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Indy Jazz Fest kicks off Sept. 10 at UIndy

Franklin Sinatra (courtesy Indy Jazz Fest)

Frank Sinatra (courtesy Indy Jazz Fest)

The annual Indy Jazz Fest will begin its 10-day run next week, and once again the action will start with a special free concert at the University of Indianapolis.

Vocalist Everett Greene

Vocalist Everett Greene

Presented by UIndy public radio station WICR-FM/HD, the Indy Jazz Fest Band will deliver its Tribute to Frank Sinatra at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in Ruth Lilly Performance Hall of the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

Student-staffed WICR, which broadcasts at 88.7 FM and on three digital channels, is central Indiana’s only jazz and classical music station.

The program will highlight vocalists Everett Green, Rick Vale and Laney Wilson, supported by a band of local notables including Mark Buselli on trumpet, Rob Dixon on saxophone, Steven Jones on piano, Kenny Phelps on drums and UIndy Jazz Studies alumnus Nick Tucker on bass.

Bassist and UIndy grad Nick Tucker

UIndy grad Nick Tucker

With concerts, master classes and panel discussions in various locations around Indianapolis from Sept. 10 to 19, Indy Jazz Fest is an ongoing project of the not-for-profit Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, dedicated to preserving the city’s rich music legacy. More information is available at

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Library, Health Pavilion open for business

The revamped Krannert Memorial Library

The revamped Krannert Memorial Library

There’s still a bit of cleanup and construction going on, but the UIndy Health Pavilion and the redesigned Krannert Memorial Library are officially open for business today, introducing two striking new campus landmarks on the first day of the fall semester. Both feature dramatic open spaces, lively colors and cool, contemporary furnishings.

Aside from their primary purposes, both structures also bring new gathering spaces for work and socializing, as well as convenient cafes, that are open to the entire UIndy community and visitors.

Starting Tuesday in the atrium lobby of the Health Pavilion, UIndy Dining Services will operate The Perk II, another “proudly serving Starbucks” coffee shop with a beverage and pastry menu much like The Perk in Schwitzer Student Center, and Greyhound Garden, offering healthy sandwiches, soup, sushi, snacks, drinks, fruit and a made-to-order fresh salad bar. The Perk II will be open 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Greyhound Garden will operate in the same space from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.

At Krannert Memorial Library, where exterior construction continues but the interior is open for use, The Perk III and the Sub Hub (with sandwiches, salads, fruit and snacks) are scheduled to open in mid-October.

Below are views of the lobby and cafe space in the UIndy Health Pavilion.

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pavilion cafe

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Bookstore to host best-selling fantasy author



New York Times best-selling fantasy author R.A. Salvatore will read and discuss his work in a special event Wednesday, Sept. 2, at UIndy’s Follett Bookstore.

Salvatore is perhaps best known for his Dungeons & Dragons-related book series The Legend of Drizzt, featuring dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden as protagonist, which has sold millions of copies worldwide. He is currently touring to promote his latest novel Archmage, the first in a new Homecoming Series.

The author will speak for about 30 minutes, then answer questions and sign copies of his books at the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the bookstore.

On a somewhat related note, this year’s Kellogg Writers Series, presented by the Department of English, kicks off Sept. 14 with fiction writer Aaron Michael Morales. See the full KWS schedule here.

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UIndy archives fuel WFYI Hudnut special

BBall and Hudnut 92 -webFormer Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut chats with UIndy President Robert Manuel and Mayoral Archives Director Edward Frantz at a Greyhound basketball game.

The University of Indianapolis’ Mayoral Archives play a key role in a new TV special about former Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut, premiering at 7:30 tonight on WFYI-TV 20.

Twilight Reflections, Evening Meditations features a recent interview with the city’s longest-serving mayor (1976-1992) by John Krull, host of the WFYI-FM public affairs talk show No Limits. Hudnut, praised for his efforts to revitalize the city, is among the former mayors who have donated their papers and assisted in the establishment of the Mayoral Archives, which are accessible online at

To supplement the interview footage, the WFYI producers selected photos and materials from the archives with the assistance of Associate Professor Ted Frantz, director of the Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives; head archivist and curator Mark Vopelak; university archivist Christine Guyonneau; and Krannert Memorial Library Director Matthew Shaw.

Trailers for the special can be seen here and here. After tonight, the program will air again at 5 a.m. Friday on WFYI and 10:30 p.m. Monday on WFYI digital channel 20.3.

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Video: Volunteers greet largest freshman class

Freshman photo 19 - webIn what could become a new Move-In Day tradition, UIndy’s newly arrived Class of ’19 poses for a supersized group photo Wednesday afternoon at Key Stadium.

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The largest and most academically successful incoming freshman class in University of Indianapolis history got a solid taste of Greyhound hospitality Wednesday during the annual tradition known as Move-In Day.

The Movin' Crew in action

The Movin’ Crew in action (click to expand)

A red-shirted Movin’ Crew of nearly 600 faculty, staff, student and alumni volunteers greeted the new students and their families on arrival, directed them to the appropriate parking lots, unloaded and labeled their belongings and deposited them safely in the new students’ residence hall rooms, launching a busy schedule of Welcome Week activities on campus and throughout the city.

Although official numbers won’t be available until September, the university projects a record-setting 960 freshmen this fall, hailing from 17 states and 15 nations. The class boasts 18 valedictorians, 10 salutatorians and an average high school GPA of 3.51, also a new UIndy record.

The afternoon convocation for new students and their parents featured remarks from 1996 economics graduate Krishnan Chandrasekhar, now a principal with financial services giant PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago. The day ended with “Midnight Madness” at the Southport Target Superstore, which opened from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. exclusively for the new Greyhounds to do some last-minute shopping.

Move-In Day kicks off several days of activities designed to acquaint students with the campus, the city and one another, including a downtown Indianapolis scavenger hunt from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, organized in partnership with Indiana Humanities. The full Welcome Week schedule is here.

To sample the flurry of activity that is Move-In Day, check out this time-lapse video from outside Warren Hall:

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Fresh facilities, opportunities await students

The downtown skyline is clearly visible from the fourth floor of the new UIndy Health Pavilion, highlighting the university’s connection to the city.

Incoming freshman class sets records for size, academic success

Students returning to the University of Indianapolis for the Aug. 31 start of fall classes will find a campus – and a neighborhood – in transformation.



New facilities are just one sign of progress on a multifaceted development plan designed to boost quality of life in the University Heights area while keeping UIndy on the leading edge of innovation in higher education, President Robert Manuel said.

“The strategy developed by our university community already is proving successful in bringing new energy to this part of Indianapolis,” Manuel said. “Given the synergy between our work, related community development efforts and the planned bus rapid transit line that will connect us to other key sites in the city, we expect to see tremendous advancements over the next few years.”

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BlueIndy cars arriving soon on UIndy campus

BlueIndy stationThis BlueIndy electric car station at Hanna and State avenues is one of two scheduled to open this fall on campus, providing a convenient new transportation option for the UIndy community and its University Heights neighbors.

Like a scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey, mysterious black obelisks have appeared on State Avenue next to UIndy’s new Health Pavilion. Do they represent some advanced alien technology?

Well, sorta. Still wrapped in plastic awaiting the official rollout on Sept. 2, the curbside devices comprise the University Heights neighborhood’s first BlueIndy electric car rental and charging station, one of the initial 48 stations popping up around Indianapolis to provide a groundbreaking, environmentally friendly public transportation option for local residents, thanks to a partnership between city government and a French firm.

bollore_blueindyEV600x400The State Avenue station should be complete within the next three weeks, according to Bob Briggs, BlueIndy’s director of business development. A second UIndy station at Shelby and Hanna avenues, just south of the campus police station, should begin construction in the next two weeks and be complete about three weeks later.

The noiseless, emission-free compact cars can be rented and returned at any station in the city, carrying four passengers up to 150 miles on a single charge. On-board computers will provide information on navigation, available parking spaces, battery life and safety alerts. Membership plans range from single-day rentals (no money down, $8 for the first 20 minutes, 40 cents per minute thereafter) to one-year subscriptions at $9.99 per month ($4 for 20 minutes, then 20 cents a minute). BlueIndy plans eventually to construct 200 stations around the city.

Learn more about the BlueIndy service here.

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Sept. 5 charity bike ride starts at UIndy

bike ride logoCyclists and animal lovers, take note: UIndy is the launching point and a key sponsor for the third annual “Pedal 4 Paws” Miracle Mile Ride, with all proceeds supporting FACE Low-Cost Animal Clinic.

The ride is part of the annual Gateway Fest & Labor Day Miracle Mile Parade festivities, a celebration of the Southside’s past and future taking place Saturday, Sept. 5. Cyclists of all skill levels are welcome to join in the fun, departing from campus at 10:45 a.m. and leading the start of the parade at 11 a.m. before continuing on to their choice of a 14-mile route or a 47-mile route.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. in the parking lot behind UIndy’s new Health Pavilion at Hanna and State avenues, where animal rescue groups and pet-friendly businesses will be on hand with information. The $15 standard registration cost will go to FACE, which provides Indianapolis’ only high-volume spay-neuter service for cats and dogs, as well as low-cost vaccines and walk-in medical care for pets. UIndy students can register online for just $10 using the discount code “uindy5.”

Learn more and register for the ride at

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Archaeology project gets Bicentennial approval

PrintA UIndy public archaeology project led by Associate Professor Christopher Moore has been declared an official Bicentennial Legacy Project by the 2016 Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

Moore and his students have been working since 2013 at a Carroll County site called Baum’s Landing, which was home to some of that area’s first white settlers and remains rife with traces of 19th century commerce, transportation and everyday life.



The UIndy team will return in September to the site near Delphi, not only to continue surveying and mapping the site, but also to involve local residents in the project. In the coming year, they plan to stage three public archaeology events in which visitors of all ages can join in the archaeological work, as well as a series of public lectures on the historic Baum family, archaeology in general and the material culture of our pioneer ancestors.

Moore, also a UIndy alumnus, teaches in the departments of Anthropology and Physics & Earth-Space Science.

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Alumni making contributions to health care



Physician David Kiley, who earned his MBA from UIndy last year, has been named senior vice president and physician executive for Community Health Network‘s North Region. His duties will include working with the region president and with providers across all of the region’s product lines and care sites to implement clinical priorities. Kiley, an OB/GYN, began his career with Community in 1992 and had been serving most recently as vice president of clinical performance for the North Region and a specialty care physician executive for Community Physician Network. Read more here.



Lillian Cabel, who holds UIndy Master of Science in Nursing degrees in the Family Nurse Practitioner and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner specialities, is part of a renewed effort to address women’s health issues at Putnam County Hospital in Greencastle. Cabel will begin seeing patients Sept. 8 through the hospital’s Putnam Women’s Healthcare service, which offers obstetric and gynecologic care in partnership with physicians and midwives at Hendricks Regional Health. Read more here.

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