Hutton Honors College to celebrate 50th anniversary, honors distinguished alumnae

Bloomington, Ind.—Hutton Honors College students, alumni, faculty, staff and supporters will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a series of events on Friday, April 21.

Established in 1966 as the University Honors Division under founding director Warner O. Chapman, it was named in 2004 for alumnus, businessman and philanthropist Edward L. Hutton. There are more than 15,000 alumni and more than 5,000 current students in the Hutton Honors College.

The celebration will include an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring student poster presentations at the Hutton Honors College, 811 E. Seventh Street. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the event will include an alumni-led panel discussion on the topic, “Are You Ready for Your Future?”

A reception and dinner Friday evening at the Indiana Memorial Union will celebrate the inaugural Hutton Honors College Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt (BA '92, French and political science) and Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipient Asma Khalid (BA '06, journalism and political science).

“We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of the Hutton alumni, and honoring Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt and Asma Khalid is a wonderful way to celebrate the 50th anniversary and the many contributions of our students and graduates across the globe,” said Hutton Honors College Dean Andrea Ciccarelli.

Kleine-Ahlbrandt is the finance and economics expert on the UN Panel of Experts established pursuant to Resolution 1874, for which she investigates violations of the sanctions regime on North Korea and reports them to the Security Council. Previously, she served as Asia-Pacific director at the United States Institute of Peace. From 2008 to 2013, she established and managed the Beijing office of the International Crisis Group, engaging in research, analysis and promotion of policy prescriptions on the role of China in conflict areas around the world and in its relations with neighboring countries.  She has written on China’s foreign policy, Chinese views of the strategic environment, Sino-U.S. relations, Chinese assessments of the Iran nuclear issue, the Korean peninsula, maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas, China-Central Asian relations, China-Myanmar relations and China-Africa relations. Kleine-Ahlbrandt is also the author of a book on post-genocide Rwanda. 

Khalid is a reporter for Boston’s NPR station WBUR, where she leads BostonomiX–a new biz/tech team exploring the innovation economy. She was drawn to tech reporting after two years on the presidential campaign trail, where she consistently saw the effect technology has on policy and politics. She covered the 2016 presidential campaign for NPR, focusing on the intersection of demographics and politics. She attended rallies for nearly every presidential candidate on both sides of the aisle and criss-crossed the country to hear from voters in key battleground counties. She found the most enjoyable platform for telling stories in the recent presidential campaign season was the NPR politics podcast, a wildly successful project that was launched in 2015. Prior to the election, Khalid reported on a number of breaking news stories, including the Boston Marathon Bombings and the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger.

The open house and alumni-led panel discussion are free and open to the public. Registration for the reception and dinner is closed. For more information about the day’s events, visit the Hutton Honors College website.

About the Hutton Honors College: The Hutton Honors College at Indiana University Bloomington recruits diverse, talented and highly motivated students whose presence on campus serves to enhance the education of all undergraduates. By offering a range of small, challenging courses along with a variety of extracurricular and service programs, the Hutton Honors College strives to ensure an enriched academic and social experience for its students and to create an environment that fosters active, innovative learning. These opportunities, which include a close working relationship with some of IU's top faculty, affirm its commitment to providing its students with both the intimacy of a small college and the breadth of a large, pluralistic and distinguished research institution.  It has also been celebrating its 50th anniversary with a series of public programs that will continue next year under the title Many Worlds, One Globe.  The series is designed to highlight research and creative activities that connect global understanding with individual identity.