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MBA students visit innovative manufacturer

MBA class at ArielStudents from UIndy’s one-year, full-time MBA program got a firsthand lesson in manufacturing and management last week on an out-of-state field trip.

Led by graduate programs director and Assistant Professor Steve Tokar, the group visited privately held Ariel Compressor Corp., based in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

Ariel was founded in 1966 by Jim Buchwald, an engineer who brought a unique approach to relationships with customers, suppliers and employees alike. The company, which makes compressors for the natural gas industry, has built a market share of over 80 percent against much larger competitors by focusing on timely delivery and structuring its operation in self-directed teams that are responsible for their own quality, scheduling and maintenance.

“He believes that the people closest to the work know more about how to do their jobs than any supervisor,” Tokar said.

The visit certainly made an impression on student Garrett Sheets, who double-majored in Biology and Chemistry as a UIndy undergrad before entering the MBA program. He said the facility visit brought to life some of the lessons he and his classmates learned in their operations courses. Read more »

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VIDEO: Commencement among May highlights

May 2016 at UIndy meant high-profile student research, national NCAA action and a little thing called Commencement, featuring NPR’s Steve Inskeep and singer-actress Jearlyn Steele. Click the image to watch.

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Education MBA program names new fellows

Launched at UIndy, Woodrow Wilson initiative expands to other universities

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation today announced the new 2016-2017 class of Woodrow Wilson Indiana MBA Fellows in Education Leadership, more than 60 educators nominated by their schools and corporations for innovative preparation to lead 21st-century schools.

WW logoThe MBA Fellowship blends clinical experience in schools with rigorous business coursework to ensure that graduates have the knowledge and skills to guide schools and districts through a changing education environment. The program is designed to close achievement gaps between America’s lowest- and highest-performing schools and between top-performing U.S. schools and those around the world.

The Indiana program debuted in 2014 with the first cohort at the University of Indianapolis. This year, the third cohort at UIndy is joined by inaugural groups at Indiana State University and Indiana University, thanks to support from Lilly Endowment Inc. Similar programs operate in Wisconsin and New Mexico, preparing new school leaders to drive innovation, expand the use of analytics and evidence-based practices, raise student performance to international levels and improve the quality of school systems and teaching over time.

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PT students to host free health fair today

Health Fair Flyer 2016Students from UIndy’s Krannert School of Physical Therapy will bring health screenings and wellness information to an underserved community today during the 10th annual Laurelwood Health Fair.

As a project for a Health Promotion and Wellness course, 44 second-year students from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program will carry out the event from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Laurelwood Apartments, a subsidized housing complex for low-income families located just off Carson Avenue.

The event at the Laurelwood Community Center, overseen by Associate Professor Anne Mejia-Downs, will include blood pressure screenings, wellness-related activities for all ages and even games and prizes.Health Fair Flyer 2016 2

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Greyhound alumni keep Indy 500 on track

Watch UIndy alumnus Adam Henze, official poet of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, recite his winning entry, “For Those Who Love Fast, Loud Things,” courtesy of WFIU and NPR.

Without the University of Indianapolis and the tremendous life preparation it provides, could there even be a “100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil”?

Well, probably, but it sure wouldn’t be the same. While we can’t name them all, here are just a few of the Greyhound alumni who are making this year’s Greatest Spectacle in Racing as great as it is. We might as well call this thing the UIndy 500.



Let’s start with university trustee and alumnus Dennis Reinbold, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UIndy on his way to becoming president and CEO of high-end auto dealership Dreyer & Reinbold. He’s also the owner of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, which this year is running 21-year-old driver Sage Karam in the No. 24 Gas Monkey Energy Chevrolet. NBC Sports has a nice story about the Dreyer/Reinbold family’s long history at the Speedway, which dates to the 1920s. Read it here.

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Brian Barnhart, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at UIndy, has been involved with IMS and IndyCar since the early ‘90s, and he previously worked as a mechanic for such legends as A.J. Foyt and Al Unser Jr. He currently serves in the crucial role of vice president of competition for IndyCar and race director for the Verizon IndyCar Series, overseeing the race-control staff, timing, scoring, rules compliance and the safety and medical teams.

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OT professor’s research: theater vs. addiction

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Collaborating on play helps participants see beyond substance abuse

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Involvement in theater programs can help substance abusers break the patterns of thought that feed their addictions, a UIndy professor’s research indicates.



The evidence will be on stage June 3 and 4 when Dr. Sally Wasmuth and the School of Occupational Therapy present Altered, a play in which the key actors are six men and women recovering from substance abuse disorders. Each performance begins at 7 p.m. in Studio Theatre on the lower level of UIndy’s Esch Hall. Admission is free, and tickets can be reserved at this link.

The one-hour production is the culmination of a six-week occupational therapy intervention program conducted in partnership with Fairbanks Alcohol & Drug Treatment Recovery Center.

“When someone is using drugs on a regular basis, that becomes an occupation for them,” Wasmuth said. “The idea behind this research is that they need other occupations to structure their time.”

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Women’s golf nearly repeats national title

2016 womens golfHoisting their NCAA national runner-up hardware are Greyhound women’s golf Assistant Coach Lyndsey Bevill, Katharina Keilich, Paxton DeHaven, Head Coach Brent Nicoson, Brooke Beegle, Kylie Raines, and Molly Ward.

The UIndy women’s golf team capped a stellar season Saturday by coming within nine strokes of repeating last year’s NCAA D-II National Championship.

Leading the team to a runner-up finish behind Rollins in Aurora, Colo., were freshman Katharina Keilich (76-72-70-73) and sophomore Paxton DeHaven (77-73-70-74), both of whom landed in the Top 10. Senior Brooke Beegle (74-70-76-79) tied for 20th in her final college event. Read more about the championship action here.

The Greyhounds made their return trip to nationals after posting their fifth-straight conference and regional championships. In Great Lakes Valley Conference honors, Keilich was named both Freshman and Player of the Year, and Head Coach Brent Nicoson was tapped for his fourth-straight GLVC Coach of the Year award. Read more about those and other honors here.

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Greyhounds claim 5th-straight All-Sports honor

glvc all-sports trophyUPDATE: UIndy also has won the GLVC Commissioner’s Cup for the second straight year. Read about it here.

The University of Indianapolis again has asserted its athletic prowess by winning its fifth consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Sports Trophy — and in decisive, record-setting style.

The traveling trophy is awarded each year to the GLVC institution posting the best all-around performance in the league’s 20 sponsored sports. UIndy’s 203 points for 2015-2016 is the highest in the 38-year history of the award, and its 31.5 margin over second-place Lewis also is a new conference record. The Greyhounds have claimed the honor eight times in total.

The Greyhounds’ performance this year included GLVC titles in baseball, football, women’s golf, softball and men’s tennis; runner-up finishes in men’s golf, volleyball, men’s indoor and outdoor track and field and women’s indoor track and field; and third-place finishes in men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s soccer and women’s outdoor track and field. Read more here.

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For schedules, broadcast coverage, individual achievements and other information, visit the UIndy Athletics website.

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Event celebrates faculty and staff experience

UIndy 5.13.16 Celebration Dinner-73At Friday’s 2016 Celebration Dinner, President Robert Manuel introduces university archivist Christine Guyonneau, who is retiring after 29 years at UIndy.

Nearly 600 years of experience and service were recognized last week when UIndy hosted the 2016 Celebration Dinner, honoring faculty, staff and administrators who have reached career milestones or are retiring this year.

The honorees and their guests and admirers enjoyed a meal, conversation and award presentations Friday in UIndy Hall.

Bidding farewell, at least to full-time work at UIndy, were the following retirees, listed with their years of full-time service to the university:
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Business leader named to Board of Trustees

University board also announces new officers for 2016-2018

Paper industry executive Kenneth Loyd has been named to the Board of Trustees at the University of Indianapolis.



Loyd is president of South Coast Paper, a paper converting, sales and marketing company. South Coast Paper is headquartered in Columbia, S.C., with a manufacturing facility in Maplesville, Ala., and sales offices in Atlanta, Houston and New Orleans. He co-founded the company in 2000 after a successful career with Champion International Paper, where he was the first African-American national sales manager in the company’s 105-year history.

After earning a bachelor’s degree and serving as captain of the basketball team at Xavier University of Louisiana, Loyd went on to earn an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He also completed the NMSDC Advanced Management Education Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management as well as the MBE Executive Management Program at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.

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