July 1999


            We were proud to learn that Dean A. Hertzler II, a student at IUPUI, was named by Governor Frank O’Bannon to be a member of the IU Board of Trustees.

            A native of Westfield, Indiana, Dean is an undergraduate pre-med major studying biology in the Purdue School of Science at IUPUI.  He received his secondary education through home schooling, overseen by Advanced Training Institute of America.  He has also trained with ALERT, the Air Land Emergency Resource Team, where he learned life-saving skills such as land and underwater search and rescue.  He also knows building construction and has put his skill to good use renovating an orphanage in Moscow (Russia) and assisting in the construction of a hospital in Honduras through an outreach program sponsored by his church, Gray Road Baptist.

            Governor O’Bannon also reappointed John Walda of Fort Wayne and Frederick Eichhorn of Hammond to three‑year terms. 

            Congratulations also to James T. Morris, chairman and chief executive officer of IWC Resources Corporation, reelected by IU alumni to a second three-year term.  Jim has been a member of our IUPUI Board of Advisors since 1991.

            All three of these continuing trustees have made excellent contributions to IU’s success and IUPUI’s growth and development.  We are pleased they will continue to serve.


            The National Institutes of Health have given an $856,500 grant to a unique line of research involving the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Purdue University School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI.

            Associate Professor of Otolaryngology‑Head and Neck Surgery Mario A. Svirsky, a biomedical engineer, plans to study how individuals with cochlear implants understand speech.  Assisting with the research is Professor of Electrical Engineering Mohamed El-Sharkawy, who is involved in developing the hardware necessary to process acoustic signals in real time and stimulate patients with auditory implants.

            Svirsky, educated at the University of the Republic (Uruguay) and  Tulane University of Louisiana, came to IUPUI in 1995.  El-Sharkawy studied at Alexandria University (Egypt) and Southern Methodist University and has been at IUPUI since 1992.

            Ultimately, the research will be a giant step forward in helping those who are profoundly deaf and wearing implants translate noise into distinct sounds.


            Meanwhile, other faculty colleagues are spending some time this summer designing the building blocks for IUPUI’s next round of innovations in enhancing undergraduate education at IUPUI.   IUPUI is one of only 30-35 institutions invited to send a team this month to participate in the Fourth Annual American Association for Higher Education “Summer Academy:

Organizing for Learning.”   

            IUPUI’s team will concentrate on developing mutually reinforcing linkages between student activities and academics. We hope to develop a model of student life that is adapted for the urban public university, one in which our students can better harmonize their vocational, social, civic, and academic lives and enjoy a rich educational experience in the process.

            Our team includes administrators and staff in our University College, Office of Student Life and Diversity, and Center for Public Service and Leadership, as well as two faculty members and an undergraduate student.


            Students returning to campus this fall can use the overflow parking lots at Lansing and New York Streets as usual for the first few weeks of classes, but then construction begins at that site on the IUPUI Center for Young Children, the state’s largest single-site, university-based child care center.

            When the building is ready for occupation this time next year, some 240 pre-school-aged children of students, staff, and faculty at IUPUI will be accommodated.  The interior design calls for a “neighborhood feel.”  Children will be grouped in distinctively designed “houses,” each with a unique facade, that let out onto indoor play areas.  Each “house” will have classrooms, nap areas, and other rooms appropriate to age and learning level.

            The exterior design picks up on elements of the nearby Ronald McDonald House.           

            Hands-on learning tailored to arouse the curiosity of students entering grades 1 through 10 returned to IUPUI this summer with the Young Scholars Program.  Students choose from topics such as “Mysteries in Science,” where young sleuths used water testing, fingerprinting, and DNA analysis to answer questions, or “Bulls or Bears – Exploring Wall Street,” which offers math practice while learning about the stock market.

            The popular Young Scholars Program has been sponsored by the IU School of Education at IUPUI for more than a decade.  For information about remaining sessions in the program, go to Saturday Scholars and Young Scholars Programs or call 317-274-6848.


            During IUPUI’s Scientist's Apprentice Camp (July 5-16), students in grades 9-12 work side-by-side with Purdue School of Science faculty at IUPUI in state-of-the-art-laboratories on campus.  Now in its fourth year, the experience is designed to interest high school students in careers in science through hands-on research that culminates in the formal presentation of a scientific project.  This year, apprentices learned to use scientific instruments to measure the amount of lead in Indianapolis soil and to test for environmental contaminants in water.


            IUPUI has joined with other urban research-oriented campuses to advance the Great Cities Universities movement.  This collaboration seeks to highlight the special qualities of community engagement that make urban campuses so important in higher education today.  Representatives of IUPUI and other urban universities made a presentation on behalf of the Great Cities Universities at last month’s U.S. Conference of Mayors.

            Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, incoming president of the organization, closed its 67th annual meeting by saying: “We must acknowledge that the urban agenda remains a low priority in Congress and in most state legislatures throughout the nation.”

            The university representatives and mayors met in what was later described as an

“active dialogue” about areas where joining forces could enhance efforts to obtain funding and provide resources for teacher training, workforce education, job creation and development, research and technology transfer, and other contributors to the success of the nation’s cities.


            Eleven of 16 specialties of Clarian Health Partners ranked among the top 50 clinical programs in the U.S. News & World Report’s 1999 America’s Best Hospitals Guide.”   Only 188 hospitals in the U.S. scored high enough to be ranked this year.

            Clarian, which includes Methodist Hospitals of Indiana and the IU Medical Center, received top-50 rankings in cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; digestive tract disease; ear, nose, and throat care; geriatrics; gynecology; hormonal disorders; neurology and neurosurgery; respiratory disorders; rheumatology; and urology.

                This ranking continues the recognition typically extended – prior to the creation of Clarian Health Partners  – to the faculty and physicians of the IU School of Medicine, University Hospital, and Riley Hospital for Children.


            Each year IUPUI’s Community Learning Network (CLN) provides hundreds of continuing education courses to more than 16,000 learners in central Indiana. Certificate programs provide opportunities for enhancing workplace skills or redirecting career development in such areas as database management, computer graphics, microcomputer studies, human resource management, travel careers, and supervision and management. 

            The Community Learning Network also brings IUPUI college courses to neighborhoods, businesses, and shopping centers in the evening and on the weekend.  CLN offers almost 20 distance education courses. In fact, more than 1,700 people per year enroll in web‑based or video‑based courses.

            Currently, the CLN is among the partners working with Clay Township trustees and the Legacy Foundation to develop the old Carmel community library for educational purposes.


            When next you hear from me, it will be a new academic year at IUPUI.  Meanwhile, we hope you will be enjoying the remainder of summer, including the August 14-22 RCA Men’s Hardcourt Championships at the Indianapolis Tennis Center on campus.  Among the top-ranked players expected are Pete Sampras, Patrick Rafter, Marcelo Rios, and Greg Rusedski,



Gerald L. Bepko