September 1997


This fall, IUPUI set another record for credit hour enrollment. Of the 27,036 students enrolled, the majority -- 51.5 percent -- are taking classes full-time. African American enrollment increased 8.3 percent from last year to 2,543 students, representing nearly 10 percent of the total student body.

For the past few years, we have surveyed continuing students about their likes and dislikes in an effort to continually improve our services. Some interesting trends have emerged as we collect this information from year to year. More of our students are single, and fewer have children at home. The number of first-generation college students increased from 57 percent to 62 percent this year.

Students express the greatest level of satisfaction with registering for classes by phone and the overall registration process, quality of teaching by faculty in their major, library hours, and safety on campus.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has selected IUPUI as one of 25 colleges and universities nationwide that will work to revitalize low-income neighborhoods through university-community partnerships.

IUPUI will receive a three-year, $395,000 grant from HUD to continue our work with the Westside Cooperative Organization (WESCO) to address health care, economic development and education concerns in the Haughville, Hawthorne and Stringtown neighborhoods, which are near our campus. These funds, which will be matched by IUPUI and the neighborhoods involved, will expand IUPUI's long-standing commitment to assist neighborhoods in our vicinity and help anchor other community revitalization efforts.

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The IU Cancer Research Institute was formally dedicated this month. It is a valuable addition to the nationally recognized cancer research and treatment programs at the IU School of Medicine, which include the IU Cancer Center and the Indiana Cancer Pavilion, opened last year to provide state-of-the art care for adult cancer patients.

Laboratories at the institute include those focused on stem cell research, experimental therapeutics, oncology and pediatric cancer research. Instrumental in establishing this facility were former Indiana Congressman John T. Myers, who secured $10 million in federal funding, and $12 million in philanthropic contributions.

Dedication ceremonies featured a keynote address by David G. Nathan, president of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Joseph E. Walther, founder and benefactor of the Walther Cancer Foundation and the Walther Cancer Institute -- which supports cancer research at the School of Medicine -- was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree.

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Building better support systems to help juvenile offenders make a good transition from prison to society was the focus of a conference this month hosted by the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. For the past two years, IUPUI juniors and seniors in the Aftercare by IUPUI through Mentoring (A.I.M.) have been matched with many of the 15 to 20 individuals released each month from the Plainfield Juvenile Correctional Facility. The students help the youths develop goals and adapt to home and work environments less structured than the correctional facility.

Roger Jarjoura, assistant professor in SPEA and founder of the A.I.M. program hopes the conference builds support for comprehensive programs to help recently released juvenile offenders.

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Bill Mays and Rebecca Markel were honored at the annual IU Nursing Gala this month for their contributions to the nursing profession. Mays, chief executive officer of Mays Chemical Company in Indianapolis, received the Doris H. Merritt Service to Nursing Award. His wife, Rose Mays, is a faculty member. Markel, assistant dean for development and associate professor, received the Emily Holmquist Lifetime Achievement Award.

Proceeds from this year's nursing gala will go to mentoring, career development, and junior and senior high school summer camps.

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The IU School of Law-Indianapolis this month named as distinguished alumni former Gov. Edgar D. Whitcomb, David S. Richey, a senior partner in Parr Richey Obremsky & Morton, which has law offices in Indianapolis and Lebanon, and Indianapolis Power and Light CEO John R. Hodowal.

The three men were presented with the 1997 Distinguished Alumni Service Award at the annual Law Alumni Banquet, attended by some 200 IU School of Law-Indianapolis graduates.

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IUPUI's Human Resources Division has been honored for its role in designing a comprehensive human resource program for Clarian Health by the College and University Personnel Association. IUPUI was awarded the group's national Recognition Award for Excellence in Human Resource Management. It is given to a college or university that shows creativity and innovation in its approach to human resource management.

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Congratulations to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, which received one of three national awards from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton made the presentation. The Children's Museum was honored for its attracting new audiences, developing innovative programs, and collaborating with other public institutions.

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This month, United Way of Central Indiana kicks off its 1997 Touch A Life campaign, aimed at raising $31.7 million for service agencies. Since 1991, the start of the campaign has been highlighted by the Day of Caring, in which volunteers fan out across central Indiana to paint and clean, visit the homebound, teach children and perform other volunteer services at United Way agencies. In the past six years, the number of volunteers has more than doubled. The 1997 Day of Caring drew more than 2,000 people, including several teams from IUPUI.

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J. Herman Blake, vice chancellor of undergraduate education at IUPUI since 1989, will become professor of professional studies and sociology at Iowa State University and help the school form a cross-disciplinary program in African American studies. His wife, Emily Moore, is also joining the faculty there.

Because of Herman's dedication to building vibrant partnerships between the academy and the community, many of you know him and his devotion to motivating students for achievement, supporting their desire to learn, and helping them develop qualities of leadership for a lifetime.

Undergraduate Student Assembly Secretary Jennifer Kay Rumple paid tribute in the student newspaper, The Sagamore, and expresses as well as anyone could why we will miss Herman's special touch with students:

    Everything the university is doing for its students enriching the undergraduate educational experience through unity and diversity is a reflection of his vision.... Anyone who has come into contact with [him] could attest to feeling his strength, power, generosity, and dedication to helping students.

As Herman would say . . . Keep on keeping on,

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Gerald L. Bepko, Chancellor