Steering committee for IUPUI’s 50th anniversary announces town hall meetings, seeks input

October 25, 2016

Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar has appointed a steering committee that will develop recommendations for recognizing and celebrating IUPUI’s 50th anniversary in 2018-19. IUPUI’s anniversary-year celebrations will integrate with the Indiana University Bicentennial the following year (2019-20) by exploring the campus’s history and recognizing the accomplishments of its faculty, staff, students and alumni.

The IUPUI@50 Steering Committee, chaired by Rebecca Porter, interim dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Simon Rhodes, dean of the School of Science, is composed of 31 members representing IUPUI faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners. The committee began its work in early September and will submit its recommendations to Chancellor Paydar at the end of the fall semester.

The group’s planning advances the following overarching goals of IUPUI’s 50th anniversary:

  • Chronicle, document and explore IUPUI’s history -- both positive aspects as well as more difficult periods. This work will be led by an IUPUI campus history committee.
  • Celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of faculty, staff, students and alumni throughout the past 50 years.
  • Inspire and engage students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, community members and peers through signature events, commissioned works of art, special lectures and other activities planned for the 50th anniversary. Events are intended to strengthen, rediscover and create new campus traditions that help distinguish IUPUI from other urban campuses.

Several town hall meetings are scheduled to engage the campus community and others in this planning:

Wednesday, Oct. 26 -- 6:30 to 8 p.m. in North Hall, Room 1105. The focus will be engaging students; faculty and staff are also invited. Register to attend.

Thursday, Nov. 3 -- 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Campus Center, Room 450 A&B. All members of the IUPUI campus community are invited. Register to attend.

A third Town Hall, planned for Dec. 15, will focus on engaging members of the community. IUPUI’s Office of Community Engagement is planning this session, which will take place off campus.

A 50th-anniversary website with additional information, steering committee membership and a form for submitting ideas has been created.

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