Indiana University's first-ever worldwide day of engagement, IU Day, set for April 12

  • March 29, 2016


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- At midnight and continuing throughout April 12, Indiana University will observe IU Day, its first-ever 24-hour worldwide celebration promoting engagement, university pride and giving.

IU Day will feature a lineup of famous IU alumni; an IU-themed trivia game, personality quiz and crossword puzzle; entertaining videos covering topics as varied as cybersecurity tips and the likelihood of a zombie apocalypse; giving challenges; special announcements of gifts to IU; and more. More information also will be shared via social media through IU Foundation's presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, @IUFoundation.

“We are committed to finding new ways to engage with Indiana University alumni and friends across the state and around the world,” IU Foundation President Dan Smith said. “Mark your calendars for IU Day on April 12, wear the colors that represent your IU campus community, and join us online or in person through your local IU Alumni Association chapter as we build camaraderie and share in lifelong learning.”

Joining IU Day via social media will be well-known IU alumni such as Orlando Magic player Victor Oladipo, ESPN anchor Sage Steele and the star of ABC’s hit reality series “The Bachelor,” Ben Higgins. Also, live-streamed from the IU Cinema in Bloomington, “Breaking Bad and “Better Call Saul actor and IU alumnus Jonathan Banks will share thoughts on his career and his time at IU and answer real-time, Twitter-submitted questions at 6 p.m.

All are encouraged to join in the fun by following along or adding to the IU Day story using the hashtag #IUday.

Other IU Day programming will include interviews with cinematic luminaries Meryl Streep and Werner Herzog, exclusive footage of the a cappella group Straight No Chaser -- composed entirely of IU alumni -- a behind-the-scenes tour with IU Bloomington Athletics, fun videos about the future of fashion, sci-fi technologies we are likely to see in our lifetime, the top five medical myths and TEDxIndianaUniversity talks.

IU Day will showcase the wide range of insights, art and experiences made possible with the help of private support. Those inspired to give on IU Day will have new choices for supporting IU. More than 40 IU programs are hosting IU Crowdfunding campaigns that directly support student scholarships, programming, and more.

“As a student, I’m looking forward to IU Day because it is a great way to connect with areas of IU that are not part of my daily campus life,” said Niki DaSilva, IUPUI Undergraduate Student Government president. “This is an opportunity to show everyone what a great experience we are having at IUPUI, and to show alumni and friends around the world what we have in common through IU. I know there are many whose support has made my IU experience what it is today. This is an opportunity to say thank you and encourage others to give. Every gift matters.”

As an added incentive, all gifts made on IU Day will help unlock $200,000 in challenge funds. Each individual who makes a gift of any amount on IU Day will receive a one-time allotment of five votes to allocate toward his or her favorite IU cause -- scholarships, research, study abroad experiences, or any other IU program, school or campus. When IU Day ends, the IU causes with the most votes will receive a percentage of the challenge funds. Votes can be tracked throughout the day on the IU Day Leaderboard.

Learn more about IU Day and get in the spirit by watching this short IU Day video.

Contributions received on IU Day will count toward the $2.5 billion campaign, For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign.

For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign is taking place on all IU-administered campuses: IU Bloomington, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend and IU Southeast. The campaign will conclude in December 2019 to coincide with IU’s bicentennial year celebration in 2020. To learn more about the campaign, its impact and how to participate, visit

Founded in 1936, the Indiana University Foundation maximizes private support for Indiana University by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders and providing advancement leadership and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university. Today, the IU Foundation oversees one of the largest public university endowments in the country, with a market value of approximately $1.9 billion. In fiscal year 2015, IU received $359.3 million in support from the private sector. IU is consistently ranked among the top four of Big Ten universities in annual voluntary support.

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