University of Indianapolis R.B. Annis School of Engineering graduates first cohort

The R.B. Annis School of Engineering at the University of Indianapolis recently graduated its first cohort of students. Fifteen students received their diplomas in May, having completed programs in computer science, mechanical engineering, industrial and systems engineering and software engineering. The University created the engineering program in 2016 to address rising workforce demand and announced the R.B. Annis School of Engineering in 2017, made possible through a generous gift from the R.B. Annis Educational Foundation.

“I am grateful to our faculty for creating an innovative curriculum and real-life learning opportunities that have established the R.B. Annis School of Engineering as a formidable and competitive program that honors the creative spirit of Robert B. Annis,” said Robert L. Manuel, University of Indianapolis president. “Congratulations to the first cohort on their incredible achievements.”

“The R.B. Annis School of Engineering has significantly enhanced the landscape of the University of Indianapolis,” said Debra Feakes, Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences dean. “By structuring our engineering program within the arts and sciences, UIndy offers boundless opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration that further prepares our students for the professional world.”

A student works in the engineering machine shop at the R.B. Annis School of Engineering

A student works in the engineering machine shop at the R.B. Annis School of Engineering.

With the launch of the R.B. Annis School of Engineering in 2017, the graduation of this cohort is an important step towards program accreditation. The first group of R.B. Annis School of Engineering programs coming up for accreditation through the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) includes mechanical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, and software engineering.  

ABET evaluates programs based on student performance, educational objectives, program curriculum and other factors. The accreditation process necessitates the program have a graduating class so that the ABET may evaluate the cycle of a completed program. Accreditation status is retroactive to the program’s first graduating class.

In 2023 the next group of programs to undergo the accreditation process includes electrical engineering, computer engineering, general engineering and computer science.

Students in the R.B. Annis School of Engineering, one of only two stand-alone engineering programs in the city of Indianapolis, have access to many unique experiences that supplement their classroom work under world-class faculty. The DesignSpine curriculum emphasizes project-oriented courses integrated with hands-on experiences. Students who study a broader variety of subjects develop valuable communication skills such as business and technical writing, public speaking and presentation readiness. This unique educational experience encourages students to immerse themselves in the engineering world by challenging themselves to think bigger, imagine greater and continuously work to improve and expand their knowledge.

As part of the School of Engineering’s unique DesignSpine curriculum, students in the third year of the program take part in a business pitch competition where they work in interdisciplinary teams to design and pitch a product, process or service in collaboration with industry mentors. Teams present their work to stakeholders from within and outside of the School of Engineering, including mentors from organizations such as Citizens Energy Group, Huntington Bank, and Anthem NGS. Students in the program also have access to the Engineering Makerspace, a unique environment for project-oriented learning and student research.

Alum Paul Corsaro announced as men’s basketball head coach

Corsaro-FW-head-shotThe University of Indianapolis is proud to welcome back Paul Corsaro as its next men’s basketball head coach. A UIndy alumnus, Corsaro previously served as an assistant coach for the Greyhounds for six seasons prior to spending the last two years in the same capacity at Purdue Fort Wayne.

“I am excited to bring a member of the Greyhound family back to UIndy to lead the men’s basketball program,” said Scott Young, Senior Associate Athletics Director and future Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics. “Paul checks all the boxes we were looking for in our next head coach. We were looking for someone familiar with the city of Indianapolis and UIndy, and someone who has a passion and energy for the game of basketball.”

An Indianapolis native and graduate of local Roncalli High School, Corsaro’s time on the UIndy bench coincided with some of the most successful seasons in school history. He aided the Greyhounds during four 20-win seasons as an assistant, including four consecutive NCAA tournament berths from 2013-16. He helped guide the Hounds to a combined 49 wins in 2013-14 and 2014-15 campaigns, with the latter’s 25 victories good for the most by a Greyhound squad in 50 years. The ’14-15 club spent nine weeks ranked in the top 10, including a two-week stay at No. 1, before earning the program’s first-ever “Sweet Sixteen” berth.

Corsaro moved on to Purdue Fort Wayne as an assistant under head coach Jon Coffman in 2018. The Mastodons amassed 32 wins in Corsaro’s two seasons, including a third-place finish in The Summit League in 2018-19.

“I am truly honored to be named head men’s basketball coach at the University of Indianapolis,” Corsaro stated. “I want to thank President Manuel, Scott Young and Dr. Sue Willey for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. Thank you to my parents and my entire family, both immediate and extended, for their unwavering love and support.

“I also would like to thank Stan Gouard. Stan was my coach and my boss while at UIndy, and he has continued to be a mentor and friend. It is a privilege to be his successor.”

“Finally, thank you to Jon Coffman and Purdue Fort Wayne for giving me two memorable years with their program and helping aid in my preparation for this new opportunity. I am so excited and cannot wait to get started.”

As a two-sport student-athlete at UIndy, Corsaro earned three varsity letters playing basketball for Gouard and three more as a member of the Greyhound football team (2009-10, ’12). He was a part of Gouard’s first NCAA Tournament team in 2011 and a member of the Hounds’ first DII football playoff team in 2012. He still holds the modern football program record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with eight in 2010.

Corsaro graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication in 2012 and a master’s in business administration in 2014, both from UIndy.

Young added: “The expectations for the program will remain the same under Paul’s leadership. Our student-athletes will continue to win as students, win as people and win as athletes.”

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT CORSARO

UIndy Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Sue Willey…

“I’m thrilled for Paul to be returning to UIndy to be our next basketball coach. Paul was such a tremendous and hard-working student-athlete before becoming an assistant coach in 2012, and was instrumental in our team’s success while he was here. This is his dream job; he’s a Greyhound through and through. I’m excited to see him grow the tradition here and continue this legacy.”

 

Former UIndy head coach Stan Gouard…

“Paul gave his heart and soul to me, our program, the community, and UIndy for nine years. He was a vital part of the successes we had during his tenure as a student-athlete and assistant coach. He made our program better every day with his love and passion for UIndy. I am certain that he will make UIndy and the community better. He is a very special coach and person to me and my family.”

 

Fort Wayne head coach Jon Coffman…

“I’m so excited for Paul because UIndy is his dream job. He is going to work relentlessly and bring so much passion towards the program because of his deep roots to both the University and the city.  And who could be better to sell UIndy than a two-sport alum that holds two degrees from the University. I could see him continuing the success that he helped to create there for the next 30 years. Paul brought great passion, organization, energy, work ethic and discipline to the Mastodon program over his two years. I have no doubt that he is going to do a great job at his alma mater.”

University of Indianapolis selects Scott Young as Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics

Scott Young

Scott Young

The University of Indianapolis has named Scott Young to serve as the next Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics. Young will assume the role on September 1, 2020, following the retirement of Sue Willey, who served in the position for 17 of her 45 years of service to the University.

Young’s selection for the cabinet position follows a nationwide search to fill the top leadership role for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. During his 26-year career at the University of Indianapolis, Young has served in numerous roles within the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, most recently as Senior Associate Athletic Director for Compliance. His achievements include regulating all compliance for 23 NCAA sports programs at the University, oversight of the Sports Medicine and Sports Information Departments and multiple athletic programs, and serving as tournament director for NCAA playoff games and tournaments.

“Scott demonstrates an equal commitment to the University of Indianapolis and to the principles of excellence that define our campus culture,” said President Robert L. Manuel. “Scott’s dedication to accountability and clear communication, combined with his innovative ideas for growing our athletics program both in terms of public awareness and in breadth, will be a vital asset in University initiatives including recruitment and retention.”

During the past two decades, Scott has excelled at each of his positions serving the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, and I’m sure that will continue in this important leadership role,” said Sue Willey, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics. “Scott is a dedicated UIndy person through and through. His love for the institution will be a constant support for athletics and the University.”

“I would like to thank Dr. Manuel and the search committee for this tremendous opportunity to lead UIndy athletics, the place I have called home for the past 26 years. I also would like to thank Sue Willey for her incredible mentorship and support, which have helped foster me into the leader I am today,” Young said. “The standards for UIndy athletics will continue to be for our student-athletes to win as students, win as people, and win as athletes.”

President Manuel also noted Sue Willey’s legacy that catapulted University of Indianapolis athletics to national recognition and countless accolades, including 90 Academic All-America honorees, a mark that is in the top ten in NCAA Division II. 

“I would like to express my gratitude to Sue Willey for her many years of service to the University of Indianapolis and for her remarkable accomplishments that have positioned the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics to continue to climb to new heights,” President Manuel said. “Scott is ideally suited to build on the high standards of success that Sue established.”

Young received a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Indianapolis in 1999 and obtained his Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University in 2002. 

His previous roles include assistant head baseball coach and coordinator of game-day operations. As a member of the 2000 coaching staff, Young was inducted into the UIndy Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012 with the entirety of the 2000 baseball squad. He has also served as an adjunct instructor in the University’s kinesiology department, and prior to joining the baseball coaching staff, he served as an athletic trainer working with baseball, basketball, football, wrestling, and soccer.

About the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
The University of Indianapolis Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is nationally recognized as one of the top overall athletic programs in NCAA Division II. With nearly 700 student-athletes, the department boasts a 3.32 GPA for all 23 sports. Notable achievements include top-10 finishes in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup seven out of the last eight years, Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Sports Trophy wins for eight consecutive years and women’s golf national championships in both 2015 and 2018. The department’s mission is to provide opportunities for participation in intercollegiate athletics in an environment that encourages the achievement of athletic excellence and good sportsmanship while maintaining the proper balance between participation in athletics and the educational and social life common to all students. Learn more: athletics.uindy.edu.

About the University of Indianapolis
The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. The University is ranked among the top National Universities by 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.” Learn more: uindy.edu.

 

 

University of Indianapolis occupational therapy and physical therapy programs ranked among national top 50 by U.S. News & World Report

The annual U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings were released this week and UIndy’s occupational therapy and physical therapy programs both ranked in the top 50 programs in the nation. Both programs were each recognized as the top-ranking programs in Indiana.

The University of Indianapolis occupational therapy (OT) program, which offers both master’s and entry-level doctoral degrees, ranked 29 out of 198 OT schools. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program ranked 42 out of 239 physical therapy programs across the country. 

“We are excited to have our two largest graduate programs listed in the top 20 percent of graduate programs in their respective fields,” said Dr. Stephanie Kelly, dean of the College of Health Sciences. “The rankings, which are based on the quality of the academics we offer, are a testament to the faculty who work together to ensure our students are well-prepared to take their place in the healthcare industry when they graduate.” 

Among the notable aspects of both programs is the Community Patient Resource Group (CPRG). CPRG brings community volunteers living with a range of disabilities into the classroom with students, who receive real-world experience working with patients with various diagnoses from as early as the first month of their program. 

Nursing programs also recognized
University of Indianapolis School of Nursing online programs made the U.S. News & World Report’s Top 100 Schools in 2020, moving up 57 points in the Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs category from 118 to 61. The master’s program in nursing also was recognized in the rankings at 112.

Update on University of Indianapolis campus events

The University of Indianapolis shared the following message about campus events with supporters of the arts as well as the campus community. Get the latest updates on the University of Indianapolis’ response to COVID-19.

The University of Indianapolis appreciates your support and interest in the many arts and cultural events hosted on campus throughout the year. We are sharing this message with you to keep you informed about the University’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

First, it is important to know that we still do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections within our UIndy community. Even without an active case, we believe that we must do our best to help prevent the community spread of the disease.

We have been in constant communication with many experts in the field to determine our best course of action regarding our policies on group activities. Pursuant to the guidance and advice provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Indiana State Department of Health, and World Health Organization (WHO), the University has made the difficult decision to suspend all campus events until it is deemed safe to return to business as usual. This includes all scheduled performances at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

These events include, but are not limited to, all intercollegiate athletic events, practices, and competitions; lectures and performances (L/P events); RSOs (registered student events); intramurals; music performances; arts and culture events; campus activities; speakers series; prospective student events; celebrations/parties; University staff and faculty meetings containing more than 50 individuals; church/worship services; seminars, camps and conferences; and any event the University is hosting on behalf of another organization.

We are heartbroken that we have to suspend all of these events. We know how hard students, faculty and visiting guest artists have practiced, rehearsed, and planned for these. Wherever possible, we hope to reschedule as many of these events as we can. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Please check events.uindy.edu for updates.

 

2020 IASB High School Broadcasting Competition Awards announced

Carmel High School won Radio School of the Year and Homestead High School won Television School of the Year at the 2020 Indiana Association of School Broadcasters (IASB) Awards at the University of Indianapolis on March 9, 2020. It was the fifth time since 2004 that Carmel High School earned the accolade and the first time for Homestead High School to be recognized with the honor.

Nearly 800 students and instructors from 35 Indiana high schools and career centers attended the 17th annual IASB conference presented by ASG and the University of Indianapolis. Students participated in the IASB High School Broadcasting Competition and attended more than 20 workshops that addressed topics including multimedia journalism, social media, radio and sports broadcasting. 

The top six radio air personalities and news anchors competed live on WICR-FM, and their television counterparts competed in the UIndy TV studio.

“Every year it becomes more difficult to judge this competition, not just because we continue to have a record number of entries from an increasing number of schools and career centers, but because the quality of the student work is incredible. There’s no doubt that the future of broadcasting is very bright when you see what the next generation of broadcast professionals is already doing. Congratulations to the students and their instructors for their amazing work,” said Scott Uecker, IASB Executive Director and University of Indianapolis Communication instructor.
 

Complete list of 2020 IASB High School Broadcasting Competition Award winners: 

Student Multimedia Website:  

  1.   Crown Town Media Staff, Crown Point High School
  2.   Chris Wang, Homestead High School
  3.   Izzy Chandler, Franklin Central High School

Honorable Mention: Sakshi Gopalani, Carmel High School
Alex Almanza, South Bend Community School Corporation 

Radio In-Depth:

  1.   Maylee O’Brien, Carmel High School
  2.   Ashton Hackman, Homestead High School
  3.   Sydney Smith, Franklin Central High School

Honorable Mention: Madison Carrel, Franklin Central High School
Drew Persinger and Ted Bolton, Homestead High School

Radio Interview:

  1.   Rocco Jann, Crown Point High School
  2.   Zion Brown, Ben Davis High School
  3.   Donnie Harmon, Homestead High School

Honorable Mention: Chris Elmore, Carmel High School
Armando Bracco, Brianna Morton and Kirsten Robinson, Crown Point High School

Radio Talk Show:

  1.   Armando Bracco, Brianna Morton, Kirsten Robinson, Crown Point High School
  2.   David Weiderhaft and Luke Donovan, Carmel High School
  3.   Ramsey Harkness, Blake Pysh, Jon Lieber, Crown Point High School

Honorable Mention: Amelia Schroeder and Tala Comfort, Franklin Central High School
Preston Clemons and Alexis Halle, Wawasee High School

Radio Sportscast:

  1.   Jace Dery, Carmel High School
  2.   David Weiderhaft, Carmel High School
  3.   Donnie Harmon, Homestead High School

Honorable Mention: Jonathon Lieber, Crown Point High School
Elias Khoury, Franklin Central High School

Radio Play-by-Play:

  1.   Donnie Harmon, Homestead High School
  2.   Matt Saalfrank, Homestead High School
  3.   Joe Lincoln, Floyd Central High School

Honorable Mention: Charlie Maurer, Carmel High School
Isaiah Rosner, J. Everett Light Career Center

Radio Sporting Event Broadcast:

  1.   Donnie Harmon, Matt Saalfrank, Brayden Carroll, Ashton Hackman, Homestead High School
  2.   Charlie Maurer, Jace Dery, David Weiderhaft, Luke Donovan, Carmel High School
  3.   Connor Grant, Franklin Central High School

Honorable Mention: Zion Brown and Josh Engels, Ben Davis High School
Braxton Gray, Wawasee High School

Radio Copywriting:

  1.   Logan Ozdyck, Porter County Career and Technical Center
  2.   Riley Dugan, Carmel High School
  3.   Nicholas Carlson, Carmel High School

Honorable Mention: Tyler Veit, Homestead High School
Katherine Davis, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Radio Spot Production:

  1.   Christina Kruger, Homestead High School
  2.   Kayla Dill and Sarah Frey, Crown Point High School
  3.   Kionne Bybee, Franklin Central High School

Honorable Mention: David Aldrich, Lowell High School
Conner Allen, Wawasee High School

Radio Imaging:

  1.   Madalyn Massey, Crown Point High School
  2.   Paige Ohrvall, Carmel High School
  3.   Dylan Shepherd, Kaylena Chupp, Stephanie Mendoza, Wawasee High School

Honorable Mention: Drew Persinger, Homestead High School
Jurney Sturgeon and Radio/TV 2 Class, Jasper High School

Radio Drama:

  1.   Nathaniel Bowers and Blake Miller, Elkhart Area Career Center
  2.   Kiyah Wiesenauer, Carmel High School
  3.   Jacob Inman, Carroll High School

Honorable Mention: Kionne Bybee, Franklin Central High School
Ava Collins, Reid Foster, Ethan Fritch, Adina Moss, Jasper High School

Radio Show:

  1.   Karlie Flanagan and Cora Shaw, Homestead High School
  2.   Elias Khoury and Brandt Buck, Franklin Central High School
  3.   Hannah Roberts and Adasia Wery, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center

Honorable Mention: Zander Hetz, Nico Rodriguez, Cody Tharp, Charlestown High School
Kirsten Robinson, Zachary Jones, Maddie Massey, Crown Point High School

Radio News Anchor:

  1.   Elias Khoury, Franklin Central High School
  2.   Olivia Bianco, Crown Point High School
  3.   Carson Clymer, Homestead High School

Finalists: Armando Bracco, Crown Point High School
Rhianonna Adams, Walker Career Center
Ryan Dossey, Carmel High School

Radio Air Personality Finalists:

  1.   Sebastian Zieniewicz, Crown Point High School
  2.   Ella Carlson, Carmel High School
  3.   Connor Inskeep, Carmel High School

Finalists: Cesar Fernandez, Ben Davis High School
Dylan Wiley, Franklin Central High School
Jenna Milosh, Crown Point High School

Radio School of the Year:

Carmel High School

Radio School of the Year First Runner Up:

Homestead High School

Radio School of the Year Second Runner-Up:

Crown Point High School 

Television Copywriting:

  1.   Emily Olson, Martinsville High School
  2.   Hannah Johnson and Annabelle Cleary, Martinsville High School
  3.   Cody Larson, Franklin Central High School

Honorable Mention: Will Messmer, Jasper High School
Ethan Fragoso, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Television Spot Production:

  1.   Olivia Freeto and Ember Landers, Elkhart Area Career Center
  2.   Alex Almanza, South Bend Community School Corporation
  3.   Micah Rodrigues, Jeffersonville High School

Honorable Mention: Haley Baker, Victoria Metcalf, Elise Matney, Abby Studebaker, Connersville Senior High School
Jakob Innes, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Music Video:

  1.   Daisy Macias, Carroll High School
  2.   Arabella Brown and Callie Bowman, Brownsburg High School
  3.   Gabriel Reed, Prairie Heights High School

Honorable Mention: Zayne Spangler, Martinsville High School
Olivia Makar, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Video Magazine:

  1.   Homestead Media, Homestead High School
  2.   Alex Almanza, Cecilly Ball, Ryan Pandori, Bernado Malone, South Bend Community School Corporation
  3.   RTV 2 Class, Martinsville High School

Honorable Mention: Arabella Brown, Callie Bowman, Erin Raughter, Brownsburg High School
Video Production II Students, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Television Package:

  1.   Emily Olson, Martinsville High School
  2.   Ashton Hackman, Homestead High School
  3.   Jacob Inman and Brandon Hedges, Carroll High School

Honorable Mention: Andre Centlivre, Homestead High School
Logan Ozdyck and Olivia Makar, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Video In-Depth:

  1.   Kirsten Robinson and Zachary Jones, Crown Point High School
  2.   Colin Wood, Floyd Central High School
  3.   Gwennie Foley, Martinsville High School

Honorable Mention: JP Susantio and Daisy Macias, Carroll High School
Brad Bertola, Emma Hutchinson, Hannah Ramon, Lowell High School

Television School Newscast:

  1.   Staff of CPTV, Crown Point High School
  2.   Homestead Media, Homestead High School
  3.   CHS Today Staff, Connersville Senior High School

Honorable Mention: RTV2 Class, Carroll High School
RTV 2 Class, Martinsville High School

Live Event Broadcast:

  1.   Nathaniel Finch and Tyler Brunty, Western Boone Junior-Senior High School
  2.   Homestead Live Stream Team, Homestead High School
  3.   BHS-TV and Extended Play Studios, Brownsburg High School

Honorable Mention: Spartan Sports Network Staff / CHS Today Staff, Connersville Senior High School
Staff of CPTV Sports, Crown Point High School

Cinematography:

  1.   Derek Hockemeyer, Homestead High School
  2.   Baylee Schneider, Connersville Senior High School
  3.   Bryson Foxen and Quintin Leaf, Brownsburg High School

Honorable Mention: Zander Marcotte, Porter County Career and Technical Center
Alex Almanza, South Bend Community School Corporation

Photojournalism:

  1.   Alex Almanza, South Bend Community School Corporation
  2.   Zayne Spangler, Martinsville High School
  3.   Caleb Wood, Homestead High School

Honorable Mention: Olivia Ostler, Martinsville High School
Sarah Huth, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Corporate Video:

  1.   CPG-TV, Wawasee High School
  2.   Daisy Macias and JP Susantio, Carroll High School
  3.   Brendan Evans, Richmond High School

Honorable Mention: Lacie Boaz, Allison Hoffman, Zach Martin, Connersville Senior High School
Alex Almanza, South Bend Community School Corporation

Short Film:

  1.   Theonysios Kapsalis, Patrick Nusbaum, Ben Schwartz, Alec Parrish, J. Everett Light Career Center
  2.   John Megquier, Matt Kiszenia, RDN Staff, Lowell High School
  3.   Eli Buie, Whiteland Community High School

Honorable Mention: JP Susantio, Carroll High School
Ryan Snider, Wawasee High School

Video Show Open:

  1.   Colin Williams and Trent Eklund, Connersville Senior High School
  2.   Nathan Linville, Mason Mills, Landon Reed, Brownsburg High School
  3.   Sophia Ryckman, LaTerrian Harrison, Cole Martin, Connersville Senior High School

Honorable Mention: Jaeden Christner, Ben Davis High School
Justice Alwine, Prairie Heights High School

Sound Design:

  1.   Griffin Burge and Elijah Windle, J. Everett Light Career Center
  2.   Mariah Hamman and Mykaela Miller, Wawasee High School
  3.   Grace McCauley, Lowell High School

Honorable Mention: Tristan Taylor, Franklin Central High School
Kenzie Cline, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Animation:

  1.   Nicole Hay, J. Everett Light Career Center
  2.   Logan Smith, Warsaw Community High School
  3.   Danielle Boudreau, J. Everett Light Career Center

Honorable Mention: Anthony Compton, Dylan Williams, Logan Gibson, Ryan Wells, Impact Institute
Lindsey Foster, Whiteland Community High School

Television News Anchor:

  1.   Alex Almanza, South Bend Community School Corporation
  2.   Anna Chalker, Connersville Senior High School
  3.   Ashton Hackman, Homestead High School

Finalists: LaTerrian Harrison, Connersville Senior High School
Jenna Lane, Homestead High School
Brandon Hedges, Carroll High School 

Television School of the Year:

Homestead High School

Television School of the Year First Runner Up:

 Martinsville High School

Television School, of the Year Second Runner Up (Tie):

Everett Light Career Center
South Bend Community School Corporation

IASB School of the Year History
Radio Television
2004 Franklin Central High School  Ben Davis High School
2005 Ben Davis High School    Merrillville High School
2006 Eder Career Center Merrillville High School
2007 Franklin Central High School  Martinsville High School
2008 Carmel High School    Martinsville High School
2009 Carmel High School    Martinsville High School
2010 Franklin Central High School  Martinsville High School
2011 Franklin Central High School  Martinsville High School

  Porter County Career and Technical Center

2012 Pendleton Heights High School
New Castle Area Career Center  
Martinsville High School
2014 Carmel High School  Carmel High School 
2015 Franklin Central High School Porter County Career and Technical Center
2016 Carmel High School   Porter County Career and Technical Center
2017 Homestead High School   Martinsville High School
2018 Homestead High School   Porter County Career and Technical Center
2019 Homestead High School   Porter County Career and Technical Center
2020 Carmel High School Homestead High School

 

Internationally acclaimed jazz artist Emmet Cohen returns for spring residency at the University of Indianapolis

Emmet Cohen, University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence

Emmet Cohen, University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence

UPDATE: Per recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), these events have been canceled. Visit events.uindy.edu for updates.

Emmet Cohen, the 2019 American Pianists Awards winner and recipient of the Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, returns to the University of Indianapolis for a masterclass and performance in March following a stunning fall debut. Cohen serves as the University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence in partnership with the Indianapolis-based American Pianists Association. Cohen’s residency through spring 2021 includes providing lessons to students, engaging with faculty, presenting masterclasses and hosting performances.

Cohen will perform with the UIndy Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 20, at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. The first half of the evening is devoted to Cohen as solo pianist. He teams with the UIndy Jazz Ensemble to conclude the concert. Admission is free.

On March 19, Cohen will work with University of Indianapolis Department of Music students for a jazz improvisation masterclass. The public is invited to this exciting exchange of musical ideas and unique behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsal process. The masterclass will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

“The University of Indianapolis community has welcomed me with open arms, and it has been a true joy to integrate into their music program. The students are all hard-working, beautiful human beings, and continue to inspire me musically and otherwise. I look forward to returning to Indianapolis and can’t wait to continue the work we began last semester,” Cohen said.

Learn more at events.uindy.edu.

About Emmet Cohen
Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music and the related arts. Downbeat praised the “nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary” he employs to communicate with other musicians and audiences at what he terms “the deepest level of humanity and individuality.” Leader of the Emmet Cohen Trio and creator of the Masters Legacy Series, Cohen is an internationally acclaimed jazz artist and dedicated music educator.

Emmet Cohen is the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards and the Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association, and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis. Cohen was a finalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. He has appeared in the Newport, Monterey, Jerusalem and North Sea jazz festivals, among others, and at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center. Cohen has headlined at the Village Vanguard, the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, Jazz Standard and Jazzhaus Montmartre. He is Hammond B-3 organist-in-residence at Harlem’s SMOKE jazz club.

A Suzuki piano student at age three, Cohen holds jazz piano degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (M.M.) and the University of Miami (B.M.). Emmet Cohen has performed, recorded or collaborated with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, George Coleman, Jimmy Heath, Tootie Heath, Houston Person, Christian McBride, Kurt Elling, Billy Hart, Herlin Riley, Lea DeLaria and Bill T. Jones.

About the American Pianists Association
The American Pianists Association has been supporting aspiring young artists for over 40 years and has been based in Indianapolis since 1982. It has a professional staff of seven, headed by Dr. Joel M. Harrison. The American Pianists Awards, held for both classical and jazz artists, offer significant opportunities for American pianists, ages 18-30, to advance their careers. Each winner receives a two-year fellowship, valued at over $100,000 including cash awards, fees, publicity and recording opportunities. All American Pianists Awards events are produced as public recitals and feature the finalists in a variety of settings. The organization greatly values the individual artistic sensibilities of each pianist, nurtures such individuality and does not impose any repertoire requirements during the competitions other than those necessary for the different genres. American Pianists Association strives to be the bridge between professional training and a full-fledged professional career. www.americanpianists.org.

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

Indianapolis Quartet to give New York debut at Weill Recital Hall, March 5, 2020

The Indianapolis Quartet—violinists Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violist Michael Isaac Strauss, and cellist Austin Huntington—will perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.

Established in 2016 in Indianapolis, the quartet is in residence at the University of Indianapolis, with support from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. The member’s palpable rapport and interpretive skill bring about performances of a unique emotional style that has earned the group critical praise and audience affection.

The March 5th program at Weill Recital Hall will be a showcase of stellar music-making from a quartet that has committed artistic capital to the city that brought them together. The quartet’s technically assured, interpretively compelling, and emotionally connected performances across a broadening repertoire have provided them a solid foundation as they now expand their scope beyond Indianapolis.

Frank Felice’s Five Whimsies for Non-Grownups (2010) opens the concert. The Butler University composition faculty member’s offering is a set of five movements in the tradition of a capriccio and is based on five children’s books. The quartet recently recorded this piece for release on CD in 2020.

Schumann’s opus 44 piano quintet will follow; a collaboration with rising star pianist Drew Petersen. The ensemble’s outing in this work last spring received high praise: “Petersen and the quartet displayed a fine balance of forces from the start…notable for flexibility of tempo and a unanimity of ‘paragraphing’—a sense of the movement’s units of significance and subtle changes of direction” as well as their “variety of dynamics and astute accentuation.” (Jay Harvey Upstage)

After intermission, the quartet will give the world premiere of Robert Paterson’s String Quartet No. 3, a work they have commissioned for this occasion. During the last two seasons, the quartet has performed the first two quartets by the New York-based, Grammy-nominated composer. Paterson has a catalog of more than 100 works and has earned awards and accolades from ASCAP, League of American Orchestras, New Music USA, and the Copland House, among many others. The quartet is slated to record all of Paterson’s string quartets in May 2020 for release on the American Modern Recordings label.

The landmark Debussy quartet, a work that has become deeply embedded in the ensemble’s repertoire, will close the concert.

Tickets for this concert range from $38 to $45 and are available online at CarnegieHall.org; by phone at 212-247-7800; or at the box office at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue.

About the Artists

The Indianapolis Quartet, now in its fourth season, made its Chicago debut in March 2018. In the last year, they have broadcast live performances on Vermont Public Radio, WBAA Classical 101.3 FM in West Lafayette, Indiana, and on WISH-TV in Indianapolis. Recent concert engagements include appearances at Vermont’s Taconic Festival, Vermont Public Radio, Cincinnati’s St. Francis@4 series,

Indiana Landmarks Center, and the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society in Lafayette, Indiana. They have also appeared in concert and in residencies at Butler University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Arizona State University, and at Indiana State University, where they were the featured ensemble for the 53nd annual Contemporary Music Festival.

Regular collaborations with premier chamber music artists and composers, including pianists Orli Shaham and Soyeon Kate Lee, cellists Mark Kosower and Nicholas Canellakis, clarinetist Todd Palmer, and composers Robert Paterson and Frank Felice have afforded the quartet a reach into new audiences and a creative expansion of its repertoire. Two recordings featuring the works of Paterson and Felice will be released in the next year.

Known for his virtuosic, high-energy performances, Indianapolis Quartet first violinist Zachary DePue formerly served as concertmaster of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO). Known among both classical and crossover music fans, he became one of the youngest concertmasters in the country when he was appointed to the ISO in 2007. DePue is a founding member of Time for Three, with which he performed for 12 years. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo.

Joana Genova, second violinist, serves as assistant professor of violin and director of chamber music initiatives at the University of Indianapolis. She is also co-founder and artistic director of Taconic Music in Manchester, Vermont and is a frequent guest at festivals and concert series across the U.S. Prior to her posts in the United States, Genova was concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Genova earned a bachelor’s degree at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and master’s degree in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands.

Violist Michael Isaac Strauss has performed around the world appearing on concert series, live-radio broadcasts, and festivals across Europe, North America, and Asia. A former member of the Fine Arts Quartet, Strauss made several European and domestic tours with the quartet and Shlomo Mintz, as well as a critically acclaimed SACD recording of Mozart’s complete viola quintets. As soloist, he released recordings of Jennifer Higdon’s Viola Sonata (world premiere), David Finko’s Viola Concerto (Centaur), and Stamitz’s works for solo viola with orchestra (Centaur). His chamber music recordings include the Philadelphia-based Orchestra 2001 series of music by living composers and the Oberlin Music label release Wordless Verses—trio works inspired by poetry for oboe, viola, and piano. Strauss was principal violist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 20 years and has served on the faculty of several prominent schools including Oberlin Conservatory, and Indiana University. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Cellist Austin Huntington made his solo orchestral debut at the age of 10, and at age 20 he was appointed principal cellist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, currently making him one of the youngest principal musicians in a major American orchestra. Huntington is the recipient of numerous awards on both the national and international levels. He placed first in the 2012 Irving M. Klein International Strings Competition and the 2009 MTNA National Sting Competition. He has collaborated with artists including Itzhak Perlman, Edgar Meyer, Robert deMaine, Cynthia Phelps, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Augustin Hadelich.

Acclaimed young American pianist Drew Petersen has been praised for his commanding and poetic performances of repertoire ranging from Bach to Zaimont. He is the recipient of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, 2017 American Pianists Award, and the Christel DeHaan Fellow of the American Pianists Association, as well as a residency at the University of Indianapolis.

He has appeared as soloist with the Houston, Phoenix, Tucson, Pacific and Milwaukee symphony orchestras, and has given solo recitals at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, University of Indianapolis, and Dame Myra Hess Concerts in Chicago. Most recent performances include concerts at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and Brevard Music Center’s Summer Festival, orchestral performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and a recital at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. He has also now released his first solo recording—a showcase of American piano works on the Steinway & Sons label—for which BBC Music Magazine acknowledged Petersen’s “really stunning, full-bodied sound” and “superb technique and measured voicing.” The 2019-2020 season includes appearances with orchestras in Sarasota, Fort Smith, Buffalo, Waco, and Columbus, as well as recitals in Madison, Duluth, Savannah, including his Kennedy Center debut.

Indianapolis Quartet launches exciting spring season with New York City debut

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet

UPDATE: Per recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Quartet’s March 24 and March 30 events at the University of Indianapolis have been canceled. Visit events.uindy.edu for updates.

The Indianapolis Quartet makes its New York debut during an exciting spring season that explores both old and new classics. The quartet-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis is celebrating its fourth year on campus with regional and national performances.

On March 5, 2020, the Indianapolis Quartet performs at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Tickets range from $38 to $45 and are available at CarnegieHall.org. During this concert, the Quartet will give the world premiere performance of Robert Paterson’s third quartet, a work they commissioned. The Quartet has been performing all of Paterson’s string quartets in preparation for a recording scheduled for spring 2020.

For this occasion, the Indianapolis Quartet will join again with pianist Drew Petersen, recent University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence, Christel DeHaan fellow and 2017 American Pianists Award recipient, in Schumann’s masterful and intense piano quintet. Frank Felice’s charming Five Whimsies for Non-Grown Ups is also included in the program. This set of five pieces for string quartet is based on children’s books, with each piece based on one line from each story: “In The Night Kitchen,” by Maurice Senkdak; “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick,” by Chris Van Allsburg; “Mr. Bliss,” by J.R.R. Tolkien; and “The Sleep Book” and “The Cat in The Hat,” by Dr. Seuss. Debussy’s influential and exotically colorful G minor string quartet will close the program.

See all performance dates here.

On March 24, 2020, the Indianapolis Quartet returns to the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center for the popular open rehearsal and master class event. Violinists Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violist Michael Strauss and cellist Austin Huntington draw on their vast expertise and experience in coaching University of Indianapolis student chamber ensembles, while also offering a unique behind-the-scenes look at their own rehearsal process. The audience is invited to sit on stage close to the performers. Admission is free.

The following week, on March 30, 2020, the Indianapolis Quartet performs on the University of Indianapolis Faculty Artist Concert Series at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. Concert artist Ran Dank, a lauded prize-winning pianist on faculty at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, will join the quartet in Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major. This work was written at the height of Dvořák’s international fame and is considered a monument in the world of chamber music—both in use of dramatically lyrical lines and rhythmic vitality, as well as the richly vivid sound that Dvořák explores.

For the balance of this program, the Quartet will also present Beethoven’s “Serioso” quartet, his opus 95 in F minor. This quartet is paired on the program with Bartók’s single-movement third quartet, written in 1927. In this quartet, Bartók invents and employs the widest range of effects used in string writing up to that time. Bartók was one of the world’s first ethnomusicologists and his intimate knowledge of Hungarian folk music was a huge influence on his own writing. This quartet explores a slow, poignant opening in contrast with a driven, rhythmic second part.

Fall 2019 Dean’s List and Honor Roll recipients announced

The University of Indianapolis has published a list of students who made the Dean’s List or Honor Roll for the Fall 2019 semester.

The online database can be found here: http://news.uindy.edu/honors.

The database includes a listing of the student’s name along with hometown and honors earned. The list can also be sorted by zip code to generate results representing your community.

Students named to the Dean’s List have completed at least 12 hours during a semester and earned a grade point average of 3.7 or higher. Honor Roll students have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours and earned a grade point average of at least 3.4 but less than 3.7. Semester Honor Rolls and Dean’s List encourage scholarship of high quality and give appropriate public acknowledgment to students whose work deserves recognition.

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