New public art on the White River Trail celebrates work by University of Indianapolis faculty

Fishsculpture800The University of Indianapolis held an unveiling ceremony Wednesday to commemorate the installation of a new, unique artwork created by University of Indianapolis Art & Design faculty. The “River Fish” artwork by Nathan Foley and James Viewegh features 12 kinetic sculptures representing four fish species native to the White River. It is located along the White River Trail, just south of the West Michigan Street bridge on the west bank of the White River.

The artistic endeavor is a collaboration between the University of Indianapolis and Riverview Apartments (developed by Indianapolis-headquartered Strategic Capital Partners, LLC and Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana) through the City of Indianapolis’ Public Art for Neighborhoods Program administered by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Department of Metropolitan Development.

Speakers at the unveiling ceremony included Robert L. Manuel, University of Indianapolis president; Jeff Bennett, City of Indianapolis Deputy Mayor for Community Development; Will Zink, senior vice president of construction and development, Strategic Capital Partners, LLC; Kent Kramer, president and CEO, Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana; Julie Goodman, president and CEO, Arts Council of Indianapolis; and Moira Carlstedt, president, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership.

“We are grateful to our partners at Riverview Apartments for this opportunity to positively impact the quality of life for residents of Indianapolis,” said President Manuel. “This project is another great example of how the University of Indianapolis connects with the city as an anchor institution and extends its cultural and intellectual reach in ways that benefit the community.”

Will Zink, senior vice president of construction and development, Strategic Capital Partners, LLC, was impressed by the local artists’ “River Fish” concept as a tribute to area history.  “We’re very pleased this new public art display honors the White River’s heritage by highlighting the importance of fishing to the near westside communities. Very soon more than 200 new residents will come to appreciate the River as they establish homes at Riverview Apartments,” Zink said.

James Viewegh, left, and Nathan Foley unveil the sculptures.

James Viewegh, left, and Nathan Foley unveil the sculptures.

University of Indianapolis Art & Design faculty collaborated with the University’s R.B. Annis School of Engineering to make their vision a reality. James Viewegh, professor and department chair for Art & Design, conceived the design, and Nathan Foley, assistant professor of Art & Design, assisted by Maya Johnson ’20 (studio art, sculpture concentration) fabricated the sculptures from steel.

“River Fish,” the third public art installation completed under the Public Art for Neighborhoods Program, will contribute to the continuing neighborhood development which includes Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, the (Michigan Street) Excel Center, an IndyGo bus stop, the new Riverview Apartments and a new Pacers Bikeshare station. 

Viewegh emphasized the visibility of the artwork, noting how easily visitors and residents using the White River Trail will be able to appreciate it.

“Public art is important because it puts art in the public realm. This sculpture expands the University of Indianapolis’ reach of how we can engage the Indianapolis community and the art we create,” Viewegh said.

Elizabeth M. Norman presents lecture on “We Band of Angels” at University of Indianapolis

Elizabeth M. Norman

Elizabeth M. Norman

Nationally recognized award-winning author recounts story of American nurses trapped on the Bataan during World War II

Author and researcher Elizabeth M. Norman will recount the bravery of American Army and Navy nurses during World War II in a lecture at the University of Indianapolis Nov. 13. The discussion, “We Band of Angels: The Untold story of American Nurses Trapped on the Bataan by the Japanese,” is part of the University’s Penrod Lecture Series and is scheduled for 5 p.m., Nov. 13 at the Schwitzer Student Center, UIndy Hall. Registration is encouraged but not required, and admission is free.

The event is part of the University’s year-long celebration of 60 years of nursing at the University of Indianapolis. The University honors and celebrates all veterans as we observe Veterans Day.

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In December 1941, American bases in the Philippines were caught in a raging battle when Japanese forces attacked. Nurses set up field hospitals in the jungles of Bataan and the tunnels of Corregidor, where they tended to the most devastating injuries of war. They later endured three years of fear, brutality and starvation in internment camps.

Once liberated, they returned to an America that at first celebrated them, but later refused to honor their leaders. Norman reveals the letters, diaries and riveting firsthand accounts that explain what really happened during those dark days, woven together in a deeply affecting saga of women in war.

Elizabeth Norman is a professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She is the author of “Women at War: The Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam 1965-1973;” “We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Women Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese,” and co-author of “Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath.” The book was on the New York Times best-seller list for nine weeks and a Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist.

Norman’s awards include the American Academy of Nursing National Media Award, The University of Virginia Agnes Dillon Award, a Certificate of Appreciation from the Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, D.C. and an Official Commendation from the Department of the Army for her military research.

Statement from the University of Indianapolis on the passing of Raymond Leppard

The University of Indianapolis is profoundly grateful for Maestro Raymond Leppard’s commitment to teaching and performing at an elite level that benefited all those who experienced his masterful work.

It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the death of Maestro Raymond Leppard, one of the most respected international conductors of our time and artist-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis. 

“Raymond Leppard was a kind and generous artist who used his remarkable talent to bring world-class musical experiences to students, faculty and staff, as well as to communities throughout the Indianapolis region. Through his legacy, the University of Indianapolis celebrates the shared values of artistic exploration, professional growth and a dedication to creating unique learning environments that prepare students for a lifetime of success,” said President Robert L. Manuel.

“The University of Indianapolis Department of Music was privileged to collaborate with Maestro Leppard for a quarter-century, and generations of students—as well as faculty and the University community—were touched and inspired through the generosity of Maestro Leppard’s contributions. He will be remembered with great fondness and we mourn his passing with the wider musical community,” said Elisabeth Honn Hoegberg, associate professor and chair of the University of Indianapolis Department of Music.

The Gala Opening Concert of the 2018-19 Faculty Artist Concert Series, featuring Maestro Raymond Leppard on Monday, September 17, 2018.

The Gala Opening Concert of the 2018-19 Faculty Artist Concert Series, featuring Maestro Raymond Leppard       (September 2018)

Maestro Leppard spent 25 seasons as the University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence. He received an honorary degree from the University in 1991 and an honorary alumni award in 2014. During his career at the University of Indianapolis, he conducted ensembles and held performances that showcased his talents as a pianist, harpsichordist, lecturer, composer and arranger. In 2017, the University celebrated Maestro Leppard’s 90th birthday with a special on-campus performance before a standing-room-only audience.

The Conductor Laureate of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Leppard has appeared with practically all the world’s leading orchestras in more than 60 years on the podium, conducting more than 170 recordings and earning five Grammy awards, among many other accomplishments. 

“Maestro Leppard’s popular opening concerts at Ruth Lilly Performance Hall often featured a substantial work for choir, soloists and orchestra such as the Schubert G-Major Mass (one of his personal favorites), Mozart Vespers, or Haydn St. Nicholas Mass,” said Richard Ratliff, professor of music. “Raymond grew very fond of his annual evenings on Hanna Avenue (as he called them) in recent years.”

During his concert in September 2018, Maestro Leppard led a memorable performance of his new song cycle “Summoned for Love” and a touching “Ave verum corpus” of Mozart to conclude, followed by a prolonged ovation.

Statement from the Indianapolis Quartet:

Raymond Leppard—eminent musician, conductor, composer, author, and friend—was a major inspiration and champion for the formation and sustained health of The Indianapolis Quartet. We thank him from the bottom of our hearts for his mentorship during the first years our quartet has been together. Raymond was always available to us for tutoring, a delightful discussion around his table with tasty morsels, an obligatory glass (or three) of an elegant wine from his cellar, or a rousing conversation with his steadfast partner, Jack. We all especially loved our time together with Haydn and Beethoven quartets; his ideas were always very insightful, and spot on.

When the Quartet gave its inaugural performance at UIndy in 2016, Raymond was there, even though he was having a difficult time getting around. We fondly remember him coming backstage, Jack pushing him in his chair, to congratulate and talk with us. We were still unnamed at the time, and he teased us about that, as only Raymond could do, with a nimble-witted twinkle in his eyes. We asked him, now that he had heard us in performance for the first time, what he thought we should name ourselves. With a wry smile, he said “Well! There is a Cleveland Quartet, I see no reason why there should not be an Indianapolis Quartet!” For the fact of that naming, we consider Raymond Leppard as the “father” of our quartet.

Raymond was a lion for the City of Indianapolis, and specifically its arts scene. We will always be grateful that he worked to frame Indianapolis as a cultural community with the ability to sustain a resident quartet. He yearned for an ensemble like ours to nourish this particular niche in our community. That was his vision for us, and for Indianapolis. We will always strive to fulfill his vision, and to be worthy of the moniker of “Raymond’s Quartet.”

With love and affection,

The Indianapolis Quartet:
Zach DePue
Joana Genova
Michael Isaac Strauss
Austin Huntington

 

The Indianapolis Quartet launches fourth season with Oct. 28 performance at University of Indianapolis

Featuring guest musicians Carrie Dennis on viola and Nicholas Canellakis on cello

The Indianapolis Quartet is set to launch their fourth season of concerts at the University of Indianapolis. They will perform works for quartet and sextet at Ruth Lilly Hall at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 28. The program also features guest artists Carrie Dennis, viola, and Nicholas Canellakis, cello. This Faculty Artist Concert Series event, sponsored by Katz, Sapper & Miller, is open to the public and admission is free.

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet

With fresh inspiration from a busy summer that included festival and live radio performances, the Indianapolis Quartet’s new season of concerts has gotten underway on the road. An early October residency at Arizona State University featured performances and master classes at the school and in the community. They are also to be the featured ensemble at the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival October 23-25.

Download a photo of the Indianapolis Quartet.

Their October 28 UIndy program includes the second string quartet by New York City-based composer Robert Paterson. The quartet presented his first quartet last season, and will debut his third quartet later this season. They will also perform Mozart’s String Quartet in D major, K. 575—an expressive and brilliant vehicle for the cello. This quartet is among the last three that Mozart wrote, and they were composed for the King of Prussia who was an amateur cellist. The program closes with Brahms’ B-flat major string sextet—a warm, lyrical, romantic work by a 27-year-old Brahms. The setting of six string parts was a rarity in 1860, and Brahms chose this combination of instruments specifically because of that.

Carrie Dennis and Nicholas Canellakis will join the Indianapolis Quartet for the Brahms. Both graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music, Dennis has served as associate principal viola with the Philadelphia Orchestra, solo viola for the Berlin Philharmonic, and more recently, principal viola of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 2008 to 2016. In addition to her orchestral career, Dennis is an avid chamber musician and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro.

Canellakis’ recent highlights include his Carnegie Hall concerto debut with the American Symphony Orchestra and featured solo appearances with the orchestras of Albany, Delaware, Lansing, Bangor, New Haven, and Erie. He has also toured Europe and Asia with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is performing recitals throughout the United States with his long-time duo collaborator, pianist-composer Michael Brown. He is a regular guest artist at many of the world’s leading music festivals, and he was recently named artistic director of Chamber Music Sedona.

About The Indianapolis Quartet (TIQ)
TIQ’s palpable rapport and interpretive skill bring about concert experiences of a unique musical language and emotional performance style that has earned the group critical praise and audience appeal. First violinist Zachary DePue, former concertmaster of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO), is in demand as a leader, soloist, collaborator, and improvisational artist. Second violinist Joana Genova is an assistant professor at the University of Indianapolis and maintains a busy performing schedule while also serving as co-artistic director of the Taconic Music festival in Vermont. Violist Michael Isaac Strauss was principal of ISO for 20 years. He now performs around the country as a soloist, recitalist, and in chamber ensemble settings. As the viola teacher at Youngstown State University and the University of Indianapolis, he devotes significant energy to developing young violists. Prize-winning cellist Austin Huntington was appointed principal of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the age of 20 and now also serves on the faculty at UIndy.

TIQ is quartet-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis and is grateful for support from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.

More information can be found at indianapolisquartet.com or by calling 317-788-3255.

University of Indianapolis selects Amber R. Smith as Vice President for Inclusion and Equity

Amber R. Smith

Amber R. Smith

The University of Indianapolis has named Amber R. Smith as Vice President for Inclusion and Equity. Smith’s selection follows a nationwide search for the cabinet position dedicated to leading and enhancing a university-wide culture of diversity and inclusion.

Smith, who currently serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Inclusion and Outreach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will develop and implement the strategic vision to continue the University’s commitment to inclusivity, equity and community partnership.

Smith, who will begin work on January 1, 2020, will build upon existing initiatives of inclusivity and equity at the University of Indianapolis and advance the inclusive culture that has been so fundamental to its history since 1902.

Download a photo of Amber R. Smith here.

President Robert L. Manuel said Smith’s impressive background in higher education leadership, recruitment and retention strategy, and cultural change management made her the ideal candidate for the position.

“Amber has dedicated her career to identifying solutions that create environments that are diverse, inclusive and open. Amber will continue to grow the University’s initiatives in building a collaborative and diverse campus culture. Her commitment to driving retention aligns with the University’s goals to maximize successful outcomes for all students,” said Manuel.

Smith, who will report directly to President Manuel, joins a leadership team committed to expanding the scope of the institution, both academically and through community impact. Diversity on campus continues to expand with initiatives such as the Paul Washington-Lacey Emerging Leaders Program, and engagement opportunities to embrace and celebrate those differences across campus.

“I am honored to be selected to serve the University of Indianapolis in this capacity,” said Smith.  “This position provides me the opportunity to continue the work in an area I am truly passionate about. The University is involved in some amazing initiatives, and I am excited to join a team that has already made such positive strides towards inclusion.”

In her current role, Smith oversees and provides strategic insight to programs focused on recruitment, retention and graduation of students in addition to the establishment of programs focused on African American and Hispanic/Latino students.

Earlier this year, Smith was named a 2019 ACT College and Career Readiness Champion for the postsecondary professional category. Champions are high school seniors, K-12 professionals, postsecondary professionals and workforce professionals who are making a positive impact on their communities through their efforts to advance college and career readiness. The ACT College and Career Readiness Champions are individuals across the country who support ACT’s mission of education and workplace success.

In the last five years, Smith also served as Director of the Dr. Charles W. Donaldson Scholars Academy, a collaborative effort between UA Little Rock and area school districts to improve the educational achievement for students in grades 9-12, with a specific focus on African-American students and others who are at risk of academic failure due to socioeconomic disadvantages or other factors. Smith created programming to best prepare students for success beyond high school, eliminating the need for remediation while increasing high school and college graduation rates.

During her tenure at UA Little Rock, she also established the first African-American Female Initiative and assisted in the development of the Hispanic Initiative. Both programs are designed to ease the transition from high school to college by offering students academic support, mentoring and professional preparation. Smith began her career at UA Little Rock in 2011 as interim assistant coordinator of the African-American Male Initiative and Teaching Enhancements Affecting Minority Students programs. Prior to UA Little Rock, she worked as a corporate trainer, educational presenter and psychology instructor.

Smith has earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, a master’s degree in student affairs and a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology.

MacArthur Fellow and critically acclaimed artist Titus Kaphar to speak at University of Indianapolis Sutphin lecture Nov. 7 

The University of Indianapolis announces visual artist and social critic Titus Kaphar, who will present a lecture on campus Nov. 7, 2019, as part of the Sutphin Lecture Series.

The lecture, “Making Space for Black History: Amending the Landscape of American Art,” is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. Admission is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged.

Titus Kaphar will discuss how his paintings, sculptures and installations seek to dislodge history from its status as the “past” in order to unearth its contemporary relevance. Kaphar is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow and a distinguished recipient of numerous prizes and awards including a 2014 Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Fellowship, a 2015 Creative Capital grant, a 2016 Robert R. Rauschenberg Artist as Activist grant and a 2018 Art for Justice Fund grantee.

Titus Kaphar, "Behind the Myth of Benevolence," 2014

Titus Kaphar, “Behind the Myth of Benevolence,” 2014

Kaphar’s paintings are held in the collections of Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, New Britain Museum of American Art, Seattle Art Museum and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Titus Kaphar on his work: “I’ve always been fascinated by history: art history, American history, world history, individual history – how history is written, recorded, distorted, exploited, reimagined, and understood. In my work I explore the materiality of reconstructive history. I paint and I sculpt, often borrowing from the historical canon, and then alter the work in some way. I cut, crumple, shroud, shred, stitch, tar, twist, bind, erase, break, tear, and turn the paintings and sculptures I create, reconfiguring them into works that nod to hidden narratives and begin to reveal unspoken truths about the nature of history. Open areas become active absences, walls enter into the portraits, stretcher bars are exposed, and structures that are typically invisible underneath, behind, or inside the canvas are laid bare, revealing the interiors of the work. In so doing, my aim is to perform what I critique, to reveal something of what has been lost, and to investigate the power of a rewritten history.”

John C. Adams Finance Institute builds on University of Indianapolis School of Business success

A new, first-of-its-kind initiative will transform the University of Indianapolis School of Business through enhanced opportunities for students to engage in research, competitions and internships in preparation for the workforce. Launching in fall 2019, the John C. Adams Finance Institute will further grow the successful student experience that is the hallmark of the School of Business. 

Made possible by a generous gift from John C. Adams ’73, the new Institute will support student participation in national and regional competitions; sponsor research projects; and strategically complement the new Martin Family Finance Lab as it supports students and the lab curriculum. The Institute will also facilitate student mentoring relationships with faculty as well as with alumni and friends of the University. 

“The John C. Adams Finance Institute aligns with the University’s tradition of forming students through real-world learning,” said Dr. Larry Belcher, School of Business dean. “Our goal is to provide another level of experiential learning by complementing our existing facilities and preparing our students for internships and their eventual careers in finance. Participation in student competitions develops research, critical thinking and presentation skills that are a necessity in a hyper-competitive job market.”

John C. Adams graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 1973 with a B.A. in Physics and received M.A. and M.B.A. degrees from The Ohio State University. Adams has served in numerous senior positions in public finance throughout his career including as the senior managing director at Fifth Third Securities. Adams handled public finance throughout the bank’s footprint, which included Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina and Florida. This included bond and note underwriting and financial advisory services to cities, counties, school districts and other issuers of tax-exempt debt in Ohio.

“The University is grateful to John Adams for his generosity in providing this unique framework of professional development for our students. John recognizes the valuable role that education played in his career and the life-changing opportunities that can result from financial support,” said University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel.

Learn more about the University of Indianapolis School of Business

Carnegie raises UIndy classification to National Doctoral/Professional University

INDIANAPOLIS – A new classification by Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education puts the University of Indianapolis in the same U.S. News & World Report category as the country’s elite institutions.

University of Indianapolis SealThe University of Indianapolis is now recognized as a national Doctoral/Professional University, which U.S. News & World Report uses in its annual higher education rankings. Schools in this category offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus masters and doctoral programs, as well as being engaged in research related to their various doctoral programs.

The University is also ranked nationally for the first time in the Social Mobility category, which recognizes institutions that are committed to enrolling economically disadvantaged students.

“This national recognition reflects the university’s enduring commitment to excellence and to providing life chances for students that are aspirational and concrete,” said University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel. “We are proud of the ranking and we remain committed to offering the most personalized environments to educate our students and enable them to realize their fullest capabilities.”

For many years, the University of Indianapolis was included in the Master’s Colleges and Universities category by Carnegie, which U.S. News and World Report ranked as Regional Universities. With nearly 6,000 students enrolled for the fall 2019 semester, UIndy is one of only eight Indiana universities on the elite national list, tied in the rankings alongside Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, East Carolina University and West Virginia University. 

Founded in 1902, UIndy is a private liberal arts institution offering 100+ undergraduate degree programs, 40+ master’s degree programs, five doctoral programs, and a variety of certificate programs. Personalized attention, experiential learning, and a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1 are just the beginning of what makes the University of Indianapolis unique.

The University of Indianapolis continues to offer a comprehensive array of new programs this academic year:

  • The R.B. Annis School of Engineering added for Fall 2019 undergraduate degrees in Computer, General and Electrical Engineering, in addition to Computer Science, Mechanical, Software, and Industrial and Systems Engineering.
  • The Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences launched in Fall 2019 a Design Studies major, a Data Science major and Statistics minor, along with new concentrations in Geophysics, North American archaeology, and Crime Scene Investigation. 
  • Also launching this fall are new graduate programs in Data Analytics, Exercise Science, Public Relations, School Leadership and Management, Special Education Leadership and Practice, and District Level Administrator: Exceptional Needs. 
  • The College of Health Sciences added new dual degree or degree/certificate programs in Health Science, Gerontology and Occupational Therapy (graduate and doctoral). New accelerated adult degrees include Community and Nonprofit Leadership; Business Administration and Public Health Education and Promotion. The School of Nursing launched a minor in primary care.

 

About the University of Indianapolis 

The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private, liberal arts university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. The University is ranked among the top National Universities by the 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.”

University of Indianapolis announces 2019-20 performing arts season

Photo: Jazz musician Rob Dixon plays with students and UIndy Jazz Faculty during Jazz Week 2019.

Photo: Jazz musician Rob Dixon plays with students and UIndy Jazz Faculty during Jazz Week 2019.

INDIANAPOLISThe University of Indianapolis brings a wide range of diverse cultural activities to the Indianapolis metropolitan area with the announcement of the 2019-20 performing arts season. The institution serves as a destination point for musical performances, theatre productions, art exhibitions, readings and lectures, and highlights a progressive arts and music scene in the region. Fall performances include the Indianapolis Quartet, guest artists from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and 2019 American Pianists Awards winner and University of Indianapolis Artist-in-Residence Emmet Cohen with the UIndy Jazz Faculty. 
See events.uindy.edu for complete season listings and ticket information.

The Faculty Artist Concert Series is sponsored by Katz, Sapper & Miller. All performances are free of charge and held at 7:30 p.m. at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

Experience these 19 Monday evenings at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, as the most comprehensive recital series in the area continues to feature compelling presentations of solo repertoire, dynamic readings of the great chamber literature, provocative presentations of new works, exhilarating period instrument performances, and distinctive approaches to both classic and contemporary jazz. 

Faculty Showcase
Monday, September 9, 7:30 p.m.

Kathleen Hacker, soprano; Mitzi Westra, mezzo-soprano; Daniel Narducci, baritone; Gregory Martin, piano; Joana Genova, violin; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola; Austin Huntington, cello. Nemanja Ostojić, guitar; Tamara Thweatt, flute; Jennifer Christen, oboe; David Bellman, clarinet; Mark O’Connor, tenor saxophone; Terence Mayhue, percussion; Rebecca Sorley, piano; Haruka Ostojić, piano.

Our distinguished faculty performers open the new season with an eclectic mix from the 20th and 21st centuries. The first half of the program features music from both sides of the Atlantic: Sir Malcolm Arnold’s Divertimento for wind trio, Op. 37, and Mexican composer Eduardo Angulo’s Quartet for guitar and strings. Voice faculty perform music of American composers Ben Moore, Stephen Mark Kohn, and UIndy’s John Berners (his popular Cabaret Songs). Mark O’Connor and Terence Mayhue team for an intriguing jazz sampler followed by Aaron Copland’s iconic El Salón México, transcribed for two pianos by Leonard Bernstein.

Artist-in-Residence Emmet Cohen with the UIndy Jazz Faculty
Monday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.

Emmet Cohen is the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards and recipient of the Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz. He has been named artist-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis for two years. Downbeat has praised the “nimble touch, measured stride, and warm harmonic vocabulary” he employs to communicate with other musicians and audiences. Cohen has appeared at the Monterey, Newport, North Sea, and Edinburgh jazz festivals, and at legendary nightspots such as Birdland, the Blue Note, and Jazzhaus Montmartre. The first half of the evening will feature Cohen as soloist, with the second half devoted to collaborations with UIndy jazz faculty Mark O’Connor, Brandon Meeks, and Kenny Phelps. 

UIndy Jazz Faculty Celebrates Thelonious Monk
Monday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.

Mark O’Connor, alto & tenor saxophones; Steven Jones, piano; Brandon Meeks, bass; Kenny Phelps, drums. 

The UIndy Jazz Faculty celebrates the 102nd birthday of jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. As the house pianist at Minton’s Playhouse in New York City during the 1940’s, Monk became one of the co-founders of bebop along with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Christian, and Kenny Clarke. Monk is the second-most-recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, which is remarkable since Ellington composed more than a thousand pieces, whereas Monk wrote about 70.  

The Indianapolis Quartet
Monday, October 28, 7:30 p.m.

Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violins; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola; Austin Huntington, cello; with guests Carrie Dennis, viola, and Nick Canellakis, cello.

The Indianapolis Quartet returns for an ambitious fourth season of “marvelously unified” and “especially expressive” performances (Jay Harvey Upstage). The Indianapolis Quartet showcases cellist Austin Huntington in the opening Mozart Quartet (D Major, K. 575) followed by the premiere of their first commissioned work – the Quartet No. 3 by award-winning composer Robert Paterson. The evening’s festivities conclude with Johannes Brahms’ warm and melodic Sextet No. 1 in B-flat, Op. 18, with guest artists Carrie Dennis and Nick Canellakis.

Other highlights include: The Flower of England, Sept. 16, featuring the music of English composers caught in youth during the Great War; Baroque and Beyond, Sept. 30; Ronen Collaborations, Nov. 4; UIndy Brass, Nov. 18; Mozart to Motown, Nov. 25, Echoing Air, Feb. 24; The Indianapolis Quartet, March 30; and Guitar Through the Centuries, April 6. 

See
events.uindy.edu for complete season listings and ticket information.

MSW Program receives accreditation from Council on Social Work Education

The University of Indianapolis announces today that the Commission on Accreditation (COA), as part of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), has granted initial accreditation to the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program, through July 2023.

“Our faculty worked very hard to get this done,” said Wanda Watts, MSW Program director. “Now it really means we have the opportunity to focus more exclusively on the students. This accreditation decision has helped affirm to us that our program is on a positive trajectory.”

The accreditation process by the COA began in February 2017. Through an in-depth benchmarking process that ended in July 2019, the MSW program received full accreditation that is retroactive to 2016, when the first class matriculated into the program.

During that time period, the COA examined the curriculum, conducted site visits, interviewed students and faculty, reviewed student assessment data and ensured that the program was in strict compliance with competency standards, social work professional standards and specialized practice standards in order to make an accreditation determination.

“The accreditation being retroactive is extremely important for our graduates because it means that they can say the program they graduated from is accredited. Their licensing, which requires graduation from an accredited program, is no longer in wait but is now in full effect,” said Watts.

“For our current students, there will be no issues of requiring a provisional status with the licensing board or employers asking if their program was accredited,” she added.

This accreditation decision also serves to make University of Indianapolis students even more attractive to local employers.

“We have had a large number of community providers anxiously awaiting our accreditation because they are looking for our graduates and our interns,” said Watts. “We have a great reputation for providing good social work professionals into the community and adding this qualification to our program will only help to increase that status. 

This will also allow the University to produce more social workers in a time where there is an increasing unmet need in communities across the city, state and country as a whole. “We have more service providers seeking to fill internships than we have students to fill them,” said Watts.

About the program

The Master of Social Work Program is a one- to two-year program, depending on matriculating students’ bachelor’s degree credentials, with courses that cover theory, practice, research and policy and the ability to focus on one of two concentrations: Behavioral Health or Families & Children. The program builds off of the highly-regarded UIndy CSWE accredited BSW program and features small classes, engaged faculty, and significant opportunity for community outreach and collaboration with UIndy’s health sciences and psychology programs. Practicum experiences are part of the foundation curriculum and concentration curriculum of the program, ensuring that students have hands-on, immersive work with local at-risk populations. 

About the Council on Social Work Education
CSWE is a national association of social work education programs and individuals that ensures and enhances the quality of social work education for a professional practice that promotes individual, family, and community well-being, and social and economic justice. CSWE pursues this mission in higher education by setting and maintaining national accreditation standards for baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in social work, by promoting faculty development, by engaging in interprofessional and international collaborations, and by advocating for social work education and research.

About the University of Indianapolis

The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private, liberal arts university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. The University is ranked among the top Midwest Universities by the U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of more than 5,500 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 also in engineering, business, and education, the University of Indianapolis impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.”

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