Cole Varga (’10, international relations) understands more than most the impact of the recent immigration restrictions on families looking for better opportunities in the United States. As the executive director of Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc., he has seen firsthand how refugee resettlement transforms people’s lives.
Cole Varga, executive director, Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc.
Exodus is a 36-year-old Indianapolis-based non-profit refugee resettlement agency, and is one of about 300 in the United States. In 2016, Exodus welcomed 947 refugees from 17 countries, including Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burundi, Central African Republic, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, and Ukraine.
A discussion at the University of Indianapolis brought 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” featured Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, an Orthodox rabbi and teacher, and Antwan Saca, the director of programs for the Holy Land Trust in Bethlehem. The event was a ROOTS initiative sponsored by the University in partnership with the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC).
(L-R) Center for Interfaith Cooperation Executive Director Charlie Wiles, Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, Antwan Saca, University of Indianapolis President Rob Manuel, JCRC Executive Director Lindsey Mintz
In 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.
More than 200 community leaders participated in the 2017 Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership at the University of Indianapolis March 3. This year’s symposium brought local and national visionaries together to discuss how greenspaces contribute to a vibrant urban life.
Panel moderated by Linda Broadfoot, Indy Parks Director, talks about “5 Big Ideas that Transformed Indianapolis.” (Photo by D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)
Event organizers included University of Indianapolis Professor Ted Frantz, who is also director of the Institute of Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives, in partnership with Indy Parks, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Indiana Humanities. The symposium acknowledged Indianapolis’ long history of greenspace planning and environmental stewardship, from architect George Kessler’s original 1908 plan to Mayor Bill Hudnut’s efforts in the 1970s and 80s to “green” the City of Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis Quartet will present its second concert of the season featuring some of western music’s most important works of art.
Debut performance of the faculty artist series String Quartet in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall on November 7, 2016. (Photo by D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)
The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2017, at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center on the University of Indianapolis campus. Concert admission is free, although registration is required.
(INDIANAPOLIS) Local and national community leaders will discuss the value of urban parks and greenspaces in maintaining a world-class city at the upcoming Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership at the University of Indianapolis.
“Building Vibrant Cities Through Greenspaces and Parks” is the topic of this year’s symposium, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Schwitzer Student Center on the University of Indianapolis campus. The symposium is presented by the University’s Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives, in partnership with Indiana Humanities, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Indy Parks.
When students start thinking about careers, creativity may not be a word that comes to mind. But that’s exactly what Tanner Christensen, Facebook product designer and author of “The Creative Challenge,” wants them to consider.
Creative Millions: A Dinner and Discussion for Creatives, featured Tanner Christensen, Facebook Product Designer and Creativity Expert, at the Fountain Square Theatre on February 28, 2017. (Photo by D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)
Christensen visited the University of Indianapolis campus Tuesday as part of “Creative Millions,” a Professional Edge Center initiative to encourage students to pursue creativity in their careers. He spoke to more than 60 students at Fountain Square Theatre and was joined by local creative professionals.
Dinner Theatre is back at the University of Indianapolis with the debut this weekend of “Move Over, Mrs. Markham.”
Pix of the dress rehearsal performance of “Move Over, Mrs. Markham” for the annual dinner theater show in Schwitzer on February 21, 2017. (Photo by D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)
The University of Indianapolis Department of Theatre will perform the free-wheeling 1960’s farce by Ray Cooney and John Chapman on Feb. 24-26 and March 2-4, 2017 at the Schwitzer Student Center Dining Hall. Dinner is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. each night with the performance to follow at 8 p.m. A free preview will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 (no dinner included).
The University of Indianapolis has launched a new full-scholarship program for graduates of Christel House Academy South, further strengthening a longtime partnership between the two learning centers.
Christel DeHaan Academy students were recognized on the floor during a time out in the men’s game on Thursday, Feb 16, 2017. (Photo by D. Todd Moore/University of Indianapolis)
The program, launching in the Fall of 2017, includes two components: one covering full-tuition costs to attend the University of Indianapolis and another providing a room-and-board scholarship for up to 10 students. Eligible students must have successfully completed dual credit courses taught by University professors at Christel House.
The University of Indianapolis Student Education Association hosted Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick at the 3rd Annual Power of Education Conference on Jan. 28.
From left: Hannah Mangus, Jennifer McCormick, Shelby Hale
McCormick’s talk focused on the future of education in Indiana. SEA organizers were thrilled to hear from McCormick at the annual conference, which celebrates the field of education by hosting sessions designed to motivate and inspire future teachers. She shared with students some of her most powerful experiences as a lifelong educator.