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Faculty Forum to feature Social Work

Marschall

Marschall

Scheduled for lunchtime Thursday, this month’s Faculty Forum will explore the Department of Social Work‘s partnerships with public agencies to create service learning opportunities that benefit needy segments of the community.

Associate Professor Tracy Marschall and students Amanda Szura and Elizabeth Taulman will present “Multi-Course Agency Collaborations: Social work education’s opportunity to serve women affected by addiction, incarceration, and/or domestic violence through service learning.” The discussion will showcase a semester-long collaboration with a Department of Correction work-release program and recovery house.

The talk begins at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the Trustees Dining Room of Schwitzer Student Center. Bag lunches are welcome, and cookies and drinks will be served.

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UIndy to present three Spirit & Place events

The annual Indianapolis Spirit & Place Festival will have its 19th run from Friday through Nov. 16, with nearly 40 events and exhibitions around the city reflecting the theme “Journey.”

S&P JourneyThree of those events are hosted by people and groups at UIndy, a longtime partner with The Polis Center in presenting the festival. Full information on events and registration is available at www.spiritandplace.org.

On Monday, UIndy’s Faculty Artist Concert Series will present “Musical Journeys of Immigrant Composers” at 7:30 p.m. in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center’s Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. The free concert will feature faculty pianists Elisabeth Hoegberg and Rebecca Sorley, mezzo-soprano Mitzi Westra and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra cellist Ingrid Fisher-Bellman performing works by Sergei Rachmaninov, Kurt Weill and other composers who fled oppression in their homelands.

In collaboration with the Immigrant Welcome Center of Indianapolis, the performances and discussion will explore how these journeys influenced the life of each composer and created a lasting musical legacy. Representatives from the center will provide additional perspectives on the immigrant experience. More information is available at (317) 788-3255 or www.uindy.edu/arts.

On Nov. 12, UIndy’s Center for Aging & Community will host “From Age-ing to Sage-ing,” a free presentation and discussion from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Wheeler Arts Community, 1035 Sanders St. in Fountain Square. Older adults and caregivers will learn how journaling and other techniques can help make the final third of life into a time of sharing and contributing. The featured speakers are Rosemary Cox, an educator and program designer for Memorial BrainWorks in South Bend, and Elizabeth Weber, a published poet and associate professor of English at UIndy.

The event is presented in collaboration with Memorial BrainWorks and Sage-ing International. More information is available at (317) 791-5930 or amagan@uindy.edu.

On Nov. 13, UIndy will host “Engaging & Celebrating the Burmese of Central Indiana,” a chance to enjoy the culture and cuisine of Burma while learning about the challenges faced by Burmese refugees. Coordinated by the Office of Service Learning & Community Engagement, students and faculty from many disciplines will join in staging the event. The documentary film The Exodus of the Burmese Refugees will be screened, and a keynote address will be delivered by Jane Gehlhausen, director of International and Cultural Affairs for the City of Indianapolis.

Presented in partnership with the Burmese American Community Institute, the event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in UIndy Hall of Schwitzer Student Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. More information is available at (317) 788-3557 or mfoulkrod@uindy.edu.

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Kellogg Series welcomes novelist, sportswriter

Two award-winning writers will read and discuss their work at UIndy this month through the university’s Kellogg Writers Series.

Short fiction writer and first-time novelist Jeffrey Condran will appear at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 010 of Schwitzer Student Center. Sports Illustrated writer George Dohrmann will appear at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in Schwitzer Student Center’s UIndy Hall. Admission is free to each event.

Jeffrey Condran

Jeffrey Condran

Condran’s new novel, Prague Summer (Counterpoint Press, 2014), is a literary thriller that has been called “tense and atmospheric.” Its protagonist is a rare book dealer in the Czech capital who gets caught up in international intrigue. Condran also is the author of a story collection, A Fingerprint Repeated (Press 53, 2013), and has received several awards, including The Missouri Review’s William Peden Prize, as well as Pushcart Prize nominations. He lives in Pittsburgh, where he is a co-founder of the independent literary press Braddock Avenue Books.

George Dohrmann

George Dohrmann

Dohrmann is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, specializing in investigative projects. He has contributed to stories on college sports scandals, dogfighting, the agent business and gambling rings in the NHL and NFL. He was among a team of reporters who wrote an award-winning 2002 package of stories that led to baseball’s first attempt at a steroid policy, and he is one of only five sportswriters to have won a Pulitzer Prize, winning in 2000 for stories exposing widespread academic fraud in the University of Minnesota basketball program. Dohrmann is the author of the book Play Their Hearts Out and winner of the 2011 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. His campus visit also is part of UIndy’s annual University Series and Sutphin Lecture Series.

UIndy’s Allen & Helen Kellogg Writers Series, coordinated by the Department of English, brings writers of distinction to campus for free public readings and discussions. The series will continue next year with appearances by fiction writer Katie Coyle on Feb. 5, poet Teresa Mei Chuc on March 16 and poet Alice Friman on April 1. For more information, contact series director Dr. Elizabeth Weber at (317) 788-3373 or eweber@uindy.edu.

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Health programs host state conferences

This week already is a busy one for UIndy’s College of Health Sciences, which hosted the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association fall meeting on Sunday and is hosting the Indiana Society for Public Health Education’s annual conference today.

Voll

Voll

Sunday’s IATA event drew more than 300 athletic trainers from throughout the state to campus for sessions that included Athletic Training Professor and Program Director Christine Lauber among the featured speakers.

Assistant Professor Craig Voll was inducted into the IATA Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed previously on UIndy Head Athletic Trainer Ned Shannon and retired faculty member and program director Connie Pumpelly. Voll, who recently joined UIndy from Purdue University, is a former IATA president and current president of the group’s district/regional association.

IATA Quiz Bowl winners Riley, Kleckner and Embree.

IATA Quiz Bowl winners Riley, Kleckner and Embree.

A highlight for the AT program was seeing seniors Eden Embree, Brandon Kleckner and Allison Riley win the IATA Quiz Bowl, a Jeopardy-style competition for students. The victory brought the coveted “Golden Scissors” plaque back to UIndy, which won state honors in 2011 and 2012.

Presenting posters at the conference were those same three students, along with fellow seniors Samantha MillerStephanie Johnson and Emily Fanno.

Rauch

Rauch

Today’s Indiana Society for Public Health Education conference involves many faculty and students from UIndy’s Master of Public Health program and bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education.

The attendees include professionals and students from around the state, including staffers from county health departments and the Indiana State Department of Health.

McMorrow

McMorrow

Presenters include Associate Professor Heidi Rauch and Assistant Professor Shannon McMorrow of the Department of Kinesiology. Dr. Rauch is an InSOPHE board member and coordinator of UIndy’s Community Health Education program; Dr. McMorrow is interim director of the Master of Public Health program.

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In the news: UIndy alums make their mark

UIndy alumni are always making news of some sort, but here’s a sampling from the past week or so:

Moyers

Moyers

Patrick Moyers, Class of 2003, has been named general manager of Circle Centre Mall in Indianapolis by Simon Property Group. As such, he is responsible for overseeing daily operations and enhancing the mall’s status as a downtown retail destination.

Moyers has been with Simon for more than 14 years, most recently as general manager of the Fashion Mall on the north side. He also is a graduate of Franklin Central High School. Read more here.

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Warren

Warren

Stanley Warren, Class of ’59, received UIndy’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1993. He got another one Saturday from the Indiana University School of Education.

After his own schooling, Warren went on to become dean of academic affairs and professor of education at DePauw University. He has served on countless boards, won many awards, written several books and continues to write, consult and speak on education issues and African-American history, according to an IU news release, where you can read more about him.

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"Reed"

Reed

We know her as Nikki Grotenhuis, a 2007 Communication graduate, active member of UIndy’s Alumni Association Board of Directors and frequent guest speaker and volunteer on campus. Central Indiana radio listeners know her as Nikki Reed, afternoon drive personality and music director at WZPL-FM 99.5.

And now, readers of the Indianapolis Star know her as one of this year’s Indy Super Singles, 10 unmarried local residents who were deemed most appealing in a public contest coordinated by the newspaper. Read about her and the other Super Singles here.

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Greyhounds notch four-OT win on national TV

NCAA/CBS Sports Network

NCAA/CBS Sports Network

The Greyhounds, soon to be joined on the field by thousands of Hound Pound supporters, celebrate after their 36-33 four-overtime win Thursday in Key Stadium.

UIndy football enjoyed a historic moment Thursday night with a hard-fought win over Saint Joseph’s College in the Greyhounds’ first-ever nationally televised game.

Airing on the CBS Sports Network, the clash of in-state rivals kicked off at 8 p.m. and stretched nearly to midnight. Tied at 17 after four quarters, the rain-soaked contenders battled through four overtimes before senior kicker Scott Miller sealed the deal 36-33 with a 35-yard field goal, his third of the night. Senior QB Connor Barthel passed to junior Reece Horn and senior Logan Young for two touchdowns and later rushed for two himself during the overtime period.

“Simply put — A national TV audience on @CBSSportsNet watched the greatest game in #GLVCfb history,” the Great Lakes Valley Conference said on its official Twitter account.

“I nominate @uindy‘s victory over Saint Joseph’s as Indiana’s college game of year,” tweeted Indianapolis Star sportswriter Michael Pointer.

NCAA.com video highlights

Indianapolis Star story and photo gallery

UIndy Athletics story

UIndy Athletics photo gallery

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Professional Edge Center names key staffers

UIndy’s Professional Edge Center has appointed three assistant directors to serve as liaisons between students, faculty, alumni and specific growth industries around the state.

The center works with local employers and professionals to develop internship, mentorship, entrepreneurship and employment opportunities for students and new graduates. The center also seeks to create career pipelines in entrepreneurship and in business sectors that are important to the Indiana economy and tied to UIndy’s academic programs and expertise: health care; education; manufacturing and logistics; financial services; education; arts and humanities; communication and law; public service and nonprofit management; and social services.

Davis

Davis

Libby Davis is assistant director for Manufacturing & Logistics/Financial Services/Entrepreneurship. Her higher-education experience includes more than a decade as an assistant director in career services at the University of Indianapolis.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from UIndy with a minor in business administration.

Martinez-LeGrand

Martinez-LeGrand

Nicole Martinez-LeGrand is assistant director for Arts & Humanities/Communication & Law. She comes to the university from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, where she served as a community relations liaison.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Marian University and a master’s degree in museum studies from IUPUI.

Smith, Jennifer - web

Smith

Jennifer Smith is assistant director for Public Service & Nonprofit Management/Social Services. She comes to the university from St. Vincent Cancer Care, where she served as an outreach coordinator and patient navigator.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Purdue University and a master’s degree in social work from IUPUI.

More information on the Professional Edge Center is available at www.uindy.edu/professional-edge.

 

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Greyhounds primed for national TV spotlight

rp_primary_CBS_FBThe UIndy football Greyhounds are ready for their close-up Thursday, when a home contest against in-state rivals Saint Joseph’s College airs as the Division II Game of the Week on CBS Sports Network, available to 99 million households nationwide.

Kickoff is at 8 p.m. in Key Stadium, which will be full of UIndy fans wearing “Black Out” T-shirts. About 4,000 black shirts are available to the university community at the pregame pep rally, which includes free dinner and runs from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Schwitzer Student Center atrium and dining hall.

The Greyhounds (7-1, 5-0 GLVC) are coming off a decisive 52-14 Homecoming win Saturday against Lincoln. Debuting at No. 5 this week in the year’s first NCAA Division II Super Region Four rankings, they are on track for their third consecutive trip to the playoffs.

To find CBS Sports Network on your cable or satellite system, visit cbssportsnetwork.com/channel-finder. A free live stream can be seen at ncaa.com/liveschedule.

More info on the game and the team is available at the UIndy Athletics site.

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Trustee Daniels named to Indiana Academy

Daniels

Daniels

University of Indianapolis trustee Deborah Daniels has been inducted into The Indiana Academy in recognition of her personal achievements and contributions to the Hoosier state.

The honor is awarded by the Independent Colleges of Indiana, a nonprofit association that represents the state’s 31 private nonprofit colleges and universities, including UIndy. The induction took place last week at the academy’s 44th annual symposium in Indianapolis.

Daniels is a partner in law firm Krieg DeVault, with extensive experience in criminal and civil investigations and corporate compliance. Her career previously included terms as a U.S. attorney of the Southern District of Indiana and an assistant attorney general with the U.S. Department of Justice, both presidential appointments. At the Department of Justice, she won multiple awards for her management abilities and her work on behalf of crime victims.

Daniels joined the UIndy Board of Trustees in 2007 and is active on its Campus Life Committee. She chaired UIndy’s most recent Presidential Search Committee, resulting in the selection of President Robert L. Manuel in 2012 after a national search. She later chaired the Inauguration Committee.

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Study: Metal theft costs county $8M a year

Though often easy to prevent, incidents are increasing, UIndy prof says

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Metal theft has increased dramatically in Marion County during the past few years, rising from an average of seven incidents per day in 2008 to approximately 11 per day in the 2011-2013 period, according to a new study from the University of Indianapolis.

Whiteacre

Whiteacre

Catalytic converter thefts have nearly doubled, appliances are increasingly popular targets, and the crimes seem to be concentrated in specific areas of the city, the study found. Although the exact cost is difficult to measure, the estimated total loss was more than $16 million over the two-year study period, averaging about $690,000 per month or more than $8 million per year.

However, property owners can prevent many of these crimes by taking simple precautions, says Kevin Whiteacre, associate professor of sociology and criminal justice and director of UIndy’s Community Research Center.

“People need to know that this is a serious situation, but they can reduce the odds and keep these things from happening,” Dr. Whiteacre says.

With help from student research assistants Harry Dickson (now a junior) and Jessica Leaman (now a graduate), Whiteacre compiled and analyzed local crime data in collaboration with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Multi-Jurisdictional Offender Strategy Team, which works to prosecute and prevent property crimes in Marion and surrounding counties.

Metal theft is defined as the theft of items, not for use in their current form, but to be sold as scrap. The incidence seems to have risen worldwide over the past decade along with increasing demand and higher prices for various metals.

Wiring, plumbing and air conditioners are often stolen for their copper content. Automotive catalytic converters contain valuable platinum, rhodium and palladium. Other common targets include aluminum siding, gutters, manhole covers and storm water grates.

Among the key findings: Read more »

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