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Feb. 24: Greyhound hoops, tours of new clinic

UIndy Health PavilionThe UIndy Health Pavilion, which opened last fall at Hanna and State avenues, houses the university’s health- and wellness-related academic programs alongside the student and staff wellness clinic, the Psychological Services Center and Community Health Network’s newest physical therapy and rehabilitation clinic.

Annual Pack-the-House Night is an unofficial homecoming for alumni
and a joint celebration for UIndy and Community Health Network

The UIndy community and the general public are invited to join in a big night Wednesday, Feb. 24, featuring NCAA basketball action, a buffet dinner and tours of the UIndy Health Pavilion and its key tenant: Community Health Network’s new physical therapy and rehabilitation clinic.

There’s also a chance to win an iPad.

The occasion is UIndy’s annual Pack-the-House Night at Nicoson Hall arena, as the Greyhound basketball teams face rival Saint Joseph’s College in their final home games of the season. The women’s game at 5:30 p.m. will be preceded by a Senior Night ceremony. The men’s team, now celebrating its 100th anniversary, will play at 7:45 p.m., with halftime proceedings that include giveaways and special recognition of alumni and faculty accomplishments.

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Zika no cause for panic, UIndy expert says

Yes, the Zika virus is new and somewhat mysterious. Yes, it seems to be working its way through the Americas. Yes, a case was reported in Indiana this week.

Wojtyna

Wojtyna

But no, the average Hoosier who isn’t newly pregnant or traveling to countries with Zika outbreaks should not get too panicky, says UIndy’s resident epidemiologist, Dr. Amie Wojtyna.

Although the mosquito-borne virus is “hot and trendy,” she says, U.S. residents should be far more concerned about common threats such as influenza, which kills thousands of Americans every year.

Wojtyna served as a surveillance epidemiologist for both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indiana State Department of Health before taking her current post as assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Public Health.

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Pro Edge speaker to discuss global workplace

Patricia Russell-McCloud

Patricia Russell-McCloud

Author, entrepreneur and internationally known motivational speaker Patricia Russell-McCloud will offer career insights to students and working professionals of all ages in a Feb. 23 appearance presented by UIndy’s Professional Edge Center.

“It’s Not Just You Anymore: Working in a Global Society” is the title of Russell-McCloud’s talk, which begins at 9 p.m. in UIndy Hall of Schwitzer Student Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. The event is open to the public. Admission is free, but registration is requested at uindyedgepresents.eventbrite.com.

Russell-McCloud’s own professional experience includes 10 years in Washington, D.C., as an attorney for the Federal Communications Commission. She now speaks to more than 100,000 people each year for clients that have included AT&T, Xerox, McDonald’s, Northrop Grumman, General Electric, Procter & Gamble and General Motors. Her books include A Is for Attitude: An Alphabet for Living (HarperCollins).

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Dinner Theatre presents top British comedy

Out of OrderSophomore Josh Kruze and senior Morgan Jackson lead the cast of Out of Order, a Dinner Theatre production opening Feb. 19 in Schwitzer Student Center.

A celebrated British farce is this season’s dinner production from the University of Indianapolis Department of Theatre.

Out of Order by Ray Cooney, winner of the 1991 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy, opens Feb. 19 in UIndy’s Schwitzer Student Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

Set in a posh London hotel, the action follows government junior minister Richard Willey (sophomore Josh Kruze) as he plans an adulterous tryst with opposition typist Jane Worthington (senior Morgan Jackson) and then attempts to lie his way out of the situation. The UIndy cast also includes Tim Allen, Tyrell Harris, Justus Hurst and Lizz Krull.

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Public arts symposium generates big ideas

Keira AmstutzKeira Amstutz, executive director of Indiana Humanities, kicks off a discussion session at today’s Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership at UIndy, titled Building Vibrant Cities Through Art.

See more photos on Facebook and other highlights on Twitter at #buildindyarts.

A capacity crowd of more than 200 arts professionals and community leaders from Indiana and surrounding states gathered today at the University of Indianapolis to discuss the role of the arts in community development and civic life.

Building Vibrant Cities Through Art, the third annual Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership, was presented by UIndy’s Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives in partnership with Indiana Humanities and the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Throughout the day, participants had their own opportunity to be creative, each receiving a small sphere of clay (at right) to mold and texturize for a project conceived by Assistant Professor Barry Barnes of UIndy’s Department of Art & Design. Barnes will fire the pieces and assemble them into a large outdoor sculpture, the first of a series to be displayed on campus as UIndy Diversity Gates.

In the keynote discussion, Michael Kaufmann, vice president of civic investment for the Health & Hospital Corp. of Marion County, spoke with Angel Ysaguirre, executive director of the Illinois Humanities Council and former deputy commissioner for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Discussing the value of after-school and community arts programming in reducing crime and poverty, they noted the need for cities to relax codes and bureaucratic hurdles that discourage artists, musicians, architects and restaurateurs from revitalizing urban spaces.

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UIndy for Riley dances toward $20,000 goal

UIndy for Riley members 2016UIndy for Riley members strike a pose to reflect the Olympics theme behind this year’s Dance Marathon, taking place Saturday at Ruth Lilly Fitness Center.

UPDATE: UIndy for Riley exceeded its goal with a total of $21,121.17. Watch the coverage on Fox59 and CBS4.

Annual event caps year of fundraising for renowned children’s hospital

For junior Carly Nicholson, helping to organize, promote and host the annual UIndy for Riley Dance Marathon is a personal pleasure and a heartfelt commitment.

Carly Nicholson

Carly Nicholson

Since age 7, the aspiring climate scientist from Indianapolis has undergone 13 surgeries at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, and she is a big fan.

“I’m a ‘Riley kid’ myself,” says Nicholson, marketing chair of the UIndy for Riley executive committee. The same is true of the committee’s president, junior Allie Bishop, now in her third year with the group.

The Dance Marathon, scheduled this year for 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at UIndy’s Ruth Lilly Fitness Center, is the culmination of a year-round series of fundraisers. More celebration than competition, the event includes music, games, food and entertainment and is designed to put the group across its monetary goal line for the year.

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Archives feature ‘Public Art in Indianapolis’

hudnut - sculptureThen-Mayor William Hudnut speaks at the 1989 dedication of sculptor John Spaulding’s “Jammin’ on the Avenue,” commemorating Indianapolis’ jazz heritage. (University of Indianapolis Mayoral Archives image)

A new online feature from UIndy’s Mayoral Archives traces the efforts of Indianapolis leaders to employ the arts as a tool of urban renewal.

Public Art in Indianapolis, 1967-2007 pulls key images and documents from the archives to highlight the arts strategy that carried through the administrations of former mayors Richard Lugar, William Hudnut, Stephen Goldsmith and Bart Peterson. The period includes the Urban Walls mural projects of the 1970s, the creation of the Arts Council of Indianapolis in 1987, the designation of Cultural Districts beginning in 1999 and the start of construction on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail in 2007.

The collection was assembled by history graduate student and research associate Lauren Judd, in collaboration with archivist Mark Vopelak and Professor Edward Frantz, director of the Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives.

“We first tried to piece together a timeline of public art in Indianapolis, from monuments to museums to actual pieces of public art,” Judd says. “Once we had a big timeline to work from, we started delving into the archives to see what that could tell us about public art as policy.”

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Provost’s Lecture: Reforming a Belizean prison

prison2Belize Central Prison was intimidating at first for the UIndy student-researchers who visited in 2014, but even more students are signed up for a return trip in May.

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Professors to recount student research project in Central America

Driving up to Belize Central Prison for the first time was a bit scary for 12 UIndy students and the professors guiding them.

Miller

Miller

“There were inmates in orange jumpsuits cutting the grass with machetes,” says Amanda Miller, associate professor of Sociology. “That was an eye-opening experience for me, at least.”

But after three days of work in the heat and noise of the 1,500-inmate compound – the only correctional facility in the small Central American nation – the student researchers came away with enthusiasm, experience and more than 60 hours of recorded interviews with 36 prison employees and administrators. The result is an encouraging story about how a nonprofit organization, by most accounts, turned a squalid human warehouse into a professionally run institution focused on rehabilitation.

Whiteacre

Whiteacre

Miller and colleague Kevin Whiteacre, associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, will recount their research adventure on Feb. 16 for UIndy’s seventh annual Provost’s Lecture. Three Days in a Belizean Prison: Serendipity, Scholarship and Change will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center’s Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. Admission is free, but registration is requested at provostlecture.eventbrite.com.

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Grant supports statewide workforce initiative

Lilly Endowment provides $925,000 to continue the regional alignment efforts of the Education Workforce Innovation Network, an initiative of UIndy’s CELL

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News coverage:
Inside Indiana Business
University Business
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

A statewide initiative to align K-12 and postsecondary education with regional workforce needs will continue for another two years, thanks to a $925,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis.

The grant will directly support the Education Workforce Innovation Network (EWIN), administered by CELL, which identifies and works to close gaps in education-workforce alignment through regional partnerships among school corporations, institutions of higher education, workforce development agencies, business and industry, nonprofit organizations and other stakeholders.

Established in 2012, EWIN provides resources and technical assistance in clarifying workforce needs and coordinating educational programming and training efforts, including the implementation of innovative new models. Its partnerships are organized according to the 12 Economic Growth Regions established by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, enabling programs to be tailored specifically to local issues and industries.

Boyle

Boyle

“The goal is to create educational opportunities that match the economic realities of Indiana’s workforce demands,” said CELL Executive Director Janet Boyle. “This new funding will support further progress as we make strategic investments in innovative programming to benefit students, business and industry and, as a result, the economy in different regions across the state.”

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VIDEO: UIndy looks back at eventful January

Students returned from Winter Break to a campus teeming with activity. Here’s a look at just some of the UIndy news and events of January 2016.

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