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Sept. 21, 2016

Opening ceremony officially kicks off Institute for Korean Studies

Korean percussion

The Samulnori Korean Percussion Ensemble performs during the Institute for Korean Studies opening ceremony on Sept. 9 at the School of Global and International Studies. | PHOTO BY JAMES BROSHER, IU COMMUNICATIONS

Dignitaries from IU and from across the world gathered at the School of Global and International Studies auditorium on Sept. 9 for a celebration marking the start of the Institute for Korean Studies. The institute was made possible through generous support from The Korea Foundation and kicked off with an official ceremony as well as a daylong conference focused on Korean studies.

The new institute builds on IU’s longstanding commitment to the study of East Asian and Pacific nations, specifically Korea. Last year, Seung-Kyung Kim became the inaugural director of the institute and the inaugural Korea Foundation Chair in Korean Studies. The institute already has been awarded two grants from the Korea-based Academy of Korean Studies, including one valued at $1 million.

Worldwide, IU now boasts about 4,270 alumni affiliated with Korea -- including more than 1,600 alumni living in South Korea -- and the university continues to welcome about 1,000 Korean students to its campuses each year. In turn, IU continues to send a sizeable number of its own students to Korea for meaningful study abroad experiences in one of the world’s most dynamic and culturally rich countries.

Franklin Hall rededication and celebration

Tour Franklin Hall and celebrate The Media School’s new home as part of the building’s rededication ceremonies at 2 p.m. Sept. 27.

The event will feature a formal program with IU President Michael A. McRobbie in Presidents Hall on the first floor of Franklin Hall, followed by tours of the new building and an ice cream social in Dunn Meadow.

All are invited, but you must RSVP with the Office of University Events to attend the event.

IU launches bicentennial website, campus open houses 

A new website and a series of campus open houses will spread the word and engage faculty, staff, students and alumni in the IU Bicentennial celebration, which is underway and will continue through the university's bicentennial year of 2020.

The IU Bicentennial website includes information about signature projects and events, highlights from university history, and opportunities for community members to participate in the celebration through volunteering, internships and other activities.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie announced bicentennial initiatives in his recent 2016 State of the University address at IUPUI. He unveiled two grant programs to fund bicentennial events and courses and the creation of the Bryan Public Art Restoration Fund to facilitate the maintenance and restoration of art on IU campuses.

A full schedule of campus open houses and other events is available on the IU Bicentennial website.

North Woodlawn Avenue open from IMU to Memorial Stadium

As part of a broad, multi-phase initiative to establish a new north-south corridor through the IU Bloomington campus, construction to extend North Woodlawn Avenue to Memorial Stadium has been completed

Development of the new travel corridor between the stadium and the IMU was a primary goal of the Bloomington Campus Master Plan adopted in 2009. The project has involved relocation of major utilities, construction of a new roadway crossing, and bike lanes and other safety improvements.

In connection with the project, the intersection of 10th Street and Woodlawn Avenue was widened this summer. Soon, a new IU gateway element will be in place at the intersection of 10th Street and Woodlawn Avenue.

To acquire an at-grade railroad crossing at North Woodlawn Avenue, an existing crossing at Walnut Grove Street has been closed. Work will begin soon to terminate Walnut Grove Street from each direction to vehicular and pedestrian traffic across the tracks.

Three major new facilities are planned for Woodlawn Avenue. They are Luddy Hall and Marching Hundred Hall, which are both scheduled for completion in the fall of 2017; and the new home for Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, which is scheduled for completion during the current academic year.

IU Libraries rolls out new website

The website for IU Libraries has a fresh new look, one that staffers hope will continue to help faculty, staff and students connect with online resources.

“This new design presents high-use library resources and services quickly and efficiently and reduces clutter, whether you are accessing the library website on a desktop, tablet or smartphone,” said Courtney McDonald, associate librarian and head of IU Libraries’ Discovery and User Experience Department.

The updated site features task-oriented content -- access to full-text electronic journals, for example -- and highlights the libraries’ chat service. Clicking on the “Q&A” tile on the main homepage is a direct way to get help from library staff, including by instant message, text, phone or email or in person. 

McDonald said libraries’ usage statistics indicated that, while some of the links on the homepage were heavily used, others were relatively untouched.

“We also received direct feedback from users who felt the homepage was cluttered. This design was intended to streamline the page to improve the user experience,” she said. “Libraries are an important part of teaching, learning and research. Our students, faculty and staff have many interests, projects and responsibilities and we’d like to make their journey through the libraries’ web space as efficient and productive as possible.”

IU, Kelley School and Whirlpool partnering on Habitat for Humanity campus build starting today in Bloomington

Wyatt family


Construction will begin Sept. 21 on the home of Jeff and Carla Wyatt, the seventh Habitat for Humanity house being built with a Bloomington family by IU students, faculty, alumni and staff on campus, sponsored by Whirlpool Corp.

Once their new Habitat for Humanity home being built at IU is complete, they will move from a cramped, drafty 506-square-foot apartment with no safe place to play into a house twice its size and with a yard for their granddaughters Keelahlah, 7, and Kyla, 3. The Wyatts have assumed custody of the two girls.

This is the seventh year that Whirlpool has returned to IU Bloomington to sponsor the blitz build jointly with IU, its Kelley School of Business and Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County.

After the 10-day build, the house will be moved to McDoel Gardens, a core Bloomington neighborhood, just southwest of campus and within walking distance of downtown. 

Information on how to participate in the campus build is available on the Kelley School's Institute for Social Impact program website.

Course Development Institute expands to fall

This year for the first time, the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning in partnership with Instructional Consulting at the Kelley School of Business will offer a Course Development Institute during the fall 2016 semester

By way of highly interactive processes and activities, Institute facilitators Lisa Kurz and Shannon Sipes will guide participants through the beginning phases of developing a new course or transforming an existing course. Participants receive invaluable feedback from colleagues from other departments and disciplines on the work they do during the Institute.

The fall 2016 Course Development Institute will be held Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 18 and Dec. 2. Applications for the fall institute will be accepted until Oct. 7. 

WFIU to broadcast discussions with IU foreign policy experts on issues facing the next president

Just weeks before the November general election, the IU School of Global and International Studies will host two panel discussions focused on foreign policy decisions facing the next president. WFIU, the public radio station based at the IU Bloomington campus, will broadcast the programs live and make them available to other public radio stations throughout Indiana. 

"Foreign Policy and the Next President" will take place Sept. 27 and Oct. 6. Both panels will be from 7 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Global and International Studies Building, 355 N. Jordan Ave.  The events are free and open to the public. In addition to audience member questions, broadcast listeners can submit questions to the panel by tweeting to @wfiunews.

SPEA faculty member Kosali Simon named Herman B Wells Endowed Professor

Kosali Simon, a professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington, has been appointed a Class of 1948 Herman B Wells Endowed Professor, an award bestowed previously on only two other IU faculty members.

Simon is a nationally known health economist whose research applies economic analysis to questions about health insurance and health care policy. She has published widely on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on health care and labor market outcomes. She is also a national leader in her profession, serving on several boards and in editorial positions.

With the appointment, Simon will carry the title of 1948 Herman B Wells Endowed Professor for the remainder of her career at IU Bloomington. She will receive a grant of $10,000 per year for five years, designated for activities that enrich the educational experience at IU Bloomington. Simon plans to use these funds to create research fellowships for undergraduate students.

Dr. Mae C. Jemison named IU Kelley School of Business' Poling Chair of Business and Government

Dr. Mae C. Jemison, astronaut, engineer, entrepreneur, physician and educator, has been named a leader-in-residence at the IU Kelley School of Business, serving as its Poling Chair of Business and Government, for this academic year.

 Jemison leads 100 Year Starship, a global initiative to ensure that the capabilities for human travel beyond our solar system to another star exist within the next 100 years. Seed-funded through a competitive grant from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, the initiative uses the difficult challenges of human interstellar travel -- technical, social and economic -- as a springboard to foster transformative innovation to benefit life on Earth.

The first African-American recipient of the Poling Chair, Jemison will stimulate discussion in the areas of leadership, the critical interactions between the private and public sectors in matters of economic growth, technology research and development, and sustainability.

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