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Athletics: Football faves and soccer service

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The 2015 Greyhound football season is only a month away, with opening games Sept. 3 at home against Saginaw Valley State and Sept. 12 across town at Marian University.

For the fourth consecutive year, UIndy is favored to rule the Great Lakes Valley Conference, according to preseason coaches poll results announced Friday. Fifteen starters are returning from last year’s 9-2 GLVC Championship squad. (Not to brag, but UIndy has claimed the championship each year since the conference began sponsoring football in 2012.)

Visit the Athletics website for the full schedule, roster and a season preview video with head coach Bob Bartholomew, quarterback Connor Barthel and defensive lineman Lee Campbell.

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UIndy Athletics photo

Community service is nothing unusual for Greyhound student-athletes, but the men’s soccer team is certainly going the extra mile this summer.

This week, head coach John Higgins, 15 players and several UIndy staffers are in Haiti, where they are building a soccer field (“football pitch”), conducting youth clinics, bonding with local residents and appreciating the richness of a land and culture more often noted for poverty.

Follow their progress and see photo galleries at the Hounds in Haiti blog, where midfielder JT Hiquet and forward Zak Mitiche are writing about their experiences.

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Campus viewing event set for sold-out TEDx

As expected, tickets to the fourth annual TEDxIndianapolis conference have sold out, but the UIndy community has another special opportunity to experience the event in real time, if not necessarily in person.

tedx-indy-logoAs the 17 speakers are sharing their insights in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center’s Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, live video of the “ideas worth spreading” conference will stream from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in Schwitzer Student Center’s UIndy Hall A, which will be open to students, faculty, staff and alumni. Seating is limited to 100, but attendees may come and go throughout the day.

Online registration is required — click here to register.

The speaker lineup and more information about TEDxIndianapolis is here. Background on UIndy’s role as a presenting sponsor is here.

For other questions, contact Angie Presnell in the President’s Office at (317) 788-3211 or

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Bright spots emerge after tragic I-65 crash

UPDATE: Read Indianapolis Star story

Televised tributes and a spot of good news have followed in the wake of a fatal multi-vehicle crash last week on I-65 that involved a family with close UIndy ties.

Greenwood optometrist Jill (Pollert) Buck, who died with her young sons Branson and Aidan, was a 1990 UIndy graduate, as was her husband, Paul Buck. He survives, along with current UIndy student Grace Buck and siblings Olivia and P.J.

Fellow alumnus Dean Huppert, sports director for WSJV-Fox28 in South Bend, offered a touching tribute to the family during his Thursday night newscast. He and Paul Buck were members of UIndy’s 1989 GLVC Championship tennis team. You can watch a clip here.

Today, WTHR anchorman Scott Swan conducted a in-studio interview with Grace Buck, a sophomore Nursing major. The occasion: Despite the circumstances, Grace had mustered the courage to continue with her tryouts for the Indiana Pacers dance team, the Pacemates. Thursday night, she aced the final audition and was introduced as a member of the 2015-2016 squad, before a cheering crowd of friends and loved ones.

buck-online-pic-150x150“I just really wanted to do it for her … and let the beauty of her life shine through me,” Grace said of her mother. “She would have wanted me to finish what I started.”

Watch the four-minute interview here.

Another tribute is at, where visitors may sign the register and share thoughts with the family.

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Comedy career clicks for UIndy alumnus

Brent Terhune (Inside UIndy photo)

Brent Terhune (Inside UIndy photo)

Brent Terhune hasn’t hit the big time yet, but he is nurturing a national reputation, and he’s definitely a celebrity right now on Indianapolis’ south side.

With his first comedy album set for release next week, the 2012 UIndy grad graces the covers of both the Southside Times and Southsider Voice weekly newspapers.

Terhune, a Roncalli High School graduate, majored in Communication at UIndy and made the most of the opportunities, including on-air work at WICR radio and an internship-turned-writing-gig with the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show, which he landed with a little help from faculty connections. Now he’s on the road more than 40 weeks a year, living his dream of being a standup comedian. His performance venues have included theaters, a yacht and a prison, and he’s fine with that.

“One of my college professors said that you’ve found your passion if you know you would do it for free,” Terhune told the Times. “I’m lucky to get to do what I like and they give me a check at the end.”

turkeyHe and some comedian pals will celebrate the release of his first recorded comedy collection, Mr. Turkey, with a show at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at White Rabbit Cabaret in Fountain Square. The $10 admission cost includes a copy of the album, which also will be available on iTunes.

Read about the album and its creator on the Voice and Times websites. See earlier profiles of Terhune as a student in the archives of Inside UIndy and The Reflector. And sample his comedy, cartoons and characters at

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Faculty Artist Concert Series returns to WICR

CDFAC_Leppard - 2014 opener 10th anniversary - webGood news: Our amazing faculty musicians are returning to our fabulous radio station.

After a brief hiatus, broadcasts of the Department of Music‘s Faculty Artist Concert Series will resume a weekly schedule at 1 p.m. Saturday on UIndy public station WICR-88.7 FM/HD. (The broadcast follows Hoosier History Live!, which airs at noon and this week features Associate Professor Laura Albright discussing women’s voting rights.)

The concert recordings had been airing regularly for over a decade and weekly since 2009,  until earlier this year when the station restructured its schedule and programming provider Fine Arts Society shifted its focus under a new name, Classical Music Indy. Under the new arrangement, the shows will be produced by the WICR staff but still hosted by CMI program director and on-air personality Michael Toulouse.

“Until the new programs happen, we’ll be be playing a few reruns, which certainly include some compelling performances,” said Professor Richard Ratliff, coordinator of the Faculty Artist Concert Series. “The plan is eventually to include student ensembles and solo performances, broadening the scope to ‘UIndy Concerts.'”

Saturday’s broadcast will feature these selections and musicians:

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Officer’s private kindness becomes big news


Officer Doan

See the coverage: WRTV – WTHR – WXIN

UIndy Police Officer Doug Doan wasn’t trying to be a hero when he took some toys to a local family facing tough times, but his act of kindness certainly has drawn a lot of attention.

Doan met the family, with its three young boys, this week while working his third-shift beat around campus. Without sharing too many details, he said he was touched by the boys’ situation and their proximity in age to his own son. He returned the following night with three superhero action figures to present as gifts.

The boys’ relatives recorded the visit in photos and video and shared them Wednesday night with local TV stations, which promptly put the images on their websites and on the air. Today, with the heartwarming tale still gaining traction on social media, reporters were calling the university to get Doan’s side of the story, but he was back at his Anderson home and not eager for the spotlight.

“It was no big deal,” said the officer, who has served at UIndy for just over a year. “They are going through a hard time, and I wanted to do something to help. My son and I picked out a few toys to give to the three boys in the home. I just wanted to put a smile on their faces.”

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Governor greets new Woodrow Wilson fellows

WW fellows Pence LevineGov. Mike Pence and Woodrow Wilson Foundation President Arthur Levine — the guys in the suits — pose today at Stierwalt Alumni House with UIndy’s new class of Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellows in Education Leadership.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and scores of up-and-coming Indiana educators visited campus this morning for the introduction of this year’s new classes entering the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship and the Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership programs.

Governor Mike Pence

Gov. Mike Pence

Through a partnership with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation supported by Lilly Endowment, UIndy’s School of Education, School of Business and Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences have been instrumental in developing the programs from local pilots into national models for the preparation of STEM teachers and innovative school administrators.

Executive Vice President and Provost Deborah Balogh, who has overseen the partnership, introduced the governor and Woodrow Wilson Foundation President Arthur Levine before an SRO crowd at Stierwalt Alumni House that included the new program fellows, reporters, local education advocates and representatives from other participating universities.

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In the news: Poli Sci student’s presidential quest

Knierim and CarterUIndy sophomore Tyler Knierim poses with Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter in June, during his fifth meeting with the former president. Also a big fan of the Bush family, he has photos with scores of political figures, as well as the occasional astronaut.

America’s college sophomores are surely finding endless ways to spend the summer — earning money, hanging with friends, keeping the couch warm — but those options didn’t satisfy UIndy’s Tyler Knierim.

The 19-year-old Political Science major is cruising the nation this year to visit every presidential library he can reach and be photographed with any noteworthy political figure who consents to pose with him. His ongoing quest caught the attention of a news reporter last week in Iowa, even amid the hubbub of the 2016 presidential campaign.

“Politics are my passion,” Knierim told the writer from the Cedar Rapids Gazette, who bumped into him at an event for presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Read the story here.

So far this summer, Knierim’s destinations have included the George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson libraries in Texas, the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Missouri and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in Iowa, where he also made time to meet folks like Huckabee and fellow White House contenders Lyndsey Graham, Martin O’Malley and Ben Carson. You can see the photos on his Facebook page, typically accompanied by enthusiastic captions (“Me with Former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft!!!”).

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New court and field will greet student-athletes

Skillman Court videoIt’s hard to keep track of all the construction projects and improvements underway on the UIndy campus this summer — the Health Pavilion, Krannert Memorial Library and Greyhound Village apartments, to name a few — but let’s not forget our athletic venues.

Both Key Stadium and Nicoson Hall arena have new and quite sharp-looking playing surfaces, among other updates. And construction has begun on the practice field for the new Greyhound men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.

Inside Nicoson, thanks to a generous gift from Ray Skillman Auto Group, UIndy’s basketball and volleyball players will have new wood under their shoes, dubbed “Skillman Court” and emblazoned with bold lines and logos. If you’ve ever wondered how basketball court graphics are applied, UIndy staff photographer D. Todd Moore has assembled an amazing time-lapse video of the installation process that you can watch here.

At Key Stadium’s Kiesel Field, football, soccer and lacrosse players will appreciate the new turf, a freshly installed  state-of-the-art Crossflex HP synthetic surface. Its official competition debut will be the men’s soccer opener on Sept. 3. UIndy Athletics has a very cool drone’s-eye video tour of the new field here.

Kiesel Field

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DeHaan Gallery unveils upcoming exhibitions

UIndy Emeriti show - Lake Alice Reflection - Donna Adams - webThe photography of Donna Adams will be part of the UIndy Art & Design Emeriti show, kicking off the new season in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery.

The UIndy Department of Art & Design has a series of intriguing exhibitions on the 2015-2016 schedule for the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery.

The gallery is curated by faculty member Mark Ruschman, chief fine arts curator for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, with help from colleagues and students. Admission is always free to the gallery, which is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays.

The season opens Aug. 24 with a show featuring emeriti faculty from the department. The full schedule follows.

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