University of Indianapolis honors Class of 2019

INDIANAPOLIS—More than 1,350 graduates received degrees from the University of Indianapolis at Commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday, which also served to highlight the impact of the institution’s students, alumni and faculty across the state and world.

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The University of Indianapolis conferred honorary degrees on Lonnie Johnson and Bob Zellner, two visionaries who embody the mission of the University. Lonnie Johnson is a world-renowned inventor, as well as president and founder of Johnson Research and Development Co., Inc. He has earned numerous awards from NASA for his spacecraft control systems and is the inventor of Hasbro’s Super Soaker® Water Blaster.

“As my generation passes the torch to you, your generation will become the future leaders of the world who will address the challenges associated with the activity that comes with computers and all of those great, wonderful things that humans will continue to develop,” Johnson said.

Bob Zellner is a prominent civil rights activist and Freedom Rider who has dedicated his life’s work to the pursuit of equal rights for all.

“I learned one thing in my work with Dr. [Martin Luther] King and Mrs. Rosa Parks – that is that brotherhood and sisterhood is not so wild a dream as those who profit by postponing it pretend. You are the ones who will go forth and prove that we can come together and save our democracy,” Zellner told the graduates.

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 2019 recipients are Samantha Froh (pre-art therapy), Brittany Isaacs (elementary education) and Chloe Wahl (biology and chemistry).

Emily Slaven, associate professor and director of the orthopedic residency program in the Krannert School of Physical Therapy, was named 2019 University of Indianapolis Teacher of the Year, which honors a faculty member who has demonstrated a distinguished record of excellence and impact on student learning.

UIndy 2019 Commencement by the numbers:

  • 843 undergraduates
  • 468 master’s and doctoral candidates (136 doctoral, 332 masters)
  • 27 states and 22 nations represented
  • 1,311 graduates from home campus
  • 41 graduates at UIndy’s international partner sites
  • Total: 1,352 graduates

The Indianapolis Quartet Celebrates Music of Latin America in May 5 performance

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet

INDIANAPOLIS—The University of Indianapolis’ ensemble-in-residence, The Indianapolis Quartet, will be presenting an afternoon of music in celebration of Latin America. Violinists Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violist Michael Isaac Strauss, and cellist Austin Huntington will perform in concert with guest artist and guitarist Nemanja Ostojić on Sunday, May 5 at Fountain Square’s event space, Grove Haus. This will be an afternoon of music, drinks and food with festivities beginning at 2:30 p.m. The concert of music by Latin composers begins at 3:00 p.m. Grove Haus is located at 1001 Hosbrook Avenue in Indianapolis.

For this family-friendly event, the Quartet and guest guitarist will perform a program for various groupings of small ensemble music for string instruments and guitar, from trios through quintets. The music is a mix of classical compositions and charming arrangements of traditional music, tangos, and familiar songs like “The Girl from Ipanema.” Classical selections feature music by prominent Mexican and South American composers, as well as composers of Latin heritage, including Alberto Ginastera, Manuel Ponce, Silvestre Revueltas, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Eduardo Angulo.

Tickets for adults are $15; students with ID: $10. Free entry for children six and under. A cash bar will be available. Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets and at the door.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit a Central Indiana Latin community organization.

More information about the event is available at indianapolisquartet.com and by contacting Joana Genova.

About The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet (TIQ) is ensemble-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis. Now approaching the end of their third season, violinists Zach DePue and Joana Genova, violist Michael Isaac Strauss, and cellist Austin Huntington continue to reach audiences through their moving and well-defined performance style, and earn critical praise for their interpretive skill. Their performances before capacity crowds in the University of Indianapolis’ 500-seat Ruth Lilly Hall at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center have earned the quartet accolades for their unshakeable musical rapport. TIQ’s Chicago debut was in March 2018 and is planning its New York debut for March 2020. The quartet regularly collaborates with premier chamber musicians including such artists as pianist Orli Shaham, cellist Mark Kosower, and clarinetist Todd Palmer. This spring they record works by composer Frank Felice and the coming season will see a new quartet written for them by award-winning composer Robert Paterson. This season, TIQ has been heard on stages in Cincinnati, at the Indiana Landmarks Center, Butler University, Illinois Wesleyan University, and the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society in Lafayette, Indiana, as well as in live performances on WISH-TV 8 and the National Public Radio station, WBAA 101.3 FM. This summer they perform on the Taconic Music Festival in Vermont and live on Vermont Public Radio. The Indianapolis Quartet is grateful for support from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.

About Nemanja Ostojić

Serbian guitarist Nemanja Ostojić is a highly decorated performer with numerous international competition wins including top prizes at the Niccolo Paganini Competition (Parma, Italy), Sinaya Guitar Competition (Sinaya, Romania), Volos Guitar Festival (Greece), Guitar Competition Anna Amalia (Weimar, Germany), Texas Guitar Competition (Dallas, TX), Schadt String Competition (Allentown, PA), South West Guitar Festival & International Competition (San Antonio, TX), Boston Guitar Fest, and the JoAnn Falleta International Guitar Concerto Competition (Buffalo, NY). He has since performed on four continents and, as a soloist, he has performed with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra (Ankara, Turkey), Buffalo Philharmonic, Athens (Greece) Chamber Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, and the Allentown Symphony. Ostojić received his Bachelor’s Degree in music from the University of Belgrade where he studied with Professor Srdjan Tosic. Ostojić then completed a Master’s Degree, Artist Diploma, and Doctorate in Musical Arts at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University under the guidance of Ernesto Bitetti. He currently serves on the faculties of Franklin University and the University of Indianapolis.

 

University of Indianapolis announces May 2019 Commencement Ceremonies

INDIANAPOLIS—The University of Indianapolis will host two Commencement Ceremonies May 3-4, 2019, at locations on campus, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis.

Graduate Commencement Ceremony
When: 7 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2019
Where: Nicoson Hall, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
When: 11 a.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019
Where: Key Stadium, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

Watch a live stream of the Commencement Ceremonies on uindy.edu/graduation.

President Manuel will preside over each ceremony, which includes a full academic procession and musical performances by University faculty and students. The total number of University of Indianapolis graduates for 2019 (including May and August) stands at 1,352 students from 22 countries and 27 states, with 843 undergraduates, 468 master’s and doctoral students, including 41 graduates at the University’s international partner sites.

Honorary degree recipients

The University of Indianapolis will confer honorary degrees on Lonnie Johnson and Bob Zellner, two visionaries who embody the mission of the University. Lonnie Johnson is a world-renowned inventor, as well as president and founder of Johnson Research and Development Co., Inc. He has earned numerous awards from NASA for his spacecraft control systems and is the inventor of Hasbro’s Super Soaker® Water Blaster. Bob Zellner is a prominent civil rights activist and Freedom Rider who has dedicated his life’s work to the pursuit of equal rights for African Americans. Zellner will be honored during Friday’s Graduate Commencement and Johnson will receive his honorary degree during the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Saturday. Learn more.

Trevor Manspeaker ’19 (doctorate of occupational therapy) will serve as the graduate student speaker May 3, and Jacob Whatley ’19 (nursing) will speak on behalf of the undergraduate student body May 4.

Brenden Everett ’19 (music) will perform the National Anthem at both ceremonies as well as the Alma Mater at the graduate ceremony. Brynn Stebbe ’19 (music teaching) will perform the Alma Mater at the undergraduate ceremony. Daniel Huckstep ’19 (doctorate of physical therapy) will perform the invocation and benediction May 3, and Natalie Benson ’19 (religion and psychology) will serve the role May 4.

UIndy 2019 Commencement by the numbers:

  • 843 undergraduates
  • 468 master’s and doctoral candidates (136 doctoral, 332 masters)
  • 27 states and 22 nations represented
  • 1,311 graduates from home campus
  • 41 graduates at UIndy’s international partner sites
  • Total: 1,352 graduates

Statement by University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel on the passing of Sen. Richard G. Lugar

Richard Lugar, Indiana State Fair, 1976. Photo: University of Indianapolis Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives

Richard Lugar (right), Indiana State Fair, 1976. Photo: University of Indianapolis Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives

It is with a deep sense of sorrow that we acknowledge the passing of Senator Richard G. Lugar. Our entire University community mourns the loss of the Senator, and we extend our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Like so many in our community, the University of Indianapolis had a long and meaningful relationship with Senator Lugar. He served as a member of our Board of Trustees from 1970 to 2002, and also shaped the youth of Indiana by personally mentoring more than 20,000 young Hoosier leaders over the past 42 years through the Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders at the University of Indianapolis.

We have benefited greatly by his presence on campus over the past 42 years and by his mayoral archives which reside within the University’s Institute for Civic Leadership. In many ways, these records will ensure that his leadership style, approach to public service and impact will be remembered.

Photo: University of Indianapolis Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives

Photo: University of Indianapolis Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives

Senator Lugar’s life example served as a model for our students. He was a constant reminder that all individual talents should accrue to the benefits of others, and he believed that civic engagement was a cornerstone of a meaningful life and the bedrock of a civil society.

Whether as faculty, board member, special lecturer or graduation speaker, he was a beacon to our community and will be missed.

We will long remember with gratitude Senator Lugar’s passionate advocacy for public service, his visionary leadership and work on behalf of regional, national and global initiatives, and his love for the people in the great state of Indiana.

Fairbanks Symposium at the University of Indianapolis to examine Unigov at 50

Unigov.Headline.INDIANAPOLIS—The Sixth Annual Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership, scheduled for May 15, 2019, at the University of Indianapolis, features national and local thought leaders who will discuss the lasting impact of urban consolidation in central Indiana. “Unigov at 50: The Blueprint of the Urban Midwest?” studies the legacy of merging local governments in Indianapolis and the implications for modern cities that have yet to undergo the process.

Enacted in 1970, Unigov—short for unified government—was a plan to simplify city services, grow the city’s tax base and put a more substantial Indianapolis on the national map. Nearly 50 years later, experts will gather at the University of Indianapolis to discuss these questions and more.

“This year’s Fairbanks Symposium brings together the architects of Unigov with local and national experts for an insightful perspective on urban consolidation,” said organizer Edward “Ted” Frantz, professor of history and director of the Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives. “This is a unique opportunity to discuss one of the most significant developments in the history of Indianapolis and the lessons it holds for other cities.”

Discussion sessions will offer a citizen’s guide to Unigov consolidation and explore its economic and racial impacts. Current efforts by Better Together to seek unified city-county government in St. Louis also will be examined.

Bruce Katz, one of the nation’s leading experts on localism and metropolitan government, will participate in an INconversation with Dave Leipholtz, the Director of Community Studies at Better Together St. Louis. Katz is the author of several books focusing on the rise of cities and city networks as the world’s leading problem solvers. The unique discussion format will help the audience explore creative trends in metropolitan areas across the Midwest and the United States, including Better Together’s initiative to merge St. Louis County with the city via referendum in 2020.

The Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership is hosted by the University of Indianapolis’ Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives, in partnership with Indiana Humanities. It is made possible through the generous support of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. The event, which is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Schwitzer Student Center at the University of Indianapolis, is free of charge and registration is required by May 6. A buffet lunch will be included.

“We are pleased to be a partner in this important examination of a critical time in history that created modern Indianapolis,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “It is always wise for communities to come together and examine the past as they plan the future.”

Symposium program

Guest panelists include Bart Peterson, CEO of Christel House International and former Indianapolis mayor, and Scott Chin, partner at Faegre, Baker Daniels and former corporate counsel of the City of Indianapolis, who will discuss “A Citizen’s Guide to Consolidation in Indianapolis.”

“Sticky Legacies of Unigov Then and Now: Race and Economics” will examine the racial and economic impact of Unigov, moderated by Amber Denney ’95, director of strategic communication, IUPUI.

Panelists include:

Doran Moreland, executive director, statewide diversity & community engagement, Ivy Tech Community College John Mutz, former Lt. Governor of Indiana, former president of Lilly Endowment, philanthropist Joyce Rogers, vice president for development and external relations for diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs, Indiana University Foundation Angela Smith Jones, deputy mayor of economic development, City of Indianapolis

“The Enduring Charm of Consolidation: St. Louis, and its 21st Century Dreams” features a conversation with Bruce Katz, author and co-founder of New Localism Advisers, and Dave Leipholtz, director of community studies at Better Together St. Louis. The panelists will discuss how their efforts can inspire and be inspired by what has happened — and what has not happened — in Indianapolis and Marion County. A question and answer session will follow.

See a complete schedule and register here.

2019 American Pianists Awards winner Emmet Cohen to serve as University of Indianapolis Artist-in-Residence

Emmet Cohen, 2019 American Pianists Awards winner, recipient of the Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz and University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence. Photo: APA

Emmet Cohen, 2019 American Pianists Awards winner, recipient of the Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz and University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence. Photo: APA

The University of Indianapolis continues a rich history of the performing arts in a unique partnership with the Indianapolis-based American Pianists Association.

Emmet Cohen, the 2019 American Pianists Awards winner and recipient of the Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, will be named Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis for the next two years. Cohen succeeds Drew Petersen, the 2017 American Pianists Awards winner and recipient of the Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship.

The Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz provides Cohen with a prize valued at $100,000 to assist him as he builds his musical career. It includes $50,000 in cash, a recording contract with Mack Avenue Records, two years of professional development assistance and performance opportunities worldwide.

Cohen will visit the University of Indianapolis campus for one week for each of the next four semesters beginning in Fall 2019. Cohen will provide lessons to students, present master classes and host performances during his time as the Artist-in-Residence.

“The Artist-in-Residence program is a wonderful opportunity to connect our students with the expertise and talent of the American Pianists Association to help them navigate from the classroom to the concert hall. I am excited to continue this partnership that creates a space for musical exploration for the entire community,” said University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel.

“I would also like to thank Drew Petersen for his dedication to this successful collaboration,” President Manuel continued. “Drew’s residency at UIndy set a high standard for student mentorship and musical performance.”

Richard Ratliff, professor of music and director for artistic initiatives, said the partnership creates stimulating experiences for student pianists and broader audiences.

Drew Petersen’s residency during the past four semesters remarkably surpassed all expectations and has had a much broader impact. His collaborations with students and faculty created an excitement throughout the department and campus community that we will long remember. I know that Emmet Cohen will continue that tradition. We all look forward to the expertise of a gifted young professional and his presence in our department,” Ratliff said.

About Emmet Cohen
Emmet Cohen is the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards and recipient of the Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz. Leader of the “Emmet Cohen Trio,” Cohen presents jazz performance lectures through the YoungArts Foundation and Lincoln Center’s “Jazz for Young People” program. He has appeared in the Monterey, Newport, North Sea, Bern, and Edinburgh jazz festivals, among others, and at many famous music venues, including Rose Hall and the Kennedy Center. Cohen has also played in legendary international nightspots, such as Birdland, the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazzhaus Montmartre, and Ronnie Scott’s. He is Hammond B-3 organist-in-residence at Harlem’s Smoke jazz club. A Suzuki piano student at age three, Cohen holds jazz piano degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (M.M.) and the University of Miami (B.M.). He was previously a finalist in the American Pianists Awards in 2011 and 2015, and he was also a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition in 2011.

About the American Pianists Association
The American Pianists Association has been supporting aspiring young artists for over 38 years and has been based in Indianapolis since 1982. It has a professional staff of seven, headed by Dr. Joel M. Harrison. The American Pianists Awards, held for both classical and jazz artists, offer significant opportunities for American pianists, ages 18-30, to advance their careers. Each winner receives a two-year fellowship, valued at over $100,000 including cash awards, fees, publicity and recording opportunities. All American Pianists Awards events are produced as public recitals and feature the finalists in a variety of settings. The organization greatly values the individual artistic sensibilities of each pianist, nurtures such individuality and does not impose any repertoire requirements during the competitions other than those necessary for the different genres. American Pianists Association strives to be the bridge between professional training and a full-fledged professional career. www.americanpianists.org.

About the University of Indianapolis
The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private, 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 4,300 undergraduates, 1,400 graduate students and 400 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 UIndy each year than any other state institution. With strong programs also in engineering, business and education, UIndy impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.” www.uindy.edu.

University of Indianapolis announces honorary degree recipients for May 2019 commencement

The University of Indianapolis will present honorary degrees during May Commencement ceremonies to two changemakers in the fields of engineering and civil rights.

Lonnie Johnson, a world-renowned inventor, president and founder of Johnson Research and Development Co., Inc. and NASA engineer, and Bob Zellner, a prominent civil rights activist and Freedom Rider who has dedicated his life’s work to the pursuit of equal rights for African-Americans, will receive honorary degrees.

Zellner will be honored during the graduate Commencement ceremony, 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2019, in Nicoson Hall. Johnson will receive his honorary degree during the undergraduate Commencement ceremony, 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Key Stadium.

“Our honorary degrees are awarded to individuals who are innovators, society and industry leaders, and visionaries who embody the mission of our University. I am excited to continue this storied tradition by awarding degrees that honor two true leaders in our world,” said President Robert L. Manuel.

Lonnie Johnson

Lonnie Johnson

Lonnie Johnson background
Lonnie Johnson has earned multiple accolades from NASA for his work on the Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Mars Observer project, and the Cassini mission to Saturn, but he is perhaps best known for inventing the beloved Super Soaker® water gun, which reached nearly $1 billion in sales worldwide. Johnson is president and founder of Johnson Research and Development Co., Inc., a technology development company, and its spin-off companies, Excellatron Solid State, LLC; Johnson Electro-Mechanical Systems, LLC; and Johnson Real Estate Investments, LLC.

Johnson holds over 100 patents, with over 20 more pending, and is the author of several publications on spacecraft power systems. His exemplary work during his time at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., brought him national recognition. During the Mars Observer project at NASA, Johnson was responsible for ensuring that single point spacecraft failures would not result in loss of the mission. Johnson was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal on two occasions. After forming his own engineering firm, Johnson licensed his most famous invention, the Super Soaker® water gun, and it eventually became the best-selling toy in America.

Bob Zellner

Bob Zellner

Bob Zellner background
Bob Zellner was the first white southerner to serve as field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which he joined in 1961. He demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the civil rights movement during a turbulent time in American history. Zellner organized in numerous states despite being arrested 18 times for his efforts to challenge the status quo of segregation. During the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964, he traveled with Rita Schwerner while taking part in an investigation of the disappearance of Schwerner’s husband Mickey, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman.

Zellner has continued to pursue equal treatment for all citizens through his work with the National Civil Rights Coordinating Committee, the Eastern Long Island Branch of the NAACP and the Southampton Town Anti-Bias Task Force. Zellner was a featured civil rights luminary in the award-winning 2005 documentary “Come Walk in My Shoes.” His memoir, “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement,” details his experiences as an active member of the civil rights movement and will be made into a movie produced by Spike Lee this year.

The Indianapolis Quartet performs with guest artist Soyeon Kate Lee April 1

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indianapolis Quartet marks its third season in residence at the University of Indianapolis with an April 1 concert featuring the music of Joseph Haydn, César Franck and Edvard Grieg. The Quartet welcomes acclaimed guest pianist Soyeon Kate Lee for a performance of Franck’s explosive 1879 masterpiece, the Quintet for piano and strings in F minor. The program opens with Haydn’s witty “Joke” Quartet, Op. 33, No. 2, and concludes with the soaring intensity of Grieg’s String Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 27. The performance is open to the public and free of charge.

7:30 p.m., Monday, April 1, Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center
Faculty Artist Concert Series presented by Katz, Sapper & Miller
Featuring Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violins; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola; Austin Huntington, cello; with guest artist Soyeon Kate Lee, piano

Guest artist Soyeon Kate Lee has been hailed by The New York Times as a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style.” Winner of the 2010 Naumburg International Competition and the 2004 Concert Artist Guild Competition, she has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and San Diego Symphony, among others. Recent solo recitals have taken her to Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Ravinia Festival. A Naxos recording artist, Ms. Lee will record a double CD of Scriabin piano works this season following the Scarlatti and Liszt albums released earlier. Lee is an assistant professor of piano at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music.

Regular collaborations with premier chamber music artists and composers, including University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence, Christel DeHaan fellow and 2017 American Pianists Awards winner Drew Petersen, pianist Orli Shaham, cellist Mark Kosower and clarinetist Todd Palmer, have afforded The Indianapolis Quartet a creative expansion of the group’s repertoire and reach to new audiences. After its Chicago debut in March 2018, the Quartet made summer festival appearances and performed live on Vermont Public Radio, broadening its scope beyond the Midwest. The current season has seen the ensemble on stages in Cincinnati, Indiana Landmarks Center, Butler University and Illinois Wesleyan University.

About The Indianapolis Quartet
Founded in 2016, The Indianapolis Quartet (Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violins; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola and Austin Huntington, cello) is the ensemble-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis, reaching audiences through their unique musical language and emotional performance style. In addition to concerts, masterclasses and open rehearsals at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, The Indianapolis Quartet performs frequently throughout central Indiana, the Midwest and Vermont, exercising its mission to gradually expand its reach not only regionally, but also nationally and internationally, as it continues to build its repertoire of world-class music. The Indianapolis Quartet is grateful for support from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.

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2019 IASB High School Broadcasting Competition Awards announced

Porter County Career and Technical Center: IASB 2019 Television School of the Year

Porter County Career and Technical Center: IASB 2019 Television School of the Year

Porter County Career and Technical Center won Television School of the Year and Homestead High School won Radio School of the Year at the 2019 Indiana Association of School Broadcasters (IASB) Awards at the University of Indianapolis on March 11, 2019. Homestead earned the honor for the third consecutive year, while Porter County Career and Technical Center scored the top spot for the second year in a row.

Porter County Career and Technical Center students earned several individual honors, including Sarah Huth (first place, television copywriting); Cheyanne Montozzi (first place, music video); Video Production II students (first place, video magazine); Lauren Drang (first place, television package and photojournalism competitions) and Everett Mitchell (first place, sound design). Homestead High School students also earned individual recognition, including Cory Balkenbusch (first place, radio sportscast and second place, radio news anchor); Christina Kruger (first place, radio spot production and second place, radio interview) and Matt Saalfrank (first place, radio play-by-play).

Homestead High School: IASB 2019 Radio School of the Year

Homestead High School: IASB 2019 Radio School of the Year

More than 900 students and instructors from 35 Indiana high schools and career centers attended the 16th 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.

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

Complete list of 2019 IASB High School Broadcasting Competition Award winners:

Radio News Anchor

  1. Payton Stewart, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center
  2. Cory Balkenbusch, Homestead High School
  3. Owen Cowsert, Chesterton High School 

Finalists:
Carson Clymer, Homestead High School
Daniella Gioconda, Ben Davis High School
Madison Goodnight, Pendleton Heights High School 

Radio Air Personality

  1. Connor Inskeep, Carmel High School
  2. Dylan Rolfsen, Franklin Central High School
  3. Cesar Fernandez, Ben Davis High School       

Finalists:
Cory Dunivan, Wawasee High School
Daniella Gioconda, Ben Davis High School
Jenna Milosh, Crown Point High School  

Radio In-Depth

  1. Thea Nikolaou, Carmel High School
  2. Morgan Hackler, Franklin Central High School
  3. Noah Burke, Franklin Central High School

Honorable Mention:
Cesar Fernandez, Ben Davis High School
Abigail Boylan, Homestead High School

Radio Interview

  1. Jaishna Varanka, Carmel High School
  2. Christina Kruger, Homestead High School
  3. Connor Inskeep and Caitlin Varanka, Carmel High School 

Honorable Mention:
Jonathon Lieber, Crown Point High School
Donnie Harmon, Homestead High School

Radio Talk Show

  1. Blake Pysh, Ramsey Harkness, Jonathon Lieber, Gene Kolarik, Crown Point High School
  2. Jessica Walter and Ellie Davis, Homestead High School
  3. Trevor Martin and Draven Wiseman, Pendleton Heights High School

Honorable Mention:
Noah Lichtenberg, Jack Edwards, Spencer Fleischer, Luke Donovan, Carmel High School
Caspian Lind, South Bend Community School Corporation 

Radio Sportscast

  1. Cory Balkenbusch, Homestead High School
  2. Justin Cerbone, Franklin Central High School
  3. Christian Rigg, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center

Honorable Mention:
Jace Dery, Carmel High School
Justin Tusing, Franklin Central High School 

Radio Play-by-Play

  1. Matt Saalfrank, Homestead High School
  2. Sam Weixler, Carmel High School
  3. Donnie Harmon, Homestead High School

Honorable Mention: Grant Covey, Ben Davis High School
Mason Klain, Carmel High School 

Radio Sporting Event Broadcast

  1. Sam Weixler, Ethan D’Eramo, Charlie Maurer, Reagan Hune, Carmel High School
  2. Kaleb Alumbaugh and Trevor Martin, Pendleton Heights High School
  3. Grant Covey and Tierra Williams, Ben Davis High School

Honorable Mention:
Austin Phillips and Lexi Eblen, Charlestown High School
Donnie Harmon, Carson Clymer, Matt Saalfrank, Homestead High School 

Radio Copywriting

  1. Vanessa Hintz, Carmel High School
  2. Noah Lichtenberg, Carmel High School
  3. Katherine Davis, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Honorable Mention:
Justin Cerbone, Franklin Central High School
Morgan Hackler, Franklin Central High School 

Radio Spot Production

  1. Christina Kruger, Homestead High School
  2. John Lane, Homestead High School
  3. Riley Merder, Jasper High School

Honorable Mention:
Jessica Sutton, J. Everett Light Career Center
Carson Ulmer and Miriam Sheikh, J. Everett Light Career Center 

Radio Imaging

  1. Kenzie Cooley and Radio/TV 2 Class, Jasper High School
  2. Drew Persinger, Homestead High School
  3. MacKenzie Gunther, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center

Honorable Mention:
Jordan Mallory, Walker Career Center
Wawasee High School 

Radio Drama

  1. Jeremy Crumbo, Franklin Central High School
  2. Emma Knaack, Franklin Central High School
  3. Sam Corber, Mason Badman, Lukas Magnuson, Darrian Weaver, Impact Institute

Honorable Mention: Griffin Gust, Dylan Krause, Aubrey Welsh, Joey Zarate, Impact Institute
Anna Hensel, Shyam Das, Jaylen Crumedy, J. Everett Light Career Center 

Radio Show

  1. Grant Covey, Brandon Reed, Daniella Gioconda, Ben Davis High School
  2. Gunnar Johnson, Gabe Bickel, Jeremy Crumbo, Franklin Central High School
  3. Easton Hensley and Tyler Veit, Homestead High School

Honorable Mention:
Matt Hustel and Connor Inskeep, Carmel High School
Christina Kruger and Catherine Kruger, Homestead High School 

Television News Anchor

  1. Jacob Einstein, Ben Davis High School
  2. James Woolner, Whiteland Community High School
  3. Zach Collins, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Finalists:
Owen Cowsert, Chesterton High School
Neil Manship, Franklin Central High School
Jamiyah Thomas, Brownsburg High School 

Television Copywriting

  1. Sarah Huth, Porter County Career and Technical Center
  2. Olivia Ostler, Martinsville High School
  3. Hailey Marvel, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center

Honorable Mention:
Drew Wiltberger, Carroll High School
Peyton Burks, Kokomo Area Career Center 

Television Spot Production

  1. Jacob Einstein, Ben Davis High School
  2. Nicole Key, Porter County Career and Technical Center
  3. Taylor Schneider, Michelle Stanker, Ben Santos, Lowell High School

Honorable Mention:
Ruth Anne Hundley, Jasper High School
Samaria Patrick, Merrillville High School 

Music Video

  1. Cheyanne Montozzi, Porter County Career and Technical Center
  2. Derek Hockemeyer, Homestead High School
  3. Jonas Wald, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Honorable Mention:
Nick Morgan, Crown Point High School
Blake White, Kokomo Area Career Center 

Video Magazine

  1. Video Production II Students, Porter County Career and Technical Center
  2. BDTV Staff, Ben Davis High School
  3. RTV 2 Class, Martinsville High School

Honorable Mention:
Terry Clayton and Keegan Jones, Arsenal Tech High School
Richmond High School 

Television Package

  1. Lauren Drang, Porter County Career and Technical Center
  2. Sierra Bowman, Martinsville High School
  3. Ryleigh Dalton, Martinsville High School

Honorable Mention:
Evan Holland, Crown Point High School
Sarah Frey and Kayla Dill, Crown Point High School 

Video In-Depth

  1. Tyler Young, Carmel High School
  2. Eliza Vandewalle, Ben Davis High School
  3. Cole St. Aubin, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Honorable Mention:
Alaura Schuble and Prestin Butcher, A K Smith Area Career Center
Adele Reich and Hope Stauffer, Carmel High School  

Television School Newscast

  1. CPTV Staff, Crown Point High School
  2. RTV 2 Class, Martinsville High School
  3. RTV2 Class, Carroll High School

Honorable Mention:
CHS Today Crew; Connersville Senior High School
HHS In Depth, Homestead High School 

Live Event Broadcast

  1. BHS-TV and Extended Play Studios, Brownsburg High School
  2. PCTV Production Crew, Porter County Career and Technical Center
  3. PCTV Production Crew, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Honorable Mention:
CPTV Staff, Crown Point High School
Brendy Mendoza, Richmond High School 

Cinematography

  1. Jimmy Gruss, Whiteland Community High School
  2. Nick Morgan, Crown Point High School
  3. Henry Wicker, Ben Davis High School

Honorable Mention:
Bryson Foxen, Brownsburg High School
Gage Torres, Lowell High School 

Photojournalism

  1. Lauren Drang, Porter County Career and Technical Center
  2. Sierra Bowman, Martinsville High School
  3. Preslee Boyd, Martinsville High School

Honorable Mention:
Kieran Simmer, Ben Davis High School
Drew Wiltberger, Carroll High School 

Corporate Video

  1. Evan Holland, Kirsten Robinson, Aidan Siavelis, Allison Fernandez, Crown Point High School
  2. Blake White, Sawyer Bolding, Elijah Lawson, Peyton Burks, Kokomo Area Career Center
  3. Suniah Parsons, Richmond High School

Honorable Mention:
Olivia Carter, Richmond High School
Alyssa Dardeen, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center 

Short Film

  1. Nick Morgan, Crown Point High School
  2. Jimmy Gruss, Whiteland Community High School
  3. Preslee Boyd, Martinsville High School

Honorable Mention:
Colin Bell, Anthis Career Center
Morgen Ludwig, Ted Piha, Sam Burkhard, Savion Bias, Carmel High School 

Video Show Open/Close

  1. CPTV Staff, Crown Point High School
  2. Nick Morgan, Crown Point High School
  3. Ben Santos, Ian Smith, Ryan Siedentopf, Lowell High School

Honorable Mention:
Makiyah Kirksy, Aaryanna Lucente, D’Jesenia Torres, Hammond Area Career Center
Nathaniel Finch, Western Boone Junior-Senior High School 

Sound Design

  1. Everett Mitchell, Porter County Career and Technical Center
  2. Cory Dunivan and Dane Morris, Wawasee High School
  3. Jimmy Gruss and James Woolner, Whiteland Community High School

Honorable Mention:
Alex Johnston, Jamie Cause, Hannah Smith, J. Everett Light Career Center
Lauren Ritter, Lowell High School 

Animation

  1. Lorien Donovan, J. Everett Light Career Center
  2. Eliza Vandewalle, Ben Davis High School
  3. Jaylee Copeland, Kokomo Area Career Center

Honorable Mention:
Brook Doss, J. Everett Light Career Center
Deakon Booher, Whiteland Community High School 

Student Multimedia Website 

  1. Caroline Prechtel, Jessica Cruz, Sarah Obermeier, Interactive Media Class, Jasper High School
  2. Noah Lichtenberg, Carmel High School
  3. Alex Almanza, South Bend Community School Corporation

Honorable Mention:
Evan Holland, Crown Point High School
Madison Harmon, Pendleton Heights High School 

Radio School of the Year
Homestead High School
Carmel High School (First Runner-Up)
Franklin Central High School (Second Runner-Up) 

Television School of the Year
Porter County Career and Technical Center
Crown Point High School (First Runner-Up)
Ben Davis High School (Second Runner-Up) 

IASB School of the Year History

  Radio Television
2004 Franklin Central High School Ben Davis High School
2005 Ben Davis High School   Merrillville High School
2006 Eder Career Center Merrillville High School
2007 Franklin Central High School Martinsville High School
2008 Carmel High School   Martinsville High School
2009 Carmel High School   Martinsville High School
2010 Franklin Central High School Martinsville High School
2011 Franklin Central High School Martinsville High School
Porter County Career and Technical Center
2012 Pendleton Heights High School
New Castle Area Career Center 
Martinsville High School
2014 Carmel High School Carmel High School
2015 Franklin Central High School Porter County Career and Technical Center
2016 Carmel High School  Porter County Career and Technical Center
2017 Homestead High School  Martinsville High School
2018 Homestead High School  Porter County Career and Technical Center
2019 Homestead High School  Porter County Career and Technical Center

Jason Dudich appointed CFO of the University of Indianapolis

Jason Dudich

Jason Dudich

The University of Indianapolis announced today the appointment of Jason D. Dudich as vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer. Dudich, who currently serves as the budget director for the State of Indiana, will join the University’s executive leadership team in June following the 2019 legislative session. Dudich’s appointment follows a search that attracted top candidates from across the country.

Dudich will provide leadership and oversight for all aspects of the University’s financial administration including development and administration of financial policies and procedures; accounting; external auditing; accounts payable and receivable; insurance programs; benefits plans; operating and capital budgets; capital projects financing; management over the University’s relationships with credit rating agencies and lenders; management of the University’s real estate portfolio, and various third-party relationships with outsourced investment managers for endowed assets.

“Jason’s reputation for collaboration and innovation complements his deep understanding of the complexities of financial management. His expertise is particularly relevant to the University’s focus on further aligning strategies with institutional vision while addressing the challenges facing higher education,” said Robert L. Manuel, president of the University of Indianapolis.

In his current role, Dudich oversees the state’s $34 billion annual operating and capital budget, collaborating with Gov. Eric Holcomb and staff, the Indiana General Assembly and state agency directors on fiscal policy, overall budget management and state policy issues. His prior experience includes overseeing the finances and administrations of the State of Illinois, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, the City of Indianapolis and the Office of the Mayor, where he served as controller and then chief of staff for former Mayor Greg Ballard. Dudich earned a bachelor of science in public financial management from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington.

“The University of Indianapolis plays a major role within central Indiana, building our community through education and creating leaders of tomorrow,” said Dudich. “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students, administration and the community to build upon the financial foundation and successes already achieved and contribute to the institution’s role in impacting our region through innovation and partnerships. I want to thank Gov. Holcomb for the opportunity to have served as his state budget director during the past two years.  It has been a pleasure and honor to serve in his administration.”

The University of Indianapolis, which has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years, recently completed its five-year financial plan aligned with the institution’s Vision 2030, created in 2012. During this time, the institution launched 13 new programs aligned with sector and workforce development needs including engineering, addictions counseling and nursing, and established the R.B. Annis School of Engineering. In addition, the opening of the University’s Health Pavilion brought an interdisciplinary approach to health sciences and healthcare graduate and undergraduate programs including nursing, psychology, social work, physical therapy and occupational therapy and the Community Health Network Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Clinics.

Download a high-resolution image of Jason Dudich here.

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