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About the Center

OUR MISSION

The Blumberg Center will continue its tradition to benefit persons with exceptionalities, persons with potential exceptionalities whose performance is adversely affecting educational outcomes, and those who work with them; through service, education, and research; and, through facilitating and supporting the intertwined missions of the Department of Communication Disorders and Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology, and the Department of Teaching and Learning, the Bayh College of Education, and Indiana State University.
 

STAFF

Carol

Carol Wetherell

Blumberg Center Director

Carol.Wetherell@indstate.edu 

(812) 237-2147 

 

Sharon

Sharon Bryan

Budget Coordinator

Sharon.Bryan@indstate.edu

(812) 237-7887

 

Lisa Poff

Lisa Poff

Deaf-Blind Services Project Coordinator   

Lisa.Poff@indstate.edu

(812) 237-7679

 

Robin

Robin Thoma

PASS Project Coordinator

Robin.Thoma@indstate.edu

(812) 237-8115

 

Naomi

Naomi Van Sickel

Design & Training Specialist

Naomi.VanSickel@indstate.edu

(812) 237-2842

 

Roxanne

Roxanne Toner

Operations Specialist

Roxanne.Toner@indstate.edu

(812) 237-2830

   

 

STEERING COUNCIL

The Blumberg Center Steering Council membership is composed of individuals from the Department of Teaching and Learning, the Department of Communication Disorders and Counseling, School and Education Psychology and the Dean’s Office.

Blumberg Steering Council 2016

Georgianna Duarte, Ph.D.
Department Chair of Teaching and Learning

Linda Sperry, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Disorders & Counseling, School for Educational Psychology

Carol Wetherell, M.Ed.
Director, Blumberg Center

Denise Collins, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Vicki Hammen, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Disorders & Counseling, School for Educational Psychology

JaDora Sailes, Ed.D.
Department of Communication Disorders & Counseling, School for Educational Psychology

Shawn Huisinga, Ph.D.
Department of Teaching and Learning

Carrie Ball, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Disorders & Counseling, School for Educational Psychology

 

OUR HISTORY

The Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education at Indiana State University was established in the fall of 1985 using the Fannie Blumberg Memorial Fund in Special Education and the Benjamin Blumberg Memorial Fund for Gifted and Emotionally Disturbed Children donated to the University by Fannie and Benjamin Blumberg.

In 1964, Fannie Blumberg willed a major portion of her estate to the Department of Special Education to support the work of the department. In 1975, ISU received a bequest from Benjamin Blumberg's estate for the benefit of gifted children and children who are emotionally disturbed. These funds, managed by the ISU Foundation, form the basis for the Blumberg Center and its activities.

Many Blumberg Center activities are supported by funding secured from federal and state grants. These activities encourage cooperation among University, government, and community agency personnel by bringing together qualified academicians, students, and community resource people with the goal of examining and improving current professional practices through research and the development of model programs.

Over the years, the center has facilitated and supported the efforts of the ISU Department of Communication Disorders and Special Education and the Department of Educational and School Psychology in research and program development for the benefit of exceptional children and adults in a true collaborative spirit. The departments have many noteworthy achievements toward that end. Whether providing seed money for projects, financial assistance for travel, or other support, the Center is committed to working with both departments to continue the Blumberg legacy.