Speech team places first at invitational

speech-teamThe UIndy Speech Team won first place as a team on Nov. 5 at Owensboro Community College’s invitational speech and debate tournament.

The winners included:

Team Awards:
Individual Events Team Sweepstakes Tournament Champions
Team Traveling Trophy Winner

Individual Awards:
Individual Events Pentathlon Sweepstakes – Tournament Champion Vanessa Hickman, 2nd Brooke Abbott
Poetry Interpretation – 2nd Vanessa Hickman
After-Dinner Speaking – Tournament Champion Brooke Abbott
Dramatic Interpretation – 2nd Vanessa Hickman, 3rd Emma Rund, Top novice Dae’Ja Gaston
Prose Interpretation – 2nd Carolyne Wilhelm, 3rd Kameron Murdock, Top Novice Hanna McClard
Impromptu Counseling – 2nd Vanessa Hickman, 4th Brooke Abbott
Impromptu Speaking – 6th Kaylee Blum
Extemporaneous Speaking – Tournament Champion Jessica Carroll
Persuasive Speaking – Tournament Champion Carolyne Wilhelm, 2nd Jessica Carroll
Informative Speaking – 3rd Jessica Carroll, 4th Shayla Cabalan
Duo Interpretation – 2nd Kameron Murdock & Emma Rund, 3rd Vanessa Hickman & Brooke Abbott, 6th Dae’Ja Gaston & Shayla Cabalan
Programmed Oral Interpretation – 4th Brooke Abbott, 6th Kaylee Blum
Impromptu Weathercasting – 5th India Graves
Coach of the Year – Rebekah Watson Gaidis

Coached by UIndy alumna Dr. Rebekah Watson Gaidis, Assistant Professor and Director of Forensics in the Department of Communication, the team looks ahead to their final tournament of the semester on Nov. 18 at Bowling Green State University.

Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs welcomes new staff, receives grant

The Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs welcomed two new staff members this fall: Rev. Arionne Williams and Rev. Corey Howard. These new personnel will enable the work of the chaplaincy at UIndy to focus on campus ministry and interfaith programming.

Rev. Williams

Rev. Williams

Rev. Arionne Williams serves as the new Associate Chaplain and will direct Interfaith Programming as well as serve in Christian ministry with students. She has a long ministry with youth and in women’s empowerment. She has already begun to develop meaningful relationships with UIndy students. A commissioning service for Rev. Williams will be held on November 4 at noon.

Rev. Howard

Rev. Howard

The EIP office also received a $580,000 grant to expand and develop programs in the theological vocation exploration for high school students. The grant will give UIndy students opportunities in leadership development in the programs as well as introduce high school students to the ministry at UIndy. As a result of the grant, Rev. Corey Howard joined the University to serve as Assistant Director of the Lantz Center. His primary responsibilities are with these grant-funded programs and he will also have time committed to ministry with UIndy students.

Celebration of Flags salutes 78 nations

celebration_flag_3876UIndy highlighted the global diversity of its campus community today with the 28th annual Celebration of the Flags, that colorful and moving fall tradition recognizing the many home countries of current students, faculty and staff.

The centerpiece, as always, was an Olympic-style procession in which flag bearers, many dressed in traditional garb, paraded with their national colors as the countries were announced. This year’s event featured 78 nations.

The program this afternoon included a string trio performance by Anastazi Vithova on the violin, Emma Bryant on the viola and Brynn Stebbe on cello. Remarks were given by UIndy President Robert Manuel, International Student Representative Sultan Salam, and Indianapolis Student Government President Jason Marshall.

After the program, attendees enjoyed international snacks and learned more about the various cultures at tables manned by students from China, Canada, Africa, Saudi Arabia, India, and Ireland.

Goodwill Industries and UIndy establish new partnership

Research Fellowship to advance community efforts to support local schools

The University of Indianapolis and Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana are pleased to announce a new partnership to facilitate community-based educational initiatives that can have a positive and direct impact on local K-12 students and teachers.

With generous support from the Walton Family Foundation, these two organizations have established the Goodwill Research Fellowship to support graduate students who wish to pursue community-based research. The partnership will leverage Goodwill’s existing connections and programs in local public schools aimed at helping educators and staff in their work with students with disabilities and those receiving special education services.

“Goodwill and the University of Indianapolis are two organizations that share a mission and vision focused on supporting education as a way to break cycles of poverty,” said Dr. David Wantz, executive vice president and provost at the University.

This new fellowship will be responsible for supporting community-based research efforts focused on breaking the cycle of poverty at Goodwill Education Initiatives beginning in 2017. This graduate-level fellowship will focus efforts on implementation, management, execution and evaluation of various educational, research and clinical projects conducted under the auspices of the partnership between Goodwill Education Initiatives and the University of Indianapolis.

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FACS opener features Leppard, De Pue

De Pue

De Pue

The University of Indianapolis will kick off its annual Faculty Artist Concert Series presented by Katz, Sapper & Miller on Sept. 19 with a gala opening night featuring Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Conductor Laureate Raymond Leppard and ISO Concertmaster Zach De Pue.

The 2016-2017 series includes 18 classical and jazz concerts from September through April featuring UIndy music faculty and distinguished guest artists. All events begin at 7:30 p.m. Mondays in Ruth Lilly Performance Hall of UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. Admission is free.

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All clear after bomb threat, evacuation

In the wake of a bomb threat received today at the University of Indianapolis, the following statement was issued by Jeanette DeDiemar, vice president for communications and marketing:

The University of Indianapolis campus was evacuated this afternoon in response to an anonymous bomb threat.

Police conducted a complete search and found no evidence of a bomb or suspicious materials around campus. An all-clear message was issued within an hour, and students, faculty and staff were permitted to re-enter buildings. All evening classes remain canceled.

Campus police received the threat at approximately 4 p.m., and university leadership determined the concern was credible enough to merit ordering a complete evacuation. The safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors is the university’s top priority. The evacuation was executed quickly and smoothly.

New engagement space helps students connect

engagement spaceThe renovated space in Schwitzer Student Center will double as an informal lounge area as well as a site for students to access career counseling and other services.

Along with several other new and improved facilities on campus — most notably Greyhound Village apartments and the substantial interior renovations of Martin and Lilly halls — UIndy students returning for the fall semester will find a new space with a specific purpose in Schwitzer Student Center.

Informally dubbed the “engagement center” for now, the revamped section of the Schwitzer Atrium is designed to help students connect — with each other, with Professional Edge Center and Student Affairs staff and services, and with the world, through wall-mounted digital monitors fed by a system of wired and wireless connections.

The Professional Edge Center — which helps students identify career pathways, interact with business professionals and develop professional and interpersonal skills — moved this summer from Stierwalt Alumni House, south of Hanna Avenue, to the second floor of Schwitzer, the key social and services hub on campus. Corey Wilson, associate vice president for Professional Edge, said the new first-floor space outside the dining hall gives his staff an even better opportunity to “engage students where they live.” Read more

Record freshman class to arrive Wednesday

Continuing a hallowed UIndy tradition, Movin’ Crew student volunteers lend some elbow grease to help new students get settled on Move-In Day 2015.

Martin Hall overhauled to house new Engineering programs

New programs and renovated facilities will greet the largest and most diverse incoming class in UIndy history when it arrives Wednesday.

This year’s freshmen could be the first to number 1,000 or more, contributing to a projected all-time high of more than 3,400 full-time undergraduate students. They hail from 28 states and 20 nations, with 25 percent multicultural representation.

Move-In Day for new students is Wednesday, with hundreds of faculty, staff, student and alumni volunteers on duty to assist incoming families from 8 to 11 a.m. The Movin’ Crew will direct the incoming vehicles, unload and catalog the new students’ personal and household items, then deposit the goods in the designated residence hall rooms. The day kicks off a series of Welcome Week events designed to help the newcomers make friends and get comfortable on campus. Read more

Greyhound football favored to win GLVC crown

Click above to watch UIndy football’s 2016 preview video.

Sept. 10 “Monumental Matchup” against Marian to feature special guests

The 2016 season is shaping up to be another great one for UIndy football, with the NCAA Division II Greyhounds picked unanimously in the preseason coaches poll — for the fifth-straight year — to win the Great Lakes Valley Conference title.

The Hounds, who finished last year at 10-2 overall and 8-0 in the GLVC, have 18 starters returning, along with reigning GLVC Coach of Year Bob Bartolomeo. They are 30-1 in conference play and the only conference team to make the D-II preseason rankings, coming in at No. 16.

After the Sept. 3 season opener at Michigan’s Hillsdale College, the first home game at Key Stadium is the Sept. 10 return of the “Monumental Matchup,” a grudge match against crosstown foes Marian University of the NAIA. Tailgating begins at 4 p.m.; the national anthem will be sung by UIndy alum Megan Meadors, former Miss Indiana and Indianapolis Colts cheerleader; former Colt Gary Brackett will handle the coin toss; and kickoff is at 6:05.

Rumor has it that halftime entertainment will be provided by the acclaimed winner of a nationally televised singing competition (click here for big hint). We’ll have more details on that later.

Follow all the Greyhound football news this season at the UIndy Athletics site.

Ceremony celebrates new UIndy apartments

GV_Dedication - ribbonCutting the ribbon at Greyhound Village on Thursday morning are (from left) Strategic Capital Partners CEO Gene Zink, UIndy student Erin Jackson, UIndy President Robert Manuel, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, UIndy Board of Trustees Chair Yvonne Shaheen and University Chaplain Jeremiah Gibbs.

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UIndy’s new Greyhound Village represents not just the cutting edge of student housing, but also the new potential of Indianapolis’ Shelby Street corridor, speakers agreed Thursday at the dedication ceremony for the four-story, 486-resident campus apartment building.

“Projects like this one have the power to be transformational, not just for this university — although I know it will be — it is transformational for our entire city,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “This expansion of UIndy housing can build on the momentum we’ve seen throughout Indianapolis by attracting new residents to the surrounding area, by encouraging small business to expand and to embolden future development.”

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