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Chancellor Charles R. Bantz
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Chancellor's Newsletter

Greetings from IUPUI

September 2004

We've gone back to school! As the campus came to life for the fall semester, Sandra and I had just returned from the Big Ten Fund Raisers Institute, where we learned more about higher education and the role of fund raising (not to mention the doing of fund raising).

It was particularly timely for us to reflect and learn more about fundraising as the Campaign for IUPUI was drawing to a close. As the official end date of June 30 approached, we held our breath. On August 5, we got the report. The official results were in.

The Campaign for IUPUI raised a record-breaking $1 billion $39 million!

The largest amount ever raised by a public university in Indiana! It exceeded all our expectations.

Here are the highlights:

  • IUPUI is one of only 10 public universities nationally with completed campaigns of more than $1 billion.
  • Gifts from donors-alumni, friends, corporations, foundations, and other organizations-amounted to $548 million.
  • Nongovernmental grants for faculty research totaled 411.6 million.

There will be more to tell about what this accomplishment means for IUPUI in the future. What is already apparent to everyone here is that the campaign has transformed the campus's conception of itself, transformed the work that we are doing, and transformed our vision for what's possible.

We have many people to thank for this splendid achievement. The campaign leadership: Honorary Cochairs Bill and Rose Mays, Jim and Jackie Morris, Jerry and Rosie Semler, Steve and Elaine Stitle, Randy and Marianne Tobias. All IUPUI schools participated in this first-ever comprehensive campaign, and their volunteer leadership, deans, and development directors deserve our thanks. And none of it would have been possible without Jerry and Jean Bepko, whose hard work did so much to make this happen.

Most of all, we thank the donors, all 70,507 of them. Many have no alumni or other ties to IUPUI. They just believe in us. This includes the 4,352 faculty and staff member who contributed more than $14 million to the total. They believe in IUPUI, too.

Does anyone wonder why Sandra and I are so proud to be a part of IUPUI?

IUPUI has done much, has much to do, and there's more to come.

IUPUI Solution Center Open for Business

Last December, I mentioned the establishment of the IUPUI Solution Center. It is a new single point of contact for business and community organizations to develop partnerships with IUPUI and part of our strategy to help stem Indiana's brain drain. The enclosed brochure describes it.

During the summer, we appointed Teresa Bennett as director for outreach and Edward Sullivan as director for academic programs at the Solution Center.

Ms. Bennett comes to the Solution Center after serving as the director of strategic relations for the Purdue University Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Technology (CERIAS) in West Lafayette. She holds a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University.

Professor Sullivan was director of CITOnline, the Web-based course offerings in the Computer and Information Technology Department at IUPUI. He remains on the faculty part time. He has a B.S. in economics from the University of Kentucky and an M.S. in industrial administration from Purdue University.

The Solution Center was established to stimulate student internships, service learning, and student' success in achieving their academic goals. In addition to serving as a broker between the community and the campus, the Solution Center will also make grants available to facilitate students' interning in organizations that cannot afford to pay the full cost.

Whether you want to hire an IUPUI student for an internship or you need some research done but are unsure of which department to call, the IUPUI Solution Center has the answer. Call (317) 278-9170, send e-mail to, or visit

Getting to Know Us Even Better

Also enclosed with this letter is the program for this year's "Explore IUPUI." It is our open house, and we're inviting the community to get to know us better and see what we have to offer. We hope you will join us on Saturday, September 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Charles R. Bantz

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