March 28-29—David Allison, associate director for curatorial affairs, and Bonnie Campbell Lilienfeld, assistant director for curatorial affairs, at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., visited our school and the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. The museum will open a new permanent exhibition, Giving in America, for which Bonnie is currently the acting curator, on Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2016, with a focus on the broad history of giving and philanthropy. The endowed position of curator was recently posted. David and Bonnie visited with faculty, staff and students; gave a presentation about the new exhibition; and shared information about the position description. Their visit particularly focused on how they might reach the best candidates for this new position. In their words, “we think some of the best candidates in the country have probably gone through your program.”
March 31-April 1—Emerging Research on Community Foundations and Philanthropy in the U.S. and Beyond: A Workshop at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
The workshop included four panels made up of Lilly Family School of Philanthropy faculty and staff as well as visitors. It was convened by Mark Sidel, who is currently serving in the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Visiting Chair on Community Foundations at the school.
April 6—IUPUI Career Fair
Organized by the Career Services Council, this year’s event featured over 80 employers with internship, part-time, and full-time employment opportunities. It was open to students of any major and any year in school.
April 12—IU Day Networking with students, alumni, and community members
April 12—Ian’s Welcome Home Party
Ian Irmatinger Salas, M.A. ’16, relayed an overview of his recent trip to Ghana with UBELONG Expedition’s “Ghana: Child Labor Through the Lens.” Hear about all of his adventures; check out his blog!
April 12—From Streets to Charities: Explaining Altruistic Giving to the Poor in Europe with Dr. Sebastian Koos
April 14— Workshop in Multidisciplinary Philanthropic Studies (WIMPS)
- "Free Gifts Also Matter: Effects of Giving on Happiness, Social Connection, and Donations" presented by: Sara Konrath, assistant professor of philanthropic studies; Ruth Hansen and Meng-Han Ho, Ph.D. students.
April 18—Appreciation breakfast for external partners (hosts of graduate assistants (GAs) and interns
April 19— P330: Celebrity Philanthropy course hosted special guest Lyn St. James, retired IndyCar driver and first woman to win the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Award Philanthropist, advocate for women in motorsports, and board member of the Women’s Sports Foundation.
April 21—Jefferson Awards Reception-On behalf of the school, Pamela Clark presented Decatur High School with a $500 grant (via a large mock check).
April 23—Service Day with the Dean at Indy Urban Acres.
April 26—Workshop in Multidisciplinary Philanthropic Studies (WIMPS)
“Using Imagination and Memory to Increase Willingness to Help Others and Charitable Donations” presented by Brendan Gaesser, postdoctoral researcher from Boston College.
April 26—P330: Celebrity Philanthropy course-final class held a closing celebration featuring a screening of student-produced public service announcements and comments from our charity partners, Bring Change 2 Mind, Outrun the Sun, and Kappa Delta Pi.
They were also joined by special guest Brian Dameris, vice president of The Charity Network.
Women’s Leadership Awards
March 30—Seventeen women were honored at the 19th annual IUPUI Women's Leadership Awards program as the campus wrapped up Women's History Month with a celebration of the 2016 theme "Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government."
April 12—The William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion has been established to recognize students who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to their communities during their years as an IUPUI student. The medallion is named in honor of IUPUI’s former Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties from 1988 to 2006, Dr. William Plater, a strong advocate of civic engagement during his career.
Students who are awarded the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion will have exhibited personal development, intellectual growth, and positive community impact as a result of their civic engagement experiences. Recipients are expected to have engaged in a variety of activities demonstrating depth and diversity of commitment in serving their communities, while making a significant investment to at least one community experience over time.
- Stephanie Fulk, B.A. ‘16
- Brittany Florentine, B.A. ‘16
Master’s and Professional Degree:
- Adrienne Nordman, M.A. ‘16
April 13—The purpose of the Elite 50 is to recognize and reward achievement outside the classroom among IUPUI’s 8,100 graduate and professional student population. The Elite 50 represent the top one half of one percent of the graduate and professional student body at IUPUI. Since awards for academic accomplishments already exist, the Elite 50 will mainly focus on achievements outside of the classroom.
The Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) hosted the 2nd Annual Elite 50 Celebration Dinner. Elite 50 is modeled after IUPUI’s traditional Undergraduate Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner. But Elite 50 is open exclusively to graduate and professional students.
- Le Yang, M.A. ‘16
- Wyatt Jackson, M.A. ‘15
- Melanie McKitrick, M.A. ‘11
Current Student Happenings
- Christiana Atibil, Ph.D. student, has accepted a senior position with the Ghanaian government.
- Ruth Hansen, Ph.D. student, will be joining University of Wisconsin Whitewater as lecturer (fall 2016), to convert to an assistant professor (fall 2018) contingent on completing the doctoral program within two years.
- Heng Qu, Ph.D. ’16, will be joining the faculty the Bush School at Texas A&M.
- Elizabeth Dale, Ph.D. ’16, has already joined the faculty at Seattle University while completing her dissertation.
- Jenna Wachtmann, M.A. '15, is a program officer with Ball Brothers Foundation in Muncie, IN and a frequent blogger for Exponent Philanthropy (formerly Association of Small Foundations); she was recently published.
- Ruth Bernstein, M.A. '09, accepted a new role as assistant professor, nonprofit studies, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Tacoma.
- Colton Strawser, B.A. '15, recently started as a program officer at the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County in Indiana.
April 18—Derrick Feldmann, M.A. ‘01, recently released his book Social Movements for Good- How Companies and Causes Create Viral Change. The school, Achieve, and Indy Reads co-hosted a conversation with him followed by a networking reception. Derrick will also serve as the keynote speaker at commencement on May 8.
The event was open to the public and hosted at Indy Reads, which is run by another one of the school's alumni. Alyssa Starr Newerth, M.A. ‘10, serves as their deputy director.
Derrick Feldmann’s company, Achieve, is preparing to release their annual Millennial Impact Report at this year's MCON, an in-person and live-streamed conference organized by Feldmann, hosted at National Geographic's Headquarters in Washington D.C. this June. You can register and follow updates of the conference here.
Faculty Activities, Awards, and Publications
April 2—Dwight Burlingame spoke at the Indiana Key Club annual convention in Muncie, IN.
Greg Witkowski received a New Frontiers grant to fund a symposium “Philanthropy and Civic Engagement: Imagining Faith through Practice”—to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 1- 2, 2016. The symposium will foster international interdisciplinary collaboration that can develop a stronger research agenda related to Muslim philanthropy and civil society. It will also spotlight critically needed research that can better inform the public, media and political discourse related to Muslims, Islam and Muslim philanthropy. The project has been spearheaded by Shariq Siddiqui, a graduate of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s doctoral program, and includes collaboration with Scott Alexander, a scholar at the University of Notre Dame.
Beth Gazley, Ph.D., was promoted to full professor effective July 1. She is currently an associate professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and an affiliate faculty member at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
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