NCAA taps UIndy for management training

‘Leadership Essentials’ graduates first group of participating supervisors

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Supervisors at the National Collegiate Athletic Association headquarters in Indianapolis are honing their management and leadership skills through a customized certificate program developed in partnership with the University of Indianapolis.

NCAA_primaryc_m (2)NCAA Leadership Essentials, delivered on-site by UIndy’s School for Adult Learning, is an eight-week program to enhance employee management abilities in the areas of critical thinking, conflict resolution, employee engagement, change management, human resources and legal affairs as well as enhancing organizational cultures of teamwork and trust.

“The NCAA national office believes learning is an ongoing process. We entered into a strategic partnership with the University of Indianapolis to provide our supervisors with enhanced leadership and skill building tools necessary to be effective leaders,” said Bob Fiala, NCAA managing director of human resources. “Through participating in the Leadership Essentials certificate program, we think our supervisors will grow and develop into more effective leaders and ultimately provide a higher level of support to their staff, member schools and the Association.”

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Story on UIndy student draws big response

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Brendan Dudas (Indy Star video still)

UIndy student Brendan Dudas (IndyStar video still)

Indianapolis Star sports columnist Gregg Doyel is known for his ability to find compelling tales where others don’t think to look, but even he was daunted by the story of UIndy business major and baseball player Brendan Dudas.

It begins with the elaborate wiffle ball facility Dudas and friends built in his parents’ Southside backyard, home to an organized eight-team league that helps young men from the area stay in touch with their high school pals. It ends with Dudas and his girlfriend — both full-time college students — assuming guardianship of two disadvantaged young nephews who have found love and support through their families and the Indy Southside Wiffle Ball league.

There’s much more, but you have to read the story to take it all in. Doyel initially wasn’t sure how to put the pieces together.

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In the news: Sociology, Business, PT



Dr. Amanda Miller of the Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice continues to draw national attention with her research on marriage, cohabitation and household dynamics. Most recently, she is coauthor of a study suggesting that couples who share household chores equitably are also busier in the bedroom. Read about it in the New York Post (“Wanna have more sex? Do the dishes”) and Glamour.

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Dr. Timothy Zimmer of the School of Business likes to apply his economics acumen to the world of sport. One of his number-crunching finds is that a Major League Baseball team that goes for an extended time without winning a World Series (a la the Chicago Cubs), and has a fan base built around that “lovable loser” image, can actually lose fans in the long run after a winning season. Read about it in The Atlantic.

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The world is still discovering the research performed by Dr. Stephanie Combs-Miller and her Physical Therapy students and colleagues to show the positive impact of Rock Steady Boxing therapy in improving life for clients with Parkinson’s disease.

Their work most recently grabbed the attention of U.S. News and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (for the second time this year). Also appearing in recent weeks were stories by Missouri’s Kansas City Star and Springfield News-Leader, each of which was picked up by the Associated Press and shared by news outlets nationwide.

MBA students visit innovative manufacturer

MBA class at ArielStudents from UIndy’s one-year, full-time MBA program got a firsthand lesson in manufacturing and management last week on an out-of-state field trip.

Led by graduate programs director and Assistant Professor Steve Tokar, the group visited privately held Ariel Compressor Corp., based in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

Ariel was founded in 1966 by Jim Buchwald, an engineer who brought a unique approach to relationships with customers, suppliers and employees alike. The company, which makes compressors for the natural gas industry, has built a market share of over 80 percent against much larger competitors by focusing on timely delivery and structuring its operation in self-directed teams that are responsible for their own quality, scheduling and maintenance.

“He believes that the people closest to the work know more about how to do their jobs than any supervisor,” Tokar said.

The visit certainly made an impression on student Garrett Sheets, who double-majored in Biology and Chemistry as a UIndy undergrad before entering the MBA program. He said the facility visit brought to life some of the lessons he and his classmates learned in their operations courses. Read more

Education MBA program names new fellows

Launched at UIndy, Woodrow Wilson initiative expands to other universities

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation today announced the new 2016-2017 class of Woodrow Wilson Indiana MBA Fellows in Education Leadership, more than 60 educators nominated by their schools and corporations for innovative preparation to lead 21st-century schools.

WW logoThe MBA Fellowship blends clinical experience in schools with rigorous business coursework to ensure that graduates have the knowledge and skills to guide schools and districts through a changing education environment. The program is designed to close achievement gaps between America’s lowest- and highest-performing schools and between top-performing U.S. schools and those around the world.

The Indiana program debuted in 2014 with the first cohort at the University of Indianapolis. This year, the third cohort at UIndy is joined by inaugural groups at Indiana State University and Indiana University, thanks to support from Lilly Endowment Inc. Similar programs operate in Wisconsin and New Mexico, preparing new school leaders to drive innovation, expand the use of analytics and evidence-based practices, raise student performance to international levels and improve the quality of school systems and teaching over time.

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Undergrad research projects draw notice

spider sketchesFresh UIndy graduate Elizabeth Wells (center) discusses her arachnid illustrations with faculty members Marc Milne and Jen Camden during the recent Scholars’ Day.

Apparently Elizabeth Wells is very good at drawing microscopic spider parts, because The Field Museum in Chicago has posted her work online for use by scientists around the world.

Wells graduated magna cum laude from UIndy’s Strain Honors College on Saturday with a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Medical Illustration. But before she did, she created the illustrations for a Biology honors project under Assistant Professor Marc Milne, using pen, pencil and a dissecting microscope.

These particular spiders, the erigonine subfamily of the Linyphiidae family, are smaller than 2 mm across and therefore are difficult to identify. To do so, arachnologists must use microscopes and compare the creatures to existing photos or illustrations. Posted among a gallery of such photos taken by the museum staff, Wells’ detailed illustrations can be seen here.

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Payton Butler, who just finished her sophomore year majoring in EntrepreneurshipExperience Design and Human Resources Management, has a paper published in the latest volume of the Butler Journal of Undergraduate Research.

The title: “Why Do Boys Love Frozen, a Disney Princess Movie?”

Based on her research, Butler attributed the film’s runaway success to savvy writing and marketing designed to broaden the audience beyond young females, including focused advertising, exciting action scenes, appealing humor and a higher-than-usual ratio of male to female characters. Read more about it here.

The work began in a First-Year Seminar course taught by Associate Professor of Teacher Education Greta Pennell, who points out that the journal’s acceptance rate is only 25 percent.

Student receives statewide award for service



Mohammed Almalak came to UIndy from Saudi Arabia for a business degree, and he will claim his diploma Saturday.

But Almalak, known to friends as “Mo,” got more out of his Greyhound experience, developing a taste for community service that has benefited several local organizations and earned him a statewide award last week.

The College Career Center Consortium of Indiana presented its annual Paul W. Gabonay Volunteer Service Award to Almalak at the Community Campus Forum and Service Expo. The honor, named for UIndy’s former career services director, recognizes an Indiana undergraduate who best exemplifies the qualities of integrity, commitment to serving those in need and dedication to fostering the growth and gifts of others.

For Almalak, the lesson boils down to this: “The more you give, the more you will get.”

His first community work took place through a service-learning course in the summer of 2014, when he spent more than 90 hours at the Burmese-American Community Institute, tutoring teens in English and math, helping them with college and scholarship applications and developing a business plan for immigrant women planning to start a home daycare center.

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SAL names Director for Strategic Partnerships

UIndy’s School for Adult Learning has appointed a Director for Strategic Partnerships, who will build industry connections and develop professional training opportunities in the new Division for Professional Engagement.



Bob Calliotte brings to the new position more than 30 years’ experience in a broad range of business sectors. He comes to UIndy from Ivy Tech, where he served most recently as Corporate College Executive.

In his UIndy role, Calliotte will develop and oversee all non-credit bearing opportunities, including establishing key education centers, creating a professional badging system and soliciting industry partnerships. He also will develop virtual training opportunities for corporations and businesses.

An engineer by training, his previous posts have included customer service manager for Wabash National Corp., national account director for Brightpoint North America and utility sales account manager for General Electric.

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New master’s degrees target HR, construction

Belcher IIB photo - webBusiness Dean Larry Belcher discusses the new Master of Professional Studies programs on Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick. Click the image to watch.

Accelerated evening courses designed for working professionals

New evening degree programs at the University of Indianapolis will help employers cultivate leaders within their organizations and tap the skills of military veterans and other career changers.

The UIndy School of Business is accepting applications for two Master of Professional Studies degrees that will launch in August: Human Resource Development & Administration and commercial Real Estate Development & Construction Management. Accelerated 7½-week courses offered in a hybrid online/on-site format will enable students to complete the requirements in five terms while still working full time at their current jobs.



The courses differ from standard master’s programs in their emphasis on practical skills and applied learning rather than theory and research, said Larry Belcher, professor and dean of the School of Business.

“The curriculum is really project-based, not the traditional learn-from-the-book, take-a-test approach,” Belcher said. “And because these are cohort-based programs that group together people with different backgrounds and career paths, students learn from one another as well as from the material presented.”

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