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July 20, 2016

New IU safeguards for your personal and financial information

In recent weeks, UITS has seen a spike in malicious activity on the IU network. Several members of the IU community were targeted through their email and fell victim to phishing scams.


IU is using Duo two-factor authentication to increase security on the systems where employees access personal and financial information.

Users were convinced to willingly turn over their account/passphrase information, which the perpetrators used to access W-2 tax forms and in some instances, redirect the direct deposit of IU paychecks to other bank accounts.

It’s important to protect your personal and financial information. That’s why IU is using Duo two-factor authentication to increase the security on the systems where you access that information.

  • Duo Authentication increases the security of your information and reduces the risk of unauthorized access to your information.
  • Duo Authentication requires a second authentication step after you log in via CAS. This is done through a mobile application (the recommended method), text message or phone call.

Members of the IU community must now use this process in order to view or change personal or financial information in IU systems, including W-2 tax forms and information related to payroll, direct deposit and bursar statements.

Find out more about enrolling in Duo Authentication online or via video. Contact the UITS Support Center or your departmental IT staff for further assistance.

IU Southeast to hold upcoming full-scale active-shooter exercise on July 26

A full-scale active-shooter exercise will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 26 on the IU Southeast campus.

The IU Southeast Police Department -- as well as local, county and state police and fire rescue -- will be involved in the exercise. More than 40 IU Southeast staff, employees and students will also be involved.

During the exercise, law enforcement, fire rescue and EMS personnel will enter into buildings on campus and transport the “injured” actors away from the incident site to a simulated hospital drop off.

Those on campus should not be alarmed by sirens or uniformed first responders during this exercise. IU Southeast students will play the role of victims with make-up to simulate realistic-looking injuries. The “injured” will be transported by first responders to a simulated hospital drop off. Please do not attempt to intervene or assist in the exercise.

The exercise will focus on development of a common operating picture, alert notification, recovery operations implemented by the campus and interoperability communication between police, fire, EMS and local Emergency Management Agencies.

The exercise is being facilitated by the IU Office of Emergency Management and Continuity in support of IU’s commitment to maintain a safe environment for working, learning and living.

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John Sejdinaj named vice president and chief financial officer at IU

IU President Michael A. McRobbie has appointed John A. Sejdinaj vice president and chief financial officer of the university. Sejdinaj’s appointment is subject to formal approval by the IU Board of Trustees at their meeting in August.

Sejdinaj is currently vice president for finance at the University of Notre Dame, where he has demonstrated effectiveness as a leader in higher education and finance. He succeeds MaryFrances McCourt, who left IU to become vice president for finance and treasurer at the University of Pennsylvania.

As vice president and CFO, Sejdinaj will be the university's top fiscal officer and oversee budgetary and financial issues across seven campuses.

IU, Purdue extend management agreement for IPFW

The IU Board of Trustees recently voted to renew the agreement with Purdue University for the management of IPFW for five years. The Purdue Board of Trustees also approved the renewal.

Under the approved terms, the agreement calls for a proposal for a revised governance structure to be presented to IU and Purdue trustees at their December 2016 meetings. Any change in the governance structure is subject to the approval of the respective boards and would be based on ongoing discussions around realignment.

Under the current management agreement, which was due to expire June 30, Purdue has fiscal responsibility for the Fort Wayne campus, and both IU and Purdue have degree programs at the campus.

“A great deal of thought and discussion on the part of IU, Purdue and campus leadership from IPFW have gone into trying to chart a future path for IPFW that will allow the campus to better support students and the region,” IU Trustee Michael Mirro said. “This renewal allows both universities to continue that work over the next several months, with the goal of having a final proposal by December 2016.”

IPFW chancellor Vicky Carwein said, “IPFW appreciates that both the Purdue Board of Trustees and IU Board of Trustees recognize that January's Legislative Services Agency working group recommendations need further discussion and analysis. We look forward to the active involvement and engagement of our students, faculty, staff and community throughout this discussion. Inclusive engagement is vital to the success of IPFW and developing a plan that best positions the institution for meeting the needs of the region, now and into the future. As these conversations continue, IPFW's focus will remain on serving our students and region according to the goals articulated in Plan 2020, with student success the number one priority. We look forward to working with Purdue and IU and other colleagues as this process unfolds."

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MaryEllen Bishop re-elected as IU alumni trustee

IU graduates have re-elected MaryEllen Bishop of Carmel, Ind., to a third three-year term on the IU Board of Trustees.

Bishop, a graduate of the Kelley School of Business and the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law and an attorney with Cohen, Garelick & Glazier in Indianapolis, was initially elected as an IU trustee in 2010. In this year's election, she ran unopposed and received a total of 6,471 votes.

“I am so honored to have the opportunity to serve another term on the IU Board of Trustees,” Bishop said. “Although I ran unopposed in this election, Indiana law required that I be voted in. I am in awe of the number of IU graduates who still took the time to vote. Thank you for showing how you truly care about your university. I appreciate all of your support.”

IURTC among global leaders in 2016 patents

Indiana University Research and Technology Corp., which protects, markets and licenses intellectual property developed at IU so it can be commercialized by industry, has been named among the global leaders in receiving issued U.S. patents in the 2015 calendar year.

According to the report "Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2015," IURTC ranks 43rd with 47 patents, tied with RAMOT at Tel Aviv University Ltd. This represents a year-over-year jump of 43 spots, as IURTC ranked 86th, with 25 issued patents, in the 2014 calendar year.

IUPUI unveils updated digital campus map

Are you eager for a mobile-friendly way to navigate your way around the IUPUI campus?

IU Communications, UITS and other partners have provided a new tool that should fit the bill: an updated digital campus map. IUPUI is the first IU campus to unveil its new digital version, but other campuses will soon be added to the list.

According to Angie McNew, the assistant director of informational and emerging technologies for IU Communications, the new campus map is already available through both the IUPUI campus map website and IU campus map website.

Additional information about the new map’s features are available online.

Recycling of 3-D printing materials available at IU Bloomington, IUPUI

IU is already on top of ensuring the 3-D printing process is sustainable.

At 3-D print labs on the IU Bloomington and IUPUI campuses, a machine called Filabot recycles and creates filament, the material used for 3-D printing.

To help an object stick to the build plate of a 3-D printer, a “raft” is created. But while the raft has no functional use in relation to the object that’s been printed, it can be cut, blended or shred into pieces.

Then, the scrap material is put into the Filabot’s hopper and heated up to approximately 150 degrees Celsius to create new filament. This filament, made out of polylactic acid, can be mixed with products such as bamboo, bronze, copper, and magnetic and conductive material, then extruded to use on future projects.

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The IU Natatorium recently hosted the Olympic Diving Trials. | PHOTO BY LIZ KAYE, IU COMMUNICATIONS

IU Natatorium scores a first with successful zero-waste initiative

The IU Natatorium achieved a 93 percent diversion rate for post-consumer waste while hosting the recent Olympic Diving Trials, becoming the first athletic venue hosting an Olympic event and the first in Indiana to achieve a zero-waste goal.

During the eight days of the competition, only 175 pounds of the 2,790 pounds of waste that were generated by more than 10,000 spectators and athletes was disposed of as trash. The rest was recycled or composted. The trash was then burned for energy rather than being sent to a landfill.

Reaching the zero-waste goal was a team effort that included the Indiana Sports Corp., USA Diving and Chartwells, the food vendor for the IU Natatorium, said Jessica Davis, director of the Office of Sustainability at IUPUI.

IU Kokomo saves through Duke Energy incentive program

Energy efficient equipment installed at IU Kokomo earned nearly $80,000 in incentives from Duke Energy.

The campus participated in the Smart $aver Incentive Program, which encourages the purchase and installation of high-efficiency lighting, heating and cooling systems, pumps and qualifying process, food service and information technology equipment.

John Sarber, director of facilities, and Erica Steinfeldt, energy analyst, worked with Shawn South, Duke Energy large account executive, to choose energy efficient lighting and heating and cooling options eligible for the incentive program when planning the recent $14 million renovation of the Main Building. Equipment selected included energy efficient LED lights, two chillers and variable frequency drives for HVAC fans and pumps.

IU School of Public Health-Bloomington dean to return to teaching, research

Mohammad R. Torabi, founding dean of the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, has announced that he plans to step down from his administrative role and return to the faculty at the successful conclusion of a national search for his successor, expected no earlier than June 2017. By that time, he will have led the school for seven years, and served IU and the school in faculty and leadership capacities for 35 years. A search committee will be appointed in the fall.

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Torabi was appointed dean Jan. 1, 2012, having served from November 2010 as interim dean of the school’s previous incarnation, the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, founded in 1946. Under his leadership, the school successfully navigated the Council on Education in Public Health’s rigorous accreditation process, becoming an accredited school of public health in 2012. 

“The entire campus is deeply grateful to Dean Torabi for his stellar leadership during the transition of the school from HPER to public health,” said IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel. “Dean Torabi successfully shepherded the school through its first accreditation process and has hired first-rate faculty members who are increasing multidisciplinary collaboration across our campus. With his characteristic care for the school and its community, Dean Torabi has provided a long lead time to ensure that we can have a national search for the school’s next leadership, and that the leadership transition, whenever it occurs, will be seamless.”

IUPUC faculty, staff selected to attend 2016 IUPUI Next Generation 2.0

Four faculty members from IUPUC selected to participate in the second cohort for the IUPUI Next Generation 2.0.

IUPUC participants for 2016-17 include three faculty members from liberal arts, Anna Carmon, Julie Goodspeed Chadwick and Aimee Zoeller, plus IUPUC assistant director from the Center for Teaching and Learning Marsha VanNahmen.

IUPUI Next Generation 2.0 is an initiative spearheaded by IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar and developed by Karen E. Bravo, professor of law and associate dean for graduate studies and international affairs, and Gina Sanchez Gibau, associate professor of anthropology and associate dean for student affairs in liberal arts. Both women are faculty members at the IU regional campus in Indianapolis.

The primary goal of the program is to retain a diverse pool of faculty talent and prepare them to lead the institution into the future. The program prepares women and underrepresented minority faculty and staff for positions of leadership and opportunities for advancement at IUPUI and in higher education.

Additionally, the program seeks to address the need for a more diverse pool of leadership talent at IUPUI in the ranks of mid-level and upper administration as envisioned by the Strategic Plan.

Participants will engage in a ten-month curriculum focused on a variety of topics designed to enhance their leadership potential and professional acumen. Included in the mission of urban institutions; planning and leading change; negotiating and managing conflict; budgets and finances; self-assessment; mentorship; individual and institutional diversity; and managing strategic resources, among others. A highlight of the program is the opportunity for participants to develop a leadership project, individually or in a group, which links directly back to their current work or the campus mission and strategic plan.

Staff, faculty honored, promoted, hired

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