University of Indianapolis occupational therapy and physical therapy programs ranked among national top 50 by U.S. News & World Report

The annual U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings were released this week and UIndy’s occupational therapy and physical therapy programs both ranked in the top 50 programs in the nation. Both programs were each recognized as the top-ranking programs in Indiana.

The University of Indianapolis occupational therapy (OT) program, which offers both master’s and entry-level doctoral degrees, ranked 29 out of 198 OT schools. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program ranked 42 out of 239 physical therapy programs across the country. 

“We are excited to have our two largest graduate programs listed in the top 20 percent of graduate programs in their respective fields,” said Dr. Stephanie Kelly, dean of the College of Health Sciences. “The rankings, which are based on the quality of the academics we offer, are a testament to the faculty who work together to ensure our students are well-prepared to take their place in the healthcare industry when they graduate.” 

Among the notable aspects of both programs is the Community Patient Resource Group (CPRG). CPRG brings community volunteers living with a range of disabilities into the classroom with students, who receive real-world experience working with patients with various diagnoses from as early as the first month of their program. 

Nursing programs also recognized
University of Indianapolis School of Nursing online programs made the U.S. News & World Report’s Top 100 Schools in 2020, moving up 57 points in the Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs category from 118 to 61. The master’s program in nursing also was recognized in the rankings at 112.

Update on University of Indianapolis campus events

The University of Indianapolis shared the following message about campus events with supporters of the arts as well as the campus community. Get the latest updates on the University of Indianapolis’ response to COVID-19.

The University of Indianapolis appreciates your support and interest in the many arts and cultural events hosted on campus throughout the year. We are sharing this message with you to keep you informed about the University’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

First, it is important to know that we still do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections within our UIndy community. Even without an active case, we believe that we must do our best to help prevent the community spread of the disease.

We have been in constant communication with many experts in the field to determine our best course of action regarding our policies on group activities. Pursuant to the guidance and advice provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Indiana State Department of Health, and World Health Organization (WHO), the University has made the difficult decision to suspend all campus events until it is deemed safe to return to business as usual. This includes all scheduled performances at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

These events include, but are not limited to, all intercollegiate athletic events, practices, and competitions; lectures and performances (L/P events); RSOs (registered student events); intramurals; music performances; arts and culture events; campus activities; speakers series; prospective student events; celebrations/parties; University staff and faculty meetings containing more than 50 individuals; church/worship services; seminars, camps and conferences; and any event the University is hosting on behalf of another organization.

We are heartbroken that we have to suspend all of these events. We know how hard students, faculty and visiting guest artists have practiced, rehearsed, and planned for these. Wherever possible, we hope to reschedule as many of these events as we can. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Please check events.uindy.edu for updates.

 

2020 IASB High School Broadcasting Competition Awards announced

Carmel High School won Radio School of the Year and Homestead High School won Television School of the Year at the 2020 Indiana Association of School Broadcasters (IASB) Awards at the University of Indianapolis on March 9, 2020. It was the fifth time since 2004 that Carmel High School earned the accolade and the first time for Homestead High School to be recognized with the honor.

Nearly 800 students and instructors from 35 Indiana high schools and career centers attended the 17th annual IASB conference presented by ASG and the University of Indianapolis. Students participated in the IASB High School Broadcasting Competition and attended more than 20 workshops that addressed topics including multimedia journalism, social media, radio 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 2020 IASB High School Broadcasting Competition Award winners: 

Student Multimedia Website:  

  1.   Crown Town Media Staff, Crown Point High School
  2.   Chris Wang, Homestead High School
  3.   Izzy Chandler, Franklin Central High School

Honorable Mention: Sakshi Gopalani, Carmel High School
Alex Almanza, South Bend Community School Corporation 

Radio In-Depth:

  1.   Maylee O’Brien, Carmel High School
  2.   Ashton Hackman, Homestead High School
  3.   Sydney Smith, Franklin Central High School

Honorable Mention: Madison Carrel, Franklin Central High School
Drew Persinger and Ted Bolton, Homestead High School

Radio Interview:

  1.   Rocco Jann, Crown Point High School
  2.   Zion Brown, Ben Davis High School
  3.   Donnie Harmon, Homestead High School

Honorable Mention: Chris Elmore, Carmel High School
Armando Bracco, Brianna Morton and Kirsten Robinson, Crown Point High School

Radio Talk Show:

  1.   Armando Bracco, Brianna Morton, Kirsten Robinson, Crown Point High School
  2.   David Weiderhaft and Luke Donovan, Carmel High School
  3.   Ramsey Harkness, Blake Pysh, Jon Lieber, Crown Point High School

Honorable Mention: Amelia Schroeder and Tala Comfort, Franklin Central High School
Preston Clemons and Alexis Halle, Wawasee High School

Radio Sportscast:

  1.   Jace Dery, Carmel High School
  2.   David Weiderhaft, Carmel High School
  3.   Donnie Harmon, Homestead High School

Honorable Mention: Jonathon Lieber, Crown Point High School
Elias Khoury, Franklin Central High School

Radio Play-by-Play:

  1.   Donnie Harmon, Homestead High School
  2.   Matt Saalfrank, Homestead High School
  3.   Joe Lincoln, Floyd Central High School

Honorable Mention: Charlie Maurer, Carmel High School
Isaiah Rosner, J. Everett Light Career Center

Radio Sporting Event Broadcast:

  1.   Donnie Harmon, Matt Saalfrank, Brayden Carroll, Ashton Hackman, Homestead High School
  2.   Charlie Maurer, Jace Dery, David Weiderhaft, Luke Donovan, Carmel High School
  3.   Connor Grant, Franklin Central High School

Honorable Mention: Zion Brown and Josh Engels, Ben Davis High School
Braxton Gray, Wawasee High School

Radio Copywriting:

  1.   Logan Ozdyck, Porter County Career and Technical Center
  2.   Riley Dugan, Carmel High School
  3.   Nicholas Carlson, Carmel High School

Honorable Mention: Tyler Veit, Homestead High School
Katherine Davis, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Radio Spot Production:

  1.   Christina Kruger, Homestead High School
  2.   Kayla Dill and Sarah Frey, Crown Point High School
  3.   Kionne Bybee, Franklin Central High School

Honorable Mention: David Aldrich, Lowell High School
Conner Allen, Wawasee High School

Radio Imaging:

  1.   Madalyn Massey, Crown Point High School
  2.   Paige Ohrvall, Carmel High School
  3.   Dylan Shepherd, Kaylena Chupp, Stephanie Mendoza, Wawasee High School

Honorable Mention: Drew Persinger, Homestead High School
Jurney Sturgeon and Radio/TV 2 Class, Jasper High School

Radio Drama:

  1.   Nathaniel Bowers and Blake Miller, Elkhart Area Career Center
  2.   Kiyah Wiesenauer, Carmel High School
  3.   Jacob Inman, Carroll High School

Honorable Mention: Kionne Bybee, Franklin Central High School
Ava Collins, Reid Foster, Ethan Fritch, Adina Moss, Jasper High School

Radio Show:

  1.   Karlie Flanagan and Cora Shaw, Homestead High School
  2.   Elias Khoury and Brandt Buck, Franklin Central High School
  3.   Hannah Roberts and Adasia Wery, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center

Honorable Mention: Zander Hetz, Nico Rodriguez, Cody Tharp, Charlestown High School
Kirsten Robinson, Zachary Jones, Maddie Massey, Crown Point High School

Radio News Anchor:

  1.   Elias Khoury, Franklin Central High School
  2.   Olivia Bianco, Crown Point High School
  3.   Carson Clymer, Homestead High School

Finalists: Armando Bracco, Crown Point High School
Rhianonna Adams, Walker Career Center
Ryan Dossey, Carmel High School

Radio Air Personality Finalists:

  1.   Sebastian Zieniewicz, Crown Point High School
  2.   Ella Carlson, Carmel High School
  3.   Connor Inskeep, Carmel High School

Finalists: Cesar Fernandez, Ben Davis High School
Dylan Wiley, Franklin Central High School
Jenna Milosh, Crown Point High School

Radio School of the Year:

Carmel High School

Radio School of the Year First Runner Up:

Homestead High School

Radio School of the Year Second Runner-Up:

Crown Point High School 

Television Copywriting:

  1.   Emily Olson, Martinsville High School
  2.   Hannah Johnson and Annabelle Cleary, Martinsville High School
  3.   Cody Larson, Franklin Central High School

Honorable Mention: Will Messmer, Jasper High School
Ethan Fragoso, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Television Spot Production:

  1.   Olivia Freeto and Ember Landers, Elkhart Area Career Center
  2.   Alex Almanza, South Bend Community School Corporation
  3.   Micah Rodrigues, Jeffersonville High School

Honorable Mention: Haley Baker, Victoria Metcalf, Elise Matney, Abby Studebaker, Connersville Senior High School
Jakob Innes, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Music Video:

  1.   Daisy Macias, Carroll High School
  2.   Arabella Brown and Callie Bowman, Brownsburg High School
  3.   Gabriel Reed, Prairie Heights High School

Honorable Mention: Zayne Spangler, Martinsville High School
Olivia Makar, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Video Magazine:

  1.   Homestead Media, Homestead High School
  2.   Alex Almanza, Cecilly Ball, Ryan Pandori, Bernado Malone, South Bend Community School Corporation
  3.   RTV 2 Class, Martinsville High School

Honorable Mention: Arabella Brown, Callie Bowman, Erin Raughter, Brownsburg High School
Video Production II Students, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Television Package:

  1.   Emily Olson, Martinsville High School
  2.   Ashton Hackman, Homestead High School
  3.   Jacob Inman and Brandon Hedges, Carroll High School

Honorable Mention: Andre Centlivre, Homestead High School
Logan Ozdyck and Olivia Makar, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Video In-Depth:

  1.   Kirsten Robinson and Zachary Jones, Crown Point High School
  2.   Colin Wood, Floyd Central High School
  3.   Gwennie Foley, Martinsville High School

Honorable Mention: JP Susantio and Daisy Macias, Carroll High School
Brad Bertola, Emma Hutchinson, Hannah Ramon, Lowell High School

Television School Newscast:

  1.   Staff of CPTV, Crown Point High School
  2.   Homestead Media, Homestead High School
  3.   CHS Today Staff, Connersville Senior High School

Honorable Mention: RTV2 Class, Carroll High School
RTV 2 Class, Martinsville High School

Live Event Broadcast:

  1.   Nathaniel Finch and Tyler Brunty, Western Boone Junior-Senior High School
  2.   Homestead Live Stream Team, Homestead High School
  3.   BHS-TV and Extended Play Studios, Brownsburg High School

Honorable Mention: Spartan Sports Network Staff / CHS Today Staff, Connersville Senior High School
Staff of CPTV Sports, Crown Point High School

Cinematography:

  1.   Derek Hockemeyer, Homestead High School
  2.   Baylee Schneider, Connersville Senior High School
  3.   Bryson Foxen and Quintin Leaf, Brownsburg High School

Honorable Mention: Zander Marcotte, Porter County Career and Technical Center
Alex Almanza, South Bend Community School Corporation

Photojournalism:

  1.   Alex Almanza, South Bend Community School Corporation
  2.   Zayne Spangler, Martinsville High School
  3.   Caleb Wood, Homestead High School

Honorable Mention: Olivia Ostler, Martinsville High School
Sarah Huth, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Corporate Video:

  1.   CPG-TV, Wawasee High School
  2.   Daisy Macias and JP Susantio, Carroll High School
  3.   Brendan Evans, Richmond High School

Honorable Mention: Lacie Boaz, Allison Hoffman, Zach Martin, Connersville Senior High School
Alex Almanza, South Bend Community School Corporation

Short Film:

  1.   Theonysios Kapsalis, Patrick Nusbaum, Ben Schwartz, Alec Parrish, J. Everett Light Career Center
  2.   John Megquier, Matt Kiszenia, RDN Staff, Lowell High School
  3.   Eli Buie, Whiteland Community High School

Honorable Mention: JP Susantio, Carroll High School
Ryan Snider, Wawasee High School

Video Show Open:

  1.   Colin Williams and Trent Eklund, Connersville Senior High School
  2.   Nathan Linville, Mason Mills, Landon Reed, Brownsburg High School
  3.   Sophia Ryckman, LaTerrian Harrison, Cole Martin, Connersville Senior High School

Honorable Mention: Jaeden Christner, Ben Davis High School
Justice Alwine, Prairie Heights High School

Sound Design:

  1.   Griffin Burge and Elijah Windle, J. Everett Light Career Center
  2.   Mariah Hamman and Mykaela Miller, Wawasee High School
  3.   Grace McCauley, Lowell High School

Honorable Mention: Tristan Taylor, Franklin Central High School
Kenzie Cline, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Animation:

  1.   Nicole Hay, J. Everett Light Career Center
  2.   Logan Smith, Warsaw Community High School
  3.   Danielle Boudreau, J. Everett Light Career Center

Honorable Mention: Anthony Compton, Dylan Williams, Logan Gibson, Ryan Wells, Impact Institute
Lindsey Foster, Whiteland Community High School

Television News Anchor:

  1.   Alex Almanza, South Bend Community School Corporation
  2.   Anna Chalker, Connersville Senior High School
  3.   Ashton Hackman, Homestead High School

Finalists: LaTerrian Harrison, Connersville Senior High School
Jenna Lane, Homestead High School
Brandon Hedges, Carroll High School 

Television School of the Year:

Homestead High School

Television School of the Year First Runner Up:

 Martinsville High School

Television School, of the Year Second Runner Up (Tie):

Everett Light Career Center
South Bend Community School Corporation

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
2020 Carmel High School Homestead High School

 

Internationally acclaimed jazz artist Emmet Cohen returns for spring residency at the University of Indianapolis

Emmet Cohen, University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence

Emmet Cohen, University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence

UPDATE: Per recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), these events have been canceled. Visit events.uindy.edu for updates.

Emmet Cohen, the 2019 American Pianists Awards winner and recipient of the Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, returns to the University of Indianapolis for a masterclass and performance in March following a stunning fall debut. Cohen serves as the University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence in partnership with the Indianapolis-based American Pianists Association. Cohen’s residency through spring 2021 includes providing lessons to students, engaging with faculty, presenting masterclasses and hosting performances.

Cohen will perform with the UIndy Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 20, at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. The first half of the evening is devoted to Cohen as solo pianist. He teams with the UIndy Jazz Ensemble to conclude the concert. Admission is free.

On March 19, Cohen will work with University of Indianapolis Department of Music students for a jazz improvisation masterclass. The public is invited to this exciting exchange of musical ideas and unique behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsal process. The masterclass will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

“The University of Indianapolis community has welcomed me with open arms, and it has been a true joy to integrate into their music program. The students are all hard-working, beautiful human beings, and continue to inspire me musically and otherwise. I look forward to returning to Indianapolis and can’t wait to continue the work we began last semester,” Cohen said.

Learn more at events.uindy.edu.

About Emmet Cohen
Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music and the related arts. Downbeat praised the “nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary” he employs to communicate with other musicians and audiences at what he terms “the deepest level of humanity and individuality.” Leader of the Emmet Cohen Trio and creator of the Masters Legacy Series, Cohen is an internationally acclaimed jazz artist and dedicated music educator.

Emmet Cohen is the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards and the Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association, and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis. Cohen was a finalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. He has appeared in the Newport, Monterey, Jerusalem and North Sea jazz festivals, among others, and at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center. Cohen has headlined at the Village Vanguard, the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, Jazz Standard and Jazzhaus Montmartre. 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.). Emmet Cohen has performed, recorded or collaborated with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, George Coleman, Jimmy Heath, Tootie Heath, Houston Person, Christian McBride, Kurt Elling, Billy Hart, Herlin Riley, Lea DeLaria and Bill T. Jones.

About the American Pianists Association
The American Pianists Association has been supporting aspiring young artists for over 40 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 university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. The University is ranked among the top National Universities by U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of nearly 6,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students. The University offers a wide variety of study areas, including 100+ undergraduate degrees, more than 40 master’s degree programs and five doctoral programs. More occupational therapists, physical therapists and clinical psychologists graduate from the University each year than any other state institution. With strong programs in engineering, business, and education, the University of Indianapolis impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.” uindy.edu.

Indianapolis Quartet to give New York debut at Weill Recital Hall, March 5, 2020

The Indianapolis Quartet—violinists Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violist Michael Isaac Strauss, and cellist Austin Huntington—will perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.

Established in 2016 in Indianapolis, the quartet is in residence at the University of Indianapolis, with support from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. The member’s palpable rapport and interpretive skill bring about performances of a unique emotional style that has earned the group critical praise and audience affection.

The March 5th program at Weill Recital Hall will be a showcase of stellar music-making from a quartet that has committed artistic capital to the city that brought them together. The quartet’s technically assured, interpretively compelling, and emotionally connected performances across a broadening repertoire have provided them a solid foundation as they now expand their scope beyond Indianapolis.

Frank Felice’s Five Whimsies for Non-Grownups (2010) opens the concert. The Butler University composition faculty member’s offering is a set of five movements in the tradition of a capriccio and is based on five children’s books. The quartet recently recorded this piece for release on CD in 2020.

Schumann’s opus 44 piano quintet will follow; a collaboration with rising star pianist Drew Petersen. The ensemble’s outing in this work last spring received high praise: “Petersen and the quartet displayed a fine balance of forces from the start…notable for flexibility of tempo and a unanimity of ‘paragraphing’—a sense of the movement’s units of significance and subtle changes of direction” as well as their “variety of dynamics and astute accentuation.” (Jay Harvey Upstage)

After intermission, the quartet will give the world premiere of Robert Paterson’s String Quartet No. 3, a work they have commissioned for this occasion. During the last two seasons, the quartet has performed the first two quartets by the New York-based, Grammy-nominated composer. Paterson has a catalog of more than 100 works and has earned awards and accolades from ASCAP, League of American Orchestras, New Music USA, and the Copland House, among many others. The quartet is slated to record all of Paterson’s string quartets in May 2020 for release on the American Modern Recordings label.

The landmark Debussy quartet, a work that has become deeply embedded in the ensemble’s repertoire, will close the concert.

Tickets for this concert range from $38 to $45 and are available online at CarnegieHall.org; by phone at 212-247-7800; or at the box office at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue.

About the Artists

The Indianapolis Quartet, now in its fourth season, made its Chicago debut in March 2018. In the last year, they have broadcast live performances on Vermont Public Radio, WBAA Classical 101.3 FM in West Lafayette, Indiana, and on WISH-TV in Indianapolis. Recent concert engagements include appearances at Vermont’s Taconic Festival, Vermont Public Radio, Cincinnati’s St. Francis@4 series,

Indiana Landmarks Center, and the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society in Lafayette, Indiana. They have also appeared in concert and in residencies at Butler University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Arizona State University, and at Indiana State University, where they were the featured ensemble for the 53nd annual Contemporary Music Festival.

Regular collaborations with premier chamber music artists and composers, including pianists Orli Shaham and Soyeon Kate Lee, cellists Mark Kosower and Nicholas Canellakis, clarinetist Todd Palmer, and composers Robert Paterson and Frank Felice have afforded the quartet a reach into new audiences and a creative expansion of its repertoire. Two recordings featuring the works of Paterson and Felice will be released in the next year.

Known for his virtuosic, high-energy performances, Indianapolis Quartet first violinist Zachary DePue formerly served as concertmaster of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO). Known among both classical and crossover music fans, he became one of the youngest concertmasters in the country when he was appointed to the ISO in 2007. DePue is a founding member of Time for Three, with which he performed for 12 years. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo.

Joana Genova, second violinist, serves as assistant professor of violin and director of chamber music initiatives at the University of Indianapolis. She is also co-founder and artistic director of Taconic Music in Manchester, Vermont and is a frequent guest at festivals and concert series across the U.S. Prior to her posts in the United States, Genova was concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Genova earned a bachelor’s degree at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and master’s degree in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands.

Violist Michael Isaac Strauss has performed around the world appearing on concert series, live-radio broadcasts, and festivals across Europe, North America, and Asia. A former member of the Fine Arts Quartet, Strauss made several European and domestic tours with the quartet and Shlomo Mintz, as well as a critically acclaimed SACD recording of Mozart’s complete viola quintets. As soloist, he released recordings of Jennifer Higdon’s Viola Sonata (world premiere), David Finko’s Viola Concerto (Centaur), and Stamitz’s works for solo viola with orchestra (Centaur). His chamber music recordings include the Philadelphia-based Orchestra 2001 series of music by living composers and the Oberlin Music label release Wordless Verses—trio works inspired by poetry for oboe, viola, and piano. Strauss was principal violist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 20 years and has served on the faculty of several prominent schools including Oberlin Conservatory, and Indiana University. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Cellist Austin Huntington made his solo orchestral debut at the age of 10, and at age 20 he was appointed principal cellist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, currently making him one of the youngest principal musicians in a major American orchestra. Huntington is the recipient of numerous awards on both the national and international levels. He placed first in the 2012 Irving M. Klein International Strings Competition and the 2009 MTNA National Sting Competition. He has collaborated with artists including Itzhak Perlman, Edgar Meyer, Robert deMaine, Cynthia Phelps, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Augustin Hadelich.

Acclaimed young American pianist Drew Petersen has been praised for his commanding and poetic performances of repertoire ranging from Bach to Zaimont. He is the recipient of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, 2017 American Pianists Award, and the Christel DeHaan Fellow of the American Pianists Association, as well as a residency at the University of Indianapolis.

He has appeared as soloist with the Houston, Phoenix, Tucson, Pacific and Milwaukee symphony orchestras, and has given solo recitals at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, University of Indianapolis, and Dame Myra Hess Concerts in Chicago. Most recent performances include concerts at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and Brevard Music Center’s Summer Festival, orchestral performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and a recital at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. He has also now released his first solo recording—a showcase of American piano works on the Steinway & Sons label—for which BBC Music Magazine acknowledged Petersen’s “really stunning, full-bodied sound” and “superb technique and measured voicing.” The 2019-2020 season includes appearances with orchestras in Sarasota, Fort Smith, Buffalo, Waco, and Columbus, as well as recitals in Madison, Duluth, Savannah, including his Kennedy Center debut.

Indianapolis Quartet launches exciting spring season with New York City debut

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet

UPDATE: Per recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Quartet’s March 24 and March 30 events at the University of Indianapolis have been canceled. Visit events.uindy.edu for updates.

The Indianapolis Quartet makes its New York debut during an exciting spring season that explores both old and new classics. The quartet-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis is celebrating its fourth year on campus with regional and national performances.

On March 5, 2020, the Indianapolis Quartet performs at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Tickets range from $38 to $45 and are available at CarnegieHall.org. During this concert, the Quartet will give the world premiere performance of Robert Paterson’s third quartet, a work they commissioned. The Quartet has been performing all of Paterson’s string quartets in preparation for a recording scheduled for spring 2020.

For this occasion, the Indianapolis Quartet will join again with pianist Drew Petersen, recent University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence, Christel DeHaan fellow and 2017 American Pianists Award recipient, in Schumann’s masterful and intense piano quintet. Frank Felice’s charming Five Whimsies for Non-Grown Ups is also included in the program. This set of five pieces for string quartet is based on children’s books, with each piece based on one line from each story: “In The Night Kitchen,” by Maurice Senkdak; “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick,” by Chris Van Allsburg; “Mr. Bliss,” by J.R.R. Tolkien; and “The Sleep Book” and “The Cat in The Hat,” by Dr. Seuss. Debussy’s influential and exotically colorful G minor string quartet will close the program.

See all performance dates here.

On March 24, 2020, the Indianapolis Quartet returns to the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center for the popular open rehearsal and master class event. Violinists Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violist Michael Strauss and cellist Austin Huntington draw on their vast expertise and experience in coaching University of Indianapolis student chamber ensembles, while also offering a unique behind-the-scenes look at their own rehearsal process. The audience is invited to sit on stage close to the performers. Admission is free.

The following week, on March 30, 2020, the Indianapolis Quartet performs on the University of Indianapolis Faculty Artist Concert Series at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. Concert artist Ran Dank, a lauded prize-winning pianist on faculty at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, will join the quartet in Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major. This work was written at the height of Dvořák’s international fame and is considered a monument in the world of chamber music—both in use of dramatically lyrical lines and rhythmic vitality, as well as the richly vivid sound that Dvořák explores.

For the balance of this program, the Quartet will also present Beethoven’s “Serioso” quartet, his opus 95 in F minor. This quartet is paired on the program with Bartók’s single-movement third quartet, written in 1927. In this quartet, Bartók invents and employs the widest range of effects used in string writing up to that time. Bartók was one of the world’s first ethnomusicologists and his intimate knowledge of Hungarian folk music was a huge influence on his own writing. This quartet explores a slow, poignant opening in contrast with a driven, rhythmic second part.

Fall 2019 Dean’s List and Honor Roll recipients announced

The University of Indianapolis has published a list of students who made the Dean’s List or Honor Roll for the Fall 2019 semester.

The online database can be found here: http://news.uindy.edu/honors.

The database includes a listing of the student’s name along with hometown and honors earned. The list can also be sorted by zip code to generate results representing your community.

Students named to the Dean’s List have completed at least 12 hours during a semester and earned a grade point average of 3.7 or higher. Honor Roll students have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours and earned a grade point average of at least 3.4 but less than 3.7. Semester Honor Rolls and Dean’s List encourage scholarship of high quality and give appropriate public acknowledgment to students whose work deserves recognition.

Carnegie Foundation selects University of Indianapolis for 2020 Community Engagement Classification

The Carnegie Foundation has announced that the University of Indianapolis is one of the 119 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, an elective designation that indicates institutional commitment to community engagement.

Carnegie Foundation sealThis important classification is awarded following a process of self-study by each institution, which is then assessed by a national review committee led by the Swearer Center for Public Engagement at Brown University, the administrative and research home for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

“These newly-classified and re-classified institutions are doing exceptional work to forward their public purpose in and through community engagement that enriches teaching and research while also benefiting the broader community,” noted Mathew Johnson, executive director of the Swearer Center. 

“We are proud of this national recognition of the university’s enduring commitment to our motto, ‘Education for Service.’ The University of Indianapolis remains dedicated to connecting our students with opportunities for personal and professional growth that enrich their communities throughout their lives,” said Robert L. Manuel, University of Indianapolis president.

Of the 119 institutions classified in the 2020 cycle, 44 are receiving the classification for the first time while 75 are now re-classified,  after being classified originally in 2010 or 2015. These 119 institutions join the 240 institutions that earned the classification during the 2015 selection process, for a total of 359 campuses who are currently active holders of this important designation. Among the 2020 recipients of the classification, 67 are public institutions and 52 are private. For Carnegie’s Basic Classification, 52 are classified as research universities, 39 are master’s colleges and universities, 22  are baccalaureate colleges, 3 are community colleges, and 3 institutions have a specialized focus—arts, medicine, and other health professions. They represent campuses in 37 states and U.S. territories. 

The Carnegie Community Engagement Classification has been the leading framework for institutional assessment and recognition of community engagement in U.S. higher education for the past 14 years with multiple classification cycles in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2015 and 2020.

“We also note that many more institutions who are not receiving classification today are doing similar important work and we celebrate them as well,” Johnson added. “It is clear that many campuses are facing difficult times and finding it challenging to maintain and advance their community engagement in the current climate. It is our hope that by celebrating these classified campuses others might come to see community engagement as part of the strategy to address the current set of challenges in higher education.”

About the University of Indianapolis
The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. The University is ranked among the top National Universities by U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of nearly 6,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students. The University offers a wide variety of study areas, including 100+ undergraduate degrees, more than 40 master’s degree programs and five doctoral programs. More occupational therapists, physical therapists and clinical psychologists graduate from the University each year than any other state institution. With strong programs in engineering, business, and education, the University of Indianapolis impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.” Learn more: uindy.edu.

About the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching aims to build a field around the use of improvement science and networked improvement communities to solve long standing inequities in educational outcomes. The Foundation, through the work of the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, developed the first typology of American colleges and universities in 1970 as a research tool to describe and represent the diversity of U.S. higher education. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education (now housed at Indiana University Bloomington’s Center for Postsecondary Research) continues to be used for a wide range of purposes by academic researchers, institutional personnel, policymakers and others. For more information, visit www.carnegiefoundation.org/.  

About the Swearer Center for Public Service
In 1986, Brown University President Howard Swearer founded one of the first public service centers in the nation, now named for him — the Swearer Center for Public Service. The Swearer Center is a hub of community, scholarship, and action at Brown University. Through innovative programs and fellowships that reach across Rhode Island and around the globe, the Swearer Center connects people to co-create knowledge and positive social change, advances the field of engaged scholarship, and integrates social innovation with community engagement. In 2017, the Swearer Center became the administrative and research home of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. For more information, visit www.swearer.brown.edu

University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel joins Indianapolis Urban League Board of Directors

President Robert L. Manuel

President Robert L. Manuel

The University of Indianapolis announced that President Robert L. Manuel joined the Indianapolis Urban League’s Board of Directors effective Jan. 1, 2020. The Board unanimously approved President Manuel’s appointment in December.

“The University of Indianapolis actively seeks out opportunities to partner with organizations dedicated to making a difference in our community. I’m honored to serve on the Indianapolis Urban League’s Board of Directors to continue their crucial work in engaging and empowering residents to reach their full potential,” said President Manuel.

President Manuel joins a highly accomplished 31-member Board of Directors representing a wide array of industries including healthcare, pharmaceutical, law, higher education, banking and professional sports, among others.

“We are pleased to welcome President Manuel to the Indianapolis Urban League’s Board of Directors where his considerable expertise and leadership will help shape and guide our organization’s education initiatives and related advocacy for years to come,” said Tony Mason, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Urban League.

“The Indianapolis Urban League leads the effort to bring equity and access in education, workforce development, health and wellness, and quality of life to minority populations in Indianapolis. The University of Indianapolis is eager to grow our existing partnership to impact these areas and to improve lives,” President Manuel continued.

The University of Indianapolis has a history of partnership with the Urban League and its Indianapolis affiliate, including the University’s hosting of the 30th Annual Youth Leadership Summit. The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis partnered with the Indianapolis Urban League to examine the efficacy of charter schools in Indiana for a 2009 study.

In addition to serving on the Indianapolis Urban League’s Board of Directors, President Manuel is highly active in a number of organizations around Indianapolis, serving as Board of Directors chair for the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership; Board of Trustees vice chair at Brebeuf Jesuit High School; chair of the Council of Presidents for the Great Lakes Valley Conference; Board of Directors member for the Independent Colleges of Indiana; executive committee member for Ascend Indiana’s Board; and Board of Governors member of the Skyline Club.

Hullabaloo 2020 celebrates four years of on-campus letterpress printing

Hullabaloo 2020 logo

Hullabaloo 2020 logo

Reception for invitational exhibit features studio open house, gallery reception, guest artist lecture

The Hullabaloo Press at the University of Indianapolis is celebrating its four-year anniversary with an exhibition of contemporary letterpress printers and bookmakers, January 21 through February 7 at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery. An opening reception on Monday, January 27 will feature:

  • Print Shop Open House, 3-5 pm. Make your own print and see presses running.
  • Gallery Reception, 4-6 pm. Featuring “New Impressions,” an international juried exhibition, letterpress prints with Indiana connections and UIndy originals
  • Artist Lecture, 6:15 pm with Stephanie Carpenter from the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, the world’s largest collection of wood type

Printers from around the United States were invited to display a collection of their letterpress work. Exhibitors were selected for their Indiana connections, preservation of historical practices, contemporary innovations, or unique practices we wish to showcase on campus, explained event organizer Katherine Fries, assistant professor in the Department of Art & Design.

Fries said she hopes the exhibit and reception will build awareness about the printmaking studio at the University of Indianapolis and that “letterpress is for everyone.” Any enrolled student can take a letterpress class to satisfy fine arts applied credits, she added.

This free, non-ticketed event is open to the public. Learn more about Hullabaloo 2020.

 

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