Across seven IU campuses, students earned 14,251 undergraduate degrees and 5,262 graduate degrees this May—joining over 2,000 December 2014 grads and more than half a million IU alumni who are making a difference in people's lives everywhere, every day.
A group of IUPUI students came together to found a chapter of The Campus Kitchen, an organization that saves food that would otherwise have been wasted. Students recover food from IUPUI dining services and other Indianapolis organizations, repurpose the food into healthy meals, and deliver those meals to people in need.
Former IU basketball standout Victor Oladipo, BS'13, donated $15,000 of his NBA 2015 Slam Dunk Contest winnings to further breast cancer research at the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.
Things got dark. That's how Andrew Schnieders describes his emotional decline after serving in Iraq in the Indiana Army National Guard. Surprisingly, he says, drawing was one of the most powerful tools in helping him recover. At least one in five combat veterans struggles with emotional injuries. But—like Andrew—more and more are healing through the arts, thanks to the efforts of Juliet King, director of the art therapy program at the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI.
Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Kline, BA'70, returned to IU this fall to receive an honorary doctorate and share his theater know-how with students. And this spring, the series finale of Indiana-set Parks and Recreation saw character Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, earning an honorary doctorate and a namesake library.
One dollar may not be enough to change the whole world … but it can change someone's world. That's the idea IU Southeast student Jonathan Ham used to persuade his 24 classmates to each give him a dollar as part of a class assignment. Ham used the money to buy food that he shared with 25 people in need in his community.
IU is helping shape the cultural life of our nation by training tomorrow's music, dance, and theater professionals. In 2015, three IU Jacobs School of Music alumni—Edgar Meyer, BM'84; Cory Smythe, BM'99; and Aaron Sheehan, MM'01—were awarded Grammys for their contributions to the world of music.
In the early days of the largest Ebola outbreak in history, Kent Brantly, MD'09, was one of only two doctors in Monrovia, Liberia, treating patients infected with the deadly virus. Then he became one of them. Following treatment in the US, Brantly now speaks out about how to combat Ebola and save lives in West Africa. For his work, he was recognized with fellow Ebola fighters as TIME magazine's Person of the Year.
Thanks to donors, IU music faculty members and students are working with a music teacher to provide guitar lessons to first- and second-grade students who might not otherwise have access. The instructors say they're not only teaching music skills and understanding, but also helping students build confidence as learners, which may enhance their future academic abilities.
Before Dr. Lawrence Einhorn came to IU in the early 1970s, testis cancer had a 95 percent fatality rate. Then he tested a drug combination that produced incredible results—95 percent survival. With more than 300,000 testis cancer survivors worldwide, Dr. Einhorn and IU are focusing efforts on the Cancer Survivorship Research Program, committed to improving quality of life for all cancer patients.