Students win awards at 2017 Model United Nations Summit

A team of 15 students from the University of Indianapolis won several awards recently during the Model United Nations Summit competition.

The Model UN is a simulation exercise organized by the Indiana Consortium for International Programs. Several universities from Indiana and Kentucky participated this year at the summit, which was hosted Nov. 9-11 at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Ind.

Summit participants competed in two separate groups. Topics discussed included North Korea, nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems, Syrian and Yemen conflicts and climate change as a global security issue. The participating UIndy students major in international relations and/or political science.

Results of the first group competition included:

  • Dan Miller (political science): Third-Best Delegate
  • Brittany Motley (criminal justice and political science) and Dan Miller (political science): Third-Best Delegation, representing the United States

Results of the second group competition included:

  • Dominic Peretin (history): Second-Best Delegation, representing the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland and Third-Best Delegate
  • Tosin Salau (international relations and political science) and Mary Anne Schneider (history education): Fourth-Best Delegation, representing France

Jyotika Saksena, associate professor with the department of history and political science, helped the students prepare for the event.

“This is a very important learning tool for the students,” she explained. “They not only study important topics facing the world today but learn to see these different issues from specific perspectives. The simulation teaches students to negotiate with those of a different point of view without antagonizing them, the art of diplomacy and public speaking skills.”

Congratulations to each UIndy participant: Katie McDonald (political science and international relations), Zion Lutz (political science), Tosin Salau (international relations and political science), Mary Anne Schneider (history education), Nkechi Nnachetta (political science), Erin O’Riley (international relations and political science), Kiley Harmon (international relations and political science), Melissa Kapsalis (psychology and political science), Dominic Peretin (history), Brittany Motley (criminal justice and political science), Dan Miller (political science), Heather Reid (history and international relations), Ben Osborn (political science), Aml Alkhatib (political science), Tobiloba Olakunle (international relations and political science)


Greyhounds honored with GLVC year-end awards as Division II playoffs approach

The UIndy football team recently collected a host of postseason hardware from the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The GLVC-champion Greyhounds garnered four of the five major honors, as well as 26 all-conference nods.

The UIndy football team was one of 28 teams to qualify for the 2017 NCAA Division II Football Championship, marking its fourth postseason bid in the last six years. UIndy will host seventh-seeded Harding University Saturday, Nov. 18, with the kickoff set for 1 p.m. ET at Key Stadium. Ticket info here.


Offensive Player of the Year Freshman of the Year
Jake Purichia, QB, UIndy# Al McKeller, RB, UIndy
Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year
Austin Weltha, LB, McKendree Bob Bartolomeo, UIndy
Special Teams Player of the Year
Brad Schickel, K/P, UIndy

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Junior quarterback Jake Purichia had a breakout season for the Greyhounds on the way to being voted the 2017 GLVC Offensive Player of the Year. The Indianapolis native and Cardinal Ritter High School grad racked up more than 2,500 passing yards while leading the league in touchdown passes (28) and fewest interceptions (2). He heads into the postseason as the Division II leader in passing efficiency (191.7) and ranks third in the country in yards per attempt (10.3) and fourth in completion percentage (.701).

One of four team captains for the Hounds, Purichia also has six rushing TDs to his credit, tops among GLVC quarterbacks. He is the fourth Greyhound to be named the conference’s top offensive player since the league first began sponsoring football in 2012. He is also the only major award winner to be a unanimous selection.

Additionally, Purichia was named the team’s James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award recipient, and is now eligible to become one of UIndy’s two overall Spalding Sportsmanship Award winners, which will be announced later this school year.

Senior Brad Schickel was dubbed the GLVC Special Teams Player of the Year after showing proficiency as both place kicker and punter. The Louisville, Ky., product connected on 11 of 14 field goal attempts, including a career-long-matching 45 yarder versus Missouri S&T and a game-winning 30-yard try at Wayne State. His season field goal percentage of .786 leads the league, while his career mark of .830 is good for a UIndy record.

Schickel has arguably been an even more dangerous weapon as a punter. He regularly pins opposing offenses deep in their own territory, dropping more than half his punts inside the 20-yard line (19 of 37). UIndy has won Special Teams Player of the Year honors five times in the last six years.

Rookie running back Al McKeller is in the midst of one of the greatest freshman campaigns in program history. A graduate of local Lawrence North High School, McKeller burst on the scene with a 206-yard performance versus then-second-ranked Grand Valley State in the season opener. He has gone on to amass a total of 990 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on the year, while his average of 6.7 yards per carry leads all GLVC players with at least 75 rushing attempts. McKeller is the first Greyhound to be tabbed GLVC Freshman of the Year since Derrick Bryant in 2013.

Head Coach Bob Bartolomeo picked up his fourth GLVC Coach of the Year nod. The eighth-year head man led the Hounds to their first undefeated regular season since 1953, while also setting new program marks for wins in a season (11), consecutive wins (15) and highest-ever national ranking (No. 5). The Hounds, who were picked fourth in the GLVC Preseason Poll, also captured their fifth GLVC crown in six years and will be making their fourth NCAA playoff appearance since 2012.

The 2017 All-GLVC list included a grand total of 26 UIndy honorees. The Hounds stockpiled 15 first-team nods, including five of the six unanimous selections in Jake Purichia (QB), Al McKeller (RB), Garrett Willis (WR), Alex Kimack (TE) and Ruben Holcomb (OL). Other All-GLVC First Team honorees included Jordan Bedan (OL), Clay Hadley (OL), Tuwan Payton(O-UT), Jacob Schmatz (DL), Lucas Rice (DL), Cole Sigmund (LB), Aeneas White (DB), Aaron Bruning (D-UT) and Brad Schickel (K & P).

Bedan garnered his fourth all-conference honor, becoming just the sixth-ever Greyhound to be an all-league performer all four years. Meanwhile, Schickel collected first-team honors as both a place kicker and a punter, and Payton was included on the first team at offensive utility while also garnering honorable mention as a kick returner. See below for the complete list of All-GLVC honorees.

New book by University of Indianapolis professor explores legacy of Oliver P. Morton

mortonJames Fuller, professor of history at the University of Indianapolis, offers a bold reinterpretation of Indiana’s Civil War governor, Oliver P. Morton, in a new book.

“Oliver P. Morton and the Politics of the Civil War and Reconstruction,” the first full biography of Morton to be published in over a century, provides new insight into Indiana’s most important political leader of the 19th century.

About a dozen people gathered at the Morton Monument on the east steps of the Indiana Statehouse in mid-November to launch the book. Stephen E. Towne of IUPUI introduced Fuller, who spoke briefly, then read a section from the book. Fuller then presented a copy of the biography to the office of current Indiana governor, Eric Holcomb. Daniel Miller, a University of Indianapolis student who worked on Governor’s campaign in 2016, accepted the book on behalf of the governor.

On Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, 1:30-3:00 p.m., Fuller will be at the Morton House in Centerville, Indiana, for a reading and book signing

“At a time when the Civil War is once again a political issue amid calls to remove Confederate monuments across the country, this book serves as a reminder of Indiana’s role in that pivotal era in the nation’s history and explains why Oliver P. Morton still stands as a fitting symbol of the part that the Hoosier state played in saving the nation from rebellion,” Fuller said.

Most readers know Morton as the state’s Civil War governor and for his efforts to recruit and supply the soldiers and help the Union win the war. “But not all of them are familiar with the high drama that his leadership involved,” Fuller said.

some-of-those-who-came-for-book-launchFuller explained that Morton virtually ran the state as a dictator for 22 months in the middle of the war after the Democrats tried to thwart the Union war effort in Indiana. Morton was the target of assassins and helped the military investigate traitors on the home front.

Following the Civil War, Morton became the U.S. senator from Indiana and a national leader of the Radical Republicans during Reconstruction. Fuller notes Morton came close to winning the Republican nomination for the presidency in 1876, then helped settle that disputed election in favor of his friend Rutherford B. Hayes.

Readers will find parallels and connections to modern politics in Fuller’s book, ranging from issues including the use of government power, economic policy, terrorism, the surveillance state and the violation of civil liberties.

Morton also called for abolishing or reforming the Electoral College.

“He was a political leader in a time of extreme polarization, when Americans were deeply divided and feared that the other side in politics was out to destroy the country. This led to fierce partisanship and dirty politics,” Fuller said.

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Access to women in leadership of sport is boon to UIndy sport management students


From left: Audrey Becker, Stephanie Young, Linda Paul, Joni Comstock, Kathy Sparks

As the saying goes in the real estate industry, “location, location, location” is the key to a good property investment. That same message can be applied to selecting a college for its proximity to key players in a specific field or industry. 

Students in the undergraduate and graduate Sport Management programs at the University of Indianapolis benefit from the school’s proximity to and working relationships with powerhouses in the world of athletics. Recently, the sport management programs leveraged this advantage when it hosted a Women in Leadership event in the Health Pavilion.

The second annual event brought key women leaders from the sports world to UIndy to share professional insights and offer networking opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. The speakers included:

  •   Joni Comstock, senior vice president of championships and alliances, NCAA
  •   Audrey Becker, event and program manager, NFL Combine
  •   Stephanie Young, certified strength and conditioning coach, St. Vincent Sports Performance
  •   Linda Paul, former president and CEO, USA Diving
  •   Kathy Sparks, LAC, ATC, team leader – Sports Medicine Outreach, IU Health

“These women have made – and continue to make – an impact on the world of collegiate and professional athletics,” said Jennifer VanSickle, director of the UIndy sports management programs and associate professor of kinesiology. “Bringing them to the University of Indianapolis to share their experience is a win for our students.”

Some of the messages students heard from women on the panel included “Don’t let the barrier to success be you,” (Stephanie Young); “Let your failures be your greatest learning experiences,” (Linda Paul); and “Surround yourself with all different types of people. People with a variety of backgrounds, gender, age, and race,” (Joni Comstock).

“This event was not just another lecture,” said senior sport management major Carolyn Holt, who attended Women in Leadership last year as well. “This is a way to build connections and opportunities in the field of sport management.”

Holt has completed an internship as a team logistics intern with Indiana Swimming and will serve as an Indianapolis 500 Festival intern in Spring 2018.

The networking opportunities provided by the panel discussions helped Jessie Benner, a graduate sport management student, arrange a job shadow at the NCAA headquarters in downtown Indianapolis.

“I attended because I wanted to hear from strong women in management positions in sports,” Benner said.

“(One speaker) talked about how she used to be timid and not confident. Throughout her career, she has been able to break out of her shell. I identified with that and felt good knowing that it’s okay to start small.”

Senior sport management major Brianna Harrison encouraged students to take advantage of the networking opportunities.

“I am very interested in the empowerment of women in both the sports and the non-profit spheres,” she said. “This event is a great chance to empower yourself by networking with women who are working in the field.”

Harrison, who has completed internships with the Indianapolis Alley Cats ultimate Frisbee team and Special Olympics of Indiana, will graduate with degrees in both sport management and business management.

The next Women in Leadership event is scheduled for October 2018.

University of Indianapolis announces Paul Washington-Lacey Emerging Leader Program

A new leadership program in the Office of Equity and Inclusion will continue the spirit of mentorship and community championed by the late UIndy employee Paul Washington-Lacey.

Alumni, donors, and members of the Washington-Lacey family joined together to fund the initiative as part of the successful Campaign for the University of Indianapolis, with the first student cohort in the program planned for spring 2018. Gifts to support this important work are encouraged today through November 18 by way of a new crowdfunding site,

In partnership with leaders across campus, the program will continue Washington-Lacey’s work by helping students develop their personal and professional skills and encouraging them to embrace the idea of paying it forward.

The Paul Washington-Lacey Emerging Leader Program will inspire student growth in four key areas: academic excellence, career readiness, leadership development and personal growth. The future success of students will preserve his memory and influence for many years ahead.

“Paul cared deeply and worked intentionally, and upon his retirement, he was convinced that he had made an enhanced difference upon the University. The naming of this program serves as evidence of Paul’s commitment going forward,” said Bonita Washington-Lacey, Paul’s widow.

Sean Huddleston, vice president for the Office of Equity and Inclusion, will administer the program.

“Paul dedicated the majority of his career to ensuring that students succeed in and out of the classroom. He represented the values of true leadership, and it is a fitting tribute to his impact that we will establish the Paul Washington-Lacey Emerging Leader Program to continue his legacy,” said Huddleston.

A dedicated leader and friend to many, Washington-Lacey worked as an admissions counselor and senior associate for career development and employee relations. In 1999, he received special recognition when he was named as an Honorary Alumnus by the UIndy Alumni Association. Washington-Lacey retired after 35 dedicated years of service to the students at the University of Indianapolis.

“This honor recognizes years of commitment and sacrifice to his calling to serve, care, inform and improve the lives of students.  We are again heartened by the outpouring of respect and love shared by so many friends, alumni and colleagues at the University,” added Bonita Washington-Lacey.

Since his passing in 2015, his legacy has been one of respect, admiration and gratitude from the many people who were fortunate enough to know him.

“Because of Paul, generations of students were able to graduate and use his example to advocate in similar ways. Paul’s influence on my life is great and I am honored to be among a group of alumni who have come together to support this effort,” said Jeffrey Barnes ’00, alumnus and UIndy director of events.

242nd Marine birthday celebration honors 94-year-old veteran

marine5As the nation celebrates Veterans Day, a 94-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran is reminding Americans that they can honor veterans every day – just by saying thank-you.

Fred Wood is a former captain and fighter pilot who served in World War II and Korea. He was the guest of honor at the recent 242nd Marine Birthday celebration at the University of Indianapolis.

Wood, who first joined the Navy before becoming a U.S. Marine,  was stationed in the Pacific and fought at Okinawa. He flew F4U Corsairs airplanes in World War II and Medivac helicopters in Korea.

“I think the people today really respect veterans. They come up, and I get congratulations and thanks from just about anybody and everybody of all ages,” he said, adding that he appreciates the respect he receives from strangers who notice when he’s wearing his Marine Corps or World War II hat.

“It makes people remember and think,” he said.

242nd Birthday United States Marine Corps was celebrated with former Indianapolis Mayor and UIndy Visiting Fellow Greg Ballard in the Stierwalt multipurpose room  on Thursday, November 9, 2017. (Photo:  D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

(Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

The Marine Birthday ceremony at the Stierwalt Alumni House paid tribute to Wood and to all men and women who have served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Former Indianapolis Mayor and University of Indianapolis Visiting Fellow Greg Ballard, a 23-year Marine Corps veteran, conducted the ceremony every year as mayor and brought the tradition to the University of Indianapolis in 2016.

“The University has been tremendous in all of this,” Ballard said. He thanked University of Indianapolis President Rob Manuel, who attended the event as a guest of honor.

As the oldest Marine present at the ceremony, Wood participated in the passing of the first piece of cake to the youngest Marine in attendance. The gesture symbolizes the passing of knowledge from the experienced Marines to the new generation of Marines.

“I wish them well,” Wood said of the younger generation who are carrying on the tradition. “These young people sacrifice every day and not everybody even knows about it, nor do they give it a thought.”

Events such as the UIndy Marine birthday celebration and the Honor Flight, a national cause to escort veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit war memorials, help to remind veterans of the support they have from across the country.

“I stopped at the Arlington Cemetery, and that’s the most impressive place. To see all of those graves and just think of those people who made a sacrifice for other people. That’s special,” Wood said.

“A Marine is one of the greatest things you can be,” said Wood. “It’s great because you get your discipline. You can get an education. You have great friendships that you have forever. I have another pilot friend who’s also 94. We have memories that you can’t replace.”

UIndy Speech and Debate Team racks up honors at Owensboro tournament


(L-R) India Graves, Craig Chigadza, Taylor Woods, Vanessa Hickman, Kaylee Blum, Ryan Wright-Jordan, Melanie Moore, Roci Contreras

The University of Indianapolis Speech and Debate Team turned in a strong performance recently at the 2017 24th Annual BBQ Capital of the World Speech and Debate Tournament hosted by Owensboro Community and Technical College. UIndy’s team placed fourth in the overall team award sweepstakes category, with individual students earning top three status in several categories.

The UIndy Speech and Debate Team is a nationally ranked community that competes in speech and debate events to enhance students’ communication, research and public speaking skills. Stephanie Wideman, assistant professor of communication, serves as team director.

“My primary goal is for students to cultivate their own voice through engagement in competition. The undergraduate experience is such an important time as students are not only learning about the world, but also about themselves,” Wideman said.

Shayla Cabalan ’20 (communication and English) earned top spots in After Dinner Speaking and Radio Broadcasting and second place in Persuasive Speaking.

“Public speaking remains one of America’s top fears to this day, so it’s pretty amazing that the speech team willingly faces that fear on a daily basis,” Cabalan noted.

Melanie Moore ’20 (computer engineering/computer science) won first place in Persuasive Speaking, fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking and seventh in Pentathlon. She is considering a career in web or app development.


Top left to right: Ryan Wright-Jordan, Vanessa Hickman, India Graves, Shayla Cabalan, Roci Contreras, Kaylee Blum, Craig Chigadza, Melanie Moore, Sierra Roberts, Taylor Woods, Hilary Bauer

“I think these experiences will help me in my career because engineers are always working in groups to complete a project. Communication is key in this situation because everybody has a key piece of the puzzle to complete and they all have to fit together perfectly,” Moore said. 

Students said they gain confidence as they develop their skills in all types of public speaking, including how to speak with limited preparation time. Wideman said other goals include developing written and oral performance skills, critical thinking and leadership abilities. All build confidence and enhance the team dynamic, she said.

“I believe that involvement in the speech and debate community is a rich and exciting place for students to explore themselves through their communication practices. At the end of the day, I want to see students graduate with the knowledge they need and the voice to represent that knowledge to the communities they encounter after graduation,” Wideman said.


Overall Team Award:  4th Team Speech and Debate Sweepstakes

Name:  Craig Chigadza ’21 (psychology and pre-law)
Awards:  6th place Extemporaneous Speaking

Name:  Hilary Bauer ’21 (graphic design and political science)
Awards:  5th place Radio Broadcasting

Name:  India Graves ’18 (communication)
Awards: 3rd Prose, 5th After Dinner Speaking

Name:  Kaylee Blum ’20 (archaeology)
Awards:  2nd Informative Speaking, 3rd Impromptu Speaking

Name:  Melanie Moore ’20 (computer engineering/computer science)
Awards:  1st Persuasive Speaking, 5th Extemporaneous Speaking, 7th Pentathlon

Name:  Roci Contreras ’20 (academic & career exploration)
Awards:  6th Persuasive Speaking

Name:  Ryan Wright-Jordan ’18 (psychology  and communication)
Awards:  5th Informative Speaking, Top Novice Impromptu Counseling

Name:  Shayla Cabalan ’20 (communication and English)
Awards:  1st After Dinner Speaking, 2nd Persuasive Speaking, 1st Radio Broadcasting

Name:  Sierra Roberts ’21 (history)
Awards:  3rd Persuasive Speaking

Name:  Taylor Woods ’21 (communication)
Awards:  5th Impromptu Weathercasting

Name:  Vanessa Hickman ’19 (business administration & management)
Awards:  3rd Extemporaneous Speaking, 2nd Impromptu Counseling, 2nd After Dinner Speaking, 5th Pentathlon

Potential students explore the “UIndy Effect” at Discover UIndy Day

Hundreds of high school students from across the Midwest recently participated in Discover UIndy Day, a chance for them to better understand the diverse opportunities that await them at the University of Indianapolis.

Students toured campus, experienced a class setting and participated in interactive student life activities–all with a goal of determining if UIndy is the right fit for them.

“We don’t just tell them facts about campus while they are here.  We show them what it’s like to be a student and help them experience how we support their success,” said Ron Wilks, associate vice president for enrollment.

Families were invited to attend Saturday’s UIndy Hounds Football game or the Department of Theatre’s production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Wilks said it was a chance for students to experience the vibrant atmosphere of UIndy’s campus.

UIndy student ambassadors are an important facet of Discover UIndy Day’s success. Students like Amy Ragle ’18/’20 (biology, chemistry and occupational therapy) offer their time to act as a resource and contributor to prospective students and help them through the college search and admissions process. 2017 marked Ragle’s fourth year volunteering at the event. She started her freshman year as a Greyhound ambassador and this year served as the visit team intern for the Office of Admissions.

“When I visited UIndy my senior year of high school, I really loved the hospitality and the welcoming family atmosphere I was greeted with and I wanted to be a part of the team that made a difference and positive impact in other students and families’ lives, just like the the impact they had on mine,” said Ragle.

On Discover UIndy Day, Wilks and Ragle see the results of that impact firsthand.

“I love the energy on Discover UIndy Day. Our office works hard at creating an unbeatable experience for our guests and love seeing it all come together,” Wilks said.

“The families asked a lot of great questions and really seemed to enjoy everything we had to offer,” Ragle said.

Dawson Harris ’19 (nursing) has worked Discover UIndy Day for the past three years as a Greyhound ambassador. He emphasized how faculty help prospective students find focus.

“There are also many great professors from different majors and programs that were present and love talking with the students. Even if a student is interested in a different major or program, they still give great advice and are focused on helping that student create a plan of study that is best suited for them,” Dawson said.

“I really enjoy talking to as many families as possible and getting to know their student so we can better understand what they are looking for, and show them how we can help them develop their passions. I also love the way all the academic units and different campus departments come together to show that student-focused culture we live on a daily basis,” Wilks added.

That commitment to the student experience makes an impression. Wilks said he often hears from families who say the annual event stands out from others they’ve attended.

One on one with David Kurz

David Kurz, center. Photo by Cassie Reverman

David Kurz, center. Photo by Cassie Reverman

As part of International Education Month, we’re introducing several international students who bring a diverse perspective to campus. This week we’re profiling David Kurz ’18 (Major: sport management, minor: business and Franco/Germanic Studies).

Q. Where are you from? Tell us about your travel experience.

A. I’m from Rosenheim, Germany. I have never been to Indiana before but I participated in a three-week high school exchange program with a school near Milwaukee. I have traveled to many countries, including Greece, Italy, Spain and France. I’ve also visited Tunisia and Costa Rica.

Q. Why did you decide to attend UIndy?

I was recruited to play soccer for UIndy. The small class sizes, the school programs they offered, the successful soccer program and the close distance to downtown were some of my major deciding factors.

Q. What has your UIndy experience been like so far? How would you describe the international culture at UIndy?

A. I have had the best time of my life so far. My teachers are amazing and I’ve had only positive experiences since my freshman year. Being part of the soccer team threw me into a big group of international students with similar interests and backgrounds. What I love about UIndy is that everyone is welcome from every background. UIndy offers so many opportunities for international students to experience the full college and American lifestyle.

Q. What is your advice for domestic students who might not have much experience with other cultures?

A. I believe that there is nothing more important to get out of your comfort zone and see new things. Studying abroad is the best thing you can do to experience people, cultures and languages. It opens one’s eyes and makes you see the world in a more holistic way. In most university degrees in Germany it is even mandatory to study one semester abroad. I participated in two exchange programs and learned uncountable new things. It change my whole perspective on the world and I only can recommend it.

Q. What activities are you involved in outside the classroom?

A. I am part of the UIndy men’s soccer program but I have had multiple different experiences outside this time-consuming hobby. I had two internships, one with Indy Eleven and one with St. Francis Soccer Club. I was tutoring German for a semester and organized or participated in multiple panel talks. Even though playing soccer consumes a lot of my time, I still try to soak up as much of the American lifestyle as possible.

Original play Mary’s Monster to debut at UIndy

The University of Indianapolis ushers in Halloween with Mary’s Monster, a new work by playwright K. T. Peterson. A staged reading will be held at 8 p.m., Oct. 31, at Ransburg Auditorium on campus, with a discussion with the playwright immediately following. Additional performance date: Nov. 7. Admission is free. 

Lauren Raker designed the promotional poster on letterpress.

The Department of Theatre commissioned the original play as part of UIndy’s Communiversity: Frankenstein program, and the project was generously funded through a Shaheen Grant from the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences.

While the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s famous novel focuses on the story of Frankenstein, director James Leagre, assistant professor of theatre, explained that Mary’s Monster (originally referred to as The Mary Shelley Project) explores the woman behind the story – “and what we might perceive as the contributing elements of her life and how they inform and influence the Frankenstein story.”

“K.T. has written a piece that melds together the biographical world of Mary with the fictional world of the Frankenstein story. Over the summer we discussed a variety of approaches, and one consistent theme was a female-driven piece that explores issues of feminism today,” Leagre explained.

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Leagre said the student actors identified several themes in Peterson’s work, including how love can be a great strength or a great weakness. The piece also explores other “monsters” besides Shelley’s creature that must be tamed in order to be successful. Other themes include mental health and the idea that money alone cannot bring happiness – all ideas that still resonate today.

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