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Have your COVID-19 questions answered in an 'Ask Aaron' webinar

Students, faculty and staff from every IU campus who have COVID-19-related questions can have them answered in one of three upcoming webinars by Dr. Aaron Carroll, one of the leaders of Indiana University's COVID-19 Medical Response Team.

The webinars are Nov. 4, Nov. 11 and Nov. 18, and all are at noon.

The live Q&A sessions will include topics such as:

  • Testing updates and understanding the dashboard.
  • Keeping healthy this flu season.
  • Ending in-person classes and heading home safely.

Visit covid.iu.edu for the latest updates.

Students can showcase sustainability research in poster competition

Indiana University student have an opportunity to showcase research about sustainability through an artistic competition. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Poster Competition is focusing on efforts to reduce inequality within and among countries.

Students need to have the support of a faculty mentor and make an international connection between their research and an identified sustainable goal. Then they can design and submit the poster.

The top prize for undergraduate and graduate students and their faculty mentors is $1,000, and second prize is $500. A People's Choice Award of $500 also will be presented.

Big gift to IU East food pantry helps students

An anonymous $20,000 gift to Indiana University East's food pantry will help students who are facing food insecurity -- especially beneficial during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The money will allow The Pantry to shop more frequently and stock up on essentials and more nonperishables. The gift will ensure students have proteins, such as meat, eggs, milk and cheese, and some treats to provide a sense of normalcy.

Ensuring the pantry has plenty of food is important for students' well-being. Food-insecure students are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and loneliness.

IU Foundation names interim executive VP for development

The Indiana University Foundation has appointed Joyce Rogers interim executive vice president for development. The position was previously held for seven years by Rick Dupree, whose retirement coincided with the recent conclusion of IU's first universitywide fundraising campaign, For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign.

The executive vice president for development oversees the foundation's development division, which maintains responsibility for the fundraising and stewardship activities of the IU Foundation and also partners with all units across IU campuses to collaborate in attracting philanthropic support for the university.

Rogers has been serving at the foundation as vice president for development and external relations for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs since 2013.

IU South Bend political science professor honored for contributions

IU South Bend Professor of Political Science Elizabeth Bennion received the 2020 Walter Beach Pi Sigma Alpha Award, which is given annually by the National Capital Area Political Science Association to a political scientist who has made "a substantial contribution to strengthen the relationship between political science and public service."

Since 1977, the Beach Award has been given to political scientists who enhance the understanding of political life and bridge the gap between the worlds of learning and governing.

Bennion and professor Richard Davis of Brigham Young University were co-recipients of this year's award due to their joint work establishing a new Civic Engagement Section of the American Political Science Association. They also recently founded the State Debate Coalition, an organization that brings together representatives of the Indiana Debate Coalition (of which Bennion is president), the Utah Debate Commission (of which Davis is a founding member), and other state debate commissions. The State Debate Coalition also works to expand the commission model across the nation.

IU East fundraiser boosts student emergency fund

Indiana University East raised more than $2,500 for the student emergency fund through the "People of the Pack: Get on Board the Cutout Campaign."

The campaign invited alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents of student-athletes and community members to participate with a display of campus spirit by donating $50. Recognition of the gift included a cardboard cutout of participants -- or of the person or pet of their choice -- placed in a campus building.

The IU East Marilyn Watkins Red Wolf Student Support Fund provides emergency support for students facing unforeseen financial hardships, such as food insecurity or medical expenses.