UIndy faculty concert among Star’s best of 2010

The University of Indianapolis earned a few nods this week when the Indianapolis Star’s critics named their favorite arts events of 2010.

A March installment of UIndy’s Faculty Artist Concert Series led Star writer Jay Harvey’s list of the area’s Top 5 classical performances of the year. The concert featured pianist and Professor Richard Ratliff (pictured at right) who also is the coordinator of the popular annual series, in a bicentennial tribute to Frederic Chopin. The evening also included work by UIndy faculty composer John Berners.

Elsewhere on Harvey’s list were a November appearance by the Tokyo String Quartet in the acclaimed Ruth Lilly Performance Hall of UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, as well as September’s International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, which also conducted some of its events in the Lilly Performance Hall (below).

For more details, see the Star’s list here.

Stage is set for athletics center dome inflation

The domed area of UIndy’s new Athletics & Recreation Center will be similar in size and purpose to this facility at Pennsylvania’s Edinboro University, constructed by the same firm, Arizon Companies of St. Louis, Mo.

Campus activity is winding down as the University of Indianapolis community heads into the holiday break, but continuing construction work means faculty and students should see significant changes when classes resume Jan. 17.

The most prominent feature of the university’s new Athletics & Recreation Center, a large air-supported dome, is scheduled for inflation the first or second week of January. Covering more than 90,000 square feet, the dome’s interior features will include an NCAA-compliant six-lane track surrounding multipurpose space large enough for three basketball courts and more.

To non-UIndy folks, of course, the ARC is best known for the temporary role it will play one year from now: Official NFC practice site for Super Bowl 2012. For approximately two months beginning in December 2011, as the world’s eyes turn to Indianapolis, artificial turf will be installed to create a full-size football field.

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Alumni Association names new board member

A system administrator for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development has been appointed to the University of Indianapolis Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Fenrick James graduated from UIndy in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in information systems. A native of the Bahamas, he now lives on Indianapolis’ south side.

James’ initial term on the board runs through 2012. The UIndy Alumni Association serves more than 26,000 university graduates worldwide.

UIndy student-athlete earns national honors

University of Indianapolis senior Craig Ray is racking up honors in the wake of the 2010 football season.

Ray, a Plainfield High School graduate who switched from running back to safety after his freshman year, was among just 25 players named Wednesday to the American Football Coaches Association’s NCAA Division II All-America team. He also was named to the Daktronics All-America second team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

On Thursday, Ray was named to the Associate Press Little All-America team, which recognizes top players in NCAA Division II and III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

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UIndy names dean for College of Health Sciences

The University of Indianapolis has selected an experienced clinician, educator and administrator as dean of its widely respected College of Health Sciences.

Stephanie Kelly, Ph.D., joined the UIndy faculty in 1996 and recently has served as acting dean of the college, which includes the School of Occupational Therapy and the Krannert School of Physical Therapy. UIndy produces more physical and occupational therapists than any other institution in Indiana, with respected master’s and doctoral degree programs that attract students from around the world.

After a national search to fill the position, Kelly was the overwhelming choice of the university’s search committee, said Deborah Balogh, UIndy’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

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Lugar calls for cooperation, meets Miss America

A bipartisan effort to revive the U.S. economy would go a long way toward strengthening America’s standing in the world, Sen. Richard Lugar told a crowd of 400 high school juniors Saturday at UIndy’s annual Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders.

“Who’s in charge?” was a recurring theme of the senator’s keynote speech, which explored the uncertain power balance of the post-Cold War world. Praising the tax cut compromise now before Congress, Lugar said partisan gridlock in Washington discourages America’s supporters and encourages its rivals at a crucial time in human history.

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MLK Day event to feature civil rights pioneer

Minnijean Brown Trickey, who helped to desegregate America’s public schools as a member of the famous “Little Rock Nine,” is the featured speaker for the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the University of Indianapolis.

Return to Little Rock: A Seminal Moment in American Education and Civil Rights is the title of Trickey’s address, which will highlight the annual UIndy program, scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in the university’s Ransburg Auditorium, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Admission is free and open to the public.

The university adjusts its class schedule each year to allow students and faculty to attend the MLK Jr. Day program, which also includes other speakers, a video presentation and music from the UIndy Jazz Combo and Voices of Worship gospel choir. Later that afternoon, the campus community is invited to meet and talk with Trickey during a reception from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Schwitzer Student Center’s UIndy Hall B and C.

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Deadline Jan. 12 for $30,000 teaching fellowships

Are you pursuing a degree in a math or science field? Are you looking to change lives? Would you like to teach math or science in a high-need Indiana school district?

If you answered yes to these questions, the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program may be for you.

This program offers:

  • A $30,000 stipend for a year of intensive study and field work
  • A master’s degree from an excellent teacher education program at UIndy, IUPUI, Purdue or Ball State
  • Licensure in mathematics, life sciences, chemistry and other STEM areas
  • Mentoring during your first three years of teaching

The application deadline for next year’s incoming cohort is Jan. 12.

Learn more about UIndy’s Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program at http://education.uindy.edu/teachingfellowship

Sign up for Fellowship news here.

Event features Sen. Lugar, UIndy’s Miss America

Two of the UIndy community’s most famous figures will be on campus Saturday for the 34th annual Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders.

One of them, of course, is Indiana’s senior senator, who will address the 400-plus high school juniors in attendance with his usual wide-ranging, up-to-the-minute take on local, national and international issues. Sen. Lugar is a former instructor and trustee of the University of Indianapolis.

The other is Katie Stam, who was a senior communication major at UIndy when she landed the coveted crown of Miss America 2009. Stam will assist in presenting Sen. Lugar’s Congressional Awards to select Indiana youth, and she also will speak about service and leadership to the assembled teens immediately after the symposium’s opening program.

After the morning program, the visiting students enjoy lunch and photos with the senator before an afternoon of small-group sessions with expert-led discussions on key issues facing the world today.

More information on the symposium and UIndy’s Richard G. Lugar Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders is here.

Off to the Big Apple, with images of Indy

UIndy students Kevin Moran de la O (left), Brittany Teipen, Kyle Ginder and Whitly Charles are representing the university’s Honors College and the city of Indianapolis this weekend at the opening of a national student photography exhibition in New York City.

Four students from UIndy’s Honors College are off to Manhattan today to represent Indianapolis in a unique, nation-spanning photography project.

Macaulay Honors College, part of the City University of New York, is hosting this weekend’s Snapshot 2010, which also includes entries from the University of Nevada, Reno, and Finger Lakes Community College in upstate New York.

For the annual project, Macaulay asks each of its freshmen to submit a photo of his or her neighborhood – taken on an arbitrary date, Oct. 11 – to create a sort of collage-portrait of the city. Other honors colleges are invited to join in, and the results are assembled by the students into a gallery exhibition with a celebratory opening reception.

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