Indiana University Northwest will thank its supporters and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of its campus on Friday, Oct. 23, at the 24th Annual IU Northwest Gala, to be held at Avalon Manor in Merrillville starting at 6 p.m. Special guests for this year’s event include IU President Michael McRobbie and IU Foundation President Gene Tempel.
Also at the Gala, IU Northwest will pay tribute to IU alumnus, friend and benefactor James W. Dye (BS ‘53), who will be the recipient of an Indiana University Doctor of Humane Letters. This prestigious honorary degree will be conferred by President McRobbie at a special academic ceremony on the IU Northwest campus on Oct. 23 at 2:30 p.m. Dye is a former IU Trustee whose nonprofit organization, The James W. and Betty Dye Foundation, has supported numerous programs and scholarships, including the Jim and Betty Dye Scholarship for Nontraditional Students at IU Northwest.
In addition to honoring Dye at this year’s Gala, IU Northwest Chancellor Bruce Bergland will discuss the university’s myriad achievements this year and its accomplishments throughout the half-century that it has occupied the Glen Park campus. The evening will feature great food, fine wine, good conversation, and musical accompaniment provided by local composer and artist Valerie Webdell.
As a special gift for this year’s attendees, the Gala will feature caricature artists who will draw fun and memorable likenesses for any guests who would like to sit for a quick portrait. This year’s event also offers wine pairing, in which assorted dishes are paired with the wines that best complement them.
IU Northwest welcomes all friends of the university to enjoy this eagerly anticipated event. Reservations are $125 each, and proceeds will be used to support university projects and scholarships. Please RSVP by Oct. 14 by calling (219) 980-6801.