I write with a heavy heart to convey the news that a wonderful
student in Indiana University's Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Kara Bayless, passed away Saturday, October
16th after returning from the annual meeting of the American Folklore
Society in Nashville, Tennessee.
Kara has been a bright presence in our
community these past four years. She made her mark as an outstanding
student-teacher, winning the prestigious Henry Glassie Award in
recognition of her achievement in this domain. She had almost completed
her MA project, and had finished coursework for her dual degree with
SLIS. Kara was also finishing her doctoral degree coursework, and was
excited about moving ahead with her project on the folklore of
Ukrainians in Siberia. She was, as well, a loyal contributor to the
activities of Traditional Arts Indiana, and was serving as a Graduate
Assistant with TAI. In all of these realms and others, Kara was an
outstanding participant, and she will be dearly missed.