Men’s team marks a century of basketball

1915 ICU basketball team - webThe 1915-1916 men’s basketball team was the first to represent UIndy (then known as Indiana Central University) in intercollegiate play. According to the university archives, pictured here from left are (front row) Ernest W. Emery, Fred Dennis, Allen Good, Merril Cummings, Will Morgan, (back row) Elmer Clyde Reidenbach, Coach Warren G. Bailey and Wilbur Montgomery.

Wednesday’s Pack-the-House Night will be a celebration of UIndy basketball and the university’s partnership with Community Health Network

Wednesday night is no ordinary occasion for the Greyhound basketball teams as they play their final games of the regular season.

A supersized crowd of alumni and other fans is expected for the annual Pack-the-House Night observance in Nicoson Hall, with dinner, kids’ games, facility tours, an iPad prize drawing and other attractions available across Hanna Avenue in the UIndy Health Pavilion.

MBB 100 logoIt will be Senior Night for the women’s team (8-19, 6-11 GLVC), which seems to be hitting its stride after winning two of its past three games. And for the men’s team (19-6, 13-4 GLVC), which has earned a first-round bye in the upcoming GLVC tournament, the game will cap the program’s 100th anniversary season.

That’s right: Although intramural hoops appeared earlier on campus, the 1915-1916 men’s squad played the first intercollegiate basketball schedule for the young institution then known as Indiana Central University.

There’s not a wealth of information about the team, but apparently they made an impression. According to author Frederick D. Hill’s university history Downright Devotion to the Cause, they were the first team to qualify for varsity letters (“C” for “Central”), although that decision was made retroactively in 1924. The coach, Warren G. Bailey, was a 1914 graduate and a history instructor. In addition to the players in the above photo, the book includes the names R. E. Kyman, Ralph Waldo Jr. and J.B. Good.

Click here for more information on Pack-the-House Night, which includes an open house at Community Health Network’s new physical therapy and rehab clinic in the Health Pavilion. Fans can register for dinner, the basketball games and other festivities at this link.

Special thanks to University Archivist Christine Guyonneau for her research.

Feb. 24: Greyhound hoops, tours of new clinic

UIndy Health PavilionThe UIndy Health Pavilion, which opened last fall at Hanna and State avenues, houses the university’s health- and wellness-related academic programs alongside the student and staff wellness clinic, the Psychological Services Center and Community Health Network’s newest physical therapy and rehabilitation clinic.

Annual Pack-the-House Night is an unofficial homecoming for alumni
and a joint celebration for UIndy and Community Health Network

The UIndy community and the general public are invited to join in a big night Wednesday, Feb. 24, featuring NCAA basketball action, a buffet dinner and tours of the UIndy Health Pavilion and its key tenant: Community Health Network’s new physical therapy and rehabilitation clinic.

There’s also a chance to win an iPad.

The occasion is UIndy’s annual Pack-the-House Night at Nicoson Hall arena, as the Greyhound basketball teams face rival Saint Joseph’s College in their final home games of the season. The women’s game at 5:30 p.m. will be preceded by a Senior Night ceremony. The men’s team, now celebrating its 100th anniversary, will play at 7:45 p.m., with halftime proceedings that include giveaways and special recognition of alumni and faculty accomplishments.

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Physical Therapy alumni receive honors



UIndy alumna Nichole Wilson, executive director of Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Community Health Network, is named among the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence, recognizing 20 women from diverse fields who are shaping the state’s business, educational, artistic and philanthropic landscape. The honorees were recognized at a breakfast this week featuring an address by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann.

Dr. Wilson earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Krannert School of Physical Therapy in 2002 and 2006, respectively. Among other honors, she was named among IBJ’s Forty Under 40 in 2011 and received UIndy’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. She serves on several community organization boards and also has been part of the joint team leading the partnership between the university and Community Health Network at the new UIndy Health Pavilion.

“In a remarkably short time, she helped put Community Health Network on the sports medicine map,” IBJ says. Read more here.

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Nat Grubbs, who earned his Master of Health Science from the Krannert School of Physical Therapy in 1992, recently received the 2015 Outstanding Physical Therapist Award from the Arkansas Physical Therapy Association.

Grubbs is a native of Monticello, Ark., and owner of South Arkansas Rehabilitation. which provides physical therapy, speech therapy, senior wellness, aquatics and sports health services.

Read more here.

Social work master’s degree meets demand

New UIndy program to offer unique interdisciplinary environment

The growing Department of Social Work at the University of Indianapolis will take a leap forward soon with the addition of a master’s degree program that will prepare graduates for a broad range of high-demand careers.

Master’s-level preparation is becoming the standard for social workers in settings that include health care, education, the legal system, child welfare services, and mental health and addictions. UIndy’s Master of Social Work program will be one of few in the state.



Nationwide job growth in the field is projected at 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, with more than 100,000 new positions created. Demographic trends are driving the demand, department chair and Associate Professor Jeff Bryant said.

“Baby boomers are beginning to retire, and they will live longer and have more needs,” said Bryant, who has 25 years’ experience in social work. “This degree really is a great ticket to many different careers and opportunities.”

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Rally kicks off historic Homecoming week

pep rally cheerleadersCheerleaders stir up some Greyhound spirit earlier today during the Homecoming 2015 pep rally in the Schwitzer Student Center dining room.

Events to include football, fun, campaign launch, dedication ceremonies

Homecoming Week 2015 launched in full force today, kicking off a historic series of events that will include the public launch of the university’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, the dedication and ribbon cutting for the new UIndy Health Pavilion, the re-dedication of the renovated Krannert Memorial Library and naming ceremonies for the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences and the Strain Honors College.

There’s also a football game Saturday night, by the way, the focal point of a full day of fun and family-friendly events around campus.

The activity got underway today with a lunchtime pep rally featuring the Greyhound cheerleaders, the Crimsonettes dance team and introductions of this year’s Homecoming Court: Nicole Geoffrion, a senior Communication and Experience Design major from Acton, Mass.; Roshanne Smith, a senior Business Education major from Nassau, Bahamas; Tyler Smith, a senior Nursing major from Morgantown; Steven Freck, a senior Social Work major from Huntington; Michael Lea, a senior Exercise Science major from Elkhart; and Jason Marshall, a sophomore Political Science major from Spiceland.

The fun continues with a ComedySportz improv performance at 9 p.m. tonight, the Homecoming Carnival for UIndy families from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, and much more throughout the week. More information is here.

On a more serious note, two major events take place Friday: Read more

Fresh facilities, opportunities await students

The downtown skyline is clearly visible from the fourth floor of the new UIndy Health Pavilion, highlighting the university’s connection to the city.

Incoming freshman class sets records for size, academic success

Students returning to the University of Indianapolis for the Aug. 31 start of fall classes will find a campus – and a neighborhood – in transformation.



New facilities are just one sign of progress on a multifaceted development plan designed to boost quality of life in the University Heights area while keeping UIndy on the leading edge of innovation in higher education, President Robert Manuel said.

“The strategy developed by our university community already is proving successful in bringing new energy to this part of Indianapolis,” Manuel said. “Given the synergy between our work, related community development efforts and the planned bus rapid transit line that will connect us to other key sites in the city, we expect to see tremendous advancements over the next few years.”

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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.

Jeremiah Gibbs takes additional role as pastor of St. Andrew UMC

University Chaplain Jeremiah Gibbs (2019 file photo)

University Chaplain Jeremiah Gibbs (2019 file photo)

Jeremiah Gibbs, University Chaplain and director of the Lantz Center Christian Vocations & Formation, will be appointed as pastor of St. Andrew United Methodist Church as of July 1. Gibbs will continue in his roles at the University of Indianapolis, which include assistant professor of philosophy & religion, while he serves St. Andrew UMC on a part-time basis.

St. Andrew is a congregation actively engaged in the traditions of Gospel-centered sermons, gospel music, Christian hospitality, service to the community and outreach mission work. Gibbs noted St. Andrew’s long history of serving the neighborhood to the north of the University of Indianapolis with preschool, a food pantry and events like the semi-annual neighborhood fair.

“I’m hopeful that this new connection will enable UIndy to provide an avenue for some of our students to find a place nearby to participate in church life,” Gibbs said. “I also hope that it can serve as a kind of ‘outpost’ for University initiatives to do service in that neighborhood as well.”

“We are excited that Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Gibbs has agreed and will expand his appointment to serve the congregation of St. Andrew United Methodist Church, effective July 1,” said Aleze Fulbright, Conference Superintendent of Central District. “We celebrate Dr. Gibb’s call as a pastoral leader and know he will continue to share the Good News in new and profound ways. I am equally excited about the possibilities that could emerge through Dr. Gibb’s connection with the congregation, community and the University of Indianapolis.”

Gibbs will continue to oversee the Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs office at the University of Indianapolis. In his role at the University, he takes primary responsibility for the ecumenical Christian ministry on campus. In addition to the Christian worship and related programming, he also leads the Lantz Center for Christian Vocations that includes the freshman Threshold Retreat as well as the two years of spiritual formation courses known on campus as CVOC classes.

Recently Gibbs has led the office to develop a network of community groups to address loneliness and mental health challenges that the chaplains have ministered to on campus. About 130 students joined a community group this year with book and Bible studies, exercise groups, creative groups, and service groups. Many of these groups continued in a virtual format after social distancing began. Christian ministries also continued in a virtual format with weekly online chapel services and daily video devotionals on social media.
Gibbs is a graduate of Eureka College and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary (M.T.S. and Ph.D), and he is an Elder in the United Methodist Church.

While in seminary, Gibbs served as Youth Pastor and/or Director of Young Adult Ministries for United Methodist congregations in Wisconsin and Illinois. He has been University Chaplain and Director of the Lantz Center at UIndy since 2009. He recently released his second book, Find Your Place in God’s Mission (Foundery Books, 2020), that guides readers to discern their calling in their career. Gibbs is married to the Rev. Jenifer Stuelpe Gibbs, who is senior pastor of Castleton United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.

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 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.


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