State of the Campus Address

Presented by Chancellor Hilda Richards

September 18, 1998






I am reminded of a saying, "As we ride the roller coaster of life we are guided by the stability of its rails." Together, we lay those rails carefully and with deliberate direction. It is that direction that I want to talk with you about but first, I want to recap where we have been and the challenges and accomplishments that will provide a perspective to where we are going this academic year. I mentioned to you last year at this time that we were in a changing environment. We spoke often of an increase in local competition in higher education and we have been engaged in thoughtful dialog about the impact and direction of distance learning. Today I can tell you that changing environment is still here. It is evolving and certainly, if we do not play a greater role in directing that change, we will be directed to change. If we do not stand in the leadership of change we will have missed a real opportunity. I was reminded by one of our faculty when I was reflecting on the constant pressure of competition. He said, "Chancellor, with all due respect, you are wrong. Competition is healthy because it will focus on quality. We have to look at ourselves carefully and redefine who we are and what we do on the basis of quality." This very interesting discussion has framed my thoughts this past year because that is what we are doing: redefining ourselves as an institution grounded in quality service to our students, to our community, and to each other. Let me give you some examples:

The Academic Resource Center, located in Hawthorn 111, has completed its first year. Lead by Bob Votaw and his truly caring team of Mary Bertoluzzi, Dan Amari, and Akesha Horton, the ARC, provides supplemental academic instruction and coaching in a sensitive and innovated manner. It also provides an array of career services from coordinating internships to career exploration and job placement. The ARC was funded by the Lilly I grant on which Marilyn Vasquez and Patti Lundberg worked so carefully and diligently. The Lilly Grant, in the amount of $570,000, also provided supplemental money to provide additional peer tutoring in math and composition. Bob tells me that the ARC is moving ahead with the "Freshman Success" course. The initial overall purpose was to impact retention, and it will. Yet, I cannot think of a better way to promote our quality of service to prospective students than through the ARC.

Since last summer, everyone is infinitely aware of the new construction that is going on. We have finished the recladding of Hawthorn Hall and the auditorium in Raintree Hall, four lecture rooms in Hawthorn, and the lounge area in Tamarack have all been remodeled. In addition we have completed the installation of a new computer lab in Hawthorn. Major improvements have been made in the Hawthorn and Library Conference Center heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical systems. The Moraine dining room has been remodeled and will reopen next week. Facade lighting has been installed on several campus buildings. The I-80/94 monument installed last fall is also lighted. Last month the City of Gary confirmed the reconstruction or installation of new light poles with increased lighting on Broadway from the expressway to 35th Avenue. These in and of themselves are wonderful and shining accomplishments and examples of improvements to our campus environment. But you know that is not enough.

The new Academic Activities Building will be built - I know because I do see movement, but it is not coming along as fast as we would all like. Vice President for Administration, Terry Clapacs and Alex Gariup of Gariup Construction, have informed us that the target date for completion has been set for January 1, 2000. I know that it seems far away but what a way to bring in the new millennium! While sports are not central to my life - except for the Bulls - I know that athletics can provide a sense of "community." It is difficult for us to define that sense of community on a commuter campus, but think of what a focal point an athletic program, or the gallery, or the small theater will give in pulling us together - students, faculty, staff, and the rest of the community. And that sense of community is what will bring us so much pleasure for years and years to come. I want to congratulate Ernest Smith for all the work he has done in preparation for what we know will be a "distinguished" athletic program. He has reported that we are now provisional members of the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Sports programs we will be offering initially are men's basketball, baseball, and golf and basketball and volleyball for women.

Our Child Care Center will be built. The target date for completion is set for June 1999. It will be located near 35th and Washington. Because of its new location, the architects will have to redesign the building but, it will still house an average of 60 plus children, have a new playground and continue to be a quality service to our students and employees. Janet Marovich and Ernest Smith have been beacons of patience and will continue to prevail through that maze of bureaucracy.

Our School of Public and Environmental Affairs celebrated its 25th anniversary and has been recognized as the largest and one of the most respected schools of public affairs in this country. Joe Pelliccotti and his faculty and staff are to be congratulated for their continued commitment to excellence. They have added a new post baccalaureate certificate in non-profit management, an environmental policy concentration in their baccalaureate program and a new minor in environmental science and health. Even though most of the SPEA faculty are away attending their annual retreat in Bloomington, I would like to recognize Karen Evans (Public Management), Jacqueline Klosak (Criminal Justice) and Susan Zinner-Kemp (Health Services Administration.)

Hazel Malone and her dedicated faculty and staff are to be congratulated because this year the Division of Nursing received their preliminary CCNE accreditation for the baccalaureate program in nursing. They have also completed 2 new curriculum changes for the ASN and the BSN that will better prepare students for the changes that are occurring and will continue to occur in the health care system. I also want to congratulate Deena Nardi, who recently received two awards. One award was for service and scholarship from the Midwest Alliance in Nursing, and the other award was from FACET for excellence in teaching. Dianne Cyrkiel was selected to participate in the IUPUI sponsored NETwork for Excellence in Teaching. Their student nurses association received the "gold circle" award by the National Student Nurses Association for membership enrollment. Several of our students have been elected to state leadership roles in the ISNA. Nursing has added two new faculty members to replace Nancy Allen who retired and Mayola Villareal, who took another position. I would like to welcome to IUN Josey Petr, and Maria Young. The search for a new dean of Nursing is complete and we hope to present the new dean to the campus community before the end of the year.

Arts and Sciences faculty have continued to excel in recognition and scholarly publishing. Ken Brock published his second edition of "Birds of the Indiana Dunes." Ron Cohen is looking forward to his forthcoming book on "Folk Music and American Society." Paul Kern wrote a book about the "Conduct of Ancient Siege Warfare," Barry Johnston was nationally recognized for his book on Pitirim A. Sorokin, and Stephanie Shanks-Meile published a book on the White separatist movement. Cecil Blake also completed a book entitled "Public Speaking in the 21st Century," and Alan Barr edited and contributed to two books on Thomas Henry Huxley's place in science and letters. The faculty of Arts and Sciences were also recognized for outstanding teaching. Congratulations to Elyn Rykken, who was honored for teaching and to Cecil Blake and Stephanie Shanks-Meile who were honored this year for their scholarly work. The Communications Department has been very active and has been awarded money to fund a campus radio station. Barbara Mastrolia will be in charge of the basic operations of the station including working with student volunteers. I know the students will benefit from the experience and the campus can tune in to some "interesting" programming. Anthropology is also to be congratulated because one of their associate faculty, Kathleen Bubinas, received the Outstanding Associate Faculty Teaching Award. The Department of Minority Studies has been offering graduate courses in African American studies in an innovative, three-way partnership with the Gary School Corporation, IUN, and IU Bloomington's graduate department of Minority Studies. Arts and Sciences added three new faculty members: Adrienne Kochman in Fine Arts, and John F.Curran Jr. in Theatre, and Aisha Hasan in Chemistry. Welcome.

Bob Moon and his faculty and staff are to be congratulated for receiving their renewal of accreditation for Dental Education and renewal of accreditation for Radiology and Radiation Therapy and Medical Technology. They also are using our distance learning technology. This year they enrolled 30 students from Crown Point, Hanover, and Whiting high schools who are taking Medical Terminology. In fact, Bob has used distance learning in the past, but this is his largest enrollment. Juanita Robinson has been named our "new" director of Dental Health Education. As you might know, Juanita has been "acting" director during this past year. Welcome to your "new" position, Juanita. Margaret Skurka was elected national president of the American Association of Health Information Management. What a wonderful honor and testament to your skills and leadership, Margaret. Congratulations.

Continuing Studies set a new record. Kids College enrolled more than 700 young people in 64 classes. Joan Wolter did a splendid job in engaging these young, potential students in an introduction to IUN and college. Swingshift College saw its first graduates in Labor Studies and General Studies. Bob Lovely is very proud of this year's graduates. Many are now in a number of professional schools - dentistry, law, osteopathy, chiropractic medicine, social work, public administration, and, one student was recently elected State Representative from the first district. This is no wonder, Bob is known for his patience and encouragement with his students. Labor Studies should also be very pleased because Ruth Needleman was one of three faculty honored with the FACET award.

Business and Economics is also to be congratulated. Besides welcoming Don Coffin as the new dean, both he and Bert Scott were recognized for their outstanding service to IUN. Shyam Bhatia and Om Gupta serve as editors to recognized journals. Gopal Pati was honored for his longtime academic contributions and community service receiving the Chancellor's Distinguished Service Award. The Division has been very busy this past year. They began their first class in the new Masters of Accountancy and completed an exhaustive but rewarding revision of the MBA curriculum. We would also like to welcome to our faculty community, Gary Eldred in Marketing, Dwight Owsen in Accounting, and Shawn Carraher in Management. Dwight and Shawn will be beginning this spring.

Indiana University Northwest's graduate program in Social Work continues to grow and contributes significantly to the vitality of our community. Grafton Hull has been tireless in recruiting both excellent faculty and students. He and his faculty have published two textbooks and have presented at national conferences. He is also proud of an 85% retention rate from their first and second cohorts. Social Work has added to their faculty. We welcome Denise Travis whose specialty is in families and adults.

The Division of Education was recognized for excellence: Professors Paul Blohm, Ken Schoon, Pam Sandoval and Geoffrey Schultz received Teaching Excellence Awards. Dr. Vernon Smith was selected to receive the distinguished FACET award. Drs. Clyde Wiles and Ken Schoon were consultants to the Gary School Corporation NSF grant, "Comprehensive Partnerships for Minority Student Achievement." Drs. Sandoval and Sohed Rodriguez were selected for the IUPUI sponsored NETwork for Excellence in Teaching. The challenges in Education are many but I am confident that with your excellence and commitment to teaching you will elevate the division as a dynamic force in educating our future teachers. I also want to acknowledge Lew Ciminillo's retirement at the end of the summer. Lew, I don't know if you are here, but your years of service to IUN are long and distinguished. We will miss you. Don't work too hard.

Karen Whitehead should be recognized for her efforts to not just get the Portage and Schererville off campus locations started, but for also managing their daily operations. These off site locations are often the first doors our students might enter and Karen has made these instructional sites a very kind and friendly place to be. Enrollment at both sites is increasing.

The Library is moving towards what Bob Moran calls a "Virtual Library" that can now be accessed by students and faculty from not just our offices, but also our homes. It will provide links to the online catalog, electronic indexes, full text databases, a listing of holdings of the Calumet Regional Archives and an interactive access to the Reference Librarian. The Library's web pages were recognized with four awards including a three star rating by Webnet Web ratings and a Best of the Planet Peoples Choice Award. Ellen Bosman received awards from 911 Web Showcare and Excellent Nursing Site, for her "Transcultural and Multicultural Health Link Page." Steve McShane and Ron Cohen published an illustrated book entitled "Moonlight in Duneland - An Illustrated Story of the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad." During the past year a number of businesses and universities in the area commissioned a new series of 1920's South Shore posters. Indiana University Northwest will be commissioning a poster this year that will depict IUN and the South Shore. Steve McShane will chair the committee that will direct the efforts necessary to complete the poster. If you are interested in the 1920's poster series, it is located in the Library in the Calumet Regional Archives.

Bev Pankey and his staff, Judy Consorti, Tom Higgins, and Cathy Tallos, should be congratulated on an excellent year in fundraising. To date we have accumulated over 5½ million dollars in IU Foundation support, most of which is targeted for scholarships for our students. This is a 3½ million-dollar increase since I arrived in 1993. In addition, the number of our donors has doubled since 1994 from 545 to 1159. Many in the community, as well as you, have supported this astounding record. We have also doubled the dollar amount as well. In 1995 we raised $221,000; in 1996, $452,000; and last year, $478,000. However, we need to increase the fundraising efforts in direct support of our campus. There are pilot programs and special projects that need funding and we are faced with limited resources. Fundraising remains a proven means for both direct support and increasing public awareness and involvement. Let me give you two examples. This past year we received an $80,000 donation to construct and install the monument on 80/94. Additionally, we received a $200,000 donation for the soon to be built Child Care Center. In the future, I would like to be able to set aside some funds to support a special campus project.

I am pleased to have mentioned so many of you and your accomplishments. But I know many more are making outstanding contributions. Please accept my apology for not including your name.

This coming year we have many challenges ahead of us and many opportunities to excel. A high campus priority is the search for a new chancellor. We, the IUN community, would like to thank the President's Task Force for working so diligently to provide guidance for him and this campus in defining the challenges faced by our campus. We also would like to thank each of the Chancellor's search committee members for all the time and effort they will be devoting to selecting the new leadership for IUN.

Now, let me focus on the future. I mentioned early on that we continue to be dominated by a changing environment. Though change can be unsettling because often the "trees" dominate our lives and obscure the forest, it is also that rare moment in time that we can seize the opportunity to carefully and deliberately build the future of our University. I promise you that I will remain active in guiding IUN during this time of redefining. I believe that IUN should and will be a "First Choice" in regional universities. I believe that IUN should and will continue to be a "First Choice" for faculty excellence in teaching and research. I believe that IUN should and will continue as a "First Choice" for leadership in service to our greater community. I believe that IUN should and will remain a "First Choice" employer for those who are dedicated to higher education and willing to commit to excellence and hard work.

I would like to introduce four new programs that demonstrate so well our commitment to students and to the public:

We welcome Keith Kirkpatrick as Executive Director of the Institute for Innovative Leadership. The Institute, which is a self-sustaining program, will be working with both students and faculty to provide additional services and instruction to help our students excel in their chosen careers. This program will support and bridge the student's academic career and their chosen profession. In the spring, each of our divisions will recommend a total of 30 students to participate in the Institute. Business and community leaders will partner with our faculty in a series of workshops, seminars, internships and projects that will develop and enhance the leadership qualities necessary for our students to succeed in today's work world. Another person we want to mention, who has helped make this Institute a reality is "Chip" Lesch. Many of you might know him; he was the former president of Indiana Federal State Bank and is a true IUN supporter. He will assist Keith in fundraising and will be chairing the Institute's advisory's board.

We also welcome Joanna Bloom as administrative director for the newly created Polish Studies Center. Joanna you are a source of energy and vitality. She has managed to not just create this international center under the auspices of Bloomington's Polish Center, but has begun work on their first fundraiser and international conference at which former president of Poland, Lech Walesa, has agreed to be their keynote speaker. Jack Bloom, chairman of the Sociology/ Anthropology department and academic director for the Polish Studies Center said the Center will be engaged in developing programs and services, such as ESL programs, language counseling, and cultural immersion to recruit international students and assist them in their transition to life here.

Don Coffin and the Division of Business and Economics are working with Crow-Chizek, a nationally known accounting and consulting firm, to develop a "family owned business center." This center will help people who are engaged in family owned businesses, by providing them with business planning assistance, family financial planning assistance, and business succession advice. A senior partner and manager of Crowe-Chizek's Merrillville office, Mr. Michael Salmon will be working with the division to secure funding from corporate sponsors for the first year of operation. At that point they will begin a search for a director.

The second floor of our Library will be the home for the newly created Environmental Justice Resource Center. This Center is one of 10 programs nationwide funded by the EPA to establish a resource center to assist in organizing and educating community groups on pollution issues in urban areas. This is accomplished by conducting a number of projects that address pollution issues in communities. Dr. Earl Jones, from the Department of Minority Studies and SPEA, has been named project director.

All three of these programs are designed to be self-sufficient. I ask the campus to pull together and support these new and innovative programs and services that further our own commitment to excellence and service to students.

There is another person I would like to mention, Dr. John Worthley. John is functioning as special assistant to me working on three projects: An IUN/Gary Environmental Management Alliance, a Ford Foundation Community Grant for funding the Alliance, and a China University/IUN affiliation. Thank you, John, for these creative efforts on behalf of IUN and for donating your time and "influence." These projects, if they are realized, will continue our commitment to the health of our community and international relations.

Marketing remains a critical function in promoting IUN internally and externally as an institution of "First Choice." I have asked Ann Robinson to accept the position of interim director as we begin a search for a full-time marketing and communications director. She has been leading in that role for nearly three years and for much of that time remained director of the Center for Management Development. We need a person who has the opportunity to direct the activities of that office full time as well as coordinate the increased activities from Bloomington's marketing group. For the past 2½ years Bloomington has had a university wide marketing and communications unit. They have been charged with developing overall university wide promotional campaigns. These campaigns have been developed in cooperation with the regional campuses. They have also helped the regional campuses by providing research on public opinion and media behavior, which was conducted by the IUPUI Public Opinion Laboratory. The report is on file at the Reference Desk in our Library. You also may have seen the television commercials on Channel 7 or the newspaper ads in The Chicago Tribune. These ads and some radio commercials and billboards have been funded by Bloomington. Because Ann will be moving to Marketing and Communications, the Division of Business & Economics has asked Dawn Kesic to step in as interim director of the Center for Management Development. Dawn has been with the Center since April as the business development coordinator. For nearly seven years the Center for Management Development has played a significant role to bridge the relationship between our academic and business community. Dawn, welcome to IUN and thank you for stepping up to the increased demands as the director.

Florence Sawicki, Ernest Smith, Damen Banks, Bob Lovely, Henrietta Moore, and Marilyn Vasquez are currently working on the Lilly II grant which will be used to encourage more Hoosiers to attend institutions of higher education. We have chosen to work with the Gary School Corporation to provide programming to sixth through eighth graders and will link that program to the 21st Century Scholars. Both the Lilly I and II grants are significant examples of how we are distinctive. Thank you again, Marilyn, for your devotion and dedication.

Rick Hug, Dan Lowery and Jerry Long played an active role in setting the directions and strategies in Lake County's Welfare to Work programs. We are also engaged in a granting opportunity through the Lake County Welfare to Work Council. Jerry Long is chairing a faculty, dean and staff committee that is developing proposals specifically designed to meet the unique demands and challenges presented while transforming an assisted culture to one of independence.

This past year President Brand awarded $200,000 from Strategic Directions to fund The Center for Regional Campus Excellence. This Center is a collaboration of the chancellors from each of the regional campuses to assess and identify excellence and define strategic directions for excellence among regional campuses. The areas to be examined are teaching and learning, academic programs, faculty scholarship and creative work, technology, community service, and collaborative activities. Teams made up of two faculty representatives from each of the regional campuses will study these six areas of excellence. The first teams will be studying teaching and learning, information technology, and collaboration between regional campuses. In addition to having faculty representatives on each of these teams, Marilyn Vasquez, John Black, and Ernest Smith will serve as our administrative representatives. In January we will form the second set of teams to study academic excellence, scholarship and creative work, and community service. Dr. Alice Chandler, retired President of SUNY at New Paltz, is the consultant to the Center and has facilitated the discussions with the chancellors. Nationally recognized consultants and specialists in their respective fields will assist each of the six teams. At the conclusion of the 18 months of study the report will "serve to identify strategic directions for excellence among the regional campuses and contribute to IU's ongoing quest for leadership in the 21st century." This initiative is very important to us. The Center will provide a basis for defining and advancing our critical and unique role within the Indiana University system and also within institutions of higher education in Indiana. We will be developing a communication vehicle to maintain the flow of information and a means of receiving feedback. It is important that everyone is informed about the discussions and activities of the Center and each of the teams.

This year we will establish Information Technology as a separate unit. It will be lead by a new Vice Chancellor for Information Technology. The search to fill this position is being formed as we speak. John Kroepfl is chairing the search. This position will have dual reporting lines - to the campus chancellor and to the Vice President for Information Technology, Michael McRobbie. In fact, fifty percent of the Vice Chancellor's salary will be paid from Vice President McRobbie's budget. This reorganization grew out of a need to redefine how technology is used and the need to assess its impact on our faculty, staff, and our students. We must position our information technology unit to meet the demands of the 21st century. The analysis began this past summer when Dr. McRobbie was asked to conduct an assessment of our current technology environment. He provided us with sound and realistic recommendations for defining new responsibilities. He also provided an organizational structure that will promote efficiency and responsiveness and position us to meet the increased demands of information technology. If we are to be a premier institution defined by the quality of service to students and the greater community, we must be positioned as a leader in information technology. Cutting edge technology is a daunting and elusive goal because of its virulent speed of change. Thus, we must be guided by the best minds, engage in constructive dialog, and come together in support of our future.

Speaking of excellent minds, Don Coffin, Deena Nardi, Linda Rooda, Rhiman Rotz and Bert Scott were selected to participate in a summer faculty leadership institute in Indianapolis. Their project is to develop a plan to assist faculty in adapting to the increased use of World Wide Web based instruction materials.

When we are faced with serious challenges, I like to first look towards the positive. Everything I have spoken about is a demonstration of our outstanding qualities. We need to build on these qualities. However, I am sure many of you have either heard or read our latest enrollment reports. Our final census has us down 8.8% in headcount and 6.9% in credit hours. This is deeply concerning. Our vitality to expand and grow is based on our enrollment. An analysis to reveal whether our decline is a recruiting or a retention problem or even a combination of both is not complete to date. However, I will say this, we all need to take responsibility for bringing in new students to IUN and for supporting current students in completing their academic career.

We are proud of our accomplishments and our institution and we should not be shy. Marilyn Vasquez and John Kroepfl are deeply involved in developing a plan and processes to address this current crisis that will set us on a path towards responsible growth. But, they cannot do this in a vacuum. They will need your active support and participation. I am not saying that we should be or want to be a university of 20,000, but you deserve better than an enrollment of 4792. We must all pull together to make IUN the "First Choice" for those seeking a college education in northwest Indiana.

This past year has been an adventure. And, during that time, there has been a person who has remained a steadfast and a constant model of excellence. Marilyn, I want to thank you for sharing this adventure with me. You have been an unending source of wisdom, insight, patience, and energy. Thank you. John Kroepfl has been a great source of support. John, thank you for your dedication and tireless efforts. I know that Marilyn relies on you, as we all do.

The challenges that I have mentioned are the framework for our coming year. Your participation and support of our advancement is necessary for a successful year.

And now, my closing quote written by John Amatt, organizer and participant in Canada's first successful expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest.

"Adventure isn't hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain.

Adventure is an attitude that we must apply

To the day to day obstacles of life -

Facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities,

Testing our resources against the unknown and in the process,

Discovering our own unique potential. "
 
 

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