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Last modified: Thursday, September 6, 2007

Hello, my name is Indiana University

IU Creative Services videos debut on YouTube

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Office of Creative Services recently released five short videos of IU students on the popular Web site YouTube, the online place where anyone with a video camera can become a producer. The videos are geared toward high school students who visit YouTube to find out what IU students and life on campus are like.

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Emily Bingham on YouTube

Geared toward celebrating the diverse populations and activities on the Bloomington campus, the videos feature IU students, all with different areas of interest and skill. But despite all their differences, the message that there is something for everyone at IUB is clear in the recurrent visual theme -- a typical, stick-on, event name tag slapped onto or near a random campus landmark that reads, "Hello, my name is Indiana University."

Each student shares individual experiences at the university in their own words as the camera records activities to present his or her unique view of life at IU.

Jessica Franco is featured in one video. She's a general studies major who also is lead singer in a Bloomington-based rock band. She talks about her band, about IU, and what she loves about Bloomington. Her comments are interspersed with video of the band performing.

Emily Bingham, is a fashion design major. Her video not only features a dress she designed, but shows her leading campus tours for prospective freshmen while talking about how an experience during her own tour as a high school student helped sell her on coming to IU.

Other IU students featured are Brian Watts, a film student in the individualized major program; Amish Tolia, a business major and entrepreneur who started his own T-shirt company; and Erik Styacich, a cyclist in the Little 500, IU Bloomington's annual bicycle race.

The Office of Creative Services plans to expand the YouTube video project to help schools and departments throughout IU's eight-campus system share the experiences of more students. This project was conceptualized by Dave Harper, art director, and Alison Hamm and Jennifer Piurek, Web content specialists, all in Creative Services.

To view the videos, go to: http://creativeservices.iu.edu/about/youtube.shtml