May 2000

New Home for Herron Named

Thanks to a gift from Sidney and Lois Eskenazi, the Herron School of Art at IUPUI will be able to transform the current law school building into its future home, the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hall. The building will be named in honor of the couple, both graduates of IU, whose generous donation is the largest gift to Herron since it became part of the IUPUI campus.

Jonathan Hess, a local architect from Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, Inc., has redesigned the existing structure to make it suitable for an art school, once the new law building, Lawrence W. Inlow Hall, opens. The plans call for adding 70,000 square feet to the building, which will include a large reception area, three galleries, 250-seat auditorium, 10,000 square-foot library, and thousands of square feet of studio space. The exterior will be made of brick, limestone, and glass with natural light filtering into studio space through skylights.

"Brain Gain": Internships Are Key to Connecting Area Jobs with Graduates

On April 19, the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of its "Brain Gain" project - an initiative to help keep central Indiana graduates in the region. David Frick, chief administrative officer of Anthem, Inc., Jerry Israel, president of the University of Indianapolis, and I are leading an effort to create more opportunities for student interns to apply their knowledge and learn practical lessons that are difficult to achieve in the classroom alone.

In announcing the "Brain Gain" initiative, John S. Myrland, president of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, said:

From all that we know, internships really make a difference in where graduates decide to locate. We feel the key to this is creating and expanding high-quality internship programs to improve the connection between those graduates and central Indiana employers.

IUPUI Commencement Ceremonies

IU President Myles Brand and retiring Purdue President Steven Beering, who was our keynote speaker, conferred some 4,357 undergraduate and graduate degrees during IUPUI's commencement ceremonies on Mother's Day, May 14. Along with this largest graduating class to date, four people received honorary degrees:

Indianapolis Public Schools and IU School of Education Share Honors

Indianapolis Public Schools and the IU School of Education at IUPUI recently were honored for their outstanding teacher preparation and reading programs by the International Reading Association, a 90,000 member organization dedicated to improving reading and promoting literacy worldwide.

The School of Education was one of only eight university programs in the nation recognized by the association's National Commission for Excellence in Teaching. The IPS magnet school, the Center for Inquiry, received one of only 25 Exemplary Reading Program awards and was named best program in Indiana. Our faculty were instrumental in developing the Center for Inquiry and support its teachers through continuing education.

New Communications Technology Complex Sited

The corner of Michigan and West Streets at the entrance to IUPUI will be the construction site for IUPUI's new Communications Technology (CTC) Building, the center of IU's telecommunications infrastructure for IUPUI, its state network, and its connections to other national and international networks.

It will also house University Information Technology Services at IUPUI and three laboratories to be located at IUPUI as part of the Indiana Pervasive Computing Research Initiative (IPCRES), funded initially by a grant from the Lilly Endowment.

This site is directly adjacent to the business and government center of Indianapolis. It is also near the area where our University Library, School of Engineering and Technology, and School of Science are located. The juxtaposition symbolizes the vital role that IU sees technology playing, not just at the university but in the city and around the state.

The campus masterplan calls for the block on which the CTC building will be constructed - the block between Michigan, West, New York, and Blackford Streets, on which the new law school is also being built - to be part of a new ceremonial entrance into the campus from the city.

Indianapolis - Best for Nonprofits

Indianapolis is the best city in the country in which to start and operate a nonprofit organization, and the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy is one of the major reasons why, according to a recent study published in the April 2000 The Nonprofit Times. The Nonprofit Management Institute at Arizona State University conducted the study. The top 10 cities were ranked based on 10 separate factors, including results in United Way campaigns, best places to start a small business, government regulation of nonprofits, number of fundraisers employed, and number of nonprofit management educational and training centers, among others.

Overseas Human Rights Interns Go Abroad

Ten students are summer interns in the Program in International Human Rights Law at the IU School of Law - Indianapolis. They are headed for Argentina, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Honduras, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Nepal, Northern Ireland, and the Philippines. During the past four years, 25 students have gone to more than 20 countries on six continents. They gain practical experience in international law while providing legal expertise to agencies dealing with international human rights.

Cory Elson Scholarship Awarded

"While I know one person will not change the world simply by becoming a police officer, at least they can make a difference in someone's life," wrote Toby Deaton of Scottsburg in his scholarship application essay. The 27-year-old IUPUI senior criminal justice major has just received the first Cory Elson Scholarship, which was created by Amy Elson, wife of slain state trooper Cory Elson. Trooper Elson, a graduate of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI, was killed in the line of duty in April 1999. Amy Elson presented Toby Deaton with a certificate and a plaque at a brief ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse on May 12.

Indianapolis Project SEED Scholarship Program

Rosie Bonjouklian, a local scientist, and her employer, Eli Lilly & Co., have teamed up to establish the Indianapolis Project SEED Scholarship Program at IUPUI. Beginning this fall, one four-year scholarship per year will be awarded as part of Project SEED (Summer Experience for Economically Disadvantaged), a national program directed by the American Chemical Society to encourage students to pursue career opportunities in the chemical sciences.

1999 IUPUI Performance Report

Enclosed with this letter is the latest issue of the IUPUI Performance Report, our annual compilation of measures and indicators that help the campus mark its progress in addressing planning priorities. We invite your comments on the document and on developments at IUPUI.

Spirit of Philanthropy Celebration

A record crowd of nearly 400 watched on April 27 as more than 30 individuals, corporations, and foundations were honored by IUPUI programs and units to which they contributed gifts or volunteer time during the past year. The first Chancellor's Medallion was given to 14-year-old Jonathan Weidberg, who started Jonathan's Mouse Fund when he learned that his mother's treatment at the IU Cancer Center depended on access to special research mice. Thanks, once again, to Jonathan and all the honorees.

Gerald L. Bepko
Chancellor