August was a season of reflection and planning retreats for the university, campus, and school as we enter our school’s 31st year, begin the 50th year for IUPUI, and look forward to IU’s 200th anniversary in 2020. We also conducted orientations with our wonderful group of incoming B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. students, effectively utilizing Zoom to include online students in our communal introductions.
Our academic year began with three new chairs on our faculty (pictured above): Pamala Wiepking as the Stead Family Chair in International Philanthropy, Patricia Snell Herzog as the Melvin Simon Chair in Philanthropy, and Laurie Paarlberg as the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Chair on Community Foundations. They have already taken the positive energy on the third floor of University Hall to a new level.
Our coverage in the media continues to evolve nicely. Even though we are often seen as one-of-a-kind, it was encouraging to see us lead a distinguished category of peers as described by two Stanford professors in Forbes. As we seek to press forward to connect research to practice, we had good calls with Katie Smith Milway, a master editor and former partner at Bridgespan, and Stacy Palmer, editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Board of Visitors members Maureen Hackett and Ace Yakey provided feedback for an early concept that would boost our capacity to conduct and disseminate research.
One of the ways we connect research and practice is next month’s Science of Philanthropy Initiative Conference which we are hosting in Indianapolis for the first time, together with the University of Chicago Economics Department and its chair, John List, who is our Robert F. Hartsook Chair in Fundraising. We have some spaces still available, and we welcome you and other practitioners to join us.
Discussions with Board of Visitors member Carol D’Amico, colleagues at Lumina Foundation, and Fred Klipsch developed our thinking on the intersections between the fields of education and philanthropy.
The leadership team from the development office of the National University of Singapore visited the school, and were treated to impromptu greetings and good wishes from former IUPUI Chancellor Jerry Bepko, an emeritus member of our faculty
Board members Tom Hiatt and Derrick Feldmann graciously offered their help to Linda Heitzman and Neil Berman, who visited the school to discuss their launch of a new global social enterprise venture.