Homecoming 2020 goes virtual with Hounds at Home

Homecoming is officially going virtual this year from October 7-10 and we can’t wait to see your Crimson and Grey spirit at home! Please join us for a series of virtual events listed below. Visit our website for the full Homecoming 2020 schedule. Below are several highlights:

The competition between the Truman State University Bulldogs and UIndy Greyhounds has been a GLVC throwdown for years but now it’s time to determine who is the Top Dog! Join the UIndy community as we compete against Truman State University to see which school has the largest impact in our communities. From Monday, October 5 through Saturday, October 24 we will be raising funds for three organizations: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, and Indianapolis Animal Care Services. Help us help our community and show Truman that Greyhounds are the Top Dog. More information regarding this unique, philanthropic challenge will be available soon!

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Complete any time in October
UIndy’s Hound Hustle is officially going virtual! Registration is now open for the 7th annual 5k run/walk event. Register now and complete the 5k wherever you may be and whenever you are available in the month of October! Please note that no physical event will take place on UIndy’s campus. Learn more and register.

Pete the Planner

Pete the Planner


Pete the Planner
October 7  7 p.m.
Join Peter Dunn, Chief Executive Officer – Your Money Line® & Hey Money® for an hour-long webinar where you will learn what’s going on in our economy and how to put together a practical plan to make necessary changes which will have you ready to go when the economy gets back on its feet.  Learn more and register


Florabelle Wilson

Florabelle Wilson ’49


“Let’s Tell the Whole Story” Hound Chat
October 8  Noon
Join Dr. Michael Cartwright, vice president for university mission, for a conversation to remember Mrs. Florabelle Wilson ’49 – an advocate for diversity and inclusion on and off-campus. Mrs. Wilson worked at the university from 1957 to 1982 as the KML Head Librarian. She was the first African-American woman to serve as director of an academic library in the state of Indiana. Learn More & Register



Top Dog Challenge T-shirtBuy a Top Dog Challenge T-shirt and Wear Jeans!
October 5 -24
If you support the Top Dog Challenge between UIndy and Truman State University, by purchasing a T-shirt for $10 you can wear jeans to work with your supervisor’s permission. Join your pack to support our local community by purchasing a T-shirt, picking out your favorite jeans, and showing off your Greyhound Pride! Purchase a T-shirt

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning receives $4.8 million in grants from Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund

The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis received $4.8 million in two grants from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief  (GEER) Fund. One grant worth $3.3 million will fund devices and broadband in nine service centers and 23 school districts in rural areas across the State of Indiana. The second grant allots $1.5 million for professional development to improve educators’ capacity to provide engaging and effective online instruction. 

CELL will partner with the Central Indiana Education Service Center during the next two years to disburse the funds and arrange for training. In addition to providing broadband for rural areas that frequently lack high-speed internet access, the $3.3 million grant will be used to connect families to wi-fi hotspots as well as to buy equipment such as laptops for students and teachers. 

The $4.8 million awarded to CELL is one of the larger amounts distributed by the State of Indiana from the $61.6 million in GEER funding that the State received from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds allow the Governor’s Office to provide support to local educational agencies and institutions of higher education with an application focus on developing and improving the availability of remote learning techniques and technologies. 

“These grants will allow us to meet the unique needs of rural school districts and ensure that students and teachers have access to the technology they require to succeed. We are grateful to the Governor’s Office for this valuable opportunity to address the immediate concerns of the pandemic and to prepare educators in these school districts for the technological demands of the future,” said Janet Boyle, CELL executive director.

The Indiana Department of Education, the Commission for Higher Education, the Indiana State Board of Education, and the Governor’s Office established the needs-based, competitive grant program to support the unique challenges associated with remote learning including device access, internet connectivity and educator training/development.

The following school districts and education centers will receive funding:

Crothersville Community Schools
Delaware Community Schools
Franklin County Community Schools
Frontier School Corporation
Jay County School Corporation
Lake Station Community Schools
Logansport Community School Corporation
Middlebury Community Schools
Monroe Gregg School District
MSD of Wabash County
Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (Fortville)
North Central Parke School Corporation
North Lawrence Community Schools
Northeast School Corporation (Sullivan County)
Perry Central Community Schools
Randolph Central School Corporation
Rising Sun School Corporation
South Newton School Corporation
Southern Hancock School Corporation
Spencer-Owen School Corporation
Union County School College Corner Joint School District
Vincennes City School Corporation
Wabash City Schools

About CELL
Created in 2001, the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis has served as the leading convener, catalyst and collaborator for innovative education change. CELL’s mission is for all people in Indiana to experience meaningful and high-quality education. CELL partners with schools and communities to improve outcomes for students of all ages by leading sustainable educational innovation and transformation across Indiana. Providing leadership that is both cutting-edge and action-oriented, CELL unites districts, schools, communities, universities and businesses to build a sense of urgency and form innovative collaborations for statewide educational and economic improvement. Learn more: cell.uindy.edu.

About the University of Indianapolis
The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. The University is ranked among the top National Universities by U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of nearly 6,000 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 in engineering, business, and education, the University of Indianapolis impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.” Learn more: uindy.edu.

University awarded grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

The University of Indianapolis was awarded a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support the continuation of the Student Leadership Academy for high school students. The grant provides five years of sustainability funding for the initiative, which will cover lodging, meals and advertising for the summer camp and support for student projects at their home churches.

For ten years, the Student Leadership Academy at the University of Indianapolis has provided vocational exploration programs for United Methodist high school students by utilizing the vocational curriculum of theological exploration that is used by the Lantz Center in weekend retreat format.

The Student Leadership Academy is part of Lilly Endowment’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, a national effort to help colleges and theological schools develop and strengthen programs that encourage high school students to explore God’s call in their lives.

The week-long summer institute at the University of Indianapolis is designed to engage students in vocational discernment as well as theological exploration of mission and ethics. Each summer the academy focuses on a distinct theological theme that also addresses social issues within our culture. According to Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Gibbs, University Chaplain and Director of the Lantz Center for Christian Vocations & Formation, the program began in 2011 as a way to strengthen relationships between the University and the Indiana United Methodist Church.

The Student Leadership Academy seeks to inspire youth as they begin to explore their future education and career path. “SLA seeks to help students in their vocational discernment process,” said Dr. David Boyd, associate director of the Lantz Center. “Students learn about themselves, and about the opportunities to work around them. Our desire is that SLA will successfully launch them on the lifelong process of vocational discernment.”

Dr. Boyd went on to say that many students who attend SLA apply and eventually attend UIndy. “These students become leaders on our campus, and within Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs,” he said. According to Rev. Dr. Gibbs, a large percentage of Religion majors at the University have been either participants in the program or their youth directors who returned to finish a degree.

Mya Taylor ‘23 (religion and psychology) is one of the many students who attended the Student Leadership Academy who now calls UIndy home. “SLA helped me discover my passions and link them to the needs of the world. At SLA, I discovered I have a purpose,” she said. “Student Leadership Academy will always hold a special place in my heart and I am forever grateful for all the opportunities it provided and the lessons I learned during my time as a participant.”

While the University motto “Education for Service” isn’t expressly religious, it goes hand-in-hand with the goal of the Student Leadership Academy. “We desire to see students educated so that they are able to serve the world — education is a part of their vocational journey,” said Dr. Boyd. “At SLA, we launch students on that journey to help them consider what God is calling them to do in this world that uses their gifts to serve others.”

University of Indianapolis holds dedication for Jordan Loyd Film & Study Suite

Jordan Loyd UIndy basketball

The University of Indianapolis will celebrate its newest athletic space with a dedication at 1:15 p.m., Friday, February 21 at Nicoson Hall.

The Jordan Loyd Film & Study Suite, funded by Board of Trustees member Kenny Loyd and son Jordan Loyd ’16, along with gifts from other generous alumni and friends, provides the men’s basketball team with a top-notch film study and academic study space.

With theater seating for twenty, this space will enhance the recruiting and retention of talented student-athletes. The suite includes a recognition space to celebrate the team’s athletic and academic achievements. The addition of the Jordan Loyd Film & Study Suite will help men’s basketball continue its long history of successes on the court and in the classroom.

“This milestone event is another example of how alumni and Greyhound families can help further the capabilities of the programs that shaped them. This great testimony to giving back serves as confirmation that we are impactful in the lives of our students,” said Robert L. Manuel, University of Indianapolis president.

Kenny Loyd, president and co-founder of South Coast Paper from Atlanta, Georgia, whose early enthusiasm and advocacy for the project helped see it to fruition. 

Jordan Loyd is a 2016 graduate and 1,200-point scorer who helped the Greyhounds men’s basketball team reach three NCAA tournament appearances including a Sweet 16 berth. During his senior season, Loyd was named to the All-GLVC First Team and GLVC All-Defensive team. In 2019 Loyd became the first Greyhound to play in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors. When the Raptors won the NBA Finals, Jordan became the first Greyhound alumnus to be a member of a National Basketball Association professional championship team. Loyd is currently playing in the Euroleague in Valencia, Spain. His team is also concurrently a member of the top tier Spanish basketball league.

The Jordan Loyd Film & Study Suite pays homage to Dai-Jon Parker, Jordan Loyd’s close friend and fellow Greyhound basketball student-athlete who passed away in 2015.

Shaheen Grants expand opportunities for experiential learning

Brenda Nunez ’20 (biology) arrived on UIndy’s campus knowing she wanted to study abroad, but she did not know if it would be possible. This year, Nunez achieved that ambitious goal by studying in Scotland. While overseas, she was able to learn about different cultures, how to travel independently and how to adapt to different environments. 

“I was also able to focus on another love of mine that biology majors, sadly, don’t get to experience as often: literature,” she said. “These lessons while I was abroad will help me appreciate the world around me, and I hope to appreciate as much of the world as I can.”

Brenda Nunez

Brenda Nunez ’20

Being named a Shaheen Global Fellow opened up a world of opportunities for Nunez that she may not have otherwise had access to. “Traveling abroad was a pipe dream to me and my family,” Nunez said. “But because of the generosity of [immediate past Board of Trustees chair] Yvonne Shaheen, it was made possible.”

On October 4, the University hosted the inaugural Riad & Yvonne Shaheen Colloquium to highlight student and faculty impact on the community and honor recipients of the Shaheen Grants over the last year. Yvonne Shaheen addressed the grant recipients at a luncheon prior to the Colloquium and individually recognized each grant recipient.

Mrs. Yvonne Shaheen, immediate past Board of Trustees chair for the University of Indianapolis

Mrs. Yvonne Shaheen, immediate past Board of Trustees chair for the University of Indianapolis

When the University of Indianapolis received a $5 million naming gift for the College of Arts and Sciences from Mrs. Shaheen in 2015, that set the stage for several transformative projects and initiatives, including the Shaheen Grants. These grants are designed to connect students with unique learning environments that help them build professional networks and skills. Faculty members may also apply for community engagement grants.

Four types of grants are available to University of Indianapolis students and faculty within the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences: 

  • Undergraduate Scholarly/Creative Activity grants are designed for a student to engage in a scholarly project with a faculty member. These students are known as Shaheen Scholars.
  • Student Career Readiness and Leadership Development grants are designed for a student to travel to a conference to engage opportunities for leadership development or career readiness. These students are known as Shaheen Leadership Fellows.  
  • Shaheen Global Fellows have received Study Abroad/Study Away grants designed to provide supplemental funding for an educational travel experience.
  • The Service Learning/Community Engagement grant is designed for faculty within the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences to develop curricular experiences that focus on service-learning and/or community engagement.  
Students present their research at the Shaheen Colloquium.

Students present their research at the Shaheen Colloquium.

“Shaheen Grants helped support nearly two-dozen student and faculty projects during the past year,” said Debra Feakes, dean of the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences. “We express our gratitude to Yvonne Shaheen for her generosity, but also extend it to our faculty who facilitated research and travel opportunities, allowing students to maximize the advantages of their grants.”

Yvonne Shaheen has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the University of Indianapolis over the years and her service to the community is just as exemplary. Shaheen was the first female chair of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and of the Board of the National Electrical Contractors Association. In addition to her current Board leadership position at the University, she also serves as the Board Chair of the Indianapolis Symphony, as well as on the board of Gleaners Food Bank and Community Health Network. She previously served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Indianapolis Children’s Museum, WFYI, The Indianapolis Art Council, and The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee.

This commitment to the community and exploration of the world at large is emblematic of what the Shaheen Grants represent. Katherine Fries, assistant professor of art & design, and four of her students were named Shaheen Community Engagement Scholars this past year. This funding allowed the group to accept an invitation to be specialized volunteers for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. There the group was able to assist the museum in cleaning, cataloging, and organizing their massive and important wood type and woodcut collection.

Shaheen grant recipients at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.

Shaheen grant recipients at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.

This provided the students the opportunity to engage a rare collection, learn about and participate with its preservation and directly apply skills learned in class to the service of their chosen professional field.

“This trip challenged us in new ways while engaging in what we loved,” said Kyle Agnew ’19 (studio art major, psychology minor). “And gave us a chance to give back to those who make it all possible.”

Added Kalia Daily ’20 (M.A., printmaking and painting) ’18 (studio art major, art history minor): “Without funding, this fun, enriching and lasting experience is something we would not have been able to take part in. So we would all like to thank Mrs. Shaheen and those who made this trip possible.”

Full List of Shaheen Grant recipients for 2018-19:

  • Kyle Agnew, Shaheen Community Engagement Scholar
  • Justin Blakey, Shaheen Scholar
  • Bryan Comer, Shaheen Global Fellow
  • Kody Conaway, Shaheen Scholar
  • Emma Croxford, Shaheen Global Fellow
  • Kalia Daily, Shaheen Community Engagement Scholar
  • Aaron Drake, Shaheen Scholar
  • Katherine Fries, Shaheen Community Engagement Fellow
  • Claire Green, Shaheen Global Fellow
  • Kate Hamori, Shaheen Leadership Fellow
  • Kiley Harmon, Shaheen Global Fellow
  • Lindsey Henderson Shaheen Global Fellow 
  • Rachel Hurrell, Shaheen Scholar
  • Reagan Kurtz, Shaheen Global Fellow
  • Abby Land, Shaheen Scholar
  • Corrie Lykins, Shaheen Global Fellow
  • Brenda Nunez, Shaheen Global Fellow
  • Savannah Phipps, Shaheen Leadership Fellow
  • Lucy Shirley, Shaheen Leadership Fellow
  • Karlee Taylor, Shaheen Scholar
  • Amanda Thompson, Shaheen Community Engagement Scholar
  • Bailey Thompson,  Shaheen Leadership Fellow
  • Nick Tibbs, Shaheen Scholar
  • Mackenzie Vermillion, Shaheen Scholar
  • Kylie Vonderwell, Shaheen Global Fellow
  • Rachel West, Shaheen Community Engagement Scholar

Currently enrolled Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences students and faculty may apply for a grant via this internal link.

Learn more about the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences.

University names Good Hall Pillar Honorees

2018 homecoming weekend: President's Founder's Day Celebration and Good Hall Rededication around west lawn and porch area of renovated Good Hall on Saturday, September 29, 2018. (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

Since its construction in 1904, Good Hall has served as an iconic presence and cornerstone of knowledge for generations of students, alumni and community members who have passed through its columns. It was named after the University’s third president, I.J. Good, and was home to the first University president, Rev. John Roberts.

Today, Good Hall represents the strength and history of the University’s liberal-arts core education and is now home to the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences. Improvements completed last year include the exterior restorations of the Good Hall pillars and portico, as well as the first floor renovations and Dean’s Suite. More recent renovations were completed on the second and third floors which transformed Good Hall into a learning environment aligned with the needs of today’s students.


In 2018 Good Hall went through a historic renovation and restoration. The project has inspired a new tradition that aligns our institutional values with the historic significance of Good Hall, whose six pillars have stood tall for nearly 120 years.  The restoration was supported by over 500 donors, including two supporters who will be recognized in perpetuity on a Good Hall pillar for their generosity.

The remaining pillars will honor four individuals, organizations, or groups connected to the University of Indianapolis, who represent the institutional core values of inquiry, innovation, leadership and service. Their names will be placed prominently on four of the six pillars for one year and, together, we will celebrate how they exemplify these values at our annual Homecoming President’s Lunch and Founders Day Celebration.

  • Value of Inquiry – Inquiry is inspired by faculty and the foundations of critical thinking, problem-solving and creativity to actively pursue understanding and seek truth through learning and engagement.
  • Value of Innovation – Innovation is pursued through discovery and intention that seeks action to advance, invent and solve.
  • Value of Leadership – Leadership is created through an inspiring vision for the future while motivating individuals, groups and communities to work towards that vision.
  • Value of Service – Service is the unselfish, authentic acts that inspire, guide and help others.

David Manley ’23 (1894-1951)


Born to a family of war refugees in the British colony of Sierra Leone, after surviving years of upheaval and starvation, he and his brothers were given shelter by United Brethren missionaries in the town of Shenge. Ernest Emery and Lota Snyder Emery, recent graduates Indiana Central University (‘15), admired David’s dedicated work ethic, They urged President Good to accept him to train to be a teacher. David Manley enrolled at ICC in 1919, becoming our first international student and the founding editor-in-chief of The Reflector newspaper.  He was widely admired for his wit as a communicator.

After graduation, he completed a Master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania before returned to Sierra Leone where he served (1926-1946) as vice-principal of the Albert Academy, the first secondary school for boys, which is known for training the first generation of Sierra Leone’s leaders at the time of independence in 1961. David Manley spent the last five years of his life teaching at the London School of Oriental and African Studies, where he taught British officials preparing for service in Sierra Leone to speak Mende. David Manley’s life-work prepared the way for independence of Sierra Leone in 1961, and a hundred years this fall he started the internationalization of our university.


Dr. LeAlice Briggs


As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Nursing program (1959), we also recognize the accomplishments of a distinguished emeritus dean and Professor of Nursing who offered significant leadership during a period of rapid growth and development at UIndy. During more than five decades of professional engagement as a nurse, Dr. LeAlice Briggs worked in medical-surgical and psychiatric contexts. After initially teaching nurses Springfield, IL (1956-1959) she began teaching at Indiana Central College while she completed graduate studies at IU (MSN 1970) and Ball State (EdD 1980).

LeAlice served as dean of the School of Nursing for 18 years. Building on the UIndy tradition of engaging students with personal concern, Dr. Briggs did focused research about student performance on licensing exam for the Associate’s Degree of nursing. Dr. Briggs received the Honorary Alumni Award in 1992 on the occasion of her retirement. Seven years later she returned to campus to help with the School for Adult Learning, developing collaborations through outreach programs and coordinating delivery of onsite educational programs. She retired a second time in 2005. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree in 2003. LeAlice Briggs has set the standard for faculty-student engagement at a university where the faculty takes pride in personal attention to student needs. Her legacy continues with the LeAlice Briggs Endowed Nursing Scholarship funded by Dr. Briggs, her husband Max, and more than 250 faculty, staff, alumni and friends.


Dr. Randy Lee ’72

RandyLee_LRC_008Dr. Randy Lee is a graduate of the Class of 1972 who has gone on to be a successful leader in his profession and the wider community where he practices medicine. After three years at Indiana Central, he completed medical school at Indiana University (1975) before beginning his medical practice in Martinsville. Since 2010, he has served as the Director of Medical Education and Vice President for Medical Affairs at Community Hospital South while serving as one of the hospitalists on staff. He was the first doctor who oversaw the Community Clinic here on campus. The Lee family, which includes his wife Susie, his son Jim, his daughter Laura ’05, and son-in-law, Elijah Hammans ’04 have been strong supporters of UIndy, particularly supporting scholarships for UIndy students.

Dr. Lee has served on the UIndy Alumni Board and enjoys a close relationship with many current and former members of the University community. As a physician of internal medicine, he  has been in private practice for more than 44 years. He is a member and former President of Indiana Society of Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He has traveled to El Salvador multiple times with other medical practitioners to provide free health care to people in rural villages.  He also is very involved in his church community, the First United Methodist Church in Martinsville. In his free time, he enjoys attending his grandkids’ various sporting activities and hiking throughout Indiana. Dr. Lee’s service as an internal medicine physician has impacted the communities of central Indiana – including his alma mater – and his leadership in medical education has expanded access to needed health care.


The Hanni and Hiatt Families

The Hanni and Hiatt families are two of the largest legacy families in our university’s history with almost 40 Greyhounds ranging from the class of 1927 to the most recent class of 2019. The families have provided decades of service to support education and health needs in our community. Both families have remained dedicated to the University over multiple generations with family members serving on the Board of Trustees, alumni board, Greyhound Club board, faculty, and staff. Combined, the families have funded 13 endowed scholarships for UIndy students. The families are being recognized this year, in part, to celebrate the 50-year class reunion for Sarah (Hiatt) Maple and Dr. Cary Hanni, both graduates of the class of 1969.

Bob Hanni
Larry Hanni ’58
Cary Hanni ’69
Karen Hanni ’71
Vicki Hanni
Kevin Hanni ’74
Don Hanni
Jeff Hanni ’79
Kristine (Hanni) Dozier ’01
Kenna (Hanni) Broomall ’07
Steven Cassell ’08
Blair Hanni ’10 ’11
Lynzi Hanni ’13
Lesley (Hanni) Austin ’13
Chelsea Hanni ’14
Joshua Baker ’15
Ashleigh Davids ’19


Russell Hiatt ’27
Mary (Hiatt) Carmony ’29
Don Carmony ’29 ’66
Ruth Hummer ’29
Ralph Hiatt ’32
Irene (Hiatt) Struble ’33
Herb Biatt ’34
Lisabeth (Hiatt) Taylor ’35
Lloyd Hiatt ’40
Treva (Shoemaker) Hiatt ’42
Elnora (Freshley) Hiatt ’61 ’73
Elena Sue Hiatt-Houlihan ’65
Steve Maple ’66
Dan Hiatt ’67
Pam (Jones) Hiatt ’68
Sara (Hiatt) Maple ’69
Johanna (Philhower) Maple ’94
Ted Maple ’96
Ethan Maple ’02
Ashley (Carson) Maple ’05
Zach Maple ’06
Heath (Hiatt) Miller ’12 ’14

Join us during the Homecoming festivities this weekend as we celebrate these honorees.

University of Indianapolis announces the Gerald and Marjorie Morgan Endowed Professorship of European History

Lawrence Sondhaus

Lawrence Sondhaus

A new endowed professorship will create exciting academic opportunities at the University of Indianapolis.

Lawrence Sondhaus, professor of history, was announced as the recipient of the Gerald and Marjorie Morgan Endowed Professorship of European History at a dedication ceremony during the 2019 Family Weekend. 

“I am honored to receive the Morgan Endowed Professorship. The endowment will bring valuable scholarly opportunities to students as well as faculty in the history program. This support will enable me to reconnect with Germany on a regular basis, which in turn enhances the classroom experience for students, especially in my Modern Germany course,” Sondhaus said.

Sondhaus has published 13 books, most of which focus on the history of Germany and Austria in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Four of his books have been translated into a total of eight editions in other languages, including German, Italian, Slovenian, Portuguese, Korean and Chinese. Sondhaus also has authored twelve journal articles, thirteen published conference papers or book chapters, fifteen published commentaries or brief articles, and over fifty book reviews. 

His most recent book, “German Submarine Warfare in World War I: The Onset of Total War at Sea “(2017), sparked his interest in the lives of two U-boat officers from the First World War, Karl Donitz and Martin Niernoller, who went on to play prominent roles on opposite sides in Hitler’s Germany, then survived into the 1980s. They will be the subject of Sondhaus’ next book project.

Gerald Morgan obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of Indianapolis in 1973 and 1983, respectively. Morgan was a career soldier who served in Army finance and logistics. His career took Morgan and his wife Marjorie all over the world, eventually settling at the finance and accounting service at Fort Harrison in Indianapolis. Gerald and Marjorie Morgan both became postmasters in Indianapolis in their second careers.

“Gerald and Marjorie Morgan lived a quiet life of kindness, dedication to hard work and a passion for Education for Service. Now, generations of students will benefit from their generosity,” said Robert L. Manuel, University of Indianapolis president.

Learn more about the Department of History and Political Science.


Honoring Longtime Greyhound Bill Bright

bill brightWilliam “Bill” Bright ’54, former University of Indianapolis student-athlete and longtime coach and Athletics Director, is being honored Sunday, April 14. The baseball field at Greyhound Park will be dedicated in his name as Bill Bright Field, commemorating a lifetime of contributions and service to UIndy.

One of Greyhound baseball’s greatest players as a student-athlete, Bright went on to commit more than two decades as a teacher and coach at UIndy, and then nearly that long as the Athletics Director. All told, Bright devoted 37 years of his life to the University.

“The Bright family is in awe, and so grateful to those who made this tremendous honor possible,” the family expressed in a recent statement. “Bill would be so humbled, as he absolutely loved this University and all that it stood for! Baseball was Bill’s life and Indiana Central was his home.”

“We appreciate the leadership of alumni, and specifically Manny McGuire ’73, in keeping our alumni baseball players and friends of that era such a close-knit group throughout the years.”

Added McGuire: “Bill was a man of integrity who helped shape so many lives over a 37-year career at the University. While he was a coach, an educator and a mentor, he was also a friend, a pillar in the community, a husband, a father and a leader who dedicated himself to helping others without seeking reward for himself.  It was never about Bill, it was about you.”

In 1950, Bright enrolled at the University – then Indiana Central College – where he pitched for the baseball team and played basketball. He lettered each year in baseball and basketball before signing a baseball contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was part of the 1952 ICC baseball team that went undefeated and he set nine school baseball records before graduating in 1954.

Bill Bright was the University’s head baseball coach for 20 years where his teams earned several conference championships. He was also the cross country coach for 21 years and assistant basketball coach for 21 years before assuming the head basketball coaching position for five years. He served two 3-year terms on the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee.

He concluded his 37 years at the University by serving as its athletics director for 17 years before retiring in 1994. He was second-team All-Hoosier College Conference in 1953, a two-time team MVP, an amateur baseball all-American, and the 1954 Walter Brennemen Award winner. Bill Bright was inducted into the University’s Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.

“Bill Bright devoted his life to this institution, and it is fitting that the baseball field be named in his honor,” said Dr. Sue Willey ’75, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics.

Bill and his wife, Pat Hunt Bright ’57, were married in 1956 and have one daughter, Pam ’84, and one son, Steve ’90. A man of impeccable character, Bill Bright was a role model for his student-athletes, family, and community. Bill passed away on February 1, 2011.

Campaign for the University of Indianapolis enters second phase

A new portrait of Yvonne Shaheen was unveiled at the campaign celebration in September. The portrait is now on display in Good Hall.

A new portrait of Yvonne Shaheen, campaign chair and former board chair, was unveiled at the campaign celebration in September. The portrait is now on display in Good Hall.

The Campaign for the University of Indianapolis celebrated the phenomenal success of its first phase and launched an exciting second phase with a celebration at the Deer Zink Pavilion at Newfields — the site of the public launch of the campaign in late 2015. The five-year comprehensive campaign exceeded its original goal of $40 million and a revised goal of $50 million within the first three years. The second phase of the campaign has been extended to and will conclude in 2022, which marks the 120th anniversary of the University of Indianapolis.

The first phase of the campaign raised an unprecedented $59 million from 32,500 gifts, President Robert L. Manuel announced, making it the largest fundraising initiative in University history. Principal early gifts set a strong momentum for the campaign, starting with Campaign Chair and former Board Chair Yvonne Shaheen’s $5 million naming gift for the Shaheen College of Arts and Sciences, which represents the largest single one-time gift in University history. The earliest transformational gift to name the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences will impact every undergraduate at the University of Indianapolis.  

Other significant gifts provided the University with a variety of new programs and spaces, including the Ron & Laura Strain Honors College, the Gene & Mary Ann Zink Poverty Institute and the Ray Skillman Auto Group Court.

The R.B. Annis School of Engineering represents another major campaign accomplishment. Established through a transformational, $5-million gift from the R.B. Annis Educational Foundation, the program is advancing the University’s strategy to address Indiana’s demand for skilled engineers and STEM-related professions.

“The University of Indianapolis has a tradition of seeing opportunity, creating partnerships and finding a way to connect with our community to create real impact. Together we have accomplished so much,” President Manuel said.

The campaign focused on four areas: students, faculty, the community and the University’s future. Through $26 million in student support, including 40 endowed scholarships, the campaign has made it possible for students to achieve a private university education, travel abroad for study, participate in undergraduate research and access cutting-edge technology crucial to their careers. More than 90 percent of University of Indianapolis students receive some form of financial aid. With 74 new faculty teaching new programs, students can continue to engage one-on-one with professors to create the foundation for lifelong learning.

The Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences gift set the stage for several transformative projects, including the renovation of Good Hall, which was made possible by gifts from more than 500 supporters. The project included restoration of the iconic portico and pillars of Good Hall, the University’s most historic building, and renovation of the interior.

The generosity of more than 150 alumni and special friends supported the creation of a new Martin Family Finance Lab for the School of Business, which represents another key achievement of the campaign. The Finance Lab is named in honor of former Board of Trustees chair Tom Martin ’72 and his family, who are major supporters of the project.

The Finance Lab brings students access to state-of-the-art technology which provides them with a competitive edge as they enter the workforce. Students will be trained using Bloomberg Market Concepts software on Bloomberg terminals, the premier tool of its kind in the financial industry. Finance Lab tools will be used to research data for the UIndy Student Investment Fund, a hands-on learning experience that allows students to manage $100,000 in a student investment fund.

Key naming gifts in addition to the above include the Sutphin Center for Clinical Care, Shreve Atrium, the Community Health Network Engagement Fund, the Gerald & Marjorie Morgan Endowed Chair in European History and the R.B. Annis Auditorium.

The second phase of the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis will seek to raise a cumulative total of $75 million by 2022 — the year that the University will celebrate its 120th anniversary.

“While lead transformational gifts have been incredibly important to our campaign’s success, the cumulative effect of thousands of gifts from alumni and friends have also pushed us to new heights,” said Christopher Molloy, vice president of university advancement. “As we enter the campaign’s second phase, we look forward to building on the momentum of our accomplishments in phase one.”

The second phase of the Campaign will continue to focus on creating opportunities within the four core areas, with initiatives originating with faculty, staff and students.

Yvonne Shaheen portrait unveiled

The University honored Yvonne Shaheen for her outstanding campaign leadership, which has reverberated throughout the City of Indianapolis. A university trustee for the past 20 years and immediate past chair, serving as the chair of the campaign since its founding, and providing the single largest pledged gift from an individual in the University’s history, Mrs. Shaheen has helped the University engage with the most pressing issues in higher education.

At the campaign celebration, Mayor Joe Hogsett led a toast to Mrs. Shaheen, and the University unveiled a portrait of Yvonne Shaheen and her late husband, Riad, which will be displayed in Good Hall.

“We have accomplished great things together, but this is just the beginning. We have a responsibility to continue forward in the university’s vision. I believe in what UIndy can do for students now and in the future. Sharing that belief with others is our next step in giving back,” Mrs. Shaheen said.

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The University of Indianapolis is deeply appreciative for the leadership of Yvonne Shaheen, Campaign Chair and immediate past chair of the University Board of Trustees, and the Campaign Leadership Cabinet and University Board of Trustees members, Stephen Fry, Thomas Martin, Phillip Terry and Kenneth Loyd.

Good Hall rededicated following transformative renovation project

The President’s Lunch and Founders Day celebration during Homecoming Week marked a milestone in the restoration of Good Hall. The most historic building on the campus of the University of Indianapolis, Good Hall was rededicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the newly renovated portico and pillars, which was one of several projects funded by the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis.

More than 500 supporters made gifts to the Good Hall campaign, led by Campaign Chair and former Board of Trustees Chair Yvonne Shaheen’s historic naming gift for the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences, which helped support the project. A portrait of Yvonne Shaheen and her late husband, Riad, will be displayed in Good Hall in honor of her philanthropic work throughout the City of Indianapolis and for being the driving force in creating the University’s path forward in the campaign.

Alumni and families viewed historic campus maps designed by UIndy faculty and students and toured the renovated first floor of the building. The second and third floors are slated for renovation during the 2018-19 academic year.

Built in 1904, Good Hall was the University’s first structure on campus. It was named after the University’s third president, I.J. Good, and was home to the first University president, Rev. John Roberts. Good Hall has served as an administrative and academic building, library and chapel over the years. It is now home to the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences, which ensures that nearly all students will spend time in Good Hall and cements the building’s legacy as a fixture in academic life at the University.

“The pillars and portico of Good Hall are the most well-known representation of the University for all students who have attended UIndy. Replacing them to ensure the original facade view remained intact was important to thousands of alumni,” said Stephanie Hays-Mussoni, associate vice president of development.

President Robert L. Manuel noted the significance of the four ribbons that were cut during the ceremony, with each ribbon representing pillars that form the core of the University’s past and the foundation for its future: inquiry, innovation, leadership and service. Two major gifts were naming gifts of two of the pillars in memory of Virgil Webster ’54, made by his widow Phyllis Webster Doles, and a gift from F.A. Wilhelm Construction.

“We have truly restored our past under these historic pillars and porticos, while at the same time built our future with a space that will meet the needs of today’s scholars,” President Manuel said.

Starting in 2019, during each future Homecoming celebration, the University will honor four individuals connected to the University of Indianapolis who represent the institutional core values of inquiry, innovation, leadership and service. Their names will be placed prominently on four of the six pillars. Nominate an individual whose legacy or actions exemplify a Good Hall pillar core value.

Michael Cartwright, vice president for University mission, worked with Randi Frye, assistant professor of art & design, and her students to create heritage campus maps detailing the evolution of campus over the years. The maps, which show the University of Indianapolis campus in 1937, 1964, 1986 and 2018, were provided in the event program.

“The Campus Heritage Maps Project was conceived two years ago with a very simple goal in mind: to provide the kind of connective information to enable alumni, faculty, students and friends of the University to be able to tell stories about their experiences,” Cartwright said.

Good Hall holds a special place in the hearts of University alumni, students and faculty, and it has become a landmark on the Indianapolis south side whose continuing presence reinforces the University’s reputation as an important community anchor. The renovations ensure that it will continue to serve that role for years to come.

Learn more about the Good Hall project and find out how you can get involved.


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