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April 13, 2001

He knew from the beginning that IU was 'something special'
Members of the IU Bloomington Class of 2001 will get to hear one of the campus’ most eloquent scholars deliver the commencement address May 5. Kenneth Gros Louis, who will retire as vice president for academic affairs and chancellor of the Bloomington campus at the end of June, also will receive an honorary degree at commencement. What many students, faculty, alumni and colleagues from other institutions don't know is that his nearly four decades of memories include a tap dance and flaming baton gig in 1982 to benefit the Briscoe Fellows. Read about his reminiscences, his plans to teach at the Honors College and plans for a scholarship to be named in his honor.
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Looking for a grad school?
IU has the 'Best'

Twenty-nine graduate programs are ranked among the top 25 in the country in the new edition of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools 2001-2002." The full rankings were released to the general public last week in "Best Graduate Schools" and many appear in the magazine’s current issue. The highest ranked of all of IU's graduate programs was the 29-year-old School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) in Bloomington, which edged Princeton University to capture the number three spot on the U.S. News & World Report list. Harvard and Syracuse universities tied for first place.
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Alphabet soup
If written language began as a tool of economic reality, the development of an alphabet catapulted it into something more concrete—an intellectual and even spiritual necessity. Human beings, with their restlessness and endless attraction to new ideas, suddenly had a way to create, communicate and preserve their journey through time. Read about hieroglyphics, quipus, the planet’s first universities, sociolinguistics and faulty memories.
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Commencement 2001
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Contract Supplier Show April 26-27 at IUB's Assembly Hall
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UFC to meet April 24 at IUPUI
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IUB's Little 500 begins its second half century
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Cartoonist, writer Jules Feiffer at IPFW April 26
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'Savvy Finances' a workshop for women, May 11
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Native American Seminar begins at IUK Thursday
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IUPUI Office of Professional Development offering workshops open to all campuses
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Mellon grant will fund IU Bloomington Libraries’ preservation activities
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Happy anniversary, IU Press
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Photo by Paul Martens
Ken Gros Louis, seated beside the sculpture of one of his mentors, the late Herman B Wells, will retire at the end of June. In addition to his titles as vice president for academic affairs and Bloomington chancellor, Gros Louis serves as a professor of English and of comparative literature, is a former dean of the IU College of Arts and Sciences and former chair of the IUB Department of English. In wider educational circles, he has been a force as well, serving as chair of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the consortium of academic interests of Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago, and as a trustee of the North Central Association, the accrediting body for universities. (See "something special," above left)

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