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DeHaan Gallery unveils upcoming exhibitions

UIndy Emeriti show - Lake Alice Reflection - Donna Adams - webThe photography of Donna Adams will be part of the UIndy Art & Design Emeriti show, kicking off the new season in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery.

The UIndy Department of Art & Design has a series of intriguing exhibitions on the 2015-2016 schedule for the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery.

The gallery is curated by faculty member Mark Ruschman, chief fine arts curator for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, with help from colleagues and students. Admission is always free to the gallery, which is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays.

The season opens Aug. 24 with a show featuring emeriti faculty from the department. The full schedule follows.

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On the air: Education prof touts school options

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UIndy education professor Azure Angelov (right) talks with anchor Naomi Pescovitz last weekend on the WTHR set. (Still from video)

In Indianapolis, back-to-school shopping means a lot more than it used to.

No longer bound by district borders, families now can choose from an impressive variety of traditional public, charter and private schools that increasingly offer specialized programs to attract students.

Associate Professor Azure Angelov of UIndy’s School of Education was interviewed in the WTHR studios this week about how interested families can navigate the many choices to find the best fit for their children and their circumstances.

“The landscape is amazing,” she said. “Finding really solid information to help you make an informed choice is important.”

Watch the three-minute interview here or here.

Alongside her UIndy work, Dr. Angelov is board president of the Indiana Family, School, and Community Partnership Center; an evaluator for the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation; and co-author (with UIndy marketing professor Deidre Pettinga) of Educational Marketing: More Than Just Telling Your Story. She recently penned an opinion column for local newspapers on the many local school options. The text is below.

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Sept. 21 gala will launch faculty concert series

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Maestro Raymond Leppard (center) leads UIndy faculty and students and guest performers during the opening gala of last year’s Faculty Artist Concert Series.

UIndy’s acclaimed Faculty Artist Concert Series will formally launch its 35th season with a gala event Sept. 21 featuring conductor Raymond Leppard and a new composition commissioned especially for the occasion.

As announced at last year’s opening gala, which celebrated 20 years of UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, Associate Professor John Berners was commissioned to write a piece of new music honoring philanthropist and longtime UIndy trustee Christel DeHaan, whose generosity made the center possible. That composition, Sinfonia, will premiere during the Sept. 21 program conducted by Leppard, who has been artist-in-residence at the center since its opening in 1994.

The Faculty Artist Concert Series is a unique treasure on the central Indiana arts scene, presenting historic and contemporary classical and jazz music free of charge in the elegant and acoustically superior setting of the DeHaan Center’s Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. This year’s 18 concerts, taking place Monday nights from September to April, will feature UIndy’s distinguished Department of Music faculty as well as guests drawn from the ranks of local and national professionals.

More information on the series is available at (317) 788-3255. The full 2015-2016 schedule follows.

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TEDx tickets go on sale Monday morning

Tickets for the fourth annual TEDxIndianapolis, taking place Oct. 20 at UIndy, will go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday.

Click here to purchase tickets, which are $89 and include lunch. Seating is limited, and organizers anticipate a quick sellout.

tedx-indy-logoUIndy is a presenting sponsor of this year’s event and will host it at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. Under the theme “Keep It Simple,” 16 local and national speakers will explore questions of art and design, sustainability, education, technology and entrepreneurship.

TEDx conferences are local, independent events organized in the spirit of the international TED organization and its “Ideas Worth Spreading” mission.

Read about TEDxIndianapolis at UIndy

Learn more about the speakers

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Dr. Wantz named interim public safety director



Longtime UIndy administrator and faculty member David Wantz has been selected by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard to serve as Interim Director of the city’s Department of Public Safety.

A former police officer as well as a psychology professor by training, Wantz is Associate Vice President for Government and Community Relations at UIndy and Special Assistant to President Robert Manuel. Under a “loaned executive” agreement with the city, Wantz will fill the vacancy left by departing Public Safety Director Troy Riggs from Aug. 1 through the end of Ballard’s term in office.

“UIndy is a university of the city and for the city, and if our talent and expertise can help fill a need for Indianapolis, we are happy to assist, in the spirit of our longstanding partnership with local government,” Dr. Manuel said. “David’s unique skill set has allowed him to serve the university in a range of roles, and it makes him a strong choice for this interim position in our community.”

The city’s official announcement follows.

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Kellogg Series to feature acclaimed writers

A parade of award-winning writers will read and discuss their work on campus this coming year through the annual Allen & Helen Kellogg Writers Series.



The notables include Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award recipient Tracy Kidder and celebrated Indiana-based writer Scott Russell Sanders. This year’s series is directed by Associate Professor Kevin McKelvey, who has assumed the mantle from English department colleague Dr. Elizabeth Weber.

All events are free and take place in the Trustees Dining Room of Schwitzer Student Center, unless otherwise noted. The full schedule is:

Aaron Michael Morales
Monday, September 14, 7:30 p.m.

Aaron Michael Morales’ fiction has appeared in Superstition Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Passages North, and MAKE Magazine, among other places. His first collection of short fiction, From Here You Can Almost See the End of the Desert, was published in 2008 by Momotombo Press at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies. He has authored one novel, Drowning Tucson, and is currently at work on his second, Eat Your Children. He is also the author of a popular culture composition textbook, The American Mashup: A Popular Culture Reader, and is a regular contributor to Terre Haute Living Magazine and other publications. The Arizona native holds a master of fine arts degree from Purdue University and has taught at several colleges. He currently serves as CEO of Agave Vintage Cocktails in Terre Haute. Read more »

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New ‘1400’ magazine showcases eventful year

1400 coverWow — the 2014-2015 academic year was a busy and historic one here at UIndy.

We’ve seen the Health Pavilion rise from an empty lot to become a new campus landmark, soon to be the nerve center of our allied health programs. A $1 million gift will transform Honors College. A $5 million gift will transform the College of Arts & Sciences. Students are collaborating with faculty on groundbreaking research. The revamping of Krannert Memorial Library and the construction of Greyhound Village apartments embody the university’s effort to meet the living and learning needs of today’s students, and tomorrow’s.

Those are just a few of the developments you can read about in the new issue of 1400, UIndy’s year-in-review magazine. If you don’t come across a physical copy, you can find the stories online and even download a printable version at

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Theater season to open with Shakespeare

The UIndy Department of Theatre‘s 2015-2016 performance season includes a Shakespearean tragedy, a dinner-theater comedy and a unique contemporary piece based on a real news event and its aftermath.



Associate Professor Jim Ream, longtime faculty member and former department chair, will carry the lead role in the classic King Lear, which kicks off the season with its Oct. 23 opening. Aside from his many contributions on campus, Ream has worked with most of the region’s key theater organizations and won numerous awards for his talent and expertise in set design and production technology.

Again this year, admission to theater productions is free for UIndy students, faculty and staff with ID ($14 for Dinner Theatre), and L/P credit is available for students. All productions include a free preview on the Thursday before opening night, as well as a Half-Price Second Thursday performance, with tickets priced at just $6 for the general public. Tickets are available through the Event Ticketing Center at Ransburg Auditorium as well as at or (317) 788-3251.

The full schedule, with pricing for the general public, is: Read more »

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PT prof’s boxing research sparks call from CBS

Combs-Miller - Stahl  - CBS - webUIndy physical therapy professor Stephanie Combs-Miller, right, talks with veteran journalist Lesley Stahl in New York for a story to air on CBS Sunday Morning.

Associate Professor Stephanie Combs-Miller’s groundbreaking research earned her a day in New York City recently to record an interview for CBS Sunday Morning.

The story, scheduled to air this fall, involves veteran broadcaster Lesley Stahl and her husband, journalist and screenwriter Aaron Latham. Latham has Parkinson’s disease and has benefited from Rock Steady Boxing, an unconventional therapy regimen that originated in Indianapolis and is now offered across the nation and overseas.

A two-year study by Dr. Combs-Miller and her students in UIndy’s Krannert School of Physical Therapy produced the first scientific evidence that the multifaceted boxing training is more effective than conventional modes of exercise in helping people with Parkinson’s to maintain or even improve physical ability and quality of life. Read more »

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Speaker lineup announced for TEDx at UIndy

tedx-indy-logoEntrepreneurs, writers, artists and activists are among the 16 featured speakers for TEDxIndianapolis 2015, taking place Oct. 20 at UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

The list was released today by the event organizers, who include several UIndy representatives. The university is a presenting sponsor for this fourth annual TEDxIndianapolis, which bears the theme “Keep It Simple.”

Covering such topics as art and design, sustainability, education, technology and entrepreneurship, the speakers are a varied lot that includes tech and food innovator Chris Baggott; Digital Democracy founder Emily Jacobi; musician, music producer and yogi Paul Mahern; The Nature Conservancy state director Mary McConnell; homeless advocate Maurice Young; and Creek Stewart, survival guide author and host of TV’s Fat Guys in the Woods. A full list of speakers and bios can be found here.

TEDx has sold out each year since its debut in Indianapolis. Again this year, seating is limited. Tickets are $89 and will go on sale July 20.

Read more about the event here. Additional information can be found at

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