Dean Bennett Bertanthal announces the establishment of the Asian American Studies program at IU.