Expo to celebrate community service work

Students and faculty will present and celebrate their recent volunteer work and service-learning projects Wednesday during the UIndy Service Expo and Forum in Schwitzer Student Center.

From 11 to 11:50 a.m. in the Schwitzer Atrium, visitors can see more than 30 examples of how the UIndy community lives its motto, “Education for Service.”



“We are lifting up the work that is being done by the faculty and students this semester,” said Marianna Foulkrod, director of Service Learning & Community Engagement. “This is an event that celebrates all the different ways we engage with the community, from multidisciplinary work by faculty to the way students engage through service learning, unpaid internships and practicums.”

From 12 to 12:50 p.m. in UIndy Hall A, a panel of students and community representatives will discuss issues surrounding community service. The panel will include Linda Kirby, president and CEO of Leadership Indianapolis, discussing civic engagement​; Nick Hoagland, COO of Backhaul Direct, representing the employer perspective; Brittany Finigan, who developed a food rescue project here at UIndy; and head coach John Higgins and players David Kurz and Casey Zimmerman of the men’s soccer team, discussing their service efforts in Haiti and elsewhere. L/P credit is available.

The event is presented by the Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement in partnership with the Office of Student Affairs and the Center for Business Partnerships.

‘Christmas Celebration’ concerts this weekend

The Concert Choir is one of several UIndy music ensembles performing Friday and Sunday in “A Christmas Celebration” at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

Traditional tunes and a few surprises are in store this weekend when the University of Indianapolis Department of Music stages its annual holiday production, “A Christmas Celebration.”

UIndy’s choral, instrumental and handbell ensembles will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Sunday in the elegant Ruth Lilly Performance Hall of the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. Admission is free for UIndy students, faculty and staff.

The Handbell Ensemble directed by faculty member Peter Nichols will provide 30 minutes of music in the lobby before the concert begins with a candlelight processional.

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Student project pits music against dementia

Daily Journal photo

Daily Journal photo

A creative capstone project developed by a UIndy graduate student is bringing smiles — and maybe something more — to residents at a Franklin nursing home.

Laura Haw, who is pursuing a Master of Science in Gerontology through the Center for Aging & Community, wanted to study the effect of music on people with dementia. She was inspired by a documentary film on the topic as well as her own grandmother’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease.



“Often, music triggers these positive memories,” says Haw, who until recently worked as an administrative assistant at UIndy’s School for Adult Learning.

A resident of Franklin, Haw proposed and received a $2,150 grant from the Johnson County Community Foundation, which she used to purchase 43 MP3 music players and headphones for elderly residents of the city’s Indiana Masonic Home. Working with the staff and family caregivers of the dementia patients — and with help from her husband — she gathered information on each one’s musical tastes, purchased the music on Amazon, and gave each participant an MP3 player loaded with a batch of popular holiday music as well as their own favorites.

“A lot of big band, a lot of gospel,” she recalls. “There was a lot of country, too. Johnny Cash was a favorite, Frank Sinatra. There were a lot of people who wanted Elvis songs.”

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Senior statesman shares insights with teens

Lugar - stageNearly 450 high schoolers from throughout the state gathered Saturday at UIndy for the 39th annual Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders, which opened in Ransburg Auditorium with an address by the former senator.

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With the United States facing complicated challenges around the world – from Russia to China to the Middle East and even here at home – all citizens have a responsibility to stay informed and work toward solutions, former Sen. Richard Lugar told an audience of Indiana’s best and brightest high school juniors today at the University of Indianapolis.

“These are basic issues that each American, young and old, has to ask for more information, has to develop more opinions, has to require more from the leaders of our country,” he said in his keynote address at the 39th annual Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders.

Selfie with senator

Selfie with senator

The event drew nearly 450 teens from more than 60 counties, along with accompanying adults and members of the public, for a day of engagement on pressing public issues. After the morning program, lunch and group photos with Lugar, the students spent the afternoon in group discussions with UIndy faculty members and other experts on issues including terrorism, the refugee crisis, the 2016 presidential election and U.S. leadership in the world.

The senior statesman’s morning address focused on key international concerns:
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Sociology professor cited in New York Times



Associate Professor Amanda Miller of the Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice is a key source for a story in the New York Times on marriage proposal customs and expectations.

Headlined “Marriages May Not Be Forever, but Our Obsession With Diamonds Is,” the story cites a 2006 study Miller co-authored and quotes her on more recent work that will inform an upcoming book, tentatively titled Cohabitation Nation, to be published by the University of California Press.

“Even among feminists, women want to be asked,” Miller told the Times. “Few women want to tell the story how she proposed. They still want the man to make that grand, sweeping gesture.”

Read the full story here.

Director tapped to lead Summer Programs

The University of Indianapolis has selected an experienced higher-education professional to oversee its expanding catalog of summer classes and camps for students of all ages.

Merkel Diaz

Merkel Diaz

Rachelle Merkel Diaz is UIndy’s first Director of Summer Programs, with responsibilities that include enhancing current offerings and developing new programming. Summer Programs at the university include:

  • more than 200 academic courses for students from UIndy and other institutions
  • immersion experiences for international students
  • continuing education for adult learners
  • a range of academic, arts and athletic camps for K-12 students
  • and a menu of facilities and services available for summer meetings and conferences.

Merkel Diaz previously has served in a variety of roles with Complete College America, Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, Sigma Kappa Sorority, Wabash College and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At UIndy, she will report to Dr. Ellen Miller, Associate Provost for Research, Graduate Programs and Academic Partnerships.

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Conference to celebrate collaborations

Faculty will showcase interdisciplinary projects at Cross-Pollination(s)

Philosophy with Biology. History with Music. Business with Education. Education with Occupational Therapy and Athletic Training. The list goes on.

UIndy faculty members have been working together outside their departmental boxes, and more than 50 of them will share their experiences in interdisciplinary collaboration this week during Cross-Pollination(s), a conference organized by the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs & Service Learning. Eyed as an annual event, the jazz-themed two-day conference will enable faculty members to discuss and celebrate projects that break down disciplinary barriers and enrich the educational experience for students.



Dr. Gerburg Garmann, assistant dean for Interdisciplinary Studies & Service Learning in the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences, said UIndy has made great strides in this area during the past year or two, awarding five innovative collaboration grants, engaging faculty across disciplines in interdisciplinary roundtable sessions and supporting faculty presentations at local, national and international interdisciplinary conferences.

“The time seemed right to allow our faculty to present their accomplishments closer to home and to a campuswide audience, and thus Cross-Pollination(s) was born,” said Garmann, a professor of Modern Languages. “We hope to make it a yearly event and eventually expand it to bring in contributors from both the regional and national levels. Our goal is to make the Cross-Pollination(s) conference a major voice in the ongoing discussion of the role interdisciplinary studies should play in the transformation of American higher education.”

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Krannert Library now serves body and mind

The Perk II and Sub Hub at Krannert Memorial Library

The new Perk III and Sub Hub at KML

It’s official: Along with all the other amenities in the redesigned Krannert Memorial Library — the cool furniture, the connectivity, etc. — you can now grab a latte, a snack, a fresh sandwich and more.

The Perk III and the Sub Hub are open for business on the ground floor of KML, adding to the range of campus dining options already available at Schwitzer Student Center and the Health Pavilion.

The Perk III offers full-service coffee (“We proudly serve Starbucks”), drinks and pastries from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Sub Hub features freshly made sandwiches, salads, sushi and drinks from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with pre-made subs and salads available from 4 to 7 p.m.

In other dining news: Based on demand, the similar cafe in the Health Pavilion has adjusted its hours, with The Perk II open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and Greyhound Garden open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Over at the grill in Schwitzer, Ace’s Place will be open 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday.

From Greyhound football to Federal Reserve

NCAA website features UIndy alum, successful bank examiner Stevan Savich

Savich, then and now (UIndy, NCAA images)

Savich, then and now (UIndy/NCAA image)

Education in the classroom and on the gridiron has fueled success for Stevan Savich ’80 as a bank examiner and certified trust auditor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, he said.

“Being able to participate in college sports is something that will help you for the rest of your life, but earning your degree allows you to live your life,” the Savich told the NCAA for a story in its After the Game series on former student-athletes. “My job responsibilities have allowed me to travel the world and work with both small community and large global banks. My experience as an athlete prepared me for the bank boardroom, since playing sports gives you confidence to perform in front of a crowd.”

Savich earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from UIndy, then known as Indiana Central University, after a student-athlete career that included playing on the Hall of Fame 1975 football team.

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SATURDAY: Lugar address open to public

Longtime senator will discuss international challenges facing U.S.

Lugar Symposium

As foreign policy becomes a leading issue in the 2016 presidential race, one of America’s most respected voices on international affairs returns to the University of Indianapolis to share his insights on current tensions around the world.

Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar will deliver the keynote address Saturday at the 39th annual Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders, presented by UIndy’s Richard G. Lugar Academy. The event will draw more than 400 select high school juniors from throughout the state for a morning program and afternoon group discussion sessions on pressing public issues.

For the first time, the 10 a.m. opening program – including Lugar’s address, which he has often cited as his most important annual public speech – will be open free to the general public. This year, the statesman plans to focus his talk on the challenges facing the United States in the Middle East, our relations with Russia and China, and concerns about information security and cyberwarfare.

Seating is limited, and attendees are asked to register in advance at:

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