With spring in the air and summer on the way, host Jim Shanahan welcomes Chris Lemonis, head coach of the Indiana University baseball team, to the podcast.
Lemonis is in his second season as head coach at IU, and comes to Bloomington by way of the University of Louisville, where he was an assistant coach for eight years.
A former college baseball player himself, Lemonis will share unique insights on the baseball culture at IU and how the Hoosiers fit into the national college baseball landscape. Shanahan will also ask about the increasing growth of baseball programs throughout the Big Ten and how IU competes with other schools within the conference, in addition to questions about this year’s team and notable players.
IU news highlights this week:
- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie has returned from a weeklong trip to Thailand. While he was there, he led a delegation to expand and deepen ties between the university and leading institutions in the country. McRobbie also joined several of Thailand’s leading statesmen and women at a 50th anniversary celebration of the National Institute of Development Administration, which IU helped establish.
- An IU biologist will be part of the world’s largest coordinated project on the study of evolutionary biology. The grant to Armin Moczek, a professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biology, and colleagues at IU, is part of an $8.7 million award from the John Templeton Foundation. The IU team will lead three of 22 projects that span nearly 50 scientists at eight institutions in the United States, Great Britain and Sweden.
- Television broadcaster and author Tavis Smiley has established a $50,000 scholarship at IU. The scholarship will support African-American students enrolling at the university with a preference for students who are first in their families to attend college. The scholarship builds on the Smiley Scholars program, created eight years ago at IU with a previous donation from the television personality. Smiley is a graduate of the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
- Two recent graduates of the IU School of Informatics and Computing — who are sisters — will screen a short film next month at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France. Eli and Lu Bevins’ film, “My Dear Arthur” is one of 30 short films traveling to the international festival as part of Campus MovieFest, the world’s largest student film festival. Last year, the film won best picture at IU as part of a local Campus MovieFest event.
- And finally, Jamie Hyneman has been announced as the featured speaker at IU Bloomington’s undergraduate commencement on May 7. Hyneman is the co-host and executive producer of the TV show “MythBusters.” A well-known special effects supervisor, inventor and survival expert, Hyneman is a graduate of IU’s Individualized Major Program. Michael S. Maurer, a civic leader, philanthropist and namesake of the IU Maurer School of Law, will deliver the graduate address.
IU events highlights this week:
- The Jacobs School of Music kicks off a five-run production of “Oklahoma!” on Friday. Tickets are available through the Jacobs School website. More performances are scheduled for April 9, 10, 15 and 16.
- Grammy-nominated Latin jazz musicians Michael Spiro and Wayne Wallace will lead a jazz ensemble on Monday, April 11 at 8 p.m. at the Musical Arts Center. The performance is free.
- Also on April 11, the IU Cinema will screen “The Cherokee Word for Water” at 7 p.m. The film follows the story of the effort to bring running water to a small town in Oklahoma and the conflict it brings to the community.
- The IU Art Museum is celebrating its 75th birthday on Tuesday, April 12. The entire campus is invited to celebrate at the museum with its staff, with activities including swing dancing, art lessons, tours of the museum, and much more. Cake and ice cream will also be available at this free event, which starts at 5 p.m.
- Finally, IU Theatre will present the new musical “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” at the Lee Norvelle Theater and Drama Center starting on Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. The rock opera re-imagines President Andrew Jackson as a emo-punk star. Additional performances are scheduled for April 16 and 19-22.
Through the Gates: IU This Week is a collaboration of the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, The Media School in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the IU Newsroom.