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New women’s hoops coach meets the press

Kristin Drabyn news conferenceKristin Drabyn, the new head coach for Greyhound women’s basketball, fields questions during a news conference today in the Hines Hospitality Room.

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In her first official appearance on campus, Kristin Drabyn said her top priorities for the women’s basketball team are to help her players complete their educations and represent UIndy well as student-athletes.

Next, she plans to win games.

“I can’t wait to get out on the court,” said the newly appointed head coach, who was introduced to colleagues and the press this afternoon in Nicoson Hall.

A graduate of Avon High School, Drabyn comes to UIndy from IUPUI, which has gone 59-37 in Division I during her three years as assistant coach and earned a trip this year to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. As the ninth head women’s basketball coach in Greyhound history, she takes over a program that has weathered back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1999. Read more »

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Student art show fills DeHaan Center gallery

student art showThe new exhibition Pulse features 185 works by UIndy Art & Design students.

It’s a lot to take in, so don’t wait too long — visit early and often.

Pulse is the title of this year’s Art & Design Student Exhibition, which drew a record-breaking 300-plus entries and features a record-breaking 185 works. The exhibition opened Monday and continues through May 7 in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery.

The epic show includes examples of drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, digital media, digital photography, mixed media, visual communication design and sculpture.

Among many other awards, “Best in Show” went to senior Sarah Scarano for “Spine,” a work of pyrography. But this week, you’ll find that piece in Schwitzer 011, where Scarano’s senior exhibition is on display.

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Professor portrayed on Chicago stage

UIndy Theatre alumna has key role in fact-based plane crash drama

Professor Greg Clapper and UIndy alumna Brenda Barrie

Dr. Greg Clapper and alumna Brenda Barrie

Dr. Greg Clapper had the unusual experience recently of seeing an unforgettable episode from his life recreated on stage.

United Flight 232, the new production from Chicago’s House Theatre company, tells the story of a 1989 airliner crash in Sioux City, Iowa, where Clapper, an ordained minister, tended to the victims and rescuers (read more here). He wrote a book about the experience, which also has been recounted in other books and dramatic productions.

The UIndy Religion professor was impressed by the play – as was a critic from the Chicago Tribune – and enjoyed meeting Rudy Galvan, the actor whose character is based on him. He also discovered, remarkably, that the central role of the chief flight attendant is played by 2002 UIndy graduate Brenda Barrie, considered a rising star on the Windy City’s theater scene.

The production continues through May 1 at the Chopin Theatre on Division Street. More details are here, and the director mentions here how Clapper’s insights on the tragedy informed the project.

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Speaker to discuss water crisis, youth activism

Raised in Indianapolis, Seth Maxwell now spreads message around the world




The leader of a nonprofit group that brings clean drinking water systems to Third World communities will discuss his work April 15 at the University of Indianapolis.

Seth Maxwell, a graduate of Franklin Central High School, is co-founder and CEO of the Thirst Project, a Los Angeles-based organization that has raised over $8 million and established more than 1,000 water projects in 13 nations. An actor by trade, he also keeps a busy schedule of public presentations to inspire and motivate young people to get involved in social justice issues.

Maxwell’s presentation, titled “Think Big, Do Big,” will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Admission is free to the event, organized by UIndy’s Professional Edge Center.

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Tuesday lectures to feature noted theologian



Author and scholar Kevin Vanhoozer will explore the concept of “theatrical theology” in two presentations Tuesday at UIndy, sponsored by the Showers Lectures in the Christian Religion series.

Dr. Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois, will speak at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in McCleary Chapel, second floor of Schwitzer Student Center. Admission is free, and L/P credit is available for students.

His theme, “Theatrical Theology: Performing the Drama of Doctrine,” is distilled from two of his acclaimed books: The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology, which won the Christianity Today 2006 Book Award for best book in theology, and Faith Speaking Understanding: Performing the Drama of Doctrine, which won the same award in 2015.

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Students choose service for Spring Break

The team pauses for a photo.

The UIndy team pauses for a photo.

Last week, while many college students were kicking back on a distant beach or the nearest couch, a group of UIndy volunteers spent their Spring Break repairing homes for impoverished residents of eastern Tennessee.

This was the 33rd consecutive year in which UIndy students provided manpower through Appalachia Service Project, a nonprofit ministry based in Johnson City, Tenn. And it was the 15th annual trip for the Rev. Dr. Lang Brownlee of the Office of Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs, who was accompanied by students Drew DeakRobbie HadleyStephanie JonesBarbie KimmelGrant Miller and Brian Snyder.

Jones, a sophomore Religion major, recalled helping an elderly client named Reba.

Reba, with Barbie Kimmel

Reba, with Barbie Kimmel

“We dug a trench around her house to keep water from her foundation, and we also started building a smaller back porch as a second exit to her home,” Jones said.

“She was telling stories of her old house, and she could not believe we were all there to help her out. One thing that she said stood out to me when she first walked up and greeted us: She said that we would be blessed for helping her, and she was right. We all learned a lot about service and being a team that week.”

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Ninth annual Jazz Week kicks off April 11

Saxophonist Anderson leads lineup of local, regional and national artists



Celebrated saxophonist Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson is the closing performer of the ninth annual Jazz Week at the University of Indianapolis, which features nightly concerts April 11-16.

The Brooklyn-born and New Orleans-influenced alto and soprano sax player is described as “a classic swing stylist with a big sound and irresistible charm.” Along with his own tours and recordings as a bandleader, Anderson has toured and recorded with the Wynton Marsalis Septet and has been a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra for more than two decades

Jazz Week begins with a free concert April 11 by the UIndy Jazz Combo and a free swing dance party April 12 with the UIndy Jazz Ensemble performing big band classics of the 1930s and ‘40s. Ticket prices vary for the other performances, which include trumpeter Tito Carrillo on April 13, saxophonist Jamey Aebersold on April 14, drummer Butch Miles on April 15 and Anderson on April 16.

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in Ruth Lilly Performance Hall of UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Tickets and more information are available at (317) 788-3251 or

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Prizewinning poet Matejka to speak April 13



Pulitzer-finalist poet Adrian Matejka will read and discuss his work April 13 in a Kellogg Writers Series appearance at the University of Indianapolis.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Trustees Dining Room of Schwitzer Student Center. Admission is free.

Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and grew up in California and Indiana. His most recent book, The Big Smoke, received the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, the 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

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Greyhound Village: It’s getting real in there

GV kitchenRoommates Alexis Kersey (left) and Makenzie Mick check out the kitchen decor during a recent hard-hat tour of Greyhound Village, the 480-bed apartment building taking shape at the northwest corner of campus.

After months of viewing digital renderings and watching the construction from afar, the UIndy community can now see and touch tangible examples of life in Greyhound Village, which will bring an entirely new housing option to campus when it opens later this year.

GV atriumOn Tuesday the project’s furniture provider, ULoft, will park its mobile showroom outside Schwitzer Student Center from 6 to 8 p.m., offering a chance to see the planned furnishings and pick up a free sub sandwich from Jimmy John’s. Residence Life staff will available inside Schwitzer to discuss campus housing options and assist with lease signings.

For those seeking a closer look, hard-hat tours of the Shelby Street building are taking place at 2 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 p.m. Thursdays. Tour spots must be reserved in advance through marketing manager Zach Brown at

Greyhound Village, which is open to students who will turn 20 years old by Jan. 15, 2017, still has a range of floor plans and leasing options available. More information can be found at For further questions on UIndy housing options, contact housing assignments coordinator Mary Craft at (317) 788-3530 or

GV exteriorAside from fully furnished apartments with private bathrooms and laundry appliances, Greyhound Village will feature a fitness center, a study room, an outdoor lounge and fire pit, sand volleyball courts and a clubhouse and commons area with lounge space and a game room.

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Jazz series to close with trumpeter McKay



The 2015-2016 season of UIndy’s Jazz Concert Series concludes Wednesday with an appearance by Indiana-based trumpeter and bandleader Marlin McKay.

An alumnus of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead residency program at Kennedy Center and the Ravinia festival’s Steans Music Institute, Mcurrently teaches at Indiana University and records for Nostalgic Records. His albums include Deep in the Cosmos and 2015’s The Look, which features Grammy-nominated vibraphonist Stefon Harris, saxophonist Rob Dixon and organist Bobby Floyd of Dr. John and Count Basie Orchestra fame.

Admission is free to the concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center’s Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. More information is available at (317) 788-3251 or

Stay tuned for details on the 2016 UIndy Jazz Week, featuring evening concerts by local and national artists April 11-16.

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