Special Collections Blog Posts

IUPUI Photo of the Week, June 9-15. This week's photo shows the first IUPUI commencement ceremony, held in the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum on June 9, 1970. As we note in our On This Day in IUPUI History blog post for June 9, some students were dismayed that graduation would occur in the coliseum, which they associated with horse and cattle shows... Read More
June 12, 1978. On this day, IUPUI's Weekend College initiative won a CASPER Award from the Community Service Council of Metropolitan Indianapolis, Inc., an award given to individuals and organizations for service to the community. The council commended IUPUI's Weekend College effort as "innovative" and satisfying city residents' "hunger to know."The... Read More
June 11, 1987. On this day, Loret Miller Ruppe, director of the Peace Corps, spoke on the IUPUI campus. Her talk, "Leadership for Peace," addressed the challenges facing the federal agency at the time. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the post in 1981, Ruppe had a Republican Party background in Michigan and had served in Congress. However,... Read More
June 10, 1996. On this day, Campuscape, the internal campus newsletter of IUPUI, reported that the Sagamore, IUPUI's student newspaper, won nine national awards at the Gold Circle Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association at Columbia University. IUPUI students won four first-place awards for feature-page design, single-subject presentation... Read More
June 9, 1970. On this day, IUPUI held its first commencement exercises in the Coliseum on the grounds of the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It was a momentous occasion, the importance of which was appreciated by the editors of The Component, which catered to the students on IUPUI's 38th Street Campus, formerly the home of the Purdue University-Indianapolis... Read More
June 8, 1996. On this day, the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament commenced on the IUPUI campus. For two days, 2,000 teams fielding 8,000 players competed, and many thousands more watched the action. Started in Michigan in 1974, the tournament first appeared in Indianapolis in 1988, and IUPUI was a frequent site in the city. Local non-profit... Read More
June 7, 1976. On this day, IUPUI's Purdue School of Engineering and Technology started its Minority Engineering Advancement Program (MEAP), an effort to encourage youth in minority populations to enter the engineering profession. According to Dr. R. Bruce Renda, dean of the school, minorities were underrepresented among the ranks of professional... Read More
June 6, 2006. On this day, Laura Bush, wife of United States president George W. Bush, visited IUPUI to speak at the first regional conference of Helping America's Youth, an initiative first announced in President Bush's State of the Union speech in 2005. The two-day conference took place in the University Place Conference Center. In her speech, Bush... Read More
June 5, 1981. On this day, IUPUI's Herron School of Art opened a "major architectural installation" in the Herron Gallery in the Herron Museum Building located at 16th and Pennsylvania Streets. The installation was by artist Cynthia Carlson, who executed the work during a week-long residency at Herron. Assisted by nine artists from around the state,... Read More
June 4, 1988. On this day, at their meeting held on the Indiana University-Kokomo campus, the IU Board of Trustees approved assigning Dean of the Faculties Dr. William M. Plater the additional title of executive vice chancellor for IUPUI. He assumed the role of retiring Dr. Howard Schaller, who had held the title of executive dean for IUPUI. Plater... Read More

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