History and Inspiration

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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A Tradition in its Fifth Year

I had the opportunity to take part in a truly inspirational evening last weekend. On Saturday, August 10, several dozen past and current members of the Board of Managers gathered to celebrate the beginning of our year and honor our founding. It is fitting that we do this in August, the month when President William …

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An Alumna Who Paved the Way

I’m enjoying getting to know some women that led the Association years ago. One woman in particular that was a way-paver is Kate Milner Rabb, the first woman to ever serve as Chair of the IU Alumni Association. She did so in 1913-1914, before the 19th Amendment was passed in the United States. For her …

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Grateful: IU Day and Every Day

The 4th Annual IU Day was celebrated on April 10, 2019, and we are so grateful for your commitment in making it a success for the IU Alumni Association! The power of connection across the globe is truly astounding and it is thanks to you that we are able to reach so many people and …

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