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By Jayne Spencer




Plath (1932-1963)

For those of you reading the IU Home Pages today on paper, the staff would like to remind you that this is the last newsprint edition you'll receive until the opening weeks of the 2001-2002 academic year in September. For those of you reading at your computer screen, we would like to remind you that we will have a monthly online edition throughout the summer.

We'd also like to extend our gratitude to those of you who have provided us with support, feature ideas, news and feedback throughout our sixth year of publication. While our main audience is faculty and staff on the IU campuses throughout the state, we find our “affiliative audience"—students, prospective students, alums, colleagues from other institutions and readers from venues around the world— invaluable. We hope you will keep in touch with us: send an E-mail to anytime.

I'd like to remind you of some notable visitors who will be in Indiana in the coming months. Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former U.S. Surgeon General, will be returning to the Bloomington campus in conjunction with a conference on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) youth July 19 21. The conference, “Sexual Minority Youth in the Heartland: Issues and Methods for Youth serving Professionals," is geared to teachers, counselors, principals, social workers, mental health professionals and youth group leaders, particularly those who work in under-served rural settings.

Elder's public address is scheduled at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Alumni Hall, Indiana Memorial Union. Tickets may be purchased for $20 through the conference's Web site. The tentative title of her address is “Leave No Child Behind...Let's Get Serious." Elders will be joined at the conference by nationally recognized experts on GLBT youth, including Mark Pope of the University of Missouri at St. Louis, president-elect of the American Counseling Association; Terry Tafoya of the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center, University of Washington; Stephanie Sanders of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction; and Brian Dodge and Bill Yarber of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention and Research, a project of Indiana, Purdue and Texas A & M universities.(For more information, go to keynote speaker.)

Oscar Arias, former president of Costa Rica and winner of the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize, will return to Bloomington Sept. 22-26 as a Patten Lecturer. Arias, who served as the Costa Rican president from 1986-1990, gave the inaugural address for the formal opening of the Indiana Center on Global Change and World Peace at IU Bloomington in October 1990.

We call your attention to the upcoming Herman B Wells birthday centennial June 7. In today's online edition, listen to a 1990 Wells' interview that we are audiostreaming at our Home Pages Web site or view the Margaret Mead birthday centennial exhibition at the U.S. Library of Congress (see Webmastery column). Keep an eye out, too, for a Web site which will be up and running soon for the Sylvia Plath 70th Year Symposium, scheduled Oct. 31 Nov. 2 on the Bloomington campus. The event will be both artistic and literary: “Eye Rhymes: Visual Art and Manuscripts of Sylvia Plath" will feature juvenilia and mature works from the extensive collection of IU's Lilly Library and Plath's alma mater, Smith College, at the School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery. The literary component will commemorate both the 70th birthday anniversary of the American poet and the 40th anniversary of the composition of the poems for Ariel.

And one last note: we extend our congratulations to Lauren Bryant, associate editor of IU's Research and Creative Activity, who this week received a first-place award in the annual communication contest of the state affiliate chapter of the National Federation of Press Women.


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Publication date: May 24, 2002
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