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Student-Directed Productions open Friday


From left, Paige Brown and Stephen Cox in “Imagine”

UIndy students will put their full range of theatrical skills on display when the Department of Theatre presents its annual Student-Directed Productions, opening Friday in Esch Hall’s intimate Studio Theatre.

The SDPs are selected, cast, directed and sometimes even written by students, who also supervise lighting, design and construction, putting their classroom theory to use on the stage before live audiences.

The year’s productions are:

Imagine: The Musical (world premiere)
By seniors Ellie Delap and Andy Wegg
Directed by Ellie Delap

Not Yet

Clockwise from front, MacKinsey Taylor, Sierra Adams, Zech Saenz and Wes Harl in “Not Yet”

Not Yet
Written and directed by alumnus and adjunct instructor Chelsea Anderson
This workshop production, presented in conjunction with Nova Theatre, explores themes of sexual violence and is open to adult viewers only.

From left, Lizz Krull, Josh Kruze and Paige Brown in The Actor's Nightmare

From left, Lizz Krull, Josh Kruze and Paige Brown in “The Actor’s Nightmare”

The Actor’s Nightmare
By Christopher Durang
Directed by senior Morgan Jackson
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services Inc.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Dec. 4-6 and 10-12, with a free preview at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. Admission is $12 for the general public; $10 for alumni, senior citizens, groups of eight or more and non-UIndy students with ID; and free for UIndy students, faculty and staff with ID. L/P credit is available. General admission is only $6 for the Half-Price Second Thursday performances on Dec. 10.

Tickets may be reserved through the Event Ticketing Center at Ransburg Auditorium, online at or by phone at (317) 788-3251.

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#GivingTuesday: Support UIndy, help needy

If you make it through Black Friday and Cyber Monday, don’t forget to express your gratitude and share a little warmth on #GivingTuesday.

Marking its fourth annual observance Dec. 1, #GivingTuesday is a global campaign fueled by social media that promotes personal philanthropy and end-of-year charitable giving.

Gifts to the University of Indianapolis support a range of programs and investments that benefit students, faculty and the broader community, including scholarships, research opportunities, interdisciplinary collaborations, athletics programs, facility upgrades and service projects.

This Tuesday, gifts made to UIndy will go even further than usual. For every $20 given, the donor will receive a pair of touchscreen-compatible UIndy gloves, as seen above, and the university will donate a pair of warm gloves to Wheeler Mission Ministries, a nonprofit organization that serves the homeless and needy of central Indiana. Also, as UIndy continues its $50 million Campaign for the University of Indianapolis, campaign chair Yvonne Shaheen has pledged to match every gift dollar for dollar up to $1 million during this fiscal year.

To learn more about areas to support, ways to give (including online), tax benefits and other aspects of giving to UIndy, click here.

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Summer 2016 courses available for viewing

summerApplications are being accepted now for summer classes at the University of Indianapolis, where more than 200 undergraduate courses will be available in a compressed, affordable format that helps students advance academically while still enjoying a break from their regular schedules.

Whether enrolled full-time at UIndy or other institutions, students take summer courses to get ahead in their studies, graduate on schedule and open up time to take special electives during their fall and winter semesters — not to mention meet new people and reconnect with friends from high school.

UIndy’s summer catalog includes courses in the arts, business, education, health sciences, humanities and physical and social sciences, with many online options available. Students can expect personal attention in small classes, and the campus is just minutes away from Indianapolis’ vibrant downtown.

Summer programs at UIndy also include a range of youth camps in sports, the arts and enrichment subjects, as well as a menu of facilities and services available for conferences and special events.

More information is available at, where students can check back for new courses and camps as they become available.

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Street changes will add parking, ease traffic

Windermere map finalStarting next week, Windermire Street on the south side of campus will shift to one-way travel, and a new “reverse angle” parking layout will add more than 40 spaces. (Click map to enlarge.)

Video shows proper approach, benefits of reverse angle parking

In a move to add parking spaces, ease traffic flow, and create a safer campus, some changes will be taking place to Windermire Street when students, faculty and staff return from Thanksgiving break.

Windermire parallels Hanna Avenue, one block to the south, and provides access to Stierwalt Alumni House, the Professional Edge Center, Good Hall, the Health Pavilion, and Cravens, Roberts, and Warren residence halls, as well as several parking lots.

Effective Monday, Nov. 30, Windermire will become a one-way street from State to Otterbein avenues, with traffic running east to west. On Monday and Tuesday, there will be no parking as a crew converts the 30 current parallel-parking spaces along the north side of the street to 72 non-permit spaces in a “reverse angle” format, which is increasingly popular in many U.S. cities. The street will remain open to traffic at all times, said Pam Fox, executive director of Physical Plant.

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Lugar award goes to Franklin Central senior

Former senator to recognize teen’s leadership at Dec. 5 symposium



Franklin Central High School student Jasmine Kalia has been selected to receive this year’s Richard G. Lugar Distinguished Student Leadership Award, presented annually to an Indiana high school senior by the Lugar Academy at the University of Indianapolis.

A varsity tennis player on track to be valedictorian of the Class of 2016, Kalia will meet the former senator and Nobel Prize nominee Dec. 5 at UIndy’s 39th annual Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders. The event enables top high school juniors from around the state to hear a keynote address from Lugar on world events and to join in expert-led group discussions on pressing public issues.

Kalia, daughter of Vipin and Sangeeta Kalia, was among hundreds of Indiana students who attended last year’s symposium and were invited to apply for the leadership award, which includes a $1,000 cash prize. The recipient must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and demonstrate leadership skill and a commitment to serving others.

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University supporter honored for philanthropy

Yvonne ShaheenYvonne Shaheen is retired as CEO of Long Electric Co. and has served as a leader and volunteer with many local nonprofit organizations.

Longtime University of Indianapolis trustee and supporter Yvonne Shaheen has been recognized for her generosity and civic leadership with a statewide Lifetime Achievement Award, presented Wednesday by the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Indiana Chapter at its annual Indiana Philanthropy Awards dinner.

Among her many contributions to the community and the university, Shaheen is the chair of the ongoing Campaign for the University of Indianapolis, and she made a $5 million gift earlier this year to support the Riad and Yvonne Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences. The university nominated her for the AFP award.

The event program described her as follows:

Yvonne Shaheen has been a member of the University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees for nearly a quarter century and is widely sought for her knowledge and wisdom in philanthropy. In addition to her impact at the University of Indianapolis, Yvonne has worked with and helped raise contributions for nonprofits all around Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Teachers’ Treasures, Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Women’s Fund, WFYI Public Media, Immigration Center, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee and Indiana Sports Corp are grateful for her guidance. For decades, she has been considered an angel for organizations in Indianapolis, motivating volunteers, mentoring others, and providing leadership gifts and guidance. She exemplifies a lifetime of achievement and impact on the Indianapolis community.

Click here to read more about Shaheen’s life and her involvement with the university.

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UIndy to present jazz take on ‘Nutcracker Suite’

UIndy Jazz Studies students and faculty will be joined by local professionals Dec. 7 to perform the Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn adaptation of “The Nutcracker Suite.”

LISTEN: UIndy’s Freddie Mendoza on WFYI’s “The Art of the Matter” (starts 15:30)

Dec. 7 concert features Ellington-Strayhorn adaptation of holiday classic

The University of Indianapolis will inject a dose of swing into the city’s holiday arts offerings Dec. 7 when it presents Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite as reimagined for jazz orchestra by legendary bandleader Duke Ellington and his longtime collaborator Billy Strayhorn.

Larry Strayhorn, nephew of the great composer and arranger, will emcee this evening of music, featuring a 20-piece big band of UIndy students, faculty, alumni and local jazz professionals conducted by Freddie Mendoza, the university’s Director of Jazz Studies. The concert, set for 7:30 p.m. in Ransburg Auditorium, also will celebrate the 100th anniversary year of Billy Strayhorn’s birth. Tickets and more information are available at (317) 788-3251 or Admission is free for ages 18 and younger and UIndy students, and L/P credit is available.

The Ellington-Strayhorn Nutcracker was a hit recording upon its release in 1960, but until recently it was seldom performed live because the written score had not been officially published and was available only in underground transcriptions, Mendoza said.

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University mourns loss of alumnus and trustee

Ron and Laura StrainRon and Laura Strain met as students at the University of Indianapolis, then known as Indiana Central University, and later became trustees and key supporters of the institution. Ron died Monday after an illness.

The University of Indianapolis community lost one of its pillars Monday with the death of Alumnus and University Trustee Ronald “Ron” Strain after an illness.

Ron and his wife, Laura, who met as students, joined the University Board of Trustees in 2013. Earlier this year, the university dedicated the Ron and Laura Strain Honors College in their honor following their $1 million gift to support and enhance opportunities for top students to pursue independent study, leadership and service opportunities, and faculty-guided research.

Growing up in Indianapolis and lettering in tennis at the then-known Indiana Central University, Ron graduated in 1957 with a degree in business administration. The Strains settled in Naples, Fla., following their retirements: Ron as Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of Miller Brewing Co., and Laura as Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for U.S. Bank.

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Saturday event offers info on Engineering

Martin Hall will be the new home for UIndy's Engineering programs.

Martin Hall will be the new home for UIndy’s expanding programs in Engineering.

VIDEO: Engineering at UIndy

Prospective students and their families can learn more about UIndy’s expanding roster of Engineering programs during Saturday’s Engineering Information Day.

Classes will begin in Fall 2016 for the new four-year bachelor’s degree programs in Software Engineering and Industrial & Systems Engineering, designed to meet growing industry demand. UIndy will continue to offer a five-year engineering dual-degree program for students also majoring in chemistry, computer science, mathematics or physics.

Engineering Information Day begins with check-in at 9:30 a.m. in the UIndy Health Pavilion and continues with overviews of the academic programs, an interactive panel discussion featuring professional engineers, opportunities to talk with faculty, and overviews on financial aid and the career services offered by the Professional Edge Center. The day concludes with lunch at noon and optional campus tours from 1 to 2 p.m. Lunch and all activities are free.

For registration and more information, click here or call (866) 421-7173 or (317) 788-3216.

For more information on Engineering at UIndy, click here.

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CAC contributes to WFYI aging documentary

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UIndy’s Center for Aging & Community played a key role in the development of a new WFYI television documentary on issues facing older adults.





“Baby Boom to Aging Boom: Indiana at the Crossroads” premieres at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on WFYI 1. The 30-minute program includes segments on transportation, nutrition and hunger, financial security and quality of life.

CAC Executive Director Ellen Miller and Associate Professor Sharon Baggett are interviewed in the program, and the CAC staff prepared a discussion guide to accompany showings of the documentary.

Dr. Miller also was part of an expert panel that discussed the program and the related issues Thursday on WFYI-FM’s No Limits public-affairs talk show. Listen to that discussion here.

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