Local Rev. Rob Fuquay and Grammy-winning musician Bela Fleck to receive honorary degrees

Dear Campus Community,

Although we have just begun our term, the University already is looking forward to recognizing inspiring leaders through honorary degrees at our May Commencement ceremony. Our honorary degrees are awarded to individuals who are innovators, leaders in their crafts and who embody the mission of our University. This year, I am pleased to announce that we will continue this storied tradition by awarding degrees that celebrate our United Methodist Church heritage and our commitment to arts and culture.

Rob Fuquay

Rev. Rob Fuquay

The University Committee on Honorary Degrees this year selected two worthy recipients. We will honor Rev. Rob Fuquay, who serves as the senior pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church – one of Indianapolis’ largest congregations with more than 6,000 members. We also will honor Béla Fleck, a 16-time Grammy Award winner commonly described as the world’s best banjo player. Both individuals have spent their careers carving new paths and inspiring others with their talents.

Rev. Fuquay is considered a leader in spiritual thought and guidance and has authored several books and course guides on religious topics. As the fifth senior pastor appointed at St. Luke’s, he holds a strong position of influence and leadership in the UMC. He regularly shares his vision of bringing religion and inspiration to the entire community, not just his congregation. Throughout his career, Fuquay has served various congregations with his gifts of strong preaching, leadership development and visioning. Fuquay, who will deliver the keynote address at Commencement, has lived in Indianapolis since 2011 with his wife and three daughters.

The University of Indianapolis traces its roots in the United Methodist Church (UMC) back to its founding in 1902. The United Brethren of Christ first purchased 8 acres of property in the heart of the University Heights neighborhood to establish a college. Indiana Central University opened its doors upon the completion of Good Hall, and the University tradition of academic excellence officially began. The institution became Indiana Central College in 1921. By the late 1960s, the Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist churches merged, and the University of Indianapolis (officially named in 1986) has been part of the UMC since. The University continues to welcome diverse students, faculty and staff to campus, just as Fuquay supports the UMC mission as a welcoming church for all.

Equally important in the University’s growth as a top-tier liberal arts institution is the long, successful history of excellence in music and the arts. The tradition of cultural impact in the city and region cannot be overstated. It is a proud story of growth and partnership, both with the surrounding arts community and the University Heights neighborhood. The campus is home to one of the best performance facilities in the area, the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. Behind this rise to prominence is the University’s history of embracing all forms of music and art and inspiring students to pursue their unique interests.

Béla Fleck (photo courtesy Jim McGuire)

Béla Fleck (photo courtesy Jim McGuire)

Béla Fleck continues this tradition by building his career through many diverse influences in all genres of music. He pairs the traditional banjo sounds of bluegrass and country with the improvisational freedoms of jazz and the more modern jam-band movement. He has played all over the globe and collaborated with artists such as Sam Bush, Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Victor Wooten, Dave Matthews and many more. The result of these influences is a unique sound and brand of music: his music.

He is lauded as both a solo artist and as part of successful groups such as New Grass Revival and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Throughout his career, Fleck has reinvented the image and sound of the banjo. Fleck has the honor of being nominated in more Grammy categories than any other musician, a testament to his love of music and courage to continually push the musical envelope. His music denies definition and embodies the possibilities of true artistic expression–something held sacred at the University of Indianapolis. Fleck will perform a song on the banjo at the May 5 Commencement.

Commencement provides the University community an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and achievements of graduates and the passionate staff and faculty who helped them reach this milestone. I look forward to celebrating this year with our entire community and to welcoming Rev. Rob Fuquay and Mr. Béla Fleck to campus.

Sincerely,

President Rob Manuel

Business students lead the way for Straight Answer Saturday Feb. 10

INDIANAPOLIS – The Student Business Leadership Academy (SBLA) at the University of Indianapolis is spearheading a community event designed to help Indianapolis residents with free legal and financial questions.

sasStraight Answer Saturday, held in the Schwitzer Student Center on the University of Indianapolis campus from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Feb. 10, 2018, is a free event that allows the general public to meet with attorneys and financial planners in one-on-one consultations. Professionals can answer questions about wills, power of attorney, saving for retirement, debt, taxes and more. Pre-register here.

The University has partnered with  the Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s Office, the Indiana State Bar Association and the Financial Planners Association of Greater Indiana to host the event. Representatives from the following agencies will also be available: Social Security Administration, Indiana Better Business Bureau, Indiana Legal Services, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Senior Medicare Patrol, AARP, Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center, CollegeChoice 529 and Indiana Department of Child Services.

“No judgment. No sales pitches. Just straight answers. That’s our goal for Straight Answer Saturday,” said Lawson. “My office created this event to ensure the citizens of Indiana can get legal and financial help in a stress-free environment, free of charge.”

Alex Yurack

Alex Yurack

As project manager for Straight Answer Saturday, SBLA Vice President Alex Yurack ’20 (finance) has gained valuable professional skills. Yurack was responsible for room set-up, food, security, parking and managing a large group of freshman business students to volunteer at the event.

“SBLA has been great for me because I have matured and grown comfortable in a business environment. Learning how to conduct myself in a business professional while I am still in college is a great thing. It’s better to learn that now than to start once I have graduated,” Yurack said.

Learn more about UIndy School of Business programs.

Kelly Griese, senior investor education coordinator for the Indiana Secretary of State, said the University has provided much more than a venue for Straight Answer Saturday.

“The School of Business brings so much more to the table. SBLA members are young professionals, and their work is exceptional. I can’t say enough great things about UIndy’s support of Straight Answer Saturday and how professional and driven these students are,” Griese said.

Matt Will, professor of finance, acts as an advisor to the SBLA. He emphasized the benefits for students as they gain real-life experience in event planning and project management, as well as providing Indianapolis residents with access to free professional advice.

“We do this in part because it is education for service. It’s for the community around the university and all over the city. It’s also a great networking opportunity for our students to meet FPA or Bar Association members,” Will said.

Shelby Winner

Shelby Winner

Mentorship is a key part of the process, from faculty and industry professionals to fellow students. SBLA President Shelby Winner ’19 (accounting), ’20 (MBA) guided Yurack through the planning process. She appreciates the guidance she received from faculty.

“Dr. Will has been a great mentor through this program. He truly wants what is best for his students, and through SBLA he has given his students the opportunity to learn how to be successful through real-life experiences,” Winner said.

 

UIndy students provide hurricane relief in Texas

Before the spring semester even got started, a group of University of Indianapolis students and staff from the University of Indianapolis boarded a bus for Texas on a mission to provide hurricane relief. Hurricane Harvey has been out of the headlines for months, but the devastation from record flooding remains.

Nearly two-dozen students traveled to the Orange, Texas area cleaning up damaged homes and removing drywall, sheetrock and insulation. Jonathan Yorkowitz, associate dean of students, said the trip is a continuation of the strong campus response to last fall’s hurricane season.

“The staff wanted to continue to do more, because it’s not just the immediate impact, but the long-term impact disaster has on individuals, families, and communities for years to come,” Yorkowitz said.

The group of 23 students and two staff worked with United Methodist Relief on clean-up and restoration of homes impacted by flooding. The group, donning goggles, hard hats and face masks, tore down walls, insulation and removed appliances.

Win Yee ’21 (marketing) said the work was physically challenging but satisfying.

“It was exhausting, but what is my exhaustion compared to the tragedies the victims of Hurricane Harvey went through?” Yee said.

For Esther Mullins ’21(medical laboratory science), the hard work paid off in terms of new friendships and memories.

“I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve in affiliation with our school. We met some incredible and inspiring people in Texas. The owners of the homes we were working in basically lost everything due to the water damage, and it was an incredible experience to be able to serve them,” Mullins said.

Students were selected for the trip through an application process.

“The University of Indianapolis is about ‘Education for Service’ and this work exemplifies that desire. With that in mind, we asked students if they would be interested in participating in a service trip and received an overwhelming response,” Yorkowitz explained.

Shortly after Harvey struck, the Division of Student and Campus Affairs worked with through the office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs to partner with UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) and gather donations of much-needed toiletries for those who were impacted. A fundraising drive also was established to send monetary donations to the Houston (Texas) Food Bank to purchase supplies. Additionally, a blood drive was organized to help restock blood supplies at the Indiana Blood Center after many units of blood were contributed to the victims in Texas.

Emily Sands ’18 (Finance major, Spanish minor) has participated in several service-learning events including the trip to Texas, UIndy Day of Service, Super Saturday of Service and is involved in the UIndy Lilly Scholars Network at Wheeler Mission Ministry facilities. With plans to do service work in Guatemala after graduation, Sands appreciates the opportunities she’s had at UIndy to give back.

“There are constantly ways to volunteer and hands-on classroom experiences are often times offered through non-profit partnerships. There is even a concentration in service learning. I have grown to love the motto, ‘Education for Service’ because it inspires me to humble myself and consider how God can use my gifts and education to meet the needs of the world,” Sands said.

 

Campus collaborations: Power of Education conference

The University of Indianapolis Student Education Association will host the fourth annual Power of Education conference on campus Saturday, February 3.

The event is open to education students throughout the state. Topics of discussion are designed to motivate and inspire future K-12 teachers and provide professional development opportunities for attendees.

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Eslinger teaches second graders at Reagan Elementary.

Conner McNeeley, a Southport High School Spanish teacher and recipient of the 2017 Teach Like A Champion Award, will deliver the keynote speech. During three sets of breakout sessions, University faculty and industry experts will share strategies for increasing student engagement and producing positive results in the classroom.

“This conference was designed for students, by students,” said Lyndsy Eslinger ‘18 (elementary education), co-chair of the Power of Education planning committee. “As we were planning the event, we thought about what topics we enjoy hearing about.”

Sessions will include:

  • “Engagement through Coding” with John Somers, associate professor of teacher education
  • “Creating Your Own Success” with Brittany Dyer, career navigator at the Professional Edge Center
  • “Dreams and Dreamers” with Donna Stephenson, University instructor of teacher education
  • “Encouraging Student Thinking And Engagement through Effective Questioning” with Deb Sachs, director of the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Program

The event is geared toward both elementary and secondary education majors.

“This conference is full of amazing professional development opportunities,” said Shelby Johnson, ‘18 (elementary education), Vice President of the University Student Education Association. “I feel confident that I will be ready for the real world after graduation because of the professional development, interview preparation, and networking that UIndy has given me.”

Power of Education
8:30 am – 12 pm
Saturday, February 3
Schwitzer Student Center

Registration is open until the day of the event, and cost ranges from $5 – $15. Learn more and register here.

Conference proceeds will be used to support the UIndy Student Education Association and Outreach to Teach. Outreach to Teach is an annual project that focuses on transforming a local K-12 school through painting, cleaning, landscaping, decorating, and light carpentry.

University of Indianapolis announces 2018 Black History Month events

blackhistory17The University of Indianapolis celebrates Black History Month with a full calendar of events during February 2018, including a trivia night, an Open Mic Dialog and a formal dinner. Organized by the Black Student Association, events throughout the month are designed to increase awareness of the  achievements of African-Americans and their pivotal role in United States history.

A new addition this year to the robust line-up is the collaboration between BSA and the Office of Equity & Inclusion (OEI) for Feb. 15th’s Open Mic Dialog on healthy relationships. Plans are in the works to involve several student organizations in programming for that event, said Darin Sills ’19 (visual communication design), president of the Black Student Association.

“This is a great opportunity to partner with the Black Student Association and other student groups to spark conversation about what it means to be in a healthy relationship,” said Sean Huddleston, vice president of equity and inclusion. He noted the growing interest in OEI’s Open Mic Dialog sessions, which were launched in the fall of 2017.

Recording artist, TEDx and motivational speaker Shaun Boothe will be guest speaker at the Black History Month Dinner: “A Legacy of Excellence” on Feb. 28th. Boothe is the creator of the critically acclaimed “The Unauthorized Biography Series” which celebrates historical figures through biographical rap songs.

Sills encouraged the campus community to participate in Black History Month events regardless of ethnic background or identity.

“Events that we organize aren’t just for a strictly African-American audience. We want everyone to come to all events,” Sills said.

Schedule of events:

Jan. 31/Feb. 1: Stop by the BSA table in the Schwitzer Student Center to answer Black History Month trivia questions and pick up a sweet treat!

Feb. 2: Celebrating Black History Month: Heroes
6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Garfield Park Arts Center

Feb. 5: David Otunga (Diversity Lecture Series)
9:00 p.m., UIndy Hall

Feb. 7: BSA general body meeting
9:00 p.m., UIndy Hall A

Feb. 8: Praise and worship
9:00 p.m., The Chapel

Feb. 14: Anti-Valentine’s Day
9:00 p.m., Trustees Room

Feb. 15: Love and Hip Hop UIndy (open mic dialog with Office of Equity & Inclusion)
9:00 p.m., UIndy Hall A

Feb. 21: Black History trivia
9:00 p.m. Shreve Atrium, Student Engagement Center

Feb. 24: Black Panther film screening
Location to be announced

Feb. 27: Neil Holborn – Spoken word artist
9:00 p.m., UIndy Hall A

Feb. 28: Black History Month Dinner: “A Legacy of Excellence” with speaker Shaun Boothe
7:00 p.m., UIndy Hall A

 

Indiana legislature honors undefeated Greyhounds Football team

The University of Indianapolis Greyhounds Football team was honored on the floor of the Indiana Statehouse on Thursday, celebrating an undefeated and record-breaking regular season.

Fans across the city and region got behind the Greyhounds in 2017 as they pursued a perfect 11-0 regular season. Despite a loss in the first round of the playoffs to Harding University, the program’s success — as well as that of other sports in 2017– helped to solidify University of Indianapolis athletics as one of the elite programs in Division II.

“Our athletics programs continue to succeed because our coaches, staff and the families of our student athletes create an exceptional environment for students to excel, both on and off the field. This undefeated season is another chapter in the growth of our athletic programs and the excitement they add to the UIndy campus experience,” said University President Robert Manuel.

Student athletes at the University earned a cumulative GPA of 3.26 last semester–a testament to how hard they work to achieve athletic and academic goals, Manuel added.

Indiana Rep. Jack Sandlin (R-Indianapolis) ‘78, ‘94 facilitated the recognition Thursday by the Indiana Legislature. Representing the football team were captains Jake Purichia, Andrew Walker, Aeneas White and Ruben Holcomb, along with coaches and athletics administrators.

“Coming downtown and being in this building to get recognized was special,” Purichia said. “I’m proud of our coaches, staff and players for what we’ve accomplished.”

“It was a huge honor getting recognized for the great season we had,” Holcomb added. “It was my last season so going out in such a successful way means a lot.”

The 2017 season was the first undefeated regular season since 1953. The team also set new records for the most wins in a season (11), consecutive wins (15) and scoring offense (38.2 ppg). The Greyhounds matched team and Great Lakes Valley Conference marks for fewest interceptions thrown (4) and garnered a conference record 14 GLVC Player of the Week awards, while leading the nation in the fewest sacks allowed (0.5 per game).

The Hounds spent a total of eight consecutive weeks in the Top 10, peaking at a program high No. 5 as they went on to capture their fifth GLVC title in six years.

The football success was just one of many accolades enjoyed by UIndy sports teams in 2017. Greyhounds earned the sixth consecutive GLVC All-Sports Trophy, presented annually to the university demonstrating the best all around performance in the league’s 20 sponsored sports. Other team achievements in 2017 include:

  • Men’s soccer were named GLVC Conference Champions.
  • Women’s Golf broke individual, team and conference records on the way to earning the fourth-consecutive top-five finish in the NCAA tournament.
  • Women’s tennis student-athletes Hanna Volikova and Alina Kislitskaya won the first ITA national doubles championship in program history.
  • Men’s and Women’s Diving currently are ranked in the Top 10 in Division II programs.
  • 253 Greyhound student-athletes were named to the GLVC All-Academic team.

“Our athletics success continues to produce benefits in recruitment and retention of students,” said Sue Willey, vice president for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University. “Being honored at the statehouse raises the profile of the team and the University as a whole. It’s a great honor and another positive development for the program that will motivate our student athletes and teams to continue their success.

Football Coach Bob Bartolomeo, who brought back 17 seniors this year, said the undefeated season was special because it has happened only twice since the program began.

“When you look at all the divisions and schools playing college football, it’s extremely difficult and takes a lot of work and effort to accomplish an undefeated season. That’s something we’re quite proud of,” said Bartolomeo, who also was named GLVC Coach of the Year.

Willey said she is excited about the future of the programs and their impact on the growth of the University.

University hosts 50th annual regional theatre festival

About 1,400 theatre enthusiasts from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin gathered at the University of Indianapolis recently for the 50th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF).

The Department of Theatre hosted the week-long festival for Region III in January 2018. It was one of eight regional events across the country.

The festival included theatrical performances, workshops, scholarship competitions for acting, design and stage management students, along with professional networking opportunities.

“It’s a lot of fun to be immersed in theatre for a week,” said Penny Sornberger, associate professor of costume design. “It opens up opportunities for our students to meet fellow students from other schools, form new bonds, network with professionals in the field and get feedback on their work.”

About 30 University theatre students volunteered for and competed in the festival. *See a complete list of student competitors below.

Notable achievements included:

  • Carly Wagers ‘20 was a semifinalist in the Regional Design Projects Competition, ranking in the top 10 percent of 200 entries.
  • Zech Saenz ’19 won the Design Storm Competition for directing “The Most Wretched Deathbed Fever Dreams of Edgar Allan Poe.”
  • Daisy Grey ‘19 (director) and Jade Lynch ‘19 (sound design) were runners-up for their work on “La Boheme.”

Six theatre faculty members were instrumental in organizing activities: Penny Sornberger, Brad Wright, James Leagre, Casey Kearns, Christian McKinney and Jodi Bush.

During the festival, University Production Manager Christian McKinney received the Region III Faculty Service Award. Peers throughout Region III voted, selecting McKinney as the winner for her expertise in planning the event.

“It’s great to be recognized for all the hard work that went into this festival,” McKinney said. “The reason we do this is for the students. The experiences they gain and the contacts they make at this festival will help them far beyond their time here at UIndy.”  

Festival organizers persevered despite severe winter weather that threatened to interrupt scheduled events.

“We feel the festival was very successful, even with all the weather issues,” Sornberger said. “The show must go on. We’re theatre folks; that’s what we do!”

 

Congratulations to all University theatre students who competed:

 

Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions:  

     Stephen Cox ‘18 & partner Carly Wagers ’20

     Mary Schreier ‘19 & partner Thomas Tutsie ’20

     Katie Carter ’20 & partner Clayton Rardon ’21

     Zech Saenz ’19 & partner Kelly Casey ’19

 

National KCACTF Awards for Theatrical Design Excellence Competition   

    Jade Lynch ‘19;  Sound Design for “Frankenstein”

 

National KCACTF Allied Design and Technology Award Competition

     Liesel Schmitz ‘20;  Creature Arm design for “Frankenstein”

     Pat Kizer ‘19;  Special Effects Makeup for “Frankenstein”

 

10-minute Play Festival

     Stephen Cox ‘18 Director; “Little Debbie”

 

Regional Design Projects Competition

     Emily Hart ‘19;  Costume Designs; “Eurydice”

     Carly Wagers ‘20; Costume Designs; “La Boheme”

 

Design Storm Competition

     Pat Kizer ’19; Make up Designer; “Eurydice”

     Kristine Storms ‘18; Costume Designs; “His Dark Materials”

     Daisy Grey ‘19; Director; “La Boheme”

     Jade Lynch ‘19; Sound Design; “La Boheme”

     Elizabeth Hollbrook ’18; Director; “Henry V”

     Emma Rund ‘20 ; Dramaturgy; “Henry V”

     Emily Hart ’19; Costume Designs; “Henry V”

     Zech Saenz ’19; Director; “The Most Wretched Deathbed Fever Dreams of Edgar Allan Poe”

University of Indianapolis launches leadership program for high school sophomores

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis is launching a leadership development program for Indiana high school sophomores next month with a statewide discussion that will bring together more than 275 high school sophomores from around the region with interests in technology, business, environment and sports.

The event, “Embracing the Future,” hosted by University of Indianapolis Visiting Fellow and former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, will promote leadership skills by encouraging students to embrace change in a positive way; and is one of series of initiatives throughout the year designed to prepare the next generation of Indiana’s leaders. Students who attend will have been nominated by their high schools.

“Learning to deal with change and not being afraid of failure are essential leadership qualities that are crucial to successful careers and lives,” Ballard said. “This event is designed to raise awareness of these issues as students consider potential careers and the impact they want to have on the world.”

The sessions focus on influential leaders from a variety of local industries. Topics include the “Future of Sports,” “Innovation,” “Fail Fest: Celebrating Failure’s Role in Innovation” and “Oil and National Security.”

In addition to “Embracing the Future,” University initiatives such as the Lugar Academy encourage high school students to pursue skills in leadership and service. Retired Sen. Richard Lugar, who has hosted the Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders on campus for more than 40 years, works with students to identify the most pressing current events and political issues of our time.

Ballard, the former two-term Republican mayor of Indianapolis,  now serves as a Visiting Fellow for the Institute for Civic Leadership and Mayoral Archives at the University of Indianapolis. He mentors students and creates programming to help them develop leadership and civic management skills.

The goal of the Institute is to connect the community with Indianapolis’ civic history by working closely with previous mayors and their staffs to collect and preserve photos, documents and other resources that were critical in establishing Indianapolis as a world-class city. The Mayoral Archives are available digitally at uindy.historyit.com. The Institute hosts the annual Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership each year at the University, at which civic leaders and community builders examine a topic important to the future growth of the city.

Nomination details

Teachers and administrators are encouraged to nominate three outstanding sophomore students from their respective high schools who have an interest in technology, business, sports or the environment. Click here to submit nominations. All successful nominees will be contacted in February.

Ballard will deliver a keynote address, and students may choose to attend two afternoon sessions that touch on topics important to their personal and professional futures. The “Embracing the Future” event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. , Saturday, March 3, in the Ransburg Auditorium of Esch Hall, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

Learn more about the event.

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School of Nursing to host statewide convention

The University of Indianapolis School of Nursing will host the Indiana Association of Nursing Students (IANS) 2018 Convention on campus January 26 – 27, 2018.

About 400 nursing students from across the state are expected to attend. The theme for the event will be “Nursing School Survival Guide.” Workshops will prepare students for a successful career and provide valuable networking opportunities with peers and with representatives from various community partners in the healthcare field.

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Jane Toon, associate professor of nursing, helped organize the event. She said it’s exciting to host this conference because it’s the first time the University will host an event of this type and magnitude.

“We are honored to be asked to host this event since it means that UIndy is well-respected in the community at large, as well is within the healthcare field,” Toon said. “UIndy has had its own Student Nurse Association for many years, but this brings the University’s involvement in a student-led nursing association to a whole new level.”

The graduate program in the School of Nursing at the University of Indianapolis is ranked among the best graduate nursing programs in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report. Nursing graduates work at many of the regional hospitals and contribute to Indiana’s role as a national leader in healthcare and medicine. The School of Nursing also partners closely with Community Health Network for learning opportunities and community treatment options, some available at the UIndy Health Pavilion.

UIndy Student Nurse Association board members put in many hours outside of the classroom to help with planning and facilitation of this conference. One board member, Kasandra Strunk, was elected to the Indiana Association of Student Nurses board and has been instrumental in planning the conference and promoting it among her peers.

“Opportunities like this help our students develop into future nursing leaders,” Toon said.

The conference will have large and small group opportunities for learning. Some sessions will relate directly to nursing school, such as a review for the national nursing licensure exam, general test taking tips, and stress management techniques. Other sessions will assist students in planning their future nursing careers, such as panel discussions with nurses in a variety of specialties and how to plan for graduate school.  

Learn more about the convention.

UIndy honors Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Pack Away Hunger project

Hundreds of University of Indianapolis faculty, staff, students and community members braved snowy streets to spend a morning packing thousands of meals for the hungry.

The third annual “Pack Away Hunger” service project in the Schwitzer Student Center honored Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Around 250 volunteers scooped, measured, weighed and packed 56,000 meals in just more than  two hours for Pack Away Hunger.

“We volunteered as a group. We wanted to do something together to help the community and we thought this would be a good opportunity,” said Ariel Callis ‘19 (nursing).said.

Hannah Amberger ’19 (nursing) said she appreciates the University’s focus on service learning.

“I’ve been involved in service projects since freshman year, when we did Super Saturday of Service. That opened me up to realizing the different ways I can give back to the community,” she said.



Pack Away Hunger works to battle hunger in Indianapolis and across the world by providing nutritious meals for families. Each Nutri-Plenty™ meal provides vitamins and minerals and contains a healthy mixture of rice, soy, vegetables and flavorings. The meals packed on Monday will be distributed to central Indiana food banks to feed families in the community.

After the service project, volunteers gathered for a time of conversation and reflection and enjoyed a lunch featuring King’s favorite foods.

President Rob Manuel thanked volunteers for venturing out in snowy weather to spend their day off giving back. He noted that the University completes more than 120,000 service hours in the community each year.

Several student groups volunteered for the 2018 Pack Away Hunger project, including the women’s basketball team and the Student Nurses Association.

 

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