History and Inspiration

Giving Thanks for You and IU

I wish to acknowledge and honor the Miami, Delaware, Potawatomi, and Shawnee people, on whose ancestral homelands and resources Indiana University was built. Thanksgiving will be different this year for sure. I had to make the difficult call to my dad last week telling him that we won’t see our Alabama family this year for …

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Volunteer Spotlight: Bang Co, MS’16

We continue our volunteer alumni leader video spotlight series with Bang Co, MS’16, a member of the Marching Hundred Alumni Council. Check out my latest Zoom interview to learn about why Bang gives back, how his experience in the Marching Hundred shaped his college career, and some of the ways the Alumni Council has made …

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LGBTQ+ Distinguished Alumni Nominations Sought

The IU LGBTQ+ Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes outstanding achievement by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+) alumni of Indiana University. We seek nominations of IU LGBTQ+ alumni who excel in their chosen field, advocate for their community, and contribute to a better world for all in ways that only IU alumni can! …

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Spotlight on Achievement: Gertrude Spraker Rich Award

Over the past few weeks this spring, I have been showcasing the award recipients that should have been celebrated this week during Cream and Crimson Weekend. We regret that we are not able to honor our President’s Award, Volunteer Leadership Award, and Gertrude Rich Award recipients in the typical fashion, and look forward to honoring …

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Managing Stress During COVID Quarantine

How are you managing your stress and anxiety? Mental wellness can affect every part of our lives and our cortisol levels are peaking as we experience unknowns and constant change. This fight-or-flight response is programmed into us as humans, but there are ways we can help manage it more effectively. From conversations with colleagues and …

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IU Sports Network: Part of IUAA’s History, Too

Today’s blog post was written by former CEO of IUAA, Ken Beckley, BS ’62. A short selection appears below, and the full story of the IU sports network, along with many more historical pieces about WTIU’s 50th anniversary in 2019, can be found here. Indiana University owned and operated its own radio sports broadcasting network …

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Bowl Games Past and Present

This was my third bowl with IU since beginning my tenure at the IUAA, and each year the enthusiasm, fans, and the team itself just keep getting better. While in Jacksonville I ran into former IU Travels participants that would stop and say hello to me and that just doesn’t happen everywhere. I’m so honored …

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Distinguished Alumni Service Awardees: An Honor to Serve the Honored

In the afterglow of an amazing Homecoming Weekend, I can sit for a moment and reflect on the outstanding alumni that I met and was privileged to interact with on an intimate level. There are so many stories to tell about these distinguished alumni, as well as the families and friends that supported them that …

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Helping IU Make State-Wide Connections

Back in the late 1800s, IU faculty traveled to every corner of Indiana to provide its residents the opportunity to learn about the arts, sciences, and medicine. In celebration of 200 years of serving Indiana, the IU Office of the Bicentennial has revived this tradition with the Bicentennial Professors Signature Project. Our goal is to …

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Thanks, Frank

I love a good tune, especially one that was likely composed right here in my hometown. It’s because of Frank Jones, alumni executive secretary (CEO) from 1968-1987, that IU alumni and friends have a fine appreciation for (if not a complete adoption of) a really great tune–The Chimes of Indiana, Hoagy Carmichael’s alternative Alma Mater …

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