Alumna to serve in new state administration

UIndy graduate Anita Kolkmeier Samuel, general counsel for Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, will have a prominent role in the new administration of Mike Pence.

Anita Samuel studied political science at UIndy.

Indiana’s next governor announced this week that Samuel, a member of the UIndy Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and its Executive Committee, will be the director of the state Department of Personnel.

Samuel joined the Daniels administration in 2005 as assistant general counsel specializing in state personnel matters.

“Anita Samuel has an impressive record of service in the Daniels Administration,” Pence said in a news release. “She is a proven leader who will capably serve the thousands of dedicated Hoosiers who work for the people and State of Indiana.”

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

Lugar to announce post-Senate plans at UIndy

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U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar will appear Friday at the University of Indianapolis to make an announcement about his next steps after leaving office in January.

The Senate’s senior Republican will be joined by university President Robert Manuel in a news conference at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the west lobby of UIndy’s Esch Hall, Hanna and Otterbein avenues.

Manuel

Lugar served for 32 years on the university’s Board of Trustees and taught political science on campus between his years as Indianapolis mayor and U.S. senator.

In 1977, he selected UIndy as the home for his annual Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders, which gathers Indiana’s top high school juniors for discussions on key national and global issues. This year’s 36th symposium takes place Saturday on campus, with the senator delivering the keynote address to nearly 500 Hoosier teens. In 2007, UIndy formed the Lugar Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders to support the symposium and other youth programming.

Furry friends help ease exam stress

Visiting greyhound Luna was among the friendly canines on duty Tuesday during the Counseling Center’s “Dog Days” event, a pre-finals tradition at UIndy.

Those dogs outside the Schwitzer Center dining hall Tuesday weren’t looking for a handout, just a chance to share a little love and peace of mind.

With first semester final exams looming next week, the campus Counseling Center hosted one of its periodic “Dog Days”  booths during the lunch hour, inviting harried students to stop by and soak up some good vibes from several faculty and staff pets who were brought in for the occasion.

The booth offered helpful tips for managing test anxiety and general stress — and also some candy.

Prof to discuss German poetry and culture

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Dr. Gerburg Garmann, associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages, will discuss contemporary German poetry on Wednesday in the next installment of UIndy’s Faculty Forum lecture series.

Sack lunches are welcome and light refreshments will be provided for the presentation, which runs from noon to 1 p.m. in Schwitzer Center’s Trustees Dining Room.

“Berlin Rewritten: From Post-Wall Literature to Your Own Four Walls” is the title of Garmann’s talk, which explores the changes in German culture over the past two decades as reflected in the work of such writers as Irina Liebmann.

Fall brings good eats for good causes

The weather is getting cooler again this week, but there’s some hot, yummy food to be had on campus, with proceeds supporting worthy causes.

The Krannert School of Physical Therapy hosted its fourth annual Chili/Stew/Soup Cook-Off at lunchtime today in Martin Hall, raising $400 in contributions for the Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship at Riley Hospital for Children, the only such program in the Midwest. For the second consecutive year, the top prize as selected by diners went to Stacie Neuhaus, UIndy’s director of procurement and ancillary services, for her Mexican Chicken Chili.

On Thursday, the School of Nursing and Koval Nursing Center campus clinic will host their third annual Soup KIDchen, with proceeds supporting the children’s programming of Southeast Community Services in Fountain Square. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Martin Hall 350, a suggested $5 donation is good for a selection of homemade soups, along with breads, drinks and dessert.

Alumnus leads historic Indianapolis church

UIndy graduate the Rev. David A. Hampton was installed this week as senior pastor of the northwestside Light of the World Christian Church.

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Established in 1866, Light of the World is Indiana’s oldest predominantly African-American congregation, according to the story in the Indianapolis Star. Hampton succeeds Bishop T. Garrott Benjamin, who had led the church for more than 40 years. None other than the Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the sermon at the installation ceremony.

An Indianapolis native, Hampton was pastor at local Zion Hope Baptist Church and Antioch Church before heading off to lead Bethany Baptist Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2008. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from UIndy in 1994.

UIndy volleyball returns to Elite Eight

UIndy volleyball coach Jody Rogers (at podium) is joined by senior players (from left) Amy Oldenburg, Kourtney Crawford and Kristina Kerrigan during a campus pep session Thursday in Schwitzer Student Center.

The UIndy volleyball team is advancing to the Elite Eight for the second time in four years after hosting and winning the NCAA Division II Volleyball Championship Midwest Regional this weekend at home.

The Greyhounds (30-7) now travel to Pensacola, Fla., to face the East Region champion New Haven Chargers at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The game will be streamed online here.

More info on the team is here.

Greensburg student to receive Lugar award

A Greensburg teen has been chosen to receive the 2012 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.

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Macy Ballard, 17, attends Greensburg Community High School, where she has been an A student, a three-year class president, a member of National Honor Society, president of the Junior Optimist service club, and active in band, choir, theater, speech team, youth mentoring and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Senator Lugar will present the award Dec. 8 during the 36th annual Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders at UIndy. The event gives top high school juniors from around the state an opportunity to hear a keynote address from Lugar and explore pressing public issues through expert-led small-group discussions.

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UIndy degrees lead to state’s Hot 50 Jobs

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has released a new Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs ranking, and once again, the future looks bright for graduates of UIndy’s top programs.

Physician, registered nurse and physical therapist top this year’s list, corresponding nicely to UIndy’s programs in pre-medicine, nursing and physical therapy. Other UIndy-related disciplines in the Top 20 alone include post-secondary teacher, social worker, marketing specialist, graphic designer, K-12 teacher and occupational therapist.

The DWD researchers weigh trends in salary, job availability and other factors in compiling the annual list, which projects the state’s fastest-growing, high-wage occupations for the year 2020.

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Volleyball celebration planned for Thursday

The campus community is pulling out all the stops Thursday to support UIndy’s No. 19 volleyball team as it prepares to host the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional.

The top-seeded Greyhounds will face Rockhurst at 5 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the eight-team battle, which continues through Saturday at Ruth Lilly Center.

Rogers

Faculty, students, staff and alumni are encouraged to wear UIndy apparel and colors Thursday and turn out for a free tailgate lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Schwitzer Student Center atrium. A short program at noon will feature the volleyball players, coach Jody Rogers and Indy the Greyhound mascot. The first 300 in attendance will receive free T-shirts.

Door admission for the 5 p.m. match is $5 for students and $10 for faculty and staff, but free tickets (one per campus ID) will be available at lunch for the first 100 students and first 50 faculty and staff members. The first 250 fans to enter Ruth Lilly Center will receive free UIndy rally towels.

This season marks the team’s sixth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and its second time serving as top seed and host of the regional. Find more info at the Athletics website.

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