September 2000

            IUPUI Sets a Fall Enrollment Record

            IUPUI has achieved a new fall enrollment record in the number of credit hours students are taking and a significant increase in the number of full-time and graduate students enrolled in Indianapolis – even as IUPUI deferred admission to 654 students, most of whom were referred to the Community College of Indiana.

            Official figures for IUPUI include students enrolled in our Columbus programs, giving a total headcount of 27,525, a .2 percent overall decline from last year’s figures. But, counting only the students enrolled in Indianapolis, we have 26,118 students, a .2 percent increase over the 26,057 students enrolled a year ago.  They signed up to take 276,790 credit hours, compared to 262,140 in 1999.

            With tighter admission standards, the overall preparation level of IUPUI’s entering class has increased appreciably. Those less well prepared were referred to the Community College of Indiana in keeping with a partnership between Ivy Tech  and IUPUI begun more than a decade ago to create a seamless ladder of educational access in central Indiana (1) by referring to Ivy Tech those students whose academic skills needed strengthening in preparation for university-level course work and (2) by making 135 courses and all associate degrees transferable.  The IUPUI/Ivy Tech agreement, called the Passport Program, applies by extension to the Ivy Tech/Vincennes partnership, the Community College of Indiana.

Students with weak high school records who apply to IUPUI are deferred to the community college and advised to take any pre-college courses they need, plus 15 freshman-level courses.  If they achieve C or better in all courses, they're guaranteed admission when they return to IUPUI.  The freshman-level community college courses transfer; so students also make progress toward their degrees.

Students who have tried this option and are now enrolled at IUPUI report that they feel better prepared and thus more confident about completing their bachelor’s degree program here. Some 930 former Ivy Tech students currently study at IUPUI.  Through this interinstitutional partnership, these students can get the kind of education they want, and go as far as they want, in college-level study, whether pursuing an associate, bachelor, graduate, or professional degree.


New Dean of IUPUI’s University Library – A Community Resource

In our last letter, we mentioned looking forward to working with some new administrative leaders serving in academic appointments of  interest to our larger community. In this issue, we are pleased to mention the appointment of David Lewis as Dean of our University Library.  David joined the IUPUI library staff in 1993 as Head of Public Services and served as the Deputy University Librarian to Philip Tompkins, the now-retired University Librarian. David has been involved in the development and implementation of the INSPIRE project, which provides web-based library resources to the state of Indiana.  Working with the Indianapolis Foundation Library Partners group, he also helped develop the Marion County Internet Library.


The University Library at IUPUI Celebrates “The Jazz Age in Paris

Our University Library from the beginning has been viewed not only as a resource for students and faculty but for the larger community as well.  In keeping with that conceptualization, the IUPUI University Library is proud to be the host for a traveling exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institution and the American Library Association and funded by the National

Endowment for the Humanities.  The exhibit titled “The Jazz Age in Paris, 1914-1940” celebrates the musical form that was born in America but that flourished among the avant garde artists and intellectuals in Paris during the years between the wars. 

The exhibition is on display at the library from September 21 through November 2. 


Second Annual Women’s Health Month in Indiana

Indiana University’s National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health in partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health, the Indiana Commission for Women, and the Indiana State Police is making violence against women a focus of Women’s Health Month. Beverly Coleman-Miller, M.D., a member of the Harvard University medical school faculty and a survivor of domestic violence, will address the issue at a kickoff event on Monday, September 18, 12 noon, in the Indiana Government Center South, 1st Floor.  In conjunction, a women’s health fair will take place in Rooms A, B, and C, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit the web site or call Tina Darling at 317-630-2243.


Grand Opening:  IUPUI Community Learning Network Site in Hamilton County

Beginning this fall, IUPUI will offer both credit and continuing studies classes, along with a wide range of student services, at the new Legacy Fund Community Life and Learning Center in Carmel – formally the Carmel-Clay Public Library, 515 E. Main Street.

IUPUI, in partnership with Ivy Tech, contributed $350,000 towards the rebirth of the library into a community / educational facility owned by Clay Township. The two schools will occupy the majority of the building, sharing nine classrooms, two computer labs, and conference and administration space. For information, call (317) 569-9203, or visit the web site.


E-Learning Software Developed by IUPUI Faculty Distributed Free to Educators

ANGEL (A New Global Environment for Learning), a software product that allows schools to create a web environment to supplement classroom instruction, is available without cost to K-12 and postsecondary educational institutions in the U.S.  Developed by IUPUI faculty members Ali Jafari and David Mills, ANGEL provides a set of core components allowing teachers to post grades, offer exams, hold discussions, and publish assignments and reading material.

Most schools use course management software just for distance learning courses, but with ANGEL, every course can have a web complement in which students and teachers are connected not just in the classroom, but 24 hours a day via the World Wide Web.  The software can also be customized with features that allow parents to check grades or see if their child arrived at school. 

Jafari and Mills developed ANGEL at the CyberLab in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology and the Office of Professional Development at IUPUI.  They previously developed Oncourse, the course management software currently used by all IU campuses. Yahoo recently ranked IU fourth in its list of the 100 Most Wired Colleges in part because of Oncourse.

For a demonstration or to download the software, log on to


Yamaha Keyboards and Music Faculty Team Up to Beef Up Music Education

The IU School of Music at IUPUI, which offered the first graduate degree in music technology in the country in 1996, is now taking the lead in preparing elementary education majors to use music technologies more effectively in the classroom.  The pilot program requires students taking the course “Music Fundamentals for the Elementary Classroom Teacher” to learn to use portable keyboards.  IUPUI music faculty selected Yamaha keyboards for their size and affordability and provide the teachers-to-be instructions for their use in the classroom setting.


Eighth Annual Nursing Gala Honors Charlene Lugar and Others

On September 21, the IU School of Nursing holds its eighth annual gala at the Ritz Charles. Proceeds will benefit the Shalom Healthcare Center established in 1994 by IUPUI faculty Sandra Burgener and Susan Moore.  The nurse-managed church-based clinics provide health care services to underserved and uninsured Indianapolis residents.

The gala will honor Charlene Lugar with the Doris Merritt Service to Nursing Award. Charlene is a long-time advocate for the March of Dimes and causes associated with reducing the nation’s infant mortality rate. Professor of Nursing Victoria Champion will receive the “Boundary Spanning” Award.  Vernice Ferguson, who has been chief nurse of the Veterans Administration and former president of the American Academy of Nurses, will receive the Emily Holmquist Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award. 

We are sad to report that Emily Holmquist, who was dean of the IU School of Nursing from 1957 to 1973, passed away this month at the age of 89. The school will hold a ceremony to celebrate her life and career on Monday, September 25.


The Month of August a Busy One at IUPUI

We did not send you a newsletter in August, but IUPUI was a busy place nonetheless. 

During late August, the RCA Men’s Hardcourt Tennis Championships at the Indianapolis Tennis Center coincided with the U.S. Olympic Trials taking place in the IU Natatorium.  In fact, on Saturday, August 19, sporting events on the IUPUI campus dominated air time on national television with NBC’s back-to-back coverage of the tennis semifinals and the Olympic swimming trials. By the way, Marat Safin, the unsuccessful finalist at the RCA who lost to top seed Gustavo Kuerten, just emerged victorious in straight sets against Pete Sampras to win the U.S. Open.

On reflection, with so many athletes and visitors on campus, it was almost, but not quite, as hard to find a parking place on campus as when the students come back for the fall semester. 

And there’s new scenery and activity opposite our offices in the IUPUI Administration Building, courtesy of IUPUI’s newly opened child care center, which will be formally dedicated during ceremonies scheduled for October 2. 


Gerald L. Bepko