February 1999


Because of its history of having well-paid jobs in manufacturing that did not require postsecondary education, Indiana has been challenged to encourage more of its citizens to educate themselves beyond high school and be competitive in an economy that demands workers who are prepared for a lifetime of changing employment needs and opportunities.

On January 21, Governor Frank O'Bannon proposed a new community college system that would "make it easier for Hoosiers to pursue education beyond high school" and be "a giant step for lifelong learning" in Indiana.

Under the plan, Vincennes University and Ivy Tech State College will share facilities on Ivy Tech campuses in 22 cities throughout Indiana. They would provide a uniform curriculum leading to two-year associate degrees, transferable to four-year programs at IU, Purdue, and other universities and colleges.

To cover the cost of the first phase of the plan, Governor O'Bannon has requested $5 million in the state's budget, which would allow the community college campuses to freeze tuition for six years.

In discussing the proposal with the IUPUI Board of Advisors, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Stan Jones noted that the concept of two universities offering distinct degree programs (Vincennes in general education and Ivy Tech in vocational/technical education) derives from the IUPUI model of having Indiana University and Purdue University offering degrees on the same campus instead of creating duplicative programs in the same locale. "From the students' standpoint," he said, "the distinction as to which institution confers the degree is seamless." Just as it is at IUPUI, the partnership would give students a broader array of choices in a location convenient to home and work.

The proposal is based on national data which shows that states with a community college system have a higher overall participation rate in higher education. While Indiana's rate is growing among 18-21 year olds, postsecondary participation drops dramatically beyond age 25.

The Indiana University School of Medicine is one of six research centers chosen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a five-year study of health care for people with diabetes. The ultimate goal of the study is to design, implement, and evaluate diabetes treatment protocols in managed care environments and determine which are most efficacious. More than 16 million people have diabetes, and the costs of treating the disease exceed $98 billion annually.

In a competitive review, the CDC selected research centers in California, Hawaii, Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas, along with ours in Indiana. IU is one of only four medical centers nationally with both a Diabetes Prevention Program and Diabetes Research and Training Center designation.

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The social, economic, and educational role the arts play in the Indianapolis community is the theme for the 10th annual Joseph Taylor Symposium on February 16 at IUPUI.

Named for the first dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the Joseph Taylor Symposium features keynote speaker Scinthya Edwards, executive director of the New Orleans- based project Young Aspirations/Young Artists (YA/YA), a nationally recognized organization offering educational experiences in the arts for inner-city youth.

Walter Blackburn, architect and president of Blackburn Architects, is the featured speaker at the luncheon. Although lunch reservations are required (by calling Harriet Rodenberg at 317- 274-5050), the day-long symposium at the University Place Conference Center is otherwise free and open to the public.

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While this is the first time that the Joseph Taylor Symposium has used the arts as its focus, many programs exist on campus that are designed to enhance students' appreciation of the arts and promote students' participation in the cultural life of the community. In particular, there is a growing effort on campus to enrich learning opportunities by linking curricular and extracurricular programs. Often this is accomplished through jointly sponsored programs between the Office of Campus Interrelations, which is involved with student activities and organizations, and University College, the academic unit to which all entering students are admitted.

Several recent and upcoming events highlight the many opportunities available on campus and in the community to enrich the spirit as well as the mind.

Here are just a few examples: Gregory H. Williams, author of Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black, was on campus February 9 to give a presentation cosponsored by the IUPUI Office of Campus Interrelations and our University College.

Words of Light is an exhibition by Haitian artist Philippe Dodard on display at the IUPUI Cultural Arts Gallery, Room 115 of the University College at IUPUI. Dodard's work adapts traditional Haitian themes of masks and voodoo to a modern treatment of abstract mixed-media.

A retrospective exhibit of the work of Cecile Johnson opened February 4 at the National Art Museum of Sport, the nation's largest collection of fine art depicting sport, which moved to the University Place Conference Center at IUPUI in 1994.

Ms. Johnson was the first woman commissioned by the U.S. Navy as a combat artist and has achieved worldwide recognition for her paintings of hot air balloon festivals, Winter Olympic events, and Mobil Oil's Great Ports of the World series.

A multimedia exhibition on display at the IUPUI University Library was prepared by IUPUI student Daniel Incandela as his senior project in anthropology. Set in the 1920s and 1950s, the exhibit begins in the family living room of Freeman B. Ransom, who served as Madame C. J. Walker's attorney and oversaw construction of the Walker Building on Indiana Avenue. The exhibit then moves to a time when more than 20 jazz clubs lined Indiana Avenue and musicians including Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie performed nightly.

Incandela was aided in designing the exhibit by Jean Spears, curator of the Historic Ransom Place Museum, and Elizabeth Kryder-Reid, director of the Museum Studies Program in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

The Birds of Indiana, the 1892 book prepared by Amos W. Butler for the Indiana Horticultural Society, enters the new millennium in a hypertext version designed by the IUPUI University Libraries Digital Libraries team. The web edition of the classic book may be viewed at http://www-lib.iupui.edu/butlerbirds/.

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From giving new form to the work of late 19th century naturalists to glimpsing at engineering design in the 21st century, IUPUI is vibrant with new applications of technologies.

Participants in Topics 2000, a conference sponsored by the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, its Alumni Association, and the Technical Graphics Program at IUPUI, will leave behind paper and pencil as conceptual design and mechanical drafting tools in favor of examining new computer applications in engineering design.

Speakers include Joel N. Orr, President of Orr Associates International, a consulting firm specializing in engineering automation and computer technologies, and Larry Gigerich, president of the Indianapolis Economic Development Corporation and executive director of the Indianapolis and Central Indiana Technology Partnership.

February 21, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., is IUPUI's Spring Campus Day, an opportunity for prospective students and their families to tour the campus and get all their questions answered - all in one afternoon. Reservations are not required and parking is free.

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After a Spring Campus Day visit, weather permitting, we invite you to put on your walking shoes and explore the religious heritage in downtown Indianapolis. Among the interesting cultural studies that the POLIS Center at IUPUI has undertaken in the local community is represented in the enclosed "Faith and Community" brochure, a historic walking tour of downtown places of worship, prepared as part of the Project on Religion and Urban Culture, which is funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc.

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Another area of university/community engagement that sows far-reaching benefits is interaction between scholars and practitioners of philanthropy, the fundamental concept behind establishing the IU Center on Philanthropy at IUPUI.

Along with more than a dozen universities including Georgetown, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Yale, the IU Center on Philanthropy is part of a Kellogg Foundation project titled "Building Bridges." The project links the academic study of fund raising and nonprofit management to philanthropic practice.

An example of its work in this area is asking practitioners to help design topics for our graduate students to use as research paper themes. This assures that academic research is meaningful in concrete terms to the larger community and that the education of our students is current with the issues and strategies being used in the field.

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Get ready for March Madness by attending the IUPUI Jaguars homecoming contest, February 20, against Mid-Continent Conference rival and 1998 NCAA "Sweet 16" contender, the Valparaiso Crusaders. It will be a doubleheader, featuring both the men's and women's teams.

The action begins at 1 p.m. in the IUPUI Gymnasium. Hope to see you there!

Gerald L. Bepko, Chancellor