Karlie LaGrotte ’18 presented research during the 2017 Scholars’ Day event.
Karli LaGrotte ’18 (psychology major, sociology minor) had her choice of where to pursue her doctorate in psychology – she was accepted into three different programs! She reflects on her time at the University of Indianapolis as she prepares to graduate.
Q. What are your plans after graduation?
A. In the fall, I will be pursuing a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois.
Q. How did your academic program help you develop your professional skills?
A. Undergraduate research helped me develop skills such as critical thinking, interpersonal skills, and presentation skills. Through undergraduate research, I learned how to talk to any type of person, whether it is a student or faculty member. I became extremely comfortable in talking with faculty which definitely helped when it was time for me to interview for graduate school.
Q. Were you involved in any extracurricular activities as a student?
A. I was a member of the women’s golf team. That experience taught me valuable skills such as hard work, discipline, selflessness, time management and excellence.
Q. Were there any faculty, staff or fellow students who helped you during your time as a student at UIndy?
Dr. Kendra Thomas: I participated in undergraduate research with her and she helped me develop important skills such as critical thinking, interpersonal skills and presentation skills.
Dr. Amanda Miller: I took two sociology courses with her and through her classes, I developed a love for sociology. She is a role model for me and someone I respect greatly.
Dr. Mixalis Poulakis: I took my first ever course at UIndy with him, so he has helped me since day one. He is a great mentor, always offering advice and being there for me.
Q. Would you recommend UIndy to prospective high school students?
A. Yes, I would because of the excellent faculty. I will miss them once I graduate. My advice to incoming freshmen would be to take advantage of opportunities and focus on developing relationships with faculty. The faculty are so welcoming and helpful. University of Indianapolis is lucky to have such great faculty!
Q. Any other big takeaways or observations as you approach graduation?
A. I very much enjoyed my academic experience at this school. It has been so rewarding and I have met wonderful students and faculty!
In May 2018, Kalia Daily will be the first student to graduate with a concentration in printmaking from the studio art program. (She also has a concentration in painting and a minor in art history.)
“When I first came to UIndy, I must admit I was not confident in my abilities as an artist. Through the instruction of many of my professors, specifically Jim Viewegh and Katherine Fries, I was able to see my work grow and mature in ways that I never imagined,” she said.
The studio art program is designed so that all art students start at the beginning, learning the basics.
“I was introduced to artistic ideas that helped me see my work more critically, thus making it easier to pinpoint areas I needed to work in most,” Daily explained. “I was able to build upon those technical lessons to then enter into a realm where you can achieve certain conceptual ideals.”
She also said it was useful to learn how to operate the University’s new Vandercook Press because of its popularity in the printmaking world.
“It can produce quality work in little time, so it was important for me to learn how to operate a press that is so common in other print shops.”
Daily is a student employee in the print studio, an Art & Design Student Academy Club Leader, and a leader and mentor to upper and underclassmen alike.
“I am tremendously proud of what we call the ‘founding printers’ of the department,” said Katherine Fries, art & design professor. “Kalia and her peers have really brought this program to life. Their hard work, spirit, and dedication have seen the program through the first years of growth and for that they will always be part of the print program and Hullabaloo Press.”
Graduation can be a bittersweet moment, marking the end of one chapter and the start of another, but Fries sees it differently.
“This is one of the many reasons I love UIndy: because students like Kalia come here and make wonderful things happen on our campus! Commencement is a magnificent time to look back at what was achieved and look forward to what still can be,” she said.
After graduating, Daily plans to enroll in the University’s Masters of Arts program, continue building her portfolio and pursue a Masters in Fine Arts Degree later in her career.
“Senses” by Kalia Daily
“Without the introduction and attention from the art & design faculty and staff, I would not be the artist I am today and I am forever grateful for their guidance and expertise.”
See Daily’s senior exhibition April 16 – 20 in the Student Gallery, Schwitzer 011.
Before Mara Hofstetter ’18 heads to Yale University in the fall, she’ll be working at Eli Lilly during the summer for an internship. A double major in chemistry and mathematics, Hofstetter will pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry with a focus in chemical biology at Yale. Hailing from Ascona, Switzerland, Hofstetter was also a student-athlete on the Greyhounds women’s tennis team. In this interview, she spoke about the factors that contributed to her success at the University of Indianapolis.
How did your extracurricular activities enhance your UIndy experience? “My time on the tennis team helped me stay organized, since my day would be pretty full with a double major and practice. It especially helped me to grow as a person. [Women’s Tennis Head] Coach [Malik] Tabet and my teammates always supported me and challenged me to improve in all what I do. This helped and will help to manage difficult situations that I will encounter in the future.”
Who were some of your mentors? “Dr. [Krysi] Leganza, my mathematics professor, Dr. [Levi] Mielke, and Dr. [Kathy] Stickney, both chemistry teachers, have contributed the most to my time at the University of Indianapolis. Dr. Leganza always had an open door, not only for mathematical difficulties but also for personal issues. She helped me to make the right decision to what university I should go to for my graduate studies and what factors are important to take into consideration when choosing your future graduate school.” “Dr. Mielke and Dr. Stickney enabled me to build my knowledge to be a well-rounded person. Dr. Mielke is a great teacher who supports you in everything. He is currently my supervisor in my research in chemistry about glyphosate. Dr. Stickney helped in organizing my great time here at the University of Indianapolis and most important, she helped me finding an internship position last summer, which allowed me to get experience outside the classroom.”
“Coach Tabet and my teammates, especially Chloe Weihs, helped me to grow as a person and embrace challenges in life. To never give up and fight for what you want. They pushed me when I could not anymore, they supported me, this helped me to never give up when facing a problem.”
“Lastly, Nils Hoffacker, a student here at UIndy and my boyfriend, had the greatest impact on my life and success. He helped me all my four years in college, he supported me, he believed in me, and he enabled me to reach my dreams to go to an Ivy League graduate school. His influence and positivism were very crucial. I think everyone needs someone who supports you no matter what.”
Why would you recommend UIndy?
“UIndy gives you everything you need to have to succeed. The small classes allow you to have instructors who follow you closely and allow you to build a relationship with them because they care for you to succeed. The atmosphere on campus is just great. It allows you to find a new home with a lot of friends and faculty who will influence your life in a great way.”
Best Sports Photo, First Place, “Football Keeps Breaking Records”
Best Sports Photo, Second Place, “Football Ends Historic Season with Playoff Loss”
Best Informational Graphic, Second Place, “Travel Ban Impacts UIndy Community”
Rohrmoser, who is an international student from Costa Rica, is a familiar face at the Department of Integrated Marketing & Communications (IMC), where she is a student worker assisting in graphics creation, social media management and digital content. She was honored as international student speaker at the annual Celebration of Flags in October 2017. Rohrmoser will pursue an internship with Cook Medical for the summer and has applied for graduate school.
Q: What’s your hometown? What kind of travel experience did you have before coming to UIndy?
I am an international student from San Jose, Costa Rica. Before coming to UIndy I had visited the U.S several times. I’ve been to Florida, New York, and I played soccer at a tournament in Minnesota during high school and participated in a dance competition in Chicago as well. I’ve also traveled to South Africa, Zambia, Brazil, Panama, Mexico, France and Italy.
Q. Why did you decide to attend UIndy? I decided to apply to UIndy because my dad had previously been to Indianapolis and loved the city. I found UIndy and really liked that the campus wasn’t too big or too small. When I looked into my major I was drawn to the way the curriculum was set up. I would have the opportunity to take drawing, painting and communication classes while working on graphic design as well.
Q. What has your UIndy experience been like so far? How would you describe the international culture at UIndy? My experience at UIndy has been nothing short of amazing. I have met some fellow students, faculty and staff that have been very welcoming and who have helped me succeed in every project I take on. The UIndy community really appreciates international culture, not just because it’s “cool” that we’re from a different country but everyone really understands the value of having different cultures present on campus. It’s great to have events like the Celebration of the Flags, cultural presentations and even foreign language classes that bring the community together.
Q. What is your advice for domestic students who might not have much experience with other cultures? I think in order for every UIndy student to make the most out of their educational experience, they have to engage with an international student. Even if it’s by being in the same group in a class, you’d be amazed to see the different perspective an international student can give you. From giving examples of how something is done in their home country to adding points of interest with facts about a different demographic, I know students and professors appreciate seeing cultural diversity.
Q. What do you think students on campus can do to understand the international perspective? I think domestic students should try and understand what an international student goes through. They are away from their families and their homes. Basically everything that they were used to growing up is different when they’re here. What would you do if you couldn’t reach your parents in a situation where you really needed their help? Doing your insurance paperwork, paying bills without guidance and – oh my goodness – tax season!
Q. What activities are you involved in outside the classroom? Outside of the classroom, I currently hold two on-campus jobs and one internship. I have been a student worker for IMC (UIndy Integrated Marketing & Communications) for almost two years and this opportunity has given me outside of the classroom experience in the field that I would like to go into after graduation. I also am the art director for The Reflector, our student newspaper at UIndy. I have also worked for the football team, the Writing Lab and the Professional Edge Center. I also have an internship at Raybourn Group International, an association management company located in the north side of Indianapolis. I have worked there since May of this year. I also participate in the UIndy Connectors program, regularly attend sports events and community service opportunities on- and off-campus. All of these experiences have contributed to making me a well-rounded student. I have made some great connections that have helped me during these past three years and will definitely be an important part of finding a job in the U.S. after graduation, which is my goal.
Q. Are there any professors, staff or students who have made your UIndy experience special? Everyone I’ve met has made an impact on my experience, to be honest!
The Department of Art & Design has played a huge role in preparing me for jobs and internships, especially Julia Taugner. With every communications or design position I’ve held, they’ve all been impressed by my skill set.
I also have to credit IMC. I started as a student worker and now I’ve grown to become an active member of the team. This has given me opportunities to work on graphic design, learn about social media communications, event photography and even some content development for UIndy!
The Professional Edge Center has also helped me by guiding me through creating my resume, applying for internships and starting to apply for jobs after graduation. The team there is very welcoming and ready to help any student succeed and make the best of their experience.
Q. Why is an international perspective valuable in the workplace?
International students are important to have as members of your community. They provide a different perspective, new knowledge, maybe solutions you wouldn’t think about because they’ve experienced different things. They also are a valuable member of the team because they expand people’s viewpoints. It’s so important to open your school or company to diversity. Different cultures add so much value to a community because they make people come together and learn from each other.
Audrey Cunningham, front row, second from left, with the Speech & Debate Team in 2011.
The University of Indianapolis Speech & Debate team has been winning regional and national accolades for more than 30 years, thanks in large part to Audrey Cunningham, the former team director. For 24 years, Cunningham, who serves as Basic Course Director in the Department of Communication, has been coaching students to success behind the podium and beyond. Cunningham has enjoyed helping students develop lifelong speaking and debate skills that are easily transferable to a variety of careers. The speech team is open to all majors, and the students Cunningham has coached over the years have pursued successful careers in a variety of disciplines, including public relations, broadcasting, law, school counseling and secondary education. “We encourage different majors because it’s one of those skill sets that transcends everything,” she explained. Cunningham noted that the most dramatic improvements tend to happen during a student’s first year. “That freshman year, they are learning all the basics. A lot of times they can be more successful that year because there are tournaments they can compete in with other novices of the first year. They’re competing more on par,” Cunningham said.
By senior year, Cunningham said that students have acquired a broad range of speaking skills. The competitions stretch students’ skills by challenging them to compete in extemporaneous, informative and persuasive speaking, as well as prose, poetry, duo and impromptu formats. There’s even a category for after-dinner speaking. Students are required to discuss topics ranging from voter disenfranchisement to gun control.
“The more people participate, the more confident they become in their abilities,” Cunningham said.
Under Cunningham’s guidance, the team earned the University’s first team title in 1990 from the National Forensic Association (NFA). Over the years, UIndy’s team has placed several times among the top ten in the Team Sweepstakes in the NFA competition, as well as making frequent team and individual appearances in the top ten in state, regional and other national competitions. Students from UIndy’s team have also competed in an international tournament in London. In 2013-14, Cunningham co-directed the team with Rebekah Gaidis ’03, assistant professor (and a three-year team veteran herself) who went on to serve as sole team director until 2017. Stephanie Wideman is an assistant professor and the current team director. Both Gaidis and Wideman have led the team to stellar state and regional performances.
“Professor Cunningham’s dedication to the art of public speaking is an inspirational force in the Department of Communication. She ran the Speech & Debate team for over twenty years, and in that time she was able to build the team into a cornerstone of speech education at UIndy,” said Wideman.
A longtime southsider, Cunningham’s UIndy connections run deep. Her two children, Kathleen Cunningham ’11 (English) and Chris Cunningham ’09 (communication) are alumni. She also has plenty of Emerald Isle connections. Her husband, Brian, is from Ireland, and is a singer and guitarist for the Irish Airs. Audrey has served as president of the Irish Dancers of Indianapolis and emcees Indianapolis’ Irish Festival.
In honor of Women’s History Month, we asked University of Indianapolis faculty who their role models were.
Many thanks to our contributors! Take a look at the slide show to see who they chose to commemorate.
Stephanie Mahin joined the University as assistant professor in fall 2017 and teaches classes in strategic communication, public relations, public speaking and other aspects of communication.
Stephanie Wideman is director of the University’s Forensics Speech and Debate Program and an assistant professor.
Sciences faculty: Kimberly Baker, an assistant professor of biology, specializes in molecular genetics, cell biology and cancer biology.
Ann Cutler, associate professor of chemistry, is a longtime editor of the Journal of College Science Teaching and has research interests in science text comprehension.
Sandy Davis, associate professor of biology, is an expert in botany, plant reproductive biology and evolutionary biology.
Krista Latham, associate professor of biology, is the director of the University of Indianapolis Human Identification Center. Her work in the Texas borderlands identifying the remains of migrants who died making the perilous journey across the border has been covered by national media. She has published several books on forensic techniques.
Rebecca Sorley, professor of music, is Director of Student Support and Coordinator of the Music Business Concentration. She teaches piano to all levels from pre-college through piano majors.
Biochemist Jennifer Doudna (1964-) is one of the pioneers of the CRISPR genome editing technique and most likely a future Nobel laureate. - Kimberly Baker
Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) – She was known as an anti-lynching crusader, suffragist, journalist and publicist who spoke out against racial and gender injustice. Wells-Barnett worked on grassroots campaigns before Plessy V. Ferguson vilified Jim Crow laws in the south. In 1909, she became one of two African-American women who signed “the call” to form the NAACP. - Stephanie Mahin
NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson (1918-) played a pivotal role in calculating the orbital equation for John Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission . Her work was also crucial in the Project Apollo mission, the Space Shuttle and the Earth Resources Satellite, among many other projects. - Kim Baker
Ann Richards (1933-2006) – The longtime Texas governor was well-known for her leadership and engaging speaking style. What you might not know is that she’s been studied in the field of rhetoric for her expert blend of feminine narrative and public policy in her speeches. Her keynote speech at the 1988 Democratic Convention brought the house down. - Stephanie Wideman
Alice Brues (1913-2007) was one of the first female forensic anthropologists, and is credited as one of the founders of the field. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard but had to sit in the hallway during lectures because females were not allowed in the classrooms at that time. She became best known for her innovative research involving the genetics of modern human variation and her use of computers to simulate natural selection, genetic drift, mutation and gene flow. - Krista Latham
Amy Beach (1867-1944) - She was the first American woman composer to become well-known during her lifetime, and the first woman to have her work performed by a major American orchestra - the Boston Symphony. Beach was discouraged in her quest to become a composer since some doctors at this time thought that a woman's brain was not equipped to handle the rigors of composing music. Fortunately, her husband, a doctor, was not of this mindset and did encourage these pursuits. - Rebecca Sorley
Inez Kaiser (1918-2016) – A pioneer in the field of public relations, Kaiser grew up in Kansas in the 1930s and 40s. She became a teacher in Missouri, but her column, “Fashion-wise and Otherwise,” changed the course of her career when it was published in newspapers across the country. In 1957, she became the first African-American woman to head a public relations firm when she opened Inez Kaiser & Associates. It was also the first African-American owned business to open in Kansas City, Missouri. - Stephanie Mahin
Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) - Her work on X-ray diffraction images of DNA led to the discovery of the DNA double helix for which James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962. Watson later suggested that Franklin should have received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work. - Sandy Davis
Judith Lang Zaimont (1945-) - Zaimont edited The Musical Woman: An International Perspective highlighting careers of lesser-known woman composers. Her music has been performed around the world and she is one of the most prolific of American women composers alive today. - Rebecca Sorley
Ann Hunt is a chemist who worked at Eli Lilly for many years. She has made many contributions the community through her work with the local section of the American Chemical Society, and has contributed financially to our local museums. I see her name on plaques and I smile because I also know how truly genuine she is! - Ann Cutler
Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) – An African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist, she was renowned for her speaking and singing abilities, including her famous “Ain’t I a Woman” speech delivered in 1851, at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention. Smithsonian magazine listed her among the “100 Most Significant Americans of All Time.” - Stephanie Wideman
Chen Yi (1953-) is a Chinese-American composer who left China in a cultural exchange to study at Columbia University. While enduring the Cultural Revolution in China, Chen Yi was forced to give up the study of violin and piano and work in the fields for a time. She secretly still practiced quietly to keep up her skills during this time. She is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri -Kansas City and will be visiting UIndy later in March. - Rebecca Sorley
Michelle Obama (1964-) – The First Lady’s stirring speeches drew praise and recognition, including her famous first speech at the Democratic National Committee and her last major speech as First Lady. The Washington Post called her October 2016 speech a “master class” in authenticity. “With inclusive and personal stories, emotionally strong yet vulnerable tone and body language, and a passionate appeal rooted in her own experiences, Obama embodied the widely praised but rarely replicated feat of seeming ‘real’ that escapes so many leaders,” the Post wrote. - Stephanie Wideman
The 2018 Pack the House event at Nicoson Hall featured fun for Greyhounds hoops fans, honors for senior athletes and recognition for a longtime state representative. Saturday also saw the debut of a spirit song that builds on the University’s athletic traditions. The men’s basketball team capped off its regular season with an 82-73 senior day win over Wisconsin-Parkside (9-19, 7-11 GLVC), while the women’s team wrapped up the season with a hard-fought 79-73 loss versus Wisconsin-Parkside.
President Rob Manuel presented Rep. Bill Friend ’71 with a presidential proclamation recognizing his legacy of public service. Rep. Friend will retire in 2018 after 26 years as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives.
As an additional treat for fans, halftime of each game featured the UIndy Pep Band performing a spirit song written by Grant Boyer ’21 (creative writing). Boyer, a freshman, answered President Rob Manuel’s recent challenge to first-year students to come up with a memorable song for the Pep Band to perform during athletic events, in addition to the University’s traditional fight song.
Grant, who is considering a music minor, took on the project and has been working with Department of Music faculty since arriving on campus last semester.
Rep. Bill Friend '71, left, with President Robert L. Manuel, was presented with a presidential proclamation recognizing his legacy of public service. Rep. Friend will retire in 2018 after 26 years as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives.
Former Mayor and Visiting Fellow Greg Ballard with Mayor Joe Hogsett
Former Mayor Greg Ballard, President Rob Manuel, and current Mayor Joe Hogsett before the game. Annual Pack the House activities in Nicoson Hall.
Final basket for Pee Wee halftime player as the goal is rolled off the court!
Senior women's basketball athletes were recognized and celebrated.
“After orientation, I set my mind to work to try and come up with a song. Thankfully, I was a bit accustomed to the march style and eventually had the first iteration of the song in my head,” Grant said.
“We’re excited to see the results of all the hard work by Grant and the Music Department. One of the things that really inspired me about this project is how excited Grant was to be involved and how our campus community embraced the idea of exploring an additional Greyhound fight song,” said University President Rob Manuel.
The “Go Greyhounds” project was a little bit of a surprise to Grant’s musical family. His grandfather, Doug Finke, is a trombonist with years of experience playing Dixieland jazz in the Midwest and is Grant’s private music teacher. The idea was embraced by University leadership as a way to try something different and build new traditions among sports fans on campus.
“I’m surprised it’s a fight song and not jazz or classical, but we’ve always pushed him these last couple of years to do something different,” said Marsha Boyer, Grant’s mother, who explained that Grant was eager to take on the president’s challenge.
Self-confessed high school marching band geeks, Marsha and her husband, Brian, said Grant has become more interested in music in the past few years. Grant worked with several Department of Music faculty and his grandfather to create the new song, titled, “Go Greyhounds.” Grant created the melody and lyrics, while his grandfather arranged the score.
“The first thing I had was the melody. The lyrics were more of a struggle, since I had a melody already and had to find the most fitting words I could,” Grant said.
Vu Nguyen, assistant professor of music and director of bands, worked with Grant and his grandfather during rehearsals with the pep band.
“This project brought together a number of our students, both music and non-music majors, as well as faculty and community members in a unique collaboration. It’s terrific to see and hear Grant’s creativity shine through in his music,” Nguyen said.
INDIANAPOLIS – Condensing 37 Shakespeare plays into 97 minutes is no easy task, but Bill Kincaid has done it with help from University of Indianapolis students and faculty along the way.
A dinner theatre production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)[Revised]” will be performed Feb. 23 – March 2 at the Schwitzer Student Center Dining Hall.
Kincaid, guest director and a professor at Western Illinois University, specializes in Shakespeare, having worked on about 30 productions of Shakespeare’s plays. He recently finished writing a book about unrehearsed Shakespeare, which will be published in April 2018.
“The play is written in a broad comedic style, requiring quick costume changes, sudden character transformations and high energy,” he said. “The audience can expect lots of silliness, plenty of ridiculous jokes and a bit of audience participation.”
UIndy students are heavily involved several areas of the project: as actors, designers, stage managers and even as assistant director. Kincaid says he helped bring the production to life by incorporating students’ creative ideas and organizational skills into the project.
“When I thought about directing this play, I knew I wanted to expose the students to some mind-blowing ideas about Shakespeare, so they would have a better understanding of the material that the show makes fun of,” Kincaid said.
In many rehearsals, Kincaid sat down with students to read closely through a speech or two from Shakespeare, pulling them apart and looking at them in detail. The experience gave students a more complete appreciation of Shakespeare’s writing and influenced choices made in the production, he said.
The University of Indianapolis celebrates Olympic connections as the 2018 Games get underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Here’s a look at UIndy Olympians past and present.
Sotia Neophytou ’20 (business management) is a member of the women’s swim team and an Olympian who competed in the 2016 Rio Summer Games. She was the only female Cypriot to represent her country, swimming 1:02.83 in her heat for the 100 butterfly.
Dalton Herendeen ’15 competed for Team USA Paralympics men’s swimming in the London Games in 2012 and in Rio 2016 (achieving fourth overall in Rio).
Photo shows Olympian Dick Nalley, who competed in the 1980 Lake Placid Games.
Dick Nalley ’77, a football and track standout for the Greyhounds in the 1970s, competed in the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid, finishing fifth overall in the two-man bobsled. Nalley, who became a firefighter with the Indianapolis Fire Department, won the bench press gold medal at the Calgary World Police and Fire Games and the silver medal at the Sweden World Police and Fire Games. He was also eight-time Indiana State Bench Press champion. He passed away in 2002.
Randy Heisler ’86, finished 17th in the discus in the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea. Heisler was a track and field letter winner from 1981 through 1984, a three-time NCAA Division II National Champion and All-American from 1982 to 1984 and an NCAA Division II record holder. He was honored as University of Indianapolis Outstanding Male Athlete in 1984 and represented the United States 13 times in international competitions. He was one of the top throwers in the country for many years in the 1980s and 1990s, including the U.S. World Championship team in 1987.
Orel Oral ’04 represented his native Turkey in the 2000 and 2004 Summer Games, swimming in the 200-meter individual medley. Oral was a seven-time national champion for the Greyhounds in the early aughts. He is a seven-time NCAA Division II national champion and was named Swimmer of the Year in Turkey in 2003 and 2004.
Matt Royer ‘11, Greyhound throws coach, qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympics Trials in the hammer throw, but did not make it to the Olympics. He was a three-time All-American for the Greyhounds.
Ned Shannon, the Greyhounds’ head athletic trainer, works with the University’s 23 sports and as an instructor in the athletic training curriculum. He is an approved clinical instructor in the Athletic Training Education Department and the main athletic trainer for football and wrestling. Shannon has participated as a volunteer athletic trainer for the 2005 and 2006 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, 2001 World Fire and Police Games, 1998 USOC athletic trainer for the Goodwill Games in New York City, volunteer athletic trainer at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and in that same year participated as a staff athletic trainer at Games of the XXVI Olympiad in Atlanta, Georgia.
Camps like “Drone Mission Mania,” “Ultimate Obstacle Courses,” and “Superhero Missions” are just a few examples of the exciting new summer camps that will be available at the University of Indianapolis in Summer 2018.
Rachelle Merkel Diaz, director of summer programs, said the camps offered by the University stand out from other options across Indianapolis because they are devoted to specific activities, allowing kids to explore an interest at a deeper level.
“When I started working here a few years ago, I heard comments like ‘Oh, I had no idea there were summer camps here,’” Merkel Diaz said. “Now we’re changing the conversation to ‘what camps do you have this year?’”
The University will offer about 50 summer camp options in 2018, and registration is now available. Programs are geared toward kids ages six to eighteen and usually last four to five days.
More than 1,000 kids attended a summer camp at the University in 2017, and that number is expected to continue to grow.
“We’re also seeing students return for multiple sessions. It’s nice to see them come back, because it tells us they’re really enjoying the experiences,” she added.
Merkel Diaz said summer programs are important for the University because they help the community become more familiar and more engaged with the campus. Additionally, a busy campus all year long helps to support retail businesses in the neighborhood.
“By expanding what we’re doing in the summer, we’re building relationships with students early on,” she said. “Hopefully they want to come back again, not just in the summer, but as future students.”
Beyond 2018, the vision is to continue growing University offerings to include more science and arts camps and to expand the interest areas to draw in a wider range of participants, Merkel Diaz said.
“We would like to continue broadening partnerships with community schools and organizations to re-engage the south side and promote the University as a resource hub for unique and interesting events all year long,” she added.
New opportunities in 2018 include:
An engineering camp will introduce campers to hands-on experience with designing, building and racing their own radio-controlled cars. Students in grades 9 – 12 will work on the project using computer-aided designs, 3D printing and laser cutting technology.
A variety of drone-themed camps. The University is partnering with Drobots instructors, who will lead a variety of day camps for kids in grades 3 – 5 and grades 6 – 8 who are interested in learning to fly drones. Find details about drone camps here.
Overnight team camps for high school soccer, women’s basketball and men’s basketball players. Teams will have the opportunity to stay overnight in the residence halls for several days, be mentored by college athletes and get feedback from University coaches.
A camp for high school students interested in learning about the field of physical therapy. The program will be hosted by MICI-AHEC on the University’s campus and include several field trips. See camp details.
Returning favorites in 2018 include:
Grand Camp, a camp with cross-generational activities for grandparents and grandkids to enjoy together. Learn more.
Theatre camp “From Story to Stage,” which allows campers to get hands-on experience with playwriting, acting, costume design and more.
The 24th annual Piano Camp, designed for beginners and intermediate students age 7 – 12. The weeklong day camp ends with a recital in Ruth Lilly Performance Hall for family and friends to enjoy.
STEM camps likeMath Beyond Numbers(for grades 6 – 8) and Radical Robotics, a partnership with Center Grove High School that allows their robotics club to host on-campus activities that are open to the general public.