Quality of Life Plan poised to enhance South Indy

The University of Indianapolis will play a key role in implementing a recently completed Quality of Life plan impacting south Indianapolis, the result of a collaboration between campus, community and nearby businesses that began in February 2015. The plan was revealed during a Dec. 13 campus celebration.

Plan developers engaged more than 400 surrounding residents and business owners. From new walkways and urban gardens to additional healthcare facilities, housing options and job initiatives, the plan cites several critical needs defined by area residents. History, tradition and community development were common themes during the public meetings and outreach by neighborhood associations and community groups to formulate a “shared vision” of life in South Indianapolis, which since has been branded as SoIndy (www.soindy.org).

UIndy hosted a celebration recently to unveil a Quality of Life plan for improvements in South Indy. Campus, community and businesses all contributed to the effort.

UIndy hosted a celebration recently to unveil a Quality of Life plan for improvements in South Indy. Campus, community and businesses all contributed to the effort.

“Ultimately, this is Our plan together, and we will carry it out together,” Tedd Grain, deputy director of LISC, told a large group of stakeholders at the UIndy Health Pavilion. “We are so excited about celebrating the unique vibrancy of South Indy, and the Quality of Life plan will foster that.”

The University of Indianapolis is considered an anchor for the region, defined by the Quality of Life plan as eight-square blocks mostly north of I-465, west to Bluff Road, east to I-65 and south of Raymond Street. Target initiatives include Thriving Households, Healthy Communities and Talent and Trades.

“Along with many of our neighbors and the surrounding business community, UIndy is committed to being a catalyst for positive change in south Indianapolis,” said UIndy President Rob Manuel. “This Quality of Life plan showcases the wonderful people and amenities that make up this unique area and provides a foundation for what see as our future.”

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Sociology professor weighs in on sin across America

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Indianapolis doesn’t break the list of the top 50 most sinful cities in America, but defining bad behavior can vary greatly across the country, according to a recent study posted to WalletHub.com.

UIndy’s Dr. Amanda Miller, associate professor of sociology, was one of several experts polled in the study as it looked at people behaving badly in the 150 most populated U.S. cities. The study ranked cities in categories ranging from “excessive drinking” to “violent crimes per capita” and asked several academics to help explain why some behavior is viewed more negatively based on local culture.

As the results indicate, not all American vices are created equally. Read the full article.

Local spider discovery provides leg up to new science

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The new species of Oreonetides.

Nearby Indiana forests could be home to a whole host of undiscovered life forms just like the new species of spider discovered recently by a University of Indianapolis biology professor.

“New (spider) species are being found all the time. I typically find one to two a year, but the message is that we really know nothing about the diversity of species living right here in Indiana,” said Dr. Marc Milne, the self-described “spider guy” on campus.

The tiny, female arachnid is tentatively known only by the genus name of Oreonetides. Since it was first collected in May 2015 in Johnson County, Ind., Milne and other spider experts across the country have been unable to find a comparable species, and the search now begins to find a male variety. Read more

‘Christmas Celebration’ concerts Dec. 9 and 11

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

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

Favorite carols, a Christmas concerto, and music celebrating the season from the distant past are in store this weekend when the University of Indianapolis Department of Music performs its annual “Christmas Celebration” concerts.

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.

The UIndy Handbell Ensemble directed by Peter Nichols will provide pre-concert music on stage before the program begins with a candlelight processional.

Led by Paul Krasnovsky with organist Marko Petričić and pianist Haruka Ostojić, UIndy’s Concert Choir, Schola, and Women’s Chorus will perform traditional carols of the season along with Christmas music from the late Middle Ages and the early Renaissance.  The UIndy Chamber Orchestra led by Austin Hartman then performs Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto,” and the evening will end with Leroy Anderson’s classic “Sleigh Ride” and a holiday sing-along conducted by Vu Nguyen.

Tickets, at $10 general admission or $6 for students and seniors, are available at the door or in advance at (317) 788-3251 or uindy.edu/etc.

Thank you! #GivingTuesday goal exceeded

Over 250 pairs of socks were delivered to Laurelwood children as part of UIndy's Giving Tuesday support.  President Rob Manuel and mascot ACE were on hand to also greet the kids on November 29, 2016.

Over 250 pairs of socks were delivered to Laurelwood children as part of UIndy’s Giving Tuesday support. President Rob Manuel and mascot ACE were on hand to also greet the kids on November 29, 2016.

More than 290 alumni, students, parents, friends, faculty and staff came together to support the University’s motto—Education for Service—on #GivingTuesday with gifts totaling $19,231!

A Perfect Match…Starts with You was a campaign to recognize the strong connection University of Indianapolis students, faculty, staff and alumni have to service and to provide a chance for UIndy to give to the children at the Laurelwood housing community near the campus. When a $25 gift was made to UIndy on Tuesday, UIndy donated a pair of socks to the children at Laurelwood. Over 250 pairs of socks were delivered at the end of the day.

Gifts were received from 16 states and the number of donors who participated on Tuesday was a 50 percent increase from the previous year.

Visit the #GivingTuesday page to see more photos from Laurelwood and the final results.

UIndy Theatre presents dark political comedy

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A ridiculous but smart satire about a Nebraska political race is the second theatre production this season from the Department of Theatre at the University of Indianapolis.

The Totalitarians by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb opens Dec. 2 in UIndy’s Esch Hall Studio Theatre, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

Society might be on the brink of revolution in Nebraska. Penny, a compulsive and compulsively watchable candidate for state office enlists the help of Francine, a silver-tongued operative. Francine’s husband Jeffrey, a doctor, is lying to his dying patients—one of whom opens his eyes to Penny’s nefarious plans for the Cornhusker State. The Totalitarians is a raucous dark comedy about the state of modern political discourse, modern relationships, and how easy it is to believe truths without facts.

The run continues Dec. 3-4 and 8-10 at 8 p.m. Admission is $12 for general admission, $10 for UIndy alumni, senior citizens (62+), groups of 8 or more, and non-UIndy students. UIndy students, faculty, and staff are free with ID. Thrifty Thursday (Dec. 8) is $6 per ticket. Free preview is Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets and more information are available at uindy.edu/etc or (317) 788-3251

*Warning: This production may contains extreme adult language and content that some may find inappropriate and is similar to an R-rated movie.

The Totalitarians is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York

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UIndy joins global #GivingTuesday movement

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University of Indianapolis has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. A Perfect Match…Starts with You is a campaign that recognizes the strong connection University of Indianapolis students and alumni have to service and aims to give back to the kids at the Laurelwood housing community.

Occurring this year on November 29, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

The University of Indianapolis has partnered with the Laurelwood Community, a low-income Indianapolis community in the University’s neighborhood that is home to a unique after-school program operated in partnership with University of Indianapolis students and the YMCA. One of the most essential but often overlooked needs children may have is a good pair of socks. When a $25 gift is made to the University of Indianapolis on #GivingTuesday, the donor will receive custom UIndy socks and the University will donate a pair to the children at Laurelwood.

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Lugar Leadership Award goes to Lake Station senior

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Student to meet former senator Dec. 3 at annual UIndy symposium

Thomas A. Edison Jr. Sr. High School student Drake Abramson has been selected to receive this year’s Richard G. Lugar Distinguished Student Leadership Award, presented annually to an Indiana high school senior by the Lugar Academy at the University of Indianapolis.

A varsity wrestling and football player and state-level student council representative, Drake will meet the former senator and Nobel Prize nominee Dec. 3 during the 40th annual Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders at the University of Indianapolis. The event enables top high school juniors from around the state to hear a keynote address from Lugar on world events and to join in expert-led group discussions on pressing public issues.

Drake was among hundreds of Indiana students who attended last year’s symposium and were invited to apply for the leadership award, which includes a $1,000 award. The recipient must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and demonstrate leadership skill and a commitment to serving others. He was nominated for the award by his football coach and teacher, Timothy McCormick.

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Lugar to discuss global changes, international relations at UIndy symposium

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Dec. 3 address open to the public

As foreign policy became 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 issues around the world Dec. 3.

Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar will deliver the keynote address Saturday, December 3, at the 40th 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.

The public is invited to attend 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 America’s role in the world in the 21st century.  After two terms as mayor of Indianapolis, Lugar served 36 years in the U.S. Senate, a tenure that included chairing the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. In 1991, he co-authored the landmark Nunn-Lugar Act, which deactivated more than 7,600 nuclear warheads in the former Soviet Union.

Lugar is the current president of The Lugar Center, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that convenes experts and sponsors research on issues including global food and energy security, WMD nonproliferation, bipartisan governance and the effectiveness of international development aid programs.

The December 3 program also will include the presentation of this year’s Richard G. Lugar Distinguished Student Leadership Award to Thomas A. Edison Jr. Sr. High School senior Drake Abramson. The award, which includes a $1,000 award, recognizes one Indiana high school senior each year for leadership and community service activities.

REGISTRATION

As seating is limited, attendees are asked to register in advance at:

https://40thuindylugarsymposium.eventbrite.com

 

 

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