• December 17, 2016

    Winter Commencement

    Linda Greenhouse, a Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law and Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Resident at Yale Law School, addressed graduates at Indiana University Bloomington's winter commencement Dec. 17. Greenhouse is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who spent 40 years at The New York Times, including nearly 30 years covering the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to teaching at Yale, where her focus is the Supreme Court, Greenhouse also writes a biweekly opinion column for The New York Times’ website. Some 1,933 IU Bloomington students will graduate. The campus will award 2,015 degrees: 1,378 bachelor’s degrees, 508 master’s degrees, 118 doctoral research degrees, two doctoral practice degrees, eight specialist degrees and one associate degree. (Some students receive more than one degree.)

  • December 13, 2016

    Indianapolis entrepreneur donates $30 million to launch immunotherapy center

    Indianapolis entrepreneur Donald E. Brown, MD, announced a $30\-million gift to establish the Brown Center for Immunotherapy at the IU School of Medicine. The center will discover new ways to deploy immune-based therapies to treat cancers and pioneer use of this powerful technology in other diseases. Researchers will also study how to make this highly specialized therapy accessible to large numbers of patients. The gift is the IU School of Medicine’s largest ever from an alumnus. Unlike many gifts of this magnitude, which are typically pledged over several years, Dr. Brown gave all $30 million at once. The infusion of resources will enable IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess, Executive Associate Dean for Research Affairs Anantha Shekhar and other school leaders to move aggressively to build the center and recruit top-flight experts in immunotherapy to Indiana. The gift will also provide a powerful boost to the state's economy. Dr. Brown’s charge to the IU School of Medicine is “to use the work of the center to catalyze the formation of new companies and the creation of new jobs in the field of immune-based biotechnology.” To accomplish these goals, the Brown Center for Immunotherapy will collaborate with the private sector throughout Central Indiana, including leaders in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and other relevant fields.

  • November 14, 2016

    O'Meara International Lecture featuring Narendra Jadhav, Ph.D.

    Narendra Jadhav, an IU alumnus, economist, writer and educator and a member of India's parliament, presented the sixth annual Patrick O'Meara International Lecture at Indiana University Bloomington. He spoke on the topic, "India and the United States: Caste, Race, and Economic Growth.” Jadhav, who earned a doctorate in economics from IU in 1986, served the Reserve Bank of India for 31 years, retiring in 2008 from the position of principal advisor and chief economist. From 2006 to 2009, he was vice chancellor of the University of Pune, the largest traditional university in the world with 650,000 students. He also worked for four years at the International Monetary Fund. A prolific writer with 100 research papers and more than three dozen books in English, Marathi and Hindi, he served from 2009 to 2014 as a member of the National Planning Commission, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and a member of the National Advisory Council. He serves in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India's parliament. In 2011, McRobbie presented Jadhav with its Thomas Hart Benton Medallion, which is given to individuals who have achieved a level of distinction in public office or service and have exemplified the values of IU.

  • October 26, 2016

    Reflections from His Royal Highness Prince Mansour bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

    Indiana University’s leadership, students, faculty and staff met with His Royal Highness Prince Mansour bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia as the prince visited IU Bloomington. HRH Prince Mansour is the grandson of His Majesty King Abdulaziz Al Saud, who founded the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932. He served as an advisor to his uncle, His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. A successful entrepreneur, he has founded a number of companies and has been recognized internationally for his business leadership. HRH Prince delivered remarks to an audience at the Grand Foyer of the IU Auditorium. In his remarks, the prince emphasized several times the importance of education to the future of his country, noting particularly the King Abdullah scholarship program, started just over a decade ago. It is a prime reason nearly 60,000 Saudi students studied at U.S. universities in the 2014-15 academic year alone. Saudi students comprise the fourth largest international student body at IU, with nearly 600 on IU’s campuses. About 400 study at IUPUI, about 125 attend IU Bloomington and another 50 are at IU's six other regional campuses. IU has more than 800 alumni affiliated with Saudi Arabia.

  • October 19, 2016

    IU South Bend Riverside Hall Groundbreaking Ceremony

    Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presided over a groundbreaking ceremony to IU South Bend's Riverside Hall. When the $4-million renovation project is complete, it will be the hub of health sciences programs, classes, and health care for students, faculty, staff, and community residents. The project will refurbish and modernize more than 11,000 square feet — the entirety of the building. New mechanical, plumbing, electrical, data, and security systems will be installed, along with updated clinical space, laboratories, radiology equipment, a pharmacy, classrooms, and offices. When completed in the fall of 2017, Riverside Hall will be the new home of the expanded IU South Bend Health and Wellness Center and enhanced programs in health sciences. Funding for the project includes a $1 million gift from the Vera Z. Dwyer Charitable Trust, matching gifts, campus funds, and operational support from HealthLinc, a federally qualified health care center operator.

  • October 17, 2016

    Honoring Dr. Steven C. Beering

    Over the course of his highly distinguished career, Dr. Steven Beering has served as a physician to astronauts; as the architect of Indiana’s successful medical education system; as dean of one of the country’s leading medical schools; and as a university president who helped build the institution he led into a leading public research university. One of his great contributions to the IU School of Medicine was his leadership in the establishment of the Indiana Statewide Medical Education System. When Beering established the Indiana Statewide Medical Education System in the late 1960s, the state was facing a shortage of physicians that could have placed the state's growing population in crisis. Once approved by the State Legislature, the IU School of Medicine’s high-quality education and research was brought to all corners of the state. Beering was named dean of the school in 1974, the youngest dean in the school’s history, and served in that role until 1983, when he was selected as Purdue University’s ninth president. IU President Michael A. McRobbie and Associate Dean and Director of the IU School of Medicine-West Lafayette Regina Kreisle unveiled a replica of the plaque honoring Dr. Steven Beering. President McRobbie announced that the medical education wing at the IU School of Medicine-West Lafayette's Lyles-Porter Hall at Purdue University would be named the Dr. Steven C. Beering Medical Education Wing.

  • October 14, 2016

    2016 DASA Awards Dinner

    Each year during homecoming weekend, Indiana University recognizes outstanding alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award (DASA), the highest accolade reserved solely for alumni. The awardees are leaders in their chosen fields. They also make significant contributions benefiting their community, state, nation, or university. The 2016 DASA recipients are Chris Botti, of Encino, Calif.; Moses Gray, of Indianapolis; Richard A. Reed, of Saudi Arabia; and Lorna Schofield, of New York City. IU President Michael A. McRobbie presented the awards to the honorees. Nathan Feltman, national chair of the IU Alumni Association, presided over the ceremony, which took place in Henke Hall at Memorial Stadium. Including these awardees, IU has honored 329 alumni since the award's inception in 1953.

  • October 14, 2016

    Dedication of the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology

    Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presided over the dedication of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, which also served as the opening of the Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology. The historic and venerable arena is named in honor of IU alumna Cindy Simon Skjodt, whose $40-million gift represents the largest gift in IU Athletics history. The renovation preserves the greatest home court advantage in college basketball while adding fan amenities and modern technology to the iconic venue. Made possible by a $5-million gift from IU alumnus Mark Cuban, the Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology is home to a first-of-its-kind, cutting-edge, student-focused, video, broadcasting and technology center located on the west side of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall originally opened its doors in 1971. It has been home to three national championship teams, 14 Big Ten championship teams, and has served as the original home for the Indiana women’s basketball program. 

  • September 28, 2016

    SGIS Distinguished Speaker Series - Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo

    IU President Michael A. McRobbie introduced Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo, prime minister of the Southeast Asian nation Timor-Leste, prior to his speech as part of the IU School of Global and International Studies' Distinguished Diplomat Speaker Series. Araújo, who became prime minister in February 2015, discussed the work of leading a young nation and working toward its goals for sustainability and self-reliance. A physician, Araújo leads the sixth Constitutional Government of Timor-Leste, also known as East Timor, since it gained its independence in 2002. Araújo was an active member of the resistance during Indonesia's occupation of Timor-Leste. The resistance movement fought for independence for 25 years after Indonesia invaded the country to its south in 1975.

  • September 27, 2016

    Franklin Hall Rededication Ceremony

    Joseph “Joe” Buck, a seven-time Emmy Award-winning sports broadcaster who attended Indiana University, received an honorary doctoral degree during the ceremony to rededicate Franklin Hall as the home of The Media School. The convocation, was the culmination of The Media School’s move into the building, which reopened in August after a two-year, $21 million renovation. Originally completed in 1907, Franklin Hall first served as the campus library and later as the Student Services Building. It was renamed in 1988 after Joseph A. Franklin, an alumnus and former university treasurer and vice president.

    The building’s design now blends the English Gothic style of the exterior with a modern glass-roofed commons and cutting-edge technology on the inside. Prominent features include a 24-by-12-foot screen in the commons; a professionally equipped broadcast studio, funded by a gift from alumni Ken and Audrey Beckley; a screening room to showcase student-produced films; a large suite for student media, including the Indiana Daily Student; a game design area; and Presidents Hall, a large meeting space that once was the reading room of the library.

  • September 23, 2016

    IUPUI School of Dentistry Clinical Building Groundbreaking Ceremony

    Members of the IUPUI community gathered to break ground on the long-awaited 45,000-square-foot clinical building expansion at Indiana University School of Dentistry. The new facility will house 125 state-of-the-art operatories on three floors, with spacious patient registration and waiting areas. The architectural design blends contemporary glass and steel with the historic limestone façade of the original Michigan Street building. An enclosed courtyard will connect all four of the dental school’s buildings on the ground level, and a suspended glass walkway will allow passage between the buildings’ upper floors. Construction is expected to be completed in December of 2017.

  • September 14, 2016

    President Michael A. McRobbie's 2016 State of the University Address

    Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie reported on a record-setting year for the university as it continues to strengthen its commitment to student success, world-class research and scholarship, as well as service to the civic, cultural, economic and social life of Indiana. During his annual State of the University address, his 10th since becoming IU president, McRobbie also announced several new initiatives designed to preserve, recognize and strengthen IU's heritage and legacy as the university moves forward with planning for its bicentennial celebration in 2020.

  • September 7, 2016

    IUPUI North Hall Dedication Ceremony

    Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar presided over the dedication of North Hall, the first traditional residence hall constructed at IUPUI since the campus was founded in 1969. The residence hall has been intentionally designed to promote student interaction through the creation of welcoming common spaces, including a grand lobby and microlounges throughout each residential floor. The 172,000-square-foot building provides housing for 700 students. The building also features a computer lab, a game room, a fitness area, a laundry facility, a large programming area and two classrooms.

  • August 19, 2016

    IU East Student Events and Activities Center Dedication Ceremony

    IU East celebrated one of its biggest nights by opening its brand new Student Events and Activities Center and announcing the largest gift ever from an alumnus. As part of the celebration, Lingle Court was named to recognize the $700,000 gift by Paul and Pat Lingle. The Lingle name will be permanently etched on a plaque in the building and appear on the Red Wolves court. Lingle Court will also provide space to host student activities such as concerts and pep rallies as well as a variety of community events. President Michael A. McRobbie said the Student Events and Activities Center would enhance the vitality and functionality of the campus, and provide students with opportunities for engagement and leadership. He expressed gratitude to the donors and community for their support of IU East and for the center.

  • June 20, 2016

    Grand Challenges Initiatives Announcement

    Indiana University announced that the Precision Health Initiative, a research initiative focused on patient-centered precision medicine therapies, is the first recipient of funding under the university’s new $300 million Grand Challenges Program. Led by faculty at the IU School of Medicine, IU Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, the Precision Health Initiative will develop IU's expertise in individualized precision medicine. Precision Health Initiative team members will work closely with several prominent business and community partners, including Eli Lilly and Co., Roche Diagnostics, Cook Regentec, Deloitte, Regenstrief Institute and IU Health. The primary goals will be to transform health care for the people of Indiana and medical research and education at IU.

  • June 9, 2016

    Partners in Philanthropy Awards Dinner

    Indiana University and the Indiana University Foundation honored five individuals at the 2016 Partners in Philanthropy Awards Dinner. 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 6, 2016

    IUPUI Natatorium Dedication Ceremony

    Already considered one of the fastest pools in the country, the Indiana University Natatorium takes on new life as a result of an extensive $20 million renovation project that was completed in time to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Diving, June 18 to 26. The IU Natatorium was renovated to better serve the local, regional and national communities. After 34 years of productive use, the facility needed major improvements to help ensure its esteemed presence continues well into the 21st century. Completed in five phases over the span of 21 months, critical renovations included enhanced interior design and widening of the diving tower as well as a new roof, heating and cooling system, pool deck, pool filtration system, lighting, skylights, bulkheads, and starting blocks; new doors, windows and drywall in the east and west concourses; an expanded pro shop; modernized locker rooms; and other mechanical repairs.

  • May 11, 2016

    IU Art Museum receives $15 million gift from Eskenazis

    Indiana University Art Museum has announced a landmark gift of $15 million from Indianapolis-based philanthropists Sidney and Lois Eskenazi. This is the largest cash gift in the museum's history and a lead gift toward renovation of its I.M. Pei-designed building, which opened in 1982. In addition, thanks to the gift-matching program and other generous philanthropy of the "For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign," another $20 million will be invested by the university to be used for complete renovation and gallery enhancements at the museum. The museum will be renamed the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art in recognition of the couple's generosity, effective immediately. The Eskenazis are also donating their collection of nearly 100 works of art, composed primarily of prints by 20th-century European and American masters. 

  • May 8, 2016

    Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Commencement Ceremony

    Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis conducted its commencement at a new location: Lucas Oil Stadium. The move enabled IUPUI to conduct a single ceremony rather than two separate ceremonies as was the practice in recent years. The IUPUI commencement speaker was John C. Lechleiter, president, CEO and chair of the board of directors of Eli Lilly and Co. The student speaker was Rosie Bryant, who graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Robert Schrier, a world-renowned nephrologist and IU School of Medicine alumnus, received an honorary degree. IUPUI awarded 4,313 undergraduate degrees and 2,404 graduate and professional degrees.

  • May 7, 2016

    IU Bloomington Undergraduate Commencement

    IU President Michael A. McRobbie presided over the IU Bloomington Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, which was held at IU Memorial Stadium. IU Bloomington awarded 6,701 undergraduate degrees. IU alumnus Jamie Hyneman, co-host of the popular TV program “MythBusters,” spoke at the undergraduate ceremony. Grace Boya Shen, who graduated with a double major in history and American studies, was the undergraduate student speaker. Curt Simic, president emeritus of the IU Foundation, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. 

  • May 6, 2016

    IU Bloomington Graduate Commencement

    IU President Michael A. McRobbie presided over the IU Bloomington Graduate Commencement Ceremony, which was held at the Mellencamp Pavilion. Indianapolis attorney, philanthropist and IU alumnus Michael S. “Mickey” Maurer spoke at the ceremony. Maurer will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. A total of 2,308 graduate and professional degrees will be awarded.

  • May 2, 2016

    Grand Challenges Finalist Presentations at IU Bloomington

    Indiana University hosted public events in Indianapolis and Bloomington recognizing the five research teams submitting final proposals in the inaugural year of the university’s $300 million Grand Challenges Program. Representatives of each team made presentations about the five Grand Challenges initiatives and took questions from the audience. IU President Michael A. McRobbie welcomed guests at each of the events, and IU Vice President for Research Fred H. Cate served as host and emcee for the presentations and question-and-answer sessions. Developed as a component of IU’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan, the Grand Challenges Program will fund three to five initiatives over the next five years that will each take on major and large-scale problems facing society. 

  • April 14, 2016

    Dedication of the renovated Main Building at Indiana University Kokomo

    Indiana University celebrated the dedication of the renovated Main Building, which opened in June 1965. It was the first structure built at the South Washington Street campus, when IU Kokomo moved from the Seiberling Mansion. With $14 million from the Indiana General Assembly, it has been transformed into a 21st century learning space. During the ceremony, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced a gift of approximately $3.5 million from Chancellor Emerita Ruth J. Person. The “supremely generous gift” will fund the R-M-J Scholars Program, which will promote student success and graduation within four years for the recipients.

  • January 26, 2016

    Paul H. O'Neill Graduate Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

    IU Bloomington celebrated the groundbreaking of the Paul H. O'Neill Graduate Center at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs today. The $12 million, 28,000-square-foot, glass-walled graduate center will adjoin SPEA's current building on East 10th Street. It will provide technologically advanced learning and meeting spaces for SPEA's top-ranked and growing graduate programs in public affairs, environmental management and environmental science. SPEA has grown dramatically since its founding in 1972 and the construction of its existing home in 1982 that it has now outgrown. The current class of graduate students is the largest in the school's history, as is the full-time faculty roster that now numbers nearly 100. SPEA's rank and reputation have also grown. It is the world's largest and highest-ranked school of its type.