Sophia Travis remembered by IU students and faculty
Sophia Travis is best remembered as a community leader, having served as President and council member of Monroe County. In addition to her involvement with the county at large, she holds a special place in the hearts of students and faculty at Indiana University and the Asian Alumni Association.
“Sophia was always optimistic and always saw the best in things, given the conditions,” said Melanie Castillo-Cullather, director of the Asian Cultural Center.
Sophia served as the president of IU’s Asian Alumni Association and worked with community members to celebrate the achievements of distinguished alumni while promoting the importance of diversity and charity on campus. Community members have described Sophia as a humble and “visionary leader” who invigorated the organization.
As President of the IUAAA, Sophia made personal phone calls to other campus organizations and made efforts to personalize the Distinguished Alumni Awards to the make the annual celebration memorable.
Sophia was also intensely involved in the local music scene and her love of music complemented her love of public
service. While best known for playing with her band “Mitten,” Sophia also collaborated with bands such as Lola, Vulgar Boatmen, and the Squash Blossoms String Pullers. When Sophia helped launch a water park for children, she invited the local musicians to play for its grand opening. Like her involvement with the Asian Alumni Association, Sophia was a pillar in supporting the music scene in Bloomington. The community recognized her service by dedicating this year’s Lotus Music festival to her memory.