Gerburg Garmann, Paul Levesque elected to HERA Board

Gerburg Garmann, assistant dean of Interdisciplinary Studies & Service Learning, and Paul Levesque, assistant professor of Global Languages & Cross-Cultural Studies, were elected to the Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA) Board in March 2017. 

Paul Levesque

Paul Levesque

Gerburg Garmann

Gerburg Garmann

HERA, which holds an annual conference in the United States and publishes a refereed scholarly journal three times per year, promotes the worldwide study, teaching and understanding of the humanities across a range of disciplines. Its mission includes supporting the application of the humanities to the human environment in a way that reflects the country’s diverse heritage, traditions, history and current conditions.
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UIndy students present award-winning vision for Circle Centre Mall

A group of University of Indianapolis students earned a regional award for its innovative redevelopment plan for the circle Centre Mall.

The group represents the first cohort of the University’s new Master’s in Professional Studies in Real Estate Development Program. Their presentation, which outlined a plan for the future use of the downtown mall, won first place in the 6th Annual NAIOP/ULI University Challenge Award.

Left to right: Scott Nally, Logan Brougher, Ken Martin, Justin Williams, Anne McKinley

Left to right: Scott Nally, Logan Brougher, Ken Martin, Justin Williams, Anne McKinley

The students competed against teams from Butler, IUPUI, ISU and Ball State. UIndy’s redevelopment concept won out over IUPUI in a head-to-head final round to take home $5,000 in scholarship money from the OPUS Foundation, one of the competition’s sponsors, along with Holladay Properties.

The group noted the challenges of traditional “bricks and mortar” retail competing against the rise of online shopping. They proposed a revitalization plan for the mall, which serves as an anchor for downtown Indianapolis, including targeting the space to a high-end tech company, an urban Target store as well as other updates.
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MBA students dedicate semester to analyzing Trump’s first 100 days

For only the second time in the past decade, a group of MBA students from the University of Indianapolis spent nearly an entire semester analyzing the transition of power to a new U.S. president. terryschindlerbackground

Terry Schindler, assistant professor of management in the School of Business, first launched the project in 2008 as former President Barack Obama campaigned heavily under the idea of fundamentally changing the role of the federal government. The Leading Organizational Change course allowed MBA students to critically analyze the success and tactics of the Obama administration in its first 100 days. The final analysis was even sent to the White House for review.

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UIndy students present research for Scholars Day

From biology to media studies, undergraduate students from disciplines across campus shared their research projects for Scholars Day, presented by the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences and the Ron & Laura Strain Honors College. Activities included a Shakespeare marathon reading session in honor of Bill Dynes, professor of English, and Shakespeare’s birthday.

Junior Karli LaGrotte, psychology, was one of several students who presented posters for Scholars Day.

Junior Karli LaGrotte, psychology, was one of several students who presented posters for Scholars Day.

Brad Neal, assistant professor of chemistry, and Jim Williams, assistant professor and interim executive director of the Honors College, organized the event. Students moderated conference sessions on topics ranging from the sciences to arts performance, while others held poster presentations of their academic research.

Neal said Scholars Day highlights the University of Indianapolis’ emphasis on student-focused learning as well as student-faculty collaboration.

“It’s great to see how many projects were started based off a lecture in class, where a student got excited and their instructor then helped the student grow and foster the project into what we have today. This kind of individual support for our student projects helps make the lessons in the classroom connect to the world at large in a practical way,” Neal said.

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UIndy students present bold vision for Indiana’s energy future

After a year of research, a group of 11 students from the University of Indianapolis and IUPUI have drafted a strategic plan for the future of energy in Indiana.

The group, led by former Indianapolis Mayor and Visiting Fellow Greg Ballard, held a series of forums in early 2017 to gather public feedback to incorporate into their proposal. The Indiana Advanced Energy Plan creates  an energy policy for Indiana that “strives for a safe, sustainable and economically secure future.”

Students from the University of Indianapolis and Indiana University-Purdue University are working to answer the question of how Indiana's economy compares in the way of sustainable energy production. (Photo by D. Todd Moore)

Students from the University of Indianapolis and Indiana University-Purdue University are working to answer the question of how Indiana’s economy compares in the way of sustainable energy production. (Photo by D. Todd Moore)

The students were hired as interns on the project and brought a diverse mix of backgrounds to the discussion, with majors ranging from accounting to biology to art education. Ballard said the group bonded quickly as the students dedicated themselves to the project and understood its importance.

“I told them from the very beginning, this is not my plan. I wanted the state and government officials to understand this was the students’ plan,” Ballard said.

The Indiana Advanced Energy Plan will be shared with Indiana lawmakers to raise  awareness of how the state can continue its tradition of self-sufficiency by moving toward a more economically and environmentally sustainable energy model.

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International guitar festival provides music students with world-class experience

Two University of Indianapolis guitar students embarked on a life-changing trip in March to the XVIII Guitar Art Festival in Belgrade, Serbia. Their instructor, Nemanja Ostojić, University of Indianapolis professor of guitar and world-renowned classical guitarist, was a featured artist at the festival. 

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Evan Hawk (second row, second from left) and Jamie Johnson (third from left) performed in the World Guitar Orchestra with 100 guitarists.

A grant from the U.S. Embassy funded travel and accommodations for sophomores Jamie Johnson (music and psychology) and Evan Hawk (jazz studies), who also received lessons with some of the world’s leading guitarists. They also attended concerts and performed in an international guitar orchestra.
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Partnership with central Indiana schools creates win-win for UIndy School of Education

University of Indianapolis School of Education students traded their spring break for the chance to give back and gain valuable experience in the process.

Teaching majors Mizraim Aguilar and Heather Wignot taught at Cathedral High School during spring break. Both will graduate in May 2017.

Mizraim Lorenzo-Aguilar, left, and Heather Wignot

Mizraim Lorenzo-Aguilar, left, and Heather Wignot

Aguilar, who specializes in Spanish teaching, taught two classes. He appreciates the real-life experience in the classroom, as well as the preparation that is incorporated into the School of Education’s curriculum for student teachers.

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Dollars and $ense teaches teens new perspective on finances

A financial literacy program at the University of Indianapolis aims to teach young adults not just how to manage their money, but how to understand its value. Dollars and $ense, a partnership between UIndy and 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, has educated hundreds of students since its debut in 2002.

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Andre Givens, left, with this year’s winners of the Dollars and $ense financial literacy competition. Jaden May, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory (left) and Jalen Williams, Charles Tinley High School (right)

Andre Givens, who is the chairman of Dollars and $ense, has been volunteering with the program since 2005. That’s when he joined 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, a youth development organization that serves Indianapolis youth annually through mentoring-based educational programs.

The organization held its 15th Annual Financial Literacy Investment Competition on March 25, when students competed for first-place rankings and scholarship awards. The UIndy Dollars and $ense first place team won $6,000 in scholarships to any accredited college institution.

It was the culmination of months of training to boost students’ knowledge in investment strategies, asset allocation and diversification through the selection of stocks, bonds and real estate investment trusts.

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$5 million gift launches the R.B. Annis School of Engineering

Robert B. Annis (1907-1999)

Robert B. Annis (1907-1999)

The University of Indianapolis announced today the launch of the R.B. Annis School of Engineering in the Shaheen College of Arts and Sciences through a transformational, $5 million gift honoring one of Indianapolis’ most revered scientists and innovators. The gift, given in honor of the late Robert B. Annis, an inventor and scientist, will advance the University’s strategy to address Indiana’s increasing demand for skilled engineers and STEM-related professions. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development consistently ranks STEM careers among its Hoosier Hot 50 listing of the top in-demand careers for the state.

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