October 2001

“The law is part of the capital infrastructure of any progressive society . . . as important to progress as our bridges, roads, and communication links.  And when you go to other places on the globe and see the absence of progress,

it is because of the absence of law.”

 (U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, speaking at the dedication ceremony for

Lawrence W. Inlow Hall, IU School of Law–Indianapolis, September 21, 2001)


Some 600 law school graduates, students, faculty, and guests attended the dedication of the new home for our law school, Inlow Hall.  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy addressed the guests and challenged the faculty to educate students not only to become advocates of the rule of law but advocates for the rule of law, as well.  He said, “If you teach the law and advocate its rule, you will preserve our freedom.”

Coming only 10 days after the September 11 terrorist attacks on our nation, which challenged both our rule of law and sense of freedom, Justice Kennedy’s inspirational remarks set the tone for renewed seriousness of purpose with respect to the noblest purpose of the university, educating for a civil society.

During his visit to campus, Justice Kennedy, who has a deep interest in legal education, also participated as a guest in law school classes, including a course on professional responsibility.


New Technology Complex Breaks Ground

A new home for some of IUPUI’s technology-related ventures will be joining Inlow Hall on West Street as the second of two new portal buildings for the campus.  On October 16, we broke ground for the Communications Technology Complex / Informatics Complex (CTC / IC).  Expected to be completed in about 18 to 24 months, the CTC / IC will house the new media programs in IU’s School of Informatics as well as programs in IU’s Schools of Journalism and Music at IUPUI.

University Information Technology Services will be based there, along with Indiana Pervasive Computing Research Initiative laboratories.  The central hub of the Abilene Network Internet 2 project will also be relocated to this facility.

Teacher’s Resource Center Provides Ready-Made Hands-On Math and Science Kits

One of the greatest barriers to providing creative math and science activities in the classroom is the cost of collecting supplies and the time required to design meaningful activities.

The Teacher's Resource Center, which operates under the auspices of the Community Learning Network (CLN) at IUPUI,  provides everything (teacher's guides, worksheets, and supplies) that teachers need for hands‑on lessons to interest young people in math and science.  The kits, which are free to teachers, are packaged and delivered by CLN.

Targeting grades K‑12, the Teacher's Resource Center began in 1997 as part of Raytheon Technical Services Company’s Community Outreach Program with the concept of supporting teachers in their goal to improve math and science skills and increase interest in the subjects by their students. When Raytheon – which provides technical, scientific, and professional services for defense, federal, and commercial customers worldwide – came to Indianapolis to privatize the Naval Air Warfare Center in 1997, it promised to put a portion of its sales back into the local community.  The IUPUI Community Learning Network, which delivers off-campus courses, later formed a partnership to deliver the resources Raytheon provides to classroom teachers.

The Teacher’s Resource Center also offers professional development for teachers.  You may recall my letter last October about the Lilly ARBOR project being conducted by our Center for Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES).  The undertaking involves restoring the White River floodplain with flora and fauna native to the site.  As part of the project, Associate Professor of Geology Lenore P. Tedesco and her CEES colleagues are developing classroom materials that will have their first field tests with Pike High School faculty.


Campus Child Care Center Receives Federal Funds to Help Low-Income Families

On the anniversary of its move to a new building on campus, the IUPUI Center for Young Children received a $94,519 four-year federal grant to help low-income students pay child care costs. IUPUI is one of five Indiana campuses that received Child Care Access Means Parents in School grants, which can subsidize up to one-third of the total cost of child care provided to students who are eligible for Pell Grants. The IUPUI Center for Young Children is the largest single-site campus child care center in the state and provides full- and part-time care.

Federal Grant Approved to Establish Indiana’s First Area Health Education Center

The IU School of Medicine at IUPUI has had its federal grant application approved to establish an Area Health Education Center, or AHEC, to serve 16 west central Indiana counties.  An AHEC’s mission, according to Stephen Jay, M.D., chair of the Department of Public Health in IU’s School of Medicine, is to educate, recruit, distribute, and retain health care professionals in areas where they are needed to prevent shortages.  Indiana’s first AHEC will be based in Terre Haute.  Two others are planned for locations in northwest and south central Indiana.


New Weekend Format for Master’s Degree in Community Health Nursing

The IU School of Nursing at IUPUI will offer its community health nursing major in a new weekend format beginning January 2002.  Registered nurses, case managers, project directors, school nursing supervisors, and others who are already licensed to practice as a registered nurse in Indiana and who have an interest in community health can earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree in just 10 concentrated weekends, one per month.  Community health nurses are employed in a variety of settings, including the military, state and local government offices, social service agencies, neighborhood clinics, and more.  To apply or determine eligibility for scholarship support, call (317) 274-2086 or visit the IUSON web site.


Sixth Annual Spirit & Place Festival Explores “Crossing Boundaries”

Under this year’s theme, “Crossing Boundaries,” the Polis Center at IUPUI, other IUPUI schools and programs, and 110 local organizations are sponsoring a 12-day tapestry of some 96 events, November 2-13, designed to build a sense of community.

How we think about those unlike ourselves because of religion or race, or the mental boundaries that prevent us feeling part of a community, are the topics for the centerpiece of the annual Spirit & Place festival:  a “Public Conversation” featuring Harvard University scholar Cornel West, Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Jane Smiley, and Rabbi Harold Kusher, author of Living a Life That Matters.  It is scheduled November 4, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Murat Centre, 502 North New Jersey.  The event is free; no tickets are required.

A full schedule of Spirit & Place events can be found at http://www.spiritandplace.org

or Marsh Supermarkets.  For further information, call the Polis Center at (317) 274-2455.


Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce to Visit IUPUI

IUPUI is pleased to serve as host for the November 8 annual retreat of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors this year.  Along with a virtual tour of campus, we are offering presentations on such topics as the Indiana Genomics Initiative, funded with the largest grant ever made by the Lilly Endowment and the largest in IU’s history; the School of Informatics, the first new school at IU since the School of Public and Environmental Affairs was established in the early 1970s; Healthy Families Indiana, a model for university engagement with community issues of concern; and Kelley Direct, the new online Master of Business Administration degree, produced by the IU Kelley School of Business at IUPUI.

We are looking forward to an opportunity to showcase for Indianapolis business and community leaders IUPUI’s special contributions to the economic vitality of the region. 


IUPUI Study Examines Tourists' Expectations of Indianapolis

International visitors to Indianapolis feel that the city is a safe place to visit, according to a recent study conducted by students and faculty from the Department of Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management at IUPUI.  The visitors also gave high marks to Indianapolis for its friendliness, cleanliness, variety of restaurants and nightlife. The city ranked low, however, for transportation within the city, expense of accommodations, entertainment, and for having a variety of things to see and do.

The study is the first to look at international visitors' perceptions of the city, comparing how the city measured up to their expectations. Researchers at IUPUI randomly interviewed more than 400 mostly international visitors during the 2001 World Police and Fire Games in June. 

The results of the study were presented at a workshop for hospitality professionals on October 25.  The IUPUI Office of International Affairs, the Indiana Council for the Humanities, the Max Kade German/American Center, and the Indianapolis‑Cologne Sister City Partnership Committee funded the study.




Gerald L. Bepko