December 1996


We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Dr. Maynard K. Hine, IUPUI's first chancellor, who died on Nov. 22 at the age of 89. Maynard's contributions to higher education in our city, state and nation are nearly legendary. Clearly, neither IUPUI, which he led from its creation in 1969 to 1973, nor the School of Dentistry, where he compiled the longest record of continuous service as dean, from 1945 to 1968, would be the thriving institutions they are today if not for him. He was president of the American Dental Association, held seven honorary degrees, co-authored five books and founded the Diplomate of America Board of Endodontics. As Dean Emeritus, he faithfully and nobly served the School of Dentistry to the end of his life.

Of all the many honors and awards he earned, however, none mattered as much to him as his loving family. He and his wife, Harriet, who died in 1972, are survived by their children, Maynard K. Hine, Jr, Judith F. Hyde and William C. Hine, as well as four grandchildren, one of whom, Will Hine, Jr., graduated last spring from the School of Dentistry.

Maynard's memory will endure. In 1974, IUPUI commissioned the Maynard K. Hine Medal, given for outstanding contributions to the university. And less than a month before his death, the alumni of the School of Dentistry announced the establishment of the Maynard K. Hine Society, a deferred gift endowment which will allow generations of Hoosiers the chance to pursue excellence in dentistry and honor an outstanding educator.

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The group formed by the consolidation of Methodist Health Group, Indiana University Hospital, and Riley Hospital for Children now has a name: Clarian Health. Because each enjoys a special heritage and proud reputation from the many they have served so well, this umbrella identity will be used along with the existing names of Riley, Methodist and Indiana University Hospitals. Clarian begins independent operations on Jan.1

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A month before Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed by a sniper's bullet, he preached in the same Atlanta Baptist church in which his funeral was held. And he told the congregation that when he died, he didn't want whoever gave the eulogy to talk about the Nobel Peace Prize or the academic degrees or all the awards accorded him. Instead, he said "tell them that I tried to love somebody."

It is fitting that we remember this central motivation in King's life as our campus continues its tradition of honoring the man and his dream with the 27th Annual IUPUI Martin Luther King Dinner on Jan. 20. This year's theme is "The Substance of Things Hoped For: Bridging History with Destiny." The keynote speaker for the Jan. 20 event will be Samuel D. Proctor, a professor at Duke University Divinity School and one of King's mentors. He is the author of six books and has served on the governing boards of the National Urban League, Union Theological Seminary and the United Negro College Fund. Professor Proctor joins esteemed company: Some of the nation's most influential writers, elected officials and civil rights leaders, including Dorothy Cotton, Shirley Chisholm, and Maya Angelou, have participated in the dinner sponsored by the IUPUI Black Student Union.

The dinner will be held at The West End, 617 W. 11th St. Tickets are $15 for students and $25 for faculty, staff and community participants. For reservations call (317) 274-5199. Also highlighting this year's event is Texas State Rep. Wilhelmina Delco, who speaks at an invitation only luncheon the same day on "Creating Quality Through Diversity: Opportunities and Obstacles." The luncheon is part of IUPUI's Issues in Higher Education lecture series. Representative Delco chairs the national Compact for Faculty Diversity, which addresses underrepresentation of minorities in the college teaching profession.

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Last month's Campus Day was a success, drawing more than 1200 people. Applications for enrollment in spring 1997 are running even with last year, and admission offers to beginning students are up slightly. Potential students who send SAT and ACT scores to IUPUI are getting an immediate response -- personal letters, view books and, where applicable, referrals to individual schools and departments. The next Campus Day is scheduled for Feb. 15.

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Basketball is the main event when IUPUI alumni return to campus for Homecoming on Jan. 25. Participants are welcome to partake in an "indoor tailgate" chili supper at the Law School Building before watching the men's Metros take on the Grand Valley State Lakers at 7:30 p.m. At halftime, this year's inductees into the Metros Hall of Fame will be introduced. For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 274-8828.

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The opening this month of the IMAX 3D Theater in White River State Park is impressive in more ways than one. First, it is one of only 16 such facilities in the world. As important, the theater promises to let Hoosiers young and old explore science, history, the arts and other subjects in bold new ways. We are proud that our Purdue School of Science and IU School of Education -- aided by a grant from IU's Strategic Directions Charter fund -- are working with White River State Park to develop an Education Center that will research and design educational applications for cutting-edge technology such as the IMAX 3D Theater.

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The School of Science is also working with a group of gifted Pike Township youths to help them build a web page for their school, the New Augusta Public Academy. While some may think PACER stands for a basketball player, in this context it means Personally Active Computing Exploration Resources, an interactive learning system designed by the school. PACER, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, is helping make the study of computer science appealing to young people and adaptable to a broad range of learning styles.

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If you direct a business in today's constantly changing and increasingly global marketplace, you know that learning never ends. That is why IUPUI helps central Indiana employers meet their needs for a highly educated, competitive workforce through our Contract Training Services. This customer-driven service links our workforce training experts with businesses to develop customized training programs and learning systems. For information, contact the IUPUI Community Learning Network at 278-0865 or 278-1414.

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The Ball Gardens in our Medical Center complex have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The gardens were designed in the 1930s by Percival Gallagher of the famous Olmstead Brothers Firm of Massachusetts for the IU School of Nursing, whose students used to live in the nearby Ball Residence Hall and needed a place to relax and have ceremonies. Some students even nicknamed the statue in the center of the garden "Flo" for Florence Nightingale. Through an intensive fund raising effort, we hope to restore the garden to its original purpose -- providing a place of tranquility within the hustle and bustle of an urban campus.

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The local chapter of the American Institute of Architects recently honored the University Library and Wood Plaza with an Achievement Award for their design, construction and enhancement of the physical and visual environments of Marion County. This award recognizes not only the aesthetic value of these structures but, more important, underscores the fact that they belong to the community as a whole. The University Library would not exist today without the support of civic, corporate and elected leaders who raised $18 million in private gifts and $14 million in state funds to build a library that is one of the most technologically advanced in the nation. The value that they have placed on the pursuit of individual and community excellence through learning is a gift that will never be forgotten.

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Those who support higher education are especially remembered during this season of giving, for through their contributions these men and women express a profound confidence in a prosperous future for their children as well as for those of their fellow citizens. This is why the state of Indiana recognizes gifts to Indiana's public and private colleges with income tax credits. We enclose a CC-40 form from the Department of Revenue listing eligible institutions and hope you will consider a gift to the college or university of your choice.

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Wishing you a safe and joyous celebration of the holidays, Gerald L. Bepko, Chancellor