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June 8, 2016

Buckner, Walker named to IU Board of Trustees; Bishop up for re-election

Gov. Mike Pence has named Melanie S. Walker and William “Quinn” Buckner to the IU Board of Trustees.

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From left, newly named members to the IU Board of Trustees Melanie S. Walker and William “Quinn” Buckner, and incumbent MaryEllen Bishop, who is up for re-election. | PHOTOS BY INDIANA UNIVERSITY

Buckner is appointed to serve a three-year term through June 30, 2019. He is a longtime analyst for the Indiana Pacers’ television games. In 2004, Buckner was named vice president of communications for Pacers Sports and Entertainment. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from IU and won four Big Ten Basketball championships; he was also the captain of IU’s 1976 undefeated NCAA championship team. Buckner was the captain of the 1976 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Basketball team.

Walker is also appointed to serve a three-year term. She currently serves as CEO of Japan-based Tsuchiya Group North America and as the president of its five subsidiary companies, which together employ more than 500 associates. That includes TASUS Corp. in Bloomington, which was established in 1989 as the company’s first operation in North America and manufactures plastic interior and exterior automotive parts.

“I am pleased to welcome two accomplished leaders and supporters of IU to the Board of Trustees, and I thank Gov. Pence for the thoughtful deliberations that led to their selection,” IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. “I have come to know Melanie Walker through her exemplary leadership of TASUS Corp. in Bloomington and know that she will bring a wealth of knowledge about the state and its educational and workforce needs to the board. Quinn Buckner is a true IU legend whose success on the basketball court and in business is well-documented, and he will serve the university extremely well in this new role. I look forward to working with both Melanie and Quinn as we all strive to build on the university’s strong foundation of success in serving the people of Indiana.”

McRobbie thanked outgoing members Randall Tobias and Derica Rice for their service to the university. “Both have provided immensely valuable counsel to me during their tenures on the board, and the university owes them a considerable debt of gratitude for their commitment to making IU better,” he said.

In addition, voting is open through June 30 for IU alumni to fill the sole elected position open on the IU Board of Trustees this year.

Incumbent MaryEllen Kiley Bishop, a partner in the Indianapolis law firm of Cohen Garelick and Glazier, is uncontested in seeking her third term on the board. She earned a business degree in 1979 and her law degree in 1982. Bishop serves as vice chair of the trustees. She has also served as volunteer chairwoman of the IU Alumni Association, on the IU Foundation board of directors and on the IU Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council.

For more information about Bishop or to vote online, visit TrusteeElection.iu.edu.

IU graduates elect three of the nine trustees, one each year for a three-year term. The remaining six trustees, including the student board member, are appointed by Indiana’s governor. The Board of Trustees is IU’s governing board, its legal owner and final authority.

ICYMI: Update on parking changes; permits on sale now

Parking permits for the 2016-17 academic year are on sale online at go.iu.edu/parkingiu. This year, employees at all campuses are able to purchase parking permits online.

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This year, employees at all campuses are able to purchase parking permits online. | IMAGE COURTESY OF IU PARKING OPERATIONS

That’s because IU Kokomo, IU East, IU South Bend, IU Northwest and IUPUC are now part of the university’s unified parking management computer system, a software program that maintains all the financial records and data related to employee permits by individual campus, as well as parking ticket information and other details. IU Bloomington, IUPUI and IU Southeast were already a part of the new system.

In addition, parking permits for staff and faculty for the 2016-17 academic year now have a unified naming convention. For most campuses, the Employee, or EM, permit has replaced A permits or Faculty/Staff permits. On the Bloomington campus, three variations of the EM permit are available: The EM-P permit, which replaces the A permit; the EM-S, which replaces the C permit; and the EM-V permit, which replaces the Employee Economy permit.

Employees on all campuses are now required to provide vehicle license plate information when purchasing a parking permit.

Questions? Contact the parking office at any IU campus at 317-274-PARK, or visit your individual campus parking website for additional information.

IU delegation concludes historic trip to Italy, Poland

IU President Michael A. McRobbie and a delegation of IU representatives last week wrapped up a historic and productive trip to Europe that included the renewal of longstanding relationships with Italian and Polish universities and planning for future partnerships.

Highlights of the weeklong trip included a celebration of the 40-year anniversary of IU's relationship with the University of Warsaw in the Polish capital and a celebration in Bologna, Italy, of the 50th anniversary of IU's partnership with the University of Bologna, the oldest continuously operating university in the West.

The trip also included the announcement of an unprecedented agreement with the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, which will result in the 3-D digitization of the museum’s entire collection of irreplaceable Greek and Roman sculpture.

Day-to-day accounts of the trip are available online at the IU Goes to Italy and Poland blog site.

Be part of Inside IU’s ‘Summer Lunch Crew’ 

What’s better than lunch out during the work day? What’s better than *free* lunch out during the work day? Getting to take your lunch crew with you!

Inside IU is excited to offer you and a few of your colleagues lunch out on your campus. How it works: Every Friday beginning June 10, Inside IU will make a call for entries from a specific campus on our Facebook page. When your campus is featured, tag up to three colleagues in a comment to be entered to win lunch out. Entries will be accepted until the next campus is featured the following Friday.

Each commenter should tag no more than three people, and all individuals must be university employees.

Participating locations include IU Bloomington’s Tudor Room, Chancellor’s at IUPUI, The Den at IU East, RedHawk Cafe at IU Northwest, Commons Food Court at IU Southeast and University Grill at IU South Bend.

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Renovations to the IU Natatorium have been completed in time to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Diving, June 18 to 26. | PHOTO COURTESY OF IUPUI

IUPUI celebrates grand reopening of IU Natatorium following $20 million renovation

Prominent leaders, Olympians and community members gathered earlier this week to celebrate the grand reopening of the IU Natatorium, which took on new life as a result of an extensive $20 million renovation project.

The renovation of the nationally renowned, world-class aquatics destination in the heart of the IUPUI campus has been completed in time to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Diving, June 18 to 26.

Completed in five phases over the span of 21 months, critical renovations included enhanced interior design and widening of the diving tower as well as a new roof, heating and cooling system, pool deck, pool filtration system, lighting, skylights, bulkheads, and starting blocks; new doors, windows and drywall in the east and west concourses; an expanded pro shop; modernized locker rooms; and other mechanical repairs.

The IU Natatorium is also ready to operate as a zero-waste athletic facility when competitors arrive for the Olympic Diving Trials, becoming the first athletic facility in the state to achieve zero-waste goals and hosting the first Olympic event to have the zero-waste designation.

IU hosting two statewide sexual assault prevention conferences

IU is hosting two statewide sexual assault conferences for staff, faculty and community partners.

The 2016 IU Statewide Conference on Sexual Assault Prevention takes place June 28 at IU Bloomington and will focus on sexual assault prevention. Alan Berkowitz, a nationally recognized leader, trainer, lecturer and scholar in the development of sexual violence prevention programs will serve as guest speaker.

More information about the conference, along with a schedule, directions and parking information, is available online. Those interested in attending may register online.

A second conference, “Creating Cultures of Care and Compassion: Commuter and Regional Campuses’ Role in the Prevention of Sexual Violence,” takes place Aug. 11 at the IUPUI Campus Center.

Jennifer Drobac, an R. Bruce Townsend Professor of Law at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law and author of the book “Adolescent Development, Discrimination & Consent Law: Sexual Exploitation of Teenagers," will serve as keynote speaker.

Registration for that conference at IUPUI is available online.

Both conferences are free.  Students,staff, faculty, students and community partners interested in sexual violence prevention are encouraged to attend. Each keynote session will be accompanied by breakout sessions presented by IU staff, campus and community partners.

Funding for these conferences has been made possible in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indiana State Department of Health.

Office of Online Education launches new website for faculty

The Office of Online Education has unveiled a new website for faculty who develop and teach -- or plan to develop and teach -- online courses.

Check out teachingonline.iu.edu to:

  • Find out from practicing faculty what teaching online is like
  • Discover the many resources available to online faculty
  • Learn how to navigate the program development process
  • And get the support needed to craft an engaging, student-focused classroom online

The new website represents an 18-month collaboration between the Office of Online Education, eLearning Design and Services, the Office of Collaborative Academic Programs and IU Communications. 

IUPUI School of Science receives $1 million gift from husband-and-wife faculty members

The School of Science at IUPUI has received a $1 million planned gift from two of its Department of Mathematical Sciences faculty members.

The gift from Distinguished Professor Alexander R. Its and associate research professor Elizabeth N. Its will endow a professorship within the department and an undergraduate scholarship for an honors student.

The gift honors the couple's commitment and gratitude to the school and is one of the largest estate gifts ever committed by a faculty member from the School of Science at IUPUI.

Alexander Its joined the School of Science faculty in 1993, and is an IU Distinguished Professor of Mathematics. Elizabeth Its joined the School of Science faculty in 1997 and is an associate research professor.

IU Southeast business school receives gift to create new scholarship

IU Southeast has announced a gift to the School of Business by alumni Jerry and Sheila Wheat.

The $100,000 gift will create the Jerry E. and Sheila R. Wheat Scholarship for IU Southeast School of Business students. A gift match of income from IU doubles the amount of funding this scholarship will provide to deserving IU Southeast students.

Jerry Wheat was a professor of business administration at IU Southeast for 29 years. Sheila Wheat, ’81, graduated with a general studies degree and enjoyed a successful career working in advertising agencies in Louisville. She is now retired and enjoys gardening at the Wheats’ home in Corydon.

Staff, faculty honored, promoted, hired

Read about recent IU staff and faculty honors, promotions, hires and grants, including:

  • Kathy E. Johnson was appointed as IUPUI’s next executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer effective July 1, pending approval by the IU Board of Trustees. Johnson was chosen for the position after an extensive national search. In her new role, she will play a key leadership role in developing and guiding the implementation of IUPUI's academic plans and programs. Additionally, she will oversee the process for the recruitment, hiring and advancement of faculty, including promoting the continued success of the campus's efforts to increase the quality and diversity of its faculty.
  • Cynthia Roberts has been named the new dean of the School of Business and Economics at IU Northwest, effective Aug. 1.
  • Pratibha Varma-Nelson was named founding executive director of IUPUI’s STEM Education Innovation and Research Institute, effective June 1. The institute is dedicated to the development, dissemination and promotion of STEM education programs and initiatives across the campus and in collaboration with external partners.
  • Janet Iden Kamdar is the new director of alumni relations at IPFW. Iden Kamdar served as the executive director of IPFW’s MBA program in the 2001-02 academic year. During that time she turned the program around from a 10-year decline in enrollment to a 17 percent increase. 
  • Gwendolyn Mettetal has been named the 2016 Chancellor’s Professor at IU South Bend. She is professor of psychology and education and has been teaching at IU South Bend since 1989. She is currently serving as director of the University Center for Excellence in Teaching, the faculty development center at IU South Bend.
  • Bruce Kingsbury, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, professor of biology and director of the Environmental Resources Center at IPFW, received a $294,242 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. The grant project, “Improving Translocation Techniques for Wildlife on DoD Installations,” is part of a larger effort between Kingsbury and collaborators exploring the response of snakes, turtles and lizards to the purposeful moving of wildlife to new habitats.
  • Courtney Block, the instruction, reference and user engagement librarian at IU Southeast, has won a spot at the 2016 Institute for Research Design in Librarianship. The three-year grant-funded project brings together a diverse group of academic and research librarians who are motivated to conduct research but need additional training and other support to successfully perform the steps required.
  • Deborah Finkel, professor of psychology and director of the graduate Master of Interdisciplinary Studies program at IU Southeast, has been elected president of the Behavior Genetics Association.
  • Marshawn Wolley and Tamra Wright have joined the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. Wolley will serve as director of community engagement and strategic initiatives, while Wright will serve as the school’s new director of diversity, equity and inclusions.
  • Susan David deMaine, assistant director for information services at IUPUI’s McKinney School of Law, has received a 2016 Emerging Leader Award from the American Association of Law Libraries.

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