Year in review: Top Inside IU Bloomington stories of 2018

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Sweet summertime

During the hectic academic year, it can be easy for faculty and staff to get bogged down in assignments and forget that they work on one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. In June, Inside IU Bloomington shared five ways to take advantage of the summer quiet on campus.

See our summer bucket list
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Inspiring change

In February, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teacher and IU alumna Katherine Posada spoke with IU School of Education students just over one week after surviving a shooting at the high school that killed 17 people.

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Campus conveniences

Need to sign for a package but can't make it home for lunch hour? Lock your keys in your car on campus? Faculty and staff at IU Bloomington have access to on-campus resources to cure these inconveniences and more.

Check on the conveniences
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IU Dining at the IMU

When the contract between the IMU and the contractor operating its restaurants expired in early May, university leadership had the opportunity to streamline management of dining facilities and improve experiences for the IU community. The result was IU Dining, which now oversees operation of all eateries and catering on the Bloomington campus, with the exception of IU Athletics' Championship Catering.

Read about the changes
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Ballantine Hall renovations

A two-year renovation project at Ballantine Hall began in fall 2018. Construction to the building, which hosts 25 percent of all classrooms and accommodates just over 15 percent of all regular classes that meet on campus, requires a bit of fancy footwork by administrators to schedule classroom space.

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Glenn Close and Whoopi Goldberg on campus

Since helping to create the U Bring Change 2 Mind College Toolbox Project on the IU Bloomington campus four years ago, Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close has visited IU numerous times to further her mission to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. When Close visited the campus again in April, she brought along a special guest, fellow actress and friend Whoopi Goldberg.

Read about their visit
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Bike share rolls into Bloomington

In June, the City of Bloomington and Indiana University partnered to launch a dockless bike share service to give residents, students and visitors an affordable and sustainable on-demand transportation option. The bikes are pay-as-you-go and cost $1 per 30 minutes. Monthly memberships are also available.

Watch a how-to video
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Lost and found

Dozens of forgotten water bottles, misplaced dorm keys on cream and crimson lanyards, hoodies and sweaters that were left in a lecture hall seat and a surprising collection of shoes missing their partners are among the treasures at IU Bloomington's campuswide lost and found, which is located in Morrison Hall Room 005 and managed by IU Police Department recruits.

Discover lost treasures
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Campus construction

Among construction developments during 2018, renovations to Ernie Pyle Hall and the Memorial Stadium Excellence Academy were completed for the start of the fall semester, work continued on the Eskenazi Museum of Art and the IU Golf Course, and projects were planned for a new International Center and North Housing Addition.

See what construction is coming
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A new era in health care

In January, ground was broken on the new IU Health Regional Academic Health Center. The more than 700,000-square-foot complex will serve Bloomington and the surrounding region and include a cancer center, surgical services, a women's center, neonatal intensive care, physician offices and a trauma center. The facility is expected to be completed in 2020.

Read plans for the center
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Parking smart

New "smart" parking meter kiosks were installed at several sites on the IU Bloomington campus in January, a move intended to make parking at those locations simpler for visitors as well as for staff, faculty and students.

Find the kiosks
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Sentient art

An enormous, seemingly living sculpture, "Amatria," was installed in the spring under the sunlit glass atrium on the fourth floor of Luddy Hall, the new home to most of the departments and programs in the IU School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering. The school officially unveiled the work of "sentient art" before a crowded audience at sunset April 11.

Watch a video about the sculpture