September 2002 “Explore IUPUI” at our Campus Open House, October 12

            How long has it been since you’ve been to IUPUI? 

            If it’s been a while, or if you’ve not had an opportunity on previous visits to stay as long as you’d like, or see as much as you’d like, now is your chance.

            Enclosed with this letter is the schedule of events for October 12, “Explore IUPUI” Day, a huge campuswide open house with something for everyone, and everyone is invited.  Bring family.  Bring friends.  Spend the day with us.


Herron Art School Celebrates Centennial, New Home

            As the IU Herron School of Art at IUPUI celebrates its centennial anniversary, university officials gathered September 13 to observe the formal groundbreaking for Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hall on the IUPUI campus. The $24 million project under the architectural direction of Jonathan Hess of Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, Inc. will transform the former IU School of Law-Indianapolis building into the art school’s new home and triple the size of Herron's current facilities on 16th and Pennsylvania.

            Located along the museum and arts corridor of White River State Park, Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hall will feature three galleries; 5,000 square feet of graduate studio space; a 250-seat auditorium; a 10,000-square-foot library; a grand hall for receptions and events; and public sculpture gardens. The brick, limestone, and glass building will also have additional space for academic programs, elective course instruction, student exhibitions, faculty offices, studios with skylights, and a student lounge. Herron’s more than 700 students and 65 faculty members will be in their new home by fall 2004.

            When the Herron School of Art was acquired, IU and IUPUI became the home for a world-class art institution with a legacy of serving both its students and the Indianapolis community. All of us are proud that in 2004 the Herron School of Art will move to Eskenazi Hall at the heart of our IUPUI community.

            The new facility is made possible through a generous gift from Sidney and Lois Eskenazi, many other private donations, and a $12 million state allocation.




            IUPUI and the city of Indianapolis will host the 2004 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), April 15-17, 2004.  Expected to draw about 2,500 college students and faculty mentors, the conference will give the IUPUI campus and its Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) national visibility and recognition. The Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association representatives submitted IUPUI as a potential site for the convention during a joint presentation to the NCUR Board of Directors.

            The IUPUI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program is a campuswide program that allows undergraduate students to work with a faculty mentor on a research project.  Studies have shown that students who engage in research learn through inquiry and experience with a greater intensity and depth than in the classroom alone.  In addition to the enhanced learning opportunity, UROP students are also eligible for Research Project and Travel Grants support. 

            The NCUR conference will include oral and poster presentations along with visual and performing arts presentations of student research projects in the arts, sciences, and humanities.



            A four-member student team from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI took first place in a national collegiate competition to build a utility vehicle that would be both economical and reliable for use in low-income rural areas of developing countries.

The second annual Basic Utility Vehicle (BUV) Design Competition is sponsored by the Institute of Affordable Transportation. Such competitions allow students to put their learning to practical use and demonstrate their skills in project planning, time management, and problem solving on a practical level. 

            Mechanical engineering technology seniors A. J. Bedel, Leonard Brancamp, Bradley Purvis, and Steve Shotts designed and built the winning vehicle using steel tubing and incorporating existing golf cart technology.  The winning BUV provided the best overall combination of low cost and strength, as well as ease of construction.

            Each BUV was required to meet more than three dozen design, performance, and safety standards and pass such test events as a trail-making exercise, a creek crossing, a timed slalom course, and a driving circuit.  Vehicles were required to cost less than $900 as a kit, to carry 1000 pounds, and to reach a top speed of 20 mph on grass.  The students’ winning vehicle design is scheduled to be featured in the October issue of Popular Mechanics.




            IUPUI students, staff, and faculty campuswide will observe Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15.  About 20 events are planned including musical performances, book discussions, film showings, games, exhibits, food, and dancing.  A sampling of activities that may be of interest to the general public follows.  For more information, go to


Sancocho Performance — 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m., Monday, September 16, University College Lower Level, 815 W. Michigan St.  Group showcases traditional folkloric music and dance of the African Diaspora.


Juan Andrade, Jr. , Keynote Speaker — 12 - 1 p.m., Thursday, September 20, Lilly Auditorium, University Library, 755 W. Michigan St.  Known for unique presentations combining humor and life experiences, Andrade promotes education and leadership development for high school and college students.  He is cofounder and president of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, which sponsors the largest Latino leadership conference in the world.


Esperanza Zendejas — Book Club Discussion — Noon, Thursday, October 4, University College, Room 115, 815 W. Michigan St. Discussion of her book, The Tame Cactus, a cross-cultural coming-of-age journey. 



medical students participate in White Coat Ceremony

            The journey to become a physician has started for 280 students at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  On August 18 at the Murat Centre, first-year medical students participated in the White Coat Ceremony, a unique rite of passage marking the beginning of an IU medical student’s education and training. With their families, school faculty, and other guests looking on, the students collectively recited the Physician's Oath and were presented with their first lab coats

            The White Coat Ceremony impresses on students the altruistic nature of the doctor-patient relationship and the obligations inherent in the practice of medicine: to excel in science, be compassionate, and maintain the honor and dignity of the profession.

            Students gathered in Indianapolis a few days before the White Coat event for a round of intensive orientation and participation in a community service project.


IU OFFERS Combined Degrees in Medicine and Business

            We have often talked about the opportunities IUPUI has for encouraging cross-disciplinary education and research related to health.  A recent example is the newly established combined degree program, the M.D./Master of Business Administration, a joint endeavor of the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI.

            The new academic path responds to a need for physicians to understand and meet the needs of their patients while balancing it with a changing health-care delivery environment in which the economics of insurance coverage, pharmaceutical expenses, federal government spending, the costs and benefits of regulation, and other matters play an increasingly important role.

            Five years of full-time study are required to obtain the M.D./M.B.A. instead of the minimum six years that normally would be undertaken if they were pursued separately. Both the M.D. and M.B.A. are conferred at the same time once all requirements for both disciplines have been met.



            It used to be that our Parking Services could figure on a turnover rate of three cars for each parking space as students, most of whom attended part time, finish their classes and leave their spaces to students arriving later in the day to attend their classes.  No longer!  Not only do we have more students this fall, a total of 29,025 — up 2.4 percent from last year — but they are taking 296,193 credit hours worth of classes —  up 4.1 percent from last year.  This means more students are attending college, filling up their semesters with more classes, and making faster progress toward their degrees.  

            How the campus has changed since I became chancellor!  This year’s enrollment figures are up 23.7 percent in headcount from 1986 and 43.7 percent in credit hours. 

            The campus is certainly lively as we enter the new academic year and anticipate visitors for the October 12th  Explore IUPUI” Day.  Come and see for yourself how much has changed!                  


                                                                                                Gerald L. Bepko