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Nov 3, 2020

Have your COVID-19 questions answered in an ‘Ask Aaron’ webinar

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Students, faculty and staff from every IU campus who have COVID-19-related questions can have them answered in one of three upcoming webinars by Dr. Aaron Carroll, one of the leaders of Indiana University’s COVID-19 Medical Response Team.

The webinars are Nov. 4, Nov. 11 and Nov. 18, and all are at noon.

The live Q&A sessions will include topics such as:

  • Testing updates and understanding the dashboard.
  • Keeping healthy this flu season.
  • Ending in-person classes and heading home safely.

Visit for the latest updates.

Enjoy Thanksgiving meal from IU Catering

IU Catering is offering staff, faculty, students or community residents a holiday dining option with its Thanksgiving-To-Go meal.

The meal includes a turkey from Gunthorp Farms, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, rolls and a choice of pie from Sugar and Spice. Additional pies can also be ordered.

The deadline to order is Nov. 15. Pickup will be at the Read Hall kitchen on Nov. 24 or 25.

Thanksgiving-To-Go is in lieu of the traditional buffet offered by the Tudor Room, which is currently closed.

New program helps faculty limit course materials costs

IU Libraries is offering the new Course Material Transformation Fellowship Program as an opportunity to support faculty and encourage them to adopt affordable course materials.

The cost of course materials grows each year and places a financial burden on students; this year, the burden has been exacerbated by COVID-19. The Course Material Transformation Fellowship Program is for instructors interested in adopting or creating affordable course materials. Faculty from all disciplines are invited to apply.

The program provides instructors with:

  • A $2,000 stipend.
  • The expertise of librarians and instructional technologists.
  • The opportunity to learn alongside instructors in various disciplines.

Trombonists to perform free concert Nov. 4 at Prebys Amphitheater

The Trombones of the St. Louis Symphony quartet will perform a free concert at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Conrad Prebys Amphitheater. The event is open to all IU Bloomington students, staff and faculty. Ticket are not required, but all guests must register upon arrival. The event is presented by IU Auditorium.

Along with the public performance, the quartet will lead masterclasses with students from the Jacobs School of Music, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will provide virtual educational opportunities for local K-12 students.

Metz Bicentennial Grand Carillon to ring for Nov. 7 football game

The Metz Bicentennial Grand Carillon towers into a blue sky
The Metz Bicentennial Grand Carillon will play the IU fight song every time the football team scores.Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University

The Arthur R. Metz Bicentennial Grand Carillon will ring Nov. 7 for Indiana University’s home football game against Michigan. It was previously used for IU’s season-opener against Penn State.

Every time the Hoosiers score, the IU fight song “Indiana, Our Indiana” will be played.

“We are pleased to partner with the Jacobs School of Music on this and excited that it can now become a great new Indiana football tradition,” IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson said.

IU’s ‘EPA at 50’ event features former agency leader

Indiana University will mark the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an organization that has significant ties to the university and, in particular, its O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

“The EPA at 50” webinar will take place at noon Nov. 12 and is being co-organized by IU’s Integrated Program in the Environment.

Gina McCarthy, president and CEO of the Natural Resources Defense Council, was the 13th administrator of the EPA and assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation under President Barack Obama. She will serve as the keynote speaker for the online event, which is free and open to the public.

Speaker Series guest to discuss public safety measures

Brad Seifers, Indiana University director for emergency management and continuity, will be the guest speaker at 3 p.m. Nov. 18 for Bloomington Faculty Council’s Speaker Series.

He will discuss public safety measures IU has been undertaking the past year.

The one-hour discussion is open to anyone who registers.

Power down on campus when working remotely

Sustain IU is encouraging faculty and staff who will be working remotely when classes are conducted online from Nov. 30 to Feb. 7 to participate in the Winter Session Power Down.

Powering down campus work spaces reduces the passive energy consumption of campus buildings. This can be accomplished by turning off all equipment, unplugging all appliances and supporting efficient heating.

Gift creates scholarships to aid journalism students of color

A $100,000 gift from Indiana University alumnus Michael Arnolt will fund scholarships for journalism students of color.

The Media School will award the Michael I. Arnolt Diversity Scholarship each year to an incoming freshman interested in studying investigative journalism and a returning student active in the Michael I. Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism.

The freshman scholarship, of up to $5,000 per year, may be renewed annually through the undergraduate period and is intended for a student from Indiana. The returning student scholarship is a one-time award of $5,000, preferably for a student from Indiana.

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