2018 UIndy Day breaks University record

UIndyDayGreyhounds alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students joined together to break a record for the most UIndy gifts in 24 hours for the 2018 UIndy Day! We surpassed our goal of 500 donors with 566 gifts, $36,523 raised for 36 programs and more than 1,100 social media posts.

The third annual 24-hour fundraising event is a celebration of the University of Indianapolis that encourages everyone in the Greyhounds family to show your UIndy spirit and support our students.

The projects include the restoration of Good Hall, student scholarships, the funding of Athletic Training Board of Certification fees for students, the creation of the School of Business Finance Lab, and enhancements for the new Criminal Justice Education Lab. Some projects have a matching gift opportunity. Supporters of the University can become advocates on the UIndy Day Giving Page and earn prizes for generating gifts on UIndy Day.

Several events celebrated UIndy Day. Andy Kocher, Associate Vice President of Alumni Engagement, said the goal is to generate 500 gifts to benefit University of Indianapolis students.

“Our entire University community is proud of what is being accomplished on our campus and UIndy Day is our annual opportunity to show that Greyhound pride to the world,” Kocher said.

Alum fights for justice at University of Virginia School of Law

Maria Downham cap and gownUniversity of Indianapolis graduate Maria Downham ‘16 (political science and psychology) recently played an important role in securing justice for DeAndre Harris, who was attacked during the 2017 “Unite the Right” protests.

Read more about the trial here.

A first-year University of Virginia School of Law student, Downham talked to us about how her experiences on the UIndy campus helped her prepare for a career as a public servant.

How did the political science program help you prepare for the work you’re doing now?

“I was able to take elective courses that were law-related, such as Constitutional Law and Common Law. In these classes we read and briefed Supreme Court cases and that is the work I do to prepare for class each day now in law school. Also, part of the each class was doing a mock trial and that sparked my interest in litigation. I am now involved on the Mock Trial team at UVA.”

What skills did UIndy teach you and how are those skills helping you now?

“UIndy taught me how to read critically and reason through things. The curriculum prepared me well for law school because I took classes in a variety of areas. My psychology courses taught me about the processes of the brain, how individuals think about problems, and abnormal psychological conditions. In addition to these “hard skills,” UIndy prepared me well for law school by teaching me to have the confidence to get involved in things that I’m interested in. The Honors College at UIndy allowed me the opportunity to create my own mock trial as my honors project and this experience gave me a strong background, which helped me in UVA’s Mock Trial Tournament this year.”

Who were your mentors at UIndy and how did they help you?

Maria Downham Prez Rob“Dr. Maryam Stevenson was my pre-law advisor at UIndy, taught the law classes that I took, and was the faculty advisor for my honors project. What she taught me in the classroom, her guidance outside of the classroom, and her support were all crucial parts of my education, personal, and professional growth. In addition, I had the opportunity to work closely with President Manuel by serving as a Presidential Ambassador. The opportunity to work with him was also a large part of my professional growth. Finally, all of the professors in the History and Political Science Department were invaluable to my education and in preparing me for law school.”

What are your plans after law school?

“I’m not sure what I will pursue after law school, but I do know that I am interested in pursuing a career in criminal law. This summer I will be working at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia as well as working as a Research Assistant for the Innocence Project at UVA.”

 

Learn about the political science program at UIndy.

Qualls Video Walls in Health Pavilion enhance on-campus communication

President Rob L. Manuel, left, with Pamela '84 and Edwin Qualls '84.

President Rob L. Manuel, left, with Pamela ’84 and Edwin Qualls ’84.

New video walls, made possible by a generous donation from Edwin ’84 and Pamela Qualls ’84, bring new technology to the University of Indianapolis Health Pavilion to showcase student and faculty achievements.

The state-of-the-art monitors on display in the Health Pavilion atrium contribute to the dynamic ways the University is sharing information across campus. The video walls, which are powered through technology offered by Just Add Power, will be used to highlight student artwork, videos, notifications and emergency messages. Ed Qualls is president of Just Add Power, which specializes in video technology for distributing HDMI® over IP networks.

President Robert L. Manuel said the Health Pavilion was the perfect representation of how learning experiences and spaces have evolved since the University’s inception in 1902.

“Throughout the past nearly 120 years, spaces and modes of teaching and sharing information have changed and never with such speed as in the past 25 years,” Manuel said.

University Board of Trustees members Ed and Pamela Qualls, who met on campus as undergraduates in the 1980s, shared their story of how their experiences at the University of Indianapolis shaped their lives. Pam Qualls explained that she developed a lifelong commitment to education for service at the University.

“We began to realize how formative this university had been for all of us and now with all of our experience in life, we see that’s not something that happens by accident. It’s something that is created. A culture where you learn how to use your gifts to enrich other people’s lives is rare and amazing,” she said.

Qualls2_600Ed Qualls said he hoped the installation of the video walls marked not the completion of a project, but instead “the beginning of an intentional effort to connect every screen on the whole campus together to enhance campus-wide communications.”

The work of students from the arts and engineering disciplines was on display during a recent dedication ceremony. The display also celebrated the heritage of Indiana Central College and the University of Indianapolis with vector-based images of the campus community at different points during the 20th century.

Those maps, created by art & design students working with Randi Frye, assistant professor, will soon be on display in the Sease Wing and during heritage tours on campus.

President Manuel presented the Qualls with the inaugural map representing 1986.

“We hope it reminds you of this very special place that started your journey together and how you both have now impacted the University and our journey,” Manuel said.

Speech and Debate team wins big at State Championship

The University of Indianapolis Speech and Debate Team won big at the Indiana Forensics Association (IFA) State Championship in February 2018 at Ball State University.  Three members of the team earned the honor of being named a state champion, and the team as a whole earned top honors throughout the tournament. The Greyhounds finished third in the overall team award sweepstakes category.

The UIndy Speech and Debate Team is a nationally ranked community that competes in events to enhance student’s communication, research and public speaking skills. Stephanie Wideman, assistant professor of communication, is the team director.

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From left to right: Sierra Roberts, Vanessa Hickman, Ryan Jordan-Wright, Craig Chigadza, Melanie Moore, Taylor Woods, India Graves, Shayla Cabalan, Roci Contreras, Kaylee Blum, Hilary Bauer

“Our success at the state competition is reflective of the student’s hard work and dedication to honing their personal skills as well as representing the university well,” Wideman said.

Taylor Woods ’22 (communication) earned the title of State Champion in Novice Poetry Interpretation. “I joined the Speech and Debate Team as a freshman without any prior experience in the field,” Woods said. “I’ve grown so much since being on the team, which has helped me in a variety of areas in my life.”

Craig Chigadza ’22 (psychology) earned the title of State Champion in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking. “Being part of the speech and debate team here at UIndy has been life changing,” he said. “Not only am I developing an important skill in public speaking and critical thinking, but I am gifted a family away from home and a group of young men and women who are seeking to make an impact by addressing vital global issues.”

Hilary Bauer ’22 (studio art and political science) earned the title of State Champion in Novice Impromptu Speaking. “I was beyond thrilled to represent UIndy at the state championship,” she said. “The university provides us with the materials and opportunity to succeed at this level. I’m grateful for the support we receive as a team.”

See a full list of team results below.

Congratulations to all Greyhounds who competed: Sierra Roberts, Vanessa Hickman, Ryan Jordan-Wright, Craig Chigadza, Melanie Moore, Taylor Woods, India Graves, Shayla Cabalan, Roci Contreras, Kaylee Blum and Hilary Bauer

The team will travel to two national tournaments in March to finish out the competitive season.

IFA State Championship results:

  • Novice Impromptu– State Champion Hilary Bauer, 6th place Craig Chigadza
  • Novice Extemporaneous– State Champion- Craig Anesu Chigadza, 3rd Place Hilary Bauer
  • Novice Poetry– State Champion Taylor Woods
  • Varsity Persuasion– 2nd Place Shayla Cabalan, 6th place Vanessa Hickman, 7th place Melanie Moore
  • Novice Persuasion– 6th place Craig Chigadza
  • Varsity Poetry– 2nd place Roci Contreras, 6th place India Graves
  • Varsity After Dinner Speaking– 3rd place Vanessa Hickman, 5th place Shayla Cabalan, 6th place India Graves
  • Varsity Prose– 5th place India Graves, 6th place Kaylee Blum
  • Novice Prose– 3rd place Taylor Woods
  • Varsity Extemporaneous– 7th place Melanie Moore
  • Varsity Informative– 5th place Kaylee Blum
  • Program Oral Interpretation– 5th place Kaylee Blum
  • Duo Interpretation– 6th place Taylor Woods and Craig Chigadza

 

 

 

UIndy Swimming & Diving honors longtime southside barber/benefactor Thomas Bryant

Recognition ceremony following a swimming and diving meet to honor donor Thomas Bryant  on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018.  (Photo:  D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

Recognition ceremony following a swimming and diving meet to honor donor Thomas Bryant on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

The University of Indianapolis Swimming & Diving office suite in the Ruth Lilly Center now has a new name: the Bryant Office Suite.

The Bryant Office Suite was dedicated in honor of Thomas and Judy Bryant and their generous philanthropic support of the UIndy Swimming & Diving teams. The dedication took place after the Greyhounds wrapped up their regular season with victories—providing even more reasons to celebrate.

Remarking on the impact of their generous gift, Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Sue Willey described it as an investment in a great product—the Swimming & Diving teams.

“These student-athletes get it done in the classroom, off the diving board, in the pool and in our community. Our student-athletes continue to strive for excellence in everything they do,” Willey said.

Tom Bryant has been a barber for 57 years, where he has cut hair for hundreds of faculty, staff and students over the years. Upon retiring, he sold his barbershop and adjoining property along Shelby Street to the University. This fall, he generously donated $100,000 to the University, dedicated specifically for the Swimming & Diving program.

University President Robert Manuel described this moment as a time to commemorate the pipeline of generosity that has existed since the beginning of the University. It also illustrates the strong connections between the University in its surrounding community, which continues to embrace its mission and impact.

“Celebrating this today is truly one of the greatest honors a University president can have. And I’m grateful to Tom for your generosity and your engagement with us in the long term,” Manuel added.  

For more than 35 years, Tom has been using the University’s pool to swim in the Master’s program. He credits the activity with enhancing and extending his life.

Swimming & Diving Head Coach Jason Hite also thanked Tom for his continued partnership with the University and for being a great example to the University’s student-athletes.

Shreve Atrium honors longtime south side supporters Jefferson and Mary Shreve

Mary and Jefferson Shreve (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

Mary and Jefferson Shreve (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

INDIANAPOLIS — The hub of the University of Indianapolis campus now has a new name: the Shreve Atrium in the Schwitzer Student Center.

The naming of the atrium recognizes Jefferson and Mary Shreve for their generous gift to the University of Indianapolis. The Shreve Atrium provides space for students, as well as community members and community partners, to engage, interact and gather. Thousands of people pass through the gathering space daily.

University President Robert Manuel called the new name a fitting tribute to a south side family that has made a commitment to giving back.

“(The naming) is a wonderful opportunity to be able to connect to the Shreves as they think about their philanthropy, engaging the community and facilitating the conversation as the University Heights neighborhood develops,” Manuel said.

Jefferson and Mary Shreve are residents of the south side of Indianapolis, where Jefferson was born. He’s the founder of Storage Express, which has grown to include 93 self-storage facilities in five states, with dozens of locations in Indiana. Jefferson Shreve formerly represented the district that encompasses the University of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis City-County Council.  

shreve_atrium_dedication_500_Remarking on his family’s deep ties with the south side, Jefferson Shreve explained that he lives in the family home first purchased by his grandparents in 1960. He called the University of Indianapolis the anchor of the University Heights neighborhood.

“I’ve been so proud to be associated with UIndy and through the time of Rob’s leadership and focusing on making this the anchor and not the island on the south side. It makes such a difference,” Shreve said.

“I am so thankful and grateful to have our name associated with this campus and with this space, which is particularly meaningful to us, because this space is that connecting point not just for the student and faculty life but also for the community that reaches its fingers through the south side,” Shreve added.

Former Indianapolis Mayor and Visiting Fellow Greg Ballard thanked Jefferson Shreve for his continued service to the city  and to the University and dubbed him one of the city’s unsung heroes.

“Now we’re able to celebrate what he’s been doing. That doesn’t mean his compassion, generosity and his charitable nature has not been going on for decades already,” said Ballard, visiting fellow with the University’s Institute for Civic Leadership and Mayoral Archives.

 

Alumnus designs Good Hall model for 2017 holiday card

Visual communication design graduate Daniel Del Real ’05 offered his creative talents for this year’s University of Indianapolis holiday card.

Daniel Del RealGood Hall was an easy subject choice for Del Real—it’s where he held his first public art show during his senior year and he attended classes there every semester as a student as well.

“UIndy has managed to keep that tradition going today,” Del Real said. “All students are still going into this building for classes during their time on campus.”

While designing the card, Del Real built a scale model of Good Hall and adorned the building with miniature holiday decorations, ribbons on the columns and artificial snow. He even provided lighting on the inside of the model. He said he drew his inspiration from a card he received from a friend depicting a Christmas village. Once the model was finished, he photographed it for the University’s holiday card.

“It’s really wonderful to give back to the University,” Del Real said. “My fours years at UIndy were some of the best years of my life. So, to see that it has come full circle, I was glad to create this for UIndy.”

Del Real explained his biggest challenge was getting the proportions right. To do this, he said he measured the windows on several images provided by the University to assign a scale for each detail of the building, including the bricks, molding, columns and steps. Watch this short video to hear about his creative process.  

Because renovations are underway to restore Good Hall’s two-story portico and six columns at the main entrance, Del Real said, “this is an opportunity for incoming students to really see the potential of the building with the portico.”

The scale model of Good Hall will be on display at the Krannert Memorial Library following the holiday break.

Del Real is the resident artist at the International Marketplace Coalition, working to forge relationships between businesses, community and artists through public art programs and installations that enrich the International Marketplace neighborhood on Indy’s northwest side.

He received the University’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award at the Honors & Recognition Dinner in September. He also partnered with current students to create greyhound vignettes that were on display at that Homecoming event.

University of Indianapolis faculty highlight migrant death crisis in new book

Latham’s work has brought national attention to the humanitarian crisis happening at the border.

Latham’s work has brought national attention to the humanitarian crisis happening at the U.S. southern border.

A unique new book by University of Indianapolis faculty sheds light on the migrant death crisis in the Texas Borderlands by discussing the circumstances that force people to flee their home countries to seek refuge in the United States – despite the perilous journey. The book also explores the reasons why migrant deaths have reached mass disaster proportions and the techniques employed by forensic scientists to locate and identify the dead.

“Sociopolitics of Migrant Death and Repatriation: Perspectives from Forensic Science” by Krista Latham, associate professor of biology and anthropology, and Alyson O’Daniel, assistant professor of anthropology, explores the migrant death crisis at the U.S. southern border, along with the forensic techniques utilized in this humanitarian crisis. The book focuses on situating the migrant death crisis and response within a broader sociopolitical framework by highlighting the challenges faced by forensic scientists working in this context and the techniques used by cultural anthropologists to contextualize the crisis.
 


“Sociopolitics of Migrant Death and Repatriation” includes chapters written by experts actively working on these issues and discusses how historically-driven conditions of social inequality, resource allocation and policy implementation have contributed to the crisis unfolding along the border today. Latham and O’Daniel organized a symposium based on the book at the 37th Annual Mountain, Desert & Coastal Forensic Anthropologists Meeting in 2017, where the work of ten of the contributing authors was presented and discussed.

“The main focus of the book is to better understand the crisis and the forensic science response as shaped and constrained by broad, systems-level processes of power,” said Latham, who also serves as the director of the University of Indianapolis Human Identification Center.

Latham’s work has brought national attention to the humanitarian crisis happening at the border. Latham and her graduate students on the University of Indianapolis Forensics Team have been working to uncover remains from unmarked grave sites and identify the bodies of those who have died while making the journey to the United States since 2013. In 2017, five Human Biology graduate students, two Anthropology undergraduate students and colleague O’Daniel traveled to Texas with Latham to participate in the project, and in January 2018, she will return to the area with another group of graduate students. (Read more about the project here.)

“Sociopolitics of Migrant Death and Repatriation” introduces readers to some of the forensic science techniques utilized in the migrant identifications, including forensic archaeology to recover the bodies and DNA analysis as a means of positive identification, among other techniques.

“Our authors together have traced how global and local political economic relationships shape what happens to marginalized migrants in life and in death. The picture that emerges is profoundly troubling, but it is not without hope and not without dedicated individuals who are indeed taking action,” O’Daniel said.

In restoring the names and memories of migrants whose identities would otherwise be unknown, Latham said the goal is to create a record that one day will work toward change and social justice.

“As professionals in forensic science, we are able to tell stories and document inequalities that may otherwise go unheard and unnoticed by the vast majority of Americans,” Latham said. “We see the imprints of  lifelong poverty on their bones and teeth. We see the love they have for their families in the photos and notes recovered in their pockets. We document the places they die and bear witness to the fact that these deaths are happening in staggering numbers.”

Follow Latham’s work in Texas here.


 

Proposed Tax Plan Could Hurt Indiana Students

The proposed changes to our tax codes being considered by the U.S. Congress will negatively impact our regional economic competitiveness by limiting the ability for Hoosiers to earn a college degree. As for our tax code, clearly it is time to think about better ways to manage how and why we tax. But, in the case of the current tax changes under consideration, the sweeping impact to higher education will have a devastating effect to our communities in the long term.

Higher education serves as as catalyst for positive change in workforce development, economic revitalization and bolstering our quality of life. The more people earning a college degree or credential, the more competitive our region becomes in attracting businesses, creating new ones, filling workforce needs, and supporting an informed citizenry.

At a time when our country should be making higher education more accessible and affordable, these changes threaten many benefits that fundamentally impact the ability of students to attend college. The proposal, up for a vote by the U.S. Senate as early as Friday, will cost institutions, parents, and students an additional $65 billion over the next 10 years, according to the American Council on Education.

The impact of the proposed changes on higher education will make it more costly for universities to access debt to improve learning facilities, provide funding opportunities for students and create environments of innovation. More than 12 million people benefit from student loan interest deductions each year, which the proposed legislation would eliminate. This is money that not only helps students and families pay for college but also allows for more investment to support a strong economy. Students who receive tuition waivers now face the prospect of those funds being considered as taxable income. The proposal also would tax endowments at institutions across the country that support student success. In addition, tuition reimbursement programs–a valuable tool for attracting talent and helping university employees afford college for themselves and their children–also soon could be considered taxable income.

The proposed changes ultimately will have the effect of adding to the growing $1.4 trillion in student debt that continues to weigh heavily on college graduates today. They also will have a chilling effect on enrollments, which will create a long-term decline in our state’s talent base for the future.

The University of Indianapolis has a proud tradition of welcoming first-generation college students (about 40 percent of total enrollment each year). More than 86 percent of our alumni choose to live in Indiana, and our University offers more than $48 million dollars of its own money to help talented students earn a college degree. All of the other institutions of higher education in our state provide similar benefits to the region.

The proposal before Congress also will have consequences for our regional economic development well into the future. Indiana has a long-standing commitment to bolstering the intellectual capital in our state. We are recognized as a state that incubates technological innovations, attracts new business, and provides one of the most enviable standards of living in the country. These proposed changes will increase the chances that we will lose our economic momentum and slow the advances we have made in preparing a 21st Century workforce. These are the core engines of success in Indiana, and any future changes to the tax code should be mindful of the important role higher education plays in safeguarding them.

 

Robert L. Manuel
University of Indianapolis President

 

Contact
David Hosick
Director of Communication
317-410-5992

UIndy MPH grad making a difference in population health

When Payton Revolt graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 2013 with a degree in psychology, she knew she wanted to move into a career that would allow her to help people. But she also realized that she wanted to make an impact on whole populations, not just one person at a time. Enter the UIndy Master of Public Health (MPH) program, which Revolt began in 2015.

Fast forward two years when Revolt graduated from UIndy a second time with her MPH. She now has a job as a vaccine-preventable disease public health investigator at the Indiana State Department of Health.

“I loved my time as an MPH student,” Revolt said. “Dr. (Heidi) Rauch is a great program director; the professors are involved and look for ways to help students, most of whom are working while going to school.”

One of Revolt’s most significant experiences as an MPH student came in the form of an internship in Dodowa, Ghana on the continent of Africa. Revolt spent six weeks in Dodawa during the summer of 2017. Working with an organization called Projects Abroad, she was responsible for implementing a program that provides free, same-day testing and treatment for malaria to school-age children. The malaria test consists of a simple finger prick and 15 minute rapid screen.

“The idea of same-day testing and treatment is important,” Revolt explained, “because the children attend pay-as-you-go school. So if they couldn’t afford it, they might not be back the next day.”

Children who tested positive for malaria were given educational materials and antibiotics to take home with them.

“Students in Dodowa are very responsible and receptive,” said Revolt, who was confident the information made it home to parents.

In addition to testing for and treating malaria, Revolt and Projects Abroad provided Hepatitis B testing and education for teachers and ringworm and wound care education and treatment to students and teachers.

In order to avoid contracting malaria herself, Revolt took a daily pill called malarone, slept under a mosquito net, and used bug spray. She said that just living and working in a third world country was an education.

“It was 98 degrees with 100% humidity; I would wake up sweaty and go to bed sweaty,” Revolt said. “The host I stayed with lived in a home with no power and no running water. The day started around 4:30am when the roosters started crowing. The sun was up by 5:15am. I would get up and take a bucket bath. Then I would meet up with other Projects Abroad volunteers and we would visit three to four schools or orphanages a day.”

Learn more about the UIndy Master of Public Health Program

As a public health investigator for ISDH, Revolt’s day-to-day life in the United States is certainly different than her days in Ghana. Currently, she participates in and disseminates information about disease outbreak investigations across the state. She also conducts special studies, routine surveillance, and analyses of health outcomes data. Her job responsibilities include coordination with local health departments, hospitals, and other partners to ensure timely reporting of vaccine-preventable diseases and appropriate specimen collection for analysis. In the future, Revolt hopes to study whether there is any link between health disparities and vaccine-preventable infectious diseases.

While she is getting used to and enjoying to her new role at ISDH,  Revolt hopes to one day work again in a global health effort, even if only in a volunteer capacity.

“The MPH program at UIndy taught me a lot about health disparities. We read a lot about the brokenness and poverty in third world countries,” Revolt said. “My experience in Dodowa taught me this is not a story in a book. This is real life.”

Written by Amy Magan, Communications Manager, Center for Aging & Community, University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences.

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