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Symposium to explore arts and urban renewal

Hobart and Lugar 1973Then-Mayor Richard Lugar introduces artist Roland Hobart at the 1973 dedication of “Untitled (Urban Wall),” one of the city’s first public art projects. The mural is still visible at 32 N. Delaware St. (University of Indianapolis Mayoral Archives image)

FEB. 4 UPDATE: The new keynote speaker is Angel Ysaguirre, executive director of the Illinois Humanities Council and former deputy commissioner for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. He replaces Penny Balkin Bach, who is unable to attend.

Related UIndy gallery exhibition traces history of public art in Indianapolis

While leveraging sports to raise Indianapolis’ profile, city leaders since the 1960s also have employed the arts in their revitalization efforts. On Feb. 5, the past, present and future of public art in the American city is the focus of a day of expert discussion at the University of Indianapolis.

Building Vibrant Cities Through Art is the third Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership, presented by UIndy’s Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives in partnership with Indiana Humanities and the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Featuring local and national arts leaders, the event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5, opening with lunch in UIndy’s Schwitzer Student Center and closing with a reception in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Attendees must register at

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VIDEO: UIndy reflects on a memorable 2015

As we enter the new year, this is a great moment to pause for a look back at 2015, sure to be remembered as a historic time for the University of Indianapolis and our community partners.

From new facilities and programs to inspiring cultural events to the accomplishments of our alumni, faculty and students, Greyhounds have much to be proud of and much to anticipate. While the successes of 2015 are too numerous to list, the enclosed video highlights just some of the stories from this memorable year — celebrating the momentum that we carry into 2016.

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Students will help the hungry on MLK Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

UPDATE: With more than 250 volunterers registered, the goal has been raised 50,000 meals.

UIndy won’t have classes on Monday, Jan. 18, but students, faculty and staff will still have a chance to live the university’s philosophy of “Education for Service” while answering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s question, “What are you doing for others?”

From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on MLK Day, scores of UIndy volunteers will gather in Schwitzer Student Center to assemble more than 30,000 nutritious low-cost meals for distribution to Indiana families in need.

The Beech Grove-based nonprofit organization Pack Away Hunger, in cooperation with nutrition experts, has developed the Nutri-Plenty™ meal: a blend of rice, soy, vegetables, flavorings and vitamin supplements designed to alleviate the effects of malnutrition in young children. An assembly line of 12 volunteers can mix, bag and box 3,000 to 4,000 such meals in a 2.5-hour shift. The meals cost only 27 cents each, with the cost covered by the volunteering organization, and they require only boiling water to prepare.

When the work is done, participants will enjoy a casual dinner and conversation in UIndy Hall, with music provided by the university’s Voices of Worship gospel choir.

Register for the event and dinner at this link, and learn more about Pack Away Hunger here.

Also during that first week of classes, Jan. 19-22, UIndy will host a food and toiletry drive to help stock the Manual High School food pantry. The desired items, which can be dropped off in the Schwitzer atrium, include canned food, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap and shaving supplies.

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In the news: student service, student success


Brittany Finigan of UIndy’s Food Recovery Network

UIndy’s chapter of the Food Recovery Network is featured in an Indianapolis Recorder newspaper story headlined “UIndy students recover pounds of food for community.”

Founded last year by junior Brittany Finigan, the student organization rescues uneaten food from UIndy Dining Services and packages it for delivery to local organizations that serve the needy. Read the Recorder story at this link, learn more about the chapter’s formation here and like the group on Facebook here.

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President Robert Manuel is a source for an article in University Business magazine about student success initiatives at U.S. universities. Dr. Manuel discusses the mentoring, advising and other programs that help UIndy students stay on track and chart their futures.

“For a lot of students, the quicker they can take control over their own decisions and understand the ramifications, the better they are able to progress through their degree,” he said. Read the story here.

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Marketing project benefits tech firm, students

netlogx presentation - webStudents in Dr. Katharine Bohley’s International Marketing course present their research findings to classmates and executives from local firm netlogx.

Indianapolis-based technology consulting firm netlogx has been listed among the city’s fastest-growing private companies by the Indianapolis Business Journal and named one of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.’s Indiana Companies to Watch. In September, founder and CEO Audrey Taylor was named Women’s Business Enterprise Role Model of the Year by the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.

In other words, Taylor and her husband and partner, COO Nick Taylor, seem to know what they’re doing. But when they got the idea to expand their 70-employee national operation into the United Kingdom, they too sought input from external consultants: the students of Dr. Katharine Bohley’s junior-level course in International Marketing.


Audrey and Nick Taylor (front), Dr. Katharine Bohley

After conducting market research for much of the fall semester, the student teams formally presented their findings and strategies to the Taylors during a class session in December.

“I think we really got some great input from the teams that we can definitely move on with and start to leverage,” Audrey Taylor said afterward. “We don’t have all the answers.”

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Peterson donates records to Mayoral Archives

Peterson - viewUIndy President Robert Manuel shows off the third-floor view this afternoon while taking former Mayor Bart Peterson on a tour of Krannert Memorial Library.

Former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson enjoyed looking through records and artifacts from his two-term administration as he prepared to entrust them to the Mayoral Archives at the University of Indianapolis.

“It’s been fun,” he told a journalist from local stations Fox59 and CBS4. “You certainly don’t forget those years, but they’re not top-of-mind all the time, so the chance to go back through and look at some of the memorabilia, see some of the files and see the things that I was focused on … it’s very nostalgic.”

Peterson with KML Director Matthew Shaw

Peterson with KML Director Matthew Shaw

Peterson visited campus today as the final boxes of his mayoral collection were delivered to the third floor of Krannert Memorial Library, joining those of predecessors Richard Lugar, William Hudnut and Stephen Goldsmith.

“It’s really about preserving the history while you still can, and I think the university has done a terrific job of that,” Peterson said while touring the third-floor archives with President Robert Manuel.

Peterson is the first Democrat and the first 21st century mayor represented in the archives, which hold items dating to the early 1960s that tell the behind-the-scenes story of Indianapolis’ rise to national prominence. Like the other mayors in the collection, he is a former member of UIndy’s Board of Trustees. He now serves as senior vice president for corporate affairs and communications at Eli Lilly and Co.

The Peterson materials, comprising approximately 100 file boxes in total, will require several months of processing and indexing before they are available for viewing. The Lugar, Hudnut and Goldsmith collections have been digitized and may be viewed online at

Peterson-KocherA Fox59/CBS4 photographer follows as UIndy’s Andrew Kocher, Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement, delivers the final boxes of the Bart Peterson collection to UIndy’s Mayoral Archives.

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Dining Services honored for hiring practices

Retired food service director Ted Polk Sr. was on hand Friday when Ted Polk Jr. accepted the award on behalf of UIndy Dining Services.

Retired food service director Ted Polk Sr. was on hand Friday when Ted Polk Jr. accepted the award on behalf of UIndy Dining Services.

The Indiana Association of People Supporting Employment First has awarded its 2015 Employer Award to UIndy Dining Services for its practice of hiring people with disabilities.

Ted Polk Jr., UDS’ human resources director, accepted the statewide award Friday at the Indiana APSE annual conference. Polk said he works with organizations such as Easter Seals, Goodwill Industries and Noble to create opportunities for those who face hurdles in finding employment, a practice that began with his father, Ted Sr., owner-director of UIndy’s food operation for 41 years before retiring in 2014.

“Some people just need a chance, and they really blossom,” said the younger Ted, now in his 28th year at UIndy, having started at age 14. “Work gives meaning to life.”

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New leadership society inducts first members

National Society for Leadership and Success - first inductionThe new UIndy chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success inducted its first cohort of students with a Dec. 12 ceremony in Ransburg Auditorium.

More than 170 University of Indianapolis students have taken a step toward greater personal and professional development, which they celebrated during a special event last weekend.

The occasion was the inaugural induction ceremony for the UIndy chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, the nation’s largest leadership honor society with nearly 500 chapters and more than 530,000 members across the country.

The Division of Student Affairs issued invitations to all students of at least junior class status with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The key requirements for induction are a one-time $85 fee and 12 hours of preparation that include orientation, leadership training and motivational broadcasts featuring celebrity speakers.

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Adam Driver: From UIndy to ‘Star Wars’

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren (Lucasfilm image)

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren (Lucasfilm image)

The reviews are rolling in, and critics seem to agree that Star Wars: The Force Awakens lives up to the hype and is poised to be one of the biggest box-office smashes of all time.

Vital to this success, no doubt, are the acting chops that Adam Driver – who portrays Vader-like villain Kylo Ren in the new film – picked up at the University of Indianapolis.

The Mishawaka native studied at UIndy during the 2004-2005 academic year, after his post-9/11 stint in the Marines and before his acceptance, on the second try, to the esteemed Juilliard School in New York City. Even during his short time on campus, Driver stood out for his talent and drive, landing leading roles in the Department of Theatre’s productions of Pippin and Endgame.

“He had a real desire, a real passion for acting,” recalls UIndy staffer and alumnus Jeffrey Barnes, who served as technical director on those productions. “Immediately, we realized he was incredibly talented, and if he made up his mind to, he would no doubt be successful.”

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University issues call for public comment

UIndy logo (with dog)-201&blkThe University of Indianapolis is seeking comments from the public in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The university will host a visit April 4-6, 2016, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

The University of Indianapolis has been accredited by the commission since 1947. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the university to:
Public Comment on University of Indianapolis
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on the commission’s website at this link.

Comments must be in writing and must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. All comments must be received by March 4, 2016.

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