Friday, February 26, 2010

Grad Student Opportunity: Serve on the Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Serve on the Indiana Commission for Higher Education
The 2010 Student Nominating Committee is now accepting applications for the student position on the Commission for Higher Education.  Application deadline is Friday, March 19, 2010. Interviews will be held on Saturday, March 27 at the CHE office in Indianapolis.

Find more information and the application at:

Contact Brady Harman for questions at

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Campus to host Open House for transfer, returning adult, and graduate students

Students who attend will have their application fees waived and be eligible for other special scholarships and opportunities.

Kokomo, Ind. – What is your next stop? Indiana University Kokomo wants to show you the educational possibilities for returning transfer, graduate, and returning adult students at an Open House on Tuesday, March 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Wednesday, March 3, from noon to 2 p.m., in Alumni Hall, located in the Kelley Student Center.

Adults who are considering starting college, returning to their studies, transferring to complete a bachelor's degree or continuing for a master's degree are invited to attend.

Read the full article.

(IUK News: 2/24/2010)

IU President Michael McRobbie's State of the University address online

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie.  Courtesy of Indiana University.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie delivered the 2010 State of the University address today (Feb. 23) at 2 p.m. in the Indiana Memorial Union Building's Alumni Hall on the Bloomington campus.

In his speech, he addressed faculty and colleagues about the financial situation of the university, key university priorities that include the academic core and infrastructure, international initiatives, economic development and university advancement. For the complete text of President Michael A. McRobbie's 2010 State of the University address, go to, or, watch an archived broadcast at

(IU News: 2/23/2010)

IU forms statewide engagement council

Representatives from each IU campus will participate in economic development discussions

INDIANAPOLIS -- As part of its "Innovate Indiana" initiative, Indiana University has established a university-wide engagement council composed of economic development representatives from IU's eight campuses and three engagement offices located throughout the state.

The newly created IU Council on Regional Engagement and Economic Development will be chaired by Bill Stephan, IU vice president for engagement. The purpose of the council is to create a university-wide forum to more effectively connect with all IU campuses and the communities they serve in addressing regional economic issues. Council members from IU campuses have been directly appointed by their respective chancellors.

(IU News: 2/25/2010)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

College Themester to offer free workshops on teaching sustainability across the curriculum

Courtesy of Indiana University.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In preparation for Indiana University's Fall 2010 Themester "sustain.ability: Thriving on a Small Planet," the IU College of Arts and Sciences will offer a free Teaching & Learning Institute to help faculty members, librarians, and graduate students of all ranks and disciplines tailor existing courses to incorporate issues of sustainability.

This free series of workshops aims to engage not only faculty whose courses already incorporate explicit sustainability themes, but also those who may have never imagined a connection to sustainability-related issues.

The workshops will take place at the Indiana Memorial Union on Friday, March 26, and Friday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to noon with an optional third workshop about service-learning opportunities on Friday, April 9, also from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information and to read the full article.

(IU News: 2/23/2010)

Putting the 'MC' in McRobbie: IU president to host rock radio show on WFIU

Learn more about WFIU.  Courtesy of Indiana University.

WHAT: IU President McRobbie hosts "Just You and Me with Joe Bourne"
WHEN: March 5, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: WFIU studios, 1229 E. Seventh St., IU Bloomington campus

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University president Michael McRobbie will guest host the WFIU radio program "Just You and Me with Joe Bourne" March 5 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The president will play his favorite rock songs from his days as a college student. All of the music will be from groups formed and famous before 1970.

Read the full article.

(IU News: 2/23/2010)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Statehouse Report 8

February 22, 2010


Bills moving forward

It was a relatively busy week last week with a large number of bills being heard in committee and an increasing volume of bills considered for second and third reading on the floors of the Senate and House.

Bills on which we worked this week include:

HB 1001: The bill, dealing with legislative ethics and lobbying reform, would require state and university employees that spend 10 percent or more of their time performing "legislative liaison" activities to report to the Indiana Lobby Registration Commission $50 or more in expenditures for meals or gifts to a legislator or legislative staffer in a day or $250 in a calendar year. The bill passed out of Senate committee.

HB 1063: The bill requires that government buildings, including universities, meet LEED or other energy efficient standards. The bill was amended in committee to incorporate provisions from Governor Daniels' 2008 Executive Order addressing energy efficient construction.

HB 1135: The bill was amended in committee this week to require universities to accept credit for AP coursework in which the student scores a three on the AP exam, but such credit may be applied to electives. The bill also specifies that for credit towards a major, the university may require a higher score.

HB 1297: The bill was amended in committee to address several capital financing technical provisions.

HB 1365: As passed by the House, the bill would have required higher education institutions to waive tuition for dual credit courses taken to meet Core 40 Academic Honors diploma requirements. The bill was amended in committee to affirm that higher education institutions may charge tuition for dual credit courses.

Looking ahead to next week, the deadline for hearing bills in committee will fall early in the week. Any bill not receiving a committee hearing will die, although the content of a bill that passed either the House or Senate may be inserted into another bill during the conference committee process. We expect the volume of bills on second and third reading will be high as the General Assembly attempts to move bills to the conference committee process and wrap up its session about a week early.
Contact Information:
Jeff Linder
Associate VP for Public Affairs and Government Relations

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