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Feb. 17, 2016

Chance to own a piece of IU history: Assembly Hall turnstiles up for auction

Twenty-four historic turnstiles used at Assembly Hall from 1971 to 2014 are up for auction through IU Surplus.

Assembly Hall turnstile

One of 24 historic turnstiles from Assembly Hall up for auction through IU Surplus. | PHOTO BY TODD REID, IU SURPLUS

The crimson and chrome turnstiles, which weigh 230 pounds apiece, bear the marks of years of wear. That’s because, before their installation at Assembly Hall, they were used at Memorial Stadium.

“They’ve got a double history,” surplus store manager Todd Reid said. “They were made by a company called Perey out of New York City, which shipped this kind of turnstile all over the world. In Cooperstown, they have this exact same turnstile from Yankee Stadium. So the turnstile itself is iconic, but the fact that these 24 were used for the last 40-plus years in Assembly Hall makes them even cooler for the IU faithful.”

Reid said his phone has been ringing off the hook since he announced the sale on the IU Surplus Store’s social media accounts this week.

“I’ve had people contact me from far and wide,” he said. “Former players, fans. I even heard from a big network executive for NBC who’s an IU alumnus, and he desperately wants one for his office in downtown New York City.”

Want one? Register for free as an online bidder at GovDeals.com. The site is similar to eBay but offers surplus items from government agencies. The auctions can be found by searching “Indiana University.”

Auctions will be in real time, and the minimum bid is $500. Each turnstile will have a certificate of authenticity from IU Athletics and will sport a small placard detailing its history.

The turnstiles will go up for auction one at a time, Reid said. The first auction began Feb. 16, and Reid said he anticipates all 24 auctions will be complete by the end of March Madness.

Additional information about the sales will be posted on IU Surplus’ Twitter feed and IU Surplus’ Facebook page, and interested bidders with questions can contact Reid at tareid@indiana.edu.

Committee named to lead search for IU vice provost for student affairs and dean of students

A committee has been appointed to identify candidates for the position of vice provost for student affairs and dean of students at IU Bloomington.

The vice provost and dean leads the Division of Student Affairs, which supports the academic mission of the campus through student advocacy, services and programs that create and support a campus climate of responsible citizenship and excellence.

Dennis Groth, vice provost for undergraduate education at IU Bloomington, will chair the committee, which was appointed by Provost and Executive Vice president Lauren Robel. A complete list of committee members is available online.

The new vice provost will succeed Pete Goldsmith, who has served as the campus vice provost and dean of students since 2009. Goldsmith announced his plans to retire in January and plans to step down June 30.

Hutton Honors College turns 50, launches ‘Many Worlds, One Globe’ initiative

Hutton Honors College

In conjunction with its 50th anniversary, IU’s Hutton Honors College will host a new multiyear series. | PHOTO BY CHAZ MOTTINGER, IU COMMUNICATIONS

In conjunction with its 50th anniversary, IU’s Hutton Honors College will host “Many Worlds, One Globe,” a multiyear series of lectures, courses, workshops and special events designed to highlight research and creative activities that connect global understanding with individual identity.

The series will culminate with IU’s bicentennial in 2020.

“The 'Many Worlds, One Globe' series is a wonderful example of the power of the arts and humanities and the social sciences to awaken the power of empathic imagination,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel. “That power creates an opening for a truly global academic experience right here in Bloomington. The Hutton Honors College has been a cultural hub on campus for half a century, and we are so excited to see the many ways they enrich our bicentennial celebrations in the coming years.”

The series will launch in April with a public lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, author of the short stories collections “Interpreter of Maladies” and “Unaccustomed Earth," as well as the novels “The Namesake: A Novel” and “The Lowland.” Lahiri is scheduled to speak about her own works at 4 p.m. April 4 at Whittenberger Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Additional “Many Worlds, One Globe” activities leading up to IU’s bicentennial will include an annual campus-wide interdisciplinary workshop on the various interpretations, perceptions and effects of globalism, and how it touches our lives and links them to the lives of those living on different parts of the planet.

IU participating in national RecycleMania competition

The IU Bloomington campus has joined national recycling contest RecycleMania in an effort to waste less and recycle more. 

This is IU’s sixth year participating in the friendly competition, which kicked off Feb. 7 and continues through April 2. During the eight-week contest, IU RecycleMania coordinator Steve Akers will collect waste and recycling data for the campus.

The per-capita results will be determined by dividing the school’s weekly recycling and trash weights by its student, staff and faculty population. IU will be paired in the competition division with Earlham, Indiana State, Ivy Tech Southwest, Purdue, University of Evansville, Notre Dame and the University of Southern Indiana.

Faculty Collaboratives project brings together faculty at Indiana colleges and universities

A conference this month in Indianapolis will mark the official launch of the Indiana hub for the Faculty Collaboratives project, a multi-campus initiative aimed at cultivating faculty leadership and innovation focused on improving undergraduate education.

The conference, "Supporting Faculty Innovation in the 21st Century," will take place Feb. 26 at Ivy Tech Community College, 2820 N. Meridian St. in Indianapolis. Keynote speakers will be Association of American Colleges and Universities vice presidents Susan Albertine and Debra Humphreys.

The Indiana project seeks to create a network of diverse faculty, from public and private universities and colleges, who are interested in proficiency-based undergraduate initiatives. IU will provide the hub, including a website where involved faculty can communicate and share resources.

President McRobbie

IU President Michael A. McRobbie | PHOTO BY INDIANA UNIVERSITY

The International Center to honor IU President McRobbie as 2016 International Citizen of the Year

IU President Michael A. McRobbie will receive the 2016 International Citizen of the Year Award, which honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the globalization of Indiana.

McRobbie will receive the award from The International Center at a special dinner and ceremony Sept. 20 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis.

Previous winners of the International Citizen of the Year Award have included former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, today a professor of practice at IU’s School of Global and International Studies and a two-time winner, and former congressman Lee Hamilton, a distinguished scholar at the IU School of Global and International Studies, professor of practice at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and director of the IU Center on Representative Government.

Olympic champion to give inaugural lecture at IU

Diving champion and HIV/AIDS advocate Greg Louganis will be the first speaker in the Ryan White and William L. Yarber Lecture Series hosted by the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington.

Louganis, a four-time Olympic champion, will present “Overcoming Adversity From an HIV-Positive Legend” at 7 p.m. March 1 at Whittenberger Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture is part of the school’s Public Health Lecture Series and is the inaugural Ryan White and William L. Yarber Lecture, created last year to honor Ryan White, the rural Indiana youth who contracted HIV at age 13 from tainted blood products used to treat his hemophilia in the 1980s.

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