December 19, 2015
Nearly 2,000 recipients of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral agrees were eligible to participate in the IU Bloomington 2015 Winter Commencement Ceremony. IU President Michael A. McRobbie presided over the ceremony, which featured commencement speaker Alice M. Rivlin, a Brookings Institution economist and a former Federal Reserve Board vice chair and director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Rivlin spent her childhood in Bloomington, where her father, Allan C.G. Mitchell, was a physics professor at Indiana University and led the creation of the IU Cyclotron Facility. Rivlin serves as director of the Health Policy Center and Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy at the Brookings Institution. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Rivlin to the Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. She co-chaired, with Sen. Pete Domenici, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Task Force on Debt Reduction.
November 17, 2015
Nasser H. Paydar was installed as the fifth chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and executive vice president of Indiana University. Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presided. Purdue University President Mitch Daniels spoke, and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard offered greetings from the city. Paydar succeeds Charles R. Bantz, who stepped down after 12 years in the position. Paydar had been IUPUI's executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer since 2012. He has been a faculty member for nearly 30 years and has held various administrative and executive leadership positions since he joined IUPUI in 1985 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering.
October 23, 2015
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Multi-Institutional Academic Health Science Education and Research Campus in downtown Evansville. The launch of a new model of medical education training for future physicians, dentists and health professionals in Indiana will serve as the new home for the Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville campus. The interprofessional medical education and research center will offer the most advanced technologies to educate and train future generations of physicians, dentists, nurses, health science researchers and other health care providers and is a direct result of a unique and well-coordinated collaboration among four regional hospitals and three institutions of higher education. The partners are Deaconess Health System, Evansville, Ind.; Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes, Ind.; Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper, Ind.; St. Mary’s Health System, Evansville, Ind.; Indiana University; University of Evansville; and University of Southern Indiana.The medical education research center will open for the 2017-18 academic school year. The signature element of the campus will be a 25,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art simulation center where advanced technologies will be tested and used in combination with training, research and potential product development. The IU School of Dentistry is pursuing an exciting opportunity to bring an oral health component to the project through an on-site dental residency program and rotations for dental students currently based in Indianapolis.
October 21, 2015
Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie and other IU officials formally open IU's Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative, also known as the MDPI. IU has long known it had to do something to save its deteriorating media collections. The Bloomington campus alone is home to at least 3 million sound and moving image recordings, photos, documents, and artifacts. Many are degrading, most are on obsolete formats and a large percentage of them are highly valued for research. In 2013, President McRobbie announced the creation of the MDPI, which is charged with digitally preserving and providing access to all significant audio and video recordings on all IU campuses by the IU Bicentennial in 2020. Soon after, the MDPI partnered with Memnon to help with the gargantuan task, which totals 280,000 audio and video recordings. The MDPI is now located on the first floor of the Innovation Center on the Bloomington campus. In this space, engineers work to preserve the recordings, which are found in a variety of formats: from open-reel tapes to 78 RPM shellac discs on the audio side, to VHS and Betacam SP for video recordings. Every recording is then digitally preserved in the IU Data Center and made discoverable via the IU Libraries.
October 16, 2015
During homecoming weekend, three Indiana University graduates received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the university's highest award given only to an alumna or alumnus. The recipients were Angela M. Brown of Indianapolis, J. Terry Clapacs of Bloomington and Ezra “Zeke” Friedlander of Indianapolis. A fourth recipient, Sage Steele, received her award in May and was acknowledged during the program. IU President Michael A. McRobbie presented the awards, and Barbara A. Popp, national chair of the IU Alumni Association, presided at the presentation ceremony. The Distinguished Alumni Service Award recipients were chosen for service and achievement in their fields of endeavor and significant contributions to community, state or nation. With the addition of these recipients, IU has honored 325 alumni since the award’s inception in 1953.
October 15, 2015
Indiana University's School of Global and International Studies hosted an address by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to celebrate the opening of the school's new home on the Bloomington campus. IU President Michael A. McRobbie introduced Kerry, who was the first sitting secretary of state to visit IU in 20 years. Kerry delivered a speech highlighting why American leadership abroad remains more important than ever and outlining priorities for U.S. foreign policy in a changing world.
October 14, 2015
Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presides over the dedication of the Global and International Studies Building, home to the new School of Global and International Studies and many of the highly ranked language, literature and culture studies programs in IU’s College of Arts and Sciences. The 165,000-square-foot building provides important new instruction and collaboration space for more than 20 different academic programs in eight departments. Through its design, the building will play a vital role in the development of the School of Global and International Studies and its new programs, as well as foster greater interdisciplinary collaboration between academic units that previously were spread across the IU Bloomington campus. A signature feature of its three-story enclosed atrium and other building spaces are “the Stones of the World,” which includes stones from 10 countries, connecting Indiana's limestone tradition to the university's global history.
The $53 million building was funded entirely through university sources with half of the funding coming from IU's Big Ten Network revenues, representing the largest-ever commitment from IU Athletics revenue to support the core academic mission of the university.
October 8, 2015
Indiana University leadership, faculty, staff and students gathered to celebrate and dedicate University Hall, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis' newest building and an important milestone in the development of the campus. Conveniently located at the corner of New York Street and University Boulevard, the $22.9 million, five-story, 100,000-square-foot University Hall is a mixed-used building that features spaces to encourage collaboration among students, faculty and staff. University Hall serves as the new home for one of IU's newest schools and the world's first school of philanthropy—the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy—as well as offers critically needed expansion space for the School of Social Work, including serving as the headquarters for its MSW Direct Program, which is ranked seventh among online-degree MSW programs in the U.S. Occupants of University Hall, which were scattered across campus, began relocating to the new facility in July.
October 6, 2015
Nearly one year after presenting the first draft of the Bicentennial Strategic Plan for Indiana University — a document that brought together and built upon a number of university-wide strategic planning efforts — IU President Michael A. McRobbie described the enormous progress being made on many of the plan's priorities, including strengthening the university's commitment to student success and maximizing its capacity for research, scholarship and creative activity. President McRobbie devoted the majority of his annual State of the University address to highlighting a number of major recent accomplishments and activities that align with the goals of the Bicentennial Strategic Plan, which IU trustees approved in December 2014. View the address in its entirety.
October 2, 2015
Indiana University Bloomington celebrated a groundbreaking and announced the lead donor on a new building for the IU School of Informatics and Computing. The $39.8 million, 124,000-square-foot building to accommodate the rapid growth of students, faculty and programs at the school is expected to complete construction in December 2017. Private donations will fund at least $10 million of the building’s construction, including $8 million from former IU student Fred Luddy, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the School of Informatics and Computing and founder of ServiceNow, a Silicon Valley-based company that delivers cloud-based, automated IT help desk services. The new building will be named Luddy Hall in recognition of the gift and in honor of the many IU alumni in the Luddy family, including Fred's mother, father, sister and two brothers. Over the past eight years, undergraduate enrollment and research funding has tripled at the IU School of Informatics and Computing, with informatics now the third-largest undergraduate major on campus. Graduate enrollment has also more than doubled, with computer science now the second largest Master of Science degree program and second largest Ph.D. program on campus, and faculty members rose from 74 to 111 over this same time period.
June 18, 2015
Indiana University received approval in July 2013 by the Indiana State Budget Committee to build a three-story, 133,500-square-foot building to be shared with Ivy Tech Community College on the IU Northwest campus. Half of the $45 million building will house IU Northwest’s fine and performing arts programs, as well as academic and administration space for the College of Arts and Sciences. Thirty percent of the building will be occupied by Ivy Tech science programs and a “one-stop shop” for enrollment and admission services. The remainder of the building will include classrooms and informal study spaces to be shared by both campuses.
The project was officially kicked off at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 18, with a groundbreaking ceremony in the Savannah Center lobby. The IU Board of Trustees, President Michael A. McRobbie, IU Northwest Chancellor William J. Lowe and Chancellor Thomas G. Coley of Ivy Tech Community College Northwest all took part in the ceremony.
June 4, 2015
Indiana University and the Indiana University Foundation honored four individuals at the 2015 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.
June 2, 2015
Charles R. Bantz, who has guided the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus through a period of growth and unprecedented student success for more than a decade, announced late last year that he will step down as chancellor effective Aug. 15, 2015. Bantz, 65, joined IUPUI as chancellor and IU vice president for long-range planning in 2003, and he was named IU executive vice president in 2006. In August 2015, Bantz will begin a one-year leave before returning to IUPUI as a member of the faculty. To celebrate his accomplishments, friends and colleagues gathered for an evening to celebrate Bantz. IU President Michael A. McRobbie presided over the evening and presented Bantz with the IU President’s Medal for Excellence. The medal is awarded to those who have distinguished themselves in academia or public service.
Bantz has overseen significant growth in the number of students graduating from the IUPUI campus. This year, the number of bachelor’s degrees conferred jumped by 66 percent, from 2,212 in 2003 to 3,682, with graduates coming from all 50 states; while this year’s freshman class boasts the highest incoming average grade-point average and SAT scores in campus history. In addition, IUPUI has created 10 new doctoral programs, 10 additional master’s programs and 11 more bachelor’s degree programs during Bantz’s tenure as chancellor. Bantz oversaw the recently completed IUPUI strategic plan as well as the completion late in 2013 of the campus’s $1.4 billion fundraising campaign.
May 9, 2015
IU Bloomington awarded 8,883 degrees to 8,584 students as it celebrated its 186th commencement in two ceremonies, one for graduate students and one for undergraduates. A graduate ceremony was scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, May 8, in John Mellencamp Pavilion, 1001 E. 17th St. An undergraduate ceremony took place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at IU Memorial Stadium, 1001 E. 17th St. Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presided over the ceremonies. Sage Steele, an Indiana University alumna who is one of today’s most versatile and accomplished sports television personalities, spoke at IU Bloomington's undergraduate commencement.
May 8, 2015
IU Bloomington awarded 8,883 degrees to 8,584 students as it celebrated its 186th commencement in two ceremonies, one for graduate students and one for undergraduates. A graduate ceremony was scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, May 8, in John Mellencamp Pavilion, 1001 E. 17th St. An undergraduate ceremony took place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at IU Memorial Stadium, 1001 E. 17th St. Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presided over the ceremonies. C. David Allis, a molecular biologist and IU alumnus whose work has potential benefits in fighting many diseases, including cancer, spoke at IU’s graduate commencement ceremony.
April 24, 2015
IU President Michael A. McRobbie presented a lecture titled “Australian Intervention in the Great War: The Definition of a Nation.” The lecture was the final event in "World War I: 100 years", a yearlong Indiana University commemoration of the centennial of the war that included lectures, symposia, exhibitions, film showings, panel discussions and other events.
April 15, 2015
Indiana University, IU Health and IU Health Bloomington Hospital have announced today that they have reached an agreement to create a regional academic health campus in Bloomington, which will include a new home for IU Health Bloomington Hospital. The centerpiece of the project is the decision to locate IU Health Bloomington Hospital on the current site of the IU golf driving range on 75 acres just off the State Road 45/46 bypass adjacent to the IU Technology Park. “This is a momentous occasion for Indiana University and IU Health—and for the city of Bloomington,” Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie said. “This plan will lead to the creation of the most comprehensive academic health campus in the state outside of Indianapolis and will bring together most of the IU Bloomington health science programs, and possibly additional programs, into one place co-located with the new IU Health Bloomington Hospital. This will considerably expand the opportunities for health sciences education and research at IU Bloomington, for innovative new programs in inter-professional education and for new clinical services at the new hospital.”
April 10, 2015
Indiana University received a $500,000 gift from Cynthia L. Stewart Simon and William E. Simon Jr. in honor of the couple’s 25th wedding anniversary. A $400,000 portion of the gift has been used by the Jacobs School of Music to create Anniversary Plaza in front of its East Studio Building. IU President Michael A. McRobbie presided over the dedication of the plaza, which was held in the lobby of the Musical Arts Center. Following the ceremony, guests were invited to gather for refreshments in the plaza across the street, at the corner of East Third Street and Jordan Avenue, where features include a commissioned sculpture by Donald Gummer. Gummer is an alumnus of the Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the husband of actress Meryl Streep, who received an honorary doctoral degree from IU in April 2014.
January 24, 2015
Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie accepted the U.S. Midwest Award for Outstanding Achievement from G’Day USA, a national public diplomacy program that promotes the relationship between the United States and Australia. President McRobbie is a U.S. citizen who was born and received his education in Australia. The award was presented at the G’Day USA Australia Day Gala in Chicago. President McRobbie was introduced at the event through pre-taped remarks delivered by former U.S. Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, an Indiana University professor and director of the Center on Congress at IU. President McRobbie, who has served as IU president since 2007, came to IU in 1997 from the Institute of Advanced Study at the Australian National University, where he was a professor of information science and CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Computational Systems. Since its inception in 2004, G’Day USA has brought together industry leaders and key influencers in government, business, tourism, academics and the arts to cultivate and enhance the Australia-U.S. relationship.