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Feb. 1, 2017

IU president, other university leaders respond to executive order on immigration

IU President Micheal A. McRobbie

IU President Michael A. McRobbie | PHOTO BY JAMES BROSHER, IU COMMUNICATIONS

IU President Michael A. McRobbie emphasized diversity and engagement with the global community as core values of the university in a statement released this week.

McRobbie’s statement was in response to an executive order on immigration signed recently by President Donald Trump. McRobbie also urged the Trump administration to end the executive order stating that it threatens to disrupt the university’s educational, research and service missions, which are tied to IU’s international relationships.

McRobbie's response was followed by statements from university leaders including IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar, IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein and IU Southeast Chancellor Ray Wallace. IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel also released a statement in which she shared resources available to all IU faculty, staff and students who may be impacted by the executive order.

Among the resources shared by university leadership are:

  • An Office of International Services webpage, which provides counseling and support services as well as updated information for international students and scholars navigating the visa process.
  • Associate General Counsel Angela Adams in the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel who can assistance those detained or prevented from re-entering the U.S. while traveling.
  • The university's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals website, which offers resources for undocumented students and those who have immigrated to the U.S. as children.

When IU’s leaders joined McRobbie in responding to the executive order, each one expressed support for faculty, staff and students. McRobbie's presidential colleagues at Big Ten universities have issued similar statements.

IU alumnus will compete in Super Bowl LI, joins others competing at high levels 

On Super Bowl Sunday, Hoosiers will have a special reason to watch the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots. Tevin Coleman, a running back for the Falcons, is an IU alumnus.

Against the Green Bay Packers, Coleman totaled 64 scrimmage yards, with 35 receiving and 29 rushing. He put the Falcons ahead 44-15 in the fourth quarter on a three-yard touchdown run and helped them advance to Super Bowl LI.

Coleman isn’t the only former IU athlete or alumni who has made headlines recently.

Last weekend, Venus Williams, IU East alumna and professional tennis player, competed in the Australian Open against her sister Serena Williams. Just a few months ago, Kyle Schwarber, IU Bloomington alumnus made baseball history hitting for the Chicago Cubs in the 2016 World Series. Over the summer, numerous current IU students and alumni traveled to Rio de Janeiro to compete in the Summer 2016 Olympics in swimming and diving, tennis, track and field and soccer.

Tips for the 2016 tax season

The dreaded 2016 tax season is upon us, but no need to panic. While IU's office of University Tax Services can't offer personal tax advice to employees, university tax director Cassandra Franks has a few tips to make the process go smoothly:

  • When will I get my W-2? About 80 percent of IU employees have elected to receive their W-2 tax forms online and could access the forms starting Jan. 17. View, download or print your W-2 by logging into One.IU, searching "W-2" and clicking on the "W-2 Tax Form" tile. W-2 forms for employees who have elected to receive them via U.S. mail were postmarked Jan. 31.
  • When can I file my taxes? Both the IRS and the State of Indiana began accepting electronic returns on Jan. 23.
  • Do I need to adjust any information for 2017? University Tax Services encourages the use of the IRS Withholding Calculator to help determine whether W-4 updates are needed. It's a personal choice, but your election helps determine whether you will receive a refund or owe the government money. You can also update your Indiana state exemptions, county of residence/work and federal withholding allowances as well. For federal changes, visit One.IU, search "W-4" and click on the "State & Local Tax Withholding" tile. For state and local changes, visit One.IU, search "WH-4" and click on the "State & Local Tax Withholding" tile.
  • What if I have special circumstances? The University Tax Services' website offers tips for employees about fringe benefits, such as taxable gifts, tuition benefit and personal use of an IU vehicle, as well as a tax calculator and information for those working outside the State of Indiana. For non-personal tax questions, please contact taxpayer@iu.edu.

Need personal tax help? IU's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program offers free tax preparation services to qualifying residents and nonresident students. See the VITA site for additional information or contact indianauniversityvita@gmail.com. Monroe United Way also offers free community tax service; location information is available online.

Box gets a new look

Are you ready to trade in your old Box jalopy for a faster model with a bold new look and the latest gadgets?

As of last week, when you log into Box you are prompted to try out the all-new Box user interface.

The new Box experience features a cleaner look, faster uploads, a copy-paste function for files and folders, and the ability to reset your homepage to display just your favorite files and folders.

To learn more, visit the IU Knowledge Base or watch an overview of the new Box web experience from Box University.

The IU Office of the Bicentennial seeks project proposals

The IU Office of the Bicentennial administers two grant programs. The Course Development Program provides funds to faculty for the creation of new or revised courses that incorporate bicentennial goals. The Project Proposal Program allows faculty, staff, alumni and students to apply for funding in support of projects that enhance IU's bicentennial goals. Grant guidelines and procedures are available on the IU Bicentennial website.

The next deadline for both programs is March 3.

IU Southeast chancellor looks to the future in State of Campus address

Increases in new student enrollment, volunteer hours and academic programs offered were highlights of Chancellor Ray Wallace’s annual State of the Campus address in October. To continue moving in the right direction, Wallace said that the university must prepare to divert from its traditional course.

Looking toward the future, Wallace emphasized forging stronger relationships with non-traditional/adult students and graduate students. To meet the needs of nontraditional students, Wallace emphasized offering undergraduate and graduate degrees on a working student’s schedule.

Rafael Bahamonde appointed interim dean for IUPUI School of Physical Education and Tourism Management

IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy E. Johnson has announced the appointment of Rafael Bahamonde as interim dean of the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management.

Bahamonde has served as associate dean and professor of kinesiology at IUPUI since 2012. He will start his new position Feb. 1, when previous dean James "Jay" Gladden begins his position as dean of University College and associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education.

As interim dean, Bahamonde will provide leadership and guidance while managing programs to help promote the vision of the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management, which is to be a leader in kinesiology and tourism where talented students, faculty and staff thrive.

IU consortium creates new seminar series on religion and ethics

The Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society at IU has launched its inaugural round of Religion and Ethics Seminars, a yearlong series of faculty-led seminars taking place on a number of IU campuses.

The consortium, founded in 2013, is an interdisciplinary group of scholars, academic programs and research centers from all eight Indiana University campuses. Its goal is to connect faculty, incubate research and creative activity, and promote awareness of IU scholarship in areas relating to religion, ethics and values.

The consortium solicits proposals for seminars twice a year. Proposals for the next round of seminars, to begin in the fall, are being accepted between March 1 and April 1. 

IU Kokomo’s Gerry Stroman honored with Distinguished Inclusive Excellence Award

Gerry Stroman

Gerry Stroman | PHOTO COURTESY OF IU KOKOMO

IU’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs presented Gerry Stroman, the chief diversity officer at IU Kokomo, with the office’s Distinguished Inclusive Excellence Award.

Under the watch of Stroman, IU Kokomo’s affirmative action officer since 1994, the campus has enacted a number of effective strategies designed to improve the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students.

Through initiatives such as Culture Bash, which showcases the expanding range of diversity-related programs that are available, IU Kokomo’s enrollment, retention and graduation rates have continued to increase since 2010. 

Stroman, who has worked at IU Kokomo since 1985, has frequently used her strong ties in the surrounding community to partner with local organizations for outreach events.

Scholar named for Woltman Endowed Fellowship in Health Communications

Rebecca Critser, a graduate student pursuing a Juris Doctor in conjunction with a health law certificate at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law as well as a Master of Arts in philosophy from the Department of Philosophy in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, is the recipient of the Richard and Kaye Woltman Endowed Fellowship in Health Communications for the 2017-18 academic year. The fellowship recognizes her endeavors in bioethics, philosophy and health care law.

The Richard and Kaye Woltman Endowed Fellowship in Health Communications is a one-year endowed fellowship of $5,000 that enables a graduate student with an interest in palliative and end-of-life communications to attain a higher understanding of strategies to improve communication with seriously ill patients and their loved ones.

IU Kokomo to host 'The Sweet Art of Culinary and Chocolate'

On Valentine’s Day, IU Kokomo will explore the health benefits of chocolate and invite the campus community to sample a variety of goodies. The event will be hosted by registered dietitian Kim Mossburg and IU Kokomo dietetics students.

To take part in the Feb. 14 event, visit Kelley Center Room 103 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

IU Kelley School of Business and IUPUC receive gifts as part of IU Bicentennial Campaign

C. Randall "Randy" Powell, who led the IU Kelley School of Business career services office for 30 years, 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.

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.

IUPUC has also announced two significant gifts from community leaders Gregg and Judy Summerville to support the campus's $4 million capital campaign, now entering its final three years.

Among the capital campaign priorities are scholarship support for students; programs that cultivate a stronger workforce; endowed faculty positions that attract and retain top educators; and updated facilities to support innovative approaches to learning.

With their recent support, the Summervilles have established both the Summerville Family Scholarship for undergraduate students and the Summerville IUPUC Program Support Fund. The Program Support Fund will be used to maintain priority programming set by IUPUC Vice Chancellor and Dean Reinhold Hill.

The gifts from the Powells and Summervilles’ are part of “For All: The IU Bicentennial Campaign. 

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