Partnership with central Indiana schools creates win-win for UIndy School of Education

University of Indianapolis School of Education students traded their spring break for the chance to give back and gain valuable experience in the process.

Teaching majors Mizraim Aguilar and Heather Wignot taught at Cathedral High School during spring break. Both will graduate in May 2017.

Mizraim Lorenzo-Aguilar, left, and Heather Wignot

Mizraim Lorenzo-Aguilar, left, and Heather Wignot

Aguilar, who specializes in Spanish teaching, taught two classes. He appreciates the real-life experience in the classroom, as well as the preparation that is incorporated into the School of Education’s curriculum for student teachers.

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“Painful Hope” brings promising message of peace in the Middle East

A discussion at the University of Indianapolis will bring together two unique voices in the quest for peace in the Middle East. “Painful Hope: A Palestinian Activist and an Israeli Settler Rabbi Talk Peace” is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 3, in UIndy Hall A at the Schwitzer Student Center on the University of Indianapolis campus. The event is free and open to the public. Online registration is requested. painfulhope

The discussion, a ROOTS initiative sponsored by the University of Indianapolis in partnership with the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), features Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, an Orthodox rabbi and teacher, and Antwan Saca, the director of programs for the Holy Land Trust in Bethlehem.

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NSF grant to help fulfill nationwide STEM education need

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The University of Indianapolis will impact the growing local and national need for STEM educators through a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.

Through the University’s Teach (STEM)³ program, the Noyce grant will enhance collaboration between high-need, local schools to prepare and mentor 36 teacher candidates, who commit to serve as high school STEM teachers after graduation. The grant—the first of its kind for the Teach (STEM)³ program—will help these candidates complete the intensive, one-year program without undue financial hardship. Graduates will emerge with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree and fill a critical need to support STEM education.

“This grant is another successful example of the collaborative and strategic efforts of the University of Indianapolis with area schools to respond to the workforce development needs of our state,” said University President Robert Manuel. “Through innovation and creativity, we train future teachers to inspire students in STEM fields and best prepare them for the many future career opportunities while addressing the growing need of employers.”

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UIndy students give back for spring break

The University of Indianapolis Student Business Leadership Academy (SBLA) continued its tradition of giving back during spring break with a visit to Habitat for Humanity in Savannah, Ga., in March.

Six students participated in the University of Indianapolis Student Business Leadership Academy (SBLA) Habitat for Humanity trip to Savannah, Ga., in March 2017.

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While Habitat for Humanity is the biggest service opportunity of the year for business students, it’s one of many service-learning projects available throughout the year, including volunteer work with Junior Achievement and Christel House South.

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Dollars and $ense teaches teens new perspective on finances

A financial literacy program at the University of Indianapolis aims to teach young adults not just how to manage their money, but how to understand its value. Dollars and $ense, a partnership between UIndy and 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, has educated hundreds of students since its debut in 2002.

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Andre Givens, left, with this year’s winners of the Dollars and $ense financial literacy competition. Jaden May, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory (left) and Jalen Williams, Charles Tinley High School (right)

Andre Givens, who is the chairman of Dollars and $ense, has been volunteering with the program since 2005. That’s when he joined 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, a youth development organization that serves Indianapolis youth annually through mentoring-based educational programs.

The organization held its 15th Annual Financial Literacy Investment Competition on March 25, when students competed for first-place rankings and scholarship awards. The UIndy Dollars and $ense first place team won $6,000 in scholarships to any accredited college institution.

It was the culmination of months of training to boost students’ knowledge in investment strategies, asset allocation and diversification through the selection of stocks, bonds and real estate investment trusts.

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VP forges pioneer’s path for women in athletics

Ask Sue Willey for the key to success in leading collegiate athletics and she’s likely to tell you “perseverance pays off.”

Sue Willey, right, greets an athlete

Sue Willey, right, greets an athlete

Across four decades, Willey, the vice president for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Indianapolis, has served as a pioneer for women’s athletics at UIndy, where she helped to build Greyhound Athletics into a formidable NCAA Division II program. She learned as a young woman she had a passion for athletics, which she transformed into a mission to provide equality and opportunity for both male and female athletes on campus.
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UIndy hosts screening of “Bottom Dollars,” a Rooted in Rights documentary

screen-shot-2017-03-21-at-4-09-01-pmIn partnership with Indiana Disability Rights, the University of Indianapolis will present “Bottom Dollars,” a Rooted in Rights original documentary, at 6:00 p.m., March 28, at the R. B. Annis Auditorium in the University of Indianapolis Health Pavilion.

“Bottom Dollars” was created to “expose the exploitation of nearly 250,000 people with disabilities in the U.S. who are legally being paid less than the minimum wage, on average, less than $2 an hour,” according to the filmmakers.
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$5 million gift launches the R.B. Annis School of Engineering

Robert B. Annis (1907-1999)

Robert B. Annis (1907-1999)

The University of Indianapolis announced today the launch of the R.B. Annis School of Engineering in the Shaheen College of Arts and Sciences through a transformational, $5 million gift honoring one of Indianapolis’ most revered scientists and innovators. The gift, given in honor of the late Robert B. Annis, an inventor and scientist, will advance the University’s strategy to address Indiana’s increasing demand for skilled engineers and STEM-related professions. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development consistently ranks STEM careers among its Hoosier Hot 50 listing of the top in-demand careers for the state.

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University of Indianapolis provost office hosts mock crime scene

The University of Indianapolis Provost Office was the scene of a “crime” recently as the Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency (IMCFSA) trained a new forensic scientist and provided a real-life learning experience for criminology students. 

UIndy partnered with the Marion County Crime Lab to host a training scenario for Crime Lab Technicians and UIndy's Criminal Justice program. (Photos by Jennifer Zentz)

UIndy partnered with the Marion County Crime Lab to host a training scenario for Crime Lab Technicians and UIndy’s Criminal Justice program. (Photos by Jennifer Zentz)

To the untrained eye, it might have been a disturbing sight: blood spatter, bullet holes – and even a dummy murder victim, “shot” to death and slumped behind a chair. The staged scene was all part of the IMCFSA’s training exercise, conducted in partnership with UIndy’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, designed to prepare novice crime scene technicians for the real thing.
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Timeline display explores female scientists, mathematicians

A visual illustration on display in Martin Hall in honor of Women’s History Month highlights the history of women in science and mathematics.

Sophomore Emily Taner and senior Marissa Thomas created the timeline as a project for the Gender and Ethnicity in Math and Science (GEMS) course. Krysi Leganza, associate professor of mathematics and computer science, and Sandy Davis, professor of biology, teach the class together.

Emily Taner, sophomore anthropology major with a minor in human biology

Emily Taner, sophomore anthropology major with a minor in human biology

Taner, an anthropology major with a minor in human biology, said she was inspired by Dr. Leganza talking about a “men of mathematics” timeline, and realizing that only one woman was featured.
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