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From the Desk of the Chancellor, Oct. 10, 2011

Chancellor Charles R. Bantz
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October 10, 2011

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IUPUI is the proud host of the 17th annual conference of the Coalition of Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) this week. Yesterday CUMU conference attendees were treated to a bus tour and opening session by Super Bowl Host Committee President and CEO Allison Melangton on the citywide coalition that submitted the winning Super Bowl bid. Today and tomorrow, conference sessions will be held throughout the University Place Conference Center.

CUMU attendees represent faculty, staff, and administrators from both coasts and in-between. Please give our guests a warm welcome to IUPUI and Indianapolis as you encounter them on campus.

This is a golden opportunity to showcase what it means for “a great city . . . to have a great university at its heart,” as then-Mayor Richard Lugar said in the 1960s.

As a university committed to our community, we have worked with community stakeholders to establish Indianapolis as an amateur sports capital and make Indianapolis the home for the NCAA Headquarters. During the conference, NCAA President Mark Emmert will speak, and the closing event will be held at the NCAA Hall of Champions, adjacent to the campus. Along with Mary Jukuri—Principal and Senior Campus Planner—SmithGroup/JJR, I will present IUPUI's history and the new campus master plan to show how history, neighborhoods, and mission are integrated in our physical planning.

Indianapolis is receiving national attention with its award-winning “Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick,” which runs through campus beside Herron's Eskenazi Hall. So, it is terrific that Valerie Eickmeier, dean of the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI, will lead CUMU attendees on a walking tour of IUPUI’s public art installations. Conference attendees will also have an opportunity to tour the rest of the world-class urban bike and pedestrian path, which connects neighborhoods, cultural districts, and entertainment amenities, even as it serves as the downtown hub for the entire central Indiana greenway system.

Other campus/community partnerships will be featured as Bob Bringle, director of the Center for Service and Learning at IUPUI, leads a bus tour of two of IUPUI’s key civic partnerships with neighborhoods on the near west side and the near east side of campus, including the Super Bowl Legacy Project.

Let’s show our visitors a great time in our great city!

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