String Quartet to debut on November 7 at UIndy

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String Quartet to debut with internationally recognized pianist Orli Shaham
November 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Reception will immediately follow
 

Joined by internationally recognized pianist Orli Shaham, this new Indianapolis-based string quartet comprised of violinists Zach De Pue and Austin Hartman, violist Michael Strauss and cellist Austin Huntington will make its debut in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall on Monday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. This Faculty Artist Concert Series performance is presented by Katz, Sapper & Miller. Concerts are free to the public and L/P credit is available for UIndy students. Online registration is requested.

This is the first of two featured performances by the newly-formed quartet on this season’s Faculty Artist Concert Series. The November 7 program will open with Mendelssohn’s turbulent String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80. It originally bore the subtitle “Requiem for Fanny” and was written in honor of his deceased sister. Alberto Ginastera’s characterful String Quartet No. 1 follows. This work vividly portrays the flavors of Argentinean life on the Pampas and also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The evening will culminate with Ms. Shaham joining the quartet for a performance of Brahms’ beloved Piano Quintet, Op. 34.

Guest pianist, Orli Shaham is a consummate musician recognized for her grace and vitality. She has established an impressive international reputation as one of today’s most gifted pianists. Ms. Shaham is in demand for her prodigious skills and admired for her interpretations of both standard and modern repertoire.

Imagination Emporium students bring haunted house to life

Piper Voge (Bindy Agency), and UIndy students Chelsea Marshall and Jillian Conrad

Piper Voge (Bindy Agency), and UIndy students Chelsea Marshall and Jillian Conrad

Students in the Imagination Emporium design agency are working hard to give people a fright this Halloween. Hotel Holmes is a new haunted house in Irvington —just east of downtown Indianapolis — organized by the Bindy Agency, and the Imagination Emporium is helping to bring it to life.

The Imagination Emporium is a full-service, student-run experience design agency who works with real-world, community clients. Each semester, the Imagination Emporium works with a community partner—either for-profit or nonprofit—to research, design and implement multisensory environments and experiences.

This semester, the agency is helping to create Hotel Holmes, a walk-thru style haunted house that is based on the life of H. H. Holmes. Holmes is thought to have murdered as many as 200 people between 1886 and 1894. Holmes evaded authorities and fled to Irvington, where he stayed for a brief while. Visitors to Hotel Holmes will feel like they are stepping into the lobby of a 1890s hotel.

“This has been a wonderful opportunity for the students, and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on the project,” says Experience Design Director Dr. Samantha Meigs.

Hotel HolmesThe haunted house is presented as part of the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival, the largest Halloween fest in the U.S.

More information about the Hotel Holmes and the students’ experience is available in an article published by the Indianapolis Star and this article published by Southside Times.

If you go:

When: 3 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 28, noon to midnight Saturday, 3 p.m. to midnight Oct. 30-31.

Where: 5529 Bonna Ave, #10. 

Tickets:$10 presale, $15 at the door, $20 for VIP timed tickets. Appropriate for ages 15 and older.

Info:  hotelholmesindy.com

Special screening of “The Burden” with filmmaker Roger Sorkin and former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard

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UIndy Hall A, Schwitzer Student Center
Reception will immediately follow

Join us for our next University Series event featuring a special screening of “The Burden” followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Roger Sorkin and former Indianapolis Mayor and UIndy Visiting Fellow Greg Ballard.

“The Burden” is a 40-minute documentary that tells the story of fossil fuel dependence as our greatest long-term national security threat, and why the military is leading the transition to clean energy. The film also focuses on the amount of American military lives lost fighting to protect oil interests in the Middle East.

This free event is open to the public and L/P credit is available to UIndy students. Online registration is requested.

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Using arts to improve the quality of life of older adults

The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community (CAC) has received a $600,000 contract from the Indiana State Department of Health to design, implement, and coordinate a project that will improve the quality of life of older adults living in long-term care facilities through the use of the arts.

The Expressive Arts in Long Term Care project will educate long term care professionals in best practices for using visual art, dance, drama, music, writing/memoir in individual and group settings for residents living in long-term care facilities.

“We have assembled an outstanding team of faculty for this project,” said CAC Senior Projects Director Ellen Burton, MPH. “The arts are a key way to enhance the quality of life for older adults, especially those living in nursing facilities. By focusing on the wide spectrum of the expressive arts, we can help Indiana’s long-term care facilities offer meaningful experiences to their residents.”

CAC will host a total of six training workshops around the state, each four days in length. Faculty for the Expressive Arts in Long-Term Care project include:

  • Visual Art: Sarah Tirey, BFA, Associate Adjunct Faculty of Art & Design, University of Indianapolis
  • Dance: Heidi Fledderjohn, MA, BC-DMT, RYT, Dance/Movement Therapist, Facilitator and Teacher, Know Wonder, St. Vincent Health, Still Waters Adult Day Center
  • Drama: Sally Bailey, MFA, MSW, RDT/BCT, Professor of Theater and Gerontology and Director of the Drama Therapy, Kansas State University
  • Music: Rebecca Sorley, DA, Professor of Music, Director of Student Support, and Coordinator of the Music Business Concentration, University of Indianapolis
  • Writing and Memoir: Katharine Houpt, MAAT, ATR, LCPC, director of an expressive arts therapy program at a nursing facility in Illinois

The first workshop is scheduled to take place in Indianapolis November 14-16 and November 29, 2016. The cost is $100 for the four days. Long-term care professionals interested in registering may do so here.

Five additional workshops will be scheduled and held throughout the state. Each workshop is limited to 50 participants. There will also be two “train-the-trainer” workshops, two-day sessions developed to ensure sustainability for the teaching of expressive arts beyond the scope of this project.

Rethinking aging: Dr. Bill Thomas brings “Age of Disruption Tour” to UIndy

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Renowned aging expert presents Disrupt Dementia and Aging: Life’s Most Dangerous Game

On October 19, 2016, the University of Indianapolis will host Age of Disruption, a national tour that brings a radical new approach to growth and aging. The brainchild of Dr. Bill Thomas, one of the most innovative and creative thinkers working in medicine today, the Age of Disruption Tour will roll into Indianapolis in a rock n’ roll tour bus ready to engage the community with new and vastly more rewarding visions of aging.

The 2016 tour features two nonfiction theatre performances: the paradigm shifting Disrupt Dementia and Dr. Thomas’ signature show, Aging: Life’s Most Dangerous Game, featuring the unconventional pairing of a physician (Dr. Thomas) and a musician, Nate Silas Richardson.

Disrupt Dementia is a first-of-its kind event inviting people living with dementia and their allies to experience a new vision for living with cognitive change. This immersive and transformational experience turns convention on its head by focusing on what we can all learn from people living with dementia, rather than from experts and includes music, storytelling, and exclusive outtakes from a new film by Alive Inside director Michael Rossato-Bennett.

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Goodwill Industries and UIndy establish new partnership

Research Fellowship to advance community efforts to support local schools

The University of Indianapolis and Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana are pleased to announce a new partnership to facilitate community-based educational initiatives that can have a positive and direct impact on local K-12 students and teachers.

With generous support from the Walton Family Foundation, these two organizations have established the Goodwill Research Fellowship to support graduate students who wish to pursue community-based research. The partnership will leverage Goodwill’s existing connections and programs in local public schools aimed at helping educators and staff in their work with students with disabilities and those receiving special education services.

“Goodwill and the University of Indianapolis are two organizations that share a mission and vision focused on supporting education as a way to break cycles of poverty,” said Dr. David Wantz, executive vice president and provost at the University.

This new fellowship will be responsible for supporting community-based research efforts focused on breaking the cycle of poverty at Goodwill Education Initiatives beginning in 2017. This graduate-level fellowship will focus efforts on implementation, management, execution and evaluation of various educational, research and clinical projects conducted under the auspices of the partnership between Goodwill Education Initiatives and the University of Indianapolis.

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Author Alexander McCall Smith to speak on Oct. 10

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Alexander McCall Smith

Author of acclaimed No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency to speak in downtown Indy

Alexander McCall Smith, British best-selling author and Emeritus Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh, will speak at the Indianapolis Public Library – Central Library on Monday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m., as part of UIndy’s University Series and Sutphin Lectureship.

McCall Smith has written more than 100 books, including specialist academic titles, short story collections, and a number of immensely popular children’s books. But he is best known for his internationally acclaimed No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which rapidly rose to the top of bestseller lists throughout the world.

This event is free and open to the public. Online registration is requested.

Alexander McCall Smith’s appearance, included in the University Series and in partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library, is underwritten by the Sutphin Lectures in the Humanities, endowed in memory of Samuel B. Sutphin by his sons Dudley V. and Samuel Reid Sutphin. The Sutphin Lectures bring scholars of distinction to our campus community for the benefit of students and the broader community.

CELL to serve in technical support role to K-12 Schools in Lilly Endowment statewide counseling initiative

The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis is one of three organizations selected by the Lilly Endowment Inc. to provide technical support to public school corporations and charter schools as they apply for planning and implementation grants to strengthen their counseling programs.

“I am pleased that CELL is being recognized once again for bringing innovation to K-12 Indiana schools,” said University of Indianapolis President Robert Manuel. “CELL’s expertise in networking schools, delivering support and providing research-based guidance will help districts and schools transform their counseling services.”

Lilly Endowment Inc. has launched a five-year Comprehensive Counseling Initiative to expand innovative counseling services and incorporate strategies that better prepare K-12 Indiana students for academic, career and personal success. The Endowment expects to allocate up to $30 million for this initiative depending on the number, types and quality of proposals submitted. To read the Request for Proposals, go to http://www.lillyendowment.org/ed_ci.html

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University of Indianapolis students to hold voter registration drive

photo-23A group of students at the University of Indianapolis is focused on increasing voter registration for students and neighbors in the next two weeks through the political science class “Campaigns and Elections.” The voter registration campaign and service-learning project “UIndy Votes!” was created, organized and implemented by the students with a grant from Indiana Campus Compact.

About 20 students are visiting nearly 500 homes in the University Heights neighborhood, according to Assistant Professor of History & Political Science Laura Albright. The juniors and seniors want to reach out to college students and community members and help them register to vote, confirm their voter registration and provide information about the voting process. The students will also analyze the effectiveness of the voter registration campaign to inform future registration strategies.

“Political participation, like democracy, is a group effort,” says Albright, “and these projects connect the students to the community and both benefit as a result.”

The campaign makes it easier for students and others to register to vote through a strategy spanning multiple days at varying hours in popular places near the University campus. The voter registration drive will also incorporate a door-to-door canvassing effort in the extended campus community of University Heights from September 26 through October 7.

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Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders to speak Sept. 29

Joycelyn_Elders_official_photo_portraitThe first University Series event this semester will feature former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders as part of UIndy’s 2016 Katherine Ratliff Symposium.

“Dr. Joycelyn Elders: Healthcare Issues in the Minority Community” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, September 29, in Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center’s Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. This free event is open to the public and L/P credit is available to UIndy students. Online registration is requested. Symposium Workshops will take place on Friday, September 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Panelists from multiple disciplines will discuss current health care disparities and what can be done to address these issues. Visit this page to register for the Friday workshop. For questions about the symposium, please contact Heini Seo at seohh@uindy.edu.

Dr. Elders was the first African American woman to hold the position of U.S. Surgeon General. She was known for her outspoken views and she served only 15 months before being forced to resign in 1994 as a result of her controversial remark about sex education. She is currently a professor emerita of pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

The Katherine Ratliff Memorial Conference on Ethics, Values and Human Responsibility was established in memory of Dr. Katharine G. “Kate” Ratliff. Dr. Ratliff was a University of Indianapolis faculty member from 1985 through 1990. She was a licensed clinical psychologist and taught psychology courses in the Department of Behavioral Sciences.  She was a tireless advocate for her students and clients and embodied a commitment to social justice and social responsibility.

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