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IU Late Nite

You’ve got plans on Friday now! IU Late Nite provides students with a new lineup of free activities every Friday night, 9 PM-1 AM, at the IMU. From craft nites to haunted houses to dances, and so much more!

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Fall Highlights (August 18–October 18, 2021)

This is your opportunity to meet students, members from all of the Culture Centers, watch live performances, receive free goodies, and purchase popular entrees from food trucks on 8/19 from 4-6pm at the Fine Arts Plaza.

Learn about everything IU Campus Recreational Sports featuring free food, giveaways, entertainment, and games on 8/20 from 11am-2pm at Garrett Fieldhouse.

Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll
This event, sponsored by the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), is designed to promote positive health choices and includes more than 40 student organizations and campus offices. Enjoy free food and giveaways on 8/20 from 11am-2pm at Showalter Fountain.

Traditions and Spirit of IU
Learn new and traditional IU cheers, hear from coaches, and show off your IU spirit on 8/20 from 7:30-9pm at Memorial Stadium.

Late Nite
After Traditions and Spirit of IU, take the bus over to Late Nite for free food and fun including a zipline, glow in the dark roller skating, live band karaoke, comedy performances and more on 8/20 from 9pm to midnight at the Indiana Memorial Union.

Union Board's Block Party Concert
Kick off the 2021–2022 school year with Union Board’s Welcome Week Block Party Concert headlined by Charli XCX! Block Party will be the first Union Board Concert since the COVID-19 pandemic. Other artists include Alex Banin and IU’s very own Manic Pixie.

Explore all of the Welcome Week events on the IU Events Calendar.

Sundaes on Sunday
Celebrate the new school year, meet other second-year students, and make your own sundae on 8/22 from 2-4 pm at the Indiana Memorial Union Centennial Patio.

First Day of School Pics
The annual tradition continues with your first day of school photos at the Indiana Memorial Union Centennial Patio with President Whitten and Provost Applegate on 8/23 from 11 am-2 pm. Free cake and cupcakes too to celebrate your first day too!

Fall Student Involvement Fair
Find your community. Discover hundreds of student organizations at Dunn Meadow on 8/26 from 4-7pm at the Fall Student Involvement Fair.

Culture Center Open Houses
Meet staff, students, and faculty at Culture Center Open Houses and learn about involvement opportunities. More details above.

Week of Aug. 30

Learn about intramurals and club sports
Looking for a way to have fun, make friends, stay active, or learn a new skill? Joining in with Intramural Sports meets all of those needs! With a variety of team and individual sports offered throughout the year like home run derby, soccer, eSports FIFA, battleship, and flag football, and ultimate frisbee, there is something for everyone! Visit to get started!

Thursday Night Lights
Check out good times on the turf at Thursday Night Lights at the Recreational Sports Field Complex on 8/26 from 7-9pm! Play soccer, spikeball, bags, and Home Run Derby. Try out log rolling and get a free shirt and sno cone!

Attend Call Out Meetings for student organizations
So you went to the Involvement Fair, what’s next? Attend a Call Out meeting and learn more about membership in a student organization.

Participate in campus and community events
Some options include the Limestone Comedy Fest, Btown Jazz Fest, and Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts.

Week of Sept. 6

Cheer on the Hoosiers!
The first home football game is on 9/11 at 7:30 pm against the University of Idaho. Buy your tickets here if you haven’t already.

Focus on wellness
Your wellness is important! Learn more about all of the free resources for your mental health. 

  • Workshops on demand featuring topics ranging from beating anxiety, stress management, procrastination, sleep, adjusting to college, body-image, conflict resolution and trust, coping with COVID-19, coping with change, coping with depression, and coping with minority stress. As emerging issues/events occur in our world, CAPS may also create new online workshops. Visit the webpage often.
  • Practice mindfulness meditation, a research-based strategy to help reduce anxiety, improve concentration, and regulate emotion! The workshops are offered several times per week. Check the website for a time that fits you!

No Hoosier Alone
Whether your circle is big or small, be that friend who knows what to do when the party's over. The Indiana Lifeline Law provides legal immunity for certain charges to minors who call 9-1-1 in an alcohol-related emergency. 

Over the influence
Substance use decisions are an important part of the college experience, and the counselors at Substance Use Intervention Services are here to explore these topics in a safe and confidential space. Did you know that more than 1 in 10 Hoosiers avoid drinking alcohol? Sticking to your values and setting boundaries that make you feel comfortable will keep your relationship with substance use a healthy one. 

Academic support
Needing extra help in your classes, add tutoring help sessions for all your classes on your calendar (search by subject and class in this one, centralized location) And pro tip, if you're taking Finite Math, start attending PASS sessions (data shows this dramatically improves students' grades in this course!)

Get a "boost"
Set your notification prefs in Canvas. Try the Boost app, which integrates with Canvas to send you reminders about what’s coming up. It will even send you words of encouragement.

Week of Sept. 13

IU Family Weekend
Kick off the weekend at the Family Reception on 9/17 from 4-6pm in the Indiana Memorial Union Solarium and Patio

Career Events and Workshops
Participate in Career Events, Workshops, and Fairs.

One-on-one academic coaching
Make an appointment for one-on-one academic coaching with the Student Academic Center!  Academic coaching focuses on transferable habits and skills that can be applied broadly to all of your classes, including:

  • time management/organization
  • how to get more out of your studying
  • mastering test anxiety
  • finding motivation
  • making sense of campus academic support resources

Where's Herman B? Scavenger Hunt
Herman B. Wells is hiding somewhere in Wells Library. Find him, win prizes, and learn more about game changing services, collections, and people in IU Libraries. Four chances to find Herman B. and win prizes means four opportunities to level up your degree. See you there September 13-16!

Make research painless
The syllabus says you will be doing a research presentation at the end of the semester. You could wait until the last week of class, but you remember last year when you tried to get to a peer-reviewed journal article from a link in Google but it asked you to pay $35 to read it! That was stressful! IU Libraries offers a treasure chest of journal articles, books, media, and more that YOU HAVE ALREADY PAID FOR! Come learn how to make your research process as painless as possible. These quick 30 minute sessions taught by librarians and library science graduate students are your ticket to high-quality and low-stress research projects.

Second Year Experience Pre-game Tailgate for IU Women's Volleyball
Join in fun tailgating games and food to chow down on before watching the Hoosiers go against the Bulldogs on 9/16. The free pre-game tailgate begins at 5:30pm in the Wilkinson Hall parking lot and then we’ll head into the game for free at 7:00pm. Register here.

Book Petting Zoo
On September 16 from 2-4, check out the Book Petting Zoo at the Lilly Library! There will be pop-up exhibitions of some of our favorite rare books and manuscripts (and other weird and wonderful treasures), and we hope you’ll come say hello. And remember, touching the books is not only allowed, it’s encouraged! So come take a picture with an Oscar, turn the page of a medieval manuscript, admire jewelry made from Edgar Allen Poe’s hair, and so much more!

Week of Sept. 20

Career and Internship Fairs

  • IU College of Arts + Sciences Fall Career and Internship Fair (Virtual)
    Monday, September 20, 1-5 p.m.
  • IU College of Arts + Sciences Fall Career and Internship Fair (In-Person)
    Tuesday, September 21, 3-7 p.m.
  • Kelley Consumer Markets, Manufacturing Career Fair (Virtual)
    Wednesday, September 22, 2-6 p.m.
  • Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering Career Fair (Virutal)
    Thursday, September 23, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

A Fair of the Arts
Shop for art and fine crafts handmade by local and regional artists.
Tuesday, September 21, 4-7 p.m. at Switchyard Park.

Lotus World Music Festival
Explore the Lotus World Music Festival that takes venues all over Bloomington to showcase world musicians from 9/23 to 9/26. Lotus kicks off the festival with Lotus in the Meadow on 9/23. More details to come.

I Stand For
Thursday, September 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Indiana Memorial Union Walnut room
Led by IU Corps with Second Year Engagement, stop by and share something you are passionate about by creating statements on custom T-shirts.

IU Cinema Under the Stars
Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-Hime)
Thursday, September 23, 8-10 p.m.
Free, but ticketed. Get tickets

Napoleon Dynamite: A Conversation with Jon Heder (Napoleon), Efren Ramirez (Pedro), and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico) 
Thursday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.
IU Auditorium. Buy tickets

IU Campus Farm Open House
Find out how you can be involved or buy fresh food from the campus farm.
Saturday, September 25, 1-4 p.m.

Learn more about opportunities to volunteer throughIU Corps

Week of Sept. 27

Living Off-Campus
Are you thinking about signing a lease to move off campus? Maybe you are already living off campus, and have questions about your lease or about being a tenant in Bloomington. We’re here to help! Join Student Legal Services (SLS) and the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) on Wednesday, September 29 at 5 pm for a workshop on leasing and living off campus in Bloomington in the Dogwood Room of the Indiana Memorial Union.

Hike in Brown County
Take a break with a day hike in Brown County! This event is designed for second year students looking to meet and explore the great outdoors with other second year students! On Saturday, October 2 we’ll be traveling to Brown County State Park to explore one of southern Indiana’s most scenic and iconic outdoor spaces. Meet in the basement of Eigenmann Hall by 10:30 AM for a 11 AM bus departure. Be sure to RSVP here in advance! All abilities welcome.

Get Academic Help
From multiple choice test-taking strategies to college reading tips, try the Student Academic Center's video help series to work at your own pace, in your own time, on specific aspects of your academics you want to change.

Study for Midterms

  • Use these six most effective ways to learn according to the scientific research.
  • Use the Pomodoro Technique to break up your studying into smaller chunks of time. This will increase its effectiveness, help you maintain your focus, and boost your motivation.

Need Support?
We know that sometimes students experience challenges that affect their ability to be successful at Indiana University. A Care Referral is an easy way to request help with an issue or concern, especially if you don't know which office or department to contact.

Week of Oct. 4

Get Involved in the Year of Wellness
Year of Wellness is all about helping you find your balance and build up a sense of resilience through wellness. Each month, we’ll be cycling through the Wellness Wheel and highlighting each of the eight featured dimensions of health while connecting you to relevant resources at IU. Grab a passport to win prizes.

Feeling stressed?
Learn about the four strategies to tackle stress and prioritize self-care in this recorded video.

Participate in Mindfulness Meditation
CAPS offers free, beginning Mindfulness Meditation workshops virtually each week. Mindfulness is a research-based strategy to help reduce anxiety, improve concentration, and regulate emotion. Join CAPS:

Get support from your peers
Each week CAPS offers free support groups on chronic illness, empowering students of color, gender expressions, grief and loss, healthly relationships, queer space, and self-care and support for survivors. Learn more about each of these support groups here.

Get academic support
Sign up for one of these two second 8-weeks class with the Student Academic Center.  Both classes are two credits, open to students at all levels, focused on supporting you as a whole person, and have been shown to improve your learning and grades.

Week of Oct. 13

  • Watch the Homecoming Parade on 9/15 at 6pm along Woodlawn Avenue and cheer on the Hoosier football team as they take on Michigan State
  • Celebrate completing first 8 weeks