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2017 Year in Review

What an amazing year it has been! Here’s a look at some of IU Northwest’s proudest moments in 2017.

Friday Dec 15, 2017

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Year in Review: Henrietta Lacks

Family of Henrietta Lacks visits campus as highlight of “One Book” reading initiative

During the 2016-17 academic year, the campus community collectively read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, a best-selling history of the woman whose cells were used to create the HeLa line, one of the most important cell lines in medical research. To wrap up the series of course discussions, lectures, and campus events that took place throughout the year, the campus welcomed Lacks’ daughter-in-law and great-granddaughter to the “One Book” reading initiative’s signature event on March 22. Photos.

Year in Review: Earline Rogers

Honorary degree bestowed to former Indiana senator/educator Earline Rogers

At the at 51st Annual Commencement  ceremony on May 11, Chancellor William J. Lowe bestowed an honorary doctorate to Earline Rogers, a former educator and state senator and Gary native. Earline Rogers accepted the honor, awarded to those who have demonstrated high standards of excellence in scholarship or creative activity; in professional achievement; in public service to the world, the nation, the state, or the community; or in wholehearted commitment to Indiana University. This is the fifth honorary degree granted by IU Northwest since 2000 and the first in nearly a decade.  Photos

Year in Review: Solar Eclipse

Campus-wide viewing event for Solar Eclipse

August 21, the first day of the fall 2017 semester, was the same day as an historic solar eclipse. The entire campus got in on the fun at an eclipse station with free viewing glasses, telescopes, binoculars, and sun-themed music. Alonso Contreras-Astorga, visiting assistant professor in physics, was also on hand to answer questions and help folks get the best view. Photos

Year in Review: Building Dedication

Arts & Sciences Building Opening and Dedication

After a nearly nine-year journey, August 25 marked the formal opening and dedication of the new Arts & Sciences Building, a three-story, 126,300-square-foot marvel hailed as an anchor for the city of Gary’s redevelopment, a beacon for the economic health of the region, a hub for the arts, and the front door to higher education accessibility for all. Photos

Year in Review: Freshman Induction

IU Northwest welcomes freshman class with inaugural induction ceremony

On August 25, the IU Northwest campus community celebrated its newest students with an inaugural welcome event featuring Chancellor William J. Lowe and scores of faculty and staff. The ceremony was the first event to take place in the new $45 million Arts & Sciences Building.

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