staff, January 3, 2013

BTN debuts a new show Monday that explores how Big Ten universities are improving lives and giving back through innovations in research, education and community service. The 12-episode series, called BTN LiveB1G, will include a 30-minute show featuring each Big Ten university.

BTN LiveB1G is the second BTN collaborative campus program series produced in conjunction with the Big Ten Conference and its 12 universities. The first was 2012?s Impact the World. Since the network launched in 2007, BTN has aired programs produced from each Big Ten university under the University Showcase heading.

BTN LiveB1G - Indiana debuts at 9 p.m. ET following the Indiana at Penn State men?s basketball game. The episode will include several stories that showcase the impact of people and programs at IU. For example:

  • Caring for the needs of veterans has been at the forefront of a partnership between Indiana?s School of Medicine and the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis. Dr. Kurt Kroenke and his team work with veterans to explore innovative approaches to combat chronic pain, with the goal of creating a model that can help public and private hospital systems around the country.
  • IU offers students a competition to create a business plan focused on Internet and software technologies through the B.E.S.T. program - Building Entrepreneurs in Software and Technology - which is one of the largest student-based entrepreneurial competitions in the country. Students work together to submit business plans focused on Internet and software technologies, and the first-place winner could earn at least $100,000.
  • IU researchers extend their impact far beyond Bloomington through their work with HIV patients in Kenya. More than 140,000 patients have been treated through a program called AMPATH, which has expanded to 60 sites throughout the country.
  • Back in the U.S., television icon and IU alum Jane Pauley works with the nation?s most underprivileged children at a Harlem organization called The Children?s Health Fund.
  • And back home in Bloomington, IU alum Julio Alonso is working to end hunger through his work with the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.
BTN LiveB1G air dates
Ohio State Monday, Jan. 14, 9:30 PM ET
Purdue Monday, Jan. 14 10 PM ET
Penn State Friday, Feb. 1, 11 PM ET
Illinois Sunday, Feb. 3, 6 PM ET
Iowa Friday, Feb. 8, 10 PM ET
Michigan State Friday, Feb. 15, 9 PM ET
Michigan Friday, Feb. 22, 9 PM ET
Wisconsin Monday, Feb. 25, 11 PM ET
Nebraska Friday, Feb. 24, 5 PM ET
Minnesota Friday, March 1, 10:30 PM ET
Northwestern Wednesday, March 27, 8:30 PM ET

BTN is co-producing the series with Chicago-based TeamWorks Media, a creative content company that specializes in producing inspirational stories that also produced Impact the World.