Greetings from IUPUI July 2003

When the next generation of historians writes about our city, I think they will describe the development of this campus as one of the events . . . as one of the critical events . . . which gave Indianapolis its distinctive quality of life. I can already see the shape of this future in our present. And I want you to know about our campus.
Those were the opening words of a letter sent in December 1976 by IUPUI Chancellor Glenn W. Irwin to keep our friends in the community informed about IUPUI’s aspirations and achievements. Jerry Bepko continued the practice. It is a tradition that I, as the new chancellor of IUPUI, am proud to carry on. Today, I want you to know about the . . .
New Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies to Be Offered at IUPUI
Last month, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education authorized the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy to offer a Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies. The new program is the first Ph.D. program ever offered by our School of Liberal Arts, where the Center on Philanthropy is based. It is believed to be the first of its kind in the country dedicated to philanthropy or nonprofit management. Already, more than 200 potential students have contacted the center about the new program.

The center can offer the best such program anywhere. The philanthropic studies faculty number nearly 60 from Indianapolis, Bloomington, and other IU campuses. They represent 21 academic departments, including business, economics, history, English, law, medicine, religious studies, nursing, sociology, and public and environmental affairs. My congratulations to Executive Director Gene Tempel and my thanks to the Lilly Endowment and all who have supported the growth and development of the center’s activities.
New Geography Resource Puts Indiana Life on the Map
The IUPUI-based Geography Educators’ Network of Indiana (GENI) has published “Indiana in Maps: Geographic Perspectives of the Hoosier State,” by Jeffrey Wilson, assistant professor in our Department of Geography. The 35-page book of color maps contains satellite images, census data, aerial photos, and geographic information system data. It was sponsored by the Lilly Endowment, Indiana Department of Education, and National Geographic Society. GENI’s goal was to develop a geography education resource for 4th- through 12th-grade teachers. The companion “Educators’ Guide” incorporates interactive, standards-based classroom activities addressing not only geography but also economics, math, earth science, and history.

The atlas offers unique glimpses of the state, such as the map titled “Hoops!” which shows the locations of boy’s basketball state champions from 1911 to 2001. “Indiana in Maps” is available from Amazon ( or Greenleaf Book Group (
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: A Restructuring
The Indiana University Board of Trustees recently approved a name change and restructuring for our School of Allied Health Sciences. Now the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, the school’s programs concentrate on the graduate professional education in critical health care disciplines focused on rehabilitation (health sciences, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, and physical therapy). Students entered the new Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program in 2002. Occupational therapy accepts its first graduate professional class in 2005.

With 125 million Americans living with arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions—a number expected to rise over the next 20 years—the school will be better able to address the increasing demand for rehabilitation specialists. Also planned are additional faculty and new research laboratories to compete for external funding from a national pool of more than $300 million offered yearly and specifically earmarked for rehabilitation research.

Paul Weiss Collection Arrives At University Library
The IUPUI University Library has received a donation of the books, artwork, and personal papers of the late philosopher Paul Weiss. The Weiss collection includes more than 6,500 books with an emphasis in philosophy, art, and literature. IUPUI is particularly interested in the collection because of Weiss’s authoritative commentary on the 19th century philosopher and scientist Charles Sanders Peirce. The School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and IU Press are issuing the definitive edition of Peirce’s work, expected to run to 30 volumes. Mr. Weiss had been an advisor to the Peirce Edition Project.

His library and papers also contribute to our new Institute for American Thought, which unites the faculty, editing specialists, and research holdings of the Peirce Edition Project, the Santayana Edition, and the Frederick Douglass Papers with academic programs in American studies, professional editing, and American philosophy. The bulk of the Weiss Collection will be part of the library’s general collection, but papers and artwork will reside in the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives of our University Library.

As my wife, Sandra Petronio, and I enjoy our first summer in Indiana and the pleasure of becoming acquainted with our new home and our community, I send you my very best wishes and look forward to meeting those of you whom I’ve not yet had the pleasure to know.

Charles R. Bantz

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