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IUPUI Photo of the Week. Many notable persons have visited IUPUI through the years. In February, 1974, President Richard M. Nixon visited campus to retrieve daughter Julie Nixon Eisenhower and take her away on Air Force One to Washington, DC. Julie had fallen ill while in Indianapolis for work as an editor of the Saturday Evening Post, published by... Read More
February 27, 1973. On this day, students, faculty, and staff of IUPUI read an interview of IUPUI chancellor Maynard K. Hine published in the IUPUI Sagamore, the student newspaper. In the interview, Hine explained his reasons for retiring from his top position.Hine was IUPUI's first chancellor, appointed in 1969 to lead the newly merged campuses of... Read More
February 26, 2013. On this day, 350 National Football League hopefuls finished a grueling week-long regimen of physical and mental tests at the league's Scouting Combine held in Indianapolis. As part of the process, Indiana University School of Medicine faculty and nurses worked at the IU Health Methodist Hospital to test the potential draftees' hearts... Read More
February 25, 2014. On this day, President Barack Obama nominated IUPUI Lilly Family School of Philanthropy alumna Dr. Jane Chu to lead the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). At the time, Chu was president and chief executive of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, a position she had held since 2006. It was while she... Read More
February 24, 1986. On this day, Dr. Woodrow A. Myers, Jr., commissioner of the Indiana State Board of Health, was the keynote speaker at a Black History Month event titled, "The Disintegration of the Black Family."  The event, sponsored by the IUPUI Black Student Union, took place in the Union Building on the IUPUI campus. According to the... Read More
February 23, 2002. On this day, the IUPUI Student Foundation hosted the inaugural Jagathon, a dance marathon, to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children on the IUPUI campus. Starting at 3pm on Saturday, February 22, IUPUI students danced 18 hours through the afternoon, night, and into the morning of Sunday, February 24. The event took place in the... Read More
February 22, 1985. On this day, the IUPUI University Theatre hosted a symposium focused on the works of African-American playwright Lorraine Hansberry. The symposium coincided with the opening of the IUPUI theater company's production of Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, which appeared that evening in IUPUI's Mary Cable Building.Hansberry (1930-1965)... Read More
February 21, 1978. On this day, artist Robert Indiana (1928-2018) paid a quick visit to IUPUI's Herron School of Art, then located at 16th and Pennsylvania Streets on Indianapolis's near-northside. It was one of several visits that the prominent artist made to Herron through the years. A native of New Castle, Indiana, Robert Clark moved to Indianapolis... Read More
IUPUI Photo of the Week. Last week we showed you a photo of Jinx, the first Jaguar mascot for IUPUI introduced in 1998. Prior to the Jaguars era, IUPUI sports teams were called the Metros. Some students didn't appreciate the moniker, as the city's bus system went by "Metro." In 1989, students held a mascot-naming contest. This week's photo shows one... Read More
February 20, 1999. On this day, Jinx the Jaguar made his appearance at an IUPUI Homecoming. The day featured a doubleheader of women's and men's basketball games against Valparaiso University teams. The lovable IUPUI mascot, introduced not long before as IUPUI moved up to National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I, cavorted with alums... Read More