2019 Giving Tuesday campaign focuses on wellness

Thanks to your support, the University of Indianapolis received gifts from 585 alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff on #GivingTuesday, totaling $44,726!

Here are some additional fast facts about Giving Tuesday 2019:

  • Greyhounds participated across the country from 24 states.
  • Seven matches/challenges were created by alumni, faculty, staff, and friends, inspiring $5,250 from their own social networks.
  • An additional $2,500 will be provided to purchase supplies students need in order to serve our communities during their practicums and internships.

Nikhil Ramani ’22 (Master's in Social Work)The generosity of the Greyhound community helps continue our motto—Education for Service—at UIndy.

I am pursuing my master’s in social work because I want to advocate for vulnerable populations and help counsel those in need. Your gift is helping to make my goal a reality. Thank you for your support on #GivingTuesday!”—Nikhil Ramani ’22 (Master’s in Social Work)

Learn more about the impact CABS students are making in their communities.



Caring for others—that’s what Greyhounds do best. This #GivingTuesday, we’re promoting wellness from head to toe and celebrating the countless ways UIndy students in the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, and Art Therapy) are caring for our communities.

Make a gift of $25 or more to the University of Indianapolis on December 3 to receive a pair of UIndy socks featured here:

Giving Tuesday socks 2019 UIndy

Plus, when you make a gift to UIndy, an additional $5 per gift (up to $2,500) will be given to the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences to help purchase the supplies students need to best serve our communities. 

Visit uindy.edu/givingtuesday on December 3 to get involved!

EWIN names three new Education-Workforce Planning Grant recipients

The Education Workforce Innovation Network (EWIN) has announced three new Education-Workforce Planning Grant recipients for $7,000 each. They include groups led by Ivy Tech South Bend-Elkhart and Navistar, Student Career Partners for Northeast Indiana and River Forest Community Schools (RFCS) in Hobart. With the grant, each partnership will benefit from EWIN technical assistance through 2019 including support of collaboration within their communities, research of promising models, site visits to explore innovative approaches and development of plans customized to each area’s needs and resources.

“We are so excited to work with these dedicated groups that are leveraging community partners to invest in the meaningful development of career pathways systems. Our goal is to facilitate the pathway system planning process so those groups can replicate that process to create additional opportunities for students,” said EWIN Director Erin Foster. “The result will be implementation of innovative, data-driven, industry-led educational models that align with needs of the local economy. We have incredible experiences planned for these teams and can’t wait to get started!”

Ivy Tech South Bend-Elkhart and Navistar will partner with Elkhart Plastics, Inc., Better World Books, the South Bend Community School Corporation Board of Trustees, Elkhart Area Career Center and the South Bend Regional Chamber. The group will collaborate to develop a K-14 Supply Chain Management and Logistics Pathway that educates, trains and develops a sustainable pipeline of supply chain management and logistics employees.

“The Ivy Tech South Bend-Elkhart Campus team is thrilled to be selected as one of this year’s grantees. The grant funds will enable our project to directly align with the college’s strategic plan for developing K-12 partnerships, accelerating educational opportunities for students and incumbent workers while meeting the needs of our communities and employers,” said Amber Ruszkowski, department chair and associate professor for Business Administration and Logistics, South Bend-Elkhart Campus.

The Student Career Partners for Northeast Indiana includes Region 8 Education Service Center, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, Fort Wayne Community Schools, Ivy Tech Northeast, Parkview Health, Junior Achievement and the Olin B. and Desta Schwab Foundation. This partnership will use grant funds to create a career-ready pathway program that motivates and guides students through a process to develop individualized career road maps based on their talents, interests, post-secondary choices, financial resources as well as high-wage, high-demand employment options in the area.

“Our team in Northeast Indiana is pleased to partner with EWIN on this effort. We look forward to leveraging the expertise at CELL (Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning) to build on our regional work to help students across the 11 counties of Northeast Indiana identify and access opportunities for future success,” said Ryan Twiss, vice president of regional initiatives in the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

River Forest Community Schools (RFCS) is spearheading a community partnership made up of 16 regional businesses, postsecondary institutions, organizations and agencies. Their goal is to collaboratively implement a full advanced manufacturing pathway with K-12 aligned curriculum and postsecondary certifications and degrees that lead to high-demand, high-wage employment.

In addition to RFCS, the partnership includes Praxair, Indiana Manufacturers Association, Calumet Area Industrial Commission, Northwest Indiana Forum, The City of Hobart Economic Development, Lake Shore Chamber of Commerce, Center of Workforce Innovations, Vincennes University, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue University Northwest, Indiana University Northwest, U.S. Army, Neighbors’ Educational Opportunities, Via Marketing, World of Words and Innovations in Learning.

Rachelle Baker, graduation pathway coordinator, River Forest High School, said, “Preparing River Forest students and supporting their career goals are our top priorities. Developing an advanced manufacturing pathway with EWIN and partners is an invaluable resource for increasing student achievement, verifiable skills and future quality of life.”

This is EWIN’s fourth round of planning grants offered to education-workforce partnerships across the state to support development of implementation plans for regional or local sector-based career pathways. Pathways help make students college and career ready, inspire curricular programs grounded in the real world, engage businesses in K-16 learning experiences and provide the local workforce with highly skilled employees.

EWIN is an initiative of the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL), a non-profit at the University of Indianapolis, which unites districts, schools, communities, universities and businesses to build a sense of urgency and form innovative collaborations for statewide educational and economic improvement.

For more information, contact EWIN Director of Education Workforce Innovation Network Erin Foster at 317-791-5991.


2019 Scholars Showcase results

The first annual Scholars Showcase featured 179 presentations and performances, highlighting the academic research of students and faculty from the University of Indianapolis.

“We noticed a few years ago that faculty and students across campus are engaged in all types of scholarship that are not only enhancing learning opportunities for our students but are advancing the science of our professions and impacting our communities,” said Professor & Director of Research in the College of Health Sciences Stephanie Combs-Miller, one of the event organizers. “While these scholarly achievements are typically shared within departments, we wanted to create an opportunity to showcase these achievements to the broader campus and community.”

Research projects and collaborations were featured at multiple locations across campus, and 300 people registered to attend the daylong event.

“Scholars Showcase also provided an opportunity for students and faculty to network and build interdisciplinary relationships. This event serves to prepare students to think critically and share their work with others,” said Combs-Miller.

See a complete list of winners below.

A campus-wide event highlighting the research accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate students, plus faculty from all colleges, units and departments! uindy.edu/scholars-day

Posted by University of Indianapolis on Friday, April 12, 2019

Scholars Showcase 2019 Awards

Poster Awards

Best Faculty Poster –

  • Robert L. Karlinsey:  Mining, Raiding, and Writing: The Untold Interplay that Transformed England in the 16th Century 

Best Graduate Student Poster –

  • Jazmin Atzhorn: School Relationships and Victimization Impact on Just World Beliefs: A Study Among Brazilian Students

Runner-up Graduate Student Poster –

  • Jeanette Hoeksema and Erin Fekete: Grit is Related to Less Internalized Weight Stigma and Better Health Outcomes

Best Student Poster –

  • Maranda Fitzpatrick, Rachel Abraham, Channing Bearhope: Does College Students Mental Health Status Affect Academic Performance?

2nd Place Student Poster –

  • Vanessa Bump and Leah Courtland: Investigating Scoria Cone Morphology via GPR Imaging in Crater Flat Volcanic Field

3rd Place Student Poster –

  • Maria McCune: What are the Key Elements and Strategies to Promote a Growth Mindset Classroom?: What I have learned from my field project in an elementary classroom

4th Place Student Poster –

  • Tyler Cole, Jevis Tizie Muluh, Tyler Cook, Kyla Christmas, and Ryan Veazie: Lost Media

Student Choice Poster (Highest ranked poster from student judges)

  • Megan Davish, Abi Bushman, Dylan Faulkenbergh: Risky Business? Is Oral Cancer Risk Knowledge Associated with Subsequent Behaviors in College Students?

Presentation Awards

Best Faculty Presentation –

  • Elizabeth S. Moore, Jennifer N. Carmack, Kara Cecil, Kathleen E. Hetzler, Jessica E. Jochum, Briyana Morrell, Alison Nichols, Jane Toon: Impact of Interprofessional Week on Student Perceptions of Interprofessional Education

Best Undergraduate Presentation –

  • Katelyn Lutzmann, Christopher R. Moore: A Study in Pottery Decoration and Socio-Economic Status of the Baum Family

Runner-up Undergraduate Presentation –

  • Miles Furr, Stephen J. Bauman, Dennis Doyle, Meredith Magee, Jake Fontana, and Joseph B. Herzog: Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) with Subnanometer-Gap Metasurfaces. Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research at Monmouth College in Monmouth Illinois

Student Choice Presentation (Highest ranked poster from student judges)

  • Zhe Zhang: Examining Gendered Spaces in Fountain Square, Indianapolis

Roundtable Discussion

Excellent Roundtable Discussion –

  • Dr. Nelson Kraus: STOP Memorizing; START Understanding!
  • Beth Ann Walker, Kelsey Lemond, Tori Faulkner, Kasey Otte, Pamela Hess: Occupational Performance Inventory of Sexuality and Intimacy (OPISI)
  • Rebekah Raab: Representing Disability Studies in the High School English Classroom

Honors Awards

Best Honors Poster –

  • Kacie Johnson:  Practice What You Preach: An Analysis of How the Perception of the Physical Health of Nurses Affects Patient Outcomes

Best Honors Presentation –

  • Nicole Scott: Comparative Analysis of Resistance to Ampicillin, Streptomycin, and Oxytetracycline at Sites near Beef Cattle Pasture in Rural Decatur County, Indiana

Excellent Performance –

  • Rochelle Bauer: Performance Type: Poetry Reading – Turn to Page 210: A Poetry Chapbook
  • Taylor Jacob Kleyn: Performance Type: Short FilmLetters: A Creative Short

Student represents UIndy during 500 Festival Princess Program

McKayla Tucker ‘21 (human biology) is one of the 33 women selected to be a 2019 500 Festival Princess. These women represent 13 Indiana colleges and universities and 20 cities across the state. With a cumulative GPA of 3.65, this year’s 500 Festival Princesses were selected from hundreds of applicants based on communication skills, academic performance and community involvement.  


A Valparaiso native, Tucker has a pre-physical therapy concentration and is working on earning her Healthy Diploma. After graduating, she plans to attend graduate school at UIndy and complete her physical therapy track with goals of working with OrthoIndy or the Indiana Pacers.  

Tucker said being selected for the 500 Princess Program is a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to expand her professional network and grow her skill set.

“I’ve learned to communicate across the spectrum – with all ages and professional groups,” Tucker said about her involvement in the 500 Festival Leadership Development Program. “My communication skills and leadership skills are two places where I’ve really seen a lot of growth.”  

Tucker also received a $1,000 scholarship, made possible by Marlyne Sexton and the 500 Festival Foundation.

I’m representing something so much bigger than myself. Not only am I representing my hometown of Valparaiso, I am representing UIndy and the entire state of Indiana and what we hold near and dear to our hearts,” Tucker said.

Tucker is currently working to get an official pace car on campus with hopes of getting people as excited about the 500 Festival Parade as she is. She pointed out that as one of the top three best parades in the nation, it’s not an event you’ll want to skip.

Related: Professional Edge Center hosts “Finish Strong” student appreciation event

Tucker said a few things have greatly impacted her journey to become a princess, including countless hours of volunteer work in her hometown and in Indianapolis. She also was involved with Delight ministries on campus.

Another factor that contributed to Tucker’s success is her former chemistry professor, Anne Cutler. Referring to Cutler as her “campus mom,” Tucker credits the UIndy faculty with helping to direct her area of focus and discover her place on campus.  

“Not only did she help me with some really big life situations, she also helped me to figure out how to make the most out of my time and experience at UIndy,” Tucker said.

“I just wish more young women knew about the program and applied…[being a part of the princess program] is so much more than a sash and tiara,” said Tucker.

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About the 500 Festival Program
The 500 Festival Princess Program, presented by Reis-Nichols Jewelers, celebrates Indiana’s most civic-minded, academically driven young women. Each year, 33 college-aged women are selected as 500 Festival Princesses and serve as ambassadors of the 500 Festival, their hometowns, and their colleges/universities. Serving as a 500 Festival Princess provides young women with once-in-a-lifetime experiences and countless opportunities for leadership and professional development. Since the program’s founding in 1959, nearly 2,000 Indiana women have experienced the honor of being selected as a 500 Festival Princess.

University of Indianapolis study points to positive impact of father-child play

Fathers who play with their young children are making an impact that lasts well beyond childhood, a new study from the University of Indianapolis has found.

The study, “Father-child play, child emotional dysregulation, and adolescent internalizing symptoms: A longitudinal multiple mediation analysis,” was published in Development & Psychopathology’s December 2018 edition. Jenifer Gregory ’17 (Psy.D., clinical psychology) ’14 (M.A., clinical psychology) authored the paper, with University of Indianapolis faculty Katie Kivisto and Neil Perdue as co-authors, along with David Estell of Indiana University. The paper was based on Gregory’s doctoral dissertation and is her first research publication in a scientific journal.

Jenifer Gregory

Jenifer Gregory

Gregory, who is now in private practice as a clinical psychologist at Continuum: Mental Health & Wellness in Indianapolis, said the research supports that “positive and supportive father-child relationships are very important for healthy child development.”

One way to measure those relationships is by the quality of father-child interactions during play time. The researchers found that children who have fathers who play with them “in a manner that is sensitive, supportive, emotionally attuned, attentive and challenging without being overstimulating are more likely to learn how to effectively self-regulate or cope with their emotions,” Gregory explained. This finding was true even after researchers accounted for factors like family income and quality of the mother-child relationship.

Father-child play also helps with long-term emotional growth, the study found, with the quality of those interactions predicting kids’ positive development through adolescence.

“The kids who had better quality play with their dads in first grade were better at emotion regulation in third grade and had less depression as 15-year-olds,” Kivisto said.

The study pulled data from a national data set of early childcare and youth development, commissioned by National Institute of Child Health and Development and conducted at various sites throughout the country.

“Based on our findings, fathers in particular (and parents in general) should encourage and engage in this type of positive, child-centered and child-directed play in order to support children’s emotional development,” Gregory said.

With state and national initiatives aimed at getting fathers more involved with their children, Kivisto said the research can be useful for agencies and community support networks that provide parenting advice.

Katie Kivisto

Katie Kivisto

“What dads are doing is making an impact and shaping kids’ development. We want to remind them that play is really important, and goes hand-in-hand with meeting basic needs and discipline,” Kivisto said.

Kivisto’s clinical and research background in parent-child attachment and emotional regulation development matched Gregory’s academic interests as she pursued a dissertation topic. Kivisto connected Gregory to Neil Perdue, associate professor of psychology, vice president and chief operating officer, to gain access to a database that proved crucial to the research.

“As we looked through the data that had become available to us, it became clear that we should utilize the study’s observations of father-child play as a measure of relationship quality because this type of observation is so rarely utilized,” Gregory said.

Gregory said her coursework, research and practicum training at UIndy prepared her for her current work with children and families.

“It guides my interventions with families in that I strive to involve parents, and particularly fathers, in the process of working with children. I emphasize the importance of the type of child-centered, child-directed, sensitive and supportive play that we found to be so important for child emotional development,” she said.

Kivisto points out that the sample used in the study happened to involve biological fathers, but the researchers are respectful of the fact that not every family has a biological father involved. The key takeaway for parents is to make sure that they take the time to play with children on a regular basis.

“Parents can feel stressed by the idea of adding one more thing to their to-do list,” Kivisto noted, “But research shows that even 5-10 minutes a day of this kind of play can improve child behavior and wellbeing.”

Written by Sara Galer, University of Indianapolis communications manager.


EWIN expands statewide impact with grants, technical assistance

Grantees visit student-run Commodore Manufacturing at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and listen to a student explain the organization of the assembly line.

Grantees visit student-run Commodore Manufacturing at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and listen to a student explain the organization of the assembly line.

The Education Workforce Innovation Network (EWIN), an initiative of the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL), granted $15,000 to three community partnerships and then provided technical support for each to develop career pathways in their regions of Indiana. EWIN finished its work with these partnerships at the end of 2018, which included facilitating collaboration within their communities, researching promising models, site visits to explore innovative approaches and development of plans customized to each area’s needs and resources. Each partnership involved K-12 education, postsecondary, businesses/industry, and other community agencies such as workforce development.

These grantee partnerships are as follows:

An Aviation Maintenance group is developing a robust K-16 career program to help meet the talent supply challenge created as current maintenance technicians and related personnel retire. Key members include Republic Airline, AAR, Textron Aviation, M.S.D. of Wayne Township, M.S.D. of Decatur Township, Area 31 Career Center, Vincennes University Aviation Technology Center, Wayne Township Adult Basic Education, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, EmployIndy and Work One Central Indiana.

Greensburg High School leads a partnership developing a healthcare pathway program for students to increase engagement, self-awareness, career knowledge, and academic rigor necessary for pursuing healthcare related careers. Other partners include Ivy Tech, United Fund, WorkOne, Mayor Dan Manus, Decatur County Memorial Hospital, Aspen Place, as well as Decatur County’s Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce and Community Foundation.

Posey County Economic Development headed the third partnership that is working to grow talent for its advanced manufacturing industry with high tech high wage positions that require specialized training and expertise. This county partnership has involved business, K-12 education and postsecondary institutions to attract high-level employees, retain workforce, improve skills of existing employees as well as prepare students to enter these fields.

EWIN is also supporting two regional partnerships with $5,000 mini grants to boost their career pathway development already under way. Recipients are led by Whitley County Economic Development Corporation in pursuing an advanced manufacturing pathway and the Center of Workforce Innovations in Northwest Indiana that is developing a healthcare consortium.

EWIN is beginning its Round 4 of its Education-Workforce Partnership planning grant work by leading another group of grantees through the career pathway system development process. Partnerships will spend the next six months researching innovative models both in and out of state to determine and develop the most appropriate career pathway for their communities.

“With the growing focus on and quickly changing landscape in the education-workforce arena, communities are finding it imperative to mobilize collaborative cross-sector partnerships to address educational needs as well as the gaps in the local skilled workforce,” said EWIN Director Erin Foster. “The EWIN team has a track record for effectively facilitating this process across the state as we strive to help schools and communities align their efforts for maximum impact.”

Read more here.



University of Indianapolis #GivingTuesday shatters records

givingtuesday2The 2018 University of Indianapolis #GivingTuesday is in the books, and this year’s “Hats Off to Health” campaign will have a lasting impact. UIndy #GivingTuesday finished with a record-shattering 691 donors and gifts totaling $52,332, with donations from Greyhound supporters in 24 states.

Gifts received will help the University build healthier communities through a continued focus on improving wellness in every sense of the word—physical, mental, community and social health. Specifically, $9,000 was directed for purchasing supplies students will use to provide health services to communities in need.

We always knew Greyhounds loved to give back, but we could have never predicted the participation on #GivingTuesday as we gathered together to fund more ways to build healthier communities!” said Lora Teliha, director of alumni engagement. “This success would not have been possible without our alumni and supporters who shared the campaign with their family and friends.”

A $5,000 match was fulfilled by UIndy alumnus Dr. David Kiley ’14, his wife Pam and family. This amount is in addition to the $52,332 raised that day. The matching gift will be used to help UIndy purchase supplies students need in order to provide health services such as assessments, screenings, treatments and health fairs to communities in need. These supplies include items like glucose testing strips, cholesterol testing kits and iPads for mental health screenings.

An additional five matches/challenges were created by alumni and friends inspiring $5,764 from their own social networks.

Learn more here.

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About Giving Tuesday
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday giving. This year’s theme was “Hats Off to Health. A Healthier Community Starts with You.

“UIndy’s programs share an interdisciplinary, interprofessional focus that has benefited students in many ways. It’s helped them to see and think about access to health care and the intersection of health care with behavioral health care, stress and wellness. Being out in the community has been incredibly impactful in shaping how they think about health from a holistic perspective,” said Anita Thomas, dean of the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences.

More ways to give to UIndy

givingtuesdaysmThe Fletcher Place Community Center is just one of many locations where UIndy students are practicing the University motto of “education for service.” As part of a community health course, nursing students work with clients on a weekly basis to provide them with basic medical care, hygiene needs and even job preparation.

Dawson Harris ’19 (nursing) said those efforts also include fundraising for items like first aid kits, which #GivingTuesday donations can support.

“You make an impact on a personal level. Sometimes it can be overwhelming looking at the statistics, but it makes a difference for that individual,” Harris said.

Thanks to the generous donations from UIndy supporters, students like Harris will continue to improve lives and expand their reach in the community.

“Students learn best when they can apply what they’re doing. Integrating that application with the needs of the community creates win-win situations which are wonderful for everyone involved,” said Stephanie Kelly, dean of the College of Health Sciences.

Other partnerships include the Eastern Star Church, where a new initiative will impact the health of a local community in need. By extending health services for this area, UIndy students will receive hands-on experiences related to their field of study while providing new health care opportunities for members of this community.

See final campaign results.

Make a gift today.

Four lessons from the Women in Leadership Sports Industry Panel

womenleadershipheaderProfessionals from across the sports industry recently shared their experience with University of Indianapolis students as the Departments of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Sciences hosted the “Women in Leadership: Strategies and Success” panel On Thursday, October 4.

The four panelists, whose backgrounds ranged from former LPGA pro to former morning radio host, fielded questions on nearly every aspect of working in sport. A special focus was given to the challenges women can expect to face in the industry, but the event offered valuable insight for everyone in attendance.

Here are four lessons from the night’s panelists.

On Making Mistakes

Audrey Becker
Event & Program Director, NFL Combine

“Learn from your mistakes, good or bad. The people you surround yourself with, they’ll back you up because they employ you, they believe in you, and they’re there to help you in the process … You’re going to make some mistakes along the way; don’t let them override your success.”

Audrey, an alumna of the UIndy Sport Management program, shared that she once unintentionally booked two NFL teams in the same hotel suite. She explained that the best thing to do is own the mistake, and offer solutions on how to fix it.

On the Importance of Networking

DeAnne M. Green, MS, LAT, ATC, PES
Sports Medicine Manager, Community Sports Health

“Make a concerted effort to find one person at each industry event and connect with them. Reach out to them on a consistent basis, invite them out for coffee, ask for a shadow experience.”

The importance of networking was emphasized by DeAnne, a self-professed introvert. DeAnne credited three women with being significant career mentors, one of whom (a former National Athletic Trainers’ Association president) connected DeAnne with her current position.

On Work-Life Balance

Angela Hatem
Membership Director, Indiana Sports Corporation

“I don’t want to miss my nephew’s tee ball game—that’s a memory I want to have. I don’t want to remember that Excel sheet from earlier. Sports are easy to live around and soon you find yourself talking about nothing else. You have to do things for yourself as well.”

The panel agreed that work-life balance can be hard to find in the competitive, fast-paced industry of sport. They recommended identifying what your life priorities are and sticking to them, while finding flexibility where you can at work.

On Finding What You Don’t Like

Diane Dickman
Managing Director of Division 1 Governance, NCAA

“If you have an experience with something you don’t enjoy, that’s good. That’s something you know. You can say ‘I now know I don’t want to work in X.’ Be good with that.”

After leaving the LPGA tour, Diane went to graduate school and found plenty she didn’t like. She worked in the ticket office, in event management, and coaching; she found herself uninspired by each. Eventually, she started working in compliance and that led her on the path to the NCAA.

Laken Detweiler is a M.S. in Sport Management student and helped to introduce the panel.

“It might sound ridiculous, but sometimes you do not realize everything that goes into an event, and that someone has the job to make sure it gets done,” Laken says. “I love learning the different responsibilities that various jobs have, it is helping me narrow down where I want to go in my future.”

Written by Logan McGrady, Communications Specialist for Graduate and Adult Learning Enrollment.

Master of Science in Sport Management off to a record start

UIndy MSSM students benefit from the faculty's positive relationships with the NCAA. Sometimes that even means having class at NCAA headquarters.

UIndy MSSM students benefit from the faculty’s positive relationships with the NCAA. Sometimes that even means having class at NCAA headquarters.

The new school year is off to a blockbuster start for the Master of Science in Sport Management (MSSM) program. The program, which is housed in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Sciences, welcomed nearly two dozen new students this year – more than twice the size of any previous MSSM cohort.

Jennifer VanSickle, program director for both the undergraduate and graduate sport management programs, has some ideas for why the program is enjoying such a boost in enrollment.

“We made the master’s program more accessible,” she said, noting that applicants who posted at least a 3.0 GPA in their undergrad degree are no longer required to take the GRE. “The change in the admissions procedures puts us more in line with other sport management programs in the state.”

UIndy’s geography is also a draw for many students. The proximity to the NCAA headquarters and professional sports teams including the Pacers, Colts, and Indy Eleven –and the university’s working relationships with these organizations – is a plus for students seeking careers in the sports industry.

“We require two internships with a sports organization,” VanSickle said. “So our students gain valuable experience and have plenty of opportunities to network.”

Jessie Benner is in her second and final year of the sport management master’s program. Her internship experiences include a community relations internship with the WNBA franchise team, the Indiana Fever, and a championships and alliances ticketing experience at the NCAA.

“Both of my internship experiences have given me the opportunity to foster positive
relationships with those around me while expanding my network,” Benner said. “I am able to interact with and learn from leaders within the sports industry, at both the collegiate and professional levels. The hands-on experience of internships also allows me to strengthen my skills as look to enter the workforce in the near future.”

The internships, as well as class assignments, help MSSM students understand the rigorous nature of the world of sport management.

“A lot of people want to work in sports because it’s glamorous and they want to work in an
industry that matches their passions,” VanSickle said. “But the hours are long and most of the work is behind the scenes, so much that you might not actually get to see the ‘scenes.’ You have to work your way up before you can sit in the club suite and hobknob.”

Students don’t just have to take VanSickle’s word for it. Each MSSM student is paired with a sports industry mentor. Benner’s mentor is Kellie Leeman, senior director of ticket sales and service at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).

“Kellie has experience in several areas of sport, including the NCAA and IMS,” Benner said.

“Since I’m still unsure about what career path I want to take, Kellie’s knowledge of different areas is very helpful. We meet once a month to discuss developments on my end; she has offered me great insights. I really value her opinion.”

Prior to working as a mentor, Leeman collaborated with VanSickle to collaborated to develop the NCAA externship program several years ago.

“I really enjoyed working with the UIndy students through that program,” said Leeman, who joined the staff at IMS in 2016. “The sport management mentor program was another great opportunity for me to work with UIndy students.”

Leeman offered this advice to sport management students, “Network and seek as many different types of experiences as you can so you can learn what you like and don’t like about the industry.”

VanSickle also emphasized that the responsibility for networking and taking advantage of all the MSSM program offers lies with the student.

“We set the table for them; they have to close the deal.”

Written by Amy Magan, communications manager for the Center for Aging & Community and the College of Health Sciences.

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.


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