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September 24, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Sept. 24

Chancellor explains Fall Festival’s postponement

Dear friends of IU Southeast:

Fall is just around the corner, and in New Albany that means one thing: Harvest Homecoming is fast approaching.

The IU Southeast Fall Festival has served as the annual kick-off to Harvest Homecoming for more than a decade. Many of you have joined us to watch the launch of the Harvest balloon race from our campus and stayed for games, food, and entertainment. Fall Festival has seen great growth over the last decade, both in offerings and in the number of participants — many of whom have been local families.

Our staff and faculty love welcoming the community to our campus for the festival, and we thank everyone who has made attending this event a tradition. Please know that it is only after careful deliberation and with a recognition of loss that I am writing to inform you the Fall Festival will not be held this year.

We have been honored to be part of Harvest Homecoming in years past. To demonstrate our ongoing commitment, in lieu of our participation this year, IU Southeast will be a platinum sponsor of the 2013 Harvest Homecoming.

We will take this year to assess the festival and to make sure our efforts in support of Harvest Homecoming are serving families and the youngest members of our community in the best possible ways to promote our core mission, which is to provide a high quality education today to prepare our community leaders of tomorrow.  

We plan to rejoin in 2014, with an education-themed Fall Festival event that will allow us at IU Southeast to bring renewed energy into our partnership with the Harvest Homecoming Committee and to be an even stronger contributor to this rich community tradition.

If you have any questions about our decision, or any suggestions about how IU Southeast could be part of the Harvest festivities next year, we'd love to hear from you. Send your comments to the Office of the Chancellor, Indiana University Southeast, 4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany, IN, 47150.

The faculty, staff, and administration of IU Southeast thank you again for your support, and for the many successful years of Fall Festival. We hope to see you on the IU Southeast campus again soon.

Respectfully,

— Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, interim chancellor, Indiana University Southeast

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