Christiana Ochoa - Christiana Ochoa's first documentary film, Otra Cosa No Hay/There is Nothing Else, was recently accepted to the highly selective Bogota International Film Festival. The film, which will be shown at the IU Cinema on November 10, 2014, explores the effects experienced by a small, traditional, gold mining town in the remote Colombian Andes when large-scale mining companies alight in the region. With the generous support of a Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching and Collaboration Fellowship, she is currently conducting field work toward her second film project, which will explore law's role in the realization of differing views of development. The majority of Professor Ochoa's scholarship has focused on the question of how economic activity intersects with human well-being. In addition to her recent scholarly and creative achievements, Ochoa, Professor in the Maurer School of Law, has recently become an Associate Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and has been nominated for both the 2014-2015 Academic Leadership Program and the Executive Leadership Institute.
Kourtney B. Liepelt - Kourtney earned a B.A. in Journalism and Spanish, with a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies in December 2013. Her studies took her to Australia for a journalism course on ethnic and minority media, the United Kingdom for an internship at a travel publication, and Peru for an IU study abroad experience. During her final semester, she researched and reported on Central American immigration to the United States (Indiana specifically) for her School of Journalism senior capstone project. This reporting compelled her to apply for the Ross Hazeltine Travel Scholarship, a fund for graduates of the School of Journalism that promotes travel outside of North America for a planned and proposed reporting project. The scholarship allowed her to travel to and spend nearly three months in Guatemala to further delve into immigration issues, with the goal of humanizing the topic for the average U.S. reader. Her work has been published in The Des Moines Register and the Cedar Rapids Gazette, with another article slated to be published in Indianapolis Monthly in January or March.