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Apr 6, 2021

How to sign up for Assembly Hall COVID-19 vaccine site waitlist

Tables set up for the COVID-19 clinic inside Assembly Hall
The COVID-19 vaccine site at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall has an end-of-day waitlist for vaccine appointments.Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University

The COVID-19 vaccine site at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall has an end-of-day waitlist for vaccine appointments.

The waitlist resets each Sunday at midnight, so those who are interested will need to add themselves to the waitlist each week to remain on the list.

This waitlist is for short-notice appointments. If the clinic has a vaccine dose available last-minute, IU will call from 812-856-1919 with as much advanced notice as possible.  

Additional FAQs about the Assembly Hall site are available on IU’s COVID-19 website. Assembly Hall is not the only site available for members of the IU community to receive vaccines. Visit for additional information and locations.

Join the Bloomington Staff Council

Interested in representing and advocating for staff at IU Bloomington? Looking to make connections and build upon relationships with colleagues from across campus?

Staff can nominate themselves or colleagues to serve as an IU Bloomington Staff Council representative. Nominations for the 2021-22 term (beginning July 1, 2021) are open from April 1 to 9. To make a nomination, visit the Staff Council’s nomination form.

Learn more about the mission of the IU Bloomington Staff Council (formerly known as the Bloomington Professional Council) on its website, or send questions about the nomination and election process to IU Bloomington Staff Council parliamentarian Natalie Techentin at .

IU Bloomington basketball coaching updates

Teri Moren squatting down in front of the scoreboard at a game
Teri Moren.Photo by IU Athletics

IU head women’s basketball coach Teri Moren has agreed to a new contract that runs through the 2026-27 season. In seven years at the helm of the IU program, Moren has compiled a 148-80 overall record and led the team to the postseason five times, including three trips to the NCAA Tournament. She has won 20 or more games in each of the last six seasons, surpassing the number of 20-win seasons in the program’s first 41 years (four). 

IU has also inked a deal with former Hoosier All-American and Indianapolis native Mike Woodson as the 30th head coach in the men’s basketball program’s history.

Woodson returns to the Bloomington campus with vast experience and knowledge after playing in the NBA for 11 seasons beginning in 1980. He also served as a coach for seven NBA franchises beginning in 1996, including nine years total as a head coach of the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks.  He most recently was an assistant coach with the Knicks.

Former Ohio State coach Thad Matta will join the athletic department in the newly created position of associate athletic director for basketball administration.

IU launches interactive app on 15th Amendment’s anniversary

The Center on Representative Government at IU launched its Freedom Summer 1964 interactive app on March 30, in honor of the formal adoption of the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution 151 years ago.

The 15th Amendment granted Black men the right to vote, but decades of discriminatory practices prevented Black citizens, particularly those in the South, from exercising this right. It would take nearly another century until these discriminatory practices were outlawed with the passing of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Freedom Summer 1964 is a free digital learning tool for educators and students that explores key events surrounding the early years of the Civil Rights Movement, the 1964 Mississippi voter registration drive and the eventual passage of civil rights legislation. In the app, players predict the outcomes of both civil and congressional actions, and discover how the events are intertwined and impact each other.

IU mourns passing of Patrick O’Meara, IU vice president emeritus

Patrick O'Meara
Patrick O’Meara.Photo by Chris Meyer, Indiana University

The IU community is mourning the passing of Vice President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus Patrick O’Meara, who died March 30 in Bloomington at the age of 83.

Remembered by colleagues and friends for his wisdom, wit, good sense of humor and ability to engage any and all in conversation, O’Meara served IU as a faculty member in the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, dean of International Programs, director of the African Studies Program, IU’s first vice president for international affairs and chairman of the Center for International Education.

Resources available for water safety

In honor of Indiana Water Safety Day on April 8, the Aquatics Institute has gathered water safety resources. They include parent and educator Red Cross resources, water safety information such as videos and at-home safety tips, and details about a poster contest.

Campus is home to ‘Save the Republic’ competition

What do balloons have to do with improving national security? Since fall 2020, IU Bloomington has been home to the “Save the Republic” competition, in which university students and scientists from across the country vie to design and command efficient and effective remote-controlled lighter-than-air vehicles.

The event is a collaboration with IU military and university partners and combines cutting-edge research with the applied needs for national security and defense strategies. The next competition is taking place April 12 to 16 at IU Bloomington.

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