February 2000

Masarachia Scholarships Program Largest Ever for Liberal Arts

A generous gift from a 93-year-old resident and long-time labor and community activist in Indianapolis has endowed a scholarship program that will eventually provide full tuition and fees for up to a dozen students annually.

The donor, Sam Masarachia, a retired United Steelworkers of America representative, is the second of eight children born to parents who married after immigrating to America from Sicily in 1900. Sam, whose father was a coalminer, quit high school to help provide for the family after they moved to Indianapolis. He went to work at a local saw manufacturing plant in 1923 and, in 1937, helped organize a local union there. From 1941 to 1968, he held a district staff representative position with the Steelworkers Union. As a soldier in World War II, he earned four Bronze Stars for combat in Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, and Central Europe.

Sam Masarachia is as devoted to community service as he was to military service. He is a founding member of the Fountain Square Senior Citizen Center, now known as the Southeast Senior Citizen Center, and the 16,000-member United Senior Action, Indiana’s premier independent senior advocacy organization. He also served on the first board of the Indianapolis Task Force on Aging, the forerunner of the Central Indiana Council on Aging

The Masarachia Scholarship Program is among our largest student scholarship programs. Scholarships may be awarded to incoming freshman and continuing IUPUI students in all disciplines, based on need or merit, who have demonstrated interest in labor, senior, and community advocacy organizations.

Masarachia Scholars will be expected to participate in program specific activities, including community service and internships, in the hope that every student helped by Sam Masarachia’s generous scholarship program will follow in the footsteps of Sam’s own outstanding lifelong example. If that wish comes true, our community will be forever blessed and fortunate indeed.

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Dental Health Fair for Kids

On February 19, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, the IU School of Dentistry’s Student Affairs Council conducts its annual Dental Health Fair for kids. Preschool and grade school children, accompanied by a parent or guardian, will be offered free fluoride rinse treatments and oral screenings by students supervised by dental school faculty.A puppet show and the school’s mascot, Bucky Bicuspid, will provide entertainment.

Law School Students Offer Free Tax Assistance

Student volunteers from the IU School of Law – Indianapolis will provide free tax assistance at various community sites January 29 through April 15. Services are provided by the law school’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program in cooperation with the American Bar Association–Law Student Division and the Pro Bono Program, to any individuals in need of assistance. For location information or appointments, call 317-639-6106.

Frontiers in Science Conference Explores the Wild Wild Web

Faculty of the Purdue School of Science at IUPUI have been active in developing innovative web-based preparatory assignments that give students in biology, physics, and other fields opportunities to identify areas of difficulty before class and give faculty members time to adjust classroom activities for undergraduate courses.

In addition to these pedagogical applications of the Internet, the faculty are also interested in its potential for “e-business.”The IUPUI School of Science Alumni Association hosts its first Frontiers in Science seminar on March 10, 2000, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the University Place Conference Center at IUPUI. Presented by Premier Solutions, Inc., the seminar, “Internet Revolution and Evolution: The Wild Wild Web,” features David Becker, chair and CEO of First Internet Bank of Indiana, and Scott Jones, chair and CEO of Escient, Inc.Other speakers include J. Michael Dunn, dean of the new IU School of Informatics, and Michael McRobbie, vice president for information technology and chief information officer of Indiana University. Biomedical applications will be among the prototype software demonstrated. For more information, call 317-274-8828 or register via the Wild, Wild Web.

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Philanthropy on a Global Scale

The IU Center on Philanthropy at IUPUI has been spreading the word about “voluntary action for the public good”-- worldwide.

Professor Emeritus of Philanthropic Studies Robert L. Payton, the founding executive director of the Center on Philanthropy, who coined that phrase, has been conducting research in the former Yugoslavia and other eastern European countries. Philanthropic studies students accompanied him to the Czech Republic for the fifth annual symposium for Voluntas, a journal published by the International Society for Third Sector Research. Titled “Ten Years After: Civil Society and the Third Sector in Central and Eastern Europe,” it brought together academics and nonprofit practitioners to discuss developments in the region since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

IUPUI and the University of Bremen (Germany) recently signed an agreement to explore various joint projects, including academic programs modeled on the liberal arts-based, interdisciplinary approach of our Center on Philanthropy’s philanthropic studies degree program.

Last fall, Executive Director Eugene R. Tempel and Associate Executive Director Dwight Burlingame traveled to Argentina for the annual meeting of the Building Bridges Initiative. Funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Building Bridges identifies and develops best practices in nonprofit management education. Eight such programs are in Latin America.

IU Professor of Public Policy and Philanthropic Studies Leslie Lenkowsky joined First Lady Judy O’Bannon and a delegation of Indiana nonprofit, government, and business leaders for the People to People Ambassador program, which is studying community building in Russia.

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Emerging Leaders Program 2000

Out of thousands of students who apply for “Emerging Leaders Program 2000,” sponsored by the National Congress for Community Economic Development, only 102 were selected from across the country to participate in the one-week leadership seminar. Of the four chosen from Indiana, we are proud to say that three are graduate students at IUPUI.

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Herron School of Art’s New Sculpture and Ceramics Facility

The Herron School of Art opened the doors of its new state-of-the art Sculpture and Ceramics facility to the public on February 4. The $2.8 million facility, at 1350 Stadium Drive, was designed by Blackburn Architects and houses a metal fabrication shop; bronze and aluminum foundry; wood sculpture shop; gallery; and studios for fiberglass, resin, clay, wax, and plaster molding. Large projects can be displayed in a 4,000 sq. ft. covered outdoor courtyard.

Diversity, Urban Policy: Themes of Major Colloquia

One enlightening and constructive way to spend a dreary February day might be to engage in one or two wide-ranging discussions with thoughtful people about issues of particular community importance and relevance.

Join Lt. Governor Joe Kernan and other local political, social, and economic experts for the annual Statehouse Colloquium Series, February 24, 3:30 p.m., sponsored by the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and hosted by the Indiana Government Center. It includes sessions on the social, economic, and fiscal impacts of gambling in Indiana, youthful offenders in the criminal justice system, and urban sprawl. For information, call 812-855-9639.

The 11th Annual Joseph T. Taylor Symposium, sponsored by the IU School of Liberal Arts, February 25, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., University Place Conference Center, on the theme “DiverCity: Changing Heritages of the Urban Community,” features a luncheon address by Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell on opportunities for cities as they find populations becoming more and more diverse. For information, call 317-274-5053.

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