University of Indianapolis continues as catalyst for South Side development

Shelby Bowl, future home of Books & BrewsThe University of Indianapolis announced today that Books & Brews, an Indianapolis-based retailer and restaurant, will open a franchise location next to campus in Spring 2018 in the former Shelby Bowl building.

The University and Indianapolis-based developer OakBridge Properties have entered into an agreement with Books & Brews Used Bookstore and Taproom to develop the property, with construction beginning in October. The opening aligns with the University’s long-term commitment to grow the area in partnership with the surrounding community and to expand retail options for students and residents.

“The University takes great pride in being an anchor for south Indianapolis, and we understand that our growth and success would not be possible without the support and partnership of our community,” said University President Robert Manuel. “As we look to expand our campus life to our growing student population, Books & Brews stands out as a logical option to bring additional retailers to our campus and surrounding neighborhoods.”

Working with local development partners, the University has been searching for the right opportunity for the former Shelby Bowl location–one that would enhance the campus and also impact a neighborhood ripe for development but challenged with abandoned buildings and industrial properties. Books & Brews bills itself as “a place for people without a place, where all are appreciated and encouraged to be themselves.”

The new business supports the University’s commitment to its Vision 2030 Plan, which defines a strategy for University and community growth that includes more than $50 million in capital investment for the campus and surrounding area. Working with local development partner Strategic Capital Partners, the University opened Greyhound Village Apartments in 2016. The project replaced a dilapidated apartment building that had become an eyesore for the neighborhood. The project is among several projects being pursued between the University and Strategic Capital Partners to enhance the University Heights and Carson Heights neighborhoods.

“We are honored to help bring Books & Brews to UIndy,” said Will Zink of OakBridge Properties. “We know B&B will prove to be a valuable asset to both UIndy students and the larger South Side community. We’re excited to celebrate its opening.”

The University’s strategic plan coincided with a Southside Quality of Life Plan, led by the Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) and facilitated by the University and other area business anchors. The plan called for a host of area improvements, including economic development and enhancements to nearby neighborhoods.

As developers continue to see the growth and success of recent investments, Manuel is confident it will spark additional economic development in the area.

Books & Brews
Books & Brews is Indiana’s fastest growing craft beer taproom. The University of Indianapolis location represents only the second franchise offered by owner Jason Wuerfel. Current locations include Indianapolis, Zionsville, Brownsburg, Muncie and Carmel. The new franchise owners are Evan and Melissa Sandullo, who moved their family to Indianapolis a year ago.

“Our product is people,” Wuerfel said. “We use fresh beer, local food and social events as the artistic medium through which we communicate, but what we’re selling at Books & Brews is that human connection.” The business prides itself on making customers feel like regulars the second they step foot through the door, Wuerfel said.

University of Indianapolis Vision 2030 Plan
Vision 2030 maps a path for university and community growth through four strategic focus areas: innovation, University relevance and placemaking, institutional competitiveness and continuing as a sustainable community anchor. Vision 2030 also sets a course for the future to strengthen facilities and programs for students and faculty while increasing community engagement both socially and academically.

UIndy alum James Hurrell keeps an eye on the storms

James Hurrell '84, director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

James Hurrell ’84, director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

The recent string of powerful and deadly hurricanes is unusual but not unprecedented, according to James Hurrell ’84 (mathematics and earth-space science), director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

Hurrell, who received his doctorate from Purdue University in 1990 after graduating from the University of Indianapolis, joined NCAR as a postdoc that same year. After growing his career as a research scientist for the agency, he assumed a leadership role 15 years ago and has served as director since September 2013.

As Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and most recently Maria churned up a trail of devastation in the southern United States and the Caribbean, Hurrell discussed the role of climate change in the formation of such powerful storms. The hurricanes caused nearly 150 deaths and billions of dollars in damage to property, crops and infrastructure.

“Climate change plays a role by increasing ocean heat content and higher sea surface temperatures, and more moisture in the atmosphere. This make for more intense, bigger and longer-lasting storms,” he said.

Those storms can occur in clusters, Hurrell explained, because a set of conditions tends to persist through a season or at least several weeks.

Predicting these powerful storms is crucial to public safety, and Hurrell called the forecasters’ predictions excellent for both Harvey and Irma. NCAR works to provide all the latest scientific data and research to ensure forecasting models are as accurate as possible.

Perhaps the biggest challenge for prediction is communicating uncertainty. People tend to focus on the center of the cone. For preparation, the hardest thing is to understand how to weigh uncertain information versus the hassle of evacuation and the difficulties this may pose,” he said.

Rising sea levels – due to thermal expansion of the oceans and melting land ice – also exacerbate storm surges, which he said are often the most deadly and destructive aspects of hurricanes. He cited a recent Washington Post article by Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that explains that Hurricane Sandy would not have flooded Lower Manhattan if it had occurred a century ago when sea levels were lower.

The size and duration of Harvey and Irma led to both storms having a significant impact on residents in their respective paths.

The biggest devastation was in the Islands with Irma. Both became very large and long­-lived storms, as we expect with climate change. Harvey was big enough that after it made landfall, it kept going by reaching out to the Gulf and bringing moisture into Houston, causing major flooding,” Hurrell said.

Harvey brought up to 50 inches of rain over several days in some areas. “It lasted 70 hours before going back over the Gulf. The normal lifetime of a hurricane over land is about a day,” Hurrell said, noting the tremendous damage the storm caused.

“Irma also was huge and was able to straddle Florida as it moved north, causing significant damage, but not the major devastation that would have occurred with a slightly different track and associated major storm surges,” he added.

As far as recovery, Hurrell said it will take years, particularly for Houston.

“It will never be the way it was – ditto for many of the Caribbean island, now with Maria. It is possible that in the future, some properties will be declared uninsurable risks,” he said.

Hurrell said he is fortunate to work at NCAR with other leading scientists and engineers, which he calls a world-class research center.

“Atmospheric science is a subject that impacts people’s lives each day. People care about our work, and the research we do helps to protect lives and safeguard property: research in service to society,” he said.

Reflecting on UIndy

He also reflected on his time at the University of Indianapolis, praising the close-knit community of faculty, administrators and students.

“UIndy was the foundation for all I have achieved professionally. The university then, as today, was absolutely invested in the success of its students from the moment they walk onto campus. I personally benefited from UIndy’s strong commitment to individualized formation and teaching and a well-rounded liberal arts education,” he said.

“These are not just words. If they were, my daughter would not be there now!” he added.

UIndy Welcome Week: Slide show

The University of Indianapolis began Welcome Week with Move-In Day on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. Some 1,100 freshmen – UIndy’s largest class ever – will join the Greyhound student body for the fall semester.

The University will welcome more than 5,700 students for the fall 2017 semester, with more than 3,800 undergraduates, 450 School for Adult Learning undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students.

Mouse over the slide show to see photos from Move-In Day, Freshman Convocation and the Class of 2021 photo.

The University also welcomes more than 200 international students who represent roughly 68 countries. UIndy’s largest representations hail from China, Saudi Arabia and Canada. Other countries represented include: Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Benin, Bermuda, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Indiana, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Liberia, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.


New music faculty bring international success to classrooms and Indianapolis Quartet

The Department of Music in the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences is proud to announce the addition of widely acclaimed violinist Joana Genova as visiting instructor of violin/viola and director of Chamber Music Initiatives. Joana brings a wealth of international success as a musician, both in Europe and the United States and will support the momentum of the Indianapolis Quartet, one of the Midwest’s premiere string ensembles.

Joana, who is excited to join the UIndy family, has an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher, and soloist. She first began playing the violin at age 6 in her native Bulgaria and made her solo debut at the age of 12 with the Plovdiv Chamber Orchestra and later was named the top prizewinner of the National Competition in Bulgaria. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and a master’s degree in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. She also is a former concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Much like other faculty in the Department of Music, Joana will help to expose music students to career opportunities and insight through the lens of professional musicians who have earned acclaim across the world. She will teach applied violin/viola courses and will co-direct the Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles with her husband, Ariel Rudiakov, who is recognized internationally as a violist and conductor.

“The Department of Music has a rich history of working with international musicians of the highest caliber,” said University Provost Stephen H. Kolison, Jr. “Joana’s success and reputation will provide wonderful advantages for our students and support the continued growth of the Indianapolis Quartet as one of the most dynamic and influential musical ensembles in the Midwest.”

In addition to her faculty duties, Joana will infuse a unique sound and musicianship to the Indianapolis Quartet, now in its second year but already recognized as a collection of world-class talent and an elite string ensemble. The Quartet, through its strong partnership with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, will continue its path to success and fulfill its vision as a prominent fixture in the national arts community. With funding support recently granted from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, the Quartet will continue to refine the artistic excellence of the ensemble by building on the repertoire of world-class music of the past, present, and future; performing in increasingly higher profile settings, and collaborating with musicians of the highest caliber. The Quartet’s goal is to enhance the cultural fabric of the city and region through both performance and educational outreach. 

She joins ISO concertmaster and violinist Zachary DePue, violist Michael Isaac Strauss and ISO principal cellist Austin Huntington in the Quartet. These musicians have earned international acclaim and are recognized among the most elite musicians in the region. After performing with Joana, Quartet members praised her musicianship and her professional and intelligent demeanor, which they said would help “raise the level of our artistry during this crucial time for The Indianapolis Quartet’s development.” The Quartet is next scheduled to perform in October.

Alumni breakfast recognizes nearly 300 Greyhounds employed at Eli Lilly

Nearly 300 University of Indianapolis alumni have worked for Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Company, a global healthcare leader and Fortune 500 company. The University held a special gathering this month to recognize their impact and the connections they’ve made worldwide. Several UIndy faculty and staff members reconnected with their former students at an alumni breakfast.

A brief program featured UIndy Board of Trustee member and Lilly employee Stephen Fry, UIndy President Rob Manuel and students Tyler Walden and Danielle Sparling, both of whom interned at Lilly. (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

A brief program featured UIndy Board of Trustee member and Lilly employee Stephen Fry (pictured), UIndy President Rob Manuel and students Tyler Walden and Danielle Sparling, both of whom interned at Lilly. (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

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Renovations underway on Good Hall main entrance

The oldest and most iconic building on the University of Indianapolis campus is getting a facelift. 

The front entrance to Good Hall, which has been cordoned off for the past term, is undergoing a restoration process that began in June and will continue through 2018. Renovation plans include refurbishing the building’s two-story portico and six columns at the main entrance. The campus landmark will also receive structural renovations to transform Good Hall into a learning environment that is more aligned with the needs of today’s students.

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Power tools and professional development: TeenWorks at UIndy

A group of teenagers dressed in blue T-shirts were gathered around workbenches in front of the University’s Physical Plant on a recent warm summer’s day, learning the finer points of wood-cutting with power tools.

The summer program last six weeks, with professional development support provided year-round.

The summer program last six weeks, with professional development support provided year-round.

But these aren’t your average teens working a summer job. Hailing from high schools throughout the Indianapolis metro area, the students are participating in TeenWorks, a summer employment and college readiness program that provides opportunities for hundreds of teenagers. Indiana philanthropist Gene B. Glick started the initiative in 1981 with the goal of providing teens with a summer job to teach them the principles of self-discipline, a hard day’s work and giving back to the community.

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University of Indianapolis honors retirees, career milestones

Celebration Dinner Photo

Nearly 650 years of experience and service were recognized last week when the University of Indianapolis hosted the 2017 Celebration Dinner, honoring faculty, staff and administrators who have reached career milestones or are retiring this year.

The honorees and their guests and admirers enjoyed a meal, conversation and award presentations Friday in UIndy Hall. Read more

Curtain call: Theatre professor retires after 45 years

Jim Ream, associate professor of theatre at the University of Indianapolis, never imagined he’d work at one place for 45 years, or that he would have become a theatre professor in the first place.

(Doctor of Humane Letters: Jim Ream) Commencement, May 6, 2017. (Photo by D. Todd Moore)

(Doctor of Humane Letters: Jim Ream) Commencement, May 6, 2017. (Photo by D. Todd Moore)

Before joining the University, Ream earned his master’s degree in religion and was considering the ministry or working for a church headquarters in their media department. He even thought about creating a traveling religious drama troupe. Teaching at a college seemed like an interesting idea to him, but he figured that it was “just a pipe dream.”

That changed in 1972 when he was asked by Dick Williams–the University’s sole theatre faculty member at the time– to stage-manage a show at what was then Indiana Central College (University of Indianapolis). When Williams went on sabbatical, Ream was asked to step in, launching the next four and a half decades of his career.

As a nod to the many positive ways Ream has influenced the people and campus, the University honored his service and commitment at this year’s Commencement ceremony by awarding him an honorary degree, allowing the entire campus community to celebrate his contributions.

“I am still stunned at receiving the honor of the degree,” he said of the surprise robing ceremony. “I have so many great colleagues, and I feel very self-conscious and honored to be recognized in this way. This is one of the few times in my life that I couldn’t have dreamed would ever happen. I am very thankful.”

It was a proud moment in the spotlight for a faculty member whose focus has been largely behind the scenes. A theatre generalist who specializes in scenic design, Ream has been active in other areas, including acting, directing and sound. He has taught scenic design classes as well as radio and television, public speaking, audio technology and introduction to theatre.

“From the beginning, I have designed scenery for our productions and attempted to teach our students how to do the same while balancing safety, functionality and artistry,” he said. Ream has quietly served the University in many ways during his tenure, and his influence is felt by many who have had the good fortune to work with him.

Jeffrey Barnes, director of University Events, has worked with Ream since 1994, first as a student and then as a colleague. “I use lessons and skills that I learned from him every day both in my professional and personal life. I have never met a more genuine person,” he said.

Christie Beckmann, also a former theatre student and colleague for more than 20 years, added: “Jim taught me to always see the good in people, and that you never lose anything by giving,” she said. “He was one of the people who inspired me in my current vocation of becoming a pastor.”

In addition to working with University of Indianapolis theatre, Ream has worked with numerous Indianapolis theatres to design sets including the City Center Children’s Theatre, Beckmann Theatre, Civic Theatre (Indianapolis), Edyvean Repertory Theatre and the Phoenix Theatre. His set designs earned three Corbin Patrick Award nominations and the Best Set Design award for the Phoenix Theatre’s production of Fences. Ream has also designed sets around the country, including One Voice at Ten Ten Theatre in New York, Noises Off in Brainerd, Minn., and Young Black Beauty at Stage One in Louisville.

“While I have enjoyed my many roles on stage, the applause during a curtain call and the accolades from friends and family afterward, I truly appreciate the behind-the-scenes work as a designer,” said Ream. “In fact, on the two rare occasions when my scenic designs received applause as the curtain and lights came up, I was torn between feelings a pride and embarrassment. A good design should support the production and not call attention to itself. This represents the person that I strive to be.”

Ream also lives his commitment to education for service in his personal life serving as a leader for the past 25 years at the summer camp hosted by his church Southport Christian Church. He volunteers with the United Way and even creates the design of the commencement stage at the University each year.

As Ream looks forward to retirement, he knows he will miss UIndy students and his colleagues.

“We had an incredible group of freshmen this year, which made it a really enjoyable year. I view my work at UIndy as a service and always have. I attempt to serve our students with good teaching,” Ream said.

Fast facts

Ream’s first play he performed in: King Lear in 1968 at Culver Stockton College. Four decades later, Ream performed as King Lear at UIndy’s production in 2015.

First show he designed: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Hardest show to design: Hello, Dolly! “The expectation of spectacle is high.”

One play everyone should see: Les Liasions Dangereuses. “It’s one of those plays that hooked me. I love plays that get you laughing and then slap you in the face.”

Favorite UIndy memory: Doing Godspell with the students and taking it on a tour across the country in the mid 1970s. “We went all over the state, and we also went to the west coast for a spring term trip and performed in many churches.”

Favorite theatre: The Stratford theatres in Canada and England and also the theatre at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.

Retirement plans: Visit New Zealand. “I’m also looking forward to spending time being a grandparent.”

Random UIndy story: In the early days of WICR (the campus radio station), the station’s antenna was on the roof of Ransburg Auditorium. A winter storm hit and coated the antenna with ice, not allowing the 10-watt signal to be broadcast. Ream climbed up to the roof of Ransburg, then climbed up the 50-foot tower, carrying a hammer and wearing a hard hat and goggles in order to knock the ice off.


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