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Jan. 20, 2016

IU Bloomington completes campus bicycle master plan

IU Bloomington has finalized a campus bicycle master plan recently presented to the IU Board of Trustees. The plan was an informational item on the trustees’ agenda in December, and the board took no action on it at the time. 

Kent McDaniel, transportation liaison and demand manager for IU Bloomington, said the IU Bicycle Master Plan was created to build upon the university’s rich bicycling tradition and to help meet objectives outlined in the 2010 IU Bloomington Campus Master Plan. Efforts to formulate the bicycle master plan began in 2014, when an eight-person steering committee was charged with selecting a consulting team for the project.

Bicycle on snowy campus

IU Bloomington has finalized a bicycle master plan that would link campus bicycle pathways with city pathways. | Photo By Chris Meyer, IU Communications

The finalized plan aims to develop a comprehensive bicycle facility network that provides safe, efficient and convenient bicycle travel on and off campus; address high-conflict bicycle areas; provide appropriate bicycle parking facilities and policies; increase bicycle ridership among students, faculty and staff; and increase harmony among bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians.

“One of the biggest goals we gave to the consultants was to create a complete system with strong east-west and north-south connections for bicycle travel across campus,” McDaniel said. “I think that with projects like the Jordan River Greenway, the 17th Street Multi-use Path and the North Forest Avenue Bikeway, we can really accomplish that. And, of course in everything we do, we want to coordinate, connect and be consistent with what the city of Bloomington has done and is doing.”

The bicycle master plan proposes a budget of more than $3.2 million over 10 years, which McDaniel said is an impressive cost savings for a project of this magnitude. He attributes the savings to the plan’s use of existing bicycle facilities at IU and in Bloomington, connecting them for maximum impact.

The plan includes bigger projects as well, such as the Jordan River Greenway, a scenic bicycle pathway -- away from motorized vehicles -- stretching from Indiana Avenue to Union Street, where it would link up to a city bicycle path; the 13th Street Corridor, which would provide an alternative bike path to busy 10th Street; and two bike hubs near Ballantine/the IMU and Memorial Stadium, where bicyclists could take advantage of amenities including short-term covered bicycle parking and bicycle repair stations. 

Bill Brown, director of sustainability at IU Bloomington, said the finalization of a bicycle master plan is a big positive for the campus.

"I am looking forward to improved amenities to enhance the cycling and pedestrian experience,” Brown said. “This will ultimately make the campus safer, healthier and more convenient for everyone, no matter what their mode of transit."

McDaniel said a more bicycle-friendly campus is good for IU and Bloomington.

“It makes people want to come here,” he said. “Plus we’ve got this enormous tradition of the Little 500, so bicycles and Bloomington just go together.”

IU announces Building Bridges Award recipients

Hundreds of IU administrators, faculty, staff and students, alongside members of the Bloomington community, gathered Monday to honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the university’s annual MLK Leadership Breakfast.

The event included this year’s Building Bridges Award recipients, presented by James Wimbush, vice president for the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs. The awards recognize individuals, groups of people and organizations that capture King’s vision, spirit and leadership.

This year’s winners are:

  • Mercedes Jones, a senior studying public management in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, is this year’s undergraduate recipient. Jones is a Hudson and Holland Scholar and creator of Crimson Cupboard, a food pantry for students on the IU Bloomington campus.
  • Brandon Washington, a graduate student in African American and African Diaspora Studies, is this year’s graduate or professional student recipient. Washington, who hopes to one day become a lawyer, has studied abroad in Ghana and London, traveling to Liverpool to study the Transatlantic Slave Trade. He has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow for the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation and has volunteered in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
  • Terri Francis, associate professor in the Department of Communication and Culture, is this year’s faculty recipient. Francis is a former associate professor of Film Studies and African American Studies at Yale University and author of “Josephine Baker’s Race Burlesque: Blackness, Power and Visual Pleasure,” which will be published by IU Press.
  • Julia Joshel, residence manager for Residential Programs and Services, is this year’s staff recipient. After identifying a need for a more structured and discussion-based series to better equip staff for the changing university climate, Joshel helped create and pilot a diversity series training for residential life staff. Joshel received a master of science degree in higher education and student affairs from IU in 2009.
  • Dedric Dennist, Sr., an engineer at Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, is this year’s community member recipient. Dennist has served as a volunteer track and basketball coach and math tutor for local students. Dennist also volunteers for a local elementary school reading program and as a mentor to local 21st Century Scholars and is a long-time member of the Bloomington Black History Month Committee.

Dean of students to retire this summer

IU Bloomington Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Pete Goldsmith will retire June 30.

Goldsmith, an IU alumnus who was named to his current position in 2009, oversees a broad portfolio of student welfare issues.

Goldsmith earned his undergraduate degree from IU Bloomington, studying government with minors in psychology and sociology. After graduating from the American University with a Master of Education in student personnel, he returned to IU to pursue a Doctor of Education in higher education administration.

“To start and end my career at IU Bloomington has been incredibly special, and I thank all of my colleagues for making these years so enjoyable,” Goldsmith said.

Dennis Groth, vice provost for undergraduate education and a faculty member in the School of Informatics and Computing, will chair the search committee for Goldsmith’s replacement.

IU senior vice president McCourt accepts position at University of Pennsylvania

MaryFrances McCourt has been appointed as the University of Pennsylvania’s vice president for finance and treasurer. McCourt officially assumes her new role March 21, with some transitional work at IU continuing over the following two months to finalize the 2016-17 budget.

McCourt joined IU in 2005 as university treasurer and has served as a vice president and chief financial officer since January 2013. In April 2014, she was named senior vice president.

“The talent and commitment to which I have been exposed across our campuses is remarkable, and I have been honored to be a part of the Indiana University team,” McCourt said. “The work has been challenging and fun as we have navigated through the pressures of higher education’s ‘new normal.’ I will deeply miss the daily interaction with my outstanding peers.”

Details of the search process to identify McCourt's successor will be released in the near future.

Kalentzidou takes new role in SGIS leadership

The School of Global and International Studies has promoted a longtime faculty member to a new role focused on enhancing student learning and opportunities.

Olga Kalentzidou, who has been director of undergraduate studies for the Department of International Studies at IU since 2013, takes over the role of director of academic initiatives and experiential learning. Kalentzidou began her new position at the start of 2016.

Additional information about Kalentzidou’s new role is available online.

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