Annual Meeting 2012

Senior Academy: Annual Meeting

May 31, 2012

Athenaeum, Indianapolis, Indiana

Minutes of the Meeting

Present:   There were approximately 40 members of the Senior Academy present.

Call to order: President Bill Bosron called the meeting to order at 2:30 pm and welcomed all present to the meeting.  He expressed special thanks to the Max Kade Institute and the Athenaeum for use of the meeting room and to Giles Hoyt for expediting this opportunity.

President Bosron highlighted some of the Senior Academy events and successes of the year:

  • Dottie Swinney , our valiant and ever efficient and resourceful right hand, retired this year.  Harriet Wilkins et al planned and delivered a wonderful event in tribute to Dottie.
  • Lee McLaughlin has graciously agreed to be our new secretary.  Sue Herrell was very helpful in recruiting Lee.  Welcome Lee.
  • President Bosron thanked all of the committee chairs for their fine work over the course of the year and especially noted the hard work and very positive results achieved by Carlyn Johnson (Program Committee) and Golam Mannan (Last Lecture Committee).  We were able to present multiple excellent programs and social events (eleven) this year and the Last Lecture was outstanding.
  • President Bosron noted that the annual reports of all standing committees are contained in the packets available at the registration table for those who are interested.  Through the reports all can see the excellent work of the committees.
  • Thanks were extended to IUPUI Administration and especially Dean Uday Sukhatme  for their consistent support of the Senior Academy.


Administrative Greetings:  Executive Vice President IU and Chancellor of IUPUI, Charles R. Bantz brought greetings from IUPUI Administration and updated the assembly on a sample of current IUPUI activities:

  • One of the Super Bowl teams stayed on the IUPUI campus and provided not only some excitement on campus, but also some very positive media coverage for IUPUI
  • The Tourism & Management students of IUPUI worked with Chase Bank on the very successful East Side Legacy Project which was a positive example of campus/community collaboration.
  • Our John Herron School of Art and Design completed some very impressive murals for the Super Bowl.
  • IUPUI was ranked #3 in the nation among “Up- and-Coming National Universities” by U.S. News and World Report.
  • IUPUI Motor Sports students conducted several very successful programs this year that again exemplified   IUPUI/Community collaboration goals.
  • A remarkable 13 year old IUPUI student of math and science (Jake Barnett) was highlighted on 60 Minutes in a fitting tribute to his accomplishments.
  • The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute and Research Center have been dedicated and are in operation. 
  • Don Gummer (an Indiana artist) has installed an 18 foot stainless steel and colored glass sculpture titled “Open Eyes” at the Glick Eye Institute.  It is Mr. Gummer’s second sculpture installed on campus.  The first is “South Tower” on the east side of Eskenazi Hall.
  • The IUPUI leg of the Cultural Trail has been completed.
  • The theater in the Student Center has been completed and will seat 250.
  • The new Science and Engineering Building is under way
  • The Neuroscience building ground breaking ceremony will occur shortly.  (that building will be on the north side of Indianapolis)
  • The IU School of Law in Indianapolis has been named the Robert McKinney School of Law in recognition of the generous gift to the School of Law from Mr. McKinney.
  • The School of Public Health has been approved and will be named soon (Fairbanks School of Public Health)
  • IUPUI is about to establish a School of Philanthropy.
  • Nasser Paydar from IU East has assumed the position of Executive Vice Chancellor and Academic Dean of Faculties at IUPUI.
  • Strategic planning for the next 20 years at IUPUI is in process and ideas and visions are welcome.  A sample of ideas/goals being considered and/or in process at this point include:
    • Increase the number of student housing beds by 500.  This goal is moving forward.
    • An Administration Building proposal is moving forward.
    • Increase the graduation rate at IUPUI.  We have made some fine progress, but seek to do even better.
    • The downtown area of Indianapolis is growing and coming alive with activities and opportunities.  IUPUI will continue to contribute to this process and will collaborate to continue and enrich opportunities for IUPUI/community joint activities and projects.


Scholarship Winners:

President Bosron announced that the winners of the Senior Academy scholarships for 2012 are:

  • IPS Scholarship:                                Tyler McNeal
  • Returning Student Scholarship:  Devon Dikes
  • Academic Scholarship:                   Chassity Mahaska

Unfortunately, none of the winners were able to be with us today.

Board Members for 2012-2013:

President Bosron introduced and welcomed both returning and newly elected Senior Academy Board Members.  They are:

Returning Board members:                         Newly elected Board Members:

Patricia Blake (Nursing)                                 Nan Bohan (Philanthropy)

Bill Bosron (Medicine)                                    Golam Mannan (Education)

Walter Linne (UITS)                                         John Paulsrud (Medicine)

Art Mirsky (Science)                                       Sharon Peterman (Liberal Arts)

                                                                                Randy Strate (Medicine)

                                                                                Harriet Wilkins (Engineering & Technology)

President Bosron also recognized and thanked those Board members who have completed their terms in office and are retiring from the Board:

Giles Hoyt,  Mary Grove, Margaret Applegate, Leon Rand, Shirley Newhouse and Nick Kellum.


Rita T. Kohn, an Indiana Author, presented a program on “True Brew: a guide to craft beer in Indiana”. 

Ms. Kohn is a senior writer for “NUVO Newsweekly – Beer Buzz”.   She also was the senior editor of “Always a People: Oral Histories of Contemporary Woodland Indians” (IUP 1997), and Editor of “Long Journey Home: Oral Histories of Contemporary Delaware Indians” (IUP 2007).

Her presentation was both informative and entertaining.  She not only shared the origins of beer – more ancient than many realized, but shared Indiana’s rich history in the brewing of beer.  She provided interesting stories about the social history of brew masters both throughout history and in Indiana in the pursuit of handcrafted beers.   The brewing of handcrafted beers has benefitted Indiana historically, culturally, socially, and economically – which she illustrated with her stories.   She details this history in her book: “True Brew” (2007).  She brought copies of her book for the review of the assembly.


The meeting was adjourned and the assembly was invited to enjoy special Athenaeum hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks, coffee, and a hand crafted brew from Indiana.

A tour of the Athenaeum with Giles Hoyt is available to all interested parties.

Respectfully submitted,

Margaret Applegate, Secretary

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