Meeting Saturday on Southside community plan

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In a key step toward developing a Southside Quality of Life Plan, a community meeting Saturday will enable the public to hear about preliminary study results and voice concerns about issues facing neighborhoods around the UIndy campus.

The Quality of Life initiative is backed by Fifth Third Bank, UIndy, the Local Initiatives Support Corp., the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership and other community partners. The intent is to prioritize needs and issues facing this pocket of the Southside so that residents, merchants and other stakeholders can work with the public and private sectors to spur economic development and build a more sustainable community.

The Visioning Summit from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Roch Catholic School on Meridian Street will include discussions on a broad range of issues, including the state of the housing market, infrastructure needs, development along the Madison Avenue and Shelby Street corridors, health and safety issues, education options and employment opportunities. Read more

Provost’s Lecture: Reforming a Belizean prison

prison2Belize Central Prison was intimidating at first for the UIndy student-researchers who visited in 2014, but even more students are signed up for a return trip in May.

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Professors to recount student research project in Central America

Driving up to Belize Central Prison for the first time was a bit scary for 12 UIndy students and the professors guiding them.

Miller

Miller

“There were inmates in orange jumpsuits cutting the grass with machetes,” says Amanda Miller, associate professor of Sociology. “That was an eye-opening experience for me, at least.”

But after three days of work in the heat and noise of the 1,500-inmate compound – the only correctional facility in the small Central American nation – the student researchers came away with enthusiasm, experience and more than 60 hours of recorded interviews with 36 prison employees and administrators. The result is an encouraging story about how a nonprofit organization, by most accounts, turned a squalid human warehouse into a professionally run institution focused on rehabilitation.

Whiteacre

Whiteacre

Miller and colleague Kevin Whiteacre, associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, will recount their research adventure on Feb. 16 for UIndy’s seventh annual Provost’s Lecture. Three Days in a Belizean Prison: Serendipity, Scholarship and Change will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center’s Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. Admission is free, but registration is requested at provostlecture.eventbrite.com.

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Sociology professor cited in New York Times

Miller

Miller

Associate Professor Amanda Miller of the Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice is a key source for a story in the New York Times on marriage proposal customs and expectations.

Headlined “Marriages May Not Be Forever, but Our Obsession With Diamonds Is,” the story cites a 2006 study Miller co-authored and quotes her on more recent work that will inform an upcoming book, tentatively titled Cohabitation Nation, to be published by the University of California Press.

“Even among feminists, women want to be asked,” Miller told the Times. “Few women want to tell the story how she proposed. They still want the man to make that grand, sweeping gesture.”

Read the full story here.

Conference to celebrate collaborations

Faculty will showcase interdisciplinary projects at Cross-Pollination(s)

Philosophy with Biology. History with Music. Business with Education. Education with Occupational Therapy and Athletic Training. The list goes on.

UIndy faculty members have been working together outside their departmental boxes, and more than 50 of them will share their experiences in interdisciplinary collaboration this week during Cross-Pollination(s), a conference organized by the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs & Service Learning. Eyed as an annual event, the jazz-themed two-day conference will enable faculty members to discuss and celebrate projects that break down disciplinary barriers and enrich the educational experience for students.

Garmann

Garmann

Dr. Gerburg Garmann, assistant dean for Interdisciplinary Studies & Service Learning in the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences, said UIndy has made great strides in this area during the past year or two, awarding five innovative collaboration grants, engaging faculty across disciplines in interdisciplinary roundtable sessions and supporting faculty presentations at local, national and international interdisciplinary conferences.

“The time seemed right to allow our faculty to present their accomplishments closer to home and to a campuswide audience, and thus Cross-Pollination(s) was born,” said Garmann, a professor of Modern Languages. “We hope to make it a yearly event and eventually expand it to bring in contributors from both the regional and national levels. Our goal is to make the Cross-Pollination(s) conference a major voice in the ongoing discussion of the role interdisciplinary studies should play in the transformation of American higher education.”

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Summer 2016 courses available for viewing

summerApplications are being accepted now for summer classes at the University of Indianapolis, where more than 200 undergraduate courses will be available in a compressed, affordable format that helps students advance academically while still enjoying a break from their regular schedules.

Whether enrolled full-time at UIndy or other institutions, students take summer courses to get ahead in their studies, graduate on schedule and open up time to take special electives during their fall and winter semesters — not to mention meet new people and reconnect with friends from high school.

UIndy’s summer catalog includes courses in the arts, business, education, health sciences, humanities and physical and social sciences, with many online options available. Students can expect personal attention in small classes, and the campus is just minutes away from Indianapolis’ vibrant downtown.

Summer programs at UIndy also include a range of youth camps in sports, the arts and enrichment subjects, as well as a menu of facilities and services available for conferences and special events.

More information is available at uindy.edu/summer, where students can check back for new courses and camps as they become available.

Nov. 18 fair offers info on graduate programs

Current students and the general public can learn more about master’s, doctoral and graduate certificate programs at UIndy during the Graduate Programs Fair on Nov. 18.

The university offers more than 30 graduate degree programs in the health sciences, business, education, the humanities, the physical sciences and other fields. Many courses are available in evening, weekend, online, on-campus and hybrid formats, making them convenient for students with busy schedules.

Organized in two sessions — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. in UIndy Hall A of Schwitzer Student Center — the fair is designed for students considering further education options after graduation as well as working adults seeking to change or advance their careers.

Registration and further information are available at (317) 788-2394 or www.uindy.edu/graduate-admissions.

Criminal Justice adds Cybersecurity track

With data theft an increasing concern for government, business and individuals, a new interdisciplinary program at the UIndy prepares graduates for the fast-growing field of cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity is the newest concentration in UIndy’s Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree program, supplementing the core studies with courses in applied computer science, such as programming, computer networking, data structures, date encryption and network security.

Students can augment their skills for careers in traditional law enforcement and security work, or prepare for specific cybersecurity positions such as information security analyst, a career field the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects will grow 37 percent by 2022. The entry-level education requirement is a bachelor’s degree, and the 2012 median pay was $86,170 per year.

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Grant to fund study of Congolese refugees

McMorrow

McMorrow

Two UIndy faculty members have been awarded a $20,000 grant to study community adjustment and health care access among women who have settled in the Indianapolis area after fleeing armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The funding from the Indiana Minority Health Coalition will support Through Their Eyes: Refugee Women’s Experience with Health and Health Care in Indianapolis, a project proposed by UIndy’s Dr. Shannon McMorrow, assistant professor of Kinesiology and interim director of the Master of Public Health program, and Dr. Jyotika Saksena, associate professor and director of the Master of Arts in International Relations program.

Saksena

Saksena

The two will partner with local aid group Exodus Refugee to identify the participants, who — through a group analysis method known as “photovoice,” will receive digital cameras to document their experiences through images and narratives.

Read more about the project on UIndy’s Health Sciences blog.

Tuesday panel features loss prevention experts

Criminal Justice professor named to international advisory committee

Loss prevention professionals from major retail companies will discuss their work Tuesday in a panel discussion sponsored by the Criminal Justice Honor Society and the Professional Edge Center.

Open to the UIndy community and the public, “What Is Loss Prevention?” begins at 2 p.m. in Schwitzer Student Center’s UIndy Hall A. Experts from Sears, Amazon, Office Depot, Walgreens and Lowe’s will answer questions and discuss their work and the future of the industry.

Whiteacre

Whiteacre

This fall, UIndy’s Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice added a new minor and Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree concentration in Loss Prevention, one of the nation’s first such programs in a career field expected to grow 12 percent by 2022. Though the work is rooted in anti-shoplifting efforts, it has grown into a diverse profession that works proactively on issues such as crime prevention, employee safety, data protection, supply chain integrity and crisis management. Practitioners range from specialists for individual retailers to independent consultants to managers and executives for major corporations.

Dr. Kevin Whiteacre, associate professor and department chair, developed the new program in collaboration with The Loss Prevention Foundation, an international trade organization. Under that partnership, students in the concentration graduate with the foundation’s nationally recognized Loss Prevention Qualified accreditation, and they benefit from job fairs and guaranteed interviews with employers recruiting loss prevention professionals.

In related news, Whiteacre has been named to the foundation’s Academic Committee, joining representatives from universities across the United States and the United Kingdom to advise the foundation on academic issues and outreach to college students.

“Kevin has clearly demonstrated his commitment to elevating our profession by his recent implementation of a loss prevention concentration, said foundation President Gene Smith, LPC. “Partnering with LPF on that project clearly demonstrated his genuine support in our continued efforts to develop educational standards, industry-specific curricula and strategies to increase the level of awareness for our profession.”

More details on UIndy’s Loss Prevention program are available here. For more information on the Tuesday panel discussion, contact Dr. Whiteacre at whiteacrek@uindy.edu or (317) 788-4929.

Loss Prevention track targets fast-growing field

Industry partnership includes professional accreditation, job interviews

A new bachelor’s degree specialty at the University of Indianapolis is among the first in the nation to prepare graduates for one of the hottest fields in criminal justice: retail loss prevention.

Whiteacre

Whiteacre

Developed in cooperation with The Loss Prevention Foundation, the program launches this fall as a Loss Prevention concentration in UIndy’s Criminal Justice major and as a minor to supplement other disciplines.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in retail loss prevention and security are projected to grow by 12 percent through 2022, more than twice the rate of other criminal justice specialties such as law enforcement and corrections.

“There is high demand for graduates with these specific skills,” said Kevin Whiteacre, associate professor and chair of UIndy’s Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice. “Loss prevention is a great option for students who are interested in criminal justice but not necessarily in standard police or corrections work.”

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