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Aug. 24, 2016

IU Bloomington makes Campus Pride list of top 30 LGBTQ-friendly campuses

A sign outside IU Bloomington's GLBT Student Support Services Office welcomes all. | PHOTO BY ERIC RUDD, IU COMMUNICATIONS

For the fourth time, IU Bloomington has been included in the Campus Pride List of the top LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities.

Campus Pride, founded in 2001, is a national nonprofit network of student leaders and campus groups devoted to improving college life for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students across the United States. This year Campus Pride recognized 30 campuses. 

Campus Pride's 2016 "Best of the Best" list is based on LGBTQ-friendly benchmarks for policies, programs and practices in higher education. Results are determined through a voluntary self-assessment survey. The list includes public and private colleges with student populations ranging from 807 to 45,000. 

ICYMI: Staff, faculty parking permits changed

In case you missed it, parking permits for staff and faculty now have different names and all parking signage has been changed to reflect use of the new permits.

There are no longer be A, C or Employee Economy permits. Instead:

  • The Employee Premium (EM-P) permit replaced the A permit.
  • The Employee Standard (EM-S) permit replaced the C permit.
  • The Employee Value (EM-V) permit replaced the Employee Economy permit.

The permit name changes bring the Bloomington campus into alignment with a new university-wide permit naming convention that includes Employee (EM); Student (ST); and Campus Housing (CH). The changes are one of many steps in a nearly two-year-long process meant to optimize parking efficiencies and revenue across the entire university.

Questions? Additional information is available in an earlier Inside IU Bloomington story, or by contacting the IU Bloomington Parking Operations office at 812-855-9848 or parking@indiana.edu.

Help! How do I get into the SPEA building?

Due to construction and railroad fencing plans, pedestrian routes into the School of Public and Environmental Affairs building have changed.

SPEA recently shared a few updates on its Paul H. O’Neill Graduate Center building blog, including:

  • Entry via the steps from Fee Lane and the front entry of the building off 10th Street is now closed, and will not accessible during the duration of the project.
  • SPEA can be accessed through the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center, including from 10th Street by the SPEA construction fencing; from the corner of 10th Street and Fee Lane; and from the parking garage at 11th Street and Fee Lane by going through the Kelley Graduate Center and then taking the bridge over Fee Lane and through the Hodge Hall center.

 

IU College of Arts and Sciences receives $6 million gift for internships, endowed faculty chairs

The IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences has announced a $6 million gift from alumnus Ralph Collins Walter, a Los Angeles-based investment analyst and economist.

Qualifying for the university’s bicentennial campaign match, Walter’s gift will provide funding to multiple corners of the College of Arts and Sciences, bolstering opportunities for faculty and students alike. Half of the $6 million gift will endow two new faculty chairs: one endowed chair in the Department of History and one in the Department of Economics. The other $3 million will create an array of new scholarships through Arts and Sciences Career Services, which will be renamed the Walter Center for Career Achievement, effective immediately.

The new scholarships through the Walter Center will help students secure high-quality, meaningful internships. By providing funding of up to $5,000 per scholarship, the Walter Center will award students money for travel, tuition and living expenses incurred while participating in internships.

IU appoints interim communications, public affairs leaders

Two of IU’s veteran communications professionals have been appointed as interim co-leaders of public affairs and strategic communications efforts at the university.

Margie Smith-Simmons, formerly director of strategic communications at IUPUI, has been named interim IU assistant vice president for strategic communications and university spokesperson. In her new role, she will oversee the continued development of IU's strategic communications program, which includes news and media relations, campus communications and social media, and serve as the chief spokesperson for the university. She will assume spokesperson duties formerly held by Mark Land, who recently left IU to lead communications at Clemson University.

Ryan Piurek, who previously served as director of strategic communications at IU Bloomington, has been appointed interim IU assistant vice president for public affairs and presidential communications. Piurek will lead public affairs initiatives in support of academic programs, university initiatives and institutional priorities, serving as a liaison with important constituents both within and outside IU's academic community. Additionally, he will manage a broad range of communications activity in support of the strategic priorities and key initiatives of the IU Office of the President.

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