Service dog training program builds community connections for UIndy professor

Kathy Martin, left, with Koontz and one of her physical therapy clients.

Kathy Martin, left, with Koontz and one of her physical therapy clients.

Helping people with disabilities live a better life is the goal of many physical therapists. Kathy Martin, professor in the Krannert School of Physical Therapy, has found a unique way to enhance that mission by training service dogs.

Martin, who has served in several leadership roles within the Krannert School of Physical Therapy since joining the University of Indianapolis in 1999, started volunteering in 2017 to “furlough” service dogs in training through the Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN). Since then, she has furloughed five dogs, with another canine due to arrive in August.

The ICAN program works with inmates at three Indiana prisons (Pendleton, CIF and Indiana Women’s Prison) to train the dogs. Because a dog cannot be fully prepared for service in prison, they go on “furloughs” with a trained ICAN volunteer like Martin. She works with each dog for up to four weeks at a time in a real world environment. She then sends a detailed report back to ICAN.

“One key part of the furlougher’s job is to help the dog learn how to be invisible in public. Another significant part of what I do is public education, both about ICAN specifically and how to interact with a service dog in general,” Martin explained.

Once the dog completes training successfully, ICAN places the canine with a client, who could be a child or an adult living with a disability.

As a dog lover who lost her own pup in 2016, Martin said ICAN’s furlough program made perfect sense. Although it can be an intense four weeks, the short time frame allows Martin flexibility. She not only enjoys spending time with the canines-in-training, but also talking about ICAN’s mission and the positive impact on clients as well as their inmate handlers, who learn communication skills, patience and empathy.

“Dogs feed my soul and I need to be around a dog every once in a while,” Martin said. “I also got involved because as a physical therapist, I have personally seen the life-changing work these dogs do.”

Martin provided the example of a kindergartner with cerebral palsy who was unable to sit on the floor at circle time with the other children. In his wheelchair, he was two feet above the other students. His first service dog, which was trained to prop up the boy as he sat on the floor, changed all that.

“With his dog, this boy was able to join his peers on the floor at circle time. As a physical therapist, no matter how good I am, I was never going to be able to give this child the independence and ability to join his friends that the service dog gave him,” she said.

Martin said she has found synergy between training service dogs and her professional work as a pediatric physical therapist, where her goal is to help a child and the family maximize the child’s potential. As a physical therapy educator, I also get to help my students understand the role of service dog for their future patients.

“Sometimes I accomplish that with the actual therapy I do with the child, or it may come through what I teach the parents/caregivers to do. Helping to train a service dog to assist someone with a disability is very similar. It is providing the tools a person needs to be more engaged in life,” she explained.

Martin worked with Koontz for several weeks in 2018.

Martin worked with Koontz for several weeks in 2018.

Martin’s most recent furlough was a dog named Koontz, who is now back with his handler at the Indiana Women’s Prison. Named for the Howard County Deputy Carl Koontz who was killed in the line of duty in 2016, Martin said training Koontz was a unique experience.

“It is very special to have the Koontz name attached to an ongoing effort to serve and protect. Of all the dogs I have had, Koontz was the hardest to say goodbye to. He is calm, confident, and focused. He just loves to work and works very hard to get it right. From my detective friend who knew Carl, she said he was the same way. Koontz will be an amazing service dog and will totally change someone’s life. I felt honored to get to be along for the part of the journey!” Martin said.

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Written by Sara Galer, Senior Communications Specialist, University of Indianapolis. Contact newsdesk@uindy.edu with your campus news.

Hounds play host to Riley & Andrew Luck #ChangeThePlay Camp

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck held his Change The Play camp in conjunction with Riley Children's Health at Key Stadium. (Photo: Todd Moore)

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck held his Change The Play camp in conjunction with Riley Children’s Health at Key Stadium. (Photo: Todd Moore)

INDIANAPOLIS – Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and the Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck descended on Key Stadium Wednesday morning, for their annual Change The Play camp.

“Being able to work and have fun with these kids while also encouraging them to lead a healthy lifestyle was such a fulfilling experience,” Katie Voelz, SAAC President and UIndy volleyball student-athlete said. “Andrew Luck has established an incredible movement with the Change The Play camps and I am truly honored to be a part of it.”

UIndy student-athletes volunteer alongside Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck for Riley Children's Health Change the Play camp. UIndy Athletics

Posted by University of Indianapolis on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

With the help of Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck, Riley hosts several camps throughout Indiana throughout the summer. The camps encourage kids be active, and also to have fun while learning to make good choices when it comes to food, exercise and their well being. In addition to Luck and Riley staff, Greyhound student-athletes from volleyball, football, wrestling, cross country, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, softball and baseball served as camp counselors, leading two large groups of local children through various activities and fun exercises.  Camp stations included yoga, football catching, ladder running and a nutrition sorting activity among others.

“A big part of being a college student-athlete is giving back to our community,” SAAC Vice President Alex Algee of UIndy football said. “I always looked up to older kids when I was around these kids’ age, so it is important to me to be someone they can look up to and have a good time with. Giving the kids a healthy outlook on life is important at an early stage so that it becomes habit for them and they can live a healthy lifestyle.”

The UIndy site was one of three Change The Play camps this summer, with events also held in Evansville and Fort Wayne. This is the third year that UIndy Athletics has supported the event through student-athlete volunteers, and the first year the Greyhounds have played host to the event.

Story by Jackie Paquette, Associate AD for Student Support & Community Engagement

Multidisciplinary Symposium highlights collaboration with Community Health Network

IMG_2055More than 300 Community Health Network health professionals and University of Indianapolis students and faculty attended the 3rd Annual Multidisciplinary Symposium gathered last week to share research and presentations on the latest healthcare trends.

The symposium highlighted the partnership between the University and Community Health Network, and showcases research and scholarly efforts by University faculty and CHNw clinicians. This year’s agenda included more than 75 oral presentations and poster sessions.

Keynote speaker Sue Skochelak MD, MPH, the Vice President of Medical Education at the American Medical Association shared insight regarding what’s on the horizon for medical education and the role of multidisciplinary competency-based learning in ensuring that students are supported through their learning journey and developing skills to meet the needs of the patients.

UIN_0036Kathy Zoppi, senior vice president and chief academics officer at Community Health Network, noted the growth of the symposium from 100 participants attending the first event three years ago to 300 attendees in 2018.

“As part of the partnership, we want to stimulate cross-institution collaborative projects,” Zoppi explained. The event serves an important role in providing a space for Community Health Network’s research and education programs to exhibit peer-reviewed scholarly activity for accreditation.

“When we first called UIndy three years ago in search of a good space to have this event, there was a gracious and rapid response from [Associate Provost of Research, Graduate Programs and Academic Partnerships] Ellen Miller of help, space and staff for our need.  It was unparalleled by other places and helped us get launched,” Zoppi added.

IMG_6735Participants from Community Health Network included physicians, pharmacists, nurses, educators, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists. University of Indianapolis research teams also participated, with some teams collaborating across organizations. Researchers not only get a chance to discuss the results of their studies, but also how to grow the partnership between the two organizations.

“I was so impressed by this event and the collaborative, inspiring scholarly work that is happening across both UIndy and Community Health Network. The range of presentations and posters outlined real-life challenges, intriguing questions, problem-solving strategies and innovative solutions across education and practice settings, which then leads to further questions to be answered.  I am excited about the possibilities for the work UIndy and CHN can do through working together,” said Stephanie Kelly, dean of the College of Health Sciences.

Many ideas have blossomed from discussions about how to advance the interprofessional and team education in both organizations.  

“Our existing groups of physicians, nurses, health professionals, pharmacists, psychologists and social workers can benefit from the engagement of bright students in clinical settings who ask great questions. We also can share improvements that make a big difference for patients and families – our ultimate goal, of course!” Zoppi said.

Partnership initiatives and news

FNP_Family_Nursing_Practitioners_34315Community Health Network Foundation has received a four-year $2,564,978 award from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to transform the delivery of primary care through enhanced undergraduate nursing education and redefined nursing practice in the primary care setting. The grant is effective July 1, 2018, and allows Community Health Network to expand an educational partnership with the University of Indianapolis School of Nursing. Learn more.

The Nursing Academy is a unique academic partnership between Community Health Network and the University of Indianapolis that offers an accelerated path for students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. It was established to support the unprecedented demands on today’s nursing workforce. Together, the University of Indianapolis and Community Health Network are able to provide a higher standard of care to a complex and growing patient population by preparing nursing students to practice in the evolving landscape of healthcare.

UIndy 500 – IMS Camaro spotted on campus

CamaroA taste of the 500 Festival arrived on the University of Indianapolis campus this week in the form of a Chevrolet Camaro. The bright orange harbinger of the Indianapolis 500 is no ordinary sports car, though.

President Rob Manuel was driving one of 50 Festival Event cars to help celebrate the Month of May. Faculty, staff and students flocked to see the Camaro Hot Wheels® 50th Anniversary Edition convertible. (And no worries if anyone spotted University of Indianapolis Police Chief David Selby’s flashing lights – he was in on the stunt!)

Since the 1960s, the fleet of Camaros has been turning heads around central Indiana during the Month of May as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway gears up for the Indy 500 at the end of the month and other exciting events throughout May. The 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is scheduled for Sunday, May 27.

“The University of Indianapolis is thrilled to be part of this long-standing tradition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said President Manuel. “We’re proud of our IMS connections and the opportunities they provide for UIndy students.”

Lauren Bryant ’18 (biology & psychology) is one of 33 women representing the 500 Festival Princess Program for 2018, a group that set a 60-year program record for the highest cumulative GPA. The Honors College graduate and Greenfield native will attend Indiana University School of Medicine in the fall.

Another Greyhound alumna, Madi Kovacs ‘18 (psychology & pre-occupational therapy) represented the 500 Festival Princess Program in 2017. Her role, which involved conducting outreach programs with children, connected to Kovacs’ long-term career goal of becoming a pediatric occupational therapist.

In May 2017, as downtown Indianapolis welcomed thousands of race fans, the talent of Katherine Fries, art faculty at the University, was showcased on the Indianapolis ArtsGarden. Fries was one of five local artists commissioned to create signs for the Month of May, connecting the city’s thriving arts culture with the historic racing event.

 

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Related: Greyhound alum Adam Henze, official poet of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, recites his winning entry

University of Indianapolis health and physical education major recognized at national convention

Cassidy Bruner, left, with Cassie Brooks (Brownsburg Middle School) and Alyssa Jackson (Zionsville) 

Cassidy Bruner, left, with Cassie Brooks (Brownsburg Middle School) and Alyssa Jackson (Zionsville)

Ask almost any elementary school kid what his or her favorite class is and a likely answer will be “gym.” But today’s physical education teachers will tell you their jobs are about a lot more than fun and games. That is what Cassidy Bruner ’19 has learned as she has pursued a health and physical education (HPE) major. Bruner’s academic efforts have paid off, earning her an award as a Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) Major of the Year.  Bruner received her award at the SHAPE America National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee in spring 2018.

The SHAPE America Major of the Year award celebrates outstanding undergraduate students in the fields of health, physical education, recreation and dance.

Roberta Sipe, the University’s HPE program coordinator, nominated Bruner for the honor.

“Cassidy is a strong young woman who never shies away from an opportunity to instruct students,” Sipe said.

Screen Shot 2018-04-23 at 4.58.18 PMIn fact, a full year before she was scheduled to begin her student teaching, Bruner was hired to work two days each week as the physical education teacher for Southport Presbyterian Church’s Welcome Place Childcare Center. She had been working at the center as a caregiver. Now, in addition to her childcare duties, Bruner spends nearly 15 hours each week as the school’s physical education teacher. In that role, Bruner is responsible for creating and implementing PE curriculum while teaching best practices.

“Teaching PE as a college student while still working on my major is a huge opportunity for me,” Bruner said. “I feel like I have a head start for when I start my future job, especially when it comes to classroom and behavior management. This experience has been a really great ‘trial run’ for me to get my first-year jitters out, even though I’m not even done with my third year of school yet.”

In addition to her work at Welcome Place, Bruner is a member of the University’s Kinesiology Club, is active in the Indiana chapter of SHAPE, and has volunteered for the annual Indiana State Special Olympics basketball tournament, which takes place at UIndy each spring. She maintains a 3.7 grade point average.

“Cassidy thinks on her feet,” Sipe said. “Nothing ever rattles her, even when last-minute changes take place.”

Bruner wasn’t even rattled by concerns about pursuing a career in physical education.

“I started off my time at UIndy as an elementary education major,” Bruner explained. “In my ED 100 class, every school we went to, I found myself wanting to go to the PE classes. My gut kept telling me I should lean towards PE, but the voices around me kept reminding me of budget cuts and ‘PE teachers don’t make as much as school teachers.’ But I followed my heart and switched my major and I have absolutely fallen in love with teaching health and physical education.”

Bruner believes it’s important for children to have dedicated health and PE teachers because kids spend too much time on sedentary activities. Bruner said a dedicated PE teacher can show them how to learn to enjoy being active, which can lead children to live a less sedentary and healthier lifestyle.

Bruner plans to graduate from the University of Indianapolis in May 2019.

Learn more about the Health and Physical Education Program at the University of Indianapolis.

Written by Amy Magan, communications manager for the Center for Aging & Community and the College of Health Sciences.

Community partners, UIndy students honored at Community Campus Forum

forum5The Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement held the Community Campus Forum on April 25, 2018, to honor community agency partners, along with faculty, staff and students, for the many ways they engaged in service, learning and teaching throughout this academic year.

Following an expo where students presented their service-learning projects to attendees, the Center hosted a luncheon and presented the Student Service-Learning and Outstanding Community Partner of the Year Awards.

“The Community Campus Forum not only acknowledges the remarkable achievements of University of Indianapolis students and community partners in the area of service-learning, but also highlights the University’s critical mission to teach students lifelong skills of engagement that contribute to the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” said Stephen Kolison, Jr, University of Indianapolis provost.

Honorees were as follows:

Service-Learning Graduate Student of the Year

Marlena Muszak ’18 (M.A. in applied sociology)

Service-Learning Undergraduate Student of the Year

Samantha Beckwith ’18 (marketing)

Justin Jones ’18 (supply chain and operations)

Nicholas Southwood ’18 (marketing)

Mallory Walker ’18 (marketing)

Community Partner of the Year

Tim Evans
Alvie Lindsay
Indianapolis Star

Deborah Strickler
Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital

Marcos Hashimoto,  associate professor of entrepreneurship in the School of Business, nominated four undergraduate students who received the Service-Learning Undergraduate Student of the Year Award.

“These students helped the #shesinvisible cause during my Marketing Simulation class as their applied project for the course. During the whole semester they interacted with the social entrepreneur Tina Polk to improve all the marketing material for the organization, including flyers, web page, social media posts and event organization,” Hahimoto said.

Jim Pennell, professor of sociology, nominated Marlena Muszak, an international student from Poland. Pennell outlined Muszak’s work with the Burmese American Community Institute, including fundraising, grant-writing and support for BACI’s Upward College Program.

“Marlena has represented UIndy well in her commitment to service, and she is a shining example of our university’s commitment to engaging international students in transformative ways,” Pennell said.

Pennell acknowledged Marianna Foulkrod, director of the Center for Service-Learning and Engagement, “for her continuing leadership in engaging students and faculty with our community and vice versa.”

Jeanne Criswell, director of the journalism program, thanked Tim Evans and Alvie Lindsay of The Indianapolis Star, who collaborated with her students for the newly conceived Investigative Reporting course on an investigative story about the Mayor’s Action Center that was published by the newspaper under the students’ bylines.

“Alvie and Tim served all semester as excellent editors, role models and mentors for this project while their day jobs as professional journalists never let up. They went above and beyond the call of duty in their commitment to the course,” Criswell said.

Lindsay, who accepted the award on behalf of Tim Evans, said he was humbled and honored by the recognition. “I want to thank UIndy for having the journalism program and for understanding the need and value of this work. One of the things we wanted to impart on the students in class is that you do have the opportunity to make a difference,” he said.

Julie Gahimer, professor of physical therapy nominated Deborah Strickler of the Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital, for creating valuable opportunities for University of Indianapolis students at an annual summer camp for stroke survivors.

“We couldn’t have done it without the help of physical therapy students for the last 14 or 15 years. They make a big difference,” Strickler said.

2nd Annual Trumpet Conference brings musical learning opportunities to students, community

The University of Indianapolis hosted its Second Annual Trumpet Conference in March 2018 in conjunction with the International Trumpet Guild. Headliners included Doc Severinsen, legendary trumpeter from “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” international soloist Rex Richardson, and several other clinicians.

“Our second annual 2018 UIndy-ITG Trumpet Your Way Conference was a wonderful success in every way, bringing individuals ranging in ages from 12 to 90 to campus,” said Brenda Clark, Department of Music chair.

The University of Indianapolis is the state affiliate chapter of the International Trumpet Guild and serves to represent trumpet players of all ages and abilities throughout Indiana and beyond.

Read NUVO’s review of the Trumpet Conference here.

“Our headliners presented a day of clinics and finished the day with a concert in Christel Dehaan Fine Arts Center that blew the roof off!” said Larry Powell, adjunct faculty member and chair of the conference planning committee.

Doc Severinsen, American jazz legend

Thanks for sharing your talents and experience with students, fac/staff and the community, Doc!

Posted by University of Indianapolis Arts on Thursday, March 22, 2018

The University of Indianapolis Department of Music actively cultivates opportunities for students and the broader community to gain access to experiential learning with master musicians. Along with the Trumpet Conference, which brought students in touch with expertise of Doc Severinsen and Rex Richardson, the Department of Music has hosted American Pianists Association Award Winner Drew Petersen, who is the University’s Christel DeHaan fellow and artist-in-residence. The Tuskegee University Choir concert at Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center brought the legendary group to campus in April 2018.

The Indiana Wind Symphony served as the accompanying ensemble for the trumpet solos of Doc Severinsen, Rex Richardson and Larry Powell.

The two-day event Trumpet Your Way featured artists Doc Severinsen, Rex Richardson and more!

Posted by University of Indianapolis Arts on Monday, March 19, 2018

“We strived to make the other pieces somewhat trumpet-centric while giving good balance for the audience,” said Charles Conrad, Indiana Wind Symphony music director. “The marches were ‘Trumpets of Victory’ by Hoosier composer Fred Jewell and the only handiwork written by famed trumpet designer Vincent Bach.”

Clark noted the 40-percent increase in attendance over the first Trumpet Conference in 2017, and the widespread popularity of the event across the Midwest. Ed Engledow, who attended the conference with his 12-year-old grandson, was one of those fans.

“At the age of 78, I now realize that it is indeed possible to still be playing at the age of 90 (Doc) — if I am also willing to practice three or four hours a day!” Engledow joked. His grandson, Patrick, was thrilled to meet Doc Severinsen and get a photo with the living legend.

“This event was a perfect example of UIndy’s motto of ‘Education for Service,’ providing hands-on masterclasses benefitting players of all levels, offering mentoring opportunities for our students as well as conference attendees,” Clark said.

“The culminating evening performance which featured internationally-known solo artists Rex Richardson, Doc Severinsen, and UIndy’s Larry Powell, with the Indiana Wind Symphony, was a great example of the Department of Music’s commitment to collaboration, but more importantly our rich tradition of excellence. These experiences serve to inspire our students as they pursue successful careers in music,” she added.

Plans are already in the works for conferences in 2019 and 2020. Jens Lindemann will be the headliner for 2019. Click here for updates.

Navigating for a new millennium: Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient Rev. Rob Fuquay

Rev. Rob Fuquay

Rev. Rob Fuquay

Reverend Rob Fuquay knew he wanted to join the ministry from a young age. As a senior in high school in North Carolina, he encountered Duke Seminary students who volunteered at his church and made a lasting impact on his career choice.

“I remember having this tug to consider doing with my life what these guys do, and my pastor helped me understand that this might be a call to ministry that I was sensing,” Fuquay said.

Rev. Fuquay now leads the 6,000-member St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, and on May 5, he will receive an honorary degree from the University of Indianapolis in recognition of his work as a rising thought leader in the church’s mission. Rev. Fuquay also will provide the Commencement address.

Watch a live stream of the Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m., May 5, 2018 on uindy.edu.

“I was very surprised and deeply honored, not just for the degree itself but also for the connection to the University of Indianapolis. I have such high regard for UIndy and the standards and work of the school. To have a connection to them is very rewarding to me,” Fuquay said.

As the author of several books and course guides on religious topics – including a racing-themed series called “Take the Flag” – Fuquay aims to bring people into the church who might not otherwise participate. Building and maintaining that community is an integral part of his work.

Related: University of Indianapolis to recognize master musician Béla Fleck with honorary degree

“It’s about the formation of a community that helps people develop socially and spiritually, and provides support systems that we need in life,” he explained.

Rev. Fuquay has served both small, rural churches and large congregations. He is the fifth senior pastor appointed at St. Luke’s.

“You’d think there’s very little those [smaller] churches could have in common with St. Luke’s in Indianapolis, which is a mega church. Yet the people dynamics are the same everywhere,” he explained. “It’s just being able to manage those same issues at a larger level.”

While Rev. Fuquay knew his call was to be a local church pastor, his college chaplain pointed out that ministry could take him in many different directions. Fuquay described it as learning one’s “call within a call.”

“It has been an unfolding, almost evolving sense of how God wants to use me. It’s not been a clear path that I know this is where I’m going, but sort of a step by step discerning my own gifts,” he explained.

He said that applies to every profession, not just the ministry – and that’s a theme he will explore during his Commencement address.

“Don’t get so worried about charting the map, but simply follow the compass. Those coordinates can change on any given day,” Rev. Fuquay said, pointing out that values need to remain constant amid a rapidly changing world. “Rather than worrying about where life is going to take you, focus on who you want to be.”

For graduates, Fuquay said an important aspect of developing lifelong values is “understanding that our education and our degree is not just for us. It’s about what difference are we going to make in the world? God wants to use all of us in a way that makes a lasting impact on this world that will make a difference in people’s lives after we’re gone.”

University of Indianapolis to recognize master musician Béla Fleck with honorary degree

Photo by Alan Messer

Photo by Alan Messer

Béla Fleck, a 16-time Grammy Award winner and world-renowned banjo player, will be recognized with an honorary degree at the University of Indianapolis Commencement on May 5, 2018. Fleck will perform a selection from his extensive repertoire during the Commencement ceremony.

Watch a live stream of the Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m., May 5, 2018 on uindy.edu.

Taking the road less traveled comes naturally to Fleck. He has made his name innovating musical styles for the banjo, often defying categorization as he expertly blends various traditions to create his own unique sound. He said this approach to music allows him a certain artistic freedom.

“It’s kind of like being able to speak several languages. Everything you learn informs everything you know,” Fleck said.

Related: Local Rev. Fuquay and Grammy-winning musician Béla Fleck to receive honorary degrees at May Commencement

Fleck became interested in the banjo while watching The Beverly Hillbillies as a boy, and later pursued lessons on his own when he realized his school, New York City’s High School of Music and Art, didn’t offer a banjo elective. He started performing in his first bands as a teenager.

New York’s musical melting pot formed a crucible for Fleck to develop his style of borrowing from different genres. After seeing musicians such as Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke perform, he was inspired to experiment with rock and jazz on the banjo. A series of impressive projects soon followed, with Fleck eventually joining New Grass Revival, a progressive bluegrass band, and later forming Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, along with numerous solo projects.

“Through his unique perspective of transcending musical genres, Bela Fleck’s work connects cultures and enhances communities in a profound way. As an honorary degree recipient, Bela reflects the University’s mission and deep tradition as a community-first institution that welcomes diverse thought and influences to advance its vision through arts and sciences,” said President Robert L. Manuel.

Related: Navigating for a new millennium: Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient Rev. Rob Fuquay

Fleck said the musical community has continued to mentor and support his work, and he gives back in return.

“I am proud to have friends who also serve as teachers and sources of inspiration who are on top of the worlds of bluegrass, jazz and world music. I attempt to do the same for the folks I meet, and I look forward to doing more,” Fleck said.

Fleck and his wife and musical partner, Abigail Washburn, donate the proceeds of their merchandise to local nonprofits as they tour throughout the world.

“This outreach engages us with all the communities we perform in and allows us to give something concrete back,” Fleck explained.

For graduates looking to make their mark, Fleck said it’s a matter of balancing the goal of “being the best in your field and being the best person you can be.”

“I have experienced being considered the best at what I do, and I have worked hard for it. The easiest way to be the best is to find an area that is not glutted with people doing the same thing. Look for an area that you love but one that is not overrun, and find a way to make your contribution,” he said.

Fleck said he was thrilled to learn of the honorary degree from the University of Indianapolis.

“And my Mom is even happier – she wanted me to go to college!” he said.

 

University of Indianapolis hosts Indiana State Math Contest April 28

INDIANAPOLIS – With calculators in hand, dozens of middle and high school students will compete in the Indiana State Math Contest on the University of Indianapolis campus Saturday, April 28, 2018. Students will take exams in the morning, followed by lunch in the Health Pavilion and an awards ceremony at noon. The Department of Mathematical Sciences and the School of Education are co-hosting the event.

The University of Indianapolis, which is hosting the annual contest for the first time, is one of 12 host sites throughout the state. The Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics organizes the contest, which has been approved by the Division of School Activities and the Indiana Association of School Principals. Students from Hamilton Southeastern High School, Fishers High School and Roncalli High School will be participating at the University of Indianapolis host site.

The tests focus on mathematical problem-solving, including pre-algebra, algebra, geometry and comprehensive. The contest is open to any middle school, junior or senior high school student in the State of Indiana.

“This is an exciting way for UIndy to be involved in the greater mathematical community in Indiana,” said Livia Hummel, interim associate chair and associate professor of mathematics.

Learn about the mathematical sciences program at the University of Indianapolis.

Clayton Roan, mathematics instructor, was keen to bring this type of event to the University to increase the department’s community engagement.

“We’re excited to host this competition to celebrate and showcase students with academic talents in mathematics from these schools,” Roan said. “We’re also excited to expose them to our campus, to interact with them and their math team sponsors, and to provide an experience that may inspire students to consider UIndy as a college choice and/or a career in the mathematical sciences,” Roan said.

Hummel added, “With the groundwork Dr. Roan has laid this year, we hope to be able to attract additional students from other schools in coming years.”

The top three students in each category will be honored with certificates during the noon ceremony. Students scoring 75% or better receive scholar certificates. The top scorers from all sites combined are recognized by the Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics at a Final Awards Ceremony at 1:00 p.m., June 15th, 2018, in the Atrium of the Indiana Statehouse.

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