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Greyhounds primed for national TV spotlight

rp_primary_CBS_FBThe UIndy football Greyhounds are ready for their close-up Thursday, when a home contest against in-state rivals Saint Joseph’s College airs as the Division II Game of the Week on CBS Sports Network, available to 99 million households nationwide.

Kickoff is at 8 p.m. in Key Stadium, which will be full of UIndy fans wearing “Black Out” T-shirts. About 4,000 black shirts are available to the university community at the pregame pep rally, which includes free dinner and runs from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Schwitzer Student Center atrium and dining hall.

The Greyhounds (7-1, 5-0 GLVC) are coming off a decisive 52-14 Homecoming win Saturday against Lincoln. Debuting at No. 5 this week in the year’s first NCAA Division II Super Region Four rankings, they are on track for their third consecutive trip to the playoffs.

To find CBS Sports Network on your cable or satellite system, visit cbssportsnetwork.com/channel-finder. A free live stream can be seen at ncaa.com/liveschedule.

More info on the game and the team is available at the UIndy Athletics site.

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Trustee Daniels named to Indiana Academy

Daniels

Daniels

University of Indianapolis trustee Deborah Daniels has been inducted into The Indiana Academy in recognition of her personal achievements and contributions to the Hoosier state.

The honor is awarded by the Independent Colleges of Indiana, a nonprofit association that represents the state’s 31 private nonprofit colleges and universities, including UIndy. The induction took place last week at the academy’s 44th annual symposium in Indianapolis.

Daniels is a partner in law firm Krieg DeVault, with extensive experience in criminal and civil investigations and corporate compliance. Her career previously included terms as a U.S. attorney of the Southern District of Indiana and an assistant attorney general with the U.S. Department of Justice, both presidential appointments. At the Department of Justice, she won multiple awards for her management abilities and her work on behalf of crime victims.

Daniels joined the UIndy Board of Trustees in 2007 and is active on its Campus Life Committee. She chaired UIndy’s most recent Presidential Search Committee, resulting in the selection of President Robert L. Manuel in 2012 after a national search. She later chaired the Inauguration Committee.

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Study: Metal theft costs county $8M a year

Though often easy to prevent, incidents are increasing, UIndy prof says

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Metal theft has increased dramatically in Marion County during the past few years, rising from an average of seven incidents per day in 2008 to approximately 11 per day in the 2011-2013 period, according to a new study from the University of Indianapolis.

Whiteacre

Whiteacre

Catalytic converter thefts have nearly doubled, appliances are increasingly popular targets, and the crimes seem to be concentrated in specific areas of the city, the study found. Although the exact cost is difficult to measure, the estimated total loss was more than $16 million over the two-year study period, averaging about $690,000 per month or more than $8 million per year.

However, property owners can prevent many of these crimes by taking simple precautions, says Kevin Whiteacre, associate professor of sociology and criminal justice and director of UIndy’s Community Research Center.

“People need to know that this is a serious situation, but they can reduce the odds and keep these things from happening,” Dr. Whiteacre says.

With help from student research assistants Harry Dickson (now a junior) and Jessica Leaman (now a graduate), Whiteacre compiled and analyzed local crime data in collaboration with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Multi-Jurisdictional Offender Strategy Team, which works to prosecute and prevent property crimes in Marion and surrounding counties.

Metal theft is defined as the theft of items, not for use in their current form, but to be sold as scrap. The incidence seems to have risen worldwide over the past decade along with increasing demand and higher prices for various metals.

Wiring, plumbing and air conditioners are often stolen for their copper content. Automotive catalytic converters contain valuable platinum, rhodium and palladium. Other common targets include aluminum siding, gutters, manhole covers and storm water grates.

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Alumni awards honor leaders, volunteers

Recipients include Eli Lilly & Co. executive, conductor Leppard

Business leaders, public servants and even an acclaimed symphony conductor were among the honorees Friday when the University of Indianapolis presented its 2014 Alumni Awards. The annual Alumni Honors & Recognition Banquet is one of the university’s Homecoming Week traditions.

This year’s awards and recipients are:

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD
Stephen F. Fry
Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Diversity, Eli Lilly & Co.

Fry

Fry

This award recognizes outstanding professional accomplishments or longtime service in a chosen occupation or profession. Fry earned his bachelor’s degree in information systems from UIndy in 1987 and joined Lilly Research laboratories as a systems analyst, rising through various managerial positions in the U.S. and abroad before assuming his current role in 2011. He also serves on the UIndy Board of Trustees and the governance board for Make-A-Wish in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

DISTINGUISHED FACULTY/STAFF ALUMNUS AWARD
Mark Weigand
Executive Vice President for Campus Affairs and Enrollment Services

Weigand

Weigand

This award recognizes current faculty or staff who are alumni and who have demonstrated consistent dedication and superior service at the university. Weigand has served on the UIndy staff for more than 30 years and has helped shape the enrollment growth that has transformed the campus. The 1978 graduate remains a strong advocate for first-generation scholarships.

EDUCATION FOR SERVICE AWARD
Dennis C. Thompson, community volunteer, Hunger Inc.
This award recognizes an alumnus or alumna whose life work has exemplified a fulfillment of the philosophy underlying the UIndy motto, “Education for Service.” Thompson graduated in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and retired from Eli Lilly & Co. after a long career as a research chemist. Since 1987, he has volunteered at Hunger Inc. food pantry on Indianapolis’ south side, serving nine years as president, organizing events, training other volunteers and contributing time and effort to nearly every aspect of the operation.

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Big win caps a Homecoming to remember

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Sophomore Andrew Walker rushes for a TD in the third quarter of Saturday night’s Homecoming game.

The weather was perfect, the Greyhounds ruled the gridiron and a good time was a had by all. Homecoming 2014 will be one to remember for the UIndy family.

After a busy week of events that included a Plain White T’s concert and a standing-ro0m-only presentation by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the campus awoke Saturday to blue skies and Indian Summer temps that reached the mid-70s. The conditions were ideal for the inaugural Hound Hustle 5K, the Homecoming Parade, zip line rides and a bigger, better Tailgate Town outside Key Stadium.

The football Greyhounds made easy work of visiting Lincoln University, winning 52-14 to advance their record to 7-1 and claim sole possession of first place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Junior quarterback Connor Barthel threw for 255 yards and four touchdowns. Senior Matt Ripp had his third consecutive 100-yard rushing game with a team-high 112 yards, scoring two TDs.

The halftime show included the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen, senior Psychology major Anthony Jackson and senior Global Leadership major Stephanie Kalili.

UIndy Athletics has a cool video recap of the day here, which includes aerial footage of the festivities.

Below are a few photos from the day.

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Tyson proves he is rock star of public science

Tyson - stageAuthor, TV host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke for nearly three hours Wednesday to a capacity crowd in UIndy’s Nicoson Hall arena.

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Internationally known astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hit the UIndy campus at 4 p.m. Wednesday for a small-group discussion with students, and he didn’t stop presenting until 10:15 p.m., as he stood in the Nicoson Hall parking lot with a laser pointer, delighting a handful of faculty and staff with an impromptu astronomy talk.

For the six-hour period in between, the Cosmos and Nova host was a tireless dynamo — part professor, part standup comedian — showing why he has become one of the world’s leading public ambassadors of science.

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Most notably, Tyson spent nearly three hours on stage in the Nicoson arena, which he entered to screams and a standing ovation from a packed-to-the-rafters crowd of more than 4,000. Another 400-plus fans viewed the standing-room-only show on closed-circuit video in Ransburg Auditorium.

Speaking — or rather, performing — well past the allotted time, the director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium roamed the stage and bantered with the audience while clicking through slides and breezing through a parade of topics, from the risk of asteroid collisions to his appearance in a Superman comic book.

He took special pleasure in debunking common pop-culture misconceptions about astronomy, noting that a so-called “super moon” is imperceptibly larger than a regular full moon and explaining, without apology and with apparent relish, why Pluto doesn’t deserve to be called a planet. Amid frequent humor, the talk included many substantive observations, as he noted America’s declining primacy in basic scientific research and expressed disappointment in the U.S. space program.

“NASA is driving around the block, boldly going where hundreds have gone before,” he quipped.

At one point, Tyson took a cell call and held his phone up to the microphone. It was his comrade Bill Nye the Science Guy, who offered his own words of inspiration: “You can change the world,” Nye said to the astonished crowd. “Go Greyhounds!”

Today’s Indianapolis Star carries an excellent recounting of the main presentation by reporter Shari Rudavski, who interviewed Tyson for a preview story in August and also conducted a contest that awarded coveted tickets to three local middle and high school students and their guests.

Tyson and Plaugher

Tyson and Plaugher

The whirlwind UIndy tour began with an informal hour-long chat before a select group of students. “I think of myself as a servant to the public’s appetite for the universe,” he said. Asked by sophomore Biology major and wrestler Trace Plaugher about his own student wresting career, Tyson called Plaugher up and demonstrated an original move called “the Double Tidal Lock,” which he compared to the gravitational interplay between two planets. He also addressed a VIP crowd at a reception preceding the main event.

Tyson’s visit was part of UIndy’s Blanche E. Penrod Lecture Series and was sponsored in part by Graystone Consulting, Monarch Beverage Co., Krieg Devault LLP and RJE Business Interiors.

Tyson - crowdMore than 4,000 spectators crowded into Nicoson Hall for Tyson’s appearance, many of whom began lining up outside at 4 p.m. for the 7 p.m. event. The free tickets were snapped up in minutes when released in September.

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Video: Homecoming Court sings for your votes

The voting is underway for this year’s Homecoming king and queen at UIndy, and the court features a strong list of contenders with a track record of academic success, campus involvement and community service — not to mention a sense of humor.

In what has become a Greyhound tradition, the candidates collaborated on an utterly charming music video to introduce themselves. “All About Them Votes” is set to pop diva Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” with scenes of the crew frolicking about campus.

So without further ado, roll the clip and meet junior Psychology major Lindsey Bryant, junior International Relations major Siglinde Ferguson, senior Global Leadership major Stephanie Kalili, senior Communication major Colin Bowles, senior Psychology major Anthony Jackson, and senior Exercise Science major Daniel Lee. The voting is taking place here, and the winners will be crowned at halftime of Saturday night’s football game in Key Stadium.

Learn more about the members of this year’s Homecoming Court on the UIndy Facebook page.

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Students, staff collaborate on new My UIndy

If you like the new look, structure and functionality of My UIndy – the university’s intranet for students, faculty and staff – you can thank a months-long collaboration between the Information Systems staff and students in the Department of Art & Design.

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After

Brianna Gannon, Kathleen Graves and Aaron Yoder were juniors last spring when the My UIndy overhaul became a project for One14 Design Studio, the art department’s student-run creative agency.

Before

Before

While the IS staffers handled the heavy lifting of data transfer and system integration, the students redesigned the My UIndy logo, revamped the home page and scoured the site for redundancies and opportunities to improve usability.

Gannon

Gannon

“We went through each page, clicked on every single link,” says Gannon, a Visual Communication Design major from LaPorte. “It’s been really awesome working with back-end developers in the process. We learned a lot, and it was fun.”

Web Services staffer Kathy Ellis, who spearheaded the conversion as portal and content management system administrator, said the input was invaluable. The students advocated for a seamless integration of ACE and other services with a single sign-in, and they brought a fresh perspective on which information was most important to users.

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Music students share talent at Eskenazi Health

Once again this year, students from the UIndy Department of Music and its Pre-College Music Program are using their talents to entertain and soothe patients, staff and visitors at Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital.

Watson

Watson

UIndy’s Community Music Service Fellowship, coordinated by associate adjunct professor Minju Choi, enables participants to perform afternoon concerts in the hospital’s Eli Lilly & Co. Foundation Concourse, which features a grand piano. The fellowship is available to all creative UIndy and advanced pre-college-level students in good academic standing. The program launched last year and resumed Monday with a performance by senior Music Teaching major Daniel Watson on piano.

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Dr. Choi

Open to the public, upcoming CMSF concerts scheduled so far include:

  • 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 – Ryan McKibben (pre-college student), piano
  • Noon Thursday, Oct. 30 – Abby Egenolf, piano, and Sarah Page, violin
  • 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 – Jessica Spiars, piano, and Natalie Covert, piano
  • 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24 – Allison Vickery, piano
  • Noon Monday, Dec. 1 – Carrie Atkinson, piano
  • Noon Tuesday, Dec. 16 – Brandon Vos, piano

Read more about the program here.

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Pep rally kicks off Homecoming Week fun

Homecoming pep rally 2014The UIndy Pep Band performs at today’s lunchtime pep rally, setting the mood for a week of activities leading up to Saturday’s Homecoming 2014 celebration.

FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Homecoming Week is in full swing on the UIndy campus, starting today with a pep rally and continuing with events each day, many of them open to the public.

The long list of activities includes a carnival from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in UIndy Hall, followed by stargazing on Smith Mall at 7 p.m.; Wednesday night’s sold-out appearance by celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson; Thursday night’s concert by the Plain White T’s; and the annual Alumni Honors and Recognition Banquet on Friday. The Class of 1964 is having its 50-year reunion this year.

Saturday is Game Day, as the Greyhounds face the Lincoln University Blue Tigers at 6 p.m. in Key Stadium. Halftime festivities will include the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen and a musical performance by singer-songwriter and UIndy graduate Addie Kosten, last year’s queen.

The Game Day action actually begins at 9 a.m. Saturday with the inaugural Hound Hustle 5K run/walk, taking participants on a tour of the campus and University Heights neighborhood. From 3 to 6 p.m., visitors can enjoy Tailgate Town outside the stadium at Hanna and State avenues, with music, games, inflatable attractions, food for purchase and more. Academic departments will host free activities including an interactive mock crime scene where visitors can learn about forensic science and a caricature booth with UIndy alumnus Gary Barker, acclaimed comic artist and longtime assistant cartoonist for Jim Davis’ “Garfield” strip. A 200-foot portable zip line along the north side of Hanna Avenue also will be available for free rides from 3 to 6 p.m.

The Homecoming Parade will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday and proceed down Hanna Avenue, with classic cars, a clown band and golf-cart floats decorated by students to represent their campus organizations and residence halls.

For safety reasons, Saturday’s activities will require lane closures on Hanna Avenue between Shelby Street and State Avenue. The westbound lanes will be closed from 2 to 6 p.m., and all lanes will be closed from 9 to 9:40 a.m. and from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Police and volunteers will guide traffic to detour routes along Standish Avenue to the north and Lawrence Avenue to the south.

More information on these and other events is available at www.uindy.edu/homecoming.

Beam signingStudents take time out to sign a construction beam for the UIndy Health Pavilion, which is now taking shape at Hanna and State avenues. The beam will be in the Schwitzer Student Center atrium all week to be signed by students, faculty, staff, alumni and community leaders. A “topping out” ceremony, when this final structural beam is hoisted into place, will take place Nov. 4.

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