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UIndy President Robert Manuel snaps a photo Thursday night as Vice President David Wantz receives the state’s Sagamore of the Wabash award from Rep. Justin Moed (right), who nominated him.
Longtime UIndy administrator and faculty member David Wantz has been named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Gov. Mike Pence for his extensive record of community service.
State Rep. Justin Moed presented the award on Pence’s behalf at Thursday’s UIndy basketball game. The Sagamore designation, which dates to the 1940s, is a personal tribute from the governor for distinguished service to the state.
Dr. Wantz is UIndy’s vice president for public affairs and special assistant to university President Robert Manuel. His community involvement has included serving on the Board of Directors for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, the IMPD Merit Board and the Board of Trustees for the Indianapolis Public library. He said he was humbled and honored to receive the award.
“It is only because the university has allowed me to be off campus so much that I am able to do this work,” said Wantz, a psychologist by training who has served in various faculty, staff and administrative positions since joining UIndy in 1982. ”It’s an example of how much the university is committed to being a community anchor.”
Students used a 10-point scale to score programs according to 15 criteria. UIndy’s OT degree programs — which include the Master of Occupational Therapy and the postprofessional Master of Health Science and Doctor of Health Science – also received Top 10 ratings in four key categories: Career Support (#5), Financial Aid (#2), Educational Quality (#7) and Quality of Network (#6). See the rankings and student comments here.
UIndy produces more occupational and physical therapists than any other institution in Indiana. Both the OT and PT schools are housed in UIndy’s College of Health Sciences, which is hosting an open house for prospective students March 22.
Madcap physical comedy, romantic intrigue and golf will be on the menu when the UIndy Department of Theatre presents The Fox on the Fairway as its annual Dinner Theatre production, opening Feb. 21.
First staged in 2010, the play by Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) is a tribute to great British farces of the early 20th century. The action is centered on a golf tournament at a stuffy country club and a love affair between hired hand Justin (senior Ross Percell) and waitress Louise (sophomore Ellie Delap). Rounding out the ensemble cast are Nate Coder, Morgan Jackson, Daryl Hollenquest, Kelly Pendleton and Kyle Mishler.
Performances are scheduled Feb. 21-23, Feb. 28 and March 1 in the Schwitzer Student Center dining room. The 8 p.m. curtain time is preceded by a buffet dinner at 6:45 p.m.
Admission, which includes dinner, is $26 for general audiences; $24 for seniors, groups and non-UIndy students with ID; and just $14 for UIndy students, faculty and staff. Tickets are available only in advance, not at the door, but UIndy students can obtain “student rush” admission, without dinner, free with student ID. For reservations and more information, call the Event Ticketing Center at (317) 788-3251 or click here.
A free preview, without dinner, is set for 8 p.m. Feb. 20.
“Our original total was $13,295, but after we revealed the total, a little boy at the marathon came up to one of my execs and gave her $6,” said senior Aubrey Strati, in her second year as co-president of UIndy for Riley. “So then we changed it to $13,301 because it was such a precious moment.”
Joining in the fun at the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center were several UIndy athletic teams and some Indiana Pacemates, who visited for more than an hour, demonstrating routines and helping to judge the talent show. Indianapolis Colts long snapper Matt Overton provided a video message.
“I’m very thankful to be part of such a wonderful organization,” said Strati, a Nursing major from Elkhart.
The University of Indianapolis on Feb. 21 and 22 will host the local live video simulcast of The Justice Conference, a Los Angeles-based international event exploring issues including human trafficking, slavery, poverty, HIV/AIDS and human rights.
The simulcast, presented by UIndy and the Englewood Review of Books, will allow central Indiana residents to join more than 10,000 participants across the country in the fourth annual event, convened by the Christian humanitarian group World Relief to educate, inspire and connect people around a shared concern for the vulnerable and oppressed.
Speakers will include Bernice King, daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; veteran civil rights campaigner John M. Perkins; noted New Testament scholar N.T. Wright; and author, activist and presidential advisor Jim Wallis. More information on the conference is available at www.thejusticeconference.com.
The local event will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 21 and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 22 in UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. An information expo will feature 15 organizations that are active locally and internationally on social justice issues, including Mission Indy, the Center for Global Impact, Exodus Refugee Immigration and Indianapolis Green Congregations. More information is available on Facebook under The Justice Conference Indianapolis.
Students raising money for humanitarian effort to ID missing migrants
Assistant Professor Krista Latham and her Human Biology graduate students are back in the news again for their humanitarian work in southern Texas, where they went last year and will return this summer to exhume the remains of undocumented migrants who died after crossing the border.
The UIndy forensic team was instrumental last year in reclaiming the remains of more than 100 people from a small cemetery, in hopes that DNA testing will help identify them and bring peace to their families. Dr. Latham and the four students — Jessica Campbell, Erica Christensen, Justin Maiers and Ryan Strand — plan to return this year from June 1 to 12 and do more digging, accompanied this time by an undergrad, senior biology major Cheneta Morrison.
Click here to watch or read the latest report by ABC television affiliate KRGV, titled “Help From Afar.” The station also reported on the work being done to identify one set of female remains. Previous stories on the project can be found here.
To defray travel and lodging costs, the UIndy students are collecting contributions through a Go Fund Me web page and accepting checks made out to the University of Indianapolis with “Beyond Borders Fund” in the memo line. The group also is selling awareness bracelets for $1 each. For more information on contributing, contact Dr. Latham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where will Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will deliver his 2014 State of the City Address? None other than the elegant Ruth Lilly Performance Hall of UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.
Free and open to the public, the event begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. Those who want to attend may register here.
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UIndy President Robert Manuel has joined the Board of Directors of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. Read the announcement here.
With membership of nearly 3,000 central Indiana businesses, the Indy Chamber works to strengthen the business climate, improve the state of education, revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the region’s workforce.
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Assistant Professor Chad Martin of the Department of History & Political Science was a source for the Christian Science Monitor’s Sunday story on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America.
Dr. Martin has a special interest in British history and youth culture. Read the story here.
Central Indiana’s only jazz and classical music radio station, University of Indianapolis public station WICR-FM/HD, is shifting its schedule to maximize the potential of its dual format and create more on-air opportunities for students.
Retaining but rescheduling most of its current shows, the station today begins airing jazz from noon to midnight and classical music from midnight to noon on its 88.7 FM broadcast and HD1 digital channels. The shift places classical in the morning drive slot and jazz during afternoon drive.
“We think this is where the audience is for these particular formats,” WICR Program Director Russ Maloney said. “Jazz is a nighttime format. Putting it there is just a logical choice.”
Carrying jazz in the evenings also will allow the station to interact more directly with artists and venues on the city’s jazz scene, he noted.
Economic development veteran calls for resilience in a changing world
The global economy has grown so complicated and interconnected that small changes unleash major shocks and predictions are doomed to fail, according to a new book by a University of Indianapolis business professor.
Only through flexibility and resilience can businesses and communities thrive amid constant change, says Mark Akers, whose long private- and public-sector resume includes serving as economic development director for the Indiana Department of Commerce.
In the aptly titled Real-World Economics: Complex and Messy from the University of Indianapolis Press, Akers argues that, in an age of global trade and instant communication, traditional mathematics-based economic models are less useful than before in guiding public policy decisions.
“Knowing the difficulty of predicting future economic conditions and movements, we must develop our ability to bounce back from unforeseen negative events,” says Akers, an assistant professor who teaches economics and international business, often for UIndy’s joint-degree programs in Ningbo and Shaoxing, China. “We can build resilience into our economies by investing in communications and technology infrastructure, improving our education systems and maintaining vital cities and towns with responsive local governments.”
Student and faculty engagement in transforming communities will be the focus Saturday when the Department of Social Sciences and senior Sociology students host the 2014 Association for Humanist Sociology Midwest Regional Meeting at UIndy’s Wheeler Arts Community in Fountain Square.
Participants from six states will discuss a wide range of community and classroom practices and issues. Social Sciences Department Chair Jim Pennell and Associate Professor of Education Greta Pennell are longtime members and past-presidents of the organization.
“We wanted to hold the meeting at Wheeler because it is a prime example of a university-community partnership aimed at redevelopment through ‘incumbent upgrading,’ or improving the community with the people in the community rather than gentrification,” Jim Pennell said. A few openings remain; interested parties may inquire at email@example.com.
In conjunction with the conference, Wheeler Arts’ monthly First Friday event tomorrow night will feature “Visual Arts Trio 2014,” the latest work from faculty members Greta Pennell (photography) and Professor of Sociology Tim Maher (painting) and his wife, Sandy Maher (ceramics).
The trio first exhibited together in 2012. The Mahers recently staged an exhibit of their work at Ariodante Gallery in New Orleans.
The exhibition opening is scheduled 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Wheeler, 1035 E. Sanders St.