Alumni make news, professional and personal

A 2015 UIndy grad is drawing attention with his campaign to provide support for breast cancer patients.

Bowles

Bowles

Colin Bowles, who majored in Communication/Electronic Media, is a sportscaster at Lafayette’s WLFI-TV. In honor of his mother, who died of breast cancer in 2014, he has formed a team for next Saturday’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and is building an organization called My Eyes Are Up Here.

The group will raise money for the Indiana Women in Need Foundation, which helps women and men with breast cancer by paying for important non-medical services, such as child care, home maintenance, meal preparation and fitness classes.

Read about him in the Indianapolis Star and the Lafayette Journal & Courier, and learn more about the campaign at Bowles’ website.

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Jacquin

Jacquin

Laura Jacquin, a registered nurse who earned her MBA at UIndy, has been promoted to partner at Prism Healthcare Partners, a national healthcare management consulting firm based in Chicago.

The firm helps hospitals, health systems and academic medical centers improve their financial, operational and clinical performance. Jacquin is an expert in clinical performance and clinical documentation improvement. Read more about her work here.

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Van Til

Van Til

Amber Van Til, who earned her Political Science degree at UIndy, has been named president of the Indiana Bankers Association and designated to replace the current CEO when he retires next year. She is the first woman to hold either title.

Val Til joined the banking industry advocacy group in 2002 and recently was serving as executive vice president. Read more in the Indianapolis Business Journal.

UIndy hosts graduation for budding ‘bankers’

Young Bankers - stageA student gets high fives and handshakes from Fifth Third Bank executives during the Young Bankers graduation ceremony Wednesday in Ransburg Auditorium.

Young Bankers - seatsMore than 150 fifth- and sixth-graders from local schools received all the pomp and circumstance of a college commencement Wednesday when UIndy hosted a graduation celebration for the Fifth Third Bank Young Bankers Club.

The club is a financial literacy program that teaches children the importance of education, personal responsibility and smart money management. The kids’ visit included lunch, a panel discussion and campus tours with UIndy faculty and a graduation ceremony featuring WTHR anchor Andrea Morehead as keynote speaker.

In the news: PT, Business, Poli Sci, Anthro

Combs-Miller

Combs-Miller

Dr. Stephanie Combs-Miller of the Krannert School of Physical Therapy continues to gain attention for her groundbreaking student-run research into the value of Rock Steady Boxing programs to counteract the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Most recently, she was interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. for a national story. See the report here.

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DeGaris

DeGaris

Dr. Larry DeGaris of the School of Business was a key source for a front-page story in Tuesday’s Indianapolis Star about how living legend Peyton Manning’s legacy could be affected by allegations of banned substance use and a sexual harassment cover-up. DeGaris directs UIndy’s Sports Marketing program and is a nationally known consultant on sports marketing and sponsorships. Read the story here.

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Albright

Albright

Dr. Laura Albright of the Department of History & Political Science remains in high demand among journalists seeking analysis during this especially colorful presidential primary season. Recent examples include this 17-minute interview with WIBC-FM’s Ray Steele, which aired over the weekend to preview Super Tuesday, and this appearance on WXIN-Fox59’s weekly political talk show, IN Focus.

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Schmidt

Schmidt

Though he is not always mentioned by name, Anthropology Professor Dr. Christopher Schmidt‘s high-tech research on the diet of medieval children buried at Canterbury Cathedral is making news across the English-speaking world. See some examples here, here and here.

In the news: Sociology, Business, Music

Miller

Miller

In what may be a UIndy record, Dr. Amanda Miller of the Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice has been cited in the The New York Times for the second time this academic year.

“Why Women Proposing Is Still Rare” reads the headline of the Leap Year-inspired story, which appeared online last week and in Sunday’s print edition of the iconic newspaper.

“When women ask men, there’s no script for how they are supposed to react,” Associate Professor Miller told writer Alix Strauss. “From our research, many men said having a woman propose to them wouldn’t feel right.”

Read the story here

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Schindler

Schindler

Dr. Terry Schindler of UIndy’s School of Business was a key source for a recent NUVO Newsweekly cover story about consumers using their clout to encourage ethical behavior by corporations.

“What determines business ethics is social ethics,” said Schindler, associate professor of management. “Every ethical dilemma starts with a cost/benefit analysis: What does it cost me to do what’s right or wrong?”

Read the story here

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Last week’s unusual Faculty Artist Series concert at UIndy drew praise from longtime local arts critic Jay Harvey on his Jay Harvey Upstage blog.

“Science, Math & Music” was the theme of the Feb. 22 event, a collaboration between the Department of Music and the Ronen Chamber Ensemble. The program, which illustrated parallels between music and such concepts as the Fibonacci sequence and Kepler’s laws of planetary motion, included a new work composed by Associate Professor John Berners and some scholarly narration delivered by Dr. Stephen Spicklemire, chair of the Department of Physics & Earth-Space Science.

Read the review here

Alumni accomplishments draw attention

vergaraUIndy alumna and world-class distance runner Erin Nehus-Vergara talks to WTHR as she boards a flight to Los Angeles with husband Frank and daughter Layla.

She didn’t qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, but Erin Nehus-Vergara is still a winner.

A graduate of UIndy’s Krannert School of Physical Therapy, Nehus-Vergara placed 19th out of 250 runners competing Saturday in the women’s Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles. It was her second trip to the trials, but her time of 2:41:10 was not quite enough to make the Top-3 cut.

Considering, however, that she’s a few years older than most of the competition, working full-time for Nightingale Home Health Care, raising a 2-year-old daughter and supporting her Afghanistan-veteran husband in his battle against stage IV cancer, her accomplishments are nothing short of amazing.

Watch this WTHR report from Friday, as Nehus-Vergara was boarding the plane to L.A.

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The Indianapolis Business Journal has released its annual Forty Under 40 list, and once again a UIndy grad is noted among the city’s young movers and shakers.

Zawacki

Zawacki

Joel Zawacki pitched for Greyhound baseball and graduated magna cum laude in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and a minor in Business Administration. He now serves as director of corporate sales and marketing for the Indianapolis Indians, whose game attendance and sponsorship revenue have gone through the roof since Zawacki joined the organization in 2007.

A GLVC All-American as a student-athlete, Zawacki now serves on the board of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Indiana Chapter and remains active with UIndy’s Greyhound Club and Kinesiology Advisory Board. “It certainly becomes more challenging now that I’ve got a little one at home,” he told the IBJ, “but the school has played a huge part in my success. I certainly enjoy giving back to them.”

Read more here about the Forty Under 40 honor, and read IBJ’s previous feature story about Zawacki here.

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A graduate of UIndy’s Department of Theatre recently was named a 2015-2016 VIP Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women.

Stahlhuth

Stahlhuth

Gayle Stahlhuth is an actress, playwright, producer and director who has appeared on television and radio and in off-Broadway and regional theater. She is the artistic director for East Lynne Theater Company in New Jersey, which presents and preserves American theater classics and new works based on American literature and history.

The NAPW boasts 850 members nationwide. Read more about Stahlhuth’s honor here.

CANCELED: Patricia Russell-McCloud, Feb. 23

Due to unforeseen circumstances, th​e​ Feb. 23 event ​​featurin​​g​ ​speaker ​​​Patricia Russell-McCloud has been canceled. Mark your calendars for April 15, when the Professional Edge Center presents Seth Maxwell, co-founder and CEO of the Thirst Project, and stay tuned for news about other upcoming events in the Professional Edge speaker series.

In the news: Alumni make marks in community

UIndy alumni are always finding new ways to contribute to their professions and to the welfare of the community in general. Here are just a few recent examples:

HamptonThe Rev. David Hampton, who earned his Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement degree in 1994, has been named deputy mayor of neighborhood engagement by newly elected Mayor Joe Hogsett.

Hampton also is senior pastor of Light of the World Christian Church. Read more in the Indianapolis Recorder, both here and here.

Van Til

Van Til

Amber Van Til, who earned her Political Science degree in 1999, was named 2015 Association Professional of the Year by the Indiana Society of Association Executives. She is executive vice president of the Indiana Bankers Association. Read more here.

Kinkade

Kinkade

Vincent Kinkade, who earned his MBA in 1995, has been named director of culinary job training at Second Helpings, central Indiana’s acclaimed food rescue, hunger relief and culinary job training organization in central Indiana. Read more here.

 

Marketing project benefits tech firm, students

netlogx presentation - webStudents in Dr. Katharine Bohley’s International Marketing course present their research findings to classmates and executives from local firm netlogx.

Indianapolis-based technology consulting firm netlogx has been listed among the city’s fastest-growing private companies by the Indianapolis Business Journal and named one of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.’s Indiana Companies to Watch. In September, founder and CEO Audrey Taylor was named Women’s Business Enterprise Role Model of the Year by the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.

In other words, Taylor and her husband and partner, COO Nick Taylor, seem to know what they’re doing. But when they got the idea to expand their 70-employee national operation into the United Kingdom, they too sought input from external consultants: the students of Dr. Katharine Bohley’s junior-level course in International Marketing.

netlogx

Audrey and Nick Taylor (front), Dr. Katharine Bohley

After conducting market research for much of the fall semester, the student teams formally presented their findings and strategies to the Taylors during a class session in December.

“I think we really got some great input from the teams that we can definitely move on with and start to leverage,” Audrey Taylor said afterward. “We don’t have all the answers.”

Read more

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.

Read the story here

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