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A UIndy graduate’s innovative sales ideas have tripled sponsorship revenue for the Indianapolis Indians, according to the Indianapolis Business Journal.
The newspaper’s lead story this week is a profile of the team’s director of corporate sales and marketing, Joel Zawacki, who graduated magna cum laude in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and a minor in Business Administration. The story also quotes one of his UIndy professors, Dr. Jennifer VanSickle, coordinator of the Sport Management program.
Zawacki, who joined the franchise fresh out of college after a series of sports industry internships, says understanding clients’ needs has been the key to his success.
“The one thing I think I brought was listening and figuring out what the client really needed,” says the 30-year-old Michigan City native and former Greyhound pitcher. “I don’t consider anything I do salesy. It’s more consulting.”
Read the full story here.
‘Keep It Simple’ is theme for ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ event
The University of Indianapolis is a presenting sponsor and host of the fourth annual TEDxIndianapolis conference, taking place Oct. 20 at UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.
Following this year’s theme, “Keep It Simple,” all speakers and performances will illuminate the importance of paring things down and getting back to basics. Through big ideas, innovative approaches and creative strategies, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the essence and power of simplicity.
TEDx conferences are local, independent events organized in the spirit of the international TED organization and its “Ideas Worth Spreading” mission. TEDxIndianapolis, now in its fourth year. continues to bring talent and inspiration to the Circle City. Previous outings at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Hilbert Circle Theatre have drawn 3,000 attendees, and the recorded videos of those talks have generated 445,000 views online.
International Symposium on Service-Learning runs next week at UIndy
Nearly 200 participants from eight nations will attend the sixth biennial International Symposium on Service-Learning, taking place next Thursday through Saturday at the University of Indianapolis.
Under the theme “Service-Learning as a Global Movement: Transforming Communities and Higher Education,” the event aims to strengthen ties among higher education institutions and community partners around the world and to advance service-learning as an innovative teaching tool that promotes engaged citizenship among students.
The action begins this afternoon in Oklahoma City as the UIndy softball team enters the Division II Women’s College World Series for the first time since 2009.
The 10th-ranked Hounds (47-13) will face the sixth-ranked North Georgia Nighthawks (49-7) at 3:30 p.m. The UIndy Greyhound Club will host a viewing party with free soft drinks and appetizers at Buffalo Wild Wings, 8020 U.S. 31 South. Click here for more details on the game and links to live video, audio and stats.
“You have to have a little luck,” head coach Melissa Frost told the Indianapolis Star for a game preview. “You have to play well at the right time. That’s the most important thing. But we tell every girl we bring in here that our goal is to win a national championship.”
In related news, junior Morgan Foley and seniors Taylor Russell and Casey Williamson were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America team Wednesday night at the NFCA’s annual awards banquet in Oklahoma City. Read more about that honor here.
Speaking and testing their sledgehammer skills at Tuesday’s ceremony were (from left) Krannert Memorial Library Director Matthew Shaw, Executive Vice President and Provost Deborah Balogh, UIndy President Emeritus Gene Sease, President Robert Manuel and F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co. President Philip Kenney.
It takes a unique event to launch a unique renovation project, and that’s what happened at Tuesday morning’s “wallbreaking” ceremony to kick off the extensive overhaul of UIndy’s Krannert Memorial Library.
An unfortunate wall took a sledgehammer beating at the hands of UIndy President Robert Manuel; President Emeritus Gene Sease, who led the construction of the library in 1977; Executive Vice President and Provost Deborah Balogh; library Director Matthew Shaw; and Philip Kenney, president of F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co., which is managing the $5.5 million project.
Designed by RATIO Architects, the new and improved Krannert Memorial Library will reopen this fall with a radically reconfigured interior geared toward maximum flexibility and digital connectivity to suit all learning styles. New features will include a café with food service, an outdoor plaza, a 24-hour study lab, and a glass-curtain exterior wall to provide all three upper stories of the building with natural light and views across UIndy’s central Smith Mall. More details about the renovation are here.
The UIndy women’s golf team led all four rounds of last week’s 2015 NCAA Division II Championships and came home with a national title — a first for the program and also the first team national championship in Greyhound athletics history.
Senior Chanice Young of Evansville tied for fifth individually and led the Hounds to a five-stroke victory in the tournament, which took place Wednesday through Saturday at The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale, Mich.
“I am so lucky to coach this group,” head coach Brent Nicoson said. “They have been relentless in their pursuit to get better, and that has now paid off with four consecutive conference titles, four consecutive NCAA regionals, and now a national championship.”
For the men’s golf team, the D-II Championships run today through Friday at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C.
The Greyhound softball team won the D-II Midwest Super Regional on Saturday in St. Louis and moves on to the National Championships, starting with North Georgia on Thursday in Oklahoma City.
Wanamaker resident Francesca Zappia, who earned her UIndy bachelor’s degree earlier this month, will read and sign copies of her debut novel, Made You Up, on Tuesday evening at Barnes & Noble in Greenwood.
“Could young Indy author be the next John Green?” reads the headline on an Indianapolis Star interview with Francesca Zappia, a fresh UIndy grad who on Tuesday will see the nationwide release of her first novel, Made You Up.
The book, a quirky and touching mystery in which a teen heroine battles mental illness as she probes strange happenings at her high school, has been touted among the most anticipated young adult novels of 2015 by critics for Teen Vogue, The Huffington Post, Barnes & Noble and Pop Crush.
The attention “is both extremely humbling and kind of terrifying,” Zappia tells the newspaper. “I’m so grateful for these articles. Sure, there’s pressure in it, but I’d rather someone read the book with high expectations than never read the book at all.” Read the full interview here.
Made You Up is the first in a two-book deal Zappia signed with Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. The 22-year-old author, who grew up in Wanamaker and graduated from Franklin Central High School before earning her Computer Science degree at UIndy earlier this month, will celebrate the publication date with a reading and book signing at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood Park Mall location of Barnes & Noble.
Zappia also was featured last week in the Daily Journal of Johnson County. For subscribers, that story is here.
For the fourth consecutive year and the seventh time overall, the University of Indianapolis has claimed the Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Sports Trophy, presented to the member institution that demonstrates the best all-around performance in the league’s 20 sponsored sports.
The award is the conference’s first “four-peat” since 1990. UIndy won five league titles over the course of the 2014-2015 year, including football, men’s soccer, women’s tennis, women’s golf and women’s outdoor track and field. The Greyhounds also placed second in softball, men’s tennis and women’s indoor track and field, as well as third in points for men’s golf, baseball, men’s indoor track and field and men’s and women’s swimming and diving. Read more about the award here.
Coincidentally, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sue Willey was sought out by journalists Tuesday to discuss the New England Patriots’ “Deflategate” scandal and the significance of cheating in athletic competition. Dr. Willey, a 19-time letterwinner during her UIndy student days, has taught courses in sports ethics and has received professional honors including the 2012-13 Under Armour Division II Athletic Director of the Year, 2010 Under Armour Division II Central Region Athletic Director of the Year and 2005 NACWAA Division II Administrator of the Year.
“Society wants to win at all costs and will make excuses for people to be successful,” Willey told WRTV-6. “The thing is, you can be successful and do it within the rules, but it’s harder.”
A fruitful education partnership between the University of Indianapolis and the MSD of Decatur Township was celebrated Tuesday at a district board meeting, where School of Education Dean Kathryn Moran presented a plaque to mark its 20th anniversary.
Established in 1995, this collaborative venture between the school district and the university continues to benefit Decatur Township students and teachers while providing important feedback to UIndy’s teacher preparation programs and vital hands-on experience for its pre-service teachers, who often proceed to careers in Decatur Township and other local districts.
The new student apartment building at Shelby Street and National Avenue will create courtyards and recreational areas for residents and their guests.
Joint venture with developer will enhance neighborhood and streetscape
while providing a range of residential options for nearly 500 occupants
The University of Indianapolis will break ground this month on a four-story apartment building that will create new housing options for up to 480 students while beautifying and promoting new development along the city’s increasingly vital Shelby Street corridor.
The joint venture between the university and local developer Strategic Capital Partners will feature 196 furnished units with kitchens, living areas, washers and dryers, in a variety of floor plans from one to four bedrooms, each bedroom with a private bath.
The new structure will replace a 60-unit campus apartment complex at Shelby Street and National Avenue that dates to the 1950s, as well as an adjacent row of aging duplexes, all of which now house 175 students. Construction, overseen by general contractor CRG Residential, should be complete by July 2016, in time for students to move in for the fall semester. The total project cost is estimated at approximately $25 million.
Designed by architects Schmidt Associates, the E-shaped structure will have three wings pointing east into campus, creating a courtyard and recreation area for residents. Some units will have balconies, and the building’s common areas will include an outdoor observation deck overlooking a pond. The brick exterior will match the existing campus aesthetic while conveying a modern urban feel.
UIndy President Robert Manuel noted that the project has significance beyond the university community in part because of its location on Shelby Street, which connects the campus to the nearby Garfield Park and Fountain Square neighborhoods and is the preferred route for a proposed rapid transit line through Marion County.