Chancellor's Newsletter
July 2001


IUPUI Faculty and Administrators Attend "Summer School" Day


     Four teams from IUPUI have attended various "summer institutes" with university colleagues around the country to discuss, develop, and implement innovations that support greater student achievement, especially for first-year students. In September, IUPUI's four teams will go on retreat to share action plans and coordinate their work. Their ultimate goal is to broaden the overall impact of their activities on student learning at IUPUI.

     One team focused on enhancing our "learning communities," which include a seminar for first-year students. Each learning community has an instructional team that includes a faculty member, an academic adviser, a student mentor for peer support, and a librarian. They work with students to develop study skills, information literacy, and other academic support so that students get off to a good start in college.

     A second team worked on so-called "gateway courses." These are courses that most students must take. Their ability to pass the course successfully is often key to whether students persist in their studies to a second year and beyond. Chief among such "gateway courses" is math. A Math Assistance Center has now been developed, and this team will continue to work on other strategies to help students succeed.

     A third team developed plans to use student housing on campus as an opportunity to increase student engagement in the learning process through residential activities that are linked to academic curricula or academic support in general.

     A fourth team, the Diversity Inquiry Group, worked on strategies to develop pedagogy and curricula that are inclusive and reflective of the richness that diversity brings to learning.

     Because of these and other activities, IUPUI was selected by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as 1 of 22 exemplary institutions in addressing contemporary challenges in undergraduate education. This suggests that IUPUI has a potential for national leadership in combining high expectations for achievement with effective teaching and learning for the 21st century. We are especially proud that many of our very best faculty have taken the lead in advancing this all-important work in undergraduate education reform.


Future Campus Construction Sites Provide Experience for Archaeology Students


      Last July, we described an archaeological dig in the Ransom Place Historic District near campus being conducted by Professor Paul Mullins of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Once again, Paul's anthropology students are busy digging up the neighborhood's past. This time, it's the past right under our feet.

      Sixteen students enrolled in the Archaeology Field School have been digging for artifacts in the gravel parking lot at Michigan and West Streets. Their research project was scheduled in advance of the bulldozers and soil scrapers that will soon be preparing the area for future campus construction. It is part of a larger project to collect and examine evidence of the city's past and the cultural diversity of the residents who once lived where the IUPUI campus is now.

      Students involved in the dig are learning archaeological field and lab techniques and are developing an understanding of the methods and approaches by which historians construct archaeological knowledge. The field excavation also invited a steady flow of visitors. Students found some 30,000 artifacts that range from the 1860's to World War II.

     What is already known is that, in the early 1890s, various ethnic and cultural groups lived and worked side by side at the site. A German American family established the Deschler Meat Packing firm at the rear of the family's home at 423 California Street directly north of where Inlow Hall, the new IU School of Law-Indianapolis building, now stands. Their close neighbor Hattie Evans rented rooms in her modest home to African-American boarders who did housekeeping and laundry for families throughout the city. European immigrants, people of color, and rural Caucasian Hoosiers, all settled in the area..

      By summer's end, the project web site, will be updated with early results of some of the historical research that will have emerged on the families who once lived in this area of our campus.


Donation Will Support Studies of Indiana's German American Heritage


     And speaking of preserving our cultural history, a $1.3 million gift to the IU School of Liberal Arts from Dolores and Giles Hoyt and Ruth and Eberhard Reichmann will ensure and enhance the continued study, preservation, and recovery of documents and other materials reflecting Indiana's German American heritage.

     It is estimated that one of every three Hoosiers is of German descent. The couples' gift will fund the salary for the Hoyt/Reichmann Faculty Chair in German American Studies and German Language and Culture, as well as library acquisitions and other enhancements to IUPUI's German American studies program.

     The gift is all the more special to us because all four donors are members of the IUPUI family. Dolores Hoyt is associate dean of the IUPUI University Library, and Giles Hoyt is our associate dean of International Affairs. Ruth Reichmann is director of the IUPUI Max Kade German-American Center. Eberhard Reichmann is editor of the center's publications. On the brink of our launching the Campaign for IUPUI, this one example of many of the willingness of our faculty and staff to invest - not only their current professional careers but their financial resources as well - in the long-term future success of our academic programs is a true inspiration for all those who care about IUPUI and its students.


Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust Announces Scholarship Program


     Some special words of thanks this month go to the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, which has established a program to underwrite scholarships for nontraditional college students at IUPUI and Ivy Tech State College, Indianapolis Campus. The trust will sponsor five students at IUPUI and 15 students at Ivy Tech each year, beginning with this coming fall semester.

     The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program seeks to help those who might otherwise have faced insurmountable barriers to obtaining higher education. With the scholarship, the economic barrier will be lifted, and with the special outreach and support that IUPUI and Ivy Tech will provide, the Nina Scholars will have a much stronger chance for success in earning a college degree.

     The scholarships are intended for adults 25 years or older, who have dependents in their family unit; young adults, ages 18 to 25, who have been raised through the child welfare system and have no form of financial support; and college-age youth and adults with physical disabilities. First priority will be given to those with a household income of 80 percent or less of the median income for their geographic area. All applicants must be residents of Indiana and U.S. citizens.

     Support for the Nina Scholars will include full resident tuition, books, and fees. In addition, an annual living allowance of $2,500 may be applied to expenses such as housing, transportation, childcare, and health insurance.

     A Legacy Scholars program was also set up with Arizona State University and Maricopa Community Colleges in keeping with Nina Mason's desire to help people in need in Arizona and Indiana, the states she called home.

     In the shared belief that education is a key factor in sustaining a favorable quality of life, for the individual and for the larger society, we look forward to welcoming the Nina Scholars. If past experience with our nontraditional students holds true, they will likely develop a strong commitment to learning, despite juggling other responsibilities, and will bring other perspectives into the classroom that will enrich the learning experiences of everyone - students and faculty alike.


Sincerely,         

Gerald L. Bepko

Chancellor        





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