MLK celebration to feature gospel star Sapp



Acclaimed gospel singer Marvin Sapp and longtime local civic leader Rozelle Boyd will headline an expanded schedule of Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities Jan. 20 at the University of Indianapolis.

This year’s UIndy celebration will include not only a noon program tailored to students, but also a 6 p.m. evening program designed for the broader community. Both events are free and open to the public and will take place on the university campus at 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

The noon program in Ransburg Auditorium will begin with a recording of King’s “I have a dream” speech from the 1963 March on Washington, as students carry picket signs to dramatize the march. The keynote speaker will be Boyd, who attended the historic march and later became the first African-American member of the City-County Council, serving more than 40 years. Faculty and students will provide historical context and music to complete the program.

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Men’s basketball continues winning streak

The undefeated UIndy men’s basketball team climbed two spots to No. 21 this week in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Top 25 Poll.



Currently on a two-game tour of Puerto Rico, the Greyhounds handily defeated University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras on Tuesday, 75-61. Senior guard and Sport Management major Reece Cheatham led scoring with 20 points.

Head Coach Stan Gouard’s squad remains on the island for today’s contest against Division II opponent UPR- Bayamon. Read more about the team at the Athletics website.

OT professor earns national recognition



Professor Lucinda Dale of UIndy’s School of Occupational Therapy has been named to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Roster of Fellows in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the education and professional development of others in the field.

Dr. Dale teaches courses in biomechanics and research applications, maintains a clinical practice at Hendricks Regional Health and conducts research on upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders and the effects of joint replacement. She is a regular presenter at regional and national conferences and co-author of the second edition of The Guide to Occupational Therapy Practice, a required text in many OT programs across the country.

A UIndy faculty member since 1995, Dr. Dale will be honored in February at the AOTA’s 2014 Annual Conference and Expo in Baltimore. Learn more about the award and her work on the UIndy Health Sciences blog.

Lugar, Nunn to discuss WMD threats Feb. 25

Lugar and Nunn - Meet the PressSenators Sam Nunn, left, and Richard Lugar discussed their work on Meet the Press in 2003.

Former U.S. Senators Richard Lugar and Sam Nunn, authors of landmark legislation to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons, will appear together in a public conversation Feb. 25 at the University of Indianapolis.

The free event will begin at 7 p.m. in UIndy’s Ransburg Auditorium, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Seating is limited; to register, click here.

The Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, which became law in 1992, is credited with deactivating more than 7,600 nuclear warheads that were once aimed at the United States. The moderated discussion at UIndy will examine current threats around the world posed by weapons of mass destruction and explore how the former senators’ framework can continue to reduce these dangers and inform global diplomacy.

Lugar, who represented Indiana in the U.S. Senate from 1977 to 2013, is president of the Lugar Center in Washington, D.C., and a distinguished professor at UIndy, home of the Richard G. Lugar Academy.

Nunn represented Georgia in the U.S. Senate from 1972 to 1996 and currently serves as co-chairman and chief executive officer of the D.C.-based Nuclear Threat Initiative.

Seminar aimed at displaced health workers

UPDATE: This event has been canceled.

In the wake of major layoffs by local hospital systems, the University of Indianapolis will host a free seminar to help displaced nurses and healthcare professionals gain traction in the job market.

nursing-24“Reinventing Yourself: A Personal Transformation for Healthcare Workers” is scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 11 in UIndy Hall A of the university’s Schwitzer Student Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. The event, which includes a continental breakfast, is sponsored by UIndy’s School for Adult Learning, School of Nursing and College of Health Sciences.

Career consultant John Vice, longtime human resources manager for Eli Lilly & Co., will present a program showing job seekers how to assess their priorities and leverage their strengths to identify new career paths. The seminar also will feature information on educational opportunities at UIndy, including certificate programs and accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

Further detail on career planning, personality inventories and self-marketing will be available at additional half-day information sessions on Jan. 18 and 25.

Registration for the Jan. 11 seminar is required at More information is available by contacting Laurie Daeger at (317) 788-3442 or

$1M grant supports Professional Edge Center

Lilly Endowment funding will accelerate new effort to link students
and alumni with career opportunities in Indiana’s growth industries

A $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will boost the University of Indianapolis’ efforts to create stronger career and business opportunities for students and alumni through its new Professional Edge Center.

UIndy launched the center this fall by merging career services, alumni relations and community service functions into a coordinated effort to stoke entrepreneurship and connect liberal arts majors with mentors and career paths in leading Indiana industries. The Professional Edge Center staff works with academic departments and alumni to develop tailored curriculum and provide students with practical experiences, professional certifications and ongoing business connections in their respective fields.



“The center’s activities are underway, and the Endowment’s grant will greatly accelerate our efforts to help students make a seamless transition from college to career,” university President Robert Manuel said. “We especially want students majoring in the liberal arts to see the many career options open to them. The skills they are developing – leadership, communication, critical thinking and problem-solving – are exactly the ones employers say they need.”

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President Manuel issues statement on HJR-6

University of Indianapolis President Robert Manuel emailed the following message Thursday evening to students, faculty and staff.

Dear UIndy Community:

I have spent the last two months in conversation with the leadership groups across campus to discern the appropriate action for our University regarding House Joint Resolution No. 6 (HJR-6) – the proposal to amend the Indiana Constitution to prohibit marriage or equivalent legal arrangements for same-sex couples.

My approach has always been twofold. First, I created a series of conversations around HJR-6 that are meant to help each member of our community equip themselves with the necessary perspectives to inform their individual decisions about the proposed amendment.

At the same time, I consulted with many on campus to discern what, if any, statement the University would issue regarding HJR-6. After conversations with, and with support from, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, the Academic Affairs Leadership Team, the University Planning Commission, the President’s Cabinet, the Executive Committee of the UIndy Student Government, and the Faculty Senate, I write to inform you that the University of Indianapolis opposes HJR-6—the tenets of which stand in conflict with our policies against harassment and discrimination and our long-standing University culture of inclusivity.

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Theatre, Reflector, Jazz earn accolades

It’s been a good week for various UIndy folks who were recognized as standouts in their respective fields.



The Department of Theatre‘s recent production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives received two coveted Certificates of Merit from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. One went to Assistant Professor Penny Sornberger for her costume designs, two of which were selected for display next month at the regional festival in Michigan. The other certificate recognized the collaborative efforts of the students, faculty and staff on the production team, headed by director Brad Wright, UIndy’s Director of Theatre.



In other news, student Abby Gross, editor-in-chief of The Reflector and The Reflector Online, won a statewide student award in the Hoosier State Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest.

The senior Education major claimed first place for editorial/opinion writing, in competition with counterparts from far larger institutions.



And at Wednesday night’s Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Holiday Showcase, Director of Jazz Studies Harry Miedema received the new Jazz Educator of the Year award for his efforts in passing the torch to so many young musicians. The foundation also awarded a scholarship to UIndy junior Michael Carnagua, a jazz and technology/recording major.

UIndy tapped to launch education MBA

New program, a national pilot, will prepare school principals
and administrators for today’s changing education landscape

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The University of Indianapolis is one of two institutions nationwide selected by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to pilot a new master’s degree program that could change the way principals and administrators are prepared to manage the current and future challenges facing U.S. schools.

WW logoThe Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership is intended to close achievement gaps not only between America’s lowest- and highest-performing schools, but between our top-performing schools and those around the world. It is one of the first of its kind and a model for a planned national expansion.

Intended for aspiring principals and superintendents, the program will blend transformational education coursework and a tailored business curriculum with intensive clinical experience in schools, corporations and nonprofits, as well as involvement with innovative schools abroad. It is designed to prepare leaders who will drive innovation, expand the use of analytics and evidence-based practices, raise student performance to international standards, and improve the quality of school systems and teaching over time.

UIndy’s 13-month program was designed collaboratively by faculty from the School of Business and School of Education, drawing from best practices in both disciplines to craft a groundbreaking approach that helps educational leaders face the new landscape of school choice and competition. The team was led by Associate Professor of Finance Rachel Smith and Associate Professor of Teacher Education John Somers, in consultation with colleagues and local school administrators.

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Sport Management programs win accreditation

UIndy’s Sport Management programs aren’t just innovative — they’re now the first in Indiana to be accredited.

Both the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, offered by the Department of Kinesiology, recently received the recognition of the national Commission on Sport Management Accreditation.

The bachelor of science program dates to the 1990s and currently has 100 student majors preparing for a range of careers in sports-related fields. The master of science program, launched in 2012, is designed to prepare graduates for intercollegiate athletics administration. It capitalizes on the university’s Indianapolis location to secure networking and internship experiences with local pro and amateur athletics organizations and events.

Learn more about the programs here.

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