History site features UIndy anthropology prof

Reinhardt, Greg - webDr. Gregory Reinhardt, professor and chair of UIndy’s Department of Anthropology, is the subject of an interview at Heritage Key, a website devoted to archeological sites and museums of the ancient world.

The article explores Reinhardt’s research in Alaska and other Arctic areas, where since 1979 he has excavated and studied the remnants of the prehistoric Koniag and Alutiiq cultures. He and a co-author detailed the findings in a book, Eskimo Architecture, that was named among the “Best of the Best from the University Presses” in 2004.

Speaking with writer Malcolm Jack, Dr. Reinhardt describes his groundbreaking work in the 1980s near Barrow, Alaska, where an entire prehistoric family was buried in a collapsed home, offering a unique look into a centuries-old way of life. He also discusses the physical, logistical and financial challenges of performing archeological work north of the Arctic Circle.

Heritage Key story

Anthropology and Archeology at UIndy

Alumnus tapped for journalism Hall of Fame

West, RandyUIndy graduate Randy West of Corydon is among six people selected for induction in April into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame.

West was editor and chief photographer of the Corydon Democrat for 35 years, leading the newspaper to a whopping 14 Blue Ribbon Awards from the Hoosier State Press Association as the state’s best nondaily newspaper. The paper is owned by the family of former Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon, one of the people who hired West in 1970.

West graduated from UIndy (then Indiana Central University) in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He was teaching journalism at Corydon Central High School when he decided to enter the profession.

Past inductees of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame include such luminaries as Ernie Pyle and Jane Pauley. Along with West, the 2010 induction class will include Tom Cochrun, longtime reporter and anchor for WISH-TV and WTHR-TV in Indianapolis.

Corydon Democrat story

UIndy grad promoted by Indianapolis Indians

Fisher, KyleA recent University of Indianapolis graduate’s sport management degree has led him to a front-office job with the Indianapolis Indians.

Kyle Fisher has been promoted to ticket sales executive with the Tribe, the Triple A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Founded in 1902 — the same year as UIndy — the Indians are the second-oldest minor league team in the nation.

Fisher, 25, joined the operation last January as a ticket sales assistant. Originally from Olney, Ill., he earned his UIndy bachelor’s degree in 2008.

Indianapolis Indians news release

Women’s basketball team remains undefeated

Dewey, KatieThe University of Indianapolis women’s basketball squad, ranked No. 4 nationally in the latest USA Today/ESPN Division II poll, raised its record to 9-0 last week with a win over previously undefeated Lynn University of Florida.

The start is one of the program’s best ever, second only to the 11-0 mark set in 2007-08 during head coach LeAnn Freeland’s inaugural year at UIndy. Hopes were already high this season for a team that lost just one player to graduation after last year’s Sweet 16 appearance. In a preseason poll, Great Lakes Valley Conference coaches picked the team to win the conference’s East Division.

But that might not be enough for the Greyhounds, says senior point guard Katie Dewey (pictured), who was named GLVC Player of the Week today.

“Our team is very determined,” Dewey told the Indianapolis Star for a recent story. “We got just a small taste of success and now we’re hungry for more.”

Indianapolis Star story

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Students raise over $7,000 for cancer programs

University of Indianapolis students were honored for their fund-raising prowess at the recent Susan G. Komen Circle of Hope sponsor/volunteer recognitition event.

Several student organizations collaborated this fall during UIndy’s “Pink Week” to collect more than $7,000 in contributions for the Indianapolis affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which aims to eliminate breast cancer through research, education, screening and treatment.

UIndy student activities coordinator Jessica Nickoson accepted the plaque on behalf of the university at the Dec. 8 event.

City begins work on Hanna Avenue renovation

Hanna constructionYears in the planning, the renovation of Hanna Avenue as it passes through the UIndy campus is well under way.

The city project includes widening the roadway between U.S. 31/East Street and Carson Avenue and installing a landscaped median. The university itself is investing about $2 million in conjunction with the road work, primarily for landscaping and rerouting of power lines between Shelby Street and State Avenue. (see map)

Physical Plant Director Ken Piepenbrink says the main contractor is aware of major campus events and is trying to minimize disruptions for the university and surrounding neighborhood during the extensive project, scheduled for completion in the spring of 2011. The city’s intent is that most of the work immediately adjacent to campus will be performed in the summer months, and crosswalks and entrances will remain open as much as possible.

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Butera named D-II National Coach of the Year

Jody ButeraAfter a 38-2 season that included a trip to the Elite Eight, UIndy volleyball head coach Jody Butera has been named 2009 Division II National Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The team set several program records this fall, including most wins in a season and highest winning percentage, .950. The Greyhounds won their first Midwest Regional championship and ended the season ranked sixth in the final national coaches poll.

The award will be formally presented to Butera on Thursday during the AVCA Annual Convention.

Read more about Coach Butera and her team

Senator Lugar challenges teens to be leaders (see video clips)

Senator LugarBefore an audience of parents, teachers and more than 500 Indiana high school students today, U.S. Sen. Richard G. Lugar offered his perspective on current events — from unemployment and health care reform to war and diplomacy — and he challenged the teens to take active roles in their communities and the world at large.

The event was the 33rd annual Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders at the University of Indianapolis, which brings together top high school juniors from around the state for a day of expert presentations and discussion on pressing national and global issues.

Video 1: Before his keynote speech, Indiana’s senior senator spoke with Indianapolis Star reporter Josh Duke about why the symposium was important enough for him to miss a Senate vote this morning — only his second absence this year out of more than 370 votes taken.

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Music grad on the rise in Cincinnati jazz scene

Wade BakerA recent UIndy graduate is making a name for himself on the Cincinnati music scene.

Wade Baker’s work as a jazz trumpeter earned him a Cincinnati Entertainment Awards nomination this year and a feature story in this week’s CityBeat newspaper. In the story, he recalls how he was mentored by the professional musicians who teach in UIndy’s Jazz Studies program.

“When I started showing interest, my teachers were hands-on,” says Baker, who graduated cum laude in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in music and a concentration in jazz. “They’d take me to their gigs and I’d get to watch the best players in town.”

Now, the story notes, the Jasper native leads a rotating cast of Cincy-area jazz luminaries in the Wade Baker Jazz Collaboration. He also plays regularly with the Blue Birds Big Band, has toured with hip hop/jam band Eclipse and even plays bass for blues artist Jon Justice, among other gigs.

Full CityBeat story

Wade Baker’s website

Dean appointed for School of Business

Yadav, SheelaThe new business dean at the University of Indianapolis plans to build on a history of networking with the business community – locally and internationally – to create opportunities for students.
Sheela N. Yadav was named to lead UIndy’s School of Business, effective Dec. 1.
A specialist in supply chain and engineering management, she joined UIndy in 2005 as an associate professor and later was appointed director of undergraduate business programs. She has served as interim dean since July 2008.
Yadav has been a key player in aligning university programs with career opportunities and workforce demands in supply chain management and other fields that show particular promise for the Midwest. She expects to build upon the business school’s track record of collaborating with the regional business community to establish internships and other hands-on experiences for students.
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