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IUPUI Impact: Commitment, Community, Culture Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis

Celebrating Achievement: 2007-2008

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. -Chancellor Glenn W. Irwin, Jr. (December 1976)

the first chancellor’s newsletter

More than 30 years later, Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis is a thriving center where about 30,000 students, 2,500 faculty and 5,000 staff employees devote their energies to education in service to the city, state, nation and world. From leadership in medicine, philanthropy, and community service to innovations in science, technology and engineering, the IUPUI family’s accomplishments are recognized and appreciated. In these pages of The Annual, you will be introduced to many of the people and projects that made the 2007-2008 school year another distinguished year for IUPUI. Each year The Annual, which is produced by students in the School of Journalism at IUPUI, will provide you with a look at what the IUPUI community has done and the difference it has made. Let us celebrate together the Impact of IUPUI. --The Editors

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Liberal Arts


Kelley School of Business


University Library


School of Social Work


Physical Education & Tourism Management


Campus Center




Herron School of Art


School of Science


School of Journalism


University College


School of Philanthropy








To Mexico With Love








School of Music


School of Medicine


School of Nursing


Top Students


School of Engineering & Technology


School of Public & Environmental Affairs




Safety Campaign


School of Education


Fulbright Award


Student Government

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Blomquist Appointed Liberal Arts Dean


UPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz announced the appointment of Professor William Blomquist as the next Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

Blomquist is currently a Professor of Political Science at IUPUI, and served as Chair of the Political Science Department from 1995 to 2002. During that time he also helped develop and lead the school’s certificate program in paralegal studies and minor in legal studies. Blomquist also helped to establish the Bulen Symposium in American Politics at IUPUI which attracts considerable attention in the Indianapolis community. Professor William Blomquist Photo courtesy of the School of Liberal Ats at IUPUI.

New Additions and Institutions Confucius Institute

Preparations for the Confucius Institute of Indianapolis, (CII), began in 2007 to promote the teaching of Chinese language and culture in central Indiana and facilitate mutual understanding between the people of China and United States. After the completion of the new Campus Center, administration moved to the new building. An opportunity opened for CII to make their home in Cavanaugh hall, the heart of the IUPUI campus.

Center for Health Geographics The Center for Health Geographics was named an IUPUI Signature Center, joining two others in the School: the Institute for Research on Social Issues and the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture. These are multi-disciplinary research centers.

New Website

Living up to our role as an information highway, the IU School of Liberal Arts launched a new web-site in April 2008, featuring a variety of unique and useful tools for students searching for classes, scholarships and enhanced opportunities to get to know their professors and school better. Check it out: www.

New Campus Center

Center for Ray Bradbury Studies

The new IUPUI Campus Center

The first Center for Ray Bradbury Studies

opened and is now connected to the home of the Liberal Arts, Cavanaugh Hall. Two years of planning went into renovations to the lobby spaces at the connection, creating work and lounge space for the hundreds of students who now flow through this new gateway to IUPUI.

was inaugurated this year, in the Institute for American Thought. Bradbury is author to some of the world’s classical depictions of future societies, noted best, perhaps, for his book Fahrenheit 451, a terrifying tale of a world where reading books has become a crime, and individual thought and enquiry are punishable by death. The Confucius Institute of Indianapolis helps promote the learning of Chinese language and culture.

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Student Fieldwork Leads to Community Knowledge


Ethnology students walk an eastside Indianapolis neighborhood to create a map of housing conditions.

tudents from the Fieldwork in Ethnology class conducted a study on the effects of high rates of foreclosure on Indianapolis’ Eastside. When the Indianapolis Star reported that Indianapolis ranked third in the United States among foreclosure rates, students set out to conduct a door-to-door survey to uncover the opinions behind housing vacancy and housing conditions. The information discovered was used to create a web-based community map.

Addition of Honor Society Lambda Alpha Offers Scholarships, Exposure


National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology initiated its first members on November 17. Lambda Alpha allows faculty and students the opportunity to work together on projects that are mutually beneficial. Lambda Alpha at IUPUI is now one of six in Indiana and one of more than 150 nationwide. This was an exciting addition to the Department of Anthropology because with its implementation, each year, a deserving Anthropology senior will win a national scholarship of $5,000 and a junior on the dean’s list will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Lambda Alpha also offers opportunities for students to create and produce their printed work to be seen nationally. The launch of this chapter was largely due to the work of student Jacqueline Ivy, the first presiJacqueline Ivy, the first president of Lambda Alpha at IUPUI, celebrates dent. new membership initiation.

Academic Awards More than $150,000 in departmental scholarships and awards were granted to students at the Celebration of Scholarships. • Shelley Lewton: Communications Studies Academic Achievement Award • Starla Bailey: Outstanding Academic Achievement in Geography • Nicole Brown: Outstanding Sociology Major Award • Britney McMahan: Religious Studies Outstanding Student Award

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• Paul Mullins: Outstanding Academic Advisor • Kim White-Mills: Outstanding Mentor/Motivator • Chris Gidden: Outstanding Student Organization Advisor • Eric Bilodeau: Robert Kirk Outstanding New Economics Major Award



Moore is Department of Economics Outstanding Student

Zachary Moore (left) with Professor Robert Sutton. Zachary Moore was the Department of Economics most outstanding Student for the 2007-2008 school year at IUPUI. Moore was the recipient of our Faculty Medal of Distinction and was considered the School’s top graduating economics senior. Moore also received the Economics Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and the Liberal Arts Faculty Medal of Distinction, the School’s highest award. Robert Kirk Outstanding New Economics Major Award: • Eric Bilodeau, 2008-2009 • Nathan Biehle, 2007-2008 Academic Achievement Award for Economics: • Zachary Moore, 2008 Wall Street Journal Award: • Christopher Leland, 2008 • Zachary Moore, 2007

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Kenyan Visiting Professor of 2008. Along with teaching G303 Weather and Climate, he also worked alongside other faculty members in the Department of Geography to improve research and available teaching opportunities as a part of the Moi University and IUPUI planned partnership and the Institute for Research on Social Issues.

Gilbert Nduru, visiting Associate Professor of Geography


Geography Club students from the department of Geography ventured to Costa Rica to work with Asociación ANAI Sea Turtle Conservation Project. Every season, the project is in need of volunteers from all over the world to aid in the research and conservation labors.

ilbert Nduru, Chair of the Department of Geography at Students participated in efforts to proMoi University in Eldoret Ke- tect the nests of sea turtles and worked nya, was a visiting Associate Professor to protect them from poachers as well of geography in the Spring semester as beach erosion.

Philosophy Through SciFi


UPUI Assistant Professor Jason T. Eberl loves a good, special-effectsladen space battle as much as the next science fiction fan, but he also knows a good thinking man’s plot when he sees one.

prompted him to tune in when the Sci Fi Channel launched “Battlestar Galactica” as a remake of the 1978 ABC series chronicling a “rag-tag fugitive” space fleet’s valiant fight for life against an army of robots known as Cylons.

During the summer, IUPUI students in Eberl’s Philosophy Through Pop Culture course - co-taught with colleague George Dunn - explored chapters of Eberl’s latest book, along with clips of the SciFi Channel’s “Battlestar Galactica.” The TV clips and the IUPUI professor’s writings serve as supplements to the students’ readings of key philosophical thinkers.

The philosophical themes of the show, which started its fourth season on April 4, 2008, led the professor to suggest the TV drama as the subject of the third book he had edited in a series of books on philosophy and pop culture media.

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Published by Wiley-Blackwell, the book, “Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Knowledge Here Begins Out There,” hit bookstores in January 2008.


Radio personality Abdul Shabazz and Department of Communicaiton Studies professor Kristy Sheeler talk Politics at the Joseph Taylor Symposium.

Shabazz and Sheeler Discuss Satire and Politics


adio Host Abdul Shabazz and Communication Studies Professor Kristy Sheeler discussed satire and politics. The 19th Annual Joseph Taylor Symposium focused on Political Communication, just as the nation was deep in the Primary season, providing a day rich in conversation on the issues of how politics shape the message and how underrepresented populations are empowered or not in the political process through different means of communication. Communication Studies seniors, Vanessa Fry and Caroline Wade, were

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among the 10 chosen for The William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion. This award signified that these distinguished students displayed recognizable commitment to the community, personal and academic growth, great integrity, and noteworthy community impact. The two were involved in programs such as the O-Team, tutoring for elementary and middle school students, and RISE. Funded by Professor emeritus and first Chair of the Department of Communication Studies, Richard Curtis and his wife Elizabeth, an oratorical completion for non-violent advocacy took place on March 29. Curtis and 7

his wife established the first annual competition in memory of Curtis’ two brothers, Robert and Dana, who were killed in World War II and Korea. Named the Robert and Dana Curtis Memorial Oratorical Tounament (CMOT), participants and winners were awarded prizes up to $2000. The point of the oratorical tournament was to focus on support for nonviolent strategies in areas around the world, dealing with ethnic, religious, or political violence and intolerance. Curtis wrote of his hopes for the competition and said, “…We can and must learn that war solves nothing, that violence only begets violence.”


Model EU Second in Nation


very year, the Department of Political Science organizes and hosts an intercollegiate simulation of the European Union (EU). This is the second oldest and second biggest Model EU in North America, and it typically brings 160 or more students to the campus of IUPUI – since the first event was held in 1993, more than 30 colleges and universities from ten states have taken part. The 2008 event saw teams taking part from seven Indiana universities and Political Science students discussing issues as they represent member nations during the from colleges in Wisconsin, Missouri, Model European Union conducted through the Political Science Department. Michigan and Ohio. The keynote speaker was Professor Sinisa Petrovic from Croatia, a member of the team negotiChancellor’s Scholar ating Croatia’s membership in the EU. The simulation not only helps students learn hands-on about the way the EU works, but also gives them valuable experience in negotiation, building coalitions and working to reach a consensus. The EU is now the world’s biggest economic power, the biggest trading partner and source of foreign investment for the US, and the most important political ally for the US. The Model EU helps students understand its importance and role in the world and gives students from multiple universities the opportunity to interact.

Chancellor’s Scholar Jeremy S. Moor

Caridad Ax

University College

School of Liberal Arts

Jeremy is a pre-pharmacy student and will be moving from University College to the School of Science this summer. He is an outstanding student, earning top grades in all courses, including those key to his major. Jeremy has completed two deployments to Iraq with the National Guard.

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Caridad has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA while completing all of her credits for the Political Science Baccalaureate and minor in Music. She is a Masarachia Scholar, Norman Brown Scholar, Campus Ambassador, and helped organize the “Democracy Matters” program at IUPUI. 8


African Programs Add Professors

English Students Perform at Local Coffeehouse

Three new Public Scholars in the African American and African Diaspora Studies Program. Pictured are: (l. to r.) Dr. Modupe Labode, Dr. Bessie House-Soremekun and Dr. Rhonda Henry. he African American and African Diaspora Studies Program added three faculty with joint appointments in History, English and Political Science in a push to enhance the program. Additionally, plans were launched to establish a four-year scholarship program involving undergraduate research. The name of the Olaniyan Scholars Program comes from the Yoruban word meaning, “Honors Surround Me.”



Several readings take place each year, trying to build love and passion for literature,. The Rufus and Louise Reiberg Series of readings brought in writers to IUPUI’s campus. This year, campus fiction writer and humorist Michael Martone and author and respected poet, Cornelius Eady were there. Student readings also took place and included poets, slam artists, fiction writers, memoirists, storytellers and musicians. Students performed at Mo’Joe Coffeehouse at 222 W. Michigan St. to a packed room of standing spectators. Genesis, the student literary magazine, held readings to celebrate each issue.

Curtis named Carnegie Scholar, Receives Grant

he Carnegie Corporation of New York has named IUPUI professor Edward Curtis a Carnegie Scholar. The Carnegie Scholar program was established in 1999 to provide financial and intellectual support to address some of the most critical research questions of our time. The Corporation provided Curtis with a grant of about $100,000 to study African American Muslim connections to Muslims and Islamic institutions in Muslim countries.

was Muslim. This issue is at the center of our public life.” “Dr. Curtis showed extraordinary promise when he joined us in Indianapolis. That promise has been fulfilled not only in the service he has rendered as a public intellectual and University leader, but also in the world-class scholarship he has produced,” noted IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz. Since 2001, Curtis has worked to educate the public about Muslims in America. “The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States” is his most recent book. “I try to make sure that Americans realize Muslims have always been a part of the United States,” he explained, “and Muslim Americans can help their fellow Americans understand a religion so many of them fear right now.”

Curtis’ research project will show how Muslim African Americans have transformed Islam into an American religion. “The project could not be more timely,” he added. “Some Hoosiers are worried about Andre Carson’s Islamic faith and are anxious about Barack Obama’s father, who

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Kelley School of Business

Cochran Named Kelley School’s Associate Dean

He succeeds Roger Schmenner, who led Kelley’s Indianapolis programs for nine years and who assumed the Tobias Chair to assist IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz with special projects. The changes took effect Aug. 15, 2008.


hilip Cochran, professor of management at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and professor of philanthropic studies at the IU Center on Philanthropy, was named associate dean for the school at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Cochran is director of the Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence and will retain those responsibilities while serving as associate dean.

Philip Cochran

Cochran also holds the Binford Chair in Corporate Citizenship. He joined the Kelley School in 2003, coming from the Smeal College of Business Administration at Penn State University, where he served as director of the Center for the Study of Business and Public Issues and director of the G. Albert Shoemaker Program in Business Ethics.

Chancellor’s Scholar and Top 100 Students



his year, nine Kelley School students were among IUPUI’s “Top 100.” Graduating KSBI senior and member of the Indiana National Guard, James Mounts, was recognized as one of the top 10 students at IUPUI. James received the honor due to his extensive extracurricular activities and excellent academic record.

inance student Kyle Andrew Goshert’s efforts both in and outside the classroom earned him the title of 2008 Chancellor’s Scholar for the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis. During this year’s Chancellor’s Scholars Convocation ceremony, Kyle was acknowledged for the example he set for other students. His work was described as concise, insightful and exemplary of sound quantitative reasoning and effective communication.

When asked about his award accomplishment, James said, “I was honored, but also humbled. There James Mounts are plenty of other students who deserve to be in the top 10 and I’m honored to represent them and the Kelley School.”

Kyle Goshert

Additionally, Kyle was recognized for his role in establishing KSBI’s Investment Club with a fellow classmate. The Investment Club, formed last year, now manages a live portfolio that includes investment in Indiana based companies. The club is more than just a school project, however, as returns on Investment Club’s portfolio will be sued to provide scholarships for Kelley School finance students. Kyle’s additional accolades include a place on the 2007 IUPUI “Top 100” students list as well as receipt of the Rolls-Royce Excellence in Leadership Scholarship.

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Other Kelley School students in the “Top 100” were: Travis Center, Senior, West Point, NY Charlenne Gonzalez, Senior, Dominican Republic/Indpls Le Hong, Senior, Indianapolis Angela Hopson, Senior, Indianapolis Amanda Hyhuis, Senior, Indianapolis Whitney Price, Senior, Indianapolis Nicholas Shelton, Senior, Indianapolis Shu Ting Zhao, Senior, China 10


Kelley School of Business

Thanks to Our Financial Donors

Student Government Awards



he Kelley School of Business Indianapolis greatly appreciates the financial and motivational support provided by each of our donors. In 2007, Kelley was able to award $83,900.00 in scholarships to 50 recipients. Our donors recognize the importance of a strong business education for students in central Indiana. The Kelley School of Business and our student recipients owe a debt of gratitude to the local businesses, organizations and individuals that support Kelley. Many of our students struggle to meet the financial commitment of higher education. Without these awards, many of our students would be unable to complete or progress as quickly through their college experience.

he Kelley School of Business Indianapolis Student Government (KSBISG) and its members were presented numerous awards at the 2008 Leadership Recognition Reception – hosted by Campus & Community Life, Undergraduate Student Government and the Office of Service and Learning. KSBISG was presented with the Student Council of the Year award and the Co-Sponsorship of the Year award in conjunction with the Under Graduate Student Government for their response to the IUPUI and University of Massachusetts basketball game Dec. 1, 2007 at the Jungle. Maureen Kinney was also awarded the Advisor of the Year. The awards were in recognition for the numerous achievements of KSBISG, including increased student recruitment, involvement and retention. The organization sponsored many successful events and continues to work diligently to achieve its goals.

Kelley School Student Development Team


he Kelley School Student Development Team is comprised of a select group of undergraduate and graduate students interested in helping grow the school’s philanthropy initiatives. The students who participate in this organization are extremely dedicated to the school and understand the importance of giving back. As an integral component of the development operation, the team has three primary objectives:

The Kelley School Student Development Team

1. Serve as advocates among their peers regarding the importance of giving back and helping to build a Kelley student culture that understands the value and importance of philanthropy

Pictured from left to right: 2. Provide stewardship to current Kelley donors by sharing a student’s Andrew Heckman, Alexandra Czok, perspective on the school and helping to keep donors up-to-date, and Melissa Seibert, Elizabeth Helm, responding to donor inquiries Eric Stam, Deana Applegate (Not pictured: Heather Cooley, Jason 3. Work in tandem with the development office to seek corporate and Kashman, Tifini McClyde, Julianne community support for Kelley student needs So). Photo Courtesy of IU Kelley If you would like additional information about the team and its activities, or School of Business Indianapolis

are interested in being a member, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Development.

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University Library Diversity Fellows

2007-2008 graduating class in the School of Library Studies at the 2008 Commencement Ceremony.


UPUI University Library welcomed Ashley Mack and Trina Otero as its 2007- 2008 Diversity Fellows. A part-time paid position, the Diversity Fellowship creates learning opportunities for students interested in increasing diversity and promoting multicultural awareness. Students selected as fellows gain professional experience in an academic library setting and develop communication and research skills, while improving multicultural awareness among IUPUI students, staff and faculty. The Diversity Fellowships create opportunities to be involved in meaningful work at the library and help promote librarianship to historically underrepresented groups. During the academic year, undergraduate students Mack and Otero became familiar with the inner workings of the University Library and its activities as they helped create special programs and projects promoting diversity in higher education and in the workplace. Ashley Mack is an Indianapolis native and a junior creative writing major at IUPUI. She is also a resource mentor with the Bepko Learning Center

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in University College. She transferred from Howard University. Trina Otero is a junior journalism and international studies major. She graduated from Jeffersonville High School in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Trina’s father was in the Army and she born in Ramstein, Germany. Carol Sue Rodriquez was recognized as the Chancellor’s Scholar for the School of Library and Information Science. Carol graduated in December 2007 with a perfect 4.0 GPA. She was also part of Beta Phi Mu. Faculty Activities: • Dr. Jingfeng Xia joined the faculty. He came to Indiana from Rutgers University where he was a social science reference librarian. Dr. Xia earned the Master of Library Science degree and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. His research includes institutional repositories and application of geographical information systems to libraries. • Dr. Katherine Schilling was one of two Indiana federal grant recipients from the Institute for Museum and 12

Library Services (IMLS). Her grant provides specialized leadership training for those entering our program for a second career. • Dr. Rachel Applegate also received the Indiana IMLS grant. Her grant is to continue to build and offer an online outcomes-based evaluation training program designed for library and museum administrators. • Dr. Jean Preer presented her Justin Winsor award winning paper at the annual conference of the American Library Association in June. The award, given annually for the best library history essay, is juried by the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA). The paper was also accepted for publication in Libraries & the Cultural Record. • Dr. Mary Alice Ball was elected to the board of the Library and Information Technology Association of the ALA. • Kimberly Brown-Hardin, Nicole Cavallaro, and Michael Witt, all graduates of the program, were selected as Emerging Leaders by the American Library Association.


Governor Appoints Social Work Dean

Blackman Named TRIP Scholar


U School of Social Work Dean Michael Patchner was appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels to serve as chair of the Indiana Commission on Abused and Neglected Children and Their Families. That commission made recommendations that led to a series of reforms in helping children, and their families and led to increased numbers of family case managers and the hiring of more case workers with the Indiana Department of Child Services. Patchner will help launch a year-long investigation Monday into why there is a disproportionate number of minorities in the juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health and educational services. Dean Michael Patchner

Chancellor’s Scholar

Sagwara Recognized for International Social Work

Dr. Lorraine Blackman Dr. Lorraine Blackman began a conversation she hopes will lead to changes that could affect the lives of not only students but also the community that surrounds the IUPUI campus. Translating Research into Practice or TRIP, in essence involves research that solves problems people face in their everyday lives.

Kellogg Receives Internship with Child Services

C Catherine Gentry

School of Social Work Catherine graduated from the School of Social Work BSW program in December 2007 with Highest Distinction. She belongs to the Kappa Gamma Phi Alpha Honor Society and has received the Minnie and Mary Rigg and the Bradley Lighty Scholarships. She now works with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a caseworker.

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armen Luca Sugawara, an Assistant Professor at the Indiana University School of Social Work, has been awarded the Frank Turner Prize by the publishers of International Social Work. The award was given for the article, “Civil society’s role in promoting local development in countries in transition: A comparative study of the Philippines and Romania,” published in 2006. Jocelyn Hermoso was co-author of the article.The prize was created in honor Dr. Francis Turner, a longtime editor of the publication, following his retirement in 2004.



ichelle Kellogg received the Governor’s Public Services Summer Internship at the Department of Child Services. There, she worked on various projects dealing with policy, child advocacy and research. As a senior, Kellogg, completed her senior practicum in South Africa with the Association for Persons with Disabilities. She got a first-hand look at how another country’s policies affect the daily lives of people with developmental disabilities. She also worked with Dr. duPlessis and the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, in a rural community HIV-AIDS awareness program.


Kellum Loved Every Minute of Decades at IUPUI That’s when the phone call came from his father. His father had a chance encounter with a faculty member at Normal College, who asked how Nick was doing. His dad replied that his son was doing great and was preparing to buy a house. The faculty member urged his father to call his son and tell him not to buy that house. There were discussions underway about creating IUPUI, and the faculty member wanted Nick to come back to Indianapolis and teach.

Nick Kellum, Dean of the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management

“As they say, the rest is history,” Kellum said. “The prospect of going to work at a new, developing campus sounded like a good opportunity for a young man,” he said. “Given the same opportunity over again, I would jump at it again. And I would consciously try to make my mark in higher education.” The biggest change at IUPUI has to do with facilities, Kellum said. When he came to work at the fledging institution, the physical education program was housed at the Athenaeum until the fire marshal kicked the program out. It moved to a gym camp on west 64th street that was operated by physical education faculty member, a move that was supposed to last five years, but ended up lasting 12 years. Along with all of the new buildings, the other transformation, Kellum said, has been the extensive expansion of programs offered to students as the campus responded to the needs of the community.


ick Kellum, Dean of the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management, stepped down as dean on August 31, 2008, almost 39 years to the day he went to work for the university. If he had to do it a second time, Kellum said, he would intentionally seek a career in higher education. The first time was an accident. When Kellum graduated as a physical education major from Normal College - the predecessor to the school he has served since September 1, 1969 - he wanted to be a high school teacher and coach. He was hired immediately after graduation by Ann Arbor High School in Michigan, then the largest high school in Michigan. He had been actively recruited by the school’s principal and department chair, fellow alumni of Normal College. After working at the high school two and a-half years, Kellum decided it was time to buy a house. He loved his work. He loved the community. He thought it was time for him to settle down in Ann Arbor.

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“I think the greatest years for the campus are still ahead of us,” Kellum said. “I am proud of what we’ve done as a school and what we’ve accomplished as a campus. It’s been a great place to work. I loved every minute of it.”

Chancellor’s Scholar James D. Luppino

School of Physical Education and Tourism Management James graduated in May ‘08 with a major in Sports Management. He is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and the Society of Leadership and Success. James will pursue a career in sports marketing


TCEM Department Contributes to Quality of Life Research


n 2002, the Circle City embarked on a city-wide cultural tourism initiative with the goal to position itself as a premier cultural tourism destination. The initiative had two main objectives, to improve residents quality of life and to enhance visitors’ experience here in Indy by capitalizing on its cultural amenities and attributes. Shortly thereafter, Suosheng Wang, Ph. D., assistant professor in the tourism, conventions and event management department and a group of TCEM students, began to make their own contributions to the initiative. The TCEM team began to conduct annual research projects in order to chronicle the impact of the initiative over the coming years. In 2003, the departSuosheng Wang, Ph. D. ment established a baseline index that assessed Indianapolis residents opinions of their quality of life. The TCEM team has continued to conduct follow up studies to compare the results and change in opinion over the Alexandra Boyd, a senior in TCEM, collects data for a survey on percepyears. This study was an attempt to discover whether or not tions of quality of life and tourism at the downtown City Market. there is a relationship between residents’ awareness level of the city’s cultural tourism initiatives and their opinions of latest study results. Overall, the results showed positive feedback quality of life. on quality of life that correlated with positive opinions of cultural tourism and diversity. Some study results indicated a correlation between the quality of life and the cultural tourism initiatives. In November of 2007, the TCEM department reported their

IUPUI SPEA Partners with IU School of Medicine, IU Medical Group, Clarian Health to Offer the Indiana Healthcare Leadership Academy


ithin the increasingly complex world of healthcare and academic medicine, leadership development is not an option. Current and future healthcare leaders must be equipped with the tools and understandings to should critically important responsibilities. For the 2007-2008 year, IU School of Medicine faculty and administrators and Clarian executives could participate in a newly improved leadership development program - the Indiana Healthcare Leadership Academy.

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Sponsors of the new program include IUMG, the IU School of Medicine, and Clarian Health Partners. The sponsoring organizations have collaborated with the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs’ (SPEA) Executive Education Program and Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program to develop the new academy. The goal of the course is to accelerate development of leadership skills through constructive collaboration. CME credit was offered for participation. 15


IUPUI Campus Center Opens to Rave Reviews IUPUI’s campus skyline has been usurped and is now dominated by a bell tower soaring 90 feet above the roof of the new Campus Center. The Campus Center will play a large role in relieving the burden on Cavanaugh Hall by taking over the duties of the offices like Financial Aid, the Registrar, Admissions and the campus bookstore.

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Center director says new facility makes good sense


ampus Center Director Dan Maxwell says the consolidation was not only necessary, but also good business sense.

“Moving things like Enrollment Services to the same place just makes sense,” Maxwell said. “Before, they were spread out and now they are all in a 20 foot radius.” The new Campus Center, in addition to providing a new home to Enrollment Services and the campus bookstore, also will be the new home of Student Life and an Indiana Members Credit Union. It also boasts several lounges and meeting rooms, a planned 60-seat theater, three music practice rooms, a TV lounge, a game room, Cultural Arts Gallery, a food court, a couple of coffee shops, and a Barnes & Noble stuffed with textbooks and all of the IUPUI memorabilia that anyone could ask for. The Campus Center will also provide a large space for student organizations to meet, as well as a media productions lab, a new home for the Undergraduate Student Government and a lot more. While the Campus Center promises to be a new home for almost all services not related to a specific school, there are a few areas of the building that aren’t yet finished. IUPUI’s gigantic new campus center serves as the central hub for most of the students. It contains the office of admissions, registrat, bursar, the JagTag office, food court, and more. It also serves as a place for students to hang out and have fun in the food court, TV Lounge, and recreational area. Sagamore Photo by Marco Dominguez

“There are a few things that aren’t quite completed yet,” Maxwell says. “The bells in the bell tower aren’t quite finished, as well as the theater and the music practice rooms. In the near future we will be expanding the game room. Maxwell also says he believes that the student center will have an important impact on IUPUI community. “IUPUI is an urban campus, and we have a lot of part-time students who come here, go to class and then go to work,” Maxwell says. “But we are also getting more full-time students who come here and want a place to hang out or get a cup of coffee or watch TV. They now have a place to do that. “The whole point of a Campus Center is to create a place for people to gather and that is a primary goal,” Maxwell says. “People want a connection with the campus. Most of the buildings on campus are organized by a certain school or a particular program and the campus center isn’t. So students now have a place where they can see other students,

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make friends and socialize.” Maxwell says that his favorite thing about the Campus Center’s first week was watching people. “It’s just been great to stand downstairs and watch people,” he says. “People come in and just wander around. It’s been a good first week, and it will only get better once the student organizations begin to move into the 86 work stations it will allow for more synergy and collaboration.” The Campus Center is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. 17


ROTC Cadets Experience Successful Year


he cadets of the IUPUI Warrior Battalion had a very successful year preparing themselves for their futures. Of particular note was the Norwegian Road March and the Ranger Challenge. The unit is composed of students from IUPUI, Butler University, the University of Indianapolis, Marian College, Franklin College and Ivy Tech State College.

Norwegian Road March Road marching is one of the distinctive characteristics of the U.S. Army. It can prepare a soldier physically, mentally and emotionally for whatever their next task might be.

Stephen Kitchell is sworn in as an advanced ROTC cadet.

Ranger Challenge Team 2007

The Norwegian Road March is a 30 km(18.6 mile) march with an 11 kg (25 lb) rucksack. Completion time is based on the soldier’s sex and age.

Mayor Ballard Presented Guidon at 2008 Military Ball


ayor Greg Ballard was presented a replica of the ROTC unit guidon at the 2008 Military Ball held on March 21, 2008. The mayor, a military veteran, was also made an honorary member of the battalion, the Capital Warrior Battalion. Throughout history the guidon has been used as the symbol of a unit and its rallying point on the battlefield. The guidon is presented by Will Warner, the Cadet Battalion Commander.

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There’s always something going on at Herron. Whether it be a painting class (above), or a visiting model for a drawing class (below), art students get some of the best experience at any art school in the country.

erron is a tight-knit community of artists and designers pushing their work to its potential—and themselves to exceptional careers. Academic excellence, unwavering innovation, real-world preparation and civic engagement define the Herron experience. A rich history and timely stories attest to Herron’s vitality and impact with students and within the community. Course offerings to the community continue to expand every year, offering creative educational experiences through the Youth Art Camp, Honors Art, Saturday School and Weekend Workshop programs. IUPUI students and community members take advantage of a variety of elective art courses and frequent the Herron galleries, the sculpture gardens and lectures by renowned visiting artists, designers and scholars.

Herron School of Art and Design Installs Jill Viney Work Herron School of Art and Design installed New York artist Jill Viney’s “Barrow” on Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at the northeast entrance to Eskenazi Hall. The sculpture is a silvery hemisphere with two archways into a dim interior. The piece is molded fiberglass with a double wall. Sandwiched in between on mesh, one side has been developed darkly, the other shiny and light.

Herron Welcomes Indianapolis Art Collector, Journalist and Author Michael K. Corbin Michael K. Corbin shared advice for art enthusiasts and emerging artists, as well as photographs of art from his own collection at the Herron School of Art & Design on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Corbin also talked about his new book, “The Art of Everyday Joe: A Collector’s Journal.” Corbin’s first book, “Art In King Size Beds: A Collector’s Journal,” which also addresses the topic of art collecting, was published by AuthorHouse Inc. in the fall of 2006. A New York City native, Corbin is a full-time broadcast journalist and when he isn’t working, travels far and wide for art’s sake.

Herron Presents The Bill Peet Storybook Menagerie

Top 100 Student & Chancellor’s Scholar • Peter Slaymaker, left, an international student, was the Chancellor’s Scholar for Herron School of Art. Slaymaker also received a degree from Liberal Arts. He was a leader in the Herron Art History Club while completing his Art History degree. • Cindy Hinnant was an IUPUI Top 100 student from Herron School of Art.

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Herron School of Art and Design hosted The Bill Peet Storybook Menagerie exhibit which ran Nov. 30, 2007, through Jan. 6, 2008, at Herron Galleries. From the time he was old enough to manipulate a crayon or pencil, Peet’s secret ambition growing up in Indiana was to be an illustrator of animal stories. Peet would realize that dream and become the only story man in the history of Disney studios to do all the storyboards for two animated feature films - “101 Dalmatians” and “Sword in the Stone.”


School of Science

Top 100 Students

Adam Amos Greencastle, IN Jennifer Behzadi South Bend, IN


Laura Platt Indianapolis, IN

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he 2008 Purdue School of Science Chancellor’s Scholar award recipient, Eric A. Hunt, was a Bepko Scholar and an honors chemistry student. The graduating senior was also named as one of IUPUI’s “Top 100” students. Eric was actively involved in research for two years. He also co-authored two scientific publications and presentations at national meetings. Eric was described by faculty as an intelligent, mature and self-motivated student who also took interest in community activities. Eric’s kind and easy-going personality made it enjoyable to work with him. Eric’s Chancellor’s Scholar award was well-deserved, as he had a strong record of exceeding expectations. In 2007, Eric was also the recipient of the Loren T. Jones Memorial Scholarship Award, which is presented each year to a continuing undergraduate research student. The award provides a stipend for summer research support to an outstanding chemistry major.

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Chemistry & Chemical Biology Awards

Eric A. Hunt

Peter Terew - The Patricia A. Boaz Award, the graduating senior with the highest academic achievement in the B.A. Program. Michael Akers & Judith Smith - The Loren T. Jones Award, the graduating senior with the highest academic achievement in the B.S. Program. Eric Hunt - The Loren T. Jones Memorial Scholarship Award, continuing undergraduate research student as a summer research stipend. Chris Audu & Eric Woerly - The Frank J. Welcher Award, the graduating senior with the most outstanding professional promise. Eric Hunt - The Outstanding Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Student Award Eric Woerly - The American Institute of Chemists Student Research and Recognition Award Jordan Howe - CRC Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award Anna Martynow - Lilly Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Award Brian O’Callaghan - Scott Alan Kent Memorial Scholarship Derek Caldwell & Maraysa Raffensparger - Rich-Keller Elementary Chemistry Scholarship LaVonne Armes - Wilmer K. Fife Memorial Scholarship



Science Professor Wins Irwin Award

Chancellor’s Teaching Award



Dr. Bond has been a Chancellor’s Professor at IUPUI since 2000. His area of research is evidencebased practices for adults with mental illness, assertive community treatment and supported employment. These practicies enable people with schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

Dr. Marrs captivates her students with the way she interweaves classic biology with exciting current advances, and transmits a love of science to her students. She integrates computer advances into her lectures and her assignments and has a natural gift for communication. She has been awarded significant national grants, including two recently funded Robert Noyce Scholars grants that will make avenues for reaching new recruits to science from underrepresented students in public middle and high schools.

he Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., MD, Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship or Creative Activity is IUPUI’s highest recognition of outstanding, continuing research by a faculty member. The 2007-2008 recipient of the Irwin Award was Gary Bond, a professor at the Purdue School of Science at IUPUI.

Professor Bond has received more than 50 external grants and contracts and 5 national research awards. His publications include 200 journal articles and book chapters. He is co-author of the leading textbook in the field. In recognition of the policy implications of his work, he has given presentations and consulted with mental health leaders and researchers in the US and abroad. Professor Bond was cited as one of the “top producers of scholarly publications in clinical psychology PhD programs.”

he 2008 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by a full-time faculty member is Kathleen A. Marrs, Associate Professor of Biology. Dr. Gary Bond

With the combined student enrollment in all of her classes, Dr. Marrs is in contact with more than 10% of all students at IUPUI, so her influence, quantitatively Dr. Kathleen A. and qualitatively, is immense. Marrs Dr. Marrs is one of the early proponents of the “Just in Time Teaching” model in which feedback between students and the professor is via the World Wide Web. She has also been involved in Project Seam, funded by the Lilly Endowment, which works toward a “seamless” transition from high school to college.

Forensic, Investigative Sciences


orensic science is the application of the methods of science to matters involving the public. In many cases, this means the application of science in solving crimes. Forensic science is multidisciplinary; it involves chemistry, biology, physics, math, biochemistry, engineering, computer science, psychology, medicine, law, criminal justice, etc. Forensic scientists analyze evidence and testify in court. They may be called upon to attend crime scenes, train police investigators and attorneys, and conduct research. Completion of this program leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic and Investigative Sciences. All students take a core of science classes and university requirements. Each student chooses one of two tracks, biology or chemistry. The program also includes courses in imaging and photography, law and forensic science taught by law faculty), laboratory courses in forensic chemistry and forensic biology, as well as an opportunity to do an internship at a crime laboratory. Graduates of the program will be able to seek employment in crime labs,

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FIS Student Spotlight: Julie Lesniak

Julie Lesniak received her Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and at the time of this publication, was finishing her thesis requirement for a Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry, under the direction of Dr. Jay Siegel, who is the Director of the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program. She was the recipient of the 2008 Jan Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Grant from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and was invited to present a poster of her research at the annual meeting. Her Master’s thesis project is entitled “Forensic Discrimination of Red Hair Dyes by UV-Visible Microspectrophotometry.”



Dominguez Wins Top SPJ Awards

n April 25 the Society of Professional Journalists Indiana Chapter presented the SPJ Student of the Year Award to IUPUI senior Marcos Dominguez.

“A multi-talented student who takes charge and handles difficult assignments with ease and delicacy,” noted the judges about Dominguez. In addition to the student award, Dominguez captured a first place in the Professional Division for Best Coverage of Minority Issues (with Luis Navarro) for his story, “Driving Without A License.” In February Executive Associate Dean James Brown and senior Marcos Dominguez returned to Nicaragua for their forth volunteer tour with Operation Walk. Operation Walk is a private, not-for-profit, volunteer medical service organization that provides free surgical treatments for patients in developing countries. Faculty Activities and Recognitions • Executive Associate Dean James Brown received the Glenn W. Irwin, Jr. M.D. Experience Excellence Award for service to IUPUI beyond the call of duty. Brown also received the Chancellor’s Faculty Award for Civic Engagement. His book, with Rita Kohn, “Long Journey Home: Oral Histories of Contemporary Delaware Indians,” was named top

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book in the Indiana SPJ nonfiction book category.

• Professor Sherry Ricchiardi was invited by the U.S. State Department to meet via a digital video conference from Washington, D.C., with 20 Kenyan journalists in Nairobi on Feb. 21. All had been involved in covering the violence that erupted after a disputed December election.

Award, the highest honor given by the National Press Photographer’s Association. The award is given to an “individual who advances, elevates or attains unusual recognition for the profession of photojournalism by conduct, initiative, leadership, skill and devotion to duty.”

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After the meeting, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma commissioned Ricchiardi to produce a special report on how the Kenyan journalists were coping with chronicling atrocities and ethnic cleansing in their once peaceful homeland. • Robert Dittmer, University Lecturer, received a Trustee’s Teaching Award. • Nelson Price, adjunct instructor, launched a new weekly radio show “Hoosier History Live with Nelson Price!” on WICR. • Jim Lingren, adjunct instructor, provided all research for a WFYI program Across Indiana. • Jim Grim, community school coordinator, George Washington Community School, received the Chancellor’s Community Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement. • Steve Sweitzer received the prestigious Joseph A. Sprague Memorial


Kristiane da Silva School of Journalism Kristiane da Silva is a brilliant student and scholar who impresses every faculty member with whom she works with her hard work, keen insights, probing questions and dedication to excellence. Kristiane’s intellectual achievements are matched by her involvement in school and student activities. She is the epitome of the outstanding scholar and is a remarkable representative of IUPUI graduates.


Journalism’s Brown, Dominguez Go To Nicaragua


hey may not be medical doctors, but Journalism senior, Marcos Dominguez and Executive Associate Dean James Brown are no strangers to standing next to doctors and nurses during surgeries. In February, Dominguez and Brown returned to Nicaragua for their fourth Operation Walk. Operation Walk is a private, not-for-profit, volunteer medical service organization that provides free surgical treatment for patients in developing countries. “This mission is a last resort for some of the patients,” said Brown. “When they wake up (from surgery) they pretty much know it worked.” Brown was first approached by Dr. Darrell Bailey, Professor of Informatics, when Operation Walk saw the need for people in media to document the trip. Brown has always tried to incorporate students in his work and suggested Dominguez, a freshman at the time, and another student to go with him. “Marcos proved himself invaluable on that first trip,” said Brown. “He has superb media skills and is liked by everyone. He does whatever needs to be done.” On the last trip to Nicaragua, Dominguez proved Brown right. In the middle of one of the surgeries he put down his photography equipment and warmed blood with his body heat. “It’s very rewarding to see the smile of a person who could not walk and because of Operation Walk they now can go back to a regular life and without pain,” said Dominguez. This particular Operation Walk was started by Dr. Merrill Ritter of the Indiana University School of Medicine. The group rotates their trips between

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School of Journalism Senior Marcos Dominguez documents the work of physicians and nurses during Operations Walks visit to Nicaragua. three countries: Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Cuba. The doctors perform hip and knee replacements along with foot and ankle reengineering. The group returns to the same countries so they can catch up with patients and check progress. Brown’s and Dominguez photograph’s are used to help promote and raise awareness and funds for future trips. “Whatever talent I have I give because I get much more back in good feelings,” said Brown. He is not alone. Dominguez echoes and expands on his own motivation for participating in OperationWalk.

Journalism Executive Associate Dean Jim Brown in Nicaragua. on a human level. To help someone, is the most rewarding thing we can do.”

Anna McDaniel, Professor of Informatics and Assistant Dean for Research, School of Nursing, also “I go because I like being part of a team represented IUPUI on the last trip in that is helping others in need,” he says. February 2008. It’s also a learning experience because being in those situations you get to not only do a job but you also get to work



UCollege Building Renamed for Joseph Taylor


niversity College has been renamed Joseph T. Taylor Hall in honor of the man who served as dean of the Indianapolis Regional Campus from 1967 to 1970 (pre-IUPUI) and as the first dean of the newly established IU School of

Liberal Arts at IUPUI (1970-1978). “Because he was instrumental in implementing the merger that led to the establishment of IUPUI, it is fitting that his name be attached to one of the original buildings,” IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz said. “As an African American, Dr. Taylor was a pioneer at every stage of his academic career. He infused that can-do spirit and ability to break new ground into the very core of what has made IUPUI successful today.” Taylor served as a Professor of Sociology from 1965–1983 and as the first Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI from 1967–1978. The entire community was saddened by his death in September 2000. He is remembered for his commitment to dialogue and diversity.

Student enter the newly renamed Jospeh T. Taylor Hall, the home of IUPUI’s University College.

“I think Dr. Taylor would be delighted to see his name attached to the building that houses not only University College, but also the Multi-Cultural Center,” said Scott Evenbeck, Dean of University College.

Evenbeck recalled working closely with Taylor when he formed the Dialogue Group, comprised of members of the community who provided valuable insights into IUPUI. “That group did much to shape IUPUI and IUPUI’s ongoing commitment to students. Much of what we do in University College is a continuation of the work Dr. Taylor started on the downtown campus of Indiana University many years ago.” University College provides orientation, academic advising and academic support for entering students, work that has been nationally recognized as a model for supporting students entering college. “There is a direct relationship between that recognition, which includes being named an “Institution of Excellence,” and the foundation Dr. Taylor laid many years ago,” Evenbeck said. “It is exciting that the person the campus can honor and hold up as a role model with entering students is someone who in many ways is the father of the IUPUI we all know now.”

Center for Criminal Justice Research Launched


he Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) announced the creation of the IU Center for Criminal Justice Research. Located in downtown Indianapolis near the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, the Center has a mission of providing thorough and impartial research on criminal justice and public safety issues so that officials can make better-informed public policy decisions. That, in turn, will help make communities safer. The center’s areas of focus include crime prevention, traffic safety, law enforcement

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and policing. Faculty and staff at the Center for Criminal Justice Research will work in partnership with clients in government, social service organizations and elsewhere to share research results with community leaders, policymakers, academic audiences and citizens. For example, annual “Indiana Crash Facts” reports -- which provide collision statistics, such as the number of teenage drivers involved in crashes and the percentage of fatalities caused by drunk drivers -- will be researched and released through the center. Crystal Garcia and Roger Jarjoura win the ICEE Course of the Year Award for 24

School of Continuing Studies Award “Employment after Prison: Strategies and Best Practices” School of Continuing Studies Receives Award for Department of Workforce Development Training Course. The Indiana Council for Continuing Education (ICCE) has selected an Indiana University School of Continuing Studies (SCS) training program as its 2007 Course of the Year.


Spirit of Philanthropy Awards


n Thursday, April 17, 2008, the annual Spirit of Philanthropy Awards were presented to honor the following people, corporation, and foundations:

Chancellor’s Awards for Civic Engagement

School of Law Indianapolis Adam Arceneaux Stephen A. Stitle

Herron School of Art and Design Jane Fortune Rebecca A. Mohr and H. Eugene Hunt

School of Liberal Arts Dr. Charles H. Winslow School of Medicine Robert Everitt Eugene and Marilyn Glick

Kelley School of Business George D. Miller Deborah New

School of Nursing Linda Gilman Carol Ritchie

Center on Philanthropy at IU Harriet M. Ivey The Honorable P.A. Mack Jr.

School of Optometry Dr. Daniel Gerstman The Vision Care Institute

Center for Service and Learning Jim Grim Marco’s Pizza

School of Physical Education and Tourism Management Frank Feigl, P.E.D. Norman Schulte

School of Dentistry Dr. R. Stephen Lehman School of Eduction Arthur and Betty Ann Brill School of Engineering and Technology Robert and Marjorie Begeman Offfice of External Affairs Steven A. Ramos IUPU Columbus Thomas C. Bigley Jr. School of Informatics Julian T. Peebles Schools of Journalism and Informatics Dr. Merrill A. Ritter

Professor James W. Brown School of Journalism

School of Public and Environmental Affairs The Hahn Foundation of the Indiana Hospital Assocation

Chancellor’s Scholar

School of Science P.E. MacAllister School of Social Work Michael and Barbara Bass Division of Student Life IUPUI Senior Academy University College Indiana Members Credit Union University Library Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital Suellen Terry

Intercollegiate Athletics Bruce Laughlin

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Jim Grim and the George Washington Community School


Angela Renee Raab

Graduate School Angela has distinguished herself as a graduate instructor with the English Department’s pioneering online Shakespeare program, where she became one of the few graduate students to work in the upper division literature curriculum. She has also achieved distinction as a top student in the Professional Editing graduate certificate program.


Former President Bill Clinton Visits IUPUC O’Bannon, was greeted with a welcome worthy of a rock star when he took to the podium at 10:15 a.m. Those who were unable to be admitted into the station stood outside, where Clinton’s speech was piped out through loudspeakers. Students were very enthusiastic, not only about seeing Clinton, but about the overall importance of the historic presidential race. Many first-time voters discussed the significance of registering to vote and the difference one vote can make. Others discussed the importance of Indiana’s role in this election. “I think it is wonderful that your votes are going to matter for the first time in 40 years,” Clinton said.

Former President Bill Clinton rallied the crowd when he campaigned for Sen. Hillery Rodham Clinton at IUPUC.


tudents from Indiana UniversityPurdue University Columbus were energized — and some a bit surprised — by the visit of the former two-term Democratic President Bill Clinton when he made a campaign stop on behalf of his wife Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton April 2. Not since 1968, when Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Robert Kennedy and Sen. Eugene McCarthy visited Columbus, had the town been so electrified and alive with excitement. Braving the early morning chill, supporters of Sen. Clinton began arriving at Fire Station 2 — across the street from IUPUC — at 4 a.m. with signs, blankets, and thermoses of coffee. By 9 a.m. approximately 1,500 people had gathered outside the station. The campus parking lot was full and people were forced to park in the grass and along adjacent roads. Clinton, who was introduced by Judy

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Clinton discussed Sen. Clinton’s proposed energy policies. One aspect being the introduction of bio-fuels that don’t raise the price of food, and don’t hurt the environment, while at the same time creating an opportunity for more jobs in Indiana. “You can take the leaves of any Indiana farm crop,” he said. “You can create bio-fuel, and if you do that, then you’ve lowered the price of fuel, and you produce it at home and create jobs. It’s a great deal for rural Indiana, because you cannot put bio-fuel in a pipeline.” Clinton occasionally paused for cheers and applause as he explained that the economic problems we are facing are the result of a return to trickle-down economics, and it isn’t working. Students whistled and screamed as the former president discussed Sen. Clinton’s intention to put pressure on student loan companies to revamp the process of student loan repayment. Clinton pledged that his wife would ensure students would be given lower interest rates and be allowed to pay back their debt over a longer period of time. Due to time constraints, Clinton was unable to take questions from the crowd


or the media. IUPUC student Kelly Mitchner expressed frustration about the lack of publicity leading up to the campaign stop. “I found out this morning right before my 8 o’clock class,” Mitchner said. “I’m thinking about ditching class this afternoon so I can go see him in Seymour.” Following the rally, student Cory Blackburn, a secondary education major, pledged his support for Sen. Clinton. “I will definitely be voting for Clinton in November,” Blackburn said. “I learned a lot. I didn’t realize that they both shared so many views.” Blackburn said he couldn’t understand why so many people are so hesitant about the Democratic candidate’s ability to function as commander in chief, especially with regard to commanding the armed forces. “I don’t think it comes down to being sexist,” Blackburn said. “It isn’t because she is a woman. I think it comes down to experience. But I honestly don’t believe that has anything to do with running the country. There are people who advise on that stuff.” IUPUC student Liz Marthaler said she is still torn between Clinton and Obama, but she thought it was good that even though Sen. Clinton could not make it, the former president did. “I thought it was cool that he came to a small town like this,” Marthaler said. “It is cool that he supports her the way he does.” Although some students were excited about Clinton’s visit, they expressed disappointment they were unable to see Sen. Clinton. But they remained very supportive of the candidate. “I think it was weird that she didn’t come,” Mitchner said. “But I still love


Prestigious Research Award to Informatics Prof


research proposal submitted by Gunther Schadow, associate professor, IU School of Informatics, was one of five projects selected recently for funding by the Intercampus Applied Research Program (IARP) Awards.

“This project will streamline the connection between interdisciplinary research teams including clinical researchers, informaticians and statisticians,” said Schadow. “Applied high-tech clinical research depends on people with very different skills and viewpoints to work together and pass information between each other,” said Schadow. Each member of the team contributes to a growing body of information.

IARP is a joint initiative between Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Purdue University-West Lafayette to support practical, world-class research. Dr. Schadow is also a Regenstrief Institute investigator and co-director of the Signature Center for Computational Diagnostics. Joining Schadow as co-investigator is Olga Vitek, assistant professor of statistics and computer science at Purdue University. Twenty-one collaborative proposals were considered in a rigorous peer review process that involved faculty reviewers from both the IUPUI and Purdue campuses. Each year, only five such proposals are selected to receive IARP funding.

Associate Professor Gunther Schadow, IU School of Informatics The research project, Interfacing Biological Knowledge and Statistical Analysis for Rapid Interpretation of Clinical Proteomics Experiments, will develop structures and statistical methodology for rapid interpretation of clinical proteomic data.

Other Notable Awards

Chancellor’s Scholar Leon Nowlin, Jr. School of Informatics Leon will be a visual effects artist for film and television, having completed his degree with a 3.982 grade point average as a Diversity Research Scholar. He served as president of the Student African-American Brotherhood, president of Circle K International, and president of SIGGRAPH. He 2was an International Golden Key Inductee, received the Joseph Taylor Academic Achievement Award as well as an IUPUI Top 100 award.

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“For example, the informatician integrates data and translates it into a form that the clinical researcher can read. The clinical researcher adds interpretations to the data, and those need to flow into the statistical analysis, and the statistical results need to flow back to the clinical researcher. In this project we are now able to improve this information hand-off between all those parties,” declared Schadow.


• Christopher Hardin, senior, Media Arts & Science, IU School of Informatics, was selected by IUPUI as the Top Male Student for 2008. • Nick Noblet, senior, Informatics, Morris Schefcik, senior, Health Information Administration, Nicholas Stepp, junior, Health Information Administration and Catherine Wiseman, senior, Health Information Administration, were named Top 100 Students. This marks the third consecutive year that Informatics students have been selected for this honor.



Nowlin Named Informatics Chancellor’s Scholar

eon Nowlin, Jr., a Media Arts and Science Program senior, was named recipient of the School of Informatics 2008 IUPUI Chancellor’s Scholar Award. Nowlin, 22, was recognized for his accomplishments during the Chancellor’s Honors Convocation April 25 at IUPUI. Nowlin – who graduated in May with a grade point average of 3.982 as a Diversity Research Scholar – was selected by the faculty for having the School’s highest undergraduate GPA. As is tradition, he carried the Informatics academic banner during the commencement ceremony processional. Nowlin’s was also awarded the International Golden Key Inductee, the Joseph Taylor Academic Achievement Award, and IUPUI Top 100 Award. Nowlin served as president of Student African-

Leon Nowlin, School of Informatics Chancellor’s Scholar. American Brotherhood, president of Circle K International, and president of SIGGRAPH’s IUPUI chapter. Following graduation, Nowlin

planned to work as a compositor for feature films adding green-screen elements, mixing matte paintings and blending them into video and film.

Forgey Steps Down as Director of Health Information Administration Program Danita H. Forgey, an architect of the IU School of Informatics Health Information Administration Program (HIA), stepped down June 30 to pursue a career in health information consultancy.

Informatics Lecturer Danita H. Forgey

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Forgey, a clinical assistant professor, joined the IUPUI campus community in 1994 as a lecturer in what then was the School of Allied Health Sciences. During her tenure the HIA Program became affiliated with the School of Informatics, and in June 2001, Forgey was named HIA program director. Under Forgey’s leadership the HIA Program has enjoyed record enrollments, thanks in part to her strategic decision to offer the program’s entire professional curriculum online. Many students from 28

Indiana and beyond earn their degrees via distance education. Certificate programs in medical coding and cancer registry have also been established since the move to Informatics. Forgey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Record Administration, and Master of Information Science, both from Indiana University. She is a member of the American and Indiana Health Information Management Associations, and received IHIMA’s Professional Achievement Award in 2006. Forgey also is a recipient of the Indiana University Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award, and serves as president of the School of Informatics Faculty Council.


Bruckmann Studies Abroad with To Mexico With Love


uring a time when most students are dreaming of beaches, putting in extra hours at work or taking summer school classes, a select group of IUPUI students, including senior Nikki Bruckmann, headed to Cuernavaca, Mexico, to participate in a summer abroad service-learning project, in which they not only immersed themselves in the Spanish language, but also tutored Mexican students in English. Last summer Bruckmann not only participated in this program, but tackled it from a reporter’s perspective. She photographed the excursion and came back to write an article for the Sagamore on the program. She made such an impact on IDEAL Spanish Language School owner Hermilio Brito and IUPUI program director Michelle Verduzco that she was offered a staff position as a Service-Learning Assistant for 2008. According to the current president of the program, Casey Thompson, the program is designed for students to experience Mexico in all of its rich heritage and culture. “We take classes during the day in order to improve our Spanish proficiency. [The classes] give us a taste of the music, written word and history of Mexico,” Thompson said. Students are enrolled at the IDEAL Spanish Language School, where they work their way up in Spanish classes, focusing on written and spoken grammar, exercises, films, songs, games, group conversations, culture lectures, dance lessons and culinary

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I would be working alongside her in preparation for this upcoming trip because Nikki possesses such a positive demeanor and a strong work ethic,” Thompson said. “Nikki is full of innovative ideas of improving the program.” One of Bruckmann’s favorite aspects of the program was the relationship between the IDEAL teachers and the students.

Bruckmann with two young students she helped tutor in English, part of the service aspect of the “To Mexico with Love” program. Photo courtesy Nikki Bruckmann

“The teachers are wonderful. They enjoy when we come because there are so many of us. They are personal as well,” Bruckmann said. “They would often go out with us on the weekends and on the excursions.”

instruction. In addition to attending classes, students visit and volunteer at various service agencies twice a week.

“The teachers made their lessons connect to a real-world context. If they wanted to discuss food and local customs, then the teacher would take the class on a trip to a local restaurant and conduct class there,” Thompson said.

“I felt proud, very proud of myself for leaving such a good impression on the directors of the program and for them to consider me for the position,” Bruckmann said.

With the opportunities this program offers, it’s hard for Bruckmann and Thompson not to agree that every student should take advantage of studying abroad if possible.

Despite initial uncertainties on whether to take the job considering she was to graduate in May, Bruckmann signed on to participate once more. She worked alongside five other Service-Learning Assistants at IUPUI whose aim was to constantly improve the program. “I was and still am very excited that Nikki was hired to work on the program. It elated me to know that

“I think it should be mandatory for college students to study abroad. It is an excellent opportunity,” Bruckmann said. “As far as for journalism students, it’s about networking and taking advantage of any situation.”


“I plan on staying in Mexico after the program to try and seek employment as well as work on my Spanish skills and travel.”


Hill Stars as One of IUPUI’s Top Athletes


n media pictures and on the basketball court, IUPUI standout George Hill might appear overly assertive, slightly arrogant and somewhat standoffish.

Maybe that is the swagger you must exude to accomplish what the 6-foot-2-inch junior guard has. In 2004, his senior year at Broad Ripple High School, Hill averaged 36.2 points per game, the fifth best scoring average in the history of Indiana high school basketball. At IUPUI, he has already won the honor of being named Summit League Player of the Week four times – and that is in this single, unfinished season alone. He finished his collegiate career as one of the all-time greatest IUPUI athletes. But this piece is not about George Hill the basketball player and his accomplishments on the court, he obviously excels there. This piece is about George Hill the human being and his personality in everyday life. Like many people in the public spotlight, Hill is much different than his persona is frequently stereotyped as. George Hill is a generous man who has a quick wit, a drive to remain upbeat and what seems like a dedication to constantly smile (despite the glare of the team-photo). Furthermore, he is an only child who places a lot of importance on family. Family is what brought him to IUPUI. After his huge success at the high school level, it was time for Hill to pick a college. “I was choosing between Florida and Temple, IUPUI Basketball player George Hill (left) dunks the ball. The Broad Ripple native has been standing out for his strong performances on the court. Photo: Marcos Dominguez

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but my grandfather was (terminally) sick and my dream was always for him to be able to watch me play,” he explains. Being from Broad Ripple, he decided to stay close to home and attend IUPUI because, “It would be a great opportunity for (my grandfather) to come see me.” “Unfortunately, (my grandfather) died my senior year in high school, so he never got to watch me play college ball,” says Hill. During this trying time, he dealt with more than just the loss of a loved-one. “After he died, people were asking me, ‘Why don’t you just switch (colleges)? You only verbally committed to IUPUI?’” Hill remembers. The integrity of his personality shows when he says, “My grandfather always told me to be a man of my word … so I stayed here.” The choice has certainly given him an opportunity to flourish. Hill’s one setback was last year when he broke his foot early in the season. “It was so frustrating. You always want to be out there and play, but I learned a lot sitting on the bench,” he said. “I learned to be a better leader, to stay humble, to be communicative and to lead by example.” “I think (my injury situation) is playing a large part in our success this year,” Hill says. The success might also be attributed to the strict regime he and his teammates follow: From 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Hill lifts weights; scholastic classes go from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; basketball practice begins at 2:45 p.m. and usually lasts until about 5:45 p.m. – at which point the whole team eats dinner together. After dinner the team studies or does

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Hill Signed by Spurs by Cliff Brunt AP Sports Writer The San Antonio Spurs signed firstround pick George Hill on Tuesday, Hill’s agent said. The Spurs took Hill out of IUPUI with the 26th selection, but didn’t have to sign him. Michael Whitaker said Hill participated in summer league with the Spurs and had been working out in San Antonio since Aug. 18, despite the fact that he hadn’t officially signed.

years of the deal are guaranteed. The rookie scale shows that Hill would make $1.22 million his first year and $1.31 million his second year. The Spurs have team options the next two years.

Hill, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged 21.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists last season for the Jaguars. He declared himself eligible for the draft after his junior year, and performed well enough in workouts to put himself in “The Spurs are a championship organiza- position to get selected. tion,” Whitaker said. “They told us all Whitaker needed to reassure Hill that the along they wanted to get the deal done, deal was going to happen. they just wanted to use the time to sign free agents. We just took them at their “It’s not common for first-rounders to go that word.” long, but I told George, ‘You got drafted by a unique team,”’ Whitaker said. Now that Hill has signed, the first two homework until nearly 9 o’clock in the evening. “There’s not much you can do after that. Maybe get something to eat again and go relax a little while before going to bed,” he said.

This has led to a special bond between the IUPUI star and a local star on the NBA level, Jermaine O’Neal. As an only child, the special nature of the friendship is evident when Hill says, “When I need someone to talk to, he really acts like a ‘big brother type.’”

“My dream is to play in the NBA – that’s every kid’s dream,” he says. “I’m willing to go to the NBA Development League or over to the European leagues – that’s still professional basketball.

Once again, the concept of family comes forth in Hill’s words and motivations. IUPUI basketball coach Ron Hunter has played a quasi-familial role in Hill’s life as well.

“And If basketball doesn’t work out, I “Being an only child, my parents always would like to own a sports facility,” Hill spoiled me,” he says. “But, Coach Hunter says. will direct me to the point of bumping heads – I’ve never had someone in my When asked what he likes most about face, so I can do nothing but respect that this school, he responds, “The surand learn from it.” roundings. Being downtown, the environment is great.” 31


Barefoot Coach Gains Shoes for Kids Hunter goes barefoot to gain donations

by Patrick Horne


n organization, a basketball coach and many others are on a mission to provide hope for many of the world’s less fortunate.

With the reality of povety, and the many who have to endure and overcome the many obstacles that are often associated with it, Samaritan’s Feet and coach Ron Hunter are helping to heal the world one shoe at a time. By teaming with Samaritan’s Feet, Hunter was convinced to coach a home game barefoot in order to raise awareness for the needy children in Africa. The men’s basketball team faced Oakland on January 24. The Jaguars won 82-69, but it was Hunter coaching shoeless that got the attention. The original goal was to collect 40,000 pairs of shoes, but by tipoff there were 110,000 pairs and in the end more that 150,000 were collected. Emmanuel Ohonme, head of Samaritan’s Feet, has the goal of providing 10 million pairs of shoes to needy children over the next 10 years. As a symbol of understanding, Hunter coached the game near Dr. Martin Luther King Day. The life of King inspired Hunter to embark on this journey with Ohnome, and take on the task of changing the world. “In recognition of what Dr. King did for our country, I want to honor his life by standing for the children around the world who don’t have a voice,” Hunter expressed on the foundation’s website. “I have always looked up to Dr. Martin Luther King and what he stood for.”

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The trip, originally planeed from July 24 - August 4, was withheld by advice from the U.S. State Department. The conditions in Africa deemed the trip unsafe. Instead, Hunter and others traveled to Lima, Peru where they delivered around 15,000 pairs of shoes. “This isn’t about shoes. It’s about hope,” Hunter said. “We want these kids to know that there is hope.”

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Shoeless Effort Went Global


unter coached a men’s basketball game barefoot to collect shoes for the Samaratan’s Feet nonprofit As children, we’re taught to “put our best foot forward” to achieve our life’s goals. This past winter, IUPUI basketball coach Ron Hunter went that old adage one better: he put two feet forward. And he did it for a worthy cause. Hunter’s simple act — removing his shoes and socks for one cold, wintry Indiana night, then coaching a Jaguar men’s basketball game against Summit League rival Oakland — began as one man’s idea to show people on the IUPUI campus and in the Indianapolis community what daily life is like for millions of children in the poorest regions of Africa and other continents. And a nation — indeed, the world — took notice. Hunter hoped his efforts would generate 40,000 pairs of new sneakers to support Samaritan’s Feet <http:// ron_hunter/> , a U.S.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing 10 million pairs of shoes for children over the next decade. But by the time the clock in The Jungle hit 0:00 on that wintry night, Hunter’s goal was a distant memory. By then, more than 125,000 pairs of shoes had been donated or pledged, with more on the way, thanks to an explosion of international media coverage combined with a healthy dose of human kindness.

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The coach’s heartfelt cause had gone global. And because Hunter — inspired by the life story and dreams of Samaritan’s Feet founder Emmanuel “Manny” Ohonme — decided to do his part, the ripples roll onward.

contain Hunter’s cause: to change the world one foot — OK, two — at a time. Before long, the story was on CNN, on MSNBC, on the veritable alphabet soup of networks and web systems that populate cyberspace.

The “barefoot coach” success story caught many by surprise. But not at IUPUI, where the passion to help others is a daily part of campus life. Officially, IUPUI calls it “civic engagement” others call it public service or volunteerism. But by any terminology, it’s about unleashing the talents and efforts of hundreds, even thousands, of students who “learn by doing.” In the end, it’s the embodiment of one of the world’s oldest lessons: be a good neighbor.

The “soles for souls” search resonated on news programs across the land and around the world; he even was chosen ABC-TV’s “Person of the Week.”

Unusual notoriety Hunter and his campus friends hoped his shoe drive would garner some local attention —newspapers, radio or area TV newscasts — to encourage donations. But his efforts quickly morphed into something quite unexpected: a cause that touched the hearts of millions of people across the country and around the world. The IUPUI coach made multiple appearances on ESPN TV and radio shows, on the sports network’s various Web sites, and in ESPN the Magazine. Hunter’s story was in Sports Illustrated, both its print and web incarnations. He was in The Sporting News. In the weeks surrounding the Oakland game, IUPUI students were out in force to support Coach Hunter’s efforts. But the world of sports couldn’t 33

With each appearance, the story grew, and so did contributions of shoes and money. And each mention spotlighted the idea that a college campus can become a training ground for students, teaching them to think in terms of possibilities, not limitations. Whether it’s Hunter’s shoe drive; healthrelated outreach efforts in Kenya, Mexico or Honduras; or building Indianapolis-area homes through Habitat for Humanity, civic engagement is a crucial element in IUPUI’s commitment to be part of the Indianapolis community. It takes many forms. There are special events that raise funds, heighten awareness of causes or health challenges, or simply invigorate the city’s cultural climate. There are volunteer projects that meet the short-term and long-term needs of people throughout Indianapolis. There are partnerships linking the campus with area governments, corporations and businesses, and civic groups. Those connections make IUPUI part of the fabric of life in Indianapolis, and help the campus contribute to the future of people throughout the city and state, and — as Hunter’s cause shows — beyond our borders.


Faculty Accomplishments


r. L. Jack Windsor, associate professor of oral biology at the IU School of Dentistry, was accepted into the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute’s class of 2009. The institute is a year-long fellowship designed to prepare the nation’s most promising individuals at academic dental institutions for future leadership roles in dental and higher education. The program has four phases, including a legislative workshop that will require the fellows to visit Congressional offices on Capitol Hill. ADEA is the nation’s primary organization for dental educators. Dr. Joan Kowolik, assistant professor of pediatric dentistry and a faculty member since 1998, was named the IDA’s Outstanding Teacher for 2007 recognizing achievements in the previous academic year. She was appointed director of IU’s predoctoral pediatric dentistry program after serving two

years as interim director.

cation Committee.

While managing a teaching schedule that includes clinic, lecture, technique courses and group-learning activities, Dr. Kowolik is faculty advisor for the IUSD Kids Club, formerly the student branch of the American Society of Dentistry for Children; and the Service Learning in Community Oral Health course elective.

Two faculty members took on highprofile leadership positions and a third received a prestigious award:

Dr. Vanchit John, associate professor of periodontics and interim chair of the Department of Periodontics and Allied Dental Programs, was named the IDA’s 2007 Outstanding Faculty Member in recognition of his body of work since joining the tenure-track faculty in 1998. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a fellow of the International College of Dentists. He is involved with the periodontic specialty as a member of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Edu-

• Prof. Patricia Capps is the new state president of the Indiana Dental Assistants Association • Dr. Susan Zunt is poised to become the national president-elect of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. • Dental professor Dr. Joan Kowolik served with distinction as “our woman in Washington”: As the sole national recipient of the American Dental Education Association fellowship, she traveled throughout the year between IUPUI and Washington, D.C., where she worked on legislative issues related to dentistry and the Children’s Dental Health Improvement Act.


chool of Dentistry students in the International Service-Learning program traveled to poverty-stricken communities in Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico in spring 2008 to provide oral care to persons in need. Others were in a service-learning commitment in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, where they linked up with dental students from Centro Universitário Positivo, UnicenP. Service-learning opportunities in these countries and all 92 of Indiana’s counties complement the school’s on-campus clinical program, drawing patients from a pool of 28,355 Hoosiers.

Sixty-nine IU School of Dentistry students treated patients in rural villages in Mexico during annual spring break trips to Calnali that began in 2001. The 2008 group (standing, from left): faculty mentor Dr. Armando Soto and students Jonathan Titus, Braden Robbins, Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Jenkins, David Gallup, and Sanaz Amiran; kneeling: Tanet Sinchai, Matthew Rasche, and Nicole Weddell. (Faculty mentor Dr. Angeles Martínez-Mier not pictured.)

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Chancellor’s Scholar IU dental student Sherry Benenhaley (right) and a dental student from Centro Universitário Positivo (UnicenP), Brazil, treat a patient together at the Public Dental Clinic in Colombo, a city in the Brazilian state of Paraná.

Sherry L. Benenhaley School of Dentristry Sherry is a most dynamic individual. She maintains a 4.0 GPA, a feat rarely accomplished in the IU SD DDS program, despite her commitment to volunteering for many activities, including using her fluency in Spanish to serve as an interpreter. After graduation, Sherry leaves for Hawaii and a position at the Queen’s Medical Center.

Long Night As Jagathon Supports Riley Foundation


he 2008 Jagathon raised a record-breaking total of $12,002.92 for the Riley Foundation, during an all-night event that was held for the first time in the Campus Center. “Having the Jagathon in the Campus Center has been great,” said Una Dragic, the internal relations chair for the Jagathon Council. “In the Natatorium (former location) it was hard to keep everyone together. This place is great. It’s a spacious area, it has great acoustics and it was really easy to bring in the food and supplies.” The Jagathon Council created a friendly environment for the event. In the back of the room were chairs and tables for snacks and breakfast. To the far side were tables with board games and Guitar Hero set up on a small TV, which was near a full DJ booth and a large mix-board. In the front of Room C, on the third floor of the Campus Center, was an impressive stage with 12 canlights and four speaker cabinets, each equipped with two 15-inch subwoofers. Throughout the night, accommodations were made to have food or snacks brought in by Marco’s Pizza, Steak n’ Shake and Chartwells, who provided breakfast to go along with the numerous drinks that were donated. The makings

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of a pretty fun, all-night college party “I like to be at parties, and I was told this was going to last all night,” said 8-year-old Janyla Martin, who was there with her 5-year-old brother Charles “Little Mikey” Johnson. Charles made the most of every minute he was there, which was until about midnight. At one point, he began dancing with a volunteer in the middle of the floor. “Dancing with Mikey was my favorite part of the night,” said Gabriela Mendoza, a 19-year-old freshman studying French. “I had the most fun dancing, especially when Mikey started giving me the leis. “I’m really happy I did (the Jagathon),” she said. “It was way better than what I expected. I’ll be doing it each year I’m at IUPUI.” “I guess that means I’ll be here, too,” said Mendoza’s boyfriend, Hanssel Toruno, who studies business. “I really enjoyed having the kids around, especially Mikey,” Toruno said with a smile, while looking at Mendoza. “If I had one recommendation, it would be to have more kids here and maybe try to have them stay longer.” Their youthful exuberance was highly contagious. After midnight, the Jaga35

thon housed a set from Bram Ashland’s Band and Jason Lloyd while intermittently holding a bat-spin relay, crossdressing competition and a short Yoga stretch. One event, “Viva Orienta,” taught the participants salsa-dancing. “I’ve never stayed up all night,” said Meghan Cross, a freshman studying Spanish and international relations. “Honestly, I still can’t say that I have, I took a tiny nap during breakfast. “I think I will participate (in the Jagathon) in the future,” Cross said. “Still, I’m really glad it is not for another year so I can recover.” At 7 a.m., the awards ceremony and closing comments were held. Among the prizes were a Joseph Addai-signed picture, a Mike Dunleavy-signed jersey, a basketball signed by all the Pacers and a $50 gift certificate to Best Buy. The person who collected the most donations received two tickets to anywhere in United States. The winner, who declined to share her full name, garnered a total of $1,380 in donations. “My family is a Riley family,” the winner said, during her acceptance speech. She went on to explain that her brother was a burn victim and was helped tremendously by the Riley Hospital.


Music Loses Jazz Great Jack Gilfoy


ack Gilfoy, a native of Indianapolis, 68, of Indianapolis, died unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep Friday, May 2, 2008. Gilfoy was born July 31, 1939, the only child of Lewis and Sue Warren Gilfoy. He received a BM (music) and MS (education) degrees from Indiana University where he was the first jazz drummer to complete a degree in percussion. Along the way Jack got to study jazz drumming with Shelly Manne and Joe Morello. Jack has been a professional musician for over 40 years. He is perhaps best know as a “jazzman/drummist” having performed with greats such as Errol Garner, Teddy Wilson, Jim Cullum, Ken Peplowski, Allen Vache, Harry Warren, Bob Snyder, Milt Hinton and Doc Severinson. He also played locally at the Jazz Kitchen with the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra. Gilfoy is best known for the 30 years he toured as personal concert TV show drummer for Henry Mancini.


Gilfoy was the Director of Jazz & Music Business Studies at the Indiana University School of Music at IUPUI for almost 20 years. He taught jazz drumming at IU Bloomington and Ball State University and was an associate editor for the Percussive Arts Society Journal. Gilfoy also performed concerts in schools, from preschool through high school, helping young people understand the joy and vitality of jazz music.

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Other Activities and Recognitions

ther School of Music faculty members recognized for outstanding achievement include: • Mr. Randy Albright: University Trustee Teaching Award 2007-2008 • Dr. Fred Rees: University Trustee Teaching Award 2007-2008 • Mr. John Alvarado: School of Music at IUPUI Internal Award: Innovative Artist Recognition Award 2007-2008 • Dr. Michael Drews: School of Music at IUPUI Internal Award:

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On the pop side of music, Gilfoy performed with The Four Preps, Sonny & Cher, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Nancy Wilson, and even Elvis (1971). Gilfoy played with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Chamber Brass Choir, the Bloomington and Columbus Pops Orchestras, the Sonic Boom Percussion group, as well as with orchestras throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and Japan. Another delightful musical association of many years was playing with Julius Adeniyi and the Drums of West Africa.

Teaching Excellence Recognition Award 2007-2008 • Mr. David Mannell: School of Music at IUPUI Internal Award: Teaching Excellence Recognition Award 2007-2008 • Dr. Debra Burns: School of Music at IUPUI Internal Award: Innovative Research Recognition Award 20072008 • Ms. Jodi Sowers: School of Music at IUPUI Internal Award: Innovative Artist Recognition Award 2007-2008 36

Chuiyuan Meng School of Music Meng, a native of Beijing, China, possesses a strong drive for using music technology in teaching and product development. As a concert pianist, computer programmer and website designer with training in musicology and music education, he aspires one day to be a professor of music technology.


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Medical Students Entertain, Raise Funds for Free Clinics


ndiana University School of Medicine students and the Crispus Attucks Step Team entertained an enthusiastic crowd at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School to raise money for free medical clinics at the 2008 Evening of the Arts on Saturday, Jan. 26. This show is an annual fundraiser for the city’s medical clinics for the homeless and needy, where medical students volunteer. New faces at IUSM • Fen-Lei Chang, M.D., Ph.D., was named assistant dean and director and a professor of neurology of the IUSM -Fort Wayne. He is the third director in the center’s history. • Cardiologist Peng-Sheng Chen, M.D., was appointed director of the Krannert Institute of Cardiology and of the Division of Cardiology. He also holds the first Medtronic Zipes Professor of Cardiology. • Peter A.S. Johnsone, M.D., was named chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology. • Krystal Ardayfio was named director of the newly established Office of Multi

Twins Noah and Abigail may have been snoozing, but IUSM’s graduation was a big day for their parents Adam and Kristin Will who, along with 259 classmates, received their MD degrees on May 10, 2008. Photo: John Gentry

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cultural Affairs which was created to inspire a diverse culture within the school for the success of every student, resident faculty, staff and alumni member. Unique Honors & Accolades The Indiana University School of Medicine-Moi University (Kenya) Partnership was recognized with a Nobel Prize nomination for its program that provides treatment, food and job skill education to patients with HIV/ AIDS. That program, AMPATH also received a five-year, $60-million grant from USAID, which will be augmented with $6 million from the IU School of Medicine. Another $1 million grant – the single largest private donation to the program – was received from Interactive Intelligence CEO Donald Brown, M.D. The Partnership was recognized by the NIH and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as one of two network sites in Africa to receive a $5 million research grant for communitybased health care interventions.


n recognition of education excellence at IUSM, the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society inducted 63 students, faculty and alumni into the Indiana chapter in spring 2008. 38

The prior September, the Gold Humanism Honor Society inducted 30 IUSM students into the local chapter. National recognition for career excellence was presented to radiology Professor Dean T. Maglinte, M.D., who was awarded the 2008 Walter Bradford Canon Medal by the Society of Gastrointerstinal Radiologists.

Professor Hal E. Broxmeyer, Ph.D.

IU Distinguished Professor Hal E. Broxmeyer, Ph.D., a pioneer in the field of umbilical cord blood transplantation, was the recipient of the 2007 E. Donnall Thomas Prize by the American Society of Hematology. Robert A. Weinberg, Ph.D., is the 2007 recipient of Steven C. Beering Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biomedical Science presented by the Indiana University School of Medicine.


Three Faculty Appointed Chancellor’s Professor

Janice S. Blum School of Medicine

Tatioana M. Foroud School of Medicine

Chancellor’s Scholar

Charles H. Turner School of Medicine

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Christopher A. Benner School of Medicine MD Program

Amanda F. Stamper School of Medicine Health Professions Program

Christopher has distinguished himself as one of the most outstanding students in his medical school class. One faculty member wrote tht following comments about his performance: “He is a team player and absorbs knowledge better than any student I have ever known. It is an honor and a privilege to have taught Chris.”

Amanda is an outstanding student who has displayed excellence in the classroom and in the clinical setting. She demonstrates the ability to apply the theories from the classroom and laboratory to a variety of healthcare delivery situations. Amanda is a wonderful representative for radiologic sciences and the university in her interaction with faculty, staff, patients and community.

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School of Nursing ‘Celebrates Nurses, Those Who Teach Them’


he IU School of Nursing hosted its third annual “Celebration of Nursing” Luncheon on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at the new IUPUI Campus Center. The purpose of this event is to recognize nurses who make an invaluable difference in the delivery of healthcare as well as to honor the individuals who teach them. Three prestegious awards were presented: • Marchusa Huff, DSN, RN, retired associate professor at IUSON will be recognized with the Emily Holmquist Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award for her exemplary contributions to nursing as a professional nurse. • Suzanne Gordon, award winning journalist and author will receive the Doris H. Merritt Service to Nursing Award for her significant impact on the

nursing profession. • Leonard Betley, retired managing partner of Ice Miller LLP and current president and chief executive officer of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation will receive the Victoria Champion Boundary Spanning Award for his uncanny ability to create connections between nursing and other disciplines. In addition, the Alumni Association bestowed an Excellence in Nursing Award to Ann Marie Johnson, RN, MSN for her significant contributions to the clinical practice of nursing. Judith A. Halstead, DNS, RN and Pamela R. Jeffries, DNS, RN, FAAN were formally inducted as Fellows into the National League for Nursing (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education

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This year the graduating class came together after losing one of their own, Peter Andre on Feb. 4, 2008. The graduating class created a scholarship in his name. The scholarship is open to School of Nursing students who are Indiana residents in good academic standing and demonstrate volunteer involvement with preference to male undergraduates.

Alvin S. Bynum Award

Buffy Renee Barger-Reynolds School of Nursing

Professor Tamilyn Bakas School of Nursing

Buffy Barger-Reynolds served as a mentor through the Bepko Learning Center for two years. She volunteered at numerous events such as the Day of Caring, Martin Luther King Day and Race for the Cure. After being accepted to the IU School of Nursing, she bacame a student nurse on a Medical/ Surgical unit at IU Hospital. She has maintained high scholarship throughout her college career.

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on September 29, 2007. This was the inaugural class of 41 fellows, representing 33 schools of nursing throughout the United States. Tamilyn Bakas, DNS, RN, and Joan E. Haase, PhD, RN, were formally inducted on November 10, 2007 into the American Academy of Nursing along with 54 other new Fellows for 2007. The induction took place during the Academy’s Annual Awards Ceremony and Induction Banquet in Washington, DC.



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Theresia Paauwe Indianapolis, Ind.

Jessie Farris Peru, Ind.

Heather Parmenter Greenwood, Ind.

IUPUI Students Support Coats for Kids by Tania Banegas


ore than 3,800 kids received free coats at the Northwest Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds last Saturday. “Coats for Kids” was a remarkable success this year with the help of volunteers from the Salvation Army, WTHR, Tuchman Cleaners and IUPUI. “These events always make me feel really good. There is really nothing else you can do other than community service to feel this good,” said Ebony Barney, IUPUI Service Corps Leader. The 8,000 donated coats guaranteed a warm winter to many youngsters. Volunteers worked hard to help keep the racks full and also to help families find a hat, scarf, headband and gloves for each child present. “It’s a lot more productive than watch-

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ing TV or playing video games. You’re giving back to the community, you’re helping people. There are unlimited reasons to do community service,” Barney said.

service opportunities Homelessness Awareness Month is designed to highlight. The program shows the community what IUPUI can do as a partner of Indianapolis.

October is Jags in the Streets Homelessness Awareness Month at IUPUI. This event was just one of the many

Jags in the Streets is coordinated jointly by the Office of External Affairs and the Center for Service and Learning.



Engineering and Technology Student IUPUI’s Most Outstanding Female


enior Rachel Meyer was named the 2008 Most Outstanding Female at IUPUI.

Racing Technology Speeds Ahead


he Purdue University School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI enjoyed an exciting and event filled year of major activity. There was much signicant news during 2007-2008, with the School making major progress in a number of important areas.

To be considered for this honor, a student must be in good academic standing, must be involved in collegiate and co-curricular activities and be involved in community service. Meyer was a Biomedical Engineering major in the school of Engineering and Technology. She was active throughout her career at IUPUI, finding time be the President of the Engineering and Technology Student Council, a captain of Team Engineering and Technology for the Relay for Life. She also was able to be involved in the numerous activities among

Rachel Meyer, IUPUI’s Top Female Student for 2008

keeping her grades above par. She was a Student Ambassador Scholar. Meyer also found herself being recognized in the 11th annual Women’s Leadership Reception.

Education has approved a bachelor’s degree program in Motorsports Engineering at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis.

Sarah Fisher Racing Partnership Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) announced a partnership with Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI, that would sponsor Sarah Fisher’s No. 67 Honda powered Dallara for the upcoming Indianapolis 500. The Sponsorship of Sarah Fisher Racing is a collaborative effort between the IU School of Liberal Arts, the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, and the IUPUI campus administration.

Motorsports BA Degree Launched The Indiana Commission for Higher

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The program, which had previously been approved by the Purdue University board of trustees, is now set to be offered to students beginning in the Fall of 2008. The program, which aims to prepare graduates for careers with automotiverelated companies, will focus on teaching fundamentals of engineering from a practical viewpoint. Projects will involve designing, analyzing and building of actual systems.

IUPUI Student Wins Purdue Grand Prix Jon Laski, an IUPUI Mechanical Engineering Technology major, led much of the race on his way to winning the race in the No. 25 IUPUI kart. 42

IUPUI MET student Jon Laski waves the checkered flag after winning the Purdue Grand Prix. Laski, who started in eighth position, assumed the lead a few laps after the start and then traded the top spot with the pole-sitting Hillenbrand Hall kart for much of the race. When the Hillenbrand kart was black-flagged as a result of a rollcage that had come loose late in the race, Laski assumed a dominant lead in the event. He maintained a steady pace, giving IUPUI its first ever win in the Purdue Grand Prix.


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Rachel Meyer Haubstadt, Ind.

Eddie Shmulker Fishers, Ind.

Rex Bennett Elkhart, Ind.

And More MotorSports


he Motorsports team in the School of Engineering and Technology has had an exciting year. It continues to grow and attract more students at IUPUI.

Washington, Minnesota and of course, Indiana, all attending because of their interest in Motorsports Engineering at IUPUI.

In February, Purdue University completed a plan of organizing a bachelor’s degree academic tract in motorsports engineering. After much planning, the program is hoping to launch in Fall 2008. It will be one of the few motorsport engineering programs of its kind in the entire country.

Motorsports day at IUPUI turned out to be a huge success this spring as well. There were Indy Cars at the event, as well as former drivers who spoke throughout the event.

The program includes students from Michigan, Illinois, Texas, California,

Twin seat Indy Car used for taking special guests on high-speed rides. Dean Bob White of Liberal Arts got a ride in this car as a going-away gift from

IUPUI student Zack Fuhrman (right) shows off the midget race car that he races to other interested students.

Prospective IUPUI students take an up-close look at on of the Target chip Ganassi Racing Indy Cars at the Annual IUPUI Motorsports Day.

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Panther Racing driver Vitor Meira takes questions from the audience at the annual IUPUI Motorsports Day.



Design and Communication Technology


he Global Design Studio (GDS) has been in operation since fall 2004. David Cowan, a director and assistant professor for architectural technology, is the co-founder of the GDS. The GDS program is designed to give students an opportunity to work in a distance-learning environment. The program works primarily on humanitarian based projects, but lately has been working on rebuilding homes destroyed by natural disaster. According the GDS website the goals of program are to: expose students to design problems set within different international contexts, to provide students with the opportunity to work within and learn from multi-disciplinary international teams, to develop a multi-directional international exchange of design knowledge that is dispensed

through contemporary media and to provide design expertise to individuals and communities in need.

There was a special incentive for students in Preston Ray’s design technology class. They knew their work would help a New Orleans neighborhood get back on its feet. Working in teams, the students prepared technical drawings that Broadmoor Development Corporation used to build six single family homes in the Broadmoor neighborhood of New Orleans. The homes will be sold or rented, adding to the stock of available living spaces for low and middle-income residents who call that neighborhood home. Flooded badly in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Broadmoor’s

first challenge was to survive. It was so badly damaged that some New Orleans officials thought the only thing to do was to turn the neighborhood into parkland, an idea its residents rejected. Swapping pretend projects for real clients occurred when the Global Design Studio was established. It has provided a national and international reach to the work IUPUI students do.

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he Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy has been a highlight for the Department of Mechanical Engineering this year. The vision of the organization is, “to be an international center of excellence for renewable energy research, education and applications.”

he Transportation Active Safety Institute has been a major part of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering this school year. Last January TASI was officially recognized as an IUPUI campus organization. This January it was one of ten campus organizations awarded with funding from the IUPUI Signature Center. Their mission is “to advance the use of active safety systems to reduce vehicle crashes and save lives.”

A student conducting research into renewable eneregy.

The Renewable Research Center has participants from the School of Engineering & Technology, as well as, the School of Medicine, School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the School of Science.

TASI wants the world to realize how much of an effect automobile accidents have around the globe. TASI has developed services to research transportation safety.

Students work to encourage education, research, technology regarding the area of renewable energy. Research projects that are currently being worked on include; hydrogen generation and hydrogen storage, fuel cell and battery technologies, clean combustion of renewable fuels, solar energy, biology and biofuel production and the policy in renewable energy.

Accident/Consumer Data Mining, Common Industry Protocols/Processes, Consumer Awareness/Education, Evaluation/Validation, Human Factors/Biomechanics, Technology Research and Development and Testing Methodology are all examples of safety services which are being worked on.

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Top 100 Students Top 100 Students from the School of Engineering and Technology

Darrell Goodwin Elkhart, Ind.

Laura Robertson Coatesville, Ind.

Biomedical Engineering


iomedical Engineering is the newest department for the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. The men and women who graduated this spring were the very first graduating class for the BME. Biomedical Engingeering students have focused on cardiovascular, biomechanics, mechanobiology, biomaterials, imaging and neuroscience studies throughout the year. The BME take part in educational organizations and research projects throughout the campus. The Stark Neurosciences Research Institute, Vascular Biology Center, Bone and Mineral Research Club and Indiana Center for Biological Microscopy are just a few the department takes part in.

Rex Bennett Robert Frye Hazel Gomes Darrell Goodwin Deven Kaufman Kellen Knowles Aleksandr Kotlyar Rachel Meyer Lora Perry Laura Robertson Eddie Shmukler Marina Sichuga Asia Smith-Bey Diana Vasquez Nathan Wagers Brian Wilcox

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Jeffery A. Trowbridge School of Engineering and Technology The picture shows the following graduates from left to right: Corrine Wood, Hazel Gomes, Mark Williamson, Paul Curtis, Sara Brown, Sophia Vinci-Booher, Eddie Schmukler, Jennifer Doyle, Megan Bess and Rachel Meyer. Chien Wei (Jack) Chiang and Khalid Serhani are not pictured but graduated as well.

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Jeff is an exceptional student, exhibiting qualities that include: maturity and focus, a willingness to work hard to achieve goals, a strong, well-rounded approach to life, and an ability to integrate his life-experiences including military service on submarines.


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SPEA Announces New Dean


ohn D. Graham, a former Harvard faculty member and top official with the White House Office of Management and Budget, has been named dean of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. “Dean Graham brings scholarly distinction, national public service and decanal experience to a distinguished school,” Chancellor Charles Bantz said. “His leadership will enhance SPEA’s research, education and civic engagement and carry on the school’s 35-year history of making vital contributions to Indiana, the nation and the world.” Graham has since March 2006 been dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, Calif. Prior to holding that position, he spent five years as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget.

Under the guidance of course director Professor Michael Gleeson, students in the Indiana Leadership Seminar Program, a two semester course, worked with agencies in Indiana to solve real world problems facing their organizations. Matt Horn and Alysson Oliger were responsible for a project related to retirement eligibility at the Indiana Department of Health. Brian Carraway and Steven Jones researched the effects of seatbelt use among light truck occupants in Indiana for the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Stacy Gehrke, Jodi Lewis, and Cassi Vanderpool produced a report on the effect of prisoner participation in the Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program on recidivism rates for the PEN Products, Indiana Department of Correction. Matt Clements and Greg Kessie helped the Department of Homeland Security in a project focused on redesign of its website.

Auction Raises $5,200 for Student Lounge Technology


early 100 SPEA alumni, students, faculty and staff gathered for a night of fun and fundraising at The Rathskeller on Friday, September 14, 2007. This event was sponsored by SPEA and the SPEA Alumni Association at IUPUI. More than $5,200 was raised through the silent and live auction. The silent auction included more than 40 items ranging from knitting lessons, a veterinary exam, teeth whitening, to lunches with the deputy mayor and chief of police. The 11-item live auction netted more than $3,000 and included a variety of dinner and entertainment experiences. The hottest item at the auction was a pair of tickets to the Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans game in December.

IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz makes a bid on an item at the SPEA auction for a student lounge.

Chancellor’s Scholar Jesse M. Skinner School of Public and Environmental Affairs Jesse is a truly remarkable student. He displays a desire to excel but more importantly to learn. His future is exceptionally bright and we are proud to call him on of our own.

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Top Students of SPEA • Criminal Justice—Jesse Skinner • Public Affairs—Lisa Gebhard • Public Health-Health Administration/ Health Services Management— Melvin Freels • Public Health-Environmental Science and Health—Adam Goodnight • Master of Health Administration— Kari Christensen • Master of Public Affairs—Benjamin Tooley


‘Governor’s Award for Tomorrow’s Leaders’ To Minevich Full-time Lecturer Service Award • Debbie Dailey: School of Science Partners in Education Full-time Staff Award • Lark Hahn: Bernie Morrell Math Teaching Award On Sept. 5, 2007, mathematics major Igor Minevich received the “Governor’s Award for Tomorrow’s Leaders.” This prestigious, statewide program of the Indiana Humanities Council and the Office of the Governor recognizes a diverse group of outstanding young leaders from across Indiana. These young leaders serve as role models and inspiration to their peers and to all citizens of the State. Igor plans to donate his award between Riley Children’s Hospital and the Igor Kuznetsov Outstanding Graduate Math Student Teaching Award. • Judy McBride: School of Science

• Hank Hernandez: Trustees Teaching Award for Full-time Lecturers • Eugene Mukhin: Trustees Teaching Award • Jyotirmoy Sarkar: Bernie Morrell Math Teaching Award Three undergraduate MATH majors were awarded the Dean of Science Scholarship. This is a competitive academic merit scholarship for current majors. • Veronica Brenner • Igor Minevich • Matthew Tiley

Department of Physics Awards The 2007 D.J. Angus-Scientech Scholarship: Darrell Goodwin This scholarship was created by the D. J. Angus-Scientech Educational Foundation. It is awarded to a sophomore or junior student who is in good academic standing, who has shown the greatest improvement in grade average in Physics, and who has displayed a good citizenship record. The 2007 Forrest Meiere Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Physics Major: Sannah Ziama This award is in honor of Forrest Meiere, Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics. The 2007 University Physics Award: Laura Platt and Kellen Knowles This award is made to an outstanding student in the PHYS 152/251 sequence.

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Sarah B. Kenyon School of Continuing Studies Sarah graduated in December 2007 and is the mother of three. She planns on enrollling in the MA program for Occupational Therapy.

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Ann Kathleen Meyer School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Ann will graduate in 2008 with a MS in Occupational Therapy. Her thesis is focused on auditory processing dysfunction.


IUPUI Launches Pedestrian Safety Campaign By Rachel Meacham; Photo by Marcos Dominguez


ith increasing enrollment and the construction of new dorms that house nearly 2,000 students on campus, more students are walking to class. Yet creating a pedestrian-friendly campus isn’t easy, and IUPUI is experiencing more student drivers and heavier traffic. “It’s always a little scary crossing the street when there have been so many reports of people being hit by cars.”remarked student Amanda York. IUPUI recently launched the Pedestrian Safety Campaign. The campus has refurbished painted crosswalks, removed unnecessary crosswalks and installed flashing yellow lights and warning signs at several crosswalks, including ones on New York and Michigan streets.

intimidating when there are four lanes of traffic coming right at me,” York said.

At an IUPUI Faculty Council meeting, the Student Affairs Committee and the student government suggested a lower speed limit along Michigan and New York streets and automatic signals timed to allow longer pedestrian crossing times. “We wanted the speed limit to be 30 if not lower, but this has to be decided by the city of Indianapolis,” Ellett said.

“They recently put up solar-powered flashing lights at some of the pedestrian crosswalks, which has made me feel safer,” York said.

Ellett said IUPUI is doing what it can with the money available.

Ellett said she wants students to be aware of their own actions and promote campus safety. “We have got to cross where we’re supposed to and use the protections that we are given even if we’re in a hurry,” she said.

“Some people do not slow down at all, which can be pretty

Computer Engineering


enior Aneatria Allen was named Rolls-Royce North American Student of the Year. Allen has been working for Rolls-Royce since 2007. She joined the company as the Building the Innovative Generation Liaison, coordinating projects and visits with local high schools in the Indianapolis area. Allen is a major in Organizational Leadership and Supervision with a concentration in electrical engineering and receiving a certificate in human resources management. Allen is researching the promotion of women engineers by

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establishing professional organizations and societies within the engineering environment to develop women for more opportunities, expanding and transforming the engineering environment and creating mentor relationships. 48

The Living Lab The Living Lab is a way for computer and information technology students to gain hands-on experience. The goal of the program is to bridge the experience gap for students entering the workforce. Students work on networking and security, database and web design and will support teaching labs and websites.

Interior Design


he School of Engineering and Technology announced that the Interior Design Technology-BS program has received full accreditation by the Accreditation Commission of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). This is an extremely important and significant accomplishment for the department as this is the first attempt to get accreditation. Congratulations go to the faculty, student, graduates, advisory board members, staff, and administrators of the Interior Design Technology Program, the Department of Design and Communication Technology, and the Office of Academic Programs.


Khaula Murtadha Named Madame C.J. Walker Outstanding Woman of Year


he Center for Leadership Development presented Khaula Murtadha, associate professor in Educational Leadership at the IU School of Education at IUPUI and executive associate dean from 2001 through 2007, with the Madame C.J. Walker Outstanding Woman of the Year Award during the 28th Annual Minority Business and Professional Achievers Recognition Dinner on March 17 at the Indiana Convention Center. The award is one of the top two given by the CLD to individuals the organization finds have made “significant contributions at their place of employment and who have performed outstanding service for the betterment of the community.” “Dr. Murtadha’s contributions to the field of education and social development have been numerous and impacting,” CLD president Dennis E. Bland said. “Her dedication and commitment resembles the spirit demonstrated by Madame Walker and she is an inspiration and role model to the hundreds of CLD participants we nurture and challenge to pursue the highest levels of excellence in character, education, leadership, service, career, and life.” Professor José Rosario was honored with a Hispanic Achievement Service Award for Community Leadership at La Plaza’s annual Night of the Americas Dinner held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. Professor Monica Medina submitted the nomination in celebration of Dr. Rosario’s long-standing role as the visionary founder of the El Puente Project, a program that mobilizes and empowers immigrant and non-immigrant Latino youth to achieve their potential by creating bridges to knowledge, opportunity and resources. El Puente began as a collaborative project of the Center for Urban and Multicultural Education

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(CUME) in the School of Education at IUPUI and the Hispanic Education Center. Dr. Keith Morran received the Outstanding Administrator of the Year award from the Indiana Counseling Association (ICA) at the Annual ICA Conference on Monday April 21, 2008. The student who nominated him stated that Dr. Morran has been “a true inspiration to the many others who have been apart of the program.” Signe Kastberg, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, received the School of Education’s Burton Gorman Teaching award on April 24, 2008. The award was made in Bloomington at the Celebration of Teaching. Christine Leland, Professor of Language Education, received the Frederic Bachman Lieber Memorial Award for teaching excellence at the Founders Day ceremony in Bloomington on March 30, 2008. IU President Michael McRobbie presented this system-wide recognition. Nancy Van Note Chism, Professor of Education, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and consult with universities in Thailand during Spring 2008, from the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Steven Kaiser School of Education Steve is a dedicated scholar, a highly motivated individual and a critical thinker. He has achieved the highest level of academic success in his graduating class, in spite of immense physical challenges. Steve embodies the spirit of persistence and serves as an inspirational figure to fellow students, staff and faculty. 49


Indianapolis Law Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Award from the student body in 2004 and the Black Cane (Most Outstanding Professor) Award in 2006. Last year, his book on Andrew Jackson was the subject of an hour-long program on C-Span’s “Book TV.”


erard Magliocca, professor of law at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, will hold the Fulbright-Dow Distinguished Chair at the Roosevelt Center for American Studies in the Netherlands in the fall of 2008. Magliocca joined the faculty of the law school, which is on the Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis campus, following two years as an associate with Covington & Burling and one year as a clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi on the Second Circuit. He received the Best New Professor Award

Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis Professor Maria Pabon Lopez was honored at the recent Indiana State Bar Annual Meeting as the individual recipient of the Rabb Emison Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated commitment to promote diversity and/or equality in the legal profession. Past recipients of this award have included Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard and Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr., as well as Associate Dean Angela Espada and Chasity Q. Thompson, ‘02, Director of the Office of Professional Development. Other law students saw valuable opportunities this year. The IU School of Law honored its first visit from the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on October 24, 2007, as a part of Project Outreach. For this program, the court visits the country’s law schools as well as military bases and academies to educate students on how the court operates. Law students take part in a case’s oral argument as student amicus curiae, a party that is not involved with

the litigation but is allowed to provide advice. For this visit, the court heard the case United States v. Walter S. Stevenson, Hospitalman Third Class, U.S. Navy (retired) in the law school’s Wynne Courtroom. Under the supervision of law professor Joel Schumm, Christopher Eckhart, a third-year law student, argued for the appellant. After the arguments, court members answered audience questions and presented a lithograph of their Washington D.C. courthouse to Paul Cox, vice dean of the law school. Blake Howell, a first-year student at Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, located on the IUPUI campus, was a contestant on “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire.” Howell grew up in Harvey, Ky. His hometown, a rural community outside Benton, Ky., has a population of 500 people and is located about 30 miles south of Paducah. He says he never missed a single class while earning an undergraduate degree in history at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. He missed three classes at IUPUI to travel to New York for the “Millionaire” taping, but Howell said it was worth it since it gave him the opportunity to do something “cool” for his parents. Kevin D. Koons School of Law

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Originally from Indianapolis, Kevin is dedicated to the people of his state. “I hope to provide high-quality legal services to Hoosiers, their businesses and their communities.” While obtaining his law degree, Koons, 30, is also a family man with a wife and two young daughters.



Nieto Student Government President 2008


duardo Nieto realized he wanted to serve students on a large level after being involved with Democracy Plaza his freshman year. He knew he could do that best by being in student government. “IUPUI was my first choice because I knew it was a good institution as far as academics and professional leadership development in the community,” said Nieto, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico. He takes his spirituality and belief in Jesus Christ seriously. He also says that everyone makes a difference regardless of what they do, and he thinks everyone is here for a purpose. Campaigning was a lot of fun for Nieto. He enjoyed sharing his plans for the campus and connecting with the student body. Now that he is president he is ready to put his plans into action. Some of his plans include: • Ensuring student representation in administration committee • Increasing partnerships and collaboration among students, faculty and administration • Promoting civic engagement • Becoming more involved with legislative decisions in the state • Promoting Jag spirit

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Nieto is thrilled about starting the 2008 school year and encourages you to get involved, come to senate meetings and remember that YOU can make a difference!

I look forward to making their IUPUI experience the best possible. Best of luck, and go Jags! -- Eduardo Nieto 51


IUPUI Impact 2008  

This is the 2008 edition of the annual publication, the IUPUI Impact. It chronicles the major happenings over the 2008-09 school year at Ind...