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Last modified: Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Annual SPEA colloquium set for Feb. 26 in Indianapolis

Officials from state government, Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane, Indiana University and state nonprofit organizations will address economic development, child health and Indiana's nonprofit sector at the 2002 Statehouse Colloquium Series and Reception at the Indiana Government Center South on Feb. 26. The event is free and open to the public.

The series, now in its eighth year, is sponsored by the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and features panels of experts in concurrent colloquium sessions.

Topics to be addressed at the session are "Leveraging the Crane Naval Base for Indiana Economic Development," "The State of Child Health in Indiana" and "Indiana Nonprofits: Who Are They and Why Do They Do Business with State Government?"

Among the presenters will be Bloomington Mayor John Fernandez; State Rep. Mark R. Kruzan; Duane Embree, executive director of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division; Marilyn Bull, M.D., director of Developmental Pediatrics, Riley Hospital for Children; Brian Bayne, president, Central Indiana Community Foundation; Scott Massey, president and chief executive officer, Indiana Humanities Council; and John Hamilton, secretary, Family and Social Services Administration.

"Our annual Statehouse Colloquium Series is an excellent means of staying in touch with current trends and practices in the nonprofit, governmental and private sectors," said SPEA Dean Astrid E. Merget. "By sponsoring the series, SPEA hopes to offer both citizens and policy makers the opportunity to hear experts in diverse fields address the issues that directly affect the quality of life in our state."

At 4:30 p.m., the School of Public and Environmental Affairs will host a reception in the Statehouse Rotunda to conclude the afternoon.

To register, contact Dick McGarvey at 812-855-9639 or