University of Indianapolis Etchings Press announces 2018 Whirling Prize recipients

Etchings Press, the University of Indianapolis student-run publisher, has announced the recipients of the 2018 Whirling Prize.

The Whirling Prize welcomes submissions of published books related to specific themes that change annually. The 2018 prize focused on the theme of disability.

Christine Stewart-Nunez

Christine Stewart-Nunez

Christine Stewart-Nunez was awarded the 2018 Whirling Prize in Poetry for her collection “Bluewords Greening.”

Mira T. Lee received the 2018 Whirling Prize in Prose for her novel “Everything Here Is Beautiful.”

Mira T. Lee

Mira T. Lee

University of Indianapolis Department of English students reviewed 38 submissions and selected winners in the categories of prose and poetry.

“The competition this year was intense, and I was impressed by the judges’ attention to each entry and their conversations about craft, intention, and disability,” said Liz Whiteacre, advisor of the 2018 Whirling Prize. “It is always a pleasure to see a team of thoughtful readers engage with the prize submissions, and the students did an outstanding job, growing both their critiquing skills and their understanding of disability literature.”

The winners will receive a $500 honorarium and 25 copies of a letterpress broadside designed by student artists of UIndy’s Hullabaloo Press. Posters will be available for purchase in March 2019. Winners and judges will record an episode for The Potluck Podcast: UIndy & the Arts, which will be available to listeners in March 2019. For updates, follow @uindyetchings on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Call for 2019 entries
The theme for the 2019 Whirling Prize will focus on issues central to space. Students are employing a broad interpretation of this criteria in their reading and judging and are especially interested in reading books with a focus on relationships with our universe. All writers focusing on related topics who have published their books since January 1, 2017, are welcome to participate. The deadline for submissions is September 2, 2019. Details may be found on the Etchings Press website.

Three Indianapolis organizations partner to help government employees

University of Indianapolis, Quest Food Management Services and Books & Brews (South Indy) offer free meals for federal workers affected by the shutdown

Books & Brews - South IndyINDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis, Quest Food Management Services and Books & Brews will begin providing meals to those local employees and their immediate family affected by the federal government shutdown at the Books & Brews (South Indy) starting Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.

With the University’s long history of engagement and collaborations with business partners and organizations to contribute to the quality of life in the city, President Robert L. Manuel said it was natural for the University to find a way to assist members of the community.

“As a community anchor we have a history of engaging with our neighbors in good as well as challenging times, said President Manuel. “We are focused on helping the members of our community in this moment and think we can be of assistance by offering meals to those affected. We’re grateful to Quest Food Management Services and Books & Brews for their collaboration.”

Federal employees may present their government ID at Books & Brews (South Indy) at 3808 Shelby Street. Meals will be available at this location Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. beginning Thursday, Jan. 17 (one meal, per person, per day). Meals are prepared by Quest Food Management Services. Parking is available on-site.

For more information, please contact 317-788-3530.

More than 400 students attend annual Lugar Leadership Symposium Dec. 8

More than 400 high school juniors from 70 counties across Indiana attended the 42nd annual Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders at the University of Indianapolis.

Former Sen. Richard G. Lugar gave the keynote speech on why the climate change agreement, NATO, and free trade agreements matter, adding he hopes that political leaders and citizens alike understand how “fundamental the continued success of NATO is for our security and the security of the world.”

More than 400 of Indiana’s top high school juniors were on campus for an expert discussion on pressing public issues & world events*More photos coming soon!*

Posted by University of Indianapolis on Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Schools from across the state select three students to attend the Symposium each year. More than 400 students from 70 counties across Indiana participated in 2018. The event offers students a chance to gain valuable insight from Lugar and explore the current state of national and international issues. The event exposes some of the brightest young minds in Indiana to the complex issues facing the country and world. In addition, students are able to visit with Lugar personally, providing them lessons in leadership and community service.

Students participated in afternoon discussions on topics including:

  • U.S. Leadership in the World
  • Resident Aliens: Immigration and Refugees in the U.S. and Abroad
  • North Korea and Nukes: Is There a Solution?
  • Me Too: Politics & Social Movements
  • Learning from 2018 and Looking to 2020: The State of American Politics
  • the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice ending WWI

The event also recognized Charles C. Chiang of Zionsville Community High School as this year’s recipient of the Richard G. Lugar Distinguished Student Leadership Award. The $1,000 award recognizes one Indiana high school senior each year for leadership and community service activities.

After two terms as Mayor of Indianapolis, Lugar served for 36 years in the U.S. Senate, including leadership roles in the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. He is the current president of The Lugar Center, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. that convenes thought leaders on topics such as global food and energy, security, governance and international aid programs.

More information on the Symposium can be found here. 

About the Lugar Academy
More than 15,000 promising students have participated in the Lugar Symposium during the past 40 years, including nearly 500 students last year, gaining wisdom, insight and access to some of the finest minds available. Principals from every high school in Indiana are asked to select three outstanding student leaders from their junior class to attend the Symposium. Lugar is a Distinguished Trustee, a former professor of political science and holds an honorary degree from the University of Indianapolis. The symposium that bears his name was launched in 1977 as an opportunity to discuss with students topics of local and global importance.

 

Indianapolis Quartet returns Oct. 1 for exciting fall 2018 season

IndianapolisQuartet500On the heels of summer festival and radio appearances, The Indianapolis Quartet (TIQ) returns to the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center on October 1 at 7:30 p.m. Their third season of concerts will get underway with a program that continues their exploration of the Beethoven quartets, an award-winning work by New York City-based composer Robert Paterson and Schoenberg’s groundbreaking string sextet and features performances by two guests from the Indiana University faculty. The concert, part of the Faculty Artist Concert Series sponsored by Katz, Sapper & Miller, is open to the public and admission is free.

TIQ’s palpable rapport and interpretive skill bring about concert experiences of a unique musical language and emotional performance style that has earned the group critical praise and audience appeal. First violinist Zachary DePue, former concertmaster of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO), is in demand as a leader, soloist, collaborator and improvisational artist. Second violinist Joana Genova is assistant professor at the University of Indianapolis and recently appeared as soloist under the baton of Maestro Raymond Leppard. Violist Michael Isaac Strauss was principal of ISO for 20 years. He now performs around the country in chamber music settings and devotes significant energy to developing young violists. Prize-winning cellist Austin Huntington was appointed principal of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the age of 20 and now also serves on the faculty at UIndy.

The evening opens with Beethoven’s dramatic String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4 noted for its stormy first movement; playful, innocent scherzo; an innovative minuet; and a gypsy-style finale. Robert Paterson’s String Quartet No. 1, nicknamed the “Love Boat,” consists of four high-energy miniature movements, mixing elements of jazz, fiddling and polka. It even contains a few short musical “quotes”—the most notable is the theme song from the 1970s and ’80s television show, The Love Boat.

Violist Atar Arad and cellist Eric Kim, both on the faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, will join TIQ for Arnold Schoenberg’s landmark sextet, Verklärte Nacht (“Transfigured Night”), Op. 4. Written in 1899, when the composer was only 25 years old, the work is the first piece of programmatic chamber music. It is a musical representation of a poem of the same name by the German writer Richard Dehmel. The music is warmly and expansively Romantic, giving no hint of the “twelve-tone” style with which Schoenberg was to become identified only a dozen years later.

TIQ is quartet-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis and is grateful for support from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.

More information can be found at events.uindy.edu or by calling 317-788-3255.

University of Indianapolis announces 2018-19 performing arts season

The University of Indianapolis brings a wide range of diverse cultural activities to the Indianapolis metropolitan area with the announcement of the 2018-19 performing arts season. The institution serves as a destination point for music performances, theatre productions, art exhibitions, readings and lectures, and highlights a progressive arts and musical scene in the region. Fall performances include the Indianapolis Quartet, Artist-in-Residence Raymond Leppard’s Gala Opening Concert, the UIndy Jazz Faculty debut and pianist Artist-in-Residence Drew Petersen.

See events.uindy.edu for event details and ticket information.

University Faculty Concert Series is sponsored by Katz, Sapper & Miller. All performances held at 7:30 p.m. at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

Maestro Raymond Leppard

Maestro Raymond Leppard

Gala Opening Concert with Maestro Raymond Leppard: Sept. 17, 2018
Featuring Raymond Leppard; Joana Genova, violin; Kathleen Hacker, soprano; Mitzi Westra, mezzo-soprano; Daniel Narducci, baritone; University of Indianapolis Festival Orchestra; University Choral Ensembles.

Maestro Raymond Leppard celebrates his 25th season as artist-in-residence with music of J.S. Bach, Mozart, Britten, and the premiere of his own recently completed song trilogy, “Love’s Moonlight.” The program opens with Britten’s Sentimental Sarabande from the 1934 Simple Symphony, followed by UIndy’s Joana Genova performing Bach’s E-Major Violin Concerto, BWV 1042. Mitzi Westra and Daniel Narducci will be featured in Mr. Leppard’s new song cycle for solo voices, string orchestra, and choir, set to poetry of Thomas Campion and Walter de la Mare. The evening concludes with the glories of Mozart: selections from the Vespers, K. 339, and the Ave verum corpus, K. 618.

Maestro Leppard, one of the most respected international conductors of our time, has appeared with practically all the world’s leading orchestras in more than 60 years on the podium. He has conducted more than 170 recordings, earning five Grammy awards, a Grand Prix Mondial du Disque, a Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, and an Edison Prize.

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet: Oct. 1, 2018

Featuring Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violins; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola; Austin Huntington, cello; with guests Stephen Paul Wyrczynski, viola, and Eric Kim, cello.

The Indianapolis Quartet returns for its third season of “marvelously unified” and “especially expressive” performances (Jay Harvey Upstage). Robert Paterson’s award-winning String Quartet No. 1 (“Love Boat”) opens the program, followed by the compelling drama of Beethoven’s C-minor Quartet from Op. 18. The evening concludes as guests Stephen Paul Wyrczynski and Eric Kim join the Quartet for Arnold Schoenberg’s landmark 1899 sextet, Verklärte Nacht (“Transfigured Night”), Op. 4.

The Quartet, which formed in 2016, is the result of a collaboration between the University and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The project was made possible, in part, through a transformational gift by University trustee and philanthropist Yvonne Shaheen, namesake of the  Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences, and was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation in 2017.

Drew Petersen master class

Drew Petersen master class

Drew Petersen, piano: Oct. 29, 2018

Acclaimed American pianist Drew Petersen is a sought-after soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in the United States, Europe, and Asia. In his second year as artist-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis, Mr. Petersen is the 2017 Christel DeHaan Fellow of the American Pianists Association and the recent recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has been praised for commanding and poetic performances of the repertoire ranging from Bach to Zaimont. His October solo recital will feature music of Mozart, Beethoven (the Appassionata Sonata, Op. 57), and Liszt (including the rarely performed Illustrations du Prophète de Meyerbeer).

Other fall highlights include the UIndy Jazz Faculty Debut on Sept. 24; a rare exhibition of the works of Wilbur D. Peat at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery Sept. 10-Oct. 5 (reception: Sept. 24); Kellogg Writers Series fiction reading by John Jodzio Oct. 3 at the Schwitzer Student Center; and “It’s a Wonderful Life, The Radio Play” Nov. 30-Dec. 8 at the Studio Theatre in Esch Hall.

See a complete list of the UIndy 2018-19 performing arts season at events.uindy.edu.

Roche Diagnostics and University of Indianapolis partner with Ascend Indiana to create the Roche Academy

 

Roche_Mobile_06473 (1)INDIANAPOLIS (August 30, 2018) ─ Roche Diagnostics and the University of Indianapolis are partnering to create a custom talent pipeline for biomedical equipment technicians through the newly created Roche Academy. The partnership was co-developed with Ascend Indiana, a Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) initiative.

As Roche’s customer base continues to grow, the demand for quality and properly trained biomedical equipment technicians continues to increase. These technicians are critical to Roche’s operations, as they maintain critical lab equipment and provide customer service across Roche’s 32 geographic service regions.

“We have to think differently and more creatively as a company to attract highly skilled talent,” Jack Phillips, president and CEO, Roche Diagnostics said. “Through this unique talent initiative, and our partnership with two outstanding community organizations, we will be able to fulfill our employment needs for these positions which are critical to our business.”

Through this partnership, the University will recruit biology and chemistry students to join the Roche Academy, where they will complete a Roche-customized curriculum path and summer internship experience focused on the hands-on, life science and engineering skills necessary for employment at Roche. In exchange, Academy students successfully completing the program will receive financial and educational incentives, including a job offer from Roche upon graduation.

“Our supply of skilled workers is not meeting the demand and available talent is often not connecting efficiently with employers who need them,” Jason Kloth, president and CEO, Ascend Indiana said. “Through our Ascend Services work, employers like Roche are able to create custom talent pipeline programs that provide a shared value for the company, the educational institution, students and the broader community.”

The partnership also allows the University to align its curricula with current industry demands for education and attract new students to the university.

“Partnerships like Roche Academy show how we can develop regional economic advantages, keep higher education connected to the community and help companies meet areas of critical need,” said Stephen Kolison, University of Indianapolis executive vice president and provost. “These partnerships are an integral part of the University of Indianapolis’ ability to provide our students with distinctive experiences at dynamic organizations and to prepare them for careers in today’s complex world.”

Ascend, Roche and UIndy will begin recruitment for the first cohort of students in October, with the first class estimated to start employment at Roche in 2020. The Academy is expected to produce 20-25 biomedical equipment technicians for Roche annually.

Roche Diagnostics is the North American headquarters of the world’s largest biotech company where more than 4,000 people work together to provide insights that help people around the world manage and improve personal health conditions. It has been part of the Indianapolis landscape since 1964 when it was founded as Bio-Dynamics and later acquired by Boehringer Mannheim Corporation in 1974. Roche acquired Boerhinger Mannheim in 1998 and within three years became the world leader in diagnostics.

About Ascend Indiana

Ascend Indiana seeks to ensure every Indiana employer has access to the skilled workforce necessary to thrive, and every Indiana citizen has the opportunity to pursue a meaningful career. Ascend is a catalyst across industry sectors to help connect the supply of skilled talent to demand from employers through scalable programs and innovative solutions. To learn more, visit ascendindiana.com.

About Roche Diagnostics

Roche is a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advancing science to improve people’s lives. The combined strengths of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics under one roof have made Roche the leader in personalized healthcare – a strategy that aims to fit the right treatment to each patient in the best way possible.

Roche is the world’s largest biotech company, with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and diseases of the central nervous system. Roche is also the world leader in in vitro diagnostics and tissue-based cancer diagnostics, and a frontrunner in diabetes management.

Founded in 1896, Roche continues to search for better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases and make a sustainable contribution to society. The company also aims to improve patient access to medical innovations by working with all relevant stakeholders. Thirty medicines developed by Roche are included in the World Health Organization Model Lists of Essential Medicines, among them life-saving antibiotics, antimalarials and cancer medicines. Roche has been recognized as the Group Leader in sustainability within the Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences Industry nine years in a row by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).

The Roche Group, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, is active in over 100 countries and in 2017 employed about 94,000 people worldwide. In 2017, Roche invested CHF 10.4 billion in R&D and posted sales of CHF 53.3 billion. Genentech, in the United States, is a wholly owned member of the Roche Group. Roche is the majority shareholder in Chugai Pharmaceutical, Japan. For more information, please visit www.roche.com or www.RocheIndy.com.

About 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.” UIndy.edu

Community Health Network selected as sports medicine healthcare provider for UIndy Athletics

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis announced today the selection of Community Health Network as the provider of sports medicine healthcare for the University’s athletics program, expanding the current partnership between the two entities while creating a unique model for healthcare, education and athletic training in higher education. The partnership also expands opportunities for research, education and access to healthcare for UIndy employees and students.

One of the largest providers of sports medicine healthcare in central Indiana, Community Health Network has developed a standout reputation with professional teams such as the Indy Eleven and Indy Fuel. Community will provide nearly 700 student athletes with the same expertise and quality in sports medicine and athletic training.

“When we looked to a provider that could be an innovative and effective partner and best serve one of the strongest athletic programs in Division II, Community’s expertise and record stood out. With Community’s reputation for excellence in healthcare, integration of ground-breaking technology and medical specialties such as sports medicine, we both saw the opportunity to a create a model in higher education to benefit the entire UIndy community,” said Robert L. Manuel, University of Indianapolis president.

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“We are excited to deepen our current relationship with UIndy through the addition of sports medicine services,” said Nichole Wilson, vice president of retail services for Community Health Network. “The ability to leverage our organizations’ collective strengths to innovate how future health care providers are trained and how we deliver care is what makes this a great partnership. Sports medicine is another avenue by which we can do just that.”

The unique partnership expands access to athletic trainers, diagnostic and treatment services including physical and occupational therapy, orthopedics, women’s health and concussion rehabilitation. With the focus on urgent and emergent medical management, the partnership will provide faculty and students with additional teaching, research and educational opportunities for healthcare majors, including collaborative networking with Community professionals.

“The UIndy Sports Medicine Program provides another outstanding opportunity for Community Health Network to expand on our already unique relationship with the University of Indianapolis,” said Dr. David Kiley, President of Community Health Network’s South region. “This program enables Community Health Network to further our Mission, Vision and Values in the community by providing exceptional Sports Medicine care and experiences to an extraordinary group of student athletes while also collaborating with the University of Indianapolis in providing exceptional healthcare-related learning experiences for their impressive student body. We feel this collaborative relationship will strengthen the learning experiences for the UIndy students and that these remarkable individuals will go on to be deeply committed to enhancing the health and well-being for those in the communities in which they later serve.”

The sports medicine healthcare agreement with Community Health Network is the latest stage in the evolution of a growing partnership, which includes the Nursing Academy, an academic partnership between Community and the University of Indianapolis that offers an accelerated path for students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Additionally, the Health Pavilion hosts an annual Multidisciplinary Symposium that brings together hundreds of Community health professionals and University of Indianapolis students and faculty to share research and presentations on the latest healthcare trends.

The goal shared by Community Health Network and the University is to keep our student athletes healthy, and when they do get injured, we support their desire to return to optimum health and competition as soon as possible,” said Sue Willey, University of Indianapolis vice president of intercollegiate athletics.

 

 

About Community Health Network

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Community Health Network has been deeply committed to the communities it serves since opening its first hospital, Community Hospital East, in 1956. Now with more than 16,000 caregivers and 200 sites of care, Community Health Network puts patients first while offering a full continuum of healthcare services, world-class innovations and a new focus on population health management. Exceptional care, simply delivered, is what sets Community Health Network apart and what makes it a leading not-for-profit healthcare destination in central Indiana. For more information about Community Health Network, please visit eCommunity.com.

 

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.” UIndy.edu

About University of Indianapolis Athletics
The University of Indianapolis sponsors 23 varsity sports and supports nearly 700 student-athletes. The Greyhounds combined to win a school-record nine conference titles in 2017-18, with 12 consecutive top-20 finishes in the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, including six top 10s in the last seven years. The University has noted 73 Academic All-America® honorees since 2000, fifth most in Division II. The overall GPA for student athletes during the 2017-18 academic year was 3.2.

University of Indianapolis Department of Theatre announces 2018-19 season

IndyFringe_USE THIS880INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis Department of Theatre has announced the 2018-19 season, including the debut at the 2018 Indy Fringe Festival continuing through Aug. 25. The fall season also includes two series: the Mainstage Series Series and the Student Experience Series.

MAINSTAGE SEASON

“Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” (TMLMTBGB)
by Greg Allen
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (TMLMTBGB) was the longest running show in Chicago and the only open- run Off-Off-Broadway show in New York. The show is the work of the Neo-Futurism movement, a variant of the Italian Futurism movement and reflects their aesthetic of non-illusory theater, where, as they describe it, “all of our plays are ‘set’ on the stage in front of the audience. All of our ‘characters’ are ourselves… We do not aim to ‘suspend the audience’s disbelief’ but to create a world where the stage is a continuation of daily life.”

Venue, Dates & Times
Indy Fringe Festival
District Theatre, Stage II, 6 p.m. Various dates throughout the festival.

“It’s A Wonderful Life”
by James W. Rodgers
Based on the film by Frank Capra and the story by Peter Van Doren Stern.

It’s a Wonderful Life will be a staged performance set as a Live Radio Play, and is based on the classic holiday movie about the life of George Bailey, a generous and well-meaning man who has become too downcast and tired to continue living.

Venue, Dates & Times

UIndy Studio Theatre
Preview: 8 p.m., Nov. 29, 2018
Performances: 8 p.m., Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2 & 7-9, 2018
Thrifty Thursday: 8 p.m., Dec. 6, 2018
Ticket information:
$12 general admission
$10 for alumni, senior citizens, groups of eight or more and non-UIndy students with ID
$6 general admission on Thrifty Thursdays
Free admission with ticket for UIndy Students, faculty and staff with ID
Students: L/P credit available

Fawlty Towers: A Dinner Theatre Production
by John Cleese and Connie Booth

Fawlty Towers is a British television sitcom broadcast on the BBC, about a fictional hotel in the seaside town of Torquay on the “English Riviera.” The plot centers on tense, rude and put-upon owner Basil Fawlty, his bossy wife Sybil, comparatively normal chambermaid Polly who often is the peacemaker and voice of reason, and hapless and English- challenged Spanish waiter Manuel, showing their attempts to run the hotel amidst farcical situations and an array of demanding and eccentric guests and tradespeople.

Venue, Dates & Times

UIndy Schwitzer Center Dining Hall
Preview: 8 p.m., Feb. 21, 2019 (performance only)

Dinner Theatre Performances:
6:45 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. performance: Feb. 22-24 & Mar. 1-2, 2019
Thrifty Thursday: 8 p.m. Feb. 28, 2019
Ticket information
$27 general admission
$25 for alumni, senior citizens, groups of eight or more and non-UIndy students with ID
$15 for UIndy students, faculty and Staff with ID
Free UIndy Student Rush Tickets (performance only)
Free preview performances
$6 general admission on Thrifty Thursday (dinner is not served on Thrifty Thursday)
Students: L/P credit available

2018-19 Student Directed Productions

Upper classmen who major in Theatre with a concentration in performance/directing or Theatre Education majors pitch their chosen play, audition and cast student actors; interview and “hire” production designers and stage managers to produce these short plays.

Venue, Dates & Times

UIndy Studio Theatre Preview:
8 p.m., April 11, 2019
Performances: 8 p.m., Apr. 12 – 14 & 25-27, 2019
Thrifty Thursday: 8 p.m., Apr. 25, 2019 –

STUDENT EXPERIENCE SERIES

All Student-Experience Series are FREE and open to the public.

Senior Showcases UIndy Studio Theatre

Full One Act Play (Title TBA), Directed by Senior Zech Saenz
Performances: 8 p.m., Sept 28-29, 2018

Full One Act Play (Title TBA), Directed by Senior Mary Schreier
Performances: 8 p.m., Oct 5-6, 2018

Full One Act Play (Title TBA), Directed by Senior Kelly Casey
Performances: 8 p.m., Oct 10-11, 2018

Full One Act Play (Title TBA), Directed by Senior Bailey Williams
Performances: 8 p.m., Feb. 8-9, 2019

 

Social Practice Art cohort presents year-in-review at Tube Factory

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis is celebrating the work of the first cohort in the Social Practice Art master’s program with a retrospective event beginning Friday, August 3 at the Efroymson Gallery at Tube Factory Artspace.

The cohort has completed socially engaged work in many of Indianapolis’ neighborhoods, as well as South Bend, Lafayette and Union City, Ind., Cincinnati, Ohio and Buchanan, Mich.

The retrospective will include work from throughout the program, and many components of the show will include interactive elements like listening stations, mural designs, jacket designs and wearable art.

“We’ve had an amazing year,” said Kevin McKelvey, program director and founder. “We’ve brought together artists from many different creative backgrounds to implement socially engaged art and placemaking in Indianapolis and in small towns. We look forward to creating the same impact with our second cohort in 2018-2019.”

What: Masters Retrospective: Social Practice and Placemaking

When: August 3-17

Opening Reception: August 3, 6-10 pm

Closing Reception: August 17, 5-7 pm

Where: Efroymson Gallery at Tube Factory Artspace (1125 Cruft St., Indianapolis, In 46203)

The event is free to attend & open during regular Tube Factory Artspace hours

Students will be available during the opening reception to guide visitors through the interactive parts of their installations. The gallery show will feature thesis projects as well as the students’ work in rural placemaking in Union City, Ind., with support from the Efroymson Family Fund, and in movement and dance in Garfield Park with choreographer Rebecca Pappas. A few examples include:

  • Lauren Ditchley’s “In Place,” a series of pop-up events that create space for community connection through social exchange. Pretzel / Pencil / Picture, a self-guided walking tour, celebrates the public library and pretzel shop in Ditchley’s own Midtown neighborhood.
  • “Arranged Encounters” began in May 2018 as Linnea Gartin’s thesis work. The project records and archives stories of women in the Midwest experiencing contemporary society. Through podcast episodes and a curated exhibition of artifacts from the interview experience, the goal is to expose the common woman’s wisdom, story and perspective on the world.
  • “Queer Between Coasts” by Emma Landwerlen is an ongoing project and digital archive exploring the lives of LGBTQ people in the Midwest and what it means to be queer in the heartland today.

During the closing reception on August 17, students will conduct their own graduation ceremony to celebrate the end of their exciting year of work. Many students in the program were supported with a scholarship from the Efroymson Family Fund.

About the program

The Master of Arts in Social Practice Art is a one-year program with courses in social practice, placemaking, social entrepreneurship, and writing for nonprofits. The cohort brings together the talents of costume designers, photographers, painters, and other artists to create work of lasting impact that involves and engages the community. Many courses involve hands-on, immersive work in local places that have connected students to professional opportunities. UIndy welcomes its second cohort in fall 2018.

See photos from the opening reception

Research finds link between reduction in firearm suicides and “red flag” gun laws

INDIANAPOLIS – A new study by Aaron Kivisto, assistant professor of clinical psychology at the University of Indianapolis, provides evidence that risk-based gun seizure laws are saving lives. The study, “Effects of Risk-Based Firearm Seizure Laws in Connecticut and Indiana on Suicide Rates, 1981-2015,” appears in the June 2018 issue of Psychiatric Services. Peter Phalen ’18 (Psy.D. in clinical psychology) was co-author.

Risk-based firearm seizure laws – also known as “red flag,” risk warrant, gun violence restraining order, or extreme risk protection order laws – provide ways for law enforcement to seize guns from individuals considered to pose an imminent risk of serious harm to themselves or others. Nearly 23,000 Americans died in suicide incidents involving a firearm in 2016, the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The study, which utilizes CDC data for the 50 states, covers a 34-year period and focuses on Connecticut and Indiana, respectively the first two states to enact risk-based gun seizure laws. Researchers compared the number of firearm-related suicides before and after risk-based firearm seizure laws were enacted.

The study finds a 7.5-percent decrease in firearm suicides in Indiana in the 10 years following enactment of the law relative to expected rates, an effect larger than that seen in any comparison state by chance alone. Enactment of Connecticut’s law was associated with a 1.6-percent reduction in firearm suicides immediately after its passage relative to expected rates, and a 13.7-percent reduction in the post-Virginia Tech period when there was a substantial increase in enforcement.

With more than 20 “red flag” gun bills pending in state legislatures across the country, Kivisto said risk-based gun seizure laws have emerged as a prominent policy option for reducing gun violence. In the wake of the Parkland mass shooting, Florida recently became the sixth state in the country to pass a “red flag” gun law, joining California, Connecticut, Indiana, Oregon and Washington.

“Policy makers working to reduce gun violence benefit from data in helping them weigh the balance between individual risks and rights,” Kivisto said. “Red flag” laws, which may vary from state to state, share several important commonalities, particularly in providing a way of removing guns from individuals who are considered dangerous and already own guns, according to Kivisto.

“All states include judicial oversight of all gun seizures made by law enforcement and provide due process protections,” Kivisto explained. “These laws aren’t designed to permanently prohibit individuals from owning guns, but rather to remove them, often for several months, until the individual is no longer in crisis and posing a risk to themselves or others,” he added.

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