Last modified: Tuesday, January 24, 2012
IU's GLBT Alumni Association gathers Jan. 27-29 for annual celebration
Weekend's events include inaugural presentation of group's distinguished alumni award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 24, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association's Celebration Weekend happens this weekend, Jan. 27-29, coinciding with the Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival for the fourth consecutive year.
"All faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, please join us this weekend and see for yourselves why IU has received five stars -- the highest possible rating -- for Bloomington's LGBT-friendly campus," says Mike Shumate, GLBTAA president. "Come have a ton of fun, see old friends, make new ones, discuss the latest developments in the state and beyond, and share in the joy of all the strides we've made."
In addition to the film festival, weekend highlights include a reception and silent auction at Grazie Italian Eatery; a social at IU's Lilly Library; and a Sunday brunch, at which the inaugural GLBTAA Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to alumnus Shane Windmeyer, executive director of the national organization Campus Pride. Windmeyer's accomplishments are detailed below.
Speaking of the weekend, IU Alumni Association Executive Director J T. Forbes says: "The GLBTAA remains one of our most active alumni groups, and this is an event that many look forward to every year. Our GLBT alumni truly make this a festive weekend, one to both reflect back and look forward to the many wonderful memories and accomplishments made at our Hoosier home."
Weekend events range in price from free to $20. To purchase tickets and register for events, go to iuaa.imodules.com/glbtaa-celebration or contact Erin Bruce, alumni service and events coordinator, at 812-856-7260 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information regarding the Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival, go to pridefilmfestival.org.
Shane Windmeyer attended IU Bloomington and received a master's degree in education in 1997. Since leaving IU, he has devoted his professional life to counseling and supporting LGBT students and other young people. He is founder and executive director of Campus Pride, the only national LGBT organization for student leaders and campus groups working together to create a safer, more supportive college environment for LGBT students.
Windmeyer is also national coordinator of Stop the Hate, which supports colleges and universities around the country in combating hate on campus and serves as the premier source of anti-hate educational resources for institutions of higher education.
An author, Windmeyer has published five books dealing with LGBT students in the college Greek system. His book "Out on Fraternity Row: Personal Accounts of Being Gay in a College Fraternity" was a national bestseller.
The GLBT Alumni Association is an affiliate group of the IU Alumni Association. The IU Alumni Association is dedicated to serving the university and its diverse alumni, students and friends. As one of the nation's largest alumni organizations, serving more than 550,000 graduates worldwide, the IUAA provides many programs and services to its members, nonmember alumni and the university. For more information, visit alumni.indiana.edu or call 800-824-3044.