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.

University of Indianapolis capital project targets growth, benefits neighborhoods

Housing and green space project to enhance undeveloped University property

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Responding to the success of a strategic vision to grow student enrollment and expand campus life, the University of Indianapolis today announced a plan to develop an area adjacent to campus for additional student housing, green space and parking.

The institution’s Board of Trustees approved a plan to develop nearly 2 acres of University-owned property between National and Standish Avenues and two lots east of Boyd Avenue (a portion of Boyd near National would be closed to vehicular traffic). The project was unanimously supported at a recent meeting of the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development.

The residential development will add 300 beds (singles, doubles and quads) via a high-quality apartment building, similar to the Greyhound Village Apartments, which opened in 2015 as a joint venture with Strategic Capital Partners. The project is expected to be completed as early as January 2019.

“One of the defining pieces of our educational experience is that we connect with each other,” said University President Robert Manuel. “The investment in this new housing project will ensure that we can continue to learn and engage each other and continue to strengthen our campus community.”

“We are honored to partner again with UIndy on another student housing project. We are excited to be part of the many great things happening at the University, ”said Will Zink, vice president of construction and development for Strategic Capital Partners.

The University continues to work with Carson Heights and University Heights neighborhood groups to align the plan for campus growth with the goals of these neighborhoods. Several open houses are planned in the coming months to allow nearby residents and business owners to learn more about ongoing capital improvements in the area. Scheduled dates include noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, and Monday, Dec. 4, in UIndy Hall A in the Schwitzer Student Center on campus.

University of Indianapolis Vision 2030 Plan

The development is the latest effort as part of the Vision 2030 plan, which maps a path for university and community growth through four strategic focus areas: innovation, University relevance and placemaking, institutional competitiveness and continuing as a sustainable community anchor. Vision 2030 also sets a course for the future to strengthen facilities and programs for students and faculty while increasing community engagement both socially and academically.

 

International Education Month highlights global diversity at the University of Indianapolis

Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis

Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis

The University of Indianapolis will celebrate in October the first annual International Education Month, highlighting the diverse, multicultural resources on the campus and in the community. Lectures, films, musical performances and panelist discussions offer multiple opportunities to engage with international and diverse perspectives. All events are free and open to the public.

“The University of Indianapolis enjoys a rich tradition of welcoming and embracing different cultures and nationalities,” said Stephen Kolison, Jr., provost. “By hosting this inaugural initiative, we can celebrate the wonderful advantages this diverse campus community provides our students, staff and faculty–as well as our entire region.”

A variety of events throughout the month provides the opportunity to engage with internationally-themed events, including art, music, poetry, film, special guest speakers and forums. The “Cultural Competence: Return on Investment Forum” on Oct. 5 invites employers to discuss the value of a diverse and multicultural workforce.

“We want to bring awareness, both on and off campus, to the importance of understanding culture,” said organizer Phylis Lan Lin, professor of sociology and associate vice president for international partnerships. Lin noted how exposure to new cultures and study-abroad experience can be an asset in the job search process.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett is tentatively scheduled on Oct. 5 to present a proclamation declaring October International Education Month at the forum. He noted the University’s contributions to multicultural educational opportunities.

“We take pride in the fact that UIndy is a truly international community and has extensive international relationships,” Mayor Hogsett stated in a congratulatory letter, noting the University’s partnerships in Asia.

International Education Month highlights include the West Meets East Concert on Oct. 8 at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, featuring world-renowned musicians from Indianapolis, New York and Shanghai, including UIndy music faculty.

The Celebration of Flags on Oct. 12 is a University tradition that honors the many nations represented by students, faculty and staff. An International Expo will follow the celebration to showcase the University’s international engagement, language classes, study-abroad offerings and volunteer opportunities.

“We’re especially focused on creating opportunities for domestic students to engage with international people and initiatives on campus, and give international community on campus a chance to share their cultures,” said Karen Newman, assistant professor of English and one of several event organizers.

Full schedule of events.

Indianapolis Quartet launches fall performance schedule

The Indianapolis Quartet (TIQ) photo session in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall  on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.   TIQ is the resident string quartet at the University of Indianapolis and consists of prominent local classical musicians Zachary De Pue, Joana Genova, Michael Isaac Strauss, and Austin Huntington.  (Photo:  D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

The Indianapolis Quartet (TIQ) photo session in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. TIQ is the resident string quartet at the University of Indianapolis and consists of prominent local classical musicians Zachary De Pue, Joana Genova, Michael Isaac Strauss, and Austin Huntington. (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

The Indianapolis Quartet returns Oct. 2 to perform at the University of Indianapolis, showcasing the world-class talent of the ensemble and the continuing partnership with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

The Quartet, launched in 2016 and featuring University music faculty and ISO musicians, has established itself as a marquee group in the regional musical community. Its members have earned international acclaim and reputations as being among the most elite musicians in the area. With renewed support from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, the Quartet will continue to expand its audience, nationally and internationally.

“The Indianapolis Quartet features some of the best musicians in the world who have set forth on a trajectory for growth that will extend well beyond Indiana as the ensemble becomes synonymous with musical excellence,” said Brenda Clark, chair of the Department of Music at the University of Indianapolis.

The Quartet will deliver a free performance at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. RSVP is requested.

The performance will include major works associated with Vienna, from the classical procedures in Beethoven’s G-Major Quartet, Op. 18, No. 2, to the lyrical intensity of Johannes Brahms in his A-minor Quartet, Op. 51, No.2. The three-time, Grammy-nominated clarinetist Todd Palmer joins the Quartet for Mozart’s eloquent 1789 masterpiece, the Quintet for clarinet and strings, K. 581.

The Quartet consists of ISO concertmaster Zachary DePue, Joana Genova, second violinist violist Michael Isaac Straus and ISO principal cellist Austin Huntington. Genova recently joined the University as visiting instructor and director of Chamber Music initiatives and brings a wealth of international success as a musician, both in Europe and the United States. Genova most recently served as principal second violin Berkshire Symphony Orchestra is former concertmaster of the Manchester Festival Orchestra and member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Detailed information on the Quartet can be found at www.indianapolisquartet.com.

The Christel DeHaan Family Foundation recently awarded a $100,000 grant to support the Quartet. The DeHaan family is a longtime supporter of the Indianapolis arts community, including the University of Indianapolis. Christel DeHaan is the namesake of the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, where more than 120 performances take place each year, entertaining more than 10,000 people.

“The University is extremely thankful to the DeHaan Family Foundation for its continued support, which will be critical to achieving the vision for the Indianapolis Quartet. The goal is to enhance the cultural fabric of our city and region through both performance and educational outreach,” said University President Robert L. Manuel.

For more information about the Quartet performance and other cultural events, please visit events.uindy.edu.

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