On the air: IR prof discusses North Korea

The death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il has prompted speculation around the world, as well as a call seeking perspective from Dr. Douglas Woodwell, associate professor of International Relations at UIndy.

Speaking Monday on WIBC-FM, Woodwell said a leadership change in the isolated nuclear nation could be a positive development, but many unknowns remain.

“Certainly it’s an opportunity to move away from the status quo, but of course, there are a lot of fears associated with it as well,” said Woodwell, who writes about global and domestic issues on his blog, woodwellontheworld.net.

Read or hear a brief clip of the radio discussion here.

UIndy offers bachelor’s and master’s degree in International Relations. Learn more here.

PT prof considers students’ learning styles

Dr. Stacie Fruth, associate professor in the Krannert School of Physical Therapy, is a key source for a recent story in Today in PT magazine.

The story addresses the various learning styles that PT students and even instructors bring to the classroom. Fruth, the 2009 UIndy Teacher of the Year, conducts assessments of the first-year doctoral students to see how they process new information, and she also talks with them about the styles of teaching they will encounter in the program.

“It helps them understand themselves [and] their classmates,” Fruth told the magazine. “And it helps them understand faculty better.”

Read the full story here.

In the news: Greyhounds on the hardwood


Saturday’s Indianapolis Star carried a profile of UIndy senior point guard and communication major Adrian Moss, who has emerged as a leader this year on the Greyhound men’s basketball team.

Heading into last weekend, the Franklin Community High School grad, who played two seasons at IUPUI before transferring to UIndy, was ninth in NCAA Division II in scoring (23 points per game), fifth in assists (7.1) and 10th in steals (3.1). That was before the Greyhounds beat both Wilmington and St. Mary’s at the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic to move to 7-2 this season.

Read the Star story here.


By the way, teammate Jarrett Hamilton, a marketing major and Cathedral High School grad, was named GLVC Player of the Week for his work in Vegas.

Coach Stan Gouard‘s squad heads next to Big Rapids, Mich., where they face Ferris State on Dec. 30.

Choral students lend voices to ABC promotion

Members of UIndy’s Schola ensemble perform for the camera under the guidance of Associate Professor Paul Krasnovsky and WRTV producer Blake Brenneman.

UPDATE: Watch the clip here.

Donating time on the very last day before winter break, the UIndy chamber vocal ensemble Schola put its talents to use Friday at the request of WRTV-Channel 6.

ABC affiliates around the nation are taping promotional segments featuring local people and groups saying — or in this case, singing — the phrase “Good Morning America,” for use when airing the national news and talk program.

Dr. Paul Krasnovsky, director of choral activities, worked with the group on several approaches to the assignment, ranging from classical to doowop. The students dressed in UIndy gear and gathered around Schwitzer Student Center’s “Ace” greyhound sculpture for the video shoot.

Alumna earns promotion in governor’s office

Anita Kolkmeier Samuel, a member of the UIndy Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, has been named general counsel for Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Samuel has been the assistant general counsel specializing in state personnel matters since 2005, according to the announcement from the governor’s office. She also serves as policy director for five state agencies: State Personnel Department, State Library, Commission on Public Records, Commission for Women and Office of the Public Access Counselor.

Before obtaining her law degree from Indiana University, Samuel earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from UIndy in 1998.

Read the full announcement here.

Music students host elementary’s holiday show

Elementary school concerts often take place in echo-ridden gyms and cafeterias, but thanks to some UIndy music majors, the students of IPS School 65 were able to present their annual Winter Program in a venue that’s been called one of the finest in the Midwest.

The adorable K-6 kids and their assembled teachers, parents and friends celebrated the season Tuesday night in Ruth Lilly Performance Hall of UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

The university’s Department of Music has an ongoing relationship with the nearby IPS school, also known as Raymond F. Brandes Elementary. Music education majors under Assistant Professor Brenda Clark frequently work in the Brandes classrooms to gain real-world experience in dealing with young students.

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Teacher prep program gets $5M boost

Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a grant of nearly $5 million to continue the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowships, in which UIndy is one of four participating universities.

Conceived by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and launched in 2007 with $10 million from the endowment, the fellowships draw working professionals and recent graduates into an intensive master’s degree program that prepares them for careers teaching math and science in high-need secondary schools.

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UIndy comes through for United Way

Once again, the faculty and staff of UIndy have shown their generosity and community spirit in a big way, setting new campus records in this year’s workplace giving campaign for United Way of Central Indiana.

The $55,000 goal set this fall was easily eclipsed by an intake of nearly $68,000, President Beverley Pitts announced today, an increase of almost 23 percent from last year. The number of UIndy donors climbed to 384 this year, representing a participation rate of 63 percent.

This year’s United Way campaign was chaired by Sue Willey, director of athletics, and Lela Mixon, associate director of career services.

Lugar urges young leaders to make their mark

U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar poses for a photo with UIndy presidential assistants during Saturday’s Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders.

The “Arab Spring” democracy movement in the Middle East is an example of how young people are driving new political trends across the globe, Sen. Richard Lugar said Saturday at UIndy.

“It is a spirit that has infected the world,” Indiana’s senior senator said during his keynote address to hundreds of high school juniors during the 35th annual Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders. “It’s a new day in terms of heightening possibilities.”

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Sen. Lugar to speak Saturday on campus

Annual symposium will draw up to 500 students from throughout state 
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar is expected to focus on foreign policy Saturday when he delivers a keynote address to hundreds of Indiana high school juniors during the 35th annual Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders at UIndy.
The main program takes place from 10 a.m. to noon in Ransburg Auditorium. Between 9:30 and 10 a.m., Indiana’s senior senator will be available to field questions from news media in the west lobby of Esch Hall. 

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