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Chancellor Charles R. Bantz
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Chancellor's Newsletter

Greetings from IUPUI

October 2004

On October 23, we celebrated the record-breaking results of the Campaign for IUPUI that I reported in last month's letter: $1 billion, $39 million. Only 22 universities have raised more than $1 billion, and your public university in the capital city of Indiana was one of them.

During the "Experience the Energy" closing celebration, we reflected on what the campaign has done to transform the campus. Example after example-new facilities; endowed professorships; scholarship programs; centers of intellectual inquiry-showed the confidence donors have placed in us.

"A Collection of Stories on Success and Lives Changed," a booklet distributed at the event, highlighted stories like these:

The Thomas W. Binford Chair in Corporate Citizenship was established at the IU Kelley School of Business by Indianapolis business executives who wanted to honor the late Mr. Binford's dedication to civic duty and philanthropy.

The Dale and Phyllis Lenz Family Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Chair in the IU School of Dentistry was the largest individual gift in the school's history.

Teacher Corps alums established an Urban Education Scholarship in the IU School of Education to support future urban public school teachers.

The Thomas J. Linnemeier Guidant Foundation Chair in Biomedical Engineering in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI was set up to honor the late chief medical officer of Guidant, a cardiologist.

Patricia Evans endowed the Francis Ekstam Professorship in the IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in honor of her mentor and the founder of the physical therapy program at IUPUI.

Sidney Eskenazi, a lawyer and art collector, and his artist wife, Lois, made a dream come true for students and faculty of our Herron School of Art-Eskenazi Hall will be their new home in the fall of 2005.

Daylight Chemical Information Systems funded the Daylight Innovation in Chemical Informatics Fellowship for the IU School of Informatics. Its new home, the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex, was dedicated earlier this month. The featured guest speaker, IU alumnus Scott Jones, founder/chairman of the Hoosier companies Gazelle TechVentures, Gracenote and Escient, brought congratulations and best wishes.

Brian Mohr organized fellow IU School of Journalism alumni to establish the Patrick J. McKeand Sagamore Scholarship, honoring the retired publisher of the Sagamore, IUPUI's student newspaper.

The William and Jennifer Conour Atrium and John and Barbara Wynne Courtroom, are alumni gifts to the IU School of Law-Indianapolis and part of its new home, Lawrence D. Inlow Hall, named in memory of the late executive vice president and general counsel of Conseco, Inc.

World-travelers Barbara and Karl Zimmer endowed a faculty chair held by linguist Ulla Connor, director of the Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication in the IU School of Liberal Arts.

Patricia Miller and Barbara Baekgaard, founders of Vera Bradley Designs, established the Vera Bradley Chair in Oncology and other IU Cancer Center programs to honor employee Mary Sloane, who died of breast cancer at 51.

Retired nurse Sally Tate established the Irene R. and Nathaniel Aycock Nursing Scholarship in honor of her aunt and uncle. It is awarded twice yearly to bachelor's degree nursing students at IUPUI.

Funds raised by the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management helped equip its Motor Activity Clinic with specialized equipment such as sport wheelchairs for children with special needs.

Carlyn Johnson, a retired professor in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, established the Johnson Community Service Fellowship to support students like David Fleischhaker. He volunteers for the Westside Cooperative Organization while earning master's degrees in nonprofit management and applied communication.

Retired Eli Lilly and Company chemist Rosanne Bonjouklian established Project SEED scholarships to support high school student participants in summer research experiences sponsored by our Purdue School of Science.

Irene Weinberg, a social worker for 40 years, established the Theodora Allen Memorial Scholarship to honor her mentor in the IU School of Social Work.

Debbie Grew, an academic advisor in our University College, established the Francis Thompson Cole Memorial Scholarship in honor of her grandmother.

These are just a handful of the many generous gifts we received but they illustrate the many creative ways donors found to be supportive of our work. To all, we have just this to say: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Charles R. Bantz
Chancellor

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