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UIndy’s Center for Aging & Community will host a free public screening Nov. 13 of a new public television documentary on the financial vulnerability of the elderly.
Fleeced: Speaking Out Against Senior Financial Abuse uses real-life examples to show how con artists and unscrupulous salespeople can rob older adults not only of their pensions, savings and homes, but also their health, self-confidence and relationships with family and friends. Whether the ploys involve outright scams, seemingly legitimate banking products or complicated mortgage fraud, the stress in some cases can even cost victims their lives. The film includes interviews with Skip Humphrey of the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Abby Kuzma of the National Council on Aging and Annette Smith, a senior victim turned advocate.
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Ransburg Auditorium. The discussion panel will include relatives of victims, representatives from the Indiana Attorney General’s office and other elder advocates. Guests are asked to register in advance here.
Dr. Sue Willey, UIndy’s VP for intercollegiate athletics, was interviewed on Inside Indiana Business this weekend about what host Gerry Dick called “one of the top college athletic programs in the country.”
“The secret sauce is great personnel, great coaches, a great administrative team, and a university that supports what we’re doing,” said Willey, also a UIndy graduate and a recent recipient of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics’ Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award. ”And our coaches just do a great job recruiting the kind of quality student-athletes that we want in our program.”
The two also discussed UIndy student-athletes’ academic success and record of community service. Watch the full interview here.
As always, learn more about the Greyhounds at athletics.uindy.edu.
The UIndy student organization Keys has organized a schedule of campus events and activities next week in its mission to raise awareness and battle the growing scourge of human trafficking, a $32 billion criminal industry that victimizes millions worldwide and as many as 300,000 U.S. children every year.
Sophomore psychology major Michaela Thomas is the current president of the group, founded last year by several students dedicated to the cause, some of whom have traveled or plan to travel to Southeast Asia to learn more about the subject. Keys is advised by university co-chaplain the Rev. Jeremiah Gibbs and Assistant Professor of Psychology Lisa Elwood, who conducts research on trauma reactions and serves on the Indiana Attorney General’s trafficking task force.
The group’s Human Trafficking Awareness Week schedule includes:
UIndy graduate Chelsey Soplanda Manns began this week as executive director of the Morgan County Economic Development Corp. Since graduating in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in finance, she has worked as business development director for Banning Engineering and project manager for for the nine-county Indy Partnership. Read more here.
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From the Department of Theatre comes this news about its alums:
- Brenda Barrie ’02 has completed her 255-mile bicycle ride from Kenya to Tanzania for the International Childcare Trust. Learn more about her project here.
- Michael Howard ’12, who is teaching theater at Jeffersonville High School, has learned that their production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe is among just a handful selected for the mainstage at the 2014 International Thespian Conference in Lincoln, Neb.
- Adjunct instructor Ryan O’Shea ’08 has landed a role in the Phoenix Theatre production of Tribes, which opens Jan. 30.
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Jeannine Allen ’10 has claimed first place in the 9th Annual Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association Membership Exhibition with her painting “Ramparts,” shown at right. In addition to holding a master’s degree from UIndy’s Department of Art & Design, Allen is the art director in the Office of Publications. See more of her work at jeannineallenart.com. The IDADA show runs through Nov. 13 at the Arch at Chatham, 617 E. North St.
A rising executive and civic leader with extensive business outreach experience has been selected to lead the Professional Edge Center at the University of Indianapolis.
Corey L. Wilson will begin Dec. 2 as associate vice president overseeing the new UIndy initiative, which helps students and recent graduates launch their careers by linking them with opportunities for mentoring, networking, internships and rewarding careers.
Wilson has served since 2005 with the Indianapolis Airport Authority, most recently in a dual role as director of supplier diversity and director of IND AeroVision, spearheading economic development efforts in the area surrounding Indianapolis International Airport. His previous posts have included constituent relations director for the Lieutenant Governor of Indiana and program manager for the Marion County Health Department.
At UIndy, Wilson will join the senior leadership team in the Department of University Advancement, reporting to Vice President Christopher Molloy.
“Although we had more than 120 applicants for this position, Corey was the clear choice to maximize the impact of this new center for our students,” Molloy said. “He brings the ideal skills and experience to build stronger connections with our alumni in growth industries and with the Indiana business community in general.”
More than 500 education, business and community leaders will gather next month in Indianapolis for the state’s premier annual conference on education reform, organized by the University of Indianapolis’ Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning with support from the Lilly Foundation.
The ninth annual Indiana’s Future conference will take place Nov. 12-13 at the Wyndham Indianapolis West.
Under the theme “Turning Challenges into Opportunities,” the event will feature more than 50 sessions addressing a wide range of issues, including college readiness, education technology, education and workforce innovation, project-based learning and policy updates.
For the second time in three years – perhaps because the rules don’t allow consecutive wins – UIndy’s Top Dog Communication has been named the top student-run public relations agency in the nation.
The Public Relations Student Society of America presented its Dr. F.H. Teahan Award for Outstanding Chapter Firm to the UIndy group Monday night at its 2013 National Conference in Philadelphia. Top Dog, advised by Distinguished Professor Rebecca Deemer, claimed the same award in 2011, based on results achieved for clients and the management and operation of the firm in providing experience for its staff.
The latest award is based on work performed during the 2012-2013 academic year, when Top Dog students created – and in most cases implemented and evaluated – PR campaigns for 10 local organizations, including Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Volunteers of America-Indiana Chapter, 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Indiana Association of Home and Hospice Care and the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. The students prepared news releases, pitch letters, event plans, informational presentations and other print and electronic materials to help clients meets goals that included raising awareness, recruiting volunteers and promoting events.
Automotive images abound in the work of a Chicago-based multimedia artist whose exhibition opens Monday in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery.
Why Trucks? Recent Works by John Himmelfarb features paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture created since 2003. Though linked by the common theme of truck imagery, the pieces carry broader significance below the surface, Himmelfarb says.
“These works are not about trucks, but about us,” he says, “our histories, skills, coping mechanisms, ambitions and character.”
Active for four decades, Himmelfarb has pieces in the collections of more than 50 museums, including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the British Museum in London.
Showing through Dec. 6, the exhibition opens with an artist reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday in the gallery, which is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays. Admission is free.
Learn more about Himmelfarb at www.johnhimmelfarb.com.
More information is available at (317) 788-3253 or www.uindy.edu/arts.
The University of Indianapolis chapter of an international honor society in education has received the organization’s highest award.
At its biennial conference Saturday in Dallas, Kappa Delta Pi presented its Dr. Florence B. Stratemeyer Award for Chapter Excellence to the UIndy School of Education’s Sigma Omicron chapter. The chapter provides leadership and professional development opportunities for UIndy juniors, seniors and recent graduates ranking in the top 20 percent of their programs in elementary or secondary education.
With Professor Nancy Steffel as its faculty counselor, Sigma Omicron has consistently received Kappa Delta Pi’s ACE (Achieving Chapter Excellence) Award, which recognizes excellence in membership, leadership development and programming in support of the society’s mission. This year, the UIndy chapter claimed the Stratemeyer award by earning the highest ACE score among more than 640 collegiate and professional chapters of Kappa Delta Pi.
Learn more about the chapter and its activities here.
Three business and community leaders have joined the University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees.
Gregory Corsaro is general counsel and chief financial officer for Indianapolis-based IF&P Foods. He is an Indianapolis resident and graduate of Indiana State University and Indiana University School of Law.
Ronald Strain is retired as treasurer and vice president for finance with Miller Brewing Co. in Milwaukee. He is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis and lives in Naples, Fla.
Laura Strain is retired as senior vice president for marketing and public relations with U. S. Bank East Group. She attended the University of Indianapolis and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and lives in Naples, Fla.
Learn more about the university’s leadership here.