October 1996


Thanks to a user-friendly registration process, expanded admissions services and greater visibility of the campus through sustained marketing and promotion campaigns, enrollment at IUPUI is up for the second year in a row.

The number of credit hours taken this fall by IUPUI students rose 2.6 percent from last year, to 260,907.5 hours -- the largest number recorded in IUPUI history. More than 27,000 students are taking courses in IUPUI programs, and the number of full-time students has increased 5.3 percent from last fall. In fact, IUPUI now enrolls more full-time students (50.5 percent) than part-time.

Enrollment of African-Americans increased 7.6 percent this year, to 2,344 students, and minority enrollment now stands at 13.9 percent of the total student body.

We are particularly pleased with the latter increase. IUPUI has a special obligation among the IU campuses to boost minority participation in higher education, not only because we serve a city with the state's largest minority population but also because it is crucial to development of a diverse workforce ready for the challenges of the next century.

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Within the constellation of the IU system, "the missions of the Indianapolis and Bloomington campuses are entirely complementary," said IU President Myles Brand, at IUPUI recently for his State of the University address.

"Bloomington, the traditional, residential campus that draws students from around the globe; IUPUI, the model urban campus that sits at the hub of our capital city, and the six regionals, the hearts and souls of their thriving communities."

"As it enters its 26th year, he continued, "IUPUI is emerging as a national model for urban universities. Innovative. Creative. These special qualities not only contribute to a great urban university; they are a beacon for students who embrace all that is best about IUPUI."

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Two schools central to IUPUI's mission have new leaders: Lawrence J. Goldblatt is the new dean of the IU School of Dentistry and H. Oner Yurtseven heads the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology. It is a homecoming for both. Dr. Goldblatt was a former associate dean of the School of Dentistry for nearly two decades before becoming dean of the Case Western Reserve School of Dentistry in 1994. Yurtseven returns from Malaysia, where he was provost of IUPUI's joint engineering education program with Tenaga Nasional, that country's national power company.

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IUPUI joins our neighbor universities, colleges and cultural institutions in bringing writers Kurt Vonnegut, John Updike and Dan Wakefield to Indianapolis November 17-18 for "Spirit and Place: A Gathering of Voices." This collaborative civic festival is an outgrowth of a project on religion and urban culture in Indianapolis by IUPUI's POLIS Research Center. Vonnegut will speak at a Herron Gallery luncheon honoring the 90th Anniversary of the Herron Library Building, which his grandfather, architect Bernard Vonnegut, designed. For more information about the "Spirit and Place" festival, call the POLIS Research Center at 274-2458.

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In January, Herron will open a state-of-the-art Image Visualization Lab funded by IU's Strategic Directions process and Thomson Consumer Electronics.

Teaming with Thomson and the School of Journalism at IUPUI, Herron will be able to instruct students in the use of CD-ROM, digital photography, videotape editing and the production of top-quality web pages, magazines and documentaries.

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At IUPUI, efficiency and best-practice initiatives are paying off. In 1994, the Trustees of Indiana University approved our request to outsource some operations of our physical plant, including maintenance of cooling systems. We contracted with Mid-America Energy Resources, Inc., a subsidiary of the Indianapolis Power and Light Company, for those services. Projected annual savings are $300,000 to $450,000. Combining printing and mailing services and outsourcing our motor pool and supply stores have improved customer service and saved money. We thank Robert Martin, vice-chancellor of administration and finance, for his good work.

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Improvements made possible by a generous $1.7 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will help renovate the Indiana University Track and Field Stadium at IUPUI.

The running track will be resurfaced and a new drainage system will be installed. Improvements made to the infield will include a first class soccer field for Metro's teams and other top-level soccer matches. Since the early 1980s, the stadium has hosted the Pan-American Games, the U.S. Olympic Trials, the National Sports Festival and the Big Ten Track and Field Championships. Along with the Natatorium at IUPUI and the Indianapolis Tennis Center, the track and field stadium maintains both IUPUI's and the city's reputation as a world class venue for athletic competition.

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With the dedication earlier this month of the Indiana Cancer Pavilion and the opening next spring of the IU Cancer Research Institute, the IU Medical Center becomes a national model for the care and treatment of people with cancer. The Indiana Cancer Pavilion locates departments of urology, medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and surgery under one roof to deliver patient care. It will house special clinics targeted at specific cancers, including a Women's Cancer Center, the first in Indiana to provide comprehensive health services to women with cancers of the breast and reproductive organs. Our sincere thanks to the pavilion's individual and corporation sponsors, and to Congressman John T. Myers, who helped secure $10 million in federal funds for this vital facility.

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It takes a visionary leader to mold sound ideas into everyday practice, especially in the workplace. A good example is Randall L. Tobias, the chairman and chief executive officer of the Eli Lilly and Co. Under his leadership, the Lilly workplace was recently named one of the country's best for working mothers. Since becoming CEO and chairman in 1993, Randy has established opportunities to work at home, compressed work weeks, provided on-site child care and set up other progressive policies earning Lilly a top 10 finish in Working Mother magazine's national rankings of family friendly employers. Our congratulations to Randy and his colleagues.

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When the city celebrated the first anniversary of Circle Centre Mall last month, it remembered Larry Conrad, Indiana's former secretary of state and a dynamic civic leader.

A sculpture in his memory, "Literasphere for Larry Conrad" was unveiled in the mall's Georgia Street Rotunda. The bronze sphere features quotations from Raintree County, Larry's favorite novel about Indiana. The sculpture was sponsored by the Simon Debartolo Group, the Circle Centre Development Company and the Herron School of Art. Larry's service on the IUPUI Board of Advisors from 1984 to 1990 was exemplary. We miss him.

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The IUPUI Board of Advisors serve as a primary conduit between our urban university and the great city it serves. I doubt any university in the country enjoys such an array of talent and diversity guiding it as does IUPUI.

We welcome the following new members to the board for 1996-1997: Kenneth L. Gladish, executive director of the Indianapolis Foundation; Anthony Heyworth, chairman, president and CEO of KeyBank National Association; Michael Hudson, president and CEO of Allison Engine Company; Fred A. Poole, general manager of Indianapolis Maintenance Operations for United Airlines; Rabbi Sandy E. Sasso of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck; Steve Stitle, chairman of the National City Bank of Indiana; and Esperanza Zendejas, superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools.

Two men long members of the IUPUI Board of Advisors were honored recently with the Charles L. Whistler Award for outstanding community service. The late Thomas M. Miller, former chairman of NBD Bank, was honored posthumously. Sam H. Jones, Indianapolis Urban League president, also received the award. We are proud that two such outstanding leaders have lent their support to IUPUI along with the many other invaluable activities for which they were paid tribute.

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Gerald L. Bepko, Chancellor