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Interfaith Lecture features acclaimed journalist

Niebuhr

Niebuhr

Award-winning journalist Gustav Niebuhr will discuss religious intolerance and stereotyping in a Feb. 10 lecture at the University of Indianapolis.

Niebuhr, whose career has included covering religion for the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is the author of Beyond Tolerance: How People Across America Are Building Bridges Between Faiths. He is an associate professor at Syracuse University and founding director of its Carnegie Religion and Media Program.

His presentation, “Beyond Tolerance:  Combating Religious (and Other) Stereotyping in a Dangerous Time,” will begin at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in Schwitzer Student Center’s McCleary Chapel. Responding to his remarks will be Julie A. Belz, associate professor of Applied Linguistics, English, and World Language and Cultures at IUPUI. The event is the third annual installment of UIndy’s Interfaith Lecture series and is cosponsored by the Indianapolis-based Center for Interfaith Cooperation.

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New initiative targets misconduct, wellness

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Sexual misconduct on college campuses has emerged as a national concern, but UIndy is taking proactive steps to maintain a safe atmosphere for students, employees and visitors.

Starting Monday, the Division of Student and Campus Affairs is launching UIndy PACT, a campaign to promote interpersonal concern and accountability on issues of sexual violence, relationship abuse, harassment, drug and alcohol abuse, mental health, general safety and bystander responsibility. The acronym stands for “Protect. Advocate. Communicate. Transform.” The goal is to raise awareness and support a culture in which members of the campus community look out for one another.

Each day this week from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., tables in Schwitzer Student Center will feature information, prize giveaways and computers where students, staff and faculty can sign an online petition and join the movement. Each person who signs will receive a UIndy PACT T-shirt, a PACT Commitment Card and a shout-out on UIndy social media accounts.

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News event, bus tour kick off planning process

Golfer_Ashtyn_BrownSteven Alonso, president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank, Greater Indiana, discusses his company’s $100,000 grant during a news conference Thursday at UIndy.

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The 18-month process of developing a quality-of-life plan for the near-Southside began Thursday with a news conference at UIndy and a bus tour for 50 government, neighborhood and business leaders.

Tour stop at Garfield Park

Tour stop at Garfield Park

Fifth Third Bank is providing a $100,000 grant to the Local Initiatives Support Corp. to guide the process of gathering input and developing a framework for redeveloping the area bounded by Raymond Street, I-65, I-465 and Meridian Street, which includes the university campus, Garfield Park and the Madison Avenue commercial corridor. LISC and UIndy will raise an additional $70,000 to support the planning process.

Golfer_Ashtyn_BrownUIndy President Robert Manuel talks to a crew from WRTV after the announcement.

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UIndy to host launch for quality-of-life study

News conference and bus tour begin 10 a.m. Thursday in Fine Arts Center

Potential study area (click to enlarge)

Potential study area (click to enlarge)

Government, business and community leaders will gather Thursday morning at UIndy for a news conference and bus tour announcing the start of an important quality-of-life study and planning process for the neighborhoods surrounding the university campus, historic Garfield Park and the Madison Avenue corridor.

As announced Tuesday by Fifth Third Bank, ongoing revitalization efforts in the area will receive a major boost from the bank this year through a $100,000 grant to fund the plan, which is intended to spur economic development and help build a more sustainable community.

The 4.25 square-mile focus area (bound by Raymond Street, I-65, I-465 and Meridian Street) faces many challenges, including a 20 percent poverty rate, higher-than-average unemployment and a plethora of empty homes and storefronts. The Strengthening Our Communities Fund Grant from Fifth Third Bank, Greater Indiana, will support an 18-month Quality of Life Plan that will identify ways to strengthen all aspects of life in the neighborhood and create a vision for the future for an area rich in tradition but with a history of migrating businesses and residents.

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Young Adult author Katie Coyle to speak Feb. 5

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Katie Coyle

Author Katie Coyle, whose new Young Adult book made Rolling Stone’s recent list of “The 40 Best YA Novels” of all time, will speak Feb. 5 for the next installment of UIndy’s Kellogg Writers Series.

Coyle’s debut novel, released first in the U.K. as Vivian Versus the Apocalypse and this year in the U.S. as Vivian Apple at the End of the World (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), also has won the Guardian/Hot Key Young Writers Prize, among other accolades.

The protagonist is a 17-year-old girl whose parents seemingly disappear in a Rapture-like event, putting her at odds with a sinister Church of America and sending her on the road in search of answers. A sequel, Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle, is due later this year.

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$1 million gift to endow Honors College

Alumni Ron and Laura Strain support program for top students

The University of Indianapolis Honors College is being renamed in honor of two UIndy alumni and trustees who are providing a $1 million endowment to fund and enhance its operation.

Now known as the Ron and Laura Strain Honors College, the program provides top students with rigorous coursework and opportunities for leadership, service, independent study and faculty-guided research.

“This program represents UIndy at its best: Identifying young people with strong potential and helping them develop into engaged citizens who contribute to their communities,” university President Robert Manuel said. “We are extremely pleased that the Strains recognize the value of this work and are providing support that will transform the opportunities in this area.”

Ron Strain, who grew up in Indianapolis, is retired as vice president-finance and treasurer at Miller Brewing Co. His wife, Laura, originally from Odon, Ind., is retired as senior vice president for marketing and public relations with U.S. Bank East Group. Now living in Naples, Fla., they met as students at UIndy and joined the university Board of Trustees in 2013.

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On the airwaves: poli-sci, hoops, music

Albright

Albright

Still in her first year at UIndy, Assistant Professor of Political Science Laura Albright served as an in-studio commentator for WXIN-Fox59 during last week’s State of the Union address.

Needless to say, the speech drew fire from political opponents, but Dr. Albright said President Obama’s intentions were clear: appealing to the middle class and linking his policies to the nation’s gradual economic recovery. You can watch a clip here.

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Gouard

Gouard

The UIndy men’s basketball team is likely to retain its No. 1 national ranking this week after trouncing McKendree 87-56 on Thursday and Illinois Springfield 74-57 on Saturday. The Greyhounds are now 17-0 overall and 9-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

In a five-minute interview Sunday on Fox59’s Indy Sports Central, head coach Stan Gouard said the team is trying to focus on fundamentals, like solid defense, and not let the ranking distract them. Watch the interview here.

The Hounds face a tough road game Thursday night at Wisconsin-Parkside. Follow the latest team news here.

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The Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, longtime ensemble-in-residence at UIndy, was featured last week on American Public Media’s Performance Today, the nation’s most popular classical music radio program, with 1.4 million listeners on nearly 300 stations across the country.

The performance in question was Michel Blavet’s Flute Concerto in A minor, recorded in October in our very own Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, known far and wide for its superior acoustics and broadcast-quality recording system. The episode can be heard here.

Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra

Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra

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In the news: UIndy weighs in on Deflategate

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WTHR reporter Jeremy Brilliant talks with UIndy student-athletes Tyler Walden and Connor Barthel about allegations of football tampering in the NFL. (WTHR image)

With the shocking news (ahem) that the New England Patriots might have cheated in last Sunday’s hideous rout of the Indianapolis Colts, journalists scrambled to bring some perspective to the issue. Naturally, they found it at the University of Indianapolis — and the nation is listening.

WTHR caught the Greyhound football team in weight training and persuaded junior quarterback Connor Barthel and freshman wide receiver Tyler Walden to participate in an experiment, tossing two footballs around in the Athletics & Recreation Center to see if they could tell which one was deflated, Pats-style, by 2 pounds per square inch. They could tell quite easily, the teammates agreed, and could see possible advantages.

To close the segment, head coach Bob Bartolomeo laid down some wisdom: “We play within the rules, and I think that’s real important, because you’re teaching integrity and doing things the right way for these kids.”

The Channel 13 story by reporter Jeremy Brilliant spread quickly across the Web and around the country, airing on stations in Michigan, Iowa, Maine, Texas and elsewhere. You can watch it here at NBCnews.com.

Evans

Evans

For an even heavier angle, WISH-TV turned to Dr. Jonathan Evans, associate professor and chair of UIndy’s Department of Philosophy & Religion.

Does cheating in professional sports have broader implications for society and for the human spirit? You bet, said Dr. Evans.

“This is an opportunity to reflect and to ask, ‘Am I willing to do something that disrespects other people in order to get what I want?'” he told reporter Howard Monroe. “That’s a tough question. That’s not just a Bill Belichik question. I think that’s an everybody question.”

Watch that report here, via WLFI in Lafayette.

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No. 1 Hounds to host two conference opponents

UPDATE: UIndy men rout McKendree 87-56; WTHR highlights

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The undefeated UIndy men’s basketball team is riding a No. 1 national ranking as it gears up to host Great Lakes Valley Conference opponents tonight and Saturday.

Lawson

Lawson

The 15-0 Greyhounds rose from No. 3 to the very top of the latest NCAA Division II coaches poll after defeating Bellarmine and Southern Indiana last week. Senior forward/center Joe Lawson was named D-II Player of the Week for the second time this season.

The No. 1 ranking is only the second in the program’s history, and the first since a 1996-1997 team that opened the season with 18 straight wins.

Tonight, the Greyhounds face Illinois’ McKendree University, with the women’s game at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s game at 7:45 p.m. in Nicoson Hall. On Saturday, the Hounds host University of Illinois-Springfield, with the women’s game at 1 p.m. and the men’s game at 3:15 p.m.

Read more about the men’s matchups here and the women’s matchups here.

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Faculty Forum: Prof’s research week at Oxford

Pennell

Pennell

Dr. Greta Pennell, associate professor of Teacher Education, will recount her week of research at Oxford University for the next UIndy Faculty Forum, taking place Wednesday.

Pennell was a Summer Research Institute Fellow at Oxford’s Harris Manchester College. Her talk, “More than Hogwarts and Humanities:  Reflections on the Harris Manchester College Summer Research Institute,” will begin at noon Wednesday in the Trustee’s Dining Room of Schwitzer Student Center.

“Imagine a week with almost unlimited access to one of the world’s most comprehensive library collections, interdisciplinary collaborative opportunities, inspiring conversations over gourmet meals with scholars from around the world, and time to walk and reflect in centuries-old gardens,” she says.

As always at the monthly Faculty Forum, refreshments will be served, and brown-bag lunches are welcome.

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