Indiana University Bloomington

Made me realize how special IU was

Sandra Riddle Churchill

I came to IU as a student in the fall of 1960. I'd never visited the campus before coming and while excited, I also was afraid. Once I got here I realized how large the campus was and felt a bit overwhelmed. On a lovely fall day I was walking back to my dormitory when who do I see coming my way but President Wells. When we got almost even with one another, he stopped, tipped his hat and asked me how things were going. I told him I loved the classes but felt a bit overwhelmed by the size of the campus. He said, "If you run into any problems come to my office and let me know, and I will see what I can do!" I adjusted over time so I never asked for his help, but I always knew it would be there. His encouragement to this freshman made me realize how special IU was and the importance he placed on creating a rich learning environment. I never forgot his kindness and later took the opportunity to tell him how much this meant to me in a birthday card. Characteristically, he sent me a thank you note. I already miss him.

From Remembering Herman B Wells, 1901-2000:, March 22, 2000

Thanks to the Bloomington Herald-Times for allowing Digital Wells to publish these excerpts from their archive.