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August 10, 1974On this day, Indiana's first program to train physician assistants was announced by the School of Medicine and by the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The idea of training individuals to perform specified clinical tasks arose in the 1960s as a means to alleviate physician shortages and reach under-served... Read More
August 9, 1987On this day, the Pan-American games, a major international sports competition, commenced on the IUPUI campus. The Pan Am Games began as an idea raised at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, when officials from North, Central, and South America discussed having a hemispheric competition. The first competition occurred in 1937 to little fanfare.... Read More
In August 1987, Indianapolis and IUPUI hosted the Pan American Games, a major international sporting event. The Pan Am Games put IUPUI on the international map as a venue for elite competitions. The Natatorium, Track Stadium, and softball fields were venues for international events. Indianapolis prepared for years to be the perfect host to thousands of... Read More
August 8, 1980On this day, the Division of Labor Studies announced a drive to recruit union members, stewards, and officers as students into the program. Labor Studies has a long record in Indiana University of educating women and men of organized labor about the history of the labor movement and methods of organization. It has offered certificate,... Read More
August 7, 1969On this day, the undergraduate academic programs of IUPUI received separate national accreditation, the highest obtainable, after rigorous evaluations of their operations and resources by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).With the creation of a combined campus in Indianapolis came new accreditation requirements for... Read More
August 6, 1979On this day, the Indianapolis Tennis Center, dubbed the "Taj Mahal of tennis," made its athletic debut with the US Open Clay Court Championships. Tennis stars Evonne Goolagong-Cawley and Chris Evert-Lloyd were among the athletes competing in matches during the week at the stadium, located just south of the IU School of Law-Indianapolis... Read More
August 5, 1992On this day, "Successful Aging through Fitness," a conference aimed at promoting fitness and health maintenance for the growing number of people living into their 80s, took place at University Place Conference Center. The IU Schools of Allied Health Sciences, Nursing, Medicine, Physical Education and Social Work-along with the National... Read More
August 4, 1978On this day, the Indiana University Board of Trustees approved a request to plan for the construction of 40 modular housing units on the IUPUI campus. Funds for the construction came from a gift of $1 million from an anonymous donor. In the following year, the campus erected apartment buildings on Limestone Street. Today the buildings are... Read More
August 3, 1971The Citizens for Progress Committee (CPC), an Indianapolis organization supporting educational and economic development in the city's African-American neighborhoods, presented a $250 grant to the Louis B. Russell Fellowship Fund for minority students at the Indiana University School of Medicine.The CPC was an organization of African-American... Read More
August 2, 1988On this day, Robert L. Payton was selected as the new director of the IU Center on Philanthropy at IUPUI and became the nation's first professor of philanthropic studies. He started in the position on September 1.The IU Center on Philanthropy at IUPUI was a bold innovation to create a new field of intellectual study. Planning began in 1986... Read More

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