In honor of the March inauguration of Rob Manuel (page 5), we present a few highlights of UIndy history.
Indiana Central University founded after Church of United Brethren in Christ accepts developer offer of 8-acre campus, $40,000 worth of buildings.
College Building (later Ad Building, then Good Hall) completed.
Rev. Dr. John T. Roberts elected first president; doors open to 74 students, 10 faculty.
Baseball team formed. Philomusea Literary Society for men formed.
Philalethea Literary Society for women formed.
Enrollment exceeds 100.
Title obtained; campus and College Building dedicated.
Normal Dept. accredited to prepare teachers for certification; ICU Academy accredited.
Irby J. Good, one of first two grads, elected to faculty.
New Good Hall generator allows replacement of oil lamps.
Dr. Lewis D. Bonebrake elected second president.
First issue of Oracle yearbook.
First campus master plan.
Treasurer reports a cash balance—$3.62.
Indianapolis Light, Heat & Fuel Co. electricity replaces generator.
Pres. Bonebrake delivers 88 addresses to assemblies, dedications, commencements, etc.
Bonebrake buys Model T for travel to engagements.
Student Volunteer Band formed.
Accredited by United Brethren Church Board of Education.
Home at 1397 East Russel Ave., Roberts Hall, rented for food service and women’s dorm.
Tornado damages College Building; roof replaced.
Debating team formed.
Professor I. J. Good ’08 elected third president.
Basketball team formed.
Faculty dress in academic regalia for Commencement.
First fund-raising campaign nets $330,000 on $250,000 goal.
College Improvement Association incorporated to help obtain 50 acres north of Hanna.
Enrollment of first international student, from Sierra Leone.
Second campus master plan.
First campus clean-up day.
Trustees change ICU’s name (except in legal transactions) to “Indiana Central College.”
University accredited as a “standard college” by state board.
Dailey Hall (later Residence Hall, then Buxton) and the Barn, “temporary” gym, built.
Third campus master plan.
Reflector first published.
Women’s dorm, first campus building north of Hanna, built, named Dailey Hall; original Dailey named Residence Hall.
First athletics director and professional coach hired.
Men’s Hall (later Trimble) built.
$500,000 campaign begun; ends with $125,000 raised.
Football team formed.
First campus tug-of-war (freshmen win); first Senior Recognition Day.
Tennis team formed.
First ICC Homecoming and first May Day Festival.
Track team formed.
New Hall (later Wilmore), second campus building north of Hanna, built.
Students pick “Greyhounds.”
Final Academy class graduates.
Men’s C Association founded.
Noblitt Observatory dedicated.
Campaign for $500,000 ends with $458,943.90 in cash and pledges. Mostly pledges.
Campus mortgaged for $190K.
Creditors, including faculty, forgive half of debt; rest funded with 3-year notes, 5% interest.
University Heights United Brethren Church dedicated.
Baseball team undefeated.
Debt of $232,356; $14,000 per year renegotiated to $190,000 interest-free until last semi-annual payment due in ’55.
Enrollment exceeds 500.
Student Christian Association founded.
Victory Campaign begins.
Women’s “C” Association founded; unbeaten basketball team ranked 9th among all U.S. college, university teams.
World War II causes drop in enrollment below 150; campus is Navy V-12 site; Army Air Force establishes preflight training detachment.
Robert Hiatt, last “C” man on campus, inducted into Navy.
Victory Campaign tops goal with $435,000 pledged.
Dr. I. Lynd Esch inaugurated as fourth president.
ICC indebtedness liquidated.
ICC is Evangelical UB-affilia-ted after church mergers.
Student Council, Faculty Women’s Club founded.
College accredited by North Central Association; Phi Alpha Epsilon (freshman) Epsilon Sigma Alpha (senior) honor societies founded.
ICC becomes Hoosier College Conference charter member.
Married student housing: six surplus WWII Army barracks.
Baseball team undefeated.
First all-school Brown County Day; tradition lasts 50 years.
Enrollment again exceeds 500.
Evening division: city’s only such 4-year bachelor’s program.
President’s residence, Nelson House, built.
Golden Anniversary Fund hits $641,000; estimated cost of Academic Hall rises from $600,000 to about $1 million.
To complete Academic Hall, ICC borrows $500,000; no schedule for payment and no collateral, except $100,000 of insurance on life of Dr. Esch.
Academic Hall (now Esch) completed for $1,750,000; Commencement in new auditorium (later Ransburg); The King and I is first show there.
Golden Anniversary campaign (1951–58) hits $1,000,000.
David Young receives Danforth Fellowship; Virgil Keefer receives Fulbright Fellowship.
New gym (later Nicoson) built; the Barn is razed.
Evening Division enrollment exceeds 1,000.
Showers Lectures in Christian Religion endowed.
Krannert Hall, women’s dorm (now Cravens), built.
WICR 88.7 FM: on the air.
Lilly Science Hall built.
Cummins Apartments for married students built.
School of Nursing established.
Evening Division tops 1,500.
Noblitt Observatory razed.
Leah Ransburg Fine Arts Gallery dedicated.
Master of Arts program re-established after 1918 halt.
Schwitzer Center built.
Day Division tops 1,000.
American Humanics Foundation Program debuts (fourth in U.S., first in a city).
Combined enrollment in credit programs tops 3,000.
Hanna Avenue widened from two to four lanes.
With church merger, affiliation becomes United Methodist.
First ICC coed dorm (New, then East, then Warren) built.
Dr. Gene E. Sease inaugurated as fifth president.
Key Stadium completed.
Dr. Leon G. Zerfas $1-million gift is ICC’s first such gift.
Lilly’s Zerfas Wing completed.
Last literary societies fold.
Karen Rogers is Miss Indiana.
Trustees vote restores “Indiana Central University” after years of “Indiana Central College.”
MBA program established.
Krannert Memorial Library completed.
Executive MBA program, 1st in Indiana, established.
North Hall residence completed (later named Cory Bretz Hall).
Wilmore Hall residence razed.
Physical therapy grad program, 1st in Indiana, established.
University begins associate’s program in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Restructuring brings schools of Business, Education, Nursing, and Krannert Graduate School of Physical Therapy; Occupational therapy grad program, state’s 1st, launched.
Ruth Lilly Center for Health & Fitness built.
Good Hall listed on National Register of Historic Places; Dailey Hall razed.
Sutphin Lectures in Humanities endowed.
Name changed to “University of Indianapolis.”
Women’s golf team formed.
Trimble Hall damaged by fire, razed; New Hall dormitory built (later named Crowe Hall).
Dr. G. Benjamin Lantz Jr. inaugurated as sixth president.
University of Indianapolis-Athens chartered.
First Ceremony of the Flags saluting international students.
Speech team earns national title.
BUILD program for learning-disabled, 1st in Indiana, debuts.
International students top 100; 37 countries represented.
Fourth campus master plan.
First plastic food cards, electronic tracking in dining hall.
Bookstore remodeled in lower level of Schwitzer.
Enrollment tops 3,800.
School of Business accredited.
Cable TV comes to dorms.
Syndicated columnist William Raspberry ’58 wins Pulitzer Prize for commentary.
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center dedicated; Good Hall renovated.
Clinical Psychology doctoral program established; Odyssey in Athens program launched.
University’s Indiana license plates debut.
Parish Nursing Program debuts.
Major campus renovation and beautification program begun.
Social work program renamed for professor Phylis Lan Lin.
Dr. Jerry Israel elected seventth president.
Final Oracle yearbook.
Center for Christian Vocations, School for Adult Learning debut.
Krannert School of Physical Therapy offers doctorate in Health Science; 1st distance-learning course offered in School of Business.
Smith Mall dedicated; ground-breaking for Martin Hall.
President Israel inaugurated; south wing of Krannert Memorial Library named Sease Wing; Center for Christian Vocations renamed Lantz Center.
Martin Hall dedicated; Lilly Hall rededicated.
New policy allows weekend 24-hour visitation in two dorms.
Buxton Hall razed; Asian Programs created; Wheeler Arts Community opens.
Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning launched with $15-million Lilly Endowment grant; Center for Aging & Community launched.
Stierwalt Alumni House, Central Hall built; Schwitzer Student Center expanded.
School of Psychological Sciences established; first earned doctorates (health science) awarded; School of Occupational Therapy doctoral program launched.
Centennial Celebration; $50-million campaign launched.
CAC offers gerontology master’s.
Brown County Day replaced by fall break.
$50-million campaign goal reached two years early.
Master’s in Midwifery, first in Indiana, established.
Sue Willey ’75 is University’s first female director of Athletics.
Ecumenical & Interfaith Pro-grams, Educational Leadership master’s, University Press debut.
Gates Foundation grants $11.3 million to CELL.
Full-time undergrads top 2,000.
School of Occupational Therapy offers doctoral degree.
Athens campus assumed; Mar Elias Campus in Israel opens; program with Ningbo Institute of Technology debuts.
WICR 88.7 FM becomes state’s first public digital station.
Au Ho-Nien Museum opens.
Top Tier ranking from U.S. News; School of Nursing ranked.
Lilly Endowment’s $1 million funds research opportunities.
Dr. Beverley J. Pitts named eighth (first female) president.
Capital campaign reaches new $65-million goal early.
50,000-square-foot Esch Hall addition completed.
One Card student services system implemented.
UIndy nickname adopted; campaign ends $20 million above 1st goal; grad student enrollment exceeds 1,000.
Study-abroad program with Galen University (Belize) debuts.
Richard G. Lugar Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders, College of Health Sciences launched; LEVA video lab, first of its kind, debuts.
DeHaan Endowed Gerontology Chair, Faculty Senate created.
50,000-square-foot Schwitzer Student Center expansion done.
CELL receives $7.5-million Lilly Endowment grant.
National Chapter of the Year: UIndy College Mentors for Kids.
East Hall, first “green” building on campus, opens; Cummins Apartments razed.
Katie Stam is Miss America.
CELL to manage state’s $32.7-million schools effort.
Athletics & Recreation Center erected; Wimp Baumgartner Softball Field established.
Total enrollment tops 5,000.
“Five Mayors” panel hosts current and four former mayors.
Institute for Civil Leadership & Mayoral Archives, Zhejiang Yuexiu University of Foreign Language program launched.
Dr. Robert L. Manuel named ninth president.
Doctor of Nursing Practice, 1-year MBA, Adult Learning master’s degree, Kinesiology master’s debut.
Renovation of Hanna Avenue completed and dedicated.
Crowe Hall renamed for Ray ’38 and George ’43 Crowe.
Roberts Hall opens; named for first president.
Strategic planning process and Vision 2030 exercises completed; Robert L. Manuel inaugurated.