IUN gives a sneak peek
By Sue Ellen Ross Post-Tribune correspondent November 9, 2012 6:26PM
Linda Delunas, director of the School of Nursing, talks with Liz Daly of Midlothian, Ill., on Oct, 16, 2012, during Fall Preview Night at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Ind.. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
IF YOU GO
Indiana University Northwest faculty members, admissions officials and students will conduct an informational session about preprofessional and medical school studies from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17, in Bergland Auditorium in the Savannah Center. IUN is at 3400 Broadway, Gary.
Updated: January 10, 2013 1:46AM
Charisa Reynolds of Gary is undecided about a career, but knows she wants to spend her first year of college close to home.
To that end, she has researched Northwest Indiana options, most recently attending the annual Fall Preview Night at Indiana University Northwest.
“My first year at school is going to be rough; I’ll still have to keep my part-time job,” she said. “But it makes more sense to be around family as I adjust to college life.”
IUN vice chancellor George Lewis welcomed prospective students and their families in the Savannah Center. He said staff members and faculty were waiting in the gym to discuss the IUN experience.
“Be sure to ask questions — lots of questions,” Lewis said. “This is your time; don’t take it easy on them.”
He said his school of 6,200 students has much to offer, in academic and personal areas.
“Even though we are a commuter campus, a large percentage of our students are engaged in student activities,” Lewis said.
An academic and student services fair, plus campus tours, also were available.
“I drive past IUN all the time on my way to work, and the campus always looked so small,” said Jimmy Havilland, a student from Calumet City, Ill. “But I want to go to a big school for college, and I’ve heard they offer a lot here, so ... maybe I’ll see that.”
Many parents said the School of Medicine table provided revealing information. They found that after earning a bachelor’s degree, admission to medical school is available for four years on the IUN campus and covers everything to become a doctor.
When the IUN program started in 1972, it included one year on the Gary campus and the next three years at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. In 1980, another year was added at IUN, a third year in 2009 and, in 2011, all four years became available in Gary.
In 1990, 18 students were enrolled in the program; currently, there are 32, said Patrick Bankston, dean of the IU School of Medicine-Northwest.
Celine Tucker, a junior at Lake Central High School in St. John, listened as Bankston talked about the medical program.
“Everyone will always need doctors; that will never end,” she said. “I would like to become a dermatologist.”