IU Bloomington faculty and staff prepare for new school year

There's a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to prepare the IU Bloomington campus for the beginning of another fall semester. Folks with Facility Operations are fixing elevators, repairing steam lines, putting down new sidewalks and otherwise beautifying campus. Faculty members are busily updating their syllabi and working with campus partners to ensure this year's crop of students will have an enriching learning experience, while staffers are prepping everything from classroom space to new technology gear. Welcome to fall 2017, and go Hoosiers!

From top: Terry Strauser, left, and Tim Souder from Indiana University's Campus Site and Landscape Services Division dig a trench for a pipe at Hoosier Courts Nursery School; workers remove a dead tree in front of the chemistry bulding on the IU Bloomington campus; new bricks are laid for a path in the Old Crescent area of the Bloomington campus. Photos by James Brosher and Chaz Mottinger, IU Communications

From the top: Indiana University Bloomington associate professor of anthropology Beth Buggenhagen looks over Syrian clothing to prepare for an anthropology course she is teaching this fall; staff at The Media School take inventory of 150 new Canon DSLR cameras to use for classes this fall. Photos by James Brosher and Audrie Osterman

From the top: Stuffed welcome bags wait for incoming freshmen; Office of First Year Experience staff and students prepare hundreds of bags for new students; a student employee of FYE paints a bridge on Jordan Avenue to welcome new students to campus. Photos provided by the Office of First Year Experience