Midnight Breakfast eases strain of finals week

Fall semester final exams are upon us here at UIndy, but amid the stress of marathon late-night study sessions, a longstanding tradition reminds students that they’ve chosen an institution that cares.

The Campus Program Board’s popular Midnight Breakfast opens its buffet line at 11:59 p.m. tonight for an anticipated crowd of more than 400 hungry and perhaps sleep-deprived students. Faculty and staff volunteers help to prepare and serve from a spread of scrambled eggs, hash browns, waffles and other goodies in the Schwitzer Student Center’s main dining room. The line usually starts forming before 11 p.m., so get there early.

Not to be outdone, the Student Alumni Association offers its own respite for scholars in the throes of finals week. Dessert Diversion is Tuesday, with sweet treats and sympathy from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Stierwalt Alumni House.

Carroll County teen selected to receive Lugar student leadership award

Miller, Andrew - Lugar AwardCarroll Junior-Senior High School student Andrew Miller is the recipient of the 2009 Richard G. Lugar Distinguished Student Leadership Award, presented annually to an Indiana high school senior by the Lugar Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders at the University of Indianapolis.
Senator Lugar is scheduled to present the award Saturday, Dec. 12, during his annual Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders at UIndy. Last year, Miller was among the approximately 500 top high school juniors statewide who were selected to attend the symposium and invited to apply for the award, which comes with a $500 cash prize.
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Public television documentary on aging in Indiana now available on DVD

WhenDidIGetOld_275A new public television documentary about aging in Indiana is designed to spark discussion on the opportunities and challenges facing older adults and the communities where they live.
“When Did I Get Old? Reflections on Aging Today” combines expert panel discussions with profiles of active seniors throughout the state. Produced by WFYI Productions in partnership with the University of India­napolis Center for Aging & Community and the Indiana University Center on Aging and Community, it is airing on public television stations and also is available on DVD.
The one-hour program examines perceptions about aging, the human need to have a sense of purpose, the impact of place on quality of life and the need for individuals and communities to prepare for the changes taking place in our aging society. 
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Volleyball captain earns NCAA academic award

Kyleigh TurnerKyleigh Turner, co-captain of UIndy’s regional champion volleyball team, is a recipient of the inaugural Elite 88 Academic Award for NCAA Division II volleyball.

The new award goes to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at each of the NCAA’s national championships. It was presented to Turner at Wednesday’s Elite Eight volleyball banquet in St. Paul, Minn., where the Greyhounds are vying for a national title.

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Volleyball team heads to championship tourney

volleyball regional champsThe UIndy volleyball team makes its first-ever Elite Eight appearance this week, joining its rivals in Minnesota for the NCAA Division II Volleyball Championship Tournament.

At 8:30 p.m. Thursday, the ninth-ranked Greyhounds face host and defending national champion Concordia University of St. Paul.

Concordia’s Golden Bears have set a D-II record with 71 straight wins, but UIndy Coach Jody Butera’s 38-1 squad has momentum of its own, coming off the program’s first Midwest Regional crown.

Three players have been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American squad: junior Cheneta Morrison of Fort Wayne, senior Kyleigh Turner of Muncie and junior Lyndsay Callahan of Chicago. Co-captain Turner, who studies business education and holds a 3.93 cumulative GPA, was named to the Academic All-District V Second Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Live stats and a video webcast will be available at the official tournament website.

See more about the team at Greyhound Athletics.

Tiger’s troubles won’t wreck his commercial value, sports marketing professor says

Update: Dr. Laurence DeGaris was interviewed by the UK’s Guardian newspaper and by WIBC radio in Indianapolis. Tiger Woods has issued a public apology for unspecified personal behavior.

DeGaris, LarryAlthough an embarrassing personal incident has Tiger Woods in an unflattering media spotlight this week, the flap is unlikely to cause lasting damage to his status as the world’s top golfer and king of endorsement deals, says a sports marketing expert at the University of Indianapolis.
“There’s a story here, but it’s for the Page 6 gossip column, not the sports pages,” says Larry DeGaris, Ph.D., associate professor and director of UIndy’s sports marketing program.
Whether Friday’s mysterious incident was a simple vehicle crash or a domestic dispute that turned violent, the story doesn’t strike at the heart of Woods’ fame and fortune, DeGaris says, even if rumors of an extramarital affair prove true.
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Afghanistan strategy requires more than troops, international relations professor says

Thakar, MilindUpdate: Dr. Milind Thakar was interviewed in the WISH-TV studios Tuesday and also talked with Fox59 television and WIBC/Network Indiana radio.

President Obama’s decision to send more troops to Afghanistan will displease many of his supporters, but it is the only responsible course for the United States to take right now, says an international relations expert at the University of Indianapolis.
A sudden U.S. pullout would leave a dangerous vacuum similar to that of 1988, when a Soviet troop withdrawal and a loss of American aid resulted in civil war that brought the militant fundamentalist Taliban to power, says UIndy Associate Professor Milind Thakar, an expert on South Asian issues. (Although Obama will not reveal his decision publicly until tonight’s speech at West Point, early reports indicate at least 30,000 additional troops will be deployed.)
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UIndy taps Bartolomeo to lead football program

Bartolomeo, BobThe University of Indianapolis has promoted Bob Bartolomeo to its head football coaching position. After six seasons as the Greyhounds’ defensive coordinator, he will assume his new role immediately.

With 35 years of experience, primarily in central Indiana, Bartolomeo has coached at nearly every level, from high school to Division II to Division I bowl games. He replaces Joe Polizzi, who stepped down earlier this month after 16 seasons with the Greyhounds.

“We believe that our own Bob Bartolomeo is the right person to lead our football program forward,” UIndy Director of Athletics Dr. Sue Willey said. “He has taken our defense to the top of a highly competitive league and is strongly supported throughout the city and state. If you look at history, ‘Coach Bart’ was the defensive coordinator for six years before he became the head coach at Butler. Butler went on to win the conference in just his second year as head coach. It worked well for Butler, and we believe it will be great for UIndy as well.”

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CELL receives $7.5 million for education reform

With Lilly Endowment support , new ventures will target middle
school improvement, principal preparation, business input

CELL logoUniversity of Indianapolis education experts will greatly expand their efforts to bring fresh ideas and vital support to Indiana schools as a result of a new $7.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

UIndy’s Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning, a catalyst in reshaping education throughout the state, plans several new ventures including an initiative aimed at middle schools and, in collaboration with the university’s School of Education, programs that prepare principals to turn around struggling schools. Another element will link schools and businesses in developing strategic plans aimed at economic development.

“Since CELL was established eight years ago, it and UIndy have encouraged stakeholders at all levels – students and parents, teachers and principals, community leaders and superintendents – to bring their best thinking to bear on the many issues facing education in Indiana,” said Sara B. Cobb, vice president for education at the Endowment. “In the process, CELL has demonstrated strong leadership, introduced new strategies and become an indispensable resource in efforts to improve education throughout this state.”

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