Amidst a flurry of energy, May brings the culmination of our academic year. At our commencement ceremony, honorary doctorate recipient Dr. Elizabeth Boris spoke about the importance of extending the frontier of research to engage civic organizations. Alumna Caroline Altman Smith, M.A.’04, deputy director for education at The Kresge Foundation, shared insightful and practical lessons from her career journey, and student speaker Erin Crowther, B.A.’17, M.A.’19, conveyed the passion and preparation of our record-breaking number of graduates eager to make their mark.
As the school prepared for the June launch of Giving USA 2019 in partnership with Giving USA Foundation and Ph.D. candidates defended their dissertations, we also welcomed Professor Michael Moody of Grand Valley State University and Dr. Elizabeth Lynn, former member of Lake Institute’s Board of Advisors, to engage in the seminar on Philanthropy and Public Good(s).
Professor Pamala Wiepking and Cathie Carrigan took a record 13 IU students on our study abroad trip, Philanthropy in a Comparative European Perspective. The group visited Berlin and Hamburg in Germany, and Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands, hearing from world-leading academics, philanthropy practitioners, and policy makers, and visiting local universities, social enterprises, and nonprofits.
I had the pleasure of catching up with Board of Visitors member Ann Merkel to discuss possible joint projects and we visited with colleagues from the International Center to discuss the future of our joint training program, Civic Engagement for Expatriates.
We spoke to new colleagues at the Donor Harmonisation Group in the Netherlands about our Global Indices, and we talked with Kate Jarvey and colleagues in Ireland who are keen to collaborate on a training program at the cutting edge of philanthropic trends.
I also spent some time with George and Peggy Rapp and participated in a Liberty Fund Seminar organized by Professor Les Lenkowsky. The month concluded with a festive closing ceremony for IUPUI’s 50th anniversary year.
Eugene R. Tempel Dean