We all have a role to play: Advancing inclusion and equity

Celebration of the Flags at the University of Indianapolis

Everyone has a role to play when it comes to advancing inclusion and equity. Each of our roles is different and should be tailored to what we bring to the table and how we can use our strengths to advance an effort as important as inclusion. 

That’s what Amber Smith, Vice President for Inclusion and Equity, wants the UIndy community to know right now. 

“Everyone is at a different level in their cultural fluency, and everyone is unique,” she said. “Sometimes people are paralyzed or struggle with inaction because they’re trying to be or do something that isn’t aligned with who they are. It’s important to be authentically who you are, and getting involved should still reflect who you are. Start where you are and grow to who you want to become.” 

There are numerous ways to get involved in this issue, says Smith, who moderated a virtual town hall titled, “Profiled: The Plight of Blacks in America” in June. 

Smith was joined by faculty, staff, and outside guests for an action-based discussion about how to be agents of change for the better. The conversation provided resources and direction for people who are wondering how they can help or what they can do to make a difference.

“This is about confronting structural racism. It starts with a conversation, but we can’t end there. We must have accountability built into these plans,” Smith said. 

The Office of Inclusion and Equity will also host experiential education opportunities for faculty, staff, and students in the upcoming academic year. These workshops will be tailored to specific groups and will help individuals define the roles they can play in this important work. Check back for updates about these initiatives. 

Smith says the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped the work being done through the Office of Inclusion and Equity. Workshops and development opportunities have been transitioned to virtual meeting spaces so the UIndy community can continue to engage in regular discussions about inclusion in a non-threatening way. 

“We’ve got work to do, and I’m looking for partners,” Smith said. “This is a crisis for humanity. We are all equals in this work.” 

Read more: Amber Smith looks to turn small wins into big gains in Inclusion & Equity

Related: Anti-racism resources for white people


At the University of Indianapolis, we strive to create an environment where everyone can feel safe to share their thoughts, experiences, and aspirations. 

The Office of Inclusion and Equity hosts events for all students throughout the academic year, including #BelongSpace, a vodcast that engages UIndy around current issues affecting underrepresented populations. The office also works along with Registered Student Organizations such as Black Male Initiative, International Student Organization, Black Student Association, Pride, Student Organization of Latinos, etc. to create events for their organizations. 

Contact the Office of Inclusion & Equity at oie@uindy.edu with questions or concerns. 

Reflector recognized with 29 awards

The Reflector (print and online publications) won 29 state-level journalism awards in April/May from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists Best in Indiana Journalism competitions. Congratulations to these students!
*Best Continuous Coverage of a Single Story, Second Place, “IndyGo Red Line,” Madison Gomez, Justus O’Neil, and Hallie Gallinat
*Best Editorial Cartoon, Third Place, “Trump’s Wall: Brick-by-Brick, Shayla Cabalan
*Best Entertainment Column or Review, Second Place, “Indiana Fear Farm,” Tony Reeves
*Best Entertainment Column or Review, Third Place, “Game Grumps: The Final Party Tour,” Ethan Gerling
*Best Photo Feature, First Place, “Students Create On-Campus Barber Shops,” Tony Reeves
*Best Front Page, First Place, April 3 Front Page, Zoë Berg
*Best Informational Graphic, First Place, “2019 Indianapolis City-County Council District 16 Election,” Ethan Gerling, Justus O’Neil
*Best News Photo, First Place, “UIndy Drag Show 2019: Ty Johnson as Fruit Tea,” Jayden Kennett
*Best News Photo, Third Place, “Youth Climate Strike,” Tony Reeves
*Best Non-Deadline News Story, Second Place, “Marion County Marijuana Possession Cases Receive Policy Changes,” Noah Crenshaw
*Best Opinion Column, First Place, “Conservatism’s Core Values Still Have Impact,” Tate Jones
*Best Overall Design, First Place, October 30 Issue, Staff of The Reflector
*Best Review, Second Place, “Hozier: ‘Wasteland, Baby!’ Review, Abby Land
*Best Single Issue, Second Place, December 11 Issue, Staff of The Reflector
*Best Sports Feature Story, First Place, “Sue Willey, VP of Intercollegiate Athletics, Reflects on Time at UIndy before Retirement,” Jayden Kennett and Emily Del Campo
*Best Sports News Story, Third Place, “Baseball and Softball Teams Set Pre-Season Goals,” Jacob Walton
*Best Sports Page, Second Place, April 17 Sports Page, Cassandra Lombardo
*Best Sports Page, Third Place, September 25 Sports Page, Jacob Walton
*Best Themed Issue, Second Place, August 21, 2019, Issue, Staff of The Reflector
*Division II Newspaper of the Year, Third Place, The Reflector
*Best Full Color Display Ad, Second Place, College Crossing Spring Ad, Tate Jones
*Advertising Publication of the Year, Third Place, The Reflector
SPJ Best in Indiana Journalism
*Breaking News Reporting, Second Place, “Jewish-Israeli Students Find Swastika in Residence Hall,” Jayden Kennett
*Sports Reporting, Third Place, Sports Reporting, Abby Land, Jayden Kennett, Emily Del Campo
*Editorial Writing, First Place, “Gentrification Hurts Low-Income Hoosiers, But It Doesn’t Have To,” Ally Nickerson
*News Photography, Second Place, “Youth Climate Strike,” Kiara Conley and Tony Reeves
*Page One or Cover Design, Third Place, Front Page Design, Zoë Berg and Noah Crenshaw
*Best Design Other Than Page One or Cover, Second Place, February and April Issues, Zoë Berg
*Graphics or Illustration, Third Place, “Sue Willey Announces Retirement,” Ethan Gerling

BUILD program celebrates 30-year anniversary

Composition with books on the table

For 30 years, UIndy students with learning-related disabilities have been able to find full support in earning an associate’s or bachelor’s degree through the BUILD program (short for Baccalaureate for University of Indianapolis Learning Disabled).

While all students with learning disabilities have reasonable accommodations available to them at no additional charge through the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, the BUILD program offers accommodations that are significantly more profound.

“BUILD is a rare program,” says Director Betsy Fouts. “There are a handful of programs like it in the US in 2020. BUILD has been here for 30 years, which shows how innovative UIndy is.”

Fouts says the program has helped approximately 1,400 students be successful in academics and social interactions over the last three decades.

Services provided to students include one-on-one scheduled tutoring and drop-in tutoring, specialized skills courses, adapted test-taking accommodations, and much more.

Learn more about the BUILD program and how to apply

“I am continually amazed at the determination and perseverance that our students exhibit on a daily basis,” adds BUILD Administrative Assistant Mary Catherine Davis. “They, along with our director and tutoring staff, continually look for creative ways to support and complement their unique learning styles. When some students would be tempted to give up, BUILD students rise to the challenge to ensure academic and social success in their personal journey.”

Read BUILD student testimonials

Register now for the 2020 BUILD Preview Day 

UIndy mourns passing of Connie Mikuski-Demory ’13

FB_IMG_1588443736067The University of Indianapolis was saddened to learn of the passing of Connie Mikuski-DeMory ’13 (masters in occupational therapy) on April 24, 2020 due to complications arising from COVID-19. 

After graduating from Western Michigan University with a degree in business administration, Mikuski-DeMory’s work in customer service helped her discover her passion for working with people. She wanted to commit herself to a career where she could make a daily impact on people’s lives, which led her to the field of occupational therapy.

Her time at the University of Indianapolis was marked by active involvement in the School of Occupational Therapy, where she left an impact on all who knew her. 

“I remember her as spirited, passionate and determined,” said Dr. Lucinda Dale, professor in the School of Occupational Therapy, “She was a real asset to our research group. She had a great sense of humor and witty sarcasm that always made us laugh. She excelled with her attention to detail, helped keep the group on track and actively contributed to see our project to publication.”


As part of her graduate research, Mikuski-DeMory was one of the authors involved with Dr. Dale in publishing the article, “Outcomes of a pilates-based intervention for individuals with lateral epicondylosis: A pilot study,” in the Journal, Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation.

“Our hearts are heavy as we think about Connie’s passing and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends,” said Dr. Kate DeCleene Huber, associate dean of the College of Health Sciences and Chair of the School of Occupational Therapy. “Her personality and sense of humor brought so much energy to the classroom and to our profession. Connie’s dedication and passion for occupational therapy will forever be inspirational.”

Mikuski-DeMory remained in Indianapolis after graduating and pursued her career as an occupational therapist at a skilled nursing facility, where she became the Director of Rehabilitation. She was also a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and continued her learning by attending multiple AOTA conferences. Connie’s passion for improving others’ lives as an occupational therapist was shown through her interaction with patients, bringing a smile to their face when providing care and even dancing with them when the moment was right. She was able to share her love for life during any situation. She was settling into her home in Indianapolis when she married her husband, Michael, in November 2019. 

IMG_0519“She will always be remembered as a person who stayed true to herself even when life placed some of the hardest obstacles to overcome,” said classmate Kristy Ulm ’13 (occupational therapy). “She was someone you could have fun with and laugh with, while also being serious and genuine when needing someone to listen and talk to during difficult situations.”

Ulm reflected that Mikuski-DeMory would often say, “Follow your heart,” when offering advice on making a difficult decision or trying to overcome something that seems impossible.

“She was someone who never gave up on living and loving life and bringing that to others’ lives through her career as an occupational therapist,” said Ulm. “Connie was a true example of what it means to overcome the most difficult obstacles and really ‘living life to its fullest.’”


Special thanks to Dr. Lucinda Dale, Dr. Kate DeCleene Huber, Kristy Ulm, Lindsay Emery, Trisha Donaghey, and Tyra Shantz for sharing their memories of their student, classmate, colleague and friend, Connie Mikuski-DeMory.  Also, thank you to the UIndy MOT Class of 2013 for their generous gift in Connie’s honor towards occupational therapy student scholarships.


Annual Leadership Recognition Awards


Each year, UIndy student leaders are recognized for their hard work and service at the Annual Leadership Recognition Banquet. While we may be unable to formally gather this year, we are proud to announce the recipients of the following awards and honor them for their dedication to our campus community.

Advisor of the Year: 

Dr. Eduard Arriaga, assistant professor of Spanish

The Advisor of the Year Award is given to a full-time faculty or staff member who has served a registered student organization (RSO) for the entire academic year in a supportive and positive manner. 

Bridge Scholars Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement: 

Sara Beckwith and Justin Huey
Recipients of this award have been selected based on the strength of their overall academic record and their participation in the Bridge Scholars Program.

Edgie: Student Employee of the Year:

  • Anna Miller
  • Brayton Lipperd
  • Edda Skoric
  • Lauren Wilkinson 

The Student Employee of the Year award recognizes the student(s) nominated by their on-campus employer for significant contribution during their time as a member of their student staff.  The student(s) displays a positive attitude, an unrelenting work ethic, and has made an impact to their employer in a remarkable way. Nominations are welcomed from staff and faculty throughout campus for your student staffer to be considered. 

Emerging Leader of the Year:

Christian Thomas & Mary Nahlen
The Emerging Leader of the Year Award is given to an individual in their freshman or sophomore year. The student selected for this honor will best exemplify student leadership through the impact they have made to campus life.  This individual must clearly display that they are a great role model, they impact the lives of others, and demonstrate a great deal of leadership potential.

Grady’s Gratitude Award:
Hannah White & Jennifer Ruiz
Grady joined the UIndy family on November 20, 2019. He wants to recognize a fellow Greyhound for everything they have done to make his new home a special place. Grady’s Gratitude Award will be given to a student whose actions will make a lasting impact on our campus community and help enhance the UIndy experience for future Greyhounds. 

Mindy Owens Outstanding Junior Award:

  • Ally Nickerson
  • Amy Doren
  • Craig Chigadza
  • Devin Jaremczuk
  • Kira Krause
  • Lauren Bailey
  • Sydney Perry

The Mindy Owens Outstanding Junior Leadership Award was created to commemorate the achievements and impact of a former student at the University of Indianapolis. This award recognizes the spirit and dedication of junior students who have made significant contributions to UIndy.

Registered Student Organization of the Year:
Public Relations Student Society of America 
The Registered Student Organization of the Year Award is presented to an organization that has exceeded the expectations inherent in their stated purpose and function through membership, philanthropy efforts, and/or event planning.

Residence Life Awards: 
These awards were presented during the annual Residence Life banquet in recognition of the excellent work of our residence life leaders.

  • LLC Hall Council Representative of the Year Andy Nielsen (Engineering LLC)
  • LLC Program of the Year | Karlee Taylor and Ally Nickerson for their Political Ideologies Program (Honors LLC)
  • LLC RAs of the Year | Karlee Taylor and Ally Nickerson (Honors LLC)
  • Most Improved LLC | Engineering
  • LLC of the Year | Honors
  • Peer Mentor of the Year | Kelly Orban (Cory Bretz Hall)
  • ACA Programmer of the Year | Livia Crispen (ACA Greyhound Village)
  • ACA of the Year | LA Abdullah (ACA of University Lofts)
  • RA Co-Programmer(s) of the Year Chris Hardy and Quinten Standford (Crowe Hall)
  • RA of the Year | Axel Sved (Cory Bretz Hall)
  • Living Area of the Year | Roberts Hall

Strain Outstanding Senior Award:

  • Brad Moon
  • Brayton Lipperd
  • Brianna Aragon
  • Cassandra Lombardo
  • David Hardy
  • Deshon Riley
  • Hannah White
  • Jailah Blakely
  • Jasmine Coe
  • Karlee Taylor
  • Taylor Lahrman

The Outstanding Senior Leader Awards were developed to recognize the namesake of the Honor’s College, Ron Strain, to commemorate his achievements and contributions to the University. These awards recognize a group of students for sustained involvement and leadership over the course of their entire undergraduate careers.

Student Leader of the Year: Taylor Lahrman 

The Student Leader Award recognizes a student who has excelled in their leadership positions (RSO, RA, OL, Chapel Steward, etc.) and has made a significant contribution to campus life during their time at UIndy.


Celebrating the University of Indianapolis Class of 2020: Slideshow

The University of Indianapolis is celebrating the Class of 2020!

Senior Spotlight: Delanie Kent ’20 (criminal justice)

While the spring semester has been impacted greatly by the coronavirus pandemic, many Greyhound seniors are putting a ‘cap’ on their UIndy careers before the conferral of their diplomas this summer. Please enjoy the entries in this year’s “Senior Spotlight” series, as we celebrate these soon-to-be Greyhound graduates.


“UIndy has shown me what I’m capable of,” says Delanie Kent ’20 (criminal justice). Kent has kept herself busy during her four years at UIndy, being an active participant in the criminal justice program while also participating in extra-curricular activities and volunteering her time coaching volleyball and working multiple jobs.

A lesson she learned early on was to leave no opportunity unexplored. “Freshmen should go all in. Utilize the resources given to you: tutoring labs, RAs, faculty and staff, ProEdge, and so much more. Show up to events. Go to hall meetings,” she said. “You’ll make new friends that will last you a lifetime.”

Kent, who has a case management job lined up after graduation, hopes to put her degree, which has a concentration in corrections, to work at a police department as a K-9 officer, or potentially get into administration at a prison or jail. Her experience in the criminal justice department at UIndy opened her eyes to the career possibilities.

“The program has been incredible,” she said. “We have a crime scene lab that gives all criminal justice students a hands-on experience with solving crimes.” 

Like many UIndy students, one of the standout qualities about her time at UIndy is her experience working with faculty. “Our professors are always willing to talk with us, tell us their opinion, and help us in any way we may need, as well as give us resources to help ourselves,” she said. “The program has helped connect me with professionals and opened my eyes to the different career paths I am capable of pursuing.”

Kent was an active member of Alpha Phi Sigma, the criminal justice national honor society. She served as both secretary and president during her time at UIndy. “We put on successful events, such as ‘K-9s on Campus,’ which helped connect me with professionals and community leaders and helped us all find ways how we can try to impact the community,” she said.

Kent also took on a challenging internship with the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center (MCJDC). “I learned about the procedures and how to deal with residents of the juvenile detention center, but also how to understand them from an emotional and psychological side,” said Kent, who will also graduate with a minor in psychology.

Her time at the MCJDC helped her discover a passion for helping juveniles and also taught her valuable life lessons. “Everyone can flourish depending on the resources and support that they have,” she said. “This also strengthened my patience and understanding of the issues we have in our own neighborhood”

Kent leaves UIndy as a person with a purpose. Her education during her time at UIndy, both inside the classroom and out, helped her discover her passions and set her off on a path to use that education to serve her community.

“I have found the woman I want to be in this lifetime because of how I was pushed, and shown by the faculty and staff what I can accomplish,” she said. “UIndy is full of opportunities, and people with the desire to push you to success.

Learn more about the criminal justice program at the University of Indianapolis.



Senior Spotlight: William Durchholz ’20 (chemistry, pre-medicine)

While the second semester has been impacted greatly by the coronavirus pandemic, many Greyhound seniors are putting a ‘cap’ on their UIndy careers before the conferral of their diplomas this summer. Please enjoy the entries in this year’s “Senior Spotlight” series, as we celebrate these soon-to-be Greyhound graduates.


IMG_3294William Durchholz ’20 (chemistry, pre-medicine), who will be going to medical school in the fall, knows one thing: Even if he leaves the state to further his education, he wants to find his way back to Indiana eventually. 

“I want to return to practice in a medically underserved community,” he said. “There are so many areas of Indiana that have physician shortages which negatively impact patients. While I am not set on the exact area of medicine I would like to practice at this time, I am certain I want to be a part of the solution of physician shortages and access to care in Indiana.”

Durchholz, who is weighing his medical school options, credits the support he received at the University of Indianapolis for helping him direct his passion. “I came to UIndy knowing that I wanted to make an impact on other people, and that I’ve always had a passion for helping others and solving problems,” he said. “Through conversations with faculty members and fellow students, I found that the best way to blend my interests was to become a physician.”

On the arduous road that applying to internships and medical school can be, Durchholz credits ProEdge and Stephanie Kendall-Dietz in being helpful with his resume, cover letters and mock interviews. “The staff at ProEdge are so talented and have so much insight into getting a job, internship, or applying to graduate school,” he said. “Their help put me ahead of many other interviewees I came across at different medical schools.”

There has been no shortage of faculty mentors for Durchholz during his time at UIndy, he cites Dr. Joe Burnell, Dr. David Styers-Barnett and Dr. Kathy Stickney in particular. “In the chemistry program we benefited from some of the best faculty the University has to offer,” he said. “I was always able to get the advice I needed from the chemistry faculty. They opened so many doors for me, including two summer internships with Roche and prepared me for my career in medicine.”

Durchholz’s participation in the Roche Academy provided him the opportunity to step inside a billion-dollar business and learn about how it works as well as allowed him to learn about a side of healthcare that he did not even know existed. “Not many people think about what happens to their blood tests when they are taken at their family physician’s office or at the hospital, but that is where Roche Diagnostics is so important,” he said. “They taught me about how they support all of their instruments and be sure they are working for all of their clients nationwide. They also shed light on how they are innovating their instruments to be able to get results to patients faster, which can be critical for certain patient populations.”

Durchholz encourages incoming freshmen to get involved in any activity they can outside of class. He began his UIndy career playing football which exposed him to many new people and he was involved through the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. “I formed a group of five individuals that started out as a study group, but eventually became my lifelong friends,” he said. “UIndy is a great place to get an education, but it’s important to remember that you will only get out of your education what you put into it!”

UIndy announces Teacher of the Year nominees and winner

The University of Indianapolis is delighted to recognize Dr. Angelia J. Ridgway as its 2020 Teacher of the Year. Dr. Ridgway is a Professor of Secondary Education and the Coordinator of the MAT program in the School of Education.

“At UIndy, I teach with the most dedicated and caring team of teachers I call my colleagues and friends,” Ridgway said. “To be recognized as the Teacher of the Year from this amazing group of individuals means the world to me. Teaching is my mission. I hope it can be one of the ways I change the world, especially for my students’ future students.”

Excellence in teaching occurs through the intentional weaving together of a number of key elements that include relationship development, content engagement, and authenticity.  Each of these elements is crucial in enabling students to succeed in the classroom and beyond. For Dr. Ridgway, relationship development may be the most important of all. “It all begins and ends with the human element,” she said. “The old adage in teaching is that “students don’t care about learning until they know you care” remains as true from my first year of middle and high school teaching until today.”

This relationship building plays out in many ways inside the classroom. “From knowing students as individuals who have unique cultural and experiential backgrounds, to finding multiple means in which to engage them in learning,” Ridgway said. “Every learner to your course or clinical field experience with not only their own unique backgrounds but with preferential ways of growing. The best teachers are never finished — they are consummate learners themselves who seek new ways to connect with a variety of students.”

Dr. Ridgway recognizes the zeal that UIndy students have for becoming great secondary teachers, and it is her mission to provide these students a platform from which to be successful. The strength of the relationships that she develops is evident in the student evaluations of her teaching where she consistently, across multiple courses and multiple years, is recognized as being an ‘outstanding’ teacher. However, these relationships do not fade once a student graduates from UIndy. Rather, many graduates connect with Dr. Ridgway on a frequent basis as she serves as a mentor to them in the field, answering questions and fostering their continued growth as they now foster the growth of their own students.

“This is important to me because they are fulfilling the mission of changing secondary students’ lives through the innovative practices they learn while at UIndy. They truly do embody the UIndy mission of ‘Education for Service,’” she said. “Their success is my success. I have enjoyed the privilege of being mentored by many inspirational teachers – I do hope I can do the same for them. And, I always want them to know once you are my student, you are my student forever!”

Dr. Ridgway has had educational role models to look up to in her parents, and even her children, and recognizes how they have helped shape her into a better teacher along the way. “My father, a lifelong educator, still has a tremendous curiosity around school practices and policy. My mother is a ‘techie.” She’s always trying new technology. They have been great role models for me in terms of the high value of lifelong learning,” she said. “My own sons continue that legacy of innovation and curiosity – one is the co-author of a book we published last year and the other is the most curious person I know, always seeking answers to all things in life, both big and small.”

There were many deserving nominees for Teacher of the Year this year, please see those nominees below and help recognize their positive contributions to the University and its students:

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Lori Bolyard, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
Dr. Lori Bolyard’s passion for teaching is driven by her joy for teaching and the challenge of the job.  She makes her chemistry content understandable for all students.  As one Teacher of the Year Committee member noted, although the course was about chemistry, it was clear that Dr. Bolyard aimed to teach other skills such as critical thinking through her classroom methods. In this way, her lessons seemed to transcend the specific content and provide background for the students to excel in whatever their major may be.



Leah Courtland, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics & Earth Space Science
Dr. Leah Courtland firmly believes in linking earth science concepts to communities and people in order to make the content relevant.  She takes her content beyond the walls of the classroom by providing field experiences for her students so they can see the things they are learning about. Her innovative use of standards-based grading allows encourages students to apply and master the concepts she teaches.



Kevin Gribbins, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Dr. Kevin Gribbins sees himself as a motivator as much as an educator. An observer to his class noted that it was clear that Dr. Gribbins has a passion for what he is teaching and enthusiastically delivers his lectures where he shares experiences and personal stories which further provided excitement throughout the class.



Katie Polo, DHS
Associate Professor, School of Occupational Therapy
Dr. Katie Polo exemplifies education for service with the opportunities that she provides to occupational therapy students to provide care for those recovering from cancer. A member of the Teacher of the Year committee who observed class remarked that Dr. Polo interacts with her students as future colleagues and embodies the element of the team of her and the students working together to further students’ education. 




Laura Santurri, DHSc (doctor of health sciences program)

Laura Santurri, PhD
Assistant Professor, College of Health Sciences
Dr. Laura Santurri is extremely knowledgeable about the content she teaches and uses countless real-life examples to show students the application of what they are learning in the classroom to their own careers. Her teaching is aimed not just at meeting requirements but preparing her students for their futures. One observer noted that it was evident that she had personal relationships with the students which went beyond the classroom making her very approachable.






Smith, RachelRachel Smith, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Business
Dr. Rachel Smith is very knowledgeable about her content and uses countless real-life examples to show students how they will be able to apply this knowledge later in their own careers. She exhibits superior verbal, nonverbal and visual communication skills and encourages students to demonstrate their own communication skills as they present about current topics in her class.  The questions she asks in class are designed to require students to think deeply about what they are learning.


Jordan Sparks Waldron, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Psychological Sciences
Dr. Jordan Waldron is very passionate about what students take away from her class, and it is clear that the focus of her teaching is to help students understand the why of what happens in the world. In addition, Dr. Waldron focuses on how what is being taught can be applied to the future careers of her students.





Liz Whiteacre, MFA
Assistant Professor, Department of English
Professor Liz Whiteacre’s classroom is clearly student driven, and she encourages the students to take charge of their learning. A member of the Teacher of the Year Committee noted that Professor Whiteacre has an incredibly positive attitude during the class session and stated “It is clear that she loves what she does and is committed not only to teaching the students, but fostering interpersonal relationships with the students.”


School of Nursing adjusts to aid in COVID-19 support


The University of Indianapolis is finding innovative ways to ensure continuity for students as well as to support the local community during the COVID-19 crisis.

Since hospitals began admitting COVID-19 patients, School of Nursing students have been prevented from completing their required clinical hours in person. To remain in compliance with the accreditation requirements for the SON, students have been allowed to substitute clinical hours with virtual experiences. Normally, those hours would be a maximum of 25% of the total hours for each course in the undergraduate program as prescribed by the Indiana State Board of Nursing (ISBN). With the current COVID-19 crisis in effect, the ISBN is allowing schools to fall back on national guidelines which allow up to 50% of hours in simulation. With that change, the SON has contracted with Kaplan to provide virtual simulation for the remainder of the semester. These virtual experiences will be used in conjunction with guided case studies to meet the required hours.

“Changes in how we deliver clinical education will allow students in the undergraduate nursing programs to satisfy more of their required clinical hours virtually rather than in person,” said Dr. Norma Hall, dean of the University of Indianapolis School of Nursing. “This is especially important for senior students who are set to graduate this May.”

Hall also noted that keeping students on schedule using virtual experiences will allow students to continue their training and enter the workforce this summer as registered nurses. As the cases of coronavirus continue to rise, there will likely be workforce shortages. 

“Our graduates will be entering the workforce at a critical time to alleviate staffing shortages that COVID-19 will cause within area hospitals,” said Hall. “The knowledge and skills our nursing graduates gained at UIndy will be taken into the workforce to care for the sickest of the sick at a time of great need. I couldn’t be more proud of our faculty and students for remaining flexible and resilient during these trying times.”

The School of Nursing has also been proactive in trying to aid local health organizations in their fight against COVID-19. The School of Nursing organized the donation of some materials on-hand to local hospital networks, including Community Health Network and Franciscan St. Francis. The donations included 8,500 pairs of gloves, 30 surgical gowns, 450 surgical masks, 150 thermometer probe covers, and 10 stethoscopes.

The School also made the decision to forgo their shipment of gloves for the month of April (and potentially beyond) so that they might be given to those who need them more.

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