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Professor, students honored at Pacers game

Pacers jumbotronFrom left, College of Health Sciences Dean Stephanie Kelly, Associate Professor Stephanie Combs-Miller and President Robert Manuel step into the spotlight Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse during UIndy Night at the Pacers.

The Indiana Pacers’ playoff hopes are still alive after last night’s 99-95 double-overtime win over the Washington Wizards, and who can disprove that a key factor was the enthusiastic presence of 100 UIndy students and 100 alumni and their families?

Tuesday was UIndy Night at the Pacers, an evening of festivities that included on-court recognition of accomplished faculty and students. Before the game, President Robert Manuel and College of Health Sciences Dean Stephanie Kelly took the floor with Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Stephanie Combs-Miller to recognize her groundbreaking research with stroke patients, which recently has attracted nearly $200,000 in grant support.

At halftime of the sold-out game in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Manuel and Associate Vice President Corey Wilson of Undy’s Professional Edge Center brought out two graduating seniors to be honored. Communication/Public Relations major Amber Derrow has just accepted a position as social media coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts. Communication/Electronic Media major Jordan Beasley is wrapping up an internship with the Pacers and soon will join WGN-TV as associate director of home broadcasts for the Chicago White Sox.

Pacers studentsAppearing midcourt at halftime are graduating seniors Jordan Beasley and Amber Derrow, flanked by President Manuel and Associate Vice President Corey Wilson of UIndy’s Professional Edge Center.