2011 State of the Campus Address
Faculty/Staff Giving to the IUPUI Impact Campaign
November 02, 2011 — Duration: 37:12
Thank you all for coming today. The introduction covered a lot of material that I don\'t need to repeat, but I\'m not about to miss the opportunity to say that you all should be proud that we\'ve moved from being the 14th up and coming to the 7th to the 5th. This year we\'re the 3rd and frankly we could have won a lot of money if we would have bet on this one. I wish I was a betting person, but I\'m not.
I want to talk to you today in a little bit different way than I have over the last several years in the State of the Campus, and I want to do that because I want to focus heavily on one aspect of the campus and the state of the campus and the way it\'s reflected in that, but I can\'t pass up the opportunity to frame up those remarks in a couple of ways. One is I want to allude back to how we\'ve talked in these discussions over the last eight years. This is the ninth time I\'ve done this since I came in 2003 and we\'ve almost always in these . . . gone over our success, specifically in terms of goals and outcomes, and we\'ve gone through those. Last year, some of you who were there will remember in excruciating detail 10 different goals and all the mile markers that went with that as part of the chancellor\'s road map, and since I just shared the update on that with the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council, I didn\'t think it was the right thing to go over that this year. But I can\'t miss the opportunity to go over the four doubling goals in particular and to use this as an opportunity to celebrate the work that\'s gotten done on the campus with the faculty, the staff, and in partnership with our students, that have made such a difference during a time that\'s actually been exceedingly challenging.
This is the slide from the beginning of the State of the Campus address in 2009. The one from 2008 talked about the fact that the economy had begun tanking, and it was tanking in the short term, medium, and long term. This one talked about the recession, then called the Great Recession, which as we all know technically is “over.” Nobody believes it\'s over, at least perceptually in this country, and it has framed what we\'ve done in this campus for the last three years at a minimum. It has been a challenge for us during all of this time. I would also point out that, when I arrived here in 2003, we were in the midst of a recession coming out of the 9/11 recession, and so we\'ve had in this decade two recessions. So, in this time of economic challenge, in this time where you have faced some really significant challenges in the work that you do, we have managed to make great progress.
Let me show you this. In December 2003, I challenged the campus to double the number of baccalaureate degrees given by the campus. We\'re up 40 percent since that year, 40 percent. Some 1,000 students graduated this spring with baccalaureates, more than graduated in 2003. In addition to that, we\'re up significantly in master\'s degrees in that time period. We\'ve more than doubled the PhD\'s in this time period. We\'ve seen significant improvement in students’ success. We see increased retention. We\'re predicting higher graduation rates and across the next five to ten years. This is a concern that has become critical in the national agenda as well as the state agenda and, frankly, the faculty and the staff on this campus are leading the way in this. Have we succeeded completely? Of course not, but we have made enormous progress. As I always remind people in the community when you look at this number—3,404—every one of those is a student who has completed one of the most challenging things they have done in their life and, at a minimum, they spent four years doing that (and our typical student spends six years doing that). So, we see that this is not a small change to have 1,000 more graduates, but it didn\'t happen because of the chancellor or even the executive vice chancellor and the team in the AO building. It happened because everyone—faculty, staff, and fellow students— helped this occur, and it occurred during a time where we had two recessions, including the worst in our history.
Similarly, in the challenge to double research, we see we were up at 400 million dollars in fiscal 2010. We\'re down to 331 million. That is still the second highest number in externally funded research grants, and the big difference between 2010 and 2011 is a 60 million dollar grant from the Lily Endowment. One grant is the difference in that year. Which means that those of you and your colleagues who submit individual grants, or do center grants, have been as successful again as you have been in the previous years, and we\'ve improved dramatically. That $400 million was actually doubling our number from the year 2000, and you\'ve done that in a challenged environment. You\'ve done that by being creative and working and learning and growing and getting your students involved and your staff involved and your colleagues involved in doing joint grants, and that we depend on.
Civic engagement is a hallmark of this campus, and if you ever want to have a chart that impresses people, this is it. We quadrupled the number of students in service learning classes since 2003. So we have shown that we can do what we promised to do: engage students in our community in a way that they learn about that community, learn about the subject matter, learn about service, learn about giving back and, by the way, this doesn\'t count clinical engagements for all of you who have clinical students in the community (which we know is a huge percentage of our students). It doesn\'t count our graduate students either. It\'s undergraduates. So, this is such a part of the campus that it\'s not surprising that we continue to be recognized with awards for our service learning and for our civic engagement. Last year, I would have mentioned the Kellogg Award from the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, and the one from the Washington Center, and this year, once again ,we\'re on the Honor Roll with Distinction from the Corporation for National and Community Service. We\'ve been on it three years now and one year, we got the President\'s Award (the first year it was given). All of this, again, happening in a time of challenge because people are committed to this kind of success. So it\'s pretty easy for me to say this is a campus that knows how to move ahead.
And we\'ve moved ahead in diversity. This slide shows tenure-track faculty. We see we have 100 more members of underrepresented faculty on this campus than we had in 2003. We did that in large part with the SRUF [Support for Underrepresented Faculty] Program that Dr. Sukhatme rolled out, and we\'re rolling out again this year. There\'s money. Get out there and search. That opportunity is there and it has changed the face of the faculty. Are we where we need to be? No, but we\'ve made significant progress again during times of challenge. This wasn\'t the easy time. This wasn\'t the glorious 1960\'s when everybody tells me that it was great to a faculty administrator because everything was growing, everybody had money. You know I\'m too young for that, so I didn\'t have that opportunity. I got the recession-ridden 2000\'s. Okay, but we have the colleagues who have made this happen.
As I talk about these measures, I want to remind you that this was not just “an accomplishment.” Up and to the right is the direction we want to be, positive upward slopes. We always want those, almost always. Yet it\'s happened when we\'ve been challenged and it\'s been because the faculty and staff have made this happen.
What I want to do with the remaining time is to focus on another way to think about the measure of how we\'re doing as a campus, and it\'s to do that by focusing on the IMPACT Campaign, the IUPUI fund raising campaign, which we are in our 5th year of, campaign. Now why do I want to do that? First of all, of course, to celebrate because that it\'s going well, and I\'m going to talk about that. Second, I want to celebrate those who give to it, and particularly those of you who are on the campus. But third and most importantly, I want to talk about it because when people commit their treasure and their time to an institution, they do it because they value it and see it being successful. So, one of the measures of a campaign is that people are willing to invest in the work that gets done on the campus and that\'s the way I want to think about this as we talk today: the state of the campus as measured by the commitments others are making in the community and you on the campus—faculty and staff—who have made commitments to this campaign.
We focus the campaign as you can see on the four themes: ensuring extraordinary student success, excellence in the health and life sciences, thriving as an urban research campus, and, of course, championing civic engagement. We\'ve received significant support in each of these, but what I want to focus first on is to give you a quick sense of the leadership of the campaign. I want to point out not those of us who work for the university, but the volunteer leadership over there on the left, starting with Lacy Johnson, one of the community’s best known lawyers, Ice Miller partner, one of the top lawyers on everybody\'s list who i has committed to working with us. He\'s a graduate of the law school. Pat Miller, this is the Pat Miller of Vera Bradley, the cofounder with Barbara Baekgaard of Vera Bradley, co-chair of the campaign and a major donor to this campus as a supporter of the Vera Bradley Breast Cancer Center. Bill Moreau is a person who served two or three terms on the trustees of Purdue University, a lawyer in town, also works in Washington, Barnes and Thornberg, an amazingly supportive individual and someone who represents the Purdue tradition on this campus. Randy Tobias, former Chairman of Eli Lilly and Company, Vice Chairman of AT&T, United States AIDS Ambassador. He is serving on this campaign, and he was a part of the last campaign. And on the right side President Emeritus of Purdue Steve Beering and, of course, Chancellor Emeritus Jerry Bepko. We launched this campaign publicly just last October of 2010.We were at 800 million dollars when we did that and tonight I can tell you that we\'re at 1 billion 62 million dollars
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What makes that so impressive is we\'ve passed the last campaign, and we\'ve past a campaign that was the first million dollar campaign of a public university in this state, and we passed a campaign that was over three times the amount they told us we couldn\'t raise. We were told we couldn\'t raise 300 million dollars in the last campaign, and we raised over a billion, and we\'re on our way to surpass that number this time.
This effort is amazing in a variety of ways. One is it\'s had transformational gifts, things that literally will mean this campus will not be the same. The easiest example—and it\'s so much fun to talk about—is Jesse and Beulah Cox. I wasn\'t fortunate to meet Beulah, she had passed away, but I did meet Jesse Cox in the hotel several years ago just before he passed away, when he met the very first Cox Scholars, the first class on this campus. He had given a gift that was, on this campus, roughly five million dollars, and 10 million dollars in Bloomington. Jesse was a graduate of Bloomington. He never attended here, but he made his life here, and had a house in Carmel, and he believed it was important to help IUPUI as well as Bloomington when he gave this gift. Who he wanted to support were students who worked their way through school because he and Beulah worked so he could go to school. It\'s great story—everything from making sandwiches to running an illegal taxi service, till he got busted for it. He was always an entrepreneur. He and his wife ran a company Aero Draperies. They sold that. They invested. He told those students that day, “I thought of this program before you were born.” He had this idea of supporting students who to work to go to college, so he didn\'t give full rides. They have to earn a quarter of their support, because he wants them to work as part of their education. So, we had this wonderful program. We got it started. We got it launched. Jesse passed away, and in his will he gave an additional sum. It\'s a staggering sum. The sum is over 80 million dollars: 28 million dollars for this campus to support our students in perpetuity. There will be essentially 60 Cox scholars on this campus, forever. It\'s transformational, and it\'s from someone who never went to school here. In fact, he had a hard time with the Purdue part of our name—always wore red IU baseball cap—and yet he made that kind of commitment. That\'s transformational.
The other gifts on this slide: similarly, the Lily Endowment gave the 60 million dollar grant I mentioned earlier for the Indiana Physician Scientist Initiative—MD\'s, PhD\'s, individuals hired on the faculty to do research, translational research, from bench to bedside. The Simon family, Melvin and Bren Simon, gave 25 million to the building across the street and 25 million to endow research. Eugene and Marilyn Glick, or in this case, Marilyn Glick, supported the eye institute right down the street: a 30 million dollar gift, 20 to build that beautiful building and 10 million to endow research. Think of this people in the community committing 10\'s of millions of dollars to support in perpetuity research on this campus. That\'s a commitment: that transforms the work that we get to do.
Similarly, last year, I was able to announce that the Fairbanks Foundation gave a gift of 20 million dollars, a grant to help us develop a school of public health. They\'ve already begun those payments. We will turn 18 million of that into an endowment to support faculty and research in perpetuity—to change the health of people in Indiana—and I\'m pleased to report the Commission on Higher Education has approved the school, and we will announce it as soon as the accreditors can signal that we can go ahead, which will be in the spring next year. And, I already mentioned Pat Miller and Barbara Baekgaard, and Vera Bradley. Their first gift was in memory of one of their colleagues who died of breast cancer, a gift of a chair, and they have subsequently given a total of 20 million dollars to support breast cancer research. Each of these an amazing transformational gift.
But, what I find amazing about it is that each of them, in their way, reflects an incredible commitment in to create a legacy. People inspired to create a legacy. If you hear Pat Miller talk about the Vera Bradley Chair, when it started, this was all about honoring their friend who died of a disease and that\'s how it started. It is literally a legacy. Similarly Marilyn Glick has worked with Vision Indiana for over 25 years. She\'s interested in preventing blindness. She has challenged that institute to cure blindness, and she\'s not joking. If you\'ve ever met Marilyn Glick, when she says she wants something done she wants it done. It’s that inspiration that has created a legacy. Similarly, Mel Simon died of pancreatic cancer, after he had given the gift. He didn\'t know that was going to be so important to the work that they needed to do. You can go through virtually all gifts, I believe, that come from individuals—and even often times from foundations—and see the root in an inspiration and a commitment to create a legacy.
That\'s why I want to spend the rest of the time giving you examples of that on the campus from you, from the faculty and staff here at IUPUI. And I\'m going to start this out by embarrassing someone who is in the audience. The Bepko Scholars program is a great example of this. We created this back in the early 2000\'s as a way to recruit high-ability students to this campus. We did it with the funding from a tuition increase. It was a conscious choice to use Commitment to Excellence money to do this, and we named it after Jerry Bepko because it\'s designed to have an undergraduate student who moves on to graduate professional education. Jerry is a lawyer and represented that. It was also a way to honor him. But what was interesting was, one, people gave money to this as well—we have gift money to the Bepko Scholars program—and it\'s allowed them to do some additional things. Two is, it allowed us to recruit amazingly talented students, who we have subsequently realized enriched the entire campus, and made us realize that we could raise our own performance as a campus with these students in it. And so it is now one of the things we talk a lot about, what differentiates us. I have Cora up here [on the slide] who happens to be here near the back. Cora graduated, was a Bepko Scholar, is now a Bepko Fellow, is in the SPEA program, and served in many ways on this campus, including in student government. The Governor of the state of Indiana has appointed her to the IU Board of Trustees, where she gets to literally be a public servant in this state. A perfect example, frankly, of a Bepko Scholar, because Jerry himself, as some of you know, serves on the Commission of Higher Education, having been appointed by that very same governor. But, it\'s a great example of how we tried something. It worked; it made us better; and then we learned how to use that as part of our philanthropy both in service and in gifts.
The RISE scholarship match you, all know by now, I suspect I can do, “Give me an R...research, international, service, experiential.” We have this now on the transcript, thanks to the work that Uday [Sukhatme] and Becky Porter have done. We created a scholarship match program, using our resources to match, so that if there\'s a 20 thousand dollar gift, it puts off a thousand dollar scholarship, then we\'re going to add 500 to that. Uday himself kicked that off with his wife, Medha, in honor of Uday\'s mother— the first one of those scholarships, and it\'s a great example of another idea that has driven us to tie together academic and philanthropic in the best possible way. So we\'ve now seen this take off.
Many of you know Gene and Mary Temple. Gene is now president of the IU Foundation. He\'s done a number of jobs on this campus, and here they have given one of the RISE Scholarships to nursing. Mary is a nurse practitioner, and they wanted to support that.
Similarly, Rose Mays is a professor emerita from our School of Nursing. She and her husband, Bill, of Mays Chemical, who is retiring himself, hard to imagine, in either case. They’ve given RISE scholarships to nursing (that’s Rose), business (that would be Bill), and public health (one of the common concerns that they have). And so they have made this kind of commitment, and the two of them also had been cochairs of our last campaign.
Similarly, we have an alum, an adjunct faculty member, Clifford Hull. It’s great to learn about him. He’s given a RISE scholarship to our colleagues in Herron. And here’s one of the students that has received that support already—a great example of giving that kind of scholarship.
Another Herron person, one of our colleagues, Professor of Illustration Kathleen O’Connell gave one in her father’s name in order to recognize students.
Nick Georgakopoulos gave one in law, in honor of his father. Nick is the third generation legal person in his family, and he wanted to have a scholarship to recognize that tradition and support someone.
This is a particularly interesting gift, now a former lecturer, senior lecturer in liberal arts, Kim Duffy-Sim gave a gift in honor of her cousins to support travel abroad—one of the things, obviously, the RISE scholarship does, but we\'re always looking for similar kinds of support for our students. Many of you know Bob White and his wife, Terry, and their family and friends, who created a scholarship in honor of Bob\'s late sister, Barbara White-Thoreson, another scholarship on campus.
This is one that\'s particularly interesting. Larry Such is a Campus Facilities Services person, who works currently over in the business area in Kelley. He has 30 years of service to the campus, and he has given a planned gift to establish a scholarship. Let me read you the quote that he provided as he hopes others will be similarly motivated: “I didn\'t necessarily earn a huge salary throughout my life, but I was able to save and acquire some collections of real value [he collects first edition books]. I hope that someone out there might hear my story and think if he can make a gift like that too.” So, here\'s a staff member who establishes a scholarship fund with a planned gift after a career in Campus Facilities Services.
This one\'s an interesting one as well. On the left is John Tilley, chair of philosophy. On the right is Steve Kern, who is a community member. Steve established the Michael Burke and John Tilley Fund for graduate students, and John Tilley established the Sophia Prize, for students in philosophy—a great example of interconnection of community and alumni and faculty and the kind of support that we get.
Karen Kovacic is the poet laureate of the state of Indiana, and a Professor of English, and she, not surprisingly, established an award for poetry. As a less successful poet [myself], we all celebrate those who are successful. I can imagine this is a great idea to give an award and recognize it, and she named it after a student of hers whom she admired greatly and who passed away at a young age.
Here\'s an example of a gift in dentistry...a faculty member, Dr. Heidelman and his wife, who, in fact, give to the annual fund on a regular basis. Those gifts, as all the administrators in the room know, are exceedingly important in helping to solve problems and get things done in a hurry when you have that kind of discretionary resource.
This one is one I hadn\'t heard of on campus, and it\'s a very creative one. Kirsten Grønbjerg holds one of the chairs in philanthropy, the Efroymson Chair, and she had experienced the benefit of having a named chair in that she had access to research support. Part of the stipend came to her, and she could use it for supporting research. What she said is she wanted to make available to her other colleagues that possibility, so she established a research fund that gives resources to her colleagues in the same way that she was able too by way of holding the Efroymson Chair—a great example of providing research support from one colleague to another colleague.
A similar kind of generous gift is John Krauss, who I hope many of you have met in your time here. John is on the faculty of law and SPEA and is the director of the Public Policy Institute. John was a former deputy mayor of Indianapolis. I always joke John knows everyone in Indianapolis—maybe Amy [Warner] might know a few that he doesn\'t know because of party differences perhaps—but John wanted to establish a chair in alternative dispute resolution, which has become a major part of the way problems are solved outside of the direct legal realm in this country, and so he\'s established a planned gift to create a chair
Paul Nagy, a professor emeritus in philosophy, and his wife, Catherine, who served 30 years in the hematology/oncology unit in IU Hospital, have established a chair in classical American philosophy, which brings together the Institute for American Thought, American studies, and the Department of Philosophy—a great interdisciplinary chair and, frankly, most of us know that philosophy could use chairs and resources, since they never, it appears to me, are overburdened with lots of resources. It\'s a great example of a commitment of a colleague to the future of a department and a specialty.
And that\'s a great way to transition to one aspect about this campaign and the effort that people make. I want to emphasize a fact that is not obvious, I\'ve learned, to most of us. IUPUI\'s campaign, with this very bold goal of 1.25 billion dollars, half of that goal will be made up by nongovernmental grants, grants like the Lilly Endowment, the Fairbanks Foundation, not gifts from Charles Bantz or Uday Sukhatme, but from foundations. And guess who writes the proposals for the foundations? It\'s the faculty, it\'s the staff, and occasionally even students, who are part of those projects, so that the effort that you make in putting together a proposal like the one that was just funded this week on the study of the Bible in American life is literally a way in which your scholarly work gives back as philanthropic service to the institution. It is produced in a number of these, as I talked about, endowments that have come in, so the Fairbanks proposal was an enormous effort by people in public health, Marie Swanson, and the effort that went into that. It established an endowment which will, in fact, outlast all of us. That\'s a part of this campaign that I hope those of you involved—whether you’re in administration or doing the proposals—will keep in mind. This is an important contribution that you make to the success of the campaign, but more importantly, to the success of these things that you are in fact so passionate about.
This is a great illustration of this on a scale that you might not have seen. We\'ve received support from the J. P. Morgan-Chase Foundation to help the Near East Side Legacy Project. For those of you who don\'t know, part of the Super Bowl was that we had to make, as a community, a commitment to invest 1 million dollars to do something for youth. And the way things happen in Indianapolis, nobody just puts on an addition to a rec center for a million dollars. By the time this project is done on the east side, there will be over 100 million dollars invested—in houses and recreations centers—and a new facility for the school on the east side and a new facility at the University of Indianapolis. It\'s astonishing the amount of effort that\'s going into this. One piece of that is this project we\'re a part of on the campus, where we\'ve received support with the help of the Solution Center. They are matching up with some of their internship money, and we expect over 100 faculty, staff, and students to be involved in promoting the work that\'s being done.
In addition to that, some of you know that Jay Gladden and his colleagues in Physical Education and Tourism Management are involved with the Boner Center, which is another piece of this project, and so we see all of these people working together to get this done. What I love about this particular example is, once again, people were passionate about making a difference—in this case in a neighborhood—and in the process they get our students involved and our faculty involved. In the process, we raise resources to get that work done. It is what we\'ve considered the virtuous cycle of philanthropy, and this is a great illustration of it.
So, what I\'ve been trying to say is, I think about the campaign—and you need to know I do wake up in the morning and ask myself exactly how much is left and how many months are left—but what makes that not a burden but really fun is that I can look at these examples. I can look in this room and know that people here have made progress in that campaign, and made a difference. Valerie Eickmeier is sitting there wishing that the building for the Eskenazi Fine Arts Center had come in at bid, and we\'d have that project, which is a gift from Sid and Lois Eskenazi, in the ground and coming up, but they had to redesign the project. We are still going to expand that and have this wonderful fine arts center out there on Indiana Avenue. I could do that all the way around the room. That\'s what the campaign does.
The other thing it does is—remember where I started—if people are willing to invest what for them is a significant gift in the work you\'re doing on the campus, what a compliment to that work! So, we know we\'re making progress—not only because of the doubling goals—we know we\'re making progress because we have people who commit themselves, including you, to the future of the campus and for the people who come after us.
So, that\'s why I say we got work left to do. It\'s up to us. That\'s the amount [$188,139,908] with 20 months left to go, but we should, in fact, really see this as a celebration of the fact that, in spite of what\'s been around us, in spite of the challenges, we haven\'t just gotten by. We\'re in a much better place than we were when we started this campaign. It\'s a better campus. It\'s a better institution, and it\'s happened because people have done the work.
So thank you very much for your time and your attention, and the state of the campus is better than good.
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