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IUPUI vice chancellor, student to swap places for a day


February 18, 2013

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It’s been more than 20 years since Zeb Davenport, vice chancellor for Student Life at IUPUI, set foot in a classroom as an undergraduate student. That will change Tuesday, Feb. 19, when Davenport “becomes” an undergraduate student, at least for a day.

Davenport will trade places that day with Tim Allen, a junior who is studying mechanical engineering. Allen’s turn as vice chancellor will be Friday, Feb. 22.

The vice chancellor for a day switch offers a unique opportunity to stay in touch with the challenges students face, Davenport said. “It is also important for me to show my commitment to students. There is no better way than to walk in their shoes.”

The exchange stems from a Greek Olympics sponsored by fraternities and sororities at IUPUI last semester, a week-long event that included a fundraiser. Davenport offered to switch places with the student who raised the most money. Allen raised the most money, with the fundraising program collecting more than $700 to build wells in Africa to give various communities clean water.

Tuesday’s swap will begin at 10: 30 a.m. when Davenport introduces Allen to the Student Life leadership team at a meeting in Room 103 of the Administration Office building at IUPUI, 355 Lansing Street.

Following that meeting, Davenport and Allen will have lunch at 11 a.m. in the Campus Center, 420 University Boulevard.

At 11:45 a.m., they will head for Allen’s statistics class that begins at noon in Room 274 of the Informatics and Communications Technology building at West and Michigan Streets.

The two “students” will have a 15 minute break before sliding into their seats in a mechanical engineering class that begins at 1:30 p.m. in Room 3015 of the Business/SPEA building, 801 W. Michigan Street.

"I am extremely excited that I have the chance to take part in such a unique opportunity,” Allen said. “I am excited to be able to see how our school is run and to hopefully give my opinion on some of the different subjects that we will be working on that day. I am also excited that Dr. Davenport will get to see the daily grind that a full-time engineering student who also works and is involved on campus, goes through daily."

Allen’s vice chancellor for a day on Friday, Feb. 22, will begin at 10 a.m. with an hour-long briefing and meeting with Davenport in Room 103 of the Administration Building, 355 Lansing Street. Davenport will also introduce Allen to other vice chancellors in the building. Next up will be a meeting at 11 a.m. with Tralicia Lewis, interim assistant vice chancellor, in Room 112 of the Administration Building.

Allen will have lunch at The Bistro in University Tower, formerly University Place Hotel and then tour University Tower, which will provide student housing, beginning next fall.

He will also meet at 1:15 p.m. with Jason Spratt, dean of students in Room 350 of the Campus Center, 420 University Boulevard and end his day as vice chancellor with a 2:30 p.m. meeting with Andrew Klein, chief of staff to Chancellor Charles R. Bantz.