Collins Connection

Collins Living-Learning Center's alumni newsletter



In This Issue

Alumni Reunion updates


Welcome Week 2011: The Odyssey


New Collins Staff


Alumni Visits and Events


  Past Events




Collins alum and award winning director Angus Aynsley  visited Bloomington to screen his film Wasteland at the IU Cinema on September 16th.



Susanne Bauer ,Collins visiting scholar, gave an illustrated talk on the

machinery of Biomedicine at the Coffeehouse on September 22nd.



 Reunion News


The date is set!  Our alumni reunion is scheduled for May 11-13, 2012.  Hope to see you there!
Photos from our last alumni reunion are available on Flickr.  View pictures here!

Are you interested in helping to plan the Collins 40th Anniversary Reunion?  If so, e-mail us




Give to Collins

As we all know, times are hard.  Increasingly, active students struggle to find the funds needed to stay at Collins.  To help, we have set up scholarships, which empower students to take on worthy projects that increase the sense of community within Collins and Bloomington.

If you are able to do so, please consider supporting this initiative by donating to the Ralph Collins Living-Learning Center Educational Fund.


Welcome Week 2011: The Odyssey


New and returning students gather on the courtyard lawn during Welcome Week.


This year's Welcome Week theme was the Odyssey, immersing our students in Greek mythology.  Throughout the week, new and returning students enjoyed a wide range of events including a bonfire, activities fair, glowstick walk, and picnic at Hillcrest.  Check out the pictures here!



New Staff Welcome

Director: Dr. Carl Ipsen



Dear Collinsites: If I haven’t already, let me introduce myself.  First of all, I took over as Collins director in July after seven years of careful stewardship by Ellen Dwyer.  I don’t arrive with dramatic plans for changes at Collins (though one way or another a new building is somewhere in the future). I guess if I have a philosophy for this position it is: let Collins be Collins. My own background is as an historian. I have been at IU since 1994 and done most (all really) of my work on Italy where I have enjoyed extensive research trips over the years. You can find out more about me here.

My main purpose in including this note in the newsletter relates to the Collins 40th anniversary celebration planned for May 11-13, 2012. Hopefully I’ll meet many of you there. I’d also like to put together a committee of alums to work together with me, Lindsay Bugher (assistant director), and Wil McCall (residence manager) to plan the event. We have gotten clearance to offer  housing at Collins. If you are interested or want to offer suggestions, please contact me, Lindsay, or just Collins.


Carl Ipsen

Professor of History

Director, Collins LLC


Assistant Director: Lindsay Bugher



Dear Collins Alumni: As the assistant director, I will work with you on alumni relations initiatives, event planning, and creating gift agreements that benefit our students here at Collins.  I am very excited to work with you all, and encourage you to contact me if you have any qustions or suggestions you would like to pass my way.  We're looking forward to another great year, and hope to see you all at the alumni reunion in May!


Join us:

Reading by Collins Alum Michael Martone



Michael Martone, professor of Creative Writing at the University of Alabama and Collins alum, will be visiting Bloomington on October 5th to give a reading at Boxcar Books.  Join us at 7:00 pm to meet Mr. Martone and hear about his wonderful creative works!


Send in your updates!


We'd love to hear what you're doing now. Send your updates, so we can post them on our alumni update blog.



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