The prestigious Fulbright Scholar Program has a new liaison on the University of Indianapolis campus.
Peter W. Vakunta, Ph.D., recently was appointed as the University’s Fulbright Scholar Program liaison by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.
Peter W. Vakunta, Ph.D.
Vakunta, an assistant professor of French & Francophone Studies, is chair of the University of Indianapolis’ Department of Global Languages & Cross-Cultural Studies. He is also director of the Multicultural Engagement and Global Awareness (MEGA) Center.
While a Fulbright scholarship brings accolades for recipients, Vakunta says that the honor also enhances the academic climate of the university. Read more
In January, the University of Indianapolis hosted a robotics championship, a discussion on sustainable energy and a printmaking exhibition. Volunteers packed 54,000 meals for the hungry and a UIndy research team made the news.
Check out the video to see what else UIndy students and faculty were doing in January.
A standing-room only crowd turned out Monday evening at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center for the opening reception of “Letterpress Hullabaloo,” a celebration of the history and modern expression of printmaking.
Letterpress Hullabaloo (Photo by D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)
Curious visitors had a chance to try their hand at printmaking and assist in the traditional craft of bookbinding. Letterpress fans strolled through the gallery to chat with Indiana-based printmakers and peruse colorful posters. It was all to celebrate an antiquated technology that has newfound meaning in the digital age.
Erin Beckloff, an assistant professor in graphic design at Miami University of Ohio who directed and produced the documentary “Pressing On: The Letterpress Film,” spoke to a capacity audience about how the passion of a small but dedicated community is keeping the art, design and craft of letterpress alive. Some significant figures in the letterpress community operate right here in Indiana. Read more
The University of Indianapolis chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) recently was named the Outstanding Collegiate Chapter of the Year for Indiana. The honor is the fourth time the local chapter has received the award. The NAfME award recognizes the University’s community outreach efforts to bring future music educators into classrooms, along with the program’s achievements throughout the year. University student-teachers impact up to 700 Indianapolis Public Schools students every year by assisting teachers in classrooms. The local chapter received the award at the Indiana Music Education Association/NAfME conference this month in Fort Wayne.
UIndy alum Michael Richardson (’10) presents a session at the Indiana Music Education Association/NAfME conference this month in Fort Wayne. (Photo courtesy Michael Richardson)
The recognition “validates everything that we as a faculty do and helps put UIndy on the map. It sets us apart from other universities,” said Brenda Clark, chair of the University of Indianapolis Music Education Department.
In addition to the chapter awards, juniors Charissa Catlin and Shaina Liv Lescano, both instrumental music education majors, were two of five undergraduates from Indiana to receive the Outstanding Future Music Educator Award. With these awards, the University now boasts a total of 16 music education students who have been honored in the past decade. Read more
While 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.
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.
Since 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
Indianapolis doesn’t break the list of the top 50 most sinful cities in America, but defining bad behavior can vary greatly across the country, according to a recent study posted to WalletHub.com.
UIndy’s Dr. Amanda Miller, associate professor of sociology, was one of several experts polled in the study as it looked at people behaving badly in the 150 most populated U.S. cities. The study ranked cities in categories ranging from “excessive drinking” to “violent crimes per capita” and asked several academics to help explain why some behavior is viewed more negatively based on local culture.
As the results indicate, not all American vices are created equally. Read the full article.
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.
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
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.