Hullabaloo 2020 celebrates four years of on-campus letterpress printing

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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.


University of Indianapolis announces new Board of Trustees members

INDIANAPOLISThe University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees appointed Annetta C. Beauregard of Alexandria, Virginia, and Dr. David Kiley of Indianapolis, Indiana, to the Board of Trustees during the September 2019 board meeting.

“Our newest Board members bring a powerful combination of innovation and expertise to the table,” said Board Chair Stephen F. Fry. “Their career paths truly represent the University’s motto of ‘Education for Service.’ We are thankful to serve alongside them as we continue to strengthen the University and plan for the future.”

“The changing landscape of higher education requires institutions to demonstrate relevance within the world of business while simultaneously building social capital for our students. We look forward to the guidance of our new Board members, each of whom is uniquely qualified to make those vital connections,” said President Robert L. Manuel.     

Annetta Beauregard

Annetta Beauregard

Annetta Beauregard has had a 20+ year career in biopharmaceutical drug development. Her primary passion is the intersection of science, healthcare and policy.  She advocates for science-based, innovative regulations that support patients having access to life-saving medicines in a timely manner. Ms. Beauregard is Vice President of Global Regulatory Policy for Johnson & Johnson. Her remit is to not only advocate for priority regulations in the U.S., E.U., Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, but also to ensure rapid internal adaptation to external changes impacting Research and Development (R&D) strategies. She leads a team of professionals who partner extensively with regulators, government and non-government organizations, patient groups, academia, public-private partnerships and Trade Associations for policy development and implementation. Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Ms. Beauregard was Head of Regulatory Policy and Operations at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. She led a global team of not only policy but also built and developed operations in a young and rapidly evolving company. She held similar positions with increasing responsibility at Merck KGaA, Amgen and Eli Lilly. 

Ms. Beauregard was born and raised on the southside of Indianapolis and is an alumna of the University of Indianapolis, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1994 and a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1996. Her first career was as a physical therapist. She practiced for nearly five years at Wishard (now Eskenazi) Hospital before obtaining her Master of Business Administration from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and joining Eli Lilly. Ms. Beauregard and her family live in Washington, D.C.

Dr. David Kiley

Dr. David Kiley

Dr. David Kiley was named President for Community Health Network’s Indianapolis region, which includes Community Hospital South, Community Hospital North, Community Hospital East and Community Heart and Vascular Hospital, in January 2019. He serves as chairman of the board for the Community North and Community South Rehabilitation Hospitals. A physician, educator, adviser, business strategist and administrator, Dr. Kiley has been with Community for more than 25 years and most recently served as the president for the Network’s former South and East regions. Dr. Kiley graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1982 and then from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1986. He completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency at St. Vincent Indianapolis in 1990 and went on to practice OB/GYN for more than 20 years, primarily at Community Hospital North. Dr. Kiley also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis, awarded in 2014.

Having spent the first half of his professional life as a physician administering the delivery of healthcare services affecting women and OB/GYN practice issues, Dr. Kiley’s goal for the remainder of his career is to take on a leadership role addressing solutions to the complex challenges of 21st-century healthcare delivery, administration and education. Dr. Kiley brings a deep knowledge of clinical practice as well as business practicalities, a history of service in high-level advisory roles in and out of the medical community as well as a longstanding reputation for high integrity.

Dr. Kiley has been married to his wife, Pam, for 30 years. Together they have three children.

University of Indianapolis holds Commencement Ceremony Dec. 14, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS—The University of Indianapolis will hold a Commencement Ceremony at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Ransburg Auditorium, Esch Hall. 261 students will graduate from the University in December, including 198 undergraduates, 56 graduate and 7 doctoral students. Watch a live stream of the ceremony at

President Robert L. Manuel will preside over Saturday’s ceremony, which includes a full academic procession and musical performances by University faculty. Brionna Coats ’23 (music) will sing the National Anthem. 

Emily Slaven, University of Indianapolis 2019 Teacher of the Year, will provide the Commencement address. Slaven is an associate professor in the Krannert School of Physical Therapy, where she serves as director of the Orthopedic Residency Program. Eric Kabuthia ’19 (Master of Arts, international relations) will provide remarks as the student speaker.

The total number of University of Indianapolis graduates for 2019 (May, August and December combined) stands at 1,534 students, with 1,030 undergraduate, 371 graduate, and 133 doctoral students. Graduates from 2019 hail from 25 countries.


Indianapolis student earns prestigious Richard G. Lugar award

RoseSchnabelRose Schnabel will receive the $1,000 award on Saturday, Dec. 7, during the 43rd annual Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders at Ransburg Auditorium at the University of Indianapolis. The event gathers more than 400 of Indiana’s top high school juniors at the University for an expert discussion on pressing public issues and world events. Mr. Steve Inskeep, a native Hoosier and host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, will deliver the keynote address.

“I am honored to receive the 2019 Distinguished Student Leadership Award,” said Schnabel, who will give a short acceptance speech at the symposium. “Hearing from other Hoosier teenagers about their communities at the 2018 Symposium helped me to reflect on my own community and ways I could improve it. This award gives me support to continue working towards my goal of promoting healthy eating in the chronic disease community.”

The highly competitive award honors students for academic success, leadership and a proven commitment to serving others. Each applicant must complete an application and draft an essay on one of three topics. Schnabel chose to describe how she has used innovation and collaboration, two hallmarks of a good leader as identified by Senator Lugar, to create new solutions to complex problems.

In her essay, Schnabel discussed her experience creating a mobile application that serves as a recipe and nutrition guide for people affected by chronic disease. What started as a small project to help her grandmother, Schnabel soon realized her work could help others. She taught herself to code, consulted with chefs about healthy eating and designed the user interface for the app herself before launching it within her school community.

Ken McDaniel, the girls’ soccer head coach at the International School of Indiana, wrote in the award application about Schnabel: “Rose has shown an ability to establish an excellent rapport with a variety of constituents, including teammates, coaches, students and administrators. She is genuinely interested in helping others reach their goals in a positive and helpful manner.”

The activities in which Schnabel is involved include:

  •     Model United Nations, Head Delegate
  •     Spanish Honor Society, Co-president
  •     Varsity Tennis and Soccer, Team Captain
  •     Indiana University School of Adolescent Medicine Advisory Board
  •     United Way volunteer
  •     Project STEM Intern at Eli Lilly & Co.

About the Lugar Academy

More than 20,000 promising students have participated in the Lugar Symposium during the past 40 years, 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. Sen. Richard G. Lugar (April 4, 1932 – April 28, 2019) served as a Distinguished Trustee, a former professor of political science and received an honorary degree from the University of Indianapolis, among 46 colleges and universities which bestowed Lugar with the same honor during his lifetime. Lugar was a fifth-generation Hoosier who left the United States Senate as the longest-serving member of Congress in Indiana history. The symposium that bears his name was launched in 1977 as an opportunity to discuss with students topics of local and global importance.

43rd Annual Lugar Symposium honors memory of Sen. Richard Lugar

42nd annual Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow's Leaders

42nd annual Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders

The 43rd annual Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders featuring NPR’s Steve Inskeep, hosted by The Richard G. Lugar Academy at the University of Indianapolis, will bring together hundreds of top high school juniors from Indiana for a day of discussion on public issues and world events on Saturday, December 7. Journalist, author, and host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition Steve Inskeep will be the keynote speaker. 

Part of the expansive legacy former Indiana Senator Richard G. Lugar created in his lifetime, more than 20,000 students have benefited from the symposium in over four decades. After the passing of Sen. Lugar earlier this year, the Lugar Academy determined it was important to maintain his legacy by continuing with his signature event.

“The University of Indianapolis is grateful for Senator Lugar’s impressive legacy of service. We look forward to continuing his mission of impacting students and cultivating future leaders at this year’s symposium,” said University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel. “We also wish to thank Steve Inskeep for his participation as this year’s keynote speaker.”

Students will select from a variety of breakout sessions on current topical issues, including the 2020 presidential election, immigration and nationalism. In keeping with Senator Lugar’s tradition of evaluating issues based on merit, the Symposium ensures students are presented with a balanced view of the issues, rather than a partisan viewpoint.

A limited number of seats are available to the public for Steve Inskeep’s keynote address which takes place at 10 a.m. at the Ransburg Auditorium in Esch Hall. RSVP

About the Lugar Academy

More than 20,000 promising students have participated in the Lugar Symposium during the past 40 years, 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. Sen. Richard G. Lugar (April 4, 1932 – April 28, 2019) served as a Distinguished Trustee, a former professor of political science and received an honorary degree from the University of Indianapolis, among 46 colleges and universities which bestowed Lugar with the same honor during his lifetime. Lugar was a fifth-generation Hoosier who left the United States Senate as the longest-serving member of Congress in Indiana history. The symposium that bears his name was launched in 1977 as an opportunity to discuss with students topics of local and global importance.

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:

New public art on the White River Trail celebrates work by University of Indianapolis faculty

Fishsculpture800The University of Indianapolis held an unveiling ceremony Wednesday to commemorate the installation of a new, unique artwork created by University of Indianapolis Art & Design faculty. The “River Fish” artwork by Nathan Foley and James Viewegh features 12 kinetic sculptures representing four fish species native to the White River. It is located along the White River Trail, just south of the West Michigan Street bridge on the west bank of the White River.

The artistic endeavor is a collaboration between the University of Indianapolis and Riverview Apartments (developed by Indianapolis-headquartered Strategic Capital Partners, LLC and Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana) through the City of Indianapolis’ Public Art for Neighborhoods Program administered by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Department of Metropolitan Development.

Speakers at the unveiling ceremony included Robert L. Manuel, University of Indianapolis president; Jeff Bennett, City of Indianapolis Deputy Mayor for Community Development; Will Zink, senior vice president of construction and development, Strategic Capital Partners, LLC; Kent Kramer, president and CEO, Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana; Julie Goodman, president and CEO, Arts Council of Indianapolis; and Moira Carlstedt, president, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership.

“We are grateful to our partners at Riverview Apartments for this opportunity to positively impact the quality of life for residents of Indianapolis,” said President Manuel. “This project is another great example of how the University of Indianapolis connects with the city as an anchor institution and extends its cultural and intellectual reach in ways that benefit the community.”

Will Zink, senior vice president of construction and development, Strategic Capital Partners, LLC, was impressed by the local artists’ “River Fish” concept as a tribute to area history.  “We’re very pleased this new public art display honors the White River’s heritage by highlighting the importance of fishing to the near westside communities. Very soon more than 200 new residents will come to appreciate the River as they establish homes at Riverview Apartments,” Zink said.

James Viewegh, left, and Nathan Foley unveil the sculptures.

James Viewegh, left, and Nathan Foley unveil the sculptures.

University of Indianapolis Art & Design faculty collaborated with the University’s R.B. Annis School of Engineering to make their vision a reality. James Viewegh, professor and department chair for Art & Design, conceived the design, and Nathan Foley, assistant professor of Art & Design, assisted by Maya Johnson ’20 (studio art, sculpture concentration) fabricated the sculptures from steel.

“River Fish,” the third public art installation completed under the Public Art for Neighborhoods Program, will contribute to the continuing neighborhood development which includes Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, the (Michigan Street) Excel Center, an IndyGo bus stop, the new Riverview Apartments and a new Pacers Bikeshare station. 

Viewegh emphasized the visibility of the artwork, noting how easily visitors and residents using the White River Trail will be able to appreciate it.

“Public art is important because it puts art in the public realm. This sculpture expands the University of Indianapolis’ reach of how we can engage the Indianapolis community and the art we create,” Viewegh said.

Elizabeth M. Norman presents lecture on “We Band of Angels” at University of Indianapolis

Elizabeth M. Norman

Elizabeth M. Norman

Nationally recognized award-winning author recounts story of American nurses trapped on the Bataan during World War II

Author and researcher Elizabeth M. Norman will recount the bravery of American Army and Navy nurses during World War II in a lecture at the University of Indianapolis Nov. 13. The discussion, “We Band of Angels: The Untold story of American Nurses Trapped on the Bataan by the Japanese,” is part of the University’s Penrod Lecture Series and is scheduled for 5 p.m., Nov. 13 at the Schwitzer Student Center, UIndy Hall. Registration is encouraged but not required, and admission is free.

The event is part of the University’s year-long celebration of 60 years of nursing at the University of Indianapolis. The University honors and celebrates all veterans as we observe Veterans Day.

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In December 1941, American bases in the Philippines were caught in a raging battle when Japanese forces attacked. Nurses set up field hospitals in the jungles of Bataan and the tunnels of Corregidor, where they tended to the most devastating injuries of war. They later endured three years of fear, brutality and starvation in internment camps.

Once liberated, they returned to an America that at first celebrated them, but later refused to honor their leaders. Norman reveals the letters, diaries and riveting firsthand accounts that explain what really happened during those dark days, woven together in a deeply affecting saga of women in war.

Elizabeth Norman is a professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She is the author of “Women at War: The Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam 1965-1973;” “We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Women Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese,” and co-author of “Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath.” The book was on the New York Times best-seller list for nine weeks and a Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist.

Norman’s awards include the American Academy of Nursing National Media Award, The University of Virginia Agnes Dillon Award, a Certificate of Appreciation from the Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, D.C. and an Official Commendation from the Department of the Army for her military research.

Statement from the University of Indianapolis on the passing of Raymond Leppard

The University of Indianapolis is profoundly grateful for Maestro Raymond Leppard’s commitment to teaching and performing at an elite level that benefited all those who experienced his masterful work.

It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the death of Maestro Raymond Leppard, one of the most respected international conductors of our time and artist-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis. 

“Raymond Leppard was a kind and generous artist who used his remarkable talent to bring world-class musical experiences to students, faculty and staff, as well as to communities throughout the Indianapolis region. Through his legacy, the University of Indianapolis celebrates the shared values of artistic exploration, professional growth and a dedication to creating unique learning environments that prepare students for a lifetime of success,” said President Robert L. Manuel.

“The University of Indianapolis Department of Music was privileged to collaborate with Maestro Leppard for a quarter-century, and generations of students—as well as faculty and the University community—were touched and inspired through the generosity of Maestro Leppard’s contributions. He will be remembered with great fondness and we mourn his passing with the wider musical community,” said Elisabeth Honn Hoegberg, associate professor and chair of the University of Indianapolis Department of Music.

The Gala Opening Concert of the 2018-19 Faculty Artist Concert Series, featuring Maestro Raymond Leppard on Monday, September 17, 2018.

The Gala Opening Concert of the 2018-19 Faculty Artist Concert Series, featuring Maestro Raymond Leppard       (September 2018)

Maestro Leppard spent 25 seasons as the University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence. He received an honorary degree from the University in 1991 and an honorary alumni award in 2014. During his career at the University of Indianapolis, he conducted ensembles and held performances that showcased his talents as a pianist, harpsichordist, lecturer, composer and arranger. In 2017, the University celebrated Maestro Leppard’s 90th birthday with a special on-campus performance before a standing-room-only audience.

The Conductor Laureate of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Leppard has appeared with practically all the world’s leading orchestras in more than 60 years on the podium, conducting more than 170 recordings and earning five Grammy awards, among many other accomplishments. 

“Maestro Leppard’s popular opening concerts at Ruth Lilly Performance Hall often featured a substantial work for choir, soloists and orchestra such as the Schubert G-Major Mass (one of his personal favorites), Mozart Vespers, or Haydn St. Nicholas Mass,” said Richard Ratliff, professor of music. “Raymond grew very fond of his annual evenings on Hanna Avenue (as he called them) in recent years.”

During his concert in September 2018, Maestro Leppard led a memorable performance of his new song cycle “Summoned for Love” and a touching “Ave verum corpus” of Mozart to conclude, followed by a prolonged ovation.

Statement from the Indianapolis Quartet:

Raymond Leppard—eminent musician, conductor, composer, author, and friend—was a major inspiration and champion for the formation and sustained health of The Indianapolis Quartet. We thank him from the bottom of our hearts for his mentorship during the first years our quartet has been together. Raymond was always available to us for tutoring, a delightful discussion around his table with tasty morsels, an obligatory glass (or three) of an elegant wine from his cellar, or a rousing conversation with his steadfast partner, Jack. We all especially loved our time together with Haydn and Beethoven quartets; his ideas were always very insightful, and spot on.

When the Quartet gave its inaugural performance at UIndy in 2016, Raymond was there, even though he was having a difficult time getting around. We fondly remember him coming backstage, Jack pushing him in his chair, to congratulate and talk with us. We were still unnamed at the time, and he teased us about that, as only Raymond could do, with a nimble-witted twinkle in his eyes. We asked him, now that he had heard us in performance for the first time, what he thought we should name ourselves. With a wry smile, he said “Well! There is a Cleveland Quartet, I see no reason why there should not be an Indianapolis Quartet!” For the fact of that naming, we consider Raymond Leppard as the “father” of our quartet.

Raymond was a lion for the City of Indianapolis, and specifically its arts scene. We will always be grateful that he worked to frame Indianapolis as a cultural community with the ability to sustain a resident quartet. He yearned for an ensemble like ours to nourish this particular niche in our community. That was his vision for us, and for Indianapolis. We will always strive to fulfill his vision, and to be worthy of the moniker of “Raymond’s Quartet.”

With love and affection,

The Indianapolis Quartet:
Zach DePue
Joana Genova
Michael Isaac Strauss
Austin Huntington


The Indianapolis Quartet launches fourth season with Oct. 28 performance at University of Indianapolis

Featuring guest musicians Carrie Dennis on viola and Nicholas Canellakis on cello

The Indianapolis Quartet is set to launch their fourth season of concerts at the University of Indianapolis. They will perform works for quartet and sextet at Ruth Lilly Hall at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 28. The program also features guest artists Carrie Dennis, viola, and Nicholas Canellakis, cello. This Faculty Artist Concert Series event, sponsored by Katz, Sapper & Miller, is open to the public and admission is free.

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet

With fresh inspiration from a busy summer that included festival and live radio performances, the Indianapolis Quartet’s new season of concerts has gotten underway on the road. An early October residency at Arizona State University featured performances and master classes at the school and in the community. They are also to be the featured ensemble at the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival October 23-25.

Download a photo of the Indianapolis Quartet.

Their October 28 UIndy program includes the second string quartet by New York City-based composer Robert Paterson. The quartet presented his first quartet last season, and will debut his third quartet later this season. They will also perform Mozart’s String Quartet in D major, K. 575—an expressive and brilliant vehicle for the cello. This quartet is among the last three that Mozart wrote, and they were composed for the King of Prussia who was an amateur cellist. The program closes with Brahms’ B-flat major string sextet—a warm, lyrical, romantic work by a 27-year-old Brahms. The setting of six string parts was a rarity in 1860, and Brahms chose this combination of instruments specifically because of that.

Carrie Dennis and Nicholas Canellakis will join the Indianapolis Quartet for the Brahms. Both graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music, Dennis has served as associate principal viola with the Philadelphia Orchestra, solo viola for the Berlin Philharmonic, and more recently, principal viola of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 2008 to 2016. In addition to her orchestral career, Dennis is an avid chamber musician and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro.

Canellakis’ recent highlights include his Carnegie Hall concerto debut with the American Symphony Orchestra and featured solo appearances with the orchestras of Albany, Delaware, Lansing, Bangor, New Haven, and Erie. He has also toured Europe and Asia with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is performing recitals throughout the United States with his long-time duo collaborator, pianist-composer Michael Brown. He is a regular guest artist at many of the world’s leading music festivals, and he was recently named artistic director of Chamber Music Sedona.

About The Indianapolis Quartet (TIQ)
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 an assistant professor at the University of Indianapolis and maintains a busy performing schedule while also serving as co-artistic director of the Taconic Music festival in Vermont. Violist Michael Isaac Strauss was principal of ISO for 20 years. He now performs around the country as a soloist, recitalist, and in chamber ensemble settings. As the viola teacher at Youngstown State University and the University of Indianapolis, he 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.

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 or by calling 317-788-3255.

University of Indianapolis selects Amber R. Smith as Vice President for Inclusion and Equity

Amber R. Smith

Amber R. Smith

The University of Indianapolis has named Amber R. Smith as Vice President for Inclusion and Equity. Smith’s selection follows a nationwide search for the cabinet position dedicated to leading and enhancing a university-wide culture of diversity and inclusion.

Smith, who currently serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Inclusion and Outreach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will develop and implement the strategic vision to continue the University’s commitment to inclusivity, equity and community partnership.

Smith, who will begin work on January 1, 2020, will build upon existing initiatives of inclusivity and equity at the University of Indianapolis and advance the inclusive culture that has been so fundamental to its history since 1902.

Download a photo of Amber R. Smith here.

President Robert L. Manuel said Smith’s impressive background in higher education leadership, recruitment and retention strategy, and cultural change management made her the ideal candidate for the position.

“Amber has dedicated her career to identifying solutions that create environments that are diverse, inclusive and open. Amber will continue to grow the University’s initiatives in building a collaborative and diverse campus culture. Her commitment to driving retention aligns with the University’s goals to maximize successful outcomes for all students,” said Manuel.

Smith, who will report directly to President Manuel, joins a leadership team committed to expanding the scope of the institution, both academically and through community impact. Diversity on campus continues to expand with initiatives such as the Paul Washington-Lacey Emerging Leaders Program, and engagement opportunities to embrace and celebrate those differences across campus.

“I am honored to be selected to serve the University of Indianapolis in this capacity,” said Smith.  “This position provides me the opportunity to continue the work in an area I am truly passionate about. The University is involved in some amazing initiatives, and I am excited to join a team that has already made such positive strides towards inclusion.”

In her current role, Smith oversees and provides strategic insight to programs focused on recruitment, retention and graduation of students in addition to the establishment of programs focused on African American and Hispanic/Latino students.

Earlier this year, Smith was named a 2019 ACT College and Career Readiness Champion for the postsecondary professional category. Champions are high school seniors, K-12 professionals, postsecondary professionals and workforce professionals who are making a positive impact on their communities through their efforts to advance college and career readiness. The ACT College and Career Readiness Champions are individuals across the country who support ACT’s mission of education and workplace success.

In the last five years, Smith also served as Director of the Dr. Charles W. Donaldson Scholars Academy, a collaborative effort between UA Little Rock and area school districts to improve the educational achievement for students in grades 9-12, with a specific focus on African-American students and others who are at risk of academic failure due to socioeconomic disadvantages or other factors. Smith created programming to best prepare students for success beyond high school, eliminating the need for remediation while increasing high school and college graduation rates.

During her tenure at UA Little Rock, she also established the first African-American Female Initiative and assisted in the development of the Hispanic Initiative. Both programs are designed to ease the transition from high school to college by offering students academic support, mentoring and professional preparation. Smith began her career at UA Little Rock in 2011 as interim assistant coordinator of the African-American Male Initiative and Teaching Enhancements Affecting Minority Students programs. Prior to UA Little Rock, she worked as a corporate trainer, educational presenter and psychology instructor.

Smith has earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, a master’s degree in student affairs and a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology.

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