Greyhound students, faculty and staff went on a variety of service learning trips in May to destinations including Brazil, Haiti, Guatemala, Austria, Barcelona, Rome, Costa Rica, Scotland and more.
Here are some highlights from their adventures abroad:
Led by University of Indianapolis Associate Provost Jodie Ferise and Assistant Director of Student Activities Steven Freck, the Precious Words Africa project made its seventh trip to Ghana in May 2018. A group of 15 students and alumni spent 12 days in Ghana distributing materials and educating children eager to learn.
The team completed four days of camp activities at three different schools and served over 500 kids! Activities ranged from making paper airplanes to learning about the differences between the Ghanian and United States flags. This picture is from Papaase, the third school they visited.
The UIndy team fundraised over $8,000 to help refinish the pre-school and kindergarten areas of the Precious Kids Academy. They dedicated a day to painting & cleaning the classrooms so they could stock the shelves with brand new school supplies for the children.
At the closing dinner, each person was presented a ceremonial kente cloth to celebrate the love and hard work they gave to the Ghanian people. Every participant hopes to travel back to visit new, dear friends across the Atlantic.
Thirteen students from the public health program traveled to Belize for some hands-on learning. The group covered topics related to nutrition, hygiene and much more – plus they found time for a little sightseeing along the way.
A team of eight students & two trip leaders flew to Ecuador for a healthcare service-learning experience. The group participated in two healthcare clinics, health education, and a community service project in the town of Yantzaza.
Students called it a life-changing trip & a true blessing.
"We a great time and touched many hearts in Ecuador."
Cultural immersion activities included visiting an Ecuadorian zoo, shopping in an open market & visiting an iguana park.
More than 30 Greyhounds trekked through Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, and Germany for a 10-day study abroad adventure.
School of Business gets creative to affect positive change on enrollment numbers
A small group of student workers, known as the BizHounds Team, has helped the University of Indianapolis School of Business increase deposits by 20 percent in the last year, while the national enrollment average is decreasing.
Associate finance professor Matt Will, who founded and leads the BizHounds Team, credits creative, peer-to-peer recruitment strategies for the program’s success.
“After five years of declining enrollment, I developed the idea of having students help recruit new students,” he said. “My thought was that students are more in touch with high school prospects than the rest of us, and they would trust and relate better to someone their own age.”
BizHounds officially launched in the winter of 2013 with two student workers. Within the first year, Will says, enrollment trends reversed and the School of Business saw a 10 percent increase, a pattern that has continued since.
Four students – Emily Sands ‘18 (finance), Claire Gilbert ‘18 (marketing), Olivia Vormohr ‘20 (finance) and Jenna Whitmore ‘21 (business administration) – are staffed on the BizHounds team, where they focus on recruitment and engagement activities. Goals center around getting students to apply, convincing them to make deposits, converting deposits to on-campus attendance and engaging new freshman in activities to get involved.
“Looking for the right college is a scary time in life,” Gilbert said. “There are a lot of things you don’t know and high schoolers are looking for help. We make a real effort to relate to them and to make personal connections.”
The group meets weekly with faculty advisors (Will and Andre Givens, Director of Undergraduate Enterprise and Engagement for the School of Business) to brainstorm new ideas and collaborate on existing projects.
“This wouldn’t work if we weren’t a team,” Gilbert said. “I’m lucky to be part of this program. A lot of people don’t realize we have the perks of a large school, but also the opportunities and personal relationships of a small school. It’s a perfect combination.”
The BizHounds Team travels to events in the region and across the country to promote the University. In 2017, the group visited Orlando for their first national conference. In March 2018, they spoke locally at a Business Professionals of America (BPA) conference to an audience of about 300 and in May 2018, they traveled to Dallas for the 52nd Annual BPA National Leadership Conference to continue expanding recruitment efforts beyond the Midwest.
“We’ve learned that high schoolers respond best to stories, so we used our own experiences to cater to the needs of potential future UIndy students and to better connect with them,” Gilbert explained.
As Will points out, these experiences have benefits beyond recruitment.
“If we’ve taught them well in how to be business professionals, these opportunities are an avenue for them to practice what they have learned.”
HOUSTON – The UIndy women’s golf team finished off an impressive stay at the 2018 NCAA Division II Championships Saturday, running away with the national title with a staggering 38-stroke win. The Greyhounds combined for a 72-hole score of 1,157 (+5), matching the tournament record for lowest team tally. In addition, the wire-to-wire victory at the four-day tournament, held at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas, was punctuated by an individual national championship from junior Katharina Keilich (-1).
The result marks the second time in four years that the Greyhounds have hoisted the DII trophy. In 2015, UIndy became the first non-Florida school to capture the DII women’s golf crown, and this year they join the ranks of only four other teams to have won multiple titles.
The program also had one previous individual national champion, though it did not come in 2015. Former UIndy All-American Lyndsay McBride took the national medal in 2009 and is now joined by Keilich. The Wetzlar, Germany native finished at one-under par for the tournament, carding scores of 71-71-72-73.
Under the leadership of Head Coach Brent Nicoson, the Greyhounds have now finished in the top five at each of the last five DII Championships, with seniors Paxton DeHaven and Annika Haynes appearing in the lineup on four of those occasions. Saturday’s win brings their careers full circle, as they were both freshmen on the Hounds’ aforementioned 2015 championship team.
Sophomore Pilar Echeverria (76-75-72-69) vaulted into a share of second with a final-round 69, matching the second-lowest single-round score of the entire tournament. Senior Kylie Raines (70-71-77-74), who played her final collegiate round Saturday, secured fourth place with a strong finish. DeHaven (72-70-73-80) capped her career with a seventh-place showing, while Haynes (73-79-78-74) carded a two-over 74 in her last college round to tie for 27th.
The year’s final tournament also brought about the solidification of a number of program records. This group has now set new single-season marks for team scoring average (293.5) and winning percentage (.950). Echeverria also broke her own school record for lowest single-season average at 73.3 strokes per round.
Written by Ryan Thorpe, Associate A.D. for Communications, University of Indianapolis.
Lauren Bryant ’18 (biology and psychology) will be among 33 women representing the 500 Festival Princess Program for 2018. Bryant is an Honors College student and Greenfield native who will attend Indiana University School of Medicine in fall 2018. “I am so thrilled and honored to be selected with 32 other amazing young women to help the 500 Festival accomplish their yearly mission – to celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and to enrich lives,” Bryant said.
The 500 Festival Princess Program, presented by Reis-Nichols, has a long history of celebrating Indiana’s most civic-minded, academically driven young women. Serving as a 500 Festival Princess provides participants with countless opportunities for leadership and professional development. Bryant said she’s eager to spread her passion for her hometown and state through service on a wider scale than ever before.
“From teaching students the basics of physics with toy race cars, to volunteering at charity events with my 32 new sisters, to spending time reminiscing on the long history of the Indy 500 with nursing home residents, the 500 Festival Princess Program has connected me to Hoosiers from all walks of life,” Bryant added.
Bryant’s ultimate career goal is to start her own child and adolescent psychiatry practice. She enjoys working in the hospital environment and volunteers at Franciscan Health Indianapolis in her spare time. As part of the program, Bryant will receive a $1,000 scholarship, made possible by Marlyne Sexton, an Indianapolis philanthropist and president of The Sexton Companies, and the 500 Festival Foundation. Bryant is already noting the benefits of the 500 Festival Leadership Development Program, presented by BKD. Related: 2018 Princesses Set 60-year Program Record For Highest GPA
“I’ve met professionals in all sectors who have taught the princesses skills in Leadership Development sessions and offered themselves as contacts for our future careers. Most of all, I am thankful to the program for introducing me to the other princesses, all of whom are generous, intelligent, vibrant women I now have the pleasure of calling my friends,” Bryant said.
The 2018 500 Festival Princesses represent 14 Indiana colleges and universities and 21 cities and towns across the state. With a cumulative GPA of 3.72, this year’s 500 Festival princesses were selected from hundreds of applicants based on communication skills, academic performance and community involvement. The 2018 500 Festival Queen Scholar will be announced on May 19 during the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. The Queen Scholar will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. Learn more about how Honors College prepared Lauren for IU School of Medicine
Following an expo where students presented their service-learning projects to attendees, the Center hosted a luncheon and presented the Student Service-Learning and Outstanding Community Partner of the Year Awards.
“The Community Campus Forum not only acknowledges the remarkable achievements of University of Indianapolis students and community partners in the area of service-learning, but also highlights the University’s critical mission to teach students lifelong skills of engagement that contribute to the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” said Stephen Kolison, Jr, University of Indianapolis provost. Honorees were as follows:
Service-Learning Graduate Student of the Year
Marlena Muszak ’18 (M.A. in applied sociology)
Service-Learning Undergraduate Student of the Year
Marcos Hashimoto, associate professor of entrepreneurship in the School of Business, nominated four undergraduate students who received the Service-Learning Undergraduate Student of the Year Award.
“These students helped the #shesinvisible cause during my Marketing Simulation class as their applied project for the course. During the whole semester they interacted with the social entrepreneur Tina Polk to improve all the marketing material for the organization, including flyers, web page, social media posts and event organization,” Hahimoto said. Jim Pennell, professor of sociology, nominated Marlena Muszak, an international student from Poland. Pennell outlined Muszak’s work with the Burmese American Community Institute, including fundraising, grant-writing and support for BACI’s Upward College Program.
“Marlena has represented UIndy well in her commitment to service, and she is a shining example of our university’s commitment to engaging international students in transformative ways,” Pennell said. Pennell acknowledged Marianna Foulkrod, director of the Center for Service-Learning and Engagement, “for her continuing leadership in engaging students and faculty with our community and vice versa.”
Jeanne Criswell, director of the journalism program, thanked Tim Evans and Alvie Lindsay of The Indianapolis Star, who collaborated with her students for the newly conceived Investigative Reporting course on an investigative story about the Mayor’s Action Center that was published by the newspaper under the students’ bylines. “Alvie and Tim served all semester as excellent editors, role models and mentors for this project while their day jobs as professional journalists never let up. They went above and beyond the call of duty in their commitment to the course,” Criswell said.
Lindsay, who accepted the award on behalf of Tim Evans, said he was humbled and honored by the recognition. “I want to thank UIndy for having the journalism program and for understanding the need and value of this work. One of the things we wanted to impart on the students in class is that you do have the opportunity to make a difference,” he said. Julie Gahimer, professor of physical therapy nominated Deborah Strickler of the Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital, for creating valuable opportunities for University of Indianapolis students at an annual summer camp for stroke survivors.
“We couldn’t have done it without the help of physical therapy students for the last 14 or 15 years. They make a big difference,” Strickler said.
The University of Indianapolis hosted its Second Annual Trumpet Conference in March 2018 in conjunction with the International Trumpet Guild. Headliners included Doc Severinsen, legendary trumpeter from “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” international soloist Rex Richardson, and several other clinicians.
“Our second annual 2018 UIndy-ITG Trumpet Your Way Conference was a wonderful success in every way, bringing individuals ranging in ages from 12 to 90 to campus,” said Brenda Clark, Department of Music chair.
The University of Indianapolis is the state affiliate chapter of the International Trumpet Guild and serves to represent trumpet players of all ages and abilities throughout Indiana and beyond.
“Our headliners presented a day of clinics and finished the day with a concert in Christel Dehaan Fine Arts Center that blew the roof off!” said Larry Powell, adjunct faculty member and chair of the conference planning committee.
The University of Indianapolis Department of Music actively cultivates opportunities for students and the broader community to gain access to experiential learning with master musicians. Along with the Trumpet Conference, which brought students in touch with expertise of Doc Severinsen and Rex Richardson, the Department of Music has hosted American Pianists Association Award Winner Drew Petersen, who is the University’s Christel DeHaan fellow and artist-in-residence. The Tuskegee University Choir concert at Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center brought the legendary group to campus in April 2018.
The Indiana Wind Symphony served as the accompanying ensemble for the trumpet solos of Doc Severinsen, Rex Richardson and Larry Powell.
The two-day event Trumpet Your Way featured artists Doc Severinsen, Rex Richardson and more!
“We strived to make the other pieces somewhat trumpet-centric while giving good balance for the audience,” said Charles Conrad, Indiana Wind Symphony music director. “The marches were ‘Trumpets of Victory’ by Hoosier composer Fred Jewell and the only handiwork written by famed trumpet designer Vincent Bach.”
Clark noted the 40-percent increase in attendance over the first Trumpet Conference in 2017, and the widespread popularity of the event across the Midwest. Ed Engledow, who attended the conference with his 12-year-old grandson, was one of those fans.
“At the age of 78, I now realize that it is indeed possible to still be playing at the age of 90 (Doc) — if I am also willing to practice three or four hours a day!” Engledow joked. His grandson, Patrick, was thrilled to meet Doc Severinsen and get a photo with the living legend.
“This event was a perfect example of UIndy’s motto of ‘Education for Service,’ providing hands-on masterclasses benefitting players of all levels, offering mentoring opportunities for our students as well as conference attendees,” Clark said.
“The culminating evening performance which featured internationally-known solo artists Rex Richardson, Doc Severinsen, and UIndy’s Larry Powell, with the Indiana Wind Symphony, was a great example of the Department of Music’s commitment to collaboration, but more importantly our rich tradition of excellence. These experiences serve to inspire our students as they pursue successful careers in music,” she added.
Plans are already in the works for conferences in 2019 and 2020. Jens Lindemann will be the headliner for 2019. Click here for updates.
Reverend Rob Fuquay knew he wanted to join the ministry from a young age. As a senior in high school in North Carolina, he encountered Duke Seminary students who volunteered at his church and made a lasting impact on his career choice.
“I remember having this tug to consider doing with my life what these guys do, and my pastor helped me understand that this might be a call to ministry that I was sensing,” Fuquay said.
Rev. Fuquay now leads the 6,000-member St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, and on May 5, he will receive an honorary degree from the University of Indianapolis in recognition of his work as a rising thought leader in the church’s mission. Rev. Fuquay also will provide the Commencement address.
“I was very surprised and deeply honored, not just for the degree itself but also for the connection to the University of Indianapolis. I have such high regard for UIndy and the standards and work of the school. To have a connection to them is very rewarding to me,” Fuquay said.
“It’s about the formation of a community that helps people develop socially and spiritually, and provides support systems that we need in life,” he explained.
Rev. Fuquay has served both small, rural churches and large congregations. He is the fifth senior pastor appointed at St. Luke’s.
“You’d think there’s very little those [smaller] churches could have in common with St. Luke’s in Indianapolis, which is a mega church. Yet the people dynamics are the same everywhere,” he explained. “It’s just being able to manage those same issues at a larger level.” While Rev. Fuquay knew his call was to be a local church pastor, his college chaplain pointed out that ministry could take him in many different directions. Fuquay described it as learning one’s “call within a call.”
“It has been an unfolding, almost evolving sense of how God wants to use me. It’s not been a clear path that I know this is where I’m going, but sort of a step by step discerning my own gifts,” he explained. He said that applies to every profession, not just the ministry – and that’s a theme he will explore during his Commencement address.
“Don’t get so worried about charting the map, but simply follow the compass. Those coordinates can change on any given day,” Rev. Fuquay said, pointing out that values need to remain constant amid a rapidly changing world. “Rather than worrying about where life is going to take you, focus on who you want to be.”
For graduates, Fuquay said an important aspect of developing lifelong values is “understanding that our education and our degree is not just for us. It’s about what difference are we going to make in the world? God wants to use all of us in a way that makes a lasting impact on this world that will make a difference in people’s lives after we’re gone.”
Taking the road less traveled comes naturally to Fleck. He has made his name innovating musical styles for the banjo, often defying categorization as he expertly blends various traditions to create his own unique sound. He said this approach to music allows him a certain artistic freedom.
New York’s musical melting pot formed a crucible for Fleck to develop his style of borrowing from different genres. After seeing musicians such as Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke perform, he was inspired to experiment with rock and jazz on the banjo. A series of impressive projects soon followed, with Fleck eventually joining New Grass Revival, a progressive bluegrass band, and later forming Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, along with numerous solo projects.
“Through his unique perspective of transcending musical genres, Bela Fleck’s work connects cultures and enhances communities in a profound way. As an honorary degree recipient, Bela reflects the University’s mission and deep tradition as a community-first institution that welcomes diverse thought and influences to advance its vision through arts and sciences,” said President Robert L. Manuel.
“I am proud to have friends who also serve as teachers and sources of inspiration who are on top of the worlds of bluegrass, jazz and world music. I attempt to do the same for the folks I meet, and I look forward to doing more,” Fleck said. Fleck and his wife and musical partner, Abigail Washburn, donate the proceeds of their merchandise to local nonprofits as they tour throughout the world.
“This outreach engages us with all the communities we perform in and allows us to give something concrete back,” Fleck explained.
For graduates looking to make their mark, Fleck said it’s a matter of balancing the goal of “being the best in your field and being the best person you can be.”
“I have experienced being considered the best at what I do, and I have worked hard for it. The easiest way to be the best is to find an area that is not glutted with people doing the same thing. Look for an area that you love but one that is not overrun, and find a way to make your contribution,” he said.
Fleck said he was thrilled to learn of the honorary degree from the University of Indianapolis.
“And my Mom is even happier – she wanted me to go to college!” he said.
From undergraduate research to internships, the student experience at the University of Indianapolis is all about building relationships that form a network of support and opportunities. Click the photos below to learn more about the amazing Class of 2018. (Use arrow keys to page through the slideshow.)
"UIndy means home for me. UIndy has been a place for me to reach my potential and accept challenges with no doubt that my University would have my back, as any home would." - Iman Tucker '18 (MBA) '16 (business/marketing)
“UIndy gives you everything you need to have to succeed. The small classes allow you to have instructors who follow you closely and allow you to build a relationship with them because they care for you to succeed.” - Mara Hofstetter '18 (mathematics and chemistry)
“My undergrad work provided me with the critical foundation of the principles, techniques and trends that I will learn and apply in medical school. The knowledge and applications that I learned through my UIndy classes set me up to perform exceptionally well on the MCAT, which was key in being admitted to medical school.” - Casey Wendorff '18 (biology major, chemistry minor, pre-med concentration)
“I went from being a timid freshman in 2014 to a junior who was acting as the vice president of Indiana’s Student Program of the National Education Association in only two short years. This shows the influence that UIndy can have on a future professional." - Lyndsy Eslinger '18 (elementary education)
“My time at the University of Indianapolis has been pivotal to both my educational and professional development. I owe a lot to everyone in Alumni Engagement and Advancement who have always supported and cheered me on in my role as Alumni Engagement Assistant. I especially owe a lot to the Director of Alumni and Annual Giving, Lora Teliha, who has been one of my biggest supporters during my time here and who aided me in the CASE application process that helped me land an internship with Johns Hopkins.” - Jessica Munoz-Sainz ’18 (Master’s degree in anthropology)
“UIndy was an avenue to better myself through education as well as grow socially from new experiences and different perspectives. Many professors were very supportive of my learning and were happy to take the time to help whenever needed or just to have a chat. I also met some incredible friends that I wouldn't have met without coming to UIndy.” - Michael Kirby '18 (computer science and mathematics)
"My experience at UIndy has been nothing short of amazing. I have met some fellow students, faculty and staff that have been very welcoming and who have helped me succeed in every project I take on." - Juliana Rohrmoser Pacheco ’18 (visual communication design)
“UIndy provided an atmosphere that allowed me to follow my interests and try new things. The chapel community and chaplains encouraged my to pursue my calling and gave me opportunities to serve, which has given me experience I will need in ministry.” - Kelsey Owings ’18 (religion with pre-theology concentration, chemistry and biology minors)
"Dr. Jyotika Saksena in the International Relations Department was my most influential mentor throughout my stay at UIndy. Dr. Saksena helped me go through the program requirements of the degree as well as explore various career options by always keeping me up to date with new job or internship postings. She never relented in pushing me to put myself out to try new things." - Tosin Salau '18 (international relations and political science)
"What my internships at UIndy have allowed me to do is get lots of real world experience and growth and interaction with individuals I’m going to network with out in the field." - Jacob Bradshaw '18 (public health)
"The campus promotes cultural diversity and emphasizes the importance of respecting every culture, which makes me feel welcomed at UIndy. The faculty understands the language barrier and they are willing to help international students." - Cassie Ge '18 (nursing)
Catherine Watness ’18 (English teaching) will graduate with a publication in Z Publishing House’s 2017 Indiana’s Best Emerging Poets anthology. “This is my debut appearance in an anthology. I am so grateful to Z Publishing House and I hope this is the start to a successful career as a writer.”
“You have to be a leader somewhere first before you can be a leader in your field. UIndy was an important step for me to learn how to take control of situations, in a way that’s conducive to progress. UIndy gave me my first big crack at organizing large groups.” - Lauren Bryant '18 (biology and psychology)
The community of students, professors, and faculty created an atmosphere where I’ve been able to develop my professional and artistic skills. My time as a Theatre Major has taught me so much about myself: who I am, how I work, what I love. My involvement on campus has allowed me to connect and build relationships with so many people that I will treasure for the rest of my life. All of this, and much more, has molded me into the professional and fun person that I am today. - Stephen Cox ‘18 (theatre)
"This university offers a great academic experience full of opportunities. It is easy to get to know your professors and build relationships that not only help you in the classroom, but help you develop professionally as well." - Rachel Gravens ’18 (double major in anthropology of health, and studio art with a concentration in ceramics, minor in environmental sustainability)
"I feel so lucky to have been able to spend my five years at UIndy. It’s given me incredible friends, memories and opportunities while allowing me to stay close to my family. I’m very proud to be able to call myself a Greyhound!" -Brendan Dudas '18 (sport management)
“Without the introduction and attention from the art & design faculty and staff, I would not be the artist I am today and I am forever grateful for their guidance and expertise.” - Kalia Daily '18 (art & design major, printmaking and painting concentration, art history minor)
"The Communication Department has prepared and helped me gain the experience that I will need post-graduation. Thanks to them I was able to get a position in the TV industry. Not a lot of schools let you get such hands-on experience at such an early time in college." - Braylen Morgan '18 (communication with concentration in electronic media)
“Being able to create connections both in and outside the classroom helped provide me with confidence throughout my time at UIndy.” - Amy Ragle ’18 (pre-OT, biology), ’20 (occupational therapy)
“What I love about UIndy is that everyone is welcome from every background. UIndy offers so many opportunities for international students to experience the full college and American lifestyle.” - David Kurz ’18 (sport management major, business and Franco/Germanic Studies minor)
"Undergraduate research helped me develop skills such as critical thinking, interpersonal skills, and presentation skills. I became extremely comfortable in talking with faculty, which definitely helped when it was time for me to interview for graduate school." - Karli LaGrotte '18 (psychology major, sociology minor)
“Every single professor I have had here at UIndy has helped me develop and improve myself academically.” - Uella Rodriguez '18 (history major, art history and anthropology minor)
"UIndy felt like family to me from the moment I stepped on campus. The small class size provided easy access to my professors which was extremely important to me in order to ask questions and build personal relationships." - Tyler Walden '18 (business administration and supply chain management)
"To me, UIndy has meant becoming a part of a new family (the UIndy community as well as the UIndy golf community), finding life long friends and teammates and having the opportunity to get a great education studying what I love, finance." - Annika Hayes '18 (finance)
The University of Indianapolis held the Annual Leadership Recognition Banquet on Sunday, April 22, 2018. The event recognizes the outstanding work of all Greyhounds over the past academic year and celebrates the accomplishments of student leaders, student organizations and athletic teams.
“The Student Leadership Recognition banquet is one of my favorite events of the year. It allows us to recognize the incredible accomplishments of our student leaders and celebrate the unbelievable ways that students make a difference across campus,” said Kory Vitangeli, Vice President for Student & Campus Affairs and Dean of Students.
“I am so proud of our student leaders both inside and outside of the classroom and those who are also a part of athletic teams. I especially want to thank those students who are graduating for all they have given to UIndy. They have left a legacy that will impact us for many years to come!” Vitangeli added.
Accomplishments and recognition of those students graduating were celebrated and this Senior tribute video was shown:
The following students, faculty and staff constitute this year’s honorees:
Advisors of the Year: Jeffrey Barnes, advisor to UIndy PRIDE
David Styers-Barnett, advisor to Sigma Zeta and chair of the Department of Chemistry The Advisor of the Year Award is given to a full-time faculty or staff member who has served a registered student organization for the entire academic year in a supportive and positive manner. Presented by the Office of Student Affairs.
Emerging Leader of the Year: Brad Moon The Emerging Leader of the Year Award is given to an individual in their freshman or sophomore year. The student selected for this honor will best exemplify student leadership through the impact they have made to campus life. This individual must clearly display that they are a great role model, they impact the lives of others, and demonstrate a great deal of leadership potential. Presented by the Office of Student Affairs.
Outstanding Student Leader of the Year: Stephen Cox The Outstanding Student Leader Award recognizes a student in a leadership role (RSO, RA, OL, Chapel Steward, etc.) who has excelled in their position during the year and has made a significant contribution to campus life at UIndy during the year. Presented by the Office of Student Affairs.
Outstanding Student Volunteer: Ellen Hodson
The outstanding student volunteer award is designed to recognize a UIndy student who has selflessly volunteered in the community. Nominees should not only have shown a dedication to service, but also demonstrated a commitment to leadership that inspires others to engage in service. Presented by Volunteer Services.
RA Programmer of the Year: Skyla Baird Awarded annually to the Student Staff member, selected by residents, as the individual who has most successfully programmed for their assigned living area over the course of the academic year. Presented by Residence Life. Registered Student Organization of the Year: Crimsonettes Dance Team The Registered Student Organization of the Year Award is presented to an organization that has exceeded the expectations inherent in their stated purpose and function through membership, philanthropy efforts, and/or event planning. Presented by the Office of Student Affairs.
Residential Community of the Year: Central Hall Awarded annually to the Residential Community that has the highest level of student engagement. Presented by Residence Life. Student Employees of the Year: Zoe Berg
Jessica Munoz-Sainz Nominated by supervisors across campus, this award recognizes the student staff(ers) who contribute significantly towards the forward movement of their respective office/department. Presented by the Professional Edge Center.
Inclusion & Equity Trailblazer Award: Better Together
Black Student Association
Athletic Commitment to Service Award: UIndy Softball Team
Bridge Scholar Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement: Thy Kieu