Campus robotics competition highlights STEM education efforts across Indiana

VEX robotics teamWhile the rest of their competitors were frantically tweaking their machines to just the right specifications before matches began, the robotics team from Covenant Christian High School huddled away from the crowds to take their robot for a test drive.

“It’s nerve-wracking when the robot doesn’t exactly do what you want it to do in the tournament. But, that’s part of fun of this competition,” said team member Isaac Lapley, 16.

Covenant Christian of Indianapolis was one of more than 100 local teams competing in at the VEX Robotics Competition, held in January at the University of Indianapolis. Top finishers at the campus event advanced to the state competition held later this year. All participants are now eligible to be considered for a $10,000 scholarship to the University of Indianapolis.
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University forensics team identifying migrant remains, addressing humanitarian crisis

A University of Indianapolis research team in January continued the painstaking work to identify the remains of dozens of migrants who perished during the rough trek in to the United States.

Beyond Borders TeamSince 2013, Dr. Krista Latham, an associate professor of biology and anthropology, has led a team of University volunteers to Texas with hopes of identifying the remains of people who were buried in unmarked plots. The dead are migrants from Latin America discovered by landowners along the border between Mexico and the United States.   Read more

‘Christmas Celebration’ concerts Dec. 9 and 11

The Concert Choir is one of several UIndy music ensembles performing this weekend in “A Christmas Celebration” at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

The Concert Choir is one of several UIndy music ensembles performing this weekend in “A Christmas Celebration” at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

Favorite carols, a Christmas concerto, and music celebrating the season from the distant past are in store this weekend when the University of Indianapolis Department of Music performs its annual “Christmas Celebration” concerts.

UIndy’s choral, instrumental and handbell ensembles will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Sunday in the elegant Ruth Lilly Performance Hall of the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

The UIndy Handbell Ensemble directed by Peter Nichols will provide pre-concert music on stage before the program begins with a candlelight processional.

Led by Paul Krasnovsky with organist Marko Petričić and pianist Haruka Ostojić, UIndy’s Concert Choir, Schola, and Women’s Chorus will perform traditional carols of the season along with Christmas music from the late Middle Ages and the early Renaissance.  The UIndy Chamber Orchestra led by Austin Hartman then performs Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto,” and the evening will end with Leroy Anderson’s classic “Sleigh Ride” and a holiday sing-along conducted by Vu Nguyen.

Tickets, at $10 general admission or $6 for students and seniors, are available at the door or in advance at (317) 788-3251 or uindy.edu/etc.

Thank you! #GivingTuesday goal exceeded

Over 250 pairs of socks were delivered to Laurelwood children as part of UIndy's Giving Tuesday support.  President Rob Manuel and mascot ACE were on hand to also greet the kids on November 29, 2016.

Over 250 pairs of socks were delivered to Laurelwood children as part of UIndy’s Giving Tuesday support. President Rob Manuel and mascot ACE were on hand to also greet the kids on November 29, 2016.

More than 290 alumni, students, parents, friends, faculty and staff came together to support the University’s motto—Education for Service—on #GivingTuesday with gifts totaling $19,231!

A Perfect Match…Starts with You was a campaign to recognize the strong connection University of Indianapolis students, faculty, staff and alumni have to service and to provide a chance for UIndy to give to the children at the Laurelwood housing community near the campus. When a $25 gift was made to UIndy on Tuesday, UIndy donated a pair of socks to the children at Laurelwood. Over 250 pairs of socks were delivered at the end of the day.

Gifts were received from 16 states and the number of donors who participated on Tuesday was a 50 percent increase from the previous year.

Visit the #GivingTuesday page to see more photos from Laurelwood and the final results.

UIndy Theatre presents dark political comedy

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A ridiculous but smart satire about a Nebraska political race is the second theatre production this season from the Department of Theatre at the University of Indianapolis.

The Totalitarians by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb opens Dec. 2 in UIndy’s Esch Hall Studio Theatre, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

Society might be on the brink of revolution in Nebraska. Penny, a compulsive and compulsively watchable candidate for state office enlists the help of Francine, a silver-tongued operative. Francine’s husband Jeffrey, a doctor, is lying to his dying patients—one of whom opens his eyes to Penny’s nefarious plans for the Cornhusker State. The Totalitarians is a raucous dark comedy about the state of modern political discourse, modern relationships, and how easy it is to believe truths without facts.

The run continues Dec. 3-4 and 8-10 at 8 p.m. Admission is $12 for general admission, $10 for UIndy alumni, senior citizens (62+), groups of 8 or more, and non-UIndy students. UIndy students, faculty, and staff are free with ID. Thrifty Thursday (Dec. 8) is $6 per ticket. Free preview is Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets and more information are available at uindy.edu/etc or (317) 788-3251

*Warning: This production may contains extreme adult language and content that some may find inappropriate and is similar to an R-rated movie.

The Totalitarians is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York

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UIndy joins global #GivingTuesday movement

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University of Indianapolis has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. A Perfect Match…Starts with You is a campaign that recognizes the strong connection University of Indianapolis students and alumni have to service and aims to give back to the kids at the Laurelwood housing community.

Occurring this year on November 29, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

The University of Indianapolis has partnered with the Laurelwood Community, a low-income Indianapolis community in the University’s neighborhood that is home to a unique after-school program operated in partnership with University of Indianapolis students and the YMCA. One of the most essential but often overlooked needs children may have is a good pair of socks. When a $25 gift is made to the University of Indianapolis on #GivingTuesday, the donor will receive custom UIndy socks and the University will donate a pair to the children at Laurelwood.

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Lugar Leadership Award goes to Lake Station senior

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Student to meet former senator Dec. 3 at annual UIndy symposium

Thomas A. Edison Jr. Sr. High School student Drake Abramson has been selected to receive this year’s Richard G. Lugar Distinguished Student Leadership Award, presented annually to an Indiana high school senior by the Lugar Academy at the University of Indianapolis.

A varsity wrestling and football player and state-level student council representative, Drake will meet the former senator and Nobel Prize nominee Dec. 3 during the 40th annual Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders at the University of Indianapolis. The event enables top high school juniors from around the state to hear a keynote address from Lugar on world events and to join in expert-led group discussions on pressing public issues.

Drake was among hundreds of Indiana students who attended last year’s symposium and were invited to apply for the leadership award, which includes a $1,000 award. The recipient must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and demonstrate leadership skill and a commitment to serving others. He was nominated for the award by his football coach and teacher, Timothy McCormick.

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Lugar to discuss global changes, international relations at UIndy symposium

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Dec. 3 address open to the public

As foreign policy became a leading issue in the 2016 presidential race, one of America’s most respected voices on international affairs returns to the University of Indianapolis to share his insights on current issues around the world Dec. 3.

Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar will deliver the keynote address Saturday, December 3, at the 40th annual Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders, presented by UIndy’s Richard G. Lugar Academy. The event will draw more than 400 select high school juniors from throughout the state for a morning program and afternoon group discussion sessions on pressing public issues.

The public is invited to attend the 10 a.m. opening program – including Lugar’s address, which he has often cited as his most important annual public speech – will be open free to the general public. This year, the statesman plans to focus his talk on America’s role in the world in the 21st century.  After two terms as mayor of Indianapolis, Lugar served 36 years in the U.S. Senate, a tenure that included chairing the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. In 1991, he co-authored the landmark Nunn-Lugar Act, which deactivated more than 7,600 nuclear warheads in the former Soviet Union.

Lugar is the current president of The Lugar Center, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that convenes experts and sponsors research on issues including global food and energy security, WMD nonproliferation, bipartisan governance and the effectiveness of international development aid programs.

The December 3 program also will include the presentation of this year’s Richard G. Lugar Distinguished Student Leadership Award to Thomas A. Edison Jr. Sr. High School senior Drake Abramson. The award, which includes a $1,000 award, recognizes one Indiana high school senior each year for leadership and community service activities.

REGISTRATION

As seating is limited, attendees are asked to register in advance at:

https://40thuindylugarsymposium.eventbrite.com

 

 

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.

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