University of Indianapolis Commencement honors Class of 2017, local connections

Nearly 1,500 graduates received degrees from the University of Indianapolis during the May 2017 Commencement ceremony, which also served to showcase the impact of the institution’s students, alumni and faculty across the state and world.

University President Robert Manuel highlighted how the local and global community benefits from the University’s service-learning initiatives and praised graduates for their commitment to those programs. maycommencement
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MBA students dedicate semester to analyzing Trump’s first 100 days

For only the second time in the past decade, a group of MBA students from the University of Indianapolis spent nearly an entire semester analyzing the transition of power to a new U.S. president. terryschindlerbackground

Terry Schindler, assistant professor of management in the School of Business, first launched the project in 2008 as former President Barack Obama campaigned heavily under the idea of fundamentally changing the role of the federal government. The Leading Organizational Change course allowed MBA students to critically analyze the success and tactics of the Obama administration in its first 100 days. The final analysis was even sent to the White House for review.

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Meet the UIndy Class of 2017!

We couldn’t fit all of our fabulous May 2017 graduates in this slide show, but here’s a look at some of this spring’s graduating class.

  • Carly Nicholson
    Carly Nicholson, Earth-space science. Nicholson will pursue her master's in public affairs and environmental science at IU Bloomington. "I had a professor, Dr. Brad Neal in chemistry, who told me if you’re not learning something new about yourself every single day, you’re not doing college right. I took that to heart. Now I’m confident in who I am. I’m passionately unafraid to say that.”

May 2017 Commencement ceremony to be held indoors

The University of Indianapolis will hold its May 6, 2017 Commencement ceremony in Nicoson Hall due to inclement weather. The decision was made to move the event inside due to concerns about the saturated grounds at Key Stadium, and to ensure a safe and pleasant experience for attendees. 

The event will be split into two ceremonies in order to accommodate graduates and their guests. The ceremonies will be held in Nicoson Hall at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

11 a.m. Commencement Ceremony schedule

This commencement ceremony will include all doctoral candidates, master’s and undergraduate candidates from the Center for Aging & Community, the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences, the College of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing.

9:30 a.m. Report to Ruth Lilly Fitness Center for line-up.
10:30 a.m. Commencement processional begins.
11 a.m. Commencement ceremony begins.  

3 p.m. Commencement Ceremony schedule

This commencement ceremony will include master’s and undergraduate candidates from the School for Adult Learning, the School of Business, the School of Education, and the Shaheen College of Arts and Sciences.

1:30 p.m. Report to Ruth Lilly Fitness Center for line-up.
2:30 p.m. Commencement processional begins.
3 p.m. Commencement ceremony begins.

More than 1,470 University of Indianapolis students completed their degrees between December 2016 and August 2017 at the home campus, and 136 more graduated from UIndy’s partner sites in China and Central America. This year’s graduates hail from 24 states and 24 nations.

Watch a live stream of the ceremonies starting at 11 a.m. at UIndy.edu/graduation.

“Doc” Borden to receive UIndy honorary degree

Longtime faculty and staff will see a familiar face among this year’s honorary degree recipients at the University of Indianapolis.

Dr. Kenneth Borden at the Athletic Hall of Fame induction banquet in February 2017. (Photo by D. Todd Moore)

Dr. Kenneth Borden at the Athletic Hall of Fame induction banquet in February 2017. (Photo by D. Todd Moore)

Dr. Kenneth “Doc” Borden will receive an honorary degree, along with Dr. Katherine Welch ’93 and Marc Adams ’81. Borden joined the faculty in 1968 and was instrumental in the growth and expansion of the University over the next 30 years. 
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Master craftsman Marc Adams to receive UIndy honorary degree

Marc Adams ’81, a master craftsman who founded the Marc Adams School of Woodworking, is one of three alumni chosen to receive an honorary degree during May Commencement at the University of Indianapolis. Dr. Katherine Welch and Kenneth “Doc” Borden are also being honored. 

Marc Adams

Marc Adams

Adams is recognized worldwide as one of the leading voices in woodworking, and the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Whiteland, Ind., is one of the top training grounds in North America.
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Chemistry professor finishes marathons in all 50 states

Don’t be surprised if you run into chemistry professor Kathy Stickney on campus—literally.

Dr. Kathy Stickney (Chemistry Department) has successfully completed marathons in all 50 states. She's received various medals from the runs which she gathered for this environmental portrait on January 11, 2017. (Photo by D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

After finishing the LOCO marathon in Newmarket, N.H., last year, Stickney became a member of an elite group of runners – fewer than 1,300 – who each have completed a 26.2-mile marathon run in each of the 50 states.

Stickney hasn’t always been a marathoner. Her journey began in 2010, when she signed up for a training class and completed her first half-marathon in Indianapolis. She found much of her inspiration from former UIndy cross country coach Tom Hathaway ’54. Hathaway was an iconic figure in the central Indiana running community. He was a UIndy student-athlete who went on to become a marathoner, a mentor to many running enthusiasts and a championship cross-country coach at the high school and college levels.
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Student Commencement speakers focus on finding life passion

The University of Indianapolis has chosen Tanner Alexander and Brandi Heil as the student speakers for the May 6, 2017, commencement ceremony. 

Brandi Heil (left) and Tanner Alexander

Brandi Heil (left) and Tanner Alexander

Alexander, the undergraduate student speaker, is from Seymour, Indiana, and will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Alexander has been involved with UIndy TV, student government and the UIndy Film Club, as well as acting as an ambassador for admissions.

Heil, the graduate student speaker, is from Bloomfield, Indiana. She will graduate with a master’s degree in mental health counseling with a concentration in child and adolescent therapy from the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences.
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Service-learning advocates honored at expo

More than 150 University of Indianapolis students and faculty joined community partners in April for the Community Campus Forum & Service Expo, organized by the Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement.

Community Campus Forum & Service Expo (Photo by D. Todd Moore)

Community Campus Forum & Service Expo (Photo by D. Todd Moore)

The expo honored students and community partners for their dedication to serving local populations who are most in need through service-learning courses. Students held poster sessions reflecting on lessons learned and their experiences, followed by an awards luncheon. Several faculty members were presented with certificates recognizing their contributions to service learning and completion of this year’s Faculty Development Cohort on Service-Learning at the University.

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Second Annual #UIndyDay a Success

UIndy Day April 25The University of Indianapolis community came together April 25 to support the second annual UIndy Day, contributing 470 gifts totaling more than $39,000 to support students, academics and scholarships. The Class of 2010 was the top class supporter of the campaign. 

This day of giving presented opportunities to support special projects, helping them earn an extra $1,000 from the UIndy Alumni Board of Directors. The UIndy Scholarship Fund, Letterpress and Simulation Mannequin projects all met the challenge by surpassing 50 donors. The UIndy Scholarship Fund received the most support from 97 donors, earning it an additional $1,000 match. Ten additional matches and challenges were created by Greyhounds, inspiring an additional 88 donors to make a gift.   

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