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Molecular biologist C. David Allis to present IU's graduate commencement address

C. David Allis, a molecular biologist and Indiana University alumnus whose work has potential benefits in fighting many diseases, including cancer, will speak at IU's graduate commencement ceremony May 8. 

Alumna Sage Steele to speak at Indiana University Bloomington undergraduate commencement

Sage Steele, an Indiana University alumna who is one of today's most versatile and accomplished sports television personalities, will speak at IU Bloomington's undergraduate commencement ceremony May 9. 

IU's 2015 observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month begins Sunday

Indiana University Bloomington's annual observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month will begin Sunday, March 29, with the presentation of IU's Distinguished Asian American Alumni Award. 

IU's Little 500 again will feature two days of exciting cycling for scholarships

This year marks the 65th running of the men's Little 500 at Indiana University Bloomington. In addition to the women's and men's Little 500 bike races April 24 and 25, a new 5K run/walk, the Bloomington premiere of a new documentary about the races, events for alumni and a concert are planned. 

IU Chamber Orchestra to perform in Seoul, South Korea over spring break

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will launch its first Asian tour March 16 to 21 when the IU Chamber Orchestra travels to Seoul, South Korea, for a series of four concerts.  

Indiana University Bloomington moves up in Peace Corps rankings

For the second consecutive year, Indiana University Bloomington has earned a spot on the Peace Corps' annual list of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. The school moved up five spots to No. 20 with 36 graduates currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers.  

IU College of Arts and Sciences names its 2015 alumni and faculty honorees

A highly decorated Army general, a historic preservationist, an oil company founder who explores the ocean depths and a visionary leader in the entertainment industry are among the 2015 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards presented by the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences. 

IU Alumni Association, Hoosiers for Higher Education host legislative forum

Area legislators will share their views and answer questions regarding the current session of the Indiana General Assembly during a legislative forum at Indiana University.  

Three IU Jacobs School of Music alumni bring home Grammys

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announced that three of its alumni took home a Grammy statuette from the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. 

Gros Louis and Tuchman to be honored during IU GLBT Alumni Association Celebration Weekend

A beloved Indiana University leader and a steadfast legal advocate for the GLBT community will be honored by IU during its annual Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association Celebration Weekend on Jan. 30 to Feb. 1. 

NEA Chair Jane Chu to speak at 2014 IU Bloomington winter commencement

Indiana University alumna Jane Chu, the 11th chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, will deliver the 2014 winter commencement address at IU Bloomington on Dec. 20. 

The latest group of Jacobs Teacher Educators, oustanding teachers with tech, announced by the IU School of Education.

The Indiana University School of Education has honored four teachers from three states with the latest Jacobs Teacher Educator awards. The annual award honors teachers from across the country who use technology to support innovative, inquiry-based teaching and learning activities in their classrooms. 

Indiana University welcomes military leaders and combat veterans for 'Salute to Service'

The Indiana University Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs will host a delegation of high-ranking military leaders this week for a series of academic and ceremonial events including festivities at the IU-Penn State football game. 

IU College of Arts and Sciences welcomes back four alumni for Luminaries program

The Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences Luminaries program will bring four of its highly accomplished alumni to campus Nov. 9 to 11 to share their inspiring stories with students.  

IU achieves new international engagement milestones in India, Saudi Arabia

Achieving new milestones in its strategic effort to be among the nation's most internationally focused universities, Indiana University has dramatically strengthened its engagement in two nations, India and Saudi Arabia, where the university's ties are among its deepest in the world.  

Four to receive IU's Distinguished Alumni Service Award

During IU Bloomington's homecoming weekend, four Indiana University graduates will receive IU's Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the university's highest award given only to an alumna or alumnus. The recipients are Kathy Ziliak Anderson of Nashville, Ind.; Lacy Johnson of Indianapolis; James D. McGee of Bradenton, Fla.; and Will Shortz of Pleasantville, N.Y. 

Bloomington, IU campus come together for spirited homecoming activities

After a highly successful town-gown celebration of IU Homecoming a year ago, Indiana University is again partnering with Bloomington businesses, local government and tourism officials in a big way to energize the campus and city for IU Homecoming 2014. 

IU Latino Alumni Association honoring Monica Medina during Fall Weekend events in Indianapolis

In connection with National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Indiana University Latino Alumni Association will honor an alumna during its Fall Weekend events in Indianapolis. 

Conference to honor Saudi human-rights activist who earned Ph.D. from IU

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Karen Elliott House will present a keynote lecture at an Indiana University mini-conference next week on human rights in Saudi Arabia. The conference honors Saudi human-rights activist and IU graduate Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani.  

Silicon Valley entrepreneur and venture capitalist Tony Conrad to visit Indiana University

One of Silicon Valley's most successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists will return to Indiana University and his home state of Indiana on Sept. 18 for a day of special programs with students and an evening with the general public. 

IU Bloomington named one of top LGBT-friendly universities

Indiana University Bloomington is included in the Campus Pride list of the top 50 LGBT-friendly colleges and universities for 2014, which was announced today.  

Academy Award winner Kevin Kline to receive honorary degree from IU; film series planned

Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Kline will receive an honorary doctoral degree during his return to the Indiana University campus this fall. As part of his Sept. 15 visit, he is scheduled to speak at IU Auditorium and attend a special screening of "A Fish Called Wanda" at IU Cinema. 

IU Maurer School of Law given $3.25 million for clinical endowed chair, student scholarships

The Indiana University Maurer School of Law has received $3.25 million to establish an endowed clinical professorship and provide scholarship funds for Indiana high school graduates attending the law school.  

Two new IU trustees appointed by Gov. Mike Pence

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie welcomed the selection of two new members of the IU Board of Trustees. The new board members, announced earlier today by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, are Andrew F. Mohr, president and CEO of Andy Mohr Automotive Group, and Michael J. Mirro, chief academic research officer for Parkview Health System. 

Pat Shoulders re-elected as IU alumni trustee

Indiana University graduates have re-elected Patrick A. Shoulders of Evansville, Ind., to the IU Board of Trustees. 

Estate of former IU basketball player funds scholarships for athletics, overseas study

IU Athletics and the College of Arts and Sciences will receive over $1.5 million from the estate of the late Harold J. Anderson. The gift will provide support for undergraduate students through the Anderson Athletic Scholarship and the Anderson Overseas Study Scholarship. 

Indiana University Journalism to honor six alumni

Indiana University Journalism will honor six alumni, including digital news innovators, educators and reporters, at its fourth annual Distinguished Alumni Awards celebration Sept. 13. 

Indiana University graduates to elect trustee

Degree-holders from all Indiana University campuses can vote for the university trustee position beginning June 1 through 11 a.m. June 30. 

IU President McRobbie concludes successful visit to Vietnam

Michael A. McRobbie has concluded the historic first official visit by a standing Indiana University president to Vietnam, wrapping up two days of meetings with educational and governmental officials and IU alumni. 

Indiana University opens office in Beijing, signs agreements with three top Chinese universities

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie concluded an official visit to Beijing by dedicating IU's new international gateway office for China, a new home base of university activities in the country. 

Indiana University President McRobbie concludes productive visit to Japan

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie concluded an official visit to Japan today by bestowing on one of the country's musical treasures, renowned cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, one the university's highest honors. 

IU President McRobbie to lead university delegation to Asia

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie again will lead a university delegation to Asia, where he will open a new IU office in China, renew or sign agreements with leading higher education institutions in the region, and meet with alumni, business and governmental leaders. 

Alum and broadcaster Jane Pauley to lead first segment in IU Alumni Association's new webinar series

IU alumna and broadcast journalist Janey Pauley will lead the IU Alumni Association's first webinar, titled "Your Life Calling," as part of the IUAA's new webinar series starting June 6. 

'Breaking Bad' actor Jonathan Banks reschedules visit to IU Bloomington

Due to illness, actor Jonathan Banks had to postpone his scheduled visit to the Indiana University Bloomington campus this week, but he plans to visit in the fall. 

IU Alumni Association to honor volunteers for service

During its annual Alumni Leaders Conference in June, the Indiana University Alumni Association will honor six individuals for their service and volunteer leadership to the association. 

'Breaking Bad' actor Jonathan Banks to visit campus for IU Cinema screening, theater master class

Actor Jonathan Banks will visit the Indiana University Bloomington campus this week. He is scheduled to speak at IU Cinema and host a screening of clips from his film and television career. 

IU School of Public Health-Bloomington recognizes outstanding alumni

The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington honored distinguished alumni recently, with honorees including past university department chairs, leaders in sports management and individuals who have been instrumental in policy development both domestically and abroad. 

Indiana University students, graduates receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

More than two dozen Indiana University undergraduates, recent alumni and graduate students have been selected to receive Graduate Research Fellowships, nationally competitive awards presented by the National Science Foundation.  

IU English professor Adrian Matejka wins 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry

IU English professor Adrian Matejka is a recipient of the 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for his third poetry collection "The Big Smoke." Matejka's book was also a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry.  

IU Maurer School of Law inducts four into Academy of Law Alumni Fellows

Four Indiana University Maurer School of Law alumni will be inducted today, April 11, into the school's Academy of Law Alumni Fellows. Induction into the academy is the highest honor the law school can bestow on its graduates.  

Indiana University alumnus Tavis Smiley to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Television personality and Indiana University graduate Tavis Smiley will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A ceremony featuring remarks by celebrities Jay Leno and Larry King will mark the unveiling of the star April 24 at the landmark near the famous corner of Hollywood and Vine. 

Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill makes $3 million gift to Indiana University

The Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs has received a $3 million gift from Paul O'Neill in what is the largest private donation in the school's history. O'Neill is the former U.S. secretary of the treasury and chairman and CEO of Alcoa.  

IU alumna pays tribute to education, public health with $3.4 million estate gift

The Indiana University School of Education and School of Public Health-Bloomington will receive approximately $3.4 million from the estate of the late Patricia K. Fehl. The gift will provide funding for education and health initiatives -- two areas Fehl was dedicated to serving. 

New Academic Directions charts unprecedented changes for Indiana University

Indiana University's New Academic Directions initiative has produced strategic and focused changes on an unprecedented scale in the academic landscape of the institution's core campuses at IU Bloomington and IUPUI, university administrators told the Board of Trustees today. 

Prestigious Japan Prize goes to epigeneticist with master's, Ph.D. from IU Bloomington

C. David Allis, a pioneer in the field of epigenetics and the relationship between genes and disease who received both his master's degree and Ph.D. in biology from Indiana University Bloomington, has received the Japan Prize, one of the most prestigious international prizes in science. 

IUAA Monroe County chapter, Hoosiers for Higher Education host legislative forum

Area legislators will share their views and answer questions regarding the current session of the Indiana General Assembly during the 2014 Legislative Forum from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at the DeVault Alumni Center, 1000 E. 17th St., in Bloomington. 

IU releases Bloomington Homecoming dates through 2019

For the first time in history, the IU Alumni Association and IU Athletics are announcing in advance the next six years of IU Homecoming dates, as well as the addition of a major alumni recognition ceremony to the lineup of this perennial celebration. 

Record crowd expected for annual IU GLBT Alumni Association Celebration Weekend

The Indiana University Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association's annual Celebration Weekend will, for the sixth year in a row, coincide with the Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival. The event, set for the weekend of Jan. 24 to 26, will also celebrate the association's unique scholarship campaign. 

McRobbie, McKinney honored by Anti-Defamation League

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie and Robert H. McKinney, an Indianapolis business and civic leader as well as a former IU trustee and chair of the board, have each been honored by the Anti-Defamation League with the agency's "Man of Achievement Award." 

Historic $40 million gift will renovate IU's Assembly Hall and launch capital campaign for IU Athletics

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced that IU Athletics has received a $40 million gift -- the largest in its history -- from IU alumna Cindy Simon Skjodt to provide much-needed renovations to Assembly Hall and launch IU Athletics' ambitious and unprecedented $150 million "Catching Excellence: The Campaign for Indiana University Athletics" capital campaign. McRobbie also announced that in honor of the landmark gift made by Catching Excellence co-chair Cindy Simon Skjodt and her philanthropic organization, the Samerian Foundation, IU will rename Assembly Hall the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. 

IU Bloomington, Maurer School present new Distinguished International Alumni awards

Jun Kwang-woo, former chairman of South Korea's National Pension Service, and Heejin Cho, research commissioner at South Korea's Institute of Justice, were recognized Sunday as Indiana University distinguished alumni. 

IU Bloomington Provost Robel to visit, strengthen ties with South Korea

Indiana University Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel will travel to South Korea next week to strengthen relationships with alumni and partner institutions and to develop collaborations in a nation that is rich in both culture and innovation. 

Indiana University scholar honored for contributions to ethnomusicology

Ruth Stone, the Laura Bolton Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and associate vice provost for research at Indiana University Bloomington, was honored this month for her lifetime of contributions to the field of ethnomusicology. 

Film series, concerts kick off five-year celebration of Hoagy Carmichael at IU

Howard Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael, perhaps one of Bloomington's best known native sons, will be honored with a 114th birthday celebration this month on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Featuring a film series and concerts, the event kicks off a five-year celebration of Carmichael's life, music and films. 

IU honors alumna Patty Stonesifer with inaugural Women Leading the Way Award

The Indiana University Women's Philanthropy Council honored Patty Stonesifer as the inaugural recipient of the Women Leading the Way Award. This newly created annual award recognizes a woman associated with IU for her extraordinary philanthropic achievements that improve communities and inspire others to work for positive change.  

IU School of Public Health-Bloomington recognizes outstanding alumni

The IU School of Public Health-Bloomington recently honored distinguished alumni, with honorees including past university department chairs, leaders in sports management and individuals who have been instrumental in policy development both domestically and abroad. "We could not be more pleased to honor these exceptional alumni," Dean Mohammad Torabi said.  

IU honors five loyal volunteers and supporters as 2013 Partners in Philanthropy

On Friday, Nov. 1, Indiana University and the Indiana University Foundation honored five individuals as the 2013 Partners in Philanthropy. Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie and IU Foundation President and CEO Daniel C. Smith presented the awards, recognizing exceptional volunteer leaders whose vital service and contributions help shape the future of the university at the highest levels. 

On Veterans Day, IU's Golden Book to be updated with names of women who served during World War I

The names of 30 female service members affiliated with Indiana University whose service during World War I was only recently determined will be added to the university's Golden Book during a ceremony on Veterans Day. The Golden Book records the names of military veterans connected to IU as far back as the War of 1812.  

IU Homecoming kicks off this week

It's IU Homecoming week in Bloomington, and the community is abuzz with excitement and showing its crimson colors. Homecoming week features the return of the parade on a new route down Kirkwood, the student-led Nearly Naked Mile clothing drive, and at least 18 more IU-hosted activities.  

Two researchers with IU connections receiving top honors from American Academy of Optometry

Two optometrists with Indiana University connections – an assistant professor in the IU Bloomington School of Optometry and an emeritus professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University who completed his PhD at IU in 1970 – will receive two of the Academy of Optometry’s highest honors this week. 

Total voluntary support for Indiana University in fiscal 2013 is fourth highest on record

Indiana University received $305.9 million in voluntary support in fiscal 2013, the fourth highest total in the history of the university. The annual total voluntary support figure, which reports actual dollars received during the fiscal year, includes $153.5 million in private support from alumni, friends, parents, companies, foundations and other organizations. It also includes $18.5 million in private gifts for the Riley Children’s Foundation and $133.9 million in nongovernmental grants awarded to the university. 

Inaugural IU Diversity Leadership Conference focuses on 'Building Social Capital'

ESPN sportscaster Sage Steele, WRTV journalist Rafael Sanchez and OutdoorAfro.com founder Rue Mapp will address the first Diversity Leadership Conference at Indiana University Bloomington on Nov. 8. 

IU School of Education honors four educational leaders with Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Indiana University School of Education honored four of its alumni who have touched education across the world, the nation and the state of Indiana during the Distinguished Alumni Award banquet Oct. 12. The 37th annual IU School of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards honored individuals who hold a degree from the school and have made a lasting impact through their work. 

Parade returns amid week of IU Homecoming activities

Fall in Bloomington. Does it get any better? Not when it comes to IU Homecoming. Hoosier alumni and families will fill local hotels and businesses, and the entire community is welcome to celebrate a one-of-a-kind campus community during a week of activities culminating with the homecoming game on Nov. 2. 

IU Foundation appoints Rogers to work with university on diversity, equity and multicultural affairs

The Indiana University Foundation has appointed Joyce Q. Rogers as vice president for development and external relations for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs and senior advisor for strategic development initiatives. The newly created position is charged with increasing the presence and significance of the university among prospective and current minority students, alumni, business and community leaders, and donors. 

IU alum wins 2014 Indiana Teacher of the Year

The Indiana Department of Education has announced that Steven Perkins, Latin teacher at North Central High School in Indianapolis, is the 2014 Indiana Teacher of the Year. Perkins is a 1991 classical studies graduate of Indiana University. While earning his bachelor's degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, he completed secondary education coursework in the IU School of Education to earn teaching certification.  

Lillian Casillas-Origel to receive IU Latino Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award

Lillian Casillas-Origel, director of La Casa/the Indiana University Latino Cultural Center at IU Bloomington, is the 2013 recipient of the IU Latino Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes outstanding professional achievements and community service of Latino alumni of any IU campus.  

IU College of Arts and Sciences welcomes back three alumni for Luminaries Program

A top executive at one of America's most successful entertainment companies, the first Filipina-American Article III federal judge and the executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association are returning to Indiana University Bloomington as the inaugural class of the College of Arts and Sciences' Luminaries Program. 

IU Alumni Association members get access to leading academic journals

A new partnership between the Indiana University Alumni Association and the IU libraries offers IUAA members online access to more than 2,000 academic journals and articles through JSTOR and Project MUSE. 

IU Jacobs School of Music alumnus named 2013 MacArthur Fellow

Concert pianist Jeremy Denk, an Indiana University Jacobs School of Music alumnus who also served on the school's faculty, has been named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. As one of 24 fellows, Denk will receive a stipend of $625,000 paid out over five years.  

IU Neal-Marshall Alumni Club staging reunion; W.Kamau Bell to perform

"Let's Stay Together" is the theme for the Indiana University Neal-Marshall Alumni Club’s Reunion XXI, scheduled for Oct. 18 to 20 in Bloomington. 

Sophia Travis to be remembered with IU's Distinguished Asian Pacific American Alumni Award

The late Sophia Travis, former president of the Monroe County Council and president of the Indiana University Asian Alumni Association, will be honored posthumously on Sept. 22 with the 2013 Distinguished Asian Pacific American Alumni Award.  

Nation’s first GLBT scholarship campaign launched at IU with $500,000 challenge gift

The IU Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association today launched the nation’s first-ever scholarship campaign devoted to assisting GLBT students and promoting leadership on GLBT concerns. Bolstered by an anonymous $500,000 challenge gift, the campaign kicked off with more than $200,000 in cash and pledges. 

McRobbie becomes first IU president to visit Ghana, concluding historic trip to Africa

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie this week became the first IU president to visit Ghana, meeting with senior officials at the nation's oldest university, the University of Ghana, to explore ways to expand one of IU's most productive and successful international partnerships.