October 15, 2015
Indiana University's School of Global and International Studies hosted an address by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to celebrate the opening of the school's new home on the Bloomington campus. IU President Michael A. McRobbie introduced Kerry, who was the first sitting secretary of state to visit IU in 20 years. Kerry delivered a speech highlighting why American leadership abroad remains more important than ever and outlining priorities for U.S. foreign policy in a changing world.
October 6, 2015
Nearly one year after presenting the first draft of the Bicentennial Strategic Plan for Indiana University — a document that brought together and built upon a number of university-wide strategic planning efforts — IU President Michael A. McRobbie described the enormous progress being made on many of the plan's priorities, including strengthening the university's commitment to student success and maximizing its capacity for research, scholarship and creative activity. President McRobbie devoted the majority of his annual State of the University address to highlighting a number of major recent accomplishments and activities that align with the goals of the Bicentennial Strategic Plan, which IU trustees approved in December 2014. View the address in its entirety.
June 2, 2015
Charles R. Bantz, who has guided the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus through a period of growth and unprecedented student success for more than a decade, announced late last year that he will step down as chancellor effective Aug. 15, 2015. Bantz, 65, joined IUPUI as chancellor and IU vice president for long-range planning in 2003, and he was named IU executive vice president in 2006. In August 2015, Bantz will begin a one-year leave before returning to IUPUI as a member of the faculty. To celebrate his accomplishments, friends and colleagues gathered for an evening to celebrate Bantz. IU President Michael A. McRobbie presided over the evening and presented Bantz with the IU President’s Medal for Excellence. The medal is awarded to those who have distinguished themselves in academia or public service.
Bantz has overseen significant growth in the number of students graduating from the IUPUI campus. This year, the number of bachelor’s degrees conferred jumped by 66 percent, from 2,212 in 2003 to 3,682, with graduates coming from all 50 states; while this year’s freshman class boasts the highest incoming average grade-point average and SAT scores in campus history. In addition, IUPUI has created 10 new doctoral programs, 10 additional master’s programs and 11 more bachelor’s degree programs during Bantz’s tenure as chancellor. Bantz oversaw the recently completed IUPUI strategic plan as well as the completion late in 2013 of the campus’s $1.4 billion fundraising campaign.
May 9, 2015
IU Bloomington awarded 8,883 degrees to 8,584 students as it celebrated its 186th commencement in two ceremonies, one for graduate students and one for undergraduates. A graduate ceremony was scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, May 8, in John Mellencamp Pavilion, 1001 E. 17th St. An undergraduate ceremony took place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at IU Memorial Stadium, 1001 E. 17th St. Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presided over the ceremonies. Sage Steele, an Indiana University alumna who is one of today’s most versatile and accomplished sports television personalities, spoke at IU Bloomington's undergraduate commencement.
May 8, 2015
IU Bloomington awarded 8,883 degrees to 8,584 students as it celebrated its 186th commencement in two ceremonies, one for graduate students and one for undergraduates. A graduate ceremony was scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, May 8, in John Mellencamp Pavilion, 1001 E. 17th St. An undergraduate ceremony took place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at IU Memorial Stadium, 1001 E. 17th St. Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presided over the ceremonies. C. David Allis, a molecular biologist and IU alumnus whose work has potential benefits in fighting many diseases, including cancer, spoke at IU’s graduate commencement ceremony.