Student jumps her way through Macy’s Parade



The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade wasn’t just a holiday TV attraction for UIndy sophomore Fiona Brown.

The Exercise Science/Pre-OT major from Avon was among the 200-plus members of Jumpers United for Macy’s Parade, a team of jump rope athletes from 21 states who performed the entire three-mile length of the televised parade through Manhattan.

“I think we were the only ones who were warm,” she said, thinking back to that frigid Thanksgiving morning. “We jumped for two hours straight.”

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Prof. Lugar reflects on effort to aid Mandela

lugar WTHR screenshotIn news interviews Saturday surrounding his annual youth leadership symposium at UIndy, former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar commented on world affairs and looked back at his work in the 1980s to impose sanctions on apartheid-era South Africa and help win Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.

Lugar, a distinguished professor of Political Science and International Relations at UIndy, addressed more than 400 Indiana high school juniors, as well as their parents and chaperones, during the 37th annual Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders, presented by the university’s Lugar Academy.

Before Saturday’s program, Lugar spoke with local political commentator, columnist and WIBC radio host Abdul-Hakim Shabazz for a report on his news site. A summary of their discussion and a 10-minute audio clip may be found here.

Later, while posing for photos with students, Lugar also spoke with WTHR-Channel 13. Watch or read that interview here.

First Friday bash to feature UIndy literary talent

Continuing UIndy’s schedule of First Friday events at the Wheeler Arts Community, faculty and students in the Department of English have assembled quite the extravaganza this Friday.

The inaugural Electrostatic Showcase will offer a host of arts and education-related activities from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Wheeler, located in Fountain Square at 1035 Sanders St., just west of Shelby Street. Shuttles from and back to campus will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Parking Lot 16, the lot with the bell tower between Esch Hall and Schwitzer Student Center.

Highlights will include:

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Lincoln scholar to discuss Gettysburg Address

A leading scholar on Abraham Lincoln will visit campus Wednesday night to discuss the former president’s best-known public speech.



Professor Brian Dirck of Anderson University is the speaker for “Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address: The 150th Anniversary,” organized by UIndy’s Department of History & Political Science. The event begins at 7 p.m. in Schwitzer Student Center’s UIndy Hall C. L/P credit is available.

Dirck’s books include Lincoln Emancipated: The President and the Politics of Race, Lincoln the Lawyer, Abraham Lincoln and White America, and Lincoln and the Constitution. His UIndy appearance was rescheduled from Nov. 21.

Wednesday event explores community service

Students can learn about service experiences and hear advice from local nonprofit and philanthropic leaders during Wednesday’s Service Showcase & Community Leaders Panel in Schwitzer Student Center, presented by UIndy’s Professional Edge Center.

The showcase from 11 a.m. to noon in the Schwitzer Atrium will feature displays about student service experiences. Visiting 10 displays earns a chance to win a $50 gift card.

The Community Leaders Panel from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Schwitzer Room 010 features four prominent local figures discussing how service experiences can enhance personal and professional growth. L/P credit is available. The panelists are:
Marianne Glick, Chair, Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation
Terri Garcia, Executive Director, Southeast Community Services
David Forsell, President, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
Tracy Elliott, Chief Executive Officer, College Mentors for Kids

At 12:50 p.m., UIndy’s own Dr. David Wantz, associate vice president for community relations and special assistant to the president, will receive the governor’s prestigious “Sagamore of the Wabash” award in recognition of his years of community service.

More information on the Professional Edge Center is available at

On TV: UIndy’s Mayoral (and Colts) Archives

WXIN-Fox 59 aired a feature story several times over the Thanksgiving weekend about UIndy’s Mayoral Archives.

bringing home pageDr. Edward Frantz, director of the archives and associate professor of history, spoke with reporter Russ McQuaid about the special online feature “Bringing the Colts to Indianapolis.” Launched for public viewing in October, the collection includes rarely seen letters, photos and other items detailing the efforts of then-Mayor William Hudnut and others in the ’70s and ’80s to build the city’s sports-related image and secure an NFL franchise for the city. McQuaid is preparing stories about the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Colts’ move in 1984.

“It looks like now building the Hoosier Dome and bringing the Colts here was a no-brainer,” Frantz said, “but when you go back and look … obviously nothing is a no-brainer at the time. It takes courage. It takes leadership and somebody willing to gamble.”

Watch or read the full news report here. And check out the behind-the-scenes Colts history for yourself here.

Lugar Symposium to explore pressing issues



Fresh from receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, former senator and UIndy Distinguished Professor Richard Lugar will return to campus Dec. 7 to host the 37th annual Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders.

Founded in 1977 at the university, 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.



This year’s $1,000 Richard G. Lugar Distinguished Student Leadership Award goes to Dylan Brock, a student at River Forest Junior/Senior High School in Hobart and son of Jennifer Michael-Vargas and Jesse Vargas. UIndy’s Lugar Academy presents the award each year to a previous symposium attendee with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA who has demonstrated leadership skill and a commitment to serving others. Brock, 17, has distinguished himself at River Forest as a Top 10 student, a wrestler, an active member of several organizations and a competitor in Academic Decathlon and Academic Bowl. He was elected governor of Hoosier Boys State and has volunteered for several community organizations.

The symposium’s afternoon sessions for attending students will include prominent local and national experts discussing a range of topics:

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Playoff run ends, but engagement continues

Although their playoff hopes ended Saturday with a 27-14 first-round loss to West Texas A&M, the UIndy football team can still look back and be proud of a second-straight GLVC championship and a 12-game home winning streak.



Senior defensive lineman Jordan Sharp has even more to celebrate. After helping the team win the conference title on Nov. 16, the exercise science major went down on one knee to issue an on-field marriage proposal to his girlfriend Taylor Hole, an elementary education major who graduated from UIndy this spring.

WXIN-Fox 59 reported Friday on the team’s stellar season as well as Sharp’s happy personal news. Read or watch the story here.

Greyhound volleyball claims conference title

Vball champs 2013Photo by Kyle Piercy, UIndy Athletics    

The UIndy volleyball team defeated Truman State 3-1 on Sunday to claim the Great Lakes Valley Conference title, the fourth in program history.

Sophomore pre-OT major Hailey Brown led the Greyhounds with 22 kills, totaling 53 throughout the weekend conference tournament in Romeoville, Ill. It was the 10th consecutive victory for the team, led by head coach Jason Reed.

The Greyhounds now head into NCAA Division II Championship play, beginning Dec. 5. Their first opponent will be named during tonight’s selection show, starting at 7:30 p.m. on

Learn more about the team at the UIndy Athletics website.

Faculty offer views on Kennedy legacy

As the nation looks back today on the assassination of John F. Kennedy 50 years ago, two UIndy faculty members have been offering their perspectives.



Assistant Professor of Sociology Jim Wolfe recently published The Kennedy Myth: American Civil Religion in the Sixties, which covers the period from Kennedy’s election campaign through the assassination of his brother Robert, analyzing the period in terms of archaic, historic and modern types of civil religion. The text was adapted from Wolfe’s doctoral thesis at Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union, updated with an eye toward the 50th anniversary, and revised last fall with input from students in a graduate course on civil religion.

“A major premise is that assassination illuminates the presidency, on the view that ‘You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone,'” Dr. Wolfe explained.
The book was reviewed this week in NUVO Newsweekly. It is available in softcover and e-book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Authorhouse.
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Associate Professor of History Ted Frantz was asked by WISH-TV to reflect on the assassination’s lingering impact in our society. His comments aired several times today on Channel 8.

“The tragedy of the assassination means he’s frozen in time,” said Dr. Frantz, director of UIndy’s Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives and author of The Door of Hope: Republican Presidents and the First Southern Strategy, 1877-1933.
See a couple of the interview clips here and here.


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