Summer 1997

The IU Center on Philanthropy at IUPUI, a national leader in philanthropic scholarship and education, has a new executive director -- Eugene R. Temple. Many of you know Gene as vice chancellor for external affairs at IUPUI, where he oversaw campus efforts in alumni relations, marketing, community and governmental relations, development, and intercollegiate athletics.

In addition to those roles, Gene has been instrumental in establishing the Center on PhilanthropyUs national and international reputation since its founding in 1987. He chaired the centerUs first organizing committee and served as part-time executive director of the popular Fund Raising School, where he taught courses on the centerUs behalf not only across the nation but around the world. He is coauthor of Fund Raisers: Their Careers, Stories, Concerns, and Accomplishments, a study of the fund raising profession, and serves as vice chairman of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives Board of Directors.

Gene is especially well suited to guide the center into the next decade and position it to grow in influence as a leader in the discussion of philanthropy's role in bettering the quality of life in communities around the world.

We will miss Gene as a member of the campus administration, but we are delighted to invite him to move into this new, fundamentally important role in the center, one of the key interdisciplinary efforts shaping IUPUI's future.

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More than 175 first-generation and low-income students at IUPUI will receive intensive academic advising and counseling through a U.S. Department of Education grant. The federal Student Support Services Program will provide $175,000 annually through 2001 for programs within University College that are aimed at improving student persistence and academic achievement. This award is the result of a coordinated effort by the Undergraduate Education Center and the Offices of the Registrar, Admissions, and Student Financial Aid.

An important part of IUPUI's mission is to serve students of all ages, including those who are years away from considering a college career. This summer, we continue our tradition of serving as a place where hundreds of central Indiana youngsters can learn about science, engineering, and technology and get a taste of college life.

For nearly a quarter century, the Minority Engineering Advancement Program (MEAP) has encouraged local middle and high school students who are talented in math and science to consider careers in engineering and technology. This program, sponsored by the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, helps combat underrepresentation of minority men and women in those fields. The MEAP program runs through July 25.

Our Upward Bound program, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education and now in its second year at IUPUI, will host some 50 students from four Indianapolis-area high schools this summer. They will spend six weeks on campus, taking classes, living in a dormitory, participating in community volunteer work, and seeing what life as a college student is all about. Upward Bound runs through July 25.

Scientist's Apprentice Camp teams tomorrow's scientists with today's -- 24 students in grades 6-8 work side by side with professors of chemistry, computer science, geology, physics, and psychology from the Purdue School of Science at IUPUI. They conduct research projects and learn basic methods of scientific inquiry and experimentation. The camp runs until July 18.

Earlier this summer IUPUI and the White River State Park Development Commission sponsored Future Camp, where central Indiana high school students working with professors from the IU School of Education and the Purdue School of Science used state-of-the-art software to create three virtual reality projects, one of which was a virtual RtourS of the Indiana Statehouse that included a welcome from Gov. Frank O'Bannon.

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Angela Barron McBride, university dean of the IU School of Nursing, has been named to the National Institutes of Health Advisory Board on WomenUs Health. This is the latest of many recognitions Dean McBride has earned, which include service as past president of the American Academy of Nursing and as a fellow of the American Psychological Association.

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Congratulations to the elected officials and civic leaders who helped bring the NCAA headquarters to Indianapolis and White River State Park, including James T. Morris, president and CEO of IWC Resources, an IU trustee and member of the IUPUI Board of Advisors. The NCAA will add a capstone to our city's emergence as a world-class leader in amateur athletics and be a wonderful companion to the campus sports facilities that border the park.

Those sports facilities continue to be busy. Earlier this summer, the newly renovated Track and Field Stadium hosted the USA Track and Field Championships. From August 9 to 17, the Indianapolis Tennis Center on campus hosts the 1997 RCA Tennis Championships. Tickets are still available for this popular tournament, regularly voted a favorite by players on the Association of Tennis Professionals Tour. For ticket information, call (800) 622-LOVE.

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Our Institute of Forensic Imaging was toured recently by Mayor Stephen Goldsmith and Police Chief Michael Zunk. This facility, located within the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, is helping state and local law enforcement officials use digital imaging technology to better investigate and prosecute crime. IUPUI is proud to host the lab as well as other projects within AdvanceTek, Inc., a not-for-profit research and development corporation that focuses on new ways to link cutting-edge technology with government, business, and industry partners.

Another arm of the AdvanceTek consortium is the Advanced Vehicle Technology Institute, where Dr. Russell C. Eberhart, associate dean for research at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, was recently appointed executive director. Russ was instrumental in founding the Institute, which works toward having mid-America recognized as a leader in the development and manufacture of electric and electric-hybrid vehicles.

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Although IUPUI benefits from external private support, it is particularly satisfying when our faculty and staff, through the annual Campus Campaign, contribute to worthwhile projects within the university. So far, the campaign has raised more than $100,000 in support of the IUPUI Child Care Center, our Office for Women, new acquisitions for the University Library, the Minority Student Scholarship Fund, among many others.

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Indianapolis was one of five cities featured as a model of urban redevelopment at the James A. Rouse Forum on the American City, held June 24 in Washington, D.C. The forum also featured Baltimore, Cleveland, Chattanooga (Tenn.), and Portland (Ore.).

The forum is named for the man who developed Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Baltimore's Harbor Place, and other "festival marketplaces" that have helped rejuvenate urban centers through trade and tourism.

I was honored to join Mayor Stephen Goldsmith; John S. Myrland, President, Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce; and Dennis West, President of Eastside Community Investments on a panel that described some of the strategies behind the Indianapolis renaissance, including the role of public higher education as a contributor to economic development.

Among the improvements made to America's urban areas, forum attendees cited public-private partnerships to bring investment and jobs back to the inner cities, the federal government's efforts to spur growth in lending, and the cleanup of urban industrial sites.

Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin called on the public and private sectors to join forces in revitalizing cities, saying the country's economic future hinges on successful urban renewal. "The view that inner cities are hopeless simply is not true," he told the audience of business and government leaders. "The challenge is to take what's worked and try it elsewhere."

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In case you had not seen it, enclosed with this letter is a recent Indianapolis News editorial on IUPUI, which comments on my State of the Campus address last December. It contains some interesting commentary on the relationship between IUPUI and the community we serve, and we are pleased to have been granted permission to reprint it and share it with you.

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Gerald L. Bepko, Chancellor