Stand by for fun. And university pride. And philanthropy. And a 24-hour barrage of all things Indiana University as its first-ever IU Day is celebrated across all university campuses statewide.
IU Day offers a way for IU alumni, students and friends anywhere on the globe to engage with the IU community through IU Foundation channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The event will feature an interactive, audiovisual smorgasbord of activities that include 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.
“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,” IU Foundation President Dan Smith said.
This short video offers a taste of the spirit IU Day has in store:
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.
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.
All are encouraged to join in the fun by following along or adding to the IU Day story using the hashtag #IUday.