University of Indianapolis Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning partners with INvestEd, State Higher Ed commission to help Indiana dual credit teachers obtain credentials

The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis will partner with the Indiana Higher Education Commission (ICHE) and INvestEd to meet the need for qualified teachers to deliver dual credit coursework in Indiana’s K-12 schools.

Teach Dual Credit Indiana is a partnership between ICHE and INvestEd to ensure that Indiana high school teachers are equipped and qualified to teach dual credit courses. Dual credit courses allow students to earn college credit and high school credit at the same time—preparing them for college and saving them time and money when they get there. CELL will be administering the program, which includes providing the funding to postsecondary institutions for tuition and books for teachers who are seeking to fulfill dual credit credentialing requirements as set forth by the regional college accreditor Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Beginning September 1, 2023, high school educators who teach dual credit courses are required to have a master’s degree and at least 18 credit hours of instruction in the subject they teach. The credentialing rules were put into place by HLC. Earlier this year, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers requested and received an additional one-year extension from HLC for Indiana teachers to meet these requirements.

INvestEd is providing a $3 million grant for Hoosier teachers to receive the necessary credit hours, up to 18 in total. The grant could fully qualify between 200 and 700 teachers, depending on how many credits teachers take. There are currently more than 560 Indiana teachers who have master’s degrees but lack the 18 hours.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and INvestEd on this project,” said Carey Dahncke, executive director of the University of Indianapolis Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL). “Ensuring student success in post-secondary endeavors, particularly when those are collegiate aspirations, has been central to our Early College and STEM Teach work. With the looming shortage of qualified teachers to deliver dual credit course work in Indiana’s K-12 schools – Teach Dual Credit Indiana is desperately needed. Soon teachers across the state will have access to graduate education opportunities at a wide range of Hoosier universities to ensure we have enough secondary teachers that meet the Higher Learning Commission’s requirements for teaching dual credit courses in Indiana’s high schools.”

“Indiana’s dual credit teachers can become fully credentialed to meet the HLC requirements at no cost to them, thanks to the support of INvestEd and through the state’s partnership with CELL,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “Hoosier students who have the opportunity to take dual credit courses in high school go to college at higher rates are more likely to succeed in college and to graduate on time, saving students and families time and money. Ensuring all students in Indiana have access to dual credit courses taught by credentialed teachers can also help close the state’s educational opportunity gaps, as the benefits of dual credit are seen across all races, ethnicities and socioeconomic statuses.”

CELL is encouraging postsecondary institutions to submit proposals to offer courses through Teach Dual Credit Indiana. Tuition for courses, along with books and materials, will be provided at no cost to dual credit teachers employed at Indiana public, including charter schools, and accredited private schools. Courses will be offered in the winter, spring and summer 2021 and may be offered in an online or hybrid mode of delivery.

Teachers with a master’s degree who need more credits can learn more about how to access grant funds and postsecondary institutions can review and submit a Request for Proposal at TeachDualCredit.org.

“CELL is excited to launch Teach Dual Credit Indiana and begin funding teachers to take the graduate courses necessary to meet credentialing requirements to teach dual credit classes in non-STEM fields such as English and Social Studies. Teach Dual Credit Indiana is a program similar to STEM Teach which provides funding for dual credit teachers in STEM fields. We look forward to continuing to serve teachers and schools so that they can provide ample dual credit opportunities to high school students. In the end, this results in making the transition to college easier and more affordable for students as they earn college credits while still enrolled in high school,” said Trish Wlodarczyk, director of strategic initiatives, STEM Teach IV, CELL. 

ICHE estimates dual credit completion saves Hoosier students $69 million in postsecondary tuition and fees annually. One-third of students who complete dual credit courses in Indiana are from low-income households.

About CELL
Created in 2001, the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis has served as the leading convener, catalyst and collaborator for innovative education change. CELL’s mission is for all people in Indiana to experience meaningful and high-quality education. CELL partners with schools and communities to improve outcomes for students of all ages by leading sustainable educational innovation and transformation across Indiana. Providing leadership that is both cutting-edge and action-oriented, CELL unites districts, schools, communities, universities and businesses to build a sense of urgency and form innovative collaborations for statewide educational and economic improvement. Learn more: cell.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 5,600 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 announces world-renowned ecologist Nalini Nadkarni as 2020 honorary degree recipient

Nalini Nadkarni

Nalini Nadkarni

The University of Indianapolis will present an honorary degree to Nalini Nadkarni, forest ecologist and science communicator, during the December 2020 Commencement ceremonies.

A pioneer in the study of the Costa Rican rainforest canopy, Nadkarni has dedicated her career to ground-breaking research and public engagement. Her academic research interests include the ecological roles that canopy-dwelling plants play in forests at multiple spatial and temporal scales, and the effects of forest fragmentation and climate change on the biodiversity and ecosystem function of canopy communities. Her research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society and the Mellon Foundation.

Nadkarni is recognized as a dedicated educator and communicator who uses nontraditional pathways to make scientific knowledge accessible to wider audiences and to raise awareness of nature’s importance to human lives. She has innovated bringing science education, conservation projects and nature imagery to the incarcerated. In 2003, she co-created the Sustainability in Prison Program in Washington State, and in 2011, created the Initiative to bring Science Programs to the Incarcerated (INSPIRE). These programs bring multiple benefits for inmates, scientists, correctional institutions, and the community.

“Throughout her career, Nalini Nadkarni has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to connecting her academic expertise with broader audiences while continuing her critical research on rainforest ecology. The impact of her work is immeasurable. The University of Indianapolis is deeply proud to recognize her career with an honorary degree and to highlight her shining example of our university mission, ‘education for service,’” said President Robert L. Manuel.

An Emeritus Professor at The Evergreen State College, Nadkarni currently is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Utah. She collaborates with a wide range of humanists, creative writers, poets, dancers, musicians and visual artists to better understand and communicate the relationships between nature and humans. Her work has included developing moss growing techniques with prisoners, as well as bringing artists, like musician and biologist G. Duke Brady, into the forest canopy to write and perform.

Nadkarni is deeply committed to public engagement with science. In 1994, she co-founded the International Canopy Network, a non-profit organization that fosters communication among researchers, educators, and conservationists concerned with forest canopies. Her work has been featured in media outlets including the Guardian, Natural History, Glamour, “Good Morning America,” Bill Nye the Science Guy and many more. She has given two TED talks (Conserving the Canopy and Life Science in Prison) and more than 25 endowed lectures around the world. She is the author of two books, “Between the Earth and Sky” (2002) and “Kingfisher Voyages: Rain Forest” (2006).

Nadkarni is the recipient of multiple honors and awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2001), the Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship (2004), the J. Sterling Morton Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation, the Grace Hopper Lifetime Achievement Award, the Public Service Award from the National Science Board (2010), the AAAS Public Engagement With Science Award (2011), the Monito del Giardino Prize for Environmental Action (2012), an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Brown University (2014), Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2014: “Blue Room, the prison room that helps inmates relax,” Washington State University’s William Julius Wilson Award for the Advancement of Social Justice (2015), Wings Worldquest, Women of Discovery Awards (2018) and Inspiring Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists (2019), among others.

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 5,600 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 receives $2.5 million Lilly Endowment grant through Charting the Future for Indiana’s Colleges and Universities initiative

Lilly Endowment logoINDIANAPOLIS—The University of Indianapolis is the recipient of a $2.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. through its initiative, Charting the Future for Indiana’s Colleges and Universities. The grant will support student retention, diversified educational programming, data-driven decision-making and initiatives to link institutional expertise with business organizations.

Launched in 2019, Lilly Endowment’s Charting the Future initiative supports new strategies to address changing demographics among traditional college-age students and other challenges affecting higher education. Lilly Endowment distributed a total of nearly $62 million in implementation grants to Indiana’s 38 accredited colleges and universities. The grants range from $1 million to $5 million and are based on the size of student enrollment at each school.

“This generous grant from Lilly Endowment allows the University of Indianapolis to pursue initiatives that are of critical importance to the continued development of our institutional relevance and impact. The University is deeply appreciative of this opportunity to expand our services and programs to meet the needs of new populations and to further connect our expertise to business partners and other organizations in the region,” said Robert L. Manuel, University of Indianapolis president.

The grant will support revenue diversification through educational programming, including interdisciplinary product development and corporate learning; retention and services for non-traditional students; data analytics and applied technology commercialization; and a Public Voices Fellowship that will diversify the University’s thought leadership at a regional and national level. Additionally, the funds will support the development of centers of applied educational outreach designed to solve the educational pipeline, such as the Roche Academy, a partnership with Roche Diagnostics.

The Gene and Joanne Sease Institute, founded by the University of Indianapolis in 2019, recognizes the opportunity to serve new segments of the workforce as the University responds to immediate employer needs that may not require liberal arts degrees. The Lilly Endowment grant will support the Institute’s efforts to offer a new ‘on-ramp’ to success for this demographic as it works with corporate partners to create an educational experience that benefits the University, individuals, business and society overall.

The University of Indianapolis’ implementation grant was awarded under the second phase of Lilly Endowment’s three-phase Charting the Future initiative. In this phase, Lilly Endowment invited proposals for promising strategies that will result in economies of scale and other cost efficiencies to enhance the viability and financial condition of the institutions and prepare graduates for rewarding employment and to live engaged and meaningful lives, especially in Indiana. Grants under a third phase, which is competitive, will be awarded in 2021. Those grants will support collaborative efforts that seek to have large-scale impact on the ability of higher education institutions in Indiana to fulfill their educational missions.

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 5,600 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.

About Lilly Endowment Inc.
Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana. Learn more: lillyendowment.org.

University of Indianapolis study finds increased risk of adolescent suicide associated with household firearm ownership

Aaron Kivisto, University of Indianapolis associate professor of clinical psychology

Aaron Kivisto, University of Indianapolis associate professor of clinical psychology

Study confirms safe storage provisions are associated with decreased adolescent firearm suicide

INDIANAPOLIS—New research from the University of Indianapolis shows that state-level gun ownership is strongly linked to rates of suicide among high school-aged adolescents, and gun ownership is linked more strongly to adolescent suicide than adult suicide. The research also determined that child access prevention laws, particularly those that require that gun locks to be included with all handgun sales, were associated with decreased rates of firearm suicide. 

The study, “Adolescent Suicide, Household Firearm Ownership, and the Effects of Child Access Prevention Laws,” was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Aaron Kivisto, associate professor of clinical psychology, was the lead author of the study. Co-authors include Katherine Kivisto, associate professor of clinical child psychology, Erica Gurnell ’22 (PsyD), Peter Phalen ’18 (PsyD) and Bradley Ray.

The study examined 37,652 suicides among high school-aged adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18 years old between 1991 and 2017, and found that slightly more than half of these involved firearms. Researchers found that for each 10-percent-point increase in state gun ownership, rates of high school-age adolescent firearm suicide increased by 39 percent compared to 18 percent among adults. This association between firearm ownership and suicide was approximately two times stronger among adolescents relative to adults, a significant difference.

The research also determined that child access prevention laws requiring safe-storage practices, and particularly laws requiring that gun locks be included with all handgun sales, were associated with decreased rates of firearm suicide. While these laws were associated with decreased firearm suicide across the lifespan, they were associated with significantly larger reductions in suicide among high school-aged adolescents compared to adults. This suggests that laws promoting safe-storage practices are uniquely suited to preventing youth suicide.

“Our results show that the relative risk of suicide for adolescents conferred by firearms is approximately twice that observed among adults. Although these findings highlight the risks of household firearm ownership for youth living in the home, we find promise in the observation that child access prevention laws mandating handgun locks and safe storage appear to reduce this risk considerably. These data suggest that the expansion of requirements that firearm locks be provided with all handgun sales, not only those through federally licensed firearm dealers, might reduce the impact of youth firearm suicide,” Aaron Kivisto said. 

The results expand on Kivisto’s previous findings related to Indiana’s ‘red flag’ law, which found that risk-based firearm seizure laws provided one promising legislative strategy for reducing firearm suicide.

“In examining laws that would theoretically target suicide risk particularly among children and adolescents, these findings suggest that separate, targeted legislative solutions might be necessary for decreasing suicide risk among children, youth and adults,” Kivisto said.

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 5,600 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 collaboration brings out-of-print novel into 21st century

University of Indianapolis faculty and students have collaborated to publish a previously out-of-print novel by Ann Radcliffe, “The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne (1789).” The project brought together faculty and students in the fields of English and the Studio Arts to publish an illustrated, scholarly edition of Radcliffe’s novel.

“We think this illustrated and annotated novel is one that English course instructors and literature lovers alike will enjoy,” said Liz Whiteacre, assistant professor of English.

This student-friendly edition of Ann Radcliffe’s first novel, now available for purchase on Amazon, includes illustrations and footnotes produced by students at University of Indianapolis, as well as an introduction by Dr. JoEllen DeLucia (Central Michigan University), who guides readers through this early Gothic novel. Set in medieval Scotland, “The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne” explores revenge and features warring clans, imprisoned heroes and heroines, a shipwrecked Count, stolen inheritances and many of the hallmarks of Radcliffe’s later Gothic fiction.

Book cover photo available here.

Work for the publishing of the novel stretched across multiple courses at the University of Indianapolis. Students learned how to produce a scholarly edition of the novel in ENGL 420: Critical Editions, taught by Jennifer Camden, the Beverley J. Pitts Distinguished Professor of the Strain Honors College, professor and associate chair of English.

Students in ART 193: Beginning Illustration and ART 430: Advanced Illustration taught by Randi Frye (Franklin College), who was at the time assistant professor of Art & Design, illustrated key scenes from the novel. 

Assistant professor of English Liz Whiteacre’s ST 299: Book Publishing and Promotion course took files from the preceding courses to create the master design file of the book, completed its editing, and developed marketing materials to promote it. 

Katherine Fries, associate professor of Art & Design and director of Hullabaloo Press, is working with the National Library Bindery Company of Indiana to provide an opportunity in the near future for students to hand-bind a limited, commemorative art edition of the novel and learn more about bookmaking.

The novel was published through Etchings Press at the University of Indianapolis. “Before work on this project began, we’d been having discussions on how to expand the work that students are doing with Etchings and continue our collaboration with Hullabaloo Press,” Camden said. “Those two goals were able to serendipitously come together in this project!”

About Etchings Press

Etchings Press is the University of Indianapolis’ teaching press and publishing laboratory. Students engage with writers from the campus community and across the world, publishing a bi-annual literary and fine arts magazine, the Floodgate Poetry Series and three books each spring, producing a literary podcast, judging literary contests, and collaborating with UIndy’s Hullabaloo Press. Learn more: etchings.uindy.edu 

About Hullabaloo Press

Hullabaloo Press is the printmaking studio in the Department of Art & Design at the University of Indianapolis. Established in 2016, the mission of the printmaking program is to empower students, regardless of major, to explore and develop their unique artistic vision through printmaking. Printmaking and letterpress courses focus on the artistic development of studio artists and designers, community projects and collaborations, as well as the growth and maintenance of the physical printshop and letterpress studio and its equipment. Learn more: https://uindy.edu/cas/art-design/hullabaloo-press/ 

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 5,600 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 Center for Aging & Community hosts Memory Cafe Drive-in Concerts

The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community, in collaboration with the UIndy Department of Music, CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions, and Books & Brews-South Indy, will host a series of Memory Cafe Drive-In Concerts, beginning Tuesday, September 29.

An outreach of the Dementia Friends Indiana movement led locally by CICOA, Memory Cafes are welcoming gatherings for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their family members or caregivers. The concerts will take place outdoors at Books & Brews-South Indy (3808 Shelby St., Indianapolis, IN 46227) as listed below.

Tuesday, September 29
2:00-3:15 p.m.
UIndy Jazz Combo 1

Wednesday, October 14
2:00-3:15 p.m.
UIndy Jazz Ensemble

Tuesday, October 29
2:00-3:15 p.m.
UIndy Pep Band

The series will feature University of Indianapolis student musicians. Cars will be spaced for social distancing. Guests may stay in their vehicles or bring chairs to sit outside their vehicles. Bottled water and packaged cookies will be provided and bathrooms are available inside Books & Brews. 

Memory Cafe Drive-In Concerts are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, visit www.dementiafriendsindiana.org/events/memory-cafe-drive-in-concert.  

For more information about attendance, contact Becky Fee at the UIndy Center for Aging & Community at feer@uindy.edu or 317-791-5930. 

 

About CICOA
CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions is the unbiased expert in Central Indiana connecting older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers with home- and community-based services that help them remain living at home in better health, with better care, at a lower cost. Through a network of agencies, providers and volunteers, CICOA offers personal home care, meals, senior transportation, home accessibility modifications, respite care, caregiver assistance and more. A non-profit since 1974, CICOA is Indiana’s largest Area Agency on Aging and serves Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, and Shelby Counties. Learn more at cicoa.org.

Dementia Friends is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia. The Dementia Friends Indiana initiative—launched in Central Indiana in 2017 by CICOA and expanded statewide in 2019 in partnership with other Area Agencies on Agingseeks to educate people about dementia, reduce stigmas surrounding it, and implement practical changes that create more welcoming environments. Learn more at DementiaFriendsIndiana.org.

About the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community
The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community (CAC) is one of Indiana’s leading centers for aging studies. CAC uses an interdisciplinary approach to develop partnerships between higher education, business organizations and the community. The Center prides itself on being a champion for advancing the new reality of older adults as corporate, community and family assets.

The University of Indianapolis offers outstanding online education in aging studies. In addition, CAC provides research and consultation services to civic, philanthropic, business and community organizations that are working to serve older adults. By working with organizations and individuals who work with the aging population, CAC seeks to improve the quality of life for older adults across Indiana and beyond. Learn more at uindy.edu/cac.

University of Indianapolis R.B. Annis School of Engineering receives 2020 Elevate Nexus Higher Education Grant to boost entrepreneurship programming

The University of Indianapolis R.B. Annis School of Engineering (RBASOE) received a 2020 Elevate Nexus Higher Education Grant for $50,000 to support program curriculum and entrepreneurship throughout the University. Elevate Ventures, a private venture development organization, facilitates the Elevate Nexus Higher Education Grants, which are made possible through a partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

The grant will provide enough funding to sustain operations for two consecutive years to support customer discovery, engineering design and prototyping by the RBASOE junior-level engineering students in the DesignSpine curriculum as they develop an entrepreneurial mindset as well as innovation-driven product development skills. A significant portion of the grant will also support students and faculty outside of the engineering program to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration.

“This grant will enable our UIndy faculty and students to expand on the design aspect of engineering and explore further product development, which is an important component of the entrepreneurial mindset,” said Kenneth Reid, R.B. Annis School of Engineering associate dean. “It allows us to build upon the DesignSpine curriculum, a unique aspect of the R.B. Annis School of Engineering.”

Reid noted RBASOE’s history of cross-departmental work through the DesignSpine.

“With this grant, students and faculty outside of engineering will have access to our entrepreneurial curriculum, additional funds to explore their ideas, and resources to support their ideas, product development, and commercialization endeavors,” Reid said.

David Olawale, assistant professor of engineering, led the application grant. As an entrepreneur who is active in the Indiana technology development ecosystem, he saw the Elevate Nexus program as a valuable opportunity to expand on the RBASOE DesignSpine as well as to promote innovation-driven entrepreneurial activities across the University of Indianapolis.

“The goal is to create a center for collaborative innovation that includes expertise and resources from different disciplines and units across the University to serve students, faculty and staff,” Olawale said.

After taking part in the program, participants will be able to proceed to the Elevate Nexus pitch competition program where they can compete for a share of $660,000 to support their ideas and ventures.

A portion of the grant is designed to support an entrepreneurial summer camp for central Indiana high school students. The camp will expose students to the entrepreneurial mindset curriculum, engineering concepts, CAD skills and prototyping. The R.B. Annis School of Engineering has hosted summer camps concentrating on radio-controlled car optimization and the design and fabrication of electric go-karts.

“With this grant, future camps will be able to grow and expose more students to exciting new areas of engineering,” said Paul Talaga, associate professor of engineering.

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.

About Elevate Ventures
Elevate Ventures is a private venture development organization that nurtures and develops emerging and existing high-growth businesses into high-performing, Indiana-based companies. Elevate Ventures accomplishes this by providing access to capital, rigorous business analysis and robust advisory services that connect companies with the right mix of resources businesses need to succeed long term. To learn more about Elevate Ventures, visit elevateventures.com.

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning receives $4.8 million in grants from Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund

The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis received $4.8 million in two grants from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief  (GEER) Fund. One grant worth $3.3 million will fund devices and broadband in nine service centers and 23 school districts in rural areas across the State of Indiana. The second grant allots $1.5 million for professional development to improve educators’ capacity to provide engaging and effective online instruction. 

CELL will partner with the Central Indiana Education Service Center during the next two years to disburse the funds and arrange for training. In addition to providing broadband for rural areas that frequently lack high-speed internet access, the $3.3 million grant will be used to connect families to wi-fi hotspots as well as to buy equipment such as laptops for students and teachers. 

The $4.8 million awarded to CELL is one of the larger amounts distributed by the State of Indiana from the $61.6 million in GEER funding that the State received from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds allow the Governor’s Office to provide support to local educational agencies and institutions of higher education with an application focus on developing and improving the availability of remote learning techniques and technologies. 

“These grants will allow us to meet the unique needs of rural school districts and ensure that students and teachers have access to the technology they require to succeed. We are grateful to the Governor’s Office for this valuable opportunity to address the immediate concerns of the pandemic and to prepare educators in these school districts for the technological demands of the future,” said Janet Boyle, CELL executive director.

The Indiana Department of Education, the Commission for Higher Education, the Indiana State Board of Education, and the Governor’s Office established the needs-based, competitive grant program to support the unique challenges associated with remote learning including device access, internet connectivity and educator training/development.

The following school districts and education centers will receive funding:

Crothersville Community Schools
Delaware Community Schools
Franklin County Community Schools
Frontier School Corporation
Jay County School Corporation
Lake Station Community Schools
Logansport Community School Corporation
Middlebury Community Schools
Monroe Gregg School District
MSD of Wabash County
Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (Fortville)
North Central Parke School Corporation
North Lawrence Community Schools
Northeast School Corporation (Sullivan County)
Perry Central Community Schools
Randolph Central School Corporation
Rising Sun School Corporation
South Newton School Corporation
Southern Hancock School Corporation
Spencer-Owen School Corporation
Union County School College Corner Joint School District
Vincennes City School Corporation
Wabash City Schools

About CELL
Created in 2001, the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis has served as the leading convener, catalyst and collaborator for innovative education change. CELL’s mission is for all people in Indiana to experience meaningful and high-quality education. CELL partners with schools and communities to improve outcomes for students of all ages by leading sustainable educational innovation and transformation across Indiana. Providing leadership that is both cutting-edge and action-oriented, CELL unites districts, schools, communities, universities and businesses to build a sense of urgency and form innovative collaborations for statewide educational and economic improvement. Learn more: cell.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.

Carey Dahncke named new CELL executive director

Carey_DahnckeThe University of Indianapolis has named Carey Dahncke as executive director of the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL). Dahncke will begin work on August 31, 2020.

Dahncke brings 28 years of experience as an educator, having taught in secondary and elementary classrooms—including a year in rural England as part of the Fulbright program. Dahncke transitioned into urban education in 1997 when he joined Indianapolis Public Schools to engage in school improvement work as a new principal. In 2006 he was recruited to help Christel DeHaan’s fledgling charter school. Under his leadership, the single school grew into an award-winning network serving impoverished children and adults across the city.  Most notably, in 2013 he was named by MetLife and NASSP as one of ten national Breakthrough Principals for dramatically improving the academic outcomes of students living in poverty.  

Since 2001, CELL has engaged in education transformation efforts to make Indiana a national model for educational excellence. Its efforts have focused on bringing Early College opportunities to high school students across the state, as well as the STEM Teach initiative aimed at increasing the number of highly qualified science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers for Indiana schools. 

“CELL’s work has been integral in connecting Indiana school districts with innovative strategies to engage the most pressing education issues of our time,” said Robert L. Manuel, University of Indianapolis president. “The University is thrilled to welcome Carey Dahncke to this pivotal leadership role. Carey’s dedication to servant leadership and educational transformation will help lead CELL’s future evolution within the University of Indianapolis.”  

“I look forward to joining the University of Indianapolis, as I’ve long been an admirer of the mission and its work,” Dahncke said. “For many years, CELL has been at the center of educational innovation across the region. Now, during these unprecedented times, the need to support dynamic educational leadership in Indiana couldn’t be more vital. Building on CELL’s phenomenal success, I am eager to help schools expand outstanding educational opportunities for all Hoosier students.”

As executive director of CELL, Dahncke will oversee strategic planning, staffing, budgeting, advocacy, school and government relations and other statewide initiatives, including the Education Workforce Innovation Network, STEM Teach, the Lilly Endowment Comprehensive Counseling Initiative and Early College High School. Dahncke will report to Interim Vice President and Provost Mary Beth Bagg, and will work closely with School of Education Dean John Kuykdendall on collaborative initiatives.

Immediate past CELL Executive Director Janet Boyle will continue to direct the Rural Early College Network project. Under Boyle’s leadership, CELL secured several key grants for important initiatives, including the $7.9M federal grant through the Education Innovation and Research program and a $2.4M award from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Boyle also led the statewide Early College initiative and created the STEM Teach initiative in partnership with Independent Colleges of Indiana.

“I would like to express my gratitude for Janet Boyle’s leadership and innovation. Janet’s work has ensured CELL’s strong presence at regional and national levels, which has allowed us to connect with educational leaders across the country and explore how our educational system can respond to the complexities of our world,” President Manuel said.

UIndy and Vincennes University announce transfer agreement for accelerated public health education and promotion program

The University of Indianapolis and Vincennes University announced today a transfer agreement establishing a seamless transition for qualifying students between Vincennes University’s Associate of Science in Education with Health Promotion and Health Education Concentration to the University of Indianapolis Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education and Promotion – Accelerated Bachelor’s Program.

The partnership will provide opportunities for adults looking to develop professional skills in the area of public health and meet an urgent need in our communities. The need for public health education specialists is on the rise in a myriad of public health areas including weight management, disease and illness prevention, proper nutrition, exercise and more.

“The University of Indianapolis is excited to offer this opportunity at a time when the need for professionals in this field continues to grow,” said Robert L. Manuel, president of the University of Indianapolis. “The partnership expands access to a high-quality public health degree and will fulfill critical regional demands for public health professionals.”

Vincennes University provides students with a sound, comprehensive introduction to a health and wellness related career and prepares them to potentially gain employment in a variety of settings, including public and private education, national, state and local health agencies and private industry. 

“VU is proud to work once more with the University of Indianapolis on an innovative program,” said Chuck Johnson, president of Vincennes University. “This partnership represents a commitment by both institutions to developing and delivering affordable, accessible pathways to rewarding careers to both adult and traditional students.”

The transfer agreement aims to provide an opportunity for non-traditional students who are not directly out of high school and who fall under the category of “adult learner.” According to the agreement, Vincennes University graduates from the associate of science degree program of study in Education and Health Promotion and Health Education concentration may transfer to the University of Indianapolis and apply a minimum of 60 credit hours from that completed degree to the requirements for the bachelor of science degree in Public Health Education and Promotion – Accelerated Bachelor’s Program. 

Students who enroll in the Public Health Education and Promotion program at the University of Indianapolis have access to major health resources and hospital systems within miles of campus and will work alongside faculty members to conduct research on various health topics. The program provides a solid foundation for those who look to advance their education with a graduate degree in occupational or physical therapy.

About the College of Health Sciences

UIndy’s College of Health Sciences offers nationally ranked programs within the Krannert School of Physical Therapy and the School of Occupational Therapy, as well as highly regarded programs in kinesiology, gerontology, athletic training and other health professions, preparing students for a wide variety of health and sports-related professions. The College is distinguished through rigorous academics, research, applied learning in clinical settings, and highly competitive internships. With associate to doctoral level degree offerings, programs within the College educate all levels of students to positively impact the health of the community. Graduate certificate and special certification programs also are available.

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.

About Vincennes University

VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper, the Aviation Technology Center and American Sign Language program in Indianapolis, Early College Career and Technical Education Centers, and additional sites such as the Gene Haas Training and Education Center in Lebanon, the Logistics Training and Education Center in Plainfield, and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics in Fort Branch. VU offers online degrees and classes to students who need access to college courses and flexibility through its Distance Education. A leader in dual credit and career and technical education statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation. In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, it also offers bachelor’s degree programs. VU’s tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana campuses with residence halls. Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S. President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.

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