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Indiana University has officially begun its yearlong celebration of the IU Bicentennial. The state's flagship public university, which will turn 200 on Jan. 20, 2020, marked this historic occasion by announcing that Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has been awarded the university's inaugural Bicentennial Medal.

Indiana University has launched a yearlong celebration of the IU Bicentennial. As part of the festivities, the university has awarded Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb with its inaugural Bicentennial Medal.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and friends of Indiana University and IU South Bend filled two sections of seats at Four Winds Field Monday night to kick-off IU’s Bicentennial year celebration and cheer on Chancellor Susan Elrod on her first official day as leader of the campus.

IU will celebrate its two-hundredth anniversary Jan. 20, 2020. That means the 2019-20 academic year is the bicentennial year, and festivities start in the fall. 

Big Red 200 will power advanced machine learning applications using massive data sets and faster scientific calculations in a broad range of fields, including medicine, climate change, addiction and cybersecurity.

Indiana University is building a replica of a giant ground sloth’s skeleton that was once a star attraction in its natural history collection but was removed to make room for students during an enrollment surge following World War II.

Indiana University is building a replica of a giant ground sloth's skeleton that was once a star attraction in its natural history collection but was removed to make room for students during an enrollment surge following World War II.

Historical marker honoring IU Southeast’s first student to be erected on campus during 2019-20, IU’s bicentennial year

IU’s 200-year anniversary is fast approaching. For the university, it symbolizes the various accomplishments and contributions from alumni around the world but also addresses points in time where it faltered as an institution.

Mike Dillard left the garage door halfway open to stay cool, but beads of sweat ran down the side of his face while he poured the melted remains of a bell from IU’s Student Building into a ceramic mold.

Across this state, Paleo-Indian hunter-gathers tracked mastodons armed with knapped chert spears. The Hopewell people adapted highly productive agricultural practices to the rich soil and produced corn and squash. Its first capitol was Corydon. It has 92 counties stretching from the Lake Michigan coast to the banks of the Ohio River. It has the most miles of interstate highway per square mile of any state in the union. Its highest point is Hoosier Hill.

The Indiana University Office of the Bicentennial has commissioned two new mural projects for the Bloomington campus, to be installed in Wright Quad and Presidents Hall, as part of the Bicentennial Heritage Preservation and Campus Beautification project. Additionally, it is supporting the installation of the first regional campus history mural at IU Kokomo.

"International education is always at a crossroads, as it should be," Lee Feinstein, founding dean of the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, said at the recent opening of the first symposium offered as part of the Indiana University Bicentennial.

IU Time Warp 2020 is the newest challenge at The Escape Room USA-Indianapolis. Loaded with IU spirit, trivia and memorabilia, this unique Hoosier experience debuted Sept. 28.

James VanderVeen, associate professor of anthropology and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, lead a dig on the campus of IU South Bend as part of the field study school.

The museum, 307 E. 2nd St., opened the dig to the public in June with a series of Community Volunteer Days. “It started with a grant through the Indiana University Office of the Bicentennial,” Wylie House Museum Director Carey Beam explains.

On April 1, 1947, the second edition of The Southeastern Student was released to students and staff at Indiana University Southeast. The edition, an early ancestor of today’s student newspaper, The Horizon, consisted of school reminders, updates on the employment of alumni and statistics on a recent basketball tournament in Bloomington.

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Retired from University Library since 2001, Jim Lockwood had to begin his May 21 visit back to the IUPUI landmark with popping in on former colleagues in the cataloguing department.