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.

 

The Indianapolis Quartet To Perform A Program Of “Firsts” April 20

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet

Quartet-in-Residence at University of Indianapolis appears at Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center

The Indianapolis Quartet will perform at the University of Indianapolis’ Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018. Fresh from their Chicago debut in March, the Quartet’s program includes Beethoven’s F major quartet, Op. 18, No. 1; Shostakovich’s C major quartet No. 1, Op. 49; and Debussy’s only contribution to the genre written in 1893. The concert will take place in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. See details here.

Watch the Quartet perform live in studio on Indy Style (April 17)

The University of Indianapolis is home to The Indianapolis Quartet (TIQ), an elite ensemble of widely acclaimed musicians whose global reputations and history of performance successes have established the ensemble as a quintessential example of musical excellence in the Midwest. Founded in 2016 through a collaboration between esteemed university faculty and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, TIQ has since performed to capacity crowds and continued the tradition of artistic and cultural significance at the University of Indianapolis. Jay Harvey writing for “Upstage” praised the ensemble: the “Indianapolis Quartet sounds supremely well-established.”

The talents of TIQ’s members are impressive in their own right. Known for his virtuosic, high-energy performances, violinist Zachary De Pue successfully balances his roles as Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician, and fiddler. Bulgarian native Joana Genova has an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher, and soloist. She formerly served as concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and was a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta before establishing herself in the United States. Violist Michael Isaac Strauss performs around the world as a solo, chamber, and symphonic musician, and was formerly principal violist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 20 years. He now serves on the faculties of Youngstown State University and the University of Indianapolis. Award-winning cellist Austin Huntington made his solo orchestral debut at the age of ten and at twenty he was appointed principal cello of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, currently making him one of the youngest principal musicians in a major American orchestra.

TIQ has performed with highly acclaimed guest artists on their University of Indianapolis series during the past two concert seasons. Among them are pianist Orli Shaham in the Brahms piano quintet, cellist Mark Kowsower in the Schubert string quintet, and clarinetist Todd Palmer in the Mozart clarinet quintet.

The 2017-18 season has seen the Quartet expand its scope to regional and national audiences including an appearance at the Taconic Music Summer Festival in Manchester, Vermont July 13 and 14. A future collaboration planned for 2019 with composer Robert Paterson will allow the quartet to expand its repertoire and reach new audiences through its unique emotional performing style.

CONCERT DETAILS:

The Indianapolis Quartet

Zachary De Pue and Joana Genova, violin
Michael Isaac Strauss, viola
Austin Huntington, cello

Friday, April 20
7:30 p.m.

Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center—Ruth Lilly Performance Hall
University of Indianapolis
1400 East Hanna Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46227

FREE ADMISSION
Reservations suggested. Event Ticketing Center: 317-788-3251

The Indianapolis Quartet performs a program of “Firsts”—Beethoven’s first published string quartet written in 1799 (Op. 18, No. 1); Shostakovich’s first quartet written in 1938 (Op. 49); and Debussy’s only quartet written in 1893.

University of Indianapolis meets growing national need with Addictions Counseling masters and certificate programs

Featured speakers at the press conference included (from left) President Robert L. Manuel; Paul Babcock, Director of Indianapolis Office of Public Health and Safety; Rachel Halleck, Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services at Volunteers of America; State Senator James Merritt; Anita Thomas, Dean of the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences, and Norma Hall, dean of the School of Nursing. Photo:  D. Todd Moore.

Featured speakers at the press conference included (from left) President Robert L. Manuel; Paul Babcock, Director of Indianapolis Office of Public Health and Safety; Rachel Halleck, Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services at Volunteers of America; State Senator James Merritt; Anita Thomas, Dean of the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences, and Norma Hall, dean of the School of Nursing. Photo: D. Todd Moore.

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis is supporting the nationwide fight against addiction with the introduction of two new graduate programs in Addictions Counseling.

The Master of Arts in Addictions Counseling and the Interprofessional Certificate in Addictions fill a growing need locally and nationally to combat the addiction crisis. According to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs adds up to more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and healthcare.*

“The University of Indianapolis recognizes the urgent need to address addiction and the toll it takes on communities in Indiana and throughout the nation. These programs offer students the opportunity to develop the professional skills necessary to reverse the effects of addictions and to help patients lead healthy, fulfilling lives,” said University of Indianapolis President Rob L. Manuel.

The Master of Arts in Addictions Counseling at the University of Indianapolis provides an interdisciplinary focus that blends psychology, social work, and counseling into a complete behavioral healthcare curriculum. The Interprofessional Certificate in Addictions provides unique training in addictions and highlights a holistic approach that emphasizes interprofessionalism.

“Medical providers have the opportunity to learn about counseling, and social workers and counselors can learn about medical and drug management. The curriculum is designed to help all students view their work with patients holistically,” said Norma Hall, School of Nursing dean.

“The curriculum for the certificate was built following research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse which shows greater improvement when health and behavioral health approaches are combined with employment and family components,” said Anita Thomas, College of Applied Behavioral Sciences dean.

The University of Indianapolis Master of Arts in Addictions Counseling will prepare individuals interested in working with clients diagnosed with substance abuse. No specific prerequisites are needed, and graduates become eligible for an addictions counselor license.

Learn more about the program.

*NIDA Trends & Statistics, 2018

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.” www.uindy.edu.

 

Porter County Career and Technical Center, Homestead High School earn top honors in 2018 IASB High School Broadcasting Competition Awards

Porter County Career and Tech Center: 2018 Television School of the Year

Porter County Career and Tech Center: 2018 Television School of the Year

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Porter County Career and Technical Center won Television School of the Year and Homestead High School won Radio School of the Year at the 2018 Indiana Association of School Broadcasters (IASB) Awards Monday at the University of Indianapolis.

Homestead earned the honor for the second consecutive year, with two Homestead students, Cory Balkenbusch and Sydney Scholl, taking first and second place for Best Radio News Anchor. Students Tyree Jakes and Haynen Johnson from Porter County Career and Technical Center earned the top two spots in videography.

Nearly 900 students and instructors from 35 Indiana high schools and career centers attended the 15th annual IASB conference. Students participated in the IASB High School Broadcasting Competition and attended nearly 20 workshops that addressed topics including multimedia journalism, editing techniques, social media 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.

Brownsburg High School students

Brownsburg High School students

“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 President and Executive Director and University of Indianapolis Communication instructor.

Complete list of 2018 IASB High School Broadcasting Competition Award winners:

Student Multimedia Website

1.) Mila Vernon, Emily Huddleston, JHS Interactive Media Class, Jasper High School

2.) WHJE Staff, Carmel High School

3.) WCYT The Point 91, Homestead High School

Radio Interview

1.) Grant Covey, Ben Davis High School

2.) Michael Fulton and Xavier Freni, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center

3.) Luke Rasberry, Ben Davis High School

Radio Sportscast

1.) Andrew Mamone and Michael Shetler, Wawasee High School

2.) Cory Balkenbusch, Homestead High School

3.) Garrett Willis, Homestead High School

Radio Spot Production

1.) Dumissa Dube, J. Everett Light Career Center

2.) Joe Swymeler, Cameron Kruger, Evan Cole, Homestead High School

3.) Michael Dewar, J. Everett Light Career Center

Radio Imaging

1.) 93.7 FM The Mix, Wawasee High School

2.) Radio/TV 2 Class, Jasper High School

3.) Kaelie Waggoner and Emma Peterson, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center

Radio In-Depth

1.) Morgan Hackler, Franklin Central High School

2.) Abigail Boylan, Homestead High School

3.) Sydney Scholl, Homestead High School

Radio Drama

1.) Madi Yoquelet and PJ Yoquelet, Homestead High School

2.) David Gowan, Franklin Central High School

3.) Morgan Ashman, Franklin Central High School

Radio Play-by-Play

1.) Matt Schreck, Homestead High School

2.) Garrett Willis, Homestead High School

3.) Grant Covey, Ben Davis High School

Radio Sporting Event Broadcast

1.) Griffin Gonzalez, Ben McDonald, Sam Weixler, Ethan D’Eramo, Carmel High School

2.) Matt Schreck, Garrett Willis, Donnie Harmon, Homestead High School

3.) Grant Covey and Luke Rasberry, Ben Davis High School

Radio Talk Show

1.) Abigail Crothers and River Rice, South Bend Community School Corporation

2.) Jessica Walter and Ellie Davis, Homestead High School

3.) Dylan Rolfsen, Franklin Central High School

Radio Copywriting

1.) Olivia Smith, Franklin Central High School

2.) Drake Brooks, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center

3.) Kyle Jeanor, Franklin Central High School

Radio News Anchor

1.) Cory Balkenbusch, Homestead High School

2.) Sydney Scholl, Homestead High School

3.) John Griffin, Carmel High School

Radio Air Personality

1.) Olivia Smith, Franklin Central High School

2.) Thomas Gismondi, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center

3.) Makenna McLeod, Carmel High School

Radio School of the Year

Winner – Homestead High School

First Runner-Up – Franklin Central High School

Second Runner-Up – Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center

Television Spot Production

1.) Avery Bowman and Camron Ciampa, Whiteland Community High School

2.) Victoria Petriskey, Whiteland Community High School

3.) Alexis Creviston, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Music Video

1.) Meagan Brown, Lochlin Peters, Victoria Petriskey, Whiteland Community High School

2.) Eva Baez, J. Everett Light Career Center

3.) Karissa Wampler, Martinsville High School

Video Magazine

1.) Hannah Christy, Producer, Porter County Career and Technical Center

2.) RTV 2 Class, Martinsville High School

3.) PHTV Crew, Prairie Heights High School

Television Package

1.) Tyree Jakes, Porter County Career and Technical Center

2.) Evan Holland and Ben Land, Crown Point High School

3.) Demi Wilhelm and Drew Wiltberger, Carroll High School

Television School Newscast

1.) Staff of CPTV, Crown Point High School

2.) RTV 2 Class, Martinsville High School

3.) RTV2 Classes, Carroll High School

Video In-Depth

1.) Mitchell Moss, A K Smith Area Career Center

2.) Haynen Johnson, Porter County Career and Technical Center

3.) Armando Bracco, Crown Point High School

Live Event Broadcast

1.) BHS-TV and Extended Play Studios, Brownsburg High School

2.) Kollin Brunes and Sam Wilkinson, Western Boone Junior-Senior High School

3.) Payton Ball and Hannah Christy, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Corporate Video

1.) Evan Holland, Hannah Ragsdale, Mitch Bolda, Drew Zimmerman, Crown Point High School

2.) Kane Elkins, Prairie Heights High School

3.) Max Otto, Nolan Harmon, Caroline Theil, Jasper High School

Short Film

1.) Michael Ames, Kokomo Area Career Center

2.) Abigail Crothers and Luis Alverez, South Bend Community School Corporation

3.) Ted Piha, Morgen Ludwig, Sam Burkhard, Carmel High School

Video Show Open/Close

1.) Weston Pinnick and Dacotah Kuehne, Brownsburg High School

2.) Sylvia Badea, Porter County Career and Technical Center

3.) Jubilee Topps, Merrillville High School

Television Copywriting

1.) Hayden Phipps, Kokomo Area Career Center

2.) Sydney Scholl, Homestead High School

3.) Jason Gladney, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Videography

1.) Tyree Jakes, Porter County Career and Technical Center

2.) Haynen Johnson, Porter County Career and Technical Center

3.) Nicholas Holmes, Martinsville High School

Cinematography

1.) Carlos Perez, Wawasee High School

2.) Nick Morgan, Crown Point High School

3.) Hailey Kramer, Hammond Area Career Center

Sound Design

1.) Lauren Ritter and Dan McGannon, Lowell High School

2.) Cheyanne Montozzi, Porter County Career and Technical Center

3.) RTV 2 Class, Martinsville High School

Animation

1.) Grace Eckert, J. Everett Light Career Center

2.) Lochlin Peters, Whiteland Community High School

3.) Ellen Madinger, Carmel High School

Television News Anchor

1.) Mikaili Azziz, Walker Career Center

2.) Laura Ryle, Avon High School

3.) Stephen Abshire, Carmel High School

Television School of the Year

Winner – Porter County Career and Technical Center

First Runner-Up – Crown Point High School

Second Runner-Up – Whiteland Community High School

Tuskegee University Choir performs special engagement at the University of Indianapolis

Tuskegee University Choir

INDIANAPOLISThe 42 “Golden Voices” of the Tuskegee University Choir will fill the air at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center March 12, 2018. The special engagement is part of their international spring tour. The concert is scheduled from noon to 1:00 p.m.

“We look forward to hosting a performance by this renowned group of talented singers at the University of Indianapolis,” said Brenda Clark, Department of Music chair.

The famous Tuskegee Choir is an organization steeped in more than a century of pride and rich choral history. Founded in 1884 by Booker T. Washington, the choir continues its great tradition of singing African-American spirituals to this day by performing across the United States and Canada.

The March 12 performance marks the Tuskegee Choir’s debut at the University of Indianapolis. They will perform traditional choral works such as“Hear My Prayer, O Lord,” by Henry Purcell and spiritual arrangements by African-American composers.

“We’re excited to share the legacy of Tuskegee University with the University of Indianapolis and the broader Indianapolis community,” said Wayne Barr, choir director.

The Tuskegee Choir has served as an artistic model while carving a distinguished place in American history. Under the leadership of the renowned composer and educator William Levi Dawson, the Choir rose to international prominence with appearances at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and the White House, Constitution Hall, and on a host of popular television programs.

The concert is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Click here for more information.

University of Indianapolis unveils new enhanced Digital Mayoral Archives

screen-shot-2018-02-22-at-4-45-25-pmINDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis has unveiled a digital tool that enables students, educators and the general public to easily access information about four decades of Indianapolis civic history.

As part of its efforts to connect its vast collection of resources with a broader audience, the University’s Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives launched “Digital Backpacks,” a free interactive feature in which a user can create a folder with various items from collections amassed during the administrations of Indianapolis mayors since 1968.

“The Digital Mayoral Archives enhances the University’s ability to extend its reach beyond the campus,” said Institute Director Edward Frantz. “By connecting to the history of our city, University students also are able to comprehend the way in which the past interacts with the present.”

”We believe this will become a significant teaching tool in Indiana and an important resource for political scholars and armchair historians around the world,” added Frantz, a history professor at the University of Indianapolis.

screen-shot-2018-02-22-at-4-48-23-pmThe backpacks feature is an enhancement to the Digital Mayoral Archives created as part of an ongoing partnership with digital history leader HistoryIT, a Maine-based company that leverages technology to improve access to historical archives. In 2013, HistoryIT began the process of digitizing more than 600 file boxes full of documents, images, recordings and other artifacts from the administrations of Indianapolis mayors Richard Lugar, William Hudnut, and Stephen Goldsmith, and from the records of Indiana politician L. Keith Bulen.

Today, more than 400,000 items, including previously confidential documents, are available online. Nearly 23,000 users have logged on and searched the Digital Mayoral Archives.

Former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard now serves as a Visiting Fellow with the Institute, for which he leads leadership initiatives with students and community leaders. He has served a critical role in helping connect the Institute with political insiders from various administrations, and his network across the region has helped facilitate the growth of Digital Mayoral Archives collection.

The collection contains material of interest to political junkies as well as sports fans. It traces the history of Indianapolis as it developed from a sleepy Midwest city known only as the home of the Indy 500 into a vibrant, progressive location that hosts some of the largest and highest profile sporting events and conventions in the country.

screen-shot-2018-02-22-at-4-49-21-pmAn exhibit called “Bringing the Colts to Indianapolis” highlights more than 600 items, from photos to promotional items, tied to the city’s efforts to land an NFL team and turn Indianapolis into a sports capital. The Indianapolis Colts information is part of a larger story contained in the archives about the visionary efforts to reinvent an American city.

Online users can create a free Digital Backpacks account to save and share items from the site in their own folders. The backpacks can be used to store items about a particular person, location or item of interest. Teachers can save selected materials from several different collections to a single backpack for lesson planning, and students can compile and share digital primary sources to use for research and class presentations.

“The ability for anyone to customize these valuable collections in ways that are useful to them is an exciting step forward in our quest to make historical materials widely accessible,” said HistoryIT Founder and CEO Kristen Gwinn-Becker, PhD. “We are grateful that the University of Indianapolis continues to recognize the value of preserving and sharing history in innovative ways.”

About HistoryIT:

Headquartered in Portland, Maine,HistoryIT brings industry-leading expertise to preserve historical collections of all types and sizes and to make them easily accessible to audiences ranging from scholars to the general public. Clients include cultural institutions, universities, corporations, professional associations, sports teams and others.

 

Fairbanks Symposium brings former HUD Secretary Julian Castro to “City of Homes” event at the University of Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS – The 2018 Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership: “A City of Homes” highlights the critical role housing has played in shaping the development of Indianapolis and the important housing challenges facing cities as they prepare for the future.



Julian Castro, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former mayor of San Antonio, will lead a conversation about the impact of housing on urban growth with Carolyn Coleman, executive director of the League of California Cities and former deputy mayor of Indianapolis. Coleman also serves on the University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees. Castro served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2014 to 2017 and as mayor of San Antonio from 2009 to 2014.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have two national experts here to help us make sense of this profound problem facing communities everywhere. Both Julian Castro and Carolyn Coleman bring a wealth of experience in leadership at the municipal and national levels,” said Ted Frantz, professor of history and director of the University’s Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives.

The symposium will be held 8 a.m., Friday, March 2, in the Schwitzer Student Center at the University of Indianapolis. Registration is required for this free event, presented by the University of Indianapolis, Indiana Humanities and Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP), and generously supported by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation.

See event photos.

The symposium tackles the major housing issues facing Indianapolis, such as improving access to affordable housing, its relationship to employment and the role of transportation when calculating the cost of living. In this context, the symposium explores Indianapolis’ reputation as a “city of homes” and how that presents unique challenges to the city’s growth.

“More than 28 percent of Marion County households are housing-cost burdened, a contributing factor to the sustainability of our neighborhoods,” said Moira Carlstedt, president and CEO of INHP. “We are eager to participate in this important dialogue alongside Mr. Castro and former Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Carolyn Coleman to share how INHP, in partnership with the community, is addressing this issue, both in the creation of more affordable housing opportunities in Indianapolis and preparing homebuyers for a long-term, successful investment.”

Since its inception in 2013, the Fairbanks symposium has facilitated conversation about important civic issues, including the role of sports strategies to provide growth and civic engagement, the role of green space in urban development as well as the politics of civility. The event pairs local and national experts to explore and define important issues affecting cities today and in the future.

“Each year, the Fairbanks Symposium is an opportunity to discuss the importance of visionary civic leadership in driving Indianapolis forward,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “We look forward to Secretary Castro’s observations on the role of affordable housing in creating a great quality of life in the Circle City.”

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.” www.uindy.edu.

About Indiana Humanities
Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. Learn more at www.indianahumanities.org.

About Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership
The Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP) increases affordable and sustainable housing opportunities for individuals and families in Marion County, and serves as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization. INHP enables families to become and remain long-term, successful homeowners through homebuyer education, mortgage and credit advising and lending services. INHP also provides thought leadership, technical assistance, financial support and programming to community partners dedicated to neighborhood revitalization. For more information, visit INHP.org.

The Indianapolis Quartet to perform at Northwestern University’s Lutkin Hall

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet

Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis to make Chicago debut

CHICAGO – The Indianapolis Quartet will perform a free concert at Northwestern University’s Lutkin Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2018. The concert is free and open to the public.

The University of Indianapolis is home to the Indianapolis Quartet, an elite ensemble of widely acclaimed musicians whose global reputations and performance successes have established the ensemble as a quintessential example of musical excellence in the Midwest. Founded in 2016 through a collaboration between University faculty and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Quartet has since performed to capacity crowds and continued the tradition of artistic and cultural significance at the University.

The Indianapolis Quartet performs in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, an award-winning 500-seat performance space, art gallery and working classroom building at the University of Indianapolis that hosts performances throughout the year to an established and evolving arts and cultural community. The hall provides a venue for perfect acoustic performances, as well as countless studios and practice rooms where ensembles rehearse and individual performers develop their craft.

Meet the Indianapolis Quartet

Known for his virtuosic, high-energy performances, violinist Zachary De Pue successfully balances his roles as Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician and fiddler.

Joana Genova, assistant professor of violin at the University of Indianapolis, has an international career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher and soloist. She formerly served as concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and was a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta in Holland before establishing herself in the United States.

Violist Michael Isaac Strauss performs around the world as a solo, chamber and symphonic musician, and was principal violist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 20 years.

Award-winning cellist Austin Huntington made his solo orchestral debut at the age of ten and at twenty he was appointed principal cello of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, currently making him one of the youngest principal musicians in a major American orchestra.

Click here for downloadable photos of the Quartet.

UPCOMING CONCERT DETAILS:

The Indianapolis Quartet
Zachary De Pue and Joana Genova, violin
Michael Isaac Strauss, viola
Austin Huntington, cello
Uindy.edu/quartet

Monday, March 12
7:30 p.m.

Lutkin Concert Hall
Northwestern University
700 University Place (between Sherman Avenue and Sheridan Road)
Evanston, IL 60208

FREE ADMISSION

The Indianapolis Quartet makes its Chicago debut with the Beethoven F major quartet, Op. 18, No. 1; Shostakovich C major quartet No. 1, Op. 49; and Brahms A minor quartet, Op. 51, No. 2.

To schedule an interview with Indianapolis Quartet members, contact Sara Galer, Senior Communications Specialist, at 317-514-0387.

University of Indianapolis volunteers “Pack Away Hunger” on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Photo from 2017 "Pack Away Hunger"

Photo from 2017 “Pack Away Hunger”

INDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds of University of Indianapolis students, faculty and staff will participate in the Pack Away Hunger service project from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Volunteers will make, package and box more than 50,000 meals for the hungry, which will be distributed to Indianapolis-based organizations serving families in need. Pack Away Hunger works to battle hunger in Indianapolis and all over the world. The focus of Pack Away Hunger is to provide nutritious meals for families. Each Nutri-Plenty™ meal that is produced provides vitamins and minerals, and contains a healthy mixture of rice, soy, vegetables and flavorings.

Read about the University of Indianapolis 2017 Pack Away Hunger event.

University of Indianapolis Department of Theatre presents Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, adapted by Austin Tichenor

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis is bringing Austin Tichenor’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to life as part of a statewide initiative celebrating the classic novel and funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

With performances beginning Friday, Oct. 27-Nov. 11, the University’s Department of Theatre presents a fully staged production of this classic novel. This adaptation by Austin Tichenor closely follows the original novel and is performed as part of UIndy’s Communiversity: Frankenstein course, a one-credit online course designed to encourage students to think more deeply about the relationship between science and society.

The University of Indianapolis is one of 14 colleges and universities around Indiana participating in One State /One Story: Frankenstein, an Indiana Humanities program. Written by teenage Mary Shelley in 1818, Frankenstein tells the story of a young scientist who created a grotesque living creature through a scientific experiment and was horrified by what he had made.

Director Brad Wright, associate professor and chair of the Department of Theatre, said Tichenor’s adaptation stays true to Shelley’s novel while delivering the thrills that audiences have come to expect from the classic story. The play also explores themes that still resonate with current events.

“There’s this sense of the ‘other’ and the creature feeling discriminated against because he’s different. Another significant theme is the whole debate about scientists ‘playing God’,” Wright said.

“Although the book is 200 years old, Frankenstein is still relevant today. We still wrestle with limits of science, the consequences of technology and how we treat people who are different than we are,’’ said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities.

Communiversity: Frankenstein is made possible in part through a Shaheen grant from the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences.

See ticket information and schedule.

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 5,200 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.” www.uindy.edu.

About One State / One Story: Frankenstein

One State / One Story: Frankenstein is an Indiana Humanities program and has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the Book. One State / One Story: Frankenstein is part of Indiana Humanities’ two-year Quantum Leap initiative, which encourages Hoosiers to celebrate what happens when we bridge the humanities with STEM.

About Indiana Humanities

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. Indiana Humanities is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and Lilly Endowment, Inc. Learn more at www.indianahumanities.org.

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