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Greyhounds claim 5th-straight All-Sports honor

glvc all-sports trophyUPDATE: UIndy also has won the GLVC Commissioner’s Cup for the second straight year. Read about it here.

The University of Indianapolis again has asserted its athletic prowess by winning its fifth consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Sports Trophy — and in decisive, record-setting style.

The traveling trophy is awarded each year to the GLVC institution posting the best all-around performance in the league’s 20 sponsored sports. UIndy’s 203 points for 2015-2016 is the highest in the 38-year history of the award, and its 31.5 margin over second-place Lewis also is a new conference record. The Greyhounds have claimed the honor eight times in total.

The Greyhounds’ performance this year included GLVC titles in baseball, football, women’s golf, softball and men’s tennis; runner-up finishes in men’s golf, volleyball, men’s indoor and outdoor track and field and women’s indoor track and field; and third-place finishes in men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s soccer and women’s outdoor track and field. Read more here.

In other Athletics news:

For schedules, broadcast coverage, individual achievements and other information, visit the UIndy Athletics website.

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Event celebrates faculty and staff experience

UIndy 5.13.16 Celebration Dinner-73At Friday’s 2016 Celebration Dinner, President Robert Manuel introduces university archivist Christine Guyonneau, who is retiring after 29 years at UIndy.

Nearly 600 years of experience and service were recognized last week when UIndy hosted the 2016 Celebration Dinner, honoring faculty, staff and administrators who have reached career milestones or are retiring this year.

The honorees and their guests and admirers enjoyed a meal, conversation and award presentations Friday in UIndy Hall.

Bidding farewell, at least to full-time work at UIndy, were the following retirees, listed with their years of full-time service to the university:
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Business leader named to Board of Trustees

University board also announces new officers for 2016-2018

Paper industry executive Kenneth Loyd has been named to the Board of Trustees at the University of Indianapolis.



Loyd is president of South Coast Paper, a paper converting, sales and marketing company. South Coast Paper is headquartered in Columbia, S.C., with a manufacturing facility in Maplesville, Ala., and sales offices in Atlanta, Houston and New Orleans. He co-founded the company in 2000 after a successful career with Champion International Paper, where he was the first African-American national sales manager in the company’s 105-year history.

After earning a bachelor’s degree and serving as captain of the basketball team at Xavier University of Louisiana, Loyd went on to earn an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He also completed the NMSDC Advanced Management Education Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management as well as the MBE Executive Management Program at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.

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Longtime football coach Bill Bless passes on

Bill BlessBill Bless and his Greyhounds celebrate a 1977 victory over the Butler Bulldogs.

Greyhound Nation lost a living legend last week with the passing of Bill Bless, who earned the most wins in University of Indianapolis football history (114) as head coach from 1972 to 1993.

The Greenwood resident graduated from Indiana Central (as UIndy was known) in 1963 and also served as head track coach for 19 years and a faculty member for 29 years. He died May 6 at age 76. Survivors include his wife, Beverly, along with children and grandchildren who include several UIndy alumni.

A member of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame as well as the UIndy Athletics Hall of Fame, Bless also coached at Whiteland, Mooresville and Greensburg high schools during his career. Outside of football, he served six years on the Greenwood City Council and one year as acting mayor.

Bless’ passing was noted by Fox59, Inside Indiana Business and other news outlets. Read more at the UIndy Athletics website. To see a full obituary and share memories and condolences, click here.

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Forensics team continues Texas migrant project

labbingUIndy Human Biology master’s degree candidates Amanda Khan (left) and Helen Brandt analyze skeletal remains in a laboratory at Texas State University.

Associate Professor Krista Latham and the graduate students of UIndy’s Archaeology & Forensics Team are back in Texas for the fourth consecutive summer, volunteering their time and expertise to help identify undocumented migrants who have died after crossing the border.

On previous visits, the crew spent most of their time in a small cemetery, exhuming the remains of men and women whose bodies were found and buried without identification. This year, the group is primarily working at Texas State University, analyzing skeletal remains for clues to their origin. They also will work with the South Texas Human Rights Center and other organizations to identify other cemeteries where migrants have been buried.

Along with Dr. Latham, a forensic anthropologist, this year’s contingent includes UIndy colleague Dr. Alyson O’Daniel, a cultural anthropologist; Human Biology master’s candidates Amanda KhanJustin Maiers and Ryan Strand, veterans of previous Texas trips; and fellow grad student Helen Brandt, a first-timer.

The group left Sunday and will return May 18. Read their blog posts and see their photos and video at

Read previous stories about the Beyond Borders project here.

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Undergrads working with Harvard researchers

Visiting scientists to study greenhouse gases throughout Indianapolis

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A team of UIndy students will spend the next two weeks collaborating with Harvard University researchers on a study of greenhouse gas emissions in Marion County.

The visiting scientists are led by Dr. Steven C. Wofsy, Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science at Harvard and one of the world’s leading experts on the chemical composition of the atmosphere. The international group also includes researchers from a German university and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“This team is world-renowned as far as atmospheric science is concerned, and it is an honor to have them engage our budding, undergraduate researchers,” says Dr. Levi Mielke, assistant professor of chemistry at UIndy, whose own research interests include environmental chemistry and air quality.

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Archaeology team studying fabled gravesite

grave workUIndy grad students Rose Perash (left) and Fatma Zalzala begin work at the so-called “grave in the middle of the road,” located between Franklin and Edinburgh.

Peculiar 19th century burial rests in center of Johnson County road

Barnett grave

The 1831 gravesite of Nancy Kerlin Barnett

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A student and faculty archaeology team from UIndy is digging into the mystery of a famous Johnson County grave and the lives of central Indiana’s earliest white settlers.

The remains of Nancy Kerlin Barnett, who lived from 1793 to 1831, rest in an island of grass and rock that sits smack in the middle of County Road 400S near Interstate 65 south of Franklin. The site is often referred to simply as “the grave in the middle of the road,” or less accurately, “the Indian grave.”

According to local lore, Barnett’s grandson guarded the grave with a shotgun when other surrounding graves were moved in the 1900s for construction of the road.

The site is a nationally known curiosity for travelers and for thrill-seekers who claim the area is haunted. It’s also a traffic hazard that is regularly struck by passing vehicles, which is why the Johnson County Highway Department intends to lower the elevation of the grave mound and reconfigure the roadway for the protection of motorists and the grave itself.



The UIndy team, six graduate students led by Professor Christopher Schmidt of the Department of Anthropology, will temporarily remove and study Barnett’s remains at the university, returning them to the site when the roadwork is completed. The Johnson County Museum of History is a partner in the project and invited the researchers to handle the exhumation.

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Undergrad research projects draw notice

spider sketchesFresh UIndy graduate Elizabeth Wells (center) discusses her arachnid illustrations with faculty members Marc Milne and Jen Camden during the recent Scholars’ Day.

Apparently Elizabeth Wells is very good at drawing microscopic spider parts, because The Field Museum in Chicago has posted her work online for use by scientists around the world.

Wells graduated magna cum laude from UIndy’s Strain Honors College on Saturday with a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Medical Illustration. But before she did, she created the illustrations for a Biology honors project under Assistant Professor Marc Milne, using pen, pencil and a dissecting microscope.

These particular spiders, the erigonine subfamily of the Linyphiidae family, are smaller than 2 mm across and therefore are difficult to identify. To do so, arachnologists must use microscopes and compare the creatures to existing photos or illustrations. Posted among a gallery of such photos taken by the museum staff, Wells’ detailed illustrations can be seen here.

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Payton Butler, who just finished her sophomore year majoring in EntrepreneurshipExperience Design and Human Resources Management, has a paper published in the latest volume of the Butler Journal of Undergraduate Research.

The title: “Why Do Boys Love Frozen, a Disney Princess Movie?”

Based on her research, Butler attributed the film’s runaway success to savvy writing and marketing designed to broaden the audience beyond young females, including focused advertising, exciting action scenes, appealing humor and a higher-than-usual ratio of male to female characters. Read more about it here.

The work began in a First-Year Seminar course taught by Associate Professor of Teacher Education Greta Pennell, who points out that the journal’s acceptance rate is only 25 percent.

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Council approves transit funding referendum

Detail of proposed Red Line route

Detail of Red Line route    (click to enlarge)

The effort to upgrade public transportation in Indianapolis took a major step forward Monday when the City-County Council voted to add a funding referendum to the November election ballot in Marion County.

Voters will be asked if they support a .25 percent local income tax increase to help pay for the IndyGo Marion County Transit Plan, a package of improvements that include a bus rapid transit line linking the UIndy campus to Broad Ripple, downtown, Fountain Square, Garfield Park and other popular destinations.

Supporters expect federal money to cover construction costs for the first 13-mile phase of the Red Line, which could be operating as soon as Fall 2018. The tax hike would help cover annual operating costs.

Read more in the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis Business Journal.

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VIDEO: UIndy marks Commencement 2016

Despite a few sprinkles, UIndy successfully conducted its 2016 Commencement exercises Saturday, May 7, at Key Stadium.

NPR Morning Edition host and Carmel native Steve Inskeep delivered an inspirational address and called up a student volunteer to present his honorary diploma to his mother in the audience. Singer-actress Jearlyn Steele sang a cappella tributes to her hero Aretha Franklin and her late friend and collaborator Prince. Local developer and philanthropist Gene Zink joined them in receiving an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

The Class of 2016 was represented by undergraduate speaker Zak Mitiche, a double major in sociology and philosophy, and graduate student speaker Maria Eller, who received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Nearly 1,400 graduates hailing from 30 states and 29 nations have completed or will complete degrees this year on UIndy’s home campus. Another 79 are receiving diplomas at UIndy’s international partnership sites.

Click above to see video highlights from Saturday’s ceremony. For more photos and video, visit this page and see UIndy’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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