Longtime faculty and staff will see a familiar face among this year’s honorary degree recipients at the University of Indianapolis.
Dr. Kenneth “Doc” Borden will receive an honorary degree, along with Dr. Katherine Welch ’93 and Marc Adams ’81. Borden joined the faculty in 1968 and was instrumental in the growth and expansion of the University over the next 30 years.
Marc Adams ’81, a master craftsman who founded the Marc Adams School of Woodworking, is one of three alumni chosen to receive an honorary degree during May Commencement at the University of Indianapolis. Dr. Katherine Welch and Kenneth “Doc” Borden are also being honored.
Adams is recognized worldwide as one of the leading voices in woodworking, and the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Whiteland, Ind., is one of the top training grounds in North America.
Don’t be surprised if you run into chemistry professor Kathy Stickney on campus—literally.
After finishing the LOCO marathon in Newmarket, N.H., last year, Stickney became a member of an elite group of runners – fewer than 1,300 – who each have completed a 26.2-mile marathon run in each of the 50 states.
Stickney hasn’t always been a marathoner. Her journey began in 2010, when she signed up for a training class and completed her first half-marathon in Indianapolis. She found much of her inspiration from former UIndy cross country coach Tom Hathaway ’54. Hathaway was an iconic figure in the central Indiana running community. He was a UIndy student-athlete who went on to become a marathoner, a mentor to many running enthusiasts and a championship cross-country coach at the high school and college levels.
The University of Indianapolis has chosen Tanner Alexander and Brandi Heil as the student speakers for the May 6, 2017, commencement ceremony.
Alexander, the undergraduate student speaker, is from Seymour, Indiana, and will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Alexander has been involved with UIndy TV, student government and the UIndy Film Club, as well as acting as an ambassador for admissions.
Heil, the graduate student speaker, is from Bloomfield, Indiana. She will graduate with a master’s degree in mental health counseling with a concentration in child and adolescent therapy from the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences.
While many doctors enjoy the resources of large clinics or hospitals, Dr. Katherine Welch, ‘93, delivers medical care in some of the most remote areas of the world, sometimes with few of the amenities typical for physicians today.
Welch is the founder of Relentless, a Thailand-based global consulting agency that trains organizations to assist populations that oftentimes are victims of abuse, exploitation and trafficking and have no access to medical services. She is a global leader in the fight against human trafficking, a scenario she never imagined as a chemistry student at the University of Indianapolis.
University of Indianapolis senior Erica White was awarded the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Latvia. She will spend the 2017-18 school year working in a Latvian educational institution.
White, a double major in English literary studies and creative writing with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), joins more than 100,000 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni who have worked abroad since 1948.
“We’ll be sad to say goodbye to Erica when she graduates in May, but we know that she’ll be going on to good things as an ambassador of English and the University of Indianapolis,” said Karen Newman, assistant professor of English and one of White’s faculty advisors. Newman encouraged White to apply for the assistantship.
A recent Professional Edge Center event allowed students to recognize some faculty and staff members who have mentored them to success, highlighting the close relationships that exist in the University of Indianapolis community.
The “Inspire You” event saw several students honoring people who have had a significant impact on their lives. Twelve outstanding nominees were honored at the Skyline Club in Indianapolis, with Dr. Katherine Welch (’93) as guest speaker. Dr. Welch is one of the University’s 2017 honorary degree recipients for her work at Relentless, a global health organization committed to caring for and treating exploited and marginalized populations across Asia.
A group of 18 students from the University of Indianapolis RSO Delight Ministries spent their spring break in Mazatlan, Mexico, for a life-changing experience. The students coordinated the trip through Back2Back Ministries, which provides care for orphans in several countries including Mexico.
Delight Ministries got its start on the UIndy campus in January 2016. Organizer Ellen Hodson explained that one of her goals for the group was to go on a mission trip. She started the process in the summer of 2016 and was thrilled to find enough students to fill the trip.
The University of Indianapolis Student Business Leadership Academy (SBLA) continued its tradition of giving back during spring break with a visit to Habitat for Humanity in Savannah, Ga., in March.
Six students participated in the University of Indianapolis Student Business Leadership Academy (SBLA) Habitat for Humanity trip to Savannah, Ga., in March 2017.
While Habitat for Humanity is the biggest service opportunity of the year for business students, it’s one of many service-learning projects available throughout the year, including volunteer work with Junior Achievement and Christel House South.