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.
The University of Indianapolis Provost Office was the scene of a “crime” recently as the Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency (IMCFSA) trained a new forensic scientist and provided a real-life learning experience for criminology students.
To the untrained eye, it might have been a disturbing sight: blood spatter, bullet holes – and even a dummy murder victim, “shot” to death and slumped behind a chair. The staged scene was all part of the IMCFSA’s training exercise, conducted in partnership with UIndy’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, designed to prepare novice crime scene technicians for the real thing.
The University of Indianapolis has launched a new full-scholarship program for graduates of Christel House Academy South, further strengthening a longtime partnership between the two learning centers.
The program, launching in the Fall of 2017, includes two components: one covering full-tuition costs to attend the University of Indianapolis and another providing a room-and-board scholarship for up to 10 students. Eligible students must have successfully completed dual credit courses taught by University professors at Christel House.
The University of Indianapolis School of Education’s iLEAD program recently received national recognition through its specialized professional accrediting body, the ELCC (Educational Leadership Constituent Council).
iLEAD is a School of Education graduate program offering a Master’s of Arts in Educational Leadership, leading to a principal’s license. The goal is to prepare transformative instructional leaders with 21st century skills.
What would a sustainable energy plan for Indiana look like?
An ambitious project involving a diverse group of University of Indianapolis and IUPUI students is actively working to answer that question. The students, led by former Indianapolis Mayor and Visiting Fellow Greg Ballard, held the first in a series of meetings to obtain public feedback on their proposed energy plan for the state.
During a recent community conversation on the UIndy campus, the students presented their ideas and took questions from concerned citizens, who encouraged the group to consider issues like consumer education, bike lanes or the unique challenges faced by cash-strapped non-profits wishing to pursue sustainable energy practices.
The project includes ten students from the University of Indianapolis and two from Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). The students began studying Indiana’s energy needs last year as part of a project supported by the Central Indiana Community Foundation and the Simon Family Foundation.
“We want to tell people what this generation thinks about energy in the state of Indiana. How do we want to position that going into the future?” Ballard said.
The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis has named Emily Burke as Director of its Early College High School initiative.
“We are excited to have Emily Burke join our CELL team as she brings extensive higher education experience along with solid knowledge of the Early College model,” said CELL Executive Director Janet Boyle. “While at Butler University, she guided the establishment of an Early College partnership with Shortridge High School. Plus, as a first generation college graduate, Emily is passionate and committed to growing CELL’s Early College initiative.”
Burke brings a wealth of experience to CELL from her numerous roles in higher education at Butler and Jacksonville universities. Most recently at Butler, she was a foundation officer in University Advancement and previously was associate director in the Learning Resource Center and student advisor in the Office of Post-Graduate Studies.
Burke said her experience working with high school students enrolled in Butler’s program demonstrated the crucial opportunities that Early College can provide.
The University of Indianapolis chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) recently was named the Outstanding Collegiate Chapter of the Year for Indiana. The honor is the fourth time the local chapter has received the award.
The NAfME award recognizes the University’s community outreach efforts to bring future music educators into classrooms, along with the program’s achievements throughout the year. University student-teachers impact up to 700 Indianapolis Public Schools students every year by assisting teachers in classrooms. The local chapter received the award at the Indiana Music Education Association/NAfME conference this month in Fort Wayne.
The recognition “validates everything that we as a faculty do and helps put UIndy on the map. It sets us apart from other universities,” said Brenda Clark, chair of the University of Indianapolis Music Education Department.
In addition to the chapter awards, juniors Charissa Catlin and Shaina Liv Lescano, both instrumental music education majors, were two of five undergraduates from Indiana to receive the Outstanding Future Music Educator Award. With these awards, the University now boasts a total of 16 music education students who have been honored in the past decade.
A University of Indianapolis research team in January continued the painstaking work to identify the remains of dozens of migrants who perished during the rough trek in to the United States.
Since 2013, Dr. Krista Latham, an associate professor of biology and anthropology, has led a team of University volunteers to Texas with hopes of identifying the remains of people who were buried in unmarked plots. The dead are migrants from Latin America discovered by landowners along the border between Mexico and the United States. Read more