UIndy senior headed to Latvia on Fulbright ETA

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. 

Erica White, left, with Prof. Kyoko Amano at the English Department Awards Banquet (April 2017)

Erica White, left, with Prof. Kyoko Amano at the English Department Awards Banquet (April 2017)

“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.
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“Inspire You” illustrates bond between students and campus mentors

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. inspireyou420

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.

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Mission trip to Mexico brings life lessons for UIndy students

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.

Twenty UIndy students with Delight Ministries participated in the trip to Mazatlan.

Twenty UIndy students with Delight Ministries participated in the trip to Mazatlan.

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UIndy students give back for spring break

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.

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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.

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Top books to read by women writers according to UIndy English profs

March is Women’s History Month and so it’s a perfect time to celebrate some of the greatest female authors and the books they’ve written.

We asked three UIndy English professors, all who study different eras of women’s literature, to share with us their favorite books written by women.

Covering medieval literature – material from before about 1500 – is Molly Martin, associate professor of English. Jennifer Camden, associate department chair and associate professor of English, studies 18th and 19th century women’s literature. And studying post-1945 American literature and specializing in contemporary ethnic American novels and poetry is Leah Milne, assistant professor of English.

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VP forges pioneer’s path for women in athletics

Ask Sue Willey for the key to success in leading collegiate athletics and she’s likely to tell you “perseverance pays off.”

Sue Willey, right, greets an athlete

Sue Willey, right, greets an athlete

Across four decades, Willey, the vice president for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Indianapolis, has served as a pioneer for women’s athletics at UIndy, where she helped to build Greyhound Athletics into a formidable NCAA Division II program. She learned as a young woman she had a passion for athletics, which she transformed into a mission to provide equality and opportunity for both male and female athletes on campus.
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Timeline display explores female scientists, mathematicians

A visual illustration on display in Martin Hall in honor of Women’s History Month highlights the history of women in science and mathematics.

Sophomore Emily Taner and senior Marissa Thomas created the timeline as a project for the Gender and Ethnicity in Math and Science (GEMS) course. Krysi Leganza, associate professor of mathematics and computer science, and Sandy Davis, professor of biology, teach the class together.

Emily Taner, sophomore anthropology major with a minor in human biology

Emily Taner, sophomore anthropology major with a minor in human biology

Taner, an anthropology major with a minor in human biology, said she was inspired by Dr. Leganza talking about a “men of mathematics” timeline, and realizing that only one woman was featured.
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More than a help desk: Meet the new UIndy IT

The most important amenities on the University of Indianapolis campus could well be the ones you can’t see – and it’s all thanks to the Information Technology Department. IT is the group behind those unsung success stories that keep UIndy’s cutting-edge technology in top shape, whether it’s the infrastructure under your feet or the email in your in-box.it_infographic

Information Technology, which used to be known as Information Systems at UIndy, will be using the more common “IT” name from now on. Steve Herriford, UIndy’s Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Information Technology, explained why.

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February highlights from the University of Indianapolis

The University of Indianapolis strengthened its south side community ties with a scholarship announcement in February. WICR and the School of Education both celebrated awards, while UIndy Athletics hosted regional competitions in NCAA wrestling and indoor track and field.

UIndy senior volunteers for earthquake relief in home country of Japan

When University of Indianapolis senior Takashi Urabe heard about the devastating earthquake in Kumamoto, Japan last year, he knew he wanted to help.

Takashi Urabe

Takashi Urabe

Urabe made the trip back to his home country to volunteer for earthquake clean-up on three separate occasions.

“I wanted to do volunteer disaster relief because earthquakes are really common in Japan,” Urabe said. Kumamoto, which is located on the southernmost island of Kyushu in the Japanese archipelago, is a six-hour drive from his parents’ home in Hiroshima in western Japan.

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