Losses fuel alum’s drive to run the Mini

Carl Palma (still image courtesy WTHR)

Carl Palma (still image courtesy WTHR)

UIndy alum Carl Palma made the WTHR news last night for the inspirational story of why he competes in the annual 500 Festival Mini Marathon.

Palma graduated in 2008 with majors in both Athletic Training and Exercise Science. Now married with three kids, he is a licensed athletic trainer with Community Health Network and has worked the past several years as Beech Grove High School’s athletic trainer.

A few years ago, he was tipping the scales at 265 when he began running at the suggestion of his mother, who later passed away from breast cancer. Down to 165 pounds now, he will run his fourth Mini on May 2, as always, in honor of his mother. Last year’s marathon took place on his mother’s birthday, and that’s when WTHR’s camera first caught him, in an emotional moment at the finish line.

“To be in the spotlight and do it for my mom was incredible,” he said.

Read or watch the story here.

UIndy hosts Chamber leadership session

A hundred businesspeople will pick up valuable leadership advice from prominent local executives Wednesday during a sold-out lunchtime event at the University of Indianapolis.

chamber logoAsk the Experts: Leadership is presented by the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by UIndy and Aon risk management services.

The panelists are:
Charlie Morgan, VP and Market Manager, Emmis Communications
Lisa Schlehuber, CEO, Eli Lilly Federal Credit Union
Bill Corley, CEO (retired), Community Health Networks

WISH-TV personality and certified image consultant Sola A. Adelowo will moderate.

Learn more about Indy Chamber events here.

UIndy degrees lead to state’s Hot 50 Jobs

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has released a new Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs ranking, and once again, the future looks bright for graduates of UIndy’s top programs.

Physician, registered nurse and physical therapist top this year’s list, corresponding nicely to UIndy’s programs in pre-medicine, nursing and physical therapy. Other UIndy-related disciplines in the Top 20 alone include post-secondary teacher, social worker, marketing specialist, graphic designer, K-12 teacher and occupational therapist.

The DWD researchers weigh trends in salary, job availability and other factors in compiling the annual list, which projects the state’s fastest-growing, high-wage occupations for the year 2020.

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In the news: Alumni on the move

UIndy graduate Dan Neufelder, president and CEO of Wisconsin-based Affinity Health System, has been named chairman-elect of the Wisconsin Health Association for 2012. He will serve as chairman in 2013.

Neufelder, who earned his master’s degree in business administration from UIndy in 1989, joined Affinity in 2006. He previously served in executive roles at Memorial Hospital in South Bend and Community Health Network of Indianapolis. Read more here.

In other news, UIndy alumna Shawn Hany has been promoted to regional rehabilitation manager for American Senior Communities. She will be the consultant for rehabilitation care for eight ASC facilities in Indiana and West Virginia.

Hany, who earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from UIndy, lives in Bloomington.

Alums listed in IBJ’s ‘Forty Under 40’

The Indianapolis Business Journal has named two UIndy alumni to its 2011 edition of Forty Under 40, the newspaper’s popular annual listing of top young professionals who are emerging as community leaders.

Nichole Wilson is director of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine for Community Health Network, responsible for the operation and growth of 11 outpatient therapy clinics in the Indianapolis metro area. She obtained her master’s (’02) and doctoral (’06) degrees from UIndy’s Krannert School of Physical Therapy and now sits on the school’s curriculum advisory council. She also founded a mentoring program for minority students interested in allied health professions.

Kelly Campbell, who received her UIndy master’s in international relations in 2006, is founder and co-owner of The Village Experience, a fair-trade retail store and socially responsible tourism company based in Broad Ripple. Partnering with her sister, Anne Campbell, Kelly works to create revenue streams for people and small businesses in developing nations. The two also operate the not-for-profit Village Cooperative, which raises money for sustainable projects in Kenya.

In addition to the print version published this week, the Forty Under 40 stories and video interviews are available at IBJ’s website.

UIndy Real Estate Development program hosts the Urban Land Institute

Event strengthens relationship between industry, graduate program

The Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate Development program at the University of Indianapolis hosted the Urban Land Institute for a cocktail and conversation hour on July 27. Strategic Capital Partners, who helped develop the UIndy Health Pavilion in which the event took place, spoke on public and private partnerships in community development.

Jennifer Milliken, Director ULI Indiana, left, with Carla Johnson, associate with Faegre Baker Daniels

Jennifer Milliken, Director ULI Indiana, left, with Carla Johnson, associate with Faegre Baker Daniels

In addition to industry professionals, members of the UIndy real estate master’s program took part in the discussion. Mike Patarino of Keystone Realty Group is an instructor in the program and believes the event complemented the material presented in class.

“Kris Farrar (of SCP) discussed the nuances of working with local governments and local communities and how to achieve success not only for the developer but also the surrounding neighborhood. In class, we discuss real-world situations and apply what we have learned. This ULI event was perfect timing and strengthened the concepts that the students are learning,” Patarino said.

Logan Brougher is a current UIndy student and full-time intern with Greenstreet Limited.

“[The event] gave the students the opportunity to strengthen our professional network. It is this network that will serve as the foundation for our professional career, both during our tenure in the program and post graduation.”

The MPS in Real Estate Development program continues to bring industry leaders to campus, with the next taking place Aug. 18. The Curriculum Council, which consists of 15 real estate professionals, will convene to discuss the content presented in the graduate program.

About the MPS in Real Estate Development: As the only program of its kind in the Midwest, the MPS in Real Estate Development is designed for entrepreneurs and working professionals that seek to advance their careers with a master’s education rooted in industry best practices.  Courses are always one evening per week from 6-9:45. Applications for the August 31st cohort start are still being accepted.


CELL announces EWIN Partnership Planning Grant recipients

The Education Workforce Innovation Network (EWIN) and the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis announced the second round of Education-Workforce Partnership Planning Grants.

The grants will fund the work of six groups across the state. Grants total $75,000 and range from $7,500 to $15,000 for proposals from regional partnerships that consist of K-12 school/districts, adult education, postsecondary institutions, high-demand sector industry and other community agencies or organizations. Four proposals address manufacturing, one focuses on health sciences and another centers on information technology.

EWIN, under the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis, provides the grants as well as technical assistance to awardees. Funding will support research into promising models of education-workforce alignment and design of implementation plans. These plans can include robust Early College (EC) career and technical education centers, Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH), academy models or more organically developed customized approaches.

Last year’s grantees went through a six-month planning stage, with EWIN’s technical assistance, and are currently in the midst of implementing their models. At the end of the planning period, in December 2016, Jody French, principal of Perry Central High School, stated, “The skills mapping we did with our manufacturers in the room was amazing. Seeing the energy and enthusiasm among our companies has taken us to the next level.”

This year’s grantees have the benefit of learning from the first round, and are equally enthused. Upon hearing the announcement that a Central Indiana grant would be funded, EmployIndy President and CEO Angela Carr Klitzsch said, “Thanks for your confidence in EmployIndy and IPS! We look forward to utilizing this planning grant to ensure young people in our city have an opportunity to access curricula that aligns with employer demand and career pathways.”

The list of recipients follows including main partners and short descriptions of proposals:

  • Plymouth Community School Corporation with the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation –Manufacturing, Precision Machining

– Will explore innovative business/education engagement practices and create career pathways in precision machining to better meet regional employment needs.

  • MSD of Decatur Township in Indianapolis with Nextech – Computer Science

– Will explore a number of existing programs and structures to support the district as it incorporates computer science instruction through its partnerships with Area 31 Career and Technical Consortium, Nextech, Apple, Bluelock, Bitwise and School of Business at the University of Indianapolis.

  • Lafayette School Corporation with Greater Lafayette Commerce – Advanced Manufacturing

– Will explore innovative models of education/workforce alignment in advanced manufacturing through partnerships with a variety of businesses, higher ed, local economic development agencies and the Wildcat Creek Career Cooperative that serves eight school districts in three counties.

  • Southeastern School Corporation in Walton, IN –Manufacturing

– Will collaborate with key stakeholders to design a continuous pathway to employment and/or postsecondary where students learn basic and advanced manufacturing skills, earn certifications and complete college credits through Ivy Tech, Vincennes and Purdue University.

  • EmployIndy with Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) – Health Sciences

– Will create a Health Sciences Career Academy within Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School and Longfellow STEM and Medical Magnet Middle School through collaboration with EmployIndy, IPS, Ivy Tech Community College, the University of Indianapolis, American Senior Living, United Home Healthcare and Trilogy Health Services. The work intends to ensure that IPS students are prepared to enroll in college or career training, enlist in the military or be employed at a living wage.

  • The City of Bedford and Radius Indiana – Manufacturing

– Will continue to explore and follow an evolving strategic pathways plan customized for its community to provide a more skilled workforce to local employers and better prepare students for the new world of postsecondary as well as successful careers in high demand/high wage jobs.

In the first round of Education-Workforce Partnership Planning Grants, lead organizations for funded proposals were Horizon Education Alliance in Elkhart, Jay School Corporation, Lebanon Community School Corporation, Perry Central Community Schools and Ripley County Community Foundation. EWIN has begun to showcase the resulting implementation plans for these partnerships. To learn about these communities’ initiatives, click here.

Funding for Planning Grants was provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.

The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis provides leadership that is both cutting-edge and action-oriented. Created in 2001, CELL unites districts, schools, communities, universities and businesses to build a sense of urgency and form innovative collaborations for statewide educational and economic improvement.

EWIN, a CELL initiative, strategically supports regions across Indiana in reaching the goal of 60 percent postsecondary attainment. Through the development of education, community, and business partnerships, collaboratively designed career pathways connect local systems. Pathways make students college and career ready, design curricular programs grounded in the real world, engage businesses in K-16 learning experiences and provide the local workforce with highly skilled employees.

For more information, contact Marianna Richards at 317-791-5993 or richardsm@uindy.edu


Lilly program opens eyes of nursing students to the pharma industry

From the first time she explored the vast grounds of the global pharmaceutical company, University of Indianapolis nursing student Danielle Sparling realized her career path is much wider than she originally envisioned.

She enrolled at UIndy with solid plans of earning her degree and going on to become a family nurse practitioner. That may still be the case, but today she understands it’s not her only option thanks to an intense learning experience piloted this summer at Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly). Nurses at Lilly play important roles as researchers, regulatory scientists, case managers, global health consultants and more—all critical to becoming one of the largest pharmaceutical corporations in the world.

“From day one, I gained insight into how many avenues there are within the field of nursing. This was exciting, because I was able to learn about these non-traditional roles,” said Sparling, a sophomore.lillycropped

Sparling was one of four nursing students to participate in the pilot program this summer along with Serena Cornelius, Paige Hendershot and Samantha Hunter (all juniors). The Lilly/University of Indianapolis Nurse Education Program rotates the students through various aspects of Lilly’s operations—from drug discovery and development to bioethics and patient safety. The program is designed to educate students about the drug development process, the role of nurses in the industry and professional competencies for success in a healthcare business environment.

The students participated for four weeks in a structured mentorship involving real-world projects, industry-led professional development workshops and opportunities to network with Lilly nurses, experts and leaders. By exposing undergraduate students to the drug-development process, nursing students gained valuable knowledge of how patient-centered treatment options are developed and assessed.

“Nurses today have to be competent decisions makers,” said Jennifer Workman, co-leader of the Lilly program. “They need to have high-learning agility, be able to multi-task and communicate clearly and accurately information about treatment options.”

“Our students understand this was a very unique opportunity to learn about an industry they know very little about in these early stages of their education,” said Denise Ferrell, an assistant professor and program director in the School of Nursing. “This makes the nursing program at UIndy a more holistic experience by bridging the gap between nursing in an academic setting and what is available in our community.”

“Nurses are playing expanded roles as the health care system evolves to meet new needs. Nurses not only have enhanced responsibility and accountability in traditional settings, such as hospitals and clinics, but increasingly have roles that enable them to move across a variety of health care settings,” said Norma Hall, dean of the School of Nursing.

The education program also helps Lilly to educate future health care professionals about how pharmaceuticals are manufactured, tested and regulated, Workman said.

“The students have a unique vantage point and opportunity to work alongside some of the most talented health care professionals in the industry and understand their important roles in our organization,” Workman said. The students also reviewed the drug-approval process, investigated regulations, conducted literature reviews, assessed environmental trends and marketing strategies, researched treatment plans and created patient education materials.

The School of Nursing at UIndy is one of the leading pipelines for nurses across Indiana. The program is ranked among the top nursing programs in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report. The program prides itself on by meeting the rising need for nurses as the health care industry grows, regionally and nationally. By a global company like Lilly opening its doors and sharing its expertise, the School of Nursing can provide unique professional competencies and specialized knowledge to its students, Ferrell said.

“I have gained an appreciation for the drug development process and have found the nurses at Lilly all bring something special to the table because they actually know how a decision will affect the patient because of the connection they have,” Hunter said.

Hendershot added: “I never knew there were so many opportunities for nurses in the pharma industry. One of my biggest takeaways was how important pharma is to health care. Without it, new advancements in treatments would be rarely considered.”

“As a nurse in the future, I will be able to fall back on this key point and strive to be the best advocate possible for my patient,” Cornelius said.

For Sparling, Lilly reinforced her love for the profession and excitement about the next opportunity. On her last day in the Lilly internship, she learned she officially had been accepted in the UIndy nursing program.

“One of the Lilly doctors told us, ‘You’re best at what you love, and if you do just that, success will follow.’ I’ve never been happier for my chosen career path and can’t wait to see what the future holds,” Sparling said.


High schoolers to get head start on college

From left at today’s announcement are Perry Meridian High School Principal Rolland Abraham, Perry Township Superintendent Thomas Little Jr., Vincennes University President Chuck Johnson and UIndy President Robert Manuel.

UIndy, Vincennes University, Perry Meridian High School
announce partnership on new ‘1+3’ Early College program

In the news: WISH-TV, Inside Indiana BusinessUniversity Business

A growing number of Indianapolis teens can begin their transition to college and career during freshman year of high school – and at low cost – thanks to an innovative three-way partnership between Perry Meridian High School, Vincennes University and the University of Indianapolis.

The three institutions today announced the 1+3 Program, which enables qualifying students on Perry Meridian’s Early College track to graduate from high school with a 30-credit General Studies Certificate from VU. Students who complete the program and meet admissions standards will be accepted directly into UIndy with at least one year of General Education credits already in hand, providing the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree with only three years of further study.

“Making post-secondary education more affordable and accessible is an ongoing initiative at the University of Indianapolis, and we specifically are committed to elevating the quality of life for our neighbors in this part of the city,” said UIndy President Robert Manuel. “This partnership provides tremendous value for local families, and we look forward to replicating the model with other high schools.”

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Homegrown UIndy returns for Thursday lunch

Homegrown UIndyThe campus community can get its grub on in locally sourced, Hoosier-themed style Thursday when Homegrown UIndy makes its third annual appearance.

Presented by the Sustainability Committee and University Dining Services, the event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday on the north side of Schwitzer Student Center.

Diners may swipe their meal cards or pay $6.50 for a yummy smorgasbord of fresh herb-roasted pork loin, airline chicken breast with maple onion glaze, tender pulled pork with natural sauce, beef chili with beans, grilled bison burgers, duck wings with orange BBQ sauce, roasted squash and tomatoes, corn on the cob and an assortment of salads and dessert options.

Other attractions will include locally made honey for sale, a watermelon seed-spitting contest and information booths representing community organizations such as Traders Point Creamery, Big Car arts collective, Red Gold and Global Peace Initiatives, as well as UIndy’s own Center for Aging & Community, Food Recovery Network, the departments of Kinesiology and Sociology & Criminal Justice and the Environmental Sustainability major.

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