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Last modified: Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Celebrate IU festivities to include Homecoming, building dedications and more

Sept. 16, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Throughout the state, all eight of Indiana University's campuses will honor the university's excellence and achievement in academics, arts and athletics this fall with "Celebrate IU," two months of academic activities, building dedications, Homecoming festivities, anniversary celebrations, philanthropic projects, and arts and entertainment events.

IU President Michael McRobbie will help usher in Celebrate IU with his second State of the University address, Sept. 22, at the Indiana Memorial Union.

"This year's Celebrate IU festivities are testament to the outstanding progress we have made all across the university in building upon our traditions of excellence and furthering our reputation as a world-class institution," McRobbie said. "I look forward to sharing news of this progress in my annual State of the University address and participating in many of the arts, entertainment and educational events that demonstrate the university's commitment to an unsurpassed living and learning environment."

In addition to a centennial celebration for the Indiana Memorial Union -- one of the nation's largest student unions -- at IU Bloomington will be an IU Blood Donor Challenge; IUPUI's United Way Day of Caring; IU South Bend Theatre Company's production of After Juliet; the Whitewater Valley Competition at IU East; the Joe B. and Denny Classic basketball tournament and fall festival at IU Southeast; IU Northwest's 50th anniversary celebration on Sept. 18; and of course, IU Bloomington's Homecoming game, Oct. 17, featuring Big Red versus Illinois at Memorial Stadium. IU Bloomington's Homecoming weekend show, "Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles," comes about 40 years after the Beatles recorded their final album, Abbey Road, in the summer of 1969.

Several building dedications and namings will highlight the events of Celebrate IU. Among them:

  • Sept. 25, IU Bloomington: Naming of law school at IU Bloomington as the Michael Maurer School of Law in honor of Michael S. "Mickey" Maurer, J.D., '67.
  • Oct. 2, IU Bloomington: Dedication of Memorial Stadium's North End Zone project, the new addition that connects the East and West Stands and includes space for administration offices, a strength and conditioning center, the Hall of Champions and an outdoor club seating area.
  • Oct. 8, IUPUI: Naming of Joseph E. Walther Hall building, named for the prominent Indiana physician whose foundation has contributed more than $50 million in support of cancer programs at the IU Schools of Medicine and Nursing.
  • Oct. 22, IU Bloomington: Dedication of Multidisciplinary Science Building II, a high-tech laboratory space that enables scientists to easily cross dividing lines between disciplines to tackle complex research issues.
  • Oct. 30, IPFW: Dedication, IPFW Medical Education Center Dedication.

For more information about Celebrate IU and a complete listing of events, see