UIndy sweeps state level education awards

L to R: Molly Beal, recognized as an Outstanding Senior Leader, Molly Wolfe, recognized as ISEA scholar, current ISEA President Mikaela Gerba from Trine University, and Lyndsy Eslinger, newly elected ISEA President and J.D Miller Outstanding Local Student Leader Award winner

L to R: Molly Beal, Molly Wolfe, current ISEA President Mikaela Gerba, and Lyndsy Eslinger, newly elected ISEA President

The University of Indianapolis Education program enjoyed a stellar weekend at the Indiana State Education Association.

Junior elementary education major Lyndsy Eslinger was elected state president of the association at the annual representative assembly. Molly Wolfe, also a junior elementary education major, was re-elected to a second term as the state’s Region 3 Representative.

Senior Elementary Education majors Molly Beal and Andria Shook won scholarships, as did Molly Wolfe. Eslinger was awarded the J.D. Miller Student Leadership Award, and Beal was named the Outstanding Senior of the Year. Also at the event, UIndy was named the Outstanding Chapter of the Year.

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University of Indianapolis students win national competition for WICR-FM election night coverage

The election night efforts of the University of Indianapolis WICR-FM Radio staff have brought them national honors.

Chris Shoulders, WICR Director of Interactive & Social Media, interviews former Indianapolis Mayor and UIndy Visiting Fellow Greg Ballard on election night.

Chris Shoulders, WICR Director of Interactive & Social Media, interviews former Indianapolis Mayor and UIndy Visiting Fellow Greg Ballard on election night.

The group won first place in the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts competition in the radio newscast category. Three schools tied for second place in the category: Hofstra University, the University of North Texas and the University of Southern California.
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Bill of Rights display is timely reminder of American freedoms

Visitors to the Krannert Memorial Library may have noticed a new display in the second-floor study area. It’s called “The Bill of Rights and You!” The display is part of “Amending America,” a national initiative that explores the power of the Bill of Rights and the American system of government. 

Tanner Alexander, left, and Daniel Miller

Tanner Alexander, left, and Daniel Miller

Political science students at the University of Indianapolis say the Bill of Rights is worth some thought – and appreciation.
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Experienced diversity officer, higher education administrator joins University of Indianapolis

The University of Indianapolis has named Sean L. Huddleston as Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, a top-leadership position dedicated to leading and enhancing a university-wide culture of diversity and inclusion.

Sean Huddleston

Sean Huddleston

Huddleston, who currently serves as chief officer of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement at Framingham State University in Massachusetts, will develop and implement the strategic vision to continue the University’s commitment to inclusivity, equity and community partnership. The role aligns well with Huddleston’s extensive higher education leadership experience and cultural change management to promote inclusive excellence, diversity and social justice.
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Conversation Circles become cultural exchange opportunity

It’s Monday evening at the Writing Lab at Krannert Memorial Library, and somehow the conversation has wandered into the topic of raw baby octopus and pickled crickets. Whether the talk is about food, travel or culture, it’s all part of the Conversation Circles program designed to bring international and American students together to chat in English and make connections.

From left: Gary Bates, Lisa Kim and Derek Zhao

From left: Gary Bates, Lisa Kim and Derek Zhao

All students are welcome to join the Conversation Circles scheduled for the 2017 spring semester on the University of Indianapolis campus. Derek Zhao, a senior sociology major from China, and Lisa Kim, a sophomore music performance major, are the Conversation Circle facilitators on Monday nights.
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UIndy Athletics honors 2017 Hall of Fame inductees

UIndy 2017 Hall of Fame class inductees were announced at halftime of the men's basketball game on February 11, 2017. Then a recognition banquet with plaques given was held afterwards in UIndy Hall. (Photo by D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

UIndy 2017 Hall of Fame class inductees were announced at halftime of the men’s basketball game on February 11, 2017. Then a recognition banquet with plaques given was held afterwards in UIndy Hall. (Photo by D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

The 2017 University of Indianapolis Athletics Hall of Fame inductees were honored in a ceremony Saturday, Feb. 11. This year’s Hall of Fame inductees were introduced at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Rockhurst University, with the induction ceremony following at the Schwitzer Student Center.

UIndy Athletics is proud to introduce this year’s inductees:

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University of Indianapolis professor explores Midwestern winery boom in new book

If you’ve ever dreamed of quitting your job to start a winery, you’ll first want to read Jim Pennell’s Local Vino: The Winery Boom in the Heartland.

Local Vino: The Winery Boom in the Heartland by Prof. James Pennell will be available in stores March 6, 2017.

Local Vino: The Winery Boom in the Heartland by Prof. James Pennell will be available in stores March 6, 2017.

Pennell, a professor of sociology at the University of Indianapolis and Co-Director of the Community Research Center, explores the challenges and rewards of operating a winery in his new book published by the University of Illinois Press. Now in his 19th year teaching at the University of Indianapolis, Pennell specializes in social and institutional change, organizations and work, social theory and qualitative research methods.

“I wanted to honor the winery owners. They’ve done an amazing thing,” said Pennell, who spent five years chronicling the success of Midwestern wineries in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Ohio. He visited 64 wineries in the course of his research.
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University of Indianapolis Etchings Press announces 2016 Whirling Prize winners

Etchings Press at the University of Indianapolis has announced the winners of the 2016 Whirling Prize.

Students enrolled in ENG 479 reviewed the 83 submissions and selected winners in the categories of prose and poetry.

Students enrolled in
ENG 479 reviewed the 83 submissions and selected
winners in the categories of prose and poetry.

Helen Klein Ross won the 2016 Whirling Prize in Prose for her work “What Was Mine.” Ross’ work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and in literary journals and anthologies.

Amy Ash, an assistant professor at Indiana State University, won the Poetry prize for her work “The Open Mouth of the Vase,” which is her first full-length collection.

Both Ross and Ash will read excerpts from their work at the 2017 Kellogg Writers Series event later this month, with a book signing to follow. The event, scheduled for 7:30 pm on Monday, Feb. 27, in Schwitzer’s UIndy Hall C, is free and open to the public.

University of Indianapolis students reviewed 83 submissions to select the winners. This year’s prize welcomed submissions of published books written by women or books that feature leading female characters.

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Stephen Kolison, Jr. named as University of Indianapolis Executive Vice President and Provost

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Stephen Kolison, Jr., Ph.D., a distinguished higher education executive, scholar and researcher, has been appointed Executive Vice President and Provost for the University of Indianapolis. Kolison’s appointment follows an extensive national search and comes at a time during a strong trajectory of growth and expansion for the University.

Stephen Kolison will formally assume the duties of executive vice president and provost at the University of Indianapolis on July 1, 2017

Stephen Kolison will formally assume the duties of executive vice president and provost at the University of Indianapolis on July 1, 2017

Kolison, who since 2008 has served as the associate vice president for Academic Programs, Educational Innovation, and Governance for the University of Wisconsin System Administration, will lead more than 550 faculty for the University, which boasts an enrollment of more than 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students and is ranked among the top Midwest Universities by U.S. News and World Report.

He brings to the role a strong record of research and success in implementing system-wide policies to increase degree productivity, expand learning opportunities for non-traditional students and foster innovative and effective teaching methods to increase student learning and educational success. He also has a proven record of securing research funding as principal investigator and co-principal investigator, including more than $25 million in grants from various sources while at Tennessee State University and at Tuskegee University.
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Peter W. Vakunta appointed as University of Indianapolis Fulbright Scholar Program liaison

The prestigious Fulbright Scholar Program has a new liaison on the University of Indianapolis campus.

Peter W. Vakunta, Ph.D., recently was appointed as the University’s Fulbright Scholar Program liaison by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.

Peter W. Vakunta, modern languages, ext. 5614

Peter W. Vakunta, Ph.D.

Vakunta, an assistant professor of French & Francophone Studies, is chair of the University of Indianapolis’ Department of Global Languages & Cross-Cultural Studies. He is also director of the Multicultural Engagement and Global Awareness (MEGA) Center.

While a Fulbright scholarship brings accolades for recipients, Vakunta says that the honor also enhances the academic climate of the university.
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