February 18, 2022

The Report

Celebrate 50 years of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

The teams. The fans. The banners. The hoopla. 

This week’s newsletter is mixing it up a bit, joining the rest of the IU community in honoring the 50th anniversary of one of college basketball's most iconic venues by paying homage to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and its unique place in Indiana's history.

A special online collection of stories, launched earlier this week, spotlights the top moments that have occurred at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall over the past half century, the coaches and players who have graced the hallowed arena, and the powerful connections they have built there with the best fans in collegiate sports. 

In addition to the 13 iconic red-and-white banners honoring IU's greatest men's and women's basketball teams, the history of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall also includes hosting a who's who of dignitaries, including former U.S. presidents, and a long list of legendary rock 'n' roll artists and entertainers.

The team at IU's Office of the Vice President for Government Relations and Economic Engagement invites you to join us in reliving the traditions and legendary moments in the history of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

View the collection of stories


Statehouse Update

The seventh week of session moved quickly as the time for bills from the opposite chambers to be heard in committee remains short. The House has two more business days to hear Senate bills in committee and the Senate has four more business days to hear House bills. In a phenomenon often seen in the second half of the legislative session, some bill language was completely stripped out and replaced by amendments as legislators continue to negotiate which bills will continue through the process.

Statehouse Update • February 18, 2022


IU News

IU plans to make masks optional starting March 4

With COVID-19 cases declining rapidly at IU and throughout the state, the university intends to make masks optional at all campuses beginning March 4. The action will coincide with the anticipated expiration of state and county public health orders on that date. Read the full news release


IUPUI community honors Chancellor Nasser Paydar

This past Wednesday, Feb. 16, members of the IUPUI community gathered with President Pamela Whitten and federal, state and local dignitaries to honor Chancellor Nasser Paydar for his decades of service and leadership to IUPUI and Indianapolis. Paydar, who will retire from his position on March 1, has served as IUPUI's fifth chancellor since 2015 and has been an IU faculty member for more than 36 years. During the ceremony, IU trustee MaryEllen Bishop presented Paydar with a Sagamore of the Wabash, one of the state's highest honors. Read the full story

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IU hosts innovation event at 16 Tech

Yesterday, Feb. 17, IU hosted an in-person networking event at 16 Tech in Indianapolis as part of the university's continuing efforts to build connections among its global community of entrepreneurs and investors working to strengthen the state's innovation economy. IU Innovation: Tech & Connect 2022 brought together startups and researchers from IU, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame at an event where participants learned more about Indiana’s growing tech industry, listened to pitches, explored investment opportunities and networked with startup founders, venture capitalists and investors in Indiana. Read the full story


Conservation Law Center to help manage new federal land program in southern Indiana

The Conservation Law Center at the IU Maurer School of Law will help manage a new designation of more than 3.5 million acres in southern Indiana as a Sentinel Landscape, a coalition to advance sustainable land management practices around military installations and ranges. With the Sentinel designation, federal and state entities will conserve natural resources, protect critical habitat and prepare Indiana for environmental changes while preserving areas used for military readiness. Read the full story