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Global health activist Farmer to speak Oct. 6

Paul Farmer photo by Rebecca E. Rollins-Partners In HealthDr. Paul Farmer discusses the condition of Eunice Newa, 12, during clinical rounds at Neno District Hospital in Malawi. Newa was treated for malaria as well as anemia. (Photo by Rebecca E. Rollins/Partners In Health)

Crusading physician to discuss public health efforts in developing nations



Physician, anthropologist and international health activist Paul Farmer will discuss his globetrotting humanitarian work in a special appearance Oct. 6 at the University of Indianapolis.

“Health Care as Social Justice: Overcoming Presumed Economic Barriers to Providing Health Care to the Poor” is the title of Farmer’s presentation, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Admission is free, but registration is required at

Farmer chairs the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is chief strategist and cofounder of the international health and social justice organization Partners in Health. His intriguing personal background and his efforts to battle infectious disease in Haiti, Peru, Cuba, Russia and elsewhere are recounted in Pulitzer-winning journalist Tracy Kidder’s best-selling 2003 biography Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World.

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WICR names new programming director

Veteran broadcaster Henri Pensis has been named director of programming for UIndy public radio station WICR-FM/HD, effective Sept. 11.



Pensis brings four decades of experience in music and news/talk radio formats, most recently as station manager at public stations WMOT-FM in Murfreesboro, Tenn., WUFT-FM in Gainesville, Fla., and WWNO-FM in New Orleans.

WICR, which provides central Indiana’s only regular schedule of jazz and classical music, is operated by UIndy’s Department of Communication and staffed by university students, faculty and staff, with additional programming from Public Radio International, American Public Media, Classical Music Indy and other independent producers. The station broadcasts at 88.7 FM and on three digital channels.

In his new post reporting to WICR General Manager Scott Uecker, Pensis will be responsible for on-air, online and social media content for all channels. He also will provide programming input for the student-run campus TV operation, UIndy TV5, as well as assisting with select courses and acting as coach and mentor to student broadcasters.

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Housing agency to open branch near campus

inhp logoThe Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, which revitalizes neighborhoods by helping families become and remain long-term homeowners, is opening a new branch adjacent to the UIndy campus.

The new INHP South office will open in early October at 1414 National Ave., in a house leased from the university. The nonprofit organization’s arrival aligns with UIndy’s strategic plan, which calls for new development and partnerships that enhance quality of life not only for the campus community but also for neighbors in the surrounding area.

Established in 1988, INHP provides services and resources designed to help families prepare their finances to qualify for a mortgage, navigate the home-buying process and choose a lender and mortgage they can sustain over the long haul. The group also helps homeowners obtain affordable financing to make essential repairs, accessibility improvements and energy efficiency upgrades.

The stronger presence in southern Marion County will enable INHP to reach an estimated 1,300 more families during the next three years. Read more about the new branch here.

In addition to opening the new office, INHP is participating in other nearby neighborhood development initiatives, including a project to refurbish vacant and neglected properties in the Garfield Park area. More information is available at or (317) 610-HOME.

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Open house offers info on health care degrees

physical therapyProspective students interested in health care degrees and careers can learn about opportunities during an open house Saturday at the new UIndy Health Pavilion.

From 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, faculty, staff and current students from UIndy’s nationally respected College of Health Sciences will provide information and answer questions about the full range of undergraduate and graduate degree offerings in Physical Therapy, Occupational TherapyPublic HealthAthletic Training and Kinesiology.

These programs, which prepare students for a wide variety of health and sports-related professions, are characterized by rigorous academics, research, applied learning in clinical settings and highly competitive internships. Preregistration is required to attend the open house and may be completed here.

The new four-story Health Pavilion, which opened in August at Hanna and State avenues, houses the College of Health Sciences as well as the School of Nursing, the School of Psychological Sciences, the Department of Social Work and the Center for Aging & Community.

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CELL announces new executive director

Boyle brings broad experience in education policy, statewide initiatives

An experienced education administrator and policy advocate has been named executive director of the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis.



Janet Boyle joined CELL as assistant executive director in 2011 and has served as acting executive director since 2014. She replaces David Dresslar, who recently retired from the university.

Boyle served previously as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Center Grove Community School Corp. and assistant principal for curriculum and professional development at Ben Davis High School.

At CELL, her work has included leading the statewide Early College initiative, supporting an innovative high school model that allows underserved students to earn an associate’s degree or up to two years of bachelor’s degree credit while earning a high school diploma. In the past four years, CELL has trained more than 80 teams from high schools and career technical education centers on implementing the Early College model. Twelve high schools have now completed CELL’s endorsement process for high quality Early College implementations, and 50 Indiana counties now have Early College initiatives in development.

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UIndy hosts launch of child fitness campaign

Jump IN - webWith some help from local sports mascots, Jump IN for Healthy Kids CEO Ron Gifford, left, delivers his message of nutrition and physical activity to a crowd of children and community leaders Wednesday at UIndy.

A broad-based local effort to reduce childhood obesity kicked off Wednesday at UIndy’s Ruth Lilly Fitness Center.

The nonprofit organization Jump IN for Healthy Kids launched its “Make A Leap” campaign before a crowd of community leaders and children, including some from nearby IPS School 65, and with assistance from Pacemates, Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders and mascots from the city’s professional sports teams.

A group of students from UIndy’s School of Occupational Therapy, organized by Professor Lucinda Dale, helped to lead exercises for the kids in attendance.

The campaign’s goal is to reduce childhood obesity in central Indiana by 12 percent by 2025, through various efforts encouraging kids to eat healthier foods, increase physical activity and embrace healthy habits in their lives. More information is here.

The Indianapolis Star has a story and photo gallery from the event.

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In the news: Greyhound football kickoff

UPDATE: Watch WRTV report

The 2015 football season opens at 7 p.m. Thursday when the Greyhounds host Saginaw Valley State at Key Stadium, and the Indianapolis Star previewed the action today with a prominent profile of two key starters and their “special connection.”



As the story notes, quarterback Connor Barthel and wide receiver Reece Horn, teammates since their days at Cathedral High School, are suiting up for their ninth season together.

“Because of those nine seasons, I just know where he’s going to put the ball,” says Horn, last year’s Great Lakes Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year. “And he can put the ball where I can make the biggest play.” Read the Star story here.



Horn, a senior Sport Management major with a minor in Business Administration, is closing in on the program’s career receiving record. Barthel, a Sport Management grad now pursuing an MBA, already holds the all-time UIndy records for single-game, season and career completion percentage. Head coach Bob Bartolomeo‘s squad are the reigning GLVC champs and are favored to repeat this year.

For those who can’t attend in person, a free video stream of the game be seen at and with the RTV6 app. UIndy’s own WICR 88.7 FM/HD will carry the game live on the air and at

Read the UIndy Athletics website’s game preview here, and see more about Greyhound football here. Also, look for an interesting battle next week when the Greyhounds face Marian University for the first time in an event dubbed “The Monumental Matchup.”

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Indy Jazz Fest kicks off Sept. 10 at UIndy

Franklin Sinatra (courtesy Indy Jazz Fest)

Frank Sinatra (courtesy Indy Jazz Fest)

The annual Indy Jazz Fest will begin its 10-day run next week, and once again the action will start with a special free concert at the University of Indianapolis.

Vocalist Everett Greene

Vocalist Everett Greene

Presented by UIndy public radio station WICR-FM/HD, the Indy Jazz Fest Band will deliver its Tribute to Frank Sinatra at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in Ruth Lilly Performance Hall of the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

Student-staffed WICR, which broadcasts at 88.7 FM and on three digital channels, is central Indiana’s only jazz and classical music station.

The program will highlight vocalists Everett Green, Rick Vale and Laney Wilson, supported by a band of local notables including Mark Buselli on trumpet, Rob Dixon on saxophone, Steven Jones on piano, Kenny Phelps on drums and UIndy Jazz Studies alumnus Nick Tucker on bass.

Bassist and UIndy grad Nick Tucker

UIndy grad Nick Tucker

With concerts, master classes and panel discussions in various locations around Indianapolis from Sept. 10 to 19, Indy Jazz Fest is an ongoing project of the not-for-profit Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, dedicated to preserving the city’s rich music legacy. More information is available at

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Library, Health Pavilion open for business

The revamped Krannert Memorial Library

The revamped Krannert Memorial Library

There’s still a bit of cleanup and construction going on, but the UIndy Health Pavilion and the redesigned Krannert Memorial Library are officially open for business today, introducing two striking new campus landmarks on the first day of the fall semester. Both feature dramatic open spaces, lively colors and cool, contemporary furnishings.

Aside from their primary purposes, both structures also bring new gathering spaces for work and socializing, as well as convenient cafes, that are open to the entire UIndy community and visitors.

Starting Tuesday in the atrium lobby of the Health Pavilion, UIndy Dining Services will operate The Perk II, another “proudly serving Starbucks” coffee shop with a beverage and pastry menu much like The Perk in Schwitzer Student Center, and Greyhound Garden, offering healthy sandwiches, soup, sushi, snacks, drinks, fruit and a made-to-order fresh salad bar. The Perk II will be open 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Greyhound Garden will operate in the same space from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.

At Krannert Memorial Library, where exterior construction continues but the interior is open for use, The Perk III and the Sub Hub (with sandwiches, salads, fruit and snacks) are scheduled to open in mid-October.

Below are views of the lobby and cafe space in the UIndy Health Pavilion.

health pavilion

pavilion cafe

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Bookstore to host best-selling fantasy author



New York Times best-selling fantasy author R.A. Salvatore will read and discuss his work in a special event Wednesday, Sept. 2, at UIndy’s Follett Bookstore.

Salvatore is perhaps best known for his Dungeons & Dragons-related book series The Legend of Drizzt, featuring dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden as protagonist, which has sold millions of copies worldwide. He is currently touring to promote his latest novel Archmage, the first in a new Homecoming Series.

The author will speak for about 30 minutes, then answer questions and sign copies of his books at the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the bookstore.

On a somewhat related note, this year’s Kellogg Writers Series, presented by the Department of English, kicks off Sept. 14 with fiction writer Aaron Michael Morales. See the full KWS schedule here.

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