President of IU puts personal touch on first-day message to parents, students

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Aug. 19, 2015) — Indiana University’s President met with parents and their freshmen students as they moved into their dorms on Wednesday, assuring them they are in good hands.

The school expects a record 7,800 new students to be on campus as part of the freshmen class. Some of them met President Michael McRobbie himself as they begin to settle in.

“(I’m) just welcoming them to Indiana University,” McRobbie said.

His mission was to find out more about them and make them feel comfortable.

“It’s very, very important I think for … parents to feel confident that they’re student’s going to be well looked after at IU,” McRobbie said.

For one room full of freshmen that included Adam Dunton and Andrew Hennessey, it was a welcome and surprising visit.

“I was not expecting to meet the President of our university,” Dunton said.

“I was glad to be able to put a face to somebody that’s so influential here on campus,” Hennessey said.

For mom Lynda Korn, whose son Daniel came all the way from New York, it was a message that she believed.

“I 100 percent do, I really do. I think it’s a happy environment, a comfortable environment and a safe environment,” Korn said.

The message extended off campus, too, where Bloomington Police Chief Mike Diekhoff said his department was reaching out to students through Twitter and Facebook, reminding them about the Lifeline Law and also looping them in on crime and tips to stay away from campus.

The message was especially important just months after the murder of IU senior Hannah Wilson.

“A majority of (students) live off campus, so there are certainly safety precautions we encourage them to take,” Diekhoff said.

It’s outreach that is aiming to prevent at tragedy and focus on a fun year at school.

“He’s thrilled to be here,” Korn said.

“I feel right at home here,” Hennessey said.

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