March 1999


            More than 700 junior high and high school students participated in the  1999 Indiana State Science Olympiad Tournament March 20 at IUPUI.

            The Science Olympiad is a national event created in 1983 to increase interest in science among young people and serve as an alternative to traditional, single discipline science fairs. Participants in the state tournament have advanced from eight regional events held at colleges and universities throughout Indiana last month. Olympiad events test students in biology, earth sciences, chemistry, physics, problem solving and technology, as well as teamwork, group planning and cooperation. Winners of the Indiana Olympiad go to the national tournament in May, held this year at the University of Chicago.


            Circle of the Path, a short documentary that uses a music video format to examine environmental degradation through the eyes of Native Americans, has won its producer, IUPUI senior Susan Green, a prestigious award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

            The academy, best known for television’s Emmy awards, last month awarded Green second prize in the music category of its 1998 College Television Awards Competition. Circle of the Path uses footage of pollution in northwest Indiana to illustrate Native American chants as well as music Green wrote and performed. Green is director of the Environmental Fund for Indiana, which raises money to battle air, water and land pollution and promote conservation of natural resources.

            Green’s reward for her second place finish is $1,000 worth of film stock and a trip to Los Angeles this month for the awards ceremony, which will be attended by academy members and entertainment industry executives.  For more information about the awards, visit


            The School of Public & Environmental Affairs was host to two issue-oriented colloquia last month.

              Members of the Indiana General Assembly, distinguished SPEA alumni and faculty and national policy experts met at the Indiana Government Center to explore using conflict resolution in state and local government, enhancing public service with electronic media, using new technology to enhance public safety and managing the state’s budget surplus.  Peggy Boehm, director of the State Budget Agency, State Rep. Jeffrey Espich, Gail Bingham, a national expert on environmental dispute mediation and Dr. Ned Lamkin, president of the Indiana Employers Health Care Coalition, were featured speakers, along with IUPUI faculty including Herb Blitzer, director of our Institute for Forensic Imaging, John J. Krauss, associate director of our Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, and Lisa Bingham, director of the Indiana Conflict Resolution Institute.

            Indiana's Attorney General Jeff Modisett, who teaches the course “Tobacco in America:  Lungs, Liars, and Lawyers” in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI, invited 10 fellow attorneys general, and representatives of 16 other states to meet on campus recently to discuss ways to deal with problems arising from magazine sweepstake contests.  The day‑long meeting of the National Attorney Generals Sweepstakes Subcommittee heard from representatives of three industry trade groups, postal inspectors who investigate scams and victims of sweepstakes marketing strategies.


            What is being called the most advanced research and education information network in the United States, the Abilene Project, began operations last month. The National Operations Center for this next generation Internet, which currently serves 37 universities across the country, is located at IUPUI.

            IU, Qwest Communications, Cisco and Nortel Networks are partners in this three-year project to build a backbone network for Internet2. The Abilene Project operates at 2.4 gigabits per second, meaning it is about 45,000 times faster than a 56K modem. IU and IUPUI provide the Abilene Project with engineering, testing and asset management services. More than 70 Internet2 universities and research facilities will connect to the Abilene network by year’s end.

            For more information about IU’s central role in the development of Internet2, go to


            Women’s History Month at IUPUI kicked off with a discussion of Herstory: A Leadership Legacy that included U.S. Congresswoman Julia Carson and Paula Parker-Sawyers, director of the IUPUI Office of Neighborhood Resources and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Diversity.  Women’s History Month events continue with a presentation by Kellyanne Fitzpatrick, CNN political commentator, on March 29 at University College.  Herstory: A Women’s History Exhibit that looks at feminine myths and stories through oil and acrylic paintings by Georgia artist Sloan Borochoff and Virginia Artist Mary Nash are on display all this month at the IUPUI Cultural Arts Gallery in Room 115 of University College. 



            The Jaguars men’s and women’s basketball teams finished their first season of NCAA Division I competition with identical 6-8 records in Mid-Continent Conference play.

             The men’s team, 11-16 for the season, finished fourth nationally among Division I teams for three-point field goal percentage. IUPUI junior Rodney Thomas recorded the nation’s best individual three-point shooting percentage at 52.2 percent.

            While the women’s team was eliminated in the first round of the Mid-Continent Conference tournament last month, their 10-16 record includes a 65-59 regular season victory over conference champion Oral Roberts.  Sophomore Angie Watt averaged 13.7 points per game, led the Mid-Con in three-point shooting percentage, and was named to the all-conference team.

              A record, sellout crowd of 2,000 cheered for the Jaguars at the IUPUI gymnasium during homecoming games last month against Valparaiso.


            IUPUI’s Homecoming also saw the dedication of a plaque at the Natatorium honoring the late Michael A. Carroll, Mike’s family, and donors for an endowment in his name that provides a full scholarship to one IUPUI student-athlete each year. Among his many contributions to IUPUI, Mike was the founder of what used to be called the Metros Athletics Club. His wife, Linda, is assistant director of athletics at IUPUI.   In 1998, the Trustees of Indiana University honored Mike by naming the IU Michael A. Carroll Track and Soccer Stadium at IUPUI in his memory.

            Our thanks to Jim Morris, chairman of IWC Resources, and Owen “Bud” Melton, president and CEO of First Indiana Bank, for their help in establishing the scholarship fund.


             The IU School of Nursing’s Shalom Health Care Center has opened a third clinic at Farmington Middle School in Eagledale.  Established in partnership with the United Way of Central Indiana and Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), the clinic will provide neighborhood-based health care to low-income residents.  Attending the Open House last month to congratulate the Shalom Center founders (nursing professors Sandy Burgener and Su Moore) were Pat Pritchett, IPS superintendent, and Virginia Caine, M.D., director of the Marion County Health Department.


            In another community-oriented collaboration, Butler University and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI will offer a dual engineering degree program next fall.

            Students will be admitted concurrently to IUPUI and Butler and earn a bachelor of science degree from each institution. The Butler University degree will be in liberal arts with an emphasis on basic sciences such as biology, chemistry and mathematics. The students also will earn a Purdue University degree from IUPUI in electrical, mechanical or general engineering.

            This program, expected to enroll 200 students by 2004, will provide central Indiana an important pool of talent for our health and technology industries.


            The Maynard K. Hine Medal from the IUPUI Alumni Association., which ordinarily honors alumni for exemplary service to the campus, departed from tradition this year to recognize current and retired faculty -- not so much for their work in the classroom but for the deep and abiding commitment they have shown to the campus and its students in a broader sense.  Each has formed a strong career-long attachment to IUPUI and helped IUPUI become the thoroughly engaged urban university we have always aspired to be.

            The Hine Award honorees were James R. East, founder of IUPUI’s Weekend College and Learn and Shop programs and devoted Boys Club volunteer; Jean Hutton, associate professor emerita of nursing and mentor to care givers over two generations; and William N. Kulsrud, leader of our faculty’s role in moving our athletics program to Division I — something that may have an enormous long-term impact on our university.  My congratulations and thanks to all!



                                                                                                            Gerald L.Bepko