The story at last: The chancellor emeritus was indeed a G-man (Part 1)

By Diane Brown

IU Communications Specialist

 

The 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches got me thinking about bits and pieces of conversations regarding IUPUI Chancellor Emeritus Gerald L. Bepko  having once been a G-man.

For more than decade I’ve wanted a legitimate opening to question the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor about the details, which I knew had something to do with the civil rights movement.

To my surprise and delight, googling his name recently justified requesting an interview for this blog entry.

“What would people find most surprising about you?” a Chicago-Kent College of Law writer had asked Bepko, in a bio posted two years ago when the school designated Bepko as one of 125 “Alumni of Distinction.” Read more…

Taylor symposium lets you be a witness to Indy’s religious diversity

By Diane Brown

IU Communications Specialist

 

If you didn’t attend the Taylor Symposium this year, or if you want to relive that exhilarating experience, your laptop can take you back.

Thanks to the on-demand video services of Indianapolis Channel 16 Government Access Television, the 26th Joseph T. Taylor Symposium is available for viewing as a three-part series in MP4 video format.

Simply click the blue on-demand button, enter “Joseph Taylor Symposium “in the Search Archives box, then pick from one of three selections from 2015.

Be prepared to go to church, mosque, and/or temple.

This year’s theme was “Encountering Religions Through Performance.” Presented by the School of Liberal Arts under the leadership of the Department of Religious Studies, the event allowed attendees to experience how various religious groups approach “worship and also inform understanding, teaching and celebrating through song, dance and performance,” Dean Bill Blomquist said in his welcome.

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Public health nurse credits Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health for award

By Rich Schneider

IU Communications Specialist

If Jessica Gonzalez Contreras had given an acceptance speech like they do for the Oscars, she knows who she would have thanked when she received a national health award.

Contreras credits her educational experiences at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for her Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Award, created by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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IUPUI sports management student nominated for ROSE award

By Rich Schneider

IU Communications Specialist

IUPUI sports management student Jessica Bennett looked surprised when a stranger handed her a long-stemmed rose in a glass vase Feb. 25. But this wasn’t a belated Valentine or an episode of “The Bachelor.” It was in honor of her nomination for a ROSE Award from Visit Indy.

Bennett was sitting in the office of David Pierce, an assistant professor in sports management, at the time. Pierce, who nominated her for the award, had asked Bennett to come to his office on the pretense of discussing her plans for the future so he and others — including IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management Dean Jay Gladden — could watch the surprise presentation.

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