January 2002


IUPUI Among Those Receiving Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Award

            On January 28, Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson honored seven local businesses and organizations with the first annual Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Award.  Among the awards was one for IUPUI.

            The citation read:  “A winner in the leadership category . . . IUPUI's commitment to diversity is evident from the top down. Three of the six vice chancellors are women, and the university recently established a vision for diversity that is posted on its website. An active participant in neighborhood and community volunteer initiatives, IUPUI regularly partners with the Westside Cooperative Organization to assist residents in nearby neighborhoods. Faculty, staff, and students can be found volunteering for America Reads, United Way Day of Caring, and Jam the Jaguar's Bus Food Drive, to name a few.”

            We would like to express our thanks to Mayor Peterson for this wonderful recognition and our congratulations to the other honorees:  The Children's Bureau of Indianapolis; Fiesta Indianapolis, Inc.;  Riverside Community Corrections Corporation; Turner Construction; United Way of Central Indiana; and Visteon Corporation – Indianapolis Plant.


IUPUI Celebrates Martin Luther King Day with One of Little Rock Nine


            Minnijean Brown-Trickey gave the keynote address at the 32nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dinner on January 21, sponsored by the IUPUI Black Student Union.  It took 1,000 paratroopers to get Ms. Brown-Trickey safely to class on her first full day at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.  It was September 25, 1957, and the eyes of the nation were on the “The Little Rock Nine,” the first African Americans to attend Central High, which was forced to integrate under U.S. Supreme Court desegregation orders.

            Reading excerpts from her 1957 journal, she showed the audience from a teenager’s perspective what it meant to begin what has since become a lifelong struggle to end racial hatred, fight for civil liberties, and take active responsibility as a citizen for ensuring that our nation lives up to its ideals and aspirations.



“Seeing Through Black American Eyes” on Display

            A celebration of the contribution of African Americans to our cultural life continues through Black History Month as the IUPUI University Library hosts a display, “Seeing Through Black American Eyes.”  It features the private collections of IUPUI Professor William E. and Dr. Joyce G. Taylor, as well as fine art created by Margaret T. Burroughs, founding director of the DuSable Museum of African-American History, Chicago, and Bruce Armstrong, who studied art at Crispus Attucks High School and Indiana University.

            William and Joyce Taylor have been researching the history of African American visual artists for more than 20 years, and their collection includes books, catalogs, posters, periodicals, and art exhibition catalogs from installations at the Museum of Modern Art, National Museum of Art, and more.  "Seeing Through Black American Eyes" is on display in the University Library Level One Lobby, 755 West Michigan Street, through February 28. Public parking is available at the North Street Garage. For further information, call (317) 274-0462.


IU and GE Launch REWARDS Institute for Digital Radiology Imaging

            The IU Department of Radiology, IU Radiology Associates (its affiliated practice group), and General Electric Medical Systems (GEMS) Information Technology have created the first collaborative education and research program of its kind in the country to train people to use and archive digital radiologic images. 

            It is estimated that anywhere from 60 to 80 percent of U.S. hospitals will adopt digital imaging systems by 2006, and thousands of health care providers and others will need training to use the new systems.  The REWARDS (Radiology Enterprise-Wide Archival Retrieval and Distribution System) Institute, jointly funded by IU Radiology Associates and GEMS, will support a research program, a customer learning center, and a showcase site for the GE Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS).  The PACS allows high quality X-ray images to be readily accessed, viewed, and shared by physicians and radiologists while eliminating the possibility of loss or damage during transport or handling.

            The REWARDS Institute is housed in a new $7 million facility owned by IU Radiology Associates and located in the emerging technology park in downtown Indianapolis on the canal.  The building formerly housed the Electronics Manufacturing and Productivity Facility. 

IUPUI Law Students Help Free Convicted Man

            Through the efforts of IU School of Law-Indianapolis law Professor Fran Hardy and four students in her Criminal Defense Clinic course at IUPUI, Larry Mayes is a free man after 21 years in prison. 

            State Public Defender Susan Carpenter appointed Professor Hardy as pro bono counsel for Mayes, who had been convicted in 1982 of rape and other crimes. Hardy and her students filed a petition for post-conviction relief and requested DNA testing, citing I.C. 35-38-7, the new Indiana law that strengthens Indiana inmates' rights to DNA analysis.  After DNA testing exonerated Mayes, Judge Richard Maroc of Lake Superior Court ordered his release.

            The Criminal Defense Clinic, the Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, the Disability Clinic, and the Pro Bono Program are all ways in which our law school students, under the supervision of  law school faculty, receive valuable training in essential skills required of lawyers, such as interviewing, fact investigation, counseling, legal writing, and advocacy.  Under the student practice rule of the Indiana Supreme Court, eligible upper-class students may represent clients in court proceedings if a member of the bar is present. 


Seventh Annual Bridge Design Competition & Technology Expo,  February 24

            Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders have been invited to submit applications to the Seventh Annual Bridge Design Competition & Technology Expo to be held at our Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI on Sunday, February 24.  This competition introduces engineering design to young students in a fun and captivating way and is held in conjunction with National Engineers Week (February 17-23, 2002).

            Bridges must be made of balsa wood and be capable of spanning 24 inches.  Cash prizes are given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams in each grade level along with a plaque for the school.

            The Technology Expo preceding the competition includes 16 sessions on such topics as digital imaging, computer animation, Automated External Defibrillators and how to use them, aerodynamic theory as it applies to automobiles, introduction to materials used in building construction, and testing soils to determine their properties for engineering uses.

            The event is jointly sponsored by the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, Consulting Engineers of Indiana, National Society of Professional Engineers, and American Society of Civil Engineers.


AUL Supports Herron Art School in Campaign to Move to IUPUI Campus

            Our thanks to longtime education supporter American United Life Insurance Company (AUL) for two recent gifts, one of which will help us in efforts to move the 100-year-old Herron School of Art to the IUPUI campus.  Herron is the last of IUPUI’s academic programs to still be operating away from our Michigan Street campus.  Plans are to move Herron into the former law school building on the IUPUI campus in fall 2004 after extensive renovations.

            Jonathan Hess, a local architect from Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, Inc., has redesigned the law school building to make it suitable for an art school. The plan will increase the building by 50,000 square feet to include a large reception area, three galleries, a 250-seat auditorium, and thousands of square feet of studio space.  The exterior design, which is still under development, will be an architectural and aesthetic bridge between the new Indiana State Museum and the Eiteljorg Museum and the campus buildings north of New York Street. 

            Herron is within 85 percent of its fundraising goal for the building campaign, having thus far raised $9.2 million in private funds. The state has provided $12 million. The groundbreaking for the new building, to be known as Eskenazi Hall, is scheduled for September 13, 2002.

            The other AUL donation, along with gifts from other individuals and businesses, will allow a painting studio in the new building to be named in honor of Herron alumnus and former faculty member Harry Davis.  The AUL Tower holds a collection of Davis' artwork along with many other artists, including T. C. Steele.


IU Alumni Association Has New President


            Kenneth A. Beckley — a 1962 graduate of Indiana University with a degree in radio and television, the long-time executive vice president and corporate spokesperson for Indianapolis-based H. H. Gregg Appliances & Electronics, and former director of university relations at IUPUI — has been named president and chief executive officer of the Indiana University Alumni Association.  He was the unanimous choice of the 10-member search committee and will take over the new post on February 1.  Congratulations, Ken, and welcome back to the IU family!




                                                                                                Gerald L. Bepko