May 21, 1970.
On this day, Dr. Robert E. Frye received the first Distinguished Teaching Award at the last meeting of the school year of the IUPUI Downtown Campus Faculty Assembly. Frye was chair of the Department of Philosophy of the Downtown Campus, which encompassed the parts of IUPUI housed in downtown office buildings on east Michigan Street, north Meridian and Delaware Streets. The selection of the award winner was in the hands of a joint Downtown Campus faculty and student committee, who based their selection on student nominations received. As such, it did not represent the whole of IUPUI, which included the former Purdue University-Indianapolis Extension campus on 38th Street and the Normal College, as well as the Schools of Dentistry, Law, Nursing, and Medicine.
Onomatopoeia, the student newspaper of the Downtown Campus, quoted Frye to say: "Teaching is my first interest; I like students and I like my job." A product of Indiana University-Bloomington (BA, MA, PhD), Frye retired from teaching at IUPUI in 1989.
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