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Rapid transit line one step closer to UIndy

Detail of proposed Red Line route

Detail of proposed Red Line route

Plans for a bus rapid transit system in Indianapolis have received a major boost in the form of a $2 million federal grant to begin environmental and design work on the first line — one that would connect the UIndy campus with the north and south suburbs and key destinations throughout the city.

The Red Line, one of five outlined in the broader $1.3 billion BRT proposal, would run 28 miles from Westfield to Greenwood, with stops at or near Carmel City Center, Nora, Broad Ripple, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, the Children’s Museum, IU Health Methodist Hospital, state government buildings, downtown sports venues, the Eli Lilly and Anthem complexes, Fountain Square, Garfield Park, Southport and Greenwood Park Mall. The proposed UIndy station would be at Hanna Avenue and Shelby Street. A BRT system would employ electric buses running on dedicated lanes with elevated, train-like stops at approximate one-mile or half-mile intervals.

The four cities on the route are pledging $1 million in matching funds to obtain the federal planning grant, which will open the door to further funding for the actual construction of the estimated $100 million-plus project. Making the line a reality still depends on local referenda to raise property taxes, among other hurdles. Once begun, possibly as soon as 2017, construction of the Red Line is expected to take two to three years.

In response to the news, UIndy President Robert Manuel called the proposed transit line “a game-changer that will create new economic development zones and provide fuel-efficient access to business, shopping, sports and other activities.”

“As a major employer and southside anchor that offers more than 200 cultural attractions a year, the University of Indianapolis is excited about the prospect of a rapid transit line that will broaden access to our events as well as provide new opportunities for our students, employees and neighbors to connect more easily with the city and suburbs,” he added. “We support a diverse transportation system in Indianapolis that includes eBRT, electric cars and charging stations, bicycle-friendly and pedestrian-friendly routes, as well as automobiles. We are excited to be a stop on the Red Line and look forward to that first bus coming around the corner.”


WTHR story

Indianapolis Business Journal story

Indianapolis Star story

Indy Connect Red Line fact sheet

City government Red Line presentation

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Plain White T’s to perform Oct. 23 at UIndy

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Pop-punk band Plain White T’s will appear Oct. 23 at the University of Indianapolis in a special Homecoming Week concert with special guests This Wild Life.

General admission tickets are $15, available starting at 11 a.m. Monday through UIndy’s Event Ticketing Center at The concert in Nicoson Hall arena will begin at 9 p.m. Oct. 23, with doors open at 8 p.m.

Formed in Chicago in the late 1990s, Plain White T’s scored two Grammy nominations and topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2007 with the acoustic ballad “Hey There Delilah.” Other hit singles have included “1, 2, 3, 4” and “Rhythm of Love.” The upcoming album American Nights is their fourth on Hollywood Records.

This Wild Life, an edgy acoustic duo from Long Beach, Calif., released debut album Clouded earlier this year and joined in the Vans Warped Tour.

More information is available at or (317) 788-3251.

UIndy Homecoming 2014 is Saturday, Oct. 25. More information on the day, and the events leading up to it, is here.

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Composition to honor philanthropist DeHaan

CDFAC_Leppard - 2014 opener 10th anniversary - webMaestro Raymond Leppard leads University of Indianapolis students and local professionals Monday on opening night of UIndy’s Faculty Artist Concert Series.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, the University of Indianapolis has commissioned a classical music composition to honor a benefactor whose support made the center possible.



Philanthropist Christel DeHaan was in attendance Monday night when UIndy President Robert Manuel announced the commission during the gala opening event of the university’s annual Faculty Artist Concert Series. The concert in the DeHaan Center’s Ruth Lilly Performance Hall was led by Maestro Raymond Leppard, artist-in-residence at UIndy and conductor laureate of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and it featured student ensembles and professionals from the ISO and the UIndy music faculty.

“We wanted to honor and thank Christel in a way appropriate to her dedication to the community, to the university and to the arts,” Manuel told the capacity crowd.



The piece will be composed by UIndy Associate Professor of Music John Berners, whose works have been performed by ensembles including the Detroit Symphony, the Virginia Symphony and the Kiev Philharmonic and at festivals including Tanglewood and the Missouri New Music Festival. The composition will premiere next year at the opening of the 2015-2016 Faculty Artist Concert Series season.

The Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center and its Ruth Lilly Performance Hall opened in 1994 at a cost of $10 million, with support from Lilly Endowment Inc., philanthropist Ruth Lilly and DeHaan, a former UIndy student who served many years on the university’s Board of Trustees. Among other interests, she is the founder and president of the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, which supports arts and culture in central Indiana, and the founder and CEO of Christel House International, which provides education and other assistance to impoverished children around the world.

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Professor honored among ‘Living Legends’

Lin honorUIndy Professor Phylis Lan Lin, second from left, poses with fellow honorees at the 10th anniversary gala of the Indy Asian American Times newspaper.

Professor of Sociology Phylis Lan Lin was honored recently among the “Living Legends of Indiana’s Chinese-American Community” for her contributions to education and international cooperation.

The honorees were recognized during the 10th anniversary gala of the Indy Asian American Times newspaper at the Indiana History Center.

Dr. Lin came to the United States from Taiwan in 1966 and joined the UIndy faculty in 1973. Her many responsibilities include serving as executive director of the University of Indianapolis Press, director of Asian Programs and associate vice president for International Partnerships. She also spearheaded the establishment of UIndy’s Social Work program, which is now an academic department that bears her name.

She was introduced at the event by her daughter Toni Lin, a local surgeon, who described her mother as a prolific author and organizer of international symposia who lives by the principle of “VIP”: vision, integrity and passion.

“She is living proof that an Asian-American female can rise to become a leader and an amazing role model for her daughter and community,” Toni Lin said.

Professor Lin also received a letter of congratulations from Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann.

Video from the event can be seen here.

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CAC launches nursing home quality project

Funding, support available for regional quality improvement efforts

The Indiana State Department of Health and UIndy’s Center for Aging & Community are collaborating on a statewide initiative to improve the quality of long-term care in nursing homes.

CAC buttonThe Regional Healthcare Quality Improvement Collaborative Project is designed to assist long-term care facilities in developing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement programs, which soon will be required for all nursing homes as they have been for other types of healthcare providers.

The intent is to form regional collaborative groups with representatives from healthcare facilities, provider associations, consumer advocacy groups and community organizations. The collaborative partners will work together to conduct needs assessments, design regional quality improvement plans and provide education and resources to nursing homes in their areas.

The Center for Aging & Community is accepting applications for funding, with up to $30,000 available per collaborative over 18 months for as many as seven regional projects.

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MPH program presents minority health event

UIndy’s College of Health Sciences and its Master of Public Health program are collaborating with the Indiana State Department of Health on Monday to present the sixth annual Minority Health Conference.

Free and open to the public, the conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Schwitzer Student Center’s UIndy Hall.

Under the theme “What You Don’t Know Can Kill,” the event aims to educate and empower community, business, education and government leaders who serve the state’s racial and ethnic minority populations to provide information on significant health issues that are not often addressed by mainstream sources.

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WICR to present Indy Jazz Fest kickoff concert

UIndy public radio station WICR-FM/HD — central Indiana’s only jazz and classical music station — will present the opening night kickoff concert of this year’s Indy Jazz Fest on Thursday in the university’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

jazz fest logo“The All-New Indy Jazz Fest Band Brings the Groove” will feature an array of top local players led by guitarist Bill Lancton, with Allen Turk Burke on Hammond B3 organ and piano, Scott Pazera on acoustic and electric bass, Vince Jackson on drums, Mark Buselli on trumpet and flugelhorn, Tom Clark on saxes and Rich Dole on trombone. The program celebrates the legends of fusion and acid jazz, including music of Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, the Meters, Grant Green, Joe Zawinul and Chick Corea.

The show, which begins at 7 p.m. in the center’s Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, is among just a handful of Indy Jazz Fest events that is free and open to all ages. The full festival schedule from Thursday through Sept. 20 is available here.

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Concert season to open with Maestro Leppard

Monday’s gala event celebrates 20 years of Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center

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UPDATE: Concert review from Jay Harvey Upstage

Maestro Raymond Leppard will lead UIndy students and faculty soloists in Monday’s opening performance of the 2014-2015 Faculty Artist Concert Series at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

Now entering its 34th season, the acclaimed series features UIndy music faculty and distinguished guests performing historic and contemporary classical music and jazz. The 18 concerts take place on Monday evenings from September through March in the center’s elegant Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. Admission is always free.



The Sept. 15 concert will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the DeHaan Center, which opened in 1994 to house the departments of Music and Art & Design. Its acoustically superior 500-seat performance hall, modeled after the legendary 1870 Musikverein concert hall in Vienna, Austria, has hosted appearances by pianist Andre Watts, cellist Janos Starker, soprano Kathleen Battle, the Prague Chamber Orchestra and the Guarneri, Juilliard, Tokyo and Emerson quartets, among other artists.

Performers at the opening concert will include UIndy’s Festival Orchestra and choral ensembles along with soloists Austin Hartman, violin; Anne Reynolds, flute; Tamara Thweatt, flute; Kathleen Hacker, soprano; and Mitzi Westra, mezzo-soprano. Guiding them will be Leppard, conductor laureate of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and artist-in-residence at the DeHaan Center since its opening.

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Pro Edge job fair will help students connect

ProEdge-jobfairStudents looking for income and experience can learn about local work opportunities Tuesday when UIndy’s Professional Edge Center hosts the annual Student Employment Fair.

The event from 1 to 4 p.m. in UIndy Hall will feature nearly 40 employers looking to fill full-time and part-time positions and internships. Students are encouraged to bring their résumés and “dress to impress.”

For questions, contact the Professional Edge Center at

The Professional Edge Center helps students and graduates develop the connections, skills and confidence to ensure a seamless transition from education to the world of work. The center supports entrepreneurship and builds career pipelines to seven business sectors that are academic strengths for the university and vital elements of the Indiana economy. The goal is for students to become successful professionals committed to civic engagement and community leadership. More information is available at

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Violin competition to air live on WICR-FM/HD

WICR-WELCOME-SMALLFor the first time ever, the entire International Violin Competition of Indianapolis will be broadcast live, beginning this weekend on UIndy public radio station WICR-88.7 FM/HD.

The quadrennial competition features 40 of the world’s best young violinists competing for management deals, international concert engagements, a Carnegie Hall recital debut, more than $250,000 in prizes and the use of a 1683 Stradivarius violin. The live coverage will include commentary from hosts Stephen B. Shipps, professor of violin at the University of Michigan, and Michael Toulouse, program director for Classical Music Indy, whose programming airs locally on WICR.

“As we offer the city’s only significant schedule of classical music, this is a natural fit for us,” WICR Programming Director Russ Maloney said. “Airing the entire competition really demonstrates our commitment to classical music and to the arts in general.”

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