Joseph and Denyce Heidelman Are IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Honorees


PHOTO: Honoree Dr. Joseph Heidelman, center, with IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz, left, and IU Dental Dean John Williams Jr. Dr. Heidelman's wife, Denyce, was also honored.

Dr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Heidelman, Indianapolis, were among about 30 guests of honor at the 2012 IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy celebration, held April 10 at the Campus Center.

For 23 years, the Spirit of Philanthropy Award has recognized those who have had a profound impact on IUPUI’s growth and development through their gifts and voluntary service. “Philanthropy, especially when applied to educational opportunity, has the power to transform – lives, programs, campuses, entire universities, entire communities,” said IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz.

The School of Dentistry’s honorees were Dr. Heidelman, an Indianapolis oral surgery practitioner and part-time IU oral surgery professor, and his wife, Denyce Heidelman.

“We offer a hearty word of thanks to Joe and Denyce Heidelman, who have been tremendous partners with the Indiana University School of Dentistry,” said dental school Dean John N. Williams, Jr.

Dr. Heidelman has made outstanding contributions to the dental school as a longtime professor teaching in the oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program. Together with Denyce, Joe has taken a leading position in support of the Hutton Circle, a major fundraising initiative that honors Dr. Charles Hutton, former chair of the Department of Oral Surgery (now Oral Surgery and Hospital Dentistry). The goal of the Hutton Circle is to benefit the oral surgery residency.

Dr. Heidelman has also been very successful in his campaign to draw other oral surgeons into the Hutton Circle. A graduate of IU’s dental program in 1980 and its oral surgery residency in 1983, he is the first current IU dental faculty member to receive this distinguished recognition from the campus.

Dr. Heidelman sees his professional success as a joint accomplishment with his wife, a registered nurse who is expert in managing the couple’s demanding work and home schedules. “Denyce has always been behind me and offered 100% support to me during my career,” he said. The couple have two grown children and seven grandchildren.  

“We are delighted by the Heidelmans’ much-deserved recognition from the IUPUI campus, and we salute them for the steadfast commitment they have made to the school in general, and to the oral surgery residency in particular,” said Dean Williams.

This year’s Spirit of Philanthropy honorees received a one-of-a-kind framed print titled “Community” created especially for the 2012 celebration. Designed by IU Herron School of Art student Jessye Calkin, the artwork was chosen in a competition coordinated through the Basile Center for Art, Design, and Public Life, which serves Herron’s students by connecting their talents with the community.

April 30, 2012