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February 10, 1977. On this day opened the IUPUI University Theatre production of the popular musical, Oliver, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. The production was a roving one, with performances in three different campus venues. The first performance took place in the Krannert Building on IUPUI's 38th... Read More
February 9, 1973. On this day, in the early morning hours, a fire broke out in a five-building industrial complex at 900 West Wabash Street (where the National Institute for Fitness and Health and the Riverwalk Garage are today) housing warehouses of the Beveridge Paper Company. The fire destroyed all the buildings, which were owned by Indiana... Read More
February 8, 1991. On this day, IUPUI chancellor Gerald L. Bepko presided over groundbreaking ceremonies for "Phase III" of the long-term effort to move School of Engineering and Technology and School of Science programs to the west Michigan Street main campus of IUPUI. Held in a heated tent, festivities included the presidents of Indiana University and... Read More
February 7, 1969. On this day, Indiana state representative Donald T. Nelson of Indianapolis introduced House Bill 2023 during the ongoing session of the Indiana General Assembly. The bill would create a "State University of Indianapolis." While the boards of trustees of Indiana University and Purdue University had days before agreed to merge... Read More
IUPUI Photo of the Week.You can bank on the fact that at least once each winter a major snow storm dumps piles of the fluffy stuff on Indianapolis. The blizzard of 1978 was one for the ages. Heavy snow, ice, and below-zero temperatures closed the public schools for two weeks straight, brought down trees and power lines, and caused other mayhem. However,... Read More
February 6, 1997. On this day, the Indiana University School of Business at IUPUI held a reception on campus to welcome former Indiana governor B. Evan Bayh as the new Harold A. "Red" Poling Chair of Business and Government in the school. The purpose of the endowed chair was to bring to the university as visiting faculty members persons with... Read More
February 5, 1969. On this day, WISH-TV 8 television channel in Indianapolis broadcast an editorial commenting on the recent announcement of the merger of the city campuses of Indiana University and Purdue Universities. The opening line of the editorial took a combative tone. "Indiana and Purdue Universities ought to get serious about an Indianapolis... Read More
February 4, 1977. On this day, IUPUI chancellor Dr. Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., named Dr. Paul R. Bippen director of the IUPUI-Columbus Center. Bippen had served as interim director of the center since 1976, and before that he had been assistant to Indiana University's chancellor for regional programs and assistant to the IUPUI dean of the faculties.For years... Read More
February 3, 1970. On this day, faculty, staff, and students of the Indiana University School of Nursing held a "birthday party" celebrating the school's history in Indianapolis. As well, the event served as the "kickoff" event at IUPUI in Indianapolis for IU's sequicentennial celebration, which continued throughout that calendar year. The Indiana... Read More
February 2, 1971. On this day, Howard S. Wilcox, president of Howard S. Wilcox, Inc., public relations consultants, a former director of publications and personnel for the Indianapolis Star and News, was the keynote speaker for an eight-week course titled "Effective Public Relations and Publicity." The course was shown on IUPUI's 38th Street Campus and... Read More