Indiana University 2018 Year in Review

Take a look at some of IU's biggest accomplishments from the past year.

It's been a big year at home and around the world

Through new connections near and far, we celebrated another year of creating possibilities and making a difference. Take a look at all that 2018 brought, and learn more about the year's great work.

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[Upbeat music plays]

[Words appear: It's been a big year at home …]

[Video: Camera flashes to multiple scenes of buildings and life at IU's various campuses.]

[Words appear: and around the world.]

[Video: Camera flashes to famous sights from across the globe.]

[Words appear: Indiana University 2018 In Review]

[Words appear: In Bloomington, over 1,900 students will graduate in December, and 20% are international students.]

[Video: A group of minority students turn their tassels at commencement.]

[Video: Camera flashes to group shot of the China Gateway participants.]

[Words appear: We received over $18 million for 11 international centers. And the Brooks & Beyond Program built new possibilities for the people of Rwanda.]

[Video: Doctors check in with patients in Rwanda.]

[Video: Camera pans in a birds eye view over the Indianapolis circle downtown.]

[Words appear: We also lent a hand in our own backyard by improving the lives of Hoosiers and building a culture of service at IU.]

[Video: Camera flashes to various students doing acts of service in several locations.]

[Words appear: IUPUI celebrates its 50th anniversary as a campus.]

[Video: Camera pans to students lounging outside, attending a concert, going to class, and laughing together on IUPUI's campus.]

[Words appear: IU Fort Wayne was welcomed into the IU family.]

[Video: Camera pans to overview of the Fort Wayne campus.]

[Video: Shots of various students working in the lab at IU Fort Wayne.]

[Words appear: We built new facilities in Evansville, Bloomington and Columbus, and we added a School of the Arts at IU Northwest.]

[Video: Camera pans through the various new facilities throughout the campuses.]

[Words appear: IU programs ranked highly in the world with the No. 1 master's program in public affairs (SPEA, by U.S. News and World Report)]

[Video: Camera pans over 10th street and the SPEA building on the Bloomington campus.]

[Words appear: and the No. 1 online MBA program in the U.S. (Kelley School of Business, QS TopMBA, Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report)]

[Video: Camera pans over multiple shots of the Kelley School of Business.]

[Words appear: IU Bloomington women's basketball hung a new banner as WNIT champions, and Memorial Stadium got a facelift.]

[Video: The women's basketball team jumps up and down in excitement in Assembly Hall.]

[Video: Tyra Buss cuts down the net.]

[Video: Camera pans over Memorial Stadium.]

[Words appear: New members were added to the IU family. George Hill (NBA player), Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (singer/songwriter/producer), and Salman Rushdie (author).]

[Camera pans to the three men visiting the Bloomington campus.]

[Words appear: The university received $45 million to fund Alzheimer's research in its largest single NIH grant.]

[Video: A doctor works with a patient.]

[Words appear: And IU astrobiologist Lisa Pratt was named planetary protection officer at NASA.]

[Video: A simulation appears of a machine on another planet.]

[Video: Lisa Pratt works with a colleague in the lab.]

[Words appear: Here's to another year of making a difference.]

[Video: Various shots of life at Indiana University appear.]

[Words appear: Indiana University]

[Words appear: Fulfilling the Promise]

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Learn more about the year's great work:

  1. Two girls laughing.

    Jan. 1, 2018

    Celebrating diversity

    IU Bloomington

    The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs celebrated its 20th anniversary fostering diversity and inclusivity at IU. Other anniversaries among its programs and cultural centers included 20 years of the Asian Culture Center, 45 years of La Casa, 50 years of the Groups Scholars Program and 30 years of the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program.

  2. Lisa Pratt

    Jan. 18, 2018

    Protector of the planet

    IU Bloomington

    IU Bloomington astrobiologist Lisa Pratt was named planetary protection officer at NASA. Hailing from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, professor Pratt is responsible for protecting the earth from potential contamination by extraterrestrial life forms, such as microscopic threats originating from other planets.

    Learn what she does
  3. Students and staff from the Herron School of Art and Design take part in the Habitat Build.

    Feb. 20, 2018

    A culture of service

    IU Bloomington

    As a network that helps connect students with service-related opportunities, IU Corps was launched to build a culture of service at IU Bloomington. From one-time volunteer activities to years of intensively focused service or research, IU Corps makes opportunities for community engagement more visible and facilitates partnerships in the community.

    Read about IU Corps
  4. Coins in four glass cups, a sprout coming out of the last cup.

    Feb. 23, 2018

    Fostering innovation

    Indiana University

    IU launched the $15 million Philanthropic Venture Fund to be a catalyst for economic development in the state, as well as entrepreneurship throughout IU's campuses and regional academic centers. The fund invests in faculty, student, staff and alumni startup companies to further develop their research and innovations.

    Learn about the fund
  5. Spring Mill State Park

    March 5, 2018

    Helping Hoosiers

    IU Bloomington

    IU Bloomington improved the lives of Hoosiers throughout southwest central Indiana with a $10 million grant establishing the Center for Rural Engagement. Including faculty-led classes and multidisciplinary research projects, IU faculty, staff and students participated in center initiatives to address community-identified opportunities and needs.

    See their programming
  6. Exterior of SPEA building

    March 20, 2018

    No. 1 in public affairs

    IU Bloomington

    The School of Public and Environmental Affairs' master's programs in public affairs were ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report.

    See where IU ranked
  7. IU women's basketball team celebrates their win over Virginia Tech in the WNIT championship game.

    March 31, 2018


    IU Bloomington

    IU Bloomington women's basketball hung a new banner in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall as Women's National Invitation Tournament champions. The win was celebrated alongside an all-time winningest senior class with the two best players in program history, Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill.

    Cheer on the champions
  8. A group of people gather in Luddy Hall around sentient art sculpture.

    April 13, 2018

    A hub of innovation

    IU Bloomington

    A new state-of-the-art building was dedicated for the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering in Bloomington. The 124,000-square-foot Luddy Hall was unveiled during LuddyFest, featuring a massive work of "sentient art" in its glass atrium.

    Look inside Luddy Hall
  9. Phillip Marmorino

    May 3, 2018

    First Goldwater Scholar

    IU South Bend

    Phillip Marmorino made history as the first Goldwater Scholar from Indiana University South Bend. The 16-year-old junior is one of 211 Goldwater Scholars in the nation this year and one of only seven named in Indiana.

    Meet Marmorino
  10. Students walk in caps and gowns to the commencement ceremony

    May 8, 2018

    Marking a milestone

    IU Southeast

    IU Southeast awarded over 900 degrees at its 50th commencement ceremony. IU Southeast has awarded nearly 35,000 degrees over the past half century since its founding in 1941.

    Read about the milestone
  11. Woman typing at her laptop

    June 27, 2018

    Continued excellence

    IU Bloomington

    The Kelley School of Business continued its excellence in education by ranking No. 1 in the U.S. for its online MBA program, according to U.S. News and World Report, Princeton Review and QS TopMBA.

    Check out the ranking
  12. Jawz, Jazzy and students dance and cheer in confetti

    July 1, 2018

    Celebrating a legacy


    IUPUI began celebrating its 50th anniversary with special events spanning the vibrant urban campus. Jaguars came together to tell their IUPUI stories while reflecting on the campus's history and legacy.

    Join the celebration
  13. Exterior view of the Liberal Arts building at IUFW

    July 2, 2018

    Welcome to the family

    IU Fort Wayne

    IU Fort Wayne was welcomed into the IU family as the newest regional education center. More than 300 incoming undergraduates were part of IU Fort Wayne's inaugural freshman class.

    Read about IU Fort Wayne
  14. An aerial view of the IU Northwest campus

    Aug. 8, 2018

    A home for the arts

    IU Northwest

    As an umbrella over the Department of Fine Arts, Department of Performing Arts and Department of Communications, a new School of the Arts was established at IU Northwest with the goal of bridging disciplines and creating shared degrees under one house.

    Read about the new school
  15. The Stone Family cuts a ribbon during the dedication of the Stone Family Center

    Aug. 9, 2018

    Catalyzing the region

    Indiana University

    The IU School of Medicine dedicated a new home in Evansville, Indiana, as a shared hub for health sciences education in southwestern Indiana and a potential catalyst for transforming health care throughout the region.

    Learn about the new home
  16. An IU professor sits next to a girl and her father, the girl is wearing a 3D-printed prosthetic arm

    Aug. 10, 2018

    Beyond the books

    IU Bloomington

    The Books and Beyond program sent more than just books to Rwanda this year; it sent a 3D printer, an optometrist, and a cohort of students, staff and faculty with the goal of building possibilities for the people of Musanze.

    Explore their work
  17. The exterior of the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies building

    Aug. 27, 2018

    Global connections

    IU Bloomington

    A newly renamed Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies was awarded $18.8 million in funding for 11 international centers, supporting multiple area studies and languages that cover almost every part of the world.

    Read about the funding
  18. Students file the halls of an IUPUC building

    Sept. 7, 2018

    A roadmap to success


    IUPUC hosted Exito Latino, a one-day event bringing in 180 area Latino students to discuss barriers they face completing high school and attending college. The event provided students with a roadmap for pursuing their goals after high school.

    Read about the event
  19. Interior of the Republic building

    Sept. 25, 2018

    A building for design

    IU Bloomington

    A new home for the School of Art, Architecture + Design's J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program was established in the former Republic Newspaper building in Columbus, Indiana. The first classes in the new building started in the fall.

    See the new building
  20. A physician is meeting with a patient

    Oct. 4, 2018

    The single largest grant

    Indiana University

    The university received its largest single NIH grant of $44.7 million to fund research on a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Led by the IU School of Medicine, the five-year study will search for new therapies for the disease that have up until now resisted treatment.

    Learn about the grant
  21. A rendering of the center

    Oct. 5, 2018

    A new gathering place

    IU Kokomo

    A new student activities and events center at IU Kokomo was approved and scheduled for completion by 2020. The new 23,500-square-foot gathering space will serve as a central venue for Cougar athletic events and other student community

  22. The IU East campus

    Nov. 7, 2018

    The nation's best

    IU East

    IU East received top national rankings for several of its online programs for quality and affordability by Affordable Colleges Online and OnlineIU.

    See how it ranked
  23. The main stage at winter commencement

    Dec. 15, 2018

    Reaching for the stars

    IU Bloomington

    In Bloomington, over 1,900 students will graduate at winter commencement, 20 percent of whom are international students.

    Read about the ceremony