Year in review: Top stories from IU Bloomington in 2017

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SPEA renovations

Construction on the Paul H. O'Neill Graduate Center was completed in time for the first day of classes Jan. 9. The 34,000-square-foot center includes a new façade and plaza, lounges, stairways and accent walls. The center was funded in part by a $3 million gift from SPEA alumnus Paul H. O'Neill.

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IU Eskenazi Museum of Art temporary closure

In May, the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art temporarily closed to allow for major renovations to the I.M. Pei-designed building. In an effort to make the facility the "ultimate teaching museum," the indoor space will get major renovations, and the museum will also receive hardscape improvements. Renovations are expected to be complete in the fall of 2019.

Read about project details
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RPS interior designer

IU alumna and RPS interior designer Ryan Clark spent her summer redesigning study spaces in Teter residence hall to better fit students' diverse study needs and habits. The redesign came as a collaboration between RPS and the Learning Spaces and Technology Services of University Information Technology Services.

Meet Ryan Clark
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Employee weight loss

School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering senior large systems specialist Lynne Crohn lost nearly 70 pounds by making small changes to her lifestyle. She started participating in Healthy IU's initiatives like Walk to Wellness and Climb IU, progressing to becoming an avid runner. She also used IU Human Resources' Quit for Life Program to cut her smoking habit.

Read Crohn's success story
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Facility Operations supervisors award

Facility Operations supervisors Jamie Gayer, Hank Hewetson and Mark Menefee were awarded a Service Member Patriot Award by the Department of Defense's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program. Kevin Bucy, who contracted lung disease following his 2008 deployment in Afghanistan, nominated his co-workers for their support of him during his recovery.

Learn about the award
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Holiday gift guide

Eight IU faculty and staff members gave their advice to holiday shoppers based on their own areas of expertise. Kelley School of Business undergraduate program faculty chair Josh Perry, for example, advocated for a pen and padfolio combo, while vice president and director of athletics Fred Glass was partial to candy stripe pants for IU basketball fans.

Get holiday gift ideas
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New additions to the IMU

The IMU underwent a few key changes over the summer, including the introduction of The Chocolate Moose as a tenant, furniture upgrades inside lounges throughout the building and new amenities at the IMU Starbucks. IMU associate director Michael Campbell said the renovations were focused on honoring IMU's existing spaces while enhancing these features.

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Goodbody Eatery

The opening of Goodbody Eatery at Wells Quad was the last renovation to take place at the new residence hall. New food options include an on-campus location of Bloomington restaurant Nick's as well as another location of The Chocolate Moose. The new space also includes a mini-ballroom for events and an outdoor terrace facing Ballantine Hall.

Take a look at the new space
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Glenn Close

Actress Glenn Close visited the IU Bloomington campus to donate a personal costume collection and discuss the connections between costume, artistry and character as an actress. This was Close's third visit to campus. She has an ongoing partnership with U Bring Change to Mind, a campus program she launched and is piloting at IU.

Read about Close's visit to campus
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Grand Challenges

IU launched its second project through the Grand Challenges program, which has since been joined by a third initiative. President Michael A. McRobbie announced the investment, called Prepared for Environmental Change, oriented around issues of businesses, farms and communities in the state of Indiana. The initiative involves the launch of an Environmental Resilience Institute and a Hoosier Resiliency Index.

Learn about the initiative
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DJ informatics professors

Professors Luis Rocha and Johan Bollen spent the last Friday of each month in alternate egos: DJ E-Trash and DJ Angst. The pair performs house music at the Root Cellar as a way of blending academia and art, and Rocha and Bollen say their music reflects the same complex systems they study during their day jobs.

Meet DJ E-Trash and DJ Angst
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Herman B Wells home movies

The Indiana University Archives and IU Libraries Moving Image Archive teamed up to digitize and publicize Herman B Wells' 23 reels of personal home movies. The clips include Wells' travels to Mexico and Germany as well as footage of the former IU president's beloved Irish setter, Red. The movies are now available for online viewing.

View the home movies
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Sustainability Innovation Fund

IU's new Sustainability Innovation Fund awarded grants supporting two major projects: a 3- to 4-mile path through campus connecting existing pathways, to be known as the IU Heritage Trail Project, and an IU Campus Farm. The projects were funded at $15,000 and $50,000, respectively, and include a combination of faculty and staff leaders with additional student engagement. The Heritage Trail is schedule to be completed by fall 2018, while the Campus Farm broke ground in October.

Learn about the projects
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CEWiT male faculty advocates

CEWiT director Maureen Biggers brought the Advocates & Allies for Equity program to IU Bloomington as a means of increasing awareness of gender inequities in academia and giving men opportunities to help change that culture. Male faculty involved in the program have banded together to better understand female experiences and perspectives in an academic setting. Women in the Advocates & Allies Advisory Council oversee the program.

Read about the program
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Gene Coyle

IU alumnus and adjunct professor Gene Coyle worked as an international spy and field operations officer through the CIA's Operation Directorate for 30 years. He has both an undergraduate and master's degree from IU and used his knowledge and people skills to recruit foreign diplomats as sources of secret government information throughout his career. Coyle later came back to Bloomington to become an adjunct professor and officially retired in May.

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