Celebrating 50 years

50th Anniversary Kickoff Event

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hello hello and welcome everyone we are
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so excited about you joining us for the
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school of liberal arts 50th anniversary
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kickoff i'm matrice merriweather chief
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talent officer at the national
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federation of state high school
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associations and the former president
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and past president of the alumni board
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of the school of liberal arts
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and co-hosting this event with me today
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we have mike paletti's
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welcome mike
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thank you very much matrice i'm mike
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palitus and i'm a teaching professor in
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the department of communication studies
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here in the school liberal arts can you
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believe it has been 50 years since the
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beginning of the school of liberal arts
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so of course neither matrison or i were
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around then but we have people joining
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us this evening who were
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in our virtual world these days we have
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campus administrators including our
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chancellor faculty staff students alumni
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donors and friends joining us from
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across the united states
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we appreciate being able to connect in
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this way so that you can share in the
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excitement of celebrating the 50th
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anniversary
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that's fantastic the school is working
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on creating something for everyone to
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get involved in so let's get excited
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one of those activities is what we call
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did you know
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this is a little history trivia that
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we'll be sharing with you not only
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tonight but throughout the year
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we'll also reveal with you later how you
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can share your bits of history mike go
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ahead and take us through the first
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reveal of the bit of trivia
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all right our first did you know
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did you know
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a liberal arts dean
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participated in a dunk the dean contest
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during a welcome event for students
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which dean was it
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unfortunately i wasn't around for that
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event but
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i sure would like to have been were you
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around for this mike you know i was on
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campus but i don't recall going to this
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event but
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hearing the answer to this does not the
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least bit surprise me
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it was bill blumquist in 2010
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so thanks bill for being such a great
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sport
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now let me introduce the dean of the
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school of liberal arts tammy idle
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thank you mattress and mike i love
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learning more about the history of our
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school
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now it is my great pleasure to introduce
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the fifth chancellor of iupui
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nasser h padar who will share a few
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words about the school of liberal arts
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anniversary
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i also want to thank chancellor padar
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for coming out to the taylor courtyard
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last wednesday
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to participate in our 50th anniversary
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photo
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well thank you very much tammy and thank
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you all
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for joining us uh for this virtual
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celebration of the school of lebron
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tammy you were not here
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in 2019 when we celebrated iupui's 50th
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anniversary
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a year later we celebrated our 200 year
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anniversary you know iu by centennial
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that was when people in the community
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ask me if you know math are you do you
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teach math you know 50th the next year
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200 it took me a long time to explain
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the situation between 50th and
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bicentennial
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and now in 2021 school of liberal arts
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is celebrating 50th anniversary when it
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was formed in 1972 when i heard that i
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started quickly doing math because i
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know people are going to ask me and then
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i checked with the school i said lebron
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do you guys know math well i was told
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this is a year-long celebration starting
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today
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uh this in 2021 and ending in 2022 and
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it's so appropriate that we celebrate
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the school of liberal arts
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over a year now these celebrations bring
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such joy to our campus and i'm certain
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that recognizing this milestone for the
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school of liberal arts will help bring
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people together to renew connections and
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friendships and remind people of the
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great history of this wonderful school
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now when i think of this school i'm
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reminded of joseph taylor the school's
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founding dean
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he was a true pioneer who brought a deep
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commitment to education as well as to
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the indianapolis community now you you
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may know that dr taylor was tapped by
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to be the founding dean of the school of
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liberal arts by iu president herman b
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wells because taylor
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knew how to build consensus
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and his model of collaborative
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leadership
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really continues to characterize our
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campus
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taylor symposium was named in his honor
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as well as the taylor hall
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just as
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dr taylor
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is
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indelible part of iupa liberal arts
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history so too is cavanaugh hall the
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first building
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constructed on what has become iupui's
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beautiful campus
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speaking about cavanaugh hall just the
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other day i think it was
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monday or tuesday of this week that i
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was in kavanaugh hall and as i was
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going up the stairs i remember
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years ago
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when students really actually physically
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registered in that building now mike
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said he wasn't here when 50 years ago
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the school was established i wasn't here
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either just want to clarify that but i
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joined iupa in 1985
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and those days if a person wanted to
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register now believe it or not there was
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no internet in 1985
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they had to physically go to the office
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of registrar which was on the first
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floor of kavanaugh hall to register and
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right before they registered they had to
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get a faculty signature
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to be able to go and register and i
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volunteered and
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to do that to help with the registration
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so i
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spent a lot of time in kavanaugh hall
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and students will line up and the line
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will go down the stairs up the stairs go
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around the building once or twice and
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before they
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get the signature and register and i
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remember one thing
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when my
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department chairman volunteered me to to
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go ahead and do this
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he said i want you to go tonight to
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to barf at kavanaugh
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i said excuse me to barf at kavanaugh
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well those days
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bursar's admission registrar and
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financial aid we're in kavanaugh hall
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some of you remember
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and the acronym barf came from that
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thank god barf has now moved to campus
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center
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um
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and kavanaugh hall has been the home of
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our wonderful school of liberal arts and
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it has been
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said
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many times that a degree in liberal arts
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prepares students not only to make a
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living
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but also to make a life
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in many respects the basis of global
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citizenship is right here in liberal
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arts
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with programs in history world languages
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and cultures anthropology sociology
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economics and political sciences
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the reach and the impact of this school
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however goes beyond your wonderful
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majors
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though this campus has a large number of
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professional degree programs
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all of our students need a solid
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foundation in the liberal arts which is
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truly the backbone of an of an iupui
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education now i've said this before
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it's one thing to train a medical doctor
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to save a life
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it's another thing to have that doctor
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value the life she's saving this is what
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liberal arts
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teaches
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as important
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as programs and departments are at the
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heart of every school including this one
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there are people
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i want to acknowledge that tens of
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thousands of students who have graduated
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along with our current students that and
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that are pushing for graduation from the
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school of liberal arts in the history of
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school of liberal arts
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10 of the graduates of iupa come from
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your school
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finally i would like to close with a
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special word of thanks to our faculty
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and staff in the school of the world
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you bring
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a entrepreneurial zeal in your pursuit
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of
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knowledge your enthusiastic
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teaching and your
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you are deeply committed to supporting
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students
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your good work provides the educational
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foundation upon which all of our
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undergraduate students can build as they
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pursue their degrees this is truly
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something to celebrate and celebrate for
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a year thank you for all you do and
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happy anniversary thank you chancellor
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padar
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we also believe that the school is very
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special i was a one-year-old when when
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uh liberal arts came into life so
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so moving on i i hear that the school
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liberal arts had an event last week
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where you all captured a commemorative
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photo for the 50th anniversary i am so
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sorry to have missed that event but i
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thank you all of you who were able to
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join in the activities so let's take a
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look at last week's fabulous photo event
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so
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thank you
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memories
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we had so much fun the weather the
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weather was great students were all over
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the place
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and i loved smiling with a mask on at
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the drone overhead i was so proud of
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this because we've never done this
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before so this was something that was on
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our radar and we made it happen so let
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me introduce our dean again tammy idle
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who just started as our new dean for the
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school of liberal arts on january 1st
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and it's been a unique year for her
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going through the interview process and
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starting a new job and a pandemic and
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tammy is an iu alum as she received her
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ma and phd from indiana university so
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dean idol take it away
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thank you mike hello and welcome
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everyone
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i feel honored to have joined the school
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this year and i'm pleased to speak to
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you today as we kick off the 50th year
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of the school of liberal arts
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it is a year of milestones and
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opportunities
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last year during the pandemic the school
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of liberal arts awarded 689
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bachelor's degrees and certificates
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89 master's degrees and certificates and
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six doctoral degrees
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as the school concludes its first 50
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years we will surpass 27 000 degrees
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those graduates are doing amazing things
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despite the national focus on stem
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education the school of liberal arts
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remains second among all schools at
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iupui and the number of undergraduate
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degrees and certificates awarded every
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year
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more students minor in the liberal arts
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than in any other school at iupui
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the school of liberal arts provides over
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2.5 million dollars of financial aid to
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students annually and due to the
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generosity of our donors many of who are
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among our alumni and faculty
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the school awards over 325 thousand
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dollars of scholarship funding to our
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students each year
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the school serves undergraduate students
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from every other school through the
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general education offerings
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this year
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nearly a third of our majors are first
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generation college students
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and 36 percent are students of color
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it is not a secret to any of you that
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the school of liberal arts and its
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faculty are a gem
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historically students found us when they
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took general education requirements and
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discovered a passion for religious
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studies political science language
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english or anthropology to name just a
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few of our disciplines
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today students bring dual credit from
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their high schools to iupui and they
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take fewer general education courses on
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campus
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dual credit can reduce debt and time to
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graduation for students
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these are very good things
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but many students across campus will
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change majors and those students
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no longer have the experience in our
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general education courses as a
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touchstone when they find themselves
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seeking a new major as sophomores or
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juniors
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the programs in the school of liberal
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arts now need to be more proactive in
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recruiting students to our classrooms to
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discover the value and relevance of our
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many and buried degree programs
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our educators and knowledge creators in
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humanities and social sciences
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are compelled to more clearly and more
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loudly articulate the importance of the
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liberal arts in our society and in our
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institutions of higher education
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in our disciplines students learn to
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listen at the margins
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challenge firmly held beliefs
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ask discerning questions and communicate
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across differences
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our disciplines prepare students to have
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an impact in any industry and in careers
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that have not yet been imagined
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to continue to have this impact
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our programs do need to change and to to
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meet the demands of our students for
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greater flexibility and more innovation
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in their educational experiences
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our student students need us to create
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more inclusive curricula and make sure
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that our classrooms are welcoming and
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honor the diverse backgrounds
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experiences and perspectives students
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bring to their education
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all of our students need and deserve the
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financial social
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and academic support that will give
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every student
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a chance to succeed and reduce
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inequalities in retention and graduation
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finally
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we need to help our students to
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translate their knowledge and skills
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into careers that allow them to lead
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satisfying and impactful lives as
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chancellor padar mentioned
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the school of liberal arts is is a
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community a community of engaged
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humanities and social science scholars
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and teachers who are deeply invested in
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our students communities and impact
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we can deliver inclusive curricula
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a supportive and welcoming academic and
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extracurricular environment
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and bridges to careers that will allow
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our students to live those satisfying
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and impactful lives
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in the school of liberal arts at iupui
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we succeed when we put students first
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and i am so grateful that we have
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faculty and staff that do just that
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thank you so much for joining us on this
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special day
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i look forward to meeting many of you in
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the future and learning about your
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connection to and stories about the
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school of liberal arts
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so thank you so much dean idol we really
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appreciate all that you have to offer
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and appreciate you being here
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and like myself
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i'm one of those 27 000
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um graduates that uh dr that dean idol
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spoke about so
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um we wanted we went now to um as a
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former alumni board member i want to
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talk a little bit about the confidence
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that i have
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in being an alumni and being very proud
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of where we have come from so i speak on
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behalf of all other alumni
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so let's hit the pause button
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on alumni talk and let's talk about a
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future change maker the school's
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student council president
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rhys chesser
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reece is a member of the honors college
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and is majoring in history with an
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interest in museum studies and spanish
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he plans to work in the museum while
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working on his doctorate very impressive
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he loves history and is helping us to
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mark history with a very special and
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exciting time capsule project now let me
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tell you i'm in love with the concept
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already of a time capsule so i invite
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reese to tell us a little bit more about
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this project
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hi everyone it's uh great to be here um
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as she just said that i am a history
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major here uh and i am so excited full
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liberal arts putting on this time
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capsule um here for our 50th anniversary
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this last year and a half has been
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incredibly um difficult and challenging
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for many of us with the ongoing pandemic
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going on
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for a year and a half now
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and the
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massive upheaval of the george floyd
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protest last year
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and of course
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as we celebrate our 20th um anniversary
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of 9 11
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we continue to have that resilience
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and show that we have grown since then
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the school of liberal arts time capital
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will document these extraordinary events
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and the extraordinary resilience of our
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students
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as myself and our staff here
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as we overcome these historical events
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last week during the command
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commemorative photo event we ask people
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to share their ideas on um what should
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be in the time capsule
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we will continue to ask these ideas
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throughout the entire year on our social
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media our website and any other events
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school liberal arts will help
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help us capture these historic events
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and
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the hope for what lies ahead
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watch for us at our twitter instagram
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linkedin
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and our website thank you
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thank you reese and i bet you've already
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received lots of suggestions and maybe
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even including a mask i don't know all
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right this is a perfect project for our
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students to work on
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reese do you come back do you plan to
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come back in another 50 years and open
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it with the students
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you know what i might just do that
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i'll i'll be here too all right i'll be
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like 90 something but i'll be here
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so now we have another did you know for
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you so did you know
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there is an urban legend among students
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that kavanaugh hall
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is haunted
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that's intriguing
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i hadn't heard of this story so i must
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have been
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it must been after my time in the
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building so i'm wondering if some of the
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unexplained noises really could have
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been from
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amy jones richardson who was always
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working late
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so
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students taking
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classes late at night
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taking night classes often hear unusual
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sounds rumblings and unexplained noises
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could it be
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faculty working late the hvac system or
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something else
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i heard a professor call the facilities
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management office to see what they would
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say about these sounds so
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who really knows
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so now let me introduce you to matthew
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brown
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so
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the title of his talk is 50 50 vision so
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matt brown was actually a former student
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of mine and if matt brown looks familiar
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to you that is because matt graduated in
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2021 so just several months ago and matt
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was selected as the student commencement
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speaker so matt spoke at the class of
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2020 and class of 2021 combined
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graduations
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back in may and did a fantastic job i
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first met matt
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when we bonded over the fact that we
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have the same backpack
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on the first day of my interviewing
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class and when i saw that i knew that
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this guy had good taste and that we were
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going to build a relationship and
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so we are very happy to have matt with
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us matt is a communication studies
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graduate so with his uh talk 50 50
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vision please welcome matt brown
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thank you mr mike i appreciate it
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and as far as uh kavanaugh hall is
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concerned i'm just going to go ahead and
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vote that it's the hvac system but uh
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anyway moving along
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i'm gonna just go go ahead and dive
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right into this speech um there's a lot
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of meat here so i hope you're able to
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grab it
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author ray davis once said the tribe
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often thinks the visionary has turned
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his back on them when in fact the
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visionary has simply turned to face the
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future
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when i say the word visionary what is
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what is the first thing that comes to
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mind what's the first thing you think
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about when you think visionary
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do you think world changer
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do you think leader
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maybe you think about your own dreams
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your own vision
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or maybe you think about people like
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howard schultz the ceo of starbucks
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michael eisner the former ceo of disney
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chief justice clarence thomas or or
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maybe you think of somebody like
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ted turner
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entrepreneur
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entrepreneur and founder of cnn
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or maybe you think of an entertainer
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like conan o'brien emmy award-winning
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creator writer and producer of one of
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the most
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one of the greatest late night shows
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ever
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maybe you think of oprah winfrey
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one of the most successful and
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inspirational women in modern history
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regardless of what comes to mind it's
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fair to say that the word visionary
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comes with this idea of power
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and success
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and you can see this with the people i
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just mentioned they were visionaries but
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they also had something else in common
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they also graduated from college with
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degrees in liberal arts
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now you may be thinking well why does
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that even matter
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it matters because these people had
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vision
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they had the same vision a vision for
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success a vision to be the best of the
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best the same vision that i see here
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at iupui's program with the school of
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liberal arts
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and they are proof
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that liberal arts work
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so what is liberal arts anyway
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well for the sake of the speech i want
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to stick to one definition as given by
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author mackenzie perkins
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she says the key element in defining
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liberal arts is the intent to combine
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practical concrete information like data
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and statistics with theoretical
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knowledge like ethics and philosophy
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now based on that definition couldn't we
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all say that regardless of our field of
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study we are all products of liberal
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arts
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i mean haven't we all combined practical
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concrete information with our own
25:23
personal vision and theoretical
25:24
knowledge to achieve success
25:28
you know four years ago if you would ask
25:30
me what liberal arts was i i would have
25:33
been able to tell you i wouldn't even
25:35
been able to begin to try to define what
25:37
liberal arts is
25:39
see i was a late bloomer i didn't begin
25:41
my college career until the age of 34
25:43
years old
25:45
and honestly that's due to
25:48
uh that's due to a troubled youth that
25:50
led me to prison at a very young age
25:52
and even after being released i felt
25:54
lost defeated visionless
25:58
i spent the next
25:59
decade of my life working dead in jobs
26:01
that could barely pay the bills
26:04
one day that all changed i was reading a
26:05
book called wild at heart and i just had
26:07
this overwhelming feeling come come upon
26:09
me that i could do better that i could
26:11
be better
26:12
i started to finally have vision
26:15
it wasn't long after that that i got my
26:17
record expunged and i decided it was
26:19
time for me to go back to school
26:21
i spent my first three semesters at iv
26:23
tech and then i transferred to iupui to
26:26
pursue a bachelor of arts in
26:27
communication study
26:29
it was then
26:31
january of 2019 that things really began
26:34
to shift for the better
26:37
here i was a young product of liberal
26:39
arts
26:40
taking my concrete information and
26:43
combining it with my vision and
26:45
theoretical knowledge to begin chasing
26:48
success
26:50
now i can spend the next three hours
26:51
talking about all the amazing
26:52
experiences i've had at iupui
26:55
but instead i want to focus on three
26:57
things that i learned
26:59
three things that i learned that will
27:01
will there were a turning point and will
27:03
forever
27:04
impact my life
27:07
first i and arguably maybe even the most
27:09
important thing i learned was
27:11
that it's okay to make mistake
27:13
that failing at something doesn't make
27:15
you a failure but instead it makes you a
27:18
student
27:19
a student that has the ability to learn
27:21
and to grow from their mistakes
27:24
this was new to me
27:26
this was the opposite of my experience
27:28
as a kid i lived in a very strict
27:30
household where there was there's really
27:31
no room for failure
27:33
if i didn't meet a standard of
27:34
perfection that was set before me i was
27:35
met with swift consequences
27:38
it's from that that i began to live with
27:39
a lot of unnecessary self-made pressure
27:41
and needless to say that created a lot
27:43
of anxiety
27:46
it wasn't until really coming to iupui
27:48
school of liberal arts and taking
27:50
classes like communication theory
27:52
advanced interpersonal communication
27:54
acting and many more that i learned that
27:56
it's okay to fail sometimes
27:58
the failure doesn't define you
28:00
it's like thomas edison once said
28:03
i haven't failed
28:05
i just found 10 000 ways that won't work
28:09
the school liberal arts taught me that
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in life i will make mistakes
28:13
that i will occasionally fail and
28:15
honestly
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that's okay
28:18
that's part of being a visionary it's
28:19
part of being a dream chaser a leader
28:22
and it doesn't define you
28:24
so one thing that that the school of
28:26
liberal arts here at iupui has taught me
28:28
is that making mistakes is okay and then
28:29
we will fail something
28:31
another thing it taught me is that it's
28:32
okay to ask for help
28:35
i know this may sound cliche and and
28:37
honestly to a lot of people this just
28:39
sounds like common sense well
28:40
of course it's okay to ask for help
28:43
but for me this was a new concept
28:46
again as a child i was expected to know
28:48
things and asking for help wasn't always
28:50
met with the most loving and patient
28:52
response
28:54
i had this mentality growing up and even
28:56
into adulthood that asking for help
28:58
meant you were weak
29:00
meant you were stupid
29:02
well that mentality changed for me as i
29:05
stepped into my junior and senior year
29:06
here at iupui
29:08
i took some challenging classes that
29:10
honestly i wouldn't have passed if i
29:12
would have reached out and asked for
29:14
help
29:15
and every time i did i was met with
29:18
grace
29:19
a willingness to teach
29:21
in a diligence in making sure that i
29:23
understood what i needed to the
29:26
professors in the school of liberal arts
29:28
made it a safe place for me to ask for
29:30
help
29:31
even to the point that i still talk to
29:34
some of those professors to this day
29:35
when i need help
29:37
so again
29:39
iupui in the school of liberal arts has
29:40
taught me that yes we will make mistakes
29:43
in life and it and it's taught me too
29:45
that when you do make mistakes or you're
29:46
in a tough spot that it's okay to ask
29:48
for help
29:50
the third thing it's taught me
29:51
is that i do have what it takes to
29:53
achieve greatness
29:55
to me this is probably the most
29:57
important and powerful lesson i learned
30:00
for anyone to achieve success they have
30:02
to first believe in themselves enough
30:04
to begin taking the necessary steps of
30:06
faith that are required
30:08
to succeed
30:10
for so many years i lived thinking that
30:12
being a bartender or a handyman or an
30:14
uber driver was the best i could be
30:17
i wasn't made for more i believed the
30:19
worst about myself
30:21
i didn't believe i had any talent or
30:23
anything to offer this world
30:26
and i mean i wasn't perfect so in my
30:29
mind
30:30
i must have been worthless
30:32
and
30:33
to be honest for quite a long time i was
30:35
content with that
30:37
a few years before coming to iupui i
30:39
began to think differently i began to
30:41
believe that maybe i can do better
30:44
now i was still really scared to really
30:45
take any risk but my mind began to
30:48
change
30:49
and it was coming here to iupui school
30:51
of liberal arts that though that those
30:54
thoughts that i could be better that i
30:55
could do better were finally confirmed
30:58
and it was with my professors encouraged
31:00
me to encouraging me to step out and
31:03
take risks that i began doing so
31:06
it's because of that that during my time
31:08
at iupui i can say that every semester i
31:10
was on the dean's list
31:12
that i was nominated twice for top 100
31:16
that i was inducted into lamda paeda
31:19
that i was the first runner-up at the
31:20
annual speech night competition and that
31:23
i was iupui's 2021 student commencement
31:26
speak
31:28
you know
31:30
at graduation i was no longer this
31:33
scared convict with the mindset they
31:36
kept him believing he was nothing
31:40
instead i was a confident man using
31:42
concrete information combined with
31:43
theoretical knowledge obtaining success
31:48
the school liberal arts here at iupui
31:50
has changed my life and as we celebrate
31:52
50 years of success
31:53
my hope is that we all as visionaries
31:57
continue to envision and work towards
31:59
another even more successful 50 years
32:03
may the legacy of iupui school of
32:06
liberal arts continue to advance in
32:07
achievements and accomplishment and
32:09
change the lives of those touched by his
32:12
experiences
32:15
through com theory john paris sproul
32:17
taught me that in class as in life
32:19
everyone can receive an a is simply up
32:22
to the amount of work you want to put
32:23
into it
32:24
he taught me how to apply theoretical
32:26
concepts like relational dialect or
32:28
communication accommodation to analyze
32:30
communication issues
32:32
through acting one emilio robles taught
32:34
me to think outside the box
32:37
he taught me that artists
32:39
make choices and to be aware of those
32:41
choices
32:43
he taught me to be present to be
32:45
rigorous
32:46
to be open to be affected to be aware
32:49
but most importantly
32:50
taught me to be respectful
32:54
it was through interviewing principals
32:56
mike politis taught me basic
32:57
understanding of the interviewing
32:59
process and designing an interview
33:03
he also taught me that in life
33:05
the life in general is better when you
33:07
sprinkle a little bit of humor on it and
33:09
that i also probably shouldn't offer
33:11
personal information in an interview
33:13
apparently an interviewer doesn't care
33:16
that i have three kids and enjoy beer on
33:17
a weekend
33:19
who would have thought
33:21
and it was through many other classes
33:22
and professors that i learned
33:24
life-changing concepts and skills
33:27
now my prayer is that over the next 50
33:29
years that these kind of teaching
33:30
experiences would endure
33:32
the students would have even greater
33:34
experiences greater understandings and
33:36
knowledge
33:38
i pray that over the next 50 years iupui
33:40
has an established reputation of being
33:42
one of the greatest
33:44
one of the greatest liberal arts schools
33:46
not only in the nation but in the entire
33:48
world
33:50
and i also pray for 50 50 vision
33:53
i pray that the leaders in the school
33:55
would join me not only in believing but
33:57
in helping frame
33:59
50 unique stories over the next 50 years
34:04
i want to hear of the international
34:06
student that came to iupui school of
34:07
liberal arts with the hope of a better
34:09
future just to leave and literally
34:11
change the course of humanity
34:15
i want to hear of the impoverished inner
34:17
city student that graduates and becomes
34:18
one of the next chiefs of justice
34:21
i want to hear the immigrant who is who
34:23
is brought here as a child against their
34:25
will hopeless and stuck
34:27
yet choosing to come to
34:29
this school as an adult finding a new
34:32
hope in a new courage to become the next
34:34
ceo starbuck or the next ceo of disney
34:39
i hope to hear the story of the
34:40
overcomer the victim
34:42
the one who has suffered at the hands of
34:44
sexual and physical abuse yet by coming
34:46
to iupui school of liberal arts they
34:48
find a renewed strength and they become
34:50
one of the greatest inspirations
34:52
influences and leaders in history
34:56
i hope to hear the convict
34:58
broken and dejected
35:01
graduate becoming a distinguished
35:03
entertainer breaking records with awards
35:06
in college
35:08
i hope to hear stories like these and so
35:10
much more my 50 50 vision isn't looking
35:13
for the ordinary
35:14
but instead it's looking for the
35:16
extraordinary
35:17
the overcomers the dream chasers the
35:19
pursuers the diligent
35:23
the visionary
35:24
the visionaries that are caught built up
35:27
and encouraged by iupui school of
35:30
liberal arts
35:32
now i want to leave you guys with this
35:34
quote by oprah winfrey
35:37
you will find true success and happiness
35:39
if you have only one goal
35:41
there really is only one and that is
35:43
this to fulfill the highest most
35:46
truthful expression of yourself as a
35:47
human being
35:49
you want to max out your humanity your
35:51
humanity by using your energy to lift
35:54
yourself up your family and the people
35:56
around you
35:58
theologian howard thurman said it best
36:00
he said don't ask yourself what the
36:02
world needs ask yourself what makes you
36:04
come alive and go do that
36:06
because what the world needs is people
36:09
who come alive
36:12
so
36:13
helping people come alive
36:16
well iupui school of liberal arts does
36:19
just that
36:21
so congratulations on celebrating 50
36:23
years
36:24
thank you
36:28
wow
36:30
i have to pause
36:31
to get my emotions together
36:34
wow wow what a rich rich message
36:38
very rich
36:40
with lots of takeaways
36:43
nuggets that we can all use but perhaps
36:45
i think the most important thing the
36:47
message that matthew had for us today is
36:50
the pathway to success
36:52
is not free from failure
36:54
but the key is to keep going you will
36:57
get there so thank you matthew you've
36:59
had quite a journey and i love that you
37:02
see clearly the 50 50 vision that
37:04
liberal arts is key to making a
37:07
difference
37:08
in our world
37:11
another group making a difference in our
37:12
world is our alums
37:15
our alumni are really the success of the
37:18
school
37:19
tonight we'll hear from a first
37:21
generation student who overcame many
37:23
obstacles as she navigated world the
37:26
world of higher education
37:29
beth windish now works for the
37:31
department of homeland security helping
37:33
to keep all of us safe now and in the
37:36
future
37:37
let's listen to beth's story
37:42
i'm from indianapolis and i remember
37:45
each weekend my dad driving around kind
37:48
of where he grew up and saying you need
37:49
to get an education
37:51
other people in my family hadn't had
37:54
that experience didn't have those
37:56
opportunities and he knew that
37:58
education meant opportunities it meant
38:01
choices it meant freedom it meant that
38:04
you have
38:05
more options later on in life the
38:07
difficulty
38:09
is when you're a first generation
38:10
student you can have a family value of
38:12
education but maybe not know exactly how
38:16
you turn that into reality my first
38:18
semester i was at a different school and
38:20
it just wasn't the right fit for me and
38:22
i knew that i needed to make a change my
38:25
second semester my freshman year i came
38:27
to
38:28
iupui and i
38:31
took a few different classes in liberal
38:33
arts and i just really connected with
38:36
the faculty in the political science
38:38
department dr pegg gave me a book called
38:42
bananas beaches and bases by cynthia
38:45
imlo when i was an undergrad probably in
38:47
his war and conflict class
38:50
and it's really a framework for
38:52
looking at conflict and international
38:54
relations in a different way
38:56
using feminist international relations
38:58
theory and
39:00
i never encountered this kind of
39:03
thinking and it really shifted my world
39:05
view i was really involved in the
39:07
political science students association
39:11
and also just within indianapolis
39:13
volunteering and being involved in some
39:15
civic organizations including
39:18
the indiana national organization for
39:21
women chapter
39:23
and at that time we had the march for
39:25
women's lives that was occurring
39:27
and
39:28
a lot of us here at iupui wanted to go
39:31
and be part of that
39:33
in washington dc we organized a
39:36
fundraiser here locally so that a bus of
39:39
students from iupui could come to the
39:42
mall be part of that day and
39:45
you know represent
39:47
our beliefs and women's rights and be
39:49
part of that historic day
39:53
my first job in my federal career after
39:56
iupui was as a policy analyst with the
39:59
department of homeland security i found
40:01
that i needed a lot of tools in my
40:03
toolkit to understand things like public
40:06
health
40:07
economic impacts of how private industry
40:10
may affect security issues communication
40:13
being able to write memos very quickly
40:16
on a
40:17
on short notice and getting those
40:19
materials to people explaining complex
40:22
information in accessible terms to
40:25
multiple audiences
40:27
those types of skills were really
40:29
important for me to be successful today
40:32
i'm still with the department of
40:33
homeland security and i work for the
40:36
center for prevention programs and
40:38
partnerships and i'm the regional
40:40
prevention coordinator for the states of
40:42
illinois and indiana
40:44
and we're working to
40:46
build local frameworks to prevent
40:49
violence targeted violence and terrorism
40:51
by
40:52
looking for ways that we can do early
40:54
intervention and prevention and really
40:56
approach
40:57
violence prevention of this type from a
40:59
public health perspective
41:01
having my first semester of college be
41:03
shaped by september 11th starting in
41:06
2001 and then
41:08
trying to figure out
41:10
what did i want my career to be what did
41:13
i want my contribution to be to
41:16
protect the country and to be involved
41:18
in public service
41:19
definitely took me
41:21
some time to figure out and i think
41:22
during my time at iupui
41:24
i was able to
41:27
explore those different things through
41:28
different courses different disciplines
41:30
i'm just grateful and i feel lucky to be
41:33
able to take what i have learned and try
41:35
to apply it to making indiana safer and
41:38
to making you know my friends and family
41:41
safer and our community safer that's my
41:44
goal i couldn't have told you
41:47
when i was here at iupui that this is
41:49
what i would be doing because i wouldn't
41:50
have imagined it
41:52
happy 50th anniversary liberal arts
42:01
what a great success story beth and we
42:04
appreciate what you're doing in our
42:06
communities and our world and i'll add
42:08
that we just love hearing from our
42:10
alumni we love hearing what you're doing
42:13
so those kinds of stories never get old
42:16
so thank you so much beth for sharing
42:18
your story with us
42:20
so now it's time for another bit of
42:22
history trivia so this is one of those
42:24
that many people have wondered about
42:27
through the years including myself when
42:28
i first came here
42:30
did you know
42:32
do you know i should say why there are
42:35
no windows in the first three floors of
42:38
the kavanaugh hall
42:42
now this is something i myself have
42:44
wondered and the answer is because there
42:47
are no windows were installed for safety
42:50
reason
42:51
so due to the many street protests that
42:53
were happening in indianapolis during
42:55
the early 70s
42:57
always wondered about that but now i
42:59
know so it was for safety reasons i do
43:02
know this that when the campus center
43:04
was being built i had a fourth floor
43:06
office and i would swivel my chair
43:09
around to watch the campus center being
43:11
built
43:12
needless to say i was very distracted
43:15
for that couple of years didn't get a
43:17
lot graded
43:18
in a timely fashion as it were because i
43:20
was watching the campus center out my
43:22
fourth floor window
43:24
so let me introduce to you liz
43:26
goodfellow the executive director for
43:29
advancement and she should be no
43:31
stranger to many of you as she welcomes
43:33
alumni back to campus or connects with
43:36
them over a cup of coffee so liz what do
43:39
you have to share with us this evening
43:44
thank you
43:46
welcome everyone we're so excited that
43:48
you joined us this afternoon and we look
43:50
forward to connecting with you
43:52
throughout the year as you heard others
43:54
say in this last year and a half the
43:56
school has found itself facing one of
43:58
its greatest challenges in its 50-year
44:01
history how to recruit and retain
44:03
students
44:04
several societal factors including a
44:06
global health pandemic
44:09
rampant student debt the looming
44:11
demographic cliff
44:13
a national culture that emphasizes stem
44:16
discipline
44:17
are working against the opportunity to
44:20
earn a liberal arts education
44:23
supporting students with the tools and
44:25
resources they need to be successful is
44:28
changing
44:29
we want to make sure our students leave
44:31
the school of liberal arts with a degree
44:34
and a clear path forward without
44:36
crippling debt
44:39
we are launching a fifty dollars for 50
44:41
years anniversary campaign
44:44
we have created a crowdfunding page on
44:46
the indian indiana university foundation
44:50
to raise funds for scholarships and
44:52
programs that help recruit and retain
44:54
students
44:56
as we celebrate our 50 years
44:58
let's build the foundation for the next
45:00
generation of students
45:03
and every dollar given will be benched
45:06
by generous donors
45:09
this week we hope to raise five thousand
45:11
dollars please go to our crowdfunding
45:14
page and give today
45:17
we want to raise at least 50 000
45:21
in this 50 years to help our students
45:25
help us make a difference so these
45:27
students can be successful alums
45:30
thanks and now i want to introduce you
45:34
to one of our generous donors she
45:36
graduated with a ba in spanish she
45:39
received her master's of public affairs
45:42
and she is one of our dean's advisory
45:44
council members mariana works as the
45:47
director of workforce development and
45:50
entrepreneurship at la plaza
45:52
mariana take it away
45:55
thanks so much liz and hello everyone as
45:59
liz mentioned my name is mariana lopez
46:01
owens and you know i am so excited to
46:05
continue working here in our local
46:07
central indiana community um in a
46:12
latino serving non-profit but i am just
46:14
so excited to join all of you to kick
46:17
off our 50th year anniversary today
46:20
and as liz mentioned i'm very proud to
46:23
be part of the dean's advisory council
46:25
which is made up of members from the
46:27
community which offer a wide range of
46:30
expertise and insights
46:32
to inform the school's strategic
46:34
development efforts
46:36
and i want to share a little bit about
46:38
the reasons why i give
46:40
so since becoming financially able to
46:43
give i mean the school of liberal arts
46:46
at iupui was a no-brainer for for me and
46:49
my husband he's also an iupui school of
46:52
liberal arts alum
46:54
and this is because of the
46:57
life impact that the school has had on
47:00
us
47:01
and i can truly say that
47:04
it was through this um
47:06
it was because of the foundational
47:08
education the foundation
47:11
that i received here at the school of
47:13
liberal arts that
47:15
i was able to succeed in the workplace
47:18
and in life generally
47:21
but it was really
47:22
something really really special about
47:25
the iupui school of liberal arts is the
47:29
faculty and the staff i think as has
47:32
been mentioned with former students
47:36
the staff really really
47:38
uh care for the students and put
47:41
students first
47:43
and myself i am a first generation
47:46
student
47:46
and i don't think
47:48
i could have
47:50
i mean i
47:51
i don't know
47:53
what my experience would have been
47:55
elsewhere but i just know that it was
47:57
because of the professors at iupui
48:01
people like dr rosa de san jose
48:03
dr robert aponte who really really had
48:06
an impact in my critical thinking skills
48:09
and
48:10
helped me
48:11
really
48:13
get those interdisciplinary skills that
48:16
now allow me to be successful in the
48:18
workplace and um
48:21
it was also because of the financial
48:23
support i received um with scholarships
48:26
from the school of liberal arts that
48:29
allowed me to kind of focus on my school
48:32
and also like allowed me the free time
48:35
to instead of working perhaps at a
48:37
part-time job um you know be a part of
48:40
extracurricular activities that really
48:43
develop my leadership skills and this is
48:46
i don't want to say this to brag or
48:47
anything
48:48
but in it was because of all the support
48:52
all the nurturing that i received from
48:53
the faculty and staff
48:55
that in 2014 um during the top 100 um
49:00
top 100 student celebration i was named
49:04
iupui's top female student and it was
49:06
because of just wow the incredible
49:09
support that i received and i am
49:12
really forever grateful to the school of
49:14
liberal arts and the the impact that the
49:17
faculty and the
49:19
the faculty had on on me and i'm getting
49:21
emotional because i'm like woof
49:23
um it really really means a lot so
49:27
now i'm gonna get myself together and
49:30
i'm gonna ask all of you who you know
49:32
who are financially able to give to
49:35
support students like myself you know
49:37
please help us in this first crown
49:39
crowdfunding effort um we really want to
49:42
reach that fifty thousand dollar amount
49:44
um and i'm excited to announce that this
49:48
uh school of liberal arts um dean
49:51
advisory council is matching
49:54
um up to five thousand dollars so we're
49:56
excited um to do this
49:59
crowdfunding effort and we hope that you
50:01
join us
50:03
and we certainly appreciate that the
50:06
dean's council advisory council members
50:08
are providing a match for the crown
50:10
crowdfunding effort
50:12
i love the idea of doubling my donation
50:15
to help our students with scholarships
50:17
and programs that they need to succeed
50:21
so now i want to introduce a student who
50:24
has been the recipient of scholarship
50:26
that have made such a difference in her
50:29
life
50:30
actually it's logan brahm is the first
50:33
generation college student and just
50:35
graduated this may with dual degrees in
50:38
history and political science
50:41
in addition to being a
50:43
school of liberal arts student council
50:45
president
50:46
logan was a resident assistant held many
50:49
positions in the honors college student
50:52
council
50:53
and was treasurer of the iupui mock
50:55
trial team
50:56
logan was also a member of the inaugural
50:58
chancellor's student advisory board a
51:01
campus ambassador with the office of
51:03
undergraduate admissions
51:05
this may logan was selected as the
51:08
school of liberal arts faculty medal of
51:11
distinction winner very impressive it's
51:14
our highest honor and so we're very
51:16
proud
51:17
he's currently in law school and works
51:19
as an admissions counselor here at iupui
51:22
for the school of liberal arts
51:25
logan
51:29
thank you for that lofty introduction um
51:31
you know when i think of what
51:32
scholarships
51:33
mean to me
51:34
it really is the idea of how they allow
51:36
me to buy back my time
51:38
you know when you think of the idea of
51:40
mousel's hierarchy of needs right the
51:42
very base level is taking care of of
51:45
those needs that you simply need to
51:46
exist and that's what the scholarship
51:48
money really provides by covering for
51:50
tuition
51:51
for housing for food costs and by having
51:54
those covered you're then able to focus
51:56
on
51:57
that self-fulfillment need which the
51:59
liberal arts is immensely
52:02
able to provide our students through
52:04
their many programs
52:05
i have no doubt that
52:08
you know i was more successful
52:09
academically
52:11
and i was able to do more because of
52:13
various scholarships i was fortunate
52:14
enough to receive
52:16
because of the scholarship while i did
52:18
work to have to or while i did work
52:20
part-time you know if i did not have to
52:22
work as many hours and so i was able to
52:23
dedicate time to my academic studies
52:26
um two different student organizations
52:28
and campus involvement areas that i was
52:30
in
52:31
and through that i have no doubt that
52:33
that money provided to me allowed me to
52:35
succeed in a way that i would have not
52:36
been able to had i not been fortunate
52:38
enough to receive those scholarship and
52:40
so your donor money does really impact
52:42
students on an individual level and why
52:44
i can only speak to my uh one experience
52:47
that that i had i can i could tell you
52:48
that it is not um a
52:51
one-off story i have been i have helped
52:54
many students across my four years
52:56
applying for similar scholarships um who
52:58
told me stories about how when they when
53:00
they were awarded a scholarship you know
53:01
that meant that they didn't have to work
53:03
weekends anymore uh because that
53:04
scholarship was enough to cover say
53:06
their rent for students who only had a
53:08
few dollars in their bank account we
53:09
threw a scholarship were able to now
53:11
have food covered for the rest of the
53:12
semester and so when you're thinking
53:14
about university you're thinking about
53:16
that intellectual enrichment but that
53:18
really only happens if we have the
53:19
scholarship money
53:20
to award to our students to provide for
53:22
their basic foundational need
53:24
because that creates stability that
53:26
allows them to then thrive and give back
53:27
to the campus
53:29
and so you know i was fortunate enough
53:31
to be named one of the 50 faces of iupui
53:34
to be given the faculty medal of honor
53:36
of distinction during my time at iupui
53:38
and i definitely know that would not
53:39
happen had i not received the various
53:42
scholarships i do so your donor dollars
53:44
really do matter
53:45
and
53:46
there are students today there are
53:48
alumni today who were able to graduate
53:50
because of those donor dollars who
53:51
otherwise may not have
53:53
and so i encourage people who are able
53:55
to give
53:56
to give so that the next generation of
53:58
our students
53:59
can graduate
54:00
and can do so
54:02
having their basic needs met and being
54:04
able to give back to the community
54:06
because they're able to buy back their
54:07
time and have the freedom to serve
54:10
appreciate your story and we're so
54:13
thankful that donors provide scholarship
54:15
opportunities
54:17
now we have one last did you know
54:20
history trivia
54:22
so here is our next did you know did you
54:24
know that liberal arts celebrated the
54:26
retirement of a beloved associate dean
54:28
and professor with 400 guests
54:32
wearing
54:33
hats
54:34
matrice do you know this answer
54:38
[Music]
54:41
i sure do
54:43
though i wasn't there it was our beloved
54:46
miriam langsam who retired as associate
54:48
dean and professor emerita in history in
54:51
2003
54:53
she was so special that the student
54:55
services office offices are named after
54:58
her
54:59
so so sweet and a much deserved way to
55:03
honor her contribution to the school
55:07
i hope you had fun with these did you
55:08
knows
55:09
history trivia so let's keep this trivia
55:12
going well beyond today
55:14
we'd like you to submit your bits of
55:16
history so that we can feature them on
55:18
social media on the website and at our
55:21
events throughout the year
55:23
one way you can do this is by going to
55:26
our 50th anniversary landing page
55:30
that's right so just go to the school of
55:32
liberal arts homepage
55:35
liberalarts.iupy.edu
55:36
and it lives under the about tab so
55:39
there you can see the did you knows the
55:42
alumni success stories how to share
55:44
memories from our 50 years a link to the
55:47
dollars for fifty crowd page
55:49
crowdfunding page and much more
55:54
so on behalf of mike and myself thank
55:56
you so much for joining us this evening
55:58
it's been fun to kick off this year of
56:00
celebration thank you mike for sharing
56:03
the honor of being an emcee thank you
56:06
matrice
56:07
i too have enjoyed the sharing the stage
56:09
with you and many of our guests so thank
56:11
you to the administrators faculty staff
56:13
alumni donors and especially
56:16
our students
56:18
you are our future and with all of you
56:21
it will be a bright future so we'll see
56:24
you all throughout this 50th anniversary
56:26
school year best of luck
56:29
look for more to come
56:30
check out our social media and our
56:32
website we want you to stay connected it
56:36
is our school and together we'll
56:38
continue to make a difference have a
56:40
good evening
56:44
[Music]
56:54
you
11:32 Now playing
Celebrating 50 Years of Liberal Arts

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On Agnes Street in 1971 Cavanaugh Hall opened its doors with 69 classrooms  
00:11
15 laboratories 150 offices and the  campus bookstore in the basement  
00:18
by 1972, several hundred students gathered  to learn about Philosophy, History, English  
00:27
Political Science, German, Spanish, and French.
00:31
And the IU School of Liberal Arts was born.
00:36
Today, the school is thriving on the campus of IUPUI
00:41
offering more than 42 degree programs and 24 certificates
00:48
as we embark on our 50th year....
00:51
What??? 50 years ago? I can't believe it's been that long
00:57
No! It can't be. Y2K was just last year right?
01:02
It's been 50 years?
01:04
50 wonderful years.
01:07
Well, I remember being a student when the school opened.
01:11
And you're still here? Well so are you.
01:15
The IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI
01:19
celebrating 50 years of
01:22
student success
01:23
innovation
01:25
alumni
01:27
academics
01:28
scholarships
01:30
faculty
01:31
community
01:33
internships
01:34
research
01:36
staff
01:37
discovery
01:39
service
01:40
donors
01:41
and more students
01:43
We're planning a whole year's worth of events and celebrations.
01:48
Something for everyone.
01:50
And speaking as the newest member of our school,
01:53
we can't wait to share all of our memories, achievements, successes, and vision
01:59
for the next 50 years.
02:00
So stay tuned, this is just the beginning
Liberal Arts 50th Anniversary: “Be the 50”

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Liberal Arts Success Story: Beth Windisch ’05

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i'm from indianapolis and i remember
00:05
each weekend my dad driving around kind
00:08
of where he grew up and saying you need
00:10
to get an education
00:11
other people in my family hadn't had
00:14
that experience didn't have those
00:16
opportunities and he knew that
00:19
education meant opportunities it meant
00:21
choices it meant freedom it meant that
00:24
you have
00:25
more options later on in life the
00:28
difficulty
00:29
is when you're a first generation
00:31
student you can have a family value of
00:33
education but maybe not know exactly
00:36
how you turn that into reality my first
00:38
semester i was at a different school and
00:40
it just wasn't the right fit for me and
00:42
i knew that i needed to make a change my
00:45
second semester my freshman year i came
00:48
to
00:48
iupui and i
00:51
took
00:52
a few different classes in liberal arts
00:54
and i just really connected with the
00:57
faculty in the political science
00:59
department dr pegg gave me a book called
01:02
bananas beaches and bases by cynthia
01:05
inlo when i was an undergrad probably in
01:08
his war and conflict class
01:10
and it's really a framework for
01:12
looking at conflict and international
01:14
relations in a different way
01:17
using feminist international relations
01:19
theory and
01:21
i'd never encountered this kind of
01:24
thinking and it really shifted my world
01:26
view i was really involved in the
01:28
political science students association
01:31
and also just within indianapolis
01:33
volunteering and being involved in some
01:36
civic organizations including
01:39
the indiana national organization for
01:41
women chapter
01:43
and at that time we had the march for
01:45
women's lives that was occurring
01:48
and a lot of us here at iupui wanted to
01:51
go and be part of that
01:53
in washington dc we organized a
01:56
fundraiser here locally so that a bus of
02:00
students from iupui could come
02:02
to the mall be part of that day and
02:05
you know represent
02:07
our beliefs and women's rights and be
02:09
part of that historic day
02:13
my first job in my federal career after
02:16
iupui was as a policy analyst with the
02:19
department of homeland security i found
02:22
that i needed a lot of tools in my
02:24
toolkit to understand things like public
02:26
health
02:27
economic impacts of how private industry
02:30
may affect security issues communication
02:33
being able to write memos very quickly
02:36
on a on short notice and getting those
02:40
materials to people explaining complex
02:43
information in accessible terms to
02:45
multiple audiences
02:47
those types of skills were really
02:49
important for me to be successful today
02:52
i'm still with the department of
02:53
homeland security and i work for the
02:56
center for prevention programs and
02:58
partnerships and i'm the regional
03:00
prevention coordinator for the states of
03:03
illinois and indiana
03:05
and we're working to
03:07
build local frameworks to prevent
03:09
violence targeted violence and terrorism
03:11
by
03:12
looking for ways that we can do early
03:14
intervention and prevention and really
03:16
approach
03:17
violence prevention of this type from a
03:19
public health perspective
03:21
having my first semester of college be
03:24
shaped by september 11th starting in
03:27
2001 and then
03:28
trying to figure out
03:31
what did i want my career to be what did
03:33
i want my contribution to be to
03:36
protect the country and to be involved
03:38
in public service
03:39
definitely took me
03:41
some time to figure out and i think
03:43
during my time at iupui
03:45
i was able
03:46
to
03:47
explore those different things through
03:49
different courses different disciplines
03:51
i'm just grateful and i feel lucky to be
03:53
able to take what i have learned and try
03:55
to apply it to making indiana safer and
03:58
to making you know my friends and family
04:01
safer and our community safer that's my
04:04
goal i couldn't have told you
04:07
when i was here at iupui that this is
04:09
what i would be doing because i wouldn't
04:11
have imagined it
04:13
happy 50th anniversary liberal arts
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