University Library Dean David Lewis Designated Sagamore of the Wabash

David Lewis, left, and his Sagamore of the Wabash, with Indiana State Archivist Jim Corridan. Photo courtesy of IUPUI University Library.

On the eve of his retirement from IUPUI, University Library Dean David Lewis has been recognized with one of the highest distinctions in the state of Indiana, the Sagamore of the Wabash. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the governor of Indiana and is a personal tribute given to those who have rendered distinguished service to the state. On behalf of Gov. Eric Holcomb, Indiana State Archivist Jim Corridan conferred the honor on Lewis for his service to libraries across the state over the last 25 years.

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Lewis began his career at the IUPUI University Library in 1993, the opening year of the landmark building designed by renowned architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. In 2000, Lewis was appointed dean. After 18 years at the helm of the library, Lewis will retire in May. His career as an academic library leader for more than four decades has been characterized by a record of noteworthy accomplishments in the areas of academic technologies, digital humanities, open access to scholarly and educational resources, library integration into campus and community life, and innovative service development.

“David Lewis’ record of service to the IUPUI community is remarkable and will live on long after his well-deserved retirement,” IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar said. “His Sagamore of the Wabash distinction is well-earned and confirms the measures of success that we have known for many years.”

For more than two decades, Lewis has been a champion of creating access to information for Hoosiers through digital library resources.

He helped create the Marion County Internet Library, a collection of full-text research databases that can be accessed from within any public library, any K-12 school, or any college or university library in Marion County. He served on the Indiana State Library Advisory Council for seven years, leading the group from 2008 to 2012 and helping to advance strategic initiatives such as the Indiana Digital Summit, which provided guidance to the State Library regarding the development of digital content about the history and culture of Indiana. He also contributed to the early planning and continued growth of INSPIRE, Indiana’s virtual online library. INSPIRE is provided by the Indiana State Library and supported through the Build Indiana Fund and the Washington-based Institute for Museum and Library Services, in partnership with Academic Libraries of Indiana, a group Lewis presided over from 2013 to 2015.

As part of his work with ALI, Lewis oversaw a large-scale project in 2012-13 that had a significant impact across the Indiana academic library community. The Indiana Shared Print Project was, at the time, the largest collection-analysis project of its kind. Due to its scope and impact, the project received a $225,000 grant from the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment. It included 36 Indiana colleges and universities and allowed for the data-driven withdrawal of thousands of volumes from the participating libraries, which in turn freed up library space to meet other user needs. It also laid the groundwork for collaborative Indiana collections development going forward and identified unique print items within the collections of participating libraries for preservation and potential digitization.

Lewis has translated his extensive experience into thought leadership for academic librarianship. His record of publications, presentations, and professional service is diverse and extensive, ranging across the future of library collections, library space, the library and open access, scholarly communication, and provocative thinking about the future of the academic library. This work culminated in 2016 with the publication of his widely acclaimed book, “Reimagining the Academic Library.”

“I have had so many great colleagues in the Indiana library community, and much of the credit goes to them,” Lewis said. “The Sagamore of the Wabash is an unexpected honor.”

In recognition of his thought leadership, Lewis was named the 2018 Association of College and Research Libraries’ Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award showcases his long career of accomplishments and recognizes significant and influential research and the publication of a body of scholarly writing that contributes to academic or research library development.

Leaders Honored at Women’s History Month Event

Honorees and their awards. Photo courtesy of the Office for Women.

The IUPUI Office for Women and the Division of Student Affairs held its 21st Annual Women’s History Month Leadership Awards reception last week and honored eighteen women-identified faculty, staff and students as outstanding leaders on campus. The program concluded a month of celebrating National Women’s History month.

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This year’s theme was, “Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” Myra K. Selby, a partner in the law firm of Ice Miller, LLP, addressed this theme in her keynote presentation. She was the first woman and first person of color on the Indiana Supreme Court serving as an Associate Justice from 1995-1999. She also chaired the Commission on Race and Fairness on behalf of the Indiana Supreme Court.

Seven faculty, five staff and six students received recognition during the event, held in the Campus Center. One of the awards from the Office for Women celebrated the “IUPUI Inspirational Woman.” This year’s recipient was Carolyn S. Gentle-Genitty, Assistant Vice President for University Academic Policy, Director of the University Office of Transfer and Associate Professor, IU School of Social Work.

Veteran faculty award recipients include Carrie Hagan, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Director, Civil Practice Clinic, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law; Joan R. Poulsen, Division Head of Science, Associate Professor, Indiana University –Purdue University Columbus; Michelle P.  Salyers, Professor of Psychology, Director of Clinical Psychology Program, IUPUI School of Science; and M. Kim Saxton, Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing, IU Kelley School of Business, Indianapolis. The newcomer faculty award recipient is Tawana K. Ware, Assistant Professor, IU School of Dentistry. The Part-time Faculty Award went to Janice Bankert-Countryman, Associate Instructor for Women’s Studies and Communication Studies, IU School of Liberal Arts, Indianapolis.

Veteran staff award recipients include Roxanne Gregg, Director, Upward Bound, IUPUI; Monica Henry, Assistant Director, Finance and Administration, IUPUI Graduate Office; and Mary Price, Director of Faculty Development, IUPUI Center for Service and Learning. Newcomer Staff awards went to Teresa Mackin, Assistant Director of Communications and Media Relations, IU Kelley School of Business, Indianapolis; and Tytishia “Ty” Davis, Assistant Dean and Director, Office of Student Advocacy and Support.

Finally, the Student Award Winners, presented by the Division of Student Affairs, include Abike Akinro, First Year Law Student, expected graduation: May 2020; Ashton Dillon, Major: Health Science, Minor: Chemistry, expected graduation: May 2019; Cecilia Gomez, Majors: Anthropology and Social Work, Minors: Spanish and Global and International Studies, expected graduation: Spring 2019; Hannah Walters, Major: Biology, Minor: Medical Sociology, expected graduation: May 2018; Holli Weed, Graduate Student: Higher Education and Student Affairs, expected graduation: May 2018; and Sierra Lee, Majors: Marketing and International Studies, expected graduation: May 2018.

Rachel Applegate Named Assistant Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs

Rachel Applegate

IUPUI Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Margie Ferguson has announced the appointment of Rachel Applegate as assistant vice chancellor for faculty affairs.

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Applegate has served on the IUPUI Faculty Council since 2004 and is concluding her two-year term as the council’s president. Throughout her tenure with Indiana University and IUPUI, Applegate has served on numerous committees working with faculty policy, budgetary affairs, promotion and tenure, academic policies and procedures, and many others.

“By virtue of her role as faculty council president, Rachel brings a wealth of knowledge about faculty development and an expertise in policies and procedures that make her the perfect person for the position of assistant vice chancellor for faculty affairs,” Ferguson said. “I am so excited to have the opportunity to continue working with her in this new role.”

Applegate will provide strategic leadership with responsibilities in five primary domains related to the work and success of all faculty and librarians: professional development, promotion and tenure, faculty records, leaves, and titles. Some of her areas of responsibility will include professional development programming, the promotion and tenure process, and the review of hiring and retention practices in collaboration with school leadership. This role will also partner with the associate vice chancellor for faculty diversity and inclusion to coordinate recruitment and retention efforts.

“I am very happy to become engaged in faculty affairs here at IUPUI. This position is a continuation of things I love: the work across all schools that I’ve seen in faculty governance and connecting people to information that is the core of library and information science,” Applegate said. “I follow awesome people who have built a great foundation, and I look forward to working with all of the academic affairs office toward faculty success.”

Applegate will continue to hold the title of associate professor with tenure in the School of Informatics and Computing. Her new appointment will begin full-time May 1.

Think Global – It Helps!

President McRobbie addresses conference attendees. Photo by Ann Schertz.

Indiana’s opportunities for growth on a national and global level come with encouraging talent to come and stay in-state and engage with the community, a panel of scholars at the Indiana University School of Global and International Studies’ third annual America’s Role in the World conference said Thursday.

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IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel moderated the panel of speakers during the Indiana in the World session, which began with remarks from IU President Michael A. McRobbie and featured Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana; Blair Milo, secretary of Indiana Career Connections and Talent; Pacers Sports and Entertainment Vice Chairman James T. Morris; and Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie Merisotis.

McRobbie began by discussing some of IU’s recent accomplishments on a global level. IU Bloomington is ranked seventh in the nation for study abroad and 19th for most international students, with students coming from about 150 countries across the world.

Freeman-Wilson, who arrived in Bloomington after a trip to Canada, said Indiana’s international push by all institutions makes Indiana competitive on the world stage. “We have world-class educational institutions,” she said. “Not only IU but all over the state, large and small.” Freeman-Wilson also said that Indiana’s efforts to nurture thinking in a global sense is a bipartisan issue.

The panelists agreed that welcoming talent from across the world – and overcoming negative perceptions of how they will be received – is key to boosting the state’s economy. Indiana also has the educational clout to back this up, Morris added. There’s a deeper reason that companies like Amazon are strongly considering opening offices in Indianapolis. “Our higher education institutions are producing such extraordinary graduates,” Morris said. “From informatics here, from engineering at Purdue, from cyber engineering here.”

Maintaining strong employment opportunities will help retain workers from all over the world, the panelists agreed. In an increasingly globalized world and workforce, job seekers are looking beyond their home states and even beyond their home countries. But unless Indiana continues to expand its talent base, it cannot be successful in attracting such workers, Milo said. Milo said she feels confident that Indiana has the opportunity to compete with global hotspots like London and Tokyo. A key first step is sharing the state’s successes, so job seekers know what the state has to offer.

“There are great opportunities to be had (elsewhere), but I believe that Indiana can compete with all those cities to be able to offer a tremendous opportunity – a lifestyle for individuals and families with all ages here,” she said. “It’s inherent on us to think about how we attract individuals, whether you have the great fortune to be born a Hoosier or not, to be able to come here and be part of all we have to offer.”

Arts Provide Perfect Lens to Discuss Race and Immigration

Dress rehearsal for “West Side Story.” Photo by Julian Morris.

IU Jacobs School of Music voice professor Marietta Simpson, who is chair of the school’s diversity committee, answered a few questions posed by Inside IU Bloomington ahead of this weekend’s opening production of “West Side Story” at the Musical Arts Center.

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The Jacobs School of Music has scheduled a variety of public events surrounding the show, including several panel discussions focused on race relations and immigration reform, one of which Simpson will be a part of.

Q: Discuss the Jacobs School of Music’s choice to present “West Side Story” with accompanying discussions on immigration and community, as viewed through the lens of your role on the school’s diversity committee.

A: The Jacobs School of Music’s Opera and Ballet Committee makes the decisions about the opera repertoire several years in advance of each season. There are many factors that influence these decisions, but, as this year is the Bernstein Centennial, “West Side Story” was a logical selection.

Although this work was written many years ago, the societal issues confronted in the musical are completely relevant to the current national dialogue. Leonard Bernstein’s modernization of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” confronts issues of race, immigration, gang culture and, of course, love. Presenting “West Side Story” offers Jacobs the opportunity to create living music of the highest levels of artistic excellence that is relevant to the community we live in.

Stuart Yoak — who I was introduced to through my amazing colleague Constance Cook Glen, who chairs our Music in General Studies Program — has put together this series of events for this production of “West Side Story.” I attended the events he coordinated for our production of “Dead Man Walking” a few years ago.

I’m thrilled that he has decided to coordinate events for this production of “West Side Story.” It will be a wonderful musical and visual experience. Beyond the beautiful music and the wonderful choreography, is a story of humanity and our struggle to find love and acceptance in the midst of rage, race, misunderstanding, assimilation, violence, prejudice, patriotism, and life. I’m thrilled that we get to discuss these issues and hope that we bring greater understanding through these conversations.

Q: Discuss how prescient the social justice issues highlighted in the production are for today’s society, and why the arts are a good way to open discussions on these types of issues.

A: If I were to make a list of character traits one finds within the arts community, it would include diplomacy, empathy, sharing, listening, imagination, creativity, equality and responsiveness.

What better place to have conversations that stir deep passions and often leave people with an ability to hear each other than through the arts. The arts — which necessitate intense listening, feeling another’s breath and pain, anticipating another’s needs, seeing the world through some else’s perspective, and respecting the foundational experiences on which those perspectives are formed — are in fact the perfect forum for such discourse. Through the arts we can create safe places for those conversations.

Q: Discuss your role in one of the panel talks alongside colleagues across the university, and why this type of event is important to have on today’s college campuses.

A: I am honored to be one of the panelists sharing in the discussion with my colleagues. College campuses should be places where people of disparate schools of thought, cultural backgrounds and disciplines can join in conversations of consequence that have the ability to move our society toward justice, change and greater understanding. The college campus has long been and should remain at the forefront of these conversations.

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Making the City | The Ethics, Values, and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts

This semester’s third installment of The Ethics, values, and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts Seminar Series, “Making the City,” will be held on Monday, April 16, from 4-6pm at the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, University Library 4115P.

Cities across the US are grappling with major transformations that expose the many tensions inherent to historical disparities in economics, education, safety, and political access brought on by inequalities based in race and class. Midwest cities have responded to these challenges with a variety of approaches. This seminar series is concerned with addressing one of them: the role of culture in reshaping cities – specifically through public art.

In the discourse and practice of urban design, public art has increasingly been seen as a key tool in redeveloping our cities – from making cities more livable and safe to encouraging economic development and educational achievement.

Using art as a tool to address urban design challenges goes by a variety of different names: creative placemaking, civic art, and tactical urbanism, to name a few. These approaches are fundamentally tied to ethical frameworks and notions of value. Seminar meetings will discuss the intersections of ethics, public art, and urban design through shared readings, guest speakers, and conversation.

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The Ethics, Values, and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts Seminar Series is supported by The Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society at Indiana University, the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, and the Herron School of Art and Design.

Examining Dual Language Immersion Programs

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Indiana should provide targeted and ongoing professional development, guidance on curriculum, and support from teacher-preparation programs to help schools implement dual language immersion programs, according to a report from an Indiana University research center.

IU School of Education researchers conducted interviews and focus groups with educators from six school districts that were implementing or planning for dual language immersion programs, known as DLI. The conversations focused on benefits and challenges of the approach, in which students learn in both English and a “partner language” such as Spanish or Mandarin.

The report, “Implementing Indiana’s New Dual Language Immersion Programs: Educator Perspectives,” is from the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy in the School of Education. Authors are Colleen Chesnut, a research associate at the center, and Vesna Dimitrieska, director of global education initiatives for IU’s Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration and the School of Global and International Studies.

“Teachers and administrators in the new DLI programs were enthusiastic about the opportunities these programs would provide to their students,” Chesnut said. “They were also eager to learn about research-based practices to improve their teaching and concerned about challenges in recruiting qualified teachers and maintaining support from state officials and policymakers.”

Students in dual language immersion programs typically spend part of each day learning in English and part of each day learning in the partner language. They include two-way programs, in which native speakers of each language learn together in the same classrooms, and one-way programs, in which students who are native English speakers learn in two languages.

The Indiana General Assembly created a dual language immersion pilot program in 2015 and has authorized about $500,000 a year for grants to help school districts establish the programs. Studies have found the programs can have academic and social-cultural benefits for both students who are English learners and students who are native English speakers.

The researchers recommend that administrators and policymakers require DLI-specific professional development that targets curriculum development and balances language and content; provide guidance on curricula, standards, and accountability; ensure programs are faithful to research-based practices; and work with teacher preparation programs to address the need for qualified dual language immersion teachers.

IUPUI Wins Engaged Campus of the Year Award from Indiana Campus Compact

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With its demonstrated ability to contribute to improving the community and educate students for civic and social responsibility, IUPUI won the 2018 Engaged Campus of the Year award from the Indiana Campus Compact.

The Indiana Campus Compact is a partnership of Indiana’s public, private, and community college higher education institutions and is focused on advocating, implementing, and improving service engagement. The Engaged Campus Award recognizes exemplary commitment to advancing the civic purposes of higher education.

“IUPUI’s commitment to community engagement began when the campus was founded in 1969 and is a guiding principle for all of our students, faculty, and staff,” IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar said. “We’re honored to receive this award as a symbol of our strong historic commitment to the public good, which continues to be a major force in our strategic priorities.”

The IUPUI Strategic Plan articulates the campus priorities of student success; advances in health and life sciences; and contributions to the well-being of the citizens of Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, and beyond. Engagement is pervasive throughout the strategic plan — in the curricular and co-curricular experiences, research, service, economic and community development, and more.

In 2014, as part of that strategic plan, IUPUI developed an Office of Community Engagement to support, promote, and recognize campus engagement with the community and to develop a strategic approach to community engagement at IUPUI.

Community engagement is integrated into the curriculum on an institution-wide level. From the newly launched Community Corps program, which gives students an introduction to community development, to residential and commercial developments designed for social justice impact, to an American Studies cultural ecologies internship exploring how art and culture impact a community’s well-being, IUPUI weaves community into courses, majors, and departments across the campus.

As home to the nationally recognized Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the Center for Service and Learning, and The Polis Center for place-based solutions, IUPUI has been lauded for years for being a shining example of how an urban university can be the conduit for collaboration and reciprocal partnerships with surrounding communities while at the same time offering a robust, rigorous, and socially just education to its students.

“Indiana Campus Compact’s mission to prepare college students to advance the public good in their communities is only possible when our partner institutions dedicate themselves to the same mission. Fully engaged colleges and universities work hand-in-hand with community partners to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility,” said J.R. Jamison, executive director of Indiana Campus Compact. “Community engagement is embedded in IUPUI’s culture, and its faculty, staff, and students are connected to the community in meaningful, lasting ways that advance the public good.”

IUPUI received a $1,000 prize with the award. The money is being donated to one of its community partners, Christamore House, which provides youth education services, senior programming, and life skills training to residents of Haughville and the near-west side of Indianapolis.

Masterclass: Ian Chang + Rafiq Bhatia (of Son Lux)

We are excited to welcome guest artists Ian Chang and Rafiq Bhatia to Indianapolis and the IUPUI campus. Drummer Ian Chang and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia are classically trained musicians and composers that make up two thirds of the popular rock trio Son Lux. The pair works heavily with music technology in their own compositions and within the group and will present a free performance masterclass at the IUPUI Campus Center’s Klipsch Theatre (lower level) at 1:00pm on Thursday, April 12. They will discuss their performance techniques and the integration of music technology into their work.

This event is made possible with generous support by the IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology, Pioneer Indy, and the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute.

Drummer Ian Chang makes electronic music that is humanistic. In a metronomic genre, Chang takes a fresh approach that is rooted in physicality. Using drums to control and manipulate samples, he is able to realize complete musical ideas with unaccompanied and unedited performance. The result is a seamless marriage of raw performative intensity and sophisticated sound design. Find him on YouTube.

Rafiq Bhatia’s music reconciles meticulous sound art with mercurial improvisation to deliver searing emotional intensity. The composer-guitarist’s first two albums – Strata and Yes It Will – have been described by the New York Times as “transcending real sound in real time with the unexpected,” and by the Washington Post as “approximat[ing] life in the information age …profuse, immersive and immense.” Visit his website.

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From Humanities: American Poet W. S. Merwin Transformed Anger into Art

W. S. Merwin

W. S. Merwin, who twice won the Pulitzer Prize, first tried his hand at poetry as a child. Growing up in Union City, New Jersey, he was moved to bring pen to paper after hearing his father, a Presbyterian minister, read from the King James Bible at church. Young William realized that there was a “distant connection” between that kind of heightened language and poetry. “And that’s what I wanted to do, to write poetry. And the more I did it, the more I wanted to do it.”

Merwin developed an impersonal formalist style, but in time his poems trended toward a freer and more lyrical approach. His work, steeped in legend, the classics, and the Bible, is also anchored in the present, marked, above all, by a vigilance for all living things. Although he has been an angry poet at times, he has avoided bitterness by learning to transform his rage into art. Transformation is the key to understanding his work, as the hallmark of his poetry since the early sixties has been his mastery of “the turn,” the moment in a poem where an idea turns, often with a surprise, into something else.

His first books of poetry were marked by objectivity, elegance, and formal constraints. He wrote in meter and tried his hand at a variety of poetic forms, including the sestina. One critic observed that his first book, A Mask for Janus (1952), “exhibits a young musician trying out his instrument.” His diction was elaborate, using such terms as “anabasis” (a difficult military retreat), “koré” (an ancient Greek statue of a woman), “saeculum” (an Etruscan word for a specific period of time, usually the length of a generation), and “penates” (household gods in Roman times). To understand the volume’s first two poems, “Anabasis,” parts I and II, it helps to have read Xenophon. History-laden words, as in the poetry of his mentor Ezra Pound, had for Merwin a creative force all their own.

But erudition always vied with living things for Merwin’s attention. Plants, trees, and animals have been of particular interest…

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