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Student Leadership Academy wins major support from Lilly Endowment
A $580,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to the University of Indianapolis will enable the major expansion of a partnership with the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church to help high school students explore potential careers and volunteer opportunities in church ministry and other faith-based settings.
The grant is part of the Endowment’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which encourages young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service.
“This is an opportunity to increase our investment in the youth and help them from an early age to consider ministry and service as a calling in their lives,” said the Rev. Jeremiah Gibbs, chaplain and assistant professor at UIndy and director of its Lantz Center for Christian Vocations. “We show them how their skills and interests can be applied to the real issues people face in the world.”
The Lantz Center’s Student Leadership Academy offers two programs that will benefit from the new funding:
- An annual fall retreat for United Methodist youth, now in its sixth year, will grow from 90 to 250 students and add second- and third-year programming for returning participants, including certification as lay servants in the church. Participants are nominated by UMC pastors throughout the state for an intensive weekend of discussion on theology, vocation and leadership.
- A new two-week summer institute, to be launched in 2017, is open to all Christian denominations and aimed at students specifically considering full-time careers as ordained clergy, lay ministers, lay professional staff or missionaries. Approximately 40 participants will be selected through a competitive application process for an experience that includes lectures, discussions, practical applications and service opportunities.
After a day of moving in and attending orientation sessions, the new class of Greyhounds enjoy mixer activities Wednesday night at the Athletics & Recreation Center. See more photos on the UIndy Facebook page.
Freshmen and transfer students are taking part in a full schedule of Welcome Week activities as they get acquainted with each other and the UIndy campus and staff following Wednesday’s Move-In Day. The full schedule of events is at this link.
On Wednesday, the Indianapolis Star caught some nice photos of students moving in and bidding farewell to their families. An online gallery is viewable here.
The renovated space in Schwitzer Student Center will double as an informal lounge area as well as a site for students to access career counseling and other services.
Along with several other new and improved facilities on campus — most notably Greyhound Village apartments and the substantial interior renovations of Martin and Lilly halls — UIndy students returning for the fall semester will find a new space with a specific purpose in Schwitzer Student Center.
Informally dubbed the “engagement center” for now, the revamped section of the Schwitzer Atrium is designed to help students connect — with each other, with Professional Edge Center and Student Affairs staff and services, and with the world, through wall-mounted digital monitors fed by a system of wired and wireless connections.
The Professional Edge Center — which helps students identify career pathways, interact with business professionals and develop professional and interpersonal skills — moved this summer from Stierwalt Alumni House, south of Hanna Avenue, to the second floor of Schwitzer, the key social and services hub on campus. Corey Wilson, associate vice president for Professional Edge, said the new first-floor space outside the dining hall gives his staff an even better opportunity to “engage students where they live.” Read more »
Continuing a hallowed UIndy tradition, Movin’ Crew student volunteers lend some elbow grease to help new students get settled on Move-In Day 2015.
Martin Hall overhauled to house new Engineering programs
New programs and renovated facilities will greet the largest and most diverse incoming class in UIndy history when it arrives Wednesday.
This year’s freshmen could be the first to number 1,000 or more, contributing to a projected all-time high of more than 3,400 full-time undergraduate students. They hail from 28 states and 20 nations, with 25 percent multicultural representation.
Move-In Day for new students is Wednesday, with hundreds of faculty, staff, student and alumni volunteers on duty to assist incoming families from 8 to 11 a.m. The Movin’ Crew will direct the incoming vehicles, unload and catalog the new students’ personal and household items, then deposit the goods in the designated residence hall rooms. The day kicks off a series of Welcome Week events designed to help the newcomers make friends and get comfortable on campus. Read more »
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Sept. 10 “Monumental Matchup” against Marian to feature special guests
The 2016 season is shaping up to be another great one for UIndy football, with the NCAA Division II Greyhounds picked unanimously in the preseason coaches poll — for the fifth-straight year — to win the Great Lakes Valley Conference title.
The Hounds, who finished last year at 10-2 overall and 8-0 in the GLVC, have 18 starters returning, along with reigning GLVC Coach of Year Bob Bartolomeo. They are 30-1 in conference play and the only conference team to make the D-II preseason rankings, coming in at No. 16.
After the Sept. 3 season opener at Michigan’s Hillsdale College, the first home game at Key Stadium is the Sept. 10 return of the “Monumental Matchup,” a grudge match against crosstown foes Marian University of the NAIA. Tailgating begins at 4 p.m.; the national anthem will be sung by UIndy alum Megan Meadors, former Miss Indiana and Indianapolis Colts cheerleader; former Colt Gary Brackett will handle the coin toss; and kickoff is at 6:05.
Rumor has it that halftime entertainment will be provided by the acclaimed winner of a nationally televised singing competition (click here for big hint). We’ll have more details on that later.
Follow all the Greyhound football news this season at the UIndy Athletics site.
Cutting the ribbon at Greyhound Village on Thursday morning are (from left) Strategic Capital Partners CEO Gene Zink, UIndy student Erin Jackson, UIndy President Robert Manuel, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, UIndy Board of Trustees Chair Yvonne Shaheen and University Chaplain Jeremiah Gibbs.
UIndy’s new Greyhound Village represents not just the cutting edge of student housing, but also the new potential of Indianapolis’ Shelby Street corridor, speakers agreed Thursday at the dedication ceremony for the four-story, 486-resident campus apartment building.
“Projects like this one have the power to be transformational, not just for this university — although I know it will be — it is transformational for our entire city,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “This expansion of UIndy housing can build on the momentum we’ve seen throughout Indianapolis by attracting new residents to the surrounding area, by encouraging small business to expand and to embolden future development.”
Two of UIndy’s freshest facilities – the Health Pavilion and the renovated Krannert Memorial Library – are nominated in multiple categories for the Indy Chamber’s annual Monumental Awards, which recognize great landscape architecture, interior design, neighborhood revitalization, architecture, design, engineering, construction and public art around the city.
For the first time, the chamber has added a People’s Choice Award category, which allows the public to vote via Facebook for the construction project they feel has had the greatest impact on the Indianapolis area. Voting continues through Friday, and the awards will be announced at the Monumental Awards Dinner on Oct. 20.
That means UIndy fans with Facebook accounts have just a few more days to secure a victory for the Greyhounds. All you have to do is visit each of the links below and “like” the photo that appears. And yes, you can vote in all six relevant categories.
UIndy Health Pavilion
Category: Real Estate Development
Greyhound Village is on the east side of Shelby Street, adjacent to a planned station on the bus rapid transit Red Line that soon will connect the UIndy campus to Fountain Square, downtown, Broad Ripple and key points in between.
New apartments seen as catalyst for development; Mayor Hogsett to speak
The community is welcome and Mayor Joe Hogsett will be among the speakers Thursday, when the University of Indianapolis conducts a dedication ceremony for the new 486-bed Greyhound Village student apartments.
The project not only will set a new standard for campus housing, but it also is eyed by university and city officials as a key step in attracting economic development to the Shelby Street corridor and its intersection with Hanna Avenue, enhancing quality of life for the surrounding community. UIndy President Robert Manuel is expected to share further details of that vision during the ceremony.
Miller, associate professor of Sociology, was interviewed via satellite recently for The Morning Show, which is, not suprisingly, a morning show on Australian TV’s Seven Network. She and the perky hosts discussed how sharing household chores can help heat up the romance between domestic partners. Watch the clip
Dr. Nancy Steffel, professor in the School of Education, penned an opinion column for the latest issue of The Costco Connection, the nation’s largest-circulation monthly print publication, with 8.5 million subscribers in the U.S. and 13 million readers worldwide.
For a regular point-counterpoint feature in the magazine, Steffel took the “no” side of the question “Should homework be eliminated in elementary school?” She stressed, however, that homework for young kids is most effective as a family activity that demonstrates the relevance of the schoolwork. Her nuanced response can be read at this link.
Dr. Laura Albright, assistant professor of Political Science, has become one of central Indiana’s most sought-after political analysts, averaging multiple TV and radio interviews each day during the recent Republican and Democratic national conventions. Outside the local media, she spoke recently with The Atlantic magazine for a story headlined “America’s Next Chief Executive?”
And today, Albright was featured again nationally through “The Academic Minute,” a daily audio essay that airs throughout New England via the WAMC public radio network and also appears in the popular Inside Higher Ed e-newsletter. She spoke about one of her favorite research subjects, former Alabama Gov. Lurleen Wallace, and her niche in the history of women in American politics. Listen here
Longtime UIndy trustee Yvonne Shaheen receives the Indiana Historical Society’s 2016 Indiana Living Legends award from IHS Board Chair David West. (IHS photo)
Trustee Yvonne Shaheen honored for philanthropy, volunteer work
In honor of her community leadership and generosity, the chair of UIndy’s Board of Trustees has been named to the Indiana Historical Society’s roster of Indiana Living Legends.
Philanthropist Yvonne Shaheen, who joined the UIndy board in 1992, received the honor in July at IHS’ annual Indiana Living Legends Gala at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center.
Shaheen, retired CEO of Long Electric Co., has distinguished herself as a generous supporter and adviser to many central Indiana arts, educational and nonprofit organizations. Among her many contributions to the university, Shaheen is the chair of the ongoing Campaign for the University of Indianapolis, and she made a $5 million gift last year to support the Riad and Yvonne Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences.