About the Center

OUR Mission

The Blumberg Center, Bayh College of Education at Indiana State University mission - To provide access to high-quality learning experiences and supports to all stakeholders committed to a more inclusive culture for individuals with exceptionalities.

 

OUR Vision

Establish a locally, statewide, and nationally recognized Technical Assistance Center supporting educators and families of all learners.

 

OUR Core Values

  • Equity & Access – every learner gets what they need, when they need it, for as long as they need it
  • High-Quality Education – instruction that prepares all learners with the abilities needed to become active and productive members of society
  • Presumed Competence – we operate under the assumption that all individuals can learn
  • Inclusive Culture – an environment where individual differences are welcomed and valued
  • High Expectations – the belief that all individuals can achieve their full potential 

 

STAFF

Carol

 Dr. Carol Wetherell

Blumberg Center Director

Carol.Wetherell@indstate.edu 

(812) 237-2147 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Poff

Lisa Poff

Deaf-Blind Services Project Coordinator   

Lisa.Poff@indstate.edu

(812) 237-7679

 

Jenni

Jennifer Mesanovic

PASS Project Coordinator

Jennifer.Mesanovi@indstate.edu

(812) 237-8115

 

Roxanne

Roxanne Toner

Operations Specialist

Roxanne.Toner@indstate.edu

(812) 237-2830

  

Jenifer Pollom

Jenifer Pollom

Operations Specialist

Jenifer.Pollom@indstate.edu 

(812) 237-2842

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.

Members include Dr. Brad Balch, Dr. Linda Sperry, Dr. Chris MacDonald, Dr. Ryan Donlan, Dr. Rebecca Hinshaw, Dr. Annie Liner, Dr. Margaret Hill, and Dr. Alyce Hopple.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

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.