In the news again: UIndy’s Healthy Diploma

Today’s Indianapolis Star carries a front-page story about Healthy Diploma, UIndy’s program designed to give students a leg up on the job market and a healthy lifestyle.

Featured in the piece are Department of Kinesiology Chair Lisa Hicks, who developed the unique degree concentration, as well as two participants: senior exercise science major Renee Zeltwanger of Bremen and junior nursing major Cassie Thomas of Southport. This spring, Zeltwanger will be among the first 12 UIndy students to graduate with the Healthy Diploma designation.

Read the Star story here.

Learn more about Healthy Diploma here.

Seats remain for Sunday Christmas concert

Friday night is a sellout, as usual, but some tickets still remain for Sunday’s performance of “A Christmas Celebration,” the popular annual concert presented by UIndy’s Department of Music.

The Sunday show begins at 4 p.m. in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center’s Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. The program includes performances of seasonal music by several of the university’s choral and instrumental ensembles. Before the concert, patrons will be greeted by the Handbell Ensemble playing holiday classics.

Admission is free for UIndy students, faculty and staff, $10 for the general public, and $6 for seniors, non-UIndy students, UIndy alumni and groups of eight or more. For ticket information, click here.

Greek film series continues this week

UIndy’s Office of Hellenic Studies continues its Modern Greek Cinema Series this week with two showings of the 2009 film Homeland.

The movie, in Greek with English subtitles, is described as “an explosive parable of Greece coming apart at the seams, shown through the spectrum of a very dysfunctional family.” It premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for two awards. A trailer and more information are available at

Speech team takes first place at weekend meet

The UIndy Speech Team wrapped up its 2011 schedule in style last weekend with another first place win, this time at Kentucky’s Transylvania University.

The team scored 55 points higher than the second place competitor, a little school called Purdue University.

Award winners included Cameron Sabotin, Jason Kegerreis,  Ashley Stanford,
Jacki Dillman, DyNishia Miller, Meredith Bullock, Olivia Bohnhoff and Heather Dolne. The team is coached by Communication instructor Audrey Cunningham.

In the news: Alumni on the move

UIndy graduate Dan Neufelder, president and CEO of Wisconsin-based Affinity Health System, has been named chairman-elect of the Wisconsin Health Association for 2012. He will serve as chairman in 2013.

Neufelder, who earned his master’s degree in business administration from UIndy in 1989, joined Affinity in 2006. He previously served in executive roles at Memorial Hospital in South Bend and Community Health Network of Indianapolis. Read more here.

In other news, UIndy alumna Shawn Hany has been promoted to regional rehabilitation manager for American Senior Communities. She will be the consultant for rehabilitation care for eight ASC facilities in Indiana and West Virginia.

Hany, who earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from UIndy, lives in Bloomington.

Greyhounds knock off #1 Bellarmine in OT

Fans stormed the court Thursday night at Nicoson Hall after the UIndy men’s basketball team pulled off a 99-94 overtime upset against Kentucky’s Bellarmine University, last year’s NCAA Division II national champions.

Here’s part of WRTV-Channel 6’s account of the game:

UIndy trailed by double figures in the first 5 minutes of the game, but chipped away at the deficit throughout the second half. The Greyhounds took the lead on a 3-pointer by Reece Cheatham, with about 5 minutes to go. He finished with 24 points, after being held scoreless in the first half.

Adrian Moss led the UIndy scoring effort with 29 points. Mikel Brigham‘s tip-in of a Cheatham miss with just over a minute to go put the Greyhounds up for good. Bellarmine had not lost since last February, on their way to the 2011 Division II national championship. The win is UIndy’s first over a #1 team since beating Southern Indiana in January 2004.

Read more about the win and Coach Stan Gouard‘s 5-1 team at the UIndy Athletics website.

UIndy and city christen new Hanna Avenue

Associate VP David Wantz (rear) looks on Thursday as UIndy President Beverley Pitts (left), Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Michael Huber and student government President Valerie Wilson cut a ribbon to mark the end of road construction on Hanna Avenue.
Indianapolis leaders joined UIndy and its neighbors Thursday in celebrating the new, improved and safer Hanna Avenue, as well as the end of construction work that has complicated auto and pedestrian traffic for more than two years. 
Guests were introduced by David Wantz, UIndy’s associate vice president for community relations, who has been the university’s liaison on the long-awaited project.
“I was told a long time ago that it would be a cold day before Hanna Avenue was fixed,” Wantz quipped as the crowd began to applaud. “Well, folks, it’s a cold day, and Hanna Avenue is done!”

Lugar award goes to Brownsburg teen

Brownsburg resident Krystal Shirrell is the recipient of the 2011 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. 10, during the 35th annual Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders at UIndy.

Shirrell, the daughter of Dennis and Dana Shirrell of Brownsburg, was among more than 500 top high school juniors statewide who attended last year’s symposium and were invited to apply for the award, which includes a $500 cash prize. The recipient must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA – Shirrell’s is above 4.0 – and demonstrate leadership skill and a commitment to serving others.

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Friday brings arts galore to Wheeler building

UIndy’s Community Programs Center has assembled a holiday-themed extravaganza Friday at the Wheeler Arts Community in Fountain Square, in conjunction with the city’s monthly First Friday gallery tour.

From 6 to 10 p.m., the Fountain Square Arts Council will present its inaugural Super Fabulous Holiday Art Mart, featuring unique gifts created by local artists. The event will include free snacks and drinks, as well as beverages for sample and purchase from the new Fountain Square Brewery.

Also in the Wheeler building at 1035 Sanders St., UIndy’s chapter of College Mentors for Kids will showcase and sell artwork created by local children, with proceeds supporting the chapter’s youth programming. And UIndy student Anna Elzer will display her exhibition Defining the ‘I’ in Belize: A Poetic and Photographic Search for Identity in Belize, the result of a digital photo project she coordinated for 10 students from that central American nation, where UIndy has a partnership site. Music for the evening will be provided by UIndy students Darrin Isaac and Sam Keith.

Student productions open this weekend

Undergrads are calling the shots this weekend as the Department of Theatre opens its annual round of student-directed productions, a collection of scenes and single-act stories from top playwrights, fully staffed and designed by UIndy students.

After the free campus sneak preview at 8 p.m. Thursday, performances continue at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday and again Dec. 8-10 in the intimate Studio Theatre, on the lower level of Esch Hall, east entrance. Admission is $10 for the general public, $8 for non-UIndy students, seniors, UIndy alumni and groups of eight or more. 

The productions include the following, or portions thereof:

  • Hello Out There by William Saroyan, directed by Ashley Clark
  • The Shape of Things, Fat Pig and Reasons to Be Pretty by Neil LaBute, directed by Michael Howard
  • FOREPLAY: Or the Art of the Fugue and Sure Thing by David Ives, directed by Alycia Renee Riley
  • Proof by David Auburn, directed by Caitlyn Spires

More information on the productions is on the UIndy Arts website.

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