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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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Media Advisory: IU campus Habitat Build begins Thursday and continues through Oct. 8

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Sept. 27, 2011

EDITORS: Beginning this Thursday (Sept. 29) and every day through Oct. 8, students, faculty and staff from Indiana University and its Kelley School of Business and campus visitors will work together on a Habitat for Humanity project that will provide a new home for a Bloomington family. Media are invited each day, when different groups are expected to participate.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Starting Thursday, (Sept. 29), a joint effort of Indiana University and the Kelley School of Business, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County and Whirlpool Corp. will build a house next to the home of the IU Alumni Association.

The building blitz outside the Virgil T. DeVault Alumni Center, 1000 E. 17th St., will culminate with a dedication ceremony on Oct. 8 and provide Bloomington's Tora and Clarence Knapp and their two children with a home to call their own. The following day, on Oct. 9, the house will be moved to its permanent location elsewhere in Bloomington.

The build will coincide with home football games against Penn State University on Saturday (Oct. 1) and the University of Illinois on Oct. 8. The Kelley School's Institute for Social Impact (KISI) is coordinating the build with the local Habitat chapter.

Building shifts each day will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1 to 5 p.m. The keys will be presented to the Knapps at a dedication ceremony at noon on Oct. 8, two and a half hours prior to the game with the University of Illinois.

Participants in the build will come from throughout the campus and include IU alumni and special guests. Below is a listing of milestones for the project and also of participants who are planning to work with students each day:

Anyone in the IU community can participate in the campus build and a limited number of opportunities remain. Those interested should contact Molly Barwick at KISI at 812-855-4474 or

The build is part of Whirlpool-sponsored Habitat builds taking place throughout the United States in 2011. Whirlpool Corp., one of Habitat for Humanity International's top corporate partners, has sponsored more than 100 homes and served more than 82,000 families around the world since the partnership began in 1999. In addition, Whirlpool Corp. also donates a range and Energy Star-qualified refrigerator to every Habitat for Humanity House built in North America.

During the build, George Vlahakis of the IU Office of University Communications (812-855-0846, 812-345-1500 and and Meagan Niese of Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County (812-331-4069 and will be available to accommodate media requests.

Those traveling to campus for Habitat activities, including on Oct. 1 and 8, should be aware of ongoing construction at the 45/46 Bypass and expect traffic delays. Campus traffic information, including alternate routes in Bloomington, is currently available at For additional traffic updates, follow @IUTraffic on Twitter.

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