VIDEO: Commencement among May highlights

May 2016 at UIndy meant high-profile student research, national NCAA action and a little thing called Commencement, featuring NPR’s Steve Inskeep and singer-actress Jearlyn Steele. Click the image to watch.

Women’s golf nearly repeats national title

2016 womens golfHoisting their NCAA national runner-up hardware are Greyhound women’s golf Assistant Coach Lyndsey Bevill, Katharina Keilich, Paxton DeHaven, Head Coach Brent Nicoson, Brooke Beegle, Kylie Raines, and Molly Ward.

The UIndy women’s golf team capped a stellar season Saturday by coming within nine strokes of repeating last year’s NCAA D-II National Championship.

Leading the team to a runner-up finish behind Rollins in Aurora, Colo., were freshman Katharina Keilich (76-72-70-73) and sophomore Paxton DeHaven (77-73-70-74), both of whom landed in the Top 10. Senior Brooke Beegle (74-70-76-79) tied for 20th in her final college event. Read more about the championship action here.

The Greyhounds made their return trip to nationals after posting their fifth-straight conference and regional championships. In Great Lakes Valley Conference honors, Keilich was named both Freshman and Player of the Year, and Head Coach Brent Nicoson was tapped for his fourth-straight GLVC Coach of the Year award. Read more about those and other honors here.

Greyhounds claim 5th-straight All-Sports honor

glvc all-sports trophyUPDATE: UIndy also has won the GLVC Commissioner’s Cup for the second straight year. Read about it here.

The University of Indianapolis again has asserted its athletic prowess by winning its fifth consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Sports Trophy — and in decisive, record-setting style.

The traveling trophy is awarded each year to the GLVC institution posting the best all-around performance in the league’s 20 sponsored sports. UIndy’s 203 points for 2015-2016 is the highest in the 38-year history of the award, and its 31.5 margin over second-place Lewis also is a new conference record. The Greyhounds have claimed the honor eight times in total.

The Greyhounds’ performance this year included GLVC titles in baseball, football, women’s golf, softball and men’s tennis; runner-up finishes in men’s golf, volleyball, men’s indoor and outdoor track and field and women’s indoor track and field; and third-place finishes in men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s soccer and women’s outdoor track and field. Read more here.

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Longtime football coach Bill Bless passes on

Bill BlessBill Bless and his Greyhounds celebrate a 1977 victory over the Butler Bulldogs.

Greyhound Nation lost a living legend last week with the passing of Bill Bless, who earned the most wins in University of Indianapolis football history (114) as head coach from 1972 to 1993.

The Greenwood resident graduated from Indiana Central (as UIndy was known) in 1963 and also served as head track coach for 19 years and a faculty member for 29 years. He died May 6 at age 76. Survivors include his wife, Beverly, along with children and grandchildren who include several UIndy alumni.

A member of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame as well as the UIndy Athletics Hall of Fame, Bless also coached at Whiteland, Mooresville and Greensburg high schools during his career. Outside of football, he served six years on the Greenwood City Council and one year as acting mayor.

Bless’ passing was noted by Fox59, Inside Indiana Business and other news outlets. Read more at the UIndy Athletics website. To see a full obituary and share memories and condolences, click here.

Softball, men’s tennis win conference titles

UIndy Athletics photo

UIndy Athletics photo

The UIndy men’s tennis team had a big weekend, winning the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship for the first time since 1995 and the 10th time in program history.

The No. 21 Greyhounds swept Missouri-St. Louis in the semifinals and went on to beat University of Southern Indiana 5-2 in the Sunday finals. In Friday’s first round, senior Luke Hubert posted his 81st singles win, setting a new UIndy record.

The 17-2 squad will learn its NCAA Tournament seeding Tuesday during the D-II selection show, viewable at 8 p.m. at NCAA.com. Read more about the men’s tennis team here.

Foley

Foley

The 2nd-ranked softball team claimed its second-ever GLVC title over the weekend, downing three-time reigning champs Missouri-St. Louis 7-1. Pitcher Morgan Foley continued her stellar senior season, winning all four games, throwing her fifth no-hitter of the year and breaking her own UIndy record for strikeouts in a season.

Prior to the tournament, Foley was named GLVC Pitcher of the Year, and head coach Melissa Frost received her fifth career GLVC Coach of the Year honor.

The 50-3 Greyhounds are seeded No. 1 in the Midwest Region and will host the first of two Midwest Regionals this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Read more about the softball team here.

VIDEO: April proves eventful month at UIndy

April 2016 was a busy month at UIndy, with new academic programs announced, the final arts events of the season, the University’s first student Fulbright scholar and a surprising development at the Mayoral Archives. Click above to watch.

‘UIndy Day’ to celebrate university community

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Evening reception highlights student-faculty research

The entire University of Indianapolis community is invited to celebrate and support what makes the institution special this Thursday, April 21, during the first annual UIndy Day.

Alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends are encouraged to share what they love about UIndy on social media (hashtag #UIndyDay) and watch for special short videos and events throughout the day. This day of giving also presents opportunities to support special projects and help them earn matching gifts.

The projects include athletics initiatives, the purchase of a 3-D printer and the development of a multidisciplinary collaborative space in Martin Hall. Each project that receives 50 donors on UIndy Day will earn a $1,000 match, and the project with the most donors will earn an additional $2,000 matching gift. All alumni who make a gift on UIndy Day also will be entered into a drawing to name one of Krannert Memorial Library’s famous “egg chairs.”

Participation can take many forms: Read more

New women’s hoops coach meets the press

Kristin Drabyn news conferenceKristin Drabyn, the new head coach for Greyhound women’s basketball, fields questions during a news conference today in the Hines Hospitality Room.

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In her first official appearance on campus, Kristin Drabyn said her top priorities for the women’s basketball team are to help her players complete their educations and represent UIndy well as student-athletes.

Next, she plans to win games.

“I can’t wait to get out on the court,” said the newly appointed head coach, who was introduced to colleagues and the press this afternoon in Nicoson Hall.

A graduate of Avon High School, Drabyn comes to UIndy from IUPUI, which has gone 59-37 in Division I during her three years as assistant coach and earned a trip this year to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. As the ninth head women’s basketball coach in Greyhound history, she takes over a program that has weathered back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1999. Read more

Greyhound softball, baseball off to strong start

Foley

Foley

Senior pitcher Morgan Foley threw her third no-hitter of the season Tuesday to help the UIndy softball team sweep a doubleheader at Ohio’s Walsh University, extending its best-ever opening win streak to 19-0.

Still ranked No. 2 in Division II, the Greyhounds under 12th-year head coach Melissa Frost play doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday at Missouri S&T and Drury, respectively.

In related news, the United States Sports Academy named Foley — a Communication major from Louisville — its Female Athlete of the Month for February. Is that a big deal? Well, the men’s winner was the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, and the women’s runner-up was world-class ski racer Lindsey Vonn. Read it here.

Meanwhile, UIndy baseball has climbed to No. 15 in D-II, despite a Sunday loss to Saginaw Valley that ended a 10-game winning streak.

The Hounds are now 11-3 on the season as they look toward the Midwest Regional Baseball Crossover Showcase from Friday through Sunday in Westfield’s Grand Park.

Basketball: Great season, but no Sweet 16

Loyd

Loyd

In their sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA Regional tourney, the UIndy men’s basketball team upset third-seed Ashland in Saturday’s first round but lost an 89-87 heartbreaker to Ferris State on Sunday. Senior Jordan Lloyd closed out his Greyhound career with 35 points — 29 in the second half. The Hounds ended the season 21-8.

This week, Lloyd was named to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-Midwest Region Second Team. The same honor was bestowed on Princess German, senior guard for the UIndy women’s team.

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