UIndy theatre department announces 2019-2020 season

The University of Indianapolis Theatre program will present two series this season. The Main Stage Theatre Series will include a Broadway classic, a historical comedy and a British turn-of-the-century drama. The Student Experience Series will include fully realized productions, staged readings and a movement and written word performance by our graduating seniors. Buy tickets at events.uindy.edu.


Main Stage Theatre Series


“Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind”

by Greg Allen
September 12-14, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre
“Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” was the longest-running show in Chicago and the only open-run Off-Off-Broadway show in New York. The show is the work of the Neo-Futurism movement, a variant of the Italian Futurism movement and reflects their aesthetic of non-illusory theater, where, as they describe it, “all of our plays are ‘set’ on the stage in front of the audience. All of our ‘characters’ are ourselves… We do not aim to ‘suspend the audience’s disbelief’ but to create a world where the stage is a continuation of daily life.”  



Book by Joe Masteroff

Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood

Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb
October 18-19 & 25-26, 8 p.m.

October 20, 2 p.m.

Ransburg Auditorium

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, “Cabaret” explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.


“In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play”

by Sarah Ruhl

February 21-23 & 27-29, 8 p.m.

Ransburg Auditorium

A 2009 play by award-winning playwright, Sarah Ruhl.  “In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play” is set in the 1880s at the dawn of electricity. It concerns the early history of the vibrator as a clinical device for treatment of “hysteria.” among women and the Victorian ignorance of female sexual and mental health. 


“The Drowning Girls”

By Daniela Vlaskalic, Beth Graham and Charlie Tomlinson
April 17 – 19 & 23-25, 8 p.m.

UIndy Studio Theatre

Bessie, Alice, and Margaret have two things in common: they are married to George Joseph Smith, and they are dead. Surfacing from the bathtubs they were drowned in, the three breathless brides gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband by reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths. Reflecting on the misconceptions of love, married life, and the not-so-happily ever after, “The Drowning Girls” is both a breathtaking fantasia and a social critique, full of rich images, a myriad of characters, and lyrical language


Admission for Main Stage Theatre Series

$12 general admission

$10 for alumni, senior citizens, groups of eight or more and non-UIndy students with ID

$6 general admission on Thrifty Thursdays 

Free admission with ticket for UIndy Students, Faculty and Staff with ID

MSW Program receives accreditation from Council on Social Work Education

The University of Indianapolis announces today that the Commission on Accreditation (COA), as part of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), has granted initial accreditation to the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program, through July 2023.

“Our faculty worked very hard to get this done,” said Wanda Watts, MSW Program director. “Now it really means we have the opportunity to focus more exclusively on the students. This accreditation decision has helped affirm to us that our program is on a positive trajectory.”

The accreditation process by the COA began in February 2017. Through an in-depth benchmarking process that ended in July 2019, the MSW program received full accreditation that is retroactive to 2016, when the first class matriculated into the program.

During that time period, the COA examined the curriculum, conducted site visits, interviewed students and faculty, reviewed student assessment data and ensured that the program was in strict compliance with competency standards, social work professional standards and specialized practice standards in order to make an accreditation determination.

“The accreditation being retroactive is extremely important for our graduates because it means that they can say the program they graduated from is accredited. Their licensing, which requires graduation from an accredited program, is no longer in wait but is now in full effect,” said Watts.

“For our current students, there will be no issues of requiring a provisional status with the licensing board or employers asking if their program was accredited,” she added.

This accreditation decision also serves to make University of Indianapolis students even more attractive to local employers.

“We have had a large number of community providers anxiously awaiting our accreditation because they are looking for our graduates and our interns,” said Watts. “We have a great reputation for providing good social work professionals into the community and adding this qualification to our program will only help to increase that status. 

This will also allow the University to produce more social workers in a time where there is an increasing unmet need in communities across the city, state and country as a whole. “We have more service providers seeking to fill internships than we have students to fill them,” said Watts.

About the program

The Master of Social Work Program is a one- to two-year program, depending on matriculating students’ bachelor’s degree credentials, with courses that cover theory, practice, research and policy and the ability to focus on one of two concentrations: Behavioral Health or Families & Children. The program builds off of the highly-regarded UIndy CSWE accredited BSW program and features small classes, engaged faculty, and significant opportunity for community outreach and collaboration with UIndy’s health sciences and psychology programs. Practicum experiences are part of the foundation curriculum and concentration curriculum of the program, ensuring that students have hands-on, immersive work with local at-risk populations. 

About the Council on Social Work Education
CSWE is a national association of social work education programs and individuals that ensures and enhances the quality of social work education for a professional practice that promotes individual, family, and community well-being, and social and economic justice. CSWE pursues this mission in higher education by setting and maintaining national accreditation standards for baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in social work, by promoting faculty development, by engaging in interprofessional and international collaborations, and by advocating for social work education and research.

About the University of Indianapolis

The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private, liberal arts university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. The University is ranked among the top Midwest Universities by the U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of more than 5,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students. The University offers a wide variety of study areas, including 100+ undergraduate degrees, more than 40 master’s degree programs and five doctoral programs. More occupational therapists, physical therapists and clinical psychologists graduate from the University each year than any other state institution. With strong programs also in engineering, business, and education, the University of Indianapolis impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.”

Research by Aaron Kivisto garners international media attention

aaron_kivistoResearch by Aaron Kivisto, associate professor of clinical and forensic psychology, explored the link between gun ownership and greater incidences of domestic homicides. The study was published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine and revealed for each 10% increase in household gun ownership rates, there is a 13% increase in domestic firearm homicide incidents.

“The narrative about gun ownership and personal protection tends to ignore the risks associated with firearm ownership, including the risks to others in the home. Gun owners should weigh up these perceived benefits and risks and engage in safe storage and other practices to reduce the risk of a domestic incident becoming fatal,” Kivisto told Newsweek.

Kivisto and his co-authors, which included UIndy alum Peter Phalen ’18 (Psy.D.), studied annual data on homicide rates in 50 states between 1990 and 2016, from the U.S. Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report.

As firearms deaths in the United States continue to rise, determining the causal factors that lead  to them is becoming even more important. One of those factors that is examined in this study is the number of households with firearms. While previous studies have examined this link in a 1:1 manner, Kivisto and his team discovered that the increase in gun ownership relates more closely to the rise in domestic homicides. As importantly, Kivisto found that the increased risk of firearm homicide attributable to firearm ownership isn’t equally shared across victims.

One of the conclusions reached by this research is that, because women are the victims in cases of domestic homicide at a disproportionate rate, they shoulder the burden of the risks of this increased gun ownership.

Kivisto noted that while men are the victims in 3 of 4 typical homicides, that flips entirely in the case of domestic homicides where women are the victim 3 in 4 times.

The findings should help guide future policy in the United States. “While some federal laws are in place that are aimed at reducing domestic firearm violence, not enough has been done to enforce them at the federal level. States that have enacted legislation to prohibit individuals at high risk of intimate partner violence from possessing firearms and requiring them to relinquish any they currently own, have a lower incidence of domestic firearm homicide,” said Kivisto.

The research, as well as an interview with Kivisto, was highlighted by the New York Times. Additional national and international coverage included Newsweek, WebMD, The Independent (UK), KUNC Radio, Scienmag and US News & World Report. Other outlets covering the story included MTV, Jezebel and Drugs.com.  

UIndy partners with Sycamore Services to provide music therapy


When Sycamore Services was considering ways to enhance their client programs, they didn’t have to look far. The University of Indianapolis music therapy program is part of a blossoming partnership with Sycamore, which provides services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other conditions that can limit participation in life’s daily activities.


Consumers at Sycamore receive services paid for primarily through waiver funding. This can become an issue when those dollars run out, however. One of the programs that Sycamore offers is music therapy. “We have people on the waiver who get music therapy, and we also have people who would like to do music therapy, but because they utilize so many other services, they may not have enough waiver dollars to do it,” explained Trina Blackburn, project coordinator at Sycamore.

That’s where UIndy came in. “My first thought was connecting with UIndy to see if some music and art therapy students would be interested in coming to our day program and doing music for our clients,” said Blackburn.

“We reached out and explained what we were interested in doing, we told them about our idea of having some students come over and do some music and art, and hopefully try to have a long term partnership where the students can come over and do this like an internship.”

Because the UIndy students can provide music therapy through a partnership with Sycamore Services at a cost that is free to the consumers it opens up a host of new opportunities for them. 

“For some of the consumers, it’s something different than they’d normally get to experience,” Blackburn said. “Because if it is not on their plan, they wouldn’t have the ‘waiver dollars’ to be able to experience it.” 

The music therapy provided by UIndy students is also important because many of the consumers at Sycamore are unable to go to a concert or an art studio and experience those types of activities and there is no guarantee there is anyone on staff that is qualified to lead them.

“Our staff is great,” Blackburn said. “But they don’t have the expertise in doing art or music, so for us to be able to bring someone in that has that knowledge base, that helps tremendously.”

Jan Schreibman, director of the music therapy program, took two students to Sycamore to provide a music therapy session and determine the types of consumers that Sycamore’s day program served. After the success of the initial visit, Blackburn and Schreibman are hopeful the partnership will continue and expand once students are back on campus this fall.

Screen Shot 2019-07-24 at 3.39.50 PM Screen Shot 2019-07-24 at 3.56.16 PM “We want this to be an ongoing partnership,” Blackburn said, “providing art and music for our consumers by utilizing UIndy students, even on a weekly basis. We’re so close to each other, it just makes sense!”

Music therapy provides many benefits for those who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. It can stimulate the mind, while being soothing or relaxing, but is also very interactive for the consumer.

Some ways that music therapy can help consumers achieve physical and psychological benefits include:

  •     Playing a drum to increase the mobility of their arms, which could eventually help them become more independent doing activities like eating and writing
  •     Singing the words along to preferred songs can help those with Alzheimer’s/dementia recall past experiences
  •     Singing can also help people with traumatic brain injuries or difficulty speaking learn to pronounce and say words more clearly, which helps them communicate in their daily lives
  •     Discussing and analyzing lyrics to songs, or writing lyrics to a song, can help people that struggle with depression relate to others, share experiences and self-express.

 Practical experience is required for music therapy board certification, but that’s not the only reason it is important to UIndy students. “Practicum experiences are essential for music therapy students to gain experience working with different populations of people with varying needs,” said Amy Foley, who is serving as the UIndy clinical experience coordinator. “This hands-on experience allows students to learn from a board-certified music therapist and have a safe environment to practice skills they are learning through their coursework with people in the community.”

Providing this service is so important because it is about giving back to the community,” said professor Schreibman. “Opportunities like this help us identify how our resources can best fit and provide a service to others.”

“The music therapy program at UIndy is very hands-on and allows for a lot of experience doing supervised work in the field,” said Katelyn Snider ’20 (music therapy). “This has really prepared me to feel comfortable and confident in a professional setting.”

“My experiences working in places like Sycamore have really helped me grow academically and personally. I was able to become more comfortable relating to and communicating with all people.”

“We have so many people who could benefit from art and music in a small group setting” said Blackburn. “It gives them something to look forward to. You can tell that it really is bringing joy to their lives.”

Sycamore music

UIndy Masters in Real Estate Development students compete nationally

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA skyline on the river at dusk.

Two UIndy students recently competed in a national real estate development case competition hosted by the Urban Land Institute.

Bryan Conn ‘20 and Anthony Heygood ‘20, who are enrolled in the Masters in Real Estate Development program, were tasked with creating a plan for reuse of land along the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Each team had 14 days to complete the project, which included architect drawings, infrastructure plans, renderings, a financial narrative, and graphic design elements.  

Although the Greyhound team didn’t make it to the final round of the competition, Conn and Heywood said they were extremely appreciative of this opportunity and of their mentors at UIndy.

“Eric Harvey was paramount in keeping me confident that I could do what was tasked of me and providing resources to complete the project,” said Conn. “Without Eric, I don’t believe I could have produced a sensible solution to the complex problem I was faced with.”  

Conn added that this competition has helped him gain a deeper understanding of mixed-use development programs and how development programswork.

“I learned that development is truly only completed working as a team,” added Heywood. “There are so many pieces that go into building one building for a city, let alone an entire five-year phased development. You have to be open to everyone’s ideas and criticisms.” 

Evan Smiley named 2019 University of Indianapolis Law Scholar


Evan Smiley

Evan Smiley

Evan Smiley ’19, (political science major, international relations and pre-law minor), has been named the 2019 University of Indianapolis Law Scholar.

Smiley will receive a minimum half-tuition scholarship throughout his studies at IU McKinney; and a guaranteed experiential learning opportunity of either an externship in the Indianapolis Bar or a research assistantship at IU McKinney.

“I was both excited and humbled upon learning that I would be receiving the UIndy Law Scholarship,” said Smiley, “It means a lot to me to be chosen to receive this scholarship because I both admire and respect those who have received this scholarship in the past.”

The Scholar program, started in 2018, is the result of a partnership between the University of Indianapolis and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Candidates are selected by the University of Indianapolis Law Scholar Committee.

At the University of Indianapolis, Smiley was a member of the Pre-Law Student Association and active in the UIndy GOP chapter. He also was a member of the wrestling team for three years. Aside from his standout academic accomplishments, Smiley also maintained several impressive internships during his time on campus including an opportunity with the Luke Messer US Senate Campaign, the Indiana Republican Party and the Indiana Statehouse with the House Republican Caucus.

“All these internships supplemented what I had learned in the classroom at UIndy, while giving me hands-on experience in the political realm,” said Smiley.

The University helped provide Smiley with the opportunity to sharpen his skills and explore what career path might interest him. “UIndy has developed many skills that will be immensely important to me in my educational career,” said Smiley. “When I came to UIndy I had a pretty strong base in reading and writing, and UIndy has furthered polished these skills, preparing me for the next step in my academic career.”

One of Smiley’s mentors during his time on campus was David Root, assistant professor of political science and pre-law advisor. “He has often given me great advice throughout my UIndy career and believed in me even when I did not believe in myself,” said Smiley.

“Having had Evan as a student since his freshman year,” said Root, “he has done terrific work in the classroom and the Pre-Law Student Association and I am very excited for him to earn this award.  He certainly deserves it and I look forward to seeing him progress through law school.”

Smiley is confident he is on the path to something fulfilling and exciting. “I believe that IU McKinney will expose me to many different possibilities and guide me in the right direction for my long-term career path,” Smiley said.

The University of Indianapolis Law Scholar is expected to serve as a visible and active liaison between IU McKinney and the University of Indianapolis, demonstrating strong leadership during campus visits, recruiting efforts, and other joint measures undertaken by the two schools. The program is  designed to assist students financially and experientially when they matriculate to IU McKinney and to encourage students to consider IU McKinney for their legal studies.

To learn more about the University of Indianapolis Pre-Law Program, click here.

Greyhounds volunteer at the world’s largest collection of type

Wisconsin trip 6A group of Greyhounds recently spent five days as specialized volunteers at the world’s largest collection of type, thanks to a Shaheen Service Learning/Community Engagement Grant.

The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin is the only museum of its kind, dedicated to the preservation, study, production, and printing of wood type.

Five advanced printmaking students, along with Assistant Professor Katherine Fries and Assistant Bursar Andrea Stranak, participated in the Spring Term Trip. They helped clean, catalog and organize the massive wood type, woodcut, and printing collection.

Wisconsin trip 5

“It was a remarkable exchange for the students that allowed them to engage a rare collection, learn about and participate with its preservation, and directly apply skills learned in class to the service of the print, letterpress, and design communities,” said Fries.

The project enabled the first of hopefully many UIndy students to take part in a transformational experience where two mottos meet and merge: UIndy’s “Education for Service” and the letterpress mantra “Preservation Through Production” – meaning that to preserve letterpress you have to actively engage the processes and physically use the equipment, Fries explained.

Hamilton, while internationally recognized by academic and print communities for their massive and one of a kind holdings of letterpress knowledge and equipment, relies heavily on volunteers.

“Our students in the four short years since the start of our program have proven themselves knowledgeable, skilled, and service-minded – making them ideal volunteers. This is an excellent example of how our programs can prepare students to not only excel in their discipline but to give back to it,” Fries added.

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Reflector staff receive 25 ICPA state-level journalism awards

reflector600Congratulations to the students of The Reflector (both print and online), who won a total of 25 Indiana Collegiate Press Association state-level journalism awards in March 2019.  Judges were out-of-state media professionals, and the awards were announced at the ICPA annual convention in Indianapolis.

Eight students and Prof. Jeanne Criswell attended the ICPA convention. Prof. Criswell is a member of the ICPA board of directors and served as program chair for the state convention.

The following students won awards:

Abby Land, Best Non-Deadline News Story, First Place, “Future Greyhound Victim of Florida School Shooting”
Abby Land, Best Feature Page, Third Place, Faith Spread
Maia Gibson, Best Entertainment Story, Second Place, “Center for Aging and Community Program Inspires Other Facilities”
Shayla Cabalan, Best Entertainment Column, First Place, “Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee Championed a Diverse and Compelling Cast of Superheroes”
Shayla Cabalan, Best Opinion Column, First Place, “LGBT Media: Vital to Youth”
Ethan Gerling, Best Editorial Cartoon, Third Place, “Police Need New Glasses”
Zoë Berg, Best Sports Feature Story, Second Place, “Alumnus Signs to Play Professional Baseball”
Erik Cliburn, Best Sports Feature Story, Third Place, “From Backyard Hoops to Pro Player: Coach Gouard’s Lifetime of Basketball”
Zoë Berg, Best Sports Page, Third Place, “Fall Senior Athlete Highlights”
Cassandra Reverman, Best Sports Photo, First Place, “Women’s Lacrosse”
Ki Tally, Best Feature Photo, Third Place, “Student Engagement Series”
Zoë Berg, Best News Photo, Third Place, “Bench in Flooded Park”
Jayden Kennett and Kyle McGinnis, Best Photo Essay/Picture Story, Third Place, “UIndy Drag Show”
Zoë Berg, Best Informational Graphic, Second Place, “Roche Academy Pathway to a Career”
Zoë Berg, Best Front Page, Third Place, Welcome Week Front Page
Staff of The Reflector, Best Overall Design, Third Place
Staff of The Reflector, Best Single Issue, First Place, November 20 Issue
Staff of The Reflector, Newspaper of the Year, Third Place
Noah Crenshaw, Best Animation/Interactive Graphic, First Place, “The Cost of Tuition at UIndy”
Noah Crenshaw, Best Use of Twitter, Third Place
Staff of The Reflector, Best Overall Website, Third Place
Tate Jones, Best Full Color Display Ad, First Place, College Crossing Fall Ad
Tate Jones, Best Full Color Display Ad, Second Place, College Crossing Summer Ad
Johana Rosendo, Best Electronic House Ad, Third Place, Reflector Electronic House Ad
Staff of The Reflector, Advertising Publication of the Year, Third Place

Photo: [from left, back row in the photo:]  Prof. Jeanne Criswell, adviser; Zoë Berg, editor-in-chief; Tate Jones, business manager; Ethan Gerling, art director; Abby Land, entertainment editor; Noah Crenshaw, online editor; [from left, front row] Shayla Cabalan, opinion editor; Maia Gibson, previous managing editor; Jayden Kennett, current managing editor.)

EWIN names three new Education-Workforce Planning Grant recipients

The Education Workforce Innovation Network (EWIN) has announced three new Education-Workforce Planning Grant recipients for $7,000 each. They include groups led by Ivy Tech South Bend-Elkhart and Navistar, Student Career Partners for Northeast Indiana and River Forest Community Schools (RFCS) in Hobart. With the grant, each partnership will benefit from EWIN technical assistance through 2019 including support of collaboration within their communities, research of promising models, site visits to explore innovative approaches and development of plans customized to each area’s needs and resources.

“We are so excited to work with these dedicated groups that are leveraging community partners to invest in the meaningful development of career pathways systems. Our goal is to facilitate the pathway system planning process so those groups can replicate that process to create additional opportunities for students,” said EWIN Director Erin Foster. “The result will be implementation of innovative, data-driven, industry-led educational models that align with needs of the local economy. We have incredible experiences planned for these teams and can’t wait to get started!”

Ivy Tech South Bend-Elkhart and Navistar will partner with Elkhart Plastics, Inc., Better World Books, the South Bend Community School Corporation Board of Trustees, Elkhart Area Career Center and the South Bend Regional Chamber. The group will collaborate to develop a K-14 Supply Chain Management and Logistics Pathway that educates, trains and develops a sustainable pipeline of supply chain management and logistics employees.

“The Ivy Tech South Bend-Elkhart Campus team is thrilled to be selected as one of this year’s grantees. The grant funds will enable our project to directly align with the college’s strategic plan for developing K-12 partnerships, accelerating educational opportunities for students and incumbent workers while meeting the needs of our communities and employers,” said Amber Ruszkowski, department chair and associate professor for Business Administration and Logistics, South Bend-Elkhart Campus.

The Student Career Partners for Northeast Indiana includes Region 8 Education Service Center, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, Fort Wayne Community Schools, Ivy Tech Northeast, Parkview Health, Junior Achievement and the Olin B. and Desta Schwab Foundation. This partnership will use grant funds to create a career-ready pathway program that motivates and guides students through a process to develop individualized career road maps based on their talents, interests, post-secondary choices, financial resources as well as high-wage, high-demand employment options in the area.

“Our team in Northeast Indiana is pleased to partner with EWIN on this effort. We look forward to leveraging the expertise at CELL (Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning) to build on our regional work to help students across the 11 counties of Northeast Indiana identify and access opportunities for future success,” said Ryan Twiss, vice president of regional initiatives in the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

River Forest Community Schools (RFCS) is spearheading a community partnership made up of 16 regional businesses, postsecondary institutions, organizations and agencies. Their goal is to collaboratively implement a full advanced manufacturing pathway with K-12 aligned curriculum and postsecondary certifications and degrees that lead to high-demand, high-wage employment.

In addition to RFCS, the partnership includes Praxair, Indiana Manufacturers Association, Calumet Area Industrial Commission, Northwest Indiana Forum, The City of Hobart Economic Development, Lake Shore Chamber of Commerce, Center of Workforce Innovations, Vincennes University, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue University Northwest, Indiana University Northwest, U.S. Army, Neighbors’ Educational Opportunities, Via Marketing, World of Words and Innovations in Learning.

Rachelle Baker, graduation pathway coordinator, River Forest High School, said, “Preparing River Forest students and supporting their career goals are our top priorities. Developing an advanced manufacturing pathway with EWIN and partners is an invaluable resource for increasing student achievement, verifiable skills and future quality of life.”

This is EWIN’s fourth round of planning grants offered to education-workforce partnerships across the state to support development of implementation plans for regional or local sector-based career pathways. Pathways help make students college and career ready, inspire curricular programs grounded in the real world, engage businesses in K-16 learning experiences and provide the local workforce with highly skilled employees.

EWIN is an initiative of the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL), a non-profit at the University of Indianapolis, which unites districts, schools, communities, universities and businesses to build a sense of urgency and form innovative collaborations for statewide educational and economic improvement.

For more information, contact EWIN Director of Education Workforce Innovation Network Erin Foster at 317-791-5991.


MPH Major of the Year reflects on campus experience

Rebekah Mathew - Amy MaganWhen UIndy Master of Public Health (MPH) student Rebekah Mathew graduated earlier this month, she did so with more than just her master’s degree. Mathew was also named the MPH Major of the Year and earned UIndy’s American Kinesiology Association Scholar Award nomination.

Looking back on her graduate education at UIndy, Mathew counted off several experiences that gave her the opportunity to grow and learn as a student and prepared her for advancement in her career. 

“I completed a study of my own by analyzing real data through statistical software and drawing conclusions based on the results of different statistical tests,” she said. “I reinforced my passion to work with global populations through my intensive examination of disease spread in nations around the world; I was catapulted out of my comfort zone and landed in a very rewarding place through the planning and implementation of an anti-bullying program for children at the Intercollegiate YMCA; and I submitted an op-ed to a local newspaper about my visit to a hazardous waste site that shares the grounds of nearby families and homes.”

Dr. Heidi Hancher-Rauch, director of the public health program at UIndy, acknowledged that Mathew’s experience in the MPH program is what the faculty hopes for every MPH student. 

“We challenge all of our students to not only learn the concepts and theories of public health, but to also put that education into action through research, advocacy, and involvement,” Rauch said.

Learn more about the public health program at the University of Indianapolis

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