Nearly 1,500 graduates received degrees from the University of Indianapolis during the May 2017 Commencement ceremony, which also served to showcase the impact of the institution’s students, alumni and faculty across the state and world.
University President Robert Manuel highlighted how the local and global community benefits from the University’s service-learning initiatives and praised graduates for their commitment to those programs.
We couldn’t fit all of our fabulous May 2017 graduates in this slide show, but here’s a look at some of this spring’s graduating class.
Madi Kovacs dreamed of becoming a 500 Festival Princess as a little girl, but it was when she learned of the program’s outreach component as a University of Indianapolis student that she knew she truly wanted to participate.
Madi (Madison) Kovacs presented podium medals at the Indiana Special Olympics Youth Basketball state finals in March 2017. (Photo by D. Todd Moore)
Longtime faculty and staff will see a familiar face among this year’s honorary degree recipients at the University of Indianapolis.
Dr. Kenneth Borden at the Athletic Hall of Fame induction banquet in February 2017. (Photo by D. Todd Moore)
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.
Brandi Heil (left) and Tanner Alexander
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.
Alumnus Dr. Katherine Welch (’93) held a discussion on human trafficking with pre-med and science students on April 6, 2017. (Photo by D. Todd Moore)
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.
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.
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.