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Dec. 14, 2016

Anthem members set to receive new ID cards

All IU employees enrolled in an Anthem plan for 2017 will receive new ID cards in the mail this month, according to IU Human Resources. Watch the mail for your cards to arrive at your home address.

The card will include a new group number for all IU plans and a new ID number for all employees. The new card will combine medical, vision and pharmacy information on one card.

Be sure to update all of your insurance information with your doctor or pharmacy for 2017 in order to receive services. That's because IU's old group numbers and ID numbers have been canceled in Anthem's system and employees and their dependents have been moved to the new numbers. Attempting to use the old cards could result in denied claims.

Anthem will only send two cards per employee. Employees who require additional cards can order them by calling Anthem directly at the number on the back of their ID card anytime. Additionally, employes can download customized cards or order additional cards from anthem.com after Jan. 1. The website will not be updated until the new year.

What this means for employees enrolled in an Athem plan:

  • All employees enrolled in an Anthem plan will receive new ID cards for Jan. 1, 2017.
  • The new ID cards will include a new group number for IU employees, 004001710.
  • Also, all members will receive a new ID number on their card. The numbers will no longer begin with "YRP" and will be replaced with numbers starting with "IUC on the face of the card. Please make sure to use the ID cards that have an ID number starting with IUC in 2017.
  • Beginning Jan. 1, the card from Anthem will include all of the information for medical, vision, and prescription claims on one card. This means Express Scripts will no longer issue a separate card and the old Express Scripts card will no longer be valid in 2017.
  • Employees will continue to only get one set of cards with only the subscriber’s name listed.  All family members enrolled can use the same card; Anthem does not issue cards for each family member.
  • Employees and their dependents will have to show their new ID card at the doctor’s office and pharmacy to receive services.

2016: Year in review

2016 was an incredible year for IU, with Hoosiers taking part in the Olympics, the inaugural IU Day, Grand Challenges research funding and IU’s many athletics achievements.

The IU Newsroom has created a video focused on the highlights and activities of students, faculty, staff and alumni from across all IU campuses. Check out a teaser below, and be sure to watch the full 2016 IU Year in Review video when it is released Friday.

IU Women’s Philanthropy Council invites 2017 grant applications

The IU Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council encourages individuals and organizations at all university campuses to submit applications for its sixth annual grant cycle.

Each academic year, the council awards about $100,000 to programs and initiatives across all IU campuses. The council encourages proposals that seek to better the IU community in a number of ways, with funding priorities that develop women’s leadership, provide global experiences for students, improve public health, increase career and educational opportunities in STEM -- particularly for women and underserved youth -- and foster inclusion among diverse populations. 

All IU community members -- students, faculty and staff -- are encouraged to apply.

The application and additional information are available online.

Inside IU’s holiday publication schedule

Just a reminder: Today's issue of Inside IU is the last for 2016. We'll return in 2017 with the first issue of the spring semester on Jan. 18. Send your story ideas to iniu@iu.edu.

IU Kokomo selects Matt Howard as first men’s baseball coach, Joe Thatcher as assistant

IU Kokomo Cougar athletics has selected an all-star coaching duo to lead the men’s baseball team in its inaugural season: Matt Howard will coach the team, with Joe Thatcher as assistant coach.

Howard coached the Kokomo Jackrabbits in the Prospect League for two seasons, leading them to the post-season playoffs in 2016. He began work at IU Kokomo on Dec. 6. Howard played baseball at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and has been an assistant coach at Ball State University and LaSalle University.

Thatcher graduated from Kokomo High School before playing four seasons at Indiana State University. He retired from Major League Baseball in September after 13 seasons with teams including the San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Houston Astros.

IU honored with several 2016 CASE awards for communications projects

CASE awards

Staff from IU accepted awards at the 2016 CASE V conference in Chicago. From left, Jeremy Gray, associate athletic director for strategic communications and fan experience, Jon Stante multimedia producer for IU Communications, Tim Keller, creative director for IU Communications, Nicole Wilkins, interim director of strategic communications, and Mary Keck, news content specialist for IU Communications. | PHOTO BY JAMES BROSHER, IU COMMUNICATIONS

IU, IU Communications and Marketing, the IU Alumni Association, the IU Foundation, the IU Kelley School of Business, University Information and Technology Services, IU Kokomo and IUPUI received numerous awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District V for several projects including videos, websites and publications.

Each year, the awards showcase best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, advancement services, special events and outstanding communications. Experts from all disciplines outside of District V judge the entries.

The following IU projects received gold awards:

  • IU received a gold award and was a platinum finalist for “IU Day” in the Teresa Du Bois Exline Award for Best Practices in Communications and Marketing category.
  • In Best Video, Fundraising, Alumni Relations or Commercial Spots, IU won for "How Does One Give Thanks?"
  • In the Best Video/DVD, student recruitment, IU won for “Glad You Came Video: Kelley School of Business at IU.”
  • IU’s “200 Reasons” won Best Radio PSA or Commercial Spot.
  • Best Institutional Web Site went to the IU College of Arts and Sciences.
  • The Kelley School of Business received a gold in Design, Specialty pieces for “Graduate Student Admissions Congratulations Box.”
  • IU was also recognized with a gold award for Excellence in Special Events, Individual Event for its work on “Secretary of State John Kerry visit highlights celebration of Indiana University’s new School of Global and International Studies.”

IU also received six silver and four bronze awards as well as two honorable mentions.

A full list of the award recipients is available online.

Indianapolis entrepreneur gives $30 million for IU School of Medicine immunotherapy center

Indianapolis entrepreneur Donald E. Brown has announced a $30 million gift to establish the Brown Center for Immunotherapy at the IU School of Medicine. The gift is the school’s largest ever from an alumnus.

The center will discover new ways to deploy immune-based therapies to treat cancers and pioneer use of this powerful technology in other diseases. Researchers will also study how to make this highly specialized therapy accessible to large numbers of patients.

Additional details about the center are available online.

IU East presents professional tennis player diploma

IU East presented Alla Kudryavtseva with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies degree Dec. 13 at the Student Events and Activities Center. She is one of the Women’s Tennis Association players enrolled at IU East through an educational agreement between the campus and the women’s professional tennis organization.

Kudryavtseva was presented with her diploma by Executive Vice Chancellor Michelle Malott and School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Ross Alexander. She is a December 2016 graduate and completed her last online class during finals week, December 6-12.

IU Northwest’s new degree co-administered by six IU campuses

The IU Northwest College of Arts and Sciences recently announced a more flexible, online option for students seeking a bachelor’s degree in informatics, beginning in the fall 2017 semester.

With a curriculum jointly administered by the campuses of IU Northwest, IU Kokomo, IU East, IU South Bend, IU Southeast and IUPUI, the new online degree was approved the Indiana Commission of Higher Education in October.

IU East School of Business and Economics establishes Business Advisory Council

The IU East School of Business and Economics has formed a new advisory council to gather input on academic programs and connect students with businesses and organizations across the region.

Dean Robert Mulligan said the purpose of the council is to advise the school toward maintaining the relevance and currency of its business curriculum in light of regional economic development needs.

Members include IU East alumni and leaders across the region from different aspects in industry, business, finance, marketing, information technology and non-profit organizations. A complete list of members is available online.

Outgoing dean of IPFW’s Helmke Library named Sagamore of the Wabash

Cheryl B. Truesdell, dean of the Walter E. Helmke Library at IPFW, has received a Sagamore of the Wabash award from Gov. Mike Pence. In addition, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry declared Dec. 2, 2016, as "Cheryl B. Truesdell Day." Both awards were presented at a recent ceremony honoring her on the IPFW campus.

Truesdell will retire Dec. 31 after 33 years of service to the library, IPFW and the state of Indiana. She has worked at IPFW since 1983 and has served as dean of the library since 2008.

The library is completing the most comprehensive renovation in its 44-year history. When it re-opens in January, it will be a state-of-the-art hub for innovative learning. To celebrate the library’s impact, all are encouraged to consider naming one of the library’s learning spaces. Additional details are available by contacting the Office of Advancement at 260-481-6962.

Deadline approaches to claim a 2016 tax deduction for IU gift

Just a reminder: Gifts to the IU foundation support students with scholarships, provide faculty members with the tools they need to offer the best education, and fund researchers and faculty members who make world-changing discoveries. Donations will benefit people across IU’s eight campuses and in the countless communities that IU touches.

The last day to make a gift to IU and be able to claim a charitable deduction on your 2016 taxes is Dec. 31. More information about how to give a gift through the IU Foundation is available online.

Staff, faculty honored, promoted, hired

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