News from around IU

Feb. 8, 2017

ICYMI: Order faculty commencement apparel now

Heads up, IU Bloomington faculty members: It’s time to order your commencement apparel.

Undergraduate commencement is 10 a.m. May 6 at Memorial Stadium. | PHOTO BY JAMES BROSHER, IU COMMUNICATIONS

The university provides the apparel at no cost, and orders are due by March 3. An online order form is available on the commencement website.

Graduate commencement is at 3 p.m. May 5 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, and undergraduate commencement is at 10 a.m. May 6 at Memorial Stadium. Additional details about spring commencement are available online.

IU Bloomington to conduct Culturally Engaged Campus Environments survey

An optional, confidential survey intended to help IU better understand what students from diverse populations need to succeed on campus will be emailed to all current undergraduate and graduate students on the Bloomington campus on Feg. 15.

Associate professor Sam Museus from IU's School of Education created the survey, which is administered by the Culturally Engaging Campus Environments Project.

The survey is part of the university’s response to recommendations from a university-wide, objective and comprehensive diversity assessment by Halualani & Associates on behalf of the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs.

Additional information is available online.

Hot Topics event to address fake news, ‘sleuthing the truth’

The IU and Bloomington communities are invited to attend an interactive workshop titled "Fake or Fact? The Search for Real News in 2017" at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in Presidents Hall within Franklin Hall.

Part of the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President’s Hot Topics series, the workshop is free and open to the public.

Participants are Caryn Baird, senior news researcher for the Tampa Bay Times and its PolitiFact project; Roger Cohen, New York Times columnist, author and the inaugural Indiana University Poynter Chair; and Filippo Menczer, IU Bloomington professor of informatics and computer science and co-coordinator of Hoaxy, a tool to visualize the spread via social media of fake and misleading news stories.

Moderators will be Elaine Monaghan, professor of practice in The Media School and head of the IU Poynter Center board, and Tom French, the Riley Endowed Chair in Journalism and professor of practice in The Media School.

Additional details are available online.

WTIU launches local 24/7 channel devoted to PBS Kids programming

WTIU Public Television now has a channel devoted exclusively to PBS Kids programming, 24 hours a day. Services include a new TV channel over-the-air and on cable where available, plus a live stream on digital platforms.

The PBS Kids 24/7 channel includes popular favorites such as “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Odd Squad,” “Wild Kratts,” “Nature Cat, “Ready Jet Go!,” “Dinosaur Train” and the new series from The Jim Henson Company, “Splash and Bubbles.”

Following its initial launch, the localized live stream experience is expected to expand to offer an integrated games feature, enabling children to toggle between a PBS Kids show and an activity that extends learning -- all in one seamless digital experience. The games are aligned with the learning goals of each TV series, deepening children’s involvement and supporting learning.

Viewers will be able to watch the WTIU-branded live stream through pbskids.org and on the PBS Kids video app, which is available on a variety of mobile devices, tablets and platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast.

WTIU will provide the PBS Kids 24/7 channel on 30.5. Its current primary 30.1 channel will continue to feature PBS Kids programs during the day. The schedule of children’s programming on the primary 30.1 channel will be different from the 24/7 channel, offering families a variety of options.

Learn about solar energy, benefits of local partnership

The Cyberinfrastructure Building’s Living Green Team will host a presentation about solar energy at noon Feb. 10 in Wrubel Commons.

Guest speaker Arvind Gopu will share basic information about how solar energy works and will then discuss Solarize Bloomington, a partnership between the city of Bloomington, The Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network and local contractors to provide bulk-discounted solar installations to residents in Bloomington and Monroe County.

Additional information about the Solarize Bloomington project is available online.

Fulbright administrators from Russia arrive to study at IU School of Education

Eight Fulbright administrators are spending the next few weeks at the IU School of Education as part of the U.S. Department of State's Fulbright Russian International Education Administrators Program.

In a competitive application process, the Center for International Education, Development and Research at the School of Education was chosen to host the administrators while they are at IU for about four weeks. During their time in Indiana, they will be learning about higher education in the U.S. and will also have cultural experiences, such as attending a performance at the IU Auditorium.

A full list of visiting administrators is available online.

Retired Kelley professor and wife donate $1.25M for Conrad Prebys Career Services Center

For more than 30 years, C. Randall "Randy" Powell led the IU Kelley School of Business career services office, helping thousands of undergraduate and graduate students begin their professional careers.

Now Powell and his wife, Kathy, are ensuring that IU and Kelley School students continue to benefit from excellent career services. Their gift of $1.25 million supports the new Conrad Prebys Career Services Center. Its state-of-the-art welcome center will be named for them.

This gift counts toward the $2.5 billion campaign, For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign.

Once completed this fall, the $14 million Prebys Career Services Center will meet important career development and job placement needs for an increasing number of Kelley students and others at IU Bloomington who aren't studying business.

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