About the Center


Bruce Kulwicki

 Dr. Bruce Kulwicki 

Blumberg Center Director


(812) 237-2147   



Roxanne Toner

Operations Specialist


(812) 237-2830


Lisa Poff

Lisa Poff

 Deaf-Blind Services Project Director 


(812) 237-7679


Jenifer Pollom

Jenifer Pollom 

Operations Specialist 


(812) 237-2842 



Jennifer Mesanovic

 PASS Project Director


 (812) 237-8115


Jolly Piersall

Mrs. Jolly Piersall

IEPRC Project Directo


(812) 757-8297

The Blumberg Bulletin



  • 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 



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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   


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.