By Meagan Roberts
IMU Building Manager
On Monday, March 25, members of the Indiana Memorial Union staff hosted around 70 IU alumni and other friends of the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) at an IU Reception during the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Annual Conference in Indianapolis.
ACUI’s annual conference brings together college union and student activities professionals and many of the best professionals in the field have a connection to the IMU and IU. Because this year’s ACUI conference was only an hour up the road from Bloomington, the decision was made to host an IU Reception not only with conference attendees but with IU alumni throughout central Indiana, too.
This IU Reception took place at Rock Bottom Brewery in downtown Indianapolis and featured plenty of familiar faces alongside new ones. All in attendance reconnected and reminisced about their time spent at the Indiana Memorial Union and the home it has provided for many over the years. The energy in the room truly was something special.
Special guests included former Executive Director Winston Shindell, former Associate Director Thom Simmons as well as current Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Dave O’Guinn and Associate Vice Provost and Executive Associate Dean of Students Kathy Adams Riester.
Attendees were asked to share their favorite IMU memory. A few memories shared included “My wedding reception in the Federal Room,” “Seeing the IMU covered in snow for the very first time,” and “Meeting my husband” followed shortly by “Meeting my wife.”
As the IMU continues to fulfill the mission of building lifelong connections to Indiana University, we hope to see those who attended this year’s reception as well as those who were unable to make to return to campus for the 41st Union Board Biennial Reunion, October 18-20, 2019. Registration is now open and can be accessed by going to go.iu.edu/biennial2019!