From the Desk of the Provost: August 2016
Dear IU families,
There’s an electric feeling in the air on the Bloomington campus. Not only are we preparing to welcome our historic Class of 2020—which will graduate 200 years after IU’s founding in 1820—we're also welcoming back our returning students, including the IU Hoosiers who recently competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
IU has a long history of producing Olympians, sending Hoosiers to every Olympics since 1904. If you were an IU student around the turn of the 20th century, you might have walked alongside Thaddeus “Thad” Shideler, our very first Olympic medalist. Thad won the silver in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1904 games in St. Louis—competing not in a red, white, and blue uniform, but in the cream and crimson of IU. At the 1968 Olympics, IU swimmer Mark Spitz won two golds, a silver, and a bronze.