Looking Back and Looking Forward at the IU School of Nursing
IU School of Nursing
Good morning, everyone. I am excited to be here this morning as we open the IU School of Nursing time capsule, placed during this building’s construction in 1972.
To prepare for this moment, I did a little research and came up with a brief list that would take us back to the year when this time capsule was installed.
Top movie: The Godfather
Gas: 36 cents a gallon
Born that year were
- Basketball player Shaquille O'Neal, basketball player
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
- Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz
- And politicians Nikki Haley and Beto O’Rourke
Among many other events, scientists conceived the concept of recombinant DNA, opening the door to genetically modified organisms.
In 1972 right here in Indianapolis, IUPUI was growing by leaps and bounds. We established new schools and—as today’s event suggests—expanded our facilities for education and research. The School of Nursing at IUPUI has been actually been on campus for more than 100 years and was originally known as the Indiana University Training School for Nurses.
As the profession of nursing has grown and changed, so too has the School of Nursing, adding degrees and programs, all while serving the city of Indianapolis as well as the state of Indiana and beyond. Graduates of the School of Nursing play so many different roles, as dynamic leaders in healthcare, as clinicians, researchers, scientists, policy makers, and educators.
Graduates of the School of Nursing play so many different roles, as dynamic leaders in healthcare, as clinicians, researchers, scientists, policy makers, and educators.IUPUI Interim Chancellor Andrew R. Klein
I need to pause for a moment to express the depth of my gratitude to Dean Newhouse, faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the School of Nursing. The past two years of battling the COVID-19 pandemic have reinforced the life-saving role you all play, including, and perhaps especially, our nursing graduates.
This time capsule gives us a chance to pause and say thank you and to see what our colleagues from years ago considered important enough to share with the future. I’m excited to see what’s inside and I’m excited to see what the future holds for the School of Nursing and for our campus as a whole.
Thank you very much.