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The Safe Halloween event is from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25 on the North Jordan Avenue extension. Photo by Chaz Mottinger, IU Communications

Panhellenic Association presents 'Safe Halloween'

Sorority and fraternity members from the Panhellenic Association, Interfraternity Council, National Panhellenic Council and the Multicultural Greek Council will host a "Safe Halloween" event from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25 on the North Jordan Avenue extension.

The event is open to all Bloomington children and their families. Park in the green lot and begin at the Alpha Delta Pi house.

Outstanding Faculty Collaborative Research Award honors law, psychology team at IU Bloomington

An IU Bloomington team made up of a legal specialist and a psychologist has received the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Collaborative Research Award for their work in helping families experiencing the distress of separation or divorce.

The award recipients are research collaborators Amy Applegate and Amy Holtzworth-Munroe. Applegate is clinical professor of law, the Ralph F. Fuchs Faculty Fellow, and director of the Viola J. Taliaferro Family and Children Mediation Clinic at IU Bloomington's Maurer School of Law. Holtzworth-Munroe is professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

Holtzworth-Munroe and Applegate have conducted research on family law issues for more than 10 years. They will present a public lecture on "Evidence-Based Practice in Real-World Family Law Settings: A Collaboration Between Law and Psychology" at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at IU Cinema.

IU Bloomington student voting saw marked increase in 2016

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Students march to an early voting location in downtown Bloomington during the Walk 2 Vote event in October 2016. Photo by James Brosher, IU Communications

Voting by IU Bloomington students rose by nearly 5 percentage points between the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections. The increase followed IU Bloomington's participation in a national effort to encourage students to register and vote.

The Political and Civic Engagement Program led IU Bloomington's involvement in the fall 2016 All In Campus Democracy Challenge, a nationwide effort to boost student voting. The initiative included voter registration drives, social media messages and weekly "walk to vote" events.

Some 45.4 percent of eligible IU Bloomington students voted in the November 2016 election. That's up from 40.7 percent in the 2012 election. Nationwide, student voting at all colleges and universities increased by 3.5 percentage points between 2012 and 2016.

IU kicks off 2017 United Way campaign, seeks support from employees

IU has kicked off its annual United Way campaign, which raises funds to support people in Bloomington and surrounding counties. Pledge cards and campaign brochures about the effort are now being distributed to employees. 

Because of last year's campaign, 26,000 rides were provided by Rural Transit; 6,117 books were distributed to children through IU Health Riley Physicians; and more than 1.2 million pounds of fresh produce were distributed through food pantries, said Kirk White, United Way campaign manager and assistant vice president for strategic partnerships.

"These are real benefits to our friends, family and community members that make a big difference in their lives each day," White said. "Last year those who made donations through the IU campus campaign contributed $800,000. This year our goal is $815,000, and the over 200 IU campaign volunteers in all Bloomington campus departments are dedicated to reaching the goal."

In addition, White said, the campus campaign has a new website this year that makes it easy to pledge online either with a direct donation or payroll deduction.

Learn more about the campaign, how to get involved and how to give at unitedway.indiana.edu. IU campaign co-chairs are David Johnson, vice provost for enrollment management; Idie Kesner, dean of the IU Kelley School of Business; and White.

CIB home to two electric car charging stations for use by staff, faculty

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Electric vehicle chargers are available for use by staff and faculty in the parking lot of the Cyberinfrastructure building on the Bloomington campus. Photo by Kevin Whited

The first two electric vehicle chargers on the IU Bloomington campus that are available for use by staff and faculty have been installed in the parking lot of the Cyberinfrastructure building.

The chargers were extras that came with the four 2017 Nissan Leafs that IU Bloomington Fleet Services purchased back in May, and were donated for use in a pilot program on campus, IU Bloomington transportation demand management coordinator and bicycle manager Kevin Whited said. The chargers will accept a J1772 plug, which will fits nearly all electric vehicles except Teslas.

The chargers are located in EM-S parking spots, so only faculty and staff with an EM-P, EM-S or a Reserved parking permit can use them. Staff or faculty members interested in using the chargers who do not have a parking permit can purchase a special Electric Vehicle Charging permit for $36 per year or $3 per month.

The chargers are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is a four-hour time limit that is enforced from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

"Year after year, we've seen more electric vehicles on campus and have had more inquiries regarding charger installation from EV owners," Whited said. "As a university, we should be on the front line of new technology and as an employer we should make the university a place that can meet the demands of its employees."

In addition, Whited said, the university is using an energy monitoring system to capture data on the number of charges, overall energy use and additional details that will be used by students to compile research about EV infrastructure.