University of Indianapolis announces 2018-19 performing arts season

The University of Indianapolis brings a wide range of diverse cultural activities to the Indianapolis metropolitan area with the announcement of the 2018-19 performing arts season. The institution serves as a destination point for music performances, theatre productions, art exhibitions, readings and lectures, and highlights a progressive arts and musical scene in the region. Fall performances include the Indianapolis Quartet, Artist-in-Residence Raymond Leppard’s Gala Opening
Concert, the UIndy Jazz Faculty debut and pianist Artist-in-Residence Drew Petersen.

See events.uindy.edu for event details and ticket information.

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

Maestro Raymond Leppard

Maestro Raymond Leppard

Gala Opening Concert with Maestro Raymond Leppard: Sept. 17, 2018
Featuring Raymond Leppard; Joana Genova, violin; Kathleen Hacker, soprano; Mitzi Westra, mezzo-soprano; Daniel Narducci, baritone; University of Indianapolis Festival Orchestra; University Choral Ensembles.

Maestro Raymond Leppard celebrates his 25th season as artist-in-residence with music of J.S. Bach, Mozart, Britten, and the premiere of his own recently completed song trilogy, “Love’s Moonlight.” The program opens with Britten’s Sentimental Sarabande from the 1934 Simple Symphony, followed by UIndy’s Joana Genova performing Bach’s E-Major Violin Concerto, BWV 1042. Mitzi Westra and Daniel Narducci will be featured in Mr. Leppard’s new song cycle for solo voices, string orchestra, and choir, set to poetry of Thomas Campion and Walter de la Mare. The evening concludes with the glories of Mozart: selections from the Vespers, K. 339, and the Ave verum corpus, K. 618.

Maestro Leppard, one of the most respected international conductors of our time, has appeared with practically all the world’s leading orchestras in more than 60 years on the podium. He has conducted more than 170 recordings, earning five Grammy awards, a Grand Prix Mondial du Disque, a Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, and an Edison Prize.

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet: Oct. 1, 2018

Featuring Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violins; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola; Austin Huntington, cello; with guests Stephen Paul Wyrczynski, viola, and Eric Kim, cello.

The Indianapolis Quartet returns for its third season of “marvelously unified” and “especially expressive” performances (Jay Harvey Upstage). Robert Paterson’s award-winning String Quartet No. 1 (“Love Boat”) opens the program, followed by the compelling drama of Beethoven’s C-minor Quartet from Op. 18. The evening concludes as guests Stephen Paul Wyrczynski and Eric Kim join the Quartet for Arnold Schoenberg’s landmark 1899 sextet, Verklärte Nacht (“Transfigured Night”), Op. 4.

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, and was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation in 2017.

Drew Petersen master class

Drew Petersen master class

Drew Petersen, piano: Oct. 29, 2018

Acclaimed American pianist Drew Petersen is a sought-after soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in the United States, Europe, and Asia. In his second year as artist-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis, Mr. Petersen is the 2017 Christel DeHaan Fellow of the American Pianists Association and the recent recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has been praised for commanding and poetic performances of the repertoire ranging from Bach to Zaimont. His October solo recital will feature music of Mozart, Beethoven (the Appassionata Sonata, Op. 57), and Liszt (including the rarely performed Illustrations du Prophète de Meyerbeer).

Other fall highlights include the UIndy Jazz Faculty Debut on Sept. 24; a rare exhibition of the works of Wilbur D. Peat at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery Sept. 10-Oct. 5 (reception: Sept. 24); Kellogg Writers Series fiction reading by John Jodzio Oct. 3 at the Schwitzer Student Center; and “It’s a Wonderful Life, The Radio Play” Nov. 30-Dec. 8 at the Studio Theatre in Esch Hall.

See a complete list of the UIndy 2018-19 performing arts season at events.uindy.edu.

Community Health Network selected as sports medicine healthcare provider for UIndy Athletics

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis announced today the selection of Community Health Network as the provider of sports medicine healthcare for the University’s athletics program, expanding the current partnership between the two entities while creating a unique model for healthcare, education and athletic training in higher education. The partnership also expands opportunities for research, education and access to healthcare for UIndy employees and students.

One of the largest providers of sports medicine healthcare in central Indiana, Community Health Network has developed a standout reputation with professional teams such as the Indy Eleven and Indy Fuel. Community will provide nearly 700 student athletes with the same expertise and quality in sports medicine and athletic training.

“When we looked to a provider that could be an innovative and effective partner and best serve one of the strongest athletic programs in Division II, Community’s expertise and record stood out. With Community’s reputation for excellence in healthcare, integration of ground-breaking technology and medical specialties such as sports medicine, we both saw the opportunity to a create a model in higher education to benefit the entire UIndy community,” said Robert L. Manuel, University of Indianapolis president.

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“We are excited to deepen our current relationship with UIndy through the addition of sports medicine services,” said Nichole Wilson, vice president of retail services for Community Health Network. “The ability to leverage our organizations’ collective strengths to innovate how future health care providers are trained and how we deliver care is what makes this a great partnership. Sports medicine is another avenue by which we can do just that.”

The unique partnership expands access to athletic trainers, diagnostic and treatment services including physical and occupational therapy, orthopedics, women’s health and concussion rehabilitation. With the focus on urgent and emergent medical management, the partnership will provide faculty and students with additional teaching, research and educational opportunities for healthcare majors, including collaborative networking with Community professionals.

“The UIndy Sports Medicine Program provides another outstanding opportunity for Community Health Network to expand on our already unique relationship with the University of Indianapolis,” said Dr. David Kiley, President of Community Health Network’s South region. “This program enables Community Health Network to further our Mission, Vision and Values in the community by providing exceptional Sports Medicine care and experiences to an extraordinary group of student athletes while also collaborating with the University of Indianapolis in providing exceptional healthcare-related learning experiences for their impressive student body. We feel this collaborative relationship will strengthen the learning experiences for the UIndy students and that these remarkable individuals will go on to be deeply committed to enhancing the health and well-being for those in the communities in which they later serve.”

The sports medicine healthcare agreement with Community Health Network is the latest stage in the evolution of a growing partnership, which includes the Nursing Academy, an academic partnership between Community and the University of Indianapolis that offers an accelerated path for students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Additionally, the Health Pavilion hosts an annual Multidisciplinary Symposium that brings together hundreds of Community health professionals and University of Indianapolis students and faculty to share research and presentations on the latest healthcare trends.

The goal shared by Community Health Network and the University is to keep our student athletes healthy, and when they do get injured, we support their desire to return to optimum health and competition as soon as possible,” said Sue Willey, University of Indianapolis vice president of intercollegiate athletics.

 

 

About Community Health Network

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Community Health Network has been deeply committed to the communities it serves since opening its first hospital, Community Hospital East, in 1956. Now with more than 16,000 caregivers and 200 sites of care, Community Health Network puts patients first while offering a full continuum of healthcare services, world-class innovations and a new focus on population health management. Exceptional care, simply delivered, is what sets Community Health Network apart and what makes it a leading not-for-profit healthcare destination in central Indiana. For more information about Community Health Network, please visit eCommunity.com.

 

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. UIndy is ranked among the top Midwest Universities by the U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of more than 5,500 undergraduates, 1,300 graduate students and 400 continuing education students. The University offers a wide variety of study areas, including 100 undergraduate degrees, more than 35 master’s degree programs and five doctoral programs. With strong programs in the health sciences, engineering, business and education, UIndy impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.” UIndy.edu

About University of Indianapolis Athletics
The University of Indianapolis sponsors 23 varsity sports and supports nearly 700 student-athletes. The Greyhounds combined to win a school-record nine conference titles in 2017-18, with 12 consecutive top-20 finishes in the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, including six top 10s in the last seven years. The University has noted 73 Academic All-America® honorees since 2000, fifth most in Division II. The overall GPA for student athletes during the 2017-18 academic year was 3.2.

University of Indianapolis Department of Theatre announces 2018-19 season

IndyFringe_USE THIS880INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis Department of Theatre has announced the 2018-19 season, including the debut at the 2018 Indy Fringe Festival continuing through Aug. 25. The fall season also includes two series: the Mainstage Series Series and the Student Experience Series.

MAINSTAGE SEASON

“Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” (TMLMTBGB)
by Greg Allen
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (TMLMTBGB) was the longest running show in Chicago and the only open- run Off-Off-Broadway show in New York. The show is the work of the Neo-Futurism movement, a variant of the Italian Futurism movement and reflects their aesthetic of non-illusory theater, where, as they describe it, “all of our plays are ‘set’ on the stage in front of the audience. All of our ‘characters’ are ourselves… We do not aim to ‘suspend the audience’s disbelief’ but to create a world where the stage is a continuation of daily life.”

Venue, Dates & Times
Indy Fringe Festival
District Theatre, Stage II, 6 p.m. Various dates throughout the festival.

“It’s A Wonderful Life”
by James W. Rodgers
Based on the film by Frank Capra and the story by Peter Van Doren Stern.

It’s a Wonderful Life will be a staged performance set as a Live Radio Play, and is based on the classic holiday movie about the life of George Bailey, a generous and well-meaning man who has become too downcast and tired to continue living.

Venue, Dates & Times

UIndy Studio Theatre
Preview: 8 p.m., Nov. 29, 2018
Performances: 8 p.m., Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2 & 7-9, 2018
Thrifty Thursday: 8 p.m., Dec. 6, 2018
Ticket information:
$12 general admission
$10 for alumni, senior citizens, groups of eight or more and non-UIndy students with ID
$6 general admission on Thrifty Thursdays
Free admission with ticket for UIndy Students, faculty and staff with ID
Students: L/P credit available

Fawlty Towers: A Dinner Theatre Production
by John Cleese and Connie Booth

Fawlty Towers is a British television sitcom broadcast on the BBC, about a fictional hotel in the seaside town of Torquay on the “English Riviera.” The plot centers on tense, rude and put-upon owner Basil Fawlty, his bossy wife Sybil, comparatively normal chambermaid Polly who often is the peacemaker and voice of reason, and hapless and English- challenged Spanish waiter Manuel, showing their attempts to run the hotel amidst farcical situations and an array of demanding and eccentric guests and tradespeople.

Venue, Dates & Times

UIndy Schwitzer Center Dining Hall
Preview: 8 p.m., Feb. 21, 2019 (performance only)

Dinner Theatre Performances:
6:45 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. performance: Feb. 22-24 & Mar. 1-2, 2019
Thrifty Thursday: 8 p.m. Feb. 28, 2019
Ticket information
$27 general admission
$25 for alumni, senior citizens, groups of eight or more and non-UIndy students with ID
$15 for UIndy students, faculty and Staff with ID
Free UIndy Student Rush Tickets (performance only)
Free preview performances
$6 general admission on Thrifty Thursday (dinner is not served on Thrifty Thursday)
Students: L/P credit available

2018-19 Student Directed Productions

Upper classmen who major in Theatre with a concentration in performance/directing or Theatre Education majors pitch their chosen play, audition and cast student actors; interview and “hire” production designers and stage managers to produce these short plays.

Venue, Dates & Times

UIndy Studio Theatre Preview:
8 p.m., April 11, 2019
Performances: 8 p.m., Apr. 12 – 14 & 25-27, 2019
Thrifty Thursday: 8 p.m., Apr. 25, 2019 –

STUDENT EXPERIENCE SERIES

All Student-Experience Series are FREE and open to the public.

Senior Showcases UIndy Studio Theatre

Full One Act Play (Title TBA), Directed by Senior Zech Saenz
Performances: 8 p.m., Sept 28-29, 2018

Full One Act Play (Title TBA), Directed by Senior Mary Schreier
Performances: 8 p.m., Oct 5-6, 2018

Full One Act Play (Title TBA), Directed by Senior Kelly Casey
Performances: 8 p.m., Oct 10-11, 2018

Full One Act Play (Title TBA), Directed by Senior Bailey Williams
Performances: 8 p.m., Feb. 8-9, 2019

 

Social Practice Art cohort presents year-in-review at Tube Factory

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis is celebrating the work of the first cohort in the Social Practice Art master’s program with a retrospective event beginning Friday, August 3 at the Efroymson Gallery at Tube Factory Artspace.

The cohort has completed socially engaged work in many of Indianapolis’ neighborhoods, as well as South Bend, Lafayette and Union City, Ind., Cincinnati, Ohio and Buchanan, Mich.

The retrospective will include work from throughout the program, and many components of the show will include interactive elements like listening stations, mural designs, jacket designs and wearable art.

“We’ve had an amazing year,” said Kevin McKelvey, program director and founder. “We’ve brought together artists from many different creative backgrounds to implement socially engaged art and placemaking in Indianapolis and in small towns. We look forward to creating the same impact with our second cohort in 2018-2019.”

What: Masters Retrospective: Social Practice and Placemaking

When: August 3-17

Opening Reception: August 3, 6-10 pm

Closing Reception: August 17, 5-7 pm

Where: Efroymson Gallery at Tube Factory Artspace (1125 Cruft St., Indianapolis, In 46203)

The event is free to attend & open during regular Tube Factory Artspace hours

Students will be available during the opening reception to guide visitors through the interactive parts of their installations. The gallery show will feature thesis projects as well as the students’ work in rural placemaking in Union City, Ind., with support from the Efroymson Family Fund, and in movement and dance in Garfield Park with choreographer Rebecca Pappas. A few examples include:

  • Lauren Ditchley’s “In Place,” a series of pop-up events that create space for community connection through social exchange. Pretzel / Pencil / Picture, a self-guided walking tour, celebrates the public library and pretzel shop in Ditchley’s own Midtown neighborhood.
  • “Arranged Encounters” began in May 2018 as Linnea Gartin’s thesis work. The project records and archives stories of women in the Midwest experiencing contemporary society. Through podcast episodes and a curated exhibition of artifacts from the interview experience, the goal is to expose the common woman’s wisdom, story and perspective on the world.
  • “Queer Between Coasts” by Emma Landwerlen is an ongoing project and digital archive exploring the lives of LGBTQ people in the Midwest and what it means to be queer in the heartland today.

During the closing reception on August 17, students will conduct their own graduation ceremony to celebrate the end of their exciting year of work. Many students in the program were supported with a scholarship from the Efroymson Family Fund.

About the program

The Master of Arts in Social Practice Art is a one-year program with courses in social practice, placemaking, social entrepreneurship, and writing for nonprofits. The cohort brings together the talents of costume designers, photographers, painters, and other artists to create work of lasting impact that involves and engages the community. Many courses involve hands-on, immersive work in local places that have connected students to professional opportunities. UIndy welcomes its second cohort in fall 2018.

See photos from the opening reception

Research finds link between reduction in firearm suicides and “red flag” gun laws

INDIANAPOLIS – A new study by Aaron Kivisto, assistant professor of clinical psychology at the University of Indianapolis, provides evidence that risk-based gun seizure laws are saving lives. The study, “Effects of Risk-Based Firearm Seizure Laws in Connecticut and Indiana on Suicide Rates, 1981-2015,” appears in the June 2018 issue of Psychiatric Services. Peter Phalen ’18 (Psy.D. in clinical psychology) was co-author.

Risk-based firearm seizure laws – also known as “red flag,” risk warrant, gun violence restraining order, or extreme risk protection order laws – provide ways for law enforcement to seize guns from individuals considered to pose an imminent risk of serious harm to themselves or others. Nearly 23,000 Americans died in suicide incidents involving a firearm in 2016, the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The study, which utilizes CDC data for the 50 states, covers a 34-year period and focuses on Connecticut and Indiana, respectively the first two states to enact risk-based gun seizure laws. Researchers compared the number of firearm-related suicides before and after risk-based firearm seizure laws were enacted.

The study finds a 7.5-percent decrease in firearm suicides in Indiana in the 10 years following enactment of the law relative to expected rates, an effect larger than that seen in any comparison state by chance alone. Enactment of Connecticut’s law was associated with a 1.6-percent reduction in firearm suicides immediately after its passage relative to expected rates, and a 13.7-percent reduction in the post-Virginia Tech period when there was a substantial increase in enforcement.

With more than 20 “red flag” gun bills pending in state legislatures across the country, Kivisto said risk-based gun seizure laws have emerged as a prominent policy option for reducing gun violence. In the wake of the Parkland mass shooting, Florida recently became the sixth state in the country to pass a “red flag” gun law, joining California, Connecticut, Indiana, Oregon and Washington.

“Policy makers working to reduce gun violence benefit from data in helping them weigh the balance between individual risks and rights,” Kivisto said. “Red flag” laws, which may vary from state to state, share several important commonalities, particularly in providing a way of removing guns from individuals who are considered dangerous and already own guns, according to Kivisto.

“All states include judicial oversight of all gun seizures made by law enforcement and provide due process protections,” Kivisto explained. “These laws aren’t designed to permanently prohibit individuals from owning guns, but rather to remove them, often for several months, until the individual is no longer in crisis and posing a risk to themselves or others,” he added.

University of Indianapolis School of Education Earns National Accreditation

Teaching_Interview_28202INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis School of Education recently received full accreditation for the next seven years, at the initial-licensure level with no areas for improvement, through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation in the United States. This accreditation status is effective Spring 2018 through Spring 2025, with the next site visit taking place in Fall 2024.

CAEP determined that graduates from the University’s School of Education initial preparation programs are competent and caring educators, and that the school’s faculty and staff have created a culture of evidence to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs offered.

“These results reaffirm the continued hard work, dedication and commitment of our students, faculty and staff,” Executive Vice President and Provost Stephen Kolison said. “The leadership shown by Interim Dean Colleen Mulholland and excellent work of our dedicated faculty and staff positively reflects the overall caliber of the School of Education and of our graduates who are becoming excellent educators themselves.”

The University’s School of Education is known for leading-edge programs and supportive, experienced faculty who have strong relationships with central Indiana schools. All undergraduate and graduate programs emphasize applied learning from the very start, so students are well prepared to be successful teachers and principals upon graduation.

The CAEP Standards, adopted in 2013, reflect the voice of the education field on what makes a quality teacher. CAEP accreditation ensures that (1) there is solid evidence that a provider’s graduates are competent and caring, and (2) that there is solid evidence a provider’s staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence to be used for continuous improvement.

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 109 undergraduate degrees, more than 37 master’s degree programs and six 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.”  

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (www.CAEPnet.org) advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

 

University of Indianapolis Etchings Press announces 2018 Book Prize authors

INDIANAPOLIS – Etchings Press, the University of Indianapolis student-run publisher, has announced the recipients of the 2018 Book Prizes.

Since 2013, the Etchings Press Book Prize has solicited submissions of unpublished poetry and prose, chapbooks and novellas to compete for publication. To choose the 2018 winners, the University’s Department of English 479 class reviewed 56 submissions and narrowed them down to one book in each of the three categories. Winners receive a cash prize and 15 author copies of their published book.

“I admire the student editors’ professionalism,” said Liz Whiteacre, Etchings Press advisor and assistant professor of English. “Production teams worked tenaciously to turn the winning manuscripts into the beautiful books people can now purchase on Amazon. As an undergraduate, the opportunity to gain such valuable hands-on experience in publishing is special.”  

Recipients of the Etchings Press 2018 Book Prizes are as follows:

Chad Broughman

Chad Broughman

Chad V. Broughman is the 2018 Etching Press Chapbook Prize in Prose winner for his collection of short stories entitled the forsaken… Broughman expertly strings together four stories of broken people surviving events that leave them with deep emotional scars. Through trauma, family, societal ideals of strength and masculinity, and mental health issues, Broughman’s characters and their stories evoke visceral heartbreak and empathy in readers.

Broughman won the 2016 Rusty Scythe Prize Book Award and has been published in numerous reviews and journals nationwide. He also won the 2017 Adobe Cottage Writers Retreat in New Mexico and recently was named a finalist in the William Faulkner: William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. Broughman holds an MFA from Spalding University.

Robert Campbell

Robert Campbell

Robert Campbell’s In the Herald of Improbable Misfortunes earned the Etchings Press 2018 Chapbook Prize in Poetry. Robert Campbell’s poetry collection In the Herald of Improbable Misfortunes revolves around dreams, dreamers, and otherworldly happenings. The speaker navigates a dream world, one in which the speaker engages with the wilderness and wild, leaving readers with a sense of wonder and connectedness.

Campbell’s works have appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, The Collagist, Columbia Poetry Review, and other journals. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, short-listed for the 2015 Black Warrior Review Poetry Contest, and previous winner of the Flo Gault Poetry Prize, Campbell holds an MFA in Poetry from Murray State University and an MS in Library Science from the University of Kentucky.

James Gapinski

James Gapinski

James R. Gapinski’s Edge of the Known Bus Line is the winner of the Etchings Press 2018 Novella Prize. Edge of the Known Bus Line is a piece of slipstream fiction about an unnamed protagonist entering the world of Out of Service, a slum where people unfortunate to get on certain buses get left behind in a desolate, polluted wasteland where everyone fights for scraps that come off the buses.

Gapinski’s collection of linked flashes, Messiah Tortoise, is available from Red Bird Chapbooks. His work has also appeared in The Collapsar, F(r)iction, Juked, Monkeybicycle, Paper Darts, Psychopomp, and other publications. Gapinski is managing editor of The Conium Review, associate faculty at Ashford University, and an instructional specialist at Chemeketa Community College.

All publications are available for purchase here. To arrange an interview with an author, contact Liz Whiteacre at whiteacree@uindy.edu or 317-622-0308.

About Etchings Press

Etchings Press is a student-run publisher at the University of Indianapolis. Each spring, students select, edit, design, and publish chapbooks and a novella from submitted manuscripts. Interested authors should review guidelines and submit chapbook and novella manuscripts at etchings.submittable.com. Submission deadlines fall in January each year. For more information, please visit Etchings Press or email uindyetchings@gmail.com. Publications are made possible by funding provided by the Shaheen College of Arts and Sciences and the English Department of the University of Indianapolis.

University of Indianapolis Commencement honors Class of 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – More than 1,600 graduates received degrees from the University of Indianapolis at Saturday’s Commencement ceremony, which also served to highlight the impact of the institution’s students, alumni and faculty across the state and world.

The University recognized Rev. Rob Fuquay, senior pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, and 16-time Grammy Award winner Béla Fleck, with honorary degrees. Rev. Fuquay delivered the Commencement address to graduates and Fleck performed on the banjo in his signature improvisational style.

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Posted by University of Indianapolis on Saturday, May 5, 2018

“Commencement is designed to celebrate and recognize the hard work at improving lives and enhancing communities,” said University President Robert L. Manuel. “Both of these recipients have spent their careers carving new paths and inspiring others with their craft.”

President Manuel highlighted the community impact of the University’s service-learning initiatives and praised graduates for their commitment to those programs. In keeping with the University’s motto, “Education for Service,” Rev. Fuquay encouraged graduates to view their academic advancement as a springboard for giving back.

“A degree is not just for us to have a happier or more successful life. It’s about ‘what difference are we going to make in the world?’” Rev. Fuquay said.

Levi Mielke, assistant professor of chemistry in the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences, received the 2018 Teacher of the Year Award, which honors a faculty member who has demonstrated a distinguished record of excellence and impact on student learning.

Three students were honored with the I. Lynd Esch Award, which is given each year to students with the highest scholarly achievement during their University of Indianapolis career. The award, named for a former president of the University, recognizes persistence, consistency, and dedication to academic excellence. The 2018 recipients are Annika Haynes (finance), Julie Larson (exercise science and pre-occupational therapy) and Brett Ortman (chemistry and pre-occupational therapy).

The total number of University of Indianapolis graduates for May 2018 stands at 1,650 students from 21 countries, with 1,084 undergraduates, 566 graduate and doctoral students, including 100 graduates at international partner sites.

UIndy 2018 Commencement by the numbers:

  • 1,084 undergraduates
  • 566 master’s and doctoral candidates
  • 34 states and 21 nations represented
  • 1,550 graduates from home campus
  • 100 graduates at UIndy’s international partner sites
  • Total: 1,650 graduates

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 109 undergraduate degrees, more than 37 master’s degree programs and six 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.”  

 

University of Indianapolis Commencement Ceremony set for May 5, 2018

The University of Indianapolis will hold its 110th Commencement Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Key Stadium, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis.

Watch a live stream of the Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m., May 5, 2018 on uindy.edu.

Honorary degree recipients include Rev. Rob Fuquay, senior pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, one of Indianapolis’ largest congregations with more than 6,000 members. The University also will honor Béla Fleck, a 16-time Grammy Award winner commonly described as the world’s best banjo player. Rev. Fuquay will provide the commencement address and Béla Fleck will perform a selection from his extensive repertoire during the ceremony.

Rev. Fuquay, who has called Indianapolis home since 2011, formerly served as the senior pastor of Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Mooresville, NC. He is the fifth senior pastor appointed at St. Luke’s. As the author of several books and course guides on religious topics, Fuquay is considered a thought leader on innovative subjects designed to bring religion and inspiration to the entire community, not just his congregation. Throughout his career, Fuquay has served various congregations with his gifts of strong preaching, leadership development and visioning.

Béla Fleck has been nominated in more Grammy categories than any other musician. He is best known for his eclectic musical pursuits and introducing the banjo to all genres of improvisational music. He is lauded internationally as a solo artist as well as from his work with successful groups such as New Grass Revival and Béela Fleck and the Flecktones. Through collaborations with artists such as Sam Bush, Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Victor Wooten, Dave Matthews and many others, Fleck has reinvented the image and sound of the banjo.

President Manuel will preside over Saturday’s ceremony, which includes a full academic procession and musical performances by University faculty and students.

Annie DeRolf ’18 (doctorate of occupational therapy) of St. John, Ind., will serve as the graduate student speaker, and Kaitlyn Kendall ’18 (communications), of Indianapolis, will speak on behalf of the undergraduate student body. Isabella (Ivy) Bott ’18 (music) of Whiteland, Ind., will perform the National Anthem and Samantha Burkey ’18 (music education) of Wolcottville, Ind., will perform the Alma Mater.

The total number of University of Indianapolis graduates for 2018 stands at 1,650 students from 21 countries, with 1,084 undergraduates, 566 graduate and doctoral students, and 100 graduates at international partner sites.

UIndy 2018 Commencement by the numbers:

  • 1,084 undergraduates
  • 566 master’s and doctoral candidates
  • 34 states and 21 nations represented
  • 1,550 graduates from home campus
  • 100 additional graduates at UIndy’s international partner sites
  • Total: 1,650 graduates

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 109 undergraduate degrees, more than 37 master’s degree programs and six 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.”  

University of Indianapolis announces new dean to lead the School of Education

KuykendallThe University of Indianapolis announced Friday that John A. Kuykendall, III, Ph.D., has been appointed as the next Dean of the School of Education effective July 1, 2018.

Dr. Kuykendall most recently served as a tenured associate professor of education and as the director for the School of Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In his administrative role at Little Rock, he oversaw 27 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in teacher education and educational leadership. Before arriving at Little Rock, he was a faculty member at Marquette University in Milwaukee, where he oversaw the College of Student Affairs Program and taught graduate courses in higher education.

“The University of Indianapolis School of Education has a history of dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs that emphasize experiential learning taught by supportive and experienced faculty. Our tradition of strong relationships with central Indiana schools will be enhanced by Dr. Kuykendall. His appointment will further enhance our high standards and record of innovation,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Stephen Kolison, Jr.

One such example Dr. Kolison cited is the University’s Department of Teacher Education, which has been nationally recognized for partnerships with local K-12 schools through the 2013 Model of Excellence Award in the Partnerships category from the national Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education.

I look forward to leading the University of Indianapolis School of Education. As Dean, I will provide forward-thinking leadership that will help equip teachers and administrators for the challenges and demands of an ever-changing educational landscape. I hope to serve our future educators tirelessly, and I am excited to be working with an outstanding, transformative faculty,” Dr. Kuykendall.

Recent grants have helped to place the University of Indianapolis School of Education at the forefront of innovative teaching methods. School of Education faculty have pioneered breakthrough programs such as Teach Today: Transform Tomorrow, which focuses on the recruitment of talented high school students who show an interest in STEM. The program received a grant from the STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund in 2017 to work with students as early as the 10th grade to develop the mindset around becoming a teacher. The Teach (STEM)³ Program, funded through the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, focuses on preparing secondary-level (middle/high school) STEM educators. The program meets a growing local and national need by bringing professionals from STEM-related fields to pursue a teaching career.

Dr.  Kuykendall’s research areas address several of the most pressing concerns in higher education today: achieving college readiness for first-generation students, developing new models for college recruitment and retention, and how social class structures impact children’s abilities to attend and be prepared for higher education. Dr. Kuykendall plans to continue these lines of scholarly inquiry and to seek external funding to support these important projects. He has numerous peer-reviewed research and scholarly paper presentations, published articles and chapters within books, including the 2017 publication, “Advancing Equity and Diversity in Student Affairs: A Festschrift in Honor of Melvin C. Terrell.”

A native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Dr. Kuykendall began his baccalaureate studies at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in biology education. His master’s studies took him to Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, where he earned a Master of Science in educational leadership. For his doctorate, John earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University in higher education administration.

 

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