Fish fry to raise funds for Jimmy Ross Endowment Fund for Diversity Initiatives

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Northside Exchange Club is sponsoring the Jimmy Ross Memorial Annual Fish Fry on Friday, August 9, at the IU Football Stadium. Proceeds from the fish fry will be donated to the Jimmy Ross Endowment Fund for Diversity Initiatives (administered by the IU Foundation).

The Jimmy Ross Endowment Fund helps to fund initiatives for underrepresented students at IU. Jimmy, former director of financial aid at IU, understood that some students "don't need special treatment, but just a little help" to realize their dream of a college degree. Club members intend to surpass last year's donation to the endowment fund and urge people to attend the fish fry to support this important initiative!

Friday, August 9, 2013
4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
West Concourse, IU Football Stadium

Adults: $9.00 in advance/$10.00 at the door
Children 10 and under: $3.00
For advance tickets or information, contact Rochelle Tinsley at (812) 856-5700 ( or David Hummons at (812) 855-8286 (

About Jimmy Ross

"A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people that your heart is at home" –Unknown

Jimmy Ross was an active member and former President of the Northside Exchange Club of Bloomington. A person of enormous courage, compassion, confidence, and personal warmth–Jimmy L. Ross lived life with passion and purpose. He epitomized the essence of hospitality and had a way of making every person–young or old, black or white, foreign or native-born–feel comfortable in his presence.

A modest man, Jimmy was a trailblazer in numerous ways. He was at the forefront of efforts to diversify the student body, faculty, and staff at Indiana University; was the first African American to hold a major administrative post at a Big Ten University; played active leadership roles in the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Mid-American Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel; and he was special assistant to former Indiana Governor Otis Bowen for the state's portion of the national bicentennial activities; among others.

Jimmy received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1965, master's degree from the University of Illinois in 1966, and his doctorate in higher education from Indiana University in 1976. From the beginning of his IU career in 1968, Jimmy was a pioneer and a visionary who influenced the development of financial aid programs. He especially understood the challenges faced by first generation college students who were filled with hope, but who had little income to fulfill their vision of earning a college degree. Jimmy was a tutor, mentor, and confidant to undergraduate and graduate students from a wide array of disciplines. For those who seemingly had lost their direction, Jimmy had a strategy for helping them get back on track. His home was a way station for many of life's weary travelers!

The Jimmy Ross Endowment Fund for Diversity Initiatives is an effort of particular merit to Indiana University and to the community. The endowment will benefit students who need help in one form or another while continuing the legacy of a man of enormous generosity. Proceeds from the Annual Jimmy Ross Memorial Fish Fry support the endowment fund because it encourages excellence in the development of our youth. And this, seamlessly, coincides with one of the major national initiatives of Exchange which is to sponsor activities designed to benefit and encourage the nation's youth.

If you wish to make a donation directly to the fund, you may do so at the fish fry or by mailing a check to the Northside Exchange Club, P.O. Box 1521, Bloomington, IN 47402.