Honoree

Dennis Sponsel

AWARDS

IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award (2016)
Partners in Philanthropy (2007)
Keystone Award
IU Foundation President's Medallion (2004)

BIOGRAPHY

Dennis M. "Denny" Sponsel is president of RJE Business Interiors in Indianapolis, which distributes comprehensive office furnishings and workplace systems. His volunteer efforts have been directed to the IUPUI campus, the IU Columbus Center and the IU School of Informatics. In Indianapolis, he was instrumental in the IUPUI Learning Spaces renovations, the Herron School of Art and Design, the Campus Center and the Emerging Technologies Center. He serves on boards advising the University Library and the Dean's Industrial Advisory Committee of the School of Engineering and Technology, among others.

Dennis Sponsel and his company, RJE Business Interiors, have a long history of partnering with IUPUI. Sponsel donated furniture to enhance the Division of Undergraduate Education's academic and career development services, which serves over 6,500 undergraduates each year. Sponsel also worked with his network of business colleagues to create innovative environments by furnishing these areas with state-of-the-art accommodations. RJE Business Interiors provided furniture that created group spaces for advising, career coaching and the major connection library.

In addition to his generous gifts 
to the Division of Undergraduate Education, Sponsel is very active in youth programs to give the underprivileged in Indianapolis a better chance to succeed.

Each 2016 Spirit of Philanthropy honoree is receiving a CMYK silkscreen print of "Archetypes of Philanthropy," a drawing created especially for this year's celebration. This unique piece of art was created by Briqlyn Paige Mohrman, a Herron School of Art and Design student majoring in printmaking. Her work was chosen from a group of student pieces coordinated through the Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life, which serves Herron students 
by connecting their talents with the community.