On December 1 we bid farewell to Fran Huehls, associate librarian, University Library, IUPUI; emeritus faculty member, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, who retired last month. Fran has been a highly valued member of our community, known to several generations of students and scholars as one of the founding figures of our enterprise.
I was pleased to welcome participants in the United Way Worldwide's The Fund Raising School course - Marketing & Digital Fundraising, and also to say hello to Dilnaz Waraich, vice president, Winnetka Interfaith Council Adjunct Professor at Benedictine University, who was visiting colleagues at Lake Institute on Faith & Giving.
I also met with Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Board of Visitors (BOV) Member Holly McKiernan to brief her on the last meeting and to provide an orientation to the board.
Additionally, we hosted a second finalist for the Melvin Simon Chair in Philanthropy and helped to create a supportive environment during the period before and during final exams in our student lounge, including warm caffeinated beverages and energy-filled snacks.
I attended an American Enterprise Institute event in Indianapolis to hear columnist and blogger Jim Pethokoukis speak about developments in economic policy. I was also pleased to attend an Engage Indiana breakfast event during which Clay Robbins of Lilly Endowment Inc. spoke about corporate philanthropy with many of our region’s key businesses in the audience.
I also spent several days chairing the wonderfully dedicated search committee that is looking for the next dean of the Indiana University School of Social Work.
I enjoyed another illuminating conversation with Dr. George Rapp and attended the Economic Club of Indiana Luncheon where I was joined by current Ph.D. student and chief financial officer for the City of Indianapolis, Fady Qaddoura.
I appreciated BOV member Mike Henderson bringing me together with Jim Danko, president of Butler University, to better acquaint him with our school and to discuss his ambitions in advancement.
In addition to wrapping things up before for the holidays, I was pleased to speak with a number of inspiring experts in the field of communications and marketing as we look to boost our school’s visibility across the many different audiences we seek to engage.
As we begin 2018 I look forward to speaking with many of you about this and other priorities in support of our remarkable students, faculty, and staff.