IU Union Board Honors John

The Indiana Memorial Union Board, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in December, will honor John during the annual Union Board dinner on Oct. 31.

The board, which runs Indiana University’s landmark Memorial Union building, has hosted the likes of Colin Powell, Bill Cosby, Kurt Vonnegut, Cornel West, Maya Angelou and John, whom the board has presented in concert several times. It sponsored his free 2000 Good Samaritan show in Woodlawn Field just off of the Union, as well as his last campus concert, at Assembly Hall in 2002.

Made up of 16 student directors and four non-student directors, the board is charged with campus programming that "entertains and educates" the IU community. In recognition of its centennial celebration, IU president Michael McRobbie will deliver the keynote address at the dinner.

John's participation in IU activities include his commencement address in 2000, in which he advised graduates to "play it like you feel it!" and then assured them, "you'll be all right." Following his speech the university bestowed upon him an honorary doctorate of Musical Arts.