University of Indianapolis capital project targets growth, benefits neighborhoods

Housing and green space project to enhance undeveloped University property

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Responding to the success of a strategic vision to grow student enrollment and expand campus life, the University of Indianapolis today announced a plan to develop an area adjacent to campus for additional student housing, green space and parking.

The institution’s Board of Trustees approved a plan to develop nearly 2 acres of University-owned property between National and Standish Avenues and two lots east of Boyd Avenue (a portion of Boyd near National would be closed to vehicular traffic). The project was unanimously supported at a recent meeting of the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development.

The residential development will add 300 beds (singles, doubles and quads) via a high-quality apartment building, similar to the Greyhound Village Apartments, which opened in 2015 as a joint venture with Strategic Capital Partners. The project is expected to be completed as early as January 2019.

“One of the defining pieces of our educational experience is that we connect with each other,” said University President Robert Manuel. “The investment in this new housing project will ensure that we can continue to learn and engage each other and continue to strengthen our campus community.”

“We are honored to partner again with UIndy on another student housing project. We are excited to be part of the many great things happening at the University, ”said Will Zink, vice president of construction and development for Strategic Capital Partners.

The University continues to work with Carson Heights and University Heights neighborhood groups to align the plan for campus growth with the goals of these neighborhoods. Several open houses are planned in the coming months to allow nearby residents and business owners to learn more about ongoing capital improvements in the area. Scheduled dates include noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, and Monday, Dec. 4, in UIndy Hall A in the Schwitzer Student Center on campus.

University of Indianapolis Vision 2030 Plan

The development is the latest effort as part of the Vision 2030 plan, which maps a path for university and community growth through four strategic focus areas: innovation, University relevance and placemaking, institutional competitiveness and continuing as a sustainable community anchor. Vision 2030 also sets a course for the future to strengthen facilities and programs for students and faculty while increasing community engagement both socially and academically.

 

Indianapolis Quartet launches fall performance schedule

The Indianapolis Quartet (TIQ) photo session in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall  on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.   TIQ is the resident string quartet at the University of Indianapolis and consists of prominent local classical musicians Zachary De Pue, Joana Genova, Michael Isaac Strauss, and Austin Huntington.  (Photo:  D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

The Indianapolis Quartet (TIQ) photo session in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. TIQ is the resident string quartet at the University of Indianapolis and consists of prominent local classical musicians Zachary De Pue, Joana Genova, Michael Isaac Strauss, and Austin Huntington. (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

The Indianapolis Quartet returns Oct. 2 to perform at the University of Indianapolis, showcasing the world-class talent of the ensemble and the continuing partnership with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

The Quartet, launched in 2016 and featuring University music faculty and ISO musicians, has established itself as a marquee group in the regional musical community. Its members have earned international acclaim and reputations as being among the most elite musicians in the area. With renewed support from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, the Quartet will continue to expand its audience, nationally and internationally.

“The Indianapolis Quartet features some of the best musicians in the world who have set forth on a trajectory for growth that will extend well beyond Indiana as the ensemble becomes synonymous with musical excellence,” said Brenda Clark, chair of the Department of Music at the University of Indianapolis.

The Quartet will deliver a free performance at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. RSVP is requested.

The performance will include major works associated with Vienna, from the classical procedures in Beethoven’s G-Major Quartet, Op. 18, No. 2, to the lyrical intensity of Johannes Brahms in his A-minor Quartet, Op. 51, No.2. The three-time, Grammy-nominated clarinetist Todd Palmer joins the Quartet for Mozart’s eloquent 1789 masterpiece, the Quintet for clarinet and strings, K. 581.

The Quartet consists of ISO concertmaster Zachary DePue, Joana Genova, second violinist violist Michael Isaac Straus and ISO principal cellist Austin Huntington. Genova recently joined the University as visiting instructor and director of Chamber Music initiatives and brings a wealth of international success as a musician, both in Europe and the United States. Genova most recently served as principal second violin Berkshire Symphony Orchestra is former concertmaster of the Manchester Festival Orchestra and member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Detailed information on the Quartet can be found at www.indianapolisquartet.com.

The Christel DeHaan Family Foundation recently awarded a $100,000 grant to support the Quartet. The DeHaan family is a longtime supporter of the Indianapolis arts community, including the University of Indianapolis. Christel DeHaan is the namesake of the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, where more than 120 performances take place each year, entertaining more than 10,000 people.

“The University is extremely thankful to the DeHaan Family Foundation for its continued support, which will be critical to achieving the vision for the Indianapolis Quartet. The goal is to enhance the cultural fabric of our city and region through both performance and educational outreach,” said University President Robert L. Manuel.

For more information about the Quartet performance and other cultural events, please visit events.uindy.edu.

University of Indianapolis continues as catalyst for South Side development

Shelby Bowl, future home of Books & BrewsThe University of Indianapolis announced today that Books & Brews, an Indianapolis-based retailer and restaurant, will open a franchise location next to campus in Spring 2018 in the former Shelby Bowl building.

The University and Indianapolis-based developer OakBridge Properties have entered into an agreement with Books & Brews Used Bookstore and Taproom to develop the property, with construction beginning in October. The opening aligns with the University’s long-term commitment to grow the area in partnership with the surrounding community and to expand retail options for students and residents.

“The University takes great pride in being an anchor for south Indianapolis, and we understand that our growth and success would not be possible without the support and partnership of our community,” said University President Robert Manuel. “As we look to expand our campus life to our growing student population, Books & Brews stands out as a logical option to bring additional retailers to our campus and surrounding neighborhoods.”

Working with local development partners, the University has been searching for the right opportunity for the former Shelby Bowl location–one that would enhance the campus and also impact a neighborhood ripe for development but challenged with abandoned buildings and industrial properties. Books & Brews bills itself as “a place for people without a place, where all are appreciated and encouraged to be themselves.”

The new business supports the University’s commitment to its Vision 2030 Plan, which defines a strategy for University and community growth that includes more than $50 million in capital investment for the campus and surrounding area. Working with local development partner Strategic Capital Partners, the University opened Greyhound Village Apartments in 2016. The project replaced a dilapidated apartment building that had become an eyesore for the neighborhood. The project is among several projects being pursued between the University and Strategic Capital Partners to enhance the University Heights and Carson Heights neighborhoods.

“We are honored to help bring Books & Brews to UIndy,” said Will Zink of OakBridge Properties. “We know B&B will prove to be a valuable asset to both UIndy students and the larger South Side community. We’re excited to celebrate its opening.”

The University’s strategic plan coincided with a Southside Quality of Life Plan, led by the Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) and facilitated by the University and other area business anchors. The plan called for a host of area improvements, including economic development and enhancements to nearby neighborhoods.

As developers continue to see the growth and success of recent investments, Manuel is confident it will spark additional economic development in the area.

Books & Brews
Books & Brews is Indiana’s fastest growing craft beer taproom. The University of Indianapolis location represents only the second franchise offered by owner Jason Wuerfel. Current locations include Indianapolis, Zionsville, Brownsburg, Muncie and Carmel. The new franchise owners are Evan and Melissa Sandullo, who moved their family to Indianapolis a year ago.

“Our product is people,” Wuerfel said. “We use fresh beer, local food and social events as the artistic medium through which we communicate, but what we’re selling at Books & Brews is that human connection.” The business prides itself on making customers feel like regulars the second they step foot through the door, Wuerfel said.

University of Indianapolis Vision 2030 Plan
Vision 2030 maps a path for university and community growth through four strategic focus areas: innovation, University relevance and placemaking, institutional competitiveness and continuing as a sustainable community anchor. Vision 2030 also sets a course for the future to strengthen facilities and programs for students and faculty while increasing community engagement both socially and academically.

University of Indianapolis announces 2017-18 performing arts season

Fall lineup offers wide variety of world-class classical, jazz and piano concerts, theatre, fine arts and film

The University of Indianapolis delivers a broad range of diverse cultural activities to the Indianapolis metropolitan area with the announcement of the 2017-18 performing arts season. The campus serves as a destination point for vocal and instrumental music performances, theatre productions, art exhibitions, readings and lectures and highlights a progressive arts and musical culture in the region. Fall performances at UIndy include the Indianapolis Quartet, a celebration of Artist-in-Residence Raymond Leppard’s 90th birthday and pianist and Artist-in-Residence Drew Petersen.

The University has launched a new interactive website, events.uindy.edu, to coincide with the start of the fall performing arts season. See the website for event details and ticket information.

University Faculty Concert Series is sponsored by Katz, Sapper & Miller.

Joana Genova, second violinist, Indianapolis Quartet

Joana Genova, second violinist, Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet, which returns Oct. 2 with a concert at Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, continues to showcase the elite musical talent in Indianapolis and the greater Midwest. The ensemble of world-renowned musicians welcomes new second violinist Joana Genova, who joins the University faculty, and fellow musicians Zachary De Pue, concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, on violin; Michael Isaac Strauss, former principal violist for the ISO, on viola; Austin Huntington, principal cellist of the ISO, on cello with guest clarinetist Todd Palmer. Genova has an illustrious career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher, and soloist performing throughout Europe and is a former concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

The concert will feature major works associated with Vienna, from the Classical procedures in Beethoven’s G-Major Quartet, Op. 18, No. 2, to the lyrical intensity of Johannes Brahms in his A-minor quartet, Op. 51, No. 2. Three-time Grammy-nominated clarinetist Todd Palmer joins the Quartet for Mozart’s eloquent 1789 masterpiece, the Quintet for clarinet and strings, K. 581.
7:30 p.m., Oct. 2, Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

The Quartet, which formed in 2016, is the result of a collaboration between the University and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The project was made possible, in part, through a transformational gift by University trustee and philanthropist Yvonne Shaheen, namesake of the  Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences. This year, the Quartet also was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.

Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, a Viennese-style performance hall housed in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center on campus, has hosted thousands of world-class performers since being built in 1994.

To arrange an interview or on-set performance with the Indianapolis Quartet, contact Sara Galer at galers@uindy.edu.

Faculty Artist Concert Series gala opening with Maestro Raymond Leppard presented by Katz, KSM, Sapper and Miller on September 19, 2016.

Faculty Artist Concert Series gala opening with Maestro Raymond Leppard presented by Katz, KSM, Sapper and Miller on September 19, 2016.

Maestro Raymond Leppard 90th Birthday Celebration features Artist-in-Residence Raymond Leppard, who also is conductor laureate of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Leppard, one of the most respected international conductors of modern times, has appeared with multiple leading orchestras across the world in more than 60 years on the podium. The performance features the University of Indianapolis Festival Orchestra and Choral Ensemble, with Zachary De Pue on violin, Michael Isaac Strauss on viola, Kathleen Hacker, soprano, and Daniel Narducci, baritone. The event celebrates Maestro Leppard’s 90th birthday with music of Mozart, Schubert and Sir Edward Elgar.  –7:30 p.m, Sept. 18, Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

Drew Petersen, University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence and American Pianists Association Award winner

Drew Petersen, University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence, Christel DeHaan fellow and American Pianists Association Award winner

Drew Petersen, winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards and the Christel DeHaan Fellowship of the American Pianists Association, will perform Sept. 25. Petersen has been named artist-in-residence for two years by the University of Indianapolis, where he will perform and teach with faculty and students as part of a unique partnership with the American Pianists Association. He  has been a prizewinner in major international competitions (Leeds, Hilton Head, Kosciuszko Foundation) and has been profiled in the New York Times, New York Magazine and the documentary Just Normal.7:30 p.m., Sept. 25, Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

Other fall highlights include the Kenny Phelps All-Stars Sept. 6, “Pressing On: The Letterpress Film” Sept. 20, “Frankenstein” starting with free previews Oct. 26 and the world premiere of “The Mary Shelley Project” by local playwright K.T. Peterson on Oct. 31.

See a complete list of the UIndy 2017-18 performing arts season at events.uindy.edu.

UIndy welcomes 2017-18 Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowships in Education Leadership

The University of Indianapolis welcomes the incoming class of the 2017-18 Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership program, announced recently by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. This year’s class represents the fourth cohort at the University and is comprised of 21 current educators seeking careers as school leaders in Indiana. Through the national program, the University of Indianapolis is fulfilling the mission to grow the pipeline of education leaders for the state.

About the program
Developed by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the WW Indiana MBA Fellowship program was created to develop a new model in education leader preparation, equipping graduates to head changing 21st-century schools across the state. The University of Indianapolis launched the program in the State of Indiana in 2014.

“The UIndy MBA in Education Leadership presents an innovative interdisciplinary model of principal preparation that integrates best practices in both education and business within an educational context,” said Dr. John Somers, associate professor at the UIndy School of Education. “The program instills key business skills and competencies that will equip principals to serve as exemplary school leaders and enable them to advance to higher levels of administration within an evolving entrepreneurial education landscape.  To date, this model has produced nearly one hundred new leaders who are transforming Indiana schools through a more robust knowledge base and skill set. We applaud the Woodrow Wilson Foundation for their vision and ongoing support to enact a truly revolutionary education enterprise.”

As the WW Indiana MBA Fellowship program expands throughout the state, it charts a new course in education leader preparation. The WW Indiana MBA blends clinical practice in schools with innovative business school coursework, it ensures graduates have the knowledge and skills not only to guide schools and districts in a changing education environment, but also close achievement gaps between America’s lowest- and highest-performing schools and between the country’s top-performing schools and those around the world.

Indiana is one of three states, with New Mexico and Wisconsin, that currently offer the WW MBA Fellowships, which integrates graduate education coursework with an MBA curriculum tailored to school leaders’ needs. The Woodrow Wilson Foundation administers the programs in Indiana through the generous financial support of Lilly Endowment Inc.

Under the Woodrow Wilson model, Fellows take MBA courses with a specific focus on the education context. Offered through business schools in collaboration with education schools, the program is designed to prepare leaders who will drive innovation, expand the use of analytics and evidence-based practices, raise student performance to international standards, and improve the quality of school systems and teaching over time.

Unlike programs that recruit career changers from other fields to work in schools, the Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship is intended for education professionals nominated by their school districts or charter school leaders. Those school systems partner with participating universities to establish internal leadership talent pipelines and cultivate new leaders. Fellows selected have demonstrated effective leadership and will use their knowledge of the education context to help transform schools from within. Each Fellow receives a stipend, which covers full tuition, materials, and associated program expenses. In exchange, each Fellow agrees to serve in an approved school or district leadership role within the state for at least three years, with Foundation-supported mentoring.

The University of Indianapolis partners with a variety of area school districts and charter schools to develop partnerships that will sustain clinical placements, or in-school learning arrangements, and mentoring opportunities for WW MBA Fellows. Learn more about the program.

About the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation: Founded in 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (www.woodrow.org) identifies and develops the nation’s best minds to meet its most critical challenges. The Foundation supports its Fellows as the next generation of leaders shaping American society.

About the University of Indianapolis: Since 1902, the University of Indianapolis has been committed to education for service. Today, 5,400 students are enrolled in respected undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs in the health sciences, arts, sciences, business, education and engineering, with an average class size of 17 providing a student-centric interdisciplinary and experiential learning environment. Located minutes from downtown, UIndy is a community anchor, elevating quality of life for all while connecting students with the internships, culture, recreation and community service opportunities available in a vibrant metropolitan atmosphere. The recently launched Campaign for UIndy is advancing education as well as social mobility and the health of communities. More information is available at campaign.uindy.edu.

THE 2017-18 CLASS OF INDIANA MBA FELLOWS IN EDUCATION LEADERSHIP:

  • Brad Bates, Avon Community School Corporation
  • Tim Blom, Metropolitan School District of Washington Township
  • Weston Bonczek, Indianapolis Public Schools
  • Amy Conrad, Zionsville Community Schools
  • Melissa DeWeese, Western School Corporation
  • Mark DuBois, Huntington County Community School Corporation
  • Jeannie Hawkins, Elkhart Community Schools
  • Melissa Illuzzi, Anderson Community Schools
  • Alan Landes, Anderson Community Schools
  • Keith Manring, Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township
  • Seianna McCray, Concord Community Schools
  • Kellie McIntyre, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation
  • Frank Meyer, Avon Community School Corporation
  • Nasreen McDowell, Center Grove Community School Corporation
  • Rebecca Pennington, Center Grove Community School Corporation
  • Matt Swaim, Hamilton Southeastern Schools
  • Tyler Thiems, Washington Township Schools
  • Miranda (Randi) Tolentino, Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township
  • Meranda VanderVeen, Center Grove Community School Corporation
  • Chris Wey, Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township
  • Brice Willey, Hamilton Southeastern Schools

 

UIndy Real Estate Development program hosts the Urban Land Institute

Event strengthens relationship between industry, graduate program

The Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate Development program at the University of Indianapolis hosted the Urban Land Institute for a cocktail and conversation hour on July 27. Strategic Capital Partners, who helped develop the UIndy Health Pavilion in which the event took place, spoke on public and private partnerships in community development.

Jennifer Milliken, Director ULI Indiana, left, with Carla Johnson, associate with Faegre Baker Daniels

Jennifer Milliken, Director ULI Indiana, left, with Carla Johnson, associate with Faegre Baker Daniels

In addition to industry professionals, members of the UIndy real estate master’s program took part in the discussion. Mike Patarino of Keystone Realty Group is an instructor in the program and believes the event complemented the material presented in class.

“Kris Farrar (of SCP) discussed the nuances of working with local governments and local communities and how to achieve success not only for the developer but also the surrounding neighborhood. In class, we discuss real-world situations and apply what we have learned. This ULI event was perfect timing and strengthened the concepts that the students are learning,” Patarino said.

Logan Brougher is a current UIndy student and full-time intern with Greenstreet Limited.

“[The event] gave the students the opportunity to strengthen our professional network. It is this network that will serve as the foundation for our professional career, both during our tenure in the program and post graduation.”

The MPS in Real Estate Development program continues to bring industry leaders to campus, with the next taking place Aug. 18. The Curriculum Council, which consists of 15 real estate professionals, will convene to discuss the content presented in the graduate program.

About the MPS in Real Estate Development: As the only program of its kind in the Midwest, the MPS in Real Estate Development is designed for entrepreneurs and working professionals that seek to advance their careers with a master’s education rooted in industry best practices.  Courses are always one evening per week from 6-9:45. Applications for the August 31st cohort start are still being accepted.

 

CELL announces EWIN Partnership Planning Grant recipients

The Education Workforce Innovation Network (EWIN) and the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis announced the second round of Education-Workforce Partnership Planning Grants.

The grants will fund the work of six groups across the state. Grants total $75,000 and range from $7,500 to $15,000 for proposals from regional partnerships that consist of K-12 school/districts, adult education, postsecondary institutions, high-demand sector industry and other community agencies or organizations. Four proposals address manufacturing, one focuses on health sciences and another centers on information technology.

EWIN, under the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis, provides the grants as well as technical assistance to awardees. Funding will support research into promising models of education-workforce alignment and design of implementation plans. These plans can include robust Early College (EC) career and technical education centers, Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH), academy models or more organically developed customized approaches.

Last year’s grantees went through a six-month planning stage, with EWIN’s technical assistance, and are currently in the midst of implementing their models. At the end of the planning period, in December 2016, Jody French, principal of Perry Central High School, stated, “The skills mapping we did with our manufacturers in the room was amazing. Seeing the energy and enthusiasm among our companies has taken us to the next level.”

This year’s grantees have the benefit of learning from the first round, and are equally enthused. Upon hearing the announcement that a Central Indiana grant would be funded, EmployIndy President and CEO Angela Carr Klitzsch said, “Thanks for your confidence in EmployIndy and IPS! We look forward to utilizing this planning grant to ensure young people in our city have an opportunity to access curricula that aligns with employer demand and career pathways.”

The list of recipients follows including main partners and short descriptions of proposals:

  • Plymouth Community School Corporation with the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation –Manufacturing, Precision Machining

– Will explore innovative business/education engagement practices and create career pathways in precision machining to better meet regional employment needs.

  • MSD of Decatur Township in Indianapolis with Nextech – Computer Science

– Will explore a number of existing programs and structures to support the district as it incorporates computer science instruction through its partnerships with Area 31 Career and Technical Consortium, Nextech, Apple, Bluelock, Bitwise and School of Business at the University of Indianapolis.

  • Lafayette School Corporation with Greater Lafayette Commerce – Advanced Manufacturing

– Will explore innovative models of education/workforce alignment in advanced manufacturing through partnerships with a variety of businesses, higher ed, local economic development agencies and the Wildcat Creek Career Cooperative that serves eight school districts in three counties.

  • Southeastern School Corporation in Walton, IN –Manufacturing

– Will collaborate with key stakeholders to design a continuous pathway to employment and/or postsecondary where students learn basic and advanced manufacturing skills, earn certifications and complete college credits through Ivy Tech, Vincennes and Purdue University.

  • EmployIndy with Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) – Health Sciences

– Will create a Health Sciences Career Academy within Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School and Longfellow STEM and Medical Magnet Middle School through collaboration with EmployIndy, IPS, Ivy Tech Community College, the University of Indianapolis, American Senior Living, United Home Healthcare and Trilogy Health Services. The work intends to ensure that IPS students are prepared to enroll in college or career training, enlist in the military or be employed at a living wage.

  • The City of Bedford and Radius Indiana – Manufacturing

– Will continue to explore and follow an evolving strategic pathways plan customized for its community to provide a more skilled workforce to local employers and better prepare students for the new world of postsecondary as well as successful careers in high demand/high wage jobs.

In the first round of Education-Workforce Partnership Planning Grants, lead organizations for funded proposals were Horizon Education Alliance in Elkhart, Jay School Corporation, Lebanon Community School Corporation, Perry Central Community Schools and Ripley County Community Foundation. EWIN has begun to showcase the resulting implementation plans for these partnerships. To learn about these communities’ initiatives, click here.

Funding for Planning Grants was provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.

The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis provides leadership that is both cutting-edge and action-oriented. Created in 2001, CELL unites districts, schools, communities, universities and businesses to build a sense of urgency and form innovative collaborations for statewide educational and economic improvement.

EWIN, a CELL initiative, strategically supports regions across Indiana in reaching the goal of 60 percent postsecondary attainment. Through the development of education, community, and business partnerships, collaboratively designed career pathways connect local systems. Pathways make students college and career ready, design curricular programs grounded in the real world, engage businesses in K-16 learning experiences and provide the local workforce with highly skilled employees.

For more information, contact Marianna Richards at 317-791-5993 or richardsm@uindy.edu

 

University of Indianapolis Real Estate Development program sees early success

A new program that is the first of its kind in Indiana is already making its mark.

The University of Indianapolis launched a Masters of Professional Studies in Real Estate Development in the fall of 2016, becoming the first university in the region and state to offer the program.

MPS in Real Estate Development program director, Eric Harvey

MPS in Real Estate Development program director, Eric Harvey

Program Director Eric A. Harvey, who was recently appointed to the position, said students who enroll are seeking to become entrepreneurs in real estate as they advance their careers. Courses include ethics and problem solving, finance, capital markets, real estate development law, development and construction systems, project management and sustainability, with a capstone course that allows the student to frame their professional goals. The program was recently highlighted by the Indianapolis Business Journal.

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Study finds living in a state with weak gun laws could increase risk of being shot by police

A new study from the University of Indianapolis published in the American Journal of Public Health finds that citizens living in states with the weakest gun laws are more than twice as likely to be fatally shot by law enforcement. 

Aaron Kivisto

Aaron Kivisto

Aaron Kivisto, assistant professor in the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences at the University of Indianapolis, conducted the research along with doctoral student Peter Phalen, in collaboration with Brad Ray, assistant professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. The American Journal of Public Health published the study, “Firearm legislation and fatal police shootings in the United States,” on May 18, 2017.

Kivisto, lead author of the study, said the research utilized data on fatal police shootings in the United States from “The Counted,” a database developed by U.K.-based newspaper The Guardian. That data, compared with the state gun law rankings from the The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, showed citizens from states with weaker gun laws are significantly more likely to be killed by law enforcement, according to the study.

Researchers examined more than 2,000 fatal police shootings that occurred between January 2015 and October 2016. The study considered differences across states in rates of gun ownership, violent crime and other socio-demographic characteristics.

The study found that, while laws strengthening background checks appeared to support this effect by reducing the overall number of guns in the community, laws aimed at promoting safe storage and reducing gun trafficking helped to prevent guns already in the community from falling into the wrong hands.

“What’s really striking is that the laws that seem to be driving this effect – closing background check loopholes, requiring that parents protect their kids from finding their guns in the home – are the types of laws that large majorities of Americans support. These aren’t particularly controversial laws, and this study, along with many before it, suggests that they can save a lot of lives,” Kivisto said. “These findings also seem to highlight the challenges created for law enforcement by states that have neglected to enact common-sense gun laws supported by most citizens.”

The research group emphasized the need for a comprehensive system to track fatal police shootings nationwide.

“Currently, the only serious monitoring system for police violence in our country is the media itself, rather than the government or police,” Phalen said.

While policy efforts targeting police practices represent one strategy, these findings show strengthening state-level gun laws as a potential tool for reducing rates of fatal police shootings in the United States, Kivisto said.

*Kivisto, A.J., Ray, B., & Phalen, P. (2017). Firearm legislation and fatal police shootings in the United States. American Journal of Public Health. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303770

 

NSF grant to help fulfill nationwide STEM education need

grant

The University of Indianapolis will impact the growing local and national need for STEM educators through a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.

Through the University’s Teach (STEM)³ program, the Noyce grant will enhance collaboration between high-need, local schools to prepare and mentor 36 teacher candidates, who commit to serve as high school STEM teachers after graduation. The grant—the first of its kind for the Teach (STEM)³ program—will help these candidates complete the intensive, one-year program without undue financial hardship. Graduates will emerge with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree and fill a critical need to support STEM education.

“This grant is another successful example of the collaborative and strategic efforts of the University of Indianapolis with area schools to respond to the workforce development needs of our state,” said University President Robert Manuel. “Through innovation and creativity, we train future teachers to inspire students in STEM fields and best prepare them for the many future career opportunities while addressing the growing need of employers.”

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