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Kellogg Writers Series opens with noted poet

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Todd Davis

Poet Todd Davis will appear at UIndy on Tuesday in the first event of the 2014-2015 Kellogg Writers Series.

Davis will read and discuss his work at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Schwitzer Student Center Room 010.

He is the author of four full-length collections of poetry and a limited-edition chapbook, Household of Water, Moon, and Snow: The Thoreau Poems. He edited the nonfiction collection Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball and co-edited Making Poems: 40 Poems with Commentary by the Poets. His poems have been featured on public radio’s The Writer’s Almanac and have won the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, have been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize, and have appeared in such journals and magazines as The American Poetry Review and The North American Review.

Presented by UIndy’s Department of English, the Allen & Helen Kellogg Writers Series brings writers of distinction to campus for public readings and discussions. All events are free of charge. For more information, contact series director Dr. Elizabeth Weber at (317) 788-3373 or eweber@uindy.edu.

Up next in the series is Indiana-born fiction writer and essayist Michael Martone on Oct. 7.

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Concert to feature new Jazz Studies director

Jazz Studies Director Freddie Mendoza

Jazz Studies Director Freddie Mendoza

Monday night will mark the Faculty Artist Concert Series debut of UIndy’s new Jazz Studies director, Freddie Mendoza.

The trombonist will headline a program of standards by composers including Billy Strayhorn, Cole Porter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, J.J. Johnson and Miles Davis. Joining him will be acclaimed pianist Steve Allee, drummer Steve Houghton, bassist and UIndy alum Nick Tucker and trumpeter Mark Buselli.

Mendoza comes to UIndy from Texas State University-San Marcos, where he was a senior lecturer and director of jazz programs for more than a decade. He assumed leadership of UIndy’s Jazz Studies program this year upon the retirement of its founder, Harry Miedema.

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Nearly 1,000 serve city on Super Saturday

SSS 2014 St. V DepaulUIndy student volunteers prepare to perform interior maintenance Saturday morning at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry on East 30th Street.

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More than 900 University of Indianapolis students, faculty and staff members donated their time and effort Saturday to benefit community groups, nonprofit organizations and public spaces and events throughout the city.

UIndy’s annual Super Saturday of Service was bigger than ever this year, encompassing more than 30 sites. The event is designed to introduce students, especially freshmen, to a key element of the university culture, as reflected in its longtime motto of “Education for Service.”

Worksites included the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, where 40-plus volunteers spruced up the area; Westminster Ministries on the near east side, where more than 40 volunteers cleaned and organized; the Fountain Square Art Fair, where about 50 volunteers helped to set up the event; the Indiana Youth Group on the east side, where 20 volunteers raked and planted; and University Heights Neighborhood Park, where more than 100 volunteers performed cleanup and landscaping chores.

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New campus space planner brings experience

In a time of significant growth and restructuring, the University of Indianapolis has selected an attorney with broad experience to serve in the new role of Director of Facility and Space Planning.

Newsom

Newsom

Andrea Brandes Newsom will manage construction and space management issues related to UIndy’s five-year, $50 million campus and neighborhood development plan, reporting to university President Robert Manuel. She also will guide development of a management system to help the university make strategic use of its existing space.

Newsom served most recently as court administrator for Marion County Superior Court, managing a $52 million budget and overseeing non-judicial functions and daily operations for more than 700 employees. (Read about that work here.) She previously worked as chief deputy corporation counsel for the City of Indianapolis, director of international programs for Sallie Mae, an administrative law judge for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and a Marion County deputy prosecuting attorney.

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Rapid transit line one step closer to UIndy

Detail of proposed Red Line route

Detail of proposed Red Line route

Plans for a bus rapid transit system in Indianapolis have received a major boost in the form of a $2 million federal grant to begin environmental and design work on the first line — one that would connect the UIndy campus with the north and south suburbs and key destinations throughout the city.

The Red Line, one of five outlined in the broader $1.3 billion BRT proposal, would run 28 miles from Westfield to Greenwood, with stops at or near Carmel City Center, Nora, Broad Ripple, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, the Children’s Museum, IU Health Methodist Hospital, state government buildings, downtown sports venues, the Eli Lilly and Anthem complexes, Fountain Square, Garfield Park, Southport and Greenwood Park Mall. The proposed UIndy station would be at Hanna Avenue and Shelby Street. A BRT system would employ electric buses running on dedicated lanes with elevated, train-like stops at approximate one-mile or half-mile intervals.

The four cities on the route are pledging $1 million in matching funds to obtain the federal planning grant, which will open the door to further funding for the actual construction of the estimated $100 million-plus project. Making the line a reality still depends on local referenda to raise property taxes, among other hurdles. Once begun, possibly as soon as 2017, construction of the Red Line is expected to take two to three years.

In response to the news, UIndy President Robert Manuel called the proposed transit line “a game-changer that will create new economic development zones and provide fuel-efficient access to business, shopping, sports and other activities.”

President Manuel

President Manuel

“As a major employer and southside anchor that offers more than 200 cultural attractions a year, the University of Indianapolis is excited about the prospect of a rapid transit line that will broaden access to our events as well as provide new opportunities for our students, employees and neighbors to connect more easily with the city and suburbs,” he added. “We support a diverse transportation system in Indianapolis that includes eBRT, electric cars and charging stations, bicycle-friendly and pedestrian-friendly routes, as well as automobiles. We are excited to be a stop on the Red Line and look forward to that first bus coming around the corner.”

MORE INFORMATION

WTHR story

Indianapolis Business Journal story

Indianapolis Star story

Indy Connect Red Line fact sheet

City government Red Line presentation

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Plain White T’s to perform Oct. 23 at UIndy

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Pop-punk band Plain White T’s will appear Oct. 23 at the University of Indianapolis in a special Homecoming Week concert with special guests This Wild Life.

General admission tickets are $15, available starting at 11 a.m. Monday through UIndy’s Event Ticketing Center at www.uindy.edu/etc. The concert in Nicoson Hall arena will begin at 9 p.m. Oct. 23, with doors open at 8 p.m.

Formed in Chicago in the late 1990s, Plain White T’s scored two Grammy nominations and topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2007 with the acoustic ballad “Hey There Delilah.” Other hit singles have included “1, 2, 3, 4” and “Rhythm of Love.” The upcoming album American Nights is their fourth on Hollywood Records.

This Wild Life, an edgy acoustic duo from Long Beach, Calif., released debut album Clouded earlier this year and joined in the Vans Warped Tour.

More information is available at www.uindy.edu/etc or (317) 788-3251.

UIndy Homecoming 2014 is Saturday, Oct. 25. More information on the day, and the events leading up to it, is here.

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Composition to honor philanthropist DeHaan

CDFAC_Leppard - 2014 opener 10th anniversary - webMaestro Raymond Leppard leads University of Indianapolis students and local professionals Monday on opening night of UIndy’s Faculty Artist Concert Series.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, the University of Indianapolis has commissioned a classical music composition to honor a benefactor whose support made the center possible.

DeHaan

DeHaan

Philanthropist Christel DeHaan was in attendance Monday night when UIndy President Robert Manuel announced the commission during the gala opening event of the university’s annual Faculty Artist Concert Series. The concert in the DeHaan Center’s Ruth Lilly Performance Hall was led by Maestro Raymond Leppard, artist-in-residence at UIndy and conductor laureate of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and it featured student ensembles and professionals from the ISO and the UIndy music faculty.

“We wanted to honor and thank Christel in a way appropriate to her dedication to the community, to the university and to the arts,” Manuel told the capacity crowd.

Berners

Berners

The piece will be composed by UIndy Associate Professor of Music John Berners, whose works have been performed by ensembles including the Detroit Symphony, the Virginia Symphony and the Kiev Philharmonic and at festivals including Tanglewood and the Missouri New Music Festival. The composition will premiere next year at the opening of the 2015-2016 Faculty Artist Concert Series season.

The Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center and its Ruth Lilly Performance Hall opened in 1994 at a cost of $10 million, with support from Lilly Endowment Inc., philanthropist Ruth Lilly and DeHaan, a former UIndy student who served many years on the university’s Board of Trustees. Among other interests, she is the founder and president of the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, which supports arts and culture in central Indiana, and the founder and CEO of Christel House International, which provides education and other assistance to impoverished children around the world.

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Professor honored among ‘Living Legends’

Lin honorUIndy Professor Phylis Lan Lin, second from left, poses with fellow honorees at the 10th anniversary gala of the Indy Asian American Times newspaper.

Professor of Sociology Phylis Lan Lin was honored recently among the “Living Legends of Indiana’s Chinese-American Community” for her contributions to education and international cooperation.

The honorees were recognized during the 10th anniversary gala of the Indy Asian American Times newspaper at the Indiana History Center.

Dr. Lin came to the United States from Taiwan in 1966 and joined the UIndy faculty in 1973. Her many responsibilities include serving as executive director of the University of Indianapolis Press, director of Asian Programs and associate vice president for International Partnerships. She also spearheaded the establishment of UIndy’s Social Work program, which is now an academic department that bears her name.

She was introduced at the event by her daughter Toni Lin, a local surgeon, who described her mother as a prolific author and organizer of international symposia who lives by the principle of “VIP”: vision, integrity and passion.

“She is living proof that an Asian-American female can rise to become a leader and an amazing role model for her daughter and community,” Toni Lin said.

Professor Lin also received a letter of congratulations from Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann.

Video from the event can be seen here.

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CAC launches nursing home quality project

Funding, support available for regional quality improvement efforts

The Indiana State Department of Health and UIndy’s Center for Aging & Community are collaborating on a statewide initiative to improve the quality of long-term care in nursing homes.

CAC buttonThe Regional Healthcare Quality Improvement Collaborative Project is designed to assist long-term care facilities in developing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement programs, which soon will be required for all nursing homes as they have been for other types of healthcare providers.

The intent is to form regional collaborative groups with representatives from healthcare facilities, provider associations, consumer advocacy groups and community organizations. The collaborative partners will work together to conduct needs assessments, design regional quality improvement plans and provide education and resources to nursing homes in their areas.

The Center for Aging & Community is accepting applications for funding, with up to $30,000 available per collaborative over 18 months for as many as seven regional projects.

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MPH program presents minority health event

UIndy’s College of Health Sciences and its Master of Public Health program are collaborating with the Indiana State Department of Health on Monday to present the sixth annual Minority Health Conference.

Free and open to the public, the conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Schwitzer Student Center’s UIndy Hall.

Under the theme “What You Don’t Know Can Kill,” the event aims to educate and empower community, business, education and government leaders who serve the state’s racial and ethnic minority populations to provide information on significant health issues that are not often addressed by mainstream sources.

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