Indiana State University
Cynthia Phillips-Sabla, former professor of art and design at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, has been hired as director of the Community School of the Arts at Indiana State University.
Phillips-Sabla, a Terre Haute native, served as an assistant professor of art and design in the department of text and image at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods since August 2012 before coming to Indiana State in June.
“The arts is the one area that has always made my heart sing, and I like that this position adds a little diversity to the arts; it’s not just one niche,” she said. “We offer arts, music and theater for every age. For the kids, it’s a new and creative way for them to think about problem solving. With our adult learners, the Community School of the Arts offers classes that take them out of their comfort zone and teach them something new.”
Indiana State opened the Community School of the Arts in 2012 as one of the programs funded through the Unbounded Possibilities initiative. In 2014, the Community School of the Arts became an official department housed under University Engagement. The Community School of the Arts provides hands-on arts learning experiences for children, youth and adults in the Wabash Valley while providing Indiana State students who are majoring in the arts with opportunities for experiential learning through teaching.
“We’re going to continue with what’s working – summer camps, adult/ kid classes and private music lessons – because it’s not broken, but we would like to add more theater, more music and we’re looking into adding a show choir,” Phillips-Sabla said. “In my short time here, I’ve realized that a lot of people still don’t know what the Community School of the Arts is. So, we really want to network and market ourselves more in the community. I would like to focus more on community engagement, as well. Wherever there’s a need, we’d like to check it out.”
Phillips-Sabla earned a Master of Fine Arts in graphic design from Indiana State in 2012 and a Bachelor of Arts with a fine arts emphasis from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2009.
Indiana State University
A new plaque commemorating Indiana State University's Mahatma Gandhi centennial observance will be held at 2 p.m. July 24 on the quad.
There will be a brief ceremony following the dedication of the new plaque. The plaque is being donated by Rumu Sarkar, who received her Ph.D. from Cambridge University, and her mother, Dipa Sarkar, who served as president of Terre Haute's India Association at the time of Gandhi's centennial observance on campus on May 5, 1970.
The original plaque was buried beneath leaves and mulch and did not mention that the tree was a gift of the India Association, so in observance of Gandhi's 147th birthday, Indiana State and the Terre Haute India Association will re-dedicate the plaque.
The new marker will be engraved with the following: "This tree was a gift of the Terre Haute India Association made on May 5, 1970 to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. India Association President, Dipa Sarkar, M.D., Dr. Narsi Patel, Professor of Sociology, ISU, Dr. Alan Rankin, President, ISU."
The plaque's unveiling ceremony will be conducted by Indiana State President Dan Bradley, Rumu Sarkar, Dipa Sarkar and Urmila Patel, wife of the late Narsi Patel, an Indiana State professor who was instrumental in organizing Gandhi's centenary celebration in 1970. The unveiling ceremony will include comments from Bradley and Dipa Sarkar.
Indiana State's celebration of Gandhi's centennial in 1970 included a seminar about the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule as well as the tree planting. The original plaque near the tree was donated by the India Association and etched with Gandhi's name and dates of his birth and death.