Speech team places first at invitational

speech-teamThe UIndy Speech Team won first place as a team on Nov. 5 at Owensboro Community College’s invitational speech and debate tournament.

The winners included:

Team Awards:
Individual Events Team Sweepstakes Tournament Champions
Team Traveling Trophy Winner

Individual Awards:
Individual Events Pentathlon Sweepstakes – Tournament Champion Vanessa Hickman, 2nd Brooke Abbott
Poetry Interpretation – 2nd Vanessa Hickman
After-Dinner Speaking – Tournament Champion Brooke Abbott
Dramatic Interpretation – 2nd Vanessa Hickman, 3rd Emma Rund, Top novice Dae’Ja Gaston
Prose Interpretation – 2nd Carolyne Wilhelm, 3rd Kameron Murdock, Top Novice Hanna McClard
Impromptu Counseling – 2nd Vanessa Hickman, 4th Brooke Abbott
Impromptu Speaking – 6th Kaylee Blum
Extemporaneous Speaking – Tournament Champion Jessica Carroll
Persuasive Speaking – Tournament Champion Carolyne Wilhelm, 2nd Jessica Carroll
Informative Speaking – 3rd Jessica Carroll, 4th Shayla Cabalan
Duo Interpretation – 2nd Kameron Murdock & Emma Rund, 3rd Vanessa Hickman & Brooke Abbott, 6th Dae’Ja Gaston & Shayla Cabalan
Programmed Oral Interpretation – 4th Brooke Abbott, 6th Kaylee Blum
Impromptu Weathercasting – 5th India Graves
Coach of the Year – Rebekah Watson Gaidis

Coached by UIndy alumna Dr. Rebekah Watson Gaidis, Assistant Professor and Director of Forensics in the Department of Communication, the team looks ahead to their final tournament of the semester on Nov. 18 at Bowling Green State University.

UIndy to celebrate the 241st Marine Corps birthday


Join former Indianapolis Mayor and UIndy Visiting Fellow Greg Ballard for the 2016 Celebration of the 241st birthday of the Marine Corps on Thursday, November 10, at the University of Indianapolis. The celebration will be held at the Stierwalt Alumni House at 4 p.m.

On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress resolved that two battalions of Marines be raised. Formal observance of the birthday of the Marine Corps began on November 10, 1921.

One of the greatest traditions is the passing of the first piece of cake to the oldest Marine present, who then passes the cake to the youngest Marine present. This gesture symbolizes the passing of knowledge from the experienced Marines to the new generation of Marines.

We hope you can join us for this special event to celebrate the 241st birthday of the Marine Corps and to honor those in our community who have served.

This free event is open to the public and you don’t need to be a Marine to attend. Online registration is requested. 

String Quartet to debut on November 7 at UIndy

String Quartet to debut with internationally recognized pianist Orli Shaham
November 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Reception will immediately follow

Joined by internationally recognized pianist Orli Shaham, this new Indianapolis-based string quartet comprised of violinists Zach De Pue and Austin Hartman, violist Michael Strauss and cellist Austin Huntington will make its debut in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall on Monday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. This Faculty Artist Concert Series performance is presented by Katz, Sapper & Miller. Concerts are free to the public and L/P credit is available for UIndy students. Online registration is requested.

This is the first of two featured performances by the newly-formed quartet on this season’s Faculty Artist Concert Series. The November 7 program will open with Mendelssohn’s turbulent String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80. It originally bore the subtitle “Requiem for Fanny” and was written in honor of his deceased sister. Alberto Ginastera’s characterful String Quartet No. 1 follows. This work vividly portrays the flavors of Argentinean life on the Pampas and also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The evening will culminate with Ms. Shaham joining the quartet for a performance of Brahms’ beloved Piano Quintet, Op. 34.

Guest pianist, Orli Shaham is a consummate musician recognized for her grace and vitality. She has established an impressive international reputation as one of today’s most gifted pianists. Ms. Shaham is in demand for her prodigious skills and admired for her interpretations of both standard and modern repertoire.

Imagination Emporium students bring haunted house to life

Piper Voge (Bindy Agency), and UIndy students Chelsea Marshall and Jillian Conrad

Piper Voge (Bindy Agency), and UIndy students Chelsea Marshall and Jillian Conrad

Students in the Imagination Emporium design agency are working hard to give people a fright this Halloween. Hotel Holmes is a new haunted house in Irvington —just east of downtown Indianapolis — organized by the Bindy Agency, and the Imagination Emporium is helping to bring it to life.

The Imagination Emporium is a full-service, student-run experience design agency who works with real-world, community clients. Each semester, the Imagination Emporium works with a community partner—either for-profit or nonprofit—to research, design and implement multisensory environments and experiences.

This semester, the agency is helping to create Hotel Holmes, a walk-thru style haunted house that is based on the life of H. H. Holmes. Holmes is thought to have murdered as many as 200 people between 1886 and 1894. Holmes evaded authorities and fled to Irvington, where he stayed for a brief while. Visitors to Hotel Holmes will feel like they are stepping into the lobby of a 1890s hotel.

“This has been a wonderful opportunity for the students, and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on the project,” says Experience Design Director Dr. Samantha Meigs.

Hotel HolmesThe haunted house is presented as part of the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival, the largest Halloween fest in the U.S.

More information about the Hotel Holmes and the students’ experience is available in an article published by the Indianapolis Star and this article published by Southside Times.

If you go:

When: 3 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 28, noon to midnight Saturday, 3 p.m. to midnight Oct. 30-31.

Where: 5529 Bonna Ave, #10. 

Tickets:$10 presale, $15 at the door, $20 for VIP timed tickets. Appropriate for ages 15 and older.

Info:  hotelholmesindy.com

University of Indianapolis announces 2016 Alumni Awards

Homecoming festivities: the golf cart parade makes its way down Hanna Avenue on October 8, 2016. (Photo by D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

Homecoming festivities 2016

The University of Indianapolis Alumni Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Alumni Awards:

  • 2016 UIndy Distinguished Alumni Award — Dr. James Hurrell ’84, Westminster, Colo.
  • 2016 UIndy Distinguished Young Alumni Award — Nikki Reed ’07, Indianapolis
  • 2016 UIndy Distinguished Faculty/Staff Alumni Award — Rebecca Cartledge ’06, Indianapolis
  • 2016 UIndy Education for Service Award — Dr. Ronald Morris ’86, Centerville, Ind.
  • 2016 UIndy Honorary Alumni Award — Robert and Marjorie Begeman, Franklin, Ind.
  • 2016 UIndy Gene and JoAnne Sease Award — Kendall ’62 and Georgia ’65, ’72 Hottell, Indianapolis

The award winners were announced at a dinner and awards ceremony in Indianapolis on October 8 as part of the University’s Homecoming celebrations. Presiding over the ceremony was UIndy Alumni Board member and news editor of NUVO, Amber Stearns.

The University of Indianapolis Alumni Awards promote and recognize excellence among University alumni and supporters, both in their careers and their communities. The Alumni Awards also recognize dedication, service and commitment to the University.

“Selecting alumni to honor each year is a difficult task given that so many of our graduates are deserving of having their accomplishments recognized,” said Anita Samuel, University of Indianapolis Alumni Association President. “We are very proud of our 2016 Alumni Award recipients who have been both wonderful leaders in their respective communities and dedicated ambassadors for their alma mater.”

For more information about the University of Indianapolis Alumni Awards, and for photos, please visit www.UIndy.edu/alumni/award-winners.

To watch videos about each winner, visit https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3D8rfzfyQXjLpUhbBySMXUc4PysyX79K


University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees appoints 3 new members

The University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees appointed Anita Kolkmeier Samuel of Indianapolis and Edwin Qualls and Pamela Qualls of Largo, Florida, to the 36-member board during the October 8, 2016, board meeting.

“Our newest Board members bring talent, vision and expertise to the table,” says Board Chair Yvonne Shaheen. “They embody the spirit of community and are dedicated to the success of UIndy. We are very fortunate to have them with us as we continue to strengthen the University and plan for the future.”


Anita Kolkmeier Samuel

Anita Kolkmeier Samuel, who has served as the president of the University of Indianapolis Alumni Board of Directors since June, is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis and a graduate of the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. She is the senior director of University-Employer Relations for USA Funds. Her previous positions have included General Counsel for the Office of Governor Mitch Daniels and director of the Indiana State Personnel Department.

“I am honored to be appointed to the Board of Trustees of the University of Indianapolis,” said Samuel. “I’ve been a part of the University since 1994 and have watched the school grow at an exciting pace. I look forward to seeing the changes that are yet to come.”

Edwin "Ed" Qualls

Edwin “Ed” O. Qualls

Edwin O. Qualls, who received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an associate’s degree in business data processing at the University of Indianapolis is the owner and president of Just Add Power Cardware Co., Inc., in Largo, Florida. The international company, founded in 1992 in Indianapolis as a full-service computer supplier to K-12 schools in Indiana, provides specialty hardware and media distribution technologies for major venues around the world such as the Cincinnati Reds’ stadium.

“I am humbled and honored to be appointed to the Board,” said Qualls. “As a trustee, we have a great responsibility to both the present and the future of the University. This is an exciting time for the University of Indianapolis. I will keep the best interests of the school and its students in mind as we keep working to maintain the highest educational standards possible.”

Pamela S. Qualls

Pamela S. Qualls

Pamela S. Qualls, who received degrees in business administration and music performance from the University of Indianapolis and an MBA from the University of Tampa, is the executive director of UMCM Suncoast in Largo, Florida, a leading social services not-for-profit agency. After a decade as a professional musician, Qualls transitioned her career to the for-profit and not-for-profit management fields of marketing, education, training, volunteer recruitment, and program coordination. She has worked at Girls Scouts of Suncoast Council and at Just Add Power with her husband, Edwin. Qualls plays the flute in the orchestra of Anona United Methodist Church in Largo, where she also participates in mission work and worship arts, youth leadership, and religious education.

“I look forward to working with this distinguished group of Trustees in service at the University of Indianapolis,” said Qualls. “This University means a great deal to me. We will work to further its reputation as a vital community resource for Indianapolis and as an excellent university.”

For more information about the Board of Trustees members, visit http://www.uindy.edu/administration-and-trustees/board-of-trustees



Special screening of “The Burden” with filmmaker Roger Sorkin and former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard

burden_emailThursday, November 3, at 7 p.m.
UIndy Hall A, Schwitzer Student Center
Reception will immediately follow

Join us for our next University Series event featuring a special screening of “The Burden” followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Roger Sorkin and former Indianapolis Mayor and UIndy Visiting Fellow Greg Ballard.

“The Burden” is a 40-minute documentary that tells the story of fossil fuel dependence as our greatest long-term national security threat, and why the military is leading the transition to clean energy. The film also focuses on the amount of American military lives lost fighting to protect oil interests in the Middle East.

This free event is open to the public and L/P credit is available to UIndy students. Online registration is requested.

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Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs welcomes new staff, receives grant

The Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs welcomed two new staff members this fall: Rev. Arionne Williams and Rev. Corey Howard. These new personnel will enable the work of the chaplaincy at UIndy to focus on campus ministry and interfaith programming.

Rev. Williams

Rev. Williams

Rev. Arionne Williams serves as the new Associate Chaplain and will direct Interfaith Programming as well as serve in Christian ministry with students. She has a long ministry with youth and in women’s empowerment. She has already begun to develop meaningful relationships with UIndy students. A commissioning service for Rev. Williams will be held on November 4 at noon.

Rev. Howard

Rev. Howard

The EIP office also received a $580,000 grant to expand and develop programs in the theological vocation exploration for high school students. The grant will give UIndy students opportunities in leadership development in the programs as well as introduce high school students to the ministry at UIndy. As a result of the grant, Rev. Corey Howard joined the University to serve as Assistant Director of the Lantz Center. His primary responsibilities are with these grant-funded programs and he will also have time committed to ministry with UIndy students.

Celebration of Flags salutes 78 nations

celebration_flag_3876UIndy highlighted the global diversity of its campus community today with the 28th annual Celebration of the Flags, that colorful and moving fall tradition recognizing the many home countries of current students, faculty and staff.

The centerpiece, as always, was an Olympic-style procession in which flag bearers, many dressed in traditional garb, paraded with their national colors as the countries were announced. This year’s event featured 78 nations.

The program this afternoon included a string trio performance by Anastazi Vithova on the violin, Emma Bryant on the viola and Brynn Stebbe on cello. Remarks were given by UIndy President Robert Manuel, International Student Representative Sultan Salam, and Indianapolis Student Government President Jason Marshall.

After the program, attendees enjoyed international snacks and learned more about the various cultures at tables manned by students from China, Canada, Africa, Saudi Arabia, India, and Ireland.

UIndy Theatre presents musical comedy

Emery Lade as Olive Ostrovsky stars as an eager speller

Emery Lade as Olive Ostrovsky stars as an eager speller

A heartwarming comedy is this season’s opening production from the Department of Theatre at the University of Indianapolis. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a long one-act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss.

The 2005 Broadway production earned good reviews and box-office success and was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two, including Best Book. It opens October 21 in UIndy’s Ransburg Auditorium, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny, and touching book, and a truly fresh and vibrant score, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.

The run continues Oct. 21-22 & 27-29, with performances at 8 p.m., and on Oct. 23 with a 2 p.m. performance. Admission is $12 for the public, $10 for UIndy alumni, senior citizens, groups of eight or more, and non-UIndy students with ID. Tickets and more information are available at uindy.edu/etc or 317- 788-3251

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

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