Roundabout 3.27.18


Our speaker next week will be our very own Jeff Baldwin, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington. The meeting will be held at the Crestmont facility at 1111 W. 12th. Jeff has served as director for the last eight years. Prior to this he spent 14 years working in education and an additional 12 years as a small business owner. Join us as Jeff explains what is happening at this important facility that received a major expansion and reopened in September 2017.


This Week’s News

Register for state conference

Don’t forget to register for the AllINRotary statewide conference, to be held April 20-21 at the Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. Registration deadline is April 9. This conference brings together the three Indiana Rotary districts and provides an opportunity to learn, network, and grow. Register today at

Bloomington Rotary Centennial Celebration  

All three Rotary clubs will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rotary in Bloomington Thursday, May 10. President of Rotary International Ian Riseley will be the keynote speaker, which is truly special. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.


MARCH 27 PROGRAM:  Michael McRobbie, Indiana University President

Dr. Phil Eskew introduced IU President Michael McRobbie. Mr. McRobbie became the 18th president of Indiana University in 2007. He joined IU in 1997 as the university’s first vice president of information technology and chief information officer.

President McRobbie opened by telling those gathered that a talk about the recent accomplishments and major activities at IU “could easily take four hours” so he endeavored to “show how the pieces fit together.” He thanked Phil for his introduction and remarked that he had worked closely with him for 15 years through Phil’s position as an IU trustee.

Mr. McRobbie spoke to the remarkable number of milestones in Indiana and locally: the bicentennial celebrations of Indiana (2016), Monroe County (2018), City of Bloomington (2018) and Indiana University (2020). IU is using its bicentennial as a major milestone for moving the university forward “to become a truly national university.” He remarked that IU is using the bicentennial – its website is – to “create a sense of urgency.”

Mr. McRobbie turned his attention to the class of 2021. It is the biggest, brightest and most diverse class ever. It is the largest class ever, with 8,001 students (systemwide, IU has more than 112,000 students), with a median GPA of 3.83 and an average SAT score of 1,295. He pointed with pride to student financial aid efforts (up 189% since 2006) and financial literacy programs for students that have resulted in a 17% reduction in debt since 2012. While there is continued growth at IU Bloomington, which he expects will level off, enrollment at regional campuses has declined somewhat because of the improving economy.

Work that was launched in 2001 by the New Academic Directions Committee has led to the creation of 10 new schools and the closure of one. The committee was asked, “If you were building a national university, with a $3.6 million budget, what would it look like?” The university’s structure has had its greatest change since the days of President William Lowe Bryan. At IU Bloomington, the following schools have been created: School of Global and International Studies; the Media School; the School of Art, Architecture and Design; the School of Public Health and the School of Education. The School of Journalism was consolidated into the Media School. The addition of an intelligent systems engineering program, Mr. McRobbie noted, is an example of the expansion of IU’s scope.

Mr. McRobbie spoke at length about developments in the health sciences. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of IU Health. Overall, IU has one of largest medical schools in the country but it also has Schools of Dentistry, Nursing, Optometry, Social Work and Public Health (one in Indianapolis and one in Bloomington) and a School of Health and Human Sciences. There are nine regional medical education centers around the state. “Inter-professional education” is a key focus in the health sciences and the “name of the game” as it allows professionals to work effectively across disciplines to benefit patients.

He described major building efforts in the health sciences both here and in Indianapolis. The academic medical center associated with the new IU Health Bloomington Hospital represents a $400 million investment and is the largest ever financial stimulus to the Bloomington economy. Meanwhile, though not as far along, a new academic health center in Indianapolis will result from a $1 billion investment in consolidating Methodist and University Hospitals.

Mr. McRobbie spoke about the IU Bloomington record-breaking building and renovation programs associated with the bicentennial. Overall, the approach has been to use public funds for renovations and private funds for new buildings. This has resulted in a 70/30 split in financing between private and public monies. IU has made enormous strides in its backlog of deferred maintenance; the $1 billion backlog in 2010 has been reduced to $350 million today. He noted that the total value of all the building efforts is $2.5 billion.

Mr. McRobbie described several new building efforts in Bloomington: a $99 million student housing complex and dining hall, a fine arts studio building addition, and major parking garage/office building between the new Luddy Hall and the Central Heating Plant. A major renovation of the Eskenazi Museum of Art will feature a new entrance on the Arboretum, where it will face the relocated and renovated Metz Carillon. Mr. McRobbie hopes there will be weekly concerts at the carillon, which will be “an unrivalled facility.”

IU’s external research funding is now $500 million, larger than any other institution in the state.  He is very proud of the university’s work in international engagement.  While IU ranks 19th in international students in attendance, it is seventh in students who study abroad.  Nearly one in three IU students have the opportunity to study abroad, which Mr. McRobbie describes as a “transformative experience.”

Mr. McRobbie described the biggest financial campaign in IU history, with a goal of $3 billion for the bicentennial. This effort will help greatly with faculty recruitment and retention, and nearly $2.3 billion has been raised to date.



President Mike Baker presided, and Scott Shackelford was the greeter. Barry Lessow, Liz Irwin, and Pam Martindale had birthdays this week. Jim Bright celebrates his 11-year anniversary, and both Bryce Bow and Hank Walter celebrate their one-year Rotary membership anniversaries.

When Mike asked those affiliated currently or previously with IU to stand, more than half the audience rose in response.

Glenda Murray gave the reflection. Dr. William Lowe Bryan, the 10th President of Indiana University, was an honorary Rotarian. He made a colorful statement speaking to the value of Rotary in bridging the gap between town and gown.


Dave Meyer, Reporter