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Sep 11, 2018

Media School receives $6 million gift for investigative journalism center

The Ernie Pyle statue outside Franklin Hall
The Media School at IU will launch an independent investigative journalism center in fall 2019.Photo by Eric Rudd, Indiana University

The Media School at Indiana University will launch an independent investigative journalism center in fall 2019, thanks to the largest gift in the history of the century-old journalism program.

The Michael I. Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism, funded by a $6 million gift from Arnolt, an IU Bloomington alumnus from Indianapolis, will focus on the production and teaching of investigative journalism in Indiana and beyond.

The center will conduct multimedia investigative reporting on issues of importance to the residents of Indiana, including matters that reach beyond the state’s borders. The center’s work will be available at no cost to local, regional and national news outlets and will seek to supplement their reporting at a time when many are losing newsroom staff. Stories will be distributed via established professional networks in the state and around the country.

Register for the International Education at the Crossroads symposium

Sept. 2 marked 60 years since the National Defense Education Act was signed into law. The legislation’s Title VI funding underwrote the dramatic and transformative expansion of language and area studies at all levels of education across the U.S.

To address the current state of international education and explore directions for the future, IU Bloomington will host the International Education at the Crossroads symposium Oct. 25 to 27.

The symposium’s keynote speakers include:

  • Jonathan F. Fanton, president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Diane Auer Jones, principal deputy undersecretary delegated to perform the duties of undersecretary and assistant secretary for postsecondary education, U.S. Department of Education.

Registration for the conference is now open. Conference registration questions should be directed to or 800-933-9330, and program-related questions should be directed to

I Association to honor seven individuals

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Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University

IU is honoring seven individuals associated with the Hoosier athletics program with some of the I Association’s highest awards.

Four women were honored Sept. 7 with the Leanne Grotke Award, bestowed on living persons whose service has made exceptionally outstanding contributions to IU’s women’s athletics program. It is the highest honor of its kind given by the university.

Two former Hoosiers will receive the Z.G. Clevenger Award, presented to living I-Men who, as alumni, have made outstanding contributions to IU through service to its athletics program. The ceremony will be conducted Friday, Sept. 21, in the Henke Hall of Champions in Memorial Stadium.

One major advocate for the university will be given the Bill Orwig Award, recognizing outstanding contributions made by a non-alumnus to the IU athletics program. It is named for Bill Orwig, IU’s athletics director from 1961 to 1975. The award will be presented during the Clevenger ceremonies.

A list of recipients is available on the Alumni Association’s website.

CEWiT empowerment series tackles microaggressions

Join IU’s Center of Excellence for Women in Technology for the next Empowerment Series luncheon. This installment, “Dealing with the Sting of Microaggressions,” has a focus on knowledge and tools that can help you be successful in both academics and careers.

Casual, uninformed, hurtful, unintentional and intentional comments based on unconscious and conscious bias can happen every day in the workplace or classroom. Break the silence and learn effective ways to interrupt, oppose and minimize the personal toll these comments and behaviors can make. The interactive workshop is designed for all audiences and will explore common scenarios and practice strategies to counteract the impact of microaggressions.

The luncheon is from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Coronation Room of the Tudor Room at the Indiana Memorial Union. This talk will be presented by Joan Middendorf from the IU Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning and Candis Smith from IU’s Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies.

This workshop is open to the first 40 individuals who RSVP. Registration is open.

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