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IUPUI Pays Homage to Transformational Donors


April 22, 2009

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IUPUI and its schools today paid homage to donors over the last 40 years whose gifts or support dramatically propelled the campus forward in key mission areas through strategic investment in the future of the campus.The Lilly Endowment, Inc. was deemed to have been the most transformational donor.

“This year, IUPUI celebrates its 40th anniversary. For more than 20 of those years, the Spirit of Philanthropy event has celebrated the generosity that has helped the campus grow and prosper,” said IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz. “This support has enabled the vision of a great state university in Indianapolis to become a reality.”

“In the spirit of the 40th Anniversary of IUPUI, IUPUI wishes to honor the most transformational donor over the course of its history--the Lilly Endowment, Inc. A transformational gift is one that dramatically improves quality and effectiveness. The Lilly Endowment has made a series of transformational gifts that have propelled the campus forward in key mission areas by investing strategically in the future of the campus—gifts that helped establish the Center on Philanthropy; Center on Urban Policy and the Environment, and Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture; the Indiana Genomics Initiative; facilities, such as the IUPUI University Library; and several statewide initiatives that included IUPUI as a partner, such as the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowships. In establishing the Lilly Endowment, the Lilly family’s priority was to help provide the people of our city and state with opportunities to build a better life. In fulfilling its mission, the Lilly Endowment has been a constant supporter and has stimulated IUPUI to strive for excellence through education, research, and civic engagement.”

2009 Spirit of Philanthropy Honorees:

Office of Academic Affairs

Jesse H. Cox and Beulah Chanley Cox

The Office of Academic Affairs posthumously honors Jesse H. and Beulah Chanley Cox. Mr. and Mrs. Cox believed that high-quality education was the best gift they could give to motivated, talented, resourceful students with high aspirations but limited means. Their generosity resulted in the Cox Scholars program at IUPUI, a transformational initiative in the life of this campus.
Cox Scholarships require 25 percent of the yearly cost of a student’s education be earned through
employment. The scholarships benefit recipients throughout their lives, providing the first steps toward becoming well-rounded, knowledgeable, caring, engaged citizens of the world.
Eventually, the Cox Scholars program will support approximately 100 students at IUPUI. In the coming years, the scholarships will be an important ingredient in IUPUI’s steady movement toward the creation of a full-fledged Honors College. Today we recognize and honor Jesse and Beulah Cox for shaping the future of IUPUI in such a positive manner.

Herron School of Art and Design

Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation

Allen Whitehill Clowes was known for his incredible philanthropic spirit and his devotion to the arts. Having attended Herron’s Saturday School as a young child, Allen and the Clowes family have been involved with Herron since the early 1900s. Today, the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation carries on his legacy by supporting art initiatives and cultural programs throughout Indianapolis.
The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation has had a tremendous impact on Herron. In 2002, Herron received a $2 million gift to help with the construction of Eskenazi Hall. In 2008, Herron again recognized the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation’s generous support when a $1 million gift was made to help with the expansion of Herron’s exisiting sculpture and ceramics facility, located on Indiana Avenue. The expansion will accommodate graduate studios and large work areas, enabling more students to work on public art projects.

Kelley School of Business

Randall L. Tobias

Randy Tobias has enjoyed a storied career. Having served as chairman and CEO of two Fortune 500 companies, he has been recognized for his leadership in both the telecommunications and health care industries. After retiring from Eli Lilly and Company, Randy was nominated to serve first as the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, with the rank of ambassador, and later as the nation’s first director of U.S. foreign assistance, serving concurrently as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the principal government agency administering economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide. In 2004, he established the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, housed at the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis. The Tobias Center is focused on cross-sector leadership in the corporate, public service, education, and nonprofit communities to inspire leadership excellence on a national scale. For his support of the study and practice of leadership, Randy Tobias is honored here today.


The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University

McCormick Foundation

The Center on Philanthropy is delighted to honor the McCormick Foundation and its president and CEO, David L. Grange, for their invaluable support. David Grange, former commanding general of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division, provides exemplary volunteer leadership as chair of the center’s Board of Visitors. With McCormick Foundation sponsorship, the foundation and the center have convened national philanthropy summits of nonprofit leaders, scholars,
and policymakers to address critical nonprofit sector issues, including the nonprofit leadership gap,
accountability, and news coverage. A disaster relief summit is planned for 2009. Through a McCormick Foundation grant, the center and the IU School of Journalism are developing a nonprofit reporting program for journalism students and professionals. The foundation’s generous operating support builds the center’s capacity in development, technology, and communications.
The McCormick Foundation is committed to advancing the ideals of a free democratic society by investing in our children, communities, and country.

Center for Service and Learning

William M. Plater

William M. Plater is currently director of international community development and chancellor’s professor at IUPUI. From 1987 to 2006, he served as the campus’s chief academic officer. Bill Plater was the architect for developing service learning and civic engagement at IUPUI. He was instrumental in starting the Office of Service Learning in 1993, forming the Task Force on Service, designating campus scholarship funds to create the Sam H. Jones Community Service Scholarship Program, contributing to scholarly work, and convening faculty to define
and document civic engagement as an integrated aspect of faculty work. Under his leadership, IUPUI was included on the Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service in 2007. In 2006, the Center for Service and Learning created the Plater Medallion to recognize exemplary student civic engagement at IUPUI. The Center for Service and Learning is indebted to him for his vision, support, encouragement, and guidance during its development.

Community Learning Network

James East

Among his many roles, James East served as dean of IUPUI’s Weekend College, the world’s largest program of its kind. This nationally replicated concept continues to offer college courses on Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays, but even before Weekend College, Dr. East was breaking new ground. He was the originator of the Learn and Shop concept, another nationally acclaimed program that provided classes in the community at times and places that enabled adults to earn their degrees. The Community Learning Network recognizes James East as
a true visionary and the East family for their continued contributions to the growth of Indiana residents.

School of Dentistry

Indiana Dental Association

The Indiana University School of Dentistry would like to acknowledge and thank the Indiana Dental Association for its generous and valuable support.
In 1979, the IDA vowed to establish an endowment program to benefit IUSD. The IDA leadership was particularly interested in contributing to the school’s efforts to acquire, retain, and nurture an outstanding roster of faculty. By 1980, the IDA had created an endowment fund which became known as the Pursuit of Excellence Endowment Program. Over the years, the program has contributed to IUSD in many ways, including the establishment of the Indiana Dental Association Chair in Restorative Dentistry, the first-ever endowed chair at IUSD. Additionally, Pursuit of Excellence funds have enabled the annual recognition of outstanding teaching at the school, as well as numerous capital improvement projects.

School of Education

Glenn and Molly Swisher

Glenn and Molly Swisher have been outstanding supporters of the School of Education at IUPUI. Their generosity has provided scholarship support for six students in the past two years and support of the school’s urban education initiatives. Higher education has been a high priority for the Swishers. Through the Swisher Foundation they have supported numerous organizations and causes related to education and medical research and development. Mr. Swisher was a corporate executive with Syndicate Systems, Inc. for 46 years before retiring. The store fixtures company included K-Mart and Wal-Mart as clients. He has two sons. Mrs. Swisher
is from Liverpool, England, and survived enemy bombing raids during World War II. She has twin daughters and one son.

School of Engineering and Technology


A leading global supplier of electronics and safety systems in controls, security, entertainment,
communications, and power electronics, Delphi is an exemplary corporate partner of the school, committed to making a difference through active engagement at all levels. Their financial support and investments established the Transportation Active Safety Institute, an IUPUI Signature Center, as well as related research opportunities. With core faculty drawn from nine academic departments representing seven schools, TASI is a university-wide interdisciplinary center for advanced automotive-safety research and development that will ultimately reduce vehicle crashes and save lives. Additionally, Delphi provides outstanding voluntary leadership to TASI, the Lugar Center for Renewable Energy, Dean’s Industrial Advisory Council, and several departmental advisory boards. The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology salutes Delphi for their transformational contributions and visionary leadership.

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Jane M. Gerardot

Jane Gerardot left rehabilitation health care and administration for a law career more than 20 years ago. Yet the physical therapy field remains so close to her heart that she still maintains her license to practice. Jane earned a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from the Indiana University School of Medicine and a master’s degree in allied health education from Indiana University. For 18 years, she worked as a physical therapist, health care administrator, and owner of a physical therapy and rehabilitation practice. Jane’s generosity toward the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences reflects her desire for future alumni to have rewarding experiences that last a lifetime. Her contributions include support for the establishment of a bachelor’s degree
program in physical therapy at Moi University in Kenya, as part of the IU-Kenya Partnership. She truly embodies the spirit of philanthropy and the school is proud to honor Jane with this year’s award.

Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus

Heritage Fund

IUPUC recognizes the Heritage Fund and President and CEO Sherry Stark for their philanthropic support. They were instrumental in gaining a grant from the Lilly Endowment to fund Economic Opportunity 2015 (EcO15), which focuses on improving educational opportunities in the career fields that drive regional economies. Within EcO15 came additional support for development of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at IUPUC. The IUPUC Center for
Teaching and Learning was funded by a Lilly Endowment CAPE grant that was also facilitated by the Heritage Fund. The center offers professional development opportunities and expanded programming for higher education. The Heritage Fund, Bartholomew County’s community foundation, provides responsible stewardship of gifts donated for broad charitable purposes and leadership to address community issues; serves as a catalyst for positive change in partnership with others; and promotes philanthropy broadly within the community. IUPUC is proud to be
a partner of the Heritage Fund.

School of Informatics

Danita H. Forgey

Danita Forgey is a lecturer and former program director of the Informatics Health Information Administration Program. In addition to classroom instruction of HIA students, she oversaw curriculum development and program evaluation. Danita received her Bachelor of Science in medical record administration and her Master of Information Science from Indiana University. Danita has been recognized by the Indiana Health Information Management Association with distinguished member and professional achievement awards. She is also past president of that organization. Prior to her academic career, Danita served in management roles in health information management with IU hospitals, Columbus Regional Hospital, and the YPRO Corporation. She continues to work as a private consultant in the field.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Owen B. “Bud” Melton Jr.

Owen B. “Bud” Melton Jr., played on the very first IUPUI intercollegiate basketball team in 1972. He continued this tradition of firsts 20 years later by becoming a charter member of the IUPUI Lettermen’s Club (now IUPUI Jaguars Letter Club). As a member of the club’s board of directors, Melton helped give birth to the IUPUI Athletics Hall of Fame. In presiding over the Jaguars Athletic Club, he spearheaded the Michael A. Carroll Endowment Fund to provide scholarships for IUPUI athletes. He says, “IUPUI was perfect for me after returning from Vietnam. I was recently married and working full-time. Completing my degree was very important, and IUPUI allowed me the flexibility to fit everything in.”  Through his many years as contributor, volunteer, season ticket holder, and overall champion of IUPUI Athletics, Bud truly has exhibited his philanthropic spirit on behalf of the IUPUI Metros and the IUPUI Jaguars.

School of Journalism

Karen T. Braeckel

The School of Journalism recognizes Karen T. Braeckel. Karen has supported the Pat McKeand Scholarship, named for the former publisher of the Sagamore, and the IUPUI Journalism Unrestricted Fund.
Karen joined the Hoosier State Press Association in 1999 as director of member services. She serves as chief executive of the HSPA Foundation. Before joining HSPA, Karen worked at The Indianapolis Star and News for 14 years, taught for 10 years in elementary and middle schools, and served as an adjunct faculty member at Butler University. Karen has a bachelor’s degree in education from Purdue University, a master’s in education from Butler University, a master’s in journalism from Indiana University, and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from IUPUI.
She serves on the IU School of Journalism Alumni Board and is a member of the search committee for the executive associate dean of the school at IUPUI.

School of Law–Indianapolis

Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, PC

The School of Law is proud to recognize the law firm of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, PC, and its attorneys for their transformational impact on the school. Their volunteer involvement and financial support of the school’s William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health enriches every aspect of the school’s practical and academic training of law students.
From the time William S. Hall, Class of 1950, founded the firm in 1967, Hall Render has focused on its practice in health law and is now recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent health law firms. More than 100 Hall Render attorneys represent more than 500 organizations in a range of health care-related issues, from fraud and abuse, to real estate contracts, to HIPAA and tax regulations. Hall Render is headquartered in Indianapolis, with additional office locations in Louisville; Milwaukee; and Troy, Michigan.


School of Liberal Arts

Elizabeth I. Hogan

Elizabeth Hogan has been associated with the campus since 1953. As a lifelong student, she has taken at least one course nearly every semester since 1954. Over the years, she has served the campus as a staff person, teacher, advisor, and very good friend, earning her first degree in 1969, just after IUPUI was born. During her long history
with IUPUI, Elizabeth has watched and contributed to its growth. In 2000, while working as a volunteer at the Southeast Senior Center, Elizabeth was instrumental in assisting Sam Masarachia establish a scholarship program in his name. It now provides four years of full tuition for up to 12 students studying community activism, labor relations, and senior citizen issues. A member of the Masarachia Scholarship Advisory Board since the program’s inception, her gentle guidance is invaluable. A tireless community volunteer and lifelong cheerleader for IUPUI,
Elizabeth Hogan epitomizes the spirit of philanthropy.

School of Medicine

Eli Lilly and Company

Eli Lilly and Company is a remarkable partner to the IU School of Medicine. For decades, Lilly physicians and scientists have joined with faculty in scientific research activities and donated their time and talent to train medical students. More recently, the company has provided life-saving pharmaceuticals to our sister medical school in Kenya. Lilly also has been extraordinarily generous with its financial resources, making approximately $15 million in gifts to the School of Medicine to support scholarships, advance research, and fund priority capital projects.
That philanthropic spirit is shared by Lilly employees and executives who–encouraged by the company’s matching gift policy–support myriad programs at the school.
Through its support of the IU School of Medicine, Eli Lilly and Company has improved the health and well-being of untold individuals in Indiana and beyond. For this reason, it truly embodies the spirit of philanthropy.

School of Nursing

Bill and Rose Mays

Bill and Rose Mays personify philanthropy by giving time and treasure throughout Indiana University. Their significant contributions to the School of Nursing include supporting faculty professorships, fellowships, student scholarships, diversity enrichment, special events, and the School of Nursing Fund. Rose has served as a member of the Development Committee, Alumni Association Board, and co-chaired the campaign for the school’s first endowed professorship. Bill has been a member of the school’s Board of Advisors and Awards Nominations Committee. Both graduates of Indiana University, Rose serves as professor and associate dean for community and international affairs for IUSON; Bill owns Mays Chemical Company, Inc., and various small
businesses in Indianapolis. The School of Nursing is grateful for the Mays’ generosity and proud to honor Bill and Rose with this well-deserved award.

School of Optometry

Dr. Irvin M. Borish

Dr. Irvin M. Borish is one of the optometric community’s most celebrated citizens, renowned for distinguished contributions in every facet of the profession: educator at every school of optometry, author, worldwide lecturer,
inventor, and practitioner. Part of the founding committee of the Indiana University School of Optometry, he became a faculty member and director of patient care and clinical courses until his retirement and appointment as professor emeritus. Dr. Borish has dedicated his life to establishing optometry as an academic discipline that creates new knowledge via research. The Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research was created through his generous support and leadership. We honor Dr. Borish for his influence on the School of Optometry and his transforming work that
propelled it into the premier institution of higher learning for ophthalmic education and research through its unique patient-based research.

School of Physical Education and Tourism Management

The Sputh Family

In the 1930s, Carl B. Sputh Sr. served as president of the school’s predecessor institution, the Normal College. Collaborating with IU President Herman B Wells, Dr. Sputh’s term culminated with the Normal College-Indiana University merger in 1941. Afterward, Dr. Sputh continued to serve the school in an advisory capacity and, in 1957, a scholarship fund was initiated to celebrate his life and service to IU. Dr. Carl B. Sputh Jr., a graduate of the IU School of Medicine, continued that tradition of service to our school, engendering a spirit of goodwill and philanthropy in his five children and grandchildren. Steadfast school and scholarship supporters, the family led the effort to secure and contribute $50,000 to fund 2008 renovations of the Sputh Round House at Camp Brosius. Immediate family members represent IU medicine, dentistry, and business, and their volunteerism and philanthropy is evident in these university units and beyond.

School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Carlyn Johnson

In 2002, Carlyn Johnson created the Johnson Community Service Scholarship. Carlyn had retired from IUPUI in 1998 and knew she wanted to give back to the school where she had been a professor and taught about public and nonprofit service and the importance of civic engagement. Carlyn believed in the importance of an education thatalso provided opportunties for hands-on learning. Carlyn’s scholarship has already provided five students with an opportuntity for which they will forever be grateful. Her gift encompasses the very ideal of SPEA, the IUPUI campus, civic engagement, and community service. Carlyn’s passion for the campus goes beyond
SPEA and includes gifts to the Schools of Medicine and Law, the Senior Academy, and the SPEA student lounge.

School of Science

Arthur and Patricia S. Mirsky

Doctors Arthur and Patricia S. Mirsky have devoted their professional careers to students–he as professor and former chair of the Department of Earth Sciences at IUPUI and she as director of special education and school psychologist in the Speedway school system.
Art came to IUPUI in 1967, when he founded the Department of Geology (now Earth Sciences). Since then, every student who has earned an undergraduate geology degree from IUPUI has taken at least one of his courses. He still teaches one course a semester as a volunteer. Art’s research interests center on applied geology, particularly how society can best use its limited geologic resources. Art received his Ph.D. in 1960 and Pat received her Ed.D. in 1988. Today, she composes poetry and is fulfilling her lifelong dream to write children’s books.

School of Social Work

Elsa Maschmeyer Iverson

When the Indiana University School of Social Work decided to initiate a program to send social work
students abroad in the late ‘70s, Elsa Iverson was the faculty member who made this happen.
Elsa, who obtained her M.S.W. from the school in 1969 and joined the faculty in 1972, focused initially on Camden, England, a borough of Greater London. While the program started in London, it has now expanded and has helped students find field placements in at least 15 countries including Argentina, Chile, Romania, and Kenya. During her 35-year career at the school, Elsa served as the director of field instruction and as a senior lecturer. She helped establish and raise funds for the Michael and Muriel Wallace International Scholarship, named after two colleagues with whom she worked in London. The fund assists students who might not otherwise be able to afford to travel abroad.

Division of Student Life

Dr. Charles M. Wunsch, FACC, and Linda H. Hojnacki

The Division of Student Life is pleased to recognize Dr. Charles Wunsch and his wife, Linda Hojnacki. Their gift to name the Campus Center atrium will ensure that future generations of IUPUI students have a vibrant space to meet, attend events, and experience student life. It is the first planned gift received by the division and reflects the couple’s love for Indiana University, Purdue University, and Indianapolis. Dr. Wunsch, a retired board-certified cardiologist, earned his M.D. and bachelor’s degrees from Indiana University, and served as associate professor of medicine. He was director of cardiology at Community Hospital until 1976. Mrs. Hojnacki earned nursing degrees from Purdue University and Indiana University and was one of the first R.N.’s in
the country to be certified in critical care nursing. She is currently a registered investment advisor.

University College

Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

University College honors the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust for its partnership with IUPUI. The Trust has developed support systems for IUPUI undergraduates transitioning through life and college by establishing the Nina Pulliam Legacy Scholars Program. The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust enriches community life by impacting and nurturing lives toward educational success. Truly, the Trust understands the importance of building and sustaining “excellence in learning” environments that impact our retention and, in turn, the social and economic
lifestyles of Indiana.


University Library

Robert and Pauline Payton

Robert and Pauline Payton have been longtime friends not only of the IUPUI University Library, but also of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts. In 1989, the Paytons helped to found a library for the study of philanthropy within the University Library. The library is named for two of the Paytons’ sons who were both deeply engaged in “voluntary action for the public good” and died before their time, one barely 18, the other 33 years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Payton’s unwavering support has helped transform the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library into an internationally renowned resource for the study
of philanthropy. Mr. Payton is professor emeritus of philanthropic studies at Indiana University, director emeritus of the Center on Philanthropy, and senior fellow at the Institute for American Thought. He served as the director of the Center on Philanthropy from 1988 to 1993. Bob and Polly have been together for 61 years.