Peterson donates records to Mayoral Archives

Peterson - viewUIndy President Robert Manuel shows off the third-floor view this afternoon while taking former Mayor Bart Peterson on a tour of Krannert Memorial Library.

Former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson enjoyed looking through records and artifacts from his two-term administration as he prepared to entrust them to the Mayoral Archives at the University of Indianapolis.

“It’s been fun,” he told a journalist from local stations Fox59 and CBS4. “You certainly don’t forget those years, but they’re not top-of-mind all the time, so the chance to go back through and look at some of the memorabilia, see some of the files and see the things that I was focused on … it’s very nostalgic.”

Peterson with KML Director Matthew Shaw

Peterson with KML Director Matthew Shaw

Peterson visited campus today as the final boxes of his mayoral collection were delivered to the third floor of Krannert Memorial Library, joining those of predecessors Richard Lugar, William Hudnut and Stephen Goldsmith.

“It’s really about preserving the history while you still can, and I think the university has done a terrific job of that,” Peterson said while touring the third-floor archives with President Robert Manuel.

Peterson is the first Democrat and the first 21st century mayor represented in the archives, which hold items dating to the early 1960s that tell the behind-the-scenes story of Indianapolis’ rise to national prominence. Like the other mayors in the collection, he is a former member of UIndy’s Board of Trustees. He now serves as senior vice president for corporate affairs and communications at Eli Lilly and Co.

The Peterson materials, comprising approximately 100 file boxes in total, will require several months of processing and indexing before they are available for viewing. The Lugar, Hudnut and Goldsmith collections have been digitized and may be viewed online at

Peterson-KocherA Fox59/CBS4 photographer follows as UIndy’s Andrew Kocher, Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement, delivers the final boxes of the Bart Peterson collection to UIndy’s Mayoral Archives.

Dining Services honored for hiring practices

Retired food service director Ted Polk Sr. was on hand Friday when Ted Polk Jr. accepted the award on behalf of UIndy Dining Services.

Retired food service director Ted Polk Sr. was on hand Friday when Ted Polk Jr. accepted the award on behalf of UIndy Dining Services.

The Indiana Association of People Supporting Employment First has awarded its 2015 Employer Award to UIndy Dining Services for its practice of hiring people with disabilities.

Ted Polk Jr., UDS’ human resources director, accepted the statewide award Friday at the Indiana APSE annual conference. Polk said he works with organizations such as Easter Seals, Goodwill Industries and Noble to create opportunities for those who face hurdles in finding employment, a practice that began with his father, Ted Sr., owner-director of UIndy’s food operation for 41 years before retiring in 2014.

“Some people just need a chance, and they really blossom,” said the younger Ted, now in his 28th year at UIndy, having started at age 14. “Work gives meaning to life.”

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New leadership society inducts first members

National Society for Leadership and Success - first inductionThe new UIndy chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success inducted its first cohort of students with a Dec. 12 ceremony in Ransburg Auditorium.

More than 170 University of Indianapolis students have taken a step toward greater personal and professional development, which they celebrated during a special event last weekend.

The occasion was the inaugural induction ceremony for the UIndy chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, the nation’s largest leadership honor society with nearly 500 chapters and more than 530,000 members across the country.

The Division of Student Affairs issued invitations to all students of at least junior class status with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The key requirements for induction are a one-time $85 fee and 12 hours of preparation that include orientation, leadership training and motivational broadcasts featuring celebrity speakers.

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Adam Driver: From UIndy to ‘Star Wars’

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren (Lucasfilm image)

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren (Lucasfilm image)

The reviews are rolling in, and critics seem to agree that Star Wars: The Force Awakens lives up to the hype and is poised to be one of the biggest box-office smashes of all time.

Vital to this success, no doubt, are the acting chops that Adam Driver – who portrays Vader-like villain Kylo Ren in the new film – picked up at the University of Indianapolis.

The Mishawaka native studied at UIndy during the 2004-2005 academic year, after his post-9/11 stint in the Marines and before his acceptance, on the second try, to the esteemed Juilliard School in New York City. Even during his short time on campus, Driver stood out for his talent and drive, landing leading roles in the Department of Theatre’s productions of Pippin and Endgame.

“He had a real desire, a real passion for acting,” recalls UIndy staffer and alumnus Jeffrey Barnes, who served as technical director on those productions. “Immediately, we realized he was incredibly talented, and if he made up his mind to, he would no doubt be successful.”

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University issues call for public comment

UIndy logo (with dog)-201&blkThe University of Indianapolis is seeking comments from the public in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The university will host a visit April 4-6, 2016, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

The University of Indianapolis has been accredited by the commission since 1947. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the university to:
Public Comment on University of Indianapolis
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on the commission’s website at this link.

Comments must be in writing and must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. All comments must be received by March 4, 2016.

In the news: Forensics, Comm, History



Dr. Krista Latham and UIndy’s Archeology & Forensics field team were featured this week in an episode of Crime Watch Daily, a syndicated TV news magazine that airs on stations across the country, including local WXIN-Fox59. Latham and the team of Human Biology graduate students have been assisting Boone County officials in trying to identify a woman whose remains were discovered by a farmer 23 years ago.

“I believe very strongly in dignity in life and dignity in death, and part of dignity in death is having a name,” Latham told the host. Watch the segment here.

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Communications instructor Scott Uecker, general manager of WICR-FM/HD and UIndy TV, is a key source for an Indianapolis Business Journal story on a dilemma facing TV stations in Indiana and across the country: whether or not to sell their coveted broadcast frequencies to the FCC for use with emerging technologies, which could bring tens of millions in cash but require the stations to stop broadcasting or start over elsewhere on the dial.

“It’s an interesting time for broadcasters,” Uecker said in the interview. “Do you take a big check, buy an island and retire? Do you take a smaller check, accept a new space on the spectrum, and try to retool for the future? Or do you just go on and hope there is a long-term future for the television industry in this changing landscape?”

Read the story here.

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The appointment of a new Indianapolis police chief sparked some requests for perspective from not one, but two faculty members from the Department of History & Political Science.

The Indianapolis Star contacted Dr. Laura Albright and Dr. Edward Frantz, who also directs UIndy’s Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives, for its story on Troy Riggs’ pending return to city government. Read the story here.

Excel Center, UIndy celebrate shared vision

Manuel - Excel CenterUIndy President Robert Manuel speaks Tuesday at a ribbon cutting for the Excel Center’s University Heights location. Looking on are (left) Kent Kramer, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana; Scott Bess, president and COO of Goodwill Education Initiatives; and Erika Haskins, director of the school, which provides high school education and other services to adult students.

One of UIndy’s important new neighborhood partners officially celebrated its arrival Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included President Robert Manuel.

The Excel Center, Goodwill Industries’ network of charter high schools for adult students, opened its University Heights location this fall at Hanna and Madison avenues, in space leased from UIndy. It now serves more than 300 students and already has helped eight to earn their overdue high school diplomas.

Excel Center schools provide tuition-free education designed for students who often are balancing work, family and school while struggling to make ends meet. One key to their success is the broad support provided to students, including free drop-in child care, transportation assistance, year-round operation and extended hours including nights and weekends.

“What I’m impressed by are the wrap-around services you have, so that any obstacle you have to getting through has some kind of support to get you there,” Manuel told the audience of students, community leaders and Goodwill executives. “When you leave, you are going to have skills and education and more importantly mindset that are going to make you successful.”

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VIDEO: Students sign up for Greyhound Village

A line of students ringed the Schwitzer Student Center atrium Monday to stake out their space at Greyhound Village, a new kind of apartment living for upperclassmen that opens next year at the University of Indianapolis.

Future roommates Patrick Magee, Reece McColly-Fleener and Matt Scheumann joined President Robert Manuel in signing a ceremonial 2016-2017 lease to kick off the process. Click the video above to see the signing and learn why students are excited about the new housing option.

Opening in August 2016 for juniors, seniors and graduate students, Greyhound Village will offer furnished 1- to 4-bedroom apartments in a variety of floor plans that combine the best of on-campus and off-campus living. Features include private bathrooms, in-unit kitchen and laundry, balconies and patios, a fitness center, cable TV and Internet access and indoor and outdoor social spaces, including a clubhouse and volleyball court.

Prospective tenants can sign leases during daily business hours at the Residence Life office in Schwitzer 209. Floor plans, rates and other information are available at, and 360-degree virtual tours are available here. Students also can get a taste for the décor at the Greyhound Village model apartment, located behind The Hub information desk in Schwitzer.

Special events ease stress of Finals Week

Midnight Breakfast

Midnight Breakfast

Finals Week has arrived, and though few look forward to the exams themselves, UIndy students have multiple opportunities to get last-minute academic assistance or simply take a break from the stress of studying.

The run-up last week included Wednesday night’s Commuter Pizza Party, with free food and prizes such as gloves and ice scrapers for commuter students; and Friday night’s Campus Program Board Fast Break, with free Buffalo Wild Wings, crafts, aromatherapy, Xbox games, the holiday comedy Elf and more. Also, Krannert Memorial Library is open around the clock from 10 a.m. Sunday to midnight Thursday.

Coming up are:

Peer Tutoring Finals Blitz
From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday in Schwitzer 012 and 013, the Academic Success Center has organized a squad of peer tutors to help students bone up for exams in Business, Chemistry, Biology, Math and many General Education subjects, as well as tutors from the Writing Lab to assist with final papers.

Midnight Breakfast
In this Monday night tradition, faculty and staff volunteers man the Schwitzer kitchen to serve hearty late-night meals to book-weary students. Remember, the line starts forming well before the serving begins at 11:59. Pre-meal activities include, from 10 to 11 p.m. in the atrium, a chance to give President Robert Manuel or Dean of Students Kory Vitangeli a nice pie in the face, for a $2 fee that supports the senior class gift.

Dessert Diversion
From 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Stierwalt Alumni House, the UIndy Alumni Association offers students, faculty, staff, alumni and their children a chance to unwind with some hot chocolate, sweet treats and photos with Santa.

After this week, students can look forward to a long Winter Break, with Semester II starting Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Communication majors stage first film festival

A documentary, an animated short and two dramas – all written and directed by UIndy Communication majors — will see their public premieres Thursday night when students from the Applied Television course present the inaugural 317 Film Fest.

The event, planned for 8 to 10 p.m. in the UIndy Health Pavilion’s R.B. Annis Auditorium, will include short Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and actors after each film, as well as refreshments and an intermission.



The project is the brainchild of senior Katy Sonksen, a Political Science and Communication double-major and production manager for UIndy TV5. She is not one of the four filmmakers but is directing the festival.

“I felt the talent level of the people in this department could accomplish something like this,” said Sonksen, who grew up around the film industry in suburban Los Angeles. “They’re the visionaries, and it’s my job to make it happen. I’m so proud of them and the work they’ve done.”

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