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Nov. 16, 2016

Great Eight honored on Ebony Power 100 list 

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The “Great Eight,” back row from left, Jada Phelps Moultrie, Tiffany Kyser and Jasmine Haywood; front row from left, Nadrea Njoku, Demetrees Hutchins, Johari Shuck, Shannon McCullough and Juhanna Rogers. | PHOTO BY INDIANA UNIVERSITY

Ebony magazine has selected eight black women who earned or are completing their Ph.D.s from programs in the IU School of Education at Bloomington and Indianapolis as Ebony Power 100 honorees. The award  recognizes individuals who lead, inspire and demonstrate through their individual talents the very best in black America.

The eight women are Jasmine Haywood, Demetrees Hutchins, Tiffany Kyser, Shannon McCullough, Nadrea Njoku, Jada Phelps Moultrie, Juhanna Rogers and Johari Shuck.

This year's honorees will be featured in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Ebony magazine and will be recognized at the fifth annual Power 100 Gala, which will take place Dec. 1 in Los Angeles.

Benjamin Hunter named superintendent of public safety

IU has named Benjamin Hunter to the position of superintendent of public safety, a role that is responsible for comprehensive strategy, policy and practices for public safety across IU, including the IU Police Department, which has 135 sworn officers across all IU campuses, as well as the IU Police Academy.

Hunter, an IUPUI alumnus who graduated from IU Police Academy in 1994, is currently the executive director of public safety, community relations and government affairs at Butler University. He begins his new position at IU on Jan. 2.

Changes in Fair Labor Standards Act go into effect Dec. 1

If you are among the 500 IU employees who will become eligible for overtime on Dec. 1, don’t forget to record time off and prepare for the last monthly pay period due to federal changes in employees eligible for overtime.

Those IU employees who will soon be eligible to earn overtime compensation due to new Fair Labor Standards Act rules from the U.S. Department of Labor will begin their transition this month. 

At IU, the federal changes mean some salaried employees will move to a biweekly payroll and will be required to record their hours using Kuali Time.

To find out whether you or one of your employees are affected by the change or for more information, go to the Human Resources’ FLSA website, which includes resources about the FLSA rule change and frequently asked questions, as well as "to-do’s" for affected employees and important transition dates.  

Deadline for Professional Development Grants approaches

The Bloomington Professional Council offers Professional Development Grants to recognize and financially support professional staff members who engage in professional development activities.

The deadline to apply for a grant is Dec. 1. Find out if you’re eligible and apply online.

Download and save business continuity plans before upgrade

IU Ready, the tool used to create and store business continuity plans at IU, is being upgraded Nov. 17-18. The 800-plus plans stored on IU Ready won’t be available during the upgrade, so plan coordinators are asked to download a copy in case it’s needed.

Business continuity plans detail how departments would continue conducting their work if faced by short-term or long-term emergencies, such as power outages or fires. The plans should be updated annually and are examined when departments are audited. 

WFIU launches second public radio channel

WFIU (103.7 FM) has launched a new public radio channel for listeners in Bloomington and Seymour. The station’s second channel, WFIU2, was previously available only online or with an HD Radio. Now it is available at 101.9 FM in Bloomington and 100.1 FM in Seymour.

The channel was added to provide more programming options to listeners and because most people still tune in through FM radio.

Find complete program schedules for both WFIU and WFIU2 online.

IU congratulates Richard Lugar on his Fulbright Prize for International Understanding

Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, a Distinguished Scholar and professor of practice in the IU School of Global and International Studies, has received the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding.

The honor recognizes those who have brought about significant lifetime achievements in international understanding, peace and security. 

The 18th recipient of the award, Lugar was honored Thursday at the Fulbright Association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.

IU and The Australian National University agree to offer joint master's degree

IU and The Australian National University announced they will offer a dual-degree master's program in arts administration and museum and heritage studies. The announcement was made during a visit by ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian P. Schmidt, a Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist.

Beginning in fall 2017, students from both universities will have an opportunity to study two distinct but related areas of cultural administration.

The dual-degree opportunity will provide students at both institutions with international experiences and increased cultural awareness, as well as unique internship and study opportunities. During the program, admitted students will spend one academic year at either IU or ANU, followed by another academic year at the other university.

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