We returned to the third floor of University Hall to find six new offices, a reconfigured floor space, and glass panels in all of our doors to allow more light into our space. We continue to settle in and get used to our redesigned space.
Thanks to an introduction by BOV member Ace Yakey, BOV member Rose Mays and I made a call on Tom Morales to introduce him to the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy. We also had the privilege of hosting Susan Batten, president and CEO of ABFE, as part of the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy Speaker Series. Professor Tyrone Freeman led an engaging conversation in front of a substantial live audience at the Central Library with many viewers joining us online.
I had the pleasure of attending an awe-inspiring gathering on the economics of ministry with Lake Institute colleagues, former Lake Institute Board Chair Elizabeth Lynn and current Lake Institute Board Chair Fred Kniss. Some of us joined the Central Indiana Community Foundation for a viewing party of the National Day of Racial Healing livestream sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. We also welcomed candidates for our open faculty position in Muslim Philanthropy.
January 24 was IUPUI’s 50th birthday so we joined all the living mayors of Indianapolis and IUPUI leadership to celebrate in a balloon-filled Campus Center.
I traveled to Bloomington to recognize the Herbert Presidential Scholars, first-year students across IU representing the state’s highest academic achievers.
We welcomed a visit from UNCF to explore collaboration and we hosted our partners from the Giving USA Foundation to prepare for this year’s research and report writing process for Giving USA.
Eugene R. Tempel Dean