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February 28, 2002

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University Library Exhibit Salutes Schools' Anniversary

"New Schools Out of Old: The 30th Anniversary of the Schools of Engineering and Technology, Liberal Arts, and Science," an exhibit hosted by the University Library, is now on display in the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives. The exhibit is open to the public through August 2, 2002.

While the schools of Engineering and Technology, Liberal Arts, and Science are 30 years old, they trace their roots back to the earliest classes offered in Indianapolis by Indiana University and Purdue University. Using original and reproduced materials, the exhibit looks at the schools' roots in the IU Downtown Campus and the Purdue 38th Street Campus and provides an overview of the activities of the schools' leaders, faculty, and students since the founding of the schools in 1972.

"New Schools Out of Old: The 30th Anniversary of the Schools of Engineering and Technology, Liberal Arts, and Science" is on display in Room 0133 on the Lower Level of University Library. The archives are open to the public 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday, Thursday, and Friday; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday; and 9 a.m.- noon on Saturday through the spring semester. The archives will be closed on Saturdays during the summer term.

For more information, please call the archives at (317) 274-0464 or send e-mail to


The Third Annual Research Symposium for Faculty, Staff and Students of Color

The Third Annual IUPUI Research Symposium for Faculty, Staff and Students of Color will be held on Friday, March 22, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the University Library Auditorium. The Symposium is designed to showcase and highlight the research of faculty, staff and students of color, and will include both poster and paper presentations.

The keynote speaker for this year's Symposium is Jorge Chapa, professor and founding director of Latino Studies at IU-Bloomington. Chapa's research has focused on alternatives to increase the successful participation of Latinos in higher education. From 1988 through 1999, he was a faculty member of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. Chapa's decision to move to IU and help start a Latino Studies program there reflects the conviction based on his experience and recent research. He believes that one of the best ways to increase the successful participation of Latinos in higher education is to offer courses where Latinos, along with all other students, can study, learn and do research on Latino history, culture, community and policy perspectives.

The Symposium is open to anyone and while there is no fee, registration is required. The deadline for registration is March 15. You may register online at For additional information about the Research Symposium, contact Sherrée Wilson at (317) 278-6221 or at


Town Hall Meeting on Retention

Over the past two years, faculty and academic support unit staff have devoted an extraordinary amount of energy and talent to IUPUI's Gateway courses, the 20-30 courses that enroll the largest number of first-year students. To celebrate the substantial progress we have made, to create a context for this work, to share best practices, and to discuss future activities, we are convening a town meeting. The meeting will be held in Room 100 of the Lecture Hall on March 6 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The program will include an update of what our retention data now show, illustrations of best practice from selected courses, and ample opportunity for participants to share ideas, suggest new directions, and comment on IUPUI's effort to promote the retention and success of first-year students. We hope that faculty, students, and administrators will come to join in this most important conversation. We need to take the next major step forward, and the informed support of our faculty will be critical. Extending the focus beyond the Gateway courses will be an important development.

Meeting Agenda:

•   Welcome and Congratulations: Dean of the Faculties William Plater
•   Retention Statistics: Associate Vice Chancellor, Information Management and Institutional Research Victor Borden
•   Best Practices Overview: Narrated by Doug Lees, chair of biology and featuring Writing 131, Communication R110, Biology K101 and History 106
•   Student View of the Retention Effort: Jackie Landess, president of the IUPUI Student Assembly
•   Open Discussion: Facilitated by Ken Rennels, chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, and Kathy Johnson, chair of the Student Affairs Committee

For more information, please call the Office of Professional Development at (317) 274-8880.

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