Men’s hoops continues undefeated streak

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The UIndy men’s basketball team heads into the holidays with its perfect record intact at 8-0 after Wednesday’s 70-62 home win over Ferris State.

Four Greyhounds scored in double figures, led by junior guard Reece Cheatham, a sports management major, with 19 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Coach Stan Gouard‘s squad was ranked 11th in the NABC D-II coaches poll released Tuesday, the program’s highest position since 2004. Great Lakes Valley Conference play begins Jan. 3 at William Jewell and Jan. 5 at Rockhurst. The next home game will be Jan. 10 against No. 14 Drury.

The UIndy women’s team was ranked No. 5 heading into its first loss of the season Friday against No. 1 Ashland. The 6-1 Hounds travel to Michigan Tech on Dec. 30.

‘Why Arts?’ event video available online

For those who missed the “Why Arts? Why Indy?” panel discussion that took place Dec. 10 on campus, a lightly edited video of the evening is now posted for online viewing, thanks to the folks at WFYI Productions.

Organized by Dr. Kathleen Hacker, chair of UIndy’s Department of Music, the event featured Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center for the Arts, discussing challenges facing arts organizations with moderator Dennis Ryerson and local panelists and co-hosts David Hochoy of Dance Kaleidoscope; Steven Stolen of Indiana Repertory Theatre; Beth Perdue Outland of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; Glen Kwok of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis; and Jim Walker of Big Car.

Drake named dean for Arts & Sciences

After a national search, the University of Indianapolis has selected Jennifer Drake, professor of English, to be dean of its College of Arts & Sciences.

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Dr. Drake has served since August 2011 as acting dean of the college, which is UIndy’s largest academic unit, comprising 14 departments in the humanities, sciences, social sciences and fine arts. It includes public radio station WICR-88.7 FM/HD, the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, the Archeology & Forensics Laboratory and the Indiana Prehistory Laboratory.

Drake joined the UIndy faculty in 2004 as an associate professor, and in 2008 she was named director of the university’s Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship, a nationally acclaimed master’s degree program that prepares career-changers and recent graduates to teach math and science in high-need schools.

In her short tenure as acting dean, her work has included launching initiatives to develop student-run agencies, improve academic advising, promote interdisciplinary studies and expand undergraduate research opportunities, said Dr. Deborah Balogh, the university’s executive vice president and provost.

“Dr. Drake has proven adept as an administrator as well as a scholar and teacher,” Balogh said. “She is already leading the college toward greater student engagement, and we’re eager to see that process continue.”

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Music students to host School 65 concert

Students from IPS School 65 performed last year to a packed house in UIndy’s Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. This year’s holiday concert begins at 6 p.m. tonight.

Kids from a local elementary school will be well prepared and enjoying elegant surroundings tonight when they present their holiday program, thanks to UIndy students from the campus chapter of the National Association for Music Education.

For the second consecutive year, UIndy’s acclaimed Ruth Lilly Performance Hall will host the annual performance by students from IPS’ Raymond F. Brandes School 65, which lacks adequate space to stage the event. The concert hall’s student employees also will contribute by recording the show and making the videos available to School 65 families and staffers. The music begins at 6 p.m. tonight.

The relationship grew out of the field experiences that UIndy music students, working under Director of Music Education Brenda Clark, conduct at the school in conjunction with their Education 203/204 course. This week, the college students guided the young performers through rehearsals Tuesday and Wednesday on campus, and they also will manage backstage logistics during the show.

Aside from being a nice thing to do, the experience is entirely relevant to the UIndy students’ futures as music educators, Clark points out.

PT professor earns honor from alma mater

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Dyer Diehl, assistant professor in UIndy’s Krannert School of Physical Therapy, has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the PT program at his alma mater, North Carolina’s Elon University.

Dr. Diehl joined UIndy in 2008 and teaches neuroscience and neuro rehab. His research interests include loss of balance in older adults and alternative exercise treatments for people with Parkinson’s disease. He is active as a clinician and as a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

He earned his master’s degree from Elon and his doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University.

UIndy students tackle muddy challenge

One man’s torture is another man’s treasured memory, apparently, because UIndy seniors Joshua Rundquist and Daniel Batteiger say they have no regrets after competing in the national World’s Toughest Mudder competition.

Two tough mudders: Rundquist and Batteiger

The event, which took place last month in New Jersey, is a 24-hour ordeal in which participants try to complete a 10-mile extreme obstacle course as many times as possible. Rundquist, a social work major, and Batteiger, a chemistry/pre-physical therapy major, completed four laps – in other words, 40 miles and 128 obstacles.

Nationwide, 450,000 people competed this year in various local Tough Mudders, and 5 percent were invited to the national World’s Toughest Mudder. Only 1,300 actually accepted the challenge, and just over a thousand completed one lap or more. Batteiger and Rundquist finished 37th and 38th respectively, out of the 201 finishers in their division of men ages 20-24.

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State honors CAC director for healthcare work

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Dr. Ellen Miller, executive director of UIndy’s Center for Aging & Community, received the state health commissioner’s Award for Excellence in Public Health on Monday in recognition of her outstanding contributions in promoting, protecting and providing for the health of people in Indiana.

Commissioner Gregory Larkin, M.D., thanked Miller for helping ISDH in its “daily work to move forward the heavy ball of public health.”

Under Miller, CAC has led two successful quality initiatives for ISDH — the Indiana Pressure Ulcer Initiative and the Indiana Healthcare Associated Infections Initiative — seeking to improve delivery of care, cost-effectiveness and quality of life for patients.

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National, local leaders discuss future of arts

Michael Kaiser, “the turnaround king”

The Circle City’s cultural community came out in force Monday as UIndy hosted a discussion by prominent local arts figures on the topic “Why Arts? Why Indy?”

Featured guest Michael Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., urged local arts organizations to tackle their financial and audience concerns with a combination of artistic courage and outside-the-box community engagement. Joining him for the discussion were representatives of five local arts organizations, as well as others who posed questions from the audience.

View a photo gallery and read Indy Star arts critic Jay Harvey’s account of the evening here.

On stage for Monday’s “Why Arts? Why Indy?” event were (from left) David Hochoy, Dance Kaleidoscope; Steven Stolen, Indiana Repertory Theatre; moderator Dennis Ryerson; Kaiser; Beth Perdue Outland, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; Glen Kwok, International Violin Competition of Indianapolis; and Jim Walker, Big Car.

UIndy, senator announce new Lugar Academy

UIndy President Robert Manuel looks on as Sen. Richard Lugar fields questions Friday while announcing the university’s new Richard G. Lugar Academy.

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Plans include high-level internships, events in Indianapolis and D.C.

U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar will rejoin the faculty of the University of Indianapolis in January and help UIndy launch a high-level Washington, D.C., internship and study program for students from Indiana and across the nation.

Lugar joined UIndy President Robert Manuel today in announcing the formation of the Richard G. Lugar Academy, a sweeping expansion of the university’s existing Lugar Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders. The university will add a branch office and a full-time staff position in Washington to support its new internship program as well as conferences, symposia, policy studies and other activities of the academy.

At UIndy’s main campus in Indianapolis, the nonpartisan Lugar Academy will continue to organize the annual Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders, a daylong program created in 1977 for Indiana high school juniors to explore national and international issues. The Indianapolis office also will host events featuring prominent speakers and develop an institute to prepare first-time elected officials for public office, drawing on the resources of UIndy’s Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives.

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Volleyball puts UIndy in first Final Four

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UPDATE: Historic season ends against Tampa

The UIndy volleyball team made university history this week with a 3-1 win over New Haven at the NCAA D-II Volleyball Championship Elite Eight in Florida.

The Greyhounds face the University of Tampa Spartans at 8:30 p.m. tonight in Final Four action at the West Florida Field House in Pensacola.

Assuming a win there, they’ll compete for the national championship at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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UIndy plans to charter a bus for fans to travel in support of the team, with rides priced at just $10 for students, $50 for faculty and staff. The bus will leave early Saturday morning and begin the return trip soon after the game’s end. Reservations are being taken the Student Affairs office, Schwitzer 209.

Earlier this week, senior outside hitter Kristina Kerrigan was named to the 2012 Daktronics All-America First Team, and sophomore setter Meghan Binkerd earned honorable mention.

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