Faculty and staff join IU President McRobbie for winter holiday parties

From the top: At Indiana University Bloomington, Alumni Hall was decked with lights to create a festive atmosphere for the party, Senior Associate Director in the Office of Admissions Larry Gonzalez spread some cheer with his red-and-white hat, IU Communications staff members Cadence Baugh, Bethany Nolan and Marah Harbison took part in the winter celebration. Photos by Eric Rudd, Indiana University

The lights were twinkling and the hot chocolate was flowing at festive parties held for Indiana University faculty and staff in Bloomington and Indianapolis.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie hosts the annual events and is joined by Provost Lauren Robel in Bloomington and IUPUI Chancellor Nasser Paydar in Indianapolis.

From the top: Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie greets IU police cadets at the winter holiday party in Indianapolis; IUPUI Chancellor Nasser Paydar and his wife, Niloo, pose for a photo; IUPUI faculty and staff are wowed by the preparation of the food at the event.  Photos by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

With the New Year and another spring semester on the horizon, the annual gatherings were a time to relax with colleagues and savor some sweet treats.

At each party, faculty and staff had the opportunity to take a few moments of their busy days to enjoy a festive atmosphere and celebrate the holidays. It was also a chance for the university's leadership to show their appreciation for all the important work faculty and staff accomplished in 2018.